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Distraught family of deceased newborn share heartbreaking words

<p><span>The distraught family of a two-week-old baby whose death is being investigated say “she melted the hearts of everyone who met her”.</span><br /><br /><span>Staff at a hospital in northwest England called police after they shared concerns for the newborn on Friday, January 8.</span><br /><br /><span>Despite medical expert’s best efforts, little Felicity-May Harvey left the world on January 11.</span><br /><br /><span>A 24-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of murder.</span><br /><br /><span>He has since been released on bail pending further enquiries.</span></p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7839536/felicity-may.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/de09158461cb496985d5288e8b9355ec" /><br /><br /><span>Greater Manchester Police asked the public to stop themselves before making speculations about the little girl’s murder.</span><br /><br /><span>Her family said their “hearts are broken” after losing their “precious baby girl”.</span><br /><br /><span>“She was a gorgeous baby and always so alert, looking around with her big blue eyes,” they said in a statement.</span><br /><br /><span>“She was absolutely beautiful and incredibly brave and she melted the hearts of everyone who met her.”</span><br /><br /><span>The family said her cleft lip and palate made her “extra special”.</span><br /><br /><span>They added that “despite the challenges of this she was the most happy and content little girl”.</span><br /><br /><span>“She was and always will be loved by her mum, sisters and family and there is a huge void in all our hearts and lives now that she has been taken from us,” the family said.</span><br /><br /><span>“She was our special star, and it is not fair that she shone brightly for only a short time.</span><br /><br /><span>“When we look up at the sky, we will look through the clouds and know that the brightest star shining is our Felicity-May.</span><br /><br /><span>“Rest in peace baby girl. Sleep tight. Until we meet again, our precious angel.”</span></p>

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The great car parking debate: is this allowed?

<p>A woman dubbed "Parking Karen" prevented a teenage driver in Queensland from parking by standing in an empty spot with a dog because she was holding the space for her husband.</p> <p>Taking to TikTok to post footage of the incident, Marli McLaren from Mooloolaba wrote: “Anyone else dealt with a Karen before? (She) tried to reserve a park by standing in it HAHA.”</p> <p>The video, which was posted on Wednesday, shows the woman in standing with her dog on a leash in the middle of a parking spot.</p> <p>“Please move,” the teenager can be heard saying to the woman, who initially ignores her and waves her husband’s car over.</p> <p>“I’m not moving, I’m sorry, you can’t do that,” the teenager says.</p> <p>Instead, the woman walks over and says, “is there any reason why you’re filming me?”</p> <p>“Because you can’t do that,” the teenager responds.</p> <p>The woman then says she is going to call the police.</p> <p>The video went viral, accumulating over 1000 comments and 60,000 views.</p> <p>“The dog would be so embarrassed,” one person wrote.</p> <p>“Nothing says ‘I lost the battle’ quite like calling the police over nothing,” another said.</p> <p>“OMG even at Mooloolaba! There’s so many Karens on the coast, it’s deadly,” a third joked.</p> <p>But some didn't have an issue with the woman claiming the space.</p> <p>“I would have just let her have it, some battles aren’t worth fighting,” one person wrote.</p> <p>Others branded the teenager as a "Karen" for not allowing the woman to take the spot.</p> <p>But some users couldn't believe people were defending "Parking Karen" and attacking the teenager.</p> <p>“It’s called a car park, meaning u get your car and park there - not a human park,” one observed.</p> <p>McLaren posted a follow-up video to explain what happened afterward.</p> <p>The woman didn't end up calling the police and ended up moving because her husband found another parking spot - but not before calling the teenager "immature" for recording her.</p> <p>“You handled it very well! That woman made my blood boil,” one person wrote.</p> <p>“Awesome work for holding your ground, these people are annoying,” another said.</p> <p>“How are you so much more mature than that lady holding the spot?” a third person asked.</p> <p>“Our future has a chance!”</p>

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Five injured in "bloody violent attack" at NSW hospital

