A Unicorn Festival is returning to Carrara Markets this weekend!

You can live out your Unicorn-filled dreams at Carrara Markets this weekend!

After the overwhelming success of last year’s first ever Unicorn Festival, the event is making a return to the Gold Coast this Saturday and Sunday.

Held inside the massive Events Arena at Carrara Markets, the festival is set to be bigger and more magical than ever, and is completely free to attend.

Once of the highlights this year will be the Unicorn Alpaca Cuddle Corner, with attendees able to get up close with the shaggy coats, floppy ears, long eyelashes and cheeky smiles of Unicorn Alpacas. Yes they really do exist!

Unicorn Pony rides will be making a return this year, with kids able to ride a gorgeously adorned pony complete with a plaited mane of pastel ribbons and a bedazzling magical unicorn horn.

The sparkles don’t end there with Unicorn food, cupcakes with rainbow swirls of buttercream, pastel coloured fairy floss and gooey rainbow iced brownies are sweet unicorn treat on offer at the festival.

Streets Ice Cream have jumped on board the Unicorn craze with the recent launch of their technicolour UniCornettos which will of course feature at the festival.

Instagram lovers can pout and pose at the festival’s Unicorn Selfie Booths after being bedazzled with a Unicorn makeover at the Glitter Beauty Bar with 11-year-old Sophia Rizzo of Glitter Girl.

There’ll also be over 50 Unicorn Market Stalls, a Unicorn Arts & Craft Zone, a Unicorn Kids Disco and so much more.

The Unicorn Festival is on at Carrara Markets on Saturday 19 and Sunday 20 October from 9am to 3pm in the Events Arena. For more information, visit: facebook.com/unicornfestivalgoldcoast

Mal Meninga, Dennis Watt, Rebecca Frizelle GC Titans

Meninga labels Titans’ sponsor “weak” after cutting ties over captain’s stumble

Gold Coast Titans Head of Performance and Culture Mal Meninga has slammed the decision by one of the club’s major sponsors to walk away over Ryan James’ Grand Final stumble.

Construction and event hire company TFH has informed the club it is cutting ties a year early, claiming James’ gaffe weighed heavily on its decision.

James was given the honour of giving the Welcome to Country at this month’s Grand Final, but forgot some of his lines towards the end of his speech.

TFH labelled James’ bungle as “embarrassing” and offensive”.

The company also blamed the club’s poor performance this season which saw the Titans end up with the wooden spoon.

TFH have been a sponsor of the Titans since 2012 and have stuck solid through other controversies.

Meninga has hit out TFH over their decision to walk away and for citing James’ speech as one of the reasons.

“I think it’s a pretty weak excuse,” Meninga told AAP.

“They have been great sponsors of the Titans for a long period of time. I know there are some other things in that letter sent to them (the club).

“But for that to be part of it, it’s in pretty poor taste.”

“Ryan was a little embarrassed by it all, but hey we forget things,” Meninga said.

“As I say to everyone, you put that on a scale of the negative things that happen in your life. It doesn’t even get a run to start off with.”

TFH remains a sponsor of both Manly and Cronulla.

The Winton Centre A.B. Paterson

WATCH: See inside an award-winning learning precinct at Gold Coast Open House

Gold Coasters will be able to take a look inside an award winning learning precinct at Gold Coast Open House this Saturday.

A.B. Paterson College will be opening the doors of The Winton Centre to the public, with locals able to take part in guided tours throughout the morning from 9am-12pm.

The $13 million Centre officially opened in July, and reflects the latest thinking in education with architecture and design to inspire growing minds.

The three-level building features 4500 square metres of dedicated learning spaces, including a rainforest themed playground, film studio and theatre which can seat 153 people with retractable seating, acoustic panels and fully sprung floor.

There are eight flexible teaching and learning spaces throughout, a Years 4-12 library, academic research areas, outdoor deck, staff common room and facilities and café.

Learn more about The Winton Centre in the video below:

The Winton Centre was delivered by Alder Constructions and Burling Brown Architects.

Gold Coasters are encouraged to explore the learning facility at Gold Coast Open House this Saturday 19 October from 9am-12pm. It is free to attend. For more information, visit: goldcoastopenhouse.com.au/building/the-winton-centre-ab-paterson-college/

This is a sponsored editorial brought to you by A.B. Paterson College


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Pedestrian hospitalised after getting struck by car on the Gold Coast

A pedestrian’s been taken to hospital after they were hit by a car on the Gold Coast.

The collision happened on Crest Drive in Elanora around 7.00pm last night.

Emergency services responded, where they briefly treated the person at the scene.

They were then transported to the Gold Coast University Hospital for further treatment.

Queensland Ambulance were unable to confirm the extent of their injuries.

No other injuries were reported.

Japan Typhoon Hagibis

Typhoon Hagibis hammers Tokyo, 33 dead

Japan has sent tens of thousands of troops and rescue workers to save stranded residents and fight floods caused by one of the worst typhoons to hit the country in recent history, which killed 33 people and briefly paralysed Tokyo.

Typhoon Hagibis has caused extensive flooding and triggered dozens of landslides in wide regions of the country.

Rescue workers accidentally dropped a 77-year-old woman 40 metres to the ground in the northeast city of Iwaki while transporting her in a helicopter, the Tokyo Fire Department said. She was pronounced dead at a hospital.

At least 33 people were killed, 19 others missing and more than 170 injured, local media reported, after Hagibis made landfall in the Izu Peninsula, hitting central and eastern Japan on Saturday evening.

Emergency workers used helicopters and boats to rescue residents stuck in inundated homes on Sunday.

TV footage showed cars and vast swathes of residential areas submerged in muddy waters after the bank of the Chikuma River collapsed, causing massive flooding in the city of Nagano and neighbouring areas.

Authorities estimated that some areas may see floodwaters of up to five metres deep, Kyodo News reported.

The typhoon caused a total of 56 landslides in 15 prefectures and 21 rivers broke their banks, the government said.

About 166,000 households remained without electricity as of 5pm local time on Sunday.

Government spokesman Yoshihide Suga said the typhoon had “brought disaster” to extremely broad regions.

The government is “doing its utmost” to engage in search and rescue operations and recovery efforts, he said.

Two people were dead and six others unaccounted for as a 12-crew Panamanian cargo ship sank late on Saturday in Tokyo Bay, where it was anchored, according to Kyodo.

Four other crew members of the 1925-ton ship were rescued on Sunday morning.

Overnight, more than 4.4 million people were ordered to evacuate their homes in east and northeast Japan, including 910,000 in the city of Kawasaki, as the storm brought heavy rains and powerful winds, inundating residential areas.

In Tokyo, about 80,000 residents spent the night at emergency shelters amid fears of massive flooding.

About 800 flights for Sunday have been cancelled, following the cancellation of more than 1600 flights on the previous day, while many train services in the Tokyo region remained suspended.

The typhoon weakened to an ex-tropical cyclone over the Pacific around noon.

Rugby World Cup organisers cancelled a match between Namibia and Canada in the northern Japanese city of Kamaishi on Sunday due to Hagibis, while three other games will go ahead as scheduled, officials said.

The game at Kamaishi Recovery Memorial Stadium was the third match to be called off due to the storm.

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