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Helen Mirren talks ageism in Hollywood

<p>Ageism in the media is far from a new concept. With many actresses speaking up about the unfair advantage those who are younger receive when it comes to obtaining coveted roles and opportunities. But while the topic is important to touch on, us mere mortals may find it hard to relate to the glitz and glamour of Hollywood.</p> <p>It’s been a point of discussion for a few years now, with starlets coming out and voicing their concerns over pay disparities compared to their male counterparts. And while it’s unfair, human nature is a fickle thing, where we tend to sympathise with those we can relate to.</p> <p>Actress and legend, Helen Mirren is known to be intelligent and eloquent, so when she raised her voice against the disadvantage’s women face on and off screen, you know that her argument would raise some valid points.</p> <p>Speaking to <em><a href="https://variety.com/2016/film/news/helen-mirren-fast-8-women-hollywod-pay-gap-1201884251/">Variety</a></em> magazine for their “<em>Power of Women</em>” issue, the 73-year-old said that ageism in Hollywood isn’t just about what happens on-screen, but also what happens when the cameras aren’t rolling.</p> <p>When <em>The Queen</em> star was asked about how she views the changing landscape of women in media, she said: “I have witnessed such a huge change. The biggest change for me, and the best change, is to see women on the set, in the crew. It wasn’t that long ago I saw my first female electrician. And to me, that’s really exciting. That’s a really big change, because that was such a macho, male world.”</p> <p>Women have made a huge impact on the film industry, but despite their contribution, they are some of the most underrepresented. According to the Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film (2015-16), only 9% of directors were women at the time of the study.</p> <p>That percentage is exactly the same figure as 1998.</p> <p>Here’s to hoping that number increases in the coming years.</p> <p>Do you agree with Helen Mirren’s sentiments? Let us know in the comments below.</p>

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These older models prove that beauty doesn’t have an expiration date

<p>A Russian modelling agency by the name of Oldushka is making waves on social media for exclusively representing models that fit in the mature age bracket.</p> <p>Founder of the company, Igor Gavar spoke to <em><a href="https://www.vogue.com/article/oldushka-retiree-modeling-agency">Vogue</a></em> about what inspired him to start the initiative, saying: “Beauty – it’s a quality that becomes more valued with years … I met some very interesting faces, and I wanted to do a separate project with them. A modeling agency became that sort of project.”</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/Bg6C8Heh6Ft/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=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/Bg6C8Heh6Ft/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by O L D U S H K A (@oldushkamodels)</a> on Mar 29, 2018 at 5:22am PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>The agency is credited for showing the world that regardless of age, you can still be considered beautiful. The company only hires those above the age of 45, with their average “look” being men and women in their 60s.</p> <p>Scroll through the gallery above to see the models that are breaking age barriers.</p> <p>Do you believe representation for the older generation is important? Let us know in the comments below.</p>

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Super-recognisers accurately pick out a face in a crowd – but can this skill be taught?

<p>Yenny is 26 years old, lives in Melbourne, and has a very specific talent.</p> <p>One day, she was driving her car when she recognised a man who had been several years below her at high school and whom she hadn’t seen for more than ten years. What makes this particularly impressive is that she recognised him from the briefest glimpse in her rear-view mirror while he was driving the car behind hers.</p> <p>Yenny recounts many such amazing feats of recognition and is one of a very small proportion of the population known as “super-recognisers”. She was the top performer on a<span> </span><a href="https://facetest.psy.unsw.edu.au/">national test of face recognition abilities</a><span> </span>in Australia, coming first out of 20,000 participants.</p> <p>Could you learn to spot a face as well as Yenny? Well … maybe. Our<span> </span><a href="https://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0211037">new research</a><span> </span>shows that many training courses offered in this field of expertise are ineffective in improving people’s accuracy in face identification.</p> <p>But other ways of learning how to identify faces may work; we’re just not yet sure exactly how.</p> <p><strong>In-demand expertise</strong></p> <p><a href="https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3904192/">Super-recognisers</a><span> </span>are used by police and security agencies to spot targets in crowded train stations, monitor surveillance footage, and track people of interest.</p> <p>During the 2011 London riots, for example, super-recognisers from the Metropolitan Police<span> </span><a href="http://www.bbc.com/future/story/20150611-the-superpower-police-now-use-to-tackle-crime">identified more than 600 people</a><span> </span>from very poor-quality surveillance footage – a task that not even the best facial recognition software can perform reliably.</p> <p>So can anyone become a super-recogniser? Can you make up for a lack of superpowers through training? In our<span> </span><a href="https://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0211037">paper</a><span> </span>we assessed the effectiveness of training courses given to practitioners who make facial identification decisions for a living.</p> <p>We reviewed 11 training courses that comply with international training standards from Australia, UK, US and Finland.</p> <p>We found that training courses typically teach facial anatomy – focusing on the muscles, bones and shape of the face – and instruct trainees to inspect faces feature by feature. Novices and genuine trainees completed one of four training courses and we tracked their identification accuracy from before to after training.</p> <p>Surprisingly, we found the training courses had almost no effect on people’s accuracy. This was especially surprising to the people who took the training – an astonishing 93% of trainees thought the training had improved their ability to identify faces.</p> <p>Our research shows that even the world’s best available training – used to train police, border control agents, forensic scientists and other security personnel – does not compensate for talent in face recognition.</p> <p>This is consistent with recent research suggesting that our face identification abilities are largely predetermined by<span> </span><a href="https://www.pnas.org/content/107/11/5238.long">genetics</a>.</p> <p><strong>Forensic facial examiners</strong></p> <p>This may come as disappointing news to people who hope to become a super-recogniser. But all is not lost.</p> <p>Scientists have recently discovered that some specialist groups of practitioners show very high levels of accuracy. Forensic facial examiners routinely compare images of faces to turn CCTV images into informative face identification evidence in criminal trials. Recent work shows that they too outperform novices in very<span> </span><a href="https://www.pnas.org/content/115/24/6171">challenging tests</a>.</p> <p>Forensic facial examiners present a paradox for scientists. They perform face identification tasks with a high degree of accuracy, and this ability appears to be acquired through professional experience and training.</p> <p><a href="https://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0211037">Our study</a><span> </span>suggests there is no benefit of face identification training courses when tested immediately before and after.</p> <p>In addition,<span> </span><a href="https://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0103510">previous work</a><span> </span>has suggested that merely performing face-matching tasks in daily work is not sufficient to improve accuracy. Some passport officers have been working for 20 years and perform no better than others who have been working for just a few months.</p> <p>This paradox suggests there is something particular about the type of training and professional experience that forensic facial examiners receive that enables them to develop visual expertise in identifying faces, and which isn’t provided by standard training courses.</p> <p><strong>How do they do it?</strong></p> <p>In our current research we are working closely with government agencies to uncover the basis of forensic facial examiners’ expertise. For example, we now know that part of their expertise comes from using a very particular<span> </span><a href="https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28045276">comparison strategy</a>, where they break the face down into individual facial features and then slowly and systematically assess the similarity of each feature in turn.</p> <p>Interestingly, the nature of this expertise appears to be qualitatively different to that of super-recognisers – Yenny recognised her old classmate using a quick, intuitive process as she glanced in the rear-view mirror.</p> <p>However, these snap judgements made by super-recognisers may not be suitable for the type of identification evidence that forensic facial examiners give in court, where a careful analysis of facial images is necessary to support identification decisions. Importantly, forensic facial examiners provide detailed reports of the observations used to support their decisions, which can then be cross-examined in court.</p> <p><strong>Trainable vs hardwired</strong></p> <p>Super-recognisers and forensic facial examiners use distinct routes to high performance in face identification.</p> <p>Effective training appears to target the slower, deliberate and analytical visual processing that characterises forensic facial examiners.</p> <p>The faster and more intuitive skill that enabled Yenny to recognise faces of relative strangers in her rear-view mirror is likely to be untrainable, and hard-wired.</p> <p>This raises the question of how to balance these different sources of expertise. It may be that super-recognisers are best suited to surveillance-type roles, such as monitoring CCTV or searching for targets in large crowds.</p> <p>Forensic facial examiners may be better suited to providing identification evidence to the court, which requires thorough explanations of how and why the expert came to their decision.</p> <p>Alternatively, it may be possible to train super-recognisers in the expert skills characterising forensic facial examination, or to form teams that include both types of expert.</p> <p>The aim of our work is to integrate these sources of human expertise with the latest face recognition software to improve the accuracy of face identification evidence. Such a system can make society safer, but also fairer, by reducing the likelihood of wrongful convictions.</p> <p>Can you beat Yenny’s high score of 88% on the super-recogniser test? Find out<span> </span><a href="https://facetest.psy.unsw.edu.au/">here</a>.</p> <p><em>Written by Alice Towler and David White. Republished with permission from <a href="https://theconversation.com/super-recognisers-accurately-pick-out-a-face-in-a-crowd-but-can-this-skill-be-taught-112003">The Conversation.</a></em></p>

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Exploring Freddie Mercury: The man behind the film Bohemian Rhapsody

