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Protests out of control, says HK leader

Written By miftah nugraha on Minggu, 12 Oktober 2014 | 09.29

PRO-DEMOCRACY protests in central Hong Kong are "out of control" and likely to end soon, city Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying has said in an interview.

LEUNG told local television station TVB that the protests had become a "mass movement that has spun out of control," other Hong Kong media reported.

Hundreds of people continued the two-week protests on Sunday after many camped out overnight outside government offices and at least two other sites.The demonstrators are calling for open elections for the city's next chief executive in 2017, rejecting a ruling from Beijing that candidates must be approved by a government-backed election committee. They have also demanded Leung's resignation.In the interview, Leung said the protesters had "zero chance" of getting China's ruling Communist Party to change its plans for the 2017 election.Hong Kong police would continue efforts to persuade protesters to leave the streets but avoid the use of force if possible, Leung said, insisting that he would not resign.Radio station RTHK quoted student leader Lester Shum as saying an open letter to President Xi Jinping was intended to show that the protests were a "peaceful, democratic movement" rather than a revolutionary one.The protests could escalate again if the city government refuses to engage in talks on political reform, but organisers were currently encouraging people to limit their action to an extended sit-in outside municipal offices, Shum said.The letter published Saturday calls for the building of a "democratic system that affirms equal rights," and for "Hong Kong problems be settled in Hong Kong" without interference from Beijing."The Occupy movement today at Hong Kong is definitely not a colour revolution or its like, but rather a movement for democracy," it said.Chief Secretary Carrie Lam postponed the talks when protest leaders called for a rally to increase pressure during the meeting.On Saturday, RTHK quoted city executive councillor Regina Ip as saying talks could still take place this week."I've also heard from the chief secretary [Lam] that efforts are still underway, through intermediaries, to resume the talks, to reactivate the talks, so all is not lost," she was quoted as saying.

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Missing Queensland girl found safe

Written By miftah nugraha on Minggu, 11 Mei 2014 | 09.30

NAPLAN tests prompt rote return

Ashfield Boys High school students sitting for the ELLA literacy test, Mar 01 1999 NSW / Education / Exams examinations class...

NAPLAN has changed the way schools teach, with one top-performing school revealing it has sparked a return to rote learning.

Petrol an extra squeeze for family

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RECENTLY unemployed, and with a partner on less than $70,000 a year, Nick Kuiper's one real concern about tomorrow's Budget is the rising cost of fuel.


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Flat open for Aust shares on budget eve

Obese mums blow out surgery lists

06/05/2009 FEATURES: Generic photo of a woman 8 months pregnant.

A HUGE increase in the number of obese women having caesarians is blowing out surgery times and placing pressure on the maternity system, anaesthetists warn.

NAPLAN tests prompt rote return

Ashfield Boys High school students sitting for the ELLA literacy test, Mar 01 1999 NSW / Education / Exams examinations class...

NAPLAN has changed the way schools teach, with one top-performing school revealing it has sparked a return to rote learning.


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Dozens hurt in China protest

At least 29 police have been injured in China during a protest over a proposed waste incinerator. Source: AAP

A PROTEST in eastern China over a plan to build a waste incinerator has turned violent with state media reporting at least 10 demonstrators and 29 police injured in clashes.

State-run Xinhua News Agency says 30 vehicles were overturned as protesters on Saturday set two police cars on fire and blocked a highway linking Hanzhou with another city.

One protester and a policeman have been reported seriously injured.

An official in the city's Yuhan district government confirmed the incident on Sunday but would not offer details.

An online statement posted by the district government says construction on the incinerator would not begin until the project had won public support.


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Puffing Hockey silent on cigar tax

Treasurer Joe Hockey has avoided a question about a tobacco tax after being caught having a cigar. Source: AAP

JOE Hockey probably hoped he had got away without being questioned about having that sly cigar with his finance minister.

But in any interview there is always that last question.

Twitter has been abuzz since Friday ridiculing photographs of the treasurer and Senator Mathias Cormann having a cigar after putting together their first budget.

"There's nothing like the satisfying flavour of other people's dreams ... going up in smoke!" was one tweet.

Having a puff is not illegal, but having a celebratory drag on a fat cigar when you are about to impose the budget with the toughest impact on Australians in almost two decades isn't a particularly good look.

