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Obese woman sheds 12 stone after ditching her toxic ex

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A woman has revealed how she shed over 76.2kg (12 stone) after she struggled to get pregnant due to weight gain and underlying health conditions – but she finally ended a ‘toxic’ relationship and shed the kilos in hopes to restart her life again.

Alida Elizabeth Dreyer, 27, who lives in Sydney but is originally from South Africa, suffered a number of health issues such as PCOS (Polycystic ovary syndrome) and insulin resistance, poor mental health and a history of obesity in her family which she believes led to her weight gain.

Tipping the scale at 145.1kg (22st 8lbs) at her heaviest, Alida explained she has been depressed since experiencing severe bullying aged 12, which led her to want to self harm. 

But after leaving her toxic partner and feeling like hiding in her apartment for months, Alida decided to turn her life around and lost an impressive 76.2kg (12 stone), reaching her goal weight of 68kg (10st 7lbs).

She’s now gearing up to showcase her amazing body transformation at a fitness competition next year.  

Alida Elizabeth Dreyer, pictured now, from Syndey, lost 12 stone in a year after ditching toxic ex. She went from 145.1kg (22st 8lbs) to 68kg (10st 7lbs) thanks to exercise and diet

Alida Elizabeth Dreyer, pictured now, from Syndey, lost 12 stone in a year after ditching toxic ex. She went from 145.1kg (22st 8lbs) to 68kg (10st 7lbs) thanks to exercise and diet

Alida Elizabeth Dreyer, pictured now, from Syndey, lost 12 stone in a year after ditching toxic ex. She went from 145.1kg (22st 8lbs) to 68kg (10st 7lbs) thanks to exercise and diet

At her heaviest, Alida would gorge on fast food and high carb meals, and could not walk 100 meters without getting pains

At her heaviest, Alida would gorge on fast food and high carb meals, and could not walk 100 meters without getting pains

At her heaviest, Alida would gorge on fast food and high carb meals, and could not walk 100 meters without getting pains

She said: ‘I have been bullied for as long as I can remember.

‘I was bullied from when I went into primary school. It continued on until I started to lose weight.

‘It was so bad that I often took weeks off school, I was self-harming and I was suicidal.

‘My bullying was it’s worst from ages 12-18. At 12, I was diagnosed with depression which was likely sparked due to the extreme bullying I was facing.

Alida, pictured now, said bullying led her to be depressed and to think about self-harm after her classmates starting picking on her aged 12

Alida, pictured now, said bullying led her to be depressed and to think about self-harm after her classmates starting picking on her aged 12

Alida, pictured now, said bullying led her to be depressed and to think about self-harm after her classmates starting picking on her aged 12 

The super slimmer is now gearing up to compete in a fitness competition next year to showcase her body transformation

The super slimmer is now gearing up to compete in a fitness competition next year to showcase her body transformation

The super slimmer is now gearing up to compete in a fitness competition next year to showcase her body transformation

‘It made me feel as though I was not worth as much as other people who had smaller bodies.

‘I felt as though I was not worthy of living and that there must have been something wrong with me.’

The super slimmer admitted her diet was ‘very poor’ and she consistently ate large portions of food, consuming up to 5,000 calories per day.

The super slimmer, who now works in professional services, admitted her diet was 'very poor' and she consistently ate large portions of food, consuming up to 5,000 calories per day

The super slimmer, who now works in professional services, admitted her diet was 'very poor' and she consistently ate large portions of food, consuming up to 5,000 calories per day

Alida ended her toxic relationship within two days of visiting the fertility clinic, where she learned her weight would complicate her fertility journey

Alida ended her toxic relationship within two days of visiting the fertility clinic, where she learned her weight would complicate her fertility journey

The super slimmer, who now works in professional services, admitted her diet was ‘very poor’ and she consistently ate large portions of food, consuming up to 5,000 calories per day

Proud of her transformation, Alida showcases her new body online and shares naps with her Instagram followers

Proud of her transformation, Alida showcases her new body online and shares naps with her Instagram followers

Proud of her transformation, Alida showcases her new body online and shares naps with her Instagram followers

She explained, ‘I gained my weight steadily over the ages of six to 23. At the age of ten, I weighed 82kg. I would eat a lot of snacks. I used to eat in secret, I would hide food in my room. It formed part of my eating addiction and poor mental health.’

Alida admitted she would gorge on a large McDonald’s meal with an additional burger, and could easily devour a large pizza and garlic bread to herself.

‘I was eating six slices of toast for breakfast with a hot milo, and then would have a carb-heavy lunch such as pasta or Mac and Cheese. Dinner would be meat, vegetables and carbs such as rice or pasta again and my portions would be extremely big.

