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Therapy dog stolen from eight-year-old boy

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Dominic Yule’s six-month-old French Bulldog ‘Kamia’ was snatched from the back of the Sydney family’s home in Kirrawee.

‘Screaming, pleading’ from pair locked in toolbox, pushed into creek

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Two drug dealers screamed out and pleaded for their lives from inside a toolbox as it was pushed into a creek before they died, a court has been told.

Police Transport Command officers arrest man for property offences – Newcastle

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Officers attached to the Newcastle Police Transport Command have arrested a man following an investigation into the alleged theft of power tools in the Newcastle area. On Wednesday 22 January 2020, police commenced an investigation into property offences after a man was located and charged on Glebe Street, The Junction. Police allege the 50-year-old man … Continue reading “Police Transport Command officers arrest man for property offences – Newcastle”

Tennis great hits back after condemnation of ‘demeaning’ views

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Margaret Court is a controversial figure in the world of modern tennis, and her presence at the Australian Open this year no less so.

Aboriginal Cafe Owner Defends Indigenous-Inspired Kangaroo Burger Amid Attacks After Bushfires

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Nyoka, a proud Yidinji woman from the Indigenous community of Yarrabah, said she feels

A year after moving from Cairns to Sydney to open a cafe that offers “something for everyone”, getting attacked for serving meat as part of an Aboriginal-inspired meal was the last thing Nyoka Hrabinsky thought she’d be dealing with.

Hrabinsky, a proud Yidinji woman from the Indigenous community of Yarrabah (53 km from Cairns), runs Glebe’s Lillipad Cafe with her husband, Laszio. 

The pair were excited to introduce their kangaroo burger as a respectful nod to Survival Day. They worked with local elders for three months to create the spiced patty with wattleseed, pepper leaf and salt bush — but Hrabinsky’s nod to her heritage was clouded by protest against the use of kangaroo meat. 

She told HuffPost Australia an “opinionated group” came into her store to heckle her over the kangaroo burger, even though the menu offers meat options as well as gluten-free, vegan and vegetarian items.

“They came around and asked questions and were demanding answers as to why we were selling kangaroo meat,” Hrabinsky told HuffPost Australia. 

“We were really busy in the cafe so I didn’t have that much time to talk to them.  I said, ‘I’m sorry but this is not a vegan-only cafe, we’re promoting traditional foods and flavours.’”  

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Photos of the burger have since been shared in Facebook groups, and Hrabinsky confirmed that unknown callers have phoned her husband to blast them about the menu item.  

“Horrified that The Lillipad Cafe Sydney is proudly serving kangaroo burger. The animals served today are from commercial shooters and NOT from traditional farming,” one Instagram user wrote alongside a promotional picture of the burger. 

“Even during the drought and fires, NSW government are [sic] still allowing the mass slaughter of this native animal which has been here millions of years.”

Although Hrabinsky has tried not to read them, she says the negative comments “made me feel really ashamed. Ashamed of who I am and my culture and where I come from. I felt judged.”

Noting that their business is not the only cafe that sells kangaroo meat, Hrabinsky said, “I don’t understand why they’re just targeting us.”

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Growing up in Queensland’s Cape York, Hrabinsky spent a lot of her childhood “off the grid” and eating traditional tucker like wallaby. She said it’s her vision to serve native foods and flavours that cater for all to “keep Indigenous culture going” and educate others. 

“This is what we eat,” she said, adding that 98% of her menu can be made vegan.  

“We’ve had a lot of support from vegans and we cater to them, we’re about peace and happiness. I don’t want to point fingers.”

Despite the online hate, Hrabisnky pointed out that “So many vegans have been so, so supportive and on our side.” 

One Facebook user defended the cafe on the Feminism & Decolonisation Facebook Page“This is the exact reason vegans have such a bad name and it’s why I’m very reluctant to tell people I’m vegan for fear of copping eye rolling or sarcasm or abuse.”

“If First Nations people are able to access their rights and ability to hunt, gather etc traditionally I’m all for it!” they added. 

“I saw the post slamming this cafe in a vegan group I’m in and I wasn’t the only one to tell the poster to put their energy into something more effective and leave small business alone,” wrote another.   

