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Hospitalised driver cops fine after dodging flying couch

<p><span>A driver has been handed a hefty fine after he reportedly swerved his car because a couch fell from a truck travelling in front of him.</span><br /><br /><span>Jake Singer was driving with his girlfriend from Boca Raton, in the US state of Florida, on February 20 when a couch from a truck fell in front of him, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reported.</span><br /><br /><span>Mr Singer swerved and flipped his car to avoid the couch.</span><br /><br /><span>He and his girlfriend were both hospitalised as a result of the accident.</span><br /><br /><span>Mr Singer told the Sun-Sentinel. People "could not believe" he and his partner were okay.</span><br /><br /><span>However Mr Singer is not happy after he copped a fine over the crash.</span><br /><br /><span>He told reporters a police officer arrived at the hospital to give him the ticket.</span></p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7840155/driver.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/eda143eb9d7a4df3970552ec552ad352" /></p> <p><em>Image: Twitter</em><br /><br /><span>“TIL (today I learned) that if you swerve to avoid a flying couch on I-95N in FL [Florida], make sure not to change lanes or you’ll get a citation for improper lane change from FL Hwy Patrol [Florida Highway Patrol],” he tweeted.</span><br /><br /><span>“Even if your car crashes into the median and flips over, totalled. (We’re both fine, somehow).”</span><br /><br /><span>According to the paper, a police officer gave Mr Singer a US$166 (A$213) ticket for “failing to drive in a single lane”.</span><br /><br /><span>Florida Highway Patrol Lieutenant Yanko Reyes said the ticket had to be issued.</span><br /><br /><span>“Remember, in Florida it is recommended to have at least a two-vehicle length between your vehicle and the vehicles in front of you because that way you have enough time to react in case something like this happens, in case somebody brakes, in case debris falls on the roadway, you’re able to avoid any and all difficulties,” he told the Sun-Sentinel.</span><br /><br /><span>The explanation didn’t sit well with Mr Singer, who took to Twitter to write: “I hereby challenge Lt Reyes to drive two car lengths behind a flying couch at 80mph (128k/h) and avoid it without leaving your lane.</span><br /><br /><span>“Hope you have enough time to look at the totality of the circumstances.”</span></p>

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Family backs man who fatally attacked his own grandmother

<p><span>Nicholas Field made the worst mistake of his life when he consumed magic mushrooms at his brother's birthday party in 2020, as he would later go on to fatally assault his grandmother.</span><br /><br /><span>The man reportedly attempted to take his own life, and told police to shoot him instead of arresting him.</span><br /><br /><span>While Nicholas expected to be shunned by his family, his partner, mother and widowed grandfather continued to support him.</span><br /><br /><span>He is currently behind bars and has plead guilty to manslaughter.</span><br /><br /><span>Supreme Court Justice Jacinta Taylor said that even as police and paramedics attended to 84-year-old Beryl Field after her attack, she still fiercely protected her grandson.</span><br /><br /><span>Field asked officers “please don’t arrest him”.</span><br /><br /><span>She died in hospital weeks later due to complications from head and abdominal injuries.</span><br /><br /><span>Nicholas has consumed two magic mushroom drinks as well as dried mushrooms at his brother’s birthday earlier in the evening.</span><br /><br /><span>Those in attendance noticed he had become emotional and upset.</span><br /><br /><span>He walked to his grandparents’ house and told his grandfather Max Field he wasn’t in a good way.</span><br /><br /><span>After being invited into his grandparent’s home, he began rambling loudly while he smashed a light shade and removed his jumper and shirt before pushing his grandmother to the ground.</span><br /><br /><span>He kicked a heater in the living room before he went back to the kitchen and kicked his grandmother in the stomach.</span><br /><br /><span>Field then smashed a glass cabinet and pushed over a television, which struck his grandfather in the head as a result.</span><br /><br /><span>Prosecutor Robyn Harper said Nicholas had plans to take his own life.</span><br /><br /><span>“As police arrested him he stated that he had just killed his grandparents and asked police to shoot him,” Harper said.</span></p>

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Foreign ship convicted of dumping garbage on Great Barrier Reef

<div class="post_body_wrapper"> <div class="post_body"> <div class="body_text redactor-styles redactor-in"> <p>A foreign shipping company and the chief officer of one of its vessels have been convicted for dumping food scraps on the World-Heritage listed Great Barrier Reef.</p> <p>The Liberian bulk carrier Iron Gate dumped the equivalent of 120-litres of a garbage bin filled with food waste into the reef in 2018.</p> <p>The chief officer approved the discharge of garbage between Brisbane and Gladstone.</p> <p>Fines against both parties totalled $6,600 and were persecuted by the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA).</p> <p>“Australians and tourists alike visit Lady Elliot Island to swim with manta rays and turtles – not blended food waste from merchant ships,” ASMA general manager of operations Allan Schwartz said.</p> <p>“We take a zero-tolerance approach to pollution from shipping and that is why, after detecting this breach during a routine inspection of Iron Gate in 2018, we detained the ship and later charged the chief officer and company, Kairasu Shipping S.A.”</p> <p>He said the conviction would impact the company's reputation.</p> <p>“Dumping garbage into the World Heritage-listed Great Barrier Reef isn’t something you want on your professional record,” he said.</p> <p>“These convictions should serve as a reminder to other industry operators that in Australia, we make sure polluters pay.”</p> </div> </div> </div>

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Woolies shelves stripped bare but not for the reason you think

<div class="post_body_wrapper"> <div class="post_body"> <div class="body_text redactor-styles redactor-in"> <p>Shoppers who visited Sydney's Neutral Bay Woolworths were left in shock as many shelves were left bare.</p> <p>Although some thought it was due to panic buying because of the coronavirus pandemic, Woolworths has said in a statement it was for another purpose.</p> <p>The store's products were deliberately removed to show the significant role that bees and insects play in Australia's food supply.</p> <p>With the 2020 bushfires alone destroying 15.6 million hectares of forests, the food supply for bees and homes for insects is rapidly dwindling.</p> <p>Woolworths Chief Marketing Officer Andrew Hicks said that he hoped the stunt would show people how much their personal food supply would be impacted.</p> <p>“As the Fresh Food People, we’re passionate about providing millions of Australians access to the fresh food they love most," he said. "What many people don’t realise is how much of our food supply relies directly on pollinating bees."</p> <p>“Our goal here is to start a conversation in Australian homes about what a supermarket without bees would look like and how their impact goes far beyond just fruit and vegetables. However, if we take small actions to support bees and pollination today, we can create a better tomorrow and prevent this from becoming a reality.”</p> </div> </div> </div>

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"What about justice?" Tempers flare on Q&A over Christian Porter debate

<p>A Liberal senator and a Labor MP clashed on<span> </span><em>ABC's Q&amp;A</em><span> </span>on Thursday night over a question around the historical rape allegation against Attorney-General Christian Porter.</p> <p>On Wednesday, Porter revealed himself as the minister at the centre of a rape claim involving a 16-year-old girl in Sydney in 1988.</p> <p>He has never been charged and police confirmed there was "insufficient evidence" to proceed with an investigation and labelled the matter "closed".</p> <p>The question was asked by an audience member and immediately caused tension on the panel.</p> <p>The question that was asked was whether the panel thought Prime Minister Scott Morrison should launch an independent inquiry into the allegations against Mr Porter.</p> <p>Queensland National Party Senator Susan McDonald threw her support behind Mr Porter, saying she felt “deeply” for the woman and her family but that the justice system must be adhered to.</p> <p>“We do have a system of justice in this country. We do have a police service that is well resourced and the most capable of understanding whether or not evidence needs to go to trial. And they have closed the matter,” Senator McDonald said.</p> <p>“I don’t think that this is an easy subject but we can’t have a situation where allegations equate to guilt. And I think that the minister has made a full statement and I think that we need to some justice in the law and the rules of the land, because otherwise, you know, do we back a kangaroo court and a court of public opinion?”</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">Should the Prime Minister launch an independent inquiry into the rape allegation against Christian Porter? <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/QandA?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#QandA</a> <a href="https://t.co/24SVvJVM14">pic.twitter.com/24SVvJVM14</a></p> — QandA (@QandA) <a href="https://twitter.com/QandA/status/1367413261134483457?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">March 4, 2021</a></blockquote> <p>Western Australia Labor MP Anne Aly cut in, asking: "What about justice for the victim?"</p> <p>“We keep talking about justice for the accused. What about justice for the victim?” she said, to a round of cheering from the audience.</p> <p>“I am infuriated by this because I’m sick and tired of the lip service that we hear in parliament about hearing victims’ voice, about listening to women, about respect for women, and right now is a moment.”</p> <p>Aly also said it was time for the Prime Minister to show leadership and launch an independent inquiry.</p> <p>“What did he do? He came out and he said, ‘Well, I have asked him if he did it and he said no, and that’s enough for me.’ And then suddenly you’ve got all of these men invoking justice, justice, justice,” she said.</p> <p>“That inquiry will either exonerate Christian Porter and prove his innocence, as he is — as he is saying, that he is innocent, or it will prove otherwise. Either way, this is a serious, serious allegation. It needs to be treated seriously,” she said.</p>

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15 vertigo treatments to finally cure your dizziness

