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Identities of Meghan Markle’s friends will remain secret, judge rules

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The identities of five friends who form a key part of Meghan Markle‘s case for invasion of privacy after parts of a letter she wrote to her estranged father were published will not be made public for now, the High Court ruled today.

Mr Justice Warby upheld an application by Meghan’s lawyers that their identities should remain secret.

The five women were named as the sources of a People magazine article in 2019 in legal papers submitted by Meghan to the court earlier this month, although their identities were not made public.

In his judgment, Mr Justice Warby said that this was an unusual scenario because it was a newspaper publisher that wanted the identity of the sources revealed.

He added that the decision to keep the identity of the friends anonymous was an interim one. If any of them are called as witnesses to the trial, which is expected to take place next year, their identities could still be revealed, subject to a court decision.

Mr Justice Warby said he had concluded that ‘for the time being at least’ the duchess should be granted an order which protects the identities of the five individuals.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex leaving after the Commonwealth Service at Westminster Abbey, London on Commonwealth Day. The service is the Duke and Duchess of Sussex's final official engagement before they quit royal life. PA Photo. Picture date: Monday March 9, 2020. See PA story ROYAL Commonwealth. Photo credit should read: Yui Mok/PA Wire

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex leaving after the Commonwealth Service at Westminster Abbey, London on Commonwealth Day. The service is the Duke and Duchess of Sussex's final official engagement before they quit royal life. PA Photo. Picture date: Monday March 9, 2020. See PA story ROYAL Commonwealth. Photo credit should read: Yui Mok/PA Wire

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex leave the Commonwealth Service at Westminster Abbey in London on March 9 this year

Meghan Markle is suing Associated Newspapers Limited over an article in The Mail On Sunday which reproduced parts of a handwritten note she had sent to her father Thomas Markle (pictured together) in August 2018

Meghan Markle is suing Associated Newspapers Limited over an article in The Mail On Sunday which reproduced parts of a handwritten note she had sent to her father Thomas Markle (pictured together) in August 2018

Meghan Markle is suing Associated Newspapers Limited over an article in The Mail On Sunday which reproduced parts of a handwritten note she had sent to her father Thomas Markle (pictured together) in August 2018

The judge said: ‘This is an unusual case, the roles are reversed. A newspaper publisher wishes to publish the identity of the five sources. The claimant is opposing this, maintaining that the sources are confidential and provided information that appeared in People magazine.

‘The court orders that the identity of the five friends remain confidential in the interests of the administration of justice. This is an interim decision.’ Mr Justice Warby then set out the details to the background to the application.

The friends were named as the sources of a People magazine article in February 2019 in legal papers submitted by Meghan

The friends were named as the sources of a People magazine article in February 2019 in legal papers submitted by Meghan

The friends were named as the sources of a People magazine article in February 2019 in legal papers submitted by Meghan

The People article lies at the heart of Meghan’s privacy and copyright case against Associated Newspapers Limited (ANL), publishers of The Mail On Sunday and MailOnline because it was the first time the existence of a letter the Duchess had written to her father Thomas Markle was revealed.

Meghan is suing ANL over an article which reproduced parts of the handwritten note she sent to Mr Markle, 75, in August 2018, three months after he was unable to walk her down the aisle following a heart attack. 

ANL maintains that it was the five friends who were responsible for bringing the letter into the public domain when it was referred to in the People article, and that she was aware of it.

Meghan, 39, maintains that she had no prior knowledge that any of them had spoken to People magazine until after it was published.

A court document presented by Meghan’s legal team during a hearing last week to keep their names out of the public spotlight insisted: ‘To disclose their identities to the public at this stage is an unacceptable price to pay for the right to pursue her claim for invasion of privacy’.

ANL argues that revelations in People and the misleading impression it gave of the letter entitled Mr Markle to publish more of the handwritten note in The Mail On Sunday and MailOnline to defend himself as the relationship with his daughter became more estranged. 

