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What actually happens at a hearing test?

<p>Hearing loss can affect anyone and tends to worsen as time goes on, but it can be difficult to recognise the problem until you experience certain symptoms. So how can you be sure? The effects of hearing loss can be detrimental to your health, which is why it’s important to get a baseline hearing test and annual follow-up to help catch the problem early.</p> <p>The purpose of the test is not only to determine whether you have hearing loss, but also the severity level. A detailed analysis can also help define the type of hearing loss you may have: Conductive, sensorineural or mixed and whether it will respond best to medical treatment, hearing aids, bone-anchored hearing systems or cochlear implants.</p> <p>Hearing tests are non-invasive and easy to do, but despite the pain level sitting at zero, it’s still crucial to speak to a qualified audiologist who can guide you through the entire process.</p> <p>So now that you’re on your way to book your first hearing appointment, it’s important to know exactly what you can expect.</p> <p>Below are the exact steps that <a href="https://www.bloomhearing.com.au/en-au/blog/what-happens-at-hearing-appointment?topic=Tips%20and%20Advice">bloom™ hearing specialists</a> take to make sure you have the most comfortable experience possible.</p> <p><strong>1. They check your history</strong></p> <p>After the initial introduction, your hearing specialist will discuss your hearing history with you. The questioning will include when you find hearing most difficult, how long have you been noticing your hearing is declining and any other queries you may have. Make sure you have someone to accompany you to the appointment so they can also provide their feedback on when they notice your hearing isn’t at its peak.</p> <p><strong>2. They will conduct a series of tests</strong></p> <p>Once the consultation is complete, your specialist will then commence a number of tests; air conduction, speech discrimination testing, otoscopic examination, tympanogram and audiogram.</p> <p>Each ear is tested separately as they are trying to find the softest sounds you can hear. Then, a bone conduction test takes place to help establish the nature of the loss and whether it needs further medical examination, or if hearing aids are sufficient.</p> <p><strong>3. Working out a solution</strong></p> <p>After the testing has ended, your hearing specialist will give you the opportunity to have a Sound Experience – where you can actually listen to what amplification sounds like. The audiologist will walk you through your results, and will recommend solutions based off the information in front of them. They will also talk you through the range of hearing devices and which one will best suit your lifestyle and listening environment.</p> <p>With <a href="https://www.bloomhearing.com.au/en-au/blog/what-happens-at-hearing-appointment?topic=Tips%20and%20Advice">bloom™ hearing specialists</a>, you are able to have a real life Sound Experience where you can try hearing aids out in the ‘real world’. That way, you’ll know how much of a worthy investment the device can be to your everyday life and whether it provides benefit in the situations where you are struggling to hear.</p> <p><strong>4. Hearing aid fitting</strong></p> <p>Once you make some decisions around whether hearing aids are right for you, what colour hearing aids you would like and which hearing aids style suits you best, your hearing specialist will arrange a “fitting” appointment. At the fitting, hearing aids are set up and demonstrated to you. They will also explain how to correctly insert, remove, adjust and clean the devices.</p> <p>With <a href="https://www.bloomhearing.com.au/en-au/blog/my-new-hearing-aids-first-24-hours?topic=New%20To%20Hearing%20Aids">bloom™ hearing specialists</a>, review appointments are part of the great service provided, as it ensures you have the best hearing experience possible. Sometimes adjustments are necessary which is why it’s important to get the hearing aid rechecked.</p> <p>So now that you’re ready to book your first hearing appointment, find your <a href="https://www.bloomhearing.com.au/en-au/stores">local bloom clinic here</a>. Or, you can organise an appointment by <a href="https://www.bloomhearing.com.au/en-au/hearing-test/book-an-appointment">filling out an online form</a>. </p> <p><em>This is sponsored content brought to you in conjunction with </em><a href="https://www.bloomhearing.com.au/en-au/blog/what-happens-at-hearing-appointment?topic=Tips%20and%20Advice"><em>bloom™ hearing specialists</em></a><em>.</em></p>

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9-month-old’s saving chance: Court order prevents hospital pulling the plug

<p>A Texas court has allowed a family to place a temporary restraining order on a hospital wanting to take their 9-month-old baby off life support. </p> <p>Tinslee Lewis was born with congenital heart issues and has been under the care of the Cook’s Children’s Hospital for the better part of her whole young life. </p> <p>Her family is rejoicing after a court order has allowed them to buy more time to find a hospital who is willing to keep their baby on life-saving machines. </p> <p>The child was born with Ebstein Anomaly, a rare heart defect meaning there is an abnormality in the tricuspid valve. </p> <p>The disorder separates the right atrium from the right ventricle so normal blood flow cannot occur. </p> <p><span>In some rare cases, the disorder can cause the right atrium to swell, and even result in congestive heart failure. </span></p> <p><iframe src="https://www.facebook.com/plugins/post.php?href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2Ftrinity.lewis.3551%2Fposts%2F2476561655891273&amp;width=500" width="500" height="586" style="border: none; overflow: hidden;" scrolling="no" frameborder="0" allowtransparency="true" allow="encrypted-media"></iframe></p> <p>While Tinslee has already undergone numerous surgeries for the disorder, for the past several months the young infant has been kept on a ventilator. </p> <p>The doctors worry the 9-month-old baby’s health will not improve and that she is “suffering”. </p> <p>However, her family could not agree less. </p> <p>"We are a family who believes where there's just a little air, there's hope," Beverly Winston, the infant's relative, told<span> </span>CBS DFW. </p> <p>"Regardless of your reason, what the law is -- she deserves the chance to fight for her life, and she has a troop who will help her 100 percent and above."</p> <p>Ahead of the court’s ruling, the hospital has issued a statement explaining the doctor’s conclusions. </p> <p>“Tinslee Lewis is a beautiful baby who has captured the hearts of many at Cook Children’s since her premature birth nine months ago,” a statement from the Cook Children’s hospital read, according to CBS DFW.</p> <p>“In the last several months, it’s become apparent her health will never improve,” the statement continued. </p> <p>“Despite our best efforts, her condition is irreversible, meaning it will never be cured or eliminated. Without life-sustaining treatment, her condition is fatal. But more importantly, her physicians believe she is suffering.”</p> <p>“To maintain the delicate balance necessary to sustain Tinslee’s life, and to prevent her from pulling out the lines that are connected to the ventilator, doctors have had to keep her constantly paralyzed and sedated.</p> <p>“While Tinslee may sometimes appear alert and moving, her movements are the result of being weaned off of the paralyzing drugs. We believe Tinslee is reacting in pain when she’s not sedated and paralyzed.”</p> <p>The hospital says they have reached out to nearly 20 hospitals who have all declined to accept the infant as a patient. </p> <p>Tinslee's life support was due to be switched off on the 17th of November, however a judge sided with her family with preventing from doing so. </p> <p>Another hearing is scheduled on November 22. </p> <p>“I thought that they were going to pull the plug on my baby,” Trinity Lewis, the baby’s mother, told Fox 7 Austin. </p> <p>“I didn’t think she was going to still be here today, and that’s what I’m grateful for.”</p>

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Is your home keeping you awake?