<p>What is vertigo?<br />It’s the feeling of false movement – as if the world is spinning like a carnival ride and you can’t get off.</p> <p>It is a symptom of many conditions and diseases that target the inner ear, according to the National Organisation for Rare Disorders (NORD). They include:</p> <ul> <li>benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV)</li> <li>Ménière’s disease</li> <li>ear infections</li> </ul> <p>Other conditions that can cause vertigo involve the central nervous system. These include:</p> <ul> <li>concussion</li> <li>multiple sclerosis</li> <li>alcohol or medication toxicity</li> <li>stroke</li> <li>viral meningitis</li> </ul> <p>The vertigo treatment that’s right for you will likely depend on the root cause of your condition.” An accurate diagnosis is essential, especially to rule out central nervous system causes. Diagnosis most commonly includes an MRI of the brain. Audiology tests of the workings of the ear can also be helpful,” says neurologist, Arif Dalvi.</p> <p>Consider vestibular rehabilitation<br />Many of the conditions which cause vertigo affect the vestibular system, a pathway located within the inner ear which regulates balance, equilibrium and spatial orientation. According to VeDA – a group focused on inner ear disorders – vestibular rehabilitation therapy (VRT) can be effective at reducing vertigo and dizziness. VRT is an exercise-based program customised for each patient. The exercises focus on improving balance, reducing dizziness and dealing with other symptoms of vertigo. Your doctor will refer you to a physical therapist for this program.</p> <p>Try the Epley manoeuvre<br />“For benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV), a vestibular exercise called the Epley manoeuvre can be helpful,” says Dr Dalvi. BPPV is the most common cause of vertigo, and it’s the result of calcium crystals (otoconia) coming loose in the inner ear. According to the Mayo Clinic, the manoeuvre (also called “canalith repositioning“) is best performed by a medical professional because of the risk of neck or back injury. By laying back and then shifting the head, the process moves the crystals to a less sensitive area where they can be reabsorbed by the body. Your doctor will prescribe the Epley manoeuvre for right or left side BPPV.</p> <p>Change your diet<br />When migraines include vestibular symptoms such as dizziness, loss of balance and vertigo, they are called vestibular migraines. Alterations in your diet may be a good initial vertigo treatment. Changes in diet that help prevent migraines can reduce or even eliminate vertigo and other vestibular symptoms associated with this type of headache, according to VeDA. “From a dietary standpoint, it is important to avoid alcohol, foods high in salt, and excessive caffeine, as any of these can make symptoms worse,” says Dr Derek Bennetsen, emergency physician.</p> <p>Gently ride out the storm<br />Your vertigo may clear up on its own. Sometimes, says Dr Bennetsen, all you need is to lie down and remain calm and quiet. “Vertigo may be alleviated by remaining still, and limiting changes in position as much as possible,” says Dr Bennetsen. In a dark, quiet room, lie still taking care not to move your head or even your eyes, he says. Even if your symptoms resolve on their own, you’ll still want to get checked out, he advises.</p> <p>Take an antihistamine<br />As the name suggests, antihistamines block the effects of histamine, which can cause allergic reactions, nausea, vomiting, dizziness and vertigo. Internal medicine specialist, Lisa Ashe, recommends trying over-the-counter Benadryl or the prescription meclizine.</p> <p>Migraine medicines may help<br />A study published in Otology &amp; Neurotology in 2018 suggests that preventative medications for migraine, including tricyclic antidepressants, were effective in decreasing dizziness and vertigo in patients.</p> <p>Try sedatives<br />According to The American College of Cardiology (ACC), sedatives may reduce the spinning associated with vertigo by calming down brain activity and reducing anxiety. Dr Ashe recommends benzodiazepines, such as Valium, Ativan and Xanax. These medications may be a particularly effective vertigo treatment for reducing vertigo caused by inner ear problems, the ACC notes.</p> <p>Diuretics for Ménière’s disease<br />Ménière’s disease is an inner ear disorder that can trigger vertigo. Doctors often prescribe so-called water pills – diuretic medication – and a low-salt diet, says Dr Bennetsen: “This is because the condition is thought to be the result of an excessive build-up of endolymph fluid, in the inner ear.”</p> <p>Antiviral medications may help<br />Do you get earaches? Inner ear infections can lead to dizziness and – unlike middle-ear infections – a virus may be responsible. Occasionally, a systemic viral infection like mononucleosis, herpes or the flu can lead to vertigo, according to Cleveland Clinic. “Viral infections may respond to antiviral medications, alleviating symptoms,” says Dr Dalvi. Examples of anti-viral drugs include Tamiflu and Acyclovir.</p> <p>Drink more water<br />You need water – and so do your ears. Dehydration is a cause of dizziness, says the Mayo Clinic. Dr Bennetsen also recommends avoiding substances that can deplete fluids such as alcoholic beverages, salty foods and caffeine.</p> <p>Surgical solutions<br />In some rare instances, surgery may be the only treatment that can ease your symptoms of your vertigo. Dr Dalvi says an acoustic neuroma – a benign tumour – can grow on the vestibular nerve between the inner ear and brain, disrupting balance and hearing. According to the Mayo Clinic, your doctor may monitor this slow-growing neuroma, choose to treat it with radiation or advise surgical removal. Another rare source of vertigo is a malignant brain tumour.</p> <p>Check your medications<br />Many popular prescribed medications can trigger side effects like dizziness and vertigo. Or drugs can interact to disturb your balance. Let your doctor know about over-the-counter meds you take and don’t forget to include supplements and herbs. According to the experts at the Mayo Clinic, prescriptions and over-the-counter drugs that may cause dizziness include:</p> <ul> <li>antidepressants</li> <li>anti-seizure drugs</li> <li>blood pressure-lowering drugs</li> <li>sedatives</li> <li>tranquilisers</li> </ul> <p>Healthy habits may help<br />A healthy lifestyle is another vertigo prevention strategy that you need to do no matter what the cause. Try reducing stress and making sure to get enough sleep. Eat a diet full of produce and lean proteins, and stay active (given your condition).</p> <p>Bone up on vitamin D<br />Falling short of this vital nutrient can harm your bones – your body needs vitamin D to absorb calcium. Patients with the most common type of vertigo (BPPV) who were deficient in vitamin D may have benefitted from supplementing with D, per 2016 research in Auris Nasus Larynx. Patients were less likely to suffer a relapse of symptoms. (One limitation, however, was the lack of control group in the study.)</p> <p class="p1"><em>Written by Corey Whelan. This article first appeared on <a href="https://www.readersdigest.com.au/healthsmart/15-vertigo-treatments-to-finally-cure-your-dizziness"><span class="s1">Reader’s Digest</span></a>. For more of what you love from the world’s best-loved magazine, <a href="http://readersdigest.com.au/subscribe"><span class="s1">here’s our best subscription offer</span></a>.</em></p>

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Dolly Parton changes words to legendary song for very special reason

<p><span>Dolly Parton has changed her famous tune Jolene for a very special reason.</span><br /><br /><span>The legendary singer has written hundreds of songs throughout her decades-long career and she has just changed the lyrics of Jolene to encourage fans to get their COVID-19 vaccine.</span><br /><br /><span>“I even changed one of my songs to fit the occasion,” the actor, singer and humanitarian sang in a social media post on Tuesday.</span><br /><br /><span>Just moments before receiving her shot, she could be heard saying: “It goes, ‘Vaccine, vaccine, vaccine, vaccine, I’m begging of you please don’t hesitate’.”</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/CL7me6sDRyA/?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/CL7me6sDRyA/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Dolly Parton (@dollyparton)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p><br /><span>In 2020, Parton donated $US1 million ($AUD 1.28 million) to Vanderbilt University Medical Centre in Nashville, Tennessee, for coronavirus research.</span><br /><br /><span>Parton told The Associated Press that she wanted to wait until the vaccine became more widely available as she didn’t want to look like she was jumping the line.</span><br /><br /><span>“That didn’t hurt. Just stung a little bit,” she said after checking with the doctor if her hair looked good.</span><br /><br /><span>She then smiled at the camera saying, “I did it! I did it!”</span><br /><br /><span>The Grammy-winning legend turned 75 this year.</span></p>

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Discover the new alternative to nursing homes which provides a kinder care solution for your parent

<p><strong>An innovative new care approach which is centred around delivering personalised solutions and choice is attracting interest from families who don’t want to see their loved ones move into a nursing home.</strong></p> <p>The<span> </span><strong><a rel="noopener" href="https://ldk.com.au/aspire/" target="_blank">Aspire Aged Care</a></strong><span> </span>model is based at LDK’s six-hectare Greenway Views seniors living complex at Tuggeranong, Canberra.</p> <p>Stage one of Greenway Views was delivered at the end of 2019 and includes 210 apartments and a wide range of community facilities. Stage two is due to be completed later in 2021 and will include additional apartments and a beautiful new alfresco bar and entertainment area.</p> <div> <p>Aspire Aged Care is co-located within Greenway Views and has 117 beautifully appointed apartments providing the same level of care as a nursing home, but within the vibrant village community.</p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7840132/downsizing_spon-1.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/3425911efdc34d8a9035c3a2a152f9bb" /></p> <div><em>Apartments at Aspire Aged Care have a modern and attractive interior design.</em></div> <div> <p>Within Aspire Aged Care, residents live in their own homes and receive tailored care services from registered nurses and care staff, who are on-site 24 hours a day, seven days a week. </p> <p>This is a different approach to that commonly found in nursing homes, in which residents are effectively seen as patients under medical care and therefore part of an institution.</p> <p>“Before we launched Aspire Aged Care, we conducted research to gauge what consumers were looking for,” LDK CEO Bryon Cannon said. </p> <p>“Not only did they want certainty and transparency when downsizing, they also didn’t want to go to a nursing home and wanted to stay at home for as long as possible. </p> <p>"The consumer has changed significantly in the last few decades, so what might have been acceptable for the consumer before might not be suitable for the baby boomers and their families of today.”</p> <p><strong>Modern and spacious apartments and latest technology</strong></p> <p>The modern and spacious studio and one-bedroom apartments in Aspire Aged Care feature their own kitchen, laundry and balcony, with residents having a key to their front door and plenty of space for their own treasured belongings.  </p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7840131/downsizing_spon-2.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/2962e08a578f4db2a28aafdb8944b3d5" /></p> <div><em>The apartments at Aspire Aged Care include a kitchen, laundry and balcony</em></div> <div> <p>In a move that has been very popular among residents, the apartments are also pet-friendly.</p> <p>Each well-appointed apartment provides privacy and views of the lush natural surroundings as well as access to all Greenway View’s onsite amenities and communal areas. </p> <p>This ensures residents and their families can enjoy the vibrancy of a village environment, while having immediate access to the highest quality of customised care.</p> <p>Innovative and unobtrusive technology is designed to provide peace of mind and a safe environment for residents and their families.</p> </div> <div> <p>Thoughtful design features include responsive circadian lighting to assist the wellbeing of dementia residents and passive sensor monitoring and emergency response systems for immediate assistance.</p> <p>Apart from the physical features, Aspire Aged Care residents and their families are also benefiting from LDK’s customer-centered values and the company’s commitment to staffing excellence.</p> <p>“Our staff must align to the company's culture of Love, Decency and Kindness, which makes up our LDK name,” Mr Cannon said.</p> <p>"We focus very heavily on culture.</p> <p>“We model our business on being a genuine people-first business.</p> <p>“We care for people, and our people care for people, so we need to invest a lot of time and resources into developing our workforce and have their values align to the values of the business, our purpose and our vision. </p> <p>“If we have an engaged workforce, we can deliver the best resident outcomes, and that's what we strive for."</p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height:281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7840134/downsizing_spon-4.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/5d5afb5e32f747e5b1f0152bc3b87fcf" /></p> <p><em>Aspire Aged Care residents live in a village environment</em></p> <p>Aspire Aged Care offers all levels of care, including palliative and end of life care, dementia care and private respite care. It also includes a comprehensive activity and lifestyle program for residents.</p> <p>This is part of LDK’s “One Move Promise”, which effectively means residents won’t need to move outside of the village for care reasons.</p> <p><strong>Testimonials for Aspire Aged Care</strong></p> <p>Despite only opening in early 2020, resident and family testimonials are already rolling in for the Aspire Aged Care model.</p> <p>“I’ve had a bit of experience looking in nursing home as a legatee for the last 26 years, it wasn’t what I wanted for my wife,” said Jim Quick.</p> <p>“I saw the advertising for LDK and come over to look.</p> <p>“I was very impressed with the model, I was back within two days to pay a deposit.</p> <p>“We chose to come here for the care that’s available, which in seven months we have found to be faultless.”</p> <p>“We looked at a few nursing homes and retirement villages and were very discouraged by what we saw and what seemed to be available,” said Nancy Cogan.</p> <p>“One day I saw an advertisement in the paper for LDK, what popped out at me was the one move promise, that’s what brought us here.”</p> <p>“Since moving in there was an immediate increase in the care available for my husband.”</p> <p><strong>Conclusion</strong></p> <p>At LDK, we know every individual’s ageing journey is different. </p> <p>That’s why we partner with each resident to tailor a care plan to suit their individual needs, wishes and preferences.</p> <p>The Aspire Aged care offering is simple, providing services and support in the privacy and comfort of your own home, delivered with Love, Decency and Kindness.</p> <p>Find out more about<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://ldk.com.au/aspire/" target="_blank"><strong>Aspire Aged Care</strong><span> </span></a>here. </p> <p> </p> </div> <p>​<img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7840130/downsizing_spon-3.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/ce749ca57d8147b9abe61a29d552d08f" /></p> <div><em>Interior photo of an Aspire Aged Care apartment</em></div> <div></div> <div><em>This article was made in partnership with <a rel="noopener" href="https://ldk.com.au/aspire/" target="_blank"><strong>Aspire Aged Care</strong></a>. </em></div> </div> </div>

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Has Dan Andrews finally had enough?

