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Two men have been charged with drug-related offences, a third man was stabbed and a police officer was injured following an altercation at a Nimbin backpackers’ hostel on the weekend.
Between 4am and 5.30am Saturday (February 27), police were called to the hostel on Cullen Street following reports that a 20-year-old man had allegedly stabbed a 38-year-old man in the back a number of times.
The man then allegedly damaged a car and a number of rooms at the hostel.
When officers were called to the hostel, a 19-year-old man allegedly assaulted a 43-year-old woman before punching a female police officer in the nose and attempting to run from police.
He was found a short time later, lying naked on a vehicle and was arrested at the scene.
Police chased the 20-year-old on foot through a nearby paddock and say they ‘attempted to subdue him with OC spray,.’
A short scuffle ensued before the man was arrested.
Police were told the two men had earlier taken what they believed to be LSD.
Both were taken to Lismore police station where the 20-year-old Gold Coast man was charged with reckless wounding, malicious damage, assault police, resist arrest and affray.
The 19-year-old Gold Coast man was charged with assault, affray, malicious damage and indecent exposure.
Both men were granted conditional bail, to appear at Lismore Local Court on April 11.
The injured man, woman and police officer were taken to hospital for treatment.
Richmond Local Area Command crime manager, detective inspector Cameron Lindsay, warned members of the public to take care when taking unknown substances.
‘The incident on the weekend is a concern, and shows the violent effects illicit substances can have on those who take them,’ detective inspector Lindsay said.
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Police have released CCTV footage in an effort to find out if members of the public remembers seeing a Canadian woman who went missing from Byron Bay two weeks ago.
The image of Natalie Perkins, 36 (pictured right), was recorded as she was leaving a doctor’s appointment on Fletcher Street, Byron Bay, about 4.10pm on Monday, February 15.
She has not been seen since.
The Canadian national is described as being of Caucasian appearance, about 170-175cm tall, with a medium build, with long blonde hair and blue eyes.
She was last seen wearing a blue, white and pink striped shirt, denim shorts, thongs, prescription glasses with black rims and carrying a grey coloured backpack.
Police are concerned for Natalie’s welfare as she suffers from a medical condition that requires med......
Water is essential for all life, and happily it is abundant on our blue watery planet
by Viv Forbes, science writer
However, salty oceans cover 70% of Earth’s surface and contain 97% of Earth’s water. Salt water is great for ocean dwellers but not directly useful for most life on land. Another 2% of Earth’s water is tied up in ice caps, glaciers and permanent snow, leaving just 1% as land-based fresh water.
To sustain life on land, we need to conserve and make good use of this rare and elusive resource.
Luckily, our sun is a powerful nuclear-powered desalinisation plant. Every day, solar energy evaporates huge quantities of fresh water from the oceans. After a stop-off in the atmosphere, most of this water vapour is soon returned to earth as dew, rain, hail and snow – this is the great water cycle. Unfortunately about 70% of this precipitation falls directly back into the oceans and some is captured in frozen wastelands.
Much of the water that falls on land is collected in gullies, creeks and rivers and driven relentlessly by gravity back to the sea by the shortest possible route. Allowing this loss to happen is poor water management. The oceans are not short of water.
Some animals and plants have evolved techniques to maximise conservation of precious fresh water.
Some Australian frogs, on finding their water holes evaporating, will inflate their stomachs with water then bury themselves in a moist mud-walled cocoon to wait for the drought to break. Water buffalo and wild pigs make mud wallows to retain water in their private mud-baths, camels carry their own water supply and beavers build lots of dams.
Some plants have also evolved water saving techniques – bottle trees and desert cacti are filled with water, thirsty humans can even get a drink from the roots and trunks of some eucalypts and many plants produce drought/fire resistant seeds.
Every such natural water conservat...
February 13, 2016
Chairman of Goldman’s SE Asia Operations, Tim Leissner is a former work colleague of Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull when he was employed by the merchant bank.
When contacted today, Mr Turnbull’s office declined to comment.
