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Meghan Markle visits memorial of school shooting victims

<p>Meghan Markle has visited a memorial dedicated to the 19 children and two teachers killed at school earlier this week. </p> <p>The victims of the Robb Elementary School shooting in Uvalde, Texas were between the ages of seven and 10, including teachers Irma Garcia and Eva Mireles.</p> <p>The Duchess of Sussex arrived at the memorial on Thursday and lay a bouquet of white roses among several others.</p> <p>She also walked past each of the white crossed which had the names of all the victims who lost their lives on Tuesday. </p> <p>Gunman Salvador Rolando Ramos, 18, was armed with a gun when he stormed the elementary school on Tuesday and killed the young victims and their teachers.</p> <p>He was then allegedly killed by the responding officers.</p> <p>The murdered children have since been identified as 10-year-old Amerie Jo Garza, 10-year-old Alexandria Aniyah Rubio, 10-year-old Annabell Guadalupe Rodriguez, fourth grader Eliahana Cruz Torres, 9-year-old Eliana “Ellie” Garcia, 10-year-old Jackie Cazares, 10-year-old  Jailah Nicole Silguero, 10-year-old cousins Jayce Luevanos and Jailah Nicole Silguero, 10-year-old Jose Flores, 10-year-old Makenna Lee Elrod, Maite Rodriguez, Nevaeh Bravo, 10-year-old Rojelio Torres, Tess Marie Mata, 8-year-old Uziyah Garcia, and 10-year-old Xavier Lopez.</p> <p>Teachers Irma Garcia, 46, and Eva Mireles, 44, selflessly put themselves in front of the children in defence but were also killed.  </p> <p><em>Images: Twitter</em></p>

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Husband of Texas school shooting victim dies “due to grief”

<p dir="ltr">The husband of one of the teachers killed in the <a href="https://www.oversixty.com.au/news/news/21-dead-at-primary-school-shooting" target="_blank" rel="noopener">mass shooting in Texas</a> has suffered a heart attack and died just two days later.</p> <p dir="ltr">Joe Garcia was married to Irma Garcia, <a href="https://www.oversixty.com.au/news/news/victims-of-the-texas-primary-school-shooting-identified" target="_blank" rel="noopener">one of two faculty members</a> who were fatally shot by 18-year-old gunman Salvador Ramos at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas.</p> <p dir="ltr">Two days after his wife passed away, Mr Garcia died of a heart attack.</p> <p dir="ltr">The couple had been together since high school and leave behind four children, as reported by <em><a href="https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/joe-irma-garcia-texas-shooting-dead-b2088371.html?utm_content=Echobox&amp;utm_medium=Social&amp;utm_source=Facebook&amp;fbclid=IwAR3ME_I96lfeL_U8FWo-YXPmPGGy96juTVn8iUtWhTNN6bBS1C7T0tfLRvE#Echobox=1653590028" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Dallas News</a></em>.</p> <p dir="ltr">One family member confirmed his passing on Twitter, saying he “passed away due to grief”.</p> <p><span id="docs-internal-guid-ff721ede-7fff-5648-9873-718846ccbea2"></span></p> <p dir="ltr">John Martinez, Ms Garcia’s nephew, also took to Twitter to share his grief, writing: “EXTREMELY heartbreaking and come with deep sorrow to say that my Tia (aunt) Irma’s husband Joe Garcia has passed away due to grief”.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">EXTREMELY heartbreaking and come with deep sorrow to say that my Tia Irma’s husband Joe Garcia has passed away due to grief, i truly am at a loss for words for how we are all feeling, PLEASE PRAY FOR OUR FAMILY, God have mercy on us, this isn’t easy <a href="https://t.co/GlUSOutRVV">pic.twitter.com/GlUSOutRVV</a></p> <p>— john martinez ❤️‍🔥 (@fuhknjo) <a href="https://twitter.com/fuhknjo/status/1529870121023557632?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">May 26, 2022</a></p></blockquote> <p dir="ltr">“I am at a loss for words for how we are feeling,” Mr Martinez continued. “PLEASE PRAY FOR OUR FAMILY, God have mercy on us, this isn’t easy.”</p> <p dir="ltr">A <a href="https://www.gofundme.com/f/joe-irma-garcia?utm_campaign=p_cf+share-flow-1&amp;utm_medium=more&amp;utm_source=customer&amp;fs=e&amp;s=cl" target="_blank" rel="noopener">GoFundMe</a> page has been set up by Ms Garcia’s cousin to raise funds for the family and her funeral expenses, describing the 46-year-old teacher as “sweet, kind, [and] loving”.</p> <p dir="ltr">“She sacrificed herself protecting the kids in her classroom,” the page says. “She was a hero. She was loved by many and will truly be missed.”</p> <p dir="ltr">In an update, her cousin shared the news of Mr Garcia’s death.</p> <p dir="ltr">“I truly believe Joe died of a broken heart and losing the love of his life of more than 25 years was too much to bear,” she wrote.</p> <p dir="ltr">As of publication, $USD 532,553 has been donated by more than 12,000 people, surpassing the $USD 10,000 goal at least 50 times over.</p> <p dir="ltr"><span id="docs-internal-guid-26c63dc8-7fff-9540-0f5a-5d3bcfe17a59"></span></p> <p dir="ltr">Ms Garcia worked as a fourth grade teacher at Robb Elementary School for 23 years before she was killed and had been recognised for her excellence as an educator. In 2019, she was named as a finalist for the Trinity Prize for Excellence in Teaching, which recognises exceptional teachers in the San Antonio area.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">Eva Mireles and Irma Garcia were two of the greatest teachers Uvalde, TX has ever known. Their classroom was full of fun, growth, giggles, teamwork, and, most of all, love. Their legacy will live in the hearts of our community forever. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/uvaldestrong?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#uvaldestrong</a> <a href="https://t.co/Es95ZIURUi">pic.twitter.com/Es95ZIURUi</a></p> <p>— Natalie Arias, M.Ed. (@natariastx) <a href="https://twitter.com/natariastx/status/1529332348415795200?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">May 25, 2022</a></p></blockquote> <p dir="ltr">Eva Mireles, a second teacher killed in Tuesday’s attack, shared a classroom with Ms Garcia and worked with both English and Spanish speaking students.</p> <p dir="ltr">Her cousin and grandmother shared their grief on social media, with her cousin describing her as a “beautiful” person.</p> <p dir="ltr">“My beautiful cousin! Such a devastating day for us all! My heart is shattered into a million pieces,” Arizmendi Mireles wrote.</p> <p dir="ltr">On the school’s website, Ms Mireles described herself as a mother of a college graduate and said she loved running and hiking with her “fun and loving” family.</p> <p dir="ltr">She leaves behind her husband, Robb Ruiz, a school police officer, and their daughter Adalynn Ruiz.</p> <p dir="ltr"><span id="docs-internal-guid-502c34d9-7fff-ad56-f362-2376836dfc09"></span></p> <p dir="ltr"><em>Image: GoFundMe</em></p>

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Deborah James sees the rose named after her

