Gold Coast [5/4/15]
Homicide charge, Spring Hill
QPS Media [5/4/15]:
Brisbane City detectives have charged a 36-year-old man with murder following investigations into the death of a 34-year-old man in Spring Hill overnight.
Police attended a Kennigo Street unit around 11pm where the body of a man was located with several puncture wounds.
The 36-year-old Spring Hill man was remanded in custody and is due to appear in Brisbane Magistrates Court tomorrow.
Anyone with information which could assist with this matter should contact Crime Stoppers anonymously via 1800 333 000 or crimestoppers.com.au 24hrs a day.
Fatal traffic crash, Mount Isa [QPS Media – 5/4/15]
Fatal traffic crash, Darra [QPS Media – 5/4/15]
Young boy struck and killed by car, Logan [Nine MSN – 5/4/15]
Sydney Morning Herald [5/4/15]:
An eight-year-old girl has died after suffering serious injuries in a car crash on the Central Coast on Saturday night.
The girl fought for her life overnight but died in Westmead Hospital on Sunday morning.
A nine-year-old boy who was travelling in the car with the girl remains in a critical condition at Westmead Hospital, while a 12-year-old boy is in a stable condition.
The Holden Astra that the children were travelling in spun out of control as it came around a bend on Wyee Road, Doyalson after heavy rain made for treacherous driving conditions.
As the car veered out of control a ute travelling in the opposite direction collided with vehicle.
The wreckage trapped the three children and a 54-year-old female driver and a 31-year-old female passenger in the Astra, while a 32-year-old woman and a 61-year-old female passenger were trapped in the ute.
All four women suffered fractures and are in a stable condition at John Hunter hospital.
The crash came a day after a couple and their two young children narrowly avoided an Easter tragedy after a head-on crash with an allegedly drunk driver in NSW's Hawkesbury region.
A 29-year-old Stanhope Gardens man was travelling with his wife, two-year-old son and one-month-old daughter, when the crash happened in Webb's Creek on Friday afternoon.
All four were uninjured, but all the airbags in the car deployed in the crash.
The driver of the second car, a 54-year-old Lower Portland man who was also not hurt, returned a positive reading of 0.120.
The man was later charged with mid-range drink-driving and driving an unregistered vehicle.
He was issued a field court attendance notice to appear before Windsor Local Court on May 14.
Meanwhile a pedestrian has died after being hit by a car at Parramatta on Sunday morning.
About 9.50am emergency services were called to the intersection of Marsden Street and Campbell Street where they located a 61-year-old woman with serious head injuries. She was airlifted to Westmead Hospital by a Westpac Rescue Helicopter.
The driver of the vehicle, who was not injured, was taken to Westmead Hospital for mandatory blood and urine testing. Police will prepare a report for the information of the coroner.
On Friday a 56-year-old woman died when the vehicle in which she was a passenger was involved in a crash near Macksville on the state's North Coast.
On Saturday, an 18-year-old man was left in a critical condition after his Mitsubishi Nimbus left a dirt road and rolled four times before coming to rest in a drain at about 7pm at Dareton, in the state's Far West. He is being treated in Mildura Base Hospital.
Police are appealing for anyone who saw a fatal crash near Mandurah to come forward.
A white Hyundai Sedan struck a tree on Wanjeep Street in Coodanup around 12.30pm Thursday. ... [WA Today - 5/4/15]
A woman has died after her car caught fire in Western Australia's Mid West region. … [ABC – 5/4/15]
Fatal Traffic Crash, Mulligan Highway [QPS Media – 4/4/15]
Fatal traffic crash, Moura [QPS Media - 4/4/15]
Three people, including a 15-year-old boy, have been taken to Calvary Hospital after a small explosion at a charity barbecue at Bunnings in Belconnen on Saturday.
