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Kate Upton seems confused about her boobs

Written By kom limapulan on Rabu, 16 April 2014 | 09.35

Cameron Diaz, Leslie Mann and Kate Upton star as three women who team up to plot revenge on the man who cheated on all of them!

Actress Kate Upton insists her comments about wanting smaller breasts were a misquote. Picture: Getty Images Source: Getty Images

RELAX everyone: actress and model Kate Upton doesn't actually hate her breasts.

Earlier this week we brought you the news that the 21-year-old thought the assets that had featured on the covers of Vanity Fair, Vogue and Sports Illustrated were too big.

"I wish I had smaller boobs every day of my life as I love to wear spaghetti tops braless or go for the smallest bikini designs," the supermodel and actress told Britain's The Sun.

"Every single day, I'm like, 'Oh, man, it would be so much easier', especially if people didn't constantly bring them up," she said.

But in an interview with 2DayFM's drivetime hosts Dan and Maz today, Upton insisted she was actually misquoted.

Kate Upton, Cameron Diaz and Leslie Mann are in Sydney to promote the release of The Other Woman. Picture: Getty Images Source: News Corp Australia

"You have said that maybe you'd like to have a breast reduction one day," Maz began, before Upton interrupted her.

"I actually didn't ever say that. Isn't that lovely whenever the media makes up something? It's like, 'It's my body, I'll tell you how I feel about it'," said Upton, who was being interviewed alongside her The Other Woman co-stars Cameron Diaz and Leslie Mann.

"I would say that all women feel that sometimes they don't have life perfect or they don't feel their best. But I love my body and I always feel incredibly grateful for what I have. But there's times when all women don't feel their best."

Kate Upton — and her boobs — on the cover of Sports Illustrated. Source: Supplied

Maz asked who she'd momentarily gift them to out of her co-stars — who were sitting right beside her. No pressure, then.

"Leslie gets them for her Zac Efron sex scene," she announced, to much delight.

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Expert witness not such an expert

The prosecutor in the murder trial of Oscar Pistorius ends his five-day cross-examination of the South African double amputee track athlete. Mana Rabiee reports.

Alleged murder ... South Africa's Olympic sprint star Oscar Pistorius allegedly shot dead his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp. Source: AFP

THE prosecution derided a forensic expert hired by Oscar Pistorius, accusing him of being unqualified to testify and rubbishing his account of the circumstances in which Reeva Steenkamp died.

State prosecutor Gerrie Nel sought to prove that forensic geologist Roger Dixon was out of his depth in testifying about the lighting, sound and physical evidence inside Pistorius's home.

Dixon, a university professor, told the court about the sound made by Pistorius's cricket bat hitting his toilet door, visibility in the star sprinter's bedroom and blood splatter.

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Denies murder ... Oscar Pistorius listens to evidence in the Pretoria High Court on April 15, 2014. Source: Getty Images

Pistorius's defence team has argued that neighbours who testified to hearing "bloodcurdling screams" followed by gunshots were mistaken.

If proven correct, the neighbours' account could punch a hole through Pistorius's claim he did not know Steenkamp was in the toilet.

Pistorius's defence team has tried to show that the noises were in fact Pistorius bashing a cricket bat against his toilet door after realising he mistakenly killed the model.

"Are you a sound expert, sir?" asked Nel. "Have you received training in decibels and sound?" Not specifically, said Dixon.

He also testified that Pistorius's bedroom was so dark the athlete could not have seen whether Steenkamp was in bed.

When Nel asked the geologist about how he analysed the visibility in Pistorius's bedroom room at night, Dixon said: "My lady, the instruments I used there were my eyes." "Are you a blood splatter expert?" said Nel. "I have received no training in blood splatter analysis," said Dixon, a former employee of the South African Police Service.

Pistorius's lawyer Barry Roux is expected to call up to 17 witnesses to bolster the athlete's story that he shot his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp by mistake, believing she was an intruder breaking into his up-market home in a gated Pretoria community.

The Paralympic gold medallist has pleaded not guilty to intentionally killing the 29-year-old model and law graduate.

