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A couple kiss inside the sculpture ‘ We’re fryin’ out here’ by Andrew Hankin during a hot spring day at Tamarama Beach in Sydney, yesterday. Australia is expecting much hotter
temperatures than usual for the next three months.
Jailed pedophile Rolf Harris has
been refused permission to appeal his
convictions for sexually assaulting four
girls in England, although the former
children’s entertainer can still ask the
court to revisit the issue.
Harris’s application was refused by a
single Court of Appeal judge looking at
written submissions only.
“In this case the single judge refused
permission to appeal,” a Judiciary Office
spokesman told AAP overnight.
However, now that both sides have
been notified, Harris can — if he
chooses — make a renewal application
asking the court to reconsider the
If he does that the application would
automatically go to hearing before
three judges who would decide whether
to allow an appeal.
Slater and Gordon abuse lawyer Liz
Dux, who represents Harris’s victims,
says they will be “very relieved ” by the
single judge’s decision.
“They have already been through the
horrific ordeal of a long and extremely
stressful trial,” Ms D ux said.
“They want this over so they can get
on with their lives as best they can —
although for some the damage Harris
has done will sadly be irreparable.
“ We must not forget the very serious
nature of the crimes Harris committed.
“Justice has rightly been done and the
victims will be pleased at the outcome.”
Comment was being sought from
Harris’s solicitors Kingsley Napley.
The 84-year-old was sentenced in
July to five years and nine months’ jail
for indecently assaulting four girls in
Britain between 1968 and 1986.
However he is expected to serve less
than three years behind bars.
During his lengthy trial another six
women gave supporting evidence that
Harris abused them in Australia, New
Zealand and Malta between 1969 and
Harris was not charged over those
alleged incidents because they occurred
outside the UK.
Three weeks ago a British newspaper
reported Harris could face fresh charges
as a result of more than 10 new victims
claiming they were abused by the
disgraced artist and singer.
It was claimed Operation Yewtree
officers were looking at the British
cases while any assaults that took place
in Australia or New Zealand would be
handled by police there.
The Metropolitan police have refused
to comment on the possibility of further
charges being laid. — A AP
PICTURE: Getty Images
China and Russia have thwarted
an international attempt to create
the world’s largest ocean sanctuary
in Antarctica as both nations eye the
region’s rich reser ves of fish and krill.
The Commission for
Conser vation of Antarctic Marine
Living Resources (CCAMLR) wound
up a 10-day meeting in Hobart
yesterday without the consensus
needed for a deal to conser ve and
manage the marine ecosystems in the
While Russia blocked conser vation
proposals for a fourth consecutive
time, China’s refusal to back the
international plan came as a surprise
to many delegates after previous
statements of support for conser vation
and marine protection.
Ukraine, which previously took the
same stance as Russia, this year voted
in favour of the proposals.
“ We had hoped to be able to create
what would have been the largest
marine-protected area in the world
and had been working on that for
several years,” US delegation leader
Evan Bloom told Reuters.
The objective of the CCAMLR,
which was established by international
treaty in 1982, is the conser vation of
Antarctic marine life “whilst providing
for rational use” that takes global food
security into account.
The European Union and 24 nations
are members of the consensus-based
organisation and a further 11 countries
have signed its convention.
There were hopes for agreement at
the meeting after Australia, France and
the European Union offered to cut the
size of a proposed Marine Protected
Area (MPA) in East Antarctica to
1 million square kilometres from
1.9 million square kilometres, first
proposed in 2011.
The other MPA proposal, submitted
by New Zealand and the United
States, covers 1.3 million square
kilometres in the Ross Sea. Together
the two MPAs would have comprised
the world’s largest marine sanctuary
and set catch limits for krill, tooth fish
and other finfish species.
China “challenged almost every
conser vation mandate that was
presented” during the two weeks of
talks, Andrea Kavanagh, a delegate and
director of the pro-conser vation Pew
Charitable Trusts told Reuters. China
was “an across the board conser vation-
spoiler” to the plan, she added.
Richard Page, CCAMLR delegate
Greenpeace, said the outcome was
disappointing because “the waters
around Antarctica are among the least
damaged ecosystems in the world.”
