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Re: Lick The Jack Boots: Reports and stories of outrageous control policy
« Reply #40 on: November 07, 2008, 03:13:47 PM »
"Little House on Prairie," adults-only version!
Thu Nov 6, 2008 3:22pm EST

HELSINKI (Reuters) - Finland has rated the DVD release of the much-loved children's television series "Little House on the Prairie" suitable for adult viewing only.

To save money, Universal Pictures decided not to submit the series to state inspection, the company's Finland marketing manager Meri Suomela told Reuters on Wednesday.

Finnish authorities charge 2 euros ($2.57) per minute for assessing the correct age limit on films and television series. Distributors who forego this can only sell their shows with a sticker saying "Banned for under-18s."

"Long series can get quite expensive to check, and some use this exemption in the law to their advantage," said Matti Paloheimo, Director at the Finnish Board of Film Classification.

"Such unchecked material should not be shown to children publicly," he added.

Little House on the Prairie, which ran from 1974 to 1983, portrayed life in the U.S. West in the late 1800s and was based on the Laura Ingalls Wilder's children's book of the same name.

It remains popular in Finland, and is still shown weekly on Sunday mornings on state-owned broadcaster YLE.

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Re: Lick The Jack Boots: Reports and stories of outrageous control policy
« Reply #41 on: November 11, 2008, 04:51:47 AM »

In 5th grade the nun, Sister Alice-Marie - I went to a Catholic School for one year even though I am not a Catholic - , who was our Home Room teacher punched a girl in the back of the head. And I mean punched with her fist, not a slap. That crazy old nun had our undivided attention. I would have plucked her eyebrows if she told me to. Scariest teacher I ever had. When I read the story below I realize that it's up to us to fight the NWO, because the next couple of generations that tumble out of the educational system aren't going to be able do anything. Homeschooling man, it's the only way now.



Unruly children to be punished with 'innovative' foot massages

Badly behaved schoolchildren are set to face alternative punishment in the form of foot and head messages as a means of controlling bad behaviour.
 

By Chris Irvine
Last Updated: 7:07AM GMT 03 Nov 2008

A London-run company called Bud-Umbrella will work in 60 primary and 14 secondary schools, offering the alternative therapy to improve unruly children's behaviour.

Lambeth Council in south London is to reportedly spend £90,000 next year sending the reflexologists into the schools - despite the fact there is little evidence such treatment improves behaviour.

The company's website says reflexology may be beneficial in a number of ways.

It says: "It can calm aggressive feelings, improve listening skills, concentration and focus. It can relieve anxiety and stress, and improve confidence and self esteem."

Lambeth Labour councillor Paul McGlone said: "It's incredibly important that we address young people's behavioural problems and we make no apologies for using different and innovative methods but this obviously won't replace more traditional ways of dealing with anti-social behaviour.

"We need to deal with the root causes of young people's behavioural problems and nip them in the bud - prevention is better than cure."

The move has attracted criticism however.

Tory MP John Penrose dismissed the alternative therapy, saying: "Experienced teachers have a range of ways of dealing with badly behaved pupils and stroking their feet is not one of them."

Mark Wallace, from the TaxPayers' Alliance, said: "How on earth is the education system going to succeed if there are luxuries given out for naughty children and nothing at all given to those who work hard and do well?

"With everyone struggling in the financial crisis, this is crazy money being paid out on a crazy scheme."

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« Reply #42 on: November 11, 2008, 04:57:55 AM »

Increasing number of parents sent to prison for children's truancy
Truancy levels have risen even though dozens of parents have been sent to jail and thousands more have been given criminal records because their children miss school.
 
By James Kirkup, Political Correspondent
Last Updated: 8:59PM GMT 05 Nov 2008

Between 2002 and 2006, a total of 72 parents in England and Wales were sent to prison for failing to ensure their children went to school. In all, 24,553 parents were convicted of allowing their children to truant, according to official Government data.

The number of people being convicted and given criminal records rose by two thirds in four years, from 2,824 in 2002 to 4,771 in 2006. Most of them were fined, with the maximum penalty set at £1,000.

Despite the growing use of criminal sanctions against parents the number of pupils in England playing truant has risen by a around third since Labour came to power in 1997. Around 60,000 children play truant every day.

Under the Education Act, a parent found guilty of failing to secure a child's regular attendance at school without reasonable justification can be fined up to £1,000 or sent to prison for up to three months.

In 2002, Patricia Amos, a mother of five from Banbury, Oxfordshire, became the first person in the UK to be jailed for failing to send her children to school

In July this year, Christine Davison of Chester-le-Street, County Durham was jailed for six weeks for failing to send her two children to school. In June, a Devon woman was given a 28-day sentence after a court heard her teenage daughter had attended just seven times in 195 school days.

The number of parents being fined by the courts for their children's truancy rose from 1,772 in 2002 to 2,952 in 2006.

Thousands more parents have had to pay £50 penalty notices for truancy. Last year, 16,550 fines were handed out by local authorities – the equivalent of 87 for every school day and almost three times as many as were issued in 2005.

The figures for parents being jailed were obtained by Annette Brooke, the Liberal Democrat schools spokeswoman

A Department for Children, Schools and Families spokesman said: "Parents who do not take their responsibilities seriously are denying their children these rights and opportunities. We make no apology for using tough measures to protect children's right to education.

"Parents clearly have a vital role to play. We know that around half of children caught out of school without a valid reason are actually with an adult."

Figures published last week by the DCSF for the autumn and spring terms of the 2007/08 year showed a modest improvement in truancy in secondary schools.

Some 81,530 primary pupils were classed as "persistent" truants as they missed the equivalent of at least one day a week. That is up from around 74,000 last month.

In state secondary schools, 191,240 teenagers were persistent absentees, down from almost 205,000.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/education/3385676/Increasing-number-of-parents-sent-to-prison-for-childrens-truancy.html


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Re: Lick The Jack Boots: Reports and stories of outrageous control policy
« Reply #43 on: November 11, 2008, 03:47:34 PM »
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« Reply #44 on: November 21, 2008, 02:40:20 PM »

Comic gets 45 years for delivering aid

From correspondents in Rangoon
Agence France-Presse
November 21, 2008 11:28pm

BURMA'S most famous comedian Zarganar has been sentenced to 45 years in prison, while sports writer Zaw Thet Htwe was handed a 15-year jail term, according to Zarganar's sister.
Both were arrested in June after organising deliveries of aid to victims of Cyclone Nargis, which left 138,000 people dead or missing when it pulverised the country the previous month.

"(Zarganar) was sentenced to 45 years imprisonment on three charges ... There are another four charges he has to stand trial for," Ma Nyein, Zarganar's sister, said. She was not allowed to attend the sentencing at the country's notorious Insein prison today.

"I am proud of my brother. He did the right thing for the people," she said.

Two men were also jailed by the military-ruled courts for their work in aiding the victims of the devastating cyclone.

One was sentenced to 29 years in prison, while the other was given a 15-year term.

Today's sentences come after the courts last week imposed prison terms of up to 65 years on democracy activists who joined protests against the regime
last year.

Zarganar, in his 40s, was arrested on June 4 at his apartment in Rangoon, where police seized electronic equipment and $US1000 ($1600) from him.

Zaw Thet Htwe, 42, was arrested June 13 in the central Burmese town of Minbu, where he was visiting his ailing mother. His computer and mobile phone were taken after a police search of his home in Rangoon.

Burma's military regime was criticised following the cyclone for blocking foreign aid agency relief supplies to about 2.4 million affected people.

Zarganar has been imprisoned at least four times for his political activities.

Zaw Thet Htwe was previously arrested in July 2003 after publishing a story questioning how authorities were spending a football development grant.

He had been sentenced to death after authorities charged him with treason over claims that he had plotted to overthrow the government. The Supreme Court commuted his sentence and he was released after 18 months.

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Re: Lick The Jack Boots: Reports and stories of outrageous control policy
« Reply #45 on: November 22, 2008, 02:02:55 AM »

Really! Who cares! I nearly did not post this because it is so ridiculous.



Court considers Janet Jackson's Superbowl 'wardrobe malfunction'

From correspondents in Washington
Agence France-Presse
November 22, 2008 03:40am

THE US government has asked the Supreme Court to reimpose a fine slapped on US television network CBS for a 2004 broadcast of live images of pop star Janet Jackson's breast.
It is up to the Supreme Court to decide whether it will consider the request.

