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Flight attendants swear by these packing hacks

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">There are many so-called hacks floating around the internet to determine how to best pack a suitcase for your holiday. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">There’s the rolling-folding debate, how to avoid overpacking unnecessary items and what to put in your carry-on luggage instead of your suitcase. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">To debunk some of these myths and give actual fool-proof advice, </span><a href="https://travel.nine.com.au/recommended/7-packing-hacks-flight-attendants-swear-by/1d80bd51-2361-4f9f-87c4-b0693267bb4a"><span style="font-weight: 400;">9Honey</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;"> caught up with Michelle*, a cabin crew member with years of experience. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">She revealed her travel must-buys and nifty travel tips, to share her seven holy grail packing hacks. </span></p> <p><strong>1. Invest in a packing cube</strong></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">These nifty packing cubes are a must for any suitcase to stay clean and organised, as the small, sealable bags help to compartmentalise your luggage. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"It helps keep me organised, especially if I only have a carry-on," Michelle says.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Nothing worse than opening your suitcase in the airport and having all your clothes fall on the floor - this helps avoid that.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">These simple packing tools can be bought for just $14 at Kmart, showing that organisation doesn’t have to cost a fortune. </span></p> <p><strong>2. The roll vs. fold method</strong></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">It’s the age-old debate over how to save space in your suitcase: to roll or fold your clothes. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">According to Michelle, all travellers should consider moving to the rolling method to save both time and space. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"Roll your clothes, don't fold. Trust me when I say this is a huge space saver," Michelle says.</span></p> <p><strong>3. Double your chargers</strong></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Device chargers are one of the most commonly forgotten items when packing for a holiday. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Michelle’s advice is to double up in case one goes missing or someone forgets to pack them. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"I have doubles of all my chargers, and I carry them in my carry-on luggage," she says.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"This way I don't have to worry about forgetting all my important chargers and they're easily accessible."</span></p> <p><strong>4. Make a list</strong></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">With so many things to pack and airport guidelines to adhere to, writing down a list is the easiest way to make sure everything goes to plan. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">This also eliminates packing unnecessary items that just end up taking up valuable space.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"If you're only packing a carry-on, pack smart and only pack the things you need," Michelle advises.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"Writing lists when packing does actually help."</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Michelle also says investigating the weather in your destination can greatly help your packing schedule. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"Wear your biggest and heaviest items on the days of travel so you save space in your bag."</span></p> <p><strong>5. The shower cap trick</strong></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">In order to keep dirty shoes off clean clothes for your trip, Michelle recommends investing in cheap plastic shower caps to slide over the soles of your shoes to keep everything in order. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"This will help to protect your clothing and keep everything clean," she explains.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Michelle also suggests stuffing your shoes with personal items "to really maximise space."</span></p> <p><strong>6. Make it spill-proof</strong></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Some pesky liquid containers can be prone to spilling and ruining items in your suitcase when not stored upright. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">To avoid this, Michelle shared a genius precaution you can take. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"When travelling with liquids, put some cling wrap on the opening and then put the lid on, to save any potential spills," Michelle says.</span></p> <p><strong>7. Choose your suitcase thoughtfully</strong></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">A commonly overlooked part of precision packing can often be the weight of the actual suitcase itself. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">This can result in travellers being stung with unexpected overweight baggage fees on airlines, prompting Michelle to think of a solution. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"Most airlines only allow a 7kg carry-on – try getting yourself a bag that is lightweight yet sturdy," Michelle suggests.</span></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">*Name has been changed.</span></em></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Image credit: Shutterstock</span></em></p>

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A look inside the world’s most luxurious motorhome

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The future of motorhomes is here, with a new luxury campervan on the market. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">German manufacturer Volkner has blown their competition away with the release of their Performance S model that has travellers turning their heads and reaching for their wallets. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The high-end model comes with a starting price of $3.2million, with the possibility to be raised to over $12million if the buyer wants all the bells and whistles attached. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Keep in mind, this is the hefty price to pay before you can even think about relocating the vehicle overseas. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The most unique feature of the motorhome is a slide out panel that is built to accommodate a luxury supercar. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Once the car is reversed off the platform, the metal panel transforms into an al fresco dining area. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The rear of the motorhome houses a bedroom, gourmet kitchen with stainless steel appliances and a U-shaped lounge area. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">One of the most impressive features of the motorhome is a custom-built audio set-up from Burmester, which alone is worth almost $500,000. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Inside, the dining areas are fitted with several metres of lacquered macassar inlays, marble and leather all in shades of cream.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The Performance S also features a separate panel which slides out to radically extend the space of the living area when the vehicle is not in motion. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The whole motorhome is powered by a 2000W rooftop solar system, an 8kW generator and a lithium battery bank. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The whole machine is an impressive display, while also being the most luxurious way to spend time on the road. </span></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Image credits: Volkner</span></em></p>

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Orlando Bloom has close encounter with Great White Shark

