Men charged after car thefts

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TWO men, one from Redland Bay, have been arrested after a string of incidents including the alleged theft of a vehicle at gunpoint in Serpentine Creek Road on the weekend.
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Police will allege a stolen car towing a car trailer with another stolen vehicleattached crashed at Redland Bay about 7pm on Saturday.

When people stopped to help the driver, police will allege he produced a rifle and demanded the keys to their car.

They complied and he fled the scene.

Later that evening, police will alleged a man was shot when he confronted another man trying to break into his car in Gaven.

The man was taken to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

On Sunday about 10.30pm astolen vehicle was spotted by police inBeenleigh.

They tracked it and deployed a tyre deflation device in Helensvale.

Two men were arrested at the scene.

A 24-year-old Redland Bay man wascharged with unlawful use of a motor vehicle and possessing pipes or utensils.

A 23-year-old Palm Beach man was charged with one count each of attempted murder, unlawful possession of a weapon, threatening violence, possessing dangerous drugs, attempted unlawful use of a motor vehicle, enter premises and commit an indictable offence and trespass.

He has also been charged with three counts each of unlawful use of a motor vehicle and dangerous operation of a motor vehicle as well as two counts each of burglary, failing to stop and driving whilst disqualified.

Both men were due to appear in Southport Magistrates Court on Monday.

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A crown for poise and charity

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Local contribution, global recognition: Miss International Australia 2016, Alexandra Britton. Picture: John VeageFrom Gymea Bay to the global pageant stage,Alexandra Britton, 23, is this year’sMiss International Australia.
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Held at Lake Macquarie, the competition final crowned the Sutherland Shire young womanwho is studying a Bachelor of Educationat the University of Notre Dame, Sydney.

The pageant rewards young women for their efforts in support a charity organisation.

As an ambassador for Variety and working with children, Ms Britton recently started working withBarnardos Australia, sponsoring a young underprivilegedschoolboy in Sydney.

She also recently took on the role of ambassador for Teal Wings of Hope, which promotesovarian cancer awareness.

“I will contribute by educating our youth on the correct health choices in their lives and the different symptoms of ovarian cancer,” Ms Britton said.

“If more people are educated on ovarian cancer, symptoms will be more easily identified and can be picked up early on which can potentially save lives.”

Ms Britton’snext venture is torepresent the nation in October in Japan.

“I’m veryproud to be representing Australia as it gives me a platform to proactively contribute to my community and across the world through my charity work,” she said.

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Rates change spreads increase

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Tenterfield Shire ratepayers with property categorised as the Residential Tenterfield and Residential Tenterfield Urban will notice a change on their next rates notice as their rates are calculated differently.
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Council’s corporate services director Allan Shorterexplained that this move has been taken to more-equitably spread the 10 per cent special rates variation increase inrates income approved by IPART (Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal) in 2014.

To date rates were calculated on a minimum/ad valorem basis.Due to the small increase this year in the allowable minimum rate (as set by the Office of Local Government), 1026 of the 1546rates notices in the identified categories would have increased from $484 to $506, an increase of only 4.5 per cent.

“Other ratepayers within that category would be carrying a larger burden than others”, Mr Shorter said.

“We’ve had to solve the problem.”

To counteract the growing gap, these properties’ rates will now becalculatedfrom a base rate of $280 plus anad valorem(based on 0.634858 per cent of land value).In his report to council Mr Shorter said that under this model land value is a key driver in determining how much a ratepayer contributes.

As a result, 159 ratepayers in the Residential categorywill be paying less than they did last year. The rest will see an increaseofbetween 60 cents up to $152.10 per year.

Only nine assessments fall into the Residential Urban category. Of these, seven will see their rates go down. Mr Shorter said this category includes larger, high-valueproperties which have felt the brunt of the special rate variation in the past.

While the changes affect only Residential Tenterfield and Residential Tenterfield Urban properties at this stage, Mr Shorter said modelling would be done to assess the impact on other rates categories when new land values are released, to address other imbalances which have been identified.

Mr Shorter discouraged ratepayers from trying to compare their rates assessment with their next door neighbour as differences in land value have such an impact on the total figure.

He also clarified that the changes affect only the ordinary rates.Rate subcategories will be simplifiedover the coming year with a number of subcategories amalgamated, such as village subcategories being combined withResidential Other and Business Other.

