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Anthony met ‘Michelle’ on Instagram. Here’s how she scammed him out of $280,000

A scammer named “Michelle” said she lived in Hong Kong but had parents in Wollongong. She even intended to open a gym here. Months later “she” had scammed 48-year-old single dad Anthony out of two-thirds of his savings.This is how he was connedA hairdresser poses in her salon

Isobel owns one of six salons worldwide with a unique certification

Wollongong hairdresser Isobel Foye’s salon has recently become one of six hair salons in the world to gain B Corp Certification. The certification measures environmental and social impact through a lengthy checking process. What does this mean?Debris after a landslide over a country road

Jamberoo Mountain Road still washed away

Jamberoo Mountain Road has been cut since July when four sections of the road were damaged during repeated heavy rainfall. It won’t reopen until next year, prompting calls for the state government to take over the responsibility for it. Find out how it’s affecting businessesA diver underwater

Surveillance and prosecutions of Aboriginal cultural fishers to end

A NSW parliamentary inquiry into cultural fishing has handed down its report recommending that a comprehensive training package is rolled out to NSW fisheries officers. It also calls for a review of the culture within the Department of Primary Industries. Find out more about this story hereA woman bangs a gong

Renowned percussionist bangs the drum for steel trailblazers

Claire Edwards will be the featured artist for the world premiere of a new concerto called Steeling Fire, which pays homage to women who fought for the right to work at the Port Kembla steelworks in Wollongong in 1980. Here’s what is happening

A pothole state of emergency is declared

Councils across NSW have declared a road state of emergency after repeated floods have caused an eye-watering amount of damage — and they’re calling for an urgent response from the NSW and federal governments. In this week’s Parli-waffle round up of weekly regional politics Kelly Fuller interviews Regional Roads Minister Sam Farraway about the state of country roads.Listen to the interview hereA vigil held for an allegedly murdered teenage boy. A smoking ceremony is being held, with an Indigenous flag with the words "Forever is Cassius"

‘All kids matter’: vigil held for Cassius Turvey

Family members of Cassius Turvey have addressed hundreds of people in Wollongong at a candlelit vigil for the Perth teenager who was allegedly killed walking home from school.Watch: Take a look at the vigils held across AustraliaA hand is covered in black sludge. The unidentified person is standing near a creek

Sludge at Camp Gully Creek

Water ecologist Dr Ian Wright says a lack of water samples from a polluted creek downstream from the Helensburgh coal mine is making it difficult to judge how the clean-up is progressing. Camp Gully Creek was polluted with coal waste in July and September this year. In response, Peabody, which operates the mine, says a team of 40 Metropolitan mine employees has worked since August cleaning up a 650 metre stretch of the creek. A spokesperson says work above the waterline is now complete at an estimated cost of nearly half a million dollars. Peabody has also obtained permission to begin a clean-up inside the National Parks Estate.An award for a surf lifesaver: Shannon Fox

What else made news in the past week?

Life Saver awarded: Congratulations to Wollongong City Surf Life Saving Club captain Shannon Fox, who was named Surf Life Saver of the Year. She joined Nippers when she was eight years old and was the first female club captain in her club’s 100-year history. Ms Fox is also developing a universal headset for people of all hearing abilities to be used in aquatic settings.

Car crashes down embankment: A man in his 20s was transported to Shoalhaven Hospital after crashing his car down a steep embankment on Barrengarry Mountain. Paramedics reported a car had plunged 70m off Moss Vale Road. The driver and sole occupant of the vehicle freed himself and made his way to the road.

Companies paying no tax: Owner of the Metropolitan Colliery in Helensburgh, Peabody Energy, has been named as one of a string of petroleum, gas and coal mining companies who lawfully paid no Australian tax in the 2020-2021 financial year. Figures released from the Australian Tax Office show Peabody Australia Holdco Pty Ltd had a gross income of more than $2 billion.

Cashless gaming concerns: South Coast-based Independent MLC Justin Field is urging the Perrottet government to use the reserve week of parliament to bring on its own cashless gaming legislation. The comments come as key independents in the lower house call for a special commission of inquiry into the influence of clubs and pubs after the government scrapped a bill to reform registered clubs. 

Sydney to Gong ride: The annual Sydney to Gong bike ride has raised $2.15 million to fight multiple sclerosis and could raise as much as $4 million this year. The event is capped at 10,000 riders and was fully subscribed after two years of COVID when the race couldn’t be held. 

