Human trial for coronavirus vaccine starts in Queensland


Human trial for coronavirus vaccine starts in Queensland on 120 volunteers – and if successful it could be rolled out within months

  • Vaccine has been created by University of Queensland scientists  and CSL  
  • Some 120 volunteers in Herston, Brisbane will have the vaccine injected 
  • If successful, the vaccine could be rolled out to population in early 2021

A human trial for a coronavirus vaccine is starting in Queensland today.

Some 120 volunteers in Herston, Brisbane will have the vaccine injected to see if it is safe and can generate immunity.

The vaccine, created by University of Queensland scientists in partnership with biotech company CSL, was tested successfully on animals in Australia and the Netherlands. 

Clinical trials will run until the middle of next year – but, if successful, the vaccine could be rolled out at the start of next year for emergency use among the wider population. 

There are 17 human trials for a potential vaccine happening around the world, including in the US, UK and China. 

The Queensland vaccine has the advantage of being worked on in partnership with a manufacturer, CSL, meaning it could be mass produced quickly if successful. 

 A human trial for a coronavirus vaccine is starting in Queensland today. Pictured: Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk

Medical staff at a pop-up COVID-19 testing clinic in Sydney where a pub has been identified as a hot-spot

Medical staff at a pop-up COVID-19 testing clinic in Sydney where a pub has been identified as a hot-spot

More than 4,000 people volunteered for the trials but only 120 were required. 

Professor Robert Booy, head of Clinical Research at the National Centre for Immunisation Research and Surveillance, said the animal trial would have ‘ticked all the boxes’ allowing the human testing to go ahead.

‘There is no way the research team would be able to progress from animals to humans without a complete guarantee of safety and they would likely have a confidence in its effectiveness,’ he said.

One of the Queensland University COVID-19 vaccine research leaders Professor Paul Young said the first human trial was about evaluating the safety and immune response of the vaccine in a group of healthy volunteers.

‘The green light to move into this human trial follows extensive pre-clinical testing that the team has been conducting since first selecting the lead vaccine candidate on 14 February,’ Professor Young said.

‘This testing showed that the vaccine was effective in the lab in neutralising the virus and safe to give to humans.’

Professor Young said once human testing was under way, researchers expect to have preliminary results after about three months.

‘We’ll hold a collective breath while we wait to see how the trial goes,’ he said.

Some 120 volunteers in Brisbane will have the vaccine injected to see if it is safe and can generate immunity

 Some 120 volunteers in Brisbane will have the vaccine injected to see if it is safe and can generate immunity

‘But if all goes well, we can move to the next stage in the vaccine’s development – a larger trial with a much bigger group of people from a range of ages to see if the vaccine works across the board.’

Associate Professor Keith Chappell, co-lead on the UQ project, said the pace had been relentless and it was a fantastic achievement to move so quickly into clinical trials.

‘We have reached this important stage with help from our collaborators at the Australian National University, the Doherty Institute and CSIRO,’ Professor Chappell said.

There are more than 130 vaccines in the works around the world but UQ’s work is believed to have shown great success in the pre-clinical stage of development.

The vaccine, created by University of Queensland scientists in partnership with biotech company CSL, was tested successfully on animals in the Netherlands

 The vaccine, created by University of Queensland scientists in partnership with biotech company CSL, was tested successfully on animals in the Netherlands

The clinical batch of vaccine for use in the trial was a manufactured by a close partnership between UQ and CSIRO with technical assistance by Australian biotech company CSL, Brisbane based Thermo Fisher and Swedish company Cytiva.

The University of Queensland was tasked by the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI) to develop a vaccine against the novel coronavirus in January, supported by an initial investment of up to $6.5million.

UQ and CEPI entered into a partnership in June with CSL to take the rapid response ‘molecular clamp’ enabled vaccine through clinical development and manufacture, if it proves successful. 

COVID-19 vaccines in human trials 

A COVID-19 vaccine developed by German biotech firm BioNTech and U.S. pharmaceutical giant Pfizer has shown potential and was found to be well tolerated in early-stage human trials, the companies said on July 1.

The drug is one of 17 being tested on humans in a frantic global race to find a vaccine the world is counting on to end a pandemic that has killed more than half a million so far.

The following rivals have released early-stage trial data for potential COVID-19 vaccines, or are expected to publish soon:

MODERNA

Moderna Inc said in May that its vaccine candidate, the first to be tested in the United States, produced protective antibodies in a small group of healthy volunteers, though doubts remain over whether the data is predictive of real-life success.

CANSINO BIOLOGICS

China’s military in late June was cleared to use the COVID-19 vaccine candidate developed by its research unit and CanSino Biologics after clinical trials proved it was safe and showed some efficacy.