Alida admitted she would gorge on a large McDonald's meal with an additional burger, and could easily devour a large pizza and garlic bread to herself. But these days are long gone (pictured)

Alida admitted she would gorge on a large McDonald's meal with an additional burger, and could easily devour a large pizza and garlic bread to herself. But these days are long gone (pictured)

Alida admitted she would gorge on a large McDonald’s meal with an additional burger, and could easily devour a large pizza and garlic bread to herself. But these days are long gone (pictured)

Alida did not think she was worth much and would binge on unhealthy foods from morning to evening (pictured now)

Alida did not think she was worth much and would binge on unhealthy foods from morning to evening (pictured now)

Alida did not think she was worth much and would binge on unhealthy foods from morning to evening (pictured now)

The super slimmer is much happier now that she's eating a healthy diet and performing regular exercise

The super slimmer is much happier now that she's eating a healthy diet and performing regular exercise

The super slimmer is much happier now that she’s eating a healthy diet and performing regular exercise   

Alida went through gastric sleeve surgery in March 2017 which she said helped her to control her portion size. (pictured in hospital with her surgeon)

Alida went through gastric sleeve surgery in March 2017 which she said helped her to control her portion size. (pictured in hospital with her surgeon)

Alida went through gastric sleeve surgery in March 2017 which she said helped her to control her portion size. (pictured in hospital with her surgeon)

‘I also snacked on a small bag of crisps with some cheese and never drank water, just cordial and juice.

‘I was never tracking calories, but I would say anywhere from 2,500-3,500 calories in a day easily.

‘There were days that I binged and I think I could have consumed 5,000 calories,’ she added.

Before her weight loss. Alida left a toxic relationship that made her feel miserable in 2017, and geared up to lose the weight afterwards

Before her weight loss. Alida left a toxic relationship that made her feel miserable in 2017, and geared up to lose the weight afterwards

Before her weight loss. Alida left a toxic relationship that made her feel miserable in 2017, and geared up to lose the weight afterwards 

Doctors warned that her heavy weight and underlying health conditions would make it increasingly difficult for her to have a baby - and Alida was devastated. (pictured now)

Doctors warned that her heavy weight and underlying health conditions would make it increasingly difficult for her to have a baby - and Alida was devastated. (pictured now)

Doctors warned that her heavy weight and underlying health conditions would make it increasingly difficult for her to have a baby – and Alida was devastated. (pictured now)

Alida always wanted to be a mother and decided to try for a baby with her boyfriend at the time – however, she struggled to conceive naturally.

Doctors warned that her heavy weight and underlying health conditions would make it increasingly difficult for her to have a baby – and Alida was devastated.

Two days after visiting a fertility clinic, Alida left her ‘toxic’ boyfriend saying that her ‘size’ played a large part in the breakdown of the relationship.

She said: ‘I ended a toxic relationship with my boyfriend at the time, he did not dump me. I left him because the relationship was extremely unhealthy.

Healthy eating. Before her diet, Alida went for greasy, fried and highly processed foods. But she's now much better at picking healthy options while eating out

Healthy eating. Before her diet, Alida went for greasy, fried and highly processed foods. But she's now much better at picking healthy options while eating out

Healthy eating. Before her diet, Alida went for greasy, fried and highly processed foods. But she’s now much better at picking healthy options while eating out 

‘My boyfriend and I broke up two days after I saw the fertility specialist.

‘Yes, the inability to naturally conceive at my size played a part, but it was so much more than that.’

Alida struggled to leave her house and felt ashamed about the way she looked.

She found it difficult to participate in sports as a child, and couldn’t walk for more than 100 metres without experiencing pain in her body.

Even simple tasks like parking in a tight car spot was a struggle, as she would find it difficult to open the car without hitting a vehicle next to her.

The fitness champion after losing the weight. Before her transformation, Alida struggled to leave her house and felt a shamed about the way she looked

The fitness champion after losing the weight. Before her transformation, Alida struggled to leave her house and felt a shamed about the way she looked

The fitness champion after losing the weight. Before her transformation, Alida struggled to leave her house and felt a shamed about the way she looked

Three pictures showing Alida at the beginning (left), in the middle (centre) and at the end (right) of her body transformation

Three pictures showing Alida at the beginning (left), in the middle (centre) and at the end (right) of her body transformation

Three pictures showing Alida at the beginning (left), in the middle (centre) and at the end (right) of her body transformation

Alida in hospital after her gastric sleeve surgery in 2017, which helped her with her portion control

Alida in hospital after her gastric sleeve surgery in 2017, which helped her with her portion control

Alida in hospital after her gastric sleeve surgery in 2017, which helped her with her portion control

At her heaviest, Alida weighed a whopping 145.1kg (22st 8lbs) before radically overhauling her diet and exercise routine.

She also has gastric sleeve surgery in March 2017 which she says helped her to control her portion size.

Speaking of what inspired her to lose weight, Alida said, ‘I was at a very low point in my life, at the age of 23 I was morbidly obese and unable to do the basic things that anyone should be able to do. I couldn’t walk more than 100m without being sore.’

