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Shock as John Travolta’s wife Kelly Preston dies aged 57

<p><span>Kelly Preston, the actress who had been married to John Travolta has died after a silent and private battle with breast cancer at just 57.</span><br /><br /><span>The actress, who went to school in Adelaide, had been combating breast cancer for two years, and was confirmed to have passed by a family representative.</span></p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/B5O1ytnIkxJ/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/B5O1ytnIkxJ/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Kelly Preston (@therealkellypreston)</a> on Nov 23, 2019 at 6:45pm PST</p> </div> </blockquote> <p><br /><span>"On the morning of July 12, 2020, Kelly Preston, adored wife and mother, passed away following a two-year battle with breast cancer," a statement to People said.</span><br /><br /><span>"Choosing to keep her fight private, she had been undergoing medical treatment for some time, supported by her closest family and friends.</span></p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/CCkh3cGH6Rv/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/CCkh3cGH6Rv/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by 𝗘𝗠𝗠𝗔 エマ (@xo_emmagram_xo)</a> on Jul 12, 2020 at 10:36pm PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p><br /><span>“She was a bright, beautiful and loving soul who cared deeply about others and who brought life to everything she touched. Her family asks for your understanding of their need for privacy at this time."\</span></p> <p>John took to Instagram to share the heartbreaking news with fans. </p> <p>"<span>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. She fought a courageous fight with the love and support of so many," he wrote.</span></p> <p><span>"My family and I will forever be grateful to her doctors and nurses at MD Anderson Cancer Center, all the medical centers that have helped, as well as her many friends and loved ones who have been by her side. Kelly’s love and life will always be remembered. </span></p> <p><span>"I will be taking some time to be there for my children who have lost their mother, so forgive me in advance if you don’t hear from us for a while.  But please know that I will feel your outpouring of love in the weeks and months ahead as we heal.</span></p> <p> </p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/CCkgCG5ptxE/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/CCkgCG5ptxE/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by John Travolta (@johntravolta)</a> on Jul 12, 2020 at 10:20pm PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p><br /><span>Preston lives on through her husband John Travolta and their children Ella, 20, and 9-year-old son Benjamin.</span><br /><br /><span>The couple shared a son Jett who died at age 16 in January 2009.</span></p>

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Terri Irwin sweetly reveals Steve Irwin's dying wish

<div class="post_body_wrapper"> <div class="post_body"> <div class="body_text "> <p>Terri Irwin has revealed the promise she made to her late husband Steve Irwin before his tragic death.</p> <p>She opened up about the crocodile hunter's dying wish in a new documentary called <em>Crikey! It's the Irwins: Life in Lockdown</em>.</p> <p>She explained that she promised Steve that she would continue to run the zoo he established on the Sunshine Coast and it would continue operate.</p> <p>"He said to me, if anything happens to me, just make sure Australia Zoo continues. So it is really important that we keep this going," Terri explained in the emotional clip, which you can watch in the player above.</p> <p>Australia Zoo has faced financial hardship due to the loss of the tourism dollar as well as Australia closing its borders to international travellers.</p> <p>Terri informs Bindi, 21, and Robert, 16 that she was unsure how long the zoo would need to be closed due to the coronavirus pandemic.</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/CCZJyPBBuYy/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/CCZJyPBBuYy/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Bindi Irwin (@bindisueirwin)</a> on Jul 8, 2020 at 12:34pm PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>"We don't really know how long we're going to be shut down for," Terri said.</p> <p>"It might be another month, it might be another six months."</p> <p>In the video, Bindi said that she wishes her father was still around to help out the family during the tough time.</p> <p>"I just keep thinking gosh, I just wish dad was here to help us out with everything, you know," Bindi said.</p> <p>"We have enough food to continue on for about six weeks," Bindi explained about the zoo, adding, "But after that we are going to seriously be running out of funds."</p> <p>Terri said that the family have been brought closer together after the death of Steve, who passed away after being stabbed in the chest by a stingray on the Great Barrier Reef.</p> <p>"We communicate well, and I think it's a natural effect of losing Steve. I think we became closer and stronger as a family and we have developed this awareness that allows us to truly value the people closest to us even more than we already did," Terri told <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.nowtolove.com.au/celebrity/celeb-news/terri-irwin-steve-irwin-death-53777" target="_blank" class="_e75a791d-denali-editor-page-rtflink"><em>The Australian Women's Weekly</em></a> in 2019.</p> <p>"It's sad that it takes a tragedy such as Steve's death to amp that up in your life, but it does make you want to live every day to the fullest and appreciate the people you love," she added.</p> </div> </div> </div>

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"I've struggled": Roger Federer's heartbreaking admission about his own children

