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5 hidden things in your home that may be a fire hazard

<p>Keep your family and property safe by being mindful of these hidden fire dangers in your home.</p> <p><strong>1. Beware these hidden fire traps</strong></p> <p>Keep your family and property safe by being mindful of these hidden fire dangers in your home.</p> <p><strong>2. Smoke detector</strong></p> <p>Every year people die because their smoke detectors didn’t go off during a fire. That’s usually because the batteries were dead (or had been removed to stop false alarms) or the detector was past its useful life or was located where occupants couldn’t hear the alarm.</p> <p><strong>3. Cooking fires</strong></p> <p>A towel or curtains hanging too close to an unattended stove can ignite. The statistics: Cooking fires cause 23 per cent of home fires and 9 per cent of deaths. The grease in an unattended frying pan catches on fire and ignites nearby combustibles, which in turn ignite curtains, cabinets or anything else in the vicinity.</p> <p><strong>4. Extension cords</strong></p> <p>Overloaded extension cords, bad connections and other careless use of electrical devices can melt wire insulation and cause a fire. The statistics: Electrical equipment causes nine percent of home fires and 10 percent of deaths. Overloaded extension cords, hidden electrical shorts, bad connections and oversized bulbs and fixtures can ignite nearby combustibles and burn down your house.</p> <p><strong>5. Gas water heaters</strong></p> <p>Clothes piled too close to a gas water heater can ignite when the water heater comes on, especially if the protective doors for the gas burners are missing. Appliances (clothes dryers and gas water heaters) cause 7 percent of home fires and 4 percent of deaths. After problems with stoves and heaters, the biggest culprits in appliance fires are lint in dryers and combustibles near gas water heaters.</p> <p><em>Written by Nick Gerhardt. This article first appeared in <a href="https://www.readersdigest.com.au/food-home-garden/home-tips/20-hidden-things-in-your-home-that-may-be-a-fire-hazard?slide=all">Reader’s Digest.</a> For more of what you love from the world’s best-loved magazine, h</em><a href="http://readersdigest.innovations.co.nz/c/readersdigestemailsubscribe?utm_source=over60&amp;utm_medium=articles&amp;utm_campaign=RDSUB&amp;keycode=WRN93V">ere’s our best subscription offer.</a></p> <p><img style="width: 100px !important; height: 100px !important;" src="/media/7820640/1.png" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/f30947086c8e47b89cb076eb5bb9b3e2" /></p>

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Outrage over Cadbury changing iconic Dairy Milk chocolate recipe

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Cadbury has released a “diet” version of their popular Dairy Milk chocolate bar and the country has reacted in blaze and fury. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">There are many of us who may be looking to cut down sugar intake, and the popular Cadbury brand has decided to cater to those looking for a healthier treat when they’re yearning for a sweet snack by creating a version of their all time favourite choccy with 30 per cent less sugar. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The news was not met with well wishes though and has caused a mass exodus of the brand on social media, with many customers asking “why?”.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“WHAT HAS SOCIETY COME TO?!” one unhappy person commented.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Sendddd it back! No one wanted it!” another angry response read. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“What’s bloody next?” One horrified customer wrote. “Cadbury could live to regret this decision.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Another added: “Chocolate is meant to be a treat. Why make it healthy?”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">This is the first time in 114 years the Dairy Milk recipe has been altered, a representative said. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Cadbury brand manager Katrina Davidson said there are people all over the country looking for a healthier alternative to an unhealthy snack.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“And that’s why we have worked tirelessly to create a Cadbury Dairy Milk bar with 30 per cent less sugar, which still tastes great,” she said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“We are committed to responding to relevant consumer trends, and are always striving to offer chocolate lovers greater choice through exciting innovations and portion control offerings.”</span></p>

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Robert Irwin being investigated over "cruel treatment" of animals

