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Passenger jets almost collide mid-air

Written By kom limapulan on Jumat, 25 April 2014 | 15.48

Jetstar and Singapore Airlines passenger planes came within 305 metres of one another while flying over the Northern Territory. Picture: Supplied Source: News Limited

TWO passenger jets nearly collided while flying over Australia on Thursday afternoon.

The Jetstar A320 and Singapore Airlines A330 aircraft had their near miss as they went over the Northern Territory.

Air-traffic control cleared the Jetstar flight from Darwin to Brisbane to climb through the Singapore's jet's altitude en route from Brisbane to Singapore.

The incident, called a "loss of separation", occurred 75km southeast of the RAAF Base Tindal, near Katherine.

A "loss of separation" is when the risk of collision is increased when planes fly within 305 metres vertically and 9.26 kilometres horizontally of each other.

Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) Team Manager Mark Walker said they were investigating what caused the incident.

"At this stage we don't have any further information. We're in the process of working out what happened," he said.

"We've requested the radar information and we'll be interviewing the controllers next week.

Until we do all that it's a bit hard for us to comment."

There are over 100 'loss of separation' incidents a year in Australia occurring on average once every three days.

"It can be a range of things, actions of controller, actions of flight crew, sometimes it can happen in civil airspace or in military airspace," Mr Walker said.

"Some of them obviously get closer than others; some even though they're close things are still under control."


The ATBS declined to say how close the aircraft came to each other.

A Jetstar spokesman said no passengers were injured during the incident.

"Jetstar is aware of a loss of separation incident occurring near the top of flight JQ 673's climb out of Darwin," he said.

"While following air traffic control directions our pilots became aware of the issue and immediately followed appropriate procedures to re-establish the required separation distance.

"There was no impact to passengers and the aircraft landed safely and without incident at Brisbane Airport as scheduled."

The ATSB in October last year released a publication into loss of separation incidents between 2008 and 2012.

The report said there had been an increase in LOS incidents reported to the ATSB in the two years to June 2012.

However that number represented fewer incidents than between 2005 and 2008 despite "traffic levels have generally increased during the same period."

It said there are on average six occurrences every year with an elevated risk of collision with the majority having no or minimal risk.

The report said aircraft separation has many levels of defences to avoid "errors that will inevitably be made from time to time by air traffic controllers and pilots.

"The defences ensure that even if a LOS does occur, the chance of an aircraft collision is still very remote."

The ATSB report into the incident is expected to be completed in November.

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Bye George: Royals head home

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have made a surprise appearance at the dawn service in Canberra.

Surprise visit ... the Royal couple arrive at the Australian War Memorial in Canberra to pay their respect to the nation's war dead. Picture: Gary Ramage Source: News Corp Australia

THE Duchess of Cambridge placed a posy near the Unknown Soldier's tomb with a heartfelt handwritten note, before they left Australia.

Nestled in each of the posies was a small wooden commemorative cross with a handwritten message from an Australian school child.

The neatly written message in Kate's posy read: "In every second of every day, you will be remembered for your courage and your bravery. Thank you for your sacrifice and for what you have done for us. For that, I am truly grateful."

The cross was part of the Australian War Memorial's commemorative crosses program. The crosses are distributed to school children to write messages of hope and thanks. They are then sent over to the Western Front to be laid on the graves of the Australian war dead.

After a jam packed tour Down Under, the Duke and Duchess have waved goodbye to Australia.

Final wave ... Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Prince George of Cambridge leave Fairbairne Airbase as they head back to the UK. Picture: Chris Jackson Source: Getty Images

The pair arrived at Fairbairn Defence Establishment to board their plane just after 2pm AEST.

Kate unhooked Prince George, wearing a red ensemble, from his baby seat before William brought him out in front of the waiting media pack.

As they greeted the Governor General, Wills gave little George a pat on the back.

The pair went over to say hello to the police officers who had been escorting them during their Canberra stay.

"Thankyou," the Duke said.

Then it was goodbye to the dignitaries time.

Kate, with George bouncing his legs as she held him, said farewell to the Opposition Leader and his step-son Rupert.

Goodbye George ... Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott looks on as Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge holds Prince George of Cambridge as they leave Fairbairne Airbase. Picture: Chris Jackson Source: Getty Images

Bill Shorten showed William a picture on his phone, of their great grandfathers together at the launch of a ship at Newcastle upon Tyne, circa 1931.

It was the image Mr Shorten spoke about during his speech at the official reception at Parliament House.

Tony Abbott, standing next to wife Margie, gave the little Prince a goodbye tickle before the couple climbed the stairs.

Gorgeous George ... Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge holds Prince George of Cambridge as they leave Fairbairne Airbase to head back to the UK. Picture: Chris Jackson Source: Getty Images

At the top they stared out and gave a big farewell wave, bidding goodbye to Australia.

Clarence House tweeted this message to their followers before they departed.

Earlier, they joined VC winners and other dignitaries to commemorate Anzac Day in Canberra.

