SYN News at 4: 8 July 2013

Coming up in the next fifteen minutes:

  • 16 year old boy arrested over a bomb tweet
  • Strict new penalties for dog owners
  • More calls for constitutional recognition of indigenous people
  • And ANDY MURRAY wins Wimbledon

 Good afternoon, I’m SARAH MAUNDER.Welcome to SYN News at 4. The top story on SYN today, A sixteen year old boy is facing charges after tweeting “I’m ready with my bomb. Time to blow up #RodLaverArena” during PINK’s concert last night. The boy was ejected from the venue and police then arrested him for being a public nuisance. But his father told 3AW earlier today that the tweet was simply a reference to one of PINK’s songs. “Well he seems to be waiting there, very excited for her to come on stage. And the fact is he’s a good fan of her and her songs. And the fact is he tweeted ‘oh there’s a bomb…’ or something like this. And he was trying to relate to Timebomb her song.”The Victorian government will introduce strict new penalties for dog owners whose pets attack people or other animals. Under new laws, people could be banned from owning a pet for up to a decade. Agriculture Minister PETER WALSH says the changes will allow people to feel “safe in the streets.”  “There are some dog owners who are not responsible with their dogs. This puts in place another step in the process where if they are not controlling their dog appropriately, that dog actually attacks, they are convicted of that attack, they can be banned from owning a dog in the future.”  More than a thousand people signed a petition calling for the changes.Indigenous actor AARON PEDERSEN has given his support to a campaign to recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the Constitution. MR PEDERSEN is taking part in the Journey of Recognition, which is travelling from Melbourne to the Northern Territory. He says constitutional recognition is extremely important for both indigenous and non-indigenous people. “We’re talking about my family, were talking about my ancestors. We’re talking about all those people that came before me who never got a chance to be considered on equal footing with the people that ended up coming here. I suppose it’s about making this country stronger and making this country a lot more mature.” This comes after Prime Minister KEVIN RUDD last week called on Federal MPs to act quickly, so that a referendum can be held on the issue.  Meanwhile, NAIDOC Week is underway, with events taking place across the nation to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. And SYN’s TV show 1700 is celebrating indigenous music with a NAIDOC special today. Tune in to Channel 31 from 5pm.Police have questioned a man over the rape of a 23 year old woman in a North Melbourne laneway last month. Police say they arrested a 28 year old Reservoir man on Saturday, but released him without charge. Last week, detectives released CCTV footage of a man they wished to speak to about the incident. The investigation is continuing.Police have charged two men over the theft of a wheelchair at the MCG on Saturday night. A 22 year old man from Eltham and a 25 year old from Wattle Glen handed themselves in to police, after the wheelchair’s user made a plea on television yesterday. They are accused of taking the wheelchair during Geelong’s win over Hawthorn. The pair will face the Magistrates’ Court at a later date, while plans are underway to return to the wheelchair to its owner.Virgin Australia has completed its purchase of a sixty per cent stake in Tigerair Australia. Virgin Australia chief JOHN BORGHETTI will now become Chairman of Tigerair. MR BORGHETTI says he’s looking forward to working with Tiger to help “expedite its growth.”Heading overseas now:Dozens of people are still missing and feared dead, after a freight train derailed and exploded in Quebec, Canada. Five people are confirmed dead, and forty are missing, as rescuers begin searching through the burnt debris. The incident has also forced two thousand people to leave their homes.Ten people are dead after a plane crash at an Alaskan airport.National Transportation Safety Board investigator CLINT JOHNSON says the pilot and nine passengers were killed in the crash. The victims have not been identified.A group of six men in Sumatra, Indonesia, have survived for three days in a tree with four man-eating tigers circling below. Reports say tigers corralled the men in Gunung Leuser National Park last Thursday and killed one, after a deer trap the men set accidentally killed a tiger cub instead.The five survivors used mobile phones to call for help and were saved by a rescue party of  thirty people.Tomorrow marks the start of the ninth lunar month, and the beginning of the Holy Festival of Ramadan. MATILDA MAROZZI reports. “Muslims across Australia will begin fasting tomorrow for the holy month of Ramadan. During the next four weeks Muslims will not eat, drink or be intimate during daylight hours. Melbourne student and observant Muslim Zubair says Ramadan is a time of reflection.  “Ramadan is actually mostly about getting closer to the Lord actually, and trying to entertain good habits and be a better person, actually.”  