<p>Freddie Mercury knew he was destined for something more. <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8KsBq9P3iuM">Classmate Chris Smith</a> recalled that Mercury sat glumly at a pub one night.</p> <p>“I’m not going to be a pop star. I’m going to be a legend!”</p> <p>And become a legend he did.</p> <p>As the front man of <em>Queen</em>, Mercury quickly shot to super stardom. With hits such as “<em>We Are The Champions</em>”, “<em>I Want To Break Free</em>” and much loved classic “<em>Bohemian Rhapsody</em>” showcasing Mercury’s vocal talent, it’s easy to see why these songs resonated with the people.</p> <p>That was just Mercury’s vocal talent. In concert, he was able to capture the attention of thousands, with an odd mix of strength, seduction, outrageous outfits as well as regal glamour in the mix.</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/Bf_WPhWg5m3/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=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/Bf_WPhWg5m3/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank">#Queen #freddiemercury #live #legend</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/mercury_motg/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank"> Freddie Mercury</a> (@mercury_motg) on Mar 6, 2018 at 9:15am PST</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>It’s been more than 27 years since Mercury died of complications relating to AIDS, but some would argue he’s more popular than ever.</p> <p>This is due to the new release of <em>Bohemian Rhapsody</em>, the blockbuster film with Rami Malek portraying the late singer. The film is the highest-grossing biopic in history, with old and new fans alike falling in love with Queen.</p> <p>BBC broadcaster Paul Gambaccini, a longtime friend, told <a href="https://people.com/music/freddie-mercury-real-story-bohemian-rhapsody-queen-film/"><em>PEOPLE</em></a>:</p> <p>“Queen are even bigger than when they originally put the records out, and Freddie would love it,” Gambaccini said.</p> <p>“He would just flip his hand and say, ‘It’s fabulous, darling!’”</p> <p>As Mercury desperately tried to fill the yawning void in his soul that came with being sent to boarding school in India, which was thousands of miles away from his parents in Zanzibar, music quickly became the answer. Once the family emigrated to London, Mercury wasted no time in throwing himself into the scene of the Swinging Sixties.</p> <p>Mercury had his eyes on a trio called Smile, and once their vocalist quit, he wasted no time in showing off what he could do.</p> <p>It didn’t take long for the band to be renamed to <em>Queen</em>, which of course, was Mercury’s idea. Mercury told <a href="https://people.com/archive/the-mercury-thats-rising-in-rock-is-freddie-the-satiny-seductor-of-queen-vol-8-no-23/"><em>PEOPLE </em>in 1977</a>:</p> <p>“The whole point was to be pompous and provocative, to prompt speculation and controversy.”</p> <p>Mercury’s fashion choices are known for being equally dramatic and androgynous. Designer Zandra Rhodes, who created some of Mercury’s best-known costumes during Queen’s early period explains:</p> <p>“I think he’d seen my chiffons with feathers and exotic sleeves and extreme approach to fashion,” she tells <em>PEOPLE</em>.</p> <p>Rhodes’ most famous look for Mercury was a batwing cape shirt, which initially started off as a wedding dress.</p> <p>“He and Brian came to my tiny Bayswater attic studio, incognito. I asked Freddie to look along my rail of clothes and he chose an exotic pleated bridal top I had on the rail! He danced around in it in my studio.”</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/Bog7V7rFq06/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading&amp;utm_campaign=embed_locale_test" 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/Bog7V7rFq06/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading&amp;utm_campaign=embed_locale_test" target="_blank">@ramimalek is Freddie Mercury. • #freddiemercury #queen #bohemianrhapsody @bohemianrhapsodymovie</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/mercury_motg/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading&amp;utm_campaign=embed_locale_test" target="_blank"> Freddie Mercury</a> (@mercury_motg) on Oct 4, 2018 at 7:26am PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>Despite his outrageous stage presence and incredible vocals, Mercury was known in his close circle to be very shy and private. Brian May told <a href="https://people.com/music/brian-may-queen-in-3d-interview/"><em>PEOPLE </em>in 2017</a>:</p> <p>“Freddie was very extrovert onstage, as we all know, but he was very shy in his private life and liked to be private,” May explained.</p> <p>“He liked those moments of just having a couple of his close friends around. We’d known each other a long time and we were almost like family. We had no airs and graces with each other.”</p> <p>Are you a fan of Queen? Let us know in the comments.</p>

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Roger Federer’s gracious words of kindness after shock upset

<p>It just wasn’t in the cards for Federer to win the Indian Wells final as Austrian youngster Dominic Thiem dominated the match.</p> <p>Federer offered a clinical display early in the match, as he took the first set with ease.</p> <p>Snagging an immediate break point opportunity before serving out on the first set, 6-3, the Swiss GOAT proved why he was number one.</p> <p>Things continued to get better for Federer whilst looking worse for Thiem, as the Austrian found himself 40-0 at one point.</p> <p>However, the 25-year-old wasn’t going to take that lying down, and he fought back with vigour.</p> <p>The match saw him claim a double break to go up 4-1. Federer wasn’t happy and took out his annoyance on the ball kids as Thiem continued to dominate.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en-gb"> <p dir="ltr">Irritable Federer is the worst Federer. Complaining about the ball kids is...not a good sign. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/BNPPO19?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#BNPPO19</a></p> — Allen McDuffee (@AllenMcDuffee) <a href="https://twitter.com/AllenMcDuffee/status/1107435679821320192?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">18 March 2019</a></blockquote> <p>Thiem closed out the second set on 6-3, and with momentum on his side, he continued to do well in the third set.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en-gb"> <p dir="ltr">This 👏 Rally 👏 Is 👏 Everything 👏<br /><br />Don't miss the <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/BNPPO19?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#BNPPO19</a> final live NOW on <a href="https://twitter.com/TennisTV?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@TennisTV</a> ✨ <a href="https://t.co/1rKLOJmeBP">pic.twitter.com/1rKLOJmeBP</a></p> — ATP Tour (@ATP_Tour) <a href="https://twitter.com/ATP_Tour/status/1107430895743614976?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">17 March 2019</a></blockquote> <p>The third set was thrilling, as the pair found themselves in endless rallies to take the decider to 3-3. Thiem defended two consecutive Federer smashes with volleys at the net until Federer caught on and shanked a backhand return.</p> <p>Thiem maintained the rage that Federer was feeling and capitalised on tiring out his opponent. Thiem ended up snagging the crucial break at 6-5 and served out the match with ease as he claimed his first Masters 1000 title.</p> <p>Thiem couldn’t contain his joy after the match, although maintained he was nervous to play against Federer.</p> <p>“I was a little nervous to serve it out,” Thiem explained.</p> <p>“It's been a pleasure to play against one of the greatest of all time.”</p> <p>The ever-courteous Federer thanked the fans for watching as well as praising Thiem on his outstanding week.</p> <p>“Thank you very much. It’s been a great week for me even though it didn’t work out today,” he said. “What a great week Dominic has had, congratulations. Wonderful playing at the very end there, you deserve it.”</p> <p>Were you watching the match? Let us know in the comments below.</p>

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“A disgrace”: Calls for Fraser Anning to be expelled following “Egg Boy” response

<p><span class="CmCaReT" style="display: none;">�</span></p> <p>In what has been a jam packed week for Fraser Anning, it only continues to build as he faces increasing pressure from all sides.</p> <p>His abrasive comments in the wake of the Christchurch shooting has not just been condemned by Australia’s very own Prime Minister, Scott Morrison and New Zealand’s Jacinda Arden – it has caused fury online as well as internationally.</p> <p>The senator is now facing an unprecedented tide of public backlash that has seen over one million signatures on an online petition to see him kicked out of parliament.</p> <p>The online petition has become the largest in Australian history, far eclipsing the Sydney Opera House horse racing advertising backlash last year. The creator of the appeal has only one demand – to remove Anning from his position in parliament.</p> <p>“Senator Fraser Anning’s views have no place in the government of our democratic and multicultural country,” the petition reads.</p> <p>“Within the bounds of Australian law, we request that he be pushed to resign from his position as Senator, and if appropriate, be investigated by law enforcement agencies for supporting right wing terrorism.”</p> <p>It points to the Queensland politicians’ divisive comments made just moments after the horrific attack which killed 50 Muslim people. His statements lashed against the Christchurch terrorist mass shooting victims on Friday.  </p> <p>“Does anyone still dispute the link between Muslim immigration and violence?” Anning tweeted shortly after 50 innocent Muslims were shot dead in their place of worship.</p> <p>“The real cause of the bloodshed on New Zealand streets today is the immigration program which allowed Muslim fanatics to migrate to New Zealand in the first place,” he said in a later statement.</p> <p>Since then, the extreme far-right politician has seen the public in all its fury, even being ambushed by a 17-year-old Australian boy, Will Connolly – who cracked a raw egg over his head on Saturday.</p> <p>Anning, who was answering media questions at Melbourne airport responded by promptly slapping the teenage boy twice over the head.</p> <p>Prime Minister Scott Morrison said the senator should be charged.</p> <p>“The full force of the law should be applied to Senator Anning.” he told reporters.</p> <p>Victorian police have since released a statement, explaining Anning “retaliated and struck the teen twice” before Mr Connolly was dragged to the ground by supporters</p> <p>“The incident is being actively investigated by Victoria Police in its entirety,” the statement read.</p> <p>Greens leader Richard Di Natale told <em><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/greens-want-senator-fraser-anning-expelled/news-story/7268a950f52a3068d2924e5192616ac2" target="_blank">The Australian</a> </em>the party is looking to expel him from federal parliament.</p> <p>“We are exploring all options, including amending section 8 of the Privileges Act to allow members of parliament to be expelled by their fellow MPs.</p> <p>“While politicians should be held responsible for their actions by the voters, in extraordinary circumstances like these where there is a pattern of behaviour that is so far outside acceptable norms, we must be willing to take extraordinary action to protect the community.”</p> <p>New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Arden has also publicly condemned Anning.</p> <p>When asked by a journalist what she thought of the comments the politician made, she replied: “They’re a disgrace.”</p> <p>A GoFundMe page set up to raise AUD$2000 to pay for Mr Connolly’s “legal fees” and “more eggs” has exceeded over AUD$25,000 on Sunday.</p> <p>The site says most of the money will go to the victims of Christchurch mass shooting.</p> <p>After being released from police custody due to slamming a raw egg onto the head of Anning, the teen urged viewers to not follow in his lead.</p> <p>“Don’t egg politicians. You get tackled by 30 bogans at the same time,” he said in a video. “I learnt the hard way.”</p>

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Fit for a Queen! Take a look inside the homes of the royal family

