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An American Man Lashes Out At Australia and says it’s a terrible place to live in

Australia is a “terrible place to live,” according to an outspoken American business consultant, who also warns that things are “going downhill rapidly” for the nation. In a shocking TikTok video posted this week, Rafael Cintron, the CEO of the immigration agency Wealthy Expat, detailed why he would never choose to reside in Australia.

‘Australia is a terrible place to live,’ the Dubai-based consultant starts the video.

‘High taxes, (Covid) regulations like we saw with the situation around the world. It’s heading downhill fast, and a lot of people are leaving the country quick.’

Rafael Cintron, the CEO of immigration firm Wealthy Expat, (pictured) explained why he would never live Down Under in a short TikTok video posted on Wednesday

‘Recently they finally opened for Australians to leave the country, they were stuck for months and months,’ he said. ‘The country’s future is looking darker than ever.’

Mr. Cintron, a Puerto Rican-American citizen of the United States who resides in Dubai, told Daily Mail Australia that while Australia has traditionally been a great and prosperous nation, many of its citizens are unhappy with the current administration.

‘A lot of our Australian clients are extremely disappointed in the government’s response to the Covid crisis for example when Australian citizens were even banned from returning to their home country to control the spread of Covid-19,’ he said. 

‘When citizens protested, they were met with severe punishments and physical violence.’ 

He claimed that Australians pay some of the highest taxes in the world.

Mr Cintron (pictured) told Daily Mail Australia that while traditionally Australia is a great and prosperous country, many citizens had recently become dissatisfied with their government

According to the expert, the tax rate for people with high incomes can be above 45% of their earnings and is between 32.5 and 37% for people with moderate incomes.

On TikTok, Mr. Cintron criticized other nations, notably New Zealand, which he claimed was “becoming North Korea” because of its stringent Covid regulations.

The consultant criticized Canada as well, claiming that individuals were leaving due to the same laws and regulations that Australia had.

In comparison to Australia, he claimed that the best examples of safe, low-tax nations with few limitations are Switzerland, Singapore, the United Arab Emirates, and Portugal.

‘I’m an Aussie. You forgot to mention high wages, universal healthcare, awesome gun control, stunning weather, and happy citizens,’ one said. 

Mr Cintron, pictured with a friend, lives in Dubai, where there is no personal income tax

‘Mate your dreaming. We are the best country on the planet,’ another said. 

‘Australia is one of the best countries to live in. Especially Melbourne, lots of work opportunities and a good place to start a family,’ a third commented. 

It comes after a British woman living in Australia shared a pros and cons list of each country, with ‘boring’ used to describe her time Down Under.

Deborah relocated from East Yorkshire to New York after completing her undergraduate studies in 2001.

Deborah decided she needed to be nearer to the family after witnessing the horrible events of September 11 from her office window. She relocated to Sydney, where one of her sisters lived, then after six years, she moved to Melbourne.

The British ex-pat created a list of advantages and disadvantages of living in each nation and posted it to the Facebook group Ping Pong Poms, which is for “those thinking about coming back to the UK.”

Just came back from the UK and am feeling, so jet lagged and homesick,’ Deborah wrote.

Mr Cintron (pictured) has hit out at other countries on TikTok including New Zealand, which he said was 'turning into North Korea' due to its strict Covid restrictions

‘Was up at 1:30 this morning writing a pros and cons list as feel so flat after a lovely time in the UK summer.’

Family, stunning scenery, supermarkets, countryside cottages, school buddies, universities, history, proximity to Europe, additional entertainment options for children, chocolate, a festive spirit, charming market towns, and pubs were all positive aspects of living in the UK.

The second safest country to live in, schools, restaurants, more space, more chances for kids, lower unemployment, higher salary, schools, less public debt, a robust economy, longer life expectancy, wonderful tap water, and outdoor pools topped Australia’s pros list.

Unsurprisingly, Australia’s list of advantages included year-round sunshine, stunning beaches, low levels of pollution, and content residents.

Deborah posted a pros and cons list of living in Australia and the UK to a Facebook group for 'people thinking about moving back to the UK' on Tuesday (pictured)

Deborah listed 11 drawbacks for Australia, two more than she did for the UK, including that it’s dull, far away, devoid of history, terrible supermarkets, horrible chocolate, costly, sluggish internet, everything wants to kill you, shopping isn’t as good/fun, and crumpets are so bad.

The UK’s drawbacks include terrible tap water, congested roads, the majority of the year being cold and dreary, driving standards, long commutes to concerts and airports, long wait times in hospitals, outside London restaurants being inferior to those in Australia, and political upheaval.

