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Scrabble fans furious over banned words

<div class="post_body_wrapper"> <div class="post_body"> <div class="body_text redactor-styles redactor-in"> <p>Scrabble fans are furious over the board game owner's decision to ban a long list of words that are now considered slurs.</p> <p>The decision has angered players so much that three prominent members of the global Scrabble Players' Organisation have quit.</p> <p>One of Scrabble’s owners, however, has said there are no other games where players “can win by using a racial epithet”.</p> <p>Scrabble is owned by Hasbro and Mattel, with both firms restricting certain words from officially being able to score points.</p> <p>More than 200 dictionary defined terms have now been banned from being used in Scrabble.</p> <p>British author Darryl Francis resigned from the World English-Language Scrabble Players Association (WESPA) and spoke to<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.thetimes.co.uk/" target="_blank"><em>The Times</em></a><span> </span>about his decision.</p> <p>“Words listed in dictionaries and Scrabble lists are not slurs,” Mr Francis wrote.</p> <p>“They only become slurs when used with a derogatory purpose or intent, or used with a particular tone and in a particular context.</p> <p>“Words in our familiar Scrabble word lists should not be removed because of a PR purpose disguised as promoting some kind of social betterment.”</p> <p>Francis said he left due to Mattel forcing the changes on the game.</p> <p>Mattel has said the company made changes due to recent global events, including Black Lives Matter.</p> <p>“We looked at some of the social unrest that’s going on globally. I’ve heard the argument that these are just words, but we believe they have meaning,” Mattel’s global head of games told<span> </span><em>The Times</em>.</p> <p>“Can you imagine any other game where you can score points and win by using a racial epithet? It’s long overdue.”</p> <p>Some of the banned words include "Abo, "boong", "n****r", "c**t", "Paki" and "shiksha", which is a derogatory term used to refer to a non-Jewish girl or a Jewish girl who doesn't live up to traditional Jewish standards.</p> </div> </div> </div>

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RECALL: Kmart recalls popular furniture item

<p dir="ltr">Kmart has issued a recall of a popular chair on sale between July 2014 and March 2016, saying it can pose a risk of “entrapment or laceration” to the public.</p> <p dir="ltr">Customers have been warned to stop using the chair immediately and return it to stores for a full refund.</p> <p dir="ltr">This warning comes as a reissue of a previous recall announcement made in April 2016. The chairs, which came in white, red, and black, were also sold at Brayco and Fantastic Furniture.</p> <p dir="ltr">“The tapering of the inside bottom of the chair legs may lead to an entrapment or laceration hazard,” Kmart Australia said in a<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.facebook.com/KmartAustralia/posts/3774893009276258" target="_blank"><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Facebook post</span></a>.</p> <p dir="ltr">Customers have the option to have a free plug kit inserted into the legs of the chairs to continue using the chairs or return the chairs for a full refund.</p> <p dir="ltr">“The plugs will be available by contacting our Kmart Customer Service team,” Kmart Australia said in its post.</p> <p dir="ltr">“We encourage customers to cease using this product immediately and return to any Kmart store for a full refund, with or without a receipt.”</p> <p dir="ltr">According to The Daily Telegraph, eight people were injured by the chairs in 2016, with victims’ feet being sliced open by the sharp chair edges.</p> <p dir="ltr">One victim told the newspaper a doctor said the cut to his foot was so severe that “I couldn’t have done a better job with a scalpel.”</p> <p dir="ltr">At the low price of $33, thousands of chairs were bought and appeared in cafes and homes across the country prior to their initial recall in 2016.</p> <p dir="ltr">The design is a reproduction of the Tolix French cafe chair, first released in 1934.</p>

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Who will inherit the Duke of Edinburgh title?

