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Tuesday, 21 April 2015 4:22 pm.
Shortly after 10.00pm on Monday 20 April 2015 Police executed a drug related search warrant at a rural property on Perrys Road, Forth.
Members of Western Drug Investigation Services, Road and Public Order Services (RPOS), Devonport CIB and Devonport Uniform conducted the operation based on intelligence developed over several days and right up to the time of police action.
Police will allege that around 1.5 kilograms of cannabis and around 3 ounces of methylamphetamine (ICE) was located during the search of the residence. It will also be alleged that other items were located, including scales, deal bags and a substantial amount of cash.
A vehicle at the residence was also searched and a firearm was located.
As a result of the operation a 36 year old man from Forth was charged with trafficking in a controlled substance. He appeared in the Devonport Magistrates Court today and was remanded in custody to appear in the Launceston Magistrates court at 2:15 tomorrow.
Four other people from the Ulverstone area will be proceeded against for a range of drug, firearms and traffic offences.
Detectives and uniform Police were at the residence for some hours with enquiries continuing today.
Detective Senior Sergeant Richard Chugg said;
This is a good result for all the personnel involved and a positive move interrupting the supply of illicit substances in this area.
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Justine Damond, age 40, was shot and killed by police in the alley behind her Minneapolis residence on Saturday. Minneapolis police have yet to offer an explanation regarding the circumstances of her death. The Washington Post reports, so far in 2017, 543 people have been killed by police in the US.
Two Minneapolis police officers responded to a 911 call of a possible assault just before 11:30 PM on Saturday, reads a news release by Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA). At one point, an officer fired their weapon, fatally striking a woman.
Justine Damond, ne Ruszczyk, taught yoga and meditation and was also a veterinarian trained at the University of Sydney. Damond had moved to the United States to marry her fiancee, Don Damond. She resided with Mr. Damond and his 22-year-old son, Zach.
PANDORA is the name of a digital archive, originally established
by the National Library of
Australia (NLA) in 1996. Today, it is a collaboration between
the NLA and nine other Australian libraries and cultural collection
PANDORA is short for Preserving and Accessing Networked Documentary Resources of Australia. It is dedicated to the preserving of, and long term access to, Australian online electronic websites. Its aim is to preserve a selective collection of documents about the cultural, social, and political life, and activities of Australians.
Accessing the PANDORA website you will find a listing of subjects, e.g. arts, media, sciences; a 'complete listing of titles,' or you can search the titles alphabetically.
Naturally, I decided to search under 'U' to see what sources are devoted to the topic of this blog. I found:
1. UFO Research Queensland Inc.
'UFO Research Queensland Inc was selected for preservation by the State Library of Queensland. This title was not selected for re-archiving.'
Archived 21 October 2015.
2. UFOs - Scientific Research. (Blog of Keith Basterfield.)
'UFOs - Scientific Research was selected for preservation by the National Library of Australia. This title is scheduled to be re-archived regularly.'
Archived 7 February 2014; 10 February 2015; 10 February 2016; 10 February 2017.
3. UFOTerritory.com.au (Website of Alan Ferguson.)
'UFOTerritory.com.au was selected for preservation by the National Library of Australia. This title is scheduled to be re-archived regularly.'
Archived 18 December 2015.
These are the only three UFO related websites listed under 'U.' However, if you use the search engine with a variety of other keyword,s the following sites also appear, as archived by PANDORA.
4. Australian UFO Research Network - archived 4 August 2008; 4 August 2009; 26 August 2011; 26 August 2013.
5. The UFO and Paranormal Research Society of Australia - archived 7 October 2016.
6. Eidolon Paranormal - archived 7 December 2011; 19 December 2012.
7. Weird Australia - archived 16 March 2015; 16 March 2016; 16 March 2017.
8. David Reneke's World of Space and Astronomy - archived 4 April 2014; 4 April 2015; 4 April 2016; 4 April 2017.
9. The Secret Visitors Project - archived 20 August 2015; 20 August 2016.
It is nice to know that websites dedicated wholly, or partly, to our subject are being archived and preserved by the National Library of Australia,
Discoveries at this rock shelter on a lease surrounded by Kakadu National Park has pushed human habitation in the area back to 65 000 years. Traditional owners May Nango and Mark Djanjomerr. Pic Glenn Campbell Share this Post Kakadu National Park has always been the tropical rival to Uluru-Kata Tjuta both in terms of its natural majesty and through the ...
S mo laoch, mo Ghile Mear,
S mo Chaesar, Ghile Mear,
Suan n san n bhfuaireas fin
chuaigh i gcin mo Ghile Mear
The song begins as the camera focuses on the face of the singer. A soft and confident tenor, he gently leans into a long-gone poets Gaelic verse. The camera pulls back to reveal a phalanx of young people behind him. They are dressed plainly. The lads in dark suits and open-neck, white shirts, and most sport five oclock shadows. The lassies in dark dresses, blouses and pants. They join the soloist, quietly at first, but slowly rising, first one group, then another, and then all in unison. A bodhran kicks in, sharp and deliberate. The young folk stand still, yet their heads nod almost imperceptibly to the bodhrans beat, and the song lifts off and soars. The camera pans across the choir, focusing on their faces, and particularly, their eyes almost all of them clear and blue. The joy in the eyes, their smiles, and their voices is there for all to see and hear. Their voices rise, and then gradually fall, as if to glide to a gentle landing. It is done.
Mo Ghile Mear is a paradoxical, quixotic song. At once, a love song, and a martial air that impassioned and thrills. If you have but a skerrick of Celtic blood in your veins or a rebel heart in your breast, you will fall under its spell.
Variously translated as my gallant hero, my gallant star, and my dashing darling, Mo Ghile Mear is a Jacobite love song that is as much about politics as about romance. Inspired as it was was by the Jacobite Rising against Protestant Englands rule in 1745, romance and politics do indeed unite in heroic, insurrectionary failure.
it was written in Gaelic by poet Sen Clrach Mac Domhnaill after the battle of Culloden which dashed for two and a half centuries the Scots dreams of independence. Composed in the convention of Aisling (Gaelic for dream or vision) poetry, it is a lament by the Gaelic goddess ire for Bonnie Prince Charlie, Charles Stuart, the Young Pretender to the Protestant Hanoverian English throne that once belonged to the Roman Catholic Stuart clan, and who after the bloody failure of the 45, fled into exile in France. And thats where he remained, although his last resting place is in the crypt of Saint Peters Basilica in Rome a...
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has been caught speaking privately against the European Union and its often critical stance towards Israel. In reality, the EU occasionally condemns the Israeli occupation of Palestine but continues to maintain very close ties with the Jewish state.
Today I was interviewed by Australian current affairs show, The Wire, about the issue.
The The Out of Africa theory, like all theories, remains valid until proven wrong. However the theory is not the only one and there is much contradictory evidence.
The general public believe that the Out of Africa case is closed and in the early 1980s, Alan Wilson, Professor of Biochemistry at the University of California, Berkeley, further refined traditional anthropological thinking with his work with PhD students Rebecca Cann and Mark Stoneking on the so-called Mitochondrial Eve hypothesis
Wilson and Cann secured bragging rights in perpetuity, science had once again provided certainty and an African ancestry. Or so it seemed.
But not long after their paper was published Rebecca Cann realised they were mistaken. In 1982 she examined the mitochondrial DNA of 112 Indigenous people, including twelve full-descent Aboriginals, and the results were in total opposition to what they assumed was fully resolved.
Nevertheless, Cann was obliged to contradict a central tenet of their paper, stating that mitochondrial DNA puts the origin of Homo sapiens much further back and indicates that the Australian Aboriginals arose 400,000 years ago from two distinct lineages, far earlier than any other racial type.8 Not only was the emergence of Aboriginal Homo sapiens far earlier9 than any Africans, she provided a sequence and motherland.
The Australian racial group has a much higher number of mutations than any other racial group, which suggests that the Australians split off from a common ancestor about 400,000 years ago. By the same theory, the Mongoloid originated about 100,000 years ago, and the Negroid and Caucasian groups about 40,000 years ago.
One major significance of this new discovery is that archaeologists will have to recalibrate previous assumptions about the journey out of Africa by modern humans. Most academics believe the trek began between 80,000 and 100,000 years ago, but until now there was no solid evidence that humans had reached south-east Asia let alone Australia for anything beyond 50,000 years.
Here is a link to a ABC Australia radio interview of Amber Harrison this afternoon.
Amber Harrison says in this interview: Im not a whore and Im not a money grabber
Now that the court case is over and Amber has been ordered to pay her former employers legal costs has it all been worth it?
She joined Libbi Gorr...
Simon Holmes, guitarist and vocalist of the legendary Sydney indie-rockers The Hummingbirds, has passed away this week, his family has announced.
