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Crash Bandicoot’s creators speak to 25 years of the beloved character

Over two decades ago a hyperactive, eastern barred bandicoot made its way into the virtual world, today Crash Bandicoot is a household name. Originally created by the team at gaming studio Naughty Dog (The Last of Us), Crash Bandicoot was brought to life on the original PlayStation console in 1996. The success of the Crash Bandicoot game saw him become, at one point, the official mascot for Sony PlayStation, selling almost seven million copies. READ MORE: Lost Judgment is the perfect trip to Tokyo The original Crash game is set in a group of islands off the west coast of Tasmania. That being said, Aussies could almost call this little orange marsupial their own. Crash Bandicoot is now in the hands of Toys for Bob, the studio that remastered the original trilogy in 2017 and brought back Spyro the Dragon. 9News caught up with the Creative Director and Co-Studio Head at Toys for Bob, Paul Yan, to help celebrate. And while Paul wasn't there when Crash was imagined, he has a history wi..

Geelong and Surf Coast to open up, Mitchell Shire to stay in lockdown

Greater Geelong and the Surf Coast LGA will exit lockdown at 11.59pm tonight while lockdown in Mitchell Shire has been extended indefinitely. The decisions come as the LGAs have continued to record new COVID-19 cases. Six of today's new 779 COVID-19 cases are in Geelong, while one is in the Surf Coast. READ MORE: Restrictions set to ease on Tuesday after Victoria records 779 new COVID-19 cases, two deaths There are five new cases in Mitchell Shire. Deputy Chief Health Officer Deb Friedman said a number of factors had gone into deciding to end the lockdown in Geelong and Surf Coast, including that most of the cases in the LGAs were linked to other known cases and that there were no major exposure sites. "We also look at high testing rates, vaccination rates and also any changes to policy that can limit further growth in the short term, and this includes things like no travel between Melbourne and regional Victoria for construction," she said. READ MORE: Another three LGAs in regio..

New South Wales records 961 local COVID-19 cases and nine deaths

New South Wales has recorded 961 new local COVID-19 cases in the last day and another nine deaths. NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian fronted the media today, saying that she is pleased by the speed of the state's vaccine uptake, with more than 85 per cent of residents now having received a single dose. Almost 60 per cent of residents are fully vaccinated, with that milestone expected to be hit later today. READ MORE: Unvaccinated residents could be blocked from freedoms in NSW until state reaches 90 per cent double-doses https://twitter.com/NSWHealth/status/1441930744394227712?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw"Very pleasingly, NSW has passed the 85 per cent figure, that is an outstanding result and as we literally gallop towards that 70 per cent double dose," Ms Berejiklian said. "It's very pleasing to see that number go up and I would love to see us said that 90 per cent figure in the near future. "In terms of second doses, we're just shy of 60 per cent, 59.25 per cent today." Ms Bereji..

No cases in Queensland as health minister issues blunt message to stranded interstate residents

There have been no new local COVID-19 cases in Queensland overnight as ramped-up vaccine efforts continue across the state. Health authorities have pushed residents to come forward during another "super-vax" weekend, with community pharmacies officially rolling the Moderna vaccine, on top of existing AstraZeneca supplies. Meanwhile, Health Minister Yvette D'Ath has issued a blunt message to stranded interstate residents, saying that border rules have been clear for months. READ MORE: Queensland records one new local COVID-19 case as another super-vax weekend gets underway https://twitter.com/AnnastaciaMP/status/1441907871294230534?ref_src=twsrc%5EtfwMs D'Ath said that residents have had months to become "aware of the rules" and the risks involved with travelling during a pandemic poses. "I do remind people that if you are travelling interstate, we have been saying since June that you need to be aware of the rules," she said. "There are many families in Victoria who live subur..

Victoria records 779 new local COVID-19 cases, two deaths

Victoria has recorded another 779 new local COVID-19 cases overnight and another two deaths. The results come from more than 46,000 tests, while 34,000 vaccines were administered. Across the state, there are now 8,011 active cases. READ MORE: Victoria records 847 new local COVID-19 cases, one death https://twitter.com/VicGovDH/status/1441898920729186306?ref_src=twsrc%5EtfwMeanwhile, authorities have told residents to brace for higher case numbers after the highest daily increase of 847 new local cases was recorded yesterday. Of the day's cases, 79 per cent of them were aged under 50. Victoria's Health Minister Martin Foley said that the outbreak is targeting largely young and unvaccinated people. "This is still largely an outbreak of people under 50, the young and the unvaccinated," he said. READ MORE: NSW records 1007 new local cases, 11 more deaths There are more than 300 people currently in hospital with COVID-19in Victoria, with over 65 in intensive care and 45 on a venti..

