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« Reply #1100 on: February 24, 2011, 06:33:55 PM »

Thank you 4 Donks, Muffy and Green Eyes on behalf of our Kiwi "cousins".

The live television images as well as stories from survivors are beyond belief, and now there are more rescuers from other countries, they are able to go out into the suburbs and smaller towns searching collapsed homes. 
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« Reply #1101 on: February 24, 2011, 06:35:43 PM »

Christchurch earthquake toll keeps rising with babies among the dead

    * John Ferguson
    * From: The Courier-Mail
    * February 25, 2011 8:18AM

TWO babies and dozens of foreign students are among more than 300 people listed as dead or missing in the Christchurch earthquake disaster.

As police said there were 113 confirmed victims and 228 still missing, residents were warned the toll could rise way beyond expectations.

Jayden Harris, nine months, and Baxter Gowland, five months, were confirmed as the earthquake's youngest victims, but the disaster did not discriminate.

It killed television identities, businessmen, students and a tattooist as it shook Christchurch to its knees.

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http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/frantic-effort-to-free-christchurch-earthquake-survivors-as-death-toll-mounts/story-e6freon6-1226011644307
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« Reply #1102 on: February 24, 2011, 06:42:10 PM »

Warning - A very graphic account of what rescuers and helpers have to face.  How can they ever erase any of the memories of these images from their minds despite any prior medical training or subsequent counselling they may have?

Life or legs: a doctor's dilemma in the rubble

    * Pia AKerman and Martin Johnston
    * From: The Australian
    * February 24, 2011 11:00PM

IT was a choice Brisbane urologist Stuart Philip and his colleagues never imagined they would have to make.

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Dr Philip was relieved to hear the man was in a stable condition.

"I didn't know he was still alive. It's absolutely fantastic. It's a bugger what we had to do, but he was going to die."

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"We did our best and I think we helped some people," Dr Philip said. "That's all you can do."

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http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/queensland/life-or-legs-a-doctors-dilemma-in-the-rubble/story-e6freoof-1226011663371

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« Reply #1103 on: February 24, 2011, 09:22:41 PM »

Warning - A very graphic account of what rescuers and helpers have to face.  How can they ever erase any of the memories of these images from their minds despite any prior medical training or subsequent counselling they may have?

Life or legs: a doctor's dilemma in the rubble

    * Pia AKerman and Martin Johnston
    * From: The Australian
    * February 24, 2011 11:00PM

IT was a choice Brisbane urologist Stuart Philip and his colleagues never imagined they would have to make.

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Dr Philip was relieved to hear the man was in a stable condition.

"I didn't know he was still alive. It's absolutely fantastic. It's a bugger what we had to do, but he was going to die."

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"We did our best and I think we helped some people," Dr Philip said. "That's all you can do."

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http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/queensland/life-or-legs-a-doctors-dilemma-in-the-rubble/story-e6freoof-1226011663371


God bless these brave selfless doctors.
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« Reply #1104 on: February 25, 2011, 03:24:39 AM »

Hobart to host US Navy ship

   THE MERCURY   |   February 23, 2011 02.00am

ALMOST 400 sailors on board the US Navy's guided-missile destroyer USS Shoup will call Hobart home during a visit this week.

The vessel was expected to sail up the River Derwent in the early hours of this morning as part of a short two-day stopover on its way to Melbourne.

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http://www.themercury.com.au/article/2011/02/23/209301_tasmania-news.html
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« Reply #1105 on: February 25, 2011, 03:50:06 AM »

Emma Howard marries three days after being rescued from the Christchurch earthquake

    * By PAUL KENT In Christchurch
    * From: The Daily Telegraph
    * February 25, 2011 1:59PM

THREE days after being pulled from the rubble, with her fretting fiance waiting outside, Emma Howard has just married her husband in a small ceremony in a Christchurch suburb.

Ms Howard feared she would not make it down the altar after her building, one of the worst affected of the New Zealand earthquakes, pancaked down.

Ms Howard was trapped in the foetal position for six-and-a-half hours after she was thrown from her chair at the Pyne Gould Corporation building when the 6.3-magnitude quake struck at lunchtime on Tuesday.

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http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/emma-howard-marries-three-days-after-being-rescued-from-the-christchurch-earthquake/story-e6freuy9-1226012023000

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« Reply #1106 on: February 26, 2011, 01:32:22 AM »

Fresh aftershocks put rescuers in danger as death toll rises

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    * February 26, 2011 2:42PM

FRESH aftershocks sent masonry tumbling among rescuers in New Zealand's quake zone and a cat sparked false alarms of a possible survivor, as the disaster's death toll rose to 145 with more than 200 missing.

