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Grisly reality of Ebola epidemic

Written By kom limapulan on Selasa, 02 September 2014 | 14.06

When it comes to surviving one of the world's deadliest diseases, there are few options and no guarantees.

A health care worker, wearing a protective suit, leaves a high-risk area in Monrovia. Pic: AFP. Source: AFP

INFECTED items are burnt, bodies are buried, schools are closed and flights are empty.

The deadly Ebola epidemic raging across Africa shows no signs of abating, with 3000 cases reported and 1500 deaths across five countries.

The World Health Organisation predicts there will be 20,000 cases and another six months before it is brought under control.

Health workers burn infected items in Monrovia, the hardest hit area. Source: AFP

Liberia has been hardest hit by the virus, which has impacted all areas of life. Pic: AFP. Source: AFP

So far, the outbreak has hit Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Nigeria with the first case reported in Senegal this week. A suspected case in Sweden was negative.

Yesterday nurses at Liberia's biggest hospital — the epicentre for the epidemic — went on strike to demand better pay and equipment.

The decision is in response to the fact one tenth of those who have died from the disease are health workers who haven't been given proper protective clothing.

Gloves are disinfected at a volunteer hospital. Pic: AFP. Source: AFP

A medical worker watches a strike for better salaries. Pic: AFP. Source: AFP

A spokesman for the group said they won't return until they are given hazmat style suits to guard against the virus — which is transmitted via bodily fluids and has a fatality rate of up to 90 per cent.

"From the beginning of the Ebola outbreak we have not had any protective equipment to work with. As result, so many doctors got infected by the virus. We have to stay home until we get the PPEs," John Tugbeh said.

Women demonstrate to raise awareness of the virus. Pic: AFP. Source: AFP

Infected people are left to die in the street, often stigmatised by the disease. Pic: AP. Source: AP

Liberia has denied permission for crews to embark from seaports into the country until the outbreak is under control. Pic: AFP. Source: AFP

A prolonged shutdown will seriously affect the country's ability to respond to the disease.

But Mr Tugbeh said in order to risk their lives, the nurses need proper equipment and pay.

A boy washes his hands before entering a mass on Sunday in Liberia. Pic: AFP. Source: AFP

Efforts to prevent the disease have focused on hygiene and educating people about how it spreads. Pic: AFP. Source: AFP

The epidemic has affected all facets of life across Africa since it reportedly started with a 2-year-old child in Guinea.

In Liberia, civil servants and non-essential workers have been ordered to stay home for a second month to stop the virus spreading.

A large slum was locked down in a 10-day quarantine which affected 75,000 people. Schools are also closed.

Thousands celebrate after their slum was released from lockdown. Being confined meant many people didn't have access to food or freshwater. Pic: AP. Source: AP

Sports trips have been cancelled while Ivory Coast has been warned it will be expelled from the African Cup of Nations if they don't host Sierra Leone in a qualifying match. The country has refused entry to players from the Ebola hit country.

Saudi Arabia has stopped granting visas to workers from Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone and airlines have cancelled international flights to the region.

An empty flight bound for Monrovia. Pic: AFP. Source: AFP

A child prays at a church in Monrovia. Source: AFP

Meanwhile scientists are racing for a cure and it's a case of act first, think later when it comes to drugs that could be used to fight it.

One drug that has been used with success is ZMapp, taken by two US missionary workers who contracted the disease while working in West Africa and were flown to the US to recover.

Last week, scientists reported 18 monkeys infected with a different strain of Ebola and given the drug recovered, although it hasn't been officially determined safe for human use.

Despite this, all available stocks have been shipped to Africa. But even if it does work, the process of growing it on tobacco leaves is slow, and there is little hope enough can be made in time.

The supply of the one drug that has proven effective has been exhausted. Pictured, tobacco plants grow to create the ZMapp drug. Pic: AP. Source: AP

Meanwhile other vaccine candidates are in trail phase. Source: AP

A sick child is carried to an outside hospital. Lack of adequate facilities have been a major factor in the epidemic. Pic: AFP. Source: AFP

Japanese company Fujifilm is also trying to help. It has been producing flu drug Avigan which scientists think could help combat Ebola.

So far, the two American doctors who received treatment in the US have recovered while another Liberian doctor and a Spanish priest have died. Another two medical staff have been flown to London and are still being treated.

Airports around the world remain on high alert for sick travellers with signs of the disease.

In Africa, members of the World Health Organisation have been asked to avoid large gathering that could facilitate the spread of the disease.

For most people, there is nothing do to but wait.

A woman waits in Monrovia, Liberia. Pic: AP. Source: AP


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Is everyone taking nude selfies?

Keep your clothes ON when you're taking a selfie. Source: Supplied

IN THE past 24 hours, anyone who wanted to get a glimpse of actress Jennifer Lawrence naked has had the chance after a hacker accessed and released nude snaps of her and a host of other celebrities.