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Focus on captain’s strains

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Boldly going low-tech: Captain Kirk (Chris Pine), Scotty (Simon Pegg) and Jaylah (Sofia Boutella) plan their rescue mission.The Star Trek crew has long promised to boldly go where none have gone before.
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Unfortunately, in their latest outing it seems they’ve taken the road most travelled by.

While Star Trek Beyondoffers no great new insight or frankly anything surprising, it is still undoubtedly entertaining.

Once again, Captain James T. Kirk (Chris Pine, Into the Woods), Commander Spock (Zachary Quinto, Heroes), Scotty (Simon Pegg, Man Up), Bones (Karl Urban, Dredd), Sulu (John Cho, Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle), Chekov (the late Anton Yelchin, Only Lovers Left Alive) and Lieutenant Uhura (Zoe Saldana, Guardians of the Galaxy) fly on the USS Enterprise to the far reaches of space.

When docked on a completely man-made planet with trippy gravity, Kirk learns of a fellow captain (of an unspecified alien race) who lost her crew when her ship crashed.

So the Enterprise is tasked with helping the other captain recover her ship and crew from an unvisited world, cut off from outside communication.

This premise alone should have rung alarm bells for Enterprise crew, but they charge headlong into their mission where, of course, things soon go quite wrong.

The crew encounter Krall, a villain intent on claiming an ancient weapon artifact which the Enterprise is transporting.

Krall’s greatest downfall is also his best assett –he is played by the very busy Idris Elba (who has appeared in no less than six films this year alone, including The Jungle Book, Finding Dory and Bastille Day).

Elba is a fantastic actor with a distinctly villainous voice, buthe is sadly lost beneath prosthetic alien attire and is harder to understand than Bane in The Dark Knight Rises.

Star Trek Beyond, co-written by Pegg, is largely centred around the rigours of captaincy.

Kirk ponders his own drive to remain captain of the Enterprise and compares himself to his hero captain father.

The whole reason the plot is set in motion is because a captain says shecannot leave her crew behind.

Further into the story another captain’s journey is put under the microscope.

The crew find an ally, though, in a complete lone wolf, a woman with neither captain nor crew: Jaylah (Sofia Boutella, Kingsman: The Secret Service).

Jaylah is a breath of fresh air –resourceful, vulnerable, driven and scared.

And thanks to Jaylah, the audience can enjoy the “beats and shouting” of Public Enemy and the Beastie Boys –the scenes in which their songs play are highlights of the film.

Star Trek Beyond is rated M and in cinemas now.

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Focus on captain’s strains

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Boldly going low-tech: Captain Kirk (Chris Pine), Scotty (Simon Pegg) and Jaylah (Sofia Boutella) plan their rescue mission.The Star Trek crew has long promised to boldly go where none have gone before.
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Unfortunately, in their latest outing it seems they’ve taken the road most travelled by.

While Star Trek Beyondoffers no great new insight or frankly anything surprising, it is still undoubtedly entertaining.

Once again, Captain James T. Kirk (Chris Pine, Into the Woods), Commander Spock (Zachary Quinto, Heroes), Scotty (Simon Pegg, Man Up), Bones (Karl Urban, Dredd), Sulu (John Cho, Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle), Chekov (the late Anton Yelchin, Only Lovers Left Alive) and Lieutenant Uhura (Zoe Saldana, Guardians of the Galaxy) fly on the USS Enterprise to the far reaches of space.

When docked on a completely man-made planet with trippy gravity, Kirk learns of a fellow captain (of an unspecified alien race) who lost her crew when her ship crashed.

So the Enterprise is tasked with helping the other captain recover her ship and crew from an unvisited world, cut off from outside communication.

This premise alone should have rung alarm bells for Enterprise crew, but they charge headlong into their mission where, of course, things soon go quite wrong.

The crew encounter Krall, a villain intent on claiming an ancient weapon artifact which the Enterprise is transporting.

Krall’s greatest downfall is also his best assett –he is played by the very busy Idris Elba (who has appeared in no less than six films this year alone, including The Jungle Book, Finding Dory and Bastille Day).

Elba is a fantastic actor with a distinctly villainous voice, buthe is sadly lost beneath prosthetic alien attire and is harder to understand than Bane in The Dark Knight Rises.

Star Trek Beyond, co-written by Pegg, is largely centred around the rigours of captaincy.

Kirk ponders his own drive to remain captain of the Enterprise and compares himself to his hero captain father.

The whole reason the plot is set in motion is because a captain says shecannot leave her crew behind.

Further into the story another captain’s journey is put under the microscope.

