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  • New methane organisms discovered

    10/23/2015 2:17:22 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 23 replies ^ | October 23, 2015 | by Gene Tyson & Provided by: University of Queensland
    ===================================================================================================================== Textbooks on methane-metabolising organisms might have to be rewritten after researchers in a University of Queensland-led international project today (23 October) announced the discovery of two new organisms. Deputy Head of UQ's Australian Centre for Ecogenomics in the School of Chemistry and Molecular Biosciences Associate Professor Gene Tyson said these new organisms played an unknown role in greenhouse gas emissions and consumption. "We sampled the microorganisms in the water from a deep coal seam aquifer 600m below the earth's surface in the Surat Basin, near Roma, Queensland, and reconstructed genomes of organisms able to perform methane metabolism," Associate...
  • Three $150k robots replaced 60 welders: how Cox Industries keeps making mowers in Queensland

    09/09/2015 11:37:35 AM PDT · by thackney · 49 replies
    BRW ^ | 09 September 2015 | Michael Bailey
    Ride-on lawn mower manufacturer Cox Industries might only employ 60 people today from 160 a decade ago, and has suffered three break-even years because it hasn’t rained enough, but co-owner Ken McColl says the Australian economy still can’t afford businesses like his to disappear. “We have 400 separate suppliers, almost all of them local small businesses,” McColl tells BRW from Cox’s 20,000 sqm factory headquarters at Acacia Ridge, Queensland. “From the makers of a specialist washer, to the electricians and plumbers and maintenance people here at the factory. I’m not even counting our bank, insurer or sandwich shop around the...
  • World's largest asteroid impacts found in central Australia

    03/23/2015 5:53:18 PM PDT · by Utilizer · 26 replies
    Australian National University News Online ^ | 23 March 2015 | Australian National University
    A 400 kilometre-wide impact zone from a huge meteorite that broke in two moments before it slammed into the Earth has been found in Central Australia. The crater from the impact millions of years ago has long disappeared. But a team of geophysicists has found the twin scars of the impacts – the largest impact zone ever found on Earth – hidden deep in the earth’s crust. Lead researcher Dr Andrew Glikson from the ANU School of Archaeology and Anthropology said the impact zone was discovered during drilling as part of geothermal research, in an area near the borders of...
  • Rare snow in Australia as Antarctic chill sweeps eastern states

    07/18/2015 8:37:26 AM PDT · by marthemaria · 23 replies
    Temperatures have plummeted to more than 10 degrees below average in places, while Sydney has had its coldest July weather in 44 years now has fallen in parts of Australia where such falls are so rare the weather bureau does not have the tools to measure it as temperatures plunged to more than 10 degrees below average. Antarctic air pushed up through central New South Wales and on to Queensland – known as the Sunshine State – over the past week bringing on a winter cold front not seen in some parts since the mid-1980s. In Queensland, snow fell in...
  • USA Mutiny WWII in Townsville Australia

    05/06/2015 6:52:52 PM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 13 replies
    ABC [Australia] ^ | Dec 6, 2013 | ABC [Australia]
    ABC 7:30 Report on USA Mutiny on Australian soil. [Video]
  • Newsboys Co-Founder: I'm Now an Atheist, Richard Dawkins' Had an Influence

    01/30/2015 7:20:21 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 65 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 01/30/2015 | Samuel Smith
    The co-founder and former guitarist of the popular world-famous Christian rock band the Newsboys has officially renounced his Christian faith and is calling members of the current version of the band hypocrites. George Perdikis, who founded the chart-topping Christian band in 1985 with his friend Peter Furler, wrote an op-ed on Wednesday published by the website Patheos explaining how he transformed from a guitarist in one of the most popular Christian rock bands of all-time to a cosmology-enthused atheist. "I always felt uncomfortable with the strict rules imposed by Christianity. All I wanted to do was play rock and roll,"...
  • Ancient Crocodile Found in Australia

    02/23/2005 11:38:15 PM PST · by FairOpinion · 89 replies · 1,817+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | Feb. 23, 2005 | Reuters
    SYDNEY (Reuters) - A new species of crocodile which lived 40 million years ago has been discovered in tropical Australia, filling a gap in the evolution of the prehistoric-looking crocodile, researchers said on Thursday. Two nearly complete skulls and a lower jaw of a new species of crocodile that belonged to a group called Mekosuchinae were unearthed by miners in the northern state of Queensland, said Australia's Monash University researcher Lucas Buchanan. "There is a big gap from about 30 to 60 million years ago of which we have no clue, except for these guys," Buchanan told Reuters on Thursday....
  • Queensland police monitoring IS extremists now living here

