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March 31, 2013

Canberrans spend Easter outside: in pictures

Canberrans spend Easter outside: in pictures

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Sunday, March 31, 2013 Despite an overcast start to Easter in the Australian Capital Territory, today’s weather cleared with the sun coming out by mid-afternoon and the temperature getting up to 21°C (70°F). A number of Canberrans took the opportunity to spend the day outside alongside Lake Ginninderra in Belconnen. People, including a number of families, played soccer and Australian rules football, fished, sailed and did other activities on the water, flew kites, barbecued and picnicked, walked their dogs, bicycled and utilized the skate park. While most shops were closed, a few lakeside eateries, including the Light House Water Front Pub and Subway, were open and had a number of customers.

The shore of the lake behind the Winds of Light scultpure located in the water
Image: Laura Hale.

A man fishing
Image: Laura Hale.

A species of parrot located in Canberra
Image: Laura Hale.

Grafitti located on a bridge over the lake
Image: Laura Hale.

An Easter picnic about to get started
Image: Laura Hale.

The lake was open today
Image: Laura Hale.

People enjoying the lake shore
Image: Laura Hale.

A small bird
Image: Laura Hale.

A man bicycling on the bike path along the lake
Image: Laura Hale.

A bird on the lake
Image: Laura Hale.

People participating in water sports along the lake
Image: Laura Hale.

A man fishing
Image: Laura Hale.



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Thousands take to streets protesting \’ratbag\’s Bedroom Tax

Thousands take to streets protesting ‘ratbag’s Bedroom Tax

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Sunday, March 31, 2013

Protester at Edinburgh’s anti ‘bedroom-tax’ demonstration.

Protesters assembling around the modern art in St Andrew Square, Edinburgh with Jenners department store in the background.
Image: Brian McNeil.

Demonstrations took place across the UK over the holiday weekend, echoing the message personally delivered to Iain Duncan Smith at a Capita-sponsored talk last week. Chants of “Axe, axe, axe the bedroom tax” could be clearly heard throughout Edinburgh’s demonstration. At the end of his minute-long tirade at the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, Willie Black labelled Duncan Smith a “ratbag”; several people turned up with this printed on their tee shirts.

Wikinews photographed the march from Edinburgh’s St. Andrew’s Square to the Scottish Parliament. Various estimates put the number in-attendance between 1,200 and 1,600.

Other protests took place in London, with an estimated 1,000 at Trafalgar Square and Downing street. Glasgow saw around 2,500 take to the streets. Those demonstrating equated the package of changes that see benefit rises at a below-inflation 1%, and housing benefit cut by 14% for those with one spare room, 25% if they have two or more spare rooms, with the ‘poll tax’ which saw riots in England during Margaret Thatcher’s time as Prime Minister.

Head of the UK’s National Housing Federation David Orr commented: “It’s bad policy, it’s bad economics, it’s bad for hundreds of thousands of ordinary people whose lives will be made difficult for no benefit — and I think it’s about to become profoundly bad politics.”

With the policy coming into effect now, protesters are intent on a “can’t pay, won’t pay” civil disobedience campaign.

Images from the Edinburgh protest

Panoramic shot of the protesters gathering outside the Scottish Parliament.
Image: Brian McNeil.

There was a widespread belief amonst the protesters that the cuts being imposed by Westminster are the upper-class attempting to reassert themselves.
Image: Brian McNeil.

Protesters gathering in Edinburgh’s St. Andrew’s Square.
Image: Brian McNeil.

One protester’s hand-made signs demands rent controls.
Image: Brian McNeil.

The ‘Yes’ campaign for Scottish independence attended.
Image: Brian McNeil.

Some Edinburgh members of the UNISON union joined the march.
Image: Brian McNeil.

The Grim Reaper puts in an appearance at parliament.
Image: Brian McNeil.

The Scottish Green Party‘s banner arriving at Parliament.
Image: Brian McNeil.

Protesters setting off from St. Andrew’s Square, marching to the Scottish Parliament.
Image: Brian McNeil.

Police, who gave an on-the-spot estimate of 1,200 at Parliament, prepare to close streets for the march.
Image: Brian McNeil.

Protesters walking out of St. Andrew’s Square, with wheelchair user’s sign reading “Do you want my carer to sleep in my bed?”
Image: Brian McNeil.

Marchers line up whilst press talk to police in-attendance.
Image: Brian McNeil.

“Axe the Tax”, a popular slogan and chant during the march.
Image: Brian McNeil.

St John’s Episcopal Church, at Edinburgh’s West-End, has a mural skewering the tax with a religious theme.
Image: Brian McNeil.

Many disabled people face benefit cuts over a spare bedroom a carer may sleep in a few nights each week.
Image: Brian McNeil.

The march heads down towards Princes Street.
Image: Brian McNeil.

Princes Street, with the Scott Monument in the background.
Image: Brian McNeil.

The head of the march passing the £310-a-night Balmoral Hotel
Image: Brian McNeil.

The march waits as the last people join from St. Andrew’s Square.
Image: Brian McNeil.

Press, foreground, photographing protesters sitting in the road.
Image: Brian McNeil.

