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  • Scientists Say Cure for Parkinson's Disease Right under Their Noses

    06/13/2008 8:39:40 PM PDT · by Coleus · 12 replies · 163+ views
    Life Site News ^ | 06.12.08 | Peter J. Smith
    SYDNEY, Australia, June 12, 2008 ( - New research on stem-cell therapy shows scientists have found that the cure for Parkinson's disease may lie right under one's nose - or rather, in it. Researchers from Griffith University have published a study in the journal Stem Cells that has found adult stem-cells harvested from the noses of Parkinson's patients developed into dopamine-producing brain cells upon being transplanted into the brain of a lab rat. Professor Alan Mackay-Sim said researchers simulated Parkinson's symptoms in rats by creating lesions on one side of the rat's brain to imitate the damage Parkinson's disease wreaks...
  • Islamic school rejection 'victory for racism'

    05/27/2008 5:51:56 PM PDT · by Aussie Dasher · 15 replies · 111+ views
    Herald Sun ^ | 28 May 2008
    A SYDNEY council's rejection of a proposed Islamic school is a victory for racism, a Muslim community organisation says. Camden Council last night voted unanimously to reject a proposal for a 1200-student Islamic school, a decision that followed months of heated community meetings and the release of an adverse report by the council's planners last week. Mayor Chris Patterson said the council's decision was based on concerns surrounding the impact on traffic flows, loss of agricultural land, highlighted in the planners report and not on religious grounds. But the independent think tank FAIR (Forum on Australia's Islamic Relations) said the...
  • Town moves against Islamic school

    05/25/2008 6:58:38 PM PDT · by Flavius · 15 replies · 225+ views
    bbc ^ | 26 May 2008 | By Nick Bryant
    ith its lace curtain bungalows and steepled Anglican church, the once tranquil town of Camden in New South Wales seems the most improbable of settings for a row that combines race and religion. Proud of its rich history, the town promotes itself as "the birthplace of the nation's wealth", for it was here, in the early 19th Century, that the sheep and dairy industries first began to flourish. Now the town, which lies on south-west fringes of Sydney, is confronting a very 21st Century issue: the proposal to construct an Islamic school for some 1,200 Muslim pupils. Behind the proposal...
  • Wreck of HMAS Sydney found

    03/16/2008 4:25:17 PM PDT · by Gomez · 80 replies · 2,324+ views
    The group searching for HMAS Sydney has found the wreckage of the World War II Australian warship off the coast of Western Australia, the ABC has confirmed. The breakthrough by the Finding Sydney Foundation comes less than 24 hours after it announced it had located the wreckage of the German raider Kormoran, which also sank after a battle with the Sydney in November 1941.
  • Terror suspect gets charter jet to dying brother

    05/05/2006 8:19:18 PM PDT · by FairOpinion · 13 replies · 527+ views
    Herald Sun ^ | May 6, 2006 | Katie Lapthorne
    A MILITARY-scale operation, funded by taxpayers, has begun to allow a Melbourne terror suspect to visit his dying brother interstate. Izzydeen Atik, 25, will make a mercy dash to Sydney on an $8000 chartered jet to farewell older brother Merhy, who is stricken with liver disease. Melbourne Magistrates' Court heard Mr Atik will be in the custody of up to 10 federal agents and will be under guard at secret locations in Melbourne and Sydney for his flights. More than 20 officers are expected to guard Sydney's Westmead Hospital, where the final goodbyes will probably take place today. Estimates of...
  • BREAKING - Australia Supreme Court just ordered removal of life support against family pleas

    12/19/2007 5:00:27 AM PST · by paulsy · 162 replies · 948+ views
    Australian news ^ | 12/19/07 | paularish1
    "Paulo Melo, 29, has been in a coma at the Royal Darwin Hospital for two weeks, after severing his spinal cord in a car crash." - read more below: doctor requested, family objected, court granted
  • Cappuccino Coast: The day the Pacific was whipped up into an ocean of froth [Australian beach pics]

    08/28/2007 8:13:29 PM PDT · by Mike Fieschko · 15 replies · 2,289+ views
    The Daily Mail [U.K.] ^ | 28 August 2007 | RICHARD SHEARS
    It was as if someone had poured tons of coffee and milk into the ocean, then switched on a giant blender. Suddenly the shoreline north of Sydney were transformed into the Cappuccino Coast. Foam swallowed an entire beach and half the nearby buildings, including the local lifeguards' centre, in a freak display of nature at Yamba in New South Wales. One minute a group of teenage surfers were waiting to catch a wave, the next they were swallowed up in a giant bubble bath. The foam was so light that they could puff it out of their hands and watch...
  • Man charged after fire bomb attack at John Howard home (Australian Prime Minister)

