Australia claims gold on final day of artistic gymnastics

AUSTRALIAN gymnasts Christopher Remkes and Alexandra Eade both won gold on the last day of the artistic gymnastics competition at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games.

Eade, 20, produced a stylish routine featuring a double layout to score 13.333 and take out the women’s floor exercise title at the Coomera Indoor Sports Centre on Monday night.

“I just wanted to go out there and hit a nice, clean routine,” she said, “and to walk away with a gold is amazing.”

Latalia Bevan took silver for Wales with a score of 13.300 after executing a balletic routine to music from Swan Lake, while Canada’s Shallon Olsen claimed bronze with perfectly landed tumbles for a score of 13.266.

All-round champion Elsabeth Black, also from Canada, submitted an enquiry about her score of 13.2 after a strong routine, but it was rejected and she finished outside the medals in fourth place.

Two and a half hours earlier, Chris Remkes secured the host nation’s first gold medal for the day in the men’s individual vault final.

Remkes completed two high difficulty vaults – including a high handspring double front with half turn – to score 14.799 and take gold.

It was Australia’s first vault medal since Sam Offord took bronze at the Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games.

“It was all about staying on my feet,” he said about his game plan. “I like being powerful and I like being explosive.”

The top two qualifiers, Courtney Tulloch and Dominick Cunningham from England, were up last.

Both produced difficult vaults, but stumbled with their landings, leaving Tulloch with the silver (14.666) and Cunningham with bronze (14.333).

Canada’s Scott Morgan, the Glasgow 2014 gold medallist on vault, finished fifth with a score of 14.066 points.

MISSING | Police asking for help to track down missing GC man

Police are asking for help to track down a man missing from the Gold Coast Hinterland.

38-year-old Piotr Dadok (pictured below) was last seen at 5.30am on Friday leaving his home on Nerang Murwillimbah Road, Natural Bridge heading to where he works in Currumbin Waters.

Police and family hold concerns for Piotr who may be suffering from a medical condition and it is out of character for him to not make contact.

Piotr is described as Caucasian with blonde hair, proportionate build, 180cms tall and was last seen wearing navy work shorts and a cream coloured polo shirt with black colour.

He was driving a red Holden VL Commodore sedan bearing Qld registration plates 376TEO.

If anyone sees Piotr or knows of his whereabouts they are asked to contact Police.

If you have information for Police, please contact Policelink on 131 444 or provide information using their online form 24 hours per day.

You can also report information about crime anonymously to Crime Stoppers by calling 1800 333 000 or via crimestoppersqld.com.au 24 hours per day. Crime Stoppers is a registered charity and community volunteer organisation.

Facebook

Australia launches investigation into Facebook data-mining scandal

AUSTRALIA has launched its own formal investigation into Facebook after it was revealed more than 300,000 Aussie accounts were linked to the social media giant’s data-mining scandal.

Facebook yesterday admitted that up to 311,127 of its Australian users may have had their data shared with the British political consultancy agency Cambridge Analytica (CA).

That’s one in every 50 of the estimated 15 million active Australian accounts – or one in every 250 of the estimated 87 million accounts that are believed to have been accessed worldwide.

The staggering number of potentially affected accounts comes after it was revealed Cambridge Analytica had developed controversial data-mining tools for use in political campaigns, including Donald Trump’s run for president.

“The investigation will consider whether Facebook has breached the Privacy Act 1988. Given the global nature of this matter, the OAIC will confer with regulatory authorities internationally,” acting Australian Information Commissioner and Acting Privacy Commissioner Angelene Falk said.

“Organisations should regularly and proactively assess their information-handling practices to ensure that they are both compliant with privacy laws and in keeping with community expectations,” she said.

“All organisations that are covered by the Privacy Act have obligations in relation to the personal information that they hold.

“This includes taking reasonable steps to ensure that personal information is held securely, and ensuring that customers are adequately notified about the collection and handling of their personal information.

“This is a timely reminder to all organisations of the value of good privacy practice to Australians.

“Organisations should regularly and proactively assess their information-handling practices to ensure that they are both compliant with privacy laws and in keeping with community expectations.”

The 87 million users whose data may have been “improperly shared” with CA will be notified from Monday, Facebook said.

The social media giant is also being investigating by several other countries, including Britain and the US.

If anyone has concerns about how their personal information has been collected or managed they can, in the first instance, contact Facebook directly and if not satisfied with their response they can contact the OAIC at www.oaic.gov.au or on 1300 363 992.

detour street art festival

Detour Street Art Festival takes over Robina Town Centre

For locals looking to escape the crowds this April, an epic two-week arts, culture and entertainment spectacle  has taken over Robina Town Centre.

Kicking off yesterday and running until Sunday 15th April, the Detour Street Art Festival is the place to head to check out eye-catching street-art installations, enjoy immersive children’s craft workshops and watch live performances by top-notch local musicians.

Over the course of the festival, some of the Coast’s most talented street artists will be let loose to create 12 vivid street-art masterpieces in surprising locations throughout shopping centre.

Every day shopping spaces will be transformed into extraordinary installations by the likes of Luke Day, Kiel Tillman, Gimiks Born, and and international street art superstar, Sofles, to name a few.

Shoppers can watch on as these artistic visionaries bring their creations to life through colour, design, shape and illustration, all the while shining a light on the city’s unique local culture.

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The youngest of art enthusiasts can also put their hands and imaginations to work at the Mini Art Lab in partnership with Ironlak – a school holiday program run in collaboration with local artist, Lauren Carney of Dizzy Little Dotty.

Parents can kick back with a coffee in hand as their youngsters get involved in street-art style workshops outside Hype DC between 10am and 3pm daily, drawing inspiration from the line-up of resident street artists weaving their magic throughout the malls.

Meanwhile, The Promenade will be the place to head to relax and chill, with an extensive line-up of local musicians set to perform in a relaxed, open-air venue – including Lily Budiasa, Cadence, Joshua Boyd and Bordeaux.

With a licensed pop-up bar serving bites and brews from Malt House and Coopers Brewery, The Live Lawn will be open from 10am daily.

For full details and event program, visit: robinatowncentre.com.au

Reserve Bank of Australia

RBA cash rate stays at record low

Good news for mortgage holders, with the Reserve Bank of Australia choosing to keep the official cash rate unchanged at 1.5 per cent.

The RBA’s decision, announced after their April board meeting earlier today, means our official interest rate has been at a record low for 20 months.

High household debt and weak consumer spending are the key reasons the rate remains unchanged.

There hasn’t been an official cash rate increase since November 2010.

The Australian dollar has barely moved following the widely expected decision, only dropping a cent compared to the US dollar since the announcement.