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Why celebrity concern about bushfires could do more harm than good

<p>From Australian superstars such as Cate Blanchett, Russell Crowe, Chris Hemsworth and Nicole Kidman to Hollywood heavyweights including Ellen DeGeneres and Bette Midler, a lengthening list of celebrities are helping to shine a spotlight on Australia’s bushfires.</p> <p>Some have donated <a href="https://www.businessinsider.com.au/aussie-celebrities-and-sports-stars-are-pledging-big-donations-to-bushfire-relief-efforts-2020-1">large sums of money </a>and used social media to publicise their donations, encouraging fans to follow suit. Some have used their profile and platforms such as the Golden Globes awards to draw attention to the fires. Others are donating items for auction or appearing in charity events.</p> <p>For attracting attention and money to a cause, celebrity-driven attention is hard to beat. But there’s also a downside. If that interest is superficial and fleeting, it may actually hinder recovery efforts in disaster-ravaged regions.</p> <p>Our research into <a href="https://espace.library.uq.edu.au/view/UQ:263209">disaster recovery efforts for Victoria’s Gippsland region</a> after the deadly “Black Saturday” fires in 2009 suggests celebrities’ best contribution needs to be in the weeks and months to come – and requires them putting “boots on the ground”.</p> <p><strong>Negative implications</strong></p> <p>Studies confirm the influence of messages from celebrities, be it <a href="https://espace.library.uq.edu.au/view/UQ:227015">brand choice</a>, <a href="https://www.researchgate.net/publication/235261651_If_Kate_voted_Conservative_would_you_The_role_of_celebrity_endorsements_in_political_party_advertising">political opinion</a> or <a href="https://news.rutgers.edu/news-release/celebrity-endorsements-lead-increases-charitable-donations-public/20130926#.Xh5oEFczaUk">charitable giving</a>.</p> <p>It’s great that celebrities want to use their influence for good causes. Not all celebrity advocacy, though, should be applauded uncritically. One study has suggested it is <a href="https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/pdf/10.1177/1367877914528532">less effective than sometimes supposed</a> for development causes, and can simplify a complex issue to a single outcome – usually giving money. This fails to address how people can make an ongoing difference in other ways.</p> <p>In terms of natural disasters, a very practical way to help communities recover is the resumption of tourism. Perceptions play a big part in this, and celebrities can play a big part in <a href="https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/pdf/10.1300/J073v02n02_12">forming images</a>. It’s why they have long featured in tourism campaigns, from Paul Hogan in the 1980s to Kylie Minogue and others in the humorously idealised imagery presented by Tourism Australia to Britons a few weeks ago.</p> <div class="embed-responsive embed-responsive-16by9"><iframe class="embed-responsive-item" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/QMAq8F8N2Fg"></iframe></div> <p>Now these images are being replaced by the message globally that Australia is “<a href="https://www.nbcnews.com/science/environment/australia-fire-literally-so-are-its-climate-politics-n1104351">on fire, literally</a>”, and that much of the country is an “<a href="https://www.greenqueen.com.hk/australia-is-literally-on-fire-because-of-climate-change-so-why-wont-more-governments-act/">apocalyptic nightmare</a>”.</p> <p><strong>Tourism effects</strong></p> <p>Even if celebrities have the best of intentions, their emotional appeals and shared of images of red skies and smoke-filled cities along with heartbreaking images of devastation and loss can contribute to fans cancelling holidays plans, even while they’re donating to bushfire appeals.</p> <p><a href="https://www.sbs.com.au/news/tourism-industry-suffers-as-bushfire-images-scare-off-international-travellers">There are already reports</a>, for example, of tourists aborting plans for visits months away. The <a href="https://qualitytourismaustralia.com/">Australian Tourism Industry Council</a> says cancelled bookings in towns unaffected by the bushfires <a href="https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/tourism-industry-takes-1b-hit-as-australians-cancel-their-holidays-20200115-p53rr1.html">are up to 60%</a>. The <a href="https://www.atec.net.au/">Australian Tourism Export Council</a> estimates the loss of international bookings will cost the nation <a href="https://www.afr.com/companies/tourism/tourism-loses-4-5b-to-bushfires-as-overseas-visitors-cancel-20200116-p53s0s">at least A$4.5 billion</a> in 2020, hurting regional areas the most.</p> <p>It doesn’t help when <a href="https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-01-08/misleading-fire-maps-go-viral-during-australian-bushfire-crisis/11850948">misleading information</a> is spread, as the American singer Rihanna inadvertently did when she <a href="https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-01-08/misleading-fire-maps-go-viral-during-australian-bushfire-crisis/11850948">shared an image on Twitter</a> that exaggerated the size of the bushfires. This image suggested huge swathes of Australia were no-go zones.</p> <p>Ellen Degeneres did something similar in telling her audience “<a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gSWveTGTMBA">nearly a third of their habitat has been destroyed</a>”. This was an exaggerated misstatement of Australia’s environment minister saying <a href="https://www.abc.net.au/radio/programs/am/govt-is-working-to-address-threats-to-native-species:-ley/11828480">a third of koala habitat in New South Wales</a> had been destroyed.</p> <p><a href="https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1447677016300626">Our research confirms</a> the further someone is from a destination in crisis, the more likely they are to be confused about the location and think a greater area is affected.</p> <p>Fires in the Blue Mountains area of New South Wales, for example, were called “the "Sydney fires” elsewhere in Australia. Overseas they were referred to as the “Australian bushfires”, confusing domestic and international tourists.</p> <p><strong>Where celebrities can really help</strong></p> <p>So while celebrities might have the very best of motivations, their contribution in generating donations in the short term might be offset by the longer-term effect of amplifying the misconception that Australia is not safe for tourists.</p> <p>This is demonstrated by past experience. After Victoria’s 2009 Black Saturday fires, the Gippsland region experienced a major tourism downturn, despite just 5% of the region being directly affected.</p> <p>But celebrites can also use their mass-pull to aid tourism recovery.</p> <p><a href="https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/10548408.2012.638565">Our research</a> suggests their star power is unmatched as a means to encourage tourists back to regions recovering from disaster.</p> <p>In the case of Gippsland, <a href="https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/10548408.2012.638565">we surveyed 691 people</a> with nine different advertising messages. Themes included solidarity, community readiness and even short-term discounts. We found celebrity endorsement made the greatest impression, with test subjects indicating it made them more likely to visit the region.</p> <p>In the months after the Black Saturday bushfires, former Miss Universe Jennifer Hawkins and legendary cricketer Shane Warne <a href="https://thenewdaily.com.au/news/national/2019/02/07/black-saturday-media-moments/">visited affected towns</a>. These highly publicised events sent the message these towns were ready to welcome visitors again.</p> <p>So celebrities can definitely help in the coming weeks and months.</p> <p>They can share positive stories about local communities’ resilience, and maybe even visit.</p> <p>This is likely to do more for recovery efforts in the long term than helping to spruik for donations.<!-- Below is The Conversation's page counter tag. 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“Floods of tears”: Princess Mary feels unsafe after break-in at Danish summer palace

<p>Princess Mary has been left shell shocked after a burglary has rocked the Danish Royal Family over the festive break.</p> <p><em><a rel="noopener noreferrer" href="https://www.nowtolove.com.au/royals/international-royals/princess-mary-palace-break-in-62205" target="_blank">Woman’s Day</a></em><span> </span>revealed that security at Marselisborg Palace in Aarhus was compromised just days after the royal family had left and the incident has left Princess Mary in “floods of tears”.</p> <p>"The break-in at the royal residence was detected by a burglar alarm, which went off at 1.15 am on Friday,” according to local media.</p> <p>The alarm had direct connection to the local police who mobilised all available crew."</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/B6-Xw_TgcJR/?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/B6-Xw_TgcJR/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by DET DANSKE KONGEHUS (@detdanskekongehus)</a> on Jan 6, 2020 at 2:17am PST</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>"It's chilling for anyone to find that someone's broken into your home, but entirely another thing when it involves a royal family," says an insider.</p> <p>"You can't help but think it was something very serious, given that the police aren't being very forthcoming with the details."</p> <p>Princess Mary 47, her husband Prince Frederik, 51, and their children, Prince Christian, 14, Princess Isabella, 12, and nine-year-old twins Prince Vincent and Princess Josephine were all at the residence from December 20 to 30.</p> <p>The incident has left the family feeling very unsafe.</p> <p>"Mary's confessed that it was way too close for comfort and is very frightened that someone could even get in," says the insider.</p> <p>"She has always been assured that all royal residences are among the most secure in the world, so she never bothered to ask any questions. But now she is second-guessing everything Fred has ever told her about their safety."</p> <p>It’s believed that authorities are yet to capture the intruder, which is not a comforting thought to the mother-of-four. The family are now relaxing in Sweden.</p>