<p><em>Image: Instagram</em></p> <p>Orlando Bloom just went paddle boarding with a Great White Shark.</p> <p>The 44-year-old actor shared a video of his encounter with the world’s largest known predatory fish, in which he was seen paddling through the water in Malibu while a shadowy outline lurked below.</p> <p>“Paddle boarding with great whites" the Hollywood star captioned the video on Instagram. “When fear becomes your friend and @malibuartist captures the moment."</p> <p>Accompanying Bloom is photographer Carlos Gauna, aka The Malibu Artist, who seemingly captured the footage via a drone hovering above them in the ocean.</p> <p>“In this clip, I filmed @orlandobrown next to a nicely sized juvenile white shark” Gauna wrote he posted the same video to his Instagram account.</p> <p>“The opportunity to share some of my knowledge with Orlando, knowledge I’ve gained from the many scientists I’ve been fortunate enough to talk to and work with, was a highlight of my day. In the end, the real stars of the sea are the sharks. But having Legolas himself nearby. That’s pretty cool!."</p> <p>While Bloom got praise and love from both fans and famous faces such as 2chainz, his fiancée Karty Perry couldn’t help but troll him on Instagram.</p> <p>“Next time go out and put some peanut butter on babe," Katy commented while referencing the myth about sharks liking peanut butter.</p> <p>He may not be an expert in sharks like his photographer friend, but Bloom is somewhat a paddle-boarding pro. Back in 2016, the actor made headlines when he was photographed paddle boarding nude while holidaying in Italy.</p> <p>He later told Howard Stern that he’s “not that big” and because ‘”things are expanded on cameras with a big optical lens. It is an optical illusion."</p>

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Unseen photos released to commemorate 9/11 attacks

<p>The US Secret Service recently released six new images of 9/11 which have never been seen before, to mark the event’s 20th anniversary.</p> <p>The Secret Service released six images, including an eerie photo taken at Ground Zero after the Tower’s collapse. The Service also released a video commemorating the attack, on Twitter.</p> <p>Another photo, taken by a Secret Service employee, shows smoke billowing from the World Trade Centre towers after both planes had struck the buildings.</p> <p>During the attacks which changed the world on the morning of September 11, 2001, almost 3000 people were killed, including more than 2600 at the World Trade Centre in New York.</p> <p>Another 125 people died at the Pentagon and 265 on the four planes that were hijacked.</p> <p>More than 20,000 people were injured.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">🇺🇸9/11: U.S. Secret Service reveals previously unpublished photos of 9/11<br /><br />The photographs were taken by employees of the service: they show the twin towers after the tragedy, damaged limousines and the area on which the World Trade Center complex was located. <a href="https://t.co/MXXd9xW6Br">pic.twitter.com/MXXd9xW6Br</a></p> — The RAGEX (@theragex) <a href="https://twitter.com/theragex/status/1436670434288754693?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">September 11, 2021</a></blockquote> <p><strong>'Scars forever' for Jack Grandcolas and his family</strong></p> <p>Twenty years after the attack, Jack Grandcolas still remembers waking up at 7.03 that morning.</p> <p>He looked at the clock, then out the window where an image in the sky caught his eye - a fleeting vision that looked like an angel ascending. He didn’t know it yet, but that was the moment his life changed.</p> <p>On the other side of the country, it was 10.03 am and United Flight 93 had just crashed into a Pennsylvania field.</p> <p>His wife, Lauren, was not supposed to be on that flight.</p> <p>So, when he turned on the television and saw the chilling scenes of September 11, 2001, unfolding, he was not worried for her.</p> <p>Then he saw the blinking light on the answering machine.</p> <p>Lauren had left two messages that morning, as he slept with the phone ringer off in the bedroom.</p> <p>First, with good news that she was taking an earlier flight from New Jersey home to San Francisco.</p> <p>Then she called from the plane. There was “a little problem”, his wife said, but she was “comfortable for now”. She did not say she would call back, Grandcolas recalls.</p> <p>She said: “I love you more than anything, just know that. Please tell my family I love them too. Goodbye, honey.”</p> <p>“That moment I looked over at the television and there was a smouldering hole on the ground in Pennsylvania. They said it was United Flight 93,” said Grandcolas, 58.</p> <p>“That’s when I dropped to the ground.”</p> <p><img style="width: 0px; height: 0px;" src="/nothing.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/4f5444d2294344dbaf77fd9159c11cc0" /><img style="width: 500px; height: 500px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7843999/9-11-um.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/4f5444d2294344dbaf77fd9159c11cc0" /></p> <p>All 44 people on board were killed. Lauren was 38 years old and three months pregnant with their first child.</p> <p>She had travelled east to attend her grandmother’s funeral in New Jersey, and then stayed a few extra days to announce the pregnancy - a little “good news to lift the spirits of her parents and sisters after burying their grandmother”, Grandcolas said.</p> <p>Flight 93 was the fourth and final plane to be hijacked on September 11 by four al-Qaeda terrorists on a suicide mission aimed at the Capitol in Washington DC.</p> <p>Passengers and crew members used seatback phones to call loved ones and authorities and learned of the first two attacks, on the World Trade Center in New York City and the Pentagon in Washington DC.</p> <p>Realising their hijacking was part of a broader attack, they took a vote to fight back and try to gain control of the plane. It was a heroic act that spared countless more lives.</p> <p>“What they did was amazingly dramatic,” Grandcolas said. It was “a selfless act of love to conquer hate”.</p> <p><iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/BTD1tSEo8gU" title="YouTube video player" frameborder="0" allow="accelerometer; autoplay; clipboard-write; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p> <p><strong>20th anniversary this year</strong></p> <p>For years, Grandcolas has bristled at the term ‘9/11 anniversary’ because he feels an anniversary is something to celebrate.</p> <p>But the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 attack is an important one, Grandcolas said, adding he plans to travel to Pennsylvania to visit the Flight 93 National Memorial for the first time since 2003.</p> <p>“Every year it’s a gut punch,” he said in an interview near his home in Pebble Beach, south of Santa Cruz in California. “We will live with the scars the rest of our lives.”</p> <p>Grandcolas struggled with depression and survivor’s guilt in the aftermath of the tragedy.</p> <p>With the help of therapy, he came to see Lauren’s message from the plane as meant to reassure him and her family and “to let us know that she was OK with what was transpiring”.</p> <p>That unworldly image he saw in the sky the morning of September 11 took on new meaning as he healed.</p> <p>“It didn’t dawn on me until later that the vision was Lauren.” He would hear her voice in times of struggle, telling him to get up and keep living his life.</p> <p>Grandcolas eventually remarried. Today, he’s semi-retired from his career as an advertising executive. He is writing a book about the grieving process which will be a tribute to his unborn child with Lauren.</p> <p>On the 20th anniversary, Grandcolas finds himself thinking back to how the country came together after 9/11, which he sees as a stark contrast to the division plaguing America today.</p> <p>“This country was united from sea to shining sea, and today, maybe now, would be a good time to let the divisiveness drop,” he said.</p> <p><em>Images: U.S. Secret Service/Twitter</em></p>