    12/26/2014 8:46:03 PM PST · by Beave Meister · 24 replies
    The Courier Mail ^ | 10/27/2014 | NEIL DOORLEY
    FIGHTERS from the bloody conflicts in Syria and Iraq are living in Queensland but Police Commissioner Ian Stewart said they were being “closely monitored’’ as part of the state’s terror watch. The “skill sets” and “potential” for “those within the community to commit terror” was a great source of concern, Mr Stewart said. “We are on the highest state of alert for terrorism in this country that we have ever been since World War II and that means we have all got to be very aware – we don’t have to be afraid – that there is a potential for...
  • G20 host’s fury over Barack Obama jab on climate and coal

    11/18/2014 1:47:08 PM PST · by naturalman1975 · 48 replies
    The Australian ^ | 19th November 2014 | Dennis Shanahan
    THE Queensland government, as host of last weekend’s G20 ­summit, is incensed over what it sees as an ill-informed, insulting speech from Barack Obama about climate change, the Great Barrier Reef and coal. Federal Coalition members are also angry at the US President’s public intervention in the Australian climate change debate at the G20 last Saturday, when most of his remarks in the summit’s closed session on energy, where the issue was discussed, were devoted to US gas supplies and production that have been boosted by coal-seam gas and shale oil. Tony Abbott told the G20 session that the “four-fifths”...
  • Obama’s global-warming propaganda Down Under

    11/19/2014 5:14:26 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 25 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | November 18, 2014 | Bob Carter and Tom Harris
    The focus of the 2014 Group of 20 summit meeting in Brisbane, Australia, was on stimulating economic growth across the industrialized world. Thanks, though, to President Obama’s grandstanding and attempted sabotage of the agenda as laid out by the host country, climate change also came to prominence. For several months prior to the G-20, and despite strong Australian resistance, radical environmental groups had been lobbying for inclusion of global-warming issues on the meeting’s agenda. Mr. Obama was happy to oblige them. His endorsement of the U.S.-China Joint Announcement on Climate Change just before the G-20 was a signal that he...
  • Negative result after patient at Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital tested for Ebola

    10/26/2014 6:50:14 PM PDT · by null and void · 4 replies ^ | October 27, 2014 9:43AM | Sarah Vogler, Janelle Miles
    AN 18-year-old woman quarantined in the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital with a fever has tested negative for Ebola. Queensland Chief Health Officer Dr Jeannette Young announced the negative results this morning. It is understood the woman will now undertake a second round of testing. Dr Young said the 18-year-old would undergo a second Ebola test on Wednesday. She said further tests were yet to reveal another cause for the teenager’s fever. “She’ll now remain in isolation in the RBWH to have a second test done on Wednesday,” Dr Young said. “She remains well at this stage. Her family, who...
  • African patient at Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital being tested for Ebola

    10/26/2014 11:40:49 AM PDT · by Nachum · 4 replies
    NINETEEN people are being isolated in home quarantine in Brisbane as a precaution against spreading the Ebola virus, as a teenage woman undergoes tests for the deadly disease in hospital. The 18-year-old is being kept in an isolation ward at the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital after developing a fever yesterday.She arrived in Australia 12 days ago from Conakry in Guinea, with eight members of her extended family, including six children.MOCKING TWEETS: NSW MP makes fun of Queensland Ebola scareAUSSIE UNDER WATCH: Man told to stay at Thai homeKILLER VIRUS: New York doctor tests positive for EbolaThe group is...
  • Queensland (Australia) Woman Tested for Ebola

    10/08/2014 10:31:56 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 14 replies
    News.AU ^ | 10-9-2014 |
    AUTHORITIES are performing tests for the deadly Ebola virus on a Queensland woman who recently returned from Sierra Leone. The 57-year-old woman is being assessed at Cairns Hospital. She has recently returned to Cairns from treating Ebola patients in Sierra Leone. Queensland’s Chief Health Officer Dr Jeanne Young said the woman is a Red Cross volunteer who was working in Sierra Leone and has placed herself in quarantine. She exhibited no symptoms until she recorded her own temperature and recorded an increase. Health authorities are now performing tests. They hope to have the result later today
  • Charismatic Minifauna