INOVIO

U.S. company Inovio Pharmaceuticals said in late June its experimental coronavirus vaccine induced immune responses in healthy volunteers and was shown to be safe in an early-stage trial.

ASTRAZENECA

An alliance between British drugmaker AstraZeneca and the University of Oxford has advanced from early small-scale testing on humans to a trial campaign with tens of thousands of volunteers. It has yet to release data on the initial phase, though AstraZeneca has said it was expected soon.

The World Health Organization’s chief scientist said in late June that AstraZeneca’s vaccine was probably the world’s leading candidate and the most advanced in terms of development.

Killer who stabbed his teenage victim, 17, to death is living in a hotel at the taxpayers’ expense


Sadistic killer who stabbed 17-year-old victim to death, decapitated him and used his head as a bowling ball is living in a hotel at UK taxpayers’ expense after being deported from Australia back to Britain

  • Christopher Clark Jones was jailed for murdering Morgan Jay Shepherd in 2005
  • Was released on parole and deported from Australia back to the UK last month
  • He has been living in a £100-a-night hotel and also receives spending mone

A notorious killer who stabbed his teenage victim 133 times before decapitating him has been living off taxpayers money at a hotel after he was deported from Australia back to the UK. 

Christopher Clark Jones, 36, who was jailed for life after murdering 17-year-old homeless teenager Morgan Jay Shepherd at Sandgate, north of Brisbane, in 2005, arrived back to Britain last month after he was kicked out of Australia. 

However it has now been reported that the sadistic killer, who served only 15 years of his sentence, has been living in a £100-a-night hotel and also receives spending money to live on.

A source told The Sun: ‘He’s one of Australia’s most notorious murderers who should have spent the rest of his life behind bars.

Christopher Clark Jones, 36, was released and taken onto a plane by Australian Border Office officials last month

Jones was jailed for life after murdering 17-year-old homeless teenager Morgan Jay Shepherd in Brisbane, Australia, in 2005

Jones was jailed for life after murdering 17-year-old homeless teenager Morgan Jay Shepherd in Brisbane, Australia, in 2005

‘But he’s now living life as a free man in London without a care in the world.

‘He quite openly talks about his past. He has no remorse and is a cocky type.’

He has also been sighted eating fry-ups, smoking and drinking beer close to his hotel, according to The Sun.

In 2007, Jones was convicted of murdering Mr Shepherd after a drunken argument at a house rented by his co-accused James Patrick Roughan in 2005.

During the trial, a court heard Mr Shepherd was living at a Brisbane youth hostel at the time and was drinking with the two older men the night he was killed.

The 17-year-old was stabbed repeatedly and was decapitated with an axe before the Jones and Roughan used the head as a bowling ball and a puppet. 

The teenager was finally found in a shallow grave in bushland at Dayboro in April 2005 after an anonymous tip-off led police to the body. 

Police also found a woodsaw, carpet and bloodstained clothes at the home where Mr Shepherd was murdered.  

While neither man admitted to killing the teenager, a witness testified that Jones later bragged about his crime.

‘Chris said he stomped on him a bit and then grabbed a knife from the kitchen, stabbed him in the back, stabbed him a few times and then gave the knife to James and James stabbed him a few times,’ the witness told the Supreme Court in 2007. 

The killer was put on to a private jet in June by the Australian Border Force and sent back to the UK

The killer was put on to a private jet in June by the Australian Border Force and sent back to the UK

Jones (pictured with the Australian Border Force) served  15 years of his life sentence

Jones (pictured with the Australian Border Force) served  15 years of his life sentence

Mr Shepherd had been living at a Brisbane youth hostel and was drinking with the two older men the night he was killed

Mr Shepherd had been living at a Brisbane youth hostel and was drinking with the two older men the night he was killed

‘Then James cut the head and Chris pulled it off. James was nodding … (he) had a little smirk on his face. Chris was making a joke of the situation.’

The judge who presided over the trial said the teenager’s murder was the worst case she had ever heard.  

Jones, who was born in Tyneside and moved to Australia as a child, was released on parole in June before being deported by on a private jet chartered by the Australian BorderAustralia back to the UK.

Despite living in Australia, Jones never took up Australian citizenship and later had his visa cancelled by Australia’s Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton because he was ‘considered to not be of good character’. 

Mr Dutton said it was one of the most ‘abhorrent crimes’ in Queensland’s history and that there was no place in Australia for foreigners who murder locals, The Courier Mail reported.  

Axe killer Christopher Clarke Jones’ first weeks back on UK soil 

By James Fielding and Kevin Donald

What will happen with Christopher Clark Jones touches down on UK soil?

