Kiwi in Hawaii tells of panic when incoming ballistic missile alert was mistakenly sent

A New Zealander on holiday in Hawaii has described the intense moment beach-goers rushed to pick up their belongings after a cellphone alert was mistakenly sent out warning of an incoming ballistic missile.  

Krysia Lanigan was at Hanauma Bay on the island of O'ahu with her 10-year-old when she noticed hundreds of people "rushing around" and "packing things up quickly" which prompted her to check her phone. 

"There was an emergency alert, like New Zealand were send during a civil emergency except we were given a warning of an incoming ballistic missile," Ms Lanigan told 1 NEWS.

The alert read 'Ballistic missile threat inbound to Hawaii. Seek immediate shelter. This is not a drill.'

Ms Lanigan said "people were very concerned and the Park Rangers announced that everyone had to clear the beach and head to higher ground."

Forty minutes later Ms Lanigan said another alert was sent out stating the message was sent by mistake. 

"That is a very long time and of course there is no where to take shelter."

"We got a taxi back to the hotel and it was on the ride back that the recall warning was sent."

The taxi driver spoke to Ms Lanigan about the alert who stated, "an emergency beacon usually sounds before they would get a warning like this but it had never happened before."

"It was a big mistake. There was a long period of 40 minutes to contemplate and plan and in some people's cases panic.

"Persoanlly, I was just keen to be anywhere else and safe."

Hawaii Emergency Management Agency took to Facebook to state, "NO missile threat to Hawaii. False alarm. We're currently investigating."

Kiwi Krysia Lanigan said she received the emergency alert. Source: 1 NEWS



US woman accused of having fake firefighter husband to scam people for donations

An American woman is suspected of making up a firefighter husband to scam people into giving her thousands of dollars that she said would be donated to Cal Fire crews battling wildfires in the state.

According to the Los Angeles Times, the Orange County Sheriff’s Department are investigating her and say the San Clemente woman, Ashley Bemis, 28, received $11,000 worth of donations in cash and gifts.

On August 10 Bemis posted on the San Clemente Facebook page that she would be delivering food and other items needed by her husband and other California Department of Foresty and Fire protection firefighters and she requested the public's help.

She wrote in a post “Shane works for Cal Fire and is out on the Holy Fire right now."

“I also have two other family members and many friends out in the fire and other fires burning here in California. I received a text today from Shane saying it’s pretty much a living hell out there battling the unpredictable Holy Hell Fire,” reported the Los Angeles Times

The Facebook post has since been deleted.

Community members in the Facebook group, including one who was a Cal Fire employee said they had suspicions about the woman and reported her to the police.

Carrie Braun a spokeswoman for the Orange County Sheriff’s department said: "A Cal Fire employee ran the name ‘Shane Goodman’ in an internal database and learned that the person is not a Cal Fire employee.”

Investigators have interviewed Bemis , several people who donated to her and the owners of businesses where Bemis collected donations.

She hasn't been arrested or charged.



Kiwi cartoonist defends Aussie colleague over Serena Williams depiction - 'There's not a chance he would even contemplate doing a racist cartoon'

New Zealand Herald’s cartoonist Rod Emmerson has defended Australian cartoonist Mark Knight after his depiction of Serena Williams was labelled as ‘racist’ and ‘sexist’.

“There is not a chance he would even contemplate doing a racist cartoon,” he told 1 NEWS today.

The image made headlines around the world and has caused controversy in the US with commentators saying it is an example of Australia’s "blind racism".

He says it has been blown out of proportion.

“I think people are trying to find something that is not there.”

But he says Mr Knight should have "understood the repercussions" of his image.

“We’ve got to be very careful before we put pen to paper.”

The cartoon comes after tennis star Serena Williams made several outbursts to the umpire at the US Open final.

Emmerson says Knight is “ … very big on sportsmanship and doesn’t like people throwing ‘wobblies’.”

This dominated the 6-2 6-4 final win by Naomi Osaka at Flushing Meadows on Saturday.

Mark Knight is in hot water after his depiction of Serena Williams was labelled ‘racist’ and ‘sexist’. Source: 1 NEWS


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Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte reacts to threats to force him from power

Philippine president Rodrigo Duterte has reacted to alleged threats by his opponents to force him from power.

Speaking to state television today, Duterte said: "If the armed forces think that I am not competent, that I am not qualified to be sitting here as president ... it's up to you," Duterte said. "You want another president? Fine."

Opposition politicians said Duterte's TV appearance, which lasted more than an hour, should have focused on growing public concern over inflation, which hit a nine-year high last month, rice shortages and poverty.

A powerful typhoon churning over the Pacific is also forecast to lash the country's agricultural north later this week.

Duterte attempted to explain the legal offensive he has launched against opposition Senator Antonio Trillanes IV.

He linked Trillanes' political group to an alleged plot to oust him, and said he has ordered the release of intelligence provided by a foreign government about the alleged plan.

Duterte's decision to withdraw a 2011 amnesty granted to Trillanes, a former navy officer who joined past mutinies, has forced the senator to seek refuge in the Senate, where he has been marooned for a week and gained wide media coverage.

Concerns have been raised that Duterte's moves may undermine judicial independence and that the political impasse may ignite restiveness among troops in a country with a recent history of military uprisings.

Military chief of staff General Carlito Galvez Jr. warned troops over the weekend "not to meddle or take part in partisan politics".

Opposition politicians said Duterte's TV appearance should have focused on growing public concern over inflation. Source: Associated Press


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Flashback: Watch 1 NEWS from the day the World Trade Centre was attacked on 9/11

Everyone remembers where they were on September 11, 2001 - and as the world turned on their televisions, 1 NEWS was there.

1 NEWS initiated a special uninterrupted live coverage event in the early hours of September 12, 2001 after news of the attack broke.

The 6pm programme was presented by Richard Long and Judy Bailey and included wire items from numerous American outlets.

Richard Long and Judy Bailey headed the coverage, which was live and uninterrupted throughout the day. Source: 1 NEWS