    10/06/2014 11:13:08 PM PDT · by Utilizer · 6 replies
    W I R E D ^ | 10.06.14 8:00 am | Gwen Pearson
    W I R E D cannot be directly posted or excerpted from, but they have a somewhat relaxing article about something called "Nature Zen", in this case recordings about various birdcalls and songs in the early morning in Costa Rica and Queensland Australia (Bewdy!). Lots of links and recordings available at the site, and be careful you do not fall asleep listening to them. :) Ignore the link at the top of the thread, it only leads back to the FR index page -have you donated yet? Here is the link to the article: Kind of graphics heavy due...
  • School bans ‘unsupervised cartwheels’ on playground

    09/06/2014 1:12:01 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 25 replies ^ | September 4, 2014 | Victor Skinner
    QUEENSLAND, Australia – Students and parents at Peregian Springs State School are flipping out after officials banned unsupervised playground cartwheels and handstands to prevent injuries. nocartwheelTwo children at the school have been injured recently – one broke a wrist, the other was kicked in the head – while performing “cheerleader type stunts,” prompting principal Gwen Sands to issue a ban on Monday in the school’s newsletter, reports. “All students have been advised that under no circumstances are they allowed to perform cart wheels, handstands or any other type of gymnastic move at school unless they are properly supervised by...
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day -- Spotty Sunrise over Brisbane

    07/10/2014 9:26:58 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 4 replies
    NASA ^ | July 11, 2014 | (see photo credit)
    Explanation: In this composite cityscape, dawn's first colors backdrop the lights along Brisbane's skyline at the southeastern corner of Queensland, Australia, planet Earth. Using a solar filter, additional exposures made every 3.5 minutes follow the winter sunrise on July 8 as planet-sized sunspots cross the visible solar disk. The sunspots mark solar active regions with convoluted magnetic fields. Even as the maximum in the solar activity cycle begins to fade, the active regions produce intense solar flares and eruptions launching coronal mass ejections (CMEs), enormous clouds of energetic particles, into our fair solar system.
  • 'Godzilla Platypus' Fossil Discovered in Australia

    11/06/2013 5:47:04 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 10 replies
    CBS News ^ | November 5, 2013 | DANIELLE ELLIOT
    Paleontologists have long believed that the platypus is one of the few species that can trace a direct line back to the beginning of time. Now, a new study is changing that image. Researchers say a tooth discovered in the Riversleigh World Heritage Area in Queensland, Australia, belongs to a different, extinct platypus species. "Discovery of this new species was a shock to us because prior to this, the fossil record suggested that the evolutionary tree of platypuses was relatively linear one," Dr. Michael Archer of the University of New South Wales, a co-author of the study, said in a...
  • Toxic leadership leaves Labor looking for a miracle (Australian election)

    09/01/2013 10:43:34 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 12 replies
    The Australian ^ | 2nd September 2013 | Dennis Shanahan
    LABOR won power in 2007 on a Ruddslide, but looks like losing power in 2013 in a Ruddbath. The popularity of Kevin Rudd, which won Labor a swathe of seats in Queensland, is turning into voter retribution that has the ALP facing a worse result on Saturday than Paul Keating's loss to John Howard in 1996. The "unelectable" Tony Abbott is now preferred prime minister, and the great campaigning "comeback kid" Prime Minister is more unpopular than he ever has been. With a primary vote of just 33 per cent in the last week of the election campaign, the legitimate...
  • Your Daily Muslim: Raymond Akhtar Ali ( Australian Muslim )

    08/17/2013 10:00:17 AM PDT · by george76 · 15 replies
    Your Daily Muslim ^ | August 17, 2013 | YDM
    It all started when Australian halal butcher Raymond Akhtar Ali just wanted to get a little on the side. He began to casually see one of the employees at his butcher shop, a 22-year-old non-Muslim woman. After a short period, the woman felt she had become his “sex slave,” and discovered she had been impregnated by him. With her employment on the line if she were to stop seeing him, she felt she had few choices but to carry the child to term. She gave birth in secret, with Ali present. A baby born out of wedlock is considered a...
  • 4 dead, dramatic rooftop rescues in Australia floods