Left: Alida before the weight loss. Right: Alida oozing confidence now, rocking a tight skirt and top

Left: Alida before the weight loss. Right: Alida oozing confidence now, rocking a tight skirt and top

Left: Alida before the weight loss. Right: Alida oozing confidence now, rocking a tight skirt and top

‘I decided that it was time to claim back my life. I was inspired to start living life instead of just getting by, day by day. I wanted to find myself beautiful and love myself.’

Alida embarked on a health and fitness plan which saw her lose all of the weight over 12 months, and she has since maintained a healthy weight of 68kg (10st 7lbs).

She now follows a vegan diet and is focused on holistic and conscious eating which sees her eating to nourish her body and provide it with the nutrients it needs to work at it’s best.

Alida has also signed up to compete in the WBFF (World Beauty Fitness and Fashion) competition next year in their transformation division which she says will entail ‘hard work and dedication both physically and mentally to make my body strong, fit and healthy.’

Alida likes to highlight her petite silhouette on Instagram by sharing pictures of her body before (left) and after (right) her weight loss

Alida likes to highlight her petite silhouette on Instagram by sharing pictures of her body before (left) and after (right) her weight loss

Alida likes to highlight her petite silhouette on Instagram by sharing pictures of her body before (left) and after (right) her weight loss 

After shedding the weight, Alida says she feels fantastic, noting: 'I never understood how much I was missing out on when I was obese. I thought it was natural and normal to feel sore and tired all of the time. Now I have so much energy and I don't just survive, I thrive'

After shedding the weight, Alida says she feels fantastic, noting: 'I never understood how much I was missing out on when I was obese. I thought it was natural and normal to feel sore and tired all of the time. Now I have so much energy and I don't just survive, I thrive'

After shedding the weight, Alida says she feels fantastic, noting: ‘I never understood how much I was missing out on when I was obese. I thought it was natural and normal to feel sore and tired all of the time. Now I have so much energy and I don’t just survive, I thrive’

And it’s not just her body that has changed, it’s her mindset too, as Alida explained:

‘I am all about positivity; prior to my weight loss journey, I was extremely negative and I had a mindset that everything was too hard and that I was not worth enough to change my life.

‘Since going through this journey, I have spent a lot of time working on not only changing my physical body but also changing my mind. Re-setting my mindset and self-worth. 

‘I am now very positive and have a lot of self-confidence and self-awareness. My mindset is focused around a healthy body and a healthy soul.’ 

After shedding the weight, Alida says she feels fantastic, noting: ‘I never understood how much I was missing out on when I was obese. I thought it was natural and normal to feel sore and tired all of the time. Now I have so much energy and I don’t just survive, I thrive.’

Alida rocking her new body now. The super slimmer said she had become much more aware of what she put in her mouth since her diet

Alida rocking her new body now. The super slimmer said she had become much more aware of what she put in her mouth since her diet

Alida rocking her new body now. The super slimmer said she had become much more aware of what she put in her mouth since her diet  

She also credits her family for being her ‘biggest support’ throughout her weight loss journey, as well as the overwhelming positive support she received from others on Instagram where she regularly documents her weight loss with her 5,908 followers.

‘I started my page because I got a gastric sleeve as a tool to assist me with weight loss after years of ‘fad dieting’ she explained. 

‘I did not have a wider support network at the start of my journey and that was hard. I started my page so that even if I was able to support and help 1 person, it would give me a sense of accomplishment. 

‘I have a completely honest and unfiltered Instagram page where I am always going to tell the truth about the journey I have been on. I also provide 24/7 support for anyone that messages me. I answer hundreds of questions.’

As well as having a Gastric sleeve fitted, Alida has also had a breast lift as well as a subsequent revision, reduction and implants, a lower body lift with a FDL (Fleur de Lis) and a back lift, two arm lifts and thigh lift, liposuction to her calves, revision of a scar and a second thigh lift.

And for those looking to lose weight too, Alida advises monitoring calories, noting, lowering foods with high-calorie content, start parking your car a bit further away so you get in more steps. Research and be aware of what you’re putting in your mouth and reach out to people who have also lost weight.’

‘But my biggest tip is that it is okay to slip up and make mistakes, we are human and that is normal,’ she added. 

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Anti-lockdown protesters swarm Melbourne park before being chased off by police on horseback

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Anti-lockdown protesters swarming a suburban park in Melbourne have been chased off by police on horseback.

Up to 100 people gathering at Elsternwick Park in Brighton dispersed to Elwood when faced with a long line of officers at the site, 11km from Melbourne’s CBD.

Protests were announced by rally organisers about 10.30am on Saturday – half an hour before kicking off at the State Library, and a second closely following at 12pm. 

Law enforcement teams circling Elsternwick Park included officers from Public Order Response, the Mounted Unit and Highway Patrol.

A helicopter also monitored the situation from above.