Grim assessments emerged for the fate of the central business district in devastated Christchurch, with engineers and planners saying it will be unusable for months and that about a third of the buildings must be destroyed and rebuilt.

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Prime Minister John Key, who spent some of the afternoon speaking to families who lost loved ones in the disaster, called on all New Zealanders to hold two minutes of silence next Tuesday to remember victims and the ordeal of the survivors.

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The King's Education language school released a list of missing people presumed in the building: nine teachers and 51 students - 26 Japanese, 14 Chinese, six Filipinos, three Thais, one South Korean and one Czech. An additional 20 students were listed with "status unknown.''

The death toll rose to 145 after additional bodies were pulled from wrecked buildings, Police Superintendent David Cliff said. More than 200 people remain missing.

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http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/world/christchurch-quake-toll-rises-to-123/story-e6freoox-1226012476725


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« Reply #1107 on: March 05, 2011, 07:26:26 PM »

Christchurch earthquake: Agonising wait continues

By Joanne Carroll
5:30 AM Sunday Mar 6, 2011

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Meller, 58, worked for The Clinic, a medical practice that had moved premises to the fourth floor of the building just two weeks before the magnitude 6.3 earthquake hit.

They had moved from their former Gloucester St building because engineers were told it was at risk in the aftershocks from last year's earthquake. That building still stands - but their new offices were pancaked.

Of the 14 medical and administrative staff thought to have been there at 12.51pm, only one - receptionist Pip Lee - is known to have escaped.

"If they hadn't shifted, Janet would still be alive," Maddever said. "I am now trying to deal with a new reality. Janet was a positive person so I have to carry on in that vein."

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http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10710407
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« Reply #1108 on: March 05, 2011, 07:30:47 PM »

Christchurch - The Fightback Begins

By David Fisher
5:30 AM Sunday Mar 6, 2011

They joke about the pay rate and it's nice to see a flicker of laughter in their tired eyes. But no one is paid at the Sumner Volunteer Fire Brigade. In fact, some have taken holidays from their jobs to help their community during one of our greatest disasters.

Like most of New Zealand, these are the people who answer when their communities call. Since Black Tuesday, the calls haven't stopped coming.

These men and women have day jobs that pay the bills, homes affected by the earthquake - and a community that needs them. Many in Christchurch's quake-hit suburbs find just one of these is enough to fill a day.

Our volunteers, the backbone of this nation's fire service, try to do all three.

They are getting tired. And when they do, they joke about the pay rate.

Now, some reckon, they're on double time.

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No one has slept properly for many nights. Families and homeless have bunked down at the station. People are sharing houses. One Sumner resident hosted the Herald on Sunday, cooking on a gas stove and lending a sofa for a sleeping bag.

Curle estimates he slept between two and four hours a night for the first four days. Since then, he's managed six hours a night. He still has two other families staying at his house.

"You just start to get to sleep and you get a bit of a tremor," says Kerr. "Sleep is not good."

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http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10710502
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« Reply #1109 on: March 05, 2011, 07:33:48 PM »

Recovery efforts at CTV building end

By Isaac Davison
Updated 1:19 PM Sunday Mar 6, 2011

Recovery efforts at the devastated Canterbury TV building have officially ended, with no further positive identifications.

Fire Service search co-ordinator Paul Baxter told a joint media conference this morning that every piece of debris at the site had been sifted through by workers, and they were satisfied nothing more could be done.

The official death toll from the February 22 quake has risen to 166 after a body was found under rubble in the central business district. Authorities still expected the toll to reach 200, despite finding no bodies in the Christchurch cathedral, where 22 bodies were initially believed to be buried.

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http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10710501

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« Reply #1110 on: March 05, 2011, 07:37:40 PM »

Aftershocks rattle Christchurch

    * From: AAP
    * March 06, 2011 5:46AM

Aftershocks have rattled Christchurch as steady rain caused flooding that made some streets impassible.

Police are closely monitoring several Christchurch suburbs in case of flooding.

Jumpy residents, frazzled by the death and destruction in their city and frequent aftershocks since the 6.3 quake on February 22, suffered through seven more tremors up to 4.8 in about three and a half hours.

Most were close to Lyttleton and at shallow and medium depths.

Heavy rain set in from the south and Christchurch's civil defence emergency management (CDEM) team warned the downpour could trigger slips or landslides on hillside areas.

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http://www.couriermail.com.au/ipad/aftershocks-rattle-christchurch/story-fn6ck55c-1226016539110
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« Reply #1111 on: March 05, 2011, 07:42:37 PM »

Quins stronger by the day

    * Suellen Hinde
    * From: The Sunday Mail (Qld)
    * March 06, 2011 12:02AM

THESE are the first pictures of quintuplets born last month to Brisbane lesbian couple Melissa Keevers and Rosemary Nolan.

