Australia bushfires: Victorian residents evacuated due to fire danger

While parts of Australia’s east are soaking in some much-needed rainfall, more than a dozen blazes continue to rage in Victoria, where residents were displaced overnight. Most of the fires ripping through the state, predominantly in East Gippsland and the northeastern alpine region, were burning at a “watch and act” level or low, but emergency warnings were issued for fires near Mount Buffalo in Victoria’s alpine region, and briefly for Bulart, in the state’s southwest. RELATED: Heartbreaking image of koala crying The emergency warning for an out-of-control grass fire at…

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Mose Masoe can’t feel anything from the chest down – but he’s still smiling

The silver lining is the way Masoe can still flex his feet, knees and quadriceps, if ever so slightly, with his pregnant wife Carissa by his side encouraging him. When you mention this to Alex McKinnon, the Knights backrower who was left a quadriplegic following a tackle in a match against the Storm in 2014, he can see the silver lining, too. “The fact he can flex his legs below the injury is massive,” said McKinnon, who is now the Knights recruitment manager. “Regardless of whether he can feel below…

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NSW creeks fill for the first time in years

Residents in Lismore, Ballina, Casino, Kyogle, Yamba and Maclean have been warned to expect heavy rainfall and flash flooding as storms pass over the region on Saturday morning. “Stay vigilant and monitor conditions. Note that the landscape may have changed following bushfires,” the Bureau of Meteorology said. “Run-off from rainfall in fire affected areas may behave differently and be more rapid. It may also contain debris such as ash, soil, trees and rocks.” Torrential rain on Friday saw a creek in Bingara fill and flow with water for the first…

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Cody shares naked bathtub pic

The Aussie rocker, 23, has proudly posted the pic to his Instagram stories. Cyrus, 27, is pictured naked and grinning from beneath the bubbles, a gold chain around her neck, her hair up. Miley Cyrus was photographed by Cody Simpson reclining in a bubble bath. Picture: InstagramnstagramSource:Supplied Also posted on Simpson’s Instagram stories were selfies of the couple together in what appeared to be bed. The pics were posted just one day after Cyrus posted video of the couple preparing for a pilates session, wearing tight and revealing gym clothing.…

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Royal rift sparks national debate about racism in modern-day Britain

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s decision to step back from royal duties has lifted the lid on an ugly and soul-searching debate in the UK – and not just whether the couple get to keep Frogmore Cottage. Racism in Britain and the role it played in making life unbearable for the Duchess of Sussex has been the subject of much discussion since news of Megxit broke, with sharply divided views on whether the first African-American woman to join the royal family has been subject to racist treatment. MORE: Claim quietly…

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Megxit negotiations could take ‘months’

It comes as Meghan’s half-sister, Samantha Markle, blamed the couple for a “smear campaign” against their father and warned the world could hear from Thomas Markle “very soon.” On Monday, the Queen promsied “final decisions” over the couple’s future within the royal family would be made in “coming days”. Since then, no announcement has been forthcoming from Buckingham Palace despite royal staffers working around the clock with government officials to nut out a divorce deal that will allow the Sussexes to move to Canada, make their own corporate deals and…

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Barack shares gushing post for Michelle

Mr Obama shared a series of black and white images, appearing to have been taken in a photo booth, to celebrate the day. “In every scene, you are my star, @MichelleObama!” he wrote, before adding: “Happy birthday, baby!” The images went viral after being shared on Twitter and Instagram, with 1.3 million likes within the first hour. Mr Obama often posts a message online for his wife’s birthday and for Mother’s Day. Mrs Obama published her best-selling memoir Becoming last year and recently celebrated the fact that their first Netflix…

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Neobank Volt raises $70 million to target the ‘digitally comfortable’

Co-founder and chief executive Steve Weston said more than half of the funding will be used to support Volt’s regulatory capital requirements. “Until we had product in the market we could not justify an increase in share price and valuation,” he said. Research shows if people are comfortable using a smartphone or an Ipad they are potentially customers. Steve Weston The neobank, which has no branches, started launching to the 45,000 people on its waiting list and will open its products to the general public in February. Volt’s savings account…

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In media’s ‘Wild West, news consumers struggle to find truth, trust and transparency

Research released on Friday, conducted by the UTS Centre for Media Transition on behalf of the Australian Communications and Media Authority, found 83 per cent of respondents were concerned that news on commercial television and radio broadcasters was influenced by large advertisers, and 88 per cent were concerned news is made more dramatic or sensationalised to attract viewers. Almost 100 per cent of respondents notice commercial influence in all sources of news, and 76 per cent are concerned media companies use the news to promote businesses they own or have…

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Populist revolt against their failed policies making economists rethink

According to a survey of its members conducted last year by the American Economic Association, nearly half of female economists felt discriminated against or treated unfairly on account of their gender. Nearly a third of non-white economists felt they’d been treated unfairly because of their ethnicity. Rodrik, an Egyptian American, thinks the bad policy advice and the inhospitality towards anyone not an old white male may be related. “A profession that is less diverse and less open to different identities is more likely to exhibit groupthink and hubris,” he says.…

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