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A most peaceful passing: Folk-rock legend quietly passes away onstage

<p>Singer and songwriter David Olney has passed away at age 71, after falling silent and dropping his head while in the midst of a performance at the 30A Songwriters Festival in Florida on January 18.</p> <p>The performer had taken a pause on his stool, leading audience members and musicians playing alongside him to think he was simply taking a moments break, before realisation dawned and they lowered him to the stage.</p> <p>Olney was giving his second performance of the day at the festival as part of an “in the round” song-swap show with Amy Rigby – who was sitting next to him and described his last moments.</p> <p>Rigby wrote on Facebook. “He was very still, sitting upright with his guitar on, wearing the coolest hat and a beautiful rust suede jacket we laughed about because it was raining like hell outside the boathouse where we were playing — I just want the picture to be as graceful and dignified as it was, because it at first looked like he was just taking a moment.</p> <p>“Scott Miller had the presence of mind to say we needed to revive him. Doctors in the audience and 30A folks were all working so hard to get him to come to … We all lost someone important last night.”</p> <p>Miller himself said the situation was as “gentle” as he was.</p> <p>“David was playing a song when he paused, said ‘I’m sorry’ and put his chin to his chest. He never dropped his guitar or fell of his stool. It was as easy and gentle as he was. </p> <p>“We got him down and tried our best to revive him until the EMTs arrived. … The world lost a good one last night. But we still have his work. And it still inspires. And always will. RIP.”</p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7834086/sg-2.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/96a14a6178c54dfca52d157aa3f83f73" /></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><em>David Olney performing during the Dave Alvin's ' West of the West ' train tour at the Soiled Dove in Denver, Colorado on April 23, 2015.</em></p> <p>Olney was considered a remarkable figure in his own right, for his contribution to the folk-rock genre and along with producing over 20 albums, many artists including Emmylou Harris, Linda Ronstadt, Del McCoury and his former roommate Steve Earle went on to cover his music.</p> <p>The late Townes Van Zandt famously said of Olney: “Any time anyone asks me who my favorite music writers are… I say Mozart, Lightnin Hopkins, Bob Dylan and Dave Olney. Dave Olney is one of the best songwriters I’ve ever heard — and that’s true. I mean that from my heart.” </p> <p>Emmylou Harris brought attention to Olney’s song writing skills with her covers of “Jerusalem Tomorrow” in 1993 and “Deeper Well” on her essential 1995 album “Wrecking Ball.”</p> <p>Olney first came to attention as a member of the band<span> </span>X-Rays<span> </span>which was signed to the Rounder label in the 1980s and notably opened up for Elvis Costello.</p> <p>The singer had only just finished recording a new album for fans.</p> <p>Brett Ryan Stewart wrote on his Facebook page: “Yesterday, myself, Anana and Irakli had spent the day making final revisions to the album we made with David Olney.</p> <p>“In the very same moment that we hit the save button, collectively yelling ‘We did it!’ we got the news that David, who was in Florida performing, had passed away, on stage. </p> <p>“It’s all very surreal. … I am so grateful for our time together. I recognized a kindred spirit in him from day one. His stories, his encouragement, his wisdom.</p> <p>“Hands down was of the funniest, gentlest, most thoughtful and charming curmudgeons to have graced the earth. Was really looking forward to more.” </p> <p>Olney was completing his third performance of the fest when he sadly passed away, having performed the previous night in-the-round with Amelia White and Mary Bragg before his solo show Saturday afternoon.</p> <p>Olney was scheduled to appear this week at the Folk Alliance gathering in New Orleans.</p> <p>Emmylou Harris said Olney had a way of telling “marvellous stories, with characters who cling to the hope of enduring love, all the while crossing the deep divide into that long, dark night of the soul.”</p> <p>Olney is survived by his wife, Regine, daughter, Lillian, and son, Redding. Services have not yet been set.</p>

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Duchess Camilla speaks out on Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan’s departure

<p>Duchess Camilla has spoken out on Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan’s departure from their senior royal roles.</p> <p>The Duchess of Cornwall was visiting Prospect Hospice in Swindon on Monday when <em>ITV News </em>royal editor Chris Ship asked about her stepson and daughter-in-law.</p> <p>“Will you miss Harry and Meghan?” the reporter asked.</p> <p>Duchess Camilla paused before responding, “Hmm. Course.”</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr">Watch Camilla’s face closely as she answers the question: “Will you miss Harry &amp; Meghan?”<br />The Duchess of Cornwall smiles, pauses, then says “Hmmm. Course!” 😳😳<a href="https://t.co/CbPbb92bAL">pic.twitter.com/CbPbb92bAL</a></p> — Chris Ship (@chrisshipitv) <a href="https://twitter.com/chrisshipitv/status/1219319844631384065?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">January 20, 2020</a></blockquote> <p>Despite being involved in the Privy Council of the United Kingdom, Duchess Camilla was not part of the Sandringham Summit that the Queen held last week to discuss the Sussexes’ future.</p> <p>Duchess Camilla’s husband Prince Charles will “still continue to offer private financial support” to Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan, according to royal reporter Omid Scobie.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr">— Prince Charles will still continue to offer private financial support. <br />— They’ll still happily attend engagements for the Queen (such as Trooping the Colour).<br />— Details, including security and using the name “Sussex Royal” will be shared in due course.</p> — Omid Scobie (@scobie) <a href="https://twitter.com/scobie/status/1218609287246831619?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">January 18, 2020</a></blockquote> <p>The majority of Prince Charles’ income comes from the <a href="https://duchyofcornwall.org/frequently-asked-questions.html#question_10">Duchy of Cornwall</a>, a private estate exempt from corporation tax.</p>

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Walk it off: New pics emerge of Meghan and Archie in the aftermath of Megxit

<p>It appears that spending days inside a mansion has taken its toll on Duchess Meghan as she emerged to take her son Archie for a walk in the woods.</p> <p>She bundled up in layers and took a stroll in Horth Hill Regional Park, which is just a few kilometres away from their oceanfront mansion.</p> <p>The Duchess wasn’t alone, as her two dogs Oz and Beagle accompanied her on leashes.</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/B7kBfO8Huw2/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/B7kBfO8Huw2/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Meghan Markle Official Club (@meghanmarkleofficialclub)</a> on Jan 20, 2020 at 5:14pm PST</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>As it was cold on the stroll, eight-month-old Archie was all bundled up to keep warm from the chill.</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/B7kC7B8IuUm/?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; 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text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/B7kC7B8IuUm/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Celebrities Clothes And News (@celebclothesnews)</a> on Jan 20, 2020 at 5:26pm PST</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>It appears that the walk was just what the doctor ordered as the Duchess was all smiles as she tried to keep her black Labrador Oz from sniffing around too much.</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/B7kAt0-H9KD/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/B7kAt0-H9KD/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Archie Harrison Mountbatten (@archieharrisonallthings)</a> on Jan 20, 2020 at 5:07pm PST</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>Prince Harry jetted back to Canada to be with his new family, but missed his brother William’s first solo reception at Buckingham Palace.</p>

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“We all care for one another”: Federer responds to “selfish” claims

