Posted: 29 July, 2016

Heartless Criminals Charged After Sydney Quadraplegic Man’s Buggy Stolen

It appears Karma has caught up with a couple of criminals…

Two men have been charged accused of stealing a quadriplegic man’s buggy from Sydney’s Eastern Suburbs last month.

An off-road four-seater vehicle and trailer were stolen from outside the family’s home on Lang Avenue in Pagewood during torrential rain on Sunday, 5 June.

The vehicle belonged to a 23-year-old man who is a quadriplegic and suffers from cystic fibrosis. His mother has pleaded for its return, saying riding in the vehicle is the “only fun” her son ever has.

Police carried out two search warrants on homes in Cranebrooke and Claremont Meadows on July 19 – seizing numerous items but no arrests were made.

About 9am yesterday two men, a 27-year-old from Cranebrooke and a 29-year-old from Claremont Meadows were arrested and charged with a range of offences and will front court today.

While the trailer has been recovered, the specially modified buggy has not with police asking for anyone who may have information on its whereabouts to contact them.

The vehicle is described as a grey/black coloured 2002 model Polaris RZR XP 4 900.

Anyone with relevant information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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Posted: 29 July, 2016

'I Can Be A Complete Tool' Karl’s Heartfelt Apology

'I Can Be A Complete Tool'


Karl Stefanovic used ‘transphobic slurs’ while having fun at the expense of a cross-dressing person who attempted to rob a Channel 9 crew in Rio.

Today reporter Christine Ahern was explaining to the Today show crew how she and her cameraman were approached by would-be thieves after arriving in Rio.

Karl quickly apologised on Twitter yesterday, but took it one step further this morning.

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Posted: 29 July, 2016

Bushwalker Found Injured In Blue Mountains

Spent a freezing night alone

Source: Getty Images

A bushwalker who spent a freezing night lost in the Blue Mountains without any food, water or camping equipment has been found.

Search teams rescued the 32-year-old man at Wentworth Pass about 8.40am on Friday, and he's believed to be suffering an injured ankle and hypothermia.

The man called for help on Thursday evening after losing his bearings while walking in Wentworth Falls.

Police say he's being assessed by paramedics for his injuries.

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Posted: 29 July, 2016

Girl Dies After Zoo Elephant Hurls Rock Into The Air

“Accidents of this type are rare, unforeseeable and unusual”

A seven-year-old girl has been killed at Zabat Zoo in Morocco after an elephant hurled a stone from its enclosure to the visitors area - striking her in the back of the head.

The schoolgirl was posing for a picture about 1pm Tuesday (10pm Tuesday AEST) with her family when the accident occurred.

She was rushed to hospital but died of her injuries several hours later.

A spokesperson for the zoo offered sympathies to the girl’s grieving family, but would not claim responsibility for the incident.

“Accidents of this type are rare, unforeseeable and unusual,” he said in a statement, reports Morocco World News.

“Accidents on this nature have happened in international zoos, most recently in Disney World Orlando and the Cincinnati Zoo in the United States.”

Footage taken by a bystander has been uploaded to YouTube after the elephant lifted the rock with its trunk and threw it into the air. Some viewers may find it disturbing.

The tragedy was the first of its kind since the zoo opened in 2012.

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Posted: 29 July, 2016

Man Shot In Back In Sydney's West

Gunman on the run

The victim of a western Sydney shooting is undergoing surgery after a bullet struck his lungs during a targeted attack.

Police say the 24-year-old man was walking from a car to the front door of his Prairiewood home when he was shot in the back late on Thursday night.

The man, who is known to police, managed to call emergency services while his mother rushed out from the home to help.

Superintendent Peter Lennon has appealed to the public for information, which he says remains scarce.

"So far I would say we are having very limited information coming forward
from this victim and his associates," he told reporters in Fairfield on Friday
morning.

"It was not random, it was targeted so we need to be going through what he's recently been involved in."

While detectives believe the crime is gang-related, the victim is not understood to be in a gang, Supt Lennon said.

It's believed the gunman was on foot when three shots were fired towards the victim in Nugent Place, a dead-end street, leading detectives to canvass surrounding streets in case neighbours heard the attacker escape in a getaway car.

The shooter, who is described as being male and in a hooded jacket, remains on the run.

Police said the shooting has been classed as attempted murder.

 

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Posted: 28 July, 2016

Lamborghini Spotted Towing Goats In Western Sydney

Lambo with goats Image: Joseph Criniti

A 2002 Lamborghini Murcielago has been seen with some unusual cargo in western Sydney.

A passenger driving past the peculiar scene in Liverpool filmed the incident, where the high end, $250,000 car can been seen with trailor holding cage of goats. See the bizarre video below.