<p>In what seems impossible to believe, Robert Irwin has been named in a proposed animal cruelty investigation following his appearance on <em>The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon</em>.</p> <p>Animal rights organisation PETA has called for a ban on wild animals on the US TV show, saying that celebrities and other members of the public were not licensed to  interact with the wildlife.</p> <p>In a statement, PETA noted that Irwin handled various animals – including an alligator, a camel, and servals – for the show’s segments on various occasions.</p> <div class="embed-responsive embed-responsive-16by9"><iframe class="embed-responsive-item" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/ieFrIvFzJd8"></iframe></div> <p>The organisation also mentioned actor Kate Beckinsale, who poked an African bullfrog, and <em>Game of Thrones </em>star Jacob Anderson, who was locked in a phone booth with a python snake on the show.</p> <p>“Animals suffer every time they’re exposed to the chaos of a television set and passed around like props,” said PETA senior vice president Lisa Lange.</p> <p>The organisation called for the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene to investigate exhibitor Grant Kemmerer, who supplied the animals to the NBC show, as well as other shows, including <em>The Rachael Ray Show, The Wendy Williams Show </em>and <em>Good Morning America</em>.</p> <p>It said that Kemmerer should be banned from obtaining future permits for breaching the city’s health code.</p> <p>“PETA is calling on authorities to throw the book at this hack for brazenly violating – on camera – the clear conditions of his exhibitor permits,” Lange said.</p> <p>However, Kemmerer denied that he violated his permit requirements by allowing the animals to appear on the program.</p> <p>“[Host Jimmy] Fallon or Robert Irwin are not the public,” Kemmerer told <em>Page Six</em>.</p> <p>“It was deemed even people in the audience are not looked at as the public in the eyes of the USDA, because they’re paying for an entertainment show and expect this type of show … You’re not going to pull out a random animal and hope it goes OK.”</p> <p>Kemmerer said Fallon was a willing participant. </p> <p>“We are alleviating any potential risk, and for Jimmy Fallon, he’s not going into this unknowing.</p> <p>“He is a participating person in this. They’re having Robert on there to bring the animals.”</p>

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Why Princess Diana's niece Lady Kitty Spencer could lose her inheritance

<p>Princess Diana’s younger brother Charles Spencer has revealed he will be planning to follow a long-kept tradition in his family by leaving the Spencer family estate to his son despite having an older daughter. </p> <p>The father-of-seven admitted to <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.telegraph.co.uk/" target="_blank"><em>The Sunday Telegraph</em></a> he wishes to leave Althorp Estate to his eldest son Viscount Louis Spencer, 25, instead of his eldest child, Lady Kitty Spencer, 28. </p> <p style="text-align: center;"><em><img style="width: 0px; height: 0px;" src="/media/7829293/diana-4.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/2b3611d3e9e74027b1c6d49cdc372959" />Charles Spencer and Princess Diana.</em></p> <p>The 9th Earl Spencer says he sees no issues with the decision, which is tied to the archaic tradition of male primogeniture where the eldest son inherits property, titles and fortunes. </p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="/media/7829294/diana-5.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/a93e86f0fbe441b4a343cccb52badd98" /></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><em>Victoria Aitken, Lady Kitty Spencer and Viscount Althorp. </em></p> <p>“Is it any fairer that the eldest child gets it instead of the eldest male? Whatever you say is a selection,” he said. </p> <p>Charles inherited the estate over his eldest sisters, Lady Sarah McCorquodale, Jane Fellowes, Baroness Fellowes and Princess Diana.</p> <p>The Althorp Estate was the home of Princess Diana before she married into the royal family and it is located in the district of Daventry in Northamptonshire. </p> <p>The estate includes a Grade I listed stately home, along with 50 square kilometres of cottages, woodland and farms.</p> <p>Princess Diana’s grave can be found in the middle of an ornamental lake on the state – a location chosen to defend the royal’s remains from ghouls. </p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="/media/7829296/diana-6.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/950a5d30f14349b397267b2e3830d08c" /></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><em>Charles Spencer and his wife Victoria Aitken (m. 1989-1997) with their 3 daughters : Kitty Eleanor, Eliza Victoria and Katya Amelia, attending a horse show at Althorp house, Northamptonshire.</em></p> <p>A memorial for visitors is available for those wishing to pay their respects to the beloved princess. </p> <p>The home recently became available to rent, however, it does come at a hefty price – just one night's stay will set you back a staggering NZD$46,000.</p>

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How to pick a good tradie in 5 easy steps