<p><span>Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews has received massive backlash after his appalling rant” during a Parliamentary sitting.</span><br /><br /><span>The Opposition has accused the politician of disrespecting the House and blatantly ignoring parliamentary protocol.</span><br /><br /><span>During the heated Question Time debate, opposition members demanded that the Speaker “rein in” the Premier, with one going as far to request a private meeting to discuss Mr Andrews’ “appalling behaviour”.</span><br /><br /><span>Member for Euroa, Steph Ryan, asked the Premier if he’d used taxpayer money to secure likes for his Facebook page and who controlled the account.</span></p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7840145/dan-andrews-qt-2.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/c3e6c8be96804472a12ba4208a220b8e" /><br /><br /><span>Mr Andrews said he “would not be lectured” by a party that spent money on Facebook ads during election time.</span><br /><br /><span>A Public Accounts and Estimates hearing revealed that Mr Andrews’ Facebook spend in 2019-2020 was $158,874.</span><br /><br /><span>“I’ll never apologise about sending messages to communities ravaged by fire about when to evacuate and I’ll never apologise for sending out advertising to people to get tested for COVID symptoms,” he said.</span><br /><br /><span>Mr Andrews spoke over opposition members and ignored the Speaker’s requests for order after a heated debate.</span><br /><br /><span>Liberal Party Leader Michael O’Brien went on to accuse the Speaker of being lenient on Mr Andrews.</span><br /><br /><span>“You make clear that members must speak through the chair, but the Premier consistently refuses to do that,” he fired.</span><br /><br /><span>“He never gets called up, we are sick of this speaker – either apply the rules fairly or don’t apply them at all.”</span><br /><br /><span>After apologising for getting “carried away”, Daniel Andrews later ignored the Speaker’s multiple requests for order in the chamber.</span><br /><br /><span>Mr O’Brien, Nationals Leader Peter Walsh and Liberal MP Ryan Smith called out the “rant”.</span><br /><br /><span>“I note there’s been no mention from you (Speaker) to pull him into line like you have pulled others into line, and I ask that you apply the rules fairly so that the Premier does sit down and gives respect to the chair when it’s asked for,” Mr Smith said.</span><br /><br /><span>Nationals Leader Peter Walsh has asked for a private discussion with the speaker for tolerating the behaviour.</span><br /><br /><span>“Can I please ask you to council the Premier about his attitude in this house,” Mr Walsh said.</span><br /><br /><span>“The tone is set from the top and the Premier’s performance today was absolutely appalling.”</span></p>

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Sudden blow for Australian vaccine rollout

<div class="post_body_wrapper"> <div class="post_body"> <div class="body_text redactor-styles redactor-in"> <p>Italy has blocked 250,000 AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccines from being shipped to Australia under a new ruling by the European Commission.</p> <p>In January, the European Commission introduced rules that required vaccine manufacturers in European Union countries to get authorisation from the nation where the vaccine is produced before being able to ship out doses to other countries.</p> <p>“In the future, all companies producing vaccines against COVID-19 in the EU will have to provide early notification whenever they want to export vaccines to third countries,” Health Commissioner Stella Kyriakides said at the time.</p> <p><em>The Financial Times</em><span> </span>reported that the Italian government notified Brussels of its decision to prevent the doses from being exported to Australia, with the European Commission being able to object to that decision. It did not.</p> <p>This is the first time that the EU's export control system has been invoked, as the EU wants to keep as many doses inside the union.</p> <p>Currently, the EU has vaccinated less than 10 per cent of its population.</p> <p>A new Italian government, led by Prime Minister Mario Draghi, immediately took a harder line on dealing with vaccine shortages after coming into power last month.</p> <p>Draghi has called for companies that have failed to fulfil their contractual obligations to the EU to be sanctioned.</p> <p>English journalist Kevin MacKenzie has erupted at the news of the ban.</p> <p>“The EU is a disgrace. Read this. Under new protectionst laws they have banned Italy shipping 250,000 AZ jabs to Australia.</p> <p>“Europe is short of vaccine due to its own stupidity. France and Germany don’t even believe in AZ but won’t let anybody else have it. Shockers.”</p> <p>Most Australians are set to receive the AstraZeneca jab but 60,000 of the Pfizer vaccine have already been administered in Australia.</p> <p>Neither AstraZenca or the European Commission have commented on the news at the time of writing.</p> </div> </div> </div>

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More explosive details emerge from Meghan and Harry's Oprah interview

<p>A new teaser of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s upcoming interview with Oprah Winfrey has already let explosive details slide.</p> <p>Markle has just been hit with historical bullying allegations from the palace as US Network CBS preps to release the highly anticipated Oprah interview.</p> <p>Referring to the royal family as “The Firm”, Oprah asks Meghan: “How do you feel about the Palace hearing you speak your truth today?”</p> <p>“I don’t know how they could expect that after all of this time we would still just be silent when there is an active role that the Firm is playing in perpetuating falsehoods about us,” says Meghan.</p> <p>“And if that comes with risk of losing things … there’s a lot that’s been lost already.”</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/CL7IdPIAQV3/?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/CL7IdPIAQV3/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by O, The Oprah Magazine (@oprahmagazine)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p>Two other teaser clips have already been released in preparation for Monday’s full interview, where it shows Meghan stoic and silent while Harry and Oprah speak.</p> <p>In the third clip, viewers were finally able to hear Meghan’s story in her very own words.</p> <p>Another clip shows Harry appearing to take a jab at his father Prince Charles and the rest of the royal family for not supporting his mother, Princess Diana.</p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7840128/oprah-3.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/d9599083fa804102858c317390d30c79" /></p> <p><em>Image: Getty</em></p> <p>“You know, for me, I’m just really relieved and happy to be sitting here talking to you with my wife by my side because I can’t begin to imagine what it must have been like for her [Princess Diana] going through this process by herself all those years ago,” he said.</p> <p>“Because it has been unbelievably tough for the two of us, but at least we had each other.”</p>

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Car hire cost-cutting tips

<p>Free upgrades<br />It’s worth taking a chance by booking the cheapest car going, which is usually also the smallest. Because these cars are limited in number, the rental agency will sometimes offer you an upgrade. If they initiate the upgrade, make sure you don’t pay more for it – especially if you booked ahead with a credit card.</p> <p>Get insurance gratis<br />About 20% of all consumers always take rental car insurance and another 20% sometimes do, according to a recent study by a Canadian car insurance company. But there’s a good chance they’re already covered under their own credit card’s insurance, which means they’re paying an unnecessary extra.</p> <p>Call the toll-free number on the back of your credit card before you leave to find out what coverage, if any, you have. Check to see if your card offers insurance and then bring along a printout describing the coverage for the rental car agency. The caveat: some cards limit rental-car coverage to premium card holders, and others may not provide coverage for luxury cars, off-road vehicles or campervans.</p> <p>The clock is ticking<br />Most rental car companies use a 24-hour-clock rate when charging you. It pays to know its billing policy – does the day end at midnight, or is it strictly 24 hours? Some companies charge an hourly rate for the first three to four hours late, while others will give you a breathing space of 90 minutes.</p> <p>Airport fees<br />Must you really collect your rental car at the airport? You’ll pay a premium if you do.</p> <p class="p1"><em>This article first appeared on <a href="https://www.readersdigest.com.au/travel/tips/car-hire-cost-cutting-tips"><span class="s1">Reader’s Digest</span></a>. For more of what you love from the world’s best-loved magazine, <a href="http://readersdigest.com.au/subscribe"><span class="s1">here’s our best subscription offer</span></a>.</em></p>

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Why Australian international travel ban extended by three months

<div class="post_body_wrapper"> <div class="post_body"> <div class="body_text redactor-styles redactor-in"> <p>The Australian Federal Government has extended the ban on international travel by a further three months, which means the ban will be in place until at least June 17th.</p> <p>The announcement means that the mandatory 14-day hotel quarantine for returned travellers will likely remain in place for the rest of 2021.</p> <p>Health Minister Greg Hunt said that the extension of the "human biosecurity emergency period" was based on medical and epidemiological advice provided by the Australian Health Protection Principal Committee.</p> <p>"The AHPPC has advised the Australian government the Covid-19 situation overseas continues to pose an unacceptable public health risk to Australia, including the emergence of more highly transmissible variants," he said.</p> <p>"The extension of the emergency period for a further three months is about mitigating that risk for everyone's health and safety."</p> <p>Opposition's foreign affairs spokeswoman Penny Wong called on the government to take responsibility for the border closures.</p> <p>"When Scott Morrison closed the borders he had no plan for the consequences," she said to the<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/heartache-for-stranded-australians-border-ban-extended-until-june-20210302-p5777o.html" target="_blank">Sydney Morning Herald</a>.</p> <p>"A year later, 40,000 Australians are still stranded overseas, the border closure has been extended and there's still no plan for safe, national quarantine."</p> <p>Australian Industry Group chief executive Innes Willox called for "certainty" on the international borders "as soon as possible".</p> <p>“We are a migrant nation. Our skilled migrants have been a huge driver of our economy,” he said. “Without migration - and the certainty around it - we are diminished economically and culturally.”</p> </div> </div> </div>

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Parents condemned for crazy clifftop camping spot

<div class="post_body_wrapper"> <div class="post_body"> <div class="body_text redactor-styles redactor-in"> <div class="post_body_wrapper"> <div class="post_body"> <div class="body_text redactor-styles redactor-in"> <p>A couple has been slammed for camping with their child on the edge of a cliff in Yorkshire, UK.</p> <p>The Coastguard in the UK was furious and needed to move the family away from the area.</p> <p>“Today’s call was to attend a section of the Cleveland Way to issue safety advice to two adults and a child camping on the cliff edge,” the Staithes Coastguard said.</p> <iframe src="https://www.facebook.com/plugins/post.php?href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2Fstaithes.coastguard%2Fposts%2F1857131324439338&amp;width=500&amp;show_text=true&amp;height=752&amp;appId" width="500" height="752" style="border: none; overflow: hidden;" scrolling="no" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="true" allow="autoplay; clipboard-write; encrypted-media; picture-in-picture; web-share"></iframe> <p>“An Officer from North Yorkshire Police also attended due to breach of coronavirus restrictions.</p> <p>“Safety advice was given from Coastguard Rescue Officers due to the dangerous location of their tent, especially with recent landslips.</p> <p>“If you see anyone at risk or in danger at the coast, immediately call 999 and ask for the Coastguard.”</p> <p>As a social media post was put up about the incident, people have slammed the couple for being "braindead".</p> <p>“Not just being stupid for themselves &amp; putting a child in danger but using up valuable time with the coastguard when they could be elsewhere,” one user wrote.</p> <p>Another agreed, saying: “Beggars belief! You can see where the ground has partially broken away! Braindead”.</p> <p>People were particularly angry as the trail where the family were found has recently seen devastating landslides.</p> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div>

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8 ways to de-stress while travelling

