Category: Queensland News

Victim critical after hit and run at Meadowbrook

A man in his early 20s is in a critical condition at the Princess Alexandra Hospital after being struck by a vehicle in a drive through bottleshop at Meadowbrook overnight. Around 11pm, the man was working at the Logandowns Drive bottleshop when he attempted to stop a red utility and its occupants from leaving with stolen products. The vehicle then struck the man as it sped out of the driveway exit and away from the scene. He was transported to hospital with believed life-threatening head and internal injuries while the vehicle was subsequently located by police abandoned. Forensic Crash Unit and Criminal Investigation Branch officers are currently investigating. Anyone with information which could assist police with their investigations should contact Crime Stoppers anonymously via 1800 333 000 or 24hrs a...

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Clandestine laboratory located at Wellington Point

Police have charged six people with a number of offences after locating a clandestine drug laboratory at a Wellington Point residence yesterday. Police attended the Station Street address at around 10.30am where they located equipment and chemicals allegedly used to produce illicit drugs. A 27-year-old Wellington Point man, a 36-year-old Capalaba man, a 22-year-old Southport woman, a 26-year-old Pacific Pines man, a 36-year-old Loganholme man and a 24-year-old Tivoli man were arrested and charged with numerous offences including possession of dangerous drugs, possessing property used to produce drugs, and supply dangerous drugs. They are all due to appear in the Cleveland Magistrates Court this...

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Is Mammography Ineffective and Potentially Harmful?

Presently, we rely on procedures such as the mammogram for early detection of breast cancer. Although widely used, the technique is fraught with difficulties ranging from mere inaccuracy to possibly causing bodily harm. In the October 2001 issue of the British medical journal the Lancet, Danish researchers Peter Gotzsche, M.D. and Ole Olsen, M.Sc., analyzed the seven major studies that have been the foundation upon which the cancer establishment rests its proclamation that mammograms save lives. The Danish study concluded that the case for screening mammography (evaluating women of certain age groups with no known presence of breast disease) remains unproven at best. ?At present, there is no reliable evidence from large randomized trials to support screening mammography programs,? (1) the study concluded. The test is largely ineffective as a screening tool for detecting cancer in sufficient time to influence survivability. Because mammography is such a large revenue earner, any studies challenging its safety or effectiveness are themselves challenged. Is one witnessing honest disagreement within the medical community regarding discrepant analyses of the same data, or unscrupulous sales tactics masquerading as scientific inquiry? University of Toronto?s Cornelia Baines, M.D., Deputy Director of the Canadian National Breast Screening Study, has pointed to an almost willful silence concerning both the dangers and ineffectiveness of screening mammography. Regarding the dangers, she states an unacknowledged harm of mammography is that, ?… for up...

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Minister welcomes moves to fast-track apprentices

Minister for Employment, Skills and Mining Stirling Hinchliffe has welcomed new Federal Government reforms to streamline the national apprenticeship system. ?Over the next two years the reforms will cut red tape and fast track apprenticeships, particularly for the nation?s mining industry,? Mr Hinchliffe said. ?Under the changes, agreed to by all states and territories, apprentices who move between jurisdictions will have their training recognised.? Mr Hinchliffe said he strongly supported the reform agenda which included the recently launched National Apprenticeship Program. ?This program aims to supply adult trainees to the resource sector, with one of the first major intakes of about 400 apprentices to work at Bechtel?s Gladstone operations.? The reforms represent the Australian Government?s response to the final report by the Apprenticeships for the 21st Century Export Panel released earlier this year. Mr Hinchliffe said the Queensland Post-secondary Education and Training Review, and the Skills Queensland Skills and Workforce Development Investment Plan, contributed to this reform agenda. ?The reforms include an investment of more than $200 million in apprenticeships in the current Federal Budget, including the $100 million Accelerated Australian Apprenticeships package to speed up the supply of skilled workers,? he said. ?The $101 million Australian Apprenticeships Mentoring package will also provide apprentices with guidance in choosing the right occupation and ongoing mentoring throughout their training.? Mr Hinchliffe said the Bligh Government also supported the mooted reviews of...

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Queensland triumphs in Google?s top 10

Google Australia today revealed that Queensland was the most popular travel-related search in 2011, with four Queensland destinations making it into the top 10. Minister for Tourism, Manufacturing and Small Business Jan Jarratt said Hamilton Island had taken out the top spot with Port Douglas, Hayman Island and the Great Barrier Reef also making the cut. ?This is truly sensational news for Queensland, especially coming into the Christmas holiday period? Ms Jarratt said. ?Google receives billions and billions of search queries each year, so it?s great to know that the allure and appeal of Queensland continues to shine, despite the challenges of 2011. ?This result is not just proof that proud Queenslanders are standing by their state and choosing to holiday at home, it shows that Australians still consider Queensland a ?must do? destination. ?I think this coup is directly attributable to the success of the Government?s $12 million ?Nothing Beats Queensland campaign? which was rolled-out immediately after last summer?s natural disasters. ?Tourism Queensland has been relentless this year in their efforts to promote Queensland to the domestic market, with the current ?Vitamin Me? campaign ensuring Queensland remains front of mind coming into summer.? Queensland destinations outclassed international travel Meccas like New York and Las Vegas. Google Australia?s most popular travel destination searches for 2011 were: 1. Hamilton Island 2. Hawaii 3. Byron Bay 4. Blue Mountains 5. Port...

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