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“We all care for one another”: Federer responds to “selfish” claims

<p><span>Roger Federer has rejected suggestions of moving the Australian Open out of Melbourne amid complaints over poor air quality from the tournament’s qualifiers.</span></p> <p><span>Bushfires in Victoria brought the air quality to hazardous levels with visibility plummeting across Melbourne during the opening days of the qualifying of the Grand Slam event. </span></p> <p><span>Slovenian Dalila Jakupović quit her qualifying match after suffering from a coughing spell, and Australia’s Bernard Tomic sought medical treatment during his first-round loss <a href="https://www.tennis.com/pro-game/2020/01/smoke-haze-again-forces-delay-in-australian-open-qualifying/86838/">when he struggled to breathe</a>.</span></p> <p><span>Canadian qualifier Brayden Schnur said Federer and Rafael Nadal were “selfish” for not speaking out on behalf of all players about the playing conditions.</span></p> <p><span>Canadian Denis Shapovalov, who was seeded 13<sup>th</sup> in the tournament, said he would default a match <a href="https://www.nytimes.com/2020/01/19/sports/tennis/australian-open-fires.html">if the air quality became hazardous</a>. </span></p> <p><span>“You get warnings from the news telling people to stay inside, that it’s not good for your health to be outside, to be breathing this stuff, and then you get an email from the tournament saying that it’s playable and you guys have to go out there and put your life in jeopardy, put your health in jeopardy,” said Shapovalov.</span></p> <p><span>“You see the effects on players it has right now, the last couple days, but you don’t know what it’s going to do later in our lives, and how it could affect us if we’re breathing this air in for two weeks.”</span></p> <p><span>Organisers released an air quality policy on Saturday following international criticism for allowing players to compete under a blanket of thick smoke haze. The tournament said play would be suspended outdoors if the levels of fine particulate pollution went over the “unhealthy” threshold of 200 micrograms per cubic metre.</span></p> <p><span>Federer said he believed the policy provided a “safe” environment for players.</span></p> <p><span>“Go in the streets, ask the people if they want it to move from Melbourne or from Australia,” the 20-time Grand Slam champion said. </span></p> <p><span>“From what we were told in the player meeting, the Olympic Games and other competitions have the numbers set at 300. Ours is set at 200. From that standpoint, I think we’re moving in a very safe range. We’re not here for six months straight at over 200, 300, you know. That’s when maybe effects really become bad.</span></p> <p><span>“I don’t worry too much, to be honest. I worry more for everybody else who is in the fire, in the smoke. Also we can stay indoors all day, quickly go out and play, go back in again. It’s not like we’re stuck outside at all times. I think we’re going to get through it and it should be fine. It shouldn’t move, no.”</span></p> <p><span>Federer also suggested that other factors, such as the warm weather, might be to blame. </span></p> <p><span>“I think we’re all confused,” he said. “Is it super unsafe or is it totally safe to play? The problem on top of it, it was actually quite hot, too ... some players are not used to playing at 35, 33-degree heat, especially if you’ve practised on the indoor season.</span></p> <p><span>“I’m not saying they’re not ready or whatever it is, but it can always hit you. Of course, everything gets put down on it was the smoke. For sure, it can be nothing else. So what can I do? I can go to the office, speak to them.”</span></p> <p><span>Federer, member of the ATP players’ council, said he could not “do more” than communicating with tournament officials. “I’m on the council. I’ve been on the tour for so long. I came through the lower ranks, the juniors,” he said.</span></p> <p><span>“At the end of the day, we all care for one another.”</span></p> <p><span>The statement came after Federer deflected questions surrounding his sponsor Credit Suisse, which had significant investments in fossil fuels.</span></p> <p><span>“I take the impacts and threat of climate change very seriously, particularly as my family and I arrive in Australia amidst devastation from the bushfires,” he said <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-51082875" target="_blank">earlier this month</a>. </span></p> <p><span>“I appreciate reminders of my responsibility as a private individual, as an athlete and as an entrepreneur, and I'm committed to using this privileged position to dialogue on important issues with my sponsors.”</span></p>

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Prince Harry’s final royal appearance: What happens next?

<p>The Duke of Sussex stepped out at Buckingham Palace for the draw of the 2021 Rugby League World Cup, as the patron of the Royal Football League.</p> <p>It is his final public engagement before he and his wife, Duchess Meghan, step down as “senior” royals.</p> <p>It is also his first public appearance since his grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II accepted the Duke and Duchess’ to reduce their royal roles in Britain and seek a more independent future, separated from the crown.</p> <p>The World Cup draw was the last scheduled engagement for Prince Harry, sixth-in-line to the throne, before he and Meghan begin a "period of transition" and as part of his duty, he was required to witness two countries being drawn against each other.</p> <p>Eyebrows raised slightly when the Sussex Royal Instagram account released footage of his last hurrah as a senior royal, with the accompanying music being a Stones Roses hit that included the line “I’d like to leave the country for month on Sundays.”</p> <p>However, it emerged the indie track is the song choice of the tournament.</p> <p>The Duke also spoke out about the pressures of having to be “tough” and hide your feelings.</p> <p>“Rugby League isn’t just a sport, it’s a community. And one that takes care of its own,” he said.</p> <p>“For many years it has been at the forefront of promoting and supporting good mental fitness, working hard to build a positive mindset for everyone involved in the sport. So I am proud to support the Rugby League World Cup 2021 Mental Fitness Charter.”</p> <p>As he hosted the draws for the Rugby League World Cup 2021 with Olympic rowing champion Dame Katherine Grainger and 2005 Rugby World Cup winner Jason Robinson, he failed to show any signs of distress or turmoil that has overwhelmed the Royal Family.</p> <p> After meeting with a student from St Vincent de Paul Catholic primary school, a reporter from a British tabloid yelled to Harry: “How are the discussions going about your future?”</p> <p>The outburst didn’t deter the Duke from his happy, calm state and simply laughed out loud and continued back into the palace for the draw.</p> <p>The Duke and Duchess of Sussex shocked the world last week when they announced they had the intention to reduce their royal duties and spend more time in Canada, while also aiming to become financially independent.</p> <p>The public announcement resulted in a family summit on Monday at her Sandringham estate which was attended by the Queen, Prince Harry, Prince William and heir to the British throne, Prince Charles.</p> <p>It was agreed the couple would split their time between British and Canada, which the Queen stated in a rare and personal statement.</p> <p>"Although we would have preferred them to remain full-time working members of the Royal Family, we respect and understand their wish to live a more independent life as a family while remaining a valued part of my family," the 93-year-old monarch said.</p> <p>The couple have said they want a "progressive" new role for themselves and the ability to fund themselves.</p> <p>As of now, the couple are not allowed to seek private income and most of their money comes from the private estate of Harry's father.</p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p>

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Duchess Meghan spotted at first public engagement since Megxit