<p><span>Roger Federer has rejected suggestions of moving the Australian Open out of Melbourne amid complaints over poor air quality from the tournament’s qualifiers.</span></p> <p><span>Bushfires in Victoria brought the air quality to hazardous levels with visibility plummeting across Melbourne during the opening days of the qualifying of the Grand Slam event. </span></p> <p><span>Slovenian Dalila Jakupović quit her qualifying match after suffering from a coughing spell, and Australia’s Bernard Tomic sought medical treatment during his first-round loss <a href="https://www.tennis.com/pro-game/2020/01/smoke-haze-again-forces-delay-in-australian-open-qualifying/86838/">when he struggled to breathe</a>.</span></p> <p><span>Canadian qualifier Brayden Schnur said Federer and Rafael Nadal were “selfish” for not speaking out on behalf of all players about the playing conditions.</span></p> <p><span>Canadian Denis Shapovalov, who was seeded 13<sup>th</sup> in the tournament, said he would default a match <a href="https://www.nytimes.com/2020/01/19/sports/tennis/australian-open-fires.html">if the air quality became hazardous</a>. </span></p> <p><span>“You get warnings from the news telling people to stay inside, that it’s not good for your health to be outside, to be breathing this stuff, and then you get an email from the tournament saying that it’s playable and you guys have to go out there and put your life in jeopardy, put your health in jeopardy,” said Shapovalov.</span></p> <p><span>“You see the effects on players it has right now, the last couple days, but you don’t know what it’s going to do later in our lives, and how it could affect us if we’re breathing this air in for two weeks.”</span></p> <p><span>Organisers released an air quality policy on Saturday following international criticism for allowing players to compete under a blanket of thick smoke haze. The tournament said play would be suspended outdoors if the levels of fine particulate pollution went over the “unhealthy” threshold of 200 micrograms per cubic metre.</span></p> <p><span>Federer said he believed the policy provided a “safe” environment for players.</span></p> <p><span>“Go in the streets, ask the people if they want it to move from Melbourne or from Australia,” the 20-time Grand Slam champion said. </span></p> <p><span>“From what we were told in the player meeting, the Olympic Games and other competitions have the numbers set at 300. Ours is set at 200. From that standpoint, I think we’re moving in a very safe range. We’re not here for six months straight at over 200, 300, you know. That’s when maybe effects really become bad.</span></p> <p><span>“I don’t worry too much, to be honest. I worry more for everybody else who is in the fire, in the smoke. Also we can stay indoors all day, quickly go out and play, go back in again. It’s not like we’re stuck outside at all times. I think we’re going to get through it and it should be fine. It shouldn’t move, no.”</span></p> <p><span>Federer also suggested that other factors, such as the warm weather, might be to blame. </span></p> <p><span>“I think we’re all confused,” he said. “Is it super unsafe or is it totally safe to play? The problem on top of it, it was actually quite hot, too ... some players are not used to playing at 35, 33-degree heat, especially if you’ve practised on the indoor season.</span></p> <p><span>“I’m not saying they’re not ready or whatever it is, but it can always hit you. Of course, everything gets put down on it was the smoke. For sure, it can be nothing else. So what can I do? I can go to the office, speak to them.”</span></p> <p><span>Federer, member of the ATP players’ council, said he could not “do more” than communicating with tournament officials. “I’m on the council. I’ve been on the tour for so long. I came through the lower ranks, the juniors,” he said.</span></p> <p><span>“At the end of the day, we all care for one another.”</span></p> <p><span>The statement came after Federer deflected questions surrounding his sponsor Credit Suisse, which had significant investments in fossil fuels.</span></p> <p><span>“I take the impacts and threat of climate change very seriously, particularly as my family and I arrive in Australia amidst devastation from the bushfires,” he said <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-51082875" target="_blank">earlier this month</a>. </span></p> <p><span>“I appreciate reminders of my responsibility as a private individual, as an athlete and as an entrepreneur, and I'm committed to using this privileged position to dialogue on important issues with my sponsors.”</span></p>

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Karl Stefanovic’s fiery clash with Peter Dutton over $100 million scandal

<p>Fury continues to mount over the government’s sports funding scandal, with Peter Dutton coming up with an unconvincing defence as he faced Karl Stefanovic on breakfast television.</p> <p>A damning report this week from the Auditor-General exposed the “biased” operation of a $100 million grants scheme that was manipulated a day before the election to funnel cash into marginal seats the Coalition desperately needed to win.</p> <p>The minister for sport at the time, Bridget McKenzie disregarded advice from Sports Australia and decided to carve out her own process to award 684 payments in a manner that favoured knife-edge seats the government needed to win or was targeting.</p> <p>Dutton appeared on the<span> </span><em>Today</em><span> </span>show this morning to defend the disgraced senator, saying she should not be sacked and insisted that no rules had been broken.</p> <p>“That’s not the point,” Stefanovic fired back. “The point is that nine of the ten electorates awarded the most money were either marginal seats or ones the Coalition were hoping to win.</p> <p>“I mean, that’s a damning figure. That is pork-barrelling of the highest order. It’s been stacked.”</p> <p>An investigation uncovered that over 60 per cent of projects that received funding were not recommended by Sports Australia under the existing selection criteria.</p> <p>“Applications from projects located in those electorates were more successful in being awared funding that if funding was allocated on the basis of merit assessed against the published program guidelines,” found Auditor-General Grant Hehir.</p> <p>Furthermore, the applicants that Sports Australia did recommend was ignored, with Senator McKenzie’s office running its own “assessments”, revealed the audit.</p> <p>“The important point is that the money has gone out, not against recommendations, not to clubs that weren’t deserving of it,” said Dutton.</p> <p>But that statement contradicts what the Auditor-General had found, regarding Sports Australia’s recommendations being ignored by Senator McKenzie.</p> <p>Stefanovic slammed the process as “just not fair” and highlighted the importance of an integrity and corruption body at a federal level.</p> <p>“She’s done something wrong here and something needs to be done about her behaviour,” he said.</p>

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Prince Harry’s final royal appearance: What happens next?

