Thursday, December 27, 2012

Thu 27th Dec Todays News

Happy birthday and many happy returns Tony Saxon. Born on the same day the Hagia Sophia was completed. Remember, birthdays are good for you. The Lord rewards those with the most, with the longest lives.


Ignacy Jan Paderewski, Prime Minister of Poland (1919)





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Green turning red in watermelon politics

Piers Akerman – Thursday, December 27, 2012 (5:36pm)

FACING falling support, the Greens are trying to find a different colour scheme to fool the voters.



Tim Blair – Thursday, December 27, 2012 (11:23am)

A fine warbird gallery.

Real men don't rape .. but they might defend a woman being attacked .. and hurt the abuser .. - ed
Indian gang-rape victim flown to Singapore in a critical state
AN Indian student who was left fighting for her life after being gang raped on a bus in New Delhi has arrived in Singapore for treatment at a leading hospital.
The attack sparked a wave of protests across India in which a policeman died and more than 100 police and protesters were injured.
The 23-year-old victim has already undergone three operations in India after suffering severe intestinal injuries during the 40-minute gang rape on December 16 in which she was also assaulted with an iron rod.
She was flown by air ambulance from Delhi overnight and arrived at Singapore's Mount Elizabeth Hospital early today "in an extremely critical condition", the hospital said in a statement.
"She is being examined and the hospital is working with the Indian High Commission (embassy)," it said, adding she was being treated at its intensive care unit.
The head of the hospital which treated her in New Delhi hinted that the Mount Elizabeth Hospital, located in Singapore's Orchard Road shopping district, was chosen for its modern organ transplant facility.
"The said hospital has a state-of-art multi-organ transplant facility. The arrangement has also been made for the family to accompany her as the treatment may take longer period," B.D. Athani, medical superintendent of Safdarjung Hospital in Delhi, said yesterday.
"She has had to be operated upon three times. With fortitude and courage she has survived the after-effects of the injuries so far, but her condition continues to be critical," he told reporters.
The decision to approve the 23-year-old's transfer was taken at a cabinet meeting in New Delhi yesterday and authorities have said the Indian government will cover the cost of medical treatment.
"We arranged the passport and visa for the victim and members of her family," a foreign ministry official told AFP.
India has said it is setting up a special commission of inquiry after the gang rape which occurred when the woman was allegedly tricked into boarding a bus by six men who then took it in turns to assault her.
Six suspects have been arrested in connection with the attack and have been remanded in custody.
Announcing the commission yesterday, Finance Minister P. Chidambaram said a separate panel would examine existing legislation and "suggest changes in the laws in order to make punishment for such horrific crimes stiffer".
"Whatever we do now is intended to demonstrate the government's serious intent in the matter that we will apprehend and punish the perpetrators, we will try and find out what went wrong ... and fix responsibility and amend the laws," he said.
Thousands of people have taken to the streets since the attack to demonstrate both against the levels of violence and also the notoriously slow criminal justice system.


I want it extended .. the Campbelltown PAHS issue has never been dealt with. Kids involved were not questioned until they left school and then their natural desire to not take it further was inflated to ignore what had happened. The ramification may well have been the death of Hamidur Rahman. But it is currently outside the scope of inquiry. - ed
Editor’s Note: The correct pronunciation of the Strike Force is Voo-koh.

Police are urging any victims to come forward after further charges were laid against a man in Kempsey for historical sexual assault offences dating back to the early 1990s.

Strike Force Vuko is a Mid North Coast Local Area Command investigation that was originally established to investigate the alleged historical sexual assault of two women.

The offences allegedly took place between December 1977 and April 1991 on a rural property and in the man’s motor vehicle in the Kempsey area.

On the 16 November 2012, an 89-year-old man was arrested at Kempsey Police Station, and charged with a number of child sexual assault offences.

Following the arrest of the man a third woman, aged 28, reported a number of sexual assaults allegedly committed by the same man, between 1990 and 1995 at Belmore River.

About 11.30am on Monday (24 December 2012), police attended a home at Belmore Park and issued Court Attendance Notices to the man for the following offences;
• Three counts of sexual intercourse with a person under the age of 10;
• Attempt sexual intercourse with a person under the age of 10 years;
• Aggravated indecent assault of a victim under 16 years.

He is currently on strict bail conditions to appear at Port Macquarie Local Court on the 10 January 2013.

The Mid North Coast Local Area Command will continue their investigations and encourage any further victims or anyone with information to contact Crime Stoppers 1800 333 000.

Anyone with information about this incident should call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or use the Crime Stoppers online reporting page: Information you provide will be treated in the strictest of confidence. We remind people they should not report crime information via our Facebook and Twitter pages.

It is simple, and revolutionary .. a theory that explains how the brain works. It can be applied simply too. However, no simple theory can explain why Gillard is still in government - ed





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