<p><span>Duchess Meghan has been spotted in Canada at her first outing since she and Prince Harry announced their plan of resigning as senior members of the royal family.</span></p> <p><span>The Duchess of Sussex visited the Downtown Eastside Women’s Centre in Vancouver on Tuesday local time to meet with volunteers and workers.</span></p> <p><span>The organisation, which was established in 1978, supports women and children in the area by providing food, refuge and shelter as well as peer mentorship, advocacy and skills development.</span></p> <p><span>The Duchess’ visit was impromptu, reports said.</span></p> <p><iframe src="https://www.facebook.com/plugins/post.php?href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2FDowntownEastsideWomensCentre%2Fphotos%2Fa.874291395992830%2F2815075718581045%2F%3Ftype%3D3&amp;width=500" width="500" height="491" style="border: none; overflow: hidden;" scrolling="no" frameborder="0" allowtransparency="true" allow="encrypted-media"></iframe></p> <p><span>The Sussexes spent six weeks on Vancouver Island over Christmas and returned to the UK for an engagement. After announcing their resignation plan last week, Duchess Meghan went back to Canada, where her son Archie had stayed.</span></p> <p><span>Prince Harry is expected to return to Canada soon following his engagement on Thursday, <em><a href="https://www.townandcountrymag.com/society/tradition/a30524625/meghan-markle-vancouver-womens-center-canada-photo/">Town &amp; Country</a> </em>reported.</span></p>

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Roger Federer hits back at Greta Thunberg’s swipe

<div class="post_body_wrapper"> <div class="post_body"> <div class="body_text "> <p>Greta Thunberg has added her voice to the mounting criticism against Roger Federer and his partnership with Credit Suisse, Swiss banking giants.</p> <p>She retweeted a post from 350.org Europe that claims Credit Suisse has given $57 billion to companies that are looking for new fossil fuel deposits and advocated that Federer should drop the partnership.</p> <p>“Roger Federer do you endorse this?” the tweet reads.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en-gb"> <p dir="ltr">Since 2016 <a href="https://twitter.com/CreditSuisse?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@CreditSuisse</a> has provided $57 BILLION to companies looking for new fossil fuel deposits - something that is utterly incompatible with <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/ClimateAction?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#ClimateAction</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/rogerfederer?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@RogerFederer</a> do you endorse this? <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/RogerWakeUpNow?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#RogerWakeUpNow</a> <a href="https://t.co/ED1fIvb4Cr">pic.twitter.com/ED1fIvb4Cr</a></p> — 350.org Europe (@350Europe) <a href="https://twitter.com/350Europe/status/1214843923329363970?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">8 January 2020</a></blockquote> <p>Federer has since issued a statement that addresses his partnership with Credit Suisse.</p> <p>“I take the impacts and threat of climate change very seriously, particularly as my family and I arrive in Australia amidst devastation from the bushfires,” a statement from Federer said.</p> <p>“As the father of four young children and a fervent supporter of universal education, I have a great deal of respect and admiration for the youth climate movement, and I am grateful to young climate activists for pushing us all to examine our behaviours and act on innovative solutions. We owe it to them and ourselves to listen.</p> <p>“I appreciate reminders of responsibility as a private individual, as an athlete and as an entrepreneur, and I’m committed to using this privileged position to dialogue on important issues with my sponsors.”</p> <p>However, Simon Briggs of the<span> </span><em><a rel="noopener noreferrer" href="https://sports.yahoo.com/roger-federer-issues-non-committal-154526085.html" target="_blank">UK Telegraph</a><span> </span></em>has said that the statement is “non-committal”.</p> <p>“Federer’s response to Thunberg and company contained plenty of words without making the slightest commitment to changing his relationship with Credit Suisse.”</p> <p>It’s clear that Credit Suisse intend to keep the partnership with Federer, even after his sporting career is done and dusted.</p> <p>“For Credit Suisse, Roger Federer is an ideal international ambassador,” the bank said.</p> <p>“The values it shares with Credit Suisse, such as the quest for excellence and determination, make it a highly sought-after partner for the long term.</p> <p>“It is therefore expected that this partnership with Credit Suisse will extend beyond his sports career.”</p> <p>Federer is currently in Australia as he prepares for the Australian Open, the first Grand Slam event of the year. </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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Prince William expresses pain over Prince Harry's royal withdrawal

<p>Prince William has told a close friend he can’t wrap “his arm around” his only brother, Prince Harry, anymore after he and his wife, Duchess Meghan, announced they would be stepping down as senior royals.</p> <p>The Duke of Cambridge revealed his pain and “sadness” over the tense relationship that had developed with his younger brother and the split of the Royal Family.</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/B7PF1AgDZh8/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <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/B7PF1AgDZh8/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Just Jared (@justjared)</a> on Jan 12, 2020 at 2:08pm PST</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>Just days after Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan announced to the world they would be stepping down as senior royals and would be spending majority of their time overseas, Prince William admitted his grief over the breakdown of his relationship with Harry.</p> <p>The news reportedly left Buckingham Palace in shock, as the Queen, Prince Charles and Prince William, 37, were given a little over 10 minutes notice before the decision was released to the world.</p> <p><a rel="noopener noreferrer" href="https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2020/jan/12/prince-william-harry-and-i-are-now-separate-entities" target="_blank">The Sunday Times </a>reports the Duke of Cambridge said he hoped that one day everyone will “play on the team” again.</p> <p>He said: “I’ve put my arm around my brother all our lives and I can’t do that anymore; we’re separate entities. I’m sad about that.</p> <p>“All we can do, and all I can do, is try and support them and hope that the time comes when we’re all singing from the same page.”</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/B7MiuoZndbl/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <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/B7MiuoZndbl/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Meghan &amp; Harry News (@meghan_harry_news)</a> on Jan 11, 2020 at 2:22pm PST</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>The Queen has reportedly ordered Prince Charles, William and Harry to a historical summit at Sandringham on Monday to discuss the future of the Royal Family.</p> <p>The Queen’s former press secretary Dickie Arbiter said: “This is a landmark meeting which is ­absolutely unprecedented.”</p> <p>A Palace source also confirmed they will also discuss the “next steps” for the monarchy.</p> <p>An announcement is due to be released within the next few days.</p> <p>They said: “The family will gather on Monday at Sandringham to talk things through.</p> <p>“Attendees will be Her Majesty, the Prince of Wales, the Duke of Cambridge and the Duke of Sussex.</p> <p>“Following a series of meetings and consultations across the last few days, there are a range of possibilities for the family to review which take into account the thinking the Sussexes outlined earlier in the week.</p> <p>“Making a change to the working lives and the role in the monarchy for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex will require both complex and thoughtful discussions.</p> <p>“Next steps will be agreed at the meeting and the request for this to be resolved at pace is still Her Majesty’s wish.</p> <p>“The aim remains to have it resolved in days not weeks. There are a range of possibilities to review.”</p> <p>The Duke and Duchess of Sussex said they will work to become “financially independent” as they “carve out a progressive new role” but will still continue to support the Queen.</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/B7EaGS_Jpb9/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <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="margin: 8px 0 0 0; padding: 0 4px;"><a style="color: #000; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none; word-wrap: break-word;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/B7EaGS_Jpb9/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">“After many months of reflection and internal discussions, we have chosen to make a transition this year in starting to carve out a progressive new role within this institution. We intend to step back as ‘senior’ members of the Royal Family and work to become financially independent, while continuing to fully support Her Majesty The Queen. It is with your encouragement, particularly over the last few years, that we feel prepared to make this adjustment. We now plan to balance our time between the United Kingdom and North America, continuing to honour our duty to The Queen, the Commonwealth, and our patronages. This geographic balance will enable us to raise our son with an appreciation for the royal tradition into which he was born, while also providing our family with the space to focus on the next chapter, including the launch of our new charitable entity. We look forward to sharing the full details of this exciting next step in due course, as we continue to collaborate with Her Majesty The Queen, The Prince of Wales, The Duke of Cambridge and all relevant parties. Until then, please accept our deepest thanks for your continued support.” - The Duke and Duchess of Sussex For more information, please visit sussexroyal.com (link in bio) Image © PA</a></p> <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 post shared by <a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/sussexroyal/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank"> The Duke and Duchess of Sussex</a> (@sussexroyal) on Jan 8, 2020 at 10:33am PST</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>They reportedly told close friends they want to spend some of the next two months working out of Canada after a six-week trial holiday over Christmas and New Year was deemed highly successful.</p> <p>The Duchess of Sussex, 38, flew to Britain on Monday after the couple spent six weeks away over Christmas.</p> <p>However, she quickly returned to Vancouver Island, Canada and it is believed Prince Harry may re-join with his wife as early as next week.</p>

