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Miranda Kerr slammed over promoting “dangerous advice”

<div class="post_body_wrapper"> <div class="post_body"> <div class="body_text "> <p>Australian supermodel and influencer Miranda Kerr has been slammed for sharing controversial advice in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic.</p> <p>Kerr shared a guide called the “Virus Protection” guide with her 12.2 million Instagram followers, and the move has been labelled “dangerous” and “irresponsible” by a medical professional.</p> <p>The guide that Kerr shared is written by a medical medium known as Anthony Williams, who has no medical qualifications and has previously stated that celery juice is the “greatest healing tonic of all time”.</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/B9rxfO3ni1m/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="margin: 8px 0 0 0; padding: 0 4px;"><a style="color: #000; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none; word-wrap: break-word;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/B9rxfO3ni1m/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">Great info to help people at this time 🙏🏻💖 @medicalmedium</a></p> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;">A post shared by <a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/mirandakerr/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank"> Miranda</a> (@mirandakerr) on Mar 13, 2020 at 11:31am PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>His medical advice and theories come from “communications with the gods”.</p> <p>Kerr is still standing by the advice, despite Dr Joshua Wolrich slamming the post.</p> <p>"ABSOLUTELY NOT. Do better with your influence,” he said.</p> <p>"This 'virus protection' guide is full of unscientific nonsense that has ZERO medical validity.</p> <p>"Celery juice doesn't fight viral infections, nor does any of the rest of the advice in this guide.</p> <p>"Open your eyes people. Misinformation is dangerous. Stop spreading it."</p> <p>Kerr rarely shares health advice with her followers, and some have reacted strongly to her post from the medium.</p> <p>Please don't share information when you're not qualified to do so (especially from someone who REALLY isn't qualified to do so),” one follower wrote.</p> <p>"The information you're sharing isn't in any way valid and to anyone who reads this, IT WILL NOT PROTECT YOU FROM THE VIRUS.</p> <p>"Please take it down."</p> <p>Another follower said that it was “dangerous nonsense”. </p> <p>Others agreed, saying that the advice is in “no way supported by science or medicine. Shameful”.</p> </div> </div> </div>

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Inquest hears evidence on three-year-old’s death on inflatable trampoline

<p>A funfair worker attempted to catch a three-year-old girl who was thrown higher than a house when an inflatable trampoline exploded, an inquest has heard.</p> <p>Ava-May Littleboy was playing on the trampoline when it burst on the beach at Gorleston-on-Sea in Norfolk, England on July 1, 2018. Beth Jones, a friend of Ava-May’s aunt Abbie Littleboy, said the toddler “went up so high, it was higher than my house, about 20 feet [6 metres]”.</p> <p>Jones said she heard a loud bang before she saw Ava-May in the air.</p> <p>“There was a massive thud and Ava came down on her face and tummy. I wasn’t close enough to catch her,” said Jones.</p> <p>She said a funfair worker “had her arms fully out to try to catch her, but she couldn’t as it was so quick”.</p> <p>Abbie Littleboy said the sides of the inflatable trampoline seemed “stiff” but thought it was “meant to be” that way.</p> <p>She said she saw Ava-May “flipping” through the air after a loud boom.</p> <p>“I just remember my little niece flipping. Her eyes were closed and she didn’t scream. I remember looking at her little face and I think the force that sent her up had already done something to her. It was like she was asleep.”</p> <p>Ava-May landed on her face on the sand, suffered a head injury and died in hospital.</p> <p>In a statement read by the coroner, the child’s father Nathan Rowe said: “My heart is scattered all over that beach. I will never go back there as long as I live.”</p> <p>The other child on the inflatable trampoline had no severe injuries.</p> <p>Norfolk senior coroner Jacqueline Lake said the inquest would hear evidence about the “acquisition of the inflatable trampoline, risk assessments carried out, working practices at Johnson Funfairs Limited and the responsibilities and roles within that business”.</p> <p>It would not “include the reason why the inflatable trampoline exploded”.</p> <p>Last year, Norfolk Police announced that <a href="https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-norfolk-47557228">no individual or company would be charged with manslaughter offences</a> over the incident.</p> <p>The nine-day inquest continues.</p>

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The offence of filming a private act without consent in Sydney

<p>A truck driver has faced <a href="https://www.sydneycriminallawyers.com.au/courts-we-attend/downing-centre-local-court/">Downing Centre Local Court</a> accused of using his mobile phone to film a naked woman while she was showering at the Sydney Morning Herald’s Sydney offices, and film a woman while she was showering.</p> <p>The 25-year old man, Braiden Head, from Western Sydney, allegedly entered the female changing rooms in the building between 10.10am and 10.30am.</p> <p>The woman claims she entered the shower at around 10am and, several minutes later, noticed the phone pointed at her. She says she attempted to chase the person but failed to catch up with him, before contacted police who arrested and charged the defendant the following day.</p> <p>Mr Head is not an employee of the Nine Entertainment Co. Holdings Limited – the owners of the Sydney Morning Herald. Nine’s management says they are unaware how the man entered the building, although <a href="https://www.news.com.au/national/nsw-act/courts-law/woman-allegedly-filmed-while-having-a-shower-at-work/news-story/2d7c9bd6f8fb7e9b206ded998c1b96a9">it has been reported</a> he is a driver for a uniform and wash room supply company.</p> <p>Mr Head has pleaded not guilty to filming a private act without consent and is scheduled to reappear in Downing Centre Local Court in April.</p> <p><strong>The offence of filming a person engaged in a private act</strong></p> <p><a href="https://www.sydneycriminallawyers.com.au/criminal/legislation/crimes-act/filming-person-engaged-in-private-act/">Filming a person engaged in a private act</a> Is an offence under <a href="http://www5.austlii.edu.au/au/legis/nsw/consol_act/ca190082/s91k.html">section 91K of the Crimes Act 1900</a> which carries a maximum penalty of 2 years in prison.</p> <p>To establish the offence, the prosecution must prove beyond reasonable doubt that:</p> <ul> <li>You filmed another person,</li> <li>The person was engaged in a private act,</li> <li>The filming was for your sexual arousal or sexual gratification,</li> <li>You did not have consent to undertake the filming, and</li> <li>You knew you did not have consent to undertake the filming.</li> <li>The maximum penalty increases to 5 years in prison where:</li> <li>The person filmed was under the age of 16, or</li> <li>You installed a device for the purpose of the filming.</li> <li>A ‘private act’ is defined as:</li> <li>A state of undress</li> <li>Using the toilet, showering or bathing</li> <li>A sexual act of a kind not ordinarily done in public, or</li> <li>Any other like activity.</li> </ul> <p><em>Written by Sonia Hickey and Ugur Nedim. Republished with permission of <a href="https://www.sydneycriminallawyers.com.au/blog/the-offence-of-filming-a-private-act-without-consent-in-nsw/">Sydney Criminal Lawyers.</a></em></p>

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Australian law says the media can’t spin lies – ‘entertainment magazines’ aren’t an exception

