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Teenager leads discovery in finding COVID-19 cure

<p>Scientists across the globe are on a race to find a treatment for COVID-19, however the standout in all of this is a teenage girl. </p> <p>Anika Chebrolu, a 14-year-old from Frisco, Texas, has just won the 2020 3M Young Scientist Challenge and a whopping A$35,230 prize for a discovery that could give a potential therapy to COVID-19.</p> <p>Anika's invention that won the prize uses in-silico methodology to uncover a lead molecule that can bind to the spike protein of the SARS-CoV-2 virus.</p> <p>The teen submitted her project while she was in the 8th grade, but she admitted her goal was not initially to find a cure for COVID-19. </p> <p>Her original intention was to use in-silico methods to identify a lead compound that could bind to a protein of the influenza virus. </p> <p>"After spending so much time researching about pandemics, viruses and drug discovery, it was crazy to think that I was actually living through something like this," Anika said.</p> <p>"Because of the immense severity of the COVID-19 pandemic and the drastic impact it had made on the world in such a short time, I, with the help of my mentor, changed directions to target the SARS-CoV-2 virus."</p> <p>Anika revealed she was inspired to find potential cures to viruses after learning about the 1918 flu pandemic. </p> <p>"Anika has an inquisitive mind and used her curiosity to ask questions about a vaccine for COVID-19," Dr Cindy Moss, a judge for the 3M Young Scientist Challenge, told CNN.</p> <p>"Her work was comprehensive and examined numerous databases. She also developed an understanding of the innovation process and is a masterful communicator. Her willingness to use her time and talent to help make the world a better place gives us all hope."</p> <p>Anika said winning the prize and title of top young scientist is an honour, but her work is not completed. </p> <p>Her next goal is to research and work alongside scientists and researchers who are fighting to "control the morbidity and mortality" of the pandemic. </p> <p>She will aid in developing her findings into an actual cure for the virus.</p> <p>"My effort to find a lead compound to bind to the spike protein of the SARS-CoV-2 virus this summer may appear to be a drop in the ocean, but still adds to all these efforts," she said.</p> <p>"How I develop this molecule further with the help of virologists and drug development specialists will determine the success of these efforts."</p> <p><em>Image Credit: NIAID-RML (AP/NIAID-RML)</em></p>

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Samantha Armytage’s COVID stance deemed “disgraceful”

<p>Samantha Armytage has taken a stance in support of Melbourne’s small business owners in the height of COVID-19 restrictions.</p> <p>Harry Hutchinson risked an almost $10,000 fine to reopen his menswear store in Melbourne, admitting he became tired of the government’s strict restrictions that have seen businesses closed for months.</p> <p>“I don’t mean to be breaking the law, but I feel so strongly about small business surviving... they’re doing it tough, I’m not the only one,” Mr Hutchinson said in an interview during the morning show.</p> <p>“We’ve got to get back to work, the economy has got to survive.”</p> <p>Samantha Armytage defended the rule-breaker, promising<span> </span><em>Sunrise </em>would do all they could to support him.</p> <p>“You are a wonderful Australian, you are the type of person we all need that we look to, you are hardworking you are honest, we wish you all the best,” she said.</p> <p>Program fans took to social media to quickly slam the breakfast host for supporting someone who blatantly ignored the rules.</p> <p>“Samantha Armytage, how dare you sit up there in Sydney and encourage this person to, in his own words, 'not care',” one person said on Twitter.</p> <p>“He is a bloody salesman not an expert in communicable diseases. All those who visited his shop should be fined also.”</p> <p>Another outraged response said: “<em>Sunrise</em> encouraging people to break the law and risk a 3rd wave and a shop owner who thinks he knows what police are thinking police are sick of people like you who continue to place people at risk of contracting this virus.”</p> <p>A third one added: “This is disgraceful, as to be expected from Sam Armytage and the Seven Network.”</p> <p>There were supportive viewers of the host however who praised Armytage for her support.</p> <p>“Keep reporting these stories,” one person said. “We need to hear more than Government press releases repeated.”</p>

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Tributes pour in for Jacinda Barclay after sudden death

<p>There wasn’t a sport Jacinda Barclay couldn’t play.</p> <p>She featured in five World Cups for the Australian women’s baseball team, lined up for the GWS Giants in AFLW and even won a championship playing quarterback in America’s Legends Football League.</p> <p>Australia lost one of its most unique talents this week when Barclay passed away at the age of 29.</p> <p>Tributes are pouring in for the late star from devastated teammates who remember the West Australian sports player as the perfect person to have by your side when entering the sports arena.</p> <p>“The news is devastating and our hearts are breaking,” wrote Steph Mur, who played with Barclay at the Chicago Bliss.</p> <p>“Jacinda lived a life that most people could only imagine. She was an elite multi-sport athlete constantly shredding boundaries around the world. She was every coach and players’ dream- a fearless leader full of positivity, vast knowledge, eagerness to grow and dedication to every team member. More importantly, she was an all-round badass person.</p> <p>“I feel honoured to have played alongside you and more importantly to have known your beautiful energy and bubbly, comedic personality. Your brightness will never stop shining in our hearts. Rest easy Cinda!”</p> <p>“Life is short,” added Kayla Lee, who also played in the LFL.</p> <p>“You never really know what someone is going through. This morning I woke up to the devastating news that we had lost one of the most vibrant, positive and spirited souls on this planet.</p> <p>“Cinda has been one of my closest friends since we met 7 years ago training and playing in the LFL. She was my quarterback and always had my back. We trained hard, laughed hard and sometimes partied hard together.</p> <p>“She was a naturally talented multi-sport athlete, who was driven, ambitious and a leader that was fighting demons none of us knew about. I am absolutely heartbroken and in complete shock.”</p> <p>Phoebe Monahan, who played with Barclay at the GWS Giants, wrote: “Rest easy Barcs.”</p> <p>Barclay started her venture into sports from a young age, as she played against boys in Aussie Rules before pursuing baseball.</p>