More than 100 people have gathered at Elsternwick Park (pictured) in Brighton, 11 km south-east of Melbourne's central business district

More than 100 people have gathered at Elsternwick Park (pictured) in Brighton, 11 km south-east of Melbourne's central business district

More than 100 people have gathered at Elsternwick Park (pictured) in Brighton, 11 km south-east of Melbourne’s central business district

The first protest kicked off at the State Library from 11am, with a second shortly after at 12pm. Pictured: A woman being arrested

The first protest kicked off at the State Library from 11am, with a second shortly after at 12pm. Pictured: A woman being arrested

The first protest kicked off at the State Library from 11am, with a second shortly after at 12pm. Pictured: A woman being arrested

Protesters marching along Elwood beach about 1pm were dispersed a third time, and several arrests have been made by officers.

Shouting about Premier Daniel Andrews and coronavirus restrictions was heard throughout the disjointed protests.

The protests were described as ‘chaotic’, with one photographer saying there was ‘a lot of running and not much protesting.’ 

Some protesters continued to scatter through backstreets, even jumping fences into private property.

One arrested by police was filmed by Nine News telling officers: ‘Wake up, I know you already know this is wrong.’ 

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Protesters on Saturday dispersed near the foreshore about 1pm, with police arresting many (pictured)

Protesters on Saturday dispersed near the foreshore about 1pm, with police arresting many (pictured)

Protesters on Saturday dispersed near the foreshore about 1pm, with police arresting many (pictured)

In video captured of the event, protesters can be heard yelling ‘disgraceful’, ‘I’ve done nothing wrong’, ‘no violence’ and ‘peaceful’ as officers stand nearby.

A man can be seen being arrested as he questions: ‘Officers, why are you doing this. I’ve never done anything wrong in my life. Please, this is enough. It’s only  going to get worse. Who is going to fight for you.’ 

Premier Daniel Andrews said the protest was selfish and irresponsible.

He added it was an unlawful act and told protesters: ‘Go home and follow the rules. There is no need to protest about anything. It is not safe’.  

‘It just doesn’t make any sense. You are potentially putting the strategy at risk. No-one should be doing anything to contribute to the spread of this virus, 21 cases today, seriously. This is working. We’re getting there,’ he said, The Age reported. 

Saturday’s events follow concern anti-lockdown protesters in Melbourne are threatening to cause another COVID-19 outbreak as the city teeters on the brink of a third explosion and cases surge in the southeast. 

Police (pictured) are circling the area, including officers from Public Order Response, the Mounted Unit and Highway Patrol

Police (pictured) are circling the area, including officers from Public Order Response, the Mounted Unit and Highway Patrol

Police (pictured) are circling the area, including officers from Public Order Response, the Mounted Unit and Highway Patrol

Public health authorities are racing to stop infections growing in the Casey and Dandenong council areas on the Melbourne’s southeast rim, which now has 90 active cases.

Five households in Clyde, Cranbourne North, Hallam and Narre Warren South are linked to 34 active cases.

Daniel Andrews urged covidiots on Saturday not to gather at planned protests across the city or ‘do anything to undermine’ its progress with tackling COVID-19.

It comes as Victoria recorded 21 new cases of COVID-19, the lowest daily increase since June, and a further seven deaths.  

Metropolitan Melbourne’s 14-day average has plummeted and now sits at 39.3 as the state moves to a COVID normal. In regional Victoria, the 14-day average is at just 1.9. 

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Daniel Andrews (pictured) urged covidiots on Saturday not to gather at planned protests across the city or ‘do anything to undermine’ its progress with tackling COVID-19

A heavy Police presence is seen in Dandenong following an anti-lockdown protest on August 28

A heavy Police presence is seen in Dandenong following an anti-lockdown protest on August 28

A heavy Police presence is seen in Dandenong following an anti-lockdown protest on August 28

This is the ninth day in a row Victoria has recorded a daily infections increase below 50. 

Metropolitan Melbourne is under strict Stage Four lockdown – limiting Melburnians travelling more than 5km from their homes and enforcing a 9pm to 5am curfew. 

The premier did not comment on where Saturday demonstrations would be, with protesters taking caution when sharing information online.  

Multiple rallies have taken place in Melbourne the past few weekends.  

Victoria Police have responded with a heavy presence – handing out dozens of fines and making arrests. 

‘Let’s not lose sight of the fact that this week we have seen, day after day, not the 725 cases we had five and a half weeks ago – we have made very significant progress,’ Mr Andrews said.

‘We’ve got regional Victoria opening up. People should be positive and optimistic this strategy is working, and therefore, let’s not any of us do anything to undermine that.’  

The premier on Saturday did not comment on where Saturday demonstrations would be, with protesters taking caution when sharing information online. Pictured: Protesters rallying against lockdown regulations on Monday on September 13

The premier on Saturday did not comment on where Saturday demonstrations would be, with protesters taking caution when sharing information online. Pictured: Protesters rallying against lockdown regulations on Monday on September 13

The premier on Saturday did not comment on where Saturday demonstrations would be, with protesters taking caution when sharing information online. Pictured: Protesters rallying against lockdown regulations on Monday on September 13

Mr Andrews’ comments also followed trying to dissuade protesters on Friday by saying their intended actions would be selfish and irresponsible. 

