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More explosive details emerge from Meghan and Harry's Oprah interview

<p>A new teaser of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s upcoming interview with Oprah Winfrey has already let explosive details slide.</p> <p>Markle has just been hit with historical bullying allegations from the palace as US Network CBS preps to release the highly anticipated Oprah interview.</p> <p>Referring to the royal family as “The Firm”, Oprah asks Meghan: “How do you feel about the Palace hearing you speak your truth today?”</p> <p>“I don’t know how they could expect that after all of this time we would still just be silent when there is an active role that the Firm is playing in perpetuating falsehoods about us,” says Meghan.</p> <p>“And if that comes with risk of losing things … there’s a lot that’s been lost already.”</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/CL7IdPIAQV3/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="13"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/CL7IdPIAQV3/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by O, The Oprah Magazine (@oprahmagazine)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p>Two other teaser clips have already been released in preparation for Monday’s full interview, where it shows Meghan stoic and silent while Harry and Oprah speak.</p> <p>In the third clip, viewers were finally able to hear Meghan’s story in her very own words.</p> <p>Another clip shows Harry appearing to take a jab at his father Prince Charles and the rest of the royal family for not supporting his mother, Princess Diana.</p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7840128/oprah-3.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/d9599083fa804102858c317390d30c79" /></p> <p><em>Image: Getty</em></p> <p>“You know, for me, I’m just really relieved and happy to be sitting here talking to you with my wife by my side because I can’t begin to imagine what it must have been like for her [Princess Diana] going through this process by herself all those years ago,” he said.</p> <p>“Because it has been unbelievably tough for the two of us, but at least we had each other.”</p>

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Buckingham Palace investigating bombshell Meghan bullying complaints

<p>Buckingham Palace has vowed to launch a thorough investigation into bombshell claims that the Duchess of Sussex bullied young staff before her and Prince Harry split from the royal family.</p> <p>The complaint was made known after<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/royal-aides-reveal-meghan-bullying-claim-before-oprah-interview-7sxfvd2c3" target="_blank"><em>The Times</em></a><span> </span>reported that the couple's communication chief filed a bullying complaint against Markle in 2018.</p> <p>According to the complaint, some young staff were reduced to tears by Markle's bullying.</p> <p>“Senior people in the household, Buckingham Palace and Clarence House, knew that they had a situation where members of staff, particularly young women, were being bullied to the point of tears,” a source told<span> </span><em>The Times.</em></p> <p>Communications secretary Jason Knauf submitted the complaint in order to protect staff at Kensington Palace, with a former aide agreeing that it “more like emotional cruelty and manipulation, which I guess could also be called bullying.”</p> <p>Allegedly, Prince Harry asked Knauf not to continue with the complaint.</p> <p>The statement from Buckingham Palace was unusual and reads:</p> <p>“We are clearly very concerned about allegations in<span> </span><em>The Times</em><span> </span>following claims made by former staff of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.</p> <p>“Accordingly, our HR team will look into the circumstances outlined in the article. Members of staff involved in the time - including those who have left the household - will be invited to participate to see if lessons can be learned.</p> <p>“The royal household has a Dignity at Work policy in place for a number of years and does not and will not tolerate bullying or harassment in the workplace.”</p> <p>Markle has outright denied the claims and said she was "saddened" by them through her spokesperson.</p> <p>“Let’s just call this what it is — a calculated smear campaign based on misleading and harmful misinformation. We are disappointed to see this defamatory portrayal of The Duchess of Sussex given credibility by a media outlet,” said the spokesperson for Markle and Harry, in part, to The Times.</p> <p>“It’s no coincidence that distorted several-year-old accusations aimed at undermining the duchess are being briefed to the British media shortly before she and the duke are due to speak openly and honestly about their experience of recent years,” read a separate statement from the spokesperson.</p> <p>“The duchess is saddened by this latest attack on her character, particularly as someone who has been the target of bullying herself and is deeply committed to supporting those who have experienced pain and trauma,” it continued. “She is determined to continue her work building compassion around the world and will keep striving to set an example for doing what is right and doing what is good.”</p>

