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Dan Nancarrow: Five things we learnt this Friday
1. One Nation candidate Stephanie Banister has made headlines around the world
Following her gaffe-laden interview with Seven this week.
2. A 42-year-old UK man died at Brisbane airport
Police say the death is not being treated as suspicious after the man fell from an escalator.
3. A Brisbane cafe has banned News Corp newspapers
The owner says the ban is a result of what he believes is the Murdoch papers' political bias.
4. Green turtles are swallowing plastic at twice the rate they did 25 years ago
The finding is based on data collected across the globe analysed by UQ researchers.
5. Brisbane's Sofitel is up for sale
Industry sources say it could fetch as much as $220 million.
Dan Nancarrow: Brisbane hit a top of 23 degrees at 2.31pm and the beautiful weather is set to continue.
The forecast for the weekend is:
Saturday: A fine sunny do with a top of 26 and a minimum of 9
Sunday: Fine and mostly sunny with a top of 24 and a minimum of 11.
Dan Nancarrow: Police believe two armed robberies in Fortitude Valley yesterday may be linked
A man robbed a store on Ann Street at 11.05am demanding money while armed with a knife.
At 11.40am a man demanded money from a female staff member at a Brunswick Street cafe claiming he was armed with a knife. He is described as being Caucasian, 180cm tall, with a solid build and blonde hair. He was wearing a white t-shirt, blue trousers and was carrying a backpack.
Anyone with information should contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or crimestoppers.com.au
Marissa Calligeros: Here's one for the car enthusiasts among us:
More than 70 classic cars will hit the road this Sunday in convoy for RACQ CareFlight. The collection includes series classics dating back four decades, some with price tags of $230,000.
The BMW Club of Queensland is providing the horsepower, worth more than $4 million, as a thank you for RACQ CareFlight’s efforts during the January floods.
When: From 9.00am, Sunday 11 August 2013
Where: RACQ CareFlight Sunshine Coast Hangar (located at the Sunshine Coast Airport)
Jamie McKinnell: Of the endless possible career aspirations held by a child, there's little doubt "Certified Lego Professional" would feature in the top ten.
Ryan McNaught is one of only 13 people who can lay claim to that title around the world.
Mr McNaught is one of 450 exhibitors at this year's Ekka in Brisbane, with his prized creation, a Lego replica of The Love Boat from the 1980s TV show of the same name, featuring in the Learning Pavilion.
Students check out the Lego creations on day one of the Ekka. Photo: Jamie McKinnell, 4BC
Be aware of traffic building up in the western suburbs this afternoon due to an accident:
INDOOROOPILLY: Crash outbound on the Western Fwy just past the Moggill Rd overpass. Delays expected. #bnetraffic— QPS Media Unit (@QPSmedia) August 9, 2013
The Brisbane Sofitel, above Central Station.
Marissa Calligeros: Brisbane's Sofitel could fetch as much as $220 million as a Canadian property giant sheds its Australian hotel assets, according to reports.
The luxury Turbot Street hotel is among five on the east coast to be sold off by Brookfield Asset Management.
Danielle Cronin: Griffith University has opted for a festival-esque pass to help would-be students plan their education future during its looming open day.
A special bar-coded lanyard pass, known as the Open Day Experience Pass, will allow visitors to automatically register for ongoing information.
The university expects more than 15,000 people to attend the open day held across the three campuses - Nathan, South Bank and the Gold Coast - from 9am to 2pm on Sunday August 11.
Dan Nancarrow: Griffith University's Open Day is being held this Sunday from 9am to 2pm.
Among the highlights are:
- Robot display - 9.30am to 10.30am - building N13 room 2.04
- Robotics demonstrations - 10.30am- 2pm - building N13 room 2.04
- Electronics and Computer interactive displays - all day - building N65, level 1.
- Presentation - Will The Big Flood Happen Again - Australian Rivers Institute - 11am to 11.30am only - Building N13 room 0.03
- Eco Centre animal, solar and sustainable living displays - all day - building N68
- Journalism Lab tour - 11.30am to 12 noon only - building N06 room -3.08
- CSI Griffith: Qld Police Forensic presentation 9am-10am, building N22, Theatre 2
- Magic Science Show - 10am-11am - building N18, Theatre 2
- Pilot Aptitude Test and Flight Simulator - all day - Aviation Information Booth
40 snakes and dozens of rats have died in a house fire at Goodna. #9NEWSat6 pic.twitter.com/Fk6RBcnu1j — Nine News Brisbane (@9NewsBrisbane) August 9, 2013
Marissa Calligeros: Brisbane's Sofitel is up for sale and industry sources say it could fetch as much as $220 million.
The luxury hotel above Central Station is being offloaded by Canadian property giant Brookfield Asset Management.
But, acting real estate agency Jones Lang LeSalle has so far refused to comment on mounting industry speculation about the multimillion-dollar sale price.
