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Communities in coastal Queensland and New South
Wales are bracing themselves for downpours of up to
500mm and possible flash floods this weekend in the
aftermath of Cyclone Marcia, which damaged homes,
snapped trees in half and ripped the paint off buildings
as it roared across north-eastern Australia yesterday.
In the Northern Territory, meanwhile, residents of
several remote Aboriginal communities will spend the
weekend mopping up in the wake of a separate cyclone,
Lam, which crossed the northern coast yesterday
morning, just a few hours before Marcia struck land
near the Central Queensland town of Yeppoon.
Meteorologists said they had never before seen twin
storms of such intensity making near-simultaneous
landfall. They were also taken aback by how quickly
Marcia ballooned from a Category 1 tropical storm
into a Category 5 cyclone, sending emergency ser vices
scrambling to evacuate thousands of homes in its direct
Marcia, which brought howling winds and torrential
rain as it hit the coast mid-morning, was downgraded
to Category 3 after blowing roofs off houses in
Yeppoon and tearing iron off buildings in the nearby
city of Rockhampton.
Forecasters warned it was still packing very destructive
winds which could batter southern Queensland and
northern New South Wales through the weekend.
There are also forecasts of possible flash floods as heavy
rain swells half a dozen river systems.
In Rockhampton, wind gusts of up to 295kph sent
sheets of roofing iron tumbling down city streets. Chris
Schwarten’s clothesline was ripped out of the ground.
“The whole house was rocking for about an hour,” he
told Australian Associated Press. “A lot of trees have
snapped right off. About every 15 minutes you hear
another big crack.”
The Mayor of Rockhampton, Margaret Strelow, told
ABC radio that Marcia was like “a moving beast ”, as it
appeared to head first to the west of the city and then
to the east.
Earlier, Q ueensland’s new Premier, Annastacia
Palaszczuk, urged Rockhampton residents to stay
indoors, warning them that “the eye of this storm is
headed directly towards you”.
In Yeppoon, where Marcia damaged houses, uprooted
trees and brought down power lines, residents were
spooked by the noise of the cyclone passing overhead.
“It sounded like a jumbo jet was about to land on
my house,” said one woman, describing an “enormous
surge of rain and wind”.
Two women were trapped in the lift of a Yeppoon
hotel for about half an hour after power failed.
The winds whipped up massive seas, with a storm
surge exacerbated by a king tide raising sea levels
3m higher than normal. More than 31,000 homes
and businesses in Yeppoon and Rockhampton were
left without power. In the Northern Territory, people
hunkered down as Category 4 Lam crossed the
mainland coast between Milingimbi and Elcho Island,
causing extensive damage to homes and other buildings
in the two Aboriginal communities.
On Elcho Island, many roads were left impassable
because of downed trees and power lines, while
water was also cut off. After passing over two other
Aboriginal communities, Galiwinku and Ramingining,
about 500km east of Dar win, Lam was downgraded to
a Category 3, but continued to dump heavy rain across
northern Australia. Rhona Golsby-Smith, manager
of the clinic in Ramingining, told AAP: “ There’s tree
damage, there’s fence damage, power lines are down,
there are roofs with trees on them, but no major
damage to houses.”
She added: “I’ve got a coconut tree on my roof.”
While no one was injured, there were frightening
wind gusts of up to 200km/h, “and we felt every last bit
of that and more”, said Golsby-Smith.
In Q ueensland, where Category 5 Cyclone Oswald
killed four people and flooded wide areas in 2013,
there were fears that after breaking up and becoming a
tropical low, Marcia might reform into another cyclone
Sea-surface temperatures off the southeast of the state
are about 27C, and “that ’s enough to sustain a cyclone”,
Ben McBurney, a meteorologist with the Weatherzone
ser vice, said.
Yesterday, as Marcia headed south, residents of
Brisbane and the Gold Coast — where a separate
trough was already bringing heavy rain — sandbagged
their homes as creeks began to flood. The Lord Mayor
of Brisbane, Graham Quirk, said the Brisbane River
was not expected to break its banks. However, there
were fears that rain will force the cancellation of
Australia’s second World Cup cricket match against
Bangladesh, due to take place in Brisbane today.
Up and down the coast yesterday, scores of schools
and businesses were closed, as were regional airports.
Qantas cancelled 26 domestic flights.
The Prime Minister, Tony Abbott, noting that “we
are used to difficult and dangerous summers in this
country”, described Marcia as “a very serious storm”,
adding: “Let ’s hope we can get through it without too
much damage and certainly without any loss of life.”
New Zealand Herald
Saturday, February 21, 2015 - 3
Twin storm havoc
Cyclone Marcia destroyed buildings and produced large surf along long stretches of coast.
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Migrants board a ship overnight in Lampedusa, Italy. Hundreds of migrants recently arrived in
Lampedusa after fleeing the attacks by ISIS in Libya. The Temporary Permanence Centre (CPT) of
Lampedusa, which was designed to accommodate 250 people, currently holds about 300 migrants
following Sunday’s rescue of 2000 in the Mediterranean Sea, between the island of Lampedusa and
the Libyan coast. Nine hundred migrants have been transferred to another centre and the emergency
situation is now over.
