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  1. greg246

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    99% country over .05
    1% city

    Klink skews the data :p
     
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    Sydney, Melbourne rank highly on safest cities in the world index

    By Nick Pearson - 6 hours ago

    Filmmaker Christoph Gelep set out to capture the Japanese capital’s unique energy – and it delivered in spades.

    Two Australian cities have been named in the top ten safest in the world, according to a study from The Economist.
    The Safe Cities Index places Sydney in fifth place on the list, and Melbourne is ranked at number 10.
    The index judges crime, overall health, digital and infrastructure security, hospital quality and the risk of terrorism, natural disasters and road traffic deaths, among other things.

    Sydney is the fifth safest city in the world, the Economist has said. (AAP)
    "In any city where you can often see a woman walking alone at night, you can bet that is a safe city," study contributor Alioune Badiane, the president of the Urban Think Tank Africa, said in the report.
    The Economist ranked 60 cities around the world for its index, but Sydney and Melbourne were the only Australian locations on the list.
    Tokyo is ranked the safest city in the world, according to the Economist. (AAP)
    Topping the index is Tokyo, which scored highly across the board.
    It was followed by Singapore, Osaka, Amsterdam and then Sydney.
    Toronto, Washington DC, Copenhagen, Seoul and Melbourne were also in the top 10.
    Lagos in Nigeria is ranked the least safe city in the world. It is also one of the fastest growing. (AAP)
    Ranked the lowest was Lagos in Nigeria.
    One of the fastest growing cities in the world, Lagos has an estimated 21 million people, but is beset with health and crime problems.
    Other low ranked cities include Caracas in Venezuela, Yangon in Myanmar and Karachi in Pakistan.
    Caracas in Venezuela is one of the least safe cities in the world. (AAP)
    The index ranks cities according to personal security, infrastructure security, health security and digital security.
    Sydney and Melbourne share the same rankings in the latter three categories.
    But Sydney's edge on the issue of personal security is enough to give the Harbour City a five-spot edge in the rankings.
    Read more: The most dangerous cities on Earth
    Melbourne is the tenth safest city in the world, the Economist has said. (AAP)
    The full list:
    1. Tokyo
    2. Singapore
    3. Osaka
    4. Amsterdam
    5. Sydney
    6. Toronto
    7. Washington
    8. Copenhagen
    9. Seoul
    10. Melbourne
    11. Chicago
    12. Stockholm
    13. San Francisco
    14. London
    15. New York
    16. Frankfurt
    17. Los Angeles
    18. Wellington
    19. Zurich
    20. Hong Kong
    21. Dallas
    22. Taipei
    23. Paris
    24. Brussels
    25. Madrid
    26. Barcelona
    27. Abu Dhabi
    28. Dubai
    29. Milan
    30. Rome
    31. Beijing
    32. Shanghai
    33. Santiago
    34. Buenos Aires
    35. Kuala Lumpur
    36. Istanbul
    37. Moscow
    38. Kuwait City
    39. Riyadh
    40. Mexico City
    41. Rio de Janeiro
    42. Sao Paulo
    43. Manila
    44. Johannesburg
    45. Lima
    46. Mumbai
    47. Bangkok
    48. Ho Chi Minh City
    49. Baku
    50. Quito
    51. Bogota
    52. New Delhi
    53. Jakarta
    54. Casablanca
    55. Cairo
    56. Dhaka
    57. Karachi
    58. Yangon
    59. Caracas
    60. Lagos
     
  8. Aircon

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    Margarita Tomovska found guilty of sparking high-speed police chase

    For days, Sydney woman Margarita Tomovska has posted a #NotGuilty countdown on her Instagram after she was arrested last year for hitting speeds of up to 223km/h with an unrestrained child in the back seat of her souped-up Mercedes.

    But a not-guilty verdict wasn’t what she received today.

    Tomovska, 28, appeared in Wollongong Local Court after she was pulled over just after 8pm on November 13 for sparking the high-speed chase with police in the northern Illawarra suburb of Helensburgh.

    Today the 28-year-old was dressed in Versace head-to-toe, posting to her 70,000 Instagram followers pictures of her bejewelled dress and the emerald and diamond earrings she was wearing to match her swimsuit.

    Last night, Tomovska posted a picture to the social media platform of her pouting at the camera, “Resting ***** face on for tomorrow. Practice makes perfect,” she wrote.

    LET IT GO

    Tomovska was arrested when officers looked inside her car and saw a distressed three-year-old girl in the back of the Mercedes with her car seat not properly anchored and her arms free of the restraints.

    In-car video from the highway patrol vehicle was shown to the court today of the high-speed chase, showing arresting officer Senior Constable Grant working hard to calm the three-year-old girl down, eventually putting ‘Let It Go’ from Frozen onto a phone for the child to watch.

    Tomovska’s defence lawyer told the court the 28-year-old had been under duress when she decided to speed away from the highway patrol car because of her front seat passenger.

    The passenger, Christopher King, was described by police in court today as a “potentially dangerous man” whose frame was so big the arresting officers required two sets of handcuffs to restrain him.