Worksafe investigator Rodney Carnall said initial investigations indicated an oil aerosol container beside the barbecue may have been the cause of the explosion. ... [Canberra Times - 4/4/15]
Two fires damage southeast Queensland homes [Brisbane Times - 4/4/15]:
Two fires have badly damaged houses in Brisbane and on the Sunshine Coast.
Four fire crews were called to a home at Buderim early on Saturday.
A man aged in his 80s reportedly escaped the blaze.
It followed a fire at a vacant property in Cornubia, south of Brisbane.
The home was well alight when crews arrived late on Friday, the Queensland Fire and Emergency Service said.
Fire investigators will spend Saturday combing through the charred property to determine the cause.
Police are treating the fire as suspicious.
Coal dust pollution has increased in Gladstone: report [Gladstone Observer – 4/4/15]
Fatal traffic crash, Red Hill [QPS Media - 3/4/15]
Homicide charges, Carole Park
QPS Media [3/4/15]:
Ipswich and Homicide Squad detectives have charged three people following investigations into the suspicious death of 23-year-old Kieran Pye last Thursday in Cobalt Street at Carole Park.
Today police arrested and charged a 41-year-old Goodna man, a 36-year-old Bellbird Park woman and a 24-year-old Gailes man with one count each of murder.
All three are due to appear in the Ipswich Magistrates Court tomorrow.
Anyone with information which could assist with this matter should contact Crime Stoppers anonymously via 1800 333 000 or crimestoppers.com.au 24hrs a day.
… She's leaving now cause I just heard the slamming of the door,
The way I know I heard its slams one hundred times before,
And if I could move I'd get my gun and put her in the ground ...
'Ruby, Don't Take Your Love to Town'
"Ruby, Don't Take Your Love to Town" is a song written by Mel Tillis about a paralyzed veteran of a "crazy Asian war" (given the time of its release, widely assumed but never explicitly stated to be the Vietnam War) who lies helplessly in bed as his wife "paints [herself] up" to go out for the evening without him; he believes she is going in search of a lover, and as he hears the door slam behind her, he pleads for her to reconsider. The song was made famous by Kenny Rogers and the First Edition in 1969. "Ruby" was originally recorded in 1967 by Johnny Darrell, who scored a number nine country hit with it that year. ...
Queensland man accused of kidnapping ex-partner
A man has been charged with abducting his ex-partner at gunpoint in Caboolture, north of Brisbane.
The 32-year-old allegedly broke into a Gilbert Street house on Tuesday morning and threatened the 18-year-old woman with a gun.
She was then forced into a car outside the home and taken, relatives had told police.
She was found at Maroochydore on the Sunshine Coast on Thursday night.
The man has been charged with various offences, including torture, deprivation of liberty, dangerous conduct with a weapon, possession of a weapon, unlicensed driving and breach of bail.
He is due to appear in the Maroochydore Magistrates Court on Saturday morning.
Anti rights arrest, Gold Coast [QPS Media - 3/4/15]
A Tasmanian woman has admitted she carried out her work as a paramedic and drove ambulances while high on the drug ice.
Cristy Collins decided to speak out about her addiction to ice because she wanted people to realise how easily it can happen.
Ms Collins did a tour of duty in Iraq in 2006 as an army medic, being part of an Australian Army mentoring team that provided training to the local army.
But when she returned to Australia she struggled to cope. ... [ABC - 3/4/15]
Driver who hit teenager jailed for nine years
… Charles Greene, 23, was accused of hitting Jordan Matehaere Tukaki, 17, with his car outside the party in Woodridge in December 2012.
The peaceful gathering had turned violent when rival ethnic groups clashed.
Greene had pleaded guilty to manslaughter on three occasions, but the crown was intent on pushing for a murder charge.
But prosecutors eventually accepted the plea and he was sentenced to nine years jail for the offence, plus 12 months for a number of other unrelated offences, in Brisbane's Supreme Court on Thursday.
He will serve the terms concurrently, and the 852 days already spent in custody will be deducted from the total.
