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We don’t need another ‘personal safety’ reminder

A number of years ago, I went out with a group of friends for the evening. We were in our 20s, drinking, dancing, flirting and having a grand old time.

As our shenanigans came to a close at around 1am, I hustled my very, very drunk friend into a taxi (yes, I’m showing my age – this was before Uber!).

“I’m sorry to do this, but can I have a look at your ID?” I asked the cab driver. He smiled knowingly as he handed it over and said, “Not a problem, write it down if you like – and note down my cab number. I’ll get her home safely, I promise.”

This situation, or variations of it, are familiar to almost every single female on the Gold Coast. On the planet.

As women, we are ALWAYS on alert about our personal safety. When we’re not sober, our friends are on alert for us.

It’s a constant state of being. For complete clarity around this topic, men, please know this: as women, we are always aware of our surroundings.

When we happen to be alone in public, we are hyper aware of our surroundings.

And when we happen to be alone, and it’s night time? Well, to be honest, being attacked is all we think about. We assume that every single male we encounter is a potential rapist. We will cross the road to avoid people. We will think of Eurydice and Jill and Masa and we pray to whoever is listening that we’ll get home safely.

When a horrific tragedy unfolds such as the devastating events of last week, we don’t need to be reminded to take care of our personal safety.

I found myself nodding emphatically when Sally Rugg, executive director of change.org, wrote: “When we hear that young women are raped and murdered while walking home at night, it shakes the rest of us to our core. Not because it’s unthinkable, but because it reaffirms what we’re scared of *all the time*.”

Lisa Wilkinson shared her views on The Project and she perfectly summed up what a generation of women are thinking…

What happens next?

How do we avoid another Eurydice tragedy?

Because the honest to God truth is, telling women to ‘be more aware’ isn’t going to change a thing.

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Kelly Rowland’s Sam Perry crowned winner of The Voice Australia 2018

Kelly Rowland’s game-changing contestant Sam Perry has won The Voice Australia 2018.

The 28-year-old looping artist from Perth was crowned the winner of the popular reality TV show on Sunday night, scoring himself a recording contract with Universal Music and $100,000 cash.

Before Perry took out the title, host Sonia Kruger announced a double elimination which saw Team Joe’s Aydan Calafiore and Prince George’s Sheldon Riley out of the competition.

It then left both of Kelly Rowland’s artists, Sam Perry and Bella Paige in the running for the top spot, before Kruger announced Sam had taken out the title.

This year’s live finale received more than one million votes, with Kruger confirming it was a new record for the show.

Sam’s winners single ‘Trust Myself’ can be downloaded here.

The wait is over… Topgolf set to open on the Gold Coast today!

Gold Coasters, the wait is finally over.

Australia’s first ever Topgolf venue is set to open in Oxenford today, so grab your mates and prepare for a bit of friendly competition!

The much-anticipated opening has been months in the making, with Topgolf Australia CEO, Kirk Edwards revealing he’s excited the day has finally arrived.

“This is an exciting time for everyone involved with our team now focused on creating great times for all guests and we cannot wait to welcome the local community for an unforgettable experience,” he said.

“At Topgolf, guests are assigned a private hitting bay where they can choose from seven games and score points by hitting microchipped balls into targets, all while enjoying food items from an outstanding chef-driven menu, top-shelf drinks, big screen TVs and music.

While the concept is hugely appealing to golfers, Mr Edwards says the majority of guests will be “non-golfers who enjoy the social and interactive ambiance”.

The three-level venue, which is located adjacent to Warner Bros. Movie World, is fitted with 90 climate-controlled hitting bays that can host up to six players at one time as well as 2,690 square feet of private event space for corporate and social gatherings.

For more information about Topgolf, click here.

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Leading youth performers from US and Australia to take to HOTA stage for Ocean Notes

Some of the most talented youth musicians and singers from the United States will hit the stage with the Gold Coast’s finest young voices this Sunday at HOTA, Home of the Arts.

The Colorado Springs Youth Symphony, Phoenix Children’s Chorus and Gold Coast Choir will come together for a special afternoon performance called Ocean Notes: A Musical Celebration.

The concert will feature a combination of classical and light music, with all proceeds raised from the show to be donated to Northcliffe and Mermaid Beach Surf Life Saving Clubs.

