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Top official in US Catholic Church resigns after 'cellphone data revealed he used gay dating app Grindr and visited gay bars'

On Tuesday, Monsignor Jeffrey Burrill resigned as General Security of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, after media reports alleged 'possible improper behavior' A top Catholic Church official has resigned after it was alleged that he was a regular user of gay dating app Grindr and frequented LGBTQ bars.  On Tuesday, Monsignor Jeffrey Burrill resigned as General Security of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, after media reports alleged 'possible improper behavior' the National Catholic Reporter reported.  Catholic news site The Pillar said it had analyzed data linked to his cellphone which alleged he had used Grindr. The resignation announcement came from a July 20 memo from Archbishop José Gomez of Los Angeles to the bishops of the United States.  'On Monday, we became aware of impending media reports alleging possible improper behavior by Msgr. Burrill,' wrote Gomez, president of the U.S. bishops' conference.  'What was shared with us did

Mum of two reveals her struggle to make ends meet after losing her job during Victoria's coronavirus lockdown - as she pleads for changes to disaster payment eligibility rules

A young mother-of-two who lost her job during Australia's latest wave of coronavirus lockdowns says she is barely surviving on welfare after finding out she is ineligible for government disaster payments. Melbourne mum Emma Pucci normally works 30 hours a week as a beauty therapist to provide for her and her two young daughters. Now all she has is $310-a-week JobSeeker payments after Premier Daniel Andrews on Thursday closed all non-essential Victorian businesses - including beauty salons - to stem an outbreak of the Delta Covid-19 variant. Ms Pucci said she was not yet eligible for the $600 federal government disaster payment despite losing her income when the restrictions came into place.  Victorian residents can only receive the payment if they have lost 20 hours of work a week.  The payment also will not kick in until the state's lockdown enters a fourth week. Shoppers walk through closed market sheds at Melbourne's Queen Victoria Market on July 17. Premier Daniel And

Mom, 58, dragged down the stairs at NYC subway station by mugger 'will never wake up' after suffering brain injury, says her son who was also injured in the attack

A mom who was left with a critical brain injury after being dragged down stairs by a mugger at a Manhattan subway station may never wake up, her son has said. Than Htwe, 58, and her son, Kyaw Zaw Hein, 22 were walking up the steps at Canal Street station at around 10:45am on Saturday when an assailant attacked them from behind, grabbing the son's backpack.  Hein was not seriously hurt, but his mother hit her head and was critically injured. They were rushed to Bellevue Hospital Saturday morning, where Htwe underwent brain surgery and remains in critical condition. But Hein says doctors have now told him that his mother 'won't be able to wake up.' 'The doctors told us that the trauma to her head was so severe that she won't be able to wake up,' Hein wrote in a heartbreaking GoFundMe post.  'Eventually all her organs will shut down. We are now just waiting and worrying about what happens next.'  Than Hein 58, and her son, Kyaw Zaw Hein, 22 were rushed

Lockdown chaos as Scott Morrison suggests 70 per cent of adults need to be jabbed for restrictions to ease - contradicting premier Gladys Berejikilian's numbers - as PM admits 'I haven't got everything right' on vaccine rollout

Scott Morrison has suggested the percentage of Australians who need to be vaccinated to end coronavirus lockdowns is 65 to 70 per cent.  In a radio interview on Wednesday morning, the Prime Minister said the stunted jab rollout - which has only vaccinated 14.09 per cent of over 16s - was not to blame for 14 million people being told to stay at home in Victoria, South Australia and Greater Sydney due to outbreaks of the highly-contagious Delta variant. He said the country would always have needed harsh restrictions this winter because even if the rollout went perfectly not enough people would be jabbed.  Sydneysiders queue up at the New South Wales Health mass vaccination hub in Homebush to get their jabs Sydney residents are only allowed to exercise in groups of two during lockdown. Pictured: Locals at Bronte Beach Asked if lockdowns were the result of his government getting the jab rollout 'wrong', he said: 'No, I don't accept that. No, I'm sorry, I don't accep

Instagram star, 23, whose profile is filled with half-naked women avoids conviction on drug charges - as court hears he 'spiralled into addiction' after rescuing a mate from a burning home

An Instagram influencer has avoided conviction on drug charges after he saved a friend from a burning home and spiralled into addiction, a court has heard. Jesse Craig Lingard, 23, pleaded guilty to nine charges at Brisbane Magistrates Court this week including one count of supplying dangerous drugs and unlawful possession of restricted drugs. The prosecution dropped seven counts of supplying dangerous drugs.  The court was told Lingard was at a home last July when his friend set the property alight while in a drug induced psychosis.  Jesse Craig Lingard told the Brisbane court the 'traumatic experience' of rescuing a friend from a burning home led to his drug addiction spiralling out of control 'He instructs that he had to drag one of those people out of the house,' Lingard's lawyer Kirstyn Nicholson told the court, according to The Courier Mail.    'It was a very traumatic experience for him. He fortunately didn't suffer any injuries from that but it was

