Cameron Diaz shares her “drug mule” story.
Cameron Diaz has been making the press rounds this week, amid her recent announcement that she’s coming out of retirement to star in a new Netflix film.
The 49-year-old actor and businesswoman said on the Second Life podcast that before she became famous, she had moved to Paris in the hope of making it big as a model.
She said that in a whole year in France she only landed one job – which she now suspects was actually a cover to transport drugs from Paris to Morocco.
“I was there a full year and I didn't work one day. I couldn’t book a job to save my life. I got like one job, but really I think I was like a mule carrying drugs to Morocco – I swear to God.”
At the time it was before the Transportation Security Administration and strict border force measures were standard, and it was also before 9/11.
“They gave me a suitcase that was locked that had my ‘costumes’ in it – quote, unquote,” she said.
Only when she arrived in Morocco from Paris, airport officials asked her who actually owned the suitcase, and if it could be opened or not. Diaz said she quickly told them the suitcase was not hers.
“All of the calculations in my head went running back, like, ‘What the f**k is in this suitcase?’ I’m this blonde-haired, blue-eyed girl in Morocco, it's the ‘90s, I’m wearing torn jeans and platform boots and my hair down, and this is really unsafe. That was my only job I ever got in Paris.”
Cameron Diaz reveals she may have been unwitting Moroccan drug mule https://t.co/xNy0WKjrVN— The Guardian (@guardian) July 10, 2022
Image: Getty + Second Life.
Tony Armstrong's accidental weather segment goes viral.
A video of Tony Armstrong has gone viral today, and it's iconic to watch.
The ABC sports presenter stepped in as a weather man on live TV this morning after the usual weather reporter Nate Byrne wasn't on site. So in an effort to solve the situation, Armstrong decided to step in.
"Gee whiz, I don't know what's going on behind me Joe, I'm doing my best though!" Armstrong said as he laughed and winged his way through the broadcast. And trust us, you'll want to watch it:
Study finds skin-to-skin care good for babies and dads alike.
Skin-to-skin contact between fathers and their premature or critically-ill full-term babies can foster stronger bonds and improve outcomes amid the growing involvement of men in infant care, a study has found.
University of South Australia researchers have documented the experiences of a group of fathers holding their babies against their bare chest in a pouch-like position known as kangaroo care.
Kangaroo care mimics the marsupial model where a joey finds warmth and security within the pouch, close to the mother’s heart. The skin-to-skin touch activates nerve receptors in mammals that spark certain hormones, reducing pain and stress for the baby and caregiver.
The model has been used in neonatal wards worldwide, typically with mothers holding their newborn for as long as possible each day, to nurture the neurodevelopment of infants and to help bond with them. Registered nurse and masters candidate Sophia Dong said while mothers were considered the dominant kangaroo care providers, traditional family structures had changed and fathers had long been overlooked.
“We know that kangaroo care provides a variety of benefits for pre-term, low birth weight infants, including lower mortality rates, reduced infections, higher rates of breastfeeding, calmer babies and enhanced bonding,” Ms Dong said.
“It also reduces parents’ mental stress caused by premature babies in neonatal intensive care units being separated from their parents.”
Ms Dong said the importance of fathers being involved in kangaroo care was growing as men were now playing a much larger role as caregivers, including as single parents and in same-sex relationships.
The fathers who took part in the Uni SA study reported a greater connection with their infants when they adopted the care model. First-time Adelaide father Joel Mackenzie said he felt an instant connection with his 540-gram daughter Lucy when he held her against his chest.
“It’s a chance that most fathers don’t get, and I thought it was important for her development,” Mr Mackenzie said. “I was able to hold her for a couple of hours each day and I think that helped her get to know me and vice versa. It was good therapy for me, too, because I felt that I was contributing rather than just being a bystander.”
So much hatred for Florence Pugh’s nipples.
In some happy news to kick off the week, Kirsten Dunst and Jesse Plemons have confirmed they secretly got married in Jamaica last weekend. Here’s everything we know.
