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Brisbane Live: Tuesday November 26, 2013


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

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Natalie Bochenski: That's all for Brisbane Live on Tuesday November 26.

It'll be a mostly clear evening with a low of 17, then mostly sunny tomorrow with a top of 28.

We'll see you again in the morning for another installment of Brisbane Live.

Nine News:

Natalie Bochenski: Here's another shot from Australia Zoo, where paramedics are treating a trainer bitten by a tiger this afternoon.

The RACQ Careflight chopper will take him to hospital.

A trainer at Australia Zoo is treated by paramedics after being bitten by a tiger on Thursday afternoon.

A trainer at Australia Zoo is treated by paramedics after being bitten by a tiger on Thursday afternoon. Photo: Seven News

Natalie Bochenski: We've confirmed that a tiger trainer at Australia Zoo has been bitten at the Beerwah park this afternoon.

It's believed the trainer was bitten on the neck.

The RACQ Careflight helicopter has landed at the park and will transport the trainer to hospital.

Seven News:

Kim Stephens: Wednesday nights in Chinatown Mall are all set to become outdoor cinemas, witha  series of PG rated movies to be screened over the school holidays.

Brisbane Lord Mayor Graham Quirk said free screenings of popular adventure and family movies would screen at 7pm each Wednesday night from December 4, through to January 29 next year.

The scheduled program is as follows:


December 4: OZ the Great and Powerful

December 11: Journey 2: The Mysterious Island

December 18: Life of Pi

January 8: Brave

January 15: Despicable Me 2 

January 22: Wreck it Ralph

January 29: The Adventures of Tintin

Amy Remeikis: A refugee Rohingyan mother and her newborn baby remain in limbo after a first court hearing to seek approval for them to stay in Australia, rather than transported to Nauru.

Ferouz was born in Brisbane, but Maurice Blackburn lawyers argue he is still too sick to be removed.

Federal court Judge Margaret  Cassidy adjourned the case until Friday to determine exactly whether the Federal Court had jurisdiction over the case, after government lawyers argued it should be in the High Court.

31-year-old Rohingyan woman Latifar with her sick newborn baby.

31-year-old Rohingyan woman Latifar with her sick newborn baby. Photo: Supplied

Kylie Minogue will be a coach on <i>The Voice</i> in 2014.

Kylie Minogue will be a coach on The Voice in 2014. Photo: Supplied

Natalie Bochenski: It looks like 2014 will be a battle of the reality singing contests for the Minogue sisters.

Elder songstress Kylie has just been announced as a new coach on Channel Nine series The Voice, alongside Black Eyed Peas member Will I Am.

They'll join Ricky Martin and Joel Madden, while Delta Goodrem has been shifted to spin off series The Voice Kids.

The Voice has discovered talent like Brisbane's own Luke Kennedy, who was runner-up this year.

Dannii Minogue is of course a coach on Channel 7's The X-Factor, won this year by Logan singer Dami Im.

Natalie Bochenski: Movie lovers have the chance to view nominated films for this year's Asia-Pacific Screen Awards in the comfort of GOMA's cinémathèque.

Australia’s Aaron Pedersen, who has been nominated for Best Performance by an Actor for his role in the Queensland-shot Mystery Road, will introduce his film to the audience on 7 December at 3pm.
Other highlights include the powerful Omar which is nominated for the 2013 APSA Best Feature Film category and Palestine’s official submission to the Academy Awards 2014 Best Foreign Language Film category.
Three other films nominated in the Best Feature Film category are on the GOMA schedule - With You, Without You from Sri Lanka, Soshite chichi ni naru (Like Father, Like Son) from Japan and Le Passè (The Past) from the Islamic Republic of Iran.

You can find the full schedule of screenings online.

Aaron Pederson in <i>Mystery Road</i>.

Aaron Pederson in Mystery Road. Photo: Supplied

The Christmas tree goes up in King George Square.

The Christmas tree goes up in King George Square. Photo: Kim Stephens

Kim Stephens: Preparations are well underway in King George Square for the lighting of the city's Christmas tree on Friday night.

Lord Mayor Graham Quirk, Santa and special guest Rachel Beck from QPAC's Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, will do the honours of bringing to life the southern hemisphere's largest solar-powered Christmas tree.

