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It’s looking like Labor will win this year’s Queensland election. In 2012 the Labor Party had a landslide lost to the Liberal National Party in Queensland, with the Liberals winning with 78 seats and Labor getting 7, the final 4 seats went to Bob Katter’s party and independents.

It was expected that this election would return the Liberals to government with a smaller number of seats retained, but many have been gobsmacked with Labor’s performance with a high possibility of forming government.

Stay tuned to this page for more updates as the vote count finalizes.

Below is a live tally of the count from the ABC.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/qld-election-2015/results/

 

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On the 28th of December AirAsia flight QZ8501 went missing en route to Singapore to Indonesia. At 5:20am (WIB) Western Indonesian Time the plane took off from Juanda International Airport, located in east Java. The Airbus A320-200 lost contact with Indonesian air traffic control at 7:24am (WIB), the Singaporean authorities where informed of the planes loss of contact 7.54am (WIB). The plane was due to land in Singapore at 8:30am (SGT) Singapore Time, their where 162 people on board.

AirAsia Posted this statement to Facebook:

Earlier in Surabaya, the management of AirAsia along with the Governor of East Java, National Search and Rescue Agency of Republic of Indonesia (BASARNAS), Airport Authority of Indonesia, Airport Operator (Angkasa Pura I) met with the members of the families to update them on the latest developments and reconfirmed their commitment to providing assistance in every possible way.

Sunu Widyatmoko, CEO of AirAsia Indonesia said, “We are deeply shocked and saddened by this incident. We are cooperating with the relevant authorities to the fullest extent to determine the cause of this incident. In the meantime, our main priority is keeping the families of our passengers and colleagues informed on the latest developments.”

“We will do everything possible to support them as the investigation continues and have already mobilized a support team to help take care of their immediate needs, including accommodation and travel arrangements. A briefing center has also been set up in Surabaya for the families.”

For the families in Singapore, there is also an emergency briefing room at Changi International Airport Terminal Two, where AirAsia Indonesia will be providing regular updates.

We have also established an Emergency Call Centre that is available for those seeking information about relatives or friends who may have been on board the flight. The number is +622129270811.

At this time, search and rescue operations are being conducted, under the guidance of National Search and Rescue Agency Republic of Indonesia (BASARNAS). AirAsia Indonesia is cooperating fully and assisting the investigation in every possible way.

The aircraft was an Airbus A320-200 with the registration number PK-AXC. There were 155 passengers on board, with 137 adults, 17 children and 1 infant. Also on board were 2 pilots and 4 cabin crew and one engineer on board.

The captain in command had a total of 20,537 flying hours of which, 6,100 flying hours were with AirAsia Indonesia on the Airbus A320. The first office officer had a total of 2,275 flying hours with AirAsia Indonesia.

We will release further information as soon as it becomes available and our thoughts and prayers are with those on board QZ8501.

For continuous coverage of the events watch the live stream below:

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Hostages are being held at the Lindt café in Sydney’s Martin Place. For more details watch the live stream below:

 

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Today after the decision to not indite NYPD officer Daniel Pantaleo, for choking the black male Eric Garner while arresting him, large protests have erupted in New York City and smaller protests in other city’s within the US. Above there is a video of the protests.

The US department of justice has announced an investigation into the case.

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The grand jury in the case of the Michael Brown shooting have decided against charging the police officer who shot Michael.

ln a live press conference the president of the United States Barack Obama urged calm in the town of Ferguson. Currently there are riots in the city, below is a live link to a KMOV TV chopper feed of the situation in Ferguson.

Ground Live Feed:

The lawyer for the Police officer being prosecuted over the shooting, Darren Wilson, has released this statement on his behalf.

 

Benjamin Crump the lawyer for the Brown family released this statement on their behalf.

“We are profoundly disappointed that the killer of our child will not face the consequence of his actions.

While we understand that many others share our pain, we ask that you channel your frustration in ways that will make a positive change. We need to work together to fix the system that allowed this to happen.

Join with us in our campaign to ensure that every police officer working the streets in this country wears a body camera.

We respectfully ask that you please keep your protests peaceful. Answering violence with violence is not the appropriate reaction.

Let’s not just make noise, let’s make a difference.”

Lesley McSpadden and Michael Brown, Sr.
Parents of Michael Brown, Jr

 

The President, Barack Obama, gave this press conference a short time after the decision.

 

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