Tim Leissner and wife Kimora Lee Simmons Photo: AP
Goldman Sachs’ cozy relationship with the Malaysian government is coming back to haunt the firm and one of its regional chairmen.
The fallout from the widening scandal hitting the white-shoe investment bank involves Tim Leissner, the Singapore-based chairman of Goldman’s Southeast Asia operations, who has left that country and relocated to Los Angeles on a leave of absence from the firm.
A state fund — 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) — was set up with Leissner’s assistance,...
February 14, 2016
Socialist Government takes crops from farmers at whatever price it likes
When legal tender (cash) is abolished in Australia, the population will be completely at the mercy of ruling political party junta of the day
Australia on its present course of so-called treaties like the TPP and the China Free Trade agreement will in 10 years finish up just like these poor venezuelan people
By Daisy Luther Activist Post
Venezuela is out of food
After several years of long lines, rationing, and shortages, the socialist country does not have enough food to feed its population, and the opposition government has declared a “nutritional emergency.” This is just the most recent nail in the beleaguered country’s slow, painful economic collapse.
Many people expect an economic collapse to be shocking, instant, and dramatic but, really, it’s far more gradual than that. It looks like empty shelves, long lines, desperate government officials trying to cover their tushes, and hungry people. For the past two years, I’ve been following the situation in Venezuela as each shocking event has unfolded. Americans who feel that our country would be better served by a socialist government would be wise to take note of this timeline of the collapse.
In 2013, many began to suspect that the outlook for Venezuela was grim when prepping became illegal. The Attorney General of Venezuela, Luisa Ortega Díaz, called on prosecutors to target people who are “hoarding” basic staples with serious sanctions.
Many of us who live on a hill in the Byron shire have been approached by the NBN – or will be in the not too distant future.
Currently, the decision to erect an NBN tower on private property rests solely with the land owner. The NBN negotiates directly with the landowner and neither party is obliged to consult the community.
Is this fair? Given that such a decision has implications for the neighbourhood (the main one being potential health risks), shouldn’t we, the community, decide what is – and isn’t – acceptable?
As it stands, the first you may hear of a tower is once it is erected. By then it’s too late.
Diana Sweeney, Federal
This letter was submitted to the Cairns Post two weeks ago but not published. The Cairns Post, Rupert Murdoch’s Far Northern newspaper propaganda unit, has an editorial policy of not publishing anything detrimental to the district’s large sugar cane growing and refining industry, never mind that nearly every nutritionist and medical doctor will warn that sugar consumption is dangerous to health. Northern icon and health advocate Geoff Guest, OAM, has told night clubbers to eat some food which would help stabilise their low blood sugar levels after consuming large amounts of alcohol. If clubs provided food late at night Mr Guest believes it would help stem violence.
Letter to the Editor
Comments by health professional Lolita Hunter in the Cairns Post, about indigenous health problems in communities does not go to the core of the problem.
It’s no good shutting the gate after the horse has bolted. The problems start with the old saying, “you are what you eat.”
Geoff Guest OAM with Professor Ernest Hunter, Cairns Mental Health Unit, discuss addictions and rehabilitation at an Atherton seminar in 2015
My 40 years of research at Petford Wellness Association working closely with Professor Ernest Hunter of the Cairns Mental Health Unit in recent years clearly show that food cravings are mostly caused by eating sugar.
A can of well-known soft drink and a chocolate bar for breakfast leads to immense problems such as diabetes, heart and psychological problems.
After rehabilitating 4000 adults and youths over 30 years I have discovered that a highly refined carbohydrate diet, excess sugar and a low fibre diet start the cravings.
A long-time North Coast hemp grower doubts whether a Greens bill to legalise hemp foods will have any effect on changing the law banning the sale of hemp foods.
Andrew Kavasilas, a licensed hemp grower, said although the legislation introduced and passed by the upper house of NSW Parliament was welcome, it was doubtful it would be supported in the lower house.
He maintains the industry has massive potential in Australia, pointing out that the industry in Canada was turning over half a billion dollars after just 12 years.