Plus, Doja Cat has a few things to say about Stranger Things star Noah Schnapp leaking their private Instagram messages about his co-star Joseph Quinn, so let’s unpack exactly what happened with this “borderline snake s**t”.
And today everyone is discussing Florence Pugh’s breasts, or more specifically, her nipples, but not in a fun way. The actress shared pictures of herself at Valentino's Fall/Winter 2022 Couture runway show wearing a gown that featured a sheer top and then received a torrent of abuse for it. Now she’s released a statement about the reaction but the conversation is a lot more complicated than just saying ‘free the nipple’.
You can listen to tonight’s episode of The Spill below:
Kyrgios' temperament questioned after Wimbledon loss, and all the news you need to know this morning.
It's the start of the week and there's already lots happening around the country.
Let's jump right in and get you across the biggest stories you need to know today, Monday July 11.
1. Kyrgios questioned about composure following Wimbledon defeat.
Nick Kyrgios has taken offence at an insinuation that his temperament cost him the Wimbledon final against Novak Djokovic.
The Australian tennis player lost his cool after claiming to be distracted by a female spectator who he accused of being "drunk out of her mind".
"It’s the one who looks like she’s had about 700 drinks bro," Kyrgios could be heard saying to the chair umpire.
Novak Djokovic has beaten Nick Kyrgios in a lively Wimbledon final that saw the Australian ask the chair umpire to eject a female member of the crowd. pic.twitter.com/zasBswUOlY— Sunrise (@sunriseon7) July 10, 2022
He also broke Wimbledon’s strict all-white dress code when he changed into his red Nike cap to receive his runner-up silverware from the Duchess of Cambridge.
Asked if he needed to improve his composure, Kyrgios took offence.
"I think the other 126 players in the draw could improve their composure," he said.
"But at times out there, obviously I was getting angry a bit because I just looked at it as, (if) you win this tournament, you become the tennis immortal, I feel."
"I can obviously improve many things in my game, not just composure. My forehand return needs to improve. I've been working on that a lot. Can always get stronger. Can always get fitter."
"I feel like that (question) was a bit of a dig, but I feel like everyone in the draw can improve something."
Kyrgios also paid tribute to Djokovic's unflappable temperament saying, "He's just really composed".
Djokovic won the Wimbeldon men's final 4-6 6-3 6-4 7-6 (7-3), securing his fourth Wimbledon major in succession.
Kyrgios will not have to turn his attention to an impending court date back in an ACT court next month, where he's been accused of allegedly assaulting an ex-girlfriend.
2. 105,000 return home after NSW floods as thousands remain under evacuation orders.
105,000 people displaced by the NSW floods can return home but have been warned to emotionally prepare for what they will find.
Of the 2,285 premises already examined, 239 have been deemed not habitable and a further 973 require repairs.
About 4,500 residents remained under evacuation orders last night, as the State Emergency Service responded to 355 calls for help and performed 13 rescues, in the 24 hours to 6pm on Sunday.
Almost 500 have been rescued since the floods began on June 27.
"A lot of our jobs at the moment have been animal rescues, medical assistance and resupplying the communities that are currently isolated," an SES spokeswoman said.
37 Victorian emergency personnel travelled to NSW over the weekend to help with the rescue and clean-up.
Emergency service partners @FireRescueVic today reunited 26 horses with their owners today near #Maitland after many days of thinking their horses had been swept away. Many tears were shed. 🐴💦😪 pic.twitter.com/B0v9jWYfFo— NSW SES (@NSWSES) July 9, 2022
Rain is forecast for Sydney on Monday before clearing later in the week.
Federal relief payments of up to $1000 are available for residents of 29 local government areas, while NSW residents are being urged to donate money to GIVIT so help can be better coordinated.
3. $25 million plan for Aboriginal flag on Sydney Harbour Bridge scrapped.
The NSW government has scrapped its plan to install an extra flagpole on the Sydney Harbour Bridge to fly the Aboriginal flag.