He has also pleaded not guilty to three other charges connected with the reckless discharge of a firearm and the illegal possession of ammunition.

He stepped down from the witness stand on Tuesday, after a gruelling cross-examination at the hands of Nel.

Legal experts said Pistorius, who was evasive and argumentative on the stand, did himself more harm than good.

"I think it's a desperate man," said William Booth, a criminal lawyer based in Cape Town. "The more questions you ask somebody like Oscar, it could actually get worse."

Model Reeva Steenkamp in bikini on cover of magazine FHM. Source: Supplied

South African model Reeva Steenkamp was shot dead on February 14, 2013. Source: News Limited

Earlier, the judge in the murder trial ruled that proceedings will adjourn for more than two weeks after tomorrow's proceedings and resume again on May 5.

Judge Thokozile Masipa said that she was responding to a request for a break from the chief prosecutor Gerrie Nel and which was supported by the defence.

Pistorius' trial started on March 3 and Masipa said the case had lasted longer than expected. She said she granted the break because a member for the prosecution team has to attend to another case.

Masipa also noted that the court record for the Pistorius trial is now almost 2000 pages long. The trial was initially scheduled to last just three weeks.

"At the time, it was not envisioned that this trial would run this long," Masipa said.

Masipa also noted that much of the evidence is "technical" and given by expert witnesses.

Roux indicated the defence may finish calling its witnesses by mid-May.


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Alleged kidnapper ‘cared’ for girl, 3,

A 45-year-old man has been charged over the abduction of a three-year-old girl in central Queensland.

THE man who allegedly kidnapped a three-year-old girl had felt sorry for her and cared for her in his home for two days, a court has heard.

South Isis man Eden James Kane, 45, is charged with the Childers girl's abduction last week.

A fingerprint at the girl's house linked Kane to the crime and he later admitted to police: "I took (her) and brought her back", Bundaberg Magistrates Court heard yesterday.

Police said Kane appeared to be trying to leave Queensland when he was picked up by Maryborough police responding to a break and enter at a Bauple tennis club at 12.40am on Tuesday.

It was yesterday revealed that the alleged child abductor was not known to the girl's family and the kidnapping wasn't related to a threat against her father.

Police told court the offence appeared to have been random.

It's alleged Kane entered through a window at the girl's house some time after 2am last Thursday, and took her to his rural property about 3km away.

Eden James Kane, 45, is charged with the Childers girl's abduction last week.

He allegedly told police he cared for her at his house "for a day or two" where he washed her and shampooed her hair.

Almost two days later, following an extensive air and land search, he dropped her back at the Childers showgrounds, leaving her on a blanket.

The court heard Kane had admitted to police that "I took (her) and brought her back".

The facts were read out as police prosecutor Sergeant Donna Sperling opposed bail, even though the accused, who tried to shield his face while in the dock, had not formally applied.

Kane was apprehended by Maryborough police just after ­midnight on Tuesday morning.

At the time of his arrest, he was driving a car full of his own possessions and allegedly told police: "I had to get out of Childers because of all the heat".

Police search Kane's house after his arrest. Pic: Glenn Barnes

Police said when questioned, he stated: "Because of the missing girl" and also admitted he was moving to Ballina in NSW.

A search of his house at Rainbows Rd, in the rural South Isis district, uncovered "items linked to (the girl)" as well as evidence of a fire in which a camera and hard drive had been burnt.

Kane is expected to formally apply for bail today, represented by the duty lawyer Thomas Bray.

However police have indicated they will oppose bail for reasons including the possibility Kane could attempt suicide.

Sgt Sperling told the court the accused had already expressed his willingness to die, telling police he did not intend to kill himself but "is prepared to die".

Kane's small brick house has been declared a crime scene.

Detective inspector Bruce McNab said police would continue the investigation as they could not rule out the involvement of others.

He said the girl had not, and would not, be asked to identify the man.


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Finding black box ‘inevitable’: expert

Underwater recovery expert David Mearns speaks with the ABC's 7:30 Report saying he's confident crews have found the wreckage site of MH370. Courtesy ABC/7:30 Report

First mission aborted ... authorities will adjust minisub Bluefin-21's 'search profile' to ensure it does not exceed its maximum operating depth again. Source: AFP Source: AFP

ONE of the world's most experienced wreck hunters believes the crash site of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 has been found and that recovering its black boxes is inevitable.

