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Young SA tennis star banned for drug use

Written By kom limapulan on Rabu, 20 Agustus 2014 | 19.40

SOUTH Australian tennis young gun Brad Mousley has been banned for a year for taking an ecstasy tablet at an 18th birthday party.

Brad Mousley has been banned for a year for taking an ecstasy tablet at an 18th birthday party - following an ASADA test.. Source: News Limited

The 18-year-old is the first athlete in Australian sports history to be suspended for using the party drug and the first Australian tennis player to receive a drug sanction.

He is considering an appeal.

An independent Tennis Australia (TA) tribunal hearing handed down the ban this week.

The ban will be backdated to May 30 this year, when Mousley accepted a provisional suspension, meaning he will be eligible to compete again on May 30, 2015.

Lawyers for the teenager, Australia's top ranked junior male, had argued for a three-month ban and told the hearing the player had not taken the drug with the intention of enhancing his performance.

They told the hearing Mousley attended an 18th birthday party with fellow junior tennis players Jason Scott and Li Tu on Friday, March 28.

Mousley admitted to purchasing one ecstasy tablet at the party because he "wanted to be active and dance to the music" and because he was feeling down.

Tu and Scott both declined offers to take the drug.

Mousley was subsequently tested by an ASADA official after his opening round match of qualifying for a Futures event at Melbourne Park on the Sunday morning of March 30 — about 36 hours after he had taken the tablet.

It is rare, if not unprecedented for ASADA to randomly test at qualifying of such a minor event.

Mousley tested positive for the banned stimulant methylenedioxymethamphetamine, commonly known as ecstasy, and was provisionally banned in May.

He had faced a ban of up to two years but the TA tribunal accepted the player's submission he had not taken the drug to gain a performance benefit and decided to reduce his sanction.

Had Mousley tested positive for the drug on a day he was not scheduled to play, he would not have faced a suspension because ecstasy is only banned in competition under the World Anti Doping Authority drug code.

Mousley's father and coach Craig, who is Tennis Australia accredited, said his son accepted he did the wrong thing.

"It was irresponsible and I absolutely don't condone it, and Brad realises that it was a stupid and dangerous decision,'' Mr Mousley said.

He said his son felt some relief at escaping a two-year ban, which he believed would have been career ending.

But Mr Mousley believed a one-year sanction was still harsh and the family was considering whether it would appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

"We're somewhat relieved because two years would have been devastating,'' Mr Mousley said.

"But we still feel the penalty is severe.

"Having said that it was a fair hearing ...

"Brad is in training at the moment and he wants to come back from this but a one-year ban is very significant at this stage of his development.

"It will take a pretty special person to be able to come back."

Mr Mousley said lawyers for Tennis Australia argued aggressively that his son should be banned for two years.

"They were unremitting in the way they argued. I found that surprising."

He said Brad felt a "small victory" in escaping a two-year ban, given how aggressively TA had argued.

TELL US BELOW: Is this an appropriate response by Tennis Australia?

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Did Google Street View kill a dog?

Do these images from Google Street View show a canine copping it from one of the search giant's mapping cars? Source: Supplied

GOOGLE doesn't let mountains or oceans get in the way of mapping the world and it seems it won't stop at animals either.

Images from a street view car in Chile show what appears to be one of its camera-bearing cars running over a dog and leaving it for dead.

If you take a trip down Meza Bell 2815, Chile on Google Maps you can re-live the moment, shot-by-shot, when a little canine trots in front of the path of the oncoming car — the next images seen from the car's rear-facing camera show it lying on the road not moving.

Watch out! The little fella totally forgets his crossing code. Source: Supplied

News.com.au followed the Google car's path as it kept on driving and looking back as far as the zoom could stretch and did not see the pooch hop to its feet. Closer inspection of the more immediate images do show the dog moving in one image but it's hard to tell whether this is a last struggle of life or whether he is just laying in the sun and having a stretch.

One of the images of the dog. Source: Supplied

A closer look and it's still hard to tell whether the dog is dead or laying in the sun. Source: Supplied

A person can be seen at the side of the road where the 'accident' occurred but they didn't rush to the rescue — perhaps a sign that the dog was in no danger? Or perhaps it's another local who is used to the many stray street dogs in the area and this is not an unusual occurrence.

