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Australian tennis legend passes away aged 64

<p>Former Australian Davis Cup tennis star Peter McNamara has died aged 64.</p> <p>“Macca,” who reached a career-high number seven in the world in 1983, left a memorable mark when he beat two all-time greats Jimmy Connors and Ivan Lendl to win two of his five singles titles.</p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.39400921658984px;" src="/media/7828812/eacpdumueaiyi11-3.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/8fca7dad11f949949a1e0a3f6767101c" /></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><em>Peter McNamara, 2014. </em></p> <p>However, what the tennis star was perhaps most highly regarded for was his doubles partnership with Paul McNamee – the duo went on to win Wimbledon twice in 1980 and 1982 as well as the Australian Open in 1979.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">Hard to believe that after 50 years of friendship Macca is gone... you lived life to the full mate and will be missed by your loved ones and many more...a toast to the great times mate <a href="https://t.co/0RVbCD6ZRd">pic.twitter.com/0RVbCD6ZRd</a></p> — Paul McNamee (@PaulFMcNamee) <a href="https://twitter.com/PaulFMcNamee/status/1153066090760511490?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">July 21, 2019</a></blockquote> <p>Melbourne-born McNamara retired in 1987 and enjoyed a successful coaching career.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">So saddened to wake up to the news of Peter McNamara’s passing overnight. A great player, great coach that improved every player he worked with, and gun of a person. Big hugs to his family, friends and of course, his great mate <a href="https://twitter.com/PaulFMcNamee?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@PaulFMcNamee</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/RIPMacca?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#RIPMacca</a> 😔 <a href="https://t.co/CeFBai2jYI">pic.twitter.com/CeFBai2jYI</a></p> — Darren Cahill (@darren_cahill) <a href="https://twitter.com/darren_cahill/status/1153063153724354560?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">July 21, 2019</a></blockquote> <p>He coached Mark Philippoussis and guided Grigor Dimitrov in his formative years. More recently, he coached Matt Ebden and Wang Qiang.</p> <p>Until February, McNamara worked with Qiang and helped her to reach the world’s top 20 in their four-year partnership.</p> <p>The Aussie legend died peacefully at his home in Germany on Saturday night after a long and brave battle with prostate cancer.</p> <p>David Law, commentator and long-time friend of the tennis star and coach said McNamara went on to compete in exhibition matches and coach throughout his illness without many people ever knowing about his personal health issues.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">So sad to wake up &amp; hear the news of Peter McNamara’s passing 😢 he was always one of the coaches I could sit down with on tour &amp; be able to have a great chat with. Mostly about life &amp; our kids. I will never forgot him telling me to live my life &amp; be happy with who I am <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/RIPMacca?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#RIPMacca</a></p> — Casey Dellacqua OLY (@caseydellacqua) <a href="https://twitter.com/caseydellacqua/status/1153042613152337920?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">July 21, 2019</a></blockquote> <p>McNamara is survived by his wife Petra, his children and grandchildren.</p> <p>The tennis world took to social media to voice their love and admiration of the late tennis legend.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">When you represent Australia.. you get the chance of meeting so many good people. One of them was Australian tennis legend Peter McNamara. Ripper bloke and will sadly be missed. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/RIPMacca?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#RIPMacca</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/tennis?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#tennis</a> 😪</p> — Dean Jones (@ProfDeano) <a href="https://twitter.com/ProfDeano/status/1153074719203233795?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">July 21, 2019</a></blockquote> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">Peter McNamara was one of the greats, a great person. He gave his all to everything he did, respected life &amp; always had a smile &amp; time for you. He’s someone you wanted to be in the trenches with. He fought in silence and now he can rest peacefully . <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/RIPMacca?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#RIPMacca</a></p> — roger rasheed (@roger_rasheed) <a href="https://twitter.com/roger_rasheed/status/1153038830552772608?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">July 21, 2019</a></blockquote> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">One of the greats 🇦🇺 🙏<a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/RIPMacca?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#RIPMacca</a> <a href="https://t.co/iYJvS3qDBq">pic.twitter.com/iYJvS3qDBq</a></p> — TennisAustralia (@TennisAustralia) <a href="https://twitter.com/TennisAustralia/status/1153078863129264128?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">July 21, 2019</a></blockquote>

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“Probably going to get criticised”: Lisa Wilkinson doesn’t hold back in interview with NZ PM Jacinda Ardern

<p>Despite the recent popularity of NZ Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, veteran news reporter Lisa Wilkinson wasn’t flustered and didn’t hold back in asking the difficult questions in a new interview on<span> </span><em>The Sunday Project</em>.</p> <p>The question was about Ardern’s thoughts on Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s stance on deportations.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en-gb"> <p dir="ltr">Jacinda Ardern was propelled into the world stage because of an unspeakable atrocity, and the way she reacted to it.<br />A lot’s happened since then, and<a href="https://twitter.com/Lisa_Wilkinson?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@Lisa_Wilkinson</a> sat down with the NZ PM to talk life, love, and of course, politics. <a href="https://t.co/3zkgDVV0jm">pic.twitter.com/3zkgDVV0jm</a></p> — The Project (@theprojecttv) <a href="https://twitter.com/theprojecttv/status/1152871393006149638?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">21 July 2019</a></blockquote> <p>“You’ve described Scott Morrison’s stance on deportations as ‘corrosive’,” Wilkinson started.</p> <p>The question immediately flustered Ardern as she went into damage control mode.</p> <p>“Oh look I think we should be fair the, the deportation policy has existed for a while and…” Ardern stated.</p> <p>Wilkinson helped out Ardern and branded Morrison “the architect” of the policy that Ardern has described as “wrong” and “unjust”.</p> <p>“That is, that is correct,” Ms Ardern said. “When you are friends as we are, you can speak frankly with each other you know.”</p> <p>Ms Ardern added, “I think it speaks to the strength of it that we do speak so openly." </p> <p><em>The Sunday Project</em> interview was filmed shortly after a meeting between Ardern and Morrison, where the two leaders discussed the implications NZ citizens living in Australia have faced since the laws have tightened back in 2014.</p> <p>Ardern spoke candidly to NZ media, according to the <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-07-19/dutton-dismisses-ardern-demands-to-stop-deporting-new-zealanders/11324382" target="_blank">ABC</a>.</p> <p>“If something’s wrong and if something is not fair and is unjust, you don’t let it go,” the NZ Prime Minister said.</p> <p>“I totally accept that it is within Australia’s rights to deport those who engage in criminal activity in Australia. But there are some examples that will not make any sense to any fair-minded person.”</p> <p>Luckily, Wilkinson switched to a lighter note and asked Ardern about how she’s going with motherhood.</p> <p>Ardern revealed that she’s not “this Wonder Woman” and gets a lot of help from her fiancé Clarke Gayford.</p> <p>“No one needs to see anyone pretending it’s easy because it’s not and so I’m not going to go around pretending I do everything,” she said.</p> <p>“I’m not, it’s hard and women who are both working and raising children deserve to have help and support and so we shouldn’t pretend it can be done alone.”</p>

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Why Kmart’s beloved $55 chair has been taken off shelves

<p>It sent shoppers into a frenzy at the start of the year after a number of lifestyle blogs featured the coveted item.</p> <p>But according to a Kmart store manager, the $55 Timber Occasional Chair has since been taken off the shelves in New Zealand due to a “potential quality issue” and would no longer be sold in-store or online.</p> <p>The item is also not available to buy in Australia, with the web page message reading, “This product is no longer available, but rest assured, there are plenty more items to love.”</p> <p>Speaking to <a rel="noopener" href="https://10daily.com.au/lifestyle/homes/a190718otacn/kmart-has-pulled-the-widely-popular-chair-from-sale-20190719" target="_blank"><em>10daily</em></a>, a spokesperson from Kmart confirmed the news saying it had been withdrawn “due to a potential safety issue” but didn’t go into detail as to what the problem could be.</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/BsZBw9PFf2c/" 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/BsZBw9PFf2c/" target="_blank">I know I said I only wanted the bamboo plant stand (which I picked up yesterday 🙌) buuuuttttt then @kmartaus went and released this beauty for just $49 🙊😍 I managed to get one at my local which Ill share soon. . . #thediydecorator #kmartaus #kmartstyle #kmartnewfinds #kmartbargains #kmartmums #kmartmumsaustralia #kmarthome #homedecor #homewares #homedecorating #interior #interiordecor #homedecorator #interiorinfluencer #homeinfluencer #perthinfluencer #lifestyleinfluencer #australianinfluencer #interiordecorator #interiorandhome #interiorlover #kmartaddict #kmartaddictsunite #kmartaustralia #kmartdecor #kmartliving #kmartlove</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/thediydecorator/" target="_blank"> Zoe Gilpin Interior Decorator</a> (@thediydecorator) on Jan 8, 2019 at 2:54pm PST</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>“At Kmart we are committed to the quality and safety of all of our products and can confirm the timber occasional chair has been withdrawn due to a potential quality issue,” they said.</p> <p>“We ask customers with any concerns, to please contact the Kmart customer service team on 1800 124 125.”</p> <p>The chair quickly gained traction after multiple bloggers featured it on their social media pages. Made of acacia wood and a faux rattan back and base, the chair came as a flat pack with the parts locked together by screws and Allen keys.</p> <p>The spokesperson for the company told <em>10daily</em>, “Additional stock of the much loved timber occasional chair will arrive in stores as part of our August Living campaign in the coming weeks.”</p>

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Try this healthy chia seed pudding

<p>Time to prepare 10 (+ 3 hours refrigeration) mins | Serves 4</p> <p>Recipe courtesy <a href="https://www.wyza.com.au/ahealthyview.com.au">A Healthy View,</a> by Holly Hedge.</p> <p>Chocolate pudding for breakfast? Yes! This chia seed pudding is super yummy, quick and full of fibre which keeps you full for longer. The coconut milk is a good fat and is the ONLY fat that our body recognises straight away and can use as brain fuel. </p> <p><strong>Ingredients</strong></p> <ul> <li>1 1/2 cups Coconut milk ( or 1 cup coconut milk, 1/2 cup almond milk)</li> <li>6 tbsp Chia Seeds</li> <li>5 Dates, chopped</li> <li>1 tsp Vanilla</li> </ul> <p><strong>Flavours – choose one of:</strong></p> <ul> <li>Lime – juice of 1 lime</li> <li>Chocolate – 1 1/2 tblsp cacao powder</li> <li>Coconut – 4 tbsp shredded coconut</li> <li>Berry – handful frozen berries</li> </ul> <p><strong>Method</strong></p> <p>1. Blend all ingredients, besides chia, in blender until well combined. Add chia and blend for 5 seconds</p> <p>2. Pour into jars or containers</p> <p>3. Crush almonds/berries/coconuts and pour over the top</p> <p>4. Refrigerate for at least 3 hours and enjoy cold</p> <p><strong>Tips</strong></p> <p>Mix up the recipe and pour your pudding into a smoothie for a thick and nutrient dense drink on the go.</p> <p>Experiment with the different flavours above to change the taste.</p> <p><em>Republished with permission of <a href="https://www.wyza.com.au/recipes/chia-seed-pudding.aspx">Wyza.com.au.</a></em></p>

