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ANU part of gravity wave breakthrough predicted by Einstein

Black Hole Merger Simulation

An ANU scientist has led the Australian team within a global scientific collaboration that has proven the existence of gravitational waves, 100 years after their existence was predicted by Albert Einstein’s General Theory of Relativity.
The confirmed observation of a gravitational wave, ripples in space caused by the collision of two black holes, is a major [...]

Senior ASIC executive charged with historic child sex abuse

By 11 February 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Peter Cuzner

Former ACT schoolteacher and ASIC regional commissioner for the ACT Peter Cuzner, of Kaleen, pleaded not guilty in court today to charges relating to the alleged abuse of a teenage boy in the 1980s.
Earlier this week RiotACT reported that a 60-year-old Kaleen man would today face three charges of acts of indecency on a person [...]

Building underway for new hospital at Bruce

By 8 February 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
University of Canberra Public Hospital

Construction officially began today on the $139 million University of Canberra Public Hospital at Bruce.
The hospital will be the ACT’s first specialist sub-acute hospital, focusing entirely on services such as rehabilitation and mental health care and supporting people who may be managing ongoing health conditions or recovering from surgery. It is expected to be completed [...]

Four to face court over historic indecent assault allegations

ACT Magistrates Court

Three NSW men and a Kaleen man will face the ACT Magistrates Court this week following reports of historic sexual abuse investigated under ACT Policing’s Operation Attest.
The operation was established in February 2015 in response to the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, to investigate allegations of historical sexual abuse at institutions [...]

Witnesses sought to Waramanga incidents

By 8 February 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Police wrap

ACT Policing is seeking witnesses to two disturbances which occurred in Waramanga on Tuesday, January 19, 2016.
About 6pm, police received a report that a man walking near Nemarang Street, Waramanga, had an aggressive verbal altercation with a cyclist riding on the footpath. The same man then had a second altercation with a person walking a [...]

Motorcyclist stable after Parkes Way crash

By 8 February 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Parkes Way

A man in his 20s has been taken to The Canberra Hospital in a stable condition after a single motorcycle crash on the western side of the Acton Tunnel on Parkes Way during peak hour this morning.
ACT Ambulance Service and ACT Fire & Rescue received a call alerting them to the crash just after [...]

First Look: The Flower Bar

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Let’s go to the bar and grab a bouquet.
In a previous life, I was the editor of a Sydney-based craft magazine. So it is no surprise that I was enamoured with the Canberra-grown Hooray! Magazine, a magazine all about creating your own perfect celebrations. Hooray! Magazine has continued to be regular reading, even after I [...]

Teen to face court over hoax call to school in Calwell

By 4 February 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Police wrap

A teenager will face the ACT Children’s Court following a threatening phone call made to Calwell High School yesterday.
Around 1pm yesterday, a staff member at Calwell High School received a threatening phone call which led to the school’s evacuation as a precaution whilst the veracity of the threat was investigated.
As a result of police investigations, [...]

Politics in the Pub: Sam Dastyari

By 4 February 2016

[ 3 February 2016 at 7:00 pm; ]
The Australia Institute are excited to announce that Senator Sam Dastyari will be kicking off our Politics in the Pub 2016 series, 7pm Wednesday 3rd February.
A Labor senator from New South Wales, Senator Dastyari has risen to become one of the Labor Party’s brightest stars.

As the chair of the Senate’s corporate tax avoidance inquiry Dastyari has been a [...]

Body found in water near Kiama

By 3 February 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Kiama map

A report will be prepared for the coroner following the discovery of a man’s body in water near Kiama yesterday afternoon.
About 12.30pm yesterday, emergency services were called to Kiama following the discovery of a body in the water, about 1km from the Kiama Lighthouse.
On arrival, police found and recovered the body of a man.
The man [...]

Man, 23, charged over Gunning, Gundaroo, Murrumbateman break-ins

By 3 February 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Police wrap

A 23-year-old man has been charged in Goulburn following investigations into 11 break and enters in Gunning, Gundaroo, Murrumbateman and Jeir in December last year.
Between Friday 4 December and Saturday 12 December, police from the Hume Local Area Command received reports of 11 separate break and enters in the four southern tablelands towns.
The properties that [...]