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Virgin Australia flight diverts after part of wing comes loose mid-flight

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">A passenger on board a Virgin Australia flight has described the shocking moment the lower flat on the plane’s left hand wing came loose and started blowing in the wind.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The flight took off from Brisbane Airport for Melbourne just before 6pm and was diverted mid-air back to Brisbane due to an “engineering issue”. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Bill Mauger was travelling with his wife and noticed the issue soon after take-off. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"As we were starting to get some altitude I looked over to the wing and it looked like there was something caught in it. It looked as though there was a bit of cardboard," he said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"I thought that is a bit weird. But then I took a bit of a closer look and it was actually part of the wing peeling away.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"It was quite a large chunk of wing flapping in the breeze."</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">When Bill tried to alert the flight attendant, he was shut down quickly.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"I was waving to get her attention and she said, 'Yes, we've seen it, the captain is dealing with it.' She shut the conversation right down," Bill said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Virgin Australia spoke to </span><a href="https://www.9news.com.au/national/virgin-australia-flight-diverts-back-to-brisbane-after-wing-piece-comes-loose/aa934c7c-a3b4-4643-8b48-ff26108eb56b"><span style="font-weight: 400;">9 News</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">, explaining that the plane wing’s issue was an “engineering issue” and not a “safety issue”.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"This was not a safety issue, however the Captain made the decision to conduct an air return so the aircraft could be inspected by our engineers as a precautionary measure," the Virgin Australia spokesperson said.</span></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Photo credit: </span><a href="https://www.9news.com.au/national/virgin-australia-flight-diverts-back-to-brisbane-after-wing-piece-comes-loose/aa934c7c-a3b4-4643-8b48-ff26108eb56b"><span style="font-weight: 400;">9news.com.au</span></a></em></p>

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Family’s heartbreak as man dies on flight to Brisbane

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">An Air Canada flight bound for Australia has been diverted to Honolulu after a passenger died mid-flight.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Christopher Woodgate, 38, was pronounced dead when the fight landed in Honolulu on Saturday, said Kira Paiva-Kimura, according to </span><em><a href="https://www.9news.com.au/world/man-dies-on-air-canada-flight-to-brisbane-with-family/d82e9073-3439-4d8f-b517-0dfc51e41b8d"><span style="font-weight: 400;">9News</span></a></em><span style="font-weight: 400;">.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The flight departed from Vancouver and was headed to Brisbane but diverted due to a medical emergency, according to Peter Fitzpatrick, an Air Canada spokesman.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The man had been sick prior to the flight, according to Jessica Lani Rich of the Visitor Aloha Society of Hawaii. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The man was travelling with five children, his wife and another family member.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The organisation, which provides assistance to visitors in distress, organised a nurse to care overnight for an 11-year-old passenger travelling alone.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">There were 257 passengers and 13 crew members on the flight.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The airline provided passengers with hotel and food vouchers and the passengers left Honolulu on Sunday on a different flight.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Chris Woodgate’s wife has since explained how her husband died, leaving their three young children without a father.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“I have been contacted by the Health Department who informed me that Chris passed away from a non-contagious strand of meningitis,” Ms Woodgate told </span><em><a href="https://www.dailymail.co.uk/auhome/index.html"><span style="font-weight: 400;">The Daily Mail.</span></a></em></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Meningitis is a serious bacterial infection that can cause death in a matter of hours if not treated.</span></p>

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“I just can’t breathe”: Smoke chokes tennis stars as they slam decision to play Australian Open qualifiers

<p>The tennis world has slammed Australian Open organisers after they chose to proceed with qualifying matches on Tuesday despite Melbourne being covered in hazardous smoke.</p> <p>Due to poor air quality because of bushfires, qualifying matches were forced to be delayed yesterday morning but were later on given the green light to go ahead.</p> <p>But the dangerous conditions affected the players, who came together to condemn the decision to let play unfold.</p> <p>Aussie Bernard Tomic lost in the first round of qualifying for the year’s first grand slam, which begins on Monday, and required medical attention as he struggled to breathe.</p> <p>The former world No. 17 was defeated by American Denis Kudla in straight sets 7-6 (7-4) 6-3 at Melbourne Park where he slowly lost control after a promising start.</p> <p>Tomic asked to see a doctor at 1-2 in the second set, and said he was having difficulty breathing. The doctor gave him an inhaler and checked his chest with a stethoscope, before allowing him to resume.</p> <p>“I just can’t breathe,” he said.</p> <p>He wasn’t the only one who had difficulty, as Slovenian Dalila Jakupovic fell to the ground on court due to a coughing fit. She was forced to retire from the match which had gone for close to two hours.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en-gb"> <p dir="ltr">Davila Jakupovic retires after suffering a horrendous coughing fit and breathing difficulties in the heavy, polluted air in Melbourne. Awful scenes <a href="https://t.co/EPQUlf9DpF">pic.twitter.com/EPQUlf9DpF</a></p> — Simon Briggs (@simonrbriggs) <a href="https://twitter.com/simonrbriggs/status/1216926145507033093?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">14 January 2020</a></blockquote> <p>Jakupovic criticised Australian Open officials, saying the conditions weren’t safe for matches to go ahead. She told CNN players were “p***ed and disappointed because we thought they would take better care of us”.</p> <p>“I think it was not fair because it’s not healthy for us,” she told reporters.</p> <p>“I was surprised. I thought we would not be playing today but we really don’t have much choice.</p> <p>“If they don’t put us on the court, maybe we get fined – I don’t know.</p> <p>“It would be maybe better to see if tomorrow is better. They still have time.</p> <p>“It was really bad. I never experienced something like this and I was really scared. I was scared that I would collapse. That’s why I went on the floor. Because I couldn’t walk anymore. When I was on the ground it was easier to get some air.”</p> <p>The Slovenian then made an appearance on Channel 9’s<span> </span><em>Today</em><span> </span>show and further reinstated that she had never faced conditions like that before.</p> <p>“I have no asthma or breathing problems. I never experienced something like this,” she said. “I mean, it was really scary. I couldn’t breathe.</p> <p>“I didn’t know what to do … I was really scared, I have to say.</p> <p>“I understand no one from us had these kind of conditions before. We’re used to pollution, like we play in China and play in more polluted countries. Smoke is something different. For sure we’re not used to it.</p> <p>“Citizens and everyone were advised to stay inside. We didn’t expect we’d be playing yesterday.</p> <p>“It was a bit shocking.”</p>

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Couple continue with wedding despite volcanic eruption