Taking to Facebook earlier today, Holmes family announced the sad news. Words cannot express our sadness at having to inform you of the passing of Simon, the post began. Our father, partner, son, brother, son-in-law and brother-in-law, bandmate, friend and guiding light. At this stage, no further details have been shared, with the family wishing to share more information when they feel ready to do so. The Hummingbirds Facebook shared this post, along with a message which read our hearts are broken.
Simons band, The Hummingbirds, formed in Sydney during the mid-80s and quickly became one of the most acclaimed indie acts of the era. Signing to the influential rooART record label in 1989, the group released their most successful single, Blush, from their debut record loveBUZZ that same year.
Leaving rooART in 1992, the group broke up the following year. In 2011, they reunited for a performance at the Big Day Out festival, and played one of their last shows with Falling Joys in Sydney of last year. Reviewing their show with Falling Joys last year, it was said that Hummingbirds songs are the auditory equivalent of neat handwriting precise and deeply satisfying, something which both fans of Holmes and his bands work could easily attest to.
In addition to his work with The Hummingbirds, Holmes had also played in groups such as Fragile, and The Aerial Maps, and had also produced songs for artists such as The Fauves and Custard, truly cementing his place as an invaluable member of the Aussie rock scene.
The ABC's Michelle Guthrie takes home $900,000 per annum. Each of her 10 direct reports takes home more than $400,000 every year - top 20 on air presenters below.
After my last post on relieving winter sniffles (which, ironically, was posted mere hours before we all came down with a 10-day-long heavy cold), a few readers asked me about ivy leaf for chesty coughs; how does it work, how long has it been used for and where does it originate?
Much like I read labels in supermarkets to understand the ingredients and where my produce has come from or opt for organic fruit and veg where possible, I always do my research before I buy health products.
So, I chatted with the team from Flordis about Prospan and its special Ivy Leaf formula; a natural chesty cough medicine that has been the subject of 10 clinical trials and 8 scientific studies on children and adults, making it one of the most researched options available.
PS: How long has ivy leaf been used as a natural way to relieve chesty coughs?
Flordis: Ivy leaf has been used for centuries, particularly in Europe, as a natural and trusted way to relieve chesty coughs. When choosing an ivy leaf option for your family, make sure to do your research first to find one that is backed by clinical research and has a long history of use.
PS: Can you tell me a bit about where you source your ivy leaf extract from and the quality control process?
Flordis: Prospans ivy leaf formula, EA 575, has been extensively researched across 65,000 children and adults to help relieve chesty coughs. Used by families for over 65 years, Prospan is trusted for its reliable consistency. This consistency comes down to working closely with our partners to ensure every step of the ivy leaf journey is carefully controlled from selecting the right plant species, harvesting at the right time, to extraction and production methods, so you can be assured youre getting the same reliable product from one batch to the next.
PS: How does it work to relieve coughs and congestion?
Flordis: Prospan works by helping to thin and loosen mucus allowing it to be naturally coughed up. Whilst easing congestion, it also helps to soothe the airways making it easier to breathe. Plus, it has a natural fruity taste to win over even the fussiest of kids.
Prospan is not to be given to children under 2 years of age without medical advice. Always read the label. Use only as directed. If symptoms or coughing persist consult your healthcare professional.
This is a spo...
http://www.mfa.gov.ir/index.aspx?siteid=3&pageid=24718 "According to Article 988 of the Civil Code of the IslamicRepublic of Iran: "Iranian nationals cannot abandon their nationality except on the following conditions: 1 - That they have reached the full age of 25. 2 - That the Council of Ministers has allowed the renunciation of their Iranian...
by Greg Maybury (The full article is published on Gregs site here at Poxamerikana) Ive seen that we do not intend to free, but to subjugate [people].Weve gone there to conquer, not to redeem. It should be our pleasure and duty to make people free, and let them deal with their own domestic questions in their 
by Emily Sims One of the games in the Game of Mates is the Public-Private-Partnership. PPP projects such as Citylink in Melbourne and the Cross City Tunnel in Sydney are financed and built by private consortiums with high, ongoing returns guaranteed by the government. In terms of how we pay for infrastructure, PPPs are essentially 
Image Courtesy of Raised By Eagles Melbourne based alt-country quartet Raised By Eagles have announced plans to hit the road for a series of headline tours. The boys will be touring off the back of their new album I Must Be Somewhere which hit stores this May and will be taking in dates in Sydney, 
On Monday we were lucky enough to have the very chill AJ and Liam in the studio talking about their groovy Sydney band King Colour.
They discuss their many, many upcoming projects, have a chat about music and travelling, and even let me play some songs from their upcoming album!
I had great fun talking to them, and hope to play their stuff for many years to come.
Check out the interview below!
Check them out on Facebook and at their Soundcloud
The police officer who killed Australian woman Justine Damond had pledged his allegiance to ISIS, according to a high ranking officer in Minnesota. Mohamed Noor with involved with the sharia supporting faction of the Minneapolis [...]
Pregnant women who have a healthy diet and participate in regular moderate exercise are less likely to have a caesarean section.
They are also less likely to gain excessive weight or develop gestational diabetes, according to a longitudinal study of more than 12,000 women in the UK.
Experts say the findings published in the journal BMJ show that exercise during pregnancy is safe, and recommend that women perform at least 150 minutes of moderate intensity activity every week.
Our findings are important because it is often thought that pregnant women shouldnt exercise because it may harm the baby. But we show that the babies are not affected by physical activity or dieting, and that there are additional benefits including a reduction in maternal weight gain, diabetes in pregnancy, and the risk of requiring a caesarean section, said lead researcher Professor Shakila Thangaratinam from Queen Mary University of London.
This should be part of routine advice in pregnancy, given by practitioners as well as midwives. Now that were able to link the advice to why its beneficial for mothers-to-be, we hope mothers are more likely to adopt these lifestyle changes, Professor Thangaratinam said.
Researchers from the International Weight Management in Pregnancy (i-WIP) Collaborative Group assessed diet and physical activity based interventions in pregnancy, and how they impacted on weight gain and outcomes such as caesarean section, stillbirth and admission to a newborn intensive care unit.
Interventions included access to a dietician, specific antenatal classes for advice on diet and lifestyle, or structured exercise of moderate intensity, such as aerobic classes or stationary cycling.
The research team analysed indivi...
The internal wranglings of political parties are about as mind-numbing to most Australians as watching a Brady Bunch marathon.
But events of this week have shown what happens inside parties can be of great significance.
A lack of proper candidate checks within the Greens party machine has led to two experienced senators, Queenslands Larissa Waters and Western Australias Scott Ludlam losing their seats.
Under Section 44 of the Constitution, a person is disqualified from being elected if at the time of their election they are a citizen of a foreign power or otherwise have an allegiance, obedience or adherence to a foreign power.
Ludlams failure to renounce his New Zealand citizenship was discovered by a Perth lawyer who was looking into the background of independent senator Derryn Hinch.
After that shock discovery, Waters who left Canada aged 11 months sought legal advice and was devastated to learn that because of 70-year-old Canadian laws, she had been a dual citizen from birth.
Canadian law changed a week after she was born and required her to have actively renounced her citizenship.
Waters admits it was something she should have sought advice about when she nominated in 2007.
Greens leader Richard Di Natale admits his party needs to change its processes, but had been reassured by both senators they were clear to run for parliament.
The Australian Electoral Commission has no role in checking or rejecting nominations, so it is purely in the hands of parties.
This leads to another internal issue how candidates are selected.
The NSW division of the Liberal Party is set to hold a special conv...
The words come from another time, but they spoke to the real significance of Corbyns appearance on Glastonburys mainstage. Shelly wrote The Masque of Anarchy to mark the occasion of the Peterloo Massacre. An occasion when, on another summer day 198 years prior, a rally of between 60,000 and 100,000 English workers was violently attacked by a local militia, while peacefully protesting for the right to elect their MPs.
UK Health Department official Mark Davies, who deals with child migration issues for the British government, gave evidence to the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse in London on Wednesday.
He said a UK government apology to former child migrants in 2010 followed a meeting between then UK prime minister Gordon Brown and then Australian prime minister Kevin Rudd, who had apologised in 2009.
The inquiry is examining the sexual abuse of children sent from the UK to church or charity-run farm schools in Australia up to 1970.
Its heard that children were regularly beaten and humiliated, poorly fed and clothed and used as virtual slave labour on farms, with the royals-backed Fairbridge Society and the Christian Brothers among the worst offenders.
Davies told the inquiry that the policy of child migration was wrong and the British government had let down vulnerable children who had been in care or whose families could not look after them.
He said a problem for Home Office officials was that UK childcare regulations could not be enforced in Australia and a proper inspection and reporting system on child migrant welfare was never put in place.
If the regulations couldnt protect the children then we shouldnt have sent them to places where...