<p>In a <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/media/2020/feb/17/womans-day-headline-declaring-meghan-and-harrys-marriage-over-blatantly-incorrect">recent ruling</a> the Australian Press Council has given a signal to gossip magazines it is OK to make up and publish rubbish about people, so long as the stories aren’t “blatantly incorrect”.</p> <p>This is despite the council’s own guidelines stating all member publications must strive for accuracy and avoid being misleading.</p> <p>The council, which adjudicates complaints against the print media, has also suggested it’s OK to have less rigorous standards when reporting on royalty and celebrities.</p> <p>And all this happened in a ruling <em>against</em> a magazine for publishing falsehoods.</p> <p><strong>A confused adjudication</strong></p> <p>The council has upheld a complaint about an article published in Woman’s Day on May 27 2019. The cover declared: “Palace confirms the marriage is over! Why Harry was left with no choice but to end it.”</p> <p>The inside story was titled “This is the final straw” and claimed: “Prince Harry has been left enraged and humiliated by a series of shock revelations about his wife’s past” and he “has finally reached breaking point”.</p> <p>In upholding the complaint, the <a href="https://www.presscouncil.org.au/document-search/adj-1773/">Press Council said</a> the headline was “blatantly incorrect” and not supported by the article’s contents. It also ruled the headline “was more than just an exaggeration […] it was misleading”.“</p> <p>But the council has sent a strong signal it will be lenient with publications that exaggerate.</p> <p>It said: ”[A]n entertainment publication can be expected to use some exaggeration" and “celebrity and gossip magazines are purchased for light entertainment, with readers not necessarily assuming that everything presented is factual”.</p> <p>The phrase “not necessarily” suggests some people might believe what’s presented <em>is</em> factual. But, that aside, why is the Press Council making rulings at odds with its own general principles?</p> <p>The <a href="https://www.presscouncil.org.au/statements-of-principles/">first principle</a> says publications should “ensure that factual material in news reports and elsewhere is accurate and not misleading and is distinguishable from other material such as opinion”.</p> <p>How does it reconcile these two contradictory ideas? It’s a question Marcus Strom, the president of the journalists’ union, MEAA Media, has been considering. He told <a href="https://theconversation.com/australian-law-says-the-media-cant-spin-lies-entertainment-magazines-arent-an-exception-132186">The Conversation:</a> “The Press Council guidelines are clear that all member publications must strive to be factual and not misleading. I’m surprised that falsehoods – where not “everything presented is factual” – are allowed within that definition.”</p> <p>If you’ve walked past a rack of magazines in the supermarket and wondered just how many times the same celebrity can become pregnant, you may have asked yourself why these publications can print falsehoods on an almost industrial scale. You might have concluded they’re just gossip magazines and no one takes them seriously.</p> <p>That same thinking seems to be driving the Press Council’s comments. But is that good enough?</p> <p>The idea these publications have a special exemption from journalistic standards is a concept with almost no foundation in law. There is no special provision under Australia’s defamation laws for this class of magazines.</p> <p>There is no “celebrity” defence that allows the media to make up lies about people. Even the defamation law’s defence of “triviality” offers very little protection. The Rebel Wilson case made that perfectly clear.</p> <p>Lawyer Dougal Hurley, of Minter Ellison, tells The Conversation gossip magazines trade on light entertainment, and readers “can and do expect a level of hyperbole that they would not in news media”.</p> <p>However, he concludes: <em>“This does not mean that the defence of triviality will succeed if these magazines are sued for defamation. Indeed, the rejection of triviality defences by the jury [in the case of] Wilson is evidence of this. Gossip magazines that have not already changed their editorial practices risk being liable for significant defamation payouts.”</em></p> <p><strong>Out-of-step thinking</strong></p> <p>The other controversial suggestion in the ruling is that the media can apply less rigorous standards when reporting on the royal family and celebrities.</p> <p>“The Council also acknowledges that the reasonable steps required to be accurate and not misleading in an article concerning royalty and celebrities can, depending on the circumstances, be different to those required in respect of other persons, particularly those who are not usually in the public eye.”</p> <p>The council offers little reasoning for this, but is no doubt assuming that, as public figures, they should expect incursions on their privacy and sensationalised coverage. Again, the council’s thinking is looking out of step with the <a href="https://www.afr.com/companies/media-and-marketing/australia-the-defamation-capital-of-the-world-20190904-p52nuh">increased use of the courts</a> to combat inaccurate reporting and false gossip.</p> <p>Hurley says: “Although in many respects gossip magazines are as they ever were, it is also true that they are bearing more risk in circumstances where they purport to report news and publish to a global audience instantaneously.”</p> <p>He continues: “While international celebrities may appear to be easy targets for gossip magazines, our notoriously plaintiff-friendly defamation laws mean that these celebrities can and will sue in Australia. Only a major overhaul of Australia’s defamation laws will prevent the libel tourism that has contributed to Australia becoming the defamation capital of the world.”</p> <p>Perhaps in these circumstances, the Press Council might do its members – and the public – a greater service by insisting proper standards apply to all reporting, and that accuracy and fact checking be the norm, even for the magazines at the supermarket checkout.</p> <p><em>Written by Andrew Dodd. Republished with permission of <a href="https://theconversation.com/australian-law-says-the-media-cant-spin-lies-entertainment-magazines-arent-an-exception-132186">The Conversation.</a></em></p>

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“Very sad day”: Disgraced star Bill Cosby offers support to rapist Harvey Weinstein

<p>Convicted sex offender Bill Cosby has shared a statement in support of Harvey Weinstein, claiming the movie executive’s rape trial was not fair and saying his conviction marked a “very sad day”.</p> <p>The disgraced comedian’s publicist Andrew Wyatt took to Instagram to release a statement which questioned where “wealthy and famous men” can “go in this country to find fairness and impartiality”.</p> <p>Yesterday, Weinstein was convicted of raping a former production assistant Mimi Haleyi in 2006 and sexually assaulting a slew of other women in 2013.</p> <p>Cosby’s account suggested the verdict was “not shocking” – but he placed the blame on the legal process.</p> <p>He said because jurors were exposed to media coverage of the high-profile case, they were swayed by “the sentiments of public opinion”.</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/B89geHGnjfT/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="margin: 8px 0 0 0; padding: 0 4px;"><a style="color: #000; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none; word-wrap: break-word;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/B89geHGnjfT/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">Official Statement From Andrew Wyatt Regarding The Verdict Of Harvey Weinstein: This is not shocking because these jurors were not sequestered, which gave them access to media coverage and the sentiments of public opinion. There’s no way you would have anyone believe that Mr. Weinstein was going to receive a fair and impartial trial. Also, this judge showed that he wanted a conviction by sending the jurors back to deliberate, after they were hung on many of the counts. Here’s the question that should haunt all Americans, especially wealthy and famous men...Where do we go in this country to find fairness and impartiality in the judicial system; and where do we go in this country to find Due Process? Lastly, if the #metoo movement isn’t just about Becky [White women], I would challenge #metoo and ask them to go back 400+ years and tarnish the names of those oppressors that raped slaves. This is a very sad day in the American Judicial System. #FreeBillCosby #FarFromFinished #DueProcess #JusticeReform</a></p> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;">A post shared by <a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/billcosby/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank"> Bill Cosby</a> (@billcosby) on Feb 24, 2020 at 11:17am PST</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>“There’s no way you would have anyone believe that Mr Weinstein was going to receive a fair and impartial trial,” said the statement.</p> <p>It also suggested the judge “wanted a conviction" as he told jurors to spend more time deliberating when they had been hung over some of the charges.</p> <p>“Here’s the question that should haunt all Americans, especially wealthy and famous men … where do we go in this country to find fairness and impartiality in the judicial system,” read the statement.</p> <p>It was then accompanied by hashtags including “#FreeBillCosby” and “#FarFromFinished”.</p> <p>In 2018, Cosby was found guilty on three counts of aggravated indecent assault and sentenced to serve three to 10 years in prison.</p>

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Special treatment for Weinstein amid fears of “another Jeffrey Epstein incident”

<p><span>Convicted rapist Harvey Weinstein will reportedly be given special treatment as jail officials raise concerns over another possible “Epstein incident”.</span></p> <p><span>According to <em><a href="https://www.tmz.com/2020/02/26/harvey-weinstein-worries-nyc-prison-officials-rikers-jeffrey-epstein/">TMZ</a></em>, officials at New York City Department of Correction are taking extraordinary measures to monitor Weinstein amid fears of an event similar to the death of convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein, who was found hanging in his federal jail cell at Manhattan’s Metropolitan Correctional Center in July 2019.</span></p> <p><span>“The last thing you want is another Jeffrey Epstein incident,” a source told <em><a href="https://nypost.com/2020/02/26/harvey-weinstein-may-stay-out-of-city-jails-to-avoid-another-epstein-incident/">The New York Post</a></em>.</span></p> <p><span>“Harvey is going to be isolated as much as possible and will always have a detail with him throughout the prison. He’s never going to be like other prisoners, able to walk down the hallway or sit in the canteen alone.”</span></p> <p><span>The special surveillance has started on Monday at Bellevue Hospital Center, where Weinstein was being treated for chest pains following his conviction of third-degree rape and sexual assault. </span></p> <p><span>A jail captain escorted Weinstein on every move and the entire hospital unit was shut down to prevent him from encountering other inmates, Joe Russo, president of the Assistant Deputy Wardens / Deputy Wardens Association told <em><a href="https://thecity.nyc/2020/02/convicted-rapist-harvey-weinstein-may-avoid-rikers-island.html">The City</a></em>.</span></p> <p><span>“There seems to be a Jeffrey Epstein influence here,” Russo said.</span></p> <p><span>Russo said Weinstein could get an entire housing unit just for himself if he is sent to Rikers Island as expected.</span></p> <p><span>“He’s very high-profile and you can’t put him with somebody else.”</span></p> <p><span>Sources told <em>The Post </em>state officials will have the final decision on where Weinstein will stay.</span></p> <p><span>Weinstein faces up to 29 years in prison after being convicted of sexually assaulting former production assistant Mimi Haleyi in 2006 and raping former actress Jessica Mann in 2013. The 67-year-old faces more charges in Los Angeles, but <a href="https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-02-26/harvey-weinsteins-life-now-that-he-has-been-convicted/12001272">no date has been set for the case to begin</a>.</span></p>

