Archive for September, 2019

  • Couple jailed 40 years for starving son

    Date: 2019.09.20 | Category: 韩国半永久纹眉 | Response: 0

    A Pennsylvania man and his wife have each been sentenced to up to four decades in jail after pleading guilty to the murder of their nine-year-old son.

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    The disabled boy was found starved to death in a dark, faeces-smeared room last year.

    Judge John Cherry said Jarrod Tutko Sr, 39, and Kimberly Tutko, 40, were equally culpable in the death of Jarrod Tutko Jr and the near-death of his sister Arianna, now 12.

    He sentenced the father to 21 to 42 years in prison, and gave his wife a sentence of 20 to 40 years. Both had pleaded guilty to charges of third-degree murder and related offences.

    Cherry castigated both parents, who were sentenced separately, but he reserved particular scorn for Kimberly Tutko.

    “We don’t even keep animals like that,” he said. “It’s inconceivable that you allowed this to happen,” the judge said.

    Before his sentencing, Jarrod Tutko Sr pleaded for understanding, saying mental health problems drove him to confine his son in a filthy upstairs room in the family’s Harrisburg home.

    “Your honour, I am not a monster. I am not a dangerous individual,” he said, weeping through much of the hearing. “I loved my child. I tried my hardest.”

    But his lawyer, Bradley Winnick, conceded that the case represented “a catastrophic failure of parenting”.

    Prosecutor Sean McCormack had urged they receive the maximum possible sentence, but Cherry knocked off a few years as credit for their guilty pleas.

    The couple lived with their six children, all but one of whom was disabled, in a rented home less than three blocks from the Pennsylvania governor’s official residence. Jarrod Jr suffered from Fragile-X Syndrome, a genetic condition that causes intellectual and behavioural disabilities, according to the National Fragile X Foundation.

    His parents kept the boy locked in a third-floor room with no bed or lights. A social worker, Carrie Shanahan, testified that the faeces had been smeared by little fingers.

    Police were summoned to the home on Aug. 1, 2014. They found Jarrod Tutko Jr., shrunken and dead, rolled in a blanket. His sister was clinging to life in her own bedroom but has since recovered, according to court testimony.

    Kimberly Tutko portrayed herself as a battered wife who wished only that her son could come back to life so that she could apologise for not being a better mother.

  • Melb teen rapist jailed

    Date: 2019.09.20 | Category: 韩国半永久纹眉 | Response: 0

    A young Melbourne man broke into a 16-year-old’s bedroom and raped her over two terrifying hours that a judge says must have felt like an eternity to the traumatised girl.

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    Victorian County Court Judge Susan Pullen said it was difficult to find words to adequately describe the “vile” May offence of Samuel Robert Aldrich, 19, as she sentenced him to eight years and six months in prison.

    During the two hours of digital rape and sexual abuse Aldrich told the girl he had a knife, and took photos of her.

    “It was, to say the least, vile, terrifying and would have been absolutely traumatic,” the judge said.

    “The two hours must have seemed like an eternity to her – she was in her home being sexually abused by you.”

    Judge Pullen set a non-parole period of five years for Aldrich, who had previously pleaded guilty to one count each of rape and aggravated burglary, and three counts of indecent assault.

    He will be registered as a sex offender for life.

    Aldrich – who has been diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder – scouted the Cheltenham home for days before the attack and watched pornography about sleeping girls.

    In the hours before the rape he watched pornography before breaking into the girl’s bungalow about 1.30am, while she was asleep.

    “You put your hand on her wrist and told her, ‘Shh, shh, it’s ok’. [She] was afraid and thought she was dreaming,” Judge Pullen said.

    “She pleaded for you not to do this to her, however you continued,” she said.

    The court heard Aldrich asked the victim at one point if she had been sexually abused before.

    When she answered yes, he replied: “Well that’s unfortunate, isn’t it?”

    Judge Pullen said while the degree of pre-planning was significant, she considered Aldrich’s chances of rehabilitation moderate.

    She ordered the 208 days Aldrich has spent in pre-sentencing custody to be taken into account in his sentence.

  • Mick Fanning’s brother dead at 43

    Date: 2019.09.20 | Category: 韩国半永久纹眉 | Response: 0

    Mick Fanning fought back tears just hours after learning of his brother’s death while pushing for a fourth world surfing title.

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    Despite waking up to hear his older brother, Peter, had died in his sleep, the Aussie displayed incredible levels of perseverance to win through his third and fourth round heats at the famed Pipeline Masters in Hawaii on Thursday.

    “It’s been a huge day, I’ve just got some personal stuff going on at home,” he said in an emotional interview after his heat.

