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uLetters to the editor
69 - Roman Emperor Ser vius Sulpicius
Galba, who succeeded Nero in 68 AD, is
assassinated by the Praetorian guard in the
1535 - King Henry VIII assumes title of
Supreme Head of the Church in England.
1559 - England’s Q ueen Elizabeth I is
crowned at Westminster Abbey.
1834 - Fifty-five convicts are tried
after a mutiny on Norfolk Island; 29
are condemned to death and 13 are
1900 - Bubonic plague reported in
Adelaide after spreading from China
to India and Noumea; the first case
is reported in Sydney on January 19
with 103 deaths.
1967 - The Rolling Stones change the words
of their song Let ’s Spend the Night Together
while appearing on The Ed Sullivan Show in
the US to Let ’s Spend Some Time Together.
1970 - US pop diva Diana Ross quits The
Supremes to go solo.
1971 - Egypt ’s Aswan Dam is opened by
President Anwar Sadat.
1994 - US singer Harry Nilsson dies of heart
failure, aged 53.
1996 - Greek Premier Andreas Papandreou
resigns after nearly two months in hospital for
treatment of pneumonia.
2000 - Zeljko Raznatovic, the notorious
Serb paramilitary leader better known as
Arkan, is shot and killed in a Belgrade hotel.
uWest Coast yesteryear
uToday in history
Jean Baptiste Moliere, French
dramatist (1622-1673); Mary
MacKillop, Australian nun now
known as St Mary of the Cross
(1842-1909); Aristotle Onassis,
Greek shipping magnate (1906-
1975); Lloyd Bridges, US actor
(1913-1998); Martin Luther King,
American civil rights leader (1929-
1968); Mario Van Peebles, US actor- director
(1957-); James Nesbitt, Irish actor (1965-);
Mary Pierce, Canadian-born French tennis
“ Beloved, we are God’s children now; what
we will be has not yet been revealed. What we
do know is this: When He is revealed, we will
be like Him, for we will see Him as He is.”
“ I refuse to accept the idea that the ‘is-ness’
of man’s present nature makes him morally
incapable of reaching up for the ‘ought-ness’
that forever confronts him.” — Martin Luther
are looking for a
“youngish” man who
seriously attacked a
couple in bed in the early hours of yesterday
morning. The attacker used a rock “about the
size of a breakfast cup”. The couple are Mr and
Mrs T W Chapman of High Street. Today
they are recovering from the injuries they
received in the wild bedroom scuffle.
The attacker escaped after a fierce struggle
in which Mr Chapman was knocked out. Mrs
Chapman’s screams woke their five children
but they were unharmed. The “youngish” man
was unknown to the couple.
“ No, we didn’t kmow him at all,” said Mr
Chapman. “He was well built and certainly
very strong.” The High Street man is at a
loss to explain the reason for the attack as
he confirmed today that there was nothing
missing from the house.
Hokitika police are investigating a possible
case of arson following a fire which completely
destroyed one of the town’s oldest homes
last night. The house in Beach Road was
unoccupied at the time and has not been lived
in for threee months since its owner Mrs C
Harding has been in hospital.
Because the house was unoccupied and the
seat of the fire was in the kitchen, Hokitika’s
chief fire officer Mr M Davidson regarded the
blaze as “suspicious”.
Gas was discovered in the Strongman State
coalmine today. Miners who were to resume
after the Christmas holiday break with the
dayshift this morning did not enter the mine.
Dobson was another State mine which did
not resume today because of the funeral of Mr
Terry Gray, a mine union member who died on
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t is known to locals as the
“highway of death”, where a thrill
killer is rumoured to have lurked
on a desolate stretch of road
where 11 people have vanished,
with some found murdered.
Now there is a 12th, missing Newcastle
man Jayden Penno-Tompsett, who
disappeared close to the cursed Flinders
highway in Charters Towers.
The mystery of the 22-year-old last
seen on New Year’s Eve has baffled, but
not surprised, locals, reports News.com .
Just three years ago, Mark Jones told the
Courier-Mail: “It is it ’s own world out
there. Strange things do happen in those
wild empty spaces.’’
Jones was speaking about another
man who went missing on the Flinders
highway, his brother, whose remains have
never been found.
Fresh leads emerged about the possible
killer of his brother and others who
disappeared on the same stretch of
outback road decades before Penno-
Tompsett became the latest mystery.
