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« Reply #1140 on: June 04, 2011, 02:26:26 AM »

http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/breaking-news/us-police-find-australian-victim-of-alleged-child-predator-through-google/story-e6freoo6-1226069119313

US police find Australian victim of alleged child predator through Google

    By Peter Mitchell in Los Angeles
    From: AAP
    June 04, 2011 9:57AM

A LOGO on a piece of clothing and a Google search has helped track down an Australian girl US police believe was one of many young victims of alleged US child predator Stephen Vosilla.

Vosilla, a 23-year-old unemployed artist, is locked up in a Tennessee jail facing 30 years in prison for allegedly sexually exploiting children he met in internet chat rooms.

US authorities were alerted to Vosilla in September last year when two children in Baltimore, Maryland, came forward alleging they had been solicited in an internet chat room.

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« Reply #1141 on: June 04, 2011, 02:30:55 AM »

http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/queensland/lucky-kookaburra-gorilla-who-survived-a-700km-trip-stuck-to-the-front-of-a-car-heading-home-for-a-romantic-reunion/story-e6freoof-1226068959716

Lucky kookaburra Gorilla - who survived a 700km trip stuck to the front of a car - heading home for a romantic reunion

    Jeremy Pierce
    From: The Courier-Mail
    June 04, 2011 12:00AM

A KOOKABURRA that survived a 700km journey plastered to the front of a car's engine grille is set for a romantic reunion.

Nicknamed Gorilla, the plucky kookaburra was struck by a car on the New England Highway near the NSW town of Scone a week ago and after being nursed back to health in Brisbane, will be flown home by an RSPCA volunteer in the next couple of days.

The RSPCA had originally been concerned about the cost of the flight, but donations have covered the bill.

The flight could take place as early as Monday, reuniting the kookaburra with his partner.

Like many birds, kookaburras mate for life.

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« Reply #1142 on: June 04, 2011, 02:33:26 AM »

http://www.couriermail.com.au/travel/news/con-air-flights-costing-us-millions/story-e6freqwo-1226069033990

Dangerous criminal's Con Air flights are costing Australian millions

    EXCLUSIVE by Steve Lewis
    From: The Daily Telegraph
    June 04, 2011 12:00AM

    Taxpayers slugged to fly crims overseas
    Refused passage by commercial airlines
    $550,000 for just two flights this month

TAXPAYERS are being slugged millions of dollars to fly dangerous criminals and illegal immigrants overseas on special "Con Air" charters.

In the past month alone, two dangerous detainees - including Belgian-born Christophe Michel Munster - have flown overseas on charter flights costing $550,000.

And as the cost of Australia's detention facilities continue to soar, the number of "involuntary removals" by immigration officials is expected to reach 100 in 2010/11.

The Daily Telegraph obtained details of special chartered flights used to ferry dangerous criminals and immigration over-stayers back to their home countries.

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« Reply #1143 on: June 16, 2011, 02:52:57 AM »

http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/world/security-high-as-radical-indonesian-cleric-abu-as-bakar-bashir-faces-court/story-e6freoox-1226076221564

Security high as radical Indonesian cleric Abu Bakar Bashir faces court

    By CINDY WOCKNER in Jakarta
    From: The Daily Telegraph
    June 16, 2011 12:58PM

RADICAL Indonesian cleric Abu Bakar Bashir has been found guilty of using violence or to cause terror and fear and planning and motivating others to commit terrorist acts.

A Jakarta court found him not guilty of a weapons and trafficking charge.

He has been sentenced to 15 years jail.

The Indonesian cleric had earlier accused Australia and the US of playing a major role in having him brought to court and tried on terror charges and declared he is not a terrorist.

Dressed in flowing white robes, the 72-year-old hardline cleric spoke freely in the court holding cells today prior to the start of his verdict.

Jakarta is under heavy security, with almost 3000 police and military guarding the court complex in South Jakarta and surrounds and hundreds of Bashir’s supporters have converged on the court complex amid treats of reprisal bombings.

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« Reply #1144 on: June 16, 2011, 02:57:23 AM »

http://www.geelongadvertiser.com.au/article/2011/06/16/263785_news.html

OTWAYSAURUS


Danny Lannen   |  June 16th, 2011

Fearsome spinosaur lived here

THE FOSSIL has been identified as a piece of neck vertebra of the fearsome carnivore spinosaur.
The vertebra belonged to a small 2m long spinosaur, which lived about 105 million years ago.