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Queen Elizabeth orders Sussex exit plan to be sorted within “days”

<p>The Queen, Prince Charles and Prince William have reportedly told their teams to work quickly to grant Prince Harry and Meghan their independence from the British Royal Family.</p> <p>An insider told<span> </span><em><a rel="noopener noreferrer" href="https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/10707812/meghan-markle-prince-harry-divorce-royal-family-queen/" target="_blank">The Sun</a></em><span> </span>that the move is expected to take “days not weeks” as royal fans were surprised by a two-line statement from the Palace, saying that it would be “complicated”.</p> <p>“We understand their desire to take a different approach, but these are complicated issues that will take time to work through,” reads one line of the statement.</p> <p>Multiple reports have said that the Queen previously asked Prince Harry not to issue the statement, but he defied her orders and did it anyway.</p> <p>It’s said that no other members of the Royal Family were consulted before the statement was issued and it has left the monarch in a state of shock.</p> <p>“The Queen, The Prince of Wales and The Duke of Cambridge have directed their teams to work together at pace with Governments and The Sussex Household to find workable solutions.”</p> <p>They added: “(It’s) expected to take days not weeks.”</p> <p>The Queen reportedly learned of the announcement when the news broke on the television whereas Charles and William only got a statement copy ten minutes before it went live.</p> <p>The shocking statement issued by the Sussex family said that they intend to “step back as ‘senior’ members of the Royal Family and work to become financially independent”.</p>

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They’ve quit! Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan make shock announcement

<p>Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have shocked royal fans by announcing that they are resigning as “senior members of the Royal Family”.</p> <p>The decision, which was announced on Wednesday night, may come as no surprise to those who have been following the pair closely as they’ve made it clear that they are struggling under the intense public scrutiny that comes with being a member of the British Royal Family.</p> <p>The pair had a six week break over Christmas where they travelled to Canada and it’s understood that arrangements are being made to allow them to live there for significant portions of the year.</p> <p>The Sussex family made a statement on their Instagram, saying that the decision came out of “months of reflection and internal discussion”.</p> <p>“We have chosen to make a transition this year in starting to carve out a progressive new role within this institution,” it read.</p> <p>“We intend to step back as ‘senior’ members of the Royal Family and work to become financially independent, while continuing to fully support Her Majesty The Queen.</p> <p>“It is with your encouragement, particularly over the last few years, that we feel prepared to make this adjustment.”</p> <p>The couple also explained that they will be dividing their time between Britain and North America.</p> <p>“We now plan to balance our time between the United Kingdom and North America, continuing to honour our duty to The Queen, the Commonwealth, and our patronages,” the couple explained.</p> <p>“This geographic balance will enable us to raise our son with an appreciation for the royal tradition into which he was born, while also providing our family with the space to focus on the next chapter, including the launch of our new charitable entity.</p> <p>“We look forward to sharing the full details of this exciting next step in due course, as we continue to collaborate with Her Majesty The Queen, The Prince of Wales, The Duke of Cambridge and all relevant parties. Until then, please accept our deepest thanks for your continued support.”</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/B7EaGS_Jpb9/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <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="margin: 8px 0 0 0; padding: 0 4px;"><a style="color: #000; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none; word-wrap: break-word;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/B7EaGS_Jpb9/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">“After many months of reflection and internal discussions, we have chosen to make a transition this year in starting to carve out a progressive new role within this institution. We intend to step back as ‘senior’ members of the Royal Family and work to become financially independent, while continuing to fully support Her Majesty The Queen. It is with your encouragement, particularly over the last few years, that we feel prepared to make this adjustment. We now plan to balance our time between the United Kingdom and North America, continuing to honour our duty to The Queen, the Commonwealth, and our patronages. This geographic balance will enable us to raise our son with an appreciation for the royal tradition into which he was born, while also providing our family with the space to focus on the next chapter, including the launch of our new charitable entity. We look forward to sharing the full details of this exciting next step in due course, as we continue to collaborate with Her Majesty The Queen, The Prince of Wales, The Duke of Cambridge and all relevant parties. Until then, please accept our deepest thanks for your continued support.” - The Duke and Duchess of Sussex For more information, please visit sussexroyal.com (link in bio) Image © PA</a></p> <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 post shared by <a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/sussexroyal/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank"> The Duke and Duchess of Sussex</a> (@sussexroyal) on Jan 8, 2020 at 10:33am PST</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>The Sussex family have had a particularly trying year after endless negative press, but it appears that not all is well behind closed doors after a tense statement from Buckingham Palace.</p> <p>Hours after the Sussex announcement went viral, Buckingham Palace released a two-line statement.</p> <p>“Discussions with the Duke and Duchess of Sussex are at an early stage. We understand their desire to take a different approach, but these are complicated issues that will take time to work through.”</p> <p>Former palace press secretary Dickie Arbiter said that the move was “unprecedented”.</p> <p>“Harry was an absolute bonus to the royal family. He had a tremendous attitude to his work. He brought a lot of joy to a lot of people,” Mr Arbiter said, according to <em><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.news.com.au/entertainment/celebrity-life/royals/buckingham-palaces-blunt-response-to-harry-and-meghans-bombshell/news-story/b9e2d156873faf84c3c4794496319d31" target="_blank">news.com.au</a></em>.</p> <p>“It is a breakdown in the royal family. Something has gone wrong.”</p> <p>According to BBC royal reporter Jonny Dymond, it’s understood that “no other member of the royal family was consulted” before the Sussexes released their personal statement, and the Palace is “disappointed”.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr">BREAKING. BBC Understands that no other member of the Royal Family was consulted before Harry and Meghan issued their personal statement tonight, the Palace is understood to be ‘disappointed’.</p> — Jonny Dymond (@JonnyDymond) <a href="https://twitter.com/JonnyDymond/status/1215004349346308096?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">January 8, 2020</a></blockquote> <p>Royal expert Camilla Tominey spoke to the<span> </span><em>Today<span> </span></em>show that the Palace would have had no idea about what was happening with the Sussex’s.</p> <p>“It is true to say that the Queen and the palace had no idea this was coming which then explains the statement which is pretty hastily written, kind of one sentence line and that, for me, smacks of a kind of instant PR reaction — ‘we better get something out but we haven’t got anything pre-prepared’,” she said.</p> <p>“What’s even more interesting about that statement in saying it is in the ‘early stages’, clearly not according to the Sussex's who have already remodelled and written reams of copy for their new website talking about their relationship with the media and how they want to change it, how they want to change the rules around funding, how they want to change the way they do their charitable work.</p> <p>“Well, that smacks of something that has been several weeks in the making.”</p>