Police hunt lonely heart attacker
The hunt for a drifter
accused of targeting men
through lonely hearts
ads on Craigslist has
been stepped up, with
detectives linking him to
Beau Robert Bartlett
is wanted in connection
with the robbery of
a man in Liverpool
in Sydney’s west last
allegedly pulled a
knife on his victim and
ransacked his unit after
meeting him when he
responded to a “ looking
for love” advertisement on
the online classifieds site.
Ashfield detectives have
since also linked him to
other offences, including
robbery and assault in
Croydon in December.
Bartlett, who has the
word “player” tattooed
on his arm, is of no fixed
abode and police believe
he floats between NSW
Anyone who spots him
should not approach.
SIM cardmaker hacked
British and American spy
agencies allegedly hacked into
a D utch company that makes
SIM cards to obtain encryption
keys used to shield the cellphone
communications of millions of
customers around the world,
according to a report in the
Citing documents obtained by
former intelligence contractor
Edward Snowden, the online
Britain’s GCHQ and the
National Security Agency
targeted Gemalto, the world’s
largest manufacturer of SIM
The multinational firm’s clients
include AT and T, T-Mobile,
Verizon and Sprint, as well as
hundreds of wireless network
providers around the world.
It produces two billion SIM
cards a year, the Intercept
The cards, which are chips
barely larger than a thumbnail,
are inserted into cellphones.
Each card stores contacts, text
messages, the user’s phone
number and an encryption key
to keep the data private.
SIM cards for cellphone
companies, burns an encryption
key on to each and sends a copy
of the key to the provider so its
network can recognise a phone.
According to the Intercept,
GCHQ targeted Gemalto
emails to find individuals
who might have access to
the company ’s core networks
and systems generating the
The goal, the publication said,
was to steal large quantities
of keys as they were being
transmitted between Gemalto
and its wireless
The NSA did not immediately
respond to a request for
keys makes it possible to
without undertaking the more
difficult challenge of cracking
the encryption. It also avoids
alerting the wireless company or
the person using the phone.
of phone calls and other
content is bound by different
legal standards. A warrant is
required to target an American’s
calls and emails. In general,
communications for collection
overseas does not require a
The publication cited one 2010
GCHQ document that said
agency personnel developed
with the aim of increasing the
volume of keys that can be
The document acknowledged
that in searching for keys,
operatives would harvest “a
large number of unrelated items”
from targeted employees’ private
However, it said, “an analyst
with good knowledge of
the operators involved can
perform this trawl regularly
and spot the transfer of large
batches” of keys.
The GCHQ documents also
described operations targeting
other major makers of SIM
cards, the Intercept said.
A woman arrested in Sweden on suspicion
of locking up her three daughters in an
apartment for years has denied the charges as
prosecutors applied to remand her in custody.
“My client denies any crime. She has not in
any way limited the plaintiffs’ movements,” her
lawyer Thomas Ljungdahl said overnight.
According to tabloid Expressen, one of
the now adult children — reportedly aged
between about 25 and 30 — briefly left the
small two-roomed apartment on Wednesday
and told a neighbour she had been locked
up for over a decade. Police broke into the
apartment and arrested the 59-year-old
woman in the southern town of Bromoella
on Thursday and said she had restricted her
children’s freedom “for quite a few years”.
An eyewitness to the arrests told newspaper
Aftonbladet that one of the daughters was
barely able to walk and had to be helped out of
“The prosecutor has requested that the
woman be remanded in custody,” police
spokeswoman Ewa-Gun Westford said.
“The three adult women (daughters) have
been taken in by social ser vices,” she added.
The woman reportedly moved her daughters
around the country for almost 20 years.
“We have to go back in time now and find
out where they have been staying and under
Daughters locked up for years
A diamond trader from Narendra Modi’s
home state has won the bidding for the
personalised pinstriped suit the Indian
prime minister wore to meet Barack Obama,
tendering $US692,000 at a charity auction.
The bespoke wool suit with the words
“Narendra Damodardas Modi” woven
into the pinstripe proved a hot ticket at the
auction overnight, sparking a bidding war that
pushed the price up to 43.1 million rupees
($US692,000). The suit was among more than
450 lots put up for auction by Modi in the city
of Surat in his home state of Gujarat.
Modi has won a reputation as a fashion icon
for his sometimes daring sartorial choices.
But wearing a suit with his own name on it
was seen by many as a step too far, drawing
accusations of narcissism — possibly the
reason Modi decided to sell it off.
The money raised will go towards cleaning
up the holy Ganges river — a pet project of
India’s Hindu nationalist prime minister.
Winning bidder Lalji Patel, owner of the
Dharmanandan diamond company, said he
had wanted to do something for his country.
“Buying this suit was all I wanted. It
feels good to know that the money will go
towards the cleaning of the holy river,” he told
PM’s suit sparks bidding war
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