Prosecutors are asking the high court justices to weigh in on a case that raised eyebrows and stirred passions in the United States, where nudity on non-pay television is a no-no in advertising, while rare and limited to late-night hours in television series.

Jackson was performing live at the Superbowl when the attention-getting move took place, in a routine featuring her and fellow performer Justin Timberlake.

The performers shrugged off Jackson's exposure level as a "wardrobe malfunction", amid criticism from some quarters that it looked every bit as carefully choreographed as their routine, watched by 90 million TV viewers.

The Federal Communications Commission imposed a $US550,000 ($900,000) fine on CBS for breaking indecency rules.

But after a three-year court fight, a court in Philadelphi
a in July ruled that the network could not be held responsible for Jackson's actions.

The government asked the high court to consider "whether the court of appeals erred in holding that the Federal Communications Commission acted arbitrarily and capriciously (...) in determining that the most widely viewed broadcast public nudity in television history fell within the federal prohibitions on broadcast indecency".

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« Reply #46 on: November 22, 2008, 02:55:26 PM »


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« Reply #47 on: November 27, 2008, 03:32:38 PM »

South Korea seeks to jail actress for adultery
Wed Nov 26, 2008 3:19am EST

SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korean prosecutors on Wednesday demanded a popular actress who tried to overturn the country's law that criminalizes adultery be thrown in jail for a year and a half for having an affair, local media reported.

South Korean enacted its adultery law more than 50 years ago to protect women who had few rights in the male-dominated society but critics say now it is a draconian measure no longer fit for a country with an advanced civil and family court system.

Actress Ok So-ri's case has created a sensation in South Korea after she admitted to an affair with a singer and called on the country's Constitutional Court to overturn the statute that can send a person to jail for up to two years for adultery.

"The accuser (her husband) wanted a severe sentence," prosecutors said in court as to why they are seeking 18 months in jail for Ok, Yonhap news agency reported. Prosecutors were not available for comment.

Ok's lawyers were also not immediately available for comment but they have said in a petition to Constitutional Court: "The adultery law ... has degenerated into a means of revenge by the spouse, rather than a means of saving a marriage."

Last month, the Constitutional Court said adultery damaged the social order and therefore was a criminal offence.

It is rare for courts to jail adulterers but that has not stopped several thousand angry spouses from filing criminal complaints each year.

Critics have said a better compromise might be to allow spouses just to sue for compensation in civil court.

(Reporting by Jon Herskovitz and Kim Junghyun; Editing by Nick Macfie)

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« Reply #48 on: November 30, 2008, 02:55:23 PM »

Man charged over pics of children

AAP
December 01, 2008 06:09am

A MAN caught taking mobile phone photographs of young children paddling in water at Sydney's Darling Harbour faces child pornography charges.

Police were called to the popular tourist spot when onlookers saw the man pointing his mobile phone at a group of 15 young children, aged two to 12 years old about 3.15pm (AEDT) yesterday.

The 40-year-old, of no fixed abode, was arrested by police, who later found a number of photographs and videos of young children on his phone.

He has been charged with possessing child pornography, and was refused bail to appear in Central Local Court today.

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Melbourne Lord Mayor Robert Doyle goes to war with bogans and buskers
« Reply #49 on: December 01, 2008, 03:16:40 AM »
http://www.news.com.au/story/0,27574,24732637-1243,00.html

    * Buskers to be driven off Melbourne streets
    * Mayor fears city becoming "a bogan magnet"
    * More police on streets to deter crime


Bogan: Is Australian and New Zealand English slang, usually pejorative, for a person who is, or is perceived to be, of a lower-class background. According to the stereotype, the speech and mannerisms of "bogans" indicate, poor education, cheap clothing and uncultured upbringing. 'Bogans' usually reside in economically disadvantaged suburbs (often outer metropolitan) or rural areas.

BOGANS and bad buskers will be driven off Melbourne's streets as new Lord Mayor Robert Doyle looks to make the city family friendly.

Mr Doyle said this morning he would work with nightclub owners and the Australian Hotels Association to address alcohol fuelled violence and that he did not want the city "to become a bogan magnet."

"I actually want families to feel comfortable coming in to the city, bringing their kids and having family time," he told 3AW.

Mr Doyle said he would seek a meeting with Chief Commissioner Christine Nixon and would offer her the use of a council-owned building at 225 Bourke St  for a police station.

"You put uniforms on the streets and you actually deter crime and that's what I will be asking for," he said.

Mr Doyle said he was also "sick of really badly talented buskers, let me tell you."

"They actually need to be properly licenced and regulated so that we are not just assaulted with a whole lot of different sounds every 10 metres along the footpath," he said.

The former state Liberal leader was declared the winner of the 11-candidate mayoral election late last night after an long and agonising count finally ended at 11pm.

Mr Doyle said he would work to reopen Swantson Street to traffic to get people moving through the city again, saying it had become a taxi rank.

He also pledged to develop more affordable car parking on the city fringe, in places like the Victoria Market and Docklands, to help ease congestion.
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Re: Melbourne Lord Mayor Robert Doyle goes to war with bogans and buskers
« Reply #50 on: December 01, 2008, 04:01:27 PM »
You beat be to it! I thought this was an important story as well.

I have noticed that there are a lot more buskers on the streets and people begging for money. I have made a point to carry a pocket full of one dollar coins to give out.

I find that it improved the atmosphere of downtown Melbourne. It seems our new Mayor wants a tightly policed "Singapore style" city instead of the carnival it is now.

Pity...and don't doubt that this legislation will prevent the handing out of information and Truth related material.

Here are some pics of what he wants to ban.













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Re: Melbourne Lord Mayor Robert Doyle goes to war with bogans and buskers
« Reply #51 on: December 01, 2008, 05:37:13 PM »
Purges are like, sooooo middle ages

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Re: Melbourne Lord Mayor Robert Doyle goes to war with bogans and buskers
« Reply #52 on: December 01, 2008, 05:54:15 PM »
Purges are like, sooooo middle ages

The peasants are revolting don't you know!


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« Reply #53 on: December 01, 2008, 09:46:23 PM »

Snazzy sneakers banned in prisons

From correspondents in New York
Agence France-Presse
December 02, 2008 03:35am

FANCY sports shoes were declared off limits at New York prisons yesterday as authorities sought to reduce friction between fashion-conscious inmates.
The Correction Department banned snazzy sneakers and issued prisoners with identical canvas shoes costing $US2 ($3.06) a pair, the Daily News reported.

"This is another step in reducing and controlling inmate-inmate violence, particularly among adolescents who do fight over brand sneakers," prisons spokesman Stephen Morello was quoted as saying.

New York prisoners mostly wear their own clothes, rather than uniforms.

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Re: Lick The Jack Boots: Reports and stories of outrageous control policy
« Reply #54 on: December 03, 2008, 01:02:17 AM »

Thanks to mr_anderson for the original post.



Red pen too aggressive, Queensland teachers told

By Gabrielle Dunlevy
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December 03, 2008 12:54pm

•   Teachers told to "reconsider pen colour"
•   Children might be offended by red
•   Pictures: Evil red pens from The Courier-Mail

TEACHERS have been told to stop marking schoolchildren's work with red pen because it is an "aggressive" colour.
Queensland's Deputy Opposition Leader Mark McArdle told parliament today that teachers were being advised to reconsider their pen choice because it may offend children.
Mr McArdle tabled a Queensland Health document proposing "strategies for addressing mental health wellbeing in any classroom".
It says: "Don't mark in a red pen (which can be seen as aggressive) - use a different colour."

"Given your 10-year-old Labor government presides over the lowest numeracy and literacy standards of any state in Australia, don't you think it's time we focused on classroom outcomes rather than these kooky, loony, loopy, lefty policies?" Mr McArdle asked.
Premier Anna Bligh called the question trivial at a time of "such economic peril".

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Man charged over viral baby-swinging video
« Reply #55 on: December 09, 2008, 06:06:24 AM »


http://www.smh.com.au/articles/2008/12/08/1228584709781.html?page=fullpage

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December 8, 2008 - 12:12PM


A Queensland man has been charged for re-publishing on a video-sharing site a viral video of a man swinging a baby around like a rag doll.

