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Donations POUR in for man wrongly convicted for murder

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">After US man Kevin Strickland </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.oversixty.co.nz/finance/legal/no-compensation-after-43-years-of-wrongful-imprisonment" target="_blank"><span style="font-weight: 400;">was released</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;"> from jail 43 years after his wrongful conviction in a triple murder, a flood of donations have swept in to help him rebuild his life.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.gofundme.com/f/help-kevin-strickland-after-wrongful-conviction" target="_blank"><span style="font-weight: 400;">fundraiser</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;"> set up for him in June had received over $USD 400,000 ($NZD 586,000) at the time of his release, and donations keep coming.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Many supporters were outraged that the 62-year-old wouldn’t receive any compensation for his time in prison from the state of Missouri.</span></p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">Today, Kevin Strickland is finally home, 43 years after being ripped away from his life and family. It took not just a village, but a movement--all of you-- to bring him home.</p> — Tricia Rojo Bushnell (@tcita) <a href="https://twitter.com/tcita/status/1463362164920623104?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">November 24, 2021</a></blockquote> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Because he wasn’t exonerated through the use of DNA evidence, Mr Strickland doesn’t qualify for wrongful imprisonment payments.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Within three days of his release, donors had contributed another $600,000 to his fundraiser, totalling $USD 1.016 million ($NZD 1.49 million) .</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The organisers thanked donors on Tuesday, confirming that all the money raised would be received by Mr Strickland.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Thank you all for your support! All funds go directly to Mr Strickland, who the state of Missouri won’t provide a dime to for the 43 years they stole from him,” they wrote.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Mr Strickland has maintained his innocence since he was sentenced to 50 years in prison in 1979. He has said that he was at home watching television at the time of the three deaths, which happened when he was 18 years old.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The fundraiser, set up by the Midwest Innocence Project, has been collecting donations for Mr Strickland since June, when the organisation began campaigning for his release.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">They have said he would need help paying for basic living costs once he was free.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“I can’t begin to say all the things I am thankful for,” Mr Strickland </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://7news.com.au/travel/americas/almost-us1-million-raised-for-man-wrongly-convicted-of-1979-triple-homicide-c-4711022" target="_blank"><span style="font-weight: 400;">said</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;"> as he left prison.</span></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Image: GoFundMe</span></em></p>

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No compensation after 43 years of wrongful imprisonment

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">US man has been freed after being imprisoned for more than four decades over crimes he didn’t commit.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Kevin Strickland was convicted of one count of first-degree murder and two counts of second degree murder in relation to a triple homicide in 1978.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The then 18-year-old was accused of killing Larry Ingram, 21, John Walker, 20, and Sherrie Black 22, at a home in Kansas City. He maintains that he was at home watching television at the time of the murders.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">He received a 50-year life sentence with no parole as an eighteen-year-old, and has always maintained that he wasn’t involved.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“I’m still in disbelief,” the 62-year-old </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://7news.com.au/sunrise/on-the-show/man-walks-free-after-spending-four-decades-behind-bars-for-crime-he-didnt-commit-c-4692536" target="_blank"><span style="font-weight: 400;">said</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;"> moments after his release on Wednesday.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Thank you (to the judge) for reviewing all the no evidence against me to begin with. I really appreciate him taking his time to listen and understand what really happened in 1978 and how I was an easy mark and the police took advantage of me.”</span></p> <p><img style="width: 0px; height: 0px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7845887/kevin-strickland1.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/273081ddd4ee44d68dcb6e42f689fdbc" /></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Kevin Strickland was the first witness to testify at the hearing that secured his freedom. Image: KCTV5</span></em></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Mr Strickland learned of the court’s decision to free him from prison while watching a soap opera, when the news scrolled across the television screen. He said fellow inmates began screaming.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“I’m not necessarily angry. It’s a lot. I think I’ve created emotions that you all don’t know about just yet,” he told reporters while leaving the Western Missouri prison.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Joy, sorrow, fear. I am trying to figure out how to put them together.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">All of Mr Strickland’s charges were dismissed after his legal team presented evidence to exonerate him.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">During the proceedings, family members of the sole surviving witness, Cynthia Douglas, said she was pressured by police to name Strickland as one of the men she saw on the night of the murders.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Cynthia passed away in 2015, but her mother and daughter appeared before the court to testify.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“We were talking, she said, ‘Mother, I picked the wrong guy. The officer told me that was the guy,” </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.kctv5.com/news/local_news/kevin-strickland-first-to-testify-at-long-awaited-hearing/article_5ecc3214-40f1-11ec-b53b-1f9e37137c18.html" target="_blank"><span style="font-weight: 400;">said</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;"> Senoria Douglas, Cyntha’s mother.</span></p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7845888/kevin-strickland2.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/46cf4c1eccd248cab801dbdad9f03e58" /></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Cyntha Douglas’ mother, Seroria, spoke about how her daughter told her she ‘picked the wrong guy’. Image: KCTV5</span></em></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Sherrie Jordan, Cynthia’s daughter, said: “She started saying (that) Kevin Strickland was the wrong guy. And she was trying to get him out, by going through the right procedures.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Judge James Welsh, a retired court of appeals judge, made the ruling to free Mr Strickland after a Jackson county prosecutor requested an evidentiary hearing, saying evidence used to convict him had since been recanted or disproven.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Under these unique circumstances, the Court’s confidence in Strickland’s convictions is so undermined that it cannot stand, and the judgement of conviction must be set aside,” Welsh </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2021/nov/24/kevin-strickland-freed-42-years-wrongful-conviction" target="_blank"><span style="font-weight: 400;">wrote</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;"> when ordering Mr Strickland’s immediate release.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Since securing his freedom, one of the first things Mr Strickland did was visit his mother’s grave.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“That was the first step. I didn’t have a chance to visit her in the last years … I revisited those tears that I did when they told me I was guilty of a crime I didn’t commit,” he told </span><em><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.cnn.com/videos/us/2021/11/24/kevin-strickland-prison-release-newday-vpx.cnn" target="_blank"><span style="font-weight: 400;">CNN</span></a></em><span style="font-weight: 400;"> on Wednesday.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">But, Mr Strickland will not receive any compensation from the State of Missouri for his time spent in prison, and a </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.gofundme.com/f/help-kevin-strickland-after-wrongful-conviction" target="_blank"><span style="font-weight: 400;">GoFundMe</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;"> set up to help him restart his life has received more than $400,000 in donations.</span></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Image: Midwest Innocence Project</span></em></p>