His comments also followed information of a new cluster emerging in the southeast of Melbourne.  

A surge of cases in the Casey and Dandenong area has been linked back to five households in the Afghan community.

There are currently 101 active coronavirus cases in the Casey and Dandenong area with 34 infections linked to five households

There are currently 101 active coronavirus cases in the Casey and Dandenong area with 34 infections linked to five households

There are currently 101 active coronavirus cases in the Casey and Dandenong area with 34 infections linked to five households

Metropolitan Melbourne is under strict Stage Four lockdown - limiting Melburnians travelling more than 5km from their homes and enforcing a 9pm to 5am curfew. Pictured: A person walking through Melbourne's empty city

Metropolitan Melbourne is under strict Stage Four lockdown - limiting Melburnians travelling more than 5km from their homes and enforcing a 9pm to 5am curfew. Pictured: A person walking through Melbourne's empty city

Metropolitan Melbourne is under strict Stage Four lockdown – limiting Melburnians travelling more than 5km from their homes and enforcing a 9pm to 5am curfew. Pictured: A person walking through Melbourne’s empty city

As residents in the city are still under strict Stage Four lockdown, it is thought the infected group may have breached the stay-at-home orders. 

Health authorities are scrambling to track and trace the new surge in cases, and the Victorian government has begun a recruitment drive which sees retired officers re-enlisted to bolster the state’s frontline virus efforts. 

‘Members of those households visiting other households,’ Department of Health and Human Services COVID-19 testing commander Jeroen Weimar said.

‘It is that limited amount of contact, relatively infrequent contact between these five households that has now meant that we have 34 people in five houses experiencing or living with a very real threat of the coronavirus.’

The Victorian government has even began a new recruitment drive that will see retired officers re-enlisted to bolster the state's frontline virus efforts

The Victorian government has even began a new recruitment drive that will see retired officers re-enlisted to bolster the state's frontline virus efforts

The Victorian government has even began a new recruitment drive that will see retired officers re-enlisted to bolster the state’s frontline virus efforts

Police conducting checks on motorists at checkpoints - alongside the Australian Defence Force - to ensure Victorians are following state rules

Police conducting checks on motorists at checkpoints - alongside the Australian Defence Force - to ensure Victorians are following state rules

Police conducting checks on motorists at checkpoints – alongside the Australian Defence Force – to ensure Victorians are following state rules

The cluster – impacting five households in Hallam, Clyde, Narre Warren South and Cranbourne North – first emerged on September 4. 

Cases in the southeast have now spread to Dandenong Police Station and a number of industrial work sites. 

Premier Daniel Andrews on Friday said the actions of the family’s involved in the cluster was ‘disappointing’. 

The cluster which has impacted the five households in Hallam, Clyde, Narre Warren South and Cranbourne North, first emerged on September 4

The cluster which has impacted the five households in Hallam, Clyde, Narre Warren South and Cranbourne North, first emerged on September 4

The cluster which has impacted the five households in Hallam, Clyde, Narre Warren South and Cranbourne North, first emerged on September 4

‘Five kilometres is one thing and visiting others is the real issue here,’ he said. 

‘The rules are in place for a reason and anyone who undermines this, undermines the entire strategy and it means the rules will be on for longer.’ 

The Victorian leader, however, ruled out fines for the group, telling reporters it may discourage others from being completely honest with contact tracers. 

‘I know many Victorians, when you see examples of people not following the rules, that’s disappointing, it makes you angry,’ Mr Andrews said.

‘You need to look at the bigger picture here.

‘We don’t want a situation where people don’t have a sense of confidence and indeed, you know, the sense they’re obliged to tell us the full story as quickly as possible. That’s what we need.’ 

The success of Melbourne's ongoing lockdown could be at risk with a new cluster in the southeast of the city. Pictured: A coronavirus testing centre in Cranbourne on September 17

The success of Melbourne's ongoing lockdown could be at risk with a new cluster in the southeast of the city. Pictured: A coronavirus testing centre in Cranbourne on September 17

The success of Melbourne’s ongoing lockdown could be at risk with a new cluster in the southeast of the city. Pictured: A coronavirus testing centre in Cranbourne on September 17

The Casey and Dandenong cluster is testing the capacity of COVID-detectives. Pictured: Heath workers are seen at a coronavirus testing centre in Cranbourne on September 17

The Casey and Dandenong cluster is testing the capacity of COVID-detectives. Pictured: Heath workers are seen at a coronavirus testing centre in Cranbourne on September 17

The Casey and Dandenong cluster is testing the capacity of COVID-detectives. Pictured: Heath workers are seen at a coronavirus testing centre in Cranbourne on September 17

A health worker is pictured approaching a vehicle at a COVID-19 testing centre in Cranbourne on September 17

A health worker is pictured approaching a vehicle at a COVID-19 testing centre in Cranbourne on September 17

A health worker is pictured approaching a vehicle at a COVID-19 testing centre in Cranbourne on September 17

Despite the new cluster, Victoria’s overall case numbers are continuing to decline. 