<p>Whether you are in the market for a large-scale renovation or some smaller jobs around the house, selecting the right tradesperson can be a difficult and stressful experience.</p> <p>For every positive encounter, many people have had or know someone who has had a negative experience with a tradesperson.</p> <p>The good news is that there are a number of things you can do before you commit your job to somebody, which will ultimately help to ensure it is completed on time, on budget and to the right standard.</p> <p><strong>Step 1: Shop around before you commit</strong><br />Treat choosing a tradesperson as you would treat buying a car. It’s unlikely you would ever purchase the first car you inspected, and likewise there is no obligation to give your job to the first tradesperson you call.</p> <p>“RACV research shows that many people don’t know a good electrician or plumber as the job frequency for most households is less than once a year,” Aaron Flavell, General Manager Home Services at RACV says.</p> <p>Aaron recommends getting multiple quotes to ensure you are best equipped to make an informed decision – “but a tip is to close off your job once you have three quotes so you don’t get bombarded.”</p> <p>There are a number of websites offering instant quotes from multiple companies, but it is always best to go directly to the tradesperson. These websites typically charge tradespeople to have their services featured and pass these costs to the customers, and speaking to somebody directly will allow you to ask follow-up questions.<br /><br /><strong>Step 2: Listen to word of mouth</strong> <br />The internet age means that anybody with a smartphone has access to a myriad reviews – not just of tradespeople but of mechanics, doctors and other service providers – in their pocket. But while online review sites such as Word of Mouth Online and Product Review can be handy, they aren’t the be all and end all.</p> <p>Aaron Flavell, General Manager Home Services at RACV, says you can’t beat old-fashioned word-of-mouth.</p> <p>“If you have family members, friends or colleagues who have recently had work done around the house, ask them questions about the tradespeople they used."</p> <p>He adds, “You are more likely to get an honest answer from somebody you know rather than relying on stranger’s opinions online.”</p> <p><strong>Step 3: Check on their credentials</strong><br />Each state and territory has its own laws about licensing – for example in Victoria anybody doing residential building work worth more than $5,000 must be a registered building practitioner.</p> <p>Another good sign is if your tradesperson is a member of their peak organisation such as the Masters Building Association or Master Plumbers. By going to these peak organisations directly, you will be able to obtain a list of credentialed professionals in your local area.<br /><br /><strong>Step 4: Get a detailed quote</strong><br />It sounds simple, but Aaron Flavell, General Manager Home Services at RACV, says some people can forget crucial elements to their quote that can lead to headaches down the track.</p> <p>“It is important that you get a quote with a breakdown of the total figure – how much of the cost relates to materials and relates to labour,” he says.</p> <p>Aaron says all quotes should feature the ABN and/or license number of the tradesperson. “You should also ask questions when you receive the quote; for example does it factor in any weekend or public holiday rates that may be necessary and how have the labour costs been calculated?”</p> <p>As with any other service provider and given the fluid nature of the work, the cost of the job may increase when it’s in progress.</p> <p>Aaron says the best way to avoid ‘bill shock’ at the end of the job is to be up-front with your tradesperson throughout the process, and ask questions in advance about how they will handle and communicate any unexpected changes to the quote or the timeframe of the job.</p> <p>“Communication is key. A lot of the stress involved in hiring a tradesperson can be alleviated if you ask plenty of questions, get everything in writing and make sure your tradesperson knows you expect to be informed as soon as anything changes.”</p> <p>If you are using an online platform to request a quote, Aaron recommends attaching a picture or video of the job in question to enable more accurate quoting.<br /><br /><strong>Step 5: Be prepared if something does go wrong</strong><br />Aaron advises that while homeowners can take every precaution to ensure that the process runs smoothly, occasionally issues can arise that require action.</p> <p>Aaron adds, “Regardless of where you live, if you are unhappy with your tradesperson and want to pursue it with the relevant bodies in your state or territory, it is important you document everything. Keep time-stamped photos of the job and a diary, and retain copies of all letters and emails sent to your tradesperson. These will be vital to have if your complaint progresses to your local Civil and Administrative Tribunal."</p> <p><em>Republished with permission of </em><a href="https://www.wyza.com.au/articles/lifestyle/wyza-life/how-to-pick-a-good-tradie-in-5-easy-steps.aspx"><em>Wyza.com.au.</em></a></p>

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The shocking moment judge is dragged from court to begin prison sentence

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Footage from inside a courtroom has gone viral after it depicted a juvenile judge being dragged away from court by police to immediately begin her prison sentence. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The Ohio-based judge, Tracie Hunter had been on a mission since 2014 fighting her conviction and six-month jail sentence for allegedly using her influential position to help a family member, as reported by </span><a href="https://au.news.yahoo.com/female-judge-dramatically-dragged-away-from-court-to-begin-prison-sentence-045522601.html?guccounter=1"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Yahoo News. </span></a></p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">Chaos in the courtroom: <br /><br />This was the scene in a Hamilton County courtroom Monday morning as former juvenile judge Tracie Hunter was ordered to serve six months in jail and dragged out: <a href="https://t.co/8NEFZWOVcY">https://t.co/8NEFZWOVcY</a> <a href="https://t.co/HBlImlDxnI">pic.twitter.com/HBlImlDxnI</a></p> — WLWT (@WLWT) <a href="https://twitter.com/WLWT/status/1153304329215991808?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">July 22, 2019</a></blockquote> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Tracie’s brother Stephen Hunter allegedly struck a young person while working as a youth corrections officer in 2013 - which led to his boss recommending he be fired.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Tracie requested documents on the teenage offender and handed them over to her brother, according to prosecutors. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">She was the first African American to be elected to Hamilton County’s Juvenile Court and maintains her prosecution was politically motivated. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">She was handcuffed after the judge made his decision and was hastily taken away despite her protest. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The courtroom was filled with supporters who believed the woman was wrongfully prosecuted and sent letters to the personal address of the presiding judge in the hearing - however, his overall decision was not influenced.</span></p>

