Posted: 28 April, 2015

Andrew Chan Marries Ahead Of Execution

Chan making the most of his final hours

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 27:  Amnesty international and Sydney Bali Nine activists hold a vigil in front of a flower wall that says #keephopealive' in a last ditch effort to sway the Indonesian Government to halt proceedings to execute Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran on April 27, 2015 in Sydney, Australia.  Chan is one of the nine Australians accused by Indonesian Police of drug trafficking on April 17, 2005.  (Photo by Cole Bennetts/Getty Images)Source: Getty Images 

In a bitter sweet celebration, Andrew Chan has married his fiancée less than 48 hours before he is believed to be executed with Myuran Sukumaran.

Chan exchanged vows with his bride Febyanti Herewila in a small ceremony witnessed by close friends and family yesterday on Nusakambangan Island.

Chan’s wedding was announced by his older brother Michael, “It is a tough time, but it is a happy time at the same time.”

“Andrew had a special day today, Feby and Andrew have had a bit of a celebration this evening and it was celebrated with family and close friends,” he said.

“It was an enjoyable moment; they’re married.”

CILACAP, CENTRAL JAVA, INDONESIA - APRIL 27: Michael Chan, a brother of Australian death row prisoner Andrew Chan, speaks to journalists at Wijaya Pura port after visiting his brother at Nusakambangan prison ahead of the executions of the Bali 9 on April 27, 2015 in Cilacap, Central Java, Indonesia. Condemned Bali Nine duo Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran have been given 72 hours execution notice. The execution could be held as soon as Tuesday midnight on Nusukamban Island where they have been held, awaiting there fate since March 4th, 2015. Chan and Sukumaran were both sentenced to death after being found guilty of attempting to smuggle 8.3kg of heroin valued at around $4 million from Indonesia to Australia along with 7 other accomplices. (Photo by Ulet Ifansasti/Getty Images)Michael Chan, a brother of Australian death row prisoner Andrew Chan, speaks to journalists. Source: Getty Images 

Unless President Joko Widodo has a change of heart, Chan will face the firing squad just after the stroke of midnight on Wednesday, April 29 (3am AEST) alongside Myuran Sukumaran.

Sukumaran has spent his final hours painting harrowing self-portraits.

Salvation Army minister David Soper officiated the marriage and will be Chan’s spiritual adviser as he prepares for his death.

Chan and his new bride posed and laughed for photos on Chan’s second-last day alive after the couple was required to get permission from prison authorities in order to marry in the jail.

Andrew Chan's new wife, Febyanti Herewila. Source: Twitter

Chan and Feby were engaged in February in Bali’s Kerobokan prison; shortly after Chan learned his clemency had been rejected and he was due to die.

Feby assured the love for Chan was not out of any kind of pity.

“Andrew is one of the strongest, kindest people I have ever met. I love him for who he is. And I see what he does for other people and that makes me love him more,” Feby said.

Overnight, Indonesia’s Attorney-General HM Prasetyo seemed to show a lack of compassion for the plight of Chan.

Both Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran to be executed in less than 24 hours. Source: Supplied

He said although he agreed to fulfil Chan’s request to wed, he thought it was a joke.

“There was a request from Andrew Chan; I thought it as a joke. He has been isolated, so I think it was a joke but we will fulfil it,” he said.

Meanwhile, Australia has shown immense support during the men’s final hours.

Candlelight vigils have been held in Sydney and across the country for the death row inmates.

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 27:  Supporters taking part of an Amnesty international vigil for the Bali 9 duo, Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran in a last ditch effort to sway the Indonesian Government to halt the planned executions of the two on April 27, 2015 in Sydney, Australia.  Chan is one of the nine Australians accused by Indonesian Police of drug trafficking on April 17, 2005.  (Photo by Cole Bennetts/Getty Images)Supporters taking part of an Amnesty international vigil. Source: Getty Images

Candles were lit and paintings of the men carried by about 50 supporters outside the Indonesian consulate in Sydney last night, while around 200 others gathered at Sydney’s Blues Point Reserve on the Harbour.

About 10,000 flowers were used to spell out “Keep Hope Alive”, at the event organised by Amnesty International.