The controversial three-minute video had already been published widely across the internet and shown on American TV news shows. The clip can still be found online today.

Chris Illingworth, 60, a father of four from Maroochydore, thought he would share it with fellow users of Liveleak, a site similar to YouTube but focused on news and current events. In two years, he has uploaded hundreds of videos to Liveleak.

His home was raided on Sunday, November 30, by Queensland Police from Task Force Argos, which specialises in combating child pornography and child groomers.

He was charged with using the internet to access and publish child-abuse material and is scheduled to appear in court in Maroochydore on December 18.

It is understood that he had no involvement in the creation of the video, which cannot be published on this website for legal reasons.

The baby is laughing and smiling at the end of the clip, but the video has attracted criticism from child-welfare advocates because of how vigorously the man swings the baby by its arms.

In a phone interview, Illingworth described the clip as a "common interest story" and rejected any suggestions he was a child abuser or interested in such material.

He said that since being charged he could not eat, sleep or work and was worried his children and people in the local community would think he was a pedophile.

"I've had to go down to the hospital, my blood pressure is 160/108 and I'm on blood pressure pills and valium - all because of this," he said.

"Do they realise what pain they put someone through? I could fall over dead over this. I can't even get the office work done. I'm just a zombie."

Queensland Police confirmed the charges but refused to comment, saying it would be inappropriate as the matter was before the courts.

Illingworth said his life changed the moment two officers - a detective chief inspector and a detective chief constable - banged on his door and demanded they search his house.

"I went to turn on the laptop and they got stinking mad, as if I was trying to delete something I guess, and I was just trying to be helpful," he said.

The officers plugged a small black box into his computer and proceeded for an hour and a half to analyse the contents of his hard drive in a search for child pornography.

Illingworth said the officers insisted on visiting his office at a mechanic workshop to examine his computer there. They found nothing, Illingworth said.

Before being taken to the police station, Illingworth was allowed to make one call, which he used to phone the owner of Liveleak in Britain to ask that the video be removed.

He was advised to get a lawyer but declined as he was unable to find one on a Sunday afternoon, he said.

At Maroochydore police station, Illingworth was interviewed without a lawyer. He was forced to provide fingerprints, a DNA sample and a mug-shot photograph.

"They wouldn't let me go to the toilet without them coming with me - I couldn't go anywhere without someone following me," he said.

The officers explained to Illingworth that they traced him using his IP address after someone in Britain reported the video clip to police. Interpol had found the clip was originally uploaded to a Russian website.

"It's going to ruin my f---ing life and everything. I'm 60 years old and what did I do wrong?" Illingworth said.

"I didn't make it, I didn't play with a baby, I just uploaded it [the video clip]. It's nothing sexual or anything else - just a smiling baby."

Liveleak owner Hayden Hewitt has published a video on the site defending Illingworth and calling on members to help publicise the incident and "fight injustice".

"Clearly the behaviour in the video is reckless, but I couldn't say it's abuse," he said.

Colin Jacobs, vice-chairman of the online users' rights lobby group Electronic Frontiers Australia, said public anxiety around the depiction of children seemed to have spiked in recent times, fuelled by politicians and anti-child-abuse campaigners.

"It's now reached the point where any parent would have to think twice about posting a photo of their children to a photo-sharing website," he said.

"Cases like this seem to indicate that we've gone beyond the point of the sensible and entered into hysteria territory."
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Re: Man charged over viral baby-swinging video
« Reply #56 on: December 11, 2008, 01:42:16 AM »
http://www.smh.com.au/news/home/technology/police-warning-over-baby-video/2008/12/11/1228584982919.html?page=fullpage#contentSwap1

Asher Moses
December 11, 2008 - 11:36AM


Queensland Police say it is a crime for anyone to even watch a viral video of a man swinging a baby around a room.

Chris Illingworth, 60, a father of four from Maroochydore, was charged after he posted the video, which he stumbled across on YouTube, on an internet site.

The video, which shows the man swinging the baby by the arms, was broadcast on US television and has been viewed by hundreds of thousands of people online.

Illingworth's home was raided after he posted the clip on Liveleak. He was charged with using the internet to access and publish child-abuse material.

The charge has proven controversial because the baby - reportedly part of a Russian circus family - is shown laughing and smiling at the end of the clip.

Online rights activists and academics say the case has far-reaching implications for individuals sharing content online, as it is now clear they can be held just as liable as traditional publishers.

Online users' lobby group Electronic Frontiers Australia (EFA) has contacted Illingworth to provide him with help in fighting his case.

EFA vice-chairman Colin Jacobs said the law was a blunt instrument and no blunter than when applied to the internet.

"Any internet user could stumble upon these sorts of 'viral videos', which are a far cry from the organised child abusers against whom the laws are targeted," he said.

"I think that now Australians could justifiably feel very afraid that casual internet use might bring the police to their door."

Australian laws concerning the publication of such material are far stricter than in many other countries.

Here, news stations have shown only the beginning and end of the clip, while this website has been advised by lawyers not to show any of the clip at all.

In a statement, Queensland Police said the term "child-abuse material" even extended to clips in which a child "appears" to be a victim of cruelty.

The clip, criticised by child-welfare advocates because of how vigorously the man swings the baby, was created without any involvement of Illingworth, who has published hundreds of other clips on the Liveleak site.

Queensland Police from the anti-pedophile squad Task Force Argos raided Illingworth's home on November 30. He was subjected to a thorough forensic examination of his home and office computers and a gruelling interview over several hours, complete with fingerprinting and mug shots.

Asked to respond to claims by Illingworth that he was targeted unnecessarily and unfairly labelled a child abuser, Queensland Police said it was a crime "to participate in the exploitation and abuse of children by seeking to view, possess, make or distribute child-abuse or child exploitation material".

It provided a definition of "child-abuse material", which was any material that shows a person under the age of 18 who "is, or appears to be, a victim of torture, cruelty or physical abuse".

"Task Force Argos are continuing to work with international law enforcement partners to identify the child depicted in the video clip to remove him or her from further harm," Queensland Police said.

David Vaile, executive director of the University of NSW's Cyberspace Law and Policy Centre, agreed with Queensland Police but said many people were not aware that they could be held liable for content they republished online.

"If something you upload and republish on the internet is a video of what appears to be abuse of a child, you can't be that surprised when it is caught by laws trying to suppress the publication and distribution of 'child-abuse material'," he said.

"Publishing capability has been democratised and decentralised, but so has liability and responsibility."

Illingworth, whose reputation has been tarnished after the incident was featured in a story in his local Sunshine Coast Daily newspaper, said he was meeting his MP, Peter Slipper, this afternoon in an attempt to pressure police to drop the charges.

Illingworth said it was unfair that he was being labelled a child abuser over a video he didn't make, when the late Steve Irwin was let off for dangling his baby near the open jaws of a crocodile.

Earlier this week, Illingworth said that since being charged he could not eat, sleep or work and was worried his children and people in the local community would think he was a pedophile.

"I've had to go down to the hospital. My blood pressure is 160/108 and I'm on blood pressure pills and valium - all because of this," he said.

"Do they realise what pain they put someone through? I could fall over dead over this. I can't even get the office work done. I'm just a zombie."
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Re: Man charged over viral baby-swinging video
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« Reply #58 on: December 15, 2008, 02:53:38 PM »

Original Story > Mum told her baby is too fat http://www.news.com.au/story/0,,24778512-1243,00.html

Olivia Villella, branded 'too fat' by childcare staff, signed by Bayside Modelling and Casting

By Nikki Protyniak
Herald Sun
December 16, 2008 12:35am



Earning potential ... Olivia Villella - the baby branded "fat" by childcare workers - has been signed by a modelling agency.
A BABY wrongly branded fat and obese by childcare centre staff has landed a potentially lucrative modelling contract.

Chubby-cheeked Olivia Villella, 10 months, has been signed by Victorian child model agency Bayside Modelling and Casting.

Agency owner Kellie Langmaid signed her up after seeing her photos in the Herald Sun last week.

She said the tiny tot could potentially earn thousands of dollars from catalogue work and TV commercials.

