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Nervous Ash Barty making comeback this weekend

<p>On the opposite side of the planet to her former tennis compatriots and competitors, Ash Barty is preparing to suit up for triumphant return to international sport.</p> <p>The former tennis world number one is getting ready to compete in the Icons Series golf tournament in New Jersey at Liberty National golf club – and it will mark her official return to international competition since hanging up the racquet earlier this year at just 25 years of age.</p> <p>Barty has shown how serious she is about exploring golfing as a career by signing up for the Icons Series where she will be watched on by a global TV audience.</p> <p>During competition she will be going head to head with some of the biggest names in sport, including 23-time Olympic gold medallist Michael Phelps, NFL quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, boxing megastar Canelo Alvarez, English footballer Harry Kane and Aussie cricket legend Ricky Ponting.</p> <p>Barty is playing for “Team World” in a Ryder Cup-like format against Team USA in a nine-hole team matchplay exhibition event.</p> <p>The second day of the competition will be broadcast around the world, including on Fox Sports and Kayo from 4 am (AEST) on the morning of Sunday the 3rd of July.</p> <p>Barty won the ladies competition at the Brookwater Golf and Country Club in Brisbane’s outskirts in April and she plays off a handicap of 4. However, playing on the global stage is another level of pressure. “I’m going to absolutely be struggling,” she said in a recent interview.</p> <p>“My heart was beating so fast playing the club championships in our final with nothing on the line, so this is going to be a lot of fun.</p> <p>“I will just soak it all in, if it (my first tee shot) goes badly it’s all right, it is what it is, just go out and enjoy it with a smile.”</p> <p>Barty has always been a talented golfer and it was just over two years ago that she stunned American golfing great Tiger Woods.</p> <p>Barty also impressed English golfer Ian Poulter at the US Open, Icons Series chief executive Thomas Brookes revealed recently.</p> <p>“She’s got those skill sets within her locker. With a bit of practice she can get lower than a three or four handicap. I know she’s really, really excited to be playing in New York and she’s also really keen to bring the concept to Australia.”</p> <p><em>Image: Getty</em></p>

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The text message that sparked fury among Wimbledon stars

<p>Harmony Tan pulled out of the Wimbledon doubles tournament on Wednesday the 29th of June. This comes just hours after stunning Serena Williams, leaving her partner “sad, disappointed and angry”.</p> <p>The French player was scheduled to play women’s doubles with Tamara Korpatsch but withdrew due to a thigh injury. She had sent her would-be teammate a text message to break the bad news.</p> <p>“She just texted me this morning,” a furious Korpatsch wrote on Instagram. “Let me wait here 1 hour (alone on the court) before the match started. I’m very sad, disappointed and also very angry that I can’t play my 1st Doubles Grand Slam.</p> <p>“It’s really not fair for me. I didn’t deserve that. She asked me before the tournament if I wanna play doubles and I said yes. I didn’t ask her, she asked me!</p> <p>“If you’re broken after a 3h match the day before, you can’t play professional. That’s my opinion.”</p> <blockquote class="instagram-media" 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);" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/CfY-C0_NdXR/?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> <div style="padding: 12.5% 0;"> </div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; margin-bottom: 14px; align-items: center;"> <div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; height: 12.5px; width: 12.5px; transform: translateX(0px) translateY(7px);"> </div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; height: 12.5px; transform: rotate(-45deg) translateX(3px) translateY(1px); width: 12.5px; flex-grow: 0; margin-right: 14px; margin-left: 2px;"> </div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; height: 12.5px; width: 12.5px; transform: translateX(9px) translateY(-18px);"> </div> </div> <div style="margin-left: 8px;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 20px; width: 20px;"> </div> <div style="width: 0; height: 0; border-top: 2px solid transparent; border-left: 6px solid #f4f4f4; border-bottom: 2px solid transparent; transform: translateX(16px) translateY(-4px) rotate(30deg);"> </div> </div> <div style="margin-left: auto;"> <div style="width: 0px; border-top: 8px solid #F4F4F4; border-right: 8px solid transparent; transform: translateY(16px);"> </div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; flex-grow: 0; height: 12px; width: 16px; transform: translateY(-4px);"> </div> <div style="width: 0; height: 0; border-top: 8px solid #F4F4F4; border-left: 8px solid transparent; transform: translateY(-4px) translateX(8px);"> </div> </div> </div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center; margin-bottom: 24px;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 224px;"> </div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 144px;"> </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;" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/CfY-C0_NdXR/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank" rel="noopener">A post shared by Tamara Korpatsch (@tami.korpatsch)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p>Korpatsch included a series of critical hashtags in her post, including “unsportsmanlike”, “unfair” and “mad”.</p> <p>Tan recorded the biggest win of her career with a three-set triumph over Williams on Wednesday the 29th of June.</p> <p>Playing her first ever match at Wimbledon and only her ninth grand slam match overall, Tan secured a dramatic 7-5 1-6 7-6 (10-7) victory.</p> <p>“When I first saw the draw, I was really scared. Because it’s Serena Williams, she’s a legend,” Tan said afterwards.</p> <p>“When I was young I was watching her so many times on the TV. For my first Wimbledon this is just... wow.”</p> <p>Williams has brushed off any talk of retirement after the defeat by insisting she is “motivated” to play at the US Open later this year.</p> <p>“The US Open was the place where I won my first slam, it’s super-special. There’s definitely a lot of motivation to get better and play at home,” the 40-year-old said.</p> <p>Williams refused to speculate on whether or not she will be back at Wimbledon in 2023, as doubts had been growing about whether Williams would return to the sport after dropping from number one to 1204th in the rankings after taking time off to recover from an injury.</p> <p><em>Image: Instagram</em></p>

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“This has shattered us”: BBC reality star Jasmine Burkitt has passed away

<p dir="ltr">British reality star Jasmine Burkitt, known as Jazz to her loved ones and friends, has died aged 28.</p> <p dir="ltr">Burkitt was known for her 2011 documentary, Small Teen, Bigger World, a four-part series on BBC Three where she gave viewers an insight into her life as a teenager with dwarfism.</p> <p dir="ltr">Her fiancé, Lewis Burke, confirmed the news of her passing on social media earlier this week, per <em><a href="https://celebrity.nine.com.au/latest/jasmine-burkitt-dead-at-28-bbc-reality-star/b4cb4bdf-b00b-40ab-a78c-f25a3092dc9b" target="_blank" rel="noopener">9Honey</a></em>.</p> <p dir="ltr">“She is the most incredible human that ever walked this planet, she is the strongest, funniest, most kindest and purely decent person I’ve ever known,” he wrote on their shared Facebook page.</p> <p dir="ltr">“I am truly devastated. She changed my life forever and I’ll never be the same.”</p> <p dir="ltr">Burke, who was in hospital for a heart operation at the time of her passing, said Burkitt had passed away “after a long battle with a serious mental illness”.</p> <p dir="ltr">According to multiple media outlets, Norman Burkitt, Burkitt’s grandfather, said Burke’s mother found her body in a tent where she and Burke had been living since 2021.</p> <p dir="ltr">The couple had been documenting their life living in a tent in Bodelwyddan, Wales, on their Facebook page, <a href="https://www.facebook.com/lewisandjazz/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Join our Journey</a>, after struggling to get council accommodation.</p> <p dir="ltr">“We’re a differently abled couple who happen to live in a tent outdoors, in the UK,” the introduction on their page reads.</p> <p dir="ltr">“Although this wasn’t really our first choice, we are still determined to remain happy and productive throughout!! We are turning our homelessness from something negative to something positive.”</p> <p dir="ltr">Burkitt’s grandfather said the couple’s situation highlighted the “desperate” housing situation in Wales, since the couple couldn’t get public housing together as they were from two different parts of the country.</p> <p dir="ltr">“The coroner has rang us to say there will be a post mortem. They were living in this tent because they could not get a house,” he said.</p> <p dir="ltr">He described his granddaughter as a “fantastic girl” who was “so clever and bright”, emphasising her love of art and her television success.</p> <p dir="ltr">“She broke all sorts of viewing records at the BBC and got two awards,” he said. “This has shattered us, we have had no sleep. Everyone will miss her.”</p> <p dir="ltr">While Burkitt was filming her show, she was a registered carer for her mother, who later died from lung and breathing problems in 2014. Both had an undiagnosed form of dwarfism, which doctors couldn’t find the cause for.</p> <p dir="ltr">Her grandfather revealed she had been diagnosed with bipolar disorder and had a heart valve issue that meant she was taking three different types of medication and had to have hospital check-ups every six months.</p> <p dir="ltr">In January, Burkitt shared with her followers on Instagram that she had been hospitalised due to her physical and mental health at the end of the previous year, adding that she was “so happy to be much more stable” and couldn’t wait to be back with Burke and their dog, Loki.</p> <p><span id="docs-internal-guid-662c7374-7fff-b002-8b29-ade203924b07"></span></p> <p dir="ltr"><em>Image: @joinourjourneyinsta (Instagram)</em></p>

