Posted: 1 July, 2015

Son Killed In Syria, Gold Coast Family says

23-year-old dies while fighting ISIL

The family of Reece Harding has been told he was killed in Syria after stepping on a landmine, while helping Kurdish forces fight against Islamic State.

The 23-year-old left his home in early May but wouldnt say where he was going, only that he needed a break. 

His father Keith Harding received a message telling him to call an international number on Monday.   

When he called it he was told: "Reece is gone ... he's stepped on a landmine. He's dead." 

Mr Harding says all Reece had said, via a message a few days after he left Australia, was that he was going overseas to do "humanitarian work".   

Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said Australia lacked a consular presence in Syria and may never be able to confirm the reported deaths of Harding and notorious Islamic State fighter Khaled Sharrouf, whose fate after a drone strike remains unclear.   

"It is against Australian law to be fighting in Syria and Iraq on eitherside," she told Sky News.

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Posted: 30 June, 2015

Plane Crashes Into Indonesian Hotel In Medan

The Indonesian military plane which crashed into a hotel in Medan has killed at least 149 people by latest reports.

Onlookers have reported the plane flew over the hotel it crashed into three times at very low altitude, the third time it hit the roof.

Indonesian media has reported the pilot requested to return to the nearby airbase due to technical issues, it crashed shortly after. The military airbase nearby was once Polonia commercial airport, itself also the last place passengers and crew would be seen alive when a commercial plane crashed disastrously into the same Jamin Ginting street, killing at least 147 people.

Indonesian Plane Crash

The C-130 Hercules involved had been in Indonesian military service for over half a century, while it might seem old it was only middle aged aircraft in Indonesia’s aging military airforce.

This is the fourth C-130 the Indonesian air force has now lost, the other eight have been grounded until an investigation is conducted.

The crash has put an international spotlight on Indonesia’s historically appalling air-safety record.

"This incident shows us that we must renew our aircraft and our military equipment," Pramono Anung, a lawmaker and member of the parliamentary commission overseeing defence, told Reuters.

President Joko Widodo, has said he plans to double military spending to $US15 billion ($18.17 billion) by 2020.

Indonesian Plane Crash

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Posted: 30 June, 2015

Riot Erupts In Melbourne Prison

Staff have been evacuated from as inmates riot.


A riot has broken out at the Metropolitan Remand Centre in Melbourne’s West.

It’s believed to be in relation to a smoking ban that will be put in place across Victorian prisons tomorrow.

Channel 7 report that inmates can be seen brandishing weapons and lighting fires.




At 12.20pm today a group of prisoners breached a secure inner perimeter of the Metropolitan Remand Centre.

Parts of the prison have been locked down and Corrections Victoria is working with Victoria Police to contain the situation.

All emergency services, including Victoria Police, are on site.

All staff have been accounted for and there are no reports of staff injuries at this stage.

Police have secured the perimeter of the prison.

There is no threat to public safety.


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Posted: 30 June, 2015

Kyrgios Under Fire For On-Court Blow Up

Despite winning his second match, Nick Kyrgios has once again let his on-court temper take over

Fellow Aussie Nick Kyrgios moved through to the second round after a straight sets victory over Argentine Diego Schwartzman, but the 20-year-old has attracted more attention for his on-court behaviour.

The 26th seed's biggest concern in a 6-0 6-2 7-6 (8-6) victory was the chair umpire, with Kyrgios threatening a mid-match strike during a dispute with Mohamed Lahyani during the third set.

During his on court blow up, microphones on court picked up Kyrgios verbally venting saying, "dirty scum".

However, Kyrgios maintains that he was only talking to himself denying it was directed at umpire Mohammed Layhani.

Soon after Kyrgios regained his composure to advance to a second-round meeting with unseeded South American Juan Monaco.