But it wasn't just one or two sneaky pics — the hacker reportedly got hold of 60 shots of Lawrence baring all, leaving feminists outraged, older generations in shock and younger ones shrugging their shoulders (while frantically scrolling).

There are no official Australian statistics about how many people have sent a sext, but an Australian-first study into our social media habits released in June found that three out of five Aussie males who use the app Snapchat admitted to sending sexual content. The figure was one in five for women.

Overseas studies suggest one in 10 young people have taken a nude photo of themselves and sent it, and one in five young people have seen such an image.

"Sexting is part of many people's courtship now," Dr Lauren Rosewarne, a University of Melbourne pop culture researcher, told news.com.au.

"There's no single demographic doing this — any sexually active person with access to technology can do it."

Jennifer Lawrence has had her icloud account hacked. Source: Getty Images

In fact, sex therapist Somerset Maxwell says her hunch would be that more people have taken sexy selfies than have not.

"Five years ago far less women would have sent photos of their boobs or themselves in lingerie to a man," she said.

"Now a lot of people have nude pics on their phones. I have girlfriends who send nude Snapchats to their husbands at work."

So are people more risqué than ever before? Probably not, according to Dr Rosewarne.

"We have a long history of sharing intimate photos with loved ones — phones and cameras are just aiding what we have always been doing," she said.

"A lot more people are doing it simply because of the tools available to them."

RELATED: Jennifer Lawrence nude photos leaked: Hacker posts explicit pics

RELATED: Australia-first study reveals our changing social media habits, as users shift towards Snapchat, Instagram and Vine

Of course, your chances of others seeing your pics are much higher now, too.

"Once upon a time if you had nude photos taken there were only one set of negatives and they could easily be destroyed," Dr Rosewarne says.

"It's not the case with digital files, which are completely impossible to reign back in."

Snapchat makes sending naked pics easier. Source: Supplied

Maxwell said sending nude pictures seemed to be an evolution of selfie culture, often driven by narcissism and low self-esteem.

"Women who do it regularly usually want validation that they are beautiful and hot – they are desperate for someone to like them for how they look," she said.

"It's hard to generalise but a very secure, confident person might do it with one person but they are less likely to engage in a prolific level."

Dr Rosewarne said it's often the next step after taking and sharing selfies.

"It's a more risqué selfie – exhibitionism plays a role and also the voyeuristic interests of their partner," she said.

Child psychologist Michael Carr-Gregg said nude photos were part of a new age of digital flirting.

"Because of the celebrity modelling of this behaviour it has become the norm," he said.

"The fact that you can have access to the technology effortlessly and any moron can take a picture, people are influenced by their peers and what celebrities do."

Nude photos purportedly showing many top stars, including Oscar-winner Jennifer Lawrence and pop star Rihanna, were circulated on social media on Sunday, in an apparent massive hacking leak. Picture: AFP PHOTO Source: AFP

Dr Carr-Gregg said some of his clients used the photos as a bargaining tool.

"'If I send you a nude picture of me you've got to send me a nude picture of you, so if our relationship breaks up I've got something on you, but you've got something on me as well' — so that makes them think it's less likely these images will be leaked. That's not the basis of a trusting relationship; it's almost like relationship insurance."

Lee, 27, said sending sexy pics was standard in the early days of her relationship.

"I think people consider it a normal part of hooking up," she told news.com.au.

"Being a sexual person is considered hot by most guys, so if you didn't send a naked photo when your boyfriend asked they would probably think you were boring."

Lee has been with her partner for four years and says she regularly sent him cheeky pics when she was travelling without him for three months.

"Mine were more on the tasteful and playful side," she said.

Mark, 39, says his single friends share sexy selfies on dating apps like Blendr.

"It's definitely not just for people in their 20s. I have heaps of friends — both straight and gay — who send photos," he said.

"It tends to occur when people are newly hooking up. I don't think it's as common in stable relationships."

Blendr could be seen as another nude pic culprit. Source: Supplied

But not all 20-somethings are stripping off to snap. Jessica, 27, who is single, doubts she'll ever send a sext.

"It's just not my style — I'm not really a promiscuous type," she said.

"I'd be too worried about keeping shots like that on my phone because people often flick through your photos."

Demand for raunchy photos and videos between couples is so high that app developer Antony Burrows created Disckreet, an app that allows couples to safely record their intimate files. It requires both partners to be together and enter their passcodes in order to access a file.

"Nothing goes on the cloud and the files are heavily encrypted," he said.

"It means one partner can't just upload it to the internet if they break up."

Burrows was aware of the constant stream of nude celebrity pics going viral, as well as the increase of "revenge porn" — where spiteful exes share intimate pics — and realised there was a market for a safer way for couples to experiment with photos and videos together.

"People say they want to try it because it would be a bit of fun but they're too worried about what the implications could be," he said.

What do you think of the culture of sharing nude photos? Is it dangerous or some harmless fun? Comment below or join the conversation on Twitter @newscomauHQ.