Schmidt seeks to reinvigorate School of Music, announces consultation

Brian Schmidt

One month after succeeding Professor Ian Young as Vice-Chancellor of the Australian National University, Professor Brian Schmidt AC has announced a comprehensive community consultation on the ANU School of Music with the aim of reinvigorating it by 2017.
Professor Schmidt said the consultations would involve discussions with a wide range of interested parties and would be [...]

Emergency + app saves teens lost in bushland

By 2 February 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
emergency + app

A smartphone app has saved a group of teenagers from spending an unplanned night in the bush thanks to smart-thinking Canberra firefighters.
ACT Fire & Rescue received a call from the two girls and two boys at around 7pm to say they were lost somewhere out in the rural area of the Territory but had [...]

Light rail to arrive sooner, cost less and bring more trees to Northbourne

light rail model

The consortium chosen to develop Canberra’s light rail project says it will complete the project more cheaply and quickly than the Government’s estimates, and will replace trees along Northbourne in a staged manner and with 4m-tall plantings so that no section of the corridor is without trees for more than four months.
There will, in fact, [...]

Which school model works best?

Rear view of elementary school children with raised arms.

With the kids heading back to school, I found myself wondering about the history of schooling in Australia and how we ended up with our current system in the ACT.
It turns out that having a society with a large proportion of convicts is a good way for governments to get involved in funding education. Schools [...]

Creating a Cafe: Opportunity arises

By 30 January 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE

I have always admired and strived to be a successful person. I believe success is measured in many ways and each individual has their own idea of what successful looks like. For me, I always saw being a business owner as one of the many ways to measure my success.
I’m fairly certain that at some [...]

Police continue search for missing man

By 28 January 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Police wrap

From media release:
ACT Policing has established a Search and Rescue operation in Bruce as part of the search for missing 61-year-old man, Tahadesse Kahsai.
The operation will focus on bushland near Calvary Hospital and Black Mountain Reserve in Bruce. Members of the AFP Specialist Response Group will assist ACT Policing in the operation.
Tahadesse was last seen [...]

Homicide Team issue description, call for help in Carville investigation

By 27 January 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Police mock-up based on witness sighting

ACT Policing’s Homicide Team are continuing to establish the movements of a male suspect on the night murdered Evatt man Andrew Carville went missing.
Mr Carville was last seen at his residence in Evatt at 9.30pm on 4 November 2015 and his body was located in Majura on 19 November 2015.
Detective Senior Constable Jarryd Dunbar of [...]

Belconnen incident ‘a routine police operation’


Police have dismissed social media reports of a siege involving a gunman in Belconnen Town Centre this morning, describing the incident as a routine police operation that was now resolved and assuring Canberrans they held no concerns for public safety.
A spokesperson for ACT Policing said the operation took place on Chandler Street in Belconnen between [...]

Plan for site next to Assembly scaled back

By 27 January 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Development site

The ACT Government has once again scaled back its plan for office space adjacent to the Legislative Assembly in Civic despite having last year shortlisted six firms to complete construction of a more extensive development by late 2018.
The six players involved will now be invited to submit proposals for a commercial version of the development [...]

Boost your business skills with an executive MBA from QUT

By 26 January 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Intensifying challenges in Canberra require leaders to pick up their pace.
True leaders don’t walk the corridors of power – they stride.
The nation’s capital is where pivotal decisions are made, and it’s an ever-changing, high-pressure environment many aspire to being part of. It’s inspiring, exciting and can be extremely rewarding.
However, to be considered a serious player, [...]

Accused allegedly threw can smashing windscreen near Yass

By 25 January 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Police wrap

A man has been charged following three separate alleged incidents in which objects were thrown from a moving car at another car near Yass this week.
About 4.30pm on Saturday, a 25-year-old woman was driving a Honda Civic in a 100km/h zone on the Olympic Highway at Yass.
As she was passing a 4WD utility travelling in [...]