    01/28/2013 11:36:06 AM PST · by BlackVeil · 1 replies
    Oman Observer ^ | 29 January 2013 | anon
    BRISBANE, Australia - Helicopters plucked dozens of stranded Australians to safety in dramatic rooftop rescues Monday as severe floods swept the northeast, killing four people and inundating thousands of homes. ... Queensland Premier Campbell Newman announced that an acute emergency was unfolding in Bundaberg ...
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day -- Meteor and Moonbow over Wallaman Falls

    11/12/2012 7:49:07 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 9 replies
    NASA ^ | November 12, 2012 | (see photo credit)
    Explanation: Which feature takes your breath away first in this encompassing panorama of land and sky? The competition is strong with a waterfall, meteor, starfield, and even a moonbow all vying for attention. It is interesting to first note, though, what can't be seen -- a rising moon on the other side of the camera. The bright moon not only illuminated this beautiful landscape in Queensland, Australia last June, but also created the beautiful moonbow seen in front of Wallaman Falls. Just above the ridge in the above image is the horizontal streak of an airplane. Toward the top of...
  • Australia: Those devastating Queensland Election Results: Voters hate lies and the Carbon Tax

    03/25/2012 10:48:20 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 67 replies · 2+ views
    JoNova ^ | March 24th, 2012 | Joanne
    Those devastating Queensland Election Results: Voters hate lies and the Carbon Tax Thanks to Truthseeker & Anthony Watts ...UPDATE: Is this a record? Has there ever been a loss this bad in Australian history? Conservatives likely to win 74 seats of an 89 seat parliament. Labor was reduced to only 11 seats in 1974, and on latest counting tonight appeared set to retain only nine seats. Some analysts put the figure even lower, at seven. This would mean Labor falling short of official party status and relying on the incoming LNP government to grant it party offices, staff and resources....
  • Super Cyclone Yasi Heads For Queensland With UPDATES

    01/31/2011 5:19:36 PM PST · by TonyfromOz · 13 replies
    PA Pundits International ^ | 31 January 2011 | TonyfromOz
    A monster Cyclone (named Cyclone Yasi) is currently heading towards the State of Queensland in Australia. Queensland is only just recovering from recent flooding across most of this huge State. This monster cyclone is similar in size and scope to Hurricane Katrina, and there are very grave fears for what might may happen when this huge System makes landfall, on early Thursday morning, in an area south of Cairns. Some areas are expecting huge sea surges, and there will be rainfall associated with the Cyclone in the vicinity of 40 inches, which will cause major flooding. Some of the imagery...
  • Evacuations as 'Potentially very deadly event' Cyclone Yasi bears down on Queensland

    01/31/2011 9:55:14 PM PST · by DeaconBenjamin · 24 replies
    Telegraph (Au) ^ | February 01, 2011 4:16PM | By Greg Stolz, Brian Williams and Peter Michael
    UPDATE 3:20pm: Around 255 hospital patients at the Cairns base Hospital and Cairns Private Hospital are being airlifted out of the city early tonight as the north prepares for one of the biggest cyclones in his history. Premier Anna Bligh said the patients would arrive in Brisbane tonight and could be accommodated. Anna Bligh: "We have never evacuated a regional hospital like this in Queensland's history". Hundreds of tourists are deserting Queensland with airlines arranging extra flights for people scrapping their holidays due to Cyclone Yasi. Qantas has put two extra flights into Cairns and is expected to add another...
  • What was the role of warmists in the Queensland flood disaster? (told folks to prepare for droughts)

    01/19/2011 2:35:31 PM PST · by Libloather · 13 replies
    Telegraph ^ | 1/15/11 | Christopher Booker
    What was the role of warmists in the Queensland flood disaster?Australia was told to prepare for droughts as a result of climate change, and let down its guard against flooding, writes Christopher Booker By Christopher Booker 7:29PM GMT 15 Jan 2011 Ever more alarming facts are emerging to show how Brisbane’s floods were made infinitely worse by cockeyed decisions inspired by the obsession of the Australian authorities with global warming. Inevitably, the country’s warmist lobby has been voluble in claiming that such a “freak weather event” (as the BBC called it) is a consequence of man-made climate change. But far...
  • Did Australia's obsession with global warming contribute to the Brisbane floods?

