Monday, September 12, 2005

melbourne threatened

The government says a new tape claiming to be from a member of al Qaeda and warning of attacks on Melbourne and Los Angeles, appears to be authentic.  Prime Minister John Howard says the threat should not interfere with next year's Commonwealth Games in Melbourne.  Attorney-General Philip Ruddock says the content of the tape appears to be little more than anti-Western rhetoric, and should not be given too much weight.  The video surfaced on the fourth anniversary of the September 11 attacks, and was sent to American broadcasters in Pakistan.  It features a masked speaker, believed to Californian Adam Gadahn, who apparently converted to Islam at an Orange County mosque as a teenager. Meanwhile, Victoria's Premier Steve Bracks and Opposition leader Robert Doyle say Melburnians should not be worried by the threats mentioned on the al Qaeda video.


Don't panic about attack threat

Tape may be genuine, PM says

Ruddock takes threat seriously

Thursday, September 08, 2005

Bolt on Chernobyl and New Orleans

Yes I might get shot by some people, but I occasionally like Andrew Bolt's columns in the Herald Sun.  One article I wish to show you that's quite close to my own cultural background, is about the 1986 Chernobyl Nuclear Disaster that raises many questions that I've read over the past few years regarding the reporting of deaths that have occurred at the accident and from the accident.  I've also left a link to yesterday's (Wednesday) column on the handling of New Orleans before and after Hurricane Katrina.

Hurricane of lies - here

Chernobyl myth meltdown

THE hoax of the Chernobyl cataclysm must now surely be exposed, and the lessons learned.

The Chernobyl Project, a United Nations agency, reported this week that the known death toll from the 1986 explosion of the infamous Ukrainian nuclear power plant was just 56.

Not 56,000. Just 56.

What's more, the project's latest study says after almost 20 years of research, "we have not found profound negative health impacts to the rest of the population in surrounding areas, nor widespread contamination".

All this will come as a shock to people who trusted green activists to tell them the truth. As I've noted before, nothing about Chernobyl has been so extraordinary as the untruths told about it by zealots keen to scare us off nuclear power.

Greens city councillor David Risstrom, for instance, has claimed "thousands" died at Chernobyl.

Greenpeace said it was actually 2500. But Labor frontbencher and green activist Peter Garrett preferred to claim "the accident caused the deaths of more than 30,000 people".

ABC's PM program once put the predicted toll at "75,000 deaths from radiation" by 2001, while the Australian Conservation Foundation said "250,000 people have died as a result of the Chernobyl tragedy".

The truth? Just those 56, or fewer than the number of Chinese miners who die each month digging for coal.

Hmm. Makes nuclear power seem like it's safe or something. So shouldn't the greens be happy?

a new era beings and another nears its end

After two fires and a much delayed opening time, Hoyts Melbourne Central opens today (Thursday).  With 11 Cinemas, allocated seating with wider seats, two Directors Suites, Lounge 9 contemporary lounge bar and the Half pipe; the bean bag style cinema experience.

Hoyts Melbourne Central will replace the current Bourke Street complex, but there is no known date for this complex to close but it's not too far away, so for all you movie, theatre lovers this is the time to go see a movie or do whatever for the last time in Bourke Street and then upgrade yourself in Melbourne Central.


Just click on the pic for more info.

I will be taking shots of the Bourke Street complex and it's new replacement next week.

Wednesday, September 07, 2005

marriage bill approval

Good news comes with an update, but click on the below link for more info and links. 

California Legislature Approves Gay Marriage Bill

Let's hope Arnie approves.

tourism prospects

This was an article I found in the Herald Sun today which may prove to be very beneficial if it comes to fruition.  The site is perfect and there can be many developments achieved from this project including a rise in employment for the area.  Just think about it, improved Jetstar services, Werribee to Geelong Rail Electrification, Bus service from Lara to Avalon, increased growth in Lara, the amount of business that would be generated from increased tourism and much more.

Disney wishes upon a Jetstar

AVALON airport is being considered as a site for a the first Disney World in Australia.

US Disney executives inspected Avalon last month as part of a tour of possible Australian sites.

Sources said the group, which was entertained by airport owner Linfox, was impressed with the location and the presence of cut-price airline Jetstar.

