A viral video of a French tourist desperately seeking the man who impregnated her during a holiday fling in Australia has been revealed to be a hoax.
The video went viral this week as the woman pleaded for members of the public to help her track down the Sunshine Coast father of her unborn child with whom she had fallen in love.
A Sunshine Coast social media company came forward on Wednesday to reveal the woman was an actress who volunteered to star in a video to promote tourism in Mooloolaba.
By the time the company came clean, the video had already attracted criticism on the woman’s Facebook page, with dozens of people predicting a hoax.
The woman was also abused for saying she had a one-night stand.
Others, however, were eager to claim responsibility for helping father the attractive woman’s baby.
The social media company has attempted to deflect any backlash against the woman by publishing a short video called “I found him”, in which owner Andy Seller claims responsibility for the stunt.
“I know there’s going to be a lot of you that are upset by this and maybe not too happy but this young lady was just a volunteer in this,” he said.
“I did all the Facebook, the YouTube … she had nothing to do with that, she was literally just an actress. We just wanted to put Mooloolaba on the map.”
This is not the first time social media viral hoaxes have backfired.
In 2009 Denmark’s national tourism organisation attempted a similar stunt, featuring a woman searching for the man who fathered her baby during a steamy evening in Copenhagen.
The ad was slammed worldwide by angry duped viewers, and the video was pulled from YouTube.
Also in 2009, Sydney-based agency Naked was forced to take cover after being named as the creator of a fake website featuring a girl trying to find a man who left his jacket in a cafe.
It later emerged the video was an ad for Witchery, which was selling the jacket.
However most mainstream media refused to name the brand after the company came clean.
When Elizabeth Broderick first took the job as sex discrimination commissioner, paid parental leave was a pipe dream.
As she prepares to leave the post, the issue has resurfaced – but for the opposite reason.
It’s being wound back.
“It just goes to show important it is,” Ms Broderick told the National Press Club in Canberra on Wednesday.
Ms Broderick doesn’t want the Abbott government to exclude women from getting both employer and taxpayer-funded government leave schemes.
She believes too many will be disadvantaged by the planned crackdown on so-called “double dippers”.
Any move to pare back support would just reinforce gender pay gaps and risk taking the scheme backward.
Parental leave should not be a woman’s issue but a family one, Ms Broderick said.
“The whole rhetoric needs to change.”
In her swan song after eight years in the job, Ms Broderick said there was much more work to be done by her successor.
She touched on the ongoing issues of workplace sexual harassment, pay gaps, domestic violence and targets for female leadership.
Fewer Australian companies were run by women than by men named Peter and having a target would hold those companies to account to do more.
“The fact is that the idea you can just pour in women and stir will never work.”
While the job has taken her from northern Australia to the valleys of Afghanistan, it was a role reviewing the treatment of women in the Australian Defence Force in 2011 that still reverberates.
As she facilitated a discussion between victims and leaders, Ms Broderick sat in on a meeting between a young mother and a military chief.
When the woman told the chief she was nervous, he candidly replied that so was he.
“In that moment I knew we had a chance at change because not only does it take a courageous woman to be prepared to step up, but it takes an authentic and compassionate military leader to admit he fears what he’s about to be told,” she said.
That was a lesson in taking the personal to those in power.
Ms Broderick’s replacement has yet to be named by the federal government.
Two years after being rocked by a player exodus, Brisbane captain Tom Rockliff says the Lions must again reassess their ways amid fears a disgruntled Jack Redden’s departure will spark many others.
Rockliff said he had failed to talk good mate Redden out of leaving the dead-last Lions after the midfielder this week asked to be traded with a year left on his AFL contract.
But Rockliff was also concerned more teammates would follow Redden out the door in scenes reminiscent of the Lions’ 2013 drama.
“That’s probably the concern at the moment, yeah,” he said on Wednesday.
“I think when one (player) goes you are always worried.
“There’s speculation about a lot of players.
“We don’t know until they come and tell us.
“I think most of the group is pretty happy and can see the future and where we are heading.
“There might be the odd couple that can’t.”
James Aish and Matthew Leuenberger are reportedly set to follow Redden.
Two years ago the Lions launched an internal probe after five home-sick players asked to return to their states in the 2013 AFL Trade period.
The Lions rebuilt under incoming coach Justin Leppitsch with more football department resources, including welfare and development.
