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Woman trapped right after bus crashes into Sydney train station wall

Posted December 14, 2015 08:21:51

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A bus has crashed into a wall at Chatswood train station on Sydney’s reduced north shore.

The ambulance service said a single lady is trapped and three other folks have minor injuries.

The crash happened at 7:15am at the corner of Railway Street and Victoria Avenue.

Fire and Rescue New South Wales crews are assessing the damage to the wall.

Topics: road, disasters-and-accidents, accidents, chatswood-2067, australia, nsw

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Artificial reef balls containing ashes lowered into the sea off WA coast

Posted December 11, 2015 21:11:43

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Australia’s initial artificial reef ball that incorporates cremated remains has been dropped into the ocean off a Mid West town in Western Australia.

The notion began with the Jurien Bay Men’s Shed, which was looking to expand an artificial reef, consisting of concrete balls, that had been laid at the nearby marina three years ago.

More than that time, the reef has attracted far more than 50 species of fish and other sea life, creating a colourful snorkel trail for locals and guests.

Organiser of the project and men’s shed member Ian Stiles said the widow of a past member Ron Sutherland, who died two years ago, requested his ashes somehow be incorporated into one of the concrete reef balls.

Right after a painstaking 18 months, Mr Stiles was able to get the Rest in Reef project approved by State Government and the local council.

“It is been a extended challenging struggle to get this far, fighting bureaucrats and what ever but we’ve been getting a lot of support from local bureaucrats,” Mr Stiles said.

The process requires pouring the ashes into a concrete mixture ahead of setting the mould for two weeks and then dropping the ball from a boat into ocean to be a component of the dive trail.

Ashes inside an artificial reef ball are dropped into the Indian Ocean at Jurien Bay in WA. Photo: The very first Rest in Reef ball, containing the ashes of Ron Sutherland, was dropped into the Jurien Bay marina. (ABC News: Chris Lewis)

Mr Sutherland’s wife Gabie stated it was fitting that her late husband was the initial to have his ashes incorporated into an artificial reef.

“He loved spear fishing, scuba diving, fishing, he had a boat and he’d go out into his boat and his sons would join him,” Ms Sutherland said.

“He loved the fish, the wildlife, the diversity of the ocean, becoming in the water and getting a part of the ocean when he’d be scuba diving.

“I consider he’d be rapt about it if he’d known about it, he’d be really satisfied about it.”

Ron’s son, Ben Sutherland, watched with his mother and two brothers as his father’s reef ball was lowered into the sea this week.

“I went out for a swim about to verify out dad’s new reef ball,” Mr Sutherland said.

“It really is already got some fish swimming around it and I noticed a good baby Baldchin groper … that was 1 of his favourite fish to see when he went scuba diving and look at and comply with around.

“I’d reckon he’d adore it out there actually getting with the fish. That was 1 of his passions.”

The Jurien Bay Men’s Shed has approval for 100 more Rest in Reef balls to extend their artificial reef over the subsequent 3 years.

Mr Stiles said he already has 4 a lot more households with their loved one’s ashes prepared to be incorporated into the reef.

A reef ball in Jurien Bay Photo: A reef ball at Jurien Bay is part of almost 100 other people that have attracted far more than 50 species of fish to the marina. (ABC News: Chris Lewis)

Subjects: death, oceans-and-reefs, jurien-bay-6516

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Pleased Birthday song to move into public domain

Posted December ten, 2015 09:24:54

A settlement has been reached in a US lawsuit with Warner/Chappell Music over the copyright to Content Birthday to You, that will put one particular of the world’s most recognisable songs in the public domain, according to court papers and a source close to the case.

Terms of the deal have been not disclosed in court papers announcing the settlement, but it puts an finish to the class action lawsuit filed in 2013 by a group of artists and filmmakers who sought a return of the millions of dollars in costs the firm had collected over the years for use of the song.

After the settlement is finalised, the song will be in the public domain, the supply mentioned. That signifies it will be free of charge for all to use without having fear of a lawsuit.

In September, chief US district judge George King in Los Angeles ruled that Warner/Chappell, the music publishing arm of privately owned Warner Music Group, did not personal a copyright to the Satisfied Birthday lyrics.