<p dir="ltr">Podcast host Deborah James’ visit to the annual Chelsea Flower Show was made particularly special when she was able to see a rose that has been named after her.</p> <p dir="ltr">James visited the show on Tuesday with her husband, where the couple were taken on an hour-long private tour and posed for photos alongside her namesake flower.</p> <p dir="ltr">“Flowers are a reminder of our future,” James said, per the <a href="https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-61587714" target="_blank" rel="noopener">BBC</a>. “We plant the seed not knowing what we might see grow.</p> <p dir="ltr">“Being around nature gives us a lift and it is a reminder that life continues to blossom, even in some of the hardest places, and brings a smile to all of our faces, even in the hardest of times - particularly mine.”</p> <p><span id="docs-internal-guid-08540c7c-7fff-cd53-eb12-24d742270dba"></span></p> <p dir="ltr">James also shared the news with her fans on social media several days before her visit to Chelsea, admitting that she “actually cried” when Word of Roses and the Harkness Rose Company, which bred the rose, asked if they could name the flower after her.</p> <blockquote class="instagram-media" style="background: #FFF; 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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> <div style="padding: 12.5% 0;"> </div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; margin-bottom: 14px; align-items: center;"> <div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; height: 12.5px; width: 12.5px; transform: translateX(0px) translateY(7px);"> </div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; height: 12.5px; transform: rotate(-45deg) translateX(3px) translateY(1px); width: 12.5px; flex-grow: 0; margin-right: 14px; margin-left: 2px;"> </div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; height: 12.5px; width: 12.5px; transform: translateX(9px) translateY(-18px);"> </div> </div> <div style="margin-left: 8px;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 20px; width: 20px;"> </div> <div style="width: 0; height: 0; border-top: 2px solid transparent; border-left: 6px solid #f4f4f4; border-bottom: 2px solid transparent; transform: translateX(16px) translateY(-4px) rotate(30deg);"> </div> </div> <div style="margin-left: auto;"> <div style="width: 0px; border-top: 8px solid #F4F4F4; border-right: 8px solid transparent; transform: translateY(16px);"> </div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; flex-grow: 0; height: 12px; width: 16px; transform: translateY(-4px);"> </div> <div style="width: 0; height: 0; border-top: 8px solid #F4F4F4; border-left: 8px solid transparent; transform: translateY(-4px) translateX(8px);"> </div> </div> </div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center; margin-bottom: 24px;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 224px;"> </div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 144px;"> </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;" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/CdyqOLdomRQ/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank" rel="noopener">A post shared by Deborah James (@bowelbabe)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p dir="ltr">“Roses are my favourite flowers and I hope this one will brighten the smiles for all!” she wrote.</p> <p dir="ltr">James said she hoped the flower might feature in her daughter Eloise’s wedding bouquet in the future.</p> <p dir="ltr">“What breaks my heart and brings me the most beautiful thought, is that this variety will and can now be grown forever, and maybe one day even Eloise might choose to have it in her wedding bouquet.”</p> <p dir="ltr">The 40-year-old journalist <a href="https://www.oversixty.com.au/health/caring/we-have-tried-everything-tv-host-stops-cancer-treatment" target="_blank" rel="noopener">recently revealed</a> that she would be receiving end-of-life care for her bowel cancer.</p> <p dir="ltr"><span id="docs-internal-guid-7390d14b-7fff-e75f-e41c-3e2c2371b27b"></span></p> <p dir="ltr">Following her health update, over £3 million was raised for her campaign, the Bowelbabe Fund and James received a damehood from Prince William, who visited her home to present her with the honour.</p> <blockquote class="instagram-media" style="background: #FFF; 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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> <div style="padding: 12.5% 0;"> </div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; margin-bottom: 14px; align-items: center;"> <div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; height: 12.5px; width: 12.5px; transform: translateX(0px) translateY(7px);"> </div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; height: 12.5px; transform: rotate(-45deg) translateX(3px) translateY(1px); width: 12.5px; flex-grow: 0; margin-right: 14px; margin-left: 2px;"> </div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; height: 12.5px; width: 12.5px; transform: translateX(9px) translateY(-18px);"> </div> </div> <div style="margin-left: 8px;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 20px; width: 20px;"> </div> <div style="width: 0; height: 0; border-top: 2px solid transparent; border-left: 6px solid #f4f4f4; border-bottom: 2px solid transparent; transform: translateX(16px) translateY(-4px) rotate(30deg);"> </div> </div> <div style="margin-left: auto;"> <div style="width: 0px; border-top: 8px solid #F4F4F4; border-right: 8px solid transparent; transform: translateY(16px);"> </div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; flex-grow: 0; height: 12px; width: 16px; transform: translateY(-4px);"> </div> <div style="width: 0; height: 0; border-top: 8px solid #F4F4F4; border-left: 8px solid transparent; transform: translateY(-4px) translateX(8px);"> </div> </div> </div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center; margin-bottom: 24px;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 224px;"> </div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 144px;"> </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;" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/CdgvKgJoPzN/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank" rel="noopener">A post shared by Deborah James (@bowelbabe)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p dir="ltr">The sale of Dame Deborah James Roses will also contribute to her cause, with £2.50 from every rose sale being paid to the Bowelbabe campaign.</p> <p dir="ltr">“What also brings me so much joy is to know that the rose will also be incorporated into the company’s new Community Gardening Scheme which aims to get more vulnerable groups and people from underrepresented backgrounds involved in gardening,” James wrote.</p> <p dir="ltr">“Harkness have pledged to give away 1,000 Dame Deborah James roses to community gardens across the UK this autumn time.”</p> <p dir="ltr">James described the rose variety as a “floribunda” which produces masses of white blooms with a subtle “ballet slipper pink” centre.</p> <p dir="ltr">The flowers will also be available to pre-order for delivery in Autumn 2022.</p> <p dir="ltr"><span id="docs-internal-guid-1cded974-7fff-fe43-7693-6aae9420c666"></span></p> <p dir="ltr"><em>Image: @bowelbabe (Instagram)</em></p>

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TV presenter’s cause of death revealed

<p dir="ltr">Erin Jayne Plummer’s friends have confirmed the popular television presenter has died after committing suicide. </p> <p dir="ltr">The <em>Studio 10</em> host died unexpectedly on Sunday at the age of 42, with her colleagues Sarah Harris and Angela Bishop announcing the heartbreaking news on Monday.</p> <p dir="ltr">It has now been revealed that Plummer died from suicide after close friends confirmed a long battle with her mental health. </p> <p dir="ltr">“I want to share her pain,” her friend Tori Haschka told Daily Mail Australia. </p> <p dir="ltr">“She hated nothing more than being a burden. I wish she knew it was a weight we were happy to help carry.</p> <p dir="ltr">“​'I wish we had found her a way through.</p> <p dir="ltr">“I wish you had more peace while you were here with us.”</p> <p dir="ltr">Erin’s tragic death has seen the local community gather to support her family with a schedule created to bring dinner every night until the end of July, help with chores around the house, as well as school and sport drop-offs.</p> <p dir="ltr">Mourners have also left flowers, notes, and her favourite lollies at the family home. </p> <p dir="ltr">Hosts Sarah Harris and Angela Bishop shared the devastating news on Monday morning describing Erin as a “gorgeous human inside and out”.</p> <p dir="ltr">“We've got some really sad news to share this morning,” Sarah began.</p> <p dir="ltr">“Over the weekend, Studio 10 lost a bit of its sparkle with our friend and advertorial host Erin Jayne passing away suddenly.</p> <p dir="ltr">“For two decades, Erin has been a friendly and familiar face on Australian telly, and for a lot of that she's been brightening up our mornings with her bubbly personality and megawatt smile.</p> <p dir="ltr">“Erin was just a gorgeous human inside and out, and if it wasn't for TV, perhaps Erin may have had a sporting career.</p> <p dir="ltr">“She represented Australia in synchronised swimming and even surf life saving, and there's no question that Erin Jayne was a high achiever, and certainly a gold-medal mum to her three young girls.</p> <p dir="ltr">“We'll miss your sunshine around the studio, Erin Jayne, and all of us here are sending lots of love and strength to her family. You'll be very missed.”</p> <p dir="ltr">Erin’s spectacular career saw her become a presenter for <em>Aerobics Oz Style</em> which aired in more than 80 countries and had an audience of 40 million people.</p> <p dir="ltr">Other host roles Erin did include <em>MTV, Guest TV, TVSN, Totally Active TV, The Morning Show</em> and <em>Channel 10 Sport</em> (Nutri-Grain Ironman Series).</p> <p dir="ltr">She also featured on many TVCs including Sunrice, Gatorade, Sony Wega, Razzamatazz, Australian Tourism, Allens Lollies and Subaru.</p> <p dir="ltr">Erin represented Australia as an accomplished synchronised swimmer at three world championships and won 11 national titles.</p> <p dir="ltr">Plummer leaves behind a husband and three young daughters.</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>Lifeline Australia - 13 11 14</strong></p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>Beyond Blue - 1300 22 4636</strong></p> <p dir="ltr"><em>Images: StarNow/Facebook</em></p>

