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Three girls murdered: "Something doesn't add up"

<p>Locals and loved ones alike say they can’t comprehend what’s happened after Lauren Dickason has allegedly murdered her three daughters in Timaru on New Zealand’s South Island.</p> <p>The three girls were found dead at home - twin sisters Maya and Karla, aged two and Liane, aged six. New Zealand Police did not share the nature of their injuries.</p> <p>Their mother Lauren Dickason, a doctor, briefly fronted court on Saturday morning, charged with murder.</p> <p><strong>Police state no other people are sought in relation to this crime</strong></p> <p>New Zealand Police have made a statement saying: ‘Police would like to reassure the community that this was a tragic isolated incident and we are not seeking anyone else.’</p> <p>‘The investigation into this tragedy is still in its very early stages, but we can confirm that nobody else is being sought in relation to the deaths of the three children,’ another statement read.</p> <p><img style="width: 0px; height: 0px;" src="/nothing.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/7cb328e12ef64d0d99d1c40d48a111c8" /><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.56996587030716px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7844205/three-girls-um.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/7cb328e12ef64d0d99d1c40d48a111c8" /></p> <p>Lauren Dickason’s husband Graham, an orthopaedic surgeon, is reported to have returned home from work late last week to find the girls’ bodies and was said to have been “crying hysterically”.</p> <p>The Dickason family had moved to New Zealand from South Africa to start a new life in August and had exited two weeks of mandatory hotel quarantine only last week.</p> <p><strong>Neighbour’s and friends can’t comprehend the situation</strong></p> <p>Lauren’s former colleague and neighbour, Natasja le Roux, told media she “cannot comprehend what happened”.</p> <p>“(Lauren) is a medical doctor and she wasn’t arrogant or anything like that,” le Roux said.</p> <p>“She was very humble.”</p> <p>Le Roux said the couple had “waited years for those children” after struggling with fertility.</p> <p>When Lauren finally fell pregnant, everyone around the family was supportive and Le Roux said: “The nicest person it could happen to is that woman; she was really just a nice person, she and her husband.”</p> <p><img style="width: 0px; height: 0px;" src="/nothing.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/06aad284e10e4cb0b58311b105bc7dbf" /><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.0880829015544px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7844206/three-girls-2-um.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/06aad284e10e4cb0b58311b105bc7dbf" /></p> <p>Another neighbour, who lived in the same area as the couple, said the parents “absolutely adored those children”.</p> <p>“Something just doesn’t seem right to us,” the neighbour, who did not want to be identified.</p> <p>“We don’t know what happened. There is not a lot of information, but they are kind people.</p> <p>“Something just doesn’t add up.</p> <p>“I don’t know if it’s the stress from New Zealand, moving there, being quarantined for so long and everything - just not coping with that going on.</p> <p>“So, I think whatever happened is not normal, it wasn’t normal circumstances.”</p> <p>“Something just doesn’t add up.”</p> <p><strong>Grandparents are in a “state of shock”</strong></p> <p>In a statement, Lauren’s parents and the children’s grandparents Wendy and Malcolm Fawkes, said the extended family were in a “state of shock”.</p> <p>“The extended families are in a state of shock as we try to understand what happened,” their statement read.</p> <p>“We ask for your prayers and support during this very difficult time. We would also request privacy as we battle to come to terms with what has happened.”</p> <p><strong>“I’m torn apart”</strong></p> <p>Mandy Sibanyoni, who worked as a nanny for the Dickasons in South Africa, described them as an “awesome family” with “wonderful kids” and no obvious problems.</p> <p>She said the only sign of “stress” she saw from Lauren was as a result of one of her daughters being born with a lip disfigurement, which needed surgical interventions.</p> <p>But both parents “loved their kids like nobody’s business,” she said.</p> <p>“I’m torn apart - a part of mine is gone,” Sibanyoni said in an interview with media in South Aftrica.</p> <p>“And it’s like those kids, they are my kids too because I raised them.”</p> <p>“I don’t know what to do about this because the only question that I’ve got now is, what happened? What went wrong? Because Lauren cared for her kids,” Sibanyoni added.</p> <p><em>Images: Facebook</em></p>

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Tragedy unfolding: Body confirmed as missing woman Gabby Petito

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">US police have found a body believed to be missing woman Gabby Petito.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The body was found in the Grand Teton National Park in the US state of Wyoming, where police have been looking for the missing 22-year-old.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Though the body has not been formally identified yet, FBI Denver spokesman Charles Jones told reporters that the remains matched a description of Ms Petito.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Full forensic identification has not been completed to confirm 100 percent that we found Gabby, but her family has been notified of this discovery,” Mr Jones said. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The cause of death is yet to be determined.</span></p> <p><img style="width: 0px; height: 0px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7844198/petito1.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/377638daf8d94f99bbb4df099c0830bb" /></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Image: gabspetito / Instagram</span></em></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“First and foremost, on behalf of the FBI personnel and our partners, I would like to extend sincere, sincere, and heartfelt condolences to Gabby’s family,” Mr Jones said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“As every parent can imagine, this is an incredibly difficult time for the family and friends. Our thoughts and prayers are with them. We ask that you all respect the privacy as they mourn the loss of their daughter.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Shortly after the press conference, North Port Police confirmed the body belonged to Ms Petito.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Saddened and heartbroken to learn that Gabby has been found deceased,” the tweet read.</span></p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">Saddened and heartbroken to learn that Gabby has been found deceased. Our focus from the start, along with the FBI, and national partners, has been to bring her home. We will continue to work with the FBI in the search for more answers.</p> — North Port Police (@NorthPortPolice) <a href="https://twitter.com/NorthPortPolice/status/1439717263771422720?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">September 19, 2021</a></blockquote> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Our focus from the start, along with the FBI, and national partners, has been to bring her home. We will continue to work with the FBI in the search for more answers.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Ms Petito’s father, Joseph Petito, shared an image of his daughter standing in front of a painted pair of wings.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“💔 #GABBYPETITO she touched the world,” he captioned the post.</span></p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">💔<a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/GABBYPETITO?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#GABBYPETITO</a> she touched the world. <a href="https://t.co/DukH7UCTPo">pic.twitter.com/DukH7UCTPo</a></p> — joseph petito (@josephpetito) <a href="https://twitter.com/josephpetito/status/1439716307268739072?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">September 19, 2021</a></blockquote> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Ms Petito went missing in August while on a cross-country trip with her fiancé, 23-year-old Brian Laundrie.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Her last known contact with family members occurred on August 25 from the Wyoming national park, and she was reported missing on September 11.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Ms Petito’s Instagram page, where she shared updates on her travels with Mr Laundrie in their van, was last active on August 26.</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/CTA__ISJZYY/?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/CTA__ISJZYY/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Gabby (@gabspetito)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Mr Laundrie returned home in Ms Petito’s van on September 1 without her, and has refused to help police with the search.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Over the weekend, police were searching for Mr Laundrie, after his family later said he was also missing.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Mr Laundrie’s family told investigators they last saw him on Tuesday, September 14, when they believed he travelled to a wildlife reserve.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">More than 50 law enforcement officers ended their second day of searching for Mr Laundrie in a wildlife area near Florida’s Gulf Coast, after identifying him as a person of interest in her disappearance.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“It is important to note that while Brian is a person of interest in Gabby’s disappearance, he is not wanted for a crime,” North Port police said in a statement, adding that the investigation is now a “multiple missing person” case.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Ms Petito’s van was reportedly seen by travel bloggers Jenn and Kyle Bethune on August 27, captured in footage they posted to their YouTube channel.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">After driving past the van twice, the Bethunes said the van seemed “abandoned”.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Authorities have been poring over tips, including the footage from the Bethunes, and searching large areas of Wyoming and Utah.</span></p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7844199/petito2.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/35d681fbc0364a349bdefda9462897c2" /></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Image: FBI</span></em></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">FBI agents in Denver tweeted that they are currently focusing on areas in the Grand Teton National Park, including an undeveloped camping ground near Spring Creek.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">They have urged anyone who was in the area between August 27 and 30 who had seen Ms Petito, Mr Laundrie, or their vehicle, to contact them.</span></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Image: gabspetito / Instagram</span></em></p>

