Armed robber uses burqa disguise during robbery

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MEDIA STORIES MAKING THE ROUNDS – April 5th to 11th 2012

By Al Arabiya Wednesday, 04 April 2012

An armed robber, along with his three accomplices, have been jailed in England after raiding a jewellery story dressed as a Muslim woman, in a burqa, the Daily Mail reported Sunday.

The robber rang the bell of the store in the British town of Burnley posing as a female customer, but as he was let in by the staff, his three accomplices forced their way in wielding a rifle, a sword and a baseball bat.

The four robbers began smashing up display cases and managed to steal over $47,000 worth of jewellery.

According to the Daily Mail, the robber clad in the burqa pulled out a sword to threaten the staff with as he stuffed a bag full of jewels. Full Story HERE

COMMENT: If we are to enjoy a free society we must also ensure the freedom and right of each citizen to freely identify another. The wearing of an Islamic Burqa denies citizens the right to see who they are talking to. In addition it allows for the far too easy concealment of weapons or stolen goods by people acting with criminal intent. The above story from the UK is a case in point, but the argument is just as valid in Australia where most people consider this style of headdress oppressive, restrictive, confronting, totally un-Australian and unacceptable. By The editor.

New asylum-seeker vessel the third this week

AAP 5th Apr 2012

A BOAT carrying about 70 asylum-seekers has been intercepted off Western Australia - the third to arrive this week.

HMAS Maryborough stopped the vessel today northeast of Scott Reef, about 300km north of the Dampier Peninsula.

The boat is carrying an estimated 71 people although it is not clear how many are asylum-seekers and how many are crew members.

It is the third asylum-seeker boat to arrive this week.

The asylum-seekers will be taken to Christmas Island for security, health and identity checks. Full Story HERE

Crisis looms over lack of specialist doctors

Cathy O'Leary Medical Editor, The West Australian Apr 5th

WA is facing a crippling shortage of medical specialists, with half of specialties "critically" short of experts to treat cancer, heart and diabetes patients, according to a leaked report.

A WA Health Department discussion paper warns some specialties are understaffed, with long waiting lists for treatment. This will worsen unless more doctors are recruited or trained. Of 41 medical specialties across the public and private health systems, 20 are ranked as having critical shortfalls, including general medicine, endocrinology, haematology, cardiothoracic surgery, radiation oncology and paediatric surgery. Another 16 specialties have "high" shortages.

The report blames the shortfall on escalating population growth and ageing patients with increasingly complex chronic diseases.

And almost a quarter of the current 2571 medical and dental specialists are over 55 and likely to retire in the next 10 years. Full Story HERE

It's Beginning To Look Like Egypt Could Run Out Of Water By 2025

Erin Cunningham – Global Post 9th Apr 2012-04-09

When construction began on the Nile’s Aswan Dam in 1960, in the southern reaches of Egypt, Egyptians were sure they were about to tame the world's longest river.

“Before the dam, the people’s lives here were much worse. The water would rise and fall without predictability,” said Abdullah Ati, a 42-year-old wheat and clover farmer in the northern agricultural province of Kafr Al Sheikh, relaying his father’s tales from the pre-dam era.

But more than 50 years after Egypt’s firebrand socialist president, Gamal Abdel Nasser, seized on fevered Egyptian nationalism to build the dam and establish the country’s dominance over the Nile, this arid North African nation is facing threats to its near-sole source of freshwater.

With rapid population growth, limited agricultural land and recent challenges to its majority share of Nile waters by upstream states, the United Nations now says Egypt could be water scarce by 2025. Full Story HERE.

COMMENT: The answer is pretty darned simple. Not more irrigation, but less people! Egypt has a stark choice - an ever growing population with an ever declining standard of living and fading hope, or a declining population with a growing standard of living and hope! Lyn Vickery State President – One Nation W.A.