<p dir="ltr">Following the news of Prince Philip’s passing comes a change in who holds which royal title, but this won’t come into effect until Prince Charles takes the throne.</p> <p dir="ltr">Prince Edward, Philip and Queen Elizabeth’s fourth child and current Earl of Wessex, will eventually claim his late father’s title as the Duke of Edinburgh.</p> <p dir="ltr">His wife, Sophie, will become the Duchess of Edinburgh and the fourth woman to hold the title since its creation in 1726.</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/CKllqcPHuz-/?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/CKllqcPHuz-/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by The Royal Family (@theroyalfamily)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p dir="ltr">After Prince Philip’s death on April 9, Charles now holds the Duke of Edinburgh title according to the rules around the line of succession. This also means that his wife and Duchess of Cornwall, Camilla, is now regarded as the Duchess of Edinburgh.</p> <p dir="ltr">Once he becomes king, the title will be passed down to his youngest brother.</p> <p dir="ltr">This goes against the Letters Patent issued by George VI, which gave Philip the title in 1947 and stipulated the duke’s eldest son would inherit the title.</p> <p dir="ltr">But, when Charles becomes king the title can be re-granted to Edward.</p> <p dir="ltr">The decision to appoint Edward as the eventual Duke of Edinburgh was announced in 1999, following his marriage to Sophie Rhys-Jones and adoption of the title of Earl of Wessex.</p> <p dir="ltr">As a trustee and Chairman of the Duke of Edinburgh Award program, Edward’s succession as the Duke of Edinburgh also recognises his commitment to the program.</p> <p dir="ltr">The Duke of Edinburgh Award program, one of Philip’s educational initiatives, has been undertaken by over eight million children globally and involves pursuing a well-rounded education through acts of service, physical activity, camping trips, and personal hobbies.</p>

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Schools urged to stop saying "mum" and "dad"

<p>Schools and sporting groups are introducing unisex bathrooms, forming non-gendered playing teams, and flying rainbow flags in a bid to be more inclusive.</p> <p>Restrictions on terms like "mum", "dad", "boyfriend" and "girlfriend" are also part of a push to curb the dropout and suicide rates of LGBTQI+ young people.</p> <p>The North Western Melbourne Primary Health Network has launched #SpeakingUpSpeaksVolumes campaign to support LGBTQI+ students in schools.</p> <p>The network’s CEO, Chris Carter, said the campaign “encouraged people to speak up and actively support LGBTQI+ kids”.</p> <p>“When someone is experiencing bullying, silence often feels like indifference, which can create a terrible sense of isolation,” he said.</p> <p>“The simple act of openly showing support can be a catalyst for great change for the better and it’s often the less obvious moments that can be the most impactful to someone’s wellbeing.”</p> <p>The campaign is following material by Proud2Play and VicHealth, which include strategies for schools and sporting groups such as rainbow flag signage, unisex and gender-neutral change rooms and toilets, non-gendered formats for teams and allowing people to play according to gender identity.</p> <p>The material also recommends avoiding "gendered terms" such as husband and girlfriend.</p> <p>It is also encouraged to ask others which pronouns they use.</p> <p>Head of Elevation Secondary College, Colin Burke said homophobia was “really detrimental to our student culture”.</p> <p>Mr Burke said schools were already doing a lot to be more inclusive and support students who may be persecuted for their sexual orientation.</p> <p>“This includes gender non-specific bathrooms and taking down some of the boys and girls signs,” he said.</p> <p>He said gender-specific language terms weren’t being banned, but there were proactive programs to promote more inclusive language.</p> <p>“It’s also about calling out mistreatment and making it clear it’s not OK,” he said.</p>

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Why BBC was hit with 100,000 complaints over Prince Philip coverage

<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>According to<span> </span><a href="https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/politics/14625897/bbc-receives-100000-complaints-prince-philip-coverage/"><em>The Sun</em></a>, the BBC has received 100,000 complaints from members of the public over the coverage of Prince Philip's death.</p> <p>BBC cleared its programming schedule to cover the death when Prince Philip died at the age of 99 to run more than 24 hours of programmes about the Duke of Edinburgh.</p> <p>The BBC said: "We are proud of our coverage and the role we play during moments of national significance."</p> <p>Programs that people were eager to watch, including EastEnders and the MasterChef final were replaced by news programmes.</p> <p>The decision to shut down regular programming received so many complaints that there was a dedicated form on the BBC website to process them.</p> <p>BBC is currently not saying how many complaints it received, but a fortnightly bulletin of all complaints is due to be published on Wednesday.</p> <p>Viewers turned off in droves after the blanket coverage was too much, with BBC Two losing two-thirds of its audience between the prime times of 7 pm to 11 pm.</p> <p>The coverage has quickly become the most complained about television event in British history.</p> <p>One insider told <em>The Sun</em>: “I feel sorry for the Beeb.</p> <p>“They would be criticised and accused of not being respectful enough if they didn’t lay the programmes on.</p> <p>“But they seem to have left many people very cross.”</p> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div>

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Oatlands driver who killed four kids to be hit with jail sentence

