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"You can't manhandle the prince!" AFL star's night in Vegas with Prince Harry

<p>Former Hawthorn premiership star Campbell Brown has opened up about a chance encounter he had with the Duke of Sussex while at a Las Vegas nightclub.</p> <p>Brown has achieved a memorable career, playing 159 games for Hawthorne before he moved to the Gold Coast Suns to finish off his last three years in AFL.</p> <p>While speaking as part of Thirsty Camel’s <em>‘Thirsty for a Good Story’</em> campaign, Brown admitted he had crossed paths with Prince Harry during Brown’s first off-season with the Suns in late 2011.</p> <p>Brown was to spend one night in Vegas with the team after a training camp in Arizona.</p> <p>“Coach Guy McKenna had been pretty specific, we had a young group, he wanted a 12 o’clock curfew. We sort of agreed on that, went out for dinner and had a few drinks,” he said.</p> <p>“We only had this one night, we trained pretty hard so we felt like we needed to reward ourselves, so I decided that I was going to break curfew. I knew there was a nightclub called Excess that was pretty good on a Monday night.</p> <p>“We’re walking through the back part of Excess. I was just looking around and I see a Prince Harry lookalike, a guy with red hair, I said to Matty Warnock ‘Ha, Prince Harry!’, we keep walking and then I stop and I look and I go ‘I actually reckon that is Prince Harry!’</p> <p>“I walk up, there were two skinny sort of guys, they were sort of overlooking the booth he was in, he was sitting in there with three other guys. I said ‘Harry!’ He looks across at me and I said ‘I knew it was Prince Harry!’”</p> <p>Brown says the royal had been in Vegas as part of fighter pilot drills and Brown was able to keep Harry’s interest by explaining he played AFL.</p> <p>“I thought I better keep him engaged here because Scotland Yard standing over there, they were pretty keen to move me along,” he said.</p> <p>“I’m out of my drink now so I lean in I grab the drink I pour myself a Vodka cranberry!”</p> <p>The 2008 premiership Hawk said he and the Duke were in an intense conversation when Hawk admits he may have gone a step too far.</p> <p>“Eventually I’ve got this habit that every hour on the hour I undo a button after midnight,” he said.</p> <p>“I’ve looked down at my watch and it was about two o’clock so I’ve undone my buttons and on comes my favourite ever song, ‘Give Me Everything’.</p> <p>“I start dancing to this song and I undo my button and I turn to Harry and I start to try undo his buttons and I get a tap on the shoulder saying time to move on mate. I looked at Harry pleadingly, he’d waved them away the first couple of times and he sort of just said nice to meet you and off I went. You can’t manhandle the prince!”</p> <p>The following morning, Brown says he was fearful he may have been busted for breaking curfew, and in result would cop a hefty penalty.</p> <p>“One of the coaches came up to me and said ‘Did you break curfew last night?’ I said ‘Nah nah’, he goes ‘So you weren’t at Excess last night?’ I said ‘Nah nah’”, Brown remembered.</p> <p>“He goes ‘That’s funny because as I was walking through the crowd to go to the bathroom with the CEO and a couple of the coaches, I looked up and I saw you. Then as we get a bit closer we see you in a booth with Prince Harry, how do they know each other!?’</p> <p>“So he took them the long way to the toilet and they never saw me until now I suppose!</p> <p>“Feels good to be a part of Prince Harry’s wild weekend. He’s probably smart to offload me when he did otherwise there might’ve been a lot more trouble!”</p>

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Scott Morrison gets frank about international travelling

<div class="post_body_wrapper"> <div class="post_body"> <div class="body_text "> <p>Prime Minister Scott Morrison was surprisingly frank in a new interview with <em>A Current Affair</em>.</p> <p>He's also urged Australians to "look forward" despite ongoing coronavirus outbreaks in NSW and Victoria.</p> <p>"A year ago, we couldn't have contemplated any of this," he said.</p> <p>"That has been the swift change and terrible impact that has occurred."</p> <p>Despite Victoria's renewed lockdown, Morrison is remaining positive.</p> <p>"We are still doing very well, in seven states and territories. Victoria is obviously a different situation and we feel for everybody in Victoria," he said to <em>A Current Affair </em>host Tracy Grimshaw.</p> <p>"We've done it once. Even amid the COVID-19 pandemic, we can do it again."</p> <p>But, he said, "Australia doesn't win if Victoria doesn't win".</p> <p>However, he issued a grim warning for those Aussies who are eager to get overseas.</p> <p>“That will be very challenging,” Mr Morrison said of overseas travel.</p> <p>“Right now the opportunity for large-scale travel beyond our borders is not foreseeable.”</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/CC-irUgJlyD/?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/CC-irUgJlyD/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">PM: That's where I need Australians' heads. I need them looking up. I need them looking forward. #9ACA</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/acurrentaffair9/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank"> A Current Affair</a> (@acurrentaffair9) on Jul 23, 2020 at 1:04am PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>His comments came just hours after Federal Treasurer Frydenberg hinted to a border reopening in January 2021.</p> <p>“From 1 January to 30 June 2021, it is assumed that the travel ban is lifted, but that a two-week quarantine period is required of arrivals to Australia,” the statement says. </p> <p>“This leads to the resumption of arrivals by temporary and permanent migrants, but at lower levels overall than normal,’’ the Treasury document states.</p> <p>Morrison was quick to explain that he couldn't put a date on wider international travel, but expected a bubble between Australia and New Zealand to be launched by the end of this year.</p> <p>“I would hope and expect that before the end of the year, New Zealand and Australia would be able to agree on a safe travel zone,” he said in the ACA interview.</p> <p>“Prime Minister Ardern and I were only talking about it last week and she remains as committed to that as I do. We are progressing that … and there are many Pacific nations equally that want to be able to be part of that.</p> <p>“Discussions that I had with the Japanese PM Shinzō Abe … they are keen to see safe travel (between nations) so we will adjust and we can adjust.”</p> <p><em>Photo credits: </em><em><a rel="noopener" href="https://9now.nine.com.au/a-current-affair/scott-morrison-tracy-grimshaw-interview-coronavirus-china-pandemic-lockdown-victoria-vaccine/4d77fadd-d76c-4aef-aee6-287e52255dc0?ocid=Social-ACA" target="_blank" class="_e75a791d-denali-editor-page-rtflink">A Current Affair</a></em></p> </div> </div> </div>

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Prince Philip steps out of retirement to make rare public appearance

<p><span>Prince Philip made a brief comeback from retirement as he took part in a rare official public engagement.</span></p> <p><span>The Duke transferred his role as Colonel-in-Chief of The Rifles to the Duchess of Cornwall, but the 99-year-old, who has been keeping a low profile since his retirement in 2017, made sure to stick to social distancing measures.</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/CC8pI6BHZRK/?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/CC8pI6BHZRK/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">Today, The Duke of Edinburgh has been succeeded as Colonel-in-Chief of @rifles_regiment by The Duchess of Cornwall, in a ceremony which took place at both Windsor Castle and Highgrove House. . The Duke has been Colonel-in-Chief of successive Regiments that have made up The Rifles since 1953, and today, they are the largest infantry Regiment in the British Army. . The Duke of Edinburgh’s arrival was marked by four Buglers, who are members of The Rifles’ military band. . The Duke was thanked for his 67 years of service and support to the Regiment, before the Buglers sounded the ‘No More Parades’ call, marking HRH’s final ceremony as The Rifles’ Colonel-in-Chief. . At Highgrove House, The Duchess of Cornwall was greeted by a Bugle call, and was welcomed by the Regiment’s Colonel Commandant as The Rifles’ new Colonel-in-Chief. . The Duchess has close links with the Regiment, and has served as Royal Colonel of its fourth Battalion since 2007.</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/theroyalfamily/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank"> The Royal Family</a> (@theroyalfamily) on Jul 22, 2020 at 7:22am PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p><span>He remained 100 miles apart from his daughter-in-law Camilla, as they both carried out ceremonies to mark the historic occasion. </span></p> <p><span>Philip was at Windsor Castle in Berkshire, while the Duchess was at her home in Gloucestershire.</span></p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">The Duke of Edinburgh’s arrival was marked by four Buglers, who are members of The Rifles’ military band. <a href="https://t.co/gbybzsqzp8">pic.twitter.com/gbybzsqzp8</a></p> — The Royal Family (@RoyalFamily) <a href="https://twitter.com/RoyalFamily/status/1285931236788183040?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">July 22, 2020</a></blockquote> <p><span>The Duke has been colonel-in-chief of The Rifles since it was established in 2007, but his association goes back further, as he had served colonel-in-chief to successive regiments that have made up The Rifles since 1953.</span></p> <p><span>Camilla had previously been the royal colonel of the 4th Battalion The Rifles, a post she had held since 2007.</span></p>