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Prince Philip moved to new hospital

<p>Prince Philip has been moved to a different hospital, with Buckingham Palace saying he will remain there "at least" until the end of this week.</p> <p>“The Duke of Edinburgh was today transferred from King Edward VII’s Hospital to St Bartholomew’s Hospital where doctors will continue to treat him for an infection, as well as undertake testing and observation for a pre-existing heart condition,” the palace announced today.</p> <p>“The Duke remains comfortable and is responding to treatment but is expected to remain in hospital until at least the end of the week.”</p> <p>He was admitted to the hospital on February 16th as a precautionary measure and has not left since.</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/CHydDgpnJW9/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="13"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/CHydDgpnJW9/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by The Royal Family (@theroyalfamily)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-56241353" target="_blank"><em>BBC Health</em></a><span> </span>correspondent Hugh Pym said that the nature of Prince Philip's pre-existing heart condition had not been made public.</p> <p>"Certainly he will be monitored extensively, with some of the best specialists in the country at Barts heart centre," he said.</p> <p>"But I think, probably, it's more than just monitoring. I think he has gone to this specialist centre because of the possibility - no more than that - that the doctors feel there may be a need for an intervention or procedure to be carried out."</p>

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We’re back!

<div class="post_body_wrapper"> <div class="post_body"> <div class="body_text redactor-styles redactor-in"> <p>Facebook has finally removed the ban on news and other information sites in Australia, restoring hundreds of pages in an instant.</p> <p>The ban included local sites, such as<span> </span><em>ABC<span> </span></em>and<span> </span><em>The Guardian</em><span> </span>but also included international pages such as<span> </span><em>The Wall Street Journal<span> </span></em>and<span> </span><em>CNN</em>.</p> <p>The ban lasted eight days and caught attention worldwide, but was lifted one day after the Australian Government passed its news media bargaining code, according to <em><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/technology/facebooks-australian-news-ban-remains-despite-senate-passing-news-code-changes/news-story/f1b8b029bc99a9d34c77c56a9a221ec3" target="_blank">The Daily Telegraph</a>.</em></p> <p>The code included amendments discussed in talks between Treasurer Josh Frydenberg and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg.</p> <p>Facebook removed news content in response to the federal media bargaining code as it aims to force internet giants to pay news publishers for generating content that the websites host.</p> <p>Facebook's global affairs vice-president Nick Clegg argued that Facebook had no choice but to remove all news content from the platform to evade Australia's news code.</p> <p>Mr Clegg said executives felt they had only two responses to laws drafted by Australia’s competition watchdog: agree to “open-ended subsidies … or remove news from our platform in Australia”.</p> <p>“It wasn’t a decision taken lightly,” he said.</p> <p>“But when it came, we had to take action quickly because it was legally necessary to do so before the new law came into force, and so we erred on the side of over-enforcement.</p> <p>“In doing so, some content was blocked inadvertently. Much of this was, thankfully, reversed quickly.”</p> </div> </div> </div>

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Tiger Woods hospitalised after serious car crash

