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New swine flu with pandemic potential found in China

<p>Researchers in China have discovered a strain of swine flu that is capable of triggering another pandemic.</p> <p>A report published in peer-reviewed science journal <em>Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences</em> earlier this week identified the G4 EA H1N1 strain of flu, which is genetically descended from the H1N1 strain that caused a pandemic in 2009.</p> <p>It has “all the essential hallmarks of a candidate pandemic virus”, scientists at Chinese universities and China’s Center for Disease Control and Prevention said in the study.</p> <p>Researchers took 30,000 nasal swabs from pigs between 2011 and 2018. A total of 179 swine flu viruses were isolated, the majority of which were a new kind that has been dominant among pigs since 2016.</p> <p>Following various experiments, G4 was found to be highly infectious, replicating in human cells and causing more severe symptoms in ferrets than other viruses do.</p> <p>Any immunity humans gain from exposure to seasonal flu does not protect against G4, <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.cbsnews.com/news/new-swine-flu-china-researchers-pandemic/" target="_blank">tests also showed</a>.</p> <p>As many as 4.4 per cent of the general population appeared to have been exposed to the virus, therefore showing that it has passed from animals to humans. There is no evidence yet that the virus can be passed between humans.</p> <p>“Controlling the prevailing G4 EA H1N1 viruses in pigs and close monitoring in human populations, especially the workers in swine industry, should be urgently implemented,” the study authors said.</p> <p>The World Health Organisation will read the Chinese report carefully, spokesman Christian Lindmeier told a Geneva briefing on Tuesday.</p> <p>“It … highlights we cannot let our guard down on influenza and need to be vigilant and continue surveillance even in the coronavirus pandemic,” he said.</p> <p>There is no imminent threat of a new pandemic despite the virus’ capability to infect humans, said Carl Bergstrom, a biologist at the University of Washington.</p> <p>“There’s no evidence that G4 is circulating in humans, despite five years of extensive exposure,” he said on Twitter. “That’s the key context to keep in mind.”</p> <p>The new swine flu is still “in the stage of examination”, said Anthony Fauci, the director of the US National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.</p> <p>It’s not “an immediate threat where you’re seeing infections, but it’s something we need to keep our eye on, just the way we did in 2009 with the emergence of the swine flu.”</p>

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"Always beware of the live mic": Poulter unleashes on first tee

<p><span>There seemed to be a slight wind blowing in on the first hole.</span></p> <p><span>Unfortunately for golfer Ian Poulter, the PGA Tour has mics covering the entire premises and in a hilarious moment, he was caught letting out a fart on live TV during the final round of the Travellers Championship.</span></p> <p><span>As Greg Chalmers teed off on the first hole Sunday morning, Poulter very audibly let one rip just as he had finished his swing. The broadcast captured the fart in vivid detail, and the golfers were heard laughing immediately after.</span></p> <p><span>“Did you get that?” Poulter asked.</span></p> <p><span>“Stay over there,” Chalmers joked in response. “Is that supposed to be more silent than that?”</span></p> <p><span>Poulter admitted his actions on Twitter, tweeting: “3 club wind this morning on the first tee. Always beware of the live mic.”</span></p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">3 club wind this morning on the first tee. Always beware of the live 🎙 <a href="https://t.co/tzFGtf2mSS">https://t.co/tzFGtf2mSS</a></p> — Ian Poulter (@IanJamesPoulter) <a href="https://twitter.com/IanJamesPoulter/status/1277325666942357508?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">June 28, 2020</a></blockquote> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">The best bit everyone thinks it was you 🤣</p> — Ian Poulter (@IanJamesPoulter) <a href="https://twitter.com/IanJamesPoulter/status/1277330881590460416?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">June 28, 2020</a></blockquote> <p><span>The PGA Tour had placed mics on players since they resumed play this month, a new wrinkle added to broadcasts since there are no fans in attendance at events due to the COVID-19 pandemic. </span></p>

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Awkward video pinpoints the moment Meghan was "told to leave"

<p>A video on Twitter has shocked royal fans as they believe it's the first sign of tension between the royal family.</p> <p>The video was taken at Prince Charles' 70th birthday party, which was a garden party event at Buckingham Palace. </p> <p>The outing was the Sussex family's first outing as newlyweds, which was just three days after they tied the knot.</p> <p>It seems all was not peachy at the event, as the resurfaced 2019 video appears to show Harry and Meghan allegedly being asked to leave the event.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">Remember the garden party held in honor of Charles’ 70th? And <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/themarkles?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#themarkles</a> were asked to leave 40 min in because of Meghan’s behavior? They were escorted out along with their entourage. M was not happy! <a href="https://t.co/7jCQE5QuU8">pic.twitter.com/7jCQE5QuU8</a></p> — Meg’s Legs (@Megs_Legs_) <a href="https://twitter.com/Megs_Legs_/status/1186430397300793345?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">October 21, 2019</a></blockquote> <p>The couple were greeting guests and Prince Harry was pulled aside by Prince Charles.</p> <p>An unintelligible conversation followed before Harry rushed to Meghan's side and the pair leave the event, with Meghan looking confused.</p> <p>Prince Charles did not say goodbye to his new daughter-in-law at the event.</p> <p>The turn of events was surprising as Prince Harry had just given a speech 15 minutes earlier.</p> <p>The unveiled footage comes after a tell-all book being published, which details the royal couple's first public appearance going down like a lead balloon.</p> <p><span>In the book, Lady Colin claims Meghan demanded her and Prince Harry leave the event 15 minutes in, after she said she was ‘bored’.</span></p> <p>Despite Lady Collin's claims being unable to be proven due to the short video, her claim holds merit. This is due to her tell-all book on Princess Diana that had previously unknown details that were proven to be true. </p>