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The Catlins: Ending the roadtrip

<p><em>Lighthouses and sea lions act as bookends to Justine and Chris <span class="markvx0ob4paj" data-markjs="true" data-ogac="" data-ogab="" data-ogsc="" data-ogsb="">Tyerman</span>’s Easter road trip in the Catlins where they drove the Southern Scenic Route.</em></p> <p><span>Remote Jack’s Bay with its pristine white sands is unbelievably beautiful, especially on a calm, sunny autumn morning. I envied the 20-30 bach owners with their properties right on the beach in this remote south-eastern corner of New Zealand’s South Island.</span></p> <p><span>It was Day 3 of our Catlins roadtrip on the Southern Scenic Route and we were brimming with excitement at the adventures that lay ahead. First up was Jack’s Blowhole at the end of a scenic coastal walkway, about one hour return. It’s a giant gash in the earth, 55m deep, 144m long, 68m wide and 200m from the sea. Even on a calm day, the force of the water swirling and churning far below was riveting. I’d love to see it spouting in a southerly storm with a big sea running.</span></p> <p><span>After brewing a quick cuppa in our handy little <a rel="noopener noreferrer" href="https://www.jucy.com/nz/en/" target="_blank" data-auth="NotApplicable">JUCY Cabana</a> kitchen, we drove to pretty Purakaunui Falls, a very popular spot. The lovely ten-minute walk alongside the stream that feeds the falls is through a lush forest of totara, tawhai, matai and kotukutuku with native birds flitting among the branches.</span></p> <p><span>At the foot of the exquisite three-tiered falls, there were dozens of tourists and photographers with tripods and extremely long lenses, trying to capture the perfect image. It’s one of the most photographed waterfalls in New Zealand so if you want time alone here, get up early or stay late.</span></p> <p><span>The track to the 22m high McLean Falls, the tallest waterfall in the Catlins, was closed by a rock fall so we consoled ourselves with lunch at the award-winning Whistling Frog Restaurant. The blue cod was the best fish I’ve ever tasted, washed down with an ice cold Monteith’s crushed pear cider. The restaurant is the hub of a substantial accommodation complex with cabins, motels, chalets and tent sites.</span></p> <p><span>Well-fortified, we set off towards Cathedral Caves, stopping at Florence Hill lookout with sweeping views of perfectly-curved Tautuku Beach to the south and Tahakopa Bay and Long Point to the north. This is the only area left in the South Island where native forest covers the land from the hilltops to the sea. Some trees are over 1000 years old. There’s an abundance of wildlife with native birds, New Zealand sea lions, yellow-eyed and little-blue penguins and albatross frequenting the area.</span></p> <p><span>Access to Cathedral Caves is across private Maori land so there’s a charge of $5 per adult and $1 per child. The 1.5km track through kamahi/podocarp forest drops 100m to Waipati Beach and then there’s a 10-minute walk along the sand to the caves. Our timing of the tides was accidentally perfect. We were able to explore the entire sea cave system which has two huge entrances joined by a V-shaped passage. It’s one of the finest in New Zealand, and at 199m, among the longest in the world.</span></p> <p><span>In contrast to limestone caves, which form by the chemical action of water dissolving calcite in the rock, sea caves are formed by the action of the waves eroding or collapsing the rock.  </span></p> <p><span>We took a torch so we could examine the ceiling, up to 30m high, and deep recesses of the Jurassic sandstone which dates back about 160 million years. Just inside the west or first entrance, the ceiling is much higher, indicating an area of roof collapse. Over time, such features create skylights like Jack’s Blowhole.</span></p> <p><span>To avoid disappointment, make sure you check the tides and the closing time of the track. The caves are outstanding and well worth the fee and the one-hour hike down and back up.</span></p> <p><span>The petrified forests at Curio Bay had long fascinated me and again our timing was spot on. The tide was well out allowing us to explore this rare phenomenon.</span></p> <p><span>The incredible story of how the forest was formed is recorded on a series of excellent information boards overlooking the rock platform where the tree trunks and stumps are lying, set in stone.</span></p> <p><span> A lush forest stood here about 170 million years ago with ash-covered volcanoes nearby. After heavy rain, a great flood occurred submerging hundreds of kilometres of land under mud, ash and rocks washed down from the volcanoes.</span></p> <p><span>The ash in the floodwaters was rich in silica which impregnated the trees, turning them to stone. Thousands of years of pounding by the sea have worn away the soil to reveal the fossilised trees.</span></p> <p><span>I lost track of time as I wandered around the tree trunks and stumps, frozen forever in time, trying to imagine the forces of nature that could bring about such an event. The fallen tree trunks still look like timber but when you touch them, they are hard, cold stone. You can even see the growth rings in the stumps. The forest was alive when New Zealand was part of Gondwanaland - and we’re able to see the remnants of it today.</span></p> <p><span>At the southern edge of the platform, waves of kelp were surging and swirling up and down a narrow channel in the rock. I stood there transfixed until the incoming tide began to lap at my feet and the kelp threatened to envelop me like a thousand slimy eels.</span></p> <p><span>Hoping for a glimpse of the rare yellow-eyed penguins at this location, we found the perfect spot to park our JUCY campervan overnight, at a camping ground right on the seashore.  But Curio Bay’s penguins were in hiding, along with the endangered Hector’s dolphins... so a return trip is definitely on the cards.</span></p> <p><span>The recently-opened Tumu Toka CurioScape at Curio Bay has a café and outstanding interactive museum with a wealth of information about the region.</span></p> <p><span>Before heading south, we climbed to the top of a headland where the views were stunning. An information board there said that by 1840, with 1000 whalers operating in New Zealand waters, the southern right whale was already becoming scarce. The invention of the explosive-tipped harpoon in the 1860s made other species of whale harvestable because the device caused whales to float when dead. I was horrified to read that 65,966 whales were killed worldwide during the 1961-62 season.</span></p> <p><span>Twenty minutes south, we reached Slope Point, the southern-most tip of the South Island. A ten-minute walk through private farmland, the point is a windswept, ruggedly-beautiful headland where the trees grow horizontal to the land and the waves of the southern ocean crash onto rocks sending walls of spray high into the air.</span></p> <p><span>A signpost marks the exact spot as Latitude 46 40min 40 sec South; Longitude 169 00min 11 sec East. From here, the Equator is 5140km north and the South Pole is 4803km south. It was blowing a freezing cold gale but photos just had to be taken at the signpost and on the cliff edge above the pounding surf.</span></p> <p><span>Our last stop on the Southern Scenic Route was the Waipapa Point lighthouse, at the far southwest corner of the Catlins. It’s the site of New Zealand’s worst shipping disaster. In April 1881, 131 of the 151 passengers onboard the ‘S.S.Tararua’ lost their lives when the steamer was wrecked on the reef just offshore.</span></p> <p><span>A short walk takes you to the cemetery where many of the victims were buried. In response to this tragedy a lighthouse was built and become operational in 1884. Automated in 1976, it remains active today.</span></p> <p><span>I read with great interest the Instructions to Lightkeepers in 1866.</span></p> <p><span>‘Keepers are required to act as signalmen, telephonists, and undertake such duties as may be required of them, without receiving any extra remuneration.’</span></p> <p><span>Other duties included cleaning, routine maintenance, gardening and tending the ‘Tararua Acre’ gravesite.</span></p> <p><span>A couple of sea lions were cavorting in the turbulent surf near the lighthouse. It seemed fitting that our Catlins odyssey began and ended with lighthouses and sea lions. They are quintessential images of the Catlins and my enduring memories of this remote and beautiful corner of Aotearoa.</span></p> <p><em><span>See part <a rel="noopener noreferrer" href="https://www.oversixty.co.nz/travel/international-travel/exploring-our-own-backyard" target="_blank" data-auth="NotApplicable">one</a>, <a rel="noopener noreferrer" href="https://www.oversixty.co.nz/travel/international-travel/driving-along-central-otago-highway" target="_blank" data-auth="NotApplicable">two</a> and <a rel="noopener noreferrer" href="https://www.oversixty.co.nz/travel/international-travel/traversing-the-coastline-of-the-catlins" target="_blank" data-auth="NotApplicable">three</a> of Justine’s road trip.</span></em></p> <p><em>Justine <span class="markvx0ob4paj" data-markjs="true" data-ogac="" data-ogab="" data-ogsc="" data-ogsb="">Tyerman</span> travelled courtesy of JUCY Rentals. </em><span></span><em>Pick up a vehicle from <a rel="noopener noreferrer" href="https://www.jucy.co.nz/" target="_blank" data-auth="NotApplicable">JUCY Rentals</a> at Queenstown, Christchurch or Auckland Airport. You can also explore magnificent Milford Sound with <a rel="noopener noreferrer" href="https://www.jucycruise.co.nz/" target="_blank" data-auth="NotApplicable">JUCY Cruise</a> and stay at <a rel="noopener noreferrer" href="https://www.jucysnooze.co.nz/" target="_blank" data-auth="NotApplicable">JUCY Snooze</a> in Queenstown, Christchurch and Auckland.</em></p>