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Covid memorial temple leaves visitors “overwhelmed”

<p dir="ltr">A huge Wickerman-style Covid memorial temple that has been erected in the UK town of Bedworth and is due to be set alight on May 28 has been covered in messages to loved ones lost to the COVID-19 pandemic, as reported by the <em><a href="https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-coventry-warwickshire-61572832" target="_blank" rel="noopener">BBC</a></em>.</p> <p dir="ltr">David Best, the designer of the 20-metre-high wooden structure dubbed “<em><a href="https://sanctuary-event.com/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Sanctuary</a></em>”, said he wanted people to “bring some of the worst things you have in your life and we’ll burn them”.</p> <p><span id="docs-internal-guid-a78f1681-7fff-5ff6-9eb6-9c5459f88ea2"></span></p> <p dir="ltr">Messages included: “We miss you mum”, and “To all my friends and family I love you so much”, while others thanked the National Health Service (NHS) for helping people in their “darkest moments”.</p> <p dir="ltr"><img src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/2022/05/124903965_notes.jpg" alt="" width="976" height="579" /></p> <p dir="ltr"><em>Image: BBC</em></p> <p dir="ltr">When local residents Maureen and Ann went to visit Sanctuary, a tearful Ann left a message of her own and said it was “very emotional” and “didn’t think it would affect me like that”.</p> <p dir="ltr">“I just think it’s wonderful. I have never seen anything quite like it, it’s quite overwhelming,” Maureen said.</p> <p dir="ltr">Helen Marriage, the director of Artichoke Trust, which created the memorial, described it as a “rising temple of grief and loss that people have experienced over the last two years”.</p> <blockquote class="instagram-media" 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);" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/Cd6QN1lrMW5/?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> <div style="padding: 12.5% 0;"> </div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; margin-bottom: 14px; align-items: center;"> <div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; height: 12.5px; width: 12.5px; transform: translateX(0px) translateY(7px);"> </div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; height: 12.5px; transform: rotate(-45deg) translateX(3px) translateY(1px); width: 12.5px; flex-grow: 0; margin-right: 14px; margin-left: 2px;"> </div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; height: 12.5px; width: 12.5px; transform: translateX(9px) translateY(-18px);"> </div> </div> <div style="margin-left: 8px;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 20px; width: 20px;"> </div> <div style="width: 0; height: 0; border-top: 2px solid transparent; border-left: 6px solid #f4f4f4; border-bottom: 2px solid transparent; transform: translateX(16px) translateY(-4px) rotate(30deg);"> </div> </div> <div style="margin-left: auto;"> <div style="width: 0px; border-top: 8px solid #F4F4F4; border-right: 8px solid transparent; transform: translateY(16px);"> </div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; flex-grow: 0; height: 12px; width: 16px; transform: translateY(-4px);"> </div> <div style="width: 0; height: 0; border-top: 8px solid #F4F4F4; border-left: 8px solid transparent; transform: translateY(-4px) translateX(8px);"> </div> </div> </div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center; margin-bottom: 24px;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 224px;"> </div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 144px;"> </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;" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/Cd6QN1lrMW5/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank" rel="noopener">A post shared by Jon Gisby (@jongisby)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p dir="ltr">She added that the ceremonial burning would be an opportunity for everything to be let go, where “all that pain and grief is just up in the sky”.</p> <p dir="ltr">Mr Best, who is well-known for his large scale wooden structures at the US Burning Man festival, collaborated with members of the local North Warwickshire community to create Sanctuary.</p> <p dir="ltr"><span id="docs-internal-guid-26b64a02-7fff-8ad6-a06d-957ed06f48b3"></span></p> <p dir="ltr"><em>Image: @artichoketrust (Instagram) </em></p>

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Type of person who struggles with the idea of terminal illness

<p dir="ltr">People who tend to look after themselves by working out and eating healthy foods are more likely to struggle with the idea of death and the process of dying. </p> <p dir="ltr">Palliative care nurse Maryan Bova has helped people with dying for 25 years and said some people accept their terminal diagnosis while others struggle to come to terms with it. </p> <p dir="ltr">She revealed that those who lived a healthy lifestyle were those who felt more ripped off when they are given the awful diagnosis. </p> <p dir="ltr">“They're the ones that have looked after themselves their whole life, for example the yoga teacher who runs retreats and has probably never eaten anything that wasn't organic and green in their life,” she told Mamamia. </p> <p dir="ltr">“And yet they've been smacked down with a horrible diagnosis. It can feel like a slap in the face.”</p> <p dir="ltr">Maryan confessed that the job can be emotionally draining as some experiences stick with her, especially when she was in the same position. </p> <p dir="ltr">Her mother Helen was diagnosed with brain cancer and Maryan did what she did best - but this time it was someone close to her. </p> <p dir="ltr">"I knew what it would all end up looking like, but I also knew how to orchestrate the help that was needed for her to die at home in a space she was comfortable in,” she said.</p> <p dir="ltr">“It was a gift to have that time to talk openly, have important conversations and bond as a family. It was like mum became childlike again, a full-circle moment.”</p> <p dir="ltr">Maryan stressed that it was important to look at how people with a terminal diagnosis are treated in the last moments of their life. </p> <p dir="ltr"><em>Images: Facebook/Shutterstock</em></p>

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"It's a travesty": Meghan Markle’s dad rushed to hospital

<p dir="ltr">Thomas Markle, Meghan Markle’s father, has reportedly suffered a stroke. </p> <p dir="ltr">A photo has emerged of the 77-year-old being treated by paramedics and wearing an oxygen mask, with <em><a href="https://www.tmz.com/2022/05/24/thomas-markle-hospital-stroke-symptoms-meghan-markle-father/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">TMZ</a></em> reporting that he suffered a medical incident at his home in Tijuana, Mexico, on May 24.</p> <p dir="ltr">According to the publication, Thomas was transferred to a nearby hospital in Chula Vista, California, approximately seven hours away from Harry and Meghan’s Montecito home.</p> <p dir="ltr">It’s reported that Thomas was unable to speak and was asked to write down his symptoms.</p> <p dir="ltr">Shortly after the news broke, Meghan’s half-sister Samantha Markle issued a statement.</p> <p dir="ltr">“My father is recovering in hospital. We ask for privacy for the family, for his health and wellbeing. He just needs peace and rest. Goodspeed,” she told the <em><a href="https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10850461/Meghans-father-Thomas-Markle-suffered-major-stroke-reveals-DAN-WOOTTON.html" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Daily Mail</a></em>.</p> <p dir="ltr">“We are praying. He just needs some rest. It’s a travesty how much he’s been tortured and how much he’s had to go through thanks to my sister’s disregard the past few years. That is unforgivable.”</p> <p dir="ltr">In recent years, Thomas has suffered ailing health and was notably treated for a heart attack ahead of Meghan’s marriage to Prince Harry in 2018 and was unable to attend the wedding due to ill health.</p> <p dir="ltr">It was around that time that the relationship between Meghan and Thomas broke down.</p> <p dir="ltr">“The last time we spoke - actually, we didn’t speak, we actually texted each other - I was laying in a hospital bed after having a heart attack,” he told <em><a href="https://www.itv.com/hub/good-morning-britain/zfwnrdk" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Good Morning Britain</a></em> in 2021.</p> <p dir="ltr">“I had to tell them that I couldn’t come to the wedding.</p> <p dir="ltr">“At that point, we pretty much said goodbye.”</p> <p dir="ltr">Thomas also claimed Harry chastised him as he lay in a hospital bed after undergoing surgery, who said if he had listened to the royal that “this wouldn’t have happened to you”.</p> <p dir="ltr">“And me, laying in a hospital bed after I’ve had a procedure and getting a stent put here and a stent put here, felt that that was kind of snotty, so I hung up on him,” Thomas claimed. “And that’s the last conversation we ever had.”</p> <p><span id="docs-internal-guid-7419bbf6-7fff-018b-670d-0a03a204e0f1"></span></p> <p dir="ltr"><em>Image: Fox News</em></p>