However, Rockliff believed an unhappy Redden’s departure warranted another Lions internal review.
“Obviously we have to look at the way we do things around the footy club,” he said.
“If he (Redden) is upset obviously we need to improve in some areas of our footy club to make sure that we can retain them and keep players happy.”
Rockliff said he would “swap salaries” to keep best friend and former flatmate Redden at the Lions.
“It was pretty hard to swallow. It wasn’t easy for him to make that decision either,” he said of Redden who hopes to link with West Coast next year.
“I don’t think there’s anything I can do, to be honest, to change his mind.
“His issues are with other things within the footy club.”
Lions list manager Peter Schwab has not given up on Redden, who is in his seventh season with Brisbane.
“We’ll try to talk to Jack and see if we can change his mind, but if we can’t and that doesn’t happen then that gets the ball rolling and we’ll see what happens,” Schwab told afl杭州桑拿会所,杭州桑拿网, website.
Ex-captain Jed Adcock is a confirmed end-of-season departure after the Lions could not guarantee him a place in the 2016 squad.
Brisbane (4-18 record) look set to collect the wooden spoon after their last game of the year against the sixth-placed Western Bulldogs at the Gabba on Saturday.
Murray had beaten 37th-ranked Kyrgios in straight sets in their three previous meetings, eliminating him this year from two other grand slams, in the Australian quarter-finals and third round of the French Open.
The third-seeded Scotsman sent Kyrgios packing in the first round after playing straight man to the flippant Australian, who unnecessarily tried ‘tweener’ shots through his legs and jumped extravagantly on routine forehands that he buried into the net.
“I expected a very tough match, and that’s what I got,” Murray, 28, said.
But Murray had the last laugh against the clownish Kyrgios as he blasted 18 aces and 46 winners while only committing 23 unforced errors under the lights at Arthur Ashe Stadium.
Earlier, second seed Federer was the envy of a clutch of men’s players made to work overtime in the 90-degree heat by quickly dismissing his opening opponent.
Federer, who has been in sizzling form since reaching the Wimbledon finals, dashed past 34th-ranked Leonardo Mayer of Argentina 6-1 6-2 6-2 to launch his campaign for a sixth U.S. Open crown and first slam title since the 2012 Wimbledon.
“I feel good now,” said Federer. “I actually wasn’t so confident yesterday and today. I just felt like maybe (this)could be one of those matches I just couldn’t see coming.
“Thankfully I took this match extremely serious,” said the 34-year-old Swiss, who had fought off five match points in beating Mayer last year in Shanghai.
Murray next meets French left-hander Adrian Mannarino, while Federer faces Belgian Steve Darcis, who advanced 6-7(2) 6-3 6-2 3-1 when Marcos Baghdatis of Cyprus retired.
Baghdatis became the fifth player to retire on Tuesday after seven quit their matches on Monday as the toll of late season injuries and the searing heat presented severe challenges at the U.S. National Tennis Center.
Among other shortened matches, Australian Lleyton Hewitt, the 2001 U.S. Open winner, advanced 6-0 7-6(2) 1-0 when Aleksandr Nedovyseov of Kazakhstan retired.
Misfortune favoured the French and went the other way for the Aussies when 12th seed Richard Gasquet advanced 4-6 6-1 4-6 6-3 2-0 when Thanasi Kokkinakis retired.
Other players were sorely tested on the court.
Three players in the bottom half of the men’s draw had to go the distance under the sun, including French 11th seed Gilles Simon, who looked to have iced victory after taking a 6-2 6-4 3-0 lead over American Donald Young.
But the Frenchman stumbled, and the 26-year-old American, once hailed as the next great U.S. player, saw an opportunity and turned the match upside down for a 2-6 4-6 6-4 6-4 6-4 win.
“I really had it on my racquet,” said Simon. “I was not able to do anything on the tennis court. I think Donald realised it and then played what he had to play to take me down in five sets. It’s a terrible result for me today.”
In another wrenching defeat for France, Paul-Henri Mathieu fell to Japan’s Yoshihito Nishioka in five sets.
The 128th-ranked Yoshihito Nishioka, who saw fourth-seeded compatriot and 2014 finalist Kei Nishikori drummed out in five sets on Monday, booked himself into the second round with a 6-4 2-6 6-7(7) 6-1 6-2 victory.
