Wednesday, February 29, 2012

FED:Higher priorities than new Iraq inquiry

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FED:Higher priorities than new Iraq inquiry

CANBERRA, Aug 11 AAP - Federal Opposition Leader Tony Abbott has dismissed a call for
a fresh inquiry into the Iraq war, saying there are more important priorities for Australia.

The push for a new examination of Australia's part in the conflict comes from independent
MP Andrew Wilkie who says there needs to be a full explanation of the reasons for our

He wants former prime minister John Howard and his then foreign minister Alexander
Downer to front any inquiry.

Mr Abbott said the war in Iraq started eight years ago and everyone had moved on.

"Frankly I think there are higher priorities for the Australian government and the
Australian people at this time," he told reporters in Perth.

But any inquiry should look further than government ministers of the time.

"If we are talking about weapons of mass destruction, it was Kevin Rudd who as shadow
foreign minister was more adamant than anyone that Saddam Hussein did have weapons of
mass destruction," he said.

Mr Downer is standing by the Howard government's decision to send troops to Iraq.

The people of Iraq now had their freedom and lived in relative peace in a democratic society.

"So at least one part of the Arab world has found freedom and we helped give them that
freedom," he told ABC Radio.

Mr Wilkie's call comes a few days after the last Australian troops departed Iraq.

Combat troops withdrew in mid-2008 but a security detachment remained in Baghdad to
guard Australian diplomats.

Security responsibility has now been handed over to private security company Unity
Resources Group and the last 17 soldiers withdrew on August 6.

Mr Wilkie, a former army officer and intelligence analyst, quit the Office of National
Assessments in March 2003, publicly disputing claims Iraq posed a clear risk through its
possession of weapons of mass destruction (WMD).

Mr Wilkie said there needed to be a proper inquiry with very broad terms of reference
which looked at the behaviour of the political leadership.

"While the intelligence agencies did make some serious errors at the time, they were
never responsible for the war," he said.

Mr Wilkie said there had been two inquiries into intelligence agencies and intelligence
supplied to the government about Iraq's alleged possession of WMD.

But no light had ever been shone on the behaviour of Mr Howard and Mr Downer.

"They have never been made to sit down and explain why over many, many weeks and months
arguing about WMD and terrorism when it was very quickly apparent that the official case
for war was a lie," he said.

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NSW: DOCS chief must take on responsibility or resign: Oppn

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NSW: DOCS chief must take on responsibility or resign: Oppn

The New South Wales opposition says the head of the Department of Community Services
should be stood down .. after claiming that homeless teenagers in custody aren't the department's

Children's Court magistrate PAUL MULRONEY has criticised the department in a report
in today's Sun Herald .. saying many of the young people released by the courts end up
in sub-standard accommodation .. or actually stay in custody because there's nowhere for
them to go.

Opposition juvenile justice spokeswoman CATHERINE CUSACK says the department is trying
to wash its hands of its responsibility towards young people in trouble with the law.

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QLD:Pratt to quit at next Qld election

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QLD:Pratt to quit at next Qld election

Long-serving Queensland independent MP DOROTHY PRATT has announced she won't stand
for her seat of Nanango at the next state election.

Mrs PRATT was originally elected to state parliament as a member of PAULINE HANSON's
One Nation Party in 1998 in the then seat of Barambah.

That seat was later abolished and swallowed up by Nanango .. which Mrs PRATT won as
an independent after leaving One Nation in 1999.

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FED:National Newslist for Tuesday, Dec 28

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AAP's National Newslist for Tuesday (not for publication). This is a guide only and stories
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- The central Queensland town of Theodore is underwater and almost the entire population
will be evacuated.

- More residents across flooded Queensland have been plucked to safety in a series of
swift water rescues.

- Brisbane and up to 30 rural Queensland towns are facing flood alerts as river levels
surge to near record-breaking levels, forcing mass evacuations in some areas.

- Outwatching for more.

- Business groups are concerned the government's paid parental leave (PPL) scheme will
place unnecessary red tape on employers.

- Unions comments.

- Federal Families Minister Jenny Macklin to launch scheme in Melbourne (1045 AEDT)
- 11yo girl is recovering in hospital after being shot in thigh by man who knocked on
her front door in Sydney's southwest. Police believe gunman became frustrated and fired
indiscriminately when told a person he was looking for didn't live there. Police presser
to come (1145 AEDT). Outwatching for developments.

