Posted: 31 July, 2015

Brissie Turns Yellow For Allison Baden-Clay

It's 'Strive To Be Kind Day... in memory of Allison Baden-Clay. 

The Story Bridge will, again, light up yellow in her honour while we're being asked to do something kind and donate to the Allison's Gift charity - all the money goes to children who're victims of crimes. 

Organisers say the charity is all about children, because that's what Allison would have wanted. They say she "devoted her life to her children". 

The group aims to: 

a) to provide money, property or benefits to people, in particular children, for the relief of their necessitous circumstances which may lead to financial hardship after experiencing traumatic circumstances, such as the death of a family member.

b) to assist other organisations whose purpose is to provide care to relieve the necessitous circumstances and financial hardship of people, in particular children, after experiencing traumatic circumstances.

It's the third time Allison's supporters have held the day in her memory...It's been more than 3 years since her body was found dumped at Kholo Creek, and just over 12 months since her husband Gerard Baden-Clay was convicted of murdering her. 

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Tags: Allison, Baden, Clay, Yellow, Story, Bridge, memory, honour, gift

Posted: 31 July, 2015

Evans Head Shark Attack

Man mauled 100m off shore

Source: Getty Images

A man has fought a shark off during an attack at Evans Head on the New South Wales north coast, as Mick Fanning reveals details of another close shave.

Police have confirmed that the victim of a shark attack on the north coast is a 52-year-old man from Evans Head.

Officers were told the man was one of two people surfing around 100 metres off shore from Main Beach, Evans Head, early this morning.

Around 6am, the surfer spotted what he believed to be a shark and shouted out to the other surfer – also a man – to get out of the water.

As he paddled towards shore, he was attacked by the shark which bit his left leg, knocking him off his board. 

The man punched the shark in an attempt to scare it away but during the struggle, the shark also bit his left arm.

He eventually made it to shore where a passer-by applied a tourniquet to his leg.

Emergency Services were called to the location around 6.20am and the man was placed in an ambulance.

Two paramedics worked to stabilise the patient while a police officer began the drive to Lismore Hospital.

A short time later, a NSW Ambulance vehicle with a doctor and paramedic on board met the ambulance. 

The 52-year-old man is now at Lismore Hospital undergoing treatment.

Main Beach and two other local beaches – Shark Bay and Chinamans Beach – have all been closed until 6.30am tomorrow. 

It’s the third such attack in the area in recent months, including a fatal great white attack at Shelly Beach, near Ballina in February.

Mick Fanning Shaken By Second Shark

Meanwhile, Mick Fanning has had another encounter with a shark.

The three-time World Champion was chased from the water by a shark in his first surf back home since his recent terrifying brush with a white pointer in South Africa.

A supplied image obtained Sunday, July 20, 2014 of Mick Fanning of Tweed Heads, NSW, in action during the J-Bay Open at Supertubes, Jeffreys Bay, South Africa on Sunday, July 20, 2014. (AAP Image, Association of Surfing, Kelly Cestari) NO ARCHIVING, EDITORIAL USE ONLY, NOT FOR ADVERTISEMENT USE

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Fanning’s brave return to the surf was filmed by a 60 minutes crew at Hastings Point on the Tweed Coast on the weekend as his mother Liz watched on anxiously from the beach.

A promotional advertisement for the program shows the world champion frantically scrambling onto a jet ski in the line-up.

From the safety of the sand, a concerned Fanning tells reporter Peter Stefanovic he has just seen a shark.

“There he is, straight out - I just saw it,’’ Fanning tells Stefanovic.

Peter Stefanovic spoke to Dan and Maz this morning, saying it’s really unlucky.

“We’d filmed a bit and I thought great, he’s back where he’s left off… and sure enough there was a commotion off camera and there’s Mick charging towards the shore.”

“He goes, you won’t believe it! I saw a fin… I saw a shark, that’s unbelievable!”

“There’s a lot of schools of bait fish around that part of Australia, there’s a shark attack today. So there’s this big feeding frenzy going on.”

It is believed a rattled Fanning and the 60 Minutes crew then went to another beach to film the rest of the segment.

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Tags: Shark, attack, man, mauled

Posted: 30 July, 2015

Earthquake off SE QLD

Did you feel the earth move?


Geoscience Australia says more quakes are likely, after a 5.3 magnitude tremor hit about 100km off the coast near Fraser Island at around 9.40am.

