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Father accused of trying to gas his three-year-old daughter to death has court hearing postponed

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A father accused with the attempted murder of his three-year-old daughter will face court at a later date after waking from a coma with pneumonia.

Shaun Mate, 43, is accused of trying to gas his daughter Eloise to death at the family’s Eden Hills home, in Adelaide’s south-east on Thursday.

A bedside court hearing was scheduled for Monday but it was postponed after his lawyers told Christies Beach Magistrates Court the father had woken from a lung infection on Sunday and remains in intensive care.

The bail hearing will now take place in Adelaide’s Magistrates Court next week, ABC News report.

Shaun Mate and his daughter Eloise (pictured together) remain in a critical condition after the pair were found unconscious in a 'gas filled bedroom'

Shaun Mate and his daughter Eloise (pictured together) remain in a critical condition after the pair were found unconscious in a 'gas filled bedroom'

Shaun Mate and his daughter Eloise (pictured together) remain in a critical condition after the pair were found unconscious in a ‘gas filled bedroom’

Magistrate Kym Millard also ordered a psychiatric assessment be completed before the case resumes. 

Mate and his daughter were rushed to hospital after being found unconscious in a bedroom just after midnight on Thursday.   

Police were called to home following a frantic Triple-0 call from the man’s distraught wife.

She told the operator she found him and their three-year-old daughter unconscious in a ‘gas filled bedroom’.

His wife and the couple’s six-month-old daughter were in another room at time and were unharmed.  

Mate and his daughter were treated at the scene before they were transferred to Flinders Medical Centre in a critical condition. 

Eloise was later transferred to the Women’s and Children’s Hospital and placed in a induced coma, with her mother remaining at her bedside. 

The little girl’s condition has since improved and she is no longer in an induced coma. 

Mate's wife (pictured with her husband) made the frantic Triple-0 call just after midnight

Mate's wife (pictured with her husband) made the frantic Triple-0 call just after midnight

 Mate’s wife (pictured with her husband) made the frantic Triple-0 call just after midnight

Shaun Mate (pictured with paramedics on the stretcher) was rushed to Flinders Medical Centre on Thursday night

Shaun Mate (pictured with paramedics on the stretcher) was rushed to Flinders Medical Centre on Thursday night

Shaun Mate (pictured with paramedics on the stretcher) was rushed to Flinders Medical Centre on Thursday night

Police formally arrested Mate at the Flinders Medical Centre on Sunday. 

Mate’s wife is a doctor with an interest in mental health.

The couple are also believed to be keen scuba divers and recently celebrated their five year wedding anniversary.

Crime scene investigators were seen leaving the home on Thursday with several bags of evidence – including a computer hard drive, oxygen tanks and several gas cylinders.  

Police also door-knocked nearby homes as they tried to piece together what happened. 

Police Commissioner Grant Stevens said the investigation was in its ‘very early stages’ but said it was believed to be a ‘domestic violence related’.

‘Obviously very tragic circumstances but at this stage the indications are that it may be domestic-violence related but it’s too early for us to be specific about the causes,’ he said on Thursday.

Shaun Mate remains under police guard at Flinders Medical Centre in a critical condition

Shaun Mate remains under police guard at Flinders Medical Centre in a critical condition

Shaun Mate remains under police guard at Flinders Medical Centre in a critical condition

Police are trying to piece together how Shaun Mate and his daughter Eloise ended up unconscious  in a 'gas filled bedroom'

Police are trying to piece together how Shaun Mate and his daughter Eloise ended up unconscious  in a 'gas filled bedroom'

Police are trying to piece together how Shaun Mate and his daughter Eloise ended up unconscious  in a ‘gas filled bedroom’

He added the incident had taken a toll on the emergency workers who responded to the Triple-0 call.

‘I can speak from personal experience and I think most police officers can as well, when you’re involved in a set of circumstances that involves injury or harm to a small child it does make the job that much more difficult and there’s a personal toll that comes with dealing with those sorts of situations,’ Commissioner Stevens said. 

‘You can’t take away from the fact that you’re dealing with a tragic set of circumstances.’ 

‘Once the treatment is provided and we have a clearer picture of exactly what’s happened,’ Commissioner Stevens said.

News of the harrowing incident shocked neighbours in Kinedana Street.

