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“We were never, ever, ever, going to make it”: White Island survivor shares common question she is asked

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">A survivor of the 2019 Whakaari White Island volcano eruption has spoken about one common question </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/insulting-question-white-island-survivor-stephanie-browitt-is-asked/D37UQKAUVDFZHU7SMUBPQNVSPM/" target="_blank"><span style="font-weight: 400;">she still receives</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">, two years after the tragedy that took her father and sister from her.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Stephanie Browitt, her 21-year-old sister Krystal, and their dad Paul were on the Ovation of the Seas cruise ship visiting the island when it erupted on December 9.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Of the 47 people visiting the island that day, 22 died and 25 - including Stephanie - were severely injured. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">After spending six months in hospital receiving treatment for burns affecting 70 percent of her body, Stephanie has shared her recovery process openly on social media.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">In a recent video she </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.tiktok.com/@stephaniecoral96/video/7051366147697937666?is_copy_url=1&amp;is_from_webapp=v1&amp;lang=en" target="_blank"><span style="font-weight: 400;">shared on TikTok</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">, Stephanie reflected on the most common questions she is asked - including why she, her family, and other victims “couldn’t jump in the water if it’s an island” during the eruption.</span></p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 280.90277777777777px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7846894/edwxuvq4xm2y72lse5zkvymoza.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/437ac5f56d4f4e84a2dd4cb29e1e52e5" /></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Stephanie Browitt has taken to TikTok to explain why she and her family couldn’t escape the volcanic eruption that day. Image: TikTok</span></em></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Well as you can see, that’s us, circled, on the island that day, at 2.10pm. And the walls are extremely high up, and we are surrounded by rock,” she explained, with an image of the scene of where she and her family had been standing.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“We’re nowhere near the jetty, and nowhere near the ocean. We are as inland as you can get and under 140 metres from the crater.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“So my family and I were at the back of that line, and it was only about a two-minute walk, we had only just started walking back to the jetty.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">She then showed what the same spot looked like just seconds later. </span></p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7846893/dlqbmb5zn7eeztsmlxyhuuld3e.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/25d1aa725dbc4f9985ad36c06cd76439" /></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Up to a minute after the first photo was taken, Stephanie explains that the island was ‘consumed’ by ash. Image: TikTok</span></em></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“This is the same camera only 40 seconds to a minute apart, and as you can see the island was already engulfed in ash and dust,” she said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“So we were never, ever, ever going to make it to water. There was literally no chance for the group of 21 people I was with.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Browitt <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.oversixty.com.au/health/caring/they-were-taken-from-us-white-island-survivor-marks-second-anniversary-of-tragedy" target="_blank">marked the second anniversary</a> of the disaster in December last year, writing that she had “very mixed emotions” about the event which had “ripped” her family apart.</span></p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/CXPVRu8P8c0/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="14"> <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/CXPVRu8P8c0/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Stephanie Coral Browitt (@stephaniecoral96)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Today’s not only the day I survived the unimaginable, it’s the day I lost my dad, Paul and sister, Krystall. It’s the day that they were taken from us,” she wrote in a candid, lengthy post on Instagram.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“My accomplishments mean nothing to me knowing they aren’t shared with my sister and dad by my side. Every day I question why we couldn’t have gone through this extremely hard journey together, why they couldn’t be here also.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Today marks two years of accomplishments but also loss, pain and never ending grief. I miss and yearn for my family every day.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“I love you so much dad and Krystal, so much it kills me.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">In 2020, 13 parties were charged with failings in relation to the disaster by WorkSafe. All defendants have pleaded not guilty.</span></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Image: @stephaniecoral96 (Instagram/TikTok)</span></em></p>

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Patti Newton shares unseen photo of Bert

<p>Three months on from the death of TV legend Bert Newton, his widow Patti continues to mourn from her loss. </p> <p>The 76-year-old shared a never-before-seen photo of Bert smiling in his hospital bed, and left the image to speak for itself without adding a caption. </p> <p>Bert was first hospitalised in November 2020 for an infection in his toe, which later led to a leg amputation in May 2021. </p> <p>Despite his long health battle, he remained positive throughout his stints in hospital. </p> <p><span>"After a couple of complications, Bert is doing well with a little rehab and lots of laughs and love," Patti wrote on Instagram back in July.</span></p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/CY2VnOfPsA4/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="14"> <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/CY2VnOfPsA4/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Patti Newton (@pattinewtonofficial)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p><span>Bert died in October 2021 as a result of his health complications at age 83. </span></p> <p><span>Patti's post comes just hours after Lauren Newton, Patti and Bert's daughter, revealed to <a href="https://www.nowtolove.com.au/celebrity/celeb-news/patti-lauren-bert-newton-death-70634">Woman's Day</a> how their family was coping with Bert's death. </span></p> <p><span>"We're falling apart, but we're doing the best we can," Lauren said. </span></p> <p><span>In the joint interview, Patti said her marriage to Bert was like most, as they too had "ups and downs". But their love always remained strong in the 47 years they had together. </span></p> <p><span>"I hate it when people say they never had a cross word — you can't go through life being holier than thou," she said. </span></p> <p><span>"I feel we understood one another, we had great respect for each other. And unlike a lot of other husbands in showbusiness, he included me in everything."</span></p> <p><em>Image credits: Instagram @pattinewtonofficial</em></p>

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Lisa Wilkinson delivers tearful message to ‘very dear friend’

