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Brisbane Live At Work: Wednesday June 19

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It's 17 degrees, which is two degrees shy of the maxium.

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Dan nancarrow
The missing 15-year-old.
The missing 15-year-old. Photo: Police Media

Police are asking the public to help track down a 15-year-old girl who went missing in Ipswich in March.

The girl was last seen by family at the East Ipswich Railway Station on March 15 where it is believed she took a train to Brisbane.

She is described as Caucasian, 160cm tall with brown hair, brown eyes, an average build and a fair complexion.

Anyone with information is urged to contact Ipswich Police or Crime Stoppers.

Brisbane Live

No criminal charges will be laid over a nepotism scandal at the University of Queensland, which lead to the resignation of two heads.

University of Queensland Vice-Chancellor Paul Greenfield resigned last year after an internal investigation found irregularities in the enrolment of a student to whom he is related.

Queensland’s Crime and Misconduct Commission was asked by police to examine if there were possibly criminal offences over the alleged ‘‘forced offer for entry’’ into the medical program.

Queensland Budget Jobs

IBM Australia is in the midst of axing up to 1500 Australian staff in a reshuffle that will send many jobs offshore to Asia and New Zealand, according to sources.

Affected staff have told Fairfax Media between 1200 and 1500 local jobs are being made redundant this year in several waves.

Simon Holt

There will be plenty of bids to attract the patronage of visiting British Lions fans this weekend. One of those places will be Riverside Centre Plaza where there'll be a day-long festival on Saturday.

It's being dubbed the Lion's Den Festival. A big outdoor screen will show the 2001 Test Series. British & Irish Lions songbooks have been printed, and include Swing Low Sweet Chariot which will no doubt ring out through the city.

The Pig ‘N’ Whistle has an adapted menu, and there will be food stations (spit roasts and vindaloo) and live entertainment throughout the outdoor area of the plaza. Entry is free and there will be free buses to and from Suncorp Stadium for ticketholders.

 

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Dan nancarrow

Police are looking for a man responsible for robbing a convenience store in Wooloowin with a knife this morning.

The man entered the Lisson Grove store at 6am, leaving with cash and cigarettes.

He is described as a 180cm tall Caucasian with a slim build, aged between 30 and 35 years of age, and was wearing a dark hooded jumper, jeans, and sandshoes.

Anyone with information should contact Crime Stoppers via 1800 333 000 or crimestoppers.com.au

Marissa Calligeros

At the inquest: Witness Desmond Edmondstone has taken the stand.

He has told the court his late friend Larry Charles confessed to being involved in the murders of Sydney nurses Lorraine Wilson and Wendy Evans in 1974.

In extraordinary detail, Mr Edmondstone recounted what Mr Charles had confessed while the pair was staying at a caravan park in Rockhampton in 1978.

Mr Edmondstone said the young women were raped then bashed to death at the paddock at the base of the Toowoomba range.

Marissa Calligeros
Lorraine Ruth Wilson (left) and Wendy Joy Evans were found murdered in 1978 after they went missing in 1974.
Lorraine Ruth Wilson (left) and Wendy Joy Evans were found murdered in 1978 after they went missing in 1974. Photo: Wolter Peeters

From the inquest into the 1974 killings of young Sydney nurses Lorraine Wilson and Wendy Evans:

Kim Sandercock says she cannot recall having a conversation with a strange woman at Toowoomba's Crown Hotel about the killing of the nurses at Murphy's Creek.

She has previously told police she met a woman named Ellen at the hotel's lounge bar in 1984, who told her, in great detail, about the nurses' deaths 10 years earlier.

But she could not recall that conversation when she fronted a coronial inquest in Brisbane this afternoon.

‘‘I'd give my life to help,’’ she said. ‘‘But I can't remember.’’

Amy Remeikis

Political opinions aside, the Brisbane government precinct is happening.  So how should it look?

The government has launched an online survey to gauge public opinion. Here is how deputy premier Jeff Seeney explains it; 

“Should a casino be ruled in or out, what are the best uses for the heritage buildings that will be preserved as part of the precinct redevelopment and how will that redevelopment appropriately relate to Parliament House, 1 William Street and the Brisbane River?

“This is a unique opportunity to revitalise the George Street end of the Central Business District, which includes Heritage listed buildings which date back to our city beginnings.”

To have your say, head here

Natascha Mirosch.

There's been a change of chef at Bacchus at South Bank.

Americo Fernandes has been replaced by Mark Penna. For the past three years he's been chef de partie at Aria, before that working at Baguette under Bruno Loubet and with Herbert Berger at London's Michelin-starred 1 Lombard Street.

Smokin' cocktails at Bacchus Bar in South Bank.
Smokin' cocktails at Bacchus Bar in South Bank. 
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Marissa Calligeros

The inquest into the 1974 killings of young Sydney nurses Lorraine Wilson and Wendy Evans has resumed in Brisbane.

