Posted: 26 June, 2016

Sydney Shivers Through 2016's Coldest Morning

Sydneysiders snuggled under blankets and turned up their heaters on Sunday as the city experienced its coldest morning of 2016.

Even in Queensland the southern border town of Stanthorpe recorded sub zero temperatures overnight.

"SE quarter of Qld shivered this AM! #Stanthorpe was the coldest with -4.5C," the Bureau of Meteorology posted on their Twitter page.

In Sydney's CBD the mercury dropped to 5.6C on Sunday morning and as low as -1.2C at Richmond in Sydney's northwest.

Sub-zero temperatures were also recorded in Horsley Park, Badgerys Creek, Camden and Campbelltown.

The BoM said the chilly conditions were brought on by a cold front and high pressure system occurring simultaneously.

"On Friday a cold front went through and that brought a cool air mass to NSW and Sydney in particular," meteorologist Rob Taggart said.

"Then a high pressure system moved in quite quickly, bringing clear skies and light winds."

Mr Taggart said despite the freezing conditions, Sunday's minimum temperatures were well off a Sydney record.

He said this year's unprecedented heat, in which both summer and autumn Sydney heat records were broken, had left people a little unprepared for the day's chill.

"The minimums we got this morning are a long way from being records, by three to four degrees," Mr Taggart said.

"This is fairly cold June weather. Normally we see this weather a couple of days every winter."

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Posted: 25 June, 2016

Grave Fears For Man Missing In Bass Strait

A wide-scale search is on

The hunt is on for a man who has reportedly fallen overboard from the Spirit of Tasmania I in Bass Strait.

Passengers saw the 45-year-old fall in to the freezing water just before midnight on Friday.

Sergeant Paul Bartlett from Victoria Water Police told reporters that the man’s ability to survive would be “very limited” given the conditions.

The Australian Maritime Safety Authority is co-ordinating the search with Victoria Police. The two Spirit of Tasmania ferries were initially involved but have returned to their journeys.

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Posted: 24 June, 2016

Britain Says See You To The EU

Best thing about the Brexit? Migrating to the UK

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It’s great news for Aussies wanting to move to the UK after Britain voted to leave the European Union.

Leave supporters have said it would become easier for Australians to study or work now the UK has left.

At the moment, Britain does not have the freedom to change a migration policy that favours the EU and discriminates against skilled workers for Australia.

In turn, the number of Australians migrating to and living in the UK has dropped dramatically over the past ten years as Britain has restricted immigration with though new visa rules, including a minimum income requirement.

“Because of the EU’s requirement that their citizens move freely around the EU, Britain has tried to reduce it’s migrant numbers by reducing non-EU migration and that’s impacted Australia,” Georgina Downer from the Institute of Public Affairs said.

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Specifically, the number of Australians obtaining work visas from the UK has halved since 2006 and is now fewer than 15,000.

"Since 2008 we've seen a 40% decrease in the number of Australians able to migrate to the UK.."

Now that Brexit is the winner, it’s leaders have promised an Aussie style points-based immigration system that would put an annual cap on visas.

“Once Britain is out of the EU we’ll see a restoration of the previously pretty healthy numbers," Ms Downer said.

Results From Historic Vote

Britain has voted to leave the European Union, a historic decision sure to reshape the nation’s place in the world but will give them more independence.

The BBC made the call based on voter tallies from Thursday’s historic referendum as 304 of 382 areas showed a 51.5/48.5 per cent split for leaving.

The vote to leave raises questions over London’s role as a global financial capital and ushers in months of political limbo. In the coming months, British and European leaders will begin negotiating the terms of Britain’s departure.

Britain’s shock exit will affect the British economy, immigration policy, and lots more. It’ll take two-four years for the full impacts to become clear. The referendum vote is not binding and so nothing changes immediately, except for the stock market.

One of the biggest changes is the announcement UK Prime Minister David Cameron will resign. The Remain campaigner was forced to call the referendum and a new Prime Minister should be in place by October.

Experts believe the outcome will set the UK on an uncertain path that’ll echo around the world, but there will be long term gain for Australians.

 

Impact on Australia

Malcolm Turnbull expects the British exit will have an initial “shock” and create uncertainly, but stability will return soon.

The Australian share market and dollar have taken a hit and the pound dived as vote counting in the British referendum pointed to a win for the Leave campaign.

“That will create uncertainly and somewhat of a shock.”

“I’m sure stability will return in due course, but it will be a shock and it’s a reminder, as Margaret Thatcher wisely said once, ‘Expect the unexpected.”

Mr Turnbull took the chance to link the vote with his own campaign for re-election, saying that strong economic leadership was needed.