<p><span>Samuel William Davidson is set to find out how long he will spend in prison for mowing down a group of children on a Sydney footpath.</span><br /><br /><span>The 31-year-old had been drinking, and had consumed drugs at the time of the accident.</span><br /><br /><span>He was speeding when his ute mounted a kerb at Oatlands, in Sydney’s northwest, on February 1 of 2020.</span><br /><br /><span>The children had been walking to a supermarket to buy ice-cream.</span></p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7840632/oatlands-children-1.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/9838e5e4b23a4de3bf6a103e0b1c3591" /><br /><br /><span>Davidson, who was a professional truck driver, plead guilty to the manslaughter of Veronique Sakr, 11, and her cousins, Sienna Abdallah, eight, and her siblings Angelina, 12, and Antony, 13.</span><br /><br /><span>The man had been speeding at the time and also pleaded guilty to three charges relating to the injuries caused to three other kids who were hurt, including a boy who has suffered permanent brain damage.</span><br /><br /><span>Davidson was travelling 133km/h in a 50km/h zone.</span><br /><br /><span>He clocked in at 111km/h during the time of impact.</span><br /><br /><span>After the incident, Davidson could be heard saying: “What have I done? ... I have killed people ... I am going to jail.”</span><br /><br /><span>Police said he had a blood alcohol reading of 0.15 which was three times the legal limit.</span><br /><br /><span>The man also had MDMA in his system.</span></p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7840631/oatlands-children-2.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/978950a04de14c7fad8b7ecb3ff7b3f4" /><br /><br /><span>Danny Abdallah, who is the father of three of the children who were killed, told the court in March that while he blamed not only Davidson but also the culture accepts consuming excessive drugs and alcohol as good.</span><br /><br /><span>“This culture needs to stop, because of this culture I buried half of my children,” Mr Abdallah said.</span></p>

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Kerri-Anne Kennerley says "most men are fantastic" after parliamentary sex scandals

<div class="post_body_wrapper"> <div class="post_body"> <div class="body_text redactor-styles redactor-in"> <p>TV veteran Kerri-Anne Kennerley has given her take on the latest parliamentary sexual misconduct scandals to rock Canberra in the last month or more.</p> <p>She told<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/entertainment/sydney-confidential/kerrianne-kennerley-weighs-in-on-sexual-violence-against-women/news-story/53c0507ad12a6587195b80b466698e56" target="_blank"><em>The Daily Telegraph's Confidential</em></a><span> </span>that most men, in general, are not to blame when it comes to sexual violence against women.</p> <p>"Most [men] are actually fantastic. They want to help, they see the reasoning (behind inclusive discussions)," she explained.</p> <p>"There is only a small percentage of people who clearly have issues in their life."</p> <p>“I think all the marches have been fabulous. I’d like to see one that has as many men marching for the same reason because it’s not a female problem it is a social problem.”</p> <p>The "marches" KAK is referring to were the #March4Justice rallies, held in more than 40 Australian cities and towns, had thousands marching to protest against sexual violence against women.</p> <p>She also shared her opinion with<span> </span><em>The Daily Mail</em>.</p> <p>"I think the next march, I want to see just as many men marching side by side with women, because it is not a female sexual harassment issue," she stated.</p> <p>"It's a bullying issue, it's a social issue."</p> <p>"I think it's important to have people standing side by side to say this behaviour - whoever it's happening to - is not good enough," she added.</p> <p>Kennerley's comments come after other prominent figures in media, including Ita Buttrose, spoke their opinions about the issues in Canberra.</p> <p>“I think every woman in Australia should support the call (for better safety) and make sure our voice is heard,” Buttrose said.</p> </div> </div> </div>

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TV show Neighbours disgraced as alleged claims of racism leave set