This image shows the dog rolled over. A sign of hope, perhaps? Source: Supplied

Way down the road, this zoomed in shot shows it still in the same position. Source: Supplied

This sort of thing also isn't unusual for Google. In January last year it was accused of running over a donkey in Botswana after images on street view walking alongside the vehicle one moment then lying still on the ground the next. It was swiftly proven by Google that this wasn't a hit-and-run and that the images were not as they appear.

The Botswana donkey. Source: Supplied

Google has said it is investigating the images regarding the dog to "understand and inform what happened" and reassure they "have guidelines in place to protect people and animals" as they map places around the world.

To us, it looks like the dog has simply chosen a paw place to take a lie down.

What do you think? Did Google kill this dog? Tweet us your opinion @newscomauHQ


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Mass UFO sighting over city

Photos and video captured of a suspected UFO flying over Houston, Texas has been circulating the internet.

This UFO was seen hovering over Houston during a rainstorm last week by hundreds of residents. Source: Twitter

FINALLY, a picture of a UFO that is not a badly photoshopped flying cigar.

And not just one image. Hundreds of people reported seeing a ring of blinking lights in the sky above Houston, Texas, during a lightning storm last week and plenty of them had cameras.

Photographs and videos of the event have been circulating on social media, generating so much interest on social media that the Huffington Post actually ran a poll on "The Texas UFO".

The Huffington Post's poll yesterday. Source: Supplied

Some of the best footage was recorded by Houston musician Andrew Pena, who says he was videoing the spectacular lightning show while driving along the Interstate 45 freeway in the city's south and didn't realise what he had until he played it back at home.

Houston resident Nathaniel Xavier took this shot of the strange ring of lights. Source: Twitter

UFO or reflection of the lamp post in a strange trick of light? Source: Twitter

The video, which shows a circle of brightly coloured lights moving around in the sky, has been declared both "amazing" and "nothing" by UFO-logists and sceptics alike.

"I think the trick with UFOs is figuring out what else they could be," Dr. Carolyn Summers, vice president for astronomy at the Houston Museum of Natural Science, told KPRC-TV.

"It's easy to say that it could be aliens. The more people who see it in different directions, the more likely we are to figure out where it is, what it is, and see if we can explain it."

The UFO hovering in the clouds over Houston was seen by hundreds of people Source: Twitter

Mutual UFO Network chief investigator Fletcher Gray dismissed the object as "no more than light trapped in the side window" of Mr Pena's car.

The UFO was reportedly hovering less than 20km from the Johnson Space Center, leading others to speculate it could have been NASA testing its latest toy, a "supersonic flying saucer" which was launched from Hawaii on June 28.

Another view of the UFO — although this one looks a little touched-up. Source: Twitter

The device, officially named Low Density Supersonic Decelerator, imitates the rapid inflation technique of the Hawaiian puffer fish as a way to protect spacecraft during landings.

The aim is to reduce the speed of descending spacecraft, making it easier to land on planets like Mars.

Other theories include a weather balloon, the reflection of a street light, stadium lights and an unmanned drone but so far there has been no official explanation and no word from NASA.


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Man puts nudes of ex on Facebook

Facebook used to stalk and intimidate ... A jilted lover has been charged after abusing his former girlfriend. Picture: AP Source: News Limited

A JILTED lover allegedly stalked his ex-girlfriend by posting nude photographs of her on Facebook.

Chad A. Monroe, 34, also bombarded his ex for months with calls, texts and lewd Facebook messages, vowing to destroy her life to the point of suicide, MLive.com reported.

One of the Facebook posts featured a 'Wanted Dead or Alive' poster with his ex lover's picture,

Monroe, of Bay City, Michigan, even sent the nude photographs of the woman to her mother.

The former girlfriend became so concerned at the abuse that she successfully sought a protection order on July 22 but it was never served on Monroe. She even had her phone number blocked.

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When Bay City Police Department called Monroe to ask him to come and see them at the police station, he allegedly taunted them, saying his behaviour was lawful and that police officers would never find him down.

"I know about the (protection order), but it's all bull--- and you won't find me to serve me," Monroe told the police, according to the MLive.com.

"I talked with my lawyer and he said I can put naked pictures on the internet and I am going to keep doing it until she gives me my (things) back," he said.

Monroe then claimed that he was staying with his "crazy" aunt in Pinconning, a town about a half-hour north of Bay City.

"She will shoot anyone who comes onto her property," he told police.

