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Commonwealth Bank to refund over $10 million to customers

More than 65,000 Commonwealth Bank customers will be refunded a total of approximately $10 million after being sold “unsuitable” credit insurance.

The Bank says customers had been sold CreditCard Plus or Home Loan Protection insurance which is meant to help borrowers meet their repayments if they become sick, injured or involuntarily unemployed. But many of those who received the insurance weren’t eligible because they were either unemployed at the time or a student.

CommBank will also refund approximately $586,000 in premiums to around 10,000 customers after it over-insured those customers – resulting in customers being over-charged premiums.

The bank will be contacting customers who were affected.

The Australian Securities & Investments Commission (ASIC) Deputy Chair Peter Kell said it was unacceptable that customers were sold insurance that did not meet their needs.

“Customers should not be sold products that provide little or not benefit, and banks should have processes in place to ensure this,” he said.

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2018 Games: Here’s how you can star in the opening and closing ceremonies!

THOUSANDS of everyday Gold Coasters have been given a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to be part of history and star in the opening and closing ceremonies of next year’s 2018 Commonwealth Games.

Up to 4,000 volunteer cast members representing the breadth and diversity of the Gold Coast community are needed to perform alongside established and celebrated professional artists.

A global audience of 1.5 billion people is expected to tune in to watch the Opening and Closing ceremonies live on TV.

GOLDOC Chairman, Peter Beattie AC said today’s announcement was an exciting opportunity for locals to experience one of the most thrilling aspects of the Games.

“The Opening and Closing Ceremonies represent an extraordinary occasion for thousands of local people to be a part of GC2018,” said Mr Beattie.

“To perform in such a high profile event is something they will remember forever.”

Minister for the Commonwealth Games, Kate Jones said the opportunity to be part of the Opening and Closing Ceremonies is something that comes along once-in-a-lifetime.

“It’s a great opportunity to get behind one of the greatest success stories for the Gold Coast.

“It will be a game changer and a rolled gold opportunity to showcase all that is great about the Gold Coast.

“With a global TV audience of 1.5 billion watching the Opening and Closing ceremonies, that level of exposure is priceless.

“One of the best ways to show the world what the Gold Coast has to offer is through one of our best assets – our people.”

GOLDOC CEO, Mark Peters spoke about the significance of the Ceremonies for the Gold Coast community.

“The world will be watching us during the Opening and Closing Ceremonies, so we are inviting proud Gold Coast residents who are passionate about representing their community and showing the rest of Australia and the Commonwealth what we are made of, to give it a go and submit an application,” Mr Peters said.

Do you want to join the cast but don’t have any experience under your belt? No problem. Just a bucket load of enthusiasm and a passion to represent the heart and soul of the Gold Coast is all you need.

Applications to be part of the volunteer performance cast for both the Opening and Closing Ceremonies, opened this morning. They’ll close at midnight on Sunday 3 September, with auditions tipped to commence in October.

Click here to apply!

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WATCH: Tom Cruise stunt fail on set of M:I 6

He loves to boast about still doing most of his stunts, but Tom Cruise may need a re-think.

The 55-year-old evergreen actor slammed into a building when a stunt went wrong on the London set of Mission Impossible 6.

The Hollywood star was attempting to leap from a platform onto the building, when he fell short and appeared to hurt his ribs and knee.

Cruise, who was hooked-up to wires, climbed on to the roof and limped towards crew members before collapsing in pain.

But, like a true stuntman, he got back up and was pulled over to the platform to be assessed.

The extent of his injuries are unknown.

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Former Home & Away star Johnny Ruffo has had a brain tumor removed

Former Home and Away star Johnny Ruffo has had to have emergency surgery to have a brain tumor removed.

The 29-year-old singer and actor, who first shot to fame on X-Factor in 2011, took to social media on Thursday, filling his fans in on the news.

“Some things in life really put things into perspective, hoping for a positive result, keep me in your thoughts,” Ruffo captioned two images of himself post-operation.

In one of the photos, Ruffo’s stapled forehead is graphically displayed, while the other shows him giving a cheerful thumbs up in his hospital bed.

Some things in life really put things into persepective, hoping for a positive result, keep me in your thoughts x

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Fans and celebrities have since flooded the singer’s Instagram page with well wishes.

“Praying for you” Former Home and Away star Esther Anderson wrote.

“Thinking of you lad,” NRL player Sam Burgess commented.

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Free relaxation workshop launched for locals affected by cancer

Gold Coasters affected by cancer will be able to enjoy a free relaxation workshop this month.

The two-hour Learning to Relax Workshop will be held on Wednesday, August 30, from 10am until 12pm, and is one of a series of free workshops Cancer Council Queensland is piloting across the state.

Cancer Council Queensland CEO Ms Chris McMillan said the workshop would offer free, practical assistance to local cancer patients. “We know how demanding the experience of cancer can be, not only for those diagnosed by cancer, but their carers, family and friends,” Ms McMillan said.

“We’re proud to pilot this new workshop on the Gold Coast, offering locals affected by cancer simple and effective strategies to relax and refocus.

“The workshops are run by our experienced Cancer Counselling Services staff, who understand the psychological impacts of a cancer diagnosis and treatment, and are underpinned by research supporting the benefits of relaxation in reducing anxiety.

“Exploring stress responses and learning relaxation exercises can also be useful for managing challenges in daily life, regardless of age or situation.”

One person is diagnosed with cancer every 20 minutes in Queensland – in the Gold Coast region alone, around 3630 people are diagnosed each year.

Ms McMillan said the Learning to Relax Workshop was one of the many great initiatives the charity’s Community Support Program can provide through the generous support of the community. “Patients can seek support at any stage of their cancer journey, from time of diagnosis, during and post treatment,” Ms McMillan said.

“We encourage all locals who have been affected by cancer to join us at the Learning to Relax Workshop and to get in touch now if they need support, information or referrals.”

The Learning to Relax Workshop will be held on Wednesday, August 30, from 10am until 12pm, at Cancer Council Queensland’s Southport office, 1 Short Street. Registrations can be made prior to August 25 by calling Cancer Council’s 13 11 20 or emailing livingmindfully@cancerqld.org.au.