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Could your home’s sleeping environment be contributing to your sleepless nights? There are several ways you can change your bedroom to help you nod off and get a great night’s sleep.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">If you've bought a new home and are having a tough time nodding off, have you tried making small environmental changes to improve your chance of a good night's sleep? Well, here are some handy home hints to help you fight insomnia.</span></p> <p><strong>Feng shui</strong></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Feng shui expert Steven Post, along with neurosociologist John Zeisel, had a lively discussion at the Brain Event in the Museum of Art in New York. They discussed whether there was an effect of feng shui on the human brain. They both concluded that feng shui is a state of mind - if you believe that your environment affects you, then making your environment peaceful, may help you, especially when you move into a new home. For example, having the bed facing the door can help people feel less claustrophobic because they can see an "escape". </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">What’s our advice to new homeowners who are environmentally sensitive? Feng shui your bedroom to your heart's content. It may just be the trick to a good night's sleep.</span></p> <p><strong>Make sure your bedroom is just for sleeping</strong></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">It is so easy to make your bedroom your living room and study all in one. Time is fleeting and because of that, we seem to cram everything into one place. A 2011 poll conducted by the National Sleep Foundation discovered that 95 per cent of adults use technology an hour before bedtime.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Phones, TVs, iPads and computers all stimulate the brain and increased stimulation doesn't help you fall asleep, especially if you use them just before or in bed. So, the key is to make your living room or study a nice place to spend some time. When you create a warm, inviting environment to use your technology in, it will stop the temptation to take those mobile devices with you when you go to bed.</span></p> <p><strong>Pay attention to noise suppression </strong></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">If your home is near a source of constant background noise, such as an airport, main road, or even a highway several kilometres away, this might be impacting on your quality of sleep. Studies have found that consistent background noise can affect cognitive function, blood pressure, the nervous system and cause physiological stress.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Options to consider would be to move to a bedroom in your home away from the source of noise or, if that’s not possible, consider installing better insulation or a double glazed window to your bedroom.</span></p> <p><strong>Sleep in the dark for better quality Zzzzz </strong></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Another study conducted by the National Sleep Foundation found that when you are exposed to light, your brain will respond with a message to keep you awake. Therefore, when it is time to sleep it is important for the room to be as dark as humanly possible. Light-blocking curtains and eye masks can eliminate your exposure to unwanted light and make it so much easier to fall asleep.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Don't forget that your bad sleeping patterns may not be your body's fault. If you buy a home or start renting a new house, then it could be the new environment that is disrupting your snooze time. Try making these changes before you nod off and hopefully you won't be sleepless in the suburbs for much longer.</span></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Republished with permission of </span><a href="https://www.wyza.com.au/articles/property/is-your-home-keeping-you-awake.aspx"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Wyza.com.au.</span></a></em></p>

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Q&A: ABC announces Tony Jones replacement

<p>Hamish Macdonald has been announced as the new host for ABC’s <em>Q&amp;A</em> as Tony Jones signs off at the end of the year after 12 years in the role.</p> <p><span>“The ABC is delighted to announce that Hamish Macdonald will join the ABC as the new host of weekly flagship discussion program <em>Q&amp;A</em> and as a senior presenter across television and radio,” the ABC said in a statement.</span></p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr">The <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/QandA?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#QandA</a> team is very excited to have <a href="https://twitter.com/hamishNews?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@hamishNews</a> on board as host for 2020. Congrats Hamish! <a href="https://t.co/6kvFPG8es8">pic.twitter.com/6kvFPG8es8</a></p> — ABC Q&amp;A (@QandA) <a href="https://twitter.com/QandA/status/1192302685317296133?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">November 7, 2019</a></blockquote> <p>“This role will be a huge opportunity to make the most complicated issues accessible, engaging and exciting for all Australians, no matter where you live, no matter what you believe,” Macdonald said.</p> <p>“I’m proud to join this great Australian institution and can’t wait to serve the audience by continuing the big and important conversations each week.”</p> <p>The 38-year-old, who has occasionally filled in for Jones on the program, will continue to appear on Network Ten’s <em>The Project </em>and <em>The Sunday Project</em>.</p> <p>Aside from <em>Q&amp;A</em>, Macdonald will also be presenting news across ABC’s television and radio channels.</p> <p>ABC’S news director Gaven Morris said he was excited to have such an “experienced and accomplished broadcaster” on board.</p> <p>“Hosting <em>Q&amp;A</em> requires a special set of skills,” he said.</p> <p>“It needs someone who is articulate and also a great listener, well connected, interested in everything and fully across news and current events at home and abroad.</p> <p>“Hamish can do all of that – and also brings his own brand of warmth and energy that audiences love. He is a terrific communicator, and an experienced and accomplished broadcaster.”</p> <p>Macdonald began his career in regional broadcaster WIN as a politics reporter before moving to the UK to report for Channel 4 News. He had also worked for Al Jazeera English and US ABC.</p>

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BREAKING: Seinfeld actor's body found in a horrific state

<p>Golden Girls and Seinfeld actor Charles Levin horrifically passed away in June. </p> <p>However, while the details were spared from the public, they have since been obtained by the <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.dailymail.co.uk/home/index.html" target="_blank"><em>Daily Mail</em>.</a> </p> <p>The actor was reported as a missing person on June 28 by his son Jesse after he phoned a friend to say he was lost somewhere near Cave Junction, in Oregon, United States of America. </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/Bxpfx8NlIHG/?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/Bxpfx8NlIHG/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by NOSTALGIAINMILAN #F4FREQUEST (@nostalgiainmilan)</a> on May 19, 2019 at 8:01am PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>On July 13, police authorities confirmed a body was found near where his unique orange Fiat car was also located. </p> <p>Inside the vehicle was Levin’s beloved deceased pet pug who was identified by his signature purple collar. </p> <p>Reports obtained by the <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.dailymail.co.uk/home/index.html" target="_blank"><em>Daily Mail </em></a>revealed his body was discovered at the bottom of a rocky 30-foot ravine. </p> <p>Sadly it was revealed his remains were horribly decomposed, and he had been dead “for days”. </p> <p>The report indicated signs of “animal scavenging likely in the form of turkey vultures.”</p> <p>Authorities used dental records to identify Levin’s body, and his death has been ruled accidental. </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/B0BQQGTnhhm/?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/B0BQQGTnhhm/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Every Day a Famous Dies (@everydayafamousdies)</a> on Jul 17, 2019 at 6:29am PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>It has been assumed Levin fell down the ravine while attempting to find help. </p> <p>Police reportedly had to scale a slope to retrieve his body using a rope-and-pulley system.</p> <p>The local member who found the actor’s body said “It looked like he was trying to take a back route to Grants Pass [where he lived]. </p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; 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It's easy to get lost, and GPS doesn't work.</p> <p>“His car was pretty banged up and was off a logging trail. I went up on foot, hiking. I wouldn't have driven up there by myself, no way. I think he might have made a few bad decisions.”</p> <p>Levin was a familiar face on TV screens around the world and appeared on <em>Alice, The Golden Girls, NYPD Blue</em>, and <em>Hill Street Blues</em>. </p> <p>He famously played a Mohel in the 1993 <em>Seinfeld</em> episode, The Bris.</p>

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The heartbreaking reason Ben Fordham is taking time off from his 2GB radio show

<p>Radio star Ben Fordham has announced he will be taking the rest of the year off to spend time with his terminally ill father, John. </p> <p>After a lengthy battle with throat cancer, Mr Fordham, founder of celebrity management business The Fordham Company, has been told his fight “won’t be continuing.”</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/B30FZVkpaYx/?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/B30FZVkpaYx/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Ben Fordham (@benfordham9)</a> on Oct 19, 2019 at 1:50pm PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>Ben shared the sad news on his 2GB’s drive show, that he would be taking an early leave from his gig to make the most of the time he has left with his father. </p> <p>“Today I’ve got a bit of a challenge on my hands, because my dad, who hasn’t been well for a long time, was told that his fight against throat cancer won’t be continuing,” he told listeners.</p> <p>“I actually made the decision late yesterday that I’ll be wrapping up the radio show by the end of today or tomorrow and that will be it for the year, so that I can spend some time with dad.”</p> <p>Fordham admitted his family had been devastated by his dad’s latest health development after he battled the disease for “a couple of years.”</p> <p>“We’ve had to have one of those conversations that a lot of families have had to have, and (I decided) that for the rest of the year I want to spend some time with dad,” he said.</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/B2gnfkPlRt2/?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/B2gnfkPlRt2/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">Happy 75th Jack. My old man and his favourite clients. ❤️</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/benfordham9/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank"> Ben Fordham</a> (@benfordham9) on Sep 17, 2019 at 3:52am PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>“I don’t know how much time he wants to spend with me because at the moment he just wants to rest, but I told him I’m going to be a bit of a bad smell for the rest of the year,” he joked.</p> <p>“Dad’s listening this afternoon, so big bad John, we love you mate,” he concluded.</p> <p>John Fordham is a celebrated wine critic and founder of celebrity management business, The Fordham Company. In his career, he has worked with a number of memorable names including Alan Jones, Mark Taylor, John Laws, Lisa Wilkinson, Andrew Johns, Kerri-Anne Kennerley and Tracy Grimshaw. </p> <p>Amid his health battles, Fordham created a foundation to assist in finding a cure for throat cancer, called Head and Neck Foundation. </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/Bvi-2eejIQ1/?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/Bvi-2eejIQ1/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Ben Fordham (@benfordham9)</a> on Mar 28, 2019 at 2:15am PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>Earlier in 2019, John shared a personal article he wrote for<span> </span><a href="https://www.telegraph.co.uk/"><em>The Sunday Telegraph</em></a><span> </span>where he revealed Billy Joel’s music had given him strength through radiotherapy. </p> <p>“For the 34 radiotherapy sessions … the same sequence of Billy Joel tracks kept my mind focused on getting through the ordeal,” he wrote.</p> <p>“And each time, when Billy’s signature Piano Man track started, I knew only moments remained before the session would end.”</p> <p>Fordham even had the opportunity to meet Billy Joel backstage at a concert in Denver, United States, back in 2017. </p> <p>“When I referenced one of his top hits Only The Good Die Young, he smiled and said “man, you’ve just got to hang in there”,” he wrote of the meeting.</p> <p>In honour of his father, Ben played some of John’s favourite songs on his show. </p>

