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Barbados says it will remove the Queen as head of state next year and ‘full

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Barbados has announced its intention to remove the Queen as its head of state and become a republic by November, 2021.

A speech written by Prime Minister Mia Mottley quoted the Caribbean island nation’s first premier Errol Barrow’s warning against ‘loitering on colonial premises’.

Reading the speech, Governor-General Dame Sandra Mason said: ‘The time has come to fully leave our colonial past behind. Barbadians want a Barbadian Head of State.

The country gained its independence from Britain in 1966, though the Queen remains its constitutional monarch. Above, Prince Charles attends a wreath laying ceremony in Bridgetown in March 2019

The country gained its independence from Britain in 1966, though the Queen remains its constitutional monarch. Above, Prince Charles attends a wreath laying ceremony in Bridgetown in March 2019

The country gained its independence from Britain in 1966, though the Queen remains its constitutional monarch. Above, Prince Charles attends a wreath laying ceremony in Bridgetown in March 2019 

‘This is the ultimate statement of confidence in who we are and what we are capable of achieving.

‘Hence, Barbados will take the next logical step toward full sovereignty and become a Republic by the time we celebrate our 55th Anniversary of Independence.’

In 1998, a Barbados constitutional review commission recommended republican status. Above, Queen Elizabeth ll and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh visit Barbados during the Silver Jubilee year on October 30, 1977

In 1998, a Barbados constitutional review commission recommended republican status. Above, Queen Elizabeth ll and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh visit Barbados during the Silver Jubilee year on October 30, 1977

In 1998, a Barbados constitutional review commission recommended republican status. Above, Queen Elizabeth ll and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh visit Barbados during the Silver Jubilee year on October 30, 1977

The country gained its independence from Britain in 1966, though the Queen remains its constitutional monarch.

In 1998, a Barbados constitutional review commission recommended republican status, and in 2015 Prime Minister Freundel Stuart said ‘we have to move from a monarchical system to a republican form of government in the very near future’.

Most Caribbean countries have kept formal links with the monarchy after achieving independence.

Barbados would join Trinidad and Tobago, Dominica and Guyana if it proceeds with its plan to become a republic.

Jamaica has also flagged such a transition, with Prime Minister Andrew Holness saying it is a priority of his government, but has yet to achieve it.

Barbados took another step towards independence from the UK in 2003 when it replaced the London-based Judicial Committee of the Privy Council with the Caribbean Court of Justice, located in Trinidad and Tobago’s Port of Spain, as its final appeals court.

Barbados: The country’s colonial history 

The Sugar Revolution, the introduction of sugar cane from Dutch Brazil, in the 1640s was highly lucrative but came at great social cost

The Sugar Revolution, the introduction of sugar cane from Dutch Brazil, in the 1640s was highly lucrative but came at great social cost

The Sugar Revolution, the introduction of sugar cane from Dutch Brazil, in the 1640s was highly lucrative but came at great social cost 

In 1627, 80 Englishmen aboard the William and John landed on the Caribbean island and founded Jamestown (close to today’s Holetown), in the name of King James I.

The early settlers struggled to develop a profitable export crop and faced difficulties in maintaining supplies from Europe.

However, the Sugar Revolution, the introduction of sugar cane from Dutch Brazil, in the 1640s was highly lucrative and over the next decade more than two thirds of English emigres to the Americas went to Barbados.

By 1650 there were 44,000 settlers in the West Indies, as compared with 12,000 in Virginia and 23,000 in New England.

But while this shift to sugar yielded huge profits, it came at a great social cost. Thousands of West African slaves were shipped across the Atlantic to work the plantations.

Small family farms were sold and swallowed up by plantation owners and many of the white residents moved on to Jamaica and the North American enclaves, most notably North Carolina.

In the early 1640s, historians estimate there were around 37,000 whites and 6,000 blacks; by 1684 there were 20,000 whites and 46,000 blacks; and in 1834, the year slavery was abolished, there were 15,000 whites and 88,000 blacks or mixed race people.

