Stop separating families.
8th day of peaceful protest on Nauru ... @elahe_zivardar [12/2/17]
Two female prisoners have escaped Numinbah Correctional Centre in the Gold Coast Hinterland.
Charlotte Bowman, 19, and Jahnessa Jerome, 24, were discovered missing from the low security women’s facility just before midnight Friday.
Police say Bowman is serving one year for common assault, while Jerome is serving 15 months for assaulting police. [MYGC - 12/217]
'Enough is enough': Gordon Nuttall tells of time in jail [Brisbane Times - 9/2/17]:
... He told the Brisbane Supreme Court on Thursday it "beggars belief" he had spent more than five years of his sentence at a maximum-security prison given he was a model and low-risk prisoner.
"The powers that be and the authorities chose to keep me in a maximum-security prison," Nuttall said.
"I don't think there's anyone in this courtroom that could begin to comprehend the horrors of that." ...
A driver has died at the scene of a fiery crash in the Gold Coast’s north-eastern suburbs.
It’s believed the man was travelling along on Beaudesert Beenleigh Road at Luscombe around 7.45pm on Friday when his van hit a ute.
The van caught fire and the occupant, a man in his 60s, was pronounced deceased at the scene.
The Forensic Crash Unit is investigating. [MYGC - 11/2/17]
Two people were lucky to escape injury when a truck smashed into the bedroom of a house south of Brisbane.
Police say the truck ploughed through the fence and garden of the home in Beenleigh around 11am AEST on Friday.
An adult and child were home at the time but both escaped injury. [Yahoo - 10/2/17]
A postwoman has been taken to hospital after being hit by a truck on the Gold Coast this afternoon.
The accident occurred on the corner of Robert street and Turpin road in Labrador just after 1.00pm.
Queensland Ambulance confirmed crews raced to the scene after receiving reports a motorcyclist had been struck.
The woman, who is aged in her 50s, was treated at the scene for a shoulder injury. ... [MYGC - 10/2/17]
Australia Post reviews CEO Ahmed Fahour's pay packet [Australian Financial Review - 8/2/17]
A man is in a critical condition in hospital after losing control of his vehicle on Tamborine Mountain. ... [MYGC - 9/2/17]
Perhaps it's a cultural problem?
Ice-cream advertisement seen all around the Gold Coast.
A man has been charged after another, aged 69, died after being assaulted at an Ipswich hotel on Saturday afternoon.
The man was taken to Brisbane's Princess Alexandra Hospital after the incident at a Redbank Plains hotel on Saturday afternoon, but later died.
A 44-year-old man has been charged with one count of unlawful striking causing death and will appear in court on Monday. [Brisbane Times - 12/2/17]
A man who fatally punched his Brisbane neighbour during a dispute over loud music has been found not guilty of manslaughter.
Phillip Pama and his family wept as a Supreme Court jury acquitted him on Thursday of killing 55-year-old Leon Yeaman in April 2015. ... [Brisbane Times - 9/2/17]
A man who took part in the rape of an unconscious teenager at an Australia Day party in Brisbane has been given a suspended 18-month sentence.
Frazer John Eaton stood still as the sentence was handed down at the Brisbane District Court on Thursday morning.
The 23-year-old and three friends attacked the 18-year-old victim while he was drunk and passed out at party in 2015, with Eaton holding the young man's shoulders while a co-accused assaulted him with a beer bottle.
A third held his legs while a fourth filmed the incident. ... [Nine MSN - 9/2/17]
Australian woman gives evidence at Connor trial [Tweed Shire Echo – 8/2/17]:
An Australian tourist says she heard a woman and man screaming ‘hysterically’ on the night Byron Bay resident Sara Connor and her British boyfriend are accused of killing a Bali police officer on Kuta Beach.
Kim Watson says she and her sister Coleen Bowen were staying in separate rooms at the Pullman Hotel opposite the popular Bali Beach on August 16, 2016 when she heard loud screams about 1.30am.
‘I could hear a lady screaming very loudly and hysterically and she also yelled ‘leave him alone and get off of him’,’ ‘Ms Watson told Connor’s trial at Denpasar Court on Tuesday.
She also heard a man scream and say ‘Get off her, you f**king c**t’. ...
Teenager killed during police pursuit at Macksville [ABC – 10/2/17]
A man accused of wounding a Queensland police officer he slammed through a window has been found guilty.