    09/21/2007 5:47:06 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 24 replies · 132+ views
    Daily Telegraph (Sydney) ^ | 21st September 2007
    A MAN has been charged over a fire bomb attack on the Prime Minister's Sydney residence. The man, age 31, from Lane Cove is expected to face court tomorrow after being charged earlier today. About 11.50am today, reports were received that a man had allegedly thrown a woven cotton shoulder bag over the outer gates of Kirribilli House and into the grounds. It's alleged the bag was lit at the time of the incident. Officers from Australian Federal Police Protective Services extinguished the item and held the man until NSW Police arrived and took him into custody. A crime scene...
  • Airline COMES OUT with gay themed flight

    09/17/2007 5:36:41 PM PDT · by shaggy eel · 51 replies · 841+ views ^ | September 17, 2007 | Associated Press
    SAN FRANCISCO - Air New Zealand is delving into the gay and lesbian market with a special themed flight featuring drag queens, pink cocktails and a cabaret performed by flight crew. The destination for the airline's one-time "Pink Flight," on Feb. 26, ex San Francisco, is the Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras in Sydney, Australia, one of the world's most well-attended gay events, said Jodi Williams, an Air New Zealand marketing director. "We're tailoring inseat entertainment with gay-friendly movies, contests, different music and things like that," Williams said. The airline also plans to throw a going away party for passengers,...
  • Cessna pilot questioned after APEC airspace breach

    09/09/2007 12:16:40 AM PDT · by newzjunkey · 20 replies · 1,585+ views
    Australian Broadcasting Corp. (ABC) ^ | September 9, 2007 - 4:20PM | Australian Broadcasting Corp. (ABC)
    The pilot behind a security scare in Sydney airspace this afternoon is being questioned by authorities. A small Cessna aircraft had to be escorted by two F/A-18 Defence fighter jets into Sydney's Bankstown Airport, after failing to respond in restricted APEC airspace above Sydney. A witness has told commercial radio the fighter jets fired flares at the plane. He says shortly before 3:00pm AEST he saw the plane enter restricted airspace over the western suburb of Penrith before flares were fired at it by two F/A-18 jets. "This light plane came over in restricted airspace because of APEC and these...
  • Caption Anti-War Rally in Sydney

    09/05/2007 9:13:10 AM PDT · by Lucky9teen · 12 replies · 287+ views
    Protestors shout slogans during an anti-war rally in Sydney, as world leaders arrive for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit. US President George W. Bush has said he saw enough progress in Iraq that he may soon be able to announce a partial US troop withdrawal. Bush made the comments during a joint press conference with Australian Prime Minister John Howard -- his staunchest war ally.(AFP/Jung Yeon-Je)
  • Bush says sorry to Sydney

    08/31/2007 3:08:31 AM PDT · by Aussie Dasher · 7 replies · 595+ views
    Herald Sun ^ | 31 August 2007 | Lincoln Archer
    US President George W. Bush has apologised to the people of Sydney for the widespread inconvenience the APEC summit security lockdown will cause. Speaking to Sky News, Mr Bush said he was not aware of how the city would be affected, but he was sorry if he was putting people out. "I have a lot on my mind," he said, adding that it was the first he had heard of the planned security crackdown that will see much of the northern part of the city fenced off as well as expanded police powers to search people and seize banned items....
  • Activists armed with Bush protest 'go bags' (Major Moonbat ALERT)

    08/17/2007 12:34:37 AM PDT · by Aussie Dasher · 5 replies · 554+ views
    Herald Sun ^ | 17 August 2007 | Stephanie Gardiner
    PAINT, banners, chant sheets and whistles are being sorted into survival kits for protesters preparing to rally against the Sydney arrival of US President George W Bush. Mr Bush will jet into Sydney on September 4 in preparation for APEC meetings later in the week. His arrival will be marked on September 5 by a planned peaceful "student strike" organised by the anti-war group Resistance. Resistance member Simon Cunich said creating the bright red Stop Bush Bags was a practical way of promoting protests during APEC. The bags also contain chalk, stickers, leaflets, umbrellas, water and a know your rights...
  • Sydney Residents 'Must Carry Survival Bags'

