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Serious claim about Ben Roberts-Smith’s most private emails

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Ben Roberts-Smith’s lawyers </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-09-17/ben-roberts-smith-ex-wife-accesses-email-101-times/100469928" target="_blank"><span style="font-weight: 400;">have accused</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;"> his ex-wife Emma Roberts of accessing the veteran’s email more than 100 times, as the case between the former couple continues in court.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The case is running at the same time as his defamation proceedings against several newspapers.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">During the defamation case, Mr Roberts-Smith’s opponents issued a notice to produce specific documents.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">His legal team suspects the notice may have been issued following access to an email address he used for confidential correspondence.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">They have accused Ms Roberts of accessing the account and passing confidential information on to third parties, with Telstra records suggesting a close friend of Ms Roberts may have accessed the account.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Arthur Moses SC, Mr Roberts-Smith’s barrister, applied to add Ms Roberts’ best friend Danielle Scott and her husband as respondents in the case currently being heard in the Federal Court.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Mr Moses claimed that Telstra records established that either Ms Scott or her husband accessed a “hosting account” of RS Group Australia, the company Mr Roberts-Smith owns.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">He told the court the account was accessed “on at least 101 occasions” between January 2020 and May 2021.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“The RS Group Australia email hosting account … is password-protected and enables a person, once logged on, to access the email account of any RS Group user, including the applicant’s,” Mr Moses said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The accusations come after Mr Roberts-Smith previously swore in an affidavit that neither Ms Scott or her husband had been given the password.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Mr Moses said the Telstra records raised new issues, such as how the couple found the password, whether they had accessed Mr Roberts-Smith’s specific account, or whether they had shared confidential information with other parties.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“If Ms Scott and her husband are not joined to these proceedings then the applicant [Mr Roberts-Smith] would have a basis to commence separate proceedings against them,” Mr Moses said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">He continued, saying he would have included the pair as respondents when the case began, had his client been aware of the records.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Justice Robert Bronwich reserved his decision.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The defamation trial against the newspapers is currently on hold until at least November 1, and is expected to continue into 2022.</span></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Image: Getty</span></em></p>

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Prince Philip’s will to be kept sealed for 90 years

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The UK High Court has ruled that Prince Philip’s will is to remain secret so as to protect the “dignity” of Queen Elizabeth, owing to her constitutional role. Philip died in April at the age of 99 following almost 74 years as the Queen’s consort.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Sir Andrew McFarlane, president of the Family Division of the High Court, heard arguments from lawyers representing Philip’s estate and the attorney general, who represents the public interest, in a private hearing in July, and published the court’s ruling on Thursday. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">In the ruling, McFarlane ordered that Philip’s will remain sealed for 90 years, and even after that date, may only be opened in private. The judge said: “I have held that, because of the constitutional position of the sovereign, it is appropriate to have a special practice in relation to royal wills. There is a need to enhance the protection afforded to truly private aspects of the lives of this limited group of individuals in order to maintain the dignity of the sovereign and close members of her family.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;"><img style="width: 387.71676300578036px; height: 500px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7844160/gettyimages-514906468.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/9e70da170abc437c8899459ac81d545a" /></span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">According to </span><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2021/sep/17/prince-philip-duke-edinburgh-will-secret-90-years-queen-dignity"><span style="font-weight: 400;">The Guardian</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">, </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">it has been convention for over a century that following the death of a senior member of the royal family, an application to seal their will is made to the president of the family division of the High Court. This means their wills are not publicly available the way most wills are.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">McFarlane also ruled that any future judgements on applications to seal wills belonging to members of the royal family would remain closed, and therefore will not be made public.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, died on April 9th of this year, following a 73-year marriage to Queen Elizabeth, making him the longest-serving royal consort in world history. At the time, Buckingham Palace released a statement reading, "It is with deep sorrow that Her Majesty The Queen announces the death of her beloved husband. The Royal Family join with people around the world in mourning his loss."</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Images: Danny Lawson - WPA Pool/Getty Images, Bettmann/Getty Images</span></p>

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Can I be refused entry to a premises if i am unvaccinated?

