Lesbian couple demand equal fertility treatment from NHS – Channel 4 News


They just want to become mothers, but say they’re being discriminated against because of their sexuality.

YouTube stars Megan and Whitney have launched a campaign demanding equal fertility treatment – after they were told they’d have to pay up to £30,000 to a private clinic before they could get any help from the NHS.

Minnie Stephenson has been talking to lesbian couples about the growing demands to end what they see as a “gay tax”.



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Southern suburbs couple claim WA’s biggest Lotto win for 2020


A southern suburbs couple has collected WA’s biggest Lotto prize for 2020, claiming a division one win in last night’s $30 million OZ Lotto jackpot.

Their ticket is now worth a whopping $7.5 million.

After seeing on the news that the winning ticket was sold at Nova Newsagency in Perth, the wife “had a feeling” it could be them.

“I enjoy EVERY day”: WA Lotto winner tells all

The Hay Street store is where she buys their weekly tickets.

“My wife said she was going to stop buying OZ Lotto and Powerball and just buy Saturday Lotto, because we’d had a run of numbers nowhere close to winning,” the husband said.

“I told her to hold off on that for now – and two weeks later, we won.”

In his 60s, the retired driver said the win would not change their lives but would significantly change the lives of their family and friends.

“They’ll all get a substantial amount, but for now just my wife and I will celebrate by having a drink on the deck at Coco’s,” he said.

Lotterywest spokesperson Hermione Coleman said it was heartwarming to hear the winnings would be shared.

“It’s a common story with our winners that family and friends also benefit from a Lotto win,” she said.

“As well as our winners sharing their financial joy, $1.5 million was raised during Oz Lotto’s jackpot run, which will go towards supporting the WA community.”

The ticket was one of four that matched up the seven winning numbers across the nation and was the largest OZ Lotto win for WA this calendar year after a man won $5.8 million in a July draw.

WA players have another chance to win big in next weekend’s Million Yeah Saturday where up to 10 players can win $1 million.



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Warwickshire: Bodies of elderly couple found inside house in Nuneaton | UK News



The bodies of a man and a woman in their 80s have been found at a house in Warwickshire.

Police are currently treating the deaths as unexplained after being called to the property in Bucks Hill, Nuneaton, at 3.49pm on Sunday.

Detective Inspector Carl Buckley said: “This is a tragic incident and our thoughts are with the family of the couple.

“At this time there are no obvious signs of any suspicious behaviour, however we are keeping an open mind.

“A post-mortem is planned and this should help give us a better picture of what happened.

“There will be a high police presence in the area today as we work to piece together what has happened.

“I’d urge anyone who saw the couple in the last few days or has any information that could help us to get in touch.”

Anyone with information should contact police by dialling 101, quoting incident 235 of 15 November.



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‘We finally feel at home’: The couple behind popular Canberra store Trilogy Skateboards | The Canberra Times


