Man charged over alleged child exploitation
A man from Western Sydney has been arrested after allegedly trying to meet a 14-year-old for sex yesterday
The 52-year-old man allegedly thought he was speaking with a young girl in an online conversation in which he reportedly spoke about sexual acts he wished to perform on the child.
Police will inform the man that I suggested that I form a relationship with the girl's mother to gain access to the child before making arrangements to meet the child for sex.
The man was arrested near Westmead Railway Station yesterday at 9.15am and investigators seized electronics from his Colyton home.
The man was taken to Parramatta Police Station, where he was charged with using a carriage service to procure a person under 16 years of age for sexual activity.
He was refused bail and will appear at Parramatta Local Court today.
Uber driver's 'menu' goes viral
One Uber driver has come up with a genius way of cutting out a awkward little talk during your ride by providing customers with a "conversation menu".
A picture of the "Ride Type Menu" was uploaded to Twitter by user Lui after I caught a rider with an Uber driver named George.
The menu offers a number of different options for riders from a silent ride to George trying his best stand up comedy.
The description under the Stan Up option reads: "I tell you about things that are funny (to me at least). From prison stories to other poor life choices I've made. Do not get a lover's name tattooed on you. Ever. "
There is also a Therapy option, in which George offers to discuss anything that might be bothering you.
There is also the Creepy Ride option, which reads: "I do not say anything. I just look at you from time to time in the rearview mirror. All creepy like. "
And lastly there is the Rude Ride, where George will simply be "as rough as possible."
The rider revealed that he chose the Therapy Ride option, saying that George was a "really good listener and understanding too."
The Twitter post gained over 540,000 likes, with people loving George's creativity.
Semi-idical twins discovered in Qld
A set of Queensland twins have been identified as just the second semi-identical twins in the world and the first to be discovered during pregnancy.
The boy and girl share 100 percent of their mother's genes but share only a proportion of their father's DNA.
The twins were born four years ago but it's taken several years researchers to confirm if they were in fact sesquizygotic, or semi-identical.
A paper about them was published on Thursday in The New England Journal of Medicine.
One of the authors, FOetal Medicine Specialist and UNSW Deputy Vice Chancellor Professor Nicholas Fisk, was working in Brisbane when he came across the then-pregnant mother.
"The mother's ultrasound at six weeks showed a single placenta and positioning of amniotic sacks that indicated she was expecting identical twins," he said.
"However, an ultrasound at 14 weeks showed the twins were male and female, which is not possible for identical twins."
Prof. Fisk said after extensive genetic testing to rule out chromosomal abnormalities, they concluded that the most likely scenario was the mother's egg was simultaneously fertilized by two of the father's semen before dividing
He said the twins, who are healthy and developing well, were a rarity. The only other reported case of sesquizygotic twins occurred in the US in 2007, when the boy and girl were infants.
Detective removed from Tyrell case
New South Wales' most high-profile detective has been off the case for missing boy William Tyrell following claims of misconduct.
Detective Chief Inspector Gary Jubelin led a fresh search for William last year but is now under an internal investigation.
It is believed that the investigation is related to his conduct on Strike Force Rosann which was set to look into the three-year-old's disappearance.
It is understood that Det Insp Jubelin is being interviewed by the Professional Standards Command over the matter.
He's facing allegations related to staff management and using a mobile phone without a warrant to record someone, AAP said.
An inquest into William's 2014 disappearance is due to be held in March and will run for a week before resuming in August.
Bride slams baker over 'ugly' cake
The bride-to-be has blasted a celebrity baker for making her the "ugliest cake ever" and has demanded a refund.
The unnamed Australian bride hired Jordan Rondel, known as The Caker, to make the pièce de résistance for her big day.
Jordan shared photos of the dessert, which is a pink two-tiered cake, decorated with flowers and berries, on its Instagram.
She wrote: "Apparently this is the ugliest cake this customer has ever seen.
"So ugly it will not be served at the wedding tomorrow."
Jordan, whose fans include Lorde and Erin O'Connor model, was shocked to receive an angry email from the bridezilla.
Jordan posted the angry bride's messaged online. She wrote: "I do not know how I've paid for the simplest cake with minimal decorations and paid the amount I have just got it" the Caker "- this is just unacceptable.
"This is the ugliest cake I've seen. I want a full refund. "
And she signed off by saying: "I expect a reply back."
Jordan confirmed she refunded her, saying she had "no other option."
She posted: "I personally loved the look of this cake, which we felt fitted for what the customer asked for, and ultimately we would never send out something we were not happy with … so I'm completely shook."
The post has racked up hundreds of comments, most in support of Jordan.
One person said: "That customer of yours must be a scammer or a crazy person. Everybody loves your cake! "
Another agreed, saying: "OMG what a bridezilla! This is crazy !! I would never send back a delicious and beautiful caker cake. "
Pell's lawyer sorry for 'vanilla sex' comment
George Pell's high profile barrister Robert Richter has apologized for the "terrible choice of phrase," which saw him describes Pell's sexual abuse of young boys as "plain vanilla sexual penetration."
The remark was said during a hearing for the cardinal and caused major outrage.
Pell is now behind bars awaiting sentence for orally raping the boy, and molesting him and another 13-year-old after a Sunday mass in 1996.
During the hearing Mr. Richter used the phrase to claim there were no aggravating features to Pell's offending.
"This is no more than a plain, vanilla sexual penetration case where a child is not volunteering or actively participating," he said.
I issued an apology late Thursday afternoon, after a "sleepless night reflecting."
"In seeking to mitigate sentence I used a wholly inappropriate phrase for which I apologize profusely to all who interpreted it in a way it was never intended: it was in no way meant to belittle or minimize the suffering and hurt of victims of sex abuse, and in retrospect I can see why it caused great offense to many, "he wrote in a statement.
"I hope my apology is accepted as sincerely as it is meant and I will never repeat such carelessness in my choice of words that could offend." County Court Chief Judge Peter Kidd was immediately impressed by the remark of Mr. Richter.
"It must be clear by now I am struggling with that," Judge Kidd replied. He described the five charges to a jury convicted Pell of in December as brutal and callous.
Boy, woman attacked by dingo in Qld
Two people have been flown to hospital after being attacked by a dingo on Queensland's Fraser Island on Thursday evening.
A nine-year-old boy suffered serious lacerations to his legs and a 24-year-old woman had deep injuries to her arms and legs.
Paramedics were called to Eurong on the eastern side of the island at about 5.45pm, where they treated the boy and woman at the scene.
They were then taken to Sunshine Coast University Hospital in a stable condition.