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Wow! So this last year has been exciting. I have married my long time boyfriend Raymond and moved to the wonderful city of Brisbane with our son Josh. I couldn't be more excited that we are starting a new life together in a new city.

Seeing as I am already turning over a new leaf and many chapter of my life I have decided to things which I have always wanted to do.

This includes: painting, learning how to dance and.... you know it... blogging!

As such this is my first ever blog and I have decided to host it with webgarden as they have a very easy to use site.

I am going to run this blog by posting about all things Brisbane related as I am in love with this wonderful city by the River. (Being close to the Gold Coast is something I particularly love!!)

So in between helping my young child learn to grow up, assist my husband with his electrician business and of course cleaning the house and dishes and looking after the yard, I am going to blog about my life in Brisbane here.
Updated June 22, 2016 16:14:14

Crowds gather as emergency workers carry people on stretchers Photo: The boys' mother is the last injured Australian to be flown home. (Facebook: Vanuatu Daily Post/ Glenda S.Willie) Related Story: Australians airlifted after fatal Vanuatu bus crash Map: Brisbane 4000

A seventh Australian injured in a bus crash in Vanuatu capital has been flown to Brisbane for treatment, but an 11-year-old Australian boy who was critically injured remains in hospital in Noumea.

Key points:Six of 10 injured Australians already flown to Brisbane for hospital treatmentCritically ill boy remains in hospital in Noumea with mother and siblingPolice in Vanuatu charge bus driver with one count of reckless driving causing death

A P&O spokesman said the boy's condition had improved and he was no longer listed as critical and had been joined by his mother and brother.

He sustained a head injury in the crash.

Three locals died and 10 Australian tourists were injured when a tour bus collided head on with another bus in Vanuatu's capital Port Vila on Monday night.

There were 12 Australian tourists on the bus and seven of those injured are now being treated in Brisbane.

A woman, aged in her 70s, arrived in Brisbane on Wednesday afternoon and has been transported to the Princess Alexandra Hospital.

Meanwhile, police in Vanuatu have charged a bus driver with one count of reckless driving causing death.

He will be taken in custody upon his release from hospital.

The group of Australians was from a P&O cruise ship and had been visiting Vanuatu on a shore trip when the accident happened.

P&O spokesman David Jones said the 11-year-old boy was the worst injured, having suffered head injuries, and he remained in hospital along with his mother and a sibling.

"We hope to get more positive news today the news yesterday was encouraging so let's hope that positive story continues," Mr Jones said.

Overnight a fourth medical air ambulance touched down in Brisbane with a badly injured 77-year-old man on board.

The man had broken bones but was in good spirits.

A plane carrying an injured Australian tourist arrives at Brisbane Airport. Photo: A plane carrying an injured Australian tourist arrives at Brisbane Airport on Tuesday. (AAP: Dan Peled)

Mr Jones said the tour bus company was accredited and it was "an extremely unusual situation".

"We have been cruising to Vanuatu since the mid-1970s and no-one can recall anything of this magnitude."

Mr Jones said another patient would arrive in Brisbane this afternoon.

"This was a huge effort by our logistics people we had to arrange that air ambulance transport really literally out of thin air," he said.

A four-year-old girl with fractures was also among the injured and she is being treated at a hospital in Brisbane.

At the Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital a couple aged in their 70s are being treated for broken bones.

Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said the Federal Government was providing ongoing consular support to victims and their families.

With five air ambulances required to fly the injured travellers home, she also urged people to ensure they have insurance.

"This is a very important point if you can't afford travel insurance you really cannot afford to travel overseas, so it is as fundamental as taking out insurance," she said.

P&O's Pacific Dawn ship, with almost 2,000 passengers on board, had now resumed sailing and is due back in Brisbane on Saturday.

View through police tape of people lying on the ground as emergency services assist them. Photo: P&O said it had made contact with the injured families and members of Ni Van community. (Vanuatu Daily Post: Glenda S Willie) Topics:emergency-incidents,road,travel-and-tourism,brisbane-4000,qld,vanuatu,pacific

First posted June 22, 2016 09:54:37

Victorian cricket great Darren Berry has declared his interest in the Bushrangers and Melbourne Renegades coaching jobs made vacant after David Saker's appointment as Australian bowling coach.