- The navigator onboard Sydney to Hobart line honours favourite Wild Oats XI says the
yacht is in calm seas as she heads south along the Tasmanian coast with a healthy lead.

(filed on sports wire, KE: Sail SydHob)
- Outwatching for developments in annual Sydney to Hobart yacht race.

- Prime Minister Julia Gillard attends the South Australian Proclamation Day Ceremony.

- Flood watch.

- The maritime union says strike does not mark return to industrial confrontation on wharfs.

- Scientists say recent wet conditions reflect short-term climate variability, not longer-term
climate change trends.

- Outwatching for more on girl shot by gunman who knocked on the door of her southwestern
Sydney home. Police presser, to come (1145 AEDT)
- Almost two hundred people have been evacuated from flood-affected areas in NSW, and
another 800 are isolated by floodwaters; Flood impact on Hay and New England Highway.

Outwatching for more on Floods NSW.

- Police divers are searching creeks surrounding the area where a man with an intellectual
disability has been missing for almost two days.

- A man and woman are in hospital after being stabbed during an altercation between two
groups on a western Sydney street. Outwatching for anything more.

- Checking on status of Qantas passengers stuck in US where bad weather has caused flight

- Outwatching on MCG crowd behaviour.

- Sydney to Hobart yacht race coverage.

- Outwatching flood and bushfire situation.

MELBOURNE - Preview of the week ahead on the Australian stock market.

MELBOURNE - How the Australian dollar traded during Tuesday's Asian session.



MELBOURNE - Fourth Test, Australia v England, MCG, day 3.

BRISBANE - Qld cricket team presser for T20 Big Bash import Michael Lumb.

DURBAN, South Africa - The bowlers of South Africa and India took it in turns to cause
carnage as 18 wickets fell for 245 runs on the second day of the second Test at Kingsmead
on Monday. (Cricket India Stumps Update) Wrap to come


HOBART - The navigator onboard Sydney to Hobart line honours favourite Wild Oats XI
says the yacht is in calm seas as she heads south along the Tasmanian coast with a healthy


SYDNEY - Socceroos coach Holger Osieck to name his 23-man squad for the Asian Cup, 1800.

ADELAIDE - Preview Adelaide United v Sydney FC.

LONDON - Arsenal regained second place in the Premier League with a 3-1 win over Chelsea
that dealt a blow to the champions' title hopes in a dramatic London derby at the Emirates
Stadium on Monday. (Soccer English) Wrap to come


MELBOURNE - More Australian Open wildcards expected to be announced.

BRISBANE - Question mark over whether young gun Bernard Tomic will get final wildcard
for the Brisbane International.


SYDNEY - Looking ahead to Saturday's Tattersall's Cup meeting at Randwick.

MELBOURNE - Cover Sandown race meeting.

MELBOURNE - Throw forward to Saturday's Flemington meeting featuring the time-honoured
Bagot and Standish Handicaps.

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NSW:Man charged over stolen cheques: Police

NSW:Man charged over stolen cheques: Police

A man's been charged after allegedly cashing stolen cheques totalling more than 60
thousand dollars.

He's accused of opening numerous bank accounts between January and December last year
.. depositing cheques stolen from mail and altered in his favour .. then withdrawing the

The 19-year-old Indonesian national was arrested by federal police at Sydney Airport yesterday.

He'll face Waverley Local Court today on 71 counts of knowingly dealing with the proceeds
of crime with the intention to conceal.

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Fed: Ted Kenna VC goes on display at war memorial

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Fed: Ted Kenna VC goes on display at war memorial

By Max Blenkin, Defence Correspondent

CANBERRA, April 9 AAP - Rob Kenna says he doesn't understand what made his father,
Ted, do what he did to receive the Victoria Cross.

But he says his dad was determined not to be beaten under any circumstances - a resolve
he shared with other recipients of the nation's highest medal for bravery in the face
of the enemy.

Ted Kenna died last year, aged 90. His VC and other medals have now gone on display
at the Australian War Memorial.

He won his VC for an act of incandescent courage near Wewak, in Papua New Guinea, on
May 15, 1945, when he was a private in the Australian Army.

Memorial director Steve Gower said Pte Kenna was the last of Australia's 20 World War
II VC recipients.

"It's quite extraordinary to read the citation. It's very inspirational and it's the
very definition of valour," Rob Kenna said.

