Posted: 27 October, 2016

Dreamworld Postpone Memorial Plans

Theme park will remain closed for investigation

Dreamworld have announced they will not open the park on Friday as a memorial service to four people who were killed in a ride accident.

In a statement, the Gold Coast theme park said the integrity of the coronial investigation was "of paramount importance".

"Postponing the service will give the Queensland Police Service the time it needs to conduct this investigation," the park said.

It is unknown at this stage when the park will reopen with Dreamworld saying in a statement they would provide an update on Monday.

The decision to reopen the park so soon after the tragedy was one of several issues to create division at Dreamworld's parent company's AGM in Sydney on Thursday. 


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Posted: 27 October, 2016

Pet Parrot Sells Out; Exposes Affair To Wife

This big bird ain't keeping no secrets!

This is why you need a dog. 

A talking parrot has spilled the beans on a man's affair in Kuwait, to none other than his wife! 

The bird started repeating saucy lines it had overheard between the husband and his housekeeper mistress, that the wife quickly picked up on weren't said to her. 

She soon after marched down to the police station to report the cheating, as adultery is illegal in Kuwait. 

In tow was the parrot, as evidence of the crime! 

Authorities however ruled the parrot's evidence as inadmissible as it could've overhead the scandalous chatter from the TV or radio.

Moral of the story- be careful what you say in front of your parrot, it's not always "Polly want a cracker".

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Posted: 27 October, 2016

Bad News For Melbourne Uber Eats Users


Melbourne Uber Eats won't be happy. 

They were notified this morning that orders will now include a $5 order fee on top of the other costs.

The food delivery service shot to popularity when in launched in Melbourne in April.

Uber Eats delivers food from over a hundred of Melbourne's best restaurants.


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Posted: 27 October, 2016

Victoria Police Absolutely CASHED IN On Shitty Drivers Yesterday


(Image: Getty)

An operation on Melbourne's Western Ring Road yesterday nabbed over 150 drivers.

According to the statement, police officers from Sunshine and Keilor Downs targeted drivers on the arterial that were attempting to skip traffic by travelling down the emergency lane.

The peak-hour blitz resulted in 154 drivers being nabbed - all slapped with a $311 fine.

The resulting fines nearly totalled $50,000.

Drivers that patiently waited in traffic welcomed the crack-down, according to Keilor Downs Senior Constable Jayden Gebbie.

“People always say, ‘where are the police when you need them’, well we were there today,” Senior Constable Gebbie said.

“There were times when we couldn’t hear the people we were speaking to due to all the drivers giving us the thumbs up and tooting their horns.

“This operation was about road safety but seems to have resonated well with those road users who obey the road rules.”

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Posted: 27 October, 2016

Another Major Recall For Toyota

5.8 million cars affected by possible airbag malfunction

An additional 5.8 million Toyota vehicles have been recalled worldwide, over potentially faulty airbag inflators.

If deployed, the affected airbags could rupture explosively and spray metal fragments at both drivers and passengers.

Carpart manufacturer and supplier Takata say that at least 15 deaths and over 150 injuries have already been linked to the defect worldwide.

The recall covers 20 different car models, including the popular Corolla and Yaris, produced between May 2000 and November 2001, and April 2006 and December 2014.

180,000 Aussie cars are thought to be affected.  

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Posted: 27 October, 2016

Dreamworld Bosses Face The Media

CEO addresses families directly, and responds to criticism over park re-opening

Executives from Dreamworld's parent company, Ardent Leisure, have spoken to the media for the first time since Tuesday's tragedy. 

CEO Deborah Thomas was visibly shaken while directly addressing relatives of the victims, who she'd been told were watching the conference live on TV:

"My sincere sympathies for what you must be going through, and on behalf of the staff and management at Ardent and Dreamworld... our hearts and our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this difficult time. I will be calling you to see what assistance we can offer you".

She'd earlier admitted she hadn't been able to contact the families directly but had done so through a police liaison officer. She said the officer had assured her the messages had been handed to the families.

Thomas says she wants to personally help the families

"I am a mother, I have a family. I take my family to Dreamworld," she said.