NSW Greens health spokesperson Jeremy Buckingham announced last week that the upper house had voted 17-16 last week to adopt a Greens motion calling on the government to work with other Australian governments lift the ban on hemp food products. The government opposed the motion but Fred Nile’s Christian Democrats and Labor voted with the Greens in favour.
‘The ban on hemp food products in Australia is nonsensical, as Australians are missing...
Tweed Shire Council has welcomed $200,000 in State funding from the Public Library Infrastructure Grant Program to go towards a project to redesign and expand the Tweed Heads Library.
Member for Tweed, Geoff Provest MP delivered the good news on site last week.
“The NSW Government recognises libraries need to adapt and designed this program to assist local government to develop and improve buildings and information technology,” Mr Provest said.
“This extension will be enjoyed by our growing community and benefit people of all ages.”
Mayor of Tweed, Councillor Katie Milne said she was “so pleased” that the Tweed Heads Library would be expanding.
“Around 50 per cent of our residents utilise our three libraries and they are all bursting at the seams,” Councillor Milne said.
“It’s a big struggle to fund our libraries but they are one of the most important services that Council provides. Libraries are an investment in the future education of our young people and a wonderful resource for our community ensuring free access for all.
“Libraries are not just places to borrow books nowadays. There are new activities and programs on offer all the time, so please drop in or check out the website to see what’s happening,” she said.
Council’s Director Community and Natural Resources, Tracey Stinson, said Council’s purchase of the three-storey Southern Cross University Tweed Heads Campus building presented a significant opportunity to improve provision of key community and cultural facilities at Tweed Heads, including doubling the size of the library.
“This is a much-loved library, issuing twice the number of items than the State average per year – it’s due for an overhaul and we welcome this contribution from the NSW Government towards that.”
The library will be reconfigured and expanded into the...
Hundreds of members of the Electrical Trades Union (ETU) on the north coast could still be handed redundancies despite a court ruling on Friday that the methodology the Australian Energy Regulator (AER) used to justify them was flawed.
The regulator ruled in April last year that the prices charged by energy networks, including Ausgrid and Essential Energy, were too high but the companies argued that the only way to make the savings it required would be to cut thousands of frontline jobs.
The Australian Competition Tribunal (ACT) determined on Friday that ‘it is in the long term interests of consumers of electricity and gas to set aside the AER’s decisions and have the AER make them again,’ adding ‘the impact on the suppliers’ revenues and hence the prices they may charge, will not be known until the AER remakes its decisions.’
The ETU, whose members constitute most of the threatened workers, has hailed the decision but warned that their jobs are not yet safe.
Many Essential Energy workers on the north coast, including meter readers, have already had their work outsourced but crews that maintai...
Fire management workshop at Pottsville on Friday 11 March
A free workshop covering appropriate fire management for biodiversity and vegetation will be held at Pottsville Environmental Park on Friday 11 March from 9.30am to 3pm.
Fire for Healthy Habitats workshops are being held in six Northern Rivers council areas, to build community knowledge and capacity in appropriate fire use to protect and enhance biodiversity.
Guest speakers Mark Graham from the Nature Conservation Council and Andy Baker from Wildsite Ecological will cover a range of topics including:
Council’s Bushland Officer will be on hand to outline the approval process for lighting fires and obligations under the Rural Fires Act for all rural landowners, such as site preparation, notification of neighbours and the Rural Fire Service (RFS) before lighting up, and compliance with notices such as Total Fire Ban days. Burning in urban areas is not permitted and this will also be covered.
“Managing fire is an important part of better protecting your assets, managing the land and increasing biodiversity,” Tweed Landcare Officer Jude Mason said.
“This workshop will explore local vegetation types and their associated fire regimes, local and relevant threatened species and their response to fire, as well as approval processes and permits.
“Presentations will explore current fire-related projects, research and planning, from a local landholders perspective,” she said.
Morning tea and lunch will be provided on the day and bookings are essential. Participants can register before Wednesday 9 March by contacting Jude Mason on (02) 6670 2199 on Tuesdays and Thursda...
