Nick Kyrgios Tennis

Nick Kyrgios cops $US113,000 fine for ‘disgusting’ on-court meltdown

Nick Kyrgios has been fined a whopping $US113,000 ($167,000) following his latest on-court outburst, this time at the Cincinnati Masters.

The Association of Tennis Professionals issued the 24-year-old with the long list of offences following his second round loss to Russian eighth seed Karen Khachanov.

During the match, the Aussie tennis player unleashed on umpire Fergus Murphy calling him a “f***ing tool bro” before appearing to spit towards him.

He also labelled the ref a “potato” and claimed he was the “worst ref in the world”.

This was followed by a toilet break, which saw Kyrgios destroy two racquets in the player’s tunnel before making his way back onto the court.

ESPN commentators described the outburst as “disgusting”, with reports he could still cop a suspension over the incident.

“The ATP is looking further into what happened during and immediately after the match to see if additional action is warranted under the Player Major Offense section of the code,” The ATP said in a statement.

Gold Coast Tram

‘Build it now’ – Calls to start Light Rail extension despite funding shortfall

Mayor Tom Tate is calling for construction of Light Rail Stage 3A to start straight away despite the project still being at the centre of a funding stoush.

The extension from Broadbeach South to Burleigh has already been held up because of a dispute between the State and Federal Governments.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk last week committed $351 million dollars towards the total cost of $709 million.

The Federal Government has pledged $112 million dollars but is under pressure to up that to $269 million to get the line up and running.

Mayor Tate says there’s no reason why they can’t start construction now and sort out the funding shortfall later.

“While they’re arguing about the last $100 million, we should start the project now because it’s not going to be finished for 18 months, ” Mayor Tate said.

“So, until the bill has to be paid in 18 months, let’s get on with it.

“In other words, put your order in at the restaurant, we’ll split the bill later and at the very least, the children are hungry, let’s get on with it.”

The Mayor joined other prominent figures from the Gold Coast business and tourism industries today to start discussions on how the city should be shaped in years to come.

Mayor Tate also wants planning to start on extending the line to the airport, so that construction can begin as soon as Stage 3A is complete.

He’s pledged to offer $5 million dollars to the State Government to start a feasibility study now.

Queensland Airports CEO Chris Mills backed calls to extend the light rail to Gold Coast Airport as soon as possible.

Construction of a new hotel at the airport and the expansion of the terminal is underway as part of a $500 million master plan.

“For us, with that level of investment, we need to make sure we have a great connection to the airport and a great experience for people coming through,” Mr Mills said.

“People visiting the Gold Coast want a seamless experience, so for us that’s the light rail.”

“It’s not just for tourists, it’s for locals too and for future generations, that’s why getting in now, getting the infrastructure in place now means we don’t have to retrofit something when it’s too late.”

Mr Mills says the completion of the M1 upgrade, particularly on the southern Gold Coast was also crucial.

“So really that connectivity, light rail, the M1, they’re the big things we really need to make the airport link into the city so much better.”

Katy Perry accused of sexual misconduct

A man who starred in Katy Perry’s Teenage Dream music video in 2010 has accused the singer of exposing him at a roller skating rink.

Actor-model Josh Kloss described his interaction with Perry on Instagram.

“It was Johny Wujek’s birthday party at moonlight roller way. And when I saw her, we hugged and she was still my crush. But as I turned to introduce my friend, she pulled my Adidas sweats and underwear out as far as she could to show a couple of her guy friends and the crowd around us, my penis. Can you imagine how pathetic and embarrassed I felt?”, he wrote.

Kloss also detailed his working history with Perry, recounting another experience on set for a music video during which Perry allegedly called kissing him “gross”.

Following the music video, Kloss claims that Perry’s representatives prevented him from speaking about his time with the singer.

“I just say this now because our culture is set on proving men of power are perverse,” Kloss wrote.

“But females with power are just as disgusting.”

Kloss played Perry’s love interest in the video for the iconic hit song. Their scenes together involve driving in a convertible and partying on a beach.

Representatives for Perry declined to comment.

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“Exercise a high degree of caution” Australian flights to Hong Kong cancelled as protests ramp-up

Anyone flying to or from Hong Kong are being warned of major disruptions and cancellations as a result of mass protests.

Thousands of pro-democracy protesters have descended on Hong Kong’s International Airport, with the airport revealing in a statement that the protests have “seriously disrupted” operations.

Australian travellers are being urged to check with their airline, with Qantas and Virgin both cancelling a number of flights due to take off from Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane overnight and this morning.

It’s understood the airlines are trying to work out when services can resume again.

The Australian Government’s Smartraveller website is warning people to exercise a high degree of caution while in Hong Kong.

“Flash mob protests and random attacks on protesters have become less predictable and are expected to continue,” it says.

“Tourist and residential areas have been affected. There is a high risk of violent confrontation between protestors and police, or criminally-linked individuals.”

WATCH: Frightening near-misses involving Gold Coast trams caught on video

Confronting new footage showing oblivious pedestrians and drivers nearly being hit by Gold Coast trams has been released.

The hair-raising vision has been shared by G: LINK as part of Rail Safety Week, which kicks off today.

Among the frightening near-misses, a cyclist narrowly escapes being hit by a tram near Griffith University, while a car is seen driving straight through an intersection in the middle of Surfers Paradise in pouring rain as a tram approaches.

A man walking his dog was also lucky not to be hit at the same Surfers intersection.

The footage also shows a couple of minor bingles including one on the Gold Coast Highway at Broadbeach and a second one on Scarborough St at Southport.

GoldlinQ CEO Phil Mumford said it’s a timely reminder to motorists, pedestrians and cyclists to take extra care around trams.

“Each year trams travel more than one million kilometres across the Gold Coast and it’s a very safe and convenient way to move around the city,” Mr Mumford said.

“For Rail Safety Week this year we will be focusing on raising awareness of pedestrian safety and driving safely around trams.

“Safety of passengers and the public is G:link’s number one priority and this is another way to promote good behaviour around the light rail.

G:Link will roll out new signage as well as a new digital campaign, while staff will also be out during Rail Safety week to spread the safety message.

Transport and Roads Minister Mark Bailey says with trams now a prominent part of the Gold Coast’s transport network, it’s important people don’t become complacent.

“Rail safety is everyone’s responsibility so whether you are a passenger, pedestrian or motorist is important to stay alert, watch for trams and only cross at designated crossings, ” Mr Bailey said.

For more information on G:link’s safety campaign visit http://www.ridetheg.com.au

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