Posted nude pictures of his ex-lover and threatened to destroy her ... Chad A Monroe. Picture: Bay City Police Department Source: Supplied

Police issued a warrant for his arrest on August 12 after he kept bombarding his former girlfriend with hatred and threats.

Monroe was arrested the next day and appeared in Bay County District Court on single counts of stalking, a one-year misdemeanour, and unlawful posting of a message on the internet, a two-year felony.

Bail was set at $35,000 on the condition he had no contact whatsoever with his former girlfriend. He is due to appear before a judge on August 26.

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Michael’s meltdown: Block star storms off site

News.com.au's Alison Stephenson talks to The Block's Glasshouse contestant Michael Carlene about this year's show.

Michael and Carlene are finding out how hard The Block can be. Source: Supplied

IT'S very rare that you come up against Keith 'The Blockinator' Schleiger and come out on top, but he may have met his match in Michael.

"I get on well with Keith, I love Keith," he told news.com.au, "but this particular week though, I don't know what happened, I had a meltdown."

Michael well and truly lost the plot on tonight's episode after Keith told him his fire proofing didn't "make code" and he would have to pull the part of his wall down to ensure it complied.

Michael and Carlene, the QLD couple from The Block, in Cairns. Picture: Stewart McLean Source: News Corp Australia

"What he was asking me to do I didn't want to do, I didn't have time to do it and I didn't think it was worth doing. But that's obviously not my job to say, and I got to a point where I was like 'nope, I've had enough' and we had a blow up.

"I went and sulked in the pub."

Coupled with water leakage from a concrete cutter and his unhappiness at the size of his master suite, Michael had had enough.

"This is the worst day I've had on the block so far," he said after he was delivered the bad news.

The Block's foreman Keith Schleiger. Source: News Limited

"I've got Keith wanting me to do this stupid wall, I've got these boys cutting concrete down here, I've got to prime these walls so the wallpaper guy can start at 3.30pm and I still haven't finished framing.

"I think it's a load of crap. The whole way through it, that firewall it's a common wall, has been his responsibility, we've got two days to reveal, there's no way I'm pulling that out."

He then told Keith: "You're asking me to do a task that's irrelevant and doesn't need to be done."

But the resident foreman had other ideas.

Channel 9's The Block Gold Coasters Michael and Carlene. Photo: Kit Wise Source: News Corp Australia

"He's a bit grumpy ... All I'm trying to do is impose the plan and Michael's not playing ball.

"Michael just get up there and bloody do it."

But the father-of-two who's normally cool, calm and collected wasn't having a bar of it.

"I'm going to the pub to have a beer, because this is a nightmare," he said before storming off site.

But Michael didn't stop at one, sinking beers well into the night, which didn't go down well with wife Carlene, who says she also had a meltdown.

"As a result of Michael walking off site, one did result from that," she admitted.

Michael was "in trouble" the next morning and on the receiving end of a fair amount of shade from his wife after abandoning her for the evening.

The master suites are revealed this Sunday at 6.30pm.

Michael and Carlene have two young children. Source: News Corp Australia


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China hits back at Clive’s rant

Written By kom limapulan on Selasa, 19 Agustus 2014 | 19.39

Palmer United Party leader Clive Palmer has launched a tirade against the Chinese state-owned company CITIC Pacific, calling them 'bastards' and 'mongrels'. Courtesy ABC/QandA

Clive Palmer ranted against "Chinese mongrels" on television last night. Photo: Jono Searle. Source: News Corp Australia

China hits back at Clive Palmer over rant

BEIJING has hit back at Clive Palmer over his explosive spray against China, condemning his remarks as absurd and irresponsible.

The Chinese embassy in Canberra rebuked the federal MP for a tirade on ABC television in which he called the Chinese government "mongrels" and "bastards".

"The words of Mr Clive Palmer MP are absurd and irresponsible, which are full of ignorance and prejudice," a spokesperson for the embassy told AAP.

But the Palmer United Party (PUP) leader isn't showing any sign of backing down from his remarks.

When asked if he stood by his use of the term "mongrel" to describe Australia's largest trading partner, Mr Palmer said it was "an accurate reflection" of a government that executed its own people.

"They have one-day trials, they don't have any democracy," he told Fairfax radio station 3AW.

"I feel for the Chinese people that live under such tyranny."