"It's a pretty rare event... you really have to go back a long way in history to find a similar sized event, back to 1918"

Seismologist Marco Maldoni says this morning's event is either a foreshock for something larger to come, or it may've been the main event with smaller aftershocks on the way. 

"More often that not you get an initial earthquake and the activity tends to die off, however, sometimes you do get an initial earthquake which is the foreshock... one can never discount that with earthquakes, they are random events"

He says there's been more than 1000 reports from people feeling the shake. He says they come from as far north as Bundaberg, right down to Northern NSW. 

Meantime, social media's been flooded with comments, videos, and pics... 

This mornings earth tremor recorded in Clayton's Nambour Head Office, turn the sound up, watch the plants/computers....

Posted by Claytons Towing on Wednesday, July 29, 2015

There's been some damage too (Pic: Angeline Darling, Nambour):

Engineers have also been called in to inspect damage to high rises. 


There's been a pretty decent earthquake off the Queensland coast this morning!

The magnitude 5.3 tremor happened off the Fraser coast at 9:40am at a depth of 53km.

Geoscience Australia says it's one of the strongest quakes to shake Queensland in a century.

Social media's buzzing with it, people saying they felt a tremor from Bundaberg down to the border anything from 15 second to 2 minutes.

There is however NO Tsunami threat.

Keith from Point Lookout on Straddie says he thought a tractor or backhoe was coming up his driveway!

"The whole house shook for like a minute.  I walked outside to see what it was, the whole house was shaking, the windows and doors were all rattling," he says. 


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Posted: 30 July, 2015

Bishop Sorry But Refuses To Quit

People vent their anger after this morning's 'insincere' apology

Speaker Bronwyn Bishop has finally apologised for taking a $5000 helicopter ride from Melbourne to Geelong to attend a party fundraiser.

Bishop insists she will not quit over the expenses scandal that surrounds the veteran MP and Abbott government.

"I want to apologise to the Australian people for my error of judgment and
to say sorry," a contrite Mrs Bishop told Macquarie Radio on Thursday.

"I feel I've let them down."

Mrs Bishop has pledged to repay all expenses related to her travel to the
weddings of Liberal colleagues.

But she insists her claiming of taxpayer-funded travel allowances to
attend the weddings of Sophie Mirabella and Teresa Gambaro was "technically in the rules".

She's also asked the prime minister to have all her expenses investigated
by the Finance Department.

Mrs Bishop said there was no excuse for taking the $5000 helicopter ride.

She also admits she should have apologised earlier but insists she won't
step down from her role as speaker.

"I know that I've disappointed and let down the Australian people," Mrs
Bishop said.

"I won't be resigning."

Independent MP Clive Palmer, who is expected to move a no-confidence
motion against the Speaker when parliament resumes in August, accused Mrs
Bishop of "complete bias" in the role.

"She needs to go," he told the Seven Network.

"We are sick of our politicians with their snout in the trough."

Labor expects Mrs Bishop to step down before parliament resumes on August

Opposition Leader Bill Shorten said the government would be compromised if
it didn't act soon.

"They hope that the whole thing will move on - but it's been lodged in the
minds of the Australian people," he told ABC radio.

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Posted: 30 July, 2015

NRL Stars Back Goodes

War cry to go up during Round 21 N-R-L games in support of AFL star.

Indigenous League stars are rallying around Adam Goodes over the ongoing booing controversy.

In a show of solidarity, some of the NRL's top aboriginal players are expected to perform traditional war dances with the likes of Johnathan Thurston and Greg Inglis leading the way.

"I've seen on twitter GI [Greg Inglis] ask all the boys that if they score a try to do a war dance or a dance of some sort to show solidarity  and try and stamp out this racism that's starting to steam roll this sport in Australia," Thurston told the Triple M Sydney Grill Team.

Now while the reigning Dally M medallist is the first to go public, it's understood the move is a talking point for many players.

"For many years the NRL has looked towards the AFL as the leader in sport in the country but I think in this issue the NRL are far beyond the AFL on this and like I said it's very appalling that someone of Adam Goodes stature is copping this," said JT on The Grill Team. 

Inglis already has his traditional post-try "Goanna" celebration and if pulled out this weekend, it could well have special meaning.

Deputy Opposition Leader and Rugby league’s top Aboriginal official, ARL Indigenous Council chair Linda Burney is also behind the show of support, urging players to take action.