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How this “superhero” dad's tiredness turned into a rare disease

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">A healthy father of two thought he was just suffering from fatigue before he was struck with an extremely rare disease that left him partially paralysed in June. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Sam Hambly from the Sunshine Coast was left bed-ridden in hospital after he was left with the news he had Guillain-Barre Syndrome (GBS) - an auto-immune disorder where the immune system attacks nerves connecting the brain and spinal cord with the rest of the body. </span></p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/BzafrivhSOD/" 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/BzafrivhSOD/" target="_blank">I can’t wait to see you smile again 😍</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/amyshambly/" target="_blank"> Amy Hambly</a> (@amyshambly) on Jul 2, 2019 at 5:14am PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Both Sam and his wife, had no idea what was in store for them when the 27-year-old dad was left feeling exhausted all the time a little over a month ago.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“He started getting really tired, he didn’t have the strength to go to the gym,” Amy, 27, explained to </span><a href="https://au.news.yahoo.com/super-hero-dad-suddenly-paralysed-after-contracting-rare-disease-035035949.html"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Yahoo News Australia. </span></a></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“But he was just so determined to keep working, he just didn’t think anything of it.”</span></p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/ByWTdiAHZ8g/" 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/ByWTdiAHZ8g/" target="_blank">Today should be a happy day filled with celebrations, Jack Daniels and cake. But instead it’s a effing shit day that I think we will both want to forget but never the less... HAPPY BIRTHDAY SAMMY! Your without doubt the strongest human I know mentally. I hate that your going through this let alone on your birthday but Darcy, Leo and I love you so so much! Your the backbone of our family and we wouldn’t be complete without you! I hope you start feeling better really soon. I’m proud of how your handling what life has thrown at you and I will always be by your side to take care of you when you can’t and support you when you need me. Crossing my fingers for you to be feeling like your usual self soon and for this to all be a distant memory! Love you always bub. Stay strong 💙</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/amyshambly/" target="_blank"> Amy Hambly</a> (@amyshambly) on Jun 5, 2019 at 5:39pm PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Sam began experiencing even stranger symptoms when he had a bout of gastro, followed by a sore throat and numbness in his toes. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Soon the numbness had spread to his feet and although he was persevering at his job as a plumber, he found it even more difficult to control his limbs. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“</span><span style="font-weight: 400;">...His legs gave way at work ­– he collapsed,” Amy explained. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Despite his worrying, his symptoms were warded off by medical professionals who believed he had sinus issues and sent him home with Endone and medication. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">However, the couple soon realised Sam’s “left eye wasn’t shutting and we thought it was the Endone,” Amy said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The next day, the “the whole left side of his face wasn’t moving – I thought he’d had a stroke.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Sam was rushed to the hospital and later he was diagnosed with GBS after a series of tests. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Sam can move his legs but he can’t feel them,” Amy said. “His face is paralysed so his face doesn’t move. His arms and legs he can move but he can’t feel.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">While the sad situation has taken a toll on their family, the support they have received from the community has been overwhelming. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">To ease the burden on the couple, a friend set up a </span><a href="https://www.gofundme.com/help-out-the-hambly039s?utm_source=facebook&amp;utm_medium=social&amp;utm_campaign=fb_dn_cpgnstaticsmall_r&amp;fbclid=IwAR2FUCPh5WOCHkgEZTbz_VyvxqNLWkh1v_INKTd2fCr184HXllktSqMPar0"><span style="font-weight: 400;">GoFundMe</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;"> page.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“We might not be able to help Sam get back on his feet sooner although we can help to take some of the financial burden off his shoulders so he can concentrate on getting back to his normal superhero Daddy, strong self,” the crowdfunding page reads.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Sam’s one of those people that likes to do things himself and provide for himself. He’s so happy and generous – but he can’t believe the help and support he’s had,” Amy said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“I can’t believe it, I can’t say thank you enough, it just shows how supportive everyone on the Sunshine Coast is. It’s just beautiful really. Hopefully one day I can pay it forward.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">While the road to recovery is long, Sam has returned home from hospital and since continued on his journey to “heal surrounded by his family.”</span></p>

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The art of handwritten letters