<p>The Duke of Sussex stepped out at Buckingham Palace for the draw of the 2021 Rugby League World Cup, as the patron of the Royal Football League.</p> <p>It is his final public engagement before he and his wife, Duchess Meghan, step down as “senior” royals.</p> <p>It is also his first public appearance since his grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II accepted the Duke and Duchess’ to reduce their royal roles in Britain and seek a more independent future, separated from the crown.</p> <p>The World Cup draw was the last scheduled engagement for Prince Harry, sixth-in-line to the throne, before he and Meghan begin a "period of transition" and as part of his duty, he was required to witness two countries being drawn against each other.</p> <p>Eyebrows raised slightly when the Sussex Royal Instagram account released footage of his last hurrah as a senior royal, with the accompanying music being a Stones Roses hit that included the line “I’d like to leave the country for month on Sundays.”</p> <p>However, it emerged the indie track is the song choice of the tournament.</p> <p>The Duke also spoke out about the pressures of having to be “tough” and hide your feelings.</p> <p>“Rugby League isn’t just a sport, it’s a community. And one that takes care of its own,” he said.</p> <p>“For many years it has been at the forefront of promoting and supporting good mental fitness, working hard to build a positive mindset for everyone involved in the sport. So I am proud to support the Rugby League World Cup 2021 Mental Fitness Charter.”</p> <p>As he hosted the draws for the Rugby League World Cup 2021 with Olympic rowing champion Dame Katherine Grainger and 2005 Rugby World Cup winner Jason Robinson, he failed to show any signs of distress or turmoil that has overwhelmed the Royal Family.</p> <p> After meeting with a student from St Vincent de Paul Catholic primary school, a reporter from a British tabloid yelled to Harry: “How are the discussions going about your future?”</p> <p>The outburst didn’t deter the Duke from his happy, calm state and simply laughed out loud and continued back into the palace for the draw.</p> <p>The Duke and Duchess of Sussex shocked the world last week when they announced they had the intention to reduce their royal duties and spend more time in Canada, while also aiming to become financially independent.</p> <p>The public announcement resulted in a family summit on Monday at her Sandringham estate which was attended by the Queen, Prince Harry, Prince William and heir to the British throne, Prince Charles.</p> <p>It was agreed the couple would split their time between British and Canada, which the Queen stated in a rare and personal statement.</p> <p>"Although we would have preferred them to remain full-time working members of the Royal Family, we respect and understand their wish to live a more independent life as a family while remaining a valued part of my family," the 93-year-old monarch said.</p> <p>The couple have said they want a "progressive" new role for themselves and the ability to fund themselves.</p> <p>As of now, the couple are not allowed to seek private income and most of their money comes from the private estate of Harry's father.</p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p>

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Now it's real: Edwina Bartholomew opens up on motherhood's "wild ride"

<p>A month into motherhood and TV star Edwina Bartholomew says she has discovered her groove despite dealing with a few bumps along the way.</p> <p>The<span> </span><em>Sunrise</em><span> </span>presenter has revealed her “wild ride” for the first four weeks of being a mum to daughter Molly Matilda in a heartwarming yet emotional post on Instagram.</p> <p>“You are a delight, Molly Matilda,” wrote Bartholomew.</p> <p>“Sure, the full throttle crying is not so delightful but thankfully that’s pretty rare. You just get hangry like your Dad.”</p> <p>She continued: “The first 48 hours of motherhood were challenging in a way I wasn’t really prepared for. I was a total mess, actually. I burst into tears in the kitchen when our midwife arrived, I burst into tears when @neilwrites went to sleep and I couldn’t, and a few more times, just because.”</p> <p>Bartholomew and husband Neil Varcoe welcomed the birth of their daughter Molly Matilda Christie Varcoe on Wednesday December 18, a week after she was initially due on December 11.</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/B7UAFdRFtBS/?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/B7UAFdRFtBS/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">One month old today. What a wild ride. Your Uncle took this photo and I think we both look pretty chuffed with ourselves. You are a delight, Molly Matilda. Sure, the full throttle crying is not so delightful but thankfully that’s pretty rare. You just get hangry like your Dad. The first 48 hours of motherhood were challenging in a way I wasn’t really prepared for. I was a total mess, actually. I burst into tears in the kitchen when our midwife arrived, I burst into tears when @neilwrites went to sleep and I couldn’t, and a few more times, just because. Over the past four weeks we have slowly found our groove. You sleep so well and smile so much (or is it wind?) No matter. I suppose both feel pretty good at this early stage. My goals have changed. Have a shower each day is now number one. Ticked that box. Wash my hair, occasionally. I accept I may never pee with the door closed again and it will be a while before I can eat a plate of food without cutting it up onto small pieces. None of my old clothes fit and, although spirits are high, my boobs are most certainly not. In short, it’s been pretty magical. At times I have looked at you with your Dad and felt like I would explode with love. It could still happen. Be warned. I’ll try not to embarrass you when it does. Don’t grow up too quickly. Your Mum xx</a></p> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;">A post shared by <a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/edwina_b/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank"> Edwina Bartholomew</a> (@edwina_b) on Jan 14, 2020 at 11:54am PST</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>She measured 53 cm and weighed 3.44kg on arrival.</p> <p>“Over the past four weeks we have slowly found our groove,” wrote Bartholomew.</p> <p>“You sleep so well and smile so much (or is it wind?) No matter. I suppose both feel pretty good at this early stage.”</p> <p>She also spoke about how her daily goals have shifted ever since she became a mum.</p> <p>“Have a shower each day is now number one,” she said.</p> <p>“Ticked that box. Wash my hair, occasionally. I accept I may never pee with the door closed again and it will be a while because I can eat a plate of food without cutting it up into small pieces.</p> <p>“None of my old clothes fit and, although spirits are high, my boobs are most certainly not. In short, it’s been pretty magical. At times I have looked at you with your Dad and felt like I would explode with love. It could still happen. Be warned. I’ll try not to embarrass you when it does. Don’t grow up too quickly.”</p>

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Duchess Meghan spotted at first public engagement since Megxit

<p><span>Duchess Meghan has been spotted in Canada at her first outing since she and Prince Harry announced their plan of resigning as senior members of the royal family.</span></p> <p><span>The Duchess of Sussex visited the Downtown Eastside Women’s Centre in Vancouver on Tuesday local time to meet with volunteers and workers.</span></p> <p><span>The organisation, which was established in 1978, supports women and children in the area by providing food, refuge and shelter as well as peer mentorship, advocacy and skills development.</span></p> <p><span>The Duchess’ visit was impromptu, reports said.</span></p> <p><iframe src="https://www.facebook.com/plugins/post.php?href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2FDowntownEastsideWomensCentre%2Fphotos%2Fa.874291395992830%2F2815075718581045%2F%3Ftype%3D3&amp;width=500" width="500" height="491" style="border: none; overflow: hidden;" scrolling="no" frameborder="0" allowtransparency="true" allow="encrypted-media"></iframe></p> <p><span>The Sussexes spent six weeks on Vancouver Island over Christmas and returned to the UK for an engagement. After announcing their resignation plan last week, Duchess Meghan went back to Canada, where her son Archie had stayed.</span></p> <p><span>Prince Harry is expected to return to Canada soon following his engagement on Thursday, <em><a href="https://www.townandcountrymag.com/society/tradition/a30524625/meghan-markle-vancouver-womens-center-canada-photo/">Town &amp; Country</a> </em>reported.</span></p>

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Karl Stefanovic lets rip on children’s deaths