<p>Roger Federer is undoubtedly one of the most popular tennis stars of all-time and has convinced fans around the world to take up the game of tennis due to his skills.</p> <p>Despite his skills, he explained that it hasn't been easy for himself and wife Mirka to introduce tennis to his four children, Charlene, Myla, Lenny and Leo.</p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height:281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7836877/federer-body.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/417e2a5b96db4332a0c32257a2a10171" /></p> <p>"I have struggled with my children. I have tried to promote tennis at my household with playing a lot of matches against Rafa, Novak and everybody but my kids don't care,” he said during a television interview with ON.</p> <p>"They need daddy home from the practice or from the matches. We tried to put a racket in their hand and a ball in the other and see what happens.</p> <p>“You see very quickly if kids like to play with the ball or go running outside. I think you see the differences very quickly."</p> <p>He admitted that some of his children have taken up tennis, but it took persistence.</p> <p>"Now all four kids play tennis. Because I don't want to be the guy whose kids don't play tennis. especially not with my background and my wife's background,” he added.</p> <p>“But what can you do honestly? You can just go out there and try it time and time again."</p> <p>The 38-year-old has undergone two knee surgeries this year and has announced he will not be playing again until next year.</p> <p>"Personally, it has been very pleasant to stay in the same place for a long time, I hadn't experienced that for more than 25 years," Federer said at the launch of the "Roger Center Court" running shoes created by Swiss brand On.</p> <p>This week was scheduled to be the second week of Wimbledon, but it was cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic.</p> <p>"But of course I miss Wimbledon, of course I would like to be there currently playing on Centre Court for a place in the second week.</p> <p>"Clearly, one of my big goals, and that's why I do recovery work every day and work so hard, and why I'm preparing for a 20-week physical preparation block this year, is because I hope to play at Wimbledon next year."</p>

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Olympic medalist Sally Pearson welcomes first child

<p>Olympic gold medallist Sally Pearson has welcomed her first child with husband Kieran.</p> <p>The retired Australian athlete shared the news on her social media pages on Wednesday evening. “We would like to introduce you all to Ruby Elizabeth Pearson,” the post read alongside a picture of the pair with their newborn daughter.</p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px; display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7836857/sp-nc.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/25e41c835c09488bb000d77ff7d4d3d7" /></p> <p>Pearson announced her pregnancy in January, five months after retiring from athletics.</p> <p>“To start the next chapter of our lives with such joy and love is more than we could’ve ever hoped for,” she said then.</p> <p>The sportsperson has documented her pregnancy journey and preparation for the firstborn on her social media accounts.</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/B_ejJrSDmm9/?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/B_ejJrSDmm9/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">The first of many swims together 🤰🏊‍♀️ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Enjoyed a quick dip in the water for exercise, then straight back home 🏡 Let's continue to be safe and slow the spread Australia. #StaySafe</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/sallypearson/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank"> Sally Pearson</a> (@sallypearson) on Apr 27, 2020 at 1:18am PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>In a May interview with the <em><a href="https://www.couriermail.com.au/entertainment/confidential/olympian-sally-pearson-has-given-birth-to-a-baby-girl/news-story/c4e3c9c1d1eb27177e6d9acc03de4652">Courier Mail</a></em>, the 33-year-old said she wanted her child to “be adventurous like me, and not be afraid to try new things”.</p>

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Nicole Kidman surprises fans with rare photo of daughter Sunday

<p>Nicole Kidman has surprised her fans with a rare photo of her daughter Sunday.</p> <p>Kidman posted the sweet snap of her cuddling with Sunday to celebrate her 12th birthday.</p> <p>"Birthday hugs for our darling Sunday," Kidman captioned the moment on Instagram, which showed the actress hugging her child while shielding her face from the camera. "Happy Birthday baby girl."</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/CCWMq9qp_L3/?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/CCWMq9qp_L3/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">Birthday hugs for our darling Sunday 🥰🎂 Happy Birthday baby girl xx</a></p> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;">A post shared by <a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/nicolekidman/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank"> Nicole Kidman</a> (@nicolekidman) on Jul 7, 2020 at 9:02am PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban also share a nine-year-old daughter called Faith.</p> <p>Kidman and Urban are publicly affectionate with each other but are protective of their children and keep them from the public eye.</p> <p>The last time Kidman shared a photo of Sunday was back in November when they took a walk together.</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/B5QmtuxJE-p/?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/B5QmtuxJE-p/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">Sunday walk with Sunday #MotherDaughter #Happiness</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/nicolekidman/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank"> Nicole Kidman</a> (@nicolekidman) on Nov 24, 2019 at 11:11am PST</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>Andie MacDowell commented on the birthday photo of Sunday, admiring Kidman's protectiveness of her children.</p> <p>"It's sweet how you protect your children in a world where everybody seems to think they need to flaunt them," the actress, who is mum to son Justin Qualley, 34, and actress daughters Rainey Qualley, 30, and Margaret Qualley, 25, said.</p> <p>"That's a mothers love. When I was raising my children we didn't have social media so I wasn't under the pressure to flash my children to the world. I rarely showed them. I wanted them to have their privacy. I think that's very respectable."</p>

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Dire warning to cat owners after elderly woman's tragic death

<p>An 80-year-old Melbourne woman has died after being scratched by her pet cat.</p> <p>The grandmother, whose identity is kept private at the request of her family, was rushed to Box Hill Hospital in May after she was found unresponsive in bed with her cat Minty curled up nearby.</p> <p>The woman was later found to have bacterial meningitis from her cat’s saliva.</p> <p>Her daughter told the <em><a href="https://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/victoria/dire-warning-to-cat-owners-after-womans-tragic-death/news-story/c0bb59847b0f689d19ec24e709456b14">Herald Sun</a></em> the cat likely licked the woman’s wound when she was sleeping, causing the saliva to enter her bloodstream.</p> <p>Cat’s saliva commonly contains pasteurella multocida, which may cause infections in humans.</p> <p>The woman spent nine days in a coma and became critically ill before being taken off her life support.</p> <p>She had previously suffered cellulitis due to cat scratches.</p> <p>Austin Health’s director of infectious diseases Lindsay Grayson said people with weak immune systems should avoid cats.</p> <p>“Infections related to cat bites and scratches like this person, we’d get at least one a week where somebody comes into the hospital,” he told the outlet.</p> <p>“It is very important that if a cat is biting or scratching you, you mention it to your GP. It immediately triggers a greater concern and a different medical approach to just a routine scratch.”</p>

