Posted: 12 February, 2016

Do Men Really Know What Women Want For Valentine’s Day?

Top tips on what that special someone REALLY likes

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With the day of love fast approaching it raises the age old question – do men really know what women want?

For men, it can be difficult to know what their special someone really wants on Valentine’s day without asking them and ruining a possible surprise.

Well lucky for them, we’ve done the hard yards by finding out how women REALLY like to be spoilt.

Valentine's Day Tips

1. A dinner date at a fancy restaurant doesn't always cut it

Three out of five guys think a candle-lit dinner is a sure winner, but think again guys because 81% of Sydney women are over traditional Valentine’s Day ideas. A picnic in a romantic location tops the list of date ideas followed by a surprise weekend away at 40%.

“Dining out on Valentine’s Day can be seriously disappointing. You’re often jammed up against another couple right next to you, you’re eating a set menu often at a high price - and again, it’s a bit of a pressure cooker environment. We suggest putting the credit cards away and moving your date outdoors,” RSVP spokesperson Lara Delahunty said.

2. Don't worry about spending all your cash on jewellery, Aussies prefer flowers or a fun activity

When it comes to choosing gifts to buy, flowers and chocolates are the most popular amongst men at 43% whereas most women prefer to send their partner a ‘quirky,’ individual gift. Commenting on the findings, Delahunty said, “Valentine’s Day done right clearly means going against the grain. Yes flowers are still up there as the preferred gift, but almost as many people said they wanted no gift at all. Having some fun together seems to be the wisest Valentine’s Day gift choice.

3. The good old-fashioned love letter isn’t dead

A survey of more than 1200 Aussies has revealed more than 70% have written a love letter to show they care, despite the rise of new technology. Hand writing love letters and notes is alive and well, particularly amongst younger people which may seem surprising. The survey shows it’s even be MORE meaningful than sending a cute text or email.

Four out of five said the love letter is romantic and it shows your loved one you have taken the time to think about them. “There is something very personal and intimate about communicating with a loved one via a hand written letter that shares your feelings with honesty and integrity,” Psychologist and RSVP Dating and Relationship expert John Aiken said.

A beautifully hand written love letter beats a sky writing message. Steer clear of letting out your feelings via text… it’s considered the least romantic at just 3 percent. What are you waiting for? Get out that pen, stat.

4. Cut the cheese – most women are over clichés  

As mentioned before, 81% of females are over the cheese that comes with Valentine’s Day. Be creative! If you’re tossing up dinner options, 60% of women prefer an cosy night in with their partner instead of going out. Most say a date night at a restaurant is too clichéd, not intimate and they don’t want to spend their night next to other couples drooling over each-other.

They either want their favourite home delivery or for you to cook, alongside DVDs and games. Another tip, 20% of females say a personalised date by an iconic out of box location with food to complement the occasion would get them in the mood. Picnic overlooking the Harbour, perhaps?

Gift Ideas

Romantic getaways: Valentine’s Day falls on a weekend this year, which is the perfect excuse to take a weekend escape with your special someone.

Personalised gifts: From food to photo books and handmade cards, these gifts ideas have plenty of personal touch.

Unique gifts: Here you’ll find a light box, How to Speak Emoji love book, as well as a wine bottle and glass carrier.

Gifts under $50: Think cupcakes, candles, a cookbook, movie vouchers and more.

Last minute gifts (try avoid): A couples’ massage, romance hamper, red roses, or bottle of bubbly.

There you go, now there’s no excuse not to be on top of your game!

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Posted: 12 February, 2016

Spending On Love Being Ignored This Valentine’s Day

Aussie couples not bothered to celebrate the day

It's meant to be the most 'loved-up' day of the year, but it seems many Aussie couples couldn't care less about Valentine's day. 

A new survey has found four in ten people don’t plan on spending a cent on each-other, while more than half of us see today as a chore.

Research by Suncorp Bank has found that of those who do spend cash on this day, men are dishing out more with $53 on their partners compared to $40 for women.

It’s not paying off for the blokes either, because one in three women say they’re often let down by their partner’s Valentine’s Day efforts.

Younger generations are embracing the bells and whistles though, with Gen Y dishing out $72, Generation X $55 and Baby Boomers $34 on average.

While Aussies don’t hide away from romance, as a country it seems we don’t feel the need to give chocolates and roses to show it.