Following the national Anzac Day ceremony at the Australian War Memorial in Canberra, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge planted an Aleppo Pine sapling derived from seeds gathered after the battle of Lone Pine.

For Prince William, who served in Britain's Royal Air Force for more than seven years, the tree had a special family connection.

Prince Henry, the Duke of Gloucester - who later went on to serve as Australia's governor-general after the Second World War - planted the original lone pine at the war memorial in October 1934.

That tree which is coming to the end of its natural life, was propagated from a pine cone from Gallipoli which Australian Lance Corporal Benjamin Smith, sent home to his mother Jane McMullin.

Praising our Anzacs ... Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge lay a wreath on ANZAC Day at the Australian War Memorial in Canberra. Picture: Chris Jackson Source: Getty Images

It commemorated his brother Mark who died on August 6, 1915 in the battle of Lone Pine, one of the bloodiest in the campaign with more than 2000 Australian casualties in four days.

Before planting the Aleppo Pine, they solemnly walked past the Pool of Reflection with Governor-General Peter Cosgrove and his wife Lynne and paused for a moment before entering the tomb of the Unknown Australian Soldier.

Inside the Hall of Memory, artificial lights were brought in as the sun struggled to eek through the stained glass windows in the cavernous space where the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier lies.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge gently placed small posies of rosemary and Australian natives including Kangaroo Paw on the verge of the tomb, which was scattered with poppies.

Silently they reflected on the grave before solemnly, and in unison, bowing their heads. It was an intimate moment as they paid their respects.

The young royals then turned, and walked to the side of the hall as the official party took turns to lay posies and reflect.

Lest we forget ... the Royal couple with the Chairman of the Australian War Memorial Rear Admiral Ken Doolan AO RAN (Ret'd) and his wife, Elaine at the Commemorative Area including the Hall of Memory where they walked along the cloisters at the heart of the Memorial which contain the Roll of Honour. Picture: Gary Ramage Source: News Corp Australia

First into the Hall of Memory was Governor-General Sir Peter Cosgrove and his wife Lynne, who were each handed a posy to lay on the tomb.

Catherine, in a blue-grey coat dress and black heels, and Prince William followed.

Then Prime Minister Tony Abbott and his wife Margie, followed by Opposition Leader Bill Shorten, Australian War Memorial council chairman Rear Admiral Ken Doolan and his wife Elaine. The director of the memorial Dr Brendan Nelson and his wife Gillian Adamson also laid posies.

Thousands stood to watch their arrival at the Australian War Memorial this morning, as the marching band played a section of God Save the Queen.

The couple exited their car and walked up the front steps to join dignitaries including Prime Minister Tony Abbott, Opposition Leader Bill Shorten and ACT Chief Minister Katy Gallagher.

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Kate changed her outfit for the National Service after earlier attending the Dawn Service, wearing a long sleeved light navy patterned dress, with navy heels and headpiece.

Looking lovely ... William, Duke of Cambridge, and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, await the arrival of Governor-General Peter Cosgrove at the Anzac Day National ceremony in Canberra today. Source: News Corp Australia

But the palace chose not to reveal details of Kate's outfit today as they did not want to detract from the significance of Anzac Day.

Governor General Sir Peter Cosgrove invited the Duke to join him in observing the march on the parade ground.

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There was great applause as VC recipients Corporal Ben Roberts-Smith, Corporal Daniel Kieghran and Corporal Mark Donaldson marched past, with some in the crowd giving them a standing ovation.

Royal treatment ... William and Catherine with Dr Brendan Nelson at the Australian War Memorial in Canberra. Source: News Corp Australia

Kate remained seated next to the Memorial's director Dr Brendan Nelson, clapping and chatting about the stream of personnel, military vehicles and horses.

Pinned to her chest was a poppy brooch, given to her by Emma, the wife of Corporal Ben Roberts-Smith.

In delivering the commemorative address, Prime Minister Tony Abbott said he was "in awe of the Anzac generation", as someone who has never served.

He particularly recognised "the Queen's grandson", himself a Royal Airforce search and rescue pilot.

Laying a wreath ... William, Duke of Cambridge, and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, at the Stone of Remembrance in front of the Australian War Memorial in Canberra. Source: News Corp Australia

"Long ago we ceased to regard Britain as the mother country, but we're still family," Mr Abbott said.

"Your presence Sir reminds us of all our comrades in arms. These are the ties that bind. Lest we forget."

Mr Abbott said the Gallipoli campaign would be commemorated next year and during the three following, as part of the centenary.

Pause ... Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge. Picture: Kym Smith Source: News Corp Australia

"The worst of times can bring out the best in us," he told those congregated, his words echoing through the parade ground.

The Duke and Duchess laid a poppie wreath, following the Governor-General.

Earlier, the royal couple joined thousands in the nation's capital grabbing a scarf and warm coat to make a surprise appearance at the Dawn Service.

VIP guests ... Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, attending the Anzac Day National Ceremony at the Australian War Memorial in Canberra. Source: News Corp Australia

On the 99th anniversary of the Anzac landing, an estimated crowd of 36,500 braved the Canberra chill, proudly pinning poppies to their chest outside the National War Memorial.

