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« Reply #1120 on: April 24, 2011, 09:39:49 PM »

Tibro...Cookie said in the JSM begging for the ban thread that Night Owl is still in Hong Kong with DH and will be there until he is well enough to return to Australia.
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« Reply #1121 on: April 25, 2011, 05:47:49 AM »

Thank you 4 Donks and Cookie for the update.  How worrying for Nightowl and her family with her DH not only very ill but also such a long way from home.  I am sending prayers that he will be well enough to travel very soon.  I hope Nightowl knows that her monkey friends are concerned.
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« Reply #1122 on: April 25, 2011, 05:51:44 AM »

http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2011/04/25/3199901.htm

Fallen honoured at Anzac Cove, Western Front


Thousands of people have gathered at Anzac Cove and Western Front memorials to mark the 96th anniversary of Australian and New Zealand troops landing at Gallipoli.

Wreaths have been laid at a dawn service in Turkey to remember the 11,400 Anzacs who died during the World War I battle at Gallipoli.

The Minister for Veterans' Affairs, Warren Snowdon, has told those gathered it was up to them to make sure history was not repeated.

"While so many who came here remain lost in graves unknown, their spirit drives us to this day and behoves us to accept the responsibility to do whatever we can to avoid war and find peaceful resolution to our differences," he said.

"This is how we can honour them."

Mr Snowdon has also praised the original Anzacs and the sacrifices they made.

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« Reply #1123 on: April 25, 2011, 05:56:15 AM »

http://www.awm.gov.au/commemoration/anzac/anzac-tradition/

http://australia.gov.au/about-australia/australian-story/anzac-day

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    "They shall not grow old as we that are left grow old.
    Age shall not weary them nor the years condemn.
    At the going down of the sun and in the morning
    we will remember them."
    — From the Anzac Day Service
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« Reply #1124 on: May 17, 2011, 05:39:13 AM »

http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/queensland/kayla-rogers-dead-family-disupte-triple-murder-gold-coast/story-e6freoof-1226057044964

Kyla Rogers, 5, her mother, father and another man dead in Gold Coast family dispute

    Greg Stolz
    From: The Courier-Mail
    May 17, 2011 6:45PM

POLICE have defended the length of time they took to put out a child abduction alert for Gold Coast girl Kyla Rogers, saying they believe she was killed soon after she was abducted by her father.

The bodies of Kyla, who celebrated her fifth birthday on Sunday, and her father Paul, 40, were found in a car in northern NSW after a double murder at Robina on the Gold Coast on Sunday night.

Mr Rogers and Kyla, who turned five last month,  are believed to have been gassed to death in the vehicle.

Kyla's mother Tania Simpson, 31, and 33-year-old New Zealander Antony Way  were found stabbed to death in Ms Simpson's Robina apartment on Monday morning.

Their bodies were discovered by Kyla's maternal grandfather, who had arrived to take her to school.

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Kyla's 20-month-old brother, now an orphan, was saved because he spent Sunday night with his grandparents.

Ms Simpson and Mr Way were stabbed to death in a frenzied attack sometime on Sunday night at a Robina unit.

Neighbours in Robina said they heard screaming coming from the Arbour Ave apartment during the night but the bodies of the couple were not discovered until about 8am Monday when Tania's father, worried when he could not raise his daughter,  went to the unit  to investigate.

Inside he found the body of Mr Way and called police, who found his daughter's body.

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There is already a public outcry about the six hours before police issued the alert for this little girl after the two bodies were found and the girl was missing.





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« Reply #1125 on: May 17, 2011, 05:47:35 AM »

http://www.couriermail.com.au/travel/australia-tops-backpacker-bucket-list/story-e6freqwf-1226057421320

Australia tops backpacker bucket list

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    May 17, 2011 11:44AM

DESPITE the strength of the Aussie dollar and competition from other destinations, backpackers still rate Australia at the top of their "bucket list", a major tourism conference has been told.

However, a new survey has found we need to improve the product being offered, and lift our standards of service.

"Australia remains a highly desirable place for the backpacker market, it's a dream destination for those looking for excitement and adventure," Australian Tourism Export Council (ATEC) Managing Director, Felicia Mariani said.

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Ms Mariani said it was vital the Government supported the backpacker sector that contributes $3.1 billion to the economy each year, by providing competitive visa arrangements.

"The survey clearly shows backpackers want to come here, they want to come back and they need to work while they're here, so the WHV must be flexible enough to allow these visitors to make Australia their preferred working holiday destination.

