Posted: 27 July, 2016

Father Of Stuart Kelly Posts Heartbreaking Message

"The most painful goodbyes are the ones that are never said and never explained"

 

Thomas, Ralph and Stuart Kelly. (Thomas Kelly Foundation)

The father of Thomas and Stuart Kelly has posted a heartbreaking message following the death of his second son on Monday.

“The most painful goodbyes are the ones that are never said and never explained,” wrote Ralph Kelly in a Facebook post, according to Fairfax Media.

Stuart is the younger brother of Thomas Kelly, who was killed in a coward-punch attack in Kings Cross in 2012.

Stuart was only 14 at the time of his brother’s death.


Anyone seeking emergency help with mental health issues or needing crisis support should contact Lifeline on 13 11 14.

 

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Posted: 27 July, 2016

Would You Be Game Enough To Try Beer Made From Urine?

From sewer to brewer - sure you love your beer but just how much?

Scientists have created a machine that turns pee into a liquid, which can then be used to brew beer.

So the nuts and bolts of it is that the machine uses solar energy to heat the urine in a tank, this is then filtered through a membrane to retrieve the drinkable water which can then be brewed.

Researchers deployed the machine at a 10-day music and theatre festival in Belgium and are now using the 1,000 litres of revellers' urine to make one of the country's most coveted specialities - beer!

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Posted: 27 July, 2016

France Church Attack: Priest Killed By IS Soldiers

Father Jacques Hamel was giving morning Mass when the attackers stormed his church Photo: AFP

Assailants loyal to Islamic State forced an elderly priest to his knees before slitting his throat and took several worshippers hostage in a French church.

It was the latest in a wave of attacks in Europe inspired by the Islamist militant group based in Iraq and Syria that is on the defensive against a US-led military coalition in which France is a major partner.

The men entered the church on Tuesday during morning mass near the northern city of Rouen, killing Father Jacques Hamel, an 85-year-old parish priest, and taking four other people hostage, one of whom was seriously wounded.

"They forced him to his knees and he tried to defend himself and that's when the drama began," Sister Danielle, who escaped as the attackers slayed the priest.

"They filmed themselves. It was like a sermon in Arabic around the altar," the nun added.

Police shot the attackers dead as they emerged from the church in the Normandy town of Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray.

Special police forces raided a house in the town after the attack Photo: Reuters

Speaking at the scene of the attack, President Francois Hollande said Islamic State had declared war on France, which should "use all its means" within the law to fight the group.

News agency Amaq, which is affiliated with Islamic State, said two of its "soldiers" were involved.

The White House condemned the attack and commended the French police for their "quick and decisive response".

The anti-terrorist unit of the Paris prosecutor's office is investigating the attack. Police said one person had been arrested.

Adel Kermiche, pictured here in 2011, has been identified as one of the church attackers Photo: Facebook

Several French media reported that one of the knifemen was a local man who had spent a year in jail on his return from Turkey after being intercepted trying to travel to Syria, but had been freed on bail with an electronic tag pending trial for alleged terrorism offences.

The prosecutor's office said the identification of the two suspects was still underway and it was too early to jump to conclusions about a possible link.

Former president Nicolas Sarkozy, who is expected to enter a conservative primary soon for next year's presidential election, jumped on the latest incident to accuse the Socialist government of being soft on terrorism.

"We must be merciless," Sarkozy said in a statement to reporters.

Pope Francis condemned what he called a "barbarous killing".

A Liberal backbencher Craig Kelly has weighed into the killing saying the attack is akin to "total war"

"When they violate the sanctity of a church, attacking and beheading an 85 year-old priest while he is celebrating mass - we will now realise that appeasement never works and this is total war," Mr Kelly wrote.

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Posted: 27 July, 2016

RACQ Reveals What Really Drives Us Crazy On The Roads

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Not too much of a surprise that tailgating has been named as the most annoying driver behaviour on Queensland roads.

Motoring body RACQ asked members to rate the most annoying driver habits for their annual What Drives You Crazy? research.

Rounding out the top 5 was using a smartphone behind the wheel, motorists who speed up when being overtaken, throwing litter out of cars and incorrectly using indicators.

RACQ spokesperson Lauren Ritchie said tailgating is clearly an ongoing frustration for Queensland motorists.

"We're taught to leave several seconds between vehicles not just out of courtesy but because travelling too close increases the risk of crashing if the car in front stops suddenly," she said.

"The results highlight the need for more enforcement of general road rules by police."

Here's the top 10:

1. Tailgating
2. Motorists using phones while driving
3. Motorists who increase speed when you try to overtake them
4. Motorists who throw litter out of vehicles
5. Incorrectly using indicators
6. Displaying aggressive behaviour (blowing horn, verbal abuse)
7. Not being courteous (changing lanes/not allowing room to merge)
8. Cyclists who disobey road rules
9. Turning from the wrong lane (multi-lane roundabouts)
10. Blocking intersections

 

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Posted: 27 July, 2016

Forget Rio 2016.. It's All About Brisbane 2028!