"She has a fabulous look about her. She's full of beans and she's very, very cute," Ms Langmaid said. "She has the most divine curly hair and a big cheesy smile. She's just a sweetheart."

Mum Belinda Moss-Villella, 32, said the model offer was a fairytale ending to a traumatic time.

It came after the Herald Sun revealed how staff at an ABC childcare centre in Noble Park North had called Olivia fat and obese, prompting her mum to remove her for fear they wouldn't feed her enough.

Medical experts confirmed Olivia was a normal, healthy baby.

Ms Moss-Villella said she was thrilled by the modelling offer.

"I can't believe it's happened," she said.

"You've got one woman who thought she was an ugly duckling and then you've got another one who can see her real beauty shining through."

She hopes her daughter's good fortune will be a lesson to staff at the centre.

"They made a very, very stupid comment and look where Olivia is now," she said.

"I hope this teaches them to never, ever comment on anyone's shape, size or colour - especially a child's - ever again.

"Children come in all shapes and sizes. I hope they know that now."

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Council fines to rise 33%
« Reply #59 on: December 23, 2008, 06:15:06 AM »
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18/12/2008 5:37:00 PM


FINES for walking a dog without a leash or failing to pick up animal droppings are set to rise by 33 per cent as part of a Redland City Council push to increase penalties. Councillors voted at their final general meeting for the year to boost the value of a penalty unit from $75 to $100 ? a move that will affect most of the fines issued for breaching local laws.

But the decision will not yet lead to higher parking fines because breaches of the local parking law are not tied to penalty unit values. Councils in Queensland have been considering whether to increase their local law fines after the State Government asked them if they wanted to "opt in" to the planned rise in penalty unit values.

Council's local laws generally do not specify the exact monetary fine residents are likely to face for breaching the rules, but instead state a number of penalty units as a maximum fine that can be issued in court. This saves the council from having to amend every local law each time it wants to increase fines across the board.

For example, the animal management law warns that people who fail to pick up a pet's faeces in a public place can be ordered to pay a maximum fine of 10 penalty units in court. On-the-spot fines are generally handed out at one-tenth of the maximum penalty.

By increasing the penalty unit value from $75 to $100, the maximum court-ordered penalty for this breach would automatically rise from $750 to $1000 and the on-the spot fine would rise from $75 to $100. A report by council officers said the increase would be the first jump in the penalty unit value since 1999 and enforcement costs had risen "significantly" over the past 10 years.

Division 7 Councillor Murray Elliott said the council still raised less money from fines than it cost to enforce the local laws.

If fines were not increased, rates rises would be higher, he said.

Voting with Cr Elliott to increase the fines were Mayor Melva Hobson and Crs Wendy Boglary (Div. 1), Craig Ogilvie (Div. 2), Debra Henry (Div. 3), Barbara Townsend (Div. 5), Toni Bowler (Div. 6) and Helen Murray (Div. 10).

Voting against the move were Crs Peter Dowling (Div. 4), Kathy Reimers (Div. 8) and Karen Williams (Div. 9).

The council fines increase will take effect on March 1. Littering fines come under State Government legislation and, along with other state fines, will rise on January 1.
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Man jailed for smoking on train

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December 25, 2008 03:51pm

A MAN was given three days in detention for breaking a non-smoking rule on a new high-speed rail line, Chinese state media said.

The punishment is an unusually severe one in a country where smoking bans are routinely ignored.

He was caught smoking in the toilet just after the train had left Tianjin for Beijing, triggering an alarm and causing the train to stop, the official Xinhua news agency said.

The high-tech line connects the capital with neighbouring Tianjin. It opened in time for this year's Beijing Olympics and features carriages more luxurious than usual in China, including swivel chairs and spacious, plush interiors.

No-smoking signs and rules are generally given short shrift in China and about half of all Chinese men smoke.

"It is strictly forbidden to smoke on the Beijing-Tianjin Express, and they hope everyone respects the rules, travels in a civilised manner and ensures the train's safety and punctuality," Xinhua said.

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Cunnamulla police officer allegedly ordered indigenous boys 'to strip'

By Tanya Chilcott
The Courier-Mail
December 26, 2008 12:01am

THREE boys were allegedly strip-searched by a police officer and forced to jump up and down naked in Queensland without an adult present.

A statement from the Queensland Police Service said the matter was being reviewed by senior officers, but the grandmother of the boys – two aged 13 and one aged 12 – is calling for the officer in question to be sacked.

Geraldine Robinson believes the boys were unfairly targeted because of tensions between some members of her indigenous family and local police in the western town of Cunnamulla.

Ms Robinson said the incident occurred after the three boys were picked up by police last Friday night because another set of grandparents failed to arrive at a bus stop to collect them in time.

Ms Robinson said the officer was asked to take the boys to their grandparents' house, but took them to the police station instead.

She said the boys were terrified by the experience. One came home crying.

Ms Robinson said nothing was found on the boys.

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« Reply #62 on: December 25, 2008, 07:32:19 PM »

Children taken from parents with no evidence of risk, judge says

By Kim Arlington
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December 26, 2008 06:39am

A JUDGE says it was a "gross abuse of power" for child welfare staff  to forcibly remove two babies from their parents' care when there was no evidence they were at risk of harm. Ordering that the children be returned to their parents immediately, Supreme Court Justice George Palmer said the New South Wales Department of Community Services officers' actions had "gravely imperilled" the children's best interests.

"My principal concern is that young children who have been well cared for by their parents have been removed from their care for some three months and, if the DOCS officers have their way, will be kept out of their parents' care for another three months, for no good reason," Justice Palmer said.

Although the parents were recreational cannabis users, the judge said there was no evidence that it posed a direct risk of harm to their children - a 15-month-old girl and a month-old boy. He said there was no evidence the children, who were given the pseudonyms Georgia and Luke, were neglected or physically or emotionally abused. Given that the parents were not mentally ill and had no relevant criminal history, he questioned why their children were forcibly removed and why DOCS was pursuing a care plan that would keep them in custody until May.

He said there had been "a serious abuse by certain DOCS officers of the department's power to take children into custody".

The court heard that DOCS sought to meet the parents on September 12 but did not respond to their attempts to reschedule. When the couple failed to show up, three officers came to their house. The mother denied her children were at risk but the officers returned with two police officers and removed the children. The parents, who cannot be identified, applied to the Supreme Court to have their children returned, a move opposed by DOCS.

Officers' attitude showed "an intransigent refusal to acknowledge a mistake, regardless of the consequences to the children", Justice Palmer said.

A psychologist who assessed the children and their parents noted: "Both parents are well able to provide for the safety, welfare and wellbeing of their infant children."

Justice Palmer last week ordered that Georgia and Luke be immediately returned to their parents.

DOCS declined to comment on the case, saying it would carefully examine the judgment and consider whether to appeal.

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« Reply #63 on: December 26, 2008, 02:05:14 AM »

Child circumcision to be banned in Denmark?

Proposal to raise circumcision age to 15 causes storm among Jewish community. 'If law is passed, Jews will have to leave place they've been living in for hundreds of years,' says Denmark's chief rabbi.

Yigal Rom
Published: 11.20.08, 10:02
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COPENHAGEN - At a time where anti-Semitic acts seem to be on the rise in Europe, a bill was proposed in Denmark that will affect mainly Jews – the banning of male child circumcision.

Denmark's National Council for Children has recommended the legislation of a law banning circumcision of boys under the age of 15.
 The passing of this law would make the Jewish mitzvah and tradition of circumcising a child on his eighth day a crime.
 The country's Ethics Council supported the proposal and now only the parliament's medical committee can intervene and prevent the proposal from being heard.

"Circumcision is the irreversible damage to a child's body before he is given the chance to object," the National Council for Children argued.

The Council further claimed that the banning of male child circumcision was a matter of equality among the sexes.

"Just like female circumcision was banned five years ago, male circumcision should be banned," the Council said.

 The new proposal caused a storm among the Jewish and Muslim populations in Denmark, with 95% of the 7,000 Jewish population circumcising their sons.

Denmark's Chief Rabbi Bent Lexner – who is also a certified circumciser in the community – said he hoped the matter would be left alone.

"The comparison between circumcision and the intentional mutilation of the female sex organ in certain societies is simply complete nonsense," Lexner told Yedioth Ahronoth.

