Amanda Bynes, Britney Spears and why history is not repeating.
Actor Amanda Bynes has filed a petition to end her nearly nine-year-long conservatorship. For decades, the child star turned leading lady was one of Hollywood’s most bankable stars before a string of legal and personal issues forced her to retreat from the spotlight. Now the question is, why are fans not rallying around her in the same way they did with Britney Spears? It could be because the two stories could not be more different.
Australia's 2022 Eurovision entrant has been revealed following a public vote at the Australia Decides event on the Gold Coast over the weekend.
And The 2022 NAACP Image Awards have taken place. The awards are presented by The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People to honour outstanding performances across the arts and social justice. Big winners from the event included Jennifer Hudson and Will Smith along with a special appearance by Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.
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Multiple people are now missing in Northern NSW and QLD floodwaters.
Sadly, a Gold Coast man and his dog have been swept to their deaths as Queensland's flooding crisis moves south. The man, aged in his 50s died when his car was swept away in torrential rain on Currumbin Creek Road.
His death is the eighth fatality in southeast Queensland’s floods as rising water levels inundate thousands of homes and businesses. It comes as news that multiple people are now missing in Northern NSW and QLD floodwaters.
One man, 32-year-old Cameron Rogers, was just found alive this afternoon, after he was said to be missing in floodwaters in Goodna near Ipswich. QLD Police confirmed he had been located, saying he had returned to his flooded home to ensure his alpacas were safe and to help find a friend. It is hoped others who are still missing in affected areas will be located, but police are worried.
“We have a number of other people that we hold grave concerns for,” said Queensland Police Commissioner Katarina Carroll.
Residents stranded in their homes surrounded by surging floodwaters have also been posting desperate messages on social media for help, with many having trouble getting through to emergency lines.
This is the view from our rooftop. Devastating floods with brave legendary locals rescuing whoever they can. We hope we are next, otherwise it’s the canoes with an 8 year old to find shelter for the next few hours or night and the rain is sideways still #lismorefloods #nswpol pic.twitter.com/2kbIJhn3P7— Eddie Lloyd (@worldzonfire) February 27, 2022
A Russian ally and nukes: The impact of Belarus for Ukraine.
An update on the situation in Ukraine:
A referendum in Belarus - a post-Soviet country which borders with Ukraine and Russia - has ditched their non-nuclear status, the country now becoming a launchpad for Russian troops invading Ukraine.
The nuclear status change could see nuclear weapons on Belarusian soil for the first time since the country gave them up after the fall of the Soviet Union. It raises the stakes at a time when Alexander Lukashenko - the President of Belarus - has publicly stated his support for Russia. Lukashenko is not recognised as president by the European Union. He is rather referred to as a dictator.
A senior US intelligence official told Associated Press that Belarus is expected to send troops into Ukraine to fight alongside Russian forces. It comes as Lukashenko himself confirmed that rockets fired at Ukraine were from Belarus.
I call on the the International community to also sanction Putin’s puppet, Alexander Lukashenko, along with all his family and cronies https://t.co/ISoCLh1bBy— Cary Elwes (@Cary_Elwes) February 27, 2022
5 biggest moments from the SAG Awards.
The 2022 Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Awards took place today, and trust us when we say it was a jam-packed and star-studded event. Here are five of the biggest moments from the ceremony:
1. The amazing Helen Mirren won the Lifetime Achievement Award.
Actor Helen Mirren was recognised for her accomplishments, becoming the most decorated SAG Life Achievement recipient with a total of 13 SAG nominations and five SAG Actor wins to her name.
“Lifetime Achievement, that sounds so grand. I supposed I’m still alive so by that measure, I’m eligible,” Mirren joked to the audience.
“I’m simultaneously enormously proud, and yet I’m driven with the understanding that I absolutely do not deserve this. And there is this conflict that I believe you all understand: insecurity versus ego. That cocktail that I believe most actors sip in the evening as they contemplate the wonderful gift they received the moment they decided to become an actor.”
She concluded: “But honestly, any achievement that I’ve succeeded in is the result of my mantra, ‘Be on time and don’t be an ass’.”
2. There was an iconic Romy and Michele reunion.
25 years after the release of Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion, Lisa Kudrow and Mira Sorvino reunited on stage at the 2022 SAG Awards.
And it was everything we needed.
Stepping on stage to present the award for outstanding ensemble in comedy series, both Kudrow and Sorvino were wearing outfits that resembled their Romy and Michele days. Kudrow was in hot pink. Sorvino was in electric blue.
Lisa Kudrow and Mira Sorvino giving us this Romy and Michele reunion...in matching pink and blue! LOVE. pic.twitter.com/mVqvmO7Kx9— Spencer Althouse (@SpencerAlthouse) February 28, 2022
3. Naomi Watts’ red carpet debut with actor boyfriend.
Aussie actor Naomi Watts walked the red carpet alongside actor Billy Crudup who is best known for Almost Famous and The Morning Show.