Flower wall that reads "#KeepHopeAlive". Source: Getty Images

Many saying they came to show opposition to the death penalty and to add their voices to the plea for the men to be allowed to live.

“I’ll be destroyed as a person if this goes ahead,” Sukumaran’s friend Kavita Brishnan told AAP.

“These two individuals have shown to have reformed and justice is about giving people a chance rather than just killing them,” Linda Lindquist from Shellharbour said.

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 27:  A woman places a tribute on a flower wall that reads #keephopealive' as part of an Amnesty international vigil for the Bali 9 duo, Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran in a last ditch effort to sway the Indonesian Government to halt the planned executions of the two on April 27, 2015 in Sydney, Australia.  Chan is one of the nine Australians accused by Indonesian Police of drug trafficking on April 17, 2005.  (Photo by Cole Bennetts/Getty Images) A woman places a tribute on a flower wall. Source: Getty Images 

Close family and friends of Chan and Sukumaran will say their final goodbyes this afternoon at 2pm (5pm AEST).

The men’s lawyers are still fighting with a constitutional court challenge into their clemency rejection, which is now listed to be heard, but not until May 12. 

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Tags: Andrew Chan; Myuran Sukumaran, Bali Nine, Execution

Posted: 28 April, 2015

Covers Are Off The Final Camry

Toyota will make them until the end of 2017

The old model Toyota Camry.

Toyota has taken the covers off it's last model to be built at its Altona manufacturing plant today, the new-look Camry.

Along with the facelift Aurion, the new-look Camry and Camry Hybrid will be in production until the company stops manufacturing at the end of 2017.

Having built more than 3.2 million Toyota vehicles locally since 1963, this marks the end of an era in the Australian automotive industry.

The total investment for the new-look Camry is $108 million, which includes $23.6 million from the Federal Government and a contribution from the Victorian Government. The plant expects to build approximately 90,000 vehicles this year, which equates to around 420 units per day.

Approximately 70 per cent of these cars will be exported primarily to the Middle East, as well as New Zealand, South Pacific Islands and for the first time, Thailand.
The new Camry will go on sale next month.

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Posted: 27 April, 2015

Bali Nine Execution

Families Say Their Final Farewell

Bali Nine pair Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran 

The families of the Bali Nine pair are saying their final goodbyes this afternoon, ahead of their imminent execution.

The journey to visit their loved ones for the last time was traumatic, with relatives visibly distressed as they arrived at the port of Cilacap.

The family members including Myuran Sukumaran's mother Raji and brother Chinthu had to be pushed through a heavy media pack by Indonesian police, with his sister, Brintha, carried by her father Sam,

Once they finally reached inside the office, screaming and crying could be heard.

It comes as 12 ambulances arrived at Cilacap port, some with coffins in the back.

Relatives will be given until 2.00pm (5.00pm AEST) on Indonesia's Execution Island, when Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran are expected to return to their isolation cells.

There are reports Indonesian authorities have also decided to choose the men's spiritual guides. 

Myuran had previously requested Melbourne Pastor Christie Buckingham as his spiritual guide in his final hours, while Andrew requested Salvation Army minister David Soper.

The time they'll face the firing squad is yet to be officially confirmed but it's believed they will be executed at the stroke of midnight local time (3.00am AEST).

In their final hour, they will be marched from their cells to a clearing with their hands and feet bound before facing the firing squad.

EARLIER:

The date for the Bali Nine pair to face execution has now been set, with Australians Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran scheduled to face the firing squad this week.

The pair is expected to be executed just after the stroke of midnight on Wednesday, April 29 (3am AEST), although Foreign Minister Julie Bishop says no official advice has been given.

It comes after a local funeral director in Cilicap was instructed to inscribe their names and date of their deaths on wooden crosses.

One of their Lawyers Julian McMahon was with the men when Indonesian officials told them they would be executed, saying they were calm and dignified when told they were given their 72 hours' notice of execution.

Prime Minister Tony Abbott says Australia is continuing to make last-minute pleas to Indonesia to spare their lives.

