Hundreds attend Sydney protest against treatment of children in juvenile detention

Updated about 7 hours ago

Hundreds of protestors have gathered outside Sydney’s Town Hall in response to the treatment of children in detention exposed on the ABC’s Four Corners program this week.

About 700 people attended what organisers dubbed an “emergency rally” to hold those responsible for the mistreatment of children in detention in the Northern Territory to account.

The program showed video of teenagers being stripped naked, tear-gassed and assaulted in the Don Dale Youth Detention Centre in Darwin.

Another video showed a 14-year-old hooded and shackled to a chair.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull announced he would establish a royal commission into juvenile detention in the NT the morning after the show aired.

Opposition Leader Bill Shorten has called for two Indigenous commissioners to sit on the royal commissioner.

But speakers at the Sydney protest demanded immediate action, saying a royal commission would take far too long and arguing there was already plenty of evidence documented about the abuse.

Organisers said the images and footage showing the mistreatment of children were further proof of violence against Indigenous Australians.

Aboriginal elder Aunty Jenny Munroe said the Indigenous community was frustrated that the guards involved had not been arrested and charged.

“This is the first concrete piece of evidence that they have in the Territory of child abuse and they have the perpetrators, they know who the perpetrators are and they should be arrested now,” Ms Munroe said.

“There’s laws in operation now that they could be arrested under.

“There’s a deep concern about the present safety and security of those boys, the ones still in custody.”

The protest started in front of the Town Hall and proceeded to State Parliament along George, Bathurst, Pitt, King and Macquarie Streets.

There were rolling road closures and delays for motorists, but roads have now reopened and traffic has returned to normal.

Little faith in royal commission getting results: protesters

Ms Munroe said she had little faith the royal commission would lead to change.

“If we could see some action, some real, fair and just action taken, that would certainly allay some concerns,” Ms Munroe said.

“But most of our people know that that’s not going to be the case.

“We had a royal commission over two years ago, where not one person was charged.”

She said if the royal commission did not have the powers to make arrests it would be another failure from the Federal Government.

“It’s a racist system, it’s inherently oppressive to Aboriginal people,” Ms Munroe said.

“That racism is exposed at the end of the day, that they would brutalise those young men in that way and call it normal.

“That’s the sad thing about this country, that brutality has been normalised so much against Aboriginal people.”

Rallies have also been held in other capital cities around the nation including Brisbane, Adelaide and Melbourne.

Topics: community-and-society, youth, crime, law-crime-and-justice, sydney-2000, nsw, nt

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This isn’t likely to happen on the East Coast, but it could. This is an aerial view of damage to Sukuiso, Japan, a week after the earthquake and subsequent tsunami devastated the area in March, 2011.

Credit: Dylan McCord. U.S. Navy

On March 11, 2011, a magnitude-9 earthquake shook northeastern Japan, unleashing a savage tsunami.

The effects of the great earthquake were felt around the world, from Norway’s fjords to Antarctica’s ice sheet. Tsunami debris continues to wash up on North American beaches two years later.

In Japan, residents are still recovering from the disaster. Radioactive water was recently discovered leaking from the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant, which suffered a level 7 nuclear meltdown after the tsunami. Japan relies on nuclear power, and many of the country’s nuclear reactors remain closed because of stricter seismic safety standards since the earthquake. Four years after the quake, about 230,000 people who lost their homes were still living in temporary housing, Japan’s Reconstruction Agency said.

Two brothers, suspected of planning attacks, arrested in Belgium in anti-terror operation, prosecutors say

Two brothers suspected of planning attacks have been arrested in Belgium in an anti-terror operation, prosecutors say.

The two men, named as Nourredine H., 33, and his brother Hamza were detained after house searches in the Mons region and the city of Liege.

No weapons or explosives were found in the searches.

Belgium is still on high alert since 32 people died in bombings at Brussels airport and a metro station in March.

Many more people were injured in the attacks, which were claimed by so-called Islamic State.

“Based on provisional results from the investigation, it appears that there were plans to carry out attacks in Belgium,” the federal prosecutor’s office said of the latest arrests in a statement.

But the statement added that as yet no link had been found to the Brussels bombings.

