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Frustrating supermarket problem sparks idea

Frustrating supermarket problem sparks idea
Frustrating supermarket problem sparks idea


We have all been there – you’re on your way to see a loved one for a special occasion when you suddenly realise you don’t have a card for them.

That’s exactly what happened to Leah Dezsery, but when her visit to the supermarket proved futile it sparked an idea for her now business.

“We were going to a birthday party and we were rushing and we didn’t have a card so we went to Woolworths,” the Adelaide woman told news.com.au.

“They were so overpriced … I was looking at all the cards going, ‘Look at all the plastic on them and they’re huge and so expensive and don’t look that nice either.’”

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Annoyed, Ms Dezery didn’t buy one as she didn’t see the point in spending money on any of them.

“We actually ended up going without because I disliked all of them and I thought, you know what I’ll just make do,” she said.

“I think I just got a piece of paper and wrote something nice on it.”

But the experience got her thinking — just how many of us are buying expensive cards we don’t like, but feel like we have to give, only to have them go in the bin afterwards?

Ms Dezsery, now 26, began thinking about whether there was a way to make gift cards more sustainable for the environment — and remembered learning about seeded paper while studying visual communications at university.

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Feeling unsatisfied creatively by her work at a marketing agency, the graphic designer decided to make her own gift cards that not only would be made from recycled materials but also contained seeds, which meant they could be planted and later bloom into native Swan River daisies.

“That’s where I came up with the idea of doing plantable gift cards because it’s not just a gift card, it’s also a gift in itself, it grows flowers,” Ms Dezsery said.

After six months of designing her cards and sourcing materials Ms Dezsery launched Nurturing Nature Cards online, also making an Instagram account to promote her work.

“(The idea) was not intentionally to have a business, it was really just to create something that I love and put it out there,” she said.

“Instantly I got two sales from the first (Instagram) post and I was like woah, that’s crazy, I didn’t think I would get any notice at all. And then from there it just kind of rolled on.”

In the beginning Ms Dezsery would get two to three orders a week but as her cards began being stocked in local shops, word about Nurturing Nature Cards spread.

At the beginning of 2020 business was booming enough that Ms Dezsery decided to take a “leap of faith” and go full time with the business — only to have the coronavirus pandemic strike just weeks later.

Concerned because her shop stockists, which accounted for roughly 50 per cent of her income, were having to close their doors, Ms Dezsery had to make a quick business decision.

“It did affect me in the first couple of months because of COVID, but then as time progressed I decided to pivot and focus on my retail clientele and give them something extra,” she said.

“I offered a free handwritten service where I would write in their cards for them so they didn’t have to purchase the card and then the card get to them, then send it to a friend. I could send it to a friend on their behalf.”

Today Ms Dezsery’s business has made a full recovery, with sales already up 127 per cent on last year.

She’s incredibly proud of the success of her business and her cards are now stocked in 150 stores across Australia and New Zealand.

However Ms Dezsery has no plans to see her cards, which she still makes by hand, stocked in a big supermarket.

“Because it’s handmade it would be hard to make it accessible to a supermarket because that’s the nature of sustainability — if it gets too big it’s almost not sustainable anymore,” she said.

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Bride flashes G-string in see-through dress

Bride flashes G-string in see-through dress
Bride flashes G-string in see-through dress


When it comes to wedding dresses there’s an endless list of designs to choose from, but one bride has opted for a gown like no other.

Rielle, a model who boasts half a million followers on TikTok, shared a video of her very racy dress that puts her bum on full display.

“May, the month of brides, did you like my dress?” she captioned the post.

The clip shows the bride outside a church posing various angles to give viewers a good look of her lacy – and racy – dress.

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The dress was made up with a sheer, flower-embroidered skirt, which was completely see-through, along with a very busty strapless bodice.

Wearing only a white lace G-string underneath the see-through skirt, her booty was visible for all to see.

It also featured a plunging neckline that flashed the bride’s cleavage.

To add a bit of colour she paired the racy design with red heels.

“What a dress,” one person commented.

“Left the honeymoon straight for the wedding,” another person added.

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Rielle said she saw “no problem” with the revealing dress, saying she wanted to escape a traditional style and go for one that was “unprecedented” instead.

“The way we dress should not be repressed. Everything is thought of with respect to myself and others,” she reportedly said online, defending her outfit.

