Tag Archives: charges

Sydney’s Mayor slams fireworks charges as New Year’s show plans revealed

By Michelle Brown

Posted December 14, 2015 13:48:08

Sydney’s Lord Mayor says she is powerless to stop households being forced to spend entry costs to view the city’s New Year’s Eve fireworks from the harbourside Barangaroo Reserve.

Clover Moore has unveiled some of the plans for this year’s $ 7 million show and revealed it would ditch the tradition of lighting a central symbol on the Sydney Harbour Bridge.

The theme of this year’s fireworks display is “city of colour”, and will incorporate 11,000 shells, 25,000 comets and 100,000 individual pyrotechnic effects.

The Barangaroo Delivery Authority has released ten,000 tickets to access its new harbour headland park on New Year’s Eve, ranging from $ 14.50 for children to $ 79 for households of two adults and two children.

“I don’t believe the Barangaroo Delivery Authority should be searching for to make funds out of offering access for people to see the fantastic bridge show from that point,” Cr Moore stated.

“It’d be a great point to see it from for the men and women in the western element of the city, and I believe it need to be totally free like the sites are that we [City of Sydney council] look right after.

“Regrettably, we’re not responsible for the headland park.”

This year, each bridge pylons will be lit up for the initial time.

There will be particular lighting effects and two,400 added fireworks that will erupt above and beneath the bridge.

There will also be new pyrotechnic effects on the sails of the Sydney Opera Residence, and the family members fireworks display at 9:00pm will celebrate Taronga Zoo’s 100th anniversary and the Royal Botanic Gardens’ 200th anniversary.

Even so, there will be no central lighting motif on the Sydney Harbour Bridge for the very first time given that 1996/97.

In previous years, the motif has included an eye, a lip and a thought bubble.

Final New Year’s Eve it was a lightbulb with a really like heart inside it.

Composite of the symbols used on New Year's Eve 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011. Photo: A variety of lighting motifs have been displayed on the Sydney Harbour Bridge in previous years, but this year the “bridge feature will be the bridge itself”, the Lord Mayor stated. (AAP/AFP)

“The big news this year is the Sydney Harbour Bridge will be the 2015 New Year’s Eve ‘bridge effect’,” Cr Moore stated.

“The bridge feature will be the bridge itself.”

The fireworks display is developed by Sydney’s Foti International and directed by Fortunati Foti and his crew of 45 folks.

The creative vision for the celebration comes from established and emerging Sydney artists including Rhoda Roberts, design and style studio Province and fashion designers Romance Was Born.

The 9:00pm family fireworks will go off from four barges, whilst the midnight fireworks will launch from seven barges plus the Opera Residence and Harbour Bridge.

Much more than 50 illuminated boats will join the Harbour of Light Parade soon after 9:00pm carrying 8,000 people adding to 3,000 other vessels celebrating on the water.

This year’s official charity companion is Habitat for Humanity, a not-for-profit organisation that builds houses and communities in Australia and overseas.

The Barangaroo Delivery Authority has been contacted for comment.

Topics: arts-and-entertainment, community-and-society, sydney-2000

Agen Sabung Ayam

Tasmanian driver allegedly caught at 200kph faces charges

Posted December 14, 2015 06:37:51

Map: Deloraine 7304

A man is facing charges after police allege he was caught travelling at 200 kilometres per hour on a road in Tasmania’s north.

Police intercepted the high-overall performance V8 car on Mole Creek Road near Deloraine last week.

The road is a 100kph zone.

Sergeant Tony Roughan from Tasmania Police stated it was hazardous to travel that quickly.

“Clearly reaction time, you are not going to be in a position to react to anything,” he mentioned.

“There had been tractors on the road at the time baling hay, you know, it could be a auto coming out of a driveway not expecting a car to be travelling at that speed, so yeah it was a silly thing to do,” he mentioned.

The car has been clamped for 1 month and the driver will be charged with speeding offences.

“As a outcome of the incident the car has been clamped for 28 days, so these individuals won’t have their high-functionality automobile more than Christmas and the New Year,” Sergeant Roughan said.

“We would anticipate that upon a guilty conviction he’ll be disqualified for some time.”

Sergeant Roughan said he believed a prospective crash would have dire consequences when driving so fast over the speed limit.

“At that speed if an animal walks onto the road or a child or a vehicle does a U-turn, or a tractor comes out of a driveway, or it gets a puncture, the resulting incident could be important,” he stated.

Police mentioned the driver stopped quickly when approached.

Topics: targeted traffic-offences, crime-prevention, deloraine-7304, mole-creek-7304

Agen Sabung Ayam

Refugee urged to drop charges following becoming strangled by boyfriend, court told

Posted December 10, 2015 15:21:23

An Iranian refugee, whose estranged boyfriend used her hijab to strangle her till she passed out, has told Adelaide’s Supreme Court she is “confused” by his actions and was urged by other folks to drop the charges.

