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Your weekly horoscope for January 24th 2022

<p dir="ltr">As Aquarius season kicks into full gear, it’s time to break the mould and step out of your comfort zone.</p> <p dir="ltr">With this eccentric energy powering the week, channel your inner free spirit and don’t take things too seriously.</p> <p dir="ltr">As you grow tired of doing things the conventional way, use this Aquarian energy to challenge how you shake up your daily routine.</p> <p dir="ltr">♈ <strong>Aries (March 21st - April 19th)</strong></p> <p>Your career goals will be given the energy and momentum you’ve been waiting for to see you meet your objective with unwavering confidence.</p> <p dir="ltr">Be thoughtful and curious this week, but be careful of coming across as demanding.</p> <p dir="ltr">♉ <strong>Taurus (April 20th - May 20th)</strong></p> <p>You will be faced with challenges this week, giving you an opportunity to apply everything you have learned in order to reach a peaceful resolution.</p> <p dir="ltr">Use this week to reinvigorate your relationships with a new-found optimism, as you take time to invest in the people closest to you.</p> <p dir="ltr">♊ <strong>Gemini (May 21st - June 20th)</strong></p> <p>Despite your instinct to keep things close to your chest, you will feel inspired to start communicating your desires more bravely this week.</p> <p dir="ltr">Confide in people you trust, as your vulnerability will be rewarded.</p> <p dir="ltr">♋ <strong>Cancer (June 21st - July 22nd)</strong></p> <p>Grow through discomfort this week, as trying something new that is not in your comfort zone will have you flourishing.</p> <p dir="ltr">Open up conversations about the past, and allow yourself to let go and find closure.</p> <p dir="ltr">♌ <strong>Leo (July 23rd - August 22nd)</strong></p> <p>In order to reach your goals, start small and focus on the easier tasks at hand before allowing the pressure to build.</p> <p dir="ltr">Being detail-oriented will pay off in spades this week, as your focus and concentration is on overdrive.<br /><br />♍ <strong>Virgo (August 23rd - September 22nd)</strong></p> <p>It is safe to be seen in a vulnerable state this week, as your courage will be acknowledged and supported.</p> <p dir="ltr">Feeling this emotional exposure and uncertainty will help you feel more confident in relationships in the long run.</p> <p dir="ltr">♎ <strong>Libra (September 23rd - October 22nd)</strong></p> <p>Take the time to tune in to how your body reacts to your strong emotions, and ask yourself if your self-care routine could use some work.</p> <p dir="ltr">Name and normalise your feelings, and give yourself the validation you deserve.</p> <p dir="ltr">♏ <strong>Scorpio (October 23rd - November 21st)</strong></p> <p>Speak directly and listen accurately this week, and be wary of coming across aggressively with your communication.</p> <p dir="ltr">This “think before you speak” attitude will prove helpful in your relationships, as you work to improve your emotional dialogue.</p> <p dir="ltr">♐ <strong>Sagittarius (November 22nd - December 21st)</strong></p> <p>For your own sense of safety and security, live fully and unapologetically in your values and morals.</p> <p dir="ltr">Don’t spend too much of your time wishing you didn’t care so much, as your sense of empathy will attract lifelong partnerships.</p> <p dir="ltr">♑ <strong>Capricorn (December 22nd - January 20th)</strong></p> <p dir="ltr">Your passion, energy and radiance will be on fire this week, giving you a boost of motivation to complete the tasks you have been putting off.</p> <p dir="ltr">Rely on your safety nets, and take the time to realise leaning on people for support isn’t a sign of weakness.</p> <p dir="ltr">♒ <strong>Aquarius (January 21st - February 18th)</strong></p> <p>It’s your time to shine this week Aquarius, as the stars align in your sign for the ultimate boost of confidence, creativity and optimism.</p> <p dir="ltr">Let your freak flag fly and be unapologetically yourself, as those around you will find your spirit infectious.</p> <p dir="ltr">♓ <strong>Pisces (February 19th - March 20th)</strong></p> <p dir="ltr">You will be united with friends and comrades who share the same worldview as you, giving you a community feel to relate to.</p> <p dir="ltr">You will have a better understanding of those around you this week, giving you the upper hand in your closest relationships.</p> <p dir="ltr"><em>Image credits: Getty Images</em></p>

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Meat Loaf’s daughter remembers her dad

<p dir="ltr">Amanda Aday, daughter of musician Meat Loaf, who passed away on Thursday at the age of 74, has spoken to the media for the first time since her father’s death, telling<span> </span><em>People<span> </span></em>he was a “complex man with a lot of passion who wore his heart on his sleeve”.</p> <p dir="ltr">Aday, 41, said that she and her sister Pearl "lived a very dichotomous life" as daughters of the<span> </span><em>Bat Out of Hell<span> </span></em>singer, touring arenas, travelling on tour buses, "and having all of these amazing experiences" as they travelled with their dad around the globe. When the tours were over and they returned home, however, "it was home and he was just dad," she says. "He wasn't Meat Loaf anymore."</p> <p dir="ltr">Aday describes Meat Loaf, whose real name was Michael Lee Aday, as a very involved parent, directing their school plays and coaching their softball teams. She said, "If we didn't get good grades, we were grounded, and all of that stuff. So, it was very much, when we weren't out on tour living this crazy life, it was very important to him that we were grounded in our home."</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/CZA1AWMMeJC/?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/p/CZA1AWMMeJC/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Amanda Aday (@amandaaday)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p dir="ltr">He encouraged his kids to think for themselves and avoid following trends. Aday said, "Growing up, when we were little, he always said he never wanted to be hip. Pearl and I would want a new pair of shoes or something, whatever was in trend, fashion-wise or whatever, and he'd always say, 'Don't be trendy. Don't be hip. Be cool, because cool is always.' And that was him."</p> <p dir="ltr">Aday revealed that Christmas was his favourite time of year, sharing that, "He would stay up all night making train sets around the Christmas tree." She also shared an anecdote from her sixth Christmas, when Meat Loaf bought her every Playmobil toy imaginable. "He stayed up literally all night and erected an entire Playmobil city and circus underneath the Christmas tree, because that's what he did. He was dad,” she told<span> </span><em>People.</em></p> <p dir="ltr">She also revealed that both she and her sister rushed to Nashville to be by their father’s side after receiving a call informing them that his health "was declining very rapidly, more rapidly than expected."</p> <p dir="ltr">"As soon as we could, we just went to his bedside at the hospital and just sat with him and held his hand," she said, adding that she was “very thankful” they had a chance to see him before he died.</p> <p dir="ltr"><em>Image: Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic, Inc</em></p>

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Hundreds gather to mourn Charlise Mutten

