Posted: 2 March, 2015

Storms Across Sydney Left A Trail Of Damage

A massive storm has wreaked havoc across Sydney after strong wind gusts of up to 100kph saw more than 500 requests for help on Sunday

A massive storm has wreaked havoc across Sydney after strong wind gusts of up to 100kph saw more than 500 requests for help on Sunday.

 Interruptions to the Goodlife and Soundwave music festivals saw social media go into overdrive.

Police and festival staff evacuated almost 20,000 teenagers from the under 18's Good Life Festival at Randwick Racecourse.

 

The event kicked off at midday, but mid-afternoon storms damaged the main stages which shut down the party at 5pm.

Operation Commander Superintendent Gavin Dengate said, "Unfortunately, mother nature threw us a curve ball with this event, but the youths were very well behaved and having a great time at the concert before the inclement weather started. We commend them on complying with our instructions."

The huge storm also took its toll on Sydney's Soundwave Festival yesterday, with music on the main stages temporarily halted.

A tree crashed through a living room on Sydney's north shore and damaged cars at Camden Hospital in the city's southwest.

Swimmers ran from Sydney beaches as a wall of dark-grey storm clouds swept in from the south around 4pm.

Meanwhile a lightening strike started a fire at a shop in The Rocks, while the Westpac rescue helicopter responded to several reports of overturned boats, kayaks and jet skis in Sydney's south.

Flights at Sydney Airport were disrupted as well as suburban trains.

The brunt of the storm had blown past by 8:30pm and the Bureau of Meteorology cancelled sever weather warnings for the Sydney region.

Today's weather will be cloudy but calm compared to yesterday's lashings, with a forecast high of 24C degrees.

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Posted: 2 March, 2015

Fresh Search For William Tyrrell

Police have launched a new search in bushland on the state's mid-north coast, as the investigation into the disappearance of William Tyrrell deepens.

Police have launched a new search in bushland on the state's mid-north coast, as the investigation into the disappearance of William Tyrrell deepens.

Led by the Homicide Squad, thirty officers from the Public Order Riot Squad, Operational Support Group, Dog Unit and Water police will assist in a fingertip line search of a site between Bonny Hills and Lake Cathie, about 20 kilometres from where the 3 year old went missing last September.

Detective Superintendent Michael Willing said the search, expected to take a number of days, is the result of information received from the public and inquiries made by the Strike Force Detectives.

Superintendent Willing stressed the information recieved is not specific but general in nature, and that it would not be the final search of the investigation.

They are looking for any evidence relating to the disappearance of the three year old, not necessarily a body.

"There is always that possibility but we are searching for evidence at this point,"

The search area spans several square kilometres between Houston Mitchell Drive and Long Point Road.

Det Supt Willing said police has not ruled out the chance that William could still be alive, but believe he had been abducted.

"Somebody out there must know what happened."

"We're always considering that possibility however our inquiries to this point would suggest he has been taken," he said.

Police say there is no link between today's bush search and the repairman Bill Spedding who has been named as a person of interest in the case.

He is not the only line of inquiry in the investigation, 

"We want that person or those people to come forward and provide us with any information."

Det Supt Willing said Police have been in daily contact with William's distraught parents because, "Like all of us they hold hope that we can work out what happened to William." 

William vanished while wearing a Spiderman costume and playing in his grandmother's front yard in Kendall on September 12, 2014.

Anyone with any information about William's disappearance is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.


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Posted: 28 February, 2015

Star Trek Actor Leonard Nimoy Dies Aged 83

Tributes are flowing for the legendary actor.

Leonard Nimoy, best known for playing Spock in Star Trek, has died aged 83.

He had suffered from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and had been undergoing hospital treatment in recent months.

 

Tributes have been flowing for the iconic actor:

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Posted: 27 February, 2015

Mike Bairds Twitter Fail: Video Gets Pulled from YouTube

The Premier's attempt at comedy has backfired, with Taylor Swifts people left unimpressed at his mean tweets video.

Epic Fail: NSW Premier Youtube videoThe Premier's attempt at comedy has backfired, with Taylor Swifts people left unimpressed at his mean tweets video.

A clip posted to YouTube of Mike Baird reading out mean tweets has been pulled from the net, because of "copyright claims".

The idea was a spin off of US talk show host Jimmy Kimmel's popular videos, with the Premier reading his Twitter hate mail with Everybody Hurts by R.E.M and Shake it Off by Taylor Swift.

One tweet said: "You look like the smiling assassin. Your charming smile hides your black, Liberal heart."

NSW Premier Mike Baird

While he started cracking up at another tweet that suggested he was the devil, "Mike Baird, I knew you were in Newcastle yesterday coz I could smell the stench of sulfur coming from your pitchfork from over 10 miles away".

He appeared confused about a tweet that said he hates Justin Bieber. "Yeah, of course I hate Justin Bieber. Who doesn't hate Justin Bieber?"