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Million dollar men: Elton John and Chris Hemsworth's huge bushfire pledges

<p>Celebrities are putting their money where their mouth is when it comes to donating to bushfire relief that’s ravaging Australia.</p> <p>Elton John received a standing ovation at his concert as he pledged to donate $1 million for Australia’s bushfire relief efforts.</p> <p>“There are people out there who have lost their lives trying to save homes. There are people who have lost their lives and their homes,” he said<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://twitter.com/BrittA2211/status/1214516183023542272" target="_blank">to the crowd</a>.</p> <p>“And lastly there’s the plight of the animals. A loss of their habitat that frankly is on a biblical scale, and heart-breaking. Therefore, tonight I will be pledging one million dollars to support the bushfire relief fund.”</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en-gb"> <p dir="ltr">Elton John just donated one million dollars to the bushfire relief <a href="https://t.co/Ld2i0t9n98">pic.twitter.com/Ld2i0t9n98</a></p> — Britt (@BrittA2211) <a href="https://twitter.com/BrittA2211/status/1214516183023542272?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">7 January 2020</a></blockquote> <p>He matched Marvel star Chris Hemsworth donation of $1 million, as Hemsworth encouraged his 38.9 million followers on Instagram to dig deep and help in any way that they can.</p> <p>“We’re still in the thick of it here with plenty of challenging times ahead and still to come. So, what we need is your support and your donations,” the father of three said in a video.</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/B7AG8XHp-wQ/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <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/B7AG8XHp-wQ/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Chris Hemsworth (@chrishemsworth)</a> on Jan 6, 2020 at 6:34pm PST</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>Kylie Minogue made headlines for donating $500,000 to the bushfire relief and said that the devastation in Australia is “heartbreaking”.</p> <p>“As a family, we’ve donated $500,000 towards the immediate firefighting efforts and the ongoing support which will be required,” she wrote in an Instagram post.</p> <p>“Big or small, from near or far, any support will help those affected by the devastating bushfires.”</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/B6-EYf-gnCy/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <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="margin: 8px 0 0 0; padding: 0 4px;"><a style="color: #000; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none; word-wrap: break-word;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/B6-EYf-gnCy/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">Last year I had the incredible opportunity of visiting some of the many beautiful places in my homeland for the first time. Returning home to such devastation throughout much of the country is heartbreaking. As a family, we’ve donated $500,000 towards the immediate firefighting efforts and the ongoing support which will be required. Big or small, from near or far, any support will help those affected by the devastating bushfires. With love, The Minogue Family. @redcrossau @nswrfs @cfavic @sa_countryfireservice @wireswildliferescue #Australia</a></p> <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 post shared by <a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/kylieminogue/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank"> Kylie Minogue</a> (@kylieminogue) on Jan 5, 2020 at 11:28pm PST</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban were one of the first celebrities to donate to bushfire relief, as they donated $500,000 after spending Christmas in Sydney with their daughters.</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/B66mowFpyI9/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <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="margin: 8px 0 0 0; padding: 0 4px;"><a style="color: #000; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none; word-wrap: break-word;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/B66mowFpyI9/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">Our family’s support, thoughts and prayers are with everyone affected by the fires all over Australia. We are donating $500,000 to the Rural Fire Services who are all doing and giving so much right now.</a></p> <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 post shared by <a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/nicolekidman/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank"> Nicole Kidman</a> (@nicolekidman) on Jan 4, 2020 at 3:10pm PST</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>Aussie favourite Pink also donated $500,000 “directly to the local fire services that are battling so hard on the frontlines.”</p> <p>The singer wrote she is “totally devastated watching what is happening in Australia right now with the horrific bushfires. My heart goes out to our friends and family in Oz”.</p> <p>However, the campaign that has caught the most attention is run by comedian Celeste Barber, as her campaign has currently raised $45 million for the Trustee for the NSW Rural Fire Service and Brigades Donation Fund.</p> <p>The fund is managed by a group of trustees, according to<span> </span><em>SBS</em>, who have significant experience with the NSW RFS.</p> <p>"The purpose of the trust is to make available to brigades the ability to accept tax-deductible donations, both in person and online, with as little administrative burden as possible," its <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.rfs.nsw.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0004/95062/NSW-RFS-and-Brigade-Donations-Fund-DGR-Trustees-Annual-Report-2017-2018-....PDF" target="_blank">most recent annual report says</a>.</p> <p>"It was established and is operated solely for the purpose of supporting the volunteer-based fire and emergency service activities of the brigades."</p> <p>The NSW RFS said that they are focusing on the ongoing bush fire emergency before even thinking about spending the money. They said in a statement to SBS:</p> <p>"The NSW RFS is focused on the ongoing bush fire emergency that continues to affect communities across NSW. We are continuing work to slow the spread of fires, establish containment lines, conduct building impact assessments and return residents to their communities as soon as possible," a spokesperson said.</p> <p>"It's important that our members, who know what's best for their brigades and communities, have a say in the use of donated funds."</p> <p>"Once the bush fire emergency eases, the NSW RFS will work with senior volunteers and brigades to ensure donated funds are used for the greatest benefit of our members and their communities."</p> <p><em>OverSixty, its parent company and its owners are donating a total of $200,000 to the Vinnie’s Bushfire Appeal. We have also pledged an additional $100,000 of product to help all those affected by the bushfire crisis. We would love you to support too! Head to the <a href="https://donate.vinnies.org.au/appeals-nsw/vinnies-nsw-bushfire-appeal-nsw">Vinnie's website</a> to donate!</em></p>

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First day of school for Crown Princess Mary’s four children