 

Footage: Youtube, Joseph Criniti

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Posted: 28 July, 2016

"I'll cherish our memories" - Madeleine Kelly

Emotional tribute to brothers Stuart and Thomas

Source: Facebook

As she mourns the death of her second sibling this week, the sister of one-punch victim Thomas Kelly says she will cherish the memories of her "beautiful brothers" forever.

Madeleine Kelly took to Facebook late on Wednesday night to post a tender family photo of herself with Stuart as a toddler and their older brother Thomas.

"You are both so loved. My beautiful brothers. I'll cherish our memories forever," Madeleine wrote in a message accompanying the photo.

Stuart's death on Monday, which is not being treated as suspicious, occurred almost three weeks after the fourth anniversary of Thomas's death.

Stuart was 14 when his older brother died after being randomly punched while walking with his girlfriend in Kings Cross in July 2012.

Following his brother's death, Stuart went on to campaign heavily against alcohol-fuelled violence, and support the work of the Thomas Kelly Foundation.

Source: AAP

The campaign, coupled with the death of one-punch attack victim Daniel Christie in 2013, eventually led to the controversial lockout laws being introduced by the NSW government the following year.

Christie's brother, John, also took to the social media site to remind those who are "quick to 'spray' vitriol" about the laws to be mindful about their comments.

"RIP Stuart Kelly. I know how it feels to be caught in the same strange position," Mr Christie wrote on Facebook.

"To be a proverbial 'bouy' (sic), awash in a sea of motives and agendas, of people our age, business owners, and MP's trying to find a solution.

"Do we as family members of victims innately have an answer?

"No I don't think we do, we are just very unfortunate individuals who lost the ones which we love."

Mr Christie also commended Stuart Kelly for his strength and courage, and for "trying to make the city a safer place".

Social media has been flooded with messages of support and condolence for the Kelly family since Stuart's death.

The boys' father, Ralph Kelly said his family was expressing unbearable grief in the wake of Stuart's death.

"The most painful goodbyes are the ones that are never said and never explained," he wrote on Facebook on Tuesday night.

The King's School at Parramatta, where Stuart and Tom both attended, has offered its support to the Kelly family.

Readers seeking support and information about suicide prevention can contact Lifeline on 13 11 14.

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Posted: 28 July, 2016

Splendour Punter Fools Us All With 'Broken Ankle' Party Trick

We were a bit skeptical about this one... turns out our suspicions were right on the money.

The bloke that 'broke his ankle' at last weekend's Splendour In The Grass, seen in a viral video walking on it even though it was backwards, was actually pulling one heck of a party trick!!!

Friends of Sunshine Coaster Sam Cooper uploaded the video to Facebook yesterday, but Sam has kindly informed us that it was infact, fake. 

Props to him though for being able to bend his body in freaky ways. I wonder if it helps pull the ladies?

If you haven't seen it yet:   *CAUTION - IT'S NOT FOR THE FAINT BELLIED*

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Posted: 28 July, 2016

Baby Boy Assaulted On Sydney Train

Suffers head injuries and taken into care

A 10-month-old baby boy has been assaulted by a man on a train from Sydney to the Central Coast.

After a passenger raised concerns, police boarded the train at Woy Woy Station about 8:30pm on Wednesday, discovering the distressed baby suffering head injuries.

The infant was in a pram next to his mother and the 22-year-old man, who’s been charged with assault occasioning actual bodily harm and will appear in court on Thursday.

The baby boy, who was taken to Gosford Hospital in a stable condition, will be placed in care.

Police are working with the Department of Family and Community Services.

At-risk kids forced to sleep in offices

It comes with the Department of Family and Community Services admitting some kids taken away from abusive parents can’t be housed in suitable accommodation straight away.

There are reports kids are being forced to sleep in government offices as case workers frantically try to find housing with extended family or foster carers.

Department Secretary Michael Coutts-Trotter telling TripleM although it’s devastating, it doesn’t happen often.

“There are about 20,000 children in care in NSW for kids that can’t live with their mums or dads. Last year 350 children spent time in a motel, after social workers needed to remove them from their family because they weren’t safe there.”

Even though the department’s budget has increased by $560 million over the next four years to meet demand for child protection, Mr Coutts-Trotte said money doesn’t solve all problems.

“I wish there were no children who had to experience that but it’s not about money, it’s about the difficulty of immediately finding a safe place for those kids either with extended family or foster carers.”

He adds you can’t leave child protection solely to the government.

“If people want to know what can they do… if they are a member of a family where a child has been removed from their parents and they are able to think about providing that child a home. If you are thinking of being a foster carer - ring fostering NSW.”

“It’s a wonderful thing to do, people find incredible fulfilment and if people want to do something it’s a great thing for them to do.”