The crew find an ally, though, in a complete lone wolf, a woman with neither captain nor crew: Jaylah (Sofia Boutella, Kingsman: The Secret Service).

Jaylah is a breath of fresh air –resourceful, vulnerable, driven and scared.

And thanks to Jaylah, the audience can enjoy the “beats and shouting” of Public Enemy and the Beastie Boys –the scenes in which their songs play are highlights of the film.

Star Trek Beyond is rated M and in cinemas now.

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Focus on captain’s strains

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Boldly going low-tech: Captain Kirk (Chris Pine), Scotty (Simon Pegg) and Jaylah (Sofia Boutella) plan their rescue mission.The Star Trek crew has long promised to boldly go where none have gone before.
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Unfortunately, in their latest outing it seems they’ve taken the road most travelled by.

While Star Trek Beyondoffers no great new insight or frankly anything surprising, it is still undoubtedly entertaining.

Once again, Captain James T. Kirk (Chris Pine, Into the Woods), Commander Spock (Zachary Quinto, Heroes), Scotty (Simon Pegg, Man Up), Bones (Karl Urban, Dredd), Sulu (John Cho, Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle), Chekov (the late Anton Yelchin, Only Lovers Left Alive) and Lieutenant Uhura (Zoe Saldana, Guardians of the Galaxy) fly on the USS Enterprise to the far reaches of space.

When docked on a completely man-made planet with trippy gravity, Kirk learns of a fellow captain (of an unspecified alien race) who lost her crew when her ship crashed.

So the Enterprise is tasked with helping the other captain recover her ship and crew from an unvisited world, cut off from outside communication.

This premise alone should have rung alarm bells for Enterprise crew, but they charge headlong into their mission where, of course, things soon go quite wrong.

The crew encounter Krall, a villain intent on claiming an ancient weapon artifact which the Enterprise is transporting.

Krall’s greatest downfall is also his best assett –he is played by the very busy Idris Elba (who has appeared in no less than six films this year alone, including The Jungle Book, Finding Dory and Bastille Day).

Elba is a fantastic actor with a distinctly villainous voice, buthe is sadly lost beneath prosthetic alien attire and is harder to understand than Bane in The Dark Knight Rises.

Star Trek Beyond, co-written by Pegg, is largely centred around the rigours of captaincy.

Kirk ponders his own drive to remain captain of the Enterprise and compares himself to his hero captain father.

The whole reason the plot is set in motion is because a captain says shecannot leave her crew behind.

Further into the story another captain’s journey is put under the microscope.

The crew find an ally, though, in a complete lone wolf, a woman with neither captain nor crew: Jaylah (Sofia Boutella, Kingsman: The Secret Service).

Jaylah is a breath of fresh air –resourceful, vulnerable, driven and scared.

And thanks to Jaylah, the audience can enjoy the “beats and shouting” of Public Enemy and the Beastie Boys –the scenes in which their songs play are highlights of the film.

Star Trek Beyond is rated M and in cinemas now.

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Focus on captain’s strains

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Boldly going low-tech: Captain Kirk (Chris Pine), Scotty (Simon Pegg) and Jaylah (Sofia Boutella) plan their rescue mission.The Star Trek crew has long promised to boldly go where none have gone before.
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Unfortunately, in their latest outing it seems they’ve taken the road most travelled by.

While Star Trek Beyondoffers no great new insight or frankly anything surprising, it is still undoubtedly entertaining.

Once again, Captain James T. Kirk (Chris Pine, Into the Woods), Commander Spock (Zachary Quinto, Heroes), Scotty (Simon Pegg, Man Up), Bones (Karl Urban, Dredd), Sulu (John Cho, Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle), Chekov (the late Anton Yelchin, Only Lovers Left Alive) and Lieutenant Uhura (Zoe Saldana, Guardians of the Galaxy) fly on the USS Enterprise to the far reaches of space.

When docked on a completely man-made planet with trippy gravity, Kirk learns of a fellow captain (of an unspecified alien race) who lost her crew when her ship crashed.

So the Enterprise is tasked with helping the other captain recover her ship and crew from an unvisited world, cut off from outside communication.

This premise alone should have rung alarm bells for Enterprise crew, but they charge headlong into their mission where, of course, things soon go quite wrong.

The crew encounter Krall, a villain intent on claiming an ancient weapon artifact which the Enterprise is transporting.

Krall’s greatest downfall is also his best assett –he is played by the very busy Idris Elba (who has appeared in no less than six films this year alone, including The Jungle Book, Finding Dory and Bastille Day).

