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« Reply #1720 on: July 08, 2012, 09:17:24 PM »



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« Reply #1721 on: July 09, 2012, 08:51:09 AM »

http://www.couriermail.com.au/entertainment/americans-headline-grabbing-octomum-is-moving-her-brood-to-australia/story-fncaji39-1226420862692

America's headline-grabbing Octomum is moving her prodigious brood to Australia

    Dad says Octomum wants to escape "toxic" US
    Nadya Suleman already has family in Australia
    Desperate mum of 14 made porn film for cash

IT'S lucky Australia's suburbs have big playgrounds.

Headline-grabbing Nadya Suleman, better known as Octomum after giving birth to eight children in one pregnancy, is reportedly readying to leave California for a new life Down Under - and she is bringing her prodigious 14-strong brood with her.

Her father, Ed Suleman, told Woman's Day his financially desperate daughter is coming to Sydney to escape "toxic" America.

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She could be in for a nasty shock when applying for an entry/immigration visa.  Bankruptcy could mean she is denied entry.


What a piece of work she is.  I wouldn't wish her on any country, especially not yours!
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« Reply #1722 on: July 09, 2012, 09:16:32 AM »



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« Reply #1723 on: July 11, 2012, 07:10:48 AM »

 ::snipping2::

A video produced by National Australia Bank celebrating Good samaritans has gone viral.

Filmed using hidden cameras, the clip follows the antics of regular people who decide to return a pair of sunglasses that they find near the entrance of a shopping center.

A fake lost-and-found booth is assembled in the mall and a pair of sunglasses are planted strategically on the ground.

Several people are then shown picking up the sunglasses and handing them over to the person manning the lost-and-found counter.

Instead of a simple thank you, the good deed is rewarded with unexpected recognition.

As they walk through the shopping center, their names and faces begin appearing all around them. From advertising screens to the icing of a cake, their simple act of kindness is celebrated for everyone to see.

The reaction of the people being pranked is, of course, priceless. From laughter to embarrassed disbelief, there is no shortage of both incredulity and delight.
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« Reply #1724 on: July 11, 2012, 07:12:52 AM »

oops!  sorry I don't know how to post the video -- it's priceless
Australian Video Celebrating Good Samaritans Goes Viral (VIDEO)
Posted: 07/09/2012 3:55 pm Updated: 07/09/2012 5:33 pm


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A video produced by National Australia Bank celebrating Good samaritans has gone viral.

Filmed using hidden cameras, the clip follows the antics of regular people who decide to return a pair of sunglasses that they find near the entrance of a shopping center.

A fake lost-and-found booth is assembled in the mall and a pair of sunglasses are planted strategically on the ground.

Several people are then shown picking up the sunglasses and handing them over to the person manning the lost-and-found counter.

Instead of a simple thank you, the good deed is rewarded with unexpected recognition.

As they walk through the shopping center, their names and faces begin appearing all around them. From advertising screens to the icing of a cake, their simple act of kindness is celebrated for everyone to see.

The reaction of the people being pranked is, of course, priceless. From laughter to embarrassed disbelief, there is no shortage of both incredulity and delight.
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« Reply #1725 on: July 11, 2012, 07:14:23 AM »


oops again!
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/07/09/honesty-unrewarded_n_1659248.html?icid=maing-grid7%7Cmain5%7Cdl8%7Csec1_lnk2%26pLid%3D177343
oops!  sorry I don't know how to post the video -- it's priceless
Australian Video Celebrating Good Samaritans Goes Viral (VIDEO)
Posted: 07/09/2012 3:55 pm Updated: 07/09/2012 5:33 pm


::snipping2::

A video produced by National Australia Bank celebrating Good samaritans has gone viral.

Filmed using hidden cameras, the clip follows the antics of regular people who decide to return a pair of sunglasses that they find near the entrance of a shopping center.

A fake lost-and-found booth is assembled in the mall and a pair of sunglasses are planted strategically on the ground.

Several people are then shown picking up the sunglasses and handing them over to the person manning the lost-and-found counter.

Instead of a simple thank you, the good deed is rewarded with unexpected recognition.

As they walk through the shopping center, their names and faces begin appearing all around them. From advertising screens to the icing of a cake, their simple act of kindness is celebrated for everyone to see.