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“Dedicate this to dad”: A group of mates lucky $500,000 Melbourne Cup win

<p>A group of mates will be counting their blessings after winning $500,000 by backing Vow and declaring months ago they would be victorious in the Melbourne Cup. </p> <p>The incredible moment they realised they had won an eye watering amount was recorded on video.</p> <p>39-year-old Alex Xerri made a number of bets starting from June when Vow and Declare were at huge odds. Thankfully this bet paid off in the end, and won him $320,000 on Tuesday, as well as an extra $200,000 by his friends who followed his hot tip. </p> <p>The video was shot by his friend Jimmy Hoyne, and showed the group’s excitement when the gelding surged home and snatched up the Melbourne Cup. </p> <p>The moment felt bittersweet for Mr Xerri who’s father Paul, 81, passed away a month ago, before he had the chance to collect $40,000 from bets he also made on the winning horse. </p> <p>“It was difficult, I was really sad that he never got to watch the Cup and share in the excitement and happiness,” he told Daily Mail Australia.</p> <p>“He always backed my judgement and I know he's proud of me. It was a very touching and emotional moment.</p> <p>“I have to dedicate this to dad.”</p> <p><iframe src="https://www.facebook.com/plugins/video.php?href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2FJimmyHoyne%2Fvideos%2F2536730216403887%2F&amp;show_text=0&amp;width=267" width="267" height="476" style="border: none; overflow: hidden;" scrolling="no" frameborder="0" allowtransparency="true" allowfullscreen="true"></iframe></p> <p> Xerri said he and his dad hopefully placed their first bets on June 8 after watching Vow and Declare come second in the Queensland Derby.</p> <p>Just two weeks later, the racehorse won the Tattersall's Cup, however they then had to wait months to see it would compete again at the Turnbull Stakes on October 5.</p> <p>However, in a turn of tragic events, Paul suddenly died from an unexpected heart attack the morning of the race, a month before the Melbourne Cup would commence. </p> <p>Xerri said a eulogy delivered at his funeral expressed how excited Paul was to put his bets to the ultimate test. </p> <p>“The speech said how he was really excited about a horse that will run in the Melbourne Cup, and last few months of his life that's what he was really looking for,” he said.</p> <p>The winning son said his father would continue to place bets on the horses despite being told to stop. </p> <p>“We went through his wallet and he had all his bet slips printed and A4 sheet of paper,” he explained.</p> <p>“He believed it would happen, he'd never won that sort of money in his life and we were talking about what we would do if it won.” </p> <p>Mr Xerri said he became convinced Vow and Declare could win the Melbourne Cup after it won an 1,800m race on Oaks Day in 2018. </p> <p>Paul listened to the advice of renowned horse trainer Danny O'Brien, who talked up his horse's abilities.</p> <p>“He said it was an elite staying prospect and everything it was doing suggested it could run the Cup's distance,” he recalled.</p> <p>“I thought from then it was a potential Melbourne Cup champion.”</p> <p>Xerri placed more bets in following months after initially placing $100 for the horses to win at 201/1 and $900 to place at 51/1 at the Queensland Derby. </p> <p>He placed more bets in following months and convinced 25 friends to get on board and place their own bets on the same horses. </p> <p>The gamble earned him about $320,000 in winnings by Tuesday’s race, and his friends $200,000 between them. </p> <p>Mr Hoyne's video showed the five friends getting progressively more excited as Vow and Declare entered the final straight on the tail of the leader and gradually wore down the margin.</p> <p>When Vow and Declare crossed the line first, the room erupted. </p> <p>“I have never felt a rush like that in my life... words cannot explain,” the friend who filmed the scene said.</p> <p>“Such a big day for the family man been riding this horse for over a year and to see it come true - unbelievable.”</p> <p>Xerri said there was a lot of anticipation leading up to the race as he knew he and others had cash riding on the result. </p> <p>“I was nervous, my legs were jelly. I'd told so many for so long and they'd put money on it just because I said to,” he said.</p>

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Huge pay day! Channel 9 offers Sonia Kruger “substantial” contract

<p>Sonia Kruger is set to be locked in for another three years at Channel 9 under a “very substantial” contract, a new report has claimed.</p> <p>The network has offered the TV host a three-year contract extension “which would see her continuing <span>to do <em>Today Extra</em>, would see her doing <em>The Voice</em> and other projects as they arise”, entertainment reporter Peter Ford said on 6PR.</span></p> <p>“I’m told the amount of money involved is very substantial, you’re looking at $1.5 million plus for the three years, which is good considering the bulk of that is in daytime television,” Ford said.</p> <p>Kruger, who joined Channel 9 at the end of 2011 after 14 years with Seven Network, is yet to accept the contract deal.</p> <p>The alleged offer came a week after a <em><a href="https://www.oversixty.com.au/news/news/nine-slams-newspaper-over-shameful-reports-on-erin-molan-and-sonia-kruger">Sunday Telegraph report</a></em> claimed that Kruger was to be axed from the network as part of a reshuffle.</p> <p>Amid reports of <em>Today</em>’s <a href="https://www.oversixty.com.au/entertainment/tv/nail-in-the-coffin-today-show-reaches-a-record-low">ailing ratings</a>, Karl Stefanovic has also been tipped to return to the breakfast show next year alongside Allison Langdon.</p> <p>Media analyst Julian Evans claimed that Stefanovic and Langdon will <a href="https://twitter.com/julespineapple/status/1190056968175542272">be the main co-hosts of <em>Today</em></a>, while Georgie Gardner will shift over as co-host of <em>Today Extra</em>.</p> <p>Last week, Stefanovic addressed the <a href="https://www.news.com.au/entertainment/tv/morning-shows/today-show-karl-stefanovic-addresses-his-rumoured-return-to-breakfast-tv-show/news-story/cb0f277c31587c20d878b929dabe6b86">growing rumours</a> that he will be making a return to breakfast television.</p> <p>“That’s what I keep trying to tell Channel 9, that I’m the lucky charm,” he said on Nova. “If they want to pad me up and send me in, I’m ready to go in and we’ll have a win.”</p>

