August 23, 2019

BMX rider in coma following world record jump

BMX rider Dane Searls set a world record jumping gaps of up to 18 metres last friday but it was the celebrations 48 hours later that left him in a coma fighting for his life. Searls, 23, was partying at Billy's Beach House in Australia's Surfers Paradise when he tried to dive into a pool from a … [Read more...]

Top secret Obama visit plan found in Canberra street

A secret manual describing Barack Obama's Australian visit schedule down to the minute, as well as the breakdown of his security convoy and the mobile numbers of dozens of senior US and Australian officials, has been found by the Sydney Morning Herald lying on a Canberra street yesterday morning. … [Read more...]

Brett Seymour leaves Warriors with drink drive conviction

Vodafone Warriors NRL rugby league star Brett Seymour is leaving the club with a court conviction after he fled from the police and was caught drink-driving at twice the legal limit. The 27-year-old was seen by police driving erratically on Church St, near his Onehunga home, and sped up when he … [Read more...]

Aussie teen Bali drug trial fast-tracked

The Australian teenager caught with marijuana in Bali will face trial next week as Indonesian authorities fast-track his case and vow to make his court appearance as stress-free as possible but shutting out the media and public. A judge, Amser Simanjuntak, was appointed to handle the case after … [Read more...]

Aussie pilot survives PNG plane crash that kills 28

An Australian pilot has survived a plane crash in Papua New Guinea, the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs says. The Airlines PNG Dash 8 was flying from Lae to Madang on the country's north coast when it crashed in dense forest, near the mouth of the Gogol River, about 20km south of the … [Read more...]

Iranian actress gets 90 lashes and prison for movie role

Iranian actress, Marzieh Vafamehr has been sentenced to a year in prison and 90 lashes for appearing in an Australian-produced movie critical of the Islamic republic's hard-line policies. Marzieh Vafamehr appeared in the film My Tehran for Sale, shot in the Iranian capital, which tells the story … [Read more...]

IVF pioneer Carl Wood dies

The father of invitro fertilisation, Professor Carl Wood, has died in Melbourne at the age of 82. Professor Wood and his team from Melbourne’s Monash University pioneered IVF as an option for infertile couples in the 1970s. The gynaecologist and his team helped develop the world’s first IVF … [Read more...]

Warning of Chlamydia epidemic in Australia

The chlamydia infection rate among young Australians is in danger of reaching epidemic proportions according to sexual health expert, Associate Professor David Wilson. New cases of the easily-transmissible infection, which can leave women infertile years later, rose by 17 per cent last year to … [Read more...]

Serena Williams US Open outburst gets only a $2000 fine

Serena Williams has been fined $2,000 for her tirade at umpire Eva Asderaki in the US Open final yesterday. Australian, Sam Stosur won the match 6-2 6-3 after Williams was given a code violation for verbally abusing the Greek official early in the second set. Williams is on a two-year … [Read more...]

Spartacus star Andy Whitfield dead at 37

Andy Whitfield, the 37-year-old star of the hit TV series Spartacus: Blood and Sand, has died. His manager, Sam Maydew says Whitfield died on Sunday of non-Hodgkin Lymphoma in Sydney, Australia. Whitfield's wife Vashti in a statement called her husband a "beautiful young warrior" who died on … [Read more...]

Channel 9 sacks staff over fake ‘live’ interviews

Three Australian journalists have been sacked and a Channel nine news director has resigned in the fall-out from the network's faked live helicopter crosses to the Daniel Morcombe search scene. Reporters Melissa Mallet and Cameron Price were fired by management yesterday as well as Nine News … [Read more...]

US student found dead in shower at Australian University

A US student has been found dead in the shower in her room at the University of Southern Queensland on Monday night. Journalism student and part time model, Emily Spickler, 19, was found by a fellow college resident. She had only been in Australia a few weeks. Police do not yet know how she … [Read more...]

Union takes aim at Qantas after 1000 job cuts announced

Australian Unions are taking aim at Qantas following the airline's announcement that it plans to cut up to 1000 jobs. Qantas also plans to launch a premium airline based in Asia and a new Jetstar Japan budget airline. Australian Services Union (ASU) Assistant National Secretary Linda White … [Read more...]

Police close in on Madeleine Pulver bomb hoax suspect

Australain police have gone into 'neither confirm nor deny' mode over reports they have a prime suspect in the frame for the Madeleine Pulver bomb hoax case. Media outlets are reporting that investigators have not released a description of 18-year-old Madeleine's attacker because they believed … [Read more...]

Aussie teen freed after 10 hour bomb necklace drama

Australian police have freed a young woman in Sydney after a 10 hour effort to deal with a suspected bomb around her neck that was strapped to her body. Madeleine Pulver, 18, called police from her home in Mosman - a wealthy Sydney suburb - at 14:30. She says she had been studying for her exams … [Read more...]