Simon O'Brien: That's it from Brisbane Live At Work for another week. Make sure to bookmark Monday's blog.
Have a great weekend and don't forget to rug up.
It's predicted to get chilly, with lows of nine and eight degrees on Saturday and Sunday respectively.
Dan Nancarrow: FIVE THINGS WE LEARNT THIS FRIDAY
Cyclists want changes to road rules to improve rider safety
A petition is asking for cars to be required to give cyclists a minimum 1.5m berth when overtaking
A Milton firm has used steam from boiling water to generate electricity
Experts expect geothermal energy to provide 9 per cent of Australia's power needs by 2035
A prison escapee was found hiding in the ceiling of a roof on the Gold Coast
The New South Wales escapee was one of three inmates on the run since last month
Labor claim the Queensland government reneged on a deal to support Cross River Rail
The federal government say the Transport Minister agreed in writing to co-fund the project
A horse has contracted bat lyssavirus for the first time
Horses have died as a result of Hendra virus but lyssavirus has never been reported in animals.
The 'ghost bike' on Moggill Road, in memory of road victim Richard Pollett. Photo: Supplied
Peter Hannam: University of Queensland researcher John Cook, an expert in climate change communication, was inundated with requests for interviews by US media outlets after Obama took to Twitter to endorse his project's final report.
“It was pretty cool news,” said Mr Cook, a fellow at the University of Queensland's Global Change Institute and founder of the website skepticalscience.com. “It was out of our expectations.”
Marissa Calligeros: A property in the Southern Downs has been quarantined after a horse tested positive to the bat lyssavirus.
Queensland health authorities say it is the first time a horse has contracted the virus.
The horse which tested positive was euthanased on May 11 after falling ill.
Chief Biosecurity officer Dr Jim Thompson said five days earlier a horse had been put down showing similar symptoms.
Flying foxes Photo: Peter Rae
AAP: Australian dance choreographer Wade Robson says Michael Jackson was a paedophile who sexually abused him and "many others", but denied his belated allegations were a made up attempt to reap money from the deceased singer's estate.
In an interview on US morning TV talkshow Today, the 30-year-old from Brisbane portrayed Jackson as a troubled man and a sexual predator, who brainwashed, threatened and committed sex acts on him from the age of seven through to 14 years old.
Despite previously testifying in court in Michael Jackson's defence, Wade Robson now says the pop star abused him - and potentially other youngsters.
Sean Baumgart: Our story on the memorial for cyclist Richard Pollett and demands for road rules changes has kicked off a familiar, polarised debate in our comments section. But one commenter, "Just Bull", sees blame on both sides of the argument:
"Here we go! The Motorist vs Cyclist debate is on again! I'm a motorist and it's sad that the young man died while riding his cycle, but remember a jury found the driver of the truck was not at fault. A Jury! I suppose all the cyclist believe the jury was comprised soley of motorists? For every bad motorist there is an equally bad cyclist on the roads. Makes no difference if we are in a car protected by heaps of steel and glass or on a bike with only lycra for protection if you are a unsafe driver or rider there is a risk of someone getting hurt. When both sides acknowledge that BOTH sides have idiots in their midst then we can finally put this issue to bed!"
Dan Nancarrow: Conditions warmed up this afternoon with the Brisbane temperature hitting 23.4 at 1.48pm.
It's cooled off a little now, the temperature sitting at 22.9 degrees.
Simon Holt: Beware Gold Coast folk. You're being invaded by Mexican beans.
The Mexican Bean Tree (Cecropia peltata and C. palmata) is cropping up in backyards, and is regarded a mother of all pests. The warning was issued to make residents aware of the Council's Pest Management Plan which finds flora and fauna which is nasty to the environment and our lifestyle.
As part of the program, there's a pest consultation process - one can only assume to talk about pests, not to them. Puns aside, there's a website for legitimate concerns, until June 7.
Scott Beveridge: A conference manager has spoken about her run-in with Clive Palmer and his staff at the Stamford Plaza.
Thea Le Page says she was pushed and spoken to rudely as Mr Palmer refused to turn down "incredibly loud music" coming from his conference room.
Clive Palmer bullied me
A conference manager tells how Clive Palmer's staff "pushed me" and forced a "giant pin board" on to her while playing "incredibly loud music".PT2M42S http://www.canberratimes.com.au/action/externalEmbeddedPlayer?id=d-2jqun 620 349 May 17, 2013
Cameron Atfield: Now for the good stuff:
Champion Vanilla Chocolate Ice Cream or Gelato of Show: Sugo Mi's Very Chocolate.
Champion Flavoured Ice Cream or Gelato of Show: Sugo Mi's Very Chocolate.
Champion Ice Cream or Gelato of Show: you guessed it, Sugo Mi's Very Chocolate.
Sorbet of Show: Gelateria Dolce Follia's Coconut Milk Sorbet Gelato.