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New Lamborghini wrecked 20 minutes after owner bought it

<p>A brand new Lamborghini has been written off 20 minutes after its new owner picked it up.</p> <p>The car had broken down due to a mechanical failure and was hit from behind by an "innocent motorist".</p> <p>The supercar is worth an estimated $360,000 and was hit by a van.</p> <p>Photos of the incident were shared by the Twitter account of West Yorkshire Police in the UK which shows the damage.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">M1 Ossett today - It’s only a car ! But on this occasion a 20 minute old brand new Lamborghini that stopped due mechanical failure in lane 3 them hit from behind by an innocent motorist <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/couldhavecried?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#couldhavecried</a> <a href="https://t.co/S1f9YEQGcD">pic.twitter.com/S1f9YEQGcD</a></p> — WYP Roads Policing Unit (@WYP_RPU) <a href="https://twitter.com/WYP_RPU/status/1275860418058235904?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">June 24, 2020</a></blockquote> <p>The officers seemed to take the incident to heart as they used the hashtag #couldhavecried.</p> <p>There are no details on how the owner feels, but Twitter users had a lot to say about the incident.</p> <p>“I don’t even know the person and could cry for them,” one person responded.</p> <p>“I really hope that was insured,” another wrote.</p> <p>Some were confused as to why the car broke down.</p> <p>“Feel sorry for the Lamborghini showroom that sold it! Boy are they gonna get an angry phone call!” one person wrote.</p> <p>“Mechanical failure after twenty minutes? So my ten-year-old Kia is better than a Lamborghini. Good to know,” another said.</p> <p>Others hoped that everyone left the incident unscathed.</p> <p>“Assuming nobody was hurt, I can’t help but find this hilarious,” one person commented.</p> <p>“The insurance company might be crying when they get the bill ... as will the driver who hit it,” another suggested.</p> <p>“I hope there were no injuries, other than the owner’s pride,” a third added.</p>

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Investigation launched after 38 dead puppies found on plane

<p><span>Workers were confronted with a tragic scene after a Ukrainian International Airlines plane arrived in Toronto after what is usually a routine 10-hour flight.</span></p> <p><span>Inside were 500 crated puppies, according to Canadian authorities. Many were dehydrated, weak and vomiting. 38 of them were found dead.</span></p> <p><span>The horrifying discovery on June 13 began an investigation by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency. And it shed light on a growing international market for dogs, which lawmakers say needs more restrictions.</span></p> <p><span>“The number of dogs imported into the U.S. has skyrocketed in the past few years, and we are screening less than one percent of them,” Rep. Ralph Abraham (R-La.), a veterinarian who last month co-sponsored a bipartisan bill called the Healthy Dog Importation Act, said in an email. “We need to do more to protect these animals and those already in the country.“</span></p> <p><span>Details about the flight remain relatively unknown, including whether Canadian authorities were aware of the large number of puppies arriving into the city. The government, which claims to have “rigorous standards” when it comes to importing animals, has released very little information. </span></p> <p><span>Ukraine International Airlines said in a statement on Friday that it regretted the “tragic loss of animal life” and is working with local authorities to make “any changes necessary to prevent such a situation from occurring again.”</span></p> <p><span>Animal advocates said flying 500 dogs on a single plane is unusual, if not unprecedented. Dogs require water and other care when being crated on tarmac and during flights, said Rebecca Aldworth, executive director of the Humane Society International in Canada.</span></p> <p><span>“You’re relying on the staff of the airport and the airline to do that care,” she said. “If those animals are transported in those numbers, it would be physically impossible to provide that kind of care.”</span></p> <p><span>The puppies flown from Ukraine were French bulldogs, according to Canadian news reports. The breed is one of several brachycephalic, or snub-nosed dogs, which are known to be so vulnerable to respiratory problems that some US airlines refuse to transport them.</span></p>

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“White Lives Matter” banner flown above football match