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Local council accidentally crushes woman's car and belongings

<p dir="ltr">A NSW grandmother is still awaiting compensation three months after the local council admitted to accidentally seizing and crushing her car.</p> <p dir="ltr">Wendy Tucker said she is upset at how heartless the council has been when it came to offering help, fixing its mistake, and being clear about what happened to her 1997 Toyota Camry and personal belongings, while critics described the incident as embarrassing and evidence of incompetence on the Central Coast Council’s behalf.</p> <p dir="ltr">Mrs Tucker told<span> </span><em>A Current Affair,<span> </span></em>"I just thought the council would have been more forthcoming.</p> <p dir="ltr">"It was my only car, and it had things in it - personal belongings, emotional things - you get attached to your vehicles regardless of how good or bad they are."</p> <p dir="ltr">Mrs Tucker said that three months ago, she rang the police and council rangers, fearing her car, which was parked near her daughter’s home, had been stolen. The 61-year-old high school science lab assistant claims she was told by the council that the car had been towed, and to expect a letter in the mail that would outline the next steps she should take.</p> <p dir="ltr">Unfortunately, the next day she received a call from the council informing her that the car had been accidentally crushed. The warning letter from the council arrived a few days later.</p> <p dir="ltr">Mrs Tucker said, "I thought they were exaggerating but apparently it had been crushed completely.”</p> <p dir="ltr">Former Central Coast councilor Greg Best said “heads should roll” after the incident. "Surely they should have just sat down with Mrs Tucker over a cup of tea and said 'sorry, here's what we're going to do'.</p> <p dir="ltr">"This council wracked up the largest financial debt and financial loss of any council in Australia and it has now gone to an all time high in its incompetence and embarrassment."</p> <p dir="ltr">The Council confirmed the car was left in a street at Point Clare for roughly eight weeks during NSW’s COVID-19 lockdown, and that it towed the vehicle following complaints from nearby homeowners. While this is within the council’s power, it is required to contact the registered owner and give warning that the car had been impounded.</p> <p dir="ltr">The Central Coast Council<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://9now.nine.com.au/a-current-affair/aussie-grandmothers-car-crushed-by-nsw-council-without-warning/b04415f6-ce57-42aa-a2ca-c263a61073f8" target="_blank">provided two statements</a><span> </span>to<span> </span><em>A Current Affair,<span> </span></em>and later offerred an apology to Mrs Tucker. Their most recent statement says, amongst other things, that the “Council apologies to the car owner that adequate notice wasn't provided by letter to the registered address, and despite Council undertaking the process lawfully within the legislation, compensation is assured to the car's owner.”</p> <p dir="ltr"><em>Image: Channel 9</em></p>

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Woman's $940k theft from vet hospital to play pokies app

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">A woman has pleaded guilty to stealing $940,000 from her employer, after using the funds to fuel her addiction to an online gambling game that doesn’t pay out real money.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Tasmanian woman Rachel Naomi Perri appeared before Hobart’s Supreme Court on Monday facing 25 charges of computer-related fraud and one count of fraud.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Ms Perri, 49, stole the money over the three years she worked at the Tasmanian Veterinary Hospital as an account manager.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The “anomalies” in bank transactions were only discovered after Ms Perri was made redundant.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The full extent of her theft was uncovered after a full investigation.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Crown prosecutor Simone Wilson told the court that Ms Perri made 475 fraudulent transactions over the course of three years and four months, with the final amount totalling $940,221.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Ms Wilson told the court that Ms Perri was the only person managing the hospital’s bank accounts and transferred money from the accounts to a variety of credit cards, personal loans, and other bank accounts in her name.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Police also discovered that Ms Perri had fraudulently taken out a $30,000 credit card in her husband’s name in 2015, racking up $24,000 in debt without her husband’s knowledge.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">When she was interviewed by police in 2019, Ms Perri “immediately said, ‘I’m guilty’.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The court heard that Ms Perri told police she had been playing a game called Heart of Vegas for the past four years, which is where all of the money had gone.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“It is similar to playing pokies and you shop to purchase coins or credits,” Ms Wilson told the court.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“[But the] credit purchased never turned into actual money. She couldn’t explain why she was playing that game when there was no return.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Heart of Vegas claims to feature “real Vegas slot machines just like the ones you know and love”.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Its terms and conditions also state that players “may be required to pay a fee to obtain virtual items”, but that “virtual items may never be redeemed for ‘real world money’”.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Ms Wilson read out Ms Perri’s interview with police to the court and said she was in her “own little world” while playing.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“I got myself into so much trouble but decided I’d keep going until [I] got caught,” she </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-11-23/woman-pleads-guilty-to-stealing-940k-from-her-workplace/100639450" target="_blank"><span style="font-weight: 400;">said</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;"> in the record of the interview.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“I knew I couldn’t get away with it. I was waiting for a knock on the door from police.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Greg Barns, Ms Perri’s lawyer, told the court that the accused had a “lengthy history of gambling” that started when she turned 18 in Launceston.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“She began to use poker machines and she won $26 from placing a dollar into a machine and, as she described it, it went from there,” he told the court.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Mr Grant said his client had moved from Launceston to Hobart for a fresh start, but began gambling 2008-09.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“She described spending consecutive hours on poker machines,” he said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“One session she spent 16 hours continuously playing on the machine.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">When Ms Perri discovered Heart of Vegas, Mr Barns said she became so addicted that she would keep spending money just to “keep playing the game”.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“She got so addicted that she’d play it first thing in the morning,” he told the court.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“She would set it up at night so it played in auto.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Ms Perri was diagnosed as having a severe gambling disorder by forensic psychiatrist Dr Michael Jordan.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“He considered that Perri’s gambling disorder was the most significant factor in her fraud activity,” Mr Barns told the court.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“[Her gambling was mindless, with no hope of any financial gain.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Mr Barns told the court that Ms Perri voluntarily entered therapy and would need to continue once she was in prison.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">He said it was unlikely that his client would be able to pay back the veterinary services, after they instituted civil proceedings to recover the money.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Ms Wilson said the accused’s behaviour was “planned” and “calculated”, and that she only stopped because she was made redundant.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“The prospects of her recovering are slim to non-existent,” she told the court.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Ms Perri has been remanded in custody until she is sentenced next month.</span></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Image: Getty Images</span></em></p>