<p dir="ltr">Lisa Wilkinson appeared to fight back tears on<span> </span><em>The Project<span> </span></em>as she delivered an emotional and supportive message to a “very dear friend” of the show, Professor Mary-Louise McLaws.</p> <p dir="ltr">Professor McLaws, an epidemiologist who works for both UNSW and WHO, announced over the weekend that she had been diagnosed with a brain tumour after developing a severe headache on Thursday. Taking to Twitter, she wrote, “After a severe headache Thursday, I was diagnosed with a brain tumour. I will now be on a month's sick leave from UNSW and WHO. Thank you media for helping me spread knowledge. Now it is time with my family.”</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">After a severe headache Thursday, I was diagnosed with a brain tumour. I will now be on a month's sick leave from UNSW and WHO. Thank you media for helping me spread knowledge. Now it is time with my family.<br />Best wishes to you all.</p> — Mary-Louise McLaws (@MarylouiseMcla1) <a href="https://twitter.com/MarylouiseMcla1/status/1482201662387519492?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">January 15, 2022</a></blockquote> <p dir="ltr">Professor McLaws has regularly appeared on<span> </span><em>The Project<span> </span></em>throughout the pandemic. At the end of their show on Sunday evening, Wilkinson said, “Before we go this evening, we wanted to take a moment to send our love to a very dear friend of the show, epidemiologist Mary-Louise McLaws.</p> <p dir="ltr">“Yesterday, Mary-Louise revealed that after suffering a severe headache on Thursday, she was diagnosed with a brain tumour. Understandably, she’s taking a month’s leave from her roles with the University of New South Wales and the WHO to be with her family.”</p> <p dir="ltr">She then appeared to become choked up as she addressed the professor directly, saying, “Mary-Louise, I think it’s fair to say that all of us here at The Project were heartbroken to hear the news.</p> <p dir="ltr">“In these troubled times, your calm, considered information and advice has been invaluable to millions of Australians across the country and we want to thank you so much for being so generous with your knowledge, your time and we wish you and your beautiful family all the strength in the world at this difficult time. Just make sure you put that wonderful husband of yours, aka the pool boy, to good work.”</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">Everyone at <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/TheProjectTV?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#TheProjectTV</a> sends our best wishes to epidemiologist Professor <a href="https://twitter.com/MarylouiseMcla1?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@MarylouiseMcla1</a>. We want to thank you so much for being so generous with your knowledge, and we wish you and your family all the strength in the world at this difficult time.<a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/TheProjectTV?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#TheProjectTV</a> <a href="https://t.co/ywRh6ByMtz">pic.twitter.com/ywRh6ByMtz</a></p> — The Project (@theprojecttv) <a href="https://twitter.com/theprojecttv/status/1482632290412990464?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">January 16, 2022</a></blockquote> <p dir="ltr">Fellow panellist Susie Youssef also appeared to be emotional as she said, “That’s beautifully said Lisa, and we all send our love out to Mary-Louise McLaws. This show is lucky to have such extraordinary guests and experts, we’re so grateful, and during a time when we needed a voice of reason and such a beautiful sense of humour.</p> <p dir="ltr">“We will forever be indebted to you, Mary-Louise McLaws, we love you so much.”</p> <p dir="ltr"><em>Image: Network Ten</em></p>

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Your weekly horoscope for January 17th 2022

<p dir="ltr">As this week’s Full Moon occurs in the sign of Cancer, use this power to help normalise your strong emotions.</p> <p dir="ltr">Take care of yourself, and apply your energy into what needs to be changed and re-evaluated in your life.</p> <p dir="ltr">With Aquarius season beginning on Friday, innovation and connection are the theme of the week, challenging meaningful relationships and helping to seek out excitement.</p> <p dir="ltr">♈ <strong>Aries (March 21st - April 19th)</strong></p> <p dir="ltr">This week’s Full Moon will have you feeling extra sentimental, with an emotional pull towards child-like nostalgia.</p> <p dir="ltr">You will feel an irresistible urge to treat yourself to a big purchase, so do what you need to do to scratch that itch, but be wary of reckless impulsivity.</p> <p dir="ltr">♉ <strong>Taurus (April 20th - May 20th)</strong></p> <p dir="ltr">The Full Moon on Tuesday will have your emotions in overdrive and feeling prone to being offended or super sensitive.</p> <p dir="ltr">Showing initiative and innovation at work, while also remembering the importance of being a team player is a balancing act that will have you rewarded.</p> <p dir="ltr">♊ <strong>Gemini (May 21st - June 20th)</strong></p> <p dir="ltr">Take stock of your finances this week to fully recover from the spending of the festive season, to bring more balance into your life.</p> <p dir="ltr">Put yourself out there this week, as rare opportunities will present themselves in the most unlikely of places.</p> <p dir="ltr">♋ <strong>Cancer (June 21st - July 22nd)</strong></p> <p dir="ltr">Be gentle with yourself this week, as the burn out from the festive season and the stress of January will start to catch up to you.</p> <p dir="ltr">Focusing on your relationships will solidify unsure feelings, making you feel more stable in your connections.</p> <p dir="ltr">♌ <strong>Leo (July 23rd - August 22nd)</strong></p> <p dir="ltr">With your imagination and vulnerability super-charged by the Full Moon, it’s important to feel them and then let them go.</p> <p dir="ltr">Expect the unexpected at work this week, as unusual challenges will give you a chance to sink or swim in the corporate world.</p> <p dir="ltr">♍ <strong>Virgo (August 23rd - September 22nd)</strong></p> <p dir="ltr">Be prepared to gently let go of relationships that have reached the end of their line, freeing up space for more meaningful connections.</p> <p dir="ltr">Clear thinking and rational choices will make a big difference this week, so make big decisions with your head instead of your heart.</p> <p dir="ltr">♎ <strong>Libra (September 23rd - October 22nd)</strong></p> <p dir="ltr">After hitting an impressive target, start looking for the next big project to fill your need for a creative outlet.</p> <p dir="ltr">Don’t make impulsive decisions this week, as the Full Moon will pull you to random choices instead of weighing up your options, which could spell disaster.</p> <p dir="ltr">♏ <strong>Scorpio (October 23rd - November 21st)</strong></p> <p dir="ltr">Embrace your vulnerability this week instead of resorting to your natural defensiveness.</p> <p dir="ltr">Instead of keeping your feelings hidden away, confide in someone you trust and realise that the tough exterior you present doesn’t have to be your default.</p> <p dir="ltr">♐ <strong>Sagittarius (November 22nd - December 21st)</strong></p> <p dir="ltr">Let go of situations that aren’t working for you, and realise there is no point in holding onto things that no longer serve a positive purpose.</p> <p dir="ltr">You will feel inspired to learn, teach and talk this week in a way that inspires others to be the best version of themselves, while also showcasing your own individuality in the process.</p> <p dir="ltr">♑ <strong>Capricorn (December 22nd - January 20th)</strong></p> <p dir="ltr">Put extra time and care into your important relationships this week, as the Full Moon will have you feeling extra nurturing.</p> <p dir="ltr">Be prepared to compromise, as the planets’ erratic movement in your sign will bring ups and downs, with the potential for chaos if you don’t keep yourself grounded.</p> <p dir="ltr">♒ <strong>Aquarius (January 21st - February 18th)</strong></p> <p dir="ltr">As the Full Moon sheds its light on your wellbeing zone, you will need to focus on the shortcomings in your self-care routine to keep your mental health in tip top shape.</p> <p dir="ltr">As Aquarius season begins, your independence will be highlighted and your unique take on life will be infectious to those around you.</p> <p dir="ltr">♓ <strong>Pisces (February 19th - March 20th)</strong></p> <p dir="ltr">The Full Moon will have you experiencing very strong emotions, which will open your eyes to what you really want out of life.</p> <p dir="ltr">Use this fragile time to work on your own healing from past traumas, while understanding how difficult situations made you into the untouchable force you are today.</p> <p dir="ltr"><em>Image credits: Getty Images</em></p>