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Vale Dame Deborah

<p>Deborah James, popular British media personality, has lost her battle with bowel cancer, dying at the age of 40.</p> <p>The mother-of-two and podcaster who raised millions of dollars for charity, "passed away peacefully" at home where she had been receiving hospice care, her family has announced.</p> <p>She received huge attention for detailing her five-year fight with terminal bowel cancer on the popular BBC podcast You, Me and the Big C.</p> <p>She stepped away from her career as a deputy headteacher and began blogging about her diagnosis under the name Bowel Babe in 2017.</p> <p>Dame Deborah went on to become a columnist for The Sun and released a book, F**k You Cancer: How to Face the Big C, Live Your Life and Still Be Yourself.</p> <p>Her fundraiser, the Bowelbabe Fund, has seen more than $12 million raised for bowel cancer. Soon after the fund's launch, Dame Deborah received a damehood from the Queen with Prince William personally delivering the honour at her parents' home.</p> <p>The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge praised her fundraising achievement saying in a tweet: "Every now and then, someone captures the heart of the nation with their zest for life &amp; tenacious desire to give back to society. @bowelbabe is one of those special people."</p> <p>Upon entering end-of-life care a month ago Dame Deborah said: "I am not brave - I am not dignified going towards my death - I am simply a scared girl who is doing something she has no choice in but I know I am grateful for the life that I have had."</p> <p>In a statement shared, Dame Deborah's family said: "We are deeply saddened to announce the death of Dame Deborah James; the most amazing wife, daughter, sister, mummy. Deborah passed away peacefully today, surrounded by her family.</p> <blockquote class="instagram-media" 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);" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/CfXIN1-ob4X/?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> <div style="padding: 12.5% 0;"> </div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; margin-bottom: 14px; align-items: center;"> <div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; height: 12.5px; width: 12.5px; transform: translateX(0px) translateY(7px);"> </div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; height: 12.5px; transform: rotate(-45deg) translateX(3px) translateY(1px); width: 12.5px; flex-grow: 0; margin-right: 14px; margin-left: 2px;"> </div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; height: 12.5px; width: 12.5px; transform: translateX(9px) translateY(-18px);"> </div> </div> <div style="margin-left: 8px;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 20px; width: 20px;"> </div> <div style="width: 0; height: 0; border-top: 2px solid transparent; border-left: 6px solid #f4f4f4; border-bottom: 2px solid transparent; transform: translateX(16px) translateY(-4px) rotate(30deg);"> </div> </div> <div style="margin-left: auto;"> <div style="width: 0px; border-top: 8px solid #F4F4F4; border-right: 8px solid transparent; transform: translateY(16px);"> </div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; flex-grow: 0; height: 12px; width: 16px; transform: translateY(-4px);"> </div> <div style="width: 0; height: 0; border-top: 8px solid #F4F4F4; border-left: 8px solid transparent; transform: translateY(-4px) translateX(8px);"> </div> </div> </div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center; margin-bottom: 24px;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 224px;"> </div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 144px;"> </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;" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/CfXIN1-ob4X/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank" rel="noopener">A post shared by Deborah James (@bowelbabe)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p>"Deborah, who many of you will know as Bowelbabe, was an inspiration and we are incredibly proud of her and her work and commitment to charitable campaigning, fundraising and her endless efforts to raise awareness of cancer that touched so many lives.</p> <p>"Deborah shared her experience with the world to raise awareness, break down barriers, challenge taboos and change the conversation around cancer. Even in her most challenging moments, her determination to raise money and awareness was inspiring."</p> <p>In Dame Deborah's final podcast she urged her listeners to watch for signs of bowel cancer.</p> <p><em>Images: Instagram</em></p>

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Tragedy in Texas: 3 people in custody after 46 migrants found dead inside truck

<p>Three people have been taken into custody in Texas after the bodies of 46 migrants were found dead in a truck. </p> <p>Authorities are continuing to work at the scene in San Antonio's south-west where the vehicle was found with the 46 people dead inside, according to Fire Chief Charles Hood. </p> <p>Sixteen people, including 12 adults and four children, were found alive and have been rushed to hospital.</p> <p>Chief Hood added that the survivors were all suffering heat-related injuries. </p> <p>Mexico's Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard confirmed two of the survivors were from Guatemala.</p> <p>The truck was found next to railway track in a remote area of San Antonio, as Ebrard confirmed the vehicle had EU number plates designed to circulate without inspection.</p> <p>"Very likely the responsibility of traffickers," he said.</p> <p>San Antonio Police Chief William McManus said a worker nearby heard a cry for help around 5pm Texas time and went to investigate.</p> <p>"(They) found a trailer with the doors partially open and opened them up to take a look and found a number of deceased individuals inside," McManus said.</p> <p>Chief Hood said one body was discovered outside the truck, with the remainder of the deceased people being found inside the trailer. </p> <p>McManus said three people have been taken into custody however it is not clear whether they are "absolutely connected or not".</p> <p>He also added the tragedy is now a federal investigation as police officials work to determine an official cause of death. </p> <p>San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg called it a "horrific human tragedy".</p> <p>"We hope those who are responsible for putting these people in such inhumane conditions are prosecuted to the full extent of the law," he said.</p> <p><em>Image credits: Getty Images</em></p>

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Five dead and dozens injured after stadium collapses during Colombian bullfight

