Posted: 11 February, 2016

Woman Who Pushed Cop Receives Punishment

Ruling announced

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The woman who infamously pushed over a cop at last year's Melbourne Cup has received her punishment after a day in court. 

Sarah Finn has reportedly received an $800 fine for pushing over the police officer in the Flemington flowerbed.

Finn was also required to pay court fees of $200, as well as compensating the policeman for breaking his glasses.

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Posted: 11 February, 2016

Schoolboy Becomes Superhero For A Day

A sick Sydney schoolboy’s dreams will come true today

UPDATE: Iron Boy has defeated the evil Ultron and saved the people of Sydney!

Earlier On Triple M

A sick Sydney schoolboy’s dreams will come true today when NSW Police team up with Make-A-Wish Australia to make him a “superhero” for a day.

Nine-year-old Domenic will be asked to become the younger version of Marvel Comic’s Iron Man to carry out a rescue mission and battle a major villain and his henchmen during the “wish.”

"Iron Boy” will travel by police helicopter and fast boat to complete the mission which will culminate this afternoon with a showdown on the steps of the Sydney Opera House.

If you can’t make it cheer on our hero Dom using Twitter with the hashtag #IronBoyAU! To make a donation go to: www.makeawish.org.au

Who Is "Iron Boy"?

schoolboy, iron boy, make-a-wish

WHEN:

1.15 for 1.40pm TODAY (Thursday 11 February 2016)
Iron Boy vs Ultron “showdown”
2pm – Media Conference

WHERE:

The front steps (first landing) of the Sydney Opera House, next to the Man Of War Steps.

Iron Boy, We Need Your Help

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Posted: 11 February, 2016

Two Protesters Dangling From Melbourne Overpass

"Let Them Stay"

Image: 9 News

Two protesters are dangling over the edge of the Yarra Bend Road overpass showing a sign showing support for asylum seekers in Melbourne.

The sign above the Eastern Freeway says #LET THEM STAY.

Victorian Police said they had several calls about the demonstration and are believed to be on the scene.

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Posted: 11 February, 2016

Six Arrested Over Alleged Murder

Six people have been charged with murder following an investigation into the disappearance of Corey Breton and Iuliana Triscaru in Logan.

Police intercepted a vehicle on the Gateway Motorway at Belmont just before 5pm yesterday and arrested two men.

A subsequent search allegedly found a quantity of drugs in the car.

A search operation will continue today at two crime scenes in Kingston.

Five men and one woman have each been charged with two counts of murder.

They're expected to appear in the Brisbane Magistrates Court today.

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Posted: 10 February, 2016

'Half-A-Second' Sex Assault Case Comes To An End

Year long case ends

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English man Mark Pearson was walking through a train station in the UK when a fleeting encounter occurred that would change his life forever.

While holding the strap of his bag and a newspaper in the other hand, he briefly brushed past a woman walking in the opposite direction.

Pearson thought nothing of it.

However, that's not the story that was told to police. The woman, an actress on her way to an audition, revealed details of how the man "penetrated her" while walking through Waterloo Station.

The CCTV footage from the station shows neither people breaking stride, but that didn't stop court proceedings carrying out for over a year.

“Anybody who has seen the CCTV images knows that I couldn’t possibly have done it,” Mr Pearson said.

“It is against everything I believe in as a human being. I did nothing. I would have had to crouch down, put my hand up the woman’s skirt ... penetrate her, take my hand out again ... all while holding the newspaper and walking along the concourse.”

A jury took only 90 minutes to determine that Pearson was innocent - a verdict that was obviously a relief to the defendant.

However, he claims that over the course of the saga the damage had already been done.

“For me, half a second turned into a year of hell. I feel I have undergone a form of mental torture sanctioned by the state.”

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Posted: 10 February, 2016

Lazarus Blames Society For Booze Fuelled Violence

Senator & Origin Star shares how he's been personally affected by it

Pic credit: Getty

Senator Glen Lazarus says his own family has been touched by alcohol fuelled violence - but claims he'll keep an open mind ahead of an inquiry he's spear heading into the issue.

The Senator and former Origin star's told Marto and Ed Kavalee it's time the community took responsibility. "My young fella was glassed at a nightclub in Brissie, and then it was a couple of days later that we had the tragic news of the Cole Miller incident.

This inquiry is about getting the facts and gathering ideas about a solution."

Lazarus admits he's in favour of Queensland's proposed tougher lockout laws, which are due to be debated in State Parliament next week.

A parliamentary committee report has recommended an 18 month trial of 2am last drinks, and a ban on shots after 10pm. All bottle shops would close at 10pm.

Lazarus believes it's a bigger issue than that though: "I think society mate has brought this upon ourselves. I think we're becoming a lot more violent and we just need to do something about it.'

LISTEN  to the full interview with Senator Lazarus:

 

 

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Posted: 10 February, 2016

Fancy Yourself A Spy?

ASIO Keen To Recruit Tradies As Surveillance Officers

Pic: Getty Images


If you're a tradie and thinking about a career change, consider becoming a spy!

Australia's top spy agency ASIO has launched a recruitment campaign to hire surveillance officers, they're looking for blue-collar workers with good problem solving skills, a wealth of 'life experience', males and females that haven't considered a career within the agency.

An ASIO spokesperson said the applicants don't necessarily have to be tradies, but rather someone with the necessary attributes.

Trained officer's salaries start at $77,000.

Be warned though, you might have to lay off the meat pies and sausage rolls, they'll need fit applicants who are available to possibly move to Canberra.

