Aussie music prodigy The Kid Laroi, 17, has set a new record as the youngest Australian artist with a number one album on the ARIA charts, eclipsing Delta Goodrem’s record that has stood for longer than he’s been alive.
Laroi, born Charlton Howard on August 17, 2003, has also become just the second Indigenous artist with a number one ARIA album (Dr G. Yunupingu’s posthumous 2018 album Djarimirri is the other).
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Delta Goodrem’s debut album Innocent Eyes hit number one after releasing in March 2003, when she was 18.
Laroi said his new status at the top of the ARIA charts is “insane”.
“Number one in my own country means more to me than anything in the world,” the now LA-based Laroi said.
“Thank you to everyone who has supported me and been with me through all of this. I love you all and I can’t wait to see you all again soon,” the teen added.
In a message to Twitter followers Laroi said one of his biggest goals has been “to show the rest of the world what Australia has to offer, and how much raw and unseen talent that we have. It’s not an overnight process, but I can feel it slowly happening,” he said.
It’s the beginning of a new run of records on the chart.
Before this week the number one album was the soundtrack for hit television show Bluey, the first time a children’s album has reached the number one.
In a fitting twist it’s now been replaced by one from an artist who is himself technically still a child.
The album now at number one on the ARIA charts is a deluxe edition of Laroi’s mixtape F*CK LOVE released in July last year, which has delivered hits like Tell Me Why, So Done and Without You.
The deluxe release featured production from fellow Aussies like Khaled Rohaim, Haan, Keanu Beats and JOY, and also peaked at number three on the US Billboard charts, racking up more than a billion streams on Spotify.
Laroi was born in Sydney but spent time growing up in Broken Hill before moving back to the Waterloo area. A mural of him by street artist Scott Marsh now sits on Chapel Lane in the suburb.
He is signed to Chicago rapper Lil Bibby’s Grade A Productions label under Sony Music, which also counts Delta Goodrem as an artist under the Epic Records label.
His label boss congratulated him with a message on Instagram.
“Whole country behind you kid, keep making your people proud,” Lil Bibby wrote, to which Laroi responded with love heart and Australian flag emojis.
But he just couldn’t shake The Karate Kid. And neither, it seems, could its legion of fans, who began to conjure up alternative histories of the film: What if Danny wasn’t the hero? What if Danny was the villain who bullied the rich, floppy-haired Johnny Lawrence (played by William Zabka), from the Cobra Kai dojo? What if everything you ever knew about The Karate Kid was wrong?
The fan theory became so popular that writers and Karate Kid obsessives Josh Heald, Jon Hurwitz, and Hayden Schlossberg pitched a show that was centred on Lawrence’s point of view, where the rich bad boy was now a fiftysomething wastrel still tormented by the All Valley loss, while LaRusso was a successful car salesman who boasts “we kick the competition”. The two reconnect when Lawrence decides to reopen the Cobra Kai dojo and LaRusso tries to stop him.
The rest is history. The first two seasons of Cobra Kai appeared on YouTube Red in 2018 and 2019, but it wasn’t until Netflix scooped it up and it premiered on the streaming service in September last year that, to use a phrase popular in the show, Cobra Kai struck hard. It shot to the top of the Netflix rankings in the US, as well as in Australia and the UK.
The wax was back on, so to speak. So why did Macchio run back to what he had been trying to escape? Well, for that we have to look to another ’80s champ: Rocky Balboa.
“For 30 years, I heard many, many ideas,” he says. “And they were all short-sighted, either one joke ideas or big eye rolls. And then after Pat Morita passed away [in 2005], we lost that component of going back to LaRusso’s life, there was never a tie-in that made sense.
“When [Heald, Hurwitz and Schlossberg] brought this to me, I’m pretty sure I was the last one to come to the party, because I was the most resistant. Because the show is Cobra Kai, it sees the world through the eyes of Johnny Lawrence, at least at the onset.
“[Rocky spin-off] Creed had just been released, probably about six or eight months before then. And that was sort of a glimpse into how to take a franchise like Rocky and come in from another perspective. You’re not making Rocky VII, you’re making Creed. And Rocky Balboa then finds his way in that world of where he fits.”
