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LNP and PUP to launch Qld election drives

Written By kemala yuspita on Senin, 19 Januari 2015 | 21.31

THE Liberal National Party is about to officially launch its re-election bid in Queensland, with less than a fortnight remaining on the campaign clock.

BUT Premier Campbell Newman has been decidedly tight-lipped on the subject of which, if any, federal ministers will be on hand on Sunday morning.

With the prime minister's absence already noted this election, Mr Newman told reporters on Saturday the LNP didn't need any high-profile MPs to come and prop its campaign up.The LNP isn't the only party kicking off the business end of its campaign ahead of the January 31 poll.Member for Fairfax Clive Palmer will also be out and about, joining Queensland leader John Bjelke-Petersen to launch the Palmer United Party's election drive.The respective events come after Mr Newman and his Labor rival Kate Jones started the weekend campaigning in the hotly contested Ashgrove electorate.The Greens also kicked off their campaign by promising to invest $100 million in solar research and put $70m towards fitting another 100,000 homes with solar panels.And in a return to the public fray unlikely to thrill his former LNP colleagues, one-time assistant health minister Chris Davis reappeared in a TV spot urging Queenslanders not to trust the Newman government.

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Search for missing man in Melbourne

POLICE are searching for an elderly man who has gone missing from his Melbourne home.

KASHI Adhikari, 73, was last seen at his home in Westlake Drive, Melton between 10pm and 10.30pm on Saturday.

Police are searching the area around Mr Adhikari's home and have concerns for his welfare given his age and the time he has been gone.He usually wears loose white pants, a white long sleeved top and a hat.The Nepalese man is 170m tall with balding grey hair and he speaks broken English.Police have released an image of Mr Adhikari and are appealing for information as to his whereabouts.

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Two dead, one injured in US mall shooting

A SHOOTING at a mall in central Florida has left two people dead and one other wounded.

AFTER responding to reports of multiple shots fired inside the Melbourne Square Mall, police on Saturday tweeted that the "shooter is contained" and officers were clearing the mall store by store.

It wasn't immediately clear whether the suspect was dead or injured, Commander Vince Pryce said.Police say the injured victim was hospitalised in stable condition with a gunshot wound and is co-operating with investigators.Melbourne Mayor Kathy Meehan told Florida Today that police officials told her the shooting followed a domestic dispute between a woman who worked at the mall's food court and her husband.The mall was evacuated, and officials said it would remain closed while police continue to investigate.Donna Evans of Melbourne said she was in the food court when she heard gunfire about six metres away."We had just gotten our food to sit down by Starbucks and Chik-fil-A, and you just hear the 'pop, pop, pop, pop, pop, pop, pop,' and you just drop everything and your body just makes you run," Evans told Florida Today.

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Man shocked while climbing electrical pole

A 21-YEAR-OLD man has burns over half his body after being shocked as he climbed an electrical pole at a Gold Coast railway station.

POLICE said the man scaled a security fence at Nerang Railway Station before trying to climb the pole late on Saturday night.

He has been taken to hospital in a serious condition with burns to 50 per cent of his body.


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Labor again calls for Bali Nine clemency

LABOR has again called for clemency for Myuran Sukumaran and Andrew Chan, the two members of the Bali Nine on death row in Indonesia.

SUKUMARAN'S bid for a presidential pardon, considered his final avenue to escape death by firing squad, has been rejected though the outcome of Chan's application remains unknown.

A joint statement issued by Labor leader Bill Shorten and his deputy, Tanya Plibersek, on Saturday calls again for clemency for the pair and notes it has bipartisan support."Labor opposes the death penalty in all cases," they say in the statement."We urge clemency for anyone facing it, whoever and wherever they may be. That includes two members of the Bali Nine, Myuran Sukumaran and Andrew Chan."Consistent with the long standing bipartisan opposition to the death penalty, both Labor and Liberal governments have made representations to a number of countries on behalf of Australian citizens who face the death penalty."That work has Labor's full support."Sukumaran will not be scheduled for execution until a decision is made on Chan's bid for a presidential pardon, according to Indonesian officials.Chan has not been notified officially that his clemency bid has been turned down and Indonesian Attorney-General HM Prasetyo says until it's issued, Sukumaran's execution is on hold.The co-ringleaders in a 2005 heroin trafficking plot will be dealt with together, he has said."When a crime is committed by more than one person, the execution must be conducted at the same time," Mr Prasetyo said in Jakarta."So Myuran will wait for his turn."Indonesia's foreign ministry also says it has responded to a letter from Australian Foreign Affairs Minister Julie Bishop concerning the pair's plight, reiterating President Joko Widodo's uncompromising stance on the issue of drugs.The Australians' names are on a list of 20 prisoners expected to be next in line for the firing squad.Meanwhile Indonesia has confirmed its intention to proceed with the execution of six prisoners on Sunday - one Indonesian and five foreigners - all of them drug offenders.It has rejected last-minute appeals by Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff to spare her countryman, ex-pilot Marco Moreira, and the Dutch government for its citizen, Ang Kiem Soei.

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Man attacked in his Adelaide home

A MAN has been attacked in his Adelaide home by two men demanding drugs and cash.

A MAN and a woman were woken by noises inside their West Lakes home at around 4.30am on Sunday.

The man confronted two men who assaulted him before stealing a small amount of an illicit drug and fleeing.The attackers were not known to the victim.Police are investigating whether the incident is connected to a police pursuit.The intruders were seen leaving the scene in a Holden Statesman.The vehicle was pursued but was lost in the back streets of Seaton.Police say the men involved in the break-in were both around 185cm tall and wearing dark clothing.One was described as weighing over 100kg and the other as slim.

