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"Look after her, Bert": Patti Newton's sweet request

<p>Patti Newton has shared a loving tribute to Olivia Newton-John following her death at 73.</p> <p>Patti took to Instagram to post the heart-warming message, which featured her late husband Bert alongside the famed actress at the Logie Awards in 1982.</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/ChCXTTmp70k/?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/ChCXTTmp70k/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank" rel="noopener">A post shared by Patti Newton (@pattinewtonofficial)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p>“This beautiful lady has been an inspiration to us all. Always in our hearts. Look after her Bert. Love you both.” She captioned the post.</p> <p>The photo was quickly inundated with sweet messages and tributes from fans.</p> <p>"What a beautiful photo of two legends and icons and well said Patti," one fan commented.</p> <p>"Beautiful memory of two of Australia's wonderful entertainers. I will miss them both," wrote another.</p> <p>"Heaven has gained another beautiful person. Rest In Peace beautiful Olivia," added a third.</p> <p>Bert Newton unfortunately died last year following a health battle, at age 83. Patti laid her husband to rest in November 2021.</p> <p>Olivia <a href="https://www.oversixty.com.au/health/caring/honouring-dame-olivia-newton-john" target="_blank" rel="noopener">died peacefully at the age of 73 </a>in her home in Southern California on Monday morning, surrounded by family and friends.</p> <p><em>Image: Instagram</em></p>

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Young fan invites Prince George to her 6th birthday party

<p dir="ltr">When Prince George was invited to a young girl’s sixth birthday he had to politely decline. </p> <p dir="ltr">The nine-year-old Prince was invited to an anonymous girl’s sixth birthday party over the school holidays.</p> <p dir="ltr">However, the Prince had to politely decline and a beautiful letter was written by his mother the Duchess of Cambridge and sent to the young girl apologising for not being able to attend. </p> <p dir="ltr">“The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have asked me to thank you for your letter, in which you invite Prince George to your 6th Birthday party,” the letter read.</p> <p dir="ltr">"I am sorry that it took so long to reply.</p> <p dir="ltr">"Their Royal Highnesses were extremely grateful for your kind invitation. Having given careful consideration to the possibilities, however, I very much regret that Their Royal Highnesses reluctantly feel they have to decline.</p> <p dir="ltr">"The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were immensely touched that you should take the trouble to write as you did to their son, Prince George.</p> <p dir="ltr">"It really was most thoughtful of you and Their Royal Highnesses have asked me to send you their warmest thanks and best wishes.</p> <p dir="ltr">"Nevertheless, I hope you enjoy your birthday."</p> <p dir="ltr">The eldest child of Prince William and Duchess Kate Middleton only recently <a href="https://oversixty.com.au/lifestyle/family-pets/prince-george-is-nine" target="_blank" rel="noopener">celebrated his birthday</a> on July 22. </p> <p dir="ltr">In honour of his birthday, Kensington Palace released an adorable portrait of the future king on holiday in the UK earlier this year.</p> <p dir="ltr">“George is turning 9!” the caption simply read with a cake and balloon emoji.</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/CgSe4v0NTfN/?utm_source=ig_embed&utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank" rel="noopener">A post shared by Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (@dukeandduchessofcambridge)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p dir="ltr">The image shows a huge grin from the young prince as he enjoys a holiday at Norfolk with his family.</p> <p dir="ltr">The photo was taken by the Duchess who has regularly been sharing snaps of her family as they celebrate milestones.</p> <p dir="ltr">Prince George was born on July 22, 2013 at the Lindo Wing of St Mary’s Hospital in London and made his first appearance as a day old baby in his mother’s arms as she left the hospital.</p> <p dir="ltr"><em>Images: Instagram/Getty</em></p>

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No words: Emotional images from Olivia Newton-John's daughter

<p dir="ltr">Dame Olivia Newton-John’s daughter Chloe Lattanzi shared a heartwarming snap of the pair together just three days before her death. </p> <p dir="ltr">The mother and daughter appeared in an open field smiling widely at the camera. </p> <p dir="ltr">“I worship this woman. My mother. My best friend. @therealonj” Chloe captioned the image. </p> <p dir="ltr">The 39-year-old then shared a series of other images of her mother who "passed away peacefully" in southern California surrounded by family and friends on Monday. </p> <p dir="ltr">Following the heartbreaking news, Chloe then shared a series of photos of her and her mother as they grew up together. </p> <p dir="ltr">The Grease star’s husband John Easterling shared the devastating news asking for privacy as they mourn her death. </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/Cg4fYNNLvPF/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="14"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; 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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/Cg4fYNNLvPF/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank" rel="noopener">A post shared by Chloe Lattanzi (@chloelattanziofficial)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p dir="ltr">“Olivia has been a symbol of triumphs and hope for over 30 years sharing her journey with breast cancer,” the post read. </p> <p dir="ltr">“Her healing inspiration and pioneering experience with plant medicine continues with the Olivia Newton-John Foundation Fund, dedicated to researching plant medicine and cancer. </p> <p dir="ltr">“In lieu of flowers, the family asks that any donations be made in her memory.</p> <p dir="ltr">“Olivia is survived by her husband John Easterling; daughter Chloe Lattanzi; sister Sarah Newton-John; brother Toby Newton-John; nieces and nephews Tottie, Fiona and Brett Goldsmith; Emerson, Charlie, Zac, Jeremy, Randall, and Pierz Newton-John; Jude Newton-Stock, Layla Lee; Kira and Tasha Edelstein; and Brin and Valerie Hall.”</p> <p dir="ltr"><em>Images: Instagram</em></p>

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Cats declared an “invasive alien species” in Poland