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Ian Thorpe breaks silence after ex’s death

<p>Ian Thorpe has finally broken his silence two weeks after his ex-boyfriend Ryan Channing passed away. </p> <p>The 32-year-old was battling several health issues while on holiday at Bali and was rushed to hospital after fainting from an overdose of prescription medication. </p> <p>Doctors were unsuccessful in reviving Channing, who died on May 8 at Bali’s BIMC Hospital.</p> <p>The skincare entrepreneur was Thorpe’s first boyfriend after he came out back in 2015 - and he has since spoken about his tragic death.</p> <p>“This is a relationship that I had that was a long-term relationship and I feel for Ryan’s family,” Thorpe told <a href="https://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/entertainment/sydney-confidential/ian-thorpe-speaks-for-first-time-since-former-longterm-partner-ryan-channings-death/news-story/9e20b734491ad7f27b59d98dc33ba18a" target="_blank" rel="noopener">The Daily Telegraph</a>.</p> <p>“I hope people are able to respect their privacy as well. I think when it is someone that is so young, it is tragic for anyone to see them passing at that kind of age.”</p> <p>The pair were in an on-off relationship for about four years and were also engaged at one point before breaking it off completely in 2019. </p> <p>Channing’s mother Joy spent the last two days next to her son in hospital and issued a statement thanking everyone for their support.</p> <p>“Thank you to everyone for the overwhelming love and support you have shown to us through this tragic time in our lives,” she wrote on Instagram.</p> <p>“We are still in Bali but hope to be able to home (sic) soon.”</p> <p>Channing’s skincare company The Blaq Group also issued a statement at the time of his death remembering him for his “fun spirit”.</p> <p>“It is with a heavy heart that we share the news that The Blaq Group founder, Ryan Channing, has passed away at the age of 32,” the tribute began.</p> <p>“Ryan had been battling with health issues over the past few months and died in hospital after being taken suddenly ill on Sunday May 8th whilst on holidays in Bali."</p> <p>“His inspiration led to the creation of highly regarded skincare brands, Flight Mode and Generation Skin as well as the flagship brand Blaq which strives to empower equality through its distinctive messages of acceptance and inclusivity.</p> <p>“His fun and loving spirit will be missed by all.</p> <p>“Rest In Peace, Ryan Channing.</p> <p>“August 31st 1989 - May 8th 2022.”</p> <p><em>Images: Instagram</em></p>

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QEII attends her first royal engagement on wheels

<p>Queen Elizabeth has attended her first royal event on wheels, as she arrived at the Chelsea Flower Show in a luxury buggy. </p> <p>Her Majesty made a last minute decision to attend the event, but it wasn't her bright fuchsia coat that got people talking. </p> <p>The Queen was all smiles when she showed up for the royal preview event, as she arrived in a luxury buggy due to her recent health and mobility issues. </p> <p>It's the first time in almost a decade that the Queen has been seen arriving at a public royal engagement in a buggy with a Buckingham Palace spokeswoman telling the Daily Mail "adjustments have been made for the Queen's comfort".</p> <p><img src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/2022/05/buggy.jpg" alt="" width="1280" height="720" /></p> <p>The four-seater buggy, which has been dubbed the "Rolls Royce" of premium golf carts, cost £62,000 ($120,000) and was built by a Danish manufacturer.</p> <p>It includes recliner cream-leather seats, as well as a mini fridge, and features a 10.1inch tablet style screen next to the steering wheel to offer maps and weather updates.</p> <p>Her Majesty was accompanied by Prince Edward and his wife Sophie, Countess of Wessex, as well as Princess Beatrice and her husband Eduardo Mapelli Mozzi.</p> <p>The Queen's presence at the event comes under a new rule put in place by the Palace for the 96-year-old monarch. </p> <p>While she's still mentally alert and continuing to carry out virtual engagements, it's now understood the Palace will no longer announce whether she will attend an event in person until the day.</p> <p>Instead, it is assumed that her son Prince Charles, 73, will take her place as he has been doing for quite some time.</p> <p>Despite the Queen's surprise attendance at the Chelsea Flower Show, it is currently unclear how many Jubilee events she will attend. </p> <p><em>Image credits: Getty Images</em></p>

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No link found between caesarean birth and food allergies

<p>While babies born through caesareans may lack some gut bacteria that would otherwise be gained through vaginal births, recent research has consistently shown that there is little evidence for caesarean births being responsible for asthma and allergies. A recent study by the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute (MCRI) in Melbourne, confirmed no link between caesarean births and food allergies during the first year of life.</p> <p>This research, published in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology: In Practice, looked at 2,045 infants who underwent skin prick testing and an oral food challenge to test for allergy status. In this group, of the 30% that were born by caesarean, 12.7 % had a food allergy, compared to 13.2% born vaginally, meaning there was no statistically significant difference between birthing methods.</p> <p>“We found no meaningful differences in food allergy for infants born by caesarean delivery compared to those born by vaginal delivery,” says Rachel Peters, who led the study. “Additionally, there was no difference in likelihood of food allergy if the caesarean was performed before or after the onset of labour, or whether it was an emergency or elective caesarean.”</p> <p>A potential link between caesarean births and allergies had long been suspected because of the difference in early microbial exposure compared to vaginal delivery.</p> <p>“The infant immune system undergoes rapid development during the neonatal period,” says Peters. “The mode of delivery may interfere with the normal development of the immune system. Babies born by caesarean have less exposure to the bacteria from the mother’s gut and vagina, which influences the composition of the baby’s microbiome and immune system development. However, this doesn’t appear to play a major role in the development of food allergy.”</p> <p>These findings will assist caregivers to better evaluate risks and benefits of caesarean birth, and provide reassurance to parents that such interventions do not lead to an increased risk of food allergy in their babies.</p> <p>One in 10 infants, and one in 20 children over the age of five years in Australia, have a food allergy, one of the highest rates in the world. This research provides further good news to parents and children: 30% of peanut allergies and 90% of egg allergies naturally resolved by six years of age. These infants should be targeted for early intervention trials, such as oral immunotherapy.</p> <p>“Prioritising research of these and future interventions for infants less likely to naturally outgrow their allergy would yield the most benefit for healthcare resources and research funding,” says Peters.</p> <p><em><strong>This article originally appeared on <a href="https://cosmosmagazine.com/health/caesarean-no-food-allergy-link/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">cosmosmagazine.com</a> and was written by Qamariya Nasrullah.</strong></em></p> <p><em>Image: Shutterstock</em></p>

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Historic changes made to the Queen's annual birthday celebration