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What the code words and phrases used by cabin crew really mean

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Most cabin crew members converse with each other in an interesting way to not alert passengers to their conversations. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Flying doctor Ben MacFarlane has spent a lot of time on planes, and has become privy to the unique ways cabin crew discuss parts of the job while in the air. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Many of their phrases would seem like gibberish to the average flyer, but once you know what keywords to look out for, they all start to make sense. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Here are just a few of the phrases cabin crew have decoded for the flying doctor, as he told </span><a href="https://www.dailymail.co.uk/travel/travel_news/article-9965305/Is-Tom-Cruise-board-crack-cabin-crew-code-hear-holiday-flights.html"><span style="font-weight: 400;">MailOnline</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">.  </span></p> <p><strong>“Is Tom Cruise on board?”</strong></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">If you ever hear cabin crew use this phrase, it is actually not linked to the famous movie star being a passenger. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Instead, it refers to the identical pots of tea and coffee on the meal service trolleys, and helps staff identify which pot is which. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">As Ben says, “</span><span style="font-weight: 400;">If 'Tom Cruise is on board' then crew are following T&amp;C positions that day.” </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Tea, Tom, is in the pot on the left of the cart. Coffee, Cruise, is in the identical pot on the right. Simples.”</span></p> <p><strong>“Do you want to sing or dance?”</strong></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">This phrase refers to the safety demonstration at the beginning of a flight.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Some crew like to have the microphone and read out the words of the PA,” said Ben.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Others prefer to stand in the cabin doing the actions with the seat belt and life jacket.” </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Pick the PA role and you sing. Do the demo and you dance.”</span></p> <p><strong>“Have you found Bob yet?”</strong></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">This phrase is more likely to be heard on a long haul flight when cabin crew have more time on their hands. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Bob is not an individual person, but rather refers to the Best On Board. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">According to the flying doctor, “Every cabin crew member looks for theirs: the most beautiful woman or hottest guy they fancy the most.”</span></p> <p><strong>“That’s my ABP”</strong></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">ABP is cabin crew code for an Able-Bodied Person.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Cabin crew often earmark a strong, able-bodied person to help in case of an emergency landing. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">This person may be asked to organise passengers in a calm and orderly queue while waiting for emergency aids. </span></p> <p><strong>“I’m off to the coffins”</strong></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">This doesn’t refer to actual coffins, but a designated sleeping zone for cabin crew during a longer flight. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Following a ‘crew rest rota’, flight attendants punch a secret code into a secret door, climb the ladder and find half a dozen bunks built into the ceiling above the economy cabin,” says Ben.</span></p> <p><strong>“Have we met?”</strong></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">This doesn’t refer to introducing yourself, but rather to passenger’s seat belts being buckled for landing. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“If one flight attendant is checking the cabin from front to back and the other is going from back to front, they have to say out loud that they've 'met' in the middle.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">This then indicates that the plane is ready to make a safe landing. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Have you ever heard these phrases used while flying? Let us know!</span></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Image credit: Shutterstock</span></em></p>

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"Miracle I'm alive": Tragic way grandfather survived skydiving fall