<p dir="ltr">A sombre, candlelight vigil<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://au.news.yahoo.com/tears-flow-at-vigil-for-murdered-schoolgirl-charlise-mutten-211910839.html" target="_blank">has been held</a><span> </span>for nine-year-old Charlise Mutten, who was allegedly murdered while holidaying with family in the NSW Blue Mountains.</p> <p dir="ltr">The vigil, held at Tweed Heads near the Queensland-NSW border, saw locals gather from 7.15 pm on Wednesday night.</p> <p dir="ltr">Mourners held candles and left bouquets and messages outside the gates of Tweed Heads Public School, the school Charlise had been attending.</p> <p dir="ltr"><img style="width: 500px; height:281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7846947/vigil1.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/70b616652e7e46529b4b3413b3ad7893" /></p> <p dir="ltr"><em>More than 100 people gathered for the candlelight vigil held for Charlise Mutten outside Tweed Heads Public School, which she attended. Images: 9News</em></p> <p dir="ltr">Despite the light rain, about 150 people gathered outside the school for the vigil, where several speakers shared emotional tributes to the young girl.</p> <p dir="ltr">“Charlise loved coming to our little lunchtime drama club,”<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.9news.com.au/national/vigil-for-nine-year-old-girl-found-in-barrel-held-tweed-heads-man-charged-murder/3644467d-5827-412f-bde6-6ac33c28b31d?ocid=Social-9NewsGC" target="_blank">said</a><span> </span>Emily Carey, a teacher at Tweed Heads Public School.</p> <p dir="ltr">“She was always funny, very entertaining, and full of wit.”</p> <p dir="ltr">Another message, written by a classmate, read: “Dear Charlise, I was in your class in year two, it makes me really sad what happened to you.</p> <p dir="ltr">“You were a really nice person and I wish you were coming back to school with me.</p> <p dir="ltr">“Rest in Peace.”</p> <p dir="ltr">A message on the school’s notice board read: “don’t count the days, make the days count”.</p> <p dir="ltr">In a statement on Wednesday morning, the school said it was “absolutely devastated” by the young girl’s death.</p> <p><iframe src="https://www.facebook.com/plugins/post.php?href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2Ftweedheadspublicschool%2Fposts%2F339127968218848&amp;show_text=true&amp;width=500" width="500" height="770" style="border: none; overflow: hidden;" scrolling="no" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="true" allow="autoplay; clipboard-write; encrypted-media; picture-in-picture; web-share"></iframe></p> <p dir="ltr">“Charlise was a much loved member of our school who brightened all our days, every day,” the statement read.</p> <p dir="ltr">The school<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://oversixty.com.au/news/news/devastated-more-details-released-on-charlise-mutten-as-community-mourns" target="_blank">shared</a><span> </span>a recent photo of Charlise holding a literacy award she received at their end-of-year presentation day.</p> <p dir="ltr">Prime Minister Scott Morrison also shared his condolences for the family after the five-day search for the missing girl tragically ended.</p> <p dir="ltr">“You hope for the best, you pray for it, but it doesn’t always occur,” Mr Morrison said.</p> <p dir="ltr"><img style="width: 500px; height:281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7846946/vigil2.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/6cb3d994e5344e3fa6a866a6f5ecb986" /></p> <p dir="ltr"><em>Students who knew and attended school with Charlise were among those who left messages for her at Wednesday night’s vigil. Images: 9News</em></p> <p dir="ltr">Charlise’s body was discovered near the Colo River after police and volunteers from the Rural Fire Service and SES searched bushland around the Wildenstein Private Gardens at Mount Wilson, about 120 kilometres northwest of Sydney.</p> <p dir="ltr">Detectives searched the property - where Charlise was last seen alive - for several hours on Tuesday before her body was found.</p> <p dir="ltr">Her stepfather, Justin Stein, has been<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://oversixty.com.au/finance/legal/charlise-mutten-s-accused-killer-fronts-court-with-two-requests" target="_blank">arrested and charged</a><span> </span>with her murder, with police alleging he attempted to dispose of her body in inner Sydney before travelling back to the Colo River.</p> <p dir="ltr">Mr Stein appeared before a magistrate’s court on Wednesday, where he was refused bail.</p> <p dir="ltr">The case is due back in court on March 18.</p> <p dir="ltr">Investigations into Charlise’s death are ongoing, with police yet to determine how she died or whether there was a motive behind her murder.</p> <p dir="ltr"><em>Image: 9News</em></p>

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Unvaccinated singer dies after deliberately catching Covid

<p dir="ltr">The son of a well-known Czech singer who died after catching Covid has spoken out, warning others not to follow his mother’s example.</p> <p dir="ltr">Hana Horka, 57, was a member of Czech folk band Asonance, and had refused to get vaccinated against the virus. After her husband and son, Jan Rek, who are both vaccinated, contracted COVID-19 around Christmas, she refused to isolate from them, instead opting to deliberately contract the virus in order to obtain a Czech health pass, which allows access to public venues for those who can provide proof of vaccination or recent recovery from the virus. Venues such as cinemas, restaurants and bars are currently off-limits to the unvaccinated.</p> <p dir="ltr">Mr Rek told the<span> </span><em>BBC<span> </span></em>his mother died suddenly on Sunday after she had seemingly been on the mend. He said, “She should have isolated for a week because we tested positive. But she was with us the whole time. In about 10 minutes it was all over … She choked to death.</p> <p dir="ltr">“Her philosophy was that she was more OK with the idea of catching Covid than getting vaccinated.”</p> <p dir="ltr">He said that his mother would not listen to family members who tried to persuade her to get the vaccine, and said that he wanted to share his family’s story in an effort to convince others to take Covid seriously, saying, “If you have living examples from real life, it’s more powerful than just graphs and numbers. You can’t really sympathise with numbers.”</p> <p dir="ltr">He added that anti-vaxxers had “blood on their hands”, saying, “I know exactly who influenced her … It makes me sad that she believed strangers more than her proper family.</p> <p dir="ltr">“It wasn’t just total disinformation but also views on natural immunity and antibodies acquired through infection.”</p> <p dir="ltr"><em>Image: Facebook</em></p>

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Sidney Poitier's cause of death finally revealed

<p><em>Image: Getty </em></p> <p>Sidney Poitier's cause of death has been determined. The legendary actor passed away on the 7th of January, at the age of 94.</p> <p>A combination of heart failure, Alzheimer's dementia and prostate cancer were all factors contributing to his death, according to a death certificate obtained by TMZ.</p> <p>Sidney was known for his<span> </span><a href="https://www.oversixty.co.nz/news/news/he-is-our-guiding-light-sidney-poitier-dies-aged-94">long-standing legacy.</a> He became the first black actor to win the Oscar for Best Actor for his work in 1963's<span> </span><em>Lilies of the Field</em>, in which he played an itinerant labourer who helps a group of white nuns build a chapel.</p> <p>Many of Poitier's best-known films explored racial tensions as Americans were grappling with social changes wrought by the civil rights movement.</p> <p>Beyond acting, he was also, a writer and director. But first and foremost, he was an advocate who fought for civil rights, alongside close friend Harry Belafonte.</p> <p>An emotional tribute was shared to Instagram last week by one of his daughters, Sydney, honouring her late father.</p> <p> </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/CYmml-Ev--Z/?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/p/CYmml-Ev--Z/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Sydney Poitier heartsong (@sydneypoitierheartsong)</a></p> </div> </blockquote>