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How yoga changed my life

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Think you’re too old to start or teach yoga? These three inspirational older Australian yogis describe why they became yoga teachers.</span></p> <p><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong>Danielle Mondahl, 50, Queensland</strong></span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Teacher’s aide and mother of three, Danielle never imagined yoga would bring her a new career specialising in yoga for pregnant women and young mums as well as Thai yoga massage.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“I was ‘tricked’ into teaching yoga!" she says. "It was never my intention to teach yoga myself. I only did my Level 1 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training to develop my own personal practice. With my kids a bit older, I finally had some time to devote to myself.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"I was 45 when I did my teacher training with Tammy Williams of Yoga NRG on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland. My course began in March 2011 and by July 2011 I was fully qualified. It took about 10 contact days in total plus many hours of written assignments and study. There were just seven of us on the course and we soon developed a beautiful friendship that endures today and supports each other.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“I didn’t feel out of place on the training because of my age. There was one person older than me and the other students were in their 20s or 30s. I did feel out of place because of my body though. I thought, ‘What on earth am I doing? I can hardly do any of these poses, I’m the largest person here, I don’t wear the right clothes.’</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“It all went well though. I totally immersed myself in the practice and attended about six classes a week. I loved it. At the end I was ‘tricked’ into becoming a yoga teacher. My trainer Tammy asked if would like to fill a class for her at the school where I worked as a teacher aide. I instantly said, ‘no!’ I knew that I could do it though so after a minute or two I said, ‘I’ll do it just this once.’</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“I was terrified about teaching my work colleagues. I had my laminated sequence sheet with me the whole time. I was nervous for the first 55 minutes. It was only for the last five minutes of savasana that I finally calmed down. The next class I taught, I was nervous for 54 minutes! After that second class I thought, ‘Ok, I can do this.’</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Since then, I’ve specialised in pregnancy yoga and mums and bubs yoga. I’ve always had a passion for all things pregnancy and baby. I dreamt of being a midwife but having three kids of my own got in the way. The pregnancy yoga is my favourite class to teach because I am making a positive difference in the lives of women and their families. I loved my pregnancies and I want to encourage women to have a positive attitude and experience about their pregnancies.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“I’ve also started assisting on Level 1 Yoga Teacher Training courses and I teach Thai yoga massage. I’m now completing my level one Thai yoga massage training. It’s all meant I recently resigned from my teacher's aide job of 10 years to pursue my passion.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“It is never to late to start or to teach yoga. I’m now 50 and I see people in this age group every day trying out their first class. We have trained students in their 50s, 60s and 70s to become yoga teachers.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“In my opinion, older people make better yoga teachers. They bring a huge amount of life experience; they’re reliable and they don’t let their egos get in the way of sharing their gifts.”</span></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Danielle teaches at Yoga NRG in Moffat Beach, Queensland. Head to </span><a href="http://www.yogaenergy.com.au"><span style="font-weight: 400;">www.yogaenergy.com.au</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;"> </span></em></p> <p><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong>Robyn Metcalfe, 62, Middle Park, Melbourne</strong></span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">After spending years as a cancer nurse, Robyn’s yoga practice has led her to teaching yoga to women who’ve had breast cancer.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“I started going to yoga classes in the year 2002. We had a blended family so there were four children living at home and I was working full time. The first classes I went to were in a park near the beach. I liked the fitness aspect of yoga and I always left the classes feeling relaxed and energised. I loved it.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“I am a registered nurse and worked in the cancer field. I was looking for some study that would allow me to keep working into the years ahead. I had been pondering this for a few years and one day during a yoga class in the park, I decided I would look into taking a yoga teaching course.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“I did my advanced diploma of yoga teaching in Melbourne at the Centre for Adult Education, the course is offered part-time over two years and comprises 1200 hours of course work. It’s now called the Academy of Yoga Learning.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“I had wondered if I would feel out of place because of my age but in fact I didn’t at all. There were a couple of other women around my age and everyone in the course was very accepting of everyone so age wasn’t a barrier at all.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">From cancer nurse to yoga instructor, Robyn proves that it's never too late to get into it!</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“I decided to start teaching towards the end of my course as I thought it would only get harder the longer I left it. For my first class, I was very nervous which I found strange as I was comfortable with public speaking about different cancers and prevention. The class went very well though; I taught a small group of yogis that had been practising for many years and were used to teachers coming and going over time. I ended teaching there for two years and only stopped because we moved to a different area.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“For me, yoga always makes me feel better. Whether I am teaching or doing my practice or in a class, I continue because of the benefits the practice gives to people, the difference in their day-to-day lives in terms of stress. Also being able to observe changes in people’s bodies, posture and wellbeing over a term.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“As a nurse, I am lucky to have a background in different diseases and chronic conditions. I guess this is shaping my practice. I started out doing general classes and corporate classes once or twice a week because I was still working. Now I teach yoga to women who have had breast cancer and the different treatments this involves, as well as to a class of women over 50 (with some of them in their 70s), and a general class of mixed ages. I am also about to start classes at a drug and alcohol rehabilitation centre.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“I guess it will keep evolving and changing, I hope to continue teaching for many years. In part I became a teacher to encourage older people to keep moving and practise yoga so I guess I am heading this way.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“I’m not sure why anyone would think they would be too old to teach yoga. If people are keen to learn and are already practising yoga, it is a fantastic course to undertake. It is very rewarding and as a teacher, you get immediate feedback from students and also give people a wonderful practice to take with them into their lives.”</span></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Robyn is a member of Yoga Australia. Check out </span><a href="http://www.yogaaustralia.org.au"><span style="font-weight: 400;">www.yogaaustralia.org.au</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;"> </span></em></p> <p><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong>Gitam Garden, 70, Gurringbar, Byron Bay</strong></span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">After retiring from a career in law at age 60, Gitam, now 70, found herself with a new career in yoga and wellness.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“I was age 63 when I took my first yoga teacher training course. I’d officially retired three years earlier from my job as a conveyancer in a small legal practice. It had been extremely stressful. Back then a weekly yoga class had been the highlight of my working week.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Not long after retiring though, I fell into an administrative position with the Byron Yoga Centre. My boss there, John Ogilvie, taught yoga each Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 8am. I would attend the class and then go into the next room to work. It was dealing with all the telephone and email enquiries about the teacher training course that led me to actually doing the training after a year of being in the job.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“I did an intensive Level 1 training at Byron Yoga Centre, in a class of 15 women. It was hard work and long hours, but having experienced John's teaching three times a week for a year or so, I realised I had absorbed a lot of the learning already in his classes.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“The other trainees were all at least 30 years younger than me. The age difference wasn't a problem, but I sometimes envied the flexibility of those younger bodies!</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">At age 63, Gitam took herself from the high-pressure law office to the relaxing yoga classroom</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“During the training we began to teach a portion of a class to the public and for a while after the training I would share a class with another recent graduate, under supervision by the trainers. Then one of the regular teachers at Byron Yoga's studio went on maternity leave and John assigned me to teach her class. I was terrified, I felt incompetent and shaky. After the class I discovered that the students had thought I had sounded confident and experienced! What a surprise. A year later, at age 64, I did the Level 2 training.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“In the beginning, I felt that my classes were a bit stuck in 'textbook' mode, but gradually over the years my practice and teaching methods have matured. As soon as I step on the teaching mat I connect to some deep place within myself and I believe that connection is transmitted to my students. I love the moment after the final Om, when the students open their eyes and look so peaceful, I'm so grateful for the teaching.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">During the same period that I did my training, I also started a cafe at Byron Yoga Centre to feed both the trainees and the teachers. This resulted in the publication of our cookbook Gitam’s Garden.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Lately I have been more involved in the yoga retreats we hold at Byron Yoga Retreat Centre and have begun to talk to participants about Ayurveda, and to give a healthy cooking talk/demonstration, as well as teaching yoga classes.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“There is definitely a place in the yoga world for older teachers. No matter how well you are taught when young, there's nothing like personal experience of the effects of ageing to help you understand what your students are going through.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“I teach classes in my local community, where most of my students are in their 50s and 60s, doing yoga for the first time ever, or after many years. It’s amazing how well the body responds to the attention given to it in a yoga practice.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“To older people considering a teacher training course, I say, ‘It’s never too late to re-invent yourself!’ We all have so much life experience to draw on and the practice of yoga draws you in to yourself.”</span></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Gitam works at Byron Yoga Centre. Go to </span><a href="http://www.byronyoga.com"><span style="font-weight: 400;">www.byronyoga.com</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;"> </span></em></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Written by Tamara Pitelen. Republished with permission of </span><a href="https://www.wyza.com.au/articles/health/exercise/how-yoga-changed-my-life.aspx"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Wyza.com.au.</span></a></em></p> <p> </p>

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"Absolutely incredible": Jacinda Ardern stuns the world in two minutes

