Eunji Ban was walking to her cleaning job in Brisbane when Alex McEwan attacked and murdered her.THE TRIAL THAT LED TO ALEX REUBEN McEWAN BEING CONVICTED OF MURDER
– McEwan was 19 when he was charged with murdering Korean woman Eunji Ban near Brisbane’s CBD around 4am on November 24, 2013.
– The apprentice spray-painter confessed to killing the 22-year-old by punching, kicking and strangling her.
– He pleaded guilty to her manslaughter but not guilty to murder. The Crown rejected his plea to the lesser charge.
– McEwan’s lawyer argued diminished responsibility by claiming his schizophrenia meant he could not control his actions.
– McEwan had been drinking with his friends at his unit the night before the incident. He woke up the next day, walked the streets around Ms Ban’s Roma Street Parklands unit and attacked her as she was walking to her cleaning job.
– He dragged Ms Ban’s body up stairs to Wickham Park and left it by a tree, which he adorned with clumps of her hair.
– Ms Ban suffered head injuries so severe she drowned in her own blood.
– McEwan told police he had gone out looking for someone to kill and also told a friend he “just felt like” killing.
– Three psychiatrists testified McEwan was not affected by schizophrenia at the time of the killing. McEwan was diagnosed with the illness after his arrest.
– He tried to cover up the killing by moving her body and lying next to it when drivers passed to give the impression the pair was drunk.
– Dr Angela Voita, clinical director of The Park Centre for Mental Health, said McEwan’s violence was fuelled by alcohol. He allegedly told her he had exaggerated his symptoms and wanted his family to believe he killed Ms Ban due to mental illness rather than “evil”.
– McEwan testified he was possessed by a demon named Jazzy when he killed Ms Ban. He described the demon as having “horse-like legs, hooves and a hairy human torso … normal hands with claws and a goat’s head with horns and sharp teeth”.
– McEwan said he tried to stop attacking Ms Ban but was unable to.
– McEwan’s friends testified he did not appear blind drunk the night before but said he had consumed at least half a bottle of rum. They testified his violence was out of his character.
– One psychiatrist told the court McEwan’s violence could only be explained by a psychotic episode.
– Members of McEwan’s family said he became increasingly withdrawn. His mother said he told her there was a sphere rolling around his head.
We humans like to think that we are intellectually and morally superior to “animals.” But are we?
Let’s look at intelligence first. I just read about avian arsonists.
These birds, including falcons and kites, like to take advantage of fires. They pick up a burning twig, fly it an area that is not on fireand drop it.
They then wait, with no competition from other predators, until that new area catches fire and prey animals run out. Voila – instant dinner, partly cooked.
You have to give these birds credit for intelligence.
Crows and similar birds show intelligence in other ways too. For instance, some crows intentionally drop hard nuts at intersections. Cars run over the nuts, and the crows swoop in to eat the tasty insides when no cars are coming. Some gulls use a similar strategy to break open shellfish.
You may have heard of the late, great Koko the captive gorilla, who learned more than1000 hand signs. Koko is most famous for signing “bad, sad” when told that her pet kitten had been hit by a car and killed. Not bad for an ape.
Other primates use tools similar to those we use. For example, some dolphins use sea sponges to protect their beak while foraging at the bottom of the sea. Some types of primates shove twigs into mounds to capture termites to eat.
We may be smarter than these critters in many ways, but they are still plenty smart.
What of moral superiority? The avian arsonists deserve no morality award for setting fires.
If we want morality, we need to look to herbivores. Think of alpacas that defend sheep and hens from dogs, foxes and other predators. These woolly creatures are heroic.
Elephants also seem quite nice. For one thing, they mourn their dead. Deer lead a moral life, except for mating tussles among the bucks.
The main herbivore villain I can think of is a Judas goat. That is a goat trained to lead sheep or cattle to the killing point in a slaughterhouse. The goat is not killed. What a Judas!
I am not sure that we are morally superior to herbivores. I wonder what animals think about this question.
I have a feeling that prey animals would take a dim view of the morality ofomnivores like us.But, fortunately for us, most animals don’t speak.
John Malouff is an Associate Professor at the School of Behavioural, Cognitive and Social Sciences,University of New England.