<p>After surviving a fall of 12,000 feet in a terrifying skydiving accident, a Victorian grandfather has praised the man who saved his life.</p> <p>Christopher Rantall was doing a tandem jump with his instructor Arron Toepfer when the pair got into difficultly when their parachutes didn't open. </p> <p>As they plummeted towards a paddock in Torquay, Arron turned in the last seconds of the fall to cushion the blow for Christopher and did not survive the impact. </p> <p>In an emotional interview, Christopher spoke to 7News about the traumatic ordeal. </p> <p><span>“It still gets to me. Arron basically sacrificed his life (so) that I can live, or have a chance at living,” the grandfather said.</span></p> <p class="css-1316j2p-StyledParagraph e4e0a020">“I personally believe it is a miracle that I’m alive and another miracle that I’m as able-bodied as I am.”</p> <p>He shared the skydiving experience with his daughter Raya, as part of her birthday present and a bucket list wish for Christopher. </p> <p>The grandfather said he was having the time of his life until he realised something was wrong. </p> <p class="css-1316j2p-StyledParagraph e4e0a020">“Arron has gone to release the first chute - It didn’t work,” the 54-year-old said.</p> <p class="css-1316j2p-StyledParagraph e4e0a020">“I didn’t know and I’m just loving this free-fall and we’re just going down and down and down.”</p> <p class="css-1316j2p-StyledParagraph e4e0a020">Christopher said he realised the severity of the situation once they were in a vertical position and he noticed the secondary chute was not filling with air. </p> <p class="css-1316j2p-StyledParagraph e4e0a020"><span>“At the same time I could see Raya above us, so I was like: ‘Oh, we’re in trouble here’,” he said.</span></p> <p class="css-1316j2p-StyledParagraph e4e0a020"><span>Raya had jumped first but her father overtook them as he fell at up to 200km/h. </span></p> <p class="css-1316j2p-StyledParagraph e4e0a020">After not remembering the impact of the crash, Christopher spent two weeks in hospital with a dislocated hip, bleeding into his spleen and some broken bones. </p> <p class="css-1316j2p-StyledParagraph e4e0a020">The 54-year-old praises his instructor for saving his life, and insists he won't skydive again. </p> <p class="css-1316j2p-StyledParagraph e4e0a020"><span>“For someone to put their life in danger to save a stranger - how brave do you have to be to do that,” he said.</span></p> <p class="css-1316j2p-StyledParagraph e4e0a020"><em>Image credits: 7News</em></p>

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Woman jailed after walking on natural wonder in US national park

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">A woman has received a jail sentence and hefty fine after walking directly on dangerous thermal features at Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">26-year-old Madeline Casey from Connecticut pleaded guilty to the misdemeanour offence and served seven days in jail. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"Although a criminal prosecution and jail time may seem harsh, it's better than spending time in a hospital's burn unit," acting US Attorney Bob Murray said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">In July, Madeline and a friend ignored safety signs and left the protective walkway to walk directly on the ground. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"The ground is fragile and thin and scalding water just below the surface can cause severe or fatal burns.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“More than 20 people have died from burns suffered after they entered or fell into Yellowstone's hot springs," park spokesperson Morgan Warthin said in the statement.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The judge ordered Madeline to pay US$2040 in fines, fees and community service as well as her week-long jail stint. </span><span style="font-weight: 400;"><br /></span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">She is also banned from re-entering Yellowstone National Park during her two year probation. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">This incident has prompted park officials to stress the importance of adhering to safety signs through the park. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Madeline is just one of many people who have ignored safety signs at the park and landed themselves in trouble. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">In May last year, a woman was burned after falling into a thermal feature at Yellowstone when it was closed due to the coronavirus pandemic.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">She told park rangers she was moving back to get photos when she fell in the hot thermals. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Two men last year were caught trespassing on the cone of Old Faithful, which is a closed thermal area. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">They were sentenced to 10 days in jail and five years of probation, as well being ordered to pay $738 restitution and banned from the park for five years.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Park Chief Ranger Sarah Davis said, “Visitors must realise that walking on thermal features is dangerous, damages the resource, and illegal."</span></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Image credit: Getty Images</span></em></p>

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How a team of hungry GOATS is helping to fight fires

<p>After the devastating bushfires that ravaged Australia in 2019 and 2020, the RFS is looking to unusual method to prevent history from repeating. </p> <p>A new tactic adopted by the Rural Fire Service has been to put some furry friends to good use by doing what they do best: eating! </p> <p>Hungry goats have been given the job of protecting towns that have been identified as an extreme bushfire risk this summer by grazing on all the grass and shrubs. </p> <p>A herd of bucks and billies have been placed at <span>Clandulla village near Mudgee in NSW's Central West, after being loaned to the area by two local farmers. </span></p> <p><span>They will be grazing on the land in Clandulla for the next two months, eating their way through the foliage that poses a fire risk.</span></p> <p><span>"Goats will eat up shrubs, small tree saplings and eat woody weeds some of your other animals won't," farmer Michael Blewitt said.</span></p> <p><span>While this </span>unique method of containing fires is a first for Australia, the tactic has been used and proven to work in the US, Spain and Portugal. </p> <p><span>These goats are expected to clear more than two hectares over the next three weeks, creating a buffer zone to the village of 200 people.</span></p> <p><span>While back burning is an efficient way of clearing fire hazards, it is often dependant on weather conditions, where </span>goats are happy to clear away grass, shrubs and bushes in rain, hail or shine. </p> <p><em>Image credit: Shutterstock</em></p>

