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Children and teachers rushed to hospital after LIGHTNING struck a school group during dangerous supercell storm

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Thirteen children and two adults have been rushed to hospital after a lightning strike from a dangerous supercell storm. Emergency services went to Harvey Road in Clinton near Gladstone in central Queensland after 1.30pm after the damaging storm tore through the region. A Queensland Ambulance spokesperson told Daily Mail Australia the group were suffering tingling symptoms after a lightning strike landed near by. They were all taken to Gladstone Hospital, with all patients in a stable condition. Thirteen children and two adults have been rushed to hospital after a lightning strike from a dangerous supercell storm in Queensland (stock image) Damaging storms with devastating lightning strikes have torn through south east Queensland in the past 24 hours (pictured, nearby storms on Tuesday) 9News reported the group are 13 students and two teachers from a school, with one of the teachers suffering chest pains after the incident. The report said the lightning strike occurred when the group w

Heartbreaking photo shows hero cop with his twins before he shot himself dead at a police station - as community rally behind his family with a final act of kindness

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A New South Wales police officer who died after he shot himself at a police station has been identified as Sergeant Matthew Theoklis. The father of three-year-old twins was found dead in an office of the Sydney Police Centre on Goulburn Street in Surry Hills at 7.30am on November 30. Mr Theoklis, who was known as 'Theo', leaves behind his fiancée Rebekah, who is a member of the NSW Police Force, and daughters Brooke and Sophie.  Sergeant Matthew Theoklis was found dead in an office of the Sydney Police Centre on Goulburn Street in Surry Hills at 7.30am on November 30 The father had worked as a policeman for the past 15 years and was a Sergeant with the Eastern Beaches Police Area Command.  At the time of his death, the policeman had been carrying out duties with the Major Events and Emergency Management and State Planning Unit. He had been promoted to a Sergeant in December last year.  With the tragic news shocking the community, a fundraiser has since been set up to help suppo

Watch every motorist's worst nightmare as a woman films her SUV being destroyed by hailstones during a terrifying supercell storm

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A woman's car has been destroyed by hailstones as a supercell storm ripped through south-east Queensland.  Author T.M. Clark was behind the driver's wheel on Bribie Island Road in Ningi when the weather event hit just before 3pm on Monday afternoon.  The hail lashed the front of the new Camry, causing the right side of the window to crack. Ms Clark began to swear as she filmed the rain and hail batter the length of the window, causing the glass to completely shatter.  The hail lashed the front of the new Camry, causing the right side of the window to crack 'I thought it was just another storm to be honest. We get so many big storms coming through,' she told Daily Mail Australia.  'I didn't realise until I saw the hail.' Ms Clark said the hail was about the size of a golf ball and the car was hammered for about two minutes before it eased.  The author, who was born in Zimbabwe, said she is 'not normally a swearer' but admitted she was a bit 'pan

The reason Australian classic hit Live It Up by Mental As Anything has shot to number one on the UK charts 35 years after it was first released

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An Australian hit has made it to number one on the UK charts 35 years after it was released. Mental As Anything's Live It Up has been adopted by Scottish football club Glasgow Rangers as their unofficial anthem. The club's supporters - known as The Union Bears - posted a video of fans pasting photos of defender Connor Goodson scoring a goal against rival club Celtics all over the city. The hit song can be heard playing in the background.    The exposure from the October video skyrocketed Live It Up to number one on the UK iTunes chart on Sunday.  They were in there for us. pic.twitter.com/Od99YdwuV5 — Union Bears (@UnionBears_07) October 19, 2020 They were in there for us. pic.twitter.com/Od99YdwuV5 Mental As Anything's Live It Up has been adopted by Scottish football club Glasgow Rangers as their unofficial anthem (pictured, Rangers fans) The club's supporters shared a video of them praising a player with the song in the background (pictured, the band performing the so

Jacinda Ardern admits 'lessons must be learned' after release of 792-page report into Christchurch terror attack which saw 51 gunned down – as spy chiefs are slammed for focusing on Islamic terror instead of racist threats