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">At the risk of sounding like a rampant nostalgic, what we’re lauding this week is putting pen to parchment.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The previous sentence initially read “pen to paper”, but through the magic of technology and a delete key, an alliterative availed itself. See what we did there?</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Point is, were this missive being written in the traditional manner, more thought would have to be taken before charging in, lest you make a mistake, think of a better word halfway through the next phrase and have to do the messy crossing out business or reach for the white-out.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The business of ink and paper forces us to slow down in a world that seems to be perpetually in top gear. You trawl through the lexicon with more care and commit the words to paper a little slower than you might on a keyboard because errors have consequences.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The first of these are aesthetic – you want the page to not be besmirched by strike throughs and annotations. Legibility is obviously key, but building on that, your own hand is capable of producing an idiosyncratic elegance no font on a pull down menu will ever match.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Then there’s the time involved. Sure you can bash out a text on the phone using no more than your thumbs and the interval it takes to travel between the train station nearest work and the one closest to your home.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">But a letter requires both physical space and enough of a juncture to do the job right. For many, a bit of shoosh is also helpful, quiet giving way to concentration which can cede to contemplation as you submit to the meditative rhythm of nib on A4.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">All this inevitably adds to the quality of its contents, while the recipient is presented with prima facie evidence of the effort that you willingly and sometimes even joyfully entered into with them in mind.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Handwritten script has both gravitas and personality. There may be a time in the future when visitors to museums gaze in reverent awe at a framed copy of the email – with BCC list instead of signatures – that certified a presidential impeachment, but we doubt it will have the impact of the Declaration of Independence.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Then there’s the accoutrement of writing. Let’s start with paper, a world unto itself with ivory finishes, wefts and weaves that would turn a haberdasher green and the ability to be embossed with the always impressive “from the desk of”.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Tied with ribbons, they become heirlooms that age with a yellowing grace no back up disk will ever, ever, ever capture.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Can you picture anyone in the future saying to their progeny “and when your nanna signed off her Snapchat to me with this doughnut emoji, that’s when I knew I had a chance”. We think not.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Especially when contrasted with a “yours eternally” and a longing postscript.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Which brings us to pens, heavily lacquered, exquisitely weighted and created to last roughly half a century longer than your average Officeworks printer; the good ones get better with age, they become the instruments of heartbreak, joy, regret and jubilation.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Of course, a keyboard can get you there, but certainly not with the same style. There’s no flourish button on a laptop.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Adding a final touch to the exercise in personalised effort that is the handwritten letter is that you don’t just hit send. A trip to the post office is required, along with the inevitable wait in line as one person fills in their passport application form as another queries why sending a 30 kilogram mirror to Macedonia doesn’t cost less than $10.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Finally, a stamp is procured, you lick the back of Queen Elizabeth’s head and off it goes. Worth every minute of the effort. Just ask whoever’s receiving it.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Written by David Smiedt. Republished with permission of </span><a href="https://www.wyza.com.au/articles/lifestyle/in-praise-of/in-praise-of-the-hand-written-letter.aspx"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Wyza.com.au.</span></a></p>

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Human remains found "likely" Seinfeld and Golden Girls actor

<p>Human remains found in a remote part of the United States are expected to be that of missing actor Charles Levin.</p> <p>Levin played a number of roles in successful television comedies including <em>Seinfeld</em>, <em>Golden Girls </em>and <em>Night Court</em>.</p> <p>The 70-year-old actor was reported missing on July 8 by his son after he hadn’t seen his father for a number of days.</p> <p>Levin went missing from Grand Pass, Oregon and was driving an orange 2012 Fiat.</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/Bz9u9KQgGJi/" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/Bz9u9KQgGJi/" target="_blank">A post shared by Quell (@quell_the_movie)</a> on Jul 15, 2019 at 9:41pm PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr"><a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/MISSING?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#MISSING</a>: Have you seen Charles Levin?<br /><br />He was moving to a home on Redwood Avenue from a residence near SW G Street in <a href="https://twitter.com/GrantsPassOR?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@GrantsPassOR</a>. He drives an orange 2012 Fiat with an Oregon license plate.<a href="https://t.co/UG2u3KcKI6">https://t.co/UG2u3KcKI6</a></p> — 𝐁𝐫𝐢𝐚𝐧 𝐒𝐜𝐡𝐧𝐞𝐞 (@brian_schnee) <a href="https://twitter.com/brian_schnee/status/1149069462928125952?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">July 10, 2019</a></blockquote> <p>On Saturday evening, a resident in the Grants Pass area found Levin’s car in a “very remote and almost impassable road,” according to the Grants Pass Department of Public Safety.</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/Bz6vCttn2BZ/" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/Bz6vCttn2BZ/" target="_blank">A post shared by Bea Arthur Thots (@bea.arthur)</a> on Jul 14, 2019 at 5:45pm PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>Sadly, Boo Boo Bear the dog was found passed away inside the vehicle which was positioned off the road.  </p> <p>Crew members conducted a thorough search throughout the area and after several hours found human remains.</p> <p>“Based on the circumstances, there is a high probability that the remains are those of Charles Levin,” the Grants Pass Department of Public Safety said.</p> <p>Levin’s other TV credits also include <em>Alice<span> </span></em>and <em>Doogie Howser, M.D</em>.</p> <p>He also appeared in movies including <em>The Golden Child</em>,<span> </span><em>Annie Hall</em> and <em>This is Spinal Tap</em>.</p>