A judge would decide on Saturday whether to keep the suspects in detention, it said.

Belgium is currently on security alert level three out of four, indicating a “possible and probable” threat.

Security was boosted in the run-up to Belgium’s national holiday on 21 July, amid fears of something similar to the lorry attack in the French city of Nice on 14 July, Bastille Day. According to BBC.

Daasebre Gyamenah is dead






MANY are those who know ace highlife singer, Daasebre Gyamenah as “Ahoofe”, a name his fans gave him after the release of his hit song, “Ahoofe”, which literally means beautiful or the handsome one.

One other name that the singer has in his “portmanteau” that many of his fans may not know is Abubakar Siddiq.

Daasebre is a Muslim and Abubakar Siddiq is his Islamic name.

“Daasebre was born into Islam. His late mother was a Muslim who died when Daasebre was only five years old.

Daasebre was christened as Kojo Gyamenah and as a royal he later added “Daasebre” to distinguish himself from others with the same name.

Later on in his life he adopted the Islamic name in line with his faith.

“As a man of the people, Daasebre does not see why Christians and Muslims should be at each other’s throat over doctrinal differences.

And that is why he has separated his work from his religion to enable him to preach peace and morality to people from different religious backgrounds.

Daasebre is preparing to release a gospel album to underscore his love for God and also thank the Almighty for seeing him through the difficult times he faced in the London jail.

Australia confirms MH370 captain’s simulator showed Indian Ocean route

 2016-07-28 10:10

In this 2014 photo a worker mops a mural depicting the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 at a school near Manila, Philippines. (Bullit Marquez, AP File)

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Sydney – Australian officials confirmed on Thursday that data recovered from a home flight simulator owned by the captain of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 showed that someone had used the device to plot a course to the southern Indian Ocean, where the missing jet is believed to have crashed.

There has been confusion over exactly what was found on Captain Zaharie Ahmad Shah’s flight simulator since New York Magazine reported last week that an FBI analysis of the device showed Zaharie had conducted a simulated flight to the southern Indian Ocean less than a month before the plane vanished along a similar route. The magazine cited the discovery as strong evidence that the disappearance was a premeditated act of mass murder-suicide at the hands of the captain.

Malaysia immediately rejected the report as false. Malaysia’s national police chief, Khalid Abu Bakar said Malaysian police had never handed any document or information to any authority abroad including the FBI – a perplexing statement, given that Malaysia’s own transport minister confirmed two years ago that Malaysia was working with the FBI to analyse data from the simulator’s hard drives.

Adding to the confusion, Australia’s Joint Agency Coordination Centre – which is overseeing the search for the plane off Australia’s west coast – subsequently issued a vague statement that seemed to imply such a route had been found on Zaharie’s machine. The agency then cautioned that evidence of the route did not prove that Zaharie had planned to steer the plane off course and showed only “the possibility of planning” for such an event.

Pressed for clarification, the agency confirmed in an email to The Associated Press on Thursday that the captain’s simulator did show that “someone had plotted a course to the southern Indian Ocean.”In this 2014 photo a worker mops a mural depicting the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 at  a school near Manila, Philippines. (Bullit Marquez, AP File)

Contradicts earlier assertions

The confirmation appears to directly contradict repeated assertions by Malaysian officials that no such route had been found on the captain’s simulator. On Wednesday, Malaysian Transport Minister Liow Tiong Lai insisted there was no evidence to prove that Zaharie had plotted the same course as the doomed airliner into the machine.

Earlier this week, Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull declined to offer any details on what evidence had been found on the simulator, saying it was a matter for Malaysia, which is leading the investigation into the missing plane.

“I just note that even if the simulator information does show that it is possible or very likely that the captain planned this shocking event, it does not tell us the location of the aircraft,” Turnbull told reporters.

Officials have been stymied in their efforts to explain why the Boeing 777 carrying 239 people veered so far off course during a flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing on March 8, 2014. Theories have ranged from a deliberate murder-suicide plot by one of the pilots, to a hijacking, to a mechanical catastrophe. Similarly, search crews have been unable to find the main wreckage of the plane despite a sweeping underwater hunt of a remote stretch of ocean off Australia’s west coast.