Berry, 46, led South Australia to the Big Bash League title in 2010-11 and one-day glory the following season.

Strong pedigree: Former Victorian captain Darren Berry. Strong pedigree: Former Victorian captain Darren Berry.Photo: Rodger Cummins

The former Victorian captain and wicketkeeper parted ways with boththe Redbacks and the BBL's Adelaide Strikers at the end of the 2014-15 summer.

He spent part of last summer as assistant to former Bushrangers coach Greg Shipperd at the BBL's Sydney Sixers.

Since retiring following Victoria's emotional 2003-04 Pura Cup win, Berry has also served as an assistant at the Bushrangersand as director of coaching at Indian Premier League club Rajasthan.

The long-serving Victorian keeper who toured England with the Australian team in 1997 said he remained keen to coach, with the lure of remaining in Victoria especially strongwith three children aged 13 and under.

Berry confirmed he was pursuing both roles.

"My management group have spoken to both the Bushrangers and Renegades and I'm of the understanding those clubs are going through a headhunting process," he told Fairfax Media.

Saker said Berry was worth considering as his replacement.

"Darren Berry's a very good cricket person. He knows the game, he's a passionate Victorian. He'd be definitely worth sitting down and having a chat to," Saker said."Darren Berry, in my opinion, would be a good selection. But there's quite a few that, in my opinion, would be a good selection."

The Renegades and Bushrangers have initiated separate processes to find new coaches.

Cricket Victoria operations manager Shaun Graf is in England scouring the country for possible replacements.

Shane Warne'smanager James Erskine earlier this week ruled the bowling legend out of the race to coach Victoria, while former Bushrangers all-rounder Andrew McDonald has also distanced himself from the role.

Renegades chief executive Stuart Coventry said his club's search wasongoing.

"There has been significant interest globally in the head coach position. Our internal committee is assessing the large number of potential candidatesthat fitour criteria," Coventry said.

The Bushrangers' campaign begins with a one-day clash against South Australia at the WACA Ground on October 5.


KIM Kardashian launched into stardom with a reality show off the back of a sex tape with Ray J.

So you can imagine how awkward things got recently when a friends toddler conducting an impromptu Q&A asked her why she was famous.

To her credit, Kardashian poked fun at her own questionable origins this week, tweeting Not bad for a girl with no talent after landing the cover of Forbes magazine.

media_cameraWhy are you famous? The toddler interviewing Kim really nails the tough questions.media_cameraKim Kardashian Forbes July 2016 cover.

Like any good interviewer, young Sid knew to start off with an easier question. He asked why she is on the cover of magazines, to which Kim confessed, I dont know. Because I like magazines?

And then, the million-dollar-question.

How are you famous?

Kim managed to laugh it off, replying Thats up for question, too!

Luckily, the person filming the exchange jumped in to help out at that point, joking that shes famous because shes got a big booty.

Look, it was all definitely a bit awkward, but its unlikely the reality star is wallowing in self-pity shes just landed at number 42 on the list of highest-paid celebrities after earning $51 million last year.

Originally published as Why are you famous?


Posted April 21, 2016 12:24:09

Mud crabs with their claws tied sit in a polystyrene box. Photo: Live mud crabs were flown from Brisbane to Cairns to be used in the study, before they were repacked and sent back. (ABC Far North: Mark Rigby) Map: Cairns 4870

James Cook University (JCU) and government researchers are trialling new technologies to improve the way mud crabs are graded, to make the process more equitable for fishers and consumers.

Scientists from JCU and Queensland Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (QDAFF) flew 120 live mud crabs from Brisbane to Cairns this week to test technologies they hope will replace the current grading method.

All the hassle and the argy-bargy that goes on with haggling over which crabs are good or bad can just be ruled out and made seamless.

John Mayze, QDAFF principal seafood technologist

Currently when being graded, crabs are squeezed by hand to test the amount of flex in the shell.

"There's a few problems with grading crabs too much because you can end up downgrading them," QDAFF's principal seafood technologist John Mayze said.

