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Melbourne nurse's worst fear comes true

<p>A young nurse in Melbourne said that she pleaded for better protective equipment because she feared contracting COVID-19 and her worst fear has come true.</p> <p>"I had requested an N95 respirator mask while I was caring for COVID-19 patients but was told it was unnecessary and that there wasn't the science to back it up," she said to <em>ABC</em>.</p> <p>Instead, she was given a surgical mask and a plastic face shield.</p> <p>More than 1,100 Victorian healthcare workers have contracted coronavirus, with several ending up in intensive care.</p> <p>She has asked to remain anonymous but developed severe muscle pain, debilitating fevers and bad headaches.</p> <p>"I had a panic attack when I got the positive COVID-19 result. I couldn't breathe. I couldn't speak," she said.</p> <p>"It was my worst fear."</p> <p>She has been in isolation and has not seen her one-year-old daughter since being diagnosed.</p> <p>"I don't know when I am going to see my baby again," she said.</p> <p>"It's debilitating and very hard mentally."</p> <p>She worked on a ward in a Melbourne hospital and said that she repeatedly asked for a N95 mask.</p> <p>"I was very fearful that I would get COVID-19 without it," she said.</p> <p>"I wanted to help people and comfort COVID-19 patients who are petrified.</p> <p>"But why did my health need to be compromised?"</p> <p>There is conflicting advice from federal and state health authorities about what type of face masks healthcare workers should be wearing when treating confirmed or suspected COVID-19 patients.</p> <p>Infectious diseases physician Michelle Ananda-Rajah wants one national policy to protect healthcare workers.</p> <p>"There is a lot of stress, a lot of anxiety among healthcare workers all around the country — nurses, doctors, allied health [and] aged care workers — because they feel like they can't speak up against these guidelines and they don't feel adequately protected," she said.</p> <p>She said the advice offered by an expert panel was based on an outdated understanding that COVID-19 was spread only through droplets, despite new evidence that it could spread through fine particles that floated in the air and got around a surgical mask.</p> <p>"When you actually wear one of these [surgical] masks, you get a lot of gaps around your face … and essentially that then allows air to flow preferentially through those gaps and into the wearer and potentially infect the wearer," she said.</p> <p>Doctors across Australia do not want to see what happened to healthcare workers in Victoria replicated in other states.</p> <p>Australian Medical Association NSW president Danielle McMullen said that having healthcare workers in Victoria make up one in 10 infections was unacceptable.</p> <p>"What has been happening in Victoria with personal protective equipment has been inadequate," she said.</p> <p>"We need a clear set of advice in NSW on how personal protective equipment guideline use can be escalated and we do not want to see healthcare worker deaths.</p>

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Bunnings boss responds to anti-mask tantrum

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

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

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

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Lisa Wilkinson slams Bunnings anti-mask shopper

<p>Lisa Wilkinson has slammed the “Karen” who went viral for refusing to wear a mask inside a Bunnings store in Victoria and praised Bunnings staff for being “extraordinary, professional and polite” in the face of a pandemic denier.</p> <p>Wilkinson’s comments came after an interview on the Sunday Project where a leading epidemiologist said face mask deniers like “Karen” who berated Bunnings workers for enforcing the rule should have their “oxygen” cut off.</p> <p>The woman who has been titled “Bunnings Karen” on social media, threatened a lawsuit against the store and was handcuffed by police for a brief moment as she claimed her human rights were being violated.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">There’s no denying the numbers today, 10 new COVID-19 deaths, making it our deadliest day since the pandemic began.<br /><br />As some people continue to break the rules - what will it take to get them to stop, listen and change their behaviour? <a href="https://t.co/UnMj0JsS8N">pic.twitter.com/UnMj0JsS8N</a></p> — The Project (@theprojecttv) <a href="https://twitter.com/theprojecttv/status/1287306561765945344?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">July 26, 2020</a></blockquote> <p>After watching the clip, Wilkinson replied: “You can only shake your head”, while describing the situation as “a waste of time and energy”.</p> <p>“Most of us have seen that footage of the pandemic denier having a very strong discussion — mostly on her side — with the staff at Bunnings.</p> <p>“We have to say first up, those staff at Bunnings were extraordinary. They were patient, polite, they were professional, they never lost focus the whole time”.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">Wait til this Karen finds out about 'no shoes, no shirt, no service'. <a href="https://t.co/2dvLE90dOa">pic.twitter.com/2dvLE90dOa</a></p> — cam smith (@sexenheimer) <a href="https://twitter.com/sexenheimer/status/1287174291138572288?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">July 25, 2020</a></blockquote> <p>Chief Operating Officer for Bunnings Deb Poole said the customer’s behaviour was “completely unacceptable” and that the safety of staff and other fellow shoppers was their highest priority.</p> <p>“We won’t tolerate abuse against our team members and we have security at all metro Melbourne and Mitchell Shire stores as support,” she said.</p> <p>Wilkinson offered advice over Australian law to those faced with deniers like “Karen”.</p> <p>“Australian law says that private land owners or occupiers can take reasonable steps to protect themselves, their employees and people on their property.</p> <p>“So it would be legal for business including cafes and supermarkets to make it a condition of entry that customers wear a mask and sanitise their hands.</p> <p>“End of story. They have every right”.</p> <p>The so-called “Bunnings Karen” confrontation occurred at Narre Warren Bunnings store in southeastern Melbourne on Friday, and video of it was posted on Facebook and Twitter on Sunday.</p>