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“We were never, ever, ever, going to make it”: White Island survivor shares common question she is asked

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">A survivor of the 2019 Whakaari White Island volcano eruption has spoken about one common question </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/insulting-question-white-island-survivor-stephanie-browitt-is-asked/D37UQKAUVDFZHU7SMUBPQNVSPM/" target="_blank"><span style="font-weight: 400;">she still receives</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">, two years after the tragedy that took her father and sister from her.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Stephanie Browitt, her 21-year-old sister Krystal, and their dad Paul were on the Ovation of the Seas cruise ship visiting the island when it erupted on December 9.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Of the 47 people visiting the island that day, 22 died and 25 - including Stephanie - were severely injured. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">After spending six months in hospital receiving treatment for burns affecting 70 percent of her body, Stephanie has shared her recovery process openly on social media.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">In a recent video she </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.tiktok.com/@stephaniecoral96/video/7051366147697937666?is_copy_url=1&amp;is_from_webapp=v1&amp;lang=en" target="_blank"><span style="font-weight: 400;">shared on TikTok</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">, Stephanie reflected on the most common questions she is asked - including why she, her family, and other victims “couldn’t jump in the water if it’s an island” during the eruption.</span></p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 280.90277777777777px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7846894/edwxuvq4xm2y72lse5zkvymoza.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/437ac5f56d4f4e84a2dd4cb29e1e52e5" /></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Stephanie Browitt has taken to TikTok to explain why she and her family couldn’t escape the volcanic eruption that day. Image: TikTok</span></em></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Well as you can see, that’s us, circled, on the island that day, at 2.10pm. And the walls are extremely high up, and we are surrounded by rock,” she explained, with an image of the scene of where she and her family had been standing.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“We’re nowhere near the jetty, and nowhere near the ocean. We are as inland as you can get and under 140 metres from the crater.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“So my family and I were at the back of that line, and it was only about a two-minute walk, we had only just started walking back to the jetty.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">She then showed what the same spot looked like just seconds later. </span></p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7846893/dlqbmb5zn7eeztsmlxyhuuld3e.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/25d1aa725dbc4f9985ad36c06cd76439" /></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Up to a minute after the first photo was taken, Stephanie explains that the island was ‘consumed’ by ash. Image: TikTok</span></em></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“This is the same camera only 40 seconds to a minute apart, and as you can see the island was already engulfed in ash and dust,” she said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“So we were never, ever, ever going to make it to water. There was literally no chance for the group of 21 people I was with.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Browitt <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.oversixty.co.nz/health/caring/they-were-taken-from-us-white-island-survivor-marks-second-anniversary-of-tragedy" target="_blank">marked the second anniversary</a> of the disaster in December last year, writing that she had “very mixed emotions” about the event which had “ripped” her family apart.</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/CXPVRu8P8c0/?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/p/CXPVRu8P8c0/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Stephanie Coral Browitt (@stephaniecoral96)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Today’s not only the day I survived the unimaginable, it’s the day I lost my dad, Paul and sister, Krystall. It’s the day that they were taken from us,” she wrote in a candid, lengthy post on Instagram.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“My accomplishments mean nothing to me knowing they aren’t shared with my sister and dad by my side. Every day I question why we couldn’t have gone through this extremely hard journey together, why they couldn’t be here also.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Today marks two years of accomplishments but also loss, pain and never ending grief. I miss and yearn for my family every day.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“I love you so much dad and Krystal, so much it kills me.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">In 2020, 13 parties were charged with failings in relation to the disaster by WorkSafe. All defendants have pleaded not guilty.</span></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Image: @stephaniecoral96 (Instagram/TikTok)</span></em></p>

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Your weekly horoscope for January 17th 2022

<p dir="ltr">As this week’s Full Moon occurs in the sign of Cancer, use this power to help normalise your strong emotions.</p> <p dir="ltr">Take care of yourself, and apply your energy into what needs to be changed and re-evaluated in your life.</p> <p dir="ltr">With Aquarius season beginning on Friday, innovation and connection are the theme of the week, challenging meaningful relationships and helping to seek out excitement.</p> <p dir="ltr">♈ <strong>Aries (March 21st - April 19th)</strong></p> <p dir="ltr">This week’s Full Moon will have you feeling extra sentimental, with an emotional pull towards child-like nostalgia.</p> <p dir="ltr">You will feel an irresistible urge to treat yourself to a big purchase, so do what you need to do to scratch that itch, but be wary of reckless impulsivity.</p> <p dir="ltr">♉ <strong>Taurus (April 20th - May 20th)</strong></p> <p dir="ltr">The Full Moon on Tuesday will have your emotions in overdrive and feeling prone to being offended or super sensitive.</p> <p dir="ltr">Showing initiative and innovation at work, while also remembering the importance of being a team player is a balancing act that will have you rewarded.</p> <p dir="ltr">♊ <strong>Gemini (May 21st - June 20th)</strong></p> <p dir="ltr">Take stock of your finances this week to fully recover from the spending of the festive season, to bring more balance into your life.</p> <p dir="ltr">Put yourself out there this week, as rare opportunities will present themselves in the most unlikely of places.</p> <p dir="ltr">♋ <strong>Cancer (June 21st - July 22nd)</strong></p> <p dir="ltr">Be gentle with yourself this week, as the burn out from the festive season and the stress of January will start to catch up to you.</p> <p dir="ltr">Focusing on your relationships will solidify unsure feelings, making you feel more stable in your connections.</p> <p dir="ltr">♌ <strong>Leo (July 23rd - August 22nd)</strong></p> <p dir="ltr">With your imagination and vulnerability super-charged by the Full Moon, it’s important to feel them and then let them go.</p> <p dir="ltr">Expect the unexpected at work this week, as unusual challenges will give you a chance to sink or swim in the corporate world.</p> <p dir="ltr">♍ <strong>Virgo (August 23rd - September 22nd)</strong></p> <p dir="ltr">Be prepared to gently let go of relationships that have reached the end of their line, freeing up space for more meaningful connections.</p> <p dir="ltr">Clear thinking and rational choices will make a big difference this week, so make big decisions with your head instead of your heart.</p> <p dir="ltr">♎ <strong>Libra (September 23rd - October 22nd)</strong></p> <p dir="ltr">After hitting an impressive target, start looking for the next big project to fill your need for a creative outlet.</p> <p dir="ltr">Don’t make impulsive decisions this week, as the Full Moon will pull you to random choices instead of weighing up your options, which could spell disaster.</p> <p dir="ltr">♏ <strong>Scorpio (October 23rd - November 21st)</strong></p> <p dir="ltr">Embrace your vulnerability this week instead of resorting to your natural defensiveness.</p> <p dir="ltr">Instead of keeping your feelings hidden away, confide in someone you trust and realise that the tough exterior you present doesn’t have to be your default.</p> <p dir="ltr">♐ <strong>Sagittarius (November 22nd - December 21st)</strong></p> <p dir="ltr">Let go of situations that aren’t working for you, and realise there is no point in holding onto things that no longer serve a positive purpose.</p> <p dir="ltr">You will feel inspired to learn, teach and talk this week in a way that inspires others to be the best version of themselves, while also showcasing your own individuality in the process.</p> <p dir="ltr">♑ <strong>Capricorn (December 22nd - January 20th)</strong></p> <p dir="ltr">Put extra time and care into your important relationships this week, as the Full Moon will have you feeling extra nurturing.</p> <p dir="ltr">Be prepared to compromise, as the planets’ erratic movement in your sign will bring ups and downs, with the potential for chaos if you don’t keep yourself grounded.</p> <p dir="ltr">♒ <strong>Aquarius (January 21st - February 18th)</strong></p> <p dir="ltr">As the Full Moon sheds its light on your wellbeing zone, you will need to focus on the shortcomings in your self-care routine to keep your mental health in tip top shape.</p> <p dir="ltr">As Aquarius season begins, your independence will be highlighted and your unique take on life will be infectious to those around you.</p> <p dir="ltr">♓ <strong>Pisces (February 19th - March 20th)</strong></p> <p dir="ltr">The Full Moon will have you experiencing very strong emotions, which will open your eyes to what you really want out of life.</p> <p dir="ltr">Use this fragile time to work on your own healing from past traumas, while understanding how difficult situations made you into the untouchable force you are today.</p> <p dir="ltr"><em>Image credits: Getty Images</em></p>

