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Fashions come and go in photography, but Emmanuel Angelicas remains a constant. With an extraordinary mix of in-your-face documentation and dark fantasy, leavened with images showing genuine affection for family and friends, Angelicas celebrates fifty years of photography in Sydney’s Marrickville. From film to digital, Angelicas roamed the streets on his doorstep with the confidence of a local and the passion of a provocateur. There are some classics, but this black and white exhibition is bursting with startling new images from his previously unseen archive. The ‘bad boy of photography’ in Sydney doesn’t disappoint!

MH17 Telephone Links to Moscow Leadership Bohdan Warchomij November 15, 2019

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An international investigation into the 2014 downing of Malaysia Airlinesflight MH17 has released a series of phone intercepts, including one between a top aide to Russian president Vladimir Putin and pro-Russian rebels accused in the crash.

Calls between officials in Moscow and pro-Russian rebels in eastern Ukrainemostly took place via secure telephones provided by the Russian security service, and intensified ahead of the disaster in the first half of July 2014, the Joint Investigation Team (Jit) said.

“The indications for close ties between leaders of the DPR (Donetsk People’s Republic) and Russian government officials raise questions about their possible involvement in the deployment of the (missile), which brought down flight MH17 on 17 July 2014,” the Jit said.

MH17 was shot out of the sky over territory held by pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine as it flew from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur. All 298 on board died.

The Dutch-led team said the intercepts showed two leaders of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR), who were charged with murder in June, had been in contact with Vladislav Surkov, a senior Putin aide, and Sergey Aksyonov, a Russian-appointed leader in Russian-annexed Crimea.

The Russian government, which has denied involvement in the plane’s destruction, said on Thursday it could not verify the authenticity of the intercepts.

Russian foreign ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova told a news briefing in Moscow that the intercepts followed a wave of “fake news” on the subject and should be regarded with scepticism.

The Kremlin and Mr Surkov did not respond to requests for comment.

The investigation team published the telephone call intercepts on its website and appealed for witnesses to come forward.

In a conversation on July 3rd, 2014, prosecutors said Mr Surkov indicated reinforcements would be coming from Russia: “On Saturday they are already departing for the south to be combat ready.”

There were calls between rebel forces and authorities in Moscow “on a daily basis to discuss administrative, financial and military matters in the DPR”. The Jit released a series of phone numbers, asking witnesses to help identify the callers.

Investigators have previously found that the missile that hit the airplane originated from Russia’s Kursk military base, not far from the Ukrainian border. In June, the Jit charged three Russians and a Ukrainian with 298 murders.

The rebels and Moscow have denied involvement in the downing of MH17. Russia also denies Western accusations that it sent ground troops, weapons and funding to the rebels in eastern Ukraine.

The four suspects are due to go on trial in absentia in a Dutch court on March 9th next year.

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Venice Underwater: The Highest Tide in 50 Years November 14, 2019

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Venice Underwater: The Highest Tide in 50 Years

The Atlantic: Story Alan Taylor


Yesterday, strong winds and rainstorms pushed water levels in Venice, Italy, to the second highest levels ever recorded. The high water mark hit 74 inches (187 centimetres), just short of the record set in 1966. This exceptional acqua Alta has flooded businesses and historic structures, sank boats, and been blamed for one death so far.


Violence expands in Hong Kong November 12, 2019

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HONG KONG — Police fired tear gas at protesters who littered streets with bricks and disrupted morning trains Tuesday for the second day in a row as Hong Kong’s five months of anti-government demonstrations turned increasingly violent.

Protesters and police faced off in and around several university campuses as classes were cancelled. Subways were partially shut down, and passengers on one commuter train disembarked short of the station and were escorted along the tracks in video shown on Hong Kong television.

Recent weeks have been marked by escalating vandalism against shops and train stations and assaults by both protesters and pro-Beijing supporters on the other side.

On Monday, a police officer drew his gun during a struggle with protesters, shooting one in the abdomen. In another neighborhood, a person was set on fire after an apparent argument. The Hong Kong hospital authority said both were in critical condition. Video of another incident showed a policeman on a motorcycle riding through a group of protesters in an apparent attempt to disperse them.

Lam refused to accept the demands for political concessions. “These rioters’ actions have far exceeded their demands, and they are enemies of the people,” she said.

One of their demands is for the government to stop labeling the demonstrators as rioters, which connotes that even peaceful protest is a criminal activity. Their other unmet demands are for democratic changes in Hong Kong’s government, criminal charges to be dropped against protesters and for police actions against the protesters to be independently investigated.

Following Lam’s comments, confrontations between protesters and police continued into the night, with black-clad demonstrators torching at least one vehicle and blocking an intersection in the Mongkok district that has been the scene of many clashes. A taxi driver was taken away by ambulance with head wounds, although it wasn’t immediately clear how he had been injured.