To complete the look, Rielle also wore a long veil and bedazzled tiara and accessorised it with white gloves.

After receiving some shocked comments over the design, the model said that the “sexiest” brides supported her look and that she saw no issue with it.

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Australia’s go-to takeaway meal

Australia’s go-to takeaway meal
Australia’s go-to takeaway meal


Australia, turns out you’re pretty boring.

Each time we ask you to vote for your favourite in a category we serve up, we wonder if you’ll surprise us.

Most of the time you shock us (we’re looking at you, lovers of Mountain Dew or the Filet-o-Fish burger), but this time we’re not THAT surprised.

When we asked you to vote for your favourite takeaway dish, the classic Chinese dishes or go-to curries weren’t up there – it was plain old fish and chips.

Among more than 10,000 votes in our Australia’s Favourite poll this week, the Aussie classic took home 17 per cent.

The deep fried goodness was closely followed by another great meal for the waistline – burger and chips – and the humble kebab came in third.

We apologise for not also listing souvlaki and yiros in everyone’s much loved cuisine category.

Turns out, the reason people love a classic fish and chips combo is because of the price.

As reader Nick shared, he ordered $21.90 worth of food from the local fish and chip shop, which also does burgers, and his haul included a steak sandwich, potato scallops (or cakes depending which state you live and another debate for another time) and all the deliciously bad things we love.

But you’re also likely to be able to get a hot chook and chips – another classic we admittedly added late to the poll due to popular demand (sorry again, Alby).

“The 2 out in front both have chips with them,” reader Daniel pointed out.

“There’s your answer! Nothing better than going down to the local Fish and Chip shop and getting a few dollars worth of chips with a potato scallop (or potato cake for some states) thrown in for good measure.”

We can’t disagree with you guys there!

News.com.au’s Australia’s Favourite series asks readers to vote for the best of the best across the country.

So far we’re discovered:

Do you agree with the winners? Share your thoughts in the comments below and join in on the debate

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Urgent recall on popular snack food

Urgent recall on popular snack food
Urgent recall on popular snack food


A range of sweet snacks sold at independent grocers and service stations across the country have been recalled over soy and wheat fears.

Yummy Snack Foods has recalled their Pink Berry Bliss (500g, 600g tub and 250g mini tub), Drake Brand Strawberry Yoghurt Mix (400g), Yummy Brand Choc Orange Lounge Mix (300g mini tub, 500g and 640g large tub), and Drake Brand Chocolate Orange Mix (400g) with all best before dates.

Food Safety Australia said the recall was due to the presence of undeclared allergens, by way of soy and wheat.

“Any consumers who have a soy or wheat allergy or intolerance may have a reaction if the product is consumed,” a statement said.

The products had been available for sale at independent grocers including IGAs, fresh food markets and other retail including liquor stores, Asian grocers and BP service stations in NSW, ACT, Queensland, Victoria, South Australia, Northern Territory, and Western Australia.

“Consumers who have a soy or wheat allergy or intolerance should not consume this product and should return the products to the place of purchase for a full refund,” Food Safety said.

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Woman convince husband’s mistress that he died

Woman convince husband’s mistress that he died
Woman convince husband’s mistress that he died


What would you do if you found out your husband was cheating? Break up with him? Publicly shame him? Break his stuff? One woman had a very different response and her tactics have been called both genius and evil by various commenters.

Thea Loveridge on TikTok, posted that she discovered her husband had cheated on her throughout her pregnancy. To make matters worse, she said that the ‘other woman’ was her husband’s ex-girlfriend and someone who had caused dramas in the relationship before.

When Thea’s husband went to jail for an unrelated assault soon after, Thea took the opportunity to get her revenge on the woman.

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She told her he was dead

The husband’s mistress was unaware of his sudden arrest and continued messaging him.

“She was trying to figure out where he was, all confused why he wasn’t talking to her,” Thea said. “I messaged her and told her that he was dead.”

And the ruse didn’t end there. Thea decided to take the trick all the way and says she got her husband’s sister to help send out fake funeral invitations and even shared photos of his supposed ‘service’.

“It’s been three years and she still thinks he’s dead. She posts little tributes every year on her Facebook page.”

When people accused Thea of making the story up she shared a screenshot of one of the emotional tributes.

It read (sic): “One month tomorrow u left. U said goodbye to your demons. There was nothing anyone could do. This was ur peace. If I could have done more I would have but I know u left knowing I always had ur back and always loved you. Rip Scott. Forever my last love.”