<p><span>Jacinda Ardern has marked her second anniversary as the Prime Minister of New Zealand with a video, which has since gone viral.</span></p> <p>In the clip shared on Facebook on Saturday, Ardern was given the challenge to list the policies and achievements her government has made in the past two years within two minutes.</p> <p>Ardern, sitting at her desk, spoke about some of the Government’s accomplishments – including creating 92,000 jobs, planting 140 million trees, improving cancer care with more radiation machines, increasing the minimum wage, and bringing unemployment to the lowest rate in 11 years.<iframe src="https://www.facebook.com/plugins/video.php?href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2Fjacindaardern%2Fvideos%2F3087161944643747%2F&amp;show_text=1&amp;width=382" width="382" height="651" style="border: none; overflow: hidden;" scrolling="no" frameborder="0" allowtransparency="true" allow="encrypted-media" allowfullscreen="true"></iframe></p> <p>Although Ardern exceeded the time limit by 56 seconds, the video has received more than 2.1 million views and 43,000 shares.</p> <p>“Absolutely incredible to watch this @jacindaardern video be pinged around the world,” one Twitter user wrote.</p> <p>“In the last 48 hours, it’s seemingly gone everywhere from the UK to Pakistan, and has even gone viral in Lebanon – becoming another tool for protesters to push for change.”</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr">Absolutely incredible to watch this <a href="https://twitter.com/jacindaardern?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@jacindaardern</a> video be pinged around the world. In the last 48 hours, it's seemingly gone everywhere from the UK to Pakistan, and has even gone viral in Lebanon - becoming another tool for protestors to push for change <a href="https://t.co/7RyJvywHjJ">pic.twitter.com/7RyJvywHjJ</a></p> — Ashleigh Stewart (@Ash_Stewart_) <a href="https://twitter.com/Ash_Stewart_/status/1190889315074752512?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">November 3, 2019</a></blockquote> <p>“At a time when protesters in many countries are demanding that their governments address inequality and sustainability, the progress in NZ is refreshing,” former New Zealand PM Helen Clark posted.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr">Amazing reaction to <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/NZ?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#NZ</a> 🇳🇿 Prime Minister <a href="https://twitter.com/jacindaardern?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@JacindaArdern</a> video: in 2 minutes she sets out achevements of government she leads. At a time when protesters in many countries are demanding that their governments address inequality &amp; sustainability, the progress in NZ is refreshing: <a href="https://t.co/ZvP9g164nK">https://t.co/ZvP9g164nK</a></p> — Helen Clark (@HelenClarkNZ) <a href="https://twitter.com/HelenClarkNZ/status/1191159736634400769?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">November 4, 2019</a></blockquote> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-conversation="none" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr">We need more leaders like Jacinda</p> — Julie Ann Richards (@sapphofem) <a href="https://twitter.com/sapphofem/status/1190912361022066688?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">November 3, 2019</a></blockquote> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-conversation="none" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr">I so wish I was a Kiwi. Instead I’m an Aussie who has to endure <a href="https://twitter.com/ScottMorrisonMP?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@ScottMorrisonMP</a>. Thank you <a href="https://twitter.com/jacindaardern?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@jacindaardern</a> for leading the way because us Aussies have no hope at the moment!</p> — Michele (@MinbyH) <a href="https://twitter.com/MinbyH/status/1190926980767600640?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">November 3, 2019</a></blockquote> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-conversation="none" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr">Jacinda Arden is a world class leader. New Zealanders are lucky to have her.</p> — The Knight (@FerroneGuiseppe) <a href="https://twitter.com/FerroneGuiseppe/status/1190989428656754688?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">November 3, 2019</a></blockquote> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-conversation="none" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr">Can she come to the UK and take over here please?</p> — Marie (@CariadMarie) <a href="https://twitter.com/CariadMarie/status/1191002496996691969?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">November 3, 2019</a></blockquote> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-conversation="none" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr">The PM inspires.We also see the spark of her brilliance and hear the echoes of her excellence here in Africa.</p> — nelson chamisa (@nelsonchamisa) <a href="https://twitter.com/nelsonchamisa/status/1191255595325759489?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">November 4, 2019</a></blockquote>

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The Project host left in tears after heartwrenching interview

<p>Lisa Wilkinson sat down with the family of murdered University student Aiia Maasarwe on Thursday night in a heart wrenching interview. </p> <p>As the panel watched the heartfelt clip of grief-stricken father Saeed and sister Noor, there wasn't a dry eye in the room. </p> <p>The jubilant young woman who was killed by Codey Herrmann, 21, left a dark cloud over the family’s head who described their daughter and sister as a “beautiful girl”.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">Lisa sat down with Aiia’s family to talk about how they want the world to remember their beautiful girl. <a href="https://t.co/waL2mM3o6T">pic.twitter.com/waL2mM3o6T</a></p> — The Project (@theprojecttv) <a href="https://twitter.com/theprojecttv/status/1189820044458508288?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">October 31, 2019</a></blockquote> <p>The family of Aiia spoke with Wilkinson following the sentence of Herrmann this week, who will be jailed for 36 years for the rape and murder of the 21-year-old. </p> <p>While Herrmann showed no emotion when the sentence was given, Aiia’s family’s tears and words spoke for Australia. </p> <p>“The pain inside is very big. She was happy. She was positive. She liked life. She liked to help anyone. She looked at people, doesn’t matter which village and which nation and which colour,” Saaed said. </p> <p>He added the pain of losing his daughter will never leave him. </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/BswfKiknHlD/?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/BswfKiknHlD/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Alex Malone (@alexbugsymalone)</a> on Jan 17, 2019 at 5:33pm PST</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>“Even her best friend in Melbourne here, she was very grateful that she had the chance to meet her and to learn from her. She was very grateful for that,” he said. </p> <p>Her sister Noor remained quiet throughout most of the interview, but wore a badge with a photo of Aiia. </p> <p>She says she had plans to visit her sister who was studying abroad - maintaining her first visit to Melbourne would have been under extremely different circumstances had it not been for her murder. </p> <p>“Does that give you strength?,” Wilkinson asked of the badge, to which Noor said, “She was supposed to be visiting with us – it is just a way to show as if I had brought her here.”</p> <p>Herrmann read out a letter of apology to Aiia’s family, and concluded his letter with the words, “Don’t give into hate, like I did.”</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/Bs4CBppnXjL/?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/Bs4CBppnXjL/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Saira Mirza (@saira_a_mirza)</a> on Jan 20, 2019 at 3:52pm PST</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>“We don’t hate the people. Never with don’t hate the people. We wish the people just good. Even for him, we wish to be normal and to be positive people. We don’t want anyone to be in this situation,” Saeed said when asked about the comment. </p> <p>Noor says the family is moving forward - as her sister would have wanted. </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/Bs-bzf-ndx2/?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/Bs-bzf-ndx2/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Blue and White Party (@blueandwhiteeng)</a> on Jan 23, 2019 at 3:33am PST</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>“There is no other direction. I don’t think Aiia wants us to just to stay in the dark and be sad. She would be very sad if she sees that. She would want us to be happy and live in the moment and enjoy our life, just as what she did.”</p> <p>The heartwrenching segment left the entire <em>Project</em> panels in tears. </p> <p>Hamish McDonald spoke to the audience on behalf of his co-hosts - his face glistening with tears. </p> <p>“It is really impossible to sort of say anything that means anything after viewing that. But I think it is fair to say that we all just feel so terribly sorry that we didn’t keep her safe,” he said.</p> <p> </p>