    01/15/2011 6:24:15 AM PST · by giotto · 15 replies · 1+ views
    The Telegraph ^ | January 14th, 2011 | Brendan O'Neill
    Who, if anyone, is to blame for the terrible flooding in Brisbane? Commentators are pointing their collective finger at the usual suspects. For the extreme green magazine Grist, the floods expose mankind’s arrogance in believing that he can build settlements anywhere he likes, even on floodplains... But might there be another, so far overlooked, contributing factor to the floods? Might the politics of environmentalism itself – the contemporary obsession with global warming as the greatest threat to mankind – have exacerbated the impact of the flooding in Brisbane? ... It is worth looking at a document called ClimateSmart 2050, which...
  • ‘Green’ Fail in the Outback: Police Can’t Fit Gear in Hybrids They’re Required to Drive

    12/28/2010 10:41:06 AM PST · by PROCON · 19 replies · 3+ views ^ | Dec. 28, 2010 | Doug Powers
    There’s a chance, albeit slight, that the environmentally-conscious celebrities who push these “green” vehicles will loan the Queensland police some of their SUVs, Hummers and limousines so they can have enough room for their equipment, but I’m not counting on it: Queensland Police have been left red-faced over its choice of new “green” patrol cars. The service boasts it is going green, taking delivery of 100 hybrid Toyota Camrys. Shame no one checked the boot size. Frontline officers say the boots of the new patrol cars are too small to carry all their essential equipment, including flak jackets and emergency...
  • Ship leaking oil 'way off course'

    04/04/2010 7:27:44 AM PDT · by myknowledge · 19 replies · 3,409+ views
    Authorities say a ship leaking oil that ran aground off central Queensland near the Great Barrier Reef should not have been in the area. The Chinese coal carrier Shen Neng One ran aground on Douglas Shoal about 120 kilometres east of Rockhampton late yesterday. The ship had departed from the Port of Gladstone and was bound for China. Early this morning authorities found the hull had been breached and an attempt to refloat the ship was abandoned. At first light planes flew over the area to assess the extent of the slick and found the oil as far as two...
  • Super Hornets arrive in south-east Queensland

    03/26/2010 11:01:15 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 5 replies · 464+ views ^ | 3/27/2010 |
    The sound of Super Hornet fighter jets has been ringing across parts of south-east Queensland as they fly to their new home at the Amberley Air Force Base west of Brisbane. The five Super Hornets left New Zealand Friday morning and are planning to criss-cross above the skies of Brisbane as well as the Gold Coast and Ipswich. They are due to land at the Amberley air base at 1:30pm (AEST). RAAF Group Captain Steve Roberton says they are the first of 24 to be based at Amberley, replacing the F-111s later this year. "We've been flying them for over...
  • Queensland Considering Lowering Drink-Driving Limit To .02

    03/14/2010 4:39:12 PM PDT · by myknowledge · 23 replies · 857+ views
    The Motor Report ^ | March 15, 2010
    THE QUEENSLAND GOVERNMENT is considering lowering the state's legal blood alcohol limit for motorists to .02, according to a discussion paper released on the weekend, titled Drink Driving in Queensland. Premier Anna Bligh said that the law would have a stronger effect if it was introduced at a national level. "The paper canvasses dropping the blood alcohol limit lower than .05," Ms Bligh said. "I believe this is something that would need to be done nationally." Prime Minister Kevin Rudd has offered some support for the move, but said that it is an issue which should be discussed by the...
  • Python 'eats woman's 35kg pet goat'

    02/24/2010 8:36:17 PM PST · by myknowledge · 13 replies · 633+ views
    Nine News ^ | February 25, 2010 | Matt Bachl
    A Queensland woman claims a 5m-long amethyst python has devoured her pet goat. Monica Spah, of Kuranda in the state's northeast, noticed her 35kg goat missing three weeks ago. PHOTOS: Snake 'eats goat'She then came across the snake, which had a giant lump in its back, in her backyard. The snake disappeared after three days into neighbouring rainforest. Nykea Ralston, who works for Kuranda's Uncle Pete's Petting Zoo, told ninemsn Ms Spah went overseas last week and instructed the zoo to take her other five goats. "She was worried the snake would come back and eat them," Ms Ralston said....
  • Boy charged over fatal schoolyard stabbing

