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Tennis world reeling over Federer and Serena shocker

<p><span>Roger Federer and Serena William are arguably the world‘s most talented tennis stars – but even with 43 grand slam titles between them, the pair have suffered many unbelievable losses.</span><br /><br /><span>During his first outing in two months, Federer lost in a devastating 6-4, 4-6, 6-4 to Spanish clay-court specialist Pablo Andujar in Geneva.</span><br /><br /><span>This loss would go on to destroy his hopes of stringing a run of matches together ahead of the French Open, Wimbledon and the Tokyo Olympics.</span><br /><br /><span>He was not the only sporting giant to have a disappointing return though, as Williams' lost straight sets to 68th-ranked Katerina Siniakova in the second round of the Emilia-Romagna Open.</span><br /><br /><span>Federer's defeat stood out considering it marked his first loss on his own stomping grounds in over seven years.</span><br /><br /><span>The 39-year-old returned to the courts in Doha in March after being out for more than a year, following two knee surgeries.</span><br /><br /><span>While he won his first match, the 20-time grand slam champion would go on to lose his second.</span><br /><br /><span>The tennis great admitted he was hoping to find some form on the Geneva clay but tumbled at the first hurdle on Tuesday.</span><br /><br /><span>"It's good to be back on the court but then you lose a match like this and you're down," Federer told reporters.</span><br /><br /><span>"I know my limitations at the moment.</span><br /><br /><span>"People expect a lot from me and I have high expectations for myself.</span><br /><br /><span>"So when I walk out of a match and feel I could have played so much better, it feels strange and it's disappointing."</span></p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7841299/federer-williams.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/4b39f643de624a59866fecf9a994359f" /><br /><br /><span>Federer said he plans on working to analyse his game in order to figure out where he is falling short.</span><br /><br /><span>"This is the process I need to go through. I can't get too down on myself," he said.</span><br /><br /><span>"I need to go back to the drawing board and talk to the team and say 'what's the plan here for the next 10 days?'.</span><br /><br /><span>"What did they see from the outside that maybe I didn't see and feel? There's going to be a lot of conversations."</span><br /><br /><span>39-year-old Williams accepted a wildcard invitation for the Parma tournament after losing her opening match at the Italian Open in mid May, but was beaten 7-6 (4) 6-2.</span><br /><br /><span>The 23-time grand slam champ had beaten teenage qualifier Lisa Pigato 6-3 6-2 in the previous round for her first victory since defeating Simona Halep in the Australian Open quarter-finals in February.</span><br /><br /><span>However, Williams then lost in straight sets in Rome to Nadia Podoroska.</span><br /><br /><span>The star says she is preparing for the French Open in Paris which starts on May 30.</span><br /><br /><span>"I didn't do a lot of mistakes, and I think she felt it," Siniakova said.</span><br /><br /><span>"I think she was trying to go harder and doing a lot of mistakes, which helped me. I'm really happy I could keep my level all match."</span><br /><br /><span>Williams racked up seven double faults under pressure and quickly her fate was sealed on her third match point when the American hit a forehand long.</span><br /><br /><span>"It's amazing, it means a lot to me," Siniakova said after the sixth Top 10 victory of her career.</span><br /><br /><span>"I played (an) amazing match. It shows me that I can play like this, I can play well. I just need to try be more focused every time and to stay calm and ready for every point. I will be really happy if I could keep it like this."</span></p> <p><em>Images: Getty</em></p>

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Piers Morgan labels Prince Harry as a "spineless self-pitying twerp"

<div class="post_body_wrapper"> <div class="post_body"> <div class="body_text redactor-styles redactor-in"> <p>Piers Morgan has blasted Prince Harry after the Duke of Sussex said that the First Amendment is "bonkers".</p> <p>Prince Harry said in a podcast with actor Dax Shepard that he's "got so much I want to say about the First Amendment as I sort of understand it, but it is bonkers.</p> <p>“I don’t want to start going down the First Amendment route because that’s a huge subject and one which I don’t understand because I’ve only been here a short time.</p> <p>“But, you can find a loophole in anything. You can capitalise or exploit what’s not said rather than uphold what is said.”</p> <p>Morgan, 56, was furious with the royal, saying that Prince Harry was a "spineless whiny crybaby".</p> <p>“Harry’s gone from being a courageous war hero to a spineless whiny crybaby who blames his family for all his supposed woes and who like his wife, shamelessly and cynically weaponises issues like mental health and racism to silence critics.</p> <p>“Harry has lost his country, his dignity and now seems to be losing his mind too as he condemns everything from his grieving grandmother to free speech.</p> <p>“It’s time His Royal Hypocrite stopped abusing his family, stopped moaning about everything all the bloody time, stopped exploiting his royal titles for huge financial gain, stopped trashing America’s constitution – and grew a pair.”</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/CO0ZB1Gptmw/?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/CO0ZB1Gptmw/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Armchair Expert Podcast (@armchairexppod)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p>Prince Harry also angered royal fans with his comments about the royal family as he said that he felt like he had to leave.</p> <p>Harry continued: “Look what it did to my mum. How am I ever going to settle down and have a wife and a family when I know that it’s going to happen again because I’ve seen behind the curtain?</p> <p>"I’ve seen the business model, I know how this operation runs, how it works. I don’t want to be part of this. Then once I started doing therapy the bubble was burst. I plucked my head out of the sand. I said, ‘You are in this position of privilege.</p> <p>"Stop complaining, stop thinking as though you want something different. Make this different, because you can’t get out. So how are you going to do this differently? How are you going to make your mum proud? How are you going to use this platform to really effect change’?”</p> </div> </div> </div>

