Travel Trouble

Placeholder Content Image

Lowest act: Thieves steal gear to pose as firefighters and beg for fake donations

<p>A NSW fire station has warned residents to keep an eye out as thieves stole firefighter gear from the station and could be posing as fireys to get donations from unaware locals.</p> <p>Wyong Fire Station, on the Central Coast of NSW, was broken into on Saturday night and alerted locals to what had been stolen in a Facebook post.</p> <p><iframe src="https://www.facebook.com/plugins/post.php?href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2Ffrnsw505%2Fposts%2F1990863537726068&amp;width=500" width="500" height="745" style="border: none; overflow: hidden;" scrolling="no" frameborder="0" allowtransparency="true" allow="encrypted-media"></iframe></p> <p>Yellow fire helmets, bushfire jackets and gloves, ID cards, goggles, shirts and trousers as well as white flash hoods resembling balaclavas were stolen.</p> <p>“All of these items are clearly marked or branded with FRNSW logos and some of these will have firefighters names on them,” the post read.</p> <p>The post ended by saying that FRNSW “do not door knock or go around asking for monetary donations or discounts”.</p> <p>Hundreds have since commented on the post, condemning the thieves’ actions.</p> <p>“What is wrong with these people?” one woman said.</p> <p>“This is just the lowest act,” another person said.</p> <p>“This is horrible, hard to believe that someone could be this low or do something like this. Hope they find the grub!” another wrote.</p> <p>A man commented saying that they saw a ‘solo door knocker’ when driving.</p> <p>“Saw a ‘solo door knocker’ in Gorokan, Dudley St about an hour ago when driving. Was a man, dressed in RFS and holding a bucket.</p> <p>“I have notified the station, maybe keep an eye out if in Gorokan.”</p>

Travel Trouble

Placeholder Content Image

Missing Australians named in White Island volcano eruption

<p>Hundreds of cruise passengers have woken up to a “sombre” morning on the Ovation of the Seas ship after at least five people were killed in a volcanic eruption on New Zealand’s White Island.</p> <p>The incident has left 31 people hospitalised, including a number of Australian tourists who had been sightseeing yesterday.</p> <p>Eight people are currently still missing.</p> <p>New Zealand Police issued a statement, saying they do not believe they will be able to locate any more survivors after conducting aerial surveillance of the island.</p> <p>Speaking to<span> </span><em>9news.com.au</em>, an Australian passenger name Anna, who is currently on board the Ovation while docked at Tauranga said the atmosphere on the cruise is “sobering and sombre”.</p> <p>“(I have taken) a walk through the main ship area and there’s not a lot of life. A few people at guest services,” she said.</p> <p>“I can see another cruise ship out in the water; they might’ve been due in here today.</p> <p>“I’m feeling pretty helpless mostly, there’s nothing I can do beyond be understanding about any decisions that are made for the families involved.”</p> <p>Prime Minister Scott Morrison said of the 24 Australians visiting the island during the eruption, a few were among those who had been taken to hospitals on the mainland.</p> <p>“There are still people who are unaccounted for, including Australians,” he said.</p> <p>“We hope to know more in the morning, however we must prepare for some difficult news in the days ahead.</p> <p>“Jenny and I extend our love to all the individuals and families affected. This is a terrible and anxious time for them.”</p> <p>Here are the Australians listed as missing on the Red Cross website:</p> <p>•<span> </span>Amy Miall, 30, of Brisbane</p> <p>•<span> </span>Anthony Langford, 51, of North Sydney</p> <p>•<span> </span>Gary Woolley, of Sydney</p> <p>•<span> </span>Gavin Brian Dallow, 53, of Adelaide</p> <p>•<span> </span>James Whitehouse, 23, of Brisbane</p> <p>•<span> </span>Jane Murray, 56, of Sydney</p> <p>•<span> </span>Jason David Griffiths, 33, of Coffs Harbour NSW</p> <p>•<span> </span>Jesse Langford, 19, of North Sydney</p> <p>•<span> </span>Jessica Richards, 20, of Australia</p> <p>•<span> </span>Julie Richards, 47, of Australia</p> <p>•<span> </span>Karla Michelle Mathews, 32, of Coffs Harbour NSW</p> <p>•<span> </span>Kristine Langford, of Australia</p> <p>•<span> </span>Madeleine Whitehouse, 24, of Brisbane</p> <p>•<span> </span>Mathew Thomas, 31, of Tamworth NSW</p> <p>•<span> </span>Maureen Jones, 68, of Bathurst NSW</p> <p>•<span> </span>Mitchell James O’Shea, of Canberra</p> <p>•<span> </span>Richard Aaron Elzer, 32, of Coffs Harbour NSW</p> <p>•<span> </span>Robert Rogers, 78, of Herberton Queensland</p> <p>•<span> </span>Samson Tamaliunas, 12, of Western Australia</p> <p>•<span> </span>Stuart Raymond Trott, 45, of Melbourne</p> <p>•<span> </span>Tarli Sky Tonks, 14, of Tasmania</p> <p>•<span> </span>Winona Langford, 17, of North Sydney</p> <p>•<span> </span>Ziggy Viero, 7, of Australia</p> <p>•<span> </span>Zoe Hosking, 15, of Adelaide</p>