Find out how to start and progress your career in the screen and broadcast industries with the Australian Film Television and Radio School. This is a great opportunity to learn about 2018 courses, meet our professional tutors, check out AFTRS state-of-the-art facilities in action and see for yourself why AFTRS is the premier screen and broadcast school in Australia. Pre-register and come along to Open Day 2017 to be in the running to win a $500 short course voucher (valid for 12 months).
Things to do and see
If you cant make it
Dont worry if you cant make it to Sydney for the Open Day Itll be streaming on the AFTRS website and Facebook page. AFTRS will also be travelling around the country through out the year to several Careers Fairs.
What: AFTRS open day
Where: Australian Film Tel...
Australian woman shot in Minneapolis called twice to report an assault | 19 July 2017 | Shortly before she was fatally shot by a Minneapolis police officer, Justine Damond made two 911 calls to help a nearby woman she thought was possibly being sexually assaulted, according to transcripts released on Wednesday by police.
Two women posing as charity collectors for the Heart Foundation in Ballina have prompted a warning from the charity that it only does door-to-door collections in September.
Heart Foundation NSW chief executive Kerry Doyle said it was very disappointing to learn that the two women had been knocking on doors to collect donations. for the foundation.
A suspicious person approached by the dodgy collectors contacted Ballina police, who then contacted the foundation on Tuesday.
Ms Doyle said the fake collectors were tainting the good work being done by volunteers who gave up their time in September to collect for the charity.
As a charity that relies heavily on donations from generous members of the community to continue our lifesaving work to fight heart disease the single leading cause of death in Australia, it is incredibly frustrating when something like this happens, Ms Doyle said.
She said the Heart Foundations purpose was to ensure the people of Australia enjoyed the best heart health possible and this was achieved by funding world-class research, running community programs, supporting health professionals in their practice and advocating for improvements to heart health, all of which is reliant upon financial contributions from the community.
The Big Heart Appeal will be held in NSW from 1-30 September with the aim of raising more than $1.1million in NSW.
Our doorknockers can be identified by their badge, receipt book and collectors bag all of them with the Heart Foundation logo, Ms Doyle said.
Our Big Heart Appeal is the largest community-led fundraising program for the Heart Foundation, so Im urging people to support our collectors when they knock on your door and not to be put off by this recent disappointing event.
For more information visit www.heartfoundation.org.au
(HRW) Its a familiar story: Soldiers blame the fog of war for civilian deaths. Sometimes it only takes one soldier with a conscience to reveal the truth, but it requires a governments commitment to see justice done.
That commitment seems sorely lacking in the United Kingdom, whose military has been dogged by allegations of killing of citizens in Afghanistan. Australia whose military has also been tarnished by horrific allegations in Afghanistan should take note of the UKs missteps as it tries to get to the truth.
Since early 2016, the UK authorities have investigated allegations that British Air Services (SAS) troops murdered at least 53 civilians between 2009 and 2011, snatching some from their beds, handcuffing and hooding them before shooting them dead.
Despite that, the inquiry into these allegations is being largely shut down.
The Royal Military Police (RMP) investigation, Operation Northmoor, reportedly started in early 2016 and was meant to continue through 2021, but was ordered closed down in February 2017, according to a recent report in the Sunday Times. The government wanted to avoid having any of the detail getting into the press, a military police source explained to the paper. The Ministry of Defence later claimed the decision had been taken by the military police.
The shutdown comes despite credible evidence against the SAS unit, senior military police and defense sources told the Sunday Times, which also disclosed that Northmoor had uncovered doctored reports blaming Afghan special forces partners for the killings.
On the other side of the world, an inquiry into abuses by Australia troops in Afghanistan including the deaths of two children is underway.
Australias offshore refugee processing centre on Manus Island will close by the end of October, Immigration Minister Peter Dutton has confirmed.
Manus Island is due to close by the end of October, he told Sky News late Wednesday. Ive been very clear about that and that is what were going to achieve.
The exact timing depends on Australias deal with the US to accept refugees from the Papua New Guinea facility for resettlement after September 30.
The operators of a Melbourne travel agency will face court for allegedly forcing an overseas worker to pay back more than $20,000 of her wages.
The Fair Work Ombudsman alleges Abella Travel paid the worker a full salary, but forced her to make weekly cash payments back to the company.
Its alleged the worker complied with the demand, resulting in repayments totalling $20,854 during the course of her employment in the two years from February 2013 to 2015.
Fair Work says a second worker was also told that when her application for a 457 visa was approved, she would be paid an annual salary of $59,000 but would be required to pay back $19,000 a year.
She was employed from 2015 to March 2016.
The workers, both Korean, were allegedly told by the company that the cashback arrangements were a condition of their 457 visa sponsorship.
The employer also allegedly failed to pay two workers penalty, overtime rates and leave entitlements totalling $38,328.
The company has already paid pack $6,505, the ombudsmans office noted.
Acting Fair Work Ombudsman Mark Scully says the matter is the latest in a series of cases brought before the courts that involve alleged cashback schemes.
I am concerned that cashback schemes are being utilised by unscrupulous operators in an attempt to get around record-keeping laws and disguise serious underpayment of wages, Mr Scully said.
Abella Travel Pty Ltd and its director Mr Joung Hyung Lee are due to face the Federal Circuit Court in relation to the allegations.
According to new research, open-minded people dont just see the world differently in an ideological sense, but in a new study entitled, Seeing it both ways: Openness to experience and binocular rivalry suppression, psychologists have found that being high in openness can actually change visual perception.
What Is Openness?
Openness to experience is considered one of the Big Five dimensions of personality which umbrella all other descriptive aspects of personality. It is characterized by a proclivity towards creativity and an interest in aesthetics and ideological thinking. Artists, musicians, and writers would all be considered high in trait Openness. The big five also includes Conscientiousness, Neuroticism, Agreeableness, and Extroversion. A common way of remembering them is to spell out OCEAN, or CANOE. If you want to learn more about the big five, a good place to start would be to watch this lecture by Jordan Peterson on the subject.
Openness reflects the tendency to actively explore information and engages with complex possibilities. People high in openness may also be more likely to experience creative solutions to the incompatible rivalry stimuli. ~Anna Antinori, Melbourne School of Psychological Science, University of Melbourne, Parkville, Victoria, Australia
How Openness Changes Perception
After the team of psychologists gave the participants of the study a personality test, they gave them another test called binocular rivalry. This test showed each participant one image in each eye; one being a red patch and the other a green patch. While most people react by reducing focus to only one of the two images, people who were high in trait Openness showed the tendency to view both images as one red-green image, which may suggest a higher level of communication between the right and left hemispheres of the brain.
Overall, the results showed that openness is linked to differences in low-level visual perceptual experience. [Source]
Openness Decreases I...
A sexual health service is being established in Lismore to provide a safe, confidential space for young people aged from 12 years to 25 years old.
The headspace Sexual Health Clinic will be free, bulk-billed and youth friendly, and has been designed to make it as easy as possible for young people to get the help they need.
The clinic will be operated by the Lismore and Kyogle Family Planning Service, and will operate from the headspace office at 2A Carrington Street from Thursday, 3 August, and thereafter every Thursday from 2pm to 5pm.
Service manager of headspace Lismore, Teri King, said the new clinic would provide a comfortable, confidential space for youth to discuss any issues or concerns related to sexual health.
Because Social Futures now operates both the headspace program and the Lismore and Kyogle Family Planning Service, we have been able to extend our services and provide this free additional clinic for youth so its a wonderful partnership, Ms King said.
Young people are more inclined to engage in risky behaviours which puts them at a higher risk of Sexually Transmitted Diseases, and unfortunately, many still do not take adequate protection against STIs despite sexual education programs in schools.
Providing a sexual health clinic specifically for youth in a format and place which they are comfortable with we hope will help to empower them to take responsibility for their own health issues.
Once opened, the clinic will offer sexual health screenings, contraception, pregnancy planning and testing, gynaecological investigation and treatment and cervical screening tests.
Bookings can be made by phoning 6620 0200. Further information at www.socialfutures.or.au/clinic
Queensland Deputy Premier Jackie Trad has defended minister Mark Bailey, who has been stood down over the use of his private email account for public office.
Premier Annastacia Palaszcuk asked the energy minister to stand aside on Wednesday night pending an investigation from the state archivist following a negative finding from the states corruption watchdog.
The Crime and Corruption Commission said he may have engaged in corrupt conduct by deleting an email account used to correspond with a union official.
The CCC cleared Mr Bailey of corrupt conduct around allegations he used his personal account to conduct secret negotiations with an Electrical Trades Union official.
But it found there was sufficient evidence to raise a reasonable suspicion of corrupt conduct over his decision to delete the account, because of the potential destruction of public records.
The CCC has asked the state archivist to investigate the matter.
State Opposition Leader Tim Nicholls has called on Mr Bailey to resign over the matter, and criticised the Premier for taking so long to act.