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Posted: 30 June, 2015

Lleyton Farewells Wimbledon

Aussie battler has played his last game at home of tennis

Lleyton Hewitt farewells the crowd at Wimbledon (Photo: Dominic Lipinski/AAP)

Tennis veteran Lleyton Hewitt has fallen painfully short of moving through to the second round of his final Wimbledon campaign losing to Finn Jarkko Nieminen.

Hewitt saved three match points before succumbing 3-6 6-3 4-6 6-0 11-9 to Nieminen in a pulsating encounter lasting one minute shy of four hours.   

Three times Hewitt enjoyed a service break in the epic deciding set only to falter and effectively pass the baton to Kyrgios, Tomic and Kokkinakis after a horoic 17-year professional career.   

The 34-year-old plans to retire after making a record 20th success Australian Open appearance next January and will likely play only Davis Cup before the Melbourne Park major.   

The former world No.1 promised to empty the tank in his Wimbledon swansong- and he did.   

The father-of-three's 17th and last tilt at the All England Club featured vintage backhand top spin lobs and a series of remarkable Boris Becker-like diving volleys.   

And of course a ton of courage.

Fellow Aussie Nick Kyrgios moved through to the second round after a straight sets victory over Argentine Diego Schwartzman, but the 20-year-old has attracted more attention for his on-court behaviour.

The 26th seed's biggest concern in a 6-0 6-2 7-6 (8-6) victory was the chair umpire, with Kyrgios threatening a mid-match strike during a dispute with Mohamed Lahyani during the third set.

Soon after Kyrgios regained his composure to advance to a second-round meeting with unseeded South American Juan Monaco.

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Posted: 30 June, 2015

Test Cricket Going Day-Night

It's official, the pink ball is coming...

(Photo: GettyImages)

Old traditionalists might be shaking their heads, but in a world first a day-night Test cricket match will take place in Adelaide from late November.

Australia will take on New Zealand, the test running from November 27 - December 1, featuring pink balls which Cricket Australia boss James Sutherland is confident will hold up to the rigours of a test match.

"We're really confident with the work that has been done over the past few years, we have had two successive seasons of Sheffield Shield cricket where pink balls have been trialled."

"We have worked very closely with the Australian Cricketers Association and Kookaburra in the development of the ball and its continued upgrade to make it ready."

"We're working really closely with New Zealand Cricket in giving them the right tour matches and preparation before the ultimate day-night Test which is the last of the series."

Aussie coach Darren Lehmann has backed the concept, "It's going to be history isn't it? It's going to be exceptional to see everyone turning up for the first one ever in Test match cricket."

Realistically, that's what's all about, Sutherland admitting he hopes the night move will get more bums on seats at the ground and deliver a greater television reach.
The Test is one of six at home for the Australians - three each against New Zealand and West Indies - from November 5 until January 7.

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Posted: 29 June, 2015

Wellness Blogger Slammed After Interview

Tara Brown grills Belle Gibson on national TV

In what can only be described as an awkward interview, 60 Minutes reporter Tara Brown goes toe to toe with controversial wellness blogger Belle Gibson.

It was meant to be an opportunity for Gibson to clear the air, but instead it's fuelled the fire even more.

During the tense interview thousands of people watching across the nation vented their anger at Ms Gibson who struggled to answer many or Brown's questions - even her own age.

Gibson, who was forced to admit that she lied about having brain cancer and cured it through natural means, was given no leeway by Brown during the interview.

“You don’t have a good record on telling the truth, do you?” Brown put to her.

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Posted: 28 June, 2015

INXS Rocker Kirk Pengilly Battles Prostate Cancer

Aussie rock legend reveals his fight

Kirk Pengilly says he has had his bad days over the past five months after being diagnosed with prostate cancer but credits his wife, surfer Layne Beachley, for his new-found vigilance about his health.   

Pengilly told News Corp Australia he had been monitoring his prostate specific antigen (PSA) levels closely after a regular blood test in 2012 registered a slightly elevated result.

But the INXS saxophonist was not prepared for the diagnosis of "very aggressive" prostate cancer that he received in an email the day before he and Beachley were heading off on a 10-day food and wine tour of New Zealand.   