Family-friendly entertainment will commence in the square from 6.30pm, including carols and will culminate in the lighting of the tree about 7pm.

The tree will shine every night until Christmas Eve.

Marissa Calligeros: The teenager accused of killing Korean woman Eunji Ban in Brisbane's CBD has appeared before court with one arm bandaged.

Alex Reuben McEwan, 19, is sitting in the glass-enclosed dock of courtroom 3 of Brisbane Magistrates Court wearing prison browns.

The Spring Hill teenager was arrested in the early hours of Tuesday morning, nearly 48 hours after the alleged attack on Albert Street.

A passer-by found Ms Ban's body in Wickham Park off Albert Street about 4.20am on Sunday.

She had allegedly suffered severe head injuries.

Ride to Conquer Cancer's "Gear Up Day" will stage a huge collective spin class in Reddacliff Place this lunchtime.

Ride to Conquer Cancer's "Gear Up Day" will stage a huge collective spin class in Reddacliff Place this lunchtime. Photo: Ride to Conquer Cancer

Natalie Bochenski: Fancy an active lunch break?

Head to Reddacliff Place from midday and take part in a huge collective spin class for The Ride to Conquer Cancer.

Today is "Gear Up Day", a campaign to get people registering for the 2014 two-day ride, which benefits the QIMR Berghofer research centre.

Natalie Bochenski: Free HIV testing is set to be expanded across Queensland.

Health Minister Lawrence Springborg has announced an after-hours, peer-based HIV testing clinic will open in early 2014 on the ground floor of the Biala building in Roma Street.

“This free, rapid point-of-care testing clinic will be run by Community HIV Education and Prevention Officers and hosted by Queensland Positive People (QPP),” he said.

It's AIDS Awareness Week, and Mr Springborg said World AIDS day on Sunday would also mark the beginning of the new HIV Foundation Queensland

ABC News: Premier Campbell Newman has toured parts of southeast Queensland hit by floods earlier this year:

Nine News:

Register to run as Santa Claus for Variety this year.

Register to run as Santa Claus for Variety this year. Photo: Variety Queensland

Natalie Bochenski: Get "reddy" to run in this year's Variety's Santa Fun Run.

The five kilometre dash on Sunday December 1 will see around 2000 Santas dash from the Brisbane Riverstage to South Bank.

Last year's event raised over $75,000 for Variety Queensland, which helps sick, disadvantaged and special needs children.

Registration includes your very own Santa suit, so get cracking!

Amy Remeikis: Police have taken the phone number of a spokesman for the small group of protesters outside the Commonwealth Law Courts, where lawyers will attempt to keep a Rohingyan refugee from Myanmar in Brisbane to look after her newborn baby.

Taking numbers is a standard police practice. The court case is due to begin at 10.

Protesters outside the Commonwealth Law Courts in Brisbane.

Protesters outside the Commonwealth Law Courts in Brisbane. Photo: Amy Remeikis

Marissa Calligeros: The media has packed Courtroom 1 of the Brisbane Magistrates Court for the appearance of the teenager accused of bashing Korean woman Eunji Ban to death on Albert Street.

The 19-year-old man was arrested and charged in the early hours of Monday morning, nearly 24 hours after the fatal attack.

Amy Remeikis: A small group of protesters are gathering outside the Federal Court.

The court is due to hear the case of baby and his family, who the government are attempting to send back to Nauru.

The baby was born in Brisbane and then separated from his mother. The family was reunited but now faces deportation.

Marissa Calligeros: A 19-year-old man has been charged with the murder of a young Korean woman in Brisbane's CBD.

The Spring Hill teenager will face the Brisbane Magistrates Court on Tuesday, as the parents of the murdered 22-year-old woman arrive in the city to claim her body.

We'll be in court to cover his appearance.

Danielle Cronin: Good morning Brisbane. It's currently 24 degrees in the city, which is three degrees shy of the forecast maximum.

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    Australia's biggest spin class!
    Come to Reddacliff place (Brisbane Square) to witness 150 riders sweating it out to support Ride to Conquer Cancer!

    Date and time
    November 26, 2013, 12:07PM

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