Clearly for six months this has been allowed to go on and the Premier only acts when she is cornered, Mr Nicholls told ABC Radio.
But Ms Trad defended Mr Bailey.
We have to wait for the outcome of the investigation, but I personally believe that Mark has been an outstanding minister. This has been an error in judgment, she told the ABC.
She said many members of parliaments used private email accounts and hoped the investigation would lead to clearer guidelines for all MPs.
Its a comprehensive piece of work that needs to happen here to provide some direction and guidelines for all member...
With the forced resignations of Scott Ludlam and Larissa Waters, the federal Greens are reeling, writes Ben Eltham. Can they survive?
Its been a shocking few weeks, theres no sugar coating it Leigh, Di Natale admitted on the ABCs 7.30 on Tuesday night.
Sugar coating it? There seems little chance of anyone doing that. The past few weeks are the worst in the modern history of the Australian Greens.
Weve all heard the Oscar Wilde reference, but to lose two deputy leaders is indeed carelessness. The rapid-fire loss of the partys two best performing senators has badly wounded the environmental party. Together, Ludlam and Waters represented the Greens parliamentary future.
Larissa Waters was far and away the partys best media performer. She is a whip-smart policy brain who has proven to be an effective campaigner on issues like women in the workplace, the Carmichael coal mine and the health of the Great Barrier Reef. As a young politician from a crucial growth state where the Greens have traditionally struggled, Waters had all the hallmarks of a future leader. Her loss is a grave blow for the party indeed.Former Queensland Greens Senator Larissa Waters. (IMAGE: Greens MPS, Talia Cain, Flickr)
Scott Ludlams departure is even worse for the Greens. If Waters was feisty and tough, in Ludlam the party had nurtured that rarest of political commodities: a cult hero. The Western Australians pioneering policy activism on issues like online privacy and broadband policy were lionised amongst cyber activists and the Greens base. Ludlam was not a particularly scintillating media presence, but he was one of the Senates very best Estimates questioners, and combined a razor sharp intellect with a sound grasp of Parliamentary tactics.
The departure of Ludlam and Waters is all the more serious given the struggles of Richard Di Natale as leader. Di Natale has had a bad month a bad year, really and the situation is only going from bad to worse. After getting comprehensively out-manouvered by the government on the schools funding reforms, Di Natales prevarication on schools policy exposed serious internal conflict in the Greens party room between outspoken New South Wales Senator Lee Rhiannon and her colleagues.
While few voters will care about the way the New South Wales branch of the Greens binds federal representatives on policy issues, the perception of a party split will be noticed. Rhiannon was formally censured by her federal party room colleagues. But th...
The Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility (NAIF) was set up ostensibly is to fund the states and territories to carry out infrastructure works to assist economic growth and increased population in northern Australia. However, a close look at the bill, and the people and circumstances surrounding it, suggests that it is, in fact, a tiny fig leaf behind which the Federal Government seeks to hide its desire to shovel billions of dollars of taxpayers money into Adanis Galilee Basin coal mine project.
The legislation precludes the appointment to the board the representatives of traditional owners, pastoralists, scientists, environmentalists, the tourism industry and historians. These groups also have significant expertise in northern Australia pastoral, cultural, spiritual, historical and scientific. Pastoralism, aquaculture, tourism including conventional, cultural and ecological tourism are very important industries in northern Australia, but none of them have a seat at the table here.
With the possible exception of Innisfail Mayor Bill Shannon, the board members of the NAIF all have strong links to the mining industry. Chair Sharon Warburton was a board member of Andrew Forrests Fortescue Metals Group and previously worked at Rio Tinto, as well as other resources companies.
Board members Justin Mannolini and Khory Mccormick have decades worth of experience working as energy, mining, resources and commodities lawyers. Fellow lawyer Sally Pitkin was deputy chair of the Export Finance and Insurance Corporation coal, of course, is Australias biggest export. NAIF board member Karla Way-Mcphail is a mining employee trainer, coal mining enthusiast and personal friend of Minister for Resources and Northern Australia...
Jordan Cheteucuti is a wanted man after he failed to appear in court to face two charges of assault occasioning actual bodily harm and possessing a prohibited drug.
The 19-year-old from North Lismore was listed to appear in Lismore Local Court on Monday.
He first came to the attention of police on May 12, when he was with a group of other people at 11.30pm in Lismore.
When officers asked Mr Cheteucuti whether he was carrying anything, court documents stated, he allegedly told police he had cannabis down his pants for personal use.
After he was arrested and police weighed the drug, Mr Cheteucuti was charged with possessing 24 grams of cannabis.
Then on June 30, when Mr Cheteucuti was staying on the couch at a friends North Lismore home and he was told he was no longer welcome, he allegedly became angry.
Police facts said Mr Cheteucuti allegedly started yelling at his friend before he punched him in the head five to eight times.
The man suffered broken skin above his right eye, bleeding, swelling and bruising from the alleged attack.
When the mans grand daughter saw the alleged assault she tried to stop Mr Cheteucuti, but he allegedly bit her left thumb, causing it to bleed.
He was arrested that day after fleeing the scene and taken to Lismore police station where he was charged and granted conditional bail.
When Mr Cheteucuti failed to appear on Monday, Magistrate David Heilpern warrant for his arrest under section 25(2) of the Crimes Sentencing Procedure Act.
This is an order for Mr Cheteucutie to be arrested and brought before the court to be sentenced.
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A Sydney man is suing Contiki Tours this morning after he managed to not pull one single root on his two-week European excursion.
It was an absolute disgrace, the man said. Some greedy folks managed to hook up with multiple travellers throughout the trip, but I only had my iPhone with the volume turned down low for comfort.
No young person goes overseas to see the sights, Australias Foreign Affairs Minister said. So, I feel deeply for this man who returned only with a camera full of church photos.
One of the luckier travellers on the mans tour said he was aware of the problem and had tried to make things easier on him.
We hung a courtesy sheet down over our bunk bed to shield him from the main event, but he only complained it was like watching an adult shadow puppet show all night, he said.
The legal team for Contiki has unearthed damning reports revealing that, prior to embarking on his doomed overseas trip, the man had failed to score a root at several of Parramatta Roads massage parlours.
A thousand trees will be planted at Pat Smith Park in Dulguigan on Sunday, 30 July, as part of National Tree Day.
The tree planting, being held from 9am to 1pm, will also be the Tweed Shires first event for Local Government Week 2017, launching eight days of special events at council facilities and other activities.
The tree planting at Pat Smith Park will improve the health of Dulguigan Creek by restoring riparian vegetation affected by the floods in March. A section of the Rous River bank on Dulguigan Road will also be planted on the day.
Tweed Council waterways project officer Matthew Bloor said the Rous River catchment received the most rain during the recent floods. Riparian vegetation and creek banks sustained a lot of damage as the flood peak moved through the catchment.
Council has organised this event to foster community participation in restoring our treasured waterways, he said.
The council is working with landowners on the Rous River between Chillingham and Murwillumbah, through a NSW Government Environmental Trust grant to improve waterway health and riparian vegetation.
In the first 12 months of the three-year project, nearly 3 kilometres of fencing has been erected to restrict stock access to the Rous River, and works to rehabilitate 4 kilometres of riparian vegetation have begun.
Healthy trees, shrubs and groundcovers are one of the best ways of reducing erosion and reducing the impact of flood water. Previous National Tree Day plantings between Uki and Byangum helped reduce the damage to river banks, farmland, roads and other public infrastructure, Mr Bloor said.
The annual planting days are held at a different location each year and this will be the first held near Murwillumbah.
National Tree Day is Australias largest nature care event. To RSVP or for more information visit the National Tree Day website http://treeday.planetark.org/site/10015783 or contact Matthew Bloor on (02) 66702580 or email@example.com
After calling 911 to report a potential sexual assault, well-known holistic doctor and former veterinarian Justine Damond was shot and killed by the very individuals she thought might improve the situation. Reportedly, Damond was on the phone speaking to officer Matthew Harrity, describing noises that caused her to believe someone nearby was being raped. In her pajamas and holding only a mobile phone, she was then shot by Officer Mohamed Noor through the driver-side window of the cop car and was hit in the abdomen. For an unknown reason, the officers chose not to activate their body cameras before the shooting. The dash cam did not record any footage, either.
Witnesses relay that Damond was wearing pajamas and speaking on the phone when she was shot. A source told KARE11 that Harrity was stunned by Noors decision to open fire. The Free Thought Project reveals, as well, that Noor has a history of complaints against him.
The failure to activate the body cams is not only suspicious, it is against the law. In 2016, Minneapolis required all officers to wear and activate body cameras at all times when they could reasonably anticipate that they may become involved in a situation for which activation is appropriate, reports The Huffington Post.