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Lawsuit bombshell shakes Kobe Bryant memorial service

<p>The widow of sporting star Kobe Bryant has sued the owner of the helicopter that crashed amidst fog and killed the former Los Angeles Lakers player, their 13-year-old daughter and seven other people aboard.</p> <p>Vanessa Bryant announced the wrongful death lawsuit in Los Angeles Superior Court and first said on Tuesday in an emotional public ceremony amidst hundreds of sporting legends and musical artists that she would be going ahead with the suit.</p> <p>The lawsuit says the pilot was carelessly negligent by flying in cloudy weather conditions on January 26 and should have aborted the flight that killed all nine people aboard.</p> <p>The lawsuit names Island Express Helicopters Inc. and also targets pilot Ara Zobayan’s representative or successor, listed only as “Doe 1” until a name can be determined.</p> <p>It claims Zobayan was negligent in eight ways, including failing to correctly assess the weather, flying into conditions he wasn’t cleared for and failing to control the helicopter.</p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.624500665779px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7834756/kobe-bryant-victims-2.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/ec128715b14e44ac8c73cd4d6a5f8bbb" /></p> <p>Ara Zaboyan,50  was flying Bryant, 41, and his daughter Gianna, 13, along with Payton Chester, 13; Sarah Chester, 45; Alyssa Altobelli, 14; Keri Altobelli, 46; John Altobelli, 56; and Christina Mauser, 38 when it crashed and killed them.</p> <p>The lawsuit was filed the morning of the public memorial service for Kobe Bryant and the rest of the lives taken in the crash, including Zobayan.</p> <p>It was held at a sold-out crowd at Staples Center, an arena Bryant spent most of his career making memorable highlights in the NBA and achievements not many other sporting stars can claim.</p> <p>Zobayan was Bryant’s frequent pilot and had been attempting to navigate in heavy fog that limited visibility to the point that the Los Angeles police and sheriff’s departments had even grounded their helicopter fleets.</p> <p>Under the visual flight rules that Zobayan was following, he was supposed to be able to see exactly where he was going.</p> <p>Zobayan was cited by the Federal Aviation Administration in May 2015 for violating those rules by flying into reduced visibility airspace, the lawsuit said.</p> <p>In his last transmission, Zobayan had told air traffic control he was climbing to 1219m, strictly to get above the clouds.</p> <p>He was just 30m short of breaking through the cloud cover when the helicopter banked left and plunged into a hillside, according to the National Transportation Safety Board.</p> <p>While there is no final conclusion on what caused the crash in Calabasas, there is said to be no sign of a mechanical failure.</p> <p>However, a final report will not be expected for a full year or so.</p>

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Man who murdered son for insurance money found guilty of doing the same thing to wife

<p>A man who has been convicted of murdering his wife and son for insurance payouts has described their deaths as “bad luck”.</p> <p>Karl Holger Karlsen, 59, pleaded guilty in 2013 to murdering his son Levi Karlsen in New York and was sentenced to 15 years to life in prison. According to court documents, Karlsen collected US$707,000 from Levi’s life insurance in 2008 after the 23-year-old’s body was found under a pickup truck in Karlsen’s garage in 2008.</p> <p>The conviction prompted Californian authorities to reopen investigation into the 1991 death of Karlsen’s wife Christina Alexander Karlsen.</p> <p>Last month, Karlsen was found guilty of first-degree murder by arson for intentionally setting fire to his family’s home in California, killing Christina. He collected <a href="https://www.nytimes.com/2020/02/05/us/karl-karlsen-wife-insurance.html">US$215,000 in life insurance</a> that he had taken out on Christina less than three weeks before her death before relocating to New York with his three children, a court document stated.</p> <p>Karlsen faces a maximum life sentence without parole on his March 17 sentencing hearing.</p> <p>In an interview with NBC’s <em><a href="https://twitter.com/DatelineNBC/status/1233172460796645377">Dateline</a> </em>before his conviction, aired on Friday, reporter Andrea Canning asked Karlsen if it was “bad luck that they died”.</p> <p>“What would you call it? I’ve had many other things in my life that...I’ve had horses died, I’ve had a barn fire,” Karlsen said.</p> <p>“If I told you everything, you wouldn’t believe what’s happened to me.”</p> <p>Karlsen’s daughter Erin De Roche told ABC’s <em>20/20 </em>in 2013 that she and her late brother believed Karlsen “just stood there” and “didn’t make an effort” to save their mother during the 1991 fire.</p> <p>“We knew what he had done to our mother, and I knew what he did to my brother,” she said.</p>

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Man sent to prison for defrauding desperate farmers

<p>In the midst of the crippling drought affecting many parts of the nation, scammers have been preying on the vulnerability of who are desperate to feed their livestock.</p> <p>And recently, a man from Parkes was sent to prison for his unscrupulous act of <a href="https://www.sydneycriminallawyers.com.au/criminal/offences/fraud-charges/fraud-s192e/">dishonestly obtaining a financial gain by deception.</a></p> <p><strong>The story so far</strong></p> <p>Stephen John Swindle (his real name) from Parkes had a business masquerading the sale of hay and grain to farmers, but simply did not deliver it after receiving payment.</p> <p>Mr Swindle was imprisoned last week for defrauding New South Wales farmers of more than $80,000 in a scam that lasted more than two years, after being found guilty of 10 counts of <a href="https://www.sydneycriminallawyers.com.au/criminal/legislation/crimes-act/fraud/">fraud under section 192E of the Crimes Act 1900</a>.</p> <p>During Mr Swindle’s sentencing hearing, the presiding magistrate described his actions as reprehensible, in light of the tough drought affecting our farmers, and labelled the defendant as “lying, dishonest and violent”.</p> <p>According to police papers, several vulnerable farmers purchased food for their livestock through Mr Swindle’s business. Some of the orders were partially delivered, while others were not delivered at all.</p> <p>Mr Swindle lied to his customers about the whereabouts of the delivery trucks, and spent his ill-gotten gains on trips to theme parks, accommodation on the NSW South Coast, sports betting, groceries and liquor.</p> <p>Mr Swindle has been sentenced to a total of three years and six months behind bars and will be eligible for parole in November 2020.</p> <p><strong>Not the first case</strong></p> <p>Earlier this year, a Villawood man was also charged 13 fraud charges arising from a social media scam which allegedly advertised feed for livestock, which according to police was never delivered. The man allegedly targeted farmers in the Hunter Valley region, fleecing them to the tune of $40,000.</p> <p>Police say that, unfortunately, fraudulent schemes of this type are on the rise, and everyone needs to be vigilant.</p> <p><strong>The offence of fraud in NSW</strong></p> <p>Fraud is a general term used to describe a dishonest act which deceives another for financial gain, or another’s financial loss.</p> <p>The general offence of fraud carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison where the charge comes before the District Court, or two years for each count up to a maximum of five years where the case remains in the Local Court.</p> <p>The severity of the sentence for a person who is found guilty, or pleads guilty, depends on a number of factors, including the value of the funds or property involved, the length of time it was conducted, the sophistication of the enterprise as well as the personal characteristics of the defendant, including whether he or she has previous convictions, whether a guilty plea was entered, whether the money was repaid, whether any underlying issues have been addressed (such as gambling or drug addiction) and any demonstrated remorse.</p> <p>Section 192E of the Crimes Act provides that:</p> <p>(1) A person who, by any deception, dishonestly–</p> <p>(a) obtains property belonging to another, or</p> <p>(b) obtains any financial advantage or causes any financial disadvantage,</p> <p>is guilty of the offence of fraud.</p> <p>Maximum penalty–Imprisonment for 10 years.</p> <p>(2) A person’s obtaining of property belonging to another may be dishonest even if the person is willing to pay for the property.</p> <p>(3) A person may be convicted of the offence of fraud involving all or any part of a general deficiency in money or other property even though the deficiency is made up of any number of particular sums of money or items of other property that were obtained over a period of time.</p> <p>(4) A conviction for the offence of fraud is an alternative verdict to a charge for the offence of <a href="https://www.sydneycriminallawyers.com.au/criminal/offences/larceny-stealing-theft/">larceny</a>, or any offence that includes larceny, and a conviction for the offence of larceny, or any offence that includes larceny, is an alternative verdict to a charge for the offence of fraud.</p> <p><em>Written by Sonia Hickey and Ugur Nedim. Republished with permission of <a href="https://www.sydneycriminallawyers.com.au/blog/man-sent-to-prison-for-defrauding-desperate-farmers/">Sydney Criminal Lawyers.</a></em></p>