<p>NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian<span> recently </span><span>announced </span>that once 70% of residents in the state have both doses of a COVID-19 vaccination, certain ‘freedoms’ will be handed back to them– including travelling intrastate and attending restaurants, bars, weddings, funerals, gyms, sporting events and theatres, subject to physical distancing and capacity limits.</p> <p>The Premier made clear that these liberties would not be available to those who have not received both doses of a COVID-19 vaccination.</p> <p>Many are of the view that while both Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Ms Berejiklian<span> </span>claim that COVID-19 vaccines are voluntary, the fact that many cannot without vaccination continue with their employment, or will soon be prohibited from certain liberties enjoyed by the vaccinated, means that in practical terms,<span> </span>being vaccinated is compulsory for anyone who wishes to live a semi-normal life.</p> <p><strong>Public Health Orders</strong></p> <p>The prohibitions in our state which purport to protect residents against the spread of COVID-19 are primarily made under the<span> </span>Public Health Act 2010<span> </span>(NSW).</p> <p>The Act empowers state officials to make a range of enforceable directions and orders with a view to dealing with public health risks, and the discriminatory prohibitions proposed by Ms Berejiklian will be decreed under the provisions of this piece of legislation.</p> <p>The power to deal with health risks is contained in section 7 of the Act, which provides that where the health minister considers on reasonable grounds that a situation has arisen that is, or is likely to be, a risk to public health, the minister may take such action or give such directions that are necessary to deal with the risk and its possible consequences.</p> <p>The section makes clear that actions and orders can be made in order to:</p> <ul> <li>Reduce or remove any risk,</li> <li>Segregate or isolate inhabitants, and/or</li> <li>Prevent, or conditionally permit, access to areas.</li> </ul> <p>The section says that such an order must be published in the Gazette as soon as practicable after it is made, but that failure to do so does not invalidate the order.</p> <p>Similar legislation applies in other states and territories.</p> <p>Section 10 of the Public Health Act provides that a person who, without reasonable excuse, fails to comply with such a direction faces a maximum penalty of 6 months in prison and/or a fine of 100 penalty units, which is currently $11,000.</p> <p>Any continued failure to comply is punishable by a fine of 50 penalty units, or $5,500, for each day the offence continues.</p> <p>The Act also empowers ‘authorised persons’, including police officers, to issue infringement notices to those suspected of<span> </span>failing to comply with a public health order.</p> <p><strong>Current Challenges to the Public Health Act </strong></p> <p>Four separate legal challenges are currently before the Supreme Court of New South Wales which assert that the Public Health Act was never intended to, and does not, give the state’s health minister the power to breach the bodily integrity of individuals by making orders that, for all intents and purposes, mandate vaccines.</p> <p>Three of the cases are brought on behalf employees who have found themselves unable to fulfil their employment obligations as a result of deciding not to be injected with a COVID-19 vaccination. One of these is a construction worker (Al-Munir Kassam), another is a<span> </span>police officer (Belinda Kay Hocroft)<span> </span>and the third is a person who resides in a Local Government Area of concern (Natasha Henry).</p> <p>The fourth application is by unrepresented plaintiff, Sergey Naumenko.</p> <p>Supreme Court Justice Beech-Jones recently joined all four of the cases, and they are listed on 30 September 2021 for determination of an application by the NSW government to summarily dismiss them.</p> <p>During a recent directions hearing, the barrister for Al-Munir Kassam, Peter King, told the court his client’s case was about a “simple excess of power”.</p> <p><em>“It’s a question of the power of the minister to make the actual order under section seven of the [Public] Health Act,”<span> </span></em>the barrister submitted.</p> <p><em>“And we say read consistently, with the principle of legality set out by the High Court, it is not authorised.”</em></p> <p>The NSW government is strongly opposing the challenges, with its lead barrister, Jeremy Kirk SC, remarking of one of them:</p> <p><em>“There are so many problems with this case it’s difficult to know where to start.”</em></p> <p><em>“There is no named defendant, there is no articulated legal claim. Rather there are just sort of aspirational orders which to a significant extent are entirely misconceived such as, for example, proposed order two that the plaintiff and his immediate family be exempted from microchipping.”</em></p> <p>It is unclear whether these challenges will be decided in favour of the workers and, if so, whether the decisions will be narrowly constructed to apply to them only, or to a class of classes of workers, or whether they will contain broader declarations regarding the powers of the health minister generally.</p> <p>In any event, the unsuccessful party may apply for leave to appeal the Supreme Court decision to the High Court of Australia – which is the highest court in the land.</p> <p><strong>Challenges to COVID-19 Orders to Date</strong></p> <p>It should be noted that all the<span> </span>challenges made in the courts so far<span> </span>against COVID-19 orders and directions<span> </span>have been unsuccessful, with the judiciary finding that there are no constitutional protections, or other common law or embedded rights, which prohibit governments from passing such rules.</p> <p>For many,<span> </span>these cases highlight the need for constitutional protections<span> </span>and/or a national Bill or Charter of Rights in Australia.</p> <p>There have also been<span> </span>three challenges<span> </span>in the Fair Work Commission of New South Wales by workers claiming they were unfairly dismissed after refusing to obtain a COVID-19 vaccination. All of these have also been unsuccessful.</p> <p><strong>Current State of the Law</strong></p> <p>As a result, it can be said there is has been no judicial finding which expressly prevents the NSW state government from making public health orders which essentially discriminate between those who are vaccinated and those who are not – including those relating to entering specific categories of businesses.</p> <p>There is also<span> </span>no general prohibition against a person who owns or manages a business from refusing entry<span> </span>to a prospective patron.</p> <p>However, the above is subject to the outcome of the pending challenges, as well as exceptions contained in legislation which prohibit certain forms of discrimination in our state, and indeed nationally.</p> <p><strong>Anti-Discrimination Legislation</strong></p> <p>The Ant-Discrimination Act 1977 is the main piece of state legislation which prohibits certain forms of discrimination in New South Wales.</p> <p>The heads of discrimination that are unlawful under the Act are:</p> <ul> <li>Racial discrimination,</li> <li>Sexual harassment,</li> <li>Sex,</li> <li>Transgender status,</li> <li>Marital or domestic status,</li> <li>Disability,</li> <li>Responsibilities as a carer,</li> <li>Homosexuality,</li> <li>Compulsory retirement on grounds of age,</li> <li>HIV/AIDS vilification, and</li> <li>Age.</li> </ul> <p>These heads cover discrimination in a range of areas, including employment, education and the provision of goods and services, and the Act contains a range of exceptions which make it lawful to discriminate in certain circumstances.</p> <p><strong>Disability Discrimination under the Anti-Discrimination Act 1977</strong></p> <p>The most relevant proscribed head of discrimination for present purposes is disability.</p> <p>In that regard, there is an argument that a person for whom a COVID-19 vaccination is inappropriate for medical reasons would be discriminated against on grounds of disability if the person were to be refused entry to a premises on grounds of being unvaccinated.</p> <p>So, on its face, there is an argument that a person who is medically exempt from having a COVID-19 vaccine could not be refused the ‘freedoms’ afforded to those who are vaccinated, such as the ability to enter premises.</p> <p>However, this argument may be rebutted by<span> </span>section 49P of the Act, which is titled ‘Public Health’ and provides that:</p> <p><em>“Nothing in this Part renders unlawful discrimination against a person on the ground of </em><em>disability</em><em> if the </em><em>disability</em><em> concerned is an infectious disease and the discrimination is reasonably necessary to protect public health.”</em></p> <p>This exception gives rise to an argument that a person with a COVID-19 vaccination exemption could potentially be refused entry to a premises<span> </span><u>if</u><span> </span>this were considered necessary to protect the health of those within the premises.</p> <p>And here’s where it gets hairy.</p> <p><strong>Is Discrimination against those who are medically exempt lawful?</strong></p> <p>Health experts concede that those who receive COVID-19 vaccinations are able to both contract and spread the disease.</p> <p>Advocates of vaccination focus, instead, on findings that vaccinated persons are less likely than those who are unvaccinated to experience severe symptoms.</p> <p>That being the current state of the (ever-changing) advice, there is an argument that those who do not receive a COVID-19 vaccination are no more likely to pose a risk to others than those who are vaccinated.</p> <p>If that argument is accepted, it appears that businesses would fall foul of the law if they were to refuse entry to persons who hold COVID-19 vaccination exemptions, if the refusals were based on the persons not being vaccinated.</p> <p>A contrary, and perhaps tenuous, argument is that it is generally necessary for the population to receive COVID-19 vaccinations in order to reduce the impact on the public health system of those suffering from severe symptoms, and it may therefore be permissible for business owners to refuse entry to persons who are not vaccinated, despite their medical exemptions.</p> <p>But, again, this is a tenuous argument which, taken to its limits, could result in enabling conduct which undermines the objectives of the Act itself.</p> <p>Another potential contrary argument, for which the medical evidence is unclear, is that those who are not vaccinated are more likely to contract and/or spread the virus to others.</p> <p>But, again, the evidence for this is unclear. In fact, there is an argument that because those who are vaccinated are less likely to be symptomatic, or at least less visibly or severely symptomatic, they could be more likely to spread the virus as they are less likely to be aware they have it, and are therefore more likely to venture out.</p> <p>On the balance, the stronger argument appears to be that business owners who refuse entry to those with a medical exemption would be acting in contravention of the Act, if that refusal were on the grounds of being unvaccinated.</p> <p>It should be noted that the ventilation of these arguments inside a courtroom would require the adducing of medical evidence, and we are certainly not medical experts.</p> <p><strong>Disability Discrimination Act 1992</strong></p> <p>The main piece of legislation which prohibits discrimination on grounds of disability across Australia is the<span> </span>Disability Discrimination Act 1992<span> </span>(Cth).</p> <p>There is some overlap between this Act and the New South Wales legislation.</p> <p>Under the Commonwealth Act, it is unlawful to directly or indirectly discriminate against a person on grounds of disability in a broad-range of areas including<span> </span>access to premises, employment, goods, services, facilities and accommodation.</p> <p>Like the New South Wales Act, the Commonwealth legislation contains a public health-type exception. However, the exception in the latter is considerably more narrow.</p> <p>That exception is contained in<span> </span>section 48 of the Act. It is titled ‘Infectious Diseases’ and provides that:</p> <p><em>“</em><em>This Part does not render it unlawful for a person to discriminate against another person on the ground of the other person’s disability if:</em></p> <ul> <li><em>The person’s disability is an infectious disease; and</em></li> <li><em>The discrimination is reasonably necessary to protect public health.”</em></li> </ul> <p>The exception makes clear that discrimination may only be lawful if it is reasonably necessary to protect public health in circumstances where the person who is discriminated against suffers from an infectious disease.</p> <p>As it cannot be said that a person suffers from COVID-19 simply because he or she is not vaccinated for it, a business owner would be acting unlawfully if he or she were to refuse entry to a person with a COVID-19 vaccination exemption, if that refusal were on the grounds of not being vaccinated.</p> <p>Written by Ugur Nedim. <em>Republished with permission of<span> </span><a href="https://www.sydneycriminallawyers.com.au/blog/sydney-police-post-pictures-of-work-party-on-social-media/">Sydney Criminal Lawyers.</a></em></p>

