Weekly News Round Up

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Making news this week: Offensive Wicked Camper vans to be forced off Queensland roads under new government plan, Australian addiction experts propose controversial plan that would see homeless alcoholics provided with free drinks, the ‘Grandfather’ of virtual reality fears the technology’s potential to create violent worlds, and an American construction worker brightens sick kids lives by hiding life-size Where’s Wally cutout on building site next to hospital.

Offensive Wicked Campers to be banned in Queensland under new government plan

THE controversial vans renowned for their offensive, misogynist artwork will be forced off Queensland roads under new legislative plans announced on Thursday.

Queensland Attorney-General Yvette D’Ath hopes the decision to take Wicked Campers off the road will lead to other states and territories following Queensland’s lead.

After longstanding public outrage about the vans, which often bear vile, sexist slogans such as, “Inside every princess there’s a little sl*t that wants to try it just once”, Ms D’Ath announced a new plan to deregister commercial vans bearing slogans that do not comply with the regulations of the Advertising Standards Board.

A controversial proposal in Australia would see homeless alcoholics provided with free drinks

Addiction experts in Australia say giving homeless alcoholics access to free drinks in a managed environment could improve their lives.

In Australia, conditions attached to government funding mean homeless people generally must stop drinking before they can access long-term services.

But some experts are advocating a radical approach – giving free alcohol to addicts, up to 15 drinks a day in a managed environment.

The proposed Managed Alcohol Program (MAP), based on similar programs in Canada, would aim to help some of the city’s most at-risk homeless residents.

Virtual reality ‘grandfather’ Tom Furness fears technology’s potential to create violent worlds

The man known as the grandfather of virtual reality is worried about the technology’s potential to create violent worlds.

Tom Furness built the first helmet mounted displays used by US Air Force pilots 50 years ago and is still working on virtual reality technology today as founder of the Human Interface Technology Lab at the University of Washington.

Dr Furness said he was worried how such products could be used, especially if violent video games were integrated with VR.

“You’re all exposed with your emotions and when you pick up a weapon and blow a person away and see their brains spattered everywhere and blood, you remember that and you’ll have nightmares about that because it’s so graphic.

“The only way that you deal with that in the end is become numb.”

Life-sized Where’s Wally hidden by construction worker on building site for hospital kids to spot

A construction worker in the US state of Indiana has been playing a sweet game of Where’s Wally with the children at a nearby hospital.

Foreman Jason Haney, who is also an artist, built a life-sized cutout of the red-and-white-striped cartoon character — known in the US as Waldo — and began hiding it around the construction site of the Memorial Children’s Hospital in the city of South Bend.

Children at the existing Memorial Hospital building next door have been working hard each day to find where Waldo is hiding.

In the coming weeks Mr Haney will be introducing four construction Minions — made famous by the film Despicable Me — to hide.

 

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