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Positive COVID test for "Most beautiful woman in the world"

<p>Iconic Bollywood actress Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and her daughter, Aaradhy, have both tested positive for coronavirus following reports that her husband and father-in-law were hospitalised with the virus.</p> <p>Rai Bachchan, who had once been dubbed “The Most Beautiful Woman in the World” and winner of the 1994 Miss World pageant, married into Bollywood’s most famous family back in 2007 by wedding Abhishek Bachchan.</p> <p>The star announced via his verified Twitter account on Sunday that his wife and their eight-year-old daughter have coronavirus.</p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7836890/bollywood-1.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/a771ebaba59a4fdbb53aeb3323c7a464" /></p> <p>“Aishwarya and Aaradhya have also tested COVID-19 positive. They will be self quarantining at home,” Abhishek Bachchan tweeted.</p> <p>“The BMC has been updated of their situation and are doing the needful. The rest of the family including my Mother have tested negative. Thank you all for your wishes and prayers.”</p> <p>Abhishek had also shared on social media earlier that he and his father Amitabh Bachchan had been taken to the hospital after receiving a positive test.</p> <p>“My father and I remain in hospital till the doctors decide otherwise,” he wrote on Sunday to his 15 million followers.</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/CCj9gLFhlBV/?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/CCj9gLFhlBV/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by ravisara (@ravisara7)</a> on Jul 12, 2020 at 5:19pm PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>“Everyone please remain cautious and safe. Please follow all rules!”</p> <p>Bachchan and Rai Bachchan are among Bollywood’s most famous couples and have been referred to as the “Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie” of India back when the latter were still a Hollywood couple.</p> <p>However, Rai Bachchan was a mega star long before her marriage.</p> <p>The actress had multiple Bollywood hit movies and was the holder of the title of the number one box office star in the world.</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/CCjWdPIppAx/?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/CCjWdPIppAx/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Bollywood Tashan (@bollywood_tashan)</a> on Jul 12, 2020 at 11:59am PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>She had also been earning millions of dollars in endorsements for major companies including L’Oréal, Coca-Cola and De Beers diamonds.</p> <p>Time magazine named her one of the most influential people in the world in 2004.</p> <p>In America, she is best known for starring in the 2004 film “Bride And Prejudice” as well as the 2005 film “Mistress Of Spices.”</p>

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​The sad truth behind Archie's christening photo

<p>There are not many family events the Queen will miss out on; however, it seems duty comes first especially when considering the royal’s absence at great grandson, Archie’s christening.</p> <p>Royal christenings are deeply symbolic affairs and each event sees the tiny tot donning the Lily Font and the replica Honiton christening gown that has become an iron-clad tradition.</p> <p>When photographs of little Archie’ christening were released, many were surprised to see one familiar face missing, and that was the Queen who could not be present.</p> <p> The official reason given was that her Majesty had a conflicting commitment, but questions arose why the royal’s diary was not called upon when planning Archie’s first significant event.</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/BzlHhZylvwT/?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/BzlHhZylvwT/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by The Duke and Duchess of Sussex (@sussexroyal)</a> on Jul 6, 2019 at 8:14am PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>A recent book, Royals At War offered an alternative perspective. Journalists Dylan Howard and Andy Tillett said: “Pointedly, the Queen and Prince Philip stayed away. They had been generous and understanding at their best.</p> <p>“But they simply now felt publicly embarrassed by Meghan’s controlling behaviour, said a well-placed Palace insider.”</p> <p>Over a year on since Archie’s christening, it appears there was more than what meets the eye after court documents filed as part of Meghan’s privacy lawsuit revealed she was left feeling “undefended by the institution” while pregnant and that she had been “prohibited from defending herself” against negative false press coverage.</p> <p>Meghan and Harry announced their intention to step down as senior royals of January 2020, much to the surprise of the rest of the royal family.</p> <p>On April 1, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex officially ceased all their duties and began a financially independent life in Los Angeles, U.S.</p> <p> </p>

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Duchess Meghan teams up with Michelle Obama for important role

<p><span>Meghan Markle has just been announced to be a speaker at an upcoming virtual summit, alongside her friends Michelle Obama and Priyanka Chopra.</span><br /><br /><span>The Duchess of Sussex will be keynote speaker at the 2020 Global Leadership Summit as part of its Girl Up campaign.</span><br /><br /><span>"The present is female! But don't take our word for it. Hear from our keynote speaker Meghan Markle, The Duchess of Sussex, as she takes the stage at our 2020 Leadership Summit, happening virtually July 13-15!" the announcement resd.</span></p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/CCXTeCmn2Ek/?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/CCXTeCmn2Ek/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Eugenia Garavani (@eugeniagaravani)</a> on Jul 7, 2020 at 7:20pm PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p><br /><span>The Girl Up Global Leadership Summit was created by the United Nations, and notes that it is "dedicated to securing equal opportunities for underprivileged adolescent girls in developing countries such as Ethiopia, Malawi, Guatemala, and India".</span><br /><br /><span>Meghan has been a long-time supporter and campaigner for equality for women and girls.</span></p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/CCW9Jzkg5mG/?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/CCW9Jzkg5mG/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Megan markel fans (@besexy79)</a> on Jul 7, 2020 at 4:05pm PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p><br /><span>In January 2020 she visited Vancouver-based social justice charity Justice For Girls, which later shared photos on Twitter of Meghan enjoying a cup of tea and conversation with members of its team.</span><br /><br /><span>"Yesterday, The Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle visited to discuss climate justice for girls and the rights of Indigenous peoples," the organisation wrote.</span><br /><br /><span>"Was great to talk about the importance of a holistic approach to social justice, and the power of young women's leadership."</span><br /><br /><span>The royal mum also visited the Downtown Eastside Women's Centre to discuss "issues affecting women in the community."</span><br /><br /><span>"Look who we had tea with today!" the organisation posted on social media, along with a photo of a beaming Meghan with staff members.</span><br /><br /><span>The Global Leadership Summit was originally meant to take place in Washington DC.</span><br /><br /><span>However it has since been moved to an online format due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.</span></p>

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“Acknowledge the past”: Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan call on the Commonwealth

<p>Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan have called on the Commonwealth to “acknowledge” its colonial past, even if it is “uncomfortable”.</p> <p>Speaking in a video-link discussion on institutional and systemic racism with young leaders from the Queen’s Commonwealth Trust, Harry said the UK has to reckon with its historic involvement in other countries that now make up the Commonwealth.</p> <p>“When you look across the Commonwealth, there is no way that we can move forward unless we acknowledge the past,” he said.</p> <p>“So many people have done such an amazing incredible job of acknowledging the past and trying to right those wrongs, but I think we all acknowledge on there is so much more still to do.</p> <p>“It’s not going to be easy and in some cases it’s not going to be comfortable but it needs to be done, because guess what, everybody benefits.”</p> <p>The Commonwealth consists of 54 member states, nearly all of which were previously ruled by the British Empire.</p> <p>Meghan added: “We’re going to have to be a little uncomfortable right now, because it’s only in pushing through that discomfort that we get to the other side of this and find the place where a high tide raises all ships.</p> <p>“Equality does not put anyone on the back foot, it puts us all on the same footing – which is a fundamental human right.”</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">Watch the discussion now and share your thoughts on the actions we can take to create a fairer and more just world: <a href="https://t.co/WR7grpu9fG">https://t.co/WR7grpu9fG</a><a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/TeamQCT?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#TeamQCT</a></p> — The Queen's Commonwealth Trust (@queenscomtrust) <a href="https://twitter.com/queenscomtrust/status/1280109784042217472?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">July 6, 2020</a></blockquote> <p>The pair also spoke about unconscious bias and the role it plays in people’s lives.</p> <p>“We can’t deny or ignore the fact that all of us have been educated to see the world differently,” Harry said.</p> <p>“However, once you start to realize that there is that bias there, then you need to acknowledge it, you need to do the work to become more aware.”</p> <p>Meghan reflected on her personal experience with unconscious bias and racism.</p> <p>“It’s not just in the big moments, it’s in the quiet moments where racism and unconscious bias lies and thrives. It makes it confusing for a lot of people to understand the role that they play in that, either passively and actively,” she said.</p> <p>“So much of what I’ve come to the understanding of, especially in learning even more about it of late and obviously having had personal experience with it as well, but in people’s complacency they’re complicit, and that I think is the shift that we’re seeing.”</p> <p>The conversation came as the Black Lives Matter movement continues in the US, where the royal couple is residing.</p> <p>Last week, Harry said he regretted not having done enough to “<a href="https://edition.cnn.com/2020/07/02/europe/prince-harry-institutional-racism-endemic-intl-scli/index.html">right the wrongs</a>” of the “endemic” institutional racism in society for young people.</p> <p>Last month Meghan <a href="https://www.oversixty.com.au/lifestyle/beauty-style/meghan-markle-addresses-black-lives-matter-movement-in-new-video-the-only-wrong-thing-to-say-is-to-say-nothing">addressed the killing of George Floyd</a> in a video message to her old high school, saying: “The only wrong thing to say is to say nothing.”</p>

