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Tragedy as young Cairns mum, 38, dies of aggressive strain of cancer leaving her family devastated

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A young mother has tragically died at the age of 38 after contracting an aggressive form of cancer doctors had for months mistaken for fatigue.

Active Cairns mother-of-two and yoga instructor Jody Vallely lost her close to four-year battle with lung cancer on September 23.

Ms Vallely was first diagnosed with the illness in December 2016 and was told she may only live for another three months.

But the US-born mother to Will, five, and Olivia, three, fought for three years to be there for her children during their early years – only succumbing to the cancer after it spread to her brain and other parts of her body.

Jody Vallely pictured with her husband Dan and children Olivia, three, and Will, five. The mother-of-two lost her close to four-year battle with lung cancer on September 23

Jody Vallely pictured with her husband Dan and children Olivia, three, and Will, five. The mother-of-two lost her close to four-year battle with lung cancer on September 23

Jody Vallely pictured with her husband Dan and children Olivia, three, and Will, five. The mother-of-two lost her close to four-year battle with lung cancer on September 23

Ms Vallely - who moved to Australia to be with her husband Dan - (pictured together) was first diagnosed with the illness in December 2016

Ms Vallely - who moved to Australia to be with her husband Dan - (pictured together) was first diagnosed with the illness in December 2016

Ms Vallely – who moved to Australia to be with her husband Dan – (pictured together) was first diagnosed with the illness in December 2016

Ms Vallely went to her doctor in July 2016 complaining of lumps she found in her neck, but the fit and healthy mum was told they were caused by the daily grind of raising young children.

After marrying her husband Dan Vallely in September of that year, the former ballet dancer went to a chiropractor with back pain – and it was only then the mass on her lungs was detected by an X-ray.

Sister-in-law Kristy Vallely said her relative soldiered on valiantly through her honeymoon in Europe and to be around for her children.

‘Her whole focus was her children and her husband – I reckon that’s what made her fight so hard to be here,’ the sister-in-law told Daily Mail Australia.

‘She was an inspiration because she really missed her family in the US but she followed her dream of marrying her husband and having children and starting a new life.’

Ms Vallely soldiered on valiantly through her honeymoon in Europe and to be around for her children

Ms Vallely soldiered on valiantly through her honeymoon in Europe and to be around for her children

Ms Vallely soldiered on valiantly through her honeymoon in Europe and to be around for her children

Ms Vallely met her future husband in Palm Beach, Florida while he was working as a travelling engineer on luxury yachts and moved to Australia in 2012.

‘From 2012 she made a huge network of friends and people who followed her through her work as a yoga teacher,’ the relative said.

‘She was very health conscious and a huge advocate for healthy living.

Ms Vallely pictured with her husband. 'Her whole focus was her children and her husband – I reckon that’s what made her fight so hard to be here,' the sister-in-law said

Ms Vallely pictured with her husband. 'Her whole focus was her children and her husband – I reckon that’s what made her fight so hard to be here,' the sister-in-law said

Ms Vallely pictured with her husband. ‘Her whole focus was her children and her husband – I reckon that’s what made her fight so hard to be here,’ the sister-in-law said

‘Ballet dancers have quite a high threshold for pain so I wonder if that may have been the reason why the cancer wasn’t picked up earlier.’

She said if doctors had picked up the cancer earlier, Ms Vallely may still be alive today.

Well-wishers – joined by family and friends watching on live-stream from the US due to COVID-19 – will farewell the young mother at a funeral service on Wednesday.  

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US Election 2020: Trump campaign website is ‘seized’ by hackers

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Donald Trump’s campaign website was ‘seized’ by hackers Tuesday who claim to have evidence that ‘completely discredits’ him as a president and proves his ‘criminal involvement’ in the manipulation of the 2020 election

A message reading, ‘this site was seized’ appeared briefly on the homepage of DonaldJTrump.com, before the website was taken offline completely just after 7:20pm.

The message continued that the world ‘has had enough of fake news spreaded [sic] daily by the president … it is time to allow the world to know the truth.’ 