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First death of Tonga tsunami tragedy confirmed

<p>An animal welfare charity founder has been confirmed dead after the devastating impact of the Tonga tsunami tragedy. </p> <p>The body of British woman Angela Glover was found on Monday after she was swept away by huge swells that were caused by a massive underwater volcanic eruption. </p> <p><span>The Hunga Tonga-Hunga Haʻapai volcano, which erupted on Saturday, is located 65km from where 50-year-old Angela lived with her husband in the Tongan capital of Nuku’alofa.<br /></span></p> <p><span>Angela moved to the Pacific islands in 2015, after leaving her life in London's advertising industry behind. </span></p> <p><span>Angela's bother Nick, who resides in Sydney, confirmed the news of her death on Monday, saying his sister's body was found "in some bushes" by her husband. </span></p> <p class="css-1316j2p-StyledParagraph e4e0a020">“I’ve not even got the words in my vocabulary to describe how we’re feeling at the moment. This is just a terrible shock, that it’s happened to us,” he said.</p> <p class="css-1316j2p-StyledParagraph e4e0a020">“We’re ordinary people - stuff like this doesn’t happen to people like us, then it does."</p> <p class="css-1316j2p-StyledParagraph e4e0a020">“I understand this terrible accident came about as they tried to rescue their dogs.”</p> <p class="css-1316j2p-StyledParagraph e4e0a020">Angela's "deep love" for canines inspired her to create the Tongan Animal Welfare Society to shelter and rehabilitate stray animals, according to her brother. </p> <p class="css-1316j2p-StyledParagraph e4e0a020"><span>“The uglier the dog, the more she loved it. She just loved them all, she was totally dedicated to it.”</span></p> <p class="css-1316j2p-StyledParagraph e4e0a020"><span>In Angela's final social media post, she shared a picture of the fiery Tongan sunset just hours after the eruption of the volcano, saying "everything's fine".</span></p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/CYtLkg8PDN4/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="14"> <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/CYtLkg8PDN4/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Angela Glover (@ifthegloverfits)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p><span>She captioned the picture, "I’m not kidding you, this is the sunset today after the volcano exploded last night. We’ve been under tsunami warnings today. Everything’s fine... a few swells ....a few eerie silences...a wind or two...then silence...sudden stillness... electric storms.... everything looked like I was watching thru an Instagram filter."</span></p> <p class="css-1316j2p-StyledParagraph e4e0a020"><span>Angela is the first known death of the disaster, as the scale of the destruction is still unknown. </span></p> <p class="css-1316j2p-StyledParagraph e4e0a020">Experts<span> say that the volcano, which last erupted in 2014, had been puffing away for about a month before rising magma, superheated to around 1000 degrees Celsius, met with 20-degree seawater, causing an instantaneous and massive explosion.</span></p> <p class="css-1316j2p-StyledParagraph e4e0a020"><span>The impact of the eruption was felt as far away as Australia, New Zealand, Fiji and Japan. </span></p> <p class="css-1316j2p-StyledParagraph e4e0a020"><em>Image credits: Instagram @ifthegloverfits</em></p>

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Mum builds mini-bathroom for her toddler

<p><em>Image: TikTok</em></p> <p>Getting your kids ready in the morning can often feel like an impossible task. Especially when they get to an age where they want to do everything themselves. Including getting dressed, brush their own teeth, put their own shoes on and so on.</p> <p>This genius mum has come up with a clever way to speed up the process - her toddler's own mini bathroom station. Jacqui has wowed parents online with a <a href="https://www.tiktok.com/@jacquinixon/video/7050874716751678766?is_copy_url=1&amp;is_from_webapp=v1">video on her TikTok </a>showcasing the custom station she put together for her toddler that allows him to get ready independently.</p> <p>In the video the mum shows just how she transformed one corner of her bathroom into a small station for her son using some wallpaper, a mini mirror and containers.</p> <p>She then applied the fun pattern wallpaper to a section of the wall next to the bathroom door to section off the area for her child.</p> <p>Next, she hung a small black mirror on the wall and underneath a few containers filled with her son's essentials including his toothbrush, toothpaste, comb and a small towel.</p> <p>"Made a little get ready station for my toddler today", the mum wrote in the video.</p> <p>Jacqui said she bought everything she needed from Amazon and Target and put it together while her little one was sleeping.</p> <p>"This is absolutely precious. Such a good idea", one person commented on the video.</p> <p>Another said, "My get ready station isn't even this nice!".</p>

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Pope unveils strongest language yet on vaccination

<p>Pope Francis has shared his strongest views on the Covid vaccine, describing it as a "moral obligation", simultaneously denouncing those who have been persuaded by "baseless information" to refuse a life-saving measure.</p> <p>Francis shared his views for the first time in a speech to ambassadors accredited to the Holy See: an annual event that discusses the Vatican's foreign policy goals for the upcoming year.</p> <p>Pope Francis, 85, has previously held back from sharing views on the vaccine, though his Covid-19 advisory body has referred to it as a "moral responsibility".</p> <p>Now however, he has deemed vaccination as "an act of love" and that refusing to get jabbed was simply "suicidal".</p> <p>During his speech, he said that individuals had a duty of care to consider which "translates into respect for the health of those around us".</p> <p>“Health care is a moral obligation,” he said.</p> <p>“Frequently people let themselves be influenced by the ideology of the moment, often bolstered by baseless information or poorly documented facts,” he said, calling for the adoption of a “reality therapy” to correct this distortion of human reason.</p> <p>“Vaccines are not a magical means of healing, yet surely they represent, in addition to other treatments that need to be developed, the most reasonable solution for the prevention of the disease,” he added.</p> <p>Some Catholics, including conservative US cardinals and bishops, have claimed that vaccines were immoral and have refused to get the jab, based on research that claims vaccines used cells derived from aborted foetuses.</p> <p>However, the Vatican's doctrine office has said that is "morally acceptable" for those in the Catholic faith to get the jab.</p> <p>Francis repeated his call for universal vaccines and health care availabilities for all, especially in parts of the world with low vaccination rates, while also calling for governing bodies to let these countries develop their own vaccines.</p> <p>“It is appropriate that institutions such as the World Trade Organisation and the World Intellectual Property Organisation adapt their legal instruments lest monopolistic rules constitute further obstacles to production and to an organised and consistent access to health care on a global level,” he said.</p> <p><em>Image credits: Getty Images</em></p>

