Delays clearing after morning prang on M1

DELAYS are starting to clear on the M1 northbound around Ormeau this morning following an earlier accident.

Two northbound lanes were closed to traffic around 7.30am after a car flipped on its roof in the right-hand lane near Exit 41.

All lanes have since re-opened however long delays are still being expected.

Thankfully, no one was seriously injured.

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Sea World’s penguins celebrate World Penguin Day

SEA WORLD’S King and Gentoo Penguins will today celebrate World Penguin Day.

They will celebrate in-style with a delicious fish ice cake and a collection of their favourite toys and treats.

In a day dedicated to Penguins, the Sea World Research & Rescue Foundation is aiming to raise awareness of ocean rubbish which poses a serious threat to coastal birds.

The celebrations will include in-park activities allowing Sea World guests to interact with Penguin artifacts.

Dept of Transport concerned after school bus leaves boy behind

THE mother of a 12-year-old Gold Coast student allegedly left behind by a bus driver because he didn’t have the correct change fears the method to refuse travel in such circumstances increased the chance of child abduction.

The year 8 student told Channel Seven he and three others were refused entry on the school bus from Helensvale High School on Tuesday afternoon because they “didn’t have enough change”.

By the time the boy’s mother arrived to collect her son, he was the only child left sitting around.

Transport Minister Scott Emerson told Channel Seven he was concerned that the children were turned away when there was no history of similar, patterned behaviour.

“These children should have been taken on board,” Mr Emerson said.

The Principal of the school said a teacher who thought the children were not allowed on the bus stepped in and told them to go to the office.

But Surfside Buslines said they would have allowed the students on the bus if the teacher hadn’t intervened first.

The Department of Transport is investigating.

Ex-NRL Player Anthony Watts Granted Bail

NRL player turned bikie, Anthony Watts, has walked free from a Brisbane Court, after being granted bail.

Watts, 27, was involved in a nightclub altercation at Broadbeach on February 23, where it is alleged he threatened to kill a restaurant employee and showed his Mongols tattoo to “intimidate witnesses’.

He’s been charged with public nuisance and threatening violence – just over a month after becoming eligible for parole over a previous charge.

In the Brisbane Supreme Court yesterday, Justice Peter Applegarth said Watts was in a “show cause position,” regardless of whether he was a member of a criminal organisation at the time.

“He is said to have dissociated himself from the organisation,” he said.

Justice Applegarth said it was “appropriate” to grant bail, noting the likely penalty Watts would receive if convicted and the length of time awaiting trial.

He added there was a “substantial risk” Watts could remain in custody for a longer period than if he was convicted.

“Given the delays in finalising the charges, the applicant’s detention in custody is not justified and the risks are reduced to an acceptable level by the conditions (that appear in the draft order),” he said.

Watts was granted bail, but on the condition he resides on the Gold Coast, reports to police three times a week and surrenders his passport.

Gold Coaster’s Saucy Modern Family Gig

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MODERN FAMILY: Marissa starring as a topless beach babe on Bondi Beach in the special Australian episode.

GOLD Coast born beauty Marissa Wynne has a new acting role to add to resume – “topless woman”.

Marissa WynneWynne has scored a role in the Australian special of his US sitcom Modern Family, due to air in the US today.

In the episode she plays a half-naked beach babe on Bondi Beach, who has an encounter with young characters Manny and Luke.

The character was first known as “topless woman” however the producers of the show gave her a new name – “Erica”.

“The producers gave me a name, which was really nice of them, just so it would look a little bit nicer on my resume, I think,” she said.

The Queensland University of Technology student admits she was a bit nervous about baring so much flesh.

“But you don’t really think about that when you’re doing the scenes. As far as I know it’s pixilated, but I was seen by a lot of onlookers on the beach and a few people on the internet as well,” she said.

The cast of modern family spent two weeks filming around the country earlier in the year. The episode airs in Australia on Sunday.