With contact tracers ‘painstakingly’ working around the clock to slow the spread of the virus and bringing the city out of lockdown, the Victorian government is set to introduce a controversial new policy seeing retired cops re-enlisted in the force.

The Department of Justice and Community Safety and the Department of Health and Human Services is behind the push which will see former cops given paid training before being assigned specific COVID-19 roles.

These roles include industry enforcement, testing support, door-knocking and the airport patrol. 

A man with a dog is seen being questioned by two police officers in the Dandenong area

A man with a dog is seen being questioned by two police officers in the Dandenong area

A man with a dog is seen being questioned by two police officers in the Dandenong area

However, not everybody is in favour of the move to bring back veteran police.     

‘Police veterans have a real contribution to make to the ongoing safety of the community but their use to issue infringements, detain people and conduct checks on private property is entirely inappropriate,’ Opposition Police and Community Safety spokesman David Southwick told the Herald Sun.   

Ivan Ray, who served in the Victorian Police Force for more than three decades, said it was a recipe for disaster for the veterans. 

‘It’s effectively a health department police force, and we know the Health Department is no good at enforcement, we saw that in the hotel quarantine operation,’ Mr Ray said.

‘Veterans can play a part and they can support policing, but it has to be by the police department.’

Health authorities are urging anyone in the southeast of Melbourne to diligently monitor their health and immediately get tested if feeling unwell. 

Health authorities are urging anyone in the southeast of Melbourne to diligently monitor their health and immediately get tested if feeling unwell

Health authorities are urging anyone in the southeast of Melbourne to diligently monitor their health and immediately get tested if feeling unwell

Health authorities are urging anyone in the southeast of Melbourne to diligently monitor their health and immediately get tested if feeling unwell

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How Netflix workers enjoy unlimited holidays but are constructively criticised in group meetings

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Netflix may be the world’s largest streaming service but it is helmed by a boss who peers have described as ‘blunt’ and ‘not naturally empathetic’.  

Reed Hastings laid down the mantra in the company’s culture deck in 2009 that his workforce was like a ‘pro-team’ rather than a ‘family’.

Workers can be cut from the group and replaced by a more qualified and suitable player if they don’t pull their weight.

But just as the game is competitive, so is it rewarding.

Workers can enjoy a considerate holiday policy where they are able to take as many days off work as they choose.

They are even encouraged to air their concerns and criticisms about projects to their managers.

Reed Hastings (pictured) laid down the mantra in the company's culture deck in 2009 that his workforce was like a 'pro-team' rather than a 'family'

Reed Hastings (pictured) laid down the mantra in the company's culture deck in 2009 that his workforce was like a 'pro-team' rather than a 'family'

Reed Hastings (pictured) laid down the mantra in the company’s culture deck in 2009 that his workforce was like a ‘pro-team’ rather than a ‘family’

Netflix may be the world's largest streaming service but it is helmed by a boss who peers have described as 'blunt' and 'not naturally empathetic'

Netflix may be the world's largest streaming service but it is helmed by a boss who peers have described as 'blunt' and 'not naturally empathetic'

Netflix may be the world’s largest streaming service but it is helmed by a boss who peers have described as ‘blunt’ and ‘not naturally empathetic’

Hastings and co-creator Mark Randolph launched the streaming service in 1997.

Fast forward almost 25 years and the once modest movie rental company has ballooned into an entertainment powerhouse and moviemaker giant.

The company poured $23 billion into new TV shows and movies in 2020 alone. 

The streaming service is beamed onto computers and television sets in 190 countries and is watched by 193 million subscribers.

More than 13 million Australians are believed to watch the streaming service.

The astronomical growth of Netflix has not just been credited to the thinking-outside-of-the-box approach.

The company is renowned for its holiday scheme that allows its workers to take as much time off as they need.

Netflix does not keep tabs on the number of days taken and the policy has worked well since it was introduced in 2005. 

Hastings explains the policy is about fostering creativity and growth.

‘For me it’s about integrating life and work, where I can take off a day in the middle of the week to attend to some personal stuff, and while on vacation I’ll be thinking about some new title or some new marketing campaign,’ Hastings told Sydney Morning Herald.

Although the sentiment may appear considerate, Hastings response to certain events has led his peers to claim he is ‘not a naturally empathetic guy’.   

Rising expansion costs haemorrhaged the company millions of dollars and Netflix dropped a third of its staff in 2001.

Randolph said Hasting was less fazed about the massive layoff than his co-creator at the time. 