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David Campbell's emotional tribute to Bob Saget

<p><em>Image: Getty </em></p> <p>David Campbell, host of<span> </span><em>Today Extra</em>, recently shared a tribute to Bob Saget, after the Full House star was found dead at 65 this week.</p> <p>“I was so excited and nervous to interview Bob Saget on the show," David shared on Instagram alongside a photo of himself with Bob Saget and fellow host Sonia Kruger.</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/CYiK7ICruM0/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="14"> <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/CYiK7ICruM0/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by David Campbell (@davidcampbell73)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p>"I needn’t have been nervous. He was charming and generous every time we spoke. He stayed in touch once in a while through socials and made you feel like a friend. We spoke again late last year," he continued.</p> <p>"Sometimes stars are so down to earth, you forget how many people they touched just by saying hi. Bob was one of those. My kids are now watching Fuller House.</p> <p>"Thanks for giving us joy Bob. RIP."</p> <p>Along with his iconic near 10-year role on<span> </span><em>Full House</em>, Bob Saget also hosted<span> </span><em>America's Funniest Home Videos</em><span> </span>from 1989 to '97 and made a name for himself with his raunchy brand of standup comedy.</p> <p>Fellow Channel Nine star Sylvia Jeffereys commented on David's post, also sharing her shock at the tragic news.</p> <p>"Oh no, this is so sad. Such a kind and generous, approachable man. May he rest In peace," she wrote.</p> <p>Tributes have been flooding social media since news of Bob Saget's death was confirmed.</p> <p>"I am broken. I am gutted. I am in complete and utter shock. I will never ever have another friend like him. I love you so much Bobby," John Stamos tweeted in a heartfelt tribute to his former<em><span> </span>Full House</em><span> </span>co-star.</p> <p>Co-stars Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen also shared a rare public statement, revealing they were “deeply saddened”.</p> <p>"Bob was the most loving, compassionate and generous man. We are deeply saddened that he is no longer with us but know that he will continue to be by our side to guide us as gracefully as he always has,” they said.</p>

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Betty White's real cause of death leaked

<p><em>Image: Getty</em></p> <p>The New York Post is now reporting that the official cause of death of iconic TV star Betty White was a ‘cerebrovascular accident’.</p> <p>The medical term for a stroke, listed on a death certificate obtained by entertainment news outlet TMZ on Monday, occurred six days prior to Ms White's passing, and is caused by a loss of blood flow to areas of the brain, which can result in serious tissue damage.</p> <p><br />While it's not clear if Ms White underwent any behavioural or emotional changes between the time of her stroke and her death on New Year's Eve, her agent and close friend, Jeff Witjas, said in a statement to<span> </span><em>People<span> </span></em>that “Betty died peacefully in her sleep at her home.”</p> <p>Witjas also denied that Ms White’s death was at all related to her receiving her COVID-19 booster shot just days before.</p> <p>“People are saying her death was related to getting a booster shot three days earlier, but that is not true. She died of natural causes,” he told<span> </span><em>People</em>, adding, “Her death should not be politicised — that is not the life she lived.”</p> <p><br />As it had been previously reported, White’s <a href="https://www.oversixty.com.au/health/caring/betty-white-s-final-words">last word</a> before she died was her late husband Allen Ludden’s first name.</p> <p><br />Witjas later confirmed her death, telling People, “Even though Betty was about to be 100, I thought she would live forever.</p> <p><br />“I will miss her terribly and so will the animal world that she loved so much. I don’t think Betty ever feared passing because she always wanted to be with her most beloved husband, Allen Ludden. She believed she would be with him again.”</p>

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Your weekly horoscope for January 10th 2022