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50 reasons why you should love being over 50

<p>It might not surprise you, but most studies find that we are happiest between the ages of 50 and 70. For the most part you’ve done worrying about what other people think of you, built more than a little resilience and your career and kids are not demanding the attention they once did.  Now it’s finally time for you.</p> <p>We’re building the list of reason to love being over 50 and we’d love you to help us get it to 50! What are your favourites?</p> <p><strong>Reasons to love being over 50</strong></p> <p>1. You’re old enough to really appreciate your parents.</p> <p>2. You’re happy in your own skin.</p> <p>3. Experiences mean more than things.</p> <p>4. You’ve got more me time now that the kids are off your hands.</p> <p>5. A really fantastic cup of coffee.</p> <p>6. You can finally get to work on that bucket list.</p> <p>7. Spending time with great friends.</p> <p>8. Older and bolder, self confidence tends to grow with age.</p> <p>9. Eating chocolate cake for dinner.  With no ‘example to set’, you can eat whatever you want whenever you want! </p> <p>10. Sleeping in!</p> <p>11. Freckles and knobbly knees – the things we used to obsess about when a teenager seem utterly irrelevant now. </p> <p>12. Having the time to actually read a great book.</p> <p>13. Family - spending precious time with crazy cousins, kooky aunts and much loved parents, children and grandchildren. </p> <p>14. And speaking of them – GRANDCHILDREN !</p> <p>15. After a lifetime of delivering 'what is expected'. No more expections!</p> <p>16. Knowledge gained and amazing memories.</p> <p>17. We can participate in life with the energy and enthusiasm of a child but with the wisdom of experience - just magic!</p> <p>18. Setting your own schedule and time-frames because you are finally your own boss!</p> <p>19. Having the time to travel for more than a month a year (and when it isn't school hoildays).</p> <p>20. Spending time with grandchildren who love you back unconditionally. Being able to read to grandchildren for as long as you want to, without worrying about all the jobs that still need doing.</p> <p>21. Having the time to write about experiences brings a whole new perspective to amazing holidays and relationships.</p> <p>22. Being old enough to know better but then doing it anyway.</p> <p>23. Realising you don't need to worry about what others think. You only need to answer to yourself.</p> <p>24. Seeing all the kids and 'young people' wearing the 'latest fashion' that you wore at the same age as they are now.</p> <p>25. Having a great cup of tea with an old friend and having the time to just enjoy spending time together.<br />26. ?</p> <p><strong>Now help us build our list and tell us your favourite reasons …</strong></p> <p><em>Republished with permission of <a href="https://www.wyza.com.au/articles/lifestyle/wyza-life/help-us-find-50-reasons-why-you-should-love-being-over-50.aspx">Wyza.com.au.</a></em></p>

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Glowing in green: Princess Eugenie turns heads in floral for surprise engagement

<p>Princess Eugenie is embracing the warmer season in the most glamorous way she knows how.</p> <p>During a surprise appearance in London for an important cause, the royal opted for a stunning ensemble that turned heads for all the right reasons.</p> <p>With most of the royal family now on summer holidays, Eugenie delighted fans when she arrived at Westminster Abbey to show support for a cause that’s close to her heart – The Anti-Slavery Collective.</p> <p>The charity aims to beat modern day slavery, and Eugenie met with John Cotton Richmond, the US Ambassador-at-Large for Combating Trafficking in Persons.</p> <p>The 29-year-old stunned in a green and gold floral Alice &amp; Olivia dress, which came complete with a matching ribbon tied around her waist.</p> <p>The wrap style silhouette and bunched sleeves made the Princess look right on trend, with the deep green hue complimenting her brunette locks.</p> <p>She finished off the look with a pair of nude heels.</p> <p>Eugenie has previously discussed her work in anti-slavery initiatives, with the most recent interview being from last year when she appeared on podcast <em>Global GoalsCast</em>.</p> <p>The Princess and her long-time friend, Julie de Boinville, who works with the royal on Antislavery Collective, both revealed the time they visited Calcutta in 2013 and met a woman who started the Women’s Interlink Foundation.</p> <p>The Foundation aims to get trafficked females off the streets by teaching them skills such as fabric design and creating clothing.</p> <p>“Jules and I, that was the first time we ever really saw what modern slavery was and human trafficking and what really that is in the modern age,” said Eugenie at the time.</p> <p>The Princess has been kept busy this summer by making a number of appearances at Royal Ascot, as well as attending the Queen’s garden parties at Buckingham Palace.</p> <p>Scroll through the gallery above to see Princess Eugenie’s flirty summer ensemble.</p>

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Did Novak Djokovic just reignite his feud with Nick Kyrgios? His subtle swipe

<p>Novak Djokovic has kept a cool head as he’s ignored Nick Kyrgios’ podcast taunts. However, as Wimbledon is now over, it appears all bets are off.</p> <p>The back-to-back Wimbledon champion has shown a hint of his true feelings towards the Australian tennis player.</p> <p>Vocal tennis legend John McEnroe was quoted from a BBC Radio interview, where he declared that Kyrgios would be a top five player on the planet if he was able to keep his efforts consistent and honest.</p> <p>“Is he good for the game? Yes he’s good for the game,” McEnroe told <em>BBC Radio 5</em>.</p> <p>“Does he sell tickets? Yes. I can’t handle the fact that he only tries half the time. We can’t support that anymore. I don’t think he should be out there anymore unless he gives an honest effort — that’s my personal opinion.</p> <p>“The guy would be top five in the world for sure if he was able to do it [give honest effort]. He’s got an incredible – this is my opinion – fear of failure. He doesn’t even allow himself to train hard enough to give himself a chance.</p> <p>“You saw what he is capable of, he was driving Nadal crazy, it was the best second-round match, one of the best matches of the whole tournament. But when he plays guys he’s supposed to beat, he doesn’t even show up.”</p> <p>UK tennis site tennissportwalkin republished his comments on their Instagram and Djokovic liked the post.</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/B0BCHp6glAm/" 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/B0BCHp6glAm/" target="_blank">🗣🎾 @johnmcenroeofficial felt @k1ngkyrg1os could make himself a fortune if he changed his mentality. . . . . Photo by Getty | #NickKyrgios #kyrgios #johnmcenroe #atp #atpworldtour #wimbledon #wimbledon2019 #usopen #usopentennis #usopen2019 #Tennis #Sportwalk</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/tennissportwalkin/" target="_blank"> Tennis Sportwalk</a> (@tennissportwalkin) on Jul 17, 2019 at 4:26am PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>It’s doubtful that Kyrgios noticed, let alone let the subtle aggression bother him, as he’s made his feelings about Djokovic well known.</p> <p>He told well-known tennis journalist Ben Rothenberg earlier this year that Djokovic “just wants to be liked.”</p> <p>“I just feel like he has a sick obsession with wanting to be liked,” Kyrgios told the <a rel="noopener" href="https://nochallengesremaining.podbean.com/" target="_blank">No Challenges Remaining Podcast</a>.</p> <p>“He just wants to be like Roger. For me personally — I don’t care right now, I’ve come this far — I feel like he just wants to be liked so much that I just can’t stand him.”</p>

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“It hurts”: Roger Federer’s crushing admission after nail-biting Wimbledon finals loss

<p>Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic were on the verge of causing a worldwide meltdown after an intense Wimbledon final that will forever be remembered.</p> <p>After an epic four-hour-and 57-minute-long match, Djokovic emerged as the victor in the longest men’s final the All England Club has ever witnessed. The final set on its own went for two hours with the champions hoping to one up each other with every move they made.</p> <p>In the end, it was the Serbian who came out on top 7-6 1-6 7-6 4-6 13-12 (7-3) as the world watched the first ever fifth set tiebreak at the iconic major.</p> <p>Devastated, Federer was unable to take advantage of two championship points in the fifth set and was the player who fell short on a day that will be considered iconic for tennis fans.</p> <p>Former British star Tim Henman said on the BBC broadcast, it’s a match “the tennis world will reflect on for a long time to come”.</p> <p>And he wasn’t the only one who held those sentiments, as viewers at home took to Twitter to express their disbelief at the game they just witnessed.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet tw-align-center" data-lang="en-gb"> <p dir="ltr">Unbelievable scenes. Novak Djokovic saves two match points and breaks. 8-8 in the fifth. Four hours and 13 minutes gone. Utter madness.</p> — George Bellshaw (@BellshawGeorge) <a href="https://twitter.com/BellshawGeorge/status/1150455918984871937?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">14 July 2019</a></blockquote> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet tw-align-center" data-lang="en-gb"> <p dir="ltr">Amazing! Djokovic wins his 5th <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Wimbledon?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Wimbledon</a>. What a final! <a href="https://twitter.com/rogerfederer?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@rogerfederer</a> played an unbelievably good match but somehow <a href="https://twitter.com/DjokerNole?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@DjokerNole</a> wins after saving multiple match points. There is no limit to the amount of pressure this man can handle. Superhuman stuff! <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Wimbledon?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Wimbledon</a></p> — Pat Cash (@TheRealPatCash) <a href="https://twitter.com/TheRealPatCash/status/1150467312694284288?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">14 July 2019</a></blockquote> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet tw-align-center" data-lang="en-gb"> <p dir="ltr">I have such huge respect for both <a href="https://twitter.com/DjokerNole?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@DjokerNole</a> and <a href="https://twitter.com/rogerfederer?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@rogerfederer</a>. What a match... wouldn’t have minded to see it go on a little longer 😊 Congrats Novak on another <a href="https://twitter.com/Wimbledon?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@Wimbledon</a>!</p> — Kevin Anderson (@KAndersonATP) <a href="https://twitter.com/KAndersonATP/status/1150474987687620614?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">14 July 2019</a></blockquote> <p>Despite being crowned the winner, Djokovic was too exhausted to celebrate, but he made sure to pay tribute to his opponent during his on-court interview.</p> <p>“I think this was, if not the most exciting and thrilling final I was ever part of, then definitely top two or three in my career against one of the greatest players of all time in Roger, who I respect a lot,” he said.</p> <p>“Unfortunately, in these kind of matches, one of the players has to lose.</p> <p>“It’s quite unreal to be two match points down and come back … and quite strange to play a tie-break at 12-all too.</p> <p>“I know I’ve said this before but when I was a boy … this always has been the tournament for me. It’s where I wanted to participate and where I wanted to win one day.”</p> <p>Federer cemented his nice guy status. Despite being crushed from his loss, he still found time to praise Djokovic for his performance.</p> <p>“It was a great match. It was long, it had everything,” he said. “I had my chances, so did he, we played some great tennis so in a way I’m happy with my performance as well.</p> <p>“But Novak, congratulations man, that was great. That was crazy.</p> <p>“I hope I give people the chance to believe, at 37, it’s not over yet.”</p> <p>In his post-match conference, Federer was visibly down but still tried to remain optimistic for having the opportunity of making history.</p> <p>“I mean, all of us working in this sport, we know what a great sport it is. I don’t think we need matches, per se. Maybe we need them to sometimes cross over to other sports, maybe get to the fans in the streets and so forth. If that’s the case, that this match did something like this, I think that’s great,” said the Swiss champ.</p> <p>“I think it was a great match with wonderful points played. It had everything. Novak played also amazing today. So I hope it resonates in a big way.</p> <p>“You try to take the good things out of this match. There’s just tons of it.</p> <p>“Like similar to 2008 maybe, I will look back and think, ‘Well, it’s not that bad after all’. For now, it hurts, and it should, like every loss does here at Wimbledon.</p> <p>“I think it’s a mindset. I’m very strong at being able to move on because I don’t want to be depressed about actually an amazing tennis match.”</p> <p>His battle against Rafael Nadal in 2008 at the All England Club is widely considered to be one of the greatest games the sport has ever seen, and now, with Sunday's epic final, fans and experts can’t help but draw comparisons.</p> <p>But despite the intensity and power of the two matches, the only thing the 37-year-old can focus on is the end result.</p> <p>“Sure, epic ending, so close, so many moments. Yeah, I mean, sure there’s similarities. But you’ve got to go dig, see what they are,” Federer said. “I’m the loser both times, so that’s the only similarities I see.”</p> <p>And while members of the media snickered after hearing that last line, it’s obvious that behind the smile, Federer is crushed that he couldn’t leave London with the one thing he wanted most.</p>