The Home Office is responsible for his transfer from Australia – but once back in the UK his supervision will come under the jurisdiction of the probation service and Ministry of Justice. 

Jones was flown on a private jet chartered by the Australian Border Force (ABF), along with seven other men deported back to Britain.

When he arrives back in the UK, he will be met by UK police and likely be placed in a hostel under supervision for the first few weeks.

Afterwards all relevant information will be passed to the authorities in the area he is planning to live.

What restrictions will be placed upon him?

He will almost certainly be made the subject of a Violent Offender Order.

The Violent Offender Order (VOO) is a civil preventative order designed to help police manage risk more effectively.

They place restrictions on offenders who continue to pose a risk of serious violent harm to the general public by restricting their access to certain places, events or people to whom they pose the highest risk.

A condition of the order would require him to not only register his address with the local police station but to also report any temporary change of address that would keep him away from home for three days.

All sorts of additional restrictions and limitations can be added to Orders, such as requirements to refrain from doing certain activities, going to certain places and seeing certain people.

What happens if he breaches any restrictions?

A breach of a VOO could lead to a further jail sentence of up to five years.

What would have happened if he stayed in Australia? Is there a reciprocal agreement between Australia and UK when it comes to serious criminals?

Had he remained in Australia, Jones would have been on parole for life, which would have involved regular surveillance from police.

Because the UK has a Prison Transfer Agreement with Australia, the remainder of his sentence will be under the jurisdiction of the British authorities meaning he will be assessed by the Probation Service, who will decide his threat level to the public and how he will be managed.

A Ministry of Justice spokesperson said: ‘We are unable to comment on individual cases. However where a Prison Transfer Agreement exists, if an offender has some element of his sentence left to serve the National Probation Service may get involved. This is dealt with on a case by case basis.’

Killer who stabbed his teenage victim, 17, to death is living in a hotel at the taxpayers’ expense


Sadistic killer who stabbed 17-year-old victim to death, decapitated him and used his head as a bowling ball is living in a hotel at UK taxpayers’ expense after being deported from Australia back to Britain

  • Christopher Clark Jones was jailed for murdering Morgan Jay Shepherd in 2005
  • Was released on parole and deported from Australia back to the UK last month
  • He has been living in a £100-a-night hotel and also receives spending mone

A notorious killer who stabbed his teenage victim 133 times before decapitating him has been living off taxpayers money at a hotel after he was deported from Australia back to the UK. 

Christopher Clark Jones, 36, who was jailed for life after murdering 17-year-old homeless teenager Morgan Jay Shepherd at Sandgate, north of Brisbane, in 2005, arrived back to Britain last month after he was kicked out of Australia. 

However it has now been reported that the sadistic killer, who served only 15 years of his sentence, has been living in a £100-a-night hotel and also receives spending money to live on.

A source told The Sun: ‘He’s one of Australia’s most notorious murderers who should have spent the rest of his life behind bars.

Christopher Clark Jones, 36, was released and taken onto a plane by Australian Border Office officials last month

Jones was jailed for life after murdering 17-year-old homeless teenager Morgan Jay Shepherd in Brisbane, Australia, in 2005

Jones was jailed for life after murdering 17-year-old homeless teenager Morgan Jay Shepherd in Brisbane, Australia, in 2005

‘But he’s now living life as a free man in London without a care in the world.

‘He quite openly talks about his past. He has no remorse and is a cocky type.’

He has also been sighted eating fry-ups, smoking and drinking beer close to his hotel, according to The Sun.

In 2007, Jones was convicted of murdering Mr Shepherd after a drunken argument at a house rented by his co-accused James Patrick Roughan in 2005.

During the trial, a court heard Mr Shepherd was living at a Brisbane youth hostel at the time and was drinking with the two older men the night he was killed.

The 17-year-old was stabbed repeatedly and was decapitated with an axe before the Jones and Roughan used the head as a bowling ball and a puppet. 

The teenager was finally found in a shallow grave in bushland at Dayboro in April 2005 after an anonymous tip-off led police to the body. 

Police also found a woodsaw, carpet and bloodstained clothes at the home where Mr Shepherd was murdered.  

While neither man admitted to killing the teenager, a witness testified that Jones later bragged about his crime.

‘Chris said he stomped on him a bit and then grabbed a knife from the kitchen, stabbed him in the back, stabbed him a few times and then gave the knife to James and James stabbed him a few times,’ the witness told the Supreme Court in 2007. 