11 SEQ councils considering making official bid

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South East Queensland may make a bid to host the 2028 Olympic Games, after a council-commission feasibility report revealed it would be possible. 

Mayors of the 11 councils will meet this afternoon to decide whether to order another report, which would balance the cost of the task with the economic benefits. 

According to the report, "an SEQ Olympic bid can only, and will only, proceed if it will demonstrably deliver a better region for our residents and a stronger economic, social and cultural legacy for Queensland and Australia,” 

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Posted: 26 July, 2016

Facebook Remove Dramatic Four Corners Vision

CENSORED.

Images of a teenage boy, hooded and restrained in a chair, in a Northern Territory detention centre have been taken down from a Facebook page operated by broadcaster ABC.

The videos and stills from the Four Corners program aired on Monday night were removed from the program's Facebook page on Tuesday.

Individuals have also complained they have were removed from their personal pages.

Four Corners executive producer Sally Neighbour said the program didn't remove the posts.

Facebook has been contacted for comment.

 

PM Malcolm Turnbull this morning announced a Royal Commission into the Northern Territory's youth detention system after the shocking footage emerged.

The video can still be watched via Vimeo:

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Posted: 26 July, 2016

The Teenage Brother Of One-Punch Victim Thomas Kelly Has Died

Tragic news.

Stuart Kelly speaking to the media in 2014 (Channel 10)

Stuart Kelly, the 19-year-old younger brother of Sydney one-punch attack victim Thomas Kelly, has died.

It's four years since the death of 18-year-old Thomas, who was randomly punched while walking with his girlfriend in Kings Cross in July 2012.

Stuart graduated from King's School last year and also spoke at a gala dinner for the Thomas Kelly Foundation, set up to honour his brother.

The King’s School's headmaster, Dr Tim Hawkes, released a statement last night informing students and families of Stuart’s passing, the Daily Telegraph reports.

“It is with great sadness that I inform you of the death of an Old Boy of the School, Stuart Kelly (’15). This is the second great tragedy to affect the Kelly family,” Dr Hawkes.

“The exact circumstances surrounding his death are not known, however, it is enough to know that we have lost a member of our community and therefore our thoughts and prayers go out to Kathy and Ralph Kelly and their daughter Madeleine.”

Police have provided a short statement: Police will prepare a report to the coroner following the death of a 19 year old man at Mona Vale yesterday. There are not believed to be any suspicious circumstances.


 

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Posted: 26 July, 2016

Aussie Journo Who Witnessed Birth Of ISIL Reacts To Muslim Hate

"The more we embrace people, the more we disempower Islamic State"

Pic credit: mickware.info

In a time when everyone seems to have the answers about how to rid the world of terrorism, Marto and Ed spoke with someone who's truly in the know -  

Michael Ware was a journalist for 7 years in the Middle East, working for both CNN and Time Magazine. He was one of the few Westerners to live full-time in Iraq during the war, and at one stage was even kidnapped by al Qaeda. He was there to witness the first days of ISIL. 

Ware agrees with the common belief that ISIL is targetting society's 'misfits'. 

"That is one of their strengths. Once upon a time, some of these kids would have just joined the circus, a street gang, a motorcycle club. These kids never grew up as Muslims and suddenly became Muslim, and honestly know nothing about Islam but they're suddenly urged to go and attack. That's very dangerous."

Ware says it 'breaks his heart' when he hears anti-Muslim comments. 

"Because some of my life long friends, my blood brothers, are Muslims. Muslims want the same thing we all want - a peaceful life, to be able to send their kids to school to have a better life for their children. The more and more we disparage Muslims and proverbially point the finger at them for what they're wearing, where they're praying, what they're doing.. the more and more we marginalise them."

It's when we push them to the margins and isolate these people and make them feel like outsiders, that's when they're prey to be radicalised"

"We need to embrace people.. the more we do that, the more we disempower Islamic State"

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Posted: 26 July, 2016

How Two Mums Found Jocelyn After 23 Hours

"I just yelled out to a paddock and she just popped up out of nowhere"

The two women who found a little girl who'd been missing for more than 23 hours have spoken about the moment they stumbled upon her. 

Police issued an Amber Alert late on Sunday night, after 5 year old Jocelyn vanished from her family home at Nerang. Officers put the area into lockdown, and every resource was thrown into the search.. everything from police helicopters and dive squads, to the Gold Coast Suns players who cancelled training in favour of joining the efforts. 

In the end, it was a couple of mums, Kylie Maudsley and Bree Johnson, who found the little girl... and they say it was by pure chance. 

Bree, who's the daughter-in-law of racing legend Dick Johnson, spoke with Marto and Ed Kavalee this morning

She said they organised someone else to pick up their kids from school, and were sent to search an area that'd already been combed more than once. 