Is Kangaroo Meat OK To Eat After The Bushfires? 

Consuming kangaroo meat was a controversial and emotional topic even before the current bushfire crisis, said Mark Eldridge, principal research scientist at the Australian Museum.

“People are upset right across the board,” he told HuffPost Australia. 

“Although there are kangaroos in the bushfire-affected areas, those are not the areas where kangaroos are harvested for meat. In sense, it’s putting together two issues that aren’t related.”  

The drought has caused a small decline in kangaroo numbers, Eldridge said, but the current Australian kangaroo population is not “under any threat.”   

“We’re talking about a very widespread, very abundant species that do fluctuate enormously in numbers but according to the base numbers, even in really bad years, there’s still millions of kangaroos out there,” he said.

“Individual kangaroos in individual areas have been impacted by these fires but the species as a whole are not under any threat. We don’t need to be worried about them.”  

The kangaroo harvest is tightly regulated each year, and data is collected to set a harvest quota which is usually 10% and 20% of the estimated population, Eldridge explained.

“Thresholds are set in the system, we have the data. From a scientific point of view, the data shows it to be a sustainable harvest,” he said.

“Whether you personally want to eat kangaroo, it’s a different question.”   

‘Cancel Culture’ And Small Business 

When a person or business is “called out” on social media for being offensive, non-pro-social, or for marketing a highly contentious product, it can be severely damaging, said marketing expert and professor Gary Mortimer from QUT Business School.

“Their product, brand or personality is ‘cancelled,’” Mortimer explained, noting that it is “very difficult for a business owner to control the conversation” once controversy starts to brew on social media.

“Comments can be both highly positive and negative, and because [of] the anonymity associated with commenting, sadly, we often have people with little understanding of the situation weighing in,” he said.   

Luckily for Glebe’s Lillipad Cafe, many people in both the vegan and Indigenous communities have supported the husband and wife team.  

Andrew Jakubowicz, emeritus professor at the University of Technology Sydney, argued that racism is a factor in the criticism of the cafe: “The attack on Lillipad is clearly a racist attack, where ‘moral high groundism’ is used to justify and exonerate the racism that would otherwise be evident” and to “deride and harass people of colour, Jews, Muslims etc., by placing animal welfare ahead of any consideration of culture or human rights.” 

Hrabinsky stressed that her cafe is a safe space with an inclusive menu. 

“No matter who you are, what gender, what race, what sexuality, what belief, when you come into the cafe, it’s a cafe that’s a safe space for everyone no matter who you are.”

“Overall it’s really crap what happened, but this has allowed me to become a stronger Aboriginal woman for standing up for what I believe in.”

Heavily pregnant Wuhan evacuee could give birth in Australian quarantine

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Two people who were evacuated out of Wuhan to Christmas Island are undergoing further tests, after initial assessments couldn’t clear them of having the coronavirus.

How Bernie Sanders Became Teachers’ Favorite Candidate

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Katie Nash has been a fan of Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) since she saw him speak at a local political rally in the lead up to the 2016 election, but she was careful not to get her hopes up. Though his worldview aligned with hers, she suspected others m…

Al Pacino Suffers Fall On BAFTAs Red Carpet

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Al Pacino took an unfortunate tumble as he made his way into this year’s Baftas.On Sunday night, the 71-year-old actor was among the A-list guests at the biggest night in British cinema, and was seen posing for photographers and greeting fans on …

26 Tweets That Will Make You Never Want To Have Kids

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Have you contracted a bad case of baby fever? Need a little convincing that maybe childrearing isn’t the thing for you right now? 

You’ve come to the right place! Below, we have 26 tweets that show the not-so-Instagrammable, downright frightening side of parenting. Scroll at your own risk. 

Whenever I get baby fever, I look back at the time my cousin got stuck inside of a claw machine pic.twitter.com/yaZs3k2fH2

— CJ (@QTremendo) January 26, 2020

1.

My son just “accidentally” dumped an entire bottle of salad dressing over his head so that’s how my night is going.

— Niki Lenz (@NikiRLenz) October 1, 2018

2.

My son got mad at me yesterday and opened all the bananas in the house. What type of passive aggressive monster… pic.twitter.com/4p2Ucqh9NF

— Vic (@VictorPopeJr) March 9, 2016

3.