"The fact that they existed in Australia changes our understanding of the evolution of this group of dinosaurs," Museum Victoria vertebrate palaeontology senior curator Dr Thomas Rich said.

"The existence of this neck vertebra adds to the view that in the Early Cretaceous period the dinosaur faunas found in many other parts of the world were also found in Australia."

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« Reply #1145 on: June 16, 2011, 03:01:07 AM »

http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/world/christchurch-stress-as-high-as-war-zone/story-e6freoox-1226076446240

Christchurch stress as high as war zone


    By Tamara McLean
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    June 16, 2011 2:33PM

THE strung-out residents of New Zealand's quake city have started to display signs of extreme stress usually only seen war zones as they recover from their third powerful earthquake, experts say.

A double whammy of quakes measuring 5.7 and 6.3-magnitude hit Christchurch on Monday afternoon, leaving residents with the grim and all-to-familiar task of sweeping up silt and calling their insurance company.

The physical toll was considerable. An elderly man died, 45 others were injured, a further 50 buildings collapsed and the number of homes to be abandoned has been pushed into the thousands.

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« Reply #1146 on: June 16, 2011, 07:07:47 AM »

http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/world/christchurch-stress-as-high-as-war-zone/story-e6freoox-1226076446240

Christchurch stress as high as war zone


    By Tamara McLean
    From: AAP
    June 16, 2011 2:33PM

THE strung-out residents of New Zealand's quake city have started to display signs of extreme stress usually only seen war zones as they recover from their third powerful earthquake, experts say.

A double whammy of quakes measuring 5.7 and 6.3-magnitude hit Christchurch on Monday afternoon, leaving residents with the grim and all-to-familiar task of sweeping up silt and calling their insurance company.

The physical toll was considerable. An elderly man died, 45 others were injured, a further 50 buildings collapsed and the number of homes to be abandoned has been pushed into the thousands.

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This is just heart breaking.May they know that they are not forgotten and will remain in our prayers.
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« Reply #1147 on: June 16, 2011, 07:54:48 AM »



This is just heart breaking.May they know that they are not forgotten and will remain in our prayers.

It is heartbreaking 4 Donks.  There have been continuous reports of after shocks since the February disaster and at first they called these latest after shocks also but I notice they are now calling them quakes in the media.  New Zealand is on a very unstable part of the earth's crust as part of the "ring of fire" in the Pacific. 

They seem to be well organised and I have seen many being interviewed in our television reports and they all thank everyone for the assistance and support they have received.
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« Reply #1148 on: June 16, 2011, 07:57:24 AM »

http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/5153826/Army-on-Chch-streets-for-another-six-months

Army on Chch streets for another six months

Last updated 17:35 16/06/2011

The New Zealand Army will continue manning Christchurch's Central City Red Zone around the clock for the next six months.

Army personnel have been guarding the central city cordon since February 22's destructive 6.3 magnitude earthquake and subsequent aftershocks, including Monday's two big quakes. The February quake claimed 181 lives.

Lieutenant Colonel Mike Duncan said 22 personnel were manning the five cordon points set up around the central city Red Zone 24 hours a day. It was expected Territorial Forces from throughout the country would share the duties during the next six months.

"It's a long, 12-hour shift, particularly in the middle of winter, but I am heartened by the stories that are coming back of the overwhelming support for the work our people are doing on the cordon each and every day," Lt Col Duncan said.

Aftershocks continue to shake the city but Earthquake Recovery Minister Gerry Brownlee remains adamant the Government will not release information on which areas can be rebuilt and which will be abandoned

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« Reply #1149 on: June 16, 2011, 08:02:14 AM »

http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/missing-girl-siriyakorn-bung-siriboons-secret-online-life/story-e6frf7jo-1226075937699

Missing girl Siriyakorn "Bung" Siriboon's secret online life


    Mark Buttler and Wayne Flower
    From: Herald Sun
    June 16, 2011 12:00AM

A MISSING girl's secret online life has emerged as a key clue to her disappearance as the homicide squad joins the investigation.

Siriyakorn "Bung" Siriboon, 13, had three Facebook sites - some under false identities - and was active elsewhere on the web in the weeks before she vanished from Boronia on June 2.

Her heavy use of social networking sites will be a focus of the hunt.

Homicide detectives have been called into Siriyakorn's case, two weeks after she disappeared.

