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Natasha Richardson Dies From Skiing Accident in Quebec, Canada

Natasha Richardson, wife of British actor Liam Neeson died today after a skiing accident at Mount Tremblant in Quebec, Canada.

It’s something very tragic and feel terrible for what Liam and his family would be going through right now.

The mother of two, who was not wearing a helmet, hit the left side of her face tearing a blood vessel in the brain, which would start as a slow leak and later prove fatal.

But initially she appeared unhurt and got up laughing. Unaware of the serious injury, she refused to see a doctor and even signed a medical form saying that she did not need help.

The accident has made world news over the past 24 hours. Unfortunately people die all the time and many high profile people die quite often I would imagine, but I think it’s the nature of the accident, the terrible timing and the sudden shock of loosing a loved one that’s hit so hard with the public.

A tragedy nobody can ever expect or prepare for.

Man Hit By V-Line Train at Werribee

This morning at approximately 7am a Werribee man was hit by a V-Line train while attempting to cross the tracks. Police had the Hoppers Crossing railway station locked down shortly after causing major train cancellations on the Werribee line.

Apparently there was a train travelling between Werribee and Hoppers Crossing stations at the time which had to be stopped which trapped hundreds of passengers for as long as 2 hours!

Sergeant Ron Fenton, of Werribee Police, said an unknown number of passengers had been trapped on a stationary train for more than two hours after the incident.

I was at the Werribee train station around 9am and it was bedlam, there were people everywhere and announcements going off every few minutes reminding us all of the huge cancellations that stopped thousands of travellers from reaching their destinations this morning.

I have no doubt the man who was hit would have died from that train impact and I feel bad for his family’s loss, but that’s what boomgates and pedestrian gates are for!

Optus Enters The ‘Naked DSL’ Market

There are two major Telco’s in Australia…Telstra and Optus, and as of a few days ago the 2nd largest telecommunications company in Australia has decided to enter into the ‘Naked DSL’ market.

For those of you who aren’t sure what Naked DSL is, it’s a broadband service offered by ISP’s that does not require an existing landline phone connection.

Optus today joins iiNet and several smaller telcos in offering "naked DSL" packages that allow people to connect to ADSL broadband without paying for a fixed line.

With mobile plans now offering hundreds of dollars worth of calls for less than $50 and some tech-savvy Australians making calls over their internet connections, the need for a landline has reduced dramatically. Source: The Age, march 2 2009: Last rites for the landline as Optus joins the ‘naked dsl’ brigade

As less and less Australians are using landline phones it makes sense that more and more ‘naked dsl’ services are being offered. Optus has been reluctant to enter this market as it didn’t want to jeopardise its established landline phone network (same reason Telstra hasn’t entered the market yet) but after seeing iiNet’s success with the service, Optus decided to hop on board.

The big difference between smaller ISP’s and Optus is that optus also carries mobile phone services, and it can augment its naked-dsl packages with mobile phone plans bring the total bill price down.

After a few months, it will be interesting to see if Telstra follows suit. If they do, it could mean the beginning of the end for the old landline phone service!

Internet Neutrality: Will This Important Issue Cause The Death Of The Internet?

Some have called the premise of net neutrality the possible death of the internet. Network neutrality is a complex issue one I understand but is difficult to explain, and there’s been no better explanation I’ve read so far than that of Google’s:

“Network neutrality is the principle that Internet users should be in control of what content they view and what applications they use on the Internet. The Internet has operated according to this neutrality principle since its earliest days. Indeed, it is this neutrality that has allowed many companies, including Google, to launch, grow, and innovate. Fundamentally, net neutrality is about equal access to the Internet. In our view, the broadband carriers should not be permitted to use their market power to discriminate against competing applications or content.

Just as telephone companies are not permitted to tell consumers who they can call or what they can say, broadband carriers should not be allowed to use their market power to control activity online. Today, the neutrality of the Internet is at stake as the broadband carriers want Congress’s permission to determine what content gets to you first and fastest. Put simply, this would fundamentally alter the openness of the Internet.” Source:

It has been a much talked about issue in the US and Canadian governments over the last year or so and has even reared its ugly head in our own governmental dealings here in Australia.

Obviously internet neutrality is a growing concern and I really do hope many governments including our own realise the importance of keeping the internet freely accessible to everyone who wants to access it, not just to those who can afford to pay millions of dollars for it!

Victorian Wild Fires Continue – Obama Extends A Helping Hand

obama_sad With the current Victorian bushfires still blazing and fire crews stretch extremely thin, US president Barack Obama has extended his sympathies for the losses we’ve suffered and also offering to provide extra fire crews if we need them.