<p>Majority of people think that the British Royal family all live together in Buckingham Palace, but there’s a variety of properties that the Windsor family like to call home.</p> <p>Australian Woman’s Weekly Royal Editor Juliet Rieden told <em><a rel="noopener" href="https://homes.nine.com.au/" target="_blank">Nine Honey Homes</a><span> </span></em>about the houses that the Royal family live in.</p> <p>“It’s all about the history. The houses are very grand,” Rieden explained.</p> <p>Rieden also talked about some of the renovations that are being done to the Frogmore House – the new home of Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan.</p> <p>With renovations costing between $AUD 2.5 and $AUD3.8 million, there’s been extensive work done to restore the Frogmore House.</p> <p>However, this money comes from the Queen’s sovereign grant. Any other changes that want to be made will be coming out of Duchess Meghan and Prince Harry’s own pockets.</p> <p>Frogmore House is where the Duke and Duchess of Sussex had their wedding reception.</p> <p>“There’s going to be a nursery, of course. There’s a yoga studio being built for Meghan,” said Rieden.</p> <p>Prince William and Duchess Kate, however, still have the premium location at Kensington Palace.</p> <p>“Apartment 1A is the premier location. There are 20 main rooms over four storeys. The family have got a pretty nice place to live in London,” explained Rieden.</p> <p>The family are surrounded by other royals, including the newly married Princess Eugenie, who has moved into a cottage at the Palace.</p> <p>However, Prince Charles and Camilla come out on top. They live in Clarence House, which was the property that the Queen lived in with Prince Philip before moving into Buckingham Palace.</p> <p>Scroll through the gallery above to take a look inside the royal residences.</p> <p>Which one is your favourite? Let us know in the comments below.</p>

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6 tips for maintaining a healthy lawn at sea

<p>Maintaining a healthy green lawn can be difficult enough on land, so we were really impressed when we discovered there was a cruise ship that maintains real grass onboard.</p> <p>The highest deck on the cruise ship, Celebrity Solstice, is covered in a lawn of luscious green grass. It is the only cruise ship in Australia to have real grass onboard.</p> <p>Can you imagine the challenges involved in trying to maintain a thriving lawn at sea? There’s wind, salt spray, humidity and climate changes to contend with. Not to mention the fact that the grass is not actually taking in root in the earth.</p> <p>Yes, there are problems aplenty but the crew at Celebrity Solstice seem to have it figured out. The ship employs two highly trained lawn keepers and an onboard Environment Manager who is tasked with overseeing grass maintenance, among other things.</p> <p>To keep the lawn in peak condition, the keepers monitor the area daily and undertake vigilant pest control practices. The grass is mowed to precisely 35mm, as often as every day where conditions are warmer and every three days in cooler climes, using a non-gas emitting cylinder mower or reel mower.</p> <p>The lawn is watered using automated sprinklers, sub-surface sprinklers, as well as old fashioned manual watering.  Mineral and organic lawn care products feed and protect the grass, and of course deck chairs and high heels are discouraged. </p> <p>The lawn consists of Couch grass during the warmer months. In places like Alaska, where temperatures are much cooler, the Couch grass is overgrown with Rye grass seeds that germinate and provide green grass even in arctic conditions.</p> <p>The grass grows on a porous base made of lightweight calcium clay, crushed and blended together with sieved and washed volcanic pumice. Not only do these materials have nutritional benefits for the grass, the calcium clay and volcanic pumice provide great drainage after rain and when the area is irrigated.</p> <p>Staffers were really impressed with the quality of lawn care practiced at Celebrity Solstice so when Environment Manager Nick Asproudas offered to share his lawn care tips with us we jumped at the chance. Nicks says his tips for maintaining healthy grass can be easily applied to residential lawns.</p> <p>We agree. Nicks tips are in line with our own advice when it comes to keeping the lawn green and luscious. Here are Nick's tips.</p> <p><strong>6 Tips For Maintaining A Healthy Lawn At Sea Or At Home</strong></p> <p><strong>1. Cut with care</strong></p> <p>Never cut your grass too short – I suggest taking off no more than 10% of the leaf at one time because more than this can damage your grass.</p> <p><strong>2. Control weeds</strong></p> <p>While herbicides are great for preventing weeds from spreading, it can take days before the chemicals kick in, not to mention the damage most do to the environment. So if you have a smaller backyard there is nothing better than good old fashioned manual weeding - it’s what we do on Celebrity Solstice’s lawn - just make sure the whole root is removed from the soil.</p> <p><strong>3. Fertilise</strong></p> <p>A slow-release fertiliser is always best and won’t burn your grass. I recommend you fertilise every 6-8 weeks -just don’t forget to water your lawn after the application.</p> <p><strong>4. Water the lawn</strong></p> <p>It’s vital to water your grass all year around, but it is especially important to do so during Australia's harsh summer months. Watering by hand is always best as sometimes sprinklers do not provide a sufficient amount of water.</p> <p><strong>5. Eliminate brown patches</strong></p> <p>Firstly, check soil moisture levels using a soil probe. If you find your lawn soil is quite dry, water it manually or use an oscillating sprinkler. If it isn’t, brown patches are often caused by a disease. If this is the case, isolate the area so nobody steps on the grass and apply a fungicide to stop the disease from spreading.</p> <p><strong>6. Mow with purpose</strong></p> <p>Change your mowing directions each time you mow your lawn to increase the density of your turf and reduce scalping.  The round the clock technique works best, which involves changing your mowing pattern based on the numbers on an analogue clock. For example, one day you may mow from 12 to 6, another day from 9 to 3 and then another day from 2 to 8.</p> <p><em>Republished with permission of <a href="http://www.handyman.net.au/6-tips-maintaining-healthy-lawn-sea">Handyman.net.au.</a></em></p>

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"Pretty pathetic": Air New Zealand slammed for "profiting" off Christchurch tragedy

<p>A New Zealand airline has dropped fares for Christchurch flights after a customer lambasted the skyrocketing ticket prices in the face of recent terror attacks.</p> <p>National carrier Air New Zealand has announced that it will cap one-way domestic fares to and from Christchurch at $139 following backlash from the public and government.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr">Air NZ has capped one-way domestic fares for flights directly to and from Christchurch at $139 to assist customers needing to travel there to support those affected by the shooting tragedy – <a href="https://t.co/myG1nRfbfE">https://t.co/myG1nRfbfE</a></p> — AirNZMedia (@AirNZMedia) <a href="https://twitter.com/AirNZMedia/status/1107044554497130496?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">March 16, 2019</a></blockquote> <p>Previously, a return trip between Auckland to Christchurch had cost between $747 and $787 following Friday’s terror attacks on two mosques.</p> <p>Activist Guled Mire took to Twitter to criticise the pricing on Saturday. “This is ridiculous! People are literally trying to fly in to Christchurch to be with loved ones and for funerals happening in the next day or so. Pretty pathetic to be prioritising profit in current circumstances,” Mire wrote.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr">.<a href="https://twitter.com/FlyAirNZ?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@FlyAirNZ</a> this is ridiculous! People are literally trying to fly in to <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Christchurch?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Christchurch</a> to be loved ones and for funerals happens in the next day or so. Pretty pathetic to be prioritising profit in current circumstances. <a href="https://t.co/NtFD8egEHY">pic.twitter.com/NtFD8egEHY</a></p> — Guled Mire (@GuledMire) <a href="https://twitter.com/GuledMire/status/1106828140121227264?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">March 16, 2019</a></blockquote> <p>The airline replied that the fares were increased because of the limited availability, even after they had added additional capacity.</p> <p>Finance Minister Grant Robertson, the shareholding minister for Air NZ, also reprimanded the airline. The NZ government owns 52 per cent of the carrier.</p> <p>“I have just made contact with Air New Zealand and made my views clear,” Robertson wrote on Twitter. “I know they do offer compassionate fares at times and this would have to be one of them.”</p> <p>In a statement published on Sunday, Air NZ said they have offered free flights to immediate family members of the deceased as well as compassionate fares “to other affected friends and family with close to 100 bookings made so far, including a number of group bookings.”</p> <p>The airline will also pay retroactive refunds for domestic bookings made after 3 pm on Friday to reflect the $139 cap.</p> <p>On Friday, Christchurch saw mass shootings at two mosques. At least 50 people were killed, and 50 others were wounded, with the victims hailing from Afghanistan, Indonesia, Pakistan, Bangladesh, India and Egypt. So far, the only perpetrator found to be linked to the terror attacks is 28-year-old Australian man Brenton Tarrant.</p>

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Mother forgets baby at airport – plane forced to turn around mid-flight

<p>A bizarre incident where her mother left her baby behind at the airport happened in Saudia Arabia last week, <a href="https://gulfnews.com/world/gulf/saudi/flight-emergency-i-forgot-my-baby-at-the-airport-1.1552291090943"><em>Gulf News</em></a> reported.</p> <p>The flight was forced to turn around mid-flight once the mother realised that her baby was left behind in the boarding area of the terminal.</p> <p>A video has since gone viral, where the pilot is requesting permission to head back to the airport. The Air Traffic Control operators are caught by surprise and were trying to figure out the protocol for the incident.</p> <p><iframe width="600" height="413" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/U3t8NYYWMKY" frameborder="0" allow="accelerometer; autoplay; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p> <p>“May God be with us. Can we come back or what?” the pilot was heard talking to an air traffic controller.</p> <p>“This flight is requesting to come back … a passenger forgot her baby in the waiting area, the poor thing," one of the air controllers says.</p> <p>The pilot is then asked to clarify the issue, to which he quickly replies:</p> <p>"We told you, a passenger left her baby in the terminal and refuses to continue the flight."</p> <p>The air controllers realise that the best decision is to let the plane turn back so the mother can retrieve her child.</p> <p>“OK, head back to the gate. This is totally a new one for us!”</p> <p>The mother and child were reunited at the airport, according to <a href="https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2019/03/12/flight-malaysia-forced-turn-around-mother-leaves-baby-airport/">The Telegraph UK</a> although it's unknown why the child was left behind in the first place.</p> <p>Have you heard of this happening before? Let us know in the comments.</p>

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Japan’s unusual solution to fix its commuter chaos

