2017 stories that snatched my attention

Posted on December 31, 2017 12:22 am

Nowadays its hard to keep track of which headlines grabbed attention in which region and for what reason but when it comes to me, there was no shortage of news that in many ways grabbed my time. I have picked a couple of what i feel were some of 2017 biggest stories that shaped and altered our views on different issues. Its hard to determine was big or hot news but here’s my list.

Australia votes same-sex marriage

Australian made me proud when they voted ‘yes’ to same-sex marriage with 61.6 per cent of people voting ‘yes’ in the national postal survey to legalise same-sex marriage and 38.4 per cent of people voting ‘no.’ I was delighted because I’m one of those who believe in equality and that everyone has a right to marry whom he or she wants. According to data published, more than 80 per cent of Australians voted and 61.6 per cent of respondents said gay and lesbian people should be able to marry. The likes of Petter Dutton, former Premier Tony Abbot and Archbishop Anthony Fisher of Sydney were left with egg faces but Premier Malcom Turnbull was delighted as he was on the right side of history.

Dubai police electric hoverbikes

Dubai police two months ago announced they will have officers buzzing around the skies on electric hoverbikes capable of speeds of up to 70 kilometres per hour. The Hoversurf Scorpion was unveiled at the Gitex technology week conference and the Russian-made craft can fly at a height of five metres and carry a police officer over congested traffic in emergency situations.Interestingly, the bike can also fly without a passenger and can go up to six kilometres, it can also fly for 25 minutes and can carry up to 300kg of weight at a speed of 70kph.

Lisa Wilkinson Channel Nine’s exit

Former Today Show co-host Lisa Wilkinson left Channel Nine after they failed to offer her pay equal to co-host Karl Stefanovic, a decision that was termed as a public relations nightmare.Wilkinson, 58, will start her new job at Ten’s Sunday Project next month but her exit led to a global debate over the pay differences between men and women especially on Australian television. Details later emerged that she was earning around half of Karl Stefanovic’s more than $2 million salary package. Those of us familiar with Australian media knows that Wilkinson is a highly respected journalist and TV presenter, her exit has undoubtedly dented Channel Nine credibility.

Ben Mccormack day of infamy

In a story that shocked even your blogger, the former Current Affair reporter Ben McCormack was arrested for child pornography related crimes, and although he faced a maximum of 15 years in jail, he was given a three-year good behaviour bond. Channel 9 suspended McCormack after he was charged in April, and he later resigned.The 43-year-old traded explicit messages with others online, at one stage saying “I love chatting to pedos” and “I’m a total b loving pedo. McCormack did not have any child abuse material and the talks McCormack had with the other man on Skype were fantasising but a person of his status ought to have been more dignified.

Ariana Grande Manchester concert explosion

Everyone will agree that loss of life is painful but when it comes to children, it increases. That was how my heart felt when at least 22 people including some children as young as under ten years were killed when a suicide bomber struck as thousands of fans streamed out of a concert by US popstar Ariana Grande in Manchester, Britain. But I have to salute people of Manchester as thousands of music fans cheered the names of those killed when the venue reopened with a charity concert. I watched the event live on twitter as I paid homage to the city of Manchester, Noel Gallagher presence, legendary Rick Astley and The Courteeners were among the headliners.

Harvey Weinstein scandal

Harvey Weinstein’s was uncovered as a serial predator in Hollywood, a story that dominated global media coverage from Kate Beckinsale, Angelina Jolie, Gwyneth Paltrow, Ashley Judd, Amber Anderson, Jessica Barth and many other countless women who came forward with stories of abuse. His story gave birth to a broader discussion around the industry’s covering up of such behaviour for generations. Outside of Weinstein, high profile Hollywood blokes were also implicated in similar scandals, sparking the metoo movement on social media with women around the world sharing their stories of abuse. All women accused Weinstein of inappropriate to criminal conduct ranging from requests for massages to intimidating sexual advances to rape. However, Weinstein has continuously denied the allegations but the saga no doubt has altered the status quo in American entertainment industry. Overall, there were so many stories that deserved to be on the list but what I have shared ranked among the top having in mind the impact they created.

Contador Harrison