<div class="post_body_wrapper"> <div class="post_body"> <div class="body_text redactor-styles redactor-in"> <p>Neighbours star Shareena Clanton has slammed<span> </span><em>Neighbours</em><span> </span>and its production company for its "non-response" claims to racism on set.</p> <p>Clanton has revealed she has "evidence and documentation" to support the claims announced yesterday.</p> <p>She shared on Instagram saying that she has "clear documentation" of complaints she made to the show's HR department as well as incidents where other actors used the "N-word".</p> <p>Clanton also has evidence of another senior staff member calling himself a "slave-driver" in reference to their working relationship.</p> <p>Her condemnation comes after a second<span> </span><em>Neighbours</em><span> </span>star revealed racist incidents they experienced onset from 2014 to 2016.</p> <p>Clanton was furious about Fremantle Media's response, saying it was a "non-response" on Instagram.</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/CNSmYtLLcvl/?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/CNSmYtLLcvl/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Shareena Clanton (@shareenaclanton)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p>"The non-response from Fremantle Media held no accountability/action/remorse/reform," she said.</p> <p>“I did not “make up”/“allege” anything. These events happened. I have evidence and documentation that confirm the truth of these racist comments and ongoing disrespectful/inappropriate behaviours/crass comments on @neighbours.</p> <p>“I have no qualms critiquing such power structures. What do I have to gain here by speaking truth to one of the most powerful and multi-million dollar global production houses like Fremantle Media? I’m the one at risk of being blacklisted,” she pointed out.</p> <p>Meyne Wyatt played Nate Kinski and tweeted that the industry "needs to do better".</p> <p>He mentioned a specific incident during his time on the show where the "c-word" was used.</p> <p>“It involved the C word and I called it out and it didn’t happen around me again,” he said, but he added that he walked in on it, “so I have no doubt things were being said behind my back”.</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/CNUN7kcBbK0/?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/CNUN7kcBbK0/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Meyne Wyatt (@meyneg)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p>Wyatt was the first Indigenous series regular after 30 years of Australia's best-known TV show and that racist attitudes were "prevalent throughout the industry".</p> <p>“I don’t see a lot of Indigenous actors on the show or on any prime time Television series, whether it be Neighbours, Home and Away, anything on Channel 7, 9 or Ten for that matter,” he added. “Stan and Netflix take note!”</p> <p>“The comments and jokes and innuendos were ridiculous!” he wrote. “It made for a very unsafe environment for anyone in the LGBTQIA+ community and the s*** needs to be stamped out. Racism and Homophobia needs an active and present force behind it to be driven out! Neighbours do better! The Film and TV Industry do better! Australia do better!”</p> </div> </div> </div>

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Daryl Somers issues apology to Kamahl

<p>Former Hey Hey It's Saturday host Daryl Somers has issued an apology to Kamahl after the Malaysian-born singer opened up about the "humiliation" he endured on the once-beloved variety show.</p> <p>In the statement, Somers says he “deeply regret(s) any hurt felt” by Kamahl and that he “never set out to offend anybody.”</p> <p>Unearthed skits from the show - including one in which Kamahl was hit in the face with white powder and told "you're a real white man" afterwards - have been making the rounds on the internet recently, with Kamahl commenting on the racial abuse he was subjected to on the show.</p> <p>“They wouldn’t hit John Farnham or Jimmy Barnes in the face with a powder puff,”<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://twitter.com/AngelaBishop/status/1376658568858923015" target="_blank">he told<span> </span><em>Studio 10</em><span> </span>on Tuesday</a>, adding it “hurt” to be humiliated on live national television.</p> <p>Responding to the uproar in a statement to 3AW, Somers - who is gearing up to host Channel 7's Dancing with the Stars: All Stars - apologised to Kamahl and others who found the show's content "offensive".</p> <p>“I want to make it very clear that I and all members of the<span> </span><em>Hey Hey</em><span> </span>team do not condone racism in any form,” Somers said.</p> <p>“I have always considered Kamahl a friend and supporter of the show, so I deeply regret any hurt felt by him as a result of anything that took place on the programme in the past.”</p> <p>He went on to say he supports diversity in the entertainment industry, claiming the show “never set out to offend anybody but always strived to provide family entertainment”.</p> <p>He added that he is “proud” of the long-running show’s contribution to Australian television, but added that “in the context of modern society” the material was “plainly inappropriate” and “would not go to air today”.</p> <p>The “long overdue” apology — which begins with Somers asserting that he is “currently in the middle of recording<span> </span><em>Dancing With The Stars: All Stars</em>” — has been slammed by some social media users.</p> <p>“Just say sorry. No need to contextualise. It was vile then and remains so now,”<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://twitter.com/JaniceKPetersen/status/1377039408143036416" target="_blank">one said</a>.</p> <p>“The Daryl Somers “apology” to Kamahl … the good old “these things were ‘appropriate’ in the past &amp; we are so much more evolved now” defence. Yeah nup; it was racist back then &amp; it’s still racist now,”<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://twitter.com/TracyWesterman/status/1377055382451855363" target="_blank">another wrote</a>.</p> <p>“At no point in Daryl Somers’ ‘apology’ did he apologise. He does fit in a hell of a lot of flexing though,”<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://twitter.com/thebigjohnnyd/status/1377043262377132034" target="_blank">one more quipped.</a></p> <p><a rel="noopener" href="https://twitter.com/AdamNBednarczyk/status/1377062331776036864" target="_blank">Another chimed in</a>: “I see this more as a PR-written “apology” than a Daryl Somers’ apology but anyway, let’s move on.”</p> <p>Kamahl, however, has accepted the apology, writing: “To whom it may concern, “This is to say that I, Kandiah Kamalesvaran, AKA Kamahl, accept and acknowledge the apology from friend Daryl Somers, unreservedly”.</p>