    02/15/2010 5:29:18 PM PST · by myknowledge · 5 replies · 469+ views
    Australian Broadcasting Corporation ^ | February 16, 2010 | Emma Pollard, Andree Withey and staff
    A 13-year-old boy has been charged with murder after the stabbing death of a student at a Brisbane bayside school. Elliot Fletcher, 12, was stabbed in the chest at St Patrick's College at Shorncliffe about 8:00am AEST yesterday. He was taken to Brisbane's Royal Children's Hospital in a serious condition but later died. Police allege the boy was stabbed with a knife by a 13-year-old fellow student. The 13-year-old was found nearby with minor wounds and has been charged with murder. The accused boy is due to appear in the Brisbane Children's Court today. It is not clear what sparked...
  • Doug the baby koala was shot at close range

    01/24/2010 7:56:47 AM PST · by myknowledge · 9 replies · 765+ views
    Courier Mail ^ | January 24, 2010 | Kathleen Donaghey
    AN autopsy performed on baby koala Doug shows his killer executed the defenceless animal at close range with an air rifle. Pictures: Doug the baby koalaVeterinarians believe the trigger was pulled by a person standing above Doug after shooting his mother Meryl. The dehydrated joey, who was losing blood, and his mother suffered immense pain for 10 days until found at the base of a tree in Morayfield, north of Brisbane, on Tuesday.
  • D warning after badges, tags, vests and shirts from police

    01/20/2010 8:57:39 PM PST · by myknowledge · 4 replies · 272+ views
    POLICE are warning people to check the identification of officers after the recent theft in Brisbane of badges, tags, vests and shirts. Queensland Police have just advised of the January 15 theft at Mitchell Place, Parkinson. A reflectorised vest, hat badge, two name tags and eight police shirts were among the stolen items. A police spokesperson reminded people it was acceptable to verify an officer's identification, particularly in instances where the legitimacy was in doubt.
  • Wicked Campers fail roadworthy tests

    01/09/2010 9:46:02 PM PST · by myknowledge · 3 replies · 773+ views
    Courier Mail ^ | January 10, 2009 | Darrell Giles
    THERE are tourist timebombs on our roads. A State Government audit of cut-price rental campervans has found almost 95 per cent of vehicles are not safe to drive. Almost the entire fleet from the biggest and most high-profile company, Wicked Campers, has been ordered off the road. Random checks will be carried out on other companies as a matter of urgency. Queensland's tourism industry is already under scrutiny after the deaths of three foreign tourists in four-wheel-drive accidents on Fraser Island in the past year. One of the most popular forms of travel for young backpackers since 2005 has been...
  • 'Breakthrough' in deadly tropical disease

    12/25/2009 12:51:35 AM PST · by myknowledge · 36 replies · 1,951+ views
    The Daily Telegraph ^ | December 25, 2009
    QUEENSLAND researchers believe they have found a way to to control the spread of dengue fever, which afflicts more than 50 million people worldwide every year. The team at the University of Queensland's (UQ) School of Biological Sciences, led by Professor Scott O'Neill, is investigating infecting mosquitoes that transmit dengue fever with a bacterium that shortens their lifespan, limiting their ability to infect humans with the dengue virus. Professor O'Neill said this approach may be even more effective than first thought. "In a surprising development we have found that mosquitoes carrying this bacterium - known as Wolbachia - are resistant...
  • Pair who gave ecstasy to baby avoid jail

    12/02/2009 11:22:48 PM PST · by myknowledge · 5 replies · 517+ views
    Nine News ^ | December 3, 2009 | Evan Schwarten
    A Victorian couple who gave their 10-week-old baby an ecstasy tablet have walked away from court with suspended prison sentences. The couple, who can not be named under Queensland law, pleaded guilty in Cairns Supreme Court on Thursday to charges of grievous bodily harm and drug possession. Prosecutor Jodie Woodridge told the court the baby girl's mother, now aged 23, had hidden the drug among the infant's reflux medication when they travelled to north Queensland in December 2008 to holiday with her brother. Ms Woodridge said the drug remained with the baby's medication throughout their stay, creating a "Russian roulette"...
  • Queenslanders to shell out $1m to babysit schoolies

    11/21/2009 10:29:20 PM PST · by myknowledge · 2 replies · 310+ views
    Courier Mail ^ | November 19, 2009 | Greg Stolz and John Wright
    TAXPAYERS will fork out more than $1 million on police, security guards and beach fencing to babysit schoolies on the Gold Coast. That Department of Communities alone will spend $610,000 to fund Schoolies week, which starts tomorrow. The money pays for free entertainment for the teenage revellers, security guards, beach fencing, wristbands, support services and volunteer co-ordination. Hundreds of thousands of dollars more will be spent on police and ambulance services for the almost 30,000 schoolies expected to hit the Gold Coast.
  • Queensland alert over giant funnel-web sightings

