Watch: Protective father aims kick at man who tries to snatch his daughter

A quick-thinking father fended off a would-be abductor of his young daughter with a powerful kick in the Chinese city of Jiamusi.

Video of the incident shows the hooded man approaching from behind as the father and daughter walk away hand-in-hand after looking at market stalls.

The would-be kidnapper grabs the girl's arm and tries to pull her away.

But the shocked father keeps hold of her hand and kicks the man who lets go of the girl and runs away.

Reports from the area said he hadn't been caught.

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Meditation channel added to Virgin Australia's in-flight system to help anxious travellers

A meditation channel has been added to Virgin Australia's long-haul flight entertainment system to make flying less stressful.

The airline announced this today after Virgin's founder Sir Richard Branson launched a new partnership with the not-for-profit group, Smiling Mind.

Founded in 2012, Smiling Mind is a not-for-profit web and app-based meditation program developed by psychologists and educators, and has over 2.6 million app downloads.

Virgin Australia’s public affairs manager of operations Libby Armstrong said the programme will be especially useful for those travelling with anxiety.

Early next year, the airline will also implement a ticking box in their booking system which allows travellers to discreetly identify their travel anxiety, giving them extra support during the flight.  

These passengers will then be directed to Smiling Mind's in-flight meditations on the entertainment system.

"Travelling is stressful, and I think it’s the lack of control people have about travelling. If we can give back a bit of control, that will make all the difference," Ms Armstrong told  The Daily Telegraph.

"I know lots of people who have been struck by anxiety and it’s a horrible thing to have to suffer. Hopefully (the in-flight meditations) will introduce more people to meditation as well because it could be an added weapon for people to overcome their fears," said Sir Richard. 

Nine News reporter Mike Dalton went along for the ride. Source: Nine

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Princess Eugenie's wedding set to be less of a global spectacle than Prince Harry's, more of a family affair

It's time for another royal wedding at Windsor Castle — but this time it's less of a global TV spectacle and more of a family affair.

Despite large signs at the castle's ticket booth welcoming people to the wedding, many visitors seem unaware that Princess Eugenie, granddaughter of Queen Elizabeth II, will marry tequila company executive James Brooksbank at 11pm tonight NZT.

Princess Eugenie is the 28-year-old daughter of Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson, and ninth in line for the throne. She has lived most of her life outside the media spotlight, and keeps a low profile compared to cousins Prince William and Prince Harry and their glamorous wives.

1 NEWS Europe Correspondent Joy Reid has the latest ahead of the big day in Windsor, England. Source: Breakfast

That's reflected in the souvenir shops that line the streets leading to the imposing castle. Royal wedding merchandise fill the windows — but they feature Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, who also married at Windsor Castle in May in a spectacular, globally televised ceremony.

Snippets of the wedding will be shown on British TV, but only one channel, ITV, is planning to provide live coverage of the proceedings.

Princess Eugenie and Mr Brooksbank are following a precedent set by Prince Harry and Meghan by inviting 1,200 members of the public to the castle grounds for a better view of the festivities.

Mr Brooksbank and Princess Eugenie have dated for many years. The couple says he got down on one knee and proposed in January during a trip to Nicaragua while the couple was visiting a spectacular lake next to a volcano.

FILE - In this Saturday, May 20, 2017 file photo, Britain's Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank arrive for the wedding of Pippa Middleton and James Matthews at St Mark's Church in Englefield, England. Buckingham Palace said Sunday Oct. 7, 2018 there will be military fanfare and red velvet cake when Princess Eugenie marries drinks-company executive Jack Brooksbank on Friday in Windsor Castle's St. George's Chapel. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth, File)
Princess Eugenie marries drinks-company executive Jack Brooksbank on Friday in Windsor Castle's St. George's Chapel. Source: Associated Press

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New video shows Auckland pub patrons trying to fight off masked shotgun-wielding thugs

CCTV footage has been released of a violent confrontation between shotgun-wielding robbers and pub patrons on Auckland's North Shore.

Birkenhead's Good Home pub was robbed by two masked men on August 25, and police made an appeal on TVNZ1's Police Ten 7 programme for the public's help in finding them.

The show featured newly-released video of the incident, during which the two men entered and fired two warning shots into the ceiling when patrons tried to stop them.

One man can be seen trying to get close to one of the robbers, despite a shotgun being pointed at his face, before the robber fires into the ceiling and kicks the man hard, sending him to the ground.

Another person also tries to intervene with a bar stool, but is subdued.

A third suspect was waiting outside in the car when the two emerged and the pair escaped in a stolen white Subaru Impreza with cash.

Police say that car was found dumped on Roseberry Ave 30 minutes later, and another car is believed to have been used, possibly a light blue or grey sedan.

One of the people from the bar was featured on Ten 7, and said the robbery had caused "a lot of anxiety and nightmares" for staff.

"I didn't realise until I was face-to-face with them ... it all kind of set in when I had to give them the money," she said.

Anyone with information can contact Police Ten 7's hotline on 0800 107 4636, citing case number four, or information can be provided anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.


Call for Law Society to start taking affirmative action over instances of lawyers’ bad behaviour

The embattled law firm Russell McVeagh has lost one of its partners, after an independent investigation upheld complaints about the man's drunken behaviour at a client function.

Yesterday the law firm's board chair Malcolm Crotty confirmed a partner - who wasn't named - had resigned.

The firm, which provides services to the Government, has been in damage control because of serious allegations of sexual misconduct by senior lawyers in 2015 and 2016.

Russell McVeagh announced in late September it was investigating a complaint that a partner had made offensive comments while he was drinking at a function with clients

The partner was banned from the firm's offices during the investigation.

After the ruling the partner apologised and resigned, but he is still able to practice law.

Former lawyer Olivia Wensley said his resignation won't be career ending.

"I know of many incidents where women have been brave, they've gone to the law firm and laid a complaint, and quite often these men will be moved on one way or another, they often go and practise at the bar," Ms Wensley said.

As the industry regulator, the Law Society needed to start taking affirmative action, Ms Wensley said.

"These men will continue behaving the way they have been because there are no repercussions.

"They are acting like badly behaved children who are not facing discipline. They're going to keep going if there's no action taken and it's up to the regulator to actually take disciplinary action," Ms Wensley said.

Law Society president Kathryn Beck was unavailable.

But a Law Society spokesperson confirmed a meeting had been scheduled with Russell McVeagh at the firm's request.

It said from time to time, law firms meet with the society to discuss reporting a case of misconduct .

Steph Dyhrberg from the Wellington Women Lawyers' Association expected that meeting will be about whether a further complaint is laid.

"If there is a complaint or a notification the standards committee decides to investigate it and if there is a finding against that person of unacceptable behaviour or misconduct of course that calls into question their ability to practice.

"So, there could be consequences for this person beyond simply losing position of prestige status and lots of money being a partner at Russell McVeagh," Ms Dyhrberg said.

Russell McVeagh has chosen not to name the partner.

Ms Dyhrberg backed that decision.

"No, I wouldn't be inclined to name him if I was the firm, it will however rapidly become apparent as it has in previous cases involving law firms and partners leaving," Ms Dyhrberg said.

Ms Dyhrberg said she hoped the resignation of the partner will mark a turning point for victims of bullying and harassment.

- By Katie Scotcher

RNZ.CO.NZ

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