The reaction of the people being pranked is, of course, priceless. From laughter to embarrassed disbelief, there is no shortage of both incredulity and delight.
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« Reply #1726 on: July 14, 2012, 02:55:41 AM »


oops again!
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/07/09/honesty-unrewarded_n_1659248.html?icid=maing-grid7%7Cmain5%7Cdl8%7Csec1_lnk2%26pLid%3D177343
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Australian Video Celebrating Good Samaritans Goes Viral (VIDEO)
Posted: 07/09/2012 3:55 pm Updated: 07/09/2012 5:33 pm


::snipping2::

A video produced by National Australia Bank celebrating Good samaritans has gone viral.

Filmed using hidden cameras, the clip follows the antics of regular people who decide to return a pair of sunglasses that they find near the entrance of a shopping center.

A fake lost-and-found booth is assembled in the mall and a pair of sunglasses are planted strategically on the ground.

Several people are then shown picking up the sunglasses and handing them over to the person manning the lost-and-found counter.

Instead of a simple thank you, the good deed is rewarded with unexpected recognition.

As they walk through the shopping center, their names and faces begin appearing all around them. From advertising screens to the icing of a cake, their simple act of kindness is celebrated for everyone to see.

The reaction of the people being pranked is, of course, priceless. From laughter to embarrassed disbelief, there is no shortage of both incredulity and delight.
 ::snipping2::


Thank you for posting this video clip Sister.  So interesting to see the background to the making of this advert.

You may be surprised to learn the only NAB advert that has been showing on TV so far only shows the reaction of the lady Marina seeing her picture on posters and iced on the cake.  No background to the story!
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« Reply #1727 on: July 15, 2012, 01:49:55 AM »

http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/justice-department-to-spend-21k-for-victim-of-crime-to-attend-spiritual-healing-sweat-lodge-in-canada/story-e6freon6-1226426373396

Justice Department to spend $21k for victim of crime to attend spiritual healing sweat lodge in Canada

    by: Kay Dibben
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    July 15, 2012 9:52AM

TAXPAYERS will fork out almost $21,000 to send a north Queensland assault victim overseas for spiritual healing on an Indian reserve.

"Indigenous Canadian" Ruth Schaefer will fly with her friend, Hope Vale Aboriginal elder Gordon Charlie, on the trip to Cree Nations Treatment Haven in Saskatchewan, Canada - with both airfares paid for by the Justice Department.

A Queensland tribunal ordered the trip, finding it "reasonable", as the treatment was only available in Canada.

It found Ms Schaefer needed an escort and at least two stopovers each way.

Ms Schaefer, who has post-traumatic stress disorder after a violent assault in 2007, went to Cree Nations in 2005 for trauma treatment in a sweat lodge and "a linking back to spiritual ancestors".

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« Reply #1728 on: July 15, 2012, 01:52:31 AM »

http://www.couriermail.com.au/entertainment/celebrity/bindi-irwin-im-a-bit-of-a-geek/story-fncak5zz-1226425395745

Bindi Irwin: 'I'm a lot like dad and a bit of a geek'

THE first time I was in front of the camera was when I was being born. Poor Mum, she had the joys of being filmed while giving birth.

I once held a tiny snake when I was little. It was the size of a pencil. I was playing and singing to it, and when I kissed it, it bit me on the cheek. I said, "Oh, you naughty snake!" Then I kept singing and kissed it again and it bit me on the nose. This happened about 10 times, until Mum said, "Maybe you should stop kissing the snake on the mouth?" That's me for you.

I've inherited one of the great Irwin qualities: I can talk the legs off a chair. [Bindi is the daughter of the late Steve Irwin, 'The Crocodile Hunter', who was killed while filming a documentary in 2006.] Also, I'm really passionate about everything I do. I have my dad's trait of never, ever being able to wait. If I have an idea or a project I want to get started on, I have to do it straightaway.

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« Reply #1729 on: July 17, 2012, 03:28:01 AM »

http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/morcombe-witness-charged-with-perjury-faces-life-term/story-e6freon6-1226427528825

Witness to Daniel Morcombe abduction and murder charged with perjury, faces life term

    by: Kristen Shorten
    From: The Courier-Mail
    July 17, 2012 12:00AM

A MAN who "confessed" to a role in the abduction and murder of Daniel Morcombe could face life in jail after being charged with perjury.

The man, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was charged last month after providing a "disturbingly detailed account" of Daniel's demise at the inquest into the Sunshine Coast teenager's suspected abduction and murder.

The man, described as a person of interest at the inquest into Daniel's death, and codenamed P33, told the Brisbane Coroner's Court in 2010 that he was standing "10 feet" from the 13-year-old when he was murdered.