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Russell Crowe "put through a wall" on crazy night out

<p><span>NRL great Bryan Fletcher has opened up about his encounter with Russell Crowe that left the two scrapping on a boozy night out.</span><br /><br /><span>Featuring on Brett Finch’s '<em>Uncensored</em>' podcast, Fletcher revealed the wild night he had with his South Sydney teammates and Crowe in the mid-2000s.</span><br /><br /><span>Fletcher was the Rabbitohs captain in 2003 when he joined the club from the Roosters, however the team had suffered a nightmare season after winning only three games.</span><br /><br /><span>The 47-year-old said he'd never met Crowe before his move to South Sydney, but had heard a rumour that the Hollywood star had promised to take the 2002 team to the Playboy Mansion if they made the finals.</span><br /><br /><span>Fletcher says he was left with his mind in a scramble after Crowe contacted him near the middle of the 2003 season.</span></p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7841241/rabbitohs-1.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/03710573c68e4e7699511d8951dec960" /><br /><br /><span>Fletcher however believed it was not actually Crowe on the other end of the line, and instead one of his teammates was pranking him.</span><br /><br /><span>“I said, ‘How’s Meg? Is she good in the cot?’” Fletcher told Finch, referring to Meg Ryan who Crowe was dating during that time.</span><br /><br /><span>“I said something more crude than that.</span><br /><br /><span>“Then there was awkward silence and he goes, ‘Fletch, it’s Russell. Russell Crowe’.</span><br /><br /><span>"And when he dropped his voice I knew straight away it was him and I’ve just gone, ‘F***, how do I get out of this?’”</span><br /><br /><span>It turns out Crowe had wanted the South Sydney players to bring a pair of nice clothes after their training in order to take them out.</span><br /><br /><span>“My imagination just starts going so by the time I get to Sutto (John Sutton) who’s the 17th bloke, I said, ‘Sutto, you’re not going to believe this bro, we are going to the Playboy Mansion’,” Fletcher said.</span><br /><br /><span>“Everyone is frothing, thinking they’re going to the Playboy Mansion.”</span><br /><br /><span>Sadly enough, the Rabbitohs didn’t go to LA, but instead arrived at a hotel in Woolloomooloo where cricket greats Shane Warne and Merv Hughes were waiting to kick them into gear with some inspirational words.</span><br /><br /><span>However the night took a turn around 9 pm when Crowe brought out some bottles of Absinthe.</span><br /><br /><span>“We went through 10 bottles. Ten bottles later and we’re going mad. It’s on. Blokes are cheering and carrying on,” Fletcher said.</span><br /><br /><span>He went on to say Crowe had challenged him to some footy.</span><br /><br /><span>“It was an odd time but I’m thinking, ‘You’ve got to humour Russ, he’s put this drink on for us’,” Fletcher said.</span><br /><br /><span>“So Russell comes running at me and I tackle him how I always have my whole career and I miss him. He runs behind me and dives down behind an imaginary set of posts.</span><br /><br /><span>“I said, ‘Good on you Russ’ and kept walking. I take two steps and I get pushed in the back. It’s Russ. He just stops in front of me and he goes, ‘You f***ing dog. You’re a f***ing cat. You’re a waste of money, you’re South Sydney’s worst ever captain’.</span><br /><br /><span>"He was right but he didn’t have to say it to my face.</span><br /><br /><span>“The boys have jerried to what’s going on … I got the s**ts and said, ‘Let’s just do this again’.</span><br /><br /><span>“He basically gets up and runs at me and I get under his ribs and drive him … and put him through a wall and the boys are just going, ‘What the f*** are you doing? Why are you doing this?’</span><br /><br /><span>“Russ pops up, just shakes his head and goes, ‘That’s what I want to see!’ That was his motivation, so we end up having a terrific night, getting on the p***.”</span><br /><br /><span>Crowe's motivational tactics seemed to do the job as the Rabbitohs would go on to thrash Melbourne Storm that weekend.</span><br /><br /><span>However their victory was short-lived.</span><br /><br /><span>“We beat them 42-10 and we did not win another game all year,” Fletcher admitted.</span></p> <p><em>Images: Getty</em></p>

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“Take a lesson out of the Queen’s book”: Karl’s swipe at Harry

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Karl Stefanovic has hit out against Prince Harry after the Duke’s latest interview where he compared his royal life to a mix “between </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">The Truman Show</span><span style="font-weight: 400;"> and living in a zoo”.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The Duke of Sussex also took aim at Prince Charles in his appearance on the </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">Armchair Expert with Dax Shepherd</span><span style="font-weight: 400;"> podcast, saying Charles passed “genetic pain and suffering” onto him.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">He also revealed the realisation he had in his 20s that he didn’t want to be involved in royal life.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Coming after Harry and Meghan Markle’s bombshell interview with Oprah Winfrey in March, Stefanovic signalled he’d had enough of Harry’s “whining”.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“It’s a great thing that he got away from all that prying press in the UK,” Stefanovic said sarcastically.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">When co-host Allison Langdon sympathised with Harry’s mental health struggles and said “you have got to take the mental health stuff pretty seriously”, Stefanovic doubled down on his criticism.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Of course, Ally, but I’m just saying it’s ridiculous how he keeps whining about his childhood. He grew up in privilege, in a palace,” Stefanovic countered.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“I mean, just give it a rest bro.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“He looks happier too when he was partying in Vegas, I’m just saying.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Stefanovic was so “riled” by Harry’s latest outburst that he returned to the subject later in the show.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“The guy doesn’t need to go from his [Californian] mansion and start rabbiting on about how hard life is when he has got enormous privilege, and to keep bagging his family,” he said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Just get on with it. Take a lesson out of the Queen’s book and just get on with it. Carry on. I’m not saying anything more about that … it’s really riled me.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Harry described the “get on with it” attitude in his latest interview and said his desire to “break the cycle” within his own family drove the move to California.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“It’s the job right? Grin and bear it. Get on with it. I was in my early 20s and I was thinking I don’t want this job, I don’t want to be here. I don’t want to be doing this,” he said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Look what it did to my mum. How am I ever going to settle down and have a wife and family, when I know it’s going to happen again?”</span></p>