<p>1. Plan out your time<br />If you’re always missing transport connections, look at how you are allotting your time. Your travel guide may say it takes 40 minutes to get to the airport. Allow at least an extra 20 minutes so you arrive feeling fresh and calm.</p> <p>2. Escape briefly<br />Slip away from the hustle and bustle once in a while. Most cities have botanic gardens, and there are always nature trails where you can enjoy the local scenery.</p> <p>3. Avoid unnecessary tech accessories<br />Smartphones, tablets or computers remind us of home. Leave as much technology behind as you can and allow yourself to feel a sense of freedom from everyday life.</p> <p>4. Do just one thing a day<br />For example, if you’re sightseeing, choose one place to visit (instead of four) and make a day of it with lunch or coffee in a nearby cafe.</p> <p>5. Bring snacks<br />Have a bag of non-perishable snacks on hand (try protein bars, dried fruit and nuts, juice boxes, or pretzels). Unexpected delays on a long journey will be more stressful if you’re hungry.</p> <p>6. Once in a while, do nothing<br />Lie down and just unwind.</p> <p>7. Stretch<br />Long bouts of sitting on planes and trains take a toll on your circulation. Lift your knees and stretch your calves for 30 seconds. This reduces the risk of blood clots that can result from sitting too long in one position.</p> <p>8. Keep perspective<br />Your troubles are often smaller than they seem. To remind yourself of that, keep a picture of the Earth taken from space, a starry night, or the ocean, and look at it whenever you feel overwhelmed. Amid countless stars and the crashing of waves against the shore, how important is getting to that third museum, really?</p> <p class="p1"><em>This article first appeared on <a href="https://www.readersdigest.com.au/travel/tips/destress-while-travelling"><span class="s1">Reader’s Digest</span></a>. For more of what you love from the world’s best-loved magazine, <a href="http://readersdigest.com.au/subscribe"><span class="s1">here’s our best subscription offer</span></a>.</em></p>

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12 reasons you might have a migraine (besides hormones)

<p>You consume “trigger” foods<br />According to Headache Australia, foods such as cheese, chocolate and processed meats may trigger migraine headaches. However, the foods that cause migraines often differ depending on the individual; surprising foods such as snow peas, olives, and soy sauce have reportedly triggered migraines in some people. Be your own expert by keeping a log of the foods you have eaten before a migraine attack. Doing so can help you determine which foods to avoid in the future.</p> <p>You drink sugary or caffeinated drinks<br />Sugary, caffeinated and alcoholic drinks are also on the ‘Migraine triggers’ list. These drinks can result in dehydration and also contain preservatives that increase blood flow to the brain, both common causes of migraines.</p> <p>Your sleeping patterns have changed<br />Many migraine sufferers find that missing sleep or getting too much sleep can trigger a migraine attack. If the migraines are temporary, there’s probably no need to make a change, but if they persist it might be time to regulate your sleeping pattern.</p> <p>You’re at risk of a stroke<br />If migraines are unusual for you, they could be a sign that you are having a stroke. “Migraine headaches can masquerade as a stroke because they have the same neurological symptoms,” Ralph Sacco, MD, professor of neurology at the University of Miami, told Reader’s Digest. “I tell people to treat it like a stroke and call for help; let us figure it out.” Vision problems and numbness in your arms and legs are also migraine symptoms that could signal a stroke.</p> <p>You’re stressed out<br />Yes, it’s true – stress at home or work could be causing that intense, throbbing migraine pain in your skull. But here’s the good news: research has shown that meditation could be a solution to chronic migraines. One study at the Wake Forest Baptist Medical Centre found that adults with migraines who participated in a meditation and yoga program for eight weeks had shorter and less debilitating migraine headaches than those who received standard medical care. The members of the first group also tended to have less frequent and less severe migraine attacks, and reported having a greater sense of self-control over their migraines.</p> <p>You’re sensitive to sensory stimulation<br />Flickering lights and strong-smelling perfumes could be triggering your migraine. A study published in Nature Neuroscience found that when the membranes around the central and nervous system get irritated, pain receptors are stimulated in the brain. For sensitivity to light, wearing sunglasses – even at night – can limit this irritation.<br />You have hidden heart problems<br />Studies have found that those who suffer from frequent migraines could be more prone to vascular problems like heart attacks and heart disease. Researchers stress the importance of maintaining a healthy lifestyle that lowers high blood pressure and cholesterol, as well as quitting smoking.</p> <p>You’re dehydrated<br />Migraines can strike when your body loses too much water. Make sure you are drinking the recommended 2.5 to 3.5 litres of water per day to decrease your risk of a migraine attack.</p> <p>You have a brain tumour<br />If nausea, vomiting, motor weakness or changes in memory, personality or thinking accompany your migraine, you could be at risk for a brain tumour or brain cancer. Talk to your doctor right away if your migraine worsens.</p> <p>You’re near bad weather<br />Certain weather patterns are associated with the onset of migraines, according to researchers at the University of Cincinnati. Their study found that migraines were 28 percent more likely to occur when lightning struck, perhaps due to electromagnetic changes.</p> <p>You have caffeine withdrawal<br />Although caffeine withdrawal is commonly known as a migraine trigger, researchers aren’t quite sure what causes the headache. Some believe it may be due to a signalling chemical, called adenosine, whose receptors are typically blocked by caffeine intake. But caffeine headaches don’t normally occur unless the individual has been used to drinking many cups of coffee a day, according to everydayhealth.com. Thankfully, caffeine withdrawal only lasts for a few days, and cutting back on caffeine gradually instead of quitting cold turkey can limit the painful side effects of withdrawal.</p> <p>You’re genetically inclined to have migraines<br />Sometimes, all you can do is chalk up your migraines to your genes. A 2013 study at the University of California linked migraines with a certain genetic mutation in humans. It found that a significant proportion of migraine sufferers in the families they studied either had the mutation or were the offspring of a mutation carrier.</p> <p class="p1"><em>Written by Brooke Nelson. This article first appeared on <a href="https://www.readersdigest.com.au/healthsmart/conditions/12-reasons-you-might-have-a-migraine-besides-hormones"><span class="s1">Reader’s Digest</span></a>. For more of what you love from the world’s best-loved magazine, <a href="http://readersdigest.com.au/subscribe"><span class="s1">here’s our best subscription offer</span></a>.</em>​</p>

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32 little life skills everyone needs to be a grown-up

<p>Balance a budget<br />The old advice used to be that everyone needed to know how to balance their chequebook, but thanks to digital banking and credit cards, check registers have gone the way of the woolly mammoth. But that doesn’t mean that budgeting, perhaps the most important household skill there is, should too. In lieu of a physical accounting, make sure you know how to track your income and expenses. You can create your own spreadsheet at home or use an app, but whatever you do, make sure you do it.</p> <p>Say “no”<br />For such a short word, it’s amazing how many of us have a hard time saying it. But learning how to graciously but firmly say “no” – without padding it with excuses or white lies – is a critical life skill. If you’re one of those people who automatically says “yes” when someone asks you to do something and feels guilty saying “no,” try saying “I need to think about it” instead. That will give you time to think through your schedule and decide if it’s something you can really do without the pressure of having the person’s pleading eyes boring into you. And remember: Every time you say “yes” to one thing (like working late), you’re also saying “no” to everything else (like the gym, dinner with your family, and a reasonable bedtime).</p> <p>Boil an egg<br />Eggs are a cheap source of quality protein, and when you boil them you add portable to their list of wonderful qualities. But boiling the perfect egg can be tricky – too short and you end up with gross gooey whites, too long and you have a bouncy ball that crumbles when you try to bite into it. Listen up adults: It doesn’t have to be hard.</p> <p>Accept criticism<br />You did something wrong? Congratulations, you’re human! Unfortunately we often treat mistakes as personal failures, which makes hearing about them upsetting (to put it mildly), and when others try to offer criticism it can unleash your inner Hulk. But if you can teach yourself to see mistakes as learning opportunities instead, it makes them – and the inevitable criticism that comes with them – so much easier to handle.</p> <p>Sew on a button<br />Clothing quality has been markedly decreasing over the years, and unfortunately, so have sewing skills. This means that not only is a popped button, a hanging hem, or a hole in a sweater inevitable (thank you fast fashion!) but you’re stuck buying a new item or relying on safety pins in weird places instead of doing what should be a simple fix.</p> <p>Understand consequences<br />Want to party but not wake up with a hangover? Stuff yourself with cake but not gain weight? Take off every Friday but still have a job on Monday? Speed but never get a ticket? Well, we’re sorry to be the ones to break this to you, but this is not the way the world works. (Usually.) We all know this on an intellectual level, and yet we rage against it on an emotional level, living as if we don’t understand the immutable law of consequences. So here you go: When you make a choice to do something, you are also choosing the consequence. It’s a package deal.</p> <p>Change a tyre<br />The NRMA and roadside service are a godsend for sure, but it takes only one time of having your car tyre go flat on a mountain road two hours away from the nearest town to make you realise the importance of knowing how to change a tyre. You won’t need to use this skill very often (we hope!) but it’s well worth the time spent learning it for the handful of times you do. After all, mountain roads are fun to drive!</p> <p>Have a face-to-face conversation<br />Communicating with another person while looking them in the eye may be humankind’s oldest skill, but in an age of FaceTime, texting and email we’re rapidly losing the talent for robust conversation. Yet nothing shows your interest and commitment more than simply talking with someone in person. Once the conversation is flowing, remember the golden ratio: 51 percent listening, 49 percent talking.</p> <p>Change a nappy<br />Babies are tiny, fragile humans that literally have holes in their skulls, so it makes sense that a lot of people are nervous to be left alone with them. But newborns not as breakable as they first seem, and learning a few basics, including changing a nappy, can go a long way toward making you look and feel like a competent caregiver. Even if you don’t have kids, knowing how to change a nappy can still come in handy in case of a babysitting emergency. Thankfully modern nappies make this a pretty painless process.</p> <p>Pay a bill<br />Paying your bills is Adulting 101, but it’s not as simple as handing over the money. You need to read through the bill and make sure it’s correct, check your bank balance for sufficient funds, ensure you’re paying it in a timely fashion, use the correct method, and make sure they got it and applied it correctly to your account.</p> <p>Do a load of laundry<br />Who doesn’t love the feel of freshly washed sheets? Or the look of white socks? Or the reassurance of clean underwear? No one, that’s who. The importance of learning how to properly use your washer and dryer cannot be overstated.</p> <p>A good work ethic<br />There comes a day in every young person’s life when no one is kicking them out of bed in the morning and telling them where to be and when. It’s a milestone moment when you realise it’s all on you to make sure you get to work, do all your work, and not do too much work – and then get ‘er done.</p> <p>Understand a lease agreement<br />Your parents probably didn’t make you sign a lease to live at home, but it’s likely that everyone you live with thereafter will have some paperwork waiting for your John Hancock. Unfortunately, leases can be full of legalese and tricky to read, often coming with ironclad provisions that can come back to bite you in the butt later if you don’t understand what you’re signing.</p> <p>Do your own taxes<br />Taxes have a bad rep for being hair-pulling, pillow-screaming, papers of frustration. And with good reason. But just because they’re complicated, boring and crazy-making doesn’t give you a pass on doing them. So why not skip the pain and just pay someone else to do them for you? Doing your own taxes, even if it’s just for one year, gives you vital insight into how your own finances work and a better understanding of how the government works.</p> <p>Cook a meal<br />Spaghetti counts. So does chicken and rice. Frozen pizza does not (sorry). Learning to make a meal, from selecting a recipe to shopping for ingredients, to cooking to clean-up, is a vital life skill for anyone who likes to eat. (So, everyone.) You don’t have to be a chef or even make something with more than five ingredients, but you’ll be amazed at how empowering and fun it can be to play around in the kitchen.</p> <p>Write a resume<br />Getting a job helps decide everything from where you live to what you eat to how happy you are, so pick a good one. Step one to getting your dream job? Crafting a solid resume.</p> <p>Shop for groceries<br />He’s making a list and he’s checking it twice – and we’re not talking about Santa, we’re talking about you. Walking into a store without a plan is the fastest way to blow your budget and end up home with three boxes of doughnuts and no milk. Making the effort to plan your meals, write an organised list, and shop from said list will save you money, time and frustration. To make it easier, keep a running list throughout the week, adding items as you go. Some pro shoppers find it helpful to make categories, like produce, dairy and frozen – so you don’t have to zigzag around the store to find all the stuff on your list.</p> <p>Have good table manners<br />Chew with your mouth closed. Know what fork is for which dish. Put a cloth napkin on your lap. Chew with your mouth closed. Don’t pick up food with your fingers. Don’t slurp your soup. Serve food from communal dishes to your plate, not your mouth. Oh, and did we mention chewing with your mouth closed? Make your mother proud and use your good table manners, whether you’re eating at home, at the local cafe, or a four-star restaurant.</p> <p>Drill a hole<br />Basic home repairs like drilling a hole, levelling a picture, unclogging a toilet, fixing a leaky tap, repairing small holes in drywall and other household fixes will make your life simpler and save your hard-earned cash.</p> <p>Navigating public transport<br />Cars are great but buses, trains, trams and ferries are a daily necessity for many city dwellers, so knowing how to use them efficiently is a handy skill. Even if you don’t live in an area where mass transit is a thing, knowing how to navigate public transportation can be a lifesaver when you travel, especially in foreign countries.</p> <p class="p1"><em>Written by Charlotte Hilton Andersen. This article first appeared on <a href="https://www.readersdigest.com.au/culture/32-little-life-skills-everyone-needs-to-be-a-grown-up"><span class="s1">Reader’s Digest</span></a>. For more of what you love from the world’s best-loved magazine, <a href="http://readersdigest.com.au/subscribe"><span class="s1">here’s our best subscription offer</span></a>.</em></p>