More join the sit-down protest.
Image: Brian McNeil.

The march moves up onto Regent Road, which skirts the city’s Calton Hill.
Image: Brian McNeil.

View of the march from the foot of the steps to the City Observatory.
Image: Brian McNeil.

The march towards the Scottish Parliament with the city skyline as a backdrop.
Image: Brian McNeil.

The march around Calton Hill passes the Dugald Stewart Monument.
Image: Brian McNeil.

Slogans and visuals on placards equate David Cameron with Margaret Thatcher.
Image: Brian McNeil.

There is genuine anger behind some of the messages aimed at Westminster, by people who feel they are being penalised to enrich bankers and the country’s richest.
Image: Brian McNeil.

Pro-Scottish independence supporters arriving at parliament; many feel the current UK government does not represent Scotland, which returned only on Tory MP at the last election.
Image: Brian McNeil.

The lead marchers stopped several times to allow people to catch up, but some gaps between groups were noticeable when arriving at the Parliament.
Image: Brian McNeil.

Passing the gates to Holyrood Palace.
Amongst the chants during the march were “They say cutback, we say fight back.”, “Tory, tory tory, scum, scum, scum!” and “We won’t pay your bedroom tax!”
Image: Brian McNeil.

All ages took part in the march to the Scottish Parliament.
Image: Brian McNeil.

Many see the bedroom tax as a policy which would not be in-place were the country independent.
Image: Brian McNeil.

Edinburgh’s James Connolly society arriving at the Parliament.
Image: Brian McNeil.

A small section of the crowd assembled at the Scottish Parliament.
Image: Brian McNeil.

Occupy protesters rub shoulders with ‘Yes’ campaign supporters, observed by part of the contingent of Lothian and Borders Police in attendance.
Image: Brian McNeil.



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No end in sight for Guantanamo Bay hunger strike

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Sunday, March 31, 2013

The White House Deputy Press Secretary, Josh Earnest says that President Barrack Obama is aware of the hunger strike situation in Guantanamo Bay. He was quoted by The Australian as saying, “I can tell you that the White House and the president’s team is closely monitoring the hunger strikers at Guantanamo Bay.” This response comes after Red Cross delegates were sent to the military prison earlier than scheduled to intervene in the detoriating situation. Earnest said, “We give them full access so that they can take a look at what’s happening at the prison there.”

After beginning their hunger strike on February 6, detainees at Guantanamo Bay have continued their protest in response to their uncertain future at the US military facility. Aljazeera has reported that there are 31 protesters refusing food, with up to 11 inmates being tube fed due to their deteriorating conditions.

Guantanamo Bay inmates are continuing their hunger strike
Image: Joshua Brus.

The indefinite imprisonment of the Guantanamo Bay inmates has been the motivation for protests like this in the past. The New York Times reports however that inmates are protesting the systematic searching of their cells as this stike’s motivation. They also claim the deteriorating situation at the military facility has also been fuelled by President Obama’s pledge to shut down the facility at the beginning of his first term.

Activists around the world last week joined the inmates’ hunger strike in an attempt to force the US Government to close the facility. Human rights activist, Andy Worthington, quoted by Russia Today, states that inactivity on their behalf “would be victory” for those wanting to keep the prison in operation.



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Canberrans spend Easter outside

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Sunday, March 31, 2013

Despite an overcast start to Easter in the Australian Capital Territory, today’s weather cleared with the sun coming out by mid-afternoon and the temperature getting up to 21C (70F). A number of Canberrans took the opportunity to spend the day outside alongside Lake Ginninderra in Belconnon. People, including a number of families, played soccer and Australian rules football, fished, sailed and did other activities on the water, flew kites, barbecued and picnicked, walked their dogs, bicycled and utilized the skate park. While most shops were closed, a few lakeside eateries, including the Light House Water Front Pub and Subway, were open and had a number of customers.

The shore of the lake behind the Winds of Light scultpure located in the water
Image: Laura Hale.

A man fishing
Image: Laura Hale.

A species of parrot located in Canberra
Image: Laura Hale.

Grafitti located on a bridge over the lake
Image: Laura Hale.

An Easter picnic about to get started
Image: Laura Hale.

The lake was open today
Image: Laura Hale.

People enjoying the lake shore
Image: Laura Hale.

A small bird
Image: Laura Hale.

A man bicycling on the bike path along the lake
Image: Laura Hale.

A bird on the lake
Image: Laura Hale.

People participating in water sports along the lake
Image: Laura Hale.

A man fishing
Image: Laura Hale.



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Kenya FA asked to step in to solve South Coast soccer problems

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The secretary of Football Kenya Federation (FKF) South Coast branch contacted the national offices of the FKF requesting they step into a local dispute.



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Guantanamo Bay detainees continue hunger strike

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Sunday, March 31, 2013

The White House Deputy Press Secretary, Josh Earnest says that President Barrack Obama is aware of the hunger strike situation in Guantanamo Bay. He was quoted by The Australian as saying, “I can tell you that the White House and the president’s team is closely monitoring the hunger strikers at Guantanamo Bay.” This response comes after Red Cross delegates were sent to the military prison earlier than scheduled to intervene in the detoriating situation. Earnest said, “We give them full access so that they can take a look at what’s happening at the prison there.”