    11/06/2009 2:08:50 PM PST · by naturalman1975 · 30 replies · 1,834+ views
    Courier Mail ^ | 7th November 2009 | Brian Williams
    SOUTHEAST Queenslanders should be on the lookout for large black funnel-web spiders as big as an adult hand. As the hot, humid weather arrives, the potentially deadly spiders are on the move, with the first reports of the season this week. Queensland Museum senior curator Robert Raven said yesterday sightings of male funnel-webs had been confirmed at Mt Tamborine in the Gold Coast hinterland and Mt Glorious, west of Brisbane. With summer temperatures and rain, male funnel-webs would be active until at least March or April. Males often wandered at night searching for females, especially during rain. They are black,...
  • What the flock? It's a storm of budgies

    10/28/2009 4:53:51 PM PDT · by JoeProBono · 20 replies · 5,611+ views
    news ^ | October 27, 2009 | Peter Morley
    SKIES around the far west Queensland town of Boulia are teeming with budgerigars. This year's floods along river systems such as the Diamantina and Georgina sparked prolific breeding by the budgies which have been feasting on an abundance of grass seeds, the Courier-Mail reported. "I have been here since 1983 and never seen anything like it," Boulia grazier Ann Britton said. "The skies are thick with budgies - how they do not collide with each other is a miracle in itself. "My father, who has travelled extensively in the Outback, was with me when we saw a massive flock and...
  • Rally brings dead koalas to parliament

    09/25/2009 2:06:10 AM PDT · by myknowledge · 8 replies · 699+ views
    Nine News ^ | September 25, 2009 | Darren Cartwright
    Conservationists have delivered five dead koalas to Queensland's Parliament House, saying the marsupials are on the brink of extinction in urban Australia. A hearse on Friday delivered five coffins each bearing a dead koala, with protesters placing the open caskets on the footpath outside parliament in Brisbane. The dead marsupials were collected by Vanda Grabowski in the Moreton Bay region of southern Queensland. She said the frozen bodies were brought to Brisbane to emphasise the plight of the koalas in southeast Queensland and in other parts of Australia. "I have a permit through Queensland Park and Wildlife Service (QPWS) who...
  • Year 1 boys in sex attacks at Brisbane school

    09/20/2009 7:05:29 PM PDT · by myknowledge · 24 replies · 2,106+ views
    Courier Mail ^ | September 21, 2009 | Tanya Chilcott and Margaret Wenham
    SHOCKING sex assault allegations against year 1 and 2 boys have caused worried parents to pull children out of a Brisbane primary school. At least three year 1 and 2 boys are alleged to have sexually assaulted their classmates in separate incidents at the school on the city's northern outskirts since June. One girl was pulled out of the school after she was allegedly assaulted, with another year 1 student, by two boys in the school toilets on June 16. The girls' underwear was removed by the year 1 boys, who then allegedly performed sex acts on the girls. Police...
  • Narnia crew take to Queenslanders

    09/09/2009 12:40:29 AM PDT · by BlackVeil · 3 replies · 530+ views
    Wynnum Herald ^ | 25 Aug 09 | anon
    IT SEEMS Queensland is making as big an impression on The Voyage of the Dawn Treader’s cast and crew as the world of Narnia has made on us. Edmund and Lucy Pevensie, along with their cousin Eustace Scrubb and their friend King Caspian (played by Skandar Keynes, Georgie Henley, Will Poulter and Ben Barnes respectively) have begun filming the third Chronicles of Narnia movie at Warner Roadshow Studios at Movie World on the Gold Coast. And although official dates have not yet been released, locals can look forward to some big Narnia names coming to the area, when filming kicks...
  • Literacy hit squads for schools

    09/07/2009 11:49:04 PM PDT · by myknowledge · 1 replies · 217+ views
    Courier Mail ^ | September 8, 2009 | Rosemary Odgers
    FLYING squads of specialist teachers will swoop into 300 Queensland schools next year under a plan to boost literacy and numeracy results. The so-called Turnaround Teams will be deployed to low-performing schools to identify why their results are below average and develop strategies to improve literacy and numeracy levels. ``Some schools may have problems with truancy or behaviour management, others may need extra help with early childhood learning or teaching science for instance,'' Premier Anna Bligh said today. The teams are part of the State Government's three-year bid to turn around poor results in Queensland schools and will cost $9...
  • Crim had own locker in police station