LIFE is too short, or it is when we accept that we don’t know when it will end.
Perhaps that will be in the next few minutes with a sudden, overwhelming pain in the upper body, a sense of swooning and a seemingly distant crash as we hit the floor, dead, myocardial infarction, or a few miserable months after a terrible diagnosis late next year.
Nooo, we think, not us, but it does happen to us, every day. People who die won’t always be other people.
For some people life is too long, they weary of it, but even then life is too short to tolerate a cheap hose.
You know, the ones that stretch out in loops, that crimp and block the flow at the first twist, that fight all attempts to reloop them onto the hose hook. Just how much aggravation should we endure for a saving of $30?
For the first couple of decades of my adult life I put price above pretty well everything, so that the cheapest hammer was a bargain even though it had a predilection for shooting off the nail head and the handle was always loose.
Paying $39.99 when a hose was on offer for $9.99 seemed to be idiocy.
Take the twin floodlight fitting I bought at Bunnings.
The Bunnings expert told me it was good buying at $9.95.
But was there, I asked, a better one?
No, this is the best one. But is there a fitting that costs more? No, and I could see she thought I was mad.
Let me tell you, life is too short for cheap floodlight fittings – it can barely hold the weight of the globes. Unfortunately, life is also too short to take it down and return it to the store.
The cynics among you will be sneering that it’s all right for Jeff Corbett, he can afford to pay a few extra dollars, but I can assure you that I’d rather wait and save for something than suffer the aggravation, which I will suffer when the next decent southerly breaks the floodlight fitting and smashes the globes on the pavers. And for the sake of a few dollars!
Well, sometimes it is a few thousand dollars, and I still shake my head that anyone would try and save a few thousand dollars on a new car that’s not half the car made in Japan.
And anyone who buys a car made in Russia, India, China or Korea has more money than sense, even if they don’t have much money!
Life is much too short for ordinary beer, too. Yes, one or two dollars more, so drink less and drink better.
And our world is awash with cheap wine – I’ve seen it as low as $2 a bottle – which makes me think a great many people think they’re going to live forever.
At that price bottling the wine must be the cheapest way to dispose of it. Perhaps people who drink it see themselves as a sink; unfortunately they’re also a filter.
And while I’m on beverages, life is too short for instant coffee.
The use of the word “coffee” in these instants is deception.
Life is too short also for a bad marriage, for people who annoy you, for people who are manipulative, false, selfish or unreasonable.
I decided long ago to not spend time with people I don’t want to be with. And life is too short for cheap Band-Aid copies and miserly towels and fishing line tangles and retro anything.
Pap described by some retailers as bread is to be avoided by everyone who accepts that their life could be shortened at any time during the next few decades. And even those who expect to see a century should avoid tough meat. Surely steak hasn’t always been this tough!
Life is too short to eat cheap lollies, even if they do claim to be made in Australia instead of China, and for out-of-season fruit, and stale peanuts.
It is too short for television soapies, to be caught behind slow drivers, to be angry about being caught behind slow drivers.
It is too short also for cheap whipper snippers, to not have the right tool, to be mean, for blunt knives, for tents that leak, to smoke, to be devoted to and consumed by work, to march to the beat of someone else’s drum.
But wait, there’s more.
Life is too short to queue for discount petrol, to not make something occasionally, to be unhappy, to have junk food as part of your diet, for hangovers, to be constrained by fashion, to be imprisoned by stuff, for shared hotel rooms with people who snore, to worry about dying.
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Jane Flemming believes sporting bodies should invest more in an attempt to improve the revenue streams for women’s sports.Recently Twitter users reacted to a photo of the winners of a Billabong Junior Surf Comp in South Africa, where female winner Zoe Steyn was awarded half the prize money of male winner Rio Waida. As one radio host tweeted: “Same ocean. Same boards … Different winnings.”
Despite recent advances in women’s sport, pay disparity is just one area where the gender divide remains stark. Other areas in need of improvement include increased participation rates, greater representation in coaching and management roles, and access to equal facilities for men and women. Three alumni ofThe Australian Financial Review 100 Women of Influence awards, presented by Qantas, say progress has been minimal.