David Mearns, the director of UK-based Bluewater Recoveries said that 40 days after the Boeing 777-200ER went missing, search teams had finally found their target.

"I think essentially they have found the wreckage site," Mearns told the ABC's 7.30 program last night.

"While the Government hasn't announced that yet, if somebody asked me: 'Technically, do they have enough information to say that?' My answer is unequivocally 'Yes'."

Mr Mearns' comments echo the announcement by Prime Minister Tony Abbott last Friday that the search area for the plane had been narrowed down.

He found the wreck of the HMAS Sydney in the Indian Ocean in 2008, almost seven decades after it sank in 1941 with 645 sailors on-board following an engagement with the German cruiser Kormoran.

He was awarded an honorary Order of Australia for his work.

He also helped in finding the wreckage of Air France flight 447 and said the strength of the sonar pings from the plane's black boxes indicated the search team looking for the aircraft had found its target.

Finding black box 'inevitable' ... David Mearns of Bluewater Recoveries. Source: News Limited

"You just don't hear these signals randomly in the ocean. These are not fleeting sounds — they have got four very, very good detections, with the right spectrum of noise coming from them. It can't be from anything else," Mr Mearns said.

However, Mr Mearns expressed caution that the Bluefin-21 minisub scanning the oceanfloor for the Boeing 777-200ER, which disappeared on March 8 about one hour into a flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing carrying 239 passengers and crew, could take weeks or months to recover the black boxes.

The minisub is hunting for the missing aircraft in a 60km by 40km stretch of the southern Indian Ocean, 2200km northwest of Perth. Mr Mearns said he understood the reluctance of search authorities, led by retired Air Chief Marshal Angus Houston, to confirm the plane had been found.

"Obviously for the sake of the families and for everybody else they will want photographic proof and that will be coming shortly," Mr Mearns said.

He told 7.30 the key breakthrough in locating the missing aircraft was made during the analysis of MH370's flight path.

"Somewhere out of some place, fantastic pieces of intelligence were put together to really narrow it down to a small, small area," he said.

"And that's how these guys have been able to find it so quickly.

"The Ocean Shield was out there a couple of days and they got a hit. That has been a tremendous success and miraculous. People were searching for a miracle. This was one."

Plan B ... the JACC has drawn up contingency plans to replace Bluefin-21 with another minisub capable of descending to greater depths if required. Source: AFP

UNDERWATER SEARCH RESUMES

The underwater search for MH370 has hit another setback with Bluefin-21's second mission cut short due to a technical problem.

The robotic vehicle was forced to resurface this morning and while the issue was being fixed data was collected.

Initial analysis showed no significant detections and it has since been redeployed.

The Bluefin-21 was deployed again after its first day of operation failed to find any objects of interest.

The first mission was cut short when Bluefin-21 exceeded its limit of 4,500m and the in-built safety feature kicked in, bringing it to the surface.

Data from the six-hour sweep was later downloaded and analysed.

Up to 14 aircraft and 11 ships will be part of today's search effort just over 2,000 kilometres northwest of Perth.

Isolated rain showers are predicted, with sea swells of up to two metres.

The Joint Agency Co-ordination Centre said the first mission in the underwater search was aborted, 10 hours short of its scheduled time, because waters in parts of the search area were too deep for the vessel.

"This unexpected condition resulted in an automatic mission abort," a JACC spokesman said.

The US Navy said last night that an analysis of data collected by the Bluefin-21 had revealed "no objects of interest".

"The vehicle was recovered and six hours' worth of data downloaded.

"The data was analysed and no objects of interest were found," the US Navy said.

Authorities said they would adjust the minisub's 'search profile' to ensure it didn't exceed its maximum operating depth again.

It is estimated it will take sonar-equipped Bluefin-21 six week to two months to scan the entire search area.

As the search for the missing aircraft, which disappeared on March 8 with 239 passengers and crew about one hour into a flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing, enters its 40th day, authorities also continued to analyse an oil slick found in the search area.