Thurston also talked to the Daily Telegraph about his support for Goodes and his indigenous brothers in sport.

"I’ll show my respect for Adam, indigenous athletes and all the indigenous people with a little move on the weekend if I’m lucky enough to score," JT has told the Tele.

“I know Adam well and this whole situation, it’s bloody ugly,’’ she says.

“I think (the booing) is clearly racist and combines with tall poppy syndrome. You have a proud indigenous man who puts his head up ... and this happens.

As for Goodes, he'll miss Saturday's home clash against the Crows at the SCG, while Richmond is the first AFL club to announce they'll wear their Dreamtime jumper on Friday night against the HAWKS.

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Tags: goodes, war cry, nrl

Posted: 30 July, 2015

Possible Breakthrough Into Search For MH370

Debris From Large Plane Found

A possible breakthrough.

Plane wreckage found off the east coast of Africa is being inspected to determine whether it comes from missing Malaysian Airlines Flight MH370.

French officials say it's way too soon to say whether it comes from the missing Boeing 777, and expect to have more answers in the next 24 hours.

"We've received some pictures of the item and we are having them assessed by the manufacturers as to what they may be," ATSB spokesman Joe Hattley said.

The Boeing 777 aircraft went missing on a flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing in March, 2014, with 239 passengers and crew on board.

A Boeing spokesman said the company was working with investigators.

"Our goal, along with the entire global aviation industry, continues to be not only finding the airplane, but is determined to figure out what happened and why."

Meantime Russia has used its power at the U-N Security Council to stop a push to set up an independent tribunal to try those who shot down flight M-H 17 over Eastern Ukraine.

A year on from the disaster and Russia was the only country to vote against the draft resolution, the three others abstaining, and 11 countries voting for the move.

Plane debris find connected to original theory

Straight after MH370 went missing pilot Chris Goodfellow said an electrical fire in the cockpit could have caused the loss of transponders and communications in the aircraft.

The flight crew would have turned west toward a nearby airfield before being overcome by smoke, leaving the autopilot to fly until the plane ran out of fuel and crashed, somewhere over the ocean.

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Tags: plane, debris, lost

Posted: 29 July, 2015

Aussies Love A 'Faux-Wheel Drive'

Huge Boom In Crossover Car Sales

Seems Aussie drivers love the feeling of big cars without the pricetag. 

It's created a boom in so-called 'faux-wheel drives', which looks like an SUV but drive like a car. 

They have the same tall driving position as a full-size SUV but are still super easy to manoeuvre in urban spaces.

The crossover vehicle has experienced a surge in popularity across Aussie markets, especially with young professionals and families. 

The RACQ says sales have soared by 30 per cent in the past year and spokesperson Lauren Ritchie says there's no sign of sales slowing down any time soon. 

"Industry observers are predicting one in ten new vehicle sales will be a 'crossover' by 2020,"she said.  

Faux-wheel drives are now offered by most major manufacturers including Honda, Holden, Mazda, Nissan, Ford, Mitsubishi and Renault. 

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Posted: 29 July, 2015

Booing Taking Its Toll As Goodes Considers AFL Retirement

Swans legend weighing up his options...

Sydney Swans star Adam Goodes has had enough of the incessant booing he cops on the field and is considering hanging up his boots immediately.

The 35 year old has been given a few days away from the game as he weighs up his future, with reports he's even told close team-mates - ending his illustrious playing career now is one of them.

It all came to a head following Sunday's 52 point loss to West Coast, where he was booed every time he touched the ball.

The Swans, the AFL and the players association have rallied around the two-time Brownlow Medallist, with his mother also calling on fans to let up.

Goodes didn't train yesterday and coach John Longmire is unsure if he'll line-up against Adelaide at the SCG on Saturday.

"We'll just take that as we go...we need to make sure that we're fully supportive of him and wait a day or two and let things settle down and he'll decide that...there's no pressure on him at all."

The furore has even reached Canberra with the head of the Prime Minister's Indigenous advisory council, Warren Mundine, calling for everyone to step up and address racism in the community.

If Goodes does play on, the next real test of crowd behaviour will be the away match against Geelong on August 8.

Swans football manager Tom Harley saying his old club had already been in touch about how they should handle the issue.

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Tags: Adam Goodes, retirement, booing, controversy

Posted: 28 July, 2015

Triple M White Ribbon Australia Partnership

Triple M is pleased to announce its new three-year-partnership with the White Ribbon Australia.

