Posted: 26 May, 2016

Sydney Man Arrested, Accused Of Terror Plot

A Sydney man will face court charged with planning an alleged terrorist attack in Australia.

The 24-year-old Bankstown man was arrested by the Joint Counter Terrorism Team (JCTT) on Thursday outside his home this morning.

He was charged with conspiracy to conduct an act in preparation for a terrorist attack.

The Australian Federal Police said the arrest related to material seized during Operation Appleby raids in December 2014 and that there is no new threat to the community.

It's believed the arrest is in relation to a 2014 terror plot against Garden Island navy base.

Thursday's arrest brings to 15 the total number of people charged by the JCTT Sydney in relation to Operation Appleby since September 2014, the AFP said.

The man is being held at Sydney Police Centre.

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Posted: 26 May, 2016

Shooting At Concert In New York

One person has been killed and three others wounded in a New York shooting.

Image: Twitter/WSVN

One person has been killed and three others wounded in a shooting inside a concert venue in New York City, where hip-hop artist TI was scheduled to perform.

It happened around 10.15pm on Wednesday at Irving Plaza, near Manhattan's Union Square, police say.

No arrests have been made.

A concert-goer says TI was supposed to take the stage around 9 or 9.30pm, but never went on.

Representatives for TI, whose real name is Clifford Joseph Harris Jr., say they're referring all questions about the shooting to police.

No other information was immediately available.

Irving Plaza is a 1025-person ballroom-style music venue.


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Tags: New York

Posted: 26 May, 2016

Govt's Plan To Tackle 'Plastic Debt'

Credit cards may soon be harder to get

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Changes to credit card laws look to be on the way, making it harder to fall into the so-called plastic debt trap. 

The Turnbull Government's considering making banks assess customers based on their ability to repay the money in a 'reasonable time', instead of the current system where banks only check customers can pay the minimum. 

With the interest charges up to 20% on most of the major credit cards, paying the bare minimum gets customers virtually nowhere - often taking 30+ years to repay. 

Treasurer Scott Morrison says the idea's been floated as a way to help the most at-risk customers. 

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Posted: 26 May, 2016

Jared Tallent Stages Own Olympic Awards Ceremony In His Backyard

Mock ceremony after doping scandal

An Australian athlete has staged a mock gold medal ceremony after two Russians who took gold ahead of him in separate races were disqualified for doping.

Race walker Jared Tallent originally came second in the 50km event at the 2012 London Olympics, but in March he was informed that original winner Sergey Kirdyapkin had had his win overturned for a doping violation.

Tallent is scheduled to receive a belated Olympic gold medal next month in Melbourne, but friends of the athlete have posted his rehearsal on Twitter.

Then on Tuesday he discovered that disgraced Russian athlete Denis Nizhegorodov, the winner of the event in the 2011 World Championships in South Korea, had also been stripped of his win.

“Reading the WADA (World Anti-Doping Agency) rules correctly, we’re not too sure, but we’re thinking I’ll now be upgraded to the gold medal at the 2011 World Championships, along with the 2012 Olympic Games that was decided earlier this year,” he told Sky News.

The champion has previously been a vocal critic of the doping industry and refused to shake hands with athletes he believed were using performance enhancing drugs.

“I worked my butt off to race and train as hard as I could for London and to be beaten by a cheat was devastating.”

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Posted: 26 May, 2016

Hours Of Homework Might Not Be The Answer

Work Less, Learn More

Parents who are pressuring their kids to perform could be causing more harm than good.

Top education academic Professor John Hattie of Melbourne Uni has found five to 10 minutes of homework can be just as important as one to two hours of study.

However 70% of parents believe regular homework at high school is crucial to student success.

And 55% of parents felt strict enforcement of homework improved academic results.

"The involvement of parents maintaining and making sure the kids do their homework sometimes can be negative... the biggest effect parents can have is on their sense of encouragement and expectations for the students" Hattie said.

It seems students may be under too much stress from parents to perform; maybe backing off the books a little could be the answer to better results?

Do you think students are under too much parent pressure?

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Posted: 26 May, 2016

Aussie Internet Rip Off

Many households overspend by $500 a yr!

Pic credit: Getty Images

The majority of Aussie households are believed to be overpaying for internet... because we're scared of running out of data before the end of the month. 