<p>With a population of 128.6 million people, that’s a lot of people who need to get to work and other places on time – and probably take public transport to do so.</p> <p>Over the years, tourists and expats have spoken out about the craziness that comes with a Japanese commute.</p> <p>Amateur photographer Marco Patella captured the shocking footage below of a normal Monday morning commute in Japan.</p> <p><iframe src="https://www.facebook.com/plugins/video.php?href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2Fmarcopatellaphotography%2Fvideos%2F356772995084867%2F&amp;show_text=0&amp;width=560" width="560" height="315" style="border: none; overflow: hidden;" scrolling="no" frameborder="0" allowtransparency="true" allowfullscreen="true"></iframe></p> <p>He told <a href="https://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/destinations/asia/japan/articles/worlds-worst-commute-japan/"><em>Telegraph UK</em></a><em>: </em></p> <p>"It sounds like a joke, but most of the time there is literally no personal space, to the point that I cannot even use my mobile. My strategy is to wait [for] the next train, so that when the doors open the flow behind me pushes me in.</p> <p>“Sometimes you really get hurt, people just avoid the eye contact and keep pushing until they fit into the wagon. There are even part-time workers – usually students – hired for pushing people into the car during the rush hour."</p> <p>Japan has known that this is a problem for a while, and with the population continuing to grow, it’s only an issue that is going to get worse.</p> <p>What’s their solution so far? Free noodles.</p> <p>Tokyo Metro is offering commuters a coupon to receive a free bowl of noodles for anyone who travels slightly earlier or on a later train to avoid congestion. A spokesman for Tokyo Metro told the <a href="https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2019/01/20/tokyo-offers-free-noodles-commuters-avoid-rush-hour-trains/">UK’s <em>Daily Telegraph</em></a>:</p> <p>“We hope the campaign will contribute to reducing congestion during peak hours as more people take trains at different times.”</p> <p>Tokyo Metro has said it will only launch the scheme if more than 2,000 commuters sign up. If more than 3,000 do so, tempura will be added to the coupon menu.</p> <p>Fingers crossed they get their public transport problems solved before the 2020 Olympics, which is set to bring in an extra 650,000 people.</p> <p>Have you ever been to Japan and experience this on their trains? Tell us in the comments below.</p>

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Get your grandkids involved in the war on waste!

<p> Food waste is a global challenge that has economic, social and environmental impacts. Did you know that 39-45 per cent of all the waste you throw away is organic and recyclable? There is a common misconception that when your household organic food waste goes to landfill, it will break down naturally and return nutrients back into the Earth. Unfortunately, that’s not the case!</p> <p>Organic waste in landfill is compacted and becomes anaerobic to produce methane, a potent greenhouse gas. It also contributes to landfill leachate which can cause water pollution. This organic waste can be diverted from landfill, by recycling it at home in a Worm Farm.</p> <p>By putting worms to work in your own, easy-care Worm Farm, you will be converting your household food waste into nutrient rich, 100 per cent organic fertiliser that your potted plants, garden and vegetables will love.</p> <p>The War on Waste and sustainability in the home has been an important topic of recent discussion, and it’s so easy to reduce your household’s carbon footprint by diverting your food waste from landfill.</p> <p>Worms are Mother Nature’s unique natural recyclers, these living fertilizer tubes are full of countless beneficial bacteria and enzymes that help sustain the life and fertility of our horticultural and agricultural systems. In a worm farm, worms can process up to 4kg of kitchen scraps a week.</p> <p>This includes vegetable peelings, green leafy vegetables, fruit scraps, tea bags and coffee grounds, egg shells, paper and newspaper scraps and even small amounts of citrus and onion. The Can-O-</p> <p>Worms is a worm farm composting system that’s perfect for small to medium households, enabling families to convert their kitchen food waste into a rich fertiliser in an easy, hands-on and satisfying way. Kids of all ages get to handle dirt, hold worms, set up and explore a worm farm and in the process, they discover a new appreciation for the way nature recycles its resources while developing an interest in caring for their community – and best of all, it’s fun!</p> <p>The world’s bestselling worm farm has been designed with built in mounds to encourage worms to move from collector trays to working trays, a unique flow through ventilation to maximise performance and no mess extras like well-designed legs and a drip free tap.</p> <p>The Can-O-Worms is a user-friendly design and can be left on a balcony or in a laundry for apartment dwellers, in a shed or in a shaded location for those with a yard.</p> <p>It is important that you place them somewhere that avoids afternoon sun, and in a convenient spot so that it makes it easy for you to use.</p> <p>At Tumbleweed, we’re committed to educating young New Zealanders to ensure they understand the importance of protecting the environment and showing them how much fun recycling can be.</p> <p>Tumbleweed manufactures Australian designed worm farms and compost bins, from 100 per cent recycled plastic, giving waste materials a new long term second life.</p> <p><em>Republished with permission of <a href="http://www.handyman.net.au/get-your-kids-involved-war-waste">Handyman.net.au</a></em></p>

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The royal baby names Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan may opt for

<p>The first child of Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan is expected to arrive within the next two months, and fans are already making predictions for the royal baby’s name.</p> <p>Many observers believe the Duke and Duchess of Sussex will give a nod to monarchs of previous generations as per tradition – for example, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge gave the middle names Elizabeth and Diana for Princess Charlotte. However, others believe that with Duchess Meghan’s tendency to bend the rules, the newborn may receive a completely unique name.</p> <p>Here are some of the leading predictions.</p> <p><strong>If it’s a girl</strong></p> <p>One of the most likely options among bookies is Diana, after the Duke’s late mother. Other classic royal names such as Victoria, Elizabeth and Mary are also among the front runners.</p> <p>The less conventional contenders include Alice and Grace, as are Rachel and Alexandra.</p> <p><strong>If it’s a boy</strong></p> <p>Some traditional regal names lead the list, including Arthur, Albert, Philip and James. Some have also tried betting on <a rel="noopener" href="https://news.ladbrokes.com/novelty/royal-family/victoria-albert-and-arthur-head-likeliest-names-for-2019-royal-baby.html" target="_blank">out-of-left-field options</a> such as baby Brexit (with 500/1 odds) and Thanos (301/1).</p> <p>Shane may also be in the running, as Prince Charles previously hinted. "Incidentally, ladies and gentlemen, my son Harry tells me that during their recent tour of Australia, he and his wife were offered countless thoughtful suggestions for the naming of their forthcoming baby," the Prince said.</p> <p>"Just between us, I suspect that Kylie and Shane may possibly make the shortlist."</p> <p>What name do you think the royal baby should have? Let us know your ideas in the comments.</p>

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12 ways to get a great night’s sleep

<p>Good sleeping habits will benefit you with more energy, a better mood, boosted immune system and better performance at work, sport and study.</p> <p>Chilly mornings make it all too tempting to hit the snooze button and roll over for extra zzzzz’s. But did you know that too much sleep can affect our mood and motivation? Ironically it can also make us feel more tired. We all know too well that too little sleep is a major issue too. The trick is to aim for a consistent sleep pattern and focus on the quality of sleep as well as the quantity.</p> <p><strong>Here are 12 great tips to help get you back on track tonight.</strong></p> <p>1. A healthy target is to aim for 7-9 hours each night and aim to keep a consistent bedtime. Try to also wake at a regular time. Aim to maintain a consistent sleep schedule. Go to sleep and wake up at the same time each day, even on the weekends.</p> <p>2. Get out into natural sunlight. Lack of light can affect our mood. Don’t underestimate the power of this simple step. What a great excuse to read outside with a cup of tea and a great book!</p> <p>3. Consider adjusting medication timings if they have sleep related side effects. Always speak to your health professional for personal advice before altering any medication.</p> <p>4. Avoid stimulants such as caffeine, chocolate, sugary foods or drinks in the evening. Give yourself a ‘cut off’ time and ensure it is a few hours before you plan to sleep.</p> <p>5. Limit alcohol to one or two standard drinks, as studies have shown drinking more reduces sleep quality. Drinking alcohol has been shown to reduce REM sleep, which kicks in roughly 90 minutes after falling asleep. The problem is REM sleep is considered to be the most restorative. Alcohol can also suppress breathing and encourage sleep apnoea.</p> <p>6. Ensure you are comfortable. Consider treating yourself and updating your bed, sheets and pillows.</p> <p>7. Control the climate and lighting within your bedroom. Try thick curtains to help block early morning sunlight.</p> <p>8. Avoid over-stimulation from the computer or TV and aim to always have a few hours free of technology before sleeping. Even charging your phone or laptop in your bedroom could be enough to interfere with your quality sleep as the blue light emitted by your latest favourite piece of technology harms the production of the ‘sleep hormone’ melatonin. A recent survey showed 45% of us are taking a laptop or electronic device to bed with us or are watching TV whilst in bed!</p> <p>9. Try not to over eat at night or go to bed too hungry or too full.</p> <p>10. If you find you are sleeping too much during the day and not enough at night, then slowly cut back on afternoon naps.</p> <p>11. Try to incorporate exercise into your daily routine and increase your physical activity. A pre-breakfast walk will stimulate the senses and improve your motivation for the rest of the day. While an after-dinner walk is also a great idea, stick to a familiar routine in the evening to help your mind and body wind down naturally.  </p> <p>12. Keep a sleep diary. This is a useful way to monitor your sleeping habits and find out more about the ways in which you sleep. Common observations, times and total sleep hours should be recorded. Or if you are into technology then try experimenting with a sleep cycle app such as the <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/au/app/sleep-cycle-alarm-clock/id320606217?mt=8">sleep cycle alarm clock</a>. Most importantly, know when to get help. If problems persist, pay a visit to your local GP and find out more about your condition and ask for a referral to a specialist. If you're dealing with a sleeping disorder, then don’t despair because help is at hand. To download a free sleep diary <a href="http://www.sleephealthfoundation.org.au/pdfs/sleep-week/SleepDiary-0615_Final.pdf">click here. </a></p> <p><em>This article was republished with permission of <a href="/This%20article%20was%20republished%20with%20permission%20of%20Wyza.com.au.">Wyza.com.au.</a></em></p>