<p>A major change has been made to the Queen's annual birthday celebration, Trooping The Colour falling this year on the 2nd of June.</p> <p>For the first time during her reign, Queen Elizabeth, 96, won't receive the Trooping the Colour salute due to health concerns and instead her eldest children Prince Charles, 73, and Princess Anne, 71, will receive the honour given during the military display at the Horse Guards Parade. Her Majesty will not be in attendance.</p> <p>Queen Elizabeth has taken the royal salute every year of her reign except in 1955 when the event was cancelled due to a rail strike. Changes have been made due to underlying health concerns, she will not be participating in all of the events.</p> <p>A Buckingham Palace spokesperson recently explained Her Majesty is suffering from "mobility issues" which has seen her pull out of a number of scheduled engagements.</p> <p>It has been reported that a number of plans for the day are being reconsidered. One would see the Queen travel in a carriage from Buckingham Palace to briefly inspect the troops before retiring to her residence to rest while Prince Charles, Princess Anne and Prince William fill in for her during the remainder of the parade.</p> <p>Earlier this month Prince Charles, 73, stood in for her at the state opening of parliament, the first time she had missed the event in 59 years.</p> <p>For the past two years the event Trooping the Colour has been heavily modified due to the pandemic and it is hoped it will return in it's full glory this year.</p> <p>It has been announced the number of senior royals joining Her Majesty on the balcony of Buckingham Palace will be reduced to senior working royals only which will exclude Prince Andrew and the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.</p> <p>Although Harry and Meghan and their children Archie, and Lilibet, are expected to attend the parade and a service of thanksgiving at St Paul's Cathedral on June the 3rd.</p> <p>Trooping the Colour will kick off four days of national celebrations for the Queen's Platinum Jubilee.</p> <p><em>Image: Getty</em></p>

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Danny Abdallah reveals emotional phone call from Scott Morrison

<p>Danny Abdallah has shared the details of an emotional phone call with Prime Minister Scott Morrison after the sentencing of the man who killed three of his children. </p> <p>Samuel Davidson <span style="font-size: 16px; caret-color: #212529; color: #212529; font-family: -apple-system, BlinkMacSystemFont, 'Segoe UI', Roboto, 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, sans-serif, 'Apple Color Emoji', 'Segoe UI Emoji', 'Segoe UI Symbol', 'Noto Color Emoji';">was charged with the manslaughter of Veronique Sakr, 11, and her cousins, siblings Antony, 13, Angelina, 12, and Sienna Abdallah, 8, when they were struck by his car as they walked to get ice cream near Oatlands golf course in February 2020.</span></p> <p>After the man was sentenced in a Sydney court, the grieving father said he received an unexpected phone call from the Prime Minister. </p> <p>"The day of the sentencing, they sentenced the driver. I walked out of court and he was the first person to call me," Mr Abdallah said.</p> <p>"He said 'Danny nothing will ever replace your kids.' But it was the biggest manslaughter sentence, 28 years, that they've ever given out.'"</p> <p>"He goes 'but this sentencing was a good sentencing'."</p> <p>Mr Abdallah, who has become friendly with the Prime Minister after several meetings since the tragedy in 2020, added, "Who does that, that's our Prime Minister, this is the stuff he does off camera."</p> <p>"He's like a normal person, he's one of us."</p> <p>Mr Abdallah also revealed he got a text from the PM on Father's Day, saying, "I'm thinking of you."</p> <p>"I remember Father's Day. I was at Rockwood cemetery, it was my first year, I was crying, upset and thinking about the kids," he said.</p> <p>"He messages me 'Daniel I'm thinking of you today.' On Father's Day."</p> <p>Samuel Davidson <span style="caret-color: #212529; color: #212529; font-family: -apple-system, BlinkMacSystemFont, 'Segoe UI', Roboto, 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, sans-serif, 'Apple Color Emoji', 'Segoe UI Emoji', 'Segoe UI Symbol', 'Noto Color Emoji'; font-size: 16px;">was charged with the manslaughter of Veronique Sakr, 11, and her cousins, siblings Antony, 13, Angelina, 12, and Sienna Abdallah, 8, when they were struck by his car as they walked to get ice cream near Oatlands golf course in February 2020.</span></p> <p style="font-size: 16px; box-sizing: border-box; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 1rem; caret-color: #212529; color: #212529; font-family: -apple-system, BlinkMacSystemFont, 'Segoe UI', Roboto, 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, sans-serif, 'Apple Color Emoji', 'Segoe UI Emoji', 'Segoe UI Symbol', 'Noto Color Emoji';">When the accident occurred, Davidson was under the influence of drugs and alcohol, and driving erratically before he mounted the footpath and struck the group of children. </p> <p>In the candid interview, Mr Abdallah said Jenny Morrison had also offered support to his family after they were burgled.</p> <p>"We had our house broken into at the time about six, eight months after the tragedy," he said.</p> <p>"Leila was at home, someone had run upstairs and taken some jewellery and bolted out, it was all over the news."</p> <p>"His wife Jen rings Leila and says 'Listen I'm going to come and stay over at your place tonight just so you can feel safe.'"</p> <p>"How humbling is that see the Prime Minister's wife reach out," he added.</p> <p>"This is something from the heart... they're genuine people."</p> <p><em>Image credits: Instagram</em></p>

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Heartwarming update for toddler who suffered catastrophic burns

<p dir="ltr">The family of the boy who suffered burns to 40 per cent of his body have shared a heartwarming update.</p> <p dir="ltr">Elijah Whitton was left in critical condition after a fire ripped through the family home in Mildura, Victoria on May 1.</p> <p dir="ltr">The two-year-old was rushed to hospital where he was placed in an induced coma due to the devastating burns to 40 per cent of his body. </p> <p dir="ltr">Almost three weeks later, Elijah’s sister Alyia shared an update on his condition after his third wound debridement. </p> <p dir="ltr">“Elijiah came out of his third wound debridement surgery on May 12,” Alyia wrote on the <a href="https://www.gofundme.com/f/d86xr-fight-for-elijah" target="_blank" rel="noopener">GoFundMe</a> page.</p> <p dir="ltr">“He has adapted well to the changes made. Elijah had skin grafting to his face and to his lower body. </p> <p dir="ltr">“His swelling has reduced and his skin has improved. His breathing tube has been removed and he is now breathing on his own. Both of his eyes have opened. </p> <p dir="ltr">“However, he is still getting used to the new changes, he's been a bit more agitated since coming out of surgery, which is expected.</p> <p dir="ltr">“He is recovering incredibly well!!</p> <p dir="ltr">“Thank you to everyone who has contributed to Elijah's fight to recovery, words will never be able to summarise how grateful we are.”</p> <p dir="ltr">Aliyia also said that Elijah had his fourth wound debridement on May 19 - she is yet to update on the progress. </p> <p dir="ltr">If you would like to donate to Elijah’s family go to the GoFundMe link <a href="https://www.gofundme.com/f/d86xr-fight-for-elijah" target="_blank" rel="noopener">here</a>.</p> <p dir="ltr"><em>Images: GoFundMe/7News</em></p>

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Aussie with terminal cancer uses time left to make her mark