Jane Flemming, former Australian Olympian and director of Live Life Get Active, who was recognised as a woman of influence in 2016, said pay disparity would ease, and examples like the South Africa surf comp helped draw attention to the issue. But commercial challenges around pay inequalities needed to be addressed first.
Lawyer and football player Moya Dodd says women are still vastly under-represented at all levels of decision-making in sport. Photo: Peter Braig
“I do understand there is reward for revenue. I understand the commercial reality, but that’s not to say that the main organisations behind those sports should not be investing more in trying to bring up the revenue streams for women’s sports,” she said.
Lawyer and football player Moya Dodd says women are still vastly under-represented at all levels of decision-making in sport.Peter Braig
“If you had a look at the personnel or the HR or the resources behind driving the commercial success of men’s sport as opposed to those behind driving the commercial success of women’s sport, there would be quite a disparity,” Flemming said, adding that sports with men and women competing needed to ensure they were allocating adequate resources to the female sport to ensure it enjoyed commercial success.
Moya Dodd, the 2016 overall winner of the 100 Women of Influence awards and a partner at law firm Gilbert + Tobin, said visibility of women in sport had improved enormously, with children able to see strong, athletic women playing team sports on their screens.
“The W-League, Big Bash, AFLW in particular have created female sports heroes for both girls and boys to admire,” said Dodd, a former national team player and an executive committee member of the Asian Football Confederation and chair of its Women’s Football Committee. “That’s a world away from the one I grew up in.”
We had also seen the first female CEO, Raelene Castle, appointed at Rugby Australia.
Competitions such as the W-League have created female sports heroes for girls and boys to admire. Photo: Rohan Thomson
But research conducted by University of Technology Sydney adjunct associate Johanna Adriaanse Women in Sport Leadership, found women chaired only 7 per cent (five out of 70) of international sport federations in 2016, the same as in 2012, and occupied just 19 per cent (12 of 64) of chief executive positions, up from 8 per cent in 2012.
Lander & Rogers lawyer and president of Richmond Football Club Peggy O’Neal, a 2014 Women of Influence winner in the diversity category, said one issue was with women thinking they had to have played sport to have a career in sport management. “The skills needed for management roles in sporting organisations are the same as in any business,” she said. .
The gains in women’s and girls’ participation in a variety of sports were the culmination of many years of effort, she said, citing the Victorian government’s establishment of an Office for Women in Sport and Recreation as a great initiative.
“So long as the role of women remains a relevant topic in the public conversation, we are reminded that the job isn’t yet done,” she said. “We need to keep up the momentum: equality is the goal and we aren’t there yet.”
Peggy O’Neal says many women mistakenly believe they need to have played sport to have a career in sport management. Photo: Pat Scala
Dodd said that despite rivalry between sports leading to better competitions, conditions and resources for female players, women were still vastly under-represented at all levels of decision-making. She believed traditionally male sports faced a huge challenge to examine themselves through a gender lens, and set a path to equality.
“Even as women succeed spectacularly on the field, the figures of authority are very male,” she said. “AFLW is seeing this now in coaching. Because the women’s team isn’t a year-round job, it’s become a ‘gap-filler’ occupation for part-time coaches in the men’s game. As a result, there are no women coaches left in the AFLW. These issues are solvable, but it does take a deliberate effort.
“In the women’s [soccer] game, all but one World Cup, Olympics and Euros since 2000 have been won by a female-coached team, which is an incredible statistic. But nobody asks why men are so unsuccessful, even though they are over-represented at every level of coaching.”
Dodd also believed that because we were accustomed to seeing male coaches, male competence was assumed, “while women have to earn it, with their playing credentials under-rated”.
“This leads to an outcome where men can coach women, but women can’t coach men … Boards, recruiters, administrators and players are all on a journey to see this differently, because everyone in sport wants to reach the whole talent pool – not just half of it.”
Flemming, who coaches a junior boys’ basketball team, agreed, adding that role modelling in sports coaching was not as it should be. “There’s a lot of talk about role modelling for young girls,” she said. “Being the mother of boys I actually think it’s more important to role model for boys so they understand when they grow up – and when they’re teenagers, and when they’re at school – that these are the roles that women play and they take that as a norm. So women go to work, and women do sport, and women coach sport, and women manage teams.