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6 questions to ask when choosing a retirement village

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

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Volunteering: How it holds the key to self-fulfilment

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

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Secrets of real estate millionaire Josh Altman

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

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“How is it possible?” Intruder breaks into Buckingham Palace

<p>An intruder has broken into Buckingham Palace on Wednesday morning.</p> <p>The Queen was just metres away from where the man broke into the massive palace in what has been labelled a “major security breach.”</p> <p>The 22-year-old man is assumed to have climbed over the front gates of the palace before banging down the front doors.</p> <p><em><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.express.co.uk/" target="_blank">Express</a></em> reported it took four minutes for police to apprehend the man and check if he was carrying weapons.</p> <p>It is widely believed the young man was attempting to replicate a similar situation done almost 37 years ago by Michael Fagan who broke into the Queen’s bedroom.</p> <p>Metropolitan Police have confirmed they arrested the 22-year-old on suspicion of trespassing.</p> <p>“Officers have arrested a man on suspicion of trespass, contrary to section 128 of the Serious Organised Crime and Police Act 2005,” the statement read.</p> <p>“The 22-year-old man was arrested at approximately 02:00 hrs on Wednesday, 10 July by officers from the Met's Royalty and Specialist Protection Command after he climbed over the front gates at Buckingham Palace.</p> <p>The man was not found in possession of any offensive weapons and the incident is not being treated as terrorist related.</p> <p>“He remains in custody at a central London police station.”</p> <p>The Queen was in the Palace at about 2 am when the young man entered the premises however a spokesperson has declined to comment to say if she was told about the security breach.</p> <p>In 1982, Michael Fagan broke into Buckingham Palace at 7:15 am on July 9 by claiming over the walls and entering the Queen’s bedroom.</p> <p>The 31-year-old schizophrenic told the Queen about his family problems and while Her Majesty called the panic button – there was no response.</p> <p>After being forced to call the palace switchboard, the operator believed it was a practical joke.</p> <p>During the ordeal Fagan smashed a glass ashtray and warned he would slash his own wrists.</p> <p>Thankfully the Queen was rescued after being spotted by butler Paul Whybrew as he was returning back to the Palace after walking her corgi dogs.</p>

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Man robs banks with avocado – flees with $12,000

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">A man will sit trial after being accused of robbing two banks with an avocado. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The 47-year-old has been arrested after allegedly robbing two banks in Beershaba, Israel using a whole avocado, according to the </span><a href="https://www.timesofisrael.com/man-holds-up-two-banks-armed-only-with-an-avocado/"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Times of Israel.</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;"> </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The man entered a Postal Bank branch at a shopping mall in May and handed over a note demanding she hand over cash. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Hand over the money in the drawer,” the note read according to </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">112 News</span><span style="font-weight: 400;">. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">When the cashier hesitated, the robber spoke, saying: “Put the money in the bag quickly or I’ll throw this grenade.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The “grenade” however turned out to be a piece of fruit he painted black. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The performance happened once more at another bank a few days later. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The accused will stand trial for stealing more than AUD$12,000 in total. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Police were able to track the robber down using his mobile device. </span></p>

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“I was stupid”: Mum falls victim to $225 million lottery scam

