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Ella Travolta’s touching tribute to Kelly Preston: “Thank you for being there for me”

<p><span>Ella Travolta is mourning the loss of her mother, Kelly Preston, who has died at the age of 57 from breast cancer.</span></p> <p><span>"I have never met anyone as courageous, strong, beautiful and loving as you. Anyone who is lucky enough to have known you or to have ever been in your presence will agree that you have a glow and a light that never ceases to shine and that makes anyone around you feel instantly happy," the 20-year-old wrote on Instagram.</span></p> <p><span>"Thank you for being there for me no matter what. Thank you for your love. Thank you for your help and thank you for making this world a better place. You have made life so beautiful and I know you will continue to do so always. I love you so much mama."</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/CCkiFtvH79c/?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/CCkiFtvH79c/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">I have never met anyone as courageous, strong, beautiful and loving as you. Anyone who is lucky enough to have known you or to have ever been in your presence will agree that you have a glow and a light that never ceases to shine and that makes anyone around you feel instantly happy. Thank you for being there for me no matter what. Thank you for your love. Thank you for your help and thank you for making this world a better place. You have made life so beautiful and I know you will continue to do so always. I love you so much mama.❤️</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/ella.travolta/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank"> Ella Travolta</a> (@ella.travolta) on Jul 12, 2020 at 10:38pm PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p><span>Preston passed away on July 12 after fighting a two-year battle with breast cancer. She is survived by her husband John Travolta, daughter Ella, 20, and nine-year-old son Benjamin. Their son Jett tragically died at 16 on a family vacation in 2009.</span></p> <p><span>On May 11, Ella honoured her relationship with Preston for Mother’s Day.</span></p> <p><span>"Happy Mother's Day to this incredible woman. Beautiful inside and out, hard working and the most amazing mother and wife," she wrote alongside a throwback of the pair. "I love you so much!!! wishing a happy Mother's Day to all of the mothers out there."</span></p> <p><span>Travolta announced her tragic passing, saying she had lost her fight against the disease.</span></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," John wrote on Instagram today, alongside a photo of Preston. "She fought a courageous fight with the love and support of so many. 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>

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Lisa Wilkinson reveals why she was missing from The Sunday Project

<p><span>Lisa Wilkinson has revealed why she was absent from </span><em>The Sunday Project</em><span> desk. </span></p> <p><span>Wilkinson was nowhere to be seen at the start of Sunday night’s episode with </span><em>Q&amp;A<span> </span></em><span>host Hamish Macdonald running the show from the desk instead.</span></p> <p><span>But Wilkinson did join in via zoom from her bedroom inside her Sydney home.</span></p> <p><span>“I’m five days into isolation,” said Wilkinson.</span></p> <p><span>“I got a bit caught between NSW and Victoria so I’m doing it from my bedroom tonight.”</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/CCiSa3kl8GG/?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/CCiSa3kl8GG/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">SUNDAY @theprojecttv coming to you direct from my bedroom tonight because...iso. And, @daryl.braithwaite is joining me, so it’s not all bad! 6.30pm on @channel10au #theprojecttv #isolife</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/lisa_wilkinson/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank"> Lisa Wilkinson</a> (@lisa_wilkinson) on Jul 12, 2020 at 1:43am PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p><span>On July 8, the NSW government made it compulsory for NSW residents returning home from Victoria to self-isolate for 14 days.</span></p> <p><span>Anyone who fails to comply with the rules could face up to six months prison, a fine of $11,000, or both.</span></p> <p><span>While she could have had the night off, Wilkinson still showed up so she could interview one of her favourite singers, Daryl Braithwaite.</span></p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">Watch <a href="https://twitter.com/Lisa_Wilkinson?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@Lisa_Wilkinson</a> fangirl over Aussie music legend Daryl Braithwaite as she quizzes him on how he really felt about their duet on breakfast tv all those years ago 😂 <a href="https://t.co/Y17hWLY38I">pic.twitter.com/Y17hWLY38I</a></p> — The Project (@theprojecttv) <a href="https://twitter.com/theprojecttv/status/1282248767253643264?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">July 12, 2020</a></blockquote> <p><span>“When I found out that Daryl was going to be on the show tonight, I insisted in being involved,” Wilkinson said.</span></p> <p><span>Along with the rest of </span><em>The Sunday Project</em><span> co-hosts, Wilkinson interviewed Braithwaite about his new song, </span><em>Love Songs</em><span>. </span></p> <p><span>Right before the interview ended, Wilkinson reminisced about the time Braithwaite surprised her on the </span><em>Today</em><span> show in 2017 and serenaded her with The Horses.</span></p> <p><span>After airing a snippet from the segment, Wilkinson said, “Shortly after I sang that on breakfast TV with you, I left there”, referring to when she jumped ship from Channel 9 to Channel 10.</span></p> <p><span>“The kiss of death,” Braithwaite jokingly replied. “Well, this could be the end of you on The Project as well.”</span></p>

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NSW outbreak: Sydney pub-goers ordered to self-isolate

