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Australian girl who was face of iconic Akubra hat commits suicide aged 14 after being bullied online

Australian girl who was face of iconic Akubra hat commits suicide aged 14 after being bullied onlineA 14-year-old girl who was once the face of Akubra– Australia’s famous cowboy-style hat – has taken her own life after being harassed online, prompting calls by her family to “stop the bullies”. The parents of Amy "Dolly" Everett, who appeared in a popular advertising campaign for Akubra when she was 8, said she was a “caring, beautiful soul” and expressed hope that her death would raise awareness about bullying and harassment. Tick Everett, her father, said in a Facebook post that Amy had taken her life “to escape the evil in this world”. He did not reveal details of  the bullying but appealed to those responsible to attend a memorial service for her in their home town of Katherine in outback central Australia. “If we can help other precious lives from being lost and the suffering of so many, then Doll's life will not be wasted,” he wrote. “If by some chance the people who thought this was a joke and made themselves feel superior by the constant bullying and harassment see this post, please come to our service and witness the complete devastation you have created.” Amy's father invited her bullies to attend her funeral to "witness the complete devastation you have created" Akubra, which has been making its trademark wide-rimmed hats for  more than a century, released a statement, expressing condolences and denouncing bullying. “This is not an easy post to write,” said the statement. “We were shocked and distressed to hear of the passing of "Dolly" – the young girl many of you will recognise from our past Christmas adverts… Bullying of any type is unacceptable. It is up to us to stand up when we see any kind of bullying behaviour.” We are shocked and distressed to hear of the passing of “Dolly” – the young girl many of you will recognise from our past Christmas adverts. This beautiful photo was taken 8 years ago. Dolly chose to end her life to escape the bullying she was being subjected to. She was not even 15 years old. To think that anyone could feel so overwhelmed and that suicide was their only option is unfathomable. Bullying of any kind is unacceptable. It is abuse and it is time for us to stand up when we see any kind of bullying behaviour. Dolly could be anyone’s daughter, sister, friend. We need to make sure that anyone in crisis knows there is always someone to talk to. Be a friend, check up on your mates. Our hearts go out to Dolly’s family and friends. Amy ‘Dolly’ Everett 1.5.2003-3.1.2018 #stopbullyingnow #doitfordolly #justbekind A post shared by Akubra Hats Official (@akubraofficial) on Jan 9, 2018 at 12:13am PST The statement added: “Dolly could be anyone's daughter, sister, friend… Be a friend, check up on your mates.” Dolly’s death prompted an outpouring of support from friends, family and well-wishers across the country. Surveys in Australia have found about a quarter of students aged 8 to 14 have reported being bullied. "Dolly, beautiful girl your death has been a tragedy that we didn't foresee but your memory will make changes happen," said a message on Facebook. Numbers to call  



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One Of America's Key Voting Laws Is About To Face A Big Test At The Supreme Court

One Of America's Key Voting Laws Is About To Face A Big Test At The Supreme CourtIn November of 2015, Larry Harmon, a software engineer then in his late 50s, went to the polls to vote against an Ohio ballot initiative to legalize marijuana.



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Trump Spiritual Advisor Wants You To Send Her Up To 1 Month's Pay Or Face 'Consequences'

Trump Spiritual Advisor Wants You To Send Her Up To 1 Month's Pay Or Face 'Consequences'Paula White, a prosperity gospel preacher with close ties to President Donald Trump, is calling on followers to send her donations of up to one month’s salary.



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New moms in Puerto Rico face a health care crisis

New moms in Puerto Rico face a health care crisisSince Hurricane Maria, public health experts say Puerto Rico is facing a growing crisis, and with many doctors having left the island, expectant mothers must turn to the few still-open clinics.