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Kmart shopper spots error on new laundry hamper

<p>A Kmart shopper spotted a hilarious mistake she spotted on a brand-new item she purchased.</p> <p>“Hmm, think there’s something wrong here,” the woman wrote, sharing an image of her new ‘Lights and Darks’ laundry hamper in a Kmart Facebook group.</p> <p>“Think I’ll have to take it back to Kmart. I haven’t quite finished putting it together but will have to pull it apart again,” she said.</p> <p>According to the shopper, the cloth baskets are not attached the wrong way, as it appears that the words on the "dark" side have been printed upside down.</p> <p><img style="width: 0px; height: 0px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7837064/kmart-body.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/ec9aaa6668a441e6aa8f938cfe28ce44" /></p> <div class="post_body_wrapper"> <div class="post_body"> <div class="body_text "> <p>“I did pick up one box and had the end of the box open and everything come out whilst I was walking through the shop with it,” she said.</p> <p>“Had a very nice Kmart lady nearby who saw what happened and helped me collect the bits only to realise one piece was missing.</p> <p>The shop assistant ended up opening the box of the item she now has set up at home to check all the pieces were there.</p> <p>“She was so helpful and lovely. Pity we didn’t check the words were the right way up,” the woman quipped.</p> <p>The mix-up was a hit on the Facebook group.</p> <p>“I would just keep it, it’s funny,” one person wrote, with many agreeing it was now an ‘original’ item.</p> <p>“I love it. Upside down and all,” another agreed.</p> <p>A Kmart spokesperson has said it is believed to be an isolated incident but the store is investigating the example.</p> <p>“At Kmart, the quality of our products are our number one priority,” the spokesperson told <a rel="noopener" href="https://au.lifestyle.yahoo.com/kmart-shopper-mistake-light-dark-laundry-sorting-hamper-033604569.html" target="_blank" class="_e75a791d-denali-editor-page-rtflink"><em>7News</em></a><em>.</em></p> <p>“We are currently investigating this with our quality team and believe this may be an isolated incident as we have not been made aware of this sort of printing error before.</p> <p>“We welcome the opportunity to resolve this directly with the customer and encourage the customer to reach out to our friendly customer service team.”</p> <p><em>Photo credits: Facebook</em></p> </div> </div> </div>

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"Not an old person's disease": ICU nurse's blunt warning to Aussie youth

<div class="post_body_wrapper"> <div class="post_body"> <div class="body_text "> <p>The head intensive care nurse at the Royal Melbourne Hospital, Michelle Spence, has said that hospitals are now preparing for the prospect of deaths among younger people.</p> <p>"What we are seeing now is young people who are going to die. There is no doubt about it," she said.</p> <p>"And these are people who are 30s, 40s, 50s, who have no past history."</p> <p>She said that despite deaths in Victoria predominately being older people this is going to change.</p> <p>Authorities revealed yesterday that 20 per cent of people in Victorian hospitals with the virus were under the age of 50, with four children included in that number. </p> <p>Ms Spence said the hospital had patients ranging from their 30s to their 80s "and all of them are at varying degrees of their COVID journey".</p> <p>"We're definitely not just seeing the elderly, that is not the case at all."</p> <p>"It is definitely not an old person's disease," Ms Spence said.</p> <p>Being a patient with COVID-19 in the intensive care unit is no picnic, with very ill people being separated from the families and the process being long and slow.</p> <p>"Being in ICU is not a nice place to be," she said.</p> <p>"It is absolutely not a comfortable thing to do."</p> <p>Her warning comes after Victoria's Premier Daniel Andrews issued a firm warning to younger people.</p> <p>"It would be wrong to assume that young people are somehow more immune to this," he said.</p> <p>"If you want this to be over, if you want to get to the other side of it and find that COVID normal … and be able to go and have a beer, or go and have a meal with a friend and be able to move around the community much more freely than you can now, you've got to follow the rules."</p> <p>Mr Andrews warned: "There are a lot of young people who have died of this in other parts of the world."</p> <p>"There are a lot of otherwise healthy people … and they have become ill," he said.</p> <p>"This is not just something that affects people that are frail-aged."</p> <p>Health Minister Jenny Mikakos agreed, saying it's "not an older person's disease".</p> <p>"Our data from the start of July shows us that a quarter of the infections that we are seeing in our community are actually amongst young people in their 20s.</p> <p>"By way of comparison, people in their 60s only represent 6 per cent of people who have been diagnosed with this virus."</p> </div> </div> </div>

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Positive results from new COVID vaccine