Morris Steven Mickelo was tasered and shot twice as he wrestled with Constable Reece Jarman, who had tried to handcuff the 32-year-old at his Capalaba townhouse in April 2014. ... [Nine MSN - 9/2/17]
A police officer who tasered and twice shot a man who smashed her colleague through a window has denied going for her weapon before a scuffle erupted. ... [Brisbane Times - 7/2/17]
Pro-life advocates [Anti-choice fanatics] have marched in Brisbane to heap pressure on Queensland MPs to oppose an independent bill seeking to decriminalise abortion.
They rallied in stifling heat on Saturday ahead of a vote on the proposed legislation, which organisers have described as one of the "most extreme" abortion laws in the world.
More than 25,000 people have also signed a petition to oppose Independent MP Rob Pyne's move to remove abortion from the state's criminal code. ... [Yahoo - 11/2/17]
Poland's parliament has voted overwhelmingly to reject a controversial citizens' bill for a near-total ban on abortion.
The government said that protests against the bill had given ministers "food for thought".
Poland already has among the tightest abortion laws in Europe, and the proposal sought to ban all abortions unless the mother's life was at risk. <--- As in Queensland.
MPs voted to reject the bill by 352 votes to 58.
The bill came from an anti-abortion citizens' initiative that gathered some 450,000 signatures.
It was initially backed by the Catholic Church, but bishops then said they could not support one of the proposals, to jail women who had an abortion. ... [BBC - 6/10/176]
Graham Sloane found guilty of Renee Mitchell's brutal murder [Sydney Morning Herald – 9/2/17]
Missing woman Leann Lapham's partner Graeme Evans charged with her murder [ABC - 9/2/17]:
The 42-year-old former partner of a far north Queensland woman missing for almost seven years has been charged with her murder.
Leann Lapham, 30, was last seen alive at the Riverside Motel at Innisfail on April 19, 2010.
Police presume she was killed.
Her three-week-old son was found alive in the room. ...
"You would think being in a domestic violence relationship that somebody would have helped her move out quicker," she said. ...
Brisbane Times [31/1/17]:
... Teresa was killed by her estranged husband David Bradford in an apparent murder-suicide on the Gold Coast.
Her children found their bodies in her Pimpama home early on Tuesday morning.
Ms Degraaf and another friend, Debra Napper, said she had been determined to move elsewhere so her estranged husband couldn't find her.
"She was trying to leave this house and find somewhere else to live," Ms Napper said.
"She told me that. She was ready to pack up and move."
Ms Degraaf said Ms Bradford needed help moving because of her health issues, which proved more difficult than she imagined.
"I'd been going through a range of options. She tried to get help, I tried to get her help - it was so easy for him to find her too," Ms Degraaf said.
Ms Napper said she was "very disappointed" with how the system had failed to prevent the tragedy from happening. ...
The Serious Fraud Office has launched a formal criminal investigation into two of the government's biggest suppliers, G4S and Serco, following claims by the justice secretary, Chris Grayling, of tens of millions of pounds of overcharging on electronic tagging contracts for offenders. ... [Guardian - 4/11/13]
GPS monitoring devices are used to track dangerous and high risk offenders but the devices can be circumvented, sometimes leading to devastating consequences. ... [WKRN.com - 6/11/14]
Murdoch Press report "IS fighter" Khaled Sharrouf first Australian stripped of citizenship under medieval exile law [Reuters - 11/2/17]
A woman who refused to stand for a judge due to her Islamic faith will become the first person to be charged with new disrespectful behaviour laws.
Moutia Elzahed, the wife of convicted terrorist recruiter Hamdi Alqudsi, refused to stand for NSW District Court judge Audrey Balla in December during a civil case against the police. ... [Sydney Morning Herald - 9/2/17]
Church laws deliberately misused to cover up abuse claims: Royal Commission [Sydney Morning Herald – 9/2/17]
A Queensland taxi driver will be allowed to keep working despite being accused of sending his daughters to Africa to undergo genital mutilation.
The taxi driver and his wife were charged in December 2015 with two counts of removing a child from the state for FGM and are expected to defend the allegations.
The Department of Transport suspended the man's driver authorisation soon after but the decision was set aside this month by the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal on appeal.
The tribunal had heard the man claims not to have known his daughters were being taken for FGM and believed the trip was to visit their ageing maternal grandmother.
In its decision the tribunal said while there was no doubt an overwhelming majority of Queenslanders would find FGM "abhorrent", allowing the man to keep driving would have a "minimal" impact on public confidence in passenger services.
It also found the man did not pose a risk to the safety of other children and denying him a livelihood would devastating.
If convicted of the offences, the man and his wife face a maximum penalty of 14 years imprisonment. [Yahoo - 10/2/17]
A Sydney woman has been charged with the murder of her two-year-old daughter, just months after charges were laid against her de-facto partner over the girl's death.