"This is not in the best interests of Indonesia, let alone the best interests of the young Australians concerned," he said.

While relatives of the pair have begged Indonesia's President Joko Widodo to re-consider,

Their brothers have paid them a visit, with Chinthu Sukumaran saying his brother had made peace with the situation.

"But he and we all feel that this is a grave injustice and it did not have to be this way and it still doesn't have to be this way." he said.

"We ask the President to please use his powers to intervene and save their lives."

Michael Chan said mercy must be part of Indonesia's legal system and implored the president for his mercy.

"He's the only one that can stop it and it's not too late to do so," he said.

However, President Widodo doesn't appear to be swayed by the calls for clemency from across the globe, including from UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon.

President Widodo told reporters on Sunday "I've already talked several times about it, I don't want to talk about it again," 

Myuran Sukumaran and Andrew Chan are expected to make the most of their final days with loved ones.  

Sukumaran's final wish is to be allowed to paint for as long as possible while Chan's is to attend a church service with his family.

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Tags: Bali Nine, Andrew Chan, Myuran Sukumaran, Execution

Posted: 27 April, 2015

It's Sneezin' Season!

And Our Chemists Are About To Get Super Busy

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Noticed the topics of conversation at work turning into chats about that stuffy nose? Tickly throat? Itchy eyes?

Once again we're heading into what we're calling Sneezin' Season - the peak time of the year for influenza and the common cold.

Its estimated adults will get around 2-3 colds per year, while kids sniffle their way through a whopping 6-12.

Stats gathered by our research team at Southern Cross Austereo have found 77% of people will head to the chemist at least once a month. 48% of us will self diagnose before heading in, and we're not immune to an impulse buy either: 42% will leave with more products than intended.*

The wise folk at NPR Medicine Wise say it's important not to take antibiotics for the sake of it. Here's what they suggest you do to relieve symptoms of a common cold:

  • Rest
  • Drink plenty of water and non alcoholic drinks to avoid dehydration
  • Avoid exposure to cigarette smoke
  • Inhale steam to help relieve a blocked nose. Supervise your child while they breathe in steam from a hot bath or shower in a closed room.
  • Gargle with warm salty water.
  • Suck on an ice cube or a throat lozenge.
  • Drink hot water with honey and lemon.

If you need to step it up medicine wise, the NPR suggests

  • Paracetamol & ibuprofen for relieving pain and fever.
  • Decongestants & saline nasal spreays or drops for relieving a blocked nose.
  • Combination 'cough and cold' or 'cold and flu' medicines
  • Complementary medicines (e.g. vitamin C, zinc, echinacea).

Can someone please pass the tissues?!

* Source: Southern Cross Austereo Research. Pharmacy Study. Oct 2014. N=1669

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Posted: 27 April, 2015

Hopes High for Anzac Future

Dawn service organisers expect another big crowd next year at Anzac Cove

An estimated 6,000 people came all over the world to attend this years Dawn Service at Gallipoli and honour the fallen.

 

Organisers behind the successful Anzac Day dawn service at Gallipoli are expecting almost as many people to pack the battlefield site for next year's ceremony.

A day after 10,500 people crowded into the Anzac Commemorative Site on Gallipoli's North Beach, Gallipoli dawn service, Australian services director Tim Evans said between 8000 and 10,000 people were expected for the 2016 service.

It is unlikely a ballot system will be used, however, meaning places will be available on a first-in basis.

Source: AAP. Photo: Getty Images

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Posted: 27 April, 2015

One Aussie Still Missing In Nepal

Kathmandu shifts three metres in 30 seconds

Incredible Drone Footage Over Kathmandu, Nepal

Nepal earthquake: Drone shows incredible footage of aftermath in Kathmandu

Warning: Video contains language that may offend some viewers

Hit by Avalanche in Everest Basecamp 25.04.2015 Video: Jost Kobusch

Powerful aftershocks continue to rock Nepal, after the worst earthquake to hit the region in more than 80 years.

The 7.8 magnitude quake struck an area of central Nepal between Kathmandu and the city of Pokhara early on Saturday.