Only recently did the tight-lipped police station release the audio between the officers and dispatch the night of Damonds death. In the recording (below), one officer can be heard stating, female screaming behind a building after the shots were fired. Another officer can then be heard calmly telling dispatch: Shots fired we have one down. As Damond bled out in one of the safest neighborhoods in town, the conversation continued.
Royal Blood made a bit of an error in only playing a single sideshow in Sydney along with their appearance at this years Splendour in the Grass, which sold out in an instant and left the rest of the country wondering what was up.
Thankfully theyll be back to rectify that as soon as they can, with Frontier Touring and I OH YOU announcing the U.K. duo are heading back early next year for another run of dates across Australia and New Zealand.
Royal Blood won Australia over back in 2015 with a killer acoustic rendition of Cold War Kids Hang Me Up To Dry on Like A Version, although they may have fallen out of favour with Nickelback fans after starting a Twitter beef with the band last year, and taking a few hits in the process.
We chatted with the band ahead of their appearance at Splendour, talking about their love of Australia and how to write a rock song as a two-piece, and the band are keen to get back over here for more gigs.
Cant wait to come back over next year and do some bigger shows & get out to places weve never played before, they say. We hope youre enjoying the new album & were excited to play you these new songs. Hope to see you there!
That album, How Did We Get So Dark?, scored them a UK number one and hit number four on the ARIA charts, so therell be plenty of anticipation as they finally hit new locations like Perth and Brisbane next year.
Check out the dates and ticket info below, along with a new live clip for I Only Lie When I Love You.
Frontier Members pre-sale here from Wed July 26 / General sale Wed August 2
Tue 24 Apr Hordern Pavilion (All Ages), Sydney
Clubs workers, managers and community members all over the country are calling on you to reverse your attempt to cut our weekend rates and other conditions by abolishing the Clubs Award.
Im Selina and I work at my local club in Queensland.
At the moment I still get penalty rates, which helps pay my rent and put food on the table.
But Clubs Australia has until July 28 to decide if club workers and managers will be moved to the hospitality award, where penalty rates have already been cut.
When I first heard about it, I cried to my husband and asked him how are we going to cope?
I dont earn much. Losing penalty rates will make life a lot harder for us. Little things like a night out with my husband every now and then or even getting a hair-cut just wont be an option. Its a pay cut I cant afford and I dont deserve.
Keeping the Clubs Award means maintaining weekend rates for clubs workers as well as the safety net of pay and conditions for club managers and staff, from the person pouring your beer, to chefs, waiters, ops and duty managers.
Clubs hold a special place in our communities. They provide good local jobs, are run by members, and put profits back into the community.
We have between now and July 28th to come together. To say Clubs Australia, we want to keep the Clubs Award and protect the penalty rates, pay and conditions of clubs workers and managers.
Keeping the Clubs Award means maintaining weekend rates for clubs workers. It also means keeping the safety net of pay and conditions for club managers and staff, from the person pouring your beer, to chefs and general managers.Please. Visit your local club this weekend & sign our petition asking Clubs Australia to protect community club workers & managers: www.megaphone.org.au/petitions/clubs-australia-protect-penalty-rates
Posted by Save our Weekend on Friday, July 14, 2017
A Nimbin man who pleaded guilty to leading police on three pursuits at Tuncester, South Lismore and Koonorigan on the same day while drunk has been jailed for 18 months.
Uiil Jansen appeared in Lismore Local Court for sentencing on Tuesday and was represented by solicitor Hugh Van-Dugteren.
The 31-year-old was charged with 11 offences relating to two incidents on consecutive days in March where he was charged with drink driving and driving while disqualified.
Charges Mr Jansen pleaded guilty to included three counts of not stopping during a police pursuit, mid-range drink driving, two counts of driving while disqualified, driving in a dangerous manner, using an offensive weapon to prevent apprehension and threatening injury to a person with the intent to prevent detention.
On March 14, Mr Jansen was pulled over for a random breath test on Geneva St, Kyogle, and registered a special-range reading of .021.
He was charged with driving while disqualified, special-range pca and stating a false name or address to police.
Then, the following day when police noticed a Queensland registered Mitsubishi mirage allegedly driving recklessly, at high speed, at Tuncester, a pursuit was initiated and the driver, Uiil Jansen failed to stop.
Ten minutes later, it is alleged when police caught up to Mr Jansen at South Lismore, he drove in a dangerous manner through the Station Hotel drive through bottle shop and onto Union Street.
Mr Jansen was next spotted almost 40 minutes later and police initiated another pursuit on Koonorigan Rd, where it is alleged he drove the Mitsubishi at two senior constables and a constable with the intent to prevent apprehension.
The 31 year-old was eventually arrested taken to Lismore police station where he was charged and refused bail due to his extensive criminal history and the seriousness of the charges.
On each of the three counts of not stopping during a police pursuit, using an offensive weapon to prevent lawful detention and threatening injury to a person to prevent lawful detention, Magistrate David Heilpern sentenced Mr Jansen to 18 months jail with a non-paro...
A Tweed Heads man remains behind bars over the alleged sexual and indecent assault of a girl as young as 12 over more than a year.
Garry Ross Norman was listed to appear in Lismore Local Court on Tuesday via videolink from prison but it was cancelled by solicitor Rachel Thomas.
The 56-year-old was arrested on March 25, following an investigation by the Ballina Child Abuse Squad, and taken to Tweed Heads police station where he was charged with 13 offences and refused bail.
It is alleged Mr Norman began interacting with the then 12-year-old girl on December 2, 2014, at Tweed Heads.
The alleged encounters between Mr Norman and the girl continued during December and January 2015 and 2016.
During this period, detectives allege there were at least seven interactions between Mr Norman and the girl when sexual or indecent assaults allegedly occurred.
Mr Norman was charged with two counts of aggravated sexual assault, five counts of indecent assault of a person under 16 years of age, common assault, possessing child abuse material, three counts of breaching an apprehended personal violence order and failing to comply with reporting conditions.
On Tuesday the court heard the brief of evidence against Mr Norman had been served on the defence.
Magistrate David Heilpern adjourned Mr Normans matters until September 5, for negotiations between the prosecution and defence.
Mr Norman is expected to appear via videolink on the next occasion.
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Two more women have made complaints about the alleged conduct of Lismore gynaecologist Glenn Allan Taylor with detectives anticipating laying further charges against the doctor.
Dr Taylor was listed to appear in Lismore District Court yesterday morning (Wednesday July 19) to be arraigned on 60 charges of sexual and indecent assault of patients.
When Judge Laura Well noticed Dr Taylor was not in court she questioned where he was.
Solicitor Steve Spinks, acting as an agent for TressCox Lawyers, told the court an email had been sent to the court requesting Dr Taylor be excused.
He said Dr Taylor, who was residing at Richmond Hill when he was first charged, was now living on the Gold Coast.
When a 21-year-old woman told police in March 2016 she had been sexually assaulted by Dr Taylor, detectives formed Strike Force Cranberry to investigate the allegations.
After investigations by detectives revealed at least two other women had allegedly been sexually or indecently assaulted by Dr Taylor, his Uralba St clinic was raided on November 2, and a number of items were seized.
Initially Dr Taylor was charged with four counts of aggravated indecent assault victim under authority, and one count of aggravated sexual assault victim under authority.
When the story about Dr Taylor was publicised in the national media, several other alleged victims made complaints to Strike Force Cranberry, which resulted in him being charged with 60 counts of sexual and indecent assault of a victim under his authority.
The charges related to alleged incidents dating back to 1993, the court has previously heard.
Anticipating further fresh charges to be laid against Dr Taylor, Judge Wells adjourned his arraignment proceedings until August 30, at Lismore District Court.
He remains free on conditional bail until his next court appearance.
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US Alliance is the Cause of Deep Malaise inside the ADF, Says Cairns Citizen Inspector arrested at U.S. Warship as she fronts Magistrates Court
Cairns Citizens Inspector Margaret Pestorius will appear in Cairns Magistrates Court after she insisted she inspect the USS Green Bay, an operational warship which visited Cairns as part of Talisman Saber joint exercises.
Ms Pestorius said Gimuy Peace Pilgrims wanted to know what this ship is doing so far from home. Is the Asia Pacific to be the next Middle East?
This week we saw in the Afghan Files, released by the ABC, how war under US command debases the ADF soldiers who were used by the US as spearhead killers. Used as killers, they became rogue, outside of rule of law, said Ms Pestorius, a long time peace activist, and nonviolence teacher and commentator. Ms Pestorius, a member of Gimuy Peace Pilgrims is also facing charges in an Alice Springs Court for praying on the mountain next to Pine Gap, a US war-making facility. Peace Pilgrims are a set of spirit-led groups that oppose the militarizing of Australia.
These dreadful issues outlined in the Afghan Files were the result of the US alliance. Talisman Saber, the exercises that this vessel was participating in, is the staging ground for this relationship.
