Top Australian health official says second wave of COVID-19 unlikely

Australia ‘has BEATEN coronavirus’: Top health official says a second wave of COVID-19 is unlikely as transmission rates plunge to nearly zero – with just 30 patients in hospital nationwide

  • The chance of a second wave this year is unlikely as infection rates sit near zero
  • NSW chief health officer Dr Kerry Chant said state well placed to stop outbreaks 
  • Just one COVID-19 patient in intensive care in NSW and five as a whole nationally
  • State’s top health official made revelation in private briefing to NSW politicians 
  • Here’s how to help people impacted by Covid-19

The chance of a second wave of COVID-19 in Australia this year is unlikely, according to one of the country’s top health officials, as transmission rates fall to nearly zero.

New South Wales chief health officer Dr Kerry Chant told state politicians the ban on international travel and the state’s grasp of social distancing meant it was well placed to stem further outbreaks of the virus and prevent a second wave. 

There is just one coronavirus patient in intensive care across the state – and only five nationwide as of Tuesday. A total of 30 COVID-19 patients remain in hospital across the country.

In the private briefing, Dr Chant conceded NSW’s ability to prevent a second wave would rely on widespread adherence to social distancing rules.

A pedestrian wearing a facemask is pictured walking in Melbourne on May 17. The chance of a second wave of COVID-19 this year is unlikely, according to one of the nation’s top health officials

Pedestrians wear face masks at Sydney’s Circular Quay. Dr Kerry Chant said NSW’s ability to crush a second wave would rely heavily on widespread adherence to social distancing rules 

People dine in at Crew cafe in Burleigh Heads on the Gold Coast on May 16 after social distancing rules were relaxed

It comes as the state looks to June 1 for the next stage of restriction easing – with beauty salons and nail bars set to re-open and regional travel permitted.

‘The policy for how to deal with a second wave is that we’ll evaluate it at the time,’  an MP close to the meeting told The Australian.

‘[Dr Chant’s] message was: It’s very possible to contain all this ­because we don’t have the inter­nationals coming in, and we have good social distancing and hygiene­ practices.’

There were only two new cases of COVID-19 in NSW recorded in the 24 hours to Monday.

There are 7,133 cases of the coronavirus nationally since the outbreak began, but just 478 of those are still active.  

Dr Chant speaks to the media on Friday. The state’s top health official has said NSW is well-placed to stop any further outbreaks of the virus

Australia had the lowest new case numbers since March 6 on Sunday, as lockdown measures continue to reduce transmission of the deadly coronavirus

Six million people have downloaded the government’s coronavirus tracking app less than a month after its launch, helping authorities trace contacts of any diagnosed cases.   

CORONAVIRUS CASES IN AUSTRALIA: 7,133

New South Wales: 3,092

Victoria: 1,610

Queensland: 1,057

Western Australia: 570

South Australia: 440

Tasmania: 228

Australian Capital Territory: 107

Northern Territory: 29

TOTAL CASES: 7,133

RECOVERED: 6,553

DEATHS: 102

It follows Premier Daniel Andrews announcing the new ‘COVID normal’ in Victoria ahead of the loosening of restrictions on June 1.

People in the state will kick off winter being able to enjoy meals with friends at home, attend weddings, swim at pools or even get tattoos, as long as there’s no more than 20 people.   

The number will also mark the number of people allowed at weddings, while up to 50 people will be able to attend funerals.

‘The rules that accompany that opening up will be with us for a long time,’ Mr Andrews told reporters.

‘This is a COVID normal, this is not a return to business a usual.’

Victoria’s reopening will see 20 people allowed to visit libraries and other community facilities, entertainment and cultural venues, as well as beauty and personal care services. 

The start of the coldest season will also include a lifeline for the tourism industry as overnight stays in hotels will be permitted.

Campgrounds will be open for those eager to pitch their tents, but not their communal facilities like kitchens or bathrooms.

A May 23 graph showing the vast majority of Australia’s coronavirus patients have now recovered – compared to the rest of the world where more than half of those infected are still sick.   