His lack of remorse threatens to fan the flames even further, after politicians of all persuasions spent the day trying to distance themselves from his remarks.

The federal government, which hopes to finalise a free trade agreement with China this year, issued a statement to make it "perfectly clear" it valued its relationship with the Asian powerhouse.

"Peripheral issues will not distract the government in its work to broaden and deepen this most important relationship," Trade Minister Andrew Robb said.

Foreign Minister Julie Bishop labelled the comments "offensive, unnecessary and unacceptable", while Labor leader Bill Shorten said they didn't reflect the views of most Australians.

"I think a lot of Chinese-Australians would understandably feel hurt by these comments," he said.

But two of Mr Palmer's senators stood up for their boss - albeit with very different defences.

Outspoken PUP senator Jacqui Lambie said the Chinese threat to the "western world democracies" was at an unprecedented high and Australia should double its military immediately.

"If anybody thinks that we should have a national security and defence policy which ignores the threat of a Chinese communist invasion - you're delusional and got rocks in your head," she said in a statement.

Her colleague, Chinese-born PUP senator Dio Wang, said Mr Palmer's comments were taken out of context.

"There has never been the slightest suggestion on his part of a prejudicial view of members of the Chinese community," he said in a statement.

Mr Palmer's public blow-up at the "Chinese mongrels" over the theft of Australian resources, seems to be inspired by a Pink Floyd songbook.

The mining magnate and Palmer United Party leader's appearance on Q&A last night prompted a strong response from government ministers today including Julie Bishop, who told 3AW this morning that Mr Palmer should not be "venting his bitterness" on television.

Mr Palmer has accused the "communist Chinese government" trying to take over Australia's ports to steal the nation's natural resources but has clarified the comments were not in reference to "Chinese people".

So what was it all about? Money, of course.

MINING ROYALTIES

It is no wonder tensions are running high — the project that is causing all the fuss is Australia's largest magnetite mining and processing operation, the massive Sino Iron project.

Citic Pacific owns the $7 billion-plus project in partnership with China's state-owned Metallurgical Group Corporation.

The multi-billion dollar Sino Iron project which is the subject of numerous legal actions. Photo: Courtesy of Citic. Source: News Limited

The project is based in Western Australia's Pilbara region and Mr Palmer has granted the group a 25-year lease over his sprawling Australian Mardie Station cattle farm.

According to the Citic website, the project will generate about $111 billion in direct revenue to the Australian economy and $5.5 billion in royalties for Western Australia.

Citic paid $415 million to Mr Palmer's company Minerology to mine his land and also agreed to pay royalties on each shipment of magnetite, a type of iron ore that can be used to make steel.

But between signing the deal and the first shipment, iron ore pricing changed and this saw prices halve in five years. The two companies have not been able to agree on a new way to calculate the iron ore price and Citic has not paid royalties to Mr Palmer's company.

Zhang Jijing (left), president of Citic Pacific. Source: News Limited

The situation is complicated because of another unresolved dispute over $12 million of Citic's money allegedly being used for Mr Palmer's election campaign. The company has also raised concerns over Mineralogy's ability to operate the port where the resource is exported overseas.

PORT OPERATOR

Mr Palmer stood to make tens of millions of dollars after his company Minerology was appointed as the operator of Port Preston, which was built to ship the iron ore overseas.

Citic built the port and is the only company using it. But in January last year, the federal government approved Minerology as the port's operator. It eventually reversed this decision after Citic objected and the West Australian government, which owns the port, sought to remove Minerology as the port operator in February 2013.

Dispute over whether Minerology should be operating Cape Preston. Photo: Bruce Long Source: News Corp Australia

In response, Mr Palmer started legal action in the Federal Court in April to stop Citic from accessing the port.

A judge found in favour of Minerology following its challenge of the federal department's position.

An appeal is now being heard. As part of the legal action it was claimed that Mineralogy had been misleading the federal government by suggesting that it was operating the port facilities while Citic was only playing a minor role. However, during inspections, officers claim the opposite was found to be true.

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Citic has also accused Mineralogy of siphoning off $12 million from a business bank account that was supposed to be used for operating the port.

Mr Palmer is accused of personally signing two cheques, one for $10 million and another for $2.167 million, which drained the Chin­ese funds from a National Australia Bank last September.

The mining magnate has strenuously denied misusing the funds.

