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Hospitalised driver cops fine after dodging flying couch

<p><span>A driver has been handed a hefty fine after he reportedly swerved his car because a couch fell from a truck travelling in front of him.</span><br /><br /><span>Jake Singer was driving with his girlfriend from Boca Raton, in the US state of Florida, on February 20 when a couch from a truck fell in front of him, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reported.</span><br /><br /><span>Mr Singer swerved and flipped his car to avoid the couch.</span><br /><br /><span>He and his girlfriend were both hospitalised as a result of the accident.</span><br /><br /><span>Mr Singer told the Sun-Sentinel. People "could not believe" he and his partner were okay.</span><br /><br /><span>However Mr Singer is not happy after he copped a fine over the crash.</span><br /><br /><span>He told reporters a police officer arrived at the hospital to give him the ticket.</span></p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7840155/driver.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/eda143eb9d7a4df3970552ec552ad352" /></p> <p><em>Image: Twitter</em><br /><br /><span>“TIL (today I learned) that if you swerve to avoid a flying couch on I-95N in FL [Florida], make sure not to change lanes or you’ll get a citation for improper lane change from FL Hwy Patrol [Florida Highway Patrol],” he tweeted.</span><br /><br /><span>“Even if your car crashes into the median and flips over, totalled. (We’re both fine, somehow).”</span><br /><br /><span>According to the paper, a police officer gave Mr Singer a US$166 (A$213) ticket for “failing to drive in a single lane”.</span><br /><br /><span>Florida Highway Patrol Lieutenant Yanko Reyes said the ticket had to be issued.</span><br /><br /><span>“Remember, in Florida it is recommended to have at least a two-vehicle length between your vehicle and the vehicles in front of you because that way you have enough time to react in case something like this happens, in case somebody brakes, in case debris falls on the roadway, you’re able to avoid any and all difficulties,” he told the Sun-Sentinel.</span><br /><br /><span>The explanation didn’t sit well with Mr Singer, who took to Twitter to write: “I hereby challenge Lt Reyes to drive two car lengths behind a flying couch at 80mph (128k/h) and avoid it without leaving your lane.</span><br /><br /><span>“Hope you have enough time to look at the totality of the circumstances.”</span></p>

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The bizarre reason passenger caused $500 fine

<p><span>A driver has been fined a little more than AU$500 after police realised one strange detail about their passenger.</span><br /><br /><span>The motorist was pulled over in the carpool lane in Baldwin Park, California on February 19 and California Highway Patrol noticed that the driver’s “passenger” was indeed not a passenger at all.</span><br /><br /><span>They quickly realised it was actually a dummy that was put in the passenger seat and fully dressed in a flannel T-shirt, glasses, a Cleveland Indians baseball cap and none other than a face mask.</span><br /><br /><span>“By far, one of the best dummies we have ever seen,” police said.</span><br /><br /><span>“To clarify, we are referring to this fake passenger.</span><br /><br /><span>“At least he was following CDC guidelines by wearing his face mask.”</span></p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7840102/daily-4.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/8f1d69d6b3964614a49e8deec2e44bde" /></p> <p><em>Image: Supplied</em><br /><br /><span>Officer Rodrigo Jimenez told the San Gabriel Valley Tribune that the driver “didn’t say much”.</span><br /><br /><span>“Other than that he’s been driving with the mannequin, and he’d been getting away with it for a year and a half,” he revealed.</span><br /><br /><span>The driver had a dummy beside him to show he had a passenger so he could use the carpool lane.</span><br /><br /><span>It is illegal in several US cities to use a carpool lane with only just the driver in the car.</span><br /><br /><span>The fine was around $514, however the driver was allowed to keep the dummy.</span></p>

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High-profile horse trainer suspended over disturbing photo