Now 59, and still ridiculously baby-faced, Macchio says the success of Cobra Kai has “exceeded all expectations” and he’s right. So much of Cobra Kai shouldn’t work – LaRusso is a smug git, Lawrence is a charismatic mess stuck in the ’80s and REO Speedwagon is unironically on the soundtrack – but somehow it does. In my first sitting, I inhaled five episodes in a row, giggling at the old film clips, another sensible school teacher friend admitted to watching it “embarrassingly fast”, and then a very chic journalist friend in Paris said she had a crush on Zabka.
What was going on? Do we all just want to be 10 years old again?
“I call it comfort food,” says Macchio. “It’s the best dish your grandmother ever made that reminded you of a simpler time. And in the case of Cobra Kai, I hear that a lot from the original fans who saw the movie in the ’80s, or watched it on television in the ’90s or in the early 2000s. They feel that slice of nostalgia. That’s the best apple pie ever, you know?
“But also, as far as the stories and characters go, we’re good. They struck a chord. And maybe it reminds us of a simpler time, certainly in the current climate of the world. Certainly here in the US. It’s really been well embraced.”
The other reason Cobra Kai works is because it’s a top-shelf case study in how to reboot a franchise: it respects the original, surprises the audience and it finds enough grey areas in its old characters to give them new life. Essentially, it takes The Karate Kid lore – but not itself – seriously.
It was the grey areas that interested Macchio the most when he again picked up LaRusso, who fluctuates between the good guy of old and revelling in Lawrence’s misfortune. However, he was also mindful of not trashing The Karate Kid’s legacy (Macchio stands by the controversial crane kick at the end of The Karate Kid).
“It was not easy for me to dive fully in,” says Macchio of LaRusso’s jerkier aspects. “Sometimes I would say, ‘OK, I see this line is written specifically to gain sympathy for who was the antagonist’ – flip the script, you know? So there was always the push and pull with the writers … It’s kind of fun to play both sides of that as long as the audience sees both of these characters have good intentions.”
While seasons one and two of Cobra Kai focused more on Lawrence’s shambolic side of the story, season three sees LaRusso returning to Okinawa, the traditional home of Miyagi-do. And unlike in The Karate Kid II, where Hawaii was swapped in for Okinawa, this time Macchio actually travelled to Japan.
“It was like a long weekend, sort of like going to Australia for tea one afternoon,” says Macchio, laughing. “It’s around the other side of the planet. We left on a Monday, were back on a Friday and you cross that dateline, you don’t know where you are.
“But it felt close to having the essence of Pat Morita and Mr Miyagi in the show. We got there, you know? It’s like putting the flag on the moon. It was a nice big box to check.”
Season three of Cobra Kai screens on Netflix from January 1.
Louise is Editor of S and TV Liftout at The Sun-Herald. She also hosts the SMH and Age podcast The Televisionaries.
The 19-year-old won the Formula Renault Eurocup title in 2019 before moving up to F3 last year, taking the title in a nail-biting final race of the season at Mugello.
Piastri described himself as ”super excited” to be with the team.
”We had a very successful 2020 season and Prema has proven to be the team to beat once again in F2 this year, so I’m extremely happy to be moving into the championship with them.”
René Rosin, Prema’s Team Principal, said of Piastri: “Not only he is a talented racer with outstanding speed skills. He has a clear understanding of the complexities of today’s motorsports and he is extremely adaptable.
”Having witnessed his progress and success throughout the 2020 season, taking our relationship to the next step for the 2021 FIA Formula 2 Championship felt like the natural thing to do and we look forward to having him on-track right from Bahrain.”
But during the raging coronavirus pandemic, from which at least 257,072 Americans have died, Ola High School had no plans to host a mass gathering of singing and sweating teenagers. So parents in the town about 35 miles south of Atlanta did it themselves, with few precautions, on Nov. 14.
Photos on social media show students wearing bronzer and hoop earrings. Boys wore rented tuxedos and boutonnières to match their dates’ blue satin. Bright green homecoming court sashes sat draped across sequin dresses and giant crowns rested atop loose curls.
“It’s my daughter’s senior year, so I hosted a dance,” one parent, Beth Knight, told The Daily Beast over Facebook messenger. “It was terrific.”
“We sold over 300 tickets, but only about 250 kids actually showed up because they were warned by teachers and coaches that they should not attend because of the virus,” Knight added. “The kids who came had fun.”