Pte Kenna's unit was pinned down by a Japanese machine gun. Without orders, he stood
in full view of the enemy less than 50 metres away, firing a Bren gun from the hip.

Return fire passed between his arms and body. With the Bren gun's ammunition expended,
he seized a rifle and shot dead the enemy gunner with his first round. He then killed
a second machine gunner with another shot.

Mr Gower said this was an act of amazing coolness, valour and gallantry.

"We are really honoured here at the Australian War Memorial to have this Victoria Cross
on loan. It's a wonderful gesture by the Kenna family," he said.

Rob Kenna, of Melbourne, said what made his father and other VC winners do what they
did was a question many asked.

"And I certainly haven't got the answer," he said.

"But I know what makes up the man. But studying other VC, there is a common thread.

It is not a one-off action.

"It is a resolve not to be beaten under any circumstances. In Dad's case he was a victim
of the Depression when he had to grow up tough and grow up quick. He lost his father at

Mr Kenna said the family bonds and the mateship was formed at that time.

Throughout his long and happy life, Pte Kenna remained modest about his achievements.

"Why Dad was so humble about his VC and why VC winners are so humble in my opinion
is they know they left a lot of good men behind, a lot of brave men that didn't get recognised
for valour," Mr Kenna said.

"When Dad talked about his action, he talked about the men who saved his life, not
the lives he saved."

The Kenna VC takes the war memorial collection to 60 VCs awarded to Australians and
three British.

It is now on display in the Hall of Valour.

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QLD: Main stories in today's The Courier-Mail

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QLD: Main stories in today's The Courier-Mail

BRISBANE, Aug 27 AAP - The main stories in today's Courier-Mail:

Page 1: Babies are being seized from unfit parents almost every week, including from
a few mothers who gave birth drunk.

Page 2: Queensland has sunk to the worst financial position of any state and has to
borrow $10,077 for every man, woman and child in the next four years, documents show.

Page 3: Tourism bosses hope the catchy jingle Hey, Hey, This is Queensland, sung to
the tune of `60s pop group The Monkees, will turn around multimillion-dollar losses in
the state's tourism industry.

World: Afghanistan faces a protracted and bloody election crisis after early returns
from last week's poll show President Hamid Karzai and his main rival virtually even.

Finance: James Packer moved late last night to cement his control of Consolidated Media
Holdings and head off a predatory Kerry Stokes, unveiling a buyback of the investment
vehicle's shares worth up to $226 million.

Sport: Gold Coast Titans coach John Cartwright says the Broncos are "almost impossible
to beat" in their current mood just a fortnight out from the NRL finals.

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NSW: Man's body found in Wentworthville unit block

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NSW: Man's body found in Wentworthville unit block

A man's body has been discovered in Sydney's west overnight.

Police found the body in the stairwell of a unit block in Wentworthville at about 3.45am
(AEST) .. after residents reported hearing noises.

A post mortem examination will be conducted to determine how the man died.

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NSW: Heroin hidden in lollies: AFP

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NSW: Heroin hidden in lollies: AFP

SYDNEY, Dec 12 AAP - A Sydney man has been charged after a kilogram of heroin was found
hidden inside packets of lollies posted to Australia from Vietnam.

The 24-year-old Chester Hill man was charged with importing a marketable quantity of
a border controlled drug, Australian Federal Police and Customs said in a joint statement
on Friday.

The investigation began on September 3 when Customs officers at the Sydney International
Mail Centre intercepted a parcel sent from Vietnam to an address in Bass Hill, in Sydney's

About 1,080 grams of heroin was found inside 216 individual lollies.

The powder is undergoing forensic testing to determine its exact weight and purity.

Customs spokesman Catherine Asbridge said the alleged drug concealment was elaborate
and showed the lengths some traffickers would go to to smuggle drugs into Australia.

"As Customs and other law enforcement agencies persist in detecting the many and varied
methods of smuggling drugs, traffickers are trying new and creative concealment methods,
she said.

The 24-year-old is due to face Sydney Central Local Court on Friday.

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Oly: Ocean flavour to Aussies' opening ceremony march

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Oly: Ocean flavour to Aussies' opening ceremony march

By Valkerie Mangnall

BEIJING, Aug 8 AAP - Our land is "girt by sea" and there was a distinct ocean feel
to the Australian athletes' uniform as they marched in the opening ceremony for the Beijing
Olympic Games tonight.

Desert ochre has featured before, as has the traditional green and gold of the wattle
tree, but not tonight.