Galaxy Research has polled Aussies, finding the majority of us overestimate how much we download. It means money down the drain on expensive internet plans when we don't need them! 

One in three families could save up to $500 a year by changing to a more realistic plan. 

The survey found almost half of Aussie households download less than 200GB per month, even though 2.5 million have signed up to expensive unlimited plans. 

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Posted: 25 May, 2016

Wall of Remembrance To Be Rebuilt After Being Defaced

$180,000 to rebuild it

Source: ABC News. Forensic police examine the wall after it was marked with black graffiti last night.

The NSW Police Wall of Remembrance will need to be pulled down and rebuilt after twice being vandalised, allegedly by the same man who was high on drugs at his arrest.

The 30-year-old man was nabbed near the pedestrian overpass at The Domain in central Sydney on Tuesday night after calls from three women.

NSW Police Superintendent David Donohue said the vandal had written “offensive messages and derogatory comments” in black graffiti about police.

It’s the second act of vandalism in less than a week, after scratches were found on nearly 30 panels of the NSW Police Wall of Remembrance last Friday.

It is alleged the same man is to blame.

“To damage it once is offensive enough, but to go back and do it twice is totally disrespectful to the men and women of the NSW police force who put their lives on the live every single day,” Superintendent Donohue said.

The “highly agitated, drug affected” man resisted arrest and allegedly smashed the rear window of a police truck as he was being driven to Day Street police station in the city.

Source: ABC

“He was then transported to St Vincent’s hospital, was assessed up there and released back into our custody this morning - later charged with three counts of malicious damage and his bail formally refused. 

The memorial displays more than 250 names of the NSW police officers who have lost their lives on the job, and is the site of the state’s annual National Police Remembrance Day service in September.

“I’m very angry and upset at the damage that’s been occasioned to the wall, not only to this individual but they’ve damaged one of our most sacred sites. He’s affected the families of those whose names appear on the wall and every member of the NSW police force,” Superintendent Donohue said.

It will cost $180,000 to rebuild the wall.

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Posted: 25 May, 2016

Daniel Andrews Apologises For Making 'Fat Joke' In Parliament

The Premier has apologised

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Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews has apologised for making disparaging comments about an opposition MP's weight.

When Liberal MP Andrew Katos got up to speak in parliament on Tuesday, Mr Andrews said it was the first time no one had seen him coming - a reference to the member for South Barwon's weight.

"Fair cop, I shouldn't have said it, and I apologise," Mr Andrews told reporters on Wednesday.

Mr Katos, who has always battled with his weight, says that reflecting on the premier's gibe had got him down.

"It certainly wasn't something that I was expecting from the premier of the state," he told Fairfax on Wednesday.

Played the audio of Mr Andrews' public apology, Mr Katos said he would accept a personal one.

"If the premier were to seek me out and apologise to me face-to-face then of course I would accept the apology," Mr Katos said.


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Posted: 25 May, 2016

Brookvale Fatality: CCTV Shows Truckie Dumping Clothes

A Sydney truck driver is accused of tampering with evidence by dumping clothes from under his vehicle after a deadly hit-and-run that sparked raids on his company's truck fleet. Watch the video below.

CCTV allegedly shows truck driver ditch victims clothes in bin Video: Channel 10

Police say the 36-year-old got rid of possibly blood-stained clothes that may have belonged to a grandmother killed at a pedestrian crossing in Sydney's northern beaches on Friday morning.

It's alleged one of the items thrown into a skip bin was a purple jacket belonging to the victim. 

The 60-year-old woman, named in media reports as Jo-Ann Thwaites, was allegedly hit by a Lilydale truck and then became trapped under a second truck that dragged her along Pittwater Road in Brookvale.

Superintendent Stuart Smith said the first driver, 36, failed to stop and drove to a nearby IGA supermarket where he allegedly tampered with crucial evidence.

The driver is set to face Manly Local Court in June charged with failing to stop and render aid after an impact causing death, and negligent driving occasioning death.

The second driver, a 57-year-old man, stopped his truck, helped Ms Thwaites and later aided police with the investigation.

The incident sparked raids on Tuesday at the Girraween headquarters of Baiada Poultry, which owns Lilydale.

An audit was conducted on 23 heavy vehicles and 12 trailers.