Prince William and Kate stood next to the Governor-General Sir Peter Cosgrove and his wife Lynne.

Up at dawn ... The Duke and Duchess, William and Catherine joined by Governor-General Peter Cosgrove. Source: Getty Images

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The pair used small torches to light up the words of the hymn O valiant hearts.

A sense of history ... Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge light up the words of the hymn O valiant hearts. Picture: Alex Ellinghausen Source: Supplied

They watched on as Victoria Cross recipient Corporal Ben Roberts-Smith gave the commemorative address.

"As we stand together on this hallowed ground in the cold and the dark of another Anzac Day morning I feel an overwhelming sense of pride," he told those gathered.

"Pride of what we have accomplished as a nation ... due to the sacrifice of so many."

Royal touch ... Kate and William rugged up to join thousands of others on this chilly Canberra morning. Picture: Gary Ramage Source: News Corp Australia

Prince William had a sprig of rosemary and two medals pinned to his dark coat.

Despite their attendance not on the official schedule, the memorial's Director Dr Brendan Nelson said they knew the couple were keen to come.

"Very early on the Palace advised us that it was likely that the Duke would attend the Dawn Service and we were advised a few days ago that the couple would both attend," he later told reporters.

Never forget ... images of the 40 Australian servicemen who died during the conflict were projected on the front facade of the memorial. Picture: Gary Ramage Source: News Corp Australia

"I thanked them both very much for attending and I said to them this means a lot to us, it means a lot to our country and it means a lot to our veterans.

"Suffice to say they were very, very committed to be here and found the service very meaningful."

Corporal Ben Roberts-Smith said it was "fantastic" to see the royal couple in attendance.

"It shows the level of support from the royals as they always have. They're very conscious of their military personnel that serve in the Commonwealth and them making the effort to come this morning was representative of that," he said.

VC Hero ... Corporal Ben Roberts-Smith during a TV interview this morning. Picture: Gary Ramage Source: News Corp Australia

"It was very humbling that they would come down to our service."

Both will return later this morning to attend the National Ceremony.

Like a photo album coming to life, images of the 40 Australian servicemen who died during the conflict were projected on the front facade of the memorial, ahead of the Dawn service.

The sound of a didgeridoo rang out in the brisk pre-dawn air as young and old clutched candles.

All ages ... Six-year-old William Potter and his sister Catriona, 11, from Richmond, NSW, came to the Australia War Memorial with their parents. Source: News Limited

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Magazine Photoshops baby George

Why on earth would you Photoshop this adorable mug? Source: Getty Images

WE'RE used to seeing Photoshopped images of celebrities on the cover of almost every magazine on the newsstand.

But this might be taking things too far.

American gossip magazine US Weekly has photoshopped a picture of Prince George on the cover of its upcoming issue.

The 9-month-old's face has been enhanced with emerald green eyes, rosier cheeks and given lighter strawberry-blonde hair. Even his lips are slightly more red.

Here's the original image:

Baby george with his mum the Duchess at Taronga Zoo earlier this week. Source: Getty Images

And here's the US Weekly cover:

The photoshopped cover. Source: Supplied

Prince George is already the top contender for most adorable baby ever — why are people Photoshopping those gorgeous cherub cheeks?

He's clearly not amused.

Prince George is clearly unimpressed. Source: Getty Images

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have left Australia to head back to the UK after a whirlwind 10-day national tour.

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Drunk passenger sparks flight drama

Plane landed ... one of the first images of the Virgin Australia plane. Picture: Stefi Jay on Twitter @threaddiaries Source: Supplied

A DRUNK Virgin Australia passenger has been arrested after causing a mid-flight emergency on a plane to Bali from Brisbane.

Sky News reports that a Virgin official said one of the passengers was drunk and he did not attempt to hijack the plane as first thought.

The Virgin Australia flight from Brisbane was forced to land in Bali after the 28-year-old male passenger attempted to enter the cockpit.

The passenger has been identified as Matthew Christopher.


Air traffic control received a communication from the cockpit one hour into the flight, as the pilot broadcasted a hijack code.

"We got information that a 737-800 from Brisbane to Bali has been hijacked," spokesman Hadi Tjahjanto told MetroTV television station.

Flight VA41 from Brisbane was due to arrive in Denpasar at 2.45pm local time, but touched down at 3.16pm (5.16pm AEST).


"The pilot indicated that the plane has been hijacked," senior transport ministry official Harry Bhakti said on MetroTV.

"There's an information that a passenger tried to get into a cockpit, we are investigating."

Heru Sudjatmiko, a Virgin Australia official on the Indonesian resort island said: "This is no hijacking, this is a miscommunication.

"What happened was there was a drunk person... too much alcohol consumption caused him to act aggressively."

Indonesian Police Chief Suhardi Alius told Metro TV: "The perpetrator, one person, has been secured for further investigation.''

Authorities say the person arrested was a drunk passenger.

Indonesia's Air Transportation Director-General Herry Bakti S. Gumay told Metro TV the communication from the cockpit had mentioned the word "hijack''.