Opposition leader Michael O’Brien said it had taken a long while for Victoria to catch up with other states.

‘We’re still a long way behind the rest of the country, and the question is why,’ he said.

‘New South Wales has been handling things very differently than Victoria, moving to ease restrictions more quickly and that has given their small businesses more confidence.’

CORONAVIRUS RESTRICTIONS STATE BY STATE

WESTERN AUSTRALIA

* Western Australia is going further than any other state in relaxing coronavirus rules, the government says, amid a mixed reaction to the state’s economic roadmap.

* Locals are encouraged to return to work and take regional holidays, and the limit is at 20 people, and hospitality businesses will be allowed to serve diners under phase two of WA’s recovery plan.

* The government has faced a backlash for not going further in unwinding restrictions as there are barely any cases in WA.

* Like restaurants and cafes, pubs are allowed to reopen but a limit of 20 patrons will apply as well as the one person per four square metres rule, and a requirement for customers to buy a meal if they want to have a drink.

* Students will return to the classroom from May 29.

* Hard border will remain indefinitely despite pressure from the rest of the country and federal medical advice.

NORTHERN TERRITORY

* Parks and reserves have reopened. 

* Weddings, funerals can have an unlimited number of guests if social distancing can be maintained.

* Playgrounds, parks and public swimming pools re-opened. 

* Gyms, nail salons, and any other businesses have reopened so long as their activities take less than two hours

* Outdoor sports where people can be physically distant, such as golf and tennis, are allowed.

* Pubs, cafes and restaurants opened on May 15. People are allowed in for two hours.

* Internal travel is now allowed including to remote Aboriginal communities 

* Dropping the border quarantine will be ‘dead last’. 

QUEENSLAND

* Restaurants, pubs and clubs, nail salons and so on can have up to 20 patrons at a time.

* Parks, playgrounds, skateparks are open 

* Up to five members from a single household can visit another home, and 10 people can meet in public

* Family picnics and weekend drives allowed, national parks will reopen and people can shop for clothing and shoes, and go for haircuts

* You can let your dog off the leash as 131 dog parks will gradually reopen

* Citizens must stay within 50km of their homes, and social distancing will still be enforced.

* People from the same household can go out together, while those who live alone can spend time with one other person.

* Border quarantine will continue until September but the state is under pressure to drop this much sooner.

VICTORIA 

* Up to 20 people indoors at a party or gathering as of June 1

* The premier’s beloved game of golf, walking groups, fishing and hiking are among the outdoor activities allowed again.

* Cafes, restaurants and pubs can seat diners until June 1, unlike most other states.

* Libraries, community centres, markets, beauty parlours and tattoo studios open on June 1 as do museums, drive-in cinemas, zoos and theme parks.

* Gyms, indoor sports facilities, movie theatres can reopen from June 22 if all goes to plan allowing ski season to kick off

* Holidays and staying at friend’s place overnight are also banned until June 1 when accommodation will reopen.

* Professional sport teams including AFL and rugby league are back to training ahead of resuming the season in late May.

* Students are expected to be able to get back in the classroom by the end of term two, but more details are yet to be revealed.

TASMANIA  

* Gatherings of five people inside and 10 in public are allowed.

* Residents can visit national parks within 30km of their home.

* The state’s ban on aged care visits was eased, but no more than two visitors are allowed once a week. 

* Restaurants, cafes, playgrounds, pools and boot camps reopened for up to 10 people at a time.

* Weddings and funerals have have up to 20 guests

* Border restrictions, however, are still expected to be in place when stage three of the plan begins in mid-July.

NEW SOUTH WALES

* Cafes, pubs and restaurants are open but may only seat 10 people at a time.  

* Gatherings of five people at home and 10 outside are allowed

* The state government is encouraging shops to re-open with social distancing in place

* Pupils went back back to school on May 11 on a roster basis. State government wants full-time classroom teaching sooner rather than later

* Most businesses will be allowed to reopen on June 1, with social distancing rules and customer limits.

* Zoos, reptile parks and aquariums open June 1. 