<p>All the people who visited a pub in Sydney’s southwest over an eight-day period have been told to self-isolate regardless of their COVID-19 test result after authorities confirmed nine coronavirus cases linked to the establishment.</p> <p>An 18 year-old staffer from the Crossroads Hotel in Casula and a close contact in her 50s, along with a woman in her 40s and a Victorian man in his 20s, are the latest to test positive for the virus.</p> <p>NSW Health has urged anyone who entered the Crossroads Hotel in Casula between July 3 and 10 to self-isolate for 14 days.</p> <p>“Even if you get a negative test, that does not mean you are out of the woods and hence we are asking that you isolate yourself for 14 days since you were last at the Crossroads Hotel,” said NSW chief health officer Dr Kerry Chant.</p> <p>“A negative result does not mean you can breach self-isolation.”</p> <p>About 1,600 customers have been tested at the pop-up testing clinic at the hotel since Friday, <em><a href="https://7news.com.au/lifestyle/health-wellbeing/8-day-infection-period-pub-goers-told-to-self-isolate-regardless-of-covid-test-result-c-1160653">7News</a> </em>reported.</p> <p>Federal Labor MP Anne Stanley was among the patrons who dined at the pub. In a Facebook post, she said she has been tested for coronavirus and is entering self-isolation for 14 days.</p> <p>The outbreak highlighted <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2020/jul/12/crossroads-hotel-thousands-told-to-isolate-for-two-weeks-as-sydney-cluster-grows">the importance of businesses recording the contact details of sit-down customers</a>, Chant said.</p> <p>“When you do go into cafes, restaurants and other facilities, there is a reason we ask you for those details,” she said.</p> <p>“Please use correct numbers [and] write legibly because this will be in your best interest.”</p> <p>The Planet Fitness Gym, which is located hundreds of metres from the pub, has also closed its doors after one of its employees tested positive for the virus.</p> <p>Anyone who visited the gym on July 9 or 10 has been advised to be tested for coronavirus immediately.</p> <p>On Sunday, NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian announced travellers returning to the state will be charged for their fortnight hotel quarantine starting next week.</p> <p>The first adult in each party will be charged $3,000. Additional adults will be billed a further $1,000 and children over three years old $500.</p> <p>“Cost hasn’t been the main challenge for us, it has been making sure we get the logistics right,” Berejiklian said.</p> <p>“New South Wales is still processing more than six or seven times what other states are processing and, on that basis, we want to make sure we are putting resources where they are needed.”</p> <p>The premier said the next four weeks would be critical in the fight to contain COVID-19.</p> <p>“We have the chance now to really clamp down on community transmission or else unfortunately we’ll go down the track of what Victoria is going through.”</p>

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Coronavirus: Victoria records another 165 infections as state goes into lockdown

<div class="post_body_wrapper"> <div class="post_body"> <div class="body_text "> <p>Victoria has recorded 165 new coronavirus cases with the state's total growing past 3,000.</p> <p>Thirty of the new cases have been linked to outbreaks, with 135 currently under investigation.</p> <p>40 Victorians are in hospital, including nine in intensive care.</p> <p>There are also 18 new cases at the commission towers with the total at 111.</p> <p>Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews is expected to address the media later.</p> <p>Residents in Melbourne's nine quarantined public housing towers are in day 5 of "hard lockdown" with 3,000 residents completed overnight.</p> <p>Those who have tested positive cannot leave their rooms.</p> <p>Daily temperature checks will also be conducted for children at schools across Melbourne's locked-down zones.</p> <p>More than 14,000 infra-red thermometers will be sent to public, Catholic and independent schools as well as being sent to early childhood education and care services.</p> <p>Education Minister James Merlino said that the daily checks would "help make sure unwell students stay at home and do not risk spreading coronavirus".</p> <p>“I understand that this is a stressful time for parents, but we are following the best medical advice and taking every possible precaution to ensure the safety of all Victorians,” he said.</p> <p>Children who attend a school in metropolitan Melbourne or Mitchell Shire will have an extra week of holidays if they're in prep to year 10.</p> </div> </div> </div>

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Shock as Victoria records Australia's biggest daily increase in COVID-19 cases

<div class="post_body_wrapper"> <div class="post_body"> <div class="body_text "> <p>Victoria has recorded a shocking 288 new coronavirus cases on Friday, which is the biggest daily increase anywhere in Australia since the pandemic started.</p> <p>The state's current total is 3,397, with active coronavirus cases skyrocketing past 1,000.</p> <p>The worst 24-hour period before this was in NSW where 212 new cases were recorded.</p> <p>Of the 288 new cases, 26 are linked to known outbreaks with the remaining 262 under investigation.</p> <p>A total of 47 people are in hospital with 12 in intensive care.</p> <p>Prime Minister Scott Morrison has said that the situation is "very concerning".</p> <p>“Victoria is continuing to ask for help and they will be getting help,” he said after Friday’s National Cabinet meeting.</p> <p>Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews has advised all Victorians to wear masks where social distancing can not be guaranteed.</p> <p>“We are requesting all Victorians when out of your home for any of the four permitted reasons to leave and where social distancing cannot be maintained to wear face masks,” he said.</p> <p>He has confirmed that the instruction is not compulsory.</p> <p>Residents in eight of the nine commission towers have been eased back to stage three restrictions, but 480 people will remain in hard lockdown after 53 coronavirus cases were linked to that building. </p> <p>The Victorian government has also announced today that there will be a $534 million business support package after the second lockdown in the state.</p> <p>Under the new scheme, $30 million will go towards the city's night-time and hospitality sector while $36 million will be allocated to mental health support for small business owners and traders.</p> </div> </div> </div>

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Waleed Aly grills Victorian premier after he reveals Melbourne lockdown could last longer than six weeks