The homesick British expat (left) wrote the list after returning home from a trip to the UK where she visited her mum Joan (right)

‘I love Australia for the ‘no worries’ attitude,’ Deborah said.

‘Australia is an amazing country with amazing opportunities, beautiful rainforests, oceans and beaches, and fantastic wine.’

‘Unfortunately, what Australia does lack is prawn cocktail crisps, chocolate that tastes good, and above all, proper crumpets!’ 

‘Love that chocolate and crumpets made the list lol,’ one user commented.

‘I have just gotten back from 9 months back home in the UK and could not explain to work mates how bad crumpets are here compared to home,’ another user wrote. 

‘Chocolate was definitely rubbish in Oz,’ another chimed.  

The Melbourne resident has lived in Australia for 20 years with her husband Joe

Other users said Deborah would benefit from reading over the list and ‘actually think about what matters’.

‘Like, I don’t think that ‘bad chocolate’ or even ‘rubbish supermarkets’ is really going to make a large impact on your life,’ one user wrote. 

Other Brits also shared what they didn’t like about Australia.  

‘People in the UK have a sense of humor and are funny. The flies in Australia are horrendous and high UV is annoying in Oz,’ one wrote.

Another said: ‘UK TV is better and grocery shopping is much cheaper/more choice (especially crisps and chocolate lol).’

‘We moved back [to England] earlier this year and it was the best decision. Schools are brilliant, academia is better, more options for education and uni, etc,’ one Brit wrote.  

Meanwhile, other users told the mother-of-two to lighten up and embrace Australian culture. 

‘Enjoy Australian architecture even the lovely homestead of old Queenslanders. They are just beautiful. Plenty of great Victorian architecture around too. England is beautiful but congested. Think of all the positives in Oz,’ one user commented. 

Another user wrote Australia is rich in Aboriginal history: ‘Aboriginal people are known to have occupied mainland Australia for at least 65,000 years. It is widely accepted that this predates the human settlement of Europe and America.’ 

Another user wished Deborah ‘good luck’ in choosing between the two countries. 

‘I’ve decided to ping-pong back and forth a bit longer …to enjoy the best of both hemispheres …one day I must choose but not today,’ the user wrote.  

Source: dailymail.co.uk

A wife who cooks her husband three meals a day hits back at trolls who say she’s ‘destroying feminism’

A few months ago, Sonali Arora started posting videos of the meals she cooks for her husband Nipun on TikTok. The 26-year-old displayed her expertly prepared-to-treat meals and lunchboxes and asked for opinions on her cooking and presentation.

Wife who cooks husband three meals a day hits back at trolls who say she's 'destroying feminism'

She instead faced criticism for her relationship, with some calling her a “housewife from the 1950s” and others accusing her of “killing feminism and women’s liberation.”

The Melbourne-based pair has had to address several assumptions about their way of life, including remarks like: ‘I don’t think I have ever packed a lunch for my husband, not his mother’. 

‘This is satire right?’ asked another viewer on TikTok, while another said: ‘Being proud of this is my worst nightmare. As they say – Being a master’s favorite dog is still having a master and being a dog.’

Wife who cooks husband three meals a day hits back at trolls who say she's 'destroying feminism'

Speaking to Femail, Sonali said: ‘If it’s not people coming for the portion sizes, it’s them attacking my husband without even knowing him, calling him a two-year-old, people saying that he’s misogynistic or I am in the 1950s.

‘You get a bit defensive about the person you love and especially when they’re being picked on in the wrong light.’

'Cooking is something that I love, that's my love language and something that brings me joy. It makes me even happier when I see his reaction to the creations that I've put together,' she said

Sonali, a cybersecurity professional, claims that she and Nipun divide household duties 50/50 and that she prefers to prepare his meals because she can work from home.

Wife who cooks husband three meals a day hits back at trolls who say she's 'destroying feminism'

She claims that the stereotyping she has experienced is unjust and erroneous because she is an independent woman who is focused on her profession.

‘My husband is the sweetest and most supportive and least misogynistic person to ever be on this planet,’ she said. 

‘We have a really good thing going, we divide all the house chores. After I cook he’s cleaning the dishes, I don’t touch that. He also is responsible for cleaning all the bathrooms and vacuuming the floors.’ 

Sonali, who works from home in cyber security, said cooking is her 'love language' and it brings her joy to prepare meals for her husband and share them online
Despite the hate, Sonali said she receives just as many, if not more, positive responses to her videos and refuses to let the haters stop her from sharing her passion.