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The real work-life balance

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Far too many Australians are stressed at work and it’s taking a toll on our physical and mental wellbeing. According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS), one in five workers suffers from some form of mental illness whether that be depression, anxiety, stress disorders or suicidal thoughts.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Untreated mental health conditions cost Australian workplaces approximately $10.9 billion every year. The importance of easing this stress and anxiety is clear. But is the solution as simple as cutting down on work?</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Shannah Kennedy, life coach, corporate speaker, author and co-creator of the Master Class of Wellness, a program that empowers professionals to reach their highest potential, says you can have a successful career and achieve a happy, balanced life without giving up your work.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“We’re taking our work with us everywhere we go these days. Work-life balance isn’t about having lots of time off work, it’s about blending our work and recreation to where we feel we have a sense of control over our health - mentally, physically and emotionally,” she says.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Kennedy says we are often to blame for pushing ourselves too hard. One way we do this is that we don’t set clear boundaries on how we use technology and there is often no separation between our work life and our personal life.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Checking phones next to our beds, checking our emails constantly affects the neural pathways for addiction. So people aren’t sleeping properly, they are overwhelmed by information and there is no off switch,” she says.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The inability to say no to people’s requests when we really should be looking after our own interests is another contributing factor. We quite often put others’ interests ahead of our own trying to be the best family member, employee, or friend that we can be. Kennedy calls this the ‘disease to please’ and it’s a habit that has to be broken if we are going to find a better work-life balance.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Many people may not even be aware that they are stressed, caught up in what Kennedy calls the ‘treadmill of life’. Telltale signs include sleep apnoea, overreacting to situations and having thoughts that replay in your head constantly. You may also find that you’re not really present in your relationships, may have high blood pressure or have trouble tasting your food.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Those close to retirement age can be particularly at risk of stress and anxiety as they often haven’t prepared for life beyond work and find themselves having to contemplate starting all over again. “Many have forgotten to work on their friendships and hobbies and have to start from scratch when they retire,” says Kennedy.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">But by managing your workplace stress you can become more productive at work and a healthier, happier and more inspired version of yourself. Follow these key strategies to begin your transformation.</span></p> <p>How to find a better work-life balance</p> <p>Learn to say “No”</p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“We fear rejection and we fear missing out, but it’s important to realise that you can’t do everything without it having a detrimental effect on you,” says Kennedy. But how can you say no without offending people? Kennedy says it’s about being nice first. “Thank the person for their invitation and then say ‘unfortunately I can’t make it this time’. Use the time to do something that helps you rest and rejuvenate instead,” advises Kennedy.</span></p> <p>Have a plan and track your time</p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Track your time with a timetable and include work but also activities such as yoga, meditation and social catch ups that improve your mind, body, hobbies and relationships. You should schedule this time in the same as you would important business meetings, advises Kennedy. “Book in the asset first. You are that asset in life and it’s about protecting that asset and booking time out to work on and with that asset,” says Kennedy.</span></p> <p>Have technology boundaries</p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Don’t sleep with your phone next to your bed and incorporate technology blackout periods into your day. Not checking your work emails will make you feel calmer, but you will also find you become more productive, free from distractions like social media. “From 8pm at night in my house, it’s phones and tablets switched off. Similarly, phones and devices are kept off until after exercise and breakfast and that gives us time to switch off too,” says Kennedy.</span></p> <p>Move your body</p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Exercise is a perfect stress release and has the added benefit of keeping us fit, healthy and reenergised. Instead of coming home from work and having more ‘screen time’, invest in your body by going for a walk or taking an exercise class. You will feel more refreshed when you do have to tackle those stressful work deadlines.</span></p> <p>Breathe deeply</p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Kennedy calls this her big secret that allows her to perform better and without stress in her working life. “Most of the population use only 30 per cent of their lung capacity. They are not maximising the oxygen intake into their bodies and their brains so they can’t think; they can’t make decisions,” she says. To reap the benefits of life-giving oxygen take five deep breaths three times a day. “You can change your whole mental state if you learn how to breathe properly,” says Kennedy.</span></p> <p>Use technology to help you</p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Don’t be a slave to technology. “Make it your slave and become more productive,” says Kennedy. Program your phone’s calendar with things that are non-negotiable to you and set your phone to notify you when you should be doing them. “That means my yoga, my walk, my friend time, my finances. When you get a notification to do your finances for example, you know you can’t go to bed until you finish them,” Kennedy says.</span></p> <p>See a life coach</p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Bring some extra help into your life by finding a life coach. “A qualified life coach can help educate you about how to better manage your work-life balance and then help you create the structure you need to be the best version of yourself by helping you improve your health, wellbeing, your family life and career,” says Kennedy.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Written by Dominic Bayley. Republished with permission of </span><a href="https://www.wyza.com.au/articles/health/wellbeing/the-real-work-life-balance.aspx"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Wyza.com.au</span></a></p>

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Jenny Morrison opens up about “devastating” 14 years of struggle

<p>Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s wife, Jenny Morrison, has opened about their personal 14-year plight that took a toll on their marriage. </p> <p>The Australian politician and his wife share two children together, Abbey and Lily, but for a long time were unable to have children of their own. </p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7832145/scott-jenny-2.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/b90010149ad940f093c9e75655634234" /></p> <p>While at a panel with <em>Nine News</em> presenter Peter Overton and actor Mary Coustas, Australia’s first lady candidly spoke about the toll years of IVF had on herself and her husband’s relationship. </p> <p>Jenny and Scott were married in 1990 after meeting a few years earlier through church when they were both 12-years-old. </p> <p>Two years into marriage, they decided to have a family but soon found out this might be a challenging task, she said at the Australian Jewish Fertility Network event on Wednesday morning. </p> <p>“Just before that I had stopped contraception and I thought I was being really clever and not falling pregnant but when we actually started [trying for a baby] it wasn't happening,” Mrs Morrison said.</p> <p>“I saw a doctor and they found I had extensive endometriosis. That was devastating.”</p> <p>One in three women who have endometriosis struggle with fertility and find it hard to get pregnant, so like many couples who face these issues, they decided to get IVF. </p> <p>The process was gruelling and after ten years, there were still no results. Mrs Morrison admitted the memories from that period in her life were “awful”.</p> <p>“It is difficult because so many of our friends and family are having babies. There are babies everywhere,” she said.</p> <p>“It was really really hard every single time you did an IVF and it didn't work.”</p> <p>Mrs Morrison admitted her husband handled the situation better than others, but threw himself into his work as a distraction and said she could see how he was “still sad inside”. </p> <p>“It framed an awful lot of my life. I found the hormones really affected me and made me feel very sick,” Mrs Morrison revealed.</p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7832144/scott-jenny-1.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/2d558ec3de1746199850c3f0217527e4" /></p> <p>“Sometimes you can get quite depressed and people around you are well meaning but they don’t know what to say. Unless you have been in it yourself you just cannot understand what they are going through.”</p> <p>Even though their marriage took a hit, Mrs Morrison says her husband was “gorgeous” and told her she was more than enough for him, despite both wanting children. </p> <p>“Scott and I are a very close couple. We grew up together and we rely on each other,” she said.</p> <p>“There were some times that were really hard and you lash out and get angry. But we got by and we made it to the other side.”</p> <p>After ten years, she was advised to get a second opinion, where she learnt she had severe endometriosis. </p> <p>“I went back to that doctor and was told to give up. He said you are not going to have children and you should start thinking about adopting or whatever you want to do,” she said.</p> <p>Another two years passed until Mrs Morrison underwent microsurgery to treat her endometriosis. </p> <p>About three weeks after the five-hour surgery, the Australian first lady fell pregnant with her first child, Abbey. </p> <p>She checked a pregnancy test after feeling “agitated”, she was shocked. </p> <p>“I could not believe it when I saw those double lines. I was in absolute shock. I walked out to Scott and said ‘I don’t think we are going to Rwanda in January’,” Ms Morrison said.</p> <p>She showed him the test and Mr Morrison asked: “What does it mean?”</p> <p>“I said I think I’m pregnant,” Mrs Morrison said.</p> <p>The couple went on to have two healthy girls - a journey Mrs Morrison says was worth it in the end. </p> <p>Scott and Jenny have been open about their fertility struggles in the past, </p> <p>It is the first time Jenny has candidly spoken about their “devastating” struggle in depth. </p>

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6 sleep myths you can put to bed

<p>When it comes to sleep, most people have heard an old wives’ tale or two – that wine helps you sleep better, or counting sheep is the only way to drop off. And while many of us blindly accept they’re true, scientists aren’t so sure. Here are six myths that could change your sleep routine for the better!</p> <p><strong>1. Older people need less sleep</strong></p> <p>Not true, says Dr Brendon Yee, sleep and respiratory physician at Sydney’s Royal Prince Alfred Hospital. “We know your sleep changes as we get older, with more ‘light’ sleep phases and less deep sleep, but our need for deep sleep and quality sleep is the same. Quality means sleep that’s not fragmented, with adequate periods of slow wave sleep and REM sleep. Not sleep that’s interrupted because you’ve got sleep apnea, or restless legs, or insomnia.”</p> <p><strong>2. Counting sheep helps you fall asleep</strong></p> <p>Apparently not, according to scientists at Oxford University who studied two groups of insomniacs and gave some instructions to distract themselves with specific things (like sheep), or nothing at all. Interestingly, when participants were told to imagine relaxing scenes, like a soothing beach scene or field of flowers, they fell asleep on average 20 minutes sooner. So it might be worth visualising your ‘happy place’ when trying to sleep – whether that’s a beach holiday you had last year, or the bucolic view from your back porch!</p> <p><strong>3. You MUST get eight hours a night or you’ll get sick</strong></p> <p>The media often mentions eight hours as the magic figure of sleep we all need or you’ll get heart disease or strokes or diabetes or obesity, but that’s not strictly true, says Dr Yee. “People have different needs and one of the interesting things is there’s a lot of variability. You could put 50 people in a lab and some will fall to pieces [with sleep deprivation] and others won’t. Why? We don’t know. It’s like a lot of things in medicine. You might expose people to 40 cigarettes a day for 30 years and some will develop lung cancer and others won’t. We don’t know why and those are the issues as doctors we try to face.”</p> <p><strong>4. A warm glass of milk will help you sleep</strong></p> <p>It’s a nice thought and probably one we associate with drinking milk as kids before bedtime – but scientifically, milk is probably not going to get you dropping off in a hurry, say researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Milk is jam packed with tryptophan, a sleep-inducing amino acid – but for it to have the desired sleepy effect, it has to cross the blood/brain barrier and the tryptophan has to fight other amino acids to do so. The solution, they suggested, was to eat carb-rich foods to stimulate the release of insulin which helped the tryptophan enter the brain. So maybe include a piece of toast along with your milk!</p> <p><strong>5. Monitoring your sleep is easy with a device such as the Fitbit</strong></p> <p>Nope, and in fact, you should take your Fitbit’s ‘sleep report’ with a grain of salt, warns Dr Yee. “When you measure sleep in a lab, you use an EEG, you have brain leads on, you measure eye movements and muscle tone. I’m not so sure how a device you wear on your wrist can measure sleep objectively! I also think these devices can cause extra stress and anxiety for someone already worried about their sleep, so it’s important we all remain a bit cynical about these new technologies and what they can actually do.”</p> <p><strong>6. You sleep better with a few glasses of wine under your belt</strong></p> <p>Sure, you might drop off more easily, but don’t be fooled – using alcohol as a sleep aid can be more detrimental if your quest is a good night’s sleep, say experts. Sleep may be deeper at first, but it becomes increasingly disrupted during the night and will probably promote snoring and poorer breathing. You can also sweat more as your body tries to maintain an optimal body temperature, which can again lead to disturbed sleep – and because alcohol is a diuretic, it can also mean a lot more trips to the loo in the wee hours. Result? Waking up feeling worse, rather than refreshed!</p> <p><em>Written by Rachel Smith. Republished with permission of <a href="https://www.wyza.com.au/articles/health/6-sleep-myths-you-can-put-to-bed.aspx">Wyza.com.au.</a></em></p>