The toddler was allegedly assaulted by the woman's 23-year-old partner at the pair's Western Sydney home in December. ... [ABC - 10/2/17]
Passengers will spend the night on a luxury cruise ship that crashed into another boat this afternoon.
The Seabourn Encore berthed at the Port of Timaru this morning and, according to the Port's website, was due to leave for Akaroa about 6pm.
Harbourmaster Jim Dilley said there were mooring issues with the ship and a strong southerly wind blew it away from the wharf.
It hit another vessel, the Milburn Carrier II and became stuck between two wharves. ... [RNZI - 12/2/17]
A luxury cruise ship broken down off Victoria's coast with more than 3,000 passengers and crew on board also experienced a problem with its propulsion system a fortnight ago, the company has revealed. ... [RNZI - 11/2/17]
'It's a pretty horrific thing to happen on a holiday cruise' [RNZI – 10/2/17]:
Passengers on board the Emerald Princess walked around Dunedin's Port Chalmers in dazed shock today, after a crew member died when a gas cylinder exploded on the ship yesterday.
The Filipino man, understood to be a young father, was killed when a cylinder containing compressed nitrogen hit him, before it flew over the railings onto the wharf at Port Chalmers.
More than 3000 passengers were on board the cruise, which was nearing the end of its 12-night tour to New Zealand from Sydney.
The cruise ship left Dunedin just after 9pm this evening.
The ship will go straight to its final destination in Sydney after leaving Dunedin, instead of heading to Milford Sound.
The accident happened around 5pm yesterday as passengers were returning on shuttles from a day spent in Dunedin. ...
Traditional owners, Adani back in court over proposed Galilee Basin coal mine [Brisbane Times - 12/2/17]
TINGALPA – vegetation fire as at 7.15pm Sun 12 Feb 17. QFES and @brisbanecityqld crews are on scene ...
DIDCOT (North Burnett) – grass fire as at 3.30pm Sun 12 Feb 17 Multiple crews are on scene ...
THE FALLS (east of Killarney) – vegetation fire as at 3.20pm Sun 12 Feb 17 Five crews are on scene ...
KENILWORTH (Sunshine Coast) – vegetation fire as at 1.25pm Sun 12 Feb 17. Multiple crews are on scene ...
@lifesavingqld [12/27/17]: Thank you to all of our lifesavers and lifeguards - today performing a record breaking 63 rescues. Our biggest day this season!
Child dies, another critical in inflatable toy tragedy at Norman Point near Tin Can Bay [Brisbane Times - 12/2/17]
FUCK. ZOOS. ---> Protest erupts during dolphin show at Sea World on the Gold Coast [Nine MSN - 1212/17]
Sea World is not expected to press charges against a group of protesters who gate-crashed one of the theme park’s most popular attractions.
Around 20 animal activists stood in front of a packed crowd at the Dolphin Affinity show on Saturday, holding banners calling for an end to animal captivity.
The group, who had been sitting with the audience just moments prior, told people to demand refunds and shouted “there’s no excuse for animal abuse”.
But, the stunt backfired as people from the crowd began ripping the banners down and a chorus of ‘boos’ erupted.
The group was eventually escorted from the area by two off-duty police officers and Sea World security.
The theme park has said it won’t be pressing charges. [MYGC - 12/2/17]
[FREE] Dolphins! [swimming in the] #GoldCoast Seaway @GraffitiExpert [9/2/17]
The Department of Conservation is trying to figure out what to do with the carcasses of hundreds of whales left on the South Island's Farewell Spit.
It comes after several days responding to one of the biggest strandings in the country's history.
Nearly 700 whales have stranded on or near Farewell Spit since late on Thursday and, of those, more than three hundred have died. ... [RNZI - 12/2/17]
NSW shark nets catching and killing more threatened species than sharks [Tweed Shire Echo – 9/2/17]
The group Tweed Water Alliance (TWA) has made the startling claim that a shed adjacent to former Wran government minister Jack Hallam’s proposed spring-water site at Uki once stored the active ingredients of the now-banned defoliant Agent Orange. ... [Tweed Shire Echo - 9/2/17]
Turtle hatchlings dying in extreme heat at Mon Repos [ABC - 4/2/17]
Chile algal bloom kills 170,000 salmon, raising concern [Reuters 9 /2/17]:
... Live fish being transported by local producers Australis Seafoods and Nova Austral were infected and killed earlier this month.
The boats, which recirculate ocean water into the tanks to keep the fish alive as they are transported, inadvertently passed through the infested waters, Sernapesca said. ...