<p dir="ltr">A scientific institute in Poland has categorised domestic cats as an “invasive alien species”, joining a menagerie of animals on their invasive species list.</p> <p dir="ltr">The Polish Academy of Sciences has deemed the house cat (Felis catus) as an “alien” species as it was domesticated in the Middle East, and “invasive” due to the “negative influence of domestic cats on native biodiversity”, according to a statement.</p> <p dir="ltr">Cats join a long list of animals and plants deemed an “invasive alien species” by the institute, including Japanese knotweed, racoons, clearwing moths and mandarin ducks.</p> <p dir="ltr">The Academy states that cats pose “an unpredictable risk to local wildlife”, citing <a href="https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2351989418303196?via%3Dihub" target="_blank" rel="noopener">a study</a> that shows cats kill 41.1 million mammals and 8.9 million birds each year, eating an additional 583.4 million mammals and 135.7 birds.</p> <p dir="ltr">Wojciech Solarz, a biologist at the state-run institute, told <a href="https://apnews.com/article/science-poland-wildlife-cats-birds-b942a55135832d085375de73c9cc2e23?user_email=d892765ed707c6b27af3429c2e8ec0607119ec5a15758542d760a9bac7b882a8&amp;utm_source=Sailthru&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_campaign=July27_MorningWire&amp;utm_term=Morning%20Wire%20Subscribers" target="_blank" rel="noopener">AP</a> that the criteria to be declared an alien invasive species “are 100 percent met by the cat”.</p> <p dir="ltr">However, cat owners and lovers have expressed outrage at the decision, arguing it could incite abuse or mistreatment of cats, with concerned commenters declaring it “simply stupid and harmful” on the Academy’s Facebook page.</p> <p dir="ltr">AP has also reported that some media reports have incorrectly given the impression that the Academy was calling for cats to be euthanized.</p> <p dir="ltr">Solarz told the outlet he hadn’t expected such a response, adding that no other entry on their database of invasive and alien species had resulted in such an emotional response.</p> <p dir="ltr">He suggested that the negative feedback may be due to a misunderstanding that the Academy was implying that people harm their cats.</p> <p dir="ltr">In actuality, the Academy has only recommended that cat owners limit the amount of time their pets spend outdoors during bird breeding season.</p> <p><span id="docs-internal-guid-3485969e-7fff-54f6-de1d-11099865d6bb"></span></p> <p dir="ltr"><em>Images: Getty Images</em></p>

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What your dog’s facial expressions really mean

<p><strong>This is what your dog’s body language really means</strong></p> <p>Whether they’re running and playing at the dog park or giving a warning growl, dogs seem like they’re pretty good at communicating with one another, but what do your dog’s facial expressions really mean? Over thousands of years of living with humans, dogs have developed a range of facial expressions, and they’ve become pretty good at communicating with us too.</p> <p>We have a way to go before dog-to-human interaction is fluent in both directions, but fortunately, there are experts out there who have dedicated their lives to figuring out dog body language and dog expressions. It turns out, there’s a big difference between how your dog talks to other dogs and how it talks to you. Some studies even show that dogs prefer happy human faces to angry ones, so maybe they really do know what we’re thinking!</p> <p><strong>Making eye contact</strong></p> <p>A perfect example of the dichotomy between dog-to-dog and dog-to-human facial expressions is eye contact. Between dogs, eye contact signals aggression, according to dog sitting site Wag. Between humans, eye contact is an integral part of communication. We reward eye contact from other humans as well as dogs. After humans domesticated them, dogs developed an array of facial expressions. They also acquired the ability to use their gaze to win approval from and show love for their humans.</p> <p><strong>Breaking eye contact</strong></p> <p>Understanding what your dog’s facial expressions really mean also involves knowing what it means when your pooch breaks eye contact. When dogs stare at each other, they’re engaging in a power struggle that won’t end until one or the other breaks the gaze – and a fight could break out. With humans, dogs are perfectly comfortable breaking eye contact, and in no way is it a prelude to trouble. Rather, it indicates a comfortable rapport between a dog and its person.</p> <p><strong>Blinking or squinting during eye contact</strong></p> <p>If a dog blinks while making eye contact with you, it may be contemplating what you’re thinking, according to veterinarian Danielle Bernal. This dog expression might show up if you’ve just given a command. The same is true of squinting during eye contact, says Michael Schoeff, the proprietor of Premier Pups. “I’d read it as a sign of appeasement,” he says. “And that’s a good thing. Your dog lives to appease his human.”</p> <p><strong>Squinting or blinking in general</strong></p> <p>You’ve probably wondered why your dog makes weird faces. It could be because something is wrong. Squinting and repetitive blinking can mean something entirely different when a dog is not looking into your eyes, Schoeff explains. Squinting can signal pain or illness, and rapid blinking can indicate stress or fear.</p> <p>Fun fact: When a dog opens its eyes wide at another dog, it can signal aggression.</p> <p><strong>Eyebrow-raising</strong></p> <p>When your dog raises one eyebrow – or both – while making eye contact, it’s a sign of alertness and interest, says Schoeff. Here’s an opportunity for you to engage with your pup, maybe teach it a new trick. Do dogs mimic facial expressions? Try giving them the old eyebrow wiggle and see what happens!</p> <p><strong>Avoiding eye contact</strong></p> <p>A dog who avoids eye contact is likely having trust issues. “Dogs are aware that eye contact with humans signals trust and comfort,” Schoeff explains. A dog that avoids eye contact with humans is doing his best to avoid any kind of interaction, whether negative or positive. This can be common in rescue dogs, especially those who have had a tough life before finding their forever homes.</p> <p><strong>Tilting its head</strong></p> <p>That adorable head tilt? It’s exactly what it looks like, according to Schoeff: It means your dog is curious.</p> <p><strong>Lowering its head</strong></p> <p>When your dog lowers or bows its head while gazing up at you, it’s an act of submission, explains Schoeff. It’s not all that different from blinking or squinting during eye contact.</p> <p><strong>Flattening its ears</strong></p> <p>Watch it: This isn’t a good sign. If you see a dog pulling both ears tight against his head, it could be a sign of aggression or of fear. Alternatively, it could be a sign your dog has an ear infection, says Schoeff.</p> <p><strong>Yawning</strong></p> <p>Yes, a yawn could indicate tiredness, Bernal says. But it can also be associated with moments of stress, so look for context clues to figure out what your dog’s facial expressions really mean.</p> <p><strong>Lip-licking</strong></p> <p>A dog that’s licking its lips can be communicating a desire to submit to its human, Bernal tells us. Or it could indicate anxiety or dehydration, depending on the context. If nothing anxiety-provoking is happening at the moment, consider it a positive form of doggie communication – and make sure your pal’s water bowl is full!</p> <p><strong>Smiling or grinning</strong></p> <p>Yes, dogs smile, although it doesn’t necessarily signify happiness, contentment or agreement. When a dog lifts its lips to show its canine teeth and incisors, it’s a sign of excitement, says Bernal. This makes sense when you consider that pups tend to smile while out on walks or romping with pals at the dog park. A grinning dog face could also be a sign of submissiveness, but that’s usually when a dog is signalling to other dogs, not humans.</p> <p><strong>Nose wrinkling</strong></p> <p>You don’t need a dog expressions’ chart or canine behavioural specialist to recognise when your dog’s smile is more of a snarl, says Bernal. When your dog pulls its lips up vertically to display its front teeth while also wrinkling its muzzle, it’s angry – especially when it raises its ears up and stares steadily. There’s a good chance a growl is coming, and you’ll need to de-escalate the situation.</p> <p><strong>Grimacing</strong></p> <p>In humans, we understand the difference between a smile and a grimace. The same applies to dogs. When your dog draws its lips back horizontally so that you can see all its teeth, it indicates discomfort or fear, Bernal explains. This becomes even more obvious when it’s accompanied by ear-flattening.</p> <p><strong>When in doubt, consider Fido’s body language</strong></p> <p>Doggy facial expressions should be read in context, says Russell Hartstein, a certified dog and cat behaviourist and trainer. For example, a smile might indicate fear or aggression if the dog’s ears are flat or it’s growling or whimpering. But a smile on a relaxed and wiggly dog signals that all is good.</p> <p><em><span id="docs-internal-guid-7c0ce358-7fff-9d25-2000-1adfb5f71082">Written by Lauren Cahn. This article first appeared in <a href="https://www.readersdigest.com.au/food-home-garden/pets/what-your-dogs-facial-expressions-really-mean" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Reader’s Digest</a>. 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Woman who was adopted as a baby finds out she is a real life princess