<p><span>A vaccine for COVID-19 has been developed by scientists at Oxford University who claim they have seen positive results in healthy volunteers.</span><br /><br /><span>Researchers say in the journal <em>Lancet</em> that they trialled an experimental vaccine — labelled ChAdOx1 nCoV-19 — on more than 1000 people and prompted a protective immune response in those aged 18 to 55.</span><br /><br /><span>"We hope this means the immune system will remember the virus, so that our vaccine will protect people for an extended period," study lead author Andrew Pollard of the University of Oxford said.</span><br /><br /><span>"However, we need more research before we can confirm the vaccine effectively protects against SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) infection, and for how long any protection lasts."</span><br /><br /><span>AstraZeneca's is among the leading vaccine candidates against COVID-19.</span><br /><br /><span>It has claimed more than 600,000 lives worldwide, alongside others in mid and late-stage trials.</span><br /><br /><span>AstraZeneca has signed agreements with governments around the world to supply the vaccine should it prove effective and gain regulatory approval.</span><br /><br /><span>British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said the announcement was "very positive news", but also warned there are still further trials to take place.</span><br /><br /><span>"There are no guarantees, we're not there yet &amp; further trials will be necessary — but this is an important step in the right direction," he tweeted.</span><br /><br /><span>Researchers have also cautioned the public that the project was still at an early stage.</span><br /><br /><span>"There is still much work to be done before we can confirm if our vaccine will help manage the COVID-19 pandemic," vaccine developer Sarah Gilbert said.</span><br /><br /><span>"We still do not know how strong an immune response we need to provoke to effectively protect against SARS-CoV-2 infection," she said, adding researchers needed to learn more about COVID-19 and continue late stage trials which have already commenced.</span><br /><br /><span>AstraZeneca has said it will not seek to profit from the vaccine during the pandemic.</span><br /><br /><span>“We are seeing good immune response in almost everybody,” Dr Hill explained to the Associated Press.</span><br /><br /><span>“What this vaccine does particularly well is trigger both arms of the immune system,” Dr Hill said.</span><br /><br /><span>Researchers say “preliminary findings show that the candidate vaccine given as a single dose was safe and tolerated”.</span><br /><br /><span>“No serious adverse reactions ... occurred. The majority of adverse events reported were mild or moderate in severity, and all were self-limiting.</span><br /><br /><span>“We show that a single dose of ChAdOx1 nCoV-19 elicits an increase in spike-specific Antibodies by day 28 and neutralising antibody in all participants after a booster dose.</span><br /><br /><span>“Further studies are required to assess the vaccine in various population groups including older age groups, those with comorbidities, and in ethnically and geographically diverse populations.</span><br /><br /><span>“We will also evaluate the vaccine in children, once sufficient safety data have been accumulated in adult studies. Phase 3 trials are now underway in Brazil, South Africa, and the UK and will evaluate vaccine efficacy in diverse populations.”</span><br /><br /><span>The trial took place between April 23 and May 21.</span></p>

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Breakthrough treatment for glaucoma sufferers

<p>An eye implant that's smaller than a grain of sand has the potential to revolutionise the treatment of glaucoma, which is a leading cause of blindness. </p> <p>The implant measures just 0.2mm by 1mm and is a tiny polyester plug that gradually releases bimatoprost.</p> <p>This is a drug that's already found in eye drops that are often prescribed to patients to treat glaucoma. </p> <p>With more than seven in ten patients failing to use the drops properly, this highly reduces the benefit of the drug and others suffer from side-effects of the eye drops.</p> <p>It is hoped that the implant will improve treatment as well as slow down the progression of the disease.</p> <p>Glaucoma is most common in people in their 70s and 80s and is often caused by fluid building up in the front part of the eye.</p> <p>This increases pressure in the eye and squeezes the optic nerve, killing some of the fibres needed to transmit information to the brain and leads to a loss of vision.</p> <p>The implant's benefits last for around eight months, with a patient only being able to be fitted for one.</p> <p>It is hoped in the future that they are able to have replacements when needed.</p> <p>"Anything that makes it easier for people to manage glaucoma is a good thing," says Daniel Hardiman-McCartney, clinical adviser for the College of Optometrists.</p> <p>"Implants are a possible option, but recent research suggests that a pressure-lowering laser treatment called selective laser trabeculoplasty may be even more helpful."</p>

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Royal Children’s Hospital staff test positive for COVID-19

<p><span>There’s been a concerning development in Victoria’s coronavirus surge after five staff members at The Royal Children’s Hospital Melbourne tested positive for COVID-19.</span></p> <p><span>Issuing a statement, the hospital said the five workers are not linked to any one team, and another seven staff members are now also self-isolating from home. </span></p> <p><span>"Our team members are being supported by their managers and the hospital's People and Culture team," the statement said.</span></p> <p><span>"The RCH has restricted all patient visitors except parents/guardians since April. This includes siblings and extended family and exemptions are only allowed in the most extreme circumstances."</span></p> <p><span>The infections come less than a week after a store at the hospital believed to be a sushi shop in the food court, was also closed when one of its own staff members contracted COVID-19.</span></p> <p><span>"A private retail premises located on the Campus was closed last Friday by the franchisee after a 'back of house' worker tested positive to COVID-19," an RCH spokesperson said.</span></p> <p><span>"As this is a private retail tenancy, contact tracing is being managed by DHHS. The RCH has received no advice to any risk to patrons however took the measure of advising all staff as soon as we became aware and also placing advisory notices."</span></p> <p><span>Since the pandemic began, 357 health care workers have been infected with 130 of those still active.</span></p> <p><span>"The majority of health care workers who test positive to coronavirus acquired the illness outside the workplace," a DHHS spokesperson said in a statement.</span></p> <p><span>"Hospitals have strict processes in place to manage any health worker infections – including rigorous contact tracing, additional quarantine requirements for impacted staff and extra deep cleaning at potential exposure points."</span></p>

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Carrie Bickmore shares the emotional success of Beanie's for Brain Cancer