What The? Friday - This week, we run into Lawrence of Australia #WTFriday pic.twitter.com/94PtWGkohg — QPS Media Unit (@QPSmedia) August 9, 2013
Marissa Calligeros: Firefighters have used the jaws-of-life to free a 70-year-old man from the wreckage of his car.
The elderly man was unconscious and trapped when firefighters arrived at the scene of the two-car smash near the intersection of Paradise and Morayfield roads at Burpengary about 1.45pm today.
He was freed and taken by ambulance to the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital in a critical condition.
A person travelling in the second car suffered no visible injuries but was taken to hospital as a precaution.
Serious traffic crash I/S Paradise Rd and Morayfield Rd, Burpengary. Pls avoid the area if you can. #qldtraffic — QPS Media Unit (@QPSmedia) August 9, 2013
Marissa Calligeros: Police have seized more than $5 million worth of heroin, cocaine and other illicit drugs during a special operation across southeast Queensland.
Ten people have arrested over the seizure, which included $300,000 in cash, two handguns and a significant quantity of heroin and cocaine, Detective Inspector Rod Kemp said.
Among those arrested were a 25-year-old Coomera man and two men from Sydney, aged 30 and 32.
Kim Stephens: Thieves armed with a metal bar targeted bottle shops in a spate of armed robberies in Brisbane’s south on Thursday night.
Cash and alcohol were stolen in three robberies at Acacia Ridge, Waterford and Beenleigh.
Police have released images of two men they wish to speak to.
If anyone recognises the men, they are asked to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or crimestoppers.com.au
Police want to speak to these men over a series of armed robberies. Photo: Supplied
Amy Remeikis: Peter Beattie is all about looking forward. And within. And out. And up.
But mostly forward.
The former premier turned federal candidate for Forde has entered election mode. A master of cheeky self-depreciation, he has turned on his toothy-grinned charm and set his sights on winning over the people of the marginal Queensland seat south of Brisbane.
Former Queensland premier Peter Beattie. Photo: Glenn Hunt
Two young girls at the Ekka in 1946. Photo: John Oxley Library
Ekka trivia from the John Oxley Library ...
In its almost 140-year history, the show has been cancelled twice - in 1919 as a result of the influenza pandemic and in 1942 when the showgrounds doubled as a staging depot.
AAP: A central Queensland childcare worker has been found not guilty of allegedly binding a toddler’s legs with masking tape, the ABC reports.
Michaela Jan Triffitt, 23, had been charged with deprivation of liberty after allegedly holding down a little girl with one hand while binding her legs with the other in September last year.
But the case was dismissed at Mackay Magistrates Court on Thursday after the evidence of chief witness Christy Ellis was deemed unreliable and inconsistent by Magistrate Damien Dwyer.
Phil Lutton: Adam Scott is continuing to prove he is one the classiest professional golfers on the planet, sharing the lead of the PGA Championship after a five under par in the first round at the Oak Hill Country Club in Rochester, New York.
Scott joins Jim Furyk on the top line as they head into the second round. Scott's Masters breakthrough earlier in the year has sent his confidence through the roof and he seems to be a major player in every key event at the moment.
He'll be back on the Gold Coast in November to contest the Australian PGA Championship at Royal Pines. Queensland golf fans would be mad not to get there to see him swing it on his home turf.
Co-leader ... Adam Scott hits his tee shot on the 17th hole. Photo: Getty Images
AAP: The Queensland government has approved Clive Palmer’s $6.4 billion coal mine and rail project in the state’s west.
Mr Palmer’s company, Waratah Coal, is planning a massive new mine and associated infrastructure near Alpha in the Galilee Basin.
A rail line between the mine and the Abbot Point port, south of Townsville, is part of the project.
Dan Nancarrow: Tony Abbott isn't the only major federal politician in Queensland today, Deputy Prime Minister Anthony Albanese was in Townsville this morning and is now in Hervey Bay for a local campaign launch:
In beautiful Hervey Bay to launch the campaign of Labor candidate for Hinkler, Leanne Donaldson :)— Anthony Albanese (@AlboMP) August 9, 2013
The federal election cocktail at The Jetty. Photo: Supplied
Dan Nancarrow: Can't get enough of this federal election? Well you can get your fill at the Jetty At South Bank who have launched a new cocktail called 'The Federal Election', on sale through to midnight on September 7.
Combining Mt Gay Rum, Lillet Blanc, Campari and orange juice, shaken over ice and double strained into a chilled Martini glass, the drink is "guaranteed to leave a lingering, bitter taste in your mouth, albeit one that is enjoyable' according to a press release.
AAP: Aidan McLindon, who once spoke of turning Cairns into Australia's Las Vegas, will contest a Senate seat for the anti-gambling party Family First.