The killer was put on to a private jet in June by the Australian Border Force and sent back to the UK

The killer was put on to a private jet in June by the Australian Border Force and sent back to the UK

Jones (pictured with the Australian Border Force) served  15 years of his life sentence

Jones (pictured with the Australian Border Force) served  15 years of his life sentence

Mr Shepherd had been living at a Brisbane youth hostel and was drinking with the two older men the night he was killed

Mr Shepherd had been living at a Brisbane youth hostel and was drinking with the two older men the night he was killed

‘Then James cut the head and Chris pulled it off. James was nodding … (he) had a little smirk on his face. Chris was making a joke of the situation.’

The judge who presided over the trial said the teenager’s murder was the worst case she had ever heard.  

Jones, who was born in Tyneside and moved to Australia as a child, was released on parole in June before being deported by on a private jet chartered by the Australian BorderAustralia back to the UK.

Despite living in Australia, Jones never took up Australian citizenship and later had his visa cancelled by Australia’s Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton because he was ‘considered to not be of good character’. 

Mr Dutton said it was one of the most ‘abhorrent crimes’ in Queensland’s history and that there was no place in Australia for foreigners who murder locals, The Courier Mail reported.  

Axe killer Christopher Clarke Jones’ first weeks back on UK soil 

By James Fielding and Kevin Donald

What will happen with Christopher Clark Jones touches down on UK soil?

The Home Office is responsible for his transfer from Australia – but once back in the UK his supervision will come under the jurisdiction of the probation service and Ministry of Justice. 

Jones was flown on a private jet chartered by the Australian Border Force (ABF), along with seven other men deported back to Britain.

When he arrives back in the UK, he will be met by UK police and likely be placed in a hostel under supervision for the first few weeks.

Afterwards all relevant information will be passed to the authorities in the area he is planning to live.

What restrictions will be placed upon him?

He will almost certainly be made the subject of a Violent Offender Order.

The Violent Offender Order (VOO) is a civil preventative order designed to help police manage risk more effectively.

They place restrictions on offenders who continue to pose a risk of serious violent harm to the general public by restricting their access to certain places, events or people to whom they pose the highest risk.

A condition of the order would require him to not only register his address with the local police station but to also report any temporary change of address that would keep him away from home for three days.

All sorts of additional restrictions and limitations can be added to Orders, such as requirements to refrain from doing certain activities, going to certain places and seeing certain people.

What happens if he breaches any restrictions?

A breach of a VOO could lead to a further jail sentence of up to five years.

What would have happened if he stayed in Australia? Is there a reciprocal agreement between Australia and UK when it comes to serious criminals?

Had he remained in Australia, Jones would have been on parole for life, which would have involved regular surveillance from police.

Because the UK has a Prison Transfer Agreement with Australia, the remainder of his sentence will be under the jurisdiction of the British authorities meaning he will be assessed by the Probation Service, who will decide his threat level to the public and how he will be managed.

A Ministry of Justice spokesperson said: ‘We are unable to comment on individual cases. However where a Prison Transfer Agreement exists, if an offender has some element of his sentence left to serve the National Probation Service may get involved. This is dealt with on a case by case basis.’

Qantas announces flight sale with 350,000 fares slashed


Qantas announces insane flight sale with 350,000 fares across 77 routes slashed by up to 47 per cent- but you’d better be VERY quick

  • Qantas launched Love Australia sale to encourage local tourism amid COVID-19
  •  A one way flight between Sydney and the Gold Coast has been reduced to $109
  • The sale will end on Friday, July 10 so would-be travellers need to be quick 

Qantas has launched a flight deal to help resurrect the aviation industry following months of interstate lockdowns amid the coronavirus crisis.

Routes between Sydney and Brisbane, Hamilton Island and the Sunshine Coast have been slashed, as well as cheap fares to South Australia and rural New South Wales.

In total, 77 domestic routes will be discounted. 

A one way flight between Sydney and the Gold Coast has been reduced to $109, while travellers can snap up a trip to Hobart for $149.

Qantas has launched a flight deal to help resurrect the aviation industry following months of interstate lockdowns amid the coronavirus crisis. Pictured: Staff walking through Sydney airport on June 19

The Love Australia sale comes after Virgin Australia’s own resurrection sale after it was saved from collapsing last week.

Jetstar also launched a 200,000 seat sale to celebrate the reopening of borders throughout Australia in the wake of the COVID-19 crisis.

Residents in most states will be able to travel freely from July onwards, though Victorians have been largely left out of any deals due to a recent spike in cases. 

Would-be travellers will need to be quick to snap up a bargain, though. The sale will end on Friday, July 10.

Other routes included in the sale include:

  • Sydney to Hamilton Island: $179
  • Brisbane to Fraser Coast: $109
  • Sydney to Darwin: $219
  • Sunshine Coast to Sydney: $129
  • Hobart to Melbourne: $125
  • Sydney to Ballina (Byron): $129
  • Sydney to Wagga Wagga: $129 

Fares are available for use throughout August, September and October – including the September school holiday period.