    07/17/2007 7:18:00 PM PDT · by blam · 196 replies · 3,783+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 7-18-2007 | Mark Chipperfield
    Sydney residents 'must carry survival bags' By Mark Chipperfield in Sydney Last Updated: 2:12am BST 18/07/2007 The easy-going residents of Australia's biggest city are being urged to carry personal "survival bags" to help them cope with a future terrorist attack or natural disaster. The Lord Mayor of Sydney, Clover Moore, says citizens should pack a "Go Bag" containing such essentials as toilet paper, running shoes, spare keys, a torch, disposable gloves, adhesive tape, a transistor radio and sun cream before they leave home each day. Miss Moore, who has yet to pack her own Go Bag, says it is her...
  • USS Kitty Hawk sails out of harbour

    07/09/2007 11:18:28 PM PDT · by Aussie Dasher · 12 replies · 1,146+ views
    Herald Sun ^ | 10 July 2007
    THE 7000 sailors aboard the aircraft carrier USS Kitty Hawk have farewelled Sydney – and about $10 million of their money during their five day stay. Escorted by a flotilla of small boats, the Kitty Hawk left Sydney Harbour after five days docked at the Garden Island Naval Base. It is estimated the 7000 sailors spent $2 million a day during their visit to Sydney – or around $280 a crew member, a day. The sailors also engaged in various charitable works around the city, including a visit to sick children at the Children's Hospital at Westmead. This was probably...
  • Live Earth series starts in Sydney

    07/06/2007 8:25:33 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 118 replies · 1,737+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 7/6/07 | Rohan Sullivan - ap
    SYDNEY, Australia - The Live Earth global concert series kicked off Saturday with an Aboriginal group dancing and singing a traditional welcome at the first venue in Sydney. Tribal leaders with white-painted bodies and shaking eucalyptus fronds were the first of more than 150 performers at the nine concert, 24-hour series to raise awareness about climate change. The performance was immediately followed by a video greeting from former Vice President Al Gore, whose campaign to force global warming onto the international political agenda inspired the event. Gore invited the crowd — which appeared to be several hundred when the show...
  • Rare footage of WWI Gallipoli battle unearthed

    04/18/2007 10:35:57 PM PDT · by george76 · 33 replies · 1,754+ views
    Reuters ^ | Apr 18, 2007 | Stephanie Boyle
    The Australian War Memorial has unearthed what it believes is the only footage of Anzac Cove during the Gallipoli battle of World War One, an iconic event in Australian history which is commemorated each year on Anzac Day. The one-minute grainy black and white film, which shows the shoreline at Anzac Cove and British soldiers massing at Suvla Bay, was shot in 1915 during the pioneering era of film. The footage pans across Anzac Cove from a position on the southern headland, showing a clutter of jetties and stores being unloaded. "Because we have so little authentic footage, everything we...
  • Sydney blacks out for global warming

    03/31/2007 12:08:36 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 36 replies · 346+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 3/31/07 | Rohan Sullivan - ap
    SYDNEY, Australia - The Sydney Opera House's gleaming white-shelled roof was darkened Saturday night along with much of the rest of Australia's largest city, which switched off the lights to register concern about global warming. The arch of Sydney's other iconic structure, the harbor bridge, was also blacked out, along with dozens of skyscrapers and countless homes in the 4 million-strong city, in an hour-long gesture organizers said they hoped would be adopted as an annual event by cities around the world. Mayor Clover Moore, whose officials shut down all nonessential lights on city-owned buildings, said Sydney was "asking people...
  • [BBC] In pictures: Sydney bridge at 75

    03/18/2007 12:04:17 PM PDT · by Jedi Master Pikachu · 6 replies · 334+ views
    BBC ^ | Sunday, March 18, 2007
    The Coathanger, as Sydney's Harbour Bridge is affectionately known, was opened 75 years ago. It was the first time in 25 years the bridge had opened to the public to walk across. Some people stopped to admire the latticework of the bridge's superstructure. Some 6m rivets hold together the 52,000 tonnes of steel which make up the bridge. The bridge means much to Sydney and Australia, arising amid the Great [Economic Downturn] of the 1930s. Festive hats dotted the crowd which was entertained by fly-pasts, a regatta and Aboriginal sunset ceremonies.
  • Plane lands after engine fire (LA bound jet)