<p>Burnley have criticised a banner displaying “White Lives Matter Burnley” after it was flown above the Etihad Stadium, during a game against Manchester City on Monday night.</p> <p>The club quickly put out a statement after the banner, which was towed by a plane, flew over the grounds of the stadium.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">Hey <a href="https://twitter.com/AirAds2?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@AirAds2</a> - care to comment in your ad plane that flew above Burnley FC today towing a banner bearing the legend "White Lives Matter"? For instance, who bought that ad space? <a href="https://t.co/LqUQ5IEhjG">pic.twitter.com/LqUQ5IEhjG</a></p> — Di Middleton QC (@di_middleton_QC) <a href="https://twitter.com/di_middleton_QC/status/1275158013591027713?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">June 22, 2020</a></blockquote> <p>Just a few minutes before, team members and match officials had taken a knee in support of the Black Lives Matter movement.</p> <p>“We wish to make it clear that those responsible are not welcome at Turf Moor,” the statement read.</p> <p>“This, in no way, represents what Burnley Football Club stands for and we will work fully with the authorities to identify those responsible and issue lifetime bans.</p> <p>“The club has a proud record of working with all genders, religions and faiths through its award-winning Community scheme, and stands against racism of any kind. We are fully behind the Premier League’s Black Lives Matter initiative and, in line with all other Premier League games undertaken since Project Restart, our players and football staff willingly took the knee at kick-off at Manchester City.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">So apparently there was a plane carrying the flag" White lives matter" big disgrace, burnley <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/MCIBUR?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#MCIBUR</a> <a href="https://t.co/auGrYN2o3w">pic.twitter.com/auGrYN2o3w</a></p> — GROOt (@UncleDr77939074) <a href="https://twitter.com/UncleDr77939074/status/1275144914158878723?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">June 22, 2020</a></blockquote> <p>“We apologise unreservedly to the Premier League, to Manchester City and to all those helping to promote Black Lives Matter.”</p> <p>After Manchester City took the victory 5-0, Burnley defender Ben Mee took aim at the banner, saying: “We can talk about football, but there’s something I want to speak about first: the plane banner.</p> <p>“I’m embarrassed and ashamed at the fans bringing that out. They’ve completely missed the point. These people need to come into the 21st century and educate themselves.”</p> <p>“It doesn’t represent what we’re about, what the club’s about, what the players are about and what the majority of our fans are about. We’d heard some whispers that it might happen and the club tried to stop it. I hope it doesn’t happen again. I’m upset that it’s associated with our club, my club.”</p> <p>The former Manchester City defender Micah Richards, said on Sky Sports: “It’s so disheartening, especially with how far we’ve cone in these last couple of weeks. It really does hurt me.” </p> <p>European quality body, Fare, released a statement slamming the stunt.</p> <p>“The racist backlash against the Black Lives Matter movement across Europe is a trend we have seen and documented,” Fare’s executive director, Piara Powar said.</p> <p>“Set against the BLM message of equal rights ‘White Lives Matter’ can only be motivated by racism and a denial of equal rights. It shows exactly why the fight for equality is so important and why the majority of people have supported it.</p> <p>“At this stage we don’t know who is behind this, but it’s clear they don’t see the relevance of the message to football or the impact that racism has on so many peoples lives. So be it. The movement, the issues that are being discussed and the change that will arise is unstoppable. History will judge that this was a moment that led to change.”</p>

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Fears of intense second COVID-19 wave as China reports new cases

<div class="post_body_wrapper"> <div class="post_body"> <div class="body_text "> <p>A new cluster of cases in Beijing, China has sparked worldwide concern as the country has just recorded its highest daily number in two months.</p> <p>Over the weekend, Beijing’s largest seafood and produce market was closed down and the surrounding neighbourhoods were placed into lockdown after more than 50 people tested positive for coronavirus.</p> <p>According to the Beijing health commission, nearly every one of the 53 people who tested positive had worked or shopped at the Xinfadi market.</p> <p>Officials in Fengtai, which is home to more than 2 million people, announced that the district had established a “wartime mechanism” to deal with the fresh wave as police cars patrol the streets and plans for first, second and third grade students to return to school have been immediately suspended.</p> <p>Similar outbreaks have also been reported in Iran and Italy, two countries that were among the worst-hit by the virus.</p> <p>Iran reported more than 100 new virus deaths in a single day for the first time in two months, and Rome reported 109 infections with 5 deaths and 15 new cases detected in a building of squatters.</p> <p>“It means the virus hasn't lost its infectiousness, it isn’t weakening … we shouldn’t let down our guard,” World Health Organisation deputy director Ranieri Guerra told Italian journalists.</p> </div> </div> </div>

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Royal slap: The prince fined thousands for breaking lockdown laws

<p>A Belgian prince who contracted coronavirus after breaking lockdown rules in Spain has been fined 10,400 euros (NZ$18,300).</p> <p>Prince Joachim was issued with the penalty after attending a private party in Córdoba with 27 guests on May 26, two days after arriving in the country for an internship. At the time, international arrivals were required to quarantine for 14 days, and gatherings were limited to a maximum of 15 attendees.</p> <p>The day after the event, Joachim began experiencing symptoms of coronavirus, and later tested positive for COVID-19.</p> <p>The 28-year-old prince, nephew of King Philippe and 10th in line to the throne, has since apologised.</p> <p>“I would like to apologize for traveling and not having respected the quarantine measures,” Joachim said in a statement.</p> <p>“I did not intend to offend or disrespect anyone in these very difficult times and deeply regret my actions and accept the consequences.”</p> <p>Joachim has 15 days to pay or <a href="https://www.cbsnews.com/news/prince-joachim-belgium-fined-spain-for-breaking-coronavirus-lockdown-rules-party-in-cordova/">appeal</a> the fine. According to <em>El País</em>, the amount of the fine will be reduced by half if he complies with the deadline.</p> <p>He is the second member of the Belgian royal family to have contracted COVID-19, after Princess Claire.</p> <p>More than 27,000 have died from coronavirus in Spain, while Belgium’s coronavirus death toll has passed 9,600.</p>

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French princess in coma after “serious” crash