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Cruising to a New Zealand holiday

<p>Back in the 1970s, well before cruising was travel’s growth area, I took a Sitmar voyage from Sydney to Wellington on the Fairsky. Of the 461 cabins, only seven had private bathrooms (I guess The Seekers didn’t have those when they worked their fare to the UK onboard the ship in 1964).</p> <p>That was a world away from modern cruising as epitomised by Royal Caribbean’s Radiance of the Seas that has been a regular feature in Australian waters over the past few summers. Its 2500 passengers appreciate the stunning Centrum area amidships: soaring seven storeys high, the exterior walls are clear glass so from the lounges and bars you are constantly looking at the sea and sky.</p> <p>The walls of the elevators are glass, too, so as you ascend you are either looking down to the central Deck 4 bar or out over an ocean panorama. Radiance OTS (as fans write it) is a big ship, but you can never forget you are at sea.</p> <p>This summer, Radiance will be based in Sydney and will undertake several return voyages to New Zealand. Cruising at 25 knots, it takes just two sea days to cross the Tasman and, starting at the top, you explore the delights of our neighbour from the Bay of Islands, Auckland, Tauranga and the Bay of Plenty, Wellington, Akaroa (for Christchurch) and Dunedin before exploring Dusky and Milford sounds and returning to Sydney.</p> <p>The <a href="http://travel.wyza.com.au/Great-Deals/13-night-New-Zealand-Cruise">13-night cruise</a> departing on March 28, for example is a great mix of excursion days and sea days. Modern ships provide so much in entertainment and facilities that you feel short changed if there aren’t a few sea days to simply explore and appreciate the ship.</p> <p>The last time I sailed on Radiance was through the Panama Canal before the newly expanded canal was opened. It was a tight fit; indeed sailing into Gatun Locks was rather like putting a cork back in a bottle. The canal locks designed by the US for the 1914 opening are all the same size: 110 feet wide by 1050 feet long. In similar imperial terms, Radiance is 105.6 feet wide and 962 feet long so we fitted, but only just, and we left some paint behind. Radiance of the Seas displaces 90,090 tons and, over its 12 passenger decks, carries 2114 passengers in double cabins or a maximum of 2501 served by more than 850 crew.</p> <p>There’s a wide range of dining options on board from a Brazilian steakhouse to the Italian cuisine of Giovanni’s Table. Besides an English pub, there’s the enjoyable and rather eccentric Schooner Bar and Colony Club that you enter past old canon and gunpowder kegs. It has gyroscopic self-levelling billiard tables, using technology created for North Sea oil platforms.</p> <p>Of course there’s a day spa, casino, gym, nightclub and theatre, but there’s also a giant outdoor movie screen, a climbing wall up the funnel, golf simulator, mini-golf and a basketball/volleyball court. On cold days, the jungle-like African-themed glassed solarium and pool is a delight. If you are making an intergenerational voyage, you’ll be happy to see that kids of all ages are catered for. Royal Babies and Royal Tots (6 to 36 months) have combined with Fisher-Price to create interactive activities.</p> <p>There are two divisions of Adventure Ocean: the youth program (3 to 11 years) offers everything from scavenger hunts to science experiments while the teen program (12 to 17 years) offers a teen space, parties, separate dinners and an elaborate water slide at their pool.</p> <p>It’s no wonder that cruises from Australia to New Zealand are rapidly increasing in popularity. Not only is NZ delightfully close, but it’s packed with a wide range of scenery and activities – from the warm beauty of the Bay of Islands to the wilds of the southern fiords. And there’s no better way to explore the maritime highlights than by ship.</p> <p><em>Written by David McGonigal. Republished with permission of <a href="https://www.wyza.com.au/articles/travel/cruising-to-a-new-zealand-holiday.aspx">Wyza.com.au.</a></em></p>

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How Prince George will be spending his 6th birthday

<p>The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have jetted their family away for a summer holiday – and it falls directly on their eldest son, Prince George’s, 6th birthday on July 22.</p> <p>Both Prince William and Duchess Kate will be returning to their favourite destination – a tropical villa in the heart of Mustique – along with their three children, Prince George, Princess Charlotte, 4, and 15-month-old Prince Louis.</p> <p>It is the second year in a row little Prince George has celebrated his birthday on the exclusive Caribbean island away from watchful fans and paparazzi.</p> <p>The island is a haven for both the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, for the privacy it allows for the family.</p> <p>The no-fly zone enforced over the island of Mystique allows discretion for the guests, which is a perfect way for the royal family to get some alone time away and let their hair down.</p> <p>The Duke and Duchess have visited the island a number of times over the years, not just with their children but with Kate’s parents Carole and Michael Middleton, as well as her siblings Pippa and James.</p> <p>Not only does Mystique give the promise of privacy, fun and adventure, it also holds a special connection to the royal family. It is the island the Queen’s sister Princess Margaret was gifted a 10-acre parcel by the private island’s previous owner Colin Tenant. The Caribbean has proved to be a source of comfort and distraction during her turbulent marriage to Antony Armstrong-Jones in the 1970s.</p> <p>Prince William and Duchess Kate started their summer holidays at the beginning of the week. Just like they usually do every year, the royal couple will take a break from their duties between July and August and return to their normal schedule in September.</p> <p>However, the Duke and Duchess are due to make just one exception on Friday, August 9 where they will host The King’s Cup sailing regatta in Cowes in support of their patronages.</p> <p>Scroll through the gallery above to see Prince George growing up fast over the past 6 years. </p>

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How do penguins stay warm in the freezing cold waters of Antarctica?

<p><strong><em>How can penguins and polar bears stay warm in the freezing cold waters of Antarctica? - Riley, age 8, Clarksville, Tennessee USA.</em></strong></p> <p>Thanks for your question, Riley. The first thing I should probably say is that while a lot of people think polar bears and penguins live together, in fact they live at opposite ends of the Earth. Polar bears live in the northern hemisphere and penguins live in the southern hemisphere.</p> <p>I’m a penguin researcher so I’m going to explain here how penguins can stay warm in Antarctica.</p> <p>There are four species of penguins that live in Antarctica: emperors, gentoos, chinstraps, and Adélies.</p> <p>All these penguins have special adaptations to keep them warm, but emperor penguins might be the most extreme birds in the world. These amazing animals dive up to <a href="https://academic.oup.com/condor/article-abstract/97/2/536/5126161">500 metres</a> below the surface of the ocean to catch their prey, withstanding crushing pressures and water temperatures as low as <a href="https://nsidc.org/cryosphere/seaice/index.html">-1.8℃</a>.</p> <p>But their most incredible feat takes place not in the ocean, but on the sea ice above it.</p> <p><strong>Surviving on the ice</strong></p> <p>Emperor penguin chicks must hatch in spring so they can be ready to go to sea during the warmest time of year. For this timing to work, emperors gather in large groups on sea ice to begin their breeding in April, lay their eggs in May, and then the males protect the eggs for four months throughout the harsh Antarctic winter.</p> <p>It’s dark, windy, and cold. Air temperatures regularly fall below -30℃, and occasionally drop to -60℃ during blizzards. These temperatures could easily kill a human in minutes. But emperor penguins endure it, to give their chicks the best start in life.</p> <p><strong>A body “too big” for its head</strong></p> <p>Emperor penguins have four layers of overlapping feathers that provide excellent protection from wind, and thick layers of fat that trap heat inside the body.</p> <p>Have you ever noticed that an emperor penguin’s body looks too big for its head and feet? This is another adaptation to keep them warm.</p> <p>The first place that you feel cold is your hands and feet, because these parts are furthest from your main body and so lose heat easily.</p> <p>This is the same for penguins, so they have evolved a <a href="https://www.journals.uchicago.edu/doi/pdfplus/10.1086/653666">small beak</a>, small flippers, and small legs and feet, so that less heat can be lost from these areas.</p> <p>They also have specially arranged veins and arteries in these body parts, which helps recycle their body warmth. For example, in their <a href="https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/pdf/10.1111/j.1469-7998.1975.tb01398.x">nasal passages</a> (inside their noses), blood vessels are arranged so they can regain most of the heat that would be lost by breathing.</p> <p><strong>Huddle time</strong></p> <p>Male emperor penguins gather close together in big groups called “huddles” to minimise how much of their body surface is exposed to cold air while they are incubating eggs.</p> <p>This can cut heat loss in half and keep penguins’ core temperature at about <a href="https://www.physiology.org/doi/full/10.1152/ajpregu.00912.2005">37℃</a> even while the air outside the huddle is below -30℃.</p> <p>The biggest huddles ever observed had about 5,000 penguins! Penguins take turns to be on the outer edge of the huddle, protecting those on the inside from the wind.</p> <p>Incredibly, during this four-month period of egg incubation the male penguins don’t eat anything and must rely on their existing fat stores. This long fast would be impossible unless they worked together.</p> <p><strong>Changing habitats</strong></p> <p>Emperor penguins are uniquely adapted to their Antarctic home. As temperatures rise and sea ice disappears, emperors will face new challenges. If it becomes too warm they will get heat-stressed, and if the sea ice vanishes they will have nowhere to breed. Sadly, these incredible animals may <a href="https://www.nature.com/articles/nclimate2280">face extinction</a> in the future. The best thing we can do for emperor penguins is to <a href="https://theconversation.com/2040-hope-and-action-in-the-climate-crisis-117422">take action</a> on climate change now.</p> <p><em>Written by Jane Younger. Republished with permission of </em><a href="https://theconversation.com/curious-kids-how-can-penguins-stay-warm-in-the-freezing-cold-waters-of-antarctica-116831"><em>The Conversation</em></a><em>.</em></p>