The month finishes with one of the most important celebrations of the Muslim calendar, Eid-al-Fitr, on August 8. Matilda Marozzi, SYN News.”Six-time Winter Paralympic gold medallist MICHAEL MILTON has set a world record for the fastest marathon done on crutches. It was MILTON’s first attempt at a marathon, and he finished with a time of five hours, twenty-three minutes and thirty seconds, beating the previous world record by more than an hour. The forty year old, who lost his leg to cancer when he was nine, says it was the “most self-inflicted pain” he’d ever been through.SARAH: And now here’s CHRIS TYLER with more sport.CHRIS: Thanks SARAH. Great Britain’s new favourite son Andy Murray has finally clinched his maiden Wimbledon title after an impressive straight sets victory over long-time rival and World #1 Novak Djokovic, to become the first British Men’s winner at the All England Club since Fred Perry in 1936.  Despite the somewhat lopsided 6-4, 7-5, 6-4 score line, the match was a tremendous battle, epitomised by the final game that saw Murray squander three match points before finally taking the title at the fourth attempt. The world number two, whose only other major crown came at the US Open last year, admitted that the last few points of the contest was probably the hardest point that he has ever played in his life.  And in the Boys Doubles Finals, Australians Nick Kyrgios and Thanasi Kokkinakis defeated Enzo Couacaud and Stefano Napolitano 6-2 6-3.It was world No.1 junior Kyrgios’ second Wimbledon Title after he teamed up with compatriot Andrew Harris to win last year.  The 18-year-old will now focus solely on senior events and will attempt to qualify for the US Open, starting in late August.To the AFL and the Bombers’ impressive 30-point win over Port Adelaide on Sunday evening was soured the news that of skipper Jobe Watson cracked his collarbone and will have surgery.  The 28 year-old suffered the injury after receiving a heavy bump from Power forward Justin Westhoff and was subbed off ten minutes into the game. He is expected to miss up to a month of football.From the Bombers to the Pies, and forward Travis Cloke maintains that all is well in the Collingwood camp despite defender Harry O’Brian being a no-show at this morning’s training session, after reportedly storming out of team practice last week following a dispute with Coach Nathan Buckley.  Neither Buckley or Captain Nick Maxwell commented on the situation this morning, but fellow defender Heath Shaw expects O’Brien to be back at the club very soon. The catastrophe that was Mark Webber’s German Grand Prix could have had a more serious victim beyond just the Australian driver and the Red Bull team, after a cameraman, Paul Allen, was struck by an errant flying wheel that fell from Webber’s car.   The incident occurred on the 8th lap after Webber had pitted and been granted an unsafe re-entry by the pit crew. Upon pulling out of the Red Bull station, the wheel flew off the right rear axle of the car, bounced through two garages and hit Allen in the back.  He was treated immediately by medical staff in the pit lane before being transferred to the circuit medical centre. It continued a frustrating season for Webber, who was in second place at the time of the incident and fell to the back of the field.  After a little bit of help from a safety car on the 24th lap, Webber made his way back to the main group and worked his way up to 7th by the end of the race. Teammate and championship points leader Sebastian Vettel took first place; his first championship win on home soil and his first in the month of July. Ireland’s Dan Martin has claimed an impressive Stage 9 victory at this year’s Tour De France following a tenacious display on the mountains last night as Great Britain’s Chris Froome retained the yellow jersey.  Aussie Cadel Evan’s has pushed his way back into contention following his 6th place performance, rising seven places in the overall classification to be 16th overall.  He currently sits 4 minutes and 36 seconds behind Froome. And now back to SARAH with the weather. SARAH: Thanks CHRIS To the weather, Right now in the city, it’s twelve degrees. We’re headed for an overnight low of two, before a sunny day tomorrow, with morning fog and a top of fourteen degrees. Wednesday: sunny and fifteenThursday: Partly cloudy and sixteenAnd Friday: Cloudy with a top of sixteen degreesFor those on public transport, there are minor delays on the Belgrave line between Ringwood and Belgrave. There are also delays on the Cranbourne and Pakenham lines near Springvale.To recap our top stories this afternoon:

  • 16 year old boy arrested over bomb tweet
  • Police question a man over a rape in North Melbourne
  • Muslims prepare for the beginning of Ramadan
  • And ANDY MURRAY wins Wimbledon

That’s all for our bulletin this afternoon. But when we’re off air, you can keep up with the news by following us on twitter at News SYN.Panorama’s coming up at 4.30 and we’ll be back with an update at 5pm.

July 8th 2013
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