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First death of Tonga tsunami tragedy confirmed

<p>An animal welfare charity founder has been confirmed dead after the devastating impact of the Tonga tsunami tragedy.</p> <p>The body of British woman Angela Glover was found on Monday after she was swept away by huge swells that were caused by a massive underwater volcanic eruption.</p> <p><span>The Hunga Tonga-Hunga Haʻapai volcano, which erupted on Saturday, is located 65km from where 50-year-old Angela lived with her husband in the Tongan capital of Nuku’alofa.<br /></span></p> <p><span>Angela moved to the Pacific islands in 2015, after leaving her life in London's advertising industry behind. </span></p> <p><span>Angela's bother Nick, who resides in Sydney, confirmed the news of her death on Monday, saying his sister's body was found "in some bushes" by her husband. </span></p> <p class="css-1316j2p-StyledParagraph e4e0a020">“I’ve not even got the words in my vocabulary to describe how we’re feeling at the moment. This is just a terrible shock, that it’s happened to us,” he said.</p> <p class="css-1316j2p-StyledParagraph e4e0a020">“We’re ordinary people - stuff like this doesn’t happen to people like us, then it does."</p> <p class="css-1316j2p-StyledParagraph e4e0a020">“I understand this terrible accident came about as they tried to rescue their dogs.”</p> <p class="css-1316j2p-StyledParagraph e4e0a020">Angela's "deep love" for canines inspired her to create the Tongan Animal Welfare Society to shelter and rehabilitate stray animals, according to her brother.</p> <p class="css-1316j2p-StyledParagraph e4e0a020"><span>“The uglier the dog, the more she loved it. She just loved them all, she was totally dedicated to it.”</span></p> <p class="css-1316j2p-StyledParagraph e4e0a020"><span>In Angela's final social media post, she shared a picture of the fiery Tongan sunset just hours after the eruption of the volcano, saying "everything's fine".</span></p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/CYtLkg8PDN4/?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/p/CYtLkg8PDN4/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Angela Glover (@ifthegloverfits)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p><span>She captioned the picture, "I’m not kidding you, this is the sunset today after the volcano exploded last night. We’ve been under tsunami warnings today. Everything’s fine... a few swells ....a few eerie silences...a wind or two...then silence...sudden stillness... electric storms.... everything looked like I was watching thru an Instagram filter."</span></p> <p class="css-1316j2p-StyledParagraph e4e0a020"><span>Angela is the first known death of the disaster, as the scale of the destruction is still unknown. </span></p> <p class="css-1316j2p-StyledParagraph e4e0a020">Experts<span> say that the volcano, which last erupted in 2014, had been puffing away for about a month before rising magma, superheated to around 1000 degrees Celsius, met with 20-degree seawater, causing an instantaneous and massive explosion.</span></p> <p class="css-1316j2p-StyledParagraph e4e0a020"><span>The impact of the eruption was felt as far away as Australia, New Zealand, Fiji and Japan. </span></p> <p class="css-1316j2p-StyledParagraph e4e0a020"><em>Image credits: Instagram @ifthegloverfits</em></p>

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Pope unveils strongest language yet on vaccination

<p>Pope Francis has shared his strongest views on the Covid vaccine, describing it as a "moral obligation", simultaneously denouncing those who have been persuaded by "baseless information" to refuse a life-saving measure.</p> <p>Francis shared his views for the first time in a speech to ambassadors accredited to the Holy See: an annual event that discusses the Vatican's foreign policy goals for the upcoming year.</p> <p>Pope Francis, 85, has previously held back from sharing views on the vaccine, though his Covid-19 advisory body has referred to it as a "moral responsibility".</p> <p>Now however, he has deemed vaccination as "an act of love" and that refusing to get jabbed was simply "suicidal".</p> <p>During his speech, he said that individuals had a duty of care to consider which "translates into respect for the health of those around us".</p> <p>“Health care is a moral obligation,” he said.</p> <p>“Frequently people let themselves be influenced by the ideology of the moment, often bolstered by baseless information or poorly documented facts,” he said, calling for the adoption of a “reality therapy” to correct this distortion of human reason.</p> <p>“Vaccines are not a magical means of healing, yet surely they represent, in addition to other treatments that need to be developed, the most reasonable solution for the prevention of the disease,” he added.</p> <p>Some Catholics, including conservative US cardinals and bishops, have claimed that vaccines were immoral and have refused to get the jab, based on research that claims vaccines used cells derived from aborted foetuses.</p> <p>However, the Vatican's doctrine office has said that is "morally acceptable" for those in the Catholic faith to get the jab.</p> <p>Francis repeated his call for universal vaccines and health care availabilities for all, especially in parts of the world with low vaccination rates, while also calling for governing bodies to let these countries develop their own vaccines.</p> <p>“It is appropriate that institutions such as the World Trade Organisation and the World Intellectual Property Organisation adapt their legal instruments lest monopolistic rules constitute further obstacles to production and to an organised and consistent access to health care on a global level,” he said.</p> <p><em>Image credits: Getty Images</em></p>

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Betty White's real cause of death leaked

