Brekky Wrap: Man Lost At Sea After Taking Google Maps Shortcut
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A man is expected to front court today after a counter-terrorism operation in Melbourne’s north. The 29-year-old is accused of preparing to travel overseas to engage in “hostile activities". He was arrested at his workplace yesterday.
Emergency repairs will soon start on Sydney’s cracked Mascot Towers after owners agreed to foot the $1 million bill. The apartment block was evacuated a week ago after engineers became concerned about the structural damage. Residents are still at least a month away from returning home.
Israel Folau has set up a GoFundMe page to help foot his legal bill. The sacked Wallabies star had his multi-million-dollar contract ripped up by Rugby Australia last month. Folau claims he has already spent $100,000 of his own money “fighting for what is right”.
NSW will have an ageing and disability commissioner from July, with the power to investigate abuse, neglect and exploitation. State Parliament passed legislation overnight. "As the first minister for disabilities to have a disability, I'm proud to have helped introduce these important reforms into parliament," Minister for Families, Communities and Disability Services Gareth Ward said.
Donald Trump has suggested Iran’s shooting down of a US drone might have been a mistake by someone being “loose and stupid”. Iran said the drone had violated Iranian airspace, a claim the US military denied.
Just two contenders remain in the battle to be the next British Prime Minister after a final ballot overnight. Former London Mayor Boris Johnson will face Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt with a result to be announced in five weeks time.
A New Zealand man is lucky to be alive after being swept out to sea while taking a Google Maps 'short cut'. Remopita Pongi, 29, was trying to find his way home from Opotiki in New Zealand's North Island on Saturday when he resorted to swimming. He claims the navigation app suggested he could cut his 80km journey by 25km by simply paddling across the tidal estuary. The swim didn't go to plan, and he was immediately pulled 2.5km out to sea, forced to cling to a piece of driftwood for several hours. Thankfully his iPhone was still working and he managed to call for help. Had it not been for a chance encounter with a bobbing driftwood log, Pongi would have been "screwed" and "all out at sea", he told the New Zealand Herald
Prince Harry and Meghan hope to set up their own foundation by the end of the year after splitting from their joint charity with Prince William and Kate. The Royal Foundation said the decision was made following a structural review. The move is seen as the final step in the division of the two couples’ public duties.
In sport, David Warner has made 166 runs to guide Australia to a 48-run win over Bangladesh in the Cricket World Cup. The victory leaves Australia with a 5-1 record, with three pool matches to go.
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