    02/03/2007 3:32:03 AM PST · by Aussie Dasher · 23 replies · 1,880+ views ^ | 3 February 2007
    A LOS Angeles-bound Qantas airliner which had flames jetting out of one engine has landed safely at Sydney airport. The Boeing 747 Flight QF149 with 274 people on board was forced to turn back after taking off at 11.58am (AEDT) today, Qantas said. It landed at 1.20pm (AEDT) after dumping fuel and circling the city's northern beaches, a Qantas spokesman Lloyd Quartermaine said. He said flames had been seen coming out of one of the engines, but there was no explosion and passengers were not at risk. "The engine didn't explode," Mr Quartermaine said. "At this stage we believe it...
  • Church's 'Jesus Loves Osama' Sign Criticised (Sydney)

    02/01/2007 8:06:07 AM PST · by blam · 39 replies · 680+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 2-1-2007 | Matthew Moore
    Church's 'Jesus loves Osama' sign criticised By Matthew Moore Last Updated: 10:02am GMT 01/02/2007 The Australian prime minister has criticised a Sydney baptist church for erecting a sign declaring that "Jesus Loves Osama". The sign has been placed outside several churches in Sydney The slogan, a reference to Osama bin Laden, the al-Qa'eda leader, has provoked a storm of controversy across the country despite its apparently Christian message of forgiveness. Small print at the bottom of the sign urges churchgoers to "Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you", a quotation from Matthew 5:44. But John Howard, the...
  • Nuclear plant target for stolen rocket launchers, police allege (5 in the hands of terrorist group)

    01/05/2007 7:42:51 AM PST · by dead · 27 replies · 770+ views
    Sydney Morning Herald ^ | January 6, 2007 | Les Kennedy and Craig Skehan
    STOLEN Australian Army rocket launchers are in the hands of a home-grown terrorist group which planned to use them to attack Sydney's Lucas Heights nuclear reactor, police allege. The Federal Police Commissioner, Mick Keelty, said a man arrested in Leumeah yesterday and charged with possessing stolen weapons was linked to a group that had planned to attack buildings in Sydney, including the reactor. Mr Keelty would not publicly link the man, Taha Abdul-Rahman, directly to a plan to target the reactor, referring only to "evidence of a proposed target", and saying: "Clearly, there was a plan for the use of...
  • Sydney building was rocket target

    01/05/2007 1:44:28 AM PST · by Aussie Dasher · 15 replies · 645+ views
    Herald Sun ^ | 5 January 2007 | Paul Mulvey and Nick Butterly
    A SYDNEY building was to be the target of a rocket attack after a man allegedly supplied rocket launchers stolen from the military to a suspected terrorist. Australian Federal Police chief Mick Keelty said the man arrested today over the theft of rocket launchers was allegedly connected to some of the men detained in an anti-terrorism raid last year. It is understood that one rocket was intended to be used against an unspecified building in Sydney. The rocket launchers are reportedly of the type designed to be fired from the shoulder by infantry. They have enough punch to destroy a...
  • Confused Tourist Lands in U.S., Not Australia (Idiot of the day award!)

    Confused Tourist Lands in U.S., Not Australia BERLIN (Dec. 29) - A 21-year-old German tourist who wanted to visit his girlfriend in the Australian metropolis Sydney landed 13,000 kilometres away near Sidney, Montana, after mistyping his destination on a flight booking Web site. Tobi Gutt planned on flying from Germany to sunny Sydney, Australia, left. He mistakenly booked a ticket to snowy Sidney, Montana. Big Sky, Montana, is shown at right. Dressed for the Australian summer in t-shirt and shorts, Tobi Gutt left Germany Saturday for a four-week holiday. Instead of arriving "down under," Gutt found himself on a different...
  • Wartime mystery of Japanese submarine solved: Australian TV

    11/24/2006 1:59:33 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 11 replies · 1,998+ views
    AFP on Yahoo ^ | 11/24/06 | AFP
    SYDNEY (AFP) - A mystery over a Japanese midget submarine that went missing after attacking a ship in Sydney Harbour during World War II has been solved, an Australian television station has claimed. The submarine was one of three that slipped into the harbour on the night of May 31 1942 after being launched from a fleet of five larger Japanese submarines offshore. Two of the midget vessels were spotted and attacked, leading the two-man crews to commit suicide, Australian national archives record. The remains of those subs were recovered and a rebuilt composite is on display at the Australian...
  • Sydney Warned More Beach Riots Likely (ROP)

