China cuts interest rates by 0.25 percentage points amid economic slump; Western markets rebound

China’s central bank has cut its benchmark interest rates and the amount of cash banks must keep on hand in a bid to boost the world’s second-largest economy as it battles a collapse in share prices. The People’s Bank of China (PBOC) said on its website that it would lower the one-year bank lending rate by 25 basis points to 4.6 per cent, effective from today. The move came as Chinese stock indexes nosedived more than 7 per cent to hit troughs not seen since December, and after shares had plunged over 8 per cent on Monday. The latest...

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Commitment a must to end domestic violence

If we “as a community are to make it” (domestic violence) cease or at least be truncated, (Daily 22/8) perhaps we need to see more of a commitment from the judiciary when perpetrators – and there are plenty out there – are brought before the courts. It is obvious court orders are not being adhered to but when as in many cases like that in the same issue, offenders are given a slight wrist slap and a couple months jail time, any serious chance of re-offending will follow. What makes offenders so angry appears to be the basic inability...

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Operation Mike Cloudburst – Arrest of outstanding syndicate drug courier

Overnight, members of Task Force Maxima, State Crime Command and the Australian Federal Police arrested a 42-year-old man for serious drug offences at Brisbane International Airport after he arrived on a flight from New Zealand. Task Force Maxima investigators had been seeking the man who was wanted in relation to his alleged involvement in a drug trafficking syndicate resulting from Operation Mike Cloudburst. The Doolandella man was arrested and conveyed to the Brisbane Watch House where he was charged. He is scheduled to appear in the Brisbane Magistrates Court today (August 26) charged with one count of trafficking in...

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Nick ‘the Knife’ bailed on drug charges

The alleged Queensland president of the Mongols bikie gang has been granted bail on drugs charges. Nick “The Knife” Forbes, who is facing allegations he masterminded a multi-million dollar trafficking ring on the Gold Coast, was successful in his bid in Brisbane’s Supreme Court on Wednesday. He will be released when a $50,000 surety is paid to the court. Source:...

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Homicide detectives raid Gaven property as investigation into missing man Greg Dufty continues

Homicide detectives are raiding a large shed and truck at Gaven as the investigation into the disappearance of father-of-two Greg Dufty continues. The 37-year-old was last seen on July 6 when he got into a truck at the front of Ashmore Steak and Seafood on Ashmore Rd about 6pm. Police believe Mr Dufty was driven to another waiting car at Mt Nathan in the Gold Coast Hinterland. My Dufty’s family last month publicly appealed for information surrounding the disappearance, they said it was “out of character” for the loving dad. Several police crews are at a home on Rosalie...

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Theft of property from local hospitals, South Brisbane

Police have released CCTV still images of a man that may be able to assist with their investigations into the theft of personal property from elderly patients in South Brisbane hospitals. Sometime between 9am – 1.30pm on August 10 a man entered a 79-year-old woman’s hospital room and removed her handbag from a bedside table. The woman was in another part of the hospital receiving treatment at the time of the incident. The alleged offender has then used the woman’s bank card to withdraw approximately $3000 in cash. Police have received several reports of similar incidents occurring between April...

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Australian shares renew slide, losing $60b as Chinese stocks plunge again

The Australian share market has lost as much as $60 billion in value as a fresh crash in Chinese stocks drives heavy falls around Asia. Within 15 minutes of trade opening, the benchmark ASX 200 index was down 2.6 per cent at 5,082, while the broader All Ordinaries matched that slide to 5,091. However, it seemed that a few hardy ‘bargain hunters’ moved in after that, pushing the market back towards a more moderate 1.8 per cent slide by 11:18am (AEST), before a disastrous Chinese stock market open saw Australia’s main indices head to an even worse slump just...

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Mother of raped girl says court outcome not enough

When a girl told her mother that her stepfather had sexually abused and raped her, the mother took her to the police station the next day. Since then, it’s been a “heart- and soul-destroying” few years for the former Hervey Bay family, but the mother, who lives in Caboolture, said she felt justice had been served after watching her former partner sentenced to jail. But she wished the man, who was found guilty last week of raping, attempting to rape and maintaining a sexual relationship with his stepdaughter, was slammed with a harsher sentence. The 42-year-old man, who cannot...

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Bangkok bombing: Thai police hunt for accomplices of chief blast suspect

Thai authorities are searching for possible accomplices of the chief suspect in the Bangkok shrine bomb blast that killed 22 people. A man was captured on CCTV dumping a backpack and walking away shortly before the blast in the Thai capital. “We suspect he is the bomber,” national police spokesman Prawut Thawornsiri said, referring to the man in a yellow T-shirt in a grainy video that has gone viral on social media. “We are also looking for other suspects in connection with the blast. These types of attacks are not usually planned by one person alone.” The government said...

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Gold Coast in grip of potentially deadly flu epidemic: doctors

When Shawna Hinde kept passing out with the flu, her mum Melissa thought there could be something seriously wrong. The Southport mother of three did the right thing, taking the 14-year-old straight to a doctor and eventually to hospital. But doctors say some Gold Coast parents are not acting soon enough on signs of the potentially deadly infection and its complications. The warning came after news yesterday that Upper Coomera 16-year-old Liam Enese died after a pneumonia infection attacked his organs and left him brain dead in just four days. Doctors say the city is in the grip of...

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