<p dir="ltr">A woman who was adopted has grown up to find out she is in fact part of a royal family. </p> <p dir="ltr">Princess Sarah Culberson, now 46, was adopted by James and Judy Culberson from West Virginia, who had no idea their daughter was royal. </p> <p dir="ltr">It was no secret to Princess Sarah that she was adopted but she just wanted to know more about her heritage. </p> <p dir="ltr">She eventually tracked down her mother who had unfortunately died a few years prior but this did not stop her curiosity. </p> <p dir="ltr">At the age of 28, Sarah hired a private investigator to find her biological father who found an address in Maryland. </p> <p dir="ltr">Sarah wrote a letter and sent it to the address and received a call from her uncle instead who asked if she knew who she was.</p> <p dir="ltr">"Oh Sarah! We are so happy you have been found. Do you know who you are?" she recalled in an interview with UNILAD.</p> <p dir="ltr">"I'm Sarah,” she said in response. </p> <p><iframe style="border: none; overflow: hidden;" src="https://www.facebook.com/plugins/video.php?height=476&amp;href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2Funiladmag%2Fvideos%2F537159117421173%2F&amp;show_text=false&amp;width=476&amp;t=0" width="476" height="476" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> <p dir="ltr">"He says, 'You are part of a royal family. Your great-grandfather was a paramount chief, your grandfather was knighted Justice of the Peace by the Queen of England.</p> <p dir="ltr">"You can be chief someday. You are a princess in this country."Sarah could not believe her ears as her uncle explained that her dad was Joseph Konia Kposowa, a chief in Sierra Leone, a country in West Africa.</p> <p dir="ltr">He then got in contact with her father who called her up two weeks later asking for forgiveness to which she said was unnecessary as her adopted parents gave her a wonderful upbringing. </p> <p dir="ltr">Eventually, Sarah travelled to Sierra Leone where she was welcomed for the Princess that she was. </p> <p dir="ltr">"It was beautiful to be welcomed and loved. It was so spectacular,” she said.</p> <p dir="ltr">Princess Sarah then explained that this unexpected turn of events has given her “purpose” and that she can do a lot to help her community. </p> <p dir="ltr"><em>Images: Instagram</em></p>

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Edwina Bartholomew labels daughter a “monster”

