A Gold Coast man who witnessed an act of domestic violence claims he called Triple-0 twice for help but was told officers were "too busy". ... [Yahoo - 16/4/17]
A 64-year-old man has been allegedly beaten and burnt with a lighter and aerosol can during two hours of torture at a Highgate Hill unit on Saturday night.
Meanwhile, an 86-year-old man was a prisoner in his own home in West Rockhampton, after two men and a woman broke in and held him at knifepoint while damaging the home and stealing.
The trio forced their way into the Boreham Street house on Friday night about 11.30pm before cutting the phone line, damaging the man's mobile and drinking his alcohol. ... [Brisbane Times - 16/4/17]
Almost 40 years after first admitting his offences, a Gold Coast man has been convicted of sexually abusing a young girl in the late 1970s.
Edward Sawden, 69, was given a wholly suspended two-year prison sentence at the Southport District Court on Thursday after pleading guilty to eight counts of indecent treatment of a child under 16. ... [Yahoo - 13/4/17]
Laidley High School damaged by fire [Brisbane Times - 16/4/17]
In leadup to Easter break, Health Minister discourages Queenslanders from accessing THEIR hospital and ambulance services in an emergency. ---> Our hospital and @QldAmbulance staff save lives everyday. Let's help them to do what they do best by keeping EDs for emergencies only @camerondickqld [14/4/17]
@QldAmbulance [16/4/17]: Paramedics treating a 7 yo male who was struck by a car in Cavill Ave #Surfers Paradise about 7:20 pm.
The Pacific Motorway in Upper Mount Gravatt was blocked southbound due to a traffic crash on Sunday afternoon that occurred after police were called to assist a driver in a broken-down car.
The second responding police car was hit from behind by another vehicle and as a result two police officers were injured and taken to Princess Alexandra Hospital, one suffering a severe cut to the head and the other with minor injuries.
Police said the two officers were among five taken to hospital from the crash, which occurred about 12.20pm.
One of the three injured in the second car was in a serious condition and the other two had minor injuries. ... [Brisbane Times - 16/4/17]
A Gold Coast man buying his lunch at a seafood shop in Broadbeach Waters, has narrowly escaped serious injury.
The man was standing at the counter at Rio Vista Seafoods on Rio Vista Boulevard before midday on Good Friday when a car ploughed into the business.
He was lucky to just wind up with a cut on his foot.
The woman behind the wheel was breath tested and blew 0.277, close to six times the legal limit. ... [MYGC - 15/4/17]
Woman hospitalised after hit and run at Tweed Heads [MYGC - 14/4/17]
A man who stole a young woman’s car before trying to run her down as she tried to stop him, has been charged.
The shocking incident unfolded in front of horrified onlookers in the carpark of a Nerang shopping centre on Monday, April 10.
Police said the victim, a 20-year-old woman, suffered a serious leg injury after she attempted to stop the thief. ... [MYGC - 12/4/17]
Teenager and police officer hospitalised following traffic incident at Elanora [MYGC - 12/4/17]
Man injured after metal pole smashes through car on M1 [MYGC - 11/4/17]
Man charged over high-speed M1 rampage on the Gold Coast [MYGC - 11/4/17]
Motorcyclist fighting for life after crashing into parked car at Highland Park [MYGC - 11/4/17]
Woman and child hurt in Southport crash [MYGC - 11/4/17]
About a dozen thrill seekers have been briefly stopped in their tracks after Dreamworld’s Buzzsaw roller-coaster ground to a halt on Good Friday.
The ride only stopped for around five minutes, after a safety sensor was triggered.
It’s the second time passengers have been left stranded on the ride in the last two months. [MYGC - 15/4/17]
Children have been trampled and pregnant women knocked to the ground after a stampede broke out when a helicopter dropped thousands of chocolate Easter eggs on a school oval on the Gold Coast.
Thousands of men, women, children and babies gathered on the oval at Upper Coomera State College to watch the chopper drop the eggs on Good Friday.
