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« Reply #1340 on: September 30, 2011, 03:19:36 AM »

http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/breaking-news/child-slavery-bust-in-vietnam-with-australian-chritys-help/story-e6frf7jx-1226154227881

Child slavery bust in Vietnam with Australian charity's help


    From: AFP
    September 30, 2011 4:52PM

TWENTY three children and young adults rescued from slave labour in a garment factory by Vietnamese authorities with the help of an Australian-run children's charity have arrived in Hanoi.

Vietnamese government officials and police from the victims' home region, with help from the charity Blue Dragon, raided the factory in Ho Chi Minh City. The owners have been arrested and are awaiting trial.

The victims, aged from ten to 21, are from the Kho Mu ethnic group, in Dien Bien province in Vietnam's far northwest. Some of them had been working for up to two years as slave labour in the garment business.

Tired but happy, the children relaxed for an hour at Noi Bai airport before boarding a bus for the 12-hour journey home to their villages.

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« Reply #1341 on: October 07, 2011, 02:29:56 AM »

http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/queensland/search-for-daniel-morcombe-to-end-next-week/story-e6freoof-1226161076498

Search for Daniel Morcombe to end next week

    by: Kristin Shorten
    From: The Courier-Mail
    October 07, 2011 6:46PM

THE search for the remains of Sunshine Coast teenager Daniel Morcombe will end next week.

Seven years and 10 months after the 13-year-old went missing from a Woombye bus stop, Bruce and Denise Morcombe have announced the hunt for their son's remains at a macadamia farm in the Sunshine Coast hinterland will conclude next week.

"Although this is personally sad news because we always held hope of finding more remains, we are nonetheless appreciative of the extra-ordinary efforts by the Police, SES volunteers and the general public in finding what we have," the Morcombes said in a statement.

"We are not in a position to itemise these finds at this stage but we expect the Commissioner will do so next week at the conclusion of the search."

The Morcombes ruled out continuing to search the area in a "private capacity".

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« Reply #1342 on: October 07, 2011, 02:33:30 AM »

http://www.cairns.com.au/article/2011/10/07/185361_local-news.html

Actress Diane Cilento, 78, has died

Friday, October 7, 2011
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FAR North Queensland is mourning the loss of renowned artist and silver screen siren Diane Cilento, who passed away last night in Cairns after a long battle with illness.

Ms Cilento, aged 78, was a visionary who with her play-writer husband established the Karnak Theatre, a magical venue set in the rainforest north of Mossman.

She featured in more than 30 big screen and TV films, has written two novels and an autobiography and was a well-known identity among the theatre-going crowd in New York City.

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« Reply #1343 on: October 07, 2011, 09:51:46 AM »

http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/queensland/search-for-daniel-morcombe-to-end-next-week/story-e6freoof-1226161076498

Search for Daniel Morcombe to end next week

    by: Kristin Shorten
    From: The Courier-Mail
    October 07, 2011 6:46PM

THE search for the remains of Sunshine Coast teenager Daniel Morcombe will end next week.

Seven years and 10 months after the 13-year-old went missing from a Woombye bus stop, Bruce and Denise Morcombe have announced the hunt for their son's remains at a macadamia farm in the Sunshine Coast hinterland will conclude next week.

"Although this is personally sad news because we always held hope of finding more remains, we are nonetheless appreciative of the extra-ordinary efforts by the Police, SES volunteers and the general public in finding what we have," the Morcombes said in a statement.

"We are not in a position to itemise these finds at this stage but we expect the Commissioner will do so next week at the conclusion of the search."

The Morcombes ruled out continuing to search the area in a "private capacity".

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« Reply #1344 on: October 11, 2011, 04:40:16 AM »

http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/queensland/public-funeral-for-daniel-morcombe-20111011-1li6h.html

Public funeral for Daniel Morcombe
Mark Furler and Marissa Calligeros
October 11, 2011 - 9:57AM

A public funeral is likely to be held for Daniel Morcombe to give thousands of Sunshine Coast people touched by Daniel's story a chance to say goodbye.

While Denise Morcombe would prefer a private goodbye for her son, she told the Sunshine Coast Daily she understood that those who have followed the search for Daniel over the past eight years would want to attend.

"I think it will have to be a public funeral. We don't want one and then have to have another one for everyone else, I could not bear it," she said.

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At the conclusion of the search, police would provide a summary of what has been located at the scene.

The search for Daniel's remains began on August 13 this year in bushland at Beerwah, about 40 kilometres from Woombye.