<p>A couple did not let a major volcanic emergency get in the way of their wedding as they walked down the aisle during an eruption.</p> <p>Chino Vaflor and Kat Bautista Palomar had been making plans for eight years to tie the knot on Sunday at Savannah Farm in the Philippines, 10 kilometres from Taal Volcano.</p> <p>White smoke came out of the active volcano hours before the ceremony began, but it hadn’t reached emergency level until the wedding was underway. Philippine authorities raised their alert to the second-highest level, and people within a 14km radius of the volcano were told to evacuate.</p> <p>Wedding photographer Randolf Evan told <em><a href="https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-51087441">BBC</a></em> they felt “definitely safe as the venue was on higher ground and not directly around the volcano's vicinity”.</p> <p><iframe src="https://www.facebook.com/plugins/post.php?href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2Frandolfevanphotography%2Fphotos%2Fa.190435824367437%2F2733509743393353%2F%3Ftype%3D3&amp;width=500" width="500" height="338" style="border: none; overflow: hidden;" scrolling="no" frameborder="0" allowtransparency="true" allow="encrypted-media"></iframe></p> <p><iframe src="https://www.facebook.com/plugins/post.php?href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2Frandolfevanphotography%2Fphotos%2Fa.190435824367437%2F2733509883393339%2F%3Ftype%3D3&amp;width=500" width="500" height="501" style="border: none; overflow: hidden;" scrolling="no" frameborder="0" allowtransparency="true" allow="encrypted-media"></iframe></p> <p>Evan said the wedding guests were “calm and relaxed” despite the imminent danger.</p> <p>“Funny enough, the smoke from the volcano just kind of like served as an entertaining backdrop changing from white, yellow, pink and finally to grey,” he told <em><a href="https://www.msn.com/en-au/lifestyle/familyandrelationships/couple-continue-with-wedding-despite-volcano-erupting-in-the-background/ar-BBYUzCH?li=AAgfYrC">Mirror</a></em>.</p> <p><iframe src="https://www.facebook.com/plugins/post.php?href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2Frandolfevanphotography%2Fphotos%2Fa.190435824367437%2F2733509706726690%2F%3Ftype%3D3&amp;width=500" width="500" height="338" style="border: none; overflow: hidden;" scrolling="no" frameborder="0" allowtransparency="true" allow="encrypted-media"></iframe></p> <p>“Our team, as well as the rest of the suppliers, was just getting a feel if the couple wanted to postpone or not.</p> <p>“They ended up going ahead with everything as we later found out that they have been planning for this day for eight years and two kids in the making.</p> <p>“It was going to be a special day for them no matter what, and it definitely was.”</p> <p><iframe src="https://www.facebook.com/plugins/post.php?href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2Frandolfevanphotography%2Fphotos%2Fa.190435824367437%2F2733509730060021%2F%3Ftype%3D3&amp;width=500" width="500" height="502" style="border: none; overflow: hidden;" scrolling="no" frameborder="0" allowtransparency="true" allow="encrypted-media"></iframe></p> <p>Evan said ash rained on their clothes, but “it didn't feel alarming until nighttime came when it became a bit heavier and mud-like”.</p> <p>He confirmed that everyone was now safely out of the danger zone.</p>

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Qantas passenger heartbroken after dog passes away mid-flight

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">A man has been left heartbroken after his dog passed away on a domestic Qantas flight.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Pet owner Anthony Balletta said that his bulldog Frank, who was two days away from his first birthday, died on QF405 from Sydney to Melbourne while travelling in the plane’s cargo hold.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Balletta had paid $1,100 to transport Frank just before Christmas but was told that upon landing in Melbourne that he had passed away.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“I dropped to the floor, they had to carry me out of the airport,” Mr Balletta told </span><a href="https://www.news.com.au/travel/travel-updates/incidents/qantas-passenger-heartbroken-after-dog-dies-midflight/news-story/8ab6268bb35e1c08272ddb011255bace"><span style="font-weight: 400;">news.com.au</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“I never thought I could love someone as much as I loved Frank. He came into work with me every day, he used to make everyone smile.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“I’ve never experienced anything like this before in my whole life.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">A spokesperson for Qantas explained that a review of the incident had found that Frank had not been mishandled.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“We can understand for Mr Balletta and his family that what’s occurred is very distressing,” the spokesman said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“An investigation found there were no issues on-board the aircraft or during the journey with all procedures followed.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Qantas customers who book their pets for travel are informed at the booking process that snub-nosed breeds including bulldogs are considered high risk for air travel due to respiratory issues.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Since sharing his story, Balletta has been horrified to discover how many snub-nosed dogs have died during air travel.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">He also has called for trained vets to check pets before flights.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Why wouldn’t they have at least one vet checking over the dogs and saying ‘yep he’s good’ or ‘no he’s not fit to fly’,” Mr Balletta said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“I don’t want money from Qantas, I don’t want a free flight to Queensland. What I want to do is create awareness for all the dog owners about what they’re in for.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Qantas have since refunded Balletta’s transportation costs.</span></p>

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Slow down, Zara! Royal banned from driving for six months

<p>The last few months has been a whirlwind for the royal family, with scandal after scandal plaguing every step they take. </p> <p>This time, just days after the Duke and Duchess of Sussex announcing they would be officially “stepping back” from their roles as senior members of The Firm, one of the royal family’s most popular and under the radar members has been banned from driving for six months. </p> <p>Zara Tindall, who is currently in Australia with her husband Mike and their children, Mia, five, and Lena, one, for the Magic Millions polo event, has been banned from driving after being caught going a whopping 36 km/h over the speed limit near her home in Cotswald. </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/B61Be0tIX_R/?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/B61Be0tIX_R/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Windsor krónikák (@windsorkronikak)</a> on Jan 2, 2020 at 11:09am PST</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>The Queen’s eldest granddaughter was caught driving at 91 mph (146 kmh)in England - a speed well above the maximum speed limit of 70 mph (112kmh).</p> <p>Zara, 38, was driving her Land Rover at Daglingworth, near Cirencester, in November when she was caught speeding. </p> <p>After failing to show for court, she was fined £666 (AU$1250), plus ordered to pay legal costs and a victim surcharge of of £151 (AU$275).</p> <p>The offence means Zara has lost four demerit points. However, since she has already lost nine points on her license from various other offences, she has been stripped of her license. </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/B7Gr3wRAX4D/?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/B7Gr3wRAX4D/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Hugo Burnand (@hugoburnand)</a> on Jan 9, 2020 at 7:47am PST</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>The court prosecutor Farley Turner told reporters: "Because Mrs Tindall already has nine points on her licence she was unable to accept a fixed penalty for this offence."</p> <p>Just like her mother, Princess Anne has been caught cheekily going over the speed limit a few times throughout her years of driving. </p> <p>She's been caught speeding four times during her life - once at age 22 and again at 26, then later at age 40 in 1990 and age 50 in 2000. </p> <p>The former Olympian and her husband Mike Tindall are currently holidaying on the Gold Coast, as they attend the<span> </span>Magic Millions<span> </span>polo tournament.</p>

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5 things polite people never do on cruises

<p>Cruises are a wonderful opportunity to sit back, relax, and enjoy the water and sun. Don’t let rude people ruin your cruise – better still, before booking a cruise, learn not to be one of those people who ruin someone else’s holiday.</p> <p><strong>1. Argue in the cabin</strong></p> <p>Especially late at night, be courteous. “Cruise ship rooms tend to have thin walls; therefore you always want to be respectful when you’re walking through hallways so as not to disturb other guests,” says Bonnie Tsai, founder and director of Beyond Etiquette. “This also includes being as quiet as you can when you’re inside your cabin.” Cruisers who really want to avoid as much noise as possible shouldn’t book their room under the gym or pool deck, if possible.</p> <p><strong>2. Hog lounge chairs</strong></p> <p>It’s impolite to save seats for your family and friends, whether it’s by the pool or in the theatre. Tsai says if you must save a seat, do so for only 30 minutes. Ships have a limited amount of seating, so be mindful. Another important tip to keep in mind is if your group wants to sit together, show up at the same time. “If it’s a situation where every lounger is sure to be occupied by 10 am, many cruises allow guests to place towels on loungers for a maximum of 30 minutes before they arrive,” Tsai says. “Gauge the situation and act with consideration for other guests.” Don’t fall for one of the most common cruise misconceptions, either.</p> <p><strong>3. Constantly complain</strong></p> <p>There’s no reason to be rude if something doesn’t go your way during the cruise. Polite people never take issues out on crew members, according to Emilie Dulles, an event protocol and etiquette expert. “The crew is there to ensure that every traveller has the best experience onboard possible, yet they are also skilled human beings who should be treated with respect, grace, and kindness,” Dulles says. “Nothing is as tacky as yelling at a server, or complaining at the turn-down staff for forgetting an extra blanket, or hitting on a mixologist after one too many daiquiris.” Pay respect and attention to cruise workers.</p> <p><strong>4. Hoard food</strong></p> <p>All-inclusive food is very alluring. It’s easy to take things to the extreme. And although the buffet is tempting, remember not to be wasteful. “When it comes to the all-inclusive aspect of cruise voyages, many travellers will see this as an opportunity of getting as much as possible out of their fare,” Dulles says. “By piling more food than they can consume on their buffet plate and ordering cocktail after cocktail just because they can, travellers can be very wasteful and inconsiderate towards the crew who spends a lot of time and energy putting together the meals and drinks available.” Instead, take enough food for one sitting. You can always choose to go back for seconds, but this is more elegant than throwing away platefuls of perfectly good food.</p> <p><strong>5. Pretend the cruise is a personal yacht</strong></p> <p>The ship is your home away from home for a set amount of time. You should still keep in mind your behaviour and presentation, according to Tsai. “There’s no need to show off your immense collection of expensive jewellery or wear lingerie or PJs in the hallways,” she says. There are plenty of other guests sharing the same space, and they may not want to see your plaid PJs.</p> <p><em>Source: <a href="https://www.rd.com/advice/travel/things-polite-people-never-do-on-cruises/">RD.com</a></em></p> <p><em>Written by Emily DiNuzzo. This article first appeared in </em><span><a href="https://www.readersdigest.com.au/travel/10-things-polite-people-never-do-on-cruises"><em>Reader’s Digest</em></a><em>. For more of what you love from the world’s best-loved magazine, </em><a href="http://readersdigest.innovations.co.nz/c/readersdigestemailsubscribe?utm_source=over60&amp;utm_medium=articles&amp;utm_campaign=RDSUB&amp;keycode=WRN93V"><em>here’s our best subscription offer.</em></a></span></p> <p> </p>

