Brekky Wrap: Young Boy Left 'Screaming and Hanging' Off Rollercoaster
All the news you need to know this Friday.
James Packer has sold almost half of his stake in Crown Resorts for $1.7 billion. Macau-based Melco Resorts and Entertainment picked up 19.9 percent from Packer's private investment company. Once the sale is settled, his company will own about 26 percent of Crown, worth $2.3 billion.
There are concerns for Julian Assange who was too sick to front court in London. The Wikileaks founder has been moved to a medical ward in jail and is said to be 'far from well'. The hearing -- to determine whether Assange will be extradited to the United States -- will go ahead on June 12.
Adani will learn today if it’s cleared one of the final hurdles holding up its controversial coal mine. The Queensland government is expected to give the green light on the company’s plan to protect a rare bird that lives on the site. If Adani gets the nod, there will be one final approval before mining can begin.
A silent vigil will be held for Melbourne woman Courtney Herron this evening. Thousands are expected to gather at Royal Park where her beaten body was found last weekend. Henry Hammond, 27, has been charged with her murder, he has been remanded in custody until his next court appearance on September 16.
Disgraced singer R. Kelly has been charged with 11 more counts of sexual assault, including some that carry a maximum sentence of 30 years in prison. He is already facing 10 charges, accused of abusing four women, three of whom were underage. Kelly will front court next week.
A young boy, 6, has been airlifted to hospital after falling from a rollercoaster at Lightwater Valley theme park in North Yorkshire. Witnesses claim the boy was hanging backwards from the carriage, screaming, before falling more than four metres. Thankfully his injuries aren't life-threatening. In 2001, Gemma Savage, 20, died when two cars collided on that very same ride. An investigation is underway.
Good news for skiers, Perisher is opening a week early after several days of blizzard-like conditions. Thredbo and Hotham will remain closed until next weekend.
In sport, Jordan Thompson and Ash Barty have both made it through to the third round of the French Open. Sam Stosur lost her second round match for the first time in a decade. And in the Cricket World Cup opener, England beat South Africa by 104 runs.
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