Rod Mcguirk, Associated Press Updated 2:33 am PDT, Wednesday, March 13, 2019 FILE - In this Feb. 26, 2019, file photo, Cardinal George Pell arrives at the County Court in Melbourne, Australia. FILE - In this Feb. 26, 2019, file photo, Cardinal George Pell arrives at the County Court in Melbourne, Australia. Photo: Andy Brownbill, Associated Press Photo: Andy Brownbill, Associated Press Image 1 of / 27 Caption Close Image 1 of 27 FILE - In this Feb. 26, 2019, file photo, Cardinal George Pell arrives at the County Court in Melbourne, Australia. FILE - In this Feb. 26, 2019, file photo, Cardinal George Pell arrives at the County Court in Melbourne, Australia. Photo: Andy Brownbill, Associated Press … [Read more...] about Cardinal Pell sent to prison for abusing 2 boys in Australia
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Six people, including two Americans, were arrested after what authorities said Friday was the largest-ever seizure of methamphetamine on U.S. soil and the biggest drug haul bound for Australia. More than 1.7 tons of methamphetamine, cocaine and heroin were discovered on January 11, concealed within a shipment of loudspeakers on a ship at the Los Angeles/Long Beach Seaport. The drugs were in two containers that were destined for Australia.The drugs were found concealed inside dozens of metal boxes that were declared as "Single Loud Speakers," CBS Los Angeles reported. The seizure included 3,810 pounds of methamphetamine, 55.9 pounds of cocaine and 11.5 pounds of heroin. Police estimated the street value at $1.29 billion.Australian authorities said it was also the largest haul of the drug intercepted while bound for Australia and would have provided around 17 million hits of the substance also known as ice.Australian authorities said that the operation with the U.S. Department of … [Read more...] about Record 1.7 tons of meth found hidden in loudspeakers bound for Australia
IF you have any friends from Down Under, you may have heard them chatting about Australia Day. But where can you celebrate in the UK? Here's the lowdown. What is Australia Day? This year, Australia Day is being celebrated TODAY, Saturday, January 26. It is a public holiday, and is about national pride and achievements. Australia Day is the anniversary of the arrival of the First Fleet of 11 convict ships, sent from Britain. On this day in 1788, commander Captain Arthur Phillip famously raised the Union Jack in Sydney Cove - to signal their arrival. The celebration has evolved and today people tend to celebrate the diverse society of Australia, its national history and community parties. But, the day isn't all beer and BBQs - for many it's a painful reminder of death, disease and an almost eradicated culture. The country's indigenous population mourn on January 26, because tens of thousands of people were killed during the colonisation of Australia - due to disease, … [Read more...] about Australia Day 2019 is TODAY! Here’s where to celebrate Oz’s national day in the UK
IF you have any friends from Down Under, you may have heard them chatting about Australia Day. January 26 is Australia's national day, and a huge celebration - but the event is much more than barbecues and fireworks. Here's what you need to know. When is Australia Day? This year, Australia Day, also referred to as Straya Day, is being celebrated on Saturday January 26. It is a public holiday, and is about national pride and achievements. The holiday is marked by the presentation of the Australian of the Year Awards on Australia Day Eve (January 25), the Australia Day Honours list, and speeches from the Governor-General and Prime Minister. In 2017, Perth's annual fireworks display, which normally attracts crowds of 300,000 people, had to be cancelled after a plane plunged into the Swan River - killing both the pilot and his passenger. In the capital of Australia, Canberra, the day is marked by a family-friendly Great Aussie breakfast and National Flag Raising and Citizenship … [Read more...] about Happy Australia Day 2019! What’s the capital of Australia and how is ‘Straya Day’ celebrated in the UK?
By Alasdair Pal NEW DELHI (Reuters) - In a dark alleyway no wider than arms' length, a single ladies' shoe is all that remains on the boarded-up doorstep of Prabhu Dhandapani, his wife and their eight-year-old daughter. Prabhu, 30, was one of around 50 residents of a refugee community in New Delhi who left the capital to attempt an 7,000-mile boat journey through some of the roughest waters in the world with the aim of landing illegally in New Zealand, relatives and police said. He is now in custody in southern India, while his wife and daughter are missing, along with everyone else who boarded the fishing boat that police say left Munambam harbour in Kerala on Jan. 12 carrying more than 100 people. The most likely and shortest route, though the straits between Indonesia and Australia, passes through seas where storms and typhoons are common. More than a dozen relatives of passengers on board the boat, that include pregnant women and young children, told Reuters they left to escape … [Read more...] about Lack of jobs in India drove migrants on to boat for New Zealand, say relatives