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Prince Charles and Prince William “incandescent” over Sussexes’ exit plan

<p>Prince Charles and Prince William were reportedly “incandescent” after Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan announced their resignation from their royal family roles the day before Duchess Kate’s 38<sup>th</sup> birthday.</p> <p>The Duke and Duchess of Sussex released <a href="https://www.instagram.com/p/B7EaGS_Jpb9/">a statement</a> on Wednesday saying they intend to quit as ‘senior’ members of the Royal Family, “work to become financially independent” and live between the United Kingdom and North America.</p> <p>A senior royal source told <em><a href="https://www.news.com.au/entertainment/celebrity-life/royals/prince-charles-and-prince-william-incandescent-over-prince-harry-meghan-statement/news-story/59accf500559b0b8af71bf874020cd07">The Sun</a> </em>that the couple’s announcement had not been approved by the royal family.</p> <p>“Their statement was not cleared with anyone. It breaks all protocol. This is a declaration of war on the family,” the source said.</p> <p>“There is fury over how they’ve done this without any thought for the implications for the institution. The Queen is deeply upset. The Prince of Wales and Duke of Cambridge are incandescent with rage.</p> <p>“Courtiers can’t believe it. There are so many unanswered questions but they’ve just up and done it without a thought for anyone else.”</p> <p>Prince William was “blindsided” by the statement, a source told <em><a href="https://stylecaster.com/prince-william-slam-meghan-markle-prince-harry-quit-royal-family-kate-middleton-birthday/">Us Weekly</a></em>. “Harry and Meghan rubbed salt into the wounds by making the huge announcement a day before Kate’s birthday … It hasn’t gone down well with William,” the source said.</p> <p>According to <em>TMZ</em>, the royal pair was told by Queen Elizabeth II to hold off their announcement until after the Duchess of Cambridge’s birthday but decided not to.</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/B7GL07IlnTc/?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/B7GL07IlnTc/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">Thank you everyone for all your lovely messages on The Duchess of Cambridge’s birthday! Photo 📷 by @MattPorteous</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/kensingtonroyal/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank"> Kensington Palace</a> (@kensingtonroyal) on Jan 9, 2020 at 3:07am PST</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>The announcement came amid reports that the Sussexes had plans to move to Canada with their son Archie.</p> <p>“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,” the pair’s statement 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>“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.”</p>

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Greta Thunberg hits back at Meatloaf’s claim she’s “brainwashed”

<p>Singer Meatloaf, 72, made headlines when he told<span> </span><em><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-7836977/Self-confessed-sex-god-Meat-Loaf-72-threesomes-losing-70lb-climate-change.html" target="_blank">The Daily Mail</a></em><span> </span>that he believes that climate change activist and teenager Greta Thunberg has been brainwashed.</p> <p>The singer also said that he believes that there is no such thing as climate change.</p> <p>“I feel for that Greta. She has been brainwashed into thinking that there is climate change and there isn't,” he explained.</p> <p>“She hasn't done anything wrong, but she's been forced into thinking that what she is saying is true.”</p> <p>The now 17-year-old has since hit back saying that climate change is bigger than the both of them.</p> <p>"It's not about Meatloaf. It's not about me. It's not about what some people call me. It's not about left or right. It's all about scientific facts. And that we're not aware of the situation. Unless we start to focus everything on this, our targets will soon be out of reach," Thunberg wrote.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr">It’s not about Meatloaf.<br />It’s not about me.<br />It’s not about what some people call me.<br />It’s not about left or right.<br /><br />It’s all about scientific facts.<br />And that we’re not aware of the situation.<br />Unless we start to focus everything on this, our targets will soon be out of reach. <a href="https://t.co/UwyoSnLiK2">https://t.co/UwyoSnLiK2</a></p> — Greta Thunberg (@GretaThunberg) <a href="https://twitter.com/GretaThunberg/status/1214150289378435072?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">January 6, 2020</a></blockquote> <p>Meatloaf shares the same view as US President Donald Trump, who tweeted that Thunberg should “stay in school”.</p> <p>The pair have a relationship that stemmed from an appearance from Meatloaf on the 2010 season of Trump’s show<span> </span><em>The Apprentice</em>. </p>

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Tennis star Stefanos Tsitsipas hits Dad and gets scolded by Mum

<div class="post_body_wrapper"> <div class="post_body"> <div class="body_text "> <p>Greek tennis legend Stefanos Tsitsipas got more than he bargained for when he smashed his tennis racket in anger and accidentally hit his father and coach Apostolos.</p> <p>Tsitsipas was playing against Nick Kyrgios, hot-headed Aussie tennis star, and was furious after losing a set to the Aussie.</p> <p>Tsitsipas slammed his racquet into the bench and accidentally clipped his father and captain Apostolos Tsitsipas on the forearm.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en-gb"> <p dir="ltr">Here's the moment Stefanos Tsitsipas injured his Dad Apostolos when he smashed his racket!!<br /><br />(<a href="https://twitter.com/ATPMedia?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@ATPMedia</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/primevideosport?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@primevideosport</a> 📹) <a href="https://t.co/QDLgJlbrOh">pic.twitter.com/QDLgJlbrOh</a></p> — JC 🎾. (@Joe__Tennis) <a href="https://twitter.com/Joe__Tennis/status/1214507999093497856?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">7 January 2020</a></blockquote> <p>His dad was not impressed and walked away briefly, before Tsitsipas’ mother Julia emerged from the crowd to yell at him for his behaviour.</p> <p>However, the dressing down from mum did little to ease Tsitsipas’ temper as he received a point penalty for unsportsmanlike conduct early in the second set. This was after he smashed a ball into the bench, just missing his dad again.</p> <p>Tsitsipas said it was an accident.</p> <p>“It happened accidentally. I didn’t mean to do it and straight away forgot about it and moved on from there,” Tsitsipas said. “I wasn’t aiming to do that, so it went out of control, unfortunately.”</p> <p>Kyrgios, World No. 30, returned from injury claimed a 7-6 (9-7) 6-7 (3-7) 7-5 (7-5) victory in more than two and a half hours against Tsitsipas.</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/B7BfZOvJMbZ/?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/B7BfZOvJMbZ/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">What a night. The vibes are real with this team 🙏🏽👾 So proud of all of you, we are all playing a role!👑 See everyone in Sydney!! Let’s keep pushing and working together to overcome these tragic fires. All love ❤️</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/k1ngkyrg1os/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank"> NK</a> (@k1ngkyrg1os) on Jan 7, 2020 at 7:22am PST</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>However, Kyrgios doesn’t hold Tsitsipas’ outburst against him.</p> <p>“I didn’t see it (incident). I don’t think he meant it as well. I don’t think you should be giving it too much attention or looking too far into it, to be honest,” Kyrgios said.</p> <p>“I’ve done some stupid things as well in the heat of the moment, so it was obviously an accident.”</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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Passengers outrage as plane aborts take off at the final second twice

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Passengers have spoken about the rage they felt after their flight aborted take-off at the final second twice in a row.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Travellers were heading to Auckland from Kuala Lumpur when their flight came to a sudden stop, as the plane was unable to take off.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Passengers were then put on another flight the following day, only for the same issue to happen again.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">One passenger was so distressed that an ambulance was called, according to </span><em><a href="https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7858863/Malaysia-Airlines-flight-stops-just-seconds-twice-two-days.html"><span style="font-weight: 400;">The Daily Mail</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">.</span></em></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Serjit Singh said that passengers jolted in their seats after the pilot slammed on the breaks.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“I was in utter shock and disbelief. The exact same issue that was meant to have been fixed was not and the lives of all passengers and crew on board were risked,” Mr Singh told the </span><em><a href="https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&amp;objectid=12298558"><span style="font-weight: 400;">New Zealand Herald</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">.</span></em></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“I told the head steward that I wanted to get off the plane immediately.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Staff were quick to assure passengers that the problem was being fixed, but passengers refused to board the plane again.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“We refused and said we are not getting on the same plane and we are not to be used as crash test dummies. This was the collective view of the entire flight,” Singh said. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The plane landed in Auckland 24 hours later than they were expected and passengers have not received an apology from the airline.</span></p>

