Your speedy update on all the day’s big stories Tuesday, April 22 2014
Father of slain Melbourne sisters is silent in court.
The father of the young Melbourne sisters killed on Easter Sunday faced Melbourne Magistrates court today, charged with their murder. Charles Mihayo, 35, is reported to have been living in a granny flat at the back of the property in Watsonia, north east of Melbourne where they were killed. Emergency services were called to the home at 3pm on Sunday but paramedics were unable to revive the pair. He had separated from the girl’s mother about a year ago. The family released images of the girls, Savannah, 4, and Indianna, 3, yesterday with a statement saying “We are utterly devastated at the loss of Savannah and Indianna.” Mihayo has been remanded in custody.
An email from Julia Gillard to Kevin Rudd from June 21, 2010, two days before she challenged him for leadership, has been released to the public. The extract from upcoming book Rudd, Gillard and Beyond by Troy Bramston proves that Ms Gillard warned Mr Rudd that his government was headed for destruction at the upcoming election. Ms Gillard wrote:
“To state the obvious — our primary is in the mid-30s; we can’t win an election with a primary like that and the issue of asylum-seekers is an enormous reason why our primary is at that low level. It is an issue working on every level — loss of control of the borders feeding into a narrative of a government that is incompetent and out of control. As you know I have been raising this with a great deal of anxiety and I remain desperately concerned about lack of progress...I do not normally email you directly Kevin and I don’t intend to make it a habit."
A mother and her two kids were faced with a terrifying choice after their car caught fire within a lion enclosure at a safari park in the UK. Helen Clements was in her car with her nine-year-old son and 12-year old daughter at Longleat Safari Park when her car overheated and started releasing thick smoke and flames. She told the BBC that she sounded her horn and both she and her son opened their doors, before rangers came running towards them. “Unfortunately they were shouting to us: ‘Get back in the car, do not get out of the car’,” she added. They were rescued by Rangers who pulled up in a vehicle beside them. The Lions reportedly watched the events unfold from afar. 'It could have been in the flamingoes or the camels but no, it had to be in the lion enclosure,' said Ms Clements.
Kyle Sandilands and Jackie 'O Henderson, breakfast presenters on FM radio station KIIS 1065, have told of their experience of being snubbed by the Royals at the Opera House last Wednesday. The radio pair were invited to meet the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on the day they arrived in Sydney along with 200 other people, but they left the event after Kate and William completely bypassed their table when greeting guests.
“Just as they got to our table, all of a sudden … the Australian Army do some sort of Tiananmen Square military arm-lock thing. So we’re behind the arms and the Royal Highnesses are in front of the arms, and they just shoot through where we are. Everyone met them except me and Jackie and the poor bastards on our table. I was devastated,” Sandilands said. Kyle also revealed that the humid function room forced him to move from 'warm water' to champagne. “A lot of people don’t realise that I don’t drink alcohol, but I smashed a few champagnes when I was there so I was blind. And it was very hot, so I was sweating like a dog, covered in sweat … I looked like I was on pingas," Sandilands added.
The Internet named this baby.
The married couple who took to the internet to let strangers name their unborn child have finally revealed her name. Amelia Savannah Joy McLaughlin was born on April 7, five days late. Amelia had been top of the list for a while on Stephen McLaughlin's website NameMyDaughter.com, however other popular names suggested on Reddit were a little less mainstream, including Phteven, Streetlamp Salad and Cthulhu. Stephen wrote on his site: “We will ultimately be making the final decision. Alas my daughter shall not be named WackyTaco692."