<p dir="ltr">Edwina Bartholomew has labelled her daughter a “monster” as she juggles parenthood just months after giving birth to her second child. </p> <p dir="ltr">The <em>Sunrise</em> presenter <a href="https://oversixty.com.au/lifestyle/family-pets/edwina-bartholomew-announces-the-birth-of-her-son" target="_blank" rel="noopener">welcomed her second child</a>, baby Thomas, with her husband Neil Varcoe on March 1st.</p> <p dir="ltr">Edwin has since returned to work and confessed that her two-year-old daughter Molly is struggling to get used to her baby brother. </p> <p dir="ltr">"The toddler, well, she just turned. Our gentle girl morphed into a monster within a few weeks and I frankly struggled to cope," she confessed in her weekly column for <a href="https://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/lifestyle/smart/edwina-bartholomew-food-on-the-walls-temper-tantrums-in-mildly-chaotic-life-as-family-of-four/news-story/507fed64cd9d195f037f8e39be665593" target="_blank" rel="noopener">The Daily Telegraph</a>.</p> <p dir="ltr">"There was food on the walls, full-blown tantrums on the floor, screaming and that was just me."</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/CgsQj6EBD1c/?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/CgsQj6EBD1c/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank" rel="noopener">A post shared by Edwina Bartholomew (@edwina_b)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p dir="ltr">The 39-year-old was constantly told by other parents that adjusting from a family-of-three to four would be a challenge. </p> <p dir="ltr">She would spend countless hours Googling “How to deal with toddler tantrums” and “When do babies get teeth” as she settled with her new bub. </p> <p dir="ltr">After having Molly, she thought she had parenting “down pat”, which was true for a while as Thomas “loves to sleep, loves to eat and loves to smile”. </p> <p dir="ltr">Despite all these good things Edwina wrote that “his arrival still managed to turn the family upside down” with her daughter’s tantrums. </p> <p dir="ltr">But seeing the two bond makes her “heart explode” and despite going back to work she still “misses them”. </p> <p dir="ltr">“Watching my daughter blow raspberries on my son’s little tummy makes my heart explode every time and, although her cuddles border on suffocation, his little face lights up when he’s on the receiving end of one of her aggressive squeezes.</p> <p dir="ltr">“When I say I’m “happily” back at work, I really do mean it. It feels good to get a little bit of myself back.”</p> <p dir="ltr"><em>Images: Instagram</em></p>

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Meghan Markle celebrates her 41st birthday

<p>Members of the Royal Family have sent well wishes and happy birthday messages to the Duchess of Sussex for her 41st birthday.</p> <p>The messages appear to be a breath of fresh air as the long-running Royal feud between The Sussexes and The Firm continues.</p> <p>Sharing on social media, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge said “Wishing a happy birthday to the Duchess of Sussex!”. A photo of Meghan smiling was shared along with the message.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">Wishing a happy birthday to The Duchess of Sussex! <a href="https://t.co/HrYdCbe6N1">pic.twitter.com/HrYdCbe6N1</a></p> <p>— The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (@KensingtonRoyal) <a href="https://twitter.com/KensingtonRoyal/status/1555101602457047044?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">August 4, 2022</a></p></blockquote> <p>Following on, Meghan’s father-in-law and Camilla sent their own messages. However, there was no happy birthday sent from the Queen’s social media account, “The Royal Family”.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">Happy birthday to The Duchess of Sussex! 🎈 <a href="https://t.co/r0LdKJ6ZZ1">pic.twitter.com/r0LdKJ6ZZ1</a></p> <p>— The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall (@ClarenceHouse) <a href="https://twitter.com/ClarenceHouse/status/1555102896622125056?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">August 4, 2022</a></p></blockquote> <p>Prince Harry’s Invictus Games Foundation also sent a message writing “"The Invictus Games Foundation would like to wish the Duchess of Sussex a very happy birthday!"</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">The Invictus Games Foundation would like to wish the Duchess of Sussex a very happy birthday! 💛🖤<a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/WeAreInvictus?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#WeAreInvictus</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/InvictusGames?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#InvictusGames</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/HappyBirthdayMeghan?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#HappyBirthdayMeghan</a> <a href="https://t.co/rsKgkxm7zi">pic.twitter.com/rsKgkxm7zi</a></p> <p>— Invictus Games Foundation 💛🖤+💜 (@WeAreInvictus) <a href="https://twitter.com/WeAreInvictus/status/1555145607467204609?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">August 4, 2022</a></p></blockquote> <p>The account included photos of Harry and Meghan at The Hague in April where the Invictus Games took place.</p> <p>Meghan celebrated her birthday privately in Montecito with her husband and their two children Archie, three, and Lilibet, one.</p> <p>Prince Harry and Meghan are believed to have had minimal contact with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and the Prince of Wales during the Jubilee. However, the birthday messages are one small step in healing the rift with the Royal Family.</p> <p><em>Image: Getty</em></p> <p style="box-sizing: inherit; margin: 0px 0px 5px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 16px; vertical-align: baseline; outline: none !important;"> </p>

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Irwins announce devastating loss

<p dir="ltr">The Irwins have announced the devastating death of a treasured “family member”.</p> <p dir="ltr">Bindi Irwin took to Instagram to share the heartbreaking news of their pet echidna, which has been a part of the family for 38 years, died. </p> <p dir="ltr">“Saying goodbye to our beautiful family member of 38 years. The sweetest, kindest, most wonderful echidna you ever did meet. Rest In Peace, angel,” she wrote with a white heart emoji.</p> <p dir="ltr">Along with the post she shared several family photos holding the echidna which has been a part of the family before the kids were born. </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/Cg0FTTvBAX3/?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/Cg0FTTvBAX3/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank" rel="noopener">A post shared by Bindi Irwin (@bindisueirwin)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p dir="ltr">Fans of the Irwins shared their heartache and offered their condolences saying they gave the echidna a great life. </p> <p dir="ltr">“Oh my heart, one lucky little one to be loved so true! Sending hugs!” one wrote. </p> <p dir="ltr">“You gave them the best life!” another commented. </p> <p dir="ltr">“I am so extremely sorry for your loss. Heartbreaking,” someone else wrote. </p> <p dir="ltr">“Awww. I bet she's hanging out with your dad swapping stories,” another read.</p> <p dir="ltr"><em>Images: Instagram</em></p>

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"Joy has filled our hearts": John Legend and Chrissy Teigan's big news

