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Shane Warne death: Cricket legend arrives in Australia on private jet from Thailand

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The body of Shane Warne has returned home to Melbourne in a private jet as Australia prepares to farewell the sporting icon.

The late cricket legend arrived home from Thailand on Thursday night, six days after his sudden death from a suspected heart attack rocked the world.

His son Jackson Warne was seen arriving to Essendon Airport in a jeep shortly after the private plane landed about 8.40pm.

He looked downcast as he made his way to friends and family including Warne’s parents and his ex-wife Simone Callahan waiting in hangar nine.  This was the first time Ms Callahan has been in public since his death eight days ago. 

The hangar was closed shortly afterwards so his coffin could be privately removed from the plane.

A small army of fans were also at the airport to pay their respects to the late spin bowling legend, despite a heavy police presence.

A police helicopter hovered in the air for half an hour before and after the plane landed.

His mother clutched a white rose as a white van left the site. 

Warne, 52, was ferried home to Melbourne on a plane owned by one of millionaire Australian businessman Terry Peabody’s charter jets. Peabody, a former billionaire, is a prominent wine and waste management entrepreneur.

Thai authorities gave clearance for his body to be returned home this week after an autopsy report revealed Warne, 52, died of natural causes. 

Mother of Shane Warne, Bridgette Warne (left) holds a rose while a white van departs from a hangar at Essendon Airport in Melbourne on Thursday

Simone Callahan, ex-wife of Shane Warne is seen at a hangar at Essendon Airport in Melbourne

Simone Callahan, ex-wife of Shane Warne is seen at a hangar at Essendon Airport in Melbourne

A private jet carrying the body of cricket legend Shane Warne touched down at Essendon Airport on Thursday night

A private jet carrying the body of cricket legend Shane Warne touched down at Essendon Airport on Thursday night

Simone Callahan (right) ex-wife of Shane Warne looks with family members as a white van exits from a hangar at Essendon Airport in Melbourne

Simone Callahan (right) ex-wife of Shane Warne looks with family members as a white van exits from a hangar at Essendon Airport in Melbourne

His son Jackson Warne was seen arrivng to Essendon Airport in a jeep shortly after the private plane landed about 8.40pm

His son Jackson Warne was seen arrivng to Essendon Airport in a jeep shortly after the private plane landed about 8.40pm 

Jackson Warne looked downcast as he made his way to other friends and family waiting in the hangar

Jackson Warne looked downcast as he made his way to other friends and family waiting in the hangar 

The plane was parked in hangar nine, which then closed to ensure the private removal of Shane Warne's body from the plane

The plane was parked in hangar nine, which then closed to ensure the private removal of Shane Warne’s body from the plane

Warne’s body will either be collected by a funeral home or transported to the Victorian Institute of Forensic Medicine for a second autopsy if the family requests one. 

Earlier on Thursday morning, Warne’s coffin was draped in an Australian flag as the legendary cricketer began his final voyage home from Thailand, a journey that began before dawn.  

Thai police were seen loading Warne’s casket into the back of a waiting ambulance, ahead of a nine-hour flight by private jet from Don Mueang Airport in Bangkok.

Australian government officials, including Australia’s ambassador to Thailand, Allan McKinnon, were at Don Mueang Airport as the charter flight departed. 

A commercial Qantas flight from Bangkok to Sydney was also considered, but would have involved a transfer to Melbourne and would not have arrived at a private hangar, Nine newspapers reported on Tuesday. 

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade also assisted Warne’s family with the return of his body to Australia.

Shane Warne's PA Helen Nolan is seen clutching a can of Warne's own brand of mid-strength G&T

Shane Warne’s PA Helen Nolan is seen clutching a can of Warne’s own brand of mid-strength G&T

Shane Warne's PA Helen Nolan (wearing pink short) was seen looking emotional moments after the flight ended

Shane Warne’s PA Helen Nolan (wearing pink short) was seen looking emotional moments after the flight ended

Shane Warne's PA Helen Nolan (left) was comforted by airport staff after the body of much-loved sports icon returned home to Melbourne

Shane Warne’s PA Helen Nolan (left) was comforted by airport staff after the body of much-loved sports icon returned home to Melbourne

Warne’s eldest daughter Brooke, 24,  posted a heartbreaking tribute three hours before her father’s body arrived home.

