Breaking News | April 1

A humpback whale breaches off the coast of NSW. Photo: cweng50/flickr

Australia wins whaling war

By Constanza Ahumada

The international court of justice ruled against Japan’s act of killing whales in the Antarctic, immediately putting an end to the slaughter.

 The Court laid in favour of Australia’s claim against Japan’s whale quest on the Southern Ocean and ruled that the program was not scientific and must be terminated ‘with immediate effect’.

Japan’s chief negotiator Koji Tsuruoka stated, “As a state that respects the rule of law … and as a responsible member of the global community, Japan will abide by the decision of the court’.

Former Labor environment minister, Peter Garrett honoured the ruling, “This is the end of so-called ‘scientific’ whaling, surely,” Garrett announced to Fairfax Media. “It’s an incredible result. The comprehensive nature of it, and the way the court has taken on board our arguments.”

Japan will abide by the International Court of Justice order to abolish their annual Antarctic whale hunt however remain with “deep disappointment” at the final decision declared yesterday.

Tony Abbott is due to visit Japan early next week.

Zoe Saldana named the new face of L’Oreal

By Stephanie Athanassiou

Star Trek sensation Zoe Saldana has been named the new face of L’Oreal and has become one of L’oreal’s international spokespeople for Paris.

“Growing up, I was taught to believe that I am capable to do anything a man can do,” Saldana told E! “I want to share that value with women so they can embrace it and execute life with confidence. I am thrilled to join this beauty journey with such an inspirational brand.” Saldana’s campaign will include both print and television ads.

L’Oreal’s global president, Cyril Chapuy stated that Saldana is “Attached to her values, unafraid to speak her mind, and confident in her own skin, she embodies infallible force and asserted femininity.”

She now joins the ranks with other famous spokeswomen Blake Lively, Julianne Moore, Frida Pinto and Eva Longoria.

AFP deny assistance in Manus Island investigations

By Cassie dePedro

A request for assistance in the ongoing investigation into the death of an asylum seeker on Manus Island has been rejected by the Australian Federal Police. PNG forces were said to have solicited the AFP for an independent witness to observe interviews regarding the death of Reza Berati an Iranian man who died during a riot at the detention centre on the island on February 17.

 “The Royal Papuan New Guinea Constabulary (RPNGC) has responsibility for investigating this matter,” a spokesman told the ABC. Stating that Australia does not hold jurisdiction over Papua New Guinean investigations and PNG forces are therefore responsible for the matter.

Going on to tell the ABC “the AFP does not have any plans to provide any further support to RPNGC in this matter, however any requests for assistance from the RPNGC will be considered.”

 Mr Berati died after suffering multiple injuries to the head during a riot at Manus Island Centre. The centre being a detention facility to hold and process refugees that tried to reach Australia by boat.  A further 62 asylum seekers were injured during the confrontations.

Greens immigration spokeswoman Sarah Hanson-Young has promised to write to Justice Minister Michael Keenan calling for the AFP to assist. “I think this is a really important matter and for Australia not to help and not to participate looks like we’re more worried about covering things up rather than getting to the truth,” she said.

Alex Mckinnon declared quadriplegic

By Kirstie Arnett

Alex McKinnon, age 22 has recently woken up to the news that he is now a quadriplegic. The Newcastle Knights forward was injured whilst playing against the Melbourne Storm 8 days ago. The injuries occurred after a tackle where he landed on his neck.  He was unable to move and was put on a stretcher and rushed off the field. The NRL player was taken to hospital last Thursday where he was placed in a coma and placed in intensive care.

McKinnon has undergone emergency surgery to remove the disk between his C4 and C5 vertebrae. A bone graft  to hold the vertebrae together is being used.  Doctors report it will be a slow recovery but “years of rehab and care will hopefully improve things, as his spinal cord is not severed”.

After waking McKinnon’s first words to his family was ‘Can I have lemonade, I’m dry”. His family haven’t left his bedside, although his girlfriend, Teigan Power, has allegedly returned to Newcastle for the time being.

McKinnon’s teammates launched a campaign over social media for the Knight’s player called #RiseForAlex and on Sunday, 8,000 people went to Hunter Stadium to show their support for McKinnon while his team played against the Cronulla Sharks and won with an amazing score of 30-0. His family have thanked the club, community and the media for all their support through this tough time.

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