Instead, the Aboriginal flag will permanently replace the NSW flag on the iconic structure.
Premier Dominic Perrottet confirmed the change to The Sydney Morning Herald yesterday, labelling it a "practical and pragmatic solution which makes sense".
The $25 million cost of the additional flagpole installation was revealed by Perrottet last month. The funding will instead be reallocated to Close The Gap initiatives.
Following Perrottet's commitment, the Victorian government also recently made the decision to permanently fly the Aboriginal flag on Melbourne's West Gate Bridge.
The NSW flag will be relocated to the redeveloped precinct on Macquarie Street in the CBD.
4. Millions to get access to COVID treatments.
More Aussies will be able to access potentially lifesaving COVID-19 antiviral treatments from today.
Health Minister Mark Butler says Australians over 70 who test positive to the virus will be able to access antivirals on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme from Monday.
Access will also be expanded to people over 50 with two or more risk factors for severe disease and Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander people over 30 with two or more risk factors. Anyone 18 or over and immunocompromised may also be eligible.
"COVID cases and hospitalisation numbers are climbing, particularly with the new variants," Butler said yesterday.
"These oral antivirals dramatically reduce the risk of severe disease particularly for older Australians and will help keep people out of hospital."
Millions of Australians will gain access to lifesaving antiviral treatments for Covid-19, even if they don’t have an underlying medical condition, as case numbers and hospitalisations soar. See if you're eligible 👉 https://t.co/QOOtuFLjKJ pic.twitter.com/Wz493BYM2c— The Daily Telegraph (@dailytelegraph) July 10, 2022
More than 73,000 Australians have already benefited from the antiviral treatments, which are taken as a tablet or capsule, and help stop infection from becoming severe.
Australians over 30 will also be able to get a fourth COVID-19 vaccine dose or second booster from today.
The country recorded over 70,000 new infections and 89 deaths over the weekend, with Omicron variants BA.4 and BA.5 now the dominant strains of the virus.
5. Women less likely to vote for federal LNP, new study shows.
Women are less likely to vote for the Liberal-National coalition by up to 10 percentage points compared with men, new analysis shows.
Male and female voters viewed the treatment of women in politics as the coalition's second-biggest weakness at this year's federal election, slightly behind the state of aged care in Australia.
The Australia Institute research, conducted on May 21 and again in June, found that the gap between men and women who would vote for the coalition widened after the election.
There was a seven percentage point gap between the male and female coalition primary vote in the election night exit poll at 37 per cent and 30 per cent, respectively. But three weeks later, the gap had widened to 10 percentage points and only 28 per cent of women said they would vote for the coalition compared with 38 per cent of men.
"This research shows it's little wonder Liberal Party senators like Linda Reynolds are publicly voicing concern that the coalition had its worst result in 30 years for female representation in the House of Representatives," said Australia Institute deputy director Ebony Bennett said.
Just 11 of the coalition's 58 members elected to the lower house at the election are women.
Senator Reynolds last week called on the opposition to consider adopting temporary gender quotas to ensure more women have the opportunity to be elected for her party.
Liberal Senator Linda Reynolds has urged the Liberal Party to implement a temporary gender quota to avoid a repeat of this year’s Federal Election result.https://t.co/J6pOuV3MSx— Sky News Australia (@SkyNewsAust) July 3, 2022
That's it, you're all up to speed. We'll be back to bring you more of the biggest news stories throughout the day.
- With AAP.
The scandal that finally broke Boris Johnson
Last week, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced his resignation as Conservative Party leader after 50 MPs and senior colleagues quit over his latest scandal, involving the appointment of an MP to a top job even though Boris knew he was accused of sexual misconduct.
But why has it taken so long to oust him, given that he has been embroiled in one scandal after another for decades?
The Quicky speaks to a former British MP who spent nearly two decades serving the public to find out how Boris Johnson managed to rise to power despite a litany of affairs and controversies, and who is now battling it out to replace him.
Feature Image: Getty/Instagram @camerondiaz.