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Queen Elizabeth’s subtle tribute to Prince Philip over live video stream

<p><span>The Queen has long been a fan of making subtle but succinct statements with her jewelry, and as her husband remains in hospital, she has paid tribute to him in the best way she knows how.</span><br /><br /><span>While on a live video call, the 94-year-old monarch donned a sentimental brooch which she first wore in her official 1947 engagement photos.</span><br /><br /><span>The stunning Diamond Clematis Brooch has been featured several times throughout the years and has six distinctive diamond petals.</span></p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7840056/queen-elizabeth-1.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/35cc5caddc9f47b49e7626d7624f5c2c" /></p> <p><em>Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip, 1947. </em><br /><br /><span>It comes as Philip recovers in a London hospital after he admitted himself over two weeks ago with complaints of an infection.</span><br /><br /><span>The Queen and Philip received their COVID vaccines in early January, and the monarch is urging Britons to get the jab, claiming it “didn’t hurt at all”.</span><br /><br /><span>She was joined by people overseeing the vaccine rollout, including Dr Emily Lawson, chief commercial officer of NHS England and Derek Grieve from the Scottish Government’s vaccinations division.</span><br /><br /><span>“Once you’ve had the vaccine you have a feeling of, you know, you’re protected, which is I think very important,” the Queen said.</span><br /><br /><span>“And the other thing is that it is obviously difficult for people if they’ve never had a vaccine or they’ve had to um, but they ought to think about other people rather than themselves.”</span><br /><br /><span>The Queen and her husband have been staying at Windsor Castle while seeing through England’s current coronavirus lockdown.</span></p>

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"I hope I make it": 7-year-old works to pay for her own brain surgery

<div class="body_text redactor-styles redactor-in"> <div class="body_text redactor-styles redactor-in"> <p>Liza Scott, 7, has set up a lemonade stand inside her mother's bakery to raise money for her much-needed brain surgeries.</p> <p>“She has three cerebral malformations,” her mother Elizabeth said. “One is what they call a schizencephaly. So it’s a cleft in the frontal lobe in the right side of her brain, and we think that’s what causing the seizures.”</p> <p>Liza started having Grand Mal seizures and weeks later, doctors discovered that she had an "extra special brain".</p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7840067/liza-1.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/947a013cda2d4bf88832369e30bd05eb" /></p> <p>“In most every instance of these rare malformations doctors only see one malformation — in Liza’s case she has 3,” Elizabeth wrote on<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.mightycause.com/story/Lemonadeforliza" target="_blank">Liza’s Mightycause page</a>.</p> <p>Liza is getting her first round of surgeries next week, which she is scared about, but her mother is trying to calm her down.</p> <p>“I can’t handle it. So, I hope I make it,” Liza said. “My mom keeps saying I’m going to, but I feel like I’m not.”</p> <p>Her mother, Elizabeth Scott, set up the Mightycause page as she is a single mother and needs financial help to pay for the surgeries.</p> <p>“As a single mom and the financial supporter of both of my children, this is not something you can budget for,” Scott said to<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://whnt.com/news/i-hope-i-make-it-7-year-old-alabama-girl-selling-lemonade-to-fund-her-own-brain-surgeries/" target="_blank"><em>WHNT</em></a>.</p> <p>The page has gone viral and at the time of writing, $230,844 has been raised for Liza and her much-needed surgeries.</p> </div> </div>

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40 funny marriage quotes that might actually be true

<p>“Getting married is like trading the adoration of many for the sarcasm of one.”— Mae West</p> <p>“To keep your marriage brimming, with love in the wedding cup, whenever you’re wrong, admit it; whenever you’re right, shut up.”— Ogden Nash</p> <p>“Before I got married, I had six theories about raising children; now I have six children and no theories.”— John Wilmot</p> <p>“I married for love but the obvious side benefit of having someone around to find my glasses cannot be ignored.”— Cameron Esposito</p> <p>“The definition of eternity is two people and a ham.”— Dorothy Parker</p> <p>“Marriage is a wonderful institution, but who wants to live in an institution?”— Groucho Marx</p> <p>“Sometimes I wonder if men and women really suit each other. Perhaps they should just live next door and visit now and then.”— Katherine Hepburn</p> <p>“An archeologist is the best husband a woman can have. The older she gets, the more interested he is in her.”— Agatha Christie</p> <p>“By all means, marry. If you get a good wife, you’ll become happy; if you get a bad one, you’ll become a philosopher.”— Socrates</p> <p>“One of the keys to a successful marriage is separate bathrooms. When he enters my bathroom sometimes, I’m like, ‘Why are you in here?’ And he’s like, ‘I live here. Can I enjoy my bathroom too?’”— Michelle Obama</p> <p>“Keep your eyes wide open before marriage, half shut afterwards.”— Benjamin Franklin</p> <p>“Before you marry a person you should first make them use a computer with slow Internet to see who they really are.”— Will Ferrell</p> <p>“Marriage is the bond between a person who never remembers anniversaries and another who never forgets them.”—Ogden Nash</p> <p>“Marriage is not just spiritual communion; it is also remembering to take out the trash.”— Joyce Brothers</p> <p>“Never get married in college; it’s hard to get a start if a prospective employer finds you’ve already made one mistake.”— Elbert Hubbard</p> <p>“The most important four words for a successful marriage: ‘I’ll do the dishes.’”— Anonymous</p> <p>“I love being married. It’s so great to find that one special person you want to annoy for the rest of your life.”— Rita Rudner</p> <p>“The best thing to ever happen to marriage is the pause-live-TV button.” —Rick Reilly</p> <p>“Marriage is an attempt to solve problems together which you didn’t even have when you were on your own.”— Eddie Cantor</p> <p>“Husband secretly lowers the thermostat and I secretly turn it back up. We both vehemently deny touching it. Marriage is fun.”— Stephanie Ortiz</p> <p>“A man’s main job is to protect his woman from her desire to ‘get bangs’ every other month.”— Dax Shepard</p> <p>“I’d like to publicly thank my husband [Dax Shepard] for changing half the diapers in our house. I hope he changes all of mine one day…”— Kristen Bell</p> <p>“Just found out the wife is writing a book about our honeymoon, called ’50 Shades of Just O.K.’”— Conan O’Brien</p> <p>“When you see a married couple walking down the street, the one that’s a few steps ahead is the one that’s mad.”― Helen Rowland</p> <p>“My husband and I have never considered divorce… murder sometimes, but never divorce.”— Dr Joyce Brothers</p> <p>“Never ever discount the idea of marriage. Sure, someone might tell you that marriage is just a piece of paper. Well, so is money, and what’s more life-affirming than cold, hard cash?”— Dennis Miller</p> <p>“Husbands and wives are irritating. But without them, who would we blame for misplacing our socks?” — Janet Periat</p> <p>“I now pronounce you man and wife. You may now change your Facebook status.” — Anonymous</p> <p>“Marriage is like vitamins: we supplement each other’s minimum daily requirements.” — Kathy Mohnke</p> <p>“If love is the answer, could you rephrase the question.” — Lily Tomlin</p> <p>“I love you no matter what you do, but do you have to do so much of it?” — Jean Illsley Clarke</p> <p>“My wife is a psychologist… Not only does she know when I’m being a jerk, but she knows exactly what type of jerk I’m being.” — Lee Judge</p> <p>“Marriage is an alliance entered into by a man who can’t sleep with the window shut, and a woman who can’t sleep with the window open.” — George Bernard Shaw</p> <p>“Why do married people live longer than single people? I think it’s because married people make a special effort to live longer than their partner — just so they can have the last word.” — Janet Periat</p> <p>“Marriage is really tough because you have to deal with feelings … and lawyers.” — Richard Pryor</p> <p>“I’m going to get married again because I’m more mature now, and I need some kitchen stuff.” — Wendy Liebman</p> <p>“Marriage: sometimes soulmates, sometimes cellmates.” — Rory Elder</p> <p>“Always get married in the morning. That way if it doesn’t work out, you haven’t wasted the whole day.” — Mickey Rooney</p> <p>“When you’re in love, it’s the most glorious two-and-a-half days of your life.” — Richard Lewis</p> <p>“Some mornings I wake up grouchy. Other mornings I just let him sleep.” — Unknown</p> <p class="p1">Written by Beth Dreher and Emma Taubenfeld. This article first appeared on <a href="https://www.readersdigest.com.au/true-stories-lifestyle/relationships/40-funny-marriage-quotes-that-might-actually-be-true"><span class="s1">Reader’s Digest</span></a>. For more of what you love from the world’s best-loved magazine, <a href="http://readersdigest.com.au/subscribe"><span class="s1">here’s our best subscription offer</span></a>.</p>

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Sylvia Jeffreys accidentally messes up live gender reveal

<p><em>Today Extra</em><span> </span>host Sylvia Jeffreys wanted to celebrate her second son on the way by doing a gender reveal live on air.</p> <p>Despite knowing she was already having a new baby boy, she wanted to try out the trend.</p> <p>Jeffreys went for a simple approach by popping a balloon with coloured confetti inside, blue for boys and pink for girls.</p> <p>"I may not have stuffed up the reveal a little too early by trying to test the strength of the pin," she said as footage of her holding a balloon and pin began to play.</p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height:281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7840125/sylvia-1.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/9b7213caccb1427898aabb28f696707f" /></p> <div class="post_body_wrapper"> <div class="post_body"> <div class="body_text redactor-styles redactor-in"> <p>Luckily, Karl Stefanovic called for a do-over.</p> <p>"We're just going to ignore what happened before. This is the magic of television," he said.</p> <p>"It's a surprise. You're having a boy," he said.</p> <p>Jeffreys giggled and asked if she could call her husband, Pete.</p> <p>"I might just call my husband and let him know, if that's alright. We feel alright about that?</p> <p>"That was a really happy moment. Thanks for sharing it with me."</p> <p><em>Photo credits:<span> </span></em><a rel="noopener" href="https://9now.nine.com.au/today/today-show-sylvia-jeffreys-bungles-own-gender-reveal/6d5ee0d9-3a2a-4364-9c00-a7d14967a2d0" target="_blank"><em>Today</em></a></p> </div> </div> </div>

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Dannii Minogue opens up about being “pitted” against Kylie