<p>A French royal is reportedly in a coma after suffering a “serious” motorcycle crash.</p> <p>Princess Hermine of Clermont-Tonnerre is believed to have been injured in a road accident on Monday, June 1, as reported by French news outlet <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.lavoixdunord.fr/760743/article/2020-06-03/hermine-de-clermont-tonnerre-princesse-et-jet-setteuse-dans-le-coma-apres-un" target="_blank">La Voix du Nord</a>.</p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7836378/hermine-de-clermont-tonnerre-2.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/63db7f99f8c948c3b982b4c4a0ee0989" /></p> <p>The 54-year-old actor and renowned Parisian jetsetter is the daughter of Charles Henri, the 11th Duke of Clermont-Tonnerre, and Anne Moranville.</p> <p>Though she is not technically considered a princess, the royal author is dubbed by French press as “Princesse Hermine de Clermont-Tonnerre”</p> <p>She has two children, Allegra and Calixte, from her decade-long marriage to French businessman Alastair Cuddeford which ended in 2009.</p> <p>French film producer and friend Thierry Klemeniuk posted about news of the accident in a post on Facebook that has since been deleted.</p> <p>“Let us all pray for our princess,” he said, according to La VDN.</p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7836380/hermine-de-clermont-tonnerre.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/e4ec81db71bc43268e07ca3bf652a2b8" /></p> <p>In a separate post, event manager Viviane Zaniroli asked others to join her in prayer.</p> <p>“For our Mimine, Hermine de Clermont-Tonnerre, in a coma following a motorcycle accident, we think of Allegra and Calixte her children. My darling princess you are a warrior, fight,” she said.</p> <p>Ms Zaniroli is the creator of the Princesses’ Rally – a women-only car rally in which Hermine has raced multiple times.</p> <p>The royal is also renowned for her passionate love of Harley Davidson motorcycles.</p> <p>French celebrity magazine <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.gala.fr/l_actu/news_de_stars/video-hermine-de-clermont-tonnerre-dans-le-coma-cest-tres-grave-confie-jean-luc-lahaye_449361" target="_blank">Gala</a> reported she is in a “worrying” state after the crash.</p>

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Impoverished Indian couple try to sell their two-month-old amid lockdown

<p>With no work of money amid India’s lockdown, a migrant worker couple in Hyderabad tried to sell their two-month-old baby boy for Rs 22,000 (AUD$443).</p> <p>People took to Twitter to share the “horrific” news, discussing how the lockdown is pushing people to take drastic steps.</p> <p>It is reported that authorities arrested the couple Madan Kumar Singh, 32 and Saritha, 30, who migrated from Uttar Pradesh to Hyderabad, for work.</p> <p>The construction labourers who lost their jobs during the lockdown asked a woman named Seshu to help broker the deal. She was also taken into custody.</p> <p>The couple have two children and tried to sell the younger one.</p> <p>The first child is seven years old.</p> <p>Sharing the news report, tweep @Agrawal_Raj: “Now this. A new low being reached every day. While this too shall pass, scars and sorrow will remain forever. #migrants”</p> <p>According to PV Padmaja Reddy, Deputy Commissioner of Police of Balanagar, the child was “rescued and shifted to Sishu Vihar being run by the Women and Child Welfare Department,” reported<span> </span><em>hindustantimes.com.</em></p> <p>The report also stated that as per enquiries, the couple was “facing acute poverty conditions”.</p> <p>According to police the couple had thought they won’t be able to raise the second child due to their financial condition.</p> <p>However, the child’s mother told the police that her husband was an alcoholic, and was demanding money from her to buy liquor.</p> <p>The broker Seshu, allegedly helped them find a childless couple, who agreed to buy the child for Rs22,000 (AUD$443). The police said they received a tipoff, and managed to arrest Seshu as she was taking the child for a medical examination.</p> <p>Highlighting the miserable conditions faced by India’s migrant workers and other poor people in the country, @TheAmitLakhani tweeted: “Misery and sufferings all around. Just imagine, parents, selling off their child because of poverty.”</p> <p>However, @KhalidHMukadam said the reason could be, to ensure their baby didn’t starve: “[maybe] they were ensuring their child gets proper food and care…”</p> <p>Tweep @All4Dhananjay pointed out that the politicians, and lawmakers, were continuing to ignore the sufferings of the poor citizens. “Where has humanity died? Why don't local administration… ministers come out from there air-conditioned rooms, and assist the needy?”, he asked.</p>

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Jacinda Ardern abruptly halted live TV interview due to earthquake