    10/01/2006 4:46:32 PM PDT · by blam · 46 replies · 1,760+ views
    The Guardian (UK) ^ | 10-1-2006 | Phil Mercer
    Sydney warned more beach riots are likely Phil Mercer in Sydney Sunday October 1, 2006 The Observer (UK) Australia's biggest city is bracing itself for more racial violence on its beaches this Christmas. Sydney witnessed a wave of unrest at the seaside suburb of Cronulla last December when 5,000 people - most of them young white men - gathered at the beach to protest at alleged intimidation by Lebanese gangs. The demonstration quickly degenerated into drunken violence, and anyone of Mediterranean or Arabic appearance was forced to hide in hotels or restaurants. The following day groups of men from Middle...
  • Text of Statement of George Cardinal Pell, 18 Sept. 2006

    09/19/2006 12:55:55 PM PDT · by Pyro7480 · 5 replies · 315+ views
    Archdiocese of Sydney ^ | 9/18/2006 | George Cardinal Pell
    By + Cardinal George Pell Archbishop of Sydney18/9/2006 It is a sign of hope that no organised violence has flared here in Australia, following Pope Benedict’s recent comments. No one compared the Pope to Hitler or Mussolini (as in Turkey) or called for his murder as Sheik Malin did in Somalia. No group like the League of Jihadists in Iraq promised “that the soldiers of Mohammed will come sooner or later to shake your throne and the foundations of your state”. However the violent reactions in many parts of the Islamic world justified one of Pope Benedict’s main fears. They...
  • Howard fears 9/11 attack in Sydney

    09/10/2006 5:11:31 PM PDT · by Aussie Dasher · 12 replies · 573+ views
    Herald Sun ^ | 11 September 2006
    THE thousands of victims of the September 11 terrorist attacks will be remembered in a ceremony at the US embassy today. On the fifth anniversary of terrorists flying hijacked planes into the World Trade Centre and the Pentagon, new US ambassador Robert McCallum will host the memorial service at the embassy in Canberra. And Prime Minister John Howard, who was in Washington at the time of the attacks, has admitted he fears a similar attack on towering office blocks in downtown Sydney. Mr Howard, who will attend today's service, said the Government has the power to order the Australian air...
  • Australian Muslims to stand trial over terrorist plot

    09/01/2006 11:25:46 PM PDT · by Mount Athos · 2 replies · 288+ views
    Eleven Melbourne men accused of plotting a terrorist attack in Australia were committed Friday to stand trial. The 11 were among 13 picked up in Melbourne in November over what police said was a 'significant threat' to Australia. Committal hearings for the remaining two are to be held at a later date. The men are all followers of Algerian-born Abdul Nacer Benbrika, a radical Melbourne cleric who also had acolytes in Sydney, eight of whom were arrested at the same time. The 11 are charged with being members of a terrorist organization, and some are charged with funding a terrorist...
  • Brothel owner offers petrol discounts

    08/29/2006 11:22:19 PM PDT · by Aussie Dasher · 16 replies · 778+ views
    Herald Sun ^ | 30 August 2006 | Peter Veness
    A SYDNEY brothel owner has resorted to offering petrol discounts to clients in a bid to boost business. Madam Kerry's brothel in western Sydney offers clients a discount of 20c a litre if they use one of its "service providers". Kerry said high petrol prices were hurting the sex service market as much as any other industry. "We wanted to think outside the box, we have gone quieter with the high petrol prices and we wanted to find a way to give something back to our clients," Kerry told AAP. And on top of the money back from the brothel,...
  • Plane surrounded at Sydney Airport

    08/17/2006 3:03:45 AM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 13 replies · 711+ views
    The Australian ^ | 17th August 2006
    PASSENGERS on an international flight have been evacuated from a plane at Sydney Airport after a threat was made against the aircraft. "A Pacific Blue flight from Nadi, Fiji, which landed at approximately 5.45pm (AEST) today has had a threat made against it," Sydney Airport Corporation spokesman Peter Vickary said. "That aircraft has been parked away from the terminal, the passengers have been evacuated and the NSW police are now investigating." The Seven Network says the threat against the 737 aircraft was made from the Philippines .. while the plane was en route from Fiji. The east-west runway at Sydney...
  • Police say device may be on board Sydney plane