<p>John Legend and Chrissy Teigan have announced they are expecting another child after reportedly doing IVF treatments since Feburary 2022.</p> <p>This news follows the couple’s heartbreaking tragedy in October 2020 where their baby was a stillborn at 20-weeks.</p> <p>“The last few years have been a blur of emotions to say the least, but joy has filled our home and hearts again,” Teigan began her Instagram announcement on Thursday morning.</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/Cgz_10nv_Dn/?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/Cgz_10nv_Dn/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank" rel="noopener">A post shared by chrissy teigen (@chrissyteigen)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p>“1 billion shots later (in the leg lately, as u can see!) we have another on the way.</p> <p>“Every appointment I’ve said to myself, ‘ok if it’s healthy today I’ll announce’ but then I breathe a sigh of relief to hear a heartbeat and decide I’m just too nervous still.</p> <p>“I don’t think I’ll ever walk out of an appointment with more excitement than nerves but so far, everything is perfect and beautiful and I’m feeling hopeful and amazing,” she said.</p> <p>“Ok phew it’s been very hard keeping this in for so long!”</p> <p>The couple already has two children, a daughter named Luna, six, and a son Miles, four.</p> <p><em>Image: Instagram</em></p>

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"They are not dogs": Father slammed for walking his five kids on a leash

<p>A father-of-five has been slammed online after sharing a video of his five-year-old quintuplets being walked around on a leash. </p> <p>Jordan Driskell, a 31-year-old dad from Kentucky USA, uploaded a video to Instagram which showed him walking with his five young kids: Zoey, Dakota, Hollyn, Asher and Gavin. </p> <p>He wrote in the caption, "When people judge me for using child leashes, come walk a mile in my shoes."</p> <p>The clip showed Jordan holding on to five ropes - which were each connected to a harness that one of his kids wore - as the family all walked calmly together outside of an aquarium.</p> <p>The now-viral video quickly stirred up controversy, with many people in the comments slamming his choice, while others agreed it was an effective safety tool. </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-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/reel/Cf9-IhXgUnY/?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/reel/Cf9-IhXgUnY/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank" rel="noopener">A post shared by DRIX (@drixxleman)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p>"I have nothing but respect for you sir," wrote one supportive viewer.</p> <p>Another added, "Better safe than sorry. If I had that many I would do the same. Rock on!"</p> <p>"With five kids you need that," said someone else. "Responsible parenting right here."</p> <p>"Not going to lie, some kids really need leashes, nothing wrong with not wanting to lose your child every time you look away," agreed someone else.</p> <p>Despite the support in the comments, Jordan was also slammed by people who thought placing his kids on child leashes was treating them like "animals".</p> <p>"But teachers can look after 30 kids without using leashes," someone pointed out.</p> <p>Another person added, "They are not dogs. How about teaching [them] what to do?"</p> <p>"Are you gonna train them to pull a sleigh next? Which one has the red nose? Are any of them rescue?" read a different comment.</p> <p>While chatting with the <a href="https://www.today.com/parents/dads/child-leash-dad-leashes-quintuplets-gets-judged-rcna41163" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noreferrer noopener">Today </a>show, Jordan explained that his kids love to "run off and explore" due to their "curiosity," so he and his wife Briana use leashes for their "own peace of mind and sanity."</p> <p>"A leash gives them the opportunity to do that [explore]- but we’re still in control. They love it."</p> <p><em>Image credits: Instagram</em></p>

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"Quite the milestone": Richard Wilkins' touching message

<p dir="ltr">Richard Wilkins has taken to Instagram to share a heartwarming post and to wish his daughter Estella a happy 18th birthday.</p> <p dir="ltr">The 68-year-old Nine entertainment reporter shared three pictures of his daughter, who he shares with fashion designer ex Collette Dinnigan.</p> <p dir="ltr">“Quite the milestone today … as my magnificent daughter Estella turns 18,” he wrote on Instagram.</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/CgwIbonrGBg/?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/CgwIbonrGBg/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank" rel="noopener">A post shared by Richard Wilkins AM (@richardwilkins)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p dir="ltr">“Happy birthday my darling … so proud to be your dad .. and so excited for what the future holds for you!</p> <p dir="ltr">“The stirrups of the world are at your feet,” he added, referencing one of the photos he posted, which shows the keen equestrian astride a horse.</p> <p dir="ltr">Estella took time out of her no-doubt busy day to reply to her dad, writing: “Thank you papa. Love you.”</p> <p dir="ltr">Wilkins has four other children, sons Adam, Christian and Nick, and daughter Rebecca and lives with partner Nicola Dale.</p> <p dir="ltr"><em>Image: Instagram</em></p> <p> </p>

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"Her smile is all Diana": Royal fans flip out over Princess Charlotte's looks

<p>Royal fans have gone wild over how much Princess Charlotte, 7, is beginning to look like her late grandmother Princess Diana.</p> <p>The young royal made a rare appearance on social media as she joined her father, Prince William, in a video message to share their well wishes to the England women's football team ahead of their Euro final game.</p> <p>After the post racked up almost one million likes in a matter of hours, royal fans flocked to the comments to note how Charlotte bares an uncanny resemblance to the late Princess of Wales.</p> <p>One person commented, "Charlotte is starting to look just like Princess Diana."</p> <p>Another wrote, "Princess Charlotte = Princess Diana's looks + Kate's idiosyncrasy."</p> <p>A third person said, "Awww Princess Charlotte is sooo cute! Her little voice! And wow, she looks like William, Catherine and Diana at the same time! Her smile is all Diana."</p> <p>Addressing Prince William, a fourth commented, "Beautiful Charlotte, I can see your mum Diana in her, beautiful."</p> <p>"Princess Charlotte is so beautiful like her mother - and Princess Diana," another commented.</p> <p>In the video, Princess Charlotte sat with Prince William as they wished the Lionesses good luck in the 2022 Euro final against Germany.</p> <p>"We both want to wish the Lionesses the best of luck for tonight," William said.</p> <p>"You've done amazingly well in the competition and we're rooting for you all the way."</p> <p>Sitting on her father's lap, Charlotte chimes in with a short and sweet declaration of her own, saying, "Good luck, I hope you win. Bye!" and signing off with a wave.</p> <p><em>Image credits: Getty Images / Instagram</em></p>

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Princess Charlotte joins her dad in rare video message

