Mysterious Humanoid Figure Captured Floating In Sydney Sky In Eerie Video

Bizarre video footage has emerged of a humanoid figure floating in Australia’s skies.

It’s not exactly clear what the object is but it is black and appears to be human-shaped.

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Bizarre footage has emerged of what looks like a humanoid (pictured) floating in Sydney skies

The video was posted recently on Facebook and a voice over that accompanies it says it was taken in Sydney last month, with the bizarre sighting lasting around five minutes.

The strange object can be see hovering in the sky. It briefly disappears before reappearing, then disappearing for good.

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BREAKING: Veteran Actress Judith McGrath Dies Aged 70

Veteran actress Judith McGrath has died.

The star, best known for her roles in All Saints, A Country Practice and Prisoner, was aged 70.

The cause of death has not been made public.

Veteran actress Judith McGrath has died at age 70. The cause of death has not been made public

Judith was widely known for playing Yvonne ‘Von’ Ryan in the Logie-nominated series All Saints and was the only original cast member star in all 12 seasons.

In 2009, she opened up about her longtime role on the show during an interview with TV Tonight.

‘I did love the show and I loved playing the character,’ she said.

Most memorable role: Judith was widely known for playing Yvonne 'Von' Ryan in the Logie-nominated series All Saints

Heartbroken: Perth newsreader Tom Marlow was devastated by the news

Mourning: One fan tweeted her shock

RIP: Another fan gave condolences to Judith's family

Sad: Fans remembered the acclaimed actress' best work

‘But there were times when I thought ‘Move on Jude, just get on with it.’ But it just seemed to roll over.

She continued: ‘It’s a funny thing. You’re there and you think ‘I’ve had enough now.’ I thought the character had reached a certain point unless it got reinvented. And of course, they did. They kept reinventing a bit. ‘I suppose we all go through that phase, but some people really act upon it.’

Fans flocked to social media to post heartfelt tributes for the late actress.

Tragic: The cause of death has not been made public

‘Sad to hear Judith McGrath passed away. Thoughts and prayers to her family and friends,’ one fan wrote.

‘Just saw the sad news about the passing of Judith McGrath from All Saints – Loved Von, one of the best characters on the show by far xx,’ another tweet read.

‘I have no words. Utter disbelief. Judith McGrath was an Australian legend. She has left us far too soon. Heartbroken. #JudithMcGrath.’

Acclaimed actress: Judith was best known for her roles in All Saints, A Country Practice and Prisoner

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Melania Trump Cuts First Lady Payroll Spending In HALF

First Lady Melania Trump has just a quarter of the staff her predecessor Michelle Obama had during her initial year in the East Wing.

Fox News analysis has discovered that Melania Trump has just four people on her payroll, compared to the 16 aides Michelle Obama had.

During Michelle Obama’s first year in the White House, her aides earned a combined $1.24million.

First Lady Melania Trump has cut the East Wing payroll spending by more than half compared to the first year of her predecessor Michelle Obama

Melania Trump’s staff costs taxpayers $486,700 a year, less than 40 per cent of the amount spent under Obama.

However, the larger staff is likely due to Michelle Obama entering the East Wing with an aggressive agenda, including her Let’s Move! initiative fighting childhood obesity.

In contrast, Melania Trump spent her first few months as First Lady living in New York with her son Barron.

Melania Trump's staff costs taxpayers $486,700 a year, less than 40 per cent of the amount spent under Obama

‘As with all things that she does, she is being very deliberate in her hiring, focusing on quality over quantity,’ Melania’s communications director Stephanie Grisham said in an email to Fox News.

‘It is important to her that the team is a good fit for what she wants to accomplish as first lady, and that everyone works well together. She also wants to be mindful and responsible when it comes to taxpayer money.’

These figures come from an annual report the White House sends to Congress showing the names, positions and salaries of all its personnel. However, both the Trump and Obama administrations have acknowledged that there are several staffers that work for the First Lady that are not included in official numbers.

With those statistics in mind, Melania actually has nine people working for her in the White House, five more than are included in the annual report.

Some Obama administration officials say that it is possible that Michelle Obama had up to 24 staffers at one point during her husband’s presidency.

Michelle Obama's larger staff is likely due to her entering the East Wing with an aggressive agenda, including her Let's Move! initiative fighting childhood obesity

Personnel reports list a chief of staff, a communications director, a deputy chief of staff and a deputy director of advance for Melania.

Michelle’s aides included those positions as well as multiple others.

However, Hillary Clinton had 19 staffers and Laura Bush had at least 18 aides, far more than Melania’s nine.

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Meet The British Man With A PhD In THREESOMES

A British sociologist who has studied for a PhD in threesomes has revealed some strange trends in the sexual experiences of young people.

His findings reveal that the rise of bromances and acceptance of homosexuality has led to more threesomes between two men and a female.