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Holidaying in a disaster zone isn't as crazy as it seems

<p>Holidaying in a disaster zone might seem crazy, but “volunteer tourism” can actually help communities recover from natural disasters.</p> <p>And if can offer a unique and rewarding experience for volunteers, if done carefully.</p> <p>When disaster hits a tourist destination – whether fire, flood, cyclone or earthquake – tourists usually stay away, leaving communities to deal with a loss of income on top of the costs of repair and recovery.</p> <p>On the other hand, people who feel a natural curiosity, as well as a natural desire to help, are keen for experiences where they can interact with locals and make a difference.</p> <p>This “volunteer tourism” should not be confused with “disaster tourism” in which tourists immediately travel to a scene not to help but to look.</p> <p><strong>Nepal shows what can be done</strong></p> <p>We examined volunteer tourism in Nepal in the wake of the April 2015 earthquake that killed nearly 9,000 people and injured nearly 22,000.</p> <p>We found that when it was done in an ethical manner that considered local conditions and the community, it could aid recovery and resilience.</p> <p>It is important that the process be controlled locally and that the invitation from locals be genuine. It is also important that volunteer tourists be prepared to engage in work that mainstream tourists would not.</p> <p>Our study, <a href="https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0160738319301598">Engaging volunteer tourism in post-disaster recovery in Nepal</a>, has just been published in the Annals of Tourism Research.</p> <p>In the four months that followed the Nepal earthquake, international tourism more than halved.</p> <p>Initially most relief organisations asked international volunteers not to come unless they had specific expertise, such as medical skills, building skills, or experience responding to emergencies.</p> <p>Then the Pacific Asia Travel Association and Nepalese tourism industry leaders worked together to produce the report of the <a href="http://pata.org.np/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/A-Report-on-PATA-Nepal-Tourism-Rapid-Recovery-Taskforce.pdf">Nepal Rapid Recovery Task Force</a>, running workshops with more than 200 tourism industry leaders and professionals.</p> <p><strong>Volunteer tourism led the way back</strong></p> <p>The strategy they came up with prioritised potential tourism regrowth markets, including volunteer tourism.</p> <p>Nepal relaxed conditions to allow international tourists to volunteer on a wide range of projects including rebuilding homes and schools, interning in hospitals, supporting non-government organisations and reestablishing sustainable agriculture.</p> <p>It helped that Nepal was set up for it. It had already hosted organisations offering short-term travellers the opportunity to teach English and to work on health projects.</p> <p>In 2015 and 2016 it hosted three global celebrities whose widely-publicised visits raised the profile and popular appeal of Nepal, especially to volunteer tourists.<span class="attribution"><span class="source"></span></span></p> <p>In May 2015, Hollywood actress Susan Sarandon visited Nepal and actively promoted volunteer tourism to the North American market.</p> <p>In mid-2015 Hong Kong based actor Jackie Chan visited and encouraged Chinese tourists and volunteers to come to Nepal.</p> <p>In March 2016, Prince Harry (the younger son of Prince Charles) spent two weeks in Nepal engaged in volunteer programs.</p> <p>Nepal’s tourism recovery since then has been remarkable.</p> <p>In 2015, the year of the earthquake, just under 600,000 international tourists visited.</p> <p>By 2018 the number had reached an all time record of almost 1.2 million. In 2019 it grew further. Volunteer tourism drove the recovery.</p> <p>The Nepal Association of Tour and Travel Agents says almost one third of the tours booked to Nepal in the two years after the earthquake comprised groups who combined tourism experiences with volunteering or philanthropy.</p> <p><strong>It needs to meet local needs</strong></p> <p>In times of national crisis, the priority of a government has to be restoring the welfare of its people. However, the process by which that happens is multifaceted. In destinations that rely on tourism as a primary source of foreign investment, it can make sense to build tourism into the recovery process.</p> <p>A focus on tourism need not detract from other critical processes such as providing health care and emergency services, clearing debris and construction.</p> <p>But that’s easier said than done. Natural disasters by their very nature sow confusion, severely damage infrastructure and impose great strains on emergency management and administration.</p> <p>Volunteer tourism won’t work everywhere, but where conditions are right, international visitors can speed rather than slow recovery.<!-- Below is The Conversation's page counter tag. Please DO NOT REMOVE. --><img style="border: none !important; box-shadow: none !important; margin: 0 !important; max-height: 1px !important; max-width: 1px !important; min-height: 1px !important; min-width: 1px !important; opacity: 0 !important; outline: none !important; padding: 0 !important; text-shadow: none !important;" src="https://counter.theconversation.com/content/128841/count.gif?distributor=republish-lightbox-basic" alt="The Conversation" width="1" height="1" /><!-- End of code. If you don't see any code above, please get new code from the Advanced tab after you click the republish button. 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Nicole Kidman's tearful response to bushfire threat

<p>Nicole Kidman is one of the latest celebrities to reveal she is donating to aid in the bushfire fight.</p> <p>The Hollywood A-lister has pledged she and her husband Keith Urban are digging into their pockets and will donate $500,000 to volunteer firefighters.</p> <p>The donation was revealed by<span> </span><em>Channel 10</em><span> </span>entertainment correspondent and<span> </span><em>Studio 1<u>0</u></em><span> </span>host Angela Bishop.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">Australian actress Nicole Kidman spoke exclusively to <a href="https://twitter.com/AngelaBishop?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@AngelaBishop</a> about pledging half a million dollars in support of bushfire efforts. <a href="https://t.co/Z8VO1R5mDt">pic.twitter.com/Z8VO1R5mDt</a></p> — 10 News First (@10NewsFirst) <a href="https://twitter.com/10NewsFirst/status/1213714217636974592?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">January 5, 2020</a></blockquote> <p>The actress became visibly affected while speaking about the bushfire disaster at a<em><span> </span>Golden Globes<span> </span></em>event in Los Angeles.</p> <p>The actor stopped red carpet interviews and said: “I’m so sorry. I’m so distracted right now with everything that’s happening in Australia.”</p> <p>An insider told <em><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.usmagazine.com/celebrity-news/news/nicole-kidman-cries-at-event-as-her-australian-home-is-lost-in-bushfires/" target="_blank" title="www.usmagazine.com">US Weekly</a></em> the star had just found out her country home, which she shares with husband Keith Urban, was in danger.</p> <p>“She just found out and got off a plane right before coming here,” the insider said. “She was crying walking in.”</p> <p>“Their house is not on fire,” a representative for Kidman told <em><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.today.com/news/australian-fires-nicole-kidman-keith-urban-s-home-threatened-t171118" target="_blank" title="www.today.com">Today</a></em>. “It is under threat, so keeping a close eye on it.”</p> <p>The couple are a few of many other celebrities who have been donating and sharing their heartache amid Australia’s worst recorded bushfire season in history.</p> <p>Superstar Pink revealed that she plans to personally donate a massive $500,000 “directly to the local fire services that are battling so hard on the frontline.”</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">I am totally devastated watching what is happening in Australia right now with the horrific bushfires. I am pledging a donation of $500,000 directly to the local fire services that are battling so hard on the frontlines. My heart goes out to our friends and family in Oz ❤️ <a href="https://t.co/kyjDbhoXpp">pic.twitter.com/kyjDbhoXpp</a></p> — P!nk (@Pink) <a href="https://twitter.com/Pink/status/1213350834672586752?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">January 4, 2020</a></blockquote> <p>Former model Tara Moss took to social media to share a letter left by firefighters who saved her home in the Blue Mountains from being ravaged by fires.</p> <p>She said the words “brought her tears”, adding on Instagram that one third of her property was destroyed.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">This note at our home brought me to tears. You absolute champions, thank you for all you do. 🙏🏻🙏🏻<br /><br />Please stay safe out there, everyone. Lives can't be replaced. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Firefighters?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Firefighters</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/AustraliaBurning?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#AustraliaBurning</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Bushfirecrisis?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Bushfirecrisis</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/SupportOurFirefighters?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#SupportOurFirefighters</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Grateful?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Grateful</a> <br /><br />(<a href="https://t.co/wDeLHggTUj">https://t.co/wDeLHggTUj</a>) <a href="https://t.co/pbvVJybP6S">pic.twitter.com/pbvVJybP6S</a></p> — Tara Moss (@Tara_Moss) <a href="https://twitter.com/Tara_Moss/status/1213254134444380160?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">January 4, 2020</a></blockquote> <p>Firefighters thanked Moss for having such a :well-prepared property” and for the “cuppas and amenities”.</p> <p>The note reads in full: “Thanks for such a well prepared property! Shipley RFB. (smiley face). PS Thank you for the cuppas and amenities.”</p> <p>Below that is a line and in another hand the words: “We have spent all afternoon at your house doing property protection. It was open so we let ourselves in to use the toilets and coffee. Thank you again. If you want to contact me Captain — (name blurred out for privacy).</p> <p>We also filled your pumps with petrol just in case.”</p> <p>Other Australian stars including Naomi Watts, Rebel Wilson, Delta Goodrem and Russell Crowe have also posted emotional responses to Instagram.</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/B60034snNwz/?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/B60034snNwz/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">This was my last eve in Byron, NSW, Australia. To get a sense of how beautiful the wildlife regularly sounds... Please turn up the volume. The fires have been truly horrendous. It’s so upsetting and worrying. So much wildlife already lost. And still much of the summer ahead. My heart goes out to those who’ve lost loved ones and homes. Big gratitude to the brave firemen who literally haven’t stopped during the holidays!! 🙏 Heartbroken for all the animals, plants and land... 🙏 for rain 🌧 #tbt ❤️🇦🇺</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/naomiwatts/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank"> Naomi Watts</a> (@naomiwatts) on Jan 2, 2020 at 9:45am PST</p> </div> </blockquote> <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/B6zXDpJAl7t/?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/B6zXDpJAl7t/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">It’s been a crazy time on the South Coast, with unprecedented conditions and a lot of fear and loss. But there are lots of people doing really awesome work for our community. THANK YOU! ❤️ If you want to help, you can do so by: 1) Supporting local businesses 2) Donating to Treading Lightly (a local grassroots organisation directly getting help where it is needed: Treading Lightly Inc, BSB: 633-000, Account No: 170066377) 3) Donating to the RFS (NSW Rural Fire Service, BSB: 032-001, Account No: 171051)</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/turiapitt/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank"> Turia</a> (@turiapitt) on Jan 1, 2020 at 7:39pm PST</p> </div> </blockquote> <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/B5CIJ2yhhWr/?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/B5CIJ2yhhWr/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">Still burning... they say a wind change might crank things up again in the valley. I hope wherever you are in Australia, or California or anywhere else facing bushfires , that you and yours remain safe.</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/russellcrowe/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank"> Russell Crowe</a> (@russellcrowe) on Nov 18, 2019 at 8:15pm PST</p> </div> </blockquote>