Three bones were found on August 21, days after a pair of shoes were found at the site.

One week later, DNA analysis confirmed the bones were Daniel's. Forensic testing of the shoes - the same brand worn by Daniel when he disappeared - was still underway last week.

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Read more: http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/queensland/public-funeral-for-daniel-morcombe-20111011-1li6h.html#ixzz1aSbjDjzG
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« Reply #1345 on: October 12, 2011, 04:58:47 AM »

http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/queensland/daniel-morcombes-clothing-found-at-sunshine-coast-search-site/story-e6freoof-1226164714110

Daniel Morcombe's clothing found at Sunshine Coast search site

    by: Kristin Shorten
    From: The Courier-Mail
    October 12, 2011 10:32AM

CLOTHING believed to belong to missing schoolboy Daniel Morcombe has been found during the search for his remains on the Sunshine Coast.

Police Commissioner Bob Atkinson has announced the hunt for Daniel’s remains in the Glass House Mountains has officially ended, after police and SES volunteers spent more than two months scouring a patch of swampy bushland west of the Bruce Highway.

Mr Atkinson revealed clothing, shoes and skeletal remains were found at the primary search area, between a dam and a macadamia nut farm on Kings Rd.

``After a thorough and extensive forensic search for the remains of Daniel Morcombe, the area on private property was released back to the owners this morning,’’ he said.

``During the search police and the State Emergency Service sifted by hand through 500 cubic metres of sand and searched on hands and knees to uncover items of clothing, a pair of shoes and skeletal remains.’’

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« Reply #1346 on: October 12, 2011, 05:03:51 AM »

http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/national/australian-woman-jamie-johnston-bali-cocktail-hell/story-e6freuzr-1226164318939

Australian woman Jamie Johnston Bali cocktail hell

    Sarah Crawford
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    October 12, 2011 6:57PM

A NSW nurse who collapsed after drinking a cocktail spiked with methanol while on an Indonesian holiday was well enough to be flown to the hospital she works at early tomorrow.

Jamie Johnston, 25, was being treated at Royal Darwin Hospital since her collapse at a Bali airport three weeks ago, just before she was supposed to board a flight home.

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Ms Johnston, who lives in Newcastle, was holidaying in Lombok when she had an alcoholic cocktail -called arak, a rice wine based drink - at a restaurant with her mother Lyn.

Although she felt sick for a couple of days, Ms Johnston did not see a doctor and then collapsed at the airport.

She was taken to a hospital in Bali and later diagnosed with methanol poisoning.

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« Reply #1347 on: October 19, 2011, 12:16:36 AM »

http://www.sunshinecoastdaily.com.au/story/2011/10/18/daniel-morcombe-funeral-plans-in-doubt/

Daniel's funeral plans in limbo


Kieran Campbell | 18th October 2011

THE parents of Daniel Morcombe may not know for months when they can bury their son.

The lawyer for Daniel Morcombe's accused killer said yesterday he was yet to see any forensic evidence.

Tim Meehan, who is defending accused killer Brett Peter Cowan, said he had been given no timeline for when to expect forensic results from testing of evidence found at Daniel's gravesite in Glasshouse Mountains bushland.

The evidence includes the teenager's bones, clothing and shoes.

"Until we are in receipt of (the forensic material) and have had an opportunity to analyse that, we're not in a position to say what we will do with that and whether we want to undertake further tests," Mr Meehan said.

"We need full disclosure from the Crown. We need an opportunity to consider all of the evidence.

"Then we can start making decisions."

Mr Meehan said he had received 38 binders of material which made up "part" of the police brief on the case.

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« Reply #1348 on: October 19, 2011, 12:24:51 AM »

http://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/capital-life/5779222/Happy-Feets-legacy-in-print

Happy Feet's legacy in print

KAY BLUNDELL

A children's book on Happy Feet the emperor penguin's adventure in Wellington will help save other birds.

Penguin Books has captured the story of the penguin who attracted world-wide attention when he landed on a Kapiti beach.

Penguin Books publishing general manager Debra Millar said the 32-page picture book featureed the story of Happy Feet's exploits from when he arrived on Peka Peka Beach in June, survived operations at Wellington Zoo, to his release in to the wild.

The book's first print run of about 5000 copies will be on sale before Christmas and royalties from sales will go to Forest & Bird's Places for Penguins charity, which works to protect the habitat of the Little Blue Penguin along New Zealand's coastline.

Working very closely with Wellington Zoo, the book gives a factual account of what happened to Happy Feet and features real life photographs as well as illustrations.