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How coronavirus self-isolation fatigue may lead to more beach drownings this summer

<p>The easing of physical distancing restrictions can’t come soon enough for those tired of self-isolation, and for many the beach represents a welcome therapy after an extended time indoors and alone.</p> <p>In Australia, <a href="https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-04-26/coronavirus-crowds-sydney-beaches-again-despite-covid-19-risks/12185926">popular beaches in Sydney</a>, including the iconic Bondi Beach, were completely closed to public access during the government-imposed lockdown period. When they reopened under restricted conditions in late April (fall in the southern hemisphere), the unexpectedly large crowds led authorities to close them again.</p> <p>More recently, crowded beaches in the <a href="https://toronto.ctvnews.ca/ontario-premier-shocked-by-packed-toronto-beaches-warns-covid-19-fight-is-not-over-1.4995033">Great Lakes</a>, <a href="https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/coronavirus-comes-spring-break-locals-close-florida-beaches-after-governor-n1163741">Florida</a>, <a href="https://www.khou.com/article/news/health/coronavirus/galveston-beaches-see-uptick-in-crowds-as-city-takes-additional-measures-to-protect-visitors-from-covid-19/285-6bc76e6b-a076-40ac-8a22-a714e8ba0dfc">Texas</a>, <a href="https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2020-05-26/crowds-masks-venice-beach-memorial-day-weekend">California</a> and the <a href="https://www.smh.com.au/world/europe/brits-flock-to-the-beach-amid-medics-warning-of-second-wave-20200625-p555y7.html">United Kingdom</a> show that people are eager to find their spot on the sand.</p> <p>While going to the beach to bathe or swim is seen as an enjoyable recreational experience, aside from social distancing concerns, beaches can be dangerous environments and it is <a href="http://doi.org/10.5194/nhess-19-389-2019">not uncommon for drownings</a> to occur. Unfortunately, there are several COVID-19-related factors that have the potential to significantly increase the number of beach drownings and rescues.</p> <p><strong>Beach hazards in a time of COVID-19</strong></p> <p>First, many of those people seeking out beaches may be infrequent beachgoers, <a href="https://doi.org/10.1016/j.apgeog.2014.10.011">unfamiliar with beach hazards, such as rip currents, and safety practices</a>, including strategies on how to react when caught in a rip current as recommended by the <a href="http://doi.org/10.5194/nhess-17-1003-2017">Break the Grip of the Rip campaign</a> in the United States.</p> <p>Second, summer travel plans have been altered for many, meaning local and non-holiday beaches — many of which are not patrolled by lifeguards — may see larger crowds and could put <a href="https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0212349">bystanders who attempt rescues</a> at greater risk.</p> <p>Third, and most important, in normal years, lifeguard services would intervene to ensure that people don’t put themselves into dangerous situations. This year is different.</p> <p>Several jurisdictions from the <a href="https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-52038489">U.K.</a> and the <a href="https://www.hollandsentinel.com/news/20200608/covid-furloughs-meant-no-warning-flags-on-holland-beach-as-two-boys-drowned">Great Lakes</a> have cancelled their lifesaving programs due to COVID-19-related budget and health concern restraints.</p> <p>Coronavirus-related staff cuts and furloughs prevented Holland State Park in Michigan from setting up the flags to warn swimmers of the daily hazard along that section of Lake Michigan. The <a href="https://www.mlive.com/news/muskegon/2020/06/double-drowning-tragedy-underscores-danger-of-great-lakes.html">lack of warning flags and lifeguards has already been blamed for the drownings</a> of a six-year-old and a 17-year-old on June 6. This is just but one example of how cutting funding to beach safety programs could cost lives.</p> <p><strong>Masking the truth about the surf hazard</strong></p> <p>There are interesting parallels between drowning prevention and efforts to flatten the COVID-19 curve.</p> <p>Many people do not wear a mask in public despite evidence that masks reduce the <a href="https://today.tamu.edu/2020/06/12/texas-am-study-face-masks-critical-in-preventing-spread-of-covid-19/">potential for COVID-19 transmission</a>. For example, if you have gone grocery shopping and avoided infection, you may become complacent and feel that masks and hand-washing are unnecessary. Or you may bend to peer pressure if you meet up with friends who are not wearing masks or social distancing.</p> <p>These same behaviours come into play with drownings. <a href="https://doi.org/10.1007/s11069-018-3424-7">Evidence suggests</a> that if you didn’t drown on your last visit to the beach, you’ll be confident that you won’t drown on your next visit — despite changing waves, tides and other conditions.</p> <p>Or if you are with a group of friends who are better swimmers, there is a greater chance that you will venture into deeper water to avoid the social cost of staying close to shore. You may also mirror the risky behaviours of other beachgoers.</p> <p><strong>Ignoring the warning signs</strong></p> <p>The time and financial investment made in travelling to the beach after being limited by stay-at-home orders for weeks and months means that more people may enter the water, even if the conditions aren’t ideal.</p> <p>Beach users escaping self-isolation at home may be tired of warnings and further restrictions on the beach and may ignore them, particularly if they believe that lifeguards are being <a href="https://doi.org/10.5194/nhess-19-2541-2019">overly cautious</a>. This was the greatest concern expressed at a recent (virtual) conference to celebrate the creation of a legislated lifesaving program in <a href="https://doi.org/10.1007/s11069-015-1626-9">Costa Rica</a>.</p> <p>In the Great Lakes, the problem is made worse by the high-water levels that have <a href="https://www.chicagotribune.com/news/environment/ct-lake-michigan-record-water-levels-20200619-ntztvazvynf7bgbro3cgkp2diy-story.html">limited the amount of beach available</a>. Even where lifeguard services are still provided, the limited beach width means that people will either crowd together on the beach or move away from others, increasing the lifeguard’s patrol area — and the risk that someone will need rescue or will drown.</p> <p><a href="https://www.sbs.com.au/news/famous-sydney-beaches-closed-after-crowds-flout-coronavirus-restrictions">Restricting access to beaches</a> to limit crowds and the <a href="https://www.cnn.com/2020/06/15/us/covid-19-second-shutdown/index.html">potential for a second wave of COVID-19 cases</a>, will in turn limit the number of drownings as long as people <a href="https://abc7chicago.com/lake-michigan-chicago-beach-beaches-open/6265505">heed those closures</a>.</p> <p>COVID-19 has created a perfect storm that could make beaches more popular than ever before and raise the risk of drowning. So far, most of the concern has focused on the lack of social distancing and the looming threat of a second COVID-19 wave, but that focus may soon shift to drowning. Are we going to love our beaches to death?<!-- Below is The Conversation's page counter tag. Please DO NOT REMOVE. --><img style="border: none !important; box-shadow: none !important; margin: 0 !important; max-height: 1px !important; max-width: 1px !important; min-height: 1px !important; min-width: 1px !important; opacity: 0 !important; outline: none !important; padding: 0 !important; text-shadow: none !important;" src="https://counter.theconversation.com/content/141491/count.gif?distributor=republish-lightbox-basic" alt="The Conversation" width="1" height="1" /><!-- End of code. If you don't see any code above, please get new code from the Advanced tab after you click the republish button. The page counter does not collect any personal data. 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Queen Elizabeth speaks with US President Donald Trump ahead of Independence Day

