Saturday, July 05, 2003

Signs and Wonders 

Beam Collapses, Narrowly Missing Sandra Day O'Connor: "PHILADELPHIA — What was to have been a spectacular opening of the National Constitution Center (search) was marred Friday when a huge wood and steel frame collapsed on the stage, injuring several people and narrowly missing Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor."

Wednesday, July 02, 2003

Rural News - 12/06/2003: Paradise dam costs too pricey for irrigators? 

Rural News - 12/06/2003: Paradise dam costs too pricey for irrigators?: "A new study suggests water from Queensland's Paradise Dam, which is under construction near Bundaberg, may be too expensive for drought-affected irrigators.

Over $60 million was allocated towards the construction of the dam in the recent Queensland state budget.

Rupert Quinlan from the Queensland Conservation Council says it confirms previous research showing the water will be unable to find a buyer due to high costs. 'He's looked at their profit margins, looked at the cost of the water and said, this is how much they'll buy. But it still leaves 50 per cent. Where are the people who're going to buy that water? You're talking about 87,000 megalitres per annum. The economics just don't add up.'

Meanwhile, Queensland Development Minster Tom Barton says the study is 'a nonsense'. He says the government remains confident the dam will supply canegrowers in the Wide Bay region with up to 130,000 megalitres per year."

This is the latest Queensland "big picture" project that could be dropped faster than a bundle of Australian Magnesium shares, with cane a rapidly dying industry.

Big blob baffles boffins - theage.com.au 

Big blob baffles boffins - theage.com.au: "Chilean scientists were baffled today by a huge, gelatinous sea creature found washed up on the southern Pacific coast and were seeking international help identifying the mystery specimen.
The dead creature was mistaken for a beached whale when first reported about a week ago, but experts who went to see it said the 40-foot-long (12-metre) mass of decomposing lumpy grey flesh apparently was an invertebrate. "

Dunno...Kim Beazley?

Monday, June 30, 2003

China's ID Card Law Passed 

China's ID Card Law Passed: "China's top legislature, the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress (NPC), passed overwhelmingly the law of citizen identification card on Saturday.
The law, compared with the resident ID card regulations adopted in 1985, focused more on safeguarding the citizens' rights, said Ying Songnian, a member of the Committee for Internal and Judicial Affairs of the NPC and law professor with the National School of Administration. "

The law shows more concern for citizens' rights while removing their right to be unchipped in China.

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