‘He’s not a bad person – he just doesn’t feel what others feel,’ Randolph said.

‘The dominant mode for him is, ‘It would be irrational for us to keep someone on, just to keep us from hurting them.’ 

Hastings’ work philosophy is better summarised in a set of slides he co-wrote with former Netflix chief talent officer Patty McCord.

Hastings and co-creator Mark Randolph launched the streaming service in 1997 (pictured, Hastings at a distribution centre in 2005)

Hastings and co-creator Mark Randolph launched the streaming service in 1997 (pictured, Hastings at a distribution centre in 2005)

Hastings and co-creator Mark Randolph launched the streaming service in 1997 (pictured, Hastings at a distribution centre in 2005)

Fast forward almost 25 years and the once modest movie rental company has ballooned into an entertainment powerhouse and moviemaker giant

Fast forward almost 25 years and the once modest movie rental company has ballooned into an entertainment powerhouse and moviemaker giant

Fast forward almost 25 years and the once modest movie rental company has ballooned into an entertainment powerhouse and moviemaker giant

‘Freedom and Responsibility’ was published online in 2009 and describes the workplace as a ‘team’ rather than a ‘family’.

‘We’re like a pro sports team, not a kid’s recreational team,’ it reads.

‘Netflix leaders hire, develop and cut smartly, so we have stars in every position.’ 

Workers receive constructive criticism in live group sessions with even the bosses given a dressing down.

Hastings came to appreciate the value of openness following an executive decision that could have ruined the company in 2011.

He decided to split Netflix down the middle so the company would only manage streaming while its sibling service Qwikster would handle DVD rentals.  

Though Qwikster came with the added $8 subscription fee and almost a million subscribers left.

Workers quit the streaming service and its stock plummeted by 75 per cent.

Managers later told Hastings they did not believe Qwikster would work, but decided to keep their opinions to themselves.

Hastings has since encouraged workers to actively voice their opinions.

Projects that failed are picked apart to understand why they failed – a process called ‘sunshining’.  

Netflix does not keep tabs on the number of days taken and the policy has worked well since it was introduced in 2005 (pictured, Netflix headquarters at Los Gatos in California)

Netflix does not keep tabs on the number of days taken and the policy has worked well since it was introduced in 2005 (pictured, Netflix headquarters at Los Gatos in California)

Netflix does not keep tabs on the number of days taken and the policy has worked well since it was introduced in 2005 (pictured, Netflix headquarters at Los Gatos in California)

The streaming service is beamed onto computers and television sets in 190 countries and is watched by 193 million subscribers

The streaming service is beamed onto computers and television sets in 190 countries and is watched by 193 million subscribers

The streaming service is beamed onto computers and television sets in 190 countries and is watched by 193 million subscribers

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Sister of woman shot dead at bikie ex-boyfriend’s house pens heartbreaking social media post

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The sister of a woman shot and killed while getting ready with friends for a night on the town has labelled witnesses ‘gutless’ and one of them a ‘sacred dog’ for not revealing exactly how her sibling died.

Ivona Jovanovic, 27, died after being shot in the chest at a her ex-boyfriend’s Highland Park home on September 8, 2019.

She was with four friends at the time of the incident, including ex-boyfriend Christos Panagakos who has alleged links to bikies.

The friends allegedly fled the house, despite Ms Jovanovic’s injuries, while Mr Panagakos’ mother phoned for help.

The investigation is before the coroner, and uncertainty around how Ms Jovanovic came to be shot still persists.

The weapon, believed to be a handgun, is yet to be located and there have been zero arrests since the tragedy.

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Ivona Jovanovic (pictured), 27, died after being shot in the chest at a Highland Park home on September 8, 2019, while getting ready for a night out

She was with four others at the time of the incident, including ex-boyfriend Christos Panagakos. Pictured: Ivona Jovanovic (left)  with her sister, Annette (right)

She was with four others at the time of the incident, including ex-boyfriend Christos Panagakos. Pictured: Ivona Jovanovic (left)  with her sister, Annette (right)

She was with four others at the time of the incident, including ex-boyfriend Christos Panagakos. Pictured: Ivona Jovanovic (left)  with her sister, Annette (right)

Annette Jovanovic told Daily Mail Australia one person knows what really happened on that tragic night.

‘They’re a scared dog’ she said.

Police believe witnesses are withholding details of the incident from investigators out of fear of alleged bikie links.

Annette also penned a heartbreaking post detailing her pain and confusion over why witnesses ‘can’t speak up and give my family any closure’.

She labelled them as ‘gutless’ and said the incident ‘destroyed’ her family’s life.

‘Why every time when I attempt to go to bed my mind begins to race and I’m wide awake still trying to figure out what happened to my sister,’ she wrote on Facebook.