<div class="post_body_wrapper"> <div class="post_body"> <div class="body_text "> <p>Just five years ago, Carrie Bickmore decided to start a charity called Beanies for Brain Cancer after her husband Greg Lange was taken by brain cancer in 2010.</p> <p>She captured the hearts of the nation during the emotional Tuesday night episode of <em>The Project</em>, which was dedicated to brain cancer awareness.</p> <p>By the end of the special, she shared that the total amount of money raised through her charity was a whopping $3.5 million.</p> <p>The special featured a range of virtual guests racing to support the cause, including Professor Andrew Kaye who retired from the Royal Melbourne Hospital last year.</p> <p>Professor Kay treated Carrie's late husband for over 10 years, so the reunion between the pair was special.</p> <p>“Ten years ago, one of the brains operated on by the Professor was my late husband, Greg. But back then, we used to call him Prof,” she said, reading aloud letters her husband had written about the retired surgeon.</p> <p>“I found some old letters that Greg had written about when he first met you,” Carrie said, going on to read an excerpt.</p> <p>“We enjoyed some verbal sparring over how much of a dud club (the Hawks) were … The Prof said, all right, you’ve got a brain tumour and we need to get it out or you’ll die. I sat stunned for a minute, the transition from Hawthorn to an operation to avoid death seemed a little quick.</p> <p>“But that was the Prof. Blunt and to the point.</p> <p>“I don’t know if it was the plastic brain on the table, or the banter on AFL but I knew right then and there this was the guy for me.”</p> <p>Carrie took a moment to compose herself as her voice trembled, but asked the Prof if he remembered meeting her late husband.</p> <p>“I remember him vividly. I remember his extraordinary courage. I never cease to be amazed by the courage of the people that I treat. People say, doctors have to have courage, they have got to be bold. It is not the doctors with the courage, it’s the patients,” he responded as Carrie’s eyes welled with tears.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">Meet the incredible and renowned neurosurgeon who has sacrificed so much to give people a fighting chance at surviving brain cancer. Carrie sat down with the man who helped her husband through some of his darkest and scariest times. <a href="https://t.co/E9dslrdw0w">pic.twitter.com/E9dslrdw0w</a></p> — The Project (@theprojecttv) <a href="https://twitter.com/theprojecttv/status/1282975652669321216?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">July 14, 2020</a></blockquote> <p>“Prof, I’m not sure I had the chance to say to you, to your face, thank you for everything you did for Greg, for me and for my family,” Carrie told the doctor.</p> <p>“We’re sad you’ve retired but thank you for the gift you’ve given so many people over the years and you are an incredibly humble man and would hate the praise but deserve it. We’ll be forever grateful and so glad you were the one to walk with us side-by-side on that journey, thank you.”</p> <p>“That’s very kind. Carrie, I really deeply appreciate your words. You need to understand that, I’m not a person who shows emotion easily,” he replied.</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/CCmdhncH5Zg/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="margin: 8px 0 0 0; padding: 0 4px;"><a style="color: #000; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none; word-wrap: break-word;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/CCmdhncH5Zg/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">Join us for a special episode of @theprojecttv tonight 6.30 xx</a></p> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;">A post shared by <a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/bickmorecarrie/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank"> Carrie Bickmore</a> (@bickmorecarrie) on Jul 13, 2020 at 4:37pm PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>Carrie, earlier in the special, explained that survival rates haven't changed for brain cancer in 30 years.</p> <p>“That is not good enough and it won’t change until more research is done and that won’t happen until more money is raised,” she added, going on to thank everybody who urged her campaign to go on amid the pandemic.</p> <p>“The world is crazy and I want to thank to everybody who said please do the campaign. They are touched. Brain cancer is not stopping because of what we’re going through,” the mum-of-three said.</p> <p>Carrie initially started the charity after watching her husband go through a 10-year battle with the disease and said that she doesn't want that pain to be experienced by anyone else.</p> </div> </div> </div>

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The incredibly "puzzling" thing one boy did for the Queen to cheer her up

<p><span>While many members of the royal family have begun to return their normal lives, and even attend public engagements again - Queen Elizabeth is continuing to remain in lockdown in Windsor Castle.</span><br /><br /><span>Due to the royal’s older age, she is at higher risk for COVID-19 and that’s exactly why Essex boy Timothy Madders put his brain to the test and got to making Her Majesty the ultimate boredom buster present.</span><br /><br /><span>The seven-year-old "wanted to do something to cheer her up," his mother, Jo Madders, told the BBC.</span><br /><br /><span>And to do that, he configured a happiness-themed word puzzle in his “best handwriting.”</span><br /><br /><span>He included words like “smile”, “happiness,” “family” and “jolly.”</span><br /><br /><span>"She's probably wanting to keep herself busy," he explained.</span></p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">7-year-old Timothy Madders from <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Billericay?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Billericay</a> created a happiness themed word search and sent it to Buckingham Palace for the Queen. A few days ago he got a reply! <a href="https://t.co/oJJitT7XP2">pic.twitter.com/oJJitT7XP2</a></p> — BBC Essex (@BBCEssex) <a href="https://twitter.com/BBCEssex/status/1281482836655177728?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">July 10, 2020</a></blockquote> <p><br /><span>Timothy included a short but heartfelt letter along with the puzzle, writing, "You might be feeling sad or lonely during lockdown, so I thought I could make a word search for you to cheer you up."</span><br /><br /><span>The gesture was well-received, with Timothy revealing he recieve a letter from one of the British monarch's ladies-in-waiting, expressing her gratitude.</span><br /><br /><span>“The Queen wishes me to write and thank you for your kind letter, and for the puzzle you have created especially for Her Majesty," the letter read.</span><br /><br /><span>“Your thoughtfulness is greatly appreciated, and the Queen hopes that you too are keeping safe and well in the current situation.</span><br /><br /><span>“I am to thank you very much indeed for writing as you did at this time."</span><br /><br /><span>Timothy said the letter "was very good and it was very important and made me happy that she liked it."</span></p>