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Unexpected note in Woolies home delivery leaves shopper speechless

<div class="post_body_wrapper"> <div class="post_body"> <div class="body_text redactor-styles redactor-in"> <p>Shopper Leanne was left speechless after receiving an unexpected note in her latest Woolworths home delivery.</p> <p>She explained that while placing her online order, she left a message thanking staff for the "valuable" work they're doing during the coronavirus pandemic.</p> <p>“I also shared that due to my health I’m unable to go shopping and so I greatly appreciated the shopper doing it for me,” Leanne wrote on Facebook.</p> <p>“Whilst unpacking my shopping, I found the following note tucked safely in one of my bags of shopping.”</p> <p>The note was left by the Woolworths picker who made up Leanne's online order.</p> <p>“Thank you for your very kind message,” the letter read.</p> <p>“It’s lovely customers like you who made our job worthwhile.</p> <p>“I hope everything I have picked for you today is nutritious and what you wanted.</p> <p>“I wish you a peaceful week with no pain and lots of love to surround you.”</p> <p>The note brought Leanne to tears.</p> <p>“I’ll happily admit that I got all misty eyed for so many reasons,” she said.</p> <p>“It restores your faith in humanity.</p> <p>“After a challenging morning it put a smile on my face to accompany the gratitude tears.</p> <p>“It made me feel like a person and not just a delivery number.</p> <p>“Most importantly it has created a memory that will stay with me long after the note is taken off my fridge where it’s currently on display.”</p> <p>A Woolworths representative said the supermarket was touched by the “heartwarming feedback”.</p> <p>“We’re also glad to know that this is something you’ll remember forever,” the spokesperson said.</p> </div> </div> </div>

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"Most trolled person in the world": Meghan Markle and Prince Harry speak out

<p>The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have spoken out about the intense abuse they have received, saying it is “almost unsurvivable” in a podcast to mark World Mental Health Day.</p> <p>The couple joined three Californian high school students on an episode of their podcast Teenager Therapy to speak on topics including mental health stigma, self-care and online abuse.</p> <p>Meghan said the COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in more online time for most people.</p> <p>“Yes, it’s a great way to connect, but it also ends up being a place where there’s a lot of disconnection, you know, I can speak personally to,” she told the hosts.</p> <p>“I’m told that in 2019 I was the most trolled person in the entire world, male or female. Now, eight months of that I wasn’t even visible, I was on maternity leave or with a baby.</p> <p>“But what was able to just be manufactured and churned out, it’s almost unsurvivable, that’s so big, you can’t think of what that feels like, because I don’t care if you’re 15 or 25, if people are saying things about you that aren’t true, what that does to your mental and emotional health is so damaging.”</p> <p>Prince Harry added that people feel safe hiding behind usernames on virtual spaces in order to say things they would not say in person.</p> <p>“I think many, many people are hurting, a lot, and are freaking out because of the way the world is and because of, sometimes, the echo chamber that has been created for them by the online platform that they’ve chosen to be on,” he said.</p> <p>“But also it comes down to control as well, you can control what you see, you can control what you do, so whether it’s notifications or whether it’s vibration ringtones, whatever it is, these things control you, rather than taking control.”</p> <p>The podcast was recorded in the US area of Santa Barbara where the Sussexes now live.</p> <p>Harry went on to emphasise the need of prioritising self-care and having important conversations about health.</p> <p>“The more we talk about it the more it becomes normal, and it is normal, and it’s not a sign of weakness, it’s a sign of strength,” he said.</p> <p>The pair also called out social media sites that use specific algorithms that don’t promote consuming online material in a healthy way.</p> <p>“I think it’s very easy to be sucked in and consumed by negativity, but we all have the choice to be able to cut that out of our lives,” Harry said.</p> <p>“Hate following has become a thing, you don’t need to do that.</p> <p>"Just as much as we worry about, be concerned, and take notice of what we put in our bellies as a diet, the same applies for our eyes and our mind, what we’re consuming is affecting us.”</p>

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MasterChef's Melissa Leong moved to tears over racist remarks