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"I don't hurt anyone": 89-year-old man fighting for his life after brazen attack

<p>A grandfather is in an induced coma after he was attacked in an unprovoked and random incident. </p> <p>Adelaide man Francesco Candido was taken to Royal Adelaide Hospital after he was left with a fractured skull and bleeding on the brain. </p> <p>The alleged offender is 33-year-old Joel Page, who admitted he was drunk when he swung at Francesco with a roundhouse punch. </p> <p>Francesco, who is 89-years-old, was walking through town with two bags of shopping when Joel randomly struck him. </p> <p>Tragically, it was the first time the grandfather had been into town for more than a year.</p> <p class="css-1316j2p-StyledParagraph e4e0a020">“He was so determined to go to town because he hasn’t been for over a year, and I said, you know town can be a dangerous place,” Francesco's on Larry said.</p> <p class="css-1316j2p-StyledParagraph e4e0a020">“And he said, not for me, I don’t hurt anyone.”</p> <p class="css-1316j2p-StyledParagraph e4e0a020">His family started to grow anxious thinking Francesco has gotten lost when he didn't return home, before receiving a call from the local police.</p> <p class="css-1316j2p-StyledParagraph e4e0a020"><span>“I sarcastically say, ‘oh, you’ve found my dad’, and they say, ‘yes we found him but unfortunately it’s bad news’,” said Larry. </span></p> <p class="css-1316j2p-StyledParagraph e4e0a020"><span>Francesco’s wife of 60 years, his children and grandchildren have spent hours by his bedside since Tuesday, praying for a miracle.</span></p> <p class="css-1316j2p-StyledParagraph e4e0a020"><span>Larry said he has tried to </span>communicate with his comatose father, but to no avail. </p> <p class="css-1316j2p-StyledParagraph e4e0a020">“I try and talk to him, I try and see if I get any response,” Larry said.</p> <p class="css-1316j2p-StyledParagraph e4e0a020">“At the moment, nothing."</p> <p class="css-1316j2p-StyledParagraph e4e0a020">“I’m just hoping my dad pulls through and comes home.”</p> <p class="css-1316j2p-StyledParagraph e4e0a020"><span>Larry said he felt “anger and hatred, which I’ve never felt before,” after learning his elderly father had been hit, as the elderly man remains in a critical condition. </span></p> <p class="css-1316j2p-StyledParagraph e4e0a020"><em>Image credits: 7News</em></p>

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Prime suspect in Madeleine McCann case purportedly leaks taunting cartoon