In Washington, the U.S. government said it is watching the situation with “grave concern.”

“?We condemn violence on all sides, extend our sympathies to victims of violence regardless of their political inclinations, and call for all parties — police and protestors — to exercise restraint,” State Department spokeswoman Morgan Ortagus said in a statement.

She urged the government to address the underlying concerns behind the protests and the protesters to respond to efforts at dialogue.

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In a widely distributed video of the shooting Monday morning, an officer shooed away a group of protesters near an intersection, then drew his gun on a protester who approached him. As the two struggle, another protester in black approaches. The officer fired at the second protester, who falls to the ground.

It was the second police shooting of a protester since the demonstrations began, although police have repeatedly drawn firearms to ward off attacks. Police said they arrested more than 260 people on Monday, raising to 3,560 the number of arrests since the movement erupted in June.

Few details were available about the burning incident in the Ma On Shan neighborhood. Video posted online shows the victim arguing with a group of young people before someone douses him with a liquid and strikes a lighter.

Police fired tear gas and deployed a water cannon in parts of the city and charged onto the campus of Chinese University, where students were protesting. Online video also showed a policeman on a motorcycle riding through a group of protesters in an apparent attempt to disperse them.

The protests initially began over a proposed law that would have allowed criminal suspects to be extradited to mainland China, where they could face opaque and politically sensitive trials. Activists saw the bill as another sign of an erosion in Hong Kong’s autonomy and civic freedoms, which China promised would be maintained for 50 years under a “one nation, two systems” principle when the former British colony returned to Chinese control in 1997.

The Rechabite is Now Open November 6, 2019

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The Rechabite is Now Open

FED CUP PERTH: Australia versus France Alicia Molik has drafted the newly eligible Ajla Tomljanovic straight into Australia’s team for the Fed Cup final. November 6, 2019

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Alicia Molik has drafted the newly eligible Ajla Tomljanovic straight into Australia’s team for next month’s Fed Cup final against France in Perth. And she was quickly onto the practice court at RAC Arena and working on her routine.

Croatian-born Tomljanovic, the Australian No.2, joins team spearhead Ashleigh Barty and Cup stalwart Samantha Stosur for the November 9-10 title decider after only being cleared by the ITF only this month.

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Young guns Astra Sharma and Priscilla Hon round out the side as Australia chase a first Fed Cup trophy in 45 years in what will be the country’s only final appearance since 1993.

“The Fed Cup Final is a momentous occasion for not only the players and team, but the wider tennis community and Australian sporting fans,” Molik said.

“We’ve had many magnificent moments so far to get us to this point and I’m so proud of each and every member of our team who has been a part of this journey.

“Hosting a Fed Cup Final in your home country is a rare and precious opportunity. It’s going to be a spectacular event and I can’t wait.”

With Barty leading the way, Australia are slight favourites to break their near-half-century Fed Cup title drought.

Unbeaten in Fed Cup play in two-and-a-half years, the world No.1 has won all four of her singles matches plus two decisive doubles rubbers in 2019 to become the first player ever to win six straight World Group matches on the road to the final in the current competition format.

But Molik faces somewhat of a selection conundrum choosing between Stosur and Cup rookie Tomljanovic as her second singles option.

While Tomljanovic has spent most of 2019 inside the top 50 after hitting a career-high No.39 in April, the vastly experienced Stosur boasts the most singles wins for Australia in Fed Cup history and last month also reached her first hardcourt final in five years in Guangzhou.

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Barty said it’s a good problem for Australia’s captain to have.

“In the last two ties, we’ve shown that it’s taken a team effort,” Barty told AAP before opening her WTA Finals campaign with a 5-7 6-1 6-2 comeback win over Belinda Bencic on Sunday night.

“The beauty of what Alicia has created is we’ve got depth in our team.

“We’ve got belief in every single player and it doesn’t matter who gets the wins on the board.

“It’s about coming together and trying to figure out a way how team Australia can win the tie.”

Regardless who Molik goes with, Barty believes it’s advantage Australia before a ball is even hit.

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Professor Jane Lydon, Wesfarmers Chair in Australian History at the University of Western Australia delivered the 2019 Geoffrey Bolton Lecture on the 14 October 2019 October 18, 2019

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Truth-telling, Archives and Human Rights’

Professor Jane Lydon, Wesfarmers Chair in Australian History at the University of Western Australia  delivered the 2019 Geoffrey Bolton Lecture on 14 October 2019


Venue: State Theatre Centre, 174-176 William Street (cnr Roe Street), Perth

Date and time: Monday 14 October 2019 at 6pm

Over recent decades there has been growing interest in the history of human rights and the role of archives in both shaping and documenting this story.  Archives play a key part in helping societies deal with painful histories and in building peaceful futures through dialogue and debate. As Australia continues to grapple with its history of colonial encounters, Indigenous calls for ‘truth-telling’ pose profound challenges to the nation. The 2019 Geoffrey Bolton Lecture will address these issues among others and will also explore the question – if the archive is a powerful source for determining what is true, how do we respond to the silencing of marginal voices, absences and mis-representations that have shaped our past, and instead forge a flourishing and just future?