<p><span>Princess Mary’s four children have begun to undergo an exciting, new journey away from home at a school in Switzerland.</span></p> <p><span>The Danish clan belonging to Australian-born Princess Mary and her husband Prince Frederik have started a new chapter.</span></p> <p><span>Prince Christian, 14, Princess Isabella, 12 and twins Prince Vincent and Princess Josephine, eight, have been enrolled at the Lemania-Verbier International School.</span></p> <p><span>The four kids are stationed at the ski resort town of Verbier.</span></p> <p><span>Crown Princess Mary, 47, and her husband Crown Prince Frederik, 51, both posed for pictures with their four kids before the young royals started the first </span><span>day of school on Monday January 6. </span></p> <p><span>The Danish royal court said the media was invited to photograph the children in the hopes they will be left alone for the duration of their schooling in Switzerland.</span></p> <p><span>It is assumed the royal children will expand their broad knowledge of foreign language while in Switzerland over a 12-week period. So far, it is believed they all currently speak Danish and English but will go on to learn French, Italian and perhaps Romanian.</span></p> <p><span>The palace said Crown Princess Mary and Crown Prince Frederik "want to give their children the opportunity for a shared experience in an international environment".</span></p> <p><span>Once three months have passed for the royals, Christian, Isabella, Vincent and Josephine will return to their usual classes at Tranegårdsskolen in Gentofte, in eastern Denmark.</span></p> <p><span>Crown Princess Mary is reportedly remaining near her children in Verbier, meaning she will be cutting down her royal duties while away.</span><br /><span>She is expected to remain in Switzerland for three months.</span></p> <p><span>Prince Frederik revealed his family would be staying at a chalet they had bought in Verbier 10 years ago.</span></p> <p><span>“We view it as a gift to our children, one where they can be together about it, and a gift they can have with them for the rest of their lives,” he explained while speaking to reporters in Paris late last year.</span></p> <p><span>Prince Frederik’s schedule may prove difficult to visit his children, but the palace has maintained the royal will join his family when it is permitted.</span></p> <p><span>On Monday, Australia’s very own royal sent a letter of support to the victims of the bushfire crisis many Australians have been forced to come to grips with.</span></p> <p><span>"Our heartfelt condolences to the families who have lost loved ones and our deepest sympathy to the many families who have lost their homes - their livelihoods," Crown Princess Mary wrote in the letter, released by the Danish royal family.</span></p> <p><span>"The courage and unyielding efforts of the volunteer firefighters have our deepest respect and admiration.</span></p> <p><span>"Following from afar, it makes me proud of my Australian heritage to witness the strong sense of community and the Australian spirit of 'never giving up' in the face of such devastation and adversity."</span></p> <p><span>Scroll through the gallery to see the Danish royal family’s first day of school.</span></p>

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Nike blasted for "fiery" Australian Open promo

<p>As the country faces extensive damage and a climbing death toll from the long-running bushfire crisis, Nike has received a brutal lashing over an ad for its new<span> </span><em>Australian Open</em><span> </span>apparel.</p> <p>The major fashion brand has been forced to change the wording of an article detailing its new tennis collection, which said: “Melbourne also tracks the hottest temperatures of any of tennis’ four majors.</p> <p>“Averaging more than 100 degrees (37 degrees Celsius), the heat challenges players and, in turn, NikeCourt’s apparel designers to outduel the fiery conditions.”</p> <p>Tennis writer for the<em><span> </span>New York Times</em><span> </span>Ben Rothenberg quickly called out Nike’s poor choice of verbiage on Twitter.</p> <p>“Juuuust a bit tone deaf here, Nike,” he said alongside a screenshot of the article.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">Juuuust a bit tone deaf here, Nike. <a href="https://t.co/2wHl52PbP9">pic.twitter.com/2wHl52PbP9</a></p> — Ben Rothenberg (@BenRothenberg) <a href="https://twitter.com/BenRothenberg/status/1213225461066584064?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">January 3, 2020</a></blockquote> <p>A number of disgruntled users commented on the article’s wording, labelling the gaffe “appalling” and “inappropriate”.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">Dear <a href="https://twitter.com/Nike?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@Nike</a> how much are you donating to bushfire relief? Double it after this awful bit of copywriting. <a href="https://t.co/SKbPgcflpE">https://t.co/SKbPgcflpE</a></p> — NoughtyTea (@WTAInsideher) <a href="https://twitter.com/WTAInsideher/status/1213236821133611009?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">January 3, 2020</a></blockquote> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">Tone deaf to the point of disrespectful.</p> — AllAboutTennisBlog (@TennisBlogger1) <a href="https://twitter.com/TennisBlogger1/status/1213225938311401473?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">January 3, 2020</a></blockquote> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">.<a href="https://twitter.com/Nike?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@Nike</a> should probably rethink the copy on this given the current situation. <a href="https://t.co/P7TKOlzyps">https://t.co/P7TKOlzyps</a></p> — Greg Rohan (@gregsta82) <a href="https://twitter.com/gregsta82/status/1213257339748278273?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">January 4, 2020</a></blockquote> <p>Nike later changed the phrasing on their website.</p> <p>“This garment is informed by Atlas body-mapping to identify the areas that tend to overheat (notably under the bra and at the neckline) and is pieced together to maximise breathability in those spaces,” the new write-off said.</p> <p>In lieu of the oversight by the major fashion brand, tennis celebrities all over the world have made pledges to donate to charities working with those affected by the Australian bushfires.</p> <p>Ash Barty saw the early signs of devastation when flying home across Australia following the<span> </span><em>Fed Cup<span> </span></em>final.</p> <p>Last November, she found a nearby animal shelter and donated money as at that time, animals were the main causalities of the deadly flames.</p> <p>As Australia now is suffering its worst wildfire season in recorded history with a death toll of 24, Barty is joining the fundraising for a wider relied effort by donating any prize money she wins at the<span> </span><em>Brisbane International</em>, to the<span> </span><em>Australian Red Cross.</em></p> <p>The winner of the tournament will earn more than $360,000 and begins on Monday.</p> <p>“It's been really terrible, it really has. For me this started two or three months ago,” Barty said of the damage caused.</p> <p>“We have to remember, this has been going on for a long time across our whole country. The first I saw of it was actually flying home ... to the east coast and we could see some of the smoke and some of the fires.</p> <p>“Obviously the worst of it is still out there at the moment. Now it's not just the wildlife, it's also affected Australians with their lives and their homes."</p> <p>Nick Kyrgios revealed he would donate $200 for every ace he hits throughout summer.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">I’m kicking off the support for those affected by the fires. I’ll be donating $200 per ace that I hit across all the events I play this summer. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/MoreToCome?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#MoreToCome</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/StayTuned?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#StayTuned</a></p> — Nicholas Kyrgios (@NickKyrgios) <a href="https://twitter.com/NickKyrgios/status/1212677231270645762?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">January 2, 2020</a></blockquote> <p>20-year-old Australian-Spanish Alex de Minaur also pledged a further $250.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">I like this I will go $250 per ace, just because I don’t think I’ll be hitting as many aces as you mate. 😂😂😂 <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/dropthehammer?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#dropthehammer</a> <a href="https://t.co/SxMPs3XQud">https://t.co/SxMPs3XQud</a></p> — alex de minaur (@alexdeminaur) <a href="https://twitter.com/alexdeminaur/status/1212686230296547328?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">January 2, 2020</a></blockquote> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">I will be donating $100 for every Ace I hit during the Australian Open Swing + every Ace <a href="https://twitter.com/ashbarty?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@ashbarty</a> and I hit as a team in doubles at the <a href="https://twitter.com/AustralianOpen?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@AustralianOpen</a>, to help support those affected by the wildfires in Australia. I love you Australia 🇦🇺❤️ <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/everylittlehelps?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#everylittlehelps</a> <a href="https://t.co/6fIu0nyinA">pic.twitter.com/6fIu0nyinA</a></p> — Jule Goerges✌️🇩🇪 (@juliagoerges) <a href="https://twitter.com/juliagoerges/status/1213588854747357191?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">January 4, 2020</a></blockquote> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">Well guys, you know I love Australia, but you also know I don't hit too many aces 😜<br /><br />Sooo I want to help and my pledge is this... every time I give <a href="https://twitter.com/darren_cahill?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@darren_cahill</a> a hard time in my box during all my matches in Aus, I will donate $200.<br /><br />This way I will raise a lot more money ❤️🇦🇺</p> — Simona Halep (@Simona_Halep) <a href="https://twitter.com/Simona_Halep/status/1213659339107504133?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">January 5, 2020</a></blockquote>