<p>Tiger Woods was taken to hospital with "multiple leg injuries" after being involved in a serious car crash in Los Angeles on Wednesday morning (AEDT).</p> <p>The 45-year-old was driving alone when his vehicle rolled over around 7 am local time and had to be extricated from his car with the jaws of life.</p> <p>There are now fears for the golf superstars' wellbeing and career, with an outpouring of support from the sports world.</p> <p>The LA Sherriff's Department confirmed it had responded to a single vehicle rollover on the border of Rolling Hills Estates and Ranchos Palos Verdes.</p> <p>Woods’ vehicle was travelling northbound on Hawthorne Boulevard, at Blackhorse Road, when it crashed.</p> <p>“The vehicle sustained major damage,” the LASD said in a statement.</p> <p>“Mr. Woods was extricated from the wreck with the ‘jaws of life’ by Los Angeles County firefighters and paramedics, then transported to a local hospital by ambulance for his injuries.”</p> <p>Woods’ agent Mark Steinberg released a short statement confirming Woods had “suffered multiple leg injuries.</p> <p>“He is currently in surgery and we thank you for your privacy and support,” Steinberg said.</p> <p>ESPN’s Michael Eaves reported Woods injuries were not considered life-threatening.</p> <p>“Local police source said the initial report from the scene of the accident indicated the possibility of multiple leg fractures,” he tweeted.</p> <p>Woods, who has two children, Charlie and Sam, was in LA for the US PGA Genesis Invitational, where he serves as tournament host.</p> <p>Former US president Donald Trump led a host of wellwishers, saying: “Get well soon, Tiger. You are a true champion.”</p>

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Palace reveals why Prince Philip is still in hospital

<p>Buckingham Palace has released a statement about the condition of 99-year-old Prince Philip as he spends his seventh day in the hospital.</p> <p>The Palace said in a statement on Tuesday that he is "receiving medical attention for an infection" and is likely to remain in hospital for "several days".</p> <p>“He is comfortable and responding to treatment but is not expected to leave hospital for several days,” said the short statement.</p> <p>Prince Edward, his youngest child, said that he had spoken to his father on the phone and that the royal family were "keeping their fingers crossed".</p> <p>The Earl of Wessex said the 99-year-old was “a lot better thank you very much indeed, and he’s looking forward to getting out, which is the most positive thing. So we keep our fingers crossed.”</p> <p>When asked whether the Duke was frustrated, Edward joked to<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://news.sky.com/story/prince-philip-a-lot-better-and-looking-forward-to-leaving-hospital-prince-edward-says-12226716" target="_blank"><em>Sky News</em></a>: “Just a bit! I think that gets to all of us, and then, you can only watch the clock so many times and the walls are only so interesting."</p> <p>Prince Philip has also been visited by his grandson Prince William and his son Prince Charles.</p> <p>The Queen has not visited, but that could be due to the strict COVID-19 protocols in place at the hospital where Prince Philip is recovering.</p> <p>The Palace has also not gone into detail as to why he was admitted but has said it's not COVID-19 related.</p>

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Melbourne crowd's disgraceful act after Djokovic wins 18th Australian Open

<p>A chorus of boos was heard around Rod Laver Arena before Novak Djokovic and Banil Medvedev addressed the crowd following the Australian Open final.</p> <p>Djokovic secured an incredible ninth titled title at Melbourne Park - his 18th grand slam crown - by defeating Medvedev in straight sets as he put on a stunning display in the Victorian capital.</p> <p>Jayne Hrdlicka, the chair of Tennis Australia appeared on stage during the post-match ceremony on Sunday night and would not have been expecting the backlash that erupted over some of her comments.</p> <p>After congratulating the two players, Hdlicka thanked several people while also addressing the pandemic.</p> <p>Needless to say, a few of her remarks were not well received by the Melbourne crowd.</p> <p>The first moment which spurred a negative reaction was Hrdlicka’s mention of the recent COVID-19 vaccine rollout.</p> <p>“It’s been a time of heartfelt challenge. It’s been a time of deep loss and extraordinary sacrifice for everyone,” Hrdlicka said.</p> <p>“With vaccinations on the way, rolling out in many countries around the world, it’s now a time for optimism and hope for the future.”</p> <p>The comment sparked outrage amongst fans, who could be heard booing from the stands.</p> <p>Professor Lisa Harvey-Smith tweeted: “People booing vaccines at the #ausopen need to take a long hard look at their privilege. Disgraceful behaviour.”</p> <p>The crowd once again booed after Hrdlicka thanked the Victorian Government for their support.</p> <p>Premier Daniel Andrews has plenty of supporters in his home state, but there are also many who are unhappy with the strict lockdowns he’s imposed as Victoria fought to prevent the spread of COVID-19.</p> <p>“There are many other people to thank that enabled this great night to take place in the last couple of weeks,” Hrdlicka said.</p> <p>“The top of that list is a Victorian Government, without you we could not have done this.”</p> <p>Spectators repeatedly interrupted Hrdlicka, with the TA chair eventually losing her patience and coldly saying: “When you’re finished …”</p> <p>Hrdlicka added: “You are a very opinionated group of people, but whether you’re at home or here tonight, we are really thankful that you’re here. We look forward to seeing you next year.”</p> <p>There was plenty of criticism reserved for the crowd's response.</p> <p>Former Australian tennis star Rennae Stubbs tweeted: “These fans booing are disgraceful! Honestly!!! Grow up!”</p> <p>Journalist Isabelle Lane posted: “Embarrassing scenes at this #AusOpen presentation. Tennis Australia boss Jayne Hrdlicka booed by parts of crowd when mentioning the coronavirus vaccine rollout and thanking the Victorian government for the event. Hrdlicka notably failed to thank the people of Melbourne/Vic.”</p> <p>Cricket reporter Danyal Rasool tweeted: “Booing the Victorian government, one of the few in the world that actually took the measures that made it possible for them to sit in the crowd to boo in the first place, is a next-level self-awareness fail.”</p>