<div class="post_body_wrapper"> <div class="post_body"> <div class="body_text "> <p>Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews has warned that Melbourne's lockdown could extend beyond six weeks if things are not brought under control.</p> <p>He made the warning on <em>The Project</em> and said that a longer time frame "can not be ruled out".</p> <p>Around 5.2 million people who live in the Melbourne metropolitan area have returned to stage three restrictions from 11:59 pm on Wednesday/ as the state has announced over 100 new cases for four days straight.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">“It’s not about being popular, it’s about doing what has to be done”. Daniel Andrews spoke to us, as Victoria records 134 new COVID-19 cases today, as people in Melbourne and the Mitchell Shire savoured their final hours of freedom for six weeks.<a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/TheProjectTV?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#TheProjectTV</a> <a href="https://t.co/CVdyy0MjZd">pic.twitter.com/CVdyy0MjZd</a></p> — The Project (@theprojecttv) <a href="https://twitter.com/theprojecttv/status/1280792488387710977?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">July 8, 2020</a></blockquote> <p>"The advice from our chief health officer, that six weeks will give us the time we need to get control of this virus again, to see some stability and then to drive down the case numbers," he said. </p> <p>"We can’t rule out that it may be longer, but that’s the advice of the Chief Health Officer, after a lot of thought, a lot of analysing of that data, we couldn’t go on as we were. </p> <p>"We needed to take this painful and difficult step and six weeks is the time we need."</p> <p>Victoria currently has 860 active cases of coronavirus with 465 are community transmissions.</p> <p><em>The Project's</em> Waleed Aly asked the Victorian Premier on Wednesday night if it was a mistake that the army wasn't enlisted to enforce hotel quarantine.</p> <p>"Do you accept that it was a mistake not having ADF personnel running or overseeing the hotel quarantine program?" Waleed questioned. </p> <p>"Well, there are a couple of points to make, Waleed," Mr Andrews responded.</p> <p>"ADF personnel are involved in transportation in some states and other states they have no role at all.</p> <p>"We have other problems and we've set up a judicial inquiry because you've got to being accountable, yes, but I would put it to you with the greatest respect, it is not appropriate for politicians to sit in judgement of themselves.</p> <p>"It should be at arm's length, should be done properly."</p> <p>The premier said that Corrections Victoria was now "absolutely in control" of the quarantine facilities.</p> <p>"They are the people who run our jails, the people who are perfectly skilled and suited to do this," he said.</p> <p>"We've also got a freeze on additional flights coming back to Melbourne. That will only resume if we are completely confident, if the corrections commissioner is completely confident that we have all the processes in place."</p> <p>Aly asked that if the premier's apology to Melbourne citizens earlier in the day was "admitting fault".</p> <p>"The job that I do means that I am the leader of the state, and it is for me to accept responsibility for all of these things … I’ve never run away from that," Mr Andrews responded.</p> <p>"These are not easy calls, but it is not about being popular. It is about doing what has to be done. I am deeply sorry that we find ourselves here, but words are not the most important thing.</p> <p>"It is acknowledging, of course, being accountable, of course, but then taking the tough calls and getting on to get this job done and that’s what I intend to do."</p> <p>His interview comes after Prime Minister Scott Morrison told Melbourne citizens that they would have to "tough it out".</p> <p>"The job if you’re a Melburnian is to tough it out – and it will be tough – but know the rest of the country is with you," he said.</p> <p>"The rest of the country knows that the sacrifice that you’re going through right now is not just for you and your own family, but it’s for the broader Australian community."</p> <p>The Prime Minister also said he was grateful for their strength.</p> <p>"I want to thank Melburnians for how they’re dealing with this. I can imagine the frustration," Mr Morrison said.</p> <p>"You can imagine a business that had just started opening up again and now they got to close down again. Heartbreaking. Frustrating. Talking to their staff, kids were about to go back to school, the uncertainty that is attached to all of that – we all understand."</p> </div> </div> </div>

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Karl Stefanovic storms off Today show live on air after Allison Langdon’s hurtful tweets

<p><span>Karl Stefanovic could not hide his hurt when it was revealed a colleague had “bagged him out” on social media on Friday morning. </span><br /><br /><span>The Today show host, 45, walked off set during a live broadcast after being told his co-anchor Allison Langdon had seemingly made a hurtful tweet about him. </span><br /><br /><span>Karl surprised viewers by calling out Langdon, 41, for making disparaging remarks about him and sports reporter Alex Cullen on Twitter. </span><br /><br /><span>Following Alex's sports update, Karl said: “I don’t think they'd be alone in bagging colleagues out privately, obviously.”</span><br /><br /><span>“Yeah, it happens,” Alex solemnly responded. </span><br /><br /><span>Karl went on to say: “It does happen, and it's not very nice. I've actually managed to intercept a tweet Ally sent Tim [Davies, Today's weather presenter], and this is what it says here.”</span><br /><br /><span>He then read aloud the hurtful Twitter post to his co-hosts and viewed at home.</span><br /><br /><span>“Hey Tim, I think Alex and Karl are LAZY and letting the team down. I'm so sick of carrying them every morning,” it read.</span><br /><br /><span>“So that's Allison Langdon to Tim. That's good, isn't it?” Karl said, bitterly.</span><br /><br /><span>“Alex added: “That hurts. That hurts me right in the bread basket.”</span><br /><br /><span>Allison defended her hurtful words: “Look, I stand by it!”</span><br /><br /><span>Karl then stood up and began to walk off set in protest, but stopped to confer with Alex, who was also pretending to have hurt feelings.</span><br /><br /><span>The pair swiftly moved on to talk about the NRL, and Allison went into a weather segment with Tim.</span><br /><br /><span>Karl's walk-off was revealed to simply be a joke, however, as a quick glance at Allison's verified Twitter account shows that she hasn't tweeted since May 29.</span><br /><br /><span>There are several websites that allow users to generate “fake tweets”, which seems to be what the Today show producers did for the cheeky segment.</span></p>

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Daniel Andrews faces increasing pressure to resign after COVID-19 spike

<div class="post_body_wrapper"> <div class="post_body"> <div class="body_text "> <p>Melbourne Premier Daniel Andrews has blamed "complacency" on Melbourne citizens for the second wave around coronavirus.</p> <p>Critics say the true blame rests with the Victorian Premier himself and are asking for his resignation.</p> <p>There is an "unsustainable" spike in new cases of coronavirus and prompted the stage three lockdown of Melbourne for the next six weeks.</p> <p>“I think a sense of complacency has crept into us as we let our frustrations get the better of us,” Mr Andrews said. “I think that each of us know someone who has not been following the rules as well as they should have.”</p> <p>The beginning of this second wave of infections has been linked to a failure in Victoria's mandatory hotel quarantine procedures, which the Victorian government was responsible for.</p> <p>Liberal Opposition leader Michael O’Brien said yesterday the lockdown of Melbourne is the “catastrophic failure of Daniel Andrews’ failure on hotel quarantine”.</p> <p>Mr Andrews was asked directly at a press conference today if he felt "community anger" towards his government undermined his credibility.</p> <p>“I am accountable – there’s never been a doubt about that,” he said.</p> <p>“I am accountable for what happens across our state. That’s what being the leader of the state is all about. At the same time, that job requires me to make not just the popular calls, but the really difficult, hard calls.”</p> <p>Dr Margaret Heffernan OAM said that the government's conduct contributed to "message and compassion fatigue", especially as Victorians were allowed to protest for Black Lives Matter during the lockdown.</p> <p>“In Victoria … a lack of resilience among sectors of the population (was) compounded by contradictory messages from government – ‘constrain social behaviours, but it is OK to mass protest’ – and led to confusion and lack of trust in our mandated leaders,” Dr Heffernan said.</p> <p>There is a clear sense of anger after yesterday's announcement as talkback radio was flooded with upset calls.</p> <p>Many were annoyed that they had been blamed for the return of COVID-19 cases by Mr Andrews.</p> <p>“Well, I made a number of comments yesterday and I think that’s an accurate description of the way some people are behaving,” he said, adding: “That’s not every Victorian.”</p> <p>When asked by a reporter, the Premier said he wasn’t considering resigning.</p> <p>“What I’m not just considering, but delivering, is the response to this pandemic and seeing this through. That’s what’s most important and it’s what I’m going to get done.”</p> </div> </div> </div>