<p><em>Today<span> </span></em>host Karl Stefanovic has delivered a scathing message into the much-maligned National Disability Insurance Scheme, labelling it a “national disgrace”.</p> <p>A story published by the<span> </span><em>Adelaide Advertiser</em><span> </span>this morning revealed the scheme was particularly bad in South Australia, with the southern state enduring the longest wait time for NDIS support packages.</p> <p>South Australians are having to wait over 200 days to receive support, with kids younger than six waiting seven months to be helped by the government.</p> <p>The abysmal national statistics also revealed over the last three years, 1279 people had died while waiting for support from the scheme. Among the 1279, 65 of those deaths were children – 35 of whom were aged six and under.</p> <p>Stefanovic described the deaths as “disturbing”.</p> <p>“More than 400 people have died every year waiting for access to the NDIS. 65 children, 35 of whom are under six years of age. It’s unbelievable,” he said.</p> <p>“Late last year the minister in charge Stuart Robert said waiting times categorically weren’t a problem. If 65 people dying in this are children, if those figures are to be believed isn’t a problem, then you need help minister.”</p> <p>Speaking to<span> </span><em>ABC Radio</em><span> </span>late last year, Mr Robert said that he had reduced waiting times for the NDIS.</p> <p>“Waiting times, when I came not the portfolio, in terms of access to a plan, were 130 days. And they have come right down now into the 80s. So, they’re coming down as well,” he said in November.</p> <p>“Importantly, after the election there were over 13,000 Australians waiting over 21 days for access into the NDIS. That, of course, now is zero. There is no waiting list for people to access into the NDIS scheme.”</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en-gb"> <p dir="ltr">"If 65 children dying in this country... isn't a problem, then you need help Minister." <a href="https://twitter.com/karlstefanovic?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@karlstefanovic</a> has launched a scathing critique of Minister Stuart Robert after it was revealed 1,200 people died while waiting for NDIS access. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/9Today?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#9Today</a> <a href="https://t.co/X10gH9O5XC">pic.twitter.com/X10gH9O5XC</a></p> — The Today Show (@TheTodayShow) <a href="https://twitter.com/TheTodayShow/status/1217177763884470272?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">14 January 2020</a></blockquote> <p>When the question was raised whether complaints from service providers about wait times were wrong, Mr Robert doubled down.</p> <p>“It’s a large scheme and there’s a lot of people all over the country. And I look at the big macro numbers at the top and I know categorically there is no-one waiting for access,” he said.</p> <p>Issuing a statement to<span> </span><em>Today</em><span> </span>this morning, Mr Robert said the government was “focusing on improving access decision times for the NDIS”.</p> <p>The government also referenced data from December 31 last year that showed access decisions were taking “on average four days to complete”.</p> <p>“I’m not sure where he’s living,” Stefanovic responded.</p> <p>“Those facts aren’t right for a lot of people across this country.”</p> <p>Labor’s NDIS spokesman and former Labor leader Bill Shorten also said there needs to be “more staff and accountability”.</p> <p>“It’s disgraceful more than 1200 people died before receiving equipment or care they needed,” Shorten said.</p> <p>“Well said Bill Shorten,” Stefanovic added.</p> <p>“Those figures are a national disgrace.”</p>

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Olivia Newton John’s daughter to star in Dancing With The Stars: See the full cast here

<p>Channel 10 has kicked off the new year by finally revealing which well known faces we will be seeing shake it up on<span> </span><em>Dancing With The Stars.</em></p> <p>From TV personalities to sporting heroes and reality show sensations, 2020’s<span> </span><em>DWTS</em><span> </span>line-up is not one to be beat.</p> <p>Actress Claudia Karvan, comedians Ed Kavalee and Celia Pacquola, reality stars Angie Kent and Dean Wells, singer Dami Im,<span> </span><em>Amazing Race</em><span> </span>host Beau Ryan, AFL star Travis Cloke and Christian Wilkins, the socialite son of Channel 9 entertainment reporter Richard Wilkins are the celebrities who will be battling for the crown come Sunday February 9 at 7.30pm.</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/B7S0XqLA0Uo/?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/B7S0XqLA0Uo/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">How’s this for a lineup? Meet your stars, Australia 🌟 #DWTSau premieres 7.30 Sunday Feb 9 on 10.</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/channel10au/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank"> Channel 10</a> (@channel10au) on Jan 14, 2020 at 12:52am PST</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>Among the star-studded members who will compete for the ultimate prize is one star many might find surprising. Olivia Newton John’s actress daughter Chloe Lattanzi, fresh from the US, is a face all in Australia might be familiar with.</p> <p>Lattanzi has made headlines over the years for her heart wrenching ongoing battle with anorexia – a disease she is recovering with – not only under the watchful gaze of her family, but the media and devoted fans as well.</p> <p><em><strong>Scroll through the gallery to see the full Dancing With The Stars cast.</strong></em></p> <p>The 33-year-old has been on reality TV, having pursued a music career for several years, notably via US reality show <em>Rock the Cradle</em> in 2009.</p> <p>During an interview aired on the show, Lattanzi opened up about her early life.</p> <p>"My mum travelled a lot so I think I missed out a lot when I was younger," Lattanzi said.</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/B7UJu8KJ60Q/?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/B7UJu8KJ60Q/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">I can’t wait to hit the dance floor with you🥰 I promise that I will do my best to look after you and make you look like a princess 👸 . I adore you already💋 #love #dwtsau #cantwait #dancing</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/gustavoviglio/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank"> Gustavo Viglio</a> (@gustavoviglio) on Jan 14, 2020 at 1:18pm PST</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>"I've spent a lot of time alone in big houses.</p> <p>"That was hard.</p> <p>"I suffered from anorexia and that has been the darkest time in my life and I used music to express it and get through it."</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/B5UCAuSA8dq/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/B5UCAuSA8dq/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Chloe Lattanzi (@chloelattanziofficial)</a> on Nov 25, 2019 at 7:08pm PST</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>Grease star, Newton-John, split with Chloe’s father Matt Lattanzi in 1995 and has also opened up about her daughter’s struggle with anorexia.</p> <p>"She has had to battle this problem in front of the world, being judged and photographed by paparazzi, and it was hard," said Newton-John on the show as she choked back tears.</p> <p>In 2017, Chloe’s famous 71-year-old mum announced her breast cancer had returned once again – an experience Chloe said was “profoundly painful”.</p> <p>Chloe was thrust into the spotlight as a teenager when she sought treatment for her eating disorder.</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/B4WEjAbnaCf/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/B4WEjAbnaCf/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Chloe Lattanzi (@chloelattanziofficial)</a> on Nov 1, 2019 at 6:37pm PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>In 2016, Olivia spoke of her daughter's mental health battle during an appearance on 60 Minutes.</p> <p>"I think it's hard to be the child of a person in the limelight, I really understand that," she said. "There's privilege but there's also other things that come along with that."</p> <p><em>Dancing With The Stars premieres Sunday, February 9 at 7.30 pm on Ten.</em></p> <p><strong>Scroll through the gallery to see the full Dancing With The Stars cast.</strong></p>

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Olympian Sally Pearson’s exciting announcement

<p>Australian track hero Sally Pearson has announced that she is pregnant, ending speculation she would come out of retirement for this year’s Olympics in Tokyo.</p> <p>The 33-year-old, who brought home a gold medal in the 100m hurdles at the London games in 2012, took to Instagram to share the happy news as she and her husband Kieran held up a pair of tiny shoes and a snap taken during an ultrasound.</p> <p>“My husband Kieran and I are pleased to announce that we are expecting our first child,” wrote Pearson.</p> <p>“To start the next chapter of our lives with such joy and love is more than we could’ve ever hoped for.</p> <p>“We are looking forward to meeting our little one in July this year, just before the Tokyo Olympics start!! Gotta start them young.”</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/B7RwwAFjlU7/?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/B7RwwAFjlU7/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">My husband Kieran and I are pleased to announce that we are expecting our first child. To start the next chapter of our lives with such joy and love is more than we could’ve ever hoped for. We are looking forward to meeting our little one in July this year, just before the Tokyo Olympics start!! Gotta start them young 😋😜🤰</a></p> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;">A post shared by <a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/sallypearson/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank"> Sally Pearson</a> (@sallypearson) on Jan 13, 2020 at 3:01pm PST</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>Pearson won gold medals at the 2011 and 2017 world championships before retiring from athletics last year as one of Australia’s most respected and decorated performers.</p> <p>Due to a number of injuries, Pearson was forced to put her career on hold despite remaining hopeful that she’ll be fit enough to compete in the Tokyo Olympics.</p> <p>“The Achilles flared up and that was it. It hit boiling point and because of last year and 2018 I wasn’t going through that pain again. That was too much to take,” said Pearson last year.</p> <p>“At the end of the day, it was wearing me down as a person as well. I was unhappy and cranky all the time. I just wasn’t a nice person to be around.</p> <p>“For me, (I hope) just to get my life back now and hopefully no more injuries.”</p>