<p dir="ltr">An Australian researcher who has been diagnosed with terminal ovarian cancer is busy making plans for when she’s gone - including a contribution she hopes will help advance research in animal studies.</p> <p dir="ltr">Siobhan O’Sullivan was diagnosed with stage 3 ovarian cancer in July 2020, finding out within a year that the cancer had spread and that her illness was terminal.</p> <p dir="ltr">“In the week prior to my diagnosis, I was starting to say to people, ‘I’m not feeling right - I think it’s stress because Dad’s going to die soon’,” she told <em><a href="https://7news.com.au/lifestyle/health-wellbeing/a-silent-killer-has-left-her-terminally-ill-now-this-aussie-woman-has-a-simple-message-c-6854866" target="_blank" rel="noopener">7News</a></em>.</p> <p dir="ltr">“The week before dad died, I went to the doctor and said, ‘Something’s not right’.”</p> <p dir="ltr">During her treatments Siobhan suffered multiple strokes - an unexpected side effect - but even extensive treatment couldn’t stop the cancer from spreading.</p> <p dir="ltr">“That was a huge blow for me because a lot of women at that point do get some remission time,” she said.</p> <p dir="ltr">“I’m now at 19 months, which means I’m on borrowed time.”</p> <p dir="ltr">Though she’s living with death, Siobhan has maintained her humour and optimism, as well as her advocacy for ovarian cancer and the legalisation of voluntary assisted dying.</p> <p dir="ltr">She also began making plans, divesting her property and funds to her niece, nephew, godson and his sister, and ensuring her podcast is in good hands once she’s gone.</p> <p dir="ltr">Siobhan has also bequeathed $50,000 to the Australisian Animal Studies Association (AASA), which she is a founder of, and is helpling to establish two awards for future researchers.</p> <p dir="ltr">She is an associate professor of politics at Sydney’s University of New South Wales and was extremely involved in research around animal studies and her other passion, the alleviation of social issues related to poverty.</p> <p dir="ltr">Thanks to her donation, the AASA is offering two new prizes: one for early-career researchers, and the other for animal studies scholars, artists or advocates who have worked to promote their insights and findings with their peers and the public.</p> <p dir="ltr">“This is an exciting way to help the field of animal studies,” she said in a <a href="https://www.inside.unsw.edu.au/awards/new-awards-scheme-advances-the-emerging-sub-discipline-animal-studies#:~:text=As%20a%20founder%20of%20the,be%20established%20in%20coming%20years." target="_blank" rel="noopener">statement</a>. “My own research … suggests that many animal studies scholars feel isolated and their research is not acknowledged by their own institutions. </p> <p dir="ltr">“These awards are a way of strengthening the animal studies community and giving scholars a sense of achievement and recognition.”</p> <p><span id="docs-internal-guid-797bc252-7fff-26df-4e48-a4265576659f"></span></p> <p dir="ltr">As she nears the end of her life, Siobhan has said she would feel immensely comforted by the thought that she could legally end her life before her cancer brings her even more suffering.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">I was so honoured to speak on behalf of people facing horrible deaths in NSW. Today I'll be watching <a href="https://twitter.com/nsw_upperhouse?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@nsw_upperhouse</a> &amp; <a href="https://twitter.com/NSWParlLA?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@NSWParlLA</a> closely. I hope our political leaders use their power to ease the load of the terminally ill &amp; their friends &amp; family. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/AssistedDying?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#AssistedDying</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/VAD?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#VAD</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/nswpol?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#nswpol</a> <a href="https://t.co/hecIbBdBAl">pic.twitter.com/hecIbBdBAl</a></p> <p>— Siobhan O'Sullivan 🥦😸♋ (@so_s) <a href="https://twitter.com/so_s/status/1527089433501405184?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">May 19, 2022</a></p></blockquote> <p dir="ltr">“My view is that there is no benefit that’s going to come to me, or my family, or this world, for me to suffer the last couple of weeks of a death by ovarian cancer,” she said.</p> <p dir="ltr">But the very recent <a href="https://www.oversixty.com.au/health/caring/emotional-scenes-as-nsw-passes-law-on-voluntary-assisted-dying" target="_blank" rel="noopener">passing of the Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill</a> in NSW Parliament might still come too late for Siobhan, since it could take up to 18 months for the law to come into effect.</p> <p dir="ltr">Despite it not necessarily being an option she could take up, Siobhan says her advocacy will help others in the future.</p> <p dir="ltr">“This is for the other people, for the next people - the people in one, two, three years time,” she said.</p> <p dir="ltr"><span id="docs-internal-guid-62a0997d-7fff-4443-1f85-8266d60241af"></span></p> <p dir="ltr"><em>Image: Siobhan O’Sullivan (Facebook)</em></p>

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Emotional scenes as NSW passes law on Voluntary Assisted Dying

<p dir="ltr">The NSW parliament has legalised voluntary assisted dying (VAD), with Thursday's historic vote meaning terminally ill people can now choose the timing of their death.</p> <p dir="ltr">NSW joins the rest of Australia’s states in making VAD legal with a final vote of 23 MPs in favour and 15 opposing.</p> <p><span id="docs-internal-guid-57b1d52d-7fff-87bc-6fab-77fde5fd183a">Independent Sydney MP Alex Greenwich, who introduced the bill to parliament late last year, told members that the “entire diversity” of parliament were involved in passing the bill, with 28 co-sponsors from all parties - the highest number in Australian parliamentary history per <em><a href="https://www.smh.com.au/politics/nsw/voluntary-assisted-dying-legalised-in-nsw-20220519-p5amo0.html" target="_blank" rel="noopener">The Sydney Mkorning Herald</a></em>.</span></p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">"We are celebrating this historic day"<br />"Compassion has won"<br />says Independent MP <a href="https://twitter.com/AlexGreenwich?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@AlexGreenwich</a>, flanked by the Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill's co-sponsors and advocates.<br />It's been 20 years since the first attempt to pass a law like this in NSW. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/nswpol?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#nswpol</a> <a href="https://t.co/8wNpjSEZP3">pic.twitter.com/8wNpjSEZP3</a></p> <p>— Sarah Navin (@SarahNavin) <a href="https://twitter.com/SarahNavin/status/1527131431163797505?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">May 19, 2022</a></p></blockquote> <p dir="ltr">“For those wondering what happened with the Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill last night; the bill was debated till midnight and almost all amendments were dealt with,” Mr Greenwich explained on social media at 6am on Thursday morning.</p> <p dir="ltr">“There is one more amendment this morning to vote on and then a final vote in both the Upper and Lower House.”</p> <p dir="ltr">MPs debated nearly 100 amendments on Wednesday, with the sitting ending at midnight.</p> <p dir="ltr">The majority of amendments, including the push to allow aged care and residential homes to block VAD from occurring in their facilities, were voted down during the debate according to the <em><a href="https://www.abc.net.au/news/2022-05-19/voluntary-assisted-dying-laws-pass/101079940" target="_blank" rel="noopener">ABC</a></em>.</p> <p dir="ltr">At midday, it was announced that the bill had passed the upper house.</p> <p><span id="docs-internal-guid-e5a4c3c0-7fff-a6a1-f7fe-4002e71c7631"></span></p> <p dir="ltr">The lower house then approved the bill approximately an hour later.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">Proud to be sitting in the NSW parliament to watch the Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill finally pass into law. This will make such a difference to the lives of so many, allowing people to choose to live the end of their lives as well as possible and to die with dignity. ✨❤️</p> <p>— Abigail Boyd (@AbigailBoydMLC) <a href="https://twitter.com/AbigailBoydMLC/status/1527120671498588161?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">May 19, 2022</a></p></blockquote> <p dir="ltr">Finance Minister Damien Tudehope, an opponent of the bill, told the upper house that it was a “dark day” for the state.</p> <p dir="ltr">“It was a sad day because it was an opportunity for NSW to say ‘we can be better than this’,” Mr Tudehope said.</p> <p dir="ltr">He added that it would be judged by history as a “dreadful mistake”.</p> <p dir="ltr"><span id="docs-internal-guid-7061fe4b-7fff-c2d4-1a70-0c7be574e249"></span></p> <p dir="ltr">However, advocate groups such as Go Gentle Australia and Dying with Dignity, as well as individual supporters of VAD, have welcomed the decision.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">Voluntary assisted dying set to become law in NSW. Congratulations and thank you to all the advocates, especially those who fought for their right to die with dignity, and died waiting and the 28 MPs who co-signed the Bill, tabled by my MP, <a href="https://twitter.com/AlexGreenwich?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@AlexGreenwich</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/voluntaryassisteddying?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#voluntaryassisteddying</a></p> <p>— Kimberley Ramplin (@Kimbo_Ramplin) <a href="https://twitter.com/Kimbo_Ramplin/status/1527130066349481985?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">May 19, 2022</a></p></blockquote> <p dir="ltr">“VAD is now legal in NSW, the culmination of 50 years of advocacy. Congratulations to all involved,” Go Gentle Australia tweeted.</p> <p dir="ltr">“Congratulations to everyone involved in this campaign!” Greens Senator Mehreen Faruqi wrote.</p> <p dir="ltr">“I was part of the Working Group on Assisted Dying in NSW Parliament, which introduced the first bill. I’m proud to have played a role so that people can die with dignity.”</p> <p dir="ltr">“Genuinely stoked,” Scott Phillips, the director of City Recital Hall, said.</p> <p dir="ltr">“I have no idea if my old man would have taken the option, in his final days as he battled cancer.</p> <p dir="ltr"><span id="docs-internal-guid-33a92312-7fff-da90-5db0-3ce7e371afd6"></span></p> <p dir="ltr">“But I am so pleased that the choice will be available to others in NSW as a result of this bill.”</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">At long last. Choice &amp; dignity for terminally ill patients in NSW. Congrats to all who fought so courageously for this change. Now legalised in every State, the Federal Government need to stop blocking the NT &amp; ACT from debating this reform. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/ausvotes?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#ausvotes</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/auspol?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#auspol</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/nswpol?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#nswpol</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/vad?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#vad</a> <a href="https://t.co/UAwfar1O4X">https://t.co/UAwfar1O4X</a></p> <p>— JillHennessyMP (@JillHennessyMP) <a href="https://twitter.com/JillHennessyMP/status/1527130639816093696?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">May 19, 2022</a></p></blockquote> <p dir="ltr">According to <em><a href="https://twitter.com/10NewsFirstSyd/status/1527133466181005312" target="_blank" rel="noopener">10 News First Sydney</a></em>, the bill allows for people to choose to end their life if they have suffering that can’t be relieved and are likely to die of a disease within six months, or within a year in the case of neurodegenerative disease. </p> <p dir="ltr">The news comes just days after Sara Wright, a nurse who has long advocated for VAD to be legalised, <a href="https://www.oversixty.com.au/health/caring/terminally-ill-nurse-caught-in-desperate-waiting-game" target="_blank" rel="noopener">spoke out</a> about waiting for the decision to be made while being “virtually paralysed” as a result of motor neuron disease - estimating she has months left to live.</p> <p dir="ltr">“I don’t think that I will live for more than another six to eight months, as my breathing capacity is reducing very fast and I do not wish to have a tracheostomy (an operation where a breathing hole is cut into the front of the neck and windpipe),” she told 7News.</p> <p dir="ltr">“I know that all my family, my parents, my brothers, my ex-husband are all in support of voluntary assisted dying and helping me relieve my suffering.</p> <p dir="ltr">“But none of us want to break the law or risk anyone being imprisoned if they helped me.”</p> <p dir="ltr"><span id="docs-internal-guid-4f1cf650-7fff-f54a-3901-698f66650fb4"></span></p> <p dir="ltr"><em>Image: @DWDnsw (Twitter)</em></p>

