Posted: 30 July, 2015

Missing Bendigo Jogger Found Alive

Located At Least 10km From The Search Area

Bendigo jogger Emma Langworthy has been found alive this afternoon, in a car at Maiden Gully, at least 10km from the search area.

Police, the air wing, search and rescue units using trail bikes, mounted police, the dog squad, State Emergency Service personnel and volunteers spent all of Thursday searching the Greater Bendigo National Park for her.

She was last seen about 3pm on Wednesday jogging to the One Tree Hill area near La Trobe University's Bendigo campus after classes.

Ms Langworthy has epilepsy and requires regular medication. It was feared she may have had an accident or a seizure, which may have left her exhausted and disoriented. Temperatures in the area dipped to a low of minus 1.6C on Thursday morning.

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Tags: Emma Langworthy, Bendigo, Missing

Posted: 30 July, 2015

Flock of Seagulls Terrorises Melbourne

Setting up homes in CLayton South factories and businesses

In scenes reminiscent of Alfred Hitchcock's The Birds, plague-like flocks of seagulls are terrorising a Melbourne suburb.

Businesses near rubbish tips in Clayton South have a feathery battle on their hands, with flocks of thousands of gulls causing mess, noise, bad smells and damage to roofs. They are even blocking drains, leading to building flooding.

Kingston City Council has devised a number of possible gull deterrents with scarecrows, noise deterrents and even culling a possibility.

Local business owner Barry Singer said the poo and nesting was ruining the millions of dollars worth of roofs on the estate. "It's disgusting and annoying and the council has allowed it to get worse every year," Mr Singer told AAP on Thursday.

"Our estate had to spend $60,000 last year on wires to stop them nesting on our roofs but all that does is move them from our factory to the next factory." Mr Singer said that even though the birds were off his roof, the thousands flying over were still causing a mess.

The birds are classified as protected wildlife but the council and business owners can apply for a permit to kill adult birds and take their nests, eggs and chicks; as long as all non-lethal options have been tried.

The council has consulted a seagull expert and will consider all the options detailed in the report that was tabled in a council meeting this week.

OTHER PROBLEM BIRDS AROUND AUSTRALIA

  • The white ibis, or "tip turkey", has forced a redesign of bins in many parts of Sydney.
  • Canberra's Mynah Action Group has been culling tens of thousands Indian Mynah birds each year.
  • Cockatoo cull approved in Kings Cross in Sydney in 2011.
  • Corellas with a taste for grain cause havoc every year for central Queensland grain growers.
  • Adelaide traders called for a pigeon cull in 2013 after numbers soared.

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Tags: Seagulls, Melbourne

Posted: 30 July, 2015

Missing Bendigo Student Emma Langworthy Has Been Found Alive

Jogger Emma Langworthy, 18, found alive near Bendigo.

UPDATE:

Missing jogger Emma Langworthy has been found alive near Bendigo.

She was reported missing after she failed to return home from a jog yesterday afternoon.

POLICE STATEMENT:

Police have located missing jogger Emma Langworthy in Maiden Gully this afternoon.

She was located alive by patrolling police in a vehicle on Hermitage Drive around 4.50pm this afternoon.

The 18-year-old Bendigo woman was reported missing after she went for a run in the One Tree Hill area about 3pm yesterday.

The exact circumstances regarding how she came to be in Maiden Gully are still to be determined.

Anyone with further information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or make a confidential report at www.crimestoppersvic.com.au

 

EARLIER:

Helicopters are searching low over dense bushland for a teenage jogger missing in a Bendigo reserve that is believed to have mine shafts.

Emma Langworthy, 18, went jogging in the One Tree Hill area about 3pm on Wednesday and did not return, sparking a search that evening.

Police, the air wing, the dog squad, emergency services and volunteers resumed searching on Thursday morning. "The helicopter is buzzing just above the trees, you can nearly touch it, it is that low," Wayne Mannix, barman at the One Tree Hill Hotel, told AAP.