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Huge twist in Ben Roberts-Smith case

<p dir="ltr">A former SAS soldier has said he will testify that Ben Roberts-Smith is a war criminal in Mr Roberts-Smith’s defamation case against<span> </span><em>Nine</em><span> </span>newspapers, a court has heard.</p> <p dir="ltr">But, lawyers representing the war hero claim the new testimony has come about due to a closed-door deal with the media.</p> <p dir="ltr">Mr Roberts-Smith is suing the newspapers over claims they defamed him by publishing false claims that he killed six prisoners during his deployment in Afghanistan.</p> <p dir="ltr"><em>Nine<span> </span></em>has said the claims are true.</p> <p dir="ltr">The court has heard that several of Mr Roberts-Smith’s former SAS squadmates will give evidence that both supports and undermines the media giant’s allegations.</p> <p dir="ltr">At least one soldier is expected to implicate himself in one of the alleged murders when he gives evidence in support of<span> </span><em>Nine</em>.</p> <p dir="ltr">In the most recent development, the Federal Court heard that another soldier was now willing to give evidence in relation to the <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.oversixty.co.nz/finance/legal/that-s-not-a-cliff-ben-roberts-smith-downplays-fresh-allegations-in-court" target="_blank">alleged murder</a> that has become the main focus of<span> </span><em>Nine</em>’s claims.</p> <p dir="ltr">The media company alleges that Mr Roberts-Smith kicked a handcuffed shepherd off a cliff in a remote Afghan village of Darwan in 2012.</p> <p dir="ltr"><em>Nine</em><span> </span>claims the shepherd, named Ali Jan, fell into a dry creek bed below and was then executed by an Afghan soldier assisting the Australian SAS.</p> <p dir="ltr">One SAS soldier, referred to as Person 56, was in the village at the time and has now agreed to give evidence that corroborates<span> </span><em>Nine</em>’s account.</p> <p dir="ltr">However, Arthur Moses SC, Mr Roberts-Smith’s barrister, argued that<span> </span><em>Nine</em><span> </span>already accused the soldier of being involved in the war crime. Mr Moses also claimed that they had promised they wouldn’t ask about any other events during his time in Afghanistan if he testified against Mr Roberts-Smith.</p> <p dir="ltr">“This is a flip, a flop and a flip again from Nine regarding a very serious murder allegation,” Mr Moses <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.news.com.au/national/nsw-act/courts-law/troubled-sas-accused-killer-squadmate-turns-against-ben-robertssmith/news-story/d39286092daa8f130eb3e75097e0fda4" target="_blank">told</a> the court.</p> <p dir="ltr">“We are very troubled about this. They have reached agreement with Person 56. He will come to court and give evidence about one particular issue.”</p> <p dir="ltr">He added that<span> </span><em>Nine</em><span> </span>was clearly troubled about the progression of the trial so far, and said he wanted to see communications between them and Person 56.</p> <p dir="ltr">Nicholas Owens SC,<span> </span><em>Nine</em>’s barrister, denied that there was any “deal” between the two parties.</p> <p dir="ltr">“We have been able to establish contact with Person 56 and he agreed to speak to us - there is no side deal,” Mr Owens said.</p> <p dir="ltr">He told the court that Person 56 would give evidence about Darwan, but would object if asked about anything else. Mr Owens added that<span> </span><em>Nine</em><span> </span>agreed they wouldn’t pressure him to speak about it.</p> <p dir="ltr">He said Person 56 would be asked about the events in Darwan to support the claims made by Ali Jan’s relatives.</p> <p dir="ltr">“We say Person 56’s account corroborates that of the Afghan witnesses and contradicts that of (Mr Roberts-Smith),” Mr Owens said.</p> <p dir="ltr">The court also heard that Person 56 was involved in another incident where Mr Roberts-Smith was allegedly involved in executing an Afghan teenager.</p> <p dir="ltr"><em>Nine<span> </span></em>claimed that Mr Roberts-Smith and his squad planted evidence on the adolescent’s body, such as radios and weapons, in order to cover up the killing.</p> <p dir="ltr">However, the court will decide whether Person 56 will be allowed to give evidence at a later date.</p> <p dir="ltr"><em>Image: Getty Images</em></p>

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Man assisting elderly neighbour recounts terrifying stabbing