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Japanese zoo's hilarious lion drill goes viral

<p><span>One of the worst situations that a zoo can face is to have dangerous animals escaping their enclosure and roaming free.</span></p> <p><span>To prepare for the emergency, Tobe Zoo in Ehime, Japan set up a drill to train staff on ways to deal with an escaped lion.</span></p> <p><span>Instead of releasing an actual big cat, the zoo opted to use a <a href="https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-06-25/japanese-zoo-uses-fake-lion-in-escape-training-drill/11244646">staff member in a lion costume</a>.</span></p> <p><span>A video shows the furry suited employee strolling around the zoo on two legs and charging into a net held by zookeepers. The staff then could be seen simulating tranquilising and capturing the faux animal.</span></p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr">Tobe Zoo in Aichi conducted a lion escape drill today. <br /><br />Note the expression on the actual lions faces. <br /><a href="https://t.co/azuJYQhLCw">pic.twitter.com/azuJYQhLCw</a></p> — Spoon &amp; Tamago (@Johnny_suputama) <a href="https://twitter.com/Johnny_suputama/status/1142420460988182534?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">June 22, 2019</a></blockquote> <p><span>The drill was aimed at preparing staff and visitors for the emergency in the event of an earthquake or other incident. </span></p> <p><span>The zoo noted that similar drills are held annually, but this year marked the first time it took place while the park was open.</span></p> <p><iframe src="https://www.facebook.com/plugins/post.php?href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2Ftobezoo%2Fposts%2F2221043644617861&amp;width=500" width="500" height="770" style="border: none; overflow: hidden;" scrolling="no" frameborder="0" allowtransparency="true" allow="encrypted-media"></iframe></p> <p><span>The video has attracted interest from social media users across the world, with many highlighting the zoo’s unique training method. “How do I sign up for this job?” one wrote.</span></p> <p>Some pointed out the real lions who could be seen watching the drill from a distance. “Real lions watch carefully – no doubt assessing weaknesses and plotting their own getaways,” one commented.</p>

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Living fabulously after separation or divorce

<p>Living fabulously after separation/divorce requires us to take time to not only grieve the ending of the relationship but also the breakdown of many of the other important life structures. For example; we may need to re-establish parenting arrangements, restructure our financial responsibilities, work obligations, move house, develop new friendships and establish new boundaries in our personal and work relationships.<span> </span><br /><br />Most people don’t get married thinking that they will one day be attending to a separation/divorce. Even if you were the one who instigated the divorce, the split still represents a loss that carries long-term life changing implications in many areas of your life. The time needed to grieve and re-establish balance again will vary for each person and it is important not to move quickly through the grieving phase or we may miss the opportunity to build a strong foundation for establishing our new identity and a new life that has both meaning and purpose.<span> </span><br /><br />The first step to living fabulously after separation/divorce requires you to form a new identity as a single person. This can be a harrowing task as it first requires us to breakdown our old partnership attachment identity and then to define new values, beliefs and thinking patterns aligned to your new goals as a single person.<span> </span><br /><br />Living fabulously after separation/divorce is not about becoming a better person but about becoming brand new; reinventing yourself from the inside out. This requires you to begin to make conscious choices about remaking yourself in a different form. It means intentionally doing things differently. This stage of life presents a wonderful opportunity to create a new future for yourself and a life that will allow you to express who you really are. Important considerations to assist you with this include pondering the following; How did I get to this place? What do I now want my life to look and feel like as a newly single person? What steps are now required of me to begin moving in my new direction?</p> <p><strong>Steps to Living Fabulously include:</strong></p> <p>1. Allow time to grieve the past. Find ways to work through the lingering emotions from the demise of your partnership. This is essential if you are to successfully wrap up the past, make peace with it and move on to create a brand new you. There is now an empty space in your life and you want to ensure you fill it with people and activities that will be aligned to your new single status. You may want to engage a suitable therapist and/or coach to assist you.</p> <p>2. Learn to LOVE YOU! It’s now ME TIME. Regardless of your other responsibilities ensure you set aside time to begin to envision the life you would like to attract for yourself. Think about what your new future self looks and feels like. Where will you be living? What will you be wearing? What changes would you like to see occur in the future? This is a great time to engage in a fitness program, engage a stylist, change your look!</p> <p>3. Change your vibe by experimenting with a new attitude. How do you want the world to see you? Make time to go through your cupboards and decide what needs to go. Make your motto; “Ta, ta to the old, and hello to the new!” </p> <p>Be authentic, find your passion and your inner calling. You now have a blank canvas in front of you and the power to choose the colours and landscape of your new fabulous life.<span> </span><br />Remember happiness is contagious; live fabulously and become someone people want to catch! </p> <p><span>To find out more about Marina’s services and products and dating and relationship tips visit: </span><a rel="noopener" href="http://www.modernlovesolutions.com/" target="_blank">modernlovesolutions.com</a></p> <p><em>Written by <span>Marina Bakker. Republished with permission of <a href="https://www.wyza.com.au/articles/lifestyle/relationships/living-fabulously-after-separation-or-divorce.aspx">Wyza.com.au.</a></span></em></p>

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Think you're burnt out? Here are the signs and symptoms

<p><span>It’s a word that has become increasingly commonplace in today’s world. Now, the term has been further legitimated as the World Health Organization (WHO) included “burnout” in its International Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems handbook.</span></p> <p><span>The WHO acknowledged burnout as one of the factors influencing health in the book that guides medical providers in diagnosing diseases. </span></p> <p><span>The phenomenon is included in the latest version of the handbook following a review by <a href="https://10daily.com.au/lifestyle/health/a190528nbwvd/burnout-has-been-recognised-as-a-medical-condition-20190528">the 194 member states to the World Health Assembly</a>.</span></p> <p><span>Burnout itself is described as “a syndrome conceptualised as resulting from chronic workplace stress that has not been successfully managed”. The WHO also noted, “Burnout refers specifically to phenomena in the occupational context and should not be applied to describe experiences in other areas of life.”</span></p> <p><span>According to the handbook, doctors can diagnose someone with burnout if they have the symptoms of:</span></p> <ul> <li>feelings of energy depletion or exhaustion;</li> <li>increased mental distance from one’s job, or feelings of negativism or cynicism related to one’s job; and</li> <li>reduced professional efficacy.</li> </ul> <p><span>Burnout is not exactly a new problem – it has been the subject of scientific studies for more than 40 years, according to a <a href="https://redirect.viglink.com/?format=go&amp;jsonp=vglnk_156317378883710&amp;key=a426d7531bff1ca375d5930dea560b93&amp;libId=jy40ee320102i8oq000DLb793poek&amp;loc=https%3A%2F%2Fedition.cnn.com%2F2019%2F05%2F27%2Fhealth%2Fwho-burnout-disease-trnd%2Findex.html&amp;v=1&amp;out=https%3A%2F%2Fjournals.sagepub.com%2Fdoi%2Fpdf%2F10.1177%2F2158244017697154&amp;ref=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.google.com%2F&amp;title=Burnout%20is%20an%20official%20medical%20diagnosis%2C%20World%20Health%20Organization%20says%20-%20CNN&amp;txt=state%20of%20burnout">2017 literature review</a>. Researchers found in as early as the <a href="http://www.emeraldinsight.com/doi/full/10.1108/13620430910966406">1970s</a> that people could experience burnout from a chronically stressful work environment.</span></p> <p><em><span>If you are experiencing a personal crisis or thinking about suicide, you can call Lifeline 131 114 or beyondblue 1300 224 636 or visit </span></em><span><a href="https://www.lifeline.org.au/"><em>lifeline.org.au</em></a><em> or </em><a href="https://www.beyondblue.org.au/get-support/national-help-lines-and-websites"><em>beyondblue.org.au</em></a><em>.</em></span></p>

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Renowned psychic believes David Campbell’s son is Princess Diana reincarnated

<p>Network Nine TV host David Campbell made headlines on Sunday when he said that his son Billy, 4, believes he is the “reincarnation” of Princess Diana.</p> <p>The convincing account is dividing public opinion, but Queensland-based psychic medium Peter Williams believes that it’s possible. He told <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-7255145/Psychic-David-Campbells-four-year-old-son-Princess-Diana.html" target="_blank"><em>The Daily Mail</em></a>:</p> <p>“What usually happens when we have these instances of reincarnation, there is usually a reason for it and something left over,” Peter said.</p> <p>“Billy will be able to give clarity and recall memories [from his time as Princess Diana]. It is very much in the realm [of possibility] that he could recall memories of the crash.”</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/B0CBbVunkkO/" 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/B0CBbVunkkO/" target="_blank">She did everything for them❤❤#Diana#di#dianaspencer#diana#princessofwales#princessdiana#princessdianaforever#princessdi#ladydaiana👑 #ladydi#ladydianaspencer#angel #royalfamily#royals#peoplesprincess#queenofpeopleshearts#englandroses#hertruestorydiana#kensingtonpalace#bukinghampalace#wales#windsor#UK</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/hrh_diana.princess.of.wales/" target="_blank"> HRH_Diana princess of Wales❤👸</a> (@hrh_diana.princess.of.wales) on Jul 17, 2019 at 1:39pm PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>The psychic medium added, “There's usually a level of trauma where they wish to come through and explain. With Princess Diana, it could very well be that."</p> <p>David went public with the theory in <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/lifestyle/stellar/david-campbell-could-my-son-be-princess-diana/news-story/708289f1c6a63c49469d473f71f8ed4d" target="_blank"><em>Stellar Magazine</em></a>, saying that Billy – who has a twin sister Betty – first identified as the late Princess Diana at age 2.</p> <p>The young boy had pointed to a photo of Diana and said, “then one day the sirens came, and I wasn't a princess anymore”.</p> <p>However, Peter was firm in that David and his wife Lisa should not lead Billy if they want to discover any secrets.</p> <p>“With any child, whether they're Princess Diana or not, when you're asking questions you want to be asking generic ones and not leading ones,” Peter said.  </p> <p>“A child's mind is easily led. You can't tell them what you're looking for. It is going to be so hard now to get this information without contaminating it, or without having a sense of bias or leading their son into this.”</p> <p>Peter also mentioned that there is a limited window into the previous lives of people.</p> <p>“Aged four through to six is the main bracket," he said. “Once they hit six or seven, a lot of children tend to lose those memories as they start school.</p> <p>“It is almost like we become tainted by this world … everything becomes black and white when you start school.”</p> <p>Peter concluded: “This four-year-old has no doubt in his mind he is Princess Diana, so the information that's going to come through will be absolutely bang on. Children do believe, they don't question and that's why they're so pure.”</p>

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Is my forgetfulness normal?