JACC co-ordinator Air Chief Marshal Angus Houston said on Monday that two litres of oil were sent to shore for analysis. It is expected to be a several days before it can be conclusively tested to show whether or not it belongs to MH370.

CONSPIRACY THEORY

US authorities were also forced to take the extraordinary step of denying they were involved in a cover-up of the missing airliner's disappearance.

Persistent rumours on the internet and social media suggest MH370 has been hidden on the US Indian Ocean military base at Diego Garcia.

"This is a baseless conspiracy theory that has already been debunked around the world, and the White House Press Secretary specifically addressed this on March 18," a press attaché at the US Embassy in Malaysia said in an email to the New Straits Times newspaper.

'Flying in the dark' ... minisubs are not very good when it comes to providing fine scale details of the ocean floor, according to marine geologist Robin Beaman. Source: AFP

WHAT NEXT?

The JACC has drawn up contingency plans to replace Bluefin-21 with another minisub capable of descending to greater depths if required.

James Cook University marine geologist Dr Robin Beaman said whichever minisub was ultimately used would "basically be flying in the dark".

"It's a very poorly mapped area, there is nothing apart from very old surveys," he said.

"They are not very good when it comes to providing fine scale details (of the ocean bottom), which is what they really need to help the search."


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Why Frozen is turning parents crazy

American mothers are going to extreme lengths to find sold-out Frozen merchandise for their children. Source: Supplied

LAST Friday, the Disney Store in Times Square, NYC was the saddest place on Earth.

Kids streamed in, one after the other, talking excitedly to their parents about Elsa and Anna, the stars of Disney's hit Frozen, the top-grossing animated film of all time, with more than $1 billion in worldwide box-office receipts.

But their smiles quickly melted.

"We're all sold out of Frozen, " a Disney sales associate said for the 200th time that day. "Except for this," she added, pointing — weakly — to a paltry stand decorated with five pairs of Anna boots, a handful of floral frocks emblazoned with a Frozen logo and four Frozen-themed ballet flats large enough to house Dennis Rodman's feet.

"I can't believe in a great big store, this is all they have," lamented Pauline McDougal, who was visiting from Scotland. Her daughters, 11-year-old Lauren and 8-year-old Megan, had their hearts set, respectively, on the Elsa dress and Elsa doll.

"You'd expect more in New York," McDougal added.

It's official. Frozen fever has swept the world. The only problem is, the merchandise is sold out everywhere.

Since the movie's release on DVD in March, Frozen merchandise has been selling so fast, Disney had to institute a two-item limit on all goods last Wednesday (not that there's anything to buy).

The Elsa, Anna and Kristoff dolls. Source: Supplied

Maternity-wear designer Rosie Pope says her pal — who works at Disney, no less — recently shelled out $1,200 for an Elsa doll on eBay after she promised her daughter one for her Frozen-themed birthday party.

"By this point, she didn't care about the price," says Pope. "She didn't want to disappoint her daughter."

It's a buy-or-die mentality. And one that mum Shannon Russo-Pollack admits to adopting. While at Walt Disney World last month, Russo-Pollack trekked to more than 42 stores in search of the elusive Elsa dress for her 6 ½-year-old daughter, Summer.

"They were totally sold out," says Russo-Pollack, who owns Dasha Wellness and Spa in NYC.

That's when Russo-Pollack's husband, Dr. Darren Pollack, plopped down $480 on Amazon to preorder two dresses (he didn't know which size to buy), in addition to more than $350 on other Frozen paraphernalia.

"I said, 'What are you, crazy? Keep looking!' He said, 'I promised her. How many more stores can we go into?'" recalls Russo-Pollack. "It was crazy, but totally worth it. My daughter's eyes lit up when she saw the dress." (Russo-Pollack will be donating the extra size 6 dress to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.)

Experts liken the frenzy to the 1980s Cabbage Patch Kids craze.

"We're now at the stage where the demand is almost being driven by the scarcity because of the social status attached to being able to find it," says Sean McGowan, a toy industry analyst at Needham & Co. in NYC.