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Too far? ‘Get your hands off my child’

Would you remove another child from a swing? Source: Supplied

A SYDNEY mother has opened a can of worms after witnessing an incident at a local park yesterday afternoon.

Elaine Stack from children's boutique Nell & Oll posted this story to her Facebook page, asking the question: What would you do?

"I was just at the park & the police arrived. Seemingly a Mother was pushing her little girl on a swing when a Father approached & said he was also waiting for the swing. The Mother replied that they would be another 5 minutes or so. The Father proceeded to stop the swing in motion & tried to lift the daughter out!

"The Mother was very upset & called the police. Another parent in the park thought this was a little over board.

"What would you do?!? Would you call the police?"

"Yep I would! How dare he touch another persons child! And teaching his child disgusting manners and how to be impatient and RUDE!!" one person posted in response.

"I think they should both grow up and remember the example they're setting for their own children. Having to call the police over a swing is ridiculous. They were both in the wrong. God forbid the police may be needed for something serious!" wrote another.

One woman raised the issue of child safety, writing "So some stranger touches your child and you let it go??! If she was to try sort it herself there's no telling he wouldn't turn on her yes it is ridiculous to call over a swing but that's not the issue the issue is he got physical ... Get it now?"

"I would definitely call the police. The heart stopping feeling of some stranger picking my child up would be enough to make me smash him in the face with the swing" another added.

Mrs Stack told news.com.au that the response to her post has been "crazy".

"I love a good debate, and people have been so passionate about this one. One particular mum said that her husband was in a similar situation and didn't call the police, and her daughter was quite upset because the incident had scared her, so you have that to consider as well.

"I was away from the situation so I was seeing it from afar. When we arrived at the park I didn't notice any issues, there were only a small number of people around. But when you see police coming into a child's playground, it's alarming!

"The mum came over to a few of us after the police left, she was shaken. She said she felt very intimidated, and that she'd called the police because she goes to the park all the time and wanted to feel safe there.

"As a parent you do want to know what's happened in case it's a bigger issue. I put it up on Facebook because we at the park were thinking, would we call the police, how would I feel? But I think you have to be the mum standing at the swing to make that call. I wouldn't say she did the wrong thing or the right thing, she just did what she thought was best for her daughter."

News.com.au spoke to Inspector Sharkey at Ryde Police, who confirmed that "yes, police were called in regards to an incident at a park in Ryde yesterday.

"Police attended the scene, there was a dispute over one child staying on the swing longer than reasonable. The police spoke to both parties, and no offence was detected by the police. Neither party wanted to make a further complaint. From the information police had at the scene there was no incident."

What do you think? Was the mother justified in calling the police, or did she take it too far? Tell us below.

If you witnessed this incident or were the mother or father involved, we'd love to hear from you. Please email kate.midena@news.com.au


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Is this the next US ghost city?

In two weeks the Showboat, left, and Revel, right, casinos have closed in Atlantic City. Pic: AP. Source: AP

Whats News: Revel Casino in Atlantic City will close its doors in September. Spanish priest infected with ebola has died. Sale of Los Angeles Clippers to Steve Ballmer has closed. AMC teases Breaking Bad prequel Better Call Saul. Joanne Po reports. Photo: Getty Images

ANOTHER American city is falling victim to tough economic times, with a spectacular and costly failure of the gambling industry it is renowned for.

This week, Atlantic City's Revel Casino Hotel will close its doors. The $2.4 billion white elephant is shutting down just two years after it opened with high hopes of revitalising the struggling gambling market in the city.

It's the fourth casino to close this year in a city where 8000 workers will have lost their jobs as it faces major competition from neighbouring states.

The Revel casino has closed after just two years open. Pic: AP. Source: AP

"It's kind of sad," said Andrew Tannenbaum of Edison, who has stayed at Revel a dozen times in the past year.

"Compared to other casinos, this was a lot nicer. There wasn't the riffraff here. But I think they overspent, went overboard and got in over their heads. When the Borgata opened, that should have been the last of the high-end casinos for Atlantic City."

The Revel Casino had been unable to find a buyer after going bankrupt twice in two years.

Showboat has also closed down after 27 years, axing more than 2000 jobs. Source: AP

It's the second of three Atlantic City casinos to close in a two-week period. The Showboat Casino Hotel closed its doors Sunday, and Trump Plaza is closing September 16.

So what is killing them?

Analysts and competitors say Revel was hampered by bad business decisions and a fundamental misunderstanding of customers.

"The timing of it could not have been worse," said Mark Juliano, president of Sands Bethlehem in Pennsylvania and the former CEO of Trump Entertainment Resorts in Atlantic City.

"The financial climate while Revel was developing and when it opened were completely different."

Revel officials declined to comment.

It comes after Showboat Casino was forced to close its doors, taking the number of people who lost their jobs in the last week to more than 5000.