<p>Princess Charlotte has joined Prince William in a rare video message as the royal father and daughter wished England's football team good luck in the Euro 2022 women's final.</p> <p>In the video shared by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on Instagram, William and Charlotte sent a message to the Lionesses, who later made history by winning their first major women's tournament by beating Germany 2-1.</p> <p>"We both want to wish the Lionesses the best of luck for tonight," William said. </p> <p>"You've done amazingly well in the competition and we're rooting for you all the way."</p> <p>Sitting on her father's lap, Charlotte chimes in with a short and sweet declaration of her own, saying, "Good luck, I hope you win. Bye!" and signing off with a wave.</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-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/reel/Cgq4TEyFBbg/?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/reel/Cgq4TEyFBbg/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank" rel="noopener">A post shared by Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (@dukeandduchessofcambridge)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p>The women's team responded to the royal message with their gratitude for the well wishes. </p> <p>Queen Elizabeth later sent a message of congratulations to England, after the match went into extra time on Sunday.</p> <p>"My warmest congratulations, and those of my family, go to you all on winning the European Women's Football Championships. It is a significant achievement for the entire team, including your support staff," Her Majesty said in a statement.</p> <p>"The Championships and your performance in them have rightly won praise. However, your success goes far beyond the trophy you have so deservedly earned."</p> <p>"You have all set an example that will be an inspiration for girls and women today, and for future generations. It is my hope that you will be as proud of the impact you have had on your sport as you are of the result today."</p> <p>Prince William attended the final match at Wembley, and handed out the trophy to England's winning team.</p> <p><em>Image credits: Instagram / Getty Images</em></p>

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What your dog’s facial expressions really mean

<div class="slide-image" style="box-sizing: border-box; border: 0px; font-family: Raleway, sans-serif, Arial; font-size: 16px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 400; margin: 0px; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: #444444; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; text-decoration-thickness: initial; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial;"> </div> <h3>This is what your dog’s body language really means</h3> <p>Whether they’re running and playing at the dog park or giving a warning growl, dogs seem like they’re pretty good at communicating with one another, but what do your dog’s facial expressions really mean? Over thousands of years of living with humans, dogs have developed a range of facial expressions, and they’ve become pretty good at communicating with us too.</p> <p>We have a way to go before dog-to-human interaction is fluent in both directions, but fortunately, there are experts out there who have dedicated their lives to figuring out dog body language and dog expressions. It turns out, there’s a big difference between how your dog talks to other dogs and how it talks to you. Some studies even show that dogs prefer happy human faces to angry ones, so maybe they really do know what we’re thinking!</p> <p>Making eye contact</p> <p>A perfect example of the dichotomy between dog-to-dog and dog-to-human facial expressions is eye contact. Between dogs, eye contact signals aggression, according to dog sitting site Wag. Between humans, eye contact is an integral part of communication. We reward eye contact from other humans as well as dogs. After humans domesticated them, dogs developed an array of facial expressions. They also acquired the ability to use their gaze to win approval from and show love for their humans.</p> <p>Breaking eye contact</p> <p>Understanding what your dog’s facial expressions really mean also involves knowing what it means when your pooch breaks eye contact. When dogs stare at each other, they’re engaging in a power struggle that won’t end until one or the other breaks the gaze – and a fight could break out. With humans, dogs are perfectly comfortable breaking eye contact, and in no way is it a prelude to trouble. Rather, it indicates a comfortable rapport between a dog and its person.</p> <p>Blinking or squinting during eye contact</p> <p>If a dog blinks while making eye contact with you, it may be contemplating what you’re thinking, according to veterinarian Danielle Bernal. This dog expression might show up if you’ve just given a command. The same is true of squinting during eye contact, says Michael Schoeff, the proprietor of Premier Pups. “I’d read it as a sign of appeasement,” he says. “And that’s a good thing. Your dog lives to appease his human.”</p> <p>Blinking or squinting in general</p> <p>You’ve probably wondered why your dog makes weird faces. It could be because something is wrong. Squinting and repetitive blinking can mean something entirely different when a dog is not looking into your eyes, Schoeff explains. Squinting can signal pain or illness, and rapid blinking can indicate stress or fear.</p> <p>Fun fact: When a dog opens its eyes wide at another dog, it can signal aggression.</p> <p>Eyebrow raising</p> <p>When your dog raises one eyebrow – or both – while making eye contact, it’s a sign of alertness and interest, says Schoeff. Here’s an opportunity for you to engage with your pup, maybe teach it a new trick. Do dogs mimic facial expressions? Try giving them the old eyebrow wiggle and see what happens!</p> <p>Avoiding eye contact</p> <p>A dog who avoids eye contact is likely having trust issues. “Dogs are aware that eye contact with humans signals trust and comfort,” Schoeff explains. A dog that avoids eye contact with humans is doing his best to avoid any kind of interaction, whether negative or positive. This can be common in rescue dogs, especially those who have had a tough life before finding their forever homes.</p> <p>Head Tilting </p> <p>That adorable head tilt? It’s exactly what it looks like, according to Schoeff: It means your dog is curious.</p> <p>Lowering its head</p> <p>When your dog lowers or bows its head while gazing up at you, it’s an act of submission, explains Schoeff. It’s not all that different from blinking or squinting during eye contact.</p> <p>Flattening its ears</p> <p>Watch it: This isn’t a good sign. If you see a dog pulling both ears tight against his head, it could be a sign of aggression or of fear. Alternatively, it could be a sign your dog has an ear infection, says Schoeff.</p> <p>Yawning </p> <p>Yes, a yawn could indicate tiredness, Bernal says. But it can also be associated with moments of stress, so look for context clues to figure out what your dog’s facial expressions really mean.</p> <p>Lip licking</p> <p>A dog that’s licking its lips can be communicating a desire to submit to its human, Bernal tells us. Or it could indicate anxiety or dehydration, depending on the context. If nothing anxiety-provoking is happening at the moment, consider it a positive form of doggie communication – and make sure your pal’s water bowl is full!</p> <p>Smiling or grinning</p> <p>Yes, dogs smile, although it doesn’t necessarily signify happiness, contentment or agreement. When a dog lifts its lips to show its canine teeth and incisors, it’s a sign of excitement, says Bernal. This makes sense when you consider that pups tend to smile while out on walks or romping with pals at the dog park. A grinning dog face could also be a sign of submissiveness, but that’s usually when a dog is signalling to other dogs, not humans.</p> <p>Nose wrinkling</p> <p>You don’t need a dog expressions’ chart or canine behavioural specialist to recognise when your dog’s smile is more of a snarl, says Bernal. When your dog pulls its lips up vertically to display its front teeth while also wrinkling its muzzle, it’s angry – especially when it raises its ears up and stares steadily. There’s a good chance a growl is coming, and you’ll need to de-escalate the situation.</p> <p>Grimacing</p> <p>In humans, we understand the difference between a smile and a grimace. The same applies to dogs. When your dog draws its lips back horizontally so that you can see all its teeth, it indicates discomfort or fear, Bernal explains. This becomes even more obvious when it’s accompanied by ear-flattening.</p> <p>This article originally appeared on <a href="https://www.readersdigest.com.au/food-home-garden/pets/what-your-dogs-facial-expressions-really-mean?pages=1" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Reader's Digest</a>.</p> <p><em>Image: Getty</em></p>