"The President offered his prayers to the people of Australia and his condolences to the victims," the statement said.

"The President asked if the US could provide assistance to the government and people of Australia to assist with the fire." Source: The Age 10th February 2009

In previous years the US has provided fire fighting forces of varying sizes to help combat some of our fire seasons as we have done in the past and just recently sending fire crews to fight wild fires in California a few months ago.

It’s nice to know there are others out there in the world who are eager to lend their support to us in such a terrible time.

Fire Fighter Looses Everything: His Own House Smoulders While Saving Another


On Saturday, Dixons Creek firefighter Drew Adamson stood and watched his home burn while he saved someone else’s. Source: The Age Melbourne

Melbourne hasn’t seen anything like this since the Black Friday bushfires in 1939.

Here are the regions currently affected by the fires:


The death toll (as of writing this 9th February 2009) currently stands at 126 and is expected to at least double which is really devastating. I hope the fire authority can get these fires under control.

Mass Power Outages Throw Melbourne Into Chaos

Friday 30th January 2009 – The 3rd day in Melbourne’s long running heatwave above 40 degrees Celsius reached a top temperature of 44.9C making it Melbourne’s 2nd hottest day on record.

To make matters worse, Friday afternoon an electrical substation in Melbourne’s west exploded causing widespread power loss to the area resulting in an increase in train cancellations and affecting 500,000 homes and businesses in the area.

It was an excruciatingly hot day, and without power there was no relief from any of it.

There were also reports of blackouts in the Melbourne CBD that night. My place of employment was affected by this quite substantially when our servers providing essential services (mail, file server, blackberry) were taken offline.

The damage to lines and the substation is not expected to be repaired until after the weekend, Tuesday at the very latest. The weather forecast for Melbourne this week is cooler than last week and thank god for that…much cooler!weatherMelb_feb09

Source: Weather Channel Australia

My fellow Melbournians, relief will soon be here, soon enough!

Werribee DVD sex assault victim speaks out


The 17 year old girl who was physically and sexually assaulted by a group of Werribee teenagers last week has spoken out to local police giving a statement.

A police spokeswoman has confirmed that the girl did in fact attend a Werribee police station regarding the incident where she gave a statement to police regarding information on the suspects and any other details which may aid in a criminal investigation.

The girl was urinated on by many of the youths, tortured and even had her hair set on fire with cigarette lighters and deodorant cans to extend the reach of the flame.

The DVD which has been distributed throughout various secondary colleges in the area such as Werribee Secondary College and Kardinia International College which has been sold for $5 apparently has been handed into police, but police have not yet seen the recording.

“I confirmed that myself when I spoke to detectives today, Werribee police were not informed until yesterday morning and that was the first we had heard about it,” the spokesman said. – source: The Age – DVD Victim speaks to police

The father of the assault victim has urged all who have obtained a copy of the DVD to please destroy it to fight for his daughters right for justice in this heinous crime.

Werribee gang assault DVD news coverage

With the article I wrote yesterday ‘Myspace pages of Werribee scumbag gang members’, I received huge interest in the story with people wanting to know more about the horrific acts committed against a 17yr old girl by a group known locally only as ‘The Werribee Boys’ since the story aired on various television networks across the country Tuesday night (24-10-06).

For anybody living internationally or for those who missed the news story which aired on Channel 7’s Today Tonight current affairs program, you can watch the full coverage here:

Thanks to MyCrimeSpace for the link to the clip and their support of my blog’s continuing coverage on the assault in Werribee.

North Korea will pay a very, very high price

I’m Adam, a new writer on The Whole Story and this is my very first post. You can find more about me at our About section of the blog.

In Follow up to Justin’s Post ‘North Korea’s nuclear weapons testing’ I was reading an article on Voice of America (VOA) News homepage and stumbled across a heading ‘US Envoy Says North Korea Must Pay For ‘Reckless Behavior’ and I couldn’t believe my eyes. I am currently in the process of joining the Australian Army and the last thing that I want is countries, mainly the Western ‘annoying’ possibly one of the most deadliest countries in the world, North Korea.

A senior US envoy arrived in South Korea to discuss a ‘punishment’ for Pyongyang’s nuclear weapons testing. The fears of a second nuclear test have encouraged the United Nations to strengthen there measures and called for inspections of all North Korean Cargo ships for any banned weapon parts.

How ever it then follows to say that China and South Korea and reluctant to interfere with North Korea in fear of igniting a conflict. So, is this a worry for the world when the two border countries of North Korea are hinting that they are not going to take part in the UN’s plans which involve North Korea’s neighbors?

Do we feel any safer?

Check Out Voice of America’s website and Give us you thoughts.