Sonali claims that Sonali’s “love language” and “thing that provides [her] joy” is cooking for Nipun.

Even though she gets criticism for cooking for her spouse, she doesn’t intend to let that stop her from sharing her passion for cooking.

‘Hell yeah, I’m going to keep posting them! It actually helps a lot of people in getting diverse ideas for what they can make throughout the day because it is such a difficult thing to think about,’ she said.

‘It’s nice that I’ve tapped in this community of people who are food lovers.’ 

Source: dailymail.co.uk

Amber Heard Perjury Investigation Continues in Australia Amid Depp Trial

The 36-year-old actress is the focus of an “ongoing” perjury investigation in connection with court proceedings that resulted from her infamous trip to Queensland with Depp in 2015. During that trip, she violated Australia’s stringent quarantine and biosecurity laws by failing to declare the former couple’s Yorkshire terriers, Pistol and Boo, when she boarded a plane into the nation.

Fact Check: Is Amber Heard going to jail? Perjury claims explored following  her loss in defamation trial against Johnny Depp

Heard was charged in July 2015 with two counts of importing the animals unlawfully; however, the case was dismissed in April 2016 after she admitted to forging travel paperwork in a Gold Coast court.

But in October 2021, DailyMail.com broke the exclusive story that Australian authorities were looking into Heard for perjury over allegations that she lied to them about the circumstances surrounding the importation of her dogs. This gave the actress’s dog-smuggling scandal fresh life.

In a statement to ET Canada, the Australian Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment said that it is “investigating claims of perjury by Ms. Heard during court proceedings for the 2015 illegal importation of [her] two dogs into Australia” and that the case is still “ongoing.”

Amber Heard (left) could face another legal battle in Australia after losing her defamation trial against ex-husband Johnny Depp (right). Pictured in Toronto, Canada, on September 14, 2015

According to Queensland’s penal code, the former offense can result in a seven-year sentence while perjury has a maximum jail term of 14.

Although it is doubtful that Australia would seek Heard’s extradition, she might still be detained if she sought to re-enter the nation.

The department’s investigation into possible perjury is related to testimony provided by a former Depp employee during his 2020 UK libel trial against The Sun newspaper.

When he testified in court in London that Heard had urged him to lie under oath after she brought the dogs into Queensland on a private jet without disclosing them, Depp’s former estate manager Kevin Murphy raised eyebrows in Australia.

Pistol and Boo ought to have been reported to customs and subjected to a 10-day quarantine, but their entry remained unnoticed for a number of weeks until a grooming parlor uploaded pictures of the adorable pair to Facebook.

Depp and Heard have 72 hours to return the pups to their owners or risk having them seized and put down.

Heard faced two counts of knowingly importing a prohibited product into the country. (Pictured: the Yorkshire terriers at the centre of the incident, Pistol and Boo)

After her attorney, Jeremy Kirk insisted that the paperwork for the dogs had “slipped through the cracks” and that there had been “no attempt to deceive,” Heard ultimately pleaded guilty to the lesser charge of falsifying an immigration document and accepted a fine of 10,000 Australian dollars ($7,650).

Kirk claimed that when Heard checked the wrong box on her arrival card, she believed that her ex-husband’s staff had finished the paperwork and was tired and sleep-deprived.

She apologized for her behavior in a video apology that Heard and Depp also released.

On social media, the video was widely criticized, with some followers claiming that the couple appeared to have been abducted and kept for ransom.

Heard’s account of what happened remained uncontested until July 2020, when Depp’s former estate manager testified in writing to London’s High Court that he frequently warned the actress about Australia’s stringent animal entrance laws.

‘I also explained to Ms. Heard several times the fact that trying to take the dogs into Australia without completing the mandatory process was illegal and could result in very harsh penalties including euthanizing the dogs,’ Murphy said.

He went on to allege that, when the smuggling controversy erupted, Heard demanded he provides a ‘false statement’ to the Australian court saying she didn’t know anything about the requirements.

‘When I expressed that I was extremely uncomfortable with this, Ms. Heard said to me ‘Well I want your help on this … I wouldn’t want you to have a problem with your job.’

Amber Heard's Australia Legal Troubles Explained Amid Defamation Trial

‘It became very apparent that Ms. Heard was threatening my job stability unless I cooperated with providing a declaration that supported her false account for the Australian proceedings.