According to a world-renowned expert on Himalayan earthquakes, University of Colorado geologist Roger Bilham said, "a massive block of the Earth's crust, roughly 75 miles long (120km) and 37 miles (60km) wide, lurched 10 feet (3m) to the south over the course of 30 seconds."  

Just when residents and tourists thought the worst was over, a powerful 6.7 magnitude aftershock was felt on Sunday in Nepal, India and Bangladesh.

BHAKTAPUR, NEPAL - APRIL 26:  A relative of one of the victims of the earthquake that hit Nepal yesterday cries on April 26, 2015 in Bhaktapur, Nepal. A major 7.8 earthquake hit Kathmandu mid-day on Saturday, and was followed by multiple aftershocks that triggered avalanches on Mt. Everest that buried mountain climbers in their base camps. Many houses, buildings and temples in the capital were destroyed during the earthquake, leaving thousands dead or trapped under the debris as emergency rescue workers attempt to clear debris and find survivors.  (Photo by Omar Havana/Getty Images)A relative of one of the victims of the earthquake that hit Nepal on Saturday. Source: Getty Images/ Omar Havana

Terrifying footage has emerged of the moment the quake-triggered avalanche hit Everest base camp, sending panicked climbers running for their lives (above). An Australian climber is reportedly one of at least 19 people killed at the base camp. 

A Sherpa from Dreamers’ Destination Treks and Expeditions claims to have lost four team members, two locals, an Australian and one from China.

TOPSHOTSPeople clear rubble in Kathmandus Durbar Square, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that was severely damaged by an earthquake on April 25, 2015. A massive 7.8 magnitude earthquake killed hundreds of people April 25 as it ripped through large parts of Nepal, toppling office blocks and towers in Kathmandu and triggering a deadly avalanche that hit Everest base camp. AFP PHOTO / PRAKASH MATHEMAEmergency workers and bystanders clear debris while searching for survivors under a collapsed temple. Source: Getty Images/ Omar Havana

The death toll in Nepal has now reportedly surpassed 2500 people, but that number is expected to rise as emergency services expand their efforts. The dead included 2352 in Nepal, 60 in India and reportedly 17 in the Tibet region. A further 6,239 people are believed to have been badly injured. 

Fortunately, more than 800 Australian's have checked in with DFAT and are confirmed safe, but at least 60 Australians are still unaccounted for. 

Foreign Minister Julie Bishop says authorities have taken calls from more than 1250 families and friends of missing Australians in Nepal and are trying to get in touch with all of them.

Residents look at a crack in the pavement. Source: Getty Images/ Omar Havana 

It comes after Prime Minister Tony Abbott reassured family members of missing Australians that they “should not assume the worst.”

Australian actor Hugh Sheridan has appealed for help to find his eighteen year old brother Zachery.

He has received no word from him yet, who was on Mount Everest when the earthquake hit. 

Rescue missions and aid have started arriving to help cope with the aftermath, digging victims out from under the rubble of collapsed buildings.

Australia has already committed $5 million in aid to help the recovery effort, 

With search and rescue efforts far from over, it was unclear how high the death toll will climb.

Ms Bishop says damage to infrastructure has made communication difficult but also urges families to try to contact their loved ones directly.

If you are concerned for a relative or friend in Nepal, call the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade 24-hour consular emergency line on 1300 555 135 within Australia or +61 2 6261 3305 from outside.

The red cross has set up a website of those missing in Nepal.

Local people help with rescue work at the site of a building that collapsed after an earthquake in Kathmandu. Source: Getty Images/ Omar Havana 

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Tags: Nepal, Earthquake, Kathmandu, Natural Disaster

Posted: 26 April, 2015

Canberra Commits $5m To Nepal Aid

Canberra Commits $5m To Nepal Aid

What we know so far about the Australians in Nepal:

 -there are 549 Aussies registered with Smart Traveller, and authorities have been able to confirm the safety of about 200.

-so far there are no reports of any Australians amongst those confirmed dead, as the toll nears 2000.

-$5 million has been committed by the Federal Government to help the recovery effort.

-18 year old Queenslander Alyssa Azar was attempting to become the youngest Australian to climb Mount Everest. She has been located safe.

