Watch: Model breastfeeds baby as she walks down runway at Sports Illustrated show

A model drew a positive reaction from the crowd as she breastfed her baby daughter while strutting her stuff down the catwalk during a swimsuit show in Miami, Florida.

Mara Martin was one of the finalists taking part in the 2018 Sports Illustrated Swim Search show for Miami Swim Week.

Martin confidently strode down the runway wearing a huge smile as she breastfed her five-month-old daughter Aria while the crowd cheered her on.

The model posted a picture to Instagram to celebrate becoming a finalist yesterday.

She also posted on Instagram about the attention her runway appearance with Aria has received from media.

"I can't believe I am waking up to headlines with me and my daughter in them for doing something I do every day," she wrote on her Instagram.

"It is truly so humbling and unreal to say the least. I'm so grateful to be able to share this message and hopefully normalize breastfeeding and also show others that women CAN DO IT ALL!"

"But to be honest, the real reason I can’t believe it is a headline is because it shouldn’t be a headline! My story of being a mother and feeding her while walking is just that. Last night there are far more deserving headlines that our world should see."

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Hurricane Michael slams into Florida with 249km/h winds, kills at least one as it charges into southeast

Hurricane Michael slammed into the Florida Panhandle with terrifying winds of 249 km/h today, splintering homes and submerging neighbourhoods before continuing its destructive charge inland across the US Southeast.

It was the most powerful hurricane to hit the continental US in nearly 50 years and at least one death was reported during its passage.

Supercharged by abnormally warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico, the Category Four storm crashed ashore in the early afternoon Wednesday local time near Mexico Beach, a tourist town about midway along the Panhandle, a 320-kilometre stretch of white-sand beach resorts, fishing towns and military bases. 

After it ravaged the Panhandle, Michael barreled into south Georgia as a Category Three hurricane - the most powerful ever recorded for that part of the neighbouring state. It later weakened to a Category One hurricane, and there were reports it spawned possible tornadoes in central Georgia.

In north Florida, Michael battered the shoreline with sideways rain, powerful gusts and crashing waves, swamping streets and docks, flattening trees, shredding awnings and peeling away shingles. It set off transformer explosions and knocked out power to more than 388,000 homes and businesses.

A Panhandle man was killed by a tree that toppled on a home, Gadsden County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Anglie Hightower said. But she added emergency crews trying to reach the home were hampered by downed trees and debris blocking roadways. The man wasn't immediately identified.

Damage in Panama City was extensive, with broken and uprooted trees and power lines down nearly everywhere. Roofs were peeled off and homes split open by fallen trees. Twisted street signs lay on the ground. Residents emerged in the early evening to assess damage when rains stopped, though skies were still overcast and windy.

Vance Beu, 29, was staying with his mother at her apartment, Spring Gate Apartments, a small complex of single-story wood frame apartment buildings. A pine tree punched a hole in their roof and he said the roar of the storm sounded like a jet engine as the winds accelerated. Their ears even popped as the barometric pressure dropped.

"It was terrifying, honestly. There was a lot of noise. We thought the windows were going to break at any time. We had the inside windows kind of barricaded in with mattresses," Mr Beu said.

Kaylee O'Brien was crying as she sorted through the remains of the apartment she shared with three roommates at Whispering Pines apartments, where the smell of broken pine trees was thick in the air. Four pine trees had crashed through the roof of her apartment, nearly hitting two people. Her one-year-old Siamese cat, Molly, was missing.

"We haven't seen her since the tree hit the den. She's my baby," Ms O'Brien said, her face wet with tears.

In Apalachicola, Sally Crown rode out the storm in her house. The worst damage - she thought - was in her yard. Multiple trees were down. But after the storm passed, she drove to check on the cafe she manages and saw breathtaking destruction.

"It's absolutely horrendous. Catastrophic," Ms Crown said. "There's flooding. Boats on the highway. A house on the highway. 

Houses that have been there forever are just shattered."

Governor Rick Scott announced soon after the powerful eye had swept inland that "aggressive" search and rescue efforts would get underway as conditions allowed. He urged people to stay off debris-littered roads.

