Weekly News Roundup

April 20, 2018

Steve Irwin Is Getting A Hollywood Walk Of Fame Star

Australian icon and ‘Crocodile Hunter’ Steve Irwin will be commemorated next month with a star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame.

In a morning ceremony on April 26, Irwin will be the 2,635th person to receive a star on the walk. Talking to Channel 7, Terri, Bindi and Bob Irwin confirmed they’d all be present at the ceremony.

“Really, [this is] a culmination of a lot of work from a lot of people who believe that Steve should totally get this recognition,” Terri told 7 News.

 

My Kitchen Rules Drama

The much-anticipated episode finally aired exposing the details that led the contestants Sonya and Hadil to be dismissed from the show by judges Manu Feildel and Pete Evans, a first in My Kitchen Rules’ nine year history.

Now, in his first interview after the episode, Manu has delivered another blow, telling TV Week the NSW duo had the talent to win the entire competition and claim the $250,000 prize money if only they’d “zipped it”.

“I think they were strong competitors, yes indeed,” he told the publication.

“They knew how to cook very, very well. I wish they would have just zipped it and got on with the cooking.

“They didn’t have to go that far to win the competition.”

While the pair in question, Sonya and Hadil responded to fans on Instagram with lengthy replies blaming the editing of the show and claiming they’d been bullied.

“[We are] not in control of how we are portrayed but we lived it and can sleep well knowing the truth,” the pair wrote.

 

Former US First Lady Barbara Bush has Died

The 92-year-old former first lady passed away on Tuesday, with the Bush family announcing in a statement that Mrs Bush was in failing health and had decided to no longer seek medical treatment.

She was being cared for at her home in Texas.

“She is surrounded by a family she adores and appreciates the many kind messages and especially the prayers she is receiving,” the statement added.

CNN reported that Bush was suffering from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and congestive heart failure.

 

Fire Danger in Sydney

As ABC News reported the fire danger conditions experienced in Sydney over the weekend were at their worst since the early 1950s, according to one of Australia’s top bushfire experts.

Firefighters are still trying to bring a large bushfire in Sydney’s south-west under control after it was believed to have been deliberately lit at Casula on Saturday.

Dozens of people were ordered to evacuate from suburbs, including Menai and Barden Ridge, where the blaze came perilously close to homes.

Hundreds of firefighters were brought in from a wide area of Sydney to help safeguard properties.

 

Passenger Dies After Mid Flight Disaster

A plane flying from New York to Dallas was forced to make an emergency landing after an engine blew up and a woman was reportedly almost sucked from the plane.

According to CNN, National Transportation Safety Board chairman Robert Sumwalt has confirmed one passenger has died following the incident, which investigators are classifying as “engine failure”.

The engine on a Southwest Airlines plane exploded mid-air at 32,000ft around 11.30am on Tuesday, The Sun reports.

Accounts from passengers say shrapnel from the burst engine shattered a passenger’s window and a woman was ripped from her seat and almost sucked out of the plane.

The pilot was forced to land near Philadelphia, where 143 passengers and five crew members were disembarked.

According to The Sun, one person was taken to a nearby hospital and nine others were injured in the incident.

 

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