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">A cartoon allegedly drawn by the prime suspect in Madeleine McCann’s disappearance has been discovered in a German newspaper, which appears to mock German prosecutors leading the investigation against him.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">44-year-old Christian Brueckner is currently in prison in northern Germany for raping a 72-year-old American woman in a Portuguese resort in 2005.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The resort, Praia de Luz, is the same location where three-year-old Madeleine disappeared from her family’s apartment in 2007.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">After remaining unsolved for more than a decade, German investigators made headway when they identified Brueckner as a suspect in June, also stating that Madeleine was presumed dead.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The cartoon purportedly created by Brueckner was obtained by German newspaper </span><em><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.bild.de/bild-plus/news/inland/news-inland/zeichnung-aus-dem-knast-maddie-verdaechtiger-verhoehnt-staatsanwalt-77470300,view=conversionToLogin.bild.html#fromWall" target="_blank"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Bild</span></a></em><span style="font-weight: 400;"> and appears to show Braunschweig prosecutor Hans Christian Wolters in court, wearing legal attire and holding a €5 bill while asking a clairvoyant for new evidence.</span></p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height:302.3076923076923px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7843674/1e1ab46353f7a6eab7de073792e434d8a6f39a41.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/c56d21b0509f401e8a9c6ab424f78b58" /></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Image: Bild</span></em></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Is there anything new?” the judge asks a person sitting behind a curtain with a crystal ball, while the jury sleeps.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The clairvoyant is believed to represent </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.oversixty.com.au/finance/legal/new-unusual-lead-in-madeleine-mccann-case" target="_blank"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Michael Schneider</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;"> - the clairvoyant who provided police with exact coordinates where he believed Madeleine’s body would be found.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">However, questions still remain about how Brueckner would have leaked the cartoon to the publication from the high-security prison he is serving his sentence in.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Previously, Brueckner purportedly penned a letter from his cell which was also published by </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">Bild</span><span style="font-weight: 400;">, where he labelled the investigation against him as an “unbelievable scandal”.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Though he is the prime suspect in the McCann case, Brueckner is yet to be questioned or charged.</span></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Image: Getty Images</span></em></p>

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Man arrested for allegedly dealing drugs from retirement home

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">A man has been arrested after allegedly dealing drugs from his unit at a retirement village in Sydney’s north-west.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">62-year-old Gary Halford has allegedly been selling ice, cannabis, and LSD from his home at Mountainview Retreat in Dural.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Detectives had been monitoring the facility for several months in the lead-up to the man’s arrest, after neighbours reported people coming and going without masks to Crime Stoppers.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“It’s dreadful … and we’ve been advocating for quite a while for something to be done,” resident Elaine said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Mr Halford was arrested last week in Baulkham Hills, about 10 kilometres from his home, with police allegedly finding ice and cannabis inside his Ford Falcon.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“In a subsequent search of the Ford Falcon, investigators seized cannabis, methylamphetamine (ice) and a mobile phone,” NSW Police said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Police then searched the Dural unit, where they seized 12 grams of cannabis, six LSD tabs, a baton, and electronic devices.</span></p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height:281px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7843564/https___prodstatic9net-12.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/4eeaf771d9f94f05a76369cc139cc805" /></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Image: Supplied</span></em></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Mr Halford now faces six charges of possessing prohibited drugs, supply, and possessing a prohibited weapon.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">He has been released on bail and is due to face court in September.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">His passenger, 37-year-old Lyndall Cook, was charged with breaching COVID-19 rules and is due to face court at a later date.</span></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Image: Supplied</span></em></p>

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The now grown up baby from Nirvana's album cover is suing the band

<p>The baby who appeared on the famous Nirvana album cover in 1991 is now suing the band.</p> <p>Spencer Elden, who is now 30 years old, is suing surviving Nirvana band members Dave Grohl and Krist Novoselic, as well as Kurt Cobain's estate for allegedly <span>violating federal child pornography statutes and child sexual exploitation.</span></p> <p><span>The </span>lawsuit also names the photographer who snapped the image, Kirk Weddlem and the labels behind the release fo the album.</p> <p><span>Spencer was photographed naked as a child for the band's most </span>iconic album cover, and is now claiming <span>his legal guardians never signed a release “authorising the use of any images of Spencer or of his likeness, and certainly not of commercial child pornography depicting him.”</span></p> <p>Spencer claims he has <span>suffered “lifelong damages” and is also suing for distribution of private sexually explicit materials and negligence. </span></p> <p><span>The famous album cover was snapped by chance, as Spencer's father Rick was a good friend of the photographer.</span></p> <p><span>Nick spoke to NPR in 2008 and said, “[Weddle] calls us up and was like, ‘Hey Rick, wanna make 200 bucks and throw your kid in the drink.”</span></p> <p><span>The image, which shows a baby Spencer in the pool diving after a $1 note, quickly became an iconic image and Spencer has recreated the album cover several times to celebrate </span>anniversaries of the release. </p> <p>The lawsuit filed by Spencer states, <span>“The permanent harm he has proximately suffered includes but is not limited to extreme and permanent emotional distress with physical manifestations, interference with his normal development and educational progress, lifelong loss of income earning capacity, loss of past and future wages, past and future expenses for medical and psychological treatment, loss of enjoyment of life, and other losses to be described and proven at trial of this matter.”</span></p> <p><em>Image credits: Shutterstock</em></p>

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Top tips to navigate the financial effects of COVID-19