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Sydney baby crushed under 4WD by dad

Written By kemala yuspita on Minggu, 18 Januari 2015 | 21.31

A BABY has been rushed to a hospital in Sydney's west after being crushed by a 4WD in the driveway of the family home, reportedly driven by her own father.

THE 13-month-old girl was hit by the car at her Engadine home just before 2pm on Sunday.

She was airlifted to The Children's Hospital at Westmead in a serious but stable condition.The girl's father had just finished washing the 4WD and was moving it back into the garage when he felt the girl under the front wheel, a CareFlight spokesman said.


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Computing is new favourite UK subject

Computing has replaced English to become British children's favourite school subject. Source: AAP

COMPUTING has replaced English to become British children's favourite school subject, new research suggests.

NEARLY one in four (24 per cent) children aged between six and 12 years old said that computing and technology are the subjects that they enjoy the most, while the most popular subject among their parents was English, with 21 per cent of parents favouring this during their school days, the study for Barclays found.

Despite their children's strong appetites to hone their computer skills, two in five (40 per cent) of parents said they "dread" helping their offspring with their computer homework.As a result, nearly half (49 per cent) of children said they end up turning to their brothers and sisters for help with the subjects their parents find the most baffling, which were found to be computing and maths.Maths also happened to be the second most popular subject among the children surveyed, with 19 per cent citing it as their favourite. The least popular subject according to the research was languages, which was chosen by three per cent of those surveyed.The research, which was carried out among 1000 parents and 1000 children, also found that 17 per cent of children favoured English as their favourite subject, 17 per cent preferred science, six per cent chose history and four per cent voted geography as their favourite.

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Executions a bad sign for Bali Nine pair

INDONESIA'S execution of five foreign nationals despite international pressure, and pointed diplomatic entreaties, cannot bode well for Australia's Myuran Sukumaran and Andrew Chan.

THE Bali Nine pair, on death row since 2005 for heroin smuggling, are on the same list of 26 prisoners that Indonesia has said it will execute this year.

This weekend's executions were the first since 2013, and the first under new president Joko Widodo who maintains a hard line on drugs despite being elected in October on a reformist agenda.The five foreigners - from Brazil, the Netherlands, Vietnam, Malawi and Nigeria - were shot dead by a firing squad along with one Indonesian.The international response has been one of dismay, with Brazilian President Dilma Roussef saying she was "distressed and outraged" at the execution of a countryman despite repeated pleas for clemency.Both Brazil and the Netherlands are temporarily recalling their ambassadors to Indonesia, and human rights group Amnesty International again urged Indonesia to "immediately halt plans to put more people to death".Federal opposition leader Bill Shorten on Sunday said the executions were "dreadful news".He was also asked whether Indonesia's apparent willingness to carry though with the executions - irrespective of international fallout or pressure - was a bad sign."Well, when things are so delicately in the balance one doesn't want to say anything to inflame it," he said."But again ... I believe that Australians no matter what their political views, want to see clemency extended to these young Australians facing this dreadful prospect of the death penalty."We will work with the (Abbott) government to make sure that clemency is extended to Australians who are facing this most dreadful prospect in the coming days and weeks."Earlier this month, Prime Minister Tony Abbott said his government would make "the strongest possible representations" to Indonesia seeking mercy for Chan and Sukumaran, but said it would be foolish to risk jeopardising diplomatic relations.Chan, 31, and Sukumaran, 33, were sentenced to death for their part in a 2005 scheme to import more than 8kg of heroin from Indonesia to Australia.Australia has long supported calls for the pair to receive a presidential pardon - the final avenue within Indonesia's legal system to escape the death penalty.Sukumaran had his bid for a pardon formally denied last month, while Chan is still waiting for the outcome of his appeal.This is likely to delay Sukumaran's planned execution date as Indonesian officials have said the pair would be executed at the same time, should Chan also not be granted a pardon.

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Foley remembers 'courageous' O'Grady

NSW Labor leader Luke Foley has paid tribute to trailblazing former state MP Paul O'Grady, who has died aged 54.

NSW Labor on Sunday confirmed that Mr O'Grady, who in 1990 was the first Australian MP to publicly acknowledge his homosexuality, had passed away.

After being elected to parliament in 1998, Mr O'Grady resigned from the state's upper house in January 1996 after being diagnosed HIV positive, ending an eight-year career in politics.Speaking on Sunday, Mr Foley said he was enormously saddened to hear of the death of his friend, Mr O'Grady."He was an adviser to me. He was somebody I respected for 25 years. I think of his enormous courage not only as the first openly gay member of parliament but also speaking about his battle with HIV," Mr Foley told AAP.He pointed especially to Mr Grady's "enormously powerful" evidence to a parliamentary inquiry into the use of cannabis for medicinal purposes."Paul's evidence to that inquiry was so powerful that it went a long way to convincing all of the members of the inquiry from five different political parties to support the legalisation of cannabis for people with terminal illness," Mr Foley added.Tributes for Mr O'Grady flowed on Twitter.Labor's federal MP for Grayndler, Anthony Albanese, tweeted: "Vale Paul O'Grady - friend, political activist, supporter, Parliamentarian, brave leader who embraced life to the full- will be sadly missed".NSW Labor MP for Charleston, Jodie Harrison, described Mr O'Grady as "a man who encouraged me and so many others in Young Labor"."RIP Honourable Paul O'Grady," she tweeted.

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