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Whitsundays and Mackay residents warned of measles risk after man attends large wedding and bucks party August 22, 2014

MACKAY and the Whitsundays have been put on measles alert after an infected man attended a large wedding and buck party.
Mackay Hospital and Health Service spokesman Dr Stephen Donohue said the man had contact with extended family, friends and the community during the infectious period.

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New drug cures Ebola-related virus in monkeys

ScienceAlert 21 August 2014

An experimental drug has been shown to halt the replication of the Marburg virus – a relative of Ebola – and can cure a patient after several days of infection.

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Remains of MH17 victims Roger and Jill Guard identified

Brisbane Times Natalie Bochenski August 22, 2014

The bodies of a Toowoomba couple killed in the MH17 disaster have been positively identified.
Roger and Jill Guard were among the 298 passengers and crew who perished when the Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 was shot down near the Ukraine-Russia border.
In a statement, their son Paul said the Australian Federal Police had informed the family the couple’s remains had been identified in the Netherlands.
“We are glad that both Roger and Jill have been identified as it allows us to move forward with the grieving process,” he said.
“We would like to thank the Australian Federal Police and the Australian Government for their efforts. Our thoughts are also with all the other families affected by this tragedy at this time, and we hope they also receive word on identification of their loved ones soon.”
Mr Guard said their repatriation was being co-ordinated by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, which had provided the family with a number of options.
“Some family members may decide to go to The Netherlands as part of the process,” he said.
“We are still discussing these options within the family at this time.”
Both Roger and Jill Guard were doctors dedicated to the public health system.
Roger was director of pathology at Toowoomba Hospital, and was a passionate runner. Jill worked as a GP and also volunteered helping refugees settle into their new community.
Before their death, the pair had been travelling in Europe for six weeks, and were flying home from Amsterdam on MH17.
They had been looking forward to being reunited with their children Paul 36, Amanda, 34 and David, 31, as well as Amanda’s two children.
Thousands of people attended the couple’s memorial service, held in Toowoomba’s Empire Theatre on August 3.
Paul Guard said he hoped a political solution could be found to end the stand-off between Russia, Ukraine and the rest of the world.
“We are saddened by the ongoing conflict in the Ukraine and we continue to call on all parties involved in the conflict to put down their weapons and talk to each other,” he said.
“Violence is not the solution.”

Lindy Chamberlain’s yellow Torana now on display

Queensland Times

THE yellow Torana which played a central role in the conviction and then exoneration of Michael and Lindy Chamberlain over the disappearance of their daughter Azaria in 1980 can now be seen at The National Museum of Australia in Canberra.
The 1977 V8 hatchback was at the heart of the forensic evidence which alleged Azaria’s blood was in the car.

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Wife accused of trying to kill husband with hammer tells court he subjected her to years of abuse Tony Keim  August 20, 2014

A WOMAN says her husband of 34 years subjected her to years of emotional abuse before she “cracked’’ and allegedly tried to murder him with a hammer.
A Brisbane Supreme Court jury was on Wednesday played a police audio recording in which Kay Te Atarangi Lyons, then aged 54, admits bashing her 67-year-old husband on the head with a hammer repeatedly on June 4 last year.

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Ex-surgeon Russell Broadbent says inquiry into deaths of Queensland patients will clear his name Peter Michael  August 22, 2014

DISGRACED surgeon Russell Broadbent says a top-level homicide probe that has stalled for more than a year will clear his name of wrongdoing over at least two patient deaths in Queensland hospitals.
He is one of six Queensland doctors referred to police for possible charges of grievous bodily harm and manslaughter.
Former Fitzgerald inquiry prosecutor Jeff Hunter QC, in an independent inquiry ordered by the State Government in April last year, recommended six doctors face investigation relating to 23 cases.

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FIFO suicides: WA Government’s Education and Health Standing Committee to hold inquiry into recent fly-in fly-out deaths ANTHONY DECEGLIE  August 21, 2014

THE families of fly-in, fly-out workers who have committed suicide have welcomed a decision by WA Parliament to investigate the deaths.
The Education and Health Standing Committee last night agreed to hold an inquiry into the suicides of FIFO workers in WA.

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Drunk thief Shane Hookey who tried to strangle cop in surf pleads guilty to assaulting police

Gold Coast Bulletin Leah Fineran August 21, 2014

A DRUNKEN thief arrested after a dramatic struggle in chest-high waves at Coolangatta Beach has been sentenced to 15 months jail.
Shane Hookey, 30, fled into the dark waves just after 9pm on November 20 to evade police who busted him breaking into cars to steal GPS units.

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Miami Beach Realty agent Brad Brazier says he’s scarred for life after being a bitten at his office

Gold Coast Bulletin Leah Fineran August 22, 2014

AN angry Gold Coast mum who bit a real estate agent after failing to get a rental callback has been sentenced to jail and ordered to have anger management counselling.
Miami Beach Realty agent Brad Brazier had just arrived at work at 8.30am on Monday, May 21 in 2012 when he was confronted by Brenda Jane Tacey.

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Drug mule supplied 2.2kg of cannabis to ‘high roller’

Townsville Bulletin EMMA CHANNON August 21, 2014

A MAN who was busted supplying more than 2kg of cannabis to a high roller who allegedly sold the drugs to fund his gambling addiction has avoided jail.
Andrew Charles Ballard, 48, was meeting Ronald Dix at Frosty Mango for the drugs transaction when police officers, who had been following Dix, arrested the pair.
Officers discovered the large amount of cannabis in Ballard’s car along with more than $23,000 in cash.

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