Miss Universe selfie sparks major outrage among some social media users. Picture: Sarah Idan/Instagram
Miss Universe selfie sparks major outrage among some social media users. Picture: Sarah Idan/Instagram

RUSH HOUR: Miss Universe selfie outrage


City of Sydney criticised over anti-vaccination promotion

A City of Sydney promotion for an anti-vaccination event on the "what's on" part of its website has been forced to remove the event after receiving heavy criticism.

The event 'Let's talk about Vaccines' will be occurring tonight in a secret location and is being hosted by Dr Judy Wilyman, who is known for her controversial research of Australian vaccination policies.

Doctors and politicians took to social media calling for the council to remove the promotion from their website, claiming it is "harmful and irresponsible" to advertise such an event.

The link was removed on Sunday, with the City of Sydney releasing a statement saying the event was "contrary to our values".

"This event should not have been included in the City of Sydney's 'what's on' listings and it has been removed. This is not a City of Sydney event."




First robot to pass written medical exam

Having a robot as your doctor might seem like a futuristic idea but it might not be as far off as you think, with a Chinese robot recently becoming the first machine to pass a written medical exam.

Xiao Yi proved that he was just as capable of mastering the skills required for the job as his human counterparts, passing the Chinese National Medical Licensing Examination with 456 points, well above the pass mark of 360.

Over the past year researchers have been inputting knowledge from a multitude of medical books to prepare him for the exam.

"We will officially launch the robot in March next year," iFlytek chairman Liu Qingfeng told China Daily.

"It is not meant to replace doctors. Instead, it is to promote better people-machine co-operation to boost efficiency."



Abbott's daughter engaged after two weeks

Tony Abbott's daughter Frances has apparently become engaged to an Olympic rower after dating for just two weeks.

The marriage equality advocate and fitness fanatic, 26, made the shock announcement on her Instagram account today, publicly telling her new beau that "two weeks was all it took to know that forever with you was a mighty fine idea."

The lucky man? A fellow fitness lover, former Olympian turned weightlifter Sam Loch.

Describing Loch as her "Feyonce," Abbott continued the Beyonce theme by declaring herself "Crazy in love" and declaring that "he liked it so he put a ring on it."

The announcement has stunned followers of the ex-PM's daughter and competitive fitness model, who describes herself as "so single" as recently as an interview the current issue of Harper's Bazaar Australia.

-With Nick Bond, read more here.




Miss Universe selfie sparks controversy

Contestants for Miss Universe 2017 have been in Las Vegas for pageant rehearsals and as is to be expected a lot of selfies are being taken but there is one picture that has sparked major outrage online.

When Miss Iraq Sarah Idan posted a selfie with Miss Israel Adar Gandelsman she probably didn't anticipate the controversy it would cause.

Idan shared the photo to social media with the caption "Peace and Love from Miss Iraq and Miss Israel", with some Arab users expressing their anger over the caption stating that Iraq has no diplomatic relations with Israel and deems it an occupying state.

Asaad Abukhalil, a professor based in the US, tweeted: "The beauty queen of Iraq is happily posing with the beauty queen of occupation and brutality."

"If you are an honourable Arab you have to hate Israel forever. Palestine is our honour, the Arabs," an Instagram user commented.

Idan later issued a statement apologising for the photo and saying she took it to spread the message of peace.




Plans for high-speed travel to Brisbane

A new Hyperloop transport system could see passengers being able to travel at supersonic speed to Brisbane, all for the price of a coach ticket.

The proposed transport system would allow people to travel at speeds of 1000km/h in pods through vacuum-sealed tubes, making it possible to travel from Sydney to Melbourne in under an hour.

The high-speed rail line is being planned for a route from Sydney via Tamworth and Toowoomba to Brisbane, according to director of Ultraspeed Australia Steve Artis.

"It can be designed as a commuter solution as well as a long-distance route,'' he said.

- With Daryl Passmore, read more here.


Artist's impressions of the planned Hyperloop transit system
Artist's impressions of the planned Hyperloop transit system

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