krazykitkat: (tears (Ever After))


The families, friends and colleagues of the five Australians who died in last week's air crash at Yogyakarta Airport surrounded her.

All had gathered yesterday morning at Canberra's Fairbairn air base to see their loved ones returned home.

In a sombre ceremony, federal police carried the five caskets holding the bodies of the Australian Financial Review journalist Morgan Mellish, the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade official Liz O'Neill, the AusAID official Allison Sudradjat, and Mark Scott and Federal Agent Steele of the Australian Federal Police. A lone drummer accompanied the bearer party.

The caskets were draped in Australian flags, while those of Federal Agent Steele and Federal Agent Scott were also covered with the police flag, their caps on top.

Families spent a few minutes with the caskets before they were taken to the Kingston Forensic Centre to formalise the repatriation.

Ms O'Neill's husband, Wayne Adams, wheeled the couple's nine-month-old daughter, Lucinda, across the tarmac in her stroller. Mrs Sudradjat's family placed a photograph of her on her casket, before covering it with flowers.

Mrs Steele had to be supported as she walked away from the casket, pausing to look back as she returned to her seat.

A piper played Amazing Grace.




And Sydney Morning Herald journalist, Cynthia Banham, is in a critical but stable condition in Royal Perth Hospital. The people next to, behind and in front of her on the plane all died. She somehow survived, but has 2nd and 3rd degree burns to 60% of her body. She's had hours of surgery, and has had to have one leg amuptated and part of the other to try to save her life.
krazykitkat: (tears (Ever After))


The families, friends and colleagues of the five Australians who died in last week's air crash at Yogyakarta Airport surrounded her.

All had gathered yesterday morning at Canberra's Fairbairn air base to see their loved ones returned home.

In a sombre ceremony, federal police carried the five caskets holding the bodies of the Australian Financial Review journalist Morgan Mellish, the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade official Liz O'Neill, the AusAID official Allison Sudradjat, and Mark Scott and Federal Agent Steele of the Australian Federal Police. A lone drummer accompanied the bearer party.

The caskets were draped in Australian flags, while those of Federal Agent Steele and Federal Agent Scott were also covered with the police flag, their caps on top.

Families spent a few minutes with the caskets before they were taken to the Kingston Forensic Centre to formalise the repatriation.

Ms O'Neill's husband, Wayne Adams, wheeled the couple's nine-month-old daughter, Lucinda, across the tarmac in her stroller. Mrs Sudradjat's family placed a photograph of her on her casket, before covering it with flowers.

Mrs Steele had to be supported as she walked away from the casket, pausing to look back as she returned to her seat.

A piper played Amazing Grace.




And Sydney Morning Herald journalist, Cynthia Banham, is in a critical but stable condition in Royal Perth Hospital. The people next to, behind and in front of her on the plane all died. She somehow survived, but has 2nd and 3rd degree burns to 60% of her body. She's had hours of surgery, and has had to have one leg amuptated and part of the other to try to save her life.
krazykitkat: (frank pout (m*a*s*h))
There's a little bun fight between the new and former vice-chancellors of Macquarie University (myself, my brother and sister have attended).

It's made it into the Sydney Morning Herald with the attention-grabbing headline of Boxes, buttocks and a very bitter battle.

THE vice-chancellor of Macquarie University has seized control of 125 boxes of documents and more than 1000 artworks in a bitter dispute with the woman he replaced, Di Yerbury.

They also can't find a signed contract of employment under which Di Yerbury was employed. One of the paintings that has been seized is of her bare bum aged 34.
krazykitkat: (frank pout (m*a*s*h))
There's a little bun fight between the new and former vice-chancellors of Macquarie University (myself, my brother and sister have attended).

It's made it into the Sydney Morning Herald with the attention-grabbing headline of Boxes, buttocks and a very bitter battle.

THE vice-chancellor of Macquarie University has seized control of 125 boxes of documents and more than 1000 artworks in a bitter dispute with the woman he replaced, Di Yerbury.