    08/17/2006 2:50:39 AM PDT · by KneelBeforeZod · 6 replies · 567+ views
    10 minutes ago SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australian police said on Thursday they were investigating reports that a suspicious device may have been found on board a flight that landed at Sydney airport from Fiji. A police spokesman said the reports were unconfirmed. Passengers and crew were evacuated from the plane, which has been parked away from the main terminal buildings while it is being searched, the spokesman said. No further details were available.
  • Men 'had terrorism handbook'

    08/03/2006 10:52:01 PM PDT · by FairOpinion · 35 replies · 1,283+ views
    Herald Sun (Australia) ^ | Aug. 2, 2006 | Katie Lapthorne
    TERRORISM suspects hoarded computer how-to guides on making explosives and articles about al-Qaida, Osama bin Laden and jihad, a court heard yesterday. Aimen Joud, 21, also had graphic video footage of the execution and decapitation of a man said to have come from Chechnya in 1998, Melbourne Magistrates' Court was told. Federal police found the manuals on terrorism and militant Islam when searching the homes of Mr Joud and Shane Kent, 29, in September 2004. Sen-Constable Paul Madden told the court one handbook, known as the Vortex Cookbook, was later shown to the group's alleged spiritual leader, Abdul Nacer Benbrika....
  • Tensions 'trigger' synagogue attack

    07/30/2006 8:20:39 PM PDT · by NinoFan · 22 replies · 628+ views
    The Courier Mail ^ | July 31, 2006 | AAP
    ANGER over the Middle East conflict and the spiralling civilian death toll in Lebanon might have triggered an attack on a Sydney synagogue, a rabbi said today. Rabbi Wernick and his young family were inside a house attached to a synagogue in Mason Street at Parramatta when it was attacked about 9pm (AEST) last night. Projectiles were hurled at the roof of the synagogue, and blocks of concrete were thrown at two cars, smashing windows. Shortly after the incident witnesses told police they saw a group of about 10 Middle Eastern men laughing and running down a nearby street. Rabbi...
  • Brigitte was sent for terror act: report

    03/21/2004 4:39:01 PM PST · by Piefloater · 3 replies · 322+ views
    AAP/ ^ | 22 Mar 2004
    Suspected terrorist Willie Brigitte was reportedly sent to Australia to help a local terror group prepare a terrorist act "of great size". Brigitte, 35, who was deported last October and is in French custody, was a link figure in the world terrorist network who had connections with the organisers of the September 11 terrorist attacks and the March 11 Madrid train blasts, Sydney's The Daily Telegraph reported. It said his potential targets included the Lucas Heights nuclear reactor and the Australian army's administrative compound at Victoria Barracks, both in Sydney, and the Perth headquarters of Australia's SAS regiment. French authorities...
  • Medical student in Sydney attended Lashkar camp in Pakistan

    06/12/2004 2:51:52 AM PDT · by Qaz_W · 293+ views
    Newindpress ^ | June 12 2004 | N.A.
    CANBERRA: The first arrest made under Australia's new anti-terrorism laws, in fact the first Australian since 1978 to be charged with terrorism is a Pakistan-born medical student who allegedly attended a three-week training camp organised by the Lashkar-e-Toiba in Pakistan in January last year. Sydney resident Izhar Ul-Haque was arrested by the Australian Federal Police on April 15 and although he was released on bail on May 27, he is said to be under close observation. His lawyer has denied he was a terrorist but admitted that Ul-Haque was sympathetic to the “Kashmir cause''. Ul-Haque is said to have claimed...
  • Barry Manilow to drive out 'hooligans'

    06/08/2006 9:02:19 AM PDT · by Atlantic Bridge · 59 replies · 4,989+ views
    BBC ^ | Monday, 5 June 2006 | unknown
    A council in the Australian city of Sydney is taking radical measures against car-revving youths - the calming tones of singer Barry Manilow. Officials in Rockdale say that local youths have been hanging around in car parks, revving their engines and generally annoying residents. So the council has decided to strike back. From July, Barry Manilow's greatest hits will be piped into one car park in a bid to drive the youths away.
  • Hooters to try again in Australia