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What is happening? Facebook blocks Australians from viewing news

<p>Facebook's latest decision has rocked Australia after the social media giant restricted publishers and people in Australia from sharing or viewing local and international news content.</p> <p><strong>Why is this happening?</strong></p> <p>Facebook's decision is in response to Australia's proposed new Media Bargaining law, which requires tech companies to pay for news content.</p> <p>“The proposed law fundamentally misunderstands the relationship between our platform and publishers who use it to share news content,” Facebook said in a statement shared on Thursday morning.</p> <p>“It has left us facing a stark choice: attempt to comply with a law that ignores the realities of this relationship, or stop allowing news content on our services in Australia. With a heavy heart, we are choosing the latter.”</p> <p>Facebook said they tried to work with the Federal Government over three years to try and come to an agreement that would be beneficial for both digital platforms and news organisations.</p> <p>“Unfortunately this legislation does not do that. Instead it seeks to penalise Facebook for content it didn’t take or ask for.”</p> <p>You can read Facebook’s full statement<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://about.fb.com/news/2021/02/changes-to-sharing-and-viewing-news-on-facebook-in-australia/" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> <p><strong>What does this mean?</strong></p> <p>From Thursday, Aussies will have woken up to a drastically different news feed.</p> <p>Australians have been banned from viewing news stories, both local and international, and major broadcasters and news outlets have been restricted from posting on the platform as well.</p> <p><strong>What happens now?</strong></p> <p>To continue reading stories from Over60, you can visit our website directly or subscribe to our<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.oversixty.com.au/information/join" target="_blank">newsletters</a>.</p> <p><em><a rel="noopener noreferrer" href="https://www.facebook.com/help/2579891418969617" target="_blank" class="c-link" data-stringify-link="https://www.facebook.com/help/2579891418969617" data-sk="tooltip_parent">Read more</a> about how people can appeal by clicking directly on the notification on their Page which will bring them to the Facebook Help Centre &amp; appeal form.</em></p>

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Shock casualties of the widespread Facebook news block