The hackers behind the stunt claimed to have compromised multiple of the president’s devices, that gave them ‘full access’ to Trump and his relatives, along with access to confidential information. 

‘Strictly classified information is exposed proving that the Trump gov is involved in the origin of the coronavirus,’ the post read.

‘We have evidence that completely discredits mr trump as a president, proving his criminal involvement and cooperation with foreign actors manipulating the 2020 elections. the US citizens have no choice.’ 

A message reading, 'this site was seized' appeared briefly on the homepage of DonaldJTrump.com, before the website was taken offline completely just after 7:20pm.

A message reading, 'this site was seized' appeared briefly on the homepage of DonaldJTrump.com, before the website was taken offline completely just after 7:20pm.

A message reading, ‘this site was seized’ appeared briefly on the homepage of DonaldJTrump.com, before the website was taken offline completely just after 7:20pm.

The post continued: ‘Today is the day – the whole world can decide if they want to known the truth or not’.  

The hackers then included a link to two cryptocurrency addresses, one for ‘yes, release the data’ and a second for ‘no, don’t release it’. 

They said whichever of the addresses raises the most money by the end of an unspecified deadline will decide their next step.

‘After the deadline we will compare the funds and execute the will of the world,’ the post read. ‘in both cases we will inform you.’  

Trump’s website was back up and running by 7:45pm. The White House has not yet commented on the system breach. 

There is no evidence to suggest that any sensitive data, such as donor information, was accessed, but until the site administrators investigate the event thoroughly it is a remote possibility, TechCrunch reported.

This is a developing story… 

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Author Fay Weldon has walked out on her third husband, Nick Fox

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It is an astonishing tale even by the standards of Fay Weldon, best-selling author of the classic feminist revenge novel The Life And Loves Of A She-Devil.

Except this time it is not fiction. One of Britain’s leading authors has walked out on her third husband, Nick Fox, at the age of 89, telling friends she is divorcing him and ‘complaining of coercive control and financial mismanagement’.

Weldon met Fox, a poet and bookseller, when she was 60 and he 45. At the time, the age gap caused a scandal. Undeterred, Weldon went on to marry him in 1994 and they moved to his family house in Dorset.

Fay Weldon, one of Britain¿s leading authors, has walked out on her third husband, Nick Fox, at the age of 89 (the couple pictured together)

Fay Weldon, one of Britain¿s leading authors, has walked out on her third husband, Nick Fox, at the age of 89 (the couple pictured together)

Fay Weldon, one of Britain’s leading authors, has walked out on her third husband, Nick Fox, at the age of 89 (the couple pictured together)

She is believed to have moved out months ago and now lives with her eldest son Nic Weldon in Northamptonshire.

In her email sent to close friends and family, the novelist said: ‘I have been out of touch for a long time, for which, my apologies. I have been hospitalised for much of the last year, first with a broken bone in my back and then with a stroke, therefore my silence.

‘I am mostly recovered, encouraged by the thought of Andrew Marr, who had a stroke and is now back to normal. He has the advantage, of course, of comparative youthfulness.

‘In the meanwhile, I have left my husband and am divorcing him, complaining of coercive control and financial mismanagement.

‘Considering everyone’s troubles this year, my own are mere hiccoughs. I am now safely with my family.’

Fay’s son Nic tells me that, despite her travails – marital and medical – his mother is in good heart. ‘She’s with us,’ he says. ‘She’s comfortable. She’s still recuperating from the stroke but she’s very occupied, really busy.

‘She has quite an extensive care package, including rehabilitation, but she’s not really up to a chat because her voice hasn’t fully recovered and she can’t operate any technology. But she’s getting stronger and she’s really lucid. It’s been a dramatic and stressful period for everyone – including him [Nick Fox].’

Of the separation he said: ‘I can’t say much about it. It’s up to Mum and she doesn’t want to say more at the moment.’

While Weldon was the main breadwinner in her marriage, Fox acted as her manager and orchestrated everything including money, transport and publicity. Last year Weldon admitted in an interview they did have ‘terrible rows’.