Bali's police chief told local media a Virgin flight from Brisbane is on the tarmac at Denpasar Airport.

An Indonesian air force spokesman told the BBC that troops boarded the plane.

A witness told News Corp Australia: "Just watched the Virgin plane taxi into airport with 10 armoured and police vehicles following...it appears as though the doors are open therefore presuming passengers disembarking."

Palani Mohan, a passenger on a Garuda flight that was about to take off from Bali, said they were told an alleged hijacking had taken place at first, which would delay their flight.

"I saw at least five vehicles including military-style trucks, filled with men in uniform, rushing towards the plane.

"Then the Virgin plane taxied away, followed by the convoy of security forces. The flight attendant said it's been taken off to a different part of the airport.

"Bali airport seems to be in lockdown, we've been told no planes will be departing or arriving. The pilot's not allowing anyone off our plane."

A Virgin Australia spokesman said one other flight was affected en route from Sydney to Denpasar, and was diverted to Darwin Airport.

It was a decision made by the Indonesian authorities to shut Denpasar Airport, leaving multiple flights in the lurch.

"It depends on crew hours, but it is most likely that the plane will be refuelled tonight and then continue on to its destination," the spokesman said.

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Mischa Barton’s fashion fail

Written By kom limapulan on Kamis, 24 April 2014 | 15.48

Mischa Barton seems to be missing part of her dress at the 8th Annual BritWeek Launch Party in Los Angeles. Picture: Getty Images Source: Getty Images

MISCHA, Mischa, Mischa. What are you doing to us?

Sure, we love some tasteful and sexy décolletage but this is just going way, way too far.

I never thought I would say a neckline this risqué could be frumpy, but boy, worn with the rest of this style-sin of a dress, it's a total calamity.

Melissa Hoyer's not a fan of this outfit. Picture: Getty Images Source: Getty Images

Mischa Barton — the model/actress/celeb who I adore — was at the 8th Annual BritWeek Launch Party in Los Angeles, but this time she just got it all wrong.

The long, bulbous sleeves and the long skirt just had too much fabric going on. Enough to make an entire house of curtains as opposed to a small nursery.

Mischa Barton's ... interesting dress. Picture: Getty Images Source: AFP

With the Logies hurtling toward us this weekend, let's pray to the Gods of a Fashion that we don't see (too many) red carpet debacles like this.

Already, our most renowned TV types are gearing up to show off their sartorial style — the facials are being slapped on, the spray tans applied, the pedis and manis sorted and heads of hair are being cut and coloured as we speak!

Our TV chicks (and some of the blokes, but who really worries about them?) are gearing up to be 'judged' best and fairest in the red carpet stakes.

All you need to know about the usual suspects and outside chances vying for a statue at this year's Logie awards.

Names to look forward to perusing will include the morning TV female stars including Sam Armytage, Lisa Wilkinson, Kylie Gillies, Nat Barr, Monique Wright, Sarah Harris and Sonia Kruger while there will be no stopping the always divine Carrie Bickmore, the newly married Asher Keddie and a host of Home & Away names.

Most of whom are just so young and beautiful they don't need too apply much war paint or on-trend pieces to give them style cred.

You can be a part of all the Logies action by following news.com.au's Melissa Hoyer who will be in the Crown Palladium room, when the awards are announced on Sunday night.

From the long list of Neighbours and Home and Away stars to make it to the big time, who wears the fortune and fame the best?

Follow Melissa on Twitter and Instagram @melissahoyer and at @newscomauhq and follow the hashtag #tvweeklogies

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Can this smart suit give your wallet the boot?

Smart suit. Can this world's first garment with built-in PayWave replace your wallet? Source: Supplied

WEARABLE technology has just got a lot smarter with a suit that doubles as your wallet.

Dubbed the Power Suit, this prototype get up from Australian tailor MJ Bale and Heritage bank is the world's first garment to feature a cashless payment chip built into the sleeve.

It uses the same NFC technology you find in your credit cards that use the contactless PayWave system. It essentially becomes a wearable wallet, meaning if you forget your old fashioned leather alternative you won't be caught short when you head out the office for a power lunch. Sorry bill dodgers, now there's even less opportunity to "conveniently" forget.

Only 11 of these prototype suits have been made and are being trialled to see how the technology goes down.

In our test, we left the wallet on the desk and headed out. All we needed to do to pay for our business Maccas was lift the sleeve to the card reader as you would your regular PayWave credit card — the only difference is feeling a bit awkward doing it and getting used to being looked at suspiciously by the person behind the counter.

It can take a bit of precise positioning in order to get the right contact, which is kind of a bonus if you're thinking you're going to be obliviously paying for things every time you walk past a PayWave machine.

No need to take your wallet to places like the pub. Source: Supplied

So should your wallet start to worry? The problem with the wallet is it's bulky, heavy and can easily be stolen or lost. This eliminates all of these. Of course, it can't replace your driving licence, pictures of loved ones or a coffee loyalty card, but in terms of cash it takes a good step towards ditching the coins and cards.