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24 hours to evacuate: Aussie troops move in to assist families fleeing bushfires

<p>Residents are struggling on the South Coast of NSW a there’s no fuel, no food and no power. This is due to bushfires ravaging the area and the Australian Defence Force has been called in to help the affected areas.</p> <p>A fleet of ships and helicopters are making their way to coastal regions to supply and rescue residents that are trapped by the flames.</p> <p>There are currently 110 fires burning across NSW with over 50 yet to be contained, according to the<span> </span><em><a rel="noopener" href="https://twitter.com/NSWRFS/status/1212444017251647489" target="_blank">NSW RFS</a></em>.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en-gb"> <p dir="ltr">At 5.30am there are 110 fires burning across NSW with over 50 yet to be contained. <br /><br />Firefighters will make the most of more favourable conditions today to protect properties before deteriorating conditions again this Saturday.<a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/NSWRFS?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#NSWRFS</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/NSWFires?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#NSWFires</a> <a href="https://t.co/vb3o55n8XU">pic.twitter.com/vb3o55n8XU</a></p> — NSW RFS (@NSWRFS) <a href="https://twitter.com/NSWRFS/status/1212444017251647489?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">1 January 2020</a></blockquote> <p>With around 50,000 homes without power, major phone networks being down, and supermarkets closed, residents are struggling to obtain essentials such as food, fuel and water.</p> <p>NSW RFS Commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons says that there will be a “huge effort” to get as many people out of the area before Saturday, as conditions are set to worsen.</p> <p>"It's an extreme challenge for firefighters," he said on<span> </span><em><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.skynews.com.au/details/_6119081428001" target="_blank">Sky News</a></em>.</p> <p>RFS Deputy Commissioner Rob Rogers agrees.</p> <p>“There is every potential that the conditions on Saturday will be as bad or worse than we saw yesterday (Tuesday),” he told<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.news.com.au/technology/environment/australian-troops-prepare-for-bushfire-emergency-evacuations-by-sea/live-coverage/cf3d149ec9bbb9b7eb808e663eec8a28" target="_blank">reporters</a><span> </span>in Sydney.</p> <p>“Crews are working hard to get some containment before Saturday but we are concerned about that fire because of its potential run into far western Sydney,” Mr Rogers said.</p> <p>With at least 1298 homes destroyed across the state and air quality continuing to worsen in the affected areas, firefighters are run ragged trying to stop NSW from burning.</p> <p>Thousands are fleeing the South Coast, with almost 30 road closures in the region. Live Traffic NSW has issued a warning for heavy traffic conditions as well as significant delays.</p>

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Impeached but impregnable: Why Trump will never be removed

<p>Donald Trump has become the third US President in history to become impeached. The first two Presidents to be impeached were Andrew Johnson and Bill Clinton.</p> <p>The US House of Representatives voted in favour of two articles of impeachment after more than 10 hours of gruelling debate. </p> <p>Three Democrats defected to vote against impeachment while one Democrat voted present.</p> <p>The first article of impeachment, which was an abuse of power for allegedly pressuring the Ukrainian PResident to investigate the Bidens, passed 230 -197.</p> <p>The second article of impeachment, which was an obstruction of Congress for allegedly stonewalling its investigation, passed 229 - 198.</p> <p>Trump has made his feelings known in a public rally after the successful bid.</p> <p>He told the cheering crowd in Michigan that it “doesn’t really feel like we’re being impeached”.</p> <p>“The country is doing better than ever before,” he said to thunderous applause.</p> <p>“We did nothing wrong and we have tremendous support in the Republican Party, like we’ve never had before.”</p> <p>The President went on to accuse the Democrats of “cheapening the impeachment process”, saying it’s “exactly what our Founding Fathers didn’t want”.</p> <p>“But I know one thing,” he added. “Americans will show up by the tens of millions next year to vote Pelosi the hell out of office.”</p> <p>House speaker Nancy Pelosi opened the gruelling 10 hour long debate by saying that Trump had left the Democrats with “no choice” but to proceed with impeachment.</p> <p>“If we do not act now, we would be derelict in our duty,” Ms Pelosi said. “It is tragic that the President’s reckless actions make impeachment necessary.”</p> <p>Trump tweeted about how “nothing happened” after that trial.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en-gb"> <p dir="ltr">In the end here, nothing happened. We don’t approach anything like the egregious conduct that should be necessary before a President should be removed from office. I believe that a President can’t be removed from office if there is no reasonable possibility that the Senate..</p> — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) <a href="https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/1207339280504414212?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">18 December 2019</a></blockquote> <p>Despite the impeachment, it doesn't necessarily means he will be removed from office as the Senate has to convict him with a two-thirds majority. This is currently a tall order as the Senate is in Republican hands.</p> <p>There will be a trial over which Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts will preside.</p>

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Charlize Theron “not ashamed” to talk about her mother killing her father in self-defence

<p><span>Charlize Theron has opened up about the night her mother killed her father in self-defence.</span></p> <p><span>Speaking to <em><a href="https://www.npr.org/2019/12/16/786759703/charlize-theron-portrays-the-gray-area-of-sexual-harassment-in-bombshell">NPR</a></em>, the <em>Bombshell </em>actress said her father Charles grappled with alcoholism for all of her life.</span></p> <p><span>“It was a pretty hopeless situation. Our family was just kind of stuck in it,” the actress said. </span></p> <p><span>“The day-to-day unpredictability of living with an addict is the thing that you sit with and have kind of embedded in your body for the rest of your life, more than just this one event of what happened one night.”</span></p> <p><span>Theron was 15 years old when her drunk father came into the house with a gun on June 21, 1991. While she and her mother Gerda Maritz were leaning against her bedroom door to block his entry, he fired three shots through the door. </span></p> <p><span>“None of those bullets ever hit us, which is just a miracle,” Theron said. “But in self-defence, she ended the threat.”</span></p> <p><span>Maritz retrieved her own handgun and shot her husband, <em><a href="https://abcnews.go.com/Primetime/story?id=132413">ABC News</a> </em>reported. No charges were brought against Maritz.</span></p> <p><span>While she wished the incident had never happened, she said she is “not ashamed” to discuss the family violence she experienced.</span></p> <p><span>“I’m not ashamed to talk about it, because I do think that the more we talk about these things, the more we realize we are not alone in any of it,” Theron said.</span></p> <p><span>“I think, for me, it’s just always been that this story really is about growing up with addicts and what that does to a person.”</span></p> <p><span>Theron previously discussed the incident in a 2017 interview with <a href="https://www.nytimes.com/2017/07/25/movies/charlize-therons-sick-work-ethic-atomic-blonde.html">the <em>New York Times</em></a>.</span></p> <p>“I survived that, and I’m proud of that,” Theron said. “I’ve worked hard for that, too. And I am not scared of that. I am not fearful of the darkness. If anything, I am intrigued by it, because I think it explains human nature and people better.”</p>

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“Someone needs to be held accountable”: Ovation of the Seas cruise passengers slam company for White Island disaster handling