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">A single mother has fallen victim to a $225 million lottery scam after falling for a sob story and false promises of a portion of a multi-million-dollar jackpot win. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The mother who remains unidentified, from Birmingham in the UK handed over 5,000 pounds (AUD$9165) in a number of instalments to a scammer after he had tricked her into believing she had won a $225 million Euromillions jackpot. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“I wasn’t naive, I was stupid,” she told the </span><a href="https://www.birminghammail.co.uk/all-about/sunday-mercury"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Sunday Mercury.</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;"> “In this day and age, I find it really hard not to help people. That’s my downfall – I’m still in the 1980s.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The 44-year-old woman first met the conman at her workplace where he approached her and handed the mother a fake lottery ticket. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The man then asked her to confirm the win with the lottery agency via his phone, under the claim his English was poor. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">When the mother spoke to a woman on the phone, it was “confirmed” the gambler had won the $225 million. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The victim and the con-artist maintained contact where he told her his mother needed money for an open-heart surgery in Pakistan that could just not wait for the money to come through. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Falling for the scam, the 44-year-old mother agreed to hand the man $9000 and in return was promised a reimbursement of $900,000. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The mother later met the man at a McDonald’s restaurant where she handed him the last instalment of her loan and brought along her brother, who admitted the whole situation felt fishy. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“He was very smooth, very plausible,” he explained. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Half the time, he was in tears... ‘I can’t believe what you guys have done’ he told us. ‘I don’t even know you guys, and you’ve done this for me when my own friends won’t give me a tenner’.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Yes, I smelled a rat, but, by then, my sister was in too deep.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Up until the “last seconds,” the mother said she believed the con-artist was genuine. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Realisation only truly hit the 44-year-old on June 18 when she arrived at the Royal Bank of Scotland to meet with the “gambler” to get her reward. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">However, just ten minutes before they were supposed to meet, the man’s phone “died.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“I don’t think I could help someone now. I now look on anyone as possible scumbags. This has knocked me out, this has turned my house upside down,” she said. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The conman has not been located; however, the victim’s brother did manage to get a copy of the con man’s Drivers License during their brief meeting at McDonald’s. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">In a brief statement, a spokesperson for the Camelot lotteries warned the public to be aware of scams: “If something looks too good to be true, it probably is.”</span></p>

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Big inheritance: Gloria Vanderbilt leaves bulk of her fortune to son Anderson Cooper

<p>Before she passed away last month, Gloria Vanderbilt told her son, journalist Anderson Cooper, that he should not expect any trust fund.</p> <p>“My mom’s made clear to me that there’s no trust fund,” Cooper said in a 2014 interview with Howard Stern. “There’s none of that.”</p> <p>However, the <a rel="noopener" href="https://pagesix.com/2019/07/01/gloria-vanderbilt-leaves-almost-everything-to-anderson-cooper/" target="_blank"><em>New York Post</em></a> reported that the late socialite left Cooper almost all of her estate, which was estimated to be worth US$200 million.</p> <p>Vanderbilt’s will, which was reportedly filed in court on Monday, stated that Vanderbilt’s eldest son Leopold Stokowski will get her Manhattan pad, but “all the rest” of her property is going to the CNN news anchor.</p> <p>Her will did not leave anything to Vanderbilt’s middle son, Chris Stokowski, who has reportedly been estranged for 40 years.</p> <p>Cooper has previously said he does not believe in inheriting money.</p> <p>“I think it’s a curse,” he said. “From the time I was growing up, if I felt that there was some pot of gold waiting for me, I don’t know that I would’ve been so motivated.”</p> <p>Vanderbilt – the great-great-great granddaughter of railroad tycoon Cornelius Vanderbilt,<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.oversixty.com.au/news/news/a-life-in-pictures-remembering-gloria-vanderbilt" target="_blank">died at the age of 95</a> on June 17 after a long battle with stomach cancer.</p> <p>She made her success as a fashion designer and businesswoman with her own lines of <a rel="noopener" href="https://people.com/style/gloria-vanderbilt-built-denim-empire/" target="_blank">denim</a>, apparels, fragrance and household goods.</p>

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Police officers act of kindness goes viral

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">A police officer has been praised for his act of kindness to a struggling family after he found a young boy walking alone in a busy supermarket car park. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Texas cop James Riley had been working in Central West Austin, in the United States when he became aware of a young child by himself outside of a grocery store. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The boy told Officer Riley he was there to buy snacks for his younger brother, the Austin Police explained in a lengthy Facebook post. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Concerned for the child's safety, Officer Riley gave him a ride home,” the post read. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Once inside the residence, he found out that the family was going through difficult financial times.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The officer cautioned the young children to not leave their home without an adult, then later returned with a full trolley full of groceries and snacks. </span></p> <p><iframe src="https://www.facebook.com/plugins/post.php?href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2FAustinPolice%2Fposts%2F2148457985202639%3A0&amp;width=500" width="500" height="734" style="border: none; overflow: hidden;" scrolling="no" frameborder="0" allowtransparency="true" allow="encrypted-media"></iframe></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The items included mostly foods the young kids could snack on without having to use dangerous appliances such as a stove. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Please join us in commending Officer Riley for helping out a family in need,” the Facebook post said. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Facebook users took to the comments to praise the policeman. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“This officer's actions, both educational and financially helpful, were absolutely amazing,” one person wrote. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“I think these kids will remember his kindness and caring for the rest of their lives and will pass that respect on to their friends. Great job Officer Riley!”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Another wrote: “His parental instincts kicked in to motion … he’s a great dad and a good officer.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Not only protecting the young citizens but serving God too. Well done Officer Riley!” another commented. </span></p>