By Darren Coyne
A Lismore bar owner believes his business is being unfairly targeted by police because he refuses to sign up to the local Liquor Accord.
Jack’s Bar in Lismore was raided by 25 police on Friday night, including at least two senior inspectors, with patrons locked out for two hours while police executed a search warrant.
Members of the dog squad, riot squad, detectives and general duties officers descended on the bar around 10.30pm, ejecting patrons while they searched for drugs and drug paraphernalia.
Bar owner, Darren (Jack) Barry told Echonetdaily that police had found small amounts of cannabis and other items dumped by patrons in the public area but nothing of note in the private area upstairs, which is the area the warrant was targeting.
‘The warrant was for upstairs not downstairs so they weren’t really interested in any of that (small amounts of drugs), he said.
‘The warrant was for ice and MDMA and anything related to the manufacturing or distribution of those drugs.’
‘They found nothing.’
Mr Barry said his...
Police arrested a driver in the early hours of Sunday morning following a police pursuit from Murwillumbah to Uki, during which he attempted to escape by performing a series of u-turns.
About 12:40am on Sunday (February 28), police conducting patrols of Murwillumbah attempted to stop a white Kia on Byangum Road.
The vehicle failed to stop and police pursued the car onto Kyogle Road.
At Uki, the Kia performed a u-turn and commenced driving back towards Murwillumbah.
Shortly after, as the driver attempted a second u-turn, police stopped and arrested the 39-year-old male driver.
He was charged with the police pursuit and disqualified driving.
The driver was refused bail at Tweed Heads Local Court on Sunday (February 28).
Andrew Osborn, RAW
Thousands of Russians have marched through Moscow to honour slain Kremlin critic Boris Nemtsov, the first anniversary of his death, and to press their demand that the authorities find and punish the person who ordered his killing.
The 55-year-old Nemtsov, an opposition leader and former deputy prime minister, was gunned down near the Kremlin walls late in the evening of February 27, 2015, as he walked home with his girlfriend from a restaurant.
Investigators have charged a group of Chechen men with his murder.
But Nemtsov’s supporters say the suspects are just low-level operatives who were paid to kill the prominent critic of President Vladimir Putin.
They say the person who ordered the hit has been neither identified nor arrested.
‘Nemtsov was killed because he had exposed Putin for what he was in various reports,’ one of the marchers, Irina Vorobyova, 60...
Hong Kong [RAW]
Hong Kong residents have voted in a legislative council by-election, with a ‘radical’ pro-democracy candidate who was arrested in a recent riot standing.
The poll, to fill a single seat vacated by a former pro-democracy politician, is being watched for signs of growing support for a burgeoning ‘indigenous’ movement that has advocated more extreme protests, including violence, to push for greater democracy.
While candidates from across the political spectrum are competing, most attention has focused on Edward Leung, a leader of Hong Kong Indigenous and one of the first street activists to make a foray into mainstream politics.
‘We, the young generation are determined to sacrifice ourselves for Hong Kong’s future,’ he told Reuters on the campaign trail, flanked by supporters holding banners with the words: ‘Vote for a revolution’.
Hong Kong, a former British colony that returned to Chinese rule in 1997 under a ‘one country, two systems’ formula that gives it a h...
China will put a second space laboratory in orbit in the third quarter of this year, state news agency Xinhua said.
It is part of the country’s plan to have a permanent manned space station in service about 2022.
Advancing China’s space program is a priority for Beijing, with President Xi Jinping calling for the country to establish itself as a space power.
Tiangong (Heavenly Palace) 2 is expected to be docked with a cargo ship, Tianzhou 1 (Heavenly Vessel) which is scheduled to be launched in the first half of next year, Xinhua said.
China also plans to launch Shenzhou 11 spacecraft, which will carry two astronauts on board, in the fourth quarter of this year to dock with Tiangong 2, the Xinhua report said.
Xinhua, citing an unnamed spokesperson for the space program, said China was expected to complete by 2020 an orbiting space station, to consist of a core module and two attached laboratories.
The first space lab, Tiangong 1, was launched in 2011, and has been working well, said Xinhua.