Last week, officials from Malaysia, Australia and China announced that the underwater search will be suspended once the current search area has been completely scoured. Crews have fewer than 10 000 square kilometres left to scan of the 120 000-square-kilometre search area, and should finish their sweep of the region by the end of the year.

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CAMAIRCO To American BOEING Company

Decree: Biya offers CAMAIRCO To American BOEING Company

Biya has signed a decree offering CAMAIRCO to an American BOEING Company pumping 60 billion into its operations. The company is said to safeguard the face of the failing Cameroun company. Do you think this latest move from the President will safe Camairco? Would it build trust to Cameroonians to continue using their own company? Read details.

God is still saying something.

The failed Cameroun flight company Camairco shall in the days ahead be benefitting from the expertise of the American BOEING company .

Wife Of Police Officer Who Committed Suicide After Shooting Mother-In-Law (PHOTO)

Wife of the police officer who murdered his mother-in-law and two children suspects her husband was pushed by spiritual forces to proceed with the dastardly act.

A day after her husband embarked on the barbaric killing spree, Rapha Iddrisu told journalists at the Devtraco Police Station in Community 25 that there was no way her husband would have committed the act if he was in his right mind.

The 29-year-old woman said she noticed changes in her husband some months back. His utterances had changed and some things he said did not make sense.

The Tema Regional Police has begun investigations into circumstances which led to the murder of three persons by a police officer. Lance Corporal Wilfred Amuzu killed his mother-in-law and his two young sons (three months and one-year-olds) with a rifle which he had booked for duty on Monday evening.

The mother-in-law was said to be bathing her grandchild when the Lance Corporal shot her and the baby, killing them both, after which he shot the other child before committing suicide.

Rapha Iddrisu confirmed that she had made a complaint at the Domestic Violence and Victim Support Unit (DOVVSU) about her abusive husband.

According to Iddrisu, her husband had accused her of witchcraft and blamed her for his inability to succeed and also threatened to kill her. It was the threat to kill that pushed her to look for a new accommodation for herself, her mother and her two young children although Mr Amuzu was directed by DOVVSU to do so.

On the day the cold blooded murder took place, Iddirisu said she had gone to her sister’s house in Ashiaman to enquire if it was possible for her and the children to move to her house. This was because her husband was taking too long in finding her the new place and she no longer felt comfortable in the house.

Policeman commits suicide after killing kids, in-law

A policeman with the Tema Regional Rapid Deployment Force (RDF) unit, Constable Amuzu Monday evening shot dead his two young children and mother-in-law before turning the gun on himself in an apparent murder-suicide.

It is unclear what his motivation was but sources close to the horrific incident which occurred at the Kpone Barrier police quarters say his wife, a nursing mother, narrowly escaped with her life.

Constable Amuzu who was expected to be on night patrol duties, had booked the rifle from the SWAT armoury but failed to proceed on duty and rather went home to wipe out his family.

The uniformed policeman wearing his helmet shot and killed instantly his mother-in-law who was bathing his baby, shot the baby and the elder child, a boy of about two years before shooting himself.

Sources at the tragic scene claimed the policeman was abusive of his wife and that on a recent late evening surprise visit by the Inspector General of Police, John Kudalor to the Tema Regional Police headquarters, he had met a woman lodging a complaint of assault at the nearby Railways & Port  Police Station where Amuzu was stationed.

They alleged when the IGP inquired and was told the suspect was an officer, he allegedly directed his detention overnight until he was given bail the next day.

The sources could not however, link that incident to the murder-suicide.


England appoints Sam Allardyce as new manager

Story highlights

  • Sam Allardyce appointed England manager
  • Succeeds Roy Hodgson
  • Former Sunderland coach signs two-year deal
  • Hodgson resigned after Iceland defeat at Euro 2016

(CNN)The man once accused of playing 19th Century football has been tasked with guiding the England national team into the future.