Elba is a fantastic actor with a distinctly villainous voice, buthe is sadly lost beneath prosthetic alien attire and is harder to understand than Bane in The Dark Knight Rises.

Star Trek Beyond, co-written by Pegg, is largely centred around the rigours of captaincy.

Kirk ponders his own drive to remain captain of the Enterprise and compares himself to his hero captain father.

The whole reason the plot is set in motion is because a captain says shecannot leave her crew behind.

Further into the story another captain’s journey is put under the microscope.

The crew find an ally, though, in a complete lone wolf, a woman with neither captain nor crew: Jaylah (Sofia Boutella, Kingsman: The Secret Service).

Jaylah is a breath of fresh air –resourceful, vulnerable, driven and scared.

And thanks to Jaylah, the audience can enjoy the “beats and shouting” of Public Enemy and the Beastie Boys –the scenes in which their songs play are highlights of the film.

Star Trek Beyond is rated M and in cinemas now.

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Deeds of Reverend Aubrey Baker recognised

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Reverend David Baker (Moderator for the Uniting Church Queensland Synod) officially opened and dedicated the Aubrey Baker Room during a ceremony held at James Cook University’s John Flynn College on Saturday.
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Current and past residents joined with friends of John Flynn College at James Cook University on Saturday for the official opening of the Aubrey Baker Room at the college.

The room was namedin recognition of Reverend Aubrey Baker who oversaw the establishment of the college between 1966-1968, and was opened and dedicated by his sonReverend David Baker (Moderator for the Uniting Church Queensland Synod), college chair Reverend Bruce Cornish and college principal Michael Bongers.

During his speechReverend Baker said his dad spent a lot of his time investing in young people.

“When the opportunity came up for him to be part of the college he was very keen to be involved,” he said.

“The fact that it’s now used as a study room would warm his heart.”

He said Aubrey was brought up on a small dairy farm near Gayndah and his early life revolved around family, community and church.

“During his career dad opened a lot of gates to the west, he served asa minister at Longreach and Barcaldine in the 1960s, in the 1970s he oversaw the development of the church in rural Queensland and from the 1980s up until he retired he was a patrol padre in stretch of the state reaching from Charelville to Birdsville.

“Dad always had a profound respect for the people of the West, he said they were the salt of the earth and worthy of all of our support.

“Hesaid that he learned a lotabout god from them.”

Aubrey Baker passed away on February 24, 2016, just short of his 91stbirthday.

Reverend Aubrey Baker who oversaw the establishment of John Flynn College at James Cook University between 1966-1968.

At the time of the establishment of the John Flynn College, he was the chairman of the Northern District of the Methodist Church.

A mural unveiled at the opening of the room details in Aubrey’s own words how important the establishment of the college was to him.

“By far the biggest responsibility during my three-year term in North Queensland was in relation to the John Flynn College within what was to become James Cook University.

“At the (Methodist) conference when I was appointed chairman, an agreement was made with the Presbyterian Church that we would erect a residential college oncampus.

“This was to break new ground for a church-operated college in that it was to be co-educational, and in our planning we made provision for women students as well as men.”

“The college was going to cost us over $100,000 to build–and that was a lot of money in those day.

“We had a good approach to this: the Anglicans and Catholics were building university colleges too, and so we had a joint appeal to the business people, and then we had separate appeals to our own people.

“We invited Sir George Fisher, the Chairman of Mt Isa Mines, to launch the appeal in Townsville, which was done with a great deal of ceremony.

“All the important people were there enjoying a a meal together, and then Sir George made his speech.

“Fortunately, no one had to talk about the $130,000 target because in the course of his speech he told us that his parent companyMt Isa Mines, would be pleased to give $100,00 to the appeal over five years, and the associate company, Copper Refineries, would give $20,000, which didn’t leave much for the rest if we’d kept to the $130,000 target.”

Fundraising continued through 1966 with the building work commencing in 1967, the college opened to receive its first students in February, 1968 with the official opening taking place on June 29, 1968.

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ACCC hasn’t tested for asbestos in crayons since traces found last year

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Asbestos Council of Victoria chief executive Vicki Hamilton and Moe-based Mairin OHS&E operations manager Damian Murphy, who conducted initial tests on crayons purchased in the Latrobe Valley. file photographThe consumer watchdog has not conducted any further testing for asbestos in crayons since revealing traces had been found in some products more than 10 months ago.
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In an 11 September alert on its website, which listed six different packets of crayons found to contain traces of asbestos, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission said it would continue to test products that could contain asbestos. Responding to recent questions from The Express, an ACCC spokesperson said the regulator had not received any reports or identified any particular at-risk consumer products to warrant further testing.