    05/31/2006 1:26:46 AM PDT · by Aussie Dasher · 16 replies · 371+ views ^ | 31 May 2005
    THE American Hooters chain will make a second attempt to crack the Australian market when it opens two of its restaurants in Sydney later this year. The restaurant and bar, better known for its skimpily dressed waitresses than its burgers, will open in Parramatta in July and Cronulla in December. There are also plans to expand to the Gold Coast and two other Sydney locations in 2007. While there are more than 400 locations world-wide, a previous attempt to open in Australia in 1997 was far from successful. The short-lived entity was located in the inner-west Sydney suburb of Five...
  • Brothels Ask Exemption From Smoking Ban

    05/29/2006 10:34:44 AM PDT · by freepatriot32 · 38 replies · 830+ views ^ | Associated Press
    <p>SYDNEY, Australia - Brothel owners in the southern state of Victoria have called for an exemption to a new ban on smoking in the workplace, saying customers like to light up after sex.</p> <p>The Australian Adult Entertainment Industry has written to Victoria's health minister arguing that new laws banning smoking in bars and brothels could push prostitution back into the streets, according to a report in the Sunday Herald Sun newspaper.</p>
  • Patrons foil hotel robbery

    05/18/2006 4:51:16 PM PDT · by Aussie Dasher · 9 replies · 267+ views
    Herald Sun ^ | 19 May 2006
    PATRONS at a bar in Sydney have foiled masked robbers by throwing stools at them. Three men wearing hooded jackets and with their faces disguised, entered the hotel in Abercrombie Street, Chippendale, just after 9pm (AEST) yesterday, police said. One of them was armed with a large knife and threatened a female worker, demanding cash while his companions guarded the bar. But a patron confronted the man and a struggle ensued, during which other drinkers began throwing bar stools at the men. All three offenders fled empty-handed and were last seen running down Eveleigh Street. A crime scene was established...
  • [Australian] PM Stands By [Cardinal] Pell After Islam Comments

    05/05/2006 2:32:14 PM PDT · by rrstar96 · 19 replies · 793+ views
    The Age (Australia) ^ | May 5, 2006 | Australian Associated Press
    Prime Minister John Howard is standing by Australia's top Catholic, as Islamic and other groups question Cardinal George Pell's remarks about the intolerance of the Muslim faith and the Koran's "invocations to violence". Dr Pell, Archbishop of Sydney, defended comments he made in an address to US Catholic business leaders in Florida in February, which were published this week. In his speech, Cardinal Pell questioned the tolerance of Islam. "Considered strictly on its own terms, Islam is not a tolerant religion and its capacity for far-reaching renovation is severely limited," Dr Pell said in the address. He also said there...
  • Hello sailors: Rice hails democracy, even protests

    03/16/2006 4:26:09 PM PST · by Aussie Dasher · 2 replies · 360+ views
    The Age ^ | 17 March 2006 | Brendan Nicholson
    A BLACK-CLAD figure amid a sea of brilliant white uniforms, United States Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice was given a hero's welcome aboard two US warships in Sydney Harbour yesterday. The crews of USS Port Royal and USS Ruben James greeted Dr Rice with cheers and whistles. She told the sailors they were owed a great debt of thanks by the American people, the President and all who desired freedom. "Because you are stalwart, because you have volunteered for this fight (in the global war on terror), we are going to win this great struggle," she said. "We are going...
  • Police clash with Rice protesters

    03/15/2006 8:42:21 PM PST · by Aussie Dasher · 46 replies · 705+ views
    Herald Sun ^ | 16 March 2006
    POLICE have clashed with protesters at the front gates of the Sydney Conservatorium of Music ahead of a speech there by US Secretary Of State Condoleezza Rice. Anti-war activists were rallying against US involvement in Iraq as Dr Rice prepared to deliver a speech at the conservatorium. About 50 protesters gathered outside the building in Macquarie St and were met by police on foot, on horseback, and with dogs. Police used the horses to push the protesters back, as a police helicopter hovered over the scene. Police made no early arrests but had to go to the rescue of The...
  • Mardi Gras crowds gather (Poofters on Parade!!!)

