Posted: 31 August, 2015

Abused & Sprayed With Water

When asked to turn her music down this Melbourne train commuter turned and sprayed water on passengers

(Screenshot: Youtube)

A video has emerged of a Melbourne train commuter spraying passengers with water when being asked to turn down her music.

"Turn the volume down please, have some respect," one woman can be heard saying in the video reportedly shot on Friday.

The request was met immediately with a dousing from a water bottle and abuse. 

"Are you f---ing dumb. Shut the f--k up," the woman says.

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Tags: Melbourne, Train, Video, Youtube

Posted: 28 August, 2015

US Shooting: Gunman Fired From TV Station Over Anger Issues

Alison's Dad makes heartfelt plea for her legacy to live on

It's been revealed the gunman who shot dead a TV reporter and cameraman during a live broadcast, handed his boss a wooden cross saying he'd need it, as he was marched out after being fired.

Vester Lee Flanagan, who went by the name Bryce Williams when he was a reporter at WBDJ in Virginia, was dismissed in 2013 over anger issues.

Station Manager Jeff Marks revealing police were even called in when he was given his marching orders after Flanagan said, "he was going to make a stink and it was going to be in the headlines."

When Flanagan started at the station his job performance and his interaction with his co-workers led his manager at the time to 'performance manage' him.

Then in December 2012 he was given a final warning for failing to check his facts. He later made accusations of unfair treatment and confronted an anchor who was assigned to review one of his stories.

Flanagan had never worked with 24 year-old Alison Parker, who he shot dead as she conducted an interview live on air, but he had worked alongside 27 year-old cameraman Adam Ward.

"On the way out he handed a wooden cross to the news director... and he said "you'll need this." He also made a derogatory comment to Adam Ward the news photographer who we lost yesterday as he left," Mr Marks has revealed.

As the loved ones of Parker and Ward come to terms with their loss, Alison's father Andy Parker broke down as he spoke of how he'll miss his little girl.

"I talk to her every single day. I talk to her every single day and I get a text from her about this time and she says 'hey dad how did you like the package that I did, and I'm not going to get that anymore."

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Tags: Vester Flanagan, Alison Parker, Adam Ward, shooting, Virginia

Posted: 27 August, 2015

Shot Dead On Live TV

Journalist And Cameraman Gunned Down - Shooter Turns Weapon On Himself

WARNING: GRAPHIC CONTENT

Two people have been shot dead, simply doing their job in a chilling attack caught on Live TV.

The suspect - apparently a disgruntled former station employee, 41 year old Vester Lee Flanagan, also known as Bryce Williams - was taken into police custody with "life-threatening injuries" after apparently shooting himself. He was later pronounced dead in hospital.

 

Several shots were heard, as well as screams, as Ward's camera fell to the floor, capturing a fuzzy and chilling glimpse of the gunman, dressed in dark clothing.

The station then cut away to a startled anchorwoman back in the studio.

Later, a video posted under the Twitter account bryce_williams7, shows the shooter brandishing a weapon at Parker, who is interviewing Vicki Gardner, head of the Smith Mountain Lake Chamber of Commerce.

The pair were talking about tourism development for WDBJ's early-morning newscast when the gunman seemingly closed in from behind. Vicki was shot in the back and has undergone surgery.

He had claimed on Twitter that he was the victim of workplace harassment, accusing Parker of being “racist”.

But WDBJ7 General Manager Jeff Marks said Flanagan was let go in part due to anger issues.

"He did make some accusations against people some time ago, you could never imagine that someone is going to come back and act on those issues.” he said.

Both Parker and Ward were in relationships with other employees at the station. Ward's fiance worked in the control room and watched the horror unfold live.

WBDJ Senior Vice President Mardi Burdic:

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Tags: live on TV

Posted: 26 August, 2015

Boy's Two Million $ Fall!

A 12 year old boy in Taiwan won't forget his visit to an art gallery anytime soon

(Sceenshot: Mail Online Video)

A 12 year old boy in Taiwan won't forget his visit to an art gallery anytime soon. 

He accidentally slipped and punched a hole through a two million dollar centuries old Italian oil painting. 

Organisers have decided not to seek damages from the boy's family.