Mint promotes digital-chip currency for penniless future

Randy Boswell, Postmedia News 5th Apr 2012

On the cusp of the post-penny age, the Royal Canadian Mint is preparing to launch a digital alternative to all coinage and small bank notes — dubbed "MintChip" — which it hails as the natural next step in the "evolution of currency."

The concept was quietly introduced on Wednesday when the Ottawa-based Crown corporation activated a website outlining its vision for the future of MintChip — described as "better than cash" and "so easy even a child can use it" — and invited software developers to begin imagining different ways the technology could be employed.

On the cusp of the post-penny age, the Royal Canadian Mint is preparing to launch a digital alternative to all coinage and small bank notes — dubbed "MintChip" — which it hails as the natural next step in the "evolution of currency."

The concept was quietly introduced on Wednesday when the Ottawa-based Crown corporation activated a website outlining its vision for the future of MintChip — described as "better than cash" and "so easy even a child can use it" — and invited software developers to begin imagining different ways the technology could be employed. Full Story HERE

Rising world food prices spark fears of unrest

Financial Post Reuters Apr 5

Global food prices rose in March for a third straight month with more hikes to come, the UN’s food agency said on Thursday, adding to fears of hunger and a new wave of social unrest in poor countries.

Record high prices for staple foods last year were one of the main factors that contributed to the Arab Spring uprisings in the Middle East and North Africa, as well as bread riots in other parts of the world.

The cost of food has risen again this year after coming down from a February 2011 record peak.

The FAO index, which measures monthly price changes for a basket of cereals, oilseeds, dairy, meat and sugar, averaged 215.9 points in March, up from a revised 215.4 points in February, the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) said.

Although below the February 2011 peak of 237.9, the index is still higher than during a food price crisis in 2007-08 that raised global alarm.

“The food crisis has not gone away since then,” said Emilia Casella, spokeswoman for the UN’s World Food Programme. “Prices are a big concern and have remained a large reason why people are food insecure.”

The FAO’s senior economist and grain analyst Abdolreza Abbassian told Reuters there was scope for more price rises in the first half of this year, particularly for corn and soybeans, which could also drive up the price of wheat.


An Outraged Chinese General Tells The Philippines It's Their 'Last Chance'

The territorial dispute in the South China Sea between Vietnam, the Philippines, and China is far from over.

The three countries have been going back-and-forth over rights to supposed oil and gas reserves throughout the region, with Malaysia, Taiwan and Brunei also attempting to lay claim on the deposits.

There were hopes the issue would be brought closer to resolution during the recent Association of Southeast Asian Nations summit in Cambodia, but that get-together seems to have had exactly the opposite effect.

Brian Spegele at the WSJ's China Real Time Reports that Chinese Major General Luo Yuan left the summit, got back to China and penned a warning to the island nation that he published in the Global Times newspaper.

In it, he warns the Philippines that it's facing its "last chance" to reach an agreement on the resource laden South China Sea and the Spratly Islands.

In one swift move Luo brought renewed attention on what Spegele calls the "region’s hottest potential military flashpoint."

Always refreshingly outspoken, Luo didn't stop there and continued by saying "The biggest miscalculation of the Philippines is that it has misestimated the strength and willpower of China to defend its territorial integrity.”

Maybe Luo was still smarting an unknown slight at the Cambodia conference because he he also accuses the Philippines of high-jacking the Asian Nations summit, and declares Manilla's "continuing provocations" destined to fail. Full Story HERE


The Art of War

Comment: In the famous book by Sun Tzu (written twenty five centuries ago) – The Art of War, the author points out that “There are three ways in which a ruler can bring misfortune upon his army.” I think the second point is one which Julia Gillard and Minster for Defence Stephen Smith might wish to heed! It is this “By attempting to govern an army in the same way as he administers a kingdom, being ignorant of the conditions which obtain in the army, this causes restlessness in the soldier’s minds.” Or “The military sphere and the civil sphere are wholly distinct, you can’t handle an army with kid gloves. And humanity and justice are principles on which to govern a state, but not an army: opportunism and flexibility, on the other hand, are military rather than civil virtues.” Minister – are you listening? If you weaken our Australian armed forces by turning them into a politically correct arm of the public service you strip Australia of its shield and play right into the hands of our enemies at a time when China is growing both in power and arrogance.