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Posted: 28 July, 2016

Aussies Trust Foreign Beers Over Local Drops

Check out which brands we trust most

When it comes to enjoying a beer it appears we prefer a Corona or Heinken before we even think of reaching for a Carlton.

The Mexican beer, probably with a lemon or lime wedge, taking top honours in the annual Reader's Digest Most Trusted Brands survey ahead of the Dutch brew and the local drop.

More than 2,400 adults across the country were polled on what brands they prefer and trust, in a whole range of categories from banks to cars, power tools, insurance companies, supermarkets and whitegoods.

The overall brand winner was vacuum cleaner brand Dyson, ahead of Energizer and Duracell.

The trusty Hills Hoist taking out the Aussie Iconic Brand while Bunnings is the most trusted retailer with JB Hi-Fi and Target highly commended.

We like to barbecue on a Weber, fix things at home with Bosch power tools and driver Toyota's with Bridgestone tyres.

Commonwealth Bank tops the list of trusted banks ahead of NAB and Westpac, while if there's one particular charity Aussies trust in 2016, it's Guide Dogs.

TOP TEN LIST:

1) DYSON
2) ENERGIZER
3) DURACELL
4) DULUX
5) DETTOL
6) LIPTON
7) TWININGS
8) SAMSUNG
9) JOHNSON & JOHNSON
10) JOHN WEST

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Posted: 28 July, 2016

Rio Mayor Apologises For Stuffing Around The Aussies

National Team Given Keys To Rio

In a bid to smooth things over after the disgraceful state of the Village, Rio de Janeiro Major Eduardo Paes has apologised to the Australian team ahead of the Opening Ceremony in eight days.

He handed over the keys of the city to Aussie Chef De Mission Kitty Chiller who in turn gave him a small “boxing kangaroo” doll as the sign of a truce.

“This is going to be the only delegation that will get the keys to the city of Rio – so Rio is opened to the Australians!,” Paes said.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - JULY 27:  Rio de Janeiro Mayor Eduardo Paes (L) hands the key to the city to Australian delegation head Kitty Chiller during a ceremony at the Olympic Village on July 26, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.  (Photo by Buda Mendes/Getty Images)

It comes after the staff and athletes refused to check in three days earlier because of water and gas leaks, electrical shorts, malfunctioning toilets and general filth.

“It was almost a diplomatic thing,” the Major said.

Paes apologised and acknowledged Australia’s “was the worst building.”

“Australia was right. It was not in good shape. That was a mistake of the organisation. What we have to do now is go ahead and organise it.”

“They’ve got their building now, and I hope things go well from now on.”

The complaints led to hundreds of cleaners, plumbers, safety inspectors and electricians working around the clock to resolve the issues.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - JULY 27:  Rio de Janeiro Mayor Eduardo Paes (L) gets a toy kangaroo from the Australian delegation head Kitty Chiller during a ceremony at the Olympic Village on July 26, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.  (Photo by Buda Mendes/Getty Images)

Paes was asked multiple times about who would foot the bill after teams tried to fix the problems.

“He left immediately after that question,” Chiller said.

“We’ll sort all that out afterwards.”

While the conditions appear to have been mended, Chiller promised to speak out again if things are not up to standard.

“Everything that we’ve ever said, and everything I will continue to say is about making sure that we have the best possible environment for our athletes,” she said.

“And we’ll stop at nothing to ensure that we get that. Whatever that takes.”

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Posted: 28 July, 2016

20 Most Popular Google Searches Revealed

Does farting burn calories?

Seriously, where would we be without Google? It's a super-charged brain of weird and wonderful.

And it seems people aren't afraid to ask the search engine their grossest, strangest and most hilarious questions.

Marketing agency Digitaloft has revealed a list of the top 20 most popular questions to ask Google, topping the list is 'Am I Pregnant?' with 90,500 searches every month.

Some of the weirder ones includes 'Does Farting Burn Calories?', 'Can Men Get Pregnant?' and 'Why Won't My Car Start?'.

On average, we spend around 107 minutes every month searching through Google.

Here's the top 20 list:

1. Am I Pregnant?

2. How Do I Get Home?

3. Are Aliens Real?

4. Does Farting Burn Calories?

5. When Will I Die?

6. Why Do Men Have Nipples?

7. Do Penguins Have Knees?

8. Why Are We Here?

9. Is The Tooth Fairy Real?

10. Do Pigs Sweat?

11. Does My Bum Look 40?

12. Is The World Flat?

13. Am I Psycho?

14. Why Won't My Car Start?

15. Do Men Have Periods?

16. Do Worms Have Eyes?

17. Can Men Get Pregnant?

18. What Happens If You Drink Blood?

19. Can I Marry My Cousin?

20. Why Does My Boss Hate Me?

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