The court has heard a fresh witness has come forward with evidence.

However, the first witness to give evidence will be Kim Sandercock.

She has arrived at the court in a wheelchair.

Natalie Bochenski

Thanks to all those who entered our competition to win double passes to Bill Oddie's show tomorrow night at The Tivoli.

The name of The Goodies' Lancastrian martial art was indeed Ecky-Thump.

Congratulations to James Corvan, James Robinson, Tony Wynne and Seamus Kirkpatrick for being quickest in with correct answers.

You can still grab tickets to An Oldie But a Goodie online.

The Goodies back in the day: Bill Oddie, Graeme Garden and Tim Brooke-Taylor.
The Goodies back in the day: Bill Oddie, Graeme Garden and Tim Brooke-Taylor. Photo: Supplied
Brisbane Live

Ballet Revolución will open its national tour in Brisbane and Kerstin Kehren has snapped this shot at the media call at the Queensland Performing Arts Complex.

Direct from Cuba, Ballet Revolución is a mix of dance genres and styles.

Ballet Revolución will open its national tour in Brisbane.
Ballet RevoluciĆ³n will open its national tour in Brisbane. Photo: Kerstin Kehren
Amy Remeikis

Indigenous affairs minister Glen Elmes is discussing the High Court decision regarding the alcohol management plans in indigenous communities

Minister Glen Elmes speaking to the media.
Minister Glen Elmes speaking to the media. Photo: Amy Remeikis
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O-la-la! Brisbane Chef Romain Bapst, of Il Centro fame, will launch his latest French cuisine venture, Lutèce Bistro & Wine Bar, in Bardon on MacGregor Terrace just in time to celebrate Bastille Day on July 14.

Offering traditional French fare, the menu is given a modern twist with an Alsatian spirit thanks to Mr Bapst’s rich Strasbourgeois heritage. Picture les cocottes (dishes cooked in cast-iron pots), braised beef Baeckeoffe, 24 hours braised stuffed oxtail with celeriac purée, mushroom and truffles and homemade terrine and pressée of calves tongue with duck foie gras served with onion and fig marmalade.

Mon-dieu!

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About 200 Grade 10 and 11 students have been sent a clear message from RSL (Queensland Branch) to "give it a go". And there's a $5000 reward at the end of it.

Each year, the RSL supports a Youth Development Program which offers grants up to $5000 to 200 students who have demonstrated academic, sporting, community and leadership accomplishments.

Grants are geared to help students participate in activities which otherwise might have been out of reach, and focuses heavily on remote areas. Entries close November 12, and entrants need to outline their chosen pursuit, get a letter of support from their local RSL sub-branch, and write a 500-word essay on the importance of Anzac values to Australia's youth.

Marissa Calligeros

Queensland Health press conference: Legionella bacteria likely contaminated the hot water supply of a major Brisbane hospital through redundant piping, it has been revealed.

Queensland Health has also revealed there was a further deadly case of legionnaires' disease at Brisbane's Wesley Hospital two years ago.

A patient died in October 2011 of the disease.

Authorities could not determine the source of the disease at the time so the one-off case was not investigated further.

Tony Moore.

The first 650,000 of Queensland's six million historical births, deaths and marriages records are now available online.

And Margaret Doherty, president of the Queensland Genealogical Society, is delighted.

‘‘It makes it so much easier and so much faster for us to gather family histories,’’ she says.

She joined Attorney-General Jarrod Bleijie who made the announcement during a tour of the vaults of the Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages in George Street.

Queensland Genealogical Society's Margaret Doherty in the vault of Births Deaths and Marriages in George Street, Brisbane.
Queensland Genealogical Society's Margaret Doherty in the vault of Births Deaths and Marriages in George Street, Brisbane. Photo: Tony Moore
Amy Remeikis

Beware the app!

At least the dodge ones.  The Office of Fair Trading says more than 1 billion apps have been downloaded in Australia - but there are some dangers; programs which skim your credit card and banking details and games which require money to continue playing are just a couple.

As with everything, the OFT advises to do your research.

National Consumer Fraud Week runs from 17 – 23 June. For more information on scams visit www.fairtrading.qld.gov.au or www.scamwatch.gov.au or call 13 QGOV (13 74 68).

City2South

Cancer Council Queensland is keen to thank those who pounded the pavement in Sunday's Brisbane Times City2South presented by Westpac.

"All funds raised for Cancer Council Queensland through City2South will support world-class cancer research, prevention and early detection programs, and patient support services," an open letter says.

"This year alone, more than 23,000 Queenslanders will be diagnosed with cancer – about 8700 of these will be from Brisbane. Half the state’s population will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime."

Fundraising continues for three more weeks, and the tally stands at more than $176,000 in total. In the meatime, have a browse through our latest installment of photos from Sunday's big run.

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