Triple M is pleased to announce its new three-year-partnership with the White Ribbon Australia.

White Ribbon is a national prevention campaign to end men's violence against women.

White Ribbon calls on men from all walks of life to be leaders in the community to stop violence against women. This is an important message for Triple M listeners to get behind.

"The majority of instances of domestic violence are perpetrated by Men against women. One woman a week dies from domestic violence in Australia– that's one too many," Mike Fitzpatrick said, Head of the Triple M Network.

"Triple M is proud to partner with White Ribbon to help stop it – by telling those that commit these acts that it's not ok. And to encourage their friends and colleagues to call them on it.

"Our stations speak to a large male audience and I feel we have a responsibility to ensure the message gets through to Aussie blokes, that any form of violence is not ok."

Libby Davies, CEO White Ribbon Australia added, "The White Ribbon Campaign is Australia's only national movement of men and boys working to stop men's violence against women and girls. It highlights the positive role good men play in recognising and preventing this violence in all its forms.

"Partnering with Triple M is an exciting new channel for White Ribbon, encouraging more men to join the conversation. Triple M and White Ribbon are asking proud Aussie fathers, brothers, sons, friends, colleagues, workmates to recognise that preventing violence against women and girls is every man’s business."

Friday, 31st July marks White Ribbon Night and to show support for this night, radio personalities across the Triple M Network will be interviewing ambassadors of White Ribbon to promote awareness of this landmark event.

Passionate about the cause, Merrick Watts will dedicate his Merrick and…Australia national drive show LIVE from his front doorstep, inviting some of his mates over, including Mikey Robins, with the aim of getting Aussie blokes talking about this topic. Being the awesome guy he is, Mez is donating $5,000 CASH!





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Tags: White Ribbon Australia, Triple M

Posted: 27 July, 2015

Medical Marijuana Set To Be Legalised In Australia

Australia is ready to legalise medical marijuana, according to reports in Fairfax Media over the weekend.

Australia is ready to legalise medical marijuana, according to reports in Fairfax Media over the weekend.

Senators from all parties are prepared to endorse the bills despite manywarning it will create regulatory headache.

It's suggested that Greens leader Richard Di Natale will propose that the Aussie government take control od drug production and distribution.

The committee are set to deliver their recommendations in August.

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Tags: medical marijuana, Australia, legalised

Posted: 27 July, 2015

Former Caddie Takes A Swing At Allenby

Aussie golfer accused of making up bashing and kidnapping in Hawaii...

Days after a spectacular falling out at the Canadian Open, Mick Middlemo has taken a swing at Robert Allenby and his account of what happened during his alleged bashing incident in Hawaii back in January.

The Aussie golfer claimed he was bashed, robbed and kidnapped on the night of January 16, after missing the cut at the Sony Open, and had no memory of what happened to him during a two-and-a-half-hour period.

Middlemo says that is not how he remembers the incident, but at the time he "protected (Allenby) to the hilt" and told the media precisely what Allenby told him.

Now he's told NewsCorp he believes Allenby simply drank too much, fell over and hit his head while also labelling him the Bernard Tomic of the international golf circuit.

Last week, Middlemo walked off the course midway through the first round of the Canadian Open at Glen Abbey Golf Club in Ontario, claiming Allenby called him a "fat c..." a number of times after getting a club selection wrong.

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Tags: Robert Allenby, Mick Middlemo, Hawaii

Posted: 26 July, 2015

Aussie Nurse Charged With Terrorism-Related Offences

Federal Police arrest Adam Brookman at Sydney Airport returning from Syria

Melbourne nurse Adam Brookman has been charged with terrorism-related offences after returning from Syria where he allegedly worked with the Islamic State.

Brookman, 39, was charged on Sunday with one count of knowingly providing support to a terrorist organisation and one count of performing services with the intention of supporting a person to engage in a hostile activity in a foreign state.

The father of five appeared behind secure glass during a brief appearance at Melbourne Magistrates Court.

He was remanded in custody and did not apply for bail.

His lawyer wanted a preliminary hearing but was told to return to court on Monday.

Australian Federal Police arrested Brookman on his arrival at Sydney International Airport on Friday night, after he had turned himself in to Turkish authorities.

He was extradited to Melbourne on Saturday.

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Tags: terrorism, aussie, charged