<div class="post_body_wrapper"> <div class="post_body"> <div class="body_text "> <p>New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern was broadcasting live on television during a 5.8 magnitude earthquake in Wellington on Monday morning.</p> <p>The earthquake was centred 30kms north west of Levin on the north island and was felt sharply in Wellington.</p> <p>Tens of thousands of New Zealander’s reported feeling weak rattling as far north as Auckland and as far south as Dunedin.</p> <p>Ardern remained unflappable as the earthquake hit, as she explained that the Beehive moves a little more than most.</p> <p>The Beehive is the executive government building in New Zealand.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern caught on camera as 5.8 magnitude earthquake hits near the capital city of Wellington (no immediate damage reported) <a href="https://t.co/5zq64ud0rb">pic.twitter.com/5zq64ud0rb</a></p> — Peter Martinez (@rePetePro) <a href="https://twitter.com/rePetePro/status/1264671970718875648?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">May 24, 2020</a></blockquote> <p>“We’re just having a bit of an earthquake here ... quite a decent shake here. If you see things moving behind me,” she said.</p> <p>The camera shot shakes as Ardern looks around to judge her safety.</p> <p>“The Beehive moves a little more than most,” she joked.</p> <p>“It’s just stopped. No, we’re fine. I’m not under any hanging lights, I look like I’m in a structurally sound place.”</p> <p>Commenters on social media agreed that Ardern keeping calm was the most “New Zealand thing ever”.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">Omg ffs this is the most New Zealand thing ever. <br /><br />Prime Minister being interviewed during an earthquake 😅😅😅 <a href="https://t.co/BQJUS3PAcB">https://t.co/BQJUS3PAcB</a></p> — Chloe Wilson (@ChloeWilson273) <a href="https://twitter.com/ChloeWilson273/status/1264661334961958912?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">May 24, 2020</a></blockquote> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">Jacinda has the skills to lead NZ; covid19, march 15, economy and she smiles off a large earthquake like it was nothing. What a person. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/nzpol?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#nzpol</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/NewshubNZ?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@NewshubNZ</a></p> — Adamski (@damibott) <a href="https://twitter.com/damibott/status/1264648444552949760?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">May 24, 2020</a></blockquote> </div> </div> </div>

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Man who rescued baby whale plans to donate fine funds to marine charities

<div class="body_text "> <p>Django Hopkins didn’t think twice when he saw a baby whale calf tangled in shark netting and rescued the whale in his tinny.</p> <p>However, as Hopkins is from Queensland, it’s illegal to interfere with equipment used for shark control and he could have received a possible fine of up to $26,900.</p> <p>A fundraising page was set up to cover the costs of the fine and it quickly raised more than $20,000.</p> <p>"The GoFundMe page is by two guys I don't even know – they started it, and I think it's about $24,000 today," Hopkins said.</p> <p>He’s made it clear he’s not planning on pocketing the money, as a Department of Fisheries investigation has cleared him of any serious breaches.</p> <p>"It can either go to Sea Shepherd or it can go back to them - I'm not just going to get it and go to the pub when they open."</p> <p>The whole experience of saving the calf was “the best part of the whole thing”, according to Hopkins.</p> <p>"I'm a typical Aussie male, I do stuff first and think about it later. There was no real thinking, I saw it and that was it, you just get going and get in the water," Django told 2GB's Ben Fordham on Thursday.</p> <p>"(Saving the calf) was the best part of the whole thing. Because of the adrenaline going through the whole experience, I can barely remember any of it."</p> <div class="embed-responsive embed-responsive-16by9"><iframe class="embed-responsive-item" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/2jk90q1eTtc"></iframe></div> <p> </p> <p>He also holds no ill will towards the Department of Fisheries and said they’ve done the right thing.</p> <p>"It's hard to put yourself in the position where you're going to break the law or help something or someone, but they have pulled bodies out of these things - so I get it on their behalf."</p> <p>The whole experience wouldn’t stop him from helping another animal in distress but warns others not to do the same.</p> <p>"I was going straight in. I'm not scared of it, to be honest," he said.</p> <p>"I wouldn't recommend everyone go and do it, its highly dangerous."</p> </div>

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Jacinda Ardern turned away under her own lockdown rules

<div class="post_body_wrapper"> <div class="post_body"> <div class="body_text "> <p>It appears that not even the Prime Minister of New Zealand is exempt from coronavirus restrictions, as she was turned away from a café in Wellington.</p> <p>The reason she was turned away was that it had already reached its limit of customers under new social distancing rules.</p> <p>A post about the incident was made on Twitter, with Ardern’s partner Clarke Gayford sheepishly responding as to why the couple were turned away.</p> <p>"I have to take responsibility for this, I didn't get organised and book anywhere," he admitted.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">I have to take responsibility for this, I didn't get organized and book anywhere. Was very nice of them to chase us down st when a spot freed up. A+ service.</p> — Clarke Gayford (@NZClarke) <a href="https://twitter.com/NZClarke/status/1261499022801395712?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">May 16, 2020</a></blockquote> <p>After the couple were turned away, a space opened up and the couple were chased down the street by staff from the restaurant.</p> <p>"Was very nice of them to chase us down the street when a spot freed up. A+ service," Gayford said.</p> <p>The owner of the café, Olive, said that they were bemused by the media attention and explained to the<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&amp;objectid=12332448" target="_blank">NZ Herald</a><span> </span>that it was nice “after all the drama and stress” of the past two months to talk about “something light-hearted and fun”.</p> <p>"She had a lovely brunch and left half an hour later. She was lovely with all the staff ... [and] she was treated like a normal customer."</p> <p>The café owner also confirmed that it was a date for the couple, as they did not have their 23-month-old daughter Neve with them.</p> <p>"[It was a] date brunch."</p> <p>Cafes and restaurants were not able to operate during the level 4 lockdown in New Zealand and under level three, they could only serve takeaways.</p> <p>As the restrictions were eased to level 2, cafes and restaurants were able to open if they followed strict social distancing rules and ensure contact tracing is in place.</p> <p>Customers must be seated at a distance from each other and be served at the table instead of the counter.</p> </div> </div> </div>

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Prince Harry says “life has changed dramatically” in new video message