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How fast are you ageing? It depends on where you live

<p>At what age do you feel 65? A new study has revealed that Aussies are among the world’s slowest when it comes to developing age-related health problems.</p> <p>According to the review recently published on <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.thelancet.com/journals/lanpub/article/PIIS2468-2667(19)30019-2/fulltext#%20" target="_blank"><em>The Lancet</em></a>, elders in New Zealand do not feel 65 – a global average commonly assumed as the beginning of old age – until they are 72.5 years old.</p> <p>Australians fare slightly better, holding off their 65-year health burdens until they are 73.6 years old.</p> <p>Switzerland has the world’s slowest decline rate, with Swiss elders retaining their healthy years until they are 76.1 years old. It is followed by Singapore and South Korea, which hit the 65-year mark for physical, mental, and cognitive impairments at the age of 76 and 75.1 respectively.</p> <p>On the other hand, Papua New Guinea is found to be the fastest ageing country in the world, as its citizens begin developing age-related health issues by the time they reach 46. Other poor performers include Vanuatu and Kiribati, where people begin experiencing the onsets of ageing at 52.2-year-old and 54.2-year-old respectively.</p> <p>The study uses global average 65-year-olds and their experience with 92 age-related diseases to identify the level in which different countries around the world are ageing. It is measured by the sum of disability-adjusted life-years (DALYs), or the number of lost healthy years.</p> <p>Switzerland as the slowest ageing country only has 104.9 DALYs per 1,000 adults. Meanwhile, New Zealand has 138 DALYs per thousand individuals, making it number 34 in the world.</p> <p>According to <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.mydr.com.au/healthy-living/how-fast-are-you-ageing" target="_blank">Norman Swan Medical Communications</a>, the pace of biological ageing could be slowed down with lifestyle changes. However, the study emphasised the importance of government intervention in addressing the issue.</p> <p>"Age-related health problems can lead to early retirement, a smaller workforce, and higher health spending," said Dr Angela Chang, lead author of the study and postdoctoral fellow at the Centre for Health Trends and Forecasts at the University of Washington.</p> <p>"Government leaders and other stakeholders influencing health systems need to consider when people begin suffering the negative effects of ageing."</p>

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Buckingham Palace confirms royal couple have divorced

<p>Buckingham Palace has confirmed Lady Davina Windsor and husband, a New Zealand native, Gary Lewis, have divorced after 14 years of marriage.</p> <p>Quipped as an unlikely match, the split breaks apart the great-granddaughter of King George V and the first New Zealander to marry into the royal family.</p> <p>Lady Davina is daughter to the Queen’s first cousin, Prince Richard, Duke of Gloucester, and is 30th in line to the throne.</p> <p>“It’s very sad, but their differences were just too great in the end,” a friend of the couple told the<a href="https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6815659/EDEN-CONFIDENTIAL-Lady-Davina-Windsors-14-year-marriage-Maori-sheep-shearer-husband-ends.html"> <em>Daily Mail</em>.</a></p> <p>Gary was the first person of Māori descent to marry into the British royal family.</p> <p>Hopeful royal onlookers used the pair’s union as “proof” that marriages between royalty and commoners were not at all impossible.</p> <p>Lady Davina and Gary, a carpenter by trade, met while on holiday in Bali in 2000. They married in the private chapel at Kensington Palace four years later in 2004.</p> <p>The royal couple moved to a working-class suburb in Auckland before eventually trailing back to Britain.</p> <p>The couple lived a relatively private life, although appearing at the Trooping the Colour ceremony as well as the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s wedding ceremony.</p> <p>As children, Prince William was often pictured running around Buckingham Palace with his older cousin, Lady Davina and her sister Lady Rose Windsor.</p> <p>The couple share two children, Senna Kowhai, eight, and Tane Mahuta, six. Gary also has a 26-year-old son from a previous relationship.</p> <p>“Gazza”, Lewis is allegedly known to friends as, is the son of a champion sheep-shearer.</p> <p>While the reason behind the divorce remains unknown, both Lady Davina and now-ex-husband are both said to remain “actively involved in the upbringing of their children.”</p> <p>Scroll through the gallery above to see the royal couple.</p>

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Julianne Moore opens up about her 16-year marriage to Bart Freundlich

<p>Many Hollywood couples haven’t stood the test of time, however, Julianne Moore’s 16-year marriage to filmmaker and director Bart Freundlich, 49, is a shining example of a famous long-lasting relationship.</p> <p>On Wednesday, the 58-year-old veteran actress revealed the dynamics of her family life in an interview with <a rel="noopener" href="https://people.com/movies/julianne-moore-what-makes-her-16-year-marriage-work/" target="_blank"><em>People</em>.</a></p> <p>The couple have two children together, 21-year-old Caleb and 16-year-old Liv throughout their long marriage. In the revealing interview, Moore explained her excellent relationship with Freundlich has been the result of years of hard work.</p> <p>“We have this narrative in our culture that if you want a career, you have to work hard, go to school, look for a job, you have to apply yourself, but love is supposed to just happen to you,” explained the Oscar winner.</p> <p>“One day you’re going to meet someone and get hit over the head and boom! That happens in romantic comedies but in real life you have to make time.</p> <p>“When you find a person, you have to invest in them and that relationship. And that’s what love is.”</p> <p>The Hollywood couple married in 2003 after meeting in 1996 on the set of <em>The Myth of Fingerprints</em>, which the 49-year-old film maker directed.</p> <p>“It was pretty unexpected,” she said of their relationship.</p> <p>“It kept going, and now we have this huge history together.”</p> <p>The <em>Still Alice</em> star compared her strong marriage to a “container” and explained her and her husband’s container is “pretty good. It’s not airtight but it’s pretty good.”</p> <p>She also added marriage is: “a container for a family and that’s why legal marriage is important — that everyone be allowed to be married, every couple, because it’s a way of saying to the world, ‘I’m legally committed to this person and I’m going to make this container for the two of us, and then our children, and our life together'.”</p> <p>With one of their children close to finishing college while their youngest is prepping for her last years of high school – for Moore, life couldn’t get any better.  </p> <p>“'You think, ‘Wow we did it!’ We are intact and we are happy.”</p> <p>Both Moore and Freundlich currently reside in New York.</p> <p>Scroll through the gallery to see Julianne Moore and Bart Freundlich through their 16 years of marriage.</p>

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New letters from Princess Margaret reveal her true feelings about Prince Charles

<p>A series of letters have been discovered which were written by none other than Princess Margaret.</p> <p>The letters were written when Princess Margaret was a teenager, and they shed some light on how she was feeling about becoming a first-time aunt.</p> <p>The notes were written to Sharman Douglas, who was Princess Margaret’s close friend. Douglas was an American socialite and the duo attended parties and dinners together, forging a close bond.</p> <p>In one letter dated 1st April 1979, Margaret writes:</p> <p>"Thank you very much for my delightful evening on Wednesday. I did love every minute of it.</p> <p>"In that last fleeting moment in the 400 [the 400 Club in Leicester] you said you'd like to come and see my heavenly nephew.</p> <p>"I don't know quite when you stop work but if you'd like to drop in about 5.30 on either Wed or Thurs next week, whichever suits, I would adore to show him to you."</p> <p>There’s a series of ten letters that are now up for auction by Ewbanks in London.</p> <p> </p> <p style="text-align: center;"><em>Photo credit: EW Bank Auctions</em><img style="width: 0px; height: 0px;" src="/media/7824861/nr011215-2_1.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/7425a5eb02d94bffb2990c2c62a00b76" /></p> <p>Each letter, which includes the envelope and the instructions for the notes to be delivered “by hand” are estimated to sell for $184 to $277 a piece.</p> <p>In another letter dated 12 July 1949, Princess Margaret thanks Douglas for a magnificent time.</p> <p>"I was feeling so very excited by the time our Can Can was due that I could hardly breathe but the audience was superb, and I have never enjoyed myself so much.</p> <p>"Mummie came in this morning to my room and I was so ecstatic … that I had to dress up and do the whole thing for her!"</p> <p>The series of letters are going on auction on the 22nd of March 2019.</p>

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Madeleine McCann mystery at centre of new Netflix documentary

<p>A new documentary on Madeleine McCann is coming out today on Netflix.</p> <p><em>The Disappearance of Madeleine McCann</em> promises a detailed look at the case of McCann, a three-year-old British girl who disappeared from a Portuguese resort in 2007.</p> <p>The true crime documentary, which follows Netflix hits <em>Making A Murderer</em> and <em>The Keepers</em>, features 40 experts and key figures involved in the case.</p> <p><iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/tBnarCTOiCY" frameborder="0" allow="accelerometer; autoplay; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p> <p>"We’re trying to lay out as much detail as we can about the case – and if it could jog someone’s memory in some way then that would be amazing," executive producer Emma Cooper said.</p> <p>"Keeping any search for what happened to Madeleine in the consciousness – particularly globally – is something that's so important. As we show in the documentary, other children are found – so you have to hope."</p> <p>However, the missing child’s parents Gerry and Kate McCann did not participate in the film.</p> <p>"We are aware that Netflix are planning to screen a documentary in March 2019 about Madeleine's disappearance," the pair said in a statement.</p> <p>"We did not see – and still do not see – how this programme will help the search for Madeleine and, particularly given there is an active police investigation, it could potentially hinder it."</p> <p>According to <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2019/mar/13/netflix-to-stream-madeleine-mccann-series-after-delays-and-disputes" target="_blank"><em>The Guardian</em></a>, the parents also urged those around them to reject interview offers with Pulse Films, which produced the documentary on behalf of Netflix.</p> <p>In May 2007, Madeleine was reported missing from her holiday apartment in Praia da Luz, Alvarez, Portugal. She was <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.oversixty.com.au/finance/legal/a-madeleine-mccann-documentary-is-coming-everything-you-need-to-know" target="_blank">last seen</a> in her bedroom before her parents left to dine with family friends nearby.</p> <p><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/8637550/disappearance-of-madeleine-mccann-netflix-doc-pic-maddie-playing-snatched/" target="_blank"><em>The Sun</em></a> reported that the documentary explores more theories behind Madeleine’s disappearance. One of the leading explanations is that she was taken by human traffickers and transported to another country.</p> <p>Investigation into the case is still ongoing in the UK.</p> <p>Will you be watching the highly anticipated documentary? Let us know in the comments below.</p>