Dutchman Robin Haase also made a Houdini-like escape against Germany’s Dustin Brown to register a 4-6 4-6 6-3 7-5 6-4 victory.
On the women’s side, second seed Simona Halep of Romania also had an abbreviated match as she advanced 6-2 3-0 after 47 minutes on court as New Zealand’s Marina Erakovic retired with a knee injury.
Also sprinting to victory was fourth seed Caroline Wozniacki, who dismissed U.S. national college champion Jamie Loeb 6-2 6-0, and fifth-seeded, two-times Wimbledon winner Petra Kvitova beat Germany’s Laura Siegemund 6-1 6-1.
The women’s draw continued to produce upsets as Czech sixth seed and French Open finalist Lucie Safarova fell 6-4 6-1 to Ukrainian Lesia Tsurenko.
Fourteenth seed Timea Bacsinszky of Switzerland was also shown the door, sent out by 42nd-ranked Czech Barbora Strycova 7-5 6-0.
“I wasn’t surprised (by the upsets), it is normal,” said 23-year-old Halep. “Everyone is fighting like crazy because it’s the last grand slam (of the year).”
(Editing by Frank Pingue/Sudipto Ganguly)
An inquiry into political donations in Queensland doesn’t need to investigate the influence of union donors, the Labor government says.
Deputy Premier Jackie Trad says the purpose of the inquiry, which the government wants the Crime and Corruption Commission (CCC) to lead, is to consider links between donations and the awarding of government contracts.
She says the probe is aimed at the former Liberal National Party government.
However, Ms Trad claims union donations are unlikely to be examined because governments do not award tenders and contracts to trade unions.
“How many government decisions are made that are actually about giving unions tenders? It doesn’t happen,” she said.
“It’s about the donations to the political party of the day that’s governing and decisions made by that government in relation to awarding tenders and to spend government money.”
The deputy premier admitted unions lobbied governments, like business and environmental groups, but it was all above board and part of any healthy democracy.
While Ms Trad brushed off the need to examine union donations, she listed specific matters involving LNP she wanted investigated.
Those include the LNP’s approval of the expansion of the Acland coal mine and retrospective legal changes advantaging LNP donors Karreman Quarries and Sibelco.
Opposition Leader Lawrence Springborg said overlooking unions was hypocritical and proved the inquiry was “an absolute witch-hunt”.
“They’re imposing one set of standards on the LNP and a totally different set of standards on themselves,” he said.
Mr Springborg said Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk was repeating the same mistake as Anna Bligh during the 2012 election when tried to incriminate LNP leader Campbell Newman by referring him to the then Crime and Misconduct Commission.
The opposition leader said Labor’s actions only diminished the integrity of the watchdog at the time, and Ms Palaszczuk was repeating history.
“She is politicising the Crime and Corruption Commission in Queensland, this is completely wrong and she should move away from that immediately,” he said.
Life was “brutal” at Timbertop, much like the scenes depicted in William Golding’s classic novel about the descent into barbarity of a group of marooned schoolboys.
That’s how former student BKO recalls his time at Geelong Grammar School’s rural campus, famously attended for two terms by Prince Charles in 1966.
In Golding’s book Lord of the Flies, the stranded boys run riot and turn on one another once they are removed from the rules of civilisation.
BKO, who spent a year at Timbertop in 1973, describes the school campus on 325-hectares of bush and farming land as an unusual and “quite a brutal” environment.
“You’re out in the bush with 14 other boys in your unit and you live very closely with those boys.”
He said it was very different to Geelong Grammar’s Corio campus, where if you did not get on with somebody you did not really have to see them much at all.
“But at Timbertop you’re forced together and it’s a Lord of the Flies type situation at times,” BKO told the child abuse royal commission on Wednesday.
BKO said when he started as a 10-year-old boarder at Geelong Grammar in 1969 it was like an English boarding school with strict rules and no court of appeal.
By the time he was in year 11 and 12, the school had become co-educational and far more relaxed.
BKO recalled that when he was in year six, a year two boy was “completely victimised” by the other boarders at the Glamorgan primary school.
“The treatment of this boy was the saddest thing that I saw at that school.
“I just add, 47 years later, I still hear the timbre and the tone of his voice as he cries and screams and yells. He was just a little boy.
“I’m disappointed that I didn’t do anything to help him.”