However some officials say the city will do better with fewer casinos. Ratings agency Fitch released a report this week predicting that gambling revenue will stay in the city making other venues more popular.

The beach at Atlantic City. Pic: AP. Source: AP


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This could be the world’s worst ski resort

The South African ski resort was host to the first International Ski Federation event held in Africa

Grass ski on the right leg, snow ski on the left and hey presto! You're good to go. Source: NewsComAu

AND people say Aussie snow is no good. Well, those people haven't skied in South Africa, that's for sure.

South Africa has a ski resort. Yes it does. It really, really does. It's called Tiffindell and it's in the northeast of the country in the Drakensberg ranges.

The problem with the Drakensberg is that they don't get much snow. They're higher than our own Snowy Mountains but a lot further north and a lot dryer in winter.

That's Tiffindell from the air, with the snowmaking pond in the background. Source: NewsComAu

While the area sees occasional blizzards, most snow-bearing Southern Ocean cold fronts simply don't make it that far north. Indeed, Tiffindell's website sheepishly admits it has barely seen a natural flake for the whole of 2014.

No matter. Instead, as it does most years, the resort has relied upon snowmaking on the frequent cold, clear Drakensberg nights.

Make enough snow and you can do almost anything. You can even stage South Africa's first national ski championsip, as happened a couple of weeks ago.

The race was even officially sanctioned by skiing's governing body, the FIS, and attracted a couple of C-grade European skiers.

The snow is so hard, it actually hurts a lot less to fall on the grass. Source: NewsComAu

"It's a sunny every day with bulletproof snow so I'm really impressed," one Swedish racer said. This brings us to our point about the skiing at Tiffindell not exactly being ideal for your average holidymaker.

See, ski racers love icy snow because they have the technique to maintain an edge on the slick surface. But for the average recreational punter, an icy slope means terror, uncontrolled sliding and usually a severely bruised backside.

Snowmaking snow almost always ends up icier than normal snow, especially when it's not blended with the real stuff. So basically, you've got a slope a few hundred metres long, about 30 metres wide, and consisting entirely of bulletproof ice. Not exactly paradise, eh?

So natural snow does fall sometimes in the Drakensberg. And when it does, it looks like this. Source: NewsComAu

The raw stats aren't flattering either. Tiffindell's 2.3 hectares of skiing is a fraction of the 1245 hectares at Australia's largest ski resort, Perisher. It has one lift compared to Perisher's 47.

Its vertical drop of 90 metres is less than any Australian ski resort, including our small family hills like Mt Baw Baw in Victoria and Selwyn Snowfields in NSW.

On the positive side, a day ticket at Tiffindell is 385 South African rand. That's about $38 Aussie dollars, which compares rather favourably to the $118 for a day ticket purchased in-resort at Perisher.

Also, it's all a bit of an adventure to get there and the people are said to be really friendly. And much as it hurts to admit it, South Africans do much better barbecues than us. Well they do. Have you ever had a boerewors? Feel free to make that Homer Simpson drooling noise now.

For the record, three other African nations have ski resorts. There's one called Afriski just over the hill from Tiffindell in the neighbouring kingdom of Lesotho (pronounced Lesootoo), a tiny landlocked country contained entirely within South Africa.

Afriski has one short,straight slope just like Tiffindell, augmented in this image with some rare natural snow. Source: NewsComAu

There are also ski resorts in the north of Africa in Algeria and Morocco, both of which have serious mountains with plenty of natural snow.

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Is this the next US ghost city?

In two weeks the Showboat, left, and Revel, right, casinos have closed in Atlantic City. Pic: AP. Source: AP

Whats News: Revel Casino in Atlantic City will close its doors in September. Spanish priest infected with ebola has died. Sale of Los Angeles Clippers to Steve Ballmer has closed. AMC teases Breaking Bad prequel Better Call Saul. Joanne Po reports. Photo: Getty Images

ANOTHER American city is falling victim to tough economic times, with a spectacular and costly failure of the gambling industry it is renowned for.

This week, Atlantic City's Revel Casino Hotel will close its doors. The $2.4 billion white elephant is shutting down just two years after it opened with high hopes of revitalising the struggling gambling market in the city.

It's the fourth casino to close this year in a city where 8000 workers will have lost their jobs as it faces major competition from neighbouring states.

The Revel casino has closed after just two years open. Pic: AP. Source: AP

"It's kind of sad," said Andrew Tannenbaum of Edison, who has stayed at Revel a dozen times in the past year.

"Compared to other casinos, this was a lot nicer. There wasn't the riffraff here. But I think they overspent, went overboard and got in over their heads. When the Borgata opened, that should have been the last of the high-end casinos for Atlantic City."

The Revel Casino had been unable to find a buyer after going bankrupt twice in two years.

Showboat has also closed down after 27 years, axing more than 2000 jobs. Source: AP

It's the second of three Atlantic City casinos to close in a two-week period. The Showboat Casino Hotel closed its doors Sunday, and Trump Plaza is closing September 16.