And yet our leaders in Cairns, and those with blind folds, pretend that it is a fairy tale cruise ship on holidays.
Former Australian Prime Ministers Malcolm Fraser and Paul Keating have both publicly criticized the lack of an independent foreign policy for Australia and warned that it is not in Australian interests to be beholden to the US. The US has no regard for the welfare of its allies. Frankly, the only ones to benefit from the US alliance are the US corporations that sell Australia weapons. Australians never benefit; Indigenous people never benefit; the US just re-militarise our land just like the British did during colonization in the Frontier Wars.
We are a citizens presence to say no to endless war and to question why these ships are in our neighbourhood. If we dont ask, who will?
Some great online history resources were shared by historians tweeting the recent Australian Historical Association conference (#OzHA2017). I have trawled through a lot of links to bring to you some of the useful and interesting history resources that caught my eye. Continue reading
Doing the Woodwork for Women courses with Patt Gregory in Mullumbimby is about more than learning how to saw straight, though that is an important skill you will learn. It is about being present in yourself and your body and learning that you are capable of creating what you have set out to do.
You cant do woodwork and be thinking about what youre going to make for dinner youll make mistakes, get frustrated and do a half-arsed job, says Patt with a smile.
You wont have an wholistic experience. People having a clear mind and dealing with anything negative that comes into your mind is part of the experience. It is a learning thing woodwork brings it up. Here is a great place to acknowledge it and move beyond it.
Since running her pilot Woodwork for Women course through the NEIS (New Enterprise Incentive Scheme) scheme in 1995 Patt has created a successful business that has taught many women the skills they needed to build kitchens, decks, sheds and day beds, just to name a few.
Having trained in Bristol in the UK as a joiner and carpenter with 26 lads she really struggled, but loved it.
I didnt understand how the boys just got it. My trainer would just take the tool and say do this.
Patt realised that often young boys were taught these things by their dads and it wasnt until she had worked out the nuances of weight and positioning for herself that she really felt that she had mastered the skills. I have cultivated that information. Ive honed it so that I can give clear, understandable instructions in short bursts that people can relate to.
Woodwork for Women continues to go from strength to strength as Patt continues to teach and create learning materials for people who want to extend their woodworking skills. In 2010 she self-published a book Woodwork for Women: Cutting a new path for beginners that was launched at the Byron Writers...
This week on Newsbuds China Watch: Bumrushing China Containment in India and Australia. Whats really going on between the Indian Army and the PLA in Bhutan? Spoiler: its not a threat south to the Siliguri Corridor. Its competition between China and India east west along the Himalayan tier. Well also take a look at Australias 50 billion dollar submarine screw-up, and find out whos blocking Australias promotion to a full-fledged member of the China containment quadrilateraland why. And Is Liu Xiaobos death a case of medical murder?
You never know when youre going to meet the people who will change your life. For Jen Kyna one of those meetings took place on a work trip, as a flight attendant, to South Africa where she and her friend met Silvia in the airport queue.
My colleague Heidi asked her if she knew of any charities or people that she could help while on our long four- night layovers, said Jen.
Silvia was helping a woman called Maria Gaba, who lives in the town of Boksburg, care for 40 orphans. Maria was keeping them safe and feeding them with leftover scraps from a funeral home where she worked.
Heidi went out that trip to see the creche, continued Jen.
I went out during our next trip and that was it. I fell in love with Maria, the kids, and knew we needed to help them. Meeting Maria and the kids for the first time changed the course of my life.
Maria had changed her own life from one of abuse and domestic violence to caring for the children around her, her own and any others that needed help and safety.
Her meeting with Jen was the genesis of Windmill Park in the town of Boksburg. It has grown from one small building and 40 orphans into a place that provides care, employment and opportunities for both vulnerable children and the broader community.
I started a website, Facebook page, and started collecting donations, said Jen.
Jen then co-founded a charity, the Kindling Foundation, that has raised money and provided time and resources to improve the lives of the children in Boksburg.
In 2015 Jen extended the idea of assistance to include volunteers raising money and then travelling to Boksburg and contributing their time and skills to complete projects.
This video says about itself:
Australian Cave Painting Found To Be One of Worlds Oldest
18 June 2012
An archaeologist discovered an aboriginal cave painting in the Australian outback that was created 28,000 years ago.
Bryce Barker, from the University of Southern Queensland, originally made the find last year. Because most rock art is made with mineral paint, its difficult to get an accurate measure of age. But Barkers find at the Nawarla Gabarnmang cave dwelling was created using charcoal, so he was able to employ radiocarbon dating, which gave him the astonishing age of the artnow believed to be one of the oldest in the world.
Spains El Castillo still has seniority over Australias find by about 12,000 years. But the Australian shelter may have had dwellersif not decorationsfor just as long.
From the University of Washington in the USA:
Artifacts suggest humans arrived in Australia earlier than thought
July 19, 2017
Summary: Archeologists have found and dated artifacts in northern Australia that indicate humans arrived there about 65,000 years ago more than 10,000 years earlier than previously thought.
When and how the first humans made their way to Australia has been an evolving story.
While it is accepted that humans appeared in Africa some 200,000 years ago, scientists in recent years have placed the approximate date of human settlement in Australia further and further back in time, as part of ongoing questions about the timing, the routes and the means of migration out of Africa.
Now, a team of researchers, including a faculty member and seven students from the University of Washington, has found and dated artifacts in northern Australia that indicate humans arrived there about 65,000 years ago more than 10,000 years earlier than previously thought. A paper published July 20 in the journal Nature describes dating techniques and artifact finds at Madjedbebe, a longtime site of archaeological research, that...
A decaying severed pig's head was dumped at the front gates of an Islamic college in the eastern Australian city of Brisbane, in what the education authorities say is a hate crime resulting from the "demonization of Islamic schools." A backpack adorned with a swastika and containing the pig's head was dropped at the front gates of the Islamic College of Brisbane, one of the largest Islamic educational facilities in the Australian state of Queensland, on the night between Tuesday and Wednesday. The head was discovered by school staff members early in the morning on Wednesday, just hours before the pupils, some as young as five, were due to pass through the gate. The incident was captured on CCTV. The footage shows a blue Subaru WRX driving up to the front gates, with someone in the passenger seat throwing the backpack with the head onto the ground, Australia's AAP news agency reports.
Aborigines in Australia longer than previously thought: study:
[sg.news] Australian Aborigines are believed to be custodians of
the oldest continuous culture on the planet, but when they first
arrived has been a contested issue. Previous estimates have ranged
from 47,000 to 60,000 years ago.
A key site in the debate is Madjedbebe, a remote rock shelter in northern Australia's Kakadu region that is the oldest-known human occupation area in the country.
New evidence uncovered by a team of archaeologists and dating specialists during a dig there, including the oldest ground-edge stone axe technology in the world, has pushed back their presence even further.
The findings, published in the journal Nature this week, set a new minimum age for the dispersal of modern humans out of Africa and across south Asia.
A holistic doctor, who had called 911 to report a suspected assault in an alleyway near to her home, was shot and killed by police officers who responded to the call.
Stone axes and the remains of fireplaces found in northern Australia appear to date to 65,000 years ago, adding 15,000 years to Australia's human prehistory
Councils in northern Tasmania could soon ask their people if they want fluoride in their water.
Tasmania was actually the first state in Australia to add fluoride to its drinking water back in 1953, which lead to a dramatic reduction in dental decay.
But there is a high level of opposition to the public health measure, with anti-fluoride groups arguing that there is a conspiracy to add substances to drinking water are different (and more toxic) than the authorities claim they are.
In Tasmania, the State Government decides on fluoride levels, but Kentish Council Mayor Don Thwaites has put forth a motion for an upcoming meeting of Tasmanian councils that could see that decision handed to councils.
The motion is that councils be allowed to have a vote on whether they want fluoride added to the public water supply or not in their area, he said.
Its not about whether fluoride should be added or not, we believe that thats a debate that can happen after its decided whether we can actually have a vote on the subject or not.
Mr Thwaites said he was prompted to ask the question after concerns were raised by the community and other councillors.
*Original article online at http://www.greencareer.net.au/news/fluoride-could-be-put-to-the-people
New details are emerging about the tragic shooting of Justine Damond, an Australian yoga teacher and spiritual healer, by Officer Mohamed Noor. The Free Thought Project has learned that Noor had a history of complaints against him, neither he nor his partner chose to activate their body cameras before the shooting, and the audio from the radio dispatch has been released capturing Damond's final moments on earth. Officer Noor, who was sitting in the passenger seat of his patrol car at the time, opened fire through the driver's side door hitting Damond at least once in the abdomen. Noor and his partner were responding to her 911 call about a possible sexual assault. Police have yet to release any reason for Noor, who joined the force in 2015, to have opened fire as Damond was unarmed. Witnesses told The Star Tribune that Damond, wearing pajamas, was speaking to officer Matthew Harrity, 25, through the driver-side window of the police cruiser when Noor, sitting in the passenger's seat, shot Damond through the driver-side door. Noor's partner was allegedly "stunned" when Noor opened fire, KARE11 reported through a source.
