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Kent backpacker killed in road accident in Australia

Jade Fox died while on a trip to Fraser Island in Australia Credit: Facebook

A 22-year-old woman from Kent has died in Australia, after the vehicle she was a passenger in overturned. Jade Fox was in Fraser Island in Queensland when the tragedy happened on Friday 31st October.

The Queensland Police Force said that their initial investigations suggested that: '... at around 2pm a four wheel drive vehicle travelling in a convoy of three and heading south towards Hook Point was in the process of overtaking another vehicle when it rolled. A 22-year-old British national was pronounced deceased at the scene.'.

Five passengers were taken to Gympie Hospital with non-life threatening injuries, while the driver and another passenger were airlifted to the Hervey Bay Hospital with non-life threatening head injuries.

The force's Forensic Crash Unit is continuing to investigate.

Virgin to axe Australia flights from May

A spokeswoman for Virgin Atlantic told ITV Meridian that the last flight departing Sydney to Hong Kong bringing passengers back to the UK will be on 5th May 2014, The last flight departing Hong Kong to Sydney will be on the day before.

Up to that date, Virgin Atlantic will continue to operate its published schedule and Virgin Atlantic say customers can be confident booking flights for travel prior to then. The move will affect some staff based in Sydney and Hong Kong. A consultation period has commenced with them.

In a statement the airline's Chief Executive explained why they'd make the decision.

Unfortunately we intend to withdraw our services between Sydney and Hong Kong. Despite the best efforts of our employees, external factors such as increasing costs and a weakening Australian dollar have affected our profitability. These are still difficult times for the airline industry and as part of our strategy to operate more efficiently, we need to deploy our aircraft to routes with the right level of demand to be financially viable.”

– Craig Kreeger, Chief Executive at Virgin Atlantic


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England retain Women's Ashes after nine wicket win

England have retained the Women's Ashes after a nine-wicket win over Australia.

Captain Charlotte Edwards holding the Ashes trophy after England's win last year. Credit: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire

Captain Charlotte Edwards hit 92 not out in the first Twenty20 match of the Ashes tour to give England an unassailable lead in the series.

The victory meant England won the multi-format series 10-4 with two Twenty20 games to spare and will lift the trophy for the second time inside six months.

England's success in Australia starkly contrasts the performance of the men's team who were whitewashed 5-0.

Saving sharks in Oz: Planned cull sparked outrage

Staff at the Brighton Sea Life Centre are outraged at plans in Australia to cull sharks, in an attempt to improve safety for beach goers.

The Government of Western Australia has announced the multi-million dollar plan, which includes setting baited hooks off beaches around Perth.

After seven fatal shark attacks in three years, the cull has not gone down well around the world.

The curator at the Sea Life Centre, Carey Duckhouse said:

Apart from the fact that many shark species are already on the brink of extinction due to over fishing and decades of persecution, the proposed solution to Perth's shark-attack problem is more likely to exacerbate than to solve it.

They want to attach lines and baited hooks to drums a mile off-shore and pay commercial fishermen to patrol them and kill any captured shark over three metres long.

That could include Great Whites, which are a protected species and in sharp decline, as well as species like Tiger and Bull sharks.

– Carey Duckhouse, Curator at Brighton Sea Life Centre

Anyone who would like to register their opposition to the proposed cull can do so by clicking here.

Australian Navy birthday 'once in a life time' experience

HMS Daring with the Syndey Harbour Bridge in the background Credit: Royal Navy

Sailors representing the UK on board HMS Daring to celebrate the Royal Australian Navy's 100th birthday have described the experience as a 'once in a life time experience'.

The Portsmouth based, Type 45 destroyer has been open to the public for the past 2 days.

The Portsmouth based ship passes the Sydney Opera House Credit: Royal Navy

No other ship has travelled so far to celebrate the event, with HMS Daring clocking up 17,000 miles to get to Sydney.

Celebrations in the harbour concluded with a stunning fireworks display.

Fireworks in the harbour Credit: Royal Navy

Ships from the South represent UK in Oz

A tall ship and a war ship have been down under helping the Australians celebrate a special anniversary. The Portsmouth based destroyer HMS Daring and the Sail Training Ship Lord Nelson, from Southampton, have been representing the UK at an international fleet review in Sydney Harbour.

Prince Harry also flew in for the event which marked 100 years since the first arrival of the Royal Australian Navy. Richard Jones reports.

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