An explosion has erupted at EDF’s Flamanville nuclear power plant in northern France.
At least five people suffered light injuries in the blast.
EDF has confirmed that one reactor has been taken offline adding there is no nuclear risk. ... [EURO News - 9/2/17]
World's first atomic bomb test caused generations of southern New Mexico families to suffer from cancer [ABC News - 10/2/17]:
... The surveys involved residents of the historic Hispanic village of Tularosa and four New Mexico counties.
They want lawmakers to include New Mexico in a federal law that compensates residents near atomic tests.
The Trinity Test took place as part of the Manhattan Project, a top-secret World War II nuclear development program run out of the then-secret city of Los Alamos, New Mexico.
Residents did not learn that the test had involved an atomic weapon until the U.S. dropped bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki and the war ended. ...
The high radiation estimates in the No. 2 reactor of the stricken Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant will probably force a rethink of the nationalized utility’s robot-based strategy for locating its molten fuel.
According to an analysis of Thursday’s abbreviated probe, the radiation in the primary containment vessel is about 650 sieverts per hour, more than the 530 sieverts estimated late last month, Tokyo Electric Power Company Holding Inc. said.
That level could kill a person quickly and indicates the fuel likely burned through the pressure vessel during the meltdown and is somewhere nearby. ... [Japan Times - 10/2/17]
The past is present.
Heading to Joint Base Andrews on #MarineOne with Prime Minister Shinzō earlier today. @realDonaldTrump [10/2/17]
Joint Statement from US President Donald J. Trump and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe [The White House - 10/2/17]
@wikileaks [11/2/17]: TPP is Not Dead: It’s Now Called the Trade In Services Agreement (#TiSA) ...
North Korea tests ballistic missile; US to avoid escalation [Reuters - 12/2/17]
Asylum seekers and staff at the Nauru detention centre were evacuated after construction workers found unexploded ordnance at the site of a new building for refugees.
Guardian Australia understands that a device was discovered by one of the contractors tasked to build the new refugee settlement at refugee processing centre 3 (RPC3).
Asylum seekers and staff at RPC3 were evacuated on Tuesday while the risks were assessed.
Similar concerns were also raised at the Manus Island detention centre, where a number of UXOs were discovered in the early days of establishing the facilities. [Guardian - 27/10/15]
NAURU ISLAND. 1945-09-14. A JAPANESE POW EXPLAINING THE MEANING OF THE JAPANESE NAVY INSIGNIA ON HIS CAR RADIATOR TO PRIVATE TRANSTON, 222ND AUSTRALIAN SUPPLY DEPOT PLATOON. [Australian War Memorial]
NAURU ISLAND. 1945-09-14. PILOT OFFICER L. MARQUIS, INTERPRETER, RAAF, CHECKING THE DETAILS OF A JAPANESE 25MM ANTI-AIRCRAFT GUN FOUND SOON AFTER THE ISLAND WAS OCCUPIED BY TROOPS OF THE 31/51ST INFANTRY BATTALION. [Australian War Memorial]
Purification ceremony held to heal wounds of war [Saipan Tribune - 12/7/16]:
Five Shinto Buddhists held a purification ceremony last Thursday with the hopes of exorcising the horrors of World War II, and that the remains of those who died be found and given proper burials.
The ceremony, held in a vacant parking lot beside Aqua Resort Club, was part of non-profit organization Kuentai’s visit on Saipan.
Kuentai’s mission is to locate the remains of all of those who remain missing during World War II. ...
Court hears case against US military plans for Marianas [RNZI - 11/2/17]
Refugee centre in Kordelio WW2 bomb evacuation zone [Greek Reporter - 10/2/17]:
The refugee center set up within the former Softex factory is among those that are to be temporarily evacuated on Sunday.
The evacuation, covering a roughly 2-kilometre radius, was decided as a safety precaution during an operation to dispose of a WWII bomb, found buried beneath a petrol station in Kordelio, Thessaloniki, Greece.
The evacuation of the center will be carried out by the Migration Policy Minister with coaches that will arrive at the center at 7 a.m. and transfer the residents to the center of Thessaloniki.
Following a request made by the refugees and migrants in the center, there will be a visit to the city’s Archaeological Museum, a ministry press release said.
Últimamente hablamos mucho de EEUU pero... @AlbaFerrs [10/2/17]
@carolrosenberg [11/2/17]: Just back from Guantanamo's Detention Center Zone. Still no new orders from the Trump administration.
At least 172 Cuban nationals who tried to enter the United States following the end to an immigration policy known as “wet foot, dry foot” are now in detention facilities, awaiting for the results of their removal proceedings, federal agencies have confirmed.