<p dir="ltr">Dozens have been injured and at least five people have died during a bullfight in Colombia after the improvised wooden stadium collapsed.</p> <p dir="ltr">Footage shows the stands crumbling during a “correlaja”, an event where spectators jump into the ring to run alongside the bulls, in El Espina in Tolima as part of the annual San Juan and San Pedro festivities, per <em><a href="https://www.9news.com.au/world/colombia-stadium-collapse-multiple-fatalities-after-improvised-venue-crumples-during-bull-fight/3256acdc-3af3-4226-b9ea-0afdc1dc5e5a" target="_blank" rel="noopener">9News</a></em>.</p> <p dir="ltr">According to reports, at least one bull has escaped the stadium into neighbouring streets.</p> <p dir="ltr">“At this moment, we have four (dead) victims confirmed - two women, an adult man and a minor - plus about 30 people seriously injured,” Governor Ricardo Orozco told local radio outlet BlueRadio Colombia.</p> <p><span id="docs-internal-guid-257bf633-7fff-b827-91a5-bf0574a854f1"></span></p> <p dir="ltr">“Of course, we have activated all the hospitals and ambulances we can work with.”</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr" lang="es"><a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/SOSEspinal?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#SOSEspinal</a> necesitamos el apoyo de los organismos de socorro, ambulancia, médicos para atender la emergencia, hay una emergencia. <a href="https://twitter.com/DefensaCivilCo?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@DefensaCivilCo</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/NoticiasCaracol?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@NoticiasCaracol</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/CanalRCN?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@CanalRCN</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/MONYRODRIGUEZOF?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@MONYRODRIGUEZOF</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/cruzrojacol?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@cruzrojacol</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/DCoronell?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@DCoronell</a> <a href="https://t.co/2BI5sEuziS">pic.twitter.com/2BI5sEuziS</a></p> <p>— Ivan Ferney Rojas M. (@IvanRojasCR) <a href="https://twitter.com/IvanRojasCR/status/1541134357565476868?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">June 26, 2022</a></p></blockquote> <p dir="ltr">However, there are fears the number of injured could be much higher, with Major Luis Fernando Vélez, director of the civil defence department, telling a local radio station that “there is talk of 500 wounded”.</p> <p dir="ltr">A statement released by the Mayor’s Office of Espinal said they “deeply regret what happened in the building”.</p> <p dir="ltr">“We want to call for calm to the entire community,” it read.</p> <p dir="ltr">“Once the emergency became known, the relief agencies acted immediately, achieving the evacuation of the injured for primary care at the San Rafael Hospital in the municipality.”</p> <p dir="ltr">But, one local councillor told newspaper <em>El Tiempo</em> that local hospitals are struggling to cope with the influx of patients.</p> <p dir="ltr"><span id="docs-internal-guid-fac3fd25-7fff-d9f7-5fdc-dc8ba1b8829c"></span></p> <p dir="ltr">“We still need support from ambulances and neighbouring hospitals, many people are still unattended,” Iván Ferney Rojas told the publication.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr" lang="es">Espero que todas las personas afectadas por el derrumbe de la plaza de El Espinal puedan salir airosas de sus heridas.</p> <p>Esto ya había sucedido antes en Sincelejo.</p> <p>Le solicito a las alcaldías no autorizar más espectáculos con la muerte de personas o animales. <a href="https://t.co/dMAq6uqlKX">pic.twitter.com/dMAq6uqlKX</a></p> <p>— Gustavo Petro (@petrogustavo) <a href="https://twitter.com/petrogustavo/status/1541138473532493826?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">June 26, 2022</a></p></blockquote> <p dir="ltr">The incident has also brought bullfighting into the spotlight, with president-elect Gustavo Petro calling for the events to stop.</p> <p dir="ltr">“This has already happened before in Sincelejo,” he tweeted.</p> <p dir="ltr">“I ask the mayors not to authorise more shows with the death of people or animals.”</p> <p dir="ltr">Mr Orozco also confirmed on <a href="https://twitter.com/Ricardo_Orozv/status/1541169975439892488" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Twitter</a> that the incident is being attended to by the departmental risk management committee and extraordinary security council.</p> <p dir="ltr"><span id="docs-internal-guid-dce2ef09-7fff-1623-916a-0a3f34b6f23c"></span></p> <p dir="ltr"><em>Image: 9News</em></p>

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Four people injured in stabbing frenzy

<p dir="ltr">Four members of the public have been horrifically stabbed in what police have described as an “isolated” incident. </p> <p dir="ltr">The alleged offender randomly stopped four people in Murrays Bay on Auckland's North Shore about 11.18am on Thursday before stabbing them with “quite a large knife”.</p> <p dir="ltr">Another member of the public stepped in and stopped the alleged attacker with a clutch before police apprehended him. </p> <p dir="ltr">Luckily, none of the victims were severely injured but are being treated in hospital. </p> <p dir="ltr">Waitematā district commander Superintendent Naila Hassan commended the random person’s efforts, saying it could have been “a lot worse”. </p> <p dir="ltr">"This was an isolated incident," she said.</p> <p dir="ltr">"This offender was on the move, he was on foot, it started in Murrays Bay [where he stabbed members of the public], and he continued to walk through to Mairangi Bay.</p> <p dir="ltr">"A number of members of the public were following him and eventually one of them intervened.</p> <p dir="ltr">"It could've been a lot worse and that's why I really need to acknowledge the bravery of those members of the public that intervened to bring this to a conclusion."</p> <p dir="ltr">Superintendent Hassan gave a special shoutout to the members of the public who helped prevent the situation from getting any worse.</p> <p dir="ltr">"I really need to acknowledge the bravery of the members of the public who intervened," she said.</p> <p dir="ltr">A thank you to the public was also released on the North Shore, Rodney &amp; West Auckland Police Facebook page.</p> <p dir="ltr">“We would like to acknowledge members of our community for their actions, who put aside their own personal safety to get involved in the events earlier today,” the statement read.</p> <p dir="ltr">“Whilst Police generally discourage intervening, we greatly appreciated their efforts today which undoubtedly prevented further harm.</p> <p dir="ltr">“We also want to thank those who called emergency services.</p> <p dir="ltr">“Understandably the community will be shaken by what has occurred today and I would like to reassure them that this was an isolated incident and we have the person responsible in custody. </p> <p dir="ltr">“There will be an increased Police presence across the community as a result of what has occurred.</p> <p dir="ltr">“We would like to thank the community for their patience as scene examinations and area canvases taking place.”</p> <p dir="ltr">The alleged attacker remains in North Shore Hospital under police guard where he is being treated for his injuries. He is yet to be charged.</p> <p dir="ltr"><em>Image: RNZ</em></p>

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Update to tragic honeymoon death on Hamilton Island

<p dir="ltr">A newlywed woman has died in a horrific golf buggy crash on Hamilton Island while on her honeymoon.</p> <p dir="ltr">Marina Hanna, 29, and husband Robbie Morgan married in a lavish wedding in Sydney’s Doltone House on June 11.</p> <p dir="ltr">The loved up couple then jetsetted to Queensland’s Hamilton Island to celebrate their honeymoon.</p> <p dir="ltr">The pair were travelling on a buggy between holes on a golf course on Monday when Morgan did a U-turn, causing the buggy to tip over.</p> <p dir="ltr">A doctor, off-duty dentist and off-duty firefighter rushed to the scene and desperately performed CPR for 35 minutes on Marina, who unfortunately could not be revived.</p> <p dir="ltr">Queensland Police Inspector Anthony Cowan announced in a press conference that Marina was not wearing a seatbelt while in the buggy.</p> <p dir="ltr">“It was just a tragic accident with a golf buggy,” he said.</p> <p dir="ltr">“There may have been some inexperience driving those type of vehicles while turning it has rolled on its side and the woman has fallen out and sustained life-threatening injuries.”</p> <p dir="ltr">“It just appears inexperience in driving that type of vehicle, turned too quick and rolled on its side and unfortunately, it has ended up with this result.</p> <p dir="ltr">“It appears there was no seatbelt worn at this point in time; we come back to the Fatal Five but now is not the time to dwell on what they should have done.”</p> <p dir="ltr">Inspector Cowan confirmed that no drugs, alcohol or dangerous driving caused the accident.</p> <p dir="ltr"><em>Images: Instagram</em></p>

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Beauty queen dies at just 27

<p>Beauty queen Gleycy Correia has tragically died at 27 following a routine medical procedure.</p> <p>Correia was crowned Miss United Continents Brazil in 2018. She passed away earlier this week, only two months after undergoing surgery to have her tonsils removed.</p> <p>A priest for the pageant star's family confirmed her death, revealing Correia died on the 20th of June at a hospital in the Brazilian city of Macaé. She reportedly suffered a brain hemorrhage and a heart attack following the operation and never recovered.</p> <p>She had surgery to remove her tonsils late in March and after five days at home, she suffered a haemorrhage. "She went to [the local hospital] Unimed and had a cardiac arrest on April the 4th," the family's priest, Lidiane Alves Oliveira said.</p> <p>"Since then she was in a coma, with no neurological activity … [and] she passed away."</p> <p>Tributes were shared on social media, including a touching message from Pastor and family friend, Jak Abreu.</p> <blockquote class="instagram-media" 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);" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/CfCAXdvOqr-/?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> <div style="padding: 12.5% 0;"> </div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; margin-bottom: 14px; align-items: center;"> <div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; height: 12.5px; width: 12.5px; transform: translateX(0px) translateY(7px);"> </div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; height: 12.5px; transform: rotate(-45deg) translateX(3px) translateY(1px); width: 12.5px; flex-grow: 0; margin-right: 14px; margin-left: 2px;"> </div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; height: 12.5px; width: 12.5px; transform: translateX(9px) translateY(-18px);"> </div> </div> <div style="margin-left: 8px;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 20px; width: 20px;"> </div> <div style="width: 0; height: 0; border-top: 2px solid transparent; border-left: 6px solid #f4f4f4; border-bottom: 2px solid transparent; transform: translateX(16px) translateY(-4px) rotate(30deg);"> </div> </div> <div style="margin-left: auto;"> <div style="width: 0px; border-top: 8px solid #F4F4F4; border-right: 8px solid transparent; transform: translateY(16px);"> </div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; flex-grow: 0; height: 12px; width: 16px; transform: translateY(-4px);"> </div> <div style="width: 0; height: 0; border-top: 8px solid #F4F4F4; border-left: 8px solid transparent; transform: translateY(-4px) translateX(8px);"> </div> </div> </div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center; margin-bottom: 24px;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 224px;"> </div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 144px;"> </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;" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/CfCAXdvOqr-/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank" rel="noopener">A post shared by Jak Abreu (@jakabreu1)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p>"God chose this day to collect our princess. We know that she will be greatly missed, but she will now be brightening the sky with her smile," Pastor Abreu wrote. "To everyone who prayed, thank you very much. May the Lord reward every prayer of love and all these days together."</p> <p>Correia was proud of her humble upbringing in Brazil and often used social media to reflect on her childhood.</p> <p><em>Images: Instagram</em></p>