The sale of sugar, or white gold as the colonists called it, reaped huge profits because it was a scarce commodity in European markets.

Slave laws enacted in 1936 separated society into three categories of persons, free, indentured, and enslaved, with race being a main determinant of status. 

Sugar continued as an integral part of the country’s economy into the 19th century, while workers suffered from low wages and minimal social services.

By the 1930s, political unrest erupted into a labour revolt which challenged the existing order and led to the full legalisation of trade unions and the extension of the political franchise. 

Reforms in the 1940s led to the institutionalisation of mass political organisations and curtailed the power of the elite. 

Black political leaders gained ascendancy by 1944, universal adult suffrage was adopted in 1950, and full internal self-government was achieved in 1961.

Barbados became independent on November 30, 1966, during a time when the country’s economy was expanding and diversifying. 

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Why Aussie porn stars are in huge demand globally

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Australian workers have been forced to get the job done from home during the coronavirus pandemic – and our nation’s porn stars are no different.

With no option to film in the United States under border closures and escort services and strip clubs largely on hiatus in many states, the adult industry has turned to streaming through platforms like Onlyfans and Pornhub.

Some adult entertainers are raking in ‘five figures a month’ through their subscription service and they say it’s never been a better time for an Aussie in the industry.

It's been growing exponentially during COVID. It really peaked in late March when the nation went into lockdown. My subscriptions tripled,' Crissy Lee Bates (pictured) said

It's been growing exponentially during COVID. It really peaked in late March when the nation went into lockdown. My subscriptions tripled,' Crissy Lee Bates (pictured) said

It’s been growing exponentially during COVID. It really peaked in late March when the nation went into lockdown. My subscriptions tripled,’ Crissy Lee Bates (pictured) said

‘Around the world Aussies are seen as hot, fun, playful, sexy, naughty and desirable, so being Australian is definitely an advantage,’ popular OnlyFans performer Crissy Lee Bates told Daily Mail Australia.

But as international fans sign up from all over the world, domestically there has also been a major surge in traffic.

‘I have noticed a big change. It’s been growing exponentially during COVID. It really peaked in late March when the nation went into lockdown. My subscriptions tripled,’ she said.

Content creators on OnlyFans charge subscribers a fee for personalised photos and videos.

But it’s not just women raking in all the cash.

OhDavexx is one of Australia’s most prominent male streamers. He says the key to success is knowing how to interact with your fans, so you can give them what they want.

‘I do a lot of solo photos of videos but I’ve also teamed up with a number of porn stars and have made videos,’ he told Daily Mail Australia.

‘You can make snippets of the video and sell the whole thing for whatever price you want to charge.

‘The thing about Onlyfans is that it’s all homemade and people love that, especially Aussie content. It’s a growing market.’

As well as an increase in international subscribers, domestically there has also been a major surge in traffic. Pictured: Crissy Lee Bates

As well as an increase in international subscribers, domestically there has also been a major surge in traffic. Pictured: Crissy Lee Bates

As well as an increase in international subscribers, domestically there has also been a major surge in traffic. Pictured: Crissy Lee Bates

'Around the world Aussies are seen as hot, fun, playful, sexy, naughty and desirable, so being Australian is definitely an advantage,' popular Onlyfans performer Ms Bates (pictured) told Daily Mail Australia

'Around the world Aussies are seen as hot, fun, playful, sexy, naughty and desirable, so being Australian is definitely an advantage,' popular Onlyfans performer Ms Bates (pictured) told Daily Mail Australia

‘Around the world Aussies are seen as hot, fun, playful, sexy, naughty and desirable, so being Australian is definitely an advantage,’ popular Onlyfans performer Ms Bates (pictured) told Daily Mail Australia

While OhDavexx does not identify as gay or bisexual, he says the vast majority of his subscribers are men.

‘Girls can make big money – I know girls who make 40 to 50 grand a month – it’s a bit harder for guys and you have to rely on the gay clientele,’ he said.

‘I have a lot more male followers than female.’

One of Australia’s biggest success stories on Onlyfans has been fitness model Jem Wolfie.