After beginning their hunger strike on February 6, detainees at Guantanamo Bay have continued their protest in response to their uncertain future at the US military facility. Aljazeera has reported that there are 31 protesters refusing food, with up to 11 inmates being tube fed due to their deteriorating conditions.

Guantanamo Bay inmates are continuing their hunger strike
Image: Joshua Brus.

The indefinite imprisonment of the Guantanamo Bay inmates has been the motivation for protests like this in the Guantánamo Bay hunger strikes past. The New York Times reports however that inmates are protesting the systematic searching of their cells as this stike’s motivation. They also claim the deteriorating situation at the military facility has also been fuelled by President Obama’s pledge to shut down the facility at the beginning of his first term.

Activists around the world last week joined the inmates’ hunger strike in an attempt to force the US Government to close the facility. Human rights activist, Andy Worthington, quoted by Russia Today, states that inactivity on their behalf “would be victory” for those wanting to keep the prison in operation.



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March 30, 2013

Brookfield, Wisconsin man charged with stealing toilet and urinal parts

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Brookfield, Wisconsin man charged with stealing toilet and urinal parts

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A urinal flush valve similar to what Feerick stands charged with stealing
Image: Terry Johnston .

Yesterday, the Milwaukee County district attorney charged Cory J. Feerick, a 33-year-old from Brookfield, Wisconsin, with five misdemeanor counts of stealing US$35,000 worth of flush valves from fast food restaurants and university toilets and urinals. If convicted, Feerick could spend to 9 to 45 months in jail, and pay between US$10,000 and US$50,000 in fines.

Initially arrested in late January following a local news television story on the thefts, he stands accused of stealing parts worth between US$300 and US$600 each from locations that included Milwaukee Area Technical College, Waukesha County Technical College, ITT Technical Institute, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Marquette University, the Pick ‘n Save on Capitol Drive in Brookfield, and the Arby’s also located on Capitol Drive in Brookfield.

Feerick was dubbed the “Backpack Bathroom Bandit” by the media because video showed him committing the thefts while wearing a backpack. The thefts reportedly took place in September and October of last year, with several area police departments involved in investigating them.



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Macaulay Murray comes out gay

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During the early hours of the morning Macaulay Murray from barrow in Furness come out as gay.



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Brookfield, Wisconsin man charged for stealing toilet and urinal parts

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A urinal flush valve similar to what Feerick stands charged with stealing
Image: Terry Johnston .

On Thursday, the Milwaukee County district attorney charged Cory J. Feerick, a 33-year-old from Brookfield, Wisconsin, with five misdemeanor counts of stealing US$35,000 worth of flush valves from fast food restaurants and university toilets and urinals. If convicted, Feerick could spend to 9 to 45 months in jail, and pay between US$10,000 and US$50,000 in fines.

Initially arrested in late January following a local news television story on the thefts, he stands accused of stealing parts worth between US$300 and US$600 each from locations that included Milwaukee Area Technical College, Waukesha County Technical College, ITT Technical Institute, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Marquette University, the Pick ‘n Save on Capitol Drive in Brookfield, and the Arby’s also located on Capitol Drive in Brookfield.

Feerick was dubbed the “Backpack Bathroom Bandit” by the media because video showed him committing the thefts while wearing a backpack. The thefts reportedly took place in September and October of last year, with several area police departments involved in investigating them.



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Sea lion walks from the beach into Pantai Inn in California

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Last Thursday early morning, a sea lion walked from the beach into Pantai Inn in La Jolla, California. The animal was rescued by local animal rescue authorities. Today, Wikinews took an interview from Shane Pappas, a General Manager of the inn.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWikinewsWikinews waves Right.png At what time of day did the sea lion enter the Inn?

Shane Pappas: Surveillance footage shows that our sea lion friend made her way onto our property at approximately 5:45am on Tuesday morning. She waddled through our courtyard and climbed up onto one of our lounge chairs.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.png How long did he stay in the Inn before he was moved out of the building?

Shane Pappas: The sea lion was not seen by our staff until about 6:30am. At that point my front desk agent Veronica made frantic calls to the authorities to find someone to come rescue the sea lion. By the time we got a hold of Sea World they were able to come and rescue her at around 9:45am. All told the sea lion was here for about four hours.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.png What do you think attracted the animal? Was it the radio sound? Was it heard as far as the beach?

Shane Pappas: We’re not sure what attracted the sea lion. We like to think that it was the beauty and relaxation of our courtyard. In regards to the radio sound I’m not sure what you are referring to.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.png Who and how transported the animal out of the building?

Shane Pappas: A gentleman named Bill who is a rescue worker with Sea World came out to rescue the pup. He asked if I would assist in the rescue which I was more than happy to do. It’s not every day that you get to rescue a sea lion.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.png Where was the animal transported to?

Shane Pappas: The sea lion was loaded into a crate on a truck and transported back to Sea World. She will be kept there for six weeks so that she can be nursed back to health and returned to the wild.



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