"This could have been my family and I am completely sympathetic to what they must be going through.

"I hope that I will be able to help them and if I can't help them personally, we will make sure we have everything in place to assist them through this tragedy."

Counsellors would be offered to the families. It will also be compulsory for staff members who were at Dreamworld at the time. 

Meantime, the company has responded to criticism, after being slammed for pushing forward with their AGM so soon after the incident. They told reporters they had no other option, and legally had to hold the meeting as planned. 

As for the criticism over the decision to re-open the park on Friday, for a memorial day, and as usual (whtout the Thunder River Rapids Ride) on Saturday... Ardent chairman Neil Balnaves says the decision hasn't been made lightly: 

"That has been a subject with a lot of deliberation over the last 24 hours," 

"After discussion with counsellors and a lot to do with the issues of people grieving, the decision was taken to turn tomorrow (Friday) into a fundraising event to support the Red Cross."

All admission fees will be donated to the charity.

"It is better that people get back to work and basically get together with their comrades and talk and deal with this issue rather than ... sitting at home in isolation," 

"It's driven by the utmost respect for the families and the deaths."

"We can't return the four lives,"

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Posted: 27 October, 2016

QANTAS Unveil New Logo

Release online

(Images: Twitter)

QANTAS has revelaed a new logo, taking over from the previous design that was introduced in 2007.

The typography of their name has also been updated.

According to a statement from the airline: “The new design was overseen by Qantas consultant designer, Marc Newson, in partnership with Australian design agency Houston Group.”


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Posted: 27 October, 2016

Dreamworld Officials Hit Back At Safety Concerns

Dreamworld insists all of its rides had passed safety checks in the lead up to Tuesday's tragedy that claimed four lives.

Kate Goodchild, Luke Dorsett, Roozi Araghi and Cindy Low were killed when their raft flipped near the end of the Thunder River Rapids ride.

In a statement, the theme park operator said that ride, and all of its others, met necessary requirements.


Officials released another statement on park safety on Thursday morning:

"We can assure you, the entire Dreamworld team is committed to working closely with the investigating authorities on all matters of safety, process and procedures relating to the incident."
We support the Mayor and the Premier’s sentiment that we can leave no stone unturned."

Safety of our guests, staff and wildlife is a core value of our business.
We welcomed almost 1.8million people to Dreamworld last financial year and prior to Tuesday there has never been a death at the park due to a ride incident, despite Dreamworld hosting more than 30million visitors since it opened in 1981."

This is largely due to our robust policies and procedures and our 1000 plus employees who are totally committed to guest services and guest safety."

The importance of safety is inherent in all our operations and decisions at every level of the business.All our procedures and systems are constantly benchmarked against international best practice and ride manufacturer specifications."

Our rides and slides are checked and tested by our experienced team before the park opens every day. If it’s not tested, it doesn’t open."

We then overlay this with strict operating and testing procedures like rotating staff to prevent fatigue and our unique lock-out tag-out system which prevents a ride from being operated inadvertently."

We also regularly invite local and international independent external ride safety auditors and Queensland Workplace Health and Safety representatives to scrutinise our engineering and safety systems against Australian and international standards, going well beyond our legal requirements."

For example, the Thunder River Rapids ride had successfully completed its annual mechanical and structural safety engineering inspection on 29 September 2016, just four weeks ago. As per regulations, this safety audit was conducted by a specialist external engineering firm. Details of this external audit will of course be provided to the Coroner and workplace safety investigators."

Furthermore, all ride operators are trained to specific competency standards: this is a park rule."

At all times throughout each year we diligently work with Workplace Health and Safety Queensland, our regulator. We have a strong, open and transparent working relationship with the regulator. For all these reasons, Dreamworld is concerned about the timing and nature of recent AWU media comments."

We trust the information contained within this letter illustrates a history of operating a safe theme park in a more factual light. The entire Dreamworld team is devastated and shocked by what occurred on Tuesday. The Dreamworld team is absolutely committed to fully supporting the authorities investigating the incident so we can all find out exactly what has occurred."