But it's also been integrated for aesthetic reasons too:

"The prototype means the wearer doesn't need to ruin the cut of their trousers or jacket with a bulky wallet. It allows individuals to be ahead of the technology game and look top notch," says Matt Jenson, CEO of MJ Bale.

We certainly felt more free, but the wallet should have been looking over its shoulder for some time with many mobile phones using NFC to offer contactless payment.

Talking of being stolen, the beauty of this suit is that it looks like any other. There's no obvious way to identify this has a cashless chip inside so there's no reason for anyone to deliberately target it to steal. But if it does get stolen, then it's just as much a problem as losing your credit card. You'll need to call the bank to suspend your account. What makes this safer than your credit cards is the account the chip is linked to is a prepaid account so at least there's not access to all your funds.

When you need those off-the-cuff transactions. Source: Supplied

The security issue is the main reason why these suits are still only at the prototype stage and are being trialled by only 11 people (us included). Biometric payment (using your fingerprint, eye or even veins) is a far safer option going forward but the infrastructure of the payment machines isn't there — this is ready to roll.


The action of paying with your sleeve definitely took some getting used to (we were laughed at) but for men who are willing to pay for a suit like this and are too 'Wolf of Wall Street' to carry a wallet, they won't care a jot.

We found we weren't using it for the day-to-day things but on those occasions when we couldn't be bothered to lug a wallet around. It really does offer peace of mind and that failsafe for the forgetful. Or for those wanting to impress, it does feel pretty James Bond when it's time to pay.

Of course, many will see this suit as a solution to a VERY first world problem, but we can't think of another piece of wearable tech we'd want to wear. It's invisible, stylish and not geeky — hurdles that all wearable tech so far have failed to clear.

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Tony Abbott’s weird Royal quip

PM Tony Abbott describes the royal couple as 'bigger than Kelly Slater' at the Parliamentry reception for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.

THE Royal couple will spend the day in Canberra for the second-last day of their Australian tour — stay with us for all the news as it happens throughout the day.

Check out the video above for footage of the Royals' reception. Prime Minister Tony Abbott described the pair as "bigger than Kelly Slater". Umm, OK.

"A couple of years back, Kelly Slater visited Manly in my electorate. There were over a thousand screaming fans as you'd expect when the world's greatest surfer visits the world's greatest beach.

"But as I have seen with my own eyes, sir, ma'am, in Manly, you are bigger than Kelly Slater."

We're sure the Royals will return to Britain thrilled the Prime Minister of Australia thinks their visit was better than that time a surfing champ who once dated Pamela Anderson visited his home town.

The Duchess of Cambridge has stepped out in a green coat dress by Catherine Walker. Westfield's Gabe Robinson shows you how to get her latest look for much less.

"Tony, please stop talking about surfing." Picture: AFP PHOTO Source: AFP

Abbott: Royals bigger than Kelly Slater

Tony you had one job: Don't compare the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge to Kelly Slater. AFP PHOTO Source: AFP

1:50pm: The live stream has now finished - we'll have video footage of the reception for you shortly. The reception will wrap up in around 20 minutes, and from there, the Royals will head to the National Portrait Gallery for a guided tour.

Prince William says he and younger brother Prince Harry will attend next year's Anzac centenary celebrations at Gallipoli.

1:25pm: Watch the live stream at the top of the page for all the coverage of the Parliament House reception. So far we've had speeches from the Prime Minister and Leader of the Opposition, and a speech by William in which he revealed he and brother Harry will take part in next year's Centenary of Gallipoli campaign. He also summed up the couple's thoughts on their visit to Australia:

"Reluctantly, Catherine, George and I leave Australia tomorrow. Thank you for the warmth and generosity that has been shown to us during our visit. We go away with wonderful memories, and George goes away with his cuddly wombat, which he has taken to chewing so lovingly. We greatly look forward to coming back. And when we do return, it will be to marvel again at all that Australia is, and will yet become."

Kate is accompanied by Margie Abbott in Parliament House. Picture: AFP PHOTO Source: AFP

"We greatly look forward to coming back. And when we do return, it will be to marvel again at all that Australia is, and will yet become."

1:15pm: William and Kate stand for the national anthem at Parliament House:

1pm: Tune into the live stream at the top of the page for live coverage of the royal reception at Parliament House. The place is packed:

Gallery: William and Kate's day in Canberra

12:50pm: As we wait for the Royal couple to arrive at Parliament House in just under ten minutes' time, let's look at some pictures of this morning's tree planting at the National Arboretum:

Kate and William watch two children help them with a tree planting. Picture: Getty Images Source: Getty Images

Feeling homesick? The royals don't look too chuffed in this snap. Picture: Getty Images Source: Getty Images

Kate's emerald dress isn't the first Catherine Walker-designed outfit she's worn on tour. Picture: Getty Images Source: Getty Images

A cold morning in Canberra for the tree planting ceremony. Picture: Getty Images Source: Getty Images

11:10am: William and Kate have wrapped up their brief visit to the National Arboretum. Their next stop is at 1pm, when they're due to arrive at Parliament House for an hour-long reception hosted by Prime Minister Tony Abbott.