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Why she won't pay: Cancer fraudster Belle Gibson’s "financial crisis"

<p>Belle Gibson has told the court she is in a financial crisis and drowning under the weight of over $170,000 in personal debt.</p> <p>The cancer fraudster has written in a letter to the Federal Court of Australia that she has been unable to pay a cent back of her $500,000 fine to taxpayers for years of lying about having a terminal brain illness and saying eating healthy cured her cancer.</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/BwVQmTvnlNf/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; 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text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/BwVQmTvnlNf/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Alyce Cooper Solicitor (@alycecoopersolicitor)</a> on Apr 16, 2019 at 2:52pm PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>In the letter, Gibson explained: “I am indebted to BMW Finance resulting from a personal guarantee in excess of $50,000.</p> <p>“I have a fully drawn credit card with ANZ owing $30,000 and another personal debt exceeding $90,000, all of which I cannot pay.</p> <p>“Consequently, I am not able to pay the amounts ordered by Justice Mortimer [Federal Court judge presiding over Ms. Gibson’s case].”</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/4gs5kRlkc3/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; 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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/4gs5kRlkc3/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Leah | Business Mindset Coach (@thegoldengoosehq)</a> on Jun 29, 2015 at 4:13am PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>Gibson revealed she hasn't got a job and receives the parenting payment from Centrelink to care for her son. </p> <p>Gibson ended her letter, written 14 November 2017, by asking the government to approach her accountant directly in the future, “given my current health”. </p> <p>Her original $410,000 fine has ballooned past $500,000 due to interest. </p>

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New witness speaks out about Prince Andrew

<p>A new witness has come forward in the case against Prince Andrew, claiming she saw the Duke of York dancing with his accuser Virginia Roberts Giuffre in a London nightclub.</p> <p>Lawyer Lisa Bloom, who represents five women who say they were sexually assaulted by financier Jeffrey Epstein, said an <a href="https://lawandcrime.com/high-profile/lisa-bloom-new-witness-saw-prince-andrew-with-jeffrey-epstein-victim-at-nightclub-in-2001/">unnamed witness</a> saw Prince Andrew with Giuffre in London’s Tramp nightclub in 2001.</p> <p>Bloom told a press conference in New York that the witness stepped on Prince Andrew’s foot by mistake while dancing next to him, and a friend told her who he was. The witness then noticed the prince was with a young girl that she later recognised from pictures as Giuffre.</p> <p>Bloom said the witness stepped forward with the information because she was “incensed” that Prince Andrew had denied meeting Giuffre in his <em>BBC Newsnight </em>interview. “Because he is a very powerful person, she is in fear of the repercussions to her,” Bloom said on Wednesday.</p> <p>“On behalf of my client, I have relayed the details of her story to the FBI, and she is ready, willing and able to speak to them when they are ready.”</p> <p>In her interview with <em><a href="https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-50607705">Panorama</a></em>, Giuffre said she was in 2001 taken by Epstein and socialite Ghislaine Maxwell to Tramp and introduced to Prince Andrew, who asked her to dance.</p> <p>“He is the most hideous dancer I’ve ever seen in my life,” Giuffre said. “His sweat was like it was raining basically everywhere.”</p> <p>Giuffre said after they left the club, Maxwell instructed her “to do for Andrew what I do for Jeffrey”. She alleged she had sex with Prince Andrew later that evening at Maxwell’s house in Belgrave.</p> <p>The Duke has repeatedly denied having any form of sexual contact or relationship with Giuffre. He stepped back from his royal duties in November following backlash from his <em>Newsnight </em>interview.</p>

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Should I tell my lawyer the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth?