So what is killing them?

Analysts and competitors say Revel was hampered by bad business decisions and a fundamental misunderstanding of customers.

"The timing of it could not have been worse," said Mark Juliano, president of Sands Bethlehem in Pennsylvania and the former CEO of Trump Entertainment Resorts in Atlantic City.

"The financial climate while Revel was developing and when it opened were completely different."

Revel officials declined to comment.

It comes after Showboat Casino was forced to close its doors, taking the number of people who lost their jobs in the last week to more than 5000.

However some officials say the city will do better with fewer casinos. Ratings agency Fitch released a report this week predicting that gambling revenue will stay in the city making other venues more popular.

The beach at Atlantic City. Pic: AP. Source: AP


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Is everyone taking nude selfies?

Keep your clothes ON when you're taking a selfie. Source: Supplied

IN THE past 24 hours, anyone who wanted to get a glimpse of actress Jennifer Lawrence naked has had the chance after a hacker accessed and released nude snaps of her and a host of other celebrities.

But it wasn't just one or two sneaky pics — the hacker reportedly got hold of 60 shots of Lawrence baring all, leaving feminists outraged, older generations in shock and younger ones shrugging their shoulders (while frantically scrolling).

There are no official Australian statistics about how many people have sent a sext, but an Australian-first study into our social media habits released in June found that three out of five Aussie males who use the app Snapchat admitted to sending sexual content. The figure was one in five for women.

Overseas studies suggest one in 10 young people have taken a nude photo of themselves and sent it, and one in five young people have seen such an image.

"Sexting is part of many people's courtship now," Dr Lauren Rosewarne, a University of Melbourne pop culture researcher, told news.com.au.

"There's no single demographic doing this — any sexually active person with access to technology can do it."

Jennifer Lawrence has had her icloud account hacked. Source: Getty Images

In fact, sex therapist Somerset Maxwell says her hunch would be that more people have taken sexy selfies than have not.

"Five years ago far less women would have sent photos of their boobs or themselves in lingerie to a man," she said.

"Now a lot of people have nude pics on their phones. I have girlfriends who send nude Snapchats to their husbands at work."

So are people more risqué than ever before? Probably not, according to Dr Rosewarne.

"We have a long history of sharing intimate photos with loved ones — phones and cameras are just aiding what we have always been doing," she said.

"A lot more people are doing it simply because of the tools available to them."

RELATED: Jennifer Lawrence nude photos leaked: Hacker posts explicit pics

RELATED: Australia-first study reveals our changing social media habits, as users shift towards Snapchat, Instagram and Vine

Of course, your chances of others seeing your pics are much higher now, too.

"Once upon a time if you had nude photos taken there were only one set of negatives and they could easily be destroyed," Dr Rosewarne says.

"It's not the case with digital files, which are completely impossible to reign back in."

Snapchat makes sending naked pics easier. Source: Supplied

Maxwell said sending nude pictures seemed to be an evolution of selfie culture, often driven by narcissism and low self-esteem.

"Women who do it regularly usually want validation that they are beautiful and hot – they are desperate for someone to like them for how they look," she said.

"It's hard to generalise but a very secure, confident person might do it with one person but they are less likely to engage in a prolific level."

Dr Rosewarne said it's often the next step after taking and sharing selfies.

"It's a more risqué selfie – exhibitionism plays a role and also the voyeuristic interests of their partner," she said.

Child psychologist Michael Carr-Gregg said nude photos were part of a new age of digital flirting.

"Because of the celebrity modelling of this behaviour it has become the norm," he said.

"The fact that you can have access to the technology effortlessly and any moron can take a picture, people are influenced by their peers and what celebrities do."

Nude photos purportedly showing many top stars, including Oscar-winner Jennifer Lawrence and pop star Rihanna, were circulated on social media on Sunday, in an apparent massive hacking leak. Picture: AFP PHOTO Source: AFP

Dr Carr-Gregg said some of his clients used the photos as a bargaining tool.

"'If I send you a nude picture of me you've got to send me a nude picture of you, so if our relationship breaks up I've got something on you, but you've got something on me as well' — so that makes them think it's less likely these images will be leaked. That's not the basis of a trusting relationship; it's almost like relationship insurance."

Lee, 27, said sending sexy pics was standard in the early days of her relationship.

"I think people consider it a normal part of hooking up," she told news.com.au.

"Being a sexual person is considered hot by most guys, so if you didn't send a naked photo when your boyfriend asked they would probably think you were boring."

Lee has been with her partner for four years and says she regularly sent him cheeky pics when she was travelling without him for three months.

"Mine were more on the tasteful and playful side," she said.

Mark, 39, says his single friends share sexy selfies on dating apps like Blendr.

"It's definitely not just for people in their 20s. I have heaps of friends — both straight and gay — who send photos," he said.