Brian Laundrie left home without phone or wallet

A source close to the family of Brian Laundrie told CNN's Chris Cuomo on Thursday that Gabby Petito's fiancé, who is now the subject of a federal warrant, left his parents' Florida home last Tuesday without his cell phone and wallet. Mr Laundrie's parents were concerned that he might hurt himself, the source said. Mr Laundrie has not been seen since that Tuesday and authorities have been searching a nature reserve in Venice, not far from the parents' home in North Port. A North Port Police spokesperson declined to comment on the report. READ MORE: The search for Gabby Petito's fiancé Brian Laundrie continues. Here's why it's been so hard to find him "I can not give any statement to a timeline at this time. That investigation is being conducted by the FBI," North Port Police Public Information Officer Josh Taylor told CNN. The FBI did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Earlier, the US District Court of Wyoming issued a federal arres..

This country claims it hasn’t had a single COVID-19 case

In the nearly two years since the pandemic began, Turkmenistan has not seen a single case of COVID-19. Or at least, that's what the central Asian country's secretive, authoritarian government claims. Turkmenistan, a former Soviet republic home to nearly six million people, is one of at least five countries that have not reported any coronavirus cases, according to a review of data collected by Johns Hopkins University and the World Health Organisation. Three of those are isolated islands in the Pacific and the fourth is North Korea, a tightly-controlled hermit state. READ MORE: The countries making dubious COVID-19 claims - and what that means for the world Turkmenistan's repressive President Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov, who has ruled since 2006, has dismissed reports of COVID-19 in the country as "fake" and told the United Nations in an address Tuesday that the response to the pandemic shouldn't be "politicised." But independent organisations and journalists and act..

Taliban hang body in public; signal return to past tactics

The Taliban hanged a dead body from a crane parked in a city square in Afghanistan on Saturday in a gruesome display that signalled the hard-line movement's return to some of its brutal tactics of the past. Taliban officials initially brought four bodies to the central square in the western city of Herat, then moved three of them to other parts of the city for public display, said Wazir Ahmad Seddiqi, who runs a pharmacy on the edge of the square. Taliban officials announced that the four were caught taking part in a kidnapping earlier on Saturday and were killed by police, Mr Seddiqi said. READ MORE: Australian not-for-profit rescues orphans from Afghanistan Ziaulhaq Jalali, a Taliban-appointed district police chief in Herat, said later that Taliban members rescued a father and son who had been abducted by four kidnappers after an exchange of gunfire. He said a Taliban fighter and a civilian were wounded by the kidnappers, and that the kidnappers were killed in crossfire. An Asso..

Gold Coast woman bedridden for weeks after magpie attack

A magpie attack has left one Gold Coast woman bedridden for several weeks. Debbie Galbraith was on a bike ride when she was swooped and knocked to the ground by the black and white bird. Ms Galbraith said she felt a clip on the back of her helmet and ducked as an "instant reaction". READ MORE: Queensland records one new local COVID-19 case "I've come off and then just the side of my ribs have gone straight into the curb," she said. This incident left her with seven broken ribs and six plates to hold them in place. "The ribs weren't lined up or anything so they thought it would be better to put the plates in, line them up, so they could heal correctly," Ms Galbraith said. "The first couple of days I was just in agony". READ MORE: Five hurt as car smashes into Gold Coast Starbucks In the past 12 months on the Gold Coast there have been just 14 reports of swooping. Meanwhile, there have been 157 from January to August in Brisbane. However, those numbers don't reflect unrepo..

Men with alleged crime family links charged with assaulting police

Five men have been charged with assaulting police in Western Sydney after a brawl allegedly broke out over face masks. Police spoke to two men outside a service station in Guilford after they were allegedly seen without wearing face coverings yesterday afternoon. The pair – who police claim are linked to the Alameddine crime family – allegedly became aggressive and one is accused of punching an officer before a struggle broke out. READ MORE: Police called to break up huge crowds at Bondi and Manly Three men arrived in a ute as the men were being arrested. Police allege they then threatened the officers on the scene. More police were called to back up the arresting officers and after another struggle, the three other men were taken into custody. Police allege a knife was seized during a search of the ute. The men were taken to Granville and Auburn Police Stations. READ MORE: Dozens arrested on sixth day of Melbourne protests Four men – aged 19, 20, 21 and 22 - were charged and will face..