<p><em>Please note: This story covers financial matters but it is general in nature and does not take into account your personal circumstances. Please consult your own financial advisor for more information.</em></p> <p>We are living in unusual times and COVID-19 has led to major changes in just about all parts of our life – including your retirement planning. So here, we’re giving you some retirement planning tips to help you find your way through all of these changes.</p> <p>Many of us have been working for the past couple of decades, saving our super and planning for our retirement, so we can relax and enjoy ourselves. And then along comes 2020 and the COVID-19 pandemic and everything changes. So how can you keep your retirement planning on track?</p> <p>Let’s take a look at what’s changed so far and how you can keep your retirement planning and finances on track, post COVID-19.</p> <p><strong>Tips for your retirement income investments</strong></p> <p>One of the effects of the current economic crisis is the fact interest rates have been cut and this is difficult for those who have long term investments as some of these returns will be cut as well.</p> <p>Companies have slashed dividends but this seems to be getting better but keep watching what’s happening on the stock market and check the movements here.</p> <p>It can be tempting to move from equities to other income-generating assets – and many people have turned to drawing down on their super to supplement their income.</p> <p>But if you’re tempted to sell stocks now, this could have a long-term negative impact on your investment objectives. By moving from a growth portfolio to a conservative portfolio – for example if you move from shares to fixed income assets - at the wrong time, this can affect your retirement savings greatly.</p> <p>It’s no surprise that if you’re around retirement age, you have the most to lose from this strategy. Financial experts say the best approach for long-term investors is to seek advice, but also to keep the faith and understand that markets – and dividends – will rebound.</p> <p>When considering stocks for a retirement portfolio, it’s best to take a ‘total return approach’. So, what else can you do in to help your finances during the pandemic?</p> <p><strong>Tips for weathering market volatility for retirement savings</strong></p> <p>This year’s market volatility and dividend cuts show how important it is to have a flexible plan for your retirement. While your adviser can tailor a strategy for your individual circumstances, here are some ideas to consider:</p> <p><strong>Ensure your portfolio is well-diversified </strong></p> <p>Research shows that if you have diversification across asset classes, local versus global markets, and even alternative investments not correlated to the market, this will help lower the volatility of returns and lessen the impact of any downturns.</p> <p>If you’re still working, aim to build a buffer of enough cash – or similar investments such as term deposits – to cover at least one year’s worth of living expenses.</p> <p>If you’ve recently retired and you have some liquid assets you can draw on outside of your super, this will help offset any reduced pension income.</p> <p><strong>Keep your money in super for longer</strong></p> <p>If you can afford to, it’s better to leave your money in your super as long as possible because every dollar you pull out now won’t be there to benefit from a future rise in value.</p> <p>Many Australians have already drawn on their super funds in this economic crisis and it means they’ll be under more pressure later on down the track. If you’ve converted your super into an account-based pension (ABP), you may take advantage of the government’s halving the mandatory drawdown limits until 30 June 2021 and reduce your pension withdrawals.</p> <p>If you’re in a platform or an SMSF, you have the flexibility to decide how to fund your ABP payment. On the other hand, retail or industry super funds will generally make the decision for you. In either case, speak to your financial adviser to get more advice in this area.</p> <p><strong>Check how your super funds are faring</strong></p> <p>Most Australians are investors in the share market through their super. Your super funds could invest in a range of investments including global shares, cash, fixed income, bonds, both listed and unlisted infrastructure, both listed and unlisted property, and private equity. Each of these has its own risk profile so while the market is quite volatile at the moment, there will be a higher risk for some assets.</p> <p>While you don’t select the assets your super fund invests in on your behalf, you do have control over how your super is invested more broadly by contacting your super fund and choosing an investment option. While the investment options differ from fund to fund, most offer options such as conservative, balanced, growth and high growth.</p> <p>If you don’t choose an investment option, the default option for most funds is either a balanced or growth option – and around 80% of Australian super accounts are invested in their fund’s default option. This means that for most Australians, while your super may have some exposure to higher-risk assets, this would be balanced by lower-risk assets.</p> <p>COVID-19 has made the investment market more volatile lately. If you’re close to retirement, it could be a concern for you if your super is invested in higher risk assets. At this time in your life, it could be a good idea to have your super invested in a more conservative investment option so you can speak with your super fund about this and they’ll give you advice – or you can consult your financial adviser.</p> <p><strong>Consider an annuity</strong></p> <p>Buying a term or lifetime annuity provides you with a guaranteed income stream over a chosen period, regardless of the sequence of investment returns. While an annuity will give you peace of mind, the returns tend to be lower than other higher risk investments, which may not be suitable for everyone, so take this into account.</p> <p><strong>Review your spending plans</strong></p> <p>It’s generally known that new retirees generally spend more than they do later in retirement. Now is a good time to review your spending plans. While COVID-19 is forcing people delay their big trips, any other steps you can take to reduce your spending now will minimise the impact on your retirement portfolio.</p> <p>If you’re approaching retirement you may be thinking about downsizing your family home. This means you need to sell it and purchase a smaller property or a unit in a retirement village. It could be an ideal time to act on this as real estate prices are at an all time high.</p> <p>This is a good idea because you can use the extra money you’ll have from selling your home to supplement your super or you could use it as extra liquidity during your retirement.</p> <p>Also, if you’re on the age pension, you need to be aware when you sell your family home, the money you've gained from downsizing will count towards your means test. Therefore, if you end up with a great deal of extra income, this could result in a reduction, or even the cancellation of your age pension.</p> <p>If you’re aged over 65 and you’ve lived in your family home for 10 years or more, you can contribute up to $300,000 individually, or $600,000 as a couple, from the sale of your home into your superannuation.</p> <p>This move can really help you boost the income you can generate in retirement. But before you go down this path, there are some extra eligibility criteria for these large contributions to your super, so you may need to get advice and check if you’re eligible.</p> <p>Ask your financial adviser about these contributions to your super – usually referred to as ‘Downsizer Contributions.’ These contributions can count towards your Age Pension assets test so check all of this out when you do your planning.</p> <p>As you can see, downsizing is not as easy as you might first think so it’s best to speak to your financial adviser about the best options for your circumstances.</p> <p><em>Photo: Shutterstock</em></p> <p> </p>

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Queen Elizabeth ‘seeks legal advice’ over Harry's memoir