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Shocking audio of Porsche driver Richard Pusey heard in court

<div class="post_body_wrapper"> <div class="post_body"> <div class="body_text redactor-styles redactor-in"> <p>A judge has slammed Richard Pusey as "probably the most hated man in Australia" after details of him filming four dying police officers were revealed in court.</p> <p>Pusey filmed Leading Senior Constable Lynette Taylor, Senior Constable Kevin King, Constable Glen Humphris and Constable Josh Prestney as they lay with fatal injuries and said "that's amazing".</p> <p>The court heard details of the three-minute recording.</p> <p>"I guess I'll be getting a f---ing Uber home," he said in the audio.</p> <p>"Lucky I went and had a piss.</p> <p>"That is f---ing justice."</p> <p>Pusey's lawyers are arguing for a lenient sentence, saying that Pusey is a man deserving of sympathy and mercy as well as arguing that he should be released at his next court appearance.</p> <p>The court heard that Pusey had a severe mental illness as well as the fact he was bullied as a child over his name.</p> <p>His lawyers asked for Pusey to be immediately released on a community corrections order as they claim he's already been punished enough by his portrayal in Australian media.</p> <p>Judge Trevor Wraight agreed he is "probably the most hated man in Australia".</p> <p>Pusey made two recordings that lasted three minutes while zooming in on two officers injuries despite nearby witnesses pleading with him to stop.</p> <p>The deaths of the police officers represent the single largest loss of life in the history of Victoria Police.</p> <p>Pusey will be sentenced on April 21.</p> <p><em>Photo credits:<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.9news.com.au/national/richard-pusey-eastern-freeway-video-shows-dying-police-officers-being-taunted/b0ce366d-145d-46dc-88e8-0eaca1b57dd9" target="_blank">Nine</a></em></p> </div> </div> </div>

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"I can't see a phone": Disputed fine over mobile camera photo

<p>A Sydney mother is furious her perfect driving record could be ruined by a fine for using her mobile phone while driving despite her claiming she was scratching her face.</p> <p>Steff Doney, 37, spoke to<span> </span><em>A Current Affair<span> </span></em>about the matter.</p> <p>"I've been on the road for 20 years and I've never lost a point and now it's going to take me 10 years to get that clean record back so I'm pretty disappointed," Ms Doney told<span> </span><em>A Current Affair.</em></p> <p>She was photographed driving with one hand in Sydney's north last year and was fined $349 as well as losing five demerit points.</p> <p>"My phone's large so if I actually had it on my ear you can see that the phone would be coming way past my hand," Ms Doney said.</p> <p>She fought the penalty notice and gave authorities a photo comparison as well as a call log, but Revenue NSW has said that the image has been reviewed.</p> <p>Revenue New South Wales responded saying, "the images have been reviewed and clearly show the driver holding a mobile phone to their right ear".</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">This mother says her perfect driving record could be ruined by a mobile phone fine based on a photograph she claims shows nothing. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/9ACA?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#9ACA</a> <a href="https://t.co/nxXVtK90sW">https://t.co/nxXVtK90sW</a></p> — A Current Affair (@ACurrentAffair9) <a href="https://twitter.com/ACurrentAffair9/status/1376819316457308160?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">March 30, 2021</a></blockquote> <p>"Leniency is not appropriate for this offence as it is considered serious ... hence we are unable to consider your overall driving history when reviewing this type of offence."</p> <p>Barrister Sean Hardy was interviewed by<span> </span><em>A Current Affair</em><span> </span>and he said he was "astonished" that they fined Doney.</p> <p>"I'm astonished they would say she's clearly holding a phone, because I can't see a phone in that photo," he said.</p> <p>"There's a little bit of a black void which could be mistaken for a black phone but that's not good enough, you can't just make the mistake and assume guilt," he continued.</p> <p>"I imagine the magistrate's going to find reasonable doubt ... but we'll wait and see.</p> <p>"It's David vs Goliath and I think the government really needs to take a step back and give people a break if they're not sure, absolutely sure."</p>