‘Dad my heart is broken, This doesn’t feel real and doesn’t make sense that you are not here with us anymore, it doesn’t feel right, you were taken away too soon and life is so cruel,’ she captioned a snap of the pair from her childhood.

Her brother Jackson, 23, also shared a series of photos and videos with his dad.

‘Thankyou everyone for the overwhelming amount of support, messages and love,’ he wrote on Thursday night

The return of Warne’s body comes after friends and family gathered on Wednesday to discuss funeral arrangements.

The body of Shane Warne arrived home in Melbourne on a private jet (pictured) owned by Australian millionaire businessman Terry Peabody

The body of Shane Warne arrived home in Melbourne on a private jet (pictured) owned by Australian millionaire businessman Terry Peabody

The private jet left Bangkok on Thursday morning and landed at Melbourne's Essendon Airport that night

The private jet left Bangkok on Thursday morning and landed at Melbourne’s Essendon Airport that night

Jackson Warne drives away with family members after receiving his father's coffin at the Melbourne

Jackson Warne drives away with family members after receiving his father’s coffin at the Melbourne

A private memorial is expected to be held on March 20.

A state funeral will be held on March 30 at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, with as many of Warne’s fans as possible to be allowed to attend.

Many of Warne’s international celebrity pals are also expected to attend, including Coldplay frontman Chris Martin and singer Ed Sheeran.

The state memorial will be ticketed and live-streamed for those who can’t attend, with tickets to be made available to the public soon. 

‘There’s nowhere in the world more appropriate to farewell Warnie than the ‘G,’ Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews told reporters earlier this week.

‘There will be no limits on crowds and that sort of stuff. ‘It will be a very big event, it will be a celebration of his life as it should be.’ 

Around 100,000 people are expected to pack the MCG for the twilight service, the scene of Warne’s famous Ashes hat-trick in 1994 and 700th Test wicket on Boxing Day in 2006 before retiring from international cricket.

Moving images of Shane Warne's coffin draped with an Australian flag (pictured) have come as the legendary cricketer begins his final voyage home

Moving images of Shane Warne’s coffin draped with an Australian flag (pictured) have come as the legendary cricketer begins his final voyage home

A private jet carrying the coffin of the legendary cricketer has officially departed Don Mueang Airport and is scheduled to land in Melbourne at about 8pm on Thursday

A private jet carrying the coffin of the legendary cricketer has officially departed Don Mueang Airport and is scheduled to land in Melbourne at about 8pm on Thursday

CCTV captured Warne casually strolling through the villa holding several shirts after a visit to his favourite tailor just hours before he died of a shock heart attack

CCTV captured Warne casually strolling through the villa holding several shirts after a visit to his favourite tailor just hours before he died of a shock heart attack

Shane Warne’s final steps were captured on CCTV in the luxury Sumujana Villas at about 1:30pm on Friday – just hours before he died of a sudden heart attack. 

The legendary cricketer was seen holding several shirts following a visit to his favourite tailor in the Thai island town of Koh Samui.

Casually dressed in shorts, wearing a cap and holding his phone, Warne appeared at ease as he made his way through the foyer and back to his room for a relaxing massage and to watch the cricket from Pakistan. 

The legendary cricketer's body will be returned to his family in Melbourne on Thursday (pictured, Warne in Koh Samui)

The legendary cricketer’s body will be returned to his family in Melbourne on Thursday (pictured, Warne in Koh Samui)

The cricket legend was on a ‘boys trip’ at the luxury Samujana Villa resort in Koh Samui when he was found unresponsive in his room about 5pm local time. 

It’s understood no diet medications or heart drugs were found in Warne’s hotel room at the time of his death.

Earlier pictures from the initial investigation revealed several blood spatters in the room around Warne’s bed. 

Local police say the blood was due to lengthy and desperate CPR efforts, performed first by one of Warne’s mates and later by first responders.

The paramedic who first arrived on the scene described the sheer chaos as he tried to save Warne’s life with friends shouting ‘come on, Shane’ in the background.

Anuch Han-Iam said Warne’s frantic friends were already performing CPR when they arrived at the villa.