A trawl of social media accounts linked to the event—with not a mask in sight—appeared to confirm that. It was just the latest in a laundry list of weddings, dances, religious gatherings, and concerts that appeared to flout public health guidance as pandemic fatigue set in across the country. Couples, parents, and church leaders have gathered in crowds together despite months of repeated messages from authorities about masks and hand-washing and distancing—and warnings about an impending, deadly holiday surge in COVID-19 cases.
“Dancing it off,” one apparent attendee posted on Instagram, squatting in front of a wall, with students in black and red dresses behind him. “This do be our last hoco,” wrote another student. (“Hoco” appears to be the vogue term for “homecoming.”)
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Last week, The Daily Beast reported that parents at a school in Rolla, Missouri, threw a homecoming dance for up to 200 students in that community. As infections spread in the aftermath of the event, the school was forced to return to fully remote learning, and the public health department fell significantly behind in its contact-tracing efforts.
When asked on Monday if she feared that her own event could turn into a “superspreader,” creating a pre-Thanksgiving surge of cases in McDonough, Knight seemed to take issue with the question.
“It seems the liberals and the Democrats want to keep the virus agenda front and center,” she told The Daily Beast. “The conservatives, on the other hand, are ready to embrace freedom again. This whole virus plandemic scamdemic has totally ruined 2020. The media [is] paralyzing people with fear so they will do mail-in ballots to rig an election. They succeeded in election fraud. The election is over. People need to stop bowing down to the virus. Forcing people to wear masks is a crime.”
“The dance was nine days ago,” Knight continued. “I have not heard of anyone testing positive who attended the dance. Kids need to have some normalcy to help with anxiety and depression. Don’t you agree?”
Knight was unwilling to list any COVID precautions taken by organizers of the dance. This appeared to be consistent with posts on her Facebook page in the days surrounding the event, which featured a #burnthemask hashtag, along with allegations that “making kids wear masks is child abuse.” She also shared a post arguing that the top infectious disease expert in the country, Dr. Anthony Fauci, “should be in prison.”
Two students who said they were in student leadership at Ola High School spoke to The Daily Beast on Monday under the condition of anonymity. The pair said they helped plan the dance but were afraid that press coverage would “ruin” their football team’s efforts to compete in one last game of the season on Friday.
“I’m going to cry,” one of the students said in a phone interview.
“For senior year, any event that’s been cancelled, I’ve been doing everything I can to have that event, even if it’s outside of school,” added the student. “None of the football players went, so that, just in case, they could play in the playoffs.” (Of course, any number of dance attendees could have infected members of the football team or others in the community in the days afterward.)
With help from parents and classmates, the students found a venue, hired a DJ, and planned a list of precautions. Those precautions, the students said, included a COVID waiver with safety information, contactless temperature readings on-site, optional masks, hand sanitizers, and pre-packaged food.
Phone messages and emails left for the high school’s administrators were not returned on Monday, but a statement from JD Hardin, executive director of communications at Henry County School District, confirmed on Monday that “school leaders did hear of the private, non-school affiliated party.” Hardin, however, would not clarify whether school administrators were aware of it before it took place, as one student told The Daily Beast on Monday.
“This was a private party and in no way sanctioned/sponsored by the school or the school district,” said Hardin. “Henry County Schools continues to adhere to the guidelines and protocols set forth by the CDC, Department of Public Health, and local medical professionals. All guidelines and protocols have been incorporated into our board of education-approved, district-adopted guidelines and response plans. We continue to remind everyone in our community the important role they play in mitigating any spread of COVID-19 by wearing a mask, washing hands, and watching the distance between individuals.”
As for how many students at the high school have COVID-19, Hardin said one student was reported as being infected the week of Nov. 9-13 and another was reported for the week of Nov. 16-20.
The largest hospital in the area, Piedmont Henry, stopped responding to The Daily Beast’s emails seeking an interview with hospital administrators after a spokesperson learned what the story was about. The mayor of McDonough, Georgia, did not respond to multiple requests for comment on Monday.
“I didn’t want to see a tradition that we’ve had for over 20 years taken away,” one of the students told The Daily Beast. “I wanted to see kids that have been doing nothing for eight months experience some joy.”
The other student, also a senior, said: “There were a lot of people against us, but we had a lot more support than critics. Our tradition at our school runs very deeply.”
