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Australia’s sporting community in shock after 24-year-old found dead in Spain

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Australia’s sporting community is in shock after 24-year-old Liam Hampson was found dead in Spain

Tragic news for Australia’s NRL community today.

Redcliffe Queensland Cup player Liam Hampson has been found dead in Barcelona after travelling to Europe for end-of-season celebrations.

Concerns were first raised for Hampson when he went missing for more than 24 hours after last being spotted at the Sala Apolo nightclub.

A number of friends and family members posted to social media, pleading for help and any information regarding his whereabouts.

Alexander Brimson was the first to raise the alarm, and says Hampson’s disappearance was “very out of character”.

Barcelona police later confirmed the 24-year-old’s body had been found on a nightclub floor.

It’s believed he died after falling from a substantial height.

There’s been an outpouring of grief as Australia’s sporting community processes this tragedy.

The 24-year-old’s father Brett confirmed his son’s death on social media, saying he woke up to news “no one wants to hear”, adding the family is “devastated to find out Liam had an accident and sadly has not survived.”

The statement adds, “we are heartbroken to say the least. Liam had a heart of gold and was a much loved son, brother, grandson, uncle and friend. Words can not express our grief”.

Meanwhile, the family has also extended their thoughts to the group of friends who were travelling with Hampson.

His sister, Tiarna says her brother’s teammates made sure “his last days were the best of his life”.

So truly a devastating situation and one that will undoubtedly leave a lasting impact, Britt.

William is an Executive News Producer at TICKER NEWS, responsible for the production and direction of news bulletins. William is also the presenter of the hourly Weather + Climate segment. With qualifications in Journalism and Law (LLB), William previously worked at the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) before moving to TICKER NEWS. He was also an intern at the Seven Network's 'Sunrise'. A creative-minded individual, William has a passion for broadcast journalism and reporting on global politics and international affairs.

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Porn floods Twitter “China” search

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Twitter users have been finding it hard to search for information on the social media platform due to an explosion of pornographic spam.

While thousands of protests against extended lockdowns, a digital bot army has roared into action on Twitter, with long-dormant Chinese language accounts suddenly tweeting links to escort services and other adult content.

Anyone trying to track the spontaneous protest movement on Twitter complained about the deluge of spam pornographic content making flooding the search for information.

The China protests come at a time when Twitter’s content and moderation teams have been pared back drastically following Elon Musk’s $44 billion takeover of the social media giant.

Twitter, along with other international social media services like Facebook, Snapchat and Instagram, is blocked by Beijing’s internet censors within Mainland China.

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Biden silence on China protests

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As citizens across China revolt against the country’s “zero Covid” policy, the White House issued a statement about the growing protests.

“‘We’ve long said everyone has the right to peacefully protest, in the United States and around the world,’ a White House National Security Council spokesperson said in a statement.

‘This includes in the [People’s Republic of China.]’

“‘Zero COVID is not a policy we are pursuing here,’ the spokesperson said.

‘And as we’ve said, we think it’s going to be very difficult for the People’s Republic of China to be able to contain this virus through their zero COVID strategy.’”

Commentators have noted that the statement came from the White House, and not President Biden himself.

Demonstrators are calling on President Joe Biden to take a stance and publicly support their cause.

The protests have continued despite numerous attempts by the Chinese government to quell them.

 

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China protests hit global markets, crypto

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The protests in China are having a negative impact on cryptocurrencies and markets around the world.

Bitcoin failed to break its descent and fell more than 3 percent.

The global crypto market cap fell over 2%, sending major cryptos into the red.

Over the last 24 hours, overall crypto market volume grew by 22%.

It comes amid a round of investor nervousness in global markets spurred by protests in China against Covid restrictions.

Protesters outraged by harsh COVID-19 regulations called for China’s strong leader to quit.

China is the world’s second-largest economy and has a significant impact on global financial markets.

Stocks and cryptos aren’t considered safe havens, leading to bearing price action.

Analysts are hoping for a sharp bullish reversal if and when the protests end.

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