"Police say they'd been up and down there about 3 or 4 times... for some reason, when we called her name she was ready or something just made her pop up"

"She said 'I'm here, come and get me'"

She said there was around 25 metres of water between her and them.

"We both sort of looked at each other in disbelief, 'thinking how the hell are we going to get to her'" 

With the help of one of the guys in a nearby factory, the pair had to walk around 500m to get to where Jocelyn was sitting. 

Jocelyn was covered in some cuts and bruises, and her toes were bleeding.. but largely, she was unhurt. 

"She's an amazing strong little girl.. she was in such good spirits" 

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Posted: 26 July, 2016

Sounds Crazy - But Every Year We're Throwing $1000 In The Bin

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Aussies are wasting a heck of a lot of food.

OzHarvest claims we're throwing out 1 in 5 bags of groceries we buy, that's just over $1,000 going straight in the bin.

The food rescue charity held their annual Think.Eat.Save lunch yesterday, this year's campaign bringing attention to the alarming amount of food wasted here and around the world.

Roughly one third of food produced for human consumption is wasted or lost along the way.

"This year we're urging Australians to make a dish using their leftovers, giving life to food that would otherwise have been wasted," said OzHarvest CEO Ronni Kahn.

In some cases using leftovers can be more helpful to the environment than recycling or having an electric car.

“These small efforts to reduce food waste create positive change and inspire others to take action about the urgent issue of food waste and food security.”

To help you on your way, we've linked our top 5 leftover recipe ideas!

1. Re-invent left over cooked chicken in a stylish Frittata: 
http://www.taste.com.au/recipes/21031/chicken+and+corn+frittata?ref=collections,leftovers

2. Curry leftovers? Why not try an Indian inspired Pizza: http://foodess.com/recipes/butter-chicken-pizza/

3. Don't throw out those leftover veggies! Give Jamie Oliver's Incredible Leftover Lasagne a try:  http://www.jamieoliver.com/recipes/pasta-recipes/incredible-leftover-lasagne/#LHXireS1OWGQ7ziw.97

4. Christmas food for days? What about a yummy Turkey and Leek Pie from Nigella Lawson:  https://www.nigella.com/recipes/members/clarelouises-turkey-and-leek-pie

5. There's always leftover rice - make some cheesy Aranchini Balls: http://www.justataste.com/arancini-rice-balls-with-marinara-sauce/


For more food saving tips, visit http://www.ozharvest.org/

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Posted: 26 July, 2016

15 Dead, Dozens Wounded In Japan Stabbing

Photo: www.guardian.com.au

A knife-wielding man has killed at least 15 people and seriously wounded dozens at a facility for the disabled in Japan.

The attack in Sagamihara, Kanagawa Prefecture, happened early on Tuesday, news agencies report, citing police.

The attack left at least 45 wounded, broadcaster NHK says.

Police have arrested a suspect after he handed himself in, according to Kyodo.

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Posted: 26 July, 2016

PM Announces Royal Commission Into Northern Territory Child Abuse

Dylan Voller was strapped to mechanical restraint chair in the Northern Territory and left there for two hours Photo: ABC

MALCOLM TURNBULL has this morning announced a ROYAL COMMISSION in the Northern Territory's youth detention system after shocking footage emerged over teen inmates being stripped naked, tear-gassed and held in solitary for days.

ABC's Four Corners program on Monday night showed footage of teens in 2014 at Don Dale Youth Detention Centre and again in 2015 in the old Berrimah adult prison that replaced Don Dale.

Watch the video below.

In one video, a 17-year-old is hooded, shackled to a "mechanical device" chair and left alone for two hours.

"They're being shackled to chairs a la Guantanamo Bay," barrister John Lawrence told the ABC.

In another, one of the guards is heard saying "I'll pulverise the f***er" as a young man in isolation was banging at windows.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull announced the royal commission would be held as soon as possible after discussions with NT Chief Minister Adam Giles.

"We will get to the bottom of this swiftly and we will identify the lessons that need to be learned," Mr Turnbull told ABC radio.

Teen stripped naked and held down Photo: ABC

Mr Giles on Monday night flagged the NT would set up a royal commission.

He said while guards at detention centres had certain powers to do a difficult job, those powers had limits.

"The Northern Territory government does not resile from its tough approach to those who don't want to respect others people's property or safety," He said in a statement.

"But questions were raised about what is going on in our juvenile detention system that date back to 2010."

Lawyers and human rights activists have called for the facility to be shut down for good and called on the federal government to intervene.

Mr Giles has also asked the NT Police Commissioner to consider if the incidents highlighted by Four Corners were used in accordance with the powers afforded to custodial officers, and to prosecute them if necessary.

Australian's human rights chief Gillian Triggs said a government-based independent commission was needed into what happened at the centre.

"We need a proper inquiry and the facts need to be determined and then we can determine whether people should be charged," she told ABC TV's Q&A program.

Since 2014 the government has extended staff training from four days to eight weeks.

Mr Giles said he had full confidence in the majority of custodial officers working in the NT's institutions. 

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