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Jeremy Clarkson sparks outrage over bushfire article

<p>Jeremy Clarkson has been slammed over a controversial article in which he claimed “Australia is God’s laboratory and people were not actually meant to live there”.</p> <p>Clarkson’s column, published in UK newspaper <em>The Sun</em>, said that God “decided to set fire” to Australia because the country “isn’t meant for human habitation”.</p> <p>The 59-year-old described Australia as a continent “far, far away” created by God to house “his experiments that had gone wrong”, such as the saltwater crocodile.</p> <p>“For millions of years, this big, sandy cupboard under the stairs went unnoticed. But then along came Captain Cook and now the world knows all about Oz and its stupid, dangerous creatures,” the former <em>Top Gear</em> host wrote.</p> <p>“It’s been argued the fires raging across the country were caused by global warming or out-of-control barbies. But when you look at the footage, you know something biblical is going on. Those things are huge.”</p> <p>At the end of the article, Clarkson encouraged Australians to ‘return’ to the UK. “So if you’re reading this down there, please come home [to the UK]. You’ll like it. It never stops raining. And we are better at sport.”</p> <p>The opinion piece comes as Australia faces a bushfire crisis, with over 1,300 properties destroyed and more than 450 million animals estimated to have been killed since the start of the fire season.</p> <p>Readers have criticised Clarkson’s article as “tone deaf” and insensitive to the plights of the affected communities.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr">Hope Jeremy Clarkson doesn’t intend to visit Australia or NZ anytime soon ... this isn’t funny and how tone deaf is he??? <a href="https://t.co/ktKMFAxxNK">https://t.co/ktKMFAxxNK</a></p> — Lee (@lee_asher) <a href="https://twitter.com/lee_asher/status/1213561752622788609?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">January 4, 2020</a></blockquote> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr">What an unscrupulous and grubby attempt at relevancy by an utterly out of touch tosser. Appalling by Jeremy Clarkson and ⁦<a href="https://twitter.com/TheSun?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@TheSun</a>⁩ <br /><br />Australia is God’s laboratory and people were not actually meant to live there – The Sun <a href="https://t.co/czviUAJt5J">https://t.co/czviUAJt5J</a></p> — Shane Anderson (@Globalgallop) <a href="https://twitter.com/Globalgallop/status/1213467501910200321?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">January 4, 2020</a></blockquote> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-conversation="none" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr">When people are losing homes and loved ones, wildlife is dying in droves, heroic efforts being made to fight the fires, and all that goes with that is NOT a time to make jokes about a country and its plight. It's not sensitivity to humour, it's INsensitivity to suffering.</p> — Simon Foley (@simon_foley) <a href="https://twitter.com/simon_foley/status/1213552018889093126?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">January 4, 2020</a></blockquote> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr">The Jeremy Clarkson piece about Australia being God’s laboratory is reprehensible in its pathetic insensitivity to the current and ongoing bushfire crisis.<br /><br />But also, it is ignorant and disgusting in its complete erasure of 60,000 years of Aboriginal history and culture.</p> — Simon Angilley (@dufussy) <a href="https://twitter.com/dufussy/status/1213658964266631168?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">January 5, 2020</a></blockquote>

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9 things you love that are being destroyed by climate change