"Being someone who had a Cabbage Patch [Kid] meant you were loved more than the others. It was social status and elite achievement that came with finding this rare gem."

According to Times Square's Disney Store employees, every other customer who walks into the flagship is on the hunt for Frozen gems.

The insanely popular Elsa doll. Source: Supplied

Needless to say, "sold out" doesn't always sit too well.

"People have gotten into physical fights in the morning," says one Disney Store employee, who asked not to be named.

"The kids cry, but the parents are the problem. They try to guilt us, say their daughters are sick. They have no shame. But I can't make it magically appear!"

Disney message boards are rife with angry mothers lambasting the company for being ill-prepared; some are even accusing the company of orchestrating the shortage to ramp up interest. But McGowan says the latter is nonsense: "There's no chance Disney doesn't want to be selling more."

Retailers just made the mistake of playing it too safe after being burned by an excess of inventory from lacklustre movies including Tangled, Brave and The Princess and the Frog, according to McGowan.

Frozen is the highest grossing animation film of all time. Source: Supplied

"We knew this movie was a winner," says Erin Barrier, a Disney Store spokesman, "but it overperformed so significantly that now we're doing what we can to get in more product as soon as we can." (Barrier says the Elsa dress should be back in "limited quantities" by early May and "back fully in stock in July and August.")

But most mums aren't willing to wait.

Lyss Stern, founder of Divalysscious Moms, a luxury lifestyle company, is already stocking up for her 6 ½-year-old son's Frozen-themed birthday party — in July — because "I know I'm not going to be able to find anything," she says.

Leslie Venokur's friend was in such a bind for her daughter's Frozen birthday bash last Sunday that the pal shelled out $150 on a homemade Elsa costume for her child from the crafts site Etsy.

"It didn't even look like Elsa," bemoans Venokur, co-founder of the Big City Moms site.

In an attempt to override the price-gougers, mothers have set up Facebook groups, such as "Unfrozen Trading Friends," in which approved members can exchange tips on where to score Frozen merchandise and sell their toys, at cost, to one another.

When one group member posted that Disney cancelled her Elsa doll order, D.M., a lawyer who lives in New Canaan, Conn., FedEx'ed the distraught mother a spare Elsa doll she owned.

"She was so upset because her daughter is chronically ill and going through chemo," says D.M., who asked that only her initials be used for professional reasons.

Elsa in Frozen. Source: Supplied

The biggest Frozen fanatics admit, though, that it might be time to just let it go.

"You want your kids to be happy, but at the same time, what are you willing to do, what are you willing to pay?" asks 31-year-old Nicole Ross, who has a 3-year-old daughter, Sydney, and another child on the way.

"It's really dumb. We should probably just learn to say 'no' more often. But it's so difficult when they are so obsessed with the current movie."

"The sad thing is, when all this stuff gets restocked, they'll be on to the next thing," admits Venokur, who still hasn't managed to get her daughter the Elsa dress.

"Until Frozen 2 comes out."

This article originally appeared in The New York Post .

Have you had trouble tracking down Frozen merchandise? Email us your story at news@news.com.au


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Do you actually eat spiders when you sleep?

Friendly looking fellow. Source: Supplied

SOMEWHERE in history, some guy went around telling everyone that you eat eight spiders a year while you sleep. For some reason, a lot of people believed him and started telling everyone they knew.

Fear no more! That 'fact' isn't even close to being true. Spiders don't have any reason to get in bed with you, unless you're in fact not human and a giant bed bug.

Bill Shear, the former president of the American Arachnological Society told Scientific American that spiders have absolutely zero interest in humans and "regard us much like they'd regard a big rock... We're so large that we're really just part of the landscape."

But wouldn't that mean they could crawl all over us at will?

Well, no. Let's forget that we're giant rocks for a second and consider that spiders use vibrations to warn them of danger, vibrations that most certainly would be caused by all the random and unflattering noises we make while we sleep including snoring, drooling, farting and chortling.

So, while it's entirely possible to swallow a spider in your sleep, professor Shear says "it would be a strictly random event".

If that doesn't assail your fears though, we suggest sleeping with the window closed ... or at the very least, your mouth.


