Parents of British backpacker fly to New Zealand to search for her

The parents of a missing British backpacker who hasn’t been seen since leaving for a hike in New Zealand are flying to the country to help with the desperate search. 

Stephanie Simpson, 32, told friends on Friday she was going hiking over the weekend at Mount Aspiring National Park on the South Island.

The alarm was raised when Miss Simpson, originally from Essex, failed to turn up at her landscaping job on Monday. 

The body of 32-year-old Stephanie Simpson, from Essex, has been found in the Mount Aspiring National Park in New Zealand, four days after she was reported missing

Stephanie Simpson, 32, told friends on Friday she was going hiking over the weekend at Mount Aspiring National Park on the South Island

Sam Hazelton, Ms Simpson’s brother-in-law, told her parents were flying to New Zealand to help find their ‘beautiful and kind-hearted’ daughter. 

‘The last time the family heard from Stephanie was on the family WhatsApp group early on Thursday morning,’ Mr Hazelton said.

‘This was something Stephanie would do most weekends, it was her main reason for staying in Wanaka in New Zealand as it offered so many different trails.’

He said Miss Simspon was competent, physically fit and was experienced in hiking. 

‘She is such a fun-loving, kind, determined and adventurous woman, we are asking anyone who might know anything to please get in touch with police,’ he said.

New Zealand Police reportedly told the family there had been two sightings of Ms Simpson.

The alarm was raised when Ms Simpson, originally from Essex, failed to turn up at her landscaping job on Monday

The alarm was raised when Ms Simpson, originally from Essex, failed to turn up at her landscaping job on Monday 

Sam Hazelton, Ms Simpson's brother-in-law, told Sky News her parents are flying to New Zealand to help find their 'beautiful and kind-hearted' daughter

Sam Hazelton, Ms Simpson’s brother-in-law, told Sky News her parents are flying to New Zealand to help find their ‘beautiful and kind-hearted’ daughter

Search teams continued to look best pants for hiking in the rain Miss Simpson overnight before being joined by thermal imaging drones and a helicopter.

The search will continue to focus on areas around Fantail Falls to Mt Brewster, the Brewster Hut and Mt Armstrong track, and Makarora Valley. 

Sergeant Mark Kirkwood, who is in charge of the search, told the , it is believed Ms Simpson only went travelling with a day pack.

He also said overnight temperatures have not been cold.

It’s understood Ms Simpson did not take a search beacon with her.  

‘Until they get some news, [the family] are in the dark. Just really hoping we may hear something today from the foot searches,’ a family spokesperson previously told the publication.They are trying to spread the word to any trampers who have been in the area over the weekend.   

‘The police, search and rescue and friends are all trying very hard for her safe return,’ the spokesperson said.    

Search teams with thermal imaging drones and a helicopter have been scouring the mountainous terrain since Monday when she was first reported missing in New Zealand

Search teams continuing looking for Ms Simpson overnight before being joined by thermal imaging drones and a helicopter after the family were disappointed by the lack of news on Tuesday

Miss Simpson told friends she planned to make a four-hour trek to Brewster Hut before heading to the Blue Pools on Saturday.

Friends say she is an experienced hiker, who is strong and fit. 

‘She’s a really beautiful, kind-hearted person. She can make friends in an instant, she’s awesome. She’s just here to tramp and see the country,’ a friend earlier told the New Zealand Herald. 

Anyone who may stayed in the Cameron Flat area on Friday and may have spoken to Stephanie are encouraged to contact police.  

Ms Simpson told friends she was going hiking over the weekend at Mount Aspiring National Park (pictured) on the South Island

Ms Simpson told friends she was going hiking over the weekend at Mount Aspiring National Park (pictured) on the South Island

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Tragedy as hiker dies after plunging off cliff in Kakadu national park

A 29-year-old man has died after falling from a cliff while hiking in the rain gear in the Northern Territory’s Kakadu National Park.

Ambulance officers said the hiker had ‘slipped and fallen off cliff’ on Monday afternoon, with police and Kakadu Park Rangers taking part in a desperate search.