<p><span>An image of top horse trainer Gordon Elliott posing for a photo while sitting on a dead horse has resulted in horror and anger from the public and British racing circles on Monday.</span><br /><br /><span>The Irishman is one of the sport’s most celebrated figures and has apologised for the disturbing image after it resurfaced on Saturday.</span><br /><br /><span>It depicted him sitting on a horse that had just died of a heart attack after a training run.</span><br /><br /><span>Elliott has since been suspended from horse racing, as reported by the <em>BBC</em>.</span><br /><br /><span>One of his most high-profile employers, Cheveley Park Stud, said they are "truly horrified" by the image.</span></p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7840081/daily-1.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/a5af72eeb8b8423abfbf5ad18536013a" /><br /><br /><span>Bookmaker Betfair dropped Elliott as an ambassador, saying his actions were not consistent with its "values".</span><br /><br /><span>A scathing statement from the British Horseracing Authority slammed the star.</span><br /><br /><span>"People who work in our industry believe their values — of caring for and respecting our horses — have been deeply undermined by this behaviour," the statement read.</span><br /><br /><span>The BHA said it was "appalled" by the image, saying: "On behalf of all horse-lovers, we say loudly that British horseracing finds this totally unacceptable."</span><br /><br /><span>Elliot defended his actions, saying the incident occurred “some time ago” and the picture was taken while he waited for the body of the horse to be taken away.</span><br /><br /><span>He went on to explain that he had received a phone call and had sat down on the dead animal “without thinking”.</span><br /><br /><span>The Irish Horseracing Regulatory Board is investigating the incident and the BHA said it is "considering its own regulatory options".</span><br /><br /><span>Both bodies have temporarily banned Elliott.</span><br /><br /><span>Elliott has been a Grand National-winning trainer three times, first taking the prize in 2007 with Silver Birch.</span><br /><br /><span>He would go on to train Tiger Roll to become the first back-to-back winner of horse racing's most gruelling jumps race — in 2018 and '19 — since Red Rum in the 1970s.</span><br /><br /><span>He has trained 32 winners at the Cheltenham Festival.</span><br /><br /><span>Tiger Roll owner, Michael O'Leary, is one of the few to come out in support of Elliott.</span><br /><br /><span>"We accept that this photograph was a grievous but momentary lapse of judgement by Gordon," said O'Leary, who runs the Gigginstown House Stud operation and is also CEO of budget airline Ryanair.</span><br /><br /><span>He continued: “and not in keeping with our 15-year experience of his concern for and attention to the welfare of our horses.</span><br /><br /><span>"We all make mistakes, and what is important is that we learn from them and ensure we do not repeat them. We accept Gordon's sincere, profound and unreserved apology and we will continue to support him and his team."</span><br /><br /><span>The Irish Horseracing Regulatory Board has said their investigation will be dealt with "as quickly as possible".</span></p>

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Night at the opera: Keith Urban reveals what really happened

<p>Keith Urban and Nicole Kidman love a night at the opera, but not when they're attacked with programs by avid opera fans.</p> <p>The pair found themselves in a heated exchange against an opera lover at the Sydney Opera House, where the man allegedly hit Kidman with her program.</p> <p>Of course, this was all just rumours until Urban confessed the story was true on<span> </span><em>The Kyle and Jackie O<span> </span></em>show.</p> <p>"We were sitting down with Nic's mum and we were clapping. It was a bloody great performance and everyone was cheering and cheering," Keith said.</p> <p>"I looked around and I see a few people standing and a few more and I thought 'oh I'm getting up'.</p> <p>"And then this guy behind me just whacked Nic, like really hit her, with the program."</p> <p>"It's a bit of a pickle I was in because I'm a husband and you want to defend your wife but it took a lot of restraint. I was pretty upset," he said.</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/CHdzh1KHS1c/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="13"> <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/CHdzh1KHS1c/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Nicole Kidman (@nicolekidman)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p>Keith explained that it was his first time at the opera and was unaware standing up was a bad thing.</p> <p>"We did not know you are not supposed to stand in the opera. Having not been to the opera before ever in my life, I am sensitive to the etiquette," he said.</p> <p>It's unclear whether the pair have plans to return to the opera after the exchange.</p>

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8-year-old denied life-saving surgery until $1.5 million fee is paid

<p>A Nigerian boy travelled with his parents to the UK for a small surgery then discovered he had cancer but a quirk in the system means the life-saving surgery is out of reach.</p> <p>His parents will be required to pay £885,000 (AU$1,580,000) up front before the NHS can legally operate on him.</p> <p>Nathaniel Nabena had one of his eyes removed in Nigeria in order to treat the cancer and stop its spread.</p> <p>But then in November last year, he travelled to the UK to be fitted with a prostethic eye.</p> <p>The surgery was meant to be quick and painless but the 8-year-old soon fell sick and tests revealed he had leukaemia.</p> <p>Nathaniel desperately needs a stem cell transplant to stay alive, but doctors won’t operate on him until his parents pay the fee - which is so high because patients from non-EU countries are charged 150 per cent of the NHS price for hospital treatment.</p> <p>“If we do not manage to raise the funds, we have been told that hospice care is the next step,” his father Ebisidor wrote on a<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.gofundme.com/f/Raise-money-for-Nathaniels-Stem-Cell-Treatment" target="_blank"><em>GoFundMe page</em></a>.</p> <p>Nathaniel has been battling cancer for the past three years, and his parents believed the worst was over before they were hit with the leukaemia diagnosis.</p> <p>He had a myeloid sarcoma under his left eye which caused it to swell up so badly, removal was the only option.</p> <p>Nathaniel is currently in the Croydon University Hospital.</p> <p>Medical practitioners are charging £825,000 to cover their expenses for tests, chemotherapy and a bone marrow transplant.</p> <p>Nathaniel’s dad described his son as “a bright, wonderful child”.</p> <p>“It has been a long, hard journey but we will never stop fighting for Nathaniel. He deserves a life free of cancer,” Ebisidor Nabena said.</p> <p>A Department of Health and Social Care spokesperson told<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/boy-9-diagnosed-leukaemia-uk-23496109" target="_blank"><em>The Sun</em></a><span> </span>in a statement: “Every taxpayer supports the health service and so it is only right that overseas visitors contribute towards their treatment costs.</p> <p>“As the rules stand, NHS care must be paid for in advance of providing non-urgent treatment and any debts that do arise from providing urgent care will be followed up with.</p> <p>“The NHS will always provide high standards of care for those who need it and repayment plans can be agreed with the provider.”</p>

