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North Korean leader’s H-bomb claim draws scepticism

Posted December 11, 2015 00:56:39

Kim Jong-un Photo: North Korean leader Kim Jong-un (front) says his nation possesses both the hydrogen and atomic bombs. (Reuters: KCNA)

North Korea’s leader Kim Jong-un has recommended his nation possesses a hydrogen bomb, as well as an atomic bomb.

The claim has been met with scepticism but, if true, it would represent a step forward in North Korea’s nuclear capabilities.

Mr Kim produced the comments as he toured the Phyongchon Revolutionary Website, which marks the feats of his father, who died in 2011, and his grandfather, state founder and eternal president Kim Il Sung, the official KCNA news agency mentioned.

The perform of Kim Il-sung “turned the DPRK into a potent nuclear weapons state prepared to detonate a self-reliant A-bomb and H-bomb to reliably defend its sovereignty and the dignity of the nation,” KCNA quoted Mr Kim as saying.

DPRK are the initials of the isolated North’s official name, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.

A hydrogen bomb, also recognized as a thermonuclear bomb, makes use of far more sophisticated technology to generate a significantly more strong blast than an atomic bomb.

North Korea carried out underground tests to set off nuclear devices in 2006, 2009 and 2013, for which it has been topic to UN Safety Council sanctions banning trade and financing activities that help its weapons system.

Kim Jong-un looks at guns. Photo: North Korean leader Kim Jong-un visits the Phyongchon Revolutionary Site, which marks the feats of his father and grandfather. (Reuters: KCNA)

An official at South Korea’s intelligence agency told Yonhap news agency there was no proof that the North had hydrogen bomb capacity, and believed Mr Kim was speaking rhetorically.

The foreign ministry in China, North Korea’s most critical economic and diplomatic backer, mentioned China was devoted to making certain the denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula and resolving problems via talks.

“We hope that all sides can do more to ameliorate the scenario and make constructive efforts to sustain peace and stability on the peninsula,” ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying told a daily news briefing when asked about Mr Kim’s remarks.

Impoverished North Korea and wealthy, democratic South Korea stay technically at war after their 1950-53 conflict ended in a truce, not a treaty. The North has threatened to destroy the South and its major ally, the United States, in a sea of flames.

Despite the underground tests, outdoors specialists suspect the North is quick of achieving the capability to place a nuclear warhead on a missile, even though it has boasted it had succeeded in the miniaturisation of a weapon.

If the hydrogen bomb claim is accurate, it would indicate advances in the North’s pursuit of nuclear weapons.

“I think it is unlikely that they have an H-bomb at the moment, but I do not anticipate them to keep testing simple devices indefinitely, either,” stated Jeffrey Lewis of the California-primarily based Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey.

It was attainable the North was referring to the technology of boosting the yield of a nuclear device, possibly utilizing fusion fuel, Mr Lewis said.

North Korea claimed in 2010 that it had effectively developed fusion technology.

Assessing progress of the North’s nuclear program is tough simply because no-one outside a close circle of leaders and professionals knows what advances have been created.


Topics: government-and-politics, korea-democratic-individuals-s-republic-of

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Glencore cuts 180 jobs at north Queensland coal mine

By Jonathan Hair

Posted December 07, 2015 15:38:21

Mining giant Glencore has announced it is cutting 180 of the 230 jobs at its Collinsville mine in north Queensland as a outcome of falling coal rates.

Glencore said most of the job cuts would occur from March 2016.

In a statement, the mining giant stated decrease coal prices and market oversupply had contributed to the operation incurring economic losses this year.

The company described the present coal market as one particular of the most difficult in the industry’s recent history and stated the move was a result of challenges being faced by all Australian coal mines.

Glencore stated assistance services were in spot for employees and their families impacted by the move.

The Collinsville operation in Queensland’s Bowen Basin has been below monetary strain for a lot of 2015.

In May possibly, Glencore reduce 80 jobs from the same mine in an try to minimize coal production at the website.

Collinsville is Queensland’s oldest coal mine and has been in operation for almost 100 years.