“While we respectfully disagreed with the court’s decision, we are pleased to have now resolved this matter,” Warner/Chappell mentioned in a statement.

An lawyer for the artists could not right away be reached.

The case garnered focus from about the world not only due to the fact the tune is so commonly performed, but since several people were not aware it was nonetheless beneath copyright, let alone purportedly owned by a main corporation.

Happy Birthday dates back to 1893

The song has a complex history reaching back to the 1893 publication of Great Morning to All, a children’s song written by a Kentucky woman named Mildred Hill and her sister Patty.

That melody sooner or later came to be sung with the familiar Satisfied Birthday lyrics.

Warner contended its copyright to the lyrics came by means of the Hill sisters’ publisher that it had acquired.

But Justice King mentioned that publisher never got the rights to the lyrics and so neither did Warner.

People who sing Happy Birthday in their houses or at private gatherings have generally never been at danger of a lawsuit.

But when the song has been used for industrial purposes, such as in films, Warner has enforced its rights, and took in an estimated $ 2 million in royalties for such makes use of every single year.

Reuters

Topics: courts-and-trials, copyright, music-business, united-states

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Turnbull’s appointment fails to translate into consumer self-confidence in ACT

Posted December ten, 2015 07:58:22

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The appointment of a new Prime Minister may have boosted customer confidence about the nation, but the possibility of far more spending budget cuts indicates that effect has been muted in Canberra, according to Deloitte Access Economics.

Retail forecasts for the period major up to Christmas recommend there will be modest development in sales over the period, but that the looming prospect of further cuts has stifled customer self-assurance in the ACT.

“While a new PM has taken workplace in Canberra, the pressures on the Federal Price range (and consequently the public service and ACT economy) are just the identical as before,” Deloitte mentioned in a report.

“There remain lingering queries over the ACT’s economic outlook offered the need to have to discover savings in the Federal Spending budget.”

Sales volumes in Canberra in the September quarter fell by .6 per cent, with annual development falling back to 2.4 per cent.

Even so, the report did say economic indicators had been choosing up in the ACT, with job numbers steadying and customer self-confidence rising.

Nationally, the report attributed improved confidence to what it termed the Turnbull effect, which has observed optimism grow given that Malcolm Turnbull took workplace in September.

The report also credits stronger jobs figures and a relatively steady share industry for the enhance.

Matthew McNamara from Morgans stated the drop in spending could have been influenced by a drop in optimism about the new Prime Minister.

“Sales fell in line with that consumer self-assurance dip as what they get in touch with the Turnbull impact beginning to put on off a bit,” he said.

Mr McNamara mentioned he was hopeful that good circumstances would encourage Canberrans to devote over the Christmas period.

“Hopefully, with shoppers seeing less costly prices at the bowser, record low interest prices, every person will be happy to spend a couple of added dollars coming into Christmas,” he stated.

“They may possibly just be leaving it until the last minute, we’ll have to wait and see till subsequent year.”

Topics: financial-trends, organization-economics-and-finance, canberra-2600, act, australia

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Turnbull urged to ‘pull Abbott into line’ over Islam comments

Updated December 09, 2015 11:28:11

Labor has likened Tony Abbott to Donald Trump, soon after the former prime minister referred to as for a “religious revolution” inside Islam and declared “all cultures are not equal”.

Mr Abbott created the comments in a wide-ranging interview with Sky News final night, and followed up with an opinion column published by News Corp these days.

“All of these items that Islam has never had — a Reformation, an Enlightenment, a nicely-created concept of the separation of church and state — that needs to come about,” Mr Abbott stated.

“It is not culturally insensitive to demand loyalty to Australia and respect for Western civilisation.

“Cultures are not all equal. We should be prepared to proclaim the clear superiority of our culture to one particular that justifies killing folks in the name of God.”

Labor frontbencher Andrew Leigh described the comments as “strange”.

“I do not think the correct part for Tony Abbott is to be an Australian Donald Trump, and I do not think anybody imagines that if there are sensitive conversations to be had within the Muslim community, that our most divisive prime minister is the correct person to lead those conversations.”

Labor frontbencher, and the only Muslim MP in federal parliament, Ed Husic said the comments appeared to be portion of a broader effort to “Trumpify” Australian politics.