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Heroic mum fights off mountain lion with her bare hands

<p>A mother in California is being hailed a hero after fighting off a dangerous mountain lion that attacked her son.</p> <p>The woman used her bare hands to fend off the animal after it lunged at her five-year-old son and dragged him along the front lawn of his home. </p> <p><span>The California Department of Fish and Wildlife said the boy was playing near his house, west of Los Angeles, when the mountain lion attacked. </span></p> <p><span>After the mother heard the boy's screams, her protective instincts kicked in and she rushed to the rescue. </span></p> <p>"She ran out of the house and started punching and striking the mountain lion with her bare hands and got him off her son," Department spokesman Patrick Foy told the Associated Press.</p> <p>"The true hero of this story is his mom because she absolutely saved her son’s life."</p> <p>Once the boy was free from the jaws of the mountain lion, he was immediately taken to the hospital where law enforcement were notified of the attack. </p> <p>Mr Foy shared that the five-year-old boy had sustained traumatic injuries to his head and torso.</p> <p>Authorities also confirmed that following the attack, the mountain lion has been shot and killed by a wildlife officer. </p> <p>The officer was sent to the scene shortly after the attack, arriving to find the mountain lion crouching in the bushes with its “ears back and hissing” at him.</p> <p>“Due to its behaviour and proximity to the attack, the warden believed it was likely the attacking lion and to protect public safety shot and killed it on site,” the wildlife department said in a statement Saturday.</p> <p><em>Image credit: Shutterstock</em></p>

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How a simple drink became the world’s most expensive minibar item

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The minibar is the classic staple of any hotel room. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">For many travellers, it’s the first part of their short-term accommodation that they want to investigate. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">While most decide to opt out of indulging in any minibar treats, as some carry a price tag that could plunge you into bankruptcy, others find it the perfect opportunity to treat themselves. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">While most average minibars carry a range of drinks and snacks you could find at most supermarkets, luxurious hotel minibars are far from ordinary.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The Drake Hotel in Toronto has made headlines before for their quirky in-room charges such as $57 hemp candles, and an unusual $440 gold-plated pack for adult travellers. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Trump Tower hotels have famously boasted an extensive “water library” that gives guests a diamond-covered bottle of water for a hefty $43. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">While these in-room purchases are certainly extravagant, a hotel in the Netherlands has claimed the crown for the most expensive minibar item. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The Intercontinental Amsterdam includes a minibar service of a bottle of Louis XIII Grand Champagne Cognac, priced at 3500 euros or about $5,672AUD.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The luxurious bottle of alcohol has copped a 70 percent mark-up before making it into hotel fridges.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">According to stockists worldwide, even the word “complimentary” doesn’t increase minibar consumption, as many hotel guests carry a deep distrust of minibars, even when they’re free. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">This fear of sneaky minibar fees was confirmed by a family staying in a Hilton hotel in Chicago, who were charged $76.50 for simply opening the fridge door. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">So next time you’re travelling and staying in a hotel, beware of the hidden fees of the tempting minibars, and treat the elusive snacking machines with suspicion. </span></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Image credits: Shutterstock</span></em></p>

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Meet the youngest person to run a solo lap of Britain

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Elise Downing never thought she was a gifted runner. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">She tried running a marathon, dressed as a crayon, but gave up before finishing and was found crying on the side of the road. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">She wasn’t phased by her previous marathon failures, as six weeks later, she set out on a marathon of epic proportions, leaving from London’s National Maritime Museum with a tent on her back and a map that she couldn’t read to run around the coast of Britain. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">She became the first woman and the youngest person to run a lap of Great Britain by herself, having completed the 5,000-mile journey back to Greenwich in 301 days.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Along the journey, she crashed with over 200 strangers for a night and suffered several injuries on the way.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">She was often slowed down by chaffing from her running tights and her backpack rubbing on her shoulders. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">After finishing the impressive feat, Elise recalled her travels in her book titled </span><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Coasting: Running Around The Coast of Britain – Life, Love And (Very) Loose Plans.</span></em></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">In her book she explains that the clockwise route around the UK was never an issue, saying “I just keep the sea to my left, surely.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">She also explained that the hole in her back was caused by friction from her sports bra clasp wearing a big hole in a T-shirt she didn’t want to change because she had become “weirdly superstitious” about taking it off.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“It’s probably one of the most ridiculous ideas I had,’ she writes. ‘I can’t explain myself.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Elise’s 40 mile-per-day jogs were often interrupted by ferocious storms and decided to name them as old friends. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">She wrote in her book, “Your own mortality suddenly feels very apparent in those moments. I had to take an alternative inland route quite a few times to avoid literally being blown out to sea.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Despite the trials and tribulations, Elise witnessed the kindness of people firsthand. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">She wrote, “I realised how fundamentally good most humans are. It was a huge privilege to be welcomed into so many people’s homes, and I feel really lucky to have had the chance to meet so many different, amazing people.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Running the coast of Britain was technically a solo challenge, but I really don’t think I would have made it to the end if it wasn’t for all the help I received.”</span></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Image credit: Instagram @elisecdowning</span></em></p>

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“Hermit nation”: New Zealand slammed by overseas pundits

