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1. William Tyrell investigation to interview all local residents.

The investigation into the disappearance of three-year-old William Tyrell who went missing from his grandparents’ front yard last year has been ramped up with police saying they will now interview everyone who was within a kilometer of the home when he went missing.

This is not a little boy lost story. This is not a child that wandered off. We think there’s been human intervention,’ NSW Police Homicide Squad Detective Inspector Gary Jubelin said.

“This is not a public appeal. We’re saying: ‘If you’re in there, you’d better come forward”

“If you were in the area and did not come forward, we would have grave concerns and a certain amount of suspicion would be attached.”

While the Homicide squad is in charge of the case Detective Inspector Jubelin told The Australian that they are starting from ground zero and have no assumption that the little boy has died.

“Until we have direct evidence that (William) is deceased, we are going to treat it as a possibility that he is alive. Balanced with the fact that we have grave concerns for his safety,”

“Sex Crimes have been brought in because we’re exploring all avenues of the matter and they’re bringing certain skills and experience in relation to certain lines of inquiry we’re pursuing.”

The Police say they are also examining the possibility William may have been taken by someone who was unable to become a parent themselves.

Anyone with information is urged to call Crimestoppers on 1800 333 000.

2. Cyclone Watch in NT and QLD.

Two cyclones are expected to batter the coast of Australia over the next 24 hours.

NT cyclone
Cyclone Lam ( Source: BOM)

In the Northern Territory severe tropical cyclone Lam is expected to intensifies and shift course directly towards Elcho Island and Milingimbi.

Bureau of Meteorology senior forecaster Angeline Prasad said Cyclone Lam was expected to develop into category 4 intensity and make landfall “very close to Elcho Island” tonight.

Residents of Nhulunbuy, Elcho Island and Gapuwiyak have been advised to immediately find shelter.

In QLD tropical Cyclone Marcia, a category-two cyclone expected to cross the coast between Hervey Bay and St Lawrence.

The Courier Mail reports that rainfall is expected to range from 200mm to 400mm, with falls of more than 500mm likely in some places.

Cyclone Marcia.

“Rainfall will kick off (today) in the Wide Bay Burnett and then extend right into southeast Queensland overnight and on Friday” Weather bureau forecaster Jess Carey said.

For up to date information visit the BOM.

3. Indonesia responds to PM’s Bali 9 tough talk.

Indonesia has responded to Prime Minister Abbott after yesterday he urged them to remember the $1 billion worth of assistance Australia offered its neighbour after the Boxing Day tsunami when they make the next decision about Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran.

The PM has talked tough to Indonesia.

Last night Indonesia responded saying “threats are not part of diplomatic language”.

Indonesia’s foreign ministry spokesman Arrmanatha Nasir said ”I hope this does not reflect, the statements made, the true colours of Australians.”

“But what I know is this, threats are not part of diplomatic language … no one responds well to threats.”

 4. Crowds gather for Bali 9 vigil.

Meanwhile hundreds have gathered at the C3 Sri Lankan community church in Toongabbie for a vigil for Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran.

The Church is where the family of Myuran Sukumaran worship.

In a statement read out by artist Ben Quilty Myuran Sukumaran said “Whatever happens I know that me and Andrew are good people now and even though we have been in prison with a death sentence we are truly blessed”

“Your support makes us even more determined to be better people and to help more people, to show the kindness that everyone has given us, especially our families.

Vigils were also held in cities including Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth and Melbourne.


Opposition Leader Bill Shorten attended the Melbourne vigil, where singers Clare Bowditch, Missy Higgins and Bob Evans performed.

 5. Frozen berries: calls for better food labelling.

There are calls for better food labeling to avoid another outbreak of diseases like Hepatitis A.

Schools on alert after frozen berries consumed by students.

With 13 people now infected across Australia after eating Nanna’s mixed berries sourced from China and Chile AusVeg deputy CEO Andrew White has called for “proper country of origin labelling” which would allow consumers to make an informed decision.

“The labels are hidden away on the back of the package,” Mr White told News Limited.

“AusVeg has submitted that country of origin declarations should be made larger in size and move to the front of the package.”

Australia’s chief medical officer Chris Baggoley has warned it could take seven weeks before hepatitis A symptoms were revealed.

The Australian reports that thousands of children at 34 schools in Victoria, nine schools and childcare centres in South Australia, and three Queensland schools are being monitored for hepatitis A after schools discovered the berries had been given to students.

6. Mother makes direct appeal for missing son.

A mother whose son went missing 23 years ago in a case with similarities to that of Madeline McCann has taken to social media to make a direct appeal to her son, Ben.

Ben was 21-months old.

Kerry Needham said “This is a direct appeal to anyone who is around 25 years old and possibly living with a family who you look nothing like, I beg you to get in contact with me.”

For more read this post here. 

7. Sleep research may surprise parents about when to drop the daytime nap.

The old adage that sleep begets sleep may have just been disproven – in children over the age of two.

Calls for childcare centres to rethink compulsory naps.

Researchers have examined data from 26 studies and found that kids who take an afternoon nap over the age of two don’t get good quality sleep at night.

The study published in the journal Archives of Disease in Childhood found that that napping beyond the age of two increases the amount of time it takes for a child to fall asleep and shortens the overall amount of night-time sleep.

By the time a child reaches their second birthday they get most of their sleep at night.

Professor Karen Thorpe from the Queensland University of Technology said that childcare centres needed to re-think their policy of compulsory napping.

8. Concerns over screen time for teens.

Teens are spending an increasingly dangerous amount of time on their mobiles and laptops, potentially lending to an increased risk of cancer.

Increased use of electronic devices is emerging as a new frontier in the fight against obesity and inactivity, according to a new study.

Screen time leading to an increased risk of cancer.

Today, the Cancer Council Australia and National Heart Foundation of Australia released their latest survey results which found 89 per cent of teenagers are spending more than the recommended two hours of screen time each day, a considerable six per cent increase since 2009.

Similarly, those who spend two hours on electronic devices on school days is up from 71 per cent in 2009 to 77 per cent.

These results threaten the long-term health of these teenagers, who are subsequently spending less time participating in physical activity.

“As a parent, I know how fixated kids can be with their electronic devices, but we have to get our kids moving and complement increased physical activity with healthier eating,” Chair of Cancer Council Australia’s Public Health Committee, Craig Sinclair, said.

The health organisations are urging parents, schools and policy makers to work together to help ensure the use of electronic devices do not harm the long-term health of our young people.

 9. Indian bride married wedding guest after husband-to-be falls ill.

An Indian bride has married a wedding guest after her groom-to-be suddenly fell ill during their Hindu wedding in Rampur, India.

Bride married someone else instead.

The bride was furious that her husband suffered an epileptic fit and asked if anyone else at the wedding would marry her.

Her sister’s brother-in-law put up his hand and the wedding took place.

The Times of India reports that the sick jilted husband was taken to hospital – but returned several hours later to find his bride married – and a fight erupted between the guests.

10. Where are their manners?

Adelaide City Council is considering making parking inspectors undergo etiquette training so they smile more and greet people before they slap them with a fine.

Parking officers need to smile more.

One councilor David Slama has proposed the idea telling “We could introduce a two-metre rule where they greet and make eye contact with anyone they walk past.”

“I think they need to lose the dark glasses and put a smile on their face.”

11. Police operation in Sydney CBD

A police operation is underway at Sydney’s Downing Centre Court after reports of planned disruptions, ABC News reports.

The public order and riot squad is surrounding Downing Centre Court.

A spokesperson from NSW Police Media said the police operation at Downing Centre Court is not terrorism-related.

More to come.

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