Travel Trouble

Placeholder Content Image

10 signs you’re about to fall for a bad Airbnb listing

<p>When looking for accommodation for a next holiday, many people turn to the rentals listed on Airbnb. Although many are amazing, some are not so great. We talk to experts who shed light on some of the key indicators that a rental may not be all it’s cracked up to be, or worse, that you’re about to fall for an Airbnb scam.</p> <p><strong>1. Photos that leave you with more questions than answers</strong></p> <div id="page2" class="slide-show"> <div id="test" class="slide listicle-slide"> <div class="slide-description"> <p>The best listings will provide a virtual photo tour of the space you will temporarily call home. On the other end of the spectrum, a questionable listing will have photos of the outside area, the neighbourhood, and the street … but not what you care about the most: the bedroom, the bathroom and the kitchen, says chief digital officer Nerissa Marbury, who has booked everything from entire homes to private rooms in 12 cities across five countries. “If the listing has limited photos, it doesn’t hurt to ask the host for more photos. And if the host offers a lame excuse as to why this isn’t possible, be wary,” she says.</p> <div class="at-below-post addthis_tool" data-url="https://www.readersdigest.com.au/travel/10-signs-youre-about-to-fall-for-a-bad-airbnb-listing"><strong>2. You can't find any reviews</strong></div> <div class="at-below-post addthis_tool" data-url="https://www.readersdigest.com.au/travel/10-signs-youre-about-to-fall-for-a-bad-airbnb-listing"> <div id="page3" class="slide-show"> <div id="test" class="slide listicle-slide"> <div class="slide-description"> <p>When you’re shopping for anything from a mattress to a blender, what information is most valuable to you? Reviews from internet strangers, your friends, your neighbour – anyone who will provide insight about their experience. The same goes for an Airbnb listing. If there are little to no reviews, you should proceed with caution, says Sara Mosadegh, an Airbnb host and property manager. While, sure, every new listing will start from square one, if you are considering booking a listing with no feedback and a host who isn’t responding, run away!</p> <p><strong>3. You can only find negative reviews</strong></p> <div id="page4" class="slide-show"> <div id="test" class="slide listicle-slide"> <div class="slide-description"> <p>You might find a property with tons of reviews – but are any of them peachy? The only thing worse than no feedback is negative criticisms of a listing, says Mosadegh. “Reviews that say negative things about wifi, neighbours, or neighbourhood safety are important to sort through. That’s why you should take the time to read all reviews and dig deep,” she explains. She also recommends following up on reviews that mention construction, since that could change or improve over time. “Review comments may not be a deal breaker but are always something you should weigh up,” she adds.</p> <div class="at-below-post addthis_tool" data-url="https://www.readersdigest.com.au/travel/10-signs-youre-about-to-fall-for-a-bad-airbnb-listing"><strong>4. You aren't finding photos that match the description</strong></div> <div class="at-below-post addthis_tool" data-url="https://www.readersdigest.com.au/travel/10-signs-youre-about-to-fall-for-a-bad-airbnb-listing"> <p>Use your investigative skills to see if the description matches the pictures provided, urges Jessica Norak, a travel writer and Airbnb frequent traveller. “If the text says ‘luxury apartment’ and you see chipped paint, uneven concrete floors, and little furniture pictured, it probably is not a luxury apartment,” she explains. “Be sure to check the photos that have been verified or taken by Airbnb, and use those to inform what you think the apartment will be like, rather than the description, if the two do not match.”</p> <p><strong>5. You can't believe the price</strong></p> <p>Finding a good deal is often a double-edged sword: saving money is always a bonus, but it’s important to understand why a place is far below market value compared with other listings, says digital nomad and frequent Airbnb guest Veronica Silva. As she puts it, there’s often a reason, so don’t just believe you scored a budget-friendly option right off the bat. “Maybe the neighbourhood is not great, or the place itself is lacking something and the host is just trying to make up for it,” she explains. When in doubt, you should ask your potential host to provide further insight on how he or she arrived at the rate.</p> <p><strong>6. You're finding errors</strong></p> <div id="page7" class="slide-show"> <div id="test" class="slide listicle-slide"> <div class="slide-description"> <p>Sure, not everyone is a writer or an expert on grammar, but if you keep finding contradictions in the listing, you have reason to raise an eyebrow. As Marbury says, sometimes there are honest-to-goodness typos because the host has more than one listing or isn’t a native English speaker, but if you are reading about a “backyard” but there isn’t one pictured, you should feel empowered to ask for clarity. If you can’t correspond effectively with the host, Marbury says to run.</p> <div class="at-below-post addthis_tool" data-url="https://www.readersdigest.com.au/travel/10-signs-youre-about-to-fall-for-a-bad-airbnb-listing"><strong>7. You aren't sure whether it's legal</strong></div> <div class="at-below-post addthis_tool" data-url="https://www.readersdigest.com.au/travel/10-signs-youre-about-to-fall-for-a-bad-airbnb-listing"> <p>Here’s the deal: as Airbnb grew in popularity, various city, state and country officials started heavily regulating what’s permitted – and what’s not. Norah says that to protect yourself – and to lower the risk of hiccups once you’ve landed – it’s important to ensure that your listing has a business license or a registration number. “In many cities, Airbnb properties need to be legally registered to be operated as an Airbnb,” she explains. Barcelona in Spain, and San Francisco in California, are two such destinations, but you should research the rules of any place you trek to. You may even be asked at customs for this information, and having it on hand will ward off any confusion or difficulties. “Airport officials in the Seychelles checked to make sure our Airbnb was registered when we arrived at the airport,” Norah says. Where do you find it? She says for most of these cities, you will find a business or city license-registration number listed somewhere on the property description.</p> <p><strong>8. You booked the first place you found</strong></p> <div id="page9" class="slide-show"> <div id="test" class="slide listicle-slide"> <div class="slide-description"> <p>Many unpleasant travel experiences can be avoided if you are willing to roll up your sleeves and do your due diligence to ensure that you’re booking what you want, Marbury says. After all, you can’t expect a place to be 100 per cent up to your standards if you didn’t take the time to research the details you were booking. “If strong and consistent wifi is important to you, don’t assume all wifi speeds are equal across all listings. Or, if you’re a light sleeper and the bedroom window faces a main road, you should ask about the traffic noise,” she explains. When you read through descriptions, keep an eye out for what a host is trying to tell you, instead of rushing to find something so you can check it off your to-do list. “Good hosts prefer to manage your expectations before you click ‘book’ because it equates to less headaches for them, too,” she adds.</p> <p><strong>9. Your host is taking forever to respond</strong></p> <p>When you browse through profiles, don’t disregard the response rate. Especially if you are traveling to an unfamiliar destination where you won’t be fluent in the native language, having a speedy, available host is essential. Marbury says that it’s a major red flag when your host takes forever to respond to you – or doesn’t reply at all. “A host who isn’t able to respond to an inquiry within a reasonable amount of time is typically a host who will not respond to you any faster when you have an issue you want resolved within the home after checking in,” she explains.</p> <p><strong>10. You feel like it's too good to be true</strong></p> <p>Whether the home is spectacular and far too affordable, the location seems impossible for your travel dates, or all of the above and more, take the time to listen to your gut, suggests travel journalist Kinga Philipps. Ask your host as many questions as necessary to make sure you are 100 per cent certain before you hit “book.”</p> <div id="page1" class="slide-show"> <div id="test" class="slide listicle-slide"> <div class="slide-description"> <p><em>Written by Lindsay Tigar. This article first appeared in </em><a href="https://www.readersdigest.com.au/travel/10-signs-youre-about-to-fall-for-a-bad-airbnb-listing"><em>Reader’s Digest</em></a><em>. </em><em>For more of what you love from the world’s best-loved magazine, </em><a href="http://readersdigest.innovations.com.au/c/readersdigestemailsubscribe?utm_source=over60&amp;utm_medium=articles&amp;utm_campaign=RDSUB&amp;keycode=WRA93V"><em>here’s our best subscription offer.</em></a></p> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div>