<p>It’s been reported Queen Elizabeth has sought legal advice to prepare for more “hurtful attacks” from Prince Harry - and Meghan Markle - when Prince Harry's new memoir is released next year because the feeling at the palace is “enough is enough.”</p> <p>A source has told <em>The Sun</em>: "The feeling, coming right from the top, is that enough is enough. There is a limit to how much will be accepted and the Queen and Royal Family can only be pushed so far."</p> <p>The source says Harry and Meghan will be "made aware and know repeated attacks will not be tolerated".</p> <p>Libel and privacy experts have reportedly been consulted by the royal legal team and the clock is ticking following confirmation Harry, 36, is working on a tell-all memoir which he promises will be an "accurate and wholly truthful" account of his time as a royal.</p> <p>The memoir is due out in 2022 and will be published by Penguin Random House. It’s understood the royal legal team plans to contact the publishers to request an advance copy so they have a right to reply.</p> <p><strong>Some damaging comments have already been made</strong></p> <p>Since Prince Harry and Meghan Markle resigned as senior working members of the British royal family, they’ve made a number of comments which have been considered damaging to the monarchy.</p> <p>They have now relocated to the US where they operate under the brand Archewell and reside in a lavish home in Montecito, California, with Archie, two years, and daughter Lilibet, two months.</p> <p>During the couple's interview with Oprah Winfrey in early 2021, the pair spoke of Meghan's mental health struggles with the duchess claiming her request for private treatment was rejected.</p> <p>They also claimed racist comments were made by a senior royal regarding the colour of son Archie's skin before his birth but refused to name the royal. Winfrey later stated the culprit wasn't the Queen or Prince Philip.</p> <p>During a podcast interview with Dax Sheppard on Armchair Expert, Harry spoke out about his upbringing, saying his father Prince Charles had treated him the way in the same way he had been treated as a child.</p> <p>"It's a lot of genetic pain and suffering that gets passed on anyway," Harry said</p> <p><em>Photo: Getty Images</em></p>

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Woman left seriously injured in ALDI car park brawl

<p><span>A woman is recovering after being injured in a violent mass brawl at a supermarket car park.</span><br /><br /><span>Police say an argument that turned violent erupted in an ALDI car park off Garratt Way, Manchester, at 4 am on Sunday.</span><br /><br /><span>Officers found nearly 50 people scattered across the lot and a woman in her 30s left seriously injured.</span><br /><br /><span>It is alleged she was hit by a car, however her injuries are not life-threatening.</span><br /><br /><span>No arrests have been made but police who live in the area claim they heard screams coming from the car park.</span><br /><br /><span>One resident said he was woken up by loud noises as he tried to sleep.</span><br /><br /><span>"I heard shouting and screaming,” he recounted.</span><br /><br /><span>“I just thought it was normal things but then the screaming didn’t stop. I saw a lot of people in the parking lot screaming at each other."</span><br /><br /><span>The ALDI store remained open to shoppers the following morning however the car park was taped off as investigators searched the scene.</span><br /><br /><span>“Police were called at 4 am this morning (Sunday 15 August) to a report of a large fight involving nearly 50 people at a car park off Garratt Way, Manchester,” a statement from police said</span><br /><br /><span>"On officers' arrival, the group dispersed and a woman in her 30s was being treated in an ambulance. It is believed a vehicle had collided with her, and she suffered serious but not life-threatening injuries.</span><br /><br /><span>"No arrests have been made and enquiries are ongoing."</span></p>

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Bob Dylan sued for alleged sexual abuse of 12-year-old, denies claims

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">TRIGGER WARNING: SEXUAL ASSAULT</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">A woman has filed a suit against folk singer-songwriter Bob Dylan, alleging he gave her drugs and alcohol before sexually abusing her in 1965 when she was 12 years old.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The civil lawsuit, filed late on Friday with the New York Supreme Court, said Dylan sexually abused the plaintiff, identified only as JC, at his New York apartment over a six-week period.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The woman, now 68 years old, claimed in the suit that the assault has left “her emotionally scarred and psychologically damaged to this day”.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The suit alleges Dylan established an “emotional connection” with the plaintiff to “lower [J.C.’s] inhibitions with the object of sexually abusing her, which he did, coupled with the provision of drugs, alcohol and threats of physical violence”.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The suit claims that the emotional fallout - including depression, humiliation, and anxiety - are of “permanent and lasting natures” and have prevented the plaintiff “from attending her regular activities”.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">J.C. has brought allegations of assault, battery, false imprisonment and emotional distress against Dylan, who was in his mid-20s at the time, and is seeking unspecified damages and a jury trial.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“The complaint speaks for itself,” J.C.’s lawyer Daniel Isaacs said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“She provided a lot of detailed information regarding the time in question that leaves no doubt that she was with him in the apartment during the time in question.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Mr Isaacs also noted that he was able to verify the details in J.C.’s claim with the “best available research”.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Dylan, now 80, denies claims in the lawsuit that he “exploited his status as a musician” to abuse her.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“This 56-year-old claim is untrue and will be vigorously defended,” Dylan’s spokesman said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The lawsuit was submitted just before the closure of the New York Child Victims’ Act look-back window, which has allowed victims of childhood sexual abuse to file legal claims that were previously too old to pursue due to a statute of limitations.</span></p>

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Olympian hospitalised after brutal one-punch assault

<p>Irish Olympian Jack Woolley, 22, has been hospitalised in Dublin after being punched in the face in a random attack.</p> <p>Woolley competed at the Tokyo Olympics in taekwondo and was assaulted “out of the blue” by a stranger, shortly after midnight on Saturday night.</p> <p>He was taken to Dublin’s St. James’ Hospital for facial reconstructive surgery, as he share d the news from his hospital bed on his social media profile.</p> <p>“Last night I went for a meal with my friend. Followed by a bar for a couple of drinks,” Woolley posted.</p> <p>“Heading back along the River Liffey a gang of roughly 8-12 men and women in their 20s began violently attacking people along the boardwalk</p> <p>“Unfortunately I was victim to these random attacks as I was just walking by before I was punched in the face by one of these group members.</p> <p>“Only one punch and followed by ‘my mistake wrong person’ then they continued to run off down the road attacking more civilians minding their own business.</p> <p>“Luckily I was able to phone an ambulance and stay conscious.</p> <p>“My friends helped me throughout all over this and I’m glad to say they both are well and safe.”</p> <p>Woolley added he would be undergoing surgery on his mouth.</p> <p>According to local reports, police are investigating the assault.</p> <p>The <em>Irish Times</em> stated: “One man, aged in his 20s, was conveyed to St James’s Hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries sustained during the incident.”</p> <p>“No arrests have been made. Investigations are ongoing.”</p> <p><em>Image: Instagram</em></p>