In sentencing, Justice Alfred Daubney said he accepted Greene was remorseful and would carry the "scar" of the death for the rest of his life.
Justice Daubney quoted at length from a psychologist's report that said Greene had symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder relating to his upbringing in war-ravaged Sierra Leone.
There, aged seven, he and a sibling had suffered a violent home invasion and been abducted and tortured by militia members.
He had also been brutally beaten by police later in life after fleeing to Guinea as a refugee, the report said.
Those experiences pointed to the outbreak of violence between Islander and African guests at the Logan party acting as a "profound trigger" for Greene's reaction, the court heard.
He told the psychologist he had feared for his life when the violence erupted, in which about 100 people crowded on the street, destroying property and fighting.
Justice Daubney said it did not excuse his behaviour and the tragedy had devastated two families.
Greene wore an eye patch as he sat in the dock the day before, which the court heard was the result of an attack from another inmate who had assaulted him.
Mr Tukaki died primarily from massive head injuries from the collision.
After the sentence, Jordan's grandmother Jan told reporters nothing would bring her grandson back.
She said he had been "the man in (her) life" and a dutiful teenager, even regularly mowing her lawn.
"He's missed so much," Ms Tukaki said.
"But at least we can get back to a normal life now. I'm just glad it's all over."
Queensland Labor senator Jan McLucas loses preselection battle to Murray Watt to contest next Federal election [ABC – 5/4/15]
Matthew Gardiner, former president of NT Labor, released from Darwin airport after returning from Islamic State battle zone [ABC – 5/4/15]
Why can't Australia's politicians do this? ---> Church leader's Easter message denounces Reclaim Australia rallies
Because they're a bunch of warmongering bigots.
As thousands of West Australians celebrate the most important day in the Christian calendar, one church leader has used his Easter message to condemn the recent Reclaim Australia rallies.
Catholic Archbishop of Perth Timothy Costelloe said seeing the violence and intolerance at the Reclaim Australia rallies held yesterday deeply distressed him.
"The message of Easter, if there is a message, is that violence is not the answer to anything," he said.
"I was deeply disappointed to see the anger and the vitriol pouring out of people - it was very distressing on this Easter weekend.
"We live in a very blessed society and one of the blessings is the multicultural nature of our society.
"Tolerance of others, acceptance of others, that ability to live and let live to allow people to give expression to their faith or their cultural traditions in a peaceful way, that to me is one of the real values of our society.
"And that was why it was so upsetting to see that violence erupting in these rallies around the country yesterday."
Mr Costelloe used his Good Friday message to ask for compassion to be shown to an Iranian asylum seeker who is near death in hospital.
Saeed Hassanloo has been on a hunger strike for about 40 days and it is feared he will not survive if he does not eat soon.
St Mary's Cathedral is directly opposite Royal Perth Hospital where Mr Hassanloo is a patient.
Mr Costelloe said his thoughts and prayers were with Mr Hassanloo during the church service.
"I'm just hoping and praying the Government can find a way to allow compassion, generosity and an understanding of the desperation of this man to begin to be the foundational basis on which any decisions might be made," he said.
Where is Australia's REAL Opposition Leader?
@billshortenmp: Chloe & I wish everyone a safe and happy Easter. Thanks to the @theheraldsun for spending some time with us too.
... We come with a sense of hopelessness for our country. ...
Rez Nez Film [VIDEO - 4/4/15]:
For Saeed Hassanloo, 25 years old
This young man remains in critical condition at Royal Perth Hospital. IF this young man dies, it will not only be the physical manifestation of his hunger strike that has killed him - the real source of his death will be the brutal system that has imprisoned him for over four years and slowly but surely destroyed his will to live.... "Michelle Bui"
Refugee Rights Action Network WA: This is the most recent place in which Saeed was denied his freedom and his hope. Saeed is not the only one who has been denied justice; he is not the first and certainly will not be the last to succumb to the desperation that this system is designed to produce. If these policies are allowed to continue and these factories for mental illness and despair remain open, the human misery, the human suffering, the torture and the murders will continue... Thank you to our supporters... in Northam who have left these messages of support around the town... "Our thoughts are with Saeed and his family. FREE the Refugees."