<p>When engaging a criminal defence lawyer, clients are sometimes unsure about how much to say at the first meeting – concerned that telling their lawyers everything all at once could make it harder to achieve the best possible outcome.</p> <p>Indeed, in serious cases, lawyers may not obtain full instructions from their clients until they have received the statements and other materials upon which the prosecution relies, and until both they and their clients have gone through those materials.</p> <p>So, what are the rules that affect how a lawyer can deal with information from clients?</p> <p><strong>Legal professional privilege</strong></p> <p>The client/solicitor relationship is one of the most fundamental of our legal system.</p> <p>As such, principles have been established so that clients can provide full and frank disclosure to their lawyer without fear that this information will be used against them.</p> <p>Chief of these principles is ‘legal professional privilege’ also known as ‘client legal privilege’ which protects conversations between lawyers and clients. In the words of Dean J in <em>Baker v Campbell </em>(1983) 153 CLR 52:</p> <p><em>“That general principle represents some protection of the citizen – particularly the weak, the unintelligent and the ill-informed citizen – against the leviathan of the modern state. Without it, there can be no assurance that those in need of independent legal advice to cope with the demands and intricacies of modern law will be able to obtain it without the risk of prejudice and damage by subsequent compulsory disclosure on the demand of any administrative officer with some general statutory authority to obtain information or seize documents.”</em></p> <p>Legal professional privilege protects against the disclosure of communications between client and lawyer made for the dominant purpose of seeking or providing legal advice or for use in anticipated legal proceedings.</p> <p>This means your lawyer is generally prohibited from disclosing communications made for the purpose of your cases, subject to the exceptions outlined below.</p> <p>Privilege applies to both verbal and written communications between a lawyer and his or her client; whether in person, over the phone, by mail or over the internet – so it’s a broad protection which seeks to facilitate free communication between the parties.</p> <p><strong>Exceptions to client legal privilege</strong></p> <p>There are, however, a number of exceptions to client legal privilege that you need to be aware of.</p> <p>In NSW, sections 121 to 126 of the Evidence Act provide a number of situations where client legal privilege does not apply to the admissibility of evidence, which are:</p> <p><a href="http://www5.austlii.edu.au/au/legis/nsw/consol_act/ea199580/s121.html">121</a> – Where the client has died or where disclosure is necessary to enforce a court order,</p> <p><a href="http://www8.austlii.edu.au/cgi-bin/viewdoc/au/legis/cth/consol_act/ea199580/s122.html">122</a> – Where the client waives privilege, or consents to the lawyer disclosing information or producing materials, or where the client acts in a manner inconsistent with maintaining the privilege (eg discloses to others),</p> <p><a href="http://www8.austlii.edu.au/cgi-bin/viewdoc/au/legis/cth/consol_act/ea199580/s123.html">123</a> – Where a defendant is giving evidence in criminal proceedings, unless it is a a confidential communication or document between an associated defendant and a lawyer acting for that person in connection with the prosecution of that person.</p> <p><a href="http://www8.austlii.edu.au/cgi-bin/viewdoc/au/legis/cth/consol_act/ea199580/s124.html">124</a> – Where two or more clients have jointly retained a lawyer in civil proceeding and one or more of them wishes to disclose a confidential communication or contents of a confidential document,</p> <p><a href="http://www8.austlii.edu.au/cgi-bin/viewdoc/au/legis/cth/consol_act/ea199580/s125.html">125</a> – Where a communication is made or document prepared in furtherance of a <a href="https://www.sydneycriminallawyers.com.au/criminal/offences/fraud-charges/">fraud</a>, an offence or an act which would render a party liable for a civil penalty, and</p> <p><a href="http://www8.austlii.edu.au/cgi-bin/viewdoc/au/legis/cth/consol_act/ea199580/s126.html">126</a> – Certain information necessary to understand material to which privilege does not apply as a result of the preceding sections.</p> <p>What if I’m actually guilty but want to plead not-guilty?</p> <p>There are some circumstances where being too frank with your lawyer may limit how they can advocate for you inside the courtroom.</p> <p>And it should be said that if you are indeed guilty, pleading that way will entitle you to <a href="https://www.sydneycriminallawyers.com.au/blog/what-is-a-guilty-plea-discount/">a guilty plea discount</a> – which could result in a less serious type of penalty than if your were to plead not guilty and be found guilty. For example, an early plea of guilty could result in a penalty such as an <a href="https://www.sydneycriminallawyers.com.au/criminal/penalties/nsw/intensive-correction-orders/">intensive correction order</a> or <a href="https://www.sydneycriminallawyers.com.au/criminal/penalties/nsw/community-correction-order/">community correction order</a> instead of a prison sentence.</p> <p>However, an experienced criminal defence lawyer will be able to ask you questions in a way that reduces the risk of future prejudice.</p> <p>If you do admit to the offence, but wish to plead not-guilty to it – your lawyer will be limited in how he or she can present your case in court.</p> <p>This is because all lawyers are required to abide by professional ethics and conduct rules which can limit the questions that can be asked in certain situations, and the way cases can be argued.</p> <p>The rules <u>do not</u> prohibit lawyers from representing clients who admit their guilt to their lawyer; however, lawyers are strictly prohibited from lying or knowingly misleading the court on behalf of their clients.</p> <p>A lawyer who knows their client is guilty can still ‘put the prosecution to proof’; which means they can ask questions of prosecution witnesses and make submissions to the court to the effect that the prosecution has failed to prove each of the ‘essential elements’ (or ingredients) of the charge case beyond a reasonable doubt, and that their client should therefore be acquitted.</p> <p>But again, the lawyer will not be able to elicit false or misleading evidence, or make false or misleading submissions to the court.</p> <p>For example, a lawyer to whom you admit your guilt can assist by questioning and challenging prosecution witnesses. But he or she cannot allow you or another person to tell lies on the witness stand. If this nevertheless occurs, the lawyer would be well advised to submit to the court that he or she is ‘embarrassed’ and withdraw from the case.</p> <p>Often honesty is preferable, as you may be guilty of a lesser offence than the one you have been charged with, in which case your lawyer can push for the charge to be downgraded, or tailor your defence to ensure you are found not guilty of the charged offence in court.</p> <p>So it’s a bit of a tricky area, but experienced defence lawyers are well-aware of the rules, the pitfalls and how to act in the best interests of their clients whilst abiding by their other ethical obligations.</p> <p><strong>Changing</strong> <strong>lawyers</strong></p> <p>If you don’t feel your lawyer can adequately represent you – whether this is because you have told them something you shouldn’t have, or you believe they are not suitably experienced, or for another reason – it may be in your interest to obtain new legal representation.</p> <p>Changing lawyers is a simple process, and when making that decision you should always bear in mind that choosing the right lawyer may be one of the most important decisions you ever make, and that you should always be looking out for your own best interests.</p> <p>If you want to change lawyers, you will normally need to sign an ‘authority to uplift’. Your new lawyer will be able to provide you with this document, and can send it to your previous lawyer on your behalf in order to obtain the materials they have.</p> <p>If you have unpaid fees with your previous lawyer, it is advisable that you pay these to enable a smooth transfer and ensure your previous lawyer doesn’t seek to exercise a ‘lien’ over your materials – which means to refuse to forward your materials on to your new lawyer.</p> <p><strong>Going to Court?</strong></p> <p>If you are going to court and require expert advice <a href="https://www.sydneycriminallawyers.com.au/about/lawyers/">from experienced, specialist criminal defence lawyers</a>, call Sydney Criminal Lawyers anytime on (02) 9261 8881 to arrange a free first conference.</p> <p><em>Written by Jarryd Bartle. Republished with permission of </em><a href="https://www.sydneycriminallawyers.com.au/blog/should-i-tell-my-lawyer-the-truth-the-whole-truth-and-nothing-but-the-truth/"><em>Sydney Criminal Lawyers.</em></a></p>

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"He never asked me how old I was": Actress claims she slept with Mick Jagger at 15

<p>Actress Rae Dawn, the daughter of American comedian Tommy Chong, has claimed she spent a “fabulous” two days with Mick Jagger when she was just 15 years old in 1977.</p> <p>Dawn, who played prominent roles in the 1985 films <em>The Colour Purple </em>and <em>Commando</em>, shared her underage fling with the Rolling Stones legend to the <em>Daily Mail.</em></p> <p>Dawn’s admission came<em> </em>after she claimed to have accidentally blurted out the news while taping a forthcoming podcast from <em>The Hollywood Reporter</em>.</p> <p>“He wasn’t that much older than me in my brain. He was 33 and young and gorgeous with a nice body,” she described to the outlet in a quick attempt to get ahead of the story.</p> <p>“It wasn’t a bad thing; it was fabulous. Totally rock ‘n’ roll. He didn’t make me do anything I didn’t want to do, but he was very vain, always looking in the mirror.”</p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7834290/mick-jagger-rae-dawn.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/53dc25bbdd6b48dcaea59030b1a622f5" /></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><em>Mick Jagger and Rae Dawn Chong in the 1985 Rolling Stones video, Just Another Night.</em></p> <p>Now 58-years-old, Dawn says she slept with the famous superstar while he was still married to his first wife after meeting him at a friend’s home.</p> <p>The actress was friends with the daughter of John Phillips, the singer of The Mamas &amp; the Papas, and introduced herself to Jagger when they were both visiting Phillips’ home.</p> <p>“He never asked me how old I was and I never told him,” she told the <em>Daily Mail</em>.</p> <p>“It never came up. I remember thinking he was really cute. He had tousled hair. I thought, ‘Oh man, he is beautiful.’”</p> <p>The pair ended up spending two days together in New York, according to the <em>Daily Mail</em>.</p> <p>She insisted that any relations between the two was completely consensual and worried that the revelation would land Jagger in deep water.</p> <p>“He did nothing wrong,” said Dawn. “He didn’t make me do anything I didn’t want to do.”</p> <p>Dawn bumped into Jagger a number of times after the romance occurred. Years later he casted her for an appearance in the video for the Rolling Stones’ song, <em>Just Another Night</em>.</p> <p>However, it seems their relationship as friends turned sour when Dawn publicly complained about Jagger’s “licky” behaviour on set.</p> <p>“In real life, he was a great kisser, but in the film, he did lots of ‘licky’ things,’ she said. “I talked about that in an interview. He has a fragile ego. He hasn’t spoken to me since.”</p>

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Sorry, not sorry: Djokovic speaks out on patting chair umpire's feet

<p>Novak Djokovic has apologised for touching the umpire during his Australian Open final match on Sunday night.</p> <p>The Serb initially defended his decision to tap official Damien Dumusois twice on the foot, describing it as “a nice, really friendly touch”, but expressed his regret on Monday.</p> <p>“In a professional sport, things happen that obviously you’re not proud of,” Djokovic said.</p> <p>“Sometimes you do things that you’re not happy with and you go through different emotions, you go through ups and downs.</p> <p>“Of course, I’m not happy that I touched the chair umpire. And I’m sorry if I offended him or anybody else.</p> <p>“But in the heat of the battle, some decisions that he makes or some decision that happens just distracts you and sets you off the balance a little bit.”</p> <p>According to the official grand slam rule book, Djokovic could be charged with a fine of up to NZ$30,959 for the action.</p> <p>“Players shall not at any time physically abuse any official, opponent, spectator or other person within the precincts of the tournament site,” the rules state. “Violation of this section shall subject a player to a fine up to US$20,000 [NZ$30,959] for each violation.”</p> <p>In the post-match press conference, Djokovic said he did not believe he overstepped the mark. “For touching his shoe? I mean, I didn’t know that’s completely forbidden,” he said after securing his 6-4, 4-6, 2-6, 6-3, 6-4 against Dominic Thiem.</p> <p>“I thought it was a nice, really friendly touch. I wasn’t aggressive with him in terms of physical abuse.”</p>

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Prince Harry deals with huge blow as his media complaint is dismissed