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They met at the Queanbeyan skate park when they were just teenagers. Today, Irene and Dave Donoghoe are married with a thriving business, Trilogy Skateboards, which opened in a new home last weekend on Lonsdale Street, Braddon, after operating in various other locations in Canberra and Queanbeyan over the last 14 years. The couple says COVID-19 presented them with some unbelievable challenges, including forcing them to retreat initially from bricks-and-mortar to take the business online. But the pandemic, in a way, also helped to lead them to where they always wanted to be, in the heart of a community like Braddon. “We’ve always wanted our own independent store and to have our own freedom. It’s taken us 14 years to get here,” Dave said. Trilogy Skateboards had previously been in the Canberra Centre for eight years before COVID-19 hit and the bottom fell out of a lot of small business as lockdowns were enforced. Dave, 37, said the Canberra Centre wanted to move them to a new location. “They wouldn’t cut as a deal, pretty much. So we had to make the call straight away, whether we were going to close up for good or keep trading,” he said. “So we made an online store within a week, moved all of our stock, everything out of the Canberra Centre and moved it into a mate’s warehouse in Hume. “Then we drove around town and delivered everything ourselves for the last eight months.” Irene said those eight months consolidated their Canberra customer base. “Skateboarding was one of the few sports that could continue during COVID because all the team sports shut down,” she said. “Skateboarding has had a bit of a boom, actually, during COVID. Our main issue, now, has been getting stock in, because there’s been a global increase.” Irene, 32, said the support of the Canberra community had been phenomenal during COVID-19. “Even though we didn’t have a shop, they still knew us and still ordered from us. They just got us through that tough time until we found a new shop,” she said. They had a soft opening of the store in Lonsdale Street last Saturday, only putting up an Instagram post the night before telling people they were back. “It was like one of our busiest days ever,” Irene said. The shop had also been in the Tuggeranong Hyperdome and in Queanbeyan as well as pop-ups before it moved to Braddon, on a five-year lease and much lower rent than the Canberra Centre. “We were worried we wouldn’t be cool enough because it’s such a trendy area,” Irene said, with a laugh. “But to be honest, even in the first few days, we feel more comfortable here than any other shop. All the other shops are independent and everyone is really nice and welcoming.” The couple, who both grew up in Queanbeyan, said skateboarding is their passion. “Skating has gone through highs and lows and was on a low for pretty much the whole time we’ve had the business but, all of a sudden, has just peaked,” Dave said. “We used to have to rely on the clothing and the shoes and all the other knick-knacks. Now, we can support ourselves pretty much by selling the skateboards and hardware.” MORE FROM MEGAN DOHERTY: Irene said she started skateboarding with two female friends. They used to enter competitions and always won a place because no other girls were competing. But now she is seeing more girls get involved. “Boys often go through a skating phase, but it wasn’t something girls did,” she said. “But we’ve probably been selling just as many skateboards to girls as boys these days.” Dave said he had an interesting start to skateboarding. “One of my friends had a skateboard and they’d just built a brand-new skatepark in Queanbeyan. I had a go on his board, and from that moment, I was like ‘This is the most amazing thing ever’,” he said. “I remember I went to the park on my cousin’s old Kmart board. First thing I did, rolling down the hip, I didn’t know how to stop, hit the pyramid and launched over the pyramid, and knocked out my front tooth and broke my wrist. I got back up and I went ‘I still really like doing this, this is amazing’. “So went to Canberra Hospital, got my tooth fixed, my wrist healed, and I’ve never looked back. “I’ve made so many friends. And it really put me on the right direction for life. It keeps you young forever.”

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Canberra couple reunited after COVID-19 and illness separate them for seven months


In March of this year, Canberra couple Anthony and Desiree Caira said goodbye to each other in the United Kingdom, as Desiree headed home.

Anthony was planning to stay a little longer, but they expected to see each other again within weeks.

They had no idea it would actually be seven months, and that there would be times when they would wonder if Anthony would survive long enough to make it.

Yesterday evening, they were finally reunited at Canberra Airport, thanks to a repatriation flight organised by the Australian Government.

When the moment came at the arrivals gate, there was just a silent hug.

“I just didn’t know when I was going to see him again,” Desiree said.

Class action lawsuit launches

Anthony and Desiree travelled to the United Kingdom to attend the Infected Blood Inquiry hearings.(Supplied)

Born with a severe form of haemophilia, Anthony was given a blood transfusion as a teen that was later revealed to be infected with Hepatitis C and B.

The error proved catastrophic for him and he then endured years of treatments for both infections, including receiving chemotherapy.

In March this year, Anthony travelled with his wife to the UK to attend a hearing brought about a class action lawsuit made up of more than 1,000 people who were injected with infected blood.

Many of them were haemophiliacs who contracted HIV and strains of hepatitis as a result of the transfusions.

When the couple parted ways so that Desiree could return home to her children and her job, Anthony’s health was under control.