Her family is known to have been worried about her meeting new people on the internet before she vanished.

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Boronia is a suburb in Melbourne, the capital of the state of Victoria, 29 km east from Melbourne's central business district.
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« Reply #1150 on: June 16, 2011, 08:04:26 AM »

http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/more-news/police-tracing-bungs-tracks/story-fn7x8me2-1226076658001

Police tracing Bung's tracks


    Shannon Deery
    From: Herald Sun
    June 16, 2011 8:19PM

POLICE and volunteers are scouring the area where missing Melbourne teenager Siriyakorn "Bung" Siriboon was last seen.

The homicide squad has joined the investigation into the disappearance of Siriyakorn, 13, who vanished 15 days ago after setting off for school from her Elsie St, Boronia, home.

She did not make it to class at Boronia Heights High School on June 2.

It has been revealed Siriyakorn's extensive online activities were a key element of the investigation.

Meanwhile, the homicide squad's Det Sen-Sgt David Snare said State Emergency Service volunteers were looking for any evidence along the route Siriyakorn used on her 10-minute walk to school.

He said suggestions that Siriyakorn had met with foul play were premature.

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« Reply #1151 on: June 20, 2011, 11:52:06 PM »

http://www.townsvillebulletin.com.au/article/2011/06/21/241271_news.html

US couple found in NQ after 30 years on the run

NATHAN PAULL  |  June 21st, 2011

TWO American fugitives who have been living in North Queensland on fake passports for almost 30 years were arrested in Charters Towers at the weekend.

Patton Erwin Eidson, 66, and Sonja Steiner Eidson, 72, pictured, are facing almost 40 fraud-related charges for allegedly using fake passports to travel in and out of the country for the past 27 years.

The couple had allegedly been living in Julatten, between Cairns and Port Douglas, under assumed identities.

While the reason the pair left the US to begin with was not mentioned in court yesterday, they are wanted for arrest in that country for "various serious offences."

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« Reply #1152 on: June 20, 2011, 11:57:18 PM »

http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/queensland/ash-cloud-grounds-sydney-canberra-flights/story-e6freoof-1226078968732

Ash cloud chaos: Tiger fleet grounded; Sydney, Canberra flights cancelled; cloud will be here until Wednesday night

    Robyn Ironside and Lizzie Stafford
    From: The Courier-Mail
    June 21, 2011 1:41PM

A VOLCANIC ash cloud from Chile is causing even more disruption on its second lap of the world with Australian airlines cancelling hundreds of flights in and out of Sydney, Canberra, Adelaide and Melbourne.

Denser and larger, the cloud has wrapped around a low pressure system moving across the country’s south-east posing a real safety risk for airline operation.

Passengers booked on afternoon flights to Sydney began arriving at Brisbane airport only to be turned away.

Some with connecting flights attempted to buy tickets to Canberra and Melbourne before those are expected to be cancelled tomorrow.

Others simply grabbed their bags and headed back into the city to wait until flights resume.

Jetstar and Virgin Australia have extended flight cancellations after morning risk assessment meetings and advice from the Bureau of Meteorology.

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The impact of the ash cloud is expected to be even greater than last week, when flights to and from Melbourne and Hobart were disrupted and to a lesser extent those to Adelaide and Perth.

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The ash is from the original eruption of the Cordaacón Caulle volcano in Southern Chile on June 4 and has now circumnavigated the globe one and a half times.

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« Reply #1153 on: June 22, 2011, 03:28:58 AM »

http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/queensland/elderly-american-fugitives-nabbed-on-greyhound-bus-after-30-years-hiding-in-north-queensland/story-e6freoof-1226079012347

Elderly American pair and daughter arrested on fraud charges after 25 years in north Queensland

    Peter Michael
    From: The Courier-Mail
    June 22, 2011 6:56AM

THREE Americans arrested on identity theft and fraud charges allegedly hid out for three decades in a health retreat in far north Queensland.

Patton Erwin Eidson, 66, of the US, his wife Sonja Steiner Eidson, 67, of Denmark, and daughter Mia Eidson, 42, appeared before Townsville Magistrates Court accused of illegally entering Australia on false passports in 1986 before heading north.

The court heard the US embassy tipped off authorities after the people with the same identities died in the US in February.

The family allegedly lived out their double lives under assumed identities in the tiny rainforest hamlet of Julatten, 40km inland of Port Douglas.

