Learning of the death of one of your childhood heroes is always a sad experience, and it seems 2018 was a year when we had to say goodbye to too many of them. No matter your area of interest, we all would have keenly felt the loss of someone from the celebrity world last year - from political big-hitters like George H.W. Bush and Paddy Ashdown; to sporting stars Cyrille Regis and Eric Bristow; and icons of stage and screen from Stan Lee to June Whitfield, all will be greatly missed. And the losses have continued into 2019, with the sad news that we have already lost such much-loved people such as WWE Hall of Famer "Mean" Gene Okerlund, Albert Finney, and England goalkeeping legend Gordon Banks. Here's a look at those we've lost in 2019, who have and will continue to inspire generations for years to come. DECEMBER David Bellamy TV presenter and naturalist David Bellamy passed away on December 11 at the age of 86. Bellamy earned acclaim in the 80's for his TV nature shows, but also his … [Read more...] about Celebrity deaths in 2019: Famous faces lost this year from Gary Rhodes to Toni Morrison
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Love Island Australia's Cassie Lansdell and Luke Packham ended their relationship just three weeks ago. But on Monday, Luke confirmed he had found love with a mystery blonde by sharing a photo to Instagram of the pair passionately kissing. Cassie has since broken her silence on her ex-boyfriend's new relationship, telling Daily Mail Australia she is 'happy for him'. No hard feelings! Cassie Lansdell (right) says she's 'happy' for her former flame Luck Packham (left) after he confirmed his new romance on Monday The 27-year-old said: 'The only thing I'd say is that Luke and I realised that we weren't really right for each other, but we are still good friends. I'm happy for him.' Cassie added that she's still on the market herself, saying: 'I'm not official with anyone just yet!' RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next Cassie Lansdell feels up Love Island co-star Vanessa Sierra... 'It's unfair of them to treat an influencer like this!'... 'What happened to … [Read more...] about Love Island’s Cassie Lansdell says she is ‘happy’ for her ex Luke Packham as he’s pictured kissing a mystery blonde just three weeks after their split
Dangerous smoke choking Sydney could be causing long-term damage even to healthy people, with experts warning it will only get worse if climate change isn't tackled. Thick, grey smoke has blanketed the harbour city and its outer suburbs for weeks as bushfires range on in the north, south and west of NSW. In November, the city recorded 15 days of poor air quality and on Tuesday the levels of ultra-fine PM2.5 particles, small enough to enter the lungs and bloodstream, were more than 10 times the accepted safety level. Hospitals have recorded a 30 per cent increase in admissions, indoor smoke alarms are being triggered and students are spending less time outside during recess and lunch breaks. On social media, Sydneysiders continue to share images of the burning-orange sun, shrouded in haze, while many others complain about tasting and feeling a burning sensation in their throats. People with lung or heart conditions, the young and old have been advised to stay indoors, but experts … [Read more...] about Cancer warning issued as smoke haze suffocates Sydney
When the men in black walked into her restaurant one Friday morning and sat at the round table in the corner, Brittany Porter knew exactly what they were. Pale, skittish, aggressively tattooed, they wore black T-shirts with a cryptic white logo over their hearts. One had a razor inked along his left jaw and two SS lightning bolts dripping next to his eye like a double set of tears. One wore a handgun on his hip. Porter went to the table, smiled and asked what they wanted. It was just after 8am. Two of the neo-Nazis ordered chicken nuggets. On Facebook the night before, Porter read about the group of racists who were coming to eastern Kentucky to hold a rally. They had chosen an economically struggling stretch of coal country with a population that was 98% white and that had voted 80% for Trump. In their propaganda videos, the neo-Nazi leaders had talked about the scourge of drug addiction in Pike County. At 30, Porter knew Pike County’s problems. She herself was a recovered … [Read more...] about Is there a neo-Nazi storm brewing in Trump country?
The single best guide to what happened in Britain last week was published in 1944. Naturally, its author was a Polish economist. Even economics students may not have heard of Michał Kalecki – but it's the discipline that got small, rather than his legacy. In his time, Kalecki was recognised as having anticipated some of Keynes's most important ideas, years before the Master published his General Theory, and he exerted a big influence on such legendary Cambridge thinkers as Joan Robinson and Nicky Kaldor. His article, Political Aspects of Full Employment, explains with an almost eery prescience why the coalition is attacking our wages, our working terms and conditions and our welfare state. The tone is exhilaratingly brisk. "A solid majority of economists" agree on how to solve a slump, Kalecki says. The government borrows more and invests the cash either in building schools and hospitals or in providing benefits and tax cuts; this boosts demand and generates employment. … [Read more...] about Austerity? Call it class war – and heed this 1944 warning from a Polish economist