Posted: 25 August, 2016

Victorian Bloke Finds Gold Nugget Worth $250K

Eureka!

(Image: Macquarie Film Corporation, The Nugget)

A Victorian man has made the unbelievable discovery of a gold nugget worth over $250,000.

The location has remained undisclosed as the prospector isn't keen on too many people flooding to the area in a gold rush - but it is believed to be on the southern edge of the 'Golden Triangle' in central Victoria.

Here is Channel Nine's report of the discovery:

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Posted: 25 August, 2016

WATCH: Devastating Drone Footage Of Italy Earthquake Aftermath

Italy's Fire and Emergency department (Vigili del Fuoco) has shared this heartbreaking drone footage of the damage at the heart of the hardest hit town, Amatrice -

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Posted: 25 August, 2016

Lowest Petrol Prices In 19 Months 'Still A Rip Off'

Consumer watchdog expecting call from PM

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Petrol prices may be at a 19 month low in Queensland, but the consumer watchdog says customers are still being ripped off. 

While the average price for unleaded in Brisbane, today, is $1.08 a litre... 1 in 5 servos are still selling it for less than a dollar. The last time petrol was this cheap was January 2015, and before that it was May 2009. 

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission says it should be cheaper, though. 

"We remain concerned about the petroleum industry's high gross retail margins, which indicate motorists are not reaping the full benefits of lower international crude oil and refined petrol prices"

The Prime Minister has acknowledged there's a problem and said, today, that he'll personally be getting in touch with the ACCC chairman (Rod Sims) to discuss. 

 

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Posted: 25 August, 2016

Too Many Aussies Still Relying On Dr Google

Health experts say too many young Aussies are still putting their faith in "Dr Google". 

A new survey shows almost four out of five young Australians turn to online medical advice for personal health issues, not even considering visiting a GP.

It's prompted warnings for people to be a little wiser about "dodgy" online health sites.

The research, commissioned by health advocacy group NPS MedicineWise, has found the majority of people aged 18-34 go online to source health-related information.

Almost 80 per cent of the survey's participants admitted they will sometimes or always look up information about their health conditions on the internet to avoid seeing a health professional.

The Galaxy Research survey also showed 20 per cent of participants would use Facebook to ask questions about medicines.

NPS MedicineWise spokeswoman and pharmacist Aine Heaney says people need to be a bit more discerning.

"They need to be aware that there's lots of dodgy information that's on the internet these days."

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Posted: 25 August, 2016

Dolmio Creates Wifi-Blocking Pepper Grinder

3,500 Pepper Hackers Up For Grabs In Australia

Pic: Dolmio

Dolmio are bringing families together again at the dinner table.

The company behind the pasta sauce brand have created a pepper grinder that has the power to block Wi-Fi connection. *Cue the screams of millions of tweens worldwide*

The grinder can disable up to four devices for 30 minutes by connecting and interrupting your home's Wi-Fi network.

The aim of the campaign is to showcase how special family meal times can be without the interruption of technology. 

Dolmio also surveyed Aussie households, finding nearly two-thirds of family arguments stemmed from using tech at the table.

While, 38 per cent of parents felt like they had no way of stopping technology being at the table, one in three homes unsuccessfully attempting to ban phones and tablet use.

Now, here's the BEST BIT about the Pepper Hacker, Dolmio's giving 3,500 of them away to Aussie customers.

Entry to the competition is now open, Dolmio products purchased between 24th August, 2016 and 27th September 2016 are eligible to enter.

Look for the sauce jars with the special 'Pepper Hacker' label.

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Posted: 25 August, 2016

Fears Aussie Missing After Deadly Italy Quake

Death toll continues to climb.

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UPDATED 8.15am: 

Italian rescue workers are continuing to work through the night...sifting through the rubble of hundreds of fallen buildings, in the hope of finding survivors of the deadly earthquake. 

Authorities have now confirmed the death toll hsa reached 159. That number is climbing by the minute, as bodies are discovered.

This morning, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has said there are no confirmed reports of Australians being injured or killed in the shake. DFAT is still working to make contact with anyone in the area at the time.  

EARLIER: DFAT is making urgent enquiries with consular staff on the ground in Italy... after unconfirmed reports of at least one Australian missing following yesterday's deadly quake. 

The 6.2 magnitude shake hit around 3.30am local time (Wednesday afternoon Australian time) about 100 kilometres north-east of Rome.

So far, at least 120 people - including children as young as 18 months old - have been confirmed dead. 

The Prime Minister, Matteo Renzi, expects that number to climb. 

"This is not a final toll,"

 "It is a pain without limits."

The desperate search for survivors is continuing. So far, more than 360 people have been pulled from the rubble with varying injuries. 

Hundreds more are listed as missing, dozens feared trapped in the rubble of fallen buildings. 

If you, or someone you know, is in Italy at the moment.. the latest advice from SmartTraveller is: 

Australians in Italy should follow the advice of local authorities. If you have any concerns for the welfare of family and friends in Italy you should attempt to contact them directly. Australians in Italy who require consular assistance can contact the Australian Embassy in Rome on +39 06 852721.

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Posted: 24 August, 2016

BREAKING NEWS | Massive Earthquake In Italy

BREAKING NEWS.

Map showing effected area (USGS)

A magnitude 6.1 earthquake has struck central Italy, with reports of damaged buildings and blackouts near the epicentre Rieti and residents fleeing their homes and running into the streets.