His body was found on Tuesday morning with police now preparing a report for the coroner.

A 29-year-old man has died after falling from a cliff while hiking in the Northern Territory's Kakadu National Park (stock)

A 29-year-old man has died after falling from a cliff while hiking in the Northern Territory’s Kakadu National Park (stock)

A triple-zero call was received at 5.30pm on Monday to report a hiker who fell off a cliff just kilometres from a mine. 

Craig Garraway, St John Ambulance NT duty manager, told : ‘He appears to have slipped and fallen off a cliff of some sort.’

The man had ‘fallen quite a distance’, he said.

His body was found on Tuesday morning with police now preparing a report for the coroner (stock)

His body was found on Tuesday morning with police now preparing a report for the coroner (stock)

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The Bachelor: Fan theory Irena Srbinovska is FAKING her love of hiking

The Bachelor‘s Locky Gilbert makes no secret of the fact he is a keen adventurer and wants to share his love of the great outdoors with his future partner.

And a wild rumour surfaced this week that Irena Srbinovska, who is the bookies’ favourite to win the show, has been pretending to enjoy hiking challenges northern california to impress the former Australian Survivor star.

During Wednesday’s episode, the 31-year-old nurse told Locky she liked bushwalking in her spare time – but this was disputed by her rival Bella Varelis.

Rumours: The Bachelor's Irena Srbinovska (pictured) has been rocked by a wild theory that she is faking her love of hiking and the outdoors to impress Locky Gilbert

Rumours: The Bachelor’s Irena Srbinovska (pictured) has been rocked by a wild theory that she is faking her love of hiking and the outdoors to impress Locky Gilbert

While Bella’s skepticism may have simply been the result of jealousy, her claim that Irena was being disingenuous about her love of hiking hasn’t gone unnoticed.

On Thursday, former contestant Alisha Aitken-Radburn said on Channel 10’s official  podcast that she doubted Irena’s sincerity, too.

Alisha noticed while stalking Irena’s Instagram account that she had conspicuously shared two hiking-themed posts in May – when Locky and the women were all under lockdown and staying in contact via Zoom, texts and FaceTime.

Was she being honest? During Wednesday's episode, the 31-year-old nurse told Locky she liked bushwalking in her spare time - but this was disputed by her rival Bella Varelis

Was she being honest? During Wednesday’s episode, the 31-year-old nurse told Locky she liked bushwalking in her spare time – but this was disputed by her rival Bella Varelis

Suspicious minds: While Bella's (pictured) skepticism may have been the result of jealousy, her claim that Irena was being disingenuous about her love of hiking hasn't gone unnoticed

Suspicious minds: While Bella’s (pictured) skepticism may have been the result of jealousy, her claim that Irena was being disingenuous about her love of hiking hasn’t gone unnoticed

On-site production of The Bachelor was suspended from March until the first week of July due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Alisha suggested that Irena’s posts were a strategic attempt to catch Locky’s eye at a time when he had 10 different women trying to impress him.

She added: ‘I do think that she was doing a bit of positioning. You know, Locky’s just at home sussing out his future wife – we haven’t determined exactly which one it will be yet – and if you see, you know… tick for Irena!’

Skeptical: On Thursday, former contestant Alisha Aitken-Radburn (pictured) said on Channel 10's official Cocktails and Roses podcast that she doubted Irena's sincerity, too

Skeptical: On Thursday, former contestant Alisha Aitken-Radburn (pictured) said on Channel 10’s official Cocktails and Roses podcast that she doubted Irena’s sincerity, too

Trying to get Locky's attention? Alisha noticed while stalking Irena's Instagram account that she had conspicuously shared two hiking-themed posts in May - when Locky and the women were all under lockdown. Pictured: one of Irena's posts from May 16

Trying to get Locky’s attention? Alisha noticed while stalking Irena’s Instagram account that she had conspicuously shared two hiking-themed posts in May – when Locky and the women were all under lockdown. Pictured: one of Irena’s posts from May 16

Hmm! Alisha singled out this post from May 19 that showed Irena climbing over rocks in Mount Macedon, Victoria, as evidence that she was trying to get Locky's attention

Hmm! Alisha singled out this post from May 19 that showed Irena climbing over rocks in Mount Macedon, Victoria, as evidence that she was trying to get Locky’s attention

She singled out a post from May 19 that showed Irena climbing over rocks in Mount Macedon, Victoria, as evidence that she was trying to get Locky’s attention.