Navy blue on the bottom and gradually fading through lighter hues to peak in a white
cap, the 230 or so competitors - about 70 per cent of the Australian team members in Beijing
- could have resembled waves bobbing as they strode proudly into the main stadium, known
as the Bird's Nest.

Designed by Australian fashion label Sportscraft, the outfit had been kept tightly under wraps.

It featured dark, three-quarter length cargo skirts for the women with tie-up detail
at the sides, and dark trousers with stylish belts for the men.

The team's polo shirts went from royal blue at the waist to light blue, ending in white
collars and were topped by lightweight sports jackets in the same pattern.

The athletes beamed and waved as they entered the arena third-to-last of the 205 nations
in keeping with the position of Australia in the Chinese alphabet.

They were led by flag bearer James Tomkins, a six-time Olympic rower who has won three
Olympic gold medals and one bronze.

The sky had been extremely hazy all evening and the air motionless, creating a steamy
atmosphere inside the open-air venue.

Many Australian athletes opted not to march in the conditions, particularly those with
events starting tomorrow, including the swimmers and road cyclists.

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NT: Darwin's former mayor loses theft appeal = 2

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NT: Darwin's former mayor loses theft appeal = 2

Outside the court, Adamson said he was "obviously very disappointed" with the decision.

Asked if he planned to appeal, Adamson replied: "There is that much to read and that
is really my priority at the moment".

He said he would be happy to comment further once he had read Justice Martin's decision,
which was contained in a hefty document.

Adamson, who has doggedly maintained his innocence, refused to answer questions on
whether he still felt the same way.

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Fed: Rudd must come clean on Medicare Safety Net: Abbott

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Fed: Rudd must come clean on Medicare Safety Net: Abbott

Federal Health Minister TONY ABBOTT says Labor must come clean on its plans for the
Medicare Safety Net.

Opposition health spokeswoman NICOLA ROXON says the issue will be addressed closer
to this year's federal election.

But in 2004 .. Labor said it would scrap the safety net and put the savings towards
hospital care for older Australians.

Mr ABBOTT says Labor's two billion dollar national health scheme .. announced last
week .. is never-never stuff .. and people are entitled to know if the Medicare safety
net is safe.

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WA: Camp members vow to fight on after court rejects racism claim

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WA: Camp members vow to fight on after court rejects racism claim

By Adam Gartrell

PERTH, April 13 AAP - Former members of a troubled Perth Aboriginal camp have vowed
to fight a Federal Court ruling that they were not racially discriminated against when
forced from their homes by the camp's closure.

The Swan Valley Noongar camp, led by high-profile elder Robert Bropho, was shut down
by the West Australian government in 2003 after an inquiry found child sex abuse was rife
at the site.

Mr Bropho's daughter, Bella Bropho, launched legal action, claiming the legislation
which forced them from the camp - the Reserves Act 2003 - was inconsistent with commonwealth
racial discrimination laws, and therefore invalid.

Ms Bropho wants the former inhabitants of the community - about 40 people, half of
them children - to be allowed to return to the camp, as well as damages from the state

But Federal Court Justice Robert Nicholson today rejected the action, saying the Reserves
Act was "reasonable, proportional and legitimate in the circumstances".

"The alternatives, such as a memorandum of understanding or utilisation of the criminal
law, had been proven to be impracticable," a written summary of the judgment said.

The Reserves Act was in the public interest and consistent with racial discrimination
law, Justice Nicholson found.

Mr Bropho, himself convicted of molesting a teenager at the camp, said the legal fight
would go on until they were allowed to "go home".

"We're looking at going to the High Court of Australia and I'm starting to move over
the ocean to the United Nations," Mr Bropho told reporters.

Bella Bropho, who lived in the camp for over 20 years, described the decision as a
"slap in the face".

"It's very heartbreaking for us," she said.

"I'm really angry about the decision and it seems the government always get what they want.

"(But) we're never going to stop fighting."

Vested to the Noongar people in 1994, the camp was repeatedly the subject of rape,
child sex, violence and substance abuse allegations.

It also was allegedly the site of suspicious deaths, including that of 15-year-old
Susan Taylor, who was found hanging in a toilet block in February 1999.

A coroner found she had likely taken her life after years of sexual abuse and sniffing solvents.

Former WA premier, Geoff Gallop, labelled the community "a place of ruination and despair",
and said the closure was to prevent more people dying there.