<p>We all forget things from time to time. For example, how many of us have walked into a room only to forget why we went there in the first place? Or forgotten the name of a new acquaintance only moments after they’ve introduced themselves? These are common experiences, but if these memory lapses turn persistent or progressive it could be a sign of something else.</p> <p><em>“A person with forgetfulness may lose their car keys, but a person with dementia may lose their car keys and then forget what the car keys are actually used for,”</em> explains Alzheimer’s Australia CEO, Carol Bennett. Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia and affects 80 per cent of people with dementia. While memory loss is the most common symptom of dementia, other symptoms may include confusion, personality change, apathy and withdrawal or an inability to perform everyday tasks.</p> <p>According to Bennett, dementia will present itself in many different ways and symptoms may vary between individuals. <em>“For some people it won’t be memory loss, rather they may experience visual-spatial differences. For example, someone with dementia may put their glass down under the table or above the table and drop the glass. They may misjudge stairs, because they lose their capacity to judge physical space,”</em> she said.</p> <p><strong>Early signs of alzheimer’s disease</strong><br />Alzheimer’s Australia advise some warning signs include:</p> <p>1. Remembering events, words, names or objects: A person with dementia may progressively forget common words or names and may even forget part or all of an event. In healthy people, there may be the occasional lapse but words are usually on the tip of the tongue and memories are vague, rather than completely forgotten.</p> <p>2. Understanding stories: Dementia causes a decline in the ability to follow story lines in TV shows, films, books or any other storytelling form of entertainment.</p> <p>3. Performing everyday tasks: In someone with dementia, everyday tasks like dressing and cooking can become quite arduous, whereas a healthy person will not have any difficulty unless physically impaired.</p> <p>4. Following directions: Healthy people should be able to follow written and verbal directions without any difficulty. Someone with dementia, on the other hand, is increasingly unable to follow these cues.</p> <p><a href="https://fightdementia.org.au/">Read the full checklist on the Alzheimer’s Australia website.</a></p> <p><strong>Younger onset dementia</strong><br />While dementia is more common in people over 65, sadly there are more than 24,000 Australians in their 30s, 40s, 50s and early 60s affected by the disease.</p> <p><em>“Dementia in the under 65s is often misdiagnosed. There’s a lack of information, even among health professionals,”</em> adds Bennett. One theory is that people with younger onset dementia tend to present with problem solving and behavioural issues, and as a result, these individuals can be mistakenly diagnosed with depression.</p> <p>There are different types of dementia and symptoms are variable. However, if you or a loved one is worried, see a GP or ask for a referral to a neurologist who can complete a series of medical and psychological tests to determine the cause. Your doctor may talk to you about your medical history, perform cognitive, psychiatric and/or neuropsychological testing, or request blood and urine tests to screen for illnesses which could be responsible for dementia-like symptoms.</p> <p>Bennett explains, when it comes to younger onset dementia, early intervention is key.<em> “Early diagnosis makes a huge difference to the outcome. Unfortunately it is a very progressive condition, especially in younger onset where it tends to progressive more quickly. The sooner you can provide support the better. Early intervention keeps people out of hospital and residential aged care,”</em> she adds.</p> <p><strong>Preventing dementia: help at hand</strong><br /><em>“There isn’t a one size fits all, it’s about keeping your mind active,”</em> advises Bennett. In fact, experts say that the changes in the brain that lead to dementia begin up to 15-20 years before symptoms first appear. Lifestyle changes, such as keeping physically active, eating the right foods and challenging the mind, all reduce the risk.</p> <p><a href="https://www.wyza.com.au/lifestyle/health-wellbeing/six-ways-to-keep-your-mind-sharp.aspx">Click here</a> for six fun and simple ways to reduce your risk for dementia and keep your mind sharper for longer. </p> <p>Alzheimer’s Australia has also developed a Brainy App, which can help determine your ‘brain health’ and assist you with completing brainy activities using a score system. Download the free app <a href="http://yourbrainmatters.org.au/a-little-help/brainyapp">here</a>.</p> <p>Ready for something new? Take the Your Brain Matters 21 challenge! Always dreamt of speaking Spanish, learning the violin or finally mastering a soufflé? Keeping your mind active by doing new things is a fun way to establish brain healthy habits visit: <a href="http://yourbrainmatters.org.au/challenge">Your brain matters</a>.</p> <p>You can also call the National Dementia Helpline on 1800 100 500 for support and advice regarding health, financial and counselling services in your area.</p> <p><em>Written by Mahsa Fratantoni. Republished with permission of <a href="https://www.wyza.com.au/articles/health/wellbeing/is-my-forgetfulness-normal.aspx">Wyza.com.au.</a></em></p>

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“They don’t make it easy": Duchess Meghan gets candid about life as a royal

<p>The Duchess of Sussex has hinted at struggling with life in the public eye as a royal member in a candid conversation with American pop star and music producer, Pharrell Williams.</p> <p>The 37-year-old Duchess was a picture of elegance alongside her husband Prince Harry, 34, at London’s<span> </span><em>The Lion King</em>premiere on the weekend.</p> <p>The new parents were glowing amongst fellow star-studded A-listers at the special event and met with a number of celebrities including Beyoncé, Jay Z and Elton John.</p> <p>However, it was the Duchess’ conversation with pop star Pharrell Williams that got royal fans talking when fan account Royal Suitor shared a video of their chat on Twitter.</p> <p>The Grammy Award winning singer praised the Duke and Duchess of Sussex for their “wonderful union".</p> <p>“So happy for your union. Love is amazing. It’s wonderful," Pharrell gushed. </p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.45833333333337px;" src="/media/7828697/gettyimages-1155577032-1.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/0388ede14ec34561919c106511ae47fd" /></p> <p>“Don’t ever take that for granted but what it means in today’s climate, I just wanted to tell you it’s so significant for so many of us. Seriously."</p> <p>The singer added, “We cheer you guys on.”</p> <p>Duchess Meghan replied: “Thank you, they don’t make it easy.”</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr">Wow!!!<br /><br />P: Hey how you doing bro?<br />H: I love the shorts.<br />P: So happy for your union. Love is amazing. It’s wonderful.Don’t ever take that for granted but what it means in today’s climate I just wanted to tell u it’s so significant for so many of us.Seriously...<br />M: Thank u so much. <a href="https://t.co/Xc116yqWVx">pic.twitter.com/Xc116yqWVx</a></p> — Royal Suitor (@royal_suitor) <a href="https://twitter.com/royal_suitor/status/1150846861529321472?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">July 15, 2019</a></blockquote> <p>This is the first time the royal has publicly acknowledged the difficulty dealing with her new life.</p> <p>While it is unclear what or who the Duchess of Sussex is referring to, it could be in reference to the criticism both she and Prince Harry faced about their decision to keep the baptism of their son Archie private along with the identities of his godparents.</p> <p>More recently, spectators at the Wimbledon were banned from taking photos of the Duchess who attended the event in support of her friend Serena Williams in a “private capacity".</p> <p>Tennis fans at the event were told the Duchess preferred to engage with “people and events” rather than camera phones.</p> <p>Royal supporters voiced their praise for Pharrell for “giving what was needed” to the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.</p> <p>“Sometimes I wish I could tell them how we love and support them and the work they are doing,” one supporter said.</p> <p>“But I feel like him [Pharrell Williams], Bey and the fans they spoke to were able to fully convey that so I'm satisfied.”</p> <p>Another comment read: “I am so happy Pharrell shared those words of encouragement with them. The <a rel="noopener" href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Sussexes?src=hash" target="_blank">#Sussexes</a>’s love for and commitment to each other is inspiring, especially in this divisive world.”</p> <p>“This evening was so powerful for this amazing couple. Continue to forge onward, the world can see your unfair treatment. The SussexSquad got your backs,” another user wrote.</p>

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Is your smartphone making you shy?