Travel Trouble

Placeholder Content Image

US flight returns to airport after passenger “fakes illness to get better seat”

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">A woman was taken off the plane and directly into custody after she faked an illness in an attempt to get a better seat. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Within an hour of take-off, a woman was complaining and asking for a bigger seat.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">However, when airline employees said that they could not offer her a bigger seat, the woman became ill.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The pilot rerouted the plane due to the claims of illness, but after landing, employees quickly realised that the woman was faking.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Once the woman refused to deplane, police were called.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The woman agreed to get off the plane after conversations with police and the flight captain.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The woman was taken to a mental health facility after her comments to officials due to the Baker Act. This is a law in Florida that allows officials to detain people who might be impaired due to mental illness.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Pensacola Police Department Public Information Officer Mike Wood told </span><a href="https://edition.cnn.com/travel/article/woman-fakes-illness-flight-police-say/index.html"><span style="font-weight: 400;">CNN</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">:</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The woman, who is not being named by police because she was taken into custody under the Baker Act, has not yet been charged but criminal charges could be filed.</span></p>

Travel Trouble

Placeholder Content Image

Driver cops $1,320 fine for littering

<p><span>A Sydney man has admitted to being a “boofhead” after police caught him throwing a lit cigarette out his car’s window near bushfires during a total fire ban.</span></p> <p><span>Campbelltown Highway Patrol spotted the 51-year-old man from Miller discarding the cigarette from his vehicle in Rosemeadow on Saturday morning.</span></p> <p><span>“The location is only about 20kms from where fires are burning in Wollondilly,” the police said in a statement on Facebook. </span></p> <p><span>“When asked why he had done it, the male told police ‘I’m a boofhead’.”</span></p> <p><span>The man was issued with an infringement notice and penalised with a fine of $1,320.</span></p> <p><iframe src="https://www.facebook.com/plugins/post.php?href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2FTrafficServicesNSWPF%2Fphotos%2Fa.627879350610382%2F2781121471952815%2F%3Ftype%3D3&amp;width=500" width="500" height="586" style="border: none; overflow: hidden;" scrolling="no" frameborder="0" allowtransparency="true" allow="encrypted-media"></iframe></p> <p><span>As of Sunday morning, there were 96 bush and grass fires in NSW – 47 of which were not contained.</span></p> <p><span>The “mega fire” at Gospers Mountain near Sydney’s northwestern outskirts is expected to continue burning until substantial rain arrives at the end of January or early February, <em><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2019/dec/07/australia-fires-blazes-too-big-to-put-out-as-140-bushfires-rage-in-nsw-and-queensland">The Guardian</a> </em>reported. </span></p> <p><span>“The total area burnt by these fires is around 335,000 hectares,” the NSW Rural Fire Service said in a statement on Friday evening.</span></p> <p><span>“These will take many weeks to put out – and only when we get good rain.”</span></p> <p><span>The ongoing bushfires in NSW and Queensland have burned areas covering at least <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/datablog/ng-interactive/2019/dec/07/how-big-are-the-fires-burning-on-the-east-coast-of-australia-interactive-map" target="_blank">2.2 million hectares</a>, killed six people and destroyed more than 680 homes.</span></p> <p><em><span>Image credit: Traffic and Highway Patrol Command - NSW Police Force</span></em></p>

Travel Trouble

Placeholder Content Image

More than 5,000 children rescued after being left in cars across Australia

<p>More than 5,000 children are rescued after being left unattended in a car each year across Australia, Kidsafe Victoria reported.</p> <p>The charity has issued a red alert in time for summer as it launched its annual campaign Do Not Leave Children Unattended in Cars.</p> <p>“The temperature inside a parked car can be 20-30 degrees warmer than the outside temperature,” Kidsafe Victoria general manager Jason Chambers said on Friday.</p> <p>“This means that on a typical Australian summer day, the temperature can reach over 50 to 60 degrees in a matter of minutes.”</p> <p>Chambers warned that dehydration and heat stroke can be life threatening to children.</p> <p>Tests conducted by the Royal Automobile Club of Queensland found that when car windows are left open by 10 centimetres, the inside temperature is only five degrees cooler than when the windows are closed.</p> <p>“There’s never a safe amount of time to leave a child or pet locked in a car,” RACQ spokeswoman Clare Hunter said.</p> <p>“Even with the windows down, a car can reach high temperatures in minutes, which can prove dangerous.”</p> <p>Leaving a child unattended “for an unreasonable time without making reasonable provision for the supervision and care of the child” is an offence in Queensland and Victoria.</p> <p>Any person who leaves a child in a vehicle without proper supervision to the point where it causes emotional distress or health impairment will be liable to 200 penalty units in NSW, and a fine of $36,000 and imprisonment for 3 years in Western Australia.</p> <p>Over 1,000 calls for children left unattended in cars every year are answered by emergency services and roadside assistance in Victoria, Kidsafe said.</p> <p>Earlier this month, <a href="https://www.oversixty.com.au/travel/travel-trouble/5-year-old-girl-placed-in-coma-after-being-found-in-boiling-car?fbclid=IwAR0IzEc9Kjyqhnxgtb-R9ilXGy7UtUXQPSLj6F_L22RFEOg1vSSW-TeMjeI">a five-year-old girl found in a car parked in the driveway of a Hunter family home</a> died in hospital. The week prior, 27-year-old Kerri-Ann Conley was charged with two counts of murder after her two toddlers were left in the car for about six hours.</p>