* Weddings can have 10 guests, funerals 20 inside and 30 outside, and churches 10.

SOUTH AUSTRALIA

* Cafes and restaurants re-opened from May 11 and can seat 10 people inside and another 10 outside at a time. Pubs are shut until June 5.

* Ten people can gather at home or in public.

* Weddings and funerals have a 20 guest limit inside, and 30 outside.

* House auctions and inspections and non-contact sport has resumed and libraries, pools, churches and community halls reopened.

* Border is still quarantined indefinitely.

ACT

* Gatherings of 10 people are allowed.

* Weddings and funerals have a 20 guest limit inside, and 30 outside

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What are the top public high schools in the U.S.?

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Prepping for the right college may mean buckling down for four years from 9th to 12th grade. However, the question then becomes: Where do you go to get the best education that will prepare you for the future?

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To help, U.S. News ranked the top best public high schools in the nation. The rankings include data on more than 24,000 public high schools across the nation with nearly 18,000 schools being evaluated based on their performance on state assessments and how well they prepare students for college.

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Although the highest-ranked schools are scattered throughout the country, sitting atop the coveted list is Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology in Virginia.

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The school garnered the title due to its best-in-state performance in English and math assessments, 100 percent graduation rate and its top ranking in college readiness, U.S. News revealed.

Although Virginia lays claim to the number one spot, roughly 63 percent of high schools in the San Jose, California metro area reside in the top 25 percent of the national rankings. Meanwhile, half of the public high schools in Massachusetts also sit within the top 25 percent of the national rankings, the outlet revealed. However, the top 100 schools on the list span across 29 states, according to the report.

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Top Gear will resume filming next month with Paddy McGuinness, Freddie Flintoff and Chris Harris socially distancing – The Sun

TOP Gear is set to resume filming next month, with presenters Paddy McGuinness, Freddie Flintoff and Chris Harris having to social distance.

The hit BBC1 car show will also use "strictly limited" crews in order to get the series back on screens again.

BBC director of content Charlotte Moore confirmed the news to The Telegraph, saying: "We're also exploring ways to re-start filming on more dramas and other major BBC shows as soon as possible.

"We've been looking very carefully at how we can safely put some of our shows back into production, and I'm pleased to announce that we plan to begin filming again on both EastEnders and Top Gear by the end of next month.

"Cast members will do their own hair and make-up. Social distancing measures will be in place."

The news will no doubt come as a relief to the BBC, who have been faced to halt production on a number of their major shows due to coronavirus.



Work had to stop on BBC dramas Line Of Duty and Peaky Blinders — and producers on The Graham Norton Show struggled to find celebrities willing to appear.

Meanwhile, EastEnders will be making huge changes to how they operate to keep in line with Government guidelines once filming commences in June.

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Top White House officials buried CDC reopening report, emails show

Top White House officials buried detailed advice from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention about how to reopen the country during the coronavirus epidemic, internal government emails show.

Public health experts at the CDC spent weeks preparing guidance to help communities reopen, but much of their work never saw the light of day, the Associated Press reported Saturday, citing the emails.

The advice, compiled in a 60-page document, was designed to help business owners, educators, church leaders, educators and state and local officials figure out when and how to reopen in their communities.

After AP first reported Thursday that the document had been buried, the Trump administration ordered parts of it to be fast-tracked for approval. The AP and other news outlets released a truncated 17-page version, but the AP obtained the full document, titled “Steps for All Americans in Every Community,” on Friday.

White House spokeswoman Kayleigh McEnany said Friday that the report hadn’t been approved by CDC Director Robert Redfield, but the emails proved that Redfield had given the OK, the AP said.

The CDC report, which contained some information that had already been released, was shelved by the administration April 30, despite Redfield’s approval.

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Top 10 highest earning Instagram stars in Premier League includes shock with Arsenal outcast Ceballos top – The Sun

DANI CEBALLOS is not even a fully fledged Premier League star – but no one in the English top flight earns more than him from Instagram.