<p><span>In a candid interview, Dannii Minogue has revealed just what it was like to be the little sister of one of the biggest pop stars in the world, admitting it was anything but easy.</span><br /><br /><span>When the sisters first started out and Kylie blew up into stardom, Dannii told You magazine she felt a lot of judgement when she moved home to Australia from the UK in the 90s.</span><br /><br /><span>The Masked Singer judge said that during that era, supermodels such as Kate Moss were the norm on magazine covers and that “wasn’t her”.</span><br /><br /><span>“I was definitely pitted against my sister: ‘She’s thin and perfect and you’re not, you’re fat and…’ – I’ve had every word said to me. It was difficult,” Dannii said.</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/CAtlZISFcOJ/?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/CAtlZISFcOJ/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by danniiminogue (@danniiminogue)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p><br /><span>The Aussie singer said she and her big sisters were forced to discuss their issues as she didn’t want it to consume all of their time together.</span><br /><br /><span>Dannii also touched on being a mentor on shows such as X Factor in the UK, revealing it taught her a lot about herself and being a mother.</span><br /><br /><span>“My sister had always said she definitely wanted to have kids, whereas I never thought I would. At all. So then it’s weird that I have a son and she doesn’t have kids – you just never know how it’s going to turn out,” she said.</span><br /><br /><span>Dannii has a 10-year-old son Ethan, who she shares with British model Kris Smith.</span><br /><br /><span>Dannii now lives in Melbourne.</span><br /><br /><span>Her return home caused uproar after it was revealed she and her son quarantined at a Gold Coast residence instead of at a government-mandated hotel.</span></p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7840108/danni-minogue-kylie-1.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/f7ad7c04fdd44dd197afa1ab08edbe1e" /></p> <p><em>Image Source: Instagram</em><br /><br /><span>Queensland’s Health Minister Steven Miles confirmed on ABC radio that Dannii was in isolation at a private home with Ethan.</span><br /><br /><span>The pair returned from the United States, but were not forced to stay in a hotel for 14 days.</span><br /><br /><span>It is believed she was granted permission by the Queensland government to head straight to the Gold Coast property.</span><br /><br /><span>She admitted to TV Week that homeschooling her son was “the hardest” part of lockdown.</span><br /><br /><span>"Seriously, I would do live TV any day of the week rather than try to be a teacher for my son,” she said.</span><br /><br /><span>"I'm Googling non-stop.</span><br /><br /><span>“I even called his teacher to ask how she does that each day and then go home to two kids, but she reassured me it's always harder to teach her own kids."</span></p>

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Prince Charles withdraws "financial support" from Prince Harry and Meghan

<div class="post_body_wrapper"> <div class="post_body"> <div class="body_text redactor-styles redactor-in"> <p>Harry and Meghan are being forced to find new arrangements for any mail sent to them after Prince Charles and Clarence House withdrew "financial support" from the couple.</p> <p>The<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.telegraph.co.uk/royal-family/2021/02/27/prince-harry-meghan-hunt-new-uk-mail-address-clarence-house/" target="_blank"><em>UK Telegraph</em></a><span> </span>has reported that all professional ties, including the Sussex's mail service in the UK, is being severed by the end of next month.</p> <p>Members of the royal family can receive thousands of letters and cards per month and the Correspondence Section at Clarence House was previously responsible for the Sussex family.</p> <p>Instead, the pair will need to make new arrangements to receive their mail in the US.</p> <p>What is said to have tipped Prince Charles' decision is the new 90-minute documentary that Harry and Meghan are doing with Oprah to discuss why they quit being working royals.</p> <p>The Duke and Duchess of Sussex were stripped of their titles in mid-February after they decided to renounce their duties and step away from public service for good.</p> <p>A statement by Buckingham Palace said at the time they are "saddened by their decision" but said Meghan and Harry "remain much loved members of the family."</p> </div> </div> </div>

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Linda Reynolds faces defamation lawsuit for “lying cow” comment

<p><span>Lawyers for Brittany Higgins have revealed they’ve served letters threatening to sue Linda Reynolds for defamation after she called Higgins a “lying cow.”</span><br /><br /><span>The Defence Minister reportedly made the slur against Higgins on February 15 after she alleged that she was sexually assaulted in the minister’s office in March 2019.</span><br /><br /><span>Higgins’ lawyers reportedly intend to sue Reynolds for “hurt and distress” caused by “malicious remarks”, unless the minister goes forward with a full public apology.</span><br /><br /><span>Lawyers for Higgins accuse the Senator of making a “demeaning and belittling” statement that was “highly defamatory”.</span><br /><br /><span>“The cavalier manner in which those words were spoken make it plain that they were not spoken privately or in confidence,” the letter has stated.</span><br /><br /><span>“You are also aware that this distasteful character assassination of our client has been republished widely, causing her immense hurt and distress.</span><br /><br /><span>“Our client is appalled that an apology has not been extended to her.”</span><br /><br /><span>Prime Minister Scott Morrison said on Thursday that Reynolds “deeply regretted” making the remarks.</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/CLnVhHNpon2/?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/CLnVhHNpon2/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by mUMPIRE (@mumpire_au)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p><br /><span>He said she had let the comment pass I her private office to staff members after “a stressful week”.</span><br /><br /><span>“That doesn’t excuse it, not for a second,” he said.</span><br /><br /><span>“And she made the appropriate apologies to her staff and rectified that.”</span><br /><br /><span>Morrison said the comment came after articles stated that Higgins didn’t feel supported by the government following her alleged rape.</span><br /><br /><span>“She was not making those comments, as she said to me this morning, in relation to the allegation of sexual assault,” he said.</span><br /><br /><span>“Her comments, she said to me, related to the further commentary about levels of support provided and her frustrations about how she felt that they were doing everything they believed in their power to provide support.</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/CImyxy_De3Y/?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/CImyxy_De3Y/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Senator Linda Reynolds (@lindakreynolds1)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p><br /><span>“Clearly, over a period of time, there was a very different view about that.”</span><br /><br /><span>Senator Jacqui Lambie said on Thursday that Reynolds’ career was “done.”</span><br /><br /><span>“She will have to come out and she’ll either have to defend herself or say whether or not she made those comments,” Lambie said to Sky News.</span><br /><br /><span>“If she did, she’ll have to resign at the same time.</span><br /><br /><span>“I think Reynolds is gone.</span><br /><br /><span>“If she’s not coming out and denying that and now she’s trying to smooth it over … her career is done.”</span><br /><br /><strong><em>If you or someone you know is impacted by sexual assault, family or domestic violence, call 1800RESPECT on 1800 737 732 or visit 1800RESPECT.org.au.</em></strong></p>

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50% of Australians are prepared to pay more tax to improve aged care workers’ pay, survey shows

<p>The final report from the aged care royal commission this week was damning. Speaking of a system in crisis, it calls for an urgent overhaul.</p> <p>The Morrison government has been facing difficult questions regarding which of the 148 recommendations it will adopt. It also needs to grapple with how to pay for the much-needed changes.</p> <p>On this question, the royal commissioners disagree. Commissioner Lynelle Briggs calls for a levy of 1% of taxable personal income, while commissioner Tony Pagone recommends the Productivity Commission investigate an aged care levy.</p> <p>A 1% levy could cost the median person who already pays the medicare levy about $610 a year, while boosting funds for the aged care sector by almost $8 billion a year.</p> <p>So far, the government has played down the idea of new taxes. There is a view this would be hard sell for a Coalition elected, at least in part, to lower taxation.</p> <p>But as debate continues about how to make the changes we need to aged care (and not just talk about it), our research suggests many Australians support a levy to improve the quality and sustainability of our aged care system.</p> <p>Our research<br />In September 2020, we surveyed over 1,000 Australians aged 18 to 87 years, representative by age, gender and state. We wanted to find out how the pandemic influenced attitudes to health, well-being and caring for others.<br />Our findings indicated overwhelming public support for aged care reform, to ensure all older Australians are treated with dignity.</p> <p>The vast majority of our respondents (86%) either “strongly agreed” or “agreed” Australia needed more skilled and trained aged care workers. On top of this, 80% thought aged care workers should be paid more for the work that they did.</p> <p>More than 80% also either “strongly agreed” or “agreed” that nurses working in aged care should be paid at an equivalent rate to nurses working in the health system. Currently, nurses working in aged care are paid, on average, about 10-15% less.</p> <p><strong>The crunch point</strong><br />Importantly, 50% of our respondents showed a willingness to pay additional tax to fund better pay and conditions for aged care workers. Of those willing to pay more tax, 70% were willing to pay 1% or more per year.</p> <p>This finding supports previous larger-scale research we undertook for the royal commission, before the pandemic.</p> <p>Here we found similar levels of public support for increased income tax contributions to support system-wide improvements. This suggests politicians seem to underestimate the public appetite for improvements to the system, and people’s willingness to contribute to achieve this.</p> <p><strong>Changing ideas about economic ‘success’</strong><br />Our survey findings also highlighted a growing recognition among Australians of the importance of a broader range of social and economic goals.</p> <p>For some time, economists, academics, organisations and peak bodies have been calling for a move away from traditional economic indicators (such as economic growth and expanding gross domestic product) at any cost, towards a broader definition of success.</p> <p>This would see governments focus on policies that promote a more equal distribution of wealth and well-being, where the fundamentals of community cohesion are highly valued and our natural resources are protected.</p> <p>We asked our survey respondents to rank the relative importance of seven key areas of public policy in framing Australia’s pathway to recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, including:</p> <ul> <li>dignity (people have enough to live in comfort, safety and happiness)</li> <li>nature and climate (a restored natural world which supports life into the future)</li> <li>social connection (a sense of community belonging and institutions that serve the common good)</li> <li>fairness (equal opportunity for all Australians and the gap between the richest and the poorest greatly reduced)</li> <li>participation (having as much control over your daily life as you would want)</li> <li>economic growth (an increase in the amount of goods and services produced in Australia), and</li> <li>economic prosperity (full employment and low inflation levels).<br />The criteria ranked most important by the largest proportion of our survey respondents were dignity (20.1%) and fairness (19.3%).</li> </ul> <p>Traditional economic indicators were not the highest priorities for the Australians we surveyed. Instead, economic growth and prosperity were only ranked as a top priority by 15.3% and 15.2% of our respondents respectively.</p> <p>This suggests the general public recognises the importance of moving beyond the traditional markers of a successful society.</p> <p><strong>What Australians want</strong><br />Our research shows significant aged care reform is entirely consistent with the current priorities of the Australian public.</p> <p>The burning question now is whether the Morrison government will step up to the challenge.</p> <p class="p1"><em>Written by Rachel Milte and Julie Ratcliffe. This article first appeared on <a href="https://theconversation.com/50-of-australians-are-prepared-to-pay-more-tax-to-improve-aged-care-workers-pay-survey-shows-156299"><span class="s1">The Conversation</span></a>.</em></p>

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Body language expert assesses Christian Porter