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“Let the true facts come out”: Pauline Hanson’s bushfire stance

<p>Pauline Hanson has backed a royal commission into the Australian bushfire crisis but then immediately said to “throw bloody climate change out the window”.</p> <p>The leader of the One Nation party was vocal about her views on the<span> </span><em>Today</em><span> </span>show this morning, as she discussed the latest Newspoll, including Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s plunging approval rating.</p> <p>“I am actually disappointed in him myself,” said Senator Hanson.</p> <p>“When he was immigration minister I predicted then that he would actually go on to be Prime Minister of this country and I have been dismally disappointed with him.</p> <p>“He is not the strong leader he was then. I feel that a lot of the time he is fence-sitting.</p> <p>“He is trying to appease a lot of people without just getting and making those tough decisions and going ahead and doing it.”</p> <p>She said it cannot be denied that “the factors of government legislation” – whether it be local, state or federal – have put the country in the “predicament” it is in.</p> <p>“When the forest floors have not been allowed to be cleared or the fire breaks done or the RFS (Rural Fire Service) allowed to do their job effectively or people building houses can’t clear the trees because of the legislation, it is ridiculous,” she said.</p> <p>“It is a build-up of the fuel over a period of time, 30 plus years that it has come to this stage now.</p> <p>“If you are going to have a royal commission into it, throw bloody climate change out of the window and let’s look at the pure facts of why we have had the bushfires, how they were handled, what we can do better to stop it happening again, lowering the emissions as they are dead set on doing.</p> <p>“If you are going to charge people more tax, how on earth is that supposed to reduce the Earth’s temperatures? I would like to know.”</p> <p>Her spiel continued.</p> <p>She said people in small town pubs have told her the approach “is killing them” and they can’t afford a price hike for electricity.</p> <p>She also questioned climate change and global warming predictions for 50 to 100 years’ time when “they can’t even get my weather right and tell me it is going to rain” for the next week.</p> <p>“I think it’s a load of BS and making a lot of people rich over this,” she said.</p> <p>Morrison is currently working on a cabinet submission for a royal commission into the bushfires.</p> <p>If the states agree, the inquiry will delve into operational issues, and co-operation between federal and state governments as well as the impact of climate change.</p> <p>“If you’re going to have a royal commission then open it up. Let’s have the true facts,” said Hanson.</p> <p>To which<span> </span><em>Today</em><span> </span>host Allison Langdon asked: “So you don’t think that climate change has played any role in the bushfire crisis?”</p> <p>Hanson conceded “the climate is changing” but then said that taxing people and raising electricity costs wouldn’t change the climate.</p> <p>She said carbon emissions from transport should instead be the focus.</p> <p>“The climate is changing pure to nature itself and our relation to the sun,” she said.</p> <p>“If you are fair dinkum about climate change, you think it is having a big impact on us, then take all of the aeroplanes out of the sky. Don’t fly aeroplanes, don’t drive cars.</p> <p>“Let’s really be serious about it if you’re going to be and not destroy people’s lives and jobs and industries and manufacturing because that is where we are headed.</p> <p>“Climate change is happening, naturally, and that’s how the general public feel about it as well, not to be hoodwinked and lied to. Let the true facts come out.”</p> <p><span>See Senator Hanson's entire </span><em>Today</em><span> show segment below, which included an update on Israel Folau's most recent bushfire-related sermon.</span></p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr">Israel Folau has broken down while giving a sermon on the bushfire crisis, suggesting Australians should have asked Jesus for help. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/9Today?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#9Today</a> <a href="https://t.co/cJlyWDgtjr">pic.twitter.com/cJlyWDgtjr</a></p> — The Today Show (@TheTodayShow) <a href="https://twitter.com/TheTodayShow/status/1216452326023712768?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">January 12, 2020</a></blockquote>

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Roger Federer hits back at Greta Thunberg’s swipe

<div class="post_body_wrapper"> <div class="post_body"> <div class="body_text "> <p>Greta Thunberg has added her voice to the mounting criticism against Roger Federer and his partnership with Credit Suisse, Swiss banking giants.</p> <p>She retweeted a post from 350.org Europe that claims Credit Suisse has given $57 billion to companies that are looking for new fossil fuel deposits and advocated that Federer should drop the partnership.</p> <p>“Roger Federer do you endorse this?” the tweet reads.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en-gb"> <p dir="ltr">Since 2016 <a href="https://twitter.com/CreditSuisse?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@CreditSuisse</a> has provided $57 BILLION to companies looking for new fossil fuel deposits - something that is utterly incompatible with <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/ClimateAction?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#ClimateAction</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/rogerfederer?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@RogerFederer</a> do you endorse this? <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/RogerWakeUpNow?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#RogerWakeUpNow</a> <a href="https://t.co/ED1fIvb4Cr">pic.twitter.com/ED1fIvb4Cr</a></p> — 350.org Europe (@350Europe) <a href="https://twitter.com/350Europe/status/1214843923329363970?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">8 January 2020</a></blockquote> <p>Federer has since issued a statement that addresses his partnership with Credit Suisse.</p> <p>“I take the impacts and threat of climate change very seriously, particularly as my family and I arrive in Australia amidst devastation from the bushfires,” a statement from Federer said.</p> <p>“As the father of four young children and a fervent supporter of universal education, I have a great deal of respect and admiration for the youth climate movement, and I am grateful to young climate activists for pushing us all to examine our behaviours and act on innovative solutions. We owe it to them and ourselves to listen.</p> <p>“I appreciate reminders of responsibility as a private individual, as an athlete and as an entrepreneur, and I’m committed to using this privileged position to dialogue on important issues with my sponsors.”</p> <p>However, Simon Briggs of the<span> </span><em><a rel="noopener noreferrer" href="https://sports.yahoo.com/roger-federer-issues-non-committal-154526085.html" target="_blank">UK Telegraph</a><span> </span></em>has said that the statement is “non-committal”.</p> <p>“Federer’s response to Thunberg and company contained plenty of words without making the slightest commitment to changing his relationship with Credit Suisse.”</p> <p>It’s clear that Credit Suisse intend to keep the partnership with Federer, even after his sporting career is done and dusted.</p> <p>“For Credit Suisse, Roger Federer is an ideal international ambassador,” the bank said.</p> <p>“The values it shares with Credit Suisse, such as the quest for excellence and determination, make it a highly sought-after partner for the long term.</p> <p>“It is therefore expected that this partnership with Credit Suisse will extend beyond his sports career.”</p> <p>Federer is currently in Australia as he prepares for the Australian Open, the first Grand Slam event of the year. </p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="post-action-bar-component-wrapper"> <div class="post-actions-component"> <div class="upper-row"><span class="like-bar-component"></span> <div class="watched-bookmark-container"></div> </div> </div> </div>