The 23-year-old Spaniard is on loan at Mikel Arteta's side from Real Madrid – with the Gunners being told they will need to shell out £44m to sign him permanently.

But what he may lack on the pitch he certainly more than makes up for in earning potential off it.

Surprisingly, Ceballos is far and away the Premier League's top earner on the photo-sharing site, according to data from Online Casinos.

They looked at a player's total number of promotional posts since the start of this season and coupled that with information from a recent report into influencer marketing.

Combine the two and Ceballos – who has 1.9 million Instagram followers – has amassed a huge £101,193 so far this season.

That equates to a very healthy £2,927 a WEEK.

And it is enough to put him a long way clear at the top of the table, with Manchester United's Andreas Pereira in second, despite him being one of five players Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is looking to sell.

He has made £94,214 from his posts since the season began, working out at £2,725 a week, according to the report.

Man City's Ilkay Gundogan rounds out the top three with earnings of £80,257 from posts to his 2.7 million Insta fans.

Man Utd have the most popular players, with Brandon Williams (sixth with £66,299) and captain Harry Maguire (ninth with £55,831) also cracking the top ten.

That means there are three Red Devils stars in there, with Chelsea and Everton the next best represented clubs with two each.

Paul Pogba leads the league with the most Insta followers, 40.2million, but the Man United ace has made only £12,212, while Liverpool's Mo Salah has only netted £2,261 despite having 37.6million followers.

The research suggests neither has prioritised monetising their accounts, even though there is clearly a fortune to be made from it.

Unsurprisingly, United dominate the list of the top earning squads.

They have bagged a cumulative £543,185 since the season began at a rate of £15,712 a week.

Chelsea are second with £540,277, Arsenal third with £373, 706 and Man City fourth on £369.846.

Liverpool – some 25 points clear at the top of the table, are fifth with £313,401.

Burnley's social media-shy stars come bottom by almost £20,000, with the club making just £9,684 from Insta posts since the start of the season, according to the report.

The total money made by all Premier League clubs from Insta since the start of the season is £3,322,467 – or £96,104 a week.

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Meet Britain's top toe wrestler who has won the world title 16 times

Ten years after England won the football world cup, a group of fans were despairing that since then, their country hadn’t had much success.

So to give everyone some hope, they created a new sport – toe wrestling.

The idea was that if they invented a new sport, the English would be the best in the world at it.

The game is a bit like arm wrestling – competitors play with bare feet and link toes.

Each player’s foot must touch flat against the other’s and the aim is to pin your competitor’s foot for three seconds.

Unfortunately, the first competition was won by a Canadian visitor.

So the following year, the competition was shelved and it wasn’t until 1994, when the original rules were found in the the Royal Oak Pub in Wetton, that the sport was reborn.

The pub’s owner George Burgess decided to get in touch to get the sport registered and created the first official world championships.

It was that event that Alan ‘Nasty’ Nash, now 60, started his toe wrestling career as he went on to be crowned champion.

Since then he has gone on to win 16 times and if he wins the now-postponed 2020 championships, he would be the only sportsman in history to win 17 titles.

The current record is jointly held by Alan and darts player Phil ‘The Power’ Taylor.

His aim is to retire when he meets that milestone as he says that now aged 60, he is competing against (but still beating) people who are much younger.

Speaking about how he got involved back in 1994, Alan, from Stoke-on-Trent, says: ‘I entered as I was working at the championships all day as a light jockey for the bands that were playing after the event.

‘I won and was crowned the first official world champion and have been competing ever since.

‘I won in 1994, 1996, 1997, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, and 2019.’ 

Although he has been hugely successful in his toe-wrestling career, it hasn’t been without its challenges.

He sys: ‘In 1997, I broke four toes on my left foot in the semi-final as I took the final point.I just walked off the stage grinning and once I was clear, I snapped them back into place and packed my foot in ice to keep the swelling down. I went into the final and won.

‘Unfortunately, one of the toes did not set correctly and I had to have it taken off in hospital, ground down and reattached 11 months later.’

It meant he wasn’t able to compete in 1998.