"If you and your family made it through the storm safely, the worst thing you could do now is act foolishly," he said.

Michael was a meteorological brute that sprang quickly from a weekend tropical depression, going from a Category Two on Tuesday to a Category Four by the time it came ashore. It was the most powerful hurricane on record to hit the Panhandle.

More than 375,000 people up and down the Gulf Coast were urged to evacuate as Michael closed in. But the fast-moving, fast-strengthening storm didn't give people much time to prepare, and emergency authorities lamented that many ignored the warnings and seemed to think they could ride it out.

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Limo service operator linked to crash which killed 20 people leaves court after posting $232,000 bond

A limousine service operator was charged today with criminally negligent homicide in a crash that killed 20 people, while police continued investigating what caused the wreck and whether anyone else will face charges.

Nauman Hussain, 28, showed little emotion as he was arraigned today in an Albany-area court, and he ignored shouted questions from reporters as he left after posting $231,900 bond.

A judge had entered a not guilty plea for him.

Earlier, his lawyer said that Hussain wasn't guilty and that police were rushing to judgment in investigating Sunday's stretch limo wreck.

But State Police Superintendent George Beach said Hussain hired a driver who shouldn't have been behind the wheel of such a car, and the vehicle shouldn't have been driven after state inspectors deemed it "unserviceable" last month.

Hussain's car was packed with luggage when he was stopped Thursday on a highway near Albany, Schoharie County District Attorney Susan Mallery said.

Hussain's lawyer, Lee Kindlon, said his client felt unsafe at home because he'd gotten threats.

The company, Prestige Limousine, has come under intense scrutiny since a 19-seater limo ran a stop sign and plowed into a parked SUV at the bottom of a long hill on Sunday.

The impact killed two pedestrians and 18 people in the limo, which was taking a group to a birthday bash.

Kindlon said his client handled only marketing duties and phone calls, while his father ran the company, though police called Hussain its operator.

Under New York law, criminally negligent homicide involves not perceiving a substantial, unjustifiable risk that leads to someone's death.

It's punishable by up to four years in prison.

Nauman Hussain, 28, entered a not guilty plea following Sunday’s stretch limo tragedy. Source: Associated Press

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Sydney local council takes to social media to shame drivers caught parking in disabled car parks

A local Sydney council is shaming drivers caught parking in disabled car parks.

Canterbury-Bankstown Council has taken to social media to upload photos of vehicles in disabled parking spots without a permit under the hashtag 'not your space', Channel Nine reports.

Peter Simspon, a disability advocate who uses a wheelchair, says, "I don't like parking in [disabled parking spots], but I have to because it's a convenience for me so I can get from A to B.

"At the end of the day, you know, it's just a lack of respect - a lack of empathy, even."

Canterbury-Bankstown Council Mayor Khal Asfour said, "We're making sure that this campaign is spreading as far as we can on social media platforms and making sure our community's aware that when it comes to parking illegally, that we will catch you if you're doing the wrong thing".

Motorists caught parking in a disabled parking spot will be fined $561 and one demerit point from their licence.

Around 200 drivers already fined for the illegal behaviour this year.

Canterbury Bankstown Council is uploading pictures of those who use parks without a permit online. Source: Nine


Donald Trump says Fed has 'gone crazy' after stocks' major drop

US President Donald Trump said the Federal Reserve "has gone crazy" after a major drop in stock prices today 

Mr Trump, who has been critical of the central bank's interest rate increases, told reporters after landing in Erie, Pennsylvania, that he thinks "the Fed is making a mistake".

He added, "I think the Fed has gone crazy." 

But he also called the drop "a correction we've been waiting for for a long time".

US stocks took their worst loss in eight months on Wednesday, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average sinking 831 points and the Nasdaq composite logging its biggest loss in more than two years. 

Mr Trump has often pointed to stock market records set during his time in office as a measure of his success. 

The US President said he thinks "the Fed is making a mistake" with interest rate increases. Source: 1 NEWS