Qasem Gardi, an Afghani refugee, was discovered guilty by a judge of attempting to murder the then 18-year-old lady in October final year and will be sentenced next week.

The court heard how Gardi, 20, drove the girl to Para Vista and strangled her with her hijab and his hands.

The teenager, whom the ABC has selected not to name at her request, said the connection was against her family’s cultural beliefs and she felt she had lost their trust.

She arrived in Australia as a refugee from Iran in 2011 and stated she also struggled to trust others and was overwhelmed with worry and nightmares.

“I’m nevertheless tremendously confused by his actions,” she told the court.

“I located it very difficult to get my life back to normal, as I felt an outcast amongst my peers.

“I feel numb, disconnected and unable to trust individuals.”

She mentioned some people urged her to drop the charges.

They were young 17-year-olds in a totally free society bound by their own cultural difficulties.

Defence lawyer Ahura Kalali

“I have been below excellent pressure to maintain my experience unknown,” she said.

“Your actions and behaviours are unforgivable.”

Gardi’s lawyer, Ahura Kalali, said the connection had to be kept a secret since of the couple’s cultural backgrounds.

“It was due to their culture that the relationship had to be kept a secret and that was divisive,” he stated.

“In my submission, it was divisive for each of them.

“They had been young 17-year-olds in a totally free society bound by their own cultural troubles.”

He mentioned his client was separated from his quick family members at about the age of ten, and lived in Iran and Pakistan ahead of coming to Australia alone as a 16-year-old.

Mr Kalali mentioned Gardi was emotionally immature and formed a sturdy emotional bond with the girl.

“The relationship went properly to start with but it started to fracture and it appears that Mr Gardi found it really difficult to accept,” he mentioned.

“It also appears that at the time he had place all of his emotional bond into the complainant provided that he had been separated from his family members.

“He believed he was trying to do the proper factor culturally to stand by her.”

‘Garden variety domestic violence’

But prosecutor Lucy Boord stated Gardi’s actions amounted to a “garden assortment example of domestic violence”.

“It wasn’t an act that took place in a matter of mere seconds,” she stated.

“This was an act where Mr Gardi had a box cutter to restrain [the victim] to then take her away to a distinct place.”

She said the girl was strangled three distinct occasions in 3 ways — the very first two times whilst the automobile was stopped and then when he was driving.

It is not known why Gardi ultimately stopped the attack and called an ambulance.

Audio of the triple- call incorporated Gardi saying he attempted to kill her.

Gardi will be sentenced on December 18.

Topics: crime, law-crime-and-justice, domestic-violence, community-and-society, para-vista-5093

Agen Sabung Ayam

Belgium charges two on suspicion of hyperlinks to Paris attacks

Posted December 04, 2015 00:29:18

Belgium has charged two new suspects in connection with the Paris massacre last month, prosecutors say, bringing to eight the quantity of men and women it is holding more than the attacks.

“Two other suspects have been charged … in the framework of the Paris attacks,” a spokesman for the prosecutor’s office stated, confirming reports that the two had been arrested on Sunday.

Flemish public tv VRT said one of the suspects knew Bilal Hadfi, a single of the suicide bombers who blew himself up at the French national stadium north of Paris.

The suspect, a 20-year-old Frenchman, was held for questioning at Zaventem airport, northwest of Brussels, as he prepared to board a flight to Morocco, the broadcaster mentioned.

The second suspect, a 28-year-old Belgian, was arrested in the Brussels district of Molenbeek — exactly where several of the Paris attackers resided, which includes suspected ringleader Abdelhamid Abaaoud who was killed in a raid by French police.

Given that the investigation opened, six other suspects have been charged in connection with the November 13 attacks that left 130 individuals dead at the stadium, in a concert hall as effectively as restaurants and cafes across Paris.

Among those held are Mohammed Amri and Hamza Attou who are suspected of getting brought back to Brussels Salah Abdeslam, who investigators believe played a crucial logistical part in the massacre.

Another of those charged, Ali Oulkadi, allegedly drove the important suspects about the Belgian capital whilst traces of blood and two handguns had been found inside a vehicle of a fourth suspect, Lazez Abraimi.

The identity of the fifth suspect has not been revealed but Belgian media said it is Abdeilah Chouaa, whose hyperlink with the attacks remains unknown.

Belgian media have named the sixth suspect as Mohamed Bakkali, who is believed to be the owner of a residence in the southern town of Auvelais that had served as a hideout until it was raided on November 26.

He was charged the following day “with terrorist murder and with participating in the activities of a terrorist group”.

On Thursday, the police released two other folks who have been questioned as witnesses following raids in Brussels.


