Brekky wrap: Your bite-sized news this Monday

Good morning, put on your armour and pick up your sword because the Monday battle looms.

Here is the major news of the morning, aside from Germany's incredible World Cup victory.


This is your Brekky Wrap:


Eminem Bang ShowBiz

EMINEM fans have voiced their anger on social media after the rapper's Wembley gig was hit by sound issues.

Members of the audience in the stadium on Friday night criticised the poor speaker system, which left them struggling to hear the global star.

And critics also slated the sound quality, suggesting that fans would be justified in demanding a refund.

Wembley Stadium issued a statement following the event. It said: "We are aware of some sound issues from earlier tonight and have monitored & adjusted it where necessary. We thank you for your patience."


Thundercat crews go to extremes to be King

EXTRAORDINARY images have come from the Sunshine Coast as Australasia's best Thundercat crews took to the water for the second annual King of Coolum Thundercat Race.

The extreme version of IRB (inflatable rescue boat) racing features 4.1-metre-long inflatable catamaran-style surf boats that can reach speeds of 90kmh and jump six metres in the air.





Ian Thorpe's gay pride: Swim champ thanks fans

A DELUGE of support has been showered on Olympic swimmer Ian Thorpe after the athlete confirmed he is gay.

In an interview with British broadcaster Michael Parkinson screened in Australia, the gold medal winner says that he has dated women in the past but that he is gay.

Scores of celebrities and members of the public have heaped support on the 31-year-old for his bravery.


Motorcycle rider killed in collision with kangaroo

AN IPSWICH man was killed in a tragic incident yesterday when his motorbike collided with a kangaroo.

The 42-year-old Ipswich motorcyclist died at the crash on Wivenhoe-Somerset Rd yesterday following the crash.

Police were contacted about the crash in the Bryden area around 9.30am yesterday by a member of the public.


Is Dry July useless? One NZ academic believes we should aim for less drinking per week rather than abstaining for a month.
Is Dry July useless? One NZ academic believes we should aim for less drinking per week rather than abstaining for a month. Purestock

Dry July is useless, says NZ liver expert

GIVING up alcohol for a month is pointless for people's health, says a leading liver expert.

Professor Robin Fraser, medical director of the Canterbury Medical Research Foundation, says instead drinkers should stay off booze for a few days every week throughout the whole year.

Thousands of Australians are on the wagon for Dry July to raise cash for cancer sufferers. But Professor Fraser warned abstainers should be wary of claimed health benefits and a longer-term attitude to alcohol was more desirable.


Ed Sheeran and Taylor Swift
Ed Sheeran and Taylor Swift Bang Showbiz

Ed Sheeran tops 'black and urban music' chart

THE UK's BBC has been accused of producing "the saddest list in music history" after its black and urban music radio station 1Xtra produced a "power list" in which three out of the top four acts are white.

Topping the 1XtraPowerList - promoted by the BBC as naming the "most important UK artists in the black and urban music scene" - was Ed Sheeran, the white son of an art lecturer, who grew up in rural Framlingham, Suffolk, and whose music has combined elements of folk with hip-hop and grime.


A woman having her eyes examined
A woman having her eyes examined

Alzheimer's could be detected early through eyes

SCIENTISTS believe they have hit upon an early-warning system for identifying Alzheimer's, after two separate new studies identified a "biomarker" of the disease that can be spotted in an eye test.

Early trials of two different techniques reveal that an indicator for the degenerative disorder can be identified in the retina and lens of the eye.

Both methods were able to distinguish between probable Alzheimer's patients and healthy volunteers with a high level of accuracy.

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