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« Reply #1730 on: July 17, 2012, 03:30:40 AM »

http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/child-protection-inquiry-head-tim-carmody-should-step-down-from-position-barrister-says/story-e6freon6-1226428000532

Child protection inquiry head Tim Carmody should step down from position, barrister says

    by: Michael Madigan
    From: The Courier-Mail
    July 17, 2012 12:08PM

TIM Carmody has been asked to step down from his position as head of the Queensland child protection inquiry.

In a dramatic first half hour of the inquiry which began its first public hearings this morning, Sydney barrister David Rolfe, QC, asked that Mr Carmody "recuse" himself from the role.

The inquiry has already heard disturbing figures which point to a massive social problem developing over the past decade.

There are now 7602 children in some form of state care - far more than the prison population which stands at 5972.

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« Reply #1731 on: July 17, 2012, 03:34:41 AM »

http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/national/dingo-tries-to-drag-girl-in-sleeping-bag-away-from-her-parents/story-fncyva0b-1226427800197

Dingo tries to drag girl in sleeping bag away from her parents

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July 17, 2012 10:06AM

DINGO dragged a 13 year-old girl in her sleeping bag in the boldest attack on a campers at Kakadu so far this year.

Rebecca Robinson woke to find a dingo dragging her from her parents' caravan at Aurora Kakadu Lodge in the early hours of Sunday morning, The Northern Territory News reports.

Her mother Kate Robinson of Benalla, Victoria, said she now understands how a dingo could have taken Lindy Chamberlain-Creighton's daughter Azaria on August 17, 1980.

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« Reply #1732 on: July 18, 2012, 02:51:41 AM »

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/nation/thalidomide-drug-distributor-settles-case-with-victorian-woman-lynette-rowe/story-e6frg6nf-1226428860019

Thalidomide drug distributor settles case with Victorian woman Lynette Rowe

    by: PIA AKERMAN
    From: The Australian
    July 18, 2012 10:30AM

DISTRIBUTORS of the drug thalidomide have agreed to pay a multi-million dollar settlement to a Victorian woman who was born without legs or arms after her mother took the anti-nausea medication.

The multi-million dollar compensation payment to Lynette Rowe, 50, will provide her with care for the rest of her life, her lawyers say.

Lawyers for Ms Rowe, this morning told the Victorian Supreme Court they had reached an agreement with Diageo, which distributed thalidomide in Australia in the 1950s and 1960s.

The settlement represents a major milestone for Australian thalidomide victims who will also be entitled to make a claim.

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Ms Rowe wept as her father Ian spoke on her behalf.

''The things she has achieved are absolutely amazing,'' he told reporters on Wednesday.

''You don't need arms and legs to change the world.''

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« Reply #1733 on: July 18, 2012, 03:18:17 AM »

http://bigpondnews.com/articles/OddSpot/2012/07/18/Baby_whale_born_in_Sydney_Harbour_773022.html

Baby whale born in Sydney Harbour

Wednesday, July 18, 2012 » 09:33am

A baby whale is exploring its new world and bonding with its mum after being born in Sydney waters a few days ago.

Geoff Ross of the National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) says the newborn southern right calf was spotted in the harbour on Tuesday.

'Only a few southern right whales are born each year in NSW waters, so to have one born in Sydney is very exciting,' says Mr Ross, co-ordinator of Marine Fauna Programs.


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« Reply #1734 on: July 19, 2012, 06:16:11 AM »

http://bigpondnews.com/articles/OddSpot/2012/07/18/Baby_whale_born_in_Sydney_Harbour_773022.html

Baby whale born in Sydney Harbour

Wednesday, July 18, 2012 » 09:33am

A baby whale is exploring its new world and bonding with its mum after being born in Sydney waters a few days ago.

Geoff Ross of the National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) says the newborn southern right calf was spotted in the harbour on Tuesday.

'Only a few southern right whales are born each year in NSW waters, so to have one born in Sydney is very exciting,' says Mr Ross, co-ordinator of Marine Fauna Programs.

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What a great story -- the baby getting its "sea legs."  How adorable!
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« Reply #1735 on: July 27, 2012, 09:06:31 PM »

http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/accused-killers-defence-team-in-daniel-morcombe-case-must-fight-to-cross-examine-witnesses/story-e6freon6-1226433352013

Accused killer's defence team in Daniel Morcombe case must fight to cross-examine witnesses

    by: Kristin Shorten
    From: The Courier-Mail
    July 24, 2012 12:00AM

THE defence for the man accused of killing Daniel Morcombe will have to fight for the right to cross-examine desired witnesses at the committal hearing.