<p>Facebook's news ban has impacted news sites as well as non-news pages, including the Bureau of Meteorology and other Australian government pages.</p> <p><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.news.com.au/technology/online/social/shock-casualties-of-facebooks-news-block-bom-betoota-advocate-wa-fire-australian-government-pages-wiped/news-story/de46c2fb6fa9a4c03aec35a49c7d2e07" target="_blank"><em>News.com.au</em></a><span> </span>has confirmed that Facebook is using technology to enforce the ban, but is unable to explain why other pages have been caught in the ban.</p> <p>Australians who are looking for reliable information about the weather from the Bureau of Meteorology won't be able to do so as all of its posts have been scrubbed from Facebook.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">So Facebook has even removed the <a href="https://twitter.com/BOM_au?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@BOM_au</a> verified blue tick page's content as well. <br /><br />The Australian Bureau of Meteorology. <br /><br />The Australian Government Bureau that looks at the weather. <br /><br />WTF <a href="https://t.co/K7nKyLkgpW">pic.twitter.com/K7nKyLkgpW</a></p> — Trish (@Tr1shM) <a href="https://twitter.com/Tr1shM/status/1362161063848906753?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">February 17, 2021</a></blockquote> <p>The Queensland Health Facebook page has also been wiped clean, so Queenslanders looking for information from their local health authorities will be impacted.</p> <p>Other government Facebook pages hit by the ban include the ACT Government Facebook page, the South Australian Health Facebook page and Harvey Norman, the electronics retailer.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">I get all my Australian news from Harvey Norman.... 😳 <a href="https://t.co/qSUEZ473mf">pic.twitter.com/qSUEZ473mf</a></p> — Trudy McIntosh (@TrudyMcIntosh) <a href="https://twitter.com/TrudyMcIntosh/status/1362175848455970818?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">February 17, 2021</a></blockquote> <p>The move has shocked many, but Communications Minister Paul Fletcher is unphased.</p> <p>“Facebook needs to think very carefully about what this means for its reputation and standing,” Mr Fletcher told the ABC.</p> <p>“They’re effectively saying, on our platform, there will not be any information from organisations which employ paid journalists, which have fact-checking processes, editorial policies. They’re effectively saying any information that is available on our site does not come from these reliable sources.”</p> <p>Currently, there is nothing stopping Australians from reading information from their favourite news sites directly, but they will be unable to see the posts on their Facebook feed.</p> <div class="c-message_kit__blocks c-message_kit__blocks--rich_text"> <div class="c-message__message_blocks c-message__message_blocks--rich_text"> <div class="p-block_kit_renderer" data-qa="block-kit-renderer"> <div class="p-block_kit_renderer__block_wrapper p-block_kit_renderer__block_wrapper--first"> <div class="p-rich_text_block"> <div class="p-rich_text_section"><a rel="noopener noreferrer" href="https://www.facebook.com/help/2579891418969617" target="_blank" class="c-link" data-stringify-link="https://www.facebook.com/help/2579891418969617" data-sk="tooltip_parent">Read more</a> about how people can appeal by clicking directly on the notification on their Page which will bring them to the Facebook Help Centre &amp; appeal form.</div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div>

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Tennis fans slam Dylan Alcott's brutal snub