<p>Lisa Wilkinson received an emotional response from <em>MasterChef</em> judge Melissa Leong when she was asked about the racism she has faced, while appearing on <em>The Sunday Project.</em></p> <p>Wilkinson reminded the judge of an upsetting incident that forced her co-star Jock Zonfrillo to stand up for her after the show received a racist, hateful complaint.</p> <p>“Jock posted a comment that someone left. It was a particularly racist comment, were you glad that Jock called that out,” Wilkinson asked.</p> <p>“To be a white man calling out racism is important,” replied Leong.</p> <p>“You know Jock has become such a dear friend he’s one of my work husbands and he’s just a great human being in terms of the way he sees others, that right there is a perfect example of allyship.”</p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7838228/lisa-wilkinson-msterchef-3.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/12bfdd56fdee4882bdd9f6ff8c24ef6b" /></p> <p>Earlier this year, Jock posted a comment that referenced Melissa as a “gook” – a horrifically racist remark.</p> <p>“She’s actually Melissa, she’s my work wife, my sister, my mate... She’s a woman whose origin happens to be different from yours, but why does that make you so afraid?” wrote Zonfrillo.</p> <p>“I feel sorry for you that you cannot see past the colour of someone’s skin or actually the fact that they are just different than your white a** in any way.”</p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7838227/lisa-wilkinson-msterchef-1.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/5f743b7e68894e7ea4b2a3b34ccb3aaa" /></p> <p>Wilkinson went on to ask Leong if she had experienced racism growing up.</p> <p>“Yeah absolutely. I think as a kid, you just want to be accepted by the people around you and largely I was,” she responded.</p> <p>“I remember very clearly times in my childhood at school where I would be called names and I would have to go home and ask mum what does this mean and to have a parent explain what racism means that’s something that you don’t forget.”</p> <p>“How did your parents handle that?” asked the host.</p> <p>Leong replied: “I mean my parents are Chinese, so they are very matter of fact about things and emotions are not really at the fore of how to explain things, so they just said this is what it means, and this is why it was said but don’t pay any attention to it, be who you are and brush it off.</p> <p>“It isn’t until later in life that you reflect upon the experiences that make you, and you realise the impact it might have made.”</p> <p>Leong became emotional when Wilkinson asked her if the memories still “sit” with her today.</p> <p>“Yeah it’s tough as a human being I pride myself on being resilient and being competent and smashing through all the challenges that I have,” Leong explained.</p> <p>“I think it’s important to be vulnerable and to pay attention to your emotions. If the experiences in my childhood have helped me become strong, then I can articulate those experiences and perhaps tell people out there that have gone through the same thing that they’re not alone.”</p>

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Mum found dead by 5-year-old son was "broken" by COVID lockdown

<div class="post_body_wrapper"> <div class="post_body"> <div class="body_text redactor-styles redactor-in"> <p>A mother who was struggling with the loss of a family member and being isolated from her parents has been found dead by her five-year-old son.</p> <p>Katie Simms, 32, was found by her only son Archie in their home in Kettering in the UK.</p> <p>Katie's brother David said to <em>Northants Live</em> that she had been "struggling" after their older brother Barry Gunn died in 2015.</p> <p>“Since my brother passed, she shut herself away and she ended up getting a bit of a phobia of not really going outside.</p> <p>“And I think COVID-19 broke her, to be honest.”</p> <p>“Back in 2015 my brother, who served in the Royal Anglians, suffered from PTSD after he returned from Sierra Leone,” said David, who is also in the army.</p> <p>“What he saw out there really scarred him and he couldn’t cope with his demons.</p> <p>“He was quite troubled with that; he tried to take his own life by taking an overdose, he then passed away in hospital a few months later, he’d been put on a ventilator.</p> <p>“[Katie] took that quite bad; he was only 40 at the time.”</p> <p>David said that Katie was struggling during the pandemic as she couldn't visit her mother.</p> <p>“She couldn’t get to visit mum, because she’s got breathing difficulties, so couldn’t leave the house to visit.</p> <p>“Dad’s diagnosed with bowel cancer, he’s now got a tumour so he can’t travel.</p> <p>“So lockdown has basically broken us all.”</p> <p>David started a <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.gofundme.com/f/funeral-costs-and-little-archie-fund?sharetype=teams&amp;member=5885594&amp;utm_medium=copy_link&amp;utm_source=customer&amp;utm_campaign=p_na+share-sheet&amp;rcid=9119badbf97c4960bf4919b7dfeba1f4&amp;fbclid=IwAR0pcfkEP2-xSUwaZ-lN61BgucYcc61Zrhvypmrt97yNmMNav4O40mlxbE0" target="_blank" class="editor-rtflink">GoFundMe</a> page with any extra funds going to help Archie grow up as well as funeral costs.</p> </div> </div> </div>

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Olivia Newton-John opens up about Kelly Preston’s death: “An incredibly difficult thing”

<p>Olivia Newton-John has given a statement on the loss of the late Kelly Preston who passed away from breast cancer at 57.  </p> <p>The <em>Grease</em> star has remained open about her own battle with breast cancer, and told <em>ET</em> that Preston was a "beautiful person, inside and out, and was beautiful to look at."</p> <p>Newton-John and Preston’s husband John Travolta, have been close friends for almost 29 years, and claimed the family are "coping as well as you can imagine."</p> <p>"She had a gentle spirit and I just feel so, so much for John and the children. It's hard to put into words," Newton-John said.</p> <p>"Loss is loss, and to lose your mother and your wife is an incredibly difficult thing, and it takes a long time. But ultimately it's a private journey and I respect that for them."</p> <p>Newton-John was first diagnosed with breast cancer in 1992.</p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.0760667903525px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7838211/princess-mary-1.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/0b2148f9ccb24a98b9a0f38b50061702" /></p> <p>She only decided to go public with her battle after false reports and rumours.</p> <p>"There was going to be an article released in one of the gossip papers that I was dying of cancer," the 72-year-old said.</p> <p>"When I heard that, I decided that rather than frighten my family and my friends, it would be better to just come out with it."</p> <p>"Being a cancer thriver of 28 years and having gone through surgery and chemotherapy and radiation I always had this dream that we could find kinder ways of treating cancer," she added.</p> <p>Preston however had been battling her diagnosis for two years in silence, which shocked fans across the globe when they learnt of her death.</p> <p>"It is with a very heavy heart that I inform you that my beautiful wife Kelly has lost her two-year battle with breast cancer," Travolta wrote on Instagram on July 13.</p> <p>"She fought a courageous fight with the love and support of so many. Kelly's love and life will always be remembered."</p> <p>Preston is survived by Travolta and their children: daughter Ella, 20, and nine-year-old son Benjamin.</p>