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Prince George's godmother opens up in incredibly rare interview

<p><span>Prince George's godmother, Julia Samuel, has made a rare statement about the little royal in a new interview about his family and life at home.</span></p> <p><span>While appearing on a guest podcast, the 60-year-old spoke about her glorious role as a godmother to Prince George, who she proudly took under her wing after decades of friendship with the Royal family.</span></p> <p><span>Julia was a dear friend of Princess Diana after meeting her in 1987.</span></p> <p><span>When George was welcomed to the world back in 2013, fans were delighted to hear that Julia would take on such a permanent role in George's life, given her closeness to his late grandmother.</span></p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/CCJ6YFKniA7/?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/CCJ6YFKniA7/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">Prince George will be seven years old in 20 days now (on July 22nd 2020)🎈💙 -July 2nd 2020. . Photo : Prince George of Cambridge, taken by his mother, The Duchess of Cambridge, poses for an official portrait (earlier in 2019) to celebrate Christmas 2019 at Anmer Hall in Norfolk, England 🎄 -December 25th 2019. . Handsome George 🧒🏼🥰💙. . 📷 : The Duchess of Cambridge/Kensington Palace -@kensingtonpalace. . #royalfamily #katemiddleton #PrinceWilliam #PrinceGeorge #PrincessCharlotte #PrinceLouis #DukeofCambridge #DuchessofCambridge #London #monarchy #england #english #british #britishmonarchy #britishroyalfamily #photooftheday #love #l4l #happy #cute #gorgeous #amazing #beautiful #lovely #pretty #bestcouple #instadaily #baby #instapic</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/thecambridges_family/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank"> The Cambridges 🇬🇧👑🎀</a> (@thecambridges_family) on Jul 2, 2020 at 2:31pm PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p><span>Speaking on popular podcast How to Fail by British writer Elizabeth Day, Julia made some rare comments about the royals.</span></p> <p><span>When asked about George, she said: "He is amazing. He's funny and feisty and cheeky and God she (Diana) would have loved him so much. That is heartbreaking for all of them."</span></p> <p><span>She also spoke of a silly family tradition they still keep doing, and have done since Diana was alive.</span></p> <p><span>According to Julia, the family have a knack for giving each other presents which take "days to put together".</span></p> <p><span>"So I do to George what [Diana] did to us, which is give impossible toys which are really noisy [and] take a lot of making."</span></p> <p><span>She said the sweet joke often involves a few days of struggle from Prince William.</span></p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/CBtmEa1gSuB/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/CBtmEa1gSuB/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by The Cambridges 🇬🇧👑🎀 (@thecambridges_family)</a> on Jun 21, 2020 at 2:35pm PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p><span>"I come in slightly tipped by the size of the present that William then has to spend days putting together," she said.</span></p> <p><span>"And then put all the machinery together and it makes awful tooting noises and lights flashing and all of that.</span></p> <p><span>"That makes me laugh and it makes George laugh."</span></p> <p><span>Prince George has seven godparents in total.</span></p> <p><span>Julia is joined by a close school friend of his Duchess Catherine, Emilia Jardine-Paterson.</span></p> <p><span>Others include a respected team member from William's side, Jamie Lowther-Pinkerton along with Oliver Baker, who attended St Andrew's alongside the two royal parents.</span></p> <p><span>One of William's oldest friends, William van Cutsem, is also a godfather.</span></p> <p><span>Zara Tindall is also a godmother as well.</span></p>

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89-year-old Formula 1 mogul becomes dad for fourth time

<div class="post_body_wrapper"> <div class="post_body"> <div class="body_text "> <p>Ex-Formula 1 boss Bernie Ecclestone has become a dad for the fourth time at the age of 89. His 44-year-old wife Fabiana Flosi gave birth to a baby boy called Ace in just 25 minutes of labour on Thursday.</p> <p>Grandfather-of-five Ecclestone confirmed the news, saying "We have a son named Ace. I am so proud."</p> <p>Fabiana said that the birth was "easy".</p> <p>“It was all so easy. The birth was over after 25 minutes. I thank god.”</p> <p>The boy is the businessman's first son after having three daughters with his previous partners.</p> <p>His eldest daughter, Deborah is 65, who was born to his first wife Ivy Bamford. Ecclestone also has two other daughters, who are Tamara, 35 and Petra, 31 with his second wife Slavica Radic. </p> <p>Bernie met his third wife, Fabiana Flosi, through the World Motor Sport Council in 2009 and the pair were married in 2012.</p> <p>“Like all parents, we have only one wish: the child must be born healthy.</p> <p>“Hopefully he will never express any interest in doing something in Formula 1!”</p> <p>Ecclestone has embroiled in a row over racist comments he made during a TV interview, as he said that "black people are more racist than white people".</p> <p>Speaking to the Mail on Sunday, Ecclestone said: “‘I am not anti black people. Quite the opposite. I have always been very much in favour. In fact, Lewis’s dad wanted to go into business with me.</p> <p>“He made some nice rowing machines. I would never even have considered it if I had been anti-black. If the project had been right, I would have done it.</p> <p>“It’s not my fault I am white, or that I am a little shorter than the next man. I was called Titch at school. I realised I had to do something about it. Black people should look after themselves.</p> <p>“When I lost my driving licence, I had a black driver, not because he was black, but because I didn’t care whether he was black or white. Now it’s suddenly fashionable to talk about diversity.”</p> </div> </div> </div>