    “It’s kind of heavy to talk about right now. I don’t know, I’m just cruising, and just trying to live.”

    Peter’s death was confirmed by Fanning’s Rip Curl team earlier on Friday, who declined to make any further comment.

    It is believed 43-year-old Peter, who has three children, had been staying at his brother’s Queensland home following his recent divorce.

    Somehow, Fanning remained at his brilliant best to keep his title hopes afloat.

    Needing to hold out a number of other contenders at the season-ending at the Banzai Pipeline, Fanning defeated local Jamie O’Brien with an opening-wave score of 8.47, before receiving a warm embrace from his mother before leaving the water.

    Just hours later he was back to defeat 11-time world champion Kelly Slater and red-hot Hawaiian John John Florence, in the highest-scoring heat of the day.

    He will need to defeat Slater again in a must-win quarter-final on Friday, but it was his bravery in the circumstances on Thursday that left fans in admiration.

    Not that the fighting spirit is anything new to Fanning though.

    In 1998, he not only lost his brother and close friend in a car accident, but somehow summoned the courage to deliver the news to the remainder of his family after police pulled him over to notify him of the crash.

    “Afterwards, I wasn’t allowed to go down to the crash site,” he wrote in his book, Surf For Your Life, in 2009.

    “I was trying to sneak out, because I wanted to go and see the tree they’d hit, but no one would let me until the car had been removed.

    “I didn’t surf either. I just sat in my room. I stayed there for four days.”

    Even reaching the season-ending event this year has been a matter of physical and mental fortitude.

    In July he was forced to kick and punch away a shark as it began to attack him while competing at J-Bay in South Africa.

    All the while, the real-life drama was being beamed live back to his mother, Elizabeth Osbourne, in Australia, who feared she was about to lose another child.

    “I thought, the universe can’t be this cruel,” she told 60 Minutes in August.

    “And it also makes me think of the years we’ve had without Sean and how we really stuck together during that time and how beautiful it’s been.

    “Only the one thing about our family now, especially me, is that I’m much more anxious.”

  • Lanning looks to continue hot WBBL form

    Date: 2019.09.20 | Category: 韩国半永久纹眉 | Response: 0

    Meg Lanning has already stamped her authority as the world’s best batter and she’s intent on maintaining her dominant form on the weekend in the WBBL competition when the Melbourne Stars travel to Sydney.

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    Lanning, the top-ranked batter in the world in the ICC rankings, accounted for more than half her team’s score across their opening two games, both wins, with eye-catching knocks of 90 and 75no against the Brisbane Heat.

    The Stars’ skipper says there’s more to her side’s good start to the tournament than her brilliant form with the bat but she’s happy to be seeing the ball well nonetheless.

    “As an opening batter, your job is to get runs,” Lanning said on Thursday.

    “But it’s always nice to start off a tournament well. Being able to open the innings is nice, being able to settle in a little bit and push on from there. It’s nice to start off well (personally) and I’ll be looking to continue that this weekend as well.

    “(But) I think everybody has chipped in when they’ve had the chance and we’ve got great depth in our squad. You can’t rely on one or two people because, if you do that, you’re probably not going to go as far as you want in the tournament.”

    The Stars take on the winless Sydney Sixers on Friday and Saturday before Sunday’s clash with the top-of-the-table Hobart Hurricanes.

    Lanning’s side are third on the WBBL ladder after two games but the second-placed Heat have played four more matches for three wins and three loses, while the Hurricanes are the early pacesetter with four wins from four games.

    “I think the earlier in the tournament you can get the wins up, the better it is,” Lanning said.

    “You don’t really want to be chasing games towards the end of the tournament.

    “The ladder is a bit skew-whiff at the minute … it’s still very early in the tournament but we’re looking forward to keeping the winning streak going and getting as many wins on the board as we can.”

  • Police shut down $15.8m daycare rort

    Date: 2019.09.20 | Category: 韩国半永久纹眉 | Response: 0

    Six people have been charged over an alleged rort of grandparent welfare payments worth $15.

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    8 million.

    Two men and four women were arrested on Wednesday for repeatedly making false claims on behalf of family childcare centres they ran and worked at in Melbourne’s west.

    The claims, dating back to March 2014, mostly related to the grandparent childcare benefit scheme, which covers the full cost of fees for up to 50 hours of care per child per week.

    Police have withheld around $1.1 million of assets belonging to those arrested, including two Melbourne properties, bank accounts and a pair of luxury cars believed to be the proceeds of crime.

    Some of the alleged fraudsters, aged between 23 and 48, are family members and managed, or provided, day care services.

    They have been charged with many offences including conspiracy to dishonestly cause a loss to the Commonwealth.