“I really believe that while it is important, obviously, to have female role models for young girls, it’s also really important to have female role models for young boys.”
This year’sAustralian Financial Review’s 100 Women of Influenceawards, presented by Qantas, will be announced on September 4.
When a stony-faced Mathias Cormann opened his mouth and said “it’s with great sadness…” it was over for Malcolm Turnbull.
The Finance Minister has been the prime minister’s most effective and competent ally, shepherding laws through a difficult Senate and deftly fending off Labor attacks.
But Senator Cormann looked uncomfortable standing next to Mr Turnbull in the prime minister’s courtyard on Wednesday, even as he professed his loyalty.
He looked even more unhappy on Thursday.
“It’s with great sadness and a heavy heart that we went to see the prime minister yesterday afternoon to advise him that in our judgment he no longer enjoyed the support of the majority of members in the Liberal Party party room,” Senator Cormann said in Canberra.
“And that it was in the best interests of the Liberal Party to help manage an orderly transition to a new leader.”
The West Australian senator, who appeared upset, praised Mr Turnbull for his successes.
“I believe that Malcolm Turnbull has been and is a great prime minister. I believe that he will go down in history as having secured amazing achievements for Australia,” Senator Cormann said.
So why dump him?
“I can’t ignore the fact that a majority of colleagues in the Liberal Party party room are of the view that there should be a change,” Senator Cormann said.
“We are very conscious of the seriousness of the decision that we’ve made.”
Senator Cormann and ministers Mitch Fifield and Michaelia Cash tendered their resignations and all backed Peter Dutton to take the leadership.
They did not say why they thought he would be a better choice for Australians than the man elected as prime minister in 2016.
“I’m not here to run a campaign for Peter Dutton,” Senator Cormann said.
Mr Dutton’s supporters have been pushing for Senator Cormann to publicly step away from Mr Turnbull for days, and now without his support, the prime minister’s leadership is effectively over.
Behind every door is a new drop of red, white, bubbly or rose for you to enjoy. Pic: ALDICome December, the thrill of opening the tiny doors of an advent calendar to gorge on the chocolate prize inside is an unparalleled joy for youngsters.
Then we all grew up, responsibility crashed into our lives and the new joy in our lives became thefirst sip of a glass of wine after a long day of Christmas shopping, navigating family drama and averting cooking crises.
Now the brains at ALDI have graciously combined the two to help grown-ups survive the silly season this year.ALDIhas released a wine advent calendarfilled with single-serve bottles of red, white, bubbly and rose varieties straight from the ALDI shelves.
The variety of wine on ALDI’s shelves has included some notable dark horses over the years. The supermarket chain has at least eight wines that boast a gold medal from at least one Australian wine show, including the star wine: a $4.99 South Point Estate Rose that has won goldin Perth, Hobart and Sydney in the past few years.
Cheese and wine, truly a match made in heaven. The cheese advent calendar could be hitting Australian shelves soon. Pic: ALDI
Pair your wine advent calendar with the ultimate fromage accompaniment – ALDI has also released a cheese advent calendar. Behind each tiny door is one of 24 imported mini cheeses, with varieties including Edam, Cheddar and Gouda to enjoy each day.
The wine advent calendar will cost $70, while the cheese advent calendar will cost just $12.99. The calendars have been released in the United States and the United Kingdom and are expected to roll out through Australian stores too. An ALDI spokesperson encouraged Australian shoppers to stay tuned.
“ALDI have an array of exciting and unique Special Buys coming into stores in the lead up toChristmas this year that are perfect for gifting and celebrating. More information around theseproducts will be released as the festive season draws closer.”
Hopefully Australians have been well-behaved enough this year for Santa to deliver these goodies.
FUN TIMES: Running from 24 to 26 August, Newcastle Pride will celebrate the diverse LGBTI communities of the Newcastle and Hunter region.
As the region’s primary organisation working to support and improve the health and wellbeing of the Hunter LGBTI community, ACON is a key partner of Newcastle Pride and will have a broad presence throughout festival.