-the 20 year old brother of Hugh Sheridan (from Packed To The Rafters) is currently on Mount Everest, and has not been accounted for.

Australians concerned for family and friends are asked to try to contact them directly before calling DFAT's 24-hour consular emergency centre on 1300 555 135.

The Abbott Govermnet has committed $5 million in assistance following the deadly earthquake in Nepal.

An Australian Crisis Response Team will travel to Nepal as soon as possible to assist in establishing the welfare of the Australians still unaccounted for after Saturday's 7.8 magnitude earthquake.

Worried relatives have inundated social media with pleas for help and information. Twitter and Facebook pages are showing images of Australians in Nepal while many families have reported dozens of loved ones missing on The Red Cross's Family Links website.

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade has opened its emergency call unit and updated travel advice for Nepal, warning of disruptions to communication, transport and tourist infrastructure in the country.

Earlier:

Nepal's Home Ministry says the death toll from the devastating earthquake has reached 1805. The latest toll puts the overall regional fatalities at 1,865.

Almost 5,000 people have reported injuries as well, while more than a dozen Australians are still missing.

Aid agencies including Oxfam are already sending teams to Nepal to help in the aftermath of the country's deadliest earthquake in more than 80 years.

Oxfam Australia chief executive Helen Szoke says "People are gathered in their thousands in open spaces and are scared, as there were several aftershocks. Oxfam staff in Nepal, along with thousands of others, are sleeping outside tonight in football fields and other open spaces because they are the safest place to be."

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade is yet to release a statement about any Australians who might have been caught up in the disaster. The federal opposition has called on the Abbott government to offer every assistance towards the recovery effort.

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Tags: Nepal, Earthquake, Hugh Sheridan, Alyssa Azar

Posted: 26 April, 2015

As little as 72 hours left to live for Bali Nine duo

Bali Nine duo Myuran Sukumaran and Andrew Chan will face the firing squad as early as Tuesday, unless Indonesia's president has a last-minute change of heart.

United Nations chief Ban Ki-moon has joined calls to spare the lives of ten death row prisoners, including Chan and Sukumaran.

Sukumaran's sister Brintha has released a brief youtube video, clutching a photo of her big brother  and pleading for mercy.

Photo: Getty Images

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Posted: 24 April, 2015

Should Reversing Cameras Be Compulsory?

Reversing cameras for cars are in focus, in the wake of last week's tragic accident at Brookside shopping centre, where an elderly man accidentally reversed over his wife.  She'd hopped out of the car to help direct his park, when he lost sight of her.

Also with stats showing one child a week is run over in driveways around Australia, it raises questions about whether reversing cameras should be compulsory.

The USA has passed laws meaning all new cars will need reversing cameras by 2018.

But the RACQ's Steve Spalding says they're not a magic solution.

"They will help, but they won't fix the problem... Every vehicle will have different shapes, different blind spots, and every driver will have a different sitting position," he says.

He's also poured cold water on the idea that big 4WDs and SUVs are the worst offenders for blind spots.

"Some smaller cars and certainly some sedans have some quite large blind spots, not just at the rear but the front pillars as well.  And of course with every driver being a different shape and size and having their seat adjusted differently, it's most important that drivers are very familiar with blind spots on their own vehicle," he says.

Steve says a child can be standing very close to a car but still be outside of a camera's view, so no amount of technology replaces caution and careful checking.

"We're seeing electronic stability, lane departure warnings, fatigue warnings..I think it's important drivers do recognise they are technologies that are there to assist the driver, but not to replace the driver's primary responsibility of keeping that car in control."

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Posted: 23 April, 2015

Your Guide To ANZAC Day In Brisbane

Dawn Services, Parades, retail trading hours and more

Image Credit: Getty

Huge crowds are expected at ANZAC services around Brisbane this weekend, as we mark 100 years since the Gallipoli Landings. Up to 40 000 people are expected at the Dawn Service in the CBD alone.  Check out these links to help you plan where and how you'll remember our diggers. 

Triple M's also got your ANZAC Day covered- we'll be bringing you the Dawn Service from Canberra LIVE at 5:30am, followed by Mick Molly's "Soldier On" special at 6am.