<p>Queen Elizabeth has spoken with US President Donald Trump via phone ahead of Independence Day in America.</p> <p>The Queen spoke with Trump on Tuesday by phone from Windsor Castle, where she has remained with Prince Philip since the beginning of the coronavirus lockdown in the UK.</p> <p>The call to Trump was “the latest in a series Her Majesty has held with world leaders in recent months, including President [Emmanuel] Macron, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Prime Minister Scott Morrison”, the royal family said on Twitter.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">The telephone call is the latest in a series Her Majesty has held with world leaders in recent months, including President Macron, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Prime Minister Scott Morrison.</p> — The Royal Family (@RoyalFamily) <a href="https://twitter.com/RoyalFamily/status/1278006235074383872?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">June 30, 2020</a></blockquote> <p>The two heads of state discussed the coronavirus pandemic and “reopening global economies”, according to White House spokesman Judd Deere.</p> <p>“The President and the Queen also reaffirmed that the United States and United Kingdom stand together in our Special Relationship and will emerge from this trying time stronger than ever before,” Deere said.</p> <p>Deere said Trump also wished the Queen a belated happy 94th birthday, two months after the monarch’s birthday in April.</p> <p>Trump has met with the Queen three times as president. Their last in-person meeting was at a Buckingham Palace reception marking the 70th anniversary of NATO in December 2019.</p> <p>Since Queen Elizabeth ascended the throne on February 6, 1952, she has met with all elected US presidents <a rel="noopener" href="https://people.com/royals/queen-elizabeth-phone-call-president-donald-trump-july-4/" target="_blank">with the exception of Lyndon B Johnson</a>.</p>

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The TranzAlpine returns

<p><em>One of the world’s greatest train journeys, the TranzAlpine in New Zealand’s South Island, is to reopen on July 4 after being closed due to Covid-19. A veteran of many train trips overseas, this is Justine Tyerman’s first such journey in her own country.</em></p> <p><span>New Zealand is such a tall, slim-waisted country, you can travel across it in leisurely style and comfort by train in just five hours. The TranzAlpine travels from the garden city of Christchurch and the golden sands of the Pacific Ocean on the East Coast, to the old gold mining town of Greymouth and the black sands of the Tasman Sea on the wild West Coast.</span></p> <p><span>The breath-taking and infinitely-varied TranzAlpine, justifiably known as one of the world’s great train journeys, takes passengers across the fertile, lush, green Canterbury Plains, into the spectacular Waimakariri River gorge, crossing the aqua-turquoise river on vertiginously-high viaducts, and over the magnificent, snowy Southern Alps by way of Arthurs Pass (739m).</span></p> <p><span>The train then descends through the 8.5km Otira Tunnel to the West Coast where the landscape again changes dramatically, skirting beautiful Lake Brunner and meandering along a series of river valleys amid rain forest before emerging at Greymouth on the banks of the mighty Grey River.</span></p> <p><span>Many travellers disembark at Arthurs Pass to explore the multitudinous hiking and climbing trails in the region, rejoining the train to Greymouth, the gateway to the magnificent glaciers and beaches of the West Coast, when they are ready.</span></p> <p><span>A veteran of many train trips overseas, this was my first such journey in New Zealand and as one of the few Kiwis onboard, I felt inordinately proud of my own land. My Kiwi heart soared when I heard a group of Australians saying they had never experienced such a ‘bonzer’ train trip.</span></p> <p><span>If you are short of time, you can travel from Christchurch to Greymouth and back in a day, departing at 8.15am and arriving back at 6.30pm.</span></p> <p><em>Book your trip on the TranzAlpine through international rail specialists, <a rel="noopener" href="http://www.railplus.co.nz/new-zealand-by-rail/tranzalpine/prices-book.htm" target="_blank">Rail Europe</a>.</em></p> <p><em>Read a detailed account of Justine’s TranzAlpine trip <a rel="noopener noreferrer" href="https://www.oversixty.co.nz/travel/domestic-travel/a-day-on-the-tranzalpine" target="_blank" data-auth="NotApplicable">here.</a></em></p>

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Russell Crowe remembers hilarious prank Nicole Kidman pulled on Jay Leno

<p><span>Nicole Kidman may have pulled off the greatest television prank of all time – and it’s taken years for anyone to realise.</span></p> <p><span>The Australian Oscar-winning actress known for her class and poise once tricked late night talk show host Jay Leno into using a very crude Aussie slang term countless times on his show, as he had no idea what the word meant.</span></p> <p><span>Many were surprised the term was in Kidman’s vocabulary.</span></p> <p><span>Kidman was left giggling after she had convinced the host that “crack a fat” meant something far more innocent that its true meaning (relating to male arousal).</span></p> <p><span>Leno then casually dropped the phrase every chance he got according to the star’s close friend, Russell Crowe.</span></p> <p><span>Speaking to </span><em>Vanity Fair,</em><span> Crowe recalled the hilarious incident which happened a few years ago.</span></p> <p><span>“She said it (‘crack a fat’) and Jay kept repeating it over and over again, and Nicole realised the hole she’d dug herself into,” Crowe explained.</span></p> <p><span>“Jay kept saying things like, ‘We’ll be right back after this break to crack a fat with Nicole Kidman!’ And that sent Nicole into giggles.”</span></p> <p><span>Crowe and Kidman have been close friends for years, after they met in Sydney many years ago. </span></p> <p><span>Crowe apparently did a “shoey” (the act of drinking an alcoholic beverage out of someone's shoe) at a party that Kidman had thrown.</span></p> <p><span>“It was at a house party that I threw in Darlinghurst with my then-boyfriend,” Kidman, 53, told </span><em>News Corp</em><span> in 2018 of meeting Crowe.</span></p> <p><span>She went on to say their friendship blossomed when they both began working in the US.</span></p> <p><span>“I have an enormous amount of love and affection for him because we have been friends literally our whole life. It’s an admirable thing when you forge your way through, decade after decade.”</span></p>

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“Don’t touch the bag”: Former Obama staff member reprimanded by Queen’s aid

<p>Barack Obama’s former Chief of Protocol has revealed the extreme lengths Queen’s staff go to in order to protect her privacy.</p> <p>Capricia Penavic Marshall worked for former President Obama from 2009 to 2013 and her role meant she advised him on all matters of national and international diplomatic protocol.</p> <p>She also recalled to <strong><em><a rel="noopener" href="https://people.com/politics/capricia-penavic-marshall-new-book-remembers-trying-take-queen-elizabeth-purse/" target="_blank">People</a> </em></strong>the embarrassing moment she was scolded for trying to help the royal with her purse during an official visit to Buckingham Palace in 2011. </p> <p>After stepping forward to assist the Queen with her bag so that she could greet the Obamas without it, Marshall, 56, says her British counterpart quickly pushed her back and told her simply: “We do not touch the bag.”</p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7836673/queen.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/79d44520f5384eb18817bb6ddbc449b6" /></p> <p><em>Michelle Obama, Barack Obama, Queen Elizabeth. </em></p> <p>“As Her Majesty walked out, I made a comment to my counterpart. I said, ‘Oh, my goodness, Her Majesty has her bag.’ And I made an ever so slight move with my left foot,” she recalled. </p> <p>“He, with both of his hands, pushed me back against the wall and said, ‘Do not touch the bag,’ and I said, ‘Oh, my goodness. I'm so sorry.’” </p> <p>The unnamed royal staffer reiterated his point again, saying no one was to ever touch the Queen’s bag.</p> <p>“He goes, ‘We do not touch the bag.’ And I said, ‘Okay, I apologize. I would never. But do we know what's in the bag?’ And he said, ‘We don't know what's in the bag. But we never touch the bag,'” she revealed. </p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7836672/queen-1.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/fb25d221d26e4870a22bd919086447da" /></p> <p><em>Capricia Penavic Marshall</em></p> <p>In Marshall’s new book, <em>Protocol: The Power of Diplomacy and How to Make It Work for You</em>, she said she actually learned Her Majesty actually uses her bag as a means of signalling to her staff.</p> <p>“If it's on one part of her arm, it means the meeting is going fine, leave me alone. But if she lowers it, it means, ‘End this now. I want to go,'” Marshall explained.</p> <p>Despite the awkward moment that could have gone terrible wrong, Marshall says the visit was a huge success and noted that the former President Obama and his wife Michelle were “so, so very fond” of the royal.</p>

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Michael Schumacher’s former manager reveals F1 driver’s “stupidest decision”