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How to sleep better on a plane

Sleeping on a plane can be uncomfortable ... Picture: Thy Mighty Tim Inconnu Source: Flickr

SLEEPING on a plane often requires more effort than it does relaxation, but it's absolutely worth it.

Late night flights are called "red eyes" for a reason, and no matter how energetic or fit you may be, muscling through your day on minimal sleep is never a good idea.

That said, late-night flights are also an extremely practical way to get more bang for your holiday buck. The key is to have a system for getting some shut-eye between runways.

Here are a few tips that can make nodding off considerably easier.

Choose your itinerary wisely

When overnight travel is inevitable, nothing is more important than choosing the right itinerary. Pick the non-stop every time and, if one isn't available, choose the itinerary with the longest single leg. You'll have more uninterrupted time to nap, wake up and try to doze off again. Late departures are especially helpful unless you plan to work during the trip.

Next, consider the seat type and location. Use the rest room before you board and pick a window seat. It provides more space to lean against the window and no one will climb over you. Seats near the front of the cabin tend to be quieter, but avoid anything near a lavatory or galley.

Save frequent flyer miles for long-haul international flights that have lie-flat seats in first or business class.

Carriers known for exceptionally high standards — including Singapore Airlines, Cathay Pacific and Emirates — have extra-wide seats similar to a real bed. Others pack in business class passengers like sardines or use seats that recline at an angle. Use SeatGuru or Routehappy to learn more about the options on your flight.

Everyone has their own tricks in the battle to sleep on planes. Picture: Jonathan Tellier Source: Flickr

Prepare your body

Some people swear by prescription sleep aids, but always consult a physician before attempting to use medication to get better sleep. You'll want to avoid alcohol, which, coupled with the dry air, may cause dehydration and make waking up a nightmare. Stay hydrated during the day so you can avoid eating or drinking anything during the flight and bathroom breaks. The most dedicated travellers will gradually adjust their alarm clocks up to three hours earlier than normal. You're not getting quality sleep so there is some virtue in at least getting a jump on handling jet lag — especially if you're headed west.

Finally, bring some high-quality earplugs and a face mask to keep out unwanted sound and light. Don't rely on the cheap freebies provided, which are scratchy at best. Loose clothing will help avoid the stuffy feeling that comes from recirculated air. Untuck your shirt before you shut your eyes.

Recover from the ordeal

A problem with most red-eye flights is that you arrive exhausted in the morning. In order to wake up, head to the lounge or your hotel and submerge your face in the nearest sink. Your body's reflex is to lower your heart rate when your head is submerged. You'll feel calmer and, a cup of coffee later, ready to face the day.

Next, find food. Some protein and fibre will provide more lasting energy than the sugar rush from a doughnut. Snacks, like showers, can be found at many airport lounges, so either buy a day pass or purchase a membership if you regularly take overnight flights. Nuts are a good call. Eat more of them than you were offered on the plane.

Eat some nuts. Source: News Limited

More from Men's Journal:

10 best ways to beat jet lag

12 travel mistakes to avoid

How to fly like a VIP without elite status

The story was republished with permission from Huffington Post and Men's Journal.


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Girl makes history as mum at 12

Britain's youngest mum ... a girl has given birth to a baby at age 12. Picture: Thinkstock Source: ThinkStock

A SCHOOLGIRL and her 13-year-old boyfriend have become the youngest parents in the UK, after they brought a baby girl into the world.

The girl, who is 12-years-old, recently gave birth to the newborn girl weighing 3.1 kilograms.

UK media reports she first fell pregnant at age 11, while she was still at primary school.

She is now in Year 7 in high school. Her boyfriend is currently in Year 9.

She struck up a relationship with her boyfriend who lives near her in north London.

The parents, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, have the lowest combined age of any parents in UK history.

A source close to the family said the young parents were "totally in love" and plan to bring up their newborn daughter together.

A source told The Sun: "Both sets of grandparents are incredibly supportive. It's a very difficult situation because the parents are both so young — but their families are right behind them."

"They're very into each other, totally in love. She is obsessed with him. She sees this as true love. They want to get married."