Opposition Leader Bill Shorten referred to as on Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to “pull Tony Abbott into line”.

“Producing assertions about cultural and religious superiority is totally counterproductive,” Mr Shorten said.

“Inflammatory language undermines efforts to build social cohesion, mutual respect and has the possible to harm the efforts of national security agencies to preserve Australians secure.”

Yesterday Mr Trump, the Republican presidential front-runner, referred to as for a “total and total shutdown” of Muslims getting into the US, claiming there was “great hatred towards Americans by massive segments of the Muslim population”.

His comments drew fire from all sides of the US political spectrum, with everybody from Hillary Clinton to Dick Cheney saying banning a specific religious or ethnic group would go against almost everything America stood for.

Topics: government-and-politics, parliament, federal-parliament, australia

First posted December 09, 2015 11:20:03

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Investigations launched into north Queensland’s labour hire sector

Posted December 07, 2015 11:09:02

Authorities have launched a series of investigations in north Queensland into the labour hire business with some organizations accused of exploiting seasonal workers across the fruit and vegetable sector.

Former police officer turned Liberal National Celebration MP Dale Final mentioned his workplace has received dozens of complaints this year but so far, only a handful of fines had been issued by authorities.

We’ve had some instances where they have put 30-40 individuals into one particular residence in appalling conditions and at the end of the day, that’s not on.

Dale Last, Queensland MP

“Early on in the season, we became conscious that a quantity of unscrupulous labour hire organizations have been operating throughout the Bowen and Burdekin areas, underpaying workers, coming in with illegal immigrants and utilizing them as workers,” Mr Last said.

He said authorities have been also locating it tough to police overcrowded share houses, where labour employ contractors rent a house and cram it with workers, making a profit.

“We’ve had some situations where they have put 30 to 40 men and women into one home in appalling circumstances and at the finish of the day, that’s not on,” he said.

ABC News found three residences in Baker Street, Bowen, with double the number of legal tenants emerging to go to work on the choosing fields for the day.

The real estate agent managing the homes said he was unaware of the situation and would investigate.

By law, agents have to give 24 hours’ notice ahead of inspecting a house, which can make it challenging to police, although Queensland Fire and Emergency Solutions has the power to conduct on-the-spot inspections.

Close to 20 people identified to be operating illegally on one farm

The Fair Perform Ombudsman has had teams of investigators in Bowen in recent months generating confident workers were being paid appropriately.

So far, officers have issued one particular $ 850 on-the-spot fine to a labour employ contractor in Bowen for failing to meet record-keeping obligations but will not reveal their name as investigations are ongoing.

The Ombudsman’s office said it had also secured back-pay for a quantity of workers in the region who had been not too long ago underpaid.

It is expected to provide a full report on the extent of the difficulty in Bowen early subsequent year.

The Division of Immigration and Border Protection has also been investigating the use of illegal seasonal workers in Bowen.

In September, 19 illegal workers were discovered operating on a single farm.

Regional Commander Terry Cost stated unscrupulous labour hire contractors ran the danger of facing challenging penalties.

“There is fairly stiff penalties an infringement is about $ three,000 for an individual or for corporate bodies that can be as significantly as $ 16,000 per illegal worker,” he said.

Transport authorities also worried about the security of the vans and buses utilized to transport workers.

During a 4-month operation, police located 11 unregistered vehicles and nearly 30 with security defects.

Final week, Queensland Minister for Industrial Relations Curtis Putt ordered a parliamentary inquiry into allegations of unethical practices by labour hire companies.

Those findings are anticipated to be handed down to Parliament by mid-2016.

Subjects: business-economics-and-finance, rural, farm-labour, bowen-4805

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Mexico’s Colima volcano spews gas and ash into the air

Posted December 06, 2015 11:29:27

Mexico’s Colima volcano has spewed a column of gas and ash into the sky in the latest of a series of intermittent eruptions.

Mexico’s civil protection authorities said the column rose 2,500 metres more than the crater prior to it was pulled by winds heading north-east.

The explosion prompted the civil protection authorities to warn nearby residents to watch for falling ash and to put on face masks when outdoors.

Located in the south-western Mexican state of Colima, the volcano — recognized locally as the Fire volcano — has been exhibiting continuous activity given that July 9.