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"Visibly furious" Jacinda Ardern berates Scott Morrison in press conference

<div class="post_body_wrapper"> <div class="post_body"> <div class="body_text redactor-styles redactor-in"> <p>New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern was "visibly furious" at the Australian Morrison government, claiming that Australia did "not act in good faith". This is after an alleged ISIS terrorist travelled to Syria on an Australian passport and was detained in Turkey with her two children.</p> <p>The detained woman held dual citizenship for Australia and New Zealand, but her Australian citizenship was revoked as part of a new policy to strip dual-citizenship from terrorists.</p> <p>As the woman travelled on her Australian passport, she was detained and is now considered legally to be only a New Zealand citizen, despite not living in the country since the age of six.</p> <p>This left Ardern furious.</p> <p>“I never believe that the right response was to simply have a race to revoke people’s citizenship … We will put our hands up when we need to own the situation, we expected the same of Australia. They did not act in good faith,” Ms Ardern said on Tuesday.</p> <p>Ms Ardern said her government “firmly believe” the woman should return to Australia, and has “repeatedly communicated that view to the Australian government at the highest levels”.</p> <p>“It is wrong that New Zealand should shoulder the responsibility for a situation involving a woman who has not lived in New Zealand since she was six, has resided in Australia since that time, has her family in Australia and left for Syria from Australia on her Australian passport.</p> <p>“Any fair-minded person would consider this person an Australian and that is my view too,” Ms Ardern said.</p> <p>Ardern has said that the chief priority is the welfare of the two children.</p> <p>“These children were born in a conflict zone through no fault of their own,” Ms Ardern said.</p> <p>“Coming to New Zealand, where they have no immediate family, would not be in their best interests. We know that young children thrive best when surrounded by people who love them. We will be raising these points with the Australian Government.</p> <p>“We will be engaging with the Turkish authorities, and given there are children involved, their welfare will be top of mind in our response.”</p> <p>When Mr Morrison was asked about New Zealand's response, he said that it was his job to put "Australia's national security interests first".</p> <p>He also pointed out that as a part of the legislation, citizenship can be cancelled "automatically and that has been a known part of Australia's law for some time".</p> <p>“There is still a lot more unknown about this case and where it sits and where it may go next,” Mr Morrison added.</p> </div> </div> </div>

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Postman's disgusting act after finding elderly woman lying in the snow

<p>Distressing footage has emerged of the moment a postman appears to leave an elderly woman lying on the frozen ground after she had fallen outside of her home.</p> <p>Captured on the neighbour's doorbell camera, the interaction shows 72-year-old grandmother of two Patricia Stewart and the Royal Mail employee as he was delivering a package in Bainsford, Scotland, on Thursday.</p> <p>Stewart was lying on the path in the snow when the postman arrived.</p> <p>In the footage, shared by her niece Sheryl Harkins, Steward can he heard asking the postman for help, before he says: “I can’t help pal, I’m knackered”, and walks away.</p> <p>Thankfully, the grandmother did not face any serious injuries.</p> <p>Harkins says another delivery worker arrived a short time later and called the neighbours for help.</p> <p>“Thank goodness for that girl because this could have been a very different situation if she hadn’t turned up when she did,” she wrote.</p> <p>“I honestly don’t have the words for how disgusting this is, for a human being to treat another human being in this manner.</p> <p>“Words fail me.”</p> <p>A Royal Mail area manager has since apologised to Stewart for the incident.</p> <p>“Royal Mail expects the highest standards of behaviour from our people while out on deliveries and collections at all times,” a spokesperson told local media.</p> <p>“We regularly remind our postmen and postwomen of the important role they play in their local communities.</p> <p>“We were very sorry to learn about this incident, and for the distress this incident has caused.</p> <p>“We are in touch with the customer concerned and will be investigating this incident.”</p>

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Elderly man fined over DIY zebra crossing for his disabled wife