Topics: coal, mining-sector, mining-rural, unemployment, collinsville-4804, townsville-4810

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North Stradbroke’s traditional owners open initial maintaining location

Posted December 07, 2015 14:46:19

Michael Costello stands with a scar tree on North Stradbroke Island. Photo: Michael Costello says the artefacts, including a treasured scar tree, educate folks about the island’s long history. (612 ABC Brisbane: Jessica Hinchliffe)

A new project by the conventional owners of one particular of Queensland’s largest islands aims to safeguard cultural artefacts for generations to come.

What was after the library in the old Dunwich higher school on North Stradbroke Island is now the keeping location for cultural artefacts from the Indigenous Quandamooka neighborhood.

We’ve only just started … it is a race against time to record and protect the things for the future.

Michael Costello, Quandamooka Yoolooburrabee

Thousand-year-old tools, shells and considerable pieces have been place on show for the public to see.

Michael Costello, cultural coordinator for the Quandamooka Yoolooburrabee Aboriginal Corporation, stated the artefacts educated folks about the island’s long history.

Some have been left in the field and while other people have been placed on show in the maintaining location.

“A cultural website is like a historical shipwreck — once you start off stripping away all the important pieces it’s no longer important,” he mentioned.

“We try to leave everything on the internet site and the stuff we do recover — it is critical to telling our story and our connection to nation.”

Unique rocks that are ground down to powder show the many uses of the historic stones. Photo: Unique rocks that are ground down to powder show their many utilizes. (612 ABC Brisbane: Jessica Hinchliffe)

Mr Costello stated he hoped the tactile nature of the show, which includes shells aged from 1,000 to 3,000 years, would engage guests and locals alike.

“We can allow individuals to touch issues and see it as opposed to looking at photographs in a book,” he stated.

“The oldest carbon-dated web site we have on the island is 20,600 years old and that is very important.”

Mr Costello worked alongside geologists to locate most of the artefacts on show.

“There are hundreds of internet sites across Quandamooka country and they are recorded on a database, but none of them are protected,” he mentioned.

“We’ve only just began … it really is a race against time to record and defend the things for the future.”

Some of the shells on display are 1,000 to 3,000 years old. Photo: Some of the shells on show are 1,000 to three,000 years old. (612 ABC Brisbane: Jessica Hinchliffe)

Years of history held in tools and trees

Mr Costello said one of the most valued things in the keeping location was a scar tree that was identified on a construction site on Russell Island.

A scar tree is also identified as a canoe tree — bark can be removed from it and employed with no destroying the tree.

“We recovered the scar tree from the website where Queensland Wellness were constructing a new ambulance station on the island,” he said.

“We recorded the website with an archaeologist and recovered the development wood and stored it here for men and women to see in the future.

“The greatest we have on the island here is three scars out of a single tree and the tree is nevertheless alive.”

Carved stones show the tools used for cooking on the island. Photo: Carved stones show the tools employed for cooking on the island. (612 ABC Brisbane: Jessica Hinchliffe)

Thousands of years of innovation

The collection shows the innovation of the Quandamooka people on the island with distinctive fishing nets and different kitchen implements collected by Mr Costello.

“We have grind stones used for grinding up seeds and there is also stone axes we’ve recovered from creeks and various internet sites around the island,” he stated.

“A lot of websites are recovered throughout survey function if we determine that there is a web site under threat then we will go in and undertake a salvage operation.

“Men and women do attempt and pinch things if it’s a actually good piece … they attempt and souvenir.”

An old sign warning tourists of relics on North Stradbroke Island. Photo: An old sign warning tourists of relics on North Stradbroke Island. (612 ABC Brisbane: Jessica Hinchliffe)

Mr Costello stated he hoped the centre would continue to grow.

“We have plans for a bigger Quandamooka complicated and inside that complex there will be a cultural heritage exhibition space,” he said.

“We’re not confident what kind that will take but it will be a substantial site inside the complicated.”