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Deadly crash claims seven family members from three generations

<p dir="ltr">A Year 11 student is one of two to survive a crash that killed seven of his relatives, including his younger brother and mother.</p> <p dir="ltr">Luie Lagud, 16, was travelling in a van with family members spanning three generations on a whirlwind trip across the length of New Zealand’s South Island when the vehicle was involved in a head-on crash with a truck on Sunday morning.</p> <p dir="ltr">The crash left the Toyota Hiace van completely destroyed and is the deadliest incident to occur in the country since April 2019.</p> <p dir="ltr">According to the <em><a href="https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/picton-crash-final-days-of-family-killed-in-collision-with-truck/CKLDFVI22ETOVBK2DT7FZMUW2E/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">NZ Herald</a></em>, the family have since given permission for the names of the deceased to be published.</p> <p dir="ltr">Among the victims were Diseree Brown, 48, her husband Paul Brown, 61, and their son Mark. </p> <p dir="ltr">Desiree’s sister, 56-year-old Divine Dolar, Divine’s daughter Flordeliza Dolar, 19, were also among those who died.</p> <p dir="ltr">Luie and his older brother, 26-year-old Pedro Clariman, were the only two to survive. </p> <p dir="ltr">However, Luie was in a coma and undergoing surgery on Monday after suffering significant spinal and head injuries and remains in intensive care.</p> <p dir="ltr">Pedro’s partner and his infant daughter, Mika, tragically died in the crash. </p> <p dir="ltr">Diseree’s three other children, David, Princess, and Joanna, didn’t travel with the family.</p> <p dir="ltr">The night before, the family stayed in Rolleston, outside Christchurch, with a family friend. The man who identified himself as Bill called Newstalk ZB on Monday to confirm members of the “vibrant” family had died.</p> <p dir="ltr">“They spent some of their last hours on earth with me on Saturday night, Sunday morning,” he told Canterbury Mornings host John MacDonald.</p> <p dir="ltr">Having left Bill’s home at 2.30am on Sunday morning to catch a Cook Strait ferry back to the North Island, the van crossed the centreline and collided with a refrigerated goods truck in Picton at about 7.30am.</p> <p dir="ltr">The truck driver suffered minor injuries.</p> <p dir="ltr">The family had started their journey by travelling to Gore for the funeral of an elderly aunt, which 21-year-old David Lagud said he didn’t attend because he had to work and because he suffered from motion sickness.</p> <p dir="ltr">“In a blink of an eye, it’s all gone,” David told the <em>NZ Herald</em>.</p> <p dir="ltr">Videos posted throughout the trip showed the family laughing together, spending time with Pedro’s young daughter, and travelling across the country.</p> <p dir="ltr">Since the incident, the principal of Pukekohe High School - which two of the family members were attending - emailed parents to advise them that two students were involved in the crash.</p> <p dir="ltr">“One of our Year 10 students died at the scene of the accident. His older brother, in Year 11, remains in hospital. Our thoughts and condolences are with their family and close friends,” the email read.</p> <p dir="ltr">“Students and staff who knew the two students well are being supported and cared for in school today. Additional counselling support has been made available, and the school is closely following advice from the Ministry’s Traumatic Incident team.”</p> <p dir="ltr">David has also spoken to Pedro since the crash, who he said had minor injuries and was able to walk with difficulty.</p> <p dir="ltr">Pedro told his brother what happened in the leadup to the crash, saying he had been driving when the family left Christchurch so that Paul could sleep in the front passenger seat for another four hours.</p> <p dir="ltr">After that, Paul swapped with Pedro to complete the trip to the ferry and was well-rested when took the wheel.</p> <p dir="ltr">Before falling asleep in the passenger seat, it is understood Pedro spent some time playing with his daughter.</p> <p dir="ltr">Being asleep when the vehicles collided, it’s believed Pedro woke up to the carnage.</p> <p dir="ltr">“He saw my dad’s body on the road and then my brother Luie, he was awake and then he collapsed,” David said.</p> <p dir="ltr">“Then the next minute, the helicopter was there, taking my little brother to hospital.”</p> <p dir="ltr">David said Pedro was grief-stricken to discover both his partner and daughter had died.</p> <p dir="ltr">“He was devastated, he was crying a lot. Both of his loves are gone.”</p> <p dir="ltr">The <em>NZ Herald</em> reported that police said the incident would be referred to the coroner for investigation.</p> <p><span id="docs-internal-guid-ccd454a3-7fff-bdbf-a53a-3ebd1960f77e"></span></p> <p dir="ltr"><em>Image: NZ Herald</em></p>

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Historic change made for transgender swimmers

<p dir="ltr">The swimming world will be the first sport to allow transgender athletes to compete at an elite level separate to men’s and women’s competitions, after the International Swimming Federation (FINA)’s president Husain Al-Mussallam announced the new category on Monday.</p> <p dir="ltr">“I do not want any athlete to be told they cannot compete at the highest level,” Mr Al-Mussallam told the FINA Extraordinary Congress in Budapest, Hungary, per <em><a href="https://www.news.com.au/sport/more-sports/swimming-makes-historic-decision-to-segregate-transgender-athletes/news-story/3832900944e167a1b19c817f35dfb7be" target="_blank" rel="noopener">news.com.au</a></em>.</p> <p dir="ltr">“I will set up a working group to set up an open category at our meets. We will be the first federation to do that.”</p> <p dir="ltr">Mr Al-Mussallam announced the change after FINA unveiled an inclusivity policy which was then approved by members.</p> <p dir="ltr">Brent Nowicki, the CEO of FINA, said the organisation was determined to maintain separate competitions for men and women.</p> <p dir="ltr">“(FINA) recognises that certain individuals may not be able to compete in the category that best aligns with their legal gender alignment or gender identity,” he added.</p> <p dir="ltr">Mr Nowicki explained that under the rules, the male competition would be open to everyone. However, “male-to-female” and intersex athletes would only be allowed to compete in the women’s competition or set a world record “if they can prove they have not experienced any element of male puberty”.</p> <p dir="ltr">This prompted immediate backlash from some sections of the swimming world, with Dr Christer Magnusson, a member of FINA’s medical committee, among those complaining that it implied that boys as young as 10 would have to decide to start transitioning to compete as female athletes.</p> <p dir="ltr">David Gerrard, a fellow member of the medical committee and an Emeritus Professor at the University of Otago, New Zealand, also criticised the policy.</p> <p dir="ltr">“To ask or expect an 11, 12-year-old boy to make a decision that will affect the rest of his life is a big ask,” Professor Gerrard said.</p> <p dir="ltr">Others were more receptive to the decision. American swimmer Alex Walsh cautiously welcomed it after she won the women’s 200m medley at the world championships on Monday morning.</p> <p dir="ltr">“I’m happy that FINA are … re-evaluating the rules,” she said.</p> <p dir="ltr">“I am not really sure what the answer is to keep things fair but obviously I hope that everyone is able to compete and as long as they are finding a way to do that then I am happy.”</p> <p dir="ltr">FINA’s decision and policy come after the International Olympic Committee asked sports federations to create their own “sport-specific” rules about transgender athletes last year.</p> <p dir="ltr">FINA created three committees - one legal, one medical, and one of athletes - to consider the issue, with the medical committee finding that transgender women retained some advantages from being assigned male at birth.</p> <p dir="ltr">“Some of the advantages males acquire in puberty are structural and are not lost with hormone suppression,” said Dr Sandra Hunter of Milwaukee’s Marquette University.</p> <p dir="ltr">“These include larger lungs and hearts, longer bones, bigger feet and hands.”</p> <p dir="ltr">Meanwhile, the legal experts found that the policy of excluding most transgender swimmers would be legal.</p> <p dir="ltr">“(It is) necessary and proportionate to achieve a legitimate objective,” London-based barrister James Drake said.</p> <p dir="ltr">The new gender inclusion policy will come into effect on June 20, 2022, according to the <a href="https://www.fina.org/news/2649715/press-release-fina-announces-new-policy-on-gender-inclusion" target="_blank" rel="noopener">FINA website</a>.</p> <p><span id="docs-internal-guid-0046eca1-7fff-fd6e-1c04-a0526785f8d0"></span></p> <p dir="ltr"><em>Image: @fina1908 (Instagram)</em></p>