Taxis offered small relief: The chair of the Illawarra Taxi Network says the government’s offer to compensate the industry following the introduction of Uber falls “way short”. The New South Wales government is offering regional drivers between $40,000 and $195,000 per car to cover their losses. But Mohammad Choubassi says he’s paid up to $250,000 for his plates, and the compensation package doesn’t go far enough.

North Beach, South Beach and Gadhu Beach: Shellharbour residents are being invited to provide feedback on a council proposal to name three beaches in the area. Under the proposal, the beach north of the Shellharbour township would be called Shellharbour North Beach with the beach south of the town to be officially named Shellharbour South Beach. The stretch of sand which has been isolated following construction of the harbour at Shell Cove would be named Gadhu Beach, meaning “salt water” in the Dharawal language.

Proposed wind farms: A company planning to spend billions of dollars on offshore wind farms off the coast of Wollongong says it wants to get its infrastructure up and running as a matter of urgency. In its submission to a bill before the federal parliament, Oceanex Energy says it plans to spend $10 billion on offshore wind farms off Newcastle and Wollongong, powering more than a million homes.

COVID crisis: The Illawarra-based Disability Trust is warning the vulnerable and those working with the vulnerable to take extra precautions as a new wave of COVID sweeps across the country. Nearly 40,000 cases were reported across the nation in the past week, a rise of 17 per cent on the previous week. 

More trees for city: Wollongong City Council has voted to consolidate its three tree policies into one. It will now have one draft tree management policy to cover tree management on both private and council-owned land. Wollongong Council’s Urban Greening Strategy aims to increase the current tree canopy from 17 per cent across the city to 35 per cent by 2046.

Bundanon boost: The architect who designed Bundanon’s new art museum and bridge near Nowra has won one of Australia’s highest architectural honours. Kerstin Thompson won the Sir Zelman Cowen Award for Public Architecture at the Australian Architecture Awards. Ms Thompson designed the structures to withstand floods and fire and says its success is a lesson in how future infrastructure could be made more resilient to climate change. Art Works visited the museum in April. Watch it on ABC iview.Visit our website for more local newsTiny pizzas on a tray

This is a recipe you need in your life

They’re a managable size for your oven, they cook quickly, and they’re delicious! Cook and author Julia Busuttil Nishimura shares her recipe for pizzette (mini pizza) along with some top tips for making the perfect dough.Here’s the recipe to keep in your back pocket

Get ready for the Summer of Cricket

Jim Maxwell and the ABC SPORT team are back for another summer of sun, stumps and sixes. There’ll be ball-by-ball coverage of every international fixture all summer long.Hear all the action with the ABC listen appA field of tulips

The best photos from around the country

Kelly Jordan visited the Bowral Tulip Festival this week and it was an absolute delight. She shared many floral photos with us. Check them out here.

You can show everyone what the world looks like where you live by using the hashtag #ABCmyphoto on Instagram or by uploading your photos online here.  See the latest photos on #ABCmyphoto websiteA cloud in the sky is a shape of a bear

How’s the weather looking?

There’s a bear in there! Thanks to Ros Walker, who shared this photo taken from a train in the Scarborough area. 

It looks like it’s going to be a sunny weekend ahead. Unless it rains. But then even then, it might still be sunny. It’s best to grab an umbrella and your sunscreen — just to be safe!Check the seven-day forecast for your town

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U.K MET POLICE REPORT: Officers have said they made one of the largest seizures of 3D printed firearm components last month

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#AceNewsDesk – 3D printed guns: Warnings over growing threat of 3D firearms: By Chris Vallance: Technology reporter

The "liberator", an early design of a 3D printed gun
The “liberator”, an early design of a 3D printed gun

Officers from the Metropolitan Police’s Specialist Crime Command had discovered what they alleged was a “suspected makeshift 3D firearms factory” at a home in London on 7 October.

Officers said it demonstrated how “the emerging threat of 3D firearms continues to evolve”.

The discovery comes as some experts also warn of a growing threat.

Early versions of 3D printed guns were unreliable, single-shot weapons. Now the National Crime Agency (NCA) tells the BBC the guns are “credible and viable”.

The NCA’s Matthew Perfect, head of the National Firearms Targeting Centre, says the latest 3D weapons are “stuff that you definitely, definitely wouldn’t want to see on the streets in the UK”.

“These are automatic weapons. These are weapons that are capable of multiple rounds of discharge,” he said. 

At present, the 3D printed components only form some of the parts needed to make a gun, at most 80 to 90% of the weapon, Mr Perfect says. 

Key metal components such as the barrel typically have to be manufactured in more traditional ways. And the guns still require ammunition.

As a consequence Mr Perfect is confident the guns can still be detected by “normal security processes”.