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">A Gold Coast man was stabbed in the chest while investigating an attempted break-in at his elderly neighbour’s home and had to keep himself alive, only to find out all of his vital organs were untouched.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">James Fletcher, 40, was in his Palm Beach home on Monday night when he heard a noise from the house next door.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">After realising he could see his 92-year-old neighbour “rummaging around” outside with a torch, Mr Fletcher and his housemate went to check on him.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“He’s an old boy and I know him, and I thought he might have had a fall or something,” he told </span><em><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-11-17/gold-coast-man-stabbed-helping-his-elderly-neighbour/100628806" target="_blank"><span style="font-weight: 400;">ABC News</span></a></em><span style="font-weight: 400;">.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">When they got there, they found the couple walking around on broken glass and quickly took action.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“We just took control and tried to look after them to get the glass out of their feet, get some shoes on and start cleaning up,” Mr Fletcher said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“We were there for about 10 minutes and it wasn’t until I started cleaning the glass that I noticed that there was a paver that had been thrown through the window or through the door.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“So I was like OK, someone’s trying to break in here, you know, they [his neighbours] were a bit shocked and didn’t know exactly what happened either.”</span></p> <p><img style="width: 396px; height: 223px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7845716/fletcher.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/b05bf807f6064d3b940bc1d7c9ccdea8" /></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">James Fletcher (right) was stabbed by an unknown assailant when he came to check on his neighbour, Des Oatridge (left). Image: Channel Nine</span></em></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Once he saw the disturbed paver, the 40-year-old said he went outside to check on his own house, which was left open, and to pick up a first aid kit.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">As he did so, a man called out asking whether he had heard the loud noise and if everyone was alright.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“And he walked towards me and as soon as he sort of walked past me, spun around and rammed a knife in my chest,” Mr Fletcher said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">He said the 15-centimetre blade went through his rib cartilage before becoming lodged in his sternum.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“I’ll never forget that. Like, the ferocity and the anger and the intent that that was delivered with,” he said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Initially he said he thought he had been punched, until his attacker attempted to pull the knife out.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“This knife was embedded in my sternum, and he pulled the knife out but I came with it,” he continued.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“And then his hand slipped off and then I sort of reached for my chest, and then I had the knife in my hand, and then he saw that and ran.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Mr Fletcher said he immediately realised he was in trouble, but knew what to do as a physiotherapist trained in trauma.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">While his housemate and neighbours called an ambulance, Mr Fletcher laid down on the ground and compressed the wound.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“I asked for a pillow and some towels to apply pressure to my wound and my job became hanging on,” he said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“But I still didn’t know what was actually going on… I knew I had a big hole… and then the knife actually fell out of my chest when I went to sit up to get into the ambulance.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">After arriving at the Gold Coast hospital, the surgeons waiting to treat Mr Fletcher discovered that the knife had missed all his vital organs in a “one in a million” moment.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“It missed my lungs. It nicked my pericardium, which is the sac that contains my heart, but it didn’t touch my heart, missed my spleen and missed all the large vessels,” he said.</span></p> <p><img style="width: 396px; height: 415px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7845715/fletcher1.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/06558ccce0124625b2aae4033fd472ae" /></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Image: Channel Nine</span></em></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Mr Fletcher has since provided his statement to police officers, but there have been no arrests yet.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Despite his serious injury, Mr Fletcher said he hoped his attacker could access the help he needed.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“This guy, I’m sure has a mental health condition. And I’m sure it’s unmanaged or he’s been unable to access resources. And he’s out there in the community. You know, he almost ruined two people’s lives,” he said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">After being discharged from hospital on Tuesday afternoon, Mr Fletcher returned to work on Wednesday.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">He said he had received plenty of support, but was unsure about how he will continue to feel about how “someone tried to kill me, and he was nearly successful”.</span></p>

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Māori tribe tells anti-vax protestors to stop using the Ka Mate haka

<p dir="ltr">Anti-vaccine protestors in New Zealand have adopted the Ka Mate haka and begun performing it at their rallies, and one Māori tribe has now told them in no uncertain terms to stop.</p> <p dir="ltr">The Ka Mate is a Māori haka composed around 1820 by Te Rauparaha, war leader of the Ngāti Toa tribe, and is the haka performed by the All Blacks at international rugby test matches. In response to it being co-opted by anti-vax protestors, the Ngāti Toa tribe has released a statement telling them they do not have the tribe’s support or permission to perform the dance.</p> <p dir="ltr">"We do not support their position and we do not want our tupuna [ancestors] or our iwi [tribe] associated with their messages. Our message to protesters who wish to use Ka Mate is to use a different haka. We do not endorse the use of Ka Mate for this purpose."</p> <p dir="ltr">New Zealand has one of the lowest COVID-19 rates in the world, but has struggled to fight off the highly infectious Delta variant this year, forcing Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern to move from her previous strategy of elimination through lockdowns to living with the virus with higher vaccination rates. She has set a goal of vaccinating 90 per cent of those eligible before ending lockdowns entirely, and so far, about 81 per cent of the eligible population has received two doses of the vaccine.</p> <p dir="ltr">Anti-vaxxers and the far-right have responded negatively to newly introduced vaccine mandates, and took to the streets in several cities around New Zealand last week in protest. Protestors were seen marching through Christchurch and Wellington bearing pro-Trump flags, New Zealand flags, English flags, and signs featuring Nazi swastikas. Some protestors bore signs making reference to QAnon, while some scrawled threats onto tennis balls and lobbed them at members of the press.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">Lots of balls thrown into the forecourt with messages. Mood of the protest has changed a bit too - lot of people up in our face saying we will get what’s coming to us etc <a href="https://t.co/gPD4oRAMu5">pic.twitter.com/gPD4oRAMu5</a></p> — henry cooke (@henrycooke) <a href="https://twitter.com/henrycooke/status/1457861367810064387?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">November 9, 2021</a></blockquote> <p dir="ltr">Following the introduction of vaccine mandates, Monday was the deadline for all education, disability, and health sector workers in New Zealand to have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.</p> <p dir="ltr"><em>Image: Sanka Vidanagama/AFP via Getty Images</em></p>

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Unseen texts claim Meghan Markle knew controversial letter would leak