Then from 11am we are LIVE from Gallipoli to commemorate ANZAC day with your hosts Eddie McGuire, Luke Darcy and Mick Molloy.

ANZAC Day

Brisbane City Dawn Service- ANZAC Square, Adelaide Street. Starts at 4:28am. Best to get there before 4am to get a good vantage point.

Brisbane City ANZAC Parade9:30am-1pm.  Best vantage points are along Adelaide Street.

The Parade will include flypasts by two F/A-18F Super Hornets- at 10am and 11am. They will travel 500ft above built up areas.

Are you in the parade? There's been some confusion about where to form up, sort it out here

Other services near youcheck what services will be held at your local RSL Sub-Branch

Public Transport to the CBD will run on a Public Holiday timetable but there are extra services running to and from ANZAC Day events.

Upstream CityCat services will depart Northshore Hamilton terminal at 3am and downstream CityCat services will depart UQ St Lucia terminal at 3am.

A cross-river CityFerry service will run between Thornton Street and Eagle Street Pier terminals every 10 minutes, commencing at Thornton Street terminal 3am. 

Free public transport is available for:

  • Veterans wearing their uniform or service medals
  • Family members marching on behalf of veterans, wearing service medals
  • Accompanying spouses and children in uniform from the Girls’ Brigade, Boys’ Brigade, Girl Guides, Scouts and military cadets who are participating in ANZAC Day ceremonies

There are also some special arrangements for ANZAC Day  Parking in the CBD.

Plan your trip on ANZAC Day and check out road closures in the CBD area.

The Dawn Service, ANZAC Day Parade and ANZAC Day Gallipoli Service will all be broadcast live on big screens in King George Square, and Queen Street Mall.

ANZAC Celebration Concert at Southbank Piazza- exhibits start from 12 midday, concert headlined by Troy Cassar-Daley from 3pm.

Retail trading hours

Shops will be closed on ANZAC day but there are some exemptions.  Smaller independent stores can open after 1pm, while a few grocery stores may open all day.  Places like cinemas can open after 1:30.  Here's the rundown on who can and can't trade on ANZAC Day.

Broncos and Reds Games- ANZAC weekend

The Broncos host Parramatta at Suncorp at 8pm Saturday night- there'll be a Last Post tribute before the game. 

While Reds fans are urged to get to Sunday's match against the Hurricanes early- the game starts at 4:05pm but fans should be seated by 3:30 for the Ode, a moment's silence, a poem and the two national anthems.  There'll also be a parade down Caxton Street at 3:00pm, andtanks in each corner of the stadium firing (blank) rounds at each try.

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Posted: 23 April, 2015

Our Emoji Use Analysed...

Turns out Aussies are into booze, pills, junk food and holidays.

When it comes to emoji use, Aussies are all about booze, pills, junk food and holidays.

A Swiftkey report’s looked at more than a billion bits of text data from 16  different countries, and found we’re twice as likely to use the ‘beer jug’ emoji, 70 per cent more likely to use the pill emoji, while we use holiday symbols 60 per cent more than average and junk food twice the average.

The French are all about the love hearts – in fact it outranks the perennially popular smiley face.

Canadians are a fan of the poop symbol, while Russians are three times more likely to use romantically themed icons.

As for Malaysians, they use the sleepy emoji twice as much as the average person...

And Americans? They're a mixed bag... Most likely to use the most 'random' of symbols, including the skulls, birthday cake, fire, '100', chicken drumstick and pizza. 

Topping the list overall, though, is the trusty smiley faces:

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Tags: emojis, beer, booze, drugs, pill, holidays, junk food, anaysis, research

Posted: 23 April, 2015

Condom Recall from Groupon

Well this is awkward.

People who bought Durex Condoms via Groupon between March 12 and April 10 are being told they're eligible for a refund.

Why? A couple of reasons.

1. They have holes in them, which kind of goes against the idea of condoms protecting you from sexually transmitted diseases and pregnancy.

2. They're counterfeit Durex condoms.

Groupon Australia says they know which customers bought the cut price condoms, and will be contacting them to offer a full refund.

 

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