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“We lost a comedy giant today”: Norm Macdonald dead at 61

<p>The comedy world is in mourning after Norm Macdonald died of cancer on Tuesday at age 61. </p> <p>The Canadian stand-up comic and <em>Saturday Night Live</em> cast member <span>had been battling cancer in private</span> for nearly a decade, according to his lifelong friend Lori Jo Hoekstra who was with him when he dies. </p> <p>"He was most proud of his comedy", she said.</p> <p><span>"He never wanted the diagnosis to affect the way the audience or any of his loved ones saw him."</span></p> <p><span>"Norm was a pure comic. He once wrote that ‘a joke should catch someone by surprise, it should never pander.’ He certainly never pandered. Norm will be missed terribly.”</span></p> <p><span>Norm was known in the comedic circle for his signature deadpan delivery and dry style of humour that quickly made him an icon of the craft.</span><span></span></p> <p><span>Norm's impressions of </span>famous figures, such as TV star Burt Reynolds, became a teaching tool and huge inspiration for up and coming comics. </p> <p><span>“I essentially ripped off his delivery when I first started acting,” actor and fellow Canadian Seth Rogen tweeted. </span></p> <p><span>“I would stay up specifically to watch him on talk shows. He was the funniest guest of all time. We lost a comedy giant today. One of the all time greats.”</span></p> <p><span>Norm shot to fame when he was cast on <em>Saturday Night Live</em> in 1993 after performing in comedy circuits in Canada for several years. </span></p> <p><span>He performed on <em>SNL</em> until 1998, serving as a co-host of Weekend Update for three seasons.</span></p> <p><span>Norm then went on to star in his own ABC sitcom, <em>The Norm Show</em>, from 1999 until 2001, and also became a hilarious regular on a series of talk shows. </span></p> <p><span>In 2018, he hosted a Netflix talk show, <em>Norm Macdonald Has a Show</em>, that was inspired by his podcast and garnered an international audience. </span></p> <p><span>Hundred of comedians have shared their stories of Norm on Twitter in remembrance of the comedy giant and all he did for the world of show business. </span></p> <p><span>Actor Josh Gad wrote, "Absolutely gutted. One of the most underrated and hilarious SNL performers."</span></p> <p><span>Writer and director Edgar Wright also tweeted, saying, "Of the many addictive rabbit holes you can disappear down on the internet, the most pleasurable is ‘Norm MacDonald chat show appearances'."</span></p> <p><span>“Thanks for all the laughs Norm, very sorry to see you go.”</span></p> <p><em>Image credit: Getty Images</em></p>

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Pregnancy rumours as Prince William steps out alone

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Prince William has returned to work after a summer holiday with his family, adding fuel to the rumours surrounding wife Kate Middleton’s absence.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The Duke of Cambridge met with firefighters in South London on Thursday in honour of Emergency Services Day.</span></p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 333.49609375px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7843929/gettyimages-1235143859.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/68b73c6322b0411989f76ef0ec6df974" /></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Image: Getty Images</span></em></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">But, his appearance without the Duchess of Cambridge - who has </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.oversixty.com.au/lifestyle/beauty-style/mystery-shrouds-royal-family-after-kate-middleton-not-seen-for-weeks" target="_blank"><span style="font-weight: 400;">not been seen</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;"> for more than 60 days - has prompted royal fans to speculate whether she may be pregnant.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Kate was last spotted on July 11, when she attended the Euro 2020 football final with her husband and eldest son Prince George.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">She has been notably absent from social media as well, with the most recent image on the couple’s account having been posted on August 6.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">However, the photograph showing Kate speaking with a Holocaust survivor is believed to be from January last year.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Royal commentator Russell Myers has since put the pregnancy rumours to bed, saying her recent absence has been due to the family’s summer holiday.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Speaking to </span><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Today</span></em><span style="font-weight: 400;">, Myers said the pregnancy rumours seemed to be more “mischief making” than based on actual facts.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“What I can exclusively reveal… probably nothing,” he said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“The duchess isn’t pregnant. I think some people have been asking the question of where has Kate been. But where the truth really lies is, they’ve been on holiday.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“There’s normally an agreement between the press and the royals that if they are on holiday that the kids don’t get followed around,” Myers explained.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Photographers leave them alone during the holidays. They’ve been up in Norfolk. They’ve been chilling out. They’ve been up to see Granny up in Scotland.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Kate’s recent disappearance comes after she vanished from the public eye for 41 days last year, while she and William were on holiday in Wales.</span></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Image: Getty Images</span></em></p>

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Tiger King star found dead at 53