<div class="post_body_wrapper"> <div class="post_body"> <div class="body_text redactor-styles redactor-in"> <p>A "bloody, violent attack" by a patient at Port Macquarie Base Hospital has left five workers severely injured, with "flesh torn from the body, bite wounds, concussion, broken ribs, torn cartilage and other injuries," according to the health workers' union.</p> <p>The workers were injured by a man who had been brought to the hospital's emergency department in handcuffs by police.</p> <p>The attacker was under the supervision of a health and security assistant, but five more assistants were called after the man became aggressive and tried to leave.</p> <p>They were injured in a violent struggle, with one man left with five broken ribs and another with a concussion after being slammed to the ground.</p> <p>Another has deep bite wounds on his shoulder, the fourth has cuts and bruises and the fifth is being assessed for a broken arm.</p> <p>HSU NSW Secretary Gerad Hayes said that it's lucky no one was killed.</p> <p>“One of our members has literally had flesh torn from his body,” Hayes said in a statement.</p> <p>“Another had his head slammed to the ground.</p> <p>“This horrific, unforgettable act of violence will deeply affect everyone injured and also those who witnessed it.”</p> <p>A Hazzard spokesperson said the minister was “appalled” by the attack.</p> <p>“To have health and security staff attacked when they are doing their job of looking after patients and the community is nothing short of atrocious,” the spokesperson said.</p> <p>“If it is found the safety protocols need to be changed, they will be.”</p> <p>Hayes said a serious commitment from NSW Health was needed for change.</p> <p>“It’s just awful, it’s nearly in their job description that you’ve got to be belted every now and then.”</p> <p>“Unless there is a serious commitment from the Ministry of Health and the local health districts to deal with security and safety within hospitals proactively by enhancing resourcing, training and qualifications, we’re just going keep seeing this stuff and it’s going to get worse,” he said.</p> <p>“I’m just so sick of having this discussion.”</p> </div> </div> </div>

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"I didn't do this": Neighbour charged with murdering elderly man

<p>A woman has been charged with murder after an elderly man was found dead at his South Coogee home just before Christmas.</p> <p>Officers said retired solicitor Peter McCarthy, 77, suffered severe head injuries inside his home on Elphinstone Road on December 20.</p> <p>Detectives arrested Mr McCarthy's neighbour Narelle Smith on Monday, who lived in the unit block next door.</p> <p>The 46-year-old told 9 News as she was being taken away by police that she had nothing to do with the murder.</p> <p>“I didn't do this,” she told the network.</p> <p>“Peter was my friend, I was there on my birthday.”</p> <p>Ms Smith was taken to Maroubra Police Station and charged with murder and dishonesty to obtain financial advantage by deception.</p> <p>Danny Doherty, the Homicide Squad Commander Superintendent did not give any further details on the relationship between the suspect and the victim, but said: “there is very significant forensic and physical evidence to make this a strong and compelling case.”</p> <p>Police will allege robbery was one motive. “But we don’t want to narrow ourselves to one motive, and that will be part of the case against the woman,” he said.</p> <p>Police will allege in court it was a “combination of physical violence” that killed Mr McCarthy.</p> <p>Mr McCarthy's family have been told about the arrest and are feeling "mixed emotions", according to Superintendent Doherty.</p> <p>“They have just gone through Christmas without a father and a grandfather and it's at a point where any arrest is welcome,” he said.</p> <p>“They're still getting over the grief of losing Peter but they are thankful for the police inquiries to date and also the community's help.”</p> <p>Ms Smith will appear in Waverley Local Court on Tuesday.</p>

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Man's creative means of evading child support divides the internet