Photos show the many relics still yet to be found on the island. Photo: Pictures show the a lot of relics still yet to be discovered on the island. (612 ABC Brisbane: Jessica Hinchliffe)

Topics: indigenous-culture, indigenous-aboriginal-and-torres-strait-islander, community-and-society, history, travel-and-tourism, human-interest, amity-point-4183

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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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Liberal Trent Zimmerman wins North Sydney seat

Updated December 05, 2015 22:26:57

Trent Zimmerman has won the Federal by-election in North Sydney despite an almost 14 per cent swing against the party.

“Not all of the votes have been counted however, but it’s very clear that with over 50 per cent of the ballots in that the Government is going to retain the seat of North Sydney,” Mr Zimmerman stated.

Just just before 10:00pm (AEDT), with practically 60 per cent of the ballots counted, the Liberals had received 47.five per cent of the vote ahead of Independent Stephen Ruff’s 18.7 per cent and the Greens’ 16.4 per cent.

External Hyperlink: Malcolm Turnbull congratulates Trent Zimmerman

Labor did not field a candidate for the by-election, triggered when the former treasurer Joe Hockey quit Parliament.

Mr Zimmerman is the existing acting president of the Liberal Party, and a former staffer to Mr Hockey, and won preselection for the candidacy in October a lot to the chagrin of some within the celebration who described it at the time as a “stitch-up” simply because not all branch members of North Sydney were allowed to vote.

With a 15.9 per cent margin, North Sydney is 1 of the safest federal Liberal electorates in Australia.

“There is only three occasions in the final 60 years that the Liberals haven’t won it on very first preferences,” ABC election analyst Antony Green stated.

Both occasions the Liberals lost the seat were to Ted Mack, an independent, Green added.

Meanwhile, the Liberal Celebration has denied using unauthorised posters at polling booths in the by-election.

Labor mentioned there were posters featuring Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull that did not function the necessary authorisation.

But, a Liberal Party spokeswoman mentioned “all material, like the corflutes featuring the Prime Minister, are authorised in accordance with the Electoral Act”.

The fine for employing unauthorised material is $ 5,000.

Topics: government-and-politics, elections, north-sydney-2060, nsw, australia

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Shelter opens in North Adelaide for homeless veterans

Posted December 02, 2015 07:07:28

A former soldier has turned his efforts from fighting for his nation to helping homeless veterans get their lives back on track.

The Returned Services League (RSL) will nowadays open an emergency shelter in North Adelaide for returned servicemen and girls who are sleeping rough.

It will be based in an accommodation block at the Australian Lutheran College and managed by Ben Challinor, who spent 11 years in the Royal Australian Artillery.

“We’ll identify what sort of support is necessary and get them back on their feet,” he mentioned.

Up to 16 individuals can live in the shelter, where these in want can also get details about job opportunities.

Mr Challinor said whilst it was created to be a quick-term remedy, some clientele could stay there for up to a year.

“The aim is to get them to move on when they’ve accomplished self-sustainability,” he stated.

“The initial step is to cease them sleeping rough or on somebody’s couch, we’ll steer them in what we think is the correct path.”

The program is also aimed at helping former soldiers locate new employment.

RSL chief executive Julia Langrehr said many individuals who have had a military career uncover civilian life challenging.

“It’s not necessarily just for individuals who are already living rough but men and women who may well be couch surfing, may be sleeping in their vehicles, may have taken their tent out bush,” she stated.

Ms Langrehr said a lot of veterans did not have a rental history, which also made for a hard transition.

“When you are in the service you have accommodation offered for you, you never have a rental reference so actually obtaining accommodation can be hard,” she stated.

Subjects: homelessness, neighborhood-and-society, veterans, north-adelaide-5006, adelaide-5000, sa

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Suspected jihadists kill three at UN base in north Mali

Posted November 29, 2015 00:25:42

At least three folks, like two UN peacekeepers and a civilian, have been killed and 20 other people injured in a rocket attack on a UN base in the north-eastern Malian town of Kidal, UN sources say.

“Our camp in Kidal was attacked early this morning by terrorists making use of rockets,” an official from the UN peacekeeping mission in Mali (MINUSMA) stated.

A neighborhood official confirmed the report. It is the newest sign the West African country’s Islamist insurgency is intensifying.

French troops and the 10,000-robust UN force have struggled to stabilise the former French colony, exactly where Islamist militants attacked a hotel in the capital on November 20 and killed 20 folks.