<p>Prince Harry has said that life has “changed dramatically” for everyone during the coronavirus crisis as he reflected on what would have been the opening ceremony of the Invictus Games.</p> <p>Taking to Twitter, the Duke of Sussex posted a video of himself addressing his followers from his LA home.</p> <p>Harry urged his “Invictus family” to look out for each other after the games were postponed as a result of the pandemic.</p> <p>They were expected to be hosted in The Hague, Netherlands this week but have had to be postponed till 2021 due to the virus.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">Marking what would have been the Opening Ceremony for the <a href="https://twitter.com/InvictusGamesNL?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@InvictusGamesNL</a>, our Patron The Duke of Sussex shares his best wishes to supporters and competitors, and outlines plans this week to bring The Hague home to you: <a href="https://t.co/HLRnzCk9cu">pic.twitter.com/HLRnzCk9cu</a></p> — Invictus Games Foundation (@WeAreInvictus) <a href="https://twitter.com/WeAreInvictus/status/1259165987288412161?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">May 9, 2020</a></blockquote> <p>The competition, established by the Prince in 2014, gives current and former wounded, injured or sick veterans from over 20 countries around the world.</p> <p>In the video, Harry said: "As we commemorate VE Day this weekend and pay tribute to the service and sacrifice of the entire Second World War generation, we should have also been gathering together in the Netherlands to kickstart the Invictus Games 2020 in The Hague.</p> <p>"Life has changed dramatically for all of us since I was last in The Hague, but the IG 2020 team has done an incredible job to adapt so quickly to the situation, and they are busy putting plans in place for next year."</p> <p>He added: "The new dates will be shared with you very soon. I hope that all of those in the Invictus family are coping well and supporting each other through this challenging time."</p> <p>The Duke urged his Invictus family to make sure they were “supporting one another” during these challenging times.</p> <p>He then thanked the “incredible healthcare professionals” around the world who are helping deal with the coronavirus crisis.</p>

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"Beaten and pinned down": Christian church members dragged into street after raid by Chinese officials

<p>Shocking video footage from inside a Christian church in China shows officials raiding and violently dragging members out of the church mid-service.</p> <p>ChinaAid, a Christian watchdog group on persecution posted the story from the church in Xiamen, a Fujian province.</p> <p>In a video taken at the church, officers and attendees of Xinguang Church shout as attendees try and block the officials from entering.</p> <div class="embed-responsive embed-responsive-16by9"><iframe class="embed-responsive-item" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/UkHgvKcpsaM"></iframe></div> <div class="post_body_wrapper"> <div class="post_body"> <div class="body_text "> <p>Officials then drag a person to the door and the men who were guarding the door were “beaten and pinned down”, according to a statement from<span> </span><em>ChinaAid</em>.</p> <p>"The state security police came banging at the door, then they kicked it down and dragged those in the way outside the doorway,"<span> </span><a rel="noopener noreferrer" href="https://www.rfa.org/english/news/china/xiamen-church-05042020155239.html" target="_blank">Radio Free Asia</a><span> </span>quoted Pastor Yang Xibo.</p> <p>Officers also confiscated phones and used “brutal force” against some Christian women as well.</p> <p>As the church’s meeting place is located at a private residence, police broke down barriers and dragged three people out.</p> <p>Church members had received no warnings, which an eyewitness confirmed.</p> <p>"They didn't say anything or show any documentation, but they just nailed a man and a woman to the ground, pinning them by the chest and legs using their knees. "</p> <p>No warrants were reportedly shown, and the church has since been banned.</p> <p>Gina Goh, International Christian Concern’s regional manager for Southeast Asia has said that China is resuming its crackdown on Christianity since the threat posed by COVID-19 has been reduced.</p> <p>"In recent weeks, we have seen an increased number of church demolitions and cross removals on state-sanctioned churches across China, as house church gatherings continue to face interruption and harassment.</p> <p>“It is deplorable that the local authorities not only conducted this raid without proper procedure, but deployed excessive use of force against church members and bystanders," she said.</p> <p>"ICC calls on the international community and the US government to condemn China's constant human rights abuses."</p> <p><em>Photo credits:<span> </span><a rel="noopener noreferrer" href="https://www.chinaaid.org/2020/05/breaking-violence-erupts-when-officials.html" target="_blank">ChinaAid</a><span> </span> </em></p> </div> </div> </div>

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Five-year-old boy pulled over on the highway while parents were at work

<p>A five-year-old boy was caught behind the wheel of his parents’ car on a highway.</p> <p>Utah Highway Patrol trooper Rick Morgan pulled over the SUV when he spotted it weaving in and out of lanes on the freeway at 50km/h.</p> <p>Morgan said the car was swerving so badly he thought the driver needed medical attention.</p> <p>The trooper was shocked to find five-year-old Adrian behind the wheel, who was sitting on the edge of his seat to reach the pedals.</p> <p>“Where did you come from? How did you get this car?” Morgan could be heard asking the boy in a dash camera footage.</p> <p>The boy told police he had left home and drove the car about three miles through the city of Ogden after his mother refused to buy him a Lamborghini. He said he was going to his sister’s house in California and wanted to buy the luxury sports vehicle there.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">His story is that he left home after an argument with Mom, in which she told him she would not buy him a Lamborghini. He decided he'd take the car and go to California to buy one himself. He might have been short on the purchase amount, as he only had $3 dollars in his wallet.</p> — Utah Highway Patrol (@UTHighwayPatrol) <a href="https://twitter.com/UTHighwayPatrol/status/1257388985002930178?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">May 4, 2020</a></blockquote> <p>“He might have been short on the purchase amount, as he only had $3 dollars in his wallet,” Utah Highway Patrol said on Twitter.</p> <p>The boy and his family are being interviewed by police, <em><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2020/may/05/baby-driver-utah-police-boy-five">The Guardian</a> </em>reported. Both parents were at work and the boy was reportedly <a href="https://www.cbsnews.com/news/utah-boy-family-car-buy-lamborghini/">left in the care of his sister</a> when he took the car keys and left.</p>