‘They were trying to bring him back to life… they were desperate. I think one was crying. Really stressed and panicked,’ he said earlier this week. 

The homecoming comes after an autopsy earlier this week confirmed the cricketer had died of a heart attack on the Island of Koh Samui last Friday

The homecoming comes after an autopsy earlier this week confirmed the cricketer had died of a heart attack on the Island of Koh Samui last Friday

Warnes' close friends and family are expected to hold a private ceremony to farewell the sporting legend from as early as next week (pictured, Warne with his three children)

Warnes’ close friends and family are expected to hold a private ceremony to farewell the sporting legend from as early as next week (pictured, Warne with his three children)

Warne (pictured with his son Jackson and daughters Summer and Brooke) had been suffering heart troubles in the weeks leading up to his death

Warne (pictured with his son Jackson and daughters Summer and Brooke) had been suffering heart troubles in the weeks leading up to his death

Warne (pictured in 2017) had  completed a 14-day liquid only diet before the trip, described by his manager James Erskine as 'extreme' and 'ridiculous'

Warne (pictured in 2017) had  completed a 14-day liquid only diet before the trip, described by his manager James Erskine as ‘extreme’ and ‘ridiculous’

Warne’s family reported he had been having heart troubles in the weeks leading up to his death, while it has also been noted he suffered from asthma. 

He previously mentioned he had tried ‘traditional Chinese medicine’ to lose a few kilos with his family confirming he would complete ’30-day fasting tea diets’ as he his weight fluctuated throughout his career.

Warne had also completed a 14-day liquid only diet, described by his manager James Erskine as ‘extreme’ and ‘ridiculous’.

‘It was a bit all or nothing. It was either white buns with butter and lasagne stuffed in the middle, or he would be having black and green juices,’ he said.

‘He obviously smoked most of his life [but] I don’t know, I think it was just a massive heart attack. That’s what I think has happened.’ 

 

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Hailey Bieber Details Terrifying ‘Life-Altering’ Mini-Stroke She Suffered And Procedure To Close Hole In Her Heart

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Hailey Bieber has spoken out in her “own words” about the “life-altering,” “scariest moment” of her life she had after suffering what she called a mini-stroke, and later underwent a procedure to close a hole in her heart.

The 25-year-old supermodel and wife of superstar singer Justin Bieber took to her YouTube channel Wednesday and opened up about the terrifying experience of being hospitalized last month after she suffered a blood clot to her brain that traveled through a hole in her heart between 12 and 13 millimeters, reported People magazine.

“I had, like, a very scary incident on March 10, basically,” Bieber shared. “I was sitting at breakfast with my husband, having a normal day … and all of the sudden, I felt this really weird sensation that kind of like traveled down my arm from my shoulder all the way down to my fingertips. And it made my fingertips feel really numb and weird.”

“Justin [her husband] was like, ‘Are you okay?’” she added, as she explained that she tried to respond to him, but she “couldn’t speak.” “The right side of my face started drooping; I couldn’t get a sentence out.”

“Obviously, immediately, I thought I was having a stroke,” the supermodel continued. “He thought I was having a stroke. Right away, he asked for somebody to please call 911 and get a doctor.”

Hailey said that where they were, there happened to be a medic who started asking her lots of questions and testing her arms, calling it definitely the “scariest moment” of her life. The model talked about how the “facial drooping lasted for probably like thirty seconds.” Her speech did came back, but her “anxiety” about what was happening just made “everything worse.”

“By the time I got to the emergency room, I was pretty much back to normal – [I] could talk, [I] wasn’t having any issues with my face or my arm,” Bieber explained.

She said scans revealed she had, in fact, suffered a “small blood clot” to her brain which was labeled a “TIA” [Transient Ischemic Attack]. Hailey told her followers it was basically like having a “mini-stroke.”

Doctors still weren’t sure what caused it, but she said it was widely believed it was a combination of birth-control issues, recently having COVID-19, and having just traveled “to Paris and back in a very short amount of time,” calling it a “perfect storm.”

Further testing at the University of California, Los Angeles, revealed Bieber had a Grade 5 PFO [a small opening in the heart that usually closes after birth]. The outlet said the hold measured between 12 and 13 millimeters. She later underwent a procedure to close the hole, and said it went “very smoothly” and she’s recovering.