<p>Aussie wheelchair tennis star Dylan Alcott was ecstatic to be playing in prime time on Rod Laver Arena on Wednesday night - until he wasn't.</p> <p>Alcott won his seventh straight Australian Open quad singles crown by beating Dutchman Sam Schroder 6-1 6-0 in the final, but Rafael Nadal and Stefanos Tsitsipas didn't exactly help him out.</p> <p>Alcott was expected to arrive on centre court after Nadal and Tsitsipas' quarter-final, which started at 7.30pm. But the match went on longer than expected forcing organises to shift Alcott and Schroder off Rod Laver Arena and onto Margaret Court Arena instead.</p> <p>Both players arrived on court at around 11.15 pm which meant the game took place when most Aussie fans were fast asleep.</p> <p>While Alcott is not one to complain, he did express his disappointment that his match wasn't scheduled for prime time as promised.</p> <p>Before the schedule change was announced, many fans on social media were already complaining about putting Alcott’s final on after a match that had every chance of going to five sets.</p> <p>The criticism kept coming after Australian Open officials made their crunch call.</p> <p>Journalist Rachel Riley tweeted: “Disappointed I won’t get to see @DylanAlcott play tonight because it’s on so late. An Aussie champion playing in the final of the #AusOpen should be prime time to entertain/inspire so many. Take nothing away from the game on now. Just want to see the best of all abilities.</p> <p>“Should have been playing at the same time, prime time, on a different court, broadcast on other 9 channel. Disappointing for fans and surely players too.”</p> <p>AFL reporter Tom Browne tweeted: “Sending Alcott out at 11.13 pm is so strange.”</p> <p>Tennis writer Ben Rothenberg wrote: “Bummer to move the quad final to MCA ... would have preferred it got delayed to another day, especially with fans arriving tomorrow.”</p> <p>Damien Peck added: “Obviously no one can foresee a 5 set match beforehand, but Alcott should be livid that it’s not being played in Australian prime time.”</p> <p>Jake Bozinovski said: “What a pathetic decision for @TennisAustralia to reschedule tonight’s Dylan Alcott’s game to be played at Margaret Court Arena, it should’ve been for tomorrow so the fans could be there to witness the final, absolutely disgraceful.”</p> <p>Even though hitting the court for his singles final so late probably wasn’t his ideal scenario, Alcott knows he’s lucky to be playing at all.</p> <p>“We are so lucky to be playing tennis at the moment,” he said on Tuesday. “We aren’t taking that opportunity for granted.</p> <p>“I feel very grateful to be here. When other people can’t do their jobs, have lost loved ones, lost their jobs, can’t travel, are in lockdown … when you are grateful for the moment, I think you can relax.</p> <p>“Win, lose or draw, who cares. I’m just lucky to be here. I’m thinking like that.”</p>

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Novak Djokovic’s “disgusting” meltdown

<p><span>Novak Djokovic has been unceremoniously called out by fans and Australian Open viewers after throwing an ugly tantrum that resulted in a destroyed racquet and a code violation.</span><br /><br /><span>The world no. 1 has battled his way into the semi-finals, but not without smashing his racquet into pieces – forcing a ball girl to sweep debris off the court.</span><br /><br /><span>Djokovic dealt with a gruelling slugfest for almost four hours, against German Alexander Zverev, but did go on to win their quarter-final 6-7 (8-6) 6-2 6-4 7-6 (8-6) on Tuesday night.</span></p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr"><a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/WATCH?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#WATCH</a>: Novak Djokovic took his frustrations out on his racquet, leading to a code violation. The World No.1's outburst was so explosive that a ballgirl was forced to pick up the debris minutes afterwards with a dustpan. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/9Today?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#9Today</a> <a href="https://t.co/ChRYdFWKwO">pic.twitter.com/ChRYdFWKwO</a></p> — The Today Show (@TheTodayShow) <a href="https://twitter.com/TheTodayShow/status/1361757870325383173?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">February 16, 2021</a></blockquote> <p><br /><span>It was during his third that he was set off and obliterated his racquet. The spark of frustration seemed to kickstart him to comeback in the set however, after falling behind 4-1 in the third.</span><br /><br /><span>"It was a relief for me, but I wouldn't recommend this kind of relief channelling," Djokovic said.</span><br /><br /><span>"I'm not proud of these kind of moments....I have my own demons that I have to fight with, and I'm sure everybody else has them too."</span><br /><br /><span>Djokovic is currently recovering from an abdominal strain, saying he has “never experienced this kind of injury during a grand slam and (been able to) keep going.”</span><br /><br /><span>"The positive thing is that I actually felt the best from the beginning of the second set until the end of the match that I have since when the injury happened.”</span><br /><br /><span>Fans were less than impressed with Djokovic's outburst, and took to Twitter to share their frustrations.</span><br /><br /><span>“Djokovic cannot behave himself. After all his success he is still a jerk and if he's injured well all players deal with injuries,” one user wrote.</span><br /><br /><span>Another said: “Players smashing their racquet in frustration in tennis is rubbish. Tell them they have to keep using it.”</span><br /><br /><span>Some defended the abrasive move though, with one person writing: “Handling emotions is tough. Not saying that it is acceptable, but it is a normal human behavior when someone is ultra competitive.”</span><br /><br /><span>A second person went on to add: “These people are way too soft to be following any sports in general.</span><br /><br /><span>“Djokovic said after the match that he doesn't recommend smashing a racquet but it happens in the heat of the moment and so many players smash racquets yet he is the only one who gets crucified for it.”</span></p>

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Meghan Markle’s massive baby news!