The young mother, who lives with her mother, hopes to return to school in September.


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Four dead, hundreds missing

South Korea has dispatched coastguard vessels to rescue 450 passengers mostly high-school students on a ferry sinking off the southern coast. Courtesy: Sky News

GRAVE fears are held for almost 300 passengers after a ferry carrying mostly high school students sank en route to a holiday island in South Korea.

South Korean rescue teams, as well as elite navy SEAL divers, were on Wednesday night working frantically under floodlights to find 291 people "unaccounted for" after the ferry sank with 459 people on board.

Authorities said 164 people had been rescued, with four confirmed deaths including a female crew member and a student. The death toll, however, was expected to rise.

Search and rescue ... The South Korea Coast guard look for survivors after a ferry capsized en route to Jeju Island. Picture: Yonhap Source: AFP

Dramatic television footage showed terrified passengers wearing life jackets clambering into inflatable boats as water lapped over the rails of the vessel as it sank 20 kilometres off the southern island of Byungpoong.

Some could be seen sliding down the steeply inclined side of the ferry and into the water, as rescuers, including the crew of what appeared to be a small fishing boat, pulled them to safety.

Saving lives ... South Korea Coast Guard members rescuing some of the passengers and crew aboard a South Korean ferry sinking on its way to Jeju island from Incheon. Source: AFP

The 6825-tonne Sewol had listed violently, before it capsised and finally sank - all within two hours of sending a distress signal at 9am (10am AEST).

"I'm afraid there's little chance for those trapped inside still to be alive," one senior rescue team official, Cho Yang-Bok, told YTN television as teams of divers struggled to access the submerged, multi-storey ferry.

Taken to safety ... a rescued girl being brought onto land in Jindo. Picture: Yonhap Source: AFP

As night fell the coastguard said the rescue operation was continuing using floodlights and underwater flares.

Several rescued passengers said they had initially been ordered to stay in their seats, but then the ferry suddenly listed to one side, triggering panic.

Survivors ... passengers wrapped in blankets are brought onto land in Jindo after a South Korean ferry capsized on its way to Jeju island from Incheon. Picture: AFP PHOTO/YONHAP Source: AFP

"The crew kept telling us not to move," one male survivor told the YTN news channel.

"Then it suddenly shifted over and people slid to one side and it became very difficult to get out," he added.

Taking on water ... the ferry capsized about 20km off the island of Byungpoong in Jindo. Picture: Yonhap Source: AFP

Of the 429 passengers on board the ferry bound for the popular southern resort island of Jeju, more than 300 were students travelling with 14 teachers from a high school in Ansan just south of Seoul.

Among those confirmed as rescued, 78 were students.

Grim search ... the ferry was carrying 477 people when it capsized. Picture: Yonhap Source: AFP

"I feel so pained to see students on a school trip ... face such a tragic accident. I want you to pour all your energy into this mission," President Park Geun-Hye said on a visit to the main disaster agency situation room in Seoul.

Many of the survivors were plucked from the water by fishing and other commercial vessels who were first on the scene before a flotilla of coastguard and navy ships arrived, backed by more than a dozen helicopters.

Help on its way ... helicopters heading to aid passengers and crew aboard a South Korean ferry sinking. Picture: Yonhap Source: AFP

Lee said 178 divers, including a team of South Korean navy SEALS, were working at the site, but low visibility and strong currents were hampering their efforts.

The US 7th Fleet sent an amphibious assault ship on patrol in the area to help.

Frantic rescue ... South Korean coast guard officers rescue passengers from a sinking ferry off the southern coast near Jindo, south of Seoul, South Korea. Source: AP

The cause of the accident was not immediately clear, although rescued passengers reported the ferry coming to a sudden, shuddering halt - indicating it may have run aground.

The weather was described as fine with moderate winds and sea swell.

Moving to safety ... passengers wrapped in blankets being brought onto land in Jindo. Picture: Yonhap Source: AFP

Rescue underway ... a helicopter rescuing some of the passengers and crew aboard a South Korean ferry sinking. Source: AFP

There are faster ways to get to Jeju, but some people take the ferry from Incheon because it is cheaper than flying. Many South Korean high schools organise trips for students in their first or second years. The students on the ferry were in their second year, which would make most of them 16 or 17.