<p><span>When Michael Schumacher retired from Formula 1, he was untouchable as the greatest champion in the sport’s history.</span></p> <p><span>Five straight championships and seven all up, Schumacher was in a league of his own.</span></p> <p><span>In the 250 races he took part in between 198 and 2006, Schumacher had 68 pole positions, 154 podiums and an astounding 91 wins.</span></p> <p><span>Schumacher was breaking records left right and centre – until he signed on to a three-year deal with Mercedes in 2010.</span></p> <p><span>In his last 58 races over three years, Schumacher claimed just one podium, finishing third behind Kimi Raikkonen and Fernando Alonso at the 2012 European Grand Prix, where he was the oldest driver to make a podium since Jack Brabham at the 1970 Grand Prix at the age of 43.</span></p> <p><span>While the end of his career left some of his records under pressure from a driver such as Hamilton, Schumacher’s former manager Willi Weber revealed that he tried to talk Schumacher out of a return in 2010.</span></p> <p><span>“Let’s say, this was, even in hindsight, the stupidest thing he could do,” Weber told Motorsport-Total.com.</span></p> <p><span>“He told me he was bored, he had to drive. Then I say, ‘Michael, what do you want? You can only lose. You can’t win anymore. You won everything. You are the best racer in the world. You stand on the highest pedestal that exists. You can only lose now’.</span></p> <p><span>“But, he just didn’t want to hear it.”</span></p> <p><span>Schumacher ended up sticking to his decision and the two ended their professional relationship.</span></p> <p><span>But despite his comeback wasn’t what many expected, he’s still considered one of the greatest drivers of all time. </span></p> <p><span>After sustaining a head injury in 2013 during a skiing accident, Schumacher is now rarely sighted as his family has remained notoriously tight lipped about his condition.</span></p>

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12 things you won’t see in hotels anymore

<p>Travel and tourism were among the sectors hardest hit by the stay-at-home measures put in place in an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19 across the globe. By some estimates, the industry worldwide is projected to lose $1.2 trillion. With some countries and states relaxing guidelines about which businesses can open, hotels are looking forward to welcoming guests once again, though your next stay may look a bit different than the last time you checked in. “We are living in a new age, with COVID-19 front and centre for our guests and our associates,” Arne Sorenson, president and CEO of Marriott International, the parent company of Marriott, Ritz-Carlton, W Hotels, Sheraton, and more, said in a press release.</p> <p><strong>1. Front desk check-ins</strong></p> <p>The more people you come into contact with, the greater the potential for exchanging germs, so you can expect to see fewer points of contact in hotels. That includes the traditional check-ins at a front desk with a living and breathing hotel employee, where you’re handed a map of the property and other promotional materials. In its place, more and more hotels will be promoting mobile check-ins via smartphones. Mobile check-ins are already available at 3200 Marriott hotels around the world, as well as at select IHG and Hyatt properties. You can expect to see that number climb in the near future. If and when you do a check-in at the front desk, there may be a partition between you and the hotel representative, similar to the ones at banks.</p> <p><strong>2. Key cards</strong></p> <p>You won’t just be checking in with your phone – you’ll be able to use it as your key to open your door. These ‘smart keys’ are already in place at some Disney resorts, Marriotts, IHG hotels, and Hyatt properties via their respective apps.</p> <p><strong>3. Sold out hotels</strong></p> <p>Like restaurants in the post-coronavirus age, hotels will be limiting their capacity for quite some time. The Eden Roc at cap Cana in the Dominican Republic, for example, now caps off its guest occupancy rate at 30 per cent.</p> <p><strong>4. Bulk-size shampoo and conditioner</strong></p> <p>Once you get into your room, you may notice it looks a little different, too, like items that would normally be used by a guest who stays in the room after you will now be removed or replaced. For one, those bulk-size shampoos and conditioners that many hotels swapped over to in an effort to be eco-friendly may be phased out. In its place, you may see those mini shampoo bottles, an amenity that was slowly disappearing from hotels, make a resurgence.</p> <p><strong>5. In-room coffee machines and minibars</strong></p> <p>As hotels aim to reduce the number of ‘high-touch points,’ aka items that guests frequently touch, in-room coffee machines and minibars are likely to be removed from rooms, reports The Points Guy. Besides, minibars were already on their way out.</p> <p><strong>6. Complimentary lobby coffee</strong></p> <p>More bad news for those who need to be perked up before they wake up: that early morning complimentary self-serve coffee station in the lobby will likely no longer be commonplace. It creates an opportunity for too much touching of the same items by different people – the lever on the dispenser as you fill your cup and the handle of the carafe as you pour in the milk, to name a few. The same goes for coolers of water or lemonade where you fill your own cups.</p> <p><strong>7. Free happy hours</strong></p> <p>Kimpton Hotels, in particular, are famous for their nightly happy hours, where guests are encouraged to enjoy a free glass of wine or a cocktail and mingle in the lounge. In the age of social distancing, this type of congregating in hotels’ public spaces won’t be encouraged.</p> <p><strong>8. Buffets</strong></p> <p>Buffets with shared utensils guests use to self-serve are questionably clean on the best of days; now with COVID-19, they are verboten. What you may see instead is a masked and gloved server standing behind the buffet waiting to serve you those scrambled eggs and cut-up fruit.</p> <p><strong>9. Crowded pools</strong></p> <p>The good news is, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says there’s no evidence COVID-19 can be spread to others in a pool that is properly maintained. The area around it is another story, which is why hotels may be limiting access to its pools or, as The Palms Turks and Caicos is doing, reducing the number of lounge chairs at its pools and spreading out umbrellas and chairs more on the beach. “I anticipate an increased desire in our pool cabanas, which offer privacy for families or small groups and will keep them guarded from others,” Karen Whitt, vice president of marketing for The Palms, tells <em>Reader’s Digest</em>.</p> <p><strong>10. Paper bills at checkout</strong></p> <p>As hotels aim to reduce interaction between employees and guests, you’ll likely be encouraged to self-checkout online or via the hotel’s app. And that means no more paper bills at checkout for you to review, though copies will be available online and via email.</p> <p><strong>11. Will see: hospital-grade disinfectants</strong></p> <p>While you won’t see the above items, you will see a few new things, including increased cleaning measures. Marriott, for one, reports, ‘In public spaces, the company has added to its already rigorous cleaning protocols, requiring that surfaces are thoroughly treated with hospital-grade disinfectants and that this cleaning is done with increased frequency.’ Those same hospital-grade disinfectants will be used to clean inside guest rooms, as well. Hyatt is working with the Global Biorisk Advisory Council (GBAC) on an accreditation process to ensure its properties are clean and safe.</p> <p><strong>12. Will see: high-tech cleaning measures</strong></p> <p>You can expect to see more germ-zapping robots, like the one at The Westin Houston Medical Center, the first and only hotel in the US that currently has the technology, according to The Points Guy.  The robots zap germs via UV light technology. Marriott is also experimenting with electrostatic spraying technology to rapidly clean guest rooms, lobbies, fitness centres, and more with CDC-recommended disinfectants.</p> <p><em>Source: <a href="https://www.rd.com/advice/travel/things-you-wont-see-in-hotels-anymore/">RD.com</a></em></p> <p><em>Written by <span>Anne L. Fritz</span>. This article first appeared in <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.readersdigest.com.au/culture/12-things-you-wont-see-in-hotels-anymore" target="_blank">Reader’s Digest</a>. </em></p> <p><img style="width: 100px !important; height: 100px !important;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7820640/1.png" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/f30947086c8e47b89cb076eb5bb9b3e2" /></p>

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Traversing the coastline of the Catlins