<p><span>An elderly man is paying the price for painting a zebra crossing near his home after multiple requests to his local council went ignored.</span><br /><br /><span>Laurie Phillips, 78, was forced to take matters into his own hands when his local council ignored multiple requests to introduce a safer crossing on his busy street for his disabled wife.</span><br /><br /><span>Mr Phillips, from Dorset on England’s south coast, painted the crossing early one morning with two friends.</span></p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7839882/zebra-crossing-1.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/0c972e78a2844e86b5e4995be2d3dfae" /><br /><br /><span>However council workers were quick to report him to the police and his creation was quickly removed.</span><br /><br /><span>Mr Phillips argued his DIY crossing had made the area “dramatically safer”, but local authorities agreed and was slapped with a fine of AU$233 after being interviewed by police.</span><br /><br /><span>He said he warned the council he would install the crossing for his 76-year-old wife Estelle, who uses a mobility scooter, if they failed to do so.</span></p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7839881/zebra-crossing-2.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/dca54c26bbae4917a2fe1dbfa9d0475c" /><br /><br /><span>He went on to argue that he was never told not to install a crossing and believes the debacle is a waste of police resources a</span><br /><br /><span>Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Council have since said they will “carefully assess” if a crossing was needed at the location.</span></p> <p><em><span>Images: Bournemouth News/Australscope</span></em></p>

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100-year-old man charged with 3,518 murders in WWII

<div class="post_body_wrapper"> <div class="post_body"> <div class="body_text redactor-styles redactor-in"> <p>German prosecutors have charged a 100-year-old man with 3,518 counts of accessory to murder after allegations the man served during the second world war as a Nazi SS guard at a concentration camp.</p> <p>He is alleged to have worked at the Sachsenhausen camp between 1942 and 1945.</p> <p>The man's name has not been released in line with Germany privacy laws, but Cyrill Klement, the lead investigator, believes that the man was an enlisted member of the Nazi party's paramilitary wing.</p> <p>Despite being 100, the man is considered fit enough to stand trial, but accommodations may have to be made to limit how many hours a day the court is in session, according to <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/feb/09/man-100-charged-in-germany-over-3518-nazi-concentration-camp-murders" target="_blank"><em>The Guardian</em></a>.</p> <p>“The advanced age of the defendants is no excuse to ignore them and allow them to live in the peace and tranquillity they denied their victims,” Efraim Zuroff of the Simon Wiesenthal Center said.</p> <p>The case was handed to the Neuruppin office in 2019 by the special federal prosecutors' office in Ludwigsburg, which is tasked with investigating Nazi-era war crimes.</p> <p>The case against the 100-year-old man relies on a recently set legal precedent in Germany that establishes anyone who helped a Nazi camp function can be prosecuted for accessory to the murders that were committed there.</p> <p>The court has not yet set a date for the trial.</p> </div> </div> </div>

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Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban fight stranger at the opera

<p>Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban had an eventful experience at the Sydney Opera House after an altercation with a gentleman.</p> <p>According to<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.smh.com.au/culture/celebrity/high-drama-when-nic-and-keith-went-to-the-opera-20210204-p56zjy.html" target="_blank"><em>The Sydney Morning Herald</em></a>, the couple fought about opera etiquette with the man and it resulted in him being escorted from the building.</p> <p>The couple attended a showing of<span> </span><em>The Merry Widow</em><span> </span>and were so thrilled with the performance that they both rose to give a standing ovation to the cast.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">Last night we were joined by two familiar faces (recognisable even with face masks) at The Merry Widow...<br /><br />Thanks Nicole Kidman and <a href="https://twitter.com/KeithUrban?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@KeithUrban</a> for your support! We were honoured to have two great Australian artists in the audience and hope you enjoyed the performance. <a href="https://t.co/bfj2oM57d6">pic.twitter.com/bfj2oM57d6</a></p> — Opera Australia (@OperaAustralia) <a href="https://twitter.com/OperaAustralia/status/1349867238887624705?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">January 14, 2021</a></blockquote> <p>The gentleman behind them allegedly took issue with the fact that the pair were on their feet and told them so.</p> <p>After the famous couple didn't sit down, the man swatted Kidman with his show program, which was where Urban accused the man of assaulting his wife.</p> <p>Kidman was left very upset after the incident, which prompted a call to police.</p> <p>NSW Police confirmed that two officers were called to the opera that night.</p> <p>"Police have been told a 53-year-old man and a 67-year-old man were both attending the entertainment centre when an argument broke out. Officers spoke to both men and no further action was taken," NSW Police said in a statement.</p>

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Prime suspect in legendary plane mystery dies