<p dir="ltr">As the New Year settles into its stride, use this week to take charge of your resolutions.</p> <p dir="ltr">Practice mindfulness and self-care, and take charge of what is really important to you.</p> <p dir="ltr">With 2022 well underway, it's hard to not get lost in the blur and chaos of January, but if you make time to check in with yourself, this new beginning will pay off in spades.</p> <p dir="ltr">♈ <strong>Aries (March 21st - April 19th)</strong></p> <p dir="ltr">It’s time to rethink your career goals and opportunities this week, as Mars barrels through your career zone.</p> <p dir="ltr">Reevaluate if you are happy at work, and put all your energy into career success.</p> <p dir="ltr">♉ <strong>Taurus (April 20th - May 20th)</strong></p> <p dir="ltr">This week will challenge you to pick up a hobby you once dropped, as you will find solace in creative outlets.</p> <p dir="ltr">It’s time to re-find the magic and momentum you once lost, and keep your mind and soul enriched with the power of art.</p> <p dir="ltr">♊ <strong>Gemini (May 21st - June 20th)</strong></p> <p dir="ltr">After feeling under-appreciated for all the hard work you do, this week will finally be the week of recognition.</p> <p dir="ltr">You will feel seen, heard and acknowledged for all that you do, but don’t let this praise slow you down. Keep going!</p> <p dir="ltr">♋ <strong>Cancer (June 21st - July 22nd)</strong></p> <p dir="ltr">When it comes to close relationships, it’s time to set your boundaries and get a few things straightened out.</p> <p dir="ltr">Lay the ground rules and make it known that you still have to put yourself first.</p> <p dir="ltr">♌ <strong>Leo (July 23rd - August 22nd)</strong></p> <p dir="ltr">It’s time to realise that forcing good things to happen is not the way to go.</p> <p dir="ltr">Be strong, but subtle with your influence, and positive things will come your way if you put positive affirmations into the universe.</p> <p dir="ltr">♍ <strong>Virgo (August 23rd - September 22nd)</strong></p> <p dir="ltr">Being at the right place at the right time can mean everything, and will open doors to learn new skills.</p> <p dir="ltr">A burst of energy will point you in the right direction to finally make the big commitment you’ve been putting off, and will help to realise it’s not something to be afraid of.  </p> <p dir="ltr">♎ <strong>Libra (September 23rd - October 22nd)</strong></p> <p dir="ltr">Take time to make your abode into your dream space, and centre yourself in home comforts.</p> <p dir="ltr">Do not let yourself be deluded by others this week, as this is a time to get in touch with yourself and tune out any negativity.</p> <p dir="ltr">♏ <strong>Scorpio (October 23rd - November 21st)</strong></p> <p dir="ltr">This week it's not what you say, but how you say it that matters when trying to get your own way.</p> <p dir="ltr">Being persuasive is an art, but being kind at the same time will get you even further.</p> <p dir="ltr">♐ <strong>Sagittarius (November 22nd - December 21st)</strong></p> <p dir="ltr">Others will turn to you for help this week, but remember that one’s charity can only go so far without being exploited.</p> <p dir="ltr">Your get up and go attitude will help rein in new financial opportunities, forcing you to exercise restraint against your spending instincts.</p> <p dir="ltr">♑ <strong>Capricorn (December 22nd - January 20th)</strong></p> <p dir="ltr">It’s time to realise that reevaluating your life is not dragging your heels; it’s taking charge of what’s working for you and what’s not.</p> <p dir="ltr">The Sun and Venus will collide in your sign this week, giving your quest to be the best version of yourself a fiery push.</p> <p dir="ltr">♒ <strong>Aquarius (January 21st - February 18th)</strong></p> <p dir="ltr">Dwelling on the past does not help propel you into new opportunities, but rather keeps you stagnant on what once was.</p> <p dir="ltr">Let go of what’s been holding you back and focus on how past situations made you the person you are, rather than dwelling on what you’ve lost.</p> <p dir="ltr">♓ <strong>Pisces (February 19th - March 20th)</strong></p> <p dir="ltr">Sometimes there are not enough hours in the day, leaving you feeling unfulfilled when having to put projects and relationships on hold.</p> <p dir="ltr">Take it easy on yourself, and remember that what you love will always be there at the end of the day.</p> <p dir="ltr"><em>Image credits: Getty Images</em></p>

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Tributes flow for 23-year-old who lost battle with COVID-19

<p dir="ltr">Friends and family of the healthy 23-year-old who died after suffering severe complications from COVID-19 have pleaded with the public to treat the virus seriously.</p> <p dir="ltr">James Kondilios, a science graduate and powerlifter living in Canberra, was double vaccinated and had no underlying health conditions when he was hospitalised for Covid.</p> <p dir="ltr">He died on Tuesday at St Vincent’s Hospital.</p> <p dir="ltr">Julia Adamcewicz, a friend of Mr Kondilios,<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10375181/Covid-19-Omicron-James-Kondilios-23-Christine-Eross-65-latest-tragic-victims-virus.html" target="_blank">shared</a><span> </span>a heartbreaking tribute and said his death was a warning that “even the strongest and wisest can be taken from this world before their time”.</p> <p dir="ltr">“Yesterday was a reminder that this battle with Covid we have all been a part of for the last few years is not something to be taken lightly as even the healthiest people can be taken far too young.”</p> <p dir="ltr">She described Mr Kondilios as a supportive friend who “would do anything for the people close to him”.</p> <p dir="ltr">Mr Kondilios grew up in Sydney, attended Waverley College and won two bronze medals while representing Australia at the Power Lifting Championships in Finland in 2015.</p> <p dir="ltr">“A proud Waverley student, we hear he wore the Waverley sports shirt under his official Australian track suit for the presentation,” the school shared on social media at the time.</p> <p dir="ltr">He went on to complete an advanced science degree at the Australian National University, during which time he also won a national Science and Innovation award for his work on forestry and climate change.</p> <p dir="ltr">Stephen Ma, a fellow ANU student, colleague and friend of Mr Kondilios, also<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.facebook.com/jiahua.ma.90/posts/1317061528810736" target="_blank">shared a tearful tribute</a><span> </span>to him on Facebook.</p> <p dir="ltr">“Bro, forgive me my words came a bit late, I tried to put down something but I couldn’t, the mist of the tears blocked my eyesight, and the memories with you flashed back, just like a movie,” Mr Ma wrote.</p> <p dir="ltr">“The last message you sent to me was ‘couldn’t ask for a better friend’.</p> <p dir="ltr">“Likewise bro, the years I spent with you will always be a great part of my life, you will always be on my mind to delight me, encourage me and guide me.</p> <p dir="ltr"><img style="width: 0px; height:0px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7846671/kondilios1.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/8d2303f5064548f4b5ced2a1d06d1d77" /></p> <p dir="ltr"><em>Image: Stephen Ma (Facebook)</em></p> <p dir="ltr">“I will try to be a better person just like you bro, kind, sweet, nice to everyone and love everyone. We have been through a wonderful journey, and I want to show my best appreciation and respect to you for standing by me bro.</p> <p dir="ltr">“It's going to take a long time, I feel so lucky I was to have you in my life, even if it was not for as long as we would have liked.”</p> <p dir="ltr">According to a<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.facebook.com/acropolisfunerals/posts/1870898413096468" target="_blank">Facebook post</a><span> </span>by Acropolis Funerals, Mr Kondilios’ service will be held on Thursday, January 13 at St Spyridon Greek Orthodox Church.</p> <p dir="ltr">The service will be streamed via the funeral home’s YouTube page, and family and friends attending in person have been encouraged to wear colour “as that was what he would have loved”.</p> <p dir="ltr"><img style="width: 0px; height:0px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7846672/kondilios2.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/30380bb83d3e4843b6bd8c468ccf9e83" /></p> <p dir="ltr"><em>Image: Acropolis Funeral Services (Facebook)</em></p> <p dir="ltr">“Sincere thanks extended for the warm sentiments and expressions of sympathy and condolences, received from James’ family at this difficult time,” the post reads.</p> <p dir="ltr">Mr Kondilios was the youngest of six people whose deaths were reported on Thursday morning.</p> <p dir="ltr"><em>Image: Stephen Ma (Facebook)</em></p>

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Hero jogger rescues family pets from burning home