Travel Trouble

Placeholder Content Image

"Mad and dangerous": Greta Thunberg cops another round from Jeremy Clarkson

<p>Jeremy Clarkson has made his feelings known about teenage climate change activist Greta Thunberg again as he now believes she is “dangerous”.</p> <p>He was speaking to Seven’s<span> </span>Sunrise<span> </span>Europe bureau chief Hugh Whitfeld to promote his TV series<span> </span>The Grand Tour<span> </span>when he made the claims.</p> <p>Initially, Clarkson spoke about the impacts of global warming in Southeast Asia and how it had changed his view.</p> <p>“I don’t think I have ever actually seen the effect of global warming. When you see those houses on stilts in the show … and the water is miles away, that is a remarkable thing,” he said, according to<span> </span><em><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.news.com.au/entertainment/tv/current-affairs/jeremy-clarkson-lashes-out-at-dangerous-greta-thunberg-once-more/news-story/f933f9d235e01981965499b5e5727ac2" target="_blank">news.com.au</a>.</em></p> <p>“And I know there will be a load of kids go, ‘Ha, you see. There you are’. Fine. Now go to school, learn science and do something about it.”</p> <p>However, his views on Thunberg have not changed.</p> <p>“She is mad and dangerous, and she is causing young children sleepless nights,” Clarkson said.</p> <p>“I think she needs to go back to school and shut up.”</p> <p>This isn’t the first time he has lashed out at Thunberg, as he said that she was a “spoilt brat” after her passionate speech at the United Nations.</p> <p>“We gave you mobile phones and laptops and the internet. We created the social media you use every day and we run the banks that pay for it all,” Clarkson said in a column for<span> </span><em><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/10022396/greta-thunberg-meltdown-wont-help-world/" target="_blank">The Sun</a>.</em></p> <p>“So how dare you stand there and lecture us, you spoilt brat.”</p>

Travel Trouble

Placeholder Content Image

"I want to get out": Panic as man tries to open door mid-flight

<p>A man who was suffering from a panic attack was restrained by fellow passengers after attempting to open the door of the plane mid-flight.</p> <p>Without warning, an agitated man tried pulling on the lever on the door at the back of the plane screaming “I want to get out!” in broken English.</p> <p>It was here that his fellow passengers intervened, but it wasn’t until half a dozen air stewards rushed down the aisle with one carrying handcuffs that the passengers felt safe.</p> <p>Ian McNally, who first spotted what was happening, was shaken up by the incident, but praised the efforts of another passenger.</p> <p>“I was mightily relieved when I saw him rushing to help,” he added.</p> <p>Another witness who did not want to be named was frozen in panic, according to <em><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/business/2019/dec/03/man-restrained-after-trying-to-open-door-of-ba-aircraft-in-midair?CMP=aff_1432&amp;utm_content=The+Independent&amp;awc=5795_1575396722_23a2856c3503f3524c8a7f4b83339901">The Guardian</a></em>.</p> <p>“I thought that was it,” he said. “Everyone who intervened were heroes.”</p> <p>Passenger Dean Whyte, who is a shocking 2 metres tall and a boxer, also intervened with the anxious man, telling him to “calm down”.</p> <p>“It was like something out of a movie. When I got there, he was shouting ‘I want to get out’ in broken English.</p> <p>“I managed to grab him and was preparing to slam him hard if necessary but myself and the steward could see he wasn’t quite right in the head, so I held him and tried to calm him down. Eventually it worked.”</p> <p>Whyte later took a screenshot of the article from <em>The Guardian</em> and said that he was just “happy I was there to help”.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr">Just Happy I Was There To Help<a href="https://t.co/613bYU1ZRi">https://t.co/613bYU1ZRi</a> <a href="https://t.co/TlrtXY7RRm">pic.twitter.com/TlrtXY7RRm</a></p> — Dean Whyte (@DeanWhyte8) <a href="https://twitter.com/DeanWhyte8/status/1201791740409241600?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">December 3, 2019</a></blockquote> <p>A British Airways flight attendant said that they had “never seen anything like that before”.</p> <p> </p>

Travel Trouble

Placeholder Content Image

Groom shot and killed at bachelor party

<p>A man was shot and killed while out celebrating his bachelor party, less than two weeks before his wedding.</p> <p>41-year-old Christopher Smith was celebrating with friends on Friday night at Jake’s Pub in Indianapolis when patrons noticed a man carrying a handgun.</p> <p>Smith’s future sister-in-law Shanon Singer-Mann said he attempted to stop the man.</p> <p>“They had yelled out, ‘This guy has got a gun. Call the cops, this guy has got a gun.’ When they did that, my brother-in-law jumped up and tried to charge the guy to try and keep him from doing anything,” Singer-Mann told <em><a href="https://fox59.com/2019/12/02/man-shot-and-killed-while-celebrating-bachelor-party-on-indys-south-side/">Fox59</a></em>.</p> <p>When Indianapolis Metropolitan police officers arrived at the scene, they found two men shot with the second victim said to be in “stable condition”, the outlet reported. No other injuries were reported.</p> <p>The Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department said a suspect has been identified but detectives are still investigating the case and speaking with witnesses from the incident.</p> <p>Smith, a pastor, was set to marry his fiancée Schena Singer in less than two weeks from his bachelor party.</p> <p>“To go from supposed to be going to your bachelorette party to having to go and plan your fiancé’s funeral, it’s just so tragic,” Singer-Mann said. “You’ll never understand why something like this happens, never.”</p> <p><iframe src="https://www.facebook.com/plugins/post.php?href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2Fshanon.singermann%2Fposts%2F1229535543900602&amp;width=500" width="500" height="681" style="border: none; overflow: hidden;" scrolling="no" frameborder="0" allowtransparency="true" allow="encrypted-media"></iframe></p> <p>Jake’s Pub was closed on Saturday following the tragedy.</p> <p><em>Photo: Shanon Singer Mann</em></p>