Betty Malavazos said her granddaughters played chasey with the little girl at a nearby park only a few days ago. 

‘She is a beautiful little girl – a sweet little girl – and I pray to god for her,’ she told  the Adelaide Advertiser.

Fellow neighbour Peter Kavouras’ only thoughts were for the little girl.

‘My heart goes out to her and I hope she pulls though as quickly as possible,’ he said. 

For confidential support call Lifeline: 13 11 14 or Beyond Blue: 1300 22 4636. 

Shaun Mate and his wife, a doctor, recently celebrated their five year wedding anniversary

Shaun Mate and his wife, a doctor, recently celebrated their five year wedding anniversary

Shaun Mate and his wife, a doctor, recently celebrated their five year wedding anniversary

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Business owner reveals how to restore your old, weak carrots in five minutes flat

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A savvy Australian woman has shared a ‘game changing’ tip for restoring your old, bendable carrots to their juicy orange state with a glass of water.

Lottie Dalziel shared the insight by posting a short TikTok video, which has since gone viral and received more than 1.1 million views.

The clever trick involves submerging the weak carrot in a glass of water for five minutes in order to rehydrate the vegetable.

The Sydney woman, founder of eco-friendly beauty store Banish, is on a mission to reduce waste and educate others. 

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A savvy Australian woman has shared a 'game changing' tip for restoring your old, bendable carrots to their juicy orange state with a glass of water

A savvy Australian woman has shared a 'game changing' tip for restoring your old, bendable carrots to their juicy orange state with a glass of water

Lottie Dalziel shared the insight by posting a short TikTok video , which has since gone viral and received more than 1.1 million views

Lottie Dalziel shared the insight by posting a short TikTok video , which has since gone viral and received more than 1.1 million views

 A savvy Australian woman has shared a ‘game changing’ tip for restoring your old, bendable carrots to their juicy orange state with a glass of water

‘Do you have some old, bendy carrots sitting in the fridge? Well don’t throw them out, they’re probably just dehydrated,’ she said in the video.

‘Pop them in some water for five minutes – yes this does work – pull them out and they will be as good as gold!’

But the amount of time required often varies depending on how weak the carrot is.

The same method can also be used to restore lettuce, celery, spring onion and bok choy to their former glory.

How does water help restore the form of carrots? 

A carrot is a root vegetable often claimed to be the perfect health food.

Carrots’ water content ranges from 86 to 95 per cent, and the edible portion consists of around 10 per cent carbs.

Due to this high percentage, this vegetable needs water to last for longer periods of time in the fridge.

When a carrot is placed in water, a process called osmosis takes place in which the fine hairs on the carrot help absorb the water.

Sources: Healthline and sciencing.com 

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The same method can also be used to restore lettuce, celery, spring onion and bok choy

The same method can also be used to restore lettuce, celery, spring onion and bok choy

The same method can also be used to restore lettuce, celery, spring onion and bok choy

While some TikTok users doubted the hack, others who have tried it confirmed it works very well.

‘It does work! Sometimes it helps to peel them a little bit first,’ one person said.

‘Does work but after a few hours,’ another said.

A third added: ‘I store mine in water in the fridge – change the water once a week and they last for ages.’ 

On her TikTok page, Lottie has also shared other helpful videos including how to grow spring onions or shallots

On her TikTok page, Lottie has also shared other helpful videos including how to grow spring onions or shallots

To do this, she says to chop off the ends of the vegetable and leave between two to three centimetres of stem from the roots

To do this, she says to chop off the ends of the vegetable and leave between two to three centimetres of stem from the roots

On her TikTok page, Lottie has also shared other helpful videos including how to grow spring onions or shallots

Use a rubber band to keep the stems together, place in a jar of water and keep in a sunny spot

Use a rubber band to keep the stems together, place in a jar of water and keep in a sunny spot

The spring onions will regrow from the stems over time and the same method can be implemented each time

The spring onions will regrow from the stems over time and the same method can be implemented each time

To do this, she says to chop off the ends of the vegetable and leave between two to three centimetres of stem from the roots 

On her TikTok page, Lottie has also shared other helpful videos including how to grow spring onions or shallots.

To do this, she starts by chopping off the ends of the vegetable and leaving between two to three centimetres of stem from the roots.