<p><em>Image: Youtube </em></p> <p>A good Samaritan has been caught on a California home's Ring security camera rescuing a cat, a rabbit and two dogs from a stranger's house.</p> <p>The hero, who has since been identified as Paul Murphy, was jogging past on the street when he saw smoke surrounding the family home.</p> <p>The homeowners, who were not home at the time, had no idea what was happening nor that their four pets were in danger until Murphy contacted them through their Ring surveillance camera.</p> <p>Courtney Polito, one of the homeowners, said she saw Murphy "running back and forth" on their porch.</p> <p>"So I answered it and he said, 'Hello, do you see there's smoke coming out of the top of your house?'" Polito said.</p> <p>Polito proceeded to share the home access code with Murphy as smoke alarms started going off.</p> <p>Murphy then ran in and out of the house to save the Politos' four pets. Had Murphy not helped when he did, the family would have lost everything.</p> <p>"The fire department said 10 more minutes and the house would have been gone," Polito said.</p> <p>Polito's husband, Tony, also told the outlet that to enter a stranger's house when it's on fire to rescue pets "takes a certain type of person."</p> <p>Murphy was able to get out of the house by the time firefighters arrived to extinguish the fire, but it's unclear what Murphy did in the meantime with the animals.</p> <p>Courtney Polito said she is looking forward to showing Murphy how grateful she and her family are for his help, and is looking forward to giving him "a hug.</p>

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Unvaccinated couple die of COVID within seconds of each other

<p dir="ltr">An unvaccinated American couple died of complications from COVID-19 “within seconds” of each other. William and Carol Stewart, of New Hampshire, died in hospital on December 30 while holding hands. They had not been vaccinated against the virus.</p> <p dir="ltr">Mrs Stewart, who was 69, had been on life support for two weeks, while Mr Stewart, 73, had suffered from lung and renal failures.</p> <p dir="ltr">The couple’s daughter, Melissa Noke, said that her parents were the “true definition of soulmates” and had known each other since they were children, telling local TV station WMUR, “They’ve known each other since they were four, been together 45 years, married 44 years.”</p> <p dir="ltr">On the day they died, hospital staff wheeled the couple into the same room so they could be together. Nike said, “Placed both beds side-by-side, placing my mother’s hand into my father’s hand.</p> <p dir="ltr">“As soon as they touched hands, my father took his last breath, and then my mother 10 seconds later.”</p> <p dir="ltr">Ms Noke said that she hoped sharing her parents’ story would encourage others to get vaccinated. At the time of writing, only 62.3% of the US population was fully vaccinated, with that figure increasing to 67.4% for New Hampshire.</p> <p dir="ltr">The couple’s nephew Tim Stewart has started a GoFundMe to help cover medical and living expenses. On the fundraising page, he explained, “Carol and Bill do not have life insurance and I am hoping to help my family by alleviating them with some the financial stress and so they can focus healing through this difficult time.”</p> <p dir="ltr">Updating the page with news of their passing, Stewart wrote, “It is with the heaviest of hearts to share that last night at 9:12 pm Bill and Carol peacefully passed away hand in hand with their loved ones bedside. They fought a long and hard battle with covid, both intubated and on life support. I truly believe that the power of prayers and all the kind words that have been shared over the past few weeks is what kept them fighting.”</p> <p dir="ltr"><em>Image: Douglas &amp; Johnson Funeral Home</em></p>

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Anthony Callea slams government after testing positive for Covid-19

<p>Anthony Callea has detailed his "scary" experience after testing positive for Covid-19 in a lengthy post on Instagram. </p> <p>The 39-year-old singer said he has been in "the most excruciating pain" since his diagnosis, and has been relying on "a ridiculous amount of pain killers" to help the symptoms. </p> <p>“This sh*t is real and from what I can understand and what my Dr has observed from what I have and am going through, it seems I have the Delta variant,” Callea posted to his 140,000 Instagram followers.</p> <p>“My head felt like it was about to combust, my throat, well I have never felt pain in my throat like that before, it was like someone stabbing me right in the throat!"</p> <p>“My chest was tight, I felt as though I was about to burst my ear drums and my body overall just felt like it was shutting down.”</p> <p>Callea, who is double vaccinated, said he took a rapid test as soon as his symptoms first began, which returned a positive result. </p> <p>“The past 3 days have been really scary. I’ve never felt like this before in my life,” Callea added.</p> <p>“Today is the first day I’m actually feeling somewhat human, I can’t speak from all the coughing, I’m really tired and throat is still sore, but at least I feel alive."</p> <p>“Thankfully I’m double vaxxed, would hate to think what I’d be like if I weren’t.”</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/CYV3XEDPCOP/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="14"> <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/CYV3XEDPCOP/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by A N T H O N Y C A L L E A (@anthonycallea)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p>Anthony praised his husband, actor Tim Campell - who tested negative - for taking care of him during his isolation period, before lashing out at the federal government for the "shambolic mess" of the pandemic response. </p> <p>“If only our Government would do the right thing by others and it’s people and manage this shambolic mess!” he wrote.</p> <p>“I could go on and on but I don’t have the energy.”</p> <p>Continuing on his rant, Anthony took aim at the government's decision to let tennis champion Novak Djokovic into Australia: a decision that has since been overturned. </p> <p>He said, <span>“Seeing that the Australian Open is allowing Djokovic to play is a slap in the face to every single Australian and business that has done the right thing in the past 2 years,” he said.</span></p> <p>He finished his lengthy post by telling everyone to stay safe, and his predictions for the future. </p> <p>He wrote, "Stay safe everyone, I feel as though the next few months are going to be a s*** show! Yay to 2022 hey?"</p> <p><em>Image credits: Instagram @anthonycallea</em></p>