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">After New Zealand returned to lockdown over one case infected with the Delta COVID-19 strain, international critics quickly called out the country’s cautious strategy.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">British newspaper </span><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">The Times</span></em><span style="font-weight: 400;"> labelled New Zealand as a “mysterious socialist hermit nation” where the inhabitants “languish in a COVID prison”, while </span><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">The Telegraph</span></em><span style="font-weight: 400;"> described the country as a “isolated dystopia”.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Despite the criticisms, a recent poll by public polling company Stickybeak found that 84 percent of those surveyed supported the decision to enter lockdown.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Though the country’s reliance on harsh lockdowns has meant many New Zealanders overseas have been unable to return and those in-country can’t see overseas family members, many agree with the focus on eliminating COVID.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Charlotte Guigou, a 28-year-old teacher in Wellington is one of the supporters, despite it meaning she can’t see her family in France. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“This lockdown was really tough, but before that we were just living life like normal, and it was all good, it was really chill,” she said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“It does seem like the pain of not having borders open, for what we get in return, for the lifestyle we get in return, is still worth it.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Prior to the most recent lockdown, New Zealanders have been enjoying sports games, music festivals, and outdoor gatherings as per normal, with only 3000 cases and 26 deaths recorded so far.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Anna Robinson, who has recently returned to New Zealand after spending most of the pandemic in Europe, has also missed out on special family moments due to lockdown.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">But, she thinks it is a price worth paying to protect people who are vulnerable or have underlying health conditions.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Lockdown feels like a very small price to pay for the amount of freedom and safety for the community that will come after,” she said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Just ten days after the country went into lockdown, the outbreak had spread to 347 cases, with one person in intensive care as of Friday.</span></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Image: Getty Images</span></em></p>

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NZ politician’s hilarious X-rated blunder

<p><span>New Zealand’s Covid-19 response minister Chris Hipkins has given the nation “a reason to laugh” after giving some x-rated health advice on the Delta outbreak.</span><br /><br /><span>Mr Hipkins was caught in his hilarious blunder while reminding people of the strict COVID-19 restrictions.</span><br /><br /><span>His humorous moment saw him telling the nation they should social distance when they go outside to “spread their legs”.</span><br /><br /><span>"It is a challenge for people in high density areas to get outside and spread their legs when they are surrounded by other people," he accidentally told reporters at the live press conference on Sunday.</span><br /><br /><span>He meant to say "stretch their legs".</span></p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">Latest official government advice, please retweet to get the message out <a href="https://twitter.com/cjsbishop?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@cjsbishop</a> <a href="https://t.co/FddDNPFkRA">pic.twitter.com/FddDNPFkRA</a></p> — ᴀɴᴅʀᴇᴡ ʙɪɢɢs (@biggsintweets) <a href="https://twitter.com/biggsintweets/status/1429262495009542144?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">August 22, 2021</a></blockquote> <p><br /><span>The blunder wasn’t forgotten by Director General of Health Ashley Bloomfield, who raised an eyebrow and smirked seconds later.</span><br /><br /><span>Hipkins realised his embarrassing error, and said that the media “would all have fun with him later”.</span><br /><br /><span>The mistake has given some heavily-needed comedic relief for New Zealanders who are currently in the midst of a nationwide lockdown.</span><br /><br /><span>“Spread your legs, not the virus!” one person took to Twitter to share.</span><br /><br /><span>"When Jacinda takes a break and leaves it to the boys.." another added.</span><br /><br /><span>Mr Hipkins later responded on his official Facebook page, saying “at least I’ve given you all something to laugh about.”</span></p>

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Caves in northern Greece are being showcased by a robot tour guide

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">A new tour guide in Greece is attracting tourists from all over the world, but for a very unusual reason. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Persephone has been welcoming tourists to the Alistrati Cave in northern Greece since mid-July, but not all of the visitors are coming to see the caves. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Persephone is the world’s first robot tour guide inside a cave, which covers the first 150 metres of the tour that is open to the public, before a human guide takes over. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The robot can give its part of the tour in 33 languages and interact with visitors at a basic level in three languages. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">It can also answer most questions, but only in the Greek language. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The robot’s name comes from an ancient Greek myth, where it was said that in a nearby plain that Pluto — the god of the underworld who was also known as Hades — abducted Persephone, with the consent of her father Zeus, to take her as his wife.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Nikos Kartalis, the scientific director for the Alistrati site, said the idea of creating a robot guide came to him when he saw one on TV guiding visitors at an art gallery.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Nikos said the robot finally became a reality after getting funding, with the build of the machine costing AUD$139,000.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"We already have a 70 per cent increase in visitors compared to last year since we started using" the robot, says Kartalis.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"People are enthusiastic, especially the children, and people who had visited in the past are coming back to see the robot guide."</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"It is something unprecedented for them, to have the ability to interact with their robot by asking it questions and the robot answering them," he said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The caves have been a regular tourist spot since they opened to visitors in 1998, with people coming from all over the world to explore the three million year old site.</span></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Image credit: YouTube</span></em></p>

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The world’s first fully vaccinated cruise sets sail