<p>During the three years I’ve spent researching and writing about shyness, one of the most common questions people ask is about the relationship between shyness and technology.</p> <p>Are the internet and the cellphone causing our social skills to atrophy? I often hear this from parents of shy teenagers, who are worried that their children are spending more time with their devices than with their peers.</p> <p>This anxiety isn’t new. At the first international conference on shyness, organized in Wales in 1997 by the British Psychological Society, Stanford psychology professor Philip Zimbardo was the keynote speaker. He noted that since he began the Stanford Shyness Survey in the 1970s, the number of people who said they were shy <a href="http://pqasb.pqarchiver.com/guardian/doc/187962581.html?FMT=CITE&amp;FMTS=CITE:AI&amp;type=historic&amp;date=Jul+22%2C+1997&amp;author=&amp;pub=The+Guardian+%281959-2003%29&amp;edition=&amp;startpage=A8&amp;desc=Silence+of+the+sheepish">had risen from 40 per cent to 60 per cent</a>. He blamed this on new technology like email, cellphones and even ATMs, which had loosened the “social glue” of casual contact. He feared the arrival of “a new ice age” of noncommunication, when we would easily be able to go an entire day without talking to someone.</p> <p>Some of Zimbardo’s fears have been realized. Look at any public space today and you’ll see faces buried in tablets and phones. The rise of loneliness and social anxiety is now a familiar refrain in the work of sociologists such as <a href="http://bowlingalone.com">Robert Putnam</a>, <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E0qE90GDOhw">John Cacioppo</a> and <a href="http://alonetogetherbook.com">Sherry Turkle</a>.</p> <p>They argue that individualized consumerism is isolating us from each other and selling us cheap techno-fixes to ease the pain. We rely increasingly on what Turkle calls “sociable robots,” like Siri, the iPhone digital assistant, as a stand-in for flesh-and-blood intimates. Even when spending time with others we are half-elsewhere, distracted by technology – “alone together,” as Turkle puts it.</p> <p>And yet this sense of being “alone together” can actually be useful for shy people, who can turn to technology to express themselves in new ways.</p> <p><strong>A different kind of social</strong></p> <p>The shy aren’t necessarily antisocial; they are just differently social. They learn to regulate their sociability and communicate in indirect or tangential ways. Cellphones allow them to make connections without some of the awkwardness of face-to-face interactions.</p> <p>When the Finnish company Nokia introduced texting to its phones in the mid-1990s, it seemed to be a primitive technology – a time-consuming, energy-inefficient substitute for talking. But texting <a href="https://books.google.com/books/about/Perpetual_Contact.html?id=Wt5AsHEgUh0C">took off among Finnish boys</a> because it was a way to talk to girls without the signals being scrambled by blushing faces or tied tongues.</p> <p>Two sociologists, Eija-Liisa Kasesniemi and Pirjo Rautiainen, <a href="https://books.google.com/books/about/Perpetual_Contact.html?id=Wt5AsHEgUh0C">found</a> that while Finnish boys would rarely tell girls they loved them, they might spend half an hour drafting a loving text message. They also discovered that boys were more likely to text the words “I love you” in English rather than Finnish, because they found it easier to express strong feelings in a different language.</p> <p>Another scholar of cellphone culture, Bella Ellwood-Clayton, <a href="http://www.mta.t-mobile.mpt.bme.hu/dok/7_Ellwood.pdf">showed</a> how text messages served a similar purpose in the Philippines. Filipino courtship rituals are traditionally coy and convoluted, with elaborate customs such as “teasing” (tuksuhan) among mutual friends or using an intermediary (tulay, which literally translates to “human bridge”) between potential partners. The cellphone allowed young Filipinos to circumvent these elaborate, risk-averse routines and test the waters themselves by text.</p> <p>Such is the case wherever cellphones are used: Texting emboldens those who are more dexterous with their thumbs than with their tongues. The ping announcing a text’s arrival is less insistent than a phone ring. It does not catch us by surprise or demand we answer it instantly. It lends us space to digest and ponder a response.</p> <p><strong>The shyness paradox</strong></p> <p>As for the looming “social ice age” created by technology, Zimbardo made that claim before the rise of social networks and the smartphone. These have made it easy for people to lay bare intimate details of their private lives online, in ways that seem the very opposite of shyness. Advocates of this kind of online self-disclosure <a href="https://hbr.org/2012/10/why-radical-transparency-is-good-business">call it</a> “radical transparency.”</p> <p>Not everyone using social networks is amenable to radical transparency, of course. Some prefer to hide behind online personas, pseudonyms and avatars. And this anonymity can also inspire the opposite of shyness – <a href="https://theconversation.com/how-news-sites-online-comments-helped-build-our-hateful-electorate-70170">a boldness that turns into hostility and abuse</a>.</p> <p>So these new mobile and online technologies have complex effects. They aggravate our shyness at the same time as they help us to overcome it. Perhaps this paradox tells us something paradoxical about shyness. In his book <a href="https://books.google.com/books/about/Shock_Of_The_Old.html?id=IdVGikvzIHoC"><em>The Shock of the Old</em></a>, historian David Edgerton argues that our understanding of historical progress is “innovation-centric.” We think that new technologies change everything for good. However, according to Edgerton, we underestimate how much these innovations have to struggle against the forces of habit and inertia. In other words, new technologies don’t change our basic natures; they mold themselves around them.</p> <p>So it is with shyness. After about 150,000 years of human evolution, shyness must surely be a resilient quality – an “odd state of mind,” as Charles Darwin <a href="http://darwin-online.org.uk/content/frameset?itemID=F1142&amp;viewtype=text&amp;pageseq=1">called it</a>, caused by our strange capacity for “self-attention.” And yet we are also social animals that crave the support and approval of the tribe.</p> <p>Our need for others is so strong that shyness simply makes us sublimate our social instincts into other areas: art, writing, email, texting.</p> <p>This, in the end, is my answer to the worried parents of shy teenagers. Is their cellphone making them shyer? No: They are both shy and sociable, and their phone is helping them find new ways to express that contradiction.</p> <p><!-- Below is The Conversation's page counter tag. Please DO NOT REMOVE. --><em>Written by <span>Joe Moran, Professor of English and Cultural History, Liverpool John Moores University</span>. 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The "other" woman who really drove Princess Diana to despair

<p>Before Princess Diana married Prince Charles, she suspected the royal heir of still having feelings for Camilla Parker Bowles. However, she was not the only woman the Princess of Wales suspected to be interfering with their marriage.</p> <p>Following the separation of the royal couple, Tiggy Legge-Bourke was hired as a nanny for the two sons they shared, Prince William and Prince Harry. Tiggy went on to become a beloved fixture for both the royal boys, and reports suggest eventually Princess Di became suspicious of the nanny’s closeness to Prince Charles.</p> <p>According to <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.news.com.au/entertainment/celebrity-life/royals/the-woman-who-really-drove-princess-diana-mad/news-story/e821fc1e7ad785f5683217dcf9bdc46c" target="_blank">news.com.au,</a> an altercation took place between Tiggy and Princes Diana at a Christmas party in 1995, where 100 or so guests and staff members of the Prince and Princess of Wales were celebrating another year of work underneath the joint office of both Prince Charles and Princess Di.</p> <p><img style="width: 0px; height: 0px; display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="/media/7828626/new-project-1.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/6f7253a21d74414991b135b0dfb5b26d" /><em>Tiggy Legge-Bourke</em></p> <p>Eyewitness accounts said Princess Di said in a loud voice that was enough for others to hear she was “so sorry to hear about the baby,” to Tiggy which resulted in the young nanny bursting into tears and fleeing the room.</p> <p>Diana’s private secretary, Patrick Jephson, also revealed the royal had him reach out to her estranged husband to ask for clarification on Tiggy’s role in their children’s lives.</p> <p>“On her instructions, I drafted letters from the Princess to her husband pointedly asking for clarification of Tiggy’s duties and asking to be involved in decisions concerning her contact with the boys,” he explained.</p> <p>“I do not think she ever got an entirely satisfactory answer, but I doubt if one was possible. It was hard for her to be content with the reality of her reduced influence over her children’s activities.”</p> <p>While these rumours still circulate today, there is no doubt both Prince William and Prince Harry remain close to their former beloved nanny, who went on to marry her childhood sweetheart Charles Pettifer.</p> <p>Later on, they became the godfathers to Tiggy’s children, Fred and Tom, and more recently she was spotted as a guest to the private christening of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s son, Archie Harrison Mountbatten Windsor.</p>

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Human remains found "likely" Seinfeld and Golden Girls actor

<p>Human remains found in a remote part of the United States are expected to be that of missing actor Charles Levin.</p> <p>Levin played a number of roles in successful television comedies including <em>Seinfeld</em>, <em>Golden Girls </em>and <em>Night Court</em>.</p> <p>The 70-year-old actor was reported missing on July 8 by his son after he hadn’t seen his father for a number of days.</p> <p>Levin went missing from Grand Pass, Oregon and was driving an orange 2012 Fiat.</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/Bz9u9KQgGJi/" 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/Bz9u9KQgGJi/" target="_blank">A post shared by Quell (@quell_the_movie)</a> on Jul 15, 2019 at 9:41pm PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr"><a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/MISSING?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#MISSING</a>: Have you seen Charles Levin?<br /><br />He was moving to a home on Redwood Avenue from a residence near SW G Street in <a href="https://twitter.com/GrantsPassOR?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@GrantsPassOR</a>. He drives an orange 2012 Fiat with an Oregon license plate.<a href="https://t.co/UG2u3KcKI6">https://t.co/UG2u3KcKI6</a></p> — 𝐁𝐫𝐢𝐚𝐧 𝐒𝐜𝐡𝐧𝐞𝐞 (@brian_schnee) <a href="https://twitter.com/brian_schnee/status/1149069462928125952?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">July 10, 2019</a></blockquote> <p>On Saturday evening, a resident in the Grants Pass area found Levin’s car in a “very remote and almost impassable road,” according to the Grants Pass Department of Public Safety.</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/Bz6vCttn2BZ/" 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/Bz6vCttn2BZ/" target="_blank">A post shared by Bea Arthur Thots (@bea.arthur)</a> on Jul 14, 2019 at 5:45pm PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>Sadly, Boo Boo Bear the dog was found passed away inside the vehicle which was positioned off the road.  </p> <p>Crew members conducted a thorough search throughout the area and after several hours found human remains.</p> <p>“Based on the circumstances, there is a high probability that the remains are those of Charles Levin,” the Grants Pass Department of Public Safety said.</p> <p>Levin’s other TV credits also include <em>Alice<span> </span></em>and <em>Doogie Howser, M.D</em>.</p> <p>He also appeared in movies including <em>The Golden Child</em>,<span> </span><em>Annie Hall</em> and <em>This is Spinal Tap</em>.</p>

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6 questions to ask when choosing a retirement village