Local six-year-olds Oliver and Sebastian Lye were on hand to help the royal couple plant the English oak tree near the arboretum's Pod Playground.

The oak was chosen because it is a symbol of England, representing strength and endurance. The arboretum was established following the devastating 2003 Canberra bushfires.

William and Kate both shovelled soil on to the tree's base before the boys watered it with red watering cans.

The couple then mingled with 50 lucky Canberrans who won a ballot to be a part of the event, even playing with children in the playground.

10:55am: As with yesterday's visit to Adelaide, interacting with local youth is an important part of today's activities. Here, Kate chats with students from a local school:

10:50am: Kate gets involved in the tree planting:

But has Newscorp journalist Kristen Shorten, who's at the event, unearthed a scandal? It appears the tree was pre-planted!

10:40am: William's looking bright in a yellow tie today, but let's face, it, Kate's bespoke green dress is the focus of attention. This isn't the first time she's donned an outfit by French-born, London-based designer Catherine Walker on this tour - she also wore one of her outfits at Wellington Airport back on April 8. Walker was also a favourite designer of Diana, Princess of Wales.

Kate's previous, prone-to-wardrobe-malfunction Catherine Walker outfit, worn as she arrived at Wellington Airport. Picture: AFP PHOTO Source: AFP

10:35am: Kate's looking stunning in a long-sleeved, emerald green Catherine Walker dress.

10:30am: William and Kate are arriving at the National Arboretum...should get our first look at today's frock any minute now.

10am: William and Kate are scheduled to arrive at the National Arboretum in just under half an hour to start their official engagements for the day. While there, they'll assist in a tree planting and meet local students.

It's a busy day for the royals: after the tree planting there's a reception at Parliament House with Tony Abbott, a tour of the National Portrait Gallery and later, an evening reception at Parliament House.

The morning must be tinged with sadness for the royals, with news overnight that Camilla Parker Bowles' brother Mark Shand has died after suffering a serious head injury after falling following a night out in New York.

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The MH370 conspiracies you haven’t heard

What happened ... there are plenty of theories surrounding the disappearance of MH370 but they are all questionable. Source: AP

UNTIL a few weeks ago, most of us thought Diego Garcia was probably someone who played bass with Carlos Santana.

Some fast Googling later, it turned out Diego was not a he but an "it".

The search for Malaysia Airlines MH370 has taught us that Diego Garcia is a strategic US base on a little Indian Ocean atoll.

This knowledge came about after online forum discussions claiming the missing jet was diverted to the secret US base, also known as Camp Thunder Cove, became so persistent they turned into news stories.

LATEST: Search for MH370 continues

Has there ever been a conspiracy theory that has sought to present a virtuous explanation over nefarious one? If so, I have not heard it.

I have been sent an aerial photo of the vast hangar just off the Camp Thunder Cove runway where the Boeing 777 is concealed.

Tiny as Diego Garcia is, it has a long runway that can land B52s — and therefore easily accommodate a 777.

Diego Garcia served as a secret CIA rendition site — a place of interrogation and torture — to soften up terrorists prior to their arrival at Guantánamo Bay.

Therefore, it follows, that the plane was landed there.

Searching for clues ... Leading Seaman, Boatswain's Mate, William Sharkey searching for debris on a rigid hull inflatable boat as HMAS Perth searches for missing Flight MH370. Picture: Australian Defence Source: AFP

Any reporter who has covered the missing aeroplane will have received emails demanding they ask questions of secret government agencies and get them to confess the truth about the plane.

They will have been instructed to investigate American cloaking technology and the ability of the US to take control of planes remotely.

They may have, like me, been accused of being a "shill", being a person who is paid to promote a false concept or idea in order to conceal the truth.

In this case, a shill for having brazenly reported on the search effort in the Indian Ocean, knowing full well the plane is in Diego Garcia.

I may be a shill, but some of the correspondence is shrill.

"Surely you know that Thunder Cove was formerly called Camp Justice until it became the launching base for the attacks on Iraq and Afghanistan," wrote Darren.

"And surely you know that the naval area around the base was designated the world's largest nature reserve with admittance strictly controlled?

Hunting for answers ... Able Seaman Communications and Information Systems Atlanta Heysen, carries out damage control board plotting in the Machinery Control Room onboard HMAS Toowoomba. Source: Supplied

"And surely you also know that all Thunder Cove military employees must be single with no families?

"Surely you also knew that the US government spent $38 million there in the last few years building a submarine base that is shared with the IDF (Israel Defense Forces)?

"And surely you know, being an investigative journalist, that Thunder Cove cancelled all leave recently? And they also tendered for a large empty container ship to move something from Diego Garcia to Singapore."

The subtle introduction of the Israel Defense Forces into the narrative is telling: it is being hinted (I think) that because Malaysia does not recognise Israel, perhaps Israel took the airliner in some form of revenge.