“We need to have a stable majority government, with a clear economic plan,” he said.

Positively, Shadow treasurer Chris Bowen said the direct impacts on Australia would be minimal, but there would be global volatility and uncertainty.

Treasurer Scott Morrison also told reporters Australia’s exposure was “very limited,” and Labor Leader Bill Shorten said Australia could withstand any fallout from a Brexit.

“The fundamentals of the Australian economy are solid.”

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Posted: 24 June, 2016

BREAKING: Police Operation At Southern Cross Station, All Lines Suspended

Shut down

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UPDATE

The man holding up Southern Cross Station has been apprehended by police and is now safe.

It is believed trains will begin operating shortly.

EARLIER

Reports are claiming that a man is perched on the edge of a walkway at Southern Cross Station.

Police are in negotiations with the man.

The affected train lines are CraigieburnSunburyUpfieldCranbourneFrankstonWerribee and Packenham.

A police operation is underway at Southern Cross Station resulting in all train lines being suspended.

The network has been stopped since 3pm.

It is unclear at this stage what has caused the disruption, with police claiming a 'trespasser' is being negotiated with.

More to come.

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Posted: 24 June, 2016

Brexit Confirmed – 5 Quick Questions & Answers

UK votes to leave European Union

The UK has voted 52%-48% to leave the European Union.

Thursday’s referendum brought the shock result and the impact is already being felt around the world with global stock markets losing $3 trillion.

The British pound has sunk over 10% in its worst day in history. The Aussie dollar has also dropped 2% and Japan has stopped trading to protect itself from further losses.

As well as major financial instability, the result has already led to big questions for the old country. We try to give quick answers on what you need to know:

- Will David Cameron continue as Prime Minister?

In short, no. He led the Remain campaign and too many in the Conservative Party oppose his leadership now. He may stay for a short term to help lead negotiations of a handover as it will help calm

 

- Who will replace him?

Cameron’s right hand man George Osbourne is also tainted by defeat. That leaves Boris Johnson poised to sweep into Downing Street as he has hardline support of Conservative MPs who would get to decide the identity of the next British leader.

 

- What next for Scotland?

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has already correctly said that Scotland have expressed a clear preference to be in Europe. Two-thirds voted that way with a majority in every single Scottish constituency. She has a mandate for another referendum to leave the UK, which she is likely to win.

 

- What about other parts of the UK?

Wales voted, just, for Leave in spite of receiving huge EU subsidies. However, they will stay with the decision of Westminster. Northern Ireland on the other hand might be another matter. The vote leaves the Good Friday peace agreement in doubt and Sinn Fein have already asked for a referendum on a united Republic. This could be one of the most contentious and possible destructive areas resulting from the Brexit vote.

 

- What can be done to settle the economy?

The Bank of England might have to step in and to calm the market. It will eventually settle but the shape of global finances may never be the same, especially with regards to the pound.

 

 

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Posted: 24 June, 2016

Police Charge Man With Removing A Stranger’s Testicle

What a balls up

Yes, you did read that right... 

A man has been charged for allegedly performing botched backyard surgery to remove another man’s testicle at a NSW mid-north coast motel after replying to an online ad.

Police say a 56-year-old man from Glenn Innes responded to an online ad posted in May by a 52-year-old man asking for help with a medical issue.

The pair met at a Port Macquarie motel where the younger man’s left testicle was apparently surgically removed.

A week after he took himself to hospital to repair a wound sustained in the incident.

Following investigations, police on Thursday seized medical equipment, electronic equipment, seven firearms and four bottles of liquid believed to be amyl nitrate from a home in Glen Innes on the Northern Tablelands.

Police have charged the 56-year-old with a number of offences including assault occasioning grievous bodily harm and will allege he is not a qualified or registered doctor.

He’ll face Port Macquarie Local Court next month.

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Posted: 24 June, 2016

Roxy Jacenko’s Husband Oliver Curtis Has Been Jailed

High profile case comes to an end

Source: AAP

Oliver Curtis, husband of Sydney publicist Roxy Jacenko, will spend at least the next year behind bars for insider trading, bringing to an end the high profile case.

Curtis and former childhood friend John Hartman netted $1.4 million in their trades based on confidential information between 2007 and 2008.

Justice Lucy McCallum said the profits from the conspiracy were used to “fund a lifestyle of conspicuous extravagance” that included a Mini Cooper and rent for a $3,000 a week Bondi apartment.

 

She said he was unlikely to re-offend but it’s “troubling that Curtis has not embraced responsibility for his offending.”