Toddler accidentally hits me in the face with a book.
Me: “Oof, that hurt a bit. Can you say sorry?”
Her: “Sorry, book.”

— Martha Hampson (@marthie) August 9, 2019

4.

People sometimes ask why I don’t want kids. I like sleep mostly, but also because of stuff like this. pic.twitter.com/uDYniHSG91

— Hoodie (@HoodiePanda) September 19, 2015

5.

Toddler “accidentally” dropped her bowl of cereal. As I shamefully bow down to my knees and wipe up her mess, the toddler looks at me, picks up the bowl, with a flick of the wrist spills the remains. She does this every once in a while to let me know she’s still in charge.

— Marcy G 🍕 (@BunAndLeggings) December 6, 2018

6.

LMAOOO reasons why I’m not ready to be a Parent yet 😂😂😂 pic.twitter.com/UcTPRu1Mo5

— BlackCultureEntertainment🗣 (@ILoveMyCulture) December 17, 2019

7.

My toddler accidentally punched me in the eye but then cuz I cried out in pain she thought it would be fun to intentionally punch me in the other eye and so I’m cancelling today’s parenting plans.

— Snarky Mommy (@SnarkyMommy78) May 6, 2019

8.

kids are brutal. This little girl I help at the elementary school asked to see a photo of my boyfriend, when I told her I didn’t have one she LOOKED ME UP AND DOWN and said “I see why”. but how’s your day going.

— téona michelle 👼🏼 (@teonamichelle4) October 23, 2018

9.

ask me again why I don’t want kids pic.twitter.com/YOIuAo4XHG

— hibernating bee 🐝 (@soapachu) July 28, 2018

10.

My daughter just accidentally dropped her snotty tissue into my coffee and if that’s not a metaphor for parenting I don’t know what is.

— Rhyming Mama (@sarabellab123) January 9, 2020

11.

When people ask why I don’t want kids, this is what I’m going to show them. pic.twitter.com/Jb0VgU7X9g

— Laura (@LauraLikesWine) July 17, 2014

12.

I hope this cures y’all’s baby fever bc it sure as hell cured mine. pic.twitter.com/Um9w3IB8pT

— heybattabattaschwing (@SchwingMaryLynn) July 13, 2019

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Toddlers are savage af. When 3 is done talking to her grandparents she doesnt say bye.

No warning, just “alexa, hang up”

— Kelly Oh! is writing at 16k words (@KellyOhlert) February 12, 2019

14.

Me: We all make mistakes.
5: Even you?
Me: Yep
5: Oh yeah! Like when you’re trying to cook food that tastes good but then it doesn’t?

— Lurkin’ Mom (@LurkAtHomeMom) April 15, 2016

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My 3yo “accidentally” unspooled the entire roll of toilet paper. But don’t worry, he “fixed” it. pic.twitter.com/MFKWJ2rNqi

— ReasonsMySonIsCrying (@ReasonsMySonCry) October 24, 2014

16.

2y.o eating his lunch: “Papa’s coffee hot?”

Me: “Yeah baby it’s hot, don’t touch.”

2y.o: “Me blow on it for Papa?”

It was at this point I witnessed with horror, my 2y.o attempt to blow on my freshly made coffee, only to spit a half eaten chicken nugget straight into it..

— Steve 🏳️‍🌈 (@papaneedscoffee) January 28, 2020

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My 11-year old’s birthday card to me. #blessedpic.twitter.com/URbZEQmmQa

— Brian Sack (@brian_sack) October 5, 2015

18.

12 year old I babysit just poured chocolate milk on my head b/c I wouldn’t let her eat jellybeans for lunch. Never having kids.

— Anne Marie Miller (@atmiller94) June 2, 2014

19.

Every time I have baby fever I flashback to when my baby sister shoved her poo in my mouth and I thought it was chocolate because she previously had a chocolate bar in her hand 😭

— Nathan (@Nath_S__) January 6, 2019

20.

4: Mommy, you’re just like a Disney movie. We should play pretend.
Me: Aww! Sure!
4:You can be the Beast.
Me: …
4: Or the fat sea witch!