Australian Olympic show jumper suspended from Tokyo Games after testing positive for cocaine

Australian Olympic show jumper Jamie Kermond has been suspended from the Tokyo Games after returning a positive sample for cocaine. The 36-year-old Victorian returned a postive A-sample for the illicit drug prior to the Olympics on Wednesday.  He has been provisionally suspended as further tests are being conducted.   Kermond was controversially selected to the team ahead of Australia's top-ranked show jumper after reports he had sponsorship ties to one of the team's selectors.  Australian Olympic show jumper Jamie Kermond has been suspended from the Tokyo Games after returning a positive sample for cocaine Kermond was controversially selected to the team ahead of Australia's top-ranked show jumper after reports he had sponsorship ties to one of the team's selectors 'Equestrian Australia has provisionally suspended Jumping athlete Jamie Kermond under the Australian National Anti-Doping Policy 2021,' the Australian Olympic body said in a statement. 'The manda

Everton midfielder Fabian Delph is WRONGLY named online as the Premier League footballer suspended over alleged child sex offences

Everton midfielder Fabian Delph has been wrongly named online as the Premier League footballer suspended by the club over alleged child sex offences.  Thousands of social media users shared fake messages claiming that Delph had been arrested following a raid by Greater Manchester Police. The confusion came after Everton said it had suspended one of its players pending a police investigation but did not name him.   Last night a club source told The Sun: 'It's been extremely unfortunate for Fabian. 'He is entirely innocent and has been dragged into this by the club's decision not to name the other player, directly leading to rumours spreading on unregulated websites and social media.' Everton midfielder Fabian Delph was wrongly named online as the Premier League footballer suspended by the club over alleged child sex offences In a statement, Greater Manchester Police had previously said: 'Officers arrested a man on Friday, July 16 2021 on suspicion of child sex of

Why defiant pub owner in locked-down Victoria is REFUSING to close and doesn't make his customers wear masks or socially distance

A Victorian publican has thumbed his nose at Victoria's ongoing Covid lockdown restrictions by re-opening his country pub to pay his bills. Trevor Andrews reopened his Pastoral Hotel at Echuca, 220km north of Melbourne on the NSW-Victoria border, after making the announcement on Facebook on July 17.   'Due to the fact that you are allowed to shop at all of the major retail stores who are allowed to operate through this so called 'pandemic'... while other small business owners are going to the wall ... I have made the decision that I am opening my hotel, The Pastoral Hotel Echuca for full dining services in the bistro and bar.'  'This pandemic will never end and the people of Victoria will never recover if we don't take a stand!' he wrote in a follow-up post.   Owner Trevor Andrews reopened the Pastoral Hotel, Echuca, in country Victoria, arguing he should be allowed to open like other retail such as grocery stores  Mr Andrews said his bills of more tha

'This is home': Devastated Wallabies star Quade Cooper opens up on having his Australian citizenship rejected FOUR times despite playing for the country 70 times

Former Wallaby Quade Cooper has revealed he feels 'disheartened' after being denied Australian citizenship due to red tape four times since 2015. Cooper, 33, felt the process would be a formality after the fly-half donned the iconic yellow jersey in 70 Tests from 2008-2017. 'You can call me naïve, but when you've been out representing your country on the world just expect when the time comes it wouldn't be too hard a process, he told the ABC's 7.30 program on Tuesday night. 'When you are standing in the stadium, the anthem is going and you look out into the crowd and you see all the's hard not to feel Australian.' The stumbling block for Cooper, who was born in New Zealand but settled with his family in Brisbane from the age of 13 - has been the volume of time he has spent overseas — including playing in Japan for the past two seasons.  Former Wallabies star Quade Cooper has seen his application for Australian citizenship

'This is not complicated!': Mitch McConnell tells people to get vaccinated and warns against listening to 'demonstrably bad advice' from anti-vaxxers

Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell urged Americans to get vaccinated against COVID-19 on Tuesday while warning of a repeat of last year's rising caseloads and shutdowns if people refuse to protect themselves from the coronavirus. McConnell also urged Americans to ignore 'demonstrably bad advice' coming from pundits and anti-vaxxers. As cases skyrocket, he noted nearly all new virus hospitalizations nationwide are among people who have not been vaccinated. 'If there is anybody out there willing to listen: Get vaccinated,' McConnell said at his weekly press conference at the Capitol. 'These shots need to get in everybody's arms as rapidly as possible or we´re going to be back in a situation in the fall that we don't yearn for - that we went through last year,' he said. 'This is not complicated.' McConnell said on Tuesday that 'it never occurred to me' that there would be 'difficulty getting Americans to get the shot' after