China’s space program must still master launching cargo and fuel via...
More than half of the estimated 268,000 regular users of ice are dependent on the drug, says the first research quantifying the problem in Australia.
The estimates suggest the numbers have substantially risen during the past five years, while recent increases were most marked among those aged 15-34.
Overall the highest rates of methamphetamine use have consistently been among 25 to 35-year-olds.
‘There is a need for both more health services and better engagement with and retention of clients in treatment services,’ say the authors of the research published online by the Medical Journal of Australia.
Using sources including drug treatment and hospitalisation data, they estimated the number of regular and dependent ice users for each year from 2002 to 2014 and the numbers by age group.
Regular users had the drug at least once a month in the last year, while those with ‘impaired control’ of their use and who continued despite health and other adverse consequences were deemed to be dependent....
A planned pill testing scheme for music festival-goers in NSW should be extended to the elderly, euthanasia campaigner Philip Nitschke says.
A team of doctors led by president of the Australian Drug Law Reform Foundation, Alex Wodak, on Sunday vowed to roll out a pill testing trial at festivals in a bid to save young people’s lives.
Premier Mike Baird dismissed the plan as ‘absolutely ridiculous’ and said the state government would not support it.
The service should be made available for elderly people who had illegally bought the euthanasia drug Nembutal, chief scientist at pro-euthanasia group Exit International, Dr Nitschke said on Monday.
He said many were worried about the drug’s purity and composition.
‘While it’s a great comfort to older people to know they have a safety net at home in the cupboard in case things turn bad, the issue of purity is a constant concern to many,’ he said.
‘Enabling the testing of Nembutal at dance and music...
Stefanie Menezes, AAP
More NSW public sector jobs must be axed to help boost government efficiency, treasurer Gladys Berejiklian is set to argue.
Hundreds of government entities, including agencies, state-owned corporations, boards, committees and trusts, should also be merged to reform the sector, Ms Berejiklian believes.
In a speech to the Sydney Institute on Monday, Ms Berejiklian will outline her vision for a government which is ‘as small and as efficient as possible’.
Streamlining and trimming public service departments allows governments to focus on their core business and do it well, Ms Berejiklian says.
The treasurer says she recently tasked an expert panel to audit the state government’s structures to find ways of making it leaner and more efficient.
It found many of the 870 state government entities overlap in the functions they perform....
The wake of tropical cyclone Winston saw massive seas along the north coast over the weekend, with most swimmers and surfers avoiding the waves but some brave hearts taking to the water.
Sadly, police believe one swimmer may have gone missing.
He was last seen at 7.15pm on Friday (February 26) at Brunswick Heads beach.
At around that time police were informed that a male had been seen swimming in large surf.
Witnesses told police that they lost sight of the swimmer but could not be sure he left the water.
Local surf lifesavers responded with IRB patrols.
Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter and Queensland Polair also conducted a search, which was abandoned due to fading light.
At 8am on Saturday (February 27), Brunswick Heads surf lifesavers completed a further search of the area, which also failed to locate the swimmer.
The Bluesfest Busking Comp is the perfect platform for unsigned artists to showcase their talents to a previously untapped national audience. The Comp is held in and around Byron Bay in the weeks leading up to Bluesfest instigating the Bluesfest buzz with live performances from musicians travelling from around the country for the chance to take out the prize.
This exclusive, sought after competition is designed specifically to give unsigned artists an opportunity, providing a key stepping stone for their career development! There are countless prizes available including a stage position at Bluesfest for the open winner. The Busking vibes and opportunities continue with the funky Bluesfest Busking stage and roving buskers throughout the festival providing a wealth of talent. Further to festival performance opportunities, prizes include such prospects as recording time at Studio 301 in Byron for the winners plus much more.
The heats for the Busking Comp are held prior to the commencement of the Bluesfest at the Beach Hotel, Byron Bay for the Open event and the Byron YAC for the Grommets (under 18’s). The finalists are then showcased throughout the day at the Beach Hotel on Good Friday with performances on show for a chance to take the winning positions. All finalists and a handful of runners up will have the opportunity of playing at the Busking Stage at the festival with chances available for roving buskers within the festival.