Use a rubber band to keep the short stems together and place it in a jar of water and keep it in a sunny spot.

The spring onions will regrow from the stems over time and the same method can be implemented each time.

Lottie said rubber hair ties can also be brought back to the original, tight form after being immersed in warm water

Lottie said rubber hair ties can also be brought back to the original, tight form after being immersed in warm water

¿All you need to do is boil the kettle and soak the [hair ties] in water for about ten seconds and they become nice and tight again!¿ Lottie said

¿All you need to do is boil the kettle and soak the [hair ties] in water for about ten seconds and they become nice and tight again!¿ Lottie said

And vegetables aren’t the only thing water can restore – Lottie said rubber hair ties can also be brought back to the original, tight form after being immersed in warm water 

And vegetables aren’t the only thing water can restore – Lottie said rubber hair ties can also be brought back to their original, tight form after being immersed in warm water. 

‘All you need to do is boil the kettle and soak the [hair ties] in water for about ten seconds and they become nice and tight again!’ Lottie said.

Each tip aims to improve home habits and reduce the need to throw out old food or items.

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Prince Charles warns that as many as ONE MILLION youngsters could need ‘urgent help’

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The Prince of Wales has warned that as many as one million young people could  need ‘urgent help’ due to coronavirus.

He said our youth was confronting a ‘uniquely challenging’ time amid the uncertainty of the Covid-19 pandemic.

In a rare intervention, Charles said the ‘destructive hopelessness’ of unemployment is facing Britain’s youngsters once again.

The Prince of Wales, pictured, has warned that as many as one million young people could need 'urgent help' due to coronavirus

The Prince of Wales, pictured, has warned that as many as one million young people could need 'urgent help' due to coronavirus

The Prince of Wales, pictured, has warned that as many as one million young people could need ‘urgent help’ due to coronavirus

Writing in The Sunday Telegraph, he said the young are in particular need of measures to protect them from the worst effects of the crisis, adding that the country must not let optimism ‘drown beneath a deluge’ of economic predictions.

He added that while it is ‘all too easy to assume that nothing can be done… the task ahead is unquestionably vast, but it is not insurmountable.

‘There has never been a time as uniquely challenging as the present, when the pandemic has left perhaps another million young people needing urgent help.’

Reflecting on how he founded the Prince’s Trust charity in 1976, with the severance pay he got from the Royal Navy, Charles added: ‘I am old enough to remember other times when hope was scarce and pessimism seemed the only thing in abundant supply.

‘In the mid-Seventies, when I left the Royal Navy, youth unemployment was one of the pressing issues of the time. It seemed to me that we should do something to try to make a difference, however small.’

The Prince’s Trust, has just helped its millionth young person, with research from the Trust showing that 55 per cent of 16 to 25-year-olds are more worried about being unemployed than they were a year ago.

The Prince’s Trust set up the Young People Relief Fund in the immediate aftermath of the pandemic to provide extra support to those hit by the economic fall-out.

The Cambridges are treated to a back-garden film premiere with Sir David Attenborough as the excited young Royals watch the broadcaster’s new Life On Our Planet documentary

With no red carpet, no flashing paparazzi bulbs and no Hollywood starlets swanning through Leicester Square in glamorous, flesh-baring gowns, it was a royal film premiere like no other.

Instead, Prince William sat on a rickety wooden chair in his back garden alongside a 94-year-old man cloaked in a tartan blanket to ward off the autumn chill.

But that man was Sir David Attenborough, who was unveiling his new documentary – and who received a reception worthy of the hottest Tinseltown star from three eager young fans, Princes George, seven, and Louis, two, and Princess Charlotte, five, after the screening.

Sir David Attenborough received a reception worthy of the hottest Tinseltown star from three eager young fans, Princes George, seven, and Louis, two, and Princess Charlotte, five, after the screening of his new documentary

Sir David Attenborough received a reception worthy of the hottest Tinseltown star from three eager young fans, Princes George, seven, and Louis, two, and Princess Charlotte, five, after the screening of his new documentary

Sir David Attenborough received a reception worthy of the hottest Tinseltown star from three eager young fans, Princes George, seven, and Louis, two, and Princess Charlotte, five, after the screening of his new documentary

He presented George, seven, with a tooth from an extinct giant shark, which lived 23 million years ago, which he had found on a family holiday to Malta in the late 1960s

He presented George, seven, with a tooth from an extinct giant shark, which lived 23 million years ago, which he had found on a family holiday to Malta in the late 1960s

He presented George, seven, with a tooth from an extinct giant shark, which lived 23 million years ago, which he had found on a family holiday to Malta in the late 1960s

He presented George, seven, with a tooth from an extinct giant shark, which lived 23 million years ago, which he had found on a family holiday to Malta in the late 1960s.