<p><span>Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have announced they are pregnant with their second child in a beautiful way.</span><br /><br /><span>The happy news was presented in a surprise statement along with a never-before-seen photograph of the pair.</span><br /><br /><span>“We can confirm that Archie is going to be a big brother. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are overjoyed to be expecting their second child,” a spokesperson for the couple said.</span><br /><br /><span>While the details surrounding baby Sussex are yet to be revealed, the pair’s bliss follows after Duchess Meghan revealed she and her husband suffered a miscarriage in July 2020, in an emotional New York Times article.</span><br /><br /><span>In the heart wrenching op-ed that was published in November of last year, the 39-year-old starlet-turned-royal described feeling a “sharp cramp” one morning after changing her son Archie’s nappy.</span><br /><br /><span>“I dropped to the floor with him in my arms, humming a lullaby to keep us both calm, the cheerful tune a stark contrast to my sense that something was not right,” she bravely revealed.</span></p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7839891/meghan-harry-archie-1.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/b35016f3931a42d3a0347abcf356dbc6" /><br /><br /><span>“I knew, as I clutched my firstborn child, that I was losing my second.</span><br /><br /><span>“Hours later, I lay in a hospital bed, holding my husband’s hand. I felt the clamminess of his palm and kissed his knuckles, wet from both our tears. Staring at the cold white walls, my eyes glazed over. I tried to imagine how we’d heal.”</span><br /><br /><span>The heartbreaking piece drew much needed attention towards baby loss, and played a crucial part in breaking down the stigma surrounding the difficult topic.</span><br /><br /><span>The pair’s baby joy followed just months after the sad revelation, and also came days behind Princess Eugenie and husband Jack Brooksbank’s baby arrival.</span><br /><br /><span>While Sussex baby number 2 will be the 10th great grandchild of Queen Elizabeth, Eugenie welcomed in the 9th, her son, on Tuesday, February 9.</span></p>

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"I don't like him at all": Kyrgios mocks Djokovic's celebration

<div class="post_body_wrapper"> <div class="post_body"> <div class="body_text redactor-styles redactor-in"> <div class="post_body_wrapper"> <div class="post_body"> <div class="body_text redactor-styles redactor-in"> <p>Aussie tennis player Nick Kyrgios decided to have some fun and play around to the empty stands while at the same time mocking long-time rival Novak Djokovic before exiting the Australian Open.</p> <p>Kyrgios and Thanasi Kokkinakis' doubles match ended up with the pair losing 6-3, 6-4, but the pair decided to wave and point to the empty stands in Margaret Court Arena.</p> <p>This is where Kyrgios took the opportunity to imitate Djokovic's "heart-throwing" post-match celebration, much to the delight of Kyrgios fans.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">👑<a href="https://twitter.com/NickKyrgios?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@NickKyrgios</a> takes the Mickey out of <a href="https://twitter.com/DjokerNole?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@DjokerNole</a> in one of the funniest walk outs in tennis history! 🤣🤣🤣<br /><br />WATCH: <a href="https://twitter.com/9Gem?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@9Gem</a><br />STREAM: <a href="https://t.co/7uAf53PWTv">https://t.co/7uAf53PWTv</a><a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/9WWOS?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#9WWOS</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/AusOpen?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#AusOpen</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/AO2021?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#AO2021</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Tennis?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Tennis</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/ATP?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#ATP</a> <a href="https://t.co/hOclt9t644">pic.twitter.com/hOclt9t644</a></p> — Wide World of Sports (@wwos) <a href="https://twitter.com/wwos/status/1360827336602513412?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">February 14, 2021</a></blockquote> <p>Djokovic often celebrates winning matches this way, and Kyrgios followed his lead by dramatically throwing his arms out to the absent crowd.</p> <p>“Just feeling the love. Just trying to spread the good word of the celebration,” Kyrgios said of the imitation post-match. “Everyone loves that celebration. It’s well liked.”</p> <p>Kyrgios and Kokkinakis said that they were trying to psych themselves up for the match as they weren't playing to a crowd.</p> <p>“We’re just having some fun,” Kyrgios said. “Novak, I’m sure, doesn’t like me and we both have respect for each other, but I don’t like him at all, so it’s fun.”</p> <p>“I feel like me and Thanasi carry a bit more weight than some of the other players, we’re in a bit more of a spotlight,” Kyrgios said. “So I found a bit of relief when I lost the other night.</p> <p>“Not saying I wanted to, but I just wanted to have some fun today with Thanasi and we did that, too.”</p> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div>