Exactly where they are being held was not revealed. ... [Miami Herald - 9/2/17]
... With over one thousand people shot dead by US law enforcement agents each year, the alleged risk posed by Guantánamo prisoners to the US is clearly exaggerated, and with the naval base home to another indefinite detention facility since 1991, for immigration detainees, there is no interest in ending indefinite arbitrary detention, a highly lucrative business. ... Why Obama didn't close Guantánamo [One Small Window - 7/1/17]
Australian Human Rights Commission welcomes Brandis OPCAT PR stunt while simultaneously legitimising mandatory indefinite detention. [Media Release - 9/2/17]
Trump Justice Department delivers CIA ‘Torture Report’ to Federal Court [Miami Herald - 10/2/17]
Despite a media campaign trying to offload neoconservative Elliott Abrams onto the Trump administration, and considerable pressure from within the cabinet to appoint him Deputy Secretary of State, President Trump has decided against including the controversial interventionist and Iraq war supporter in his administration. ... [Antiwar.com - 10/2/17]
... You invented the most powerful weapon in the world - use it - the right way! ... [Clip from 'Where to Invade Next' - 2016]
We speak to Charles Glass, award winning foreign correspondent who spent his career on the ground in the Middle East about the turning tide in Syria.
We talk to Amnesty International about the timing of their new report containing allegations against President Assad's government.
Professor Piers Robinson on NATO-propaganda and media manipulation. ... [Going Underground - RT - 11/2/17]
The High Negotiations Committee (HNC) of the Syrian opposition's conference in Riyadh announced Sunday that a single delegation was formed to take part in the upcoming reconciliation talks in Geneva, opposition forces said in a joint communique. ... [TASS - 12/2/17]
New meeting in Astana between the Syrian Arab Republic delegation, the “opposition” representatives and de Mistura on Feb.15-16 [SANA - 11/2/17]
Turkish Army, Syrian rebels capture a handful of important sites inside Al-Bab city [AMN - 11/2/17]:
... Meanwhile, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) advanced to the town of Tadef near the southern gates of Al-Bab, thereby intervening and proving to be a contender in the highly anticipated battle for Al-Bab.
Government troops are now less than 2 kilometers from Al-Bab city.
Furthermore, Al-Masdar News has received very reliable information suggesting the SAA has been given the green light to launch its own assault on Al-Bab.
Over the past few days, all three factions have attacked each other which could cause some international concern as it would pit two national armies directly against one another.
Around 80 American, Turkish and Russian airstrikes targeted Al-Bab on Friday alone, according to Amaq Agency, an ISIS affiliated outlet.
Iraqi security forces fired tear gas and rubber-coated bullets at thousands of supporters of an influential Shia leader demonstrating near Baghdad's Green Zone to press for electoral reform.
Four protesters and one police officer were killed during Saturday's protests, Baghdad's governor told Al Jazeera.
Police and hospital officials said hundreds of protesers and seven other policemen were also injured in clashes.
The Associated Press news agency quoted hospital officials as saying that the officer died of a bullet wound.
Muqtada al-Sadr, the Shia leader, accused the elections commission of being corrupt and called for the commission's members to be changed, according to a statement from his office. ... [Al Jazeera - 11/2/17]
@IraqiSMCEn - Iraqi Spring Media Center [11/2/17]:
The government forces have arrested a number of channels' reporters ,and banned using of broadcast equipments after covering of demonstrators targeting by the government forces near the Green Zone in the middle of Baghdad.
Diyala: A farmer was killed and "3"were wounded as an IED exploded near Tawakul Village north of Muqdadiya .
Readout of the US President’s Call with Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi of Iraq [The White House - 10/2/17]:
President Donald J. Trump spoke yesterday with Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi of Iraq to underscore the support of the United States for the Iraqi people in our shared fight against the terrorist group the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS).
President Trump emphasized the buildup of the United States military.
President Trump also congratulated Iraqi forces on their recent progress in Mosul, thanked Prime Minister al-Abadi for his leadership, and expressed condolences for the many Iraqi lives lost in the counter-ISIS campaign.
The two leaders discussed the strong partnership between the Iraqi and United States militaries, as well as the great sacrifice by both countries.
Both leaders spoke to the threat Iran presents across the entire region.
They also reaffirmed their commitment to the long-term partnership between the United States and Iraq grounded in the U.S.-Iraq Strategic Framework Agreement.
Iranians stage nationwide rallies to mark anniversary of 1979 Islamic Revolution [Press TV - 10/2/17]
12 February 2017