Cameron Atfield: That's it for Brisbane Live at Work for Thursday, January 17. Hope you enjoyed it!
Make sure you come by again for tomorrow's Brisbane Live at Work. There's not a whole lot there at the moment (well, nothing actually), but the action will start about 8am. See you then!
Cameron Atfield: You might notice a bit of smoke around the bayside this evening, with four fire crews and two Redland City Council crews battling a bushfire near Old Cleveland Road at Birkdale.
The Department of Community Safety says the fire, burning over two hectares, broke out about 3.40pm. It’s burning safely within containment lines and there’s no threat to property.
But motorists have been urged to drive with caution, as there’s a large smoke haze in the area.
Dan Nancarrow: All ferries and buses appear to be running on time, while there are minor delays on the 369, 375, 385, 590 and P374 bus routes.
Amy Remeikis: Dr Jayant Patel will find out tomorrow if a Supreme Court judge will strike out some of the legal particulars the crown was going to use in its case against the former Bundaberg Base Hospital surgeon.
'Particulars' is basically fancy legal talk for the elements of the case against the defendant.
Justice George Fryberg heard submissions from both sides on Wednesday and has indicated he will hand down his decision tomorrow.
Dan Nancarrow: If you're about to hit the road there's congestion on Gympie Road northbound from Kedron to Chermside, while Australian Traffic Network is also reporting congestion along the Pacific Motorway southbound from Eight Mile Plains to Springwood.
No surprises there!
A resort worker on Fraser Island suffered serious head injuries when he hit his head on the prongs of a forklift this morning. The 57-year-old was working when the accident happened and was airlifted to Bundaberg Base Hospital by the AGL Action Rescue helicopter.
Dan Nancarrow: Bernard Tomic has booked a spot in the third round of the Australian Open with his win this afternoon. Here's him celebrating during his match with German Daniel Brands.
Bernard Tomic celebrates a rare break of serve against Daniel Brands. Photo: Reuters
Mitchell Smith: We recently had a sneak peek inside the Queensland Symphony Orchestra’s new home in the ABC building at South Bank.
Musicians are scheduled to hold rehearsals from January 29 ahead of the opening concert for invited guests on February 8. The first public performance is scheduled for February 16.
Queensland Symphony Orchestra's new home
In the coming weeks, the studio will be acoustically tested. Photo: Mitchell Smith
Missing man David Bright. Photo: Supplied
Simon O'Brien: Police are asking for public help to find missing Annerley man, David Bright, 24.
Mr Bright was last seen at a Vernon Terrace, Teneriffe business about 6pm on Wednesday. He has a medical condition and police and his family are concerned for his welfare.
Mr Bright is caucasian and about 165cm tall, with mousey brown hair, blue eyes and a slim build.
Anyone with information can contact Crime Stoppers anonymously via 1800 333 000 or crimestoppers.com.au.
Dan Nancarrow: Bernard Tomic has just won his second round clash with Daniel Brands at the Australian Open.
Tomic won a fourth set tie-breaker to overcome the German 6-7, 7-5, 7-6, 7-6 (10-8).
That last set tie-breaker wasn't easy watching, the lanky Queenslander dropped three match points before eventually reclaiming the lead and making his way through to the next round.
Sumatran Tigers taking a dip at Australia Zoo to cool off..
Tigers swim to beat the heat
Sumatran tigers at Australia Zoo on the Sunshine Coast take a dip in the tigers' swimming pool to cool off on Thursday. Vision: Australia Zoo.PT0M0S http://www.canberratimes.com.au/action/externalEmbeddedPlayer?id=d-2cvph 620 349 January 17, 2013
Amy Remeikis: Meet Ilana Lengen - she comes to Brisbane via California and Israel.
A fan of the Le Bon Choix bakery, this chef by trade travels from Kuraby to the city every day for a treat and despite her colourful appearance insists it only takes her 20 minutes to get dressed each day.
"Why not dress like this? You live today. Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, so why not enjoy right now?"