The competition was also suspended from 2003 to 2009 after the title was given to his competitor but video footage was played back later and showed that he had won.

He says: ‘It was a very controversial decision which cost me my title, but it was proved that I had indeed won when the video footage was played back later in the evening (there was no VAR back then).

‘There was quite a bit of aggressive behaviour from the spectators towards the officials and the sport was suspended until 2009.’

For many years it took place in the birthplace of the Royal Oak pub but it has been moved to bigger venues in the last few years.

Every year, all proceeds from the world championships each year are donated to The Derby Kids Camp, a charity to help under privileged kids to get a holiday.

Alan was preparing for this year’s competition, due to take place on 20 June, but it has been postponed until later in the year due to the coronavirus outbreak.

He says: ‘I train all year round to help stay on top of my game but 12 weeks before the world championships, I will train seven nights a week.

‘Strength helps a lot but my main advantage comes from technique and experience.

‘Most of the contestants I take on these days are at least 30 years younger than me so if I struggle in the first leg,  I will change to defensive mode, where I can relax and wait for them to burn themselves out.

‘When I can see they are weakening, I will convert to attack mode and take the point.’

Alan doesn’t just compete in the sport these days – he also jointly owns the World Toe Wrestling Foundation with Ben Woodroffe.

Together they have helped to push the sport more and championships are now held in China, Hong Kong, Pakistan, Canada, USA and Japan.

Although he helps lead the foundation to grow the support, he has no imput on competition day to make sure it is fair.

But he promises that when he wins his 17th title, he will retire from competing, and will take over the running of the event instead.

What’s the deal with Feet Week?

Feet Week is a week dedicated entirely to feet… as the name probably gives away.

We figured we could all do with something unrelated to coronavirus to occupy our minds during the pandemic – and what better topic than feet?

From 4 May to 10 May you can find articles on everything feet, from what it actually takes to be a foot model to what it’s like to be a pro toe wrestler.

You can read all our Feet Week content right here.

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Top NYC ER doc Lorna Breen’s ‘unfathomable’ suicide has colleagues shaken

Friends and colleagues of the Manhattan emergency room doctor who died by suicide after serving on the front lines of the coronavirus battle, struggled Tuesday to make sense of her “unfathomable” passing.

Dr. Lorna Breen, 49, who had been the medical director of the NewYork-Presbyterian Allen Hospital, was remembered as a “class act” and a “compassionate warrior” following reports she took her own life Sunday while staying with family in Charlottesville, Virginia.

“Will miss you forever, Lorna,” friend Doc Rich Weiss wrote on Facebook. “You were a true friend and a compassionate warrior. Safe travels.”

Her death was announced by her father, Dr. Philip Breen, who told the New York Times she had been struggling with the emotional toll of her job.

Paris Lovett, who is an emergency physician, hailed her as a “great” doctor, sharing a photo of himself with a beaming Breen.

“Lorna Breen – a great emergency physician, great person and great friend. I will miss you so much,” he wrote on Facebook.

Responding to the touching tribute, doctor Liz Edelstein responded saying, “She was a class act top human gem. And that smile, that always made you so happy to see her.”

“Couldn’t agree more. It’s unfathomable,” Lovett wrote.

Nina Ng, who is an assistant director of nursing at Northwell Health, shared a photo with Breen laughing with a group around a table.

“Remembering Dr. Lorna Breen. R.I.P.,” she wrote on a Facebook.

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American Idol 5th Judge: Top 20 Performs from Home, Katy Perry Judges in Hand Sanitizer Costume

With performances from stunning lakeside views to inside garages, it was a performance show unlike any other — but it brought out a special intimacy for many finalists.

"American Idol" boldly goes where no singing competition has gone before … home! The Top 20 didn’t take the stage for America’s votes, but they did take the makeshift rigs "AI" sent them to help get them set up at home.

At least they aren’t having to go it quite alone at such a strange and pivotal chapter in their journey. The "Idol" band is also on hand, though with each of them also performing from their respective homes. It’s a bold new era in entertainment and music, but it works.