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Home and Away's Ray Meagher undergoes heart surgery following health scare

<div class="post_body_wrapper"> <div class="post_body"> <div class="body_text "> <p>Gold Logie winner Ray Meagher has opened up about his secret battle with a serious health crisis.</p> <p>The <em>Home and Away</em> star has been on the show for more than three decades but was diagnosed with three serious blockages in his coronary artery.</p> <p>He quickly booked in for triple-bypass surgery that saved his life, but revealed he has gone in for more surgery after another health scare.</p> <p>“Seven months later, I was doing all the right things and walking and powering up hills and things and just had a bit of a tickle (in the chest),” Meagher said.</p> <p>“People say, you’re going to feel that for the next year, so don’t worry about it - but it hung around for a period over a couple of weeks.</p> <p>“I had to see a GP to get a script, and he said, ‘While we’re here, let’s do an ECG.’</p> <p>“We sent that to the cardiologist, and he said, ‘You’d better come in straight away so we can check that out.’”</p> <p>Within 24 hours of his doctor's visit, he underwent surgery to get a life-saving stent inserted.</p> <p>He had experienced shortness of breath while taking his regular walks but thought nothing of it.</p> <p>“It didn’t feel like the classic heart attack that we’ve all seen actors have on television,” Meagher said.</p> <p>“But there was something there - and I had to stop. I took a few deep breaths, thought it was nothing, and kept going.</p> <p>“I had to see the cardiologist for a regular annual check anyway, and that’s when they found (the blockages).</p> <p>“But regardless of what you feel, get to your GP as quickly as you can.</p> <p>“You’ve got to listen to those things, which I haven’t been good at, but I think I’m getting better at it now.”</p> </div> </div> </div>

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Son's fury after being told to social distance from grieving mother at funeral

<p>Two grieving brothers have been told to move away from their heartbroken mother during a funeral for their father who passed away.</p> <p>The video shows the moment the men, in Milton Keynes, London, move their chairs to comfort their mother at Crownhill Crematorium.</p> <p>However, as they're comforting their mother, a funeral home employees walks in from the back of the room.</p> <p>“Sorry, you’ll have to put your chairs back I’m afraid,” he says, interrupting a eulogy.</p> <p>“You can’t move your chairs. You were told.”</p> <p> <iframe src="https://www.facebook.com/plugins/post.php?href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2FMKCommunityHub%2Fposts%2F1733831850107183&amp;show_text=true&amp;width=552&amp;height=749&amp;appId" width="552" height="749" style="border: none; overflow: hidden;" scrolling="no" frameborder="0" allowtransparency="true" allow="encrypted-media"></iframe></p> <p>The trio then separate and space their chairs out to the two-metre requirement.</p> <p>One of the man told Milton Keynes Community Hub’s Facebook page he is “absolutely heartbroken” by what happened.</p> <p>“Me and my brother haven’t been able to leave my mum’s side for two weeks as it is, being there for my mum, within her bubble,” he said. </p> <p>“I can sit in a restaurant, I can sit in a pub, I can live at her house, I can travel in a limousine to the crematorium with six. But when I want to give my mum a cuddle at dad's funeral, a man flies out mid service shouting stop the service and makes us split.”</p> <p>He said that the man scared his daughter and shocked everyone else.</p> <p>“This is not how funerals should be and with the guidelines in place for pubs, bars, public transport etc, how this can carry on at funeral is beyond belief,” he said. </p> <p>“A devastating day made even worse.” </p> <p>On Facebook, people called the incident “disgraceful” and “disgusting”.</p> <p>“It’s just awful,” one woman wrote.</p> <p>Another woman called it “absolutely vile and shameful”.</p> <p>“Horrific,” another woman wrote. “Words fail me.”</p> <p><em>Hero image credits: Facebook</em></p>

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Lisa Curry speaks about daughter Jaimi Kenny's "red flags"