Ilana Lengen in Le Bon Choix today. Photo: Amy Remeikis
Natalie Bochenski: This year's Brisbane Comedy Festival at the Powerhouse is going to be a full-on four weeks. If you're a comedy fan, bookmark this comprehensive list of who's performing and when, and start planning now. We've done the sorting so you don't have to!
Amy Remeikis: On a lighter note - running between court houses I've seen a lot of international tourists out and about today asking for directions - and a lot of people going out of their way to help them.
Props Brisbane. Props.
Dan Nancarrow: Just giving you an update on Bernard Tomic, he's now up two sets to one. #AusOpen
Katherine Feeney: Having seen the post from earlier today, Minister Powell's office has sent through a few pics of the newly-wild turtle hatchlings. #awww
White throated snapping turtle hatchlings released back into the wild today.
Marissa Calligeros: Tomic wins the 2nd set against Brands at the Australian Open. It's now one set each.
Natalie Bochenski: Welcome to the jungle, you sweet child o'mine.
80s heavy metal rockers Guns 'n' Roses have just announced a 2013 Australian tour. They'll play the Brisbane Entertainment Centre on March 20, supported by the hairy ZZ Top, and the hairless Angry Anderson and Rose Tattoo.
Fans of Slash will be disappointed though, he no longer tours with Axl Rose and the rest of the Gunners. Tickets will go on sale Friday January 25.
Marissa Calligeros: Cats don't usually like water, but these big cats certainly do. Australia Zoo's Sumatran tigers took a dip today to beat the Queensland heat.
Australia Zoo's Sumatran tiger has a swim. Photo: Australia Zoo
Bridie Jabour: A man suffering chest pains has been airlifted off a bulk carrier off Gladstone coast.
The AGL Action Rescue Helicopter flew 16 nautical miles to the RIO Tinto Marine bulk carrier and landed on the 235 metre ship while battling 20 to 30 knot winds.
The 63-year-old man was treated by a paramedic and doctor at the scene then flown to Bundaberg Base Hospital in a stable condition yesterday afternoon.
The AGL Action Rescue Helicopter on the deck of the RTM Wakmatha, a Rio Tinto Marine bulk carrier off the coast of Gladstone. Photo: Supplied
Natalie Bochenski: More than 100 nurses and supporters have rallied outside the Princess Alexandra Hospital on Brisbane’s southside at lunchtime, just hours after the Metro South region’s chief executive informed staff of impending cuts to its maintenance section.
Nurses rally outside the Princess Alexandra Hospital over job cuts. Photo: Jamie McKinnell, 4BC
Katherine Feeney: Happy to be the beerer of good news, I'd just like to point out Brisbane's newest craft brewery is about to open at Teneriffe. This city has been craft keg obsessed for a little while now, and I'm sure I won't be the only trendy tippler to welcome the Green Beacon Brewing Co at the industry night next week. The place is open to the public Friday January 25...
Cheers to Brisbane's newest craft brewery, Green Beacon at Teneriffe.
Here is the Australian Breastfeeding Association's reaction to a mum being asked to stop breastfeeding at the side of a pool in Bribie Island.
Stopping mum breastfeeding is 'inhumane'
The Australian Breastfeeding Assocation says people need to be aware of the law after a mother was asked to stop breastfeeding at the side of a Bribie Island pool.PT1M7S http://www.canberratimes.com.au/action/externalEmbeddedPlayer?id=d-2cvgg 620 349 January 17, 2013
Marissa Calligeros: Two men are being questioned by police about the head in a bag that washed up on a Western Australia beach. The head was that of Stephen Cookson, who was well-known in horse racing circles and was connected to Perth's criminal underworld. No charges have been laid.
Katherine Feeney: Here's some tasty urban design news - South Bank restaurant Stokehouse has been selected as one of five finalists in the international Wallpaper 2013 Design Awards. And here's the cherry on top; it's the only restaurant in Australia to be represented in the top five, alongside world-renowned dining destinations Attimo in Sao Paulo, The NoMad in New York, Geist in Copenhagen and Dabbous in London. Not bad!
Stokehouse restaurant at South Bank has been selected as one of five finalists from across the globe in the Wallpaper 2013 Design Awards.