<p>There are so many stories flying around about the horrors already being wrought by climate change, you’re probably struggling to keep up.</p> <p>The <a href="https://theconversation.com/40-years-ago-scientists-predicted-climate-change-and-hey-they-were-right-120502">warnings have been there for decades</a> but still there are those who <a href="https://theconversation.com/au/topics/climate-change-denial-2057">deny it</a>. So perhaps it’s timely to look at how climate change is affecting you, by wrecking some of the things you love.</p> <p><strong>1. Not the holiday you hoped for</strong></p> <p>We often choose holiday destinations with weather in mind. Sadly, <a href="https://www.researchgate.net/publication/221704343_The_Impact_of_Climate_on_Holiday_Destination_Choice">climate change</a> may see your usual destinations become less inviting, and maybe even disappear entirely.</p> <p>But there’s more to think about than your favourite beach retreat being drowned, or the <a href="https://www.climatecouncil.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/CC_MVSA0147-Report-Great-Barrier-Reef_V4-FA_Low-Res_Single-Pages.pdf">Great Barrier Reef </a> decaying before you see it.</p> <p>Now we have to worry that “<a href="https://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-01-30/how-climate-change-will-change-tourism/9312674">extreme weather events pose significant risks to travellers</a>”. The warnings here range from travel disruption, such as delayed flights due to storms, through to severe danger from getting caught in cyclones, floods or snowstorms.</p> <p>Simply getting where you need to go could become an adventure holiday itself, but not a fun one.</p> <p><strong>2. Last chance to see some wildlife</strong></p> <p>There are more and more examples of animals falling victim to climate-change induced extreme weather events, such as the horror of <a href="https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw-bushfires-koala-population-like-in-a-cremation-after-blazes-20191110-p5396f.html">mass “cremations”</a> of koalas in the path of recent Australian bush fires or <a href="https://www.bbc.com/news/world-australia-46859000">bats dropping dead</a> during heatwaves.</p> <p>On top of that, news of the latest climate-related <a href="https://www.earthday.org/2019/02/07/how-climate-change-is-threatening-our-species/">animal extinctions</a> are becoming as common as reports of politicians doing nothing about it.</p> <p><strong>3. History and heritage at risk</strong></p> <p>The Italian city of Venice recently experienced its <a href="https://www.reuters.com/article/us-italy-weather-venice-mose-idUSKBN1XN2EQ">worst flooding since the mid 1960s</a>, and the <a href="https://apnews.com/41e8c2ce54af44c8826ae1ca9be266cc">local mayor</a> clearly connected this with climate change.</p> <p>Aside from the human calamity unfolding there, we are seeing one of Europe’s most amazing and unique cities and a <a href="https://whc.unesco.org/en/list/394">World Heritage site</a> <a href="https://www.washingtonpost.com/history/2019/11/17/venice-floods-threaten-priceless-artwork-history-unique-way-life/">devastated before our eyes</a>.</p> <p>Climate change threatens more than 13,000 archaeological sites in <a href="https://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0188142" title="Sea-level rise and archaeological site destruction: An example from the southeastern United States using DINAA (Digital Index of North American Archaeology)">North America</a> alone if sea levels rise by 1m. That goes up to more than 30,000 sites if sea levels rise by 5m.</p> <p>UNESCO is worried that climate change also <a href="http://www.unesco.org/new/en/culture/themes/underwater-cultural-heritage/protection/threats/environmental-impact-and-climate-change/">threatens underwater heritage sites</a>, such as ruins and shipwrecks. For example, rising salinity and warming waters increases ship-worm populations that consume wooden shipwrecks in the Baltic sea.</p> <p><strong>4. Taking the piste</strong></p> <p>Warming temperatures have already had <a href="https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-07-02/a-skier-s-guide-to-climate-change-enjoy-it-for-now">negative impacts</a> on the <a href="https://protectourwinters.org/how-climate-change-will-impact-the-snowsports-industry/">US snow sports industry </a> since at least 2001.<span class="attribution"><a href="http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/" class="license"></a></span></p> <p>In Australia, ski resorts are expected to see significant drops in snow fall by 2040 and, as temperatures warm, they will be <a href="https://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-01-30/how-climate-change-will-change-tourism/9312674">unable to compensate</a> for this by snow-making, because it doesn’t work if ambient temperatures are too high.</p> <p>Perhaps recent efforts to make <a href="https://www.reuters.com/article/us-climate-change-alps-insight/high-and-dry-alpine-resorts-grapple-with-climate-change-idUSKCN1UB0E0">artificial snow</a> will give us a few more years on the slopes, but I’m not holding my breath.</p> <p><strong>5. Too hot for sport and exercise</strong></p> <p>It’s not just snow sports that will be affected. As temperatures warm, simply being outside in some parts of the world will not only be less pleasant, but more <a href="https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2019/08/climate-change-turns-up-heat-on-sports/">harmful</a>, causing greater <a href="https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story/6428875/rising-danger-to-act-athletes-as-temperatures-soar-report-warns/">risk of heat stress</a> doing any sport or exercise.</p> <p>That also means lower incentives for – and greater difficult in undertaking - incidental exercise, such as <a href="https://apo.org.au/node/262756" title="Heat, humanity and the hockey stick: climate change and sport in Canberra">walking to the bus stop</a>.</p> <p><strong>6. Pay more for your coffee</strong></p> <p>As the climate changes, your coffee hits will probably become <a href="https://www.abc.net.au/news/science/2019-01-17/coffee-facing-extinction-climate-change/10713870">rarer and more expensive</a>, too.<span class="attribution"><a href="http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/" class="license"></a></span></p> <p>A <a href="http://www.climateinstitute.org.au/coffee.html">report</a> by the Climate Institute in 2016 suggested coffee production could drop by <a href="http://www.climateinstitute.org.au/articles/media-releases/coffee-quality-and-cost-to-be-impacted-by-climate-change,-but-there-are-things-we-can-do.html">50% by 2050</a>.</p> <p>Given how rapidly negative climate predictions have been updated in the three years since, this might now be considered optimistic. Yikes.</p> <p><strong>7. You and your family’s health</strong></p> <p>As the climate changes, the health of <a href="https://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(19)32596-6/fulltext" title="The 2019 report of The Lancet Countdown on health and climate change: ensuring that the health of a child born today is not defined by a changing climate">your children</a>, <a href="https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4202258/" title="Impact of Climate Change on Elder Health">your parents and your grandparents</a> will be at greater risk through increases in air pollution, heatwaves and other factors.</p> <p><iframe width="440" height="260" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/9Nw5zhsSgHQ?wmode=transparent&amp;start=0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p> <p>It can be heartening to see the strong, intelligent and <a href="https://www.vox.com/2019/9/17/20864740/greta-thunberg-youth-climate-strike-fridays-future">positive action</a> being taken <a href="https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-09-20/school-strike-for-climate-draws-thousands-to-australian-rallies/11531612">by the world’s youth</a> in response to the lack of climate action by many governments.</p> <p>But the fact this is a result of literal, existential crises becoming a normal part of every day life for young people is utterly horrifying.</p> <p><strong>8. Home, sweet home</strong></p> <p>The recent <a href="https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-11-15/nsw-bushfires-destroy-more-than-250-homes-in-a-week/11707004">bush fires in Australia</a> and <a href="https://www.dw.com/en/california-wildfire-los-angeles-orders-100000-to-evacuate/a-50801529">the United States</a> reveal how dramatic and destructive <a href="https://theconversation.com/climate-change-is-bringing-a-new-world-of-bushfires-123261">the effects climate change</a> can be to where you live. Hundreds of houses have already burned down in Australia this fire season.</p> <p>Fires are getting <a href="http://www.bom.gov.au/state-of-the-climate/">more frequent and more ferocious</a>. The seasonal windows where we safely used controlled burning to clear bushfire fuel <a href="https://www.theaustralian.com.au/nation/politics/as-bushfire-window-shrinks-we-need-to-get-inventive-says-commissioner/news-story/9b6b725551bb6e56b9b162bb3e02a493">are shrinking</a>. It’s not only harder to fight fires when they happen, it’s becoming harder to prevent them as well.</p> <p>Fires aren’t the only threat to homes. All around the planet, more and more <a href="https://www.undp.org/content/undp/en/home/ourwork/ourstories/the-quiet-after-the-storm.html">houses are being destroyed</a> by rising seas and increasingly wild storms, all thanks to climate change.</p> <p><strong>9. Not the wine, please!</strong></p> <p>Still not convinced climate change is wrecking things you love? What if I told you it’s even <a href="https://theconversation.com/a-warning-for-wine-lovers-climate-change-is-messing-with-your-favourite-tipples-timing-112865">coming for your wine</a>.</p> <p>Less water, soil degradation and higher temperatures earlier in the season all lead to <a href="https://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-11-22/climate-change-creeping-up-on-winemakers/10519206">dramatic negative effects on grapes and wine-making</a>.</p> <p>One small upside is that disruption to traditional wine growing regions is creating opportunities to <a href="https://qz.com/quartzy/1108814/the-improbable-new-wine-countries-that-climate-change-is-creating/">develop new wine growing areas</a>. But there is no reason to believe these areas will maintain stable grape growing conditions as climate change progresses.</p> <p><strong>So, what now?</strong></p> <p>It’s easy to be sad. But to change our trajectory, it’s better to be mad. In the words of that great English singer songwriter John Lydon (aka Johnny Rotten), “<a href="https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22911580-anger-is-an-energy">anger is an energy</a>”.</p> <p>So maybe use this list as motivation to think, talk and act. Use it as fuel to make <a href="https://www.activesustainability.com/climate-change/6-actions-to-fight-climate-change/">small</a>, <a href="https://foreignpolicy.com/2019/07/20/climate-change-requires-big-solutions-but-baby-steps-are-the-only-way-to-go/">large</a> or a <a href="https://theconversation.com/how-to-stop-climate-change-six-ways-to-make-the-world-a-better-place-115944">combination </a>of <a href="https://theconversation.com/when-a-tree-dies-dont-waste-your-breath-rescue-the-wood-to-honour-its-memory-125137">changes</a>.</p> <p>Share your concerns, share your solutions, and do this relentlessly.</p> <p>What’s happening right now is huge, overwhelming, and also inevitable without concerted action. There’s no sugar-coating it: climate change is wrecking the things we love. Time to step it up a notch.<!-- Below is The Conversation's page counter tag. Please DO NOT REMOVE. --><img style="border: none !important; box-shadow: none !important; margin: 0 !important; max-height: 1px !important; max-width: 1px !important; min-height: 1px !important; min-width: 1px !important; opacity: 0 !important; outline: none !important; padding: 0 !important; text-shadow: none !important;" src="https://counter.theconversation.com/content/127099/count.gif?distributor=republish-lightbox-basic" alt="The Conversation" width="1" height="1" /><!-- End of code. If you don't see any code above, please get new code from the Advanced tab after you click the republish button. The page counter does not collect any personal data. 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What’s in store for the royals in 2020?

