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Man who lost family home in bushfires wins the lottery

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A Queensland man who lost his home in the recent bushfires has been shocked to win $1 million in the lottery.

Fresh charges for UTS academic accused of fake harassment

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Dianne Jolley, the Dean of Science at UTS was first arrested in November.

Iconic Australian winery goes into administration

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Australia’s sixth-largest wine company has gone into administration after significant financial struggles.

Judge denies DNA test for Georgia inmate facing execution

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A judge has refused to order DNA tests on a gun used to kill a convenience store cashier more than 30 years ago that could spare a Georgia inmate from execution.

Women In Hollywood Are Getting More Roles — If They’re White

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On-screen representation for women in Hollywood has improved steadily over the last few years — but not all progress is equal, a new study shows.

The number of female characters in box office hits reached a “recent historic high” in 2019, with 40 of the year’s top 100 highest-grossing films featuring female protagonists, according to “It’s a Man’s (Celluloid) World,” released Wednesday by San Diego State University’s Center For the Study of Women in Television and Film.


However, the annual study found that most of those gains went to white women.

Among all of the female characters in the films analysed in the study, 68% of them were white. White women made up an even higher percentage — 70% — of “major” characters, which the study defined as appearing “in more than one scene and are instrumental to the action of the story.” 

Representation for some women of colour decreased slightly from 2018. For example, the percentage of Black female characters declined to 20% in 2019 from 21% the year earlier, according to the study. The percentage of characters who were Asian women decreased to 7%, the same as in 2017. The number had risen to 10% in 2018 — but as the study noted, those gains “were due largely to one film”: the blockbuster rom-com “Crazy Rich Asians,” the first major studio movie in 25 years to feature a majority-Asian cast. 

Latina representation increased slightly, to 5% in 2019 from 4% the year earlier, the study found.

Movies released by mainstream studios, the researchers pointed out, showed particular gains in the number of female roles.

Still, the study showed persistent problems across the board. For example, the ages of characters for female performers still trend younger than those for men, as “female characters experience a precipitous drop from their 30s to their 40s, and few women age into their 60s,” the study said.

In addition, many roles for women still focus on their personal lives, like marriage or children, rather than their professional lives. By contrast, men on-screen were more likely to be depicted “in primarily work-related roles” and “have an identifiable occupation,” according to the research.

And the results show Hollywood is still nowhere near gender parity. “Overall, audiences were almost twice as likely to see male characters as female characters in the top-grossing films of 2019,” the authors noted.

The study also adds to research that shows a correlation between on-screen and behind-the-scenes representation. When women are hired in positions of power, like producing, directing, and writing, they are more likely to create movies with women in prominent roles on-screen.

A study of female directors released last week by the University of Southern California’s Annenberg Inclusion Initiative found that the percentage of women directing major Hollywood films rose significantly in 2019. Yet the report stressed that progress for women of color in the director’s chair has been slower than it has been for their white counterparts.

The uneven progress on Hollywood representation has also been reflected at the top of the movie industry. Major awards like the Golden Globes, the BAFTAs (the U.K.’s equivalent of the Oscars), and the Directors Guild of America awards all failed to nominate any women for their top directing prizes this year, despite a number of worthy contenders. Some Oscar prognosticators are predicting a similar result when the Academy Awards nominations are unveiled on Monday.

Tuesday’s BAFTA nominations also included zero nominations for women actors of color, with Scarlett Johansson and Margot Robbie each receiving two nominations. No male actors of color were nominated for BAFTAs, either.

40 Hilarious Tweets About The Lies Parents Tell Their Kids

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Honesty is an important value that most parents seek to instil in their kids. But sometimes in the chaos and exhaustion of parenthood, moms and dads tell a few little white lies.

At least they’re honest about the lying, though. Many people have tweeted about the funny fibs they’ve used to influence their children, and needless to say, their strategies have entertained and resonated. 


Here are 40 funny tweets about the lies parents tell their kids. Enjoy!

Me: I try really hard to not lie to my kids

Also me: We can’t go to Disney world it’s locked

— Professional Worrier (@pro_worrier_) October 15, 2019

I’ve convinced my son that all toys come with their own unique batteries and when those batteries die, that toy dies with them

— The Dad (@thedad) April 2, 2018

Yesterday I convinced my 6 year old son I could see his memories by looking into his ear directly at brain.