But just because things are boldly different doesn’t mean the competition is any less brutal. In just one week’s time, this Top 20 is getting slashed in half, meaning ten of these hopefuls are only going to have to do this once.

We kind of imagine they’d rather endure whatever awkwardness the show has to throw at them for the long haul. It’s even proving a boon for some, as the intimacy of the performances is showing off some subtle qualities that are lost in a big stage production.

Speaking of a big production, nothing was bigger than Katy Perry showing up in an elaborate hand sanitizer bottle that not only helped to lighten the mood, but it obscured that baby belly everyone is going to be so eager to see. And she stayed in it through the whole damned show!

As for the performances themselves, while they lacked that live feel, we did get more of a sense of an avant garde music video, meaning the contestants were able to make staging and decorative choices that further helped them present their case to the American public as artists and individuals.

It was surprisingly effective, creating a compelling musical and viewing experience unlike anything we’ve seen before.

Fair warning, since I’m safe at home, I’m probably going to be a little harsher than my colleagues Lionel Richie, Katy Perry and Luke Bryan.

Just for giggles, I’m going to rank the performances from worst to first to see who makes it into my Top 10. Then we can see how close America is to getting it right — i.e. agreeing with me — when they vote!

Olivia Ximines

("bad guy," Billie Eilish – 17, Menifee, CA) What an interesting arrangement choice. On a very subdued song, Olivia managed to turn it into an R&B bop with lots of vocal runs and power notes sprinkled throughout. We can’t say it all worked, as it was a bit much at times and seemed a bit out of control at others, but there were a few moments that made us sit up a little straighter. She is impressing a bit more each week, but we’re just not sure she’s up to the level of where the competition is this season.

Aliana Jester

("Run to You," Whitney Houston – 19, Tampa, FL) Look, we get that Lionel compared Aliana to Whitney, but that doesn’t mean you run out and perform her. Whitney is in a league of her own and Aliana did not quite rise to the occasion. She sounded good, but we think people might remember her more for the lamps in her garage than that voice. It’s another case of sounding good, but otherwise not really finding a way to stand out vocally.

Francisco Martin

("Teenage Dream," Katy Perry – 19, San Francisco, CA) It was a risk to sing a Katy Perry song and we’re not sure it quite paid off for Francisco. He lost that emotional resonance that got people rooting for him and instead offered up what amounted to a competent but unremarkable karaoke performance. This was his opportunity to really connect with voters for the first time and he did nothing vocally to stand out or connect with us. It feels like a real missed opportunity that could cost him.

Lauren Spencer-Smith

("Momma Knows Best," Jessie J – 16, Vancouver Island, Canada) Lauren might win for best performance location; that view is just stunning! But vocally, we weren’t as totally on board. She brought sass and attitude, but it also sounded like what you might hear in a very impressive high school talent show. We’re just not sure it had that ring of authenticity the original brings. The real thing is we’re not sure if it’s enough to win enough votes to rise to the top half of tonight’s singers.

Nick Merico

("Hey There Delilah," Plain White T’s – 24, Woodland Hills, CA) Nick gave a very breathy performance with a lot more energy than the original and it may be his most confident and poised performance yet — well earned confidence, perhaps. Nick continues to grow in this process becoming a stronger vocalist and a more engaging performer. This one drew us in for more than just his dreamy eyes. He could be a heartthrob in the making, but it’s hard to tell how the audience may vote.

DeWayne Crocker Jr.

("I Got You (I Feel Good)," James Brown – 23, Pensacola, FL) While he may have struggled to come up to the energy level of the track in his living room with just his family watching, DeWayne absolutely found that richness in his voice that we love so much. He sounds fantastic as a singer, though it wasn’t a perfect fit on this song as presented. Nevertheless, for a guy who missed our Top 10 predictions, he’s definitely fighting, but will it be enough?

Julia Gargano

("Human," Christina Perri – 21, Staten Island, NY) This performance didn’t break our heart or draw us in as we were expecting. She has a nice quality to her voice and sounds pleasant enough, but that’s kind of it and at this stage of the competition with such a savage cut ahead of her, there’s no way that’s going to be enough.

