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Honey Birdette staff slam lingerie giant for alleged sexist working conditions that 'saw them forced to wink at male customers and wear stilettos for 12 hours a day'

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Controversial lingerie brand Honey Birdette has come under fire over claims workers were made to wink at male shoppers and wear stiletto heels all day.   Ex-employees have shared their experiences working at the risqué fashion label to Instagram, with one claiming they were told 'sexual harassment is part of the job'.  Another claimed the brand 'exploited workers' and made them dress like 'sex dolls in the name of sexual empowerment'.  'Honey Birdette needs to be held accountable for ­exploiting workers, performative feminism, and continuing to perpetuate sexism,' the former shop assistant said. Women who used to work at controversial lingerie brand Honey Birdette have lashed out at the brand's 'sexist' culture with claims they were made to wink at male shoppers and wear stiletto heels all day Employees are given strict instructions on what to wear to their shifts with heels and painted nails compulsory The worker said the company needed to u

Third State of Origin clash is moved out of Sydney as lockdown is extended another week by coronavirus outbreak – but new venue is still in rugby league heartland

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State of Origin Game III has been moved to Newcastle as Sydney's lockdown is extended for another week. McDonald Jones Stadium is expected to host the clash as fans eagerly await confirmation of the venue from the NRL.  NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian on Wednesday announced Sydney would continue its lockdown until July 16 after the state recorded another 27 Covid-19 cases. The NSW Blues already won the three-match series 2-0 over the Maroons after games at Townsville and Brisbane last month, but won't have a chance at 3-0 in Sydney The extended lockdown ruled out Sydney Olympic Park stadium as the host for the Origin finale on July 14. Newcastle was instead chosen to host the game over rival cities Canberra and Melbourne, the Daily Telegraph reported. The NSW Blues already won the three-match series 2-0 over the Maroons after games at Townsville and Brisbane last month. Venue capacity for the game is expected to be limited to 75 per cent, allowing up to 24,000 fans  to attend. O

NBA Commissioner says it's 'disheartening' to see ESPN's Rachel Nichols and Maria Taylor 'pitted against each other' after white reporter was pulled from NBA Finals duty hours ahead of opener

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NBA Commissioner Adam Silver has said it was 'disheartening' to see ESPN's Rachel Nichols and Maria Taylor 'pitted against each other.' Silver made his comments on the ESPN drama during a press conference moments before Game 1 of the NBA Finals on Tuesday, USA Today reported. 'It's particularly unfortunate that two women in the industry are pitted against each other. Both Rachel and Maria are terrific at what they do. They work extraordinarily hard,' Silver said.  ESPN has pulled Rachel Nichols off of her sideline reporting gig for the NBA Finals ahead of tonight's series opener after the revelation of a 2020 bombshell video in which she suggested African-American colleague Maria Taylor was given a particular studio assignment to promote diversity. NBA Commissioner Adam Silver has said it was 'disheartening' to see ESPN's Rachel Nichols and Maria Taylor 'pitted against each other' ESPN has pulled Rachel Nichols off of her sideline

Australian, 30, is fighting for life in hospital after catching Covid as another 36 people are hospitalised over the virus

An Australian in their 30s is one of many fighting for life in intensive care with Covid-19, as a further 36 are admitted to hospital. Intensive care doctors in New South Wales are treating a total of seven Covid patients, chief health officer Kerry Chant told reporters on Wednesday morning. A further 30 people have been hospitalised with the respiratory disease - eight of whom are under the age of 35. Dr Chant said the figures should serve as a 'wake-up call' to young people who may think the virus only impacts older people. ' should dispel the myth that this is something that only impacts on the elderly … A bit of a wake-up call to young people,' she said.  'The fact that 37 patients have been admitted to hospital should indicate to the community the fact that Covid is … not a mild disease.' She also said that 14 of the people in hospital are under the age of 55.  'It can be mild in some but for many it can lead to hospitalisation and death.'  More to

Listen to the moment NRL star Paul Vaughan almost spilled the beans about his illegal lockdown party with 12 teammates hours before it was raided by police

