Psychologist Tarnya Davis talks frankly about deathvideo

Suggestings on facing death: Psychologist Tarnya Davis offers advice.It’s the one thing we all have in common at some time in the future; yet as Woody Allen says, “I’m not afraid of death, I just don’t want to be there when it happens”. Some think that talking about death is morose, but perhaps we should think about it more. Perhaps we could even consider living as if death sits on our shoulder.
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Inevitably the day will come when we will have one year left to live. Only 365 days to go. We may know, with the wisdom of medical averages, but it’s more than likely that the countdown starts without us knowing. Maybe it’s already started?

If you knew you had so little time, would you want to keep living the way that you are or would you do things differently?

Matthew O’Reilly is a US paramedic who found himself by sides of people facing their imminent death. He said early in his career, when they would ask if they were going to die, he would avoid telling them, but realised he was robbing them of the truth. Once he was brave enough to tell them, there was an unexpected calm. He also noticed a theme in their talks with him.

1. They had a need for forgiveness for the things in their life they regretted

2. They wished to be remembered

3. They hoped their life had some meaning

It is so easy to get caught up in the process of life that we stop thinking about what kind of life we want and time slips away. It is this opportunity, to live with meaning and according to their values that some people diagnosed with a terminal illness are sometimes able to see as a precious opportunity.

It’s not that we should necessarily hurry up and travel the world, write a book or become famous, although those things might be important.

But we might want to think about whether we want to keep being angry at friend who hurt us those hours, days or years ago.

We might want to stop wasting time on someone who hurts us again.

We might want to lighten up and make a conscious effort to notice how amazing the world is, rather than spending our time focused on what’s not working.

As Buddhist Pema Chodron says, “If death is inevitable and the time of death is uncertain, what’s the most important thing?”

Tarnya Davis is a clinical and forensic psychologist and principal of NewPsych Psychologists.

Samsung Galaxy S8 launch: how to buy it in China

How to buy the new Samsung Galaxy S8 in NEW: Hands on: The first glimpses of the new Samsung Galaxy S8. Photo: Peter Wells
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NEW: The Galaxy S8 will cost $1199 to buy outright in . Photo: Bloomberg

OLD: Samsung introduced the Note 7 in August 2016 and recalled the first batch in September 2016 after customers reported they were catching fire. Photo: AP

OLD: One of the Note7 units that reportedly exploded. Photo: KKJ.CN

TweetFacebookBuying outrightThe Galaxy S8 will cost $1199 to buy outright in , while the S8+ comes in at an eye-watering $1349. There may be slightly cheaper offers available from the likes of Mobileciti and Kogan, but pricing will be largely the same for the first few months after launch.

If you pre-order either device before April 27, Samsung will throw in its latest Galaxy Gear VR virtual-reality headset, plus $50 of Oculus Store credit. The freebies are also being offered through ‘s major telcos when you pre-order.

If you can afford to buy upfront, this is the most cost-effective way to purchase the S8 or S8+. As we’vesaid in the past, phone contracts tend to be bad value for money and they also deny you the ability of switching telcos whenever you like. With that said, here are the plans currently being offered by Telstra, Optus, Virgin and Vodafone.

TelstraAs usual, Telstra’s plans cost more than the competition. The starting price for the Galaxy S8 on a 24-month contract is $80 ($55 per month plus $25 monthly handset repayments). This is around the same price as last year’s S7, which started at $79 per month.

However, the entry-level plan nets you a measly 1GB of data. You’re much better off going for a $95+ plan, which come with up to 25GB of data and $0 handset repayments. In short, you’d have to be an idiot to go with Telstra’s smallest plan.

The S8+ comes in slightly dearer at $87 per month. As with S8, you should stump up a bit of extra cash for the L or XL plan: the difference in data is massive. We’ll be including the full list of plans below as soon as they become available.

OptusOptus’ cheapest plan for the Galaxy S8 is $82 per month, an increase of nearly $20 over the S7 launch price. The S8+ is slightly more expensive at $87. Like Telstra, you get 1GB of data on these plans which won’t get you very far. The sensible plans start at $94, which comes with 7GB of data per month.

The S8+ plans are come with the same inclusions but with higher repayment fees: some plans require you to pay more than double compared to the S8. We’ll be including the full list of plans below as soon as they become available.

Virgin MobileVirgin Mobile is starting its pricing at $70 and $75 per month for the S8 and S8+, respectively. This is the cheapest available plan from any n telco, although the 500MB data cap renders it worthless. The top-tier plans come in at $105 and $110 which nets you 20GB per month to play around with. We’ll be including the full list of plans below as soon as they become available.