Katherine Feeney: Turtle-ly adorable news from Andrew Powell's office this afternoon with the Minister for Environment and Heritage Protection announcing hundreds of freshwater turtle hatchlings have just been released into the Fitzroy and Burnett Rivers.
Apparently the baby turtles were rescued from predators as eggs about eight months ago. She'll be alright now it seems.
Amy Remeikis: Robertson man Justin James Cooney doesn't appear to have had a great past month; police allege the 34-year-old was four times the legal driving limit when he struck a hatchback while driving his ute on Coronation Drive, sending the small car down the riverbank where it's two female occupants were trapped for more than two hours.
That same day, December 15, police allege Mr Cooney willfully destroyed 16 cartons of liquor at an unnamed Coronation Road store and obstructed a police officer at the Royal Brisbane Hospital.
No one was seriously injured in either alleged incident.
He's told a Brisbane Magistrate he's getting help and indicated he'd plead guilty to his charges when he next faces court on February 14.
Justin James Cooney leaves the Brisbane Magistrates Court and apologies to his alleged victims. Photo: Amy Remeikis
Marissa Calligeros: Nurses have marched through the foyer of the Princess Alexandra Hospital and into the executive office chanting 'save our jobs'.
Scott Beveridge: Here is BT's own Katherine Feeney talking to Greg Cary on 4BC this morning about graffiti hotspots and upgrading Kingsford Smith Drive.
Road upgrade hinges on selloff
Urban affairs reporter Katherine Feeney talks to Greg Cary on 4BC about upgrading Kingsford Smith Drive and the hotspots for graffiti arrests in Brisbane.PT4M56S http://www.canberratimes.com.au/action/externalEmbeddedPlayer?id=d-2cvae 620 349 January 17, 2013
Simon O'Brien: Forty-six staff at Brisbane’s southside hospitals are going to lose their jobs due to federal government funding changes.
The gardeners and maintenance workers facing the axe will be given the opportunity to apply for voluntary redundancies or vacancies in other areas.
The federal government says its health budget is still is increasing but this year’s increase is lower because Queensland’s population growth - a factor in budget decisions - is slowing.
Marissa Calligeros: Liz Hurley has had a spat with a reporter at Perth Airport. Channel Ten reporter Caty Price tells Fairfax Hurley pushed her and told her to "f..k off" after she tried to question Shane Warne as the Melbourne Stars left Perth today. Hurley has a history of being fiercely protective of her beau.
Dan Nancarrow: A pool protest has been planned at a Moreton Bay Council public pool where a young mum was asked to stop breastfeeding while she watched her other children swimming.
The council has apologised to Liana Webster, but the young mum has opened a Facebook group inviting mums to nurse-in at the pool on Saturday.
Liana Webster with Kylan, 6, Jayda, 5, and daughter Rori Webster-Camilleri. Photo: Iain Curry/ Sunshine Coast Daily.
Marissa Calligeros: Nurses are rallying at the Princess Alexandra Hospital against job cuts.
Natalie Bochenski: A local Brisbane production company is looking for 20 kids to star in a TV show.
It's called Handball Heroes, and will screen on ABC3 later this year.
If you know a 9-to-14-year-old who loves playing handball and is happy in front of a camera, get them to enter a submission before the deadline on Monday January 21. Read more here.
Danielle Cronin: Possibly our youngest critic delivers her verdict on the Dinosaur Petting Zoo set up on Melbourne Street Green until January 20.
Armand Hamilton, 4, of Annerley, on his dad Berren's shoulders. Armand and Berren Hamilton already have tickets for the show. Photo: Natalie Bochenski
Marissa Calligeros: Your weekly police stats: There were 18 burglaries in Brisbane’s western suburbs last week. In Ferny Hills, Bardon, Ashgrove, Upper Kedron, Keperra and Indooroopilly the thieves broke in through open, or unlocked windows and doors.
The crooks largely made away with mobile phones, TVs, laptops. iPods and jewellery. But in one burglary only a curtain and cleaning products were stolen. That's odd.