Fay Weldon with her sons Dan (left) and Nic in the seventies. The author is believed to have moved out months ago and now lives with Nic in Northamptonshire

Fay Weldon with her sons Dan (left) and Nic in the seventies. The author is believed to have moved out months ago and now lives with Nic in Northamptonshire

Fay Weldon with her sons Dan (left) and Nic in the seventies. The author is believed to have moved out months ago and now lives with Nic in Northamptonshire

‘People get really frightened, until they realise it’s only about a full stop,’ she said. ‘Or he likes commas and I don’t.

‘He’s on the top floor and I’m on the next one, so we edit on the phone. Quite a lot of slamming of phones goes on.’

A family friend tells me the marriage had been in difficulties for ‘some years’.

Despite the volatility of their relationship, Weldon remains close to Fox’s children.

‘She was wonderful with Nick’s three sons from his first marriage,’ says a friend. ‘They absolutely adored Fay. She has been utterly loyal to Nick.’

But, adds the friend, this failed to bring them together.

Yet Weldon clearly does not wilt easily. She once famously reflected: ‘I am all for denial. It is a tried and tested survival mechanism.’

It is just the latest twist in Weldon’s extraordinary marital life. She said she never felt especially beautiful and, even at university, was very shy – yet she became a single mother when she was only 23.

Fay pictured with her third husband Ron Weldon who died in May 1984. They had three sons together

Fay pictured with her third husband Ron Weldon who died in May 1984. They had three sons together

Fay pictured with her third husband Ron Weldon who died in May 1984. They had three sons together

It was after the birth of her first son Nic, by Colyn Davies, that she was forced through want of alternative to marry Ronald Bateman, a divorced schoolteacher from Acton 20 years her senior, in 1957.

The marriage was sexless and they divorced two years later. He wanted her to have sex with other men – and to tell him about it.

She obliged once or twice, and worked as a nightclub hostess at his instigation. She also took part in foursomes with a friend who worked in advertising.

At 29, she met the antiques dealer Ron Weldon. They had three sons and remained married for 30 years until a painful break-up.

He left her for his ‘astrological therapist’ in 1992 but, eight hours before their divorce was finalised, he died of a heart attack.

Weldon once said ‘my only ambition was always to be married’. Given her extraordinary rollercoaster life, who would bet against her marrying again?

The Daily Mail could not reach Mr Fox for comment last night.

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Year 12 students WON’T be able to re-sit their HSC exams after 20 schools were evacuated

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Year 12 students who were evacuated after a ‘threatening email’ was sent to several schools in Sydney have been told they will not be able to re-sit their HSC exams.

An anonymous email which ‘made threats’ landed in the inbox of 20 schools from about 11am on Tuesday, prompting evacuations.

The security breach disrupted Year 12 Legal Studies and Visual Arts students, who were sitting their final year exam for the subject.

Education Minister Sarah Mitchell said there are ‘no provisions’ for the impacted students to re-sit the exam.

Year 12 students who were evacuated after a 'threatening email' was sent to several schools in Sydney have been told they will not be able to re-sit their HSC exams. Pictured: Castle Hill High School students are evacuated to an oval

Year 12 students who were evacuated after a 'threatening email' was sent to several schools in Sydney have been told they will not be able to re-sit their HSC exams. Pictured: Castle Hill High School students are evacuated to an oval

Year 12 students who were evacuated after a ‘threatening email’ was sent to several schools in Sydney have been told they will not be able to re-sit their HSC exams. Pictured: Castle Hill High School students are evacuated to an oval

‘There’s no provision to resit and obviously each school has been impacted slightly differently,’ Ms Mitchell told Today on Wednesday morning.

‘The main exams yesterday were Legal Studies in the morning and Visual Arts and depending on the time the threats came to the school, some students were able to sit their exams without disruption, some were interrupted partway through.’

Ms Mitchell said any HSC student whose exams was disrupted by an evacuation, would get special consideration when their exam was marked.