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"I can't breathe!": Dramatic tower arrest of man delivering food to Melbourne towers

<p>A man working with a youth charity was arrested outside a locked-down public housing tower in Flemington, Melbourne just before 10 pm on Tuesday night.</p> <p>The man was trying to deliver food to residents and dramatic footage of the arrest shows police swarming the man.</p> <p>He yells "I can't breathe".</p> <p>Australasian Mercy Secondary School Association Youth Connect arrived just after 9 pm with groceries for residents. Volunteers claim that they waited around for about half an hour before deliveries were able to begin and the fight broke out shortly after.</p> <p>Counsellor Tigist Kebede filmed the incident and is heard yelling for the man to be let go as he scuffles with the police.</p> <p>“Please, please don’t choke him, please … he’s just trying to deliver food,” she says.</p> <p>Moments later, three officers appear to tackle him to the ground.</p> <p>At one point in the clip, Tigist approaches the man to check on him.</p> <p>“I’m good,” he says. “These guys are sick bro, I didn’t touch him … why? How?”</p> <p>A Victoria Police spokeswoman told NCA NewsWire said that there were two men involved in the fight on Tuesday night after an unknown man allegedly became verbally aggressive towards police about 9:50 pm.</p> <p>“The unknown man ran off from the scene, while the other man, a 28-year-old from Altona North who was refusing the direction of police, was arrested,” she said.</p> <p>“The Altona North man has been released pending further inquiries with police still to follow up the identity of the unknown man.”</p> <p>Tigist shared the footage to her social media pages, telling followers it was the "scariest thing I've ever seen".</p> <p>“I was so afraid this was going to be another viral black death,” she wrote in a statement posted to Instagram.</p> <p>“We were lucky. That’s it.”</p> <p>Tigist said it was only by luck that the man did not die during the argument.</p> <p>“We shouldn’t have to rely on luck,” she said.</p> <p>“What happens when we’re not so fortunate? Does someone die? Does someone get injured?</p> <p>“Why are we exposed to violence and trauma for providing an essential service we were approved to do?”</p> <p><em>Photo credits: </em><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.news.com.au/national/victoria/i-cant-breathe-dramatic-tower-arrest-of-man-delivering-food-to-residents-in-lockdown/news-story/d7bccb2b56a7097c0df33a386b7df7a5" target="_blank" class="_e75a791d-denali-editor-page-rtflink"><em>The Coloured Therapist</em></a></p>

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Doting dad Karl Stefanovic is surprised by sweet video of Harper

<div class="post_body_wrapper"> <div class="post_body"> <div class="body_text "> <p>Karl Stefanovic hasn't been able to hide his joy after his wife Jasmine Yarbrough gave birth to a baby girl called Harper May.</p> <p>Harper is now two months old and the doting dad still can't get enough of her.</p> <p>On Tuesday, <em>Today</em> show co-host Allison Langdon surprised him with footage of Harper sent through by Jasmine.</p> <p>"Before we go, I have got a surprise for you. Because we have been sent in a video from two of our favourite viewers this morning - Jasmine and Harper," Langdon announced.</p> <p>"Oh, what!" exclaimed a shocked but delighted Karl.</p> <p><a rel="noopener" href="https://twitter.com/TheTodayShow/status/1280281439905427462" target="_blank" class="_e75a791d-denali-editor-page-rtflink">https://twitter.com/TheTodayShow/status/1280281439905427462</a></p> <p>Baby Harper appeared on the screen in a pink jumpsuit, where mum Jasmine can be heard saying:</p> <p>"Who is the cutest baby in the world? Me," Jasmine gushed.</p> <p>"Who kept mummy up all night?" she joked.</p> <p>Allison and entertainment reporter Brooke Boney also gushed over baby Harper.</p> <p>"Oh that is a face you can't be mad at for a second," said Allison.</p> <p>"She's so cute," said Brooke.</p> <p>Allison also apologised to Jasmine for her lack of sleep.</p> <p>"I'm sorry Jas you got no sleep last night. Karl is on his way home now and you can take the day off," she said.</p> <p>Karl added: "I'm very proud of all the work I did in the formation of that child."</p> </div> </div> </div>

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"So happy": Today reporter Brooke Boney speaks out about Pauline Hanson dumping