He was amazed talking about, “What else do you see mama?!” as I told him things we were both there for.

Parenting is fun

— Bunmi Laditan (@HonestToddler) July 15, 2019

I’ve convinced my kids that they won’t like Oreos because they’re too spicy and that is why I should get some kind of parenting award.

— Simon Holland (@simoncholland) April 25, 2015

It’s important to leave the house every day…

I lied to my child.

— Northern Lights 🎄☃️🎅 (@PinkCamoTO) March 10, 2019

I convinced my kid the tooth fairy didn’t come because she works every other night

Not sure if this is my best or worst moment of parenting

— James Breakwell, Exploding Unicorn (@XplodingUnicorn) May 26, 2017

When the ice cream van plays music it’s to let everyone know they’ve run out

— Simon Rusbridge (@SimonRusbridge) September 25, 2017

I don’t know what you’re all complaining about. I just convinced my daughter it was bedtime at 4pm because the sun was going down.

— Lauren Mullen (@DraggingFeeties) November 10, 2017

As long as we’re all lying to our kids about this Santa thing, we should also tell them that only adults are allowed to eat Cap’n Crunch.

— Abe Yospe (@Cheeseboy22) December 7, 2018

Convinced my toddler there’s a game called “Put Daddy to Bed” where she pretends to put me to bed and I sleep. That’s probably my proudest accomplishment as a parent.

— mark (@TheCatWhisprer) October 27, 2018

Just convinced my 3-year-old daughter that hummus is princess food. #lying#parenting

— Jim Gaffigan (@JimGaffigan) April 6, 2013

Kid, struggling with tying his shoes.

“Don’t cry. It’s not the end of the world,” I lied.

— Lady Lawya (@Parkerlawyer) August 9, 2017

Toddler: Daddy I want toast.

Me: ok, buddy. Here’s some toast.

Toddler: I don’t like butter on my toast

Me: (flips toast over to the dry side and hands it back) There ya go.

Toddler: Thanks Daddy!

Toddlers are dumb. Take advantage of it while you can.#Dadlife

— TwinzerDad (@TwinzerDad) January 23, 2019

Me to my kids: Lying is a bad choice, we don’t lie.

Also me to my kids: McDonald’s doesn’t sell toys at breakfast.

— Momsense Ensues (@momsense_ensues) April 19, 2019

Thanks to autoplay and well-time theatrics, my kid’s convinced I can use magic to start his cartoons.

— dadpression (@Dadpression) June 17, 2017

3yo: Santa doesn’t wear underwear!
Me: EVERYONE wears underwear!

I probably shouldn’t have lied to my son on Christmas Eve.

— Dad and Buried (@DadandBuried) December 25, 2013

How do I convince my kids that it’s actually NOON Years Eve?

— Sara Says Stop (@PetrickSara) December 28, 2017

“Those mean boys are just jealous of you,” I lied to my son who recently decided to wear a cape to school.

— Danny Zuker (@DannyZuker) February 8, 2015

Just lied/told my 4 year old son that Halloween is like everyone’s second birthday party. If you see/meet him just pay along. Thanks

— Jim Gaffigan (@JimGaffigan) October 12, 2015

Our 8yo was nervous about school after missing over a week following surgery.

It’s because she’s worried all her friends will have moved on without her.

I told her that’s called “Fear of Missing Out”, and it’s no big deal.

So basically I lied. 🤦🏻‍♂️#FOMO#TheStruggleIsReal

— Richard Dean (@dad_on_my_feet) April 5, 2019

My kid said it was 4:20 &my brain from 13yrs ago made me yell “blaze it!” &then I lied &said I yelled “raisins!” but yeah I’ll drive carpool

— AsKateWouldHaveIt (@KateWouldHaveIt) October 4, 2017

My son and I spent 10 minutes looking for his chocolate coins when I knew all along I’d eaten them the day before 😳

— Mandy Green (@MandyGreens) September 25, 2017

As a joke, I convinced my 5yo that she’s allergic to popsicles, in case you were wondering how dark and twisted my sense of humor is.