    It follows a joint investigation involving the Australian Federal Police, Department of Human Services, Department of Education and Training, Taskforce Integrity and the Victoria Department of Education and Training.

    “$15.8 million is a significant alleged welfare fraud and this is certainly the biggest one we’ve had in the last 12 months,” the AFP’s Commander Peter Crozier told reporters in Canberra on Thursday.

    The Victoria government said it will not tolerate people in the childcare industry acting inappropriately or failing to comply with regulations.

    “We will investigate any claims of illegal childcare services or improper behaviour, take action to shut down offenders and where necessary, bring them before the courts,” a spokesperson for the state’s Department of Education and Training said in a statement.

    Police have not ruled out further arrests as inquiries continue.

  • Five key things from the US rate hike

    Date: 2019.09.02 | Category: 韩国半永久纹眉 | Response: 0

    FIVE THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE US RATE HIKE

    WHAT HAPPENED?

    In a widely anticipated move, the US Federal Reserve raised its interest rate for the first time in almost a decade.

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    The federal funds rate rose a quarter of a percentage point to a range between 0.25 per cent and 0.5 per cent.

    By comparison Australia’s cash rate is at record low two per cent.

    WHY?

    In 2008, at the onset of the global financial crisis, the Fed slashed its interest rate to near zero from 3.5 per cent in an attempt to stimulate the economy.

    After creating 5.5 million jobs in two years, the US economy is emerging from the “great” recession and is expected to grow in the year ahead.

    That allows the Fed to raise its interest rate from emergency levels to more normal ones to help keep inflation under control.

    WHAT DID THE AUSSIE DOLLAR DO?

    It fell after the Fed’s announcement, bottoming out at 71.77 US cents, but then bounced above 72 US cents.

    The Aussie has lost a third of its value in the past two years, mostly because of speculation the Fed would hike its rate.

    AMP Capital chief economist Shane Oliver said the dollar’s muted reaction was because the Fed said any further increases would be gradual.

    “With the Fed undertaking a dovish rate hike there is a risk that a further fall in the Australian dollar will be further delayed,” he said.

    AND THE AUSTRALIAN SHARE MARKET?

    It surged because traders saw the decision to raise the US interest rate as a positive.

    “The market is reacting well to the Fed’s decision, which reflects the strength in the US economy,” IG’s market analyst Angus Nicholson said.

    WHAT ABOUT AUSTRALIAN INTEREST RATES?

    Another cut looks less likely after two months of strong local jobs figures.

    Dr Oliver said if the Fed’s rate hikes are gradual, then the RBA might need to cut again to help push the Australian dollar lower to stimulate the economy.

    But if the Fed becomes aggressive with its rate rises the Aussie could fall to around 60 US cents next year, making an RBA rate cut less likely.

    The RBA last lifted rates in November 2010, while its most recent cut was in May this year.

  • ACCC targets Demetriou education firm

    Date: 2019.09.02 | Category: 韩国半永久纹眉 | Response: 0

    The consumer watchdog has launched court action against Acquire Learning, alleging the education services broker signed up customers for courses they didn’t need or couldn’t afford.

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    As Acquire earned commissions from telemarketing to students, the students were left with hefty government-funded VET debt instead of the job prospects they were promised, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission claims.

    “The ACCC is alleging that Acquire Learning’s telemarketers signed consumers up to courses without taking into account their individual circumstances and misled consumers about their suitability for the course and how the course would improve their employment prospects,” the ACCC said on Thursday.

    Many consumers who submitted requests for VET FEE-HELP assistance and enrolled in courses as a result of calls from Acquire Learning have subsequently had their enrolments cancelled, and VET FEE-HELP debt annulled, the ACCC said.

    The ACCC’s action will be heard in the Federal Court, with a case management conference listed for February 4.

    Acquire’s executive chairman is former AFL chief Andrew Demetriou.

    Managing director John Wall said the alleged “historical matters” occurred between July 2014 and March 2015, and were not a reflection of company’s current practices.

    “We have formal disciplinary processes to address any compliance breaches by staff, rigorous controls over who our staff can contact and a Customer Commitment Checklist that must be completed and signed by students to help ensure they understand the facts relating to any course they want to do,” Mr Wall said.

    The ACCC recently launched court action against Empower Institute, alleging that education provider remove and disadvantaged communities, promising a free laptop or cash for new sign-ups.

    The watchdog last month launched action against the Phoenix Institute on similar grounds.

  • Aust planes fine in South China Sea: Payne

    Date: 2019.09.02 | Category: 韩国半永久纹眉 | Response: 0

    Australia will continue to carry out surveillance in the South China Sea despite concerns over a recent incursion, Defence Minister Marise Payne says.