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The world’s first fully vaccinated cruise ship has set sail from Florida after winning a lengthy legal battle. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Norwegian Cruise Lines (NCL) restarted their operation on August 15th with the Norwegian Gem setting sail from </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">Florida with fully vaccinated passengers and crew.</span><span style="font-weight: 400;"> </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The voyage is a result of a legal feat by the line’s parent company Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings, who had sued the state of Florida to let the cruise commence. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The legal action was taken against the state, as state law </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">banned businesses from requiring people to disclose their COVID-19 vaccination status.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Despite this law, the cruise company was insistent on having 100 percent of people on board fully vaccinated against coronavirus, as opposed to adopting voyages that allow a mix of vaccinated and unvaccinated passengers.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">On August 8th, a judge ruled in favour of a preliminary injunction on the law, allowing the cruise line to go ahead with their vaccination policy.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">This win kick-started NCL voyages worldwide, as cruises departed from both Greece and Alaska following the courtroom win. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Harry Sommer, NCL's president and CEO said in a press release that the win was felt around the world as the company could resume safe operations. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"It has been an exhilarating few weeks as we relaunch our fleet, reunite with our shipboard families and welcome our guests back for their long-awaited cruise vacations," he said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">​​"Today is even more special as it is the first time we are relaunching from our hometown and from the new NCL Terminal at PortMiami. After many months, we are ready to deliver a safe and memorable experience for our guests at every step of their cruise journey."</span></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Image credit: Shutterstock</span></em></p>

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80-year-old speedster loses licence

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">An elderly man has lost his licence and received a fine after South Australian Police allegedly detected his car travelling more than 80 kilometres over the speed limit.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Highway patrol spotted the driver in his Subaru WRX sedan at Alma, in South Australia’s lower Mid North region, at about 2.45pm on Wednesday.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The 80-year-old man was pulled over after being allegedly clocked at 182 kilometres per hour on a road with a speed limit of 100 kph.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">He also lost his licence for six months.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The driver, an Adelaide Plains man, was pulled over by police and handed a $1,814 fine.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Given the high number of serious and fatal crashes recently in the Barossa and Mid North area, this type of driving is of significant concern,” police said in a statement.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Highway patrols will continue to have a presence along main arterial roads and highways between rural townships with speed detection, vehicle road-worthiness and drink and drug driving receiving particular attention.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The latest incident comes after a series of fatal crashes, with police pleading with drivers to take care on the roads and slow down.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Last month, a grandmother and father died while on a road trip to buy a birthday present, when the car they were travelling in hit a tree.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“I implore people to be cautious, drive safely and consider the consequences and implications of your actions when you’re using our roads because there are significant and quite lifelong consequences,” Superintendent Bob Gray said at the time.</span></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Image: SA Police</span></em></p>

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Man living in cave for 20 years gets COVID jab

<p>A<span style="font-weight: 400;"> man who has been living in a cave for the last 20 years has just received his first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, and is calling on others to do the same.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">After donating all the money he made to fund the construction of three bridges in the town, Panta Petrovic moved to a cave in the Serbian mountains 20 years ago to avoid society.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Since then, he has been living off of mushrooms and fish from the local creek and occasionally visiting the nearby town of Pirot in search of leftover food.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">It was on one of his trips to the town last year when he discovered that COVID-19 has spread all over the world.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">After COVID-19 vaccines became available, he was quick to get the jab and is urging others to do so too.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“[The virus] does not pick. It will come here, to my cave, too,” Petrovic told AFP from his cave on the Stara Planina mountain in southern Serbia.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“I want to get all three doses, including the extra one … I urge every citizen to get vaccinated, every single one of them.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The 70-year-old has few belongings with him, including a hay bed, an old bathtub  which he uses as a toilet, some benches, and some animals he keeps.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">However, after wolves began killing the animals, Petrovic decided to move them to a shack he had assembled in the outskirts of town to keep them safe.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The gang of animals includes several goats, a flock of chickens, about 30 cats and dogs, and an adult boar named Mara.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“[Mara] means everything to me, I love her and she listens to me. There is no money that can buy such a thing. A true pet,” he said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Petrovic looks after himself and his animals with welfare and donations of food and supplies for his menagerie.</span></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Images: Getty Images</span></em></p>

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Landlord makes incredible gesture to tenant after selling house

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">A landlord has left an ex-tenant moved to tears after an incredible and unexpected act of kindness. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Chris Robarge, from Massachusetts in the US, said he was randomly contacted by his former landlord to ask for his current address.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">After providing the information, he received a letter from the landlord who wanted to pay him back for the contributions he had made to the home. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The landlord had recently sold the house, and said to Chris, “I firmly believe that the capitalist tradition of retaining that money after the sale of a property is exploitative and anti-ethical to a just society.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Enclosed in the letter was a cheque for $3,400AUD and a message </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">explaining that the landlord had tried to keep rent “equivalent to the monthly expenses of keeping the house” for everyone who had lived there.</span><span style="font-weight: 400;"> </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The kind landlord wrot</span><span style="font-weight: 400;">e, “I calculated the amount of principal you paid each month you lived there, split it by who was living in the house at the time, and added 40 per cent (the increase in value of the home from when I bought it).”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“While it’s not much, it’s yours! It was a great house and I’m glad I was able to share it with you.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The landlord also shared the same amount of money from the sale of the house to other tenants who lived there, saying, “some of the rent you paid each month contributed to paying off the principle of my mortgage.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Chris was shocked by the kind gesture, saying he had been thinking about the act of kindness for days. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">He said, “I am still completely beyond an actual way to describe what this act means to me.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“All that I can say is that there are people who talk about their values and there are people who actually live them, and the reason I wanted to share this is that I want to encourage us all to actually live our values.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Do it off the clock, do it when no one is watching, do it always.”</span></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Image credit: Shutterstock</span></em></p>