But the music company behind the hits, Warner Chappell, has since taken down the clip.

It comes ahead of the state election, Mr Baird using it to reach out to Gen Y voters, but the Premier has been left a little red faced, kept out of the loop, thinking it was the format of the video that didn't work on some phones.

But, he later realised what had happened in this tweet:

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Posted: 27 February, 2015

The killer behind the black mask has been identified

In what has been called a psychological blow to Isil, the alleged Islamic State killer known as Jihadi John has been revealed as a man from West London.

In what has been called a psychological blow to Isil, the alleged Islamic State killer known as Jihadi John has been revealed as a man from West London.

Media reports have identified the militant who appeared in various Islamic State beheading videos as British man Mohammed Emwazi.

Both the BBC news and the Washington Post say Emwazi, a 27-year-old who grew up in a well-to-do family, is known to British security services but has not been identified before because of operational reasons.

The suspect completed a degree in computer programming at the University of Westminster before travelling to Syria around 2012 and later joining Islamic State.

Emwazi first became noticed in a August 2014 video where he appeared to behead US journalist James Foley, dressed in black with a balaclava covering all but his eyes and the ridge of his nose with a holster under his left arm.

He is also claimed to have participated in the beheadings of Steven Sotloff, Alan Henning, David Haines, Peter Kassig and most recently a video last month with two Japanese hostages before they were killed.

A media pack has gathered outside a house thought to belong to his family in the London neighbourhood of Queen's Park.

Meanwhile, a new five minute long Isil video has emerged, showing militants running rampant in an Iraqi museum, toppling priceless statues and destroying ancient artefacts and idols with sledgehammers.

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Tags: ISIS, jihadi john, iraq, Syria, terrorist

Posted: 26 February, 2015

Anthony Albanese Releases Bizarre ONE WORD Media Statement

Points for brevity!




Labor’s infrastructure spokesman Anthony Albanese today released possibly the shortest (and funniest) press statement in Aussie political history.

It was in response to news that Sydney Airport Corporation chairman Max Moore-Wilton was retiring.

Mr Albanese issued the statement to the Canberra press gallery containing just one word: "Good".

Moore-Wilton and Albanese have had a long-running feud over a second Sydney airport.

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Posted: 26 February, 2015

21st Party Balloons Mistaken For Islamic State Initials

Police asked for the birthday balloons to be taken down.

A young Swedish woman has had a 21st she will never forget when police turned up at her house, but not for the reason you'd expect...

Sarah Ericsson had hung ‘2’ and ‘1’ balloons in the window, which in reverse looked similar to "IS".

A passer-by had contacted the police believing that the 21 was the an acronym for Islamic State.

Fortunately, the police quickly realised the error, but asked Ms Ericsson take the balloons down, telegraph.co.uk report.

"They asked me to take down the balloons to avoid further misunderstanding. We laughed some more about it all and they wished me a nice day, and wished my girlfriend a belated happy birthday,"  Ms Ericsson's boyfriend said.

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Posted: 26 February, 2015

New Leads In Murder Case

Homicide detectives are working on new leads in the murder investigation of Sydney man Rodney Scarman, with CCTV vision and images of two men they think may be able to assist.

Have you seen this man?Have you seen this man?

Homicide detectives are working on new leads in the murder investigation of Sydney man Rodney Scarman, with CCTV vision and images of two men they think may be able to assist.

The 52 year old's body was found stuffed in an electrical cupboard in his Waterloo unit block about 4:30am on Boxing Day 2011. Police say he had suffered extensive injuries.

Detectives from Redfern Local Area Command and the State Crime Command's Homicide Squad are eager to hear from locals who may have any information about Mr Scarman's death, or the men shown in the CCTV footage.

"We believe Mr Scarman's death is probably drug-related and that those responsible may very well have been living in the local area," Acting Superintendent Crosafulli said.

Three men were in the Waterloo- Redfern area during the time Mr Scarman was last spotted, and could provide detectives with the breakthrough they need to track down who's responsible.

The first man is Caucasian and aged in his 20s wearing a maroon and white striped top and a black hat work back-to-front.

The second man is described as Aboriginal/ Torres Strait Islander appearance aged in his 20s or 30s, with dark hair and a muscular building. In the image he is wearing a white singlet, silver shorts and sunglasses on his head.

Anyone who many have information is urged to contact crime stoppers on 1800 333 000 or Redfern Police Station on (02) 8303 5199.

 

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Tags: investigation, Murder, rodney scarman, waterloo

Posted: 26 February, 2015

Dodgy Fish Claims At Sydney Cafe

Four people have fallen ill after eating potentially toxic tuna imported from Thailand and sold at a Sydney cafe.

Four people have fallen ill after eating potentially toxic tuna imported from Thailand and sold at a Sydney cafe.

The Daily Telegraph claims the city workers are suffering symptoms of Scombroid poisoning after ordering tuna salad from Soul Origin takeaway near Town Hall station earlier this week.