Antarctica is home to more than
10,000 species including most of the
world’s penguins, whales, seabirds,
colossal squid and Antarctic tooth fish.
The Southern Ocean represents about
10% of the Earth’s surface.
Plans for Antarctic marine reserve falter
Weather hampers search at landslide site
Heavy rains hampered search
operations overnight at the site of a
landslide in Sri Lanka where more
than 100 people were buried under
tonnes of mud and rubble two days
Fears of further landslips in the rain-
sodden hills around the tea-plantation
village of Haldummulla also slowed
efforts to recover the dead, after a
disaster that has brought offers of
assistance from neighbour India and
the United States.
Officials had originally put the death
toll the landslide at more than 300 but
reduced it after it emerged that many
schoolchildren and plantation workers
had been at a safe distance when the
avalanche engulfed their homes.
Latest data fron Sri Lanka’s Disaster
Management Centre showed that 183
people had sur vived out of a total of
330 who lived in the area in south-
central Sri Lanka. As soldiers and
police worked to clear mounds of
earth, survivors were housed in two
temporary camps set up nearby.
Disaster Management Minister
Mahinda Amaraweera told parliament
the cabinet had decided to help them
build new homes in a safe location.
A local resident told Reuters 150
clay and cement houses had been
buried in the landslide, which was
3km long and was triggered by days
of heavy monsoon rains.
Ravichandran Gajini, 14, said her
parents had left their house before
the landslide but hurried back in to
“Both mother and father asked me
to run with my brother and went to
get their important documents. But
when I turned back, I saw the earth
covering both of them,” Gajini, who
was with her 12-year-old brother, said
Many people in the hilly area some
190km from the capital Colombo are
Indian-origin Tamils, descendants of
workers brought to Sri Lanka under
British rule as cheap labour to work
on tea, rubber and coffee plantations.
The bodies of three people, tied
up and with gunshot wounds to the
head, have been identified as siblings
from Texas reported missing earlier
this month, a north-eastern Mexico
state prosecutor said overnight.
The siblings’ suspected abduction
might have been orchestrated by local
security officials, said the office of
Ismael Quintanilla, attorney general
of the border state of Tamaulipas.
Mexican security forces are under
pressure, having been implicated
in several high-profile incidents
recently, with soldiers suspected of
executing gang members in late June
and police abducting 43 students
late last month. The students are
still missing, and their disappearance
has sparked large street protests in
The cases have battered the image
of President Enrique Pena Nieto,
who took office in December 2012
pledging to restore law and order in
Mexico, where 100,000 people have
been killed in gang-related violence
Quintanilla’s office said they had
found the remains of US citizens
Erica Alvarado Rivera, 26, Alex
Alvarado Rivera, 22, and Jose Angel
Alvarado Rivera, 21.
October 13 from the town of El
Control, Tamaulipas, just outside the
Mexican border city of Matamoros,
the prosecutors said in a statement.
Quintanilla office gave no motive
for the abduction.
A spokeswoman for Salazar’s
office said she could provide no
information on the incident for now.
Bodies identified as missing siblings
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ANSWERS: 1. Kikorangi, 2. NHS, 3. George Orwell, 4. Crimean, 5. Buddy
Holly, Ritchie Valens, JP Richardson (the Big Bopper), 6. Lake Te Anau, 7.
Wacky Races, 8. Head/shoulders, 9. Paul McCartney and Stevie Wonder, 10.
1. Which word can be either a colour, in Maori, or a New Zealand cheese?
2. Which British organisation, founded in 1948, is said to be one of the world’s
biggest employers, with over 1.7m workers?
3. Author Eric Blair was better known by which pseudonym?
4. Florence Nightingale became famous for nursing troops during which war?
5. Name one of the three musicians who died in a plane crash in Iowa in 1959.
6. The Milford Track finishes at Milford Sound. Which lake does it start beside?
7. Which cartoon series featured Prof. Pat Pending, Peter Perfect and the Ant
8. If a woman was wearing a mantilla, where would she wear it?
9. Who paired up on the song Ebony and Ivory?
10. Who won Commonwealth Games medals for bowls in 1990 and 1998 and
was known as ‘Queen of the Green’?
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