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JobSeeker coronavirus supplement falling by $300 from September 25 as new assets test starts

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Australia’s 1.45million JobSeeker recipients are having their unemployment benefits slashed by $300 from tomorrow.

The coronavirus supplement is being diluted from $550 a fortnight to $250 from September 25.

This will see JobSeeker payments fall from $1,115.70 to $815.70.

Those on the dole will also face a new liquid assets test waiting period if they have more than $5,500 in the bank. 

Australia's 1.45million JobSeeker recipients are having their unemployment benefits slashed by $300 from tomorrow

Australia's 1.45million JobSeeker recipients are having their unemployment benefits slashed by $300 from tomorrow

Australia’s 1.45million JobSeeker recipients are having their unemployment benefits slashed by $300 from tomorrow

How are the support payments changing from September?

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* The $1,500 fortnightly wage subsidy will continue until September 27 – covering 3.5million workers

* From the end of September to December 31, JobKeeper will be reduced to $1,200 for full-time workers and $750 for people working 20 hours or less – with 1.4million workers eligible

* From January to March, the full-time rate will be $1,000 and part-time will reduce to $650 – with the scheme covering 1million workers

* Businesses turning over less than $1billion will have to requalify for the program at both stages through showing a 30 per cent drop in revenue.

* Businesses with more than $1billion in turnover have to demonstrate a 50 per cent fall

JOBSEEKER

* The elevated unemployment benefit will remain at $1,100 a fortnight until September 24

* From that date until the end of the year the $550 coronavirus supplement will be cut by $300 to make the overall fortnightly payment $800

* People will be able to earn up to $300 without having their payment reduced

* The mutual obligation rules requiring people to search for four jobs a month will restart on August 4

* Penalties for people refusing a job offer will be reintroduced

* Job search requirements will increase in September when the assets test will also return

* The permanent JobSeeker rate to take effect from January next year will be announced in the October 6 budget.

 

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Professional cleaner shares the industry secrets to a gleaming bathroom and shower screen

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An Australian professional cleaner and company director has shared her industry secrets to transforming a grubby shower screen and bathroom to make it look sparkling new.

Kacie, from Melbourne, shared videos on TikTok revealing she uses budget laundry products at home and while working.

The insightful cleaning videos have since gone viral, with one video receiving more than 299,000 views.

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An Australian professional cleaner and company director (pictured) has shared her industry secrets to transforming a grubby shower screen and bathroom to make it look sparkling new

An Australian professional cleaner and company director (pictured) has shared her industry secrets to transforming a grubby shower screen and bathroom to make it look sparkling new

An Australian professional cleaner and company director (pictured) has shared her industry secrets to transforming a grubby shower screen and bathroom to make it look sparkling new 

Kacie, from Melbourne, shared videos on TikTok revealing she uses budget laundry products at home and while working

Kacie, from Melbourne, shared videos on TikTok revealing she uses budget laundry products at home and while working

Kacie, from Melbourne, shared videos on TikTok revealing she uses budget laundry products at home and while working

What are some of Kacie’s top cleaning secrets?  

* Use a non-scratch sponge with Gumption or Bar Keepers Friend to clean soap scum from a shower screen with ease 

* Always use a squeegee to remove water and then ‘polish’ or dry the glass with a microfibre cloth for sparkling results 

* For sparkling windows use the $37 Sabco window cleaning kit from Bunnings that comes with a 12.5 litre bucket with a lid and handle. Pair it with a microfibre window washer, stainless steel squeegee and a microfibre cloth for the perfect finish 

* Dishwashing liquid and water works very well to clean windows 

* The #1 Kmart product for cleaning is the 2 piece pack of microfibre glass cleaning cloths – they are hidden in the car section

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‘If your shower screens have hard water stains or built up soap scum, I would use a non-scratch sponge with either Gumption (which is a paste) or Bar Keepers Friend (which is a powder),’ she said in the video

‘Both of those scrub onto the screen and wash off – as long as the glass isn’t etched, it should come up pretty good.’