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COVID super-spreader infects 71 people in 60 seconds

<div class="post_body_wrapper"> <div class="post_body"> <div class="body_text "> <p>An asymptomatic carrier of coronavirus rode an elevator alone, had no symptoms and self-quarantined after travel but managed to infect 71 people.</p> <p>Intensive contact tracing is revealing how infectious the virus can be, with the US Centres for Disease Control (CDC) analysing the impact of this single traveller.</p> <p>Coronavirus can spread through droplets, be carried through the air and linger on surfaces as well as be transferred through asymptomatic carriers.</p> <p>The CDC study did a deep-dive contact tracing effort in Heilongjiang Province, China, which had not reported a new coronavirus diagnosis since March 11.</p> <p>On the second of April, a man in the area suffered a serious stroke but had not tested positive for coronavirus.</p> <p>He was rushed to the hospital and his three sons took turns staying by his bedside, furthering infecting 28 people, including a nurse and a doctor.</p> <p>Before being diagnosed with coronavirus, the stroke victim was taken to a second hospital where he was the source of another 20 infections.</p> <p>Another man had also presented with coronavirus symptoms and his close contacts were tested. They were also all positive tests.</p> <p>Everyone the second patient had been in contact with was tested and put into lockdown, but for 50 of them, it was too late.</p> <p>Contact tracers were urgently trying to find out the source of the outbreak, as there were fears it could have started within the community. </p> <p>After tracing it back through the community, they tested the man's girlfriend and her daughter who lived with them, who both tested positive for coronavirus.</p> <p>The contact tracers then hit a wall, as no one had travelled or had contacts who had travelled. Due to standard genome sequencing of the virus, the tests indicated it had come from overseas, but every chain of contacts had come up blank as no one had travelled.</p> <p>It was only until they extended their search to people living in the same residential apartment tower that they figured out where the coronavirus cluster had started.</p> <p>A woman who had recently travelled from the United States and intensely followed self-isolation protocol still tested positive for coronavirus antibodies.</p> <p>After detailed questioning from the contact tracers, which showed that the women had not come into direct contact with each other, there was only one possible source of contagion.</p> <p>The lift that was shared by that portion of the apartment block.</p> <p>The traveller had used it to get into the apartment where she self-isolated for 14 days and had food delivered.</p> <p>“Therefore, we believe A0 (the traveller from the US) was an asymptomatic carrier and that B1.1 (the daughter) was infected by contact with surfaces in the elevator in the building where they both lived,” the researchers wrote.</p> <p>“Our results illustrate how a single asymptomatic SARS-CoV-2 infection could result in widespread community transmission,” the study authors concluded.</p> <p>The researchers are urging people to not become complacent, as the virus is still wreaking havoc. It appears that isolation is the only tool available to stop the spread.</p> <p>“Continued measures to protect, screen, and isolate infected persons are essential to mitigating and containing the COVID-19 pandemic,” the study reads.</p> </div> </div> </div>

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Alex Pullin’s girlfriend leaves heartbreaking note on door: “Respect my privacy”

<p><span>Alex Pullin's mourning girlfriend has left a tear-jerking note on her front door just a day after losing her partner in a tragedy on the the Gold Coast.</span><br /><br /><span>Alex, 32, was a world champion snowboarder who lost his life after going spearfishing in the water at Palm Beach.</span><br /><br /><span>He suffered a blackout at about 10:30 am on Wednesday and did not wake up despite paramedics performing CPR for 45 minutes on Pullin.</span><br /><br /><span>On Thursday his girlfriend Ellidy Vlug honoured her boyfriend with a handwritten letter that she taped to a front door on the Gold Coast home.</span></p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7836881/pullin-1.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/5e2df3ca0b75477091fab15d77f55414" /><br /><br /><span>“Dear media, thank you for your thoughts, this is a very difficult time for me and I ask that you respect my privacy during this period of grief,” Ms Vlug wrote.</span><br /><br /><span>“Know that Chumpy absolutely loved life and lived life to the full.</span><br /><br /><span>“He lived for us – his family, our puppy Rummi, our amazing friends and the home we made together.</span><br /><br /><span>“He was living his dream, our dream.</span><br /><br /><span>“I am eternally grateful that I have lived my life with him and I am deeply saddened that his life has been cut short.</span><br /><br /><span>“Rest in peace my beautiful man.</span><br /><br /><span>“Kind regards, Ellidy.”</span><br /><br /><span>Earlier that day, Ms Vlug told Daily Mail Australia she last saw her boyfriend alive moments before he'd decided to go for a dive, telling him: “Love you, watch out for sharks.”</span><br /><br /><span>Ms Vlug then went for a walk by herself, and when she returned home, she was met by a neighbour at her door telling her a spear fisher had been pulled from the ocean.</span><br /><br /><span>She then raced to the beach with her mother, where she was told the body belonged to her boyfriend of eight years.</span><br /><br /><span>It's been little more than 24 hours since his death, and Ms Vlug and the couple's friends and family can still hardly believe their loss.</span><br /><br /><span>“I don't know what I'm going to do without him,” she said.</span><br /><br /><span>But the 28-year-old model and business owner says she is determined to make him proud.</span></p> <p><span><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7836880/pullin-2.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/25ca6ac77f89425786952b2c6085cb9d" /></span></p> <p><span>The couple were parents to one-year-old Rummi, their beloved Kelpie puppy, and Ms Vlug said Pullin absolutely adored her.</span><br /><br /><span>“He was a family man through and through. Me, and his sister and parents and Rummi were his world,” she said.</span><br /><br /><span>Ms Vlug shares a tight-knit relationship with Pullin's parents and sister.</span><br /><br /><span>They all live in New South Wales, so were physically separated during the COVID-19 lockdown, but remained in close contact with each other.</span></p>