Amy Remeikis: Judge Julie Ryrie has sentenced Philip James Sharp to two years imprisonment for fraud.
Sharp knew he had been offered about $55,000 too much in a voluntary early retirement package offered by the state government in 2009, but took it anyway.
Sharp cried as Judge Ryrie handed down the sentence in district court but the 40-year-old should be out in three months.
Philip James Sharp arrives at court. Photo: Amy Remeikis
Natalie Bochenski: Did you buy a copy of Adele's album 21?
There's somebody like you - actually 999,999 people like you.
It's the first album to break 1 million sales in Australia since Delta Goodrem's Innocent Eyes in 2003.
Amy Remeikis: A former director of human services in the department of community services is about to be sentenced for fraud.
Philip James Sharp knew the department had made a mistake when calculating his voluntary early retirement package in 2009 and took advantage of it.
He was overpaid about $55,000 which was discovered in an audit two years later. The 40-year-old faces a maximum penalty of 12 years.
Marissa Calligeros: Here's a message from police: "If you took a dip in the Nerang River last night but managed to make your way to land safely please notify us." Police are still searching for a man believed missing in the river on the Gold Coast.
Marissa Calligeros: A Tiger Airlines flight from Melbourne to Mackay is being diverted to Brisbane due to a passenger with a medical issue.
Air Traffic Control are giving the flight priority with no speed restrictions. A spokeswoman for the airline said she could not go into details about the medical issue for privacy reasons. An ambulance is on standby at the airport.
Katherine Feeney: The word has just gone out that the Anglican Diocese of Brisbane will hold a special church service for for mothers, fathers and adopted children affected by forced adoptions in the church's name. The Dean of St John’s Cathedral, Peter Catt, is co-ordinating this exercise in "healing and recognition", with Archbishop Phillip Aspinall to take the lead on February 12 at St John's Cathedral...
Katherine Feeney: Rings a bell: Are cyclists in Brisbane that badly behaved they need council to launch a "rules and etiquette" campaign? Well that's one of the top priorities outlined by the Lord Mayor Graham Quirk in his new active transport strategy. Also needed are more signs in different languages, and separated pedestrian and bicyclist paths... The document shows council will also be "finding ways to make CityCycle more attractive". Do you have a suggestion?
Richie Benaud in the Evening Standard
Dan Nancarrow: Here's a joke that caught out a few people on Twitter this week and has also duped a respected UK newspaper.
From our good friends at SportsDay Live:
"The Evening Standard has quoted a fake Richie Benaud account, @RichieBenaud_ assuming it's the doyen himself."
Marissa Calligeros: A 37-year-old woman has been charged over a baby's death last year. The infant's sudden death on August 10, 2012, wasn't publicised, but the homicide squad has been investigating it ever since. The woman will face Cairns Magistrates Court this afternoon.
Marissa Calligeros: A Gympie-based drug trafficking has been busted. Police seized cannabis, amphetamines, cash and three firearms during six house raids yesterday. Nine people will face court over drug offences.
Marissa Calligeros: A community meeting between Aborigines and Pacific Islanders will be held at the Yugambeh Dreaming Community Centre in Kingston tonight. Indigenous community leader Paul Butterworth says he wants the kids to come forward and talk about their problems.
Amy Remeikis: Former public servant Philip James Sharp is in the district court today.
He will be sentenced for dishonestly gaining more than $30,000 while an employee.
Philip James Sharp arrives at court. Photo: Amy Remeikis
John Birmingham's article on Federal MP Andrew Laming and the Logan violence is getting a lot of love on Twitter:
Amy Remeikis: The man accused of kidnapping and murdering Sunshine Coast teenager Daniel Morcombe is back in court today - but it's a closed session so we won't hear what happened.
Parts of this case have already been heard in closed court - and that's something that will continue during the trial.
It's to protect the identity of some witnesses and police investigation procedures.
Amy Remeikis: Mystery solved - two ambulances parked on the Ann Street end of the mall appear to be the reason we're moving so slowly.
It seems everyone is making like Elvis and rubbernecking.