That much appeared to be true. There were at least 10 parent chaperones, the students said, and others proudly posted about their children or grandchildren attending the event on Facebook.
Tony Sargent, a 48-year-old native of the McDonough area, said his son, a senior, “had a great night” at the dance and that he wasn’t worried about it. Sargent said he believed COVID transmission wasn’t something his son needed to be worried about because it has more severe effects on older people than it does on teenagers.
While the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention notes that most children infected with COVID-19 have mild symptoms, “some children can get severely ill from COVID-19,” including requiring hospitalization. In rare cases, teens have died from the virus.
“There was massive interest in an event like this,” said Sargent. “Obviously not everybody went, so I guess if somebody had a problem they just didn’t go.”
A viral pandemic makes things a bit more complicated than that. And as for the idea that the dance had seemingly gone off without epidemiological incident, the health department wasn’t so sure.
“We are seeing an increase pretty much everywhere,” Hayla Folden, spokesperson for Georgia’s District 4 Public Health, which covers Henry County, told The Daily Beast.
“If you give it to the end of the week, we may be able to link some cases to this event,” added Folden, noting that it would have been difficult to trace before, considering the department wasn’t even aware of the mass gathering until asked about it. “We’re continuing to see higher numbers of cases in Henry County, but they also have the highest population in our district.”
As of Monday, the county had 8,262 cases and 133 deaths, according to the Johns Hopkins University Coronavirus Resource Center. About 609 of those cases were diagnosed in just the last two weeks, Folden explained.
To be clear, the COVID-19 data out of Georgia has come under intense scrutiny since the pandemic began, with experts in July claiming that Gov. Brian Kemp’s administration presented the state’s coronavirus dashboard data in a way that made it appear healthier than it was. One local magazine called the ensuing distrust in the state’s numbers “a disaster,” with others calling the numbers “a lie” designed to make a reopening look safer than it actually was.
Folden acknowledged that folks in many areas of her district have been reluctant to wear masks, and have been vocal about COVID fatigue. But she said it’s another thing entirely to throw a large, non-distanced event.
“It is frustrating when our staff are working around the clock to contact-trace and test. We know it doesn’t just affect older people. It can affect everyone. It’s a pretty personal illness. Having had it myself, it attacks everyone just a little bit different,” said Folden.
Now, according to the students interviewed by The Daily Beast on Monday, others at neighboring schools have reached out to see how they can throw similar parties in the coming weeks, which they called “winter balls.”
“We all deserved a dance,” said one of the seniors interviewed by The Daily Beast. “We’ve been trying to help them.”
Unsurprisingly, Folden had one single piece of advice for parents thinking about throwing parties like this: “Please don’t. Please. Don’t.”
“There’s no way to know if one healthy teenager is going to be OK and one healthy teenager is going to end up in the hospital,” said Folden, who is based out of LaGrange, Georgia. “That is just too much of a risk.”
“We have encouraged people not to do this,” Folden said of the homecoming dance. “Policing is a bit more difficult. The only thing we would be able to do, if we were aware, is ask state patrol to make a drop-in visit, and—if the governor’s executive order is not being enforced, then they could assist us in asking people to close that down.”
“But again,” said Folden, “we can’t even do that if we don’t know it’s happening.”
As the Storm marched onto their bus bound for Brisbane ahead of Saturday night’s 36-24 qualifying final win over Parramatta at Suncorp Stadium, supporters at the club’s Sunshine Coast base made a guard of honour to wish them well.
Among the fans was Bellamy’s grandson but Smith showed him no love at all, casually plucking a lollipop out of the unsuspecting youngster’s hand as he strolled past.
The problem — apart from the bleeding obvious of Smith bringing the little fella to tears — was the Storm utility was unaware he had a camera trained on him, which captured his every move.
It’s why the New Zealand hooker was forced to wear headgear during a live TV interview on Nine’s 100% Footy on Monday night, because he was declared “goose of the week” for his cold-blooded crime.
“They had a little wall for us before we got on the bus to go away for our trip to play at Suncorp,” Smith said.
“I thought I’d get one up on Bellamy and I stole his grandson’s lollipop.
“I didn’t know the camera was watching us and when I stole the lollipop he started crying and everyone saw it.”
