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Search for man at Qld lake called off

Written By kemala yuspita on Sabtu, 20 Desember 2014 | 21.32

Authorities have called off a month-long search for a man feared drowned at a deep Queensland lake. Source: AAP

AUTHORITIES have called off a month-long search for a man feared drowned at a deep far north Queensland lake.

LOCAL man Maurice Shutter, also known as Maurice Packham, 65, was last seen on November 23 in an inflatable boat in the middle of Lake Eacham, inland from Cairns.

A search was launched after the boat was found abandoned.Dozens of emergency personnel, some using specialised sonar equipment, have searched the 65-metre deep lake and surrounding area each day for the past month but there has been no sign of Mr Shutter.Police said in a statement on Saturday that the search had been suspended.The lake and surrounding national park have been reopened.

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Police identify the Manoora child victims

Police have formally identified the eight children killed in a home in the Cairns suburb of Manoora. Source: AAP

POLICE have formally identified the eight children killed in a Cairns home.

THEY were four girls aged 14, 12, 11 and two, and four boys aged nine, eight, six and five.

The mother of the seven youngest children has been arrested over their murders, but not yet charged. The oldest girl was her niece.Detective Inspector Bruno Asnicar says police have spoken to all five of the children's fathers."I don't think anybody would imagine any reaction other than absolute devastation, to be told that their child's dead. Of course that was the case," he told reporters on Saturday afternoon.He said the families have been co-operating with police, which had helped make the identification of the children easier."Even under these horrific circumstances and the trauma they've been through, the support that the family has been giving us in this investigation has been outstanding," he said."And it's been because of them this process was able to be done in a really calm, easy and least intrusive way we possibly could."Police are yet to release a cause of death with the autopsies still being conducted. Those results are expected in the next few days.The youngest children's mother, Mersane Warria, 37, is yet to be charged but is under police guard at a local hospital where she is in a stable condition after suffering multiple stab wounds."Charges are being considered of course. Investigations are continuing, obviously, in that direction. At this stage we haven't proffered any charges," he said.Det Asnicar would not comment on how she sustained her injuries, whether she had undergone a mental health assessment, or any other treatment she had been given.He also would not say if she had given police her version of events yet, although she was lucid."Her injuries aren't particularly impacting on her now," he said.Det Asnicar said the investigation would be thorough, with as many as dozens of police, including specialists, involved."At this stage whatever I want I will get. The Queensland Police Service will support any needs that I have," he said.He said the Murray St house would remain a crime scene for several days, and police were piecing together exactly what had happened."Every minute we have a better understanding of what went on in the house, and I can assure you that by the time this investigation's completed with, we will understand every single movement and everything that happened in that house."Det Asnicar said the house hadn't "been flagged in any special way" before, but would not comment if the family was known to child protection authorities."There hasn't been particular issues. This is just a devastating thing that's happened. That nobody predicted."LifeLine Phone: 131 114 Website: www.lifeline.org.au

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US state law shields execution drug source

A new bill will shield the names of companies that provide lethal injection drugs for Ohio prisons. Source: AAP

OHIO Governor John Kasich has signed a bill into law shielding the names of companies that provide the US state with lethal injection drugs.

SUPPORTERS say such confidentiality is necessary to obtain supplies of the drugs, and the measure is needed to restart Ohio executions.

Opponents say it's naive to think the bill can truly protect companies' names from being revealed.The legislation also shields the names of participants in Ohio executions.It was one of 40 bills signed on Friday by the governor.A prosecutor has said he expects the legislation to spur lawsuits, making it impossible to carry out the February execution of a condemned child killer as planned.

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Gunman's target may have been Seven

Comments broadcast on a TV breakfast show seven years ago may have sparked the deadly Sydney siege. Source: AAP

THE Sydney siege gunman's bizarre and troubling behaviour in the years leading to his death appeared to have been sparked by a program aired by the Seven Network, leading to speculation his intended target was the broadcaster's Martin Place studios.

THE revelations come amid reports Man Haron Monis may have been spooked by heavy security at the TV network's offices on Monday morning and decided instead to take 18 people hostage in the nearby Lindt Chocolat cafe, in a siege that ended with the death of the gunman and two of his captives.