<p>Around five per cent of Australians aged 65 and older live in retirement villages. And while there are many benefits to this lifestyle choice, there are also many legal, financial and social considerations to be aware of before taking the plunge. </p> <p>Here are six questions to ask when moving into a retirement village.</p> <p><strong>1. What is the entry fee?</strong></p> <p>A range of factors are considered when determining the entry fee for your retirement unit, from the unit’s location to the available facilities and the age of the space. Therefore, it’s important to choose a retirement unit you’re able to afford.</p> <p><strong>2. Can I afford the ongoing costs?</strong></p> <p>When you’re on a fixed budget, “ongoing costs” can be crippling and seriously impact your quality of life. In retirement villages, you can expect regular charges in everything from services provided to maintenance fees. Before you sign the dotted line, inquire about any “ongoing costs” and ask yourself if you’re able to afford them.</p> <p><strong>3. How accessible is the location?</strong></p> <p>Moving to a retirement village might be a lifestyle chance, but it doesn’t mean life is over by any stretch of the imagination. When settling upon a location, make sure it provides good access to public transport and facilities that you might use such as a GP, shops, hospital and even leisure amenities like libraries, churches and clubs</p> <p><strong>4. Are the security arrangements sufficient?</strong></p> <p>One of the key advantages of moving to a retirement village is the added level of security these communities afford residents, so it’s important to make sure the security arrangements are sufficient. Inquire about fences, external lighting, security guards and any other measures to make sure you’re satisfied with the arrangements.</p> <p><strong>5. Is the village adaptable to my needs as I age?</strong></p> <p>You never know what’s around the corner, but if you’re not permitted to make changes inside the premises you might find yourself locked into a unit that’s wholly unsuitable. Knowing whether or not the village can be adaptable to any mobility issues that might come your way, is a key thing to consider before settling on a location.</p> <p><strong>6. Am I ready for the change?</strong></p> <p>While there are many advantages that come with downsizing, it can also be quite a confronting experience and one that isn’t easily reversed. It’s important to be honest yourself, and make sure that if you’re thinking of moving to a retirement village being, you’re doing it for the right reasons.</p> <p>It’s also equally as important to make sure your decision isn’t influenced by family and friends who have your best intentions at heart, won’t have to live with the consequences.</p> <p>Do you live in a retirement village? Share your experience with us in the comments below.</p> <p><strong>Related links:</strong></p> <p><a href="/lifestyle/retirement-life/2016/11/gary-jackson-loves-living-at-ocean-club-resort/"><strong><em><span style="text-decoration: underline;">We’ve retired to one of the most perfect spots on earth</span></em></strong></a></p> <p><a href="/news/news/2016/11/retirement-village-helps-drought-affected-families-in-time-for-christmas/"><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><em><strong>Retirement village helps drought-affected families in time for Christmas</strong></em></span></a></p> <p><a href="/health/caring/2016/10/retirement-home-for-ageing-pets/"><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><em><strong>Retirement home for ageing pets</strong></em></span></a></p>

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Volunteering: How it holds the key to self-fulfilment

<p>If someone had asked you to do a days work for no pay a few years ago, you probably would have laughed it off. <br /><br />But did you know that more than six million people or 36% of Australians aged over 18 take part in voluntary work each year?<br /><br />Even though there may not be the usual financial gain at the finish line, volunteering is the perfect way to self-improvement. People report greater levels of satisfaction and fulfilment.<br /><br />66-year old Matilda Di Certi is semi-retired and regularly volunteers.<br /><br />“My enjoyment in volunteering began with the Sydney 2000 Olympics. I had just cut back from full-time to part-time work and I had heard about a friend of mine who was volunteering at the Olympics. I signed up and just got so much personal satisfaction from helping out with one of the biggest events our nation has seen,” she said.<br /><br />She continues to volunteer at major national sport and arts events whenever she can.<br /><br />“Volunteering keeps my mind and body active and makes me feel like I’m part of something much bigger,” she added.<br /><br />Statistics also show that more women than men volunteer and the group with the highest rates of volunteering is aged between 45 and 54.<br /><br />Sport and physical recreation organisations are the most common type that people volunteer for while others include:<br /><br />• Community/welfare<br />• Religious groups<br />• Parenting, children and youth<br /><br /><strong>How to get started volunteering<br /></strong><br />If you’ve thought about volunteering, but don’t know where to start visit <a href="http://www.volunteeringaustralia.org/">volunteeringaustralia.org</a> as a first port of call.</p> <p>Another way to get onto the volunteering path is to ask yourself what you are passionate about. Are there any causes close to your heart that you never had the time for? What skills could you contribute? Speak to peers and family. They might be able to give you some inspiration or direction.<br /><br />Volunteering can be what you make of it. You can give your time to large-scale organisations and events like museums, charities and concerts or smaller local events and organisations such as fairs, schools, councils and churches. <br />Always remember to do what suits you. Before you sign up, ask yourself how much time you want to devote and don’t over-commit yourself if you are unsure and haven’t volunteered before.</p> <p>Below are some charitable organisations you might want to approach for volunteering:</p> <ul> <li><a href="http://www.rspcansw.org.au/">rspcansw.org.au</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.thesmithfamily.com.au/">thesmithfamily.com.au</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.acas.org.au/">acas.org.au</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.redcross.org.au/">redcross.org.au</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.projects-abroad.com.au/">projects-abroad.com.au</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.missionaustralia.com.au/">missionaustralia.com.au</a></li> </ul> <p><em>Written by Danielle Cesta. Republished with permission of <a href="https://www.wyza.com.au/articles/work/employment/volunteering-holds-the-key-to-self-fulfillment.aspx">Wyza.com.au.</a></em></p>

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Secrets of real estate millionaire Josh Altman

<p>Los Angeles real-estate-agent-to-the-stars <a href="http://t.dgm-au.com/c/185116/69171/1880?u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.booktopia.com.au%2Fit-s-your-move-josh-altman%2Fprod9780062369253.html">Josh Altman</a> has the easy laugh of someone who has made millions and lost them during the span of his career.</p> <p>A classic rags-to-riches story <a href="http://www.joshaltman.com.au/">Altman</a>, originally from Massachusetts, arrived in LA 13 years ago with no money and started flipping houses while working in a mail room. A millionaire at 26, he lost everything at 27 when the US economy collapsed.</p> <p>“It’s not what happens to you, it’s how you recover from it. It’s how you bounce back from an experience like that,” he says.</p> <p>And bounce back he did. <a href="http://www.joshaltman.com.au/">Altman</a> is one of the most successful US real estate agents working in the high end of the market – he’s sold more than $1.5 billion worth of property over the past three years. A self-confessed workaholic, <a href="http://t.dgm-au.com/c/185116/69171/1880?u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.booktopia.com.au%2Fit-s-your-move-josh-altman%2Fprod9780062369253.html">Altman</a> is enjoying riding the wave of success. “Right now, I’m at the top of my game,” he says.</p> <p>So naturally, he’s a man in demand. Spending time in Australia this week (with his brother and business partner Matt) to impart his expert knowledge, Altman, 37, will talk about a hot topic he – and many of us – are obsessed with: the real estate market and how to make it work for you. </p> <p>He’s well-known to Aussie audiences. Altman accepted a central role on US reality TV show Million Dollar Listing Los Angeles six years ago, and viewers have got to know his aggressive, alpha male style (his nickname is The Shark) over the seasons. The Bravo network hit show is broadcast in 70 countries.</p> <p><strong><em>If you buy smart, even if you don’t get as much square footage, I always say go for the location</em></strong></p> <p>Altman says if you do your homework the more likely you’ll achieve your real estate goals. “At the end of the day, it comes down to people feeling comfortable where they’re putting their money,” he says.</p> <p>“It doesn’t matter what market you’re in, always buy in a prime location, even if it costs you a little more, he advises. “If you buy smart, even if you don’t get as much square footage, I always say go for the location."</p> <p>“I’ve been in down markets and I’ve been in up markets, and the people who get hurt the least in a down market are the ones who still lived in a prime location. I also like to look at places or areas that can’t be replicated.”</p> <p><strong><em>I’m a big fan of holding onto property for as long as possible</em></strong></p> <p>While he mixes with Hollywood celebrities such as Kim Kardashian and Ashton Kutcher as well as business leaders and political heavyweights, Altman says it doesn’t matter who you are, the principles involved in buying and selling property are the same for everyone, including those who are 50+.</p> <p> “I’m a big fan of holding onto property for as long as possible,” he says. “My mentors told me hold onto it until you can’t hold it any more to see quite a return on their investment.”</p> <p>Altman still enjoys flipping houses – buying a house that needs work and doing it up and making a tidy profit – but it’s more of a hobby these days. He says it’s a great way to make money and get to know the real estate market. What you need to achieve success is an experienced, reliable team, he says.</p> <p><strong><em>Make sure you’re talking to local agents who are experts in the area and have a good track record</em></strong></p> <p>“Most of the problems I see with flipping houses occurs when people are not familiar with the process and haven’t got people around them to help,” says Altman. “You need to have tradespeople you can trust, a project manager you can trust. There’s a lot of money to be saved if you have the right people doing it for you.”</p> <p>But, when it comes time to selling, don’t leave anything to guesswork. When putting a property on the market, Altman says shop around. “It’s important to meet with a few agents,” he shares.</p> <p>“Make sure you’re talking to local agents who are experts in the area and have a good track record. Talk about your options. Use your gut instincts to choose an agent you believe will do the best job for you. But keep it all business.</p> <p>“One thing sellers do is that they take offers for their property too personally, that can be a mistake. When you’re selling a house, you really have to step out of the situation. You have to realise it’s an investment. Work with your agent and remember that with a very low offer you can negotiate up.”</p> <p>Another component, especially when starting out in your real estate search, is to surround yourself with a solid support system. Networking plays a part, too, so don’t be afraid to get out there and meet people.</p> <p>“The best thing you can do is call and meet up with a bunch of local agents. Take them out for lunch or dinner and pick their brains,” says Altman. “Also, talk to your friends. The last thing I would do is invest with somebody I don’t know or hasn’t been referred to me by someone or doesn’t have a track record. You need to find an agent who wants to help you because they want to earn your business.”</p> <p>For those interested in investing in real estate in a bid to secure a safe or early retirement, Altman says it’s best not to be too risk-averse, though it’s wise to be fiscally sensible.</p> <p>“I’ve made some pretty good money off some small investments. Make sure before you commit to anything that you can afford to lose it. That’s important,” he says.</p> <p>You can buy an investment property where you know the rental market is very strong.<br />Whether you buy an investment property near where you live or in an area far away from you is a personal choice, says Altman, but he prefers to keep a close eye on the bricks and mortar he buys. “I personally like to be able to see the properties I invest in,” he says. “I like to be able to drive by, see them and touch them.”</p> <p>Altman adds it doesn’t matter if you want to invest in property in another state or another area of the city you live in as long as you are confident you have made the right decision.</p> <p>If you’re in your 50s and haven’t taken that first step in buying property, Altman says it’s never too late to start. His motto is: “Recognise an opportunity when it’s in front of you, go after it and capitalise on it.”</p> <p>Take your time and build up your knowledge. Being confident about the decisions you make is a crucial step in the process.</p> <p><strong><em>With their monthly payment when they own a house is often going to be cheaper than renting</em></strong></p> <p>“Sit down with a local agent, those who haven’t bought yet could perhaps be surprised at how cheap it is to buy something right now with interest rates they way they are right now, a lot of people don’t realise that with their monthly payment when they own a house is often going to be cheaper than renting,” says Altman. “If they have a nice nest egg saved up it’s a great way to get into the market.</p> <p>“You can buy an investment property where you know the rental market is very strong. And you can buy something and keep it for a long time and rent it out. You can get some great returns on that.”</p> <p>Of course, everyone wants to know the secret to Altman’s incredible success. He says he’s passionate about what he does but there is one thing that has helped him tremendously.</p> <p><strong><em>I love real estate. I’d be doing it even if I wasn’t making the money I’m making</em></strong></p> <p>“You want to listen a lot more than you talk,” he advises. “That is a classic mistake that people make, you know when other people talk and you listen, and if you ask the right questions, there’s a lot of tips that other people give away.</p> <p>“I love real estate. I’d be doing it even if I wasn’t making the money I’m making. In days gone by, in my free time, I used to drive around and look at houses just for the love of it.”</p> <p>While many viewers of the show may see Altman as a driven businessman, they would also have seen a man increasingly prepared to show his vulnerable side, particularly his admission that he’s made many mistakes, both professionally and personally.</p> <p><strong><em>Never buy what you can’t afford</em></strong></p> <p>He says, “I’ve made dozens of mistakes! Right before the [US] economy collapsed, I bought a house that I really shouldn’t have been able to afford, but I reached for it because I got emotional about the property. Never buy what you can’t afford.<br />“It’s important to accept any mistakes you make. Learn from them and stay strong no matter what you’re doing.” </p> <p>And that includes his love-live. Altman’s worn his heart on his sleeve about nearly losing his now-wife, fellow real estate agent Heather Bilyeu, whom he married in April after admitted that working relentlessly had nearly lost him the most important person in his life. </p> <p>“Being on television has opened doors and given me opportunities I wouldn’t probably have had. If it all ended today, I’d go back to just being a real estate realtor [agent]. That’s all I’ve ever wanted to do.</p> <p>“I’m having fun. It could end any day; that’s okay. It’s been an amazing ride and learning experience. And I got to meet my wife on the show.”</p> <p><strong>Josh and Matt Altman are at The Star Sydney on June 14 and at The Plenary MCEC in Melbourne on June 15. The Brisbane event has been cancelled. For more information on how to buy tickets, visit his website <a href="http://www.joshaltman.com.au/">here</a>.</strong></p> <p><em>*Disclaimer: The advice given in this story is of a general nature. Seek professional advice before selling, investing or buying property.  </em></p> <p><em>Written by Robin Hill. Republished with permission of <a href="https://www.wyza.com.au/articles/entertainment/secrets-of-real-estate-millionaire-josh-altman.aspx">Wyza.com.au.</a></em></p>