 
"If the law forbidding circumcision is ever passed in Denmark, Jews will have to leave the place they have been living in for hundreds of years."

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« Reply #64 on: December 27, 2008, 02:19:59 AM »

Teacher Attacked By Child Blames Culture

Friday, 26-Dec-2008 2:54PM

LONDON, Dec. 26 (UPI) -- A British teacher says colleagues who saw a 12-year-old trying to strangle him told him they were afraid to help him because they might be charged with assault.

Colin Adams recently won 250,000 pounds ($375,000) in compensation for the attack, The Daily Mail reported. He said the boy knocked him over, kicked and punched him and then put his hands around his neck.

Another teacher finally moved in to help, later telling Adams he took too long to intervene because he was afraid of the consequences.

Adams, on Thursday, criticized the "can't touch" culture now prevailing in schools and the policy of putting children with severe behavioral problems in ordinary classrooms.

The boy was expelled from the school after the 2004 assault and sent to a supervision program. Adam, who was unable to work because of stress and back problems, spent more than four years seeking compensation for his injuries.

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« Reply #65 on: December 30, 2008, 02:32:52 PM »

They gotta keep it alluring by making it forbidden. The law actually makes sense to me but it will have the opposite effect.



Nipples out in new piercing rules

AAP
December 30, 2008 12:14pm

MINORS will be banned from having their nipples and genitals pierced and children under 16 will need parental consent for any other body piercings under new Victorian laws.

From January 1, piercers who give a person aged under 18 an intimate body piercing will risk a $6600 fine.

The same penalty will apply to those who give minors a tattoo or perform scarification, tongue splitting, branding or beading on someone aged under 18.

And piercers who give children under 16 a non-intimate body piercing without parental consent will be slapped with a $2200 fine.

Attorney-General Rob Hulls said the new laws would help protect young people as body art increased in popularity.

"The possible health implications associated with body piercing can include the transmission of blood-borne viruses, infection, scarring and nerve damage," he said.

"These new laws provide clear guidance for body piercers, and balance the rights of guardians and parents with the freedom of expression of young people."

Piercers can escape fines if they prove the client duped them into believing they were of legal age by producing fraudulent ID, like a driver licence.

Public transport users also face fare hikes in the new year.

Train, tram and bus tickets will rise by 5 per cent, in line with the consumer price index (CPI), adding 30 cents to the cost of a daily zone one ticket, which will rise to $6.80.

The increase comes on the back of rising taxi fares, which increased by 6.1 per cent on December 13, adding an extra $1.20 to the average 10km fare of $19.68.

Rising travel costs will be offset by savings on gas and electricity bills, which the government says will become more competitive when energy prices are deregulated on January 1.

Consumers are encouraged to shop around for the best deal from energy companies.

Low-income households will be offered incentives to save water in the new year under the Water Wise program. The program provides a free audit and water saving upgrades up to $500 to eligible customers.

Victorian households will also be encouraged to do their bit to reduce the state's carbon footprint with the introduction of a mandatory energy target.

The Victorian Energy Efficiency Target (VEET) aims to cut emissions by 8.1 million tonnes a year by requiring energy retailers to provide incentives for customers to become more energy efficient.

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« Reply #66 on: December 30, 2008, 03:15:03 PM »

It will never happen in Australia huh?! Well it's here (Tyranny) and right on time for the rolling out of Tasers for ALL Australian police. What ever you do don't film them abusing their powers or you will be arrested.

This incident is just the beginning. It will be used to set a president and get the public used to being pushed around.




Mobile phone seizure an 'abuse of police powers'

By David Earley
The Courier-Mail
December 26, 2008 05:30pm


Phone ... a man says police threatened him with arrest under the Terrorism Act for filming them on his BlackBerry / Reuters

A MAN detained and threatened with arrest under the Terrorism Act for filming police on his mobile phone says police abused their powers.

Nick Holmes a Court, CEO of web-based media companies BuzzNumbers and ShiftedPixels, was walking to his home near Kings Cross in Sydney about 10pm on December 19.

He said police forcibly took his BlackBerry phone and threatened him with arrest both under the Australian Anti-Terrorism Act and for allegedly disobeying a police directive.

Mr Holmes a Court said he had started filming what looked like a search after he noticed a group of police walking down his street.

"I went to one guy and asked what was going on but he told me to move along, and if I didn't they'd be able to arrest me," he said.

"So I moved down the street a few hundred metres to where my apartment was, pulled out my phone and started filming."

Mr Holmes a Court said he had stopped filming before two of the police officers approached, demanding he surrender his BlackBerry mobile phone and telling him he had committed a crime if he had recorded them.

"It was in my hand, and they were saying, 'Give me your phone, give me your phone,' but I just kept repeating, 'I do not consent to a search of my phone'," Mr Holmes a Court said.

"It was pulled out of my hand - it wasn't me handing it over to her - and now I've got this girl looking through my phone and all my content - my contacts, photos, text messages and emails."

Mr Holmes a Court said he repeatedly complained to the police while they tampered with his phone, but was told to "shut up".

"They forcefully did it in front of me, wouldn't give me my phone back until they deleted it, and just kept telling me to shut up."

Queensland Council for Civil Liberties president Michael Cope said police did not have the authority to confiscate cameras or stop people from taking pictures of them performing their duties.

"It's not appropriate for the police to be stopping people taking pictures of them," Mr Cope said.

"They've got no power to do that, none whatsoever, and they've got no power to confiscate cameras.

"Why should they be fighting being scrutinised?"

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« Reply #67 on: December 31, 2008, 06:24:05 PM »

Man sues after "POLICE" t-shirt arrest
By Nicholas J.C. Pistor
ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH
12/30/2008

A Belleville Police officer arrested a St. Charles man for wearing a t-shirt emblazoned with the word "POLICE."

Now, Adam C. Weinstein, of St. Charles, has sued the department for what he calls a violation of his constitutional rights.

According to police documents, Weinstein was arrested in 2006 outside a bar in Belleville for "impersonating officers." He was wearing a black t-shirt with the word police striped across the front and back under a sweater. The t-shirt became exposed when he removed the sweater because he was hot.

"Those t-shirts are a sign of solidarity," said Howard A. Shalowitz, an attorney representing Weinstein. "How many people wear NYPD caps? Are they impersonating police?"

According to the lawsuit, a waitress told Weinstein that some police officers wanted to speak with him outside the bar. Weinstein went outside, he said, and was greeted by Belleville Police Officer Jeff Vernatti.

Vernatti, Weinstein alleges, asked him for his police credentials. Weinstein says he told the officer he didn’t have any credentials because he wasn’t a police officer.

That’s when, according to Weinstein, the police officer started screaming curse words and became physically and verbally abusive. Weinstein says he was cuffed and later released by the officer, but made to take the t-shirt off while standing in the cold.

Weinstein was ticketed for impersonating a police officer, but it was later dismissed. The ticket only alleges Weinstein wore the t-shirt.

"I’m afraid to go to Belleville," Weinstein said in an interview. According to the lawsuit, Weinstein is a firefighter.

Weinstein said he bought two of the shirts--one for him, one for his wife--at Leon’s Uniform Company in St. Louis while buying supplies for firefighting.

The lawsuit was filed last week in St. Clair County. Vernatti and the city of Bellevile are named as defendents.

In 2005, Vernatti and the city of Belleville were sued for allegedly tasering a man. That case was later settled before going to trial.

Belleville Mayor Mark W. Eckert declined to comment through an aide. A spokesperson for the Belleville Police also declined to comment. Vernatti couldn’t be reached for comment.

Steven Beckett, professor and director of trial advocacy at the University of Illinois’ law school, said the arrest may be a violation of Weinstein’s First Amendment rights.

"A t-shirt alone isn’t enough to arrest someone," Beckett said. "There must be some overt act."

Beckett added: "The police complaint on its face is inconsistent with the First Amendment."

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Muslim family booted off AirTran Airways flight gets apology

From correspondents in Washington
Reuters
January 03, 2009 10:21am

A MUSLIM family that was ordered off a US flight on New Year's Day has received an apology and refund from the airline.

But AirTran Airways still said its decision to bar the passengers on security grounds was necessary.