<p><span>A man has sent the Internet into a frenzy after he revealed the bizarre plan he carried out to avoid paying child support.</span><br /><br /><span>The husband claims he felt forced to take drastic measures after learning about his wife’s dark secret.</span><br /><br /><span>Taking to reddit, the author shared he was happily married to his ex-wife for 12 years.</span><br /><br /><span>Sadly the US couple’s marriage crumbled when he found out their daughter they shared was not in fact his.</span><br /><br /><span>Despite the revelation, a court order decided that he must still pay $AUD700-a-month in child support because he had helped raise the child.</span><br /><br /><span>However, despite the court ruling, he shared he made a plan to avoid paying child support altogether.</span><br /><br /><span>“I was married to my ex for 12 years,” he began.</span><br /><br /><span>“I thought we had a great relationship however that was proven to be a lie when I found out our child wasn’t actually mine. The child was a little under one year old when I found out.</span><br /><br /><span>“The little girl was diagnosed with an inherited genetic disease that my wife nor I had, so after a genetic test I was told I wasn’t the father.</span><br /><br /><span>“I left her almost immediately and wished her the best with her life and hoped her daughter would do well.<br /><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7839443/daily-4.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/78dce6681a1443d3840e9b6acd0c7c2b" /></span></p> <p><em>Image: Shutterstock (Man with child) </em><br /><br /><span>The man went on to share that a court case did not rule in his favour.</span><br /><br /><span>“During the beginning of the divorce I was served with a summons for a child support case,” he said.</span><br /><br /><span>“My lawyer told me since I acted as the father for a fair amount of time I shouldn’t be shocked if I’m ordered to pay.</span><br /><br /><span>“Long story short, the real father wasn’t found and I was ordered to pay. She smiled pretty big after the hearing and I was upset admittedly so I told her I’d send her a check before garnishment kicked in.</span><br /><br /><span>“I wanted to fight but I wasn’t worried. I had a good back-up plan.”</span><br /><br /><span>He enacted his plan almost immediately.</span><br /><br /><span>“I liquidated all my assets pretty quickly,” he explained.</span><br /><br /><span>“Took a loss on some things but hey, I’m still young. Called my parents and they got my room ready and I moved back home in my home country.</span><br /><br /><span>“I sent my ex a picture of me smiling back home and told her best of luck. I’ve gotten a few calls and letter regarding the support but they get blocked or tossed in the trash.</span><br /><br /><span>“I don’t think I’m [in the wrong] here. I didn’t cheat and she’s not my child.</span><br /><br /><span>“Some people argue about the bond, but I can’t say I had a strong one considering I was ready to walk the second I heard about what was up.”</span><br /><br /><span>Reddit users weighed in on the matter, with some saying the father was in the wrong for abandoning the child.</span><br /><br /><span>“I feel for the child, who is not only sick but has now lost the only father she’s ever known,” said one.</span><br /><br /><span>“The fact that you’re able to walk away so easily probably means she’ll be better off without you. Both you and your ex are horrible people.”</span><br /><br /><span>“I feel sorry for the child. She deserves better,” another person said.</span><br /><br /><span>However, the author did have a few defenders who firmly believed his ex-wife was completely in the wrong.</span><br /><br /><span>“She knew damn well the kid wasn’t yours and still had the audacity to go to court for child support,” one person wrote.</span><br /><br /><span>“Good on you for leaving it all behind. She made her bed with her actions and lies, she can now lie in it,</span><br /><br /><span>“You are in no way obligated to pay up for a kid that’s not yours, I doubt anyone in your position would’ve still stuck around.”</span><br /><br /><span>Another commented: “Don’t let this person trap you for 17 years. In my opinion, you have no moral obligation to this child or the mother, law be damned.”</span></p>

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Woman who walked husband around on leash receives fine