Jetstar flies to Sydney, Brisbane and Adelaide from Avalon, and hopes to carry one million passengers through the airport annually by 2008.

"A low-cost airline flying around families appealed to Disney," a source said. "This is the site that interests them the most."

It is believed other sites looked at were Docklands and Werribee.

Avalon airport manager Tim Anderson declined declined to comment.

A spokesman for Linfox chief Lindsay Fox also declined to comment.

Disney operates theme parks across the world, including in the US, France and Japan.

Its latest park opens in Hong Kong next Monday.

Treasurer John Brumby said global tourism and leisure companies such as Paramount, Warner Bros and the Walt Disney Corporation were constantly monitoring the Australian market for opportunities.

He said the State Government could not comment "at this time".

Saturday, September 03, 2005

watching severe weather

I normally view the Severe Weather website which comes under the responsibility of the World Meteorological Organization which tracks the many Cyclones, Hurricanes and Typhoons including other severe weather patterns. It's always interesting watching the progress of tropical storms during formation and when and if they do hit landfall.  One image here is of Typhoon Nabi that could either hit southern Japan or even China, but the current infrared image of the Typhoon is spectacular with a perfect eye and a great radius.  A wonder to see, but you really don't want to be anywhere near them, except for those who lovely photographing them.

Friday, September 02, 2005

California marriage bill clears Senate.

Handing gay rights advocates a major victory, the California Senate approved legislation Thursday that would legalize same-sex marriages in the nation's most populous state. The 21-15 vote made the Senate the first legislative chamber in the country to approve a gay marriage bill. It sets the stage for a showdown in the state Assembly, which narrowly rejected a gay marriage bill in June. Will Gov. Schwarzenegger sign it if it passes? It doesn't look good so far. more

after katrina : the current situation

New Orleans is slips into anarchy is rapes, shootings and dead bodies lying out in the open in the wake of the devastation left by Hurricane Katrina.

A detachment of 300 National Guard troops, who have served in Iraq, have been authorised to shoot to kill "hoodlums" in the hurricane-ravaged city of New Orleans.

Unfortunately many of the Aussies that are currently in the devastated area have as much luck as any other person in being evacuated.

It seems that this is getting a bit too much for George W Bush having called past US Presidents Clinton and Bush for counsel on the current situation that will take quite some time to resolve. But that's still not going help the slow response from Washington, even though Bush does insist that help is on the way.  Much too late for many.

But anyone can help by showing their support to the Red Cross.

Thursday, September 01, 2005

ty's out of fashion

Ty's out of fashion

QUEER Eye For The Straight Guy's fashionista Ty Henschke has had a nasty dose of his own reality.

The star of 10's short-lived Australian version of Queer Eye is taking stock after his fashion label Ty and Melita was placed in the hands of an administrator earlier this month.

Henschke said the label was working to fill its final orders.

"Summer 2005 will be our last season. I imagine you will be seeing it (the range) until the end of the year – there are some fabulous pieces coming through," he said.

"It has been such a harrowing time. I want people to know with Ty and Melita, we really loved what we stood for, but business can be tough, especially in fashion these days.

"You definitely have not heard the last of me. It (fashion) is in my blood. I can't do anything else. I can't even pull a beer in a pub."

Henschke and his business partner Melita Turcsan founded the Prahran-based label four and half years ago.

The sexy, stylish, attitude-laden designs found instant fans among fashionistas, celebrities and the glossy magazines.

Lisa-Marie Presley, Paris and Nicky Hilton and even Jada Pinket Smith wore Ty and Melita pieces over the years.

The profile of the label and that of Henschke leapt when he was picked for the Carson Kressley role in the Australian version of Queer Eye For The Straight Guy last year.

Henschke admitted juggling the label and filming and promotional commitment for Queer Eye could have added to the downward spiral of the business.

"I think you could attribute elements to it," he said.

"But it was filmed at a time (December) where my role within the business was not as crucial as it would have been in, say, February-May when you are designing and putting ranges together.

"I don't regret my time at Queer Eye.

"When my year started off I was thinking it was going to be one thing, but it has evolved into something else. It has been a big life lesson for me to never take anything for granted and never bank on anything."