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Outrage over woman claiming to be Madeleine McCann

<div> <div class="reply-list-component"> <div class="reply-component"> <div class="reply-body-component"> <div class="reply_body body linkify"> <div class="reply-body-wrapper"> <div class="reply-body-inner"> <div class="body_text redactor-styles redactor-in"> <p>A woman has been slammed for claiming that she could be missing UK toddler Madeleine McCann on TikTok.</p> <p>The UK toddler was just three years old when she disappeared from a villa in Portugal in 2007, with her disappearance leading to an international search.</p> <p>Unfortunately, investigators haven't been able to figure out what happened to Madeleine, with her parents Kate and Gerry McCann trying desperately over the last decade to find their daughter.</p> <p>The TikTok user, a young blonde woman, has been slammed after she claimed to be staying near the villa as a child, and captioned her TikTok clip "My mates joke about me being Madeleine McCann".</p> <p>The video shows pictures of the woman when she was a toddler and another picture of Madeleine, showing similarities between the two.</p> <p>She was quickly slammed for the video.</p> <p>“What people do for views,” one person wrote.</p> <p>“You shouldn’t joke about something that still brings pain to people,” wrote another.</p> <p>“Why use this to try and get fame, wanna have a reality check?” another wrote.</p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height:281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7841209/hero-maddy-1.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/7f95da898fff4dad893506d33ead944d" /></p> <p><em>Screenshots from the TikTok video</em></p> <p>The video comes just a day after Madeleine's parents posted a message to their daughter on Facebook, as Madeleine would've been 18 on Wednesday May 12.</p> <p>The message reads: "We love you and are waiting for you".</p> <p>They also left birthday cards and gifts in her bedroom, which remains unchanged since she left, according to<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/madeleine-mccann-parents-18th-birthday-24096738" target="_blank"><em>The Mirror</em>.</a></p> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div>

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Farmer rescues “five little baby girls” found crying, abandoned

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">A Texan farmer made a shocking discovery on his ranch near the southern border with Mexico.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Five abandoned girls from Honduras and Guatemala were reportedly found on Sunday, May 9 (local time) by farmer Jimmy Hobbs while he was “doing the rounds of his property”, according to local congressman Tony Gonzales.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“While we thank God they were found alive, these tragic scenes are happening more and more,” he tweeted.</span></p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">Take a good hard look at the <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/BidenBorderCrisis?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#BidenBorderCrisis</a> These young girls were found outside a ranch near Quemado, Texas in <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/TX23?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#TX23</a>. The Del Rio Sector border patrol tell me they are uninjured, healthy, and in good spirits. 🙏 <a href="https://twitter.com/POTUS?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@POTUS</a> enough is enough let’s work together solve this crisis. <a href="https://t.co/mt5P7ysN9g">pic.twitter.com/mt5P7ysN9g</a></p> — Tony Gonzales (@TonyGonzales4TX) <a href="https://twitter.com/TonyGonzales4TX/status/1391529589256695810?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">May 9, 2021</a></blockquote> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">In a video posted on social media, Mr Hobbs described the moment he found the girls.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“About 8.30 in the morning, just driving along and then all of a sudden I see them, laying there, right beside the bank of the river,” he said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Five little baby girls, all by themselves - hungry, crying, one didn’t have any clothes on. One wasn’t even old enough to walk.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Three of the girls are reportedly from Honduras, aged seven, three, and two, while the other two, aged five and 11-months-old, are from Guatemala.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Mr Hobbs said he called Border Patrol and gave the girls something to eat and drink.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“I don’t think they would have made it if I hadn’t found them,” he told congressman Gonzales.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Unaccompanied children are often sent across the border with the hope they can stay in the US following Biden’s winding back of some of the harsher border policies of the Trump administration.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Unaccompanied children have been exempted from expulsion under President Biden, allowing them to stay in America while pursuing asylum claims.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The number of unaccompanied children encountered on the US-Mexico border has also been reduced from an all-time high in March, according to authorities, with more adults found coming without families.</span></p> <p><strong>Image credit: Tony Gonzales / Twitter</strong></p>