<div class="body_text "> <p><em>Today</em> show reporter Brooke Boney has said that she was "so happy" to see Pauline Hanson fired by Nine as Hanson made comments about social housing tenants that are "disgusting".</p> <p>“I am so happy to see her gone,” Boney said on ABC-TV’s <em>Q&amp;A</em> program on Monday night.</p> <p>“I grew up in Housing Commission. To me, I was thinking about all of those kids sitting at home watching.</p> <p>“All of those people trapped in their apartments, watching and thinking, ‘This is what Australia thinks of us. This is what the rest of our country thinks – is that we’re alcoholics and drug addicts’. And that’s disgusting.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">What can be done to protect the residents of Melbourne’s locked down towers from further vilification? And what can be to ensure these residents have access to daily necessities? <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/QandA?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#QandA</a> <a href="https://t.co/5u5kLbJz5I">pic.twitter.com/5u5kLbJz5I</a></p> — QandA (@QandA) <a href="https://twitter.com/QandA/status/1280107166385356800?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">July 6, 2020</a></blockquote> <p>“I’m all for free speech, and I think that people, when they have different perspectives and different opinions, that most of the time it does help drive argument forward or debate forward or policy forward," Boney explained.</p> <p>“But when you use it to vilify people, or to be deliberately mean and mean-spirited, it’s …. that, to me, is disgusting.</p> <p>“She says hurtful things about Aboriginal people as well that upset me.”</p> <p>Boney is a Gamilaroi/Gomeroi woman and was one of four panellists on Q&amp;A's episode that focused on COVID-19, Black Lives Matter, cancel culture, alcohol in lockdown and political ethics. </p> <p>Shadow Federal Minister for Environment and Water Terri Butler said that Hanson had been a "public racist since 1996".</p> <p>“She used her first maiden speech to say that we were in danger of being ‘swamped by Asians’ and used her second speech saying we were in danger of being ‘swamped by Muslims.</p> <p>“We’re not talking about someone who just woke up this morning a racist. Shows have been platforming her. I think it’s a business model. I think it’s all about her.</p> <p>“She’s got a party built on a brand. The brand is built on her personality. Her business model has worked.”</p> <p>However, ex-Liberal MP Christopher Pyne disagreed.</p> <p>“I think that Pauline Hanson genuinely believes the things that she says,” he said.</p> <p>“She’s been quite consistent about it – consistently bad, right? – but she’s been consistent about it.</p> <p>“I’ve been surprised watching Pauline Hanson over 20-odd years that her views haven’t changed very much.</p> <p>“There’s definitely a cadre of people who believe and agree with what Pauline says.</p> <p>“And they’ve been the one party from the non-Labor side of politics that’s actually been quite successful over the last 20 years, One Nation.”</p> <p>Hanson made the offensive comments on the <em>Today</em> show about the Melbourne residents that are trapped inside nine housing commission towers.</p> <p>Co-host Ally Langdon told Hanson that some of the tower residents haven't eaten properly since Saturday due to the latest restrictions.</p> <p>“Ah come on Ally, we’ve seen food being delivered there,” Hanson replied. “The fact is a lot of them are drug addicts as well, they are getting their medication, they are alcoholics so they’re being looked after in that way.</p> <p>“They are actually getting paid extra money. Why are they getting paid extra money? For what? They are not leaving the premises.”</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">3,000 people are in their second day of quarantine in Melbourne's public housing commission towers. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/9Today?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#9Today</a> <a href="https://t.co/tpgdWmMTA9">pic.twitter.com/tpgdWmMTA9</a></p> — The Today Show (@TheTodayShow) <a href="https://twitter.com/TheTodayShow/status/1279861524128030720?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">July 5, 2020</a></blockquote> <p>Hanson then went on to say that an inability to speak English had led to the towers being shut down.</p> <p>“A lot of these people are from non-English speaking backgrounds, probably English is their second language who haven’t adhered to the rules of social distancing. They all used a lot of the same laundry,” she said.</p> <p>“So the fact is you’ve got to look at why they are in that situation. Why is it they are in that situation? Why has the Government gone to this high-rise building and shut it down? Possibly because a lot of these people weren’t doing the right thing.</p> <p>“Is the Government worried about the other areas that are shut down? You know, the people in their homes, are they able to actually get out and buy the food as well? There has to be a reason why they have targeted this set of blocks, apartment blocks. Ask that question.”</p> <p>After these comments, Hanson suggested that refugees from war-torn countries should be able to handle being locked up.</p> <p>“You know, these people, I saw them taking a truckload of food to them, all the rest of it, if they are from war-torn countries, which some of these people are, they know what it is like to be in tough conditions,” she said.</p> <p>“So I’d say, you know, have a look at the facts before you criticise and that aspect and I think the governments and all of these other, you know, these interest groups an everyone will make sure they’re well looked after."</p> </div>

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Karl Stefanovic’s heated exchange with Premier Daniel Andrews

<p><em>Today</em> host Karl Stefanovic has accused the Victorian government for being responsible of the “catastrophic bungle” that allowed another spike in coronavirus cases in the state.</p> <p>Speaking to Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews on Wednesday morning, Stefanovic claimed Andrews was putting the blame on Victorians for the recent outbreak.</p> <p>“How could you blame Victorians yesterday for the outbreak when it was your government’s decision to employ an incompetent private security force to guard those in quarantine?” the host said. “That’s an unbelievably catastrophic bungle right at the front door.”</p> <p>Andrews said: “It’s not about blaming Victorians, but all of us have a part to play and all of us have to be focused on those things we can influence.</p> <p>“If you’re sick you can’t go out. If you’re sick you have to get tested. The rules are there to protect us.</p> <p>“We all have to follow the rules. That’s not about blaming anyone. It’s simply about properly explaining to people the circumstances we’re in and the next steps that we have to take.</p> <p>“What’s gone on is unacceptable. To me. To everybody. But I can’t change that. All I can do is make the tough calls now to keep Victorians safe and to get us to the other side of this.”</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">"You talk about fear. If this gets right away from us then we'll see some very ugly scenes, great tragedy, thousands of people in hospital, and many, many people dying." Victorian premier Daniel Andrews on Melbourne going back into strict lockdown from midnight tonight. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/9Today?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#9Today</a> <a href="https://t.co/nlt0qatOEz">pic.twitter.com/nlt0qatOEz</a></p> — The Today Show (@TheTodayShow) <a href="https://twitter.com/TheTodayShow/status/1280613881803608076?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">July 7, 2020</a></blockquote> <p>Victoria’s recent surge in COVID-19 cases has been largely attributed to breaches in the quarantine system, with many of the state’s recent infections being linked back to <a href="https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-07-04/victoria-coronavirus-hotel-quarantine-leaves-states-vulnerable/12420970">private security contractors</a> working at two quarantine hotels in Melbourne.</p> <p>In NSW, where the system has seen <a href="https://www.theage.com.au/national/victoria/how-hotel-quarantine-let-covid-19-out-of-the-bag-in-victoria-20200703-p558og.html">far fewer outbreak issues</a>, police and the defence forces were significantly involved in hotel quarantine alongside private security.</p>

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“Fear and hysteria”: Alan Jones returns to airwaves with coronavirus claims