"It tends to occur when people are newly hooking up. I don't think it's as common in stable relationships."

Blendr could be seen as another nude pic culprit. Source: Supplied

But not all 20-somethings are stripping off to snap. Jessica, 27, who is single, doubts she'll ever send a sext.

"It's just not my style — I'm not really a promiscuous type," she said.

"I'd be too worried about keeping shots like that on my phone because people often flick through your photos."

Demand for raunchy photos and videos between couples is so high that app developer Antony Burrows created Disckreet, an app that allows couples to safely record their intimate files. It requires both partners to be together and enter their passcodes in order to access a file.

"Nothing goes on the cloud and the files are heavily encrypted," he said.

"It means one partner can't just upload it to the internet if they break up."

Burrows was aware of the constant stream of nude celebrity pics going viral, as well as the increase of "revenge porn" — where spiteful exes share intimate pics — and realised there was a market for a safer way for couples to experiment with photos and videos together.

"People say they want to try it because it would be a bit of fun but they're too worried about what the implications could be," he said.

What do you think of the culture of sharing nude photos? Is it dangerous or some harmless fun? Comment below or join the conversation on Twitter @newscomauHQ.


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Grisly reality of Ebola epidemic

When it comes to surviving one of the world's deadliest diseases, there are few options and no guarantees.

A health care worker, wearing a protective suit, leaves a high-risk area in Monrovia. Pic: AFP. Source: AFP

INFECTED items are burnt, bodies are buried, schools are closed and flights are empty.

The deadly Ebola epidemic raging across Africa shows no signs of abating, with 3000 cases reported and 1500 deaths across five countries.

The World Health Organisation predicts there will be 20,000 cases and another six months before it is brought under control.

Health workers burn infected items in Monrovia, the hardest hit area. Source: AFP

Liberia has been hardest hit by the virus, which has impacted all areas of life. Pic: AFP. Source: AFP

So far, the outbreak has hit Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Nigeria with the first case reported in Senegal this week. A suspected case in Sweden was negative.

Yesterday nurses at Liberia's biggest hospital — the epicentre for the epidemic — went on strike to demand better pay and equipment.

The decision is in response to the fact one tenth of those who have died from the disease are health workers who haven't been given proper protective clothing.

Gloves are disinfected at a volunteer hospital. Pic: AFP. Source: AFP

A medical worker watches a strike for better salaries. Pic: AFP. Source: AFP

A spokesman for the group said they won't return until they are given hazmat style suits to guard against the virus — which is transmitted via bodily fluids and has a fatality rate of up to 90 per cent.

"From the beginning of the Ebola outbreak we have not had any protective equipment to work with. As result, so many doctors got infected by the virus. We have to stay home until we get the PPEs," John Tugbeh said.

Women demonstrate to raise awareness of the virus. Pic: AFP. Source: AFP

Infected people are left to die in the street, often stigmatised by the disease. Pic: AP. Source: AP

Liberia has denied permission for crews to embark from seaports into the country until the outbreak is under control. Pic: AFP. Source: AFP

A prolonged shutdown will seriously affect the country's ability to respond to the disease.

But Mr Tugbeh said in order to risk their lives, the nurses need proper equipment and pay.

A boy washes his hands before entering a mass on Sunday in Liberia. Pic: AFP. Source: AFP

Efforts to prevent the disease have focused on hygiene and educating people about how it spreads. Pic: AFP. Source: AFP

The epidemic has affected all facets of life across Africa since it reportedly started with a 2-year-old child in Guinea.

In Liberia, civil servants and non-essential workers have been ordered to stay home for a second month to stop the virus spreading.

A large slum was locked down in a 10-day quarantine which affected 75,000 people. Schools are also closed.

Thousands celebrate after their slum was released from lockdown. Being confined meant many people didn't have access to food or freshwater. Pic: AP. Source: AP

Sports trips have been cancelled while Ivory Coast has been warned it will be expelled from the African Cup of Nations if they don't host Sierra Leone in a qualifying match. The country has refused entry to players from the Ebola hit country.

Saudi Arabia has stopped granting visas to workers from Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone and airlines have cancelled international flights to the region.

An empty flight bound for Monrovia. Pic: AFP. Source: AFP

A child prays at a church in Monrovia. Source: AFP

Meanwhile scientists are racing for a cure and it's a case of act first, think later when it comes to drugs that could be used to fight it.

One drug that has been used with success is ZMapp, taken by two US missionary workers who contracted the disease while working in West Africa and were flown to the US to recover.

Last week, scientists reported 18 monkeys infected with a different strain of Ebola and given the drug recovered, although it hasn't been officially determined safe for human use.

Despite this, all available stocks have been shipped to Africa. But even if it does work, the process of growing it on tobacco leaves is slow, and there is little hope enough can be made in time.