There had been rumours for years that the pair were in a relationship, but it wasn’t until today that the pair decided to confirm they are together, making a ‘red carpet debut’.
They have been reportedly dating since starring together in the Netflix series Gypsy in 2017.
4. Michael Keaton was in the bathroom when we won a SAG Award.
The actor won the 2022 SAG Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Limited Series for his role in Dopesick.
But he didn’t immediately collect his award when his name was called out - because he was on the toilet.
Once he did accept the award, Keaton went on to give an incredible acceptance speech, dedicating the award to his family members that he has lost to the drug epidemic. You can listen to the beautiful speech here:
5. Troy Kotsur is the first deaf male actor to win a solo SAG Award.
To round off our SAG Awards recap, Troy Kotsur became the first deaf male actor to win a solo SAG Award. Kotsur won Best Supporting Male Actor for the film CODA.
"I'm so proud to be a member [of SAG]. I've been a member since 2001, and so now I finally feel like I'm part of the family," he signed in ASL, while his interpreter translated his words off camera.
He continued: "I know you all are artists, and I know you all know what it's like to be a starving actor. Back then I used to sleep in my car, I slept in my dressing room backstage, I couch-surfed and all of that. You feel me, right?" he continued. "So thank you so much."
Troy Kotsur Is Overcome with Emotion as He Makes History as First Deaf Male Actor to Win a SAG Award https://t.co/OxPQEmqiSK— People (@people) February 28, 2022
A teacher and former Miss Ukraine: Meet the civilians fighting for Ukraine.
As Russian forces continue to invade Ukraine, ordinary civilians have taken up arms to defend their country.
Former Miss Ukraine, Anastasiia Lenna, is one of them.
Last week, she shared an Instagram photo with a rifle in her arms, along with the hashtags "stand with Ukraine" and "hands off Ukraine".
Anastasiia joins other civilians, including a teacher, student, computer programmer and actor, in the fight against Russian troops.
In an emotional video shared by The New York Times, Julia, a Ukrainian teacher is shown with tears in her eyes as she waits to be deployed.
"I just want to live in our country that's all," she says, wiping her eyes.
When asked if she knows how to use a gun, Julia replied, "No, a little bit. We started to teach two days ago... It's awful."
"I just want to live in our country, and that's all." Julia, a teacher and Ukrainian volunteer, wept as she waited to be deployed to fight Russian troops around Kyiv on Saturday. "It's awful," she said. https://t.co/SbwaUeefty pic.twitter.com/cBwz7Tsvlh— The New York Times (@nytimes) February 28, 2022
Here's a look at just a few others who are putting their lives on the line.
"I’m Ready": Ukraine’s civilians take up arms as volunteer fighters armed with assault rifles patrolled central Kyiv on Friday, poised to defend their country.— The New York Times (@nytimes) February 26, 2022
Follow live updates. https://t.co/Rk8EBro5BB pic.twitter.com/STbUP29idm
5 ways to spot fake viral footage being mixed up in the real horror of Ukraine.
Amid the alarming images of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine over the past few days, millions of people have also seen misleading, manipulated or false information about the conflict on social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, TikTok and Telegram.
One example is this video of military jets posted to TikTok, which is historical footage but captioned as live video of the situation in Ukraine.
How is this fake content created and spread, what’s being done to debunk it, and how can you ensure you don’t fall for it yourself?
Exactly what to look out for as the situation in Ukraine fills our social media feeds. https://t.co/tYaepvHiOj— Mamamia (@Mamamia) February 28, 2022
What it's like for thousands of Aussies caught up in the QLD and NSW floods.
As emergency evacuations are underway in Queensland and NSW, here's a look at what it's like for the thousands of Aussies caught up in the floods.
In Lismore, NSW, photos on social media show locals evacuating their homes in boats, while others wait to be rescued.
In Queensland, flood water is inundating streets, backyards and shopping centres as residents from the state's southeast flee to safety.
Tragically, one man has died on the NSW Central coast while seven have lost their lives in Queensland.
If you would like to support those affected by the floods, GoFundMe has released a list of verified fundraisers you can get behind right here.
Major flooding emergency underway, and all the news you need to know this morning.
Morning friends! It's Monday February 28 and what a big weekend we had in news.
In case you missed it, we live blogged the two biggest news stories everyone was talking about this weekend; the unfolding situation in Ukraine and Queensland's severe floods. You can get yourself up to speed on Saturday and Sunday's blog.
Now, let's get you across the five biggest news stories making a buzz this morning.
1. Emergency evacuations underway in NSW, as 986 schools closed in QLD.
Floods and heavy rain continue to lash a long stretch of Australia's east coast, causing the biggest flooding emergency in more than a decade - with warnings it'll continue for days as the weather system heads south.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison visited Brisbane on Sunday, assuring residents recovery preparations are underway in the state, where six lives have already been lost.
"This is a serious natural ... flooding event that we are seeing impact right throughout everywhere from Bundaberg to the border," he said, adding that "the planning for the recovery has already begun".
