Melbourne Express, Friday, July 5, 2019

Here’s a recap of our top story:

Five buses and a truck were struck with flying objects in Mount Waverley earlier this week, which left at least one bus driver with serious injuries after he was hit in the head.

Emergency services were called to the intersection of Solomon Street and Huntingdale Road about 3.20pm on Tuesday after reports that an object had gone through a bus window and struck the driver in the head.

The driver, aged in his 60s, was taken to hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Police say five other buses and one truck were struck in the same area between 2.30 and 3.30pm. No one else was injured.

Police will set up an information caravan at 11am today near Solomon Street and Huntingdale Road, Mount Waverley, in a bid to speak to any passengers who were on the buses.

Anyone with information should contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or visit www.crimestoppersvic.com.au

Plan for extra time if you're heading to the footy this weekend.

Plan for extra time if you’re heading to the footy this weekend.Credit:Josh Robenstone

Be prepared to leave home earlier if you’re heading to the footy this weekend, because a slew of disruptions are about to hit some of our busiest train lines, writes Yan Zhuang.

This weekend marks the beginning of the state government’s «winter construction blitz», a massive series of power, signalling and communication upgrades across the city’s transport network.

Passengers trying to get to the MCG or Marvel Stadium on the Cranbourne, Pakenham or Frankston lines this weekend will need to plan ahead, with buses replacing trains between Flinders Street and Caulfield from Saturday to next Friday.

Buses will also replace trains throughout the whole Sandringham line this weekend and next weekend.

Read more here.

A pool in Melbourne’s north-east has been cordoned off this morning after a chlorine leak.

Firefighters were called to Watermarc, on Flintoff St in Greensborough, before 6am after staff discovered a strong smell of chlorine. They left the building before firies arrived.

The leak could not be stopped and police have now cordoned off the area.

The cause of the leak is unknown.

Did you miss your morning gym or swim session? Share your morning adventures with other #MelbourneExpress readers via email or Twitter.

Wowsers. Developers have given notice of an application for a planning permit to build two 22-storey towers, along with a 15-storey building and another 14-storey building on Bell Street in Ivanhoe. More than 500 apartments are proposed for the mixed-use site that also includes plans for offices and shops.

Some local residents are aghast at the height of the proposed towers, but the project has been in the works for some time. During a consultation period in March this year, Banyule Council noted just seven people provided written feedback.

Check it out here.

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A powerful earthquake of magnitude 6.4 struck Southern California near the city of Ridgecrest, about 175 km northeast of Los Angeles, the US Geological Survey said on Thursday.

The Kern County Fire Department said on Twitter it was working «nearly 2 dozens incidents ranging from medical assistance to structure fires in and around the city of Ridgecrest, CA.»

Ridgecrest Mayor Peggy Breedon told CNN that things were falling off buildings and hitting people and the city had felt several aftershocks. She added there were fires and broken gas lines.

«We are used to earthquakes but we’re not used to this significance,» she said. The city has asked residents to look after others, especially the elderly, which forms a large part of her city’s population.

Read more here.

Gwenevere Joyce and her dad Frank.

Gwenevere Joyce and her dad Frank. Credit:Chris Hopkins

And here are today’s top stories:

  • Prepubescent children in Australia are spending about 11 hours sitting each day, almost half of it on screens, and more than a quarter of them are overweight, research has found. They’re also sleeping more than their counterparts across the world, according to a national study.

  • With the help of Labor and the Senate crossbench, the government’s tax cut bill — the major policy it took to the May election- passed through Parliament on Thursday night. Labor was opposed to the final stage of the Coalition’s three-part plan, but the government refused to split up the bill — and since both sides agreed that low to middle-income earners need immediate relief from half-a-decade of anaemic wage growth, Labor eventually agreed to not stand in its way.

  • Now 16, Nathasha has for years bounced in and out of residential care, secure welfare, the family home and psychiatric wards. She has experienced homelessness, assaults, forced medication and trauma. She thinks and speaks about suicide regularly. She has barely gone to school since year 8. Her mother, Melanie*, gave harrowing evidence to the Royal Commission into Victoria’s Mental Health System on Thursday, where she detailed her family’s «shocking» experiences with the state’s mental health system.

  • Victoria’s financial watchdog has been asked to investigate alleged theft and corruption on the state government’s Caulfield-to-Dandenong sky rail project, in the wake of claims of wage fraud and copper theft on Labor’s signature program.

Nick Kyrgios lost an epic grudge match against Rafael Nadal.

Nick Kyrgios lost an epic grudge match against Rafael Nadal.Credit:AP

Here’s the latest from Wimbledon:

  • Call it what you want. Salty, juicy, riveting. This was a grudge match at its finest but, in the end, it was Rafael Nadal who claimed bragging rights in a raucous centre-court slugfest at Wimbledon on Friday in which Nick Kyrgios labelled the chair umpire a «disgrace». In a clash where emotions overflowed, Nadal advanced into the third round with a tense 6-3, 3-6, 7-6 (7-5), 7-6 (7-3) win.

  • Australian star Ashleigh Barty says it would be «incredible» to feature on centre court on Saturday after storming into the third round of Wimbledon. The new world No.1 was in a belligerent mood, crushing Belgian Alison Van Uytvanck 6-1, 6-3 in 55 minutes on a sunny, warm morning on court two where there were surprisingly several empty seats.

  • Tennis great Mats Wilander has urged Bernard Tomic to rediscover his love for tennis after the Australian’s troubled career took another turn for the worse. Tomic was stripped of his prizemoney for not meeting the «professional standard» expected in his first-round loss at Wimbledon.

Five buses and a truck were struck with flying objects in Mount Waverley earlier this week, which left at least one bus driver with serious injuries after he was hit in the head.

Emergency services were called to the intersection of Solomon Street and Huntingdale Road about 3.20pm on Tuesday after reports that an object had gone through a bus window and struck the driver in the head.

The driver, aged in his 60s, was taken to hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Police say five other buses and one truck were struck in the same area between 2.30 and 3.30pm. No one else was injured.

Police will set up an information caravan at 11am today near Solomon Street and Huntingdale Road, Mount Waverley, in a bid to speak to any passengers who were on the buses.

Anyone with information should contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or visit www.crimestoppersvic.com.au

Good morning, and welcome to Melbourne Express on this chilly Friday morning.

It’s not yet 4 degrees in the city – and our trusty weather app says it «feels like» 2.3 degrees – but after some morning fog, we’re headed for a sunny top of 18 degrees.

There are major delays on the Craigieburn and Pakenham lines due to a couple of cancelled services, but a good service on all other lines.

And the roads are looking clear this morning.

We’ll be back with the top stories shortly, including the latest news from Wimbledon!

Источник: Theage.com.au

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