But the event, organised by Forward Church, quickly erupted into chaos when the thousands of tiny Easter treats rained from the sky. ... [MYGC - 14/4/17]
Man seriously injured in workplace accident, Southport [MYGC - 13/4/17]
Erosion threatens weakened mangrove ecosystem in Gulf of Carpentaria [ABC - 16/4/17]
Queensland government wants to release "stranded gas" [Brisbane Times - 16/4/17]
PFOA in spilt foam killing marine life in waterway near Brisbane Airport [ABC - 14/4/17]
Abbot Point coal terminal water spill to cause significant damage [Sydney Morning Herald - 10/4/17]
Gold Coast property developer Craig Gore says he will fight allegations he defrauded superannuation companies of almost $800,000.
The former rich-lister fronted the Brisbane Magistrates Court on Saturday charged with 12 counts of fraud and three counts of making decisions that affect a business while disqualified from managing corporations. ... [Brisbane Times - 15/4/17]
A Gold Coast-based seafood importer has been fined a total of $55,000 after a Gold Coast Health investigation found it had sold imported prawns from Asia as Australian King Prawns.
Pacifica Trading and the director of the company Carmelo Comi pleaded guilty to five offences in the Southport Magistrates Court yesterday – with the company fined $45,000 and its director an additional $10,000. ... [MYGC - 11/4/17]
Black Jack has claimed their fourth consecutive Line Honours trophy today crossing the finish line of the Brisbane to Gladstone Yacht Race at 09.56.43am.
In the process, skipper Mark Bradford sailed himself into the history books, no skipper has ever won four Line Honours titles in a row until today. ... [MySailing.com.au - 16/4/17]
Hundreds of refugees in #Manus signed a letter and asked the Australian government to take them from this island to a safe place.
100 refugees on #Manus wrote to medical warning if anything bad happened for the asylum seeker who was injured that they are responsible.
A Sudanee refugee is in a bad situation.He has head injuries.A Pakistani refugee is urinating blood from stomach injuries. ...
US Ambassador to PNG welcomes Marines as PNGDF goes on violent shooting rampage against imprisoned refugees [PNG Loop - 16/4/17]:
Approximately 100 U.S Marines will participate in exercises throughout Port Moresby with Papua New Guinea Defense Force (PNGDF) soldiers over the weekend.
While many of their training activities will take place at the military barracks, some will be held in public spaces, such as the Sir John Guise Stadium, or at local hotels or parks.
The amphibious landing ship USS Comstock (LSD 45) berthed in Port Moresby yesterday.
It will be here until April 19.
During its visit, Marines with the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) will join the PNGDF in a training exercise focused on improving PNGDF's ability to provide security for national-level events, such as the national elections this year and the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation annual summit in 2018.
“We are pleased to welcome the Comstock, the 11th MEU, and the ship’s crew to Papua New Guinea,” said Ambassador Catherine Ebert-Gray.
“In addition to helping PNG prepare for the upcoming APEC Conference, this exercise will strengthen U.S.-Papua New Guinea relations as our two nations work together for a stable and prosperous Asia-Pacific region.”
Comstock’s stop in Papua New Guinea comes after several months of operations in the Middle East supporting coalition efforts under Operation Inherent Resolve. ...
US Congressman Chaffetz meets Prime Minister Peter O’Neill [15/2/17]
... There will be a new focus on embassy security — a pet project for Chaffetz who has traveled to London, Papua New Guinea and Australia to inspect how the State Department secures its compounds. ... [Politico - 20/11/14]
US Congressman Jason Chaffetz visits Port Moresby, 15 February 2014 [US Embassy Port Moresby]:
... Congressman Chaffetz met and thanked Prime Minister Peter O’Neill for his support for American investments, such as the ExxonMobil LNG project. ...
... A stand and deliver moment against 20 guards knowing they were going to smash me. @nampix Nick Moir [22/2/14]
Guardian [1 March, 2014]:
Chilling footage has emerged of “war zone”-like scenes during last week’s unrest at the Manus Island detention centre, showing dozens of asylum seekers – most unconscious or semiconscious and many with serious injuries – receiving treatment from frantic staff tending to them by torchlight. ...