— Sara Says Stop (@PetrickSara) August 24, 2017

I got tired of waiting for the toaster, so I convinced my kids to eat something called “cold toast.”

It’s now their favorite breakfast food.

I’ve peaked as a parent.

— James Breakwell, Exploding Unicorn (@XplodingUnicorn) March 25, 2018

I feel like a lot of adults are lying to kids about how good their crappy art is.

— Abe Yospe (@Cheeseboy22) February 7, 2017

You can admire something without wanting it.

-me, lying to my kids

— OneFunnyMummy (@OneFunnyMummy) November 18, 2015

Daddy cannot hear when it is dark. Call mummy if you wake up at night.
Actually worked till my wife found out.

— Lee Cooper (@Leecooper74) September 25, 2017

Trying to convince my four year old the crossfitters at our park are ninjas.

— dadpression (@Dadpression) April 14, 2018

“Pizza doesn’t make you happy.” – me lying to my kids

— Sammy Rhodes (@sammyrhodes) August 12, 2014

Kids have to know their parents full names on the first day of school.

I can’t wait.

I convinced my 4-year-old my middle name is Danger.

— James Breakwell, Exploding Unicorn (@XplodingUnicorn) May 31, 2016

we live next to a public park; I got a year of telling my kid that ice cream trucks were “music trucks”

— Kathryn VanArendonk (@kvanaren) January 23, 2018

50% of life as a Dad is picking your kids up when they fall

The other 50% is lying when they ask if you farted in a busy aisle at the store

— Babies Daddy (@dshack8) November 13, 2016

My kids wouldn’t eat Brussel sprouts however, they cleared the plates of baby cabbages 👍👍

— Gavin Heath (@geath81) September 25, 2017

I just lied to my kids. I told them breakfast is the most important meal of the day and we all known that’s total b.s. Dessert is.

— Baby Sideburns (@BabySideburns) May 3, 2014

I convinced my kids that Daylight Savings means we go to bed early so we can save some daylight for the rest of the world. Sharing is caring y’all.

— Maryfairyboberry (@MaryJustice86) November 3, 2019

My 5 year old hasn’t said a word in the car after I convinced him that the volume control on our stereo ejects his car seat.

— Brian Hope (@Brianhopecomedy) June 19, 2013

I told my boy that the store wouldn’t sell me diapers anymore so he’d have to use the potty.

— Rosanne Giza (@thefluffa) September 25, 2017

3-year-old: Why don’t you have friends?

Me: My awesomeness intimidates people

3: Do you smell bad?

Lying to kids is harder than it sounds

— James Breakwell, Exploding Unicorn (@XplodingUnicorn) March 19, 2014

About 30% of being a parent is lying to your kids about how good the crap they make looks and/or tastes.

— Sara (@smilely_gal) January 18, 2015

Downside of teaching my kids to read: Now they know when I’m lying to them.

— Robert Knop (@FatherWithTwins) January 23, 2014

Jillian Michaels Slammed For Comments About Lizzo’s Body

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Jillian Michaels is getting backlash for clearly not understanding why so many people love Lizzo precisely for who she is - Lizzo pictured here performing at Sydney Opera House on January 06, 2020.

Jillian Michaels is getting backlash for clearly not understanding why so many people love Lizzo precisely for who she is.

The fitness personality and former “Biggest Loser” trainer made a few crude remarks about the Grammy-nominated artist’s body on BuzzFeed’s Twitter show “AM to DM” on Wednesday when co-host (and former HuffPost producer) Alex Berg mentioned she appreciated celebrities like Ashley Graham and Lizzo who preach self-acceptance and celebrate their bodies as they are.

.@JillianMichaels on Lizzo: “Why are we celebrating her body? Why does it matter? Why aren’t we celebrating her music? ‘Cause it isn’t gonna be awesome if she gets diabetes.”

— AM2DM by BuzzFeed News (@AM2DM) January 8, 2020

“Why are we celebrating her body?” Michaels retorted, referring to Lizzo. “Why does it matter? Why aren’t we celebrating her music? ’Cause it isn’t gonna be awesome if she gets diabetes.”