    Police from Strike Force Raptor, a specialist team in NSW Police that focuses on bikies and serious offenders, had been following Tomovska’s car after receiving intelligence King would be the only one inside and could potentially be armed, Senior Constable Tuma told the court.

    UNBELIEVABLE’

    Despite King’s reputation, the court found Tomovska was not under duress when she chose to speed away from police, engaging them in a high-speed chase for a few minutes before she abruptly pulled over.

    Magistrate Susan McGowan told the court she was “speechless” after final submissions were made earlier today but promised to deliver a heavy judgment after lunch.

    And deliver she did, lashing Tomovska and coming to the conclusion the 28-year-old was under absolutely no duress.

    “I’ve felt as if my intelligence was being affronted, that’s how unbelievable it all was,” Magistrate McGowan told the court.

    “It’s obvious (Tomovska) could’ve told police at a later time as to what happened … there were numerous occasions where she had the opportunity to tell police that she was scared. She never mentioned it once.

    “Would a reasonable person act as she did with a little girl in the back of the car? I don’t think they would.”

    Magistrate McGowan also brought up the end of the conversation between Tomovska and the senior constable who was driving the highway patrol car.

    “Oh one other thing that I didn’t notice and I thought this was terrific,” Magistrate McGowan said sarcastically.

    She was referring to Tomovska and Senior Constable Grant’s chat as they waited for a police car with a paddy wagon to arrive, the two started chatting.

    “You could’ve killed (the girl), do you get that?” Sen Con Grant asked.

    “I do,” Tomovska replied.

    “Over what?” he said.

    “Over nothing,” she said. “Nothing, stupidity, but at least I gave up.”

    “That was nice of you,” Sen Con Grant replied. “You were getting away from me too … you were getting away from me, you did all right.

    “No those cars go all right,” Tomovska said.

    “Yeah you done any driving courses or anything like that before?”

    “No,” Tomovska responded.

    “Just put your foot down?” Sen Con Grant asked.

    “My mate is highway patrol and he was telling, I took him for a spin and he was saying (the Mercedes) are like highway patrol but on steroids those cars … yeah no chance if I kept going,” Tomovska said.

    “You reckon,” Sen Con Grant said.

    “It’s not funny,” Tomovska replied.

    “It’s not funny, no it’s not,” he said.

    “I know it’s not funny, I was just being a stupid idiot,” she said.

    “Do you know what happens when a body hits a pole at 200km/h? … There is nothing left,” Sen Con Grant said.

    “F**k that, but at least it’s a highway,” she replied.

    Magistrate McGowan found Tomovska guilty of sparking the high speed chase in Helensburgh and ordered her to return to court to be sentenced in October.

    “FLOOR IT”

    Earlier, Tomovska went head-to-head with police prosecutor Sergeant Amelia Wall as the 28-year-old took to the stand.

    The court heard Tomovska had only known King for a week when she agreed to drive him down to Wollongong to see a friend.

    When Sergeant Wall questioned Tomovska as to why she would drive a man she’d only met three times, that she wasn’t intimately involved with, down to Wollongong, the 28-year-old said, “I love driving, that’s what I do”.

    The back-and-forth became heated when Tomovska introduced a new line allegedly said by King in her Mercedes, before the police chase kicked off.

    “King had noticed the police, he started panicking and said ‘there’s cops behind you, slow down, do the speed limit’,” Sergeant Wall said

    “You pull over and that’s ‘cause King said to put the blinker on then he shouted at you and said ‘whatever you do, do not stop’,” she continued.

    Tomovska then said King told her to “floor it”.

    “You never used the words ‘floor it’, you’re using ‘floor it now’,” Sergeant Wall said.

    “It’s flashbacks,” Tomovska replied.

    Earlier, Tomovska had told her defence lawyer Louis Angelovski that King had “screamed and said ‘whatever you do, do not stop’ in a serious, deep voice”.

    “I just blacked out, I was stressed, I didn’t know what to do,” Tomovska told the court.

    Sergeant Wall also pulled Tomovska up as she told the court she panicked about the police chase because “that’s never happened to me before”.

    “Let me stop you there,” Sergeant Wall said. “You’ve said this a number of times … you’ve been pulled over by police before under lights and sirens”.

    The prosecutor told the court Tomovska had been pulled over by police four times under lights and sirens.

    After Tomovska and King were pulled out of the Mercedes, King was handcuffed at the back of the car and Tomovska was walked to the front of the car to speak with police.

    The prosecutor asked Tomovska why she hadn’t taken the opportunity to tell officers there she was scared of King.

    “Because he was right next to me,” she said.

    “No, no, no,” the prosecutor said. “He was metres away from you. You were at the front and he was at the back”.

    The 28-year-old was also pulled up for saying she lived “down the road” from King, claiming it added to the duress. After questioning from Sergeant Wall, Tomovska admitted she didn’t live on the same street or even in the same suburb as King.

    “Are you telling us the truth today Ms Tomovska?” Sergeant Wall asked.