“It will conduct testing if there is credible intelligence about particular consumer products,” the spokesperson said.

Asbestos Council of Victoria chief executive Vicki Hamilton said the ACCC was not doing enough.

“They shouldn’t be relying on people like me or the unions to identify products that have asbestos in them,” Ms Hamilton said.

“They are government agencies. They should be able to do their own investigation.”

The Gippsland-based Asbestos Council of Victoria raised concerns in September following independent testing of two packets of crayons made in China and bought off the shelf in the Latrobe Valley, which found an elemental composition indicative of types of asbestos.

Shortly after, the ACCC issued the alert, listing these crayons alongside four other packets in which its own tests found traces of asbestos.

All had been marketed towards children.

Authorities requested suppliers of those goods to stop providing them and offer consumers a refund or exchange.

The ACCC spokesperson said foursuppliers were asked to remove crayons from their shelves based on the results of testing and other suppliers voluntarily removed crayons.

The consumer alert said the crayons posed a low risk to humans and the asbestos fibres would not be released during normal use or as a result of ingestion because the melting point of crayon wax was well above body temperature.

At the time of the alert, Australian Border Force moved to detain imports of crayons from China that may contain asbestos fibres.

A spokesperson from the Department of Immigration and Border Protection last week said the department and its operational arm, the Australian Border Force, were committed to stopping asbestos-contaminated products before they entered Australia.

“We target products from high risk countries and high risk suppliers,” the spokesperson said.

“The ABF conducts risk assessments on all cargo imported to Australia, with all cargo identified as high-risk then being physically examined.

“ABF officers target high risk cargo using profiles and alerts that have been developed from historical detection data, as well as referrals from industry, other agencies and statutory authorities involved in asbestos management.”

The spokesperson said importers needed to be diligent in understanding the supply chain and production processes leading to the manufacture of the goods that they intended to import.

“Where goods are identified that may potentially be contaminated with asbestos, these are held until importers can provide evidence the goods are tested and no asbestos contamination is present.

“If importers seek to import a product containing asbestos, they risk losing their goods, losing money, and possibly gaining a criminal conviction.”

Ms Hamilton said authorities needed to treat the threat of asbestos imports as they would illicit drugs.

“Most of the Australian people think this is all done and dusted, but it’s not,” Ms Hamilton said.

“It’s a clear and present threat and if the Australian government doesn’t get fair dinkum and start treating it like drugs coming into this country it will be a problem for decades.”

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Lost memories

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GONE: Residents in Oxley Park have reported a spike in thefts. Ian Sutton has had four separate incidents in the past six weeks. Picture: Isabella LettiniRESIDENTS of a street in Oxley Park say there’s something strange afootin their front gardens.
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Homes in Adelaide Street have been raided for garden ornaments and plants over the past six weeks.

Ian Sutton has lived in the suburb for 30 years and said he has been the victim of four separate instances of theft in recent weeks, with several sentimental garden ornaments taken.

“My wife passed away 18 months ago and most of the knick-knacks and ornaments were hers,” he told the Star.

“People might say it’s just a statue but there’s a lot of memories and sentimental value that’s been lost.”

The 73-year-old has moved the remaining ornaments elsewherefor safe keeping. He has also installed movement sensorlightsand an electric wire fence around his garden.

“These people come around at 2am when no one is awake. What can you do to stop them?”

Mr Sutton is not the only one to have been on the receiving end of shady behaviour in the streetof late.

Single mother Fiona Gilmour said she was startled when she found two hooded figures standing in her front yard about two months ago.

“It was about 9.30pm and my dog Harry was barking at the front door,” she said. “I came outside and there was a man and a woman standing near my car.

“I asked what they were doing and they said they were,‘looking for Jimmy’. I told them there’s no Jimmy here.”

Ms Gilmour said the pair argued with her for a short time before leaving her property.

“There’s definitely been some weird stuff going on in our street.”

Barry Vincent fromSt Marys Local Area Commandsaid police have noted“an increase in stealings and break-ins” inthe Oxley Park area.He said police arepatrolling the area in a bid to identify perpetrators.

“We would advise home owners to take precautions withproperty left out in the open,” he said.

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