"If you squeeze them too much, you can break the shell, which could kill the crab, or it'll downgrade that good crab from an A-grade, that'll be $38 per kilo, to something that's only worth $18 per kilo.

"Crabs can go through a dozen hands, all squeezing the crab to try and guess how much meat's in it.

"We're not going to guess how much meat's in it, we're going to tell you definitively."

Lights, sound, action

Professor Ron White, a physicist with JCU's Rapid Assessment Unit, said both sound and light could be used to grade crabs, with candling being the least technologically-advanced method.

"It's essentially putting a light underneath the crab and then looking at the image that comes out the top, similar to what they use in egg fullness tests," he said.

A scientist holds a mud crab between two sensors Photo: Researchers hope to further develop this acoustic velocity technology. (ABC Far North: Mark Rigby)

Another method also involving light is called near infrared spectroscopy, and while significantly more advanced than candling, could be used in fish markets as soon as next year.

By shining light on the crab's shell and analysing the light that bounces off it, computers are able to measure the chemical composition of the crab itself.

"There's some correlation between the chemical composition of the crab itself and what the fullness is and how hard the shell is," Professor White said.

He said the technology most likely to find its way onto crabbing boats used sound to measure how full of meat a crab was.

"With this we want to measure the acoustic velocity how fast sound travels through the crab," he said.

"If it's full, it's going to have a different speed than if it's empty.

"The aim is to develop something nice and simple, something [crabbers] can pop on the claw of a crab that will tell us its size, the acoustic velocity inside of the crab and then tell straight away if it's an A, B or C-grade crab."

Technology to benefit all levels of supply chain

According to Mr Mayze, the seafood industry has been waiting for this kind of technology for some time and Sydney Fish Market has plans to incorporate it into their new premises.

"They're prepared to spend a couple of million dollars so that their number one sale by volume [item] can be completely automated," he said.

Seafood technologist John Mayze shines a light through an empty crab claw. Photo: Mr Mayze shines a light on a C-grade mud crab to show how little meat is inside its claw. (ABC Far North: Mark Rigby)

"All the hassle and the argy-bargy that goes on with haggling over which crabs are good or bad can just be ruled out and made seamless."

Mr Mayze said as well as fish markets, crabbers and consumers would benefit from the technology.

"Crabbers can put those recently moulted crabs that are going to be empty back in the water and they can fill up within a few weeks and get that ideal value for the industry," he said.

"And when the consumer gets it, they're guaranteed to be getting a full mud crab because there's nothing more disappointing than opening what looks like a good mud crab to find there's no meat in it."


Posted April 22, 2016 13:09:00

The operator of an airport fire engine that ran a red light and killed three people in a crash has been ordered to pay $160,000 to the Commonwealth for breaching the Occupational Health and Safety Act.

Renowned architects Greg McNamara, his wife Lena Yali, and Kevin Taylor died when the fire truck, which was on its way to assist at a fire at Wyuna, collided with their car in Darwin in 2011.

The airport fire trucks occasionally assisted on jobs outside of the airport grounds.

Kevin Taylor Photo: Kevin Taylor, a prominent landscape architect, was also killed in the crash. (Supplied)

Airservices Australia admitted fault in 2013 during a coronial inquest, and conceded the training provided to drivers was not adequate.

But the legal battles have continued, as federal workplace safety organisation Comcare launched additional action against Airservices Australia earlier this year.

They argued it breached the Occupational Health and Safety Act.

The main argument was that Airservices failed to give appropriate training to its employees and did not identify risks to its employees or other road users.

Justice John Reeves today handed down his judgment finding Airservices breached the act and ordered it to pay the fine.

Justice Reeves noted the "airport fire engine was much larger than the majority of other vehicles driven on public roads, and the potential for serious injury and damage if they come into collision with another vehicle or a pedestrian is obvious".

Diane Yali, the sister of one of the victims, previously spoke out to media, saying the money was not going to benefit the family and it was "shifting from one Commonwealth bucket to another".


Updated April 18, 2016 17:25:26

Underground coal gasification (UCG) will be banned in Queensland due to its environmental impact, Mines Minister Dr Anthony Lynham says.