“The biggest thing I feel is I just feel really relieved that we were able to figure everything out, that we were able to get it closed, that I will be able to just move on from this really scary situation and just live my life,” Hailey shared.

“If there’s anybody that watches this that has gone through the same thing or something similar, I definitely really empathize with you,” she concluded. “And I understand how life-altering and scary it is.”

Bieber, who’s the daughter of actor Stephen Baldwin and Kennya Baldwin, married her husband Justin in 2018.

Related: Hailey Baldwin Credits Christian Faith For Marriage To Justin Bieber

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Wikipedia’s Left-Wing Bias

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I love Wikipedia. I donated thousands of dollars to the Wikimedia Foundation.

Before Wikipedia, all we had were printed encyclopedias—out of date by the time we bought them.

Then libertarian Jimmy Wales came up with a web-based, crowd-sourced encyclopedia.

Crowd-sourced? A Britannica editor called Wikipedia “a public restroom.” But Wales won the battle. Britannica’s encyclopedias are no longer printed.

Congratulations to Wales.

But recently, I learned that Wikipedia co-founder Larry Sanger now says Wikipedia’s political pages have turned into leftist “propaganda.”

That’s upsetting. Leftists took over the editing?

Sadly, yes. I checked it out.

All editing is done by volunteers. Wales hoped there would be enough diverse political persuasions that biases would be countered by others.

But that’s not what’s happening.

Leftists just like to write. Conservatives build things: companies, homes, farms.

You see the pattern comparing political donations from different professions: Surgeons, oil workers, truck drivers, loggers, and pilots lean right; artists, bartenders, librarians, reporters, and teachers lean left.

Conservatives don’t have as much time to tweet or argue on the web. Leftists do. And they love doing it. This helps them take over the media, universities, and now, Wikipedia.

Jonathan Weiss is what Wikipedia calls a “Top 100” Wikipedian because he’s made almost half a million edits. He says he’s noticed new bias: “Wikipedia does a great job on things like science and sports, but you see a lot of political bias come into play when you’re talking current events.”

Weiss is no conservative. In presidential races, he voted for Al Gore, Ralph Nader, and Barack Obama. Never for a Republican. “I’ve really never identified strongly with either political party,” he says.

Maybe that’s why he notices the new Wikipedia bias.

“People on the left far outweigh people on the center and the right … a lot [are] openly socialist and Marxist.” Some even post pictures of Che Guevara and Lenin on their own profiles.

These are the people who decide which news sources Wikipedia writers may cite. Wikipedia’s approved “Reliable sources” page rejects political reporting from Fox but calls CNN and MSNBC “reliable.”

Good conservative outlets like The Federalist, the Daily Caller, and The Daily Wire are all deemed “unreliable.” Same with the New York Post (That’s probably why Wikipedia called Hunter Biden’s emails a conspiracy theory even after other liberal media finally acknowledged that they were real).

While it excludes Fox, Wikipedia approves even hard left media like Vox, Slate, The Nation, Mother Jones, and Jacobin, a socialist publication.

Until recently, Wikipedia’s “socialism” and “communism” pages made no mention of the millions of people killed by socialism and communism. Even now, deaths are “deep in the article,” says Weiss, “treated as an arcane academic debate. But we’re talking about mass murder!”

The communism page even adds that we cannot ignore the “lives saved by communist modernization”! This is nuts.

Look up “concentration and internment camps” and you’ll find, along with the Holocaust, “Mexico-United States border,” and under that, “Trump administration family separation policy.”

What? Former President Donald Trump’s border controls, no matter how harsh, are very different from the Nazi’s mass murder.

Wikipedia does say “anyone can edit.” So, I made a small addition for political balance, mentioning that President Barack Obama built those cages.

My edit was taken down.

I wrote Wikipedia founder Wales to say that if his creation now uses only progressive sources, I would no longer donate.

He replied, “I totally respect the decision not to give us more money. I’m such a fan and have great respect for you and your work.” But then he said it is “just 100% false … that ‘only globalist, progressive mainstream sources’ are permitted.”