<p>Erik Cowie, star of Tiger King has died aged 53.</p> <p>The zookeeper’s body was found “face down in a bedroom of a residence” in New York on Friday. Sources say there is nothing suspicious about the death at this point and no drugs were found on the scene, though a toxicology test will likely still be performed” according to TMZ reports.</p> <p>Erik appeared on the Netflix reality series as one of Joe Exotic’s eccentric animal caretakers. After Joe was imprisoned, Cowie stayed and took care of the big at the GW zoo.</p> <p>He later went on to testify against former boss Joe Exotic who is currently serving a 22-year prison sentence after allegedly trying to hire two hitmen to kill business rival, Carole Baskin.</p> <p>Erik Cowie’s death comes four months after he was arrested driving under the influence following a car accident in the US. Allegedly the Netflix star had been drink-driving when he crashed into another vehicle.</p> <p>In 2020 Carole Baskin’s Big Cat Rescue was awarded complete control over GW Zoo as part of the settlement in her long-standing lawsuit against Exotic. Carole went on to sell the Oklahoma property with one of the provisions being the land cannot be used as a zoo for 100 years.</p> <p>In a statement released from prison, Exotic suggested Erik Cowie succumbed to a drug and alcohol addiction. “I did everything I could to help him and save him from himself and he turned on me for fame. And Money” he wrote.</p> <p>“RIP Erik. I will be making a donation in his name to a drug and alcohol treatment centre”.</p>

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“I’m so sorry”: Guy Sebastian apologises for pro-vax video

<p>Guy Sebastian has issued an emotional apology after posting a now-deleted social media message urging Australians to get vaccinated which was part a music industry advertisement called #VaxTheNation’.</p> <p>In an Instagram video shared late Monday night, <em>The Voice </em>judge claimed the original post from #VaxTheNation had been published without his “direct involvement” and he told his followers he was “really sorry.”</p> <p>“I would never, ever tell people what to do when it comes to their personal health choices,” he said.</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/tv/CTetG9WlvjV/?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/tv/CTetG9WlvjV/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by guysebastian (@guysebastian)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p><strong>#VaxTheNation is an advertising campaign</strong></p> <p>#VaxTheNation is an advertising campaign for the music industry, urging Australians to get vaccinated so live shows can resume.</p> <p>Music industry heavyweights including Jimmy Barnes, Amy Shark, and the Hilltop Hoods, along with major record labels, ticketing agencies and festival organisers, have backed the <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.vaxthenation.com.au/" target="_blank">#VaxTheNation</a><br />initiative, which was released on Monday.</p> <p>The campaign calls for Australians to help “stop the interruptions” to the entertainment industry and help end the cycle of lockdowns.</p> <p>Sebastian is promoted among the high-profile names behind the cause.</p> <p>But it seems Sebastian has had second thoughts and he aired these on his Instagram video, saying:</p> <p>“I’m sure some of you today would have seen an industry call-out with the best of intentions for our live music industry – which has been absolutely decimated – trying to find a pathway forward so that we can all assemble together again.”</p> <p>“While I, like everybody else in my industry, want things to get going again, it is not my role to communicate in a way that that post was communicated,” he said.</p> <p>“I would never, ever tell people what to do when it comes to their personal health choices. I’m very sensitive of it – not only on a public level, but even in my personal life, with people who have circumstances that they have to consider when making these choices.”</p> <p>Sebastian ended with a direct apology: “I just want to say I’m really sorry, it was not a post that communicated with the love or compassion which I feel is needed when it comes to addressing things like vaccinations.</p> <p>“I just wanted to clarify that so I could speak my truth and people would know how I actually feel.”</p> <p><strong>Apology seems to have backfired</strong></p> <p>It seems the apology video seems to have backfired, with many fans and fellow musos left confused by his message.</p> <p><strong>Ben Lee</strong> tweeted: ‘To be honest, this is actually a really sad example of what happens when your career is dependent on trying to be all things to all people.’</p> <p>Another tweeted: ‘Man, any musicians apologising for trying to get back to work by advocating for a safer audience is self defeating. Unpack your spine ya goofballs.’</p> <p>And <strong>Joel Creasey</strong> tweeted: ‘But seriously, Guy trying to sit on the fence in a pandemic is a fun new move.’</p> <p>Last year, Sebastian copped a similar backlash from the industry after posing with Prime Minister Scott Morrison in an unpaid role to help promote the federal government’s $250 million emergency relief package.</p> <p>But the botched funding was widely criticised by the entertainment industry, who were disappointed by the slow rollout - and Sebastian later told the <em>Herald Sun</em> he felt he’d been used as a “prop” by the Federal Government.</p> <p>“I copped it, because I was trying to support something I believed would make a difference. And it hasn’t, so that’s on me,” Sebastian said.</p> <p>“I made that decision, I’ll cop it, that’s fair enough. But it doesn’t mean I agree with how it’s been rolled out, I think it’s dismal.”</p> <p><strong>Sebastian’s personal decision</strong></p> <p>In a statement to news.com.au, Sebastian made his position on vaccination clear: “There is no confusion, I made the personal decision to be double vaccinated. I support the music industry initiatives to revive our industry, however, I personally don’t believe it is my place to deal in absolutes to tell people what to do in regards to their personal health choices. We need to remember to communicate with empathy and understanding. This has always been my goal.”</p> <p><em>Image: Instagram</em></p>

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Tragedy strikes solo sailor Jessica Watson

<p>The long-term partner of Queensland solo sailing star Jessica Watson, Cameron Dale, has died, aged 29, following a catastrophic stroke.</p> <p>Watson, who became the youngest person to sail solo around the world more than 10 years ago, posted on Instagram on Wednesday evening, confirming the tragic loss of her partner.</p> <p>Describing him as her ‘long-term partner in every aspect of life and planned future.’</p> <p>She added that even with all of her achievements – which include Young Australian of the Year, Youth Representative for the United Nations World Food Program and being a recipient of the Medal of the Order of Australia – the role she was most proud of was being ‘Cam's “Jess,”’</p> <p>Watson went on to say: ‘Cam and I have been inseparable since 2011, our shared world centred on messing about on boats/</p> <p>‘Describing what Cam means to me is impossible – everyone who knows us understands how much we simply loved each other.’</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/CTRTvA6v0Rh/?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/CTRTvA6v0Rh/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Jessica Watson (@jessicawatson_93)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p>"Even while experiencing indescribable grief, I feel so grateful for the family, friends, and communities Cam has given me and the person I've become with him," she added.</p> <p>"I take enormous strength from having been so devotedly loved. The years of treasured memories offer enormous comfort."</p> <p>Cameron Dale died on Monday, nearly six weeks after a catastrophic stroke, despite the best efforts of staff at the Gold Coast University Hospital, according to Watson.</p> <p>Watson’s story about how she became the youngest person to sail solo around the world at just 16, is about to become a Netflix feature film based on her best-selling memoir, <em>True Spirit.</em></p> <p><em>Image: Instagram</em></p>

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“Absolutely heartbreaking”: Geronimo the alpaca put down amid public outcry