<p dir="ltr">A Canadian woman has been brought back down to earth after she cheekily attempted to skirt coronavirus lockdown orders by putting her husband on a leash.</p> <p dir="ltr">The Quebec-based woman was issued a hefty penalty when she was caught strolling around the neighbourhood for violating new curfew laws.</p> <p dir="ltr">The resident protested however, claiming she was walking her dog, although it was her husband that was wearing the leash.</p> <p dir="ltr">Quebec's current rules say individuals may only leave their home past 8 pm to take their pets for a stroll.</p> <p dir="ltr">The new restrictions follow after a surge in coronavirus cases.</p> <p dir="ltr">The pair were caught walking at 9 pm on Saturday, and each were handed a $1,520 fine by Sherbrooke police.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">News from Quebec:<br /><br />I just confirmed with Sherbrooke police that a husband and wife were fined for walking after curfew with the man on a leash. The officer told me her defense was she is allowed to walk a dog after curfew. <br /><br />They were fined $1500 each.<a href="https://twitter.com/CTVMontreal?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@CTVMontreal</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/CTVNews?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@CTVNews</a></p> — Kelly Greig (@KellyGreig) <a href="https://twitter.com/KellyGreig/status/1348707791343669254?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">January 11, 2021</a></blockquote> <p dir="ltr">CTV reporter Kelly Grieg confirmed the news on Twitter, writing, "I just confirmed with Sherbrooke police that a husband and wife were fined for walking after curfew with the man on a leash. The officer told me her defense was 'she is allowed to walk a dog after curfew'."</p> <p dir="ltr">"They were fined $1500 each," she added.</p> <p dir="ltr">The Quebec government recently imposed strict new curfews for residents.</p>

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"No excuses": Woman slams driver taking up two disabled spots at once

<p>A woman has slammed a driver on Facebook for taking up two disabled parking spots at a shopping centre in Queensland.</p> <p>“Permit or not, does not give you a right to be an entitled p***k and take up two spots because you couldn't be bothered taking your trailer home first,” the frustrated woman wrote on Facebook along with two photos of the parking job.</p> <p>“No excuse, one permit, one parking spot.”</p> <p>In the post, it's not clear whether the driver of the Keep has a disability parking permit, but the photos sparked a debate on the post.</p> <p>One commenter questioned the circumstances around the park.</p> <p>“Not excusing but just wondering if there is something around there that would require them to have a trailer to pick up something?” one commented.</p> <p>“In which case if you have a permit how would you go about being able to pick up something whilst also accessing the space you need?”</p> <p>Another commenter wasn't interested in the reasons why, and slammed the parking job as "very selfish".</p> <p>The original poster confirmed there was a Bunnings nearby, but felt that was no excuse for the driver to take up two disabled parking spots.</p> <p>“There is a Bunnings close by, however that is NO excuse for this kind [of] entitled behaviour,” she wrote.</p> <p>“I was not excusing the parking. I was trying to figure out what one would do if they need a disabled park but also need to have access for using a trailer,” the woman questioning the circumstances around the park replied.</p> <p>“They should park elsewhere while towing a trailer then,” the original poster insisted.</p> <p>In Queensland, the fine for illegally parking in a disabled parking spot is $533, but the Queensland Government states that private car parks may charge their own fees.</p> <p><em>Photo credits: Facebook</em></p>

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Mercedes driver divides the internet over hospital car park complaint

<p><span>A mighty car park debate has caused great tension after a woman claimed an inconsiderate motorist blocked her from getting from the wheelchair access point to her car.</span><br /><br /><span>The Mercedes driver parked in an Australian Council for Rehabilitation of Disabled (ACROD) clearance zone to drop her friend at Fiona Stanley Hospital, south of Perth, on Thursday.</span><br /><br /><span>She quickly became frustrated to see what had happened when she returned to her vehicle.</span><br /><br /><span>A smaller vehicle had parked alongside her in the zone, which prevented her friend from being able to get back in via the wheelchair access point.</span><br /><br /><span>The woman shared an image of the incident to Facebook and gave a recall of the situation.</span><br /><br /><span>She criticised the “thoughtless person”, who also had an ACROD pass, for parking so closely to her.</span><br /><br /><span>“I came out of the hospital today, having transported my friend that is having radiation treatment and in a wheelchair, to find that some thoughtless person also with an ACROD pass displayed had parked in the space available for me to access my car,” the woman wrote.</span></p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7839398/mercedes.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/2451c9e77f454270b04daf79cd1142d2" /><br /><span>“I hope that if you see this you will appreciate the inconvenience that it caused my friend and be more considerate next time.”</span><br /><br /><span>More than 100 people weighed in on her complaint with many divided on who they believe was in the right.</span><br /><br /><span>“Has anyone considered the person in the other car and their situation. They seem to be getting the raw deal here and no one knows their condition,” one person said in response.</span><br /><br /><span>Others targeted the woman for her crooked parking.</span><br /><br /><span>“The Mercedes Benz needs to learn how to park,” one wrote.</span><br /><br /><span>Others asked why the woman could not simply move her vehicle a little further forward so her friend would not have any issues.</span><br /><br /><span>“Next time move the car forward and your friend would not have had any problems hopping in – really no inconvenience,” one wrote.</span></p>