<p>Olympian Lisa Curry has opened up about the “red flags” she saw in her late daughter Jaimi Kenny in the years leading up to her tragic passing at just 33.</p> <p>Curry said her daughter was diagnosed with a “chemical imbalance” when she was a teen and died after “many years of ups and downs” with her health.</p> <p>“I know people want to know why and how, but it’s not important at this time, or maybe ever, I don’t know,” she wrote.</p> <p>“What I will say though is that Jeff (Butterworth) diagnosed her with a chemical imbalance 18 years ago when we started to see some tiny red flags.</p> <p>“Sometimes, an individual, even adults like us, can disregard little red flags, thinking it doesn’t matter or won’t matter.”</p> <p>Jaimi, the daughter of Curry and ironman Grant Kenny passed away on September 14 after a private health battle.</p> <p>In the post published in the Happy Hormones Facebook group on Monday, Curry said she was still grappling with her eldest child’s death.</p> <p>“We held Jaimi when she took her first breath and we held her as she took her last. I still can’t believe it, it doesn’t seem real,” she said.</p> <p>“It’s given me the heaviest heart. Some days I can’t even get out of bed or function.”</p> <p>She urged those in the group not to ignore their own “red flags” that she said could “add up to slowly erode your whole being … to the point where you may only be existing and not really living”.</p> <p>The warning signs included “life’s small neglects” such as poor food choices, a lack of attention to stressful situations, being inactive, living with or around toxic people and how you interact with other people.</p> <p>“Don’t wait until it’s too late to make changes … do it now while you can … starting right now,” she said.</p> <p>“Recognise the little red flags. Don’t live your life in turmoil, regret or guilt.”</p> <p>It has been widely reported Ms Kenny had struggled with depression and alcohol abuse in recent years following the death of her partner Lachy Crossley in 2017.</p> <p>Her parents said in a statement confirming Ms Kenny’s passing in September she had “lost her battle with a long-term illness and passed away peacefully in hospital”.</p>

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Meghan Markle shares sweet update on baby Archie

<div class="post_body_wrapper"> <div class="post_body"> <div class="body_text "> <p>Meghan Markle has revealed how life in California is treating her, Archie and Prince Harry in a recent interview with UK newspaper <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.standard.co.uk/news/uk/bhm-next-gen-trailblazers-harry-meghan-racism-a4560921.html" target="_blank" class="editor-rtflink"><em>The Evening Standard</em></a>.</p> <p>The interview was held to mark the start of Black History Month and Meghan shared just how well life in California is going for the new family.</p> <p>"We are doing well. [Archie] is so good. We are very lucky with our little one," she said.</p> <p>"He is just so busy, he is all over the place. He keeps us on our toes. We are just so lucky."</p> <p>Prince Harry was also candid in his "awakening" to issues of racism since marrying Markle, who is biracial.</p> <p>"I wasn't aware of so many of the issues and so many of the problems within the UK, and also globally as well," he said.</p> <p>"I thought I did but I didn't."</p> <p>As the pair now have a mixed child, the couple have become more vocal about racism issues worldwide.</p> <p>"You know, when you go in to a shop with your children and you only see white dolls, do you even think: 'That's weird, there is not a black doll there?'" Harry continued.</p> <p>"And I use that as just one example of where we as white people don't always have the awareness of what it must be like for someone else of a different coloured skin, of a black skin, to be in the same situation as we are where the world that we know has been created by white people for white people.</p> <p>"It is not about pointing the finger, it is not about blame. I will be the first person to say, again, this is about learning and about how we can make it better. I think it is a really exciting time in British culture and British history, and in world culture.</p> <p>"This is a real moment that we should be grasping and actually celebrating. Because no one else has managed to do this before us."</p> </div> </div> </div>

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The Project star breaks down after opening up about her miscarriage

<p>Chrissy Teigen has let fans in on a very emotional and private moment in her life on Thursday.</p> <p>The model shared with her fans that she had suffered from a miscarriage.</p> <p>It’s something that happens to one in four pregnant women, and those who experience it are left heartbroken.</p> <p>The Project panellist and comedian Em Rusciano made a special tribute to Chrissy during the show on Thursday night, after suffering her own miscarriage in May 2017.</p> <p>Getting emotional, she explained how it’s not talked about enough.</p> <p>“You find out about it when talking to girlfriends, and they say ‘I’ve had one too’. Not at the time, when they need the most support and love,” she explained.</p> <p>“You go through so many things, and you blame yourself. It’s a strange grief. It’s a different kind of grief, and I’ve never experienced anything like it.”</p> <p>Rusciano was grateful the star was so open and honest about her experience, as she hoped other women will have the courage to also speak up.</p> <p>Teigen took to Twitter to share her news, saying she and husband John Legend had lost their son, who the had named Jack, halfway through her third pregnancy.</p> <p>“We are shocked and in the kind of deep pain you only hear about, the kind of pain we’ve never felt before,” the mum-of-two wrote to her fans.</p> <p>“We were never able to stop the bleeding and give our baby the fluids he needed, despite bags and bags of blood transfusions. It wasn’t enough.”</p> <p>“We never decide on our babies’ names until the last possible moment after they’re born, just before we leave the hospital. But we, for some reason, had started to call this little guy in my belly Jack. So he will always be Jack to us. Jack worked so hard to be a part of our little family, and he will be, forever.”</p> <p>She continued: “To our Jack - I’m so sorry that the first few moments of your life were met with so many complications, that we couldn’t give you the home you needed to survive. We will always love you.”</p>

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Strangers raise $250,000 for pregnant mother of triplets after husband's suicide

