Target recalls candy canes over possible plastic contamination

Christmas may be over but Target Australia has issued a recall on a popular brand of candy canes over fears they may be contaminated with plastic.

The retail giant said the Fabulous Food Company Candy Canes, which have a best before date of August 2019, were sold at Target stores around the country between 16 September 2018 and January 17, 2019.

“The recall is due to the potential presence of plastic,” the recall notice reads.

“Food products containing foreign materials may cause illness/injury if consumed.”

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Anyone who has the candy canes are being urged not to consume the lolly and to immediately return them to a Target or Target Country store as soon as possible.

“Our team members will provide you with a full refund. A receipt is not required to obtain a refund.”

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Fortune teller charged over alleged sexual assault of young girl

A man who claims to be a fortune teller has been charged over the alleged sexual assault of a young girl in Sydney at the weekend.

The 31-year-old was arrested by detectives at Sydney International Airport just before 6pm yesterday after attempting to board a plane to Singapore.

The man was taken to Mascot Police Station, where he was charged with two counts of intentionally sexually touch child under 16 years of age, and three counts of aggravated sexual assault-victim under the age of 16 years.

Police allege the man approached the 14-year-old girl and offered her free fortune telling services before sexually assaulting her at a business in Liverpool on Sunday 20 January.

The Indian National was refused bail to appear at Central Local Court today.


Printer technician charged after allegedly hiding GoPro in office toilet

A printer technician has been charged after he allegedly hid a GoPro camera in an office toilet cubicle in Sydney.

The 61-year-old man was called into the Picton office just before 9am yesterday to service one of their printers.

“It’s alleged while he was inside the premises he entered a toilet cubicle where he secreted a GoPro camera and started filming,” NSW police said.

The man then left the business about 11am.

Just 10 minutes later, a female staff member entered the cubicle and upon leaving she noticed the small camera.

The woman alerted other staff members before the company contacted local police.

Following investigations, officers arrested the technician at Narellan Police Station about 4.40pm on Monday.

He was charged with filming a person in a private act (x2) and was granted conditional bail to appear in Picton Local Court on Tuesday 12 February.


Tigerair pilots to strike ahead of Aus Day long weekend

Tigerair pilots have voted to strike on Friday, throwing the Australia Day long weekend holiday plans of thousands of Australians into chaos.

Pilots will walk off the job for four hours between 5am and 9am on Friday over an ongoing pay dispute.

The Australian Federation of Air Pilots has blamed stalled negotiations over a new pay and conditions agreement with the airline.

Senior Industrial Officer James Lauchland says the decision to strike was not taken lightly.

“Tigerair pilots fly the same aircraft as their counterparts at Jetstar, Virgin and Qantas but this is not reflected in their employment conditions,” Mr Lauchland said in a statement.

“The current agreement is well below industry standards, both in terms of pay and conditions. Tigerair pilots are simply looking for a fair deal.”

The union says Tigerair pilots have not had a pay increase for two years.

“Tigerair insists on finding savings in return for our claims for industry standard pay and conditions.”

Pilots have stepped up their industrial action over the last few weeks, voting last month to take protected action, including refusing to fly aircraft with minor defects.

That was taken to another level earlier this month when over 90 per cent of Tiger pilots voted in favour of refusing to work on rostered days off, annual leave days or days free of duty.

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“We are furious” Police say Bribie Island fire may have been deliberately lit

Queensland police and fire crews have revealed last week’s bushfire on Bribie Island may have been deliberately lit.

The blaze, which erupted off Hornsby Road at Bellara shortly after midday on January 17, has officially been deemed suspicious with investigations now underway to find those responsible.

It’s understood warm northerly winds fanned the fire which spread through the National Park on Thursday.

On Friday, the flames also came close to Banksia Beach State School and the Community Arts Centre, however firefighters managed to protect the buildings.

Sadly, police were forced to euthanise several animals that had been severely injured by the fire.

Bribie Island Officer in Charge Senior Sergeant Peter Thompson said in a statement released today that the impact for residents had been significant.

“From disruption to the community, the destruction of habitat and substantial cost to the community for the emergency response – it was a difficult weekend for those of us on the island,” Senior Sergeant Thompson said.

“It makes me furious to think that someone may have deliberately lit this fire – particularly in these hot conditions – and put our properties, wildlife, pets and lives at risk.

“I am asking anyone who may have been anything suspicious in the Bellara or Banksia Beach areas from Friday and through the weekend to contact police.”

Investigations are ongoing.