"All I can see is a helicopter right above the trees, and lot of SES people and police." The bush was dense, criss-crossed with tracks, and there would also be mine shafts, he said.

The bushland reserve is near La Trobe University and a popular area for university students to run in. Mr Mannix said he understood the missing woman lived at a university residence.

"A track runs from the university, you can run across the top (of the hill)," he said. "There is always someone running past the pub here - uni kids."

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Tags: Emma Langworthy, Bendigo, Missing Teen

Posted: 30 July, 2015

Bishop Sorry But Refuses To Quit

People vent their anger after this morning's 'insincere' apology

Speaker Bronwyn Bishop has finally apologised for taking a $5000 helicopter ride from Melbourne to Geelong to attend a party fundraiser.

Bishop insists she will not quit over the expenses scandal that surrounds the veteran MP and Abbott government.

"I want to apologise to the Australian people for my error of judgment and
to say sorry," a contrite Mrs Bishop told Macquarie Radio on Thursday.

"I feel I've let them down."

Mrs Bishop has pledged to repay all expenses related to her travel to the
weddings of Liberal colleagues.

But she insists her claiming of taxpayer-funded travel allowances to
attend the weddings of Sophie Mirabella and Teresa Gambaro was "technically in the rules".

She's also asked the prime minister to have all her expenses investigated
by the Finance Department.

Mrs Bishop said there was no excuse for taking the $5000 helicopter ride.

She also admits she should have apologised earlier but insists she won't
step down from her role as speaker.

"I know that I've disappointed and let down the Australian people," Mrs
Bishop said.

"I won't be resigning."

Independent MP Clive Palmer, who is expected to move a no-confidence
motion against the Speaker when parliament resumes in August, accused Mrs
Bishop of "complete bias" in the role.

"She needs to go," he told the Seven Network.

"We are sick of our politicians with their snout in the trough."

Labor expects Mrs Bishop to step down before parliament resumes on August
10.

Opposition Leader Bill Shorten said the government would be compromised if
it didn't act soon.

"They hope that the whole thing will move on - but it's been lodged in the
minds of the Australian people," he told ABC radio.

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Posted: 30 July, 2015

NRL Stars Back Goodes

War cry to go up during Round 21 N-R-L games in support of AFL star.

Indigenous League stars are rallying around Adam Goodes over the ongoing booing controversy.

In a show of solidarity, some of the NRL's top aboriginal players are expected to perform traditional war dances with the likes of Johnathan Thurston and Greg Inglis leading the way.

"I've seen on twitter GI [Greg Inglis] ask all the boys that if they score a try to do a war dance or a dance of some sort to show solidarity  and try and stamp out this racism that's starting to steam roll this sport in Australia," Thurston told the Triple M Sydney Grill Team.

Now while the reigning Dally M medallist is the first to go public, it's understood the move is a talking point for many players.

"For many years the NRL has looked towards the AFL as the leader in sport in the country but I think in this issue the NRL are far beyond the AFL on this and like I said it's very appalling that someone of Adam Goodes stature is copping this," said JT on The Grill Team. 

Inglis already has his traditional post-try "Goanna" celebration and if pulled out this weekend, it could well have special meaning.

Deputy Opposition Leader and Rugby league’s top Aboriginal official, ARL Indigenous Council chair Linda Burney is also behind the show of support, urging players to take action.

Thurston also talked to the Daily Telegraph about his support for Goodes and his indigenous brothers in sport.

"I’ll show my respect for Adam, indigenous athletes and all the indigenous people with a little move on the weekend if I’m lucky enough to score," JT has told the Tele.

“I know Adam well and this whole situation, it’s bloody ugly,’’ she says.

“I think (the booing) is clearly racist and combines with tall poppy syndrome. You have a proud indigenous man who puts his head up ... and this happens.

As for Goodes, he'll miss Saturday's home clash against the Crows at the SCG, while Richmond is the first AFL club to announce they'll wear their Dreamtime jumper on Friday night against the HAWKS.

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Tags: goodes, war cry, nrl

Posted: 30 July, 2015

Possible Breakthrough Into Search For MH370

Debris From Large Plane Found

A possible breakthrough.