Michaels didn’t stop there. When Berg attempted to counter, she spoke over her and said:

“I’m just being honest. Like, I love her music … but there’s never a moment where I’m like, ‘And I’m so glad that’s she’s overweight!’ … Why is it my job to care about her weight?”

Many people on Twitter were disturbed by Michaels’s comments, calling them outdated and fat-phobic.

People who have incredibly deep-seated self-hatred and have spun it into a “fitness” empire are particularly inclined to say shit like this. Jillian Michaels has successfully projected her body dysmorphia outwards for years and made a ton of cash off it.

— Sara Benincasa (@SaraJBenincasa) January 8, 2020

If I had been exposed to more Lizzo and less Jillian Michaels when I was younger, maybe I wouldn’t have spent half my life hating my body.

— Ashley Fairbanks (@ziibiing) January 8, 2020

Jillian Michaels came to prominence torturing fat people on television for entertainment. She is loudly and proudly anti-fat because otherwise she can’t make money. Her living depends on anti-fat bigotry.

— Mx. Amadi (@amaditalks) January 8, 2020

Just gonna leave this here for you

— Ally 🏒🎬🧜🏽‍♀️🌈🔮 (@nametags) January 8, 2020

Lizzo spends hours every night singing and playing the flute during intensive dance cardio. Just admit that the only self worth you’ve found for yourself is in your thinness, Jillian, then go to therapy & do the work to love yourself.

— 🐺Mira (@LostWolfling) January 8, 2020

The only reason we know who Jillian Michaels is, is because of a reality show where people used incredibly unhealthy practices in order to lose as much weight as possible – not to become the most physically fit or to get the healthiest vitals – in a dangerously short time. +

— Zoe (@Zoe_of_Elyon) January 8, 2020

JM has a lot to lose if people begin demanding we treat all bodies with respect. how come you’re the only one that gets to talk about bodies, J? your outdated, stigmatizing fearmongering is tired.

— KathleenMeehan MS RD (@kathleenmRDN) January 8, 2020

I don’t really give two shits about Jillian Michaels, but we celebrate Lizzo because Lizzo unapologetically celebrates Lizzo and encourages everyone to celebrate themselves, so Jillian can fuck all the way off to whatever washboard ab mountain of misery she sits atop.

— Connecticutting (@Connecticutting) January 8, 2020

— Inga🌹 (@irg19) January 8, 2020

Berg also published a tweet Wednesday explaining that she does not share Michaels’s views.

What I was going to say here is that Lizzo has been incredibly important in giving so many of us a possibility model for accepting our bodies as we are and celebrating bodies that are normally ridiculed. Had to restrain myself from defending Lizzo’s honor!

— Alex Berg (@itsalexberg) January 8, 2020

The New York Times reported in 2016 that the weight loss methods deployed on “The Biggest Loser,” which included intensive dieting and exercise, were not sustainable and that many of the contestants who lost weight on the show regained most of it back.

Michaels, whose 12-season stint on the show helped her launch a fitness empire, has been widely criticised by fitness experts for the harsh weight-loss tactics she used on the show, which included hurling insults and threats as well as seeming to derive joy from watching contestants struggle with extreme exercise.   

She was also penalized on the show in 2013 for giving contestants on her team caffeine pills to help them lose more weight without permission from the show’s doctor.

In comments that echo the ones she made about Lizzo’s body, Michaels also expressed to Women’s Health UK last April that she feels as if the world has become too “politically correct” about weight.

“I think we’re politically correct to the point of endangering people,” she said.

She added:

“But obesity in itself is not something that should be glamorized. But we’ve become so politically correct that no one wants to say it.”

Iran refuses to hand over black box from plane crash

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Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has vowed his government will get answers after a Ukrainian plane crash killed at least 63 Canadians in Iran after the country said it would not hand over the jet’s black box.

Authorities Warn There’s No Sign Of Bushfire Danger Slowing Down

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Deadly bushfires continued to burn across Australia.

SYDNEY – Authorities issued new fire bans, warnings and evacuation notices in parts of Australia on Thursday, as deadly bushfires continued to burn in the country hit by its hottest and driest year on record.