Gumption is priced at $5.40 and Bar Keepers Friend costs $8, with both available at Woolworths supermarkets. 

Kacie also uses these products to clean other areas in the bathroom, such as the sink and bathtub, as they work exceptionally well.  

In one video she revealed how she uses Gumption and Bar Keepers Friend to clean shower screens

In one video she revealed how she uses Gumption and Bar Keepers Friend to clean shower screens

The results speak for themselves and many TikTok users were impressed

The results speak for themselves and many TikTok users were impressed

In one video she revealed how she uses Gumption and Bar Keepers Friend to clean shower screens 

Gumption (pictured) is a paste and is priced at $5.40 from Woolworths

Gumption (pictured) is a paste and is priced at $5.40 from Woolworths

Bar Keepers Friend (pictured) is priced at $8 from Woolworths

Bar Keepers Friend (pictured) is priced at $8 from Woolworths

Gumption is priced at $5.40 (left) and Bar Keepers Friend costs $8 (right), with both available at Woolworths supermarkets

After applying and washing the products off with water, Kacie recommends using a squeegee to remove water and then ‘polish’ or dry the glass with a microfibre cloth.

Depending on how dirty the shower screen is, dishwashing liquid and a microfibre cloth also works well. 

Kacie said cleaning the shower or bathroom doesn’t need to be a complicated process, as it’s quite simple if the correct products are used. 

In another video Kacie also revealed she uses the $37 Sabco window cleaning kit from Bunnings Warehouse while working (pictured)

In another video Kacie also revealed she uses the $37 Sabco window cleaning kit from Bunnings Warehouse while working (pictured)

In another video Kacie also revealed she uses the $37 Sabco window cleaning kit from Bunnings Warehouse while working (pictured)

In another video Kacie also revealed she uses the $37 Sabco window cleaning kit from Bunnings Warehouse while working.

‘This is the exact kit I [use] – it’s under $40 from Bunnings,’ she said.

The all in one cleaning kit comes with a 12.5 litre bucket with a lid and handle, a microfibre window washer, stainless steel squeegee and a microfibre cloth for the perfect finish. 

The all in one cleaning kit comes with a 12.5 litre bucket with a lid and handle, a microfibre window washer, stainless steel squeegee and a microfibre cloth

The all in one cleaning kit comes with a 12.5 litre bucket with a lid and handle, a microfibre window washer, stainless steel squeegee and a microfibre cloth

'This is the exact kit I [use] ¿ it's under $40 from Bunnings,' she said

'This is the exact kit I [use] ¿ it's under $40 from Bunnings,' she said

The all in one cleaning kit comes with a 12.5 litre bucket with a lid and handle, a microfibre window washer, stainless steel squeegee and a microfibre cloth

The helpful videos have been praised by thousands across Australia and the world, with many praising Kacie for sharing her knowledge. 

‘Omg I need to try this! Thank you!’ one person said, with reference to the shower video. 

‘I need to clean my bathroom too! Will try this,’ another said.

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Channing Tatum lookalike Will Parfitt, 29, wows with his resemblance to the Hollywood heartthrob

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A male stripper has gained millions of followers on social media through his uncanny resemblance to Hollywood heartthrob Channing Tatum.

It’s a cookie-cutter example of life imitating art for Will Parfitt, a London-born performer living in Melbourne since 2015 whose career has mirrored the film Magic Mike in more ways than his physical similarity to its now 40-year-old star.

After moving Down Under, the 29-year-old removalist was scouted by a club promoter and began working for Magic Men, an agency specialising in bachelorette parties and private events – just like Tatum’s handyman character in the 2012 drama.

Stripping as ‘Channing’ in an ode to his famous doppelganger, Mr Parfitt has grown an audience of 252,000 Instagram followers and a whopping 2.4million on TikTok – where fans say they find him even more attractive than his handsome namesake.