Key points:Mines Minister to introduce UCG ban legislation to State Parliament by end of yearPotential risks to environment, agricultural industries far outweigh any potential economic benefits, Minister saysUCG has been proven to be dangerous and polluting, Lock the Gate Alliance says

He said the ban would start immediately as Government policy and he would introduce legislation to State Parliament by the end of the year to make it law.

There had been only three UCG pilot projects in Queensland Carbon Energy near Dalby, Cougar Energy near Kingaroy and Linc Energy at Chinchilla.

Dr Lynham said no-one had made a success of UCG yet and potential revenue was not worth the environmental risk.

"We have looked at the evidence from the pilot operation of UCG and we've considered the compatibility of the current technologies with Queensland's environment and our economic needs," he said in a statement.

"The potential risks to Queensland's environment and our valuable agricultural industries far outweigh any potential economic benefits.

"UCG activity simply doesn't stack up for further use in Queensland.

"We had three trial sites here in Queensland the trial sites now have to be decommissioned."

Environment Minister Steven Miles said the Linc Energy project near Chinchilla was "the biggest pollution event probably in Queensland's history".

"Certainly the biggest pollution investigation and prosecution caused it is alleged by the Environment Department by the activities of Linc Energy at their underground coal gasification site," he said.

Lock the Gate Alliance activist Drew Hutton said the ban was very important step given UCG had been proven to be dangerous and polluting.

"I told the State Government these technologies should be banned six years ago - it's a no-brainer that burning coal underground and shale oil are a bad idea," he said.

"I'm pleased that the State Government has finally decided to agree with me to help protect Queensland landholders and farmers, their land and their water."

Call to publicly release 'complete set of evidence'

However, Queensland Resources Council (QRC) acting chief executive Greg Lane said it was very disappointed with the Palaszczuk Government's decision, which had no consultation.

"This unexpected announcement of another commodity ban without the release of the triggering evidence can only raise concern for business confidence and investment in this state," Mr Lane said.

"It is just three years since the Office of Chief Scientist's review confirmed the 2012 Independent Scientific Panel's conclusion that 'underground coal gasification could, in principle, be conducted in a manner that is acceptable socially and environmentally safe when compared to a wide range of other existing resource-using activities'.

"QRC therefore calls on the Government to make public the complete set of evidence it now apparently has that shows the environmental risks of UCG projects of any kind are too high."

Company placed into administration

Meanwhile last Friday, oil and gas company Linc Energy was placed into administration, with PPB Advisory being called in to work with Linc's management on options including a possible restructure.

In a statement to the ASX on Friday, the company said after receiving legal and financial advice and considering commercial prospects the board decided it was in the best interests of the company to make the move.

It came one month after the company was committed to stand trial on five charges relating to breaches in Queensland's environmental laws at its UCG site.

The state's environment department accused the company of wilfully causing serious harm at its trial site near Chinchilla on the Darling Downs.

Mr Hutton said on Friday that Linc Energy could face up to $56 million in fines if found guilty.

But he said the penalty might never be paid, as going into administration was a common legal manoeuvre to dodge fines and costly clean-ups.


First posted April 18, 2016 14:53:25


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Lindsay Lohan was spotted carrying a Koran last summer and she reportedly just confirmed that she is converting to Islam.

LINDSAY LOHAN caused a huge stir when she was pictured carrying a Koran on the first day of her community service at a New York kids centre.

The images fuelled worldwide speculation that the Catholic-born actress had converted to Islam, but she chose to remain silent on the matter when it hit headlines last year.

Now, speaking about the photographs for the first time, Lindsay has confirmed she is studying the religion.

In an exclusive interview, she told The Suns Dan Wootton: Im a very spiritual person and Im really open to learning.

Lohan steps out holding a copy of the Holy Koran in Brooklyn to do community service. Picture: Gachie / Splash News

America has portrayed holding a Koran in such a different way to what it actually is.

We all believe in something and at the end of the day it all ties to a god or a spiritual adviser. Lindsay isnt alone in her change of beliefs her little sister Ali Lohan has turned to Buddhism.

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She said: We all have a similar belief in whatever it may be personally.

My sister is Buddhist but she is still interested in learning other things from me. Its good to be open-minded.