With 2.7 million followers on Instagram, her transition into explicit content has earned her over $2million since joining in August.

Another big winner is former V8 superstar Renee Gracie who walked away from her lucrative motor-racing career to become an online porn star.

She is now generating over $500,000 a month, through her legion of fans.

But Onlyfans is not the only streaming platform making adult content creators money.

Extraordinary before-and-after photos reveal how wholesome Supercars driver Renee Gracie, 25, transformed into an OnlyFans porn star. Pictured in April 2017

Extraordinary before-and-after photos reveal how wholesome Supercars driver Renee Gracie, 25, transformed into an OnlyFans porn star. Pictured in April 2017

Pictured: Renee in August 2020

Pictured: Renee in August 2020

Extraordinary before-and-after photos reveal how wholesome Supercars driver Renee Gracie, 25, transformed into an OnlyFans porn star. Pictured left in April 2017, and right in August 2020 

With 2.7 million followers on Instagram, her transition into explicit content has earned her over $2million since joining in August

With 2.7 million followers on Instagram, her transition into explicit content has earned her over $2million since joining in August

One of Australia’s biggest success stories on Onlyfans has been fitness model Jem Wolfie (pictured). With 2.7 million followers on Instagram, her transition into explicit content has earned her over $2million since joining in August 

Australia’s hottest emerging porn star Charlotte Star, who was named Best Newcomer at the 2019 Australian Adult Industry Awards, said she focuses her attention on the website Modelhub, which operates through the world’s largest porn site Pornhub.

‘There are so many different streams of revenue other than Onlyfans,’ Ms Star said.

‘I use Pornhub because if you go on Pornhub you are going to get porn, if you go onto Onlyfans who know what you are getting.

The Australian star’s most watched video on the site has over 2.6million views worldwide.

‘I produce and direct all my own content. It’s lucrative if you know what you’re doing and if you know how to interact with your fans,’ she said.

‘Fans can order a custom video via email – saying could you wear this dress and say my name? Things like that – that is the best way to interact.

‘I make five figures every month.’ 

Charlotte Star (pictured), was named Best Newcomer at the 2019 Australian Adult Industry Awards

Charlotte Star (pictured), was named Best Newcomer at the 2019 Australian Adult Industry Awards

Charlotte Star (pictured), was named Best Newcomer at the 2019 Australian Adult Industry Awards

Charlotte Star (pictured) was named Best Newcomer at the 2019 Australian Adult Industry Awards

Charlotte Star (pictured) was named Best Newcomer at the 2019 Australian Adult Industry Awards

She focuses her attention on the website Modelhub, which operates through the world's largest porn site Pornhub

She focuses her attention on the website Modelhub, which operates through the world's largest porn site Pornhub

Australia’s hottest emerging porn star Charlotte Star (pictured), who was named Best Newcomer at the 2019 Australian Adult Industry Awards, said she focuses her attention on the website Modelhub, which operates through the world’s largest porn site Pornhub

But while it appears to be boom time for Australian adult stars, the race to produce explicit content is having is becoming more extreme.

‘I was charging $20 per month and people were happy to pay for it. I would sell vids $25 each (before COVID),’ Ms Bates said.

‘But more people started doing it and then it peaked in March and it seemed like everyone was doing it, so there was so much price competition.

‘People used to be happy for anything they got… but now some girls are charging $5 per month and putting full porn on there.

‘It’s like, if you’re not getting extreme… You’re not that interesting to some.’

The pressure to produce regular videos also has its drawbacks.

‘Sometimes things get on top of me in my personal life,’ Ms Bates said.

‘I’ve got a farm with horses and just had a break up, so sometimes to try and keep a happy face and continuous content when you feel like s**t, that can be very demanding.’