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« Reply #1349 on: October 19, 2011, 08:28:24 PM »

http://www.sunshinecoastdaily.com.au/story/2011/10/18/daniel-morcombe-funeral-plans-in-doubt/

Daniel's funeral plans in limbo


Kieran Campbell | 18th October 2011

THE parents of Daniel Morcombe may not know for months when they can bury their son.

The lawyer for Daniel Morcombe's accused killer said yesterday he was yet to see any forensic evidence.

Tim Meehan, who is defending accused killer Brett Peter Cowan, said he had been given no timeline for when to expect forensic results from testing of evidence found at Daniel's gravesite in Glasshouse Mountains bushland.

The evidence includes the teenager's bones, clothing and shoes.

"Until we are in receipt of (the forensic material) and have had an opportunity to analyse that, we're not in a position to say what we will do with that and whether we want to undertake further tests," Mr Meehan said.

"We need full disclosure from the Crown. We need an opportunity to consider all of the evidence.

"Then we can start making decisions."

Mr Meehan said he had received 38 binders of material which made up "part" of the police brief on the case.

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« Reply #1350 on: October 21, 2011, 09:07:23 PM »


This is so sad.     How much more sorrow can be heaped upon Daniel's parents? 

I agree Muffy.  All those years wondering and now they have answers they are still having to wait for closure.  I read they had a small private ceremony at Daniel's last resting place and I hope that helped bring them some peace and acceptance. 

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http://www.couriermail.com.au/ipad/morcombes-have-quiet-moment-for-daniel/story-fn6ck51p-1226169087999

Morcombes have quiet moment for Daniel


    by: Kristin Shorten
    From: The Courier-Mail
    October 18, 2011 12:00AM

DANIEL Morcombe's family has held a painful private ceremony at the site where the schoolboy was buried.

Bruce Morcombe said he, wife Denise and sons Dean, 23, and Bradley, 21, visited the "significant spot" in the Glass House Mountains, where Daniel's remains were found, with a priest on Friday.

"It was a bit upsetting," he said. "It was just a little bit of personal family time for the four of us. It was late afternoon and we had a priest come with us to say a bit of a prayer and a few words."

Daniel was 13 when he disappeared while waiting for a bus near Woombye in December 2003.

Police and SES volunteers began scouring a specific patch of swampy bushland near the Beerburrum State Forest in August, days before charging 42-year-old Perth man Brett Peter Cowan with Daniel's abduction and murder.

Mr Morcombe said the visible progress made at the search site since the family's last visit had been "remarkable".

"You could visibly see, at the primary search area, where trees and vegetation and soil had been removed and piled," he said. "In some areas, where they've scraped everything and done an enormous amount of work, there's not even a leaf on the ground.

"While previously I had said, 'I'm sure they've done a good job', it's only when you're out there and comparing what we saw five weeks ago (to last Friday) that you go 'wow'." The Morcombes and their lawyer Peter Boyce were planning to meet with the Director of Public Prosecutions and the Police Commissioner later this week to discuss the release of Daniel's remains, their court appearances, the possible timeline to a trial and media strategies.

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« Reply #1351 on: October 21, 2011, 09:09:43 PM »

http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/more-news/desperately-ill-woman-hunts-donor-father/story-fn7x8me2-1226173458991

Desperately ill woman Narelle Grech searching for dad

    by: Lucie van den Berg
    From: Herald Sun
    October 22, 2011 12:00AM

A DESPERATELY ill woman's bid to find her father to warn him and his family of their cancer risk has been blocked.

Narelle Grech, 29, was conceived through IVF, using donor sperm.

But because this was before 1988, she has no legal right of access to identifying information about the donor.

Monash IVF international medical director Prof Gab Kovacs was refused access to the records.

"I put in an FoI, but it was rejected, even though I wrote most of the medical records," Prof Kovacs said.

The vital medical records are among up to 1500 documents, revealing donors' identities, in "lock down" at the Public Records Office.

They could help Ms Grech contact her donor father, known only as T5.

Ms Grech has stage four bowel cancer, which has spread, and wants to contact her eight half-siblings and father and warn them to get screened, for fear they have a genetic predisposition.

"It's greater than me and this man. It's about the siblings and their children, who need to know they should be screened for bowel cancer," she said.

"I've been searching since I was 15 and hit brick wall after brick wall. It's ridiculous."