Flooding on Sunday heavily affected Gympie, Maryborough, Sunshine Coast, Ipswich and Brisbane, while more than 900 schools will be closed in 13 local government areas.
⚠️🌧️ Severe Weather Warning continues for heavy to locally intense rain for #GoldCoast & southern #SEQ. Rain has eased in #Brisbane & to the north, but flood hazards will persist for at least the next few days. Major flooding continues. Details: https://t.co/FBmpsInT9o #QldFloods pic.twitter.com/N8eK6CtWcy— Bureau of Meteorology, Queensland (@BOM_Qld) February 27, 2022
Across the border, the NSW northern rivers and mid-north coast are also underwater.
Overnight the entire town of Lismore was ordered to evacuate, and there are a number of residents currently trapped in their homes with the SES unable to reach them.
2. Putin puts Russian nuclear forces on alert.
Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered his military command to put nuclear-armed forces on high alert as Ukrainian fighters defending the city of Kharkiv, confirmed they'd repelled an attack by invading Russian troops.
On Sunday, Putin ordered Russia's deterrence forces - a reference to units which include nuclear arms - onto high alert and cited aggressive statements by NATO leaders and economic sanctions imposed by the West.
"As you can see, not only do Western countries take unfriendly measures against our country in the economic dimension - I mean the illegal sanctions that everyone knows about very well - but also the top officials of leading NATO countries allow themselves to make aggressive statements with regards to our country," Putin said on state television.
Putin's order is part of a pattern of Moscow manufacturing threats to justify aggression, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said on Sunday.
"We've seen him do this time and time again. At no point has Russia been under threat from NATO, has Russia been under threat from Ukraine," Psaki said on ABC's This Week program.
Meanwhile, the Ukrainian president's office has confirmed negotiations between Kyiv and Moscow would be held at the Belarusian-Ukrainian border. They would meet without preconditions, it said.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced over the weekend that Australia will provide non-lethal military and medical aid to Ukraine through NATO, with support guided by requests from Kyiv.
3. Australians helping to coordinate escape attempts from Kyiv.
Australians have been trying to help families escape from Ukraine, as Russian troops draw closer to the capital city of Kyiv.
At least 64 civilians have been killed across Ukraine and more than 160,000 are on the move. Many others are locking down in their homes or underground in hotel carparks and subways.
Three days ago, Olha Lyeskakova rang her family in Ukraine from Sydney, told them to grab their money and documents and leave their home in Kyiv in the middle of the night as the Russian invasion began.
Since then, the Sydney resident has been co-ordinating her family's escape and, it's hoped, their flight to safety in Australia.
"It's madness what is going on. They are desperate, my mother is crying, my sister, everything she has earned in her life is in Kyiv," Lyeskakova told AAP.
Lyeskakova has applied for visas to get her family to Australia, but her case is under consideration by immigration authorities and made more complicated because her baby niece does not have any travel documents.
Meanwhile, NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet has offered spaces for potential Ukrainian refugees displaced by the invasion.
NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet says he is in discussions with the Prime Minister about accepting Ukrainian refugees and says NSW is prepared to "provide any support it can". #Ukraine pic.twitter.com/GFWloq8xwF— Tim Fernandez (@TimFernandezz) February 27, 2022
4. WA records more than a 1000 new COVID cases as free RATS handed out.
Western Australia has recorded more than 1000 daily cases of COVID-19 for the past three days, as the state hands out free rapid antigen tests to every household.
On Sunday, Premier Mark McGowan said Western Australia recorded 1027 new cases of COVID-19, including his own chief of staff.
McGowan also announced an initial 5.3 million free RATs will be made available to residents, with each household eligible for five tests.
WA households can now register to receive free Rapid Antigen Tests delivered to their home address. Each household is entitled to five individual tests.— WA Government (@WAGovernment) February 27, 2022
For more information about the WA Free Rat program, please visit: https://t.co/I7aegBcnDw pic.twitter.com/57vBXD2C5X
Elsewhere around the country, NSW recorded 6,014 daily COVID-19 cases and seven deaths on Sunday, while Victoria recorded 5,052 new cases and 17 deaths.
5. Aussie influencers no longer allowed to promote health products.
Australian influencers will soon be banned from promoting health products if they are paid or incentivised.
In a crackdown from the Therapeutic Goods administration, influencers will need to follow a new Therapeutic Goods Advertising Code from July 1.
The code applies to all medicines, medical devices, vitamins, supplements and general health products.
The Therapeutic Goods Administration is cracking down on influencers receiving payment for advertising health practices.https://t.co/N8RRtM4EtF— The Project (@theprojecttv) February 27, 2022
- With AAP.
The psychology of d*ck pics.
Have you ever received an unsolicited dick pic?
It seems hundreds of women and men all over the world are being sent pictures of someone's junk daily and despite many women saying they don't want to receive them, men continue to send them.
In this episode we look at the psychology of dick pics, why men send them and what they're hoping to get in return.
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