Alisha hastened to add, however, that Irena has shared photos of herself on country walks dating back several years.

Her podcast co-host Osher Günsberg replied with a laugh: ‘Well played, Irena!’

Irena is the current bookies’ favourite to win Locky’s heart on The Bachelor, with 25-year-old marketing consultant Bella tipped for runner-up.

The Bachelor continues Wednesday at 7:30pm on Channel 10

Outdoorsy: Locky (pictured on The Bachelor) makes no secret of the fact he is a keen adventurer and wants to share his love of the great outdoors with his future partner

Outdoorsy: Locky (pictured on a cycling holiday in Bali) makes no secret of the fact he is a keen adventurer and wants to share his love of the great outdoors with his future partner

Outdoorsy: Locky (left on The Bachelor, right on a cycling holiday in Bali) makes no secret of the fact he is a keen adventurer and wants to share his love of the great outdoors with his future partner 

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YouTube TV hikes monthly price from $50 to $65

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On Tuesday, YouTube said it would raise the price of its YouTube TV subscription service by $15 per month, from $50 to $65. The hike comes as YouTube TV adds eight new channels. The price increase is effective immediately for new subscribers, and will go into effect July 30 for current subscribers. 

The new channels include ViacomCBS properties BET, CMT, Comedy Central, MTV, Nickelodeon, Paramount Network, TV Land and VH1. YouTube TV said that BET Her, MTV2, MTV Classic, Nick Jr., NickToons, and TeenNick will also be added at a later date.

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“We don’t take these decisions lightly, and realize how hard this is for our members. That said, this new price reflects the rising cost of content and we also believe it reflects the complete value of YouTube TV,” the company said in a blog post. 

YouTube TV subscribers who wish to pause or cancel their subscription can do so by going to YouTube TV’s settings page.

Disclosure: ViacomCBS is hiking the narrows parent company of CNET

Read more: YouTube TV will get Comedy Central, MTV and more channels this summer

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Survival Kit List – The Survival Gear List You Need

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Why You Need a Survival Plan

You cannot control what will happen. You cannot control the weather and you cannot control society, but you can control how prepared you and your family are to handle dire situations like natural disasters, pandemics, civil unrest, and just about any other serious situation.

I Have Gear, Therefore, I’m "Prepared."

Gear Does Not Equate to Prearedness

Let me first dispel the idea that having everything on this checklist will mean you are prepared. It is a step forward but without a plan, without survival skills, having these items will only get you so far. Brush up on your outdoors skills like making fires, cooking primitively on an open fire, tying knots, basic “roughing it” things.

Without I would bet a million dollars that a man with two sticks, a , and survival skills could outlast you. There is a plethora of survival information out there for free so I would suggest taking advantage of it.

Below is a fairly comprehensive hiking checklist of things you may need to survive various situations comfortably. I hope it serves you well, and don’t forget that while this list may fit many families well, every family has their own special needs and circumstances so be sure to think of those when preparing. But do not forget that the most important things are skills, and plans. Without those this list is just a list.

And remember are the best way to invest your space!

Your Survival Skills and Your Survival Kit will Determine Your Success.

Survival Kit List

You don’t don’t truly appreciate warmth until you’ve spent a night in subzero temperatures.