“They fired rockets from about 4:00am inside the MINUSMA camp,” Olivier Salgado, deputy chief of communication in the peacekeeping mission, stated.

“We have three dead and four seriously injured,” he mentioned, adding that there have been a total of 20 wounded and that health-related evacuations had been underway.

A security source in north Mali who wished to remain anonymous mentioned the Kidal camp had received a warning two days before the attack from an unnamed jihadist group. A nearby deputy for Kidal Ahmoudene Ag Ikmasse also blamed radical Islamists.

Africa facing developing Islamist insurgency

Northern Mali was taken over by Islamist fighters, some with hyperlinks to Al Qaeda, for most of 2012.

They were driven out by a French-led military operation a year later, but violence has continued and spread into formerly secure locations in the south.

Three Islamist militant groups — Al-Mourabitoun, an Al Qaeda affiliate led by notorious 1-eyed Algerian militant Mokhtar Belmokhtar, Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) and Massina Liberation Front (MLF) — claimed final week’s attack on the Radisson Blu hotel that killed Russian and Chinese nationals as nicely as an American, amongst other individuals.

Security analysts mentioned the groups could be collaborating.

Some analysts have mentioned the spike in jihadist attacks has been developed to disrupt the implementation of a peace deal signed among numerous northern armed groups and Mali’s government in June.

“I want to reiterate that these attacks will not impede the determination of the United Nations to support the Malian people and the peace procedure,” UN special envoy for the Mali mission, Mongi Hamdi, said.

A French soldier, element of the 3,500 Barkhane anti-terrorism force operating across the Sahel, and a UN peacekeeper were killed by landmines this week.

Germany stated it was willing to send up to 650 soldiers to bolster the UN force, which has however to attain its complete strength of 12,680 guys.

Other West African states are also battling Islamist militants.

Boko Haram, the leading such group in the region, has this year extended its attacks from Nigeria to neighbouring states of Niger, Cameroon and Chad.


Topics: government-and-politics, unrest-conflict-and-war, mali

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North coast pub tops list of NSW’s most violent venues

Posted November 27, 2015 19:36:16

The Plantation Hotel on New South Wales’ north coast and Sydney’s Home Nightclub have topped the latest list of the state’s most violent venues.

Most violent venues in NSW

  • Plantation Hotel, Coffs Harbour – 21 incidents
  • House Nightclub, Sydney – 19 incidents
  • Beachcomber Resort and Conference Centre, Toukley – 17 incidents
  • Fusion, Cronulla – 16 incidents
  • Peach Tree Inn Hotel, Penrith – 15 incidents
  • Crown Hotel Parramatta, Parramatta – 14 incidents
  • Ivy, Sydney – 14 incidents

Justice and Police Minister Troy Grant nowadays released the latest snapshot of the state’s most violent venues, revealing a six-fold reduce in violent incidents considering that the list began in 2008.

Mr Grant mentioned there have been 200 violent incidents across 14 venues compared to 1,270 incidents across 48 venues ranked on the 1st violent venues list.

Venues in NSW can be categorised as level a single, with 19 or more violent incidents in a year, or level two, with 12 to 18 incidents.

The Plantation Hotel at Coffs Harbour topped the list with 21 incidents, followed by Sydney’s Property Nightclub with 19 incidents.

They are listed as level one particular venues under the scheme and are topic to a quantity of restrictions, including 1:30am lockouts and additional safety measures.

Mr Grant said he was pleased to see numerous venues enhancing.

“I congratulate the six venues across the state that have been removed from this most recent list,” he stated.

Mr Grant praised Ivy – a level one particular venue in the previous four lists – for reducing its number of violent incidents from 23 in the previous list to 14.

Nonetheless, Mr Grant said it was surprising and disappointing to add the Sydney Cricket (SCG) and Sports Ground Trust, which contains the SCG and the Sydney Football Stadium, to this year’s list.

The trust has turn out to be the initial sporting venue to make the list, with 12 incidents, such as four at NRL fixtures.