<p>Passengers from the cruise ship at the centre of the White Island volcano eruption have disembarked at Sydney Harbour, with some criticising the way the company handled the incident.</p> <p>The Royal Caribbean International cruise ship Ovation of the Seas arrived in Sydney on Monday morning, a week after the disaster at the New Zealand island.</p> <p>Most of the people killed or injured in the eruption were part of organised day trips from the ship.</p> <p>Passenger Max Sum told the <em><a href="https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-12-16/new-zealand-white-island-volcano-ovation-of-seas-docks-sydney/11802014">ABC</a> </em>said “the whole boat” stopped when the news of the eruption was announced.</p> <p>Sum’s 11-year-old Russell said upon hearing the news, “I thought it was fake news. I was like that can’t be true.”</p> <p>Kim Lee Eng, who was travelling with his wife and mother, said he was “very disappointed” with “a lot of communication from management” after the incident.</p> <p>“This is a big company, 50 years old, so they should have had a contingency teams to deal with this,” Kim told <em><a href="https://www.news.com.au/travel/travel-updates/incidents/ovation-of-the-seas-arrives-back-in-sydney-after-white-island-volcano-disaster/live-coverage/c4670803c3686244f8d0605b998b2c00">news.com.au</a></em>. “They were holding us on board – taking advantage of us.”</p> <p>Karen Kociszewski said the company needs to be held responsible. “Someone needs to be held accountable, definitely the cruise company, because it’s sad people aren’t going home,” she said.</p> <p>“You sign a waiver to say that, you know, you go there and if you break your ankle you’re not going to sue them, but you don't go there thinking this is going to happen.”</p> <p>Jo-Anne Henderson said the atmosphere on board was “very somber” for the past week.</p> <p>“It was terrible, we were all so sorry that we were enjoying ourselves while people were getting blown away,” she said.</p> <p>“It was very somber on board. A lot of crying. A lot of people crying for many, many days, even up to yesterday there were still tears. It was so painful, it broke my heart.”</p> <p>Henderson commended the ship crew for keeping the passengers up to date. “Our captain was wonderful. He kept popping up and making announcements to let us know. Royal Caribbean did a brilliant job,” she said.</p> <p>US tourist Jennifer Highfield said while the employees on board were helpful, more facilities could have been made available.</p> <p>“The ship constantly gave us information and counselling. But it would have been helpful to have free Wi-Fi to keep in touch with family and friends who were concerned. I had a package covering internet, but I know there was a lot of people on board who did not,” Highfield told the <em><a href="https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-12-16/new-zealand-white-island-volcano-ovation-of-seas-docks-sydney/11802014">ABC</a></em>.</p> <p>“The captain was wonderful, we could tell it was heartbreaking for him personally. Even coming in today I felt a bit emotional.”</p>

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Cruise ship heartache: Little Chloe’s next step for justice

<p>The parents of a child who plunged to her death after suffering a 46-metre fall from a cruise ship window are suing for millions as they release the chilling picture of where she died.</p> <p>The toddler, Chloe Wiegand was in the hands of her grandad near to a window when she slipped.</p> <p>However, her heart-stricken family insist the blame lies with the “negligent” cruise line, which they are reportedly launching legal action against.</p> <p>The heartbreaking photograph taken of the tent covering the part of the deck that Alan and Kimberly Schultz’s baby girl died, was taken by a criminal investigator and is now being used in a negligence suit.</p> <p>They are reportedly accusing Royal Caribbean of breaching safety protocols and standards.</p> <p>The snap shows the view which Chloe’s grandad Salvatore “Sam” Anello had been balancing Chloe when he slipped and fell while the ship was docked in San Juan, Puerto Rico.</p> <p>It also shows a partial space between the wooden railing that Mr Anello held his granddaughter and a large, glass window that could be completely opened.</p> <p>Mr Anello is facing up to six years behind bars after he was charged with criminal neglect – however Chloe’s parents are adamant the blame lies in the hands of the cruise ship.</p> <p>Mr and Mrs Schultz are sticking by their daughter’s grandfather, insisting nothing is worse than “what has already happened”.</p> <p>The family have reportedly filed a suit against Royal Caribbean to figure out why the 11th storey window was allegedly left open.</p> <p>It is reported the family will receive “unlimited” damages for “pain and mental suffering” if their claim is successful, as Chloe died on American soil and not in the high seas.</p> <p>The grieving family’s lawyer say it will be impossible to “put a figure” on their grief however, saying “four simple words – caution these windows open – and we wouldn’t be talking about his.</p> <p>“A sticker, a decal with the Royal Caribbean logo, anything, and Chloe is still with us.”</p> <p>The family will claim in court that little Chloe was being “closely supervised” by her granddad at the time of her death.</p> <p>They will further maintain Mr Anello was “unaware” one of the large panes of glass surrounding the ship’s 11th floor had been slid open when he carried his granddaughter over to the railings.</p> <p>The case alleges the window was the only one open “among dozens” and there was no clear indication that it had been opened.</p> <p>The lawsuit also claims there was a 46 cm gap between the wooden railing and the open window, which made it even more difficult for a horrified Mr Anello to reach over and grasp for his toddler as she plunged to her death.</p> <p>They also allege that Mr Anello being colourblind made hard for him to differentiate between the glass and the open window.</p> <p>Chloe’s family have insisted the toddler liked to bang on glass, just as she did when at her brother’s hockey games – which is why her grandad had sat her on the wooden railing.</p> <p>In November, it was reported there is video evidence that supports the grieving family’s claim that Mr Anello was unaware the window was open – a potential bombshell for both the case against her distraught grandad and the family’s Royal Caribbean suit.</p> <p>Royal Caribbean has refused to comment further but described Chloe’s death as a “tragic incident”.</p>

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“Chill Greta!”: Greta Thunberg’s cheeky response to Donald Trump after Twitter mock

<p><span>US President Donald Trump seemed to have mocked Swedish teenager Greta Thunberg after <em>Time</em> magazine named her 2019’s Person of the Year – only for her to respond with a tongue-in-cheek jibe of her own.</span></p> <p>The 16-year-old climate change activist was recently announced as the youngest ever recipient of the magazine’s prestigious honour.</p> <p>But Trump wasn’t impressed, taking to Twitter to describe it as “so ridiculous”.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">So ridiculous. Greta must work on her Anger Management problem, then go to a good old fashioned movie with a friend! Chill Greta, Chill! <a href="https://t.co/M8ZtS8okzE">https://t.co/M8ZtS8okzE</a></p> — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) <a href="https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/1205100602025545730?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">December 12, 2019</a></blockquote> <p>“Greta must work on her anger management problem, then go to a good old fashioned movie with a friend,” he said.</p> <p>“Chill Greta, chill!”</p> <p>Hours after the President tweeted that message, Thunberg delivered a cheeky response by changing her Twitter bio to: “A teenager working on her anger management problem. Currently chilling and watching a good old fashioned movie with a friend.”</p> <p>The comments are not the first time Trump has mocked the teenager.</p> <p>The President has previously questioned the climate science Thunberg consistently refers to in speeches to world leaders and has challenged every major US regulation aimed at combating climate change.</p> <p>Earlier in the year, he retweeted footage of her UN speech in a big to mock her as he wrote: “She seems like a very happy young girl looking forward to a bright and wonderful future. So nice to see!”</p> <p>After that address, he was filmed walking past Thunberg at the summit, completely ignoring her. </p>