Ms Keevers gave birth to the couple's five babies by caesarean section on January 3 at a Brisbane hospital.

The babies were born more than 13 weeks' premature at 26 weeks and four days and each weighed less than a kilogram.

Ms Keevers, 27, and Ms Nolan, 22, conceived the children though the use of a US sperm donor the same donor who helped them conceive their first daughter Lily more than 18 months ago.

The father is a 27-year-old, dark-haired law student with good teeth and eyesight and a high IQ. He waived any rights to meet the children.

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« Reply #1112 on: March 09, 2011, 04:50:12 PM »

Tibro there is a prayer request for Night Owl.
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« Reply #1113 on: March 11, 2011, 08:59:51 PM »

4 Donks thank you for the heads up about Night Owl.  I hope we hear soon that all is well with them both.

I have been off line for several days owing to computer "issues".  I had password problems which Klaas sorted for me and about the same time our computer fried itself and we had to get a new one.  We lost everything on the old one so unable to transfer data so spent some time loading and downloading to get everything back to normal.  During this time I had my DH at home for over a week with a deep seated sinus infection combined with migraines.  Thankfully he is a little better today and has returned to work.

I have been following the earthquake and tsunami news from Japan and send my prayers to all that have been affected.  The situation with the nuclear reactor is especially frightening and at a press conference our officials expressed their concern.  Japan has requested sniffer dogs and SAR teams from here and the first teams will be flying out later today on our military aircraft.  Many more teams of all sorts of rescue personnel are readying themselves to leave as soon as they are needed.  It is a small world when any one country is in need.
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« Reply #1114 on: April 21, 2011, 02:44:40 AM »

Tibro  I hope you are OK...miss reading your articles.
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« Reply #1115 on: April 21, 2011, 08:50:02 PM »

Just read that Kiesha Abrahams shallow grave was found and her mother and step father are accused of murder. God bless her and her baby sister.
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« Reply #1116 on: April 23, 2011, 12:54:47 AM »

4 Donks thank you for your concern.  Took a few weeks off to cope with some more health problems with DH (all is well at the moment) and there was not a lot happening with our news, with the most focus on the Japan disaster, and also the usual boring government issues.

The Keisha case developments came as a shock to most of us here as our privacy laws forbid any disclosures that may jeopardise or hamper a trial.  It seems the Police had this all planned very carefully and these mongrels walked right into their trap.

Still no news from Night Owl?  I hope all is well with her and her DH.

Pats for the donks.
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« Reply #1117 on: April 23, 2011, 09:20:43 AM »

4 Donks thank you for your concern.  Took a few weeks off to cope with some more health problems with DH (all is well at the moment) and there was not a lot happening with our news, with the most focus on the Japan disaster, and also the usual boring government issues.

The Keisha case developments came as a shock to most of us here as our privacy laws forbid any disclosures that may jeopardise or hamper a trial.  It seems the Police had this all planned very carefully and these mongrels walked right into their trap.

Still no news from Night Owl?  I hope all is well with her and her DH.

Pats for the donks.
Good to see you. Prayers for DH's continued health. It was a surprise at how the arrests went down. Although the LE kept saying the investigation was ongoing I was beginning to doubt they would ever be able to make an arrest. You are right the police were dedicated to find Kiesha and BRAVO!
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« Reply #1118 on: April 23, 2011, 09:39:57 AM »

http://channels.isp.netscape.com/news/story.jsp?flok=FF-APO-+&idq=/ff/story/1001%2F20110423%2F6874.htm&sc=+&floc=NI-ne3

Aust. PM: Tsunami zone is scene of great sorrow
HIROYUKI KOMAE
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MINAMISANRIKU, Japan (AP) — The first foreign leader to tour Japan's tsunami-ravaged coast, Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard expressed shock and sorrow at the devastation and visited evacuees at a shelter Saturday, giving toy koalas and kangaroos to excited children.

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« Reply #1119 on: April 23, 2011, 08:15:18 PM »

http://www.perthnow.com.au/news/prime-minister-phones-perth-lad-ashwin-cresswell-over-letter-to-japan-pm/story-e6frg12c-1226043448284

Julia Gillard phones Perth lad Ashwin Cresswell over letter to Japan's PM


    Joe Spagnolo, political editor
    From: PerthNow
    April 22, 2011 3:42PM

THE Perth youngster who has made international headlines for offering a homeless boy in Japan a home in WA received an unexpected phone call today - from Prime Minister Julia Gillard.

Ms Gillard rang Ashwin Cresswell just after 1pm from Japan, to have a five-minute chat and tell him that she had hand delivered his now famous letter to Japan's Prime Minister Naoto Kan - offering to help the homeless boy.

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