Australian Navy ships dock in Jakarta in sign of stability in relations

Australian Navy ships dock in Jakarta in sign of stability in relations

Posted September 26, 2017 17:51:40 Photo: The Australian ships have left Indonesia for Malaysia. (Supplied: Royal Australian Navy) Related Story: Indonesia’s military chief accepts apology from Australian Army Related Story: Indonesia puts military ties on ice over ‘insulting’ West Papua posters They arrived with barely an acknowledgment from the Indonesian military, but that HMAS Adelaide and HMAS Toowoomba were docked for two days at a Jakarta port speaks volumes. Their presence in Indonesian waters is a sign of stability in relations after a military spat earlier this year, and so…

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Botanic gardens 'best hope' for saving endangered plants

Botanic gardens 'best hope' for saving endangered plants

Image copyrightCambridge University Botanic Garden Image caption Botanic gardens like this one in Cambridge, UK, are a haven for rare plantsThe world’s botanic gardens contain about a third of all known plants and help protect 40% of endangered species, a study has found. Scientists say that with one in five of the world’s plants on the brink of extinction, botanic collections hold the key to saving rare plant life. In the first detailed study of plants grown in botanical gardens, they recorded more than 100,000 species. Efforts are needed to…

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Desert Feet bringing the healing power of music to remote Indigenous communities

Desert Feet bringing the healing power of music to remote Indigenous communities

Updated September 26, 2017 19:06:05 ‘Music is some kind of a Panadol to our life.’ Video: Desert Feet musical therapy comes to Wangkatjungka. (ABC News) A hot wind blows in from the desert. It’s early morning but already 35 degrees. This is Wangkatjungka, an isolated Aboriginal community south-west of Fitzroy Crossing in the Kimberley, Western Australia. It needs some healing. Music as therapy Photo: Allwyn Bieundurry on stage as part of the Desert Feet music program. (ABC News: Jon Sambell) Allwyn Bieundurry has lost close friends to suicide, which isn’t…

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School-run mum ‘five times over limit’

School-run mum ‘five times over limit’

AN Ellenbrook mother has been caught allegedly almost five times over the legal blood alcohol limit while picking up her kids from school. According to police, the 28-year-old was stopped on Harberton Parkway outside the Arbor Grove Primary School on Friday afternoon. When tested roadside, the woman allegedly blew 0.246 – almost five times the legal 0.05 limit. “Picking kids up from primary school is best done sober,” Ellenbrook Police tweeted. “Almost five times over the legal limit is unacceptable.” The 28-year-old Ellenbrook mother has been charged with driving a motor…

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Dally Ms singer’s fight for health

Dally Ms singer’s fight for health

HIP-POP sensation Caiti Baker could barely get out of bed for five years as she battled the ravages of chronic fatigue syndrome. Ill-health stalled her promising musical career, but it has now kicked into top gear as the singer prepares to join acclaimed rapper Briggs on stage at the Dally M Awards on Wednesday. The pair joined forces earlier this year on Here, an anthem which soundtracks the Fox League channel and celebrates the contribution of indigenous players to the sport. media_cameraMusician Caiti Baker battled chronic fatigue syndrome for five…

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