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Eight lives left: Oscar the cat survives washing machine ordeal

<p>Oscar the two-year-old Burmese has eight of his nine lives left after surviving a hot 12-minute cycle in the washing machine after his owner didn't check if he was in there.<br />Oscar's owner, Amanda Meredith, heard a strange meowing sound coming from the washing machine after her husband put the bedsheets in the washing machine.</p> <p>She thought it was coming from the cupboard and hung out another load of washing before realising Oscar was in the machine.</p> <p>"The poor little cat had his hands on the glass as he was doing the rotations and he was looking at me," she said.</p> <p>"It was tragic."</p> <p>It took two minutes for the machine to drain and turn off before the machine door could be opened and Oscar could be free.</p> <p>Meredith phoned her vet immediately who warned her that the first six hours would be "touch and go".</p> <p>Dan Capps from Beachside Veterinary Surgery said that Oscar emerged from the machine battered and bruised from the hard fins in the machine but was alive.</p> <p>Oscar was given anti-inflammatories and stayed in the practice for 24 hours before being allowed to go home.</p> <p>"He's a very lucky but strong little fellow," Dr Capps said.</p> <p>"This is not the first time this has happened.</p> <p>"During the cooler weather it is the perfect place for feline friends to try and hide for a warm nap."</p> <p>Upon returning, Meredith said that Oscar slept solidly for the next seven days.</p> <p>After a weeks' recovery, Oscar is fine.</p> <p>"There was no damage," Meredith said.</p> <p>She estimated that Oscar had used up "three of his nine lives".</p> <p>She's able to laugh about the incident three weeks later but said that the initial time was "traumatic".</p> <p>"Waiting the two minutes [for the washing machine's door to release] was traumatic to say the least," she said.</p> <p>As for Oscar's interest in the washing machine? The ordeal has not turned him off.</p> <p>"He sits there and watches it tumble-turn all the time," Meredith said.</p> <p>"Maybe he has PTSD or something — he has to sit at the door watching the wash cycle."</p> <p><em>Photo credits: </em><em><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-07-02/cat-in-washing-machine-has-lucky-escape/12412364" target="_blank" class="_e75a791d-denali-editor-page-rtflink">ABC</a></em></p>

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Why owning a dog will benefit your grandkids when they’re at home