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Paul Vaughan joked about being 'underpaid', whinged about a young teammate earning too much, and nearly revealed his party plans in a radio interview hours before the party that would see his $800,000-a-year contract torn up. The St George-Illawarra Dragons prop was sacked on Tuesday after a board meeting decided to terminate his contract after hosting an illegal lockdown party on Saturday night. In an interview with Triple M on Saturday morning, Vaughan labelled himself a 'battler' who was 'overworked and underpaid' before saying rising star Zac Lomax 'shouldn't be earning that much'. When asking what his plans were for his day off 30-year-old replied 'I will have a couple of… oh' before saying he'd ask teammate Ben Hunt for a few coffees.  Paul Vaughan joked about being 'underpaid', slammed a young teammate for earning too much and nearly revealed his party plans in a radio interview hours before the party that would see his $

'We're in a new epidemic': Gov. Andrew Cuomo declares nation's first gun violence disaster emergency after 51 people were shot in New York over Fourth of July weekend

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New York has become the first state in the nation to declare gun violence an emergency, with Governor Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday vowing to fight the problem and crack down on gun manufacturers, making it easier to sue those who make the weapons. Cuomo in a speech on Tuesday pointed the finger at the manufacturers of guns, and announced almost $139 million in investment to reduce the rapidly-rising death toll. 'It is a matter of saving lives, and New York's future depends on it,' Cuomo said at a news conference at John Jay College of Criminal Justice in Manhattan.  The order comes less than two weeks after Cuomo lifted the state's disaster emergency on the Covid-19 pandemic, and he said gun violence should be treated as a public health crisis.  Over the Fourth of July weekend, 51 people were shot in New York state with 26 of those in New York City alone. During the holiday weekend, 13 people died of COVID-19.  'If you can beat COVID, you can beat gun violence. We're

Alabama high school teacher, 47, who claimed it was her constitutional right to have sex with her students is jailed for just 18 months and ordered to register as a sex offender

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A former Alabama high school teacher who previously argued that it was her constitutional right to have sex with two of her students has been sentenced to 18 months in state prison. Carrie Witt, 47, on Thursday was handed a ten-year sentence, but will only spend a year and a half behind bars, followed by another 18 months in a community corrections program. The rest of her sentence will be served on probation.  Witt will also be required to register as a sex offender.  Former teacher and cheer coach Carrie Witt was sentenced on July 1 (pictured leaving court) to 10 years for sex with a student, but much of her sentence will be served on probation In court on Thursday, Witt offered a tearful apology for her actions, saying, in part: 'I'm ashamed. I don't think I've ever been more ashamed of myself,' reported Decatur Daily. One of Witt's former students with whom she had had sex came to her defense, telling the judge that their relationship was consensual. Robert

Fire breaks out at a major Sydney port sending a huge tower of flame into the air and covering the city in black smoke

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A large fire has erupted in Sydney which could be seen across the city after an emergency at a major port. The flames towered several storeys high over Port Botany - Sydney's major freight port - just after 10am on Wednesday, producing plumes of black smoke.  Alarming footage of the huge plume of fire sparked fears of a major uncontrolled inferno consuming a building at the port.  The flames were visible for kilometres across Sydney on Wednesday morning   However, Fire and Rescue NSW said the flames were part of a controlled emergency protocol at the industrial facility. 'An industrial site has activated its safety systems at Port Botany,' it said.  'Excess gas is being burnt off through a stack creating a large flame and thick black smoke which may be visible for some distance.' Port Botany is a deepwater seaport and one of the largest container ports in Australia which deals mainly in shipping container but also liquid petroleum and natural gas deliveries.  Ther

Fort Hood forced soldiers to take part in 'mandatory fun days' to 'rebuild trust in the Army' after Vanessa Guillen's death and other suspicious disappearances

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Fort Hood made soldiers take part in a weeklong retreat that they considered to be 'mandatory fun days' after the murder of Vanessa Guillen and a series of other suspicious deaths on the Texas army base.  The idea was to rebuild trust between leaders and soldiers following a spate of disappearances, murders and suicides on the base last year. It was called Operation Phantom Action. The army touted it as a way for them to repair broken bonds but according to a new Vanity Fair article about the sinister army base, soldiers viewed them as 'mandatory fun days'.   These are some of the images the army shared last year of 'Operation Phantom Action' which they said was designed to 'rebuild trust' after the deaths of several soldiers at Fort Hood The weeklong set of exercises included 'in depth' counseling, according to the army  The Fort Hood soldiers viewed the days more like 'mandatory fun days' they were forced to take part in It's uncl