Brekky Wrap: Eurydice Dixon Vigils, SBS Gets Football Rights And Thomas Markle Breaks His Silence
All the news you need to know this Tuesday.
An estimated 20,000 people turned out at Princes Park in Melbourne for a vigil to remember comedian Eurydice Dixon. Organisers told mourners that the event was intended to give people time to "grieve, celebrate and recognise" the life of the 22-year-old whose body was found at the park last week. At 6pm the sports pitch plunged into darkness, as it would have been when Dixon walked across it on her way home, and people stood in silence. Vigils were also held in Sydney, Canberra and Adelaide, as well as some other regional centres.
SBS will air all FIFA World Cup games for the next 48 hours as Optus Sport works to resolve their streaming issues. Optus holds the exclusive rights to most of the World Cup games, however many viewers, including Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, have been unable to watch sighting buffering and connection issues. Optus Chief Executive Allan Lew said the company will come up with a "robust solution" to the streaming problems amid some calls for the telco to grant refunds to customers who have paid to access the service.
In Russia, the Socceroos are preparing for their match against Denmark on Thursday, but the loss against France still stings. French fullback Lucas Hernandez has admitted to exaggerating falling during Saturday's game. “Sometimes I exaggerate, but that’s all part of the spectacle,” he said. “It also helps to take more time when you are winning.” Winger Matthew Leckie responded calling the behaviour "disappointing".
Overnight Belgium has defeated Panama 3-1, and Sweden beat South Korea 1-0. England won against Tunisia 2-1 and Japan is set to meet Colombia at 10pm AEST.
The NSW Government is preparing to splash some cash in Tuesday's State Budget announcement. The big winners in this budget will be families, as pre-school will be subsidised for three-year-olds, as well as apprentices and students at some of the state's schools who will see air-conditioning installed. The treasurer is also expected to announce a surplus of $3.9 billion.
A brawl has broken out at a cafe in Sydney, where a Liberal Party branch meeting was underway on the eve of the NSW State Budget. When Police arrived at the Arncliffe business, they saw people fleeing the scene and a man in his 40s was taken to hospital. The Liberal Party has said they are aware of the incident and are cooperating with police.
U.S President Donald Trump has said he will not allow the United States to become a "migrant camp" after he faced criticism for his zero-tolerance immigration policy which involves the separation of children from their parents if they arrive illegally. First Lady Melania Trump spoke out against her husband's policy, saying she "hates to see" children separated from their families. The president however, blamed the Democrats for the policy but said his policy prevents the U.S. from having an immigration crisis like the present one in Europe.
Speaking of Europe, German Chancellor Angela Merkel has been given two weeks by Immigration Minister Horst Seehofer to formulate a new European immigration plan, or he will begin turning migrants away from the border. Merkel has accepted the end-of-month deadline and said she will talk with other European leaders and report back on July 1. This compromise will likely end a disagreement between Merkel and Seehofer that threatened to destabilise the bond between their respective parties the CDU and the CSU and therefore, the government coalition. Seehofer is in favour of turning people away from Germany borders, a stark contrast her Merkel's 'open door' policy.
Meghan Markle's Father Thomas has given his first interview since his daughter's wedding to Prince Harry. Speaking to 'Good Morning Britain', Markle said he gave Harry permission to marry Meghan as long as he promised to "never raise a hand" against his daughter. He also said that he wished he was the one to walk her down the aisle.
Lisa Diep is still pinching herself after her Masterchef experience. Unfortunately, the pressure test designed by Alla Wolf-Tasker sent the mum-of-one packing on Monday night, but that hasn't dampened her spirits. Chief among her motivations was her 18-month-old son Hunter. "I felt guilty as a new parent, but I needed to remember: If I wanted to one day tell my son to follow his dreams... I needed to do the same." Read more about Monday's episode and what Lisa is up to now here.
And Micheal Jackson's elephant has briefly escaped from its enclosure at Jacksonville zoo. The Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens post an image to Facebook showing the elephant had wondered through the open enclosure gate and into the courtyard. "What do you do when an elephant ends up in a yard he's not supposed to be in? You moonwalk him back to his proper enclosure!" the zoo said.
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