A one way flight between Sydney and the Gold Coast (pictured: Women coming out of the surf on a Gold Coast beach) has been reduced to $109

A one way flight between Sydney and the Gold Coast (pictured: Women coming out of the surf on a Gold Coast beach) has been reduced to $109

Qantas will also allow customers to change the date of their flight once without incurring a change of date fee.

Stephanie Tully, who works as Qantas’ chief customer officer, explained the sale was part of an ongoing effort to revive the sector, which was devastated by COVID-19.

Qantas is facing the prospect of laying off 6,000 of its 29,000 staff following the crisis.

‘The response we saw to the recent sales exceeded our expectations and showed just how much demand there is for people to get on an aircraft and get away,’ Ms Tully said.

‘We expect this sale will help stimulate demand even more and encourage Australians to go on holidays and visit family and friends while also helping get more of our people back working again.’

To see more deals, visit the Qantas website.

Flights to Hamilton Island from Sydney are also on sale for $179 one way. Pictured: Catseye Beach on Hamilton Island

Flights to Hamilton Island from Sydney are also on sale for $179 one way. Pictured: Catseye Beach on Hamilton Island



Qantas announces flight sale with 350,000 fares slashed


Qantas announces insane flight sale with 350,000 fares across 77 routes slashed by up to 47 per cent- but you’d better be VERY quick

  • Qantas launched Love Australia sale to encourage local tourism amid COVID-19
  •  A one way flight between Sydney and the Gold Coast has been reduced to $109
  • The sale will end on Friday, July 10 so would-be travellers need to be quick 

Qantas has launched a flight deal to help resurrect the aviation industry following months of interstate lockdowns amid the coronavirus crisis.

Routes between Sydney and Brisbane, Hamilton Island and the Sunshine Coast have been slashed, as well as cheap fares to South Australia and rural New South Wales.

In total, 77 domestic routes will be discounted. 

A one way flight between Sydney and the Gold Coast has been reduced to $109, while travellers can snap up a trip to Hobart for $149.

Qantas has launched a flight deal to help resurrect the aviation industry following months of interstate lockdowns amid the coronavirus crisis. Pictured: Staff walking through Sydney airport on June 19

The Love Australia sale comes after Virgin Australia’s own resurrection sale after it was saved from collapsing last week.

Jetstar also launched a 200,000 seat sale to celebrate the reopening of borders throughout Australia in the wake of the COVID-19 crisis.

Residents in most states will be able to travel freely from July onwards, though Victorians have been largely left out of any deals due to a recent spike in cases. 

Would-be travellers will need to be quick to snap up a bargain, though. The sale will end on Friday, July 10.

Other routes included in the sale include:

  • Sydney to Hamilton Island: $179
  • Brisbane to Fraser Coast: $109
  • Sydney to Darwin: $219
  • Sunshine Coast to Sydney: $129
  • Hobart to Melbourne: $125
  • Sydney to Ballina (Byron): $129
  • Sydney to Wagga Wagga: $129 

Fares are available for use throughout August, September and October – including the September school holiday period.

A one way flight between Sydney and the Gold Coast (pictured: Women coming out of the surf on a Gold Coast beach) has been reduced to $109

A one way flight between Sydney and the Gold Coast (pictured: Women coming out of the surf on a Gold Coast beach) has been reduced to $109

Qantas will also allow customers to change the date of their flight once without incurring a change of date fee.

Stephanie Tully, who works as Qantas’ chief customer officer, explained the sale was part of an ongoing effort to revive the sector, which was devastated by COVID-19.

Qantas is facing the prospect of laying off 6,000 of its 29,000 staff following the crisis.

‘The response we saw to the recent sales exceeded our expectations and showed just how much demand there is for people to get on an aircraft and get away,’ Ms Tully said.

‘We expect this sale will help stimulate demand even more and encourage Australians to go on holidays and visit family and friends while also helping get more of our people back working again.’

To see more deals, visit the Qantas website.

Flights to Hamilton Island from Sydney are also on sale for $179 one way. Pictured: Catseye Beach on Hamilton Island

Flights to Hamilton Island from Sydney are also on sale for $179 one way. Pictured: Catseye Beach on Hamilton Island



The Veronicas set to release first studio album in six years


The Veronicas set to release first studio album in six years as they tease fans with sneak peak of new song

They’ve been entertaining Australian audiences for more than 15 years.

And on Tuesday, The Veronicas singers Lisa and Jessica Origliasso surprised fans with the news they will be releasing their much anticipated fourth studio album later this year.

