Weekly News Roundup

March 16, 2018

Stephen Hawking Passes Away

Considered to be the world’s most famous scientist, Stephen Hawking passed away yesterday after a long battle with Motor Neurone Disease.The theoretical physicist was best known for his work on black holes and the origin of the universe.

The scientist claimed in a 2013 documentary that “keeping an active mind has been vital to my survival, as has maintaining a sense of humour.”

He wryly added: “I am probably better known for my appearances on The Simpsons and on The Big Bang Theory than I am for my scientific discoveries.”

The world-famous professor once said his ultimate dream was to travel beyond the earth’s atmosphere.

“My three children have brought me great joy. And I can tell you what will make me happy — to travel in space. I have already completed a zero gravity flight which allowed me to float weightless.”

In a statement announcing his death, Robert, Lucy and Tim wrote of their father: “He once said, ‘It would not be much of a universe if it wasn’t home to the people you love.’ We will miss him forever.”

New Bachelor for 2018

Announced yesterday was the new Bachelor for 2018, with Australian rugby union player ‘Honey Badger’ Nick Cummins taking out the coveted role.

“I’m really looking forward to throwing everything at this opportunity to find the one,” he said in a press release.

“The past 10 or so years has been on the road playing rugby or working on my projects, so I’m very excited to be part of a show that is centred around love and good times.”

Nick was winger for the Wallabies, but has been taking a break from his sporting career as he branches out into TV. He’s set to co-host season three of Netflix’s Ultimate Beastmaster and also co-developed and starred in National Geographic’s Meanwhile in Australia… and has also written two books about his life.

United Airlines Dog Tragedy

While flying with United Airlines from Houston to New York, a family was devastated after being told to put their dog into the overhead compartment only finding out after the flight had landed that their dog had died.

Eleven-year old Sophie Ceballos, who got the dog for her birthday, said Kokito barked during the flight and that “there was a lot of turbulence”.

“My mom was like, ‘It’s a dog, it’s a dog,'” the girl told NBC New York. “And [the flight attendant] said, ‘You have to put it up there.'”

The attendant later said she did not know a dog was in the airline-approved pet carrier.

“We assume full responsibility for this tragedy and express our deepest condolences to the family and are committed to supporting them,” the US airline said in a statement.

“We are thoroughly investigating what occurred to prevent this from ever happening again. Pets should never be placed in the overhead bin,” the statement added.

Passenger Maggie Gremminger, who said she was sitting behind Ms Robledo, gave her account of what happened.

“I witnessed a United flight attendant instruct a woman to put her dog carrier with live dog in an overhead bin,” she told One Mile at a Time, a travel website.

“The passenger adamantly pushed back, sharing verbally that her dog was in the bag.

“The flight attendant continued to ask the passenger to do it, and she eventually complied.

“By the end of the flight, the dog was dead. The woman was crying in the airplane aisle on the floor.”

Petition Protesting Royal Wedding

Thousands of British taxpayers say they are outraged at having to foot some of the bill for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s upcoming wedding celebrations.

More than 14,700 people have signed a petition set up by UK group Republic,criticising the British parliament for using taxpayer money to fund the event.

“A royal wedding is a private, personal event, dressed up as a national occasion. That lets the royals use the wedding as a PR exercise and to expect the taxpayer will pay a large part of the costs,” the petition states.

“If Harry and Meghan want to turn their big day into a public event, they need to pick up the bill — all of it,” it says.

Prince Harry and Ms Markle are set to marry on May 19 at St George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle, where the Prince was christened.

The event — which will be televised and watched by millions across the globe — will require a heightened police presence and loads of security for both the royal family and hundreds of thousands of well wishers expected to crowd the streets.

An estimated 5000 police officers were required for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s wedding in London on April 29, 2011 and around one million spectators lined the streets to watch the royal procession with some camping out for days to get the best viewing spots.

Armed Teacher Accidentally Discharges Gun in Classroom

A teacher in northern California who also serves as a reserve police officer accidentally fired a gun inside a classroom. High School teacher Dennis Alexander was pointing the gun at the ceiling to make sure it was not loaded when the weapon discharged inside his classroom at Seaside High School, injuring three students when the bullet ricocheted off the classroom ceiling. No one suffered serious injuries though one 17-year-old boy sustained moderate injuries when bullet fragments lodged in his neck, the student’s father, Fermin Gonzales, told KSBW.

“It’s the craziest thing. It could have been very bad,” Mr Gonzales said.

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