If you're interested CLICK HERE 

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Posted: 10 February, 2016

Calls For More Focus On Pre-Drinking Culture Over Pub Lockout Laws

Griffith University Professor Argues Queensland Government Should Take A More Comprehensive Approach To Problem

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A Griffith University Professor is calling on the Queensland Government to refrain from rushing to implement the controversial pub lockout legislation, to avoid making the alcohol-fuelled violence issue worse across the state's entertainment precincts.

Associate Professor Grant Devilly believes the Palaszczuk Government needs to carefully consider the statistics regarding pre-drinking behaviour, that have shown the more a person has pre-loaded, the more likely they were to be involved in some form of violent or risky behaviour.

"Our 'Last Drinks' research in conjuction with QPS is the largest in the world, looking at just pre-loading," he said.

"We've already evaluated more than 3,000 people arriving in Brisbane and Fortitude Valley over the past year, we found at least 79 per cent pre-load and enter the precincts with an average alcohol blood level reading of 0.071."

"People are coming into the city at this rate at an average time of 10:40pm, perhaps instead of implementing lockout laws it's worth doing things to encourage people to arrive earlier, like a 'happy hour' or food and drinks deal. We asked people if the new laws were brought in, would they arrive earlier? In most cases people said yes, we should be catering for that."

"We have been breathalising young people, 20 per cent had no clue how much they'd had to drink upon arrival, the majority believed breathaliser machine should be readily available near the pubs and clubs."

"I'm not 100% on the term of alcohol-fuelled violence, in my opinion I haven't really seen any research that it's the really drunk people doing the hitting. Having been out there for a few years now, it seems the people that are most likely to hit are at a mid-range of 0.08 to 0.12.

"The research also addressed impairment associated with drinking and the higher the pre-loading rate was, the more likely they showed signs of impairment and reported signs of being involved in risky behaviour."

"I'm not a politician, i'm more interested in the evidence. If we do change the laws it shouldn't be a knee-jerk response, there's a duty to actually research this and make sure the changes aren't just exposed to political spin."

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Posted: 9 February, 2016

One Bloke Caused The National Telstra Outage

'I think he's probably had the worst day of his career'

One man caused the Telstra outage with affected thousands of mobile phone users across Australia.

"Unfortunately the individual did not follow the correct procedures,” Telstra chief operations officer Kate McKenzie told Fairfax Media.

Detailed explanation of the error below.

"I think he's probably had the worst day of his career," Ms McKenzie said.

We think he might have had the worst day of ANYONE’s career.

Telstra says everything is now operating as normal, however there will be a thorough investigation into the incident.

Once the investigation concludes Telstra say they will offer free data to users.

 

DETAILED EXPLANATION OF THE MISTAKE (IF YOU'RE INTO THAT KIND OF THING):

Telstra chief operations officer Kate McKenzie said that there are 10 signalling nodes distributed around the country and one was taken down around lunchtime.

“Unfortunately, the individual did not follow the correct procedures and restarted the malfunctioning node before he transferred the customers off to the other nodes,” she said.

“That then caused sever congestion across the remaining nodes and prevented people from being able to register a signal.”

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Posted: 9 February, 2016

Massive Mobile Phone Outage In Australia

JUST IN | Network down.

UPDATE:

Also See

One Bloke Caused The National Telstra Outage

'I think he's probably had the worst day of his career'

 

EARLIER:

Telstra customers have taken to social media to report a outage of mobile services throughout Australia.

The telecommunications giant has tweeted it is aware of the issue and is working to resolve it.

Early reports suggest that Telstra mobile services are not able to make or receive calls.

Some devices are showing ‘No Service’.

It is not known how many users are effected at this stage.

More to come.

 

SOCIAL MEDIA UPDATES:

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Posted: 9 February, 2016

If You Get This Text From Apple Or iTunes - DON'T Open It

Message Linked To Malware Scam

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We're being warned about a text message scam targeting Apple iTunes subscribers.

According to The Federal Government's Cybercrime department, the message is believed to claim the recipient's account has been frozen and asks them to click on a link to 'validate their account'.

If you click on the link you can expose your phone to malware that may be used to steal personal info or access bank accounts.

If you get a message similar to this, DON'T click on the link, report it to the Australian Cybercrime Online Reporting Network 

If you do click on the link, the advice is to notify your bank immediately and change all usernames and passwords associated with the account.

If you are unsure about activity associated with your iTunes account, log in directly to the official Apple iTunes website and check for any alerts or messages there.

Apple says The iTunes Store will never ask you to provide personal or sensitive account information.

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Posted: 9 February, 2016

Brisbane Man Found In UK - 16 YEARS After Disappearing

Pic: Facebook

It's a bizarre missing person's case stretching from Brisbane, all the way to England.

Local man Jason Douglas has been tracked down by his family, 16 years after disappearing overseas.

He'd been living with his uncle in 1999 when he passed away. Jason, now 36, saw his family at the funeral and decided to stay in the UK, but lost contact with family when he was kicked out of a friend's home in 2000.

He became homeless in the months after and lost his passport, stealing food to survived. His family in Australia's been trying to find him ever since.

Pic: Facebook

After nearly 2 decades, his family managed to track him down to a homeless shelter in Milton Keynes.

They've since set up a 'Go Fund Me' page to help get him home, raising $2,800. The family plan on donating any cash left over.

Check out the campaign here: https://www.gofundme.com/jasonronalddouglas

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