<p><em>Justine Tyerman has an encounter with some feisty sea lions in the Catlins.</em></p> <p>The sign said to stay well clear of the sea lions at Cannibal Bay in the Catlins, but the sea lions clearly could not read. We were standing at a safe distance from a cluster of these magnificent creatures, watching them cavorting in the surf. They were engaged in some sort of territorial dispute and were creating a heck of a ruckus. So fascinated were we with their behaviour, we were completely taken by surprise when two more large sea lions suddenly appeared from the sand dunes behind us and came lolloping towards us at great speed.</p> <p>After scaring the living daylights out of us, the pair joined the noisy fray among the other sea lions which had escalated into a full-on battle between two huge bulls with shaggy manes.</p> <p>Cannibal Bay, on the wild south-east coast of New Zealand’s South Island, is a favourite habitat of these critically endangered mammals, known in Maori as rapoka. A remote, windswept bay with a huge rock standing sentinel at the northern end and a long curve of sand stretching south, the place-name conjures up all sorts of macabre visions. Long ago, a surveyor found human bones on the beach but there was never any evidence of foul play so one wonders why he leapt to the conclusion that the deceased had been eaten.</p> <p>Earlier in the day, just along the coast at Kaka Point, hubby Chris and I had embarked upon our much-anticipated Catlins adventure, all new territory for us.</p> <p>An information board overlooking the silvery sea and white sands of Molyneux Bay told us we were standing where the Clutha River used to flow to sea until a massive flood in 1878 moved the river mouth to the north.</p> <p>Maori settled here about 900AD living on moa and seal meat, and Captain James Cook sailed by in 1770 but did not make landfall. He named the bay Molyneux after the ship’s master who died on the journey.</p> <p>Whalers and sealers from England and Europe came to hunt in the abundant coastal waters of the southern coast in the early 19th century and European settlers arrived in the mid-1850s to mill timber. The name Catlins was bestowed upon the region in honour of a whaling captain, Edward Catlin, who bought a block of land beside the river from Kāi Tahu chief Hone Tūhawaiki in 1840.</p> <p>Ten minutes down the coast, the headland at Nugget Point looks as though it has thrust itself into the Pacific Ocean with such force that fragments have broken off. Captain Cook decided the rocky outcrops scattered at the tip of the long, deeply-weathered finger looked like gold nuggets — hence the name.</p> <p>A lighthouse, one of the oldest in the country, was built on the promontory at the far end of the point in 1869-70 at the height of the coastal shipping era. The 600-metre walk to the impressive white beacon runs along a narrow ridge allowing breath-taking views of the coastline to the north and south. Vertiginous cliffs rise almost vertically in both directions.</p> <p>Built from locally-quarried stone, the Tokata Lighthouse stands an impressive 9.5 metres high and is 76 metres above the sea.</p> <p>Watching the surge of the waves pummelling the rocks far below, even on a calm day, was a lesson in the awesome power of the sea to shape and fashion the face of Aotearoa. I’d love to return at the height of a storm and witness the winds that force all the trees there to grow horizontal to the land.</p> <p>A hotspot for marine diversity, over 40 species of seabird inhabit or visit the headland, and fur seals and sea lions are a common sight. Orca, southern right whales, humpbacks and dolphins are occasionally spotted off the point... but not that day. We did, however, see fur seal pups frolicking far below in sheltered rock pools.</p> <p>Roaring Bay, just south of Nugget Point, is a breeding ground of the yellow-eyed penguin or hoiho, the world’s rarest penguin. Standing 65cm tall and weighing about 5kg, they are the fourth largest penguin.</p> <p>Hoiho means noise shouter, a name given to them because of their shrill call. We spent a good half hour scouring the seashore from a hide above the beach but there was no sign of the creatures coming ashore. Reading about their life cycle on information boards in the hide, visitors are unlikely to see the penguins in March and April because they are moulting and confined to land until their new feather coats grow. They are not waterproof during the moult so they cannot forage at sea, relying on their fat stores to survive.</p> <p>According to the Yellow-eyed Penguin Trust, despite efforts to protect this critically endangered species, there are only 225 breeding pairs left on mainland New Zealand, the lowest level since 1990-91. This is indeed sad news.</p> <p>As the light began to fade, we found an excellent overnight camp site called Newhaven Holiday Park at Surat Bay named after the sailing vessel Surat that was wrecked there in 1874.</p> <p>We got there just in time to set up our comfy, cosy double bed in the back of the JUCY campervan and stroll down to the beach with a bubbly and beer to watch a stunning sunset.</p> <p>Our campsite was on beautiful Pounawea Estuary, fed by the Owaka and Catlins rivers, a place rich in birdlife and virgin podocarp forest.</p> <p>It was so mild, we cooked outdoors in our little ‘kitchen’... very convenient, like an upmarket tent on wheels. Far from ‘freezing to death’, as our Wanaka friends had warned us when we left their centrally-heated house early that day — the campervan was so warm, we had to open the windows wide during the night. </p> <p>Young ones camping in tents around us thought it was pretty cool (or crazy?) to see a couple of ‘oldies’ sleeping in the back of a bright purple and green station wagon. It brought back memories of the carefree roadies of our youth.</p> <p><em>To be continued…</em></p> <p><em>See part <a href="https://www.oversixty.com.au/travel/international-travel/exploring-our-own-backyard">one</a> and <a href="https://www.oversixty.com.au/travel/international-travel/driving-along-central-otago-highway">two</a> of Justine’s road trip.</em></p>

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Prince Harry wants to “return” to role after resigning as senior royal

<p>Prince Harry is reportedly interested in returning to a role he had to relinquish after stepping down as a senior member of the British royal family.</p> <p>The Duke of Sussex wanted to return to his role as the Captain General Royal Marines, a former soldier and friend has claimed.</p> <p>“He simply said he misses his role with the Marines and would like one day to return to the appointment,” the unnamed former Invictus Games soldier told <em><a href="https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/prince-harry-misses-role-ceremonial-22128440">The Mirror</a></em>.</p> <p>The conversation took place shortly after lockdown began, the outlet reported.</p> <p>Another military source said Harry’s departure was a “shock” to his colleagues.</p> <p>“Harry was a breath of fresh air, the lads could relate to him and he was a very popular figure who took a keen interest in his job,” the source said.</p> <p>Harry, who took over the ceremonial head role from Prince Philip in December 2017, left the appointment on March 31, his final day as a working member of the royal family.</p> <p>He also lost his positions as Honorary Air Commandant Royal Air Force Honington and Commodore-in-Chief of Small Ships and Diving, while retaining his rank of Major and honorary ranks of Lieutenant Commander and Squadron Leader.</p> <p>The Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s new roles would be reviewed in 12 months’ time.</p> <p>The Sussexes’ website stated: “During this 12-month period of review, The Duke’s official military appointments will not be used as they are in the gift of the Sovereign. No new appointments will be made to fill these roles before the 12-month review of the new arrangements is completed.”</p> <p>Harry’s military service began in 2005. He attended the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst for training before being commissioned into the Blues and Royals cavalry regiment.</p> <p>He also completed two tours in Afghanistan, for which he was awarded an Operational Service Medal.</p> <p>Harry and Meghan are now residing in California in the US.</p>

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Four countries offering incredible coronavirus travel deals

<p>With many industries being hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic, it appears that the tourism industry is no exception. Although non-essential travel is currently prohibited, countries around the world are getting ready for visitors to appear on their shores this summer.</p> <p>In an impressive effort to entice tourists, some countries are offering discount vouchers for spas, museums and theme parks. Others are offering free hotel stays. Here are four countries that are offering incentives to travel there.</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/CA4YKXAnewW/?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/CA4YKXAnewW/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Discover our Sicily (@_discoveringsicily_)</a> on May 31, 2020 at 10:34pm PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p><strong>1.</strong><span> </span><strong>Sicily, Italy</strong></p> <p>The small southern Italian island has announced that the country is offering to pay half of visitors’ flight costs and a third of hotel expenses to entice tourists to return after the coronavirus pandemic.</p> <p>There are also free tickets being offered to many of the museums on the island as well as free tickets to archaeological sites.</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/B7rZVtnJpFK/?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/B7rZVtnJpFK/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Iceland Naturally (@icelandnatural)</a> on Jan 23, 2020 at 1:57pm PST</p> </div> </blockquote> <p><strong>2.</strong><span> </span><strong>Iceland</strong></p> <p>Iceland has a plan to entice tourists by offering travellers free COVID-19 tests upon arrival at the airport. If you test negative, you’re free to enjoy your time in the country. If not, you’re required to self-isolate for 14 days.</p> <p><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.insider.com/all-places-offering-discounts-freebies-incentives-entice-tourists-post-coronavirus-2020-6#iceland-free-coronavirus-tests-5" target="_blank"><em>Insider</em></a><span> </span>is aware that the new border process is still being finalised, so it’s not known whether the tests will remain free for an initial two week trial period or beyond that.</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/B_qKxMqJu6p/?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/B_qKxMqJu6p/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Cancun (@cancun)</a> on May 1, 2020 at 1:36pm PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p><strong>3.</strong><span> </span><strong>Cancun, Mexico</strong></p> <p>Mexico is very keen to welcome back tourists from mid-June, as a new tourism campaign called #Come2MexicanCaribbean or #VenAlCaribeMexicanoX2 has been launched. The campaign boasts a lot of perks for tourists.</p> <p>Some of these perks include two free nights for every two nights paid by guests, two free days of car rentals for every two days paid for, free stays for up to two children when two adults book as well as 20 per cent off at participating theme parks, golf courses and spas.</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/B_6oFguD4Rk/?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/B_6oFguD4Rk/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Visit Cyprus (@visitcypruscom)</a> on May 7, 2020 at 11:00pm PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p><strong>4.</strong><span> </span><strong>Cyprus</strong></p> <p>Cyprus is also being generous with their highly anticipated tourists, as the country has promised to cover the costs of tourists who fall ill with COVID-19 while visiting.</p> <p>Authorities of the island have said that they will pay for any accommodation, food and medicine used by patients and their families if any tourists test positive for the virus.</p>