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Readers respond: What was the best gift you remember receiving as a child?

<p dir="ltr">Over a lifetime of birthdays, Christmases and other special events, it’s safe to say we receive all sorts of gifts from the people in our lives - particularly when we’re kids.</p> <p dir="ltr">Though not every gift we receive is a hit, some of the best are thoughtful or come with a story we remember – even when we no longer own the gift itself.</p> <p dir="ltr">We asked our readers what the best gift they remember receiving as a child was, and here’s what you had to say.</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>Cheryl Clark </strong>- A doll clothes wardrobe. I still have it. It’s been renovated to restore its original loveliness. My nieces played with it and now my own granddaughters have the joy of it.</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>Jayne Hunt</strong> - My Mum and Dad who adopted me when I was three years old. They were wonderful parents.</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>Beverley Asmus</strong> - A very beautiful, hand smocked dress. I had been told during fittings it was for the dressmaker's niece who was my size. I was so envious of that mystery girl. On the final fitting I was told it was for me. The absolute joy of that moment can not be expressed in mere words.</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>Linda Campbell</strong> - A nurse’s uniform. Little did I know I’d become a nurse for 30 years but didn’t start until I was 33.</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>Una Hargreaves</strong> - A panda teddy which was the last as WW2 put a stop to the manufacture of toys. It remained with me into adult life! I called her Margaret.</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>Johanna Craig</strong> - I had hankered for a scooter when I was little but I was born the year after the war in Holland and everyone was still recovering and very poor and my parents told me they had no money. But somehow my father had gathered bits and pieces and assembled together a scooter and painted it up so to a small child’s eyes it looked new and I got a scooter for my fifth birthday.</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>Pat Richards</strong> - A little red rocking chair when I was about 3 or 4 years old!</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>Aileen May </strong>- A pedal car, complete with a boot that opened and shut, made from scratch in its entirety by my Uncle. My brother and I had many hours of outdoor fun in that car until we outgrew it.</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>Tierney Caden</strong> - A set of Reader’s Digest condensed classics. My love of reading started with these books. First one I read had My Friend Flicka on one side and Black Beauty on the other.</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>Michael Kopp</strong> - My Mother and Father’s love.</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>Margaret Meyer Szabo</strong> - My Gerry Gee doll - to practise as a budding ventriloquist!</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>Barbara Miller</strong> - My doll Francis. She had dark hair that was glued on and very rosy cheeks. I still have her!</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>Shirley Meier</strong> - A little shoulder bag my Mum hand stitched and embroidered for me for Xmas during the war.</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>Allie Lovett</strong> - My brother Ken received a Meccano set one Christmas. If you knew him you would know he was an elite sportsman with great gross motor skills but almost zero fine motor ability. So we swapped presents. Best gift for me ever. I still like fiddling, sometimes making jewellery now.</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>Wendy Elizabeth Lydorf</strong> - My first pair of thongs - I still wear thongs all summer these days and I’m 74.</p> <p dir="ltr">To read what else you said, head <a href="https://www.facebook.com/oversixtys/posts/3342883439275252" target="_blank" rel="noopener">here</a>.</p> <p><span id="docs-internal-guid-7306eb74-7fff-44de-9d57-8f79ffee9510"></span></p> <p dir="ltr"><em>Image: Getty Images</em></p>

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Friends star's cause of death revealed

<p>Friends star Mike Hagerty allegedly died from having an adverse reaction to a medication that sent him into a coma, it has been revealed.</p> <p>Sources close to the actor have reported that Hagerty’s energy was still low after a leg infection in April. The 67-year-old was set to begin filming season two of the HBO comedy Somebody Somewhere, so a doctor sent him to the hospital for a check-up.</p> <p>it was there that Hagerty was reportedly given a new antibiotic that caused him to have a seizure and go into a coma.</p> <p>Somebody Somewhere co-star Bridget Everett shared the news of his death on Instagram on the 7th of May.</p> <blockquote class="instagram-media" 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);" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/CdOPArTLce6/?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> <div style="padding: 12.5% 0;"> </div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; margin-bottom: 14px; align-items: center;"> <div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; height: 12.5px; width: 12.5px; transform: translateX(0px) translateY(7px);"> </div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; height: 12.5px; transform: rotate(-45deg) translateX(3px) translateY(1px); width: 12.5px; flex-grow: 0; margin-right: 14px; margin-left: 2px;"> </div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; height: 12.5px; width: 12.5px; transform: translateX(9px) translateY(-18px);"> </div> </div> <div style="margin-left: 8px;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 20px; width: 20px;"> </div> <div style="width: 0; height: 0; border-top: 2px solid transparent; border-left: 6px solid #f4f4f4; border-bottom: 2px solid transparent; transform: translateX(16px) translateY(-4px) rotate(30deg);"> </div> </div> <div style="margin-left: auto;"> <div style="width: 0px; border-top: 8px solid #F4F4F4; border-right: 8px solid transparent; transform: translateY(16px);"> </div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; flex-grow: 0; height: 12px; width: 16px; transform: translateY(-4px);"> </div> <div style="width: 0; height: 0; border-top: 8px solid #F4F4F4; border-left: 8px solid transparent; transform: translateY(-4px) translateX(8px);"> </div> </div> </div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center; margin-bottom: 24px;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 224px;"> </div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 144px;"> </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;" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/CdOPArTLce6/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank" rel="noopener">A post shared by Bridget Everett (@bridgeteverett)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p>“With great sadness, the family of Michael G. Hagerty announced his death yesterday in Los Angeles,” Everett wrote.</p> <p>“We are very saddened to hear about the sudden passing of Mike Hagerty,” HBO said in a statement. “A member of the HBO family for many years, his most recent role as Bridget Everett’s father in ‘Somebody Somewhere’ showed his special talent for bringing heart to a performance. Mike was a joy to work with and brought warmth and kindness to all who knew him. We send our deepest condolences to his family and friends.”</p> <p>Hagerty was best known for playing building superintendent Mr Treeger on the long-running sitcom Friends.</p> <p>He appeared in a plethora of TV series over the course of his career, including guest spots on Boston Legal, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Cheers, Community, CSI, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Entourage, Glee, Grey’s Anatomy, Happy Endings, Shameless, Seinfeld and many more.</p> <p><em>Image: Instagram</em></p>

