Emergency services in Australia’s most southerly state, Tasmania, are unable to explain the source of a superbright beam of light which reportedly fell from the sky and formed a circle of fire in a Hobart suburb.
Early Saturday morning emergency service operators received phone calls from concerned residents in Carnegie Street at Claremont. According to ABC News, residents reported seeing a bright light descending from the heavens, the light then ignited a fire in a nearby vacant lot, the object left a distinctive but mysterious scorching on the earth.
Reports of UFO activity have been coming thick and fast from the island state. In December last year unusual lights in the sky over Hobart sparked a wave of concern. The source of the mystery lights remains unknown and Tasmania Police took dozens of calls from people around the state who saw the lights heading south:: Read the full article »»»»
A surprising number of Australian teenagers are choosing not to drink alcohol, new research shows. The findings - from a survey of more than 2,500 teenagers - published in the medical journal Addiction indicates that half of Australian teens don't drink.
The study also found that in the years between 2001 - 2010 the number of young teenagers - aged 14 to 17 - abstaining from alcohol rose from 30 percent to more than 50 percent :: Read the full article »»»»
At least five people are dead after a magnitude 8.2 earthquake struck in the Pacific Ocean off Chile, generating a two-metre tsunami.
The earthquake hit this morning at a depth of just 10 kilometres and was centred 86 kilometres north-west of Iquique in northern Chile.
Interior minister Rodrigo Penalillo says the victims were four men and a woman who died in the cities of Iquique and Alto Hospicio, either of a heart attack or after being crushed by debris.
The first waves struck Chile’s northern coast within 45 minutes of the quake, with roads left gridlocked as Chileans abandoned their coastal homes for higher ground.
The Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre says the wave has been measured at 2.11 metres at its highest off Iquique.
UPDATE! A tsunami warning that had been in place for regions including Chile and Peru has now been cancelled, and the Australian Bureau of Meteorology says there is no tsunami danger for Australia or New Zealand. Chile’s President Michelle Bachelet has declared parts of northern Chile to be disaster zones
UPDATE! March 3, 2014: A magnitude 7.8 aftershock has struck off northern Chile, just a day after a massive earthquake struck the region, the US Geological Survey – USGS – says. The navy declared a tsunami alert after the most recent quake, which was initially reported as being of magnitude 7.4 ::
From My Personal Blog: I like busy, strong, scary women – women that most men are afraid of – capable women who take no rubbish, know what they want, more importantly know what they’ve got. Over the past four years I seem to have gathered an interesting assortment of faraway lovers – without exception, all my lovers have been at closest, 300km away.
This habit of travelling for love has gone fairly unquestioned, until this weekend, when I got what started out as a niggling thought, ending finally in a bloated questioned. What’s my reason for only seeking out faraway lovers, why when presented with a perfectly solid local do I decline?
Qualifying: I’m not huge on questioning actions, my view on mistakes is relatively forgiving, “if we travel down a road that seems the wrong direction, turn left,” generally the less thought given to a mistake allows for a speedier recovery, especially in matters of the heart.
Questioning my mistakes isn’t part of my regime, seemingly random thoughts of where I might be going wrong in love or life are outwardly pointless and inwardly pretty distracting. In my day-to-day life I manage to avoid them, they’re stashed away in that deepest corner compartment of my mind, the place where first loves, bad habits and tearful moments are stowed.
However, ironically, it was my first-love who unwittingly dragged all of this questioning to the fore. My first-love is the most wonderfilled human, the least grey person I know, she has no room for paranoid thoughts, and has since we were 17, called life as she sees it. While this might not seem a good base for first-love, for me it’s always been a heart starter: practicality, a generous heart, quick witted, great smile, slender fingers and skinny ankles :: Read the full blogpost »»»»
A Sydney brothel owner who prostituted a 14-year-old girl has been given a suspended jail sentence and a good behaviour bond. Jennifer Weatherstone, 50, was convicted of two counts of causing a child to participate in child prostitution in 2011.
The court heard the teenager, known as “Charlie”, went to police on her first night working at the brothel after she was asked to have unprotected sex with a 75-year-old man. She said she’d run away from home and claimed Weatherstone had offered her a job without asking her age.
Weatherstone, who owns the Sparkling Chandeliers brothel in Sydney’s notorious Kings Cross, disputed the girls claims, telling the court she thought the girl looked least 19, that she’d found a Facebook page which listed the girls age as 24 and that the girl had first presented herself drunk.
Some would argue that in handing down a suspended sentence, the Judge issued an overtly light punishment for such a heinous crime, the maximum sentence for child prostitution is 14 years in prison :: Read the full article »»»»
Our love for female superheroes is well documented – Abbey Chase – there’s something surreally sublime, a female fitted out in a fetishy, flashy outfit, mmmm.
Well world, meet Marvels latest superhero, a teenage Muslim-American girl living in – where else but – Jersey City.
Kamala Khan is the creation of two Marvel staffers, Steve Wacker and Sana Amanat. Inspired by stories of Ms Amanat’s youth, the pair hit up G. Willow Wilson – author, comicbook creator and convert to the faith of Islam – to jump onboard :: Read the full article »»»»