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Betty White's final words

<p><em>Image: Getty </em></p> <p>Vicki Lawrence, a close friend and former co-star of Betty White, has shared the final word uttered by legendary actress before she died at age 99.</p> <p>Lawrence, 72, who met White on the set of the<span> </span><em>Carol Burnett Show</em><span> </span>and remained close with the TV icon until her death, spoke about the pain of losing her friend and recalled White's touching last moments.</p> <p>In an interview with<span> </span><em>The Hollywood Reporter,</em><span> </span>Lawrence said she found out White's last word was a callout to her husband, Allen Ludden, who died in 1981.</p> <p>"I talked to Carol yesterday, and we agreed it is so f---ing hard to watch the people you love go away," Lawrence told the publication.</p> <p>"She said she spoke to Betty's assistant, who was with her when she passed, and she said the last word out of her mouth was 'Allen.' That's so lovingly sweet. I hope that is true."</p> <p>White's love for her husband burned bright even in the decades since his passing. Remembering the couple's relationship, Lawrence said it was a true Hollywood love story.</p> <p>"They were a lovely couple, and they were adorable together. She drove the car he gave her for as long as I can remember," Lawrence continued. "She wore the same ring he gave her as long as I've known her. That was her love story."</p> <p>Lawrence says the<span> </span><em>Golden Girls</em><span> </span>star would want her friends, family and fans not to mourn her death, but to "laugh" when they think of her name.</p> <p>"She would want us to laugh and remember and love and enjoy and believe that she's in heaven with Allen," she added.</p> <p>White died on January 1st age 99, just a few weeks short of her 100th birthday.</p> <p>Her agent and friend Jeff Witjas confirmed the legendary actress died peacefully in her sleep in her home.</p> <p>"Even though Betty was about to be 100, I thought she would live forever," Witjas said in a statement to<span> </span><em>People.</em></p> <p>"I will miss her terribly and so will the animal world that she loved so much. I don't think Betty ever feared passing because she always wanted to be with her most beloved husband Allen Ludden. She believed she would be with him again."</p> <p>Witjas emphasised that White had not been ill but had been extremely cautious during the COVID-19 pandemic. She spent most of the past two years at the home she loved with her many pets, and had round-the-clock caretakers in her final years.</p>

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Top Covid expert sees an end to pandemic within two months

<p>A top health official in Denmark has predicted that the Covid pandemic could end within two months in some countries, thanks to the Omicron variant. </p> <p><span>Tyra Grove Krause, the chief epidemiologist at Denmark’s State Serum Institute, told <a rel="noopener" href="https://nyheder.tv2.dk/2022-01-03-ssi-vi-kan-have-vores-normale-liv-tilbage-om-to-maaneder" target="_blank">Danish TV 2</a> that a recent study conducted by the institute has found that Covid hospitalisations have halved with Omicron, as opposed to the previous Delta variant. </span></p> <p><span>When questioned about how long the virus will affect daily life in Denmark, she said, </span>“I think it will have that in the next two months, and then I hope the infection will start to subside and we get our normal lives back”.</p> <p>Dr Grove Krause’s research also stated that “Omicron is here to stay”.</p> <p>“It will provide some massive spread of infection in the coming month. When it’s over, we’re in a better place than we were before,” the paper said.</p> <p><span>Dr Grove Krause claims that daily life may return to normal within a few months as more people are likely to become infected, raising the level of natural immunity for the majority of the population.</span><span></span></p> <p>“Omicron will peak at the end of January, and in February we will see declining infection pressure and a decreasing pressure on the health care system,” she said. “But we have to make an effort in January, because it will be hard to get through”.</p> <p>“In the long run, we are in a place where coronavirus is here, but where we have restrained it, and only the particularly vulnerable need to be vaccinated up to the next winter season,” she said.</p> <p>The optimistic news out of Denmark comes just days after the <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.who.int" target="_blank">World Health Organisation</a> made a similarly positive statement about Omicron. </p> <p><span>“If we put an end to inequality, we will put an end to the pandemic and the global nightmare that we have all gone through,” WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said in a speech on New Year’s Eve.</span></p> <p><span>Top US pandemic Adviser Anthony Fauci also said that the experience in South Africa, where the new variant quickly peaked before subsiding, offered some hope to other countries. </span></p> <p><span>“When one looked at the relationship and the ratio between hospitalisations and cases (in South Africa), it was lower, the duration of hospital stay was lower, the requirements for oxygen was lower,” he said. “We’re seeing a bit of that, not as pronounced, in the UK, but certainly that trend. And if you look here at the United States, we don’t want to get complacent at all, and you don’t want to jump to a positive conclusion, because it’s still early," he said. </span></p> <p><em>Image credits: Getty Images</em><span></span></p>

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Alec Baldwin shares story of touching act of kindness from a stranger

<p dir="ltr">In a candid video shared on Instagram, Alec Baldwin spoke about a random act of kindness from a stranger that he experienced soon after the<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://oversixty.com.au/news/news/alec-baldwin-allegedly-shot-and-killed-cinematographer" target="_blank">shooting death of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins</a><span> </span>on the set of the movie<span> </span><em>Rust<span> </span></em>in October 2021.</p> <p dir="ltr">Describing it as the “worst situation I’ve ever been involved with”, Baldwin went on to recall an encounter with a kind stranger he met in a cafe soon after the incident.</p> <p dir="ltr">"A young woman, a senior in high school or maybe she was in college, she walked by with a guy and she handed me a packet of Splenda and on the perimeter of the package, there was a modest amount of space to write on.</p> <p dir="ltr">“She wrote me a note on both sides of the package, and it was, 'So many people care about you,' or something… it really very kind and very thoughtful.”</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/tv/CYNafHQrRnL/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="14"> <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/tv/CYNafHQrRnL/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Alec Baldwin (@alecbaldwininsta)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p dir="ltr">Baldwin continued, "It was really so amazing that she handed me this Splenda packet. And I said, 'Oh thank you'. And she left. And I was sitting there and took it home, I was going to photograph it … and I lost it."</p> <p dir="ltr">He said he was “overwhelmed” by her kindness but lost the packet, soon becoming “obsessed” with finding it. "I searched for it yesterday, like you would search for your phone or your keys or your wallet. I was obsessed with finding it, I'm still obsessed with finding it, because I want to screenshot it.”</p> <p dir="ltr">He finished, "If you are the young woman that gave me the Splenda packet at John Pappas the other day, then send me a message here, because I was so grateful for it. It was so lovely. It meant so much to me… it meant a lot to me."</p> <p dir="ltr">The actor thanked his fans who have supported him since the tragedy, adding that he was hopeful that “the truth” would soon prevail. "This has been surely the worst situation I've ever been involved with and I'm very hopeful that the people in charge with investigating this whole thing get to the truth as soon as possible.</p> <p dir="ltr">“No one wants the truth more than I do."</p> <p dir="ltr"><em>Image: Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images</em></p>

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Why Queensland's top doctor has said the spread of COVID is "necessary"