While OhDavexx (pictured) does not identify as gay or bisexual, he says the vast majority of his subscribers are men

While OhDavexx (pictured) does not identify as gay or bisexual, he says the vast majority of his subscribers are men

While OhDavexx (pictured) does not identify as gay or bisexual, he says the vast majority of his subscribers are men

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Security guards at The Star casino in Sydney busted letting man in despite having temperature of 48C

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The Star casino’s coronavirus protocols have come under scrutiny after security guards told a man with a 48C temperature to ‘cool down and come back’. 

A viral video posted by the satirical news site The Chaser, put the Sydney venue’s COVID-19 screening process to the test in a comedic video.

The presenter artificially raised his temperature by putting a heat pack on his forehead to find out ‘how sick you have to be for them not to let you gamble?’

But The Star have labelled the ‘edited’ video a ‘stunt’ and said it doesn’t represent what really happened. 

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Serious questions have been raised about The Star casino's coronavirus protocols after security guards told a man (pictured) with a temperature reading of 48C  to 'cool off'

Serious questions have been raised about The Star casino's coronavirus protocols after security guards told a man (pictured) with a temperature reading of 48C  to 'cool off'

Serious questions have been raised about The Star casino’s coronavirus protocols after security guards told a man (pictured) with a temperature reading of 48C  to ‘cool off’

A viral video posted by the satirical news site The Chaser, put the Sydney venue's COVID-19 screening process to the test in a comedic video

A viral video posted by the satirical news site The Chaser, put the Sydney venue's COVID-19 screening process to the test in a comedic video

A viral video posted by the satirical news site The Chaser, put the Sydney venue’s COVID-19 screening process to the test in a comedic video

When he attempts to enter the gaming floor, guards carry out a temperature check using an infrared thermometer gun.

But when reading comes back at 48C, the blasé security guards tell the man to ‘cool down for 10 minutes or so’ and ‘come back’.

Seemingly unconcerned by the extremely high reading – 11C above what is considered normal at 37C – a guard suggests that perhaps his ‘Russian hat’ is to blame for the reading. 

The alarmingly casual approach to the screening process comes after a coronavirus-positive man visited the The Star two months earlier. 

A gambler visited the glitzy venue on July 4 and was later found to be infected. 

The Star was forced to undergo a massive deep clean before reopening. 

At the beginning of the video, a Chaser presenter arrives at the casino in a hospital gown and attempts to make entry but he is refused.

The Star told Daily Mail Australia the ‘gown stunt’ was their last interaction with security officers.

A  Chaser presenter arrives at the casino in a hospital gown and attempts to make entry but he is refused

A  Chaser presenter arrives at the casino in a hospital gown and attempts to make entry but he is refused

A  Chaser presenter arrives at the casino in a hospital gown and attempts to make entry but he is refused

‘Clearly this has been created as a comedic and satirical stunt. It’s what these guys do,’ the casino said in statement.

‘However, the video published completely misrepresents events through substantial editing and reordering of events. 

‘No one with a high temperature was permitted entry to the casino and the hospital gown episode was reported to police due to welfare concerns.

‘Further, the claim that the person in the gown later gained entry after changing clothes is false.   

NSW recorded four new COVID-19 cases in the 24 hours to 8pm on Sunday.

Three of the cases were returned travellers staying in hotel quarantine and one case was linked to a known cluster.

The patient had already been in self-isolation because they were a close contact of an infected person linked to the Concord Hospital outbreak in Sydney.

There are currently 136 active coronavirus cases in NSW.  

The Star casino in Sydney has confirmed that gambler has tested positive for coronavirus

The Star casino in Sydney has confirmed that gambler has tested positive for coronavirus

The Star casino in Sydney has confirmed that gambler has tested positive for coronavirus

A presenter in the Chaser video is pictured wearing a t-shirt that reads: I have COVID-19

A presenter in the Chaser video is pictured wearing a t-shirt that reads: I have COVID-19

A presenter in the Chaser video is pictured wearing a t-shirt that reads: I have COVID-19

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The Banksias iso-retreat property with beach, koalas and golf course hits market for $5million

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A luxurious 48.5 hectare retreat with a nine-hole golf course, tennis court and private waterway that leads out to 6km of beachfront is expected to sell for $5 million.  