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Penny Wong says Australia has “a lot to learn” from New Zealand

<p dir="ltr">Australian Foreign Minister Penny Wong has said the country has “a lot to learn” from New Zealand when it comes to indigenous foreign policy.</p> <p dir="ltr">Wong met with New Zealand’s Foreign Minister, Nanaia Mahuta, at Parliament in Wellington for their first official bilateral talks since the new Australian government came into power under Anthony Albanese, as reported by the <em><a href="https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/penny-wong-says-australia-has-lot-to-learn-from-nz-on-indigenous-issues-china-pacific-discussed/RV4VARZMDACZKX7JATZMXSRPQM/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">NZ Herald</a></em>.</p> <p><span id="docs-internal-guid-aef07535-7fff-46b6-f1fb-c90b150fc0fa"></span></p> <p dir="ltr">The pair spoke at length in their private meeting, covering climate change, issues in the Pacific, Russia’s war on Ukraine, the Pacific Islands forum next month, and working together on Indigenous-based foreign policy.</p> <blockquote class="instagram-media" 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);" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/Ce3RI5xPA9M/?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> <div style="padding: 12.5% 0;"> </div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; margin-bottom: 14px; align-items: center;"> <div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; height: 12.5px; width: 12.5px; transform: translateX(0px) translateY(7px);"> </div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; height: 12.5px; transform: rotate(-45deg) translateX(3px) translateY(1px); width: 12.5px; flex-grow: 0; margin-right: 14px; margin-left: 2px;"> </div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; height: 12.5px; width: 12.5px; transform: translateX(9px) translateY(-18px);"> </div> </div> <div style="margin-left: 8px;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 20px; width: 20px;"> </div> <div style="width: 0; height: 0; border-top: 2px solid transparent; border-left: 6px solid #f4f4f4; border-bottom: 2px solid transparent; transform: translateX(16px) translateY(-4px) rotate(30deg);"> </div> </div> <div style="margin-left: auto;"> <div style="width: 0px; border-top: 8px solid #F4F4F4; border-right: 8px solid transparent; transform: translateY(16px);"> </div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; flex-grow: 0; height: 12px; width: 16px; transform: translateY(-4px);"> </div> <div style="width: 0; height: 0; border-top: 8px solid #F4F4F4; border-left: 8px solid transparent; transform: translateY(-4px) translateX(8px);"> </div> </div> </div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center; margin-bottom: 24px;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 224px;"> </div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 144px;"> </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;" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/Ce3RI5xPA9M/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank" rel="noopener">A post shared by Penny Wong (@senatorpennywong)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p dir="ltr">Wong’s visit to Parliament began with a traditional pōwhiti ceremonial welcome, led by mana whenua Te Āti Awa (one of New Zealand’s Awa tribes).</p> <p dir="ltr">Mana whenua and Mahuta’s side of the room sang Purea Nei, with Wong and her Australian delegation responding with E Toru Ngā Mea.</p> <p dir="ltr">Wong described the experience of being welcomed as “very moving”.</p> <p dir="ltr"><span id="docs-internal-guid-322366d0-7fff-5f13-2e30-6fd2b189b192"></span></p> <p dir="ltr">“It’s an act of respect and honour, you feel the power of that. Being welcomed into someone’s land, you feel the importance,” she said.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr" lang="ro">Australia Foreign Minister Penny Wong and her delegation sing the Māori waiata E Toru Ngā Mea during pōwhiri led by mana whenua Te Āti Awa at Parliament <a href="https://t.co/KznD0Xj6WI">pic.twitter.com/KznD0Xj6WI</a></p> <p>— Michael Neilson (@mr_neilson_) <a href="https://twitter.com/mr_neilson_/status/1537270105943715840?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">June 16, 2022</a></p></blockquote> <p dir="ltr">Wong said one of the main reasons she sought to work in her current role was to be part of a government that implemented the Uluru Statement of the Heart, which calls for constitutional change to give Indigenous Australians representation in Parliament and a Makarta Commission for treaty making and truth telling.</p> <p dir="ltr">She said she appreciated learning on the topic from Mahuta - who is of the Waikato-Tainui, Ngāti Maniapoto and Ngāti Manu iwi (tribes) - who has a “depth of personal wisdom”.</p> <p dir="ltr">Having read Mahuta’s statements and speeches, Wong said she found the use of Māori concepts “extraordinarily powerful”.</p> <p dir="ltr">“We can learn a lot from your country,” Wong said.</p> <p dir="ltr">“We are a modern, multicultural, diverse nation and we have the privilege of one of the oldest continuing cultures on Earth.</p> <p dir="ltr">“And we should integrate that much more into how we engage with the world and how we talk to and with the world and about ourselves.”</p> <p dir="ltr">The pair went on to discuss tensions in the Pacific region, stemming from a security pact signed by the Solomon Islands with China in March, with Wong noting that previous governments hadn’t done enough in the region.</p> <p dir="ltr">She pledged to “do more” for the “Pacific family” and said Australia’s partnership with New Zealand was “indispensable”.</p> <p dir="ltr">“We know we can always rely on each other,” she said.</p> <p dir="ltr">“We’re allies, we’re friends, and we’re partners in the region and the world that, as the minister said, is experiencing a much sharper set of challenges.”</p> <p dir="ltr">When the topic of the controversial 501 deportation policy arose, Wong gave no further information besides saying that Mr Albanese and New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern had discussed the issue when they met in Sydney.</p> <p dir="ltr">“We understand the concerns have been raised. We’ll take those into consideration,” Wong said.</p> <p dir="ltr">After their meeting, Wong will be meeting with the Prime Minister and Cabinet ministers in the Solomon Islands, while Mahuta will travel to Rwanda to represent New Zealand at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting.</p> <p dir="ltr"><span id="docs-internal-guid-9355f1e9-7fff-74b8-f1aa-cabccfba67cd"></span></p> <p dir="ltr"><em>Image: Getty Images</em></p>

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Bombshell testimony rocks Chris Dawson trial