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">A British alpaca named Geronimo has been put down after making headlines around the world as supporters battled to overturn a court warrant for his death.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The court issued a warrant for Geronimo to be put down after the alpaca returned a positive test result for bovine tuberculosis.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Geronimo was put down on Wednesday at his owner’s Gloucestershire farm by vets, after the Department of Food, Environment and Rural Affairs (Defra) confirmed he had tested positive a second time.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Helen MacDonal, Geronimo’s owner, had previously told </span><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">A Current Affair </span></em><span style="font-weight: 400;">that she didn’t believe her eight-year-old alpaca had the disease.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The 50-year-old went on to say the decision to put him down was “absolutely heartbreaking”.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“They are assassinating him, it’s like an execution and there’s no foundation that’s the horror of it,” Ms MacDonald said at the time.</span></p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">National disgrace <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/geronimo?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#geronimo</a> <a href="https://t.co/8jHjysF9Zn">pic.twitter.com/8jHjysF9Zn</a></p> — dominic dyer (@domdyer70) <a href="https://twitter.com/domdyer70/status/1432683202628440067?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">August 31, 2021</a></blockquote> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Geronimo was born in Australia and grew up in New Zealand, where tested negative to the disease prior to Helen importing him to her farm.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">However, he was tested once again upon arrival to the UK in 2017, where he received two positive results.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Ms MacDonald, a veterinary nurse, appealed to Defra to allow Geronimo to take a third test or allow him to live to help with research into the disease.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">She argued that the test was flawed and that he had previously tested positive because of repeated priming with a purified protein derivative of bovine tuberculosis bacteria called tuberculin.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">In a last-ditch effort to save the animal, Ms MacDonald took her case to the High Court.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">However, she lost on August 18, with the court issuing a warrant giving Defra until September 4 to euthanise Geronimo.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">More than 140,000 people have signed a petition to save the alpaca, while Ms MacDonald has invested over $100,000 in the cause.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Protestors took to the streets in early August to demonstrate against the ruling, with about 30 campaigners marching from Defra’s headquarters to Number 10 Downing Street.</span></p> <p><img style="width: 0px; height: 0px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7843636/gettyimages-1234595946.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/8d47434890b84bc88c46dc79af60c437" /></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Image: Getty Images</span></em></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Supporters camped out at the farm to try to prevent officials from arriving to kill the alpaca, and some were seen talking to police as the animal was taken away.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">One woman was briefly arrested after spraying officers with a water pistol, but was soon de-arrested.</span></p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 333.49609375px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7843635/gettyimages-1234760565.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/c92fc73b725b441c82b1fbfd22b30ad4" /></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Image: Getty Images</span></em></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Ms MacDonald also set up a webcam over Geronimo’s paddock so that everyone could see what happened to him.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Everyone should be behind this little guy because he stands for justice and accountability,” Ms MacDonald said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Chief veterinary officer Christine Middlemiss said it was a “terribly sad situation” but that culling animals that tested positive for bovine tuberculosis was crucial to minimise its spread.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Not only is it essential to protect the livelihoods of our farming industry and rural communities, but it is also necessary to avoid more TB cases in humans,” she said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“No-one wants to have cull infected animals if it can be avoided.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">A Defra spokesperson said a post-mortem examination would be carried out by veterinary pathologists, as well as a study of tissue samples, with the process taking up to three months.</span></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Image: Dominic Dyer / Twitter</span></em></p>

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Barty fumes as match suspended

<p>Barty was well on her way to victory against Vera Zvonareva with some sizzling tennis in the first set which she won 6-1.</p> <p>But in the second set, the match was briefly suspended after the controversial electronic line-calling system crashed on Arthur Ashe Stadium, the centre court at the Flushing Meadows venue in New York.</p> <p>The 25-year-old spoke to the umpire after the annoying delay was announced and was heard on court microphones asking if human line judges could be brought onto court to replace the electronic system.</p> <p>Her request was denied as a result of the tournament not using any line judges this year.</p> <p>Barty was left shaking her head as she sat down waiting for a resumption of play.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">Play has been suspended on Arthur Ashe due to an issue with the electronic line-calling system.<br /><br />Ash Barty is shaking her head &amp; asking if they can bring out, you know, the humans that used to do it?<br /><br />The answer, unsurprisingly, is no. <a href="https://t.co/RvCBxMMlXA">pic.twitter.com/RvCBxMMlXA</a></p> — The Tennis Podcast (@TennisPodcast) <a href="https://twitter.com/TennisPodcast/status/1432782740886331397?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">August 31, 2021</a></blockquote> <p>In the end she was only forced to wait a few minutes and quickly broke her opponent’s serve minutes later.</p> <p>However, the match took several more dramatic turns from there with Barty failing to serve the match out before it headed to a tiebreak.</p> <p>Barty prevailed 9-7 in the breaker, but had to defend set points in a very nervous few minutes at the end.</p> <p><strong>More relaxed after the match</strong></p> <p>Later, when Barty was interviewed on the court after her match, she seemed much more relaxed and talked about her recent winning streak.</p> <p>“It has certainly been really enjoyable right from the start,” she said.</p> <p>Barty will now play 18-year-old Clara Tauson in the second round.</p> <p>The world No. 1 is chasing back-to-back grand slam titles after her historic win at Wimbledon.</p> <p>She is in fine form after also winning a WTA title two weeks ago at Cincinnati.</p> <p><em>Image: Getty Images</em></p>

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Superstar Rachel Griffiths’ surprise return to Sydney

<p dir="ltr">Rachel Griffiths and her husband Andy Taylor are coming back to Sydney.</p> <p dir="ltr">The beloved actress, 52, and the painter, 54, are relocating from Melbourne to inner Sydney where they have purchased a stunning “designer terrace” for a little more than $2 million.</p> <p dir="ltr">The couple came back to Australia from the United States in 2012.</p> <p dir="ltr">The last Sydney property Griffiths and Taylor owned was a holiday home in Palm Beach, which they sold by the couple in 2014 for $2.25million.</p> <p dir="ltr">In Melbourne, they kept a Victorian Era home which underwent numerous renovations.</p> <p dir="ltr">Griffiths and Taylor shared the home with their three children, son Banjo, 17, and daughters Adelaide, 16, and Clementine, 12.</p> <p dir="ltr">In a May column for Stellar Magazine, the actress explained her reasons for coming home after a decade in the U.S.</p> <p dir="ltr">“I was hungry to come home and tell our own Australian stories with humanity and vigour,” she wrote.</p> <p dir="ltr">“So I did, and the years since have been the most satisfying of my career.”</p> <p dir="ltr">Since her return, Griffiths has starred in a remake of the Australian horror film Patrick and the Mel Gibson-directed <em>Hacksaw Ridge.</em></p> <p dir="ltr">She has also directed episodes of the TV series <em>Nowhere Boys</em> and the Michelle Payne biopic <em>Ride Like a Girl.</em></p> <p dir="ltr">The film was nominated for Best Film, Best Actress (for star Teresa Palmer) and Best Score at the 2019 AACTA Awards.</p>