<p>More than $250,000 has been raised for a devastated mum-to-be of triplets after her husband passed away in a self-harm incident involving a car.</p> <p>Matt and Ashleigh Conwell had been tightly budgeting to prepare for the arrival of their three babies before Matt took his own life on September 2nd.</p> <p>With the three children due just before Christmas, strangers took it upon themselves to help out the heartbroken family.</p> <p>Nicola Britton, GoFundMe's Australian senior regional manager, said the heartbreaking story resonated with members of the community, The <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.couriermail.com.au/news/queensland/queenslanders-help-raise-250k-for-cricket-coachs-pregnant-widow/news-story/0f377cb7074c0cb57db6be05ea36aff0" target="_blank" class="editor-rtflink">Courier Mail</a> reported. </p> <p>"The more close-knit a community, the quicker donations come in, and this one escalated very quickly due to the circumstances," she said.</p> <p>"Generosity hasn't slowed down this year, and that's really surprised me; at a time of such social and economic uncertainty, people are turning compassion into action and donating is their way to show they are there for someone."</p> <p>Devastated Ashleigh agreed to let her friend Alex Nesevski set up a <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.gofundme.com/f/ashleigh-amp-her-beautiful-babies" target="_blank" class="editor-rtflink">GoFundMe</a> page.</p> <p>"Ashleigh isn't the sort of person who would ask for help, and money can never replace the loss of her husband, but she knows she needs support," Mrs Nesevski previously told <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8789691/Ashleigh-Conwell-GoFundMe-raises-250-000-husbands-sudden-suicide.html" target="_blank" class="editor-rtflink"><em>Daily Mail Australia</em></a>.</p> <p>She explained the costs of pregnancy, delivery and caring for triplets that would be "challenging for any couple" are especially difficult for a jobless single mother. </p> <p>"They were already stretching every dollar and budgeting tightly for the arrival of their unexpected but so very wanted family ... the financial hardship she now finds herself in is significant," she said.  </p> <p>"She has to see a specialist every two weeks because carrying three babies is a huge physical strain - growing bones and brains."</p> <p>Ashleigh's sister Emily said that her brother in law wasn't thinking clearly when he took his own life.</p> <p>"It was a snap decision, a moment of clouded judgement, and totally out of character," she said.  </p> <p>"This year's been tough for everyone, even the strongest people you thought could get through it ... it just shows suicide doesn't discriminate," she said.  </p> <p>"It wasn't meant to be this way".</p>

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Newly found letters spark search for mystery uncle

<p>Rachel Powers, mum-of-five, decided to take the time to sort through old files during lockdown when she came across a collection of letters that had been locked away for decades.</p> <p>After reading them, she discovered that they were written for her grandmother and realised she had a long-lost relative.</p> <p>Powers learnt that her grandmother had a former lover named John, who had fathered a child with her before leaving the military service.</p> <p>The letters have been written through the late 1950s and Powers discovered that the baby had been put up for adoption before her grandmother married her grandfather.</p> <p>She posted to a Facebook group asking for help to find her long-lost uncle and described the romance between her grandmother and John.</p> <p>"Somehow John found out about the baby and wrote her letter after letter to beg for her forgiveness to ask how to help, how had he known things would be different and what he could do," Ms Powers wrote.</p> <p>Her grandmother had looked for John in 2000, writing messages to "Johns all over the country", but her search was in vain.</p> <p>She was unable to find him before she passed away in 2006.</p> <p>Powers is now determined to track down her uncle and has begged the two-million strong Facebook group to help her with her search.</p> <p>"I want to see what happens," one Facebook user said.</p> <p>"Folks unselfishly coming together to make a perfect stranger happy," commented another.</p> <p>People suggested that Powers takes a DNA test to see if she could track down John that way, whereas others said she should post in the Facebook group 'Search Squad' that is assisted to a not-for-profit that specialises in helping people track down lost relatives.</p> <p>Powers is yet to track down her lost uncle.</p>

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Angela Bishop and Sarah Harris open up about trauma on Studio 10

<p><em>Studio 10</em> hosts Sarah Harris and Angela Bishop have shared an emotional moment together after opening up about the tragic miscarriages. </p> <p>In a segment on the show, both of the morning show hosts got teary-eyed as they revealed neither of them dealt with their pain properly at the time.</p> <p>39-year-old Sarah Harris stated that she suffered a miscarriage just a day before the Logies. </p> <p>“I was trying on Spanx, as you do, and I was in the change room, and there was just blood everywhere,” she said.</p> <p>“I called my mother-in-law and said, ‘I don't know what's happening,’ and she said, ‘You're probably having a miscarriage’.”</p> <p>Sarah called her GP who told her that she was definitely having a miscarriage, but she would have to wait until the Monday to go get a scan.</p> <p>“For 36 hours, I just bled and thought, ‘Oh, well. That's my first baby gone,’ and I kind of just dealt with it in my own way,” she continued.</p> <p>On the Monday, the sonographer revealed that Sarah had actually been pregnant with twins and had tragically lost one of them.</p> <p>Sarah said it “kickstarted a horror eight weeks” where she was “afraid the other one would fall out”.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">.<a href="https://twitter.com/SarahHarris?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@SarahHarris</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/AngelaBishop?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@AngelaBishop</a> and <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/TristanMacManus?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#TristanMacManus</a> share their stories of miscarriage. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Studio10?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Studio10</a> <a href="https://t.co/KIUsxoZYAE">pic.twitter.com/KIUsxoZYAE</a></p> — Studio 10 (@Studio10au) <a href="https://twitter.com/Studio10au/status/1310394465027317761?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">September 28, 2020</a></blockquote> <p>She said she was also “afraid to exercise” because she was terrified that she would lose her other baby. </p> <p>“I don't think I really took the time to grieve it, because I had that beautiful baby in the end,” she said.</p> <p>Meanwhile, 53-year-old Angela Bishop says she went for her eight-week scan when she heard the terrifying words that “there is no heartbeat”.</p> <p>Angela teared up as she revealed she went back to work the next day and “never really dealt with it”.</p> <p>“I now know I went into a pretty bad period of depression,” she said. </p> <p>Both Sarah and Angela agreed that the conversation around miscarriage needs to open up.</p> <p>They stated losing a child in that capacity and speaking up about it was a “taboo” subject.</p> <p>Their co-host, Tristan MacManus also got teary as he talked about his wife, actress Tayna MacManus’ miscarriages.</p> <p>“From my perspective, as the support, you just don’t know what to say and I think something that plays a huge part in the fact that we don’t talk about things because it’s not just that you don’t know what to say, you don’t want to say the wrong thing,” he said. </p> <p>“That’s why I feel like this is so important, because we’re not trying to fix things, we all take that role of ‘i have to fix this’ but how can you fix something that you don’t know how to fix?</p> <p>“So all you can do, when you can’t do anything, you have to do something, and sometimes that’s just being a shoulder or it’s just being an ear to let someone get it off their chest.</p> <p>“And we can start the conversation, we can debunk some stigmas, we can put it out in the open where someone can try and help somebody else.”</p>