‘Because of this I felt extreme pressure to cooperate, despite knowing this would involve being untruthful,’ added Murphy, who worked for Depp for eight years.=

After being contacted by the FBI, Murphy agreed to give Australian police a witness statement, which he later confirmed to DailyMail.com. He chooses not to provide more commentary.

The discovery of Heard’s ongoing perjury case comes only a few weeks after she was sentenced to pay $10.35 million in damages to her ex-husband after a Virginia court ruled that she defamed the actor by describing herself as a victim of domestic abuse in a Washington Post opinion piece.

Depp, who was married to Heard from 2015 to 2017, filed a lawsuit against her after she called herself “a public figure representing domestic abuse” in a December 2018 article for The Washington Post.

All three of Depp’s claims relating to certain remarks in the 2018 essay were upheld by the jury.

The court cut the punitive damages award to $350,000 due to a state cap even though the jury determined Depp should receive $10 million in compensatory damages and $5 million in punitive damages.

Heard was charged with two counts of illegally importing the animals in July that year, but the case was closed when she pleaded guilty in April 2016 to falsifying travel documents. She and Depp also recorded a video apology (pictured) in which she expressed remorse for her actions

Heard has stated that she intends to challenge the judgment.

At the hearing on Friday, the court ruled that Heard would need to post a bond totaling US$10.35 million while her appeal is pending if she plans to appeal.

Heard must pay Depp (pictured) US$10.35million after a U.S. court found she defamed the 59-year-old actor by describing herself as a domestic abuse victim in an opinion piece she wrote

Both awards are subject to six percent interest annually, according to the judge’s order.

Source: dailymail.co.uk

Video of an Australian pub owner fighting a charging crocodile off with a frying pan goes viral

The viral video shows an Australian pub owner using a frying pan to fend off a crocodile. People watching from a distance captured the action as Kai Hansen used a frying pan to combat an enraged crocodile in front of him. Hansen, the proprietor of pub Storyful, provided the footage on his own initiative. In the footage, Kai can be seen standing in front of the crocodile.

Man fights off crocodile with a frying pan at NT pub in Australia | Daily  Mail Online

Amazingly, he didn’t seem alarmed as an 8-foot crocodile began to circle his Goat Island lodge. Hansen used his preferred weapon, a frying pan, to engage the charging reptile rather than turning and fleeing.

The crocodile appeared to rethink the attack after receiving a few blows to the head, turned aside, and swam back to the water.

The wild incident was captured on tape and immediately gained popularity on social media. Despite the incredible video, Hansen told Daily Mail Australia that using a frying pan to fend off a large reptile was nothing out of the normal for him.

“I wouldn’t say it’s an everyday event, but I’ve got to stay safe and do what I can,” he said.

“When you’re driving along in a car and all of a sudden a dog is right in front of you, are you scared, no, you just do what you have to do,” the publican continued, adding that in this scenario it all worked out alright. “No one got hurt and the croc got a good lesson.”

crocodile

Hansen continued by recounting some of his previous encounters with the saltwater crocodiles that were present in the area. His beloved dog Dumb Blonde was devoured by a crocodile that was about 10 feet long in 2018. A similar case happened in Florida where a man grabbed a 9-foot alligator in an attempt to save the beloved family dog.

Even while Hansen may consider fighting reptiles to be just another day in the life, the video left many online users in awe, and many of them expressed their shock in the comments area.

“Who’s crazier? The old man for hitting the gator with a frying pan, or the gator for messing with the old man?” one person tweeted.

Others were quick to note that the bizarre scene would only ever happen in Australia.

“Only in Australia, got to love it,” one person tweeted, while another agreed that the scene was “peak Australia.”

Source: vt.co

23 Reasons Visiting Australia Should Be on Your Vacation List!

1. There are so many great places to swim:

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2. And the beaches are touted as some of the most beautiful in the world:

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3. The weather is always amazing:

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4. So warm and sunny all the time!

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5. The natural sights are truly something else:

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6. And the local cuisine is so delectable:

7. Australia is all about low-cost living:

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21 Food Facts That You Will Know if You Live in Australia

1. You know that Golden Gaytime is a totally acceptable name for an ice cream.

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2. And that finding the right Milo to milk ratio is a fine art, which must be perfected in childhood.

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3. You know a family BBQ isn’t complete without some sliced cabanossi and cheese cubes.

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4. You know that there are no shrimps on our barbies.

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5. But there are a shitload of prawns.

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6. You’ve felt personally victimised by a bag of Allen’s Party Mix.

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7. You honestly believe potato gems and a bottle of Powerade can cure any hangover.

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