    The prosecution said the case against Tomovska was “strong” telling the court the 28-year-old had invented a quote that King told her to “floor it” only after she was questioned about her high speed.

    Even when Tomovska tried to say King was “unpredictable”, Sergeant Wall bit back.

    “You’ve known him Ms Tomovska,” she said. “You see, what I’m suggesting to you is that you had the opportunity to pull over but instead you decided to stay in car with the child, with the unpredictable behaviour of a man you’ve only known a week and put your foot down.”

    “Yes,” Tomovska replied.

    The 28-year-old, wearing her Versace dress and a black cape, walked out of Wollongong Local Court today to a throng of waiting media and didn’t say anything as she jumped into the same Mercedes she led police on a high-speed chase with.

    While she wasn’t driving, the sleek, grey car sped off up the road and past Wollongong Police Station.
     
  9. Steve355F1

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    And there, in an admittedly fairly lengthy nutshell, is what is wrong with society today.

    This toe-slag will probably be more popular and make money out of this debacle.
     
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    Yep
     
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    Take heart, all the money in the world won't cure her herpes
     
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    JAYMES TODD has been jailed for LIFE with a NPP of 35 years. Judge said he was acting out a ‘homicidal fantasy’ when he raped & murdered Eurydice Dixon. ‘In the most callous and cowardly way you set upon her....her last moments must have been utterly horrifying.’
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    Should have been drowned in a bucket at birth
     
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    +550.....What a POS....
     
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    Did he write it before opening hours ?

    You know how the Irish like a drink or two ?

    Seeing as how Twitter and Instagram are "news" sources now, when will we ever know if we are being told the truth ?

    I started a rumour in the RAAF that superannuation was having drastic changes to the lump sum and yearly adjustments to stir up the old codgers ...... that was one of the best viral rumours I have ever done and now it's even easier with the digital age of social media rubbish
     
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    I like the Irish, they invented my 2nd favourite beer!
     
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    That’s an interesting paper, confirms just how difficult climate modeling is.
     
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    Interesting article.

    We know you are sceptical about CO2 as a cause of climate change. And yet, we still have to deal with the strong evidence of catastrophic ice melt - Alaskan sea ice has completely melted for the first time in recorded history, and the Greenland ice sheet was recently recorded as having lost 12.5 billion litres of ice to melt in a day.

    So you may wish to argue all you like about CO2 levels as a (non)cause but you don’t seem to have advanced any alternate possible causes, nor recognised the danger regardless of the cause.

    Or is it your proposition that the earth is just going through a temporary phase and we as a species will all be fine (just like the dinosaurs)?


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    We live in a world of one-sided information - there is simply no mainstream media or internet coverage of facts that counter the alarmist narrative. However, people like Judith Curry, Joanna Nova, Anthony Watts and others make a valiant (and unfunded) effort to spread common sense.

    Your statement is correct "Alaskan sea ice has completely melted for the first time in recorded history". How long is the record, 150 years? Long in human terms, but a nanosecond in geological terms. Humans walked from Asia to America in the last ice age, when Manhattan was under 3 kilometres of ice.

    The recent Greenland ice sheet melt was 3% of the normal melt cycle. Sea ice is a cycle and if you can find the actual records you'll note that there have always been variations within the annual seasonal cycle. Unfortunately, the balanced papers are buried under an avalanche of alarmist versions.

    The West Antarctic ice shelf is melting too. Scientists within the last 15 years discovered a chain of volcanos on the sea floor immediately under it. However, the ice that melts in one place eventually reappears in another.

    Climate is cyclic, primarily driven by the behaviour of the sun, but also by the earth's orbit, behaviour of our magnetic field, etc, etc. There are many, many cycles, which overlap sometimes to reinforce warming and cooling. Think of "sets" of waves at a surf beach, but on a scale of centuries.

    We have been in a warming phase since the last ice age and within that phase are periods of cooling and warming on a roughly 120 year and 12 year cycle. (12 years is the sunspot cycle btw)

    Our "public servants" at the BoM (and met offices around the world) have done a thorough job of "normalising" the historical weather record to reduce previous heat, hence the headlines of "hottest day ever". Australia's actual hottest day since record's began was in 1902. England's in 1947. There is no danger, in fact we're already entering a cooling cycle, caused by the latest solar minimum. Google uah satellite data

    CO2 falls and rises because of temperature, not as a causal factor. The human footprint on climate is extremely small, only exists in theory, and is likely more to do with urbanisation and changing land use for agriculture.

    As a species, we face more risk from cold than heat. Crop yields correlate to temperature, more people die in winter than summer. Life is sensitive to temperature, luckily we are a very adaptive species, although I'm more concerned about the environmental effects of the vast amounts of plastic waste entering the oceans and thence the food chain. We could solve plastic pollution by spending a fraction of what we currently waste on pointless windmills and large scale solar. But plastic in the ocean 10,000 kms away doesn't scare people like a hot day in summer. :)
     
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    Could you repeat that please?


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    PULEEEEESE NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO....
     
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