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Queensland farmers hope new reef taskforce does not ruin goodwill

ABC Rural Eliza Rogers 27 Feb. 2015

Cane farmers hope a new taskforce to improve runoff into the Great Barrier Reef does not introduce red tape and spoil goodwill.
The reef now had its own portfolio in the Queensland Labor Government, and its minister is committing $100 million to improving water quality.
A taskforce representing the farming, resources, tourism, conservation and science sectors will review existing programs and advise the State Government on where to direct the funding.

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Police hunt three over cowardly from-behind attack on elderly man February 27, 2015

AN ELDERLY man has been violently assaulted by a gang of three people in Rockhampton overnight.
It is believed between 8pm and 8:30pm on Thursday the 79-year-old man was walking along Ferguson Street when he was approached from behind and bashed.
The group of three people fled from the scene and were last scene running towards Lower Dawson Road into parkland.

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Skin may help spot Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease

BBC News

Scientists have proposed a new idea for detecting brain conditions including Alzheimer’s – a skin test.
Their work, which is at an early stage, found the same abnormal proteins that accumulate in the brain in such disorders can also be found in skin.
Early diagnosis is key to preventing the loss of brain tissue in dementia, which can go undetected for years.
But experts said even more advanced tests, including ones of spinal fluid, were still not ready for clinic.
If they were, then doctors could treatment at the earliest stages, before irreversible brain damage or mental decline has taken place.

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Police investigate death of child at Tamborine Mountain family daycare February 27, 2015

TAMBORINE Mountain residents are in shock after the death of a baby boy this week.
The six-month-old boy died while at a local family daycare on Tuesday.
Police are investigating in keeping with police procedure, but the death is not believed to be suspicious.
The tragic death, believed to be caused by sudden infant death syndrome, has rocked the small community, who are pulling together to support the family.
Due to the sensitive nature of the investigation police will not be releasing further information.

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Mount Tamborine family day care death…ABC News

China the top country of origin for failing Australian food safety tests February 27, 2015

CHINA leads the list of countries that failed Australian food tests in the past six months, but Italy is the surprise source of the nastiest organisms.
A day after revelations food is being sent to be sold in Australia with listeria, salmonella and the bacteria that causes cholera, The Courier-Mail can report the worst hotspots for failed food.
China led the tally of 34 countries with 29 cases, or 15 per cent, followed by Italy (19), France (14), India (12) and South Africa (10) between July and December last year.
One Chinese case contained the rare vibrio cholerae, which causes cholera, but many of the fails related to banned antibiotics and insecticides. Most of the worst cases came from Italy and Norway, which contributed six and five cases of the 14 listeria issues in deli meats, cheese and smoked salmon.

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Queensland police to redefine pursuits after death of passenger, 19

The Courier Mail Brooke Baskin February 27, 2015

A YOUNG man’s violent death in the twisted wreckage of a car being driven by a mate who left him to die will help to refine police pursuit policy in Queensland.

Paul Low was 19 when his friend Peter Ollenburg, 26, got behind the wheel of his mate’s high-powered Holden Calais sometime after 11pm on September 24, 2012.

Hours later and after fleeing a police patrol car at high speed, Ollenburg crashed the car into trees off Dohles Rocks Rd at Murrumba Downs, north of Brisbane.

Mr Low died of devastating head injuries as Ollenburg fled.

The law caught up with ­Ollenburg a year later when he was sentenced to eight years’ jail over the crash.

State coroner Terry Ryan yesterday handed down his findings, following an inquest into the police pursuit leading up to the crash.

He said two police officers continued to undergo disciplinary proceedings in relation to Mr Low’s death: for failing to use lights and sirens when attempting to pull the Calais over; for speeding; and for failing to stay in contact with police communications before the crash.

Mr Ryan said it was unnecessary for him to recommend the two constables be referred for further disciplinary action.

He instead turned his attention to refining the definition of a police pursuit.

Mr Ryan praised a recent policy revision that widened the definition of an attempted intercept or pursuit to clar­ify whether a direction to stop had been given in order for an action to be considered a police pursuit.

“The officers both acknowledged that they were attempt­ing to intercept and, in my view, continued to do so after forming the belief that the Calais was not going to stop. However, a pursuit, as defined, did not occur,” he said.

“This is plainly an absurd outcome and points to an ­inadequacy in the drafting of the definition of ‘pursuit’ in the operational procedures manual.”

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Cocaine abuse at Gold Coast Suns’ AFL club identified in intelligence reports

Gold Coast Bulletin Carly Crawford, Jeremy Pierce & Neale Grundy Herald Sun February 26, 2015

FORMER Suns player Campbell Brown has told an online chat show he did not see any evidence of illicit substance abuse among teammates when he was on the Gold Coast.
Brown made the comment during a segment with new Suns coach Rodney Eade on’s First Bounce program this morning after widespread media reports that Suns players had been the subject of a police investigation into allegations some were supplying and using cocaine dating as far back as 2012.

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 Gold Coast Titans drug scandal…