The latest ribbing came in a more traditional form.

In an interview on Channel Nine on Sunday, political stalwart Laurie Oakes just had to ask one last question after a 15-minute grilling that covered broken promises, infrastructure, rising petrol prices and a freeze on politicians pay.

"For some reason there has been speculation on Twitter about the impact for the budget from the price of cigars. Will tobacco excise go up?" Mr Oakes teased.

Mr Hockey declined to comment on that.

"But I do note that I think in the first budget in 1901 they had taxes on opium, so I can assure you that's certainly not in the budget. There is certainly nothing to tax there," he said.


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Militants kidnap, kill 20 Iraqi soldiers

Obese mums blow out surgery lists

06/05/2009 FEATURES: Generic photo of a woman 8 months pregnant.

A HUGE increase in the number of obese women having caesarians is blowing out surgery times and placing pressure on the maternity system, anaesthetists warn.

NAPLAN tests prompt rote return

Ashfield Boys High school students sitting for the ELLA literacy test, Mar 01 1999 NSW / Education / Exams examinations class...

NAPLAN has changed the way schools teach, with one top-performing school revealing it has sparked a return to rote learning.


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Man stabbed by teen at NSW house party

NAPLAN tests prompt rote return

Ashfield Boys High school students sitting for the ELLA literacy test, Mar 01 1999 NSW / Education / Exams examinations class...

NAPLAN has changed the way schools teach, with one top-performing school revealing it has sparked a return to rote learning.

Petrol an extra squeeze for family

Refueling. Petrol pump. Bowser. Thinkstock. Generic image.

RECENTLY unemployed, and with a partner on less than $70,000 a year, Nick Kuiper's one real concern about tomorrow's Budget is the rising cost of fuel.


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Thirteen migrants found dead in Sahara

NAPLAN tests prompt rote return

Ashfield Boys High school students sitting for the ELLA literacy test, Mar 01 1999 NSW / Education / Exams examinations class...

NAPLAN has changed the way schools teach, with one top-performing school revealing it has sparked a return to rote learning.

Petrol an extra squeeze for family

Refueling. Petrol pump. Bowser. Thinkstock. Generic image.

RECENTLY unemployed, and with a partner on less than $70,000 a year, Nick Kuiper's one real concern about tomorrow's Budget is the rising cost of fuel.


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Tributes flow for dead abseiler

Written By miftah nugraha on Minggu, 22 Desember 2013 | 08.30

AN abseiler who fell to his death from a Blue Mountains cliff has been fondly remembered by friends as an enthusiastic sportsman who died doing something he loved.

Darren Bull, 34, died on Saturday morning, reportedly trying to reach his girlfriend, Katherine Donahue, who had become tangled in ropes on a descent at Malaita Point, a popular abseiling spot on the edge of the Jamison Valley near Katoomba.

An operation to retrieve Mr Bull's body was completed on Saturday evening.

Ms Donahue was winched to safety at about 1.30pm (AEDT) that day and wasn't injured.

Friends of Mr Bull on Sunday fondly remembered him in posted messages on social media sites.

On Facebook, Sisha Reynolds wrote: "So sad to hear the sad news of Darren Bull a beautiful man. RIP.... Not a surprise you passing away being a hero and nice that it was while you were doing something you love but still so very sad."

Mr Bull was a former player with the Macquarie University Australian Football Club and one message from a member read: "Some very sad news this morning. It appears former player Darren Bull ... "Big Daz" ... died".

The club will observe a minute's silence before the opening match of the 2014 season in Mr Bull's honour.

Another social media post read: "when you mess with the bull, you get the horns!" Rest in peace Darren, you will be missed".

Mr Bull for some years worked as a counsellor at the Southwoods summer camp in the Adirondack Mountains of upstate New York.

On former colleague from the camp posted: "Difficult to even imagine but what a man! Glad I briefly got to know you mate, thoughts go out to the family."

Police are investigating how Mr Bull died and will prepare a report for the coroner.


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Fears for boy, 5, missing in Sydney river

AS darkness fell on Dolls Point and the police cars began to peel away, a distressed Sydney family knelt together to pray for a little boy.

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