More than 300 refugees, including 14 children, 5 pregnant women, rescued off Sicily - reports
Around 318 migrants in distress at sea between Sicily and the coast of Libya were rescued by an Icelandic navy ship taking part in an EU border patrol of the Mediterranean, Italian media reported Saturday.
The ship, the Landhelgisgaeslan, arrived in the evening at the Sicilian port of Pozzallo with the rescued migrants, including 14 children and five pregnant women, who were hospitalized.
Italian police meanwhile have identified eight suspected Tunisian traffickers.
According to the reports, the migrants came from 13 different countries: Sudan, Ghana, Morocco, Mali, Mauritanie, Senegal, Pakistan, Nigeria, Syria, Palestine, Eritrea, India, and Tunisia.
The conflicts in the Middle East and North Africa, especially in Libya which is a key point of departure, have led to an increase in illegal immigrants seeking to enter Europe.
The number of migrants entering the EU illegally in 2014 nearly tripled to 276,000 people compared to 2013, according to the EU borders agency Frontex, nearly 220,000 of them arriving via the Mediterranean.
The United Nations said at least 3,500 people died last year while crossing the sea, making it the deadliest migrant route in the world.
Sicily harbouring record migrants forced into long wait for asylum [EURO News - 31/3/15]
Former Cuban President Fidel Castro visited a school in Havana last Monday where he happened to meet up with members of a Venezuelan "Solidarity with Cuba" delegation, in what was his first public appearance in more than a year, official media reported Saturday.
News about Castro's visit to Vilma Espin School, an educational complex built under his auspices and inaugurated by him in 2013, circulated on social networks and was reported by some media outside of Cuba over the past few days, but was not confirmed by the official local media until Saturday, when they published photos of the occasion. ... [La Prensa - 4/4/15]
Moscow calls for additional weapons withdrawal in E. Ukraine [RT - 4/4/15]
No condemnation of Garissa attack from Australian politicians? Embassy issues one sentence? [2/4/15]:
Australia condemns the terror attack in Garissa and our thoughts and prayers are with the people of Kenya.
Bishop welcomes progress towards comprehensive Iran nuclear deal [Press TV - 3/4/15]:
... The Australian minister also said she would pay a visit to Iran on April 18, adding that she would discuss the nuclear issue and other important bilateral and regional developments with Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and other senior Iranian officials. ...
West Australian [31/10/13]:
Julie Bishop has begun high-level efforts to strike an agreement with the Iranian Government to repatriate its nationals whose refugee claims have been rejected by Australia.
The Foreign Affairs Minister told The West Australian that she raised the involuntary return of boat people with her Iranian counterpart Mohammad Zarif in New York last month.
Millions spent on ‘voluntary return’ of asylum seekers [Australian Lawyers Alliance – 5/8/14]
@ianbremmer [4/4/15]: Local Kenyan leaders march after Garissa massacre. Would love to see intl response brought by Charlie Hebdo attacks
Hundreds of people from the Kenyan town of Garissa marched in protest against the al-Shabaab militant group, who claimed responsibility for a deadly university attack. ... [Telegraph - 3/4/15]
Egypt police raid radio station, detain rights advocate [Ahram - 4/4/15]
Yemen air strikes continue despite calls for a halt [Al Jazeera - 4/4/15]
The streets of the Syrian city of Idlib are still virtually deserted a week after its capture from government forces by Islamist rebels including fighters from Al-Qaida affiliate Al-Nusra Front.
All around, the carcasses of cars and rubble of crumpled buildings bear witness to the ferocity of the fighting for the northwestern city, which is only the second provincial capital to be lost by the government in more than four years of civil war.