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Outrage over photo as lockdown restrictions are eased

<p>A photo of a “disgusting” mess around a bin in a New Zealand park has caused outrage after the government eased lockdown restrictions for COVID-19.</p> <p>Merania Mihaka, a resident of Rotorua on the north island, claims that it only took hours for people to create a mess.</p> <p>"For 5 weeks Papatuanuku was able to heal herself, it takes less than 24 hrs for humans to ruin her again," she wrote, alongside photos of rubbish from fast food restaurants left discarded around public bins, on Facebook.</p> <p><iframe src="https://www.facebook.com/plugins/post.php?href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2Fmerania.mihaka%2Fposts%2F3396723683689151&amp;show_text=true&amp;width=552&amp;height=741&amp;appId" width="552" height="741" style="border: none; overflow: hidden;" scrolling="no" frameborder="0" allowtransparency="true" allow="encrypted-media"></iframe></p> <p>Papatuanuka is a Māori term meaning the land or a Mother Earth figure in Māori mythology.</p> <p>Others were angered by the sight.</p> <p>“Obviously these people don't appreciate what they have,” one woman wrote.</p> <p>One man added: “humans are the worst”.</p> <p>“Disgusting alright,” another woman wrote. </p> <p>“How disappointing to see some people just never learn.”</p> <p>The photo was posted just a day after New Zealand moved out of its toughest level of coronavirus restrictions on Tuesday, allowing some non-essential businesses to reopen.</p> <p>"There is no one point in time that this mission ends. We are in the next phase of the battle and we are not done,” New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern explained.</p> <p>“It’s an ongoing battle.”</p> <p>The level three restrictions, which limit people to local travel and keep malls, pubs, hairdresser and other businesses closed, will last for at least another two weeks.</p> <p>"No one wants a second wave in New Zealand and we must guard against that," Ms Ardern said.</p> <p>"Elimination does not mean zero cases," she said.</p> <p>"It would be an ongoing campaign and zero tolerance for cases."</p>

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Chinese “batwoman” scientist issues chilling prediction

<p>Before the coronavirus pandemic took the world by surprise, a Chinese scientist who was the first in the world to discover the genetic sequence of the virus issued a terrifying public prediction.</p> <p>She’s named the “Batwoman” of Wuhan by those who work with her as she has been studying the potential viruses’ bats carry for years, even going on expeditions to bat caves which she describes as “spellbinding”.</p> <p>Shi Zenghli has warned the world for years that the wildlife trade of bats, civets and other animals was only going to result in disaster.</p> <p>She co-authored a paper five years ago that contained a warning for the public that the SARS virus outbreak "heralded a new era in the cross-species transmission of severe respiratory illness with globalisation leading to rapid spread around the world and massive economic impact."</p> <p>"Although public health measures were able to stop the SARS-CoV outbreak, recent metagenomics studies have identified sequences of closely related SARS-like viruses circulating in Chinese bat populations that may pose a future threat,'' the paper states.</p> <p>During that time, Dr Shi gave a Ted Talk, discussing the history of bat-bourne viruses which included the Hendra outbreak in Australia where she worked with the CSIRO.</p> <p>In the presentation, she mentioned that more SARS-style viruses were lurking in bat caves and humans were to blame for putting “pig farms next to bat colonies”.</p> <p>“Even though we have been looking for so many viruses for so many years, SARS didn’t come back,” she said.</p> <p>“But in fact, in nature, these viruses similar to SARS … actually it’s still there.</p> <p>"If we humans do not become vigilant, the next time the virus gets infected, either directly or through other animals. This possibility is entirely possible."</p> <p>Now, amid the coronavirus outbreak, Dr Shi is at the centre of a diplomatic war of words between the US and China, as the US claims the Chinese government “covered up” her COVID-19 findings during a critical week in January.</p> <p>On December 30, authorities in Wuhan approached Dr Shi and asked her team to analyse blood samples, making her the first scientist in the world to learn about COVID-19.</p> <p>On February 3, her team publicly reported for the first time that the virus was born from bats.</p> <p>"Here we report on a series of cases caused by an unidentified pneumonia disease outbreak in Wuhan, Hubei province, central China,'' the paper states.</p> <p>"This disease outbreak - which started from a local seafood market - has grown substantially to infect 2761 people in China, is associated with 80 deaths and has led to the infection of 33 people in 10 additional countries as of 26 January 2020. Typical clinical symptoms of these patients are fever, dry cough, breathing difficulties (dyspnoea), headache and pneumonia. Disease onset may result in progressive respiratory failure owing to alveolar damage and even death.</p> <p>"Samples from seven patients with severe pneumonia (six of whom are sellers or deliverymen from the seafood market), who were admitted to the intensive care unit of Wuhan Jin Yin-Tan Hospital at the beginning of the outbreak, were sent to the laboratory at the Wuhan Institute of Virology (WIV) for the diagnosis of the causative pathogen. As a laboratory investigating CoV, we first used pan-CoV PCR primers to test these samples13, given that the outbreak occurred in winter and in a market - the same environment as SARS infections."</p> <p>But according to the<span> </span><em>Mail on Sunday</em>, the director of the Wuhan Institute of Virology Yanyi Wang ordered Dr Shi and other key officials to not disclose information on the disease in January.</p> <p>She warned “inappropriate and inaccurate information” was causing “general panic” and warned the National Health Commission "unequivocally requires that any tests, clinical data, test results, conclusions related to the epidemic shall not be posted on social media platforms, nor shall [it] be disclosed to any media outlets including government official media".</p> <p>Speaking to<span> </span><em>Scientific American</em>, Dr Shi insisted that COVID-19 came from wet markets, but that her first fear was it escaped from her own lab.</p> <p>But she said this is not possible because the genetic code of COVID-19 does not match the coronaviruses her team was working on.</p> <p>However, she allegedly released a strange statement through a Chinese social messaging app in early February, saying those claiming the virus came from her Wuhan lab should “shut their stinking mouths.”</p> <p>"The novel 2019 coronavirus is nature punishing the human race for keeping uncivilised living habits,'' it said.</p> <p>"I, Shi Zhengli, swear on my life that it has nothing to do with our laboratory," she wrote on a Chinese social messaging app in early February, according to<span> </span><em>Caixin Global</em>.</p> <p>"I advise those who believe and spread rumours from harmful media sources … to shut their stinking mouths."</p>