<p>Few cases in history have been able to stump America's most experienced investigators.</p> <p>Yet the unsolved case of how a well-groomed businessman successfully hijacked a flight from Portland, Oregon to Seattle, Washington 50 years ago - only to parachute from the plane after his requests were met , never to be seen again - baffled FBI agents to the point where they decided to close the case years ago.</p> <p>And now, the chances of them solving the case is even more unlikely as lead suspect Sheridan Peterson, who is thought to be "Dan 'DB' Cooper", died on January 8 according to memorial website<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="http://legacy.com/" target="_blank">Legacy.com</a>.</p> <p>The 94-year-old once said "the FBI had good reason to suspect me" in an article published on July 2007 in the National Smokejumper Association's (NSA) Smokejumper Magazine.</p> <p>“Friends and associates agreed that I was without a doubt DB Cooper. There were too many circumstances involved for it to be a coincidence,” he wrote.</p> <p>“At the time of the heist, I was 44 years old. That was the approximate age Cooper was assumed to have been, and I closely resembled sketches of the hijacker.”</p> <p>Even Mr Peterson's ex-wife once told FBI agents that it "sounded like something he'd do".</p> <p>On another occasion, a photo came into fruition showing Mr Peterson dressed in the exact same outfit - a black raincoat over a freshly pressed business suit - as the hijacker during the 1971 flight.</p> <p>“What was even more incriminating was the photo of me simulating a skydiving manoeuvre for Boeing’s news sheet,” Mr Peterson wrote in his<span> </span><em>Smokejumper<span> </span></em>piece.</p> <p>“I was wearing a suit and tie – the same sort of garb Cooper had worn, right down to the Oxford loafers. It was noted that skydivers don’t ordinarily dress so formally.”</p> <p>Mr Peterson long claimed, however, that at the time of the hijacking he was living in a mud hut in Nepal, working on a “protest novel” about his experiences in Vietnam.</p>

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Prince Harry accepts apology over "baseless claims" in Mail article

<div class="post_body_wrapper"> <div class="post_body"> <div class="body_text redactor-styles redactor-in"> <p>Prince Harry has accepted an apology and "substantial damages" from<span> </span><em>The Mail on Sunday</em><span> </span>and<span> </span><em>MailOnline's</em><span> </span>publisher after claims that he "snubbed" the Royal Marines after stepping down as a senior royal.</p> <p>Jenny Afia, representing Prince Harry, said: "The baseless, false and defamatory stories published in the<span> </span><em>Mail on Sunday</em><span> </span>and on the website<span> </span><em>MailOnline<span> </span></em>constituted not only a personal attack upon the Duke's character but also wrongly brought into question his service to this country."</p> <p>According to<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://news.sky.com/story/prince-harry-accepts-apology-and-substantial-damages-over-baseless-claims-in-mail-article-12205233" target="_blank"><em>Sky News</em></a><em>,<span> </span></em>Prince Harry sued Associated Newspapers for libel over two "almost identical" articles that were published in October with the headline "top general accuses Harry of turning his back on the Royal Marines".</p> <p>The articles said that Prince Harry "not been in touch... since his last appearance as an honorary Marine in March".</p> <p>Harry's lawyers said in court documents that the paper "disregarded the claimant's reputation in its eagerness to publish a barely researched and one-sided article in pursuit of the imperative to sell newspapers and attract readers to its website".</p> <p>It has not been confirmed how much he was awarded in damages, but Prince Harry is donating the money to the Invictus Games Foundation, which runs the competition he set up in 2014 for injured, wounded or sick servicemen and servicewomen.</p> <p>His lawyer said this will allow him to "feel something good had come out of the situation".</p> <p>As Prince Harry served as an army officer for 10 years and holds a number of honorary military titles as a member of the Royal Family, royal correspondent Rhiannon Mills said that "any suggestion he has let them [military family] down since stepping away as a senior royal was always going to hit him [Prince Harry] hard."</p> <p>"This settlement is as much about showing his military brothers and sisters that he will still fight their corner, as it is another display of the Sussexes' ongoing personal battle against the UK tabloid press," she said.</p> </div> </div> </div>

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Paralympian shamed for using disabled spot

<p><span>A double amputee Paralympian has shared the moment a stranger sneered in disgust when she parked in a disabled car space.</span></p> <p><span>Jessica Long, 28, revealed the incident in a TikTok video that has received over 4.2 million views.</span></p> <p><span>"I was never bullied as a kid and I didn't know that I was going to be bullied by adults because I park in handicap [spot]," the American athlete shared.</span></p> <p><span>Long said a woman had given her a disgusted look for parking in the disabled-only spot, before telling her she shouldn’t be allowed to use it.</span></p> <p><span>"So, it just happened again. I was parking my car — and I hope she sees this — this woman just has the nerve to look me up and down disgusted that I parked in the handicapped spot," the Maryland local explained.</span></p> <p><span>"She just kind of rolled down her window and proceeded to be like, 'You shouldn't park there.'"</span></p> <p><span>Long said she informed the woman she was an amputee, saying, "I don't have legs!"</span></p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/CJwBEq2JQYZ/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="13"> <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/CJwBEq2JQYZ/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Jessica Long (@jessicatatianalong)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p> </p> <p><span>"That's why I'm parked in the handicapped [space]. That's why I have the handicapped pass. And she kind of just drove off."</span></p> <p><span>The athlete ended her video with a message for "all the handicap police out there".</span></p> <p><span>"Just be kind. You don't need to know why someone is parked in handicapped."</span></p> <p><span>Long was born missing bones in her lower legs as a result of a birth defect called fibular hemimelia.</span></p> <p><span>She told Buzzfeed her adoptive parents had her undergo an operation to amputate her legs when she was 18 months old so she "could be fitted with prosthetic legs and learn to walk."</span></p> <p><span>Long has endured more than 25 surgeries, but found a new redemption in swimming.</span></p> <p><span>Long has gone on to win 13 Paralympic gold medals for swimming and has competed in four Paralympic Games.</span></p> <p><span>Long said the incident with the woman was not an isolated situation, and says she gets "two to four comments" per week about her normal routine.</span></p> <p><span>"I've had people yell at me, leave notes on my windshield, knock on my car window, or wait for me to get out of my car just to tell me I can't park there," she said.</span></p> <p><span>Long told BuzzFeed people like to assume she doesn't "look handicapped."</span></p> <p><span>"I've been through more surgeries than I can count. My whole life I've had to adapt. I rely on my handicap pass," she said.</span></p> <p><span>"I'm open to explaining why I use my pass if someone asks, but I don't understand blatant rudeness, especially based on assumption.</span></p> <p><span>“I am always try to be kind and give people the benefit of the doubt first, and I hope more people will choose that as their first response."</span></p>