<p><em>Image: Getty </em></p> <p>The New York Post is now reporting that the official cause of death of iconic TV star Betty White was a ‘cerebrovascular accident’.</p> <p>The medical term for a stroke, listed on a death certificate obtained by entertainment news outlet TMZ on Monday, occurred six days prior to Ms White's passing, and is caused by a loss of blood flow to areas of the brain, which can result in serious tissue damage.</p> <p><br />While it's not clear if Ms White underwent any behavioural or emotional changes between the time of her stroke and her death on New Year's Eve, her agent and close friend, Jeff Witjas, said in a statement to<span> </span><em>People<span> </span></em>that “Betty died peacefully in her sleep at her home.”</p> <p>Witjas also denied that Ms White’s death was at all related to her receiving her COVID-19 booster shot just days before.</p> <p>“People are saying her death was related to getting a booster shot three days earlier, but that is not true. She died of natural causes,” he told<span> </span><em>People</em>, adding, “Her death should not be politicised — that is not the life she lived.”</p> <p><br />As it had been previously reported, White’s <a href="https://www.oversixty.co.nz/health/caring/betty-white-s-final-words">last word</a> before she died was her late husband Allen Ludden’s first name.</p> <p><br />Witjas later confirmed her death, telling People, “Even though Betty was about to be 100, I thought she would live forever.</p> <p><br />“I will miss her terribly and so will the animal world that she loved so much. I don’t think Betty ever feared passing because she always wanted to be with her most beloved husband, Allen Ludden. She believed she would be with him again.”</p>

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Your weekly horoscope for January 10th 2022

<p dir="ltr">As the New Year settles into its stride, use this week to take charge of your resolutions.</p> <p dir="ltr">Practice mindfulness and self-care, and take charge of what is really important to you.</p> <p dir="ltr">With 2022 well underway, it's hard to not get lost in the blur and chaos of January, but if you make time to check in with yourself, this new beginning will pay off in spades.</p> <p dir="ltr">♈ <strong>Aries (March 21st - April 19th)</strong></p> <p dir="ltr">It’s time to rethink your career goals and opportunities this week, as Mars barrels through your career zone.</p> <p dir="ltr">Reevaluate if you are happy at work, and put all your energy into career success.</p> <p dir="ltr">♉ <strong>Taurus (April 20th - May 20th)</strong></p> <p dir="ltr">This week will challenge you to pick up a hobby you once dropped, as you will find solace in creative outlets.</p> <p dir="ltr">It’s time to re-find the magic and momentum you once lost, and keep your mind and soul enriched with the power of art.</p> <p dir="ltr">♊ <strong>Gemini (May 21st - June 20th)</strong></p> <p dir="ltr">After feeling under-appreciated for all the hard work you do, this week will finally be the week of recognition.</p> <p dir="ltr">You will feel seen, heard and acknowledged for all that you do, but don’t let this praise slow you down. Keep going!</p> <p dir="ltr">♋ <strong>Cancer (June 21st - July 22nd)</strong></p> <p dir="ltr">When it comes to close relationships, it’s time to set your boundaries and get a few things straightened out.</p> <p dir="ltr">Lay the ground rules and make it known that you still have to put yourself first.</p> <p dir="ltr">♌ <strong>Leo (July 23rd - August 22nd)</strong></p> <p dir="ltr">It’s time to realise that forcing good things to happen is not the way to go.</p> <p dir="ltr">Be strong, but subtle with your influence, and positive things will come your way if you put positive affirmations into the universe.</p> <p dir="ltr">♍ <strong>Virgo (August 23rd - September 22nd)</strong></p> <p dir="ltr">Being at the right place at the right time can mean everything, and will open doors to learn new skills.</p> <p dir="ltr">A burst of energy will point you in the right direction to finally make the big commitment you’ve been putting off, and will help to realise it’s not something to be afraid of.  </p> <p dir="ltr">♎ <strong>Libra (September 23rd - October 22nd)</strong></p> <p dir="ltr">Take time to make your abode into your dream space, and centre yourself in home comforts.</p> <p dir="ltr">Do not let yourself be deluded by others this week, as this is a time to get in touch with yourself and tune out any negativity.</p> <p dir="ltr">♏ <strong>Scorpio (October 23rd - November 21st)</strong></p> <p dir="ltr">This week it's not what you say, but how you say it that matters when trying to get your own way.</p> <p dir="ltr">Being persuasive is an art, but being kind at the same time will get you even further.</p> <p dir="ltr">♐ <strong>Sagittarius (November 22nd - December 21st)</strong></p> <p dir="ltr">Others will turn to you for help this week, but remember that one’s charity can only go so far without being exploited.</p> <p dir="ltr">Your get up and go attitude will help rein in new financial opportunities, forcing you to exercise restraint against your spending instincts.</p> <p dir="ltr">♑ <strong>Capricorn (December 22nd - January 20th)</strong></p> <p dir="ltr">It’s time to realise that reevaluating your life is not dragging your heels; it’s taking charge of what’s working for you and what’s not.</p> <p dir="ltr">The Sun and Venus will collide in your sign this week, giving your quest to be the best version of yourself a fiery push.</p> <p dir="ltr">♒ <strong>Aquarius (January 21st - February 18th)</strong></p> <p dir="ltr">Dwelling on the past does not help propel you into new opportunities, but rather keeps you stagnant on what once was.</p> <p dir="ltr">Let go of what’s been holding you back and focus on how past situations made you the person you are, rather than dwelling on what you’ve lost.</p> <p dir="ltr">♓ <strong>Pisces (February 19th - March 20th)</strong></p> <p dir="ltr">Sometimes there are not enough hours in the day, leaving you feeling unfulfilled when having to put projects and relationships on hold.</p> <p dir="ltr">Take it easy on yourself, and remember that what you love will always be there at the end of the day.</p> <p dir="ltr"><em>Image credits: Getty Images</em></p>

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Tributes flow for 23-year-old who lost battle with COVID-19