The $10m was allegedly funnelled into Cosmo Developments, a company controlled by Mr Palmer, in early August. The $2.167m went to a Brisbane agency, Media Circus Network that ran the Palmer United Party's 2013 election advertising campaign.

The $12 million was put back into the account after media reports were published. Mr Palmer has since been elected to parliament and has resigned as director of Mineralogy and Cosmo Developments.

Tony Jones, the host of ABC's live panel show Q&A asked Mr Palmer on Monday night if he could promise that "not a cent of that $12 million" went missing under his watch, but Mr Palmer refused.

"I can tell you that those allegations are not true … we will be taking immediate action in the Supreme Court," Mr Palmer responded. He is due back in court next week.

Successful campaign but was PUP's election advertising funded using Chinese money? Mr Palmer is pictured with his senators and Motoring Enthusiast senator Ricky Muir. AFP PHOTO/William WEST Source: News Limited

Mr Palmer also said: "We've had three judgments in the Federal Court and the Supreme Court of Western Australia and an arbitration against these Chinese mongrels — I'm saying that because they're Communist, they shoot their own people, they haven't got a justice system and they want to take over this country.

"And we're not going to let them," he added.

"The Chinese government wants to bring workers here to destroy our wage system ... they want to take over our ports and get our resources for free.

"So far they've shifted $200 million worth of iron ore out of this country without paying for it. I don't mind standing up against the Chinese bastards."

Treasurer Joe Hockey said Mr Palmer's extraordinary televised tirade was hugely damaging for Australia and that the mining magnate had been a big beneficiary of Chinese investment in Australia.

"He is in a very obvious legal dispute with his Chinese partners but I'd say to Mr Palmer, please don't bring down the rest of Australia because of your biases."


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Is he too young for Formula One?

Verstappen won't need an L-plate next year in F1. Source: Getty Images

AT just 16 years old, Max Verstappen would only be on his L-plates driving on Australian roads.

He wouldn't even be able to drive a car on his own, never mind one with over 700 horsepower under the throttle.

But the Dutch teen will exactly that when he becomes the youngest Formula 1 driver in history after landing a seat with Scuderia Toro Rosso for the 2015 season.

"We consider Max to be as one of the most skilled young drivers of the new generation," Toro Rosso team principal Franz Tost said.

"We believe he has the necessary maturity and mental strength to take on this challenge successfully."

So how can a 16-year-old be handed the keys to an F1 car?

Max Verstappen. Source: Supplied

OBTAIN A RACING LICENCE
Just like on the roads, you need a racing licence to compete in any form of motorsport. You don't need to have an instructor sitting next to you as you turn laps, but your driving is observed by officials to ensure you are competent and capable of controlling a racecar and that you are able to race around other cars safely.

However, you don't need a regular driver's licence to hold a racing licence.

Is 17 too young to race a Formula 1 car?

In Australia you can apply to the Confederation of Australian Motorsport for a racing licence that allows you to hit the track from the age of 14 in individual events, before progressing to races against fields of other cars when you turn 16.

To race in major international championships you need an FIA International Driver's Licence, handed out by the Federation Internationale de l'Automobile, the worldwide governing body of motorsport.

There are several grades depending on the power-to-weight ratio of the car you are driving, ranging from Grade D for cars that have 3 kilograms/horsepower up to Grade A for cars with less than or equal to 1kg/hp.

The highest licence grade in the FIA system is the Super Licence, preserved only for drivers who will race in Formula 1.

Verstappen on his way to a karting world title last year. Source: Supplied

Verstappen started his car career in the Florida Racing Series. Source: Facebook

HOW DOES VERSTAPPEN QUALIFY FOR A SUPER LICENCE?
Verstappen doesn't have a Super Licence yet as he has not completed a single lap in a Formula 1 car, never mind the required 300km.

The 16-year-old is in the middle of his very first season of car racing, having graduated from karting at the end of 2013. As the winner of the 2012 CIK-FIA Karting World Championship in the KZ class, he qualified for a Grade B international licence.

After testing several lower-class cars, Verstappen had his first car races in January in the Ferrari-backed Florida Winter Series, one of the lowest rungs on the ladder to F1. He finished third in the series with two wins and eight top-five finishes out of 12 races, qualifying him for an upgrade to a Grade A licence.

Verstappen's next move was into the European Formula 3 European Championship, where his speed was a revelation.