BKO and others have told the royal commission hearing into five decades of abuse at one of Australia’s most prestigious schools that Geelong Grammar was strict and authoritarian.
“It started with the staff and it worked its way down through the school years,” BKO said.
Victim BKV became a boarder in the senior school on the main Corio campus in 1971 but found it quite different from Glamorgan.
“Discipline was strict and almost extreme,” BKV said in a statement read by counsel assisting the commission David Lloyd.
“It was a pretty severe environment to grow up in.
“I think it was intended to be a place to build character and to be a pretty hard place.”
BKV believes the abuse he suffered from a teacher contributed to him playing up at school.
“Sitting on a secret and not feeling safe won’t have helped anything.
“I don’t hold any grudge against the school but I think there was something about the culture and the way they didn’t stop this sort of abuse happening.”
New rules for the federal government’s direct action climate policy will allow major industry to increase their greenhouse emissions, experts say.
Environment Minister Greg Hunt on Wednesday released proposed rules and regulations for the emission reduction fund’s “safeguard mechanism”.
The mechanism, due to start in July 2016, is being put in place to ensure that higher emissions by industry and power generators don’t undo emission reductions bought through the $2.5 billion ERF.
The government wants to finalise the rules in October.
Mr Hunt has also left the way open for businesses to access international units in 2017/18 subject to the result of the Paris climate conference in December.
The government has set a target of cutting Australia’s emissions by 26-28 per cent below 2005 levels by 2030.
“Only the coalition is committed to taking serious action to tackle climate change without hurting Australian families and businesses in the process with a painful carbon tax,” Mr Hunt said.
But market analysts Reputex say Australia’s highest emitting companies will in fact increase their emissions by 20 per cent over the next 15 years.
None of the top 20 emitters – including power stations Loy Yang A and B, Hazelwood, Bayswater, Yallourn, and new LNG processing facilities such as Wheatstone, Gorgon, Itchys and Pluto – will be forced to reduce their emissions.
“We project emissions covered by the safeguard scheme will grow by around 20 per cent through to 2030, which will put the new emissions target well out of the picture,” the analysts said in a statement.
Labor environment spokesman Mark Butler said it showed the coalition’s direct action plan was a “cruel hoax on future generations”.
“There is no obligation at all on Australia’s biggest polluters to reduce their pollution – indeed, Mr Abbott provides them with a range of options to increase their pollution,” Mr Butler said.
Climate Institute CEO John Connor said the safeguard mechanism was “more a pollution trampoline than a safety net”.
“It explicitly lets the industry from the last century off the hook and will only frustrate the billions of dollars of new investment needed in clean technology and innovation,” he said.
However Mr Connor said he welcomed the government leaving the door open for international carbon abatement permits.
The appearance of the squat, ugly weapon used by killer Man Haron Monis came as a shock in the orderly courtroom confines of the Sydney siege inquest.
That the gun would be produced was no surprise – counsel assisting the inquest Jeremy Gormly SC had warned in advance the sawn-off shotgun had to be shown.
But after recent hearings dominated by lengthy legal argument, the brutal weapon was a jarring return to the dreadful reality of the business before the court.
The families of victims Katrina Dawson and Tori Johnson were absent from the court during the evidence.
Counsel assisting the inquiry Jeremy Gormly SC had given notice that the grim exhibit would be shown and the only siege survivor present was Louisa Hope.
Outside the inquest, Ms Hope said it was a challenging experience.
Grim as it was, it was necessary in an inquest that must give the coroner a full understanding of every element of the siege.
NSW Police crime scene officer Walter Murphy demonstrated the gun’s lethal capabilities, using dummy cartridges to show how it could fire four shots in as little as five seconds seconds.
The gun was roughly cut down from over 1.2m to just 58cm, Mr Murphy said, most likely by someone who wasn’t highly skilled with their tools.
It showed signs of wear and possibly poor maintenance, but Mr Murphy was unable to offer any insight into its prior use.
The history of the gun remains murky: imported into Australia in the 1950s, it has never been registered and is believed to have come from the “grey market” of 250,000 cheap, illegal rifles and shotguns available in Australia.
There have been objections to images of the gun being shown but Mr Gormly said at the opening of the current hearing that it served a purpose.
“It is important that an image be shown in circumstances where so worryingly it is one of a great number of firearms floating around on the grey market in this country, capable of doing great harm in the wrong hands,” he said.