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Tags: Painting, Gallery, CCTV

Posted: 24 August, 2015

Australian Resident Killed In UK Air Show Disaster

Police say 11 people "highly likely" to have been killed.

It's been revealed an Australian resident was one of the victims of the UK Air Show disaster.

Personal trainer Matt Jones moved to Cairns last year, before relocating to Victoria. His death announced online by his sister Becky Jones overnight.

(Source: Facebook)

"Thank you to everyone who has messaged me. We are devastated to say Matt Jones was one of the fatalities," she wrote on Facebook.

It believed the 24 year old was giving a friend a lift, when disaster struck.

It's thought up to 11 were killed when a vintage Hawker Hunter jet crashed at an airshow on England's south coast on Saturday our time. The jet failed to pull out of a loop and ploughed into the busy A27 highway in West Sussex and exploded in a huge fireball.

The pilot of the Hawker Hunter is in hospital in a critical condition.

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Tags: Resident, killed, UK Air Show, Matt Jones

Posted: 24 August, 2015

Australia Wins Test England Takes The Ashes

Clarke and Rogers leave international arena on a winning note

(photo: GettyImages)

Australia enjoyed a dominant victory at The Oval, winning the 5th Test by an innings and 46 runs, but it is England who is enjoying the overall spoils taking the Ashes 3-2.

Michael Clarke receiving a guard of honour from teammates in his final match as Aussie skipper on a day where the weather threatened to spoil proceedings.

On either side of a three hour rain delay, Australia claimed the remaining four wickets need for victory with recalled paceman Peter Siddle finishing things off three of the scalps and figures of 4-35 from 24.4 overs, giving him six wickets for the match.

The day was all about saying farewell to Pup and Buck - don't forget it was also opening batsman Chris Rogers' last international.

Fittingly he was named Australia's Man of the Series after making 480 runs at an average of 60.

It's now a changing of the guard with Steve Smith (man of the match) taking over starting with the upcoming limited over series starting with a one-dayer against Ireland in Belfast on Thursday.

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Tags: Michael Clarke, Chris Rogers, The Oval, Ashes

Posted: 23 August, 2015

Horror Footage Of Airshow Disaster

Seven people are dead after aerial loop goes wrong

Seven people are dead and a pilot is in a critical condition after a historic military jet crashed into a busy road at an airshow on the English seaside.

Authorities are warning there may be more bodies found as investigators and emergency services continue to search the scene of Saturday's Shoreham Airshow plane crash.

The Hawker Hunter jet plummeted on to the road in West Sussex after it failed to pull out of a loop manoeuvre.

The pilot is in a critical condition, police said.

Another 14 people were injured after the jet crashed at around 1.20pm, shortly after it began its display in front of thousands of show visitors.

Horrified onlookers described seeing the plane flying low to the ground followed by a "huge ball of fire and black smoke".

Footage of the crash posted online showed the jet carrying out a loop manoeuvre high in the air but smashing into the road in a huge fireball after it failed to pull up in time.

"As far as we are aware all those who sadly lost their lives were on the road, and it was nobody within the air show perimeter on the actual airport," a police spokeswoman said.

"It is possible that tonight and tomorrow we are going to find more bodies at the scene."

Photographs taken by witnesses showed the burning aircraft ploughing across the busy road just metres from cars and a group of people, its cockpit canopy open and wing ablaze, engulfing traffic lights, roadwork cones and signs in a huge ball of fire.

Organisers cancelled Sunday's air show and the Royal Air Forces Association secretary general Nick Bunting said it was "too early to speculate" about the future of the event.

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Tags: Airshow, England

Posted: 22 August, 2015

Suspected Terrorist Punched Until Unconscious

Two off-duty soldiers save the day in Europe

US servicemen have overpowered a gunman armed with a Kalashnikov who opened fire on a high-speed train travelling from Amsterdam to Paris.

According to initial information from investigators, two of the men who tackled the gunman were US troops who had apparently heard him loading his weapons in a toilet cubicle and confronted him after he came out.

Two people were wounded in the incident, with the Pentagon confirming that one was a member of the US military.

The gunman had a Kalashnikov, an automatic pistol and a box cutter, one police source said.

The suspect, who was arrested when the train stopped at the northern

French town of Arras, was a 26-year-old from Morocco or of Moroccan origin who was known to the intelligence services, French investigators said.