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Man charged over mass horse shooting

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">A man has been arrested over the death of 41 horses, including pregnant mares, at a property in western Queensland.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">A member of the public found the horses on August 5 at a 2000-hectare property north of Longreach.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The animals were found with multiple gunshot wounds, with police alleging the horses - including geldings, colts, pregnant mares, and mares with foals - were killed between August 3 and August 4.</span></p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 332.7731092436975px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7843087/68976102d91c47d75ed4dbb8efbba07f.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/2bde4707b52a4c9882a031806cde0b44" /></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Image: Supplied / Queensland Police</span></em></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The owner of the property had been in hospital for some time prior to the incident, and was not home when it occurred.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Police arrested and charged a 49-year-old Mount Isa man on Thursday, August 12, with one count of injuring animals.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The man was refused bail and will face the Mount Isa Magistrates Court on Friday.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Detective Sergeant Allan Cook said the incident caused “great devastation” in the local community.</span></p>

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Team GB rocked by doping controversy at Tokyo 2020 Olympics

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Great Britain's men’s track team is in danger of having their silver medal being stripped, after one of its athletes tested positive for banned substances. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Britain's Olympic 4x100m relay silver medallist Chijindu 'CJ' Ujah has been provisionally suspended for allegedly breaching strict anti-doping rules at the games.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) reported that athlete had returned an Adverse Analytical Finding (AAF) from a test carried during the Olympics in Japan. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The substances detected were Ostarine and S-23, which are both classified by the World Anti-doping Organisation, as they have similar effects to steroids. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The substances have been banned from the Olympics for some time, as they help build muscle and enhance overall sporting performance. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">CJ responded to the news of the doping scandal with a cryptic Instagram post that said, “Stay focused… Because truth is madder than fiction.” </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">CJ is allowed to request independent analysis of the sample to prove his innocence and keep his Olympic title. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">If he is found guilty of using performance-enhancing drugs, it could be devastating for his fellow members of the relay team. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Zharnel Hughes, Richard Kilty and Nethaneel Mitchell-Blake will also be at risk of being stripped if the positive is confirmed.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The news comes after three other track and field athletes were suspended during the Games for suspected doping. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Moroccan-born Bahraini 1,500m runner Sadik Mikhou, Georgian shot putter Benik Abramyan and Kenyan sprinter Mark Otieno Odhiambo were listed for using performance-enhancing drugs, and remain under investigation by the AIU. </span></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Image credit: Getty Images</span></em></p>

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“The powerful and rich are not exempt”: Prince Andrew sued over alleged sexual assault

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">TRIGGER WARNING: SEXUAL ASSAULT</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Australian-American Virginia Giuffre, one of Jeffrey Epstein’s longtime accusers, has sued Prince Andrew, saying he sexually assaulted her when she was 17.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Ms Giuffre’s lawyers filed the lawsuit in Manhattan federal court on Monday.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">In a statement, Ms Guiffre said the lawsuit, where she alleges she was trafficked to him and sexually abused by him, was brought under the Child Victims Act.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Under the act, victims of childhood sexual abuse can file a lawsuit up to the age of 55 against a person or institution that may have been involved.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“I am holding Prince Andrew accountable for what he did to me,” she said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“The powerful and rich are not exempt from being held responsible for their actions.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“I hope that other victims will see that it is possible not to live in silence and fear, but to reclaim one’s life by speaking out and demanding justice.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“I did not come to this decision lightly,” she continued.</span></p> <p><img style="width: 400px; height: 500px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7843011/82482731_153388842942400_6058970600144240907_n.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/ef68d67ff30c4f0f91e5656b1a98dbf1" /></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Image: Virginia Guiffre / Instagram</span></em></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“As a mother and a wife, my family comes first - and I know that this action will subject me to further attacks by Prince Andrew and his surrogates - but I knew if I did not pursue this action, I would be letting them and victims everywhere down.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">In a previous interview with </span><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">BBC Newsnight </span></em><span style="font-weight: 400;">in 2019, Prince Andrew said he had never had sex with Ms Guiffre.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“It didn’t happen,” he said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">He continued to say he had “no recollection” of ever meeting her and that there were “a number of things that are wrong” about her account of the encounter that allegedly occurred in 2001.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“I can absolutely categorically tell you it never happened,” Andrew said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">According to the allegations, Prince Andrew abused Ms Guiffre multiple times while she was under the age of 18.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">On one occasion that allegedly occurred in Ghislaine Maxwell’s home in London, Guiffre was allegedly forced by Epstein, Maxwell, and Prince Andrew to have sexual intercourse with the prince against her will.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The lawsuit also claims that on a separate occasion, Prince Andrew allegedly sexually abused Guiffre at Epstein’s New York home, where Maxwell forced Guiffre and another victim to sit on Andrew’s lap while he touched her.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Additionally, the lawsuit alleges that Andrew sexually abused the plaintiff on Epstein’s private island in the US Virgin Islands.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">During each incident, Epstein, Maxwell, and/or Prince Andrew gave her “express or implied threats” to engage in the sexual acts with the prince, according to the lawsuit.</span></p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 331.54296875px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7843012/gettyimages-1192977806.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/d29f2f9760cf45bd9be04d6525fdfc5f" /></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Melania Trump, Prince Andrew, Gwendolyn Beck, and Jeffrey Epstein. Image: Getty</span></em></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Ms Maxwell, 59, has pleaded not guilty to sex trafficking charges, and will face trial at Manhattan federal court in November.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Epstein died at the age of 66 while in federal jail in Manhattan in August 2019, one month after his arrest for sex trafficking charges.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Manhattan prosecutors have formally requested to speak with Prince Andrew as part of their continuing probe into Epstein and his encounters with women and teenage girls.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Ms Guiffre’s action comes as a fund set up to pay Epstein’s victims announced that it had largely completed its work on Monday, after agreeing to provide $US 125 million ($NZD 179 million) to more than 135 individuals.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The Epstein Victims Compensation Program, administered by Jordana Feldman, was designed as an alternative to lawsuits, which could take years to result in a payout.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Ms Feldman said 92 percent of 150 eligible applicants have accepted the payments offered by the fund, which were financed with money from Epstein’s estate.</span></p>