Travel Trouble

Placeholder Content Image

Mother's fury after autistic son is kicked off flight

<p><span>A mother says that she’s furious after her and her 21-year-old autistic son were kicked off a flight as staff claimed her son Nicco was “too violent”.</span></p> <p><span>She spoke to <a href="https://globalnews.ca/news/6135935/hamilton-mother-son-disabilities-swoop-airline-flight/"><em>Global News CA</em></a> about the incident.</span></p> <p><span>“He’s 21 but he’s mentally like a small child,” said Nicco Iavarone’s mother, Andrea Iavarone.</span></p> <p><span>“So if a small child were on an airplane and had a little temper tantrum and hit and pulled their mother’s hair, would they kick that mother off the airplane? Because it was exactly like that.”</span></p> <p><span>Andrea said that the airline staff were aware that Nicco was special needs as they let them pre-board under those circumstances.</span></p> <p><span>As the plane left the runway, Nico started acting out and hitting Andrea as well as pulling her hair.</span></p> <p>“He’s special needs. He’s non-verbal, so he doesn’t really have a way to voice what frustrates him —  so sometimes you get moments of agitation where he gets a little bit frustrated,” said Andrea.</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/B4U3CXFF04p/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="margin: 8px 0 0 0; padding: 0 4px;"><a style="color: #000; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none; word-wrap: break-word;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/B4U3CXFF04p/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">#Discrimination #Swoop #FlySwoop #swoopairlines Nicco is a special needs child who is just kicked off swoop airlines because they say he is violent… And they were concerned about the safety of other passengers even though he had the window seat and his mother was sitting next to him at the time . Shocked and in disbelief. Please share this post as this is discrimination in the worst way!</a></p> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;">A post shared by <a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/livebe4udie/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank"> Andrea Iavarone</a> (@livebe4udie) on Nov 1, 2019 at 7:22am PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>One flight attendant saw the incident and spoke to another attendant, where they quickly informed that “Nicco’s not going to be flying with them today”.</p> <p>“They said, ‘He’s violent’ and ‘We’re worried for the safety of our passengers.’ I said, ‘How can you be that worried about the safety of other passengers?'” added Andrea, who said she was in disbelief.</p> <p>“Then [the flight attendant] said, ‘We’re worried about your safety’ and I said, ‘I deal with this everyday and he’s fine once he gets up in the air. We’re going to be just fine,'” she said.</p> <p>After expecting to speak to someone in charge, the attendant denied this request and the family were escorted off the plane.</p> <p>The family were offered a credit with the airline, but nothing for the cost of Nicco’s ticket.</p> <p>Gabor Lukacs with Air Passenger Rights was unhappy with the outcome.</p> <p>“At best, from the airlines, this was a misunderstanding. At worst, this was a discrimination of a person with disabilities,” he said.</p> <p>“The least they should’ve done once it was clear that this is not an unruly passenger but someone with mental disabilities, is make it as good as possible by putting them on the next available flight on whatever airline is available.”</p> <p>After Andrea posted the story online, the airline has now refunded both tickets and hopes that the incident sparks change within the airline industry.</p> <p>“He’s special needs. He doesn’t have a voice so I need to speak up and make people aware how they’re being treated,” she said. “Instead of making accommodations or trying to find ways to try and make the flight easier, they’re just deciding that they would rather not deal with him and have him off the plane.”</p>

Travel Trouble

Placeholder Content Image

“I love you, Mum”: Mother’s final words from son before tragedy struck

<p>A mother has faced heartache after her son, aged 25, was found dead in the Outback after he’d said “I love you” for the last time.</p> <p>Trent Grose, from Broken Hill in rural New South Wales, was found dead under a tree near Maxwelton in far North Queensland on Sunday. </p> <p>A search launched for Mr Grose two weeks ago when his four-wheel-drive was found broken down near a remote property - just a heartbreaking 17km from where he was found a few weeks later deceased. </p> <p>The 25-year-old told his mother Karen he was driving from Richmond, southwest of Townsville, to Toowoomba, near Brisbane for a job interview at a cattle station.</p> <p>His car battery ran flat and he had little water and no way of getting into contact with anyone for help. </p> <p>Miss Grose said she spoke to her son before he started the 16-hour journey in search of work. </p> <p>She told the<span> </span><a href="https://www.townsvillebulletin.com.au/"><em>Townsville</em><span> </span><em>Bulletin</em></a><span> </span>that the last words she ever heard from her boy were “I love you mum.”</p> <p>“We spoke two weeks ago. It was a general talk about where he was going for work next and what he was doing. We always ended with 'I love you mum',” Ms Grose said.</p> <p>“Trent was a people person with a big heart - he'd do anything for anyone.</p> <p>“(He was) an all round top bloke who was loved by all that knew him.”</p> <p>Police are not treating Mr. Grose’s death as suspicious. </p>