The 35-year-old Brisbane pop twins had fans rejoicing after they offered them a sneak peek of their new song, Biting My Tongue, on Instagram.

They’re back! On Tuesday, Lisa and Jessica Origliasso, aka The Veronicas, announced they will release their first album in six years

‘From our upcoming 4th studio album, Human,’ they wrote across their social media channels.

Fans were quick to comment underneath the post, with one writing: ‘Absolutely amazing girls’. 

‘I can’t wait for the new single!! Been a fan since 4ever!’ a second commented.

While the album’s release date is yet to be announced, the new single will mark their first since Think of Me and Ugly in 2019. It’s unclear if those two songs will appear on the upcoming album.

Get excited! The 35-year-old pop twins had fans rejoicing after they offered them a sneak peek of their new song, Biting My Tongue, on Instagram.

Get excited! The 35-year-old pop twins had fans rejoicing after they offered them a sneak peek of their new song, Biting My Tongue, on Instagram.

It comes as it was revealed the pop duo will be headlining a drive-in Concert at Sydney’s Raging Waters in July. 

In a press release for the event, Jessica admitted she can’t wait to perform live again and thinks the atmosphere will rival any festival. 

‘Festivals create a unity of energy that is unlike any other feeling. We are thinking outside the box to make sure we can all still give an experience of live music to our fans during these times,’ she said. 

Comeback: While the album's release date is yet to be announced, the new single will mark their first since Think of Me and Ugly in 2019. It's unclear if those two songs will appear on the upcoming album

Comeback: While the album’s release date is yet to be announced, the new single will mark their first since Think of Me and Ugly in 2019. It’s unclear if those two songs will appear on the upcoming album

‘A drive-in concert sounded like our perfect night. Get your friends together, great snacks, blankets, comfy seats and great weather is a guarantee,’ she added.

‘This is the first time we’re ever done anything like this. Who knows what will happen. We’re expecting a symphony of car horns during Untouched.’  

Prices vary from $209 to $359 per vehicle, which can carry up to five people.

Drive-In Entertainment Australia has advised the events will remain completely contact-free- with tickets only available online prior to the night. 

Pop stars: It comes as it was revealed the pop duo will be headlining a drive-in Concert at Sydney's Raging Waters next month

Pop stars: It comes as it was revealed the pop duo will be headlining a drive-in Concert at Sydney’s Raging Waters next month

Video shows how you should be eating a packet of chips next time you snack


No more washing up! Simple ‘life hack’ for turning a bag of potato chips into a ‘bowl’ takes the internet by storm

  • A young Australian woman has showcased how to eat a packet of chips easily
  • Instead of pouring them into a bowl April-Joy Goodlet uses the packet itself
  • This way there is very little mess created and you don’t have to clean up after
  • The video comes just days after she went viral for a sushi ‘life hack’ video 

April-Joy Goodlet from Brisbane (pictured)

A young woman has come up with a simple way of turning a chip packet into a bowl.

April-Joy Goodlet, from Brisbane, Queensland, demonstrated the ‘life hack’ with Smith’s salt and vinegar chips in a video on TikTok. 

‘All you’ll need is a packet of chips and not a bowl,’ the 26-year-old said.

She started at the bottom of the packet, and began to evenly scrunch it upwards.  

‘Usually I like to do it in a circular motion so it’s nice and even,’ she said.

‘As you can see the chips are now on top, and it looks like a bowl, and you can eat all of your chips without having to do any washing up afterwards.’

April-Joy Goodlet, from Brisbane, Queensland, shared a 'life hack' video on TikTok showing herself making a 'bowl' out of a salt and vinegar chip packet

She started at the bottom of the packet, which was filled with deliciously salty crisps, and began to evenly scrunch the packet upwards

April-Joy Goodlet, from Brisbane, Queensland, shared a ‘life hack’ video on TikTok showing herself making a ‘bowl’ out of a salt and vinegar chip packet

She keeps scrunching the packet until the chips are close to the top

'As you can see the chips are now on top, and it looks like a bowl, and you can eat all of your chips without having to do any washing up afterwards,' she said

‘As you can see the chips are now on top, and it looks like a bowl, and you can eat all of your chips without having to do any washing up afterwards,’ she said

The video has caught the attention of thousands of people who had never thought to use the packet in this way. 

It comes just days after she posted a different ‘life hack’, this time pushing the long nozzle of the classic fish-shaped soy sauce directly into the side of the seaweed roll.

Instead of seasoning the sushi as you eat from the top down like many people do, April-Joy squeezed the sauce inside the roll to evenly coat the filling.

‘Next time you eat sushi and you get soy sauce, do this… You’re welcome,’ she said.