Pengilly said the tour became something of a "last hurrah" of food and wine as he prepared himself mentally for surgery on his return.   After consultations, he had his prostate removed in March and has been recuperating ever since.   

Follow-up tests have reassured Pengilly the cancer has been contained and has not spread to other organs.   

He turns 57 on July 4 and said he will do so with a clean bill of health -and a new speedboat as a present to himself.

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Posted: 27 June, 2015

Gay Marriage Legalised Across The U.S.

US Supreme Court rules in favour of same-sex marriage

Gay marriage is expected to be back on the parliamentary agenda when it resumes after the winter break, but the prime minister says his views on the matter are unchanged.

The US Supreme Court has ruled that marriage equality is anationwide right, meaning same-sex marriage is now legal across all American states.

The decision sparked calls from supporters and politicians for Australia to move on marriage equality.

But Tony Abbott says Friday's historic decision is a matter for the US, just as the referendum in Ireland was a matter for the Irish.

"Obviously there is a lot of community debate going on," Mr Abbott told reporters in Melbourne on Saturday.

"I have views on the subject which are pretty well known and they haven'tchanged."


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Posted: 26 June, 2015

Taxi Drivers In Paris Have Arced Up BIG TIME Over Uber

Chaotic scenes in France as taxi drivers protest against Uber.

Taxi drivers have shut down streets in Paris in protest of UberPop which is similar service to UberX here in Australia.

The drivers set up blockades and burned tyres as part of a nationwide strike, saying Uber's lowest cost service is taking their livelihood away.

Travellers going to and from the airport were caught in ambushes, including singer Courtney Love, who says she was rescued by two men on a motorcycle.


Courtney Love was caught up in the middle of the madness:

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Posted: 25 June, 2015

Prime Minister Launches Inquiry Into Terrorist Sympathiser's Q&A Appearance

"Heads should roll"

An "urgent" government inquiry has been launched over the ABC's decision to allow a terror sympathiser on Q&A. 

Already unimpressed, Prime Minister Tony Abbott was fruther outraged the public boradcaster repeated Monday night's episode saying the rebroadcasting was "utterly incomprehensible."

"Now frankly, heads should roll over this."

Zaky Mallah, appeared on the program, questioning Federal MP Steve Ciobo over the Government's citizenship laws. 

He later retorted, "the Liberals have just justified to many Australian Muslims in the community tonight to leave and go to Syria and join ISIL because of ministers like him."

In 2003, Mallah was the first person to be charged under anti-terror laws. after spending two years in prison awaiting trial, he was acquitted. 

It is not the first time Mallah has appeared on the show, but Monday night was the first time he was allowed to ask a question. 

Earlier this week the ABC said the decision to allow him on the show would be "reviewed." 

It has made no further comment after the rebroadcast. 

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Posted: 25 June, 2015

Five People Arrested In Melbourne CBD

The group were arrested at the intersection of Kingsway and Flinders Street


Five people were arrested after an incident in the Melbourne CBD this afternoon.

Up to six police cars and the air wing followed an allegedly stolen Audi along the Western Ring Road from Epping

The car then smashed into a police car and a truck at the Kingsway and Flinders Street intersections.

Police were forced to use pepper spray to make the arrests.


Victoria Police Statement:

Five people are in custody following an incident in the CBD this afternoon.
The five were arrested at the intersection of Kingsway and Flinders Street about 1.10pm.
A number of unmarked police units and Air Wing had been following the vehicle, an allegedly stolen silver Audi, after it was sighted in Epping about midday.
The vehicle was wanted in relation to an ongoing investigation.
The vehicle was followed along the Western Ring Road and into the CBD.
The vehicle stopped at the Kingsway and Flinders Street intersection when it struck a police vehicle and a civilian truck.
OC spray was deployed and the five occupants of the vehicle were arrested.
A pursuit had not been initiated.
The investigation into the incident is ongoing and anyone with information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers.

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