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London-born Will Parfitt, who lives in Melbourne, who strips under the stage name 'Channing'

London-born Will Parfitt, who lives in Melbourne, who strips under the stage name 'Channing'

An ode to his Hollywood doppelganger, film star Channing Tatum (pictured in an Instagram story on September 24, 2020)

An ode to his Hollywood doppelganger, film star Channing Tatum (pictured in an Instagram story on September 24, 2020)

Uncanny: Hollywood movie star Channing Tatum (pictured right) and his real life doppelganger, London-born Will Parfitt (pictured left) who lives in Melbourne

Fans say they find Mr Parfitt (pictured) even more attractive than his handsome namesake

Fans say they find Mr Parfitt (pictured) even more attractive than his handsome namesake

Fans say they find Mr Parfitt (pictured) even more attractive than his handsome namesake

‘Okay, I have decided I actually prefer you to Channing Tatum,’ a follower called Lisa wrote under a recent video.

‘Better looking than you know who!’ another agreed, while a third said: ‘Legit (sic) thought this was Channing for the first 10 seconds.’

‘So much better than the famous one everyone compares you to, who I won’t name,’ a fourth added.

Other responses include ‘you are definitely more attractive than Channing Tatum’, ‘you could be his twin’ and ‘you are the best looking man I’ve ever seen’. 

The 29-year-old removalist was scouted by a club promoter and began working for Magic Men, an agency specialising in bachelorette parties and private events

The 29-year-old removalist was scouted by a club promoter and began working for Magic Men, an agency specialising in bachelorette parties and private events

Just like Tatum's handyman character in the 2012 movie

Just like Tatum's handyman character in the 2012 movie

The 29-year-old removalist (left) was scouted by a club promoter and began working for Magic Men, an agency specialising in bachelorette parties and private events – just like Tatum’s handyman character in the 2012 movie (right) 

Under a recent TikTok video of Mr Parfitt dressed as a policeman and twirling a set of handcuffs in one hand, a woman wrote: 'Arrest me.'

Under a recent TikTok video of Mr Parfitt dressed as a policeman and twirling a set of handcuffs in one hand, a woman wrote: 'Arrest me.'

Under a recent TikTok video of Mr Parfitt dressed as a policeman and twirling a set of handcuffs in one hand, a woman wrote: ‘Arrest me.’

A recent video of Mr Parfitt dressed as a policeman and twirling a set of handcuffs in one hand elicited particularly strong reactions.

The clip, which is captioned ‘going through a break up so your friends get you something to cheer you up’, drew thousands of comments with one woman writing: ‘I’m 46 and happily married but can we pretend I’m [going through] a break up?’

Another simply told Mr Parfitt to arrest her.

Many wondered why the performer – who is described as a ‘spunky, drop-dead gorgeous boy next door’ in his profile on Magic Men’s website – hasn’t gone ‘major viral’ online yet.

Many wondered why the performer (pictured) hasn't gone 'major viral' online yet

Many wondered why the performer (pictured) hasn't gone 'major viral' online yet

Many wondered why the performer (pictured) hasn’t gone ‘major viral’ online yet

Mr Parfitt (pictured at home in Melbourne) is described as a 'spunky, drop-dead gorgeous boy next door' in his profile on Magic Men's website

Mr Parfitt (pictured at home in Melbourne) is described as a 'spunky, drop-dead gorgeous boy next door' in his profile on Magic Men's website

Mr Parfitt (pictured at home in Melbourne) is described as a ‘spunky, drop-dead gorgeous boy next door’ in his profile on Magic Men’s website

During peak wedding season, which runs from October to April in Australia, Mr Parfitt once performed up to 15 times each weekend – but that was before the COVID crisis shuttered venues, suspending shows and forcing stars online.

Closures have cost him almost $3,000 a week, the sum he would typically earn for just one weekend’s work.

But his ever-increasing social media profile is sure to provide him with a host of new opportunities as soon as Victoria’s second lockdown is lifted.

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