<p>If you’re a parent, you might be feeling a little crazy having been cooped up with your kids during lockdown… And now the school holidays are around the corner! </p> <p>More so than ever, now is a great time to get a dog. You’ll not only be offering a home to a pup who needs one, but you may be surprised at the benefits having a dog can offer to your child - especially when they’re stuck at home. </p> <p>Here’s why owning a dog will benefit your kids (and you) while you’re at home. </p> <p><strong>Dogs get the kids outdoors </strong></p> <p>Especially in today’s world, it can be easy to sit in front of a screen for days on end without even realising it. A dog, however, needs to spend some time outdoors. They’re also less likely to fight with you when you tell them to go outside! </p> <p>Owning a dog will help your kids spend some much-needed time in the yard, getting physical exercise without even knowing they’re doing it. </p> <p>Encourage them to walk the dog daily (even if it is around the yard), spend some time throwing a ball, playing tug-of-war, or wrestling. All of these are just fun and games to your child and your pet, but your kid will be getting some Vitamin D and fresh air instead of being hypnotised by the laptop or TV. </p> <p><strong>Having a dog teaches valuable skills </strong></p> <p><strong> </strong>A nice side effect of getting your child to walk and play with the dog is that it teaches them some responsibility. Make it clear to your child that by spending time with their pup, they’re taking care of the dog’s needs. First-time dog owners must take keen care to their pet, even if they are only kids, they can have a shared responsibility for parenting their newest companion. You could also get them involved in feeding, bathing, and taking the pooch to the vet. </p> <p>As well as giving your child a chance to learn to be responsible, owning a <a href="https://www.first5la.org/parenting/articles/raise-your-childs-eq-with-a-pet/">dog will help increase EQ</a> and develop compassion, empathy, and patience. A fluffy, furry, bundle of love and licks somehow manages to teach these lessons better than the human parents - and that is just true for all of us! </p> <p><strong>Dogs can actually boost the immune system </strong></p> <p>Vitamin-Pup can make a bigger difference to your child’s health than you may believe! Living with a pooch exposes you to bacteria that you may otherwise never come into contact with. </p> <p>This “bacteria-sharing” can build the immune system and help prevent allergies, strengthen the respiratory system, and keep your kiddies’ body security cells on their toes. </p> <p>For kids who have no siblings, their dog can become their best friend. This is especially important in today’s climate, where social distancing and quarantining have become the norm. Owning a dog can keep your kid’s mental health up, as well as their physical health! </p> <p><strong>Kid-friendly breeds </strong></p> <p>Although it’s easy to fall in love with doggy eyes regardless of what breed they are, some breeds’ disposition makes them better with kids than others. While every dog has the potential to be gentle and lovable, it may make you feel safer choosing a breed that’s known to be great with kids. Here are some wonderful choices of gentle dogs: </p> <ul> <li>Golden Retriever. </li> <li>Staffordshire Terrier. </li> </ul> <p>As well as some more boisterous but still lovely family pets: </p> <ul> <li>Australian Shepherd (that fur!). </li> <li>Jack Russell. </li> <li>Border Collie. </li> </ul> <p>It’s also important to teach your kids to treat their pup right from the start. A dog that’s treated well will naturally have less inclination to be aggressive or too over-protective. A happy pup decreases the chance of a bad experience! </p> <p><strong>Adopt or buy? </strong></p> <p>If you’ve decided to buy or <a href="https://www.dogembassy.com/adopt-a-dog/">adopt a dog</a>, congrats! I can guarantee you have many happy times ahead (and many amazing photo opportunities with kid and dog!). Your child’s immune system should improve, and you may notice they’re spending more time outdoors - without you even having to tell them to! </p> <p>So, should you adopt from a shelter or should you buy from a breeder? There are some advantages and disadvantages to each. </p> <p><strong>Buy: </strong></p> <ul> <li>You can trace your pup’s lineage. </li> <li>Your pooch should come with papers. </li> <li>Vaccinations should be up to date. </li> <li>It’s helpful for purebreds, to know they truly are pure. </li> </ul> <p>Buying from a breeder is more expensive. </p> <p>Some breeders use “puppy mills” - check carefully! </p> <p><strong>Adopt: </strong></p> <ul> <li>You could quite possibly be saving a life. </li> <li>It’s more affordable than a breeder. </li> <li>Variety of breeds to choose from. </li> <li>The shelter should vaccinate them for you. </li> <li>The pup may already be spayed or neutered. </li> </ul> <p>There’s no way to tell what behavioural issues may come up as a result of their past experience. </p> <p>If you choose to buy, make sure you select a reputable breeder. If adopting, choose a shelter or rescue center that has a solid reputation and looks after their animals properly. </p> <p>Every kid should have a dog, and every dog should have a kid- they are both <a href="https://www.readersdigest.com.au/food-home-garden/pets/the-loyalty-of-dogs-told-through-20-incredible-stories">loyal to each other</a>. Apart from the sheer joy you’ll see when they interact, there are some real benefits to owning a dog during the lockdown, school holidays, or pretty much any time - for you, your kids, and the pup! </p> <p><em>Written by Mike Powell.</em></p>

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Meghan "embarrassed" Prince Harry by committing faux pas

<div class="post_body_wrapper"> <div class="post_body"> <div class="body_text "> <p>Meghan Markle "embarrassed" Prince Harry by announcing that she was pregnant on Princess Eugenie's wedding day in new claims in this fiery book.</p> <p>The Duchess of Sussex allegedly told the Royal Family that she was pregnant with the pair's first child at the wedding in October 2018, according to <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/11984341/meghan-markle-embarrassed-prince-harry-by-announcing-pregnancy/" target="_blank" class="_e75a791d-denali-editor-page-rtflink"><em>The Sun</em></a><em>.</em></p> <p>The Duke of Sussex was reportedly left reeling when his wife announced the pregnancy at the wedding.</p> <p>In the new book <em>Royals at War</em>, authors Andy Tillett and Dylan Howard claimed that Eugenie and her mother Sarah Ferguson were "furious" at Meghan's decision.</p> <p>“Meghan put her foot in it when she decided that it would be the ideal moment to announce that she and Harry were expecting their first child,” the pair wrote.</p> <p>“This was a huge social gaffe, even if you were not a royal – stealing the limelight from Eugenie, who was furious, as was her mother, Sarah.”</p> <p>Royal insiders have previously denied this claim.</p> <p>According to <em>Bazaar.com</em>, The Sussex's told the Queen and Prince Philip, Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall and Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank before the wedding.</p> <p>However, the public announcement of Meghan's pregnancy on social media as Twitter users noticed that Sarah Ferguson posted a picture of Eugenie's wedding at the same time.</p> <p>The book also claims that Prince Harry is "secretly tortured" over his decision to leave the Royal Family, with his feelings made worse as his father, Prince Charles, tested positive for coronavirus.</p> <p>“On top of it all, he’s got cabin fever," an insider claimed.</p> <p>“It was far from an ideal situation. Harry’s gone from feeling excited about the move to feeling secretly tortured.”</p> </div> </div> </div>

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“His eyes were open, but he wasn’t there”: Mother recounts baby loss