Travel Trouble

Placeholder Content Image

Whopping fine issued for driver caught by police

<p>A driver has been issued a massive fine of $2482 after being caught going more than 50km/hr over the speed limit.</p> <p>NSW Police pulled the South Australian man over in Parkes in the state’s central west and he had been clocked going 111km/hr in a 60km/hr zone.</p> <p>He was issued with an infringement notice for exceeding the speed limit by over 45km/hr and was handed a $2482 fine.</p> <p>He also lost six demerit points and has had his licence suspended for six months.</p> <p>Although the fine might sound steep, it’s nothing compared to the new mobile phone laws that are slowly being enforced around the country.</p> <p>Queenslanders who are caught using their mobile phones while driving will face the highest laws in the country from next year.</p> <p><span>Any Queenslander found</span> on their phone while driving will be fined $1,000 from the 1st of February. This amount is more than double the current fine amount of $400.</p> <p>Thanks to the introduction of this steep penalty, this puts Queensland well ahead of the rest of the states when it comes to fines.</p> <p>The current amount you’ll be fined for each state for using your phone while driving is:</p> <ul> <li>$534 for South Australia</li> <li>$484 for Victoria</li> <li>$470 for ACT</li> <li>$400 for Queensland and Western Australia</li> <li>$337 for New South Wales</li> <li>$326 for Tasmania</li> <li>$250 for Northern Territory<span> </span><span> </span></li> </ul> <p>The fine hike by Queensland came just days after NSW confirmed its spending $88 million on fixed and portable cameras at 45 spots across the state to spot drivers who text and drive.</p> <p>NSW Roads Minister Andrew Constance said that the move was about saving lives.</p> <p>“I want [driver] behaviour to change and I want it changed immediately,” he said to <em><a rel="noopener" href="https://thenewdaily.com.au/news/state/qld/2019/11/28/qld-fine-mobile-phone-car/" target="_blank">The New Daily</a></em>.</p> <p>Queensland Transport Minister Mark Bailey said that they also have plans to trial cameras that are being used by NSW.</p> <p>“They are the toughest laws in Australia … because this problem has been escalating,” he told ABC radio on Thursday.</p> <p>“I just can’t accept the road toll – we’ve got to deal with this.”</p> <p>“The safest thing for people to do is to change their behaviour right now because that means safer roads.”</p>

Travel Trouble

Placeholder Content Image

John Newcombe warns Nick Kyrgios to “zip it”

<p>Tennis great John Newcombe said Nick Kyrgios will have to “learn to zip it up” ahead of the Australian Open season.</p> <p>Kyrgios will still be on his six-month probation at the grand slam after the ATP penalised the 24-year-old for his “<a href="https://www.atptour.com/en/news/atp-concludes-kyrgios-investigation-september-2019">aggravated behaviour</a>“ at the Cincinnati Masters in September.  </p> <p>He faces a US$25,000 fine and 16-week suspension if he commits “verbal or physical abuse of officials” or “unsportsmanlike conduct” during this period.</p> <p>Speaking in Melbourne, Newcombe said the pressure at Rod Laver Arena may make it tough for Kyrgios to toe the line.</p> <p>“I can’t speak for him but if it was me it would be tough having that ban hanging over you. But I guess you’ve just got to learn to zip up,” Newcombe said.</p> <p>The seven-time grand slam singles champion said while Kyrgios’ return to tennis through the Davis Cup was a welcome opportunity, the firebrand’s injury may prevent him from giving his best performance in five set tennis next month.</p> <p>“I thought it was great that Nick played in the Davis Cup but it’s a bit of a worry that he has recurring injuries, especially around where the muscles join the joints and that’s going to be an ongoing problem for him it seems,” Newcombe said.</p> <p>“At the Davis Cup he’d only played four sets of singles and his shoulder started to play up again and when you’ve got an injury like that it’s hard to go out and practice a lot.</p> <p>“Leading into the Australian Open – five sets is a big ask for him.”</p> <p>Newcombe also said Australian men’s number one Alex de Minaur is unlikely to win his first grand slam for another five years.</p> <p>“He’s a probable top 15 and hopefully top 12 or 10 as long as he can stay injury free as every question asked of him he’s come up with the right answers,” the 75-year-old said.</p> <p>“But I can’t see him contending in a grand slam the next 12 months, that’s a little quick - I think he’s a couple of years away from that.</p> <p>“I would think Alex would be playing his best tennis around 25 or 26 years of age.”</p>

Travel Trouble

Placeholder Content Image

Second victim in London Bridge attack named

<p>Saskia Jones, who was described as a “funny, kind and positive influence” has been named as the second victim of Friday’s London Bridge terror attack.</p> <p>The 23-year-old former Cambridge University graduate had only just applied to the police’s graduate scheme, with the intention to specialise in victim support, when her life was brutally stolen from her.</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/B5iw2h9lqCY/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/B5iw2h9lqCY/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Kushal Roy (@unapologetickushal)</a> on Dec 1, 2019 at 12:26pm PST</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>In a heartbroken statement, her family said her loss would leave a huge void in the lives of everyone she had met.</p> <p>“Saskia was a funny, kind, positive influence at the centre of many people’s lives,” they said.</p> <p>“She had a wonderful sense of mischievous fun and was generous to the point of always wanting to see the best in all people.</p> <p>“She was intent on living life to the full, and had a wonderful thirst for knowledge, enabling her to be the best she could be.</p> <p>“Saskia had a great passion for providing invaluable support to victims of criminal injustice, which led her to the point of recently applying for the police graduate recruitment programme, wishing to specialise in victim support."</p> <p>Miss Jones had been attending a prisoner rehabilitation initiative, when convicted terrorist Usman Khan attacked volunteers and delegates with two larges knives.</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/B5gP5uKIzMD/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/B5gP5uKIzMD/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Ideologiekritische Aktion (@ideologiekritische_aktion)</a> on Nov 30, 2019 at 1:00pm PST</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>She died alongside another Cambridge graduate, Jack Merritt, who was as equally committed to helping others ­ specifically prisoners’ who wanted to turn their lives around.</p> <p>Khan was released from prison last year after serving eight years of a 16-year sentence for plotting to blow up the London Stock Exchange and other targets.</p> <p>He had been invited to attend the event to discuss his experiences, however, began stabbing at least five people and fatally wounding Miss Jones and Mr Merritt.</p> <p>Director of the Institute of Criminology, at Cambridge Professor Loraine Gelsthorpe, shared a heartfelt statement about her former student.</p> <p>"Saskia's warm disposition and extraordinary intellectual creativity was combined with a strong belief that people who have committed criminal offences should have opportunities for rehabilitation,” she said.</p> <p>"Though she completed her MPhil in Criminology in 2018, her determination to make an enduring and positive impact on society in everything she did led her to stay in contact with the Learning Together community. </p> <p>"They valued her contributions enormously and were inspired by her determination to push towards the good."</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/B5ilhR7Jft1/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/B5ilhR7Jft1/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by JD dan (@janined62)</a> on Dec 1, 2019 at 10:47am PST</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>She also made a heartfelt tribute to Mr Merritt: "All of us at the Institute will miss Jack's quiet humour and rigorous intellect. Jack's passion for social and criminal justice was infectious. He was deeply creatively and courageously engaged with the world, advocating for a politics of love. He worked tirelessly in dark places to pull towards the light."</p> <p>Just last month, Miss Jones shared a post onto her Facebook page which relayed a heartfelt sentiment about appreciating the little things in life.</p> <p>“I hope I never get tired of the night sky, of thunderstorms, of watching cream make galaxies in my coffee,” the post read.</p> <p>“This world is ugly. I hope I never grow to be someone who can no longer see the small beautiful things.”</p>