Have you seen this man?

Tahadesse Kahsai

ACT Policing is asking for assistance in locating missing 61-year-old man, Tahadesse Kahsai.
Tahadesse was last seen in the Bruce area around 10.30am on Wednesday 30 December 2015.
Tahadesse is described as being about 175cm (5’9”) with a slim build and short grey hair, balding on top.
Anyone who may have seen Tahadesse is urged to call police [...]

Double demerits points in place till midnight tomorrow

By 25 January 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Police wrap

ACT Policing is urging motorists to drive safely over the Australia Day long weekend and warns that double demerit points are now in place, effective from the first instance on Friday, January 22 until midnight January 26, 2016.
Double demerit points will apply on all speed, seatbelt offences, use of a mobile phone while driving, driving [...]

The Moving Feast of Politics

By 25 January 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE

There are political junkies out there who have been relatively starved over Christmas for things to criticise, speculate over or of some carrion feasting.
But this week has given us a glut of issues to rip into.
Starting local, we had Minister Joy Burch stand aside from the new Barr ministry after being belted from one end [...]

Rattenbury, Greens score in shake-up

Shane Rattenbury

The big winner in ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr’s cabinet reshuffle today is Greens MLA Shane Rattenbury, promoted from Minister for Territory and Municipal Services to Minister for Education.
See the full portfolio allocation list here.
Read Opposition Leader Jeremy Hanson’s response to the reshuffle here.
The Greens MLA’s appointment to the plum education role is surprising given [...]

Reshuffle a dog’s breakfast: Hanson

Jeremy Hanson

Opposition Leader Jeremy Hanson has described Chief Minister Andrew Barr’s reshuffle today as a “dog’s breakfast”.
See full details on the cabinet shake-up here.
“It’s pretty incoherent. Good luck anyone trying to find out who’s responsible for various portfolios,” he said.
“When you have a ministry where the delineation is not clear, where responsibilities aren’t clear, that [...]

Fitzharris, Bourke to join expanded cabinet

By 21 January 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
New ministers

Labor MLAs Meegan Fitzharris and Chris Bourke will join the ACT Ministry following a caucus ballot this morning, but their portfolios will not be known until Chief Minister Andrew Barr announces the result of a broader cabinet reshuffle in coming days.
The promotion of Ms Fitzharris and Dr Bourke was not a surprise given the [...]

Man charged over alleged Karabar shooting

By 21 January 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Fergus Road

Queanbeyan police have charged a 46-year-old man in relation to an incident where a shot was allegedly fired at a home in Karabar this week.
About 12.55am yesterday, police were called to a home on Fergus Road, Karabar, after a shot was allegedly fired, hitting the front of the home.
The occupants, a 31-year-old man, an [...]

Singapore Airlines CBR direct flights are go


Singapore Airlines chief executive Goh Choon Phong has this morning confirmed last week’s reports that the Asian carrier will introduce direct flights between Singapore and Canberra and Wellington and Canberra. Flights on the service, dubbed the ‘Capital Express’ will commence September 20, with tickets available from this Monday.

As foreshadowed last week, there will be four [...]

Missing Evatt woman found in Jindabyne

By 20 January 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Yuki Motomura

Missing 31-year-old Evatt woman Yuki Motomura has been located safe and well in Jindabyne.
Ms Motomura was found by Jindabyne police about 11am this morning (Thursday).
Police would like to thank members of the public and the media for their assistance.
Evatt woman Yuki Motomura, 31, has been missing since 8am Tuesday. Ms Motomura drives a black [...]

Police investigate suspicious death in Kambah

By 20 January 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Everard Place

ACT Policing are investigating a suspicious death in Kambah which occurred during the early hours of this morning.
About 2.20am, police received a report of a disturbance in Kambah. Police attended a home in Everard Place and located an injured woman and a deceased man within the residence.
ACT Ambulance Service attended and transported the woman to [...]

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