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Tragic details come to light as Alex ‘Chumpy’ Pullin’s final moments are revealed

<p>The partner of Aussie Winter Olympics star Alex “Chumpy” Pullin witnessed his final moments as paramedics attempted to revive him following a drowning accident on Wednesday.</p> <p>The 32-year-old snowboarder was found by a snorkeller on an artificial reef at Palm Beach on the Gold Coast and pulled from the waters around 10.30am. Lifeguards performed CPR for about 45 minutes, but he did not survive.</p> <p>“He may have been spearfishing. The patient was initially found with a weight belt and there was equipment in the area where he was found,” said Queensland Ambulance Service officer Justin Payne.</p> <p>“Unfortunately, after a long attempt at resuscitation, the patient was unable to be revived.”</p> <p>According to the <em>Courier Mail</em>, Pullin’s long-time girlfriend Ellidy Vlug and her mother arrived on the scene to see the commotion and reportedly expressed hope that the two-time snowboard cross world champion was not the one involved.</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/B8hpsgfF8J5/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="margin: 8px 0 0 0; padding: 0 4px;"><a style="color: #000; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none; word-wrap: break-word;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/B8hpsgfF8J5/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">❤️</a></p> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;">A post shared by <a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/alexchumpypullin/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank"> Alex Chumpy Pullin</a> (@alexchumpypullin) on Feb 13, 2020 at 3:39pm PST</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>In a letter to the media, Vlug paid tribute to Pullin.</p> <p>“Know that Chumpy absolutely loved life and lived life to the full,” she wrote.</p> <p>“He lived for us - his family, our puppy Rummi, our amazing friends and the home we made together.</p> <p>“He was living his dream, our dream.</p> <p>“I am eternally grateful that I have lived my life with him and I am deeply saddened that his life has been cut short.</p> <p>“Rest in peace my beautiful man.”</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/BwEow7ogjES/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/BwEow7ogjES/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Alex Chumpy Pullin (@alexchumpypullin)</a> on Apr 10, 2019 at 3:56am PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>Snow Australia, the peak body for skiing and snowboarding, said the community was saddened by Pullin’s passing.</p> <p>“Our deepest condolences are with Alex's family, as well as his teammates and support staff,” it said.</p> <p>“Alex was a beloved member of the Snow Australia community and he will be dearly missed.”</p>

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Young mother’s coronavirus test leads to devastating cancer news

<p>A young mother who feared she had COVID-19 has learned that her cancer had returned and spread through her body.</p> <p>Beth Pitt-Roche, 26, from the English county of Suffolk, took two coronavirus tests earlier this year after struggling with a cough and cold.</p> <p>The tests returned negative, but an X-ray and CT scan showed that Beth’s breast cancer came back and is now in her lungs, spine, hips and liver.</p> <p>The mother-of-two was first diagnosed with invasive HER2 breast cancer in 2017. After going through chemotherapy and recovering from her first diagnosis, she underwent a double mastectomy towards the end of last year in an attempt to eliminate the risk of the cancer returning.</p> <p>She started developing respiratory symptoms two weeks after the mastectomy, and was told in April that the cancer was back.</p> <p>“[The doctors] told me without treatment I had up to eight months left to live – it was indescribable,” Beth told <em><a href="https://7news.com.au/news/human-interest/young-mothers-coronavirus-test-leads-to-heart-wrenching-cancer-diagnosis-c-1151432">7News</a></em>.</p> <p>“I couldn’t catch my breath, but I didn’t cry.</p> <p>“All we have as a family is the day ahead now, and that’s how we live our lives. I don’t want to dwell on what I can’t change.”</p> <p>Beth is now having targeted therapy, which doctors expect could help prolong her life expectancy by at least five years.</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/CBsPU2fHI5_/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/CBsPU2fHI5_/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Beth Pitt-Roche (@thepittrochediaries)</a> on Jun 21, 2020 at 1:57am PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>She is also raising funds for a family therapy dog, an idea which she said was inspired by Netflix series <em>After Life</em>.</p> <p>“During lockdown, we binge-watched <em>After Life</em> on Netflix, in which a man, played by Ricky Gervais, loses his wife to cancer,” she said.</p> <p>“The only thing that keeps him going is her dog, Brandy. It was amazing seeing how much the dog helped him cope.”</p> <p>She decided to carry out the idea following a discussion with her husband Nick. In late June, her friend Karis Nurse launched a <a href="https://www.gofundme.com/f/Make-a-Warrior-of-Cancers-dream-come-true?utm_source=customer&amp;utm_campaign=p_cp+share-sheet&amp;utm_medium=copy_link-tip">GoFundMe page</a> with a £3,500 goal to purchase the dog.</p> <p>“Knowing that the family will have the unconditional love of a devoted dog when I’m not here is a reassuring thought,” Beth said.</p>