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Prince William expresses pain over Prince Harry's royal withdrawal

<p>Prince William has told a close friend he can’t wrap “his arm around” his only brother, Prince Harry, anymore after he and his wife, Duchess Meghan, announced they would be stepping down as senior royals.</p> <p>The Duke of Cambridge revealed his pain and “sadness” over the tense relationship that had developed with his younger brother and the split of the Royal Family.</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/B7PF1AgDZh8/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/B7PF1AgDZh8/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Just Jared (@justjared)</a> on Jan 12, 2020 at 2:08pm PST</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>Just days after Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan announced to the world they would be stepping down as senior royals and would be spending majority of their time overseas, Prince William admitted his grief over the breakdown of his relationship with Harry.</p> <p>The news reportedly left Buckingham Palace in shock, as the Queen, Prince Charles and Prince William, 37, were given a little over 10 minutes notice before the decision was released to the world.</p> <p><a rel="noopener noreferrer" href="https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2020/jan/12/prince-william-harry-and-i-are-now-separate-entities" target="_blank">The Sunday Times </a>reports the Duke of Cambridge said he hoped that one day everyone will “play on the team” again.</p> <p>He said: “I’ve put my arm around my brother all our lives and I can’t do that anymore; we’re separate entities. I’m sad about that.</p> <p>“All we can do, and all I can do, is try and support them and hope that the time comes when we’re all singing from the same page.”</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/B7MiuoZndbl/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/B7MiuoZndbl/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Meghan &amp; Harry News (@meghan_harry_news)</a> on Jan 11, 2020 at 2:22pm PST</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>The Queen has reportedly ordered Prince Charles, William and Harry to a historical summit at Sandringham on Monday to discuss the future of the Royal Family.</p> <p>The Queen’s former press secretary Dickie Arbiter said: “This is a landmark meeting which is ­absolutely unprecedented.”</p> <p>A Palace source also confirmed they will also discuss the “next steps” for the monarchy.</p> <p>An announcement is due to be released within the next few days.</p> <p>They said: “The family will gather on Monday at Sandringham to talk things through.</p> <p>“Attendees will be Her Majesty, the Prince of Wales, the Duke of Cambridge and the Duke of Sussex.</p> <p>“Following a series of meetings and consultations across the last few days, there are a range of possibilities for the family to review which take into account the thinking the Sussexes outlined earlier in the week.</p> <p>“Making a change to the working lives and the role in the monarchy for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex will require both complex and thoughtful discussions.</p> <p>“Next steps will be agreed at the meeting and the request for this to be resolved at pace is still Her Majesty’s wish.</p> <p>“The aim remains to have it resolved in days not weeks. There are a range of possibilities to review.”</p> <p>The Duke and Duchess of Sussex said they will work to become “financially independent” as they “carve out a progressive new role” but will still continue to support the Queen.</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/B7EaGS_Jpb9/?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/B7EaGS_Jpb9/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">“After many months of reflection and internal discussions, we have chosen to make a transition this year in starting to carve out a progressive new role within this institution. We intend to step back as ‘senior’ members of the Royal Family and work to become financially independent, while continuing to fully support Her Majesty The Queen. It is with your encouragement, particularly over the last few years, that we feel prepared to make this adjustment. We now plan to balance our time between the United Kingdom and North America, continuing to honour our duty to The Queen, the Commonwealth, and our patronages. This geographic balance will enable us to raise our son with an appreciation for the royal tradition into which he was born, while also providing our family with the space to focus on the next chapter, including the launch of our new charitable entity. We look forward to sharing the full details of this exciting next step in due course, as we continue to collaborate with Her Majesty The Queen, The Prince of Wales, The Duke of Cambridge and all relevant parties. Until then, please accept our deepest thanks for your continued support.” - The Duke and Duchess of Sussex For more information, please visit sussexroyal.com (link in bio) Image © PA</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/sussexroyal/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank"> The Duke and Duchess of Sussex</a> (@sussexroyal) on Jan 8, 2020 at 10:33am PST</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>They reportedly told close friends they want to spend some of the next two months working out of Canada after a six-week trial holiday over Christmas and New Year was deemed highly successful.</p> <p>The Duchess of Sussex, 38, flew to Britain on Monday after the couple spent six weeks away over Christmas.</p> <p>However, she quickly returned to Vancouver Island, Canada and it is believed Prince Harry may re-join with his wife as early as next week.</p>

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WA man apologises live on air for starting out-of-control fire

<p>A man who started an “out-of-control” fire in Perth’s outer suburbs has apologised on live television, thanking those who rushed to the scene.</p> <p>The man, who was identified as James, sparked the fire in grass on the side of Karnup Road in Baldivis, 46 kilometres south of Perth’s central business district on Thursday afternoon when a wheel bearing came off his boat trailer.</p> <p>“Basically [I was] coming down the road and the wheel bearing collapsed,” he told Nine reporter Kamin Gock on Friday.</p> <p>“And it started a small fire and it was, with the winds, I just couldn’t put it out.</p> <p>“Then it just took off to the other side of the road. Then I rang up triple-0 and yeah, before I knew it, it was out-of-control.”</p> <p>The first alert for the fire was issued at 12.38pm. The blaze spread north-east due to strong winds and burned through paddocks and rural properties. An emergency level status was in place throughout the night, but was downgraded to watch and act alert level on Friday morning.</p> <p>The fire has burned through about 1,200 hectares, the <em><a href="https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-01-10/fears-baldivis-fire-near-perth-kwinana-freeway-could-flare-again/11857328">ABC</a> </em>reported.</p> <p>Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES) Superintendent Ray Buchan said the fire was categorised as an accident.</p> <p>“It’s been confirmed that the fire was caused by a wheel off a trailer and sparks from that trailer dragging on the ground started that fire,” he said.</p> <p>“So we’re classing that as accidental.”</p> <p>The watch and act warning is in place for parts of Mundijong, Hopeland, Oldbury, Mardella, Serpentine, Baldivis, Wellard and Cardup in the City of Kwinana, City of Rockingham and Shire of Serpentine-Jarrahdale.</p> <p><em><span>OverSixty, its parent company and its owners are donating a total of $200,000 to the Vinnie’s Bushfire Appeal. We have also pledged an additional $100,000 of product to help all those affected by the bushfire crisis. We would love you to support too! Head to <a href="https://donate.vinnies.org.au/appeals-nsw/vinnies-nsw-bushfire-appeal-nsw">the website</a> to donate.</span></em></p>

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Scott Morrison defends the government’s bushfire response