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Michael Buble returns to Instagram in son Noah’s first appearance since beating cancer

<p>Michael Buble has shared an adorable Instagram video featuring six-year-old Noah, which is the first time the youngster has appeared on their story since beating cancer.</p> <p>Singer Michael and his wife Luisana Lopilato took to social media on Friday night to share the video with their son.</p> <p>Noah seemed to be thrilled as he cuddled up with his dad while Luisana spoke to the camera.</p> <p>It is believed this is the first time Noah has made an appearance on their Instagram Stories since his health scare.</p> <p>Noah was diagnosed with liver cancer in 2016, with Luisana posting a rare photo of him in 2017, captioning it: “Time doesn’t stand still. There’s nothing like mummy’s cuddles.”</p> <p>In the latest post, Michael spoke to his boy: “You can come and say hi, you’re always welcome dude.”</p> <p>Michael then described his son as “tough” and a “superhero” and said he was too brave to follow in his footsteps</p> <p>"He doesn't want to be a singer when he grows up, he doesn't want to do any of that, he wants to swim with sharks, be a scuba diver," revealed Michael, who has made a fortune from performing.</p> <p>"This is our super hero. We have two other super heroes but you know what, this boy is a big inspiration for us and it was a big inspiration for us to do this with you and be welcomed into your homes all over the world."</p> <p>Michael and Luisana, who met on the set of a music video, are also parents to Elias, four, and one-year-old Vida.</p>

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Media outlet’s savage response to Meghan and Harry’s brutal letter

<p>The Duke and Duchess of Sussex told a number of British tabloids on Sunday that they would never deal with their outlets again, and on Tuesday, The Sun’s editor issued a brutal response.</p> <p>The royals sent a letter to the editors of The Sun, Daily Mail, Mirror and Express where they wrote they would no longer respond to any questions or inquires made by journalists working for the outlets.</p> <p>Instead, they both said they would employ a policy of “zero engagement” with the tabloids, except through their lawyers.</p> <p>The representative who sent the message on behalf of the couple said they refused to “offer themselves up as currency for an economy of clickbait and distortion” and accused the outlets of running stories that are “distorted, false, or invasive beyond reason”.</p> <p>It is just a new log in the ever fiery battle between the Sussexes and the British media.</p> <p>The Sun’s Executive Editor Dan Wootton did not take the brutal letter lying down however and published an opinion piece where he said the ex-royals chose to “put their lifestyle before family or country” and need to cease “pathetic fights” and instead focus on different issues.</p> <p>“Harry and Meghan’s decision to flee to a sunny Californian mansion – on a carbon emitting private jet, of course – showed that their character is based on a desire to put their own lifestyle first before their family or country,” Wootton wrote in a brutal response to the couple.</p> <p>The tabloid editor went on to discuss Prince Harry’s claim that the British media was “lying” about how serious the coronavirus was in the UK.</p> <p>The royal told the podcast<span> </span>Declassified: “I think what has happened especially in the UK is the very best of the human spirit and it's proving that things are better than we are led to believe through certain corners of the media.</p> <p>“Certainly when you're in isolation it can be very worrying when you're sitting there and the only information you're getting is from certain news channels, but then if you're out and about and you're on the right platforms you can really sense this human spirit coming to the forefront.”</p> <p>Wootton criticised Prince Harry by writing the royal lived over “9,000km away in a luxury Hollywood mansion” and that as a “former senior member” he has virtually “no access” to government information to support his claims.</p> <p>“He has no qualifications or expertise whatsoever to comment on the severity of a pandemic,” the journalist went on to say.</p> <p>The Duke and Duchess of Sussex announced their intention to withdraw from their position as senior royals in January. On April 1, the couple ceased using their HRH titles and currently reside in sunny Los Angeles.</p>

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