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    A radio recording emerged this week of a Royal Australian Air Force surveillance plane flying over the disputed sea.

    The release of the recording prompted the Chinese government to warn other countries against “bringing up troubles” in the region.

    Ms Payne has dismissed the concerns, saying Australia will continue to carry out routine surveillance in accordance with international law.

    “Maritime surveillance and air surveillance are very important to the job that the ADF does in maintaining regional stability and security,” she told reporters in Adelaide on Thursday.

    “We always navigate in a very constructive way in the region.”

    Asked about the Australian incursion, Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson Hong Lei said navigation in the South China Sea was no problem.

    “We hope other countries, especially those outside the region, will watch their words and actions, rather than bringing up troubles and deliberately complicating the situation in the South China Sea,” he said on Tuesday.

    “Some countries intentionally play up tension in the region so as to create disturbance and poke their noses into the South China Sea affairs. The Chinese side is firmly opposed to that.”

    The Chinese state-owned Global Times newspaper this week warned Australia against entering air space near the disputed sea.

    “Australian military planes better not regularly come to the South China Sea to ‘get involved’ , and especially don’t test China’s patience by flying close to China’s islands,” the newspaper said according to the ABC.

    “Everyone has always been careful, but it would be a shame if one day a plane fell from the sky and it happened to be Australian.”

  • Luke Mitchell’s family ‘underwhelmed’ at his killers’ 24-year jail sentence

    Date: 2019.09.02 | Category: 韩国半永久纹眉 | Response: 0

    More than six years after Luke Mitchell was punched, kicked and stabbed to death outside a Melbourne convenience store in 2009 his killers have been sentenced to at least 18 years in jail.

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    Sarud Seehaverachart, 33 and Thatiya Terdputham, 40, who were found guilty after a lengthy trial will now join their former friend Teparat Tepsut behind bars.

    The pair, and Tepsut who is already serving a 15 year jail sentence, fled to Thailand soon after they killed Mr Mitchell, 29, in Brunswick on May 24, 2009 but were found and extradited for trial.

    In handing down his sentence on Thursday, Supreme Court Justice Beale said Mr Mitchell was set upon by the three men after he bravely intervened when he noticed them attacking another man.

    The trio then went looking for Mr Mitchell, armed with knives and a meat cleaver, and cornered him in a 7-Eleven car park in Brunswick where they repeatedly stabbed him.

    “You took revenge on Mr Mitchell and then you fled the scene of the crime and the country on the same day”

    Justice Beale said the pair he was sentencing on Thursday used “deadly weapons” in a “very public place in front of many witnesses”.

    “You took revenge on Mr Mitchell and then you fled the scene of the crime and the country on the same day,” Justice Beale said.

    Outside court, brother Shane said the family could now move on because all three were behind bars but the sentence was “pretty underwhelming”.

    “The pain doesn’t change … but we can handle it better now,” he told reporters.

    Mum Carol broke down outside court when asked how her son should be remembered.

    “We’re very proud of him,” she said.

    “That’s why Luke’s where he is, who he was, and what he did.”

    Seehaverachant and Terdputham were sentenced to 24 years in jail, with a minimum of 18.

  • Christian professor wears hijab in solidarity with Muslims

    Date: 2019.09.02 | Category: 韩国半永久纹眉 | Response: 0

    A professor at a Chicago Christian college, placed on leave after donning a headscarf to show solidarity with Muslims, says her actions demonstrate her own faith.

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    Larycia Hawkins, who is a Christian and an associate professor of political science at Wheaton College, a private evangelical school west of Chicago, was put on leave Tuesday.

    In recent days, she began wearing a hijab, the headscarf worn by some Muslim women, to counter what she called the “vitriolic” rhetoric against Muslims in recent weeks.

    “In the spirit of Advent, my actions were motivated by a desire to live out my faith. Period,” Hawkins said Wednesday at a news conference at a Chicago church. Advent is the season leading up to Christmas.

    With fears of terrorism simmering and Donald Trump calling for Muslims to be blocked from entering the United States, many American Muslims are on edge. Hawkins said she felt it was important to show solidarity with Muslims in the country.

    “Theoretical solidarity is not solidarity,” she said.

    Supporters at the news conference included Wheaton students and Christian leaders who called for her reinstatement.

    The college said in a statement Tuesday that it placed her on leave because of statements she made on social media about similarities between Islam and Christianity.

    “In response to significant questions regarding the theological implications of statements that Associate Professor of Political Science Dr Larycia Hawkins has made about the relationship of Christianity to Islam, Wheaton College has placed her on administrative leave, pending the full review to which she is entitled as a tenured faculty member,” the statement read.