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Terminally ill nurse caught in desperate waiting game

<p dir="ltr">A nurse who has months to live as a result of her diagnosis of motor neuron disease (MND) is “virtually paralysed” and waiting for the NSW government to decide how she will die.</p> <p dir="ltr">Sara Wright had been a nurse for 33 years before she was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) - a subtype of MND - two years ago, and is now dependent on a carer 24 hours a day.</p> <p dir="ltr">“The disease started as a weakness in my right foot, travelled up my right leg, then my left foot and leg,” the 54-year-old told <em><a href="https://7news.com.au/news/public-health/virtually-paralysed-nurse-waits-for-nsw-parliament-to-decide-how-she-will-die-c-6699939">7NEWS.com.au</a></em>.</p> <p dir="ltr">“Then it travelled up my torso affecting my upper body, firstly my abdominal muscles, and now it affects both of my arms and hands, my lungs and my swallowing and speaking muscles.”</p> <p dir="ltr">Ms Wright, who shared her story via dictation since speaking is difficult and painful, is waiting to see whether voluntary assisted dying laws (VAD) will be passed in the NSW Upper House next week.</p> <p dir="ltr">If they don’t pass, she says she will likely “have to deal with suffocating or choking to death”.</p> <p dir="ltr">“It’s a terminal illness and the average life expectancy is three to five years,” she explained.</p> <p dir="ltr">“Given I have already been living with the disease for three years, and the progression has been faster than I ever could have expected, I don’t know how long I will live.</p> <p dir="ltr">“I don’t think that I will live for more than another six to eight months, as my breathing capacity is reducing very fast and I do not wish to have a tracheostomy (an operation where a breathing hole is cut into the front of the neck and windpipe).”</p> <p dir="ltr">ALS/MND is more common among adults aged between 40 and 70 years, with 384 people diagnosed each day according to the <a href="https://www.als-mnd.org/what-is-alsmnd/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">International Alliance of ALS/MND Associations</a>.</p> <p dir="ltr">Ms Wright’s career as a nurse made her all too aware of the “limitations of palliative care in the final stages of terminal illness”, so she initially planned to book into Dignitas, a non-profit organisation in Switzerland that offers a range of end-of-life services.</p> <p dir="ltr">But, the COVID-19 pandemic derailed her plan with the closure of international borders.</p> <p dir="ltr">She then considered moving interstate, where VAD is legal, but she worried about uprooting her 15-year-old daughter, Ester, from her home and friends, especially since most of their family is UK-based.</p> <p dir="ltr">“(Ester) is now 15 and she needs to have her community around her for support when I die,” she said.</p> <p dir="ltr">“Obviously this is an incredibly difficult conversation to have with your own child.</p> <p dir="ltr">“We have not specifically spoken about what could happen to me if the laws aren’t passed … but I have tried to assure her that family in the UK will fly out to be with her as soon as they can if I die unexpectedly.”</p> <p dir="ltr">Ms Wright’s fate is tied to the voluntary assisted dying bill, which passed through the NSW Parliament’s lower house last year and is legal or will soon be legal in <a href="https://end-of-life.qut.edu.au/assisteddying" target="_blank" rel="noopener">every other state</a> except NSW.</p> <p dir="ltr">“I know that all my family, my parents, my brothers, my ex-husband are all in support of voluntary assisted dying and helping me relieve my suffering,” she said.</p> <p dir="ltr">“But none of us want to break the law or risk anyone being imprisoned if they helped me.”</p> <p dir="ltr">Since the bill entered the upper house last March, it has been debated passionately and passed through a second reading stage last week.</p> <p dir="ltr">It has even divided the state’s core leadership, with Premier Dominic Perrottet opposing the bill in favour of improving palliative care and Health Minister Brad Hazzard supporting it - despite opposing euthanisia for 29 years.</p> <p dir="ltr">Ms Wright, a strong supporter of VAD laws, has been brought close to the death of others during her nursing career and said she was “pretty certain” that if members debating the bill had seen people die uncomfortable, drawn-out deaths like she had, they would support the bill.</p> <p dir="ltr">“I have seen far too many people, elderly people, in the middle of the night in a ward without anyone there to hold their hand because nobody knew that was going to be their time to die,” she said.</p> <p dir="ltr">“I think that most people don’t think enough about death because we are all frightened of it.</p> <p dir="ltr">“And this could be the reason that some people are refusing to consider VAD laws, because it’s a topic that is deeply uncomfortable and taboo.</p> <p dir="ltr">“If we as a society were more mindfully aware and thoughtful about death, as it is the only certain outcome of life, then perhaps people would develop more compassion.”</p> <p dir="ltr">Though the laws could still be passed at some point if it fails to pass in next week’s final vote, Ms Wright said it would affect her whole family if it was too late for her to take advantage of it.</p> <p dir="ltr">“This will not only cause suffering to me but also to all of my family,” she said.</p> <p dir="ltr">“I wonder how many people have really stopped to think about what they would like, if they were in a position where they were going to die of (an) unpleasant and drawn-out death.”</p> <p><span id="docs-internal-guid-efb8451b-7fff-fb48-8f9b-0af951ee000d"></span></p> <p dir="ltr"><em>Image: 7News</em></p>

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Queen Elizabeth welcomed to jubilee event with rousing applause

<p>Queen Elizabeth has been welcomed to a major Platinum Jubilee event with an overwhelming round of applause. </p> <p>Her Majesty arrived at <em>A Gallop Through History</em>, a star-studded show featuring acting and musical performances alongside horse displays on Sunday. </p> <p>Thousands of royal enthusiasts packed into the grounds of Windsor Castle, and rose to their feet with an almighty round of applause as the 96-year-old monarch arrived. </p> <p>Despite health issues forcing her to cancel multiple engagements in recent weeks, Queen Elizabeth then walked unaided along a red carpet to her seat using a walking stick.</p> <p>Her Majesty wore a glitzy grey cardigan and blue dress to the outing and was joined by her son, Prince Edward.</p> <p>In celebration of the Queen’s 70 years on the throne, the televised event featured more than 1,300 performers, 500 horses and was attended by multiple big names including Dame Helen Mirren, Tom Cruise and other members of the royal family.</p> <p>Cruise said it was “a real honour and privilege” to be a part of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations.</p> <p>“What she has accomplished is historic. She has met presidents, world leaders, people from all walks of life,” the <em>Top Gun</em> star told reporters.</p> <p>“Not just Americans, but the world knows the dignity, devotion and kindness, that is what I have always felt about her.</p> <p>“Someone that understands her position and has held it through a history that’s just been extraordinary the past 70 years.”</p> <p><em>Image credits: Getty Images</em></p>

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