    07/23/2009 6:15:11 PM PDT · by myknowledge · 286+ views
    The Courier Mail ^ | July 24, 2009 | Margaret Wenham
    A CONVICTED murderer at the centre of Queensland's biggest police corruption scandal in 20 years had a personal locker in the Rockhampton police station. Lee Owen Henderson, a career criminal and discredited police informant, kept an extensive wardrobe of clothes, personal items and a false birth certificate in locker 46. The locker affectionately bore Henderson's nickname "The General", and highlights the close and alleged improper relationship detectives had with him. A damning Crime and Misconduct Commission report released on Wednesday details the special treatment Henderson received in return for information, including trips outside jail. The report has implicated 25 police...
  • Fireball as unidentified flying object crashes into mountain

    06/19/2009 7:29:04 AM PDT · by JoeProBono · 24 replies · 1,639+ views
    theaustralian ^ | June 19, 2009 | Robyn Ironside and Leanne Edmistone |
    AN air and ground search of area in central Queensland where a bright flash and explosion was witnessed early this morning has failed to find an obvious cause. Emergency services initially believed a plane may have crashed into a mountain at Takilberan Creek northwest of Gin Gin but the Australian Search and Rescue Authority received no mayday or distress calls from aircraft, according to the Courier-Mail. Although a search found a fire on the mountain, there was no evidence of any wreckage or risk to human life. A spokesman for the AGL Action Rescue Helicopter said a crew had not...
  • The School Answering Machine (so true!)

    04/24/2009 11:14:13 AM PDT · by TenthAmendmentChampion · 6 replies · 1,609+ views
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    This is the message that the Maroochydore High School Queensland, staff voted unanimously to record on their school telephone answering machine. This is the actual answering machine message for the school. This came about because they implemented a policy requiring students and parents to be responsible for their children's absences and missing homework. The school and teachers are being sued by parents who want their children's failing grades changed to passing grades - even though those children were absent 15-30 times during the semester and did not complete enough school work to pass their classes. The outgoing message: Hello! You...
  • Australian canine castaway found

    04/07/2009 5:13:55 PM PDT · by Daffynition · 13 replies · 617+ views
    BBC ^ | 6 April 2009 | staff reporter
    Pet dog Sophie Tucker was found on a remote Australian island A pet dog which was washed overboard and believed drowned has been found four months later - as a castaway on a remote Australian island. Sophie Tucker - named after the famous US entertainer - vanished as Jan and Dave Griffith sailed through stormy waters off Queensland last November. But unknown to her grieving owners, the plucky dog survived a long swim across shark-infested waters to an island. There she lived on a diet of baby goats until being found by visiting rangers. The Griffiths were amazed to hear...
  • Australia to get first female Governor-General

    04/12/2008 10:52:37 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 2 replies · 133+ views ^ | 13th April 2008
    AUSTRALIA is to have its first female governor-general, with the announcement that Queensland's governor, Quentin Bryce, has been appointed to the job. The announcement came as current Governor-General Major General Michael Jeffery handed in his resignation. Major General Jeffery's current term is due to expire next month. Prime Minister Kevin Rudd said Ms Bryce would become Australia's 25th governor-general. Ms Bryce, who was appointed the 24th Governor of Queensland in July 2003, had been an inspiring governor, serving with great distinction, Mr Rudd said. "Ms Bryce has an outstanding record of service to the entire Australian community," he said in...
  • Dog saves girl from snake (Formerly abused dog repays new family's love - touching story)

    10/30/2007 7:10:44 PM PDT · by Stoat · 62 replies · 1,086+ views
    The Cairns Post (Queensland, Australia) ^ | October 31, 2007 | Jennifer Eliot
    Dog saves girl from snake Jennifer Eliot31Oct07 My saviour: Seventeen-month-old Charlotte Svilicic with Khan the doberman who rescued her from a deadly brown snake. A NEGLECTED doberman adopted by a loving family last week has saved their toddler from being bitten by a deadly king brown snake.   Seventeen-month-old Charlotte Svilicic was playing in the garden of the family’s Atherton home on Monday when Khan the doberman grabbed her by the back of the nappy and threw her clear of the approaching snake.The heroic pooch was bitten by the snake after saving the toddler but is recovering after a dose...