<p>A wedding, milestone birthdays and lawsuits are set to shape 2020 for the British royal family.</p> <p>In her Christmas message, Queen Elizabeth II acknowledged that 2019 had been “<a href="https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2019/dec/24/queens-christmas-message-2019-has-been-quite-bumpy">quite bumpy</a>”, following a year of intense political debate over Brexit and heightened scrutiny of Prince Andrew and his links to convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein. The same year also saw the birth of Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan’s first child Archie and the announcement of Princess Beatrice’s engagement to Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi.</p> <p>The new year is expected to bring more landmark events for the Queen and her family.</p> <p>As the longest serving monarch, Her Majesty will turn 94 in April and reach her 25,000<sup>th</sup> day on the throne on July 18. She is expected to hand over some official engagements and duties to the younger generations of the family, including her first son and heir apparent Prince Charles.</p> <p>The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are expected to continue promoting their environmental campaign. On New Year’s Eve, the couple announced the Earthshot Prize to recognise innovative solutions to environmental issues relating to “climate and energy, nature and biodiversity, oceans, air pollution, and fresh water”.</p> <p>The Duke and Duchess of Sussex will celebrate their son’s first birthday in May. The pair also has <a href="https://www.today.com/news/meghan-markle-files-another-lawsuit-against-british-tabloid-t167614">ongoing lawsuits</a>, with the Duchess taking legal action against the Mail and its parent company Associated Newspapers for allegedly publishing “untrue” stories on her and Prince Harry suing News Group Newspapers for alleged phone hacking.</p> <p>Princess Beatrice’s wedding is also expected to take place this year, with reports that an announcement of the date will be made this month.</p>

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First class mistake: Greta Thunberg caught out on German trains slip-up

<p>Climate change activist Greta Thunberg has been hit with a new wave of criticism online after a recently made speech and social media post were called out online.</p> <p>The new attacks on the 16-year-old teenager came after she shared a picture of her journey home to Sweden after months of travelling the world calling for climate action.</p> <p>Ms Thunberg shared a photograph of herself sitting on the floor of a train, surrounded by a heap of luggage onto her social media accounts.<br /><br /></p> <p>She has kept vocal about her decision not to travel by plane, as they are considered major contributions to climate change.</p> <p>"Traveling on overcrowded trains through Germany. And I'm finally on my way home!" the caption accompanying the image said.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en-gb"> <p dir="ltr">Traveling on overcrowded trains through Germany. And I’m finally on my way home! <a href="https://t.co/ssfLCPsR8o">pic.twitter.com/ssfLCPsR8o</a></p> — Greta Thunberg (@GretaThunberg) <a href="https://twitter.com/GretaThunberg/status/1205969006982815751?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">14 December 2019</a></blockquote> <p>The German railway company she was travelling with,<span> </span><em>Deutsche Bahn,<span> </span></em>quickly responded to Ms Thunberg’s post, wishing the young teen a safe journey home.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en-gb"> <p dir="ltr">Noch schöner wäre es gewesen, wenn Du zusätzlich auch berichtet hättest, wie freundlich und kompetent Du von unserem Team an Deinem Sitzplatz in der Ersten Klasse betreut worden bist. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Greta?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Greta</a> 2/2</p> — Deutsche Bahn AG (@DB_Presse) <a href="https://twitter.com/DB_Presse/status/1206182674949382145?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">15 December 2019</a></blockquote> <p><em>Deutsche Bahn</em><span> </span>added the company were working hard on improving connections, trains and seats.</p> <p>However, the German railway company later released a statement saying Ms Thunberg had a first-class seat between Kassel and Hamburg.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en-gb"> <p dir="ltr">OMG even German Rail companies are now dunking on the fraud that is <a href="https://twitter.com/GretaThunberg?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@GretaThunberg</a>! 🤣 <a href="https://t.co/aAQjJJNWAt">pic.twitter.com/aAQjJJNWAt</a></p> — Raheem Kassam (@RaheemKassam) <a href="https://twitter.com/RaheemKassam/status/1206290440523255808?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">15 December 2019</a></blockquote> <p>The statement revealed further that other members of her team were sitting in first class from Frankfurt onwards.</p> <p>Deutsche Bahn also took to twitter twice more to speak on Ms Thunberg's train travels through Germany.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en-gb"> <p dir="ltr">It seems Greta is now telling a few untruths to further her agenda. The German National train service were forced to publicly correct her untruths after they were condemned on twitter because Greta suggested she was forced to sit on the foor, when in fact she was in 1st class. <a href="https://t.co/IYl4g8YYjY">pic.twitter.com/IYl4g8YYjY</a></p> — The Niall Boylan Show (@Niall_Boylan) <a href="https://twitter.com/Niall_Boylan/status/1206394630738251776?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">16 December 2019</a></blockquote> <p>"Dear #Greta, thank you for supporting us railroad workers in the fight against climate change! We were pleased that you were on the ICE 74 with us on Saturday. And with 100 per cent green electricity," the company posted.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en-gb"> <p dir="ltr">So, young <a href="https://twitter.com/GretaThunberg?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@GretaThunberg</a> has apologized for saying something awful. Welcome to life. Forgive her. Hope she thinks twice. Also, I'm doubting these posts are hers alone. Greta has a movement behind her. This all feels sculpted. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Skeptical?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Skeptical</a> Consider this tweet and the reaction. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/THNA?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#THNA</a> <a href="https://t.co/Bn6BOAglky">pic.twitter.com/Bn6BOAglky</a></p> — Mike Opelka (@stuntbrain) <a href="https://twitter.com/stuntbrain/status/1206272060433084417?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">15 December 2019</a></blockquote> <p>Ms Thunberg later clarified that while she had initially been sitting on the floor, she later got a seat.</p> <p>The teenager also added that while she did sit on the floor, it was not an attack against the railway line.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en-gb"> <p dir="ltr">Our train from Basel was taken out of traffic. So we sat on the floor on 2 different trains. After Göttingen I got a seat.This is no problem of course and I never said it was. Overcrowded trains is a great sign because it means the demand for train travel is high!</p> — Greta Thunberg (@GretaThunberg) <a href="https://twitter.com/GretaThunberg/status/1206203503363985408?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">15 December 2019</a></blockquote> <p>"This is no problem of course and I never said it was. Overcrowded trains is a great sign because it means the demand for train travel is high!" she said.</p>

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New footage shows panicked moments before and after White Island eruption

<p><span>A new video shows tourists taking pictures at White Island in gas masks minutes before the crater exploded in an eruption that killed at least eight people.</span></p> <p><span>The 12-minute clip published on Thursday morning by Allessandro Kauffmann shows smokes coming out of the volcano before he and other visitors are urged to go into the boat.</span></p> <p><span>The video began with passengers motoring out to the island. They were then shown walking towards the crater and taking selfies in gas masks and helmets.</span></p> <p><span>“You may need to use your mask up there, OK? If you do get engulfed by the steam, basically turn your back to it and, if you need to, you can just crouch down,” a guide could be heard instructing the tourists.</span></p> <p><span>The tourists had finished the trip and returned to the boat when the footage showed them watching ashes from the eruption clouding the view of the island.</span></p> <p><span>“Go, go, go, go, please,” one passenger said.</span></p> <p><span>“We’ve got to get out of here,” one yelled.</span></p> <div class="embed-responsive embed-responsive-16by9"><iframe class="embed-responsive-item" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/qpKUw42H59M"></iframe></div> <p><span>Kauffmann wrote on <a href="https://www.news.com.au/travel/travel-updates/incidents/chilling-footage-from-day-of-white-island-eruption-released/news-story/74fabc8e6788de0fc473eb58e1796112">Instagram</a> that they had only left the island five minutes prior to the eruption.</span></p> <p><span>“Two tours on the volcano. Ours was the first. The other one right after … This other tour that arrived after couldn’t leave in time.”</span></p> <p><span>The video has been deleted since, but copies have been uploaded to Youtube and other sites.</span></p> <p><span>There were 47 people on the island when the eruption occurred.</span></p>

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