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To Vietnam and back: Asian seafood journey dubbed "crazy"

<p>A surprised Coles customer has taken her voice to Facebook after discovering something interesting about her seafood. Avid shopper Bronwyn read the small print on a packet of Coles Australian Whiting Mini Fillets, only to discover that the fish was “filleted in Vietnam” despite being made in Australia from at least 95% Australian ingredients.</p> <p>She questioned why Australian fish is sent all the way to Vietnam to be prepared, only to be sent back to Australia.</p> <p>“Could someone please explain why this is necessary, to transport Australian fish thousands of kilometres to Vietnam to be filleted?” asked Bronwyn.</p> <p>“I bought these yesterday noting the Australian Whiting and 95% Aussie ingredients ... Then have just noticed the filleting in Vietnam.</p> <p>“Not so keen to eat them now. Fresh, I think maybe not. No way of knowing how old they might actually be!”</p> <p>A Coles spokesperson explained to<span> </span>7News<span> </span>that the fish has met its “country of origin” obligations with the products packaging.</p> <p>“All Coles Own Brand seafood including seafood available at the deli, canned Own Brand tuna in the grocery aisle and frozen Own Brand products such as fish fingers have been responsibly sourced since 2015,” the spokesperson said.</p> <p>“This product uses Australian whiting, which is filleted overseas, but is then crumbed and processed back in Australia.</p> <p>“In line with our Country of Origin obligations, this is clearly labelled on the front of the pack.</p> <p>“As always, customers who are unhappy with a Coles Brand product can return it to any store for a full refund.”</p> <p>Learning this information has put Bronwyn off, saying that the realisation was “crazy”.</p> <p>“Crazy isn’t it?” responded Bronwyn to Facebook users in disbelief at the new information.</p> <p>“But how old is the fish now, lol? And how many times has it been frozen?”</p> <p>Photo credits: <a rel="noopener" href="https://7news.com.au/lifestyle/food/its-crazy-coles-shoppers-outrage-over-new-asian-seafood-scandal-c-1071915" target="_blank">7news</a></p>

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Hidden talents of the British royal family

<p>You'll never guess which members of the British royal family possess these surprising hidden talents!</p> <p><strong>Guess who can change a spark plug?</strong></p> <p>Queen Elizabeth II got her hands dirty working on cars during World War II. After months of begging her father, King George VI, the 18-year-old then-Princess Elizabeth joined the Women’s Auxiliary Territorial Service. Known as “Elizabeth Windsor,” she trained not only as a mechanic but also as a truck driver.</p> <p><strong>Guess who can toot a flute?</strong></p> <p>When Kate Middleton was in college with her future husband, Prince William, she was playing flute in the St Andrews Inaugural Chamber Orchestra, as well as with a group known as the “Tootie Flooties.” Other musically inclined royals include:</p> <p>King Henry VIII – lute, organ, recorder, flute, harp and his own singing voice.</p> <p>Queen Elizabeth I – lute and harpsichord, which were also mastered by Queen Mary (also known as Bloody Mary) and Mary, Queen of Scots.</p> <p>Queen Victoria – piano, an instrument also played by her husband, Prince Albert.</p> <p>Prince Charles – cello, which he played in the Trinity College Orchestra.</p> <p><strong>Guess whose penmanship has no "Blurred Lines"?</strong></p> <p>Meghan Markle is a foodie and was an avid food blogger. But what might come as a surprise is Meghan’s talent for calligraphy, at which she became so proficient in the early 2000s that she was hired by Robin Thicke (performer of the song “Blurred Lines”), to address his wedding invitations.</p> <p><strong>Guess who's a talented children's book author?</strong></p> <p>Sarah, Duchess of York, the ex-wife of Prince Andrew, Duke of York, is an accomplished and prolific children’s book author. Her works include <em>Ballerina Rosie</em>, <em>Tea for Ruby</em>, and the Little Red series. She also wrote a memoir, <em>Finding Sarah</em>.</p> <p><strong>Guess who's a long-distance runner?</strong></p> <p>Princess Beatrice of York is the first member of the royal family to complete the London Marathon, which she did in 2010. The then-21-year-old princess ran the 42.2-kms race through London’s streets as part of a 34-person “human caterpillar” tied together with bungee cords. And she did it for charity.</p> <p><strong>Guess who does impressive impressions?</strong></p> <p>She has been played by many on screen, but if Queen Elizabeth were to meet you, she’d probably be able to do an astonishingly accurate impression of you and your accent. That’s right, Queen Elizabeth is an accomplished mimic. For that matter, so is her eldest son Prince Charles.</p> <p><strong>Guess who grows his own black truffles?</strong></p> <p>Only one person’s ever succeeded in cultivating black truffles on English soil, and that’s Prince Philip. A passionate and patient gardener, after toiling at truffle-coaxing since 2006, the Prince Consort has finally succeeded in producing the French Perigord black truffle, a rare and now highly-sought-after delicacy. That said, there are many gardening aficionados in the royal family, including Philip’s eldest son, Prince Charles.</p> <p><strong>Guess who's an Olympic athlete?</strong></p> <p>Princess Anne competed in the three-day equestrian event during the 1976 Montreal Olympics, making her the first royal to compete in the Olympics. Her daughter, Zara Phillips, competed in the same equestrian three-day event at the 2012 Olympics in London, in which Great Britain won the silver medal. Of course, many in the royal family are accomplished equestrians, including the Queen, Prince Philip and Princes William and Harry, both of whom are accomplished polo payers.</p> <p><strong>Guess who's a secret videographer?</strong></p> <p>Among her many talents, the Queen is an accomplished videographer, having received her first Box Brownie as a gift from her father, King George VI, before the start of World War II. Keeping pace with advancing technology, Queen Elizabeth II has become known for her “effortless knack of capturing her family at their most informal and most relaxed,” according to the <em>Daily Mail</em>.</p> <p><strong>Guess the royal with the diving skills?</strong></p> <p>In the more than two decades since the tragic, untimely death of Diana, Princess of Wales, lots of little-known facts about the People’s Princess have turned up. But what remains little-known about Diana is that she was an accomplished diver. Her “Spencer Special” was a dive into a pool that barely left a ripple, according to biographer Andrew Morton in <em>Diana: Her True Story</em>.</p> <p><strong>Guess who has a pilot's licence?</strong></p> <p>This one shouldn’t be that tough considering there are at least five that come to mind, right off the top of our heads. These include Prince Harry, Prince William, Prince Charles, Prince Andrew and Prince Philip.</p> <p><strong>Can you name the many talented royal painters?</strong></p> <p>We’re not talking about artists who painted members of the royal family, but members of the royal family who were actually quite good with a paintbrush. These include:</p> <ul> <li>King George III</li> <li>Queen Victoria</li> <li>Prince Albert</li> <li>King Edward VII</li> <li>Queen Alexandra (the Queen Consort of King Edward VII)</li> <li>Queen Elizabeth II</li> <li>Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh </li> </ul> <p><strong>Can you name the renowned royal sculptor?</strong></p> <p>The fourth daughter and sixth child of Queen Victoria, Princess Louise is widely considered Victoria’s most “unconventional” child. From an early age, Louise showed considerable talent in drawing and painting, but what she really wanted to do was sculpt. And she was incredibly talented at that as well, with her 1893 sculpture of her mother Queen Victoria on display in front of Kensington Palace.</p> <p><strong>Guess which royals were polyglots?</strong></p> <p>Both Prince George and Prince Charlotte are showing a knack for speaking French, but if they want to compete with the most accomplished royal polyglots (masters of many languages), they’ll need to study these as well:</p> <p>German – Queen Victoria’s first language (although she spoke English at Court and mastered many other languages).</p> <p>French – traditional “royal court” language in Europe, spoken now by the Queen, Prince Philip, Prince Charles, and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.</p> <p>Hindustani – After Queen Victoria became Empress of India in 1877, she grew fond of Indian culture and languages, which she learned through her many Indian servants.</p> <p>Mandarin, Arabic, Spanish, Swahili, and Vietnamese (which Charles and William have studied).</p> <p><em>Written by Lauren Cahn. 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