Travel Trouble

Placeholder Content Image

The parking fine that could now cost you $533

<p>A Queensland parking fine has been doubled with warnings that drivers found breaching the rule will be “harshly penalised”.</p> <p>The Queensland government announced on Tuesday that the fine for drivers who illegally park in disability parking area will be doubled from $266 to $533.</p> <p>“Drivers who illegally occupy disability parking spaces should expect to be harshly penalised,” Minister for Transport and Main Roads Mark Bailey said in a statement.</p> <p>“Expanding the permit criteria to include people who are legally blind means about 18,000 more Queenslanders could require these spaces.</p> <p>“We believe there are enough spaces to cater for that added demand, but we also need to hit the message home that taking up spaces reserved for people with a disability is unacceptable.</p> <p>“It’s arrogant and selfish behaviour that the community does not support.”</p> <p>The fine hike will be applied next year.</p> <p>In the same announcement, it is also revealed that disability parking permits will be expanded to people with vision impairments from mid-2020.</p> <p>“Queenslanders with vision-impairment and their carers have shared their stories with me about how challenging it can be to negotiate busy car parks,” said Bailey.</p> <p>“They felt the current laws, which were introduced in 1998, ignored their situation and I think that’s a fair assessment.”</p> <p>Minister for Communities, Disability Services and Seniors Coralee O’Rourke said the expansion will provide vision-impaired drivers with safer and more convenient access in car parks across the state.</p> <p>“The changes will bring Queensland into line with New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory, which both include legal blindness as a criteria in their permit schemes,” O’Rourke said.</p> <p>The state government is also cracking down on use of mobile phones behind the wheels, as the current penalty of $400 is set to be increased to $1,000 from February 1. Drivers caught twice within a year will risk losing their licence.</p> <p>“They are the toughest laws in Australia ... because this problem has been escalating,” Bailey told <em>ABC </em>radio on Thursday.</p> <p>“The safest thing for people to do is to change their behaviour right now because that means safer roads.”</p>

Travel Trouble

Placeholder Content Image

Australian model lands herself in hot water again

<p>A Sudanese-Australian model who narrowly avoided jail time in the US after a drunken rampage on a flight, has been arrested again and this time - has been sitting in an immigration detention center since September. </p> <p>Adau Mornyang, 25, reportedly attacked a male flight attendant, called his colleague a “white trash b” and hit an air host when she was cut off from drinking on a United Airlines flight from <span>Melbourne to Los Angeles in January.</span></p> <p><span></span><span>The model faced 21 years in jail after being found guilty of assault in March, but narrowly escaped with 100 hours of community service and three years probation.</span></p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/BTLT5V0BgvO/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/BTLT5V0BgvO/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Pageant Times (@pageanttimes)</a> on Apr 21, 2017 at 10:58pm PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p><span></span><span>However it has been revealed Mornyang had been arrested on September 17 by US immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) in a surprise ambush. </span></p> <p><span></span><span>“Adau was shocked, since she knew she never entered the United States illegally nor overstayed her visa,” her sister Maria wrote on a GoFundMe page to raise funds to cover her legal costs. </span></p> <p><span></span><span>Maria said her sister entered the US with a valid 01 visa that expires on December 26, 2021.</span></p> <p><span></span><span>“She's not in the country illegally,” she wrote.</span></p> <p>A Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade spokesperson confirmed the department is assisting an Australian being held in US detention.</p> <p>“The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade is providing consular assistance to an Australian detained in the US. Owing to our privacy obligations we will not provide further comment,” a spokesman told Daily Mail Australia.<br />The GoFundMe page claims ICE agents revoked Mornyang's visa without telling her as pay back for her avoiding a prison sentence. </p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/BUQMivNDshw/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/BUQMivNDshw/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Black Pageant Queens (@blackpageantqueens)</a> on May 18, 2017 at 5:01pm PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>“This no-jail outcome must've infuriated ICE officials who proceeded (without Adau's knowledge) to revoke her valid visa and subsequently arrested her for being in the country illegally,” Maria wrote. '</p> <p><span>“Meanwhile, a judge never ordered that Adau should leave the country. My sister has been in jail for over two months, she's not been given any trial since arrest by ICE nor found guilty of overstaying her visa, just kept in jail indefinitely.</span></p> <p><span></span><span>“Adau expected that she was going to be deported after her arrest on September 17, 2019 - that didn't happen either.” </span></p> <p><span></span><span>The 25-year-old, who was born in South Sudan before moving to Australia as a refugee when she was 10, was convicted of felony interference with a flight crew and misdemeanour assault. </span></p> <p><span></span><span>She was acquitted of a third count of assaulting an air marshal.</span></p> <p>In March a jury heard Mornyang ordered “several glasses of wine” on the January 21 United Airlines flight. </p> <p>Passengers complained to staff about Mornyang's behaviour around nine hours into the flight. </p> <p><span>“When the flight attendant approached to assess the situation, Mornyang began to shout at the flight attendant and then slapped him across his face,” the court heard.</span></p> <p><span></span><span>After she was reportedly cut off from drinking more, she yelled obscenities, struck a flight attendant, had to be handcuffed by an air marshal, refused to leave a toilet and had to be held at the rear of the plane.</span></p> <p><span></span><span>The flight attendant said he was so shocked after he was assaulted he “could not physically do anything except sit for nearly half an hour to process what had happened to him”.</span></p> <p><span></span><span>Prosecutors said air marshals had to come out from undercover to help deal with her.</span></p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/BUik6LPlibU/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/BUik6LPlibU/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Adau M (@themodeladau)</a> on May 25, 2017 at 8:20pm PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p><span></span><span>The former Miss Australia finalist claimed to have no recollection of the commotion.</span></p> <p><span></span><span>“All I remember wa</span><span>s waking up after sleeping for eight hours,” she said in a text message after the incident occurred. </span></p> <p><span></span><span>The models claims to have mixed two glasses of wine with prescription pills to help her sleep, but flight attendants say it was closer to five or six glasses before she had to be cut off.</span></p> <p><span></span><span>Mornyang said she “was so confused and begging and pleading for them to tell me what I did.</span></p> <p><span></span><span>“I was ignored, I was in and out of consciousness, and was later locked up in federal prison still with no memory of what I was arrested for.</span></p> <p><span></span><span>“This whole alleged slapping is a big shock to me and I cry every night wondering why I have no memory of it. How I could of done it while asleep,” she said.</span></p> <p><span></span><span>In March, a Los Angeles jury found Mornyang guilty of a felony charge of interference with a flight crew member and a misdemeanour count of assault.</span></p> <p><span></span><span>Mornyang was required throughout her three-year probation to submit to drug tests and receive counselling for mental health issues. </span></p> <p><span></span><span>The model was previously a global campaign face for makeup giant Sephora and was a Miss World Victoria top eight state finalist in 2017.</span></p> <p><span></span><span>Mornyang arrived as a refugee to Australia when she was just ten and used her promising modelling career as a platform to become an outspoken advocate on social issues, particularly any plaguing South Sudanese communities.</span></p>