A handful of grocers and vegetable stalls have reopened for business but many of their customers have fled, terrified by the fighting and the retaliatory air strikes that followed the city's fall on March 28. ... [Naharnet - 4/4/15]
United States, "allies" continue bombing Iraq and Syria
Iraqi Spring Media Center [4/4/15]:
Baghdad: A number of civilians has been arrested by division 17 in Sakhrijiya Al-Gharbiya in Rasheed nahiya in south of Baghdad including Sheikh Mansour Abdullah Mubarak Al-Jourani -the imam and preacher of Khulafa'a masjid -previously- for sectarian reasons after imposing a besiege on the area since yesterday ................. It is worth mentioning that people there suffers of 'very bad' humanitarian situation due to the arresting cases committed by the government's forces against the civilians for sectarian reasons..........
The United States and its allies conducted 15 air strikes against Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria during the past 24 hours, a U.S. military statement said on Saturday.
It said Islamic State targets near various Iraqi cities, including Mosul and Baiji, were hit in nine air attacks during the 24 hours to Saturday morning.
In Syria, five air strikes were carried out near the northern border town of Kobani and one near Hasakah, the statement said.
@IraqiSMCEn - Iraqi Spring Media Center -[4/4/15]:
Agencies: The American planes used internationally banned weapons during Tikrit battles...........
Anbar : A woman has been killed and three persons wounded in mortar shelling on Amiriyat Al-Fallujah complex.......
Anbar: Separated areas in Fallujah have been shelled resulted in destroying of infrastructure ,homes and shops............
Breaking news: The robbery ,blazing and destroying of civilian homes continue in Tikrit, official in Salah-il-deen government says .......
Thousands of Palestinian civilians are trapped in Syria's Yarmouk camp, which is besieged by government forces and has been largely overrun by fundamentalist militants, an opposition official said Saturday.
The camp in Damascus is now almost completely under the control of the Islamic State group (IS) and Al-Qaeda's local branch Al-Nusra Front, a monitoring group said.
The UN agency for Palestinian refugees UNRWA issued an urgent plea for humanitarian access to the area, saying the situation in Yarmouk was a "source of universal shame." ... [Maan - 4/4/15]
Australia's political and media establishment greenlighted this violent racism. [ABC - 5/4/15]:
Supporters of multiculturalism say rallies across Australia by a group calling itself Reclaim Australia would have caused distress among new migrants.
The group said its hundreds of supporters were rallying against Islamic extremism, and not Muslims in general, but Welcome to Australia's pastor Brad Chilcott said many of the signs and comments at the rallies were hurtful.
"It's very easy to protest against a concept, but when you know the individuals that are impacted by this and recognise that they are just everyday people like you and I trying to make their way in Australia, you see the real damage that images like these do to people," he said. ...
Hence not ONE denouncement has been issued.
There is no opposition party in Australia.
All Shorten can do is jump on the Murdoch "attack the anti vaccers" bandwagon, pretend ALP childcare policy differs from the LNP, and engage in the usual anti-Islamic dogwhistling by legitimising the rallies i.e. "only a small minority is really calling for Sharia Law".
Reclaim Australia, Gold Coast:
... We do want to show that we are ordinary Australians who have our eyes open about what really happens when followers of Islam grow numbers in any country and the rules they subsequently force onto that country. ...
The Globe and Mail [3/4/15]:
She is called the “Iron Orchid,” a moral celebrity who risked her life standing up to a terrifying military regime and who was honoured by the chairman of the Nobel Peace Prize committee as someone whose very existence “gives us confidence and faith in the power of good.”
But as Aung San Suu Kyi faces an election year that could hand her the leadership of a country she has long sought to change, she has maintained her unwillingness to condemn Myanmar’s human-rights abuses against Muslims – a politically safe stance at home – by playing down her role as the conscience of her nation. ...
5 April 2015