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Dr Charlie Teo makes shock admission about his future

<p>Well-known neurosurgeon Charlie Teo has broken his silence about the recent allegations which have rocked his prominent 35-year career.</p> <p>Last week, the Medical Council of NSW stated Dr Teo would be required to get the support of a second neurosurgeon before he performed specific high-risk operations.</p> <p>These new conditions were imposed after Dr Teo attended a hearing at the medical council, instigated by a number of complaints from other surgeons.</p> <p>Dr Teo’s registration now has some conditions attached to it including a requirement to meet regularly with a supervisor and get a supporting opinion from a fellow neurosurgeon, before operating on recurrent cancerous brain tumours and brain stem tumours.</p> <p>Since the hearing, Dr Teo has mainly spoken through his lawyers but now the surgeon has personally addressed the allegations by talking to <em>The Daily Telegraph.</em></p> <p><strong>Dr Teo has revealed he may walk away from medicine</strong></p> <p>When speaking about the allegations, Dr Teo revealed he may walk away from medicine.</p> <p>He also addressed the claims he told sexual jokes while operating. These allegations first surfaced in a <em>Sydney Morning Herald </em>article in September 2019, with a nurse telling the publication she had heard Dr Teo making sexually suggestive jokes to his staff including saying “while you’re down there …” when a nurse was bending down to pick something up.</p> <p>Dr Teo has today conceded he told “bad jokes” in the operating theatre.</p> <p>“I’ll be the first to admit that I said that. I’m not gonna step back from that. I’ll take that on the chin. But never again. I can see how things can be taken out of context,” he said.</p> <p>“Yeah, I was a dinosaur,” he added. “I used to tell bad jokes amongst my inner sanctum. In my defence, when you are totally focused on the job at hand, it’s difficult to think about being politically correct if it doesn’t come naturally.”</p> <p>The nurse in question, Young Je, who Dr Teo made the jokes to, has since said she didn’t take the suggestions to heart.</p> <p>“I wasn’t offended at all,” she said.</p> <p>Ms Je has worked with Dr Teo for 12 years and they virtually consider each other as family.</p> <p>“Our relationship is that special,” Dr Teo has said. “She was devastated when that came out.”</p> <p><strong>More conditions imposed on Dr Teo</strong></p> <p>The medical council has also ordered Dr Teo to file monthly reports of his procedures containing details of the surgery and patient; whether the patient travelled from interstate; any complications; and copies of all opinions from other surgeons, whether they approved or disapproved of the proposed operation.</p> <p>Dr Teo – who is a NSW Australian of the Year finalist - must also meet regularly with a supervisor to discuss management of interstate patients, care after discharge, and “professional behaviour, including but not limited to communication with colleagues and patients”.</p> <p>Regular audits are also among the conditions published on Dr Teo’s profile on the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency website (AHPRA).</p> <p>The notice states the council considered the restrictions appropriate ‘for the protection of the health and safety or any person or persons, or because it is satisfied that action is otherwise in the public interest.’</p> <p><strong>Dr Teo's public statement</strong></p> <p>In a public statement last week, Dr Teo said he accepted the council’s direction to consult with another neurosurgeon on “two rare types of surgery” and “will also have retrospective discussions with a colleague to review outcomes”.</p> <p>His statement read: ‘Dr Teo believes that his treatment of patients, who suffer from extremely rare, complicated and terminal brain cancers, had always been in line with local and inter­national standards of care and welcomes greater transparency of his office procedures.’</p> <p>‘I am often approached by patients suffering from brain cancer who have been told that there is nothing else to be done.</p> <p>‘Published manuscripts over the past 30 years show that my success rate with these so-called “inoperable” tumours has been very successful in curing “incurable” tumours, ­ extending survival or improving quality of their lives.’</p> <p><em>Image: Charlie Teo Foundation / Instagram</em></p> <p><em> </em></p>

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Dynasty star's shock death just 10 days after diagnosis

<p dir="ltr">American actor Michael Nader, who is known best for his starring role on the original <em>Dynasty</em>, has passed away at 76-years-old.</p> <p dir="ltr">Jodi Lister, his wife, took to social media to announce to the world the sad news.</p> <p dir="ltr">She revealed he died in his California home from untreatable cancer on August 23, only 10 days after being diagnosed.</p> <p dir="ltr">“His death and diagnosis was sudden and unexpected and I have never experienced such agony as watching my soulmate die before my eyes,” Lister wrote via Nader’s official Facebook page.</p> <p dir="ltr">“We had 18 wonderful years together with the many dogs we fostered and adopted. Recently, Michael was so thrilled to reconnect with his friends from the cast of Dynasty during Emma Samms virtual event to help raise funds for Long-Covid research.</p> <p dir="ltr">“He was a beautiful and fascinating man with many talents and skills. I will miss him forever.”</p> <p dir="ltr">Nader was best known for his role as Dex Dexter on the <em>ABC</em> prime time soap opera <em>Dynasty</em> from 1983 to 1989.</p> <p dir="ltr">He played the third husband of Joan Collins’ character, Alexis Carrington Colby.</p> <p dir="ltr"><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7843463/michael-nader-3.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/c20172c6ebbe49e7b9a068bf8be5f796" /></p> <div class="component inline image margin-32-tb align-img align-default"> <div class="component lazy-image lazy-image-udf image-wrapper aspect_3x2 cache-only align-default rendered image-loaded" data-src="https://imagesvc.meredithcorp.io/v3/mm/image?url=https%3A%2F%2Fstatic.onecms.io%2Fwp-content%2Fuploads%2Fsites%2F6%2F2021%2F08%2F25%2FMichael-Nader.jpg" data-use-imagesvc-to-cache="true" data-special-crop="" data-alt="Michael Nader" data-title="MICHAEL NADER" data-shop-image="false" data-original-width="1500" data-original-height="1000" data-high-density="true" data-crop-percentage="67" data-tracking-zone="image" data-orientation="default" data-focal-point-x="765" data-focal-point-y="40"> <div class="image-wrap-container clearfix"> <div class="credit body-caption padding-8-top" style="text-align: center;"><em>Michael Nader on Dynasty. Image: ABC / Getty Images</em></div> </div> </div> </div> <p dir="ltr">He also starred in the popular soap opera <em>All My Children</em> as Dimitri Marick, from 1991 to 2001, before he reprised the role in 2013.</p> <p dir="ltr">Nader has previously been open about his substance abuse issues, with Lister revealing he had been writing a book about his battles before his death.</p> <p dir="ltr">“He was working on a book about his life and addiction before he passed,” she said.</p> <p dir="ltr">“He had so many talents and skills and it’s hard to imagine living life without his beautiful and wonderful presence, joy and laughter.”</p> <p dir="ltr">His last and final project was the reprisal of his hit character on <em>All My Children</em>, back in 2013.</p> <p dir="ltr">Before his brief return, Nader told reporters he was “out of the game” and had made peace with the idea of never returning to act.</p> <p dir="ltr">“I did a couple of guest spots on Cold Case, and little things. Then I started drifting around and going to those, ‘Let’s see what they look like today interviews.’ And you know what? The industry has changed so much. It’s sit around and wait,” he told Michael Fairman in 2013.</p> <p dir="ltr">“I have a friend, a very good actor.</p> <p dir="ltr">“For seven years he did not get work. All of a sudden, he started to get some voiceover work, and it was enough to make a living in Hollywood. (Then) I got call that he had a cerebral haemorrhage in his sleep.</p> <p dir="ltr">“They found him three days later with his dogs around him. So he waited by the phone, he got a little bite of life, and then he was taken.</p> <p dir="ltr">“And I said, ‘You know, I am so lucky of what I did, and to live in this wonderful community in Lake Tahoe. I am at peace.’”</p> <p dir="ltr">Nader is survived by wife Lister, daughter Lindsay, stepmother Lillian and sister Stephanie.</p>