Atif Irfan told  CNN that federal authorities removed him, seven family members and a friend from the flight after passengers overheard members of the group talking about the safest place to sit on the plane.

He said they were being careful to avoid any "buzzwords" like "bomb" that would trigger a security alert.

The group was flying out of Reagan Washington National Airport and was headed for a religious retreat in Florida when other passengers apparently overheard the conversation and reported it to authorities.

AirTran has now issued a statement apologising to the nine and other passengers who were inconvenienced by the incident.

It said the airfare of the nine was refunded and other passengers would be reimbursed for expenses incurred by taking other flights.

"We apologise to all of the passengers - to the nine who had to undergo extensive interviews from the authorities, and to the 95 who ultimately made the flight," the discount airline said.

"While ultimately this issue proved to be a misunderstanding, the steps taken were necessary."

An earlier AirTran statement said the airline complied with all Transportation Security Administration and Homeland Security directives and had no discretion in the case.

All 104 passengers aboard the flight were taken off and rescreened and their baggage was checked again, AirTran said.

Of the nine passengers in the group, six asked to be rebooked to Florida, AirTran said.

The Washington-based Council on American-Islamic Relations said it had filed a complaint with the US Department of Transportation.

The Islamic civil rights group said it was working with the Muslim passengers and the airline to address the civil liberties issues related to the incident.

"We believe this disturbing incident would never have occurred had the Muslim passengers removed from the plane not been perceived by other travellers and airline personnel as members of the Islamic faith," the group said.

Kashif Irfan, Atif's brother, told The Washington Post he thought the group, all but one of them US-born citizens, were profiled because of their appearance.

He said five of the six adults in the group are of South Asian descent, and all six are traditionally Muslim in appearance, with the men wearing beards and the women in headscarves.

Kashif Irfan, 34, is an anesthesiologist, and his brother Atif, 29, is a lawyer, the Post reported. Both live in Alexandria, Virginia.

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« Reply #69 on: January 03, 2009, 03:20:32 PM »

Lost kid not our problem,' say cops

REBEKAH CAVANAGH
January 3rd, 2009

A WOMAN who found a lost child at the NT's biggest shopping centre took him to the new police shopfront inside the complex - but was told it wasn't their problem.

The concerned mother said she couldn't believe it when the police auxiliary at the newly opened police beat at Casuarina Square in Darwin's northern suburbs told her they were not responsible for lost children and to take him to the information booth.

But she said if she had walked outside of the complex and crossed the road to the Casuarina Police Station, not even 50m away, they would have opened up their arms to him.

"It is just ridiculous," she said.

"You teach kids that they can turn to the police if they are in trouble and need help and here they are turning their backs on them.

"I'm just glad it was me who found him - anything could've happened. It reminded me of James Bulger in London where he was taken from a mall, brutally tortured and killed."

The woman, who is also a Darwin school teacher, found the young boy standing by himself near the escalators at the Woolworths end of the centre on the Saturday before Christmas. She said after asking him where his mother was and what his name was, he freely took her hand and followed her to the police shopfront, beside the Body Shop.

The information booth is directly outside the police beat, but was manned by one woman who was extremely busy with customers.

NT Police said lost children in shopping centre's were not their initial responsibility.

"Initial responsibility lies with security," police said. "This also applies to events such as Royal Darwin Show, V8's, football etc - initial responsibility lies with security at events.

"Once all avenues have been exhausted it may become a police matter."

"I think that they could have put their resources to better use," the mother said.

"If I needed to go to the police, I'd just walk through the centre and go across to Casuarina Police Station - it's just a few steps to get your business done and then you can come back over to the shops."

The police beat was opened last month in a bid to crack down on anti-social behaviour in and around shopping centres.

The boy was reunited with his distressed grandmother soon after.

http://www.ntnews.com.au/article/2009/01/03/24975_ntnews.html


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« Reply #70 on: January 04, 2009, 05:17:32 PM »

Child homicide rates reduced if parents don't smack kids

By Grant McArthur
The Daily Telegraph
January 05, 2009 12:01am

"In the heat of the moment, when you are a big person and you are trying to discipline a small child, you can really hurt them."

New Zealand - which banned smacking in 2007 - and the US are the only comparable nations in the world with higher rates of child homicide than Australia, and lead researcher Dr Olav Nielssen from Sydney's St Vincent's Hospital said it was time for Australia to follow international lead.

"A third of the homicides were due to fatal child abuse and any measure that reduced it is worth considering it," he said.

"Everyone laughed when Sweden introduced it (smacking bans) 30 years ago, but in the 15 years after they did they didn't have a single case of fatal child abuse and a lot of other countries have followed suit.

"I think most families could give it up and find other ways to control and discipline children and maybe one of the things we have to think about is alternative ways to train vulnerable families in better parenting skills."

As well as being responsible for a third of child homicides, Dr Nielssen said hitting children created a circle of violence with abused children often becoming bullies at school and involved in anti-social behaviour in the community.

He said smacking bans, combined with strong public education about ways to better discipline children, would make the biggest difference in reducing Australia's child homicide rates.

Writing in the Medical Journal of Australia, Dr Nielssen and his colleagues also called on colleagues to act on the first signs of mental illness among parents to save young lives.

They found 27 instances where children were killed by someone during psychotic illness, which may be reduced if doctors recognised and treated the first episode of psychosis.

Five children also died after carers gave them methadone, leading for calls to end "take away" doses of methadone so that the treatment was only provided to adults under supervision.

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« Reply #71 on: January 04, 2009, 10:57:16 PM »

No more shopping terror of lost kids at Westfield shopping centres

By Charles Miranda
The Courier-Mail
January 05, 2009 12:01am

PARENTS at Westfield shopping centres could soon be renting wireless tracking devices for their children.

The international shopping giant, with six centres in Queensland, has already trialled the technology at its new 17ha London shopping centre and is considering rolling out the scheme worldwide.

Parents can rent a tag about the size of a thick credit card when they enter the shopping centre and attach it to their child's wrist.

They type a security number on their mobile phone which is entered on to the shopping centre's database.

If they become separated from their child, the parents can call the security desk which can instantly tell them the location of the tag and the missing child.

The device was developed in Legoland in Denmark in 2004 and is used by theme parks across Europe.

Only now has it been picked up by Westfield.

There have already been alerts and in all cases, the children have been found within 15 seconds to three minutes.

The Irish-run company behind the Kidspotter device plans to market it to Asia this year.

Company co-owner Liam Darling said: "Particularly on busy days, like public holidays, there will be a number of missing children.

"Kidspotter reduces the anxiety for parents and children by significantly reducing the time elapsed between the child going missing and being re-united."

http://www.news.com.au/story/0,27574,24872526-421,00.html



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No more shopping terror of lost kids at Westfield shopping centres

By Charles Miranda
The Courier-Mail
January 05, 2009 12:01am

PARENTS at Westfield shopping centres could soon be renting wireless tracking devices for their children.

The international shopping giant, with six centres in Queensland, has already trialled the technology at its new 17ha London shopping centre and is considering rolling out the scheme worldwide.

Parents can rent a tag about the size of a thick credit card when they enter the shopping centre and attach it to their child's wrist.

They type a security number on their mobile phone which is entered on to the shopping centre's database.

If they become separated from their child, the parents can call the security desk which can instantly tell them the location of the tag and the missing child.

The device was developed in Legoland in Denmark in 2004 and is used by theme parks across Europe.

Only now has it been picked up by Westfield.

There have already been alerts and in all cases, the children have been found within 15 seconds to three minutes.

The Irish-run company behind the Kidspotter device plans to market it to Asia this year.

Company co-owner Liam Darling said: "Particularly on busy days, like public holidays, there will be a number of missing children.

"Kidspotter reduces the anxiety for parents and children by significantly reducing the time elapsed between the child going missing and being re-united."

http://www.news.com.au/story/0,27574,24872526-421,00.html



http://www.kidspotter.com/




It's the same technology they use on newborns in the NICU (and also what caused this unfortunate tazing incident):
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e6vBVUusmP0
HOUSTON - In a confrontation captured on videotape, a hospital security guard fired a stun gun to stop a defiant father from taking home his newborn, sending both man and child crashing to the floor. Now William Lewis says his baby girl suffers from head trauma because she was dropped.