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White Island volcano eruption: Risky recovery operation begins

<p><span>A New Zealand military team has landed on the volcanic White Island to recover the bodies of eight people killed in Monday’s eruption, the police announced on Friday morning.</span></p> <p><span>The eight-member NZ Defence Force team has arrived on Whakaari/White Island to airlift the bodies off to the naval ship HMNZS Wellington.</span></p> <p><span>Located about 50 kilometres off the east coast of New Zealand’s North Island, the White Island is still “highly volatile” with 50 to 60 per cent chance of erupting in the next 24 hours, geological agency GNS Science said <a href="https://www.gns.cri.nz/Home/News-and-Events/Media-Releases/GNS-Science-maps-show-risk-levels-at-Whakaari-White-Island-still-high-12-12-2019">on Thursday</a>.</span></p> <p><span>“Whakaari/White Island is an active volcano, and the estimated chance of an eruption is increasing every day,” said the agency’s volcanologist Graham Leonard.</span></p> <p><span>“This level of volcanic activity is the highest we’ve seen since the eruption in 2016.”</span></p> <p><span>Six Australians are believed to be among the victims on the island: Karla Matthews and Richard Elzer from Coffs Harbour; Julie and Jessica Richards from Brisbane; Zoe Hosking from Adelaide; and Krystal Browitt from Melbourne.</span></p> <p><span>There were 47 people on the island at the time of eruption. Twenty-four of those were from Australia, nine from the United States, five from New Zealand, four from Germany, two each from China and Britain, and one from Malaysia.</span></p> <p><span>Police said on Thursday two people who were hospitalised from injuries sustained during the eruption had died, bringing the official death toll to eight. Police believe a total of 16 people have died.</span></p> <p><span>New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern told ABC Radio National on Friday morning the country’s workplace health and safety regulator WorkSafe was <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/live/2019/dec/12/new-zealand-volcano-eruption-white-island-nz-police-victim-recovery-retrieval-operation-whakaari-live-news-latest-updates">investigating the circumstances</a> around the eruption.</span></p> <p><span>“I’m passing no judgement,” she said. “I need that job to be done properly and [families and the community] deserve to have their questions answered.”</span></p>

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Desperate request from White Island volcano victim’s brother denied by NZ PM

<p>The heartbroken brother of the White Island volcano eruption victim has written to New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern asking if he could stage his own recovery operation of his sibling’s body.</p> <p>Mark Inman’s brother Hayden Marshall-Inman was the first victim named from the horrific eruption that has also killed seven other Australians with ten others missing or feared dead.</p> <p>Hayden worked as a tour guide on the island and was described as an “energetic young man” who would regularly leave $5 at the local shop for those who needed it for groceries.</p> <p>Mark met the New Zealand Prime Minister after the disaster and sent her an email inquiring about staging his own recovery of his brother’s body.</p> <p>New Zealand police currently say that conditions are too dangerous for emergency services to access the island at present.</p> <p>The email that Mark sent to Ardern reads:</p> <p>"We met yesterday concerning my brother Hayden who is still on White Island 44 hours after the explosions," he wrote, in an email shared with New Zealand's version of<span> </span><em>The Project</em>.</p> <p>"With the current conditions of sunshine baking and decomposing his body, he's going from a situation where we could have an open casket to now more likely not having a body at all – due to your government's red tape and slow decision making."</p> <p>"I am writing to ask for a pardon for my actions of a personal recovery."</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-conversation="none" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr">Here is Mark Inman's letter to <a href="https://twitter.com/jacindaardern?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@jacindaardern</a>, requesting a pardon should he attempt a personal recovery of his brother's body <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/TheProjectNZ?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#TheProjectNZ</a> <a href="https://t.co/jLejGDL2W8">pic.twitter.com/jLejGDL2W8</a></p> — The Project NZ (@TheProject_NZ) <a href="https://twitter.com/TheProject_NZ/status/1204648066747224064?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">December 11, 2019</a></blockquote> <p>Staff from Ardern’s office said the message was passed onto police minister Stuart Nash and acknowledging that this must be an “incredibly tough time for you”.</p> <p>"It must be an incredibly tough time for you and your whanau (family). We have passed your email to the Minister of Police's office who will be in touch with you about the situation very soon,” the email said.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-conversation="none" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr">And the response: <a href="https://t.co/8UZ5NGslw8">pic.twitter.com/8UZ5NGslw8</a></p> — The Project NZ (@TheProject_NZ) <a href="https://twitter.com/TheProject_NZ/status/1204648083415433217?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">December 11, 2019</a></blockquote> <p>Police minister Nash then confirmed that Mark’s request to go to the volcano had been denied.</p> <p>"The last thing we want to do is to have further casualties in what is already a significant tragedy," Nash said without mentioning Mr Inman by name.</p> <p>"We won't give anyone permission to go to the island, we need to understand the risk then we can work to mitigate the chances of anyone else being injured in this.</p> <p>"The last thing we want to do is for people to risk their lives to go out to the island."</p> <p>He also said the request was "foolhardy, but I understand, out of frustration when in fact all they will be doing is putting themselves in greater harm."</p> <p>Mark told the New Zealand version of<span> </span><em>The Project<span> </span></em>that a pilot had seen his brother’s body and moved it onto a rise on the island.</p> <p>"We all know health and safety is important, but when health and safety starts to become a barrier to retrieval, that's when you get frustrated," Mr Inman said.</p>

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Aussie teen presumed dead found alive

<p>A Sydney teenager who was missing and presumed dead after the deadly New Zealand volcano disaster has been found alive after two days.</p> <p>19-year-old Jesse Langford was among 19 Australians who were unaccounted for on Wednesday afternoon <a href="https://www.oversixty.com.au/news/news/20-people-injured-after-violent-volcano-eruption-off-new-zealand-coast">when a dormant volcano erupted to life</a> with 47 people on top of it on Monday afternoon.</p> <p>Both he, his sister and parents were on a cruise ship Ovation of the Seas when they decided to take a tour to the volcano on White Island.</p> <p><img style="width: 0px; height: 0px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7833318/health-food-new-zealand-alps-13.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/55240e8e37b0469caaed7f8a00ce792d" /></p> <p>It has not been made clear as of yet where Jesse was located but it is understood the rest of his family are still currently missing.</p> <p>The news comes as twenty-five people lie in hospital in critical condition. <a href="https://www.oversixty.com.au/travel/travel-trouble/missing-australians-named-in-white-island-volcano-eruption">Grave fears remain for at least eight Australians.</a></p> <p>The gruesome task of scouring the ash-covered White Island will continue as worried family members wait for painful phone calls that their loved ones’ bodies have been found.</p> <p>Three Australians are assumed to be among six people that have been confirmed dead in the horrifying eruption off the coast of New Zealand on Monday just after 2pm.</p> <p>The other three victims include White Island tour guide Hayden Marshall-Inman and a Malaysian national. The identity and origin of the sixth victim is not known.</p> <p>What we do know is that there were 47 people on the island when ash spewed from a dormant crater. Of those, 24 were Australians who had been visiting the island.</p> <p> </p>

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