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Ted Kennedy car crash scandal that killed Mary Jo Kopechne: Letter exposes new claims

<p>After 50 years, the Ted Kennedy Chappaquiddick incident has remained one of the biggest mysteries surrounding the Kennedy family.</p> <p>The car crash on the US island ended the life of 28-year-old Mary Jo Kopechne and derailed Ted Kennedy’s presidential chances.</p> <p>On the evening of July 18, 1969, the then US senator Kennedy hosted a party on the small island for the Boiler Room Girls, a group of six women who had worked on his brother Robert F. Kennedy’s presidential campaign the year before. One of the women was 28-year-old Kopechne.</p> <p>Despite extensive reports on the incident, details of the events of the night have remained shrouded. Kennedy reportedly left the party with Kopechne, even though she did not bring her purse or hotel room key with her. The two drove off in his 1967 Oldsmobile Delmont 88.</p> <p>Kennedy said the car went over the bridge into Poucha Pond after he made a wrong turn. While he managed to escape the sinking vehicle, Kopechne remained trapped and was later found dead in the morning.</p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 368.449px; display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="/media/7828778/kennedy-embed.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/6ea10144582044f594787fdf71a993a4" /><img style="width: 301.887px; height: 500px; display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="/media/7828803/kennedy-2-embed.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/0d363094141545378a703127593d6400" /></p> <p>But a letter to Kopechne’s surviving family has challenged this story.</p> <p>The letter, recently revealed by <a href="https://people.com/politics/ted-kennedy-chappaquiddick-car-accident-50-years-later/"><em>PEOPLE</em></a>’s Cover-Up podcast, came from a man who claimed to have met a woman who had attended the party the night Kopechne died.</p> <p>The woman, referred to as “Betty”, said Kopechne had had too much to drink at the event. Betty then brought Kopechne to Kennedy’s car to rest, and then went back to the cottage.</p> <p>The letter claimed that Kennedy and another female guest went for a drive in the car. When the sedan plunged into the water, Kennedy and the passenger survived and returned to the party, unaware that Kopechne had been in the vehicle all along.</p> <p>Betty shared the story, and the letter said that was when “…the Kennedy damage control machine kicked in and informed the shocked senator.”</p> <p>After receiving the letter in 2018, Kopechne’s cousin Georgetta Potoski said the full story might not yet be revealed. </p> <p>“I’m not convinced the mystery has been solved,” she told <em>PEOPLE</em>. </p> <p>“I know there are things that we do not know about what happened that night. The truth, even if it’s not what you want to hear, at least has some dignity around it.</p> <p>“I don’t think there will ever be justice for the loss of her life. [But] I think the truth would make our hearts rest easier.”</p> <p>A week after the incident, Kennedy pleaded guilty to leaving the scene of the accident and was given a two-month suspended sentence. Later on the same day, he gave a national broadcast statement in which he said, “I regard as indefensible the fact that I did not report the accident to the police immediately.”</p> <p>Kennedy, who was preparing for his presidential run, delayed his campaign until 1980. His run for the country’s top office was unsuccessful, but he continued to be re-elected as senator seven more times until his death in 2009.</p> <p>In his posthumously published memoir <em>True Compass</em>, Kennedy described the incident as “a horrible tragedy that haunts me every day of my life”.</p>

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How the film “Yesterday” was able to use so much of The Beatles music

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The film </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">Yesterday</span><span style="font-weight: 400;"> goes into the story about how a struggling songwriter is losing his passion for music and he gets hit by a bus. Upon awakening, he realises that he is the only one in the world who knows who The Beatles are and uses their discography to rise to fame.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">However, many people were surprised that the film managed to get some of the most recognisable songs from the band into the film. Surely, that would’ve cost a fortune.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Danny Boyle, the film’s director, had a plan.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The production company behind the film had a deal with Apple and Sony which allowed screenwriter Richard Curtis and Boyle to choose up to 18 songs and even switch their picks when they were shooting and editing the film.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">After all, there’s no point having a joke hinge off a niche Beatles song. The audience won’t get it.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Curtis explained this to </span><a href="https://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/ny-yesterday-beatles-songs-20190707-gehxkurakngldohru2waj3o4hu-story.html"><span style="font-weight: 400;">NY Daily News</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">:</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“For the jokes to work it has to be songs people recognize… if Jack sat down at the piano in that Ed Sheeran scene and plays “</span><span style="font-weight: 400;">Not a Second Time</span><span style="font-weight: 400;">,” most people won’t know it’s the Beatles.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The scene in question is where the main character of the film is working with Ed Sheeran and singing “</span><span style="font-weight: 400;">Hey Jude</span><span style="font-weight: 400;">”. Sheeran has a brainwave and suggests changing it to “Hey Dude”.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Boyle told </span><a href="https://www.billboard.com/articles/columns/pop/8512779/danny-boyle-yesterday-the-beatles-interview"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Billboard</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;"> what happened when they obtained the rights.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Apple and Sony are very picky about not only who uses the band’s music but how it is used. Working Title did that first because there’s no point in spending money on a film like </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">Yesterday</span><span style="font-weight: 400;"> unless you can guarantee you’ve got the music. It made for a top-heavy budget -- the costs for the songs were very expensive, a substantial part of the film’s budget. But they made a clever deal, allowing us the freedom to change songs up to the last minute.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Billboard estimated that it cost $10 million for the songs to be featured in </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">Yesterday</span><span style="font-weight: 400;">. However, Boyle also did his due diligence and reached out to Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr and the widows of George Harrison and John Lennon about his intentions for the film.</span></p>

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How the new Google Maps update could save lives during natural disasters

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Google Maps is useful for providing directions to places you’ve never been before, whether it’s the petrol station around the corner or a new and exciting adventure to a city.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The app has since announced big changes, which include the ability to potentially save your life during a natural disaster.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Google Maps has recently announced its SOS alerts were being updated to include real-time visual information as well as a navigation warning system in times of crisis. This is to help users better understand what they need to do to stay safe.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The SOS alerts were introduced two years ago, but these changes are sure to be helpful, the </span><a href="https://nypost.com/2019/06/07/google-maps-update-could-save-your-life-during-a-natural-disaster/"><span style="font-weight: 400;">New York Post</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;"> reports.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The latest updates include “detailed visualisations about hurricanes, earthquakes and floods”.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“In the days leading up to a hurricane, you’ll see a crisis notification card on Google Maps that automatically appears if you’re near the impacted area,” Hannah Stulberg, product manager of Google Maps, explains.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“This card will direct you to a hurricane forecast cone, which shows the prediction of the storm’s trajectory along with information about what time it’s likely to hit certain areas, so you can use this information to plan how to react.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Google Maps also follows a similar process for earthquakes, where it will show earthquake shakemaps following the strike. Users are also able to see where the epicentre of the earthquake was, the quakes magnitude and how much it impacted the surrounding areas.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The flood forecasts will be able to show you where flooding is likely to occur as well as how severe the flooding will be.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Hurricane forecast cones and earthquake shakemaps will be rolled out on iOS, Android, desktop and the mobile web worldwide in coming weeks.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Navigation warnings are set to hit iOS and Android soon as well.</span></p>

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The way technology has influenced the way you buy cars

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">New research from </span><a href="https://boyleconsulting.com.au/news/"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Boyle Consulting</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;"> has shown that the reason you bought your latest car isn’t for the reasons you think.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">There are a variety of things that influence you into finding your ideal vehicle.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The most important research methods that were helpful to research participants were:</span></p> <ol> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Visiting a dealership (91 per cent)</span></li> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Dealership test drives (77 per cent)</span></li> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Online reviews (75 per cent)</span></li> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Manufacturer website (69 per cent)</span></li> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Dealership website (66 per cent)</span></li> </ol> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">With 75 per cent of research participants using online reviews to gauge whether or not their new car might be for them, it’s clear that technology has had a large impact on the way that people not only research about new cars but use the information available to make a new decision.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The bottom answers in the top five were the manufacturer website and the dealership website, which was used as a research tool for those who are looking to buy a car.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Younger drivers found that the opinions of their friends and family impacted them a lot, with 76 per cent of young people using them to make a final decision. This is a 27 per cent increase of Baby Boomers who were asked the same question. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Another surprising finding is that buyers visit just two dealerships on average. More than 40 per cent of buyers are just happy to visit one.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">This shows that buyers are potentially missing out on big discounts as they don’t look at more than two dealerships.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Once buyers have made a decision, they will generally purchase the vehicle within two days.</span></p>

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