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Your speedy update on all the day’s big stories: Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Packer’s Barangaroo casino site ablaze in Sydney

A serious fire has broken out this afternoon in the basement of James Packer’s Barangaroo building site in Sydney. Firefighters are so far unable to to access the blaze, which began at around 2pm, because of extreme heat and humidity under the building. Thick smoke is bellowing from the construction site in Pyrmont and surrounding buildings (including iVillage HQ) have been evacuated due to fears of toxic smoke. No injuries have been reported so far ,however a 50m crane is the subject of concern with growing fears that it will fall. Many roads in Sydney’s CBD are closed and causing major traffic delays. Two childcare centres are also currently in lockdown, Community Kids Sydney on Clarence Street and Only About Children on Sussex Street which has 60 children under six. The children are not allowed to leave the buildings because of fumes and road blockages.

Malaysia ‘covering up’ news on Flight MH370

The relatives of the 239 missing passengers from Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 are becoming increasingly impatient with authorities. Family members claim that Malaysia Airlines aren't revealing known details about the flight and the Vietnamese Government has announced that they are temporarily suspending their air search while they wait for Malaysia to clarify the new direction of the operation. Details have emerged that air traffic controllers lost contact with the plane on March 8 at 2:40am but it was labelled as 'delayed' for hours, with family members finding out about the incident via the media. Malaysia's air force chief has denied reports that the flight was detected flying off course.

Super-lice are coming to a school near you

Just when you thought you had headlice reasonably under control, a new 'super lice' has emerged. Research in the Journal of Entomological Society of America has discovered that a new strand of lice is more difficult to kill and is resistant to traditional treatments for removing the bug from hair. Super lice reportedly do not respond to any treatments currently on the market and they are spreading rapidly. The study has shows that 99.6% of lice tested from 2007-2009 were genetically resistant to over-the-counter lice treatments.

Child restraint risk

A study on child restraint use in Australia has revealed that four out of five child restraint systems are being used incorrectly. According to the Monash University Accident Research Centre  study, Australian parents do not know how to fit the restraints properly in their vehicles, with 79% being misused in at least one way. The most common misuse of the restraint systems is twisted harness straps, poorly adjusted/incorrectly positioned in car, twisted or incorrectly routed seat belts and missing or incorrect fitting of the locking clip or buckle.

Modern Family home open for inspection

The Dunphy family home from the popular TV series Modern Family will soon be on the market at $2.35 million. Phil and Claire's home on the US sitcom, located in Cheviot Hills in LA is up for sale. The owner of the home, Paul Chiames, purchased the property in 2006 for $1.77 million and has told the Wall Street Journal that majority of the shooting happens outside the home. Chiames has revealed he gets paid for every shoot but has decided to sell up. The home has four bedrooms and five bathrooms. Take a peek inside the Dunphy home thanks to Architectural Digest (left).




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