The Colima volcano, which is portion of the Pacific’s Ring of Fire, was also active in January and February.

Mexico contains more than 3,000 volcanos, but only 14 are regarded active.

Main eruptions in Mexican history have incorporated the 1953 eruption of the Paricutin volcano in Michoacan, the 1982 eruption of Tacana volcano in Chiapas and the 1986 eruption of the Colima volcano.

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Subjects: volcanic-eruption, mexico

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How is your charity dollar spent? Report provides insight into $100b sector

Posted December 04, 2015 01:35:41

The huge size of the charity and not-for-profit sector has, for the initial time, been revealed in a report by the sector’s regulator.

The Australian Charities and Not-for-Income Commission (ACNC) has released the Australia’s Charities in 2014 report which showed that the sector was a $ 103 billion business that employed practically one-in-ten Australians.

The report also revealed that Australia’s charities spent $ 95 billion in 2014.

This consisted of $ 51.8 billion on employee expenditures, $ four.5 billion on grants and donations and $ 38.7 billion on other expenditures.

The report showed the leading five per cent of charities attracted 80 per cent of the sector’s total income, and that more than two-thirds of charities in Australia have been tiny, with an annual earnings of significantly less than $ 250,000.

Australians among greatest givers

The report was the initial time the ACNC, established in 2012, had analysed data relating to the charity sector.

Charities have been necessary to lodge reports with the regulator because 2013.

The report showed that there were much more than 54,000 charities in Australia and they reported a combined total income of $ 103.4 billion in 2014.

In effect we’re close to a census of charities in Australia, due to the fact all registered charities are required to report annually.

ACNC Commissioner Susan Pascoe

Of that, $ 42 billion was created up of government grants, and $ six.8 billion was donated income. A additional $ 54.5 billion came from in other income and income.

The report followed a transparency push across the non-for-profit sector which has expanded swiftly throughout the past 20 years.

Australians are amongst the most significant givers to charity in the globe.

ACNC Commissioner Susan Pascoe stated the details would advantage the public.

“This report signifies the broader community can get a actually good indication of the income in the sector, the activities in the sector, the purposes of those charities and the beneficiaries that these monies are becoming employed for,” Ms Pascoe mentioned.

“In effect we’re close to a census of charities in Australia, because all registered charities are required to report annually.

“This is the very first time that we will be in a position to say empirically how a lot funds is in the charity sector in Australia.”

A extended-time lack of dependable information that analyses how the charity dollar hits the ground in Australia has resulted in what these in the sector have stated was a crude model of analysis that focused on the price ratio, or calculations of the cent in the dollar provided to beneficiaries.

Warne below fire but donation figures not low

Cricketer Shane Warne’s charity, the Shane Warne Foundation, came beneath fire recently for reportedly only giving an average 16 cents in the dollar to its beneficiaries in between 2011 and 2013.

The details was contained in a series of reports published final week in Fairfax newspapers.

Just about every thing in the report is excellent news. It is a $ one hundred billion sector — we hadn’t realised it was of that magnitude prior to.

Centre for Independent studies policy analyst Helen Andrews

Warne launched a spirited defence of the foundation, arguing that it had donated far more than 50 per cent of far more than $ 7.8 million it had raised considering that the foundation’s establishment a decade ago.

Centre for Independent studies policy analyst Helen Andrews said she did not think the percentage of funds raised and handed onto charities by the Shane Warne Foundation was, in current years, low, as such figures could differ tremendously over years.

“It could turn out to be the case right after investigation that there has been wrongdoing at the Shane Warne Foundation,” Ms Andrews said, “but based on the information that has been released so far, I do not see anything that proves wrongdoing.”

The analyst, who last year published a report on regulation of the not-for-profit sector, stated the very first publication of detailed data by the commission was a welcome move and would support the sector move beyond evaluation of charities’ effectiveness based on crude expense ratio calculations.

“This report is … an unprecedented breadth of details on the not-for-profit sector that we just have not had before,” Ms Andrews stated.

“Just about every thing in the report is excellent news.

“It really is a $ one hundred billion sector — we hadn’t realised it was of that magnitude ahead of, and that is actually fascinating.”