Plane wreckage found off the east coast of Africa is being inspected to determine whether it comes from missing Malaysian Airlines Flight MH370.

French officials say it's way too soon to say whether it comes from the missing Boeing 777, and expect to have more answers in the next 24 hours.

"We've received some pictures of the item and we are having them assessed by the manufacturers as to what they may be," ATSB spokesman Joe Hattley said.

The Boeing 777 aircraft went missing on a flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing in March, 2014, with 239 passengers and crew on board.

A Boeing spokesman said the company was working with investigators.

"Our goal, along with the entire global aviation industry, continues to be not only finding the airplane, but is determined to figure out what happened and why."

Meantime Russia has used its power at the U-N Security Council to stop a push to set up an independent tribunal to try those who shot down flight M-H 17 over Eastern Ukraine.

A year on from the disaster and Russia was the only country to vote against the draft resolution, the three others abstaining, and 11 countries voting for the move.

Plane debris find connected to original theory

Straight after MH370 went missing pilot Chris Goodfellow said an electrical fire in the cockpit could have caused the loss of transponders and communications in the aircraft.

The flight crew would have turned west toward a nearby airfield before being overcome by smoke, leaving the autopilot to fly until the plane ran out of fuel and crashed, somewhere over the ocean.

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Tags: plane, debris, lost

Posted: 29 July, 2015

Ford Ute Takes Out Holden Classics

Decades of work crushed

(9NEWS)

The owner of two classic cars is lucky to have escaped unharmed after a ute crashed into the garage of his home at Emu Plains last night badly damaging his pride and joy.

Paul Kean was working on his two old Holden's parked inside the Gardenia Avenue address when the driver of a black Ford Falcon ute failed to negotiate a bend in the road at about 8pm and took out the corner of the building.

The 53 year old was locking up at the time and managed to walk away with just a scratch to his head.

The same can't be said of his cars which bore the brunt of the impact - with the garage roof also collapsing.

"I don't think it's really sunk in yet actually, it's 32 years of my life and that's what I'm left with at the moment, but aahh they can all be put back together," Mr Kean says.

As for the driver of the ute, he was taken to Nepean Hospital with minor injuries while a teenage passenger was not injured.

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Tags: Holden, Ford, Emu, Plains, garage

Posted: 29 July, 2015

Aussies Love A 'Faux-Wheel Drive'

Huge Boom In Crossover Car Sales

pic:drive.com.au

Seems Aussie drivers love the feeling of big cars without the pricetag. 

It's created a boom in so-called 'faux-wheel drives', which looks like an SUV but drive like a car. 

They have the same tall driving position as a full-size SUV but are still super easy to manoeuvre in urban spaces.

The crossover vehicle has experienced a surge in popularity across Aussie markets, especially with young professionals and families. 

The RACQ says sales have soared by 30 per cent in the past year and spokesperson Lauren Ritchie says there's no sign of sales slowing down any time soon. 

"Industry observers are predicting one in ten new vehicle sales will be a 'crossover' by 2020,"she said.  

Faux-wheel drives are now offered by most major manufacturers including Honda, Holden, Mazda, Nissan, Ford, Mitsubishi and Renault. 

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Posted: 29 July, 2015

Booing Taking Its Toll As Goodes Considers AFL Retirement

Swans legend weighing up his options...

Sydney Swans star Adam Goodes has had enough of the incessant booing he cops on the field and is considering hanging up his boots immediately.

The 35 year old has been given a few days away from the game as he weighs up his future, with reports he's even told close team-mates - ending his illustrious playing career now is one of them.

It all came to a head following Sunday's 52 point loss to West Coast, where he was booed every time he touched the ball.

The Swans, the AFL and the players association have rallied around the two-time Brownlow Medallist, with his mother also calling on fans to let up.

Goodes didn't train yesterday and coach John Longmire is unsure if he'll line-up against Adelaide at the SCG on Saturday.