VodafoneVodafone hasn’t released its pricing yet. For reference, its S7 pricing started at $75 per month which came with 500MB of data. We’ll be including the full list of plans below as soon as they become available.

ConclusionAs with last year’s Galaxy S7, you’re going to have to drop at least $90 to get a decent data allowance on this phone. Of the deals we’ve seen, Virgin Mobile’s $86/$91 plan stands out as one of the best bang-for-buck offers: it comes with 8GB of data, unlimited calls and $300 credit per month for international calls.

There’s not much love here for plan hunters on a budget though: the cheapest plan is $70 per month and that nets you a next-to-useless 500MB of data.

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18C changes shot down in the Senate

1. 18c fails
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In a way the Senate’s refusal to pass the government’s proposed changes to 18C overnight is a win for everyone.

Sure Turnbull suffers a defeat in the Senate, but he doesn’t really want to be the Prime Minister giving the green-light to bigots. Those genuine about wanting change to ensure people aren’t unfairly dragged through drawn-out legal processes can be reassured by the process changes, which are still likely to pass the Senate when it resumes on Friday morning. It could be effective enough in stopping QUT-style cases before they begin. (Although some in the opposition think the government may struggle to find the numbers here too).

And as for those pushing changes to the Act? Well it suits at least one of those person’s agendas. The longer the wording of the law remains in its current form, conservative upstart Cory Bernardi has a point of difference with the government on an issue that hard-core right-wingers care about deeply.

And Labor? Well as frontbencher Tony Burke, who represents one of the country’s most multicultural electorates told me, it’s a victory for anyone who’s experienced racism. [Michael Koziol and Latika Bourke/Fairfax]

The senate resumes at 9am to deal with the company tax cut with Finance Minister Mathias Cormann still brokering a deal with Senate kingmaker Nick Xenophon. [Philip Coorey/Financial Review]

The government has set up a new financing agency to boost the level of private funding in public infrastructure – like the second Sydney Airport at Badgery’s Creek. [Jacob Saulwick/The Sydney Morning Herald]

Foreign Minister Julie Bishop. Photo: Bloomberg

Foreign Minister Julie Bishop has suggested her colleagues who scotched the extradition treaty with China don’t trust ‘s legal system. Unlikely to go down well. [James Massola/Fairfax]

China said the Sydney UTS professor they have detained is being investigated on national security grounds. [Kirsty Needham/Fairfax] 2. Trump to fight Freedom Caucus

President Donald Trump. Photo: Andrew Harnik

The right-wingers who blocked Trump’s attempt to repeal his replacement of Obamacare are once more in the tweeter-in-chief’s sights.

The President vowed to fight the Freedom Caucus and the Democrats all the way to the 2018 midterm elections. [Politico]

“It is highly unusual for a president to publicly call for a fight against members of his own party,” says Clare Foran. [The Atlantic]

A judge in Hawaii has extended the halt on Trump’s travel ban for people from six Muslim-majority countries. [CNN] 3. Russia – Trump

Russian President Vladimir Putin. Photo: AP

The House Intelligence Committee’s investigation into claims Russia meddled in the US election has begun [BBC]

Responding to the accusation, President Vladmir Putin bungled George W. Bush’s “read my lips” line, but to be fair, he was speaking in Russian. [Fairfax]

Putin could have his first face-to-face with Trump in Finland. [Bloomberg] 4. Malaysia and North Korea strike a deal

Kim Jong Nam in 2010. Photo: AP

Malaysia and North Korea have brokered a deal ending the row over the nerve-agent assassination of Kim Jong-nam.

Nine Malaysians who have been trapped in North Korea will be allowed to return home, while many North Koreans stuck in Malaysia will also be allowed to leave. [Linsday Murdoch/Fairfax] 5. Brexit

British Prime Minister Theresa May signs the official letter invoking Article 50. Photo: Christopher Furlong

The government set out the details of its Great Repeal Bill to take back laws from the European Union after Brexit and denied that Prime Minister Theresa May’s mention of security cooperation in her Article 50 letter was a threat to member states. [BBC]

May penned an open letter to the French attempting to make reassurances about citizens living in each other’s countries, but outgoing President Francois Hollande appeared unmoved and said Britain should divorce first, then talk trade second. [The Local France]

David Cameron has defended his decision to hold the vote saying the anti-EU narrative was poisoning British politics. [Politics Home] 6. Game of Thrones

The trailer for the final season is out! I don’t know where they are going with the music but the final sequence = goosebumps.

Suddenly July feels simultaneously much closer but oh-so-far away.

And that’s it from me this week, you can follow me on Facebook for more. Have a great weekend.