Champion Queensland Ice Cream, Gelato or Sorbet of Show: Sugo Mi's Very Chocolate. (Seriously, they should just stay up on stage to save time)
And the Grand Champion Ice Cream, Gelato or Sorbet of Show is... wait for it... ready for a surprise?
Well I hope you're not, because it's Sugo Mi's Very Chocolate.
Dan Nancarrow: A Day to Remember are heading to Brisbane in July to promote brand new album Common Courtesy.
Following a successful appearance at Soundwave last year the band will play the Riverstage on July 12.
Tickets go on sale Friday May 24.
A Day to Remember - on their way to Australia this July.
Dan Nancarrow: The Indi Day Out festival will be held at the IndigiScapes Centre on the weekend of June 1 and June 2.
The event, held during World Environment Day, will also incorporate the Folk Redlands Festival of Music.
Cameron Atfield: All dairied out? Yeah me too. So here's the end of that setcion.
The RNA's Champion Queensland Cheese or Dairy Product is Emmos Fine Foods' Nannybert. But the Grand Champion goes to Berry Creek's Rowefords Blue.
Cameron Atfield: Time for Prince's favourite category - Milk and Cream (geddit?).
The RNA's Champion Milk or Cream of Show is Bulla Dairy Foods' Bulla Creme Fraiche while the Most Successful Exhibitor is Lion Dairy & Drinks Malanda's Dare Mocha. Hang on, that's not the one you get at the servo, is it?
Cameron Atfield: We've skipped the main and gone straight on to the dessert.
The Champion Dairy Dessert or Yoghurt of Show award has gone to Maleny Cheese's Maleny Gourmet Mango Yoghurt. It's good to see the cheese makers successfully diversify.
The RNA's Most Successful Exhibitor (Desserts) is Maleny again! Maleny Dairies Natural Yoghurt.
Dan Nancarrow: Fans travelling to the Broncos v Titans clash at Suncorp Stadium tonight have been encouraged to take free public transport to the game.
Fans with pre-paid tickets can travel to and from the stadium on Brisbane Transport buses and Queensland Rail trains.
Shuttle buses will run from Adelaide Street and Makerston Street in the CBD from 5.30pm to 7.30pm.
Simon Holt: When it comes to interior design, James Dawson is hot property.
At 29, he's picking up plenty of industry awards - most recently for putting a grass floor in a luxury outdoor bathroom. And his apartment designs are winning high acclaim.
And he's given us some renovation tips which can be found in the brisbanetimes.com.au property section.
Cameron Atfield: The results are in and they're more than a little cheesy! (boom boom)
The RNA's Champion Cheese of Show - the "big cheese", if you will - is Berrys Creek Gourmet Cheese's Bellingham Blue.
The most successful cheese exhibitor is Warrnambool Cheese and Butter Factory's Great Ocean Road Extra Tasty Cheddar.
The title of this one is a mouthful. Photo: Cameron Atfield
Cameron Atfield: I'm at the RNA for the Queensland Food and Wine Show Combined Cheese and Dairy, Ice Cream, Gelato and Sorbet Awards Presentation.
They're already serving beer and wine.
This'll be a good one.
Bridie Jabour: A man has died after a car rolled over him in a driveway northwest of Brisbane. The 57-year-old man was killed in a driveway in Esk overnight but his body was not discovered until this morning.
Police are investigating.
Clive Palmer with two of his senate candidates. Photo: Marissa Calligeros
Marissa Calligeros: We're seeing the first of Clive Palmer's official election promises today.
He's vowing to reduce income tax on a second job by 50 per cent if elected in September.
And a series of pro-Palmer Party television ads are about to hit our screens.
Marissa Calligeros: You can run, but you can't hide ...
A New South Wales prison escapee has been found in a house on the Gold Coast and charged with fresh burglary offences.
Zac Cree was one of three inmates to break out of the maximum security Glen Innes Correctional Centre last month, where he was serving three years and nine months jail for break and enter offences.
It has been reported the 25-year-old fugitive was found hiding in the ceiling of a Gould Place property in Pacific Pines on Friday morning.
Glenn Innes prison escapees Zac Cree, Ashley Cullen and Reegan Freeburn. Photo: Supplied
Marissa Calligeros: It's show time ...
Dan Nancarrow: Exixir Rooftop Bar is holding a grand opening this weekend with construction having finalised.
The official 'facebook fans' event opens from 12pm on Saturday May 18.
The bar overlooks Fortutide Valley's Ann Street.
Scott Beveridge: Just back from filming the ghost ride by cyclists on Moggill road this morning.
They are seeking a one metre minimum passing distance for vehicles overtaking cyclists.
Moggill MP Bruce Flegg says that while it's a controversial proposal which not all motorists will agree with, it will save lives.