    03/04/2006 2:56:27 AM PST · by Aussie Dasher · 10 replies · 580+ views
    Herald Sun ^ | 4 March 2006 | Amy Fallon
    AN expected crowd of 500,000 people have been gathering roadside at the route for this year's Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras parade in Sydney. They can expect to see Kate Moss dancers snorting `cocaine', a spoof of gay-cowboy movie Brokeback Mountain and `friends' of the apparently gay-friendly Dick Cheney. And of course there will be the essential lampoon of Prime Minister John Howard. The parade is the culmination of a month of festivities celebrating gay pride and thousands are set to march – or to feature in the 120 floats – with this year's event having a fairytale theme. Captain...
  • Crocodile found in suburb

    02/22/2006 8:14:42 PM PST · by Aussie Dasher · 12 replies · 228+ views
    Herald Sun ^ | 23 February 2006
    POLICE have been called to a local waterway at Cromer in Sydney's northern beaches area after receiving reports of a crocodile on the loose. The reptile, which is believed to be a saltwater crocodile, is reportedly eating carp in a natural spring in an industrial unit block on South Creek Road. It is reported to be about 50 to 60cm in length and is a protected species. Police are working with the Australian Reptile Park and an attempt will be made to capture the crocodile tonight. Once captured it will be placed in a suitable animal park. It is not...
  • Catholics complain to Vatican over (Cardinal) Pell (liberal activists alert!)

    02/22/2006 8:44:26 AM PST · by NYer · 25 replies · 487+ views
    The Age ^ | February 20, 2006 | Barney Zwartz
    A GROUP of leading liberal Catholics has complained to the Vatican that Cardinal George Pell is teaching inaccurate and misleading doctrine. Spokesman Frank Purcell went further, accusing the cardinal of fostering an "Eichmann mentality" whereby people in the church did not think for themselves but simply obeyed orders. (Adolf Eichmann was the Nazi in charge of exterminating Jews in World War II.) The Catholics wrote in November to the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith — formerly the Holy Inquisition, and a body on which Cardinal Pell served under the present Pope — but have had no reply. They...
  • Clinton arrives for whirlwind tour (BJ DownUnder!!!)

    02/20/2006 8:26:38 PM PST · by Aussie Dasher · 28 replies · 592+ views ^ | 21 February 2006
    FORMER US president Bill Clinton has arrived in Sydney for a whirlwind speaking tour. Mr Clinton arrived with a large security entourage last night ahead of his appearance as a keynote speaker at the Global Business Forum tomorrow. The former president is expected to spend today relaxing in Sydney, with no official engagements planned. Mr Clinton will join the former head of movie producers Walt Disney, Michael Eisner, at the business forum to share their thoughts on leadership among local businessmen and women. The former chief executive of computer giant Hewlett-Packard, Carly Fiorina, will also address the forum. The trio...
  • Suspects sought in Bondi stabbing

    02/04/2006 12:29:18 AM PST · by Fair Go · 15 replies · 399+ views
    The stabbing of six people by a gang of youths at Sydney's Bondi Beach has raised the spectre of further beachside violence and prompted claims police are not adequately resourced to deal with the threat. The six men were injured after one group, described as being of Middle Eastern or Mediterranean appearance and armed with knives and bottles, set upon the other near the Bondi Pavilion about midnight (AEDT), police said. The attackers had earlier left Bondi after an altercation with the other group, only to return armed and in two vehicles a short time later. The injured, all men...
  • Abortion manslaughter trial date set

    02/02/2006 8:26:21 PM PST · by Aussie Dasher · 19 replies · 868+ views ^ | 3 February 2006
    A LANDMARK case against a Sydney doctor charged with the manslaughter of a foetus and performing an illegal late-term abortion will begin in July. Suman Sood, the former owner of the Fairfield Women's Health Clinic, is the first doctor in New South Wales to be charged with the manslaughter of a foetus in more than 34 years. Appearing in the NSW Supreme Court today, Sood was arraigned on both the manslaughter charge and one count of administering a drug with intent to procure a miscarriage. Sood, who is on bail, entered a not guilty plea to both charges. NSW Supreme...
  • Fishing banned in polluted Sydney Harbour

    01/23/2006 10:18:03 PM PST · by Tyche · 3 replies · 246+ views
    AFP ^ | Jan 24, 2006 | AFP
    Commercial fishing has been banned in Sydney's famously beautiful harbour due to dangerous levels of poisonous dioxin being found in prawns and fish. The dioxin, which can cause cancer and birth defects, was a hangover from past industrial waste, said New South Wales Primary Industries Minister Ian Macdonald, announcing a three-month ban. Levels of dioxin found in the fish had not dramatically increased from those found a decade ago, but international standards relating to dioxins had changed, he said. "The level of dioxin in the fish from the tests that I've seen in 1996 and now have not significantly changed,"...