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Teen mum faces murder and child cruelty charges

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">A teenager in the US has been charged with murder and child cruelty after falling asleep in the bath with her 10-month-old son resting on her chest.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Anslie Nicole Brantly, 19, was under the influence of drugs when she fell asleep in the bath of her parents’ home in Coweta County, Georgia, police said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The child was found not breathing and cold to the touch, according to Investigator Daniel Smith from the Coweta County Sheriff’s Office.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“The baby was in the bathtub with her and was unresponsive when she woke up,” the Coweta County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Draiden Shane Nichol was taken to Piedmont Newnan Hospital and later succumbed to his injuries.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The little boy was later pronounced dead.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Brantley has since been charged with second-degree murder and taken into custody.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">While executing a search warrant at the home where the child died - which is owned by Brantley’s mother, Kelli Gordon - authorities also found methamphetamine according to the </span><em><a rel="noopener" href="https://times-herald.com/news/2021/07/coweta-mom-charged-in-drowning-death-of-infant" target="_blank"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Newnan Times-Herald</span></a></em><span style="font-weight: 400;">.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Gordon was arrested for charges relating to possession of narcotics and remains in the Coweta County Jail on charges unrelated to the child’s death and drug cases.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Five of Gordon’s other children have been placed in the custody of welfare officials.</span></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Image: Coweta County Sheriff’s Office / Facebook</span></em></p>

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Pensioner charged over possession of World War II tank

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">An 84-year-old man has been convicted by a German court for the illegal possession of weapons.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">His illegal, personal arsenal of weapons, including a Panther tank, a flak cannon, and other World War II military equipment, was discovered by authorities in 2015.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The man’s storage facility in northern Germany was raided by police in 2015 during an investigation into black market Nazi-art.</span></p> <p><iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/HMUUQJB6LJw" title="YouTube video player" frameborder="0" allow="accelerometer; autoplay; clipboard-write; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The investigation had turned up two bronze horse statues that stood in front of Adolf Hitler’s Chancellery in another man’s possession.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Instead of art, authorities found a cache of machine guns, automatic pistols, and more than 1,000 rounds of ammunition.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">According to local media, the man was outspoken about his weapons collection and even used the tank as a snowplough during one bad winter.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The man was handed a suspended prison sentence of 14 months and ordered to pay a 250,000 euro ($400,00) fine, German news agency dpa reported.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The defendant was also ordered to sell or donate the 40-tonne tank and anti-aircraft cannon to a museum or a collector within the next two years.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Geral Geocke, the man’s lawyer, spoke outside court, saying the suspended sentence reflected that the weapons were intended as museum pieces rather than for harming others.</span></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Video: shz.de</span></em></p>

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Serial killer too dangerous to set free

<p>Known as the ‘Cowboy killer,’ Regina Arthurell will be supervised for another two years after a Supreme Court judge found it would be far too dangerous to set her free.</p> <p>Arthurell was jailed and served almost 24 years behind bars as Reginald Arthurell but recently she’s transitioned to a woman.</p> <p>Arthurell was sentenced to jail for bashing to death her fiancée, Venet Mulhall, at Coonabarabran in 1995. At the time, Arthurell was on parole for killing her stepfather and a sailor in the 1970s and '80s.</p> <p>As Arthurell came to the end of her sentence, she underwent a hearing and Justice Richard Button ruled: "In light of the established pattern of fatal harm being repeatedly inflicted by the defendant that began approaching 50 years ago, for her to be completely at liberty in the community would simply be far too dangerous."</p> <p>The state was seeking a three-year order but was granted two years.</p> <p>This judgement was made despite the fact Arthurell is now 75 years old and in poor physical health.</p> <p>"A frail, even physically disabled, person can inflict fatal harm once armed with a weapon," Justice Button said.</p> <p>Arthurell will be subject to 47 conditions, which include electronic monitoring and alcohol rehabilitation.</p> <p>"The defendant, as I have said, is leading a very difficult, lonely life," Justice Button said, adding: "It is not unrealistic to think that she might begin to seek solace in alcohol, with potentially disastrous consequences."</p> <p><em>Image: Twitter</em></p>

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Watch out! This type of Facebook post could cost you $11,000

<p>The State Opposition has called for harsher, targeted public health orders to crack down on anti-lockdown rally organisers and viral social media spruikers.</p> <p>These tough new measures include $11,000 fines for people sharing information on social media about illegal rallies and inciting others to attend.</p> <p>As well, protest organisers would be fined $20,000 and unlawful attendees would be fined $5,500 which is an increase from the current $1000 penalty.</p> <p>Shadow Police Minister, Walt Secord, said these fines would be a deterrent for those spreading anti-vax sentiments and other incorrect information: “We should throw the book at these idiots who spread misinformation and lies along with the Delta variant,” he said.</p> <p><strong>Police Commissioner calls them “anarchists”</strong></p> <p>These new measures come after Police Commissioner, Mick Fuller, warned about “online chatter” on a possible second protest this Saturday. Commissioner Fuller described the organisers as “anarchists” who would not respond to court injunctions.</p> <p>Because of the recent surge in Covid-19 cases, fines for not wearing a mask have more than doubled - increasing from $200 to $500.</p> <p>The NSW government has reported there will be thousands of extra officers hitting the streets across Greater Sydney to enforce these tighter controls, as they continue to deal with the growing outbreak.</p> <p>Police have also been handed greater powers to close down business, construction sites and other premises which are not complying with the current health orders.</p>

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