The food poisoning is caused by consuming decayed fish.

Health authorities say the dodgy tuna was most likely due to poor temperature control, particularly from poor refrigeration or other mishandling in Thailand.

The cafe's customers suffered symptoms including dizziness, palpitations, tingling in the mouth, skin rashes and nausea.

One worker, Simone Du Toit saying she fell ill within 15 minutes of eating the salad on Monday.

“I went bright red, I started to get heart palpitations and the whites of my eyes turned red,” she said.

The NSW Food Authority is struggling to find whether there are more stale products in Australia.

Scombroid is linked to the deaths of a Sunshine Coast mother and daughter Noelene and Yvana Bischoff last year, only hours after they ate contaminated fish at a Bali restaurant.

Soul Origin's website reads "everything is made fresh daily-in-store by our experienced Chefs," and assures the cafe meets the "highest hygiene standards."

They have now changed brands since the incident and replaced the tuna brand with an alternative.

Release from Professor Mark Ferson, Director of the Public Health Unit at South Eastern Sydney Local Health Disctrict:

The Public Health Unit of the South Eastern Sydney Local Health District has been alerted to four suspected cases of scombroid fish poisoning associated with eating fish that may not have been properly stored.

All four cases ate at the same food outlet in the Sydney CBD.

The Public Health Unit has notified the Food Authority which is carrying out further investigations.

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Tags: scombroid, tuna, soul origin, food poisoning

Posted: 25 February, 2015

Police Dash Cam Captures A HOUSE EXPLODING

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WATCH VIDEO: House explosion caught on camera.

 

A police dash-cam captured a huge explosion that blew a suburban New Jersey house into smithereens.

The explosion happened around 10:30 am (local time) as workers were trying to locate the source of a gas leak.

Area homes were being evacuated around the time of the explosion, according to the Stafford Township Police twitter page:

 

15 people who were injured in the explosion, Two of those were flown to the hospital in a critical condition.

 

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Posted: 25 February, 2015

Harbour Bridge Crash

Traffic Chaos On The Sydney Harbour Bridge

Transport Management Centre: All Harbour Bridge lanes are now OPEN

All lanes of the Sydney Harbour Bridge have reopened following a six vehicle accident on the deck of the bridge this morning.

However, traffic is heavy on all approaching roads to the Sydney CBD and motorists are advised to continue to expect significant delays throughout this morning's peak.

Motorists are urged to leave the car at home and consider using trains or ferries to cross the harbour this morning. 

Additionally, citybound buses that normally travel over the Sydney Harbour Bridge continue to terminate at North Sydney train station, some buses are delayed up to one hour.

Citybound buses using Victoria Road and the Anzac Bridge are also delayed up to one hour due to heavy traffic.

Buses using the M2 are starting and terminating at Macquarie Park.

Bus passengers are able to use their tickets on trains, ferries and light rail in the Sydney metropolitan area.

Previously: The Sydney Harbour Bridge is closed northbound and two lanes southbound, due to a multi vehicle smash.

Motorists are advised to avoid the bridge if possible for the morning peakhour.

If you are heading north you can use Ryde Bridge as an alternative, while southbound motorists should consider using the Harbour tunnel.

Emergency services and traffic crews are on site with two people taken to hospital- one to St Vincents in a serious condition while the other in a stable condition at Royal North Shore. 

Ambulance media has  no details on what injuries are

Citybound buses that normally travel across the bridge are terminating at North Sydney Station.

Passengers can use tickets on trains as an alternative.

NSW Police Statement: Inquiries continue after crash on Sydney Harbour Bridge

Inquiries are continuing after a crash on the Sydney Harbour Bridge this morning (Wednesday 25 February 2015).

The crash, which involved a number of vehicles, occurred shortly before 6.45am. A number of people are being assessed on site by ambulance paramedics

Motorists are advised to consider using public transport as there are heavy delays in both directions.

For the latest on road conditions, motorists should check www.livetraffic.com

Anyone with information on the events leading up to the crash should contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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Tags: Harbour Bridge, Traffic, Accident

Posted: 24 February, 2015

Search For Missing Man In Sydney's CBD

Police are calling on the public to help find an elderly man who disappeared while waiting for his daughter on a crowded city street on Sunday night.

Police are calling on the public to help find an elderly man who disappeared while waiting for his daughter on a crowded city street on Sunday night.

Mr Yichang Liu attended the Chinese Festival Parade, last seen at the intersection of Goulburn and George Streets at 9:20pm where his daughter asked him to wait while she went into a nearby supermarket.

She returned and Mr Liu had vanished.

Friends and family are deeply concerned for his welfare due to his lack of English, and at the time he went missing he had no money and his mobile phone was out of battery.

Police are hopeful someone may have seen Mr Liu, urging anyone with information that could lead to him being found to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

He's described as Asian, about 170-175cm tall with a medium build and last seen wearing a grey/blue long sleep top, dark blue suit pans and blue slip on shoes.

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