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Posted: 27 October, 2016

Channel 7 Suing Channel Nine

Shots fired.

Channel Seven is suing the Nine Network over claims The Today Show has higher ratings than Sunrise.

The Sydney Morning Herald report that a statement of claim was filed in the Federal Court on Wednesday

A hearing is scheduled for Friday.

Nine says it had won 21 of 40 ratings weeks in the "5 City Metro" metric.

It is understood Channel Seven are annoyed because regional audiences were not factored in.

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Posted: 27 October, 2016

American River Rapids Ride Temporarily Closed After Dreamworld Tragedy

Full safety check ordered

Pic: Busch Gardens Tampa Bay Theme Park

A theme park in the US has now re-opened its popular river rapids ride, after shutting down following the death of four people at a similar ride at Dreamworld on Tuesday. 

A spokesperson for Florida's Busch Gardens Tampa Bay said the safety of its guests and employees was its top priority so the decision was made to close the Congo River Rapids to the public for 24 hours. 

The ride underwent a full review and safety check, despite it being made by a different manufacturer and having a slightly different design. 

Busch Gardens' "thoughts and prayers are with all of those involved in the tragic incident at the Dreamworld park in Australia"

It comes as Dreamworld bosses defend the park's safety record, releasing a statement saying the Thunder River Rapids ride had passed its yearly safety check on September 29. 

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Posted: 27 October, 2016

Dreamworld Will Reopen On Friday For A Memorial Day

Hundreds Visited The Park Overnight For A Candlelight Vigil

Dreamworld will reopen tomorrow (Friday) for a memorial day, as a mark of respect to the four people who lost their lives on the Thunder River Rapids ride on Tuesday.

In a statement released overnight, the Gold Coast theme park said only smaller rides, animal attractions and the water park will be in operation and entry proceeds from the day will go to the Australian Red Cross to support their continued community focused activities.

Volunteers have been consoling staff and visitors at the park since Tuesday and will continue those services for some time.

A private ceremony will also be held for Dreamworld staff, friends and emergency services who have worked side by side through this difficult time, before the park opens at 11:00am.

Also in the statement, Dreamworld officials confirmed the ride in question had passed all recent maintenance tests.

"Park safety is our priority. Dreamworld would like to assure the public and our guests that at the time of the incident the park was fully compliant with all required safety certifications."

"The Thunder River Rapids ride had successfully completed its annual mechanical and structural safety engineering inspection on 29 September, 2016."

"As per regulations, this safety audit was conducted by a specialist external engineering firm. Details of this audit will be provided to the Coroner and workplace safety investigators."

Two women - 42-year-old Cindy Low and 32-year-old Kate Goodchild - died in Tuesday's accident along with Ms Goodchild's brother Luke Dorsett, 35, and his partner Roozbeh Araghi, 38, when a raft they were in on the Thunder River Rapids ride flipped backwards.

Two young children miraculously survived and are receiving treatment in Gold Coast University Hospital.

The entrance to the park has become a makeshift shrine, with locals dropping off flowers and wreaths in memory of the four tourists who lost their lives.

Hundreds of people crammed into the theme park's carpark overnight for a candlelight vigil to honour the victims. 

Image: Tom Moldoveanu

Melissa Le Grande took her family along and said strangers were united in grief.

"Really really uplifting to see so many people turning up to support the familes, even though not many of us known them," she said.

"It's awesome how the community just get behind each other in sad moments like these."

Jayde Gofton took his children along and said the tragedy had touched a lot of people.

"It's an emotional time, there are a lot of upset people," he said.

"I've never seen such a big turnout."

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Posted: 27 October, 2016

Pickaxe Attack on Donald Trump's Hollywood Walk Of Fame Star

Pic credit: Getty Images

Donald Trump's star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame will have to be completely replaced, after a vandal took to it with what appears to be a hammer. 

The LAPD's confirmed a felony vandalism investigation is now underway. 

The guy responsible even posted a video on YouTube. In it, he appears to identify himself and explains why he destroyed it: 

This certainly isn;t the first time Trump's star has been damaged, but it is considered the most severe. 

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