<p dir="ltr">An explosive bombshell detail rocked Chris Dawson’s judge-only murder trial on Thursday as Dawson’s former rugby league teammate testified that he was approached by Dawson and asked if he knew someone who could help “get rid” of his wife.</p> <p dir="ltr">Former Newtown Jets player Robert Silkman told the court that six years before Lynette Dawson disappeared, her husband approached him on a flight to the Gold Coast and posed the question to him.</p> <p dir="ltr">“I was sitting there and Chris come along and kneeled down to my level where I was sitting and asked me did I know anyone who could get rid of his wife,” Mr Silkman told the court, <a href="https://www.news.com.au/national/nsw-act/courts-law/get-rid-of-his-wife-chris-dawsons-teammates-bombshell-claim/news-story/0d90c610d2f21f701d972e9e1557968c" target="_blank" rel="noopener">news.com.au</a> reported.</p> <p dir="ltr">“Well, I was taken aback. I said, ‘What do you mean?’ I said, ‘For good?’ He said, ‘Yeah’.</p> <p dir="ltr">“I said, ‘Look, I’ll talk to you when I get back to Sydney’. That was the end of the conversation.”</p> <p dir="ltr">Mr Silkman told the court that he did not engage in any further conversation with Dawson.</p> <p dir="ltr">Then the former Newtown Jets player’s past was questioned due to his friendship with fellow teammate Paul Hayward, who was the brother-in-law of infamous criminal Arthur “Neddy” Smith.</p> <p dir="ltr">Neddy, a convicted murderer, drug trafficker and armed robber, spent most of his life in jail and died in 2021.</p> <p dir="ltr">Mr Silkman told the court that he was only socially acquainted with Neddy due to his friendship with Mr Hayward.</p> <p dir="ltr">“Yeah, I wasn’t actually drinking with (Smith), I was drinking with Paul Hayward who took me to the hotel with him,” Mr Silkman told the court.</p> <p dir="ltr">“Neddy Smith was in the company.”</p> <p dir="ltr">This then led to Dawson’s barrister Pauline David questioning Mr Silkman’s criminal history and accusing him of willingly lying if there’s a “dollar” in it, the publication reported.</p> <p dir="ltr">“You have a very loose relationship with the truth,” Ms David said.</p> <p dir="ltr">“That’s not correct,” Mr Silkman said.</p> <p dir="ltr">Chris Dawson has pleaded not guilty to murdering his wife Lynette, who went missing from the family home in Sydney's Northern Beaches in January 1982.</p> <p dir="ltr">The trial continues.</p> <p dir="ltr"><em>Images: Nine News</em></p>

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"Plenty of fire in his belly": Derryn Hinch confirms big plans

<p dir="ltr">Media personality and former senator Derryn Hinch has confirmed he will be planning to run for a seat in Victoria’s state election in November.</p> <p dir="ltr">The 78-year-old, who founded Derryn Hinch’s Justice Party, shared the news on Tuesday night via Twitter.</p> <p dir="ltr">“Yes… it is true,” he tweeted in response to a question about his run.</p> <p dir="ltr">Hinch is looking to claim a seat in the Victorian Upper House after failing to keep his seat in the federal Senate last month, per <em><a href="https://au.news.yahoo.com/derryn-hinch-confirms-vic-parliament-230902577.html" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Yahoo News</a></em>.</p> <p dir="ltr">Stuart Grimley, the Victorian Justice Party leader, also took to Twitter once the news broke.</p> <p dir="ltr">“The secret is out! Derryn, our Party Leader, will be running for State Parliament this November!” Grimley wrote.</p> <p><span id="docs-internal-guid-49fa64ad-7fff-ed64-25bb-d24379bb308f"></span></p> <p dir="ltr">“Still plenty of fire in his belly in standing up for justice issues!”</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">The secret is out! Derryn, our Party Leader, will be running for State Parliament this November! Still plenty of fire in his belly in standing up for justice issues! <a href="https://t.co/6XhT6QwxIH">https://t.co/6XhT6QwxIH</a></p> <p>— Stuart Grimley (@stuartgrimleyMP) <a href="https://twitter.com/stuartgrimleyMP/status/1536815777377964032?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">June 14, 2022</a></p></blockquote> <p dir="ltr">According to his website, Hinch describes himself as “a man of the people” who promises to do “what is right and just, no matter the cost”, with policies calling for tougher parole and bail legislation and the creation of a public sex offenders register.</p> <p dir="ltr">Hinch has previously been jailed for breaching suppression orders against the names of sex offenders and in relation to a trial involving the murder of Jill Meagher.</p> <p dir="ltr"><span id="docs-internal-guid-cebdaa16-7fff-0b4a-06bc-e46b2e521069"></span></p> <p dir="ltr"><em>Image: @derrynhinch (Instagram)</em></p>

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"It's a date": Serena Williams drops huge news

<p dir="ltr">Serena Williams has revealed she will be returning to the tennis court for the first time in a year, after it was announced she has been granted a singles wildcard to play at Wimbledon.</p> <p><span id="docs-internal-guid-742152a8-7fff-f4ac-2037-5a83d4c6974d"></span></p> <p dir="ltr">The 23-time Grand Slam singles champion took to Instagram to share the news - after teasing fans with the caption: “I’m thinking of something that may make you go bananas - stay tuned!”</p> <blockquote class="instagram-media" 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);" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/CeoCZQGLUr8/?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> <div style="padding: 12.5% 0;"> </div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; margin-bottom: 14px; align-items: center;"> <div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; height: 12.5px; width: 12.5px; transform: translateX(0px) translateY(7px);"> </div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; height: 12.5px; transform: rotate(-45deg) translateX(3px) translateY(1px); width: 12.5px; flex-grow: 0; margin-right: 14px; margin-left: 2px;"> </div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; height: 12.5px; width: 12.5px; transform: translateX(9px) translateY(-18px);"> </div> </div> <div style="margin-left: 8px;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 20px; width: 20px;"> </div> <div style="width: 0; height: 0; border-top: 2px solid transparent; border-left: 6px solid #f4f4f4; border-bottom: 2px solid transparent; transform: translateX(16px) translateY(-4px) rotate(30deg);"> </div> </div> <div style="margin-left: auto;"> <div style="width: 0px; border-top: 8px solid #F4F4F4; border-right: 8px solid transparent; transform: translateY(16px);"> </div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; flex-grow: 0; height: 12px; width: 16px; transform: translateY(-4px);"> </div> <div style="width: 0; height: 0; border-top: 8px solid #F4F4F4; border-left: 8px solid transparent; transform: translateY(-4px) translateX(8px);"> </div> </div> </div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center; margin-bottom: 24px;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 224px;"> </div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 144px;"> </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;" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/CeoCZQGLUr8/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank" rel="noopener">A post shared by Serena Williams (@serenawilliams)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p dir="ltr">On Tuesday night, Williams posted a photo of her white trainers on grass with the caption: “SW and SW19. It’s a date. 2022, see you there.”</p> <p dir="ltr">It comes after Williams suffered an injury during her first-round match at last year’s Wimbledon tournament, and having not played since then, she has dropped to 1,208 in the world rankings.</p> <p dir="ltr"><span id="docs-internal-guid-b2bf9284-7fff-1919-6adc-39d44cbef374">But Wimbledon won’t be the first opportunity for Williams to pick up her racket once again, with the 40-year-old making her return to tennis at next week’s Eastbourne International after also being granted a wildcard - this time in the doubles competition with Tunisia’s Ons Jabeur, as reported by <em><a href="https://www.news.com.au/sport/tennis/serena-williams-comeback-announcement-stuns-tennis-world/news-story/3d463a20cbebbef0dd3dfd5ec03e07e2" target="_blank" rel="noopener">news.com.au</a></em>.</span></p> <blockquote class="instagram-media" 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);" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/CeyIHfeuVLh/?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> <div style="padding: 12.5% 0;"> </div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; margin-bottom: 14px; align-items: center;"> <div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; height: 12.5px; width: 12.5px; transform: translateX(0px) translateY(7px);"> </div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; height: 12.5px; transform: rotate(-45deg) translateX(3px) translateY(1px); width: 12.5px; flex-grow: 0; margin-right: 14px; margin-left: 2px;"> </div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; height: 12.5px; width: 12.5px; transform: translateX(9px) translateY(-18px);"> </div> </div> <div style="margin-left: 8px;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 20px; width: 20px;"> </div> <div style="width: 0; height: 0; border-top: 2px solid transparent; border-left: 6px solid #f4f4f4; border-bottom: 2px solid transparent; transform: translateX(16px) translateY(-4px) rotate(30deg);"> </div> </div> <div style="margin-left: auto;"> <div style="width: 0px; border-top: 8px solid #F4F4F4; border-right: 8px solid transparent; transform: translateY(16px);"> </div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; flex-grow: 0; height: 12px; width: 16px; transform: translateY(-4px);"> </div> <div style="width: 0; height: 0; border-top: 8px solid #F4F4F4; border-left: 8px solid transparent; transform: translateY(-4px) translateX(8px);"> </div> </div> </div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center; margin-bottom: 24px;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 224px;"> </div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 144px;"> </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;" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/CeyIHfeuVLh/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank" rel="noopener">A post shared by Serena Williams (@serenawilliams)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p dir="ltr">“I am excited to return to the Rothesay International Eastbourne in England and to be back on the grass - a surface that has been so good to me throughout my career,” Williams said.</p> <p dir="ltr">“Eastbourne has a unique charm that you don’t see anywhere else on tour and I’m looking forward to playing in front of the fans again.”</p> <p dir="ltr">Her upcoming appearance at Wimbledon is expected to be Williams’ best chance of claiming a 24th Grand Slam singles title, equalling Margaret Court’s all-time record.</p> <p dir="ltr">Wimbledon board member Tim Henman, who reached four semi-finals at the tournament, said Williams had actually requested the wildcard several weeks ago.</p> <p dir="ltr">“It is a good selection on the women’s side,” Henman said.</p> <p dir="ltr">“Serena requested (a wildcard) actually a couple of weeks ago and she is going to play down at Eastbourne. Hopefully she will get a good chance of getting some grass court preparation in.”</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt;"><em>Image: Getty Images</em></p>

