Posted: 5 July, 2015

Cabramatta House Fire Kills Mum

Husband and son watch on as loved one dies

A 38-year-old woman has died after a devastating house fire in Sydney's southwest. 

The home in Sulman Road at Cabramatta West was alight when emergency services were called just before 7.30am on Sunday.   

The woman's husband and son managed to escape the flames but she was found unresponsive inside.

Superintendent Josh Turner from Fire and Rescue NSW said the woman was trying to escape through her bedroom door when they found her.

"Fire crews made entry through the front door and have pulled a lady from her bedroom and have conducted CPR on the front lawn before handing her over to police," he said.

"There was quite a bit of force needed to make access to the bedroom, she was actually behind the door," he said.

Superintendent Turner said the woman died at the scene.

Police say the fire does not appear to be suspicious.

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Posted: 4 July, 2015

$2m Boats Up In Flames At Woolloomooloo

Finger Wharf blaze deliberately lit, detectives believe

A blaze that destroyed two luxury boats worth $2million at a Sydney wharf is believed to have been deliberately lit.   

Two 40-foot vessels, a cruiser and a yacht, were destroyed in the fire at Woolloomooloo's Finger Wharf early on Saturday.  

Detectives believe the blaze was deliberately lit and questioned a 24-year-old man several hours later.   

The man, who was arrested over unrelated property offences at Woolloomooloo, was taken to Kings Cross Police Station and questioned but released without charge.   

Detective Acting Inspector Michael O'Keefe confirmed the man was still in their sights.   

"That person remains a person of interest in this investigation," he told reporters on Saturday.   

What is left of the cruiser, which is believed to be owned by someone based interstate, and the yacht owned by a Sydney man is now at the bottom of the harbour.   

They will be salvaged in coming days after police divers have had the chance to inspect what is left.   

Up to 100 people were evacuated from surrounding accommodation after smoke from the blaze set off fire alarms.   

Police managed to move surrounding boats at the wharf to prevent them also being destroyed.


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Posted: 3 July, 2015

Kill Order Given After Far North Coast Shark Attack

Authorities given permission to kill predator

A permit order has been granted to kill or capture a Great White Shark that has attacked a man on the NSW far north coast, leaving him fighting for life. 

Bodyboarder Matt Lee was mauled by the four metre shark at East Ballina on Thursday morning. 

Mr. Lee remains in Gold Coast Unviersity Hospital in a critical condition having undergone several blood transfusions. 

This attack follows a similar one in February that claimed the life of a Japanese tourist. 

A section 37 notice was issued by the Department of Primary Industries permitting the capture or killing of a protected species. 

There are conditions with the permit, it must be the same shark ivolved and confident it is a risk to other water goers. 

Beaches around Ballina will remain closed on Friday morning.

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Posted: 2 July, 2015

Four Men Charged With Gang Rape in Sydney's West

Teenage girl allegedly attacked at a party

Four men have been charged with gang rape over an alleged attack on a teenage girl in Sydney's West.

The 18 year old girl was at a party at Blacktown on Sunday, 21st June when she was allegedly sexually assaulted by the group.

The teenager told her mother who then contacted police.

The men, all from Blacktown have all been charged with aggravated sexual assault in company and aggravated indecent assault in company.

A 27 year old man has been granted conditional bail and will face court on July 15.

A 19 year old man and a 20 year old man have been refused bail to face court next month, while another man aged 20 will face Blacktown Local Court today.


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Posted: 2 July, 2015

Shark Attack on NSW North Coast

Man critical after shark attack at Ballina

A man is fighting for life after being attacked by a shark while body boarding at East Ballina on the state's far north coast.

The 32 year old local was surfing with two mates near the Ballina North Wall just after 10am when he was bitten by a shark, suffering significant injuries to his lower legs.

His friends helped him to shore at Light House Beach before calling emergency services.

Paramedics and a medical team from the Westpac Rescue Helicopter have attended the beach.

The patient will be flown to Gold Coast University hospital in a critical condition.

All beaches within the Ballina Shire have been closed for the next 24 hours, with local lifesavers now patrolling the area.

There have been two fatal shark attacks in the area the past seven years.

In February, a large great white shark tore the legs off 41-year-old surfer, Tadashi Nakaharaa, in a fatal attack at the neighbouring Shelly Beach.

While in 2008 a 16-year-old surfer was fatally attacked by a shark while body boarding at Lighthouse Beach.

Photo Credit: 9 News

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Posted: 2 July, 2015

Another Win Another Kyrgios Rant At Officials

Not happy after linesman's quiet chat with the chair umpire.

Nick Kyrgios has fired off another verbal volley during his second round win at Wimbledon.

In his first match, the 20 year old was questioned after seemingly directing a 'dirty scum' comment towards the chair umpire after a line call went against him.

After that exchange he claimed he was just talking about himself.

This time around, the 26th seed wasn't impressed when a linesman went and a had a quite chat into the ear of the chair umpire after hearing Kyrgios mumbling something on court.

During a break in play the young Aussie couldn't help himself but ask the chair what the chat was about...