<p>Alan Jones has once again accused the Australian Government of “extraordinary alarmist campaign over coronavirus” on the debut of his new <em>Sky News </em>show.</p> <p>The controversial media personality has returned to broadcasting after retiring from radio a few weeks ago, with claims that Australia’s coronavirus response created “fear and hysteria”.</p> <p>The 79-year-old said he was in the “cohort that was in danger” of COVID-19.</p> <p>“People like me, because of my age and I’ve had everything wrong with me,” he said on Monday night.</p> <p>“Now this cohort should have been looked after instead of frightening the tripe out of everyone and putting the economy into a coma, and this goes on today.”</p> <p>Jones claimed the federal and state governments’ response to the pandemic has given “the impression … that if you test positive, you must immediately go to Bunnings, get a box of nails, some pine boards, build a coffin and jump into it”.</p> <p>He said: “Since I was last on air and even before I went off air, we have endured this extraordinary alarmist campaign over coronavirus and it still persists.</p> <p>“The economy has been crushed. What for?</p> <p>“Chief medical officers whose names have never appeared on a ballot paper are running the country.</p> <p>“[It was] time our leaders provided some real leadership instead of fear and hysteria.”</p> <p>Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews on Monday morning announced the Victorian border with New South Wales will be closed from Wednesday as the national coronavirus death toll reached 106.</p> <p>As of Monday, there were 645 active cases in Victoria.</p> <p>The following 12 postcodes are required to follow Stay at Home directions until July 29: 3031, 3051, 3012, 3021, 3032, 3038, 3042, 3046, 3047, 3055, 3060 and 3064.</p> <p>“Victorians in these locked down suburbs are being urged to do their bit in the fight against coronavirus – stick to the rules and get to a testing station,” Victoria’s Chief Health Officer Professor Brett Sutton said in a statement.</p> <p>“This virus is not selective, it will impact anyone it encounters, and personal contact is the clear source of its transmission. More than 300,000 people live across these suburbs. We need everyone to do their part and ensure it is stopped in its tracks.</p> <p>“Don’t take this disease lightly. if you feel unwell with any symptoms of coronavirus, however mild, you should stay home and get tested.”</p>

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​Pauline Hanson axed from Today after racist rant

<p><span>One National leader Pauline Hanson has been axed from <em>Today</em> after she went on a spectacularly offensive rant against the Melbourne residents that are currently trapped inside nine housing commission towers.</span><br /><br /><span>In a fiery segment on the <em>Today</em> show on Monday morning, the politician called the tower residents “drug addicts” who should have learnt English before coming to Australia.</span><br /><br /><span>Channel 9 has since pulled the plug on Senator Hanson’s regular <em>Today</em> appearances, saying her latest comments went too far.</span><br /><br /><span>“The <em>Today</em> show has advised Pauline Hanson that she will no longer be appearing on our programme as a regular contributor,” Nine’s Director of News and Current Affairs Darren Wick said in a statement.</span><br /><br /><span>“We don’t shy away from diverse opinions and robust debate on the <em>Today</em> show. But this morning’s accusations from Pauline Hanson were ill-informed and divisive. At a time of uncertainty in this national and global health crisis, Australians have to be united and supportive of one another. We need to get through this together.”</span><br /><br /><span>On the <em>Today</em> show this morning, co-host Ally Langdon told the Senator that some of the tower residents hadn’t had a proper meal since Saturday.</span><br /><br /><span>“Ah come on Ally, we’ve seen food being delivered there,” she replied.</span><br /><br /><span>“The fact is a lot of them are drug addicts as well, they are getting their medication, they are alcoholics so they’re being looked after in that way.</span><br /><br /><span>“They are actually getting paid extra money. Why are they getting paid extra money? For what? They are not leaving the premises.”</span><br /><br /><span>Senator Hanson went on to say that being unable to speak English was the reason the towers were shut down.</span><br /><br /><span>“A lot of these people are from non-English speaking backgrounds, probably English is their second language who haven’t adhered to the rules of social distancing. They all used a lot of the same laundry,” she said.</span><br /><br /><span>“So the fact is you’ve got to look at why they are in that situation. Why is it they are in that situation? Why has the Government gone to this high-rise building and shut it down? Possibly because a lot of these people weren’t doing the right thing.</span><br /><br /><span>“Is the Government worried about the other areas that are shut down? You know, the people in their homes, are they able to actually get out and buy the food as well? There has to be a reason why they have targeted this set of blocks, apartment blocks. Ask that question.”</span><br /><br /><span>She then went on to offensively suggest that refugees from war-torn countries should be able to withstand being locked up.</span><br /><br /><span>“You know, these people, I saw them taking a truck load of food to them, all the rest of it, if they are from war torn countries, which some of these people are, they know what it is like to be in tough conditions,” she said.</span><br /><br /><span>“So I’d say, you know, have a look at the facts before you criticise and that aspect and I think the governments and all of these other, you know, these interest groups an everyone will make sure they’re well looked after.”</span><br /><br /><span>Senator Hanson was asked if she had a heart, to which she replied and said she did, but also had “common sense”.</span><br /><br /><span>“The fact is that we’re sick and tired of people bleeding bloody hearts out there,” she said. “This is a shutdown because the rest of the state has been locked off from the rest of the country.</span><br /><br /><span>“We don’t want the Victorians up here in Queensland as our premier has said. Until they clean this up, what do you think is going to happen to those people that can’t go back to their jobs, who have actually been isolated themselves, who went this isn’t one area that’s being isolated, we have got a lot of Victoria that is being isolated because these people, who cannot speak English, don’t know what the hell to do.”</span><br /><br /><span>Senator Hanson furiously denied that authorities could have done better in reaching out to tower residents in their native languages.</span><br /><br /><span>“Why should we? Why should we put everything out in someone else’s language when you come to Australia,” she said.</span><br /><br /><span>“We should not be putting out literature in their own language. Learn to speak English when you come here to this country. That’s a big problem that we have in Australia.”</span><br /><br /><span>Sarrah Le Marquand, editor-in-chief of Stellar and Body+Soul magazine, was not impressed with Hanson’s views, and told the politician during the panel that her views were “an absolute nonsense”.</span><br /><br /><span>“This is not a war-torn country - it’s Melbourne,” Le Marquand told Hanson.</span><br /><br /><span>“It doesn’t matter whether they speak English or where they have come from. We are talking about young children and families.”</span><br /><br /><span>Senator Hanson argued that the Australian public has already been through a lockdown and this one was no different.</span><br /><br /><span>“We’ve gone through months of people, the public being locked up,” she said.</span><br /><br /><span>“We’ve gone through months where people couldn’t go to the park, gyms, couldn’t go to the park, gyms, couldn’t go anywhere.</span><br /><br /><span>“Australian people have been locked up in their homes for ages. What are you going on about now? Because they’re locked up in their homes, because they live in apartment buildings, they live in apartment buildings, the Government has taken food to them, they get paid extra money, they are getting methadone, they are given the drugs, they are looking after their addictions, what is your problem?</span><br /><br /><span>“We really need to clean up the COVID-19. Make up your mind. You either want to clean up COVID-19 or you don’t. And you have to make the tough decisions if we are going to get this country back on track.”</span></p>