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« Reply #1126 on: May 17, 2011, 03:11:01 PM »

Hi Tib 

The article you brought about Kyla Rogers and her family's death is really sad, and I to think it took 6 hours for the Amber Alert to go out is really disturbing.   

I can see why travel to Australia would be on the bucket list of backpackers!  I haven't been, but from what I've read and seen on video and television, it would truly be an adventure.   
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« Reply #1127 on: May 17, 2011, 11:54:29 PM »

Hi Muffy   

It is disturbing and even though the police are saying the little girl would have been killed hours before she was found, they did not know that then.  It is very sad that children get caught up in relationship conflicts and have to suffer in so many ways.

I have travelled a lot of Australia and seen some amazing scenery but still many places left to visit.  And of course we do believe we live in the best country in the world.   
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« Reply #1128 on: May 18, 2011, 12:00:58 AM »

http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/queensland/kyla-rogers-mother-tania-simpson-lived-in-fear-after-bitter-end-to-engagement/story-e6freoof-1226057837181

Tania Simpson's brother speaks; Paul Rogers described as 'doting' dad as Kyla Roger's mum lived in fear after bitter split


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    From: The Courier-Mail
    May 18, 2011 12:51PM

MURDER victim Tania Simpson will be smiling down from heaven at her family "and she'll have her beautiful little girl with her", her brother says.

Ben Simpson this morning spoke of his family's grief at the loss of his big sister and her daughter Kyla, 5.

Tania Simpson, 31, and friend Antony Way, 33, were stabbed to death in her Gold Coast unit on Sunday night by her estranged partner Paul Rogers who then drove to northern NSW where he killed daughter Kyla and himself.

Fighting back tears, Mr Simpson, 26, refused to comment on either Mr Rogers or Mr Way but described his sister as the 'rock' of the family.

"Not one person in this world had a bad word to say about my sister," he said.

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The descriptions of their idyllic life come as a friend revealed Ms Simpson had been so scared of her estranged fiance that she needed to be escorted to her car after work.

The friend, "Mick", said he worked with her at the Robina Tavern, and told of Ms Simpson's terror after splitting with Rogers.

"She was worried about her past," he said. "She did say there was a bloke in the past and she would like to get escorted to her car every night just in case.

"She said he was capable of doing something bad but she didn't know what it was she said she didn't know if he was going to be stalking her in the carpark."

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« Reply #1129 on: May 18, 2011, 12:03:35 AM »

http://www.couriermail.com.au/entertainment/bill-hunter-gravely-ill-with-inoperable-cancer/story-e6freqex-1226058083996

Bill Hunter gravely ill with inoperable cancer

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    From: news.com.au
    May 18, 2011 10:28AM

PERHAPS the Aussiest actor of them all, Bill Hunter, is seriously ill.

 The 71-year-old star of films including Muriel’s Wedding, Gallipoli, Australia and Crackerjack, is said to be surrounded by family in a hospice in Melbourne.

Hunter’s agent, Mark Morrissey, confirmed to the Herald Sun that Hunter is “gravely ill” and would disclose more after talking to Hunter’s family later today.

Hunter, who lives in a property in north-western Victoria, will be seen in two Australian films this year - feel-good outback drama Red Dog (out August 11) and his last movie, The Cup (out October 13), in which he plays horse trainer Bart Cummings.

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Some of his most notable movie roles include Gallipoli (1981), Scales of Justice (1983), Strictly Ballroom (1992), Muriel's Wedding (1994) and The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert (1994).

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« Reply #1130 on: June 02, 2011, 03:25:49 AM »

http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/queensland/rangers-shell-shocked-at-93kg-green-sea-turtles-2600km-ocean-odyssey-after-having-flipper-amputated/story-e6freoof-1226067458277

Rangers shell-shocked at 93kg green sea turtle's 2600km ocean odyssey after having flipper amputated

    Peter Hall
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    June 02, 2011 12:00AM

NAMED after a Christmas carol, Noel the turtle has indeed proved to be a first.

The 93kg green sea turtle was taken to Australia Zoo's Wildlife Hospital after being rescued by Moreton Bay Marine Park staff last December.

She had been seriously injured after becoming entangled in a crab pot float line and her left front flipper sustained such damage that it had to be amputated.

After six weeks of rehabilitation, Noel was released off Mooloolaba, with experts uncertain of her future.

Fitted with a tracking device, the resilient reptile proved she could not only survive but thrive.