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Marc Fennell apologises for “appalling” disability joke

<p>SBS host Marc Fennell has apologised after joking about genetic conditions on <em>The Project </em>last Thursday.</p> <p>The 35-year-old has faced backlash following his comments during a segment on an American vlogger making beans on toast.</p> <p>“Every time she posts a video I’m like, ‘Are you missing a chromosome? Like, what has happened to you?’” he said.</p> <p>A missing chromosome is a disorder that can lead to genetic conditions such as Turner syndrome.</p> <p>Former AFLW player and <em>Survivor Australia </em>contestant Moana Hope, whose sister Lavinia has Möbius syndrome, condemned Fennell’s comment.</p> <p>“Lavinia’s missing a chromosome and so many other people are missing chromosomes and I cannot believe he decided to use it as an example of dumb and stupid,” Hope said in an Instagram video.</p> <p>She wrote in the caption: “You don’t get to bully and discriminate against people with special needs and think it’s ok coz you got a ‘laugh’ on a national TV.”</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/CCNhvdmAHas/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="margin: 8px 0 0 0; padding: 0 4px;"><a style="color: #000; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none; word-wrap: break-word;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/CCNhvdmAHas/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">Two different people are watching this same clip. One is missing a chromosome and the other is labeled as ‘normal’. But after the clip is finished you need to watch both reactions. One of them is Bullying and discriminating against people with special needs and monosomy. The other one says ‘ yeah it’s nice, the lady is lovely’. Yet he is labeled as NORMAL and she is used in a sentence to describe what he thinks is someone who is ‘stupid, dumb and not all there’. This 💩 needs to stop. @marcfennell you don’t get to bully and discriminate against people with special needs and think it’s ok coz you got a ‘laugh’ on a national TV. And to the people on the panel that did laugh shame on you. @theprojecttv this is unacceptable behaviour that needs to be seen to. This has offended more people then you can imagine. #needstostop #notfunny #itsmean #theproject</a></p> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;">A post shared by <a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/moanahope/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank"> Moana Hope</a> (@moanahope) on Jul 4, 2020 at 12:14am PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>On Sunday, Fennell issued an apology over the “stupid, hurtful” comment on his social media pages, saying he was not aware the chromosome joke was related to genetic disorders.</p> <p>“I went on [<em>The Project</em>] and offhandedly said something which I have since realised was an appalling ableist comment,” he wrote.</p> <p>“Pretty much the moment I got off air I’ve been trying to personally respond to everyone who has messaged me. It felt like the right thing to do. To really read, listen and respond to the many parents, siblings of and disabled and neurodiverse people who messaged me.</p> <p>“Words matter. My words matter. Ableism like this is not what I’m about and I hope you believe that I can and will do better.”</p> <p><iframe src="https://www.facebook.com/plugins/post.php?href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2FMarcFennellOnline%2Fposts%2F3503125196388172&amp;show_text=true&amp;width=552&amp;height=868&amp;appId" width="552" height="868" style="border: none; overflow: hidden;" scrolling="no" frameborder="0" allowtransparency="true" allow="encrypted-media"></iframe></p> <p>Fennell thanked Hope for calling him out. “She was and is absolutely right to call this stuff out.”</p>

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"Dying of starvation": Public housing residents break down in tears after nine towers are forced into lockdown

<div class="post_body_wrapper"> <div class="post_body"> <div class="body_text "> <p>Public housing residents in Melbourne have broken down in tears as they claim that food supplies are dangerously low and people could die from starvation. </p> <p>Nine towers in Flemington and North Melbourne have been locked down in an effort to slow the spread of coronavirus with 3,000 people unable to leave their apartments for any reason for at least five days.</p> <p>The Melbourne government has said that it has distributed 3,000 meals, 1,000 food hampers and 250 personal care packs to residents and the charity FareShare has provided more than 3,000 prepared meals and 4,500 pastries.</p> <p>Debbie Harrison, who is caring for her 83-year-old mother Ivy at a housing unit in North Melbourne has said that they have only been given four sausage rolls to eat in 48 hours.</p> <p>"They are just going to go in the bin, we're not touching them," Ms Harrison told <a rel="noopener" href="https://9now.nine.com.au/a-current-affair/north-melbourne-public-housing-residents-trapped-without-food-in-coronavirus-lockdown/461251f2-bd6b-4d94-b8e9-4b7d2ba61f6a" target="_blank" class="_e75a791d-denali-editor-page-rtflink">A Current Affair</a>.</p> <p>"Yesterday, I was fine. Today, it's just not fair."</p> <p>Her mother is more worried about her children and great-grandchildren.</p> <p>"I want things to be what they used to be, I've never known anything like this in my 83 years, never," she said. </p> <p>Other residents say they have been left in the dark when it comes to supplies and testing.</p> <p>"There's been no communication, they don't tell you anything," resident Brian told <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.smh.com.au/national/victoria/you-couldn-t-eat-it-food-for-tower-residents-left-in-corridors-as-deliveries-delayed-20200706-p559h6.html" target="_blank" class="_e75a791d-denali-editor-page-rtflink">The Sydney Morning Herald</a>. </p> <p>Meals have been delivered but have been left in the corridors and eventually have turned rotten.</p> <p>"I can't eat it because I'm no gluten or anything like that, but the other people - you couldn't eat it, no way," he said. </p> <p>Fresh groceries have been donated by Coles and delivered by firefighters and police officers, which is a relief to residents.</p> <p>"It's a relief, even if people aren't being told about it. But there's still a lot of uncertainty and still a low of people worried," he said.</p> <p>Victorian Council of Social Services CEO Emma King said that she is concerned that culturally appropriate meals were not being provided by the government.</p> <p>"We need to make sure we're hearing directly from the residents on the estate around what they need and making sure we deliver on that," she told AAP.</p> <p>She also noted that residents were given copies of the public health orders or "detention directives" but the wording has sparked confusion over the term "lockdown" which could last as long as 14 days.</p> <p>"Any of us, to have police on your doorstep, handing a detention notice we can't understand, it would be really frightening," she said.</p> <p>"It is a very fine, precarious balance. We need to save lives first and foremost but we need to make sure people get the support that they need and they aren't terrified through the process."</p> </div> </div> </div>