The 2016 over 18’s Blues Fest Busking Comp will take place at The Beach Hotel on March 22 & 23 from 3pm. Finals will be held on Good Friday (March 25) from midday.
For the under18’s, the comp will be held on March 19 & 20 from 11am at Three Blue Ducks at The Farm.
For your chance to play, apply at www.bluesfest.com.au
One of my favourite things is meeting this frog. Her presence is a small sweet confirmation of the power without name. A tiny fertile egg had become a tadpole and then an adult. Food was there when needed. The water was fresh and uncontaminated. The leaves which were once shelter from sun now become platforms for sunning. Earlier, two frogs mated, having experienced all of that living for themselves. They in turn were the result of living that goes back from one individual to another along millions of years.
Another of my favourite things is the shiny green leaves emerging from the water. Submerged roots anchor the stalks of leaves. These parts also create a bridge from the nutrition of mud to that of air and sunlight. The power without name appears green with streaks of red and yellow. It tastes of the sugars and starches of the tissues of the plant. This plant, like the frog, is another result of living that also stretches back over all those barely imaginable years.
Maybe my favourite thing is water. Improbable compound of...
Here we go again! Turnbull can’t ‘cut the mustard’ and John Howard is back!
Howard has been all over the media recently; especially Murdoch media.
Our former prime Mminister has sailed into the debate on tax reform, the electability or not of the USA Republican candidate Donald Trump, Freedom of Speech, South China Sea problem, to name a few issues.
Famously Paul Keating another ex PM once said, “Soufflé cannot rise twice”; well perhaps it can?
Howard twice sacked by voters in 2007, in his own electorate as well as PM back from the dead with negative gearing, taxation, the economy and border security, all on the new agenda.
Can someone tell me why we voted for Malcom Turnbull? Oops! We didn’t.
Turnbull was installed as PM by rank hypocrisy of the Liberal party elite, “Without thinking through the consequences of what they have done,” as John Howard now likes to say.
The problem is he Turnbull doesn’t have the “balls” to do the job.
So perhaps he should get out of the way and give (King Kong) Scott Morrison a wack at it, because outside of Murdoch, no one wants Howard back, excepting of course Tony Abbott, then he wants himself back as well.
Terry Sharples, Tweed Heads
So new Zealand needs a new flag. Well about as much as the titanic needed a new flag after it hit that iceberg. Really this is just a $25M dollar distraction for Teflon John Key to keep people thinking about anything except the real problems.
It turns out that even non citizen residents can vote on the whether to replace the old flag. One of New Zealand’s veteran third party politicians is all antsy about it.
But rightly so, why would you let foreign national vote on changing your national identity? One of the original polls state 69% of the population didn’t want the change the flag in the first place. So we thought we would throw out some suggestion for flags, some we found on the internet some we made ourselves.
Due to the likelihood of New Zealand becoming a failed state we thought we would offer this one. Yes the state failed, it wasn’t the people’s fault.
So in the event New Zealand defaults on its debts it might (or might be forced to) exercise its option to join the commonwealth of Australia making John Key’s frauds your problem.
This flag more or less sums up the peoples feelings about the New Zealand government, and strangely sums up the feelings of the New Zealand govern...
About a year ago, I reported on the failure of the lining for the VegTrug that I purchased about 2 years ago. It was time to carry out a VegTrug repair. The issue with the lining was that I had exposed it to Ultraviolet light, which degrades the plastic that it’s made from. I should [Continue Reading …]
About once a leap year, or there about.
Two teenage boys have been charged following an alleged break-in and armed robbery at a bakery near Tweed Heads on Saturday night.
About 11.30pm (February 27), two men – aged 22 and 17 – were working at a bakery on Overall Drive, Pottsville, when two males entered the rear of the store.
Police allege the males threatened the employees with a knife, demanding money.
The men handed over cash before the pair ran from the location.
No one was injured.
