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Brisbane Live: Monday November 18, 2013

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Welcome to Brisbane Live, where you'll find rolling coverage of the news as it happens in the River City.

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Dan Nancarrow: Thanks for reading Brisbane Live today.

Be sure to join us again tomorrow where we'll bring you rolling update on the union protest against the state government's proposed industrial relations laws.

Seven News: Another hail pic, this time closer to the city:

Dan Nancarrow: Here's some hail pics coming through:

Nine News:

Dan Nancarrow:

AAP: A former Queensland prison instructor accused of raping or molesting a dozen female inmates is facing fresh charges.

The 52-year-old former trade instructor at the Brisbane Women's Correctional Centre appeared in the Brisbane Magistrates Court on Monday.

He is on bail after appearing before court in August charged with 29 offences relating to the rape or sexual assault of 12 women who were inmates at the prison.

A severe thunderstorm warning for destructive winds and large hailstones has been issued for parts of Brisbane and the surrounding areas.

Bureau of Meteorology forecaster Tony Auden said there was no immediate hail threat for the Brisbane CBD, but the city could expect a possible storm later this evening.

Dan Nancarrow: Plenty of storm photos rolling in over twitter this afternoon:

RT @Suziiiiiie: View from Stretton @7NewsBrisbane pic.twitter.com/3CO0JjNfEd #7NewsBris #bnestorm

— 7News Brisbane (@7NewsBrisbane) November 18, 2013

The Rise Up fundraiser flyer.

The Rise Up fundraiser flyer.

Dan Nancarrow: A fundraiser is being held at the Eaton's Hill Hotel on Sunday in the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan.

100 per cent of the profits from Rise Up will go towards aiding remote and isolated areas of the Philippines affected by the typhoon.

The event runs from 11am to 4pm.

Danielle Cronin: Brisbane City Council is spreading the festive cheer, offering bus tours of suburbs with the most spectacular displays of Christmas lights.

The tours run for about three hours, with buses leaving at 6,45pm from the following bus stops: Ann Street, City Anzac Square (northern, southern, and western suburbs); Carindale Shopping Centre (eastern suburbs only); Garden City Shopping Centre (southern suburbs only); Indooroopilly Shopping Centre (western suburbs only); and Chermside Shopping Centre (northern suburbs only).

The tickets - which go on sale today through Ticketek via www.ticketek.com.au or on 132 849 - cost $22 for adults, $11 for pensioners and children, $11 for full-time students and $50 for families with two adults and two children, plus transaction fees.

Natalie Bochenski: The Newman government didn’t tell the national infrastructure funding body about its revamped Brisbane underground project, it has emerged in senate estimates hearings. 

Infrastructure Australia coordinator Michael Deegan admitted the organisation only learned of the $5 billion Underground Bus and Rail Tunnel scheme from media reports on Sunday.

Scott Emerson and Campbell Newman inspect Queensland Rail's new rolling stock.

Scott Emerson and Campbell Newman inspect Queensland Rail's new rolling stock. Photo: Amy Remeikis

Amy Remeikis: The Bombardier consortium have been named the preferred tenderer to deliver 75 new six car trains for QR.

The first new trains will be on track for late 2015 - with all of them to be delivered by the end of 2018 - and will be fit for the new underground transport plan.

The new generation train sets will be paid for over the next 30 years - which includes a maintenance contract. But we won't know the price until the government reached the contractual close.

Simon Holt: Much of the Gold Coast might have washed away, but Currumbin Beach has been named Australia’s cleanest beach in today’s Keep Australia Beautiful awards.

Politicians lauded the community for their efforts, including a typically parochial mayor Tom Tate who said: “This is a significant endorsement of our combined efforts to make sure the Gold Coast’s beaches are Australia’s best beaches. The beaches are our most valuable asset and today’s award is fantastic for the Currumbin community and the Gold Coast as a whole."

AAP: Two teenage bandits have stabbed and punched a German tourist after stealing his laptop and hat in Brisbane.

The 21-year-old tourist was at a cafe in South Brisbane on Sunday night when the teenagers robbed him.

When the man tried to get his laptop back, the girl stabbed him in the arm and boy punched him.

Scott Beveridge: 20 bananas a day??? That's how many Peter Siddle eats. 15 to 20 bananas a day.

And he says it's working a treat. He is super fit, strong and ready to attack the Poms.

Here is a wrap of what happened in the Queen st mall with the Australian cricket team this morning.

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Banana diet powers Ashes redemption

Up to 20 bananas a day is Peter Siddle's secret diet which could help drive the Australian team to Ashes glory, as they plan to "attack it hard" at the Gabba.

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Kim Stephens: A southwest Queensland Health CEO has been charged with multiple counts of fraud, just days after being stood down from his position.

Graeme Kelly, chief executive officer of the Roma-based South West Hospital and Health Service, is alleged to have used his position to defraud the health provider between February and August this year.

Nicholas Adermann: Robbie Streeting was shaking with excitement when he realised he and older brother Matthew would represent Australia at the Asian region Special Olympics next month.

The Brisbane brothers will compete against 32 countries, with Robbie selected to play football, and Matthew named in the cricket team.

Robbie and Matthew Streeting will represent Australia at the December Special Olympics.

Robbie and Matthew Streeting will represent Australia at the December Special Olympics.

AAP: Australian golfer Jason Day will go into the World Cup at Royal Melbourne with the devastating knowledge that eight of his relatives have died in Typhoon Haiyan, a report says.