Despite his near-total lack of racing beyond karts Verstappen sits a remarkable second in the championship after 27 of 33 races, with eight race wins, five pole positions and five fastest race laps.

Among them was a hot streak of six consecutive race wins that put him on the radar of F1 teams, with Mercedes and Red Bull battling over his signature.

Verstappen was unveiled as the latest member of the Red Bull Junior Team just last week, putting him on the same path that led Sebastian Vettel and Daniel Ricciardo to stardom.

Toro Rosso will no doubt give Verstappen more than enough testing opportunities to allow him to qualify for a Super Licence to ensure he is more than qualified by the time his debut at Albert Park comes around next March.

Verstappen (30) on his way to victory at the Nurburgring. Source: Supplied

IS 17 TOO YOUNG TO RACE A FORMULA 1 CAR?
This is the question that everyone has been asking today.

What must be remembered is that unlike learner drivers, many of whom have their first experience of controlling a car after they have earned their licence, most young karters have been racing for almost a decade before they step into bigger machinery.

Verstappen, who turns 17 in September, is no different. He started karting at age seven, logging hundreds upon hundreds of races and notching up many wins and titles along the way.

He does, however, lack car racing experience, but that doesn't necessarily indicate that he isn't suited for a graduation to Formula 1.

Is this man too young for F1? Source: Supplied

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China hits back at Clive’s rant

Palmer United Party leader Clive Palmer has launched a tirade against the Chinese state-owned company CITIC Pacific, calling them 'bastards' and 'mongrels'. Courtesy ABC/QandA

Clive Palmer ranted against "Chinese mongrels" on television last night. Photo: Jono Searle. Source: News Corp Australia

China hits back at Clive Palmer over rant

BEIJING has hit back at Clive Palmer over his explosive spray against China, condemning his remarks as absurd and irresponsible.

The Chinese embassy in Canberra rebuked the federal MP for a tirade on ABC television in which he called the Chinese government "mongrels" and "bastards".

"The words of Mr Clive Palmer MP are absurd and irresponsible, which are full of ignorance and prejudice," a spokesperson for the embassy told AAP.

But the Palmer United Party (PUP) leader isn't showing any sign of backing down from his remarks.

When asked if he stood by his use of the term "mongrel" to describe Australia's largest trading partner, Mr Palmer said it was "an accurate reflection" of a government that executed its own people.

"They have one-day trials, they don't have any democracy," he told Fairfax radio station 3AW.

"I feel for the Chinese people that live under such tyranny."

His lack of remorse threatens to fan the flames even further, after politicians of all persuasions spent the day trying to distance themselves from his remarks.

The federal government, which hopes to finalise a free trade agreement with China this year, issued a statement to make it "perfectly clear" it valued its relationship with the Asian powerhouse.

"Peripheral issues will not distract the government in its work to broaden and deepen this most important relationship," Trade Minister Andrew Robb said.

Foreign Minister Julie Bishop labelled the comments "offensive, unnecessary and unacceptable", while Labor leader Bill Shorten said they didn't reflect the views of most Australians.

"I think a lot of Chinese-Australians would understandably feel hurt by these comments," he said.

But two of Mr Palmer's senators stood up for their boss - albeit with very different defences.

Outspoken PUP senator Jacqui Lambie said the Chinese threat to the "western world democracies" was at an unprecedented high and Australia should double its military immediately.

"If anybody thinks that we should have a national security and defence policy which ignores the threat of a Chinese communist invasion - you're delusional and got rocks in your head," she said in a statement.

Her colleague, Chinese-born PUP senator Dio Wang, said Mr Palmer's comments were taken out of context.

"There has never been the slightest suggestion on his part of a prejudicial view of members of the Chinese community," he said in a statement.

Mr Palmer's public blow-up at the "Chinese mongrels" over the theft of Australian resources, seems to be inspired by a Pink Floyd songbook.

The mining magnate and Palmer United Party leader's appearance on Q&A last night prompted a strong response from government ministers today including Julie Bishop, who told 3AW this morning that Mr Palmer should not be "venting his bitterness" on television.

Mr Palmer has accused the "communist Chinese government" trying to take over Australia's ports to steal the nation's natural resources but has clarified the comments were not in reference to "Chinese people".

So what was it all about? Money, of course.

MINING ROYALTIES

It is no wonder tensions are running high — the project that is causing all the fuss is Australia's largest magnetite mining and processing operation, the massive Sino Iron project.