New York (US)New Zealand-owned tree biotechnology company ArborGen faces near unanimous opposition to commercial deregulation of their genetically engineered eucalyptus trees. On 5 July, the US Department of Agriculture received an astounding 280,000 individual comments, as well as 500 organizations representing millions of people around the world, all opposing this deregulation. Only 3 comments were submitted in favor. This avalanche of comments came a mere 75 days after the USDA publicly released their draft Environmental Impact Statement on ArborGens request for deregulation.
Such overwhelming opposition sends a clear message to USDA that GE eucalyptus trees must be rejecteda message the agency can no longer ignore.
ArborGens eucalyptus are engineered for cold tolerance with the intent of extending their range into the Southern US, from South Carolina to Texas. Eucalyptus trees are native only to Australia. Eucalyptus plantations are invasive, notorious for depleting waterways and highly flammableas demonstrated by recent wildfires in Chile and Portugal. Their introduction to Southern US states, where droughts, heatwaves and wildfires are already escalating, would be foolhardy.
ArborGen claims their GE eucalyptus will meet expanding market demands for pulp and paper, as well as the fast-growing demand for wood pellets for biomass. Currently, EU greenhouse...
USDA Receives Near Unanimous Public Rejection of Genetically Engineered Trees
19 July 2017
New York (US)New Zealand-owned tree biotechnology company ArborGen  faces near unanimous opposition to commercial deregulation of their genetically engineered eucalyptus trees. On 5 July, the US Department of Agriculture received an astounding 280,000 individual comments, as well as 500 organizations representing millions of people around the world, all opposing this deregulation. Only 3 comments were submitted in favor . This avalanche of comments came a mere 75 days after the USDA publicly released their draft Environmental Impact Statement on ArborGens request for deregulation.
Such overwhelming opposition sends a clear message to USDA that GE eucalyptus trees must be rejecteda message the agency can no longer ignore.
ArborGens eucalyptus are engineered for cold tolerance with the intent of extending their range into the Southern US, from South Carolina to Texas. Eucalyptus trees are native only to Australia. Eucalyptus plantations are invasive, notorious for depleting waterways and highly flammableas demonstrated by recent wildfires in Chile and Portugal. Their introduction to Southern US states, where droughts, heatwaves and wildfires are already escalating, would be foolhardy.
ArborGen claims their GE eucalyptus will meet expanding market demands for pulp and paper, as well as the fast-growing demand for wood pellets for biomass. Currently, EU greenhouse gas emission policies provide subsidies to burn wood as an alternative to fossil fuels, in spite of the fact that doing so results in deforestation and releases even more CO2.  These demands will not be met, however, without the accelerated destruction of native forests, including for GE eucalyptus plantation developmentboth in the US and globally.
Industrial plantations of eucalyptus are already creating problems in many parts of the world, and the US should learn from those experiences. In Brazil, they are referred to as green deserts. Similarly, experience with GE crops has demonstrated that engineering fails to deliver on promises, while introducing new problems (i.e. contamination, vastly increased use of toxic agrochemicals and herbicide resistant weeds). Common sense dictates that regenerating native forests and reducing demands for wood a...
I squirmed with clenched palms as the needle dug and scraped beneath my tender inner-forearm. The hot light sprawled across my body, causing it to sweat profusely upon the leathered tattoo bed. Tribal women with inked faces, body suspension art and underground punk stickers danced along the walls. The combination of deep breathing and dehydrated head throbs led to a strange sensation, like I was falling into an outer body trance.
Im going for a quick smoke, said Albar Tikam, the owner and my tattoo artist.
Up until that point, I had looked away during the whole process due to a fear that if I watched, I would feel more pain.
It looks finished, I smiled gleefully.
Oh no you are only halfway, he chuckled.
I had well over an hour to go. I would say it was around this stage that the potential calamity of my reckless decision to get a hand poke tattoo, within only a couple days of discovering the prospect, was starting to sink in. My stomach was rising up and down like waves, but perhaps that was due to the 11 ungraceful hurls I had that morning from one-too-many Bintangs mixed with Extra Joss. To be frank, I didnt think it through, and a series of thoughts now slithered through the wires of my mind.
Dont get tattoos in Asia youll get AIDS, my father once said to me. Its dirty. Its not safe. The quality is not up to scratch like it is back home. Itll get infected. You cant trust it.
A hodgepodge of phrases Ive heard from countless people seemed to all blend into a single voice that feared and distrusted anything dissimilar to the west. Almost subconsciously, we become sanitised by some preconceived notion that tattoo culture and its practice upon clients throughout Asia is not on an equal, comparative level with the western world. Even my mother, who is of Asian descent, would not only be horrified by the blatant visibility of my new tattoo, but by the fact that it was done in Bali. Despite tattooing being a form of art that has been practiced for thousands of years from the birth of Balinese tribes, I too shamefully catch myself every now and then tumbling into that trap.
Albar returned with a cheeky grin etched upon his dotted face of piercings. I forced myself to observe the metal spike penetrating my skin repeatedly, finally realising and appreciating the all-consuming time and effort behind t...
Justine Damond and Mohammed Noor. (Photo: Clarion Project)
Justine Damond was shot and killed by a police officer in Minneapolis after she called the cops to report a possible sexual assault near her home. Police did not have their body cameras on, in breach of police protocol. The Minneapolis police department isnot giving Justines fianc, whom she was due to marry in less than a month, full information.
So far this follows the pattern of other police shootings in America. Police brutality, where it occurs, is a serious issue, but it is not Clarion Projects focus. We have no position on the specifics of this or any other case.
What we do have a position on is the way this case is being treated, which is very differently, for example, from the case of Philando Castile, a black man who was shot and killed by Hispanic police officer Jeronimo Yanez in 2016 in the very same city. That case sparked a national conversation about policing practices and race.
What is different in this case is that a Somali-American Muslim policeman Mohammed Noor shot and killed a blond, middle-class, white woman.
In a sane world, the ethnicity and religion of an officer would make no difference to the publics response to a police shooting. If indeed there is a police brutality problem in America, then you would expect people to be taking to the streets over this latest incident.
Yet while there have been vigils for Damond, they are nowhere near the same scale as other incidents of alleged police brutality.
Joanne Garnggulkpuy lives on Galiwinku, Elcho Island in East Arnhem Land. She is a Hope For Health Committee Member, a Wangurri elder, experienced researcher and teacher. Photograph: IndigenousX Share this Post In our songs and dances, there are some parts that talk about how to get food from the bushland, the open land, from the sand dunes, the beaches and ...
Holidays are a privilege that many who are fortunate to take them look forward to. They are an opportunity to indulge, relax and recharge and what could be better than being able to do so while doing good?
But the costs of production of the tourist experience are often glossed over. And modern slavery practices are especially evident in the tourism supply chain in developing countries.
Modern slavery is described as the conduct of practices similar to slavery, including debt bondage and forced labour. The use of force, deception and the deprivation of freedom are common.
The links between modern slavery and the fashion and textiles industry, mining, agriculture and domestic work are well known. Its common in developing countries where people are desperate and vulnerable to exploitation.
This is not to say that developed countries are immune. In Australia, a federal parliamentary committee is inquiring* into establishing a Modern Slavery Act. This follows the passing of the United Kingdoms Modern Slavery Act in 2015. Such moves are linked to growing calls for action against modern slavery in domestic and global supply chains.
In most developed countries, much less attention is given to modern slavery than elsewhere. This is particularly so in the case of developing countries where labour is cheap and exploitation underlies the production of goods and services consumed in developed countries.
According to the Global Slavery Index, in 2016 about 45.8 million people....
If youre as smug as I am, you might see the United States as a destination for tourists as opposed to travellers, man. Even before Chipolata Fingers tweet-stormed his way into the White House, the States was an end point for the unimaginative, for those drank the Kool-Aid proffered up by Hollywood and saw Disneyland and Hollywood Boulevard and riding in a yellow taxi as being the heights of intrepidity.
As Global Hobos you guys are all like, Yeah, sure, right, and are probably busy planning a winter working as a glassy in a Bhutanese bistro, milking yaks in the morning and jacking off wayward reincarnates of an evening. But look, give the yanks a chance; heaven knows theyre having a hard run and heck knows that the US of A can be a certifiable whale of a time.
Visit Before the Empire Falls
because its irrefutably heading back towards dust under the tutelage of Barrons dad and his inept horde of utter horrors. Dont you wish you were in Carthage before the Romans got the jump, chatting Alps with elephants and strolling the shores of the ancient Med? Or had a chance to bask in the glory of Pax Britannica and take high tea in Kensington as the spoils of the savages were brought back and paraded amongst the dowagers. Well dont wait until its too late! Come and witness the dying throes of empire, and witness the bombastic blusters of a nation and people unaware of their impending irrelevance.
