Big Bash League: Hits and misses as Perth Scorchers defeat Hobart Hurricanes by five wickets at the WACA Ground

Screenshot from 2018-01-21 08-15-05.pngTHE Perth Scorchers went one step closer to securing a home final at Optus Stadium with a five-wicket victory over Hobart at the WACA Ground.

Left-arm spinner Ashton Agar (2-14 off four overs) recorded career-best figures with the ball to help restrict the Hurricanes to 5-167 from their 20 overs, getting man-of-the-match honours for the second straight match.

Half-centuries to Cam Bancroft (54 off 36 balls) and Ashton Turner (50 not out off 27 balls) then saw the Scorchers home with four balls to spare.

via Big Bash League: Hits and misses as Perth Scorchers defeat Hobart Hurricanes by five wickets at the WACA Ground

‘We will tear them down’: Turkey launches attack on US-backed Kurds in northern Syria

Turkey-backed Free Syrian Army fighters ride in the back of a pick-up truck holding guns and Turkish and Syrian rebel flagsThe Turkish army, supported by Syrian rebels, has launched an attack on the Syrian city of Afrin, held by US-supported Kurdish militia, opening yet another front in war-torn Syria.

Key points:
Turkish military say they have hit 108 Syrian Kurdish militia targets in Afrin
Civilians flee amid shelling and air raids
Turkish-backed Free Syrian Army forces are deployed to join the offensive
The Turkish military fired some 40 rounds of artillery into Afrin from Turkish border posts yesterday, and deployed more than 8,000 Turkish-backed Free Syrian army fighters who carried Turkish flags as they were bused into the areas over the past few days.

Local media quoted Turkey’s military officials as saying warplanes had so far struck 108 out of a total of 113 Syrian Kurdish militia targets in the Afrin region, including a military airport.

via ‘We will tear them down’: Turkey launches attack on US-backed Kurds in northern Syria – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

โ€˜Out of itโ€™ Perth driver found passed out at a set of lights on Leach Highway in Palmyra

The man was found passed out behind the wheel at the lights.Video has captured the moment a Perth driver and his passenger were both found passed out on Leach Highway at a set of lights – which had turned green.

The bizarre incident about 9pm on Friday night was witnessed by motorist Aaron Gliddon, who told 7 News Perth that he and other were shocked by what they discovered.

Behind the wheel a 39-year-old man was out of it. And next to him, a woman in her 40s was in the same state.

โ€œEveryone behind us was beeping like crazy. As soon as it went red one of the guys behind us got and said ‘they’re passed out, ring the copsโ€™,โ€ he said.

โ€œWhen the traffic lights turned green and this ute didn’t move, the car behind it knew something wasn’t right.โ€

Police weren’t able to do a drug and alcohol test because they couldn’t wake the man.

via โ€˜Out of itโ€™ Perth driver found passed out at a set of lights on Leach Highway in Palmyra

Victoria’s first female Aboriginal MP receives death threats over Australia Day comments

Lidia Thorpe from The Greens.Victoria’s first female Aboriginal MP says she has been threatened with death and gang rape for her comments over Australia Day.

Greens MP Lidia Thorpe has previously called for flags to be flown at half-mast on January 26 to recognise the crimes committed against Aboriginal people.

But her calls earlier this week were met with threatening emails and notes, which she has since reported to Victoria Police.

One threat was slipped under the door of her electorate office in Northcote.

“These are about rape, and these are quite graphic and detailed threats for me,” Ms Thorpe said.

via Victoria’s first female Aboriginal MP receives death threats over Australia Day comments – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Sydney’s Royal National Park bushfires prompt emergency warning – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Emergency warning issued for fires in Sydney's Royal National ParkAn emergency warning is in place for two out-of-control blazes burning through the Royal National Park in Sydney’s south, with thick plumes of smoke being seen across the city.

The park has been closed and firefighters and waterbombing aircraft are battling the fires near Bundeena.

One is burning along Sir Bertram Stevens Drive at Flat Rock and the other, south of Wattamolla Road.

On a day of high temperatures, there were about 1,000 people in the national park trying to cool down at the beaches and rockpools, with all car parks full.

The NSW Rural Fire Service (RFS) has instructed those at Little Garie, Garie, North Era, South Era or Burning Palms to remain in place.

For those elsewhere in the park, the RFS advises to leave only if the path is clear or if directed by emergency services.

Nearby beaches may offer safety.

via Sydney’s Royal National Park bushfires prompt emergency warning – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)