"I've got to wonder what kind of moron would Tase an adult holding a baby," said George Kirkham, a former police officer and criminologist at Florida State University. "It doesn't take rocket science to realize the baby is going to fall."

Lewis, 30, said the April 13 episode began after he and his wife felt mistreated by staff at the Woman's Hospital of Texas and they decided to leave. Hospital employees told him doctors would not allow it, but Lewis picked up the baby and strode to a bank of elevators.

The elevators would not move because wristband sensors on each baby shut them off if anyone takes an infant without permission.

Lewis, who gave the video to The Associated Press, said his daughter landed on her head, but it cannot be seen on the video. He said the baby continues to suffer ill effects from the fall.

"She shakes a lot and cries a lot," Lewis said, noting doctors have performed several MRIs on the child, Karla. "She's not real responsive. Something is definitely wrong with my daughter."...

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« Reply #73 on: January 05, 2009, 06:28:56 PM »

Off-duty police officer 'hit man with shovel'
Article from: PerthNow

January 06, 2009 07:50am

A POLICE officer will face court today accused of hitting another man with a shovel during a New Year's Eve party.

Police allege that on the evening of Thursday January 1, they were called to an address in Westfield St, Maddington, after a report of a disturbance.

On their arrival, as they spoke to a number of people who were heavily intoxicated, they became aware of a 23-year-old man with a 2-3cm laceration above his right eye.

Inquiries by Armadale detectives revealed that the man was allegedly struck with a shovel by an off-duty police officer at the party who was related to people at the address.

The 44-year-old senior constable has been charged with one count of unlawful wounding and will appear in the Armadale Magistrates Court today.

The officer has been stood aside from operational duties and will be performing restrictive duties.

For legal reasons, comments cannot be published on this matter.

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« Reply #74 on: January 05, 2009, 07:02:27 PM »

Compo claim for Falls

DAVID KILLICK
January 05, 2009 08:15am

A MAN is threatening to sue the Government over the Falls Festival breath-test fiasco.
A MAN seeking compensation and an apology after being delayed for eight hours by police breath testing at the Falls Festival says he will sue if the Government fails to act.
 
Matt Brown, of Launceston, says he will write a letter of demand to the Tasmanian Government for the cost of his time spent waiting to be breath-tested and for a hotel room because he was too sunburned from the wait to drive home.

However, a leading lawyer yesterday said legal action against police had almost no chance of success.

Mr Brown was one of thousands delayed when an understaffed police breath-test unit pulled over drivers leaving the Marion Bay event.

"You're looking at a lot of people who have missed the ferry, who have had to book other accommodation, you have people who have missed flights -- quite easily this could blow out to five million dollars in compensation claims," he said.

"What I will be asking for is for a formal written apology . . . that the Government write to every single person affected with a formal apology and a reason as to why it happened."

Mr Brown said whether he received compensation and an apology or not, he was considering closing his IT business in Tasmania.

"I am in the process of moving from South Australia to Tasmania as I believed it was an awesome place to live, work and raise a family," he said. "I am intending cancelling my residential lease, closing our business office and never looking to come back to Tasmania -- if this is how you treat your residents, would-be residents and tourists, you are a joke."

The head of class actions at law firm Slater & Gordon, James Higgins, said legal action against the police had little or no prospect of success.

"There are no class action procedures in Tasmania, unless you're invoking federal jurisdiction, which this wouldn't," Mr Higgins said.

"Conduct by police is reasonably and appropriately protected from being the subject of legal suit unless there's some act of bad faith or gross negligence.

"I can't imagine a badly run, badly organised roadside breath test might fit that case."

Acting Premier Lara Giddings said she would meet Falls organisers this week to gain a better understanding of how to avoid a repeat of the problems.

"I regret that a large number of patrons to this great event were inconvenienced by the drink-driving blitz conducted by police, but I stand by Tasmania Police's actions to keep drunks off our roads," she said.

http://www.themercury.com.au/article/2009/01/05/47985_tasmania-news.html


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« Reply #75 on: January 06, 2009, 08:57:07 PM »
Payout for Arabic shirt passenger

By Rajini Vaidyanathan
BBC News, Washington

An air passenger forced to cover his T-shirt because it displayed Arabic script has been awarded a payout of $240,000 (£163,000), his lawyers say. Two Transportation Security Authority officials and JetBlue Airways will be forced to make the payout.

Raed Jarrar, a US resident, had accused them of illegally discriminating against him based on his ethnicity and the Arabic writing on his T-shirt. The payout is the largest of its kind since the 9/11 terror attacks. Lawyers representing Mr Jarrar say the settlement is a victory for free speech and a blow to the practice of racial profiling.

Uncomfortable

Back in 2006, Mr Jarrar was waiting to board a flight at New York's JFK airport wearing a T-shirt that read "We Will Not Be Silent" in English and Arabic. His lawyers say he was ordered to remove the item of clothing by staff who said other passengers felt uncomfortable with the Arabic slogan. He eventually agreed to cover the shirt and boarded the plane, but says he was made to sit at the back of the plane.

The Transport Security Authority and JetBlue airlines agreed to settle the case, paying out a total of $240,000 in compensation. The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), which represented Mr Jarrar, argues this case is not an isolated one. Last week, a Muslim family was ordered off a domestic US flight operated by AirTran airlines after passengers claimed they were making suspicious remarks about security.

The family members were later cleared by the FBI, but were not permitted to fly with the airline to continue their journey.

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« Reply #76 on: January 07, 2009, 12:12:20 AM »
Ski death provokes helmet debate

The death of a woman in a highly publicised skiing collision last week has shaken holidaymakers and sparked debate about safety on the piste, finds the BBC's Tristana Moore in Kitzbuehel, Austria.

There has been plenty of early snow in the Alps and the ski season is in full swing.  But in Kitzbuehel, the news of a fatal skiing accident has overshadowed the usual frivolous atmosphere at this time of year.  "I bought a helmet last week," said Gudrun. "I've been skiing for 15 years and I never wore one, but I just want to be on the safe side now."

People in Germany and Austria have been shocked by the recent ski accident involving a senior German politician, Dieter Althaus, and it has triggered a debate about wearing helmets.  The Austrian tabloid newspaper Kronen Zeitung ran the headline: "Should wearing a helmet be made compulsory?"

Manslaughter inquiry

In the accident, which happened on New Year's Day, a Slovak woman was killed and Mr Althaus, the governor of the eastern German state of Thuringia, was seriously injured when they collided while skiing.  Mr Althaus, 50, was flown by helicopter to hospital in Schwarzach and he was placed in an artificially-induced coma.  According to surgeons, he suffered injuries to the skull and brain. Neurologists said it was likely that the helmet that he was wearing saved his life.

Beata Christandl, a 41-year-old mother-of-four, was not wearing a helmet. She died on the way to hospital after suffering from multiple skull injuries.  Doctors say Mr Althaus has now come out of his coma and his condition is said to be improving.  "Mr Althaus can't remember anything," said Dr Reinhard Lenzhofer, from the hospital in Schwarzach.  He can't remember what happened before the accident, and he can't remember anything after he crashed," he said.  The accident happened at a junction of two pistes in the Riesneralm ski resort in Austria.

According to reports in the German media Mr Althaus was skiing on a red, intermediate, slope which crosses an easier slope, on which Beata Christandl was travelling.  One investigator said both skiers were travelling at around 50km/h (30 mph).  Austrian prosecutors have launched an inquiry and Mr Althaus is being investigated for manslaughter.  Police have already questioned one eyewitness who came forward two days after the accident took place.  But Austrian police remain baffled - the ski conditions were good, and Mr Althaus and Ms Christandl were both experienced skiers.

Busy slopes

Josef Schmid, a spokesman for the Austrian skiing federation, urged all those on the slopes to err on the side of caution.  "We recommend that all skiers should wear helmets, it's not just young children, adults also need protection," Mr Schmid said.  "With the new carving skis, people tend to ski faster these days and they overestimate their own abilities. The slopes are very busy and it's much safer for everyone if you wear a helmet," he said.

Politicians and leading figures in sport have called for the wearing of helmets to be made compulsory for skiers and snowboarders in Germany and Austria.  In Italy, it is compulsory for all children under the age of 14 to wear a helmet on the ski slopes.  And the idea has support from among skiing's elite.