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Trump sneaks in one more official pardon

<p><span>Former President Donald Trump has made one last pardon in his final hours of presidency.</span><br /><br /><span>Fox News host Jeanine Pirro has successfully lobbied the US politician and TV star to pardon her ex-husband after learning he was not on Trump’s final pardon list, which was released on Wednesday.</span><br /><img style="width: 0px; height: 0px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7839598/trump.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/a9279398dfe647fe8a4a5ccf923fd558" /><br /><span>Albert J Pirro Jr was convicted on conspiracy and tax evasion charges after improperly deducting $1.5 million (US$1.2 million) of his personal expenses in business write-offs.</span><br /><br /><span>Reports via CNN claim Mr Pirro was not on the pardon list, before his ex-wife lobbied for Mr Trump’s help.</span><br /><br /><span>Aides were told midmorning in the middle of changing over duties to the new administration, that Mr Pirro’s pardon needed to be done.</span><br /><br /><span>CNN reported the order came as a surprise as they rushed to fulfill the pardon before Trump’s reign ended at midday.</span><br /><br /><span>Mr Pirro joins a number of individuals who received last-minute pardons and commutations yesterday from Mr Trump.</span><br /><br /><span>This includes his onetime political strategist Steve Bannon, former top fundraiser Elliott Broidy and well-known rappers Lil Wayne and Kodak Black.</span><br /><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7839597/trump-1.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/fc751a69ff784ee0aea117755511ff77" /></p> <p><em>Donald Trump with rapper Lil Wayne. </em></p> <p><span>Jeanine Pirro is one of Fox News’ highest-rated weekend hosts, and has gotten cozy with Mr Trump for being one of his most vehement defenders.</span><br /><br /><span>She attended his annual New Year's Eve party in December 2020.</span><br /><br /><span>Mr Trump, and Pirro clearly have developed an alliance as he called for Fox News to bring the host “back” after she was reportedly suspended by the network following commentary that doubted the patriotism of Democratic Representative Ilhan Omar.</span><br /><br /><span>"Bring back @JudgeJeanine Pirro," Trump tweeted.</span><br /><br /><span>"The Radical Left Democrats, working closely with their beloved partner, the Fake News Media, is using every trick in the book to SILENCE a majority of our Country. They have all out campaigns against @FoxNews hosts who are doing too well."</span><br /><br /><span>Ms Pirro targeted Ms Omar, who is one of the few Muslim members of Congress.</span><br /><br /><span>She pointed out the political figure’s religious head covering.</span><br /><br /><span>"Think about it: Omar wears a hijab," Ms Pirro said.</span><br /><br /><span>“Is her adherence to this Islamic doctrine indicative of her adherence to Sharia law, which in itself is antithetical to the United States Constitution?"</span><br /><br /><span>Her remarks prompted Fox to release a statement, "We strongly condemn Jeanine Pirro's comments" and went on to say that the views she expressed "do not reflect those of the network and we have addressed the matter with her directly."</span></p>

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Meghan Markle asks for urgent court ruling over “breach of privacy”

