Iraqi video shows moment the historical al-Nuri mosque minaret in western Mosul was destroyed

The United States and Iraq are blaming ISIS for the destruction of the Great Mosque of al-Nuri, an iconic mosque that stood over the embattled Iraqi city of Mosul for eight centuries…

Source: US, Iraq say ISIS blew up famous Mosul mosque – CNN.com

Homeswest tenants leave $20m damage bill

SHOCK new figures show filthy tenants have caused more than $20m damage to Department of Housing properties in just the past 12 months.

The disturbing data comes as almost 17,000 people sit on WA’s public housing waitlist desperate for a home, with more than 1600 of those deemed a priority.

The worst suburb for housing damage is Moora in the State’s Wheatbelt region, with more than $160,000 damage caused in just 12 months.

The Kimberley areas of Newman and Mandangala, an Aboriginal community, were second and third on the shameful list…

Source: Homeswest tenants leave $20m damage bill | Perth Now

Church of England colluded with bishop who abused boys, says archbishop of Canterbury

Report about bishop Peter Ball, finding collusion over 20 years, is ‘harrowing reading’, says archbishop of Canterbury

Senior figures in the Church of England colluded for a period of 20 years with a disgraced former bishop who sexually abused boys and men, a damning independent report has found.

The archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, said the report on the church’s handling of former bishop Peter Ball made “harrowing reading”.

“The church colluded and concealed rather than seeking to help those who were brave enough to come forward. This is inexcusable and shocking behaviour,” he said.

“To the survivors who were brave enough to share their story and bring Peter Ball to justice, I once again offer an unreserved apology. There are no excuses whatsoever for what took place and the systemic abuse of trust perpetrated by Peter Ball over decades.”

Source: Church of England colluded with bishop who abused boys, says Welby | World news | The Guardian

#F1 pre-race stats ahead of this weekend’s #AzerbaijanGP in Baku

After a quick trip across the Atlantic, F1 returns to Europe and Baku for the second time for what is now known as the Azerbaijan GP.

Lewis Hamilton’s dominant display in Canada saw him cut Sebastian Vettel’s championship lead to just 12 points, but whereas Montreal is a happy hunting ground for the Briton with three successive victories, he struggled around the tight streets of Baku last year.

Qualifying 10th, Hamilton eventually finished fifth at the inaugural race in Azerbaijan, then known as the European GP, while Vettel was on the podium alongside Hamilton’s then team-mate Nico Rosberg.

The 1.4 mile blast from the final proper corner back across the start/finish line will mean engine performance will be key this weekend, but teams won’t be able to trim too much downforce from the cars with some tight twists around the back of the circuit.

UK Teenage boys wear skirts to school to protest against ‘no shorts’ policy

Dozens of pupils at Isca academy in Exeter stage uniform protest after school insists they wear trousers despite heatwave

Pupils at the Isca academy in Exeter argued it was too hot for long trousers and asked if they could wear shorts as temperatures this week rose above 30C.

When this was refused a handful turned up on Wednesday in skirts borrowed from friends and sisters. By Thursday the protest had grown and dozens were wearing skirts…

Source: Teenage boys wear skirts to school to protest against ‘no shorts’ policy | Education | The Guardian

Hank Deutschendorf dead: Ghostbusters II actor dies by suicide aged 29

ghostbusters-2-bill-murray-sigourney-weaver.jpgGhostbusters II star Henry ‘Hank’ Deutschendorf passed away last week, aged 29. He will be best know for playing the mischievous Baby Oscar, son to Sigourney Weaver’s character Dana Barrett in the 1989 sequel, alongside his twin brother William, who announced his passing in a moving tribute which hopes to raise funds for the Brain & Behaviour Research Foundation.

Source: Hank Deutschendorf dead: Ghostbusters II actor dies by suicide aged 29 | The Independent