Day's mother, Dening, has told the Gold Coast Bulletin that the golfer's grandmother, uncle and six cousins died in the Typhoon.

Thousands of people died in the Philippines when the country was hit by some of the strongest winds ever recorded and massive waves that destroyed coastal homes.

Jason Day: the Australian golfer lost eight members of his family in Typhoon Haiyan.

Jason Day: the Australian golfer lost eight members of his family in Typhoon Haiyan. Photo: Getty Images

Dan Nancarrow: Ash, Kip and Luttsy from Nova are huge fans of Anchorman, so to celebrate the arrival of Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues the trio roped in Mitch Lewis for a photoshoot dressed as the Channel 4 news team.

The result will be shown on billboards around town from today but we'll give you a first glance here:

The Nova does Anchorman.

The Nova does Anchorman.

AAP: Two tourists have died in separate incidents at waterfalls in Queensland at the weekend.

A search will resume on Monday for the body of a Dutch woman who fell about 100 metres at the Roaring Meg Falls near the Aboriginal Community of Wujal Wujal, north of Cairns.

Also on Sunday, a Malaysian tourist died after getting into difficulties at Malanda Falls on the Atherton Tablelands, south of Cairns.

His body was found about 4.30pm an hour after he slipped beneath the water.

Natalie Bochenski: Industry groups have welcomed the state government's revamped Brisbane Underground but the Opposition fears it will sell assets to pay for it.

Premier Campbell Newman on Sunday revealed plans to build a 5.4 kilometre Brisbane Underground Bus and Rail Tunnel (UBAT) from Dutton Park in the south to Victoria Park in the north.

The move combines the previous Labor government's Cross River Rail project and the Brisbane City Council's Suburbs 2 City bus plan.

The planned Brisbane Underground Bus and Train (UBAT), announced by the state government on Sunday, will feature a double decker design with trains on the bottom and buses on top.

The planned Brisbane Underground Bus and Train (UBAT), announced by the state government on Sunday, will feature a double decker design with trains on the bottom and buses on top.

Phil Lutton: Australian fast bowler Peter Siddle fronts the Australian and English media during a team appearance in the Queen St Mall.

The first Test is just days away, with play starting on Thursday.

Peter Siddle in Queen Street Mall on Monday.

Peter Siddle in Queen Street Mall on Monday.

Scott Beveridge:

AAP: A man has been charged with shooting another man in the leg after breaking into a house on the Sunshine Coast.

Police say the 25-year-old was armed with a gun, ammunition and a crowbar when he broke into the Mooloolaba home on Saturday night.

Once inside, he shot a 29-year-old man in the leg.

Dan Nancarrow: It's the time of year for storms and wild weather. And it is also the time of year to complain about us not having daylight savings.

There's currently an e-petition lodged with more than 6000 signatures calling for daylight savings to be brought back to Queensland.

The Bandidos have a headquarters in Hua Hin, Thailand. Laws are not quite so strict there.

The Bandidos have a headquarters in Hua Hin, Thailand. Laws are not quite so strict there.

Simon Holt: A reader in Thailand tells us the Bandidos are alive and well and living in Hua Hin, the same beach resort where the King Bhumipol Adulyadet resides after a long illness.

"The Bandido's establishment, pictured, occupies a small shop building next to a 7-11," George Cuppaidge says.

"It is across the railway tracks from but on the same side of - as the King - of a canal which runs parallel to the railway line, and the beach for a long way. Kun Klong it is called, and that it the name of the district where the Bandidos are located too."

Amy Remeikis: Police minister Jack Dempsey says the government will do whatever is necessary to "rid Queensland of criminal gangs" ahead of Cabinet approving amendments to the governments bikie laws.

But he was unable to give any preview of what those amendments were...saying only it was a "matter for the attorney-general".

Minister Dempsey speaks to the media.

Minister Dempsey speaks to the media. Photo: Amy Remeikis

Nine News: Schoolies have been caught climbing across high rise balconies. 

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Schoolies on the Gold Coast are captured climbing between balconies as authorities warn of a rise in sexually transmitted diseases. Nine News.

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Dan Nancarrow: The Australian Test cricket team will be officially welcomed to Brisbane this morning in a special ceremony held by Lord Mayor Graham Quirk.

The event, which will allow fans to pose for photos and get autographs with the stars, starts at 10am in Queen Street Mall.

The Ashes series starts at the Gabba on Thursday.

The Australian cricket team will appear in the Queen Street Mall today.

The Australian cricket team will appear in the Queen Street Mall today. Photo: AFP

Dan Nancarrow: Well it may be sunny now, but the bureau tells us we should expect a partly cloudy day with isolated storms and showers developing in the afternoon. 

We can expect somewhere between 4mm to 10mm of rain and a top of 27.

Dan Nancarrow: Good morning and welcome to Brisbane Live.

Today we'll keep you up to date on everything happening around the city as it breaks.

For now, let's just enjoy the sunny weather outside.

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  • Our lack of daylight saving is, in my view, the biggest downside to living in the otherwise wonderful city that is Brisbane. It's mid-November and I barely see the sun after work, yet I'm woken by the sun's light and heat before 5am. Not to mention having to negotiate the time difference between offices in Sydney and Melbourne.
    The sooner it's introduced, whether it be statewide or just for the South East, the better. Bring it on!
    (And yes, I have signed the petition)

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