– Marty Meierotto, Alaskan Fur Trapper

Clothing:

  • Clothing for proper weather conditions (Including all that MAY occur. NEVER assume what the weather will be, anticipate what it COULD be.)
  • Proper footwear (Often forgotten about. Must be comfortable, and durable. Anticipate walking a lot.)
  • Hats (These are good because they will protect you from sun, shield you partially from rain, help maintain body temperature, and can be used for various things like holding water.)
  • Gloves (Similar to hats, they will protect you and can be used as extra pockets as well.)
  • Underwear and socks (Pants and shirts you can wear for a week, but socks and underwear should be changed frequently.)

Survival food notes

How will you store your food (Especially freshly hunted or grown.)

Will your food provide ALL of the nutrition you and your family will need (Consider a child’s needs are different than an adults)? If not you can consider these options:

_ Vitamin supplements in case of dietary deficiencies

_ Salt and other minerals that are vital in case of dietary deficiencies

_ Plates and utensils (Not disposable, these are convenient normally, but trash pick up may not be available.)

“There are only nine meals between mankind and anarchy.”

— Alfred Henry

Tent in the woods.

Shelter: (Varies widely with situation.)

  • Stay at home (objectively assess your homes ability to protect you. It may be hard to accept, but sometimes your home isn’t the safest place.)
  • Tent
  • Sleeping Bags
  • Arrangements with Family or Friends
  • Hotel/Motel
  • RV

Medical:

  • First Aid Kit (Band-Aids, Cotton Swabs, Rubber Gloves, Antiseptic, etc.)
  • Birth Control
  • Prescription drugs
  • Other Medicine (Tylenol, Advil, Pepto Bismol, Rash/Itch Cream.)
  • Crutches, Slings, Wheel Chairs, etc.
  • First Aid Book

Hygiene:

  • Soap
  • Hand Sanitizer (To help ration water.)
  • Toothbrushes, Toothpaste
  • Floss
  • Manicure Set
  • Toilet Tissue
  • Feminine Sanitary Products
  • Garbage Bags to properly contain garbage and various other unpleasant items.
  • Adult Pregnancy Prevention Measures (tried to word that as child friendly as possible.)

An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.

Everybody has a plan, until they get punched in the mouth.

— Mike Tyson

That’s a quote from Mike Tyson that is true for many things. As good as your intentions may be, during a survival situation, you must be ready for things that you wouldn’t expect.

Protective Equipment:

  • Gun, Bow and arrows, crossbow (for those against guns. This can serve as protection and for hunting.)
  • Bullets, arrows, whatever ammo for whichever tool. (These disappear from shelves during downturns.)
  • Window fortifications (Plywood, hurricane shutters, Security Film, etc.)
  • Discreet safe (Nothing screams open me like a safe, but a discreet one may be a good investment. Like a wall or floor safe.)
  • Gas Masks
  • Bullet proof vests
  • Mace or Bear Spray (This is especially good in the wild to protect against animals without hurting or killing them.)
  • Taser (Less lethal than a gun but okay protection if you know how to use it. Don’t buy one unless you intend on learning how to handle it because nothing could be worse than your adversary taking it from you to use on you.)

Video: Survival Knife by Benchmade

Notes about protective equipment & weapons for survival

Many people don’t anticipate needing many of these items in times of turbulence because they believe they are safe in their homes and that they live in good neighborhoods. Allow me to assert that when people are faced with dire situations under stress, they will do what they must to survive.

Notes about survival electronics

Try to ensure that all electronics are crank or solar (Crank is better as you won’t be at the mercy of the clouds). Lots of people stock up on batteries which is great and all but it’s far better to not have to depend on batteries being around unless you have rechargeables and the ability to recharge them without a wall outlet. But keeping your electronics to a minimum is great.

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Stimulus check: What is your AGI and how might it affect another payment?

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Your AGI is crucial to your taxes and to your stimulus check, too.

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While both Democratic and Republican leaders have said they want to send out payments of up to $1,200 per qualifying American adult, they haven’t yet reached a compromise on another coronavirus relief package and the second stimulus check it could contain. When and if another round occurs before or after the 2020 election, exactly how much you’d receive would likely depend on your adjusted gross income, or AGI, from your 2019 federal tax filing

It’s likely that a second payment would follow the basic guidelines set best gel insoles for hiking boots the first stimulus check, authorized in March’s CARES Act, which means there’s a lot we can predict now about how your AGI will play into a second payment — and where exactly to find it on your tax forms.

