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‘Sweet kind, old soul’ – five children dead in jumping castle incident in Australia



Five children have died in a distressing jumping castle accident at a primary school in Tasmania, Australia

The children fell an estimated 10 metres after the jumping castle was picked up by a powerful gust of wind.

Authorities have confirmed one child has been discharged from hospital while another three remain in a critical condition.

The children were grade five and six students, who were celebrating an end-of-year event in the town of Devonport in Tasmania.

The children fell an estimated 10 metres after the jumping castle they were in was picked up by a powerful gust of wind.

The jumping castle was at the Tasmanian school as part of end-of-year celebrations as holiday seasons approach.

The Local Police Commander has described the event as “tragic”.

Tasmania’s Police Commissioner says the children were meant to be celebrating, not mourning.

On a day where these children were meant to be celebrating the last day of primary school….instead we are mourning their loss.

Police said in a media address

The accident happened during an end-of-year celebration at Hillcrest Primary School in Devonport, in the state’s north-west.”

This is a very tragic event and our thoughts are with the families and the wider school community, and also our first responders,” Police Commander Debbie Williams said.

Devonport’s Mayor says the “tight-knit community will face one of the toughest times ahead”

Authorities are requesting that people avoid the area to allow emergency services to continue their investigations.

Tributes flow for five lives lost and victims of the jumping castle tragedy in Tasmania Australia

Tributes and flowers have been laid outside Hillcrest primary school this morning… all in mourning for those five little lives lost

Two kids have been identified, their names are Zane Gardam and Addison Stewart

Several fundraisers have been launched to support the families of the children who died in the tragedy

One GoFundMe launched for the family of Addison Stewart described her as a “precious” girl.

Her aunt said “I have no idea how to express the sadness our family is feeling,”

“Everyone is devastated, she was always such a sweet kind, old soul.”

Zane Gardam was described as a “gorgeous boy” in a seperate fundraiser launched by family friends

“Zane was such a beautiful caring, gentle soul,” the family friends wrote.

He had challenges growing up with his autism and ADHD but that never set him back, he kept achieving,”

The family friends said zane’s mum was by his side every step of the way encouraging, loving and fighting for him.”

It’s unthinkable heartbreak right before Christmas, Australia’s Prime Minister Scott Morrison said this will leave families completed devastated.

An investigation is underway by work,safe and a report will be prepared by the coroner, as tributes continue to pour in for the families and wider community

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Israeli soldiers use water cannons to stop protestors from breaking into PM’s house



Dramatic scenes in Israel as protestors take to the streets demanding a controversial judicial reform plan be scrapped

Dramatic scenes are unfolding in Israel following news the nation’s leader Benjamin Netanyahu has fired his defence minister.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu fired Defense Minister Yoav Gallant on Sunday after Gallant called for a halt to a controversial judicial reform plan.

Gallant, a lawmaker from Netanyahu’s right-wing Likud party, broke ranks on Saturday by publicly urging Netanyahu to suspend the legislation.

He said, “The growing rift in our society is penetrating the Israel Defense Forces and security agencies. This poses a clear, immediate, and tangible threat to the security of the state. I will not allow this.”

His dismissal marks the largest public fracture in Netanyahu’s coalition government over the proposed reforms that have sparked mass protests and even dissent from some in the nation’s revered military.

Others in Netanyahu’s party have begun to waver: A top lawmaker echoed the defense chief’s call to pause the contested judicial overhaul on Sunday.

Dissent from the premier’s own party and cabinet has compounded months of unprecedented mass protests by Israelis who fear the package of reforms could endanger court independence.

Netanyahu, who is on trial on graft charges that he denies, says the overhaul will balance out the branches of government.

A key bill effectively giving his religious-nationalist coalition more control over the appointment of judges is expected to be brought for ratification this week in the Knesset, where he and his allies wield 64 out of 120 seats.

But how – or even if – that as-yet-unscheduled vote will proceed has been thrown into question by Likud dissenters. #trending #featured

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Brace for impact: Passenger activates emergency slide on Delta flight



Passenger activates emergency slide on a Delta Air flight bound for Seattle

A scary situation for those passengers onboard Delta Air Flight 1714 after a passenger activated one of the aircraft’s emergency slides.

An individual has been arrested after opening one of the plane’s doors and exiting via the emergency exit slide as the crew prepared for takeoff from Los Angeles to Seattle.

The incident on the Delta flight took place around 10:40 a.m. local time on Saturday, while the plane was stationary at LA’s international airport.

The Boeing 737 was on the runway holding to taxi for takeoff when the passenger exited the aircraft.

The individual was initially detained by Delta staff before being arrested by local law enforcement.

The Federal Aviation Administration says customers are being reaccommodated on a new aircraft – apologising for any inconvenience and delay. #trending #featured

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Latitude Financial Services reports 7.9 million customer details stolen



The company is offering pay for the replacement of stolen I.D. documents

Latitude Financial Services says 7.9 million customers have had their driver’s licence numbers stolen.

More than 53,000 passport numbers have also been taken in the latest cyber attack, to grip Australia and New Zealand.

A further six million customers have had their names, addresses and phone numbers stolen.

Latitude is offering to pay for the replacement of stolen I.D. documents.

Up to 97 per cent of those records were taken before 2013, with some dating back to 2005.

The company says their review is ongoing into the matter and is contacting affected customers.

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