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Dad sparks controversy for teaching toddler to hunt

<p dir="ltr">A dad has been hit with backlash for teaching his eldest son how to hunt, sparking a discussion on whether children should be able to use weapons.</p> <p dir="ltr">Zach Williams has a passion for hunting and is currently teaching his eldest stepson, who is seven, how to shoot a bow and arrow while his two-year-old watches from the comfort of a backpack.</p> <p dir="ltr">Williams told <em>news.com.au</em>’s podcast <em>I’ve Got News For You</em> that he was taken hunting when he was a child, and that he takes his children now to pass on that experience and to bond.</p> <p dir="ltr">"I started hunting before I had any memory of going out. My grandparents used to take me out camping and fishing and hunting quite young so it's just all I've known growing up," he told host Andrew Bucklow.</p> <p dir="ltr">His seven-year-old practices shooting at targets while his youngest son watches on, laughing as the pair take their shots.</p> <p dir="ltr">"I've got my stepson's elbow and have wound down the poundage, which is the drawer weight and I've just started letting him shoot targets with help from myself," Williams said.</p> <p><span id="docs-internal-guid-d7e8821b-7fff-ab19-39a5-8980078be942"></span></p> <p dir="ltr">"[My younger son] giggles, [my eldest] shoots the bow again, [and my youngest] giggles and he's like more please dad."</p> <p dir="ltr"><img src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/2022/07/aussie-dad-shoot1.jpg" alt="" width="1280" height="720" /></p> <p dir="ltr"><em>Aussie dad Zach Williams has been teaching his young stepson how to use a bow, sparking controversy about his style of parenting. Image: @aussie_arrow (TikTok)</em></p> <p dir="ltr">On other occasions, Williams takes his youngest to explore the terrain and local animals.</p> <p dir="ltr">"I want him to have fun out there, take notice of all the other things that's going on. You see all the native animals, you see all the native bird life, you come across lizards, see plenty of kangaroos, emus and stuff like that,” Williams added.</p> <p dir="ltr">Along with teaching them how to shoot, Williams said the boys receive other educational benefits that non-hunters don’t typically notice, such as learning about conservation and the dangers feral animals impose on the environment, as well as how to be patient and how to “butcher” their own meat.</p> <p dir="ltr">"You learn firearm safety … You're drilling in how dangerous a gun can be. But you know …, [athletes] break their necks, break their legs, break their spines, you know have all these life changing events,” he said.</p> <p dir="ltr">"Hunting can be dangerous if something goes wrong, but so can everything."</p> <p dir="ltr">However, Williams doesn’t necessarily want his sons to shoot at animals just yet, since they don’t have the strength to kill their prey humanely.</p> <p dir="ltr">"You need a certain poundage to efficiently, effectively and humanely kill something with a bow and arrow and that's what you're trying for when your bow hunting is the most humane shot possible," Williams said.</p> <p dir="ltr">"So you have to get lots of practice in it and you also have to have the right setup, the right arrow. So it's as clean a kill as possible."</p> <p dir="ltr">Unlike Williams, Animal Justice Party MP Emma Hurst is among those who strongly oppose the activity and has expressed concern about how NSW hunting laws could be reformed in relation to children.</p> <p dir="ltr">Under the proposed changes, children would be allowed to hunt with bows and dogs regardless of age, while those aged 16-18 would no longer need supervision while hunting using these methods.</p> <p dir="ltr">Hurst said the proposal needs to be scrapped, despite similar rules existing elsewhere in Australia.</p> <p dir="ltr">"These are absolutely shocking proposals being put forward by the Minister of Agriculture, Dugald Saunders. It completely ignores the significant safety risk of these weapons, and the enormous animal welfare impacts that they will have as well," she told Bruckhurst.</p> <p dir="ltr">Though it’s still unclear whether these changes will be implemented, Hurst said she would be keeping a close eye on the situation in case the government attempts to “sneak” it through.</p> <p dir="ltr">As for parents like Williams, she said her party was greatly concerned about the “traumatic experiences” children go through if they get hurt.</p> <p dir="ltr">"I mean, that puts that toddler in a very dangerous situation, and also risks them experiencing trauma from witnessing an animal dying and being torn to pieces. It's really concerning,” she said.</p> <p dir="ltr"><span id="docs-internal-guid-42cc5b19-7fff-ee9f-5533-b9d167033c44"></span></p> <p dir="ltr"><em>Image: @aussie_arrow (TikTok)</em></p>

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"We are all hurting": Toddler dies of rare disease days before baby brother's birth