And her husband? Well, people wanted to know why he didn’t tell the woman he was still alive, but Thea claims he decided it was easier to stay dead and has simply never made contact with her again.

It was a divisive video

Some people thought it was brilliant.

“This is pure evil. I absolutely LOVE it,” wrote one person.

“Imagine she married another man and finds out he’s alive and now she’s conflicted and her relationship is over,” wrote another.

Others thought it went too far.

“I feel like you could get sued for emotional distress,” said one person.

What do you think? Just desserts or way too cruel? Tell us in the comments on Facebook.

This article originally appeared on Kidspot and was reproduced with permission

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TurnSignl App Aims to Make Police Interaction Safer for Civilians

TurnSignl App Aims to Make Police Interaction Safer for Civilians
TurnSignl App Aims to Make Police Interaction Safer for Civilians


TurnSignl App Aims to Make Police Interaction Safer for Civilians

TurnSignl provides on-demand access to lawyers to help drivers through their interactions with police. George Frey/Getty Images

The national conversation around policing and racial justice has been dominated by Minnesota for much of the past year ever since the murder of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin. And as if things couldn’t get worse for the state’s image, at the height of the Chauvin trial, in the nearby suburb of Brooklyn Center, another routine traffic stop turned deadly when a veteran officer mistook her 9mm handgun for a taser and delivered a deadly shot to a Black 19-year-old named Daunte Wright. 

So, it’s probably not surprising that it is also in Minnesota where an idea has come to life that aims to level the playing field for drivers during routine police traffic stops.

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An app called TurnSignl provides those pulled over by police with instant video access to a live criminal defense attorney. “It’s as if you have a buddy in the passenger seat who happens to be a licensed attorney with a specialization in vehicular regulations, search and seizure, and other issues that routinely come up during traffic stops, particularly when they involve people of color and other especially vulnerable populations,” said Jazz Hampton, co-founder and CEO of TurnSignl, in an exclusive interview with Observer. “Our expert lawyers, in addition to knowing the law, are also trained in de-escalation to make sure that things don’t go sideways. The goal is to make sure everyone—the driver and passengers as well as the police officers—makes it home safely.”

TurnSignl supports drivers with an always-on, immediate video connection to a licensed attorney to help them navigate interactions with law enforcement. TurnSignl

In addition to providing immediate access to a vetted lawyer, TurnSignl serves as a “reverse body cam,” recording the entire interaction and instantaneously uploading it to servers in the cloud.

“We have seen so many instances in which law enforcement has bodycam or dashcam footage of traffic incidents that they hold on to for a variety of reasons,” observed Mychal Frelix, another co-founder of TurnSignl. “With our app, drivers will have their own independent and secure record of what actually transpired. The era of ‘he said, she said’ in traffic stops has come to an end.”

The app’s most brilliant feature is decidedly analog in nature: a decal that a driver can place on the rear of the car and the inside windshield to alert law enforcement that the vehicle is part of the TurnSignl network. These stickers essentially serve a role akin to security logos that homeowners place near their home’s front entrance alerting potential criminals that the house is under constant surveillance.

“The app is not anti-cop,” emphasizes Andre Creighton, the third co-founder of TurnSignl. “But the decal quickly conveys to police officers that the diver is someone who takes his or her safety seriously. It’s not a get-out-of-jail-free card and if you were speeding, you were speeding. What we are doing is creating an environment that ensures that a routine speeding ticket doesn’t escalate into a violent or deadly outcome.”

TurnSignl gets its name from broken turn signals and taillights, common pretexts historically used by law enforcement to pull over drivers of color. But Hampton, Frelix and Creighton—all Black entrepreneurs—emphasize that this is not only a product for people of color.

Before closing their first round of investment, the company conducted a series of studies and found that women who drive alone often feel equally vulnerable when stopped by law enforcement. Teen drivers and immigrants—particularly those who are not completely fluent in English—represent other key demographics that will benefit from having a virtual lawyer in the passenger seat. “How many 16-year-olds know what to do when they get into a minor fender-bender?” asks Hampton. “This is a tool for parents of young drivers to make sure they remain calm, know what to do, and are getting the best advice on the spot.”