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Queen’s “favourite” grandson questioned by police in bizarre 740km lockdown trip

<p><span>Cops turned up on the doorstep of a married woman in Scotland after a complaint that the Queen’s grandson Peter Phillips had driven 740 km to see her.</span><br /><br /><span>Police were forced to “issue advice” to Mr Phillips, 43, who currently resides 460 miles (740 kilometres) away in Gloucestershire.</span><br /><br /><span>The grandson of Her Majesty lives at his mum, Princess Anne’s Gatcombe Park estate in Gloucestershire.</span><br /><br /><span>But locals had little patience for the royal when he turned up in the village of St Cyrus, Aberdeenshire.</span><br /><br /><span>Police called on him and the 40-year-old mum of two at her £475,000 ($860,000) home.</span><br /><br /><span>It was quickly discovered Phillips was not in breach of any COVID-19 lockdown rules after he explained he was on a business trip.</span><br /><br /><span>The woman — who is separated from her husband — is a pal of Peter’s sister Zara Phillips after their days at private school Gordonstoun in Moray, Scotland.</span><br /><br /><span>She attended Zara’s wedding to rugby star Mike Tindall in 2011.</span><br /><br /><span>The woman and Peter met again at a school reunion.</span><br /><br /><span>The father-of-two split from his wife, 41-year-old Autumn, in a public announcement in February of 2020.</span></p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7840489/peter-phillips.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/462147d9d43d403882d55ccecdf044c4" /><br /><br /><span>“It seems wrong he has travelled here from England, whatever the circumstances,” one local source said.</span><br /><br /><span>“Scotland is closed and if you flew here you would have to quarantine for 10 days.”</span><br /><br /><span>A spokesman for Mr Phillips said the royal had travelled on business with his company XL Medical, which provides rapid COVID-19 tests.</span><br /><br /><span>“We do not comment on ­details or circumstances of Mr Phillips’ accommodation when travelling on ­business,” he said.</span></p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7840487/peter-phillips-2.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/19e41b2b78014e838769ef45cc1e858b" /><br /><br /><span>A Police Scotland spokeswoman said, “At around 6.40 pm on Friday March 26, 2021, police received a report of a potential breach of coronavirus regulations at a property in St Cyrus, Montrose. Officers attended, spoke to the occupants and found no breaches of ­legislation.”</span><br /><br /><span>Mainland Scotland is in lockdown with travel only permitted for “essential purposes”.</span><br /><br /><span>Peter and Autumn have daughters Savannah, 10, and Isla, eight.</span><br /><br /><span>Peter is 17th in line to the throne, as he is the son of Princess Anne and her ex-husband Captain Mark Phillips.</span></p>

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Waleed Aly speaks out after outrage over AFL star’s racism claims

<p><span>Waleed Aly is still refusing to apologise after he sat down former AFL star Heritier Lumumba for <em>The Project</em> in 2017.</span><br /><br /><span>T<em>he Project</em> host on Sunday revealed that he will not apologise for the interview he conducted with Lumumba, before his football club, Collingwood, concluded in an internal investigation the club was guilty of fostering “systemic racism”.</span><br /><br /><span>Lumumba claimed that he had endured a “culture of racist jokes” and being nicknamed “Chimp” while playing for the Magpies between 2005-2014..</span><br /><br /><span>The controversial 2017 interview came to light again in February after Collingwood’s bombshell “Do Better” report was released.</span><br /><br /><span>Former club president Eddie McGuire described the release of the report as a “proud day” for the club but he was forced to resign in the days that followed.</span><br /><br /><span>During the interview, Aly questioned why there weren’t other players who had come forward and corroborated his claims about being called “Chimp”.</span></p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7840510/waleed-2.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/86151fa1c4d340b08a6ce708694344e7" /></p> <p><em>Image: Screenshot from The Project, 2017.</em><br /><br /><span>Co-host Peter Helliar was one of many who questioned Lumumba’s claims and integrity and quickly took to Twitter to apologise for his actions in the deleted video.</span><br /><br /><span>Aly — and Network 10 — have refused to apologise, saying that he stands by his scepticism.</span><br /><br /><span>“No, I don’t regret the interview at all,” Aly told The Daily Telegraph.</span><br /><br /><span>“I was approached to do the interview by his team, we did it. I asked the questions I think had to be asked in the circumstances it was for him to answer. I think that it’s been part of the process that has led us to this point.</span><br /><br /><span>“I think he’s entirely justified to feel vindicated by (the findings).”</span><br /><br /><span>Aamer Rahman, a friend of Lumumba’s, also criticised Aly for allegedly playing a part in “discrediting” Lumumba.</span><br /><br /><span>“The questions were bizarre. For example, if Heritier was telling the truth, why wouldn’t more players admit to a culture of racism at the club? Imagine staking a victim’s credibility on why none of their abusers had publicly admitted to their behaviour,” Rahman wrote on Twitter in June last year.</span><br /><br /><span>He claimed the hour-and-a-half interview “brought Heritier to tears”, before slamming the interview as“unethical and dishonest”.</span></p>

