1. Beauty blogger electrocuted on holiday in Bali.
An Indonesian beauty blogger has died in a luxury hotel in Bali after allegedly being electrocuted by a faulty shower.
Rini Cesillia had travelled from her home in Jakarta, Indonesia, for a holiday on the popular island.
Friends of the 26-year-old became worried when she didn’t answer her phone.
Her friend Maria Istella Bambang, 20, went into the hotel room and saw water spilling out of the bathroom onto the bedroom floor, the Daily Mail reports.
Ms Bambang found Ms Cesillia naked lying unconscious on the bathroom floor, clutching the shower hose, with burn marks on her chest.
Police believe that Rini died after being electrocuted in the shower and have sent her body for a post mortem examination.
2. Russian Hunger Games-style reality TV show to air.
A Russian reality TV show, announced as allowing “fighting, murder and rape” will see contestants armed with knives and dumped in the wild to battle bears, wolves and freezing temperatures.
The contest, called Game2 Winter will see 30 participants left in the Siberian wilderness for a nine-month survival test in temperatures sinking to minus 40C or lower, News.com.au reports.
UK newspaper The Sun described the “Hunger Games-style” contest, that will see people from different countries fighting for a £1.3 million prize (AUD$1.8 million). The men and women will be issued with knives and be expected to hunt and fish for food to stay alive.
According to the TV show’s rules, “everything is allowed. Fighting, alcohol, murder, rape, smoking, anything”.
However, the contest’s creator, Yevgeny Pyatkovsky said he won’t take responsibility for what happens to the contestants – Russian criminal laws will still apply.
“We will refuse any claim of participants even if they were to be killed or raped,” the 35-year-old said.
“We will have nothing to do with this. This will be spelled out in a document to be signed by the participant before the start of the show.”
He said contestants are told if there is proof of criminality “the police will come and take you away”.
3. Nine-year-old girl’s death ‘preventable’, inquest hears.
Leila Baartse-Harkin’s family have been told the nine-year-old’s death was preventable during the coronial inquest that will wrap up today.
Leila fell from a swing and suffered a perforated bowel and peritonitis that went undiagnosed two days after falling from a swing at her school in Strathalbyn in October 2015.
The inquest has heard her death was preventable, and there were “serious failures” in the care she received.
Counsel assisting the coroner, Naomi Kereru, told the inquest in her closing submissions that Leila did have the perforated bowel when she presented at the Women’s and Children’s hospital and it should have been identified. Doctors at the hospital have claimed the opposite.
“I ask Your Honour to make the finding that Leila’s death was preventable,” Ms Kereru told the inquest.
The inquest which began in December last year will wrap up on Friday.
Deputy state coroner Anthony Schapel will then consider whether her bowel was perforated when examined at the hospital or whether she developed it later as her treating doctors claim.
Mr Schapel will then need to determine if Leila’s death was preventable before he hands down his findings.
4. Family and friends of missing SA three still hoping for a ‘miracle’.
A three-day search hasn’t found three South Australians missing at sea and their family are “praying for a miracle” despite understanding they have likely died.
Len and Annette Vandepeer and their adult son Doug went on Monday night, with their disappearance reported after failed they failed return to the Cape Jaffa boat ramp in SA’s southeast.
No sign of the family has been found after three days of searching.
“We are being realistic and acknowledge that it would take a miracle to see our family alive now,” Len’s sister Sarah Vandepeer told reporters in Kingston.
“Albeit we are still praying for that miracle.”
However, superintendent Grant Moyle said the trio were now thought to have died.
He said the circumstances remain a mystery other than the boat had likely capsized.
5. Facebook pledges to fight fake news.
Facebook is fighting to prevent fake news stories from spreading on the social media network with a number of tools designed to make it harder for scammers and hoaxers.
The company said it will also work with organisations such as fact-checking website Snopes, ABC News and the Associated Press to check the authenticity of stories that are identified as potentially fake.
If the fact-checking organisations identify the story as fake, it will get flagged as “disputed” and there will be a link to the corresponding article explaining why.
Facebook said disputed stories may appear lower in its news feed, adding that once a story is flagged, it cannot be promoted.
It will be easier for users to flag fake articles on their news feeds and scammers will no longer be able to use spoof domain names of real publications.
Fake news stories of Facebook became a problem during the US election, which the company copped criticism over.
6. Hole in the ocean floor near Australia could cause disastrous earthquakes and tsunamis.
A hole roughly the size of Tasmania in the sea floor just north of Australia could cause disastrous earthquakes and tsunamis according to geologists who discovered it.
The tear in the Earth’s crust is located in the Banda Sea and measures about 60,000sq km and is seven kilometres deep.
Geologists have now discovered the tear is one of the biggest faults on the planet and is running through the Ring of Fire, an area in the Pacific Ocean where a huge number of earthquakes and volcanic eruptions occur.
According to the United States Geological Survey, 90 per cent of the world’s earthquakes and 81 per cent of the world’s worst earthquakes occur along the Ring of Fire.
The hole, known as the Banda Detachment, was created by subduction, according to researchers. That is, where one tectonic plate moves under another and is forced downwards, sinking through the earth’s crust into the mantle.
An Australian National University report on the deep hole said there was no evidence of recent earthquakes occurring over the tear, but researchers can’t rule it out.
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