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Ellen sensationally quits

<div class="post_body_wrapper"> <div class="post_body"> <div class="body_text redactor-styles redactor-in element-type-p"> <p>TV talk show legend Ellen Degeneres has announced that she is ending her talk show after 19 seasons due to a year of controversy and PR issues.</p> <p>The 63-year-old will host one final season, which is the 19th season of the show, before ending the series in 2022.</p> <p>She said her reasoning for quitting was that it was "just not a challenge anymore".</p> <p>“When you’re a creative person, you constantly need to be challenged. And as great as this show is, and as fun as it is, it’s just not a challenge anymore,” DeGeneres told<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/tv/tv-news/ellen-degeneres-show-end-1234951571/" target="_blank"><em>The Hollywood Reporter</em></a><em>.</em></p> <p>“Although all good things must come to an end, you still have hope that truly great things never will,” Warner Bros.’ unscripted TV president Mike Darnell told the publication. He added it was “an absolute phenomenon,” and the “premier destination for both superstars and incredible heartfelt human-interest stories.”</p> <p>An insider confirmed that Ellen was willing to walk away in August.</p> <p>“She feels she can’t go on and the only way to recover her personal brand from this is to shut down the show,” an insider told the<span> </span><em>Daily Mail.</em></p> <p>“The truth is she knew what was going on, it’s her show. The buck stops with her. She can blame every executive under the sun – but Ellen is ultimately the one to blame.”</p> <p>The controversy quickly began after a tweet in March went viral, claiming that she was "notoriously one of the meanest people alive".</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">Right now we all need a little kindness. You know, like Ellen Degeneres always talks about! 😊❤️ <br /><br />She’s also notoriously one of the meanest people alive<br /><br />Respond to this with the most insane stories you’ve heard about Ellen being mean &amp; I’ll match every one w/ $2 to <a href="https://twitter.com/LAFoodBank?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@LAFoodBank</a></p> — Kevin T. Porter (@KevinTPorter) <a href="https://twitter.com/KevinTPorter/status/1241049881688412160?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">March 20, 2020</a></blockquote> <p>More than 1,000 replies to the tweet had many detailing their experiences with her, which inspired staff to come forward with allegations of bullying.</p> <p>Many weren't impressed with the way that she handled the controversy, pleading to fans that she was a "work in progress".</p> <p>“As you may have heard this summer there were allegations of a toxic work environment at our show and then there was an investigation. I learned that things happened here that never should’ve happened,” she said.</p> <p>“I take that very seriously, and I want to say I’m so sorry to the people who were affected.</p> <p>“Sometimes I get sad. I get mad. I get anxious. I get frustrated. I get impatient. And I am working on all of that. I am a work in progress.</p> <p>“And I am especially working on the impatience thing because … and it’s not going well because it’s not happening fast enough.”</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="post-action-bar-component-wrapper"> <div class="post-actions-component"> <div class="upper-row"></div> </div> </div>

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New photo of Archie released for his second birthday

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The Duke and Duchess of Sussex celebrated their son Archie’s birthday on May 6 by sharing a new photo of the now two-year-old.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">In the photo, Archie has his back to the camera while holding a large bunch of balloons.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Fans of the royal couple haven’t seen a photo with the toddler’s face since his first birthday, when Meghan released a video of her reading a book to Archie.</span></p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/COhetHNnNZQ/?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/COhetHNnNZQ/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Meghan Markle 🔵 (@meghanmarkle_official)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">For his second birthday, the couple are asking fans to donate to vaccine equity.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The Duke and Duchess of Sussex said they are “deeply touched” by “the warmth and support for our family”, thanking fans for their donations to charities in Archie’s name.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Many of you donate to charities on his behalf, and mark the occasion by giving back or doing an act of service - all through the goodness of your hearts,” they said in a statement on their Archewell website.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Having recently been campaign chairs for the Global Citizen Vax Live concert, they told fans that a US$5 (AUD$6.45) donation would pay for a single dose and that each donation would be matched by other organisations to increase the number of doses available for people in developing countries.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“We cannot think of a more resonant way to honour our son’s birthday,” they said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“If we all show up, with compassion for those we both know and don’t know, we can have a profound impact. Even a small contribution can have a ripple effect,” the couple continued.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Together we can uplift, protect, and care for another.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Though it is tradition for the royals to release a new portrait to mark royal children’s birthdays, it remains to be seen whether the couple will uphold the tradition after their departure from the British Royal Family last March.</span></p>

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Prince Phillip’s official cause of death revealed

<p>The Duke of Edinburgh's cause of death was officially recorded as "old age" according to medical documents.</p> <p>Prince Philip passed at Windsor Castle on April 9, aged 99.</p> <p>When he died, Buckingham Palace declined to release any further information except to say he "passed away peacefully".</p> <p>But now, it has been revealed Prince Philip's cause of death was "old age".</p> <p>According to The Telegraph UK, which obtained the document, the term "old age" is an accepted description if the patient is aged over 80 and if the doctor has personally cared for them for many years witnessing their decline.</p> <p>Prince Philip's death was certified by Sir Huw Thomas, the head of the royal medical household.</p> <p>The cause of death suggests there were no other factors to contribute to his passing.</p> <p>In February Prince Philip was admitted to hospital for 28 days, where he had a procedure on his heart and was treated for an infection.</p> <p>The certificate also references Prince Philip's Greek heritage and his family surname which he famously wanted to give his children.</p> <p>The document lists his name as "His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh formerly known as Prince Philippos of Greece and Denmark formerly known as Philip Mountbatten".</p> <p>His first listed occupation is Naval Officer, while his second is "husband of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, The Sovereign".</p> <p>Prince Philip's death was registered with the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead by his private secretary, Brigadier Archie Miller-Bakewell, on April 13.</p>

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Mother charged after allegedly running down daughter

<div class="post_body_wrapper"> <div class="post_body"> <div class="body_text redactor-styles redactor-in"> <p>A 58-year-old mother has been charged after allegedly running down her daughter in a car and dragging her for 100 metres.</p> <p>Just after 12 am on Sunday, outside a 21st birthday party held in the family home, 27-year-old Keely Palmer was struck by a Toyota hatchback and dragged down the road.</p> <p>She was then pinned under the car for more than 90 minutes as paramedics and rescue crew frantically tried to free her.</p> <p>She was reportedly conscious during the whole ordeal and was eventually freed at around 2 am.</p> <p>Keely was then taken to St George Hospital in a serious condition with compound fractures to her right arm and leg.</p> <p>"She was just bellowing, crying, screaming. It was pretty shocking," neighbour Amber Wardrop-Barros told 9News.</p> <p>"You could just hear screaming… they were saying 'can someone get a jack, can someone get a jack?'</p> <p>"So, I thought maybe someone was stuck under a car."</p> <p>Her mother, Dale Palmer, was subject to a roadside breath test at the scene which allegedly returned a positive result. She was then taken to Sutherland Police Station for further breath testing and allegedly returned a blood-alcohol reading of 0.166.</p> <p>"There was a party there throughout the evening, but as to the reasons why she was in the vehicle they are unknown at this point of time," NSW Police Chief Inspector Gary Ford told 9News.</p> <p>"Her reading of .166 will be the alleged reading for that breath test."</p> <p>The mother's licence has been suspended and she has been granted conditional bail to appear in Sutherland Local Court. </p> </div> </div> </div>