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Anti-masker “Karens” hurl abuse at IKEA staff members

<p>Two women have berated and hurled abuse at staff in a Sydney Ikea store following the NSW government’s decision to enforce wearing masks while in public spaces.</p> <p>One anti-masker captured a part of the encounter on camera, with both women telling staff to “shut up” when being asked to wear face masks while shopping.</p> <p>Both women adamantly refused to don masks and quickly the video clip was posted to Reddit by user@7thwardcharizard1 on Tuesday.</p> <p>The footage is captioned, “And it begins … the idiots are out in full force! I don’t know why I thought we in Sydney were better than this”.</p> <p>The two anti-masker women both insist on camera that they are exempt from wearing face masks while speaking to two staff members.</p> <p>One woman tells the workers: “Shut. Up. It’s the fourth time today”.</p> <p>The second woman says, “Yes it is … you know people have medical conditions, they have trauma, rape, abuse.</p> <p>“They have a multitude of reasons as to why they are exempt. It is part of the law. It is unnecessary, it is unnecessary to act this way.”</p> <p>The female Ikea worker turns her back to the women and her male colleague steps forward to say: “you don’t need to film her”.</p> <p>However, the anti-masker objects, saying: "I’m allowed to film her. It’s my right to film her.</p> <blockquote class="reddit-card" data-card-created="1609978688"><a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/sydney/comments/kqnxiq/yes_it_begins_the_idiots_are_out_in_full_force_i/">yes it begins.. the idiots are out in full force ! I don’t know why I thought we in Sydney were better then this.</a> from <a href="http://www.reddit.com/r/sydney">r/sydney</a></blockquote> <p>“You need to understand. In your website … your website says we are exempt.”</p> <p>The other woman chimes in as well, saying “If I’m not wearing a mask, there is a reason. The website says …”</p> <p>The male worker then interrupts to say: “That’s fine” not long before the woman snaps, “Shush, don’t cut me off.</p> <p>“The website says if you cannot wear a mask, you don’t have to.</p> <p>“‘Clearly I’m not wearing it for a reason.”</p> <p>The other woman also chimed in to say, “Clearly you need to be informed of your own website. So you need to stop telling people to wear masks if they choose not.</p> <p>“End of. Shush.”</p> <p>The male staff member interjects to say: “It’s just what we’ve been told.”</p> <p>One of the women accused the workers of “harassment,” and urged them to “back off”.</p> <p>The video has attracted more than 300 comments on Reddit.</p> <p>“I think if someone had a legitimate exemption and quietly told the manager there would be no issue,” one person wrote.</p> <p>“These entitled f***ers were looking for a fight.”</p> <p>“The people working at the shops are just doing their jobs and following the new rules. These ladies are just acting entitled,” one person wrote.</p> <p>“I feel so bad for the workers that have to deal with this s**t now,” another added.</p> <p>“Putting others at risk and rattling on about abuse victims whilst they verbally abuse innocent people just doing their job. Disgusting,” another went on to write.</p> <p>Masks are mandated indoors across Great Sydney, Wollongong, the Central Coast and the Blue Mountains in shops, businesses and on buses, trains, and in taxis and ride share vehicles.</p> <p>Non-mask wearers risk on-the-spot $200 fines, however only police have the ability to issue them.</p> <p>Children under 12 and people with certain medical conditions are exempt.</p>

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Mother hit back at shopper’s harsh words over parking spot