<p>Prince Harry has lost an Ipso complaint over a<span> </span><em>Mail on Sunday</em><span> </span>story that revealed he had photos taken with a “drugged and tethered” elephant.</p> <p>The Duke of Sussex lodged a complaint to the Independent Press Standards Organisation, saying the paper had breached Clause 1 of its Editors’ Code of Practice, “Accuracy”, regarding the article published on April 28 last year.</p> <p>For Earth Day, Harry took to the Sussex Royal Instagram account to post wildlife photos – the same pictures were used by<span> </span><em>The Mail on Sunday</em><span> </span>for a story with the headline: “Drugged and tethered … what Harry didn’t tell you about those awe-inspiring wildlife photos”.</p> <p>The article stated that the photographs “don’t quite tell the full story” as the image on Instagram cropped out the rope that was wrapped around the back legs of one of the elephants, adding that the complainant “notably avoided explaining the circumstances in which the images were taken.”</p> <p>The same article reported that a spokesperson for the complainant had refused to discuss the photos, though “sources denied the rope was deliberately edited out of the elephant picture, claiming instead that ‘it was due to Instagram’s format’.”</p> <p>All three animals pictured – a rhino, elephant and lion – had been tranquilised and the elephant had been tethered as they were being relocated as part of a conservation project, according to reports.</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/B79sjhPp7pT/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/B79sjhPp7pT/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by La Crónica de Hoy (@lacronicadehoy)</a> on Jan 30, 2020 at 4:31pm PST</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>Harry believed the article was inaccurate as it had implied that he purposely conned the public through cropping. But Ipso said no code had been breached, saying there had been “no failure to take care not to publish inaccurate information”.</p> <p>He said that the image was cropped due to Instagram’s sizing requirements and because his feed had a specific style guide that they needed to stick to.</p> <p>The press regulator posted their findings online, saying: “The Committee considered that it was not clear from the images themselves that the animals had been tranquilised and tethered.</p> <p>“The photograph of the elephant had been cropped to edit out the animal’s tethered leg; the publication had demonstrated that the photograph could have been edited differently and the complainant accepted that the album could have been uploading in a different format which would have made editing the photograph unnecessary.</p> <p>“The accompanying caption did not make the position clear or that the images had previously been published, unedited, in 2016.</p> <p>“The position was not made clear simply as a result of the inclusion of the link to the website.</p> <p>“In these circumstances, the Committee did not consider that it was significantly misleading to report that the photographs posted on the complainant’s Instagram account did not quite tell the full story and that the complainant had not explained the circumstances in which the photographs had been taken.</p> <p>“There was no breach of Clause 1.”</p> <p>The ruling then says: “Where the article focused on the complainant’s publicly available Instagram posts and the information they displayed, the Committee did not consider that it was necessary for the newspaper to contact the complainant for comment on the published claims.”</p>

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Which crimes are most frequently detected in Australia?

<p>The common populist phrase ‘if you do the crime, you should do the time’ suggests that those who commit criminal offences should be caught and prosecuted – regardless of how trivial or outdated the offence may be, or how futile or costly it is to put this ‘zero tolerance’ approach into practice.</p> <p>An example of an offence which many consider unjustifiably costly and futile to prosecute is <a href="https://www.sydneycriminallawyers.com.au/criminal/offences/drug-offences/drug-possession/">the crime of drug possession</a> – whereby ‘zero tolerance’ policing has done nothing to deter would-be offenders, has cost billions of dollars to enforce, and has led to a range of other socially undesirable consequences, including the stigmatisation of drug users, the reluctance of those whose use detrimentally affects their lives to seek medical help and a thriving black market with all the associated violence and health risks – including the dangers of low-grade drugs that contain potentially deadly fillers.</p> <p>But what are the most frequently detected crimes in Australia?</p> <p>And which offences tend to go unreported and undetected?</p> <p><strong>The most frequently detected offences</strong></p> <p><a href="https://www.crimestats.aic.gov.au/facts_figures/2_offenders/">National statistics</a> suggest that the most frequently detected offence-types in the year 2016/17 were:</p> <p>1. Drug offences – 81,160</p> <p>2. Acts intended to cause injury – 78,421</p> <p>3. Theft – 78,093</p> <p>4. Public order offences – 61,198</p> <p>This does not necessarily mean that these are the most common offences committed, just that they are the most frequently detected. In fact, there is research to suggest that certain driving offences such as <a href="http://www.sydneycriminallawyers.com.au/traffic/offences/drink-driving/">drink driving</a> or negligent driving (eg failing to keep a proper lookout for pedestrians or other motorists) may be more common that all of those above, but they are less likely to be detected.</p> <p>A factor in detection rates is also that many assault offences – which come under acts intended to cause injury – <a href="https://aic.gov.au/publications/tandi/tandi409">are committed in view of the public</a>; a situation where police are most likely to be called.</p> <p>A factor relating to the detection of drug offences is the <a href="https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0955395918300756">pro-active detection policy of police</a>; which is signified by the heavy presence of police and drug detection dogs at music festivals and other venues.</p> <p>So as statistics can be skewed by a range of factors, the statistics on detection should not be equated with prevalence of offending.</p> <p><strong>Hidden crimes</strong></p> <p>Many types of crime go unreported to police which makes it difficult to estimate their prevalence or to identify perpetrators.</p> <p>There are many reasons why someone may not want to report a crime to police including a belief that they won’t be taken seriously, a reluctance to dob in a friend or relative or concerns about re-victimisation either by the criminal justice system itself.</p> <p><a href="https://www.abs.gov.au/ausstats/abs@.nsf/Lookup/by%20Subject/4530.0~2016-17~Main%20Features~Sexual%20assault~10004">Victimisation surveys</a> attempt to bridge the gap between reported crime and the actual rate in the community. These surveys find that the rate under-reporting depends a lot of the type of crime committed.</p> <p>Whilst 90% of motor vehicle thefts are reported to police, only 39% of sexual assaults are reported.</p> <p>Under-reporting of sexual assault has been well documented globally. The reasons for under-reporting <a href="https://aic.gov.au/sites/default/files/publications/non-reporting-and-hidden-recording-of-sexual-assault-an-international-literature-review.pdf?v=1509677779">differ between surveys</a> but include wishing to deal with matters privately, feelings of shame and embarrassment and fear of not being believed by police.</p> <p>Some advocates point to low rates of convictions as being a cause of reluctance by sexual assault victims. In Australia, only 1 in 6 reports to police of rape and less than 1 in 7 reports of incest or sexual penetration of a child <a href="http://www.lawreform.vic.gov.au/projects/sexual-offences/sexual-offences-final-report">result in prosecution</a>.</p> <p><strong>Other offences with low detection rates</strong></p> <p>Physical assaults have notably low reporting rates, with only about half of such incidents being reported to police, usually because the victims view the crime as trivial or not worth reporting.</p> <p>Domestic violence is noted as being one of the most underreported categories of crime globally. Domestic violence under-reporting is driven by a number of complex <a href="http://hub.hku.hk/bitstream/10722/134467/1/Content.pdf">factors</a> from financial or familial dependence to normalisation of violence and self-blaming.</p> <p>Moreover, vulnerable communities such as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, as well as sex workers, are known to under report crimes due to a general distrust of police and the criminal justice system.</p> <p><strong>Unsolved crimes</strong></p> <p>Even when crimes are detected by, or reported to police, identifying offenders can be difficult if certain barriers to investigation exist.</p> <p>There are no independent national statistics on the number of unsolved crimes in Australia. But, generally, the data indicates that a large number of reported crimes go unsolved, particularly property crime and theft.</p> <p>A lack of (cooperative) eye-witnesses or CCTV footage of a crime, very little physical evidence and little connection between perpetrator and victim are all common factors likely to mean a crime goes unsolved.</p> <p>An <a href="http://citeseerx.ist.psu.edu/viewdoc/download?doi=10.1.1.569.1433&amp;rep=rep1&amp;type=pdf">analysis</a> of ‘solvability factors’ for homicide in Australia undertaken in 2001 found that unsolved homicides were more likely to involve a single victim, to have involved the use of a firearm and to have occurred in a non-residential area.</p> <p>Police factors in unsolved homicides included failures by police to rapidly secure a crime scene and a lack ample resources devoted to the investigation.</p> <p>Generally, crimes committed between strangers are difficult to solve, particularly if there is no clear motive that can narrow down potential suspects.</p> <p>Finally, perpetrators that have no prior criminal record are less likely to come to the attention of investigators making it less likely for them to be identified.</p> <p>So, not all crimes are equal when it comes to being caught.</p> <p><em>Written by Ugur Nedim and Jarryd Bartle. Republished with permission of </em><a href="https://www.sydneycriminallawyers.com.au/blog/which-crimes-are-most-frequently-detected-in-australia/"><em>Sydney Criminal Lawyers.</em></a></p>