She told the court Curtis was intelligent and must have known what he was doing was wrong but believed he could “avoid being caught.”

Justice McCallum also said loss of career and professional reputation was not a major factor in sentencing Curtis because his father Nick, an investment banker, will "always look after him".

"The prospect of family separation is always gutting especially when young children are concerned," but the family was better resourced than most people to deal with the separation,” McCallum said.

Curtis was sentenced to two years’ in jail but can be released after one year on good behaviour. The investment banker will also be banned from managing a company or acting as a company director for five years from the day he is released from prison.

“I did not think any lesser sentence would adequately reflect the seriousness of the offence,” Justice McCallum said.

A teary Ms Jacenko exchanged kisses and hugs with her husband and wiped her eyes after the verdict.

She didn’t talk to media as she left the court.

 

The friends, who both grew up in Mosman, shared confidential information through a process known as “pinning” using their BlackBerry phones. Mr Hartman was jailed in 2010 and served a 15-month prison sentence for insider trading.

The maximum penalty for Curtis was five years in prison, a $220,000 fine, or both.

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Posted: 24 June, 2016

Victorian Train Line Set To Close For 37 Days

This'll cause headaches...

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The longest rail line closure in Melbourne since the construction of the City Loop in the 1970s is about to begin.

The Frankston line will be closed between Caulfield and Moorabbin for 37 days from Friday as construction crews work 24 hours a day to remove level crossings in the city's southeast.

Thousands of buses will replace trains, adding up to 45 minutes to travel times.

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Posted: 24 June, 2016

NSW Ski Resorts Get 40cm Snowfall

It's piling up nicely

It's piling up nicely at Thredbo Photo: www.facebook.com/Thredbo.Resort

Ski resorts in NSW are celebrating the arrival of fresh snow on the slopes as a strong cold front moves across the state.

Snow continues to fall across the Alpine region after a 40cm dumping of snow at Thredbo Resort and 35cm at Perisher Resort on Thursday night.

The Bureau of Meteorology has predicted heavy rain and possibly snow for the Central Tablelands area on Friday, which could close major roads heading west including the Great Western Highway.

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Posted: 24 June, 2016

Today Is Melbourne's Coldest June Day In A SERIOUSLY Long Time

It's been a while

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Melbourne is set to shiver through its coldest June day in almost two decades.

The city is expecting a top of 10C on Friday with a low overnight of 5C.

If the temperature doesn't exceed the forecast high, it'll be the coldest June day since 1998, Bureau of Meteorology senior forecaster Keris Arndt told AAP.

Friday would also be the coldest day in Melbourne since mid-July 2015.

On top of nearby Mount Dandenong the temperature isn't expected to exceed 5C all day.

The BOM is also forecasting snow will fall down to 500 metres, which means the Dandenongs could receive a relatively rare blanketing.

The Macedon ranges, Ballarat hills and the Grampians may also see some snow on Friday.

There's a minor flood warning for the Kiewa River and a sheep graziers warning.

Temperatures will remain chilly into the weekend, with Melbourne expecting a maximum of 13C on Saturday and 12C on Sunday. Friday night lows will be 5C and 4C respectively.

The mercury won't head higher again until Tuesday when 14C is forecast for the city.

-AAP

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Posted: 24 June, 2016

IKEA Recalls Child Safety Gate

Kids hurt after falling down stairs

IKEA's announced an urgent recall on all PATRULL safety gates, after some kids were injured when they opened unexpectedly.

It turns out the locking mechanism on the gate is not reliable, and customers say their kids have fallen down stairs as a result - some needing medical attention. 

IKEA says anyone with a PATRULL safety gate should stop using it immediately, and take it back for a full refund, even without proof of purchase.  

They did have the gate tested and approved to applicable standards, but after the reports of injuries, a third party investigation gave the locks the thumbs-down.

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Tags: ikea, safety, gate, kids, children

Posted: 23 June, 2016

Massive Jeep Recall In Australia


Jeep is recalling almost 50,000 vehicles in Australia as they can roll away when the transmission is left in the “park”.

A warning issued today by the Australian Government’s recalls.gov.au website says: “The vehicle may roll away striking and injuring the driver, passenger or bystanders”.

The recall notice says drivers “may inadvertently fail to engage the ‘park’ position before exiting the vehicle”.

According to the Herald Sun the recall affects 2014-2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee 4WDs (44,212 vehicles) and 2012-2014 Chrysler 300 sedans (3239 vehicles) equipped with electronic shift levers that return to a centre position after selecting drive, neutral, reverse or park.

The company says there have been no reports of “roll away” incidents in Australia.

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Tags: Australia, Jeep, Recall