<p><em>Image: Getty </em></p> <p>Queensland's Chief Health Officer, John Gerrard, announced to a press conference on Thursday that the sudden and continued escalation of Omicron case numbers throughout the state is not just inevitable, but that it is "necessary".</p> <p>Queensland had just recorded 369 new Covid cases – the highest number of cases ever recorded in the state – as fears for the spread of the Omicron virus continue to grow apace.</p> <p>During the same mid-morning press conference, Qld Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk addressed the rising numbers, assuring everyone that the surge in numbers was expected and would likely get worse.</p> <p>"I want us to stay safe over Christmas and New Year but we will see an escalation of cases like we're seeing in other states," she said.</p> <p>"But the good news is, at the present time there is only one person in hospital and they have other medical issues, even though they do have COVID.”</p> <p>According to Premier Palaszczuk, the virus “is across Queensland” and residents must now learn to live with it.</p> <p>“This virus is here," she explained. "It is right throughout our community. We are living with this virus. This is the next stage of the pandemic.</p> <p>"Everyone wants to get on with their lives but we are going to see a big impact on those who are unvaccinated."</p> <p>CHO John Gerrard then said the latest strain of the virus (Omicron) is "extremely contagious" and will need to continue spreading in order to reach the "endemic phase".</p> <p>"Not only is the spread of this virus inevitable, it is necessary," he said. "In order for us to go from the pandemic phase to an endemic phase, the virus has to be widespread."</p> <p>"We all have to have immunity, you will all have to develop immunity and there's two ways you can do that: by being vaccinated or getting infected.</p> <p>"Once we've done that, once the virus is spreading, once we all have some degree of immunity, the virus becomes endemic and that is what is going to happen."</p> <p>Mr Gerrard also clarified that mask wearing will not rid the country of the virus but will give everyone better odds of slowing it down.</p> <p>“We're not going to stop it,” he said.</p> <p>"We're trying to slow it down a little bit to enable people to get third doses. We don't expect to stop it."</p>

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TV star's parents found dead just days before Christmas

<p><em>Image: Twitter</em></p> <p>Orange Is The New Black star Alicia Witt has revealed both her parents were found dead during a welfare check at their home in a "surreal" tragedy just a short time before Christmas.</p> <p>Witt, 46, announced the news via a statement, saying she had asked a cousin nearby to check on her mother Dianne, 75, and father Robert, 75, at their property in Worcester, Massachusetts.</p> <p>Officers later found the couple deceased on December 20 with no obvious causes of death, according to local newspaper Telegram &amp; Gazette.</p> <p>"I reached out to a cousin who lives close to my parents to check on them. Sadly, the outcome was unimaginable," Witt said.</p> <p>"I ask for some privacy at this time to grieve and to wrap my head around this turn of events, and this surreal loss."</p> <p>There had been reports the couple had been experiencing furnace problems and were using a space heater, however firefighters did not find any evidence of carbon monoxide in the home.</p> <p>"There was no trauma," Lieutenant Sean Murtha said in a statement.</p> <p>The actress has previously paid tribute to her parents via gushing social media posts, describing her father as "wise and hilarious" in a Father's Day post earlier this year.</p> <p>Witt also spoke warmly of her mother Dianne in a Mother's Day post in 2018.</p> <p>"#HappyMothersDay to all the mothers of this world," Witt shared on Instagram, alongside photos of her mum.</p> <p>Witt made her acting debut in the 1984 movie<span> </span><em>Dune</em><span> </span>and has appeared in television shows including<span> </span><em>The Walking Dead, Orange is the New Black</em><span> </span>and<span> </span><em>Twin Peaks</em>. She is also a singer and pianist and released an album,<span> </span><em>The Conduit</em>, in September.</p>

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Should over 60s who received the AstraZeneca get boosters sooner?

<p dir="ltr">Some epidemiologists are calling for the time frame between the second COVID-19 vaccine and the booster to be shortened for those who received the AstraZeneca vaccine.</p> <p dir="ltr">Tony Blakely from the University of Melbourne is one such epidemiologist, and he has highlighted the risk facing those in their 60s who will not be eligible to receive the booster shot for several months, both because of the delay between jabs one and two and the five-month delay between the second jab and the booster.</p> <p dir="ltr">He described the five-month gap as “bordering on unethical”, arguing, “AstraZeneca recipients are often 60-plus, they're often more vulnerable, yet they had a vaccine where they had to wait three months between the first and second dose and now they're not eligible.”</p> <p dir="ltr">Despite this, Prime Minister Scott Morrison refused to adjust the time frame any further, after already reducing it from six months to five. Speaking to the media following an<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://oversixty.com.au/news/news/stay-calm-get-your-booster-pm-delivers-results-of-emergency-cabinet-meeting" target="_blank">emergency National Cabinet meeting</a>, Morrison said, "There's been plenty of discussion about whether the interval should be five months, four months, three months. That will be a decision for the vaccination experts at ATAGI. That is not a decision for myself as prime minister or the premiers and chief ministers."</p> <p dir="ltr">Research suggests vaccines are less effective against the Omicron variant than they were against Delta, and research has also shown that vaccines steadily lost their effectiveness against COVID-19 in the weeks following the second dose. For AstraZeneca, effectiveness fell to 47.3 per cent after 20 weeks, falling even more for over-65s.</p> <p dir="ltr">On the bright side, protection against hospitalisation did not fall as sharply, maintaining 77 per cent effectiveness after 20 weeks and almost 79 per cent effectiveness against death.</p> <p dir="ltr"><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-12-23/covid-astra-zeneca-vaccine-too-soon-for-booster-omicron/100719368" target="_blank">Linda Fisher and her husband Ken</a><span> </span>are some of the members of ‘Generation AZ’ who are concerned about the five-month wait. The Queensland couple have plans to travel to Melbourne next month, and because they are not yet eligible for a booster, having only received their second shot in November, they’re wondering if they’re putting their lives at risk by travelling interstate. They are not due to receive the booster until April.</p> <p dir="ltr">Hassan Vally, an epidemiologist at Deakin University, urged those in vulnerable groups to exercise caution over the holidays. "People who are a bit older and have other comorbidities need to take precautions this Christmas.” Despite this, he stressed that we are not “back to square one” thanks to the Omicron variant, explaining, "Most people have a certain degree of immunity which changes the equation completely from a virus that's spreading in a population with no immunity.</p> <p dir="ltr">“It's important to bring that fear level down a little bit, but at the same time acknowledge that yeah, this is a significant challenge."</p> <p dir="ltr"><em>Image: Morsa Images</em></p>

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