Going in ... Leading Seaman Aircrewman (LSA) Daniel Colbert assisting LSA Joel Young back into HMAS Toowoomba's, S-70B-2 Seahawk helicopter, Tiger 75, after retrieving debris. Picture: Australian Defence Source: AFP

Most of the conspiracies lead to Freescale Semiconductor, the Austin, Texas firm that had 20 employees on-board, and which — it is claimed — leads the world in radar cloaking technology (it also provided the technology for the Guitar Hero games).

Freescale's Chinese employees had made a major cloaking breakthrough and were heading back to Beijing to sell the technology to China.

In response, the CIA is presumably waterboarding them on Diego Garcia. What has become of the other passengers is not expressed.

And that is the thing about the authors and adherents of conspiracy theories. They seek to portray the existence of an even more unpleasant world, as though it is not troubled enough.

Why they do this is a mystery bigger than MH370.


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Royals try out DJing and graffiti in Adelaide

Written By kom limapulan on Rabu, 23 April 2014 | 15.48

Kate's dusty pink Alexander McQueen outfit shows off one of the season's most popular colours

Fans in Adelaide show their excitement for the arrival of Prince William and Kate during the Australian Royal Tour. Courtesy: Channel Ten

The Royals arriving in Adelaide this morning. Picture: Calum Robertson Source: News Corp Australia

ON the third-last day of their Royal visit, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will spend the day in Adelaide and surrounds. Stay tuned for all the news and goss as it happens.

4:49pm: A more detailed look at Kate's outfit from today:

Kate's dusty pink Alexander McQueen outfit shows off one of the season's most popular colours

2:30pm: The Royals have departed for Canberra, where they'll be reunited with Prince George and have no further official engagements until tomorrow. Let's look back at a few pics of their brief but busy day in Elizabeth, South Australia:

Just call him Prince Wil.i.am. Picture: AFP Source: AFP

Locals reported that Kate and William seemed genuinely interested in hearing about the issues faced by the youth in the area. Picture: AFP PHOTO Source: AFP

Kate speaks to performers at the youth community centre The Northern Sound System in Elizabeth. Picture: AFP PHOTO Source: AFP

Presented with a skateboard, emblazoned with the name 'George'. Pic: Tricia Watkinson. Source: News Corp Australia

Meeting a young local. Picture: Getty Images Source: Getty Images

DJ Duchess drops the beat. Picture: Getty Images Source: Getty Images

William, if this whole 'Being a royal' thing falls through, at least you can fall back on your DJ career. Picture: Getty Images Source: Getty Images

Kate and Prince William watch a skate park display at the Northern Sound System. Pic: Tricia Watkinson. Source: News Corp Australia

No-one's going to tell you off for graffiting when you're the future King of England. Pic: Tricia Watkinson. Source: News Corp Australia

Unveiling the plaque for 'Prince George Plaza'. Yep, he's not yet one and he's got his own plaza. Picture: Getty Images Source: Getty Images

1:30pm: William has passed up the chance to show off his scooter skills at a skate park in Adelaide for fear he might "stack it". Prince William also tried his hand at aerosol art, adding his own touches to a billboard display.

Kate and William in Elizabeth, South Australia today - royal wave down pat. Picture: Getty Images Source: Getty Images

Wills and Kate were treated to an exhibition of scooter and bike riding on the concrete bowl of the skate park, the action performed by young members of the Elizabeth Riders group.

Hosted by committee member Luke Haldenby, the royal couple watched on as the riders showed off their trick moves.

But when it came to having a go himself, 15-year-old Luke, said the Prince was a bit reluctant.

"He said he would probably stack it," Luke said.

The Prince was also presented with a custom skateboard designed by local artist Casey Zechef which featured Prince George's name. Luke said both the Duke and Duchess loved the gift.

The Royals took in a skating demonstration, and even tried their hand at DJing and graffiti art. Picture: Getty Images Source: Getty Images

"He thought it was amazing, he loved it. Even Kate loved it too, she thought it was cool that it said George on it." Other members of the riding group said they were impressed by William's skills with the aerosol can, describing him as a "true Aussie".

"He was actually pretty good considering that was his first time," they said.

1:15pm: The Royals took their time greeting locals in the forecourt of the Playford Civic Centre before they head into the reception, their final engagement of the day.

Having DJed earlier in the day, Wills is now trying his hand at graffiti:

And they've unveiled a plaque to acknowledge the naming of Prince George Plaza. Yes, nine months old and Prince George has his own Plaza - what were YOU doing at that age?

1pm: Having the gift of a skateboard, the couple had a quick chat with the teens who performed for them and then headed off to the civic centre, where they'll unveil the plaque for the forecourt renaming.

One local teen, Hikaru, 18, was eager for Kate and William to arrive at the reception.

"I don't think anyone could be not excited," he said.

He said he would probably ask the royals about life in the UK if he got the chance.

The couple's final official engagement for the day is a reception at the Playford Civic Centre, attended by around 200 locals under the age of 30. There are reports some South Australian dignitaries feel put out they didn't get an invite to the reception, but it's a reflection of the day's focus on the youth of the area, who battle high unemployment rates.