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How shops nudge you into spending more

<p>Price is the most delicate element of the marketing mix, and much thought goes into setting prices to nudge us towards spending more.</p> <p>There’s one particularly cunning type of pricing strategy that marketers use to get you to switch your choice from one option to a more expensive or profitable one.</p> <p>It’s called the <a href="https://www.intelligenteconomist.com/decoy-effect/">decoy effect</a>.</p> <p>Imagine you are shopping for a Nutribullet blender. You see two options. The cheaper one, at $89, promotes 900 watts of power and a five-piece accessory kit. The more expensive one, at $149, is 1,200 watts and has 12 accessories.</p> <p><img src="https://images.theconversation.com/files/259209/original/file-20190215-1745-1120dly.png?ixlib=rb-1.1.0&amp;q=45&amp;auto=format&amp;w=754&amp;fit=clip" alt="" /> <span class="caption"></span></p> <p>Which one you choose will depend on some assessment of their relative value for money. It’s not immediately apparent, though, that the more expensive option is better value. It’s slightly less than 35 per cent more powerful but costs nearly 70 per cent more. It does have more than twice as many plastic accessories, but what are they worth?</p> <p>Now consider the two in light of a third option.</p> <p><img src="https://images.theconversation.com/files/259210/original/file-20190215-1751-jgbfa2.png?ixlib=rb-1.1.0&amp;q=45&amp;auto=format&amp;w=754&amp;fit=clip" alt="" /> <span class="caption"></span></p> <p>This one, for $125, offers 1,000 watts and nine accessories. It enables you to make what feels like a more considered comparison. For $36 more than the cheaper option, you get four more accessories and an extra 100 watts of power. But if you spend just $24 extra, you get a further three accessories and 200 watts more power. Bargain!</p> <p>You have just experienced the decoy effect.</p> <p><strong>Asymmetric dominance</strong></p> <p>The decoy effect is defined as the phenomenon whereby consumers change their preference between two options when presented with a third option – the “decoy” – that is “asymmetrically dominated”. It is also referred to as the “attraction effect” or “asymmetric dominance effect”.</p> <p>What asymmetric domination means is the decoy is priced to make one of the other options much more attractive. It is “dominated” in terms of perceived value (quantity, quality, extra features and so on). The decoy is not intended to sell, just to nudge consumers away from the “competitor” and towards the “target” – usually the more expensive or profitable option.</p> <p>The effect was first described by academics Joel Huber, John Payne and Christopher Puto <a href="https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a101132.pdf">in a paper</a> presented to a conference in 1981 (and later published in the <em><a href="http://dx.doi.org/10.1086/208899">Journal of Consumer Research</a></em> in 1982).</p> <p>They demonstrated the effect through experiments in which participants (university students) were asked to makes choices in scenarios involving beer, cars, restaurants, lottery tickets, films and television sets.</p> <p>In each product scenario participants first had to choose between two options. Then they were given a third option – a decoy designed to nudge them toward picking the target over the competitor. In every case except the lottery tickets the decoy successfully increased the probability of the target being chosen.</p> <p>These findings were, in marketing terms, revolutionary. They challenged established doctrines – known as the “<a href="https://www.researchgate.net/publication/227712025_The_Similarity_Heuristic">similarity heuristic</a>” and the “<a href="https://www.researchgate.net/publication/317954913_Assortment_Optimization_under_the_General_Luce_Model">regularity condition</a>” – that a new product will take away market share from an existing product and cannot increase the probability of a customer choosing the original product.</p> <p><strong>How decoys work</strong></p> <p>When consumers are faced with many alternatives, they often experience choice overload – what psychologist Barry Schwartz has termed the <a href="https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/the-tyranny-of-choice/">tyranny</a> or <a href="https://psmag.com/social-justice/paradox-choice-barry-schwartz-psychology-10-years-later-96706">paradox of choice</a>. Multiple behavioural experiments <a href="https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S1057740814000916">have consistently demonstrated</a> that greater choice complexity increases anxiety and hinders decision-making.</p> <p>In an attempt to reduce this anxiety, consumers tend to simplify the process by selecting only a couple of criteria (say price and quantity) to determine the best value for money.</p> <p>Through manipulating these key choice attributes, a decoy steers you in a particular direction while giving you the feeling you are making a rational, informed choice.</p> <p>The decoy effect is thus a form of “<a href="https://www.behavioraleconomics.com/resources/mini-encyclopedia-of-be/nudge/">nudging</a>” – defined by Richard Thaler and Cass Sunstein (the pioneers of nudge theory) as “any aspect of the choice architecture that alters people’s behaviour in a predictable way without forbidding any options”. Not all nudging is manipulative, and some argue that even manipulative nudging can be <a href="https://blogs.lse.ac.uk/politicsandpolicy/nudges-manipulate-except-when-they-dont/">justified if the ends are noble</a>. It has proven useful in social marketing to encourage people <a href="https://www.researchgate.net/publication/319023957_Nudging_and_Boosting_Steering_or_Empowering_Good_Decisions">to make good decisions</a> such as using less energy, eating healthier or becoming organ donors.</p> <p> </p> <p><strong>In the market</strong></p> <p>We see decoy pricing in many areas.</p> <p>A decade ago behavioural economist Dan Ariely spoke about his fascination with the pricing structure of <a href="https://www.economist.com/democracy-in-america/2009/05/22/the-importance-of-irrelevant-alternatives">The Economist</a> and how he tested the options on 100 of his students.</p> <p><iframe width="440" height="260" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/xOhb4LwAaJk?wmode=transparent&amp;start=0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p> <p>In one scenario the students had a choice of a web-only subscription or a print-only subscription for twice the price; 68% chose the cheaper web-only option.</p> <p>They were given a third option – a web-and-print subscription for the same price as the print-only option. Now just 16% chose the cheaper option, with 84% opting for the obviously better combined option.</p> <p>In this second scenario the print-only option had become the decoy and the combined option the target. Even The Economist was intrigued by Ariely’s finding, publishing a story about it entitled “<a href="https://www.economist.com/democracy-in-america/2009/05/22/the-importance-of-irrelevant-alternatives">The importance of irrelevant alternatives</a>”.</p> <p>Subscription pricing for <em>The Australian</em> today replicates this “irrelevant alternative”, though in a slightly different way to the pricing architecture Ariely examined.</p> <p><img src="https://images.theconversation.com/files/259378/original/file-20190217-56215-12lo0e8.png?ixlib=rb-1.1.0&amp;q=45&amp;auto=format&amp;w=754&amp;fit=clip" alt="" /> <span class="caption"></span></p> <p>Why would you choose the digital-only subscription when you can get the weekend paper delivered for no extra cost?</p> <p>In this instance, the digital-only option is the decoy and the digital+weekend paper option is the target. The intention appears to be to discourage you from choosing the more expensive six-day paper option. Because that option is not necessarily more profitable for the company. What traditionally made print editions profitable, despite the cost of printing and distribution, was the advertising they carried. That’s <a href="https://home.kpmg/content/dam/kpmg/co/pdf/co-17-01-08-tmt-stop-the-presses.pdf">no longer the case</a>. It makes sense to encourage subscribers to move online.</p> <p>Not all decoys are so conspicuous. In fact the decoy effect may be extremely effective by being quite subtle.</p> <p>Consider the <a href="https://www.aussieprices.com.au/food/boost-juice-menu-prices/">price of drinks</a> at a well-known juice bar: a small (350 ml) size costs $6.10; the medium (450 ml) $7.10; and the large (610 ml) $7.50.</p> <p>Which would you buy?</p> <p>If you’re good at doing maths in your head, or committed enough to use a calculator, you might work out that the medium is slightly better value than the small, and the large better value again.</p> <p>But the pricing of the medium option – $1 more than the small but just 40 cents cheaper than the large – is designed to be asymmetrically dominated, steering you to see the biggest drink as the best value for money.</p> <p>So have you just made the sensible choice, or been manipulated to spend more on a drink larger than you needed?<!-- Below is The Conversation's page counter tag. 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What we know about the little-known twin siblings of Madeleine McCann