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Lisa Curry reflects on special moment after daughter's passing

<p>Lisa Curry is taking a moment to show appreciation to her pup, while spending time at a dog-friendly beach in Queensland.</p> <p>"Just 'pawsing' for a moment to take in some joy. Mali's first time at the beach.... being a farm dog this was all new to her," Curry captioned her post.</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/CFu-8UDDyM6/?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/CFu-8UDDyM6/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">Just “pawsing” for a moment to take in some joy. Mali’s first time at the beach.... being a farm dog this was all new to her. 🐶</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/lisacurry/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank"> Lisa Curry AO</a> (@lisacurry) on Sep 29, 2020 at 1:37pm PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>Curry and her husband Mark Tabone recently welcomed little Mali, a Kelpie puppy, into their lives.</p> <p>The puppy’s name is a combination of both their names.</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/CFktktBjT77/?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/CFktktBjT77/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">So many flowers... we have started hanging them to dry and also learning how to make pot pourri... 💐 There are thousands of messages and I have randomly read them ... I want you to know that your love, strength, comments and suggestions have been wonderful and really really helpful... thank you 🙏🏻 🙏🏻 You have shared with me your own personal stories of loss and grief and how you have slowly returned to a different normal.... thank you 🙏🏻 🙏🏻 To the people in the street who come and just hug me... thank you 🙏🏻 🙏🏻 I seem to be going through waves of different emotions, unbearable sadness to anger.... I’m usually the one strong one but now I’m leaning on others for strength ... so thank you.😞💔👼</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/lisacurry/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank"> Lisa Curry AO</a> (@lisacurry) on Sep 25, 2020 at 1:53pm PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>Lisa seemed to be enjoying the great outdoors after the tragic passing of her daughter Jaimi.</p>

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“Miracle girl” Milli Lucas contracts cancer for third time

<p>A patient of neurosurgeon Dr Charlie Teo dubbed the “miracle girl” has had to undergo another lifesaving surgery after her cancer returned.</p> <p>The family of Amelia “Milli” Lucas have revealed the young girl has been diagnosed with cancer for a third time and is now in hospital undergoing risky brain surgery.</p> <p>The first time Milly battled terminal cancer was when she was nine years old and was expected to live for only 12 weeks.</p> <p>After experimental surgery, 98 per cent of her cancer was removed.</p> <p>She has now been alive and healthy for years since her original diagnosis, causing her recovery to be dubbed a miracle.</p> <p>But now, her concerned parents revealed the tragic news yesterday, that her third diagnosis has led to more treatment.</p> <p>Milli underwent chemotherapy and radiotherapy when she first diagnosed with a very aggressive brain tumour, a Grade VI Glioblastoma, in 2016.</p> <p>However, in May 2019, the cancer once again reared its ugly head.</p> <p>Due to the cancer being in her brain, many doctors refused to operate as the tumour was in a high-risk “no-go zone”.</p> <p>“We were devastated when Perth Children’s Hospital (PCH) put Milli into Palliative Care and advised that there was nothing more that they could do,” the family wrote on their website, Team Millstar.</p> <p>“PCH advised that they were unable to operate, and the chemotherapy Milli had received in addition to radiotherapy was not working and no further treatment was possible.”</p> <p>But thanks to renowned neurosurgeon Dr Charlie Teo who agreed to operate on Milli, 98 per cent of her cancer was removed.</p> <p>The remaining two per cent was removed by doctors in Germany.</p> <p>And now that the cancer has returned, she’s back on the operating table with Dr Teo.</p> <p>“Milli is currently in Sydney with her man Charlie again,” the family said in a statement.</p> <p>“She had surgery on Monday &amp; the disease was removed.</p> <p>“Milli went back to surgery on Tuesday to release pressure. She remains in ICU and has another operation scheduled for Monday.</p> <p>“We ask that you keep her in your thoughts &amp; further updates will be provided when possible”.</p>

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Google shouldn’t subsidise journalism but the government could