A box 3D printed firearms components recovered during the Met Police raid
A box of 3D printed firearms components recovered during the Met Police raid

But these firearms are hard to trace as they are made without serial numbers.

Police are seizing 3D printed weapons in greater numbers. From the start of last year there have been 21 recoveries of weapons, a “significant increase” on previous years, though still small compared to conventional weapons, Mr Perfect says.

Difficulties in transporting weapons across borders during the coronavirus pandemic may have contributed criminals’ interest in printed guns, he suggests.

Peter Squires, professor of criminology and public policy at the University of Brighton, said the threat was likely to grow.

“Things have moved quite fast,” he told the BBC, adding the pace is only a little over expectations.

“I’d certainly anticipate more of this, the technology is out there … and the software and designs are available on the web.”

And even if some of the “plastic-type” guns he says remain relatively unreliable, they still have the power to intimidate; guns, he notes, are only fired in about 20% of gun crimes.

An anonymous US man fires a 3D printed FGC-9
A 3D printed FGC-9 gun being fired

Rajan Basra, senior research fellow at the International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation at King’s College London, says the situation in the UK mirrors a trend visible around Europe.

While most violent extremists will prefer established weapons, printed guns are an alternative for those who can’t obtain illicit firearms.

“We’ve seen a steady succession of extremists looking to either make 3D printed guns or even use them themselves,” he said. 

“We’ve seen cases in Spain, Sweden, Germany, in the Netherlands, and several here in in the UK.”

He said the clear majority of these cases involved members of far-right groups. Other terrorists groups seem less interested in the technology.

In part, Dr Basra suggests, that is because discussions on far-right extremist forums and communities sometimes included instructions on how to produce 3D printed weapons.

In June, members of an extreme right-wing terror group were convicted at Sheffield Crown Court. It was revealed police had found a partially constructed 3D printed firearm in the home of two members of the group.

Dr Basra warns the weapons are “moving into the mainstream” and on to mainstream internet platforms.

The emergence of new automatic weapons much more powerful than early single-shot designs has also increased their attractiveness. 

Among extremists, he said, experts saw recurrent references to one semi-automatic model, the FGC – the name is an acronym expressing, in strong language, opposition to gun control.

“It’s a specific gun that was designed to be used with parts that aren’t regulated in the EU,” Dr Basra said.

The weapon was posted online in spring 2020 with step-by-step instructions. It comes with a 64-page manual, and videos on how to go through each step of the process of manufacture, Dr Basra added.

Mr Perfect, from the NCA, says modified versions of the gun can be “as good as any automatic firearm that you would buy from a reliable manufacturer”.

A picture of a Europol conference - a 3d printed gun is prominently displayed
A 3D printed gun on display at a Europol conference on the topic

But police are keen to stress that gun violence in the UK is still relatively uncommon – about 35 homicides a year Mr Perfect estimates.

And use of an automatic weapon would attract a lot of police attention. But criminals want these weapons to intimidate other criminals.

For that they need a credible weapon, and 3D guns are now earning that credibility, due to better designs, and better printing technology – technology that is changing and improving all the time.

Evolving technologies 

Christian Goblas, a ballistics expert at France’s University of Rouen, recently told Euractiv “3D metallic printing” could become affordable in the next decade, which could make self-made weapons more durable and reliable.

And Europol told the BBC that national authorities within the EU have uncovered a number of cases of the production, sale and possession of 3D printed weapons and parts. 

Some of the weapons and components were offered on illicit dark web marketplaces, which Europol said showed the synergies between the firearms trade and cybercrime.

The organisation noted that while producing a complete 3D printed firearm was still challenging “rapidly evolving advanced technology may cause this to emerge as a more significant threat in the near future.”

But Dr Basra warns of another risk. Terrorists have a history of copying methods that have previously been shown to be effective. He said there was a rise in terror attacks where a vehicle was driven into crowds after the 2016 Nice attack. 

He says if 3D printed weapons are used in an attack that causes mass casualties, that would in turn send a message that “3D printed guns are viable, and they’re effective”.

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FEATURED AUSTRALIA COURT REPORT: Former cricketer Michael Slater convicted of domestic violence charges

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#AceNewsDesk – Former Australian cricketer Michael Slater has been convicted of domestic violence charges, with a magistrate describing his behaviour as “controlling”.

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Michael Slater has been convicted and given a two-year Community Corrections Order.(AAP: Joel Carrett )none

The 52-year-old was sentenced to a two-year Community Corrections Order after beaching a domestic violence order by calling an ex-partner 100 times using WhatsApp, the court was told.