<p><span>A body language expert has claimed that the historical rape allegations made against Attorney-General Christian Porter has taken a “heavy toll” on him.</span><br /><br /><span>Mr Porter ousted himself as the federal minister accused of raping a 16-year-old girl in 1988, and insists it never happened and he will not stand down from his position.</span><br /><br /><span>In a live press conference on Wednesday afternoon, Mr Porter was grilled over the allegations which were investigated by police who closed the case on Tuesday and concluded there was not enough evidence to proceed.</span><br /><br /><span>The 50-year-old former public prosecutor said he attended a debating competition at Sydney University with his accuser when he was 17 and she was 16.</span></p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7840115/christian-porter-5.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/839e354496424b089e7392265861c2c4" /><br /><br /><span>He denied however, sleeping with the woman, who has since taken her own life.</span><br /><br /><span>Body language and speech expert Michael Kelly said the man came across as “aggrieved” and righteous, but also dejected.</span><br /><br /><span>“He gave a genuine presentation of himself and his ideas. He was very measured,” Mr Kelly told <em>Daily Mail Australia.</em></span><br /><br /><span>“But you can tell it has taken a heavy toll on him.”</span><br /><br /><span>He went on to say: “His eyes were watery and red, his voice was trembling and he had trouble taking intakes of breath about five minutes in.”</span><br /><br /><span>He said Mr Porter showed a wide range of emotions during the 30-minute press conference.</span><br /><br /><span>The Attorney-General’s red eyes showed a man harrowed and pained while his grieved facial expression signaled remorse, regret, and resignation, Mr Kelly claimed.</span></p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7840116/christian-porter-2.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/dc7c1520f0aa484baac1d378daf3877f" /><br /><br /><span>“He’s a public figure accused of some serious allegations and that stress showed through his words, body language and gestures,” Mr Kelly said.</span><br /><br /><span>“He showed to be not hiding or covering anything up.”</span><br /><br /><span>Mr Kelly also addressed Mr Porter's message to the family of his deceased accuser.</span><br /><br /><span>He told them they didn't deserve the frenzied politicisation in the past week of the circumstances of her death.</span><br /><br /><span>Mr Porter pleaded with the family to understand why he was deny their loved one's claims of historic sexual assault however didn't want to impose anymore on their grief.</span><br /><br /><span>“His pained, facial expression and flushed facial skin (lack of blood to the face) signal that his vitality; some of his life force has been ‘drained’ due to the accusation,” Mr Kelly said.</span><br /><br /><span>“Throughout the delivery, there was a thin, tremulous voice signalling remorse, resignation, sorrow and empathy (for the family) about the incident.”</span><br /><br /><span>In reference to Mr Porter’s sharp intakes of breath while being grilled by reporters, Mr Kelly said: “He appears frustrated about the position he's in but he doesn't shut them down.”</span><br /><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7840117/christian-porter-4.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/62f8c1f08a144938874b3acba4b3e75a" /><br /><span>“His face showed no inconsistencies. If you look at the whole piece, it all fits, there was nothing out of place.</span><br /><br /><span>“He’s earnest in trying to do his job.”</span><br /><br /><span>Mr Porter has refused to stand down from his position.</span><br /><br /><span>“If I stand down from my position as Attorney-General because of an allegation about something that simply did not happen, then any person in Australia can lose their career, their job, their life's work based on nothing more than an accusation that appears in print,” he said.</span><br /><br /><span>“My guess is if I were to resign and that set a new standard there wouldn't be much need for an attorney-general anyway because there would be no rule of law left to protect in this country.</span><br /><br /><span>“So I will not be part of letting that happen while I am attorney-general and I am sure you will ask and I will state to you, I am not standing down or aside.”</span></p> <p><em>Images: Getty </em></p>

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Let her go: 76 experts demand Kathleen Folbigg’s freedom

<p><span>Seventy-six of Australia’s top scientists and doctors are demanding that proclaimed “baby killer” Kathleen Folbigg be released from jail and pardoned immediately.</span><br /><br /><span>The 53-year-old was jailed for 30 years in 2003 over the murders of her children Patrick, Sarah and Laura between 1992 and 1999.</span><br /><br /><span>The mother was also found guilty of the manslaughter of her firstborn child, Caleb, who was just 19 days old when he died in Newcastle in 1989.</span><br /><br /><span>However, 76 eminent researchers, including two Nobel laureates and several Australians of the Year, claim that new medical evidence about a mutant gene carried by two of the Folbigg children ­creates a “strong presumption’’ that the babies died from natural causes.</span><br /><br /><span>They have called on NSW Governor Margaret Beazley to pardon Folbigg and release her from jail.</span></p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7840113/kathleen-folbigg-1.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/bab5deda582f4dde898ee1ada8e61dac" /></p> <p><em><span>Folbigg with her baby daughter Sarah. Image: Supplied</span></em><br /><br /><span>They have called for an end to the “miscarriage of justice’’ they say the Folbigg has suffered.</span><br /><br /><span>“The entire time that Kathleen Folbigg has been in custody is a result of a miscarriage of justice. This year, Ms Folbigg has been incarcerated for 18 years of her life,” they said in a joint statement.</span><br /><br /><span>“The executive prerogative of mercy is designed to deal with failures of the justice system such as this one. It is incumbent on the Governor to exercise her power to stop the ongoing miscarriage of justice suffered by Ms Folbigg. Not to do so is to continue to deny Ms Folbigg basic human rights and to decrease faith in the New South Wales justice system.</span><br /><br /><span>“Ms Folbigg’s case also establishes a dangerous precedent as it means that cogent medical and scientific evidence can simply be ignored in preference to subjective interpretations of circumstantial evidence.”</span><br /><br /><span>Folbigg was found to have smothered her children, however the experts say that is not possible and their deaths were all from natural causes.</span><br /><br /><span>They say a genetic mutation called CALM2 G114R was found in Sarah and Laura’s DNA, inherited from their mother.</span><br /><br /><span>This mutation can cause sudden cardiac arrest in infants.</span><br /><br /><span>They argue that at least those two children likely died of natural causes, and therefore creates reasonable doubt over the convictions.</span><br /><br /><span>“Mutations in this gene are one of the best recognised causes of sudden death in infancy and childhood,” the petition read.</span><br /><br /><span>“The medical evidence that now exists … creates a strong presumption that the Folbigg children died of natural causes.</span><br /><br /><span>“A reasonable person should have doubt about Ms Folbigg killing her four children. Deciding otherwise rejects medical science and the law that sets the standard of proof.”</span></p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7840112/kathleen-folbigg-2.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/d8e0530e580945c19ce43c7dd98b75cc" /></p> <p><em><span>Scientists discovered the mutation in Laura (left) and Sarah (right) Folbigg. Image: Supplied. </span></em><br /><br /><span>Folbigg is considered Australia’s worst female serial killer and “most hated woman”, she has always maintained her innocence.</span><br /><br /><span>Her murder convictions that were based largely on entries she wrote in her diary, have been upheld through numerous legal challenges.</span><br /><br /><span>She had an inquiry in 2019, but it only again affirmed the guilty verdict.</span><br /><br /><span>The experts who signed the petition said this was at odds with medical and scientific evidence, however.</span><br /><br /><span>“This is because a natural cause of death for each of the children has been ascribed by qualified experts, and there was no evidence of smothering,” the petition reads.</span><br /><br /><span>“The Governor should have no doubt that the case against Kathleen Folbigg is entirely circumstantial.</span><br /><br /><span>“It is based on the proposition that the likelihood of four children from one family dying of natural causes is so unlikely as to be virtually impossible.</span><br /><br /><span>“It resulted in medical evidence being rejected in favour of inculpatory interpretations of Ms Folbigg’s vague journal entries, which contained no admissions of guilt.”</span><br /><br /><span>“The executive prerogative of mercy is designed to deal with failures of the justice system such as this one,’’ a letter accompanying the petition and obtained by News Corp Australia states.</span><br /><br /><span>“It is incumbent on the Governor to exercise her power to stop the ongoing miscarriage of justice suffered by Ms Folbigg.</span><br /><br /><span>“Not to do so is to continue to deny Ms Folbigg basic human rights and to decrease faith in the NSW justice system.</span><br /><br /><span>“Ms Folbigg’s case also establishes a dangerous precedent as it means that cogent medical and scientific evidence can simply be ignored in preference to subjective interpretations of circumstantial evidence.’’</span><br /><br /><span>The diary entries used to convict Folbigg have been the subject of much legal debate.</span><br /><br /><span>In her 2019 inquiry, she was questioned extensively about them.</span><br /><br /><span>Chris Maxwell QC for the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions questioned her over her diary entries which led to an emotional response from Folbigg.</span><br /><br /><span>“I don’t know why any of my children died, but I didn’t kill them,” she said.</span><br /><br /><span>“I didn’t kill my children and these diaries are just a record of how depressed (I was) and how many issues I was having.”</span></p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height:281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7840119/kathleen-folbigg-4.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/a44b89d290bc4948a7afc08c83cc3524" /></p> <p><em>Laura Folbigg with her mother Kathleen. <span class="image-source">Source: Supplied.</span></em><br /><br /><span>Mr Maxwell grilled Folbigg over the phrases she used in her diaries — such as “dangerous mood” and “losing control”.</span><br /><br /><span>“In my most dangerous mood I’m not a very nice person to be around,” she wrote in one of the entries.</span><br /><br /><span>Folbigg said of them: “Dangerous mood means depression to me. When I’m depressed or a little cranky, don’t come near me.”</span><br /><br /><span>She further argued in 2018: “Those diaries are written from a point of me always blaming myself.</span><br /><br /><span>“I blamed myself for everything. I took so much of the responsibility, because that’s, as mothers, what you do.”</span><br /><br /><span>The petition argued her latest appeal could take years to finalise.</span><br /><br /><span>“Ms Folbigg has suffered and continues to suffer emotional and psychological trauma and physical abuse in custody,’ the petition read.</span><br /><br /><span>“She has endured the death of her four children and has been wrongfully incarcerated because the justice system has failed her. We the undersigned seek her immediate pardon and release from jail.”</span></p>

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Six Dr Seuss books removed over racist imagery

<div class="post_body_wrapper"> <div class="post_body"> <div class="body_text redactor-styles redactor-in"> <div class="post_body_wrapper"> <div class="post_body"> <div class="body_text redactor-styles redactor-in"> <div class="post_body_wrapper"> <div class="post_body"> <div class="body_text redactor-styles redactor-in"> <p>Six Dr Seuss books will no longer be published as they contain racist and insensitive imagery.</p> <p>"These books portray people in ways that are hurtful and wrong," Dr Seuss Enterprises, the business that preserves and protects the author's legacy, said on Tuesday.</p> <p>"Ceasing sales of these books is only part of our commitment and our broader plan to ensure Dr Seuss Enterprises' catalogue represents and supports all communities and families."</p> <p>The six books that will no longer be published are:</p> <ul> <li><em>And To Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street</em></li> <li><em>If I Ran The Zoo</em></li> <li><em>McElligot's Pool</em></li> <li><em>On Beyond Zebra!</em></li> <li><em>Scrambled Eggs Super!</em></li> <li><em>The Cat's Quizzer</em></li> </ul> <p>The decision to cease sales and publication of these books was made last year after months of discussion.</p> <p>"Dr Seuss Enterprises listened and took feedback from our audiences including teachers, academics and specialists in the field as part of our review process," it said.</p> <p>"We then worked with a panel of experts, including educators, to review our catalogue of titles."</p> <p>Books by Dr Seuss are popular worldwide, as they've been translated into dozens of languages and are sold in more than 100 countries.</p> <p>Despite passing away in 1991, he earned an estimated 42.3 million before taxes in 2020.</p> <p>However, school districts across the US are moving away from Dr Suess as many believe that Suess' works are "steeped in racist propaganda, caricatures and harmful stereotypes".</p> <p>Dr Seuss Enterprises, however, said it was "committed to listening and learning and will continue to review our entire portfolio".</p> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div>

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Sam Armytage was absolutely spot on