Tony Moore: It is interesting that Woodridge, the suburb that had the street problems this week, has an unemployment rate of 18.4 per cent; three times the Queensland average.
According to the latest data Inala (21.2 per cent), Durack 21.2 per cent), Richlands 21.7 per cent, Kingston 18.3 per cent and Acacia Ridge 17 per cent have a worse unemployment rate.
One common feature is a high proportion of non-English speaking people and many young people. As Logan's mayor Pam Parker reports today, tackling unemployment and education is a priority.
Here is that jet-ski video from yesterday on the Gold Coast. Two very lucky teenagers, sitting on their brand new Christmas present when it exploded!
Teens survive jet-ski explosion
Two teenagers have a miraculous escape after they "pressed the start button and got shot six foot in the air", with their jet-ski exploding in flames. Vision: Nine NewsPT1M9S http://www.canberratimes.com.au/action/externalEmbeddedPlayer?id=d-2culj 620 349 January 17, 2013
Katherine Feeney: Making a splash today is news the Olympic-sized swimming pool at the QUT Gardens Point campus has opened it's lanes to the aquatically inclined. It's all part of the schmick $200 million redevelopment of the uni's science and engineering facilities which will also see a gym and cycle centre open late February. Training facility for the inaugural Brisbane Times City to South perhaps?
Amy Remeikis: Fortitude Valley traffic seems a bit heavier than usual this morning.
Doesn't seem to be any real reason why, but Ann Street is moving along like the tortoise in the fable with the hare.
We'll get there - it's just slow and steady.
Marissa Calligeros: Slip 'n slide: There's mud covering Countess Street and Upper Roma Street thanks to a burst water main. Last time a main ruptured there a large sinkhole swallowed the road, Penny Cameron from the Australian Traffic Network recalls.
This is one lucky paragliding pilot. His mate filmed him crash in the Gold Coast hinterland yesterday.
Paragliding pilot watches mate crash
A paragliding pilot spirals out of control and crashes into dense bushland in the Gold Coast hinterland Wednesday as his mate watches from above.PT1M39S http://www.canberratimes.com.au/action/externalEmbeddedPlayer?id=d-2cuk7 620 349 January 17, 2013
Katherine Feeney: Tag, you're it - Lord Mayor Graham Quirk is going to hold a press conference today to discuss figures featured in our graffiti yarn which show just how no-nonsense council and the Queensland Police are when it comes to dealing with vandalism. Bound to bring on the ol' 'graffiti - public art or public nuisance' debate...
Brisbane's vandal plague, as well as its graffiti hotspots, have been revealed in new figures that show how big the battle against tagging has become. Read full report here Photo: Supplied
Dan Nancarrow: An update on the traffic situation:
The Australian Traffic Network is reporting congestion on the Ipswich Motorway eastbound through Darra and Oxley, on the Western Freeway inbound after Moggill Road, on the M1 northbound from Tanah Merah to Springwood and on the Pacific Motorway southbound from Tarragindi to Holland Park West.
Dan Nancarrow: Here's what is making news on brisbanetimes.com.au:
- Mother who punched a 14-year-old girl at her daughter's school has been banned from the school grounds.
- US president announces widest gun control measures in nearly 20 years.
- Brisbane's graffiti hotspots revealed in new figures on battle against tagging.
- Kingsford Smith Drive upgrade may be delayed.
Simon Holt: A pleasantly quiet day on the roads this morning. There's news of a truck rolling onto a median strip at the Sunshine Coast, a few delays due to a crash on the Pacific Motorway southbound at Holland Park, and a road closure at Countess St and Roma St in the city due to a burst water pipe.
Gympie Rd inbound is a little busy and there were earlier reports of lights flashing at Beams and Muller Roads, Boondall.
Simon Holt: Good Thursday morning. It's a wonderful day again in the city, sitting on 23 degrees and expected to hit 29.
We wake to news of bushfires around Jimboomba which we'll be keeping an eye on. The helicopter crash in London overnight is a talking point, as is the cranky mum who has been banned from her child's school.
Welcome to another day, as we bring you Brisbane, as it happens.