Slater was also convicted of using a carriage service to harass, stalking or intimidating and common assault at Manly Local Court this afternoon despite his legal team asking for the charges to be withdrawn on mental health grounds.

Two counts of common assault and one for attempting to stalk or intimidate relating to an incident at a northern beaches hospital in July were dismissed on mental health grounds.

“What that (non-conviction) does not do is reflect the gravity of domestic violence matters,” Magistrate Denes said.

The former Test cricketer was dressed in a suit and appeared emotional via audio-visual link as Magistrate Robyn Denes handed down the verdict, noting the request for a non-conviction despite his repeated offending.

“There is an overarching public interest and that includes the value of upholding the apprehended violence order itself.”

The magistrate described the convictions as “warranted” and “expected by the community”, saying that repeated domestic violence offending cannot go unpunished.

Slater had a traumatic childhood, suffers from alcohol misuse disorder, and is likely diagnosed with bipolar and ADHD, the court was told. 

Magistrate Denes took these matters into account, but pointed out a pattern of behaviour.

“What (these) submissions have overlooked is reflection on the offending against both women,” she said.

“It (the behaviour) has been controlling in nature including accusations of infidelity, looking at their phones, managing their friends and threatening self harm”.

The magistrate said that threatening self-harm puts responsibility on someone else and while it relates to Slater’s fear of maternal abandonment, it is unacceptable and something she hopes he will focus on in therapy.

The court heard that Slater has a long history with engaging in mental health services, which contributed to the magistrate’s decision to deliver a conviction.

“Many offenders have mental health issues but this is no excuse to divert them from the criminal justice system,” she said.

Barrister John Aeigs told the court that Slater lost his career when he was “sacked from his job” as a cricket commentator which led to further complications in his life.

“As a result of adverse issues, he missed funerals of friends he played with because of his ostracisation but he is motivated to change this.”

He asked that his client be spared a conviction given he was likely suffering from bi-polar during his offending. 

However, the magistrate said she could not overlook the gravity of repeated domestic violence-related offending.

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FEATURED FTX REPORT: Cryptocurrency market rocked by near-collapse of exchange

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#AceNewsDesk – The digital assets market has been rocked by the near-collapse of one of the world’s biggest cryptocurrency exchanges, FTX.

FTX founder Sam Bankman-Fried testified in the US Congress December 8, 2021.
FTX founder Sam Bankman-Fried

On Tuesday, FTX struck a bailout deal with larger rival Binance after a surge in withdrawals caused a “significant liquidity crunch”.

Concerns about FTX’s financial health reportedly triggered $6bn (£5.2bn) of withdrawals in just three days.

Binance says it agreed to buy FTX’s non-US unit, pending due diligence.

FTX’s founder Sam Bankman-Fried and Binance’s chief executive Changpeng “CZ” Zhao are two of the most powerful people in the cryptocurrency market and high-profile rivals.

The pressure on FTX came in part from Mr Zhao, who tweeted on Sunday that Binance would sell its holdings of FTX’s digital token, known as FTT.

“Due to recent revelations that have came to light, we have decided to liquidate any remaining FTT on our books,” he said. FTT has lost almost 80% of its value this week.

On Tuesday Mr Zhao tweeted, “This afternoon, FTX asked for our help. There is a significant liquidity crunch”.

Binance said it had signed a letter of intent to buy the firm but had “the discretion to pull out from the deal at any time”.

Also on Twitter Mr Bankman-Fried said: “Our teams are working on clearing out the withdraw backlog as is. This will clear out liquidity; all assets will be covered 1:1.”

“The important thing is that customers are protected… We are in the best of hands,” he added.

Mr Bankman-Fried also noted that FTX’s US business was a separate company and “not currently impacted by this”.

1) Hey all: I have a few announcements to make.

Things have come full circle, and https://t.co/DWPOotRHcX’s first, and last, investors are the same: we have come to an agreement on a strategic transaction with Binance for https://t.co/DWPOotRHcX(pending DD etc.).— SBF (@SBF_FTX) November 8, 2022

“This is a black swan event that adds more fears in the crypto space. This cold winter for crypto now takes on more fear,” Dan Ives, senior equity analyst at Wedbush Securities told the BBC.The news sent shockwaves through the digital assets market, with cryptocurrencies falling sharply.Bitcoin fell by more than 10% to hit the lowest level since November 2020.Meanwhile, online trading platform Robinhood lost more than 19% of its stock market value, while cryptocurrency exchange Coinbase fell by 10%.You may also be interested in:Russian Canadian programmer Vitalik Buterin created Ethereum in 2014

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