<p><span>Meghan Markle’s lawyers have asked a judge to settle her lawsuit against a newspaper before it goes to trial.</span><br /><br /><span>The 39-year-old Royal is suing Associated Newspapers for an invasion of privacy and copyright infringement over five articles published in the<em> Mail on Sunday</em> and the <em>MailOnline</em> through February of 2019.</span><br /><br /><span>Her legal team have asked a British judge to rule that the publication released a "deeply personal" letter to her estranged father that was "a plain and a serious breach of her rights of privacy".</span><br /><br /><span>The publications included portions of a handwritten letter to her father, Thomas Markle, after her marriage to Prince Harry in 2018.</span><br /><br /><span>Associated Newspapers is contesting the claim, and a full trial is due to be held in the autumn at the High Court.</span><br /><br /><span>It is set to be one of London's highest-profile civil court showdowns for years.</span><br /><br /><span>The Duchess is seeking a summary judgement that would find in her favour and dismiss the newspaper's defence case.</span><br /><br /><span>Her lawyer, Justin Rushbrooke, has that the publisher has "no real prospect" of winning the case.</span><br /><br /><span>"At its heart, it's a very straightforward case about the unlawful publication of a private letter," he said at the start of a two-day hearing, held remotely because of coronavirus restrictions.</span><br /><br /><span>Rushbrooke said Meghan had an understanding that "a heartfelt plea from an anguished daughter to her father" would remain private.</span><br /><br /><span>Lawyers for the Duchess say Thomas Markle, a retired television cinematographer, caused anguish for Meghan and Harry before their May 2018 wedding.</span><br /><br /><span>He gave multiple media interviews and posed for wedding-preparation shots taken by a paparazzi agency.</span><br /><br /><span>He did not attend the wedding ceremony after suffering a heart attack.</span><br /><br /><span>Rushbrooke said Meghan's letter was "a message of peace" and it’s aim was "to stop him talking to the press."</span><br /><br /><span>He said the Duchess took steps to ensure the five-page, 1,250-word letter would not be intercepted.</span><br /><br /><span>She sent it by FedEx through her accountant to her father's home.</span><br /><br /><span>The letter begged Thomas Markle to stop speaking to the media, saying: "Your actions have broken my heart into a million pieces."</span><br /><br /><span>The last sentences, read out in court, were: "I ask for nothing other than peace. And I wish the same for you."</span><br /><br /><span>Lawyers for Associated Newspapers however have argued that Meghan likely knew the letter would one day be published.</span></p>

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Wuhan doctors admit they were told to lie about severity of COVID-19

<p><span>Chinese doctors in Wuhan have been secretly filmed admitting to knowing how serious coronavirus was at the start of the outbreak, but were ordered to lie by authorities.</span><br /><br /><span>There is growing evidence the Chinese Communist Party misled the global community in the early stages of the pandemic, a new documentary by UK broadcaster ITV called Outbreak: <em>The Virus That Shook The World,</em> has claimed.</span><br /><br /><span>China informed the World Health Organisation (WHO) of the first 27 cases of COVID-19 on December 31, 2019.</span><br /><br /><span>However they did not report any deaths until mid-January.</span><br /><br /><span>But senior doctors in Wuhan were secretly filmed by a citizen journalist, and said they knew about the deaths as early as December.</span><br /><br /><span>“We all felt there shouldn’t have been any doubt about human-to-human transmission,” one doctor said in the footage.</span></p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7839576/wuhan-covid-1.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/839cf6b95524475189c53af0e096ed0a" /><br /><br /><span>“Actually, at the end of December or beginning of January, the relative of someone I know died of this virus. Many of those living with him were also infected including people I know.”</span><br /><br /><span>Another doctor said: “We knew the virus transmitted from human to human, but when we attended a hospital meeting we were told not to speak out. Provincial government leaders told the hospitals not to tell the truth.”</span><br /><br /><span>The doctors claimed that authorities knew the January Lunar New Year celebrations would accelerate the spread of the virus.</span><br /><br /><span>However they allowed the festivities to go ahead anyway in order to “present a harmonious and prosperous society”.</span><br /><br /><span>“They shouldn’t have allowed any gatherings,” one said.</span><br /><br /><span>“The provincial and local governments knew the threat but they continued to allow crowds.”</span><br /><br /><span>WHO infamously tweeted on January 14 about the virus: “Preliminary investigations conducted by the Chinese authorities have found no clear evidence of human-to-human transmission.”</span><br /><br /><span>Taiwanese experts interviewed by the program backed up the Wuhan doctors’ testimony.</span><br /><br /><span>Dr Yin-Ching Chuang from the country’s Infectious Diseases Prevention and Treatment Network said his team struggled to get an answer on whether the virus was spread through hand-to-hand transmission.</span><br /><br /><span>After they were granted permission to travel to China, the truth finally emerged in a meeting.</span><br /><br /><span>“We asked a lot of questions, very unwillingly they finally came out and said limited human-to-human transmission can’t be ruled out,” he said.</span><br /><br /><span>“What was the scale of infection? How big was this epidemic? How many patients were affected? We didn’t know. Only they knew this. Why didn’t China inform other countries of this human-to-human matter earlier?”</span><br /><br /><span>Nationals backbencher Matt Canavan has since accused Beijing of having “something to hide” and said it vindicated the Morrison Government’s calls for transparency.</span><br /><br /><span>“That’s why the federal government’s always been consistent in calling for a proper, transparent inquiry (on the origins of COVID-19),” he told Today.</span><br /><br /><span>“The question has to be asked – if China has nothing to hide here, why they are going to these sort of lengths to hide things?”</span><br /><br /><span>The prevailing theory as to how coronavirus began, is that it originated in bats and jumped to humans during a “wet market” that sold and butchered exotic animals.</span><br /><br /><span>China, however, has begun pushing the theory that the virus originated overseas and arrived in Wuhan through imported frozen food products.</span><br /><br /><span>The countries being accused include Europe, South America and even Australia.</span></p>