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Katie Price opens up after “unprovoked” attack in home

<p>British personality Katie Price has admitted how shocked she is after being assaulted “unprovoked” in her home.</p> <p>Price, 43, was taken to hospital in the early hours of the morning following the alleged attack and is reportedly “devastated” by the incident.</p> <p>A man in his 30’s has been taken into custody.</p> <p>Katie claims she ran to her eldest son, Harvey’s house, after she was “punched” in her home.</p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7843380/katie-price-1.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/94732c33a5d04b7494faacbfca0acd0e" /></p> <p><em>Katie Price with her son, Harvey, who is 19. Image: Instagram</em></p> <p>“I’ve got a big bruise, my face is all puffy, and I went to hospital. I’m still all dazed. I’m devastated. I’ve told police that I was assaulted, and am in shock that this happened,” Price admitted to The Sun.</p> <p>“I ran away after being punched. I ran to Harvey’s house nearby and have now done damage to my feet, which I previously injured.</p> <p>“The fight was unprovoked. I was just sitting there watching telly when the assault happened.</p> <p>“I can’t say any more.”</p> <p>Essex police said in a statement: “We were called by colleagues in the ambulance service to reports of an assault shortly after 1.30 am this morning, Monday 23 August.</p> <p>“We arrived and found a woman had sustained a facial injury which required hospital treatment.</p> <p>“In a further statement, Essex police added: “Our investigations are continuing at the scene today.”</p>

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Celebrities mourn Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watts

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Charlie Watts, the legendary drummer for The Rolling Stones, has passed away at the age of 80.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“It is with immense sadness that we announce the death of our beloved Charlie Watts,” the band said in a statement on Wednesday.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“He passed away peacefully in a London hospital earlier today surrounded by his family.”</span></p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr"><a href="https://t.co/wi6333F6QF">pic.twitter.com/wi6333F6QF</a></p> — The Rolling Stones (@RollingStones) <a href="https://twitter.com/RollingStones/status/1430209721567416323?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">August 24, 2021</a></blockquote> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Watt’s spokesperson added that the musician was “a cherished husband, father and grandfather” and “one of the greatest drummers of his generation”.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Bandmate Mick Jagger shared a simple tribute on social media, sharing a photo of Watts laughing while sitting at a drum kit on stage.</span></p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr"><a href="https://t.co/MrPpJI0Hxd">pic.twitter.com/MrPpJI0Hxd</a></p> — Mick Jagger (@MickJagger) <a href="https://twitter.com/MickJagger/status/1430294856774135817?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">August 24, 2021</a></blockquote> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Stones guitarist Keith Richards followed suit, sharing a single picture of a drum kit with a “CLOSED” sign draped over it.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Watts played drums on all of the band’s 30 albums, was a jazz drummer in his earlier years, heading his own jazz band and getting involved in several side projects.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Since the tragic news was announced, tributes to the drummer have poured in from music stars - including Sir Elton John, Slash, Lenny Kravitz, and fellow drumming legend Ringo Starr.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“A very sad day. Charlie Watts was the ultimate drummer. The most stylish of men, and such brilliant company,” Elton John wrote, sharing a photo of the pair. “My deepest condolences to Shirley, Seraphina and Charlotte. And, of course, The Rolling Stones.”</span></p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">A very sad day. Charlie Watts was the ultimate drummer. The most stylish of men, and such brilliant company. My deepest condolences to Shirley, Seraphina and Charlotte. And of course, The Rolling Stones. <br /><br />@therollingstones <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/CharlieWatts?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#CharlieWatts</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/RIP?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#RIP</a> <a href="https://t.co/9rjSSgioZL">pic.twitter.com/9rjSSgioZL</a></p> — Elton John (@eltonofficial) <a href="https://twitter.com/eltonofficial/status/1430213430095630343?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">August 24, 2021</a></blockquote> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Lenny Kravitz had no words, sharing a photo of the drummer with his sticks with the caption: “The beat of The Stones. There are no words, every groove has spoken for itself.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Ringo Starr also shared a picture, writing: “God bless Charlie Watts, we’re going to miss you man, peace and love to the family, Ringo.”</span></p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr"><a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/CHARLIEWATTS?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#CHARLIEWATTS</a>. The beat of The Stones. There are no words, every groove has spoken for itself. <br />6/2/41 - 8/24/21 <a href="https://t.co/Lw2USKaxYH">pic.twitter.com/Lw2USKaxYH</a></p> — Lenny Kravitz (@LennyKravitz) <a href="https://twitter.com/LennyKravitz/status/1430221907899654156?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">August 24, 2021</a></blockquote> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr"><a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/God?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#God</a> bless Charlie Watts we’re going to miss you man peace and love to the family Ringo 😎✌️🌟❤️🌈🎶☮️ <a href="https://t.co/3tSFg7EMQG">pic.twitter.com/3tSFg7EMQG</a></p> — #RingoStarr (@ringostarrmusic) <a href="https://twitter.com/ringostarrmusic/status/1430214308101705730?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">August 24, 2021</a></blockquote> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Fellow Beatle Paul McCartney said Watt’s death was a huge blow.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“He was a lovely guy. Condolences to the Stones. A huge blow for them because Charlie was a rock,” McCartney said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“A fantastic drummer, steady as a rock. Love you, Charlie, will always love you. Beautiful man, and great condolences and sympathy to his family.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Beach Boy Brian Wilson also paid tribute to Watts, who he described as a “great drummer”.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“I feel terrible for Charlie’s family. Charlie was a great drummer and I loved the Stones music, they made great records. Love &amp; Mercy,” Wilson said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Celebrities outside the music world also shared their sympathies, with Monty Python star Eric Idle writing on Twitter: “Saddened by the loss of Charlie Watts. A kind and gentle man. He will be very missed.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Irvine Welsh, the author of </span><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Trainspotting</span></em><span style="font-weight: 400;">, also penned a tribute to the drummer.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“RIP Charlie Watts. Always steadfastly came over as a no-nonsense honest broker in a situation where acclaim, wealth, pomposity and egotism could corrupt the sweetest of souls,” he shared on Twitter.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The news comes several weeks after the drummer pulled out of The Rolling Stones’ upcoming US tour to recover from an unspecified medical procedure.</span></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Image: Mick Jagger / Twitter</span></em></p>