Sophia James

("Burning," Maggie Rogers – 20, Long Beach, CA) There was an infectious joyfulness in Sophia’s performance, even as we worried it was a little sleepy at times. She certainly looked sensational, poised and confident behind that piano. The biggest worry we have for her is that the song lacked dynamic range even as she was performing it as if we were building toward a payoff that never came. Sophia is still looking for her breakout moment and after that, well, she’s still looking.

Faith Becnel

("River," Bishop Briggs – 20, Destrehan, LA) It took Faith a few lines to really settle into the groove of this piece, but once she was there she took us across the river a few times with a powerful vocal and unique sound that really demanded our attention. That last note she held went on forever, but it was the texture of it that really captured our notice. Faith has been inconsistent throughout this competition, but if she can settle into this groove, she might be a surprise.

Jovin Webb

("With a Little Help from My Friends," Joe Cocker – 28, Gonzales, LA) Jovin has one of the best voices in the competition, and this was a perfect song choice for him, but it didn’t seem like he was digging as deep into his reservoir of passion as we’ve seen in the past. This is a song with strong meaning and intention, and Jovin lacked that in presenting it to the audience. We still love what he brings and the unique flavor of his vocals, but we know he’s got more to give than what felt like a dress rehearsal so he doesn’t strain his throat.

TOP 10

Grace Leer

("Cry," Faith Hill – 28, Nashville, TN) Something about this performance wasn’t working for us throughout. Grace had moments, but took too long to settle into the pocket of her voice. It seemed she was a bit too high at the opening of the piece and we worried she’d blown it completely. About halfway through she found her way, and as the only country music contender on a show that does well in the heartland, that may yet be enough. But she is much much better than this.

Makayla Phillips

("Greedy," Ariana Grande – 17, Temecula, CA) Makayla attacked this assignment like she’s been filming high-energy music videos in her living room for years. She was so confidently in command of the camera that it was almost jarring when we got another angle to see how mundane her setup was. It was a confident and strong performance, but not one with any particularly memorable qualities to it. At this stage, we feel like there’s so much great talent, it’s going to take that something extra. Also, we kind of miss the glasses … they were a signature look that she rocked!

Franklin Boone

("Everybody Wants to Rule the World," Tears for Fears – 27, Durham, NC) What a cool song choice, but we’re not entirely sure with the vibe Franklin put on it throughout. It almost felt like he was doing a little too much when he’s so much more impactful as a vocalist when he does less. His texture is so soothing and alluring, he can draw us into his world rather than having to try and project out into ours. He’s still amazing and one of our favorites, but we’re not sure he showcased himself to his best right here.

Cyniah Elise

("Warrior," Demi Lovato – 18, Atlanta, GA) Easily one of the biggest voices in the competition, Cyniah was absolutely on top of and in control of every moment through this powerful song. While we didn’t feel her connection consistently throughout, there were moments the passion and emotion poured out alongside that strength. If she could find a way to really feel and connect with the lyrics she sings, Cyniah may be unstoppable on this show. As it is, she’s just not quite winner material yet, but still an incredible talent.

Just Sam

("Believe," Fantasia – 21, Harlem, NY) Sam opted to stay-at-home in LA rather than go back home, so she brought her performance from a different locale than the other contestants. Sam subverted expectations by going inward in the big outward moments of the song and it was an interesting choice. We worry it may have not been the strongest choice, because it robbed the song of its natural build, and it robbed her of a big moment. But Sam is one of the best in the show and already a fan-favorite, so we’re hopeful the quality of the rest of her vocal, which was sweet and earnest, will be enough.

Kimmy Gabriela

("Leave Me Lonely," Ariana Grande f. Macy Gray – 17, Lakeland, FL) Kimmy kicked off the show and really gave a sultry, throaty performance. It had so much nuance and so many layers to that vocal, she really proved why she’s a potential force to be reckoned with in this competition. We had her out of our Top 10 in last week’s way-too-early rankings, but she really impressed us with this one and seems determined to prove all of us wrong.