"A helmet would help to reduce the severity of injuries," said Hilde Gerg, the 33-year-old German Olympic slalom champion, who has now retired from professional skiing, in an interview with Bunte magazine.

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« Reply #77 on: January 07, 2009, 06:54:02 PM »
Millions of homecrafters face bankruptcy after Jan 20 from new law

by Adriana Stuijt.

The January 20 2009 deadline for millions of American homecrafters to object to a new law requiring expensive testing of their products, is approaching fast. Child-products without certificates proving they have no lead content, will have to be scrapped.

The new Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act – passed hastily to bar poisonous foreign products – also will require millions of American homecrafters to have each of their products tested at huge cost, ranging from $500 to $4000 per product – including their old stock which was manufactured before this law had even been thought up. See law here

Formal complaints against this act must be lodged before January 20 2009 Comments must be labelled: Section 102 Mandatory Third-Party Testing of Component Parts'. Lodge complaints here

Without the CPSI certificate of compliance, millions of homecrafters selling their products on EBay, at fairs, in home-shops and at charity shops face conviction under this Act, which goes into effect on February 10 this year. Conviction carries tens of thousands of dollars in fines and potentially even jail time.

No more selling old things on eBay or Craigslist...
And all the products sold on eBay or Craigslist will also require such certificates of compliance or they will be breaking the law. Also affected: millions of charities, which will no longer be able to accept donations without a certificate of compliance. And this certificate can only be obtained through expensive testing by an SCPC-accredited laboratory." Without such certificates, billions of dollars worth of uncertified children’s products will have to be destroyed because they can’t be legally sold without an CPSI-certificate of compliance, and this will cause major environmental problems," said Massachusetts campaigner Kiki Fluhr.

The handmade toys alliance is also up in arms.
They warn: 'The CPSIA simply forgot to exclude the class of children's goods that have earned and kept the public's trust: Toys, clothes, and accessories made in the US, Canada, and Europe. The result, unless the law is modified, is that handmade children's products will no longer be legal in the US.
"And if this law had been applied to the food industry, every farmers market in the country would be forced to close while Kraft and Dole prospered...'See

The Act was drawn up after last year's massive recalls of dozens of dangerous, lead-tainted Chinese toys and children's products containing lethal phthalates.

This law however also includes all the products made in the USA, including homecrafters’ hand-knitted, quilted and hand-sewn clothes, wooden toys and the myriad of other products for children which traditionally have been sold by arts-and-crafts shops countrywide for decades. These are usually produced by cash-strapped people at home. Read page 7 of the act - with reference to the required testing of children's products here

Little time to object:
Homecrafters say there has been very little opportunity to campaign to get this aspect of the law changed before the deadline. The presidential elections and the holiday season have greatly hampered these efforts. The law was passed in August without much fanfare nor much publicity – -- and it was passed very hastily, with very little input from the country’s millions of homecrafters, they complain.

The homecrafters’ campaign to have the law changed before the objection deadline of January 20 this year was kicked off by one Massachusetts homecrafter, Kiki Fluhr, a young mom who runs the All the Numbers Handmade shop from her home. She refers to the law as the National Bankruptcy Act and predicts that tons of beautiful homecrafted stock will have to be thrown away.

She agrees wholeheartedly that the children must be protected from harmful chemicals. "However this law, as it is currently written, will affect millions of makers of handmade toys and apparel for children - the very people who many of us now turn to for safe toys, clothing and decor for our children. At present, there are no exemptions for small businesses and “micro” manufacturers like myself and most handcraft artisans."

Kuhr says all the homecrafters of the US 'will become criminals from February 10 if they continue to sell their homemade stock without the required certificate of compliance to prove that it had been tested for dangerous contents such as lead'.

Homecrafters now have to make a tough decision: whether to sell their stock without the certificate and face massive fines and even imprisonment under this new law, or scrapping all their old stock and going out of business.

She says the new law will turn micro-businesses like hers into illegal manufacturers of "hazardous substances' overnight. Kuhr says that ‘even granny's home-made quilts sold in the local arts-and-crafts shop won't be exempt from this new law’. And the pre-existing stock from homecraft-shops also will have to be dumped as ‘contraband', she said, because the Act is retroactive, and without the required certificate of compliance, all such products will be deemed to contain 'banned, hazardous substances' after February 10.

Fluhr says that she has spent the last six months growing her business, 'working incredibly hard to create a great product. ' And while it's laudable that the new law bans lead and phthalates (a chemical used in some vinyl products) from all children’s toys, apparel, decor, and accessories, it's a disaster for micro-businesses like hers.

She works with organic materials -- and traditional handcrafters like her are very conscious of the safety of their products. However they can't afford to have each product tested at the cost of $4,000 per item to get their certificates of compliance. So they will not only be forced out of business, but their pre-existing stock will be outlawed.

Manufacturers -- all these microbusinesses included -- will have to obtain a certificate of compliance: anyone who makes clothing, toys etc regardless of volume, needs to have each and every component tested by a CPSC-accredited laboratory at huge cost for each individual product. "This includes not just toys, but clothing, jewelry, blankets, sheets, books, bibs, strollers, carriers, and anything else that a child younger than 12 might come in contact with," she said.

"These tests have to be done at a CSPC accredited lab, and cost as much as $4,000 with an average of around $500. So for me, I offer three different types of dresses. Each dress contains two different fabrics, as well as buttons, and thread (each of which needs to be tested), so that’s potentially $2,000 to test one dress. But I have three styles, so that’s $6,000. And when I get a new bolt of fabric, I need to start all over again. I can only make 15 dresses from one bolt, so there is no way I could make the testing financially feasible".

Even known lead-free and phthalates-free products must still be tested...
The law as it stands now, makes no exception for quantities made, where the garments/products are made or anything else. Nor is there an exception for unadorned fabric components, unfinished wood components, materials which, by their nature, are free of lead and phthalates.

Guilty until proven innocent...
Also, the law takes a “guilty until proven innocent” approach, which would treat a handmade, unfinished wooden toy that doesn’t meet the certification deadline as a “banned hazardous substance” which would be illegal to distribute in this country, she said.

"Larger corporations that can afford testing will incur thousands, maybe millions of dollars in fees, and this expense will be handed down to the consumer, probably making the prices for children’s products go through the roof." Fluhr: "This law will put thousands of manufacturers of children’s products out of business -hurting our economy and causing even more loan defaults. Though this legislation was well-intentioned, it cannot be allowed to stand."

"This law affects every stay at home mom trying to help put food on the table and every grandmother knitting blankets for the local craft fair. It makes the thousands of us who have found a niche in the burgeoning handmade market have to make a tough decision – continue to produce items illegally and possible incur a $100,000 fine, or close up shop and maybe not be able to pay the mortgage this month...."

http://www.digitaljournal.com/article/264507


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« Reply #78 on: January 10, 2009, 02:12:27 PM »


Australian topless bathing ban urged


http://uk.reuters.com/news/video?videoId=96164
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Dec 30 - A group of conservative politicians is making headway towards a ban on topless bathing on some of Australia's best known beaches.

Christian lawmaker and veteran morals campaigner Reverend Fred Nile has won backing from key politicians in New South Wales state, home to Sydney and its famed ocean beaches, to tighten existing laws covering nude sunbathing.

The move has provoked strong reaction from easy-going sunworshippers.

Penny Tweedie reports.


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« Reply #79 on: January 11, 2009, 02:52:43 PM »

Elderly man fires starter pistol at unit in Chippendale

January 12, 2009
Article from:  Australian Associated Press

AN 80-year-old man has been charged by police after allegedly firing a starter pistol several times inside his apartment.

Police responded to a call about gunfire at a unit block at Chippendale in Sydney's inner-west at about 8.45pm (AEDT) on Sunday.

When officers from the tactical operations unit arrived, they heard another three shots.

They arrested the elderly man without incident and allegedly found a starter pistol inside his unit.

He was charged with possessing an unauthorised firearm, possessing ammunition without holding a licence and not keeping a firearm safely.

He was bailed to appear in Downing Centre Local Court on February 2.

http://www.theaustralian.news.com.au/story/0,25197,24900572-12377,00.html


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