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Meditation for people who can't sit still

<p>Quilt therapy founder Madeline Fernbach claims that quilting is ‘meditation for people who can’t sit still to meditate’. Discover how doing craft can help you feel feel better today!</p> <p><strong>So, what exactly is Quilt Therapy?</strong><br />It was founded by clinical psychologist and self-proclaimed amateur quilter Dr Madeline Fernbach who says Quilt Therapy is an initiative aimed at offering support, inspiration and guidance to those suffering anxiety, depression, trauma or grief.</p> <p>Though tricky to define, most of us intuitively understand what is meant by the term. As quilting is a creative and often times repetitive art form, Quilt Therapy is about using these skills as a way of working through emotional and mental health issues such as depression and anxiety.</p> <p><strong>Benefits of doing craft</strong> <br />Many quilters enjoy the therapeutic benefits of quilting without realising it, whether it’s through quilting as part of a group or making gifts for loved ones or charity. “What makes my idea different is that I want to encourage quilters to express their emotions and their issues by creating quilts just for themselves. Just to express what is going on for them,” she explains. “If someone is making a quilt from the heart, most especially when they are making a quilt entirely for themselves, it can speak volumes. With Quilt Therapy I am trying out ways of encouraging people to express their feelings and work through the darkest emotions they might have.”</p> <p><strong>Craft lowering stress levels</strong><br />In her own case, Madeline was quilting as a way of de-stressing after an emotionally tiring day or week. In her line of work, she understandably comes across a spectrum of challenging issues and on those occasions when she feels flat or overwhelmed, she retreats to her sewing room just after dinner and only emerges when it’s time for bed. “My partner is very understanding so I try not to do this all the time or I wouldn’t have much of a relationship!” she jokes.</p> <p>Madeline became interested in quilting while pregnant, when she was struck by what she terms ‘an inexplicable urge’ to create quilts; first for others and then for herself. “At some point I made the connection between doing therapy and making quilts and realised after an internet search that there really wasn't anything available, either in book or electronic form, that made use of quilts for mental health healing.”</p> <p>Encouraged, Madeline launched the <a href="https://www.facebook.com/Quilt-Therapy-530058980373318/timeline/">Quilt Therapy Facebook page</a> as a means of spreading her idea in a way that would reach quilters in both city and rural areas. It was important for Madeline to ensure access to country quilters, as these are the very people least likely to access mental health services.</p> <p>She recognised that, while you can talk a problem through until you’re blue in the face, non-verbal means of expression can be intensely powerful, allowing individuals to represent their ideas visually, often revealing new ways of understanding and dealing with a problem.</p> <p>“Country women have a culture of ‘sucking it up’ and getting on with life and not valuing their own mental health,” Madeline elaborates. “Through expressing things they find difficult to say in words, quilting can be a therapeutic process,” she says, claiming it is equally effective as a ‘timeout’ or escape from distressing situations, helping to sooth and relax.</p> <p><strong>Quilt Therapy can help</strong> <br />Combining a mix of gentle cognitive behavioural therapy interventions with new ideals Madeline is trialling, she discovered that the initiatives most enthusiastically received were those relating to community-based projects, which prompted the launch of the Quilt Therapy community projects.</p> <p>“I believe that as people engage with communities and other individuals, they can find a way to deal with their difficulties, moving towards a sense of peace and, hopefully, optimism about the future,” Madeline adds.</p> <p>Of course, the final results don’t need to be perfect. It is all about communication and connections with others. The ultimate objective is not to create a flawless piece of art, but to create a strong and healthy community.</p> <p>Overwhelmed by the initial response on Facebook, with over a thousand ‘likes’ attained in a matter of weeks, word quickly spread. “What has been even more rewarding was that people are willing not only to ‘like’ the page, but also participate. I am hearing stories of people’s losses, their successes, their struggles with mental health issues, and quilting is always a central part of the way through,” she says.</p> <p>Jacqueline Atkinson, Professor of Mental Health Policy at the University of Glasgow, investigated during the study The Relationship Between Quilting and Wellbeing for the Journal of Public Health. This study found that a strong social network fostered the formation of strong friendships.</p> <p>Affirmation from others boosted self-esteem and increased motivation for skill development and using colour was psychologically uplifting. Quilting was challenging, demanded concentration and participants maintained and helped participants learn new skills.</p> <p><strong>Get involved today!</strong> <br />Anybody is welcome to get involved, regardless of their sewing level and even Madeline admits she isn’t a great quilter, but her love of the craft renders this irrelevant. “The act of making a quilt, from the planning to the preparation, selection of materials, cutting and sewing, and finally quilting is creative but also repetitive.</p> <p>When an individual’s mind takes off in uncontrollable flights of anxiety, depression or grief, making a quilt soothes the mind and redirects it in a safe, predictable way,” Madeline is careful to state, however, that where possible it is recommended to deal with issues relating to trauma, depression and anxiety with professional help. She adds, “I invite you to come on this creative path, helping to connect people through non-verbal communication.”</p> <p><em>Republished with permission of <a href="https://www.wyza.com.au/articles/health/wellbeing/hate-the-idea-of-meditation-discover-why-crafting-is-a-great-alternative-to-help-you-destress-and-feel-great.aspx">Wyza.com.au.</a> </em></p>

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Paralympic gold medallist dies by euthanasia at age 40

<p>Paralympian gold medallist Marieke Vervoort has passed away by euthanasia at the age of 40, 11 years after making a promise to herself.</p> <p>The Belgian Paralympian suffered from an incurable degenerative spinal condition which was diagnosed at the age of 21.</p> <p>The diagnosis followed years of pain, and Vervoort continued to suffer after receiving her diagnosis.</p> <p>"I know how I feel now, but I don't know how I'll feel after half an hour," she says. "It can be that I feel very, very bad, I get an epileptic attack, I cry, I scream because of pain. I need a lot of painkillers, valium, morphine,” she told<span> </span><em><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.bbc.com/sport/disability-sport/50150513" target="_blank">the BBC.</a></em></p> <p>"A lot of people ask me how is it possible that you can have such good results and still be smiling with all the pain and medication that eats your muscles. For me, sports, and racing with a wheelchair - it's a kind of medication."</p> <p>Vervoort was a strong advocate for euthanasia, as she first signed the documents necessary back in 2008, just six years after euthanasia was made legal in Belgium.</p> <p>"I was a very depressed person. I was thinking about how I was going to kill myself,” she said.</p> <p>"All those people who get those papers here in Belgium – they have a good feeling. They don't have to die in pain.</p> <p>"They can choose a moment, and be with the people they want to be with. With euthanasia you're sure that you will have a soft, beautiful death."</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/B3x0kvcH4ud/?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/B3x0kvcH4ud/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">Can’t forget the good memories!</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/wielemie.marieke.vervoort/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank"> Marieke Vervoort</a> (@wielemie.marieke.vervoort) on Oct 18, 2019 at 4:45pm PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>A statement from the Belgian Paralympic Committee and IPC called her a “source of inspiration in our society”.</p> <p>"We will not forget Marieke Vervoort's great sporting achievements, as well as her courage in the face of illness," said President of the Belgian Paralympic Committee, Anne d'Ieteren.</p> <p>Marc Vergauwen, Secretary General of the Belgian Paralympic Committee, shared the same sentiment.</p> <p>“Marieke Vervoort brought the disabled into the light with her two medals at the London Paralympic Games.</p> <p>"Her performances as well as her spontaneous interviews after her races generated great media attention for Paralympic sport in Belgium and were a source of inspiration for our society."</p>