<p>Madeleine McCann is possibly one of the most famous faces in the world.</p> <p>Three-year-old Maddie, who famously disappeared on May 3, 2007 while visiting Portugal with her family, has been publicised in the hopes to eventually locate her whereabouts.</p> <p>But despite being the most reported missing person in modern history, investigators and her parents have had no luck in finding the little girl.</p> <p>Maddie’s parents, Gerry and Kate McCann, have campaigned tirelessly to find her, but while the world knows everything about young Madeleine, not much is known about her twin siblings, who were only two years old when their elder sister vanished.</p> <p>Now, 12 years later, 14-year-old Sean and Amelie are aspiring athletes, but tend to keep an extremely low profile as there are no public photos of the siblings as they are today.</p> <p>The only photographs of the two are from when they were younger.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img style="width: 500px; height: 335px;" src="/media/7824679/twins1.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/692ac17740024ab6adefc8c179fe4778" /></p> <p>Sean is an unbeaten swimming champion and also takes part in cross country and triathlons in his local area. So far, he has competed in 14 championships, runs and leagues.</p> <p>And his sister is also a force to be reckoned with, as she took part in nine athletic and triathlon competitions in 2018.</p> <p>Speaking to <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/5473303/madeleine-mccanns-parents-celebrate-twins-becoming-teens-with-prayers-for-missing-daughter-wherever-she-is/" target="_blank"><em>The Sun</em></a>, a guest at their 13th birthday party last year said that the teenagers had one wish; “for their big sister to come home".</p> <p>“Kate and Gerry want to give the twins a memorable occasion, they’re teenagers now and that’s a big deal,” the guest said.</p> <p>While Maddie hasn’t been around to watch her younger brother and sister grow up, the 14-year-old's are reminded of their loss every day.</p> <p>Madeleine’s bedroom remains untouched, just the way it was when she was three – bright pink.</p> <p>Her parents, who purchase Christmas gifts for her every year, make sure to leave them in her room, in case she returns home.</p> <p>The twins attend a Catholic secondary school located 12 kilometres from the family home, in Loughborough, UK.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img style="width: 500px; height: 327.7255639097744px;" src="/media/7824680/maddie.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/8fc3c69506b14d4890abb4c42b3dc1d7" /></p> <p>Kate, who works in the medical sector, has previously stated that the family regularly pray for Maddie’s safe return.</p> <p>She said the twins have “grown up essentially without knowing Madeleine but knowing their sister is missing and they want her back".</p> <p>“They have their own friends, and they keep busy and they’re really sporty, but their only wish is for their big sister to come home. We miss our complete family of five,” Kate told <em><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/5473303/madeleine-mccanns-parents-celebrate-twins-becoming-teens-with-prayers-for-missing-daughter-wherever-she-is/" target="_blank">The Sun</a>.</em></p> <p>On the 10th anniversary of Maddie’s kidnapping, Kate took to Facebook to write: “I truly hope that those reporting on the ‘story’ over the next couple of weeks will have a conscience. Even if little consideration for Gerry and me is shown, they will at least bear in mind the effect such unfounded and unwarranted negativity could have on our other children.”</p> <p>Sean and Amelie were only metres away from Maddie in a peaceful slumber when she was allegedly taken. British police and Scotland Yard have yet to locate her, despite their ongoing efforts.</p>

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How price-matching puts you back in the driver’s seat

<p>With the internet, customers have never been so informed when it comes to prices on goods.</p> <p>This is where price matching comes in handy. Price matching allows customers to insist that a retailer offers the same price of an item if customers see it cheaper at another store, whether that be online or bricks-and-mortar.</p> <p>Harvey Norman’s chief operating officer John Slack-Smith has said that due to the increase in smartphones, this means customers were doing a quick search online and requesting price matches on the spot.</p> <p>“You’ll often see people in the shop talking to an employee while also on their phone looking at another business showing they can get the item elsewhere for cheaper and can they match it,” he said.</p> <p>“Customers have never been more informed about prices they are looking at, they will have researched prices across three or four retailers.</p> <p>“We are seeing that driving more customers back into traditional retail sources because they are going to chat with people to ask questions, or sometimes they just want to touch and feel the items.”</p> <p>Appliances Online’s head of customer support and content Harry Boileau says that prices are constantly fluctuating, so it’s important to keep an eye on the best price available.</p> <p>“It’s good to keep an eye out to find the best prices you can but you should also keep in mind what is included in the price,” he said.</p> <p>“It’s important to read the finer details of price matching from all retailers as most do not include delivery, installation and usually don’t apply after the purchase has been made.”</p> <p>Although something might be more expensive, it could include delivery and installation in the price.</p> <p>Some price matching tips include:</p> <ul> <li>Look online and in catalogues to see what the base price of an item is.</li> <li>Visit a store in person or online and ask for a price match if you’ve seen the item cheaper elsewhere.</li> <li>If the price of an item is cheaper within seven days of purchase, see if the retailer offers a refund of the difference.</li> </ul> <p>Do you have any price matching tips? Let us know in the comments.</p>

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Ozzy Osbourne pens emotional tribute after passing of bandmate

<p>Veteran hard rock guitarist Bernie Tormé has died at the age of 66 after suffering “pots-flu complications.”</p> <p>The Irish musician passed away peacefully in his sleep on March 17, a statement from the family has said.</p> <p>“He had been on life support for the past four weeks at a London hospital following post-flu complications.</p> <p>“Bernie will be remembered for dedicating his life to his music for five decades. He will be sorely missed.”</p> <p>Tormé played with Ozzy Osbourne, Deep Purple singer Ian Gillian as well as his own solo bands.</p> <p>The sudden death comes a little more than a month since the guitarist was admitted to hospital following a virulent pneumonia in both lungs.</p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="/media/7824914/bernie-torme-1990.jpg" alt="Bernie Torme, 1990" data-udi="umb://media/2c570e626cd343bb9bfe1698e6f6a231" /></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><em>Bernie Torme, 1990.</em></p> <p>Tormé worked for many years with Gillian and on his own solo projects, although he is most known for his brief stint in Osbourne’s band in 1982 immediately after Randy Rhoads died in a tragic plane crash.</p> <p>The musician completed a tour in support of the Shadowland album, The Final Fling in December before being admitted to hospital.</p> <p>Osbourne took to social media to publicly mourn the life of the former guitarist.</p> <p>“What a sad day. We’ve lost another great musician. Bernie was a gentle soul with a heart of gold. He will be dearly missed,” he tweeted this morning.</p> <p>“I send my sincere condolences to his family, friends and fans. Rest in Peace Bernie.”</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr">What a sad day. We’ve lost another great musician. Bernie was a gentle soul with a heart of gold. He will be dearly missed. I send my sincere condolences to his family, friends and fans. Rest in Peace Bernie. <a href="https://t.co/Nx1bCiYbkO">pic.twitter.com/Nx1bCiYbkO</a></p> — Ozzy Osbourne (@OzzyOsbourne) <a href="https://twitter.com/OzzyOsbourne/status/1107678965827665922?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">March 18, 2019</a></blockquote> <p>His latest studio album Shadowland was released in November of last year, although his family posted to social media claiming late payments are due to the artist.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr">Bernie remains in intensive care and asked for the following statement to be released:<br /><br />“PledgeMusic owe Bernie Torme almost £16,000 which was due last December on completion of his recent ‘Shadowland’ Pledgemusic campaign."</p> — Bernie Tormé (@Bernie_Torme) <a href="https://twitter.com/Bernie_Torme/status/1096464431071023105?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">February 15, 2019</a></blockquote> <p>“PledgeMusic owe Bernie Tormé almost £16,000 which was due last December on completion of his recent ‘Shadowland’ Pledgemusic campaign,” the statement read.</p> <p>Another tweet from Tormé’s account read: “Bernie has paid for all recordings, merchandise, CDs and all postage costs to honour his fans' pledges out of his own pocket.</p> <p>“He has as yet been unable to pay his musicians, drummer Mik Gaffney and bass player Simon Morton for their work on the album.”</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr">Bernie has paid for all recordings, merchandise, CDs and all postage costs to honour his fans' pledges out of his own pocket. He has as yet been unable to pay his musicians, drummer Mik Gaffney and bass player Simon Morton for their work on the album.</p> — Bernie Tormé (@Bernie_Torme) <a href="https://twitter.com/Bernie_Torme/status/1096464965043740672?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">February 15, 2019</a></blockquote> <p>Sharon Osbourne also took to social media to share her condolences.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr">I cannot believe that Bernie Torme has passed. Bernie helped out Ozzy and I at a time of great need and we will never ever forget that. Love and condolences to his family.</p> — Sharon Osbourne (@MrsSOsbourne) <a href="https://twitter.com/MrsSOsbourne/status/1107679701957373952?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">March 18, 2019</a></blockquote> <p>“I cannot believe that Bernie Tormé has passed. Bernie helped out Ozzy and I at a time of great need and we will never ever forget that,” she wrote.</p> <p>“Love and condolences to his family.”</p>

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10 mobile phone etiquette rules you should be following – but aren’t

<p>Follow our expert phone etiquette rules to avoid being rude and annoying on your smartphone.</p> <div id="section"><strong>1. Put your phone away at the dinner table</strong></div> <div> <p>This phone etiquette rule may seem obvious because, hello, it’s rude, but being courteous in public to both your dining partner and other diners is important, says Amy Rice, Gadget Expert for <a rel="noopener" href="http://gazelle.com/" target="_blank" title="" data-original-title="">Gazelle</a>.</p> <p>Parenting, etiquette, and financial expert Brett Graff adds, “If it rings, and you must answer it, explain to your dining companions that your child is home by him or herself or that you’re waiting for a huge business deal to close. Otherwise, ignore it,” she says.</p> <p><strong>2. End phone conversations when paying for purchases</strong></p> <p>Just because you may not know the cashier doesn’t mean you can keep chatting away while they’re helping you.</p> <p>Unless it’s an emergency, it’s just rude to stay on the phone right in their face.</p> <p><strong>3. Never shout when talking on the phone</strong></p> <p>Can you hear me now?</p> <p>If they can’t, maybe you should call them back later.</p> <p>When in public, it’s a good phone etiquette practice to try not to raise your voice while on the phone.</p> <p>No one else needs to be privy to your conversations—or your arguments, says Rice. </p> <p><strong>4. Never text and drive</strong></p> <p>This is an obvious one. Many states have laws in place regarding texting and talking on the phone while driving. Hint: It’s a big no-no.</p> <p><strong>5. Avoid texting in work meetings</strong></p> <p>You don’t want your boss looking up and seeing you texting away and completely ignoring what’s going on.</p> <p>Plus, if you’re the boss, it’s setting a bad example for your workers. </p> <p><strong>6. Turn off the phone in church, temple or theatre</strong></p> <p>Rice says there are no exceptions to this rule.</p> <p>There are just certain places where cell phones should be and often are off-limits.</p> <p>And remember, checking your phone and having it light up in a dark theater - even if you don’t talk, text, or tweet - is just as rude. </p> <p><strong>7. Avoid talking on the phone in a waiting room</strong></p> <p>Waiting rooms can be crowded and noisy—not exactly conducive to a phone call.</p> <p>If you must talk on the phone, Rice suggests leaving the area so as not to disturb your fellow waiting room occupants.</p> <p><strong>8. Avoid using a phone on public transportation</strong></p> <p>On public transportation, people are often stressed, rushing, or exhausted.</p> <p>All they want to do is get where they’re going, not listen to your conversation about your cousin’s new boyfriend’s sister.</p> <p>“Be courteous when you are in public, enjoy the moment and your friends, but above all be smart about your smartphone manners,” says Rice. </p> <p><strong>9. Lower your voice when using your phone in public</strong></p> <p>This phone etiquette guideline is a continuation of never shouting in public.</p> <p>Not only should you not shout, but you should automatically lower your voice.</p> <p>If you don’t want to hear other people’s phone conversations, they definitely don’t want to hear yours either. </p> <p><strong>10. Don't take a call in the middle of a face-to-face chat</strong></p> <p>“Cell phones can destroy all your interpersonal dealings,” says Graff.</p> <p>“You should not even give the screen a glance while you’re speaking to someone at a party or a dinner.”</p> <p>Sometimes it’s best to think of how would you feel if that happened to you?</p> <p>If it would bother you, then you probably shouldn’t do it to someone else.</p> <p class="p1"><em>Written by Felissa Benjamin Allard. This article first appeared in <a href="http://www.readersdigest.com.au/true-stories-lifestyle/thought-provoking/10-mobile-phone-etiquette-rules-you-should-be-following-but-arent">Reader’s Digest</a>. For more of what you love from the world’s best-loved magazine, <a href="http://readersdigest.innovations.co.nz/c/readersdigestemailsubscribe?utm_source=over60&amp;utm_medium=articles&amp;utm_campaign=RDSUB&amp;keycode=WRN87V">here’s our best subscription offer.</a></em></p> <p class="p1"><img style="width: 100px !important; height: 100px !important;" src="/media/7820640/1.png" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/f30947086c8e47b89cb076eb5bb9b3e2" /></p> </div>