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"Learn to speak English!" Pauline Hanson's extraordinary rant about Melbourne housing residents

<p>Senator Pauline Hanson has shared her two cents on the lockdown of nine public housing buildings in Melbourne.</p> <p>About 3,000 residents of nine housing towers in Flemington, North Melbourne and Kensington were placed under immediate lockdown without warning on Saturday.</p> <p>Premier Daniel Andrews said tenants would be unable to leave their homes at all for at least five days due to a coronavirus outbreak at the estates.</p> <p>On Sunday, it was announced that 27 cases had been identified in the apartment buildings, including 14 in Flemington and 13 in North Melbourne.</p> <p>“The close confines and the shared community spaces within these large apartment blocks mean this virus can spread like wildfire,” Andrews said.</p> <p>“[Our] priority was to make the hard decisions to fight this virus and keep the community safe, and now we’re supporting those Victorians who’ve made this possible.”</p> <p>The state government said all tenants will be provided two weeks of rent relief, and financially affected households will receive a $750 hardship payment.</p> <p>Residents of the buildings have reported concerns about the lack of preparation ahead of the lockdown.</p> <p>Farah Warsame, chair of the Somali Community Incorporated Farah Warsame told <em><a href="https://www.domain.com.au/news/tenants-in-hard-lockdown-in-north-melbourne-and-flemington-frustrated-at-lack-of-warning-967169/">Domain</a></em> on Sunday the community members “had no time to go and get food”.</p> <p>Some said they were being treated like prisoners.</p> <p>“It’s absurd because as I’m staring out of my window right now, I’m staring at people calmly walking their dog, while I’m imprisoned in a building staring at a series of police trucks,” North Melbourne resident Mohamed told <em><a href="https://www.sbs.com.au/news/the-feed/breakdowns-calls-deliveries-how-communities-in-flemington-and-north-melbourne-are-responding-to-lockdown">The Feed</a></em>.</p> <p>“Where are the social workers? Where are the health workers? Did they think the best measure is to basically bring hundreds of police that are unable to understand the complexities and the nuance of the communities and people that they interact with.”</p> <p>Speaking on <em>Today </em>show this morning, One Nation leader Hanson accused the residents of flouting social distancing rules.</p> <p>“So the fact is you’ve got to look at why they are in that situation. Why is it they are in that situation? Why has the Government gone to this high-rise building and shut it down? Possibly because a lot of these people weren’t doing the right thing,” Hanson told host Ally Langdon.</p> <p>“If they are from war torn countries, which some of these people are, they know what it is like to be in tough conditions.”</p> <p>When asked whether she had a heart, Hanson claimed she did. But she added: “We don’t want the Victorians up here in Queensland.</p> <p>“Until they clean this up, what do you think is going to happen to those people that can’t go back to their jobs, who have actually been isolated themselves … we have got a lot of Victoria that is being isolated because these people, who cannot speak English, don’t know what the hell to do.”</p> <p>Resident Girmay Mengesha described Hanson’s comments as “disrespectful”. He told <em>Today </em>he went 24 hours without food and was unable to leave his home for any reason.</p> <p>“The way that [the Victorian Government] did it is unbelievable, unwise and unacceptable,” Mengesha said.</p> <p>“Do it with dignity. Do it in a humane way.”</p>

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Super spreader links feared as 10,000 Victorians refuse virus testing

<p><span>Over 10,000 people have refused to be tested for coronavirus in Melbourne’s hotspot suburbs as 66 new cases across the state were confirmed.</span></p> <p><span>Health Minister Jenny Mikakos said the refusal was “disappointing” and urged residents to get tested as she believes the mass outbreak in Victoria could be linked to a “super spreader”.</span></p> <p><span>"There seems to be a single source of infection for many of the cases that have gone across the northern and western suburbs of Melbourne," Mikakos said.</span></p> <p><span>The health minister revealed that an investigation is currently underway to understand the reasoning behind the mass refusal of testing, but reassured the community that 24,000 tests had been undertaken yesterday.</span></p> <p><span>"That might be for a range of reasons, including that they may have already been tested in a different location, we are analysing that data to see exactly why people are refusing, but it is concerning that some people believe that coronavirus is a conspiracy or that it won't impact on them," she said.</span></p> <p><span>"So what I want to stress here is that coronavirus is a very contagious virus.</span></p> <p><span>"It can go through your family very quickly, it can affect your neighbours, your loved ones, and your entire community.</span></p> <p><span>"So for those individuals in those communities who have not yet been tested, we are urging them to get tested as quickly as possible."</span></p> <p><span>The hotspot postcodes with the highest number of new cases as of yesterday included 3064, 3047, 3021.</span></p> <p><span>Victoria has recorded another 66 cases of coronavirus, bringing the states total to 2368.</span></p> <p><span>There are currently 442 active cases across the state. </span></p>

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Coles imposes product limits after workers test positive for coronavirus