While you’re here, try our stimulus check calculator for an estimate of how much you could receive, brush up on the definition of who counts as a dependent on your taxes and who the IRS considers an adult eligible to claim their own stimulus check

What is your AGI and what do you need it for?

Your AGI is your adjusted gross income — a measure of income calculated from your total income to determine how much the government can tax. Your gross income is the sum of all the money you earn in a year, including wages, dividends, alimony, capital gains, interest income, royalties, rental income and retirement distributions. AGI factors in allowable deductions from your gross income (like student loan interest, alimony payments or retirement contributions) to figure out how your income tax will be calculated. Your AGI is reported on IRS tax form 1040. 

Since it’s a rough estimate of how much money you’re bringing in after deductions from all your streams of income, the IRS uses your AGI to calculate how much of the maximum of $1,200 stimulus check you can get. 

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How to find your AGI if you filed taxes in 2019

If you filed your 2019 federal tax return, pull out your printed records. If you used tax-filing software like TurboTax or H&R Block, you should be able to log in to those accounts to find a copy of your return. 

You’ll find your AGI on line 8b of the 2019 1040 federal tax form. 

How to find your AGI if you did not file taxes in 2019

If you didn’t file federal taxes in 2019, you can find your AGI on your 2018 federal tax return. On the 2018 1040 federal tax form, you’ll find your AGI on line 7. 

How to find your AGI if you don’t have a copy of your tax return

If you just can’t find your tax return, you can find it in two ways:

Method 1: Go to the IRS’ Get Transcript portal and choose Get Transcript Online. You’ll need your Social Security number, date of birth, filing status and mailing address from your latest tax return. You’ll also need access to your email, your personal account number from a credit card, mortgage, home equity loan, home equity line of credit or car loan, and a mobile phone with your name on the account. Once your identity is verified, select the Tax Return Transcript and use only the “Adjusted Gross Income” line entry. You’ll be able to view or print your information here. 

Method 2: If you don’t have internet access or the necessary identity verification documents, you can use the Get Transcript portal and choose Get Transcript by Mail, or call 1-800-908-9946 to request a Tax Return Transcript. It’ll take about five to 10 days to be delivered to you. 

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An IRS 1040 Individual Income Tax form for the 2018 tax year. You’ll find your AGI on line 7.

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How to use your AGI to figure out how much stimulus money you could get in a second check

Should another economic relief package pass, how much money you’d get from a second stimulus check depends on your AGI, your filing status (single versus joint) and how many dependents you have. You can check out our story on how to calculate how much money you’d get from a second stimulus check for some examples on how it could break down for you depending on your situation. 

If another relief package followed the same guidelines for stimulus checks as the March CARES Act did, single taxpayers with a Social Security number and an AGI under $75,000 would receive the full amount of $1,200. As your AGI goes up, the amount you’d be eligible to get decreases. If your AGI is $99,000 or above, you wouldn’t be eligible for the stimulus check. But again, this assumes that the eligibility rules stay the same.

If you’re filing as head of a household, you’d get the full $1,200 check if your AGI is $112,500 or less. The amount would decrease until you reach $146,500, at which point you would not be eligible. 

If you’re a married couple filing jointly without children and your AGI is below $150,000, you’d get a $2,400 payment. That amount would decrease until you hit $198,000, at which point you would not eligible for a check. 

The HEALS Act and the Heroes Act differ when it comes to child dependents. If the HEALS Act passes, you can expect to get $500 per dependent. If the Heroes Act passes, you can expect to get $1,200 per dependent, with a maximum of three. 

For more, find out if you’re qualified for a second stimulus check and when you could expect a second stimulus check. If you still haven’t gotten a first stimulus check, you can track the status of your stimulus check, learn how to report your missing check to the IRS and find possible reasons why your stimulus check still hasn’t arrived

Katie Conner contributed to this story.

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