"We'll just take that as we go...we need to make sure that we're fully supportive of him and wait a day or two and let things settle down and he'll decide that...there's no pressure on him at all."

The furore has even reached Canberra with the head of the Prime Minister's Indigenous advisory council, Warren Mundine, calling for everyone to step up and address racism in the community.

If Goodes does play on, the next real test of crowd behaviour will be the away match against Geelong on August 8.

Swans football manager Tom Harley saying his old club had already been in touch about how they should handle the issue.

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Tags: Adam Goodes, retirement, booing, controversy

Posted: 28 July, 2015

Triple M White Ribbon Australia Partnership

Triple M is pleased to announce its new three-year-partnership with the White Ribbon Australia.

Triple M is pleased to announce its new three-year-partnership with the White Ribbon Australia.

White Ribbon is a national prevention campaign to end men's violence against women.

White Ribbon calls on men from all walks of life to be leaders in the community to stop violence against women. This is an important message for Triple M listeners to get behind.

"The majority of instances of domestic violence are perpetrated by Men against women. One woman a week dies from domestic violence in Australia– that's one too many," Mike Fitzpatrick said, Head of the Triple M Network.

"Triple M is proud to partner with White Ribbon to help stop it – by telling those that commit these acts that it's not ok. And to encourage their friends and colleagues to call them on it.

"Our stations speak to a large male audience and I feel we have a responsibility to ensure the message gets through to Aussie blokes, that any form of violence is not ok."

Libby Davies, CEO White Ribbon Australia added, "The White Ribbon Campaign is Australia's only national movement of men and boys working to stop men's violence against women and girls. It highlights the positive role good men play in recognising and preventing this violence in all its forms.

"Partnering with Triple M is an exciting new channel for White Ribbon, encouraging more men to join the conversation. Triple M and White Ribbon are asking proud Aussie fathers, brothers, sons, friends, colleagues, workmates to recognise that preventing violence against women and girls is every man’s business."

Friday, 31st July marks White Ribbon Night and to show support for this night, radio personalities across the Triple M Network will be interviewing ambassadors of White Ribbon to promote awareness of this landmark event.

Passionate about the cause, Merrick Watts will dedicate his Merrick and…Australia national drive show LIVE from his front doorstep, inviting some of his mates over, including Mikey Robins, with the aim of getting Aussie blokes talking about this topic. Being the awesome guy he is, Mez is donating $5,000 CASH!

 

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Tags: White Ribbon Australia, Triple M

Posted: 27 July, 2015

Medical Marijuana Set To Be Legalised In Australia

Australia is ready to legalise medical marijuana, according to reports in Fairfax Media over the weekend.

Australia is ready to legalise medical marijuana, according to reports in Fairfax Media over the weekend.

Senators from all parties are prepared to endorse the bills despite manywarning it will create regulatory headache.

It's suggested that Greens leader Richard Di Natale will propose that the Aussie government take control od drug production and distribution.

The committee are set to deliver their recommendations in August.

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Tags: medical marijuana, Australia, legalised

Posted: 27 July, 2015

Former Caddie Takes A Swing At Allenby

Aussie golfer accused of making up bashing and kidnapping in Hawaii...

Days after a spectacular falling out at the Canadian Open, Mick Middlemo has taken a swing at Robert Allenby and his account of what happened during his alleged bashing incident in Hawaii back in January.



The Aussie golfer claimed he was bashed, robbed and kidnapped on the night of January 16, after missing the cut at the Sony Open, and had no memory of what happened to him during a two-and-a-half-hour period.

Middlemo says that is not how he remembers the incident, but at the time he "protected (Allenby) to the hilt" and told the media precisely what Allenby told him.

Now he's told NewsCorp he believes Allenby simply drank too much, fell over and hit his head while also labelling him the Bernard Tomic of the international golf circuit.

Last week, Middlemo walked off the course midway through the first round of the Canadian Open at Glen Abbey Golf Club in Ontario, claiming Allenby called him a "fat c..." a number of times after getting a club selection wrong.

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Tags: Robert Allenby, Mick Middlemo, Hawaii