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"You can't teach stupid": Folau receives more funds in two days than farmers' rural aid in one year

<div> <div class="replay"> <div class="reply_body body linkify"> <div class="reply_body"> <div class="body_text "> <p>A Facebook post by <em>The NRL Roast </em>criticising those who donated to Israel Folau’s legal battle has gone viral in just 24 hours.</p> <p>The post highlighted donations given to the Rural Aid <em>Buy a Bale </em>campaign raised in one year matched the money raised for controversial Folau’s legal battle against the Rugby League Association.</p> <p>“In 2 days, Israel Folau has received more in donations than Rural Aid's "Buy a Bale" campaign did in the 2017/2018 financial year,” the post began.</p> <p>“Folau may or may not be in the right in regard to why he got sacked and has every right to launch legal action.</p> <p>“That’s not my gripe.</p> <p>“It's the fact that every day Aussies would rather donate their hard earned, already taxed money, to a multi-millionaire professional athlete who can use the funds however he wants...TAX FREE, while people who actually make a worthwhile contribution to society, and our communities, are left in the lurch.</p> <p>“But you can’t teach stupid… You are just born that way.”</p> <iframe src="https://www.facebook.com/plugins/post.php?href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2FTheNRLRoast%2Fphotos%2Fa.248365635620899%2F729888714135253%2F%3Ftype%3D3&amp;width=500" width="500" height="435" style="border: none; overflow: hidden;" scrolling="no" frameborder="0" allowtransparency="true" allow="encrypted-media"></iframe> <p>Folau has raised $2.2 million in just two days by 20,000 people.</p> <p>Since then, the fundraiser, which is located on the Australian Christian Lobby’s website, has been paused – a little less than $1 million short of the sacked rugby star’s $3 million goal.</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/BzATb_Wn3I_/" 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/BzATb_Wn3I_/" target="_blank">A post shared by Israel Folau (@izzyfolau)</a> on Jun 22, 2019 at 1:07am PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>The ACL said the donations, which opened on Tuesday, had been “overwhelming".</p> <p>“ACL, Izzy and everyone involved is humbled and grateful. We are hitting the pause button. But if the case drags on and Israel needs more support, we will re-open this campaign,” a statement on the website said.</p> <p>The original campaign on GoFundMe was shut down after it was determined they had violated the site’s terms of service.  </p> <p>“We are absolutely committed to the fight for equality for LGBTIQ+ people and fostering an environment of inclusivity,” Nicola Britton, GoFundMe’s Australian regional director said.</p> <p>Managing director of the ACL, Martin Iles, confirmed any money raised in the $3 million campaign will exclusively be used to meet Folau’s legal costs.</p> <p>In a poll conducted by Over60 with over 5,200 votes, it was determined 60 per cent of Australians believe Folau deserved to be sacked from his contract with Rugby Australia.</p> <p>However, 40 per cent voted Folau's controversial social post that claimed “hell awaits” gay people, among others, was not breaching his contract.  </p> <p><em>NRL Roast’s </em>post, which now sits with over 3,000 comments, has continued to stir debate with some users claiming the page was only adding “fuel to the fire".</p> <p>“If he can say whatever he believes then he should have the guts to face the consequences of his actions and use his own funds to fight his own battles,” one user wrote.</p> <p>Another added: “I don't see why people find this surprising. There are A LOT of people in the world with the same views as Falou.”</p> <p>“So you're complaining about people who are donating their OWN already taxed hard working money to Folau because they choose not to donate it to where YOU think they should donate THEIR money to?” an additional comment read.</p> <p>However, other people said it was “sad” farmers did not have “priority<span>“.</span></p> <p><span>"If only those who so support a sportsperson's contract breach which has been turned into a fight for Christianity could support those who grow our food and keep food on our tables...” one comment said.</span></p> <p>Another stated: “An absolute disgrace that people give money so easily to someone who broke his contract, not once but twice, but can’t find the money for the farmers who help put food on our tables every day, nothing like getting your priorities right.”</p> <p>Folau’s $4 million contract was terminated by Rugby Australia last month after a post on his Instagram page claimed homosexuals, among others, would burn in hell.</p> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div>

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