<p>Coles has reinstated product limits in Victoria, Tasmania and parts of NSW after several workers at its Laverton chilled distribution centre tested positive for coronavirus.</p> <p>The supermarket giant said it is working with the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services to have all staff members in the centre tested for COVID-19 after a number of employees were diagnosed with the virus.</p> <p>None of those who tested positive have been present at the centre since June 25, Coles said.</p> <p>“While the Laverton distribution centre has been able to maintain operations, the reduced number of available team members has temporarily impacted our ability to replenish our Victorian stores with chilled and fresh produce lines,” it said in a statement.</p> <p>All Coles stores and online services in Victoria and Tasmania as well as Lavington, Albury and Deniliquin in NSW have now implemented the following limits:</p> <p><strong>Two-packs limit</strong></p> <p><strong>Chilled product (from Laverton DC)</strong></p> <ul> <li>Fresh Milk</li> <li>Cheese</li> <li>Butter</li> <li>Margarine</li> <li>Chicken Breast</li> <li>Chicken Thighs</li> <li>Prepacked Carrots</li> <li>Prepacked Potatoes</li> </ul> <p><strong>Ambient and frozen product</strong></p> <ul> <li>Canned Tomatoes</li> <li>Canned Beans</li> <li>Canned Garden Veg</li> <li>Pasta Sauce</li> <li>Canned Fruit</li> <li>Canned Baked Beans and Spaghetti</li> <li>Canned Meat</li> <li>Cheese</li> <li>Frozen Fruit and Veg (including Potato)</li> </ul> <p>The one-pack limit for toilet paper and paper towel still applies in all states.</p> <p>Coles said it is working with suppliers to restock the stores immediately.</p> <p>“We apologise to customers of our Victorian and NSW border stores who may find some chilled and fresh produce lines are temporarily out of stock,” it said.</p> <p>The news came as Victoria deals with a new spike in coronavirus cases.</p>

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Ghislaine Maxwell arrested by FBI

<p><br /><span>Ghislaine Maxwell, a British socialite and the long-time girlfriend of Jeffrey Epstein, has been hit with charges for allegedly helping to recruit, from and viciously abuse children.</span><br /><br /><span>Maxwell, who benefitted for years from Epstein’s prominent wealth, was the billionaire’s travel companion on trips around the world.</span><br /><br /><span>"Maxwell played a critical role in helping Epstein to identify, befriend, and groom victims for abuse. In some cases, Maxwell participated in the abuse herself," Audrey Strauss, the acting Attorney for the Southern District of New York, said.</span><br /><br /><span>She has also accused of lying to authorities during previous investigations into Epstein.</span><br /><br /><span>"Maxwell lied because the truth, as alleged, was almost unspeakable," Ms Strauss said.</span><br /><br /><span>"Maxwell enticed minor girls, got them to trust her, and then delivered them into the trap that she and Epstein had set for them.</span><br /><br /><span>"She pretended to be a woman they could trust … all the while she was setting them up to be sexually abused by Epstein and in some cases by Maxwell herself."</span><br /><br /><span>William F Sweeney Jr, an assistant director at the FBI, said investigators had been "discreetly keeping tabs on Maxwell's whereabouts" since Epstein's arrest in 2019.</span><br /><br /><span>"More recently we learned she'd slithered away to a gorgeous property in New Hampshire, continuing to live a life of privilege while her victims live with the trauma inflicted upon them years ago.</span><br /><br /><span>"We moved when we were ready and Ms Maxwell was arrested without incident."</span><br /><br /><span>He went on to say: "Like Epstein, Ms Maxwell chose to blatantly disregard the law and her responsibility as an adult, using whatever means she had at her disposal to lure vulnerable youth into behaviour they should never have been exposed and which creates lasting harm."</span><br /><br /><span>Reports say Ms Maxwell has been charged with six counts in connection with the ongoing investigation into Epstein’s accomplices.</span><br /><br /><span>The charges are enticement and conspiracy to entice minors to travel to engage in illegal sex acts, and transportation and conspiracy to transport minors with intent to engage in criminal sexual activity.</span><br /><br /><span>Other charges include two counts of perjury, according to a federal indictment unsealed today.</span><br /><br /><span>"In particular, from at least in or about 1994, up to an including at least in or about 1997, Maxwell assisted, facilitated, and contributed to Jeffrey Epstein's abuse of minor girls by, among other things, helping Epstein to recruit, groom, and ultimately abuse victims known to Maxwell and Epstein to be under the age of 18," the indictment says.</span><br /><br /><span>The victims included girls as young as 14-years-old.</span></p>

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"I've got better things to do": Why Victorians are ignoring lockdown

<div class="post_body_wrapper"> <div class="post_body"> <div class="body_text "> <p>Anger continues to grow in the ten Melbourne postcodes that are on lockdown, with some saying that they're not going to follow the rules.</p> <p>The Stay at Home orders came into effect across 36 Melbourne suburbs in ten postcodes in an effort to stop community transmission of coronavirus.</p> <p>Residents of these postcodes are not thrilled and plan on not complying with the orders.</p> <p>“It’s like cutting off freedom,” one woman told <a href="https://7news.com.au/lifestyle/health-wellbeing/victoria-coronavirus-hot-zone-residents-say-they-wont-follow-lock-down-orders-c-1139027"><em>7NEWS</em></a>.</p> <p>When asked if she would follow the Stay at Home orders, she simply replied "No."</p> <p>“I’ve got better things to do,” she said.</p> <p>Other residents who plan on doing the right thing are frustrated that others already plan on disobeying.</p> <p>“They’re ignorant and stupid,” one man said, while another said it was “brainless”.</p> <p>The comments come after a young man said that he was still "hugging and kissing people" despite being in a hot zone.</p> <p>When asked if he was concerned about passing on coronavirus to an elderly relative, he said he was "not going to stop his whole life for coronavirus".</p> <p>People who live in the ten postcodes have four reasons to leave their homes, which are for work or for school, for care or caregiving, for daily exercise or to get food and other essentials.</p> <p>The postcodes have returned to stage three restrictions which means that gatherings are limited to family members or two people and cafes and restaurants are only open for takeaway.</p> <p>Gyms, swimming pools, cinemas, play centres and other community activities will be closed across the lockdown zones.</p> </div> </div> </div>

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