Arthur Gunn

("Lovin’ Machine," Wynonie Harris – 21, Wichita, KS) Arthur still needs to figure out how to open his eyes and connect when he sings. He was totally in his head and in his own world here, but it was a powerhouse vocal on a lesser-known song. The track was an odd fit for him, but it didn’t take long for him to rope us in and take us on this ride with him. Arthur is easily one of the top contenders to win this whole thing. If he can make that connection consistently with not only the music but with his audience, there’s no telling how far he’ll go. Already, he’s got a real shot at the finale with such a natural talent.

Dillon James

("Let It Be Me," Ray LaMontagne – 26, Bakersfield, CA) Dillon showed everyone how its’ done, just sounding in a class of his own from the first note. He stripped off the hat, stripped down his performance and just let it be him. That voice was so unmistakably beautiful and we loved the subtlety of everything he did. Bigger isn’t always better, but Dillon’s big heart always manages to shine through. He’s been a favorite and after that, he’s still one.

Jonny West

("What a Wonderful World," Louis Armstrong – 23, Murietta, CA) Jonny kept it classy and he kept it subtle, which has been his secret weapon all along. You almost forget about him every time until he hits that stage — or his couch in this case — and then he blows your mind all over again. He is one of the strongest contenders to win this competition, and he just keeps making smart choices that not only showcase his uniquely beautiful vocal quality but also his humility and quiet charm.

Louis Knight

("If the World Was Ending," JP Saxe f. Julia Michaels – 19, Philadelphia, PA) Wow, we weren’t sure if any of these contestants were going to really be able to connect through these unusual circumstances, but Louis absolutely broke our hearts from his bedroom with his strongest performance yet. He sounded like he was crying himself through the performance, but it was just perfect emoting. Seriously, this was a world-class performance and the kind of moment that wins shows like this. Someone is elevating their already high standards.

Only ten contestants will survive the next cut on "American Idol" next Sunday at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.

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Top porn star Danica Dillon now working at Walmart as married mom of four just five years after Josh Duggar lawsuit – The Sun

PORN star Danica Dillon is now working at Walmart five years after she sued Josh Duggar for sexual assault.

Danica – real name Ashley Johnston – is living a quiet life as a married mom-of-four after her $500,000 lawsuit against disgraced reality star Josh.

The adult film actress, 33, is an essential worker and therefore still working at Walmart amid the coronavirus pandemic.

She regularly shares selfies in her work uniform and recently posted a snap of herself wearing a protective mask in the store.

Danica looks every inch the doting mother on social media, often posting snaps of her four children and her husband, Carson.

Alongside her job at Walmart, she has an OnlyFans account which she last posted in in December 2019.



Danica made headlines in November 2015 when she sued 19 Kids And Counting star Josh for sexual assault.

She alleged that they met in March 2015 at a Philadelphia strip club, where she was then working, and that Josh paid her $600 for lap dances before inviting her to his room.

Danice claimed to Hustler magazine that the first thing he said when they got inside the room was: "Get undressed. Get on your knees."


She claimed to the magazine that Josh choked her, spat at her and called her "worthless" and a "dirty s**t" during rough intercourse.

She alleged that Josh didn't wear a condom.

His wife, Anna Duggar, was pregnant at the time and at home with their three children.

Josh, 32, claimed he'd never met Danica or been to the strip club she worked at and filed for dismissal of her lawsuit.

Court documents showed that his attorney initially wanted Danica to pay his legal fees.

They also wanted her to post a statement saying her allegations were false on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Earlier in 2015, an uncovered police report revealed Josh was accused of molesting five minor females as a teen between 2002 and 2003.

His younger siblings Jill, 28, and Jessa, 27, came forward as victims. The scandal led to the cancellation of 19 Kids and Counting.

Months later, Josh was busted on the adultery website Ashley Madison.

He admitted to cheating on his wife and to being addicted to porn.

Josh checked into a Christian rehab center and the two went to marriage counseling.

They welcomed their sixth child, Maryella Hope, in November 2019.

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