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Chinan man dies at Bangkok airport

Bangkok: An n man plunged four floors to his death at Bangkok’s busy Suvarnabhumi Airport on Thursday morning.
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Surveillance cameras showed that the man, aged 32, took the escalator from the third to the fourth floor before the incident took place at 6.25am.

Medical staff tried to revive the man and he was taken to Samitivej Srinakarin Hospital, according to the Bangkok Post, but he died from his injuries.

Local police believe the man jumped from from the fourth floor and that the incident was one of self-harm.

“We checked the CCTV and there was no one else with him, he walked alone from the third floor to the fourth floor… we believe it was his intention to harm himself, that nobody threatened him,” said Police Lieutenant Colonel Kawee Ratana, according to the ABC.

The airport had installed 2.5 metre high glass walls inside and outside the terminal after past similar deaths. Kittipong Kittikachorn, the airport’s safety manager, has ordered engineers to consider erecting additional safety walls.

The name of the man, who also has Irish citizenship, has not yet been made public.

In a separate incident, a 49-year-old n man died when his rented motor-cycle and a 10-wheel truck collided on the Thai resort island of Phuket. The man had rented the motorcycle early Thursday and was due to return it on Friday.

A helmet was found beside the body.

The man, who was from New South Wales, was staying in a hotel in the Patong tourist district.

Motorcycle accidents account for many of hundred of deaths each year on Phuket’s roads, including many ns. An average 20,000 ns holiday on Phuket each month.

Twenty year-old Victorian woman Emily Collie was killed when two jet-skis collided off a Phuket beach in February.

Her partner, 22-year-old Thomas Keating, was handed a one-year prison sentence – suspended for two years – in a Phuket court last week after pleading guilty to reckless driving causing death.

He said the accident happened after he was blinded by the sun. Mr Thomas has been allowed to return home.

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Kim Jong-nam’s body released to North Korea in deal to end row

Bangkok: The body of Kim Jong-nam has been released to North Korea as part of a complex deal with Malaysia, brokered to end a bitter row between the two nations which began with Mr Kim’s brazen nerve agent assassination.
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Malaysia’s Prime Minister Najib Razak announced the deal, which included nine Malaysians being allowed to fly out of the North Korean capital Pyongyang to return to Malaysia. The nine people, three embassy workers and six family members, had already boarded a plane in Pyongyang when Mr Najib made the announcement on Thursday night.

They flew home in a government jet and greeted by Foreign Minister Anifah Aman at the airport early on Friday, Reuters reported.

Mr Anifah said their safe return reflected “diplomacy at its best”.

Under the deal, about 1000 North Koreans in Malaysia will also be allowed to leave Malaysia. Most of them are low-paid labourers.

In a rarely seen diplomatic meltdown following the murder of Mr Kim at Kuala Lumpur airport on February 13, North Korea barred Malaysians from leaving the country, prompting a tit-for-tat response from Malaysia.

In a statement, Mr Najib made no mention of the fate of three North Korean suspects in the assassination, at least two of whom are believed to be holed in the North Korean embassy in Kuala Lumpur, including a man listed as a diplomat.

But Mr Najib said his government believes strongly in the principles of justice and sovereignty.

“Our police investigation into this serious crime on Malaysian soil will continue and I have instructed for all possible measures to be taken to bring those responsible to justice,” he said.

A group of North Korean officials and Malaysia’s Foreign Ministry negotiated the deal over several days in Kuala Lumpur as speculation grew that Malaysia would hand over the body to Mr Kim’s next-of-kin in China.

Mr Kim was living in Macau with his second wife and two children.

But the deal announced by Mr Najib indicates that North Korea’s leader Kim Jong-un, the estranged younger half-brother of Mr Kim, insisted the body be returned to North Korea, despite North Korean officials claiming the dead man was not Mr Kim.

“Following the completion of the autopsy on the deceased and receipt of a letter from his family requesting the remains be returned to North Korea, the coroner has approved the release of the body,” Mr Najib said.

The body was believed to have been put aboard a Malaysia Airlines flight to Beijing, en-route to Pyongyang on Thursday night.

Malaysian police have identified eight North Koreans as suspects in the killing, which South Korea says was orchestrated by the north’s spy agency. Four of the suspects left Kuala Lumpur immediately after the attack.

One North Korean man has been deported and police have named three other suspects. Two women smeared deadly VX nerve agent on Mr Kim’s face as he was about to board a flight to Macau.

Indonesian Siti Aisyah, 25, and Vietnamese Doan Thi Huong, 28, claim they were duped into believing they were taking part in a television prank show.

They have been charged with murder and face execution if found guilty.