Are we just a lazy bunch or is this day a consumer heartache? 

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Posted: 12 February, 2016

Forget Chocolates, If You Own A Pet You’ve Hit The Jackpot

Women attracted to pet lovers

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Blokes, there's finally some good news about Valentine's Day.

A recent study has found pets may be the secret to finding love, with the majority of women surveyed more likely to be attracted to a single pet owner. 

This is because women analyse a possible date’s relationship with their pet to weigh-up potential parenting and partnering skills.

It seems that men who dislike animals is a deal breaker too, with 74% of those surveyed said they would refuse to date someone who didn’t like pets.

Some of the blokes surveyed knew the power of pet ownership, with 21% using their dog or cat to help their dating game.

The saying a ‘dog is a man’s best friend’ also stands, because animal owners have been shown to have greater self-esteem and are better able to deal with social rejection compared to those without pets. Their company also help cure a lonely heart.

Experts believe contact with companion animals, such as cats and dogs, is one possible solution to helping improve overall health, encourage friendship, and yes, even possibly romance.

Put it to the test -- take your dog to the park and see what happens! 

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Posted: 11 February, 2016

Woman Who Pushed Cop Receives Punishment

Ruling announced

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The woman who infamously pushed over a cop at last year's Melbourne Cup has received her punishment after a day in court. 

Sarah Finn has reportedly received an $800 fine for pushing over the police officer in the Flemington flowerbed.

Finn was also required to pay court fees of $200, as well as compensating the policeman for breaking his glasses.

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Posted: 11 February, 2016

Schoolboy Becomes Superhero For A Day

A sick Sydney schoolboy’s dreams will come true today

UPDATE: Iron Boy has defeated the evil Ultron and saved the people of Sydney!

Earlier On Triple M

A sick Sydney schoolboy’s dreams will come true today when NSW Police team up with Make-A-Wish Australia to make him a “superhero” for a day.

Nine-year-old Domenic will be asked to become the younger version of Marvel Comic’s Iron Man to carry out a rescue mission and battle a major villain and his henchmen during the “wish.”

"Iron Boy” will travel by police helicopter and fast boat to complete the mission which will culminate this afternoon with a showdown on the steps of the Sydney Opera House.

If you can’t make it cheer on our hero Dom using Twitter with the hashtag #IronBoyAU! To make a donation go to: www.makeawish.org.au

Who Is "Iron Boy"?

schoolboy, iron boy, make-a-wish

WHEN:

1.15 for 1.40pm TODAY (Thursday 11 February 2016)
Iron Boy vs Ultron “showdown”
2pm – Media Conference

WHERE:

The front steps (first landing) of the Sydney Opera House, next to the Man Of War Steps.

Iron Boy, We Need Your Help

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Posted: 11 February, 2016

Two Protesters Dangling From Melbourne Overpass

"Let Them Stay"

Image: 9 News

Two protesters are dangling over the edge of the Yarra Bend Road overpass showing a sign showing support for asylum seekers in Melbourne.

The sign above the Eastern Freeway says #LET THEM STAY.

Victorian Police said they had several calls about the demonstration and are believed to be on the scene.

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Posted: 11 February, 2016

Shocking Video Of Sydney School-Girls Brawling Emerges

Source: 7 News Sydney

A 17-year-old girl has been charged following a violent brawl captured on camera involving knives, baseball bats and a meat cleaver in Sydney’s south west.

Police rushed to Jiniwin Place in Ambarvale about 5pm yesterday after reports a group of teens were fighting on the street.

Initial reports suggested up to five people were involved in separate fights at the location, with 30-40 more people watching on.

The unsettling footage shows a number of girls in school uniform wresting, yelling and punching each other in the suburban street.

The 17-year-old girl was arrested and taken to Campbelltown Police Station where she was charged with affray, assaulting police and resisting arrest.

She was granted conditional bail to appear before children’s court later this month.

Police said a number of weapons were brought to the scene but were not used in the fight while no one was seriously injured.

Witnesses or anyone with information should call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

Warning: Graphic content and violent language

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Posted: 11 February, 2016

Campbelltown School Girl Brawl

7 News have released shocking video of a school girl fight behind the Campbelltown High School on Jiniwin Place, a 17-year-old girl was charged.