<p dir="ltr">Friends and family of the healthy 23-year-old who died after suffering severe complications from COVID-19 have pleaded with the public to treat the virus seriously.</p> <p dir="ltr">James Kondilios, a science graduate and powerlifter living in Canberra, was double vaccinated and had no underlying health conditions when he was hospitalised for Covid.</p> <p dir="ltr">He died on Tuesday at St Vincent’s Hospital.</p> <p dir="ltr">Julia Adamcewicz, a friend of Mr Kondilios,<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10375181/Covid-19-Omicron-James-Kondilios-23-Christine-Eross-65-latest-tragic-victims-virus.html" target="_blank">shared</a><span> </span>a heartbreaking tribute and said his death was a warning that “even the strongest and wisest can be taken from this world before their time”.</p> <p dir="ltr">“Yesterday was a reminder that this battle with Covid we have all been a part of for the last few years is not something to be taken lightly as even the healthiest people can be taken far too young.”</p> <p dir="ltr">She described Mr Kondilios as a supportive friend who “would do anything for the people close to him”.</p> <p dir="ltr">Mr Kondilios grew up in Sydney, attended Waverley College and won two bronze medals while representing Australia at the Power Lifting Championships in Finland in 2015.</p> <p dir="ltr">“A proud Waverley student, we hear he wore the Waverley sports shirt under his official Australian track suit for the presentation,” the school shared on social media at the time.</p> <p dir="ltr">He went on to complete an advanced science degree at the Australian National University, during which time he also won a national Science and Innovation award for his work on forestry and climate change.</p> <p dir="ltr">Stephen Ma, a fellow ANU student, colleague and friend of Mr Kondilios, also<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.facebook.com/jiahua.ma.90/posts/1317061528810736" target="_blank">shared a tearful tribute</a><span> </span>to him on Facebook.</p> <p dir="ltr">“Bro, forgive me my words came a bit late, I tried to put down something but I couldn’t, the mist of the tears blocked my eyesight, and the memories with you flashed back, just like a movie,” Mr Ma wrote.</p> <p dir="ltr">“The last message you sent to me was ‘couldn’t ask for a better friend’.</p> <p dir="ltr">“Likewise bro, the years I spent with you will always be a great part of my life, you will always be on my mind to delight me, encourage me and guide me.</p> <p dir="ltr"><img style="width: 0px; height: 0px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7846671/kondilios1.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/8d2303f5064548f4b5ced2a1d06d1d77" /></p> <p dir="ltr"><em>Image: Stephen Ma (Facebook)</em></p> <p dir="ltr">“I will try to be a better person just like you bro, kind, sweet, nice to everyone and love everyone. We have been through a wonderful journey, and I want to show my best appreciation and respect to you for standing by me bro.</p> <p dir="ltr">“It's going to take a long time, I feel so lucky I was to have you in my life, even if it was not for as long as we would have liked.”</p> <p dir="ltr">According to a<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.facebook.com/acropolisfunerals/posts/1870898413096468" target="_blank">Facebook post</a><span> </span>by Acropolis Funerals, Mr Kondilios’ service will be held on Thursday, January 13 at St Spyridon Greek Orthodox Church.</p> <p dir="ltr">The service will be streamed via the funeral home’s YouTube page, and family and friends attending in person have been encouraged to wear colour “as that was what he would have loved”.</p> <p dir="ltr"><img style="width: 0px; height: 0px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7846672/kondilios2.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/30380bb83d3e4843b6bd8c468ccf9e83" /></p> <p dir="ltr"><em>Image: Acropolis Funeral Services (Facebook)</em></p> <p dir="ltr">“Sincere thanks extended for the warm sentiments and expressions of sympathy and condolences, received from James’ family at this difficult time,” the post reads.</p> <p dir="ltr">Mr Kondilios was the youngest of six people whose deaths were reported on Thursday morning.</p> <p dir="ltr"><em>Image: Stephen Ma (Facebook)</em></p>

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Hero jogger rescues family pets from burning home

<p><em>Image: Youtube </em></p> <p>A good Samaritan has been caught on a California home's Ring security camera rescuing a cat, a rabbit and two dogs from a stranger's house.</p> <p>The hero, who has since been identified as Paul Murphy, was jogging past on the street when he saw smoke surrounding the family home.</p> <p>The homeowners, who were not home at the time, had no idea what was happening nor that their four pets were in danger until Murphy contacted them through their Ring surveillance camera.</p> <p>Courtney Polito, one of the homeowners, said she saw Murphy "running back and forth" on their porch.</p> <p>"So I answered it and he said, 'Hello, do you see there's smoke coming out of the top of your house?'" Polito said.</p> <p>Polito proceeded to share the home access code with Murphy as smoke alarms started going off.</p> <p>Murphy then ran in and out of the house to save the Politos' four pets. Had Murphy not helped when he did, the family would have lost everything.</p> <p>"The fire department said 10 more minutes and the house would have been gone," Polito said.</p> <p>Polito's husband, Tony, also told the outlet that to enter a stranger's house when it's on fire to rescue pets "takes a certain type of person."</p> <p>Murphy was able to get out of the house by the time firefighters arrived to extinguish the fire, but it's unclear what Murphy did in the meantime with the animals.</p> <p>Courtney Polito said she is looking forward to showing Murphy how grateful she and her family are for his help, and is looking forward to giving him "a hug.</p>

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Unvaccinated couple die of COVID within seconds of each other

<p dir="ltr">An unvaccinated American couple died of complications from COVID-19 “within seconds” of each other. William and Carol Stewart, of New Hampshire, died in hospital on December 30 while holding hands. They had not been vaccinated against the virus.</p> <p dir="ltr">Mrs Stewart, who was 69, had been on life support for two weeks, while Mr Stewart, 73, had suffered from lung and renal failures.</p> <p dir="ltr">The couple’s daughter, Melissa Noke, said that her parents were the “true definition of soulmates” and had known each other since they were children, telling local TV station WMUR, “They’ve known each other since they were four, been together 45 years, married 44 years.”</p> <p dir="ltr">On the day they died, hospital staff wheeled the couple into the same room so they could be together. Nike said, “Placed both beds side-by-side, placing my mother’s hand into my father’s hand.</p> <p dir="ltr">“As soon as they touched hands, my father took his last breath, and then my mother 10 seconds later.”</p> <p dir="ltr">Ms Noke said that she hoped sharing her parents’ story would encourage others to get vaccinated. At the time of writing, only 62.3% of the US population was fully vaccinated, with that figure increasing to 67.4% for New Hampshire.</p> <p dir="ltr">The couple’s nephew Tim Stewart has started a GoFundMe to help cover medical and living expenses. On the fundraising page, he explained, “Carol and Bill do not have life insurance and I am hoping to help my family by alleviating them with some the financial stress and so they can focus healing through this difficult time.”</p> <p dir="ltr">Updating the page with news of their passing, Stewart wrote, “It is with the heaviest of hearts to share that last night at 9:12 pm Bill and Carol peacefully passed away hand in hand with their loved ones bedside. They fought a long and hard battle with covid, both intubated and on life support. I truly believe that the power of prayers and all the kind words that have been shared over the past few weeks is what kept them fighting.”</p> <p dir="ltr"><em>Image: Douglas &amp; Johnson Funeral Home</em></p>

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Betty White's final words

<p><em>Image: Getty </em></p> <p>Vicki Lawrence, a close friend and former co-star of Betty White, has shared the final word uttered by legendary actress before she died at age 99.</p> <p>Lawrence, 72, who met White on the set of the<span> </span><em>Carol Burnett Show</em><span> </span>and remained close with the TV icon until her death, spoke about the pain of losing her friend and recalled White's touching last moments.</p> <p>In an interview with<span> </span><em>The Hollywood Reporter,</em><span> </span>Lawrence said she found out White's last word was a callout to her husband, Allen Ludden, who died in 1981.</p> <p>"I talked to Carol yesterday, and we agreed it is so f---ing hard to watch the people you love go away," Lawrence told the publication.</p> <p>"She said she spoke to Betty's assistant, who was with her when she passed, and she said the last word out of her mouth was 'Allen.' That's so lovingly sweet. I hope that is true."</p> <p>White's love for her husband burned bright even in the decades since his passing. Remembering the couple's relationship, Lawrence said it was a true Hollywood love story.</p> <p>"They were a lovely couple, and they were adorable together. She drove the car he gave her for as long as I can remember," Lawrence continued. "She wore the same ring he gave her as long as I've known her. That was her love story."</p> <p>Lawrence says the<span> </span><em>Golden Girls</em><span> </span>star would want her friends, family and fans not to mourn her death, but to "laugh" when they think of her name.</p> <p>"She would want us to laugh and remember and love and enjoy and believe that she's in heaven with Allen," she added.</p> <p>White died on January 1st age 99, just a few weeks short of her 100th birthday.</p> <p>Her agent and friend Jeff Witjas confirmed the legendary actress died peacefully in her sleep in her home.</p> <p>"Even though Betty was about to be 100, I thought she would live forever," Witjas said in a statement to<span> </span><em>People.</em></p> <p>"I will miss her terribly and so will the animal world that she loved so much. I don't think Betty ever feared passing because she always wanted to be with her most beloved husband Allen Ludden. She believed she would be with him again."</p> <p>Witjas emphasised that White had not been ill but had been extremely cautious during the COVID-19 pandemic. She spent most of the past two years at the home she loved with her many pets, and had round-the-clock caretakers in her final years.</p>