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Don’t ban Michael Jackson’s music – talk about the accusations

<p>Many of New Zealand’s major commercial radio stations, and its public broadcaster, are<span> </span><a href="https://www.nzherald.co.nz/entertainment/news/article.cfm?c_id=1501119&amp;objectid=12209938">no longer playing the music</a><span> </span>of Michael Jackson. This decision comes after the airing of the new documentary<span> </span><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/tv-and-radio/2019/mar/06/leaving-neverland-review-michael-jackson-documentary">Leaving Neverland</a>, in which two men, Wade Robson and James Safechuck, allege they were molested by the singer as children.</p> <p>The NZ move, and a<span> </span><a href="https://www.canberratimes.com.au/entertainment/tv-and-radio/aussie-radio-station-pulls-michael-jackson-songs-due-to-leaving-neverland-20190307-p512d6.html">decision by Australia’s Nova Entertainment Group</a><span> </span>and<span> </span><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/music/2019/mar/05/michael-jackson-abuse-allegations-canada-radio-stations-ban-music">some Canadian radio stations</a><span> </span>to stop playing Jackson’s music, come hot on the heels of the<span> </span><a href="https://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-40635526">arrest of singer R. Kelly</a>. This followed the airing of<span> </span><a href="https://www.imdb.com/title/tt8385496/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1">a documentary series</a><span> </span>in which numerous women told of their alleged abuse – mainly as underaged girls – at his hands. Kelly who has been charged with 10 counts of aggravated sexual abuse against four victims,<span> </span><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2019/mar/05/r-kelly-denies-sex-abuse-allegations-interview">denies the allegations</a>, as do Jackson’s family.</p> <p>Still, it is becoming increasingly apparent that abuse is woven into the very fabric of the music industries. Throughout the history of rock, pop and hip hop,<span> </span><a href="https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/10304312.2018.1483009">we can find many examples of men abusing women</a>, often in plain sight, and often excused as just part of a “sex drugs and rock n roll” lifestyle, or as a quirk of an artistic genius.</p> <p>But is banning the music of artists accused of reprehensible behaviour the best course of action? Any why single out Jackson for this treatment, give the apparent scale of the problem?</p> <p>On the one hand, taking action to censure an alleged paedophile may be seen as desirable in a society that regards the sexual abuse of children as one of the worst types of crime.</p> <p>There is a danger, though, that by simply banning exposure to the music of Jackson - and not other artists who have been documented as having<span> </span><a href="https://www.interviewmagazine.com/culture/obvious-history-rocknrolls-baby-groupies-lori-lightning-sable-starr">slept with underaged groupies</a>, or artists who have<span> </span><a href="https://www.baeblemusic.com/musicblog/9-16-2014/domestic-violence-rock-and-roll-edition.html">abused women in a variety of other ways</a>, we have put a tiny band-aid over a gaping wound.</p> <p>Sexual abuse in the music industry is a systemic, ongoing problem that won’t be resolved by just hacking away at the canon.</p> <p>A further problem with this kind of blanket radio ban is the question of who else gets silenced if the music is turned off. Music-making is a communal activity. Do the many other people who contributed to an album or song deserve to have their work thrown in the bin as well?</p> <p>More importantly, however, is the question of what happens to the stories of the victims. If we stop listening to Michael Jackson, does that simply allow us to avoid something uncomfortable, to not have to think about those little boys and what they allege happened to them?</p> <p>Spotify went down a similar path of limiting exposure to the music of Kelly (and other artists such as XXXTentacion) in 2018, when it briefly<span> </span><a href="https://www.thenational.ae/arts-culture/music/spotify-bans-r-kelly-and-xxxtentacion-but-where-s-the-consistency-1.733063">adopted a policy of not promoting problematic artists</a><span> </span>in top playlists (although it did not ban the artists altogether). After a backlash from the record companies of the artists involved, Spotify backed away from this position fairly quickly, opting instead to introduce<span> </span><a href="https://consequenceofsound.net/2019/01/spotify-artist-mute/">a “mute” button</a>, which allowed listeners to choose for themselves which artists they did not want to hear.</p> <p>Jackson’s estate<span> </span><a href="http://time.com/5510748/leaving-neverland-michael-jackson/">has described</a><span> </span>Leaving Neverland as “a rehash of dated and discredited allegations” and filed a lawsuit against it. His family have condemned the film, saying<span> </span><a href="http://time.com/5510748/leaving-neverland-michael-jackson/">its creators were not interested in the truth</a>.</p> <p>Yet interestingly, the documentary form seems to be particularly effective at the moment in providing a platform for these artists’ accusers to be seen, heard, and believed. Accusations against Jackson are not new, but details about his alleged crimes were sparse in the early 2000s when he was taken to court. Having the gaps in this picture filled in by these men in their own words seems to have turned the tide of opinion – at least in some quarters – against the well-loved icon.</p> <p>As with Jackson, tales about Kelly have been circulating for years, but seeing the faces and hearing the voices of his accusers (and their sheer number) seems to have provided an added impetus for action to be taken.</p> <p>Perhaps the best solution is to face this problem head on. Keep Michael Jackson on the radio – but never play him without reminding listeners of what he has been accused of. Do the same with other artists similarly accused, or found guilty of, a crime.</p> <p>Creating an ongoing conversation that does not allow us to sidestep these issues – and showing offenders that their music will from now on be associated with their abuse – may allow us to find a way forward.</p> <p><em>Written by Catherine Strong. Republished with permission of <a href="https://theconversation.com/dont-ban-michael-jacksons-music-talk-about-the-accusations-113109">The Conversation.</a></em></p>

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Rod Stewart talks about "losing" teenage son to games and girls: "I miss him so much"

<p>Rod Stewart has admitted to missing his son Alastair, as he joked about losing the 13-year-old to computer games and girls.</p> <p>In an interview with Ireland’s <em>The Late Late Show</em>, Stewart told host Ryan Tubridy that his eldest son with model Penny Lancaster is “becoming a teenager”.</p> <p>“First it was Fortnite [game], now he has got his phone, so it is all girls,” the 74-year-old said. “There is a side I feel I have lost in him in the past two or three years.</p> <p>“I suppose it is growth and he is becoming a teenager and it is an awkward time for him. I miss him so much. I miss the boy in him.”</p> <p>The <em>Forever Young</em> singer has <a href="https://www.oversixty.co.nz/entertainment/music/rare-family-photo-of-rod-stewart-and-his-sons-aged-7-to-38">eight children</a> from five relationships. He and Lancaster welcomed son Alastair in 2005, followed by Aiden in 2011.</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/Bpis_XJBrs8/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=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/Bpis_XJBrs8/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Penny Lancaster (@penny.lancaster)</a> on Oct 29, 2018 at 8:30pm PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>“I have got Aiden and he is seven,” said Stewart. “I have another six [children]. Don’t ask me how old the eldest one is please. She is up there. I had a naughty winkle when I was in my teens.”</p> <p>Stewart also discussed his regrets in missing the early years of his children Sean and Kimberley, whom he shares with first wife Alana Stewart.</p> <p>“With my kids Sean and Kimberley, I was on tour a lot, so I missed their growing up because I had to,” he said. “I was in debt to the IRS to $2 million in the late seventies and that was a lot of money, so I had to go and do a lot of touring, so I didn’t see much of my kids. So, I really cherish my time with my two boys now.”</p> <p>Stewart also expressed guilt over the way he broke up with many of his romantic relationships in the past. “I think what I was doing was what anyone of my age would have done. You know, shagging and drinking,” he said.</p> <p>“The only thing I regret is that I didn’t say goodbye very well. I snuck out the backdoor or didn’t say anything and disappeared, which is not a gentlemanly thing to do. I regret that. I didn’t want any altercation or confrontation.”</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr">Rod Stewart on spending Christmas with the exes.<a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/LateLate?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#LateLate</a> live now <a href="https://t.co/Tfxpna0XGG">pic.twitter.com/Tfxpna0XGG</a></p> — RTÉ One (@RTEOne) <a href="https://twitter.com/RTEOne/status/1106682714919329792?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">March 15, 2019</a></blockquote> <p>Despite this, he said he gets along well with his former partners, including Alana, ex-wife Rachel Hunter and past girlfriend Kelly Emberg. “We all had Christmas together once,” Stewart said. “I don’t think it will ever happen again, but it was special.”</p>

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