They also can't find a signed contract of employment under which Di Yerbury was employed. One of the paintings that has been seized is of her bare bum aged 34.
krazykitkat: (deep thoughts (Toby))
Tears were shed and flowers thrown on the tracks today to mark the 30th anniversary of Australia's worst rail accident, Sydney's Granville train disaster.

Eighty-three people died and 210 were injured on January 18, 1977, when the Blue Mountains to city train jumped the tracks and crashed into the 170-tonne Bold Street Bridge.


krazykitkat: (deep thoughts (Toby))
Tears were shed and flowers thrown on the tracks today to mark the 30th anniversary of Australia's worst rail accident, Sydney's Granville train disaster.

Eighty-three people died and 210 were injured on January 18, 1977, when the Blue Mountains to city train jumped the tracks and crashed into the 170-tonne Bold Street Bridge.


krazykitkat: (puzzle (House))
The Perthites might be interested in this:

A BRITISH man charged with the brutal murder of a teenage model is suspected of being Western Australia's elusive Claremont serial killer.

Mark Dixie, a 35-year-old pub chef awaiting trial over the fatal stabbing of Sally Anne Bowman, from south London, has been confirmed by West Australian police as a person of interest in their decade-old investigation into the baffling murders of three women.

Jane Rimmer, 23, Ciara Glennon, 27, and Sarah Spiers, 18, were abducted and killed after leaving nightspots in the upmarket Perth suburb of Claremont between 1996 and 1998.

Thousands of men have been DNA tested, more than 10,000 interviewed and more than 100,000 pieces of evidence have been collected during the failed hunt for their killer.

But now detectives believe Dixie could be their man after learning that he lived in Perth between 1993 and 1999.

"Because he was in WA during that time our Special Crime Squad, which investigates major unsolved cases, is looking at him as a person of interest," a police spokeswoman said yesterday.

It is understood investigators from the West Australian force's Macro Taskforce will be sent Dixie's DNA samples from Britain.

The murder of Miss Bowman, 18, who was was sexually assaulted, repeatedly stabbed and bitten just metres from her home in Croydon last September, was front-page news in Britain.

It happened after she had been out for the evening with a group of friends including her boyfriend, who was cleared as a suspect.

Dixie was arrested at Ye Olde Six Bells pub, where he worked in Horley, and charged in June.

Following the Claremont murders, more than 2000 DNA samples were collected, mostly from taxi drivers and hotel staff and patrons from the Claremont area

It is understood Dixie's DNA was collected in Britain after he was involved in a fight which erupted at the hotel he was working at.

A fortnight later, he was arrested and charged with Miss Bowman's murder.
krazykitkat: (puzzle (House))
The Perthites might be interested in this:

A BRITISH man charged with the brutal murder of a teenage model is suspected of being Western Australia's elusive Claremont serial killer.

Mark Dixie, a 35-year-old pub chef awaiting trial over the fatal stabbing of Sally Anne Bowman, from south London, has been confirmed by West Australian police as a person of interest in their decade-old investigation into the baffling murders of three women.

Jane Rimmer, 23, Ciara Glennon, 27, and Sarah Spiers, 18, were abducted and killed after leaving nightspots in the upmarket Perth suburb of Claremont between 1996 and 1998.

Thousands of men have been DNA tested, more than 10,000 interviewed and more than 100,000 pieces of evidence have been collected during the failed hunt for their killer.

But now detectives believe Dixie could be their man after learning that he lived in Perth between 1993 and 1999.

"Because he was in WA during that time our Special Crime Squad, which investigates major unsolved cases, is looking at him as a person of interest," a police spokeswoman said yesterday.

It is understood investigators from the West Australian force's Macro Taskforce will be sent Dixie's DNA samples from Britain.

The murder of Miss Bowman, 18, who was was sexually assaulted, repeatedly stabbed and bitten just metres from her home in Croydon last September, was front-page news in Britain.

It happened after she had been out for the evening with a group of friends including her boyfriend, who was cleared as a suspect.

Dixie was arrested at Ye Olde Six Bells pub, where he worked in Horley, and charged in June.