Twenty-six people have died, thousands are homeless and academics believe over 1 billion animals have been killed or injured in the monster fires that have scorched more than 10.3 million hectares of land – an area the size of South Korea.


Many towns were without power and telecommunications and some were running low on drinking water supplies. Smoke has blanketed major cities including Sydney, Melbourne and Canberra, and drifted across the Pacific affecting cities in South America.

The Harbour Bridge and Opera House surrounded by smoke on January 08, 2020.Over 1 billion animals have been killed or injured as a result of the bushfires.

Firefighters have been making the most of a few days of cooler temperatures to prepare for the return of heat and wind later this week, which is expected to fan existing blazes and spark new ones.

The Bureau of Meteorology said on Thursday it saw no sign of cooler weather or significant rainfall in the next few months, adding that 2019 was the country’s hottest and driest on record.

Smoke haze visible on the satellite image below is expected to extend from the NE back into central and western districts of #Victoria over the next few hours, including the #Melbourne area. Find weather info here: and air quality info here:

— Bureau of Meteorology, Victoria (@BOM_Vic) January 8, 2020

Smoke from the fires in the East Gippsland and NSW is drifting across parts of Victoria including Melbourne, and can result in health issues.

See the air quality warning here:

For more info, visit the Better Health Channel –

— VicEmergency (@vicemergency) January 8, 2020

A warning for residents of Victoria’s northeastern region to leave after fires escalated overnight was downgraded to “wait and watch” as authorities monitored conditions. A town on Kangaroo Island, which was ravaged by the fires, was being evacuated over fears bushfires still burning there may escalate.

The majority of the fires that have destroyed most of Australia’s east coast occurred in New South Wales, where 1,870 homes have been destroyed so far, the NSW Rural Fire Service confirmed.

Building Impact Assessment teams continue assessing damage to properties. This season 1,870 homes destroyed & over 22,000 buildings saved. Teams assessed over 10,000 buildings since 1 January, confirming the loss of 954 homes. This figure is likely to increase.

— NSW RFS (@NSWRFS) January 8, 2020

New South Wales on Thursday announced new funds of A$1 billion to rebuild infrastructure and communities in the state affected by the bushfire.

“We don’t want simply to rebuild the communities, we want them to thrive. And this $1 billion investment will do just that,” New South Wales Premier Gladys Berejiklian told reporters in a briefing.

Australia’s bushfire season started earlier than normal following a three-year drought that has left much of the country’s bush land vulnerable to fires.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison on Wednesday urged foreign tourists not to be deterred by deadly bushfires, fearing holiday-makers staying away could hurt the economy, as some normally crowded resorts have already turned into ghost towns.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison on Wednesday urged foreign tourists not to be deterred by deadly bushfires.

The following are some highlights of what is happening in the bushfire crisis:

  • Moody’s Analytics said the cost of the fires could easily surpass that of the deadly 2009 Black Saturday fires that destroyed 450,000 hectares of land, which cost an estimated A$4.4 billion.

  • Prime Minister Morrison has pledged A$2 billion ($1.37 billion) to a newly created National Bushfire Recovery Agency.

  • Ecologists at the University of Sydney on Wednesday doubled their estimate of the number of animals killed or injured in the fires to 1 billion.

  • Emergency services have dismissed claims the fires are caused by environmentalists stopping controlled burn-offs.

  • The fires have already emitted 400 megatonnes of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere and produced harmful pollutants, the EU’s Copernicus monitoring programme said.

  • Smoke has drifted across the Pacific, affected cities in South America, and may have reached the Antarctic, the U.N. World Meteorological Organisation said.

Reporting by Paulina Duran, Sonali Paul, Praveen Menon.

Music teacher has 100-year-old violin stolen she ‘couldn’t afford to insure’

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An uninsured, century-old violin is among musical instruments worth $100,000 that were stolen under the cloak of darkness in suburban Melbourne.

Newlyweds named among crash victims

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Friends are ‘devastated’ after the whole wedding party of Canadian couple Pouneh Gorji and Arash Pourzarabi died in a plane crash in Iran, killing all 176 on board.

Before-and-after images show aftermath of Iran rocket attacks

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New satellite images appear to show the aftermath of Iranian missile strikes at an Iraqi military base that houses US troops.

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