The three children are all interested in dinosaurs and were fascinated by the megalodon fossil and excitedly asked Sir David a number of questions.

A Palace aide said: ‘The children are massive fans of Sir David and this was the first time they had met him, although they have always wanted to. So they were absolutely delighted, and you can see from Charlotte’s reaction in the picture how excited she was.

‘They were fascinated by the shark tooth and Sir David explained how he had found it, how old it was and how it had been preserved in Malta’s soft yellow limestone.’

Kate, in a new £1,295 Gabriela Hearst denim shirt dress and £475 Rupert Sanderson pumps, smiled as Charlotte, in a £23 Zara floral Peter Pan collar dress, put her hands to her face with excitement.

George, in a £40 Trotters checked shirt and £50 Start-Rite school brogues, handled the giant tooth with evident amazement.

The joyous meeting in Kensington Palace gardens came on Thursday afternoon after William, 38, and the veteran broadcaster watched David Attenborough: A Life On Our Planet, about the naturalist’s 70-year career as a conservationist and the environmental crisis facing the planet.

Socially distanced in the open air, the Duke of Cambridge and Sir David were offered directors’ chairs with their names printed on the back – but as a joke they sat in each other’s seats. The pair then watched the 80-minute film, and Sir David gave the Prince a copy of the accompanying book.

Socially distanced in the open air, the Duke of Cambridge and Sir David were offered directors’ chairs with their names printed on the back – but as a joke they sat in each other’s seats

Socially distanced in the open air, the Duke of Cambridge and Sir David were offered directors’ chairs with their names printed on the back – but as a joke they sat in each other’s seats

Socially distanced in the open air, the Duke of Cambridge and Sir David were offered directors’ chairs with their names printed on the back – but as a joke they sat in each other’s seats

The Palace aide added: ‘The Duke thought it was Sir David’s best documentary yet. It is a terrifying look at what we’ve done to the planet and where we are today, but it also offers hope and cause for optimism because if we can act now, and act together, we can turn things around.’ 

The two men have been friends for some time. William interviewed Sir David at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, last year and during the discussion the broadcaster and WWF ambassador warned that humanity needed to act so that it did not ‘annihilate part of the natural world’.

Last year the Duke and Duchess officially named a polar research ship after Sir David – despite the public voting to call it Boaty McBoatface – and at the ceremony Kate told the broadcaster that the children were ‘very upset’ they could not come and meet him.

Sir David’s documentary was originally due to be released in cinemas in April, with a premiere at the Royal Albert Hall. However, the film became a victim of the coronavirus lockdown, and producers had to postpone the release until this week.

David Attenborough: A Life On Our Planet will now be screened in cinemas tomorrow for one night only and will then be available on Netflix from October 4. The accompanying book – extracts from which The Mail on Sunday printed over the past two weeks – is out on Thursday.

Duchess of Cornwall, 73, urges the nation to help OAPs ‘break the silence of loneliness’ following months of lockdown – and after she isolated from Prince Charles when he tested positive for coronavirus

It is only a few short months since she had her own experience of loneliness – so it is little surprise that the Duchess of Cornwall has issued a personal plea for everyone to support the elderly.

In a video message, Camilla, 73, urges the nation to ‘break the silence in which many live, perhaps with a telephone call to a grandparent, a card to an elderly neighbour or by hosting your very own virtual event’.

She was speaking to back a nationwide day to celebrate older people next weekend, called Silver Sunday.

‘It is a day that offers us all the opportunity to focus on older people’s contributions to our communities and to our society,’ she said. ‘As a member of Silver Sunday’s target audience, I can honestly say that it is a completely brilliant initiative.