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Sikhs deliver free meals to Melbourne public housing residents

<p>Sikh volunteers have served 1,325 meals to residents of the Melbourne housing estates who were placed under sudden coronavirus lockdown.</p> <p>More than 3,000 people have remained locked inside their flats after the Victorian Government imposed a hard lockdown on nine public housing towers in Flemington and North Melbourne, which applies until at least Wednesday.</p> <p>The Sikh Volunteers Australia team arrived at the buildings on Sunday evening to serve free food to the tenants with the help of Victoria Police and Victorian Department of Health and Human Services.</p> <p>The volunteers delivered the meals with no contact. “We are not making any direct contact with anyone. We leave food on the table, people come there one by one and take food from there,” an organiser said, as quoted by the <em><a href="https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8492361/Sikhs-serve-1-325-free-meals-housing-commission-residents-coronavirus-lockdown-Melbourne.html">Daily Mail</a></em>.</p> <p><iframe src="https://www.facebook.com/plugins/post.php?href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2Fsikhvolunteers.australia%2Fposts%2F3741851949177260&amp;show_text=true&amp;width=552&amp;height=416&amp;appId" width="552" height="416" style="border: none; overflow: hidden;" scrolling="no" frameborder="0" allowtransparency="true" allow="encrypted-media"></iframe></p> <p>The volunteer group is set to continue the food delivery today.</p> <p>It has previously provided food relief for communities across Victoria, including during <a href="https://www.sikhvolunteersaustralia.org/2020/02/05/australia-day-awards-of-holt-and-latrobe-2/">bushfire</a> crises.</p> <p>Victorian Housing Minister Richard Wynne said he was “overwhelmed by the compassion” of people who sought to support the towers’ tenants.</p> <p>“Presently my phone is running off the hook with people saying, ‘how can we help?’,” Wynne told reporters on Sunday.</p> <p>“From the Lord Mayor of Melbourne to the City of Moonee Valley [and] Trades Hall, many numbers of people have said ‘we want to be able to help’.”</p> <p>At least 27 COVID-19 cases have been identified across the towers.</p> <p>The area is being monitored by 500 police officers per shift, <em><a href="https://www.sbs.com.au/news/a-group-of-3-000-melburnians-have-been-locked-down-in-public-housing-towers-but-how-will-authorities-manage-it">SBS News</a> </em>reported. Royal Melbourne Hospital staff are also knocking doors to get every resident tested.</p> <p>“I want to thank people personally for their profound sacrifice – by staying home and getting tested, you are making a real difference in keeping our state safe,” said Premier Daniel Andrews.</p>

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MasterChef's Melissa Leong reveals her secret health condition

<p><span><em>Masterchef Australia</em> host Melissa Leong has opened up about her secret health battle with an autoimmune condition called Pyrrole disorder.</span></p> <p><span>Speaking to Who magazine, Melissa admitted that after years of suffering anxiety she was diagnosed with the stress-induced disorder a few years ago.</span></p> <p><span>She says it took her nine months to recover from it.</span></p> <p><span>“I was extremely unwell and couldn’t work,” she said.</span></p> <p><span>“I’m in an incredible place right now, but I'm mindful every day to prioritise my health. I've learned — the hard way — not to push myself to the point where I break.”</span></p> <p><span><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7836792/melissa-leong-1.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/8e99304db04041068019fba342994735" /></span></p> <p><em>Melissa opened up about her the disorder she suffered with. </em></p> <p><span>Pyrrole disorder can cause major mood changes and happens when there are too many Pyrrole molecules in your body.</span></p> <p><span>The excess molecules can make it hard for your body to absorb essential nutrients such as zinc and vitamin B6.</span></p> <p><span>It is often linked to other mental conditions like anxiety.</span></p> <p><span>The disease can cause physical symptoms such as memory problems and hair loss.</span></p> <p><span>Through a “correct diagnosis” and taking supplements, Melissa was able to “slowly get better.”</span></p> <p><span>However, she says there were days that made her condition even more incredibly difficult.</span></p> <p><span>“There was a time where I'd have to psych myself up for days just to walk to the end of my street to buy groceries, which was not a very good state of affairs at all, to be honest with you,” she said.</span></p> <p><span>Melissa is loving every minute of hosting role on Channel 10’s <em>MasterChef</em>, saying that she is “so grateful” to be a part of it.</span></p>

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