<p>As Meghan Markle's court battle with a British publisher continues, a major bombshell has been dropped about the authenticity of the Duchess' claims. </p> <p>In the lengthy legal battle, Meghan Markle claims that Associated Newspapers misused Meghan's private information when they published a letter she sent to her father before her wedding to Prince Harry in 2018. </p> <p>But now, Meghan's former private secretary Jason Knauf claims she was "happy for the public to read" the letter, and altered her language in the correspondence to "pull at the heartstrings" of the public. </p> <p><span>The court heard that the duchess had written, “Given I’ve only ever called him ‘daddy’ it may make sense to open as such, despite him being less than paternal, and in the unfortunate event that it leaked it would pull at the heartstrings.”</span></p> <p class="css-1316j2p-StyledParagraph e4e0a020">“Obviously everything I have drafted is with the understanding that it could be leaked, so I have been meticulous in my word choice.”</p> <p class="css-1316j2p-StyledParagraph e4e0a020">The duchess later texted Knauf again, saying: “Honestly Jason, I feel fantastic."</p> <p class="css-1316j2p-StyledParagraph e4e0a020">“Cathartic and real and honest and factual. And if he leaks it then that’s on his conscience."</p> <p class="css-1316j2p-StyledParagraph e4e0a020">“And at least the world will know the truth, words I could never voice.”</p> <p class="css-1316j2p-StyledParagraph e4e0a020">As these revelations came to light, lawyers for Associated Newspapers are hoping to overturn the original decision of the high court by arguing the letter was crafted with the "possibility of public consumption" in mind. </p> <p class="css-1316j2p-StyledParagraph e4e0a020">The letter was sent to Meghan's father Thomas after he refused to walk her down the aisle at the high-profile royal wedding, and the letter was subsequently sold by Thomas to the UK newspaper. </p> <p class="css-1316j2p-StyledParagraph e4e0a020"><em>Image credits: Getty Images</em></p>

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Why Terence Darrell Kelly’s neighbour is clearing out

<p><em>Images: 7NEWS</em></p> <p>The neighbour of accused Cleo Smith kidnapper, Terence Kelly is so scared of what will happen once police leave the area that he’s packing up and leaving.</p> <p>Ever since Cleo was found at the home 18 days after she went missing, there has been a strong police presence at the Carnarvon property.</p> <p>Detectives and forensic officers have been at the Tonkin Crescent house each day, but security guards have also protected the house from vandalism or vigilante attacks while Kelly is in custody and police carry out their work.</p> <p>Kelly’s neighbour believes once police and security presence stops, the duplex could become the target “revenge” attacks and vandalism.</p> <p>“The house will be smashed,” he told 7NEWS.</p> <p>“A lot of people are disappointed and angry about what has happened, so there’s a greater chance that once the police are gone, we expect something will happen.</p> <p>“100 per cent sure they will come here and smash the house.”</p> <p>As he was packing up on Thursday, Kelly’s neighbour showed 7NEWS through his property, which is a mirror image of the home next door where Cleo Smith was held captive.</p> <p>The two bedrooms are positioned away from the common wall, which is hardly sound proofed, with only fibro and a timber frame separating the living rooms of the two properties.</p> <p>“I find it hard to know that it was right next door to me. It took me a while to absorb it.”</p> <p>Kelly was described as the perfect neighbour. He didn’t drink, didn’t smoke or take drugs and the two would occasionally chat when taking the bins out. Kelly would keep an eye on his house if he was away.</p> <p>Kelly’s neighbour has been offered a new place to live in wake of what allegedly happened next door.</p> <p>Police have stripped Kelly’s home gathering evidence, all but the sleeping bag which still remains missing.</p> <p>Police tape is set to come down once a final sweep of the home has been done. Those who have become accustomed to street presence have growing fears about what might happen next.</p>

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Missing piece of the Cleo Smith puzzle

<p><em>Images: Getty</em></p> <p>Detectives continue the search for the sleeping bag Cleo Smith was curled up in when she was allegedly snatched from her tent at the Blowholes campsite.</p> <p>A police spokesperson said it was believed the red and grey sleeping bag was still unaccounted for.</p> <p>Forensic teams continue to examine other items from the site and the Carnarvon home where the four-year-old was found after being missing for 18 days.</p> <p>The sleeping bag was deemed a critical item during the search, with police releasing a image that was on missing person posters all over the country.</p> <p>Motorists travelling on the North West Coastal Highway have even been urged to keep an eye out for the item as police conducted search through roadside bins.</p> <p>Officers went through 50 cubic metres of rubbish recovered from bins from Minilya to Geraldton, but the sleeping bag was not found.</p> <p>The item was also not found at the home of Terence Kelly, who is currently behind bars for the alleged abduction of Cleo Smith from her tent.</p> <p>Further charges could be laid but over the abduction of Cleo, but WA deputy Police commissioner ruled out claims that a “mystery woman” was being investigated.</p> <p>Cleo Smith vanished from her family's tent while on a camping trip at the Quobba Blowholes on October 16th, and was rescued 18 days later.</p> <p>Terence Darrell Kelly has been charged with two offences, including one count of forcibly taking a child aged under 16.</p>

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Girlfriend of Maddy McCann suspect reveals key detail