Citic Pacific owns the $7 billion-plus project in partnership with China's state-owned Metallurgical Group Corporation.

The multi-billion dollar Sino Iron project which is the subject of numerous legal actions. Photo: Courtesy of Citic. Source: News Limited

The project is based in Western Australia's Pilbara region and Mr Palmer has granted the group a 25-year lease over his sprawling Australian Mardie Station cattle farm.

According to the Citic website, the project will generate about $111 billion in direct revenue to the Australian economy and $5.5 billion in royalties for Western Australia.

Citic paid $415 million to Mr Palmer's company Minerology to mine his land and also agreed to pay royalties on each shipment of magnetite, a type of iron ore that can be used to make steel.

But between signing the deal and the first shipment, iron ore pricing changed and this saw prices halve in five years. The two companies have not been able to agree on a new way to calculate the iron ore price and Citic has not paid royalties to Mr Palmer's company.

Zhang Jijing (left), president of Citic Pacific. Source: News Limited

The situation is complicated because of another unresolved dispute over $12 million of Citic's money allegedly being used for Mr Palmer's election campaign. The company has also raised concerns over Mineralogy's ability to operate the port where the resource is exported overseas.

PORT OPERATOR

Mr Palmer stood to make tens of millions of dollars after his company Minerology was appointed as the operator of Port Preston, which was built to ship the iron ore overseas.

Citic built the port and is the only company using it. But in January last year, the federal government approved Minerology as the port's operator. It eventually reversed this decision after Citic objected and the West Australian government, which owns the port, sought to remove Minerology as the port operator in February 2013.

Dispute over whether Minerology should be operating Cape Preston. Photo: Bruce Long Source: News Corp Australia

In response, Mr Palmer started legal action in the Federal Court in April to stop Citic from accessing the port.

A judge found in favour of Minerology following its challenge of the federal department's position.

An appeal is now being heard. As part of the legal action it was claimed that Mineralogy had been misleading the federal government by suggesting that it was operating the port facilities while Citic was only playing a minor role. However, during inspections, officers claim the opposite was found to be true.

MONEY USED FOR ELECTION

Citic has also accused Mineralogy of siphoning off $12 million from a business bank account that was supposed to be used for operating the port.

Mr Palmer is accused of personally signing two cheques, one for $10 million and another for $2.167 million, which drained the Chin­ese funds from a National Australia Bank last September.

The mining magnate has strenuously denied misusing the funds.

The $10m was allegedly funnelled into Cosmo Developments, a company controlled by Mr Palmer, in early August. The $2.167m went to a Brisbane agency, Media Circus Network that ran the Palmer United Party's 2013 election advertising campaign.

The $12 million was put back into the account after media reports were published. Mr Palmer has since been elected to parliament and has resigned as director of Mineralogy and Cosmo Developments.

Tony Jones, the host of ABC's live panel show Q&A asked Mr Palmer on Monday night if he could promise that "not a cent of that $12 million" went missing under his watch, but Mr Palmer refused.

"I can tell you that those allegations are not true … we will be taking immediate action in the Supreme Court," Mr Palmer responded. He is due back in court next week.

Successful campaign but was PUP's election advertising funded using Chinese money? Mr Palmer is pictured with his senators and Motoring Enthusiast senator Ricky Muir. AFP PHOTO/William WEST Source: News Limited

Mr Palmer also said: "We've had three judgments in the Federal Court and the Supreme Court of Western Australia and an arbitration against these Chinese mongrels — I'm saying that because they're Communist, they shoot their own people, they haven't got a justice system and they want to take over this country.

"And we're not going to let them," he added.

"The Chinese government wants to bring workers here to destroy our wage system ... they want to take over our ports and get our resources for free.

"So far they've shifted $200 million worth of iron ore out of this country without paying for it. I don't mind standing up against the Chinese bastards."

Treasurer Joe Hockey said Mr Palmer's extraordinary televised tirade was hugely damaging for Australia and that the mining magnate had been a big beneficiary of Chinese investment in Australia.

"He is in a very obvious legal dispute with his Chinese partners but I'd say to Mr Palmer, please don't bring down the rest of Australia because of your biases."