Police from Tweed/Byron Local Area Command patrolled the area and stopped two boys, a 17-year-old and a 16-year-old, nearby.
During a search of the teens, officers allegedly located a knife on one of the boys, and cannabis on the other. Another similar knife was located on the ground nearby. All items were seized.
They were arrested and taken to Tweed Heads police station.
The pair were charged with aggravated break and enter and commit serious indictable offence – in company, robbery in company, , and custody of a knife in public place.
The 17-year-old was also charged with possess prohibited drug.
Both boys have been granted strict conditional bail to appear at a children’s court on Friday 1 April 2016).
What better way could we spend our short lives on this beautiful planet? 2016 marks the seventh straight year of non-violent direct action at the secretive Australia Secret Intelligence Services (ASIS) base. From Swan Island trained Special Air Services 4 Squadron troops go international to do the bidding of the USA, under the command of […]
An 18-year-old German tourist who was driving a car that rolled on the Pacific Highway last weekend, leaving one passenger hospitalised with serious injuries, has been charged by police.
About 5.25pm last Saturday (February 20), the Holden Jackaroo was travelling south at Chinderah, when it left the road and rolled multiple times.
The 18-year-old female driver and a 21-year-old male passenger were trapped in the car, while an 18-year-old female passenger was able to get out.
Emergency services freed the trapped passengers and the man was airlifted by the Westpac Rescue Helicopter to Gold Coast Hospital in a critical condition.
The 21-year-old man, a German national, remains in hospital serious with head, chest, and leg injuries.
The two women were taken by NSW Ambulance paramedics to Gold Coast University Hospital for treatment and have since been released.
Police from Ballina Crash Investigation Unit attended the location and commenced an investigation.
The 18-year-old female driver, also a German national, was arrested at Tweed Heads police station on Friday (February 26).
She was charged with negligent driving occasioning actual bodily harm.
She has been granted strict conditional bail and is due to appear at Tweed Heads Local Court on Monday 14 March 2016.
Australia’s next leader? I like following US politics. In 2008, I was living in a small conservative town as a teacher. My colleagues were all obsessed with Rugby League, but when the primary nominations in the US were running, and the eventual election, I was enthralled. “Why […]
I felt a little sorry for Linda Bengtzing and Martin Stenmarck, as I watched this morningś fourth heat of Melodifestivalen, the contest which chooses Swedenś entry for the Eurovision Song Contest. Martin has previously represented Sweden at Eurovision and was performing in a song co-written by his brother. Linda has previously entered Melodifestivalen, and has usually done very well. They’re both really great performers, with a wonderful Melodifestivalen pedigree. But, up against the ¨next generation”of Swedish pop performers, and armed only with pretty mediocre songs (to be honest), neither of them failed to make it through to either the “second chance” or the final.
They should have taken a leaf out of the book of Sarah Dawn Finer (one of this week’s co-hosts) who gave it a shot, missed out, and then moved on. I felt the same about Eric Saade last year. He’d entered Melodifestivalen a couple of times, and had made it to Eurovision, so why did he try again, I wondered. I guess part of the answer is because representing Sweden at Eurovision is pretty prestigious. I guess part of the answer is because entering Melodifestivalen also tends to boost your domestic career. If you have a new album, or a new show, there’s a good chance appearing on the show will boost ticket or album sales. Even so, it must be a little humiliating to fail to make it through when other, less talented performers did.
Which brings me to Dolly Style. Their appeal to the tweens pretty much guaranteed they would make it through, no matter what they sang. The problem was they couldn’t actually sing. Yeah, they could hold a note or two in the pretty average 90s/00s dance track , but struggled in the verses. Though not as tuneless as Dolly Style, Frans was another case of a singer with limited talent making it through because of their appeal to a core audience (again teen girls) likely to be watching television on a Saturday night in S...
I’ve had a number of enquiries about the forward travel schedule for our Rainbow Bee-eaters.
While they breed in small, loose colonies at a number of locations around Newstead – often along the river and in farmland – they gather in the forest to fuel up for their northward migration. At this time of year there is an abundance of flying insects – wasps, bees, dragonflies etc, that make these wooded places ideal for ‘hawking’ – the method employed by the species to capture their prey in mid-air.