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"Outbursts of crying": Kefu speaks for the first time since brutal home invasion

<p>Wallabies star Toutai Kefu has spoken out for the first time since a brutal home invasion that left his family in hospital. </p> <p>He spoke to reporters outside his Brisbane home, saying "I'm taking it day-by-day."</p> <p>"At times you just, you know, there's outbursts of crying."</p> <p>Toutai's wife Rachel will remain in the hospital for a further two weeks, and may never gain full use of her arms back. </p> <p>Toutai, his daughter Maddi and son Josh were also stabbed during the attack. </p> <p>The invasion took place on Monday morning, when Toutai's wife heard rustling noises that she mistook for a possum. </p> <p>When she went to investigate, she was confronted by four teenage boys, aged between 13 and 15, and the invasion quickly turned violent. </p> <p>The teenagers allegedly started to attack the family with a machete and an axe, waking up Josh. </p> <p>"He absolutely went into beast mode, you know, I had the two intruders on me and he just jumped in with no fear, and he copped a couple of hacks to his back," Toutai said.</p> <p>"It could have been certainly a different outcome if he didn't turn up, he had no thought for his own safety."</p> <p>The four teenage boys responsible for the attack have been charged with 44 offences, including grievous bodily harm and attempted murder. </p> <p>Toutai thanked the police, doctors, members of the public and the rugby union community for the flood of support since the attack. </p> <p>"I'd just like to thank everyone for keeping us in their thoughts during that time."</p> <p>He said, "As a family we're very, very grateful and thankful to have that kind of support, so we really appreciate it."</p> <p><em>Image credit: Getty Images</em></p>

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British comedian dies after long battle with cancer

<p>Legendary comedian Sean Lock has died at the age of 58 as many people around the world mourn his loss, stating he was an “influential” comedian for this generation.</p> <p>The celebrity was best known for his deadpan humour when he appeared on the British panel shows <em>8 Out Of 10 Cats</em> and <em>8 Out Of 10 Cats Does Countdown</em>.</p> <p>Lock’s agent confirmed the father-of-three passed away after a long battle with cancer, surrounded by his family.</p> <p>A statement from Off The Kerb Productions said: “It is with great sadness that we have to announce the death of Sean Lock.</p> <p>“He died at home from cancer, surrounded by his family.</p> <p>“Sean was one of Britain’s finest comedians, his boundless creativity, lightning wit and the absurdist brilliance of his work, marked him out as a unique voice in British comedy.</p> <p>“Sean was also a cherished husband and father to three children. Sean will be sorely missed by all that knew him.</p> <p>“We kindly request that the privacy of his family and children is respected at this difficult time.”</p> <p><strong>Previous battle with cancer</strong></p> <p>In 1990, Lock was diagnosed with skin cancer while he worked as a labourer on a building site but it’s not clear if this was the type of cancer which returned.</p> <p>He went on to make a full recovery and has since worked with others to help raise awareness of the disease.</p> <p>Lock’s final public appearance was in December when he appeared in a video for the charity - Edible London.</p> <p><strong>Many tributes have flooded in</strong></p> <p>Tributes to Lock as a person - and to his prodigious talent - have started flooding in from the comedy world.</p> <p><em>8 Out Of 10 Cat</em>s host Jimmy Carr said: “Brutal news about Sean Lock today. I loved him. I’m watching clips of him right now – laughing &amp; crying. I’ll miss him so much.”</p> <p>Comedian Lee Mack, who was a close friend, paid tribute saying: “I’ve known this day was coming for some time, but it’s no less heartbreaking. A true original both in comedy and life. I will miss him so much.”</p> <p>More British personalities took to social media to pay tribute to him, including Ricky Gervais who posted on Twitter: ‘Such sad news. RIP the great Sean Lock. One of the funniest, most influential comedians of a generation. A lovely man.’</p> <p>Lock’s TV career began in 1993 when he starred alongside Rob Newman and David Baddiel on their signature show <em>Newman And Baddiel In Pieces.</em></p> <p>Lock was also praised for his live comedy and won the gong for best live stand-up at the British Comedy Awards in 2000.</p> <p>In 2005, the comic became a team captain on panel show<em> 8 Out Of 10 Cats</em> and went on to appear for 18 series.</p> <p><em>Photo: Getty Images</em></p>

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“We’ll die slowly in history”: Afghan girl’s sorrowful plea