“The trust have a lot of severe measures to make positive this doesn’t occur and ultimately this comes down to the people who are acting in this way that bring ultimately all of us into disrepute,” Mr Grant said.

“We will continue to work with the SCG Trust to create on how they’re at the moment responding to alcohol-related violence.

“It really is a essential venue, it is got hundreds of thousands of men and women going by means of it each and every year.”

Subjects: alcohol, crime, state-parliament, nsw, coffs-harbour-2450

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North Stradbroke Island traditional owners trial eco-cabins

Posted November 26, 2015 20:58:54

A cabin established by the Quandamooka Yoolooburrabee Aboriginal Corporation Photo: 1 of two trial eco-cabins established by the Quandamooka Yoolooburrabee Aboriginal Corporation on Stradbroke Island. (ABC News: Kathy McLeish)

When sand mining on North Stradbroke Island comes to an end the traditional owners say they will be prepared.

The Quandamooka Yoolooburrabee Aboriginal Corporation (QYAC) have been trialling two eco-cabins, specially made to showcase cultural values and built to be environmentally sound.

The organisation has plans to roll far more cabins out at locations across the land below lease to Belgian mining giant Sibleco as soon as the sand mining comes to an finish.

QYAC CEO Cameron Costello stated the cabins also incorporated sustainable materials.

“Sustainable design and style, that is what is attractive to the tourism marketplace, it really is a combination of traditional camping elements and supplies with some of the luxurious mod cons that men and women expect,” he stated.

We believe it is time we must be able to let the rest of the community get pleasure from what is down there.

Darren Burns, Quandamooka Yoolooburrabee Aboriginal Corporation joint management coordinator

“It is the way of the future. This for us is a international eco-cultural tourism location.”

QYAC’s joint management coordinator Darren Burns mentioned the community just wanted to move on from mining.

“There’s been 60-70 years of mining and it has been a godsend for a lot of the community yes but we just can not go on,” he mentioned.

“We consider it really is time we should be able to let the rest of the community appreciate what’s down there.”

He stated about 40 per cent of the island was under mining lease and a further 20 per cent of the island was inaccessible because of restrictions designed by the mining areas and referred to as on the company to release non-operational leases now.

“We’ve got a 20,000 year old site that was partially mined 30 years ago that we nevertheless can not get community access to,” he mentioned.

‘It’s a tall order to replace mining with something let alone tourism’

National Parks Minister Steven Miles said Stradbroke Island was completely positioned as a cultural tourist site.

“It’s a quite specific spot correct on Brisbane’s doorstop … but locked away from Queenslanders,” he stated.

“It really is the only location in the state exactly where mining leases exist more than the best of national parks. Our national parks are for all Queenslanders to get pleasure from.”

The commitment to end mining in four years was an election promise by the Labor Celebration.

Darren Burns with Cameron Costello Photo: Quandamooka Yoolooburrabee Aboriginal Corporation’s (QYAC) joint management coordinator Darren Burns with CEO Cameron Costello. (ABC News: Kathy McLeish)

The Newman Government had extended the timeline for the mining leases to 2035.

In October, Katter’s Australian Party tabled a private members bill with a compromise date of 2024.

But Dr Miles stated today, the transition strategy and a bill to close the mine by 2019 have been expected ahead of the end of this year.

He mentioned they had been determined to meet their election commitment.

“I am confident that the Parliament will pass our bill and will acknowledge that our bill combined with the economic transition technique is a sensible outcome that can set North Stradbroke Island up for a very vibrant future,” he mentioned.

North Stradbroke’s Chamber of Commerce chairman Colin Battersby mentioned it was a “tall order to replace mining with anything let alone tourism”.

But he stated traders and locals have been determined to take a good approach and keen to contribute to the transition strategy.

“So we’ll be searching forward to seeing a plan … get some certainty, move forward and we can all get pleasure from our live once more,” Mr Battersby mentioned.

The sand mine on Stradbroke Island. Photo: The Queensland Government is determined to finish sand mining on Stradbroke Island by 2019.

(ABC News: Giulio Saggin)

Subjects: indigenous-aboriginal-and-torres-strait-islander, charities-and-neighborhood-organisations, dunwich-4183

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