The Duchess of Cornwall has issued a personal plea for everyone to support the elderly

The Duchess of Cornwall has issued a personal plea for everyone to support the elderly

The Duchess of Cornwall has issued a personal plea for everyone to support the elderly

‘Its aim is to tackle the blight of loneliness that affects so many, and which, very sadly, has increased significantly over the recent months of lockdown.

‘More than a million older people say they go for over a month without speaking to a friend, neighbour or family member. Silver Sunday is the perfect moment to break the silence in which many live.’

After Prince Charles, 71, was diagnosed with Covid-19 in March, Camilla was forced to isolate from her husband at their Scottish home Birkhall and desperately missed him.

She relied on the video calling app Houseparty to keep in touch with her loved ones, including her children Laura Lopes and Tom Parker-Bowles, and grandchildren.

Speaking further about Silver Sunday, Camilla added: ‘I want to encourage everyone to take the time to remember the older generation on October 4, and to find creative ways to express our appreciation and gratitude to them. Through doing so, you really will make the most enormous difference to anyone who is feeling lonely this autumn. In Silver Sunday’s words, you will ‘fill the day with silver linings and the promise of happy days ahead’.’

A Palace aide said: ‘The Duchess does a lot of work relating to the older generation. One of the biggest problems is around the misery of isolation.

‘She knows how hard this year in particular has been for many older people as lockdown has made it so difficult to be with loved ones. That sadness at being apart from family is something she has felt keenly herself, so she wanted to promote Silver Sunday as a way to encourage people to get in touch not just with older members of their own family but also friends and neighbours as well.’

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Seven new virus cases on ship off Western Australia spark outbreak fears

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Seven crew members on board a ship anchored off Western Australia’s northwest coast have tested positive to Covid-19.

The cases follow those of two men taken off the bulk carrier on Friday, which has been anchored nine nautical miles off Port Hedland since September 16.

In total, 20 Filipino nationals and the captain were on board the Patricia Oldendorff and it is expected more may yet test positive.

The seven new cases have to remain on board as they are part of a skeleton crew of nine to keep it operational.

WA Health Minister Roger Cook said on Saturday their symptoms were minor or non-existent and would be monitored.

Nine crew on board the Patricia Oldendorff have tested positive with 20 crew members still on board anchored nine nautical miles off Port Hedland

Nine crew on board the Patricia Oldendorff have tested positive with 20 crew members still on board anchored nine nautical miles off Port Hedland

Nine crew on board the Patricia Oldendorff have tested positive with 20 crew members still on board anchored nine nautical miles off Port Hedland

However, he warned there was a risk of a massive new outbreak if the ship was not contained, as cases numbers were expected to grow. 

‘If it gets out into the community it will create a disaster, worse than what we’ve seen in Melbourne,’ he said.

The evacuated crew members, including the two positive cases identified on Friday, are in hotel quarantine in Port Hedland.

Mr Cook said ‘every safety measure is being put in place’ so the local community should not be concerned.

‘These crew do not currently need medical treatment but should it be required, every precaution is in place to protect healthcare workers and members of the public,’ he said.

Private security guards are being used in hotel quarantine in Port Hedland, as in Perth, which prompted questions in light of the failures of private security in Victoria.

Mr Cook told reporters there was a ‘world of difference’ between WA and Victoria.

‘All our security guards are trained in infection control otherwise they cannot be on site,’ he said.

‘We have our own people on the sites making sure that they can supervise the security guards.’

Infected crew are taken off the ship to hospital in Port Hedland

Infected crew are taken off the ship to hospital in Port Hedland

Infected crew are taken off the ship to hospital in Port Hedland

It is expected the two skeleton crew who have tested negative for the virus may well contract it in due course or have already had it, so serology tests are being done.

Arrangements are being made for a replacement skeleton crew to be available to allow for a deep clean of the ship.

A rapid response team is being led by experienced doctor Tudor Codreanu, who also managed COVID-19 outbreaks on board the Artania cruise liner and Al-Kuwait livestock ship earlier this year.

The ship left the Philippines on September 5 with a fresh crew, indicating the virus came from that country, Mr Cook said.

The seven new cases have not been attributed to WA’s Saturday case-count but will be included in Sunday’s numbers.

One case was recorded in WA on Saturday – an Australian traveller in hotel quarantine.

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