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Jacinda Ardern has admitted there are 'lessons to be learned' after a bombshell report into the Christchurch terror attacks, which saw 51 people shot dead at a mosque.  New Zealand's prime minister apologised on behalf of the government when the 792-page four-volume Royal Commission was released on Tuesday.   She accepted every recommendation made after 18 months of work by commissioners Sir William Young and Jacqui Caine. Numerous and detailed failings by police, New Zealand's security agency and the public sector were all included in the findings.  New Zealand's prime minister Jacinda Ardern admitted there are 'lessons to be learned' (pictured, speaking after the report was released on Tuesday) The attack on March 15, 2019, saw 51 worshippers gunned down at two mosques in New Zealand (pictured, Ms Ardern after Friday prayers on March 22 following the attack) Australian terrorist Brenton Tarrant was jailed for life with no parole in August for the killing

Troubled three time Hawthorn premiership winner and reality star Brian Lake faces jail again after being charged over breaching a community order he received for stalking a woman

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Three time Hawthorn premiership winner and reality star Brian Lake faces being re-sentenced over a terrifying incident that saw him film his victim in her home.  Lake did not even bother to appear at the virtual hearing as he was out bush for 'work purposes' and couldn't get any phone or Internet reception.  The Melbourne Magistrates' Court heard Lake had been charged with an unnamed offence, which constituted a breach of his original sentence in April last year.  Three time Hawthorn premiership winner and reality star Brian Lake (seen with estranged wife Shannon) was banned from playing AFL at any level after spate of incidents Brian Lake as he appeared in Survivor in 2018 Brian Lake has found himself in more hot water after a year out of the spotlight  His lawyer, William Parker, told the court the matter was at such a 'low level' he did not believe it constituted a breach.  Lake is expected to plead guilty to the charges in February next year when he appears

Australian government introduces world-first laws to force Facebook and Google to pay media companies for the content they use

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The federal government will on Wednesday introduce a world-first law to make Google and Facebook to pay news organisations for their content.  The law will force the multi-billion dollar Silicon Valley giants to negotiate fees with news companies whose stories appear on their platforms.   If a negotiation breaks down, then an independent umpire will step in and decide the fee based on a 'final offer' method, which chooses one side's position as the resolution.  The Labor Opposition has hinted it will support the law - which will be voted on in the New Year - after the government agreed to include public broadcasters SBS and the ABC. The battle with Big Tech will be keenly watched by governments across the world, not least in London, Washington and Brussels, where concerns have been raised over the 'advertising duopoly' of Google and Facebook.  Australian regulators found that for every $100 spent on digital advertising, $53 goes to Google, $28 to Facebook and $19 to

Tasmanian devils are found GLOWING in the dark – as scientists say other Australian marsupials are also capable of the extraordinary feat

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Scientists have discovered Tasmanian devils mysteriously glow in the dark under ultraviolet light - just weeks after the same phenomenon was discovered in other Australian animals. US researchers at Toledo Zoo in Ohio found parts of the iconic Australian animal's face turned an eerie bright blue when exposed to UV light. The scientists said they believed they uncovered the first ever case of bio-fluorescence in Tasmanian devils as they revealed their findings on Saturday. Scientists have discovered Tasmanian devils mysteriously glow in the dark (pictured, their faces under UV light) as part of a phenomenon called biofluorescence 'In the case of the Tasmanian devil, the skin around their snout, eyes, and inner ear absorbs ultraviolet light and re-emits it as blue, visible light,' the zoo wrote in a Facebook post. 'It is unclear whether this instance of biofluorescence serves any ecological purpose or is simply happenstance.' Toledo Zoo conservation technician Jacob S

Storms and golf ball-sized hailstones hammer Queensland smashing windscreens and knocking over shipping containers - while SNOW falls in NSW

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Queensland has been lashed by severe storms, with hailstones the size of golf balls and strong wind gusts leaving more than 20,000 homes without power. On Bribie Island, north of Brisbane, two-inch hailstones fell just after 2pm on Monday, while strong winds brought down dozens of trees. Further north in Kandanga, 35mm of rain fell in just 15 minutes on Monday evening. By 7.30pm, 22,226 homes and businesses across the state's southeast were without power, including 7,447 on the Sunshine Coast. Most of the buildings left in the dark were in the Sunshine Coast and Moreton Bay  areas. Strong winds brought down dozens of trees on Bribie Island, north of Brisbane Residents recorded footage of their cubby houses and trampolines being bowled over or flown into neighbouring properties Meanwhile, heavy snow was seen falling at Perisher Blue in southern New South Wales Residents recorded footage of their cubby houses and trampolines being bowled over or flown into neighbouring properties.