Monis's former lawyer Manny Conditsis says the self-proclaimed sheik had in July, 2007 been angered by what he saw as anti-Muslim comments on the Sunrise program.The popular breakfast show was covering the arrest of Indian doctor Mohamed Haneef in Australia following the failed terrorist attacks in London and Glasgow.Monis felt a commentator on the program was drawing offensive links between Dr Haneef, who was later cleared of any links to terrorism, and the Glasgow bomber who was also a Muslim doctor."Attention please attention, a ridiculous message for Muslim doctors: If you want to kill people, why not use the tools of your own trade like a plague or a disease or something? Why go into an area which you're clearly unqualified in?" (Sunrise broadcast 4th July 2007, Australian TV, Channel 7)," Monis posted on his website at the time.Monis made many more references to Sunrise and the Seven Network throughout his site, which has since been taken down."Channel Seven's broadcast on 4th July 2007 changed my life!" Monis wrote in bold letters on one link.Mr Conditsis said the program left a deep mark on his client, with Monis saying it pushed him to send several letters to the Seven Network, politicians and the broadcasting watchdog."A lot of things were said that (Monis) took offence to," Mr Conditsis told AAP."It all developed from there, his perception that everyone in the whole world, and particularly the Sunrise program, were anti-Muslims."In one of Monis's rambling letters, he accused Sunrise of "instructing terrorism" by suggesting Muslim doctors could hurt more people in their own profession rather than turning to terrorism.In the months after the program, Monis's behaviour would become increasingly erratic, as he turned his attention to penning offensive letters to the families of dead Australian soldiers.Mr Conditsis said Monis was "blinded by his cause" and totally focused on the perceived injustices he was experiencing."You'd talk to him, you'd think he's listening, nodding his head and then a minute later he's back on exactly the same stuff," the lawyer said.But he insisted despite Monis's behaviour and online posts, it would have been impossible to predict that he would become a hostage-taker, especially given he had no history of proven violence.Comment has been sought from the Seven Network.

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Sydney siege families direct donations

Donations made in honour of the Sydney siege victims have been directed to specific charities. Source: AAP

THE families of Sydney siege victims Katrina Dawson and Tori Johnson have requested funds raised in honour of the slain hostages be directed to specific charities.

THE Katrina Dawson Foundation has been established in the barrister's memory to help educate women, while Mr Johnson's family have asked that donations in his name to go to mental health organisation beyondblue.

Ms Dawson's family say they have felt "surrounded by the warmth of a city and a nation" since the siege."It is our hope that out of her senseless death we will, through the opportunities the Foundation will provide, bring meaning to the lives of other amazing young women," the family said.Former Governor-General Quentin Bryce has been announced as the foundation's founding member.A public memorial service will be held at 3pm on Tuesday, December 23, at the University of Sydney's Great Hall in honour of Ms Dawson.Her family have asked attendees to wear a splash of aqua, which was the 38-year-old mother's favourite colour.Mr Johnson's family have requested donations made in his honour go to beyondblue."We are humbled and honoured by this gesture," a beyondblue spokesperson said."All that knew Tori are deeply grateful."All money raised in memory of this courageous young man will be used to support people and families living with depression and anxiety."Almost $70,900 had been donated to beyondblue in Mr Johnson's name by 5pm on Saturday.Tributes flowed for the Lindt cafe manager on the donations page."You were a good friend...You have shown the world what it looks like to be a TRUE HERO," wrote colleague Romano De Alwis."Our Lindt family will never be the same."beyondblue helps Australians experiencing anxiety and depression.

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Iraqis leave Mt Sinjar as IS siege broken

Kurdish Peshmerga forces have broken a months-long siege by IS fighters in northwestern Iraq. Source: AAP

KURDISH Peshmerga forces have broken a months-long siege by Islamic State fighters in northwestern Iraq, allowing thousands of trapped Yezidis to leave Mount Sinjar.

"THE evacuation of Yezidis has begun," Holger Geisler, a spokesman for the Council of Yezidis in Germany, said.

"They are being brought away in cars."The Yezidis were heading to Dohuk, a main city in Iraq's autonomous region of Kurdistan, but some were planning to return to their houses in the Sinjar region, Geisler said.Geisler said there were about 7000 civilians and 3000 Yezidi fighters on the mountain.Thousands of Yezidis fled in August to the mountain after Islamic State seized the northern town of Sinjar.The extremist Sunni group regards Yezidis, followers of an ancient faith, as devil-worshippers.The Peshmerga launched a major offensive on Wednesday backed by US-led airstrikes to retake the area of Sinjar.Kurds said their forces had retaken at least seven villages and the strategic town of Zumar as part of the advance on Sinjar."The road is now open to Zumar, and anyone can now use the road to leave Jabal (Mount) Sinjar," Peshmerga spokesman Jabar Yawar said by telephone from Erbil."People should start leaving by now."He called it a "major humanitarian victory."At least 20 IS militants apparently surrendered following the Peshmerga's push onto Mount Sinjar, a Kurdish commander said."Some of them hold Arab and foreign nationalities," Mahma Khalil, a field commander in Sinjar, told independent Iraqi site Alsumaria News.

