Coldplay live stream for ticketless fans
Fans who missed out on tickets to Coldplay’s Sydney show at Enmore Theatre will be able to listen to the performance online or on radio, with Southern Cross Austereo set to provide an internationally accessibly stream to punters. The show, which takes place tomorrow, June 19, will air across 91 Austereo radio stations (including digital platforms) as well as through 90 mobile-optimised websites, 72 smart phone apps and a special website – coldplayaustralia.com.au
Sydney cyclists injured in unrelated crashes
Two Sydney cyclists were injured in unrelated accidents yesterday. The first cyclist was trapped under a garbage truck for 30 minutes in Surry Hills during Tuesday morning’s peak hour. He suffered multiple injuries, including a suspected fractured pelvis and lower limb fractures. The second cyclist was critically injured in a crash with a car next to the Tempe Recreation Centre in Sydney’s south. The 32-year-old man suffered major head and facial injuries in the collision.
Whistleblower faces royal commission
Union whistleblower Kathy Jackson faces the royal commission into unions today after it was alleged that she misused $1 million in members’ funds to pay off two personal credit cards. She claims to have used the cards on work expenses between 2000 and 2011, despite having a union credit card. Other allegations claim that she withdrew about $220000 in cash using HSU bank cheques between 2007 and 2011.
Giants tear up at the thought of “The Rock”
Greater Western Sydney Giants players Adam Treloar and Adam Kennedy showed their softer side with their reaction to the news that they were going to be given a chance to meet their hero, wrestler and actor Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. The players were told separately on camera by the club’s media team that they will get to interview the star at the red carpet premiere of Johnson’s new movie Hercules on Thursday. “I’ve loved him since I was a kid, he’s my idol,” said Treloar.
“Flugs” to fill a hole in the market
Manly resident Samantha Mancini said a broken thong led her to the invention of a new product. Flugs, a small thong plug that fixes broken straps, were created when Ms Mancini teamed up with a custom motorcycle maker after a few pairs of her beloved Havaianas broke. She says that she has been selling them at Bondi markets and that “the feedback has been great”.
YouTube music service to block indie artists
YouTube is reportedly planning to block independent musicians and labels from its video platform unless they agree to sign up for the company’s upcoming music subscription service. With the company preparing to launch a paid, ad-free subscription tier, artists who don’t agree to terms with the company will soon find their videos scrubbed from YouTube’s properties. The tier will allow users to watch or listen to music videos without ads on any YouTube-supported platform, requiring the company to seek new deals with artists to support such a service.
NSW State Budget
Two of Australia’s biggest environment issues, climate change and coal seam gas are all but ignored in this year’s state budget with neither terms appearing in the 511-page budget estimates. The omissions come despite Sydney being in the midst of its hottest 12 months in 155 years of records. The overall budget for environment and heritage is about $1.6 billion for 2014-15. More than $1 billion will be spent on child protection, homelessness and disability services in NSW in 2014-15 as the state government seeks to deliver on its “obligation to help those in need” in its last budget before next year’s election. However, the biggest winners will be long-suffering Western Sydney residents, who will benefit from big ticket spending on infrastructure. The State Government will spend a total of $10.2 billion on major road, rail and hospital projects. – Compiled from web sources by Melissa Clarke
Top photo shows Coldplay in concert in Paris last month – from Coldplay’s website.