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PAC: Armed soldiers carry out raids in Fiji

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PAC: Armed soldiers carry out raids in Fiji

SUVA, Dec 12 AAP - Armed Fijian soldiers have reportedly conducted a series of raids
in the capital, Suva, and the western city of Lautoka.

The Fiji Times website reports the soldiers raided the government's Information Technology
Centre (ITC) in Suva this morning and took its director Sailasa Taganesia to the army's
Strategic Headquarters for questioning.

Taganesia told the Fiji Times he was questioned for two hours by soldiers and was told
by army chief of staff Captain Esala Teleni he had been sacked.

Taganesia believes he was sacked because he followed orders by former finance ministry
chief executive Paula Uluinaceva to close the centre.

Uluinaceva was sacked yesterday by the military regime of army commander Frank Bainimarama,
which is systematically sacking government officials and public servants after seizing
power from prime minister Laisenia Qarase last week.

The Fiji Times also reports armed soldiers raided a house in Lautoka that was reportedly
bought recently by Fiji-born millionaire Ballu Khan.

Khan's company is in a joint venture with the Native Lands Trust Board that formed
Pacific Connex, one of two companies bidding for a licence to operate a mobile telephone
network in Fiji to battle Vodafone's monopoly.

Khan is currently overseas.

Armed soldiers also raided the Pacific Connex Suva office last week and removed some documents.

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NSW: Protest and march to be held to mark Hiroshima Day

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NSW: Protest and march to be held to mark Hiroshima Day

A protest match and rally will be held in Sydney tomorrow (EDS: SUNDAY) .. calling
for the end of nuclear weapons .. no nuclear industry in Australia .. and peace in the
Middle East.

The rally .. to be held in Hyde Park .. will commemorate the anniversary of the dropping
of an atomic bomb on the Japanese city of Hiroshima in 1945.

The marchers are expected to leave Hyde Park at 1 pm (AEST) .. making their way along
Market .. George .. King and Elizabeth Streets before returning to Hyde Park.

NSW Police say they'll work with organisers to ensure the protest remains peaceful.

The public are also being warned the march could cause some disruption to traffic in
Sydney's CBD.

Similar events to mark the day are also being planned for the capital cities across the country.

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Fed: Costello's support of bill could push it through: Washer

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Fed: Costello's support of bill could push it through: Washer

Treasurer PETER COSTELLO's support of a private members' bill to strip control of RU486
from the health minister .. could push it through parliament.

Mr COSTELLO's told the lower house he supports the bill that would hand power over
the abortion drug to the Therapeutic Goods Administration.

Liberal MP MAL WASHER .. one of the sponsors of the bill .. says Mr COSTELLO's support
could be crucial.

He's told ABC radio .. amendments proposed by Liberal MPs JACKIE KELLY and ANDREW LAMING
.. seeking to give parliament control over the drug .. are unlikely to pass.

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Monday, February 27, 2012

NT: Defence witness criticises 'facial mapping' truck stop claim

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NT: Defence witness criticises 'facial mapping' truck stop claim

A defence witness has criticised prosecution claims that BRADLEY JOHN MURDOCH is the
man filmed at a Central Australian truck stop .. after backpacker PETER FALCONIO disappeared.

Professor MACIEJ HENNEBERG has told the Northern Territory Supreme Court .. he can't
accept that conclusion.

He says he's examined the truck stop video .. filmed at an Alice Springs service station
just hours after Mr FALCONIO disappeared from the Stuart Highway .. near Barrow Creek
.. 300 kilometres away.

Professor HENNEBERG says the man in the blurred footage has a different body build
and size to MURDOCH.

The court earlier heard evidence from prosecution witness anatomist MEIYA SUTISNO ..

that her facial mapping analysis showed MURDOCH is the man in video.

MURDOCH's pleaded NOT guilty to murdering Mr FALCONIO .. and NOT guilty to assaulting
Mr FALCONIO'S girlfriend JOANNE LEES and depriving her of her liberty.

The trial is continuing.

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Qld: Trees save elderly anglers in Qld lake

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Qld: Trees save elderly anglers in Qld lake

By Alex Murdoch and John Sheed

BRISBANE, April 28 AAP - An elderly fisherman has spent 23 hours clinging to a tree
in the middle of a Queensland lake, just weeks after another elderly angler found himself
in a similar predicament in the same lake.