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Kabul has fallen: What's happening in Afghanistan

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">After 20 years of combat and billions of dollars invested by the US and NATO to build up Afghan forces, Taliban fighters have seized nearly all of Afghanistan in little over a week.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">After ousting Taliban forces from power in 2001, the US and Western allies - including Australia - have spent the last 20 years fighting the Taliban, as well as training and equipping Afghan security forces.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Earlier this year, US President Joe Biden announced the US would end its military mission in the country this year, with troops withdrawing by August 31.</span></p> <p><strong>Latest developments</strong></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Kabul, the country’s capital, was seized hours after Afghan President Ashraf Ghani fled the country on Sunday. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Though he did not reveal where he had fled to, Mr Ghani said in a Facebook post that he did not want to see bloodshed in Kabul.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Al Jazeera news has since reported that the president, his wife, his chief of staff, and national security advisor have left for Tashkent in Uzbekistan.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The Taliban now say the war in Afghanistan is over, and that they will hold talks in the coming days aimed at forming an “open, inclusive Islamic government”, according to Taliban spokesman and negotiator Suhail Shaheen.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Since the capture of Kabul, helicopters have been seen racing overhead to evacuate personnel from the US Embassy.</span></p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 333.49609375px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7843148/gettyimages-1234687815.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/ab8f7cf42c514d83b3f282c1913a3e10" /></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">A US military helicopter pictured flying above the US embassy. Image: Getty Images</span></em></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Embassy staff destroyed important documents ahead of their evacuation, and the American flag was lowered.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Afghan citizens have also scrambled to flee the country, fearing the Taliban could reintroduce the brutal rules that stripped women of their rights.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Thousands have attempted to flee, with roads reported to be gridlocked and gunfire being heard at the airport.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The United States, Australia, New Zealand and over 50 other nations have also issued a joint statement on Afghanistan, which reads: “Given the deteriorating security situation, we support, are working to secure, and call on all parties to respect and facilitate, the safe and orderly departure of foreign nationals and Afghans who wish to leave the country.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Those in positions of power and authority across Afghanistan bear responsibility - and accountability - for the protection of human life and property, and for the immediate restoration of security and civil order.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Afghans and international citizens who wish to depart must be allowed to do so; roads, airports and border crossing must remain open, and calm must be maintained.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“The Afghan people deserve to live in safety, security and dignity. We in the international community stand ready to assist them.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Russian news has also confirmed that the Taliban has promised to guarantee the safety of the Russian embassy in Kabul, and that it will remain functional.</span></p> <p><strong>Australian forces to rescue Australians</strong></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The Cabinet’s National Security committee has met to discuss military efforts to evacuate citizens and former Afghan staff, while the Federal Government considers increasing the number of Afghan nationals allowed into the country as refugees.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Speaking this morning, Prime Minister Scott Morrison refused to clarify how many Australian citizens remained in Afghanistan, commenting that it is “a very distressing situation”.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“We are working on to ensure we can safely remove people from that situation with partners and allies,” he said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“I can’t go too much into the operational details of this.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">After announcing that RAAF planes would be airlifting Australians and Afghan interpreters and contractors out of the country on Sunday, Mr Morrison refused to confirm whether the changing situation threatened to derail the government’s plans.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“I’m not going to go into the operations; it’s for the protection of those we’re engaged in seeking to provide their safety,” Mr Morrison said.</span></p>

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Flight attendant’s trick for avoiding unwanted advances on the job

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">A flight attendant has taken to TikTok to share her tips and tricks for avoiding unwanted advances while on the job. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">For her biggest and most lauded hack, Taylor, who shares videos under the username @flywithtay, admits she wears a fake engagement ring to prevent travellers from hitting on her.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">In a video she shared, she flaunts her ring on camera as she walks down the aisle of an aeroplane. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">She has captioned the post, "Flaunting my fake Amazon engagement ring at work to keep the creeps away."</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">In the video description she adds, "Works like a charm."</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The video welcomed a flood of comments from women who feel forced to adopt similar tactics in their lines of work. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"I'm in healthcare, I do the same thing lol," says one commenter.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"Divorced and do this when I go to a work conference," another admits, while another says, "It's so sad we have to do this."</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">One viewer asked if Taylor ever flirts with customers, to which she responded, "I don't flirt with passengers, but that's just me. I can't speak for everyone."</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">During the back and forth in the comments of the video, Taylor said she is already dating her "perfect guy" so isn't worried she will miss the opportunity to meet someone on a flight.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">One person also commented, “Respectful men will notice. It’s the creeps who won’t care.”</span></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Image credit: Shutterstock</span></em></p>

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