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« Reply #1352 on: October 22, 2011, 02:21:08 AM »

http://www.goldcoast600.com.au/news/dan-wheldon-memorial-trophy-unveiled-at-the-armor-all-gold-coast-600

Dan Wheldon Memorial Trophy unveiled at the Armor All Gold Coast 600

October 21, 2011

Queensland Sport Minister, Phil Reeves joined with V8 Supercars Chairman, Tony Cochrane and a number of drivers at the Armor All Gold Coast 600 today to unveil a trophy dedicated to the memory of fallen IndyCar star,
Dan Wheldon.

The Dan Wheldon Memorial Trophy will be awarded to the winning International driver this weekend.

Wheldon - who competed in the only IndyCar event on the Gold Coast in 2008 - was universally loved in world motorsport. He was due to partner good friend James Courtney in the Toll Holden Racing Team Commodore this weekend.

"This is a fitting way to honour the life of Dan Wheldon and what he represented to so many international drivers and those in the V8 motorsport community," Mr. Reeves said.

"The sudden death of Dan shocked the motor racing community."

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« Reply #1353 on: October 24, 2011, 06:03:13 AM »

http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/national/a-male-relative-of-serial-killer-ivan-milat-pleads-guilty-to-murder-of-david-auchterlonie-in-belanglo-state-forest/story-e6freooo-1226174989418

A male relative of serial killer Ivan Milat pleads guilty to murder of David Auchterlonie in Belanglo State Forest


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    October 24, 2011 10:50AM

A YOUNG male related to serial killer Ivan Milat has pleaded guilty to murder.

The male, who cannot be named for legal reasons, appeared in Campbelltown Children's Court today.

He pleaded guilty to charges related to the killing of David Auchterlonie with an axe on November 20 last year.

He was killed in Belanglo State Forest - the NSW southern highlands forest where Ivan Milat murdered seven backpackers Britons Caroline Clarke and Joanne Walters, Australians Deborah Everist and James Gibson and German backpackers Simone Schmidl, Anja Habschied and Gabor Neugebauer in the 1990s.

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« Reply #1354 on: October 24, 2011, 06:07:02 AM »

http://www.couriermail.com.au/entertainment/confidential/janet-jackson-leaves-australia-to-support-family-during-trial-concerning-late-brother-michael-jackson/story-e6freq7o-1226175183025

Janet Jackson leaves Australia to support family during trial concerning late brother Michael Jackson

    From: The Daily Telegraph
    October 24, 2011 12:44PM

JANET Jackson is returning to the US immediately to be with her family during the trial concerning her late brother Michael Jackson.

After private discussions with her family regarding her late brother Michael Jackson, it became necessary for Miss Jackson to leave Australia for the next several days.

 " I want to thank my fans in Australia for their love, support and understanding. When I planned these shows, the schedule in California was completely different. After talking with my family last night, I decided we must be together right now. I'm looking forward to being with you for the Gold Coast, Sydney, and the Melbourne concerts. You are all so important to me. This saddens me in so many ways. I love you," said Janet Jackson in this exclusive statement.

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« Reply #1355 on: October 24, 2011, 06:11:34 AM »

http://www.couriermail.com.au/entertainment/confidential/dolly-parton-hams-it-up-for-australian-tour-with-t-shirt-that-says-kiss-my-ham-for-australia/story-e6freq7o-1226174586697

Dolly Parton hams it up for Australian tour with T-shirt that says Kiss My Ham for Australia


    by: Kathy McCabe Music Editor
    From: The Daily Telegraph
    October 23, 2011 11:00PM

DOLLY Parton is planning a special T-shirt for her Australian fans featuring a hilarious line from her latest record Better Day.

The song, Country Is As Country Does, features the forthright entertainer singing, "I'm quite content with who I am, and if you ain't, well kiss my ham".

"I thought it was a clever, funny way of saying 'kiss my butt'," the 65-year-old show business legend said.

"We have to make a T-shirt saying Kiss My Ham for Australia 'cuz I know my fans there would love that."

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« Reply #1356 on: October 24, 2011, 06:15:27 AM »

http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/shark-attack-in-rotto/story-e6freon6-1226173885712

Killer shark at Rottnest Island to be hunted down

    by: Nicole Cox, Police Reporter
    From: PerthNow
    October 23, 2011 5:06PM

AUTHORITIES issued a catch-to-kill order to destroy a rogue shark just one hour after an American man was mauled to death while diving off Rottnest Island today.

The 32-year-old, a US national in Australia on a working holiday, had been diving alone about 500m off Little Armstrong Bay on the island's northwest coast when the predator struck about 1.30pm.