But it began to deteriorate as the number of flights home also rapidly disappeared due to the escalating pandemic.

He soon realised he was stuck overseas.

Gravely ill in isolation

As the pandemic continued to worsen, Anthony began suffering from hepatitis flare-ups and was told he would have to quarantine amid the growing crisis.

He spent five months isolated from the world, only speaking to others via phone or video call.

Anthony sits on a hospital bed, wearing a face mask.
Anthony in a UK hospital after spending weeks recovering from flare-ups of hepatitis he suffered in isolation.(Supplied)

Social services were unable to visit often, and with limited mobility he struggled to care for himself.

He became gravely ill, but doctors resisted bringing him to hospitals riddled with coronavirus patients.

“I was in an Airbnb and the hospital preferred me to stay in that Airbnb and really, to starve and dehydrate, because that was less risky than the hospital,” he said.

When he finally was brought in, he was not only very sick with hepatitis and the effects of haemophilia, but also severely malnourished.

Repatriation flight offers first hope in months

After weeks regaining his strength in two different hospitals, Anthony was cleared to travel, but flights to Australia remained scarce.

He booked one for mid-November, paying $3,500 for the one-way trip, and hoped it would not be cancelled.

But unexpectedly, in mid-October an email came through from the Australian Government.

He had been given a seat on a repatriation flight scheduled to arrive in Darwin on October 23.

There was a light at the end of the tunnel.

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Anthony and Desiree have been married for nine years.(Supplied)

Desiree, at home in Australia, said he sounded incredulous on the phone when he had finally made his way through immigration and was handed his boarding pass.

“He was in shock,” she said.

Anthony described the flight as one full of excited people anxious to return home, but aware of the continuing risk of coronavirus infection.

“I was surrounded by about four families with babies, and to be honest I was worried about the babies and I was just trying to breathe down,” he said.

“We were all wearing masks and any movements I did I tried to make them as minimal as possible.

Relieved his flight had arrived without a hiccup, Desiree said she remained on edge, knowing Anthony would have to remain in quarantine for another two weeks.

It was the last chapter in what has been a tortuous ordeal.

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Anthony and Desiree were reunited after seven months apart on Friday.(ABC News: Peta Doherty)

“Along the way it’s been not so much the getting him home that’s been the biggest issue for me, it’s trying to cope with the fact that he is very vulnerable to COVID and that he could understandably get it very easily if he was in a hospital,” she said.

“Lots of people have said, ‘he could have come home earlier’, but obviously in his circumstances he absolutely could not, he wasn’t well enough to fly.

Anthony spent 14 days in quarantine at the Howard Springs facility in Darwin before leaving for Canberra.

He praised the treatment he received there.

“It’s like a tiny little holiday camp,” he said.

“It’s an incredible achievement and they really couldn’t do more for people.”

When they finally met at Canberra Airport, it was an elated and emotional homecoming, one they had often questioned would come at all.

Anthony said he was reminded of the first time he saw his wife.

“The very first time I saw Desiree, I was gone,” he said.

Their first plan was to take a drive up to Mount Ainslie to take in the view and enjoy a picnic.

“I’m just so glad I was born here,” Anthony said.



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Filipino couple braves stormy weather, wades through flood to make it to wedding


By: Trends Desk | New Delhi |

October 27, 2020 8:51:32 pm





The couple and their relatives crossed a flooded river to attend the ceremony. (Josephine Bohol Sabanal/ Facebook)

Nothing could stop this young couple in love from tying the knot — not even a tropical typhoon. Wading through muddy floodwaters, a couple in the Philippines reached the church on their special day, braving all odds to say ‘I Do’. Now, photos of the bride and groom along with the guests are going viral across social media sites.

The couple from the remote areas of Mabinay, Negros Oriental, were seen all dressed for the special occasion and wading in knee-deep water to reach the church for their nuptials, earlier this week. Amid heavy rainfall and stormy weather before Typhoon Quinta (Molave) made a landfall, the pair didn’t want to postpone their wedding.