Despite Dodgy Voting Habits, Theyre Fucken Nice People
Theres no denying that your average American possesses a dumb positivity that is hardly matched anywhere else on Earth. Of all the worlds peoples they have to be the among easiest when it comes to being receptive to having the wool pulled over, so you can basically say anything to them and pique their interest. They are also so ignorant of the world that the minutiae of your day-to-day reads like a Homeric epic to them; they might not know their Zealand from New Zealand (idiots!), but youll have them wrapped around your masterfully woven tale about boiling water in an electric jug.
Crap Capitalism Equals Exceptional Service
In America, the system works like this businesses dont pay their employees enough, so you make up the difference with tips, and because of this, staff are actually nice to you. The system is completely rekt, but it also results in incredible service, so maybe it aint so bad after all. For those of us who are trs...
From: "Dastyari, Sam (Senator)" Date: 19 July 2017 at 5:47:05 pm AEST To: Subject: Invitation to Sam Dastyari's Official Book Launch Reply-To: "Arthur, Sharnelle (Sen S. Dastyari)" Comrade, Attached is an invitation to my official book launch thatll be held as a fringe event at NSW ALP Conference...
Just 12 days before Christmas 1977, in the same building as this very radio station Paddington Town Hall a band known as Radio Birdman played a show that would go down in history books. Not only was it to be their final Sydney show before they broke-up in London just six ugly months later, the Paddington gig was also noteworthy for the 2000 or so fans who packed the hall and then trashed it. Whether they really trashed it is a moot point, but there were bloodied handprints on the walls and things certainly turned a bit more frenzied than usual. Hard to imagine that happening in Paddington today, where cashed-up residents would have invoked the lock-out law spirit at the first sight of an amp being wheeled into the building mid-afternoon for soundcheck.
The above story is just one in a new documentary about Radio Birdman by Sydney filmmaker Jonathan Sequeira, called Descent Into The Maelstrom. Others stories detail band factions/frictions and a tour Kombi known as The Van Of Hate, as well as their halcyon days down the road from Paddington Town Hall at the Funhouse (Oxford Hotel) where crazy-good times eventually turned into painfully sobering ones when the Hells Angels beat up a band member. At The Funhouse, eclectic crowds made up of Oxford Street queers, queerly dancing rockers and everyone in between, enjoyed the same dance floor space. The only rule for entry: No trendies. The main reason to be there? To see one of Radio Birdmans legendary full-throttle performances.
With Descent Into The Maelstrom opening in cinemas across Australia this month, Eastside Radio caught up with director Jonathan Sequeira to ask him a few questions.
The animal protection think-tank Voiceless has just released a report that highlights the cruelty that is prevalent in egg farming across all production systems in Australia.
The organisation has called for a ban on the use of battery and enriched cages. It says current government regulations are a failure.
There are poor labelling standards in the egg industry, Voiceless says, and there is widespread consumer confusion.
In their work on the report, entitled Unscrambled: The hidden truth of hen welfare in the Australian egg industry, Voiceless researchers examined the use of battery cages and the barn-laid and free-range systems.
The report presents information about international standards and clarifies Australias position.
Australia has fallen behind other nations when it comes to layer hen welfare, so the time has come for us to evolve to a better standard, said the reports author, Elise Burgess.
This report comes at a time when there is real oppor...
by Phil Hingston So whats going on in the upper echelons of power around the world? It seems that a pattern appears to be emerging where a good many of our hitherto pillars of society are being outed as dirty rotten scoundrels (and thats being kind). Sir Ted Heath, was recently exposed as a pedophile, 
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2 May 2017
3.5 billion year old fossils hint life evolved in pond, not sea
Its the age-old question: where do we come from? New fossil evidence suggests the first spark of life may have occurred in a hot spring on land rather than a hydrothermal vent in the deep sea.
Charles Darwin proposed in 1871 that life originated in a warm little pond. But the dominant theory nowadays is that primitive microorganisms first assembled in hot, chemical-rich water at hydrothermal vents at the bottom of the ocean.
One reason for favouring this marine model is that fossil evidence of early land-based microbial life has been lacking. Until recently, the oldest evidence of life on land was only 2.8 billion years old, whereas the oldest evidence from the sea was 3.7 billion years old.
Now, a team led by Tara Djokic at the University of New South Wales in Australia has discovered fossils of land-based microorganisms. They were found in 3.5-billion-year-old rocks in an extinct volcano in the Dresser Formation in the hot, dry, remote Pilbara region of Western Australia.
The fossils include stromatolites layered rock structures created by microorganisms and circular holes left in the rock by gas bubbles that look like they were once trapped by sticky microbial substances. Both types of structures are preserved in geyserite, a type of rock that is only found in and around freshwater hot springs in volcanic areas on land.
Land-based launch pad?
The findings suggest that microbes were present on land and in the ocean around the same time, says Djokic. The question is which came first?
There are now a number of converging lines of evidence that point to terrestrial hot springs over hydrothermal vents for the origin of life, says Djokic.
Small bodies of water like hot springs may have been more conducive to the formation of life because they can evaporate and concentrate the building blocks of life, says Djokic. In hot springs, youve also got a nutritious concoction of elements because hot fluids circulate through the underlying rocks and bring up differ...
The Governments proposed Home Affairs mega ministry will probably make us less safe from terrorism and other violence, writes Ian McAuley.
Be careful when entering the water. In 2015, 25 Australians drowned in swimming pools and nine drowned in bathtubs. In addition two people lost their lives in shark attacks (official data does not reveal where these attacks took place. Presumably they were in the open ocean, not the hazardous environment of swimming pools or bathtubs).
On a related point, in a survey of female students in a Californian university, researchers asked separate groups of women to estimate their risks of being victims of:
(2) sexual assault;
(3) sexual assault by another student.
Basic logic tells us that the more specific the scenario the less likely it is to happen. There are many forms of assault other than sexual assault, and fellow-students arent the only sexual predators. Yet the students ranked (3) as more likely than (2), and (2) as more likely than (1). That ordering defies logic but makes psychological sense.
At play in these examples of sharks and assaults is the vividness bias. The more elements there are of a coherent story, the more realistic and imminent that scenario becomes in our brain, particularly if there has been recent publicity of one or more high-profile events. And the more gory the situation the deeper impression it can make: compare the mental images of someone drowning in a bathtub and of someone else being eaten by a shark.
Terrorists know all about the vividness bias. Their high point was the attack on the World Trade Centre towers. But to these deranged religious fanatics its not the number of deaths that counts; its the inculcation of fear in the community, and spectacle is one of their main weapons.
As Greg Austin of the Australian Centre for Cyber Security points out, we have become fearful. Most of us are concerned that Australia will be a target for terrorism at home and believe that the government should introduce greater preventive measures to combat it, even though over the last 20 years terrorist attacks in Australia have claimed the lives of only three or four victims. Roughly the same number as sharks but less than bathtubs.
That is not to downplay the risk of terrorist attacks, and the low number is a credit to the competence of our police forces and intelligence agencies, state and federal. Our being an island girt b...
Just one week after news came to light that The Voice judge Delta Goodrem had lost her license for speeding offences, news has come to light that Goodrems recent ad for Apple Music has been removed from broadcast for setting a bad example for young drivers.
As The Sydney Morning Herald reports, Goodrems ad, which features the singer in the passenger seat of a convertible car, singing and dancing to music she has selected from Apple Music, received a barrage of complaints in regards to the singers actions. In the ad, Goodrem is seen singing and dancing to her perfect playlist, all while not wearing a visible seatbelt.
In the Advertising Standards Bureaus report in regards to they ad, they state that a number of viewers took issues with Goodrems actions. This ad does not promote safe driving, one complaint began. At one point a part of Deltas body is outside the vehicle while it is moving. The driver is distracted by singing and dancing type body movements. And it appears that at least Delta is not wearing a seatbelt. While another complaint read: As a role model for young people this is setting a terrible example to young drivers and passengers at a time when statistics show us how at risk this age group is on the road.
Apple responded to the complaint, stating that Apple takes community standards seriously in preparing and publishing all of its advertising materials and other communications in Australia, and that they are confident the ad does not breach any advertising guidelines. They did also state that The individuals in the vehicle were both wearing lap seat belts at all times while the vehicle was being driven, and the advertisement does not contain any images suggesting otherwise.
After a review, the ASB ruled that broadcasters were to stop airing the ad until it had been edited by Apple. Apple responded by stating that they were disappointed with the ruling, as they take health and safety very seriously. However, they have said they will comply with making edits so as to show that it is made abundantly clear that the driver and passenger are both wearing seatbelts.
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