Many men reported that these encounters are a way to bond with their closest male friends.

Dr Ryan Scoats, an expert at Birmingham City University, said he decided to study threesomes after a number of his own ménage à trios encounters.

Dr Scoats found there is generally little physical interaction between men during MMF threesomes. Many men reported that these encounters are a way to bond with their closest male friends (stock image)

RESULTS OF THE THREESOME STUDY

Dr Ryan Scoats, an expert at Birmingham City University, asked university students about their experiences of threesomes between two men and a woman (MMF).

He found there is often little physical interaction between men during MMF threesomes.

Many men reported that these encounters are a way to bond with their closest male friends.

The sociologist also found that most women are intimidated by the thought of a threesome with two men.

These fears are allayed, however, if the two men interact sexually during the encounter.

Of the 30 male students that Dr Scoats spoke to, a third had had a threesome by their second year of study, and six had had more than one.

Of the ten men who had a threesome, seven had been in at least one famel-female-male (FFM) threesome, and five had been in at least one male-male-female (MMF) threesome.

Two participants had experienced both.

The sociologist found there is often little physical interaction between men during MMF threesomes.

For example, in Dr Scoats’s research paper, an interviewee named Brent says, ‘You get to “high five” your mate over her back and that’s about it really.’

Instead, the men reported that these encounters are a way to bond with their closest male friends.

Another interviewee, Matthew, said: ‘It was quite a funny, a good experience. We both had a bit of banter between us. It was quite fun. It was quite enjoyable’.

Instead, the researchers describe the male-male encounter as ‘semi-sexual’, meaning that while the men didn’t sexually interact with one another, they did engage sexually at the same time with the woman.

The sociologist suggested that the rise of the ‘bromance’ and decline in homophobia in western societies is helping to make MMF threesomes more acceptable.

‘Younger guys engaging in threesomes are shifting along with society toward being less homophobic,’ Dr Scoats told MailOnline.

‘This is allowing them to have threesomes with other men without it challenging their sexuality.

‘The trend ties into bromances, and shows that modern men are more comfortable with their male friends.’

A British sociologist studied for a PhD in threesomes after having several of his own experiences. Dr Ryan Scoats (pictured), an expert at Birmingham City University, said after his encounters he noticed there is little research into the sexual dynamic

In a separate study, the sociologist also spoke to a number of women, finding that many are intimidated by the thought of a threesome with two men.

One interviewee, 25-year-old Nadia, said: ‘My only knowledge of men, like two males, one female threesomes is from porn, and it always just seems absolutely brutal.’

But the research found that, for some women, these fears are allayed if the two men interact sexually during the encounter.

One interviewee, 26-year-old Isa, said: ‘If there is no homo, there is no trio. I find it really annoying if they are reluctant to touch each other.’

Dr Scoats told MailOnline: ‘Women are generally more reluctant to engage in MMF threesomes than men, maybe because they find it intimidating or objectifying.

‘But when it’s suggested the males will be interacting sexually, for some women, this can be anxiety-reducing because they appear less like an object.’

‘BROMANCES’ IN YOUNG MEN

Research published earlier this month suggested that many men find ‘bromances’ – close friendships with other men – more emotionally rewarding than their romantic relationships with women.

Experts at Winchester University found that men felt ‘less judged’ by their close male friends than their girlfriends.

They also found it easier to solve conflicts and speak openly about their emotions in their bromances.

The team interviewed 30 British male undergraduates for the study, published in the journal Men and Masculinities.

Of the men, 28 out of 30 said they would rather discuss important emotional issues with their ‘bromantic’ partner than their girlfriends.

Male friendships used to be considered lacking in many of the qualities seen in close female friendships, particularly emotional and physical intimacy.

But this has changed in recent years, the study found, with young men ‘openly pronounce love’ to their male friends in a way that would be socially prohibited in previous years, partly out of fear of appearing gay.

Dr Scoats said that while tolerance of threesomes was on the rise, ménage à trios remains a heavily stigmatised sexual activity.

Stereotypical issues borne from threesomes, such as jealousy or ruining relationships, are not seen in the research.

Dr Scoats told MailOnline: ‘Threesome sex is just like any other sex, people do it for different reasons and it has different outcomes. Society stigmatises this behaviour.’

Research published earlier this month suggested that many men find ‘bromances’ – close friendships with other men – more emotionally rewarding than their romantic relationships with women.

Experts at Winchester University found that men felt ‘less judged’ by their close male friends than their girlfriends.

They also found it easier to solve conflicts and speak openly about their emotions in their bromances.

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The Deadly Haul of 10,000 Firearms Surrendered In NSW During National Gun Amnesty

More weapons were surrendered in New South Wales than any other state during the three-month national gun amnesty, with nearly 10,000 firearms handed in for destruction, police say.