Ronil Guillipa and Jeziel Masuela, dressed in a wedding gown and suit, were photographed walking through water folding their clothes but underrated by the weather, donning bright smiles as they went to the church. Even their relatives and guests braved the floodwaters just to witness the couple profess their love to each other, Philippine Star reported.

Josephine Sabanal, the bride’s relative, shared the images of the couple crossing the Luyang River, which was flooded at that time due to heavy showers. According to CNN Philippines, Sabanal added that the wedding started late and that the wedding party had to stay inside the church after the ceremony because of the downpour.

The groom told local 24 Oras that he was scared at first because he thought his bride-to-be would not go through with the ceremony due to the flood. However, for the bride, “her love for Ronil is bigger than the flood.”

The strong typhoon affected several areas of the country, displacing thousands of people, leaving several fishermen missing and causing at least six vessels to sink or run aground in storm-tossed waters, officials said.

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Couple had £12,000 under stairs after running booming cocaine business from home


A couple were found with £12,000 cash hidden under their stairs after running a booming cocaine business from their home.

Stephen Knight, 29, and girlfriend Kara Pope, 30, led a street dealing operation from the house they shared with their child.

Police raided the property and found £12,000 under the stairs along with another £3,000 around the house.

A court heard the pair, who had been “dealing in death”, were also caught with £2,000 of cocaine.



Stephen ‘dominated’ his girlfriend Kara, the court heard

Prosecutor Paul Hewitt said the crimes took place between June and August in Abertillery, South Wales.

He said: “Knight played the significant part and it was primarily his operation, but Pope was involved in a supporting role.”

Cardiff Crown Court heard the couple both pleaded guilty to the supply of cocaine and cannabis.



A stash of cocaine was found

Knight also admitted possession of cocaine and cannabis with intent to supply.

Judge Recorder Greg Bull QC, said: “You were dealing in death.

“You were street dealers of drugs in your home town and you both played a part in a profitable business.



Piles of cash were recovered from the couple’s home

“The nature of your success was reflected in the fact that you had more than £15,000 in cash at your home.

“Class A drugs kill and cocaine leads to other drugs.

“Knight, you knew what you were doing and it was highly successful and you dominated your girlfriend.”



Stephen Knight has been jailed

Knight was jailed for two years and four months.

Pope was handed a two-year suspended sentence and must carry out 200 hours of unpaid work.

They will both face Proceeds of Crime Act proceedings in the new year.

After the hearing, PC Lewis Iles said: “We welcome this sentence which we hope sends a message to those involved in this type of criminality that we will not tolerate the supply of drugs in our communities.

“The Blaenau Gwent neighbourhood enforcement team will continue to take action and bring offenders before the courts.

“I would urge anyone with any information about the supply of drugs to get in contact.”





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Accountant Scott Fleay tells court the millions he received from wealthy couple were gifts or loans


A trusted Perth accountant accused of stealing millions from one of his “fabulously wealthy” clients to subsidise his upmarket lifestyle has testified the money was either loaned to him to buy property or given to him as a gift.

Scott Fleay, 52, was giving evidence to the WA District Court where he has been on trial for the past week on 25 charges of stealing more than $4 million from immigrants Ghassan ‘Gus’ Jabado and his late wife Maria.

The court has heard Mr Fleay, a former Peppermint Grove shire councillor, was the couple’s accountant when in 2006 they sold the chicken farm they had run for 31 years for $28 million.

Mr Jabado was originally from Lebanon while his wife was Italian, and the court was told the couple relied on advice from their accountants because neither could not write English very well nor understand complex legal documents.

It is alleged that over the next five years, after being given enduring power of attorney over the Jabado’s finances, Fleay channelled money from their accounts into bank accounts controlled by him, and used the funds for his own purposes.

That included helping Mr Fleay and his family buy two multi-million dollar properties in Perth’s upmarket western suburbs and an $80,000 car.