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Whoopi weighs in on Rebel Wilson furore

<p dir="ltr">Whoopi Goldberg has come out swinging against the Sydney Morning Herald columnist who was accused of threatening to expose Rebel Wilson’s relationship.</p> <p dir="ltr">The Aussie actress revealed that she is in a relationship with fashion designer Ramona Agruma on Instagram by sharing a smiling selfie.</p> <p dir="ltr">However, behind those wide smiles was something more sinister - a deadline of exposing her relationship before she was even ready. </p> <p dir="ltr">Andrew Hornery, the journalist who penned the piece about Rebel’s relationship, was called out for his “threatening email” which gave the actress a deadline. </p> <p dir="ltr">This has not sat well with many, with the news reaching as far as the US and now renowned Hollywood actress Whoopi Goldberg, has weighed in. </p> <p dir="ltr">“There’s a lot of speculation that (Wilson came out) to get ahead of a tabloid story in the Sydney Morning Herald about her relationship. Now, the man who wrote it even apologised, saying it was ‘never his intention to “out” her’ … Well, you know that’s not true, because if it wasn’t your intention you wouldn’t have done it,” Whoopi said on <em>The View</em> alongside other panelists.</p> <p dir="ltr">“If you didn’t want to do it, you shouldn’t have done it – you knew exactly what you were doing.</p> <p dir="ltr">“It seems these are the only moves people have to get in front of a story before it’s all over social media or every other media … and there’s got to be a better way to do it."</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">CELEBRITIES DISCLOSING NEWS ON THEIR TERMS? After Justin Bieber revealed a mystery illness paralyzing part of his face and Rebel Wilson shared her new romance when a newspaper gave her two days to comment on the relationship before they published it, <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/TheView?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#TheView</a> co-hosts discuss. <a href="https://t.co/toyAVzCIFp">pic.twitter.com/toyAVzCIFp</a></p> <p>— The View (@TheView) <a href="https://twitter.com/TheView/status/1536402606720950273?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">June 13, 2022</a></p></blockquote> <p dir="ltr">Co-host Sara Haines joined in the argument by saying that Andrew Hornery is also a gay man himself expecting to have some “empathy”. </p> <p dir="ltr">"It’s sad that (celebrities) are even in this situation, where they need to release stories they aren’t ready to talk about,” she said.</p> <p dir="ltr">“But I think that’s a better way to own the narrative, I wouldn't give a quote or talk to a place that’s forcing me to talk about something I’m not ready to talk about.”</p> <p dir="ltr">Whoopi said that what “people want to know” should be thrown away when it comes to people’s private relationships.</p> <p dir="ltr">“I don’t care what people ‘want to know’, frankly,” she continued.</p> <p dir="ltr">“I want to keep my privacy, and the fact that people constantly say, ‘oh well, if you don’t tell us, we’re going to tell it however we want to’ – I now say, ‘go ahead!’</p> <p dir="ltr">“They’re not going to stop because you told them the truth, they don’t care. It’s insane.”</p> <p dir="ltr">Hornery came out and apologised for the article which has since been replaced with the apology. </p> <p dir="ltr">He explained how the situation unfolded and didn’t realise how bad it was after news broke about his deadline which was taken as a threat by many.</p> <p dir="ltr">“At 9.27am last Thursday I wrote: ‘Good morning. I am a journalist from The Sydney Morning Herald and I was hoping I could get a comment from Rebel regarding her new relationship,” Hornery said. </p> <p dir="ltr">“While I realise Rebel’s partner has not been mentioned as yet, I have several sources who have confirmed their status and I have enough detail to publish.</p> <p dir="ltr">“However, in the interests of transparency and fairness, before publishing I am reaching out to Rebel to see if she will engage in what I believe is a happy and unexpected news story for her, especially given the recent Pride celebrations.</p> <p dir="ltr">“My deadline is Friday, 1pm Sydney-time. Regards, Andrew Hornery.”</p> <blockquote class="instagram-media" 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);" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/CelyiLZLHa2/?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> <div style="padding: 12.5% 0;"> </div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; margin-bottom: 14px; align-items: center;"> <div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; height: 12.5px; width: 12.5px; transform: translateX(0px) translateY(7px);"> </div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; height: 12.5px; transform: rotate(-45deg) translateX(3px) translateY(1px); width: 12.5px; flex-grow: 0; margin-right: 14px; margin-left: 2px;"> </div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; height: 12.5px; width: 12.5px; transform: translateX(9px) translateY(-18px);"> </div> </div> <div style="margin-left: 8px;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 20px; width: 20px;"> </div> <div style="width: 0; height: 0; border-top: 2px solid transparent; border-left: 6px solid #f4f4f4; border-bottom: 2px solid transparent; transform: translateX(16px) translateY(-4px) rotate(30deg);"> </div> </div> <div style="margin-left: auto;"> <div style="width: 0px; border-top: 8px solid #F4F4F4; border-right: 8px solid transparent; transform: translateY(16px);"> </div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; flex-grow: 0; height: 12px; width: 16px; transform: translateY(-4px);"> </div> <div style="width: 0; height: 0; border-top: 8px solid #F4F4F4; border-left: 8px solid transparent; transform: translateY(-4px) translateX(8px);"> </div> </div> </div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center; margin-bottom: 24px;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 224px;"> </div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 144px;"> </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;" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/CelyiLZLHa2/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank" rel="noopener">A post shared by Rebel Wilson (@rebelwilson)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p dir="ltr">He said that he received no reply from Rebel which was “entirely her right” and reiterated that his email was not intended as a threat.</p> <p dir="ltr">“My email was never intended to be a threat but to make it clear I was sufficiently confident with my information and to open a conversation,” he continued.</p> <p dir="ltr">“It is not the Herald’s business to ‘out’ people and that is not what we set out to do. But I understand why my email has been seen as a threat. The framing of it was a mistake.</p> <p dir="ltr">“The Herald and I will approach things differently from now on to make sure we always take into consideration the extra layer of complexities people face when it comes to their sexuality.”</p> <p dir="ltr">Sydney Morning Herald editor Bevan Shields also came in defence of his employee by saying that the same process would have happened had Rebel been with a man. </p> <p dir="ltr">“Our weekly Private Sydney celebrity column last week asked Wilson if she wished to comment about her new partner. We would have asked the same questions had Wilson’s new partner been a man,” he wrote.</p> <p dir="ltr">“To say that the Herald ‘outed’ Wilson is wrong.</p> <p dir="ltr">“Like other mastheads do every day, we simply asked questions and as standard practice included a deadline for a response.”</p> <p dir="ltr">Shields’ response however was also slammed by fellow panelist Sunny Hostin who said that they “knew it was wrong” after pulling the story down. </p> <p dir="ltr">“When his editor came out and said, ‘no, no, we would have done this with anyone, we would have done this if she was dating a man, there’s nothing wrong with it’ … Then a day later, they pulled the column, so they knew it was wrong,” she said.</p> <p dir="ltr">“You have to understand, kids that come out to their families, there’s a lot of suicides that happen, they generally get a 50 per cent negative reaction when they come out. these are stats that you can easily look up. I’m just really surprised that a journalist would do this, it’s horrible.”</p> <p dir="ltr"><em>Images: Instagram/Twitter</em></p>