Vice President of United World Concert Tours, Catherine Schulthess told myGC the American groups are highly acclaimed and have won numerous accolades internationally.

“If you close your eyes and just listen to their performance, you would never know they were High School students,” she said.

“The Gold Coast Choir are also brilliant, and recently performed at the Commonwealth Games.”

Ms Schulthess encouraged Gold Coasters to snap up tickets to the show.

“Not only are you supporting these kids, but by coming along you will be supporting two great surf clubs as well. And I believe audiences will be able to enjoy a tasty BBQ after the show too!”

Ocean Notes: A Musical Celebration is on this Sunday 17 June at 4pm at HOTA. Tickets are $10, with all proceeds going to Northcliffe and Mermaid Beach Surf Life Saving Clubs. For more information, and to book, visit: hota.com.au/music/ocean-notes-musical-celebration/

This is a sponsored editorial brought to you by United World Concert Tours

 

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Singapore Summit: Donald Trump, Kim Jong-un make history

UPDATE @ 13 June, 6.30 AM | One of the most anticipated meetings between two world leaders has wrapped up in Singapore, with US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un vowing to work towards complete denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula.

The pair made history on Monday when they met for the historic summit at the luxurious Capella Hotel on Sentosa Island.

It’s the first time a sitting US President has met for talks with a North Korean leader.

After three hours of meetings and a shared lunch, President Trump described Kim Jong-Un as a “talented man who loves his country” and said the two now share a “very special bond”.

“My meeting with Chairman Kim was honest, direct, and productive. We got to know each other well in a very confined period of time, under very strong, strong circumstance. We’re prepared to start a new history and we’re ready to write a new chapter between our nations,” Trump said in a statement.

“Chairman Kim and I just signed a joint statement in which he reaffirmed his “unwavering commitment to complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.

“We also agreed to vigorous negotiations to implement the agreement as soon as possible.  And he wants to do that.  This isn’t the past.  This isn’t another administration that never got it started and therefore never got it done.”

Mr Trump also revealed that North Korea is already destroying a major missile engine testing site.

“That’s a big thing — for the missiles that they were testing, the site is going to be destroyed very soon,” he said.

It’s understood US sanctions on North Korea will stay in place until denucleariation is achieved.

EARLIER @ 12 June, 2.40 PM | One of the most anticipated meetings between two world leaders has wrapped up in Singapore.

US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un made history on Tuesday, when the pair met for the historic summit at the luxurious Capella Hotel on Sentosa Island.

It’s the first time a sitting US President has met for talks with a North Korean leader.

Speaking to reporters following the one-on-one meeting and working lunch, President Trump said things went “better than anybody could have expected.”

“We had a fantastic meeting, a lot of progress, we are going now for a signing,” Trump said, however did not go into any further detail about what was being signed.

It’s understood the pair will announce further details about the signing in due course.

The leaders greeted each other for the first time on the steps of the hotel, shaking hands in front of a neat display of US and North Korean flags for a solid 12 seconds.

EARLIER @ 7.30 AM | One of the most anticipated meetings between two world leaders is almost upon us.

Today, Donald Trump will make history as he becomes the first sitting US President to meet directly with a North Korean leader.

Trump will hold peace talks with North Korea’s Kim Jong-un as the pair meet for a highly-anticipated encounter at the luxurious Capella Hotel on Sentosa Island.

The talks are believed to begin at at 9:00am local time (11:00am AEST), with President Trump then scheduled to hold a media briefing following the summit.

It’s understood the pair will speak one-on-one with only translators, before heading into a larger meeting.

Speaking on Seven’s Sunrise on Tuesday morning, Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said it’s probably a little too early to speculate about what to expect.

“It’s too early to speculate what we might see from this summit, but I think that both leaders will want to see a deal that represents progress towards their goal,” Ms Bishop told the breakfast program.

“We certainly wish the summit every success, we want to see progress towards an enduring peace on the Korean Peninsula and we want to see North Korea become a law abiding nation.”

Minister Bishop said President Trump has an “unorthodox diplomatic style” while Kim Jong-Un is “most certainly an unorthodox leader.”

“But between them they do hold the peace and stability of our region in their hands, so we want to see a successful summit that sets out a path as to how there can be complete verifiable, irreversible dismantling of North Korea’s weapons and nuclear weapons program,” she said.

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