<p><span>A former television executive has revealed exactly what TV bosses say about their on-air stars in private meetings.</span><br /><br /><span>Rob McKnight – who has worked for all three top commercial TV networks in his career and was an executive producer on <em>Studio 10</em> from 2013 to 2017 – said the root of their atrocious behaviour comes from jealousy because “98 per cent of people who work behind the scenes actually want to be on camera”.</span><br /><br /><span>While on the <em>TV Blackbox</em> podcast, he said “I have heard so many executives, production people, the way they speak about on-air talent is actually quite atrocious.</span><br /><br /><span>“They're spoken about like they're thoroughbreds, in a way. They're spoken about like they're horses who, when they get too old, they're off to the glue factory.”</span><br /><br /><span>McKnight went on to say: “there is so much jealousy in the TV industry, it's palpable.</span><br /><br /><span>“And the people behind the scenes love having that power over the on-air talent. ‘I’ll decide if that person gets to stay on air. I'm going to sideline them. They didn't treat me right.’</span><br /><br /><span>“I’ve seen this time and time again and it's because people on TV get paid so much money, they are in the public eye, and there is resentment from people in power behind the scenes who don't get that acknowledgment.”</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/CL3pRU5H0nR/?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/CL3pRU5H0nR/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Samantha Armytage ⭐️ (@sam_armytage)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p><br /><span>McKnight's revelations follow after Sunrise co-host Sam Armytage told <em>Stellar Magazine</em> about how toxic the TV industry can be.</span><br /><br /><span>“There’s a lot about television that's all about you and that's an awful way to live your life. TV isn't a place that's necessarily very healthy,” she said.</span><br /><br /><span>“It’s full of sociopaths and narcissists. It can be a dangerous environment, let me tell you.”</span><br /><br /><span>Rumours have been swirling around about whether 2022 will be Sam’s last year behind the screens.</span><br /><br /><span>Reports claim she has plans to leave <em>Sunrise</em> to focus on her family life and husband, Richard Lavender.</span><br /><br /><span>She told <em>The Kyle and Jackie O Show</em> last month that she was “very happy” in her job but could “easily” see herself embracing country life “down the track”.</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/CBJe_D9JcVn/?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/CBJe_D9JcVn/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Sunrise (@sunriseon7)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p><br /><span>Radio host Jackie 'O' Henderson observed: “I get the feeling, Sam, that you're going to give this up next contract or something. Do you ever see yourself [retiring to the Southern Highlands]?” '</span><br /><br /><span>Sam replied: “Oh yeah, I think down the track I could, easily.”</span></p>

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"Incredibly distasteful": Piers Morgan slams Harry and Meghan Oprah interview

<div class="post_body_wrapper"> <div class="post_body"> <div class="body_text redactor-styles redactor-in"> <p><em>Good Morning Britain's</em><span> </span>Piers Morgan has slammed Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's upcoming interview with Oprah, calling it "incredibly distasteful".</p> <p>This is due to the interview being aired during the Duke of Edinburgh's longest ever hospital stay as he recovers from a formerly unknown heart condition.</p> <p>Morgan slammed the couple alongside co-host Susanna Reid.</p> <p>"If you want privacy and want to be left alone, you don't do Oprah for two hours. It's a complete joke.</p> <p>"And you particularly don't do it after hearing, as they had earlier that day, that the Duke of Edinburgh, aged 99, had been taken to hospital.</p> <p>"He's now on his 13th day in hospital."</p> <p>"I'm sorry, I think we're entitled to say that this is incredibly distasteful."</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">A trailer for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex's interview with Oprah Winfrey has been released.<a href="https://twitter.com/piersmorgan?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@piersmorgan</a> and <a href="https://twitter.com/susannareid100?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@susannareid100</a> debate Harry and Meghan's decision to open up in a TV interview.<br /><br />Watch the full debate 👉 <a href="https://t.co/Iw1C95Tf3q">https://t.co/Iw1C95Tf3q</a> <a href="https://t.co/KZtrwaPbYI">pic.twitter.com/KZtrwaPbYI</a></p> — Good Morning Britain (@GMB) <a href="https://twitter.com/GMB/status/1366410398266613760?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">March 1, 2021</a></blockquote> <p>Moegan said that his "real argument" with the pair is the amount of money they're earning from the interview.</p> <p>"They use their royal titles to make themselves astonishingly rich whilst doing none of the royal duty that the others members of the royal family have to do," he said.</p> <p>Co-host Reid pointed out that it was the Queen's decision to remain titled The Duke and Duchess of Sussex despite splitting from the monarch, but Morgan wasn't having any of it.</p> <p>"I think we've really got to move past they want to be left alone," Morgan continued. "You still get one-in-three saying 'leave them alone'. They don't want to be left alone obviously. They wouldn't be giving big interviews if they wanted to be left alone."</p> <p>Reid said that the pair just wanted to be away from the "needling, nasty criticism" they've received.</p> <p>"Well they don't want the needling, nasty criticism do they?" she said.</p> <p>"Anyone might like to have a nice life where you're not constantly bashed."</p> </div> </div> </div>

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Olympic sailor's boat shed on sale at record price

<p><span>A property in Point Piper has been put on the market for a mind blowing price guide of $37-$40 million.</span><br /><br /><span>It’s not unusual for the ritzy Sydney suburb to have such a high price tag, however the property is causing shockwaves as it is simply a boat shed.</span><br /><br /><span>The shed sets a new Australian price record, holding nearly 2000 square metres and is extended to over two storeys.</span><br /><br /><span>Represented by Ken Jacobs and James Hall from luxury auction house Christie’s International, this shed is not a home yet it could very well be.</span><br /><br /><span>The shed has four berths, and can fit yachts up to 26 metres in size.</span></p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.11273792093704px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7840123/dolly-parton-3.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/fb46041762f44d7cbfb31bdab08013bc" /></p> <p><em>Image: Domain </em><br /><br /><span>The top storey of the boat shed can also be used as accommodation.</span><br /><br /><span>Not only that, but the property also features a waterfront swimming pool.</span><br /><br /><span>The Point Piper address was previously owned by the affluent O’Neil family.</span><br /><br /><span>Property developer and former Olympic sailor Denis O’Neil used to use the private marina to moor his boats.</span><br /><br /><span>The family bought it in 1958 for £9,000 (AU$16,132) from WWII survivors Dr Ignacy and Elvira Listwan before listing it in 2017 for $33 million.</span><br /><br /><span>It sold for $30 million.</span></p> <p><span>Australia’s property market is soaring to previously unseen heights, marking a 2.1 per cent growth in February – the highest one-month growth in 17 years.</span></p>

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Rare chance to buy ritzy house with murderous past

<p><span>A ritzy home on the water of one of Brisbane’s most fabulous suburbs has hit the market, but it’s dark, murderous past has continued to haunt its walls.</span><br /><br /><span>What was once a party house filled with socialites on the banks of the Brisbane River, turned into a murder scene in the 1950s when Hamilton resident Sylvia Joyce Clare Ferguson was convicted of the murder of her rich husband Roy Ferguson.</span><br /><br /><span>The idyllic four bedroom Spanish-style home sits at 2 Grays Road, Hamilton, was a sight then and even now it continues to hold against the multimillion-dollar estates that surround it in the blue-chip suburb.</span><br /><br /><span>With views of the river, city and Story Bridge – it’s not wonder why this listing is believed to go as quick as it possibly can.</span><br /><br /><span>A True Crime episode by The Courier-Mail’s Kate Kyriacou explored the deep mystery of the little blue house, saying that Roy and his brother Jack owned pubs near Newcastle and Forbes, a poultry farm in Charleston, New South Wales and other properties, as well as directorships in various companies including breweries.</span><br /><br /><span>Mrs Ferguson was a simple barmaid in Newcastle when she met Roy.</span><br /><br /><span>They eventually settled down with each other and moved into the waterfront home in Hamilton, Brisbane.</span><br /><br /><span>The scandal began when she was jailed along with her lover and a friend over Mr Ferguson’s murder.</span><br /><br /><span>She protested her innocence from prison years later.</span><br /><br /><span>The home retains so much charm with a library and multipurpose room, indoor living and entertaining space as well as a living room with a fireplace.</span><br /><br /><span>The master suite has its very own floor with ensuite, a separate powder room, walk in robe, a living area and a balcony looking out over some of the best river views in Brisbane.</span><br /><br /><span>The home last sold over 15 years ago and was described as being “like nothing else you will find on the market”, <em>realestate.com.au</em> wrote in the listing.</span><br /><br /><span>“Boasting a character facade and traditional interior with decorative ceilings, beautiful timber floors, stained glass and classic chandeliers throughout, this is an exclusive offering with endless opportunities to make this home your own.”</span><br /><br /><span>The property is set to go to auction on Saturday March 20 at 10am.</span></p>

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Radio star Hamish Blake lists glitzy Melbourne home

<p><span>Radio star Hamish Blake and his writer wife Zoe Foster Blake are reportedly selling their glitzy Melbourne home in the heart of Richmond.</span><br /><br /><span>Neighbours told reporters they spotted an expression of interest sign sitting on the lawn of their Rowena Parade home last week – just a month after the pair relocated to Sydney.</span><br /><br /><span>The Blake family have settled down in the ritzy area of Vaucluse, reportedly spending $8.952 million on their new home.</span><br /><br /><span>CoreLogic records show they bought the Richmond home for $4.25m in 2015, and have spent thousands of dollars on renovations.</span><br /><br /><span>The pair have added a pergola-patio space while raising their two children in the home.</span></p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7840064/hamish-blake-zoe-1.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/d0a3d5046de4416d892f6a18577b7b8e" /></p> <p><em>Image: Instagram @HamishBlakeShotz</em><br /><br /><span>The space had a slot on <em>Grand Designs Australia</em> in 2013, but it is believed they have since updated its interiors.</span><br /><br /><span>Neil Architecture director David Neil was there to witness the original design of the home and returned to build a pergola for the Blake family.</span><br /><br /><span>“When people see it and talk to me, the things that stand out are the chicken run of all things, which is no longer there, and a lift that pops out to the rooftop,” Mr Neil said.</span><br /><br /><span>“Plus it is down a laneway and it was very ambitious. It was quite unique for its time.”</span><br /><br /><span>The polished, well-maintained home is a three-bedroom contemporary residence.</span><br /><br /><span>Not only does it feature new modern updates, but also a pool, a home theatre and stunning concrete floors.</span><br /><br /><span>Hamish confirmed his move to Sydney on Instagram with a heartfelt post, but hinted it may not be his forever city, writing: “Melbourne, you will always be home.”</span></p>

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Ray Hadley offloading stunning Dural home

<p><span>Ray Hadley is selling his stunning acreage, but he doesn’t plan on giving it up easily.</span><br /><br /><span>The 2GB morning radio host’s home has five bedrooms, accommodation for 10 cars and two swimming pools but comes with a hefty price expectation that is “only” in the $7 million range.</span><br /><br /><span>“My children have moved on and the property deserves to have a family living there, not just two people,” Hadley said.</span><br /><br /><span>“As we head towards the next stage of our lives we’ll divide our time between Sydney and the Gold Coast, although my three grandchildren will see me concentrate on Sydney for the time being.”</span><br /><br /><span>Hadley has lived in the mesmerising two hectare Dural lot since the mid 1990’s.</span><br /><br /><span>The home has incredible features, including a car barn as well as a garage, two swimming pools and the option of adding a place for animals, as there are more than enough paddocks that are perfect for horses or alpacas.</span><br /><br /><span>Dural has become the ideal place to live because of its proximity to the city while still offering a rural way of living.</span><br /><br /><span>REA Group chief economist Nerida Conisbee says buyer demand in Dural skyrocketed in 2020.</span><br /><br /><span>“It appears that during COVID-19, affordability may be of less importance to property buyers … and that lifestyle factors are becoming more important,” Conisbee said.</span><br /><br /><span>LJ Hooker Dural agent Peter Collusso listed the home, saying: “This is a rare opportunity to secure an unrivalled acreage in Dural’s blue ribbon precinct,” he said.</span></p>

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