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Olivia Newton-John “in shock” over sudden loss

<p dir="ltr">Olivia Newton-John is mourning the loss of her beloved cancer nurse.</p> <p dir="ltr">The Grease star took to Instagram to announce that a nurse at the Olivia Newton-John Cancer Wellness &amp; Research Centre, died in April.</p> <p dir="ltr">Emma Coleman worked closely with the star, and Newton-John says her heart is “still in shock”.</p> <p dir="ltr">“My heart is still in shock and so saddened to learn of the sudden loss of the very special Emma Cohen,” the 72-year-old wrote.</p> <p dir="ltr">“Emma took care of me at a very vulnerable time in my life when I was a patient on her unit at the @onjcancercentre in 2018.”</p> <p dir="ltr">“She ensured my stay was safe and comfortable, always had practical advice for me, showed strong leadership skills and had a great sense of humour,” the actress revealed.</p> <p dir="ltr"><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7841007/onj-1.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/528011e79f584a859d49597593eca8b1" /></p> <p dir="ltr">“She was a bright, energetic and powerful woman with a huge future ahead of her, and we connected on our mission to help patients on their cancer journey.</p> <p dir="ltr">“Emma had such a generous spirit and a warm and loving heart – I will miss seeing her lovely face at the Centre and send my love and deepest condolences to her friends and family.”</p> <p dir="ltr">The star did not reveal what caused her friend’s death, however the Cancer Nurses Society of Australia (CNSA) said she passed away after a “short illness” in a Facebook post.</p> <p dir="ltr">“It is with great sadness that we inform our members, and the wider nursing community, that CNSA Board Director Emma Cohen passed away after a short illness on Friday 9 April,” they wrote.</p> <p dir="ltr">“Emma was a vibrant and passionate leader, and a fierce and intelligent advocate for the cancer nursing workforce, and her patients. Her loss has left a huge gap in our community, and in our hearts.”</p> <p dir="ltr">The post went on to say: “We will be ensuring the appropriate recognition of Emma’s contribution to cancer control and to the Society in due time, and share our condolences on behalf of the Board with her family.</p> <p dir="ltr">“We send all of those who worked with, studied with, and collaborated with Emma our deepest and heartfelt sympathies.”</p> <p dir="ltr">Newton-John was diagnosed with cancer in 1992, but revealed she overcame the disease in 2013.</p> <p dir="ltr">Sadly, in May of 2017 the actress and singer revealed the cancer had metastasised and spread to her bones.</p> <p dir="ltr"><em>Image: Instagram</em></p>

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Human error to blame for COVID airport breach

<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>Human error allowed two passengers to accidentally enter a "green zone" at the Brisbane International Airport after arriving on a flight from Papua New Guinea.</p> <p>The pair were in the area for an hour-and-a-half, shopping and using public toilets, before being retrieved by airport staff.</p> <p>Initial test results from one passenger for COVID-19 came back negative and the second passenger's test was inconclusive – but more samples sent to Queensland Health's Forensic and Scientific Services laboratory have since confirmed that he is COVID-positive.</p> <p>While the pair were in the green zone, three New Zealand flights took off with around 390 passengers – these were Air New Zealand NZ202 from Brisbane to Christchurch, Air New Zealand NZ146 from Brisbane to Auckland, and Qantas QF135 from Brisbane to Christchurch.</p> <p>Chief Health Officer Dr Jeannette Young said the pair posed a low risk to others.</p> <p>“While at the airport, they wore masks and socially distanced and neither has reported symptoms," she said.</p> <p>“They were in the wrong zone through no fault of their own and we appreciate their patience and cooperation while we rule them out as cases.</p> <p>“We’re also grateful for the prompt action by Brisbane airport staff once the mistake was identified.”</p> <p>In a statement from Brisbane Airport Corporation, the airline has "unreservedly apologised".</p> <p>"At approximately 9:30am, two transit passengers arrived on a 'red' flight from Port Moresby and proceeded through screening to transit as per normal process," a BAC statement said.</p> <p>"Initial review of CCTV indicates that at approximately 9:55am, these passengers were incorrectly allowed into the 'green zone'.</p> <p>"The breach is due to human error, and BAC is currently working with all relevant authorities including Queensland Health to investigate the circumstances of the breach."</p> <p>"BAC is conducting a thorough investigation and unreservedly apologises for this human error," the statement<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-04-29/brisbane-airport-apologises-international-arrivals-covid-breach/100105700" target="_blank">said</a>.</p> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div>

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Queen Elizabeth makes first official appearance since Prince Philip’s funeral