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Why speeding fines have gone through the roof

<div class="post_body_wrapper"> <div class="post_body"> <div class="body_text redactor-styles redactor-in"> <p>The controversial decision to remove warning signs that alert drivers to mobile speed cameras in NSW have seen a massive spike in fines.</p> <p>In February, the shortest month of the year, around 28,000 fines were issued which totalled around $6.1 million in revenue.</p> <p>Labor has said NSW drivers paid more in fines last month than they did the entire last financial year.</p> <p>The spike is believed to have been driven by the removal of mobile speed camera warnings in November.</p> <p>Shadow Transport Minister John Graham said that the fines were expected to continue as the NSW Government rolls out an extension to the hours that mobile speed cameras are operating.</p> <p>“This program might be unpopular with drivers but it’s very popular with the Treasurer,” Graham told<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://7news.com.au/" target="_blank">7NEWS</a><span> </span>on Monday.</p> <p>“We support these cameras, but we would like to see warning signs in place and some of this money should immediately flow back in to driver education.”</p> <p>NRMA spokesperson Peter Khoury agreed that warnings should return, telling 7NEWS “they remind people to do the right thing and it internalises their behaviour while they’re behind the wheel”.</p> <p><em>Photo credits:<span> </span></em><em><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.smh.com.au/national/plan-to-remove-speed-camera-warning-signs-about-saving-lives-minister-20191104-p5375b.html" target="_blank">Sydney Morning Herald</a></em></p> </div> </div> </div>

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Coles shopper's frightening discovery on free promo knife

<p>A Coles customer has spoken of her concern after an unsettling incident with a knife she collected during the supermarket's recent promotion.</p> <p>Late last year, Coles gave shoppers the opportunity to collect premium MasterChef knives for free every time they shopped in store or online.</p> <p>Now, Rosie from Victoria has taken to social media to reveal how her steak knife developed a large crack in the blade.</p> <p>Speaking to 7News, a spokesperson for Coles said the supermarket is currently investigating the incident with its supplier.</p> <p>A photo posted by the customer shows that the knife has nearly snapped in two.</p> <p>“So what’s up with the @masterchefau knife doing this?” Rosie asked on Coles’ official Twitter page.</p> <p>“Did no more than slice a steak or two and the odd chop, plus a trip or two in the dishie.</p> <p>“Known fault? Anyone else have the same? Glad it didn’t fly off into someone.”</p> <p>Rosie said she was "genuinely concerned" the issue may happen to another Coles shopper with the knives.</p> <p>A<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.coles.com.au/" target="_blank">Coles</a><span> </span>spokesperson apologised for the incident, and said the supermarket was looking into the issue.</p> <p>“We’re sorry to see this has happened. We have contacted the customer and will be investigating the matter with our supplier,” the spokesperson said.</p> <p>To help ensure our customers get the best use from their MasterChef knives, we have provided safety and care instructions online at<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="http://coles.com.au/howtocareknives" target="_blank">www.coles.com.au/howtocareknives</a>.”</p>

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“Unable to escape”: Crime scene established over flood fatality