And still NOT ONE religious leader, politician, human rights organisation or "advocate" demands the Australian government and opposition PROTECT these men and END the policy
Stained glass windows keep the cold outside,
While the hypocrites,
Hide inside ...
'One Race, One Creed, One World', Monkey Marc 
Political prisoners in fear after PNGDF attack Australia's refugee concentration camp on Manus Island [Nine MSN - 16/4/17]
Pence to participate in fictional Obama-Australia refugee"deal" sideshow [Sydney Morning Herald - 15/4/17]
Indiana Governor Mike Pence, the Republican nominee for U.S. Vice President, lost another round in federal court on Monday in his bid to keep refugees fleeing [the US invasion of] Syria's civil war from resettling in his state.
The 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago affirmed a lower-court ruling that Pence's order seeking to bar state agencies from helping the resettlement of Syrian immigrants discriminates against the refugees based on their national origin.
The setback for Pence comes a day before he is scheduled to debate the Democratic Vice Presidential nominee, Virginia Governor Tim Kaine, on national television.
Pence was among more than 25 U.S. governors, mostly Republicans, who urged President Barack Obama to stop resettling refugees fleeing Syria's civil war [the US invasion of Syria] after November attacks by extremists in Paris that killed 130. ... [Reuters - 3/10/16]
Transit country Indonesia - and IOM - trumpet proposed crackdown on trapped refugees [TEMPO - 11/4/17]
Australia stopped accepting refugees in July 2014 [SBS - 18/11/14]:
... The UNHCR's Canberra office also refused interview requests. ...
What Australia's fanatical anti-refugee "stop the boats" policy means for people seeking asylum in our region [Academy of Social Sciences in Australia - 2016]:
... While it is widely reported in the media that the number of boats leaving Indonesia for Australia has significantly dropped since the commencement of OSB, NGOs in Indonesia highlight that people seeking asylum have continued to arrive to the country.
While some live in supported shelters or independently in the community, others are locked up in immigration detention centres.
By 2015 there were 33 sites of immigration detention throughout Indonesia.
Australian funding through the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) has expanded the capacity of this detention network since 2011. ...
... UN and I.O.M they chanted we are not criminal. Why are we in the jail? @SohailYawari1 [10/2/17]
Gya Arakan by Liz Mys, Andrew Day 
Burma ranked third as global risk of genocide reaches 10-year high [Asian Correspondent - 14/4/17]
The Myanmar authorities have recently demolished mosques and cemeteries at the village of ‘Wapeik’ in northern Maungdaw while setting up a quarter for the displaced Rohingyas of the village. ... [Rohingya Vision - 14/4/17]
Vavuniya families of the disappeared march on Tamil New Year [Tamil Guardian - 14/4/17]
A rubbish dump landslide in the Sri Lankan capital Colombo killed at least 16 and injured over a dozen, military spokesman and hospital officials said on Saturday, as emergency workers dug into the mountain of trash in search of survivors.
The estimated 300-foot (91 meter) dump collapsed after flames engulfed it late on Friday, the island nation's traditional new year's day, and witnesses said around 100 houses could have been buried.
The death toll rose to 16 as more bodies were discovered on Saturday, army spokesman Roshan Senivirathna said.