The team representing Brett Peter Cowan lodged a request with the Crown earlier this month to cross-examine up to 100 witnesses at the hearing.

The Courier-Mail understands that the Director of Public Prosecutions, which had until last night to respond, denied the defence leave to interview some of those witnesses.

The defence team, headed by Tim Meehan of Bosscher Lawyers, is expected to argue the DPP's decision at Cowan's next mention on August 6.

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« Reply #1736 on: July 28, 2012, 08:02:02 AM »

http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/accused-killers-defence-team-in-daniel-morcombe-case-must-fight-to-cross-examine-witnesses/story-e6freon6-1226433352013

Accused killer's defence team in Daniel Morcombe case must fight to cross-examine witnesses

    by: Kristin Shorten
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    July 24, 2012 12:00AM

THE defence for the man accused of killing Daniel Morcombe will have to fight for the right to cross-examine desired witnesses at the committal hearing.

The team representing Brett Peter Cowan lodged a request with the Crown earlier this month to cross-examine up to 100 witnesses at the hearing.

The Courier-Mail understands that the Director of Public Prosecutions, which had until last night to respond, denied the defence leave to interview some of those witnesses.

The defence team, headed by Tim Meehan of Bosscher Lawyers, is expected to argue the DPP's decision at Cowan's next mention on August 6.

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DNA tests on bones recovered on the Sunshine Coast have confirmed the remains are Daniel's and a government spokesperson has said the remains can be released once the defence team either accepts the test results or has its own tests conducted.
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It is hard to understand that returning Daniel's body has still not been returned to his family.
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« Reply #1737 on: August 06, 2012, 11:00:23 PM »

http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/queensland/morcombe-case-set-for-mention-in-court-today/story-e6freoof-1226443380486


Daniel Morcombe accused killer Brett Peter Cowan's defence calls for further 49 witnesses

    by: Jasmin Lill
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    August 06, 2012 11:33AM

LAWYERS will next month argue over whether to hear evidence from 49 contentious witnesses in the committal hearing of the man accused of murdering Sunshine Coast teenager Daniel Morcombe.

Daniel was 13 when he vanished while waiting for a bus at Woombye in 2003.

Brett Peter Cowan, 42, was charged in August last year with the teenager's abduction and murder.

Cowan appeared by videolink on Monday sporting a short, dark haircut as he was ordered to appear in court on September 5.

The Crown have agreed to allow 31 witnesses but defence lawyer Tim Meehan is calling for a further 49 to be heard.

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« Reply #1738 on: August 06, 2012, 11:03:24 PM »

http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/breaking-news/mars-rover-landing-nears/story-e6freono-1226444042998

NASA thanks Aussies for Mars success

    by: By Katina Curtis
    From: AAP
    August 06, 2012 6:46PM

THE Australian team that helped guide NASA's rover Curiosity safely to the surface of Mars is over the moon about its role in the $US2.6 billion mission.

The Canberra Deep Space Communications Complex at Tidbinbilla, about 40km from the national capital, played a key communications role in Curiosity's rapid descent to the landing zone in the Gale Crater.

The scientific exploration vehicle touched down about 3.33pm (AEST) on Monday to cheers, tears and applause at the NASA command centre in California and at the Canberra complex, which is part of NASA's Deep Space Network.

Soon after, Tidbinbilla transmitted the first photograph - a black and white image showing one of the wheels of Curiosity touching the Martian soil.

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« Reply #1739 on: August 06, 2012, 11:16:33 PM »

http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/breaking-news/new-zealands-mt-tongariro-erupts/story-e6freonf-1226444411707


New Zealand's Mt Tongariro erupts, ash cloud causes disruptions

    From: AAP
    August 07, 2012 12:05PM

HUNDREDS of travellers have been left stranded after the eruption of Mt Tongariro on New Zealand's North Island caused road closures and flight cancellations.

UPDATE 11.30am AEST

Geologists from New Zealand's GNS Science have lowered the aviation threat level from Mt Tongariro which erupted late last night, throwing boulders and heavy ash over a 1km area.

The alert code has been reduced to orange (volcano is exhibiting heightened unrest with increased likelihood of eruption) from red (eruption is forecast to be imminent).

The initial eruption lasted only two minutes, and was the result of an underground build-up of steam. There have been no lava flows.

The eruption has caused the closure of several roads in the region and disrupted regional flights. No international flights were affected.

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New Zealand is on the "Ring of Fire" in the Pacific Ocean and well known for earthquake activity and to a lesser degree some volcanic activity.
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