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Since February 3, she has travelled more than 2600km, paddling around Moreton Bay before heading south to Sydney.

The head of Australia Zoo's rescue unit, Brian Coulter, said Noel was leaving many four-flippered friends in her wake.

"This is a mindblowing achievement, given she only has three flippers," Mr Coulter said.

"It is very important research because it shows that amputee turtles can survive. Some institutions have euthanased them in the past, thinking they would not make it."

The zoo helps to rescue and repair up to 180 turtles a year.

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« Reply #1131 on: June 02, 2011, 03:28:55 AM »

http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/aussie-muscle-car-has-revheads-drooling/story-e6frf7jo-1226067493665

Aussie muscle car has revheads drooling

    Wes Hosking
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    June 02, 2011 12:00AM

IT'S a legend of Aussie motoring. But would you pay $300,000 for this ride?

Shepparton man Ross Thompson has posted the steep asking price for his 1969 Holden Monaro HK GTS 327 after almost 40 years of ownership.

The 69-year-old admired the speed machine as a boy until the first owner, who ran a service station, sold it for an automatic in 1973 because of a broken arm.

The price then? $2100.

"I can't tell you when I drove it last but it is something spectacular," Mr Thompson said.

"It was the muscle car of the day.

"There is more metal in a Monaro than there would be in 60 cars today."

The Picardy red coupe, which has 104,777km on the clock, has several modifications including flared rear guards and bigger than original wheels.

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« Reply #1132 on: June 02, 2011, 03:32:37 AM »

http://www.adelaidenow.com.au/entertainment/world-awaits-our-bieber/story-e6fredpu-1226067555320

World awaits Australia's answer to Justin Bieber


    Alice Coster
    From: Herald Sun
    June 01, 2011 11:30PM

SINGING tween Jack Vidgen, on Australia's Got Talent, is tipped to be Australia's own Justin Bieber.

The AGT contestant has wowed the music industry, with whispers international recording studios are already knocking at his door.

Vidgen went from an overnight YouTube sensation, to being on the brink of worldwide success, after blowing the judges away for the second time, in the show's semi-finals on Tuesday night.

A Seven insider yesterday said there had been considerable international interest in the humble 14-year-old from Sydney.

"Jack has been inundated with international and local interest," a Seven spokesperson said.

Vidgen helped AGT soar in the ratings on Tuesday, attracting 1.9 million viewers nationally.

Former Australian Idol judge Mark Holden said "our Jack" had what it takes to become Australia's next biggest music export.

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« Reply #1133 on: June 02, 2011, 03:37:14 AM »

http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/queensland/five-year-old-murder-victim-kyla-rogers-farewelled-by-students-and-staff-at-robina-state-school/story-e6freoof-1226068052352

Five-year-old murder victim Kyla Rogers farewelled by students and staff at Robina State School

    Greg Stolz
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    June 02, 2011 3:53PM

IN a stiff southerly wind, dozens of colourful balloons were sent skyward with a message of love for slain schoolgirl Kyla Rogers.

Kyla, 5, died in last month's horrific murder-suicide on the Gold Coast which also claimed the lives of her mother Tania Simpson and father Paul Rogers.

The balloons, with pink paper love hearts and butterflies attached to ribbons, were released by Kyla's prep school classmates at Robina State School.

The special ceremony was put on by the school to help students heal from the pain of losing their little friend.

Kyla's family, who farewelled their 'little princess' and her mum at a funeral last week, were at the ceremony in the grounds of the prep school.

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« Reply #1134 on: June 02, 2011, 08:08:55 AM »

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« Reply #1135 on: June 04, 2011, 02:10:44 AM »

Hello 4 Donks I have been MIA for a short while again.  My husband had vacation time accrued and as they were quiet at work he took two weeks unexpectedly.  You know how that can turn your routine upside down.

I thought my absence may have gone unnoticed while all the monkeys were following the Casey trial.   

Because of my interrupted routine and the time differences I have not been able to listen to all the videos.  I do appreciate Monkey reports, and especially those of Magic Eyes.  If she happens to read here I hope she knows how much she helps those of us who have restrictions for fully following the trial.

Off to find some Aussie news   
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« Reply #1136 on: June 04, 2011, 02:12:45 AM »

http://www.couriermail.com.au/entertainment/bill-hunters-last-after-party/story-e6freqex-1226062970900

Hundreds pack Bill Hunter memorial service at Princess Theatre


    John Hamilton and AAP
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    May 27, 2011 12:00AM

HUNDREDS of mourners packed the stalls of the Princess Theatre yesterday to farewell one of Australia's favourite actors, Bill Hunter.