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Social media companies ignoring pleas over extremism could face tax hikes

Social media companies ignoring pleas over extremism could face tax hikesInternet companies could simply move their money abroad if the Government introduces a potential terror tax to crackdown on the spread of extremist material online, critics fear. Keith Simpson, a senior Tory MP and member of the Intelligence and Security Committee of Parliament, said taxing companies if they fail to cooperate with efforts to fight terrorism was an “attention grabber headline” but would be difficult to enforce. Ben Wallace, the Security Minister, said "patience is running out fast" with web companies. He accused them of putting profit before public safety and that “if they continue to be less than co-operative, we should look at things like tax as a way of incentivising them or compensating for their inaction”. He also suggested web companies were “ruthless profiteers” – a remark which prompted an angry response from Facebook with the internet giant saying he was “wrong to say that we put profit before safety”. Any levy could be similar to the windfall tax imposed on excess profits of privatised utilities by the Blair government in 1997, or the charge Margaret Thatcher's government placed on banks in 1981. The amount of tax paid in the UK by internet companies relative to their overall profits has provoked widespread fury in recent months and has prompted questions about how effective any new charge would be. The likes of Facebook and Twitter have been warned they could face tax hikes Credit: LOIC VENANCE/AFP Mr Simpson told The Telegraph: “Part of me says ‘well, good luck’ if you think that this can persuade them and raise money. “I suspect that it will be incredibly difficult.” He said companies could react to any attempt to impose a new levy by moving their money away from the UK. “It is convenient to use the UK for many reasons but they might decide to go to another European country or somewhere else,” he said. “It is incredibly difficult to do this but that is not to say that we shouldn’t try to do this. “I did think this was a bit of an attention grabber headline.”   Mr Simpson said he believed the “broad mass of the public would agree” with such a windfall tax being introduced “but merely making promises is not enough”. Mr Wallace said in an interview with the Sunday Times that obstruction and inaction by social media companies is costing taxpayers hundreds of millions of pounds as law enforcement agencies pick up the cost of tackling radicalisation. Simon Milner, of Facebook, said: “Mr Wallace is wrong to say that we put profit before safety, especially in the fight against terrorism. We’ve invested millions of pounds in people and technology to identify and remove terrorist content.” Meanwhile, a spokeswoman for YouTube said the video website is “doing more every day to tackle these issues” while Twitter said 95 per cent of terrorist content was removed proactively from the site.



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Reporters face obstacle run in corruption-hit Bulgaria

Reporters face obstacle run in corruption-hit BulgariaCartoonist Hristo Komarnitski and his colleagues had no illusions: launching a satirical journal was always going to be tricky in Bulgaria, new holder of the EU presidency but also ranked as the bloc’s worst press freedom violator. As Bulgaria prepares to take the rotating EU helm on January 1, its press industry is mired in “corruption and collusion between media, politicians, and oligarchs,” according to Reporters Without Borders (RSF). Since joining the bloc a decade ago, Bulgaria has tumbled down in the annual RSF press freedom ranking from sharing the 35th place with France in 2006 to 109th out of 180 countries in 2017 — by far the worst placed EU member state.



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Universities face #MeToo movement over sexual harassment

Universities face #MeToo movement over sexual harassmentWASHINGTON (AP) — When Celeste Kidd was a graduate student of neuroscience at the University of Rochester she says a professor supervising her made her life unbearable by stalking her, making demeaning comments about her weight and talking about sex.



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North Korea's 'Ever Victorious' firms face China axe

North Korea's 'Ever Victorious' firms face China axeFrom restaurants with singing waitresses, to secluded traders in back alleys, North Korean businesses in Beijing face a precarious start to the New Year with a looming, sanctions-linked January deadline to shut up shop. Accounting for 90 percent of North Korea’s trade, China is a major outpost for what little financial and economic interests its secretive ally has abroad. In visits to a dozen North Korean companies in the Chinese capital, AFP found that many owners and staff were unsure whether they would have to leave.



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Long-term wildfire evacuees face holidays away from home

Long-term wildfire evacuees face holidays away from homeLOS ANGELES (AP) — Ray and Curry Sawyer's Christmas tree is up, still waiting for their grandkids to decorate it. The presents are hidden away in closets, waiting to be wrapped, the ingredients for gingerbread men are sitting in cupboards, and the kindling for the fireplace has been chopped.



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Ex-priest could face life in prison for killing parishioner

Ex-priest could face life in prison for killing parishionerEDINBURG, Texas (AP) — A former Texas priest convicted of murder in the rape and strangulation of a 25-year-old beauty queen who went to him for confession almost 60 years ago is set to hear testimony Friday in the punishment phase of his trial.



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