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‘My fiance faked his death to avoid marrying me’

Tucker was the man of Alex's dreams. Until he broke her heart and trust by faking his own death, that is. Photo: Snapper Media Source: Supplied

ALEX Lanchester would have been on her honeymoon today ... if her fiance hadn't faked his own death to break off their engagement that is.

Ms Lanchester, 23, from the United Kingdom met her ex-fiance Tucker Blandford in August 2012 at a college in Connecticut, USA. The pair hit it off straight away and became quickly besotted with each other.

"He was such a gentleman. He showered me with jewellery," Ms Lanchester told The Mirror. "We would go out for a posh dinner on the tenth of every month to celebrate the day we got together."

According to Ms Lanchester, Mr Blandford was a perfect gentleman when they were dating. Photo: Snapper Media Source: Supplied

But Ms Lanchester was studying abroad on a student visa and when her time in America came to an end, she and Mr Blandford said a tearful goodbye at the airport. Her tears soon became smiles though, when he went down on one knee and proposed.

"I said yes straight away," she said. "I was super happy and smiling like an idiot."

She still had to return to England, but Mr Blandford promised to visit in a few months and the couple began planning their wedding. Or so she thought.

While Ms Lanchester booked venues, spent over $1000 on invitations and shopped for her dream gown, Mr Blandford cancelled plane tickets and called to apologise. To placate his fiancee, he set the wedding date for August 15, 2014.

Alex and Tucker had planned their life together. Photo: Snapper Media Source: Supplied

As the wedding date neared, an excited Ms Lanchester received a gut-wrenching call from her fiance's 'dad'.

"Alex, this is Tucker's dad. There's no easy way to say this ... I am sorry to say that Tucker is dead."

He went on to tell the bride-to-be that his son had depression and had "thrown himself in front of a car" to end his life. Understandably devastated, Ms Lanchester got off the phone in tears, but later called Tucker's mum to make sense of what she'd heard.

That's when she discovered the lie.

His mum had no idea that her son was dead, and Ms Lanchester soon realised that the 'dad' she'd spoken to was in fact her gutless fiance, too scared to ring her and break up himself.

To add insult to injury, Mr Blandford's parents didn't even know the couple were engaged.

Alex knows she's better off without him now. Source: Supplied

"All I ever did was love him," said heartbroken Alex. "After this I'm not sure I can trust a man ever again."

Eventually she called Tucker, who initially wouldn't answer her calls, but finally sent her a text admitting his shocking deceit.

She is in the United States this week on what would have been her honeymoon, refusing to waste yet another plane ticket.

"It may be our wedding day but I'm going to spend it making my own awesome memories — without him."

Alex has started a business making wedding favours. Source: Supplied


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Teacher quits to be with 15yo

Facing rape charges ... former teacher Jennifer Caswell. Picture: Jennifer Caswell/Facebook Source: Supplied

A SCHOOL teacher is facing a string of charges including rape, after she had an affair with a 15-year-old boy and was caught having sex with him in a hotel room.

Oklahoma-based middle schoolteacher Jennifer Sexton, 28, struck up a relationship with a teenage student months before she was caught by police.

She also continued their affair even after her resignation from Hollis Middle School.

Sexton was being investigated by police after locals in the community reported her suspicious behaviour after seeing her with the student.

"People seeing a teacher alone with a child may or may not be anything. It could just be innocent contact," Harmon County Assistant District Attorney Eric Yarborough told the Oklahoman newspaper.

While Sexton had resigned from her job as an English teacher in April amid the allegations of her having an affair with a student, police lacked any proof to arrest her.

But after they discovered her having sex with the student on June 18, at a Best Western Hotel in Mississippi, they did make their arrest.

Police allege Sexton followed the student to where he was spending his summer holidays, and visiting his mother.

The student, who cannot be named for legal reasons, did not tell police a lot of information about their affair to begin with.

"The child said nothing's going on, she's just a nice teacher," Yarborough said.

But in a police interview, the student started to reveal he had had several sexual encounters with Sexton.

The young boy told police that in Oklahoma months before they were caught together in a Best Western, they had sex several times.

He said they had sex in Sexton's classroom just days before she resigned for the first time, and also allegedly had sex in her SUV and at her home.

The boy added they had sex in the home of Sexton's pastor father.

Sexton, who is recently divorced from her husband, has now taken her maiden name, Caswell, back.

She is in police custody and faces three counts of second-degree rape, two counts of enticing a child, and one forcible sodomy count.


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