The supply of the one drug that has proven effective has been exhausted. Pictured, tobacco plants grow to create the ZMapp drug. Pic: AP. Source: AP

Meanwhile other vaccine candidates are in trail phase. Source: AP

A sick child is carried to an outside hospital. Lack of adequate facilities have been a major factor in the epidemic. Pic: AFP. Source: AFP

Japanese company Fujifilm is also trying to help. It has been producing flu drug Avigan which scientists think could help combat Ebola.

So far, the two American doctors who received treatment in the US have recovered while another Liberian doctor and a Spanish priest have died. Another two medical staff have been flown to London and are still being treated.

Airports around the world remain on high alert for sick travellers with signs of the disease.

In Africa, members of the World Health Organisation have been asked to avoid large gathering that could facilitate the spread of the disease.

For most people, there is nothing do to but wait.

A woman waits in Monrovia, Liberia. Pic: AP. Source: AP


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Police dogs attack gunman

Written By kom limapulan on Senin, 01 September 2014 | 13.56

NZ Police have named John Henry Tully as the suspect in a shooting rampage in the town of Ashburton on the country's south island. Courtesy ONE News

Suspect ... John Henry Tully is 48. Source: Supplied

POLICE dogs have tracked down and bitten a gunman during a massive manhunt in a small New Zealand village, after he shot dead two people and injured a thirdperson in a shooting rampage at an unemployment office.

Homeless man Russell Tully, known as John, 48, was found on a property near Lake Hood, The New Zealand Herald reports.

Tully was found by a police dog unit according to Canterbury District Commander Superintendent Gary Knowles, who said no shots were fired and no officers were injured upon his arrest.

Tully was tracked for some distance by dogs, and police are still trying to located his weapon.

"We're still searching for his weapon," Knowles said.

He was arrested and taken into custody at Ashburton police station. No charges been laid yet.

Mr Knowles said Tully would be medically examined before being formally interviewed and charged.

Farmers were home when he was found by police.

Tully, who was wearing a black balaclava entered the Work and Income office (WINZ) in the South Island town of Ashburton just after 10am and started firing a gun.

He was seen leaving on a bicycle afterwards and is still on the loose.

New Zealand Ministry of Social Development chief executive Brendan Boyle this afternoon confirmed the victims were staff members. A third staff member is in a critical condition in Christchurch hospital.

The New Zealand Defence Force also assisted in the hunt.

"The NZDF is providing helicopter transport support to NZ Police involved in the Ashburton shooting incident," a spokesman said.

Earlier, heavily-armed police raided a Housing NZ house in the town but the house was empty.

Police let off a smoke grenade at the rear of the house and smashed the door but came out saying the house was "all clear".

It is believed Tully "may have been in the possession of a sawn-off shotgun", police said.

Only last month Tully appeared in a series of articles published by the Ashburton Guardian newspaper highlighting his struggles with homelessness. In the series he reveals he had returned to Ashburton following a career in the Australian mines. He said he had "come home to die" from a mystery skin disease which caused boil-type lumps if untreated and tightened the joints causing limited movement. The stories have been republished in full.

Lawmaker Winston Peters said in a statement that Tully had emailed his political party on August 14 about the difficulty of finding a house to live in.

"We replied immediately and also followed up," Peters said.

"However, the emails kept bouncing back."

ONE News reporter Donna-Marie Lever says she has been told by residents that the man is a local and that he "did have an axe to grind with the WINZ and had been trespassed from the office in the past."

Police confirmed Tully had been issued a trespass notice to stay away from the Ashburton Work and Income office after exhibiting "intimidating behaviour" in another incident.

Lever said she understands the man was very calm when he entered the office, but that there was a lot of screaming after the shooting and that he was yelling as he fled the scene.

A witness who was in the building at the time said the gunman shot two women, one of whom was interviewing him at the time.

"It was incredibly loud, I could feel the air whoosh past my head," the witness said.

He followed the man outside.

"He must have broken the gun down because he put it in his back pack," he said.

One witness, who didn't want to be named, said he saw a staff member from Work and Income run from the shop after the shooter yelling "You bastard, you've blown her to bits", The New Zealand Herald reported.

A postie at a business across the road heard the man screaming and swearing as he left the building.

The Ministry of Social Development Chief Executive Brendan Boyle said all their offices in Ashburton, Timaru and Christchurch would be closed until further notice.

Mr Boyle said in a statement: "We are all shocked by the news of this morning's incident at the Ashburton Work and Income office.

"The Police are handling this serious situation. What I can say is that we will be there for our colleagues to support them as they come to terms with what has happened.

"Until we know more, we have closed all Ministry of Social Development offices in Ashburton, Timaru and Christchurch."


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Sex worker mum says ‘don’t judge me’

Former media personality tells Sunday Night about her decision to become Samantha X - a

Amanda Goff was leading a double life. Photo: Supplied. Source: Supplied

FORMER magazine journalist and mother-of-two Amanda Goff has defended her decision to discuss her work as a high-class escort on national television.