<p>A mother-of-three took to social media to call out the anonymous penman of a cruel letter left on her car that accused her of being a “fat piece of sh*t” for parking in a pram-only spot while out shopping.</p> <p>Zena Hussein revealed she had parked her car after dropping her husband and three children at the entrance of the shopping centre.</p> <p>However, when the family returned from the shopping trip, Ms Hussein found a note written on a napkin and left on her tyre.</p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7839340/pram-car-park.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/f1e36b5c8b9f4b6d811122c0143f0d99" /></p> <p>“You should not park here. You got no pram or baby with you, you fat piece of sh*t”, stated the note, which was written all in capitals.</p> <p>Ms Hussein said they needed to get their facts straight before judging others.</p> <p>“Yes, I have a double pram in my car! Yes, I have two baby car seats in my car,” she told<span> </span><em><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-9110053/Mother-three-finds-nasty-note-car-parking-pram-spot-despite-having-baby.html" target="_blank">Daily Mail Australia</a></em>.</p> <p>“The point is, don’t jump to conclusions if you don’t see me push a pram or hold a baby as I dropped my husband off at the entrance with the kids while I went and found a car spot. People are so nasty and quick to judge.”</p> <p>Those who park in spots left for mothers were prams can not actually be fined.</p> <p>They’re often simply made available by shopping centres to make it easier for customers with small children.</p>

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"Two boys gone": Father of boys killed in Wellington crash devastated

<p>The father of two young boys killed in an alleged hit and run says he feels "gutted" and "empty" after the accident.</p> <p>Shane and Sheldon Shorey, aged six and seven, were struck by a car near Dubbo in regional NSW with both boys dying at the scene.</p> <p>Their mother, 34, and two other boys were also struck and injured by the unlicensed driver.</p> <p>The group were walking along the grass by the side of the road after leaving a local swimming pool before being hit by the car.</p> <p>"I have lost two beautiful boys who are just starting their lives," father Joseph Shorey said to<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.9news.com.au/national/wellington-crash-man-charged-after-two-children-killed-near-dubbo-others-injured/90a05c9d-8ff2-462c-b1d7-bcbc65e3e225" target="_blank"><em>9News</em></a>.</p> <p>"It leaves my heart ripped out. I feel gutted, I feel empty.</p> <p>"Two babies gone. I gotta bury two kids, I'd never wish that upon anyone."</p> <p>Mr Shorey described his two sons as "the happiest kids in the world".</p> <p>The heartbroken father lived in Queensland with his two sons but they had been in Wellington visiting their mother while on school holidays.</p> <p>The boys' mother was airlifted to Westmead Hospital in Sydney after the crash, where she remains stable.</p> <p>The alleged driver Jacob Donn has been charged with a range of counts, including dangerous driving occasioning death – driving in a dangerous manner; negligent driving occasioning death; negligent driving occasioning grievous bodily harm; dangerous driving occasioning grievous bodily harm – driving in a dangerous manner; two counts of causing bodily harm by misconduct in charge of motor vehicle; being a never licensed person driving a vehicle on a road; two counts of failing to stop and assist after impact causing injury; two counts of failing to stop and assist after vehicle impact causing death; failing to stop and assist after vehicle impact causing grievous bodily harm; and possessing a prohibited drug.</p> <p>The prohibited drug charge comes after police searched him and allegedly found he was carrying a prescription medicine.</p> <p>Donn has undergone drug and alcohol testing but results are currently pending, and was refused bail to appear at Dubbo Local Court.</p> <p>Acting Commander of the Orana Mid-Western Police District Natalie Antaw said the tragedy sent shockwaves through the community.</p> <p>"Obviously, the incident is a complete tragedy – a tragedy for the families and the township of Wellington," she said.</p> <p>"(It is) a tragic incident involving young children which always makes it that much more difficult."</p> <p>She said the families of the children killed and injured were "obviously grief-stricken".</p> <p><em>Photo credits: 9News</em></p>

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Why the COVID vaccine release date may be pushed back by WEEKS