<p>Lindsay Paulsen was on her way back from work when she noticed a missed call from her son Declan’s daycare centre.</p> <p>The American mum thought her 11-months-old baby had a runny nose or bumped his head – but when she called back, she was instead “greeted with the worst words of my life”.</p> <p>“‘Declan was taking a nap and didn’t wake up’, his carer told me,” Lindsay wrote in a piece on <em><a href="https://7news.com.au/lifestyle/parenting/my-son-went-to-daycare-and-never-came-home-a-mums-heartbreaking-story-c-1118066">7News</a></em>.</p> <p>Lindsay, who was pregnant, called her husband Cody and rushed to the hospital where Declan was being taken to.</p> <p>“I tried to talk myself down. Declan would be fine. I was pregnant and the hormones must be making me dramatic.”</p> <p>When she arrived at the hospital, Cody was kneeling on the floor outside the emergency room while Declan was “surrounded by a dozen doctors and nurses trying to start his heart”.</p> <p>She sat in a chair waiting as her husband paced and yelled, “Come on buddy, come on.”</p> <p>Finally, a doctor came up to deliver the harrowing news.</p> <p>“‘I’m sorry we did everything we could’ was all the doctor could say, like some line from a movie,” Lindsay wrote.</p> <p>The shock and grief didn’t hit her until the medical staff stopped their resuscitation efforts, wrapped Declan in a sheet and put him in her arms.</p> <p>“His eyes were open, but he wasn’t there,” she wrote.</p> <p>“That sparkle that made him ‘him’, was gone.</p> <p>“I cried all over my boy and, at the same time, I was trying to memorise every inch of his face, the weight of him in my arms.”</p> <p>Lindsay was later told her son experienced sudden infant death syndrome, or SIDS.</p> <p>“I found out later SIDS is most likely during a child’s first year,” she wrote. “Declan was just weeks away from that milestone.”</p> <p>That day – March 19, 2018 – marked the last time she saw and held her son.</p> <p>Years after Declan’s death, Lindsay still speaks of him as an active member of her family.</p> <p>“I gladly take the uncomfortable silence and looks I get when a stranger asks me how many kids I have and I mention my son Declan,” she wrote on <em><a href="https://www.lovewhatmatters.com/i-received-a-missed-call-from-daycare-declan-was-taking-a-nap-and-never-woke-up-sids-grief-loss-healing/">Love What Matters</a></em>.</p> <p>“I know my answer is not typical because young people don’t die. Babies shouldn’t die, but they do, and if there was more acceptance of ‘the bad stuff’ in life, mothers like me wouldn’t feel so isolated.”</p>

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Jacinda Ardern’s special celebration for daughter’s second birthday

<p>Jacinda Ardern has marked her daughter’s second birthday with a special homemade birthday cake.</p> <p>The New Zealand Prime Minister celebrated the milestone occasion with her daughter, Neve Te Aroha Ardern Gayford, at their family’s Wellington home on Sunday.</p> <p>Taking to Instagram, the 39-year-old shared a picture of the child’s piano-themed birthday cake, which was based on a recipe from the <em>Australian Women’s Weekly Birthday Cake Book</em>.</p> <p>“Cake making lesson number two – don’t focus on making the cake look in proportion with little to no attention on structural integrity...” she wrote in the caption.</p> <p>“There is a jar of lentils propping this thing up.</p> <p>“Happy Birthday Neve! Thanks for ignoring all of the imperfections in life and just being a joy.”</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/CBrHIObgHNq/?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/CBrHIObgHNq/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">Cake making lesson number two- don’t focus on making the cake look in proportion with little to no attention on structural integrity....there is a jar of lentils propping this thing up. Happy Birthday Neve! Thanks for ignoring all of the imperfections in life and just being a joy #PianoCake #australianwomensweeklybirthdaycakebook</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/jacindaardern/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank"> Jacinda Ardern</a> (@jacindaardern) on Jun 20, 2020 at 3:26pm PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>This was Ardern’s second time baking a cake for her daughter’s special day. Last year, the mother-of-one shared her attempt at making a rabbit-shaped cake for Neve’s first birthday.</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/By_4s3VA8FM/?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/By_4s3VA8FM/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">I may be smiling but about an hour earlier I was not enjoying the first birthday cake making experience (like just about every parent I know!) I recommend cakes that you can legitimately cover in coconut - it hides almost everything. Happy Birthday wee Neve!</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/jacindaardern/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank"> Jacinda Ardern</a> (@jacindaardern) on Jun 21, 2019 at 9:13pm PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>Ardern and her partner Clarke Gayford welcomed their first child on June 21, 2018 in Auckland. The pair became engaged over Easter in 2019.</p>

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Florida man goes head to head with five-metre python in terrifying battle

<p>A man who wrangled with a five-metre python has come out bruised and battered, but clearly proud of winning the battle against the serpent “monster.”</p> <p>Burmese Pythons are considered invasive species in Florida as they eat indigenous animals. </p> <p>Mr Kimmel says he went in search of “an invasive man eater” on June 7 to Martin County Trapping &amp; Wildlife Rescue, but quickly realised “she wasn’t coming without a fight” after finding one in a swamp.</p> <p>“I noticed her almost immediately as soon as we crossed paths, I could barely contain my excitement,” he wrote in a heartyFacebook post.</p> <p>“She definitely was not afraid of me and started to slowly cruise through the vegetation as I carefully walked next to her trying to gauge exactly how large she was because of all the grass and weeds it was hard to tell but I could tell she was an absolute monster.”</p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7836543/burmese-python-man.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/45e85b14e9384e98a8e28e37ae2d462b" /></p> <p><em>Image: Facebook</em></p> <p>He wrote she was tangled in vegetation making her capture difficult and described the animal as 68kg of “solid muscle”.</p> <p>“I knew going for her head first would be the easiest and safest capture method but I couldn’t turn down the chance to grab her by the tail and dance with the devil herself,” he wrote.</p> <p>“As soon as I grabbed a hold of her I sealed my fate. No turning back now, she was coming for me. </p> <p>“She immediately started to battle it out, taking strikes and pulling me into some tall grass with her, making it difficult to dodge her strikes. She was able to successfully get a bite on me.”</p> <p>Mr Kimmel’s arm went to explain he was punctured by her fangs, “piercing an artery and hitting some nerves”. </p> <p>Despite the damage, the pair continued to battle. </p> <p>Embed image </p> <p>“After losing about a gallon of blood I was able to tire her out and get her under control,” he wrote.</p> <p>“I then used a snake bag I had on my waist to tourniquet my arm because I was getting worried about how much blood I was losing, better safe than sorry. </p> <p>“I then had to drag all 150lbs (68kg) of her alive, working to control my breathing so I didn’t pass out from blood loss and the extreme heat that day, I would have been screwed.”</p> <p>The snake catcher says once he got the snake back to his boat, he euthanised her.</p> <p>It hasn’t officially been measured, but Mr Kimmel claims the snake was five-metres long and included a photo of it draped over his shoulders.</p>