A young woman has demonstrated the 'correct' way to eat sushi with soy sauce

She pushed the long nozzle of the fish-shaped soy sauce into the side of the roll

Instead of seasoning the sushi as you eat from the top down like many people do, she squeezed the sauce inside the roll to evenly coat the filling

Hundreds of people were mind blown, describing the method as ‘genius’ and ‘life changing’, with many saying: ‘Why have I never thought of this?!’

‘My life will never be the same again,’ another said, while one added: ‘This is so obvious yet I never thought of doing it.’ 

‘OMG absolute game changer. I’m definitely doing this next time,’ another said.

A Japanese man also commented, saying ‘I’m Japanese but we do this’ while another person said: ‘Wait, what’s the other way? Because that’s the normal way for me’. 

While others said the trick will now allow them to spread the soy sauce evenly across their sushi instead of it running out half way through eating.

April-Joy Goodlet shared the 'life hack' on TikTok

The 26-year-old then squeezed the sauce inside the roll to evenly coat the filling

April-Joy Goodlet (left) shared the ‘life hack’ on TikTok, and many were mind blown by the trick

But some were not too convinced with the trick, with one saying: ‘Why can’t you just eat it like a normal person?’, while another said: ‘You destroyed the sushi’.

‘How could you do such a thing?!’ one said and another person said: ‘I don’t know… but this kinda feels wrong.’

‘No this is wrong,’ another added, while one joked: ‘This is straight up witchcraft’.

Her video has since gone viral, with more than 2.6million views.



Video shows how you should be eating a packet of chips next time you snack


No more washing up! Simple ‘life hack’ for turning a bag of potato chips into a ‘bowl’ takes the internet by storm

  • A young Australian woman has showcased how to eat a packet of chips easily
  • Instead of pouring them into a bowl April-Joy Goodlet uses the packet itself
  • This way there is very little mess created and you don’t have to clean up after
  • The video comes just days after she went viral for a sushi ‘life hack’ video 

April-Joy Goodlet from Brisbane (pictured)

A young woman has come up with a simple way of turning a chip packet into a bowl.

April-Joy Goodlet, from Brisbane, Queensland, demonstrated the ‘life hack’ with Smith’s salt and vinegar chips in a video on TikTok. 

‘All you’ll need is a packet of chips and not a bowl,’ the 26-year-old said.

She started at the bottom of the packet, and began to evenly scrunch it upwards.  

‘Usually I like to do it in a circular motion so it’s nice and even,’ she said.

‘As you can see the chips are now on top, and it looks like a bowl, and you can eat all of your chips without having to do any washing up afterwards.’

April-Joy Goodlet, from Brisbane, Queensland, shared a 'life hack' video on TikTok showing herself making a 'bowl' out of a salt and vinegar chip packet

She started at the bottom of the packet, which was filled with deliciously salty crisps, and began to evenly scrunch the packet upwards

April-Joy Goodlet, from Brisbane, Queensland, shared a ‘life hack’ video on TikTok showing herself making a ‘bowl’ out of a salt and vinegar chip packet

She keeps scrunching the packet until the chips are close to the top

'As you can see the chips are now on top, and it looks like a bowl, and you can eat all of your chips without having to do any washing up afterwards,' she said

‘As you can see the chips are now on top, and it looks like a bowl, and you can eat all of your chips without having to do any washing up afterwards,’ she said

The video has caught the attention of thousands of people who had never thought to use the packet in this way. 

It comes just days after she posted a different ‘life hack’, this time pushing the long nozzle of the classic fish-shaped soy sauce directly into the side of the seaweed roll.

Instead of seasoning the sushi as you eat from the top down like many people do, April-Joy squeezed the sauce inside the roll to evenly coat the filling.

‘Next time you eat sushi and you get soy sauce, do this… You’re welcome,’ she said.

A young woman has demonstrated the 'correct' way to eat sushi with soy sauce

She pushed the long nozzle of the fish-shaped soy sauce into the side of the roll

Instead of seasoning the sushi as you eat from the top down like many people do, she squeezed the sauce inside the roll to evenly coat the filling

Hundreds of people were mind blown, describing the method as ‘genius’ and ‘life changing’, with many saying: ‘Why have I never thought of this?!’

‘My life will never be the same again,’ another said, while one added: ‘This is so obvious yet I never thought of doing it.’ 

‘OMG absolute game changer. I’m definitely doing this next time,’ another said.

A Japanese man also commented, saying ‘I’m Japanese but we do this’ while another person said: ‘Wait, what’s the other way? Because that’s the normal way for me’. 

While others said the trick will now allow them to spread the soy sauce evenly across their sushi instead of it running out half way through eating.