The founder of the Queensland Party says he continues to support "destination gambling" as a way to halt the great social harm being done by poker machines across the country.
Mr McLindon - who recently left his role as national director of Bob Katter's party which had merged with the Queensland Party - says gambling hubs could be the answer.
Aidan McLindon with former political partner Bob Katter.
Seven News: Tony Abbott is in Brisbane, talking about a potential inquiry into Labor's insulation scheme.
Kim Stephens: Police have released CCTV images of two men they want to speak to over the the armed robbery of a tavern at The Gap, in Brisbane's west, early Thursday morning.
Two men, one armed with a firearm and the other a hammer, forced entry to the Glenquarie Place tavern about 12.30am.
Staff sought refuge in a secure room as the two men entered the gaming room where they stole cash and fled.
The first man was wearing a black balaclava, red gloves, a black hooded jumper, jeans and joggers. The second man was wearing a black balaclava, black gloves, a dark jumper with a second jumper wrapped around his head and black jeans.
Anyone with information is asked to phone CrimeStoppers on 1800 333 000 or crimestoppers.com.au
The two men police wish to speak to about the robbery. Photo: Queensland Police
Deep in enemy territory. @TonyAbbottMHR at a home insulation business in @KRuddMP's electorate #tennews #ausvotes pic.twitter.com/G7cym5u2BR — Adam Todd (@_AdamTodd) August 9, 2013
a homecoming parade for RAAF personnel after serving in Tarin Kowt, Afghanistan for 7-months- details #tennews at 5 pic.twitter.com/QMDsRwtE9N — TEN News Queensland (@tennewsqld) August 9, 2013
Tony Moore: A fire has extensively damaged a house in Queens Street at Goodna, near the Eric Street intersection, this morning.
The residents were not home at the time of the fire which badly damaged the garage and the lounge.
Fire officers have not found gas bottles in the home, despite earlier suggestions from the local councillor Paul Tully that was why an exclusion zone was put in place.
Police have closed part of the street but the fire has been under control since 9.15am.
Kim Stephens: Hungry thieves went to extreme lengths to satiate themselves early this morning, robbing a pizza delivery man at gunpoint.
One man threatened the driver with a handgun as he got out of his car outside a Robina house about 12.10am, while the other stole two pizzas.
The gun-wielding thief also demanded cash but the pair fled with only the pizzas.
The delivery driver was not injured during the incident.
Anyone with information is asked to contact CrimeStoppers on 1800 333 000 or at crimestoppers.com.au
Marissa Calligeros and The Queensland Times: Police allege a second man charged in connection with the home-made bomb drama, west of Brisbane, traded prescription drugs for explosives.
David John Edward Lane, 50, was charged with explosive and drug offences after tipping off police about a quantity of the highly volatile TAPT powder on Darling Street West Ipswich.
His tip-off led to the bomb squad locating and detonating the suspicious material on Wednesday night.
He is due to face Ipswich Magistrates Court on August 23.
The Police Bomb Squad detonated several more explosives yesterday at a house in West Ipswich. Photo: David Nielsen/Queensland Times
Scott Beveridge: A 'fed up' Brisbane cafe owner bans News Corporation newspapers because Rupert Murdoch is trying to "subvert the political outcomes for his own economic benefit."
Murdoch papers banned from cafe
A 'fed up' Brisbane cafe owner bans News Limited newspapers because Rupert Murdoch is trying to "subvert the political outcomes for his own economic benefit."PT2M7S http://www.canberratimes.com.au/action/externalEmbeddedPlayer?id=d-2rlnd 620 349 August 9, 2013
Governor of Queensland Penelope Wensley officially opening the Royal International Convention Centre @NewsTalk4BC pic.twitter.com/J93OSIF8Ic — News Talk 4BC 1116 (@NewsTalk4BC) August 8, 2013
Kim Stephens: A crash between a car and a cane harvester south of Bundaberg claimed the life of a 68-year-old man last night.
The crash occurred on Goodwood Road, Alloway, about 8.20pm.
The driver and sole occupant of the station wagon died at the scene.
Police are appealing for anyone who may have witnessed the crash to contact Crimestoppers on 1800 333 000 or crimestoppers.com.au
Tony Moore: Boosting productivity from 'relaxed' Gold Coast workers by $20,000 a year and doubling business confidence are keys to Gold Coast City Council's bid to free itself from the boom-bust cycle holding back the tourist strip.
The Gold Coast wants to create an extra 56,000 jobs by 2023.
The council on Thursday released a major economic strategy that aims to shake up the traditional industry sectors of the coast by 2023.
Gold Coast City Council's economic targets for 2023.
Kim Stephens: A 42-year-old UK man fell to his death at Brisbane airport on Thursday night.
Police say the man fell from an escalator about 7pm.
There are unconfirmed reports he was alcohol affected.
They are not treating the death as suspicious.