OTTAWA | The mother of the man accused of killing a soldier at Ottawa’s war memorial then storming parliament before being shot dead says she is crying for the victims of the shooting, not her son.
In a brief and tear-filled telephone interview with The Associated Press on Thursday, Susan Bibeau said she did not know what to say to those hurt in the attack.
“Can you ever explain something like this?” she said. “We are sorry.”
Investigators offered little information about the gunman in Ottawa, identified as 32-year-old petty criminal Michael Zehaf-Bibeau.
Canadian police conceded on Thursday that Zehaf-Bibeau was the lone gunman, the second attack in three days in what the prime minister described as terrorism.
Bibeau said she was devastated for the victims of Full Story »
Adelaide | The Royal Adelaide Hospital has admitted it knowingly rostered doctors in breach of health, safety and welfare standards.
The General Medical rosters for the Medical Practitioners Group at the RAH had failed to meet restrictions of excessive hours of duty, the RAH’s Head of General Medicine, Dr Jeff Faunt, has told the Industrial Relations Court.
The breaches included failures to provide four days free from duty in each 28 day cycle, failures to provide one weekend free of duty in each 28 day cycle, and requiring employees to work in excess of eight consecutive days.
The breaches had gone on for several years and reflected a lack of resources, Faunt admitted.
The South Australian Salaried Medical Officers Association (SASMOA) became aware of the problem in August and sough Full Story »
Comment | Local councils have received a fillip just prior to elections via an independent survey conducted by Newspoll.
Established by Professor A J Brown at Queensland’s Griffith University, the survey has shown a further growth in public confidence in councils across Australia.
From a positive response of 57% in 2008, confidence rose to 58.1% in 2012 and the latest survey showed further growth to 58.9%.
While we are not in competition with state or federal governments, the states scored 54.5% and the Australian Government 52.5%.
Below these national results however, confidence in SA councils grew by 3% to 64.5%, well exceeding the national average.
No-one should get carried away with surveys but the trends are interesting.
A key question which arises is whether it could flag an increa Full Story »
PHILIP WHITE REVIEWS | Whitey’s been worrying about posh Chardonnay - but, like, why?
Kooyong Faultline Mornington Peninsula Chardonnay 2012
$60; 13.5% alcohol; screw cap; 92 points
There’s not much of your actual fruit to sniff here: no peach or melon aromas or much of what you’d normally expect to find rising from a glass of your Australian Chardonnay. Hang on: Maybe there is some melon: the crinkly skin of the cantaloupe, the rock melon which is what the Americans call a muskmelon.
Oh yes, it also smells like rock, or at least the guano rock of Nauru: dry, sharp and acrid. Dusty, dry hessian. Burlap. Hemp. The palate is slender and edgy, with a hint of that melon. No, it’s not cantaloupe, it’s more like honeydew flesh. Maybe a very creamy pear. The acid is Full Story »