April-Joy Goodlet shared the 'life hack' on TikTok

The 26-year-old then squeezed the sauce inside the roll to evenly coat the filling

April-Joy Goodlet (left) shared the ‘life hack’ on TikTok, and many were mind blown by the trick

But some were not too convinced with the trick, with one saying: ‘Why can’t you just eat it like a normal person?’, while another said: ‘You destroyed the sushi’.

‘How could you do such a thing?!’ one said and another person said: ‘I don’t know… but this kinda feels wrong.’

‘No this is wrong,’ another added, while one joked: ‘This is straight up witchcraft’.

Her video has since gone viral, with more than 2.6million views.



Body is found in a Brisbane park as police swarm the area and establish a crime scene


Body is found in a Brisbane park as police swarm the area

  • A man’s body was found on Thursday at Hanlon Park near Brisbane’s CBD
  • Police have declared the area a crime scene while they determine how he died
  • Early signs of the investigation point towards the death not being suspicious 

The body of a man has been found in a Brisbane park with police declaring the area a crime scene.

The corpse was found before 8am on Thursday near a popular cycle path at Hanlon Park in Stones Corner, south-east of the city’s CBD. 

A spokesperson from Queensland Police said officers had set up a crime scene as a precaution while they established how the man died.

 Police have established a crime scene after a man’s body was found at Hanlon Park near Brisbane’s CBD before 8am on Thursday

Although officers have yet to draw a conclusion the spokesperson said early signs of investigation pointed to the death not being suspicious.

Images from the park show several police cars parked around the body with a white sheet placed over the top.

Residents were shocked after learning about the body in their local park. 

One said she had seen a number of police and investigators surround the area.

‘My husband was going to work and he called me and said ‘get out of bed,’ she told the Courier Mail.

‘The park is near my apartment, and it’s got a creek going through it.’     

A spokesperson said police had established a crime scene as a precaution

A spokesperson said police had established a crime scene as a precaution 

Karl Stefanovic shares a throwback photo from his early days at Channel Nine 20 years ago


He hasn’t aged a day! Karl Stefanovic shares a throwback photo from his early days at Channel Nine 20 years ago… and he looks EXACTLY the same

He’s been with Channel Nine for two decades, after starting as a reporter in Brisbane.

And despite his many years in the spotlight, Today show host Karl Stefanovic has barely aged a day.

In a photo from the 45-year-old’s first ID card, which co-host Allison Langdon shared on the program on Tuesday, he looked virtually the same as he does today.

'It is exactly 20 years ago today that a young fresh-faced journalist by the name of Karl Stefanovic first walked into the Channel 9 studios,' Karl's co-host  Allison Langdon announced

He hasn’t aged a day! Karl Stefanovic shared a throwback from early days with Channel 9 20 years ago (left) and he looks EXACTLY the same (right on Tuesday) 

‘It is exactly 20 years ago today that a young fresh-faced journalist by the name of Karl Stefanovic first walked into the Channel 9 studios,’ Allison announced.

‘And we found this… your very first security card,’ she added as Karl broke into fits of laughter.

A producer then brought in a special cupcake with a lit candle to celebrate, as Allison sincerely announced: ‘Here’s to another 20 years, I can’t imagine Channel Nine without you.’

'Here's to another 20 years, I can't imagine Channel Nine without you,' Allison said sincerely as a producer brought in a special cupcake with a lit candle to celebrate

‘Here’s to another 20 years, I can’t imagine Channel Nine without you,’ Allison said sincerely as a producer brought in a special cupcake with a lit candle to celebrate 

In an effort to maintain his youthful good looks, the father-of-four boldly declared on air last month that he was on a mission to lose 10 kilos.

Once Allison remembered the vow, she cheekily snatched the cupcake from Karl’s hands.

‘And you can’t eat it because you’re on a diet!’ she laughed.

Not so fast: The father-of-four boldly declared on air last month that he was on a mission to lose 10 kilos. Once co-host Allison Langdon remembered the vow, she cheekily snatched the cupcake from Karl's hands

Not so fast: The father-of-four boldly declared on air last month that he was on a mission to lose 10 kilos. Once co-host Allison Langdon remembered the vow, she cheekily snatched the cupcake from Karl’s hands

Last month, while interviewing obesity expert Dr Nick Fuller, Karl announced: ‘I’ll put you to the test. I need to lose 10 kilos.’

He then kick-started his 10-week weight loss challenge by doing his first weigh-in live on the Today show.

Karl admitted he was a little ’embarrassed’ about having his weight (105kg) revealed on national television.

Facing the scales: Karl admitted he was a little 'embarrassed' about having his weight (105kg) revealed on national television

Facing the scales: Karl admitted he was a little ’embarrassed’ about having his weight (105kg) revealed on national television