<p>The former girlfriend of a suspect in the Madeleine McCann case has revealed a bombshell admission he once made to her. </p> <p>German sex offender Christian Brueckner has long been thew sole suspect in the abduction of three-year-old Madeleine, and in 2014, he made a chilling remark to his girlfriend Nakscije Miftari. </p> <p>While at a party in their German apartment, Maddy's disappearance was brought up, prompting Christian to fall silent. </p> <p><span>"I remember he made no answer to the question," she told </span><a rel="nofollow noopener" href="https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10172917/Madeleine-McCann-suspect-Christian-Brueckner-told-girlfriend-near-holiday-villa.html?ito=social-facebook&amp;fbclid=IwAR1w2DEawHqx8pqUjKrQrar2Y1Fwabok91QC1eURmgQfG2INeC5KV5uK4aQ" target="_blank" class="link rapid-noclick-resp" data-ylk="slk:The Mail on Sunday">The Mail on Sunday</a><span> in an exclusive interview.</span></p> <p><span>Ms Miftari said she pressed Brueckner on Madeleine's disappearance after their guests had left, prompting him to open up about what he knew.</span><span></span></p> <p><span>"He said, 'I know about Maddie, I was near the hotel at the time. I was living in the area at the time. I am not going to say anything more. I am not a stupid guy, I am a businessman'," she recalled.</span></p> <p><span>The admission is the first known instance of Christian admitting to being in the area where Madeleine was last seen. </span></p> <p><span>Madeleine vanished from her </span>family's hotel room at the Ocean Club resort <span>in Praia da Luz, in Portugal’s Algarve region, in 2007 while her parents had dinner at a nearby restaurant.</span></p> <p><span>German detectives </span>identified Christian Brueckner, 44, as the main suspect in her disappearance last year, but are yet to file any charges against him in relation to the high-profile case. </p> <p><em>Image credits: Getty Images</em></p>

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Fresh insight into troubled past of Cleo's alleged abductor

<p><em><strong>Content warning: This article contains references to deceased Indigenous individuals. </strong></em></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Audio has emerged of the woman who raised Terence Darrell Kelly, Cleo Smith’s alleged abductor, revealing that he had a tumultuous early life.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The 36-year-old Carnarvon man was removed from his mother’s care as a two-year-old and was raised by Penny Walker, a respected member of the Indigenous community.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“His mum didn’t want him and she threw him away,” she </span><a href="https://www.perthnow.com.au/news/cleo-smith/cleo-smith-found-accused-kidnapper-terence-darrell-kellys-traumatic-childhood-revealed-c-4476537"><span style="font-weight: 400;">said </span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">in an interview from 2019.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“I looked down at him and this little boy - God was giving me something back in my life what the welfare took off me - my children.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Ms Walker said Mr Kelly’s mother was a drug addict and didn’t want him.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">She then took him in and raised him alongside her two grandsons - who she was caring for after her daughter died from multiple sclerosis (MS).</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">In the </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.watoday.com.au/national/western-australia/audio-files-reveal-difficult-upbringing-of-cleo-smith-s-alleged-abductor-terence-kelly-20211108-p596y8.html" target="_blank"><span style="font-weight: 400;">interview</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">, she also spoke about her own traumatic childhood as a member of the Stolen Generation. She spoke of the poor treatment she received as a child at the Moore River Native Settlement and New Norcia Mission, where she was the victim of sexual abuse and beatings.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Ms Walker said this led her to become an alcoholic, which resulted in her six children being taken away. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">She then turned her life around and became a respected member of the Indigenous community in Carnarvon.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Ms Walker died in 2020, leaving Mr Kelly alone in their Carnarvon home.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">When police arrived at the home last week, they found Cleo in a room sitting upright and playing with toys.</span></p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height:281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7845436/terence-kelly1.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/e959eb1a366f41e8bff36ecb3282bf94" /></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Terence Darrell Kelly boards a plane to Perth, where he will stay in custody until he returns to court in December. Image: Getty Images</span></em></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Mr Kelly was then arrested and faced Carnarvon Magistrate’s Court for several </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.oversixty.com.au/news/news/i-m-coming-for-you-suspect-charged-in-cleo-s-alleged-abduction" target="_blank"><span style="font-weight: 400;">charges</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">, including forcibly taking a child under 16.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">His neighbours described Mr Kelly as a “quiet” and “lonely” individual.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The day after his court appearance, he was flown from Carnarvon to Perth and spent his first night in a maximum-security prison.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Detectives have since returned to his home as part of their investigation into Cleo’s abduction.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Police said they don’t believe the alleged abduction was planned and are investigating a theory that Mr Kelly came across Cleo by chance, according to </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.perthnow.com.au/news/cleo-smith/cleo-smith-found-accused-kidnapper-terence-darrell-kellys-traumatic-childhood-revealed-c-4476537" target="_blank"><span style="font-weight: 400;">news.com.au</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Mr Kelly has been remanded in custody for four weeks and is due to return to court in December.</span></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Image: Getty Images</span></em></p>

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Lawyers for Rust armourer claim ‘sabotage’

<p dir="ltr">Lawyers for Hannah Gutierrez Reed, the<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://oversixty.com.au/finance/legal/she-s-a-rookie-rust-s-armourer-comes-under-fire" target="_blank">24-year-old armourer</a><span> </span>at the centre of the investigation into the tragedy on the set of Alec Baldwin’s film<span> </span><em>Rust,<span> </span></em>are now<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.latimes.com/entertainment-arts/story/2021-11-03/rust-shooting-armorer-hannah-gutierrez-reed-lawyers" target="_blank">claiming</a><span> </span>their client was the victim of sabotage, and that the accident was ultimately the fault of someone else.</p> <p dir="ltr">Her lawyers have suggested that someone intentionally smuggled live rounds of ammunition into a box of dummy rounds before the<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.oversixty.com.au/news/news/alec-baldwin-allegedly-shot-and-killed-cinematographer" target="_blank">fatal on-set shooting</a><span> </span>that killed cinematographer Halyna Hutchins. Lawyer Jason Bowles made the suggestion while appearing on numerous morning news programs on Wednesday morning.</p> <p dir="ltr">On<span> </span><em>Good Morning America</em>, he asked, “Why do you place that in the box labeled ‘dummies’ that the armorer is going to be pulling from? Why would you do that other than to try to cause some incident on the set?</p> <p dir="ltr">“Now, we’re not saying anybody had any intent there was going to be a tragedy — a homicide — but they wanted to do something to cause a safety incident on set. That’s what we believe happened.”</p> <p dir="ltr">When GMA anchor Michael Strahan pressed him for evidence to support this serious allegation, Bowles simply asserted that his client did not place the live round that was ultimately responsible for Hutchins’ death in the ammunition box.</p> <p dir="ltr">“We know the live rounds shouldn’t have been in that box, but they were,” he said. “So there can be very, very few explanations for why live rounds end up in a box of dummy prop ammunition on a movie set. And one of them is that somebody wants that to go into a firearm and then wants there to be an incident on the set. There’s no other reason to mix a live round with the dummies. There’s just none.”</p> <p dir="ltr">After presenting the same argument on<span> </span><em>Today<span> </span></em>and being asked by host Savannah Guthrie why anyone would “have the motive and opportunity” to sabotage the ammunition in this way, Bowles said, “I believe that somebody who would do that would want to ... prove a point, want to say that they’re disgruntled.</p> <p dir="ltr">“And we know that people had already walked off the set the day before. ... And the reason they were unhappy is they’re working 12- to 14-hour days. They were not given hotel rooms in and around the area. So they had to drive back and forth an hour to Albuquerque, and they’re unhappy.”</p> <p dir="ltr">This is a reference to the fact that the camera crew had staged a walkout before the incident, fed up with unreasonable working conditions and amidst a push within Hollywood to improve working conditions for film and television crews.</p> <p dir="ltr">Guthrie then asked Bowles if he was accusing the crew members who had walked out of planting the live ammunition, to which he said, “You can’t rule anybody out at this point. We know there was a live round in a box of dummy rounds that shouldn’t have been there… there was opportunity to tamper with the scene. And yes, we’re looking at that possibility.”</p> <p dir="ltr"><em>Image: Instagram</em></p>