At the high school, students were sent home and parents gathered for news about the ferry.

Park Ji-hee, a first-year student, said she saw about a dozen parents crying at the school entrance and many cars and taxis gathered at the gate as she left in the morning.

She said some students in her classroom began to cry as they saw the news on their handsets. Teachers tried to soothe them, saying that the students on the ferry would be fine.

The Maritime Ministry said the two previous deadliest ferry disasters were in 1970 when 323 people drowned and in 1993 when 292 people died.

Clinging to the side hoping to be rescued ... South Korea Coast Guard members in helicopters trying to rescue some of the 477 passengers and crew aboard a South Korean ferry that capsized on its way to Jeju island from Incheon. Source: AFP


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Actor told to ‘shut up’ on Hughes

Written By kom limapulan on Rabu, 09 April 2014 | 09.34

After a long and protracted trial, a jury has found former Hey Dad! star Robert Hughes guilty of child sex offences

In an A Current Affair exclusive, Tracy Grimshaw speaks with Robert Hughes' former colleagues who broke their silence. Courtesy: A Current Affair

HEY Dad! actor Ben Oxenbould claims he was passed over for TV work after supporting his co-star Sarah Monahan against convicted sex predator Robert Hughes.

Oxenbould told Network Nine's A Current Affair that he had "copped a lot of criticism from people, particularly in the industry'' after standing by Monahan and endorsing her shocking abuse claims against Hughes when she went public four years ago.

The 45-year-old actor said he'd been called an "idiot" and told "you'll never work again" in the wake of giving a TV tell-all over his knowledge of Hughes' inappropriate behaviour on the set of the now defunct Channel 7 sitcom.

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Told he would "never work again" ... former Hey Dad! actor Ben Oxenbould. Source: Supplied

In a sit-down hosted by ACA's Tracy Grimshaw — alongside Monahan and co-stars Simone Buchanan, Julie McGregor and Christopher Truswell — Oxenbould argued going public against Hughes had cost him work.

A real-life horror story ... former Hey Dad! stars Christopher Truswell, Simone Buchanan, Julie McGregor, Sarah Monahan (seated) and Ben Oxenbould on the set of Nine's A Current Affair. Source: Supplied

"I've had executive producers say 'Benny we wanted you for that role but mate ... and I think but mate what? I'm not the bad guy here."

When some shied away from the scandal, Oxenbould said: "my lesson in professionalism was 'shut up about the paedophile'."

Public face betrayed the truth ... The Hey Dad! cast in 1992 (from left) Ben Oxenbould, Julie McGregor, Sarah Monahan, Robert Hughes, Mathew Krok and Rachael Beck. Source: News Limited

Monahan revealed she continued to pay a personal price for going public and is now not on speaking terms with her mother after alleging Hughes had molested her when she was the 10-year-old child star of Hey Dad!

Police have said Monahan's TV testimonial also prompted others to come forward with evidence which helped convict Hughes this week, found guilty of 10 charges involving four victims including two counts of sexual intercourse with a child.

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It can also now be revealed Hughes' niece Melinda O'Donnell was a witness who gave evidence against her famous uncle but was not a complainant against him.

Asked if Monahan's mother had not agreed with her decision to go public, she told ACA: "no, apparently she was very upset."

Found guilty of sexual assault ... former Hey Dad! star Robert Hughes. Source: News Corp Australia

Now living in San Antonio, Texas, but campaigning for a public register of sex offenders across Australia, Monahan said she hoped Hughes would be given a sentence "worth what he put all those girls through.''

McGregor, who played opposite Hughes as his ditzy on-screen secretary Betty, said: "the whole thing has been a horror story and all the revelations have been so shocking for me."

"I was so glad that Sarah was so brave to do this, I just think she's wonderful."

Buchanan, who sat shoulder-to-shoulder with her former TV sibling when she first made her claims added: "I'm really sad this whole thing happened but I'm glad the verdict came in and people, these girls are validated."


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