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Woman shot dead over argument about dog poo

<p><span>A 21-year-old woman has died after a neighbour allegedly shot at her and her boyfriend while they were walking their dog.</span></p> <p><span>Isabella Thallas and Darian Simon were strolling through Downtown Denver, in the US state of Colorado, on June 10 when Michael Close allegedly became furious as their dog relieved itself.</span></p> <p><span>The shooting took place after a man began to yell at Simon for commanding the dog “to poop,” said police. Close was arrested and taken into custody in Park County.</span></p> <p><span>Ms Thallas died at the scene and Mr Simon is currently recovering in hospital after being shot in the leg and butt, according to authorities.</span></p> <p><span>A GoFundMe page has been set up for Thallas family because her mother, Ana Thallas, has been on furlough and unable to work.</span></p> <p><span>“The family needs our help with funeral and living expenses,” the GoFundMe, set up by a friend of the family, says.</span></p> <p><span>“A mother should never have to bury her child and especially for such a violent reason.”</span></p> <p><span>“She was such a beautiful, innocent soul,” her mother Ana Thallas said according to the Associated Press.</span><br /><span>Her father, Josh Thallas, said his heart was broken.</span></p> <p><span>“I’ve never gone to sleep crying and woke up crying in my life. I’ve been through a lot,” Mr Thallas said.</span><br /><span>“I can’t replace what was taken today.”</span></p> <p><span>Ms Thallas had turned 21 just days before her death.</span></p> <p><span>A GoFundMe has also been set up to help Mr Simon, who is the co-founder and co-owner of Be A Good Person, a brand “developed based on a passion for positivity and a brighter future that we foresee within our society”.</span></p> <p><span>His team is “completely shattered”, according to the statement posted on the website.</span></p> <p><span>On June 12, Be A Good Person announced their store would be closed temporarily, while thanking the Denver community for its support.</span></p> <p><span>“We are overwhelmed in the face of tragedy. But we see you rallying in support, we hear you sending love, and we thank you,” the post said.</span></p> <p><span>“Our deepest condolences go out to the Thallas family. A beautiful soul was lost too soon. We are hurting with you.”</span></p> <p><span>The Thallas family has said they are seeking to convert the spot where Isabella Thallas died into a dog park.</span></p> <p><span>More than 100 people showed up for a vigil to remember Ms Thallas, while Mr Simon watched the vigil from his hospital bed through Facetime, according to ABC7.</span></p> <p><span>According to ABC7, police allegedly found an AR-15 and a handgun Close’s vehicle. He is facing first-degree murder and attempted murder charges.</span></p>

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Karl Stefanovic takes time for quick baby Harper chat before going live

<p><span>Karl Stefanovic can not help but dote on his newborn daughter Harper May - even if he is not with her.</span><br /><br /><span>The Today Show host squeezed in a quick video call with the gorgeous six-week-old just before going to air on Monday morning.</span><br /><br /><span>"5 am FaceTime feeding call with this beauty. All you need is [love heart emoji]," the proud dad wrote alongside a happy picture he took while at the Nine HQ in Sydney.</span></p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/CBbTeXCJ_sA/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/CBbTeXCJ_sA/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by karl stefanovic (@karlstefanovic_)</a> on Jun 14, 2020 at 12:06pm PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p><br /><span>In the snap, Harper could be seen on mum Jasmine Yarbrough's lap while she stared adoringly at the screen.</span><br /><br /><span>Good friend and Nova 96.9 radio host Ryan 'Fitzy' Fitzgerald commenting on the picture, "I'm having breakfast right now, can you FaceTime me?"</span><br /><br /><span>As she grows, Harper May’s parents are not hesitating to share a little bit of her life with social media and revealed the newborn had been spending time with her four-month-old cousin Oscar, who is the son of Karl's brother Peter Stefanovic and incoming Today Extra co-host Sylvia Jeffreys.</span><br /><br /><span>"I love my cousin," Jasmine said on a photo of Harper holding onto Oscar's hand as they played on the mat.</span><br /><br /><span>Jeffreys also shared the same snap to her Instagram Stories along with the GIF that read "Cousin's Day."</span><br /><br /><span>Karl and Jasmine welcomed Harper on May 1, and have not been shy from sharing the bundle of joy with friends, family, and dedicated followers.</span></p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/CBZJOB2Fv5G/?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/CBZJOB2Fv5G/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">I love my cousin ❤️</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/jasyarby/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank"> Jasmine Stefanovic</a> (@jasyarby) on Jun 13, 2020 at 3:58pm PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p><br /><span>"I know they call it the bubble in the first couple of weeks but Harper may the bubble continue," Karl said on the Today show after returning from a week-long paternity leave.</span><br /><br /><span>"She is so gorgeous — 2.9 kilos of just scrumptious delight. She's sleeping OK, three hours on, three hours off."</span><br /><br /><span>"Jasmine has just taken it in her stride, she is feeding really well. It makes me cry already,”</span><br /><span>Karl went on to say.</span><br /><br /><span>Karl has three children from his previous marriage, Jackson, 20, Ava, 15 and River, 13.</span></p>