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Fire approaching WA houses

Written By kemala yuspita on Jumat, 12 Desember 2014 | 21.31

A FIRE is approaching houses near Nambeelup, south of Perth.

THE Department of Fire and Emergency Services has issued a watch and act alert to residents around Hopeland Road and Elliott Road in the Shire of Murray, warning of ember attacks around houses ahead of the main blaze.

The DFES earlier issued an emergency warning after fears the fire would threaten residences, but conditions eased and the warning was downgraded.The fire started on Yangedi Road and is burning out of control in a northerly direction.The department has urged residents to leave the area in a northerly direction along Hopeland Road or Henderson Road, but only if it is safe to do so.

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Magic mushroom found in Palace garden

A species of magic mushroom has been discovered growing in the grounds of Buckingham Palace. Source: AAP

A SPECIES of magic mushroom has been discovered growing in the grounds of Buckingham Palace.

THE Amanita muscaria, commonly known as fly agaric or fly mushroom, was found during a walkabout of the private gardens for a television show to be screened on Christmas Day.

Presenter Alan Titchmarsh told The Sun he was surprised to happen upon the red and white-headed toadstool, which has hallucinogenic properties."That was a surprise but it shows just how varied the species are," said the presenter of The Queen's Garden.Fly agaric are common and are understood to have grown naturally in the palace grounds rather than having been planted there.The hallucinogenic properties of the mushroom have been well-known for centuries and have a long history of use in religious and shamanistic rituals, according to the Kew Gardens website.The fungi is also important to the growth and development of many types of tree, and provides food for flies, and a breeding site for beetles."For the avoidance of doubt, fungi from the garden are not used in the palace kitchens," a Buckingham Palace spokesman told the paper.The drug contains poison which, although rare, can cause death if consumed.

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How priests were introduced to celibacy

Roman Catholic priests were not always celibate with the first pope, Saint Peter a married man. Source: AAP

A BRIEF HISTORY OF CELIBACY IN THE CATHOLIC CHURCH

IN the 1st century Peter, the first pope, was a married man and so were many of his successors until the 16th century.

* 2nd and 3rd Century - The age of Gnosticism, when it was believed a person cannot be married and be perfect. However, most priests were married.* 4th Century - Council of Nicea decrees a priest could not marry after ordination; Council of Laodicea decreed priests may no longer sleep with their wives; Pope Siricius left his wife in order to become pope.* 6th Century - Pope Pelagius II's policy was not to bother married priests as long as they did not hand over church property to wives or children.* 7th Century - French documents show the majority of priests were married.* 8th Century - St Boniface reported to the Pope that in Germany almost no bishop or priest was celibate.* 11th Century - Pope Benedict IX dispensed himself from celibacy and resigned in order to marry; in 1095, Pope Urban II had priests' wives sold into slavery and children were abandoned.* 12th Century - Under Pope Calistus II, the First Lateran Council decreed that clerical marriages were invalid.* 15th Century - 50 per cent of priests are married and accepted by the people.* 16th Century - the Council of Trent states that celibacy and virginity are superior to marriage.* 20th Century - Second Vatican Council reaffirms the moral primacy of celibacy* 21st Century - Pope Francis shared the possibility of church discussion on celibacy when he was the Archbishop of Buenos Aires; he wrote that celibacy "is a matter of discipline, not of faith. It can change" but added "For the moment, I am in favour of maintaining celibacy, with all its pros and cons".* Information from Future Church http://futurechurch.org and historical sources.

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All Canberrans to get NDIS by 2016

All Canberra residents eligible for national disability insurance will transition to the 2016 trial. Source: AAP

ALL Canberra residents eligible for the national disability insurance scheme will transition to the trial in 2016.

IT will make the ACT the first territory or state to get the scheme in full.

State and federal disability ministers agreed to the arrangement during a teleconference meeting on Friday.The Disability Reform Council also agreed for Queensland to transition to the scheme between 2016 and 2019.Transition arrangements will not apply to West Australian residents, who are under a different system of support called My Way.In the lead up to the meeting, the council was urged by advocates to commit to a timeframe for full rollout across the nation, and promise there will be no delay to full launch as scheduled by 2019.However, ministers at the meeting stressed the importance of careful expansion of the market, so that both providers and its workforce were prepared.They agreed the transition should be managed cautiously to avoid unnecessary risks.Plans for the full transition will be agreed to by the end of June 2015.

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