<p>Queen Elizabeth has appeared in her first official public engagement since the funeral of her husband, Prince Philip, earlier this month.</p> <p>The Queen held two virtual audiences with the incoming ambassadors to the United Kingdom from Latvia and the Ivory Coast.</p> <p>Two weeks of royal mourning for Philip ended last Friday, allowing the Queen to opt for another colour besides black.</p> <p>She chose to wear a floral dress as she appeared via video link from Windsor Castle.</p> <p>Latvia’s Ambassador Ivita Burmistre and the Ivory Coast’s Ambassador Sara Affoue Amani were both at Buckingham Palace.</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/COLE8dGn8yJ/?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/COLE8dGn8yJ/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by The Royal Family (@theroyalfamily)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p>The two women presented the Letters of Recall from their predecessors, along with their own Letters of Credence.</p> <p>There are over 170 ambassadors and high commissioners based in London, each of whom receive an audience from the Queen shortly after stating their job.</p> <p>This is the first time the Queen has been photographed carrying out her duties since the death of her husband on April 9, although she was working behind the scenes four days after his passing.</p> <p>On April 13, she held a ceremony to mark the retirement of her former Lord Chamberlain, Earl Peel, and invested him with the Royal Victorian Chain.</p> <p>The Duke of Edinburgh’s funeral in St George’s Chapel was held in accordance with coronavirus restrictions, meaning only 30 family members and close friends were allowed to attend.</p>

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Ash Barty celebrates her birthday in style

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Ash Barty has celebrated her birthday weekend with a victory at the Stuttgart Open with a third consecutive win in the final against Belarusian Aryna Sabalenka.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The tennis star, who turned 25 on Saturday, later won the double titles on Sunday with her American partner Jennifer Brady.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">To top the weekend off, Barty received her 68,570 Euros ($107,090) winner’s cheque and a new Porsche following her singles win.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Barty won against the Belarusian with 3-6, 6-0, 6-3 to secure her third singles title for the year.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">In her third day of wins over Karolina Pliskova and Elina Svitolina, Barty dropped the first set but managed to recover, demonstrating her skill as the world’s best player.</span></p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/COD14MzlfL4/?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/COD14MzlfL4/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Women’s Tennis Association (@wta)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">At the end of a tough second set, Sabalenka needed a medical timeout. In the decisive final set, the Belarusian was in tears at one of the changeovers, struggling with her heavily-strapped right thigh and Barty’s all-court game.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“It’s been an incredible week, and an incredible start for us on what will be a long journey,” said Barty, who now holds big-event wins in both the US and Europe as she returns to the global circuit.</span></p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/COD2xnoBcWl/?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/COD2xnoBcWl/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Ash Barty (@ashbarty)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“I’m enjoying every minute and very grateful for doing what I love here in Stuttgart.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Despite suffering from a painful abductor muscle issue that flared up in the first set, Sabelenka conceded, saying, “She’s number one, she’s on top and she’s a great player.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">This latest win comes as Barty’s 10th successive victory over a fellow top-10 player and saw her jump to the top of the WTA’s ‘Race to Shenzhen’, the order of merit system used to identify the top female player each year.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">It was also her first European tournament on clay since her 2019 French Open triumph.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">After just over an hour’s rest, the young Aussie joined forces with Australian Open finalist Brady to defeat US pair Bethanie Mattek-Sands and Desirae Krawczyk 6-4, 5-7.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Following her three-and-a-half hours on the court, Barty celebrated becoming the first player to win both finals at the same Stuttgart tournament since American Lindsay Davenport 20 years prior. </span></p>

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Greta Thunberg puts US Congress to the sword

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Swedish activist Greta Thunberg grilled politicians during a US congressional hearing held on Earth Day, with a warning that they couldn’t ‘get away with’ inaction on climate change forever.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The 18-year-old activist appeared before the House Oversight Subcommittee while it held a hearing on fossil fuel subsidies. This came on the same day as President Joe Biden and other world leaders came together for a climate change summit where several countries committed to ambitious emission reduction targets.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Attending the hearing via video call, Ms Thunberg told Congress members, “I don’t represent any financial or political interests. I’m not a lobbyist, so I can’t negotiate, make deals or compromise. I have nothing to offer you, nor am I a scientist.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“All I can do is urge you to listen to and act on the science and to use your common sense.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“It is the year 2021. The fact that we are still having this discussion, and even more that we are still subsidising fossil fuels directly or indirectly using taxpayer money, it’s a disgrace,” she continued. “It is clear proof that we have not understood the climate emergency at all.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Ms Thunberg also commented on the “huge gap” between the best science now available on climate change and current “so-called climate policies”.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“It may seem like we are asking a lot, and you will of course say that we are naive. And that’s fine,” she said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“But at least we are not so naive that we believe things will be solved through countries and companies making vague, distant, insufficient targets without any real pressure from the media and the general public.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“What I’m here to say is that, unlike you, my generation will not give up without a fight. And to be honest, I don’t believe for a second that you will actually do this. The climate crisis doesn’t exist in the public debate today.”</span></p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">"It is the year 2021. The fact we are still having this discussion and, even more, that we are still supporting fossil fuels directly or indirectly using taxpayer money is a disgrace." —<a href="https://twitter.com/GretaThunberg?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@GretaThunberg</a> <a href="https://t.co/273JYbDCB1">pic.twitter.com/273JYbDCB1</a></p> — Oversight Committee (@OversightDems) <a href="https://twitter.com/OversightDems/status/1385254719329869826?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">April 22, 2021</a></blockquote> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“And since it doesn’t really exist and the general level of awareness is so absurdly low, you will still get away with continuing to contribute to the destruction of present and future living conditions.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">She continued to criticise the politicians up until the conclusion of her statement.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“I know I’m not the one who is supposed to ask the questions here, but there is something I really do wonder. How long do you honestly believe that people in power, like you, will get away with it?” Ms Thunberg said. “How long do you think you can continue to ignore the crisis without being held accountable?”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“You get away with it now, but sooner or later, people are going to realise what you have been doing all this time. That’s inevitable.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Despite her warning, Ms Thunberg encouraged the Congress members to consider their legacy.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“You still have time to do the right thing and to save your legacies, but that window of time is not going to last for long. What happens then? We, the young people, are the ones who are going to write about you in the history books. We are the ones who get to decide how you will be remembered.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“So my advice for you is to choose wisely.” </span></p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/CN2hL6Rpc2j/?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/CN2hL6Rpc2j/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Bunny Hugger (@gretathunberg)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Following her statement, the committee moved to questions and answers. Katie Porter, a Democratic Congresswoman, asked Ms Thunberg for her advice on how she should talk to her daughter about climate change.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“I told my nine-year-old daughter I was going to be speaking with you, and I said, ‘What do you think about climate change?’ And she said, ‘The Earth is on fire, and we’re all going to die soon.’ And I asked how that made you feel, and she said it made her feel ‘angry’,” Ms Porter said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“What should I tell my daughter, and how should I help her and the youngest generation bear the emotional toll of the actions that we’re taking?”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“That’s a big question,” said Ms Thunberg.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“I know there are many young people who feel angry and sad, because of all the things some people are doing to this planet and to our futures.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“That’s very understandable. It would be strange if we didn’t feel that way, because then we wouldn’t have any empathy.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“But of course, there is still much hope. And if we choose to take action, then we can do this. There are unlimited things we can do, and if we choose to work together, there are no limits to what we can accomplish.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Ms Thunberg advised, “Always the best medication against anger and anxiety is to take action yourself. So that’s what I would tell her, to take action herself, because that will make her feel so much better. That’s what it did to me at least, and so many others.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Ahead of her appearance at the hearing, Ms Thunberg posted a video on social media captioned as “an emergency alert for the general public”, where she accused world leaders of setting “very insufficient targets”.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“We cannot be satisfied with something just because it’s better than nothing,” she said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">While the hearing was occurring, Mr Biden hosted a summit to address climate change with leaders, including Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Several presidents, prime ministers, and monarchs boasted about their own countries’ efforts in negating the effects of climate change, while occasionally committing to new targets.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The US has committed to halve its emissions by 2030.</span></p>