— Marl (@Marlebean) April 17, 2014

21.

Mom holding crying baby: He just needs to be changed.
Me: Yeah hopefully into a puppy or something quieter.

— The Volatile Mermaid (@OhNoSheTwitnt) July 5, 2015

22.

Kids are evil. pic.twitter.com/UFqLuKMvub

— Scott Snyder (@Ssnyder1835) May 12, 2018

23.

Serial killer. pic.twitter.com/IHermjlBi3

— jamie (@gnuman1979) December 12, 2019

24.

Reason #85258954 why I don’t want kids 😩 pic.twitter.com/SH2OTDg7gP

— ⚜NOLA NO CALL 2.0⚜ (@SheDatWeDat) January 29, 2020

25.

It’s cute when a non-parent person sees a kid screaming and says, “That’s why I don’t want kids.” Lol. They have no clue

How

Much

Worse

It

Actually

Is

— Dianne Gallagher (@DianneGallagher) December 16, 2018

26.

Halsey Ferociously Confronted Heckler At Concert In Miami

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Australian In Wuhan Details Coronavirus Evacuation, Being ‘Kept In The Dark’

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As the first group of Australian citizens and permanent residents was evacuated out of the coronavirus epicentre in Wuhan, China, to Christmas Island, one Australian shared an account of his difficulties trying to secure a spot on that flight. 

In a public post he shared Monday on Facebook, Daniel Ou Yang said he was still in Wuhan preparing for a flight to New Zealand and claimed that Australian authorities were “keeping us in the dark” about evacuations to the Christmas Island facility where evacuees are being quarantined 1,500 km from the Australian mainland. 

Daniel Ou Yang, 21, was in Wuhan to visit his grandparents.

The 21-year-old Australian, reportedly in Wuhan to visit his grandparents, claimed the government didn’t inform him or his parents of the first flight to Christmas Island. He instead heard about it from friends, which prompted him to call authorities. 

“I called them and asked about it which I was told that ‘there was no flight.’ I asked ‘So is that fake news?’” They replied yes, he wrote. 

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After hearing from more people about the flight, Yang said he “called them again and confronted them” and authorities finally admitted there was a flight. “At that time I understood the logic as the most vulnerable would be prioritised so I left it at that”, Yang continued.

An email from Consular Operations & Emergency Centre on January 30 informed Yang that he was registered to be evacuated and that the “date and time of the flight is yet to be finalised”. Yang said he received additional emails on Sunday and Monday informing him he would be evacuated on Tuesday to New Zealand. Australian citizens bound for New Zealand will then be transferred to Christmas Island, according to New Zealand’s government, The Sydney Morning Herald reported.

After Yang apparently told his friend about this flight, his friend reportedly called the Australian Embassy to see if he could also be evacuated. Yang said his friend’s experience was “quite similar to mine”: The embassy allegedly first told him “there is no confirmed upcoming evacuation”, but once he told them of Yang’s flight, staff confirmed that flight but said he wasn’t on the priority list. He was also told there wasn’t another flight scheduled.

Daniel Ou Yang shared this photo on his Facebook account, updating his friends on life in Wuhan during the city's lockdown.

Yang told his Facebook followers he was mostly concerned about miscommunication between the Australian government and Australian citizens stuck in Wuhan. He also said there was confusion over the selection process for Christmas Island evacuations and a “lack of transparency”. 

“I can see that information is deliberately being withheld from us selectively, and that has been a pattern”, he said. “I can even understand why some couldn’t make on the second flight if it was full, but I CAN’T understand why some of us are being kept in the dark about it”.

In a statement to HuffPost Australia, Foreign Minister Marise Payne said: “We are in close consultation with Chinese authorities on a possible second Australian assisted departure from Wuhan to Australia.

“If approved, the Australian Government would continue to prioritise the departure of the most vulnerable and isolated Australians in Wuhan and Hubei Province.

“This includes the young, particularly infants, and the elderly, as well as short-term travellers who do not have an established support structure in China. We will also make every effort to keep families together.

“We thank the Chinese Government for its close cooperation, which resulted in the first assisted departure flight from Wuhan on 3 February.”

Last week, Yang told AAP he feared that if he wasn’t on the first plane out of Wuhan to Christmas Island, he would have to remain in China for a few months. 