“ACON is excited and proud to be a part of Newcastle Pride as it’s an important event that brings together regional LGBTI communities of Newcastle and the Hunter,” said ACON CEO Nicolas Parkhill.
“Despite progress made over recent years in fostering a more inclusive society in Australia, many LGBTI Australians continue to be targets of prejudice and discrimination. Supporting Newcastle Pride provides organisers and the local community a great opportunity to demonstrate that the Hunter is welcoming and celebrates diversity and inclusion.”
Throughout the festival, ACON will provide sexual health screening and information services, including a pop up HIV and STI screening service, run in partnership by ACON Hunter and Hunter New England LHD, and dried blood spot HIV testing kits.
ACON community health promotion officers will be on hand to provide information on PrEP, HIV testing and HIV treatment and other LGBTI health issues affecting our communities, including breast/chest health, cervical cancer screening and mental health.
“Pride events in regional and rural NSW provides an important opportunity for local communities to come together to not only celebrate equality, diversity and inclusion, but also get informed and engaged on issues affecting the health and wellbeing of LGBTI people,” Parkhill said.
“Events like Newcastle Pride enables ACON to connect with local LGBTI people and people living with HIV in regional areas. As our communities are becoming more visible in regional Australia, partnering with local groups and services to promote HIV prevention, support and LGBTI health services is a key priority for us.
“By working together, we can continue to build the health and wellbeing of our communities.”
Newcastle Pride runs from 24-26 August, various events and locations. To view the event program, go to newcastlepride南京明升m88官网官方网站.au.
THE Taj Mahal of chicken coops is perched on a little promontory overlooking the bush.
It is a thing of beauty.
It has multiple levels, a penthouse with views, a viewing platform where the chooks can be the mistresses of all they survey, and a large lower lounge area where they can sun themselves and scratch in the dirt to their hearts’ content. It has two hay bales for the fastidious, a baby mulberry tree and a pot in which a very healthy succulent is growing. No spa though, I noted to the owner.
If there was aVogue Livingfor chook pensthe Taj Mahal would be featured in a spread, with the chickens draped across their little wooden benches sipping martinis andeating worm mousseon crackers.
The coop is home to eight bantam hens of different colours. I first saw them a few months ago when they were tiny puff balls in the frontyard, before the Taj Mahal was built. I wasn’t the only one who worried for them as they wandered and scratched near the road, as quiet as the road usually is. But they were street-smart chooks, their owner assured me this week after I dropped in to admire their home.
The chickens didn’t cross the road, in other words.
They were out of the coop the other day when I dropped in, fluffed-up and scratching in bushes beneath a large tree. They weremoving as a loose group in that endearing way little chooks do, looking self-important and determined in the never-ending search for worms and bugs, and hunkering down every so often when a noisy miner bird buzzed them.
The chooks have elaborate names -so elaborate that I can only remember one of them. Shake ‘n Bake. I laughed when I heard. But before I had the chance to ask “Why Shake ‘n Bake?”, with a tiny alarm bell ringing in the back of my headabout the answer, I was introduced to the next which had an even more improbable name –something like Lady Penelope Blinkington-Phelps, and we moved on.
A quick Google search turns up a product called Shake ‘n Bake,a “flavoured breadcrumb-style coating for chicken” which comes with a bag that you shake the crumbs and chicken in, so I’m glad I didn’t ask.
The chickens’ owners are a young woman and her husband who built the Taj Mahal using materials recovered from family, friends and neighbours.
The young woman, and I’ll call her Belle,is 12 days younger than my middle son.
Belle’s mother, and I’ll call her Joy,and I were pregnant together and ourbabies were born in 1987.
Our eldest children –a girl for Joy, a boy for me –were born six weeks apart in 1985, my son first.
Joy, my former husband and I first met a year or so before we became pregnant. She was one of the sweetest, most beautiful women I have known, with a radiancethat came from herinner goodness. I can hear her voice as I write this –soft and with a lovelylilt from her home country.
We hit it off. When she introduced us to her husband we became friends who spent a lot of time together. I have photos of those years when our children were young –of us camping, sharing holidays, eating at each others’ homes, spending Christmas together.
I had a third and final son. Joyand her husband had another three children –two boys and a girl.