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Top Covid expert sees an end to pandemic within two months

<p>A top health official in Denmark has predicted that the Covid pandemic could end within two months in some countries, thanks to the Omicron variant. </p> <p><span>Tyra Grove Krause, the chief epidemiologist at Denmark’s State Serum Institute, told <a rel="noopener" href="https://nyheder.tv2.dk/2022-01-03-ssi-vi-kan-have-vores-normale-liv-tilbage-om-to-maaneder" target="_blank">Danish TV 2</a> that a recent study conducted by the institute has found that Covid hospitalisations have halved with Omicron, as opposed to the previous Delta variant. </span></p> <p><span>When questioned about how long the virus will affect daily life in Denmark, she said, </span>“I think it will have that in the next two months, and then I hope the infection will start to subside and we get our normal lives back”.</p> <p>Dr Grove Krause’s research also stated that “Omicron is here to stay”.</p> <p>“It will provide some massive spread of infection in the coming month. When it’s over, we’re in a better place than we were before,” the paper said.</p> <p><span>Dr Grove Krause claims that daily life may return to normal within a few months as more people are likely to become infected, raising the level of natural immunity for the majority of the population.</span><span></span></p> <p>“Omicron will peak at the end of January, and in February we will see declining infection pressure and a decreasing pressure on the health care system,” she said. “But we have to make an effort in January, because it will be hard to get through”.</p> <p>“In the long run, we are in a place where coronavirus is here, but where we have restrained it, and only the particularly vulnerable need to be vaccinated up to the next winter season,” she said.</p> <p>The optimistic news out of Denmark comes just days after the <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.who.int" target="_blank">World Health Organisation</a> made a similarly positive statement about Omicron. </p> <p><span>“If we put an end to inequality, we will put an end to the pandemic and the global nightmare that we have all gone through,” WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said in a speech on New Year’s Eve.</span></p> <p><span>Top US pandemic Adviser Anthony Fauci also said that the experience in South Africa, where the new variant quickly peaked before subsiding, offered some hope to other countries. </span></p> <p><span>“When one looked at the relationship and the ratio between hospitalisations and cases (in South Africa), it was lower, the duration of hospital stay was lower, the requirements for oxygen was lower,” he said. “We’re seeing a bit of that, not as pronounced, in the UK, but certainly that trend. And if you look here at the United States, we don’t want to get complacent at all, and you don’t want to jump to a positive conclusion, because it’s still early," he said. </span></p> <p><em>Image credits: Getty Images</em></p>

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Alec Baldwin shares story of touching act of kindness from a stranger

<p dir="ltr">In a candid video shared on Instagram, Alec Baldwin spoke about a random act of kindness from a stranger that he experienced soon after the<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://oversixty.com.au/news/news/alec-baldwin-allegedly-shot-and-killed-cinematographer" target="_blank">shooting death of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins</a><span> </span>on the set of the movie<span> </span><em>Rust<span> </span></em>in October 2021.</p> <p dir="ltr">Describing it as the “worst situation I’ve ever been involved with”, Baldwin went on to recall an encounter with a kind stranger he met in a cafe soon after the incident.</p> <p dir="ltr">"A young woman, a senior in high school or maybe she was in college, she walked by with a guy and she handed me a packet of Splenda and on the perimeter of the package, there was a modest amount of space to write on.</p> <p dir="ltr">“She wrote me a note on both sides of the package, and it was, 'So many people care about you,' or something… it really very kind and very thoughtful.”</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/CYNafHQrRnL/?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/CYNafHQrRnL/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Alec Baldwin (@alecbaldwininsta)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p dir="ltr">Baldwin continued, "It was really so amazing that she handed me this Splenda packet. And I said, 'Oh thank you'. And she left. And I was sitting there and took it home, I was going to photograph it … and I lost it."</p> <p dir="ltr">He said he was “overwhelmed” by her kindness but lost the packet, soon becoming “obsessed” with finding it. "I searched for it yesterday, like you would search for your phone or your keys or your wallet. I was obsessed with finding it, I'm still obsessed with finding it, because I want to screenshot it.”</p> <p dir="ltr">He finished, "If you are the young woman that gave me the Splenda packet at John Pappas the other day, then send me a message here, because I was so grateful for it. It was so lovely. It meant so much to me… it meant a lot to me."</p> <p dir="ltr">The actor thanked his fans who have supported him since the tragedy, adding that he was hopeful that “the truth” would soon prevail. "This has been surely the worst situation I've ever been involved with and I'm very hopeful that the people in charge with investigating this whole thing get to the truth as soon as possible.</p> <p dir="ltr">“No one wants the truth more than I do."</p> <p dir="ltr"><em>Image: Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images</em></p>

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TV star's parents found dead just days before Christmas

<p><em>Image: Twitter</em></p> <p>Orange Is The New Black star Alicia Witt has revealed both her parents were found dead during a welfare check at their home in a "surreal" tragedy just a short time before Christmas.</p> <p>Witt, 46, announced the news via a statement, saying she had asked a cousin nearby to check on her mother Dianne, 75, and father Robert, 75, at their property in Worcester, Massachusetts.</p> <p>Officers later found the couple deceased on December 20 with no obvious causes of death, according to local newspaper Telegram &amp; Gazette.</p> <p>"I reached out to a cousin who lives close to my parents to check on them. Sadly, the outcome was unimaginable," Witt said.</p> <p>"I ask for some privacy at this time to grieve and to wrap my head around this turn of events, and this surreal loss."</p> <p>There had been reports the couple had been experiencing furnace problems and were using a space heater, however firefighters did not find any evidence of carbon monoxide in the home.</p> <p>"There was no trauma," Lieutenant Sean Murtha said in a statement.</p> <p>The actress has previously paid tribute to her parents via gushing social media posts, describing her father as "wise and hilarious" in a Father's Day post earlier this year.</p> <p>Witt also spoke warmly of her mother Dianne in a Mother's Day post in 2018.</p> <p>"#HappyMothersDay to all the mothers of this world," Witt shared on Instagram, alongside photos of her mum.</p> <p>Witt made her acting debut in the 1984 movie<span> </span><em>Dune</em><span> </span>and has appeared in television shows including<span> </span><em>The Walking Dead, Orange is the New Black</em><span> </span>and<span> </span><em>Twin Peaks</em>. She is also a singer and pianist and released an album,<span> </span><em>The Conduit</em>, in September.</p>