Gus Jabado and his wife established a chicken farm after arriving in Australia in 1969.(ABC News: Cy Millington )

In his evidence on Friday, Mr Fleay testified that while his relationship with the Jabados had started out as professional, over the years it “blurred” into what he described as one that was “more personal in nature”.

He said Mr Jabado would call him “my boy” and seek advice from him about business deals and property.

“I guess I was like his personal assistant and he involved me in more and more of his dealings,” he said.

‘Not the smartest thing I’ve done’

Mr Fleay said he would receive “gifts” from the Jabados of up to $20,000 and estimated that between 2005 and 2010 he received $200,000 to $300,000.

At the time, he was earning about $300,000 a year from his accountancy job.

Mr Fleay said it “did not strike him as a concern” as it was happening, but in hindsight, he described it as “probably not the best thing to do”.

“It was probably not the smartest thing I’ve done,” he told the court.

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The District Court was told the Jabados were born overseas and could not write English very well.(ABC News: David Weber)

Mr Fleay also detailed two $2 million “loans” he received from the Jabados to help buy two western suburbs properties — one in Peppermint Grove in 2007 and one in Cottelsoe in 2008.

He said the first loan happened after he told Mr Jabado he was going to get a bridging loan from the bank.

He testifed Mr Jabado said to him, “Why do you want to do that? The banks are a bunch of c**ts”, before saying “My boy, we have the money, we can lend it to you and we’re not out of pocket”.

Mr Fleay said he initially refused, but Mr Jabado became agitated and said, “Isn’t our money good enough for you?”

They then discussed the loan having an interest rate of 6 per cent, before they drew up an “acknowledgement of debt” document, which Mr Fleay said was kept by Mr Jabado.

He said the second “loan” in 2008 to buy the property in Cottesloe was added to the document, despite Mr Jabado telling him he did not like the suburb and could not understand why he wanted to live there.

The charges against Mr Fleay include allegations he stole sums of money from the Jabados that were meant to be donated to charities, including Telethon and Sliver Chain, however in his evidence he denied ever doing that.

The court has heard the accusations first surfaced in late 2010, which the defence says is when Mr Jaabado found out — after his wife’s death — that Mr Fleay had been helping her access money from her account.

‘He ripped up and ate’ the evidence

Mr Fleay testified that Mrs Jabado asked him to help her give money to her nephew, despite her husband “absolutely loathing” her family.

He said he would transfer funds from Mrs Jabado’s account to his own account, and then withdraw it and give her the cash in an envelope when her husband was not around.

He told the court that each time she would sign and date a document he had drawn up stating, “I Maria Jabado have requested Scott Fleay to take money for me without the knowledge of Gus Jabado”.

However Mr Fleay said could not now produce that document as evidence.

When asked why, he said it was because Mr Jabado had “eaten” it.

He said when he went to see Mr Jabado on Boxing Day 2010, he tried to produce the document but Mr Jabado accused him of fraud, saying his wife would never have done that.

“He took it, ripped it up and ate it,” he said.

Mr Fleay said during the meeting Mr Jabado’s voice was extremely loud and he described himself as being “scared and frightened”.

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Defence lawyer Simon Freitag SC says the accusations against his client are a form of “payback”.(ABC News: Hugh Sando)

He denies doing anything illegal, with his lawyer Simon Freitag SC claiming the court case was “payback” for his client “betraying” Mr Jabado by going behind his back.

Mr Freitag described the Jabados as “fabulously wealthy” and Mr Fleay as also “well off”, but he maintained there was “no fraudulent intent” by his client in what he did.

The court has heard Mr Fleay has repaid all the money to Mr Jabado plus interest.



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Tanishq: Jewellery ad on interfaith couple withdrawn after outrage


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43-second ad – promoting a jewellery line called “Ekatvam” (Hindi word for unity) – has been taken down from Tanishq’s social media channels. The company has not yet responded to the BBC’s request for a response.





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