If Lindsay decides to take the next step and fully convert to Islam she would not be the first A-lister to do so.

Celebs including Janet Jackson, Mike Tyson, Cat Stevens, Jemima Khan and Cassius Clay have all previously chosen to become Muslims.

Lindsay first has to get through the lengthy holy book, saying: Im not done reading it. Do you know how long that would take? It takes so long.

The former wild child has stayed out of trouble in recent years by embracing her spiritual side. Picture: David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images

Lindsay has experienced her share of troubles over the years but has turned her life around by embracing her spiritual side. The Mean Girls star, who served 14 days in prison for drink-driving in 2010, even put it to good use after getting edgy when telly host Jonathan Ross quizzed her on life behind bars.

She revealed: It all comes down to meditation for me. I do this thing called tapping.

I used it when I did The Jonathan Ross Show because he was going down the jail route. I was getting uncomfortable so had to do it.

I can hear every conversation in a room. I hear everything and I notice everything so I have to teach myself to shut my brain off.

Lindsay has been batting away rumours she is engaged to Russian business heir Egor Tarabasov.

If she does eventually walk down the aisle, her venue of choice is unlikely to be a church.

This article originally appeared in The Sun and is republished here with permission.

Originally published asLindsay Lohan opens up about interest in Islam


By Melissa Maddison

Posted April 18, 2016 11:19:34

A central Queensland coal miner suffering from black lung disease says it is a huge relief to have his workers compensation claim approved.

Key points:Anglo American will not oppose compensation for Keith StoddartMr Stoddart faced a black lung Senate inquiry earlier this yearAppeal likely for Ipswich worker refused compensation

The miners union said it was the first time compensation had been approved for black lung, a chronic disease also known as coal workers pneumoconiosis.

Keith Stoddart from Middlemount was diagnosed with the debilitating condition last year and is one of six people confirmed to have contracted the disease.

Earlier this year, Mr Stoddart told a Senate inquiry into the re-emergence of the disease that it had a massive impact on his health and marriage.

He said the approval of compensation was a significant milestone.

"It's very important for that because it's not been easy and for them to admit that the black lung is back again, I think that's a big step," he said.

"That's a big weight off my mind. At least we know that they've recognised it, not only for me but for everyone else coming through."

Mr Stoddart told the inquiry he found it hard to walk and do everyday activities because of breathing problems.

He said the decision of his employer, Anglo American, not to oppose his claim was a relief.

"At least I know they've recognised it and I'm not going through all this for nothing," he said.

"I just was told there's not black lung anymore when I first started and then they were just blaming my emphysema and whatnot.

"Then when I had all these pains they thought it was lung cancer and now I know that this is what I've got.

'Compensation doesn't give people their lives back'

Steve Smyth from the Construction Forestry Mining and Energy Union (CFMEU) welcomed the approval.

"As far as the level of impairment and the type of claim, that's unsure to us at this stage, but obviously we welcome that his claim's been accepted," he said.

"He's been to hell and back unfortunately with trying to get that claim accepted.

Keith Stoddart and his wife Danielle appear before a Senate inquiry into black lung. Photo: Keith Stoddart and his wife Danielle appear before a Senate inquiry into black lung. (ABC News: Melissa Maddison)

"Compensation goes nowhere to giving these people back their life, you know, their health, but it's a good start.

"I'm sure any of them would give that up to have their health back and not been exposed to high levels of dust, or this disease."

Mr Smyth said an appeal would likely be launched for Ipswich worker Percy Verrall, whose workers compensation claim was rejected.

The State Department of Natural Resources and Mines said six Queensland mine workers had been diagnosed with black lung since May last year, after the disease was thought to have been eradicated in the 1970s.

But Mr Smyth said the union knew of at least eight confirmed cases, with a 40-year-old contractor told last week he had early signs of black lung.

He said the issue was very widespread, especially in the underground sector.

The Queensland Resources Council has previously dismissed those claims, saying the union is scaremongering.



Brisbane City Council offers a range of events and activities to help you learn to live more sustainably. These are held at our Council libraries, environment centres and other natural areas and includea range of free or low cost classes and workshops on gardening, composting, worm farming and more.


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