<p><span>Bungled paperwork could be the reason why the first rollout of the AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine in Australia could be pushed back.</span><br /><br /><span>The Morrison government has had a delay in receiving crucial data, meaning the vaccine may not be available to the public by March.</span><br /><br /><span>A little more than 12.3 million doses of vaccines have so far been administered across 30 countries.</span><br /><br /><span>4.33 million doses have been given to the United States and 4.5 million in China, an analysis by <em>Bloomberg</em> reported.</span><br /><br /><span>AstraZeneca is being made in Melbourne by CSL, but will not be granted provisional registration by the Therapeutic Goods Administration until next month, the <em>Daily Telegraph</em> has reported.</span><br /><br /><span>“The TGA is expecting further data from AstraZeneca in regard to their COVID-19 vaccine in late January 2021,” an administration spokeswoman said.</span><br /><br /><span>“Australia is on track to have the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine provisionally registered by the end of January 2021, subject to regulatory requirements being met.”</span><br /><br /><span>Paperwork has created many obstacles for the government and it is estimated the vaccine will not begin rolling out until it is approved by the government.</span><br /><br /><span>However officials say medical experts have their “finger on the pulse” of coronavirus vaccine development.</span><br /><br /><span>The federal government has supply contracts with three vaccine developers and the Therapeutic Goods Administration is also working on approvals.</span><br /><br /><span>Chief Medical Officer Paul Kelly said contracts were in place to deliver the first vaccine doses in the first quarter of 2021.</span><br /><br /><span>However he said it is up to companies for when they will make it fully available to the public.</span><br /><br /><span>Australia has agreements with Pfizer-BioNTech, Oxford-AstraZeneca and Novavax.</span><br /><br /><span>Professor Kelly says health authorities are working closely with the companies to ensure the vaccines are safe and effective.</span><br /><br /><span>“We have the finger on the pulse ... we know what is happening in the regulatory space, but just as important what is happening in terms of the implementation of vaccination strategies in like-minded countries such as the UK, the US and Europe,” he told reporters in Canberra.</span><br /><br /><span>“The approvals will happen when we have all the information we need ... and that will be fast-tracked as much as possible but no shortcuts will be made.”</span></p>

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"Karen" caught on camera threatening fisherman

<p>A woman in the elite suburb of Birchgrove has been caught on video threatening a fisherman at Balmain Rowing Club by calling the police after a fish he caught died.</p> <p>Footage of the conflict was posted to YouTube on New Year's Eve and has been viewed almost 150,000 times.</p> <p>The woman has been labelled a "Karen", a popular term to describe people who often complain.</p> <p>The exchange, which occurred on a pier in Sydney's inner west, began when the young fisherman, who goes by the name Shroom on social media, was pulling on his fishing rod.</p> <p>A caption on the film says: “Despite my best efforts to release a fish that I caught it ended up floating later”.</p> <p>The middle-aged woman then walked up to Shroom and asks: “Why did you just kill that fish, and throw it back in and kill it?”</p> <p>Shroom says “I didn’t kill it,” to which the woman replies “you did so”.</p> <p>“I saw it and it’s floating, here,” she says, pointing past him.</p> <p>Shroom: “I tried to release it, but it didn’t release. I did not kill it.”</p> <p>Woman: “You did. I saw it here and it was flapping up and around. You’ve got a hide. Can I see your fishing licence please?”</p> <p>The woman then proceeds to film him on her phone.</p> <p>Shroom tells her he does have a fishing licence and that he will put her “on YouTube as well”, to which she says, “that’s okay”.</p> <p>“There’s nothing wrong that I’ve done, absolutely nothing wrong. I know my rules and …,” Shroom says as he reels in his line.</p> <p>The woman points and interrupts him as Shroom says, “that’s okay, that’s okay you can call the DPI now if you want, the Department of Primary Industries, you can give them a call”.</p> <p>The woman nods, and adds “and Balmain Police” and walks off back down the pier.</p> <p>He yells out at her, “you can do that”, to which she replies, “I will, I am, don’t you worry about it”.</p> <p>Viewers flocked to the comments to praise Shroom on his calm and collected response.</p> <p>“You handled that well mate. Some people just don’t have a clue,” one person said.</p> <p>Another wrote: “Some people just don’t get it mate. Handled well – be polite, let them call police or whatever. You knew you were in the right so may as well keep fishing.”</p> <p>Another posted: “Don’t understand what she’s trying to achieve … She’s gonna call the police &amp; say ‘old mate was fishing &amp; he released the fish but it died?!’ Cops will laugh at her.”</p> <p>One commenter joked, “she was saltier than the fish you just released. And gutted she could not ask to speak to your manager”.</p>