<p>You might have missed it – what with the biggest recession since the 1930s and a pandemic going on – but there may be big, and bad, changes happening to a media landscape near you.</p> <p>Right now the Australian government is considering amending the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 to force Google and Facebook to pay local commercial media organisations for the sharing of their content on the digital platforms.</p> <p>The <a href="https://www.accc.gov.au/system/files/Exposure%20Draft%20Bill%20-%20TREASURY%20LAWS%20AMENDENT%20%28NEWS%20MEDIA%20AND%20DIGITAL%20PLATFORMS%20MANDATORY%20BARGAINING%20CODE%29%20BILL%202020.pdf">News Media and Digital Platforms Bargaining Code</a> proposed by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission will require the tech and media companies to make terms through “mandatory binding arbitration”. It will also oblige them to divulge parts of their core intellectual property (such Google’s search algorithm).</p> <p>It has been lauded as a world-first in addressing the power imbalance between the platforms and traditional news organisations.</p> <p>Champions such as commission chief Rod Sims argue it’s a simple matter of forcing Google and Facebook to pay a fair price for extracting value from journalism for which they pay nothing. As <a href="https://www.afr.com/companies/media-and-marketing/has-rod-sims-cracked-the-digital-code-20200804-p55i9x">Sims put it</a>:</p> <p><em>What this was all about was the imbalance in bargaining power, the market failure that comes from that, and underpayment for news having a detrimental effect on Australian society.</em></p> <p>Who could argue with that? Even federal treasurer Josh Frydenberg has described it as “a question of fairness”.</p> <p>But from an economic standpoint the whole bargaining code is hopelessly confused. It fails to properly understand the source of competitive pressure for media companies, and why they have lost revenues over the last 15 years.</p> <p>Mandatory binding arbitration between tech and media companies is also a completely inappropriate policy tool to achieve the public policy goal of fostering high-quality journalism.</p> <p>As I have <a href="https://promarket.org/2020/09/21/australias-news-media-digital-platforms-bargaining-code-great-politics-questionable-economics/">written about in detail</a> for the Stigler Center at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, making the code law risks doing serious harm to Australian consumers while shovelling money to large media companies like Nine Entertainment and News Corp Australia.</p> <p>Faced with the prospect of having to divulge key intellectual property, it would not be surprising if Google and Facebook simply prefer not to be in the Australian market. Millions of Australians using Google, YouTube and Facebook will lose out.</p> <p><strong>Media revenue sinking</strong></p> <p>Between 2002 and 2018, consulting firm <a href="https://alphabeta.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/australian-media-landscape-report.pdf">AlphaBeta estimates</a> total annual revenue for Australian newspapers fell from A$4.4 billion to A$3.0 billion. Almost all of this was due to lost classified advertising revenue, worth A$1.5 billion in 2002 but just A$200 million in 2018.</p> <p>“That’s Google’s fault,” you might cry.</p> <p>Actually no. The vast bulk of lost classified advertising revenue was due to online “pure-plays” such as Seek, Domain and Carsales. Google and Facebook took basically none of this revenue.</p> <p>The media companies were sitting on a gold mine of classified advertising. Then there was massive technological disruption due to the internet and smart phones.</p> <p>That, as they say in the classics, is show business.</p> <p>It doesn’t justify making companies who happened to succeed in an adjacent space at the same time fork over a chunk of their revenues.</p> <p><strong>But aren’t tech companies ‘stealing’ content?</strong></p> <p>If big tech companies were somehow allowing you and me free access to content we would otherwise have to pay for, there might be a case to answer.</p> <p>That would be like Google Maps not only giving you directions to a restaurant but the means to also avoid paying for your meal.</p> <p>But using a search engine does not allow you to get free meals, nor to get around a news organisation’s pay wall.</p> <p>In fact, having their content pop up in search results, or shared on social media, helps Australian media companies to attract readers and sell subscriptions – something that now accounts for roughly half the revenues of some leading players such as The Australian.</p> <p>All you get for “free” is a snippet of a line or two from the search.</p> <p>For instance, when I searched for news about recently deceased US Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, I got this:</p> <p>If you can figure out the full content of the article from that snippet, you should be using your superpowers for other, more lucrative purposes.</p> <p><strong>Beware the politics</strong></p> <p>There is a very real risk this misguided code will end up becoming law.</p> <p>An overzealous regulator has proposed something that stands to benefit the big media companies, who are – not surprisingly – strongly for it.</p> <p>Those same media companies have huge influence over public perceptions and the fate of politicians. It will be a brave elected representative who pushes back on the proposed code and draft legislation.</p> <p>But if politicians were serious about resolving the real issue at stake in all of this, they would act more directly.</p> <p>Like newspapers all around the world, Australian media and journalists are under pressure – and one thing most people agree on is that high-quality news and journalism is critical to a well-functioning democracy.</p> <p>Whatever the market forces that have slashed the funding of such journalism, there is a strong case for government intervention. But if the Australian government wants to subsidise high-quality journalism, it should do it itself.</p> <p>With the 10-year bond rate less than 1%, it would cost the government just A$18 million a year to fund the interest bill on A$2 billion of media subsidies a year. That’s 72 cents per Australian a year.</p> <p>And all without driving away the hugely valuable services of companies like Google and Facebook that Australian consumers love.</p> <p><em>Written by <a href="https://theconversation.com/profiles/richard-holden-118107">Richard Holden</a>, UNSW. Republished with permission of <a href="https://theconversation.com/vital-signs-google-shouldnt-subsidise-journalism-but-the-government-could-146746">The Conversation.</a> </em></p>

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