<p dir="ltr">A video of an unidentified Afghan girl crying after the Taliban took over the capital of Afghanistan is being shared online.</p> <p dir="ltr">The video, which has been translated into English, shows the young woman finding it hard to cope with her new future.</p> <p dir="ltr">“We don’t count because we were born in Afghanistan,” she says in the clip.</p> <p dir="ltr">“I cannot help crying. I have to wipe my tears to be able to film this video.</p> <p dir="ltr">“No one cares about us. We’ll die slowly in history.”</p> <p dir="ltr">She ends the video with the question, “Isn’t it funny?”</p> <p dir="ltr">The video was shared by journalist and activist Masih Alinejad and has been viewed more than 1.7 million times.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">"We don't count because we're from Afghanistan. We'll die slowly in history"<br /><br />Tears of a hopeless Afghan girl whose future is getting shattered as the Taliban advance in the country.<br /><br />My heart breaks for women of Afghanistan. The world has failed them. History will write this. <a href="https://t.co/i56trtmQtF">pic.twitter.com/i56trtmQtF</a></p> — Masih Alinejad 🏳️ (@AlinejadMasih) <a href="https://twitter.com/AlinejadMasih/status/1426195246694780930?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">August 13, 2021</a></blockquote> <p dir="ltr">The journalist described the video as the “tears of a hopeless Afghan girl whose future is getting shattered as the Taliban advance in the country”.</p> <p dir="ltr">Alinejad added that her “heart breaks for the women in Afghanistan”, as she fears women’s basic freedoms and rights will be taken away under Taliban rule.</p> <p dir="ltr">The Iranian journalist has since interviewed the girl in the video, sharing on Twitter that they “cried together because we both know the nature of the Islamic regime and their lies”.</p> <p dir="ltr">“She’s only 23 years old, full of pain and anger. Please listen to her and be her voice.”</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">My in-depth interview with the Afghan girl who’s heartbreaking crying video become symbol of ‘shattered future’ under Taliban<br /><br />She’s only 23 years old, full of pain and anger. Please listen to her and be their voice. <a href="https://t.co/oUiOe7ApG7">pic.twitter.com/oUiOe7ApG7</a></p> — Masih Alinejad 🏳️ (@AlinejadMasih) <a href="https://twitter.com/AlinejadMasih/status/1427526187916701718?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">August 17, 2021</a></blockquote> <p dir="ltr">The clip has been shared all over social media, including by Khaled Hosseini, the author who used his time growing up in Afghanistan to write<span> </span><em>The Kite Runner</em>.</p> <p dir="ltr">“The United States has a moral obligation. Admit as many Afghan refugees as possible,” he pleaded via Twitter.</p> <p dir="ltr"><img style="width: 500px; height: 229.06976744186048px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7843215/860x394-1.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/52d78bdec78f4f3b8c94797880906d52" /></p> <p dir="ltr"><em>Image: Department of Defense, @MarcusReports</em></p> <p dir="ltr">The video comes as shocking images of Afghans fleeing the country have also been shared, depicting hundreds of people desperately trying to board an American military transport plane.</p> <p dir="ltr"><em>Image: TikTok</em></p>

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Prince Harry speaks out against Taliban: “Support one another”

<p><span>Prince Harry has released a heartfelt statement following the Taliban takeover in Afghanistan.</span><br /><br /><span>The Duke of Sussex undertook two frontline tours of Afghanistan during his time in the British military, and has called on veterans to “reach out” and “offer support for one another” following the heartbreaking events.</span><br /><br /><span>He released the joint statement on the Invictus Games Foundation Twitter account, @weareinvictus.</span><br /><br /><span>The statement was issued by Harry, patron of the Invictus Games Foundation, along with Lord Allen of Kensington CBE, chair of the foundation and CEO, Dominic Reid OBE.</span><br /><br /><span>He said the events unfolding in the war-torn nation affected many in the Invictus community.</span><br /><br /><span>"What's happening in Afghanistan resonates across the international Invictus community," it said.</span><br /><br /><span>"Many of the participating nations and competitors in the Invictus Games family are bound by a shared experience of serving in Afghanistan over the past two decades, and for several years we have competed alongside Invictus Games Team Afghanistan.</span></p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7843218/prince-harry-afghanistan-1.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/09b1f838b0fb406cadecd4e1681331e5" /></p> <p><em>Image: Getty Images</em><br /><br /><span>"We encourage everybody across the Invictus network — and the wider military community — to reach out to each other and offer support for one another."</span><br /><br /><span>The Duke served in the army for 10 years.</span><br /><br /><span>He joined the Royal Military in 2005, where he trained as a cadet.</span><br /><br /><span>He went on to join the Blues and Royals in 2006 — the second-most senior regiment in the British army.</span><br /><br /><span>From 2007 to 2008, Harry rose to the rank of lieutenant while he was deployed with the British Army in Helmand, Afghanistan.</span><br /><br /><span>In 2012, he commenced the second frontline tour of Afghanistan.</span></p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7843220/prince-harry-afghanistan.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/c5c2d126ec304a3397786678447115dd" /></p> <p><em>Image: Getty Images</em><br /><br /><span>He had been a helicopter co-pilot and gunner.</span><br /><br /><span>US President Joe Biden’s withdrawal from Afghanistan following a 20-year presence has plunged the country into chaos.</span><br /><br /><span>The Taliban has quickly taken over major cities and states in Afghanistan.</span></p>

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Wallabies legend rushed to hospital after home stabbing

<p><span>Former Wallabies star Toutai Kefu is in hospital after suffering serious injuries during an alleged home invasion at his home in Coorparoo, Brisbane on Monday morning.</span><br /><br /><span>Three members of Mr Kefu's family were also rushed to Princess Alexandra Hospital after reportedly being attacked as well.</span><br /><br /><span>Mr Kefu is the Tongan rugby union team head coach, and reportedly sustained an abdominal wound.</span></p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7843145/toutai-kefu-1.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/6f7d17686a4d4bd29a6be533da31bdb5" /></p> <p><em>Image: Getty</em><br /><br /><span>A man in his 20s will also allegedly need to undergo medical care for lacerations to his abdomen and back, while a woman in her 40s received an arm injury.</span><br /><br /><span>A teenage girl also has a hand injury.</span><br /><br /><span>Police say the attack happened after men broke into a house on Buena Vista Avenue.</span><br /><br /><span>One man was restrained and has been taken into custody.</span><br /><br /><span>The other offenders fled the scene in a car that sped off toward Woolloongabba.</span><br /><br /><span>Two men have been taken into custody but police say they have not been charged just yet.</span><br /><br /><span>Queensland Rugby Union (QRU) has released a statement following the “shocking incident" involving Mr Kefu.</span><br /><br /><span>"Our thoughts and prayers are with Toutai and his family at this time," the QRU said.</span><br /><br /><span>"We offer our support to them and the wider Queensland rugby community who are affected by the incident."</span><br /><br /><span>Mr Kefu is a legendary sportsman in his own right, competing in 60 tests in the forwards for Australia, during his seven-year international career.</span><br /><br /><span>The 47-year-old made his debut for the Wallabies against South Africa in 1997 in Pretoria.</span><br /><br /><span>In 2001, he scored the match-winning try against the All Blacks, which gave Australia victory in the Bledisloe Cup.</span><br /><br /><span>He finished as the most capped Wallaby number eight of all time, with 58 tests.</span><br /><br /><span>He has been the head coach of the Tongan national rugby side since 2016.</span><br /><br /><span>He coached the squad through to the 2019 World Cup in Japan.</span></p>

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