Ghost ride seeks new road rules
Cyclists ride a stretch of Moggill road on Friday where Richard Pollett was killed, seeking a one metre "minimum passing distance" law for cyclists.PT1M46S http://www.canberratimes.com.au/action/externalEmbeddedPlayer?id=d-2jq99 620 349 May 17, 2013
Tony Moore: Three of Labor's heavy hitters - Treasurer Wayne Swan, Infrastructure Minister Anthony Albanese and former PM Kevin Rudd - stood on the Kangaroo Point Cliffs this morning with a letter dated May 8 which outlines Queensland Transport Minister Scott Emerson's agreement to the Cross River Rail proposal released in the federal budget on Tuesday.
Mr Albanese flatly rejected Mr Emerson's comments that he had asked for 100 per cent GST concession from the project.
"Well, he didn't. It's in writing. Scott Emerson was supposed to be here this morning," Mr Albanese said.
"He was supposed to be here this morning and had agreed to be here on the basis of the agreement that was announced in Tuesday's budget."
Dan Nancarrow: The issue of how much space should be given to cyclists is generating some debate on Twitter:
@brisbanetimes Don't be absurd..cyclists are not the easiest guys to get on with..stop sharing roads with cars..dedicated tracks or nothing.— tony baloney (@KirklandTony) May 16, 2013
@brisbanetimes Yes, it's time to open our eyes and see that this car driven transport system is screwed. Brisbane is becoming like LA!— Michael Lyten (@lytening67) May 17, 2013
@brisbanetimes Then we need a complete roads upgrade ...— Marketing to China (@ausChinaReady) May 17, 2013
Australian Traffic Network:
Crash .. Logan Rd OB at Vanda St - Woolloongabba . . . . . — Trafficnet QLD (@trafficnetqld) May 16, 2013
Bridie Jabour: Local Government Minister David Crisafulli is spruiking his idea for a five year levy on Queenslanders to raise $1 billion to flood-proof infrastructure. When the Gillard government introduced the flood levy in 2011 the Coalition criticised it with Joe Hockey calling it "just plain dumb".
But this time it's different!
Mr Crisafulli defended this levy saying it was about improving infrastructure and flood proofing parts of the state rather than just straight out disaster relief funding.
Dan Nancarrow: Have your say on the proposed road rules change:
Poll: Should cars be required to give cyclists a minimum 1.5 metres distance when overtaking?
- Yes, that is a sensible distance
- Yes, and include motorbikes too
- Maybe a little less than 1.5 metres
- Maybe a little more than 1.5 metres
- No, the rules are fine as they are
- No, get all cyclists off the road - Then they'll be safe
- Other - leave your thoughts
Total votes: 601.
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Poll closed 19 May, 2013
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Dan Nancarrow: Look at these three playing nice.
Deputy Prime Minister Wayne Swan, Federal Minister for Infrastructure, Anthony Albanese, Federal Member for Griffith, Kevin Rudd, Federal Member for Moreton, Graham Perrett and Federal Labor Candidate for Brisbane, Fiona McNamara were all in Brisbane today to outline the federal government's support for the Cross River Rail project.
Kevin Rudd, Fiona McNamara, Wayne Swan and Anthony Albanese in Brisbane. Photo: Tony Moore
A group of Brisbane cyclists believe so. They held a ride along Moggill Road this morning in memory of Richard Pollett, who was killed when a cement truck struck his bike while overtaking him.
They are demanding a change to the road rules that they say could have saved Richard's life.
Dan Nancarrow: Seems like there are a few Trekkies at police media:
Live long and prosper. You can ensure this by not attempting warp speed in your vehicle. Slow down: it's only logical— QPS Media Unit (@QPSmedia) May 16, 2013
Simon Holt: Perhaps you can get away with spam when it's promoting a good cause. Treasurer Tim Nicholls is telling his extensive email list about his quest to brave the cold in his third Vinnies CEO Sleepout on June 20 at South Bank.
There are more than 100,000 homeless Australians, of which just under half are women and about a quarter are under 18.
"You can help by sponsoring me to sleep out at South Bank on Thursday June 20, with only a sleeping bag and cardboard to shelter me from the elements," he says.
Bridie Jabour: Train commuters are facing delays of up to half an hour after a car hit a boom gate at a level crossing near an eastern Brisbane train station.
The car was hit by a boom gate arm early on Friday morning forcing the suspension of trains at Murarrie station.
There will be delays of up to 30 minutes on the Cleveland-City train line.
Dan Nancarrow: Good morning and welcome to Brisbane Live At Work on another cold morning in Brisbane.
The current temperature is 16.8 degrees but things are expected to warm up considerably throughout the day, with a top of 24 expected.
Overnight the temperature dropped to 9.9 just before midnight. At Beaudesert the temperature dropped to 4.4 this morning.
Yeah, it's getting colder!