<p dir="ltr">An Australian toddler who died two weeks before her second birthday is being remembered as a “loving, caring little girl”.</p> <p dir="ltr">Twenty-three-month-old Ruby Edwards is the youngest victim of COVID-19 in Queensland, after the virus triggered Acute Hemorrhagic Leukoencephalitis, a rare neurological disease that usually follows viral or bacterial infections.</p> <p dir="ltr">The aggressive disease caused damage to her myelin - the insulating layer that covers nerves - after she suffered intense inflammation to her brain and spinal cord.</p> <p dir="ltr">Ruby passed away on July 24 at Brisbane Children’s Hospital, just ten days after she tested positive to Covid.</p> <p dir="ltr">Her father, Steven Edwards, broke the news in a heartbreaking Facebook post on Monday.</p> <p dir="ltr">"It is with great sadness that we announce our beautiful baby girl, Ruby Grace Edwards grew her angel wings and passed peacefully yesterday, 24/07/2022 at 4:21pm just two weeks before her 2nd birthday, surrounded by her family," he wrote.</p> <p dir="ltr">"She fought long and hard but unfortunately, the condition was too aggressive, ruthless and relentless. Thanks to her treatment, we don't believe she suffered any pain during her fight and was able to leave this world peacefully.</p> <p dir="ltr">"The hard working medical team of experts at both Logan Hospital and QLD Children's Hospital, did their very best and we are eternally grateful and thankful for their effort and care."</p> <p dir="ltr">Edwards and his wife, Krystal, are grieving their young daughter at the same time as they prepare to welcome another child into the world on Friday, with Edwards saying their family feels “broken” during what should be a “happy time”.</p> <p dir="ltr">"It feels like the world is falling apart for us right now, as we prepare for the arrival of our son this Friday, 29/07/2022. This is supposed to be such a happy time where our family would become complete but is now so broken," he shared.</p> <p dir="ltr">"We, all of us, need to love and support each other through this unimaginably tough time. We are all hurting, we are all in pain, please be kind and be there for each other and cherish Ruby's memory and the joy she brought to all of our lives.</p> <p dir="ltr">"All Krystal and I know right now is that we need to be strong as we embrace our arriving son. He will need us and we will need him."</p> <p dir="ltr">Sarah Watton, a friend of the Edwards, said they are dealing with a “mix of emotions” while grieving their “caring little girl” and preparing for the arrival of their newborn son.</p> <p dir="ltr">"What makes this incredibly tough time even more challenging is that Krystal &amp; Steven are expecting the arrival of their son on Friday. What a mix of emotions for anyone to try to deal with," she said</p> <p dir="ltr">"Ruby was only in this world for a short time. However, she made the most of every second. such a loving, caring little girl, always smiling. She touched the hearts of everyone she met &amp; will be sadly missed by everyone who met her."</p> <p dir="ltr">A <a href="https://www.gofundme.com/f/beautiful-little-ruby?qid=5c29c885cef0dd42a3d60cd1aed627c2" target="_blank" rel="noopener">GoFundMe page</a> set up by Watton to help the Edwards family has raised $26,560 as of publication, far exceeding its goal of $15,000.</p> <p dir="ltr">"I know there are no words to comfort Ruby's mum &amp; dad right now as they try their best to navigate through this incredibly tough time so I was hoping to try &amp; help them financially," she said.</p> <p dir="ltr">"Any donations, no matter how large or small, would be greatly appreciated; if you aren't in a position to donate, could you please share this with your family &amp; friends."</p> <p><span id="docs-internal-guid-b6716380-7fff-0868-c92c-890ea6802edc"></span></p> <p dir="ltr"><em>Image: GoFundMe</em></p>

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Pippa Middleton reveals baby daughter's name

<p>Pippa Middleton has announced the name of her new baby daughter.</p> <p>The 38-year-old younger sister of the Duchess of Cambridge gave birth to her third child with husband James Matthews in <a href="https://oversixty.com.au/lifestyle/family-pets/pippa-middleton-welcomes-third-child" target="_blank" rel="noopener">June</a>.</p> <p>According to People magazine, Pippa and James have chosen a name for their daughter that has a connection to Harry and Meghan's daughter Lilibet. </p> <p>The proud parents have reportedly named their daughter Rose, according to the publication. </p> <p>Like Lilibet, said to be called Lili by her parents, Rose's name is also floral in origin, being derived from the Latin "rosa", which refers to the thorny-stemmed flower.</p> <p>While Rose is a classic name, it's not a particularly popular one, as name-ranking website NameBerry stated that Rose ranked 61st in popularity of registered baby girls' names in the UK in 2020.</p> <p>Pippa and James' name choice is keeping in theme with the other classic names as their other children, Arthur, three, and Grace, one. </p> <p>While Pippa never formally announced her third pregnancy, her bump was proudly on display when the couple attended the Party at the Palace" concert for Queen Elizabeth's Platinum Jubilee last month. </p> <p>Rose is the sixth grandchild for Middleton's parents Michael and Carole and another cousin for the Cambridges' royal trio, Prince George, 9, Princess Charlotte, 7, and Prince Louis, 4.</p> <p>Pippa could soon be following in her sister's footsteps by inheriting a <a href="https://www.oversixty.com.au/lifestyle/beauty-style/pippa-middleton-to-gain-noble-inheritance" target="_blank" rel="noopener">royal title</a> of her own from her father-in-law. </p> <p dir="ltr">Her husband, James Matthews, is the eldest son of David Matthews, and is in line to inherit his father's title as Laird of Glen Affric, along with a 10,000-acre Scottish estate near Loch Ness.</p> <p dir="ltr">If he does receive the hereditary title upon his father's death, that would see Pippa and James become Lord and Lady Glen Affric.</p> <p dir="ltr">The Commonwealth-recognised title would make the couple members of the nobility, one step down from royalty.</p> <p><em>Image credits: Getty Images</em></p>

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