Charity sector welcomes transparency

Starlight Foundation chief executive Louise Baxter also welcomed the report’s release, saying it would assist buyers who were interested in realizing no matter whether their charity dollar was spent nicely.

The Starlight Foundation lifts the spirits of thousands of kids in hospital each and every year by means of its Captain Starlight and Starlight Express rooms in paediatric wards around the nation.

Ms Baxter said the sector welcomed greater transparency, and that the Starlight Foundation undertook careful analysis to map the benefit of every charity dollar donated.

She mentioned many members of the public who donated to charity have been interested in being aware of their selected charity had a powerful track record.

But focussing on the expense ratio of a charity — a figure found in which the charity’s all round expenditure is divided by the amount of donations it passes on to beneficiaries — was not a useful measure.

“I’ve moved in between the corporate sector and the for-goal sector, and one particular of the things that is intriguing is that it’s genuinely acceptable in the commercial sector to invest in some thing that’s genuinely going to deliver you a extended-term cost advantage,” Ms Baxter stated.

“But it seems if we just keep our eye on 1 quantity in this sector, it will avert that, and truly quit the sector from becoming far more effective.”

Topics: charities-and-community-organisations, charities, community-and-society, organization-economics-and-finance, australia

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Investigation into downed AirAsia flight finds maintenance and crew error to blame

Posted December 01, 2015 19:17:01

An investigation into the downing of an AirAsia flight last year has found each upkeep and crew error to blame for the crash.

Flight Q78501 crashed into the Java Sea during a brief flight from Surabaya to Singapore in December 2014, killing all 162 on board.

Analysis of the plane’s black boxes has now been released by Indonesia’s Transport Safety Bureau, showing unresolved repetitive faults with the aircraft.

A fault with the rudder manage technique was a significant element in the plane’s downing, Indonesian investigators said.

Repeated troubles with the system led to the pilots disengaging the autopilot in stormy climate in a bid to fix the scenario, and then losing control of the Airbus A320-200, Indonesia’s official National Transportation Security Committee said.

A member of Indonesia's search and rescue team walks past a piece of the plane wreckage. Photo: A member of Indonesia’s search and rescue group walks past a piece of the plane wreckage. (AFP: Yudha Manx, file photo)

In their final report into the crash, investigators said the soldering on the Rudder Travel Limiter system — which assists manage the rudder’s movement — was cracked, leading it to send repeated warning messages to the pilots.

When they received the fourth warning, the pilots pulled circuit-breakers on element of the aircraft’s control program in a bid to reset the method.

This turned off the autopilot, and the plane then started to roll, the report stated.

“Subsequent flight crew action resulted in inability to manage the aircraft,” the report stated.

The plane went into a “prolonged stall situation that was beyond the capability of the crew to recover”, it said.

It added the flight information recorders did not indicate the weather had impacted the aircraft.

The report also said the AirAsia plane had the very same difficulty with its rudder system 23 instances in the 12 months before the December crash.

ABC/wires

Topics: air-and-space, law-crime-and-justice, death, indonesia, asia

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SA firearm amnesty to quit weapons ‘falling into incorrect hands’

Posted December 01, 2015 07:59:20

A gun amnesty aimed at reducing the number of unwanted and unregistered firearms in South Australia has begun.

People can hand in weapons at police stations and 45 firearms dealers across the state for the next seven months.

A firearms bill will also be considered in Parliament this week, which could see a permanent amnesty introduced if it passes.

Police Minister Tony Piccolo said the current amnesty was about making the community safer.

Assistant Commissioner Philip Newitt said the amnesty was about taking unwanted guns out of the community and out of criminals’ reach.

“In the last three financial years 670 firearms were reported stolen in South Australia,” Mr Newitt said.

“Of those, more than 55 per cent were stolen from people living in rural areas.

“We know that criminals value firearms and so all guns are at risk of being stolen and falling into the wrong hands.

“We’re calling on all gun owners or people holding guns, to hand in any firearms no-longer used such as inherited or old firearms gathering dust.”

He said any firearm, firearm part or ammunition could be surrendered.

Possessing an unregistered or illegal firearm is against the law and attracts penalties of up to $ 50,000 or imprisonment for up to 10 years.

Topics: crime, crime-prevention, law-crime-and-justice, states-and-territories, state-parliament, adelaide-5000, sa

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