John Travolta to fly to Wollongong

Hollywood actor John Travolta has announced that he will be travelling to Wollongong in the Boeing 707 aircraft that he is donating to the Historical Aircraft Restoration Society (HARS).

In a post on the Oak Flats & Shellharbour Community Bank Branches Facebook page it was confirmed Travolta would be landed at Illawarra Regional Airport, adding that he wanted to thank the community for their support of the HARS 707 project.

According to the Mercury, the vintage passenger jet is expected to touchdown at the airport sometime in late 2018, with the exact date yet to be determined.

Earlier in the year HARS President Bob de la Hunty told the publication that the plane wouldn’t arrive without the star on board, but it was too early to say exactly when it would be happening.

“We wouldn’t see it as being in our interest if we didn’t bring him with us, so it’s certainly the case,” he said.

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Man stung by deadly jellyfish near Palm Island

One of most venomous and deadly jellyfish inhabiting seas in North Queensland has stung a man off the Townsville coast.

A 25-year-old man was stung by an Irukandji jellyfish, a tiny yet dangerous species, at a Palm Island beach about 2pm yesterday.

Paramedics were called to a private residence at 2.20pm and rushed the man to the Joyce Palmer Health Service where he is recovering in a stable condition.

Irukandji jellyfish fire their stingers into a victim, causing symptoms known as Irukandji syndrome.

The symptoms of Irukandji syndrome include headaches, backache, muscle pains, chest and abdominal pain, nausea and vomiting, sweating, anxiety and hypertension.

Townsville Hospital Emergency Department Director Dr Luke Lawton said both Irukandji and box jellyfish were capable of killing humans.

“Irukandji venom causes uncontrolled elevation of blood pressure, sweating, tremors, muscle spasm and often uncontrolled pain,” Dr Lawton said.

“People can have to be put on ventilators while the venom wears off.

—With Sam Bidey, read more here.

Three people have now been stung by Irukandji jellyfish in waters off Palm Island in the past fortnight. Picture: Anna Rogers

Three people have now been stung by Irukandji jellyfish in waters off Palm Island in the past fortnight. Picture: Anna RogersSource:News Corp Australia


North Korea warns war is inevitable

North Korea says a nuclear war on the Korean Peninsula has become a matter of when, not if.

The rogue nation continued to lash out at a massive joint military exercise between the United States and South Korea involving hundreds of advanced warplanes.

In comments attributed to an unnamed Foreign Ministry spokesman, North Korea also claimed high-ranked U.S. officials, including CIA director Mike Pompeo, have further confirmed American intent for war with a series of “bellicose remarks.”

Pompeo said Saturday that U.S. intelligence agencies believe North Korean leader Kim Jong Un doesn’t have a good idea about how tenuous his situation is domestically and internationally.

The North’s spokesman said Pompeo provoked the country by “impudently criticising our supreme leadership which is the heart of our people.

“The remaining question now is: when will the war break out? We do not wish for a war but shall not hide from it, and should the U.S. miscalculate our patience and light the fuse for a nuclear war, we will surely make the U.S. dearly pay the consequences with our mighty nuclear force which we have consistently strengthened.”

–AP, read more here.

The Americans and South Koreans have recently conducted joint military exercises. Picture: South Korean Defense Ministry/Getty Images

The Americans and South Koreans have recently conducted joint military exercises. Picture: South Korean Defense Ministry/Getty ImagesSource:Getty Images


This is what a sunburnt bald head looks like

If you have ever wondered what a severely burnt, hairless scalp would look like then wonder no more.

Twitter user Cade Huckabay has the answers to all your questions after shaving his head and then frying it in the sun, and the results are not pretty.

His head swelled up to the point where he was able to put a dent in it with his finger.

If this isn’t a perfect example of why sunscreen is important than I don’t know what is.

“One time I shaved my head, got severely sunburnt, & swelled up just a little bit,” he wrote along with a series of photos.

“I shaved my head because I wanted to see what it’d look like at basic. then I decided to get sunburnt and this happened … word to the wise, wear sunscreen.”


Same-sex marriage bill to be sent to Governor-General this morning

The bill to legalise same-sex marriage is set to be sent to the Governor-General first thing this morning so it can be approved and made into law as soon as possible.

The marriage equality laws cleared parliament unchanged on Thursday evening after a marathon debate lasting 56 hours, passing without additional religious protections.

The chamber and public gallery erupted into cheers, with crowds and politicians rose to their feet clapping and hugging one another.

Same-sex couples will be able to lodge formal intentions to wed from this Saturday before getting married from January 9.

Gay couples who tied the knot overseas will have their unions officially recognised as soon as the laws gain royal ascent.

“What a day! What a day for love, for equality, for respect. Australia has done it,” Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull told parliament, just before the bill passed.

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Wedding bells will ring out over same-sex marriages within weeks after parliament passed historic laws.