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Hillcrest survivor speaks publicly for first time

<p dir="ltr">A survivor of the tragic jumping castle tragedy that<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://oversixty.com.au/news/news/just-shattering-outpouring-of-grief-after-fatal-primary-school-incident" target="_blank">shook the town of Devonport, Tasmania last week</a><span> </span>has spoken publicly for the first time since the ordeal.</p> <p dir="ltr">12-year-old Beau Medcraft broke both of his arms and shattered his wrist when a gust of wind sent the jumping castle he was on 10 metres into the air at end of year celebrations at Hillcrest Primary School. He was one of nine students injured in the accident, while<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://oversixty.com.au/news/news/children-killed-in-hillcrest-tragedy-identified-amid-overwhelming-support" target="_blank">six of his friends</a><span> </span>tragically died. Two children remain in hospital.</p> <p dir="ltr">In a video sent to country-rock musician Casey Barnes, Beau expressed his gratitude to the community for their messages of support. Sitting on a couch, with both arms in plaster, his right arm in a sling, and wearing Casey Barnes merch, Beau said, “Thanks for all the support and all the awesome people that commented.</p> <p dir="ltr">"I watched your video again and thought it was very nice.”</p> <p dir="ltr">Beau's dad also commented on the post, writing, "From beaus parents Hello to each and everyone thank you, your awesome an your comments are being heard and lifting his spirit as Beau reads through the comments and tells me who says this or says that with the biggest smile 😊 so from both me and his mum I wanted to say thank you for your kind heartfelt messages and words of encouragement to our boy Beau ❤️"</p> <p><iframe src="https://www.facebook.com/plugins/video.php?height=476&amp;href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2FCaseyBarnesOfficial%2Fvideos%2F1612545862412810%2F&amp;show_text=false&amp;width=267&amp;t=0" width="267" height="476" style="border: none; overflow: hidden;" scrolling="no" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="true" allow="autoplay; clipboard-write; encrypted-media; picture-in-picture; web-share"></iframe></p> <p dir="ltr">Commenters were quick to send Beau well wishes, with one person writing, “I know it's hard right now but things will get better,” and another commenting, “Love and a million wishes for a speedy recovery Beau. All of Tassie is behind you.”</p> <p dir="ltr">Barnes grew up in Tasmania and went to college in Devonport, and promised to organise “something special” for Beau and his family in the new year.</p> <p dir="ltr">Beau’s video comes as the<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.gofundme.com/f/hillcrestprimary?utm_campaign=p_cp+share-sheet&amp;utm_medium=copy_link_all&amp;utm_source=customer" target="_blank">fundraiser for families affected by the tragedy</a><span> </span>cracks the $1.4 million mark. The GoFundMe page will soon be shut down, as the money is rolled into a new public fund that will be coordinated by Devonport Council and the Tasmanian government, in order to ensure transparency.</p> <p dir="ltr">At a council meeting on Monday, Devonport councillor Alison Jarmin said, “I know there’s some angst about what is going to happen to these funds and how they are going to be administered.</p> <p dir="ltr">“We going to be making sure it goes to the right places and goes to the families and doesn’t get lost in governance and bureaucracy.”</p> <p dir="ltr">Devonport local and creator of the GoFundMe, Zoe Smith, said she was in awe at people’s generosity, telling reporters over the weekend, "It's just beyond anything we could have thought possible.</p> <p dir="ltr">“People should just be so proud of themselves and the amount that they have donated. It's incredible.”</p> <p dir="ltr"><em>Image: Facebook</em></p>

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Kiwi rugby star dies after freak accident

<p><em>Image: Ina Olaizola/ordizia rugby</em></p> <p>The Spanish Rugby Federation has paid tribute to Kiwi lock Kawa Leauma after he died following a "freak accident" in the Netherlands, aged only 32.</p> <p>The Auckland-born Leauma had been hospitalised and underwent surgery after he "suffered an accident that caused severe head trauma" on Saturday, the federation said.</p> <p>Spanish media reports said Leauma fell eight metres from a building in Amsterdam. It has been reported his condition had "slightly improved" on Sunday after surgery but worsened 24 hours later.</p> <p>"World Rugby, and Spanish rugby in particular, is in mourning, and from the Spanish Rugby Federation we can only thank the commitment of a player admired and loved by all his team-mates from XV del León [Spain's national men's team] and his club, AMPO Ordizia," the federation said in its obituary to Leauma.</p> <p>Leauma, who played for the AMPO Ordizia club in Spain's Basque Country, was in Amsterdam for Spain's Rugby Europe Championship match against the Netherlands.</p> <p>The federation said he died because of a "freak accident" suffered just hours after Spain beat the Netherlands 52-7 in a match that doubled as a qualifier for the next Rugby World Cup in France in 2023.</p> <p>He was on-track to make his official international debut for Spain after becoming eligible through three years of residency, but he was withdrawn at the last minute because of doubts about eligibility. He played in a friendly for Spain against an Italian side in Madrid in October. The federation said its president Alfonso Feijoo and Ordizia sports director Iñigo Marotias would meet Leauma's wife when she arrived in Amsterdam.</p> <p>In the obituary, Leauma was described as "a person who made himself loved" and made his mark on Spanish rugby.</p> <p>At 197cm and weighing 110kg, Leauma was hoping to become a regular in Spain's team.The federation said they would honour his memory by trying to qualify for the World Cup for the first time since their only appearance in the UK in 1999.</p> <p>Leauma played for a handful of Auckland clubs, including Otahuhu, Papatoetoe, Mount Wellington and Manukau Rovers. A blindside flanker, No 8 or lock, he represented Samoa's under-20s and played for Auckland's sevens team.</p> <p>Leauma also took his rugby career to Australia, playing for the Sydney Rays and West Harbour clubs in New South Wales, before moving to Spain in 2018.</p> <p>The Mount Wellington and Papatoetoe clubs led the tributes for Leauma on social media.</p> <p>"These posts aren't easy to do and this one in particular is pretty upsetting as this club acknowledges the passing of Kawa Leauma," Mount Wellington's Facebook post said.</p> <p>"Kawa was an integral part of our Mount Wellington Premier side, great player and humble both on and off the field and we enjoyed seeing him continue to thrive beyond his time at our club. He will be sorely missed by many of our community and we extend our sincere condolences to his wife and family as they navigate this tough time in a foreign country."</p> <p>Papatoetoe tribute's said "another brother gone way too soon".</p> <p>"Our sincere condolences go out to the family and friends of Kawwa Leuma who passed away in a tragic accident whilst living abroad in Spain," the club's Facebook post said.</p> <p>"Kawwa had been playing professional rugby and just recently made his international debut for Spain. He was part of a strong Papatoetoe U21s team back in 2010.</p> <p>"Rest in love brother Kawwa."</p>

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