The Sydney media identity, who has worked at New Idea, Prevention and InStyle, appeared on Seven's Sunday Night program to promote her new book Hooked — Secrets of a High-Class Escort.

This morning she said she had not taken the decision to go public lightly and had considered the impact on her two young children.

"Anyone would think I was smoking crack cocaine in front of them," Goff told The Morning Show.

"I work in a completely legal industry," she said, while acknowledging that there was a stigma attached to being an escort.

RELATED: Amanda Goff reveals double life as high-class escort

Goff said her children, aged 5 and 7, were in classes at school with others who had gay parents or who had changed their gender, and it was not a big deal.

"I can't control what other people say but I can give them the tools to deal with bullying, and you don't have to have a mother that is a sex worker to be bullied," Goff said in a separate interview on the Kyle and Jackie O show.

"They know that mummy has a special job where she makes sad people feel happy, and they know that mummy's got a good imagination and wrote a book. That's all they need to know at the moment," Goff said.

"By the time my children and their peers understand it's going to be five years, this is going to be a distant memory."

The 40-year-old said she never appeared as her alter ego Samantha X when she was around her young children. "When I'm mum I'm mum," Goff told The Morning Show.

"My children are very young, they still believe in Father Christmas and the Tooth Fairy, they don't understand sex let alone my profession."

Goff said she would work with a psychologist on how to tell them.

"I've spent a year having sleepless nights, I've seen a child psychologist and psychologist, and I've been very supported by those groups."

"When I'm mum I'm mum" Goff says. Source: Supplied

In a tough interview, The Morning Show co-host Kylie Gillies questioned Goff about her previous career, asking her "you had a great job, why wasn't that good enough?"

But Goff responded saying: "I was a beauty editor, and you can't pay the bills in lipstick, and I was sick of never seeing my children."

She shares custody of her children with her husband and said that on the weeks she had her kids, she would not work.

"Now I spend more time with the kids. It's made me a more focused, better parent. As hard as it will be for people to understand that."

"All I can do is have faith that I know that I'm a good person, and that I know, I believe in honesty, and being authentic."

She also revealed that people around her have been very supportive and it was no shock for them.

"A lot of mums have, who know me, have sent me messages of support this morning, saying 'go girl', because they know the real me, and they know the kind of person I really am," she said.

"But I was expecting this controversy so it's a very emotional subject for people, it brings out a lot of fears about maybe themselves, their marriages, and what I want to do stress is that only a small percentage of my clients are married, I do see disabled, people who are lonely, single, it's a whole range of people out there, it's not just married men."

"I know I'm a good person", says Goff. Source: Supplied

Goff revealed last night that she charges $800 an hour for her services, or $5000 for a full night but said this morning that she probably only worked once or twice a week.

She also revealed that about 60 per cent of the time she did not have sex.

"I haven't had sex for ages actually. There's a lot of talking ... I'm like a naked therapist."

"I would say it's mostly communication, talking, a lot of men tell me things like putting their dogs down, I've had to wipe a lot of tears.

"I have champagne and beer but they often want a cup of tea."

Goff said she also vetted her clients, and probably only saw one out of every 15 inquires. But she said did not want to glamorise the industry.

"It's not a job for everyone but it's a job for me ... I'm happy doing it and I'm not hurting anybody."

"It's not a job for everyone but it's a job for me". Photo: Sunday Night. Source: Supplied

The response from the public has been varied, on the Sunday Night Facebook page, there were more than 1400 comments.

The most popular was from Barbara Murray, who said: "Good for her doing what she wants and good for her for not being ashamed of it. Who is anyone else to judge another's life. You don't live it so how does it impact you personally? Honestly some people are so nasty when they do not agree with something." The comment received 377 likes.

Another comment from Southernstar Aussiebulldogs said the opposite: "Disgusting example to womanhood. Sleeping with married men. Not excusing the men but treat others how you would want others to treat you." It received 177 likes.

Goff's new profession has not surprised some people who knew her when she was a journalist.

One former colleague who wished to remain anonymous said Goff always seemed keen to pursue the "finer" things in life and was also detached from her work.

"She always had a very unemotional attachment to the things she spoke or wrote about, so she is the sort of woman who sees it (prostitution) as a means to an ends more so than getting emotionally tied to it."

The colleague described Goff as a "street-smart" girl who exuded confidence.

"She always astounded me the way she thought she was on the road to becoming a big TV 'star'," the colleague said.

"Talking about beauty products and various cosmetic procedures on morning TV — many of which she probably went on to embrace in her new field of endeavour — wasn't ever going to see her fronting Lateline.

"But Amanda's confidence could have nearly got her there."

The colleague said it also did not surprise her that Goff would be so upfront about her escort work.

"Her aphrodisiac was gaining some kind of fame and some fortune, and those two she has recently sought," the colleague said.

"Whether writing a book about being a mum and hooker will bring her happiness, it will only be Amanda who knows."


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