See the video now;

Police Statement: A 17-year-old girl has been charged with a range of offences following a brawl in Ambarvale. Around 5pm today (Wednesday 10 February 2016), police were called to Jiniwin Place, following reports a number of teenagers were fighting. Officers attended the location, where they arrested a 17-year-old girl. She was taken to Campbelltown Police Station and charged with affray, assault police and resist arrest. She was granted conditional bail to appear before children’s court on Monday 29 February 2016. A number of other teenagers were spoken to at the scene. Inquiries into the brawl are now underway and police are keen to hear from anyone who witnessed it. Initial inquiries indicate up to five people were involved in separate fights at the location, with 30-40 more people watching. A number of weapons were brought to the location; however, they were not used in the fight. No one was seriously injured as a result of the incident.

 

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Posted: 10 February, 2016

'Half-A-Second' Sex Assault Case Comes To An End

Year long case ends

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English man Mark Pearson was walking through a train station in the UK when a fleeting encounter occurred that would change his life forever.

While holding the strap of his bag and a newspaper in the other hand, he briefly brushed past a woman walking in the opposite direction.

Pearson thought nothing of it.

However, that's not the story that was told to police. The woman, an actress on her way to an audition, revealed details of how the man "penetrated her" while walking through Waterloo Station.

The CCTV footage from the station shows neither people breaking stride, but that didn't stop court proceedings carrying out for over a year.

“Anybody who has seen the CCTV images knows that I couldn’t possibly have done it,” Mr Pearson said.

“It is against everything I believe in as a human being. I did nothing. I would have had to crouch down, put my hand up the woman’s skirt ... penetrate her, take my hand out again ... all while holding the newspaper and walking along the concourse.”

A jury took only 90 minutes to determine that Pearson was innocent - a verdict that was obviously a relief to the defendant.

However, he claims that over the course of the saga the damage had already been done.

“For me, half a second turned into a year of hell. I feel I have undergone a form of mental torture sanctioned by the state.”

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Posted: 10 February, 2016

Fancy Yourself A Spy?

ASIO Keen To Recruit Tradies As Surveillance Officers

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If you're a tradie and thinking about a career change, consider becoming a spy!

Australia's top spy agency ASIO has launched a recruitment campaign to hire surveillance officers, they're looking for blue-collar workers with good problem solving skills, a wealth of 'life experience', males and females that haven't considered a career within the agency.

An ASIO spokesperson said the applicants don't necessarily have to be tradies, but rather someone with the necessary attributes.

Trained officer's salaries start at $77,000.

Be warned though, you might have to lay off the meat pies and sausage rolls, they'll need fit applicants who are available to possibly move to Canberra.

If you're interested CLICK HERE 

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Posted: 9 February, 2016

One Bloke Caused The National Telstra Outage

'I think he's probably had the worst day of his career'

One man caused the Telstra outage with affected thousands of mobile phone users across Australia.

"Unfortunately the individual did not follow the correct procedures,” Telstra chief operations officer Kate McKenzie told Fairfax Media.

Detailed explanation of the error below.

"I think he's probably had the worst day of his career," Ms McKenzie said.

We think he might have had the worst day of ANYONE’s career.

Telstra says everything is now operating as normal, however there will be a thorough investigation into the incident.

Once the investigation concludes Telstra say they will offer free data to users.

 

DETAILED EXPLANATION OF THE MISTAKE (IF YOU'RE INTO THAT KIND OF THING):

Telstra chief operations officer Kate McKenzie said that there are 10 signalling nodes distributed around the country and one was taken down around lunchtime.

“Unfortunately, the individual did not follow the correct procedures and restarted the malfunctioning node before he transferred the customers off to the other nodes,” she said.

“That then caused sever congestion across the remaining nodes and prevented people from being able to register a signal.”

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Posted: 9 February, 2016

Massive Mobile Phone Outage In Australia

JUST IN | Network down.

UPDATE:

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One Bloke Caused The National Telstra Outage

'I think he's probably had the worst day of his career'

 

EARLIER:

Telstra customers have taken to social media to report a outage of mobile services throughout Australia.

The telecommunications giant has tweeted it is aware of the issue and is working to resolve it.

Early reports suggest that Telstra mobile services are not able to make or receive calls.

Some devices are showing ‘No Service’.

It is not known how many users are effected at this stage.

More to come.

 

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