The TurnSignl co-founders, Mychal Frelix (Left), Andre Creighton (Center) and Jazz Hampton (Right). TurnSignl

TurnSignl will launch its beta product on May 14 in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area, just ahead of the one-year anniversary of the death of George Floyd. An official rollout will follow in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area, Atlanta, Chicago, Houston and other key markets. TurnSignl plans to achieve national coverage by 2023.  

Rashod Bateman, a 2021 first-round NFL draft pick of the Baltimore Ravens, is a big supporter of TurnSignl. “This is not just a product of the moment,” said the star wide receiver who played his college football at the University of Minnesota. “This is about bringing an added degree of transparency and accountability to situations that turn ugly far too often. It’s about turning down the volume and making sure everyone gets home safe.”

“TurnSignl is something that should be a standard benefit for every company that claims to value inclusion and diversity,” Bateman proposed. “After George Floyd, just about every major company in America was waving their hands and saying we need to do something about this. Now they can.”

TurnSignl believes that the app will quickly gain traction among corporate clients. “The interest we are getting from companies, some of which see this as an integral part of their in-house DEI initiatives, has been astounding,” Hampton said.

Individual subscription plans will also be available on the AppStore and GooglePlay for $9.99 a month or $75 a year. That’s cheaper than a basic Netflix subscription. 

“For anyone who feels particularly vulnerable when pulled over by the police, TurnSignl is a game-changer. It will completely upend the dynamics of traditional police traffic stops,” said Ethan Bearman, a business and legal analyst with Fox Business Network who has been vocal on police reform issues. “For many Americans, especially Black and Brown Americans, TurnSignl will make interactions with law enforcement a lot less harrowing. And it will save lives.”

One Year After George Floyd, This App Aims to Help Civilians In Police Interaction



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Jim Jefferies: ‘I wish I took better care of my body’

Jim Jefferies: ‘I wish I took better care of my body’
Jim Jefferies: ‘I wish I took better care of my body’


It’s probably no surprise that, as a comedian who has cultivated something of a bad-boy image throughout his hugely successful career, Jim Jefferies’ advice on taking illicit substances isn’t quite as straightforward as “don’t do drugs”.

As you might expect from the iconically acerbic comedian, his life advice is just a little more complicated than that.

“You won’t grow old if you take drugs – you’ve got to quit them at a fairly early age,” jokes the Los Angeles-based Aussie ex-pat.

“If you’re getting into your 40s and you’re still doing that garbage, you’re not going to be in good shape. Everything in moderation – good food, bad food, alcohol – small portions.”

So yes, he’s culled plenty of bad habits from his lifestyle but that doesn’t mean the 44-year-old has done a complete 360-degree turn.

You still won’t find him knocking out 100 sit-ups before breakfast, for example, and you’re more likely to find him lying in bed than out for an early morning jog.

“The first 30 minutes of every day is spent in bed thinking, ‘Can I get up today?’,” Jefferies says.

“I hit the snooze button four times, then a glass of water. I don’t eat breakfast – I don’t believe in breakfast. I like the food, I just don’t want to have it in the early morning.”

With a few Netflix specials under his belt, a podcast called I Don’t Know About That with Jim Jefferies and further live stand-up shows on the cards, Jefferies is busier than ever – a factor that he admits has made him reassess how he looks after himself.

“Taking care of my body is important because it’s the only one I’ve got,” he says.

“I don’t take great care of it, to be honest. I wish I’d taken better care of it. But I will say this – since marrying my wife I think I’ll live another 10 years because she’s vegan and I eat whatever food she cooks for herself.”

JIM JEFFERIES ON…

Fitness

“Getting older, I’ve started to realise you just can’t not exercise – if you don’t move, you won’t move. You have to keep moving,” he says.

“Also I don’t drink any longer. I actually had the early onset of psoriatic arthritis – I was waking up and my hands were clawed. Then I gave up the booze. It’s not fixed, but it’s 90 per cent better after I did that.”

Mindfulness

“I’ve started to do meditation lately. My wife’s into meditation and I’m just getting into it. I find it very hard to let my mind go, to let it go blank and meditate properly. I would like to get more into it.”

Foods he can’t live without

“Baked beans – I loved baked beans. Avocado – I probably eat an avocado a day. I love avocado. Pasta – they say it’s not good because it’s not refined and it’s white flour and that sort of stuff, but I’ll be happy to take a few years off my life if I keep getting to eat pasta.”

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