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

Why Mozzies Really Like You

Not Just To Be Annoying

Do mozzies love you? Here's four reasons why!

Researchers from New York's Rockerfeller University believe they've cracked the mozzie code and worked out why they pick some of us and not others.

  1. Bright Clothing
  2. Body heat
  3. Smell
  4. Breath

But here's the bad news, they also discovered there's really nothing we can do about it! Changing just one of these factures won't fix your mozzie attractiveness.

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As the Dalai Lama said "If you think you are too small to make a difference, try sleeping with a mosquito."

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Posted: 27 August, 2015

Tram Network Stutdown

The entire tram network will shut down between 10am and 2pm today

UPDATE:

Pay talks between Yarra Trams and the union continued until midnight, but failed to reach a deal to call off today's (Thursday, August 27) driver strike. 

The entire tram network will shut down between 10 am and 2 pm as workers walk off the job, however trams will start returning to the depot from 9 am. 

Busses are replacing services during the stoppage between 10am and 2pm.

EARLIER:

The entire tram network will shut down between 10am and 2pm as workers walk off the job on Thursday in an ugly pay-and-conditions dispute, impacting around 100,000 commuters.

The Rail, Tram and Bus Union want an 18 per cent pay rise for staff over three years, but Yarra Trams offered 15 per cent over four years instead. The operator also wants to scrap some existing conditions that would allow easier rostering.

Buses will replace trams on key routes such as the St Kilda Rd corridor and to key locations such as train stations and hospitals.

Public Transport Victoria Statement:

Industrial action is currently planned for Thursday, 27 August. Should this action take place, trams will not operate between 10am and 2pm

Train and bus services will not be affected by this industrial action and will operate as normal.

Tram customers who need to travel while the industrial action is taking place should seek alternative transport arrangements, such as train or bus, or make use of the limited replacement buses.

PTV will continue to keep customers informed about developments.

For the most up-to-date information, continue to check the PTV website

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Tags: Trams, Melbourne, PTV, Public Transport Victoria

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

Royal Women's Fire Hazard

Dangerous Cladding Found On The New Building

Photo: AAP

Two newly built Melbourne hospitals have the same type of highly flammable cladding behind a massive firestorm at a Docklands apartment block last year.

The non-compliant decorative cladding, which caused a fire at the Lacrosse Building to climb 13 floors in 11 minutes last November, has been found at the $250 million Royal Women's Hospital.

As part of an audit by the Victorian Building Authority, the state's billion-dollar Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre is also being checked for non-compliant materials.

It is believed the cladding alone doesn't create a fire risk. This depends on a number of factors, including what is used to attach it to a building.

Spring Street has played down the risks at the Royal Women's Hospital, saying the cladding represented only 10 per cent of the hospital's facade. Concerns are being rainse with builders of the Comprehensive Cancer Centre though, which is still under construction.

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Posted: 26 August, 2015

Two Thieves Two Bikes

Stolen Using A Hammer And Screwdriver

Police are looking for two people who made off with two motorcycles from St Kilda last week.

In the first incident, a green 2001 Kawasaki ZX12R motorcycle was parked in St Kilda Rd, Melbourne on Monday 17 August. Then around 2.15pm two thieves on a black Triumph Street Triple motorcycle approached the Kawasaki and the pillion passenger used a hammer and large screwdriver to force the ignition.

Both offenders then rode the motorcycles from the scene.

It's believed the same duo stole a second motorcycle in St Kilda Rd at 3pm on Wednesday, again using a hammer and screwdriver to force the ignition on a blue and white 2003 Suzuki GSXR600 motorcycle.

The rider is described as wearing a black, white and grey motorcycle helmet and black 'Nike’ sneakers with blue laces, red logo and white soles.

The passenger is described as wearing a black motorcycle helmet, black jacket and blue jeans with white shoes.

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Tags: StKilda, Kawasaki, Suzuki

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: 25 August, 2015

Teen Terror Charges Dropped

No Suggestions Case Was Mishandled

Photo: A sketch of the accused teen in court (AAP)

A terrorism charge laid against a Melbourne teenager accused of plotting an Anzac Day attack on police has been dropped.

The AFP formally withdrew the charge against Harun Causevic this morning.

The 18 year old from Hampton Park has been in custody since his arrest back in April, along with teenage co-accused Sevdet Ramden Besim.

Causevic appeared in the Melbourne Magistrates Court on Tuesday where he pleaded guilty to three summary charges, laid on Monday, in relation to knives and a knuckle duster found in his possession.

Earlier this morning, Victorian Premier Dan Andrews dismissed suggestions police had mishandled the case, saying "The threat of terrorism in Victoria is real. We face an unprecedented threat and it's being taken seriously by all of our law enforcement agencies".

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Tags: Causevic, Terrorism

Posted: 25 August, 2015

It Was The Eggs

Tainted Mayo Found At The $79 High Tea

Raw Egg Mayonnaise has been identified as the source of salmonella in last months food poisoning outbreak at the Langham Hotel.

90 diners suffered food poisoning after high tea at the ritzy hotel, including a pregnant woman.

Mayo

Sixteen of those poisened needed to be admitted to hospital, among them a woman celebrating her baby shower. She nearly lost her child after getting sick and going into labor 5 weeks early.

Investigations found a link between the in-house made mayonnaise used in the chicken sandwiches at the $79 high tea. 

The Langham Hotel could face big fines and prosecution.

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Posted: 24 August, 2015

Butt Out!

Smoking in outdoor dining areas to be banned

We'll all be breathing a little easier within two years -- as the State Government confirms they'll butt out smoking in outdoor dining areas in that time frame.

It'll make us the last state to impose the ban -- which will cover all outdoor dining areas at cafes, restaurants and pubs.

Health Minister Jill Hennessy says smoking related illnesses kill 4000 Victorians each year.

Smoking has already been snuffed out around schools, hospitals, courts and police stations.

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Tags: smoking, ban, melbourne

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: 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