Sam Allardyce has been appointed the new manager of the Three Lions on a two-year deal, following the resignation of Roy Hodgson after an embarrassing defeat to Iceland in the Euro 2016 round of 16.
Dubbed “Big Sam” due to his imposing frame, Allardcye boasts 25 years experience as manager, including successful spells at Premier League Bolton Wanderers, West Ham and, most recently, Sunderland.
Despite saving Sunderland from almost certain relegation to the English second tier last season, the 61-year-old Allardyce is still without a trophy in his career as a manager.
“I am extremely honored to be appointed England manager especially as it is no secret that this is the role I have always wanted,” Allardyce said. “For me, it is absolutely the best job in English football.
“I will do everything I can to help England do well and give our nation the success our fans deserve. Above all, we have to make the people and the whole country proud.
“I know we have talented, committed players and it is time for us to deliver.”
Jose Mourinho once labeled Allardyce’s preferred style of play as “19th Century football” after the Portuguese manager’s Chelsea team was held to a goalless draw against West Ham.
However, while often being associated with “long ball” tactics, many point to Allardyce’s forward-thinking training methods, which include yoga and using Prozone — a sports analysis firm that Allardyce first consulted while managing Bolton in 1999.
Allardyce has never been short of confidence in his ability to manager at the top level, once claiming he would be “more suited to Real Madrid or Inter Milan than Bolton or Blackburn.
“It would not be a problem to me to go and manage those clubs because I would win the double or the league every time,” he was quoted as saying in 2010.
“Give me Manchester United or Chelsea and I would do the same, it would not be a problem. This is not where I am suited to, it is just where I have been for most of the time.”
Allardyce’s two-year contract will see him lead England until after the 2018 World Cup in Russia.
England last won the World Cup in 1966 and managing the team has labeled been the “Impossible Job” due to the expectations of England fans and the country’s media.
Former England international Gary Lineker, who now works as a television presenter, tweeted: “It’s not the impossible job it’s said to be, as I hope big Sam proves.”

Flooding hampering traffic out of Cape Town CBD

Eyewitnesses on Twitter say flooding on Strand Street, De Waal Drive, and the Nelson Mandela Boulevard and FW de Klerk Boulevard split, is hampering traffic going out of the Cape Town CBD.

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The KwaZulu-Natal department for co-operative governance and traditional affairs (Cogta) will direct resources to low-lying area and informal settlements to assist the flood stricken province, it said on Tuesday

Traffic update: Cape Town

Flooding on Strand Street, the elevated freeway at the FW de Klerk Blvd/Nelson Mandela Blvd split, and De Waal Drive is hampering traffic out of the city, eyewitnesses say.

 CPTTraffic On the Elevated Freeway outbound at the FW de Klerk Blvd/ Nelson Mandela Blvd split, the road is flooded


The adverse weather conditions are expected to continue across large parts of the Western Cape until Thursday.

Provincial spokesperson for minister of local government, environmental affairs and development planning James-Brent Styan said heavy rain can still be expected in the Overberg and Peninsula region, along the West Coast, its adjacent interior and the Cape Winelands.

“In addition gale force wind and very cold weather conditions can be expected,” he said.


More than 9000 people have been affected by flooding in Cape Town, the City’s Disaster Risk Management has confirmed.

Spokesperson Charlotte Powell said NGOs have been called in to assist with blankets and hot meals for 6000 people in Philippi and 3200 in Khayelitsha after 2300 homes were affected by heavy rains.


Here are 13 tips from Arrive Alive (AA) on how best to manage driving in bad weather:

– Ensure your headlights and brake lights are working;

– Switch on your headlights, especially when natural light is low. Remember this also alerts other drivers to your presence on the road;

– Ensure your windscreen and wipers are in good condition;

– Check that your tyres are in good shape;

– Don’t speed, and maintain a safe following distance;

– Buckle up;

– Don’t cross low-lying bridges, even if you think your car can make it;

– Slow down before entering standing water on the road as this may cause the car to “pull” to the side without warning, and it may be deeper than it looks;

– Avoid areas where there are known to be adverse conditions;

– Adjust your speed for the condition of the road. Just because a road is marked at 120km, doesn’t mean it is safe to travel at this speed in all conditions;

– Concentrate on the road, not on anything else such as electronic devices;

– If  you are going to an area known to have bad weather, and there is a possibility you may to stuck for extended periods, remember to take extra blankets, appropriate clothing and refreshments, and ensure your tank has enough fuel for the journey;

– Keep your cellphone charged in case of an emergency.