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"Mourning is personal": John Travolta speaks out about tragic passing of wife

<div class="post_body_wrapper"> <div class="post_body"> <div class="body_text redactor-styles redactor-in"> <p>John Travolta has spoken out about his experience with mourning after the tragic death of his wife, Kelly Preston.</p> <p>Preston passed away from breast cancer at the age of 57 after a two-year battle with the disease.</p> <p>Travolta revealed how he was going in a touching interview with<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.esquire.com/es/revista-esquire/g36159819/esquire-mayo-2021/" target="_blank"><em>Esquire Spain</em>.</a></p> <p>"I have learned that mourning someone, mourning, is personal. Mourning is individual and experiencing your own journey is what can lead to healing," he told<span> </span><em>Esquire</em>.</p> <p>"This is different from someone else's journey. The most important thing you can do to help another when they are in mourning is to allow them to live it and not complicate it with yours. That's my experience."</p> <p>He also explained that he was so overwhelmed with managing everyone else's grief, he had no space for his own when his wife passed.</p> <p>“I felt so saturated with everyone’s sadness that I didn’t know what to do”.</p> <p>“The first thing you should do when you experience grief is to go to a place where you can mourn, without any interference. If I die tomorrow, the last thing I want to see is that everyone around is sunk.”</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/CNQpUDjM30T/?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/CNQpUDjM30T/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by John Travolta (@johntravolta)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p>“The most important thing you can do to help another when they are in mourning is to allow them to live it and not complicate it with yours,” he told the magazine.</p> <p>“Otherwise, it will be two boats plummeting to the bottom. That is my experience. Because even though it’s great to have company, sometimes it becomes like you’re helping them, rather than putting yourself to work overcoming feelings of loss and grief.”</p> <p>Travolta is now focusing on his two children, Ella, 21 and Ben 10, and helping them cope going forward.</p> <p>“I will ensure the future of my children, help them with what they want to do with their lives,” he said. “It is what I do with Ella now with her films and teaching her to work in the profession. Ben is barely 10 years old. I want to help him evolve because he has his whole life ahead of him.”</p> </div> </div> </div>

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New South African COVID cases have NSW scrambling

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">NSW Health authorities are scrambling to trace the possible transmission of the South African COVID-19 strain within the Mercure hotel after three returned travellers staying at the Sydney hotel tested positive.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Authorities are searching for any other travellers who stayed at the hotel between April 7-12.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The three infected travellers entered the country on April 3 on the same flight before staying in adjacent rooms on the 10th floor. Two are related to each other.</span></p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/B88FxBcgnGp/?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/B88FxBcgnGp/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Mercure Sydney (@mercuresydney)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The news comes as the WA Health Department recorded two new cases of hotel-quarantine acquired COVID-19 on Wednesday.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Two sets of guests in quarantine at the Mercure Hotel Perth in opposite rooms shared the same virus sequence, the Department confirmed. This is despite the travellers arriving from different countries at different times.</span></p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/B9Y0BmCjfIe/?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/B9Y0BmCjfIe/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Mercure Perth Hotel (@mercureperthhotel)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Genomic testing of the NSW cases found that all three had the same strain, the B1.351 variant of COVID-19, commonly known as the South African strain.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">On day two of quarantine all three tested negative, but were later positive on day seven, ten, and 12 respectively.</span><span style="font-weight: 400;"></span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Any guests who stayed on the 10th floor during that period that have since been released are being asked to get tested and self-isolate.</span><span style="font-weight: 400;"></span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Staff who worked in the area are also isolating and getting tested.</span><span style="font-weight: 400;"></span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;"> The three positive NSW cases have been transferred to the Special Health Accommodation and will stay there until they are no longer infectious.</span></p>