<p>The final moments of a man trapped inside his car as floodwaters surrounded him were marred by tragedy and a sheer will to escape, investigators have said.</p> <p>The 25-year-old Pakistani was on his first day on the job as a contractor in Sydney’s north-west when he became trapped in floodwaters on Cattai Ridge Road, near hidden Valley Lane, at Glenorie.</p> <p>He had made attempts to free himself from the car but ultimately NSW Police suspect the electronics in the hired Toyota vehicle had failed, leaving him unable to escape.</p> <p>"To give you a bit of background, that road up there did have a number of signs and was partly blocked with road closure signs," Detective Inspector Chris Laird said.</p> <p>A flood gate had been padlocked, effectively blocking off the road, but police are investigating whether the road closures were visible enough.</p> <p>The car had been found engulfed in six metres of water, about 30 metres off the road.</p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7840449/nsw-floods-2.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/4a656e394ec34c5a8ec1ae76bb36eea2" /></p> <p><em>Image: 9News</em></p> <p>Inspector Laird said: "But we can only speculate again that given what I have seen and the damage to the vehicle that it could very well be that the electrics totally failed, and he was simply unable to escape from the car which is an absolute tragedy," Inspector Laird said.</p> <p>"Also, the fact that he was on the phone for so long is even more tragic and is going to form part of our inquiries as to what actually went on in the car and why this tragic accident occurred."</p> <p>"What more can I say than a man who is possibly about to pass away, he is on the phone and the water is rising."</p> <p>Laird went on to say there were clear signs that “the poor man” had fought to the end to get out of the vehicle.</p> <p>"You can only just imagine somebody fighting for their life to get out of the car, that's what the inside damage of the car looked like.</p> <p>He said there "was not broken windows, he clearly couldn't get out".</p> <p>The car was found with a man's body inside about 1.10pm.</p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7840448/nsw-floods-3.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/46859800c0d742eaad6f97b9a33dbe7a" /></p> <p><em>Image: 9News</em></p> <p>Prime Minister Scott Morrison and NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian confirmed the death in parliament.</p> <p>"This is a terribly sad day for that family," Mr Morrison said.</p> <p>"We have seen so much over the course of the past year and more as this country has battled so many things - floods, fires, viruses, drought and now these floods again.</p> <p>"And now this family will get this news and they will grieve."</p> <p>Ms Berejiklian said: "Because it's early stages I will allow the State Emergency Services to comment further about that at the appropriate time to make sure arrangements have been made in relation to the next of kin.</p> <p>"But of course, it goes without saying that we extend our heartfelt condolences to all the loved ones of that person."</p> <p>NSW Police Minister David Elliot also issued a statement about the man's "tragic death".</p> <p>"On behalf of the NSW Government, I extend my deepest sympathies to his family, friends and community in this immensely distressing time.</p> <p>"As someone who lives in the Hills and is a proud representative of our community, I know that this tragedy will send ripples through this tight-knit place we call home.</p> <p>"The human cost of these floods has been brought into sharp focus in the most tragic of circumstances and I urge communities to continue to be cautious in the face of continued and imminent threats to life.</p> <p>"I thank all our Police and Emergency Services who have worked tirelessly to keep our communities safe during this severe weather event," he said.</p>

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Scomo "not ruling out" removing Christian Porter

<div class="post_body_wrapper"> <div class="post_body"> <div class="body_text redactor-styles redactor-in"> <p>Scott Morrison has admitted he has received advice from the solicitor-general about dumping Attorney-General Christian Porter from the ministry.</p> <p>The advice given was about what portfolio responsibilities Morrison might need to strip from Porter while Porter sues the ABC for defamation.</p> <p>Morrison has sought more advice from his department around the attorney-general and ministerial standards.</p> <p>Labor pressed Morrison on whether he is preparing to make Porter a “part-time minister” or drop him altogether.</p> <p>Morrison said he wasn't ruling out either option.</p> <p>“I am considering that advice with my department secretary in terms of the application against the ministerial guidelines,” he told parliament.</p> <p>“When I have concluded that assessment I will make a determination and I will make an announcement at that time.”</p> <p>Porter has launched a defamation case against the ABC over a story about rape allegations against a senior minister. He was not named in the story, but Porter's lawyers are arguing he was easily identifiable.</p> <p>ABC's managing director said that the story in question was of the "highest quality" journalism when he appeared before the Senate.</p> <p>He warned senators not to ask detailed questions about the case but used his opening statement to defend the ABC.</p> <p>“I am confident that the journalism was of the highest quality and that this will be borne out in the court proceedings,” Anderson said.</p> <p>“We will defend the case and our reporting, which we believe is in the public interest,” he added.</p> <p>“At all times I believe the ABC has acted in accordance with its statutory obligations of impartiality and its charter in its reporting.”</p> <p>Anderson said the story regarded an anonymous letter sent to senior federal politicians who then forwarded the correspondence to police.</p> <p>“No reputable media organisation could have ignored the existence of the letter or the fact politicians on both sides of the dispatch box had referred it to police,” he said.</p> <p>“We did not name or identify the cabinet minister mentioned in the material.</p> <p>“The attorney-general continues to be entitled to the presumption of innocence and the public broadcaster has reflected this in its reporting.”</p> </div> </div> </div>

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