They include teenagers Robin Hoinville-
Bartram and Anita Cunningham who
vanished in 1972, Robin’s body later
found shot twice through the head under
a rail bridge near Charters Towers.
The Flinders Highway is an isolated
800km stretch from Townsville, winding
140km south-west to Charters Towers,
on through the even more remote
Queensland towns of Hughenden, Julia
Creek and Cloncurry.
There, it meets the Barkly highway to
the famed mining town of Mount Isa.
Tony Jones was hitchhiking along the
Flinders on the night of November 3,
1982 when he vanished and, his family
believes, was murdered. He was last
seen on a section of the highway near
Antill Plains Creek, 25km south of
This is where the bodies of sisters
Judith, seven, and Susan Mackay, five,
were found in August 1970, raped and
murdered. Judith had been stabbed in the
chest and Susan strangled.
The following month, a man in a
Charters Towers hotel confessed to the
murders, but he was never traced.
The body of Catherine Graham, 18,
was found raped and murdered at Antill
Creek in 1975, She had been bashed to
death with a rock.
In October 1978, Karen Edwards,
Gordon Twaddle and Timothy
Thompson were found shot in the head
near Mt Isa, about 250km west of Julia
In 2003, following flooding in the
Charters Towers area, police again
searched Sensible Creek rail bridge for
traces of Anita Cunningham.
It was the same area where Robin
Hoinville-Bartram’s skeletal remains had
been found, but a fresh search failed to
find any trace of Ms Cunningham, who
is still listed as missing along the Flinders
Penno-Tompsett was driving a car with
his friend, Lucas Tattersall, when he
As revealed by news.com .au, Tattersall
said the pair visited the Puma roadhouse
on the Flinders highway around dawn on
Penno-Tompsett was “upset and
agitated” as he drove in a maroon Nissan
Pulsar on Stockroute Road, near the
Flinders highway at Breddan 16km north
east of Charters Towers.
The two young men had an argument
and Tattersall drove on towards their
intended destination of Cairns, he said.
Tattersall told police Penno-Tompsett
got out of the car near a property with a
red iron fence and a bull’s skull on a post
near a silver fenced set of yards.
Tattersall said his friend had told him
there was a warrant out for his arrest, and
had argued with his father.
In an interview with news.com .au,
Brendan Tompsett said he did not care
about what the argument was over — he
just wanted his son back.
Police in helicopters have searched the
area near from where Penno-Tompsett is
believed to have vanished, and have door
Truck driver Dwain Potter said
hitchhiking was still common practice
along the Flinders highway, despite its
In 2014, jailed killer Andy Albury
allegedly confessed in prison to a killing
spree along the highway between 1970
and 1980. “ It’s called the highway of
death, you know,” Potter said.
“A lot of people went missing here in
the 1970s and 1980s ... but that was a
long time ago.”
Charters Towers police described the
latest incident as “certainly an unusual
disappearance” and said the community
“ wants to find Jayden safe and well”.
— New Zealand Herald
Police at the murder scene under Sensible Creek bridge in 1972, where Robin
Hoinville-Bartram’s body was found.
The Mackay sisters, Judith, seven, and Susan, five, whose bodies were found stabbed, raped and strangled at Antil Plains Creek
off the Flinders Highway.
‘Highway of death’
Trump. He was
simply asking for
they are all over
him as if he were
a racist thug. His
choice of words was
unfortunate, but the
angels rejoice when
an ignorant person
We should take his question seriously and
answer it for him.
What Trump asked last Thursday was:
“ Why are we having all these people
from sh—hole countries come here?”
From the context — he was meeting
with congressmen and senators who were
working on immigration issues — it is
clear that by “sh—hole countries” he
meant Central American and African
countries. El Salvador and Haiti came in
for special mention.
What marks these countries out is that
many of them are very poor, and some
of them are plagued by war, crime and/
or massive corruption. But most of the
immigrants to the United States have
always come from countries like that:
People who are safe and prosperous
generally do not abandon the countries
they grew up in.
