Daily News Roundup

March 21, 2018

March 21

99 Year Old Earns Comm Games Spot

NOT all superheroes wear capes. Some of them wear caps instead, and Australian swimmer George Corones is one of them.

The 99-year-old has been added to the Australian team for the upcoming Comm Games after obliterating the long-course 50m freestyle word record.

Swimming in the specially added masters event, Corones had no opponents when he took to the pool in the 100-104 age bracket.

Masters swimmers compete in the age bracket that corresponds with their birthday that year with Corones set to turn 100 in April.

His remarkable time of 56.12 took a whopping 35 seconds off of the previous world record, set in 2014 by Brit John Harrison.

He captured the hearts of the nation when footage of his record breaking swim went viral, and now he’s off to the Games.


James Packer Steps Down As Crown Director

BILLIONAIRE James Packer has resigned as a director of his company Crown Resorts for “personal reasons”.

The company announced the move in a brief statement to the Australian Securities Exchange on Wednesday.

“We have appreciated James’ contribution to the Board and respect his decision to step down from his role as a director at this time,” executive chairman John Alexander said.

In a statement, a spokesman for Mr Packer’s private investment company Consolidated Press Holdings said, “Mr Packer is suffering from mental health issues. At this time he intends to step back from all commitments.”

It comes amid a tumultuous time for the casino mogul, who has been tied to a corruption scandal engulfing the Israeli prime minister.


US cop charged over fatal shooting of Australian woman Justine Damond

A COP in the US “acted in disregard for human life” when he shot Australian woman Justine Damond after she called police for help last July, prosecutors allege.

Ms Damond was unarmed when she was gunned down outside her Minneapolis home by Officer Mohamed Noor, who turned himself in on Tuesday after a warrant was issued for his arrest.

He has been charged with third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter and will appear in court later today.

Shocking new details of her final moments have been revealed in court documents following the arrest of Officer Noor.

The charging documents have revealed Ms Damond grabbed the left of her stomach where she was wounded and said: “I’m dying” or “I’m dead”.

Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman told a media conference today the law prevented officers from being charged unless they were “unacceptably reckless”.

He said Mr Noor “violated the rules, and deserves to be charged”, adding the officer abused his authority with deadly force.

He shot the 40-year-old on July 15, minutes after she called 911 to report a possible rape in the alley behind her home.

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