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Beloved Seinfeld star dead at 90

<p>The prolific and beloved character actor Phillip Baker Hall has died at 90 years of age. Known for his roles in films like Boogie Nights and Magnolia and shows such as Seinfeld and Modern Family, he had an impressive career spanning over six decades.</p> <p>Hall's wife of nearly 40 years, Holly Wolfle Hall, confirmed the news, saying he died on the 12th of June in Glendale, California, surrounded by loved ones.</p> <p>His most memorable roles in film include playing the IRS Boss in Say Anything, Sydney in Hard Eight, Floyd Gondolli in Boogie Nights, Jimmy Gator in Magnolia, Jack Baylor in Bruce Almighty, Sherwood Morrill in Zodiac and a CIA director in Argo.</p> <p>When it came to TV, Hall gave over 200 guest performances, including as library cop Joe Bookman on Seinfeld, Senator Matt Hunt on The West Wing, Dr. Morrison on Curb Your Enthusiasm and Walt Kleezak on Modern Family.</p> <p>Born in Toledo, Ohio on September the 10th, 1931, Hall began his career as a United States Army translator in Germany and a high school teacher before pursuing acting as he entered his 40s.</p> <p>His career in film really picked up during the '80s, when he starred as Richard Nixon in Secret Honor (1984) and held supporting roles in movies like Garry Marshall's Nothing in Common (1986), Midnight Run (1988) starring Robert De Niro, John Hughes' classic rom-com Say Anything (1989) and Ghostbusters II (1989), in which he played the police commissioner.</p> <p>Hall also began working with Paul Thomas Anderson during the decade, starring in his short film Cigarettes &amp; Coffee in 1993, which then led to his directorial debut Hard Eight (1996) in which Hall stars alongside John C. Reilly.</p> <p>Later appearing in Anderson's films Boogie Nights (1997) and Magnolia (1999), playing an adult theatre magnate and a children's game show host.</p> <p>Hall's career in film continued to grow in the '90s and 2000s with films such as The Truman Show (1998), The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999), The Insider (1999), Dogville (2003), Bruce Almighty (2003), Zodiac (2007) and Argo (2012).</p> <p>Phillip is survived by his wife, his brother, four daughters and four grandchildren and will be missed by his fans and family.</p> <p><em>Image: Getty</em></p>

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Ash Barty's huge weekend

<p dir="ltr">The Queen’s Birthday long weekend has been anything but dull for retired tennis champ Ash Barty, having joined a lengthy list of Aussies recognised on the Queen’s Birthday Honours List and taking part in an icy plunge in the name of charity.</p> <p dir="ltr">The 26-year-old was appointed an AO (Officer of the Order of Australia) after ending her tennis career having won this year’s Australian Open - making her a three-time grand slam singles champion.</p> <p dir="ltr">Barty also took part in Big Freeze 8 - an annual sporting event that raises funds for Motor Neuron Disease (MND) - which saw her slide down the iconic Big Freeze slide into icy waters.</p> <p dir="ltr">With costumes encouraged, Barty took to the slide while dressed as Rafiki, the baboon from <em>The Lion King</em>, re-enacting an iconic moment from the movie with a small Simba toy in hand.</p> <p dir="ltr">In an <a href="https://7news.com.au/sport/afl/ash-barty-steals-the-show-as-big-freeze-returns-to-packed-mcg-on-queens-birthday-c-7146375" target="_blank" rel="noopener">interview</a> during half-time of the event’s clash between the Collingwood Magpies and Melbourne Demons, Barty showed her true classy colours while reflecting on the slide.</p> <p dir="ltr">“The moment’s about Simba. It’s not about me, it’s about Simba!” she told Hamish McLachlan and Tim Watson.</p> <p dir="ltr">“At this point I’m thinking, ‘I can’t breathe, I need to get this wool off me’.</p> <p dir="ltr">“Then it is Simba’s moment. This is the iconic moment from the movie! Why not, right?”</p> <p><span id="docs-internal-guid-c61192e4-7fff-0f68-9072-560a12cbd5ea"></span></p> <p dir="ltr">McLachlan said: “The beautiful thing about Ash, it is never about Ash. It is always about someone or something else. It happens to be Simba.”</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">"The moment is about Simba" 😂</p> <p>Ash Barty walks us through her Big Freeze 8 slide 💙 <a href="https://t.co/Y3VzDUTnJQ">pic.twitter.com/Y3VzDUTnJQ</a></p> <p>— 7AFL (@7AFL) <a href="https://twitter.com/7AFL/status/1536236886825480193?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">June 13, 2022</a></p></blockquote> <p dir="ltr">But Barty wasn’t the only one to have a momentous weekend, with the 992 people featured on the Queen’s Birthday Honours Lists including individuals involved in the country’s pandemic response, the first female premier of NSW, scientists and philanthropists championing for good causes, and athletes and politicians.</p> <p dir="ltr">Shane Warne was posthumously appointed an AO in recognition of his distinguished service to cricket - with 708 wickets under his belt - and her service to the community through charitable initiatives.</p> <p dir="ltr">"On behalf of all Australians, I congratulate the Australians recognised in today’s Honours List," the Governor-General said in a <a href="https://www.gg.gov.au/queens-birthday-2022-honours-list" target="_blank" rel="noopener">statement</a>.</p> <p dir="ltr">“Recipients share some common traits – including selflessness, excellence and a commitment to service. They’re from different backgrounds, their stories are each unique, and each has served in different ways. This diversity is a strength and each has impacted their community and made it better.</p> <p dir="ltr">“For that, we thank them and, today, we celebrate them.</p> <p dir="ltr">“Collectively the recipients, whose achievements span community service, science and research, industry, sport, the arts and more, represent the very best of Australia.”</p> <p dir="ltr">Some of the Queen's Birthday honours recipients include:</p> <ul> <li dir="ltr" aria-level="1"> <p dir="ltr" role="presentation">Victoria’s Emergency Management Commissioner Andrew Crisp</p> </li> <li dir="ltr" aria-level="1"> <p dir="ltr" role="presentation">Teacher's aide Jill Smith</p> </li> <li dir="ltr" aria-level="1"> <p dir="ltr" role="presentation">Managing Director of the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra Nicholas Heyward</p> </li> <li dir="ltr" aria-level="1"> <p dir="ltr" role="presentation">Chief defence scientist Tanya Monro</p> </li> <li dir="ltr" aria-level="1"> <p dir="ltr" role="presentation">Former deputy prime minister John Anderson</p> </li> <li dir="ltr" aria-level="1"> <p dir="ltr" role="presentation">Physicist Anne Green</p> </li> <li dir="ltr" aria-level="1"> <p dir="ltr" role="presentation">Cook and author Donna Hay</p> </li> <li dir="ltr" aria-level="1"> <p dir="ltr" role="presentation">Chef Matthew Moran</p> </li> <li dir="ltr" aria-level="1"> <p dir="ltr" role="presentation">Former Queensland chief health officer Jeannette Young</p> </li> <li dir="ltr" aria-level="1"> <p dir="ltr" role="presentation">Golfer Adam Scott</p> </li> <li dir="ltr" aria-level="1"> <p dir="ltr" role="presentation">Author Susan Marsden</p> </li> <li dir="ltr" aria-level="1"> <p dir="ltr" role="presentation">Founding director at The Immunisation Foundation of Australia Catherine Hughes</p> </li> <li dir="ltr" aria-level="1"> <p dir="ltr" role="presentation">Former Nationals politician Larry Anthony</p> </li> <li dir="ltr" aria-level="1"> <p dir="ltr" role="presentation">NSW Chief Health Officer Kerry Chant</p> </li> </ul> <p dir="ltr">For a full list of Australians included on this year’s Honours List, head <a href="https://www.gg.gov.au/queens-birthday-2022-honours-list" target="_blank" rel="noopener">here</a>.</p> <p dir="ltr"><span id="docs-internal-guid-c8ec2967-7fff-52ba-2d35-7cd7936f1a84"></span></p> <p dir="ltr"><em>Image: @7AFL (Twitter)</em></p>

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