<p>Prime Minister Scott Morrison has defended the government’s response to the bushfires, saying it had always accepted the link between climate change and extreme weather.</p> <p>Speaking to Michael Rowland on <a href="https://www.abc.net.au/7.30/scott-morrison-defends-the-governments-response-to/11856618">ABC’s <em>7.30</em></a> on Thursday night, Morrison said he had to wait days to deploy 3,000 Australian Defence Force reservists to assist with the bushfire recovery because the callout took time.</p> <p>“We’ve had the single biggest response which has included the call-out of the Reserves, some 3,000, that’s never happened before,” Morrison said.</p> <p>“Michael, you don’t call out the reservists and 3,000 of them overnight. That takes a few days to start moving into place and that’s exactly what we were doing at that time.</p> <p>“We’ve seen big disasters before in Australia that have not led to the call-out of Reserves and a national response like we have now seen.</p> <p>“But such was the comprehensive scale across many borders, many jurisdictions, that it required us to take that additional supportive step.”</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr">“It hasn't been your finest week has it?” <a href="https://twitter.com/mjrowland68?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@mjrowland68</a> asks Prime Minister <a href="https://twitter.com/ScottMorrisonMP?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@ScottMorrisonMP</a>. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/abc730?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#abc730</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/auspol?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#auspol</a> <a href="https://t.co/tJZ8GgfsXt">pic.twitter.com/tJZ8GgfsXt</a></p> — abc730 (@abc730) <a href="https://twitter.com/abc730/status/1215191779449815041?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">January 9, 2020</a></blockquote> <p>Morrison also addressed the hostile reception he had during his visit to the fire ground in Cobargo.</p> <p>“The decision I take to is to turn up, to show up and if people [are] upset, then I’ll listen to that upset. If people are looking for comfort, then I provide that comfort, and have been pleased to do so on so many occasions,” Morrison said.</p> <p>Rowland grilled the PM on his government’s stance on climate change.</p> <p>“You said in a media conference over the weekend that your government had always accepted the link between climate change and extreme weather, including bushfires but that is not the case,” Rowland said.</p> <p>“As you probably know, your Deputy Prime Minister, Michael McCormack, in December said climate change was only the concern of, quoting him directly, 'woke capital-city greenies'.</p> <p>“Your Communications Minister, Paul Fletcher, on <em>News Breakfast</em>, I had to ask him three times to accept the link between climate change and bushfires. He didn’t go there.”</p> <p>Morrison said while the government acknowledged the impacts of climate change on weather changes around the world, he denied that policy from a single country could be linked to any of the blazes.</p> <p>“Of course, global changes in the environment and the climate have a broader impact on the world’s weather systems,” Morrison said.</p> <p>“What we’ve always said, though, is you cannot link any individual single emissions reduction policy of a country – whether it’s Australia or anyone else – to any specific fire event.</p> <p>“It is, and always has been, the policy of our government to understand the need to take action on climate change and the impact that has on the world’s broader weather systems and climate systems.”</p> <p>Morrison said he welcomed the idea of opening a royal commission into the bushfires. “There will be a time, I think, to ensure that we work with the states and territories to get the proper inquiry in place … But right now, the states and territories and ourselves are very focused on responding to these fires and the immediate recovery operations,” he said.</p> <p>“So we will work together to ensure that there’s an appropriate inquiry that addresses the broad gamut of issues that must be considered, as we come out of what has been a, just an awful natural disaster.”</p> <p><em><span>OverSixty, its parent company and its owners are donating a total of $200,000 to the Vinnie’s Bushfire Appeal. We have also pledged an additional $100,000 of product to help all those affected by the bushfire crisis. We would love you to support too! Head to the <a href="https://donate.vinnies.org.au/appeals-nsw/vinnies-nsw-bushfire-appeal-nsw">Vinnie's website</a> to donate.</span></em></p>

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Queen Elizabeth orders Sussex exit plan to be sorted within “days”

<p>The Queen, Prince Charles and Prince William have reportedly told their teams to work quickly to grant Prince Harry and Meghan their independence from the British Royal Family.</p> <p>An insider told<span> </span><em><a rel="noopener noreferrer" href="https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/10707812/meghan-markle-prince-harry-divorce-royal-family-queen/" target="_blank">The Sun</a></em><span> </span>that the move is expected to take “days not weeks” as royal fans were surprised by a two-line statement from the Palace, saying that it would be “complicated”.</p> <p>“We understand their desire to take a different approach, but these are complicated issues that will take time to work through,” reads one line of the statement.</p> <p>Multiple reports have said that the Queen previously asked Prince Harry not to issue the statement, but he defied her orders and did it anyway.</p> <p>It’s said that no other members of the Royal Family were consulted before the statement was issued and it has left the monarch in a state of shock.</p> <p>“The Queen, The Prince of Wales and The Duke of Cambridge have directed their teams to work together at pace with Governments and The Sussex Household to find workable solutions.”</p> <p>They added: “(It’s) expected to take days not weeks.”</p> <p>The Queen reportedly learned of the announcement when the news broke on the television whereas Charles and William only got a statement copy ten minutes before it went live.</p> <p>The shocking statement issued by the Sussex family said that they intend to “step back as ‘senior’ members of the Royal Family and work to become financially independent”.</p>

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“Absolute farce”: Karl Stefanovic slams Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan’s resignation plan

<p><em>Today </em>show host Karl Stefanovic has dubbed Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan’s decision to quit as senior royals “an absolute farce”.</p> <p>On Wednesday, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex announced <a href="https://www.oversixty.com.au/news/news/they-ve-quit-prince-harry-and-duchess-meghan-make-shock-announcement">their resignation as “senior” members of the royal family</a> and plan to live between the United Kingdom and North America.</p> <p>Stefanovic said the prince was “spitting the dummy” after being financially supported by the royal family.</p> <p>“This is two people who have been ably supported and particularly Harry, by the British people for so long,” the 45-year-old presenter said on Thursday.</p> <p>“This is him spitting the dummy and going, ‘Righto, I am out of here’. Does he think that the British people are going to like it?”</p> <p>Stefanovic also expressed skepticism at the idea that the couple’s decision was motivated by a desire to maintain privacy and avoid attention from the press.</p> <p>“This is modern media and a modern landscape,” he asked.</p> <p>“Harry and Meghan are going to Canada and they won’t have any cameras outside their place?</p> <p>“No one will take photos out there? There’s not going to be link trucks? And there’s not going to be satellite dishes? This is just an absolute farce.”</p> <p>The royal couple spent a holiday in Canada over Christmas, where arrangements are reportedly being made to allow them to spend their time there for significant portions of the year.</p>

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Sunrise boss hits out at Today show