Close friends who have known the trio for almost 25 years told The Courier Mail they were "absolutely gobsmacked" and "shocked" by the allegations.

Known as Mike and Anita McGoldrick, the couple, with daughter Mia, owned and operated a health spa - the Julatten Mountain Retreat - which included holistic healing, before selling the business about five years ago.

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« Reply #1154 on: June 24, 2011, 03:20:17 AM »

http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/terri-bindi-irwin-charged-by-mother-rhino-at-australia-zoo/story-e6freon6-1226081270466

Terri, Bindi Irwin charged by mother rhino at Australia Zoo


    Kristin Shorten
    From: The Courier-Mail
    June 24, 2011 11:37AM

THE normally fearless Terri Irwin's heart skipped a beat when a Southern White Rhino told her to back off.


Terri, Bindi and Robert were showing the media their new Southern White Rhino calf, Savannah, when mum Cabelle decided she'd had enough.

Mrs Irwin grabbed Robert, 7, as Cabelle suddenly charged towards them as they sat on a log in the rhino enclosure.

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« Reply #1155 on: June 24, 2011, 03:24:57 AM »

http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/world/conservationists-fear-a-rare-emperor-penguin-stranded-on-an-nz-beach-is-unwell/story-e6freoox-1226081442244

Conservationists fear a rare Emperor penguin stranded on an NZ beach is unwell

    From: AP
    June 24, 2011 3:43PM

AN Emperor penguin that washed up lost on a New Zealand beach this week has been taken to Wellington Zoo after its health deteriorated.

Wellington Zoo spokeswoman Kate Baker said an X-ray had showed a lot of sand in his throat and stomach, NZPA reported.

"It's still touch and go," she told NZPA of the penguin's condition.

"It will really depend on how the next 24 hours go."

The penguin, nicknamed "Happy Feet" by locals, was found wandering on a North Island beach on Monday, more than 3000km from its Antarctic home.

The giant bird, only the second Emperor penguin ever recorded in New Zealand, initially appeared in good health but Department of Conservation spokesman Peter Simpson said it took a turn for the worse early today.

He said the penguin, which is used to sub-zero temperatures, was eating sand in an apparent bid to cool down. Emperor penguins in the Antarctic eat snow when they get too hot.

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« Reply #1156 on: June 24, 2011, 03:29:21 AM »

http://www.couriermail.com.au/questnews/sunshine-coast/brave-bello-escapes-the-jaws-of-death/story-fn8m0yxo-1226081295145

Brave Bello escapes the jaws of death


    Matt Johnston, Caloundra Journal
    From: Quest Newspapers
    June 24, 2011 4:26PM

When it comes to tough customers, you would be hard pressed to find one tougher than Bello.

The four-year-old silky terrier, who has been dubbed the miracle dog by vets, was hit by a car on Bulcock St in March when he escaped from his lead while on a walk with owner Leslie Rodgers.

Mr Rodgers, 90, contacted the Journal to thank those who assisted him and his wife to save Bello.

"My wife, although in shock, ran out on to the road and suddenly people came from everywhere trying to help," he said.

"We drove Bello to the veterinary clinic. He had a shattered pelvis, massive internal injuries and most of his skin had severed from his muscles. The five vets gave us no hope and one option was euthanasia."

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« Reply #1157 on: June 24, 2011, 03:31:59 AM »

http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/breaking-news/us-man-missing-in-australia-for-six-months/story-e6freonf-1226081496198

US man missing in Australia for six months

    From: AAP
    June 24, 2011 5:03PM

POLICE have renewed their appeal for information about a 55-year-old American man who has been missing in Australia for six months.

Kenneth Rodman was last seen by a friend in far north Queensland on December 21, 2010, heading to the beach at Mowbray, north of Cairns.

Police say another person spotted him four days later on Christmas Day, heading in an unknown direction.

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« Reply #1158 on: June 24, 2011, 07:31:19 AM »

Hi Tibro

I'm glad you're back posting regularly....I missed you when you were MIA.
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« Reply #1159 on: June 25, 2011, 06:28:45 AM »

So nice to have you drop by and comment 4 Donks.  It seems that we go for a few days without news that I think may interest my monkey friends, and then I find several stories on the one day.  Please let me know if there are any special subjects I can source for you.

I hope your sister is making good progress and that you are not trying to do too much.  Pats for all your animal friends.

 

Hmmmmmmmm I wonder if Klaas will make us a donkey icon one day.
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