Melbourne sent the vision of Smith’s sin to Nine and it was played for footy fans everywhere to see.
Smith said life in the “bubble” isn’t too taxing because Storm players and staff are relaxing in the Queensland sunshine while Melburnians have suffered through lockdown during a bitter Victorian winter.
He’s hopeful his side can win the premiership as a way of lifting the spirits of fans who have been among those Australians most affected by COVID-19.
Melbourne have this weekend off before playing a preliminary final the following week for a spot in the grand final.
Seven years ago, Hayley Silver-Holmes was taking selfies with Australian cricket star Ellyse Perry.
Now, the kid from Bowen Mountain is getting ready to play her third WBBL season alongside her old sporting idol at the Sydney Sixers.
But even today, Silver-Holmes admitted that she can’t believe she gets to call Perry a teammate.
“I’ve idolised her since I started (playing cricket), the person she is, how great of a sportswoman she is, I’ve always wanted to be like her, to play with her is something special,” Silver-Holmes said.
Perry said that Silver-Holmes has impressed her since she debuted for the Sixers as a 15-year-old back in 2018.
“She’s an incredibly talented cricketer who possesses a level of maturity and understanding about her bowling that is beyond her years,” Perry said.
“It’s also a wonderful opportunity for our club and Cricket NSW to play a continued role in Hayley’s development. She has the potential to be a world class T20 bowler.”
In her first two WBBL seasons, Silver-Holmes played 28 matches and claimed nine wickets.
Last year, the 16-year-old became the second youngest NSW Breaker to debut in the Women’s National Cricket League.
Silver-Holmes said she is excited to continue developing her game under the guidance of Perry and the Sixers.
“It’s unreal to be playing, getting signed for my third and fourth season, it’s an exciting time for women’s cricket coming up and I’m glad to be part of it” Silver-Holmes said.
After watching her former teammate 18-year-old Annabel Sutherland debut for Australia during this year’s T20I tri-series, Silver-Holmes said she is determined to take her game to another level this summer.
“I played with Annabel in South Africa for the Under 19s … seeing her play in the Aussie team really inspires young girls like myself and Stella (Campbell) to want to get there too” Silver-Holmes said.
CLAIM Facebook page by the name of Owaisi Supporter posted an image of a Muslim kid with a claim that he was arrested by police for the “crime of wearing a skull cap and being born in a Muslim family”. In the photo, the kid can be seen with a police official and a jeep. One leg of the kid is tied with a chain.
A loose translation of the sarcastic Hindi text accompanying the photo reads, “He is even a bigger criminal than Vikash Dubey. He is so dangerous that he openly dons skull cap and was born in a Muslim family. Brave cops arrested him.” Md Saqib Abid and many others shared the image with the same claim on Twitter.
TRUTH The claim made with the photo is false. The image is two years old when the police officials had rescued and handed over the kid to his family members. VERIFICATION AND METHODOLOGY Using reverse-image search, we found a tweet dated January 20, 2018 from the verified handle of ‘Call 112’. Call 112 provides immediate assistance from Uttar Pradesh (UP) Police. Its services can be availed for fire, ambulance or other emergency services in UP. The tweet carried the same image as the one shared above.
गौतमबुद्धनगर -पीआरवी 1873 ने मंगरौली पुलिया जेवर के पास जंजीरो से जकड़े बच्चे को जिसमें ताला लगा था, को जंजीरो से… https://t.co/dMxJZning4
As per the tweet, the Muslim kid in question was freed from his chains by UP Police in Gautam Buddha Nagar. He was rescued and later handed over to his family by the cops. VERDICT Times Fact Check has found that a two year old photo of a Muslim kid rescued by UP police is being shared with a false claim that he was arrested for being a Muslim.
Jaclyn Spitzig was just four years old when the water in Walkerton, Ont., made her sick. Her family worried and prayed as she spent about 10 days in the hospital.
She has few memories from that time. Spitzig knows her family had the choice to move her between hospitals by a helicopter but they chose a car (something she’s still bitter about). She also remembers the Barbie balloon she was given, which flew away when she was leaving the hospital.
She does think this time shaped her, though. She’s now a third-year medical student at the University of Ottawa, planning to study pediatrics or family medicine.
“From as far as I can remember, which is about four years old, I’ve wanted to go into health care to some degree,” she said.