The first wave of Irish who went to the
US in the mid-19th century were driven
by famine at home. The German, Polish
and Italian immigrants of the same period
were fleeing both poverty and political
repression; the Russian Jews were also
fleeing anti-Semitic violence. They would
all have been “sh—hole countries” at the
They are all safer, more prosperous places
now, and the sources of the migrant flows
have changed, but the motives of the
migrants have not. Donald Trump should
already have known that, since he grew up
in New York City, but maybe he was just
too privileged and isolated. At any rate, I
am glad to have cleared it up for him —
and now that he understands the process
all he has to do is clean up his language.
No, wait a moment. Trump had another
question, too. He wanted to know why the
US could not bring in immigrants from
non-sh—hole places like Nor way instead.
This is a little harder to answer, because
it is a question of definition: The whole
concept of a sh—hole depends heavily on
From the point of view of Mexicans or
Cubans, for example, El Salvador and
Haiti are indeed sh—holes (although
they are far too polite ever to say that
out loud). From the viewpoint of a
Norwegian, the US is . . . well, let me
leave that question to Dr Christian
Christensen, a Nor wegian-American
currently living and working in Sweden,
who tweeted as follows:
“Of course people from Norway would
love to move to a country where people
are far more likely to get shot, live in
poverty, get no healthcare because they
are poor, get no paid parental leave or
subsidised day care, and see fewer women
in political power. Sh —hole.”
A bit heavy on the sarcasm, but you get
the point. Trump will have to make do
with immigrants who are — how shall we
put this? — darker in hue.
This brings us to the heart of the matter.
Trump is a racist — such a dyed-in-the-
wool racist that he is virtually unconscious
of it. He openly says that he prefers
immigrants from nice, white countries like
Nor way to brown or black immigrants
from “sh—hole countries”.
He was so confident that every
American who had ever voted for him
or ever might shared his views that he
did not even deny what he had said
right away. It was reported as soon as the
meeting finished on Thursday, but the first
White House statement just defended his
remarks: “Certain Washington politicians
choose to fight for foreign countries, but
President Trump will always fight for the
It was more than 24 hours later, with
the outrage still growing both at home
and abroad, that Trump finally put out
the usual statement (we’ve heard it on
dozens of other occasions) denying that
he had said what many people — senior
members of Congress, in this case —
had heard him saying. It is the kind
of damage control that does not really
control the damage.
Fox News host Tucker Carlson told
his audience that Trump’s “sh—hole”
comments were “something that almost
every single person in America actually
agrees with”. Wrong. What he should
have said was “almost every single
American who watches Fox News”.
Very few non-white Americans agree
with this kind of talk, and a large number
of white Americans, maybe as many
as half, do not either. That adds up to
a 65-70% majority who do not agree.
Trump will not win this argument, and
Michael Steele, the former chairman of
the Republican National Committee,
“There are, I have to say, a growing
number of white Americans who are
afraid of and do not want to see the
browning of America. They have a
picture-perfect 1950s view of mother
wearing an apron as dad, in a hat, goes
off to work. It looks a lot more like them
than it does me, but America is starting
to look more like me.”
Michael Steele is an African-American.
Gwynne Dyer is an independent
journalist whose articles are published in
Educating Trump on s-holes
WORLD IN FOCUS
with Gwynne Dyer
United States President Donald Trump, flanked by Senator Dick Durbin, listens during a bipartisan meeting with legislators on
immigration reform at the White House in Washington.
It seems New Zealand grandparents are
not all sailing smoothly into retirement as
they are also being called on to help
to raise their grandchildren, Stats NZ
The Government statistician found
one-in-four New Zealand children were
cared for by their grandparents in 2017
as busy parents viewed informal forms of
care as an important help.
In total, 122,800 preschool and 207,200
school children — or about one-third of
all children — attended some form of
informal care in the past year.
“Parents are often juggling work or study,
so different types of informal care can be
useful ... and give children a more varied
or better experience,” Stats NZ’s Jason
Other forms of informal care included
those by a nanny, babysitter, friends and
family, Stats NZ’s Childcare in New
Zealand 2017 survey found.
Care by a family member, who was not a
grandparent or parent, was the
second most common form of informal
Informal care was also cheap for parents
as it went unpaid in 90% of cases with
61% of single parents, where the parent
was employed, relying on some form of
informal care, Stats NZ found.
Despite its advantages for parents, there
were fewer children in informal care in
2017 compared to 2009.
This indicated a shift towards paid child-
care ser vices, in particular, for two-and-
three-year-old children, Stats NZ said.
Grandparents being called on to help raise grandchildren
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