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When will there be a coronavirus vaccine? 5 questions answered

<p><strong>Is there a vaccine under development for the coronavirus?</strong></p> <p>Work has begun at <a href="https://www.niaid.nih.gov/diseases-conditions/mers-sars-therapeutics-vaccines">multiple organizations</a>, including the National Institutes of Health, to develop a vaccine for this new strain of coronavirus, known among scientists as <a href="https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html">2019-nCoV</a>.</p> <p>Scientists are just getting started working, but their vaccine development strategy will benefit both from work that has been done on closely related viruses, such as <a href="https://www.niaid.nih.gov/news-events/niaid-officials-discuss-novel-coronavirus-recently-emerged-china">SARS and MERS</a>, as well as advances that have been made in vaccine technologies, such as <a href="https://doi.org/10.2147/IJN.S39810">nucleic acid vaccines</a>, which are DNA- and RNA-based vaccines that produce the vaccine antigen in your own body.</p> <p><strong>Was work underway on this particular strain?</strong></p> <p>No, but work was ongoing for other closely related coronaviruses that have caused severe disease in humans, namely MERS and SARS. Scientists had not been concerned about this particular strain, as we did not know that it existed and could cause disease in humans until it started causing this outbreak.</p> <p><strong>How do scientists know when to work on a vaccine for a coronavirus?</strong></p> <p>Work on vaccines for severe coronaviruses has historically begun once the viruses start infecting humans.</p> <p>Given that this is the third major outbreak of a new coronavirus that we have had in the past two decades and also given the severity of disease caused by these viruses, we should consider investing in the development of a vaccine that would be broadly protective against these viruses.</p> <p><strong>What does this work involve, and when might we actually have a vaccine?</strong></p> <p>This work involves designing the vaccine constructs – for example, producing the right target <a href="https://www.britannica.com/science/antigen">antigens</a>, viral proteins that are targeted by the immune system, followed by testing in animal models to show that they are protective and safe.</p> <p>Once safety and efficacy are established, vaccines can advance into clinical trials in humans. If the vaccines induce the expected immune response and protection and are found safe, they can be mass produced for vaccination of the population.</p> <p>Currently, we lack virus isolates – or samples of the virus – to test the vaccines against. We also lack antibodies to make sure the vaccine is in good shape. We need the virus in order to test if the immune response induced by the vaccine works. Also, we need to establish what animals to test the vaccine on. That potentially could include mice and nonhuman primates.</p> <p>Vaccine development will likely take months.</p> <p><strong>Can humans ever be safe from these types of outbreaks?</strong></p> <p>We expect that these types of outbreaks will occur for the foreseeable future in irregular intervals.</p> <p>To try to prevent large outbreaks and pandemics, we need to improve surveillance in both humans and animals worldwide as well as invest in risk assessment, allowing scientists to evaluate the potential threat to human health from the virus, for detected viruses.</p> <p>We believe that global action is needed to invest in novel vaccine approaches that can be employed quickly whenever a new virus like the current coronavirus – and also viruses similar to Zika, Ebola or influenza – emerges. Currently, responses to emerging pathogens are mostly reactive, meaning they start after the outbreak happens. We need a more proactive approach supported by continuous funding.</p> <p><em>Written by Aubree Gordon and Florian Krammer. Republished with permission of <a href="https://theconversation.com/when-will-there-be-a-coronavirus-vaccine-5-questions-answered-130590">The Conversation.</a> </em></p>

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Food fraud is hidden in plain sight

<p>The globalization of the food chain has resulted in increased complexity and diminished transparency and trust into how and where our foods are grown, harvested, processed and by whom.</p> <p>Furthermore, recurring incidents of <a href="https://globalnews.ca/news/4014182/food-fraud-avoiding-fake-product/">food fraud</a> remind us that some of those involved in the food chain are exploiting this complexity. Today, consumers are at an <a href="https://www.foodnavigator.com/Article/2019/02/20/Fragmented-global-supply-chains-have-led-to-an-increase-in-food-fraud">increased risk</a> of buying lower-quality food than what they paid for, or worse, eating food with unsafe ingredients or undeclared allergens.</p> <p>Historically, food chain transparency and trust was established between the shopper and the farmer or fishmonger, green grocer, butcher, milkman and baker. Dutch scholar <a href="https://research.wur.nl/en/publications/governing-chinas-food-quality-through-transparency-a-review">Arthur Mol</a> argued that this personal interaction enabled face-to-face transparency, which built trust.</p> <p>Before modern supermarkets, a local village or town grocery store stocked up to 300 items grown or processed within a 240-kilometre (150-mile) radius. In comparison, our post-modern supermarkets carry an <a href="https://www.fmi.org/our-research/supermarket-facts">average of 33,000</a> items that travel 2,400 kilometres or more. The Canadian government is poised to tackle that problem by announcing <a href="https://globalnews.ca/news/6435463/buy-canadian-promotional-campaign/">a Buy Canadian food campaign.</a></p> <p>While the extent of global food fraud is difficult to quantify, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) suggests <a href="https://inspection.gc.ca/food-safety-for-industry/information-for-consumers/food-safety-system/food-fraud/eng/1548444446366/1548444516192">food fraud</a> affects 10 per cent of commercially sold food. Various academic and industry sources suggest that globally, food fraud ranges from US$10 billion to $49 billion. This is likely a conservative range considering estimates of <a href="https://www.afr.com/life-and-luxury/food-and-wine/cracking-down-on-fake-steak-with-invisible-trackable-barcodes-20180810-h13t3n">fake Australian meats</a> alone and sold worldwide are as high as AUD$4 billion, or more than US$2.5 billion.</p> <p>If you add the sales of fake wines and alcohol, adulterated honey and spices, mislabelled fish and false claims of organic products, wild-caught fish or grain-fed meat, the numbers, and risks, increase significantly.</p> <p><strong>Are Canadian regulations adequate?</strong></p> <p>Regulations are in place to protect Canadians. The Safe Food for Canadians Act (known <a href="https://laws-lois.justice.gc.ca/eng/regulations/SOR-2018-108/index.html">as the SFCR</a>) and the <a href="https://laws-lois.justice.gc.ca/eng/acts/F-27/page-2.html#h-234067">Food and Drug Act</a> work together to protect Canadian consumers from food safety and food fraud risks.</p> <p>The SFCR states that food businesses must have preventative controls in place as well as product traceability records to ensure imported products meet Canadian laws. A provision of the Food and Drug Act states:</p> <p><em>“No person shall sell an article of food that (a) has in or on it any poisonous or harmful substance; (b) is unfit for human consumption; (c) consists in whole or in part of any filthy, putrid, disgusting, rotten, decomposed or diseased animal or vegetable substance; (d) is adulterated; or (e) was manufactured, prepared, preserved, packaged or stored under unsanitary conditions.”</em></p> <p>Another section of the act declares:</p> <p><em>“No person shall label, package, treat, process, sell or advertise any food in a manner that is false, misleading or deceptive or is likely to create an erroneous impression regarding its character, value, quantity, composition, merit or safety”.</em></p> <p>But are the regulations being enforced?</p> <p>The CFIA is very active in food fraud prevention and detection. In July 2019, the agency received $24.4 million in new <a href="https://www.canada.ca/en/food-inspection-agency/news/2019/07/government-of-canada-prevents-nearly-12800kg-of-adulterated-honey-from-entering-the-canadian-market.html">food fraud funding</a> after announcing that 12,800 kilograms of adulterated honey was blocked from entering the Canadian market. Honey adulteration is the process of cutting pure honey with fillers and cheaper sweeteners, including corn syrup.</p> <p>The CFIA has several enforcement instruments it can apply to offenders including <a href="https://www.inspection.gc.ca/about-the-cfia/accountability/compliance-and-enforcement/amps/fact-sheet/eng/1547233099837/1547233100149">administrative monetary penalties</a>, <a href="https://www.inspection.gc.ca/about-the-cfia/accountability/compliance-and-enforcement/licences/eng/1324052022644/1324052753628">licence suspension or cancellation</a> and <a href="https://www.inspection.gc.ca/about-the-cfia/newsroom/prosecution-bulletins/eng/1298575869119/1299852705293">criminal prosecution</a>.</p> <p><strong>Is food fraud the same as consumer fraud?</strong></p> <p>No. Canada is recovering from a significant consumer fraud incident where some of the most trusted brands colluded for more than a decade to fix the price of bread in what’s <a href="https://www.competitionbureau.gc.ca/eic/site/cb-bc.nsf/eng/04335.html">often termed breadgate</a>. This was a breach of the <a href="https://www.competitionbureau.gc.ca/eic/site/cb-bc.nsf/eng/04267.html">Canadian Competition Act</a>.</p> <p>Canada was one of the first countries in the world with a formal Competition Act, initiated in 1889. While breadgate’s egregious breach of trust shocked Canadians, consumers are known to have short memories and to quickly forgive.</p> <p>The protection of insiders acting as whistle-blowers in the food industry is critically important to expose both consumer fraud and food fraud. However, most food fraud detection requires the use of advanced high-tech methods.</p> <p>In 2017, the University of Guelph’s Biodiversity Institute, in partnership with the CFIA, received $320,000 in <a href="https://news.uoguelph.ca/2017/09/u-g-cfia-collaboration-gets-320000-investment/">federal funding</a> to develop better genomics and DNA bar-coding tools, including portable devices. DNA bar-coding allows researchers to match animal and plant DNA against a reference database to identify a species.</p> <p><strong>Mislabelled fish, sausage</strong></p> <p>The partnership has published a number of research papers uncovering food fraud and <a href="https://news.uoguelph.ca/2019/02/persistent-seafood-mislabeling-persistent-throughout-canadas-supply-chain-u-of-g-study-reveals/">revealing the mislabelling of fish</a> species in Canadian restaurants and grocery stores, an area of the institute’s research that now spans more than a decade.</p> <p>In January 2019, the institute <a href="https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0963996919300304?via%3Dihub">published a paper</a> entitled “Re-visiting the occurrence of undeclared species in sausage products sold in Canada” as a followup to a previous study that showed a <a href="https://kitchener.ctvnews.ca/guelph/20-of-tested-sausages-contained-mislabeled-meat-u-of-g-study-1.3532113">20 per cent mislabelling rate for sausages</a>.</p> <p>The followup indicated 14 per cent of the 100 sausages tested still contained meat DNA that was undeclared on the label. Even more concerning for the public is that many types of food fraud and mislabelling have gone undetected. New technology and methods of testing still has to catch up.</p> <p>As social media amplifies recurring high-profile incidents of food fraud, trust in our global food supply chains remains a concern. For the foreseeable future, much of Canada’s food fraud remains hidden in plain sight, sitting right there on our grocery store shelves.</p> <p><em>Written by John G. Keogh. Republished with permission of </em><a href="https://theconversation.com/fish-sausage-even-honey-food-fraud-is-hidden-in-plain-sight-130186"><em>The Conversation.</em></a></p>