Media have also reported people trapped under rubble.

The quake struck just after 3.30am and was felt across a broad section of central Italy, including the capital Rome where people in homes in the historic centre felt a long swaying followed by aftershocks.

The European Mediterranean Seismological Center put the magnitude at 6.1 and said the epicentre was northeast of Rome, near Rieti. The US Geological Survey put the magnitude at 6.2.

The mayor of Amatrice near Rieti, Sergio Perozzi, told state-run RAI radio that there were downed buildings in the city centre and that the lights had gone out.

He said he was unable to get in touch with emergency responders or reach the hospital.

``What can I tell you? It's a drama,'' he said.

In 2009, a 6.3-magnitude earthquake struck in the same region and killed more than 300 people. The earlier earthquake struck L'Aquila in central Italy, about 90km south of the latest quake..

 

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Posted: 24 August, 2016

Aussie Athletes Arrive Home From Rio

Squad Treated To Huge Welcome Home Celebrations In Sydney

Pic: AAP (edited)

An emotional return for Australia's Olympic athletes, the squad touching down in Sydney this morning to a massive welcome home party of family and friends.

Flag bearers Anna Mears and Kim Brennan led the squad off this Qantas flight, followed by our Gold medallists.

There was quite a bit of excess baggage, we brought home 29 medals, 8 of them gold.

Most athletes said they were keen for a sleep in their own bed and were eyeing off a decent coffee.

There's be no down time for gold medallist Catherine Skinner though, who will head straight back into competition.

"This event has just qualified me for the world cup final," she told Seven.

"I'd planned to have a few months off, put the gun away and relax a bit, but all those plans have been thrown out the window!"

While, swimmer Mack Horton seemed quite chuffed to be home, greeted by an ecstatic mum and dad.

"It's a bit of a shock sitting down for 13 hours then going straight down into a big crowd of people, i'm a bit shaky but doing alright," he said.

The gold medallist didn't seemed phased about trolling he'd received from China fans, after sledging rival Sun Yang.

"The only thing that's suffered is my social media, I got over 500 comments on one of my posts, but personally I'm not really affected."

Meantime, the Australian government has urged athletes to use condoms for at least the next two months, to stop the possible spread of Zika virus.

 


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Posted: 24 August, 2016

Thor Stars Surprise Sick Kids At Lady Cilento Hospital

Pic: Juicedtv (Instagram)

 

Sick kids at Brisbane's Lady Cilento Hospital got a special surprise overnight, Thor stars Chris Hemsworth and Tom Hiddleston unexpectedly popping by for a visit.

 



 

After a big day of filming in the CBD for Thor: Ragnarok, the pair spent the evening talking to around 80 children and their families, leaving them with massive smiles.

 

 

Hiddleston's girlfriend, superstar Taylor Swift visited the hospital just last month.

Just taking some selfies with Tay Tay💖 @taylorswift

A video posted by Bella's Cancer Journey (@stylekickingcancer) on

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Posted: 24 August, 2016

Kiwis Unhappy With Life In Oz

10,000 Kiwis in Aussie surveyed

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Seems there's plenty of unhappy Kiwis living in Australia.. in fact, they're unhappier than any other type of immigrants. 

A Monash Uni study of 10,000 Kiwis in Aussie revealed nearly three in 10 Kiwis say the thing they like least about Australia is the racism and discrimination here.

The author of the report, Andrew Markus, says that while New Zealanders do relatively well economically in Australia, there's a sense of discrimination because they don't get access to the same welfare and government help as other immigrants.

"I don't think a lot of people necessarily plan that well so they arrive and then later they find out (don't get access to services)," he told AAP.

"If an Australian goes to New Zealand they get full rights but they come here and they don't get full rights."

Kiwis here also have less trust in Australian politicians and government institutions than almost any other group.

Key findings:

  • 17% were unhappy
  • 28% said experience of life in Australia was more negative than they expected
  • 10% trust Australian political parties
  • 17% trust the federal parliament
  • 63% say "you can't be too careful" when asked if they trust other people.

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Posted: 23 August, 2016

Police Find White Toyota In Relation To Sabrina Bremer Death

Pic: Supplied 


NSW Police have confirmed a white Toyota Sedan, the vehicle suspected murder victim Sabrina Bremer was last seen in, has been located in Woodridge.

The charred remains of the 34-year-old mother from Logan were found along a dirt road near Tweed Heads last Thursday, the last time she was spotted with was in the vehicle on Monday evening (August 15), outside Logan Central Police Station.

She last made contact with her family the following day and was reported missing, by her teenage daughter, last Wednesday.

Ms Bremer was known to police, her death is being treated as suspicious.

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Posted: 23 August, 2016

Schoolyard Porn Ring Discovered At Gold Coast School

22 students involved

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More than 20 students have been booted from a school on the Gold Coast, after the discovery of an inhouse porn ring. 

The Principal of Palm Beach Currumbin High, Stephen Loggie, confirmed the group of 22 year 9 students had been stood down for sharing inappropriate photos. 

Parents of the students - a mix of girls and boys - have been told to keep their kids home for between 3 and 20 days depending on their involvement. 

One student's father has been quoted as unhappy with the decision.. saying his child only received the photos - "he has not forwarded them on". 

It comes just a week after news of an offshore porn ring operating a website targeting Australian high school students. Students from up to 70 schools had been targeted.

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