An educator, researcher and award winning author, Professor Lydon’s books include the edited collection Visualising Human Rights (UWA Publishing 2018), and Imperial Emotions: The Politics of Empathy Across the British Empire (Cambridge University Press, 2019) which examines the way that emotional narratives created relationships across the British empire, throughout the nineteenth century and into the present. She is currently working on a study of the links between the British anti-slavery movement and Australian history titled No Slavery in a Free Land? Anti-Slavery and Australia (Routledge, 2020). Professor Lydon holds fellowships of the Australian Academy of Humanities and the Society of Antiquaries of London, and is member of the Council of the National Trust (Western Australia).

Carol Bolton with Professor Jane Lydon UWA at the State Theatre for the 2019 Geoffrey Bolton Lecture

Male Giraffe Calf born to Perth Zoo giraffe’s female Kitoto and bull Armani. October 8, 2019

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Perth Zoo’s family has expanded with the arrival of a strong, healthy male giraffe calf late yesterday afternoon.

Less than 24 hours old, the calf is in the night quarters, or ‘giraffe nursey’ and no access will be granted beyond

the initial giraffe care team as zookeepers give the herd a chance to bond.

The little male was born to mother, Kitoto at 3:04pm yesterday afternoon after a two and half hour labour . Both Mum and baby giraffe are doing well and were bonding behind the scenes in the giraffe nursery.

Straight after birth, Mum was seen licking and grooming her new calf and he was up standing and testing his wobbly legs after just 20 minutes. In another great sign, the calf was suckling and feeding from mum within the first hour after birth.

This is the second calf born to Kitoto and her partner, the bull, Armani as part of a coordinated effort by Australian zoos to breed

these majestic creatures to help fight extinction. Giraffe numbers in the wild have plummeted to fewer than 80,000, making our efforts vitally important.
For the next few weeks the giraffe herd will be spending time bonding with their  infant, who stands at approximately 169 centimetres in height.

Patience is requested from Perth Zoo patrons during these early days as the giraffe may not be as visible as normal, because like any family, the arrival of a newborn is a big deal and they’ll need some quiet time.

Tribute to Matthew Dwyer Photographer October 5, 2019

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The body of a Perth photographer has been found at the base of one of Western Australia’s highest peaks, where he had previously gone to shoot wildlife photography.

Friends of Mr Dwyer, who was known for his striking images of animals and birds, became concerned for his welfare on Wednesday when he failed to return from a trip to Bluff Knoll in the Stirling Ranges National Park.

A widescale search involving the State Emergency Services (SES), police helicopter and drone and AMSA Challenger Search and Rescue Jet searched the park overnight and into the day.

A body believed to be that of the 51-year-old was found about midday at the base of the main bluff, a 1,090-metre-tall peak, 400 kilometres south-east of Perth, which is a popular destination for hikers and climbers.

Mr Dwyer was a career photographer with more than 30 years’ experience.

His former colleague at the Fremantle Herald, journalist David Bell, remembered Mr Dwyer as a gentle, kind and warm person.

“He’d come along to meetings where I’d interview people and he was there to take the photos but sometimes he’d come up with better questions than I would.

“Very fair to say he’s beloved.”

Mr Dwyer is survived by three children.

He is understood to have spent a lot of time in the bush, and had previously been up on Bluff Knoll, where he snapped a celebrated picture of a native quokka in the snow.

To a true gentleman and great photographer: RIP Matthew Dwyer

Dangalabba, a 4 metre male Estuarine Crocodile is a new arrival at Perth Zoo October 4, 2019

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Dangalabba is a large four metre male Estuarine Crocodile. His name means ‘crocodile’ in the language of the Larrakia people, the traditional owners of the land and waters around Darwin, his original hatching place.

Dangalabba is a rescue crocodile who has lived at a crocodile farm in Broome for many years after being removed from Darwin Harbour by wildlife officers who were concerned about public safety. He is estimated to be approximately 35 – 42 years of age and is described as a ‘big boy’ in the prime of his life.

Dangalabba’s move to Perth was no small feat. It was planned to precision and involved a climate controlled truck to keep the crocodile as happy and comfortable as possible, whilst a roster of truck drivers drove continuously so we could complete the 2000km+  journey quickly and safely.

After getting out of his transport crate, Dangalabba checked out his new pool (heated to a toasty 27 degrees) and has been able to stretch his reptilian legs in his new palatial home at Perth Zoo!