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Police sift through piles of rubbish in search for Cleo

<p><em>Image: WA Police </em></p> <p>Investigators are sorting through piles of rubbish as the desperate search for missing WA girl Cleo Smith continues.</p> <p>Mountains of rubbish have been collected from roadside bins as far as south of Geraldton, more than 500 kms from where she vanished, and as far as north Minilya, 165kms away.</p> <p>The rubbish was packed into two trucks and transported to Perth, where four forensics officials and 20 officers have spent two days sorting through hundreds of bags in an effort to find any items that may offer clues.</p> <p>WA Police Commission Chris Dawson said officers were not giving up.</p> <p>“We’ve got thousands of (pieces of) really important information plus of course the thousands of forensic items we’ve seized, but it’s now been 16 days,” he said.</p> <p>“Every day that goes past is the most difficult for Cleo’s parents and loved ones, obviously we share their concern.”</p> <p>‘We never give up hope and it’s most important that we remain focussed on the goal and the goal is clearly to find Cleo.”</p> <p>Cleo’s mother, Ellie Smith, posted another plea on social media.</p> <p>“Every day is getting harder without my shining bright light,” she said.</p> <p>It remains a mystery as to who was driving the car south from Blowholes Road around the time of Cleo’s disappearance.</p> <p>A fundraising page set up by a family friend has now been closed at the request of Ellie and Jack. The money raised will help pay for helicopters and search teams, with any leftover going to the family, who have thanked the community for their generosity.</p>

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Ivermectin fan Joe Rogan thought an Australian comedy sketch was ‘propaganda’

<p dir="ltr">Former reality TV host and podcaster Joe Rogan shared a video on his Instagram on Monday night, writing, “Not only has Australia had the worst reaction to the pandemic with dystopian, police-state measures that are truly inconceivable to the rest of the civilized world, but they also have the absolute dumbest propaganda.”</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/tv/CVvyYXzgrD2/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="14"> <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/tv/CVvyYXzgrD2/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Joe Rogan (@joerogan)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p dir="ltr">The biggest problem with his caption was that the video was from the satirical ABC show<span> </span><em>Gruen,<span> </span></em>and Rogan had just made the embarrassing mistake of being unable to distinguish between satire and reality.</p> <p dir="ltr">An easy mistake to make for someone who can’t differentiate between human medicine and horse medicine; after contracting COVID-19, Rogan<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.npr.org/2021/09/01/1033485152/joe-rogan-covid-ivermectin" target="_blank">made sure his fans knew</a><span> </span>that he had included Ivermectin as part of his treatment, despite the FDA confirming it to be  ineffective against COVID-19.</p> <p dir="ltr">This isn't Rogan's first time expressing concern about the plight of innocent Australians who are living in a police state and being force fed dumb propaganda; he<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.ladbible.com/news/latest-joe-rogans-interview-with-yeonmi-park-is-being-called-his-best-ever-20210805" target="_blank">told North Korean defector Yeonmi Park that</a>, “There’s some crazy s*** going on right now where the army is trying to keep people inside in Australia."</p> <p dir="ltr">He continued, "They have full-on government lockdowns where the government is flying helicopters over the streets (and telling people) ‘go back indoors, you’re not allowed to be outside’, which is crazy.”</p> <p dir="ltr">The<span> </span><em>Gruen<span> </span></em>video features a man falling to the floor while having an allergic reaction, and a woman crouched over him, reassuring him while getting ready to use an EpiPen on him. He stops her and asks, “Wait, what brand EpiPen is that?”, “What’s in it?”, “Medicine? How long was it researched for?”, “What are the stats from Europe?”, and, most importantly, and why Rogan posted the video, the man wheezes as his throat is closing up, “What does Joe Rogan say?” before grabbing her by the shoulders, croaking out “Call Joe”, and dying.</p> <p dir="ltr">To an even slightly informed viewer, it’s an obvious send-up of anti-vaxxers who get their information from increasingly dubious sources like relatives on Facebook, Joe Rogan and other podcasters with no medical or scientific qualifications or expertise, or dodgy websites based in Eastern Europe. To Joe Rogan, it was another example of how the tyrannical Australian government was fighting back against COVID-19, apparently.</p> <p dir="ltr">A lot of his supporters seemed to also believe the sketch was genuine, with one commenting, “Australia is fine as long as you don’t watch the free TV”, and another, Australian jiujitsu black belt holder Kit Dale, commenting, “Australia has become weak”. Others pointed out that Rogan, who self-identifies as a comedian, should be able to take jokes about him since he’s more than happy to make jokes at the expense of others.</p> <p dir="ltr">Rogan eventually edited the caption to add, “apparently this is not a real ad. It’s from a satirical show.” Yeah Joe, we know. Thirty seconds of doing your own research would have told you that from the beginning.</p> <p dir="ltr">The video's creators continue to have a good sense of humour, with Paper Moose CEO Nick Hunter<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.9news.com.au/national/joe-rogan-calls-gruen-transfer-covid-19-vaccine-satire-advertisement-australian-propaganda/ac0c5bb5-45fa-404f-9715-e56fdac74088" target="_blank">telling 9News.com.au</a>, "Gruen is a satirical show. The point of the video was to talk about some of the issues anti-vaxxers have and put it in a humorous context to show the ridiculousness of what is out there."</p> <p dir="ltr">"Its literally a demonstration of the problem we are trying to solve in the world today, so it was kind of hilarious that Joe Rogan reacted the way he did."</p> <p dir="ltr"><em>Image: Michael S. Schwartz/Getty Images</em></p>