For two and a half thousand years the Chinese have studied and applied the wisdom of Sun Tzu and those who followed after him. So much so that his thinking has become part of the Chinese national psyche. Every modern Chinese military officer is a student of Sun Tzu. Every Australian politician and military person should study his words, take careful note, and understand that while we may wish it, China may not always be our friend. Lyn Vickery – State President, One Nation W.A.

Refugee rules are shown as flawed

Greg Sheridan, Foreign editor The Australian Apr 11 2012

HERE'S how it works. If a group of asylum-seekers comes to Indonesia and gets waved on to Australia, that is people-smuggling and the Indonesian authorities responsible are either corrupt or slack. If a group of asylum-seekers comes to Australia, and we wave them on to New Zealand, we are merely obeying international law.

Yet morally, if not legally, the two situations are more or less the same. Nothing could better illustrate the confused and unworkable nature of refugee conventions and laws than two episodes this week.
A group of Chinese asylum-seekers wants to go to New Zealand rather than Australia because New Zealand doesn't have mandatory detention. They have passports and are in charge of their own boat, so we do not define them as people-smugglers but travellers whom we help along.

Another group, rescued by a Singaporean ship off the coast of Indonesia, didn't want to get off the ship because they don't like Indonesian detention centres.

Instead they want to be processed by Australians.
Critically, they say they have heard of Australia's changed policy of community-based placement after only a short period in detention. That's where they want to be.
This demonstrates the collapse of the refugee convention as a serious tool for dealing with unregulated immigration.

The framers of the convention never intended that asylum-seekers could pick and choose which country they would claim asylum in. Rather, the idea was that if you fled persecution across an international border the country you fled to would not send you back while that persecution continued.

Now there is a sophisticated international market seeking immigration outcomes all over the world. The Chinese going to New Zealand are just one step away from a regular charter boat business. That is what a group of Tamils in effect did when they arrived in Canada a few years ago. The Canadians responded by introducing temporary protection visas so that such a scam could not work again.
For nothing works in border control for countries like Canada or Australia unless the prospect of permanent resettlement for people arriving illegally is taken off the table altogether. Full Story HERE


Quote of the day The only  true wilderness is between the ears of a  Green…” Author unknown.




How true are the words spoken by Union Heavy Weight Paul Howes on the ABC News Bulletin this morning (11th April) when he says that the Reserve Bank of Australia has got it wrong with their handling of interest rates within Australia for the past year or more.

It is because of the high Aussie dollar that manufacturing and primary industry is not profitable and as a consequence many businesses and farmers are going to the wall.

If there were a drop in interest rates it would bring our rates to somewhere near the world average, which in turn would cause a lowering of the value of the Australian dollar - so enabling manufacturing and primary industry to be competitive on world markets.

Our Government which is supposed to represent the Australian people say "well, you cannot go tinkering with the Reserve Bank". But I ask, who is it governs Australia if our elected Government cannot change the charter of the R.B.A.?  

They will also say they cannot change the value of the Aussie dollar which is being used by the multi nationals to manipulate the future of Australia. So now I believe we should take back control of both the R.B.A. and resume control of our dollar which is being used by overseas interests to manipulate and control the Australian Manufacturing and Primary Industries for years.

How can any industry possibly plan for the future when they don't have a clue as to what the worth of the dollar will be in one year's time? By Ron Mclean - Newdegate 6355   



Unless listed as “comments”, the opinions expressed in this news round-up may not be the policies or views of One Nation Western Australia, but are provided as general interest stories. If you wish to read the full stories please followed the links provided.

This news round-up authorised by

Lyn Vickery

State President One Nation WA. PO Box 3030, Carlisle South W.A. 6101.

Ph 08 9375 9991 or Mob 0415 030 442


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