A further 13,729 NSW firearms were handed in for registration.

Nationally, 50,000 firearms were handed in for destruction or registration during the amnesty from July 1 to September 30, according to Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull.

 Nearly 10,000 firearms (some pictured) were handed in for destruction during national amnesty 

More weapons were surrendered in New South Wales than any other state 

Nationally, 50,000 firearms were handed in for destruction or registration

NSW Police Deputy Commissioner Jeff Loy says the community response has been overwhelming, especially in the state’s regional areas.

‘We’re very pleased and encouraged by the community response to the amnesty and we understand these firearms and items in the wrong hands are lethal weapons,’ Mr Loy told reporters in Sydney on Friday.

Regional NSW accounted for nine of the top 10 local area commands that had the highest number of weapons handed in.

‘It’s no surprise that country NSW has taken up the bulk of firearms that have been surrendered to police stations,’ NSW Police Deputy Commissioner Gary Worboys said.

One person handed in 987 firearm barrels in Riverina's Oxley region in NSW

The amnesty ran from July 1 to September 30 with police saying the response from the public was overwhelming 

Throughout the past 17 years, about 120,000 firearms were surrendered in NSW

‘In country areas, it’s just a part of life out there in terms of firearm ownership and people handing firearms down through generations.’

A special note was made regarding the Riverina’s Oxley region, where one person handed in 987 firearm barrels, making the total intake the highest for any region.

Surrendered items of interest include 20 SKS assault rifles, eight M1 carbine military self-loading rifles, four sub-machine guns, a Colt AR-15 rifle, a .44 calibre magnum revolver, an Adler 110 shotgun, and a Mauser model 1918 T-Gewehr-Bolt Action anti-tank rifle.

Under the amnesty 130 prohibited weapons including 14 crossbows, 27 suppressors, samurai swords, knives, and other edged weapons were also handed in.

In the past 17 years, about 120,000 firearms have been surrendered in NSW for destruction, mostly through buyback initiatives.

Items surrendered in NSW included 20 SKS assault rifles and eight M1 carbine military self-loading rifles and four submachine guns 

Four submachine guns 

Deputy Commissioner Metropolitan Field Operations, Jeff Loy, said gun crime affects everyone

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Euthanasia: Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill Passes Victoria’s Lower House

Tempers flared in the chamber during the protracted debate, as those opposed to the bill tried to pass more than a dozen clauses and hundreds of amendments.

What happens now?

Analysis from ABC political reporter Richard Willingham:

Initially, the yes side was confident they would be able to win the vote in the Upper House if it passed the Lower House, but the situation now seems less certain.

Labor does not control the numbers in the 40-member Upper House.

The yes side is approaching the magic 21 votes it needs to win with five Greens, Fiona Patten of the Reason Party, western districts independent MP James Purcell, at least 10 Labor MPs and two Liberals expected to support the motion.

A group of MPs are still undecided.

Supporters say they were getting close, but in the past few days some of those who were leaning towards the yes side are going back to the no side.

The vote is expected in two weeks’ time and some are suggesting it could take two weeks to get through the debate before a vote is taken.

“I would have preferred that we ended and we came back today but it was always going to be a long bill,” Opposition Leader Matthew Guy said.

“I think it is more fluid than people expect and I think it is probably closer than people expect.”

Speaking after the vote, Liberal MP Kim Wells defended the tactics.

“I know people have been critical of it, that we were putting up amendments that we knew we would get defeated on, but that is not the point,” he said.

“This is a democracy, it was a conscience vote.”

The amendments called for legislative changes such as the public release of euthanasia statistics, prohibitions on advertising for voluntary assisted dying and stricter requirements around psychiatric assessments.

Politicians on both sides had been escaping to their offices to nap in between votes on various amendments.

Mr Andrews stood by the decision to reject every change put forward.

“None of them needed to be supported and they were not. The support for the amendments got smaller and smaller as the debate went on,” he said.

“Some of these amendments wouldn’t have done any harm as such, but they’re not needed because there are other laws in Victoria.

“You don’t have to have every single law written into this bill — it doesn’t exist on its own.”

Law won’t take effect before 2019

Mr Andrews has described the laws — which were designed by an expert panel including former medical association head Brian Owler — as the most conservative euthanasia regime in the world.
The legislation includes a range of safeguards. Patients would have to make three requests and see specially trained doctors, and coercing someone to seek a medically assisted death would become a crime.

In most cases — estimated to be about 150 a year — the lethal dose would be self-administered. But in some cases where patients cannot administer the drug, doctors could be involved.

If passed, the legislation will not come into effect for 18 months to allow for its implementation.

Unlike when the Northern Territory introduced euthanasia laws, only to see them overruled by the Howard government, Victoria’s laws cannot be overturned by the Commonwealth.