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Five money-saving kitchen renovation ideas

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Though renovating your kitchen can be a costly endeavour, there are some ways to spruce it up while sticking to a small budget.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Consider </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.bhg.com.au/ways-improve-kitchen-without-breaking-bank?category=renovating" target="_blank"><span style="font-weight: 400;">these five</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;"> quick, easy and affordable ideas if you’re looking to update your kitchen without spending a fortune.</span></p> <p><strong>Stick with the same layout</strong></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Renovations that cost an arm and a leg often involve rearranging the kitchen in a major way.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">If you can avoid moving cupboards, tearing down and rebuilding walls, or rearranging the electrics and plumbing, you can save some real money.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Despite this, you can still give your kitchen a proper facelift.</span></p> <p><strong>Spend wisely</strong></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Another chunk of the costs will come from replacing appliances, especially if they are still in good working order.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">And, by reusing appliances and simply giving them a clean, you can spend the money you save on new taps or other smaller items that can add to the room’s sense of style.</span></p> <p><strong>Get out the paint roller</strong></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">If you’re looking for the simplest way to revive your kitchen, painting is the best place to start. Gloomy rooms can be instantly brightened just by painting the walls, ceiling, door, and window frames with a few coats of a bright, neutral colour.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Stuck with mismatched dining chairs or a set that’s seen better days? While you’ve got the paintbrush out, give your dining chairs and table a few coats of paint or a stain to make them match and look brand new.</span></p> <p><strong>Refresh your cabinetry</strong></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Another way to blow out your budget can be the replacement of cabinets. If your current ones are structurally sound but look a bit tired or no longer match your dream colour scheme, paint or replace the doors, drawer fronts and hardware and save a bucket load of cash.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Another way to freshen up your over-bench cabinetry is to remove the doors altogether. This can give your shelves a new, modern look, especially if you paint or line the back of the shelves with a splash of coloured paper.</span></p> <p><strong>Add some little touches</strong></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Spending a little on replacing power-point covers, light switches, window coverings, or light fittings can add the final touches to your fresh-faced kitchen.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">With money saved from avoiding buying big ticket items or paying for major works, it’s possible to walk away with a new kitchen without the huge financial investment.</span></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Image: Getty Images</span></em></p>

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Man whose father killed his paedophile abductor speaks out

<p>In March 1984, 11-year-old Jody Plauche was kidnapped from his home in Louisiana by his karate teacher Jeff Doucet. </p> <p>Jeff took Jody to a motel in California, over 3,200km from his home, before inflicting a horrific campaign of sexual abuse and grooming on the child. </p> <p>When Jody was found and Jeff was shipped back to Louisiana, a camera crew and several journalists were waiting for the paedophile at the airport. </p> <p>Amongst the media flock, Jody's father Gary was waiting with his back turned and disguising his identity with a lowered baseball cap and sunglasses. </p> <p>As Jeff was paraded past him, the furious father turned around, <span>drew a gun, pulled the trigger and fired a single shot into the side of Doucet's head at point blank range live on the 6pm news bulletin. </span></p> <p><span>Now, 37 years later, Jody has recalled the traumatising ordeal in his </span>autobiography. </p> <p>He discusses how many Americans hailed his father a "hero" for carrying out the revenge killing, but he didn't agree. </p> <p><span>The author said, “At first I was upset with what my father did because at age 11 – I just wanted Jeff to stop and not necessarily dead.”</span></p> <p><span>Gary spent the weekend in jail over the killing, but ended up serving no prison time. </span></p> <p><span>He was given a suspended sentence for manslaughter along with probation and community service, </span></p> <p><span>The judge ruled that there was no risk of him ever committing another crime, and said sending him to prison would not </span>help anyone, so he was set free. </p> <p>Jody recalls watching the video of his father shooting down his abuser, and said it felt surreal. </p> <p>“I had already looked at the paper, something I was told not to do. It was almost as if it wasn’t real,” Jody told <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.thesun.co.uk" target="_blank">The Sun</a>.</p> <p>He even recorded the footage on a VHS tape and would watch it “over and over”, becoming obsessed with it as he attempted to process what happened.</p> <p>Jody said he continues to struggle with the traumatising events, and why he doesn't agree with his dad's hero status. </p> <p>“I think for a lot of people who have not been satisfied by the American justice system my dad stands as a symbol of justice,” he said.</p> <p>“My dad did what everybody says what they would do yet only few have done it. Plus, he didn’t go to jail.”</p> <p><span>“That said, I cannot and will not condone his behaviour. But I understand why he did what he did."</span></p> <p><em>Image credits: Supplied</em></p>

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