As her rural Ontario community marks 20 years since E.coli contaminated its water, locals are dealing with the aftermath differently. Seven people died and more than 2,300 fell ill. Some people are still sick today with long-term effects like kidney damage.
“The majority of people would like to move on, have moved on,” said Chris Peabody, the area’s mayor. “We didn’t fold up and die.”
He was helping co-ordinate a memorial service to mark the anniversary — the first such event in many years — but it was cancelled because of COVID-19. He knows some locals don’t want to talk about it anymore.
“We don’t want to dwell too much on the negatives but it is part of our history,” he said. “I’m not here to erase history.”
Watch: archival footage of water testing during the Walkerton outbreak
Archival look at the rural Ont. community during its deadly epidemic. 0:59
‘I remember those children crying’
Dr. Paul McArthur and his wife were working in the emergency department at Walkerton’s hospital when the patients began arriving. Rumours had been flying about a problem, but he realized what was happening on the May long weekend.
McArthur remembers how chaotic it became — a flood of sick, weak locals coming in with bloody diarrhea, abdominal pain and fevers.
“It was either the water or the air, and these people didn’t all go to the same picnic,” he said. “The implication, which I shared with a nurse that evening, was that somebody’s going to die from this.”
The problem turned out to be manure spread on a nearby farm, which had contaminated the water supply. McArthur lost a family friend, a toddler who was playmates with his kids.
Nurse Jane Mullin remembers how packed the waiting room became — snaking out to the emergency department doors.
“I remember those children crying,” she said. “There were lots of children crying and that was kind of sad.”
Listen: Locals reflect on Walkerton’s water crisis
It’s been 20 years since E.coli bacteria was discovered in the town’s drinking water, leaving seven people dead and more than 2,300 sick. The CBC’s Haydn Watters joined London Morning to talk about what has happened since. 7:16
She also remembers kicking reporters who were trying to talk to sick locals out of the waiting room.
Mullin, now retired, kept a stack of newspapers and magazines from that time, which she recently found while cleaning her home. After 20 years, she’s decided to get rid of them.
“There was no sense keeping them any longer,” said her husband, Vince. “Honestly, they’re starting to smell.”
McArthur, who still works at the hospital, is happy that so much time has passed.
“I’m basically glad to see … people be a little bit confused about where Walkerton is,” he said. “Or get mixed up with Wiarton and Wingham and all the other W names around here.”
‘We became a stronger community’
Judge Dennis O’Connor headed an inquiry into what went wrong with Walkerton’s water. It ultimately faulted both provincial cuts and the area’s public utilities managers, who were brothers. Stan Koebel managed the Walkerton Public Utilities Commission, while his brother Frank was water foreman.
Stan Koebel knew the water was contaminated, but didn’t let authorities know right away, and lied as people started getting sick. The brothers pled guilty to criminal charges in 2004. Stan was sentenced to a year in jail, while Frank got nine months of house arrest.
But locals do not want to talk about blame. Some of those involved still live in the area — or have family there.
Joe Rys chooses to focus on the times the town has come together. He used to be principal at the Catholic high school.
After the outbreak happened, he wanted to take Walkerton on holiday. He arranged for more than 2,000 locals to take in a Blue Jays game in Toronto. They rode school buses and transferred onto a train, clad in matching T-shirts that read “Proud to be from Walkerton Ontario.”
“We all walked from [Toronto’s] Union Station, one big long line of Walkerton with their shirts on and people were looking,” he said. “The citizens of Toronto were saying ‘What in the name of God’s this?'”
He’s still upset the Jays lost 2 to 1, but said the trip helped take the community’s mind off water, if even for a few hours.
“The water crisis … led us to be stronger citizens, led us to be more conscious of other people,” he said. “That doesn’t sound right, but it is right … we became a stronger community because of that.”
Rys is Spitzig’s grandfather. She calls him “Papa.” The outbreak has come up in her medical classes, along with the crucial role clean water plays in keeping people healthy. It’s something she knows all too well but she said it’s important to recognize problems persist, particularly in Indigenous communities.
“I’m able to look at how it was addressed in our town and how it’s still a problem across Canada today even though you might not think about it,” she said.
“It’s interesting to see how to have clean water is not always as accessible as you think it might be.”