“I would be putting my whole life on pause for possibly half the year”, he said. “A lot of things would have to be put on hold if I don’t get on this flight”.

On Monday evening, the first group of Australian citizens and permanent residents arrived on Christmas Island after being evacuated from Wuhan. 

The 243 people on board the Qantas 747 jet out of Wuhan were given masks and hand sanitiser, and crew members were told to remain on the upper deck of the plane when not manning the doors. Evacuees arrived in Western Australia near Learmonth on Monday before being transferred to the remote Christmas Island detention centre for quarantine purposes. 

They will have to stay in quarantine for 14 days. 

Australian evacuees from Wuhan, China arrive at RAAF base Learmonth in Western Australia on board a chartered Qantas Boeing 747-400 plane prior to their quarantine at Christmas Island.

The Australian government has prioritised the evacuation to help “vulnerable and isolated Australians.” 

“That is reflected in the fact that 89 of the Australians on the flight are under 16 and five are under two,” said Foreign Minister Marise Payne.  

There were 600 Australians registered in the Hubei region as of last week, and Payne said Canberra would consider further evacuations if needed.

Carly Williams contributed to this report. 

‘Merry Christmas’ Trends In February Thanks To Eric Trump

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The phrase “Merry Christmas” was trending on Monday, February 3 after Eric Trump claimed that people were finally saying it again.

President Donald Trump’s son announced victory over the supposed “war on Christmas” ― something he does every now and then at random times of year ― at a Trump campaign press conference in Des Moines, Iowa, ahead of the Republican caucuses.

While praising his father in a speech, the younger Trump pivoted to Christmas.

“We’re saying Merry Christmas again,” he said, to applause. “We weren’t saying that.” 

.@EricTrump: “We’re saying ‘Merry Christmas’ again.” #IowaCaucuses#IACaucuspic.twitter.com/M8qtmhDuqG

— The Hill (@thehill) February 3, 2020

The Trumps often use this talking point, which has little basis. No one is preventing people from saying “Merry Christmas,” but businesses, including some of Trump’s own, have been known to adopt the more inclusive phrase “Happy holidays” in their marketing.

Last year, Eric Trump whipped out the “we’re saying ‘Merry Christmas’ again” rhetoric before Halloween. Later in 2019, his father claimed that people wanted to stop saying “Thanksgiving” — an assertion even Trump allies on Fox News questioned.

With the holidays about 10 months away, Twitter users were shocked to discover we were saying “Merry Christmas” again already:

Narrator: “We were always saying Merry Christmas.” https://t.co/EUS19ZnT38

— Simon Thompson (@ShowbizSimon) February 4, 2020

I live in good old Southern Illinois and we always did say Merry Christmas. What part of the country is this dickwad talking about. https://t.co/9XZ4YdGPqh

— John W. Owens (@JohnWOwens) February 4, 2020

Why is Merry Christmas trending…in February? pic.twitter.com/qB8c3SBBUx

— Ashley Carter (@AshleyLCarter1) February 4, 2020

When a politician tells you “We’re saying ‘Merry Christmas’ again”, they’re actually telling you “I think I’m talking to an idiot.” https://t.co/CzOtwyQrQd

— Patrick Chovanec (@prchovanec) February 3, 2020

I really hated those 8 years when I kept getting arrested for saying Merry Christmas

It was such a bummer. Thanks Trump!!! https://t.co/tMCFcO7RmU

— Matt Jones (@MattJonesRadio) February 3, 2020

#ForFactsSake – We never stopped saying Merry Christmas https://t.co/pTjs0L94Mn

— Stephanie Ruhle (@SRuhle) February 3, 2020

In my entire lifetime, I have never had one person say to me “don’t say Merry Christmas.”

Not one…and I say it to everyone I meet unless they are Jewish or Muslim

It’s a stupid, made-up controversy from people who like being outraged (while complaining about others’ outrage) https://t.co/HBi1DRKprb

— Matt Jones (@MattJonesRadio) February 4, 2020

I’m an atheist and say Merry Christmas to people all the time. It’s such a made up controversy.

— Astronomy Nerd (@spaceisgreat85) February 4, 2020

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