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Australia's only scientist on Wuhan team delivers COVID-19 origin update

<p>Australian scientist Professor Dominic Dwyer believes that COVID-19 started in China and had been circulating around the community much earlier than December 2019.</p> <p>Dwyer is involved in the inquiry into the origins of COVID-19 and his views have been challenged by the Chinese scientists in the World Health Organisation joint investigation who believe the disease might've been brought into China on frozen food packets.</p> <p>Dwyer, a microbiologist and infectious disease expert with NSW Health Pathology said that the evidence is "very limited" for an origin outside of China.</p> <p>He was the only Australian in a 14-strong team working for the World Health Organisation.</p> <p>WHO experts said last night that COVID-19 most likely appeared in humans after jumping from an animal, dismissing claims that the virus leaked from a Chinese lab.</p> <p>"I think it started in China, I think the evidence for it starting elsewhere in the world is actually very limited," Professor Dwyer told<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.9news.com.au/" target="_blank">9News</a><span> </span>from hotel quarantine in Sydney.</p> <p>"There is some evidence but it's not really very good.</p> <p>"I think it's most likely that it came from a bat. We know that other viruses that are closely related to (COVID-19) are present in bats.</p> <p>"We know that other viruses like MERS and SARS back in 2003 also came from bats. Now these bats don't respect borders of course so they are present not just in China but in other parts on South East Asia and indeed elsewhere around the world."</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr"><a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/EXCLUSIVE?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#EXCLUSIVE</a>: Aussie scientist Dominic Dwyer has spoken to <a href="https://twitter.com/9NewsAUS?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@9NewsAUS</a> after returning from Wuhan, where he was on the WHO team investigating <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/COVID19?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#COVID19</a><br />"I think it started in China. The evidence for it starting elsewhere in the world is very limited" - Interview up shortly <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/auspol?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#auspol</a> <a href="https://t.co/kSF5nN4Fve">pic.twitter.com/kSF5nN4Fve</a></p> — Fiona Willan (@Fi_Willan) <a href="https://twitter.com/Fi_Willan/status/1359404660210110465?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">February 10, 2021</a></blockquote> <p>Despite China being less than thrilled with Australia for calling an inquiry, Dwyer said there was no hostility.</p> <p>"The Chinese were very hospitable hosts, everyone worked together very well, it was a joint mission after all," he said.</p> <p>"There were some clear differences of opinion and there were some quite firm and heated exchanges over things but in general everyone was trying to do the right thing and certainly WHO got more data than they've ever had before, and that's some real progress."</p> <p>When asked if he believed there would be a definitive conclusion on how the virus started, Dwyer said he was hopeful.</p> <p>"Many of these outbreaks actually take years to sort out, so part of the WHO work was advising what sort of studies need to be done to try and sort this out over the next year or so," he said.</p> <p>"Remember with SARS it took well over a year before the bat virus was identified, I would expect it will be similar here. There's clearly a lot of work that needs to be done, not just in China but in the region and elsewhere around the world."</p>

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