I expect they may well head off any day now – it’s unusual to see them locally in March. The Climate Watch website makes the following note about Rainbow Bee-eater migration patterns.
Movement: its patterns of movement are complex and not completely understood. After breeding, southern populations move north between February and June (mostly between March and May) to spend the winter in northern Australia, New Guinea or eastern Indonesia. They return to their breeding areas in southern Australia between August and early November, though mostly between mid-September and mid-October. In northern Australia, part of the population is present throughout the year, with some individuals moving to different habitats during the non-breeding season, while other birds from the population migrate to southern Australia....
NEWS Labor’s pick to run City Hall has labelled Lord Mayor Graham Quirk’s use of "pseudo" city council branding in political advertising as a dishonest ploy to trick and con voters. And Rod Harding (pictured) challenged Team Quirk and the LNP to stand on their own records and plans rather than "try and cheat to win votes". "For a political party like the LNP to use the council
Churches in Sydney’s Northern Beaches suburbs have been targeted in a poster campaign by the Party for Freedom which has garnered public support to keep refugees out of their iconic area.
St Stephens Belrose is one of 30 churches on the northern beaches working with the Settlement Services International (SSI) on a refugee support initiative.
The church asked those wanting to help, to offer low-cost self-contained accommodation for at least three months, help refugees find paid employment or help them become familiar with the Australian way of life.
With many thousands of Australians genuinely out of work in the Sydney district, housing refugees of doubtful origin has fired up Party for Freedom spokesman Nick Folkes.
Many of the refugees are Christians seeking safety, Mr Aitkin said. “But we welcome Muslims too as Jesus taught us to love our neighbour.”
“If, despite all the government stringent screening, an extremist does come, the best remedy is to welcome them into an Australian home and to love them.”
This Minister epitomises the combined stupidity of the churches, thinking that Muslims with an inherent desire to kill all infidels, will somehow convert to Christianity.
This email (below) more than clarifies the treason practiced by many misguided churches on the northern beaches that have shamelessly committed to the invasion initiative by donating money and paying of rental properties in the area, Mr Folke...
Sunfigo emailed me.
For years I have wondered about Sunfigo’s art. The first work that I saw in 2012 was the Banksy Little Diver tribute was such a masterpiece, a tribute not just to Banksy but to that era of Melbourne’s street art. Since then I have been looking for more. I have been rewarded by a rich variety of experiments in media, image and message.
Sunfigo wanted to have an exhibition.
I tried to help but unfortunately I am amongst the least powerful people in Melbourne’s art world. I am just this blogger, part-time artist writer. I don’t have much money because I write about art, mostly for free in this blog. I don’t have an art gallery, nor as it turns out do I have much influence with anyone with a gallery, after these eight years of blogging. I kept on asking people but I wasn’t making any progress.
I wasn’t making any progress on gleaming any details about Sunfigo from my exchange of emails. I mean nothing; you will notice that I am avoiding pronouns in this post. In the emails Sunfigo was always “Sunfigo”....
For the last couple of weeks or so I’ve had a can of tuna sitting prominently on my desk at work. I picked it up on the way to work one morning as a “freebie” from people handing them out on the street. Given my Scandinavian interests, the idea of tasting some tuna from Finland definitely appealed. But, as I usually buy my lunch, it’s just been sitting there doing nothing much at all until today.
Today, I picked up some bread rolls and some tomatoes, and had firmly decided I was going to have it for lunch today. Imagine my surprise when I opened the can, only to discover there was no tuna inside at all. In fact, it was just a can full of water, along with some advertising for John West.
The whole thing was in fact a huge marketing stunt by the John West brand to spruik the fact that 95% of its tuna is now sustainably sourced, to help stop tuna stocks dying out.
“Ripped off!”, I told my colleagues, “…and I was so looking forward to it”. Thankfully, one of my colleagues came to my rescue with a can of ACTUAL tuna.
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