Subjects: government-and-politics, unrest-conflict-and-war, terrorism, belgium, france

Agen Sabung Ayam

Thai police prepare to lay murder charges over former bikie’s death

Posted December 03, 2015 20:35:47

Thai police are readying to charge an American man with the murder of former Hells Angels member Wayne Schneider.

Tyler Gerald, 21, who has been arrested, is believed to have been 1 of the five guys who abducted the Australian man from his house on Monday.

Mr Schneider was found buried in a roadside grave with a broken neck and facial injuries on Tuesday, a day following he was abducted from his property.

Police in the seaside town of Pattaya, south of Bangkok, have also detained the 25-year-old female partner of Australian man, Antonio Bagnato, who is believed to have masterminded the attack.

An arrest warrant has been issued for Mr Bagnato, but reports say he has fled to Cambodia.

Police stated the motive for the murder was a dispute among Mr Schneider and Mr Bagnato, whom he was noticed drinking with on Sunday evening.

They stated both men were on a watch-list for drugs and funds laundering in Australia, but there was no info about them dealing drugs in Thailand.

Police said Mr Bagnato asked his Thai partner to rent the car used in the kidnapping — which was fitted with a GPS system that led police to the body — and then told her to delete all text messages relating to the automobile hire.

She has not been formally charged and is being held at a military base beneath wide-ranging powers introduced after final year’s coup.

Mr Schneider has previously been described as a senior member of the Hells Angels.

In 2006, Mr Schneider was on New South Wales’ most wanted list more than the shooting of a bouncer in the kneecap outdoors a Kings Cross nightclub.

The charges had been later dropped.

He has also faced charges for drug offences and dealing with the proceeds of crime, right after being found with $ 200,000 worth of casino chips in 2009.

Subjects: law-crime-and-justice, death, murder-and-manslaughter, crime, thailand, asia

Agen Sabung Ayam

Turkey charges journalists with spying over Ankara arms supply claims

Posted November 27, 2015 11:45:38

A court in Istanbul has charged two journalists from the pro-secular Cumhuriyet newspaper with spying following they alleged Turkey’s secret solutions had sent arms to Islamist rebels in Syria.

Do not worry, this ruling is nothing but a badge of honour to us.

Cumhuriyet newspaper editor-in-chief Can Dundar

Editor-in-chief Can Dundar and Erdem Gul, the paper’s Ankara bureau chief, are accused of spying and “divulging state secrets”, Turkish media reports said. Both men had been placed in pre-trial detention.

According to Cumhuriyet, Turkish safety forces in January 2014 intercepted a convoy of trucks close to the Syrian border and discovered boxes of what the day-to-day described as weapons and ammunition to be sent to rebels fighting against Syrian president Bashar al-Assad.

It linked the seized trucks to the Turkish National Intelligence Organisation (MIT).

The revelations, published in May, caused a political storm in Turkey, with an enraged president Recep Tayyip Erdogan vowing Dundar would spend a “heavy value”.

He personally filed a criminal complaint against Dundar, demanding he serve several life sentences.

Turkey has vehemently denied aiding Islamist rebels in Syria, such as the Islamic State group, though it desires to see Mr Assad toppled.

“Don’t worry, this ruling is practically nothing but a badge of honour to us,” Dundar told reporters and civil society representatives at the court just before he was taken into custody.

If these two journalists are imprisoned, it will be added evidence that the Turkish authorities are prepared to use methods worthy of a bygone age in order to suppress independent journalism in Turkey.

RSF secretary general Christophe Deloire

Reporters With no Borders (RSF) had earlier urged the judge hearing the case to dismiss the charges against the pair, condemning the trial as “political persecution”.

The Cumhuriyet daily was awarded the media watchdog’s 2015 Press Freedom Prize just last week, with Dundar travelling to Strasbourg to obtain the award.

“If these two journalists are imprisoned, it will be extra evidence that the Turkish authorities are prepared to use approaches worthy of a bygone age in order to suppress independent journalism in Turkey,” said RSF secretary general Christophe Deloire in a statement.

Reporters Without having Borders ranked Turkey 149th out of 180 in its 2015 press freedom index final month, warning of a “unsafe surge in censorship”.


Topics: unrest-conflict-and-war, censorship, media, print-media, data-and-communication, turkey

Agen Sabung Ayam

Kamitsis has ‘no case to answer’ on stealing charges, court told

Posted November 26, 2015 13:25:14

Darwin travel agent Alexandra ‘Xana’ Kamitsis has “no case to answer” in relation to 17 stealing charges, a judge has told a Northern Territory court.

Kamitsis, through her travel agency business Latitude Travel, had been accused of rorting a NT Overall health Division pensioner travel concession scheme, which provides travel discounts to pensioners.

The case is continuing, with Kamitsis still to face 20 fraud charges.

More to come.

Agen Sabung Ayam