After going on to beat Argentina's Juan Monaco 7-6 6-3 6-4, Kyrgios denied he was being disrespectful, "not at all, I was just asking if he did feel powerful or anything like that. I didn't mean any disrespect to him, I was just the question yeah."

He'll next face Canadian seventh seed Milos Raonic in the third round.

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Posted: 2 July, 2015

Sydney Shivers With More To Come

Shame it's not helping on the ski fields though...

The Ugg boots got a workout this morning as Sydney shivered through a wintry blast which brought frost to our Western suburbs.

Campbelltown dipped to just 1.3C degrees, Richmond was 1.6C while in the Blues Mountains it was -1C

The city was a bit warmer on 7C degrees...

Triple M's very own Jeff Tyler freezing his behind off before going for a surf at Dee Why early this morning (Photo: Jeff Tyler selfie)

After the worst start to the ski season in 50 years - Perisher reported some light snow overnight.

"Finally some more snow today, but only very light falls around 5-10 centimetres is likely across the resorts.." says Tom Saunders from the Weather Channel.

It's all thanks to a cold front pushing through Tasmania and Victoria.

And that's not all, folks.

"Behind that front, there's even colder air pushing up through NSW over the next 24 hours."

Over the weekend, the Western suburbs will dip to zero degrees with widespread frost expected Saturday and Sunday.

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Posted: 2 July, 2015

HIV & Hepatitis Risk For Sydney Dental Patients

Thousands of Sydneysiders could be exposed to disease

Photo: Facebook

Twelve dentists are under investigation after safety breaches potentially left 11,000 patients exposed to HIV and hepatitis. 

NSW Health believes multiple infection control breaches have likely occurred and has urged patients at four practices to see their GP for testing for blood-borne viruses. 

The four surgeries affected are the Gentle Dentist practices in Campsie and Sussex street in the city and two other Robert Starkenburg practices in Surry Hills and Bondi.

11,251 patients underwent an invasive procedure at the Gentle Dentist clinics, potentially putting them at risk, but due to inadequate patient records at Dr Starkenburg’s surgeries, it is not possible to determine which patients had invasive procedures.  

As a result of the infection control breaches, the registration of the Director of the Gentle Dentist, Dr Samson Sing Chan, has been suspended.

Four other dentists who worked there have also been suspended and a further six dentists from The Gentle Dentist have had conditions imposed on their registration.

Dr Starkenburg was suspended from practice in December last year. 

Doctor Jeremy McAnulty from NSW Health said there is no evidence of infection at this time. 

"The risk is there, but the risk is low."

If you think you may be effected, NSW Health has set up a public information line on 1800 610 344.

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Posted: 1 July, 2015

Spotlight On Taxi Industry And Uber

Taskforce to look at challenges facing taxi industry

The future of the taxi industry and new ride-sharing companies like Uber will go under the spotlight.

The state government has announced a new taskforce to look at the challenges facing the industry.

NSW Transport Minister Andrew Constance says current regulations need to be looked at to ensure there's a "more even playing field"

The review is due to report back in October and will look at sustainability and competition in the taxi and hire-car market, the impact of emerging technologies, customer safety and the burden of current taxi regulations.

“The taxi and point-to-point transport industry is changing rapidly and so are our customers’ expectations,” Mr Constance said.

“We know cities around the world are grappling with these changes and in particular, the introduction of new unregulated ridesharing apps. 

I have made it a priority to get to the bottom of these issues, no matter how complex."
Uber has welcomed the review, saying it's a "victory for competition, consumers and choice." 

The ride-sharing company says changes are needed to better reflect the advances in technology and the way Australians are choosing to get around their cities.

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Posted: 1 July, 2015

Britain Prepares for Heatwave

Health alert issued with Pommies set to sizzle

It's standard for an Aussie summer, but a heatwave is sending Britain into a meltdown, literally. 

Locals aren't used to the heat, and with temperatures expected to hit 35C, a level 2 health alert has been declared in England. 

Commuters in London are being urged to carry waterbottles with them, while there are disruptions to services in Thames Valley after Forst Great Western reduced speeds due to fears of buckling rails. 

Play at Wimbledon could be suspended as tournament organisers implement precautionary measures. 

The All England Club could be facing the highest temperatures seen in its 138-years. 

Despite this, officials are refusing the close the roof on centre court saying it is an outdoor daytime tournament. 

The heatwave is due to a massive area of high pressure and is also extending to France where temperatures are tipped to soar to 40C. 

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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: 1 July, 2015

Fire Destroys Factory In Gladesville

A factory sized laundromat has been significantly damaged by fire on College Street in Gladesville overnight.

Fire & Rescue's Superintendent Wayne Philips confirmed around 11.30pm last night fire fighters were called to the fire, on arrival the factory was "well on fire."

"The factory space contained a common roof space which caused problems for our fighters as debris was falling into an adjoining factory causing a spot-fire to the adjoining factory."

The fighters were eventually able to contain the fire to the laundromat and a panel beaters next door.

"We ended up having about 80 fighters on scene last night to contain the fire, the laundromat has suffered extensive damage because of the fire and the panel beaters suffered damage as well."

Fire & Rescue will start some enquiries today in regards to how the fire started, Police will also investigate the cause of the fire.

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