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Major royal security breach as intruder pretends to be engaged to Prince Andrew

<div class="post_body_wrapper"> <div class="post_body"> <div class="body_text redactor-styles redactor-in"> <p>A woman has sparked a major scare in Windsor Great Park after being found wandering around Prince Andrew's official residence.</p> <p>Guards accidentally let the woman in after she claimed she had a lunch appointment with Prince Andrew.</p> <p>An insider has provided more information, saying to<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/14700679/prince-andrew-security-scare-windsor/" target="_blank"><em>The Sun</em></a>: "She was apparently very smartly dressed, in suit trousers, a yellow blouse and peach jacket, and had her hair done up and full make-up.</p> <p>"She cut quite a glamorous figure and the guards were completely taken in by her.</p> <p>"The woman demanded they pay her cab fare as she was a close friend of Prince Andrew, and they obliged before helpfully pointing her on her way towards the Royal Lodge.</p> <p>"They had no idea this woman was a total stranger to Andrew and seemingly had a fixation with him."</p> <p>The only reason the woman was caught was because she went up to a royal staff member and asked where Prince Andrew was, claiming she was engaged to him.</p> <p>"The woman then went up to a member of staff and asked where Prince Andrew was," the insider continued.</p> <p>"She was then asked who she was and what she was doing here.</p> <p>"To the staff member’s shock, the woman then claimed to be engaged to Prince Andrew and said she was there to get married to him.</p> <p>"She said that was the reason why she had flown over from Spain a couple of days earlier."</p> <p>The issue is being dealt with as a "major security breach" as the woman was found with maps of the building as well as a self-defence keyring with two prongs on it.</p> <p>She was initially arrested under suspicion of burglary but has since been sanctioned under the Mental Health Act.</p> </div> </div> </div>

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Queen issues touching message on her birthday

<p dir="ltr">Wednesday marked the 95th birthday of Queen Elizabeth.</p> <p dir="ltr">However, due to the death of her beloved husband, Prince Philip, the royal family’s official time of mourning is still happening.</p> <p dir="ltr">While this birthday may be marred by tragedy, Her Majesty has still taken the time to send out a personal message of thanks for the support she has received.</p> <p dir="ltr">"I have, on the occasion of my 95th birthday today, received many messages of good wishes, which I very much appreciate," the Queen said in a statement issued by Buckingham Palace.</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/CNvb6W_H1a7/?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/CNvb6W_H1a7/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by The Royal Family (@theroyalfamily)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p dir="ltr">"While as a family we are in a period of great sadness, it has been a comfort to us all to see and to hear the tributes paid to my husband, from those within the United Kingdom, the Commonwealth and around the world.</p> <p dir="ltr">"My family and I would like to thank you all for the support and kindness shown to us in recent days. We have been deeply touched, and continue to be reminded that Philip had such an extraordinary impact on countless people throughout his life."</p> <p dir="ltr">The Queen's birthday this year has surely been a somber one, as there were no bells ringing at Westminster Abbey, no gun salutes and no new photo released to mark her milestone 95th birthday.</p> <p dir="ltr">The Royal Family social media accounts did share a photo of Queen Elizabeth from February 2020, however.</p> <p dir="ltr">The Queen can be seen smiling in a burgundy coat that she pairs with a floral dress.</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/CN66RVLnsNe/?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/CN66RVLnsNe/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by The Royal Family (@theroyalfamily)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p dir="ltr">The image was taken when the royal attended a secret visit to London's MI5 Headquarters last year.</p> <p dir="ltr">"Today is The Queen's 95th birthday,” the caption read.</p> <p dir="ltr">"HM [Her Majesty] was born on 21 April 1926 at 17 Bruton Street in London, the first child of The Duke and Duchess of York.</p> <p dir="ltr">"This year The Queen remains at Windsor Castle during a period of Royal Mourning following the death of The Duke of Edinburgh."</p> <p dir="ltr">The 95-year-old will spend her special day being visited by family members and walking her dogs, including her two new puppies that she was gifted by her son Prince Andrew.</p> <p> </p>

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Queen suffers second loss on same day as Prince Philip’s funeral

<p>One of Queen Elizabeth's most trusted advisors passed away on the same day that the 95-year-old monarch was attending the funeral of her husband, Prince Philip.</p> <p>Sir Michael Oswald, who managed the Royal Studs and played an important role in the monarch's horse racing interests, died on Saturday aged 86 following a long illness, The Times reports.</p> <p>Sir Michael was the advisor of both Queen Elizabeth and the Queen Mother and was regularly photographed alongside the royals at major horse racing events through the years.</p> <p>His death comes as another blow to the Queen, who was already grieving from the loss of her husband.</p> <p>Paying tribute to her husband, Oswald's wife Lady Angela who was the Queen Mother's lady-in-waiting for many years - told The Racing Post Sir Michael was "deeply committed to the studs, the Queen and the Queen Mother."</p> <p>He was a regular feature in their lives for more than 50 years.</p> <p>Oswald became manager of the Royal Studs in 1970 and served in the role for 28 years.</p> <p>“He always said he had the most wonderful job anybody could ever have had and that for all his working life he was simply doing what he would have done had he been a rich man who didn’t have to work,” Lady Angela said.</p> <p>The Queen’s current racing adviser John Warren said Sir Michael did a “magnificent job” in managing the Royal Studs.</p> <p>“He was extraordinarily enthusiastic and got such a buzz out of all the royal winners,” he said.</p>

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