12:50pm: The Royals at the skate bowl:

12:45pm: The Royal couple are now touring the local skate park in Elizabeth, where they'll watch a skateboarding demonstration. It's a short but busy day for the Royals - their official engagements are due to end at 1:15pm local time (although they are running behind schedule), when they'll then fly back to Canberra to be reunited with Prince George.

12:07pm: This picture of the Royal arrival earlier gives a clear full-length look at Kate's Alexander McQueen outfit:

The Royals arriving in Adelaide this morning. Picture: Calum Robertson Source: News Corp Australia

12:05pm: DJ Duchess in da house! The Royals are enjoying a relaxed visit with the local youth of Elizabeth. Check out Kate hitting the DJ decks:

DJ Kate in da house! Source: Twitter

And DJ Will having a go:

11:50am: More pics coming through of the Royal couple meeting locals at the Northern Sound System community centre in Elizabeth:

11:45am: That was quick! The Royals have arrived at the Northern Sound System community centre in Elizabeth.

William and Kate will spend only about two hours in Elizabeth - named in honour of the Queen - but all of that time will involve the area's young people.

Kate is wearing a dusty pink Alexander McQueen outfit with a flared skirt, while William is a navy suit and maroon tie.

The couple's first stop is at a community music program which offers young people the chance to make and listen to music, and gives them a foot in the music industry door.

That will be followed by a demonstration at an adjacent skateboard park before the royals wind up their Adelaide stopover with a reception where they will mingle with a group of invited guests, all aged under 30.

Youth unemployment in Elizabeth sits at almost 20%, and the royal visit is seen as a much-needed boost.

11:40am: Another look at that gorgeous McQueen outfit. The Royal couple are now on their way to their first stop: the Nothern Sound System, a youth community centre in Elizabeth, a suburb north of Adelaide.

11:30am: A first look at Kate and Wills - Kate looking stunning in a pink Alexander McQueen outfit that she's teamed with pearls.

11:15am: Kate and William have touched down in Adelaide.

11am: The royals are due to land in Adelaide just before 11am local time (11:30am AEST). From there they'll head north to Elizabeth, a suburb 25km north of Adelaide, for a day spent focusing on the youth of the area. Later in the afternoon, they'll attend a reception hosted by the Governor and Premier of South Australia.

Union Jacks aplenty! Elizabeth spectators await the arrival of Wills and Kate. Source: Supplied

The crowds are already building in Elizabeth in anticipation of the royal arrival — they're expecting 50,000 people to line the streets today.

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Call of Duty loser calls in SWAT team

NEW YORK police scrambled helicopters, emergency vehicles and an army of cops to a home where someone called in a bloody rampage on Tuesday.

They arrived with guns drawn and ready for war — only to find out the call to cops was an act of revenge by a gamer whom the teen who lives inside had just beaten in an online "Call of Duty" battle.

The prank caller told police over Skype that he was Rafael Castillo, 17, of Long Beach — and, "I just killed my mother and I might shoot more people," cops said.

But Castillo was only using virtual firearms in the online video game.

"Some guy threatened to swat him," Castillo's brother Jose told The Post. "He was pissed that he had lost."

The disgruntled gamer had just been eliminated by Castillo and gave police the teen's home address in a dangerous game called swatting, and the authorities went into full emergency mode.

In the two hour standoff, authorities scrambled choppers over the house and rushed in more than 60 officers with weapons drawn — including elite members of Nassau County's special operations unit.

Fire trucks also sped to the home on Laurelton Boulevard near West Fulton Street.

When cops got to the home, Castillo's mother was in the kitchen and Rafael's brother arrived home from lunch.

"I thought there was a fire at my house. I ran up and saw my mom running out, I didn't know what was going on," said the brother, Jose, 21.

"Then one of the police officers said somebody called and said that the mother and brother of somebody in this house was killed. I said 'how is that possible if she's right there and I'm right here?'"

Cops tried for 20 minutes to call Rafael and get him to come out, but he had headphones on and was still glued to his video game console.

"He didn't realise anything was going on, he couldn't hear anything," his brother Jose said. "I told him that there's a bunch of cops outside that are looking for you."

He eventually came outside and the emergency services cops rushed in to make sure there was no reality to the phony call.

"I right away had an idea what it was, because I've seen [pranks] on the news," said Jose Castillo.

Rafael, known as Rafi, is a junior at Long beach High School and was at home playing video games because it was spring break.

The vicious gamer likely traced Castillo IP address online to find out where he lives, police sources said.

"It was probably just an evil little kid," one officer said.

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"We went and checked out the place and there was nothing there … It sucked up a lot of resources, caused traffic problems. It turned out to be a hoax," the cop added.

Cops were trying to tack down the hoaxer by tracing his electronic footprints, police sources said.

Long Beach police commissioner Michael Tangney said it's just the latest example of the "Swatting" game.

"In this … bizarre world of Swatting, you get points for the helicopter, for the police cars, for the SWAT team, for the type of entry," he told CBS. "It's very sophisticated. Unfortunately, it's very dangerous."

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