Saturday, July 31

Chuck Yeager, first pilot to break the sound barrier, dies at 97

Retired Air Force Brigadier General Charles “Chuck” Yeager, the quintessential World War II fighter pilot and test pilot who proved he had the “right stuff” when in 1947 he became the first person to fly faster than sound, he was dead. He was 97 years old.General Yeager died yesterday, his wife, Victoria Yeager, said on her Twitter account.“It is with deep grief, I must tell you that the love of my life, General Chuck Yeager passed away just before 9 pm ET. An incredible life well lived, America's greatest pilot and a legacy of strength, adventure and patriotism will be remembered forever. "The 25-year-old test pilot Charles E. Yeager, sitting in the cockpit of a jet in this 1948 file photo, was the first to fly faster than the speed of sound. Another feat by Yeager, flying a jet und...

Kmart and Target to implement safety changes after children suffer horrific eye injuries

Kmart and Target are making safety changes to Australian stores after a series of injuries to children caused by clothes hangers.The movement of both retail giants continues a series of articles Posted by nine.com.au that revealed the cases of several children who sustained serious eye injuries after falling on the hooks.WARNING GRAPHIC IMAGES BELOWA Kmart Australia spokesperson said that after reviewing Cecilia's accident, they looked at various options to improve the safety of the "clothes arm" hook, which is used throughout the industry.A successful test was conducted at a few NSW Kmart stores earlier this year, and the company was now in the process of putting plastic covers on all of its garment arm hooks early next year, the spokesperson said.A photo showing the plastic covers ...

Christchurch terrorist could only have been detained ‘by chance’

When a gunman entered Masjid an-Nur on March 15, 2019, shooting dozens of worshipers on his way, the steroid-laden terrorist was carrying out an attack that had required months of diligent and intensive planning.But there was no way that the police, the Security Intelligence Service or any other public sector agency could have been alerted to the imminent terrorist attack.That is the finding of the Royal Commission of Inquiry into the Terrorist Attack on the Christchurch Mosques, whose report was released to the public on Tuesday.Christchurch mosque gunman Brenton Tarrant is seen during his sentencing hearing in Christchurch High Court. (Getty)The 792-page report has found that while, with the benefit of hindsight, there were clear events that could be linked to the planning and pre...

A major cyber attack on a global bank could paralyze the entire system: IMF

A cyberattack against a single major financial institution could disrupt the entire global monetary system, the International Monetary Firm warned.A new IMF analysis found that many domestic financial systems are "unprepared" to handle a major cyberattack and that international coordination between banks is "weak."Authors Jennifer Elliot and Nigel Jenkinson theorized that a successful attack would have a cascade of negative implications, including home buyers losing homes and investors demanding their money back.An attack on a major system, or a tool used by many, could create chaos. (REUTERS)"Given strong financial and technological interconnections, a successful attack on a major financial institution, or a central system or service used by many, could quickly spread throughout the fi...

New petition to help Australian grandfather Joe Sarlak trapped in Qatar after being jailed for bad checks, following the release of Kylie Moore Gilbert

An Australian grandfather trapped in Qatar after being jailed for bad checks has asked the Australian government to help him get him home, as academically did. Kylie Moore-Gilbert.And although he has now been acquitted and released, ongoing legal proceedings, which his lawyers say are being initiated simply to keep him in the country, mean that he is prohibited from leaving.Joe Sarlak moved from Albury to Qatar and ended up in jail for bad checks. (Supplied)Australian scholar Kylie Moore-Gilbert was released from jail in Iran after a prisoner swap deal. (Supplied)Sarlak said he was disappointed that nothing had been done to help him after Australia secured the release of Moore-Gilbert, who was in jail in Iran for more than two years.Sarlak, who has two grandchildren he never knew, said ...

Coronavirus border restrictions force growers to ditch thousands of dollars worth of strawberries and crops

Australian farmers are faced with the difficult decision to abandon their crops after border closures prevented workers from entering the country during peak harvest season.State borders may be reopening now, but the expected drop in production due to labor shortages is projected to increase the price of summer fruits and vegetables by 15-25%, according to the Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Sciences and Economics.Stanthorpe strawberry and avocado grower Nathan Baronio has already abandoned a six-and-a-half-acre block of 30,000 strawberries due to understaffing and expects more cuts without more workers.Stanthorpe strawberry and avocado grower Nathan Baronio has been forced to abandon a six-and-a-half-acre strawberry block. (Supplied)"They should have brought another 95,0...

Prime Minister’s Demands for China to Apologize for Tweet Backed by Reader Poll

Prime Minister Scott Morrison is correct in demanding an official apology from China for a tweet that featured a doctored image of an Australian soldier, according to an exclusive nine.com.au reader poll.A nine.com.au reader survey of 600 users * found that the majority of participants believed Australia should redouble its demands to receive an official apology for the tweet, which featured a false image of an Australian soldier holding a knife down the throat of an Afghan boy. .The tweet was posted by Zhao Lijian, a spokesman for the Chinese Foreign Ministry.A blurred image of the tweet posted by a senior Chinese diplomat. (Twitter)Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian, who posted the tweet. (AP / AAP)Almost 50 percent of readers "fully agreed" that an official apology be ma...

A French man left money to 50 cats that live in the Hermitage Museum of Russia

A generous French philanthropist has left a sum of money to some unusual beneficiaries in his will: a lot of cats living in the basement of the State Hermitage Museum in Russia.About 50 cats live in the famous museum in St. Petersburg, or should it be mewseum? - which houses three million works of art, artifacts and sculptures spread over buildings, including the Winter Palace.The site has been home to cats since the time of Empress Elizabeth, who reigned from 1741 to 1761, according to the museum.A cat rests in the basement of the State Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg on October 14, 2015. Hermitage cats protect the museum's artwork from mice. (OLGA MALTSEVA / AFP / Getty Images)Catherine the Great, the founder of the Hermitage, granted the cats the status of guardians of art ...

They reveal the man who found a million dollar treasure chest in the Rocky Mountains

A grandson of Forrest fenn has confirmed that a Michigan medical school student found a 1 million dollar ($ A1.3 million) treasure chest that the retired art and antique dealer hid in the wilds of Wyoming more than a decade ago.Jonathan "Jack" Stuef, 32 years old, I found the treasure In June, Fenn's grandson, Shiloh Forrest Old, posted on a website dedicated to the treasure."We wish Jack the best of luck and hope that the seeking community treats him with the respect he deserves," Old wrote.Forrest Fenn sits at his home in Santa Fe. A grandson of Forrest Fenn has confirmed the identity of a Michigan medical school student who reportedly found the treasure chest that the retired art and antiques dealer hid in Wyoming more than a decade ago. (AP)Fenn, who was also a fighter pilot ...

The bases of the islands of the South China Sea are difficult to defend for China

Beijing has spent years transforming islands and reefs in the south china sea on military bases and airfields, but such territory could be vulnerable to attack and almost indefensible in the event of war, a new report warns.The bases are "lonely in the distant sea" and far from both the Chinese mainland and other islands in the vast disputed waters, which span some 3.3 million square kilometers, he said. Merchant and naval ships, a Beijing-based magazine published by the China State Shipbuilding Corporation, which supplies the People's Liberation Army."The islands and reefs of the South China Sea have unique advantages in safeguarding national sovereignty and maintain a military presence in the open sea, but they have natural weaknesses with respect to their own military defense, "he...