Even as the inquest goes on, police are continuing their investigations. How Monis got his hands on the gun, Mr Gormly said, is still very much an active line of inquiry.
The organisation had barely stared down a request for sanctions be levelled against Samoa, just days before the 2015 Commonwealth Youth Games began, before Caribbean nation St Lucia withdrew from hosting the 2017 Games for financial reasons.
Samoa, which is hosting the fifth edition of the Youth Games from Sept. 5-11, had refused to issue visas to the Sierra Leone team due to the fear of the Ebola virus in west Africa.
Delegates from Ghana had proposed issuing sanctions against the South Pacific nation, or the CGF could at least reimburse Sierra Leone for costs incurred for preparing a team to compete in Samoa.
CGF chief executive David Grevemberg added the organisation had done all it could to try to change the Samoan government’s mind, but were unsuccessful.
Outgoing President Prince Tunku Imran managed to defuse the situation while delegates from Fiji and St Vincent and the Grenadines suggested sanctions would be disproportionate for what was a health decision made by a sovereign government.
The CGF was then told that St Lucia had to withdraw from hosting the 2017 event after a fire had caused severe damage to a hospital in the south of the island, meaning the national stadium had been adapted into a temporary medical facility.
Design issues, however, had slowed the rebuild of the hospital, which would now not be completed until 2016 and the cost of returning the stadium to a sports facility was in excess of $15 million and also not be completed in time for the Games.
Prince Imran said that Canada and Scotland had expressed an interest in hosting the 2017 Games.
“The board met earlier this morning and decided to put this to the meeting, but also give the other members who would like to offer to host the Youth Games in 2017 a chance,” Prince Imran said.
Grevemberg said the CGF had not received any official bids but would call for initial expressions of interest by the end of October and then initiate the formal process after that.
(Editing by John O’Brien)
John McEnroe says embattled Australian tennis star Nick Kyrgios couldn’t have a better man in his corner than Lleyton Hewitt.
After hosting Kyrgios at his Bahamas base last week as the 20-year-old was crucified by the tennis world and sanctioned by the ATP for his sledging of Stan Wawrinka, Hewitt took up a front-row seat in his Davis Cup teammate’s courtside box for his US Open clash with Andy Murray on Tuesday night.
ESPN listed Hewitt as the coachless Kyrgios’ “advisor” and, commentating for the network, McEnroe said it was a masterstroke to turn to “one of the greatest competitors in the history of tennis”.
“It’s a good move from Kyrgios. It could be just what the doctor ordered,” said tennis’ original superbrat.
A big fan of Kyrgios, McEnroe said he was as much concerned about the two-time grand slam quarter-finalist’s loose game management as his conduct.
“Obviously that next guy he gets to coach him is going to be extremely important to him; to get the right guy, the right people around him,” McEnroe said.
Hewitt, who endured his own troubles after polarising fans early in his career, said he sympathised with Kyrgios.
“I do feel for him. He’s a good kid,” Hewitt said after advancing to the second round at Flushing Meadows for the 13th time on Tuesday.
“As a bloke, he’s pretty reserved for how you see him on the court.
“He trusts me at least, which is a big step forward. Obviously I’ve been able to earn that trust being in Davis Cup teams and showing that I do care about his career.”
Kyrgios credited Hewitt for helping him get in the right head space for the US Open despite the flak flying around him.
“He’s a mentor for me,” Kyrgios said after his four-set loss to Murray at Flushing Meadows.
“He’s been helping myself, Thanasi (Kokkinakis) out as well. He’s taken time out. I’m really thankful for that. He’s really helped me a lot the last couple weeks.
“He’s been a massive part of getting my head stable, and being able to have the performance tonight, I think that’s massive. Yeah, that’s all Lleyton.
“It’s easy to listen to him obviously. He’s been there. He’s won grand slams. He’s won here. But he’s been through it all.
“I think we’ve got a really good relationship now, which is going to be unbelievable for Davis Cup. I have really good trust in him.”
Six-times major winner and former world No.1 Boris Becker, now coaching the top-ranked Novak Djokovic, was another interested observer at Kyrgios’ match.
The German dubbed Kyrgios “a character”, but said he needed to tone down his on-court antics and start making headlines for his tennis instead of his trash talking.
“I’ve learned that he’s extremely talented, that he could be a much better player if he stopped his talk,” Becker said.