"It is our responsibility to ensure we investigate companies involved in fatal incidents to ensure there are no ongoing safety or compliance issues,"

Roads and Maritime Services general manager Paul Endycott said in a statement on Tuesday evening.

Three heavy vehicles were found to have tampered with their speed limiters, allowing speeds over the 100km/h limit, police say.

Ten minor defects were issued for lights, tyres and brakes, while seven infringement notices were handed out for issues including an unregistered truck and expired labels.

Documents were also seized as part of the crash investigation.

Baiada Poultry said it does not own or operate the trucks that received breaches on Tuesday.

"We will move to terminate agreements with any transport companies that do not comply with legal standards," it said in a statement.

The company sent condolences to Ms Thwaites's family: "Our thoughts are with them."

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Tags: CCTV

Posted: 25 May, 2016

Johnny Depp Labels Barnaby Joyce 'Inbred With A Tomato'

Actor's swipe on Jimmy Kimmel live

Source: YouTube/ Getty Images

Just when you thought the Depps dogs saga was over...

Actor Johnny Depp has told Jimmy Kimmel’s late-night talk show that Australia's Deputy Prime Minister looks like he was "inbred with a tomato."  

Depp and wife Amber Heard were forced to record a video apologising for breaching Australia's biosecurity laws, after being caught illegally smuggling their dogs, Pistol and Boo, into Australia in 2015.

The then-Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce threatened to put down the dogs if they remained in the country, in one of the weirdest political stories of recent years.

The actor, who is promoting his new film Alice Through the Looking Glass, was re-shown the apology video for the man whom he called, “Barnaby Jones.”

Depp admitted he taped the video on an iPhone and hasn’t watched the recording back because, "I didn't want to kill myself."

Barnaby Joyce responds

The Deputy PM has responded to the insult, thanking Depp for free advertising and saying he knew he did the right thing by sticking to his guns on biosecurity.

He laughed off the extraordinary swipe on ABC.

"I'm inside his head. I'm pulling little strings and pulling little levers. Long after i've forgotten about Mr Depp, he's remembering me."

Mr Joyce was also asked which vegetable he'd rather be compared to.

"Something sleek and sensitive, just like me."

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Tags: Johnny Depp, Depps dogs, Barnaby Joyce, Jimmy Kimmel

Posted: 24 May, 2016

Alternate Routes If You Were Planning On Using The Calder Tonight

Delays expected outbound on CityLink/Tulla.

The Calder Freeway is not expected to reopen today following this mornings fuel tanker crash. 

VicRoads have advised drivers to leave early or delay travel if they plan on heading through the area.

Triple M’s Traffic reporter Jimmy has advised drivers to take these routes if they are heading outbound.

“Tae the Tullamarine Freeway to Melrose Drive onto Sharps Rd, Airport Drive and back onto the Calder,” he said.

“Alternatively you could use the Westgate or Western Ring Road then back up to Calder.”

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Tags: Melbourne, Traffic

Posted: 24 May, 2016

Lost Your Phone In A Sydney Cab? Let The Taxi Fairy Find It For You

Unofficial detective will find your lost items

Photo: Peter Rae

Ever left something in a cab and didn’t know what to do in that moment of panic?

The taxi fairy, also known as Irene Klaasse, is your first port of call.

There are hundreds of items left in taxis across Sydney every week and nearly every single one gets reported to Irene.

Working her magic, Irene ensures your phone, wallet, odd shoe and keys are returned to you ASAP.

“We get lots of tears because people get very hysterical when it comes to electronic gadgets, especially phones because they have everyone’s lives on them.”  

Sometimes she can rely on the accuracy of the receipt, while at other times can use GPS to find which driver drove which passenger.

While “95 per cent of the time” items are returned safely to their owners, there’s an app people can download to help the recovery process.

“Some people use Find My iPhone so that makes my job very easy because they’ve got that contact phone number there.”

Irene has worked for the Combined Communications Network lost property department for 13 years. CCN’s taxi brands include Taxis Combined, Silver Service, Apple Taxis, ABC Cabs and South Western Cabs.

Last year, she got an assistant, Elise, and together they work Monday to Friday from 9am to 4:30pm.

“The items come to me. We’re based in Alexandria so anyone can come to us during those hours, organise a courier or send a family member to collect it as long as I give them a reference number.”

“It’s a really great feeling reuniting everyone back with their items.”

Lost property phone numbers:

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