Police said two of his mates aboard a private 25ft Bertram boat watched in horror as they saw a "flurry of bubbles'' in the water, before their friend's body surfaced a short time later with "obvious traumatic fatal injuries''.

Distraught, they made a desperate emergency services call after retrieving the man's body from the water and witnessing a shark, which they described as a 3m white pointer.

Today, for the first time in WA history, Fisheries Minister Norman Moore issued a directive for fisheries officers to trap and kill the beast in a bid to protect public safety.

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« Reply #1357 on: October 27, 2011, 08:01:09 PM »

Another good reason for my continuing to purchase petrol from my friendly local service station where they fill the car for you, lol   Bah! to self service petrol stations.

http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/national/petrol-pumps-fuel-deadly-bug-spread/story-e6freooo-1226178936991

Petrol pump nozzles dangerous breeding grounds for deadly bacteria and viruses

    by: Mark Hinchliffe
    From: The Courier-Mail
    October 28, 2011 12:00AM

FUELLING your car could be making you sick - and not because of the price of petrol.

The nozzles we use to fill up the tank have joined the range of everyday items that are seen as dangerous breeding grounds for bacteria and viruses.

Levels on nozzle handles are worse than escalator rails, parking meters, pedestrian buttons on traffic signals and handles on mailboxes, a US study by Kimberly-Clark Professional found.

Infectious diseases expert Flavia Huygens, an associate professor at QUT, warned Australian fuel pump handles could harbour the dangerous superbug methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) and she wants service stations to provide alcohol wipes for customers.

Assoc Prof Huygens reviewed a study conducted on Japanese public trains that isolated and identified MRSA, which is highly resistant to antibiotic therapy.

She said the bug could lurk on public areas people touched, particularly on fuel pump handles which are in use all day.

"It's highly likely with fuel pumps because this superbug is transmitted by skin contact and hand-to-mouth contact," she said.

Assoc Prof Huygens advised motorists to wash their hands after using a fuel pump and called on service stations to provide alcohol wipes.

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« Reply #1358 on: October 27, 2011, 08:15:21 PM »

http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/queensland/morcombes-talk-the-walk/story-e6freoof-1226178861070

Bruce and Denise Morcombe to lead 3.5km Walk for Daniel at Palmwoods today on the seventh annual Day for Daniel

    by: Kristin Shorten
    From: The Courier-Mail
    October 28, 2011 12:00AM

THEY say they are "just Daniel's mum and dad" but to the rest of Australia, Bruce and Denise Morcombe are an inspiration.

Today, on the seventh annual Day for Daniel, more than 1 million people across the country will show their support for the couple's tireless dedication to promoting child safety after their son's disappearance in 2003.

More than 200 activities have been registered in Queensland, with more than 1000 schools and 500,000 students participating. Mr Morcombe said focusing on the event had helped his family cope since August 13, when Perth man Brett Peter Cowan, 42, was charged with Daniel's abduction and murder.

"(Day for Daniel) certainly channelled a lot of our energy into positive things, no question of that," he said. "Our message really is, if tragedy strikes you down, just find something positive to do."

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« Reply #1359 on: October 27, 2011, 08:22:27 PM »

http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/queensland/thousands-take-part-in-seventh-and-most-significant-walk-for-daniel-on-sunshine-coast/story-e6freoof-1226179107635

Thousands take part in seventh and most significant Walk for Daniel on Sunshine Coast

    by: Kristin Shorten and Peter Hall
    From: The Courier-Mail
    October 28, 2011 7:56AM

CELEBRITIES, senior police and politicians joined almost 2000 supporters of the Morcombe family at this morning's seventh - and most emotional - Walk for Daniel on the Sunshine Coast.

The 3.5km walk saw a sea of red, as those taking part dressed in the same colour worn by the 13-year-old schoolboy on the day he vanished in December, 2003.

Rugby league great and Seven sports presenter Shane Webcke added to the spectacle when he arrived in "a big red helicopter''.

"Generally, I don't travel by helicopter but I think it's a nice touch that Seven lend this because I think a big red helicopter landing here adds something to the day,'' he said.

"I guess I'm like everybody else ... just in awe of the Morcombes and what they've managed to create on the end of what obviously is a horrible tragedy for the family.''

Swimming champion and Biggest Loser host Hayley Lewis said she was amazed and inspired by the large turnout.

"It's such a lovely legacy for Daniel and it's a great way to get the message across to parents and children to be alert to dangers,'' she said.

"Never in a million years would you think a teenager would be at risk.''

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