Travel Trouble

Placeholder Content Image

Australia’s “sh*ttest town” accuses popular Facebook page of bullying

<p>The hugely popular Facebook page known as “<a rel="noopener" href="https://www.facebook.com/shittownsofaustralia/" target="_blank">Sh** Towns of Australia</a>” has ruffled a few feathers with their latest judgement of saying that the industrial South Australian town of Port Pirie is the “sh****t town in Australia”.</p> <p>The owners of the page, Geoff Rissole and Rick Furphy, stand by their harsh judgement of the town.</p> <p>“I wouldn’t feel safe going back to Port Pirie,” Rissole told<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.news.com.au/travel/travel-updates/australias-shttest-town-port-pirie-in-sa-accuses-popular-facebook-page-of-bullying/news-story/e839dfbace8acd02ee685c7432805866" target="_blank">news.com.au</a>.</p> <p>“And that’s only partly because of the anger towards us.”</p> <p>The industrial town was reviewed by the page in the beginning and the town was not happy at all with the judgement.</p> <p>“They reacted quite badly,” Rissole said. “They were very, very angry. It was one of our early reviews and we thought it’d be funny to keep winding them up. It’s only gotten funnier.</p> <p>“They keep getting angry about it and so it’s become a self-fulfilling prophecy.”</p> <p>The Facebook page now has 165,000 followers who are eagerly awaiting to see if their town makes the list.</p> <p>Every week, a new “power ranking” is published of the 10 worst towns in the last week. No matter what’s happened during the week though, Port Pirie always makes the list with the justification that it’s “still sh*t”.</p> <p><iframe src="https://www.facebook.com/plugins/post.php?href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2Fshittownsofaustralia%2Fphotos%2Fa.504757439959396%2F797121977389606%2F%3Ftype%3D3&amp;width=500" width="500" height="614" style="border: none; overflow: hidden;" scrolling="no" frameborder="0" allowtransparency="true" allow="encrypted-media"></iframe></p> <p>Independent MP Geoff Brock who represents the town in State Parliament says that it’s “bullying on social media”.</p> <p>However, Rissole says that those who are offended “don’t pick up on the context” of the page.</p> <p>“It’s written very tongue-in-cheek. It’s meant to be over the top and a bit cartoonish. Some people just don’t pick up on that context,” Rissole said.</p> <p>“Particularly with older people, there’s a belief that if something is written down then it has some credibility or authority, rather than just being two people on the internet having a laugh. We often get Boomers messaging us saying: ‘Why does Facebook let you do this?’”</p> <p>Mount Gambier is another town who’s not pleased with their judgement of having a “sh*t town”.</p> <p>“I spoke to someone in Mount Gambier recently who said they had three days of talkback radio segments with Boomers just p*ssed off,” Rissole said.</p> <p>“But that week, the biggest headline in the paper was about the Baker’s Delight moving shops down the road. There’s not a lot going on in Mount Gambier.”</p>

Travel Trouble

Placeholder Content Image

Soccer star slams airline: “What a joke. Jetstar won't let me travel”

<p>Matildas' soccer star Sam Kerr has slammed Jetstar after claiming the budget airline refused to let her on a flight because her passport had damage.</p> <p>26-year-old Kerr shared photos of travel documents which appeared to have slight wear and tear to them on Wednesday afternoon and claimed it was the reason she was denied entry onto the plane.</p> <p>Kerr became Australia’s highest-ever paid female footballer in any code when she signed with the Chelsea club two weeks ago, on a $2 million deal.</p> <p>“What a joke. @JetstarAirways won't let me travel due to a damaged passport,” she wrote in a furious Twitter post with photos of her Australian passport attached.</p> <p> </p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">What a joke . <a href="https://twitter.com/JetstarAirways?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@JetstarAirways</a> won’t let me travel due to a damaged passport <a href="https://t.co/oeiS4Z57Qu">pic.twitter.com/oeiS4Z57Qu</a></p> — Sam Kerr (@samkerr1) <a href="https://twitter.com/samkerr1/status/1199541872160436224?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">November 27, 2019</a></blockquote> <p>While it is not sure where Kerr was planning to travel to, it is believed she was on her way to a three-week holiday before beginning training for the second half of the Women’s Super league season.</p> <p>A spokesperson for Jetstar said the airline was entitled to not let her board on the flight because of the demands placed on them by the immigration authorities.</p> <p>“Our crew don’t like being the bearer of bad news, but they have to enforce the immigration requirements of the countries we fly to,” they said.</p> <p>“Some countries are more strict than others on this and won’t let you enter the country with a damaged passport.”</p> <p>Kerr has fast become the face of Australian women's soccer since debuting with the Matildas at the age of 15.  </p>

Travel Trouble