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Ways for overcoming the blues

<p> </p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">As we move through life, we will all eventually face challenges that will test our ability to cope and thrive. Empty nesters may take some time to adjust to a smaller, quieter household. Couples may go through relationship upheavals, such as divorce or remarriage. Perhaps the shift from working life into retirement can challenge your self-worth or sense of purpose. At the extreme end of the scale, the loss of a spouse or someone close to you can be a shattering experience that you many find difficult to move on from.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">It’s not until you are actually in the midst of such situations that you will know how you will react. So what can you do if you find yourself on a downward spiral?</span></p> <p><strong>Manage your self-expectations</strong></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Self-esteem and motivation are notoriously fickle aspects of human nature. Once they are seriously dented, it can test our will, sap our energy and create a cycle of disappointment about not being able to achieve or ‘perform to our usual standards’.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The first step to combating this is to give yourself a break and set goals that are a little easier to achieve. Focus on making small wins on even the most trivial of everyday tasks to give yourself a chance to get momentum.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Speaking to someone, such as a family member, friends or a professional can be helpful when feeling down. You should never feel that you are alone.</span></p> <p><strong>Moving on from trauma</strong></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">If you are struggling with a loss and with the challenge of re-adjusting your life, it’s important to look for new connections and interests that will re-activate and stimulate your sense of purpose. Taking a cooking or fitness class, joining a bushwalking or reading club, looking for opportunities to volunteer or use your skills to help others – such activities may be the kick start you need to form new relationships and new goals in life.</span></p> <p><strong>Ask for help</strong></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Perhaps most importantly, you should never feel that you need to face such challenges alone. If things degenerate into depression, then professional help is essential. Sharing and confiding in friends and relatives can also be important in helping you crystallise your feelings and gain moral support.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">If you need further ideas on what to do or how to get assistance, here are some useful resources:</span></p> <p><a href="http://www.beyondblue.org.au"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Beyondblue.org.au</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;"> </span></p> <p><a href="http://www.lifeline.org.au"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Lifeline.org.au</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;"> </span></p> <p><a href="http://www.blackdoginstitute.org.au"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Blackdoginstitute.org.au</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;"> </span></p> <p><a href="http://www.mensline.org.au"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Mensline.org.au</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">  </span></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Written by Tom Raeside. Republished with permission of </span><a href="https://www.wyza.com.au/articles/health/top-tips-for-overcoming-the-blues.aspx"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Wyza.com.au.</span></a></em></p>

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Why you should eat like a caveman

<p>You shouldn’t believe in fad diets or losing seven pounds in seven days. Instead, we should believe in is eating for life, vitality and a little bit of pleasure too.</p> <p>In the healthy eating series we shine a light on the many different ways you can achieve a balanced and nutritious diet without having to drink tea brewed on magical mushrooms.</p> <p>In fact, there’s no “one size fits all” when it comes to healthy eating. We all have different preferences and levels of activity to sustain. However, no one really thrives on a diet full of refined and over-processed foods. Therefore, a common theme in many diets is to eat foods as close to their natural state as possible.</p> <p>One of these diets is the Paleo (Paleolithic) Diet which has become increasingly popular among people who want to shed a few pounds, but also those who want to avoid the nasty chemicals and additives found in many processed food categories. <br /><br />The Paleo diet is also known as the Primal diet, the Caveman, Stone Age or Hunter-Gatherer diet as it is based on eating the same types of food they ate back in the day (way back in the day!). <br /><br />Essentially, the diet is comprised of fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds, seafood, poultry and eggs. It is high in good fats and lean protein while eliminating things like dairy, refined sugar, grains and even peanuts. The main reason for avoiding grains such as wheat, barley, rice and couscous is that they contain anti-nutrients which can irritate the gut and cause chronic inflammation and some grains may even prevent the body from properly absorbing vital nutrients from other foods.</p> <p>People who eat according to the Paleo principles have experienced feeling more energetic throughout the day, having clearer skin and decreased bloating of the abdomen. <br /><br />While it might seem overwhelming to be cutting out whole food groups such as dairy and grains, the fundamental Paleo principles offer something inspiring for all of us as it invites you to eat good quality wholefoods with a low Glycaemic Index that won’t wreak havoc with you hormones and blood sugar levels. <br /><br />If you’re interested in learning more about eating Paleo visit the <a href="http://www.eatdrinkpaleo.com.au/">eatdrinkpaleo.com.au</a> blog and why not try one of these recipes for yourself.</p> <p><em>Republished with permission of <a href="https://www.wyza.com.au/articles/health/nutrition/healthy-eating-series-why-you-should-eat-like-a-caveman.aspx">Wyza.com.au.</a></em></p>

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Walk your way to better health

<p>Hippocrates said that “walking is man’s best friend”. Nietzsche claimed that “all truly great thoughts are conceived while walking”. Thomas Jefferson insisted that “walking is the best possible exercise”. Are these just meaningless musings, or were they really on to something? Let’s take a closer look.</p> <p><strong>Stimulate the circulatory system</strong></p> <p>Getting in motion has obvious advantages for getting the heart rate up and the blood pumping, but there are also reports that it helps lower cholesterol and control high blood pressure. That’s good news for heart health and stroke risk reduction, but try to make it a brisk walk for at least 30 minutes a day to achieve some real benefits.</p> <p><strong>Improve immunity</strong></p> <p>Want to help keep diseases like type 2 diabetes, asthma and some cancers at bay? Then take a walk. Experts say that pacing the pegs can have a positive impact on the risk of diabetes. It can also help prevent colon, breast and womb cancers.</p> <p><strong>Watching your weight</strong></p> <p>Walking may not be enough in itself to lose masses of weight, but keeping it regular and as vigorous as possible will certainly burn more calories than you may first think. Best of all, it’s so easy to do; no preparation or equipment required. Just put one foot after the other!</p> <p><strong>Defending against dementia</strong></p> <p>We all know the prevalence of dementia in our society, especially as we grow older. Studies show that there can be demonstrable reductions in dementia risk from regular activity such as walking.</p> <p><strong>Build up your bones</strong></p> <p>Walking obviously puts your body weight onto your lower limbs and in doing so it assists in preventing osteoporosis – a major issue for those of us getting on in years.</p> <p><strong>Better balance</strong></p> <p>The intricate workings of our brain that keep us balanced when we are in motion are stimulated and improved when we walk – particularly on uneven surfaces, such as hiking trails. Train your brain and it will help prevent falls as we get older.</p> <p><strong>Open your mind</strong></p> <p>Walking certainly doesn’t take much concentration to execute, which leaves our brains free to think, create and problem-solve. Maybe Nietzsche really was right!</p> <p><strong>Mobile meditation</strong></p> <p>Our western lifestyle doesn’t really embrace the practice of sitting still and meditating all that well, but walking provides a great opportunity to allow your mind time to tune out from the tumult and give it space for serenity.</p> <p><strong>Aiding arthritis</strong></p> <p>Any type of exercise is generally difficult for arthritis sufferers to bear, but walking can be a gentle alternative that can provide benefits to assist combating this condition.</p> <p><strong>Extra energy</strong></p> <p>Walking can help give you a lift in spirits and make you feel more alive, but it also helps you sleep more soundly. This, in turn can boost your energy levels and help you live life more fully.</p> <p><em>Written by Tom Raeside. Republished with permission of </em><a href="https://www.wyza.com.au/articles/health/exercise/walk-your-way-to-better-health.aspx"><em>Wyza.com.au.</em></a></p>

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