At least four teenagers were among the dead, a nurse at the main Colombo hospital told Reuters. ... [Reuters - 15/4/17]
Kashmir: Teenager shot dead; 54 students wounded by pellets and teargas in clashes [Al Jazeera - 15/4/17]
Israeli authorities have detained approximately one million Palestinians since the establishment of the state of Israel in 1948 and the subsequent occupation of the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, and the Gaza Strip in 1967, according to a joint statement released Saturday by the Palestinian Committee of Prisoners’ Affairsaa, the Palestinian Prisoner’s Society (PPS), and the Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics (PCBS). ... [Maan - 15/4/17]
Palestinian Christians celebrate Holy Saturday in West Bank, East Jerusalem [Maan - 15/4/17]
Israeli naval forces open fire at fishermen of northern Gaza coast [Maan - 14/4/17]
A "mentally unstable" Palestinian man was detained Friday after committing a stabbing inside the Jerusalem Light Rail, leaving one Britsh woman in her twenties dead, according to official Israeli sources. ... [Maan - 14/4/17]
Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad al-Maliki met with his Chinese counterpart Foreign Minister Wang Yi in Beijing on Thursday, during which time Wang reiterated the Chinese government’s commitment to the establishment of a Palestinian state, calling the current lack of such a state a “terrible injustice.” ... [Maan - 14/4/17]
Israeli soldiers attacked, Thursday, dozens of Palestinian students, protesting near the campus of Al-Quds University, in Abu Dis town, southeast of occupied East Jerusalem, and wounded six with rubber-coated steel bullets, in addition to causing eighteen others to suffer the severe effects of teargas inhalation. ... [PNN - 13/4/17]
Thousands of Israeli settlers, escorted by heavily-armed forces, stormed on Thursday morning the Ibrahimi Mosque to mark the Jewish Passover Holiday. ... [PNN - 13/4/17]
Kuwait paid $34 million in legal fees for its 12 Guantanamo prisoners [15/4/17]
US judge halts multiple Arkansas executions [Reuters - 15/4/17]
Johnny Depp joins anti-execution rally in Arkansas [CBS - 14/4/17]:
... Depp spoke at the rally, where he cited Echols’ case as reason enough to halt the executions.
“Arkansas almost put an innocent man to death. I don’t believe that possibility should ever happen again,” he said. ...
Pharmaceutical companies file suit to halt Arkansas executions [Portland Press Herald - 14/4/17]
@VP [16/4/17]: Took advantage of our refueling stop to sit down with @AkGovBillWalker. Next stop is South Korea. Back on our way! #VPinAsia
@JeffSharlet [21/7/16]: I'm not making this up: Mike Pence claims "the greatest ancient gynecologist" opposed Roman abortions.
... "The enemy, to them, is secularism," says guest Jeff Sharlet of Pence’s faith-based supporters. ... "Grandiosity and misogyny" on Mike Pence and Donald Trump [Democracy Now - 21/7/16]:
... AMY GOODMAN: And can you talk more about the Family Research Council, its relationship with Pence?
JEFF SHARLET: Well, there’s the Family Research Council. There’s Focus on the Family. Family Research Council is Tony Perkins in Washington.
It’s a sort of a—maybe the top open lobbying shop of the Christian right. Tony Perkins was, in fact, one of those guys who said, you know, "I feel a little bit brokenhearted by Mike Pence walking back this bill," that was going to be even better at discriminating against LGBT people. ...
... Lindsay Beyerstein What is the Family?
Jeff Sharlet: It's an international network of evangelical activists in government, military and business. The Family is dedicated to this idea that Christianity has gotten it all wrong for two thousand years by focusing on the poor, the suffering and the weak.
The Family says that instead, what Christians should do is minister to the up-and-out -- as opposed to the down-and-out -- to those that are already powerful. Because if they can win those people for Christ, they win the whole deal. That's what this network is dedicated to. It includes nonprofit organizations, it includes think tanks, it includes various ministries. ... [Alternet - 11/6/2008]
... Blair MP Shayne Neumann spoke at the meeting telling the assembled crowd he hoped the High Court case against school chaplaincy failed. ... [Queensland Times - 12/3/14]
South Korean military says DPRK's attempted test-launch of missile fails [Xinhua - 16/4/17]:
... The failed show of force by the DPRK came amid mounting tensions on the Korean Peninsula, which was caused by the USS Carl Vinson and its accompanying warships that have re-routed and headed to the peninsula about a week earlier.
The DPRK held a massive military parade on Saturday to mark the 105th anniversary of the birth of DPRK founder Kim Il Sung, the grandfather of current top leader Kim Jong Un.
During the parade, the DPRK showed off what were believed to be three types of intercontinental ballistic missile. ...
John Pilger on World War Three, remembering Palestine and Trump [RT - 15/4/17]
16 April 2017