He gave examples of left-wing media that Wikipedia rejects, like Raw Story and Occupy Democrats.

I’m glad he rejects them. Those sites are childishly far left.

I then wrote again to ask why “there’s not a single right-leaning media outlet Wiki labels ‘reliable’ about politics, [but] Vox, Slate, The Nation, Mother Jones, CNN, MSNBC” get approval.

Wales then stopped responding to my emails.

Unless Wikipedia’s bias is fixed, I’ll be skeptical reading anything on the site.

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Public Health England to blame for sending patients to care homes without Covid tests

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Speaking on condition of anonymity, Whitehall officials alleged that Prof Duncan Selbie, the former PHE chief executive, was ultimately responsible for informing Mr Hancock of the risks.

Prof Selbie is working as a senior adviser to the DHSC. Neither he nor the department responded to requests for comment on Wednesday.

Mr Hancock, who was replaced by Sajid Javid last year, claimed the High Court ruling had exonerated him and the had been cleared “of any wrongdoing” because PHE “failed to tell ministers what they knew about asymptomatic transmission”.

The High Court judges concluded that care home policies in March and April 2020 were “irrational” because they failed to advise that those discharged from hospitals “should, so far as practicable, be kept apart from other residents for up to 14 days”.

“Since there is no evidence that this question was considered by the secretary of state, or that he was asked to consider it, it is not an example of a political judgment on a finely balanced issue,” they said. “Nor is it a point on which any of the expert committees had advised that no guidance was required.”

After the ruling, Boris Johnson said he wanted to “renew my apologies and sympathies” to relatives who lost loved ones, adding: “The thing we didn’t know in particular was that Covid could be transmitted asymptomatically in the way that it was.”

However, the risks of asymptomatic transmission had been highlighted by Sir Patrick Vallance, the Government’s chief scientific adviser for England, who said it was “quite likely” as early as March 13 2020. Varying levels of risk had been outlined in papers from late January, the ruling said.

The judicial review was brought by Dr Cathy Gardner and Fay Harris, whose fathers, Michael Gibson and Donald Harris, died after testing positive for Covid.

‘Opens the floodgates for potential claims’

Paul Conrathe, a solicitor at Sinclairslaw who was instructed by both women, said: “It’s possible that care home providers and relatives who lost loved ones in the first wave could bring compensation claims. The Government was found to have acted ‘irrationally’ – that’s a very high legal hurdle.”

Nadra Ahmed, who chairs the National Care Association, said the ruling “opens the floodgates for potential claims to be brought against government policy”.

“This will be especially pertinent where the individual was not given a choice,” she said. “There will be a lot of people assimilating to the information as they consider if the loss of their loved one was premature, and holding the Government to account is the only way forward for them.”

Helen Wildbore, the director of the Relatives and Residents Association, said that the ruling proved “the protective ring around care homes was non-existent” and that older people were “abandoned at the outset of the pandemic”.

A government spokesman said it had been a “very difficult decision” to discharge hospital patients into care homes, taken when evidence on asymptomatic transmission was “extremely uncertain”.

The spokesman added: “We acknowledge the judge’s comments on assessing the risks of asymptomatic transmission and our guidance on isolation, and will respond in more detail in due course.”


‘He was in a home and should have been safe’

They stood outside the Royal Courts of Justice, two women unknown to each other before the Covid pandemic but brought together by tragedy, writes Tom Ough.

Cathy Gardner spoke first, delivering a steely reading of a statement. Matt Hancock’s boast of a “protective ring” encircling care homes, Dr Gardner said, was “a despicable lie of which he ought to be ashamed and for which he ought to apologise”.

Fay Harris, more downcast in demeanour but no less forthright, told journalists: “I have lost precious years with my wonderful Dad.”

Both women lost their fathers in early 2020, arguing that they might still be alive were it not for hospital patients having been discharged into care homes without having been tested for Covid.

Michael Gibson, born in 1931, had been a superintendent registrar of births and deaths. “He was in a home and should have been safe,” Dr Gardner told The Independent after his death.

Mr Gibson, who had advanced dementia, had fallen ill a couple of weeks before the first lockdown. Staff at his care home were unable to procure tests for Covid, but the virus is believed to have struck him down.

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