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Netflix’s fresh hit, ‘Our Father’ hits screens



Netflix has dropped its next biggest hit, with ‘Our Father’ arriving on screens around the world

‘Our Father’ centres around Dr Donald Cline, who is a fertility doctor that secretly used his own sperm while inseminating his IVF patients.

Dr Cline was a well-respected, top fertility doctor in Indiana, who says he used the sperm of anonymous medical residents.

The film’s director, Lucie Jourdan, told The Guardian “it was a very specific directive that you never ever tell your children you had fertility issues or insemination.”

The documentary sees the former doctor fathering at least 50 children throughout the 1970s and ’80s. But there are fears the true number could be well over 100.

“This was part of the dialogue he had with his patients. They were trusting their doctor to give them the right advice,” Jourdan says.

In the film’s trailer, Dr Cline’s children say they learned about him through DNA kits.

“When I opened up Ancestry, I had over 3,000 hits,” one said.

Where is Donald Cline now?

There was no state or federal law to criminalise Dr Cline’s action.

He retired from medicine in 2009, and was charged with two counts of felony obstruction of justice. The documentary shows he was fined $500 and given a year probation.

In 2018, Cline surrendered his license to the Medical Licensing Board of Indiana. He has also been stopped from applying to reinstate his license.

Indiana became the first U.S. state to make it a criminal offence for fertility doctors to use their own sperm when their patients do not offer their consent.

Costa is a news producer at ticker NEWS. He has previously worked as a regional journalist at the Southern Highlands Express newspaper. He also has several years' experience in the fire and emergency services sector, where he has worked with researchers, policymakers and local communities. He has also worked at the Seven Network during their Olympic Games coverage and in the ABC Melbourne newsroom. He also holds a Bachelor of Arts (Professional), with expertise in journalism, politics and international relations. His other interests include colonial legacies in the Pacific, counter-terrorism, aviation and travel.

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Netflix axes over 100 jobs as streamer deals with performance crisis



The World’s largest streaming service is taking refuge in new cost cutting measures

Netflix is sacking 150 employees across the company with most of the cuts happening in the United States.

“These changes are primarily driven by business needs rather than individual performance, which makes them especially tough as none of us want to say goodbye to such great colleagues,”

the company said in a statement.

It comes after the company recorded a large fall in subscribers, for the first time in a decade.   

The news sparked an investor sell-off, with the firm’s stock plunging 35% in one day.

The layoffs represent only 2 per cent of the company’s total staff.

Netflix also plans on introducing ads as a way of building revenue.

It also wants to tackle password sharing privileges to compensate for lower revenues.

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Snapchat co-creator and supermodel pay student loans for graduating class



Student loans still get the better of most of us, a pesky debt that hurts the hip pocket

But one graduating class got the ultimate graduation gift

Otis College of Art and Design in Downtown LA got their student loans paid by off by Snapchat co-creator Evan Spiegel and his wife and supermodel Miranda Kerr.

The president of the art college announced the gift as the single largest donation in the history of Otis College.

The previous largest gift to the school was for $10 million and the screams from the students show how much it means to them.

The president says student debt weights heavily on talented graduates and the couple’s donation will be life-changing for the Class of 2022.

Spiegel created the popular instant messaging app with two former Stanford University classmates.

The snapchat co-creator took summer classes at Otis during high school and wanted to give back to the arts college.

Spiegel and wife Miranda were given honorary degrees at the college.

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Queen Elizabeth makes surprise appearance



Royal enthusiasts were delighted to see Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth make yet another surprise appearance, despite suffering from ongoing mobility issues

Elizabeth attended the opening ceremony of a new London train line which has been named in her honour.

Elizabeth can be seen wearing a bright yellow coat and hat, attending the event alongside her youngest son Edward and Prime Minister Boris Johnson.

Unveiling a plaque at Paddington Station, it comes after the Queen missed the opening of parliament for the first time since 1963.

Buckingham Palace says she is continuing to suffer from “episodic mobility issues”.

In October, the royal spent a night in hospital for an unspecified illness.

The $24 billion rail project was originally due to be opened back in December 2018, but has been plagued by delays.

The Elizabeth line will connect areas of west of London, including Heathrow airport and Reading.

Johnson says it’s “wonderful” to see the queen open the train line, adding she was in “such fine form”.

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