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In a heartbreaking post on Facebook (pictured), Ms Jovanovic's sister, Annette, penned her pain and confusion over why any of the witnesses 'can't speak up and give my family any closure'

In a heartbreaking post on Facebook (pictured), Ms Jovanovic's sister, Annette, penned her pain and confusion over why any of the witnesses 'can't speak up and give my family any closure'

In a heartbreaking post on Facebook (pictured), Ms Jovanovic’s sister, Annette, penned her pain and confusion over why any of the witnesses ‘can’t speak up and give my family any closure’

‘What makes it so much harder is knowing there are four people who know the truth and exactly what happened but yet they can’t speak up and give my family any closure.

‘Ivona’s life was taken and her families lives are being destroyed each day and night.

‘Four people who know but are gutless to speak … I just don’t understand.’ 

Detective Superintendent Brendan Smith said he was disappointed ‘all the people inside at the time haven’t given us a full and frank version (of what happened that night)’, the Gold Coast Bulletin reported. 

Every witness to the incident has been questioned by police.

Superintendent Smith said there were ‘concerns that people are withholding information which would progress it.’

The investigation is before the coroner, and uncertainty around how Ms Jovanovic (pictured) came to be shot still persists

The investigation is before the coroner, and uncertainty around how Ms Jovanovic (pictured) came to be shot still persists

The investigation is before the coroner, and uncertainty around how Ms Jovanovic (pictured) came to be shot still persists

It is alleged the group fled the house, despite Ms Jovanovic's injuries. Mr Panagakos (pictured) allegedly left his mother to phone for help

It is alleged the group fled the house, despite Ms Jovanovic's injuries. Mr Panagakos (pictured) allegedly left his mother to phone for help

It is alleged the group fled the house, despite Ms Jovanovic’s injuries. Mr Panagakos (pictured) allegedly left his mother to phone for help

‘The only people that know exactly what happened are those people who were in the house at the time. There is certainly that potential that it was an accident and if that’s the case that’s all more reason that someone should come forward and give a version,’ he said, the Gold Coast Bulletin reported.

Mr Panagakos appeared in court in January, where he pleaded guilty to a string of charges – including unlawful possession of a weapon, failing to dispose of a syringe, receiving tainted property and other related offences.  

The charges are relation to a butterfly knife, taser and police cap allegedly found in the 27-year-old’s bedroom at a home where he lived with his mother in September. 2019.

The court heard the items were found at the house his ex-girlfriend, Ms Jovanovic, was fatally shot three days prior – on September 8 – while getting ready for a night out.

Mr Panagakos (pictured) appeared in court in January, where he pleaded guilty to a string of charges - including unlawful possession of a weapon, failing to dispose of a syringe, receiving tainted property and other related offences

Mr Panagakos (pictured) appeared in court in January, where he pleaded guilty to a string of charges - including unlawful possession of a weapon, failing to dispose of a syringe, receiving tainted property and other related offences

Mr Panagakos (pictured) appeared in court in January, where he pleaded guilty to a string of charges – including unlawful possession of a weapon, failing to dispose of a syringe, receiving tainted property and other related offences 

Mr Panagakos had been in custody since his arrest on a return-to-prison warrant hours after the tragic shooting. 

Daily Mail Australia does not suggest Mr Panagakos was involved in his former girlfriend’s death.

Mr Panagakos’ solicitor Michael Gatenby told the court at the time the butterfly knife was among his client’s large collection which ‘regrettably, two of the items were unlawful,’ The Gold Coast Bulletin reported.

He added his client had no idea the police hat, which belonged to a woman, was genuine.

Mr Panagakos' ex-girlfriend (pictured) was shot in the chest at a home on the Gold Coast and later died in hospital

Mr Panagakos' ex-girlfriend (pictured) was shot in the chest at a home on the Gold Coast and later died in hospital

Mr Panagakos’ ex-girlfriend (pictured) was shot in the chest at a home on the Gold Coast and later died in hospital

‘What’s occurred is there’s an incident at the home, for which my client is not charged,’ Mr Gatenby told the court.

‘And you can see a crime scene warrant is executed as a consequence of that, after my client’s in police custody and police enter the home.’  

Mr Panagakos has an extensive criminal history and allegedly has links to the Mongols outlaw bikie gang.

He was sentenced to three-and-a-half years behind bars in Mackay Supreme Court in 2017 for drug offences. 

Mr Panagakos was then convicted of trying to smuggle drugs into jail after meth and valium dropped from his rectum as he was being searched after his sentencing. 

Mr Panagakos (pictured) will be eligible for parole next month, despite facing more jail time

Mr Panagakos (pictured) will be eligible for parole next month, despite facing more jail time

Mr Panagakos (pictured) will be eligible for parole next month, despite facing more jail time

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Ivona Jovanovic (pictured) was fatally shot in the chest while getting ready for a night out

He was released on parole after serving 10 months behind bars, which he breached by committing the most recent offences last September. 

Mr Panagakos was also recently released on parole after appearing in court in January.

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