Her youngest daughter was born the day Joydied of a cerebral haemorrhage in the mid 1990s. She was in her late 30s.
Like a lot ofshocking events it is remembered as separate, vivid images and phrases –turning my car too quickly into adriveway while crying and hitting a median strip; the tightnessin my husband’s face when I told him, and the way he didn’t respond at all for quite a few seconds while he struggled with disbelief; standing in the kitchen with Belle and her older sister that night and talking about food we had no stomach to eat; seeing Joyin the hospital, kept alive by the drugs she was given for her daughter’s birth; seeing her newborn sleeping baby in a crib in the nursery, surrounded by other babies.
She had her mother’s dark hair. She was beautiful and healthy and in that setting with its lowered lights, the babies wrapped and mainly sleeping, she looked like the others. But her life, only minutes old, was already very different.
In two weeks I will be a grandmother for the first time. A little baby girl. My youngest son and his partner are prepared and live a few streets away. I have been the butt of every joke going around about what deals were done to ensure I am the closest grandparent.
I have photos of my youngest son when he was barely two, walking around the backyard of the house we had at the timecarrying a big fat black chook in his arms. She wasone of four we kept in a largepen where they produced big brown warm eggs.
Our sonsnamed them. Thus we had four chooks called Joanne. I was the butt of the joke back then as well and my children hadn’t even started school. It was my youngest son’s greatjoy to walk around the yard carrying the chooks, one at a time. The chooks must have felt supported because they sat in his arms until he plopped them down, and went off to get another one.
Joy did not live to see her grandchildren. She now has four. There was an echo of grief all over again, even all these years later, as I left her daughter’s house and headed in the direction of where my youngest son now lives. Her youngest daughter –the baby whose head would turn a certain way and cause a pang for those who saw it, because she was so much like her mother –is a mother.
Joy is gone but not gone.
I stood in that yard the other day talking to Belle’s husband while the chickens clucked and scratched, and Joy was there –in the love of that home and the sense of welcome. Which is how we should remember.
An attempt to hack the Democratic National Committee’s US voter database has been thwarted.An attempt to break into the Democratic National Committee’s voter database has been thwarted, two years after Russian operatives hacked into the organisation’s systems and facilitated the release of tens of thousands of emails amid a US presidential election.
A cyber security firm uncovered the plot, which involved creating a fake login page to gather usernames and passwords in order to access the Democratic Party’s voter database, a DNC official, who was not authorised to speak publicly on the matter, said.
The voter file contains information on tens of millions of voters and the FBI has been notified of the attempt to access it.
Government and tech officials say it’s too early to know who was behind the attempt.
The attempt came as Democrats gather for their summer meeting.
The party’s cybersecurity has been an issue since the 2016 presidential election, when Russian hackers compromised DNC servers and revealed internal communications that exposed divisions between Bernie Sanders’ and Hillary Clinton’s campaigns as they vied for the Democratic presidential nomination.
Hackers also accessed the email accounts of Clinton’s campaign chairman, John Podesta, and systematically released the contents throughout the campaign.
Bob Lord, the DNC’s chief security officer, said the attempt showed how serious the cyberthreat is and why it’s critical that state and federal officials work together on security.
“This attempt is further proof that there are constant threats as we head into midterm elections and we must remain vigilant in order to prevent future attacks,” Lord said in a statement, adding US President Donald Trump was not doing enough to protect American democracy.
Previously, Trump has mocked the DNC’s cybersecurity and cast doubt on US intelligence officials’ findings that Russia was involved.
Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen said on Wednesday the quick response to the attempted hack showed the system was working.
In Tuesday’s incident, a scanning tool deployed by the security firm Lookout detected a masquerading website designed to harvest the passwords of users of the login page of NGP VAN, a technology provider used by the Democrats, Mike Murray, the company’s vice president of security intelligence, said.
The tool, which leverages artificial intelligence, has been in development for a year and wasn’t tasked to scan any sites in particular but instead to identify phishing sites based on typical attributes, Murray said.
“This is the beauty of AI: It finds things that humans don’t know to look for,” he said.
“As soon as we realised how fast it was developing, I decided to reach out to contacts that I know at the DNC.”
Murray also contacted the website hosting company, Digital Ocean.