US President Barack Obama praised the passengers for their actions.

"The president expressed his profound gratitude for the courage and quick thinking of several passengers, including US service members, who selflessly subdued the attacker," a White House official said.

"Their heroic actions may have prevented a far worse tragedy."

The motives for the shooting were not immediately known, although French prosecutors said counter-terrorism investigators had taken over the probe.

"I condemn the terrorist attack on the Thalys (train) and express my sympathy to the victims," Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel said on Twitter of the incident, which occurred while the train was in Belgium.

The man opened fire at 5.50pm, train operator Thalys said.

The gunman was arrested 10 minutes later when the train, with 554 passengers on board, stopped at Arras station where armed police were waiting, a spokesman for the French state rail company SNCF said.

French actor Jean-Hugues Anglade, who appeared in the 1986 cult film Betty Blue, suffered minor injuries as he tried to activate the train's alarm, a SNCF spokesman said.

The gunman had probably boarded the train in Brussels, a police source said.

Media reports said a Briton was also injured, but the Foreign Office in London said it had no reports of any British casualties.

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade has confirmed no Australians were injured in the incident.

French President Francois Hollande said "everything is being done to shed light" on the shooting.

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Tags: Terror, France, Marines

Posted: 22 August, 2015

Multiple Shootings Overseas

Gunmen have opened fire in two separate incidents in France and New York.

A heavily-armed man has opened fire in an alleged "terrorist attack" on a high-speed train travelling from Amsterdam to Paris, injuring at least two people before being overpowered by two American passengers.

The motives for the shooting are not immediately known, although French prosecutors say a probe has been launched by counter-terrorism investigators.

The suspect, who was arrested at a railway station in northern France, is identified as a 26-year-old from Morocco or of Moroccan origin who is known to the intelligence services, French investigators say.

Meanwhile, a shooter has opened fire inside a New York government building before turning the gun and killing himself.

Early indications are, it was a random attack on two federal government employees.

Both were shot but their conditions are not known.

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Tags: Gunmen, Shooting, France, Train, NewYork

Posted: 21 August, 2015

10% GST Will Soon Apply Online

Laws Kick In July 1st 2017

A 10% GST will apply to all overseas online purchases from July 2017.

The announcement was made by Federal Treasurer Joe Hockey this afternoon, saying it will ensure a fair and equal treatment of all goods and services.

The decision was made in Canberra today at a meeting between Mr Hockey and the State and Territory treasurers.

Today's meeting didn't agree on everything though. A concesus couldn't be reached on the more controversial matter of taking the tax off feminine hygiene products including sanitary pads and tampons.

Joe Hockey says further modelling on a range of possible tax reforms had been commissioned and the treasurers will meet again in September.

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Posted: 21 August, 2015

Maggie Kirkpatrick Avoids Jail

Sentenced 100 Hours Community Service

Image: Kirkpatrick outside court (AAP)

Veteran actress Maggie Kirkpatrick has been found guilty of assault, but avoided jail today.

The Melbourne Magistrates Court found the 74-year-old guilty of two counts of indecent assault and one charge of committing a gross act with a person under 16.

 

The incidents occurred at a Prahran house after Kirkpatrick befriended a fan. After she'd cooked dinner for the girl and they'd watched some television, they reportedly went to Kirkpatrick's bedroom where the actress sexually abused the girl.

Kirkpatrick will be required to complete 100 hours of community service over a 12 month period and will be placed on the sex offenders' registry for 8 years.

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Posted: 21 August, 2015

Ashley Madison's Brisbane Users Sweating

More private info leaked

That Ashley Madison data leak shows 118-thousand emails linked to Brisbane users, including 44 State Government email addresses.

That's anything ending in qld.gov.au, including local councils, education department and police staff.

The State Government's IT experts are now checking out how the info got there.  There's a chance some of the profiles aren't legit- since the cheating website doesn't make users validate their email addresses when they sign up. 

Hackers have dumped a second heap of data onto the "dark web" overnight, and tech gurus say it includes emails and other corporate info. 

There's talk users' personal descriptions and even their fantasies could soon be made public.

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Tags: Ashley, Madison, Brisbane, Cheaters