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Man accused of murdering wife of more than 50 years

<div class="post_body_wrapper"> <div class="post_body"> <div class="body_text redactor-styles redactor-in"> <p>A man accused of domestic violence murder of his wife of more than 50 years will remain behind bars until after Christmas.</p> <p>Heinze Ratke, 72, was charged with murder after his wife, Maria Ratke, 71, was found dead in the family home in Katoomba.</p> <p>Police were called to the home and found Mr Ratke injured and unconscious.</p> <p>Police ventured into the home and found the wife's body in the bedroom, allegedly being stabbed 16 times.</p> <p>Mr Ratke was taken to Katoomba Hospital under police guard, but has since been released and charged with murder.</p> <p>The couple had been married for more than 50 years and a family told<span> </span><em><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.9news.com.au/national/katoomba-woman-found-dead-in-home-man-charged-murder-nsw-crime/fb6c9357-459e-41a3-a34b-8054a2feea6b" target="_blank">9News</a></em><span> </span>that they were "always happy as a couple".</p> <p>"She wouldn't hurt a fly," the relative said of Mrs Ratke.</p> <p>"Most caring, loving soul you could ever meet. She lit up a room."</p> <p>A family member called the police after being unable to get in touch with the couple.</p> <p>Court documents allege that Mr Ratke killed his wife between December 9th and 15th, which means his wife might have been dead for almost a week before her body was discovered.</p> <p>His case was heard in Penrith Court, but the accused did not appear in person or on the screen when the case was mentioned.</p> <p>He was refused bail until the matter returns to court on February 19th.</p> <p><em>Photo credits: 9News</em></p> </div> </div> </div>

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Australia's "worst driver" accused of losing more than 500 demerit points

<p>Kevin Jones could well hold Australia's worst driving record as an alleged repeat disqualifier who has racked up more than 500 demerit points.</p> <p><em>A Current Affair</em><span> </span>confronted him as Jones attended Parramatta court this week.</p> <p>"Can you explain how you could possibly have lost more than 500 demerit points?" he was asked.</p> <p>"And $70,000 in fines?"</p> <p>Jones wore a face mask, sunglasses, a baseball hat and a hoodie to conceal his identity.</p> <p>"Mr Jones, haven't you got any sort of explanation at all?" Simon Bouda persisted.</p> <p>"You're going to be pleading not guilty ... is that the case?"</p> <p>His lawyer spoke for him.</p> <p>"We wish not to comment," his lawyer replied.</p> <p>"As I indicated the matter is before the courts."</p> <p>Despite Jones going home in a taxi,<span> </span><em>A Current Affair</em><span> </span>was waiting at his house to bombard him with questions.</p> <p>"Mr Jones, you didn't drive home? Wise choice – getting a cab," Mr Bouda said.</p> <p>Retired New South Wales Traffic and Highway Patrol Commander Mick Corboy had a lot to say about Jones' flouting of the rules.</p> <p>"To see these people that constantly flout the laws and get up points and even keep driving after they've been to court a number of times ... very frustrating for the police and it's something the police take very seriously.</p> <p>"There's recent research that actually says that people who flout the law, people who have points or are disqualified are often involved in more serious crashes because they're risk takers and they take that chance."</p> <p>Mr Jones will face court again in April next year.</p> <p><em>Photo credits:<span> </span></em><a rel="noopener" href="https://9now.nine.com.au/a-current-affair/australias-worst-driver-alleged-repeat-disqualified-driver-loses-over-500-demerit-points/1d8e0e45-6c3b-44d6-89a7-55b29a1a727f" target="_blank"><em>9now</em></a></p>

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