The Banksias retreat on 1126 Point Plomer Road in Crescent Head on the NSW North Coast is also home to native wildlife such as kangaroos, koalas, black swans and river ducks. 

Christie’s International Real Estate agent Bruce Eason said the property is attracting international millionaires from the US, Asia and Europe as well as potential buyers from Queensland and NSW.  

‘It’s a very unique location, the privacy is just fantastic. There’s not really anything else like it in the area,’ Mr Eason told Daily Mail Australia.  

The Banskias estate (pictured) in Crescent Head on the NSW North Coast spans 48.5 hectares and includes a nine-hole golf course, tennis court and private waterway that leads out to 6km of beachfront

The Banskias estate (pictured) in Crescent Head on the NSW North Coast spans 48.5 hectares and includes a nine-hole golf course, tennis court and private waterway that leads out to 6km of beachfront

The Banskias estate (pictured) in Crescent Head on the NSW North Coast spans 48.5 hectares and includes a nine-hole golf course, tennis court and private waterway that leads out to 6km of beachfront

Eight bedrooms across the homestead, detached honeymoon suite and four private cabins can ‘accommodate up to 18 guests comfortably’, according to the property description. 

Guests can reach the beach by walking, taking a golf cart or by launching a kayak or boat off the pontoon onto the 1km private waterway and cruising out to sea. 

‘That waterway is actually on the property. The boundary goes to the far edge of the river, so the river is completely part of the property and stretches for about one kilometre,’ Mr Eason said. 

An outdoor dining table, lounge and fire pit overlooks the private waterway. There is also an outdoor kitchen, BBQ and even a woodfire pizza oven to cook up a feast

An outdoor dining table, lounge and fire pit overlooks the private waterway. There is also an outdoor kitchen, BBQ and even a woodfire pizza oven to cook up a feast

An outdoor dining table, lounge and fire pit overlooks the private waterway. There is also an outdoor kitchen, BBQ and even a woodfire pizza oven to cook up a feast 

An outdoor entertaining area looks over the private waterway with a fire pit, dining area, BBQ, outdoor kitchen and even a woodfire pizza oven. 

There is also a multi-media outdoor room to watch movies and multiple external lounge areas to sit outside while indoors, there is another kitchen, seven bathrooms and a four-car garage.

Mr Eason said ‘an isolated retreat is the perfect way to describe the property’.

‘The current owners mainly use it as a private family retreat but they have been renting it out in recent times and the holiday lettings have been extremely strong in recent months. There is an element of COVID in that,’ he said.  

The property's tennis court is completely floodlit to play at night. Christie's International Real Estate agent Bruce Eason said it could be used for a tennis camp, a wedding venue, a golf or yoga retreat, wellness spa or eco lodge

The property's tennis court is completely floodlit to play at night. Christie's International Real Estate agent Bruce Eason said it could be used for a tennis camp, a wedding venue, a golf or yoga retreat, wellness spa or eco lodge

The property’s tennis court is completely floodlit to play at night. Christie’s International Real Estate agent Bruce Eason said it could be used for a tennis camp, a wedding venue, a golf or yoga retreat, wellness spa or eco lodge 

Mr Eason said the property could be used as a wedding venue, a tennis camp, a golf or yoga retreat, wellness spa or eco lodge.

‘We have had strong interest from overseas and strong interest in Australia, particularly from Queensland as well,’ he said. 

‘The majority of overseas interest has come from the States, Asia – Hong Kong in the main and a couple from Europe as well.’   

An indoor lounge (right) are and one of eight bedrooms (left). Up to 18 guests can comfortably live on the property in eight bedrooms across the homestead, detached honeymoon suite and four private cabins

An indoor lounge (right) are and one of eight bedrooms (left). Up to 18 guests can comfortably live on the property in eight bedrooms across the homestead, detached honeymoon suite and four private cabins

An indoor lounge (right) are and one of eight bedrooms (left). Up to 18 guests can comfortably live on the property in eight bedrooms across the homestead, detached honeymoon suite and four private cabins

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