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Kmart mum shocked with what was in a kid’s painting set

<p>A concerned Queensland mum got the “fright of her life” as her toddler approached her holding a rusty knife.</p> <p>Sally Barnden says he found it in a toy purchased from Kmart in a “Paint Your Own Pets” toy kit last week which had been bought by a family friend.</p> <p>Sally’s partner Renee King told<a rel="noopener" href="https://www.gympietimes.com.au/news/horror-find-in-gympie-childs-toy/4035799/" target="_blank"><span> </span>The Gympie Times</a><span> </span>that they opened the toy to play with it and made the shocking discovery.</p> <p>“We got given a paint and dog set and I half pulled out the plastic inside, grabbed the ceramics to paint with Mackinlee (6) and then shoved the plastic moulding back in,” she said.</p> <p>“I left it on the table because it was rubbish and Mackinlee and I were going to paint and then Henley has grabbed the box and then the knife thing has fallen out and he has walked over to Sally.”</p> <p>Sally shared the incident on Facebook to warn other parents about the potential dangers.</p> <p>“Someone had to take out the plaster animals and paints before putting this on the bottom of the box,” Sally wrote on Facebook.</p> <p>“Surely someone saw something.</p> <p>“And if the box was purchased and returned, shouldn’t every return be checked before placing it on the shelf again for sale?”</p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height:281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7836500/kamrt-body.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/8c201d07a0a5445794116fa945f17195" /></p> <div class="body_text "> <p><span>She called to complain about the knife being found but was told by the store that “this kind of thing happened a lot” and offered a refund.</span></p> <p>“I am sorry but a refund would not be cutting it, if Henley had cut himself on this very sharp, and very rusty blade!?!!?!” she wrote. </p> <p>Sally explained that she is “grateful and blessed” her son brought the knife to her straight away and no damage was done.</p> <p>“I can’t even imagine what would have happened with another family,” she said.</p> <p>“Imagine kids discovering this, and thinking it was a toy considering it came from a kid’s art set.”</p> <p>Kmart Australia has been contacted for comment.</p> <p><em>Photo credits: Facebook, Sally Barnden</em></p> </div>

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Purrfectly hidden kitten drives the internet crazy

<p><span>Cats are crafty little critters, and they seem to have an uncanny ability to cram themselves in the most unlikely spaces. </span></p> <p><span>A photograph of one feline winning a game of hide and seek went viral this week on Twitter. </span></p> <p><span>On Sunday, Kate Hinds, newsroom planning editor at WNYC public radio, shared a photo of her impressive bookcase at her Manhattan home, captioning it “Today in find the cat.”</span></p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">Today in find the cat <a href="https://t.co/P6soGOv8k1">pic.twitter.com/P6soGOv8k1</a></p> — Kate Hinds (@katehinds) <a href="https://twitter.com/katehinds/status/1269697161329082370?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">June 7, 2020</a></blockquote> <p><span>"My cat's name is Norah, although in my family no one agrees on whether there should be an 'h' on the end," Hinds told cnet in an email. "We adopted her a little over ten years ago from a local rescue group."</span></p> <p><span>Hind said she knows her family knows most of the places the kitty tends to hide in, and the spot she’s sought out in the photo is one of Norah’s favourite summer hiding spots.</span></p> <p><span>Twitter users were left stumped.</span></p> <p><span>"I can't find the cat but I love your bookcase," wrote one.</span></p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-conversation="none"> <p dir="ltr">There's an actual cat in this pic?? Or a figurine or something? 🧐</p> — Nicole J. Butler aka "She-Shed Cheryl" 🏚🔥👩🏾‍🚒 (@NicoleJButler) <a href="https://twitter.com/NicoleJButler/status/1269709061575991296?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">June 7, 2020</a></blockquote> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-conversation="none"> <p dir="ltr">I can’t find the cat but I love your bookcase.</p> — IslandMaven (@LisaAguiar8) <a href="https://twitter.com/LisaAguiar8/status/1269707563416731648?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">June 7, 2020</a></blockquote> <p><span>Give up? Hinds posted a closeup of the image showing Norah’s paw sticking out from under the TV.</span></p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-conversation="none"> <p dir="ltr">The Power Nap Broker <a href="https://t.co/EEWraGhM6i">pic.twitter.com/EEWraGhM6i</a></p> — Kate Hinds (@katehinds) <a href="https://twitter.com/katehinds/status/1269698103361318914?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">June 7, 2020</a></blockquote> <p><span>"For some reason, she goes behind the TV in the summer," Hinds told me. "She prefers to bed down with the winter hats/scarves in the colder months."</span></p>

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