Every single day at school was a battle for Walter Smithers, as he struggled with reading. "It's hard not to feel like a failure when everything you're doing isn't your strength," he said. "When you've got dyslexia, everything you do at school is difficult. "School wasn't my favourite time. I didn't enjoy it and there was a lot of pain." It was even harder for Walter to watch his twin brother, Louis, excel at school. While Louis got a scholarship at a private school, Walter dropped out. He is now pursuing his passion for filmmaking at Swinburne University of Technology, but remembers the frustration of his school years "When you're a kid, the word dumb has a big impact on you," he said. Walter and Louis's mother Carolyn Merritt says she realised early that W...
DURING her almost 30-year-long career at Channel 10, Angela Bishop has established herself as the pre-eminent showbiz reporter in Australia. Nowadays you’d be hard pressed to name an A-list celebrity that the entertainment guru hasn’t interviewed, but not all of her interactions went smoothly. In a news.com.au exclusive, Angela Bishop opened up about the best and worst stars she’s met over the years. Here’s what she had to say: THE BEST • Jack Nicholson: He’s always awesome. I first met him when As Good As It Gets was coming out. At the time I used to take a Signature Bear with me to get signed by people I interviewed which I then auctioned off to raise money for the Sydney Breast Cancer Foundation. When I asked Jack to sign it he said, “Breasts Angela. Great cause!”
The body is about 60% water, give or take. We’re constantly losing water from our bodies, primarily via urine and sweat. There are many different opinions on how much water we should be drinking every day. The health authorities commonly recommend eight 8-ounce glasses, which equals about 2 liters, or half a gallon. This is called the 8×8 rule and is very easy to remember. However, there are other health gurus who think we’re always on the brink of dehydration and that we need to sip on water constantly throughout the day… even when we’re not thirsty. As with most things, this depends on the individual and there are many factors (both internal and external) that ultimately affect our need for water. I’d like to take a look at some of the studies on water intake and
The Cavs and Warriors are playing in their third consecutive NBA Finals, but that doesn’t mean everything is the same. Most of the pieces are similar, but there are a lot of changes in both of these teams over the course of the past year, some bigger than others. Honorable mention: Steve Kerr's health We’ll get to the five biggest differences later, but we’d be remiss if we didn’t mention the absence of Steve Kerr on the court for Golden State. The record-setting coach hasn’t been on the bench since the second game of this year’s playoffs as he deals with lingering issues from back surgery last year. But Kerr not coaching the Finals (assuming he doesn’t return) probably won’t be too big of a deal considering the Warriors have done just fine without him. He’s still with the team on t
Loose Women star Nadia Sawalha made an emotional confession about losing her hair and being told she has the balding gene. The TV presenter was in the process of talking about a new curly hair product when she broke down in tears during a video uploaded to her Facebook on Tuesday evening. Nadia, 52, found herself weeping as she opened up about the effects of hair loss and saying goodbye to her beloved curls. She told fans she’s often praised for having “gorgeous, glorious, wonderful, amazing natural curls” but they’re actually not real. “They’re fake,” she said. “I used to have the most amazing hair, it was my crowning glory and my most favourite ting about myself and the one thing I didn’t have to worry about myself, looks wise. It was thick, lustrous, I didn’t hav
The beautiful but haunting shores of Loch Ness are the backdrop for a major new ITV murder mystery. Laura Fraser plays a policewoman who is hunting a serial killer in an idyllic Highland town but for the actress, it gave her the chance to investigate Scotland’s stunning scenery. Filming in Fort Augustus, which doubled for the fictional Lochnefoy, and the surrounding area was an education for the Glaswegian. The 40-year-old admitted said: “I’d never been to Loch Ness before. And I’d never been to a lot of the places we went to. Which is disgraceful. Or if I did, I didn’t remember because I was probably just a young child. The Great Glen was impressive. And I really loved Glen Coe. It was where they shot Skyfall. “It’s the most beautiful place I’ve ever been to in my life.
Running is not only great for the soul but good for your well-being. You’ve probably heard it said that exercise is medicine. Well, it’s not just a saying; it’s the truth. There’s a raft of scientific evidence that proves that regular exercise (150 minutes per week, which is about 30 minutes five times per week)—and running in particular—has health benefits that extend well beyond any pill a doctor could prescribe. Studies have shown that running can help prevent obesity, type 2 diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, stroke, some cancers, and a host of other unpleasant conditions. What’s more, scientists have shown that running also vastly improves the quality of your emotional and mental life, and even helps you live longer. Here’s how: 1. Running makes you happier.
Contract signed, Valverde intends to instantly make up lost ground Barcelona: Ernesto Valverde wants to start his tenure as Barcelona coach in the best way possible, by beating Real Madrid. Shortly after becoming Barcelona’s 57th coach on Thursday, Valverde said his first goal was to get ready for a trio of “clasico” matches coming over the next few months. “It makes the challenge we have ahead of us even bigger,” Valverde said about Barcelona’s friendly against Madrid in Miami on July 29 before the curtain-raising Spanish Super Cup in August. “I just arrived, and I still have to think about everything, but it is important that the players find their form in the warm-up matches before the Super Cup,” Valverde said at his first news conference near Camp Nou. “W
Washington: President Donald Trump on Thursday announced America’s withdrawal from the Paris climate deal, signaling a policy shift with wide-ranging repercussions for the climate and Washington’s ties with the world. In a highly anticipated statement from the White House Rose Garden, Trump said the United States would abandon the current deal — but was open to negotiating a new one. “As of today, the United States will cease all implementation of the non-binding Paris accord and the draconian financial and economic burdens the agreement imposes on our country,” Trump said. “We’re getting out but we’ll start to negotiate and we will see if we can make a deal that’s fair. And if we can, that’s great. And if we can’t, that’s fine.” Although details and the timeframe
Adobe today is launching a new mobile app that makes it easier to convert paper documents and other things into digital, editable PDF files. While there’s no shortage of scan-to-PDF apps on the App Store, many are not free, have a dated design, or simply convert an image to PDF format, but don’t allow for edits. Adobe Scan, meanwhile, uses optical character recognition (OCR) to convert the printed text to digital text that can then be searched, selected, copied or annotated in Acrobat Reader DC or Acrobat DC. In addition, Adobe says the free app doesn’t limit you on the number of pages you can scan nor does it downgrade the quality. Of course, another advantage – or disadvantage, depending on your viewpoint – to using Adobe’s app over scanners from, say, Microsoft (Office Lens), Goog