‘Most afternoon exams went ahead as planned, some schools moved to alternative locations we had as a back up plan in case there was a COVID impact on a school so we’ll look at each of the ways the schools were impacted but that will be taken into account when exams are marked and students won’t be disadvantaged in any way,’ she said. 

Premier Gladys Berejiklian said the threats are being investigated by the Cyber Crimes Squad.  

‘The students do not need to re-sit the exams so we are working out the best way to make sure they’re assessed,’ she told Sydney radio 2GB.

An anonymous email which 'made threats' landed in the inbox of 20 schools from about 11am on Tuesday, prompting evacuations (pictured)

An anonymous email which 'made threats' landed in the inbox of 20 schools from about 11am on Tuesday, prompting evacuations (pictured)

An anonymous email which ‘made threats’ landed in the inbox of 20 schools from about 11am on Tuesday, prompting evacuations (pictured)

Willoughby Girls' High School on the north shore was the first school to receive threats at about 11am, followed by at least another 18 high schools across Sydney

Willoughby Girls' High School on the north shore was the first school to receive threats at about 11am, followed by at least another 18 high schools across Sydney

Willoughby Girls’ High School on the north shore was the first school to receive threats at about 11am, followed by at least another 18 high schools across Sydney 

‘It was a very scary thing but I know police are on to it and I’m confident police will get to the bottom of it.’

Willoughby Girls’ High School in the premier’s north shore electorate was the first to receive threats at about 11am, followed by at least another 18 high schools across Sydney.

The schools all enacted their emergency response plans, evacuated students, and contacted police.

A NSW Police statement read: ‘Local officers are being assisted by specialist officers to conduct extensive searches at each of the schools, but no items of interest have been located at this time.

‘Police are working with the Department of Education to ensure school communities are informed of all necessary information for parents of affected schools.

The security breach disrupted Year 12 Legal Studies and Visual Arts students, who were sitting their final year exam for the subject. Pictured: Castle Hill High School students

The security breach disrupted Year 12 Legal Studies and Visual Arts students, who were sitting their final year exam for the subject. Pictured: Castle Hill High School students

The security breach disrupted Year 12 Legal Studies and Visual Arts students, who were sitting their final year exam for the subject. Pictured: Castle Hill High School students 

Local officers assisted by specialist officers conducted extensive searches at each of the schools (pictured)

Local officers assisted by specialist officers conducted extensive searches at each of the schools (pictured)

Local officers assisted by specialist officers conducted extensive searches at each of the schools (pictured)

‘Initial inquiries suggest the threats are linked and detectives from the Cybercrime Squad will lead the investigation into the circumstances and origins of the emails.’

Ms Berejiklian said the stunt was a cruel hoax on the class of 2020 as students have already been subject to stress brought on by COVID-19.

‘The class of 2020, gee haven’t they learned resilience,’ she said. 

It is understood Castle Hill High, Thomas Reddall High, Mount Annan High, Elizabeth Macarthur High, Picnic Point High, Colo High School and Jamison High were among the other schools involved.

Willoughby Girls High sent a message to parents and caregivers about the incident. 

Colo High School, on the north-western outskirts of Sydney, said they were impacted by the threat in a post to their Facebook page

Colo High School, on the north-western outskirts of Sydney, said they were impacted by the threat in a post to their Facebook page

Colo High School, on the north-western outskirts of Sydney, said they were impacted by the threat in a post to their Facebook page

‘We have been advised to conduct an off-site evacuation and are taking all students to our evacuation pint under police guidance,’ the note read.

‘We will update you via SkoolBag but want to reiterate and assure you everyone is safe.’ 

Colo High School, on the north-western outskirts of Sydney, said they were impacted by the threat in a post to their Facebook page.

‘We have received an email identifying a suspicious item located on school grounds,’ the post read.

‘Although there does not seem to be a specific threat we are evacuating all students and staff to the top oval. 

‘This evacuation includes Year 12 students undertaking their HSC exams, which a group misadventure has been lodged.’

Willoughby Girls High sent a message to parents and caregivers about the incident

Willoughby Girls High sent a message to parents and caregivers about the incident

Willoughby Girls High sent a message to parents and caregivers about the incident

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