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Queen's grandson spotted in bizarre Chinese milk ad

<p>The Queen’s eldest grandson, Peter Phillips has been spotted starring in a television advertisement for a Chinese milk brand.</p> <p>In result, controversy has sparked on whether there is an issue with The Firm using their royal connections to generate a private income.</p> <p>41-year-old Mr Phillips is the son of Princess Anne and her ex-husband Captain Mark Phillips, however he is not a working royal and has never had a royal title.</p> <p>He has become the poster boy over the years to prove royal family members can have private lives, despite belonging to one of the most famous families in the world.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">'Royal Peter' for hire in China: As Prince Harry flies to Canada to earn millions, the Queen's eldest grandson Peter Phillips is revealed to be trading on his royal status by advertising milk on TV<br /><a href="https://t.co/9FlNesAaWx">https://t.co/9FlNesAaWx</a> <a href="https://t.co/ZoYSd6biSB">pic.twitter.com/ZoYSd6biSB</a></p> — Brightly (@Brightl36034096) <a href="https://twitter.com/Brightl36034096/status/1219665215752720387?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">January 21, 2020</a></blockquote> <p>Throughout his adulthood, he has held prominent positions with Jaguar and a Formula One racing team. He is married to Canadian Autumn Kelly, and the couple share two daughters together who don’t have royal titles.</p> <p>Mr Phillips’ latest public endorsement features him dressed to the nines in a dinner jacket and black bow tie for a 30-second ad for China’s state-owned Bright Dairies.</p> <p>In the advertisement he can be seen peering out the window of a stately country house in Britain’s Wiltshire. A replica of a horse-drawn royal carriage pulls outside the home and then a butler approaches Phillips.</p> <p> </p> <p>In the ad he is described as “British Royal Family member Peter Phillips.”</p> <p>“Bright Dairies has got a fantastic reputation all over China and outside of China as well, for producing high quality dairy products,” Mr Phillips says in a separate, behind-the-scenes video.</p> <p>“As children, we used to spend a lot of time down at the dairy. There was a herd of Jersey cattle at Windsor and we were brought up on it.</p> <p>“And it was always much fuller of flavour, much creamier, than other milks that we had growing up. That has something to do with the way the cows are bred.”</p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7834093/peter-phillips-1.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/799c9170cffe4419951ba8dc9d2f6f48" /></p> <p>Peter and Zara have been free to pursue their own careers as non-working members of the royal family. Zara, 38, is a champion equestrian who also earns a comfortable living as an ambassador for luxury brands, including Rolex and Land Rover, while Peter is the managing director of a sports and entertainment agency.</p> <p>The ad has been released in the midst of a huge debate surrounding both the Duke and Duchess of Sussex who recently announced their intention to step down from their position as senior royal to seek a more “private life” and generate a private income.</p> <p>Buckingham Palace announced that the couple would no longer formally represent the Queen nor be able to use their HRH titles.</p> <p>However they will remain the Duke and Duchess of Sussex as it was titles given to them as a wedding present by the Queen.</p> <p>They have also already applied to trademark their Sussex Royal brand.</p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7834094/peter-phillips-2.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/97cd0a1731404f54bdca126ad86d92c7" /></p> <p>The couple already have the username Sussex Royal on their website and Instagram account, which has 11 million followers.</p> <p>The trademark will allow Prince Harry and Meghan to release their own personal line of branded products, including books, calendars and clothing, in the future.</p> <p>The couple are rumoured to also be moving into content creation and could possibly sign deals with the likes of Netflix or do further work with Disney.</p> <p>Thomas Woodcock, a senior adviser to the Queen, told <a href="https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/news/queens-aide-warns-harry-and-meghan-against-sussex-royal-title-rx0nj7f9w"><em>The Times</em></a> on Tuesday that he didn’t believe the name <em>Sussex Royal </em>was right to keep.</p> <p>“I don’t think it’s satisfactory. One cannot be two things at once. You either are [royal] or you’re not,” he said.</p> <p>Royals must be meticulous in making sure they’re not seen exploiting their royal connections or tarnishing the family’s tightly guarded brand.</p> <p>Mr Woodcock, who is the Garter King of Arms, aids the Queen in being a principal adviser on ceremonial matters and heraldry.</p> <p>He is also part of ensuring that commercial concerns do not make illegitimate use of royal symbols.</p> <p>“It is such unusual times that it is a matter of waiting and seeing how things develop,” he said.</p> <p><em>The Telegraph</em>’s royal editor Camilla Tominey also said she thinks the couple may be asked to rebrand by Kensington Palace who may be averse to idea of Harry and Meghan keeping <em>Royal </em>in their name.</p> <p>“It remains to be seen whether they’ll be able to keep that royal aspect because for all intents and purposes, they are not carrying out any engagements on behalf of the Queen or their military appointments,” she told <em>ITV’s This Morning</em> program on Monday.</p> <p>“They are keeping their private patronages and their charitable work to themselves as they go off and have this new life in North America.”</p> <p>After a week of intense negotiations with the Queen, Prince William and Prince Charles, Harry was spotted travelling home to be reunited with his wife, Duchess Meghan and their 8-month-old son Archie.</p> <p>They are expected to spend most of their time in North America.</p>

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