<p><em>Sunrise</em> boss Michael Pell has taken a swipe at Channel 9’s management.</p> <p>In an interview with <em><a href="https://www.news.com.au/entertainment/tv/morning-shows/sunrise-boss-blasts-nine-the-audience-doesnt-like-a-company-that-treats-people-badly/news-story/febd1b6d6eff8be801ad3456e6f7f96e">news.com.au</a></em>, the executive producer of the Channel 7 breakfast program criticised the <em>Today</em> show for its excessive line-up changes over the past few years.</p> <p>“I’m quite surprised at how all of that’s gone down with that show,” Pell said.</p> <p>“Not to talk too much about them, but I’ve never seen that many people sacked that quickly for no apparent reason.”</p> <p>The <a href="https://mumbrella.com.au/the-gap-between-today-and-sunrise-begins-to-close-as-just-46000-metro-viewers-separate-the-morning-shows-612360">ratings gap between <em>Today </em>and <em>Sunrise</em></a> has narrowed since Nine brought back Karl Stefanovic in the new year. <em>Sunrise</em> drew 266,000 metro viewers on Tuesday morning while <em>Today </em>followed with 220,000. Nationally, <em>Sunrise </em>pulled in 467,000 viewers and <em>Today </em>318,000.</p> <p>Pell said the high turnover of hosts was the reason why <em>Today </em>was still trailing behind.</p> <p>“I think the audience is punishing them for that still,” Pell said.</p> <p>“The audience doesn’t like a company that treats people badly.</p> <p>“On our side of the fence, there’s been very little change in what we’ve done for many years and I think people appreciate that.”</p> <p>Pell said <em>Sunrise </em>has topped the breakfast TV market for the past 15 years not only due to its consistency, but also its originality.</p> <p>“We’re not the copiers,” he said. “Other people have done the copying over the years.</p> <p>“We actually do like to set the standard. We are the market leaders for a reason, and I mean that with humility and respect to the audience. We like to work from our own template and then often you’ll find other people borrowing from that.”</p> <p><em>Sunrise </em>co-host David “Kochie” Koch said while he clashes with fellow presenter Sam Armytage at times, they always settle their arguments.</p> <p>“We have the art that’s been lost, particularly with social media, of agreeing to disagree,” Koch told <em>news.com.au</em>. “We never take it personally.”</p> <p><em>Today </em>debuted their new lineup on January 4, <span>with Stefanovic and Allison Langdon at the helm.</span></p> <p>A Nine source told <em><a href="https://thenewdaily.com.au/entertainment/tv/2020/01/07/today-show-ratings-rise/">The New Daily</a> </em>the ratings increase following the <em>Today</em><span> show’s line-up revamp was “a decent bump”.</span></p> <p>“We’re all pleased with how the show is looking. Good chemistry between the cast,” the source said.</p> <p>“It will be a long slog to make up the deficit. If we can claw back 10 per cent or so this year, it will be a good result.”</p>

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They’ve quit! Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan make shock announcement

<div class="post_body_wrapper"> <div class="post_body"> <div class="body_text "> <p>Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have shocked royal fans by announcing that they are resigning as “senior members of the Royal Family”.</p> <p>The decision, which was announced on Wednesday night, may come as no surprise to those who have been following the pair closely as they’ve made it clear that they are struggling under the intense public scrutiny that comes with being a member of the British Royal Family.</p> <p>The pair had a six week break over Christmas where they travelled to Canada and it’s understood that arrangements are being made to allow them to live there for significant portions of the year.</p> <p>The Sussex family made a statement on their Instagram, saying that the decision came out of “months of reflection and internal discussion”.</p> <p>“We have chosen to make a transition this year in starting to carve out a progressive new role within this institution,” it read.</p> <p>“We intend to step back as ‘senior’ members of the Royal Family and work to become financially independent, while continuing to fully support Her Majesty The Queen.</p> <p>“It is with your encouragement, particularly over the last few years, that we feel prepared to make this adjustment.”</p> <p>The couple also explained that they will be dividing their time between Britain and North America.</p> <p>“We now plan to balance our time between the United Kingdom and North America, continuing to honour our duty to The Queen, the Commonwealth, and our patronages,” the couple explained.</p> <p>“This geographic balance will enable us to raise our son with an appreciation for the royal tradition into which he was born, while also providing our family with the space to focus on the next chapter, including the launch of our new charitable entity.</p> <p>“We look forward to sharing the full details of this exciting next step in due course, as we continue to collaborate with Her Majesty The Queen, The Prince of Wales, The Duke of Cambridge and all relevant parties. Until then, please accept our deepest thanks for your continued support.”</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/B7EaGS_Jpb9/?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/B7EaGS_Jpb9/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">“After many months of reflection and internal discussions, we have chosen to make a transition this year in starting to carve out a progressive new role within this institution. We intend to step back as ‘senior’ members of the Royal Family and work to become financially independent, while continuing to fully support Her Majesty The Queen. It is with your encouragement, particularly over the last few years, that we feel prepared to make this adjustment. We now plan to balance our time between the United Kingdom and North America, continuing to honour our duty to The Queen, the Commonwealth, and our patronages. This geographic balance will enable us to raise our son with an appreciation for the royal tradition into which he was born, while also providing our family with the space to focus on the next chapter, including the launch of our new charitable entity. We look forward to sharing the full details of this exciting next step in due course, as we continue to collaborate with Her Majesty The Queen, The Prince of Wales, The Duke of Cambridge and all relevant parties. Until then, please accept our deepest thanks for your continued support.” - The Duke and Duchess of Sussex For more information, please visit sussexroyal.com (link in bio) Image © PA</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/sussexroyal/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank"> The Duke and Duchess of Sussex</a> (@sussexroyal) on Jan 8, 2020 at 10:33am PST</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>The Sussex family have had a particularly trying year after endless negative press, but it appears that not all is well behind closed doors after a tense statement from Buckingham Palace.</p> <p>Hours after the Sussex announcement went viral, Buckingham Palace released a two-line statement.</p> <p>“Discussions with the Duke and Duchess of Sussex are at an early stage. We understand their desire to take a different approach, but these are complicated issues that will take time to work through.”</p> <p>Former palace press secretary Dickie Arbiter said that the move was “unprecedented”.</p> <p>“Harry was an absolute bonus to the royal family. He had a tremendous attitude to his work. He brought a lot of joy to a lot of people,” Mr Arbiter said, according to <em><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.news.com.au/entertainment/celebrity-life/royals/buckingham-palaces-blunt-response-to-harry-and-meghans-bombshell/news-story/b9e2d156873faf84c3c4794496319d31" target="_blank">news.com.au</a></em>.</p> <p>“It is a breakdown in the royal family. Something has gone wrong.”</p> <p>According to BBC royal reporter Jonny Dymond, it’s understood that “no other member of the royal family was consulted” before the Sussexes released their personal statement, and the Palace is “disappointed”.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr">BREAKING. BBC Understands that no other member of the Royal Family was consulted before Harry and Meghan issued their personal statement tonight, the Palace is understood to be ‘disappointed’.</p> — Jonny Dymond (@JonnyDymond) <a href="https://twitter.com/JonnyDymond/status/1215004349346308096?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">January 8, 2020</a></blockquote> <p>Royal expert Camilla Tominey spoke to the<span> </span><em>Today<span> </span></em>show that the Palace would have had no idea about what was happening with the Sussex’s.</p> <p>“It is true to say that the Queen and the palace had no idea this was coming which then explains the statement which is pretty hastily written, kind of one sentence line and that, for me, smacks of a kind of instant PR reaction — ‘we better get something out but we haven’t got anything pre-prepared’,” she said.</p> <p>“What’s even more interesting about that statement in saying it is in the ‘early stages’, clearly not according to the Sussex's who have already remodelled and written reams of copy for their new website talking about their relationship with the media and how they want to change it, how they want to change the rules around funding, how they want to change the way they do their charitable work.</p> <p>“Well, that smacks of something that has been several weeks in the making.”</p> </div> </div> </div>

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