Ronald O'Connell, 71, from Mudgeeraba on the Gold Coast, was fishing for Redclaw yesterday
on Lake Maraboon, near Emerald in central Queensland, when his dinghy was swamped by a
wave and sank about 9am (AEST).

He swam to a nearby tree branch which was protruding from the water and spent 23 hours
there before being found by rescuers today.

Just three weeks ago, 77-year-old Noel Herbert from Brisbane also survived by clinging
to a tree in the same lake for nine hours after his boat was swamped by a wave.

"They were hardy old characters - the both of them. Tough as old nails," Emerald Ambulance
paramedic George Thomson said.

He said Mr O'Connell was hungry and tired but otherwise in perfect health when he was found.

"All he wanted to do was have a feed and then go and have a drink with one of his mates
- he didn't want to stay with me," he said.

Mr Thomson said the overnight conditions had been very cool and, with Mr O'Connell's
flimsy clothing and advanced age, he couldn't believe he had not suffered exposure.

Mr O'Connell was today catching up on sleep.

"He's gone to bed now and is too tired to talk to anyone," Cathy Walsh from the Lake
Maraboon Holiday Village said.

Senior Sergeant John Lewis from Emerald police was also amazed that Mr O'Connell had
come through his ordeal unharmed.

"I know the police out there and the SES were astonished, to say the least, when he
hopped off the boat that picked him up and just walked off," he said.

"He was fine."

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Wurtz reaction

Wurtz reaction A reaction to prepare alkanes by reacting a haloalkane with sodium: 2RX + 2Na → 2NaX + RR

The haloalkane is refluxed with sodium in dry ether. The method is named after the French chemist Charles-Adolphe Wurtz (1817–84). The analogous reaction using a haloalkane and a haloarene, for example: C6H5Cl + CH3Cl + 2Na → 2NaCl + C6H5CH3

is called the Fittig reaction after the German chemist Rudolph Fittig (1835–1910).

Alexander's dark band

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Cisco rigs wireless lab in Sydney.

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Sunday, February 26, 2012

Exclaim Opens Office in High Point, N.C. to Serve Furniture Manufacturers & Retailers.

HIGH POINT, N.C.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Nov. 1, 1999--

Exclaim Technologies, Inc., of San Jose, Calif. (Silicon Valley) has announced its intent to open an office in High Point, N.C., to serve as its primary contact point with the furniture industry.

The new High Point office reflects enthusiastic response in the furniture industry to Exclaim's online trading hub, which connects manufacturers and retailers of furniture and home products. The office, at a site to be determined, will be staffed with professionals from the furniture industry and will open later this year.

Having already developed business-to-business vertical hubs for fine art, collectibles, and gifts, Exclaim's Trade Exchange for the furniture industry will "go live" later this year.

Exclaim's strategy is to create e-commerce buying communities for home products, with furniture as the focal point.

Exclaim's office in High Point will be the central contact point for its relationships with all members of the furniture and home decor community.

"We see a natural connection from fine art all the way to furniture. That's why it is important that we have an office in High Point, which is the capital of the American furniture industry," said Rick McEachern, president of Exclaim Technologies. "Our role is to service furniture manufacturers and retailers with emerging Internet technologies. Our products will strengthen their businesses and their current channels of distribution."

Exclaim Technologies is an Internet Application Services Provider (ASP) that designs, develops and operates online business-to-business (B2B) trading communities to link manufacturers and retailers in vertical market segments. Exclaim also provides a suite of Internet management tools for retail companies.

Jacko to play with New Kids.

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. The reformed boy band's singer, Donny Wahlberg, revealed the plan as the group - who announced they were reuniting earlier this year - celebrated the launch of their comeback tour, which starts in September. Donny said: "It's very exciting. It's one big party and everyone wants to join us." The band held secret talks with Michael, 49, at his Nevada home last week. They are the latest in a string of artists - including Kanye West,, Ne-Yo and Akon - rumoured to be working with him as he attempts to revive his career following his acquittal of child abuse charges three years ago. The 'Bad' singer was due to release his hotly anticipated new album later this year, but no release date has been announced yet. A source said: "He has been in the studio for months.Aa He wants to create an amazing album and won't release anything until he is totally satisfied." Meanwhile, Michael left his house in a wheelchair on Wednesday. During a trip to shops with his children - Prince, 11, Paris, ten, and six-year-old Blanket - a minder pushed the star in the chair. Michael wore pyjama bottoms for the outing, but covered his face in a mask, sunglasses, black towel and baseball cap.

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