The red curtain went up to reveal Hunter’s casket on stage, covered in a large wreath of native flowers as Paul Kelly sang Nukkanya (See Ya).

Many figures from film and television were there to pay tribute to Hunter, who lost his battle with cancer on Saturday surrounded by family and friends in a Melbourne hospice. He was 71.

Hunter made his film debut in 1957 and appeared as the archetypal Australian character in more than 60 films, including Gallipoli, Muriel’s Wedding and Priscilla, Queen of the Desert.

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« Reply #1137 on: June 04, 2011, 02:15:00 AM »

http://www.examiner.com.au/news/world/world/general/penguins-prove-there-is-safety-in-numbers/2184998.aspx

Penguins prove there is safety in numbers

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04 Jun, 2011 12:35 AM

THE next time you see a Mexican wave, think of an emperor penguin. What a human crowd does boldly to celebrate, this bird does quietly to stay alive.

Huddles, vital for male emperors to successfully carry an egg through extreme midwinter cold, are being formed now at colonies around Antarctica.

Scientists have discovered how these highly social birds share the benefit of such thousands-strong assemblies, packed in at a density of up to 12 birds per square metre.

Rather than jamming up in an unco-ordinated mass, they gently push their neighbour in a travelling wave, said the Australian Antarctic Division biologist, Barbara Wienecke.

''It's not something you can detect by watching with the naked eye, so it has never been observed before,'' Dr Wienecke said yesterday.

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« Reply #1138 on: June 04, 2011, 02:19:28 AM »

http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/queensland/show-support-for-safety-of-our-kids/story-e6freoof-1226068932280

TV, sports stars support campaign for sex offenders to be tracked by GPS systems

    by James OLoan
    From: The Courier-Mail
    June 04, 2011 12:00AM

QUEENSLAND'S State of Origin captain Darren Lockyer, cricketing legend Matthew Hayden, long-time Channel 7 newsreader Kay McGrath and Today host Karl Stefanovic have added their support to The Courier-Mail's campaign to have high-risk pedophiles living in the community monitored 24 hours a day.

Pressure is mounting for the State Government to fund a GPS tracking system for 72 dangerous sex offenders released from jail and living in the community.

Father-of-one Lockyer said the privacy of convicted pedophiles should not be championed as a priority ahead of the safety of children. He called on like-minded Queenslanders to consider signing the petition.

"Protecting our children is of high priority and if technology is able to help in the prevention of any child being affected then we should be using it," he said.

"High-risk sex offenders have forfeited their right to privacy due to their actions."

The Courier-Mail revealed last week that 53 had breached their community supervision orders 152 times in the past year, according to Queensland Corrective Services.

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« Reply #1139 on: June 04, 2011, 02:22:43 AM »

http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/opinion/sex-crime-victims-their-families-and-the-community-must-have-their-fears-addressed/story-e6frerdf-1226068935046

Sex crime victims, their families and the community must have their fears addressed

    Madonna King
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    June 04, 2011 12:00AM

WHEREABOUTS UNKNOWN: A convicted pedophile walked free from jail a few weeks before Daniel Morcombe disappeared from a Sunshine Coast roadside. Source: Supplied

ON an April afternoon 16 years ago, a man whose name you are not allowed to know went for a drive.

He found a boy, 9, riding his bicycle, dragged him into his car, drove him 300m, and then marched him into mangroves - despite being yelled at by a passer-by.

What he did next you don't need to know. But it was sick. It was evil. And it was something you can't imagine one human being doing to another, let alone a young boy.

When help arrived, he threatened to cut the child's throat and, later, after police detained him, he vowed to come back and kill those who had stopped him.

It wasn't the first time this rapist had stolen the innocence of a child. A few years earlier, he had raped a nine-year-old girl.

He walked free from jail, a few weeks before Daniel Morcombe disappeared from a Sunshine Coast roadside.

And in a few months, despite him remaining a suspect in Daniel's disappearance, he could be free again; a prospect that scares many, even in his own family who believe he will immediately re-offend.

You can know him as P5, the name given to him by the coronial inquest into the disappearance of the Sunshine Coast teenager, but it seems ironic that he gets the freedom to hide behind anonymity, while his victims I know continue to struggle with the violence he showed them.

P5 is one of the next serious serial sex offenders to make their bid for freedom and the State Government has to try to convince the courts to keep him behind bars.

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