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"Showed no concern": Thomas Markle slams Meghan in court

<p>Meghan Markle's father Thomas Markle has slammed his royal daughter in court, claiming that a private letter Meghan sent him "signalled the end of our relationship".</p> <p>The letter, which was written in 2018, is at the centre of a highly-followed court battle with the former Duchess of Sussex suing Associated Newspapers for breaching her privacy by publishing the letter.</p> <p>Associated Newspapers is the publisher of<span> </span><em>Mail on Sunday,<span> </span></em>which is where the letter was first made public.</p> <p>Thomas said that he felt like he had no choice to make parts of the letter public after reading an article written by<span> </span><em>People</em><span> </span>magazine with quotes from Meghan's friends.</p> <p>One of the quotes in the article read: “After the wedding she wrote him a letter. She’s like, ‘Dad, I’m so heartbroken. I love you. I have one father. Please stop victimising me through the media so we can repair our relationship.’”</p> <p>Thomas claims that this comment is a "total lie" and the letter wasn't an attempt to save their relationship but was a "criticism" instead.</p> <p>“(The<span> </span><em>People</em><span> </span>quote) suggested to people that Meg had reached out to me with the letter, saying in the letter that she loved me and that she wanted to repair our relationship.</p> <p>“That suggestion was false. The letter was not an attempt at a reconciliation. It was a criticism of me.</p> <p>“The letter didn’t say she loved me. It did not even ask how I was. It showed no concern about the fact I had suffered a heart attack and asked no questions about my health.</p> <p>“It actually signalled the end of our relationship, not a reconciliation.”</p> <p>Thomas then spoke about how the<span> </span><em>People</em><span> </span>article hurt him and his reputation in the statement.</p> <p>“(It) vilified me by making out that I was dishonest, exploitative, publicity-seeking, uncaring and cold-hearted, leaving a loyal and dutiful daughter devastated”.</p> <p>He also said that he didn't release the whole letter "because I thought the letter as a whole made Meg look terrible", according to his statement.</p> <p>Lawyers for the Duchess of Sussex said that the publication of the “intrinsically private, personal and sensitive” letter was a “triple-barrelled invasion of her privacy rights”.</p> <p>“It (the letter) is a heartfelt plea from an anguished daughter to her father (the word ‘pain’ or ‘painful’ appears no fewer than five times), begging him to stop talking to the press.”</p> <p>Anthony White QC, who is representing Associated Newspapers, has argued that Meghan penned the letter “to defend her against charges of being an uncaring or unloving daughter” and must have known “that her father might choose to disclose it”.</p> <p>Meghan's lawyers have applied for a summary judgement to be handed down, which means that the case could be resolved without going to trial.</p> <p>However, if the case goes ahead, both Thomas and Meghan could take to the stand as witnesses.</p>

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Distraught family of deceased newborn share heartbreaking words

<p><span>The distraught family of a two-week-old baby whose death is being investigated say “she melted the hearts of everyone who met her”.</span><br /><br /><span>Staff at a hospital in northwest England called police after they shared concerns for the newborn on Friday, January 8.</span><br /><br /><span>Despite medical expert’s best efforts, little Felicity-May Harvey left the world on January 11.</span><br /><br /><span>A 24-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of murder.</span><br /><br /><span>He has since been released on bail pending further enquiries.</span></p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7839536/felicity-may.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/de09158461cb496985d5288e8b9355ec" /><br /><br /><span>Greater Manchester Police asked the public to stop themselves before making speculations about the little girl’s murder.</span><br /><br /><span>Her family said their “hearts are broken” after losing their “precious baby girl”.</span><br /><br /><span>“She was a gorgeous baby and always so alert, looking around with her big blue eyes,” they said in a statement.</span><br /><br /><span>“She was absolutely beautiful and incredibly brave and she melted the hearts of everyone who met her.”</span><br /><br /><span>The family said her cleft lip and palate made her “extra special”.</span><br /><br /><span>They added that “despite the challenges of this she was the most happy and content little girl”.</span><br /><br /><span>“She was and always will be loved by her mum, sisters and family and there is a huge void in all our hearts and lives now that she has been taken from us,” the family said.</span><br /><br /><span>“She was our special star, and it is not fair that she shone brightly for only a short time.</span><br /><br /><span>“When we look up at the sky, we will look through the clouds and know that the brightest star shining is our Felicity-May.</span><br /><br /><span>“Rest in peace baby girl. Sleep tight. Until we meet again, our precious angel.”</span></p>

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