Following the Claremont murders, more than 2000 DNA samples were collected, mostly from taxi drivers and hotel staff and patrons from the Claremont area

It is understood Dixie's DNA was collected in Britain after he was involved in a fight which erupted at the hotel he was working at.

A fortnight later, he was arrested and charged with Miss Bowman's murder.
krazykitkat: (celebration (WW))


Trapped Tasmanian miners Brant Webb and Todd Russell have walked back into the light after being trapped nearly a kilometre underground for two weeks.

Looking amazingly robust and well after their ordeal, the two men stepped out of the lift cage at 0600AEST, raising their arms as the crowd cheered and sirens wailed, then flipping the tags that denote that a miner has returned safe from underground.


In fluoro jackets and with miners hardhats, headlights shining, the freed men smiled and walked freely among the crowd gathered inside the mine site compound, including family, rescuers and workmates.

They shook hands, waved to people and gave thanks.


But the mood amongst the rescue workers was tempered by the fact they will all be attending Larry Knight's funeral later today.

``It's a bloody tragedy,'' the miner said.

Mr Russell and Mr Webb entered separate ambulances at 6.05am (AEST), still smiling and waving and giving the thumbs up to wellwishers.

Their children jumped into the vehicles to hug their fathers.

The two ambulances then travelled for 40 minutes under police escort to Launceston general hospital.

The pair were taken into the hospital strapped to stretchers but waving their arms, punching the air and giving thumbs up to the cheering crowd.


Dr Ayre says the men are in very good physical shape and he believes they will probably spend a short time at the hospital before they can go home.


As the ambulances left the mine site, followed by minivans carrying their families, the convoy was cheered by crowds of people who formed an honour guard.


Brant Webb and Todd Russell handed out printed business cards while hugging their families and colleagues soon after reaching the surface at the Beaconsfield Gold Mine in Tasmania, a co-worker who helped in the rescue told AAP.

``The Great Escape'', the cards read.

``To all who have helped and supported us and our families, we cannot wait to shake your hand and shout you a Sustagen.

``Thanks is not enough.''

The card is signed Brant and Todd.


Mr Gill said judging by their condition it was likely they would try to attend Larry Knight's funeral later today.

Mr Knight's funeral will be held at one o'clock this afternoon in Launceston.


A bell at Beaconsfield's Uniting Church pealed in celebration just after 5am (AEST).

It was the first time the bell had been rung since the end of World War II, 61 years ago.
[Note: the bell broke]


The successful rescue has made international headlines, with the BBC News website giving the story top billing.

Australian Workers Union national secretary Bill Shorten said: "Today we've had unbelievable news. After 14 nights at 4.47am, Brant Webb and 4.54am Todd Russell, were freed."

"This is an amazing day, the rescuers have done a fantastic job. The families have been fantastic. And clearly these two men have been outstanding Australians. It's a great day," Mr Shorten said.
krazykitkat: (celebration (WW))


Trapped Tasmanian miners Brant Webb and Todd Russell have walked back into the light after being trapped nearly a kilometre underground for two weeks.

Looking amazingly robust and well after their ordeal, the two men stepped out of the lift cage at 0600AEST, raising their arms as the crowd cheered and sirens wailed, then flipping the tags that denote that a miner has returned safe from underground.


In fluoro jackets and with miners hardhats, headlights shining, the freed men smiled and walked freely among the crowd gathered inside the mine site compound, including family, rescuers and workmates.

They shook hands, waved to people and gave thanks.


But the mood amongst the rescue workers was tempered by the fact they will all be attending Larry Knight's funeral later today.

``It's a bloody tragedy,'' the miner said.

Mr Russell and Mr Webb entered separate ambulances at 6.05am (AEST), still smiling and waving and giving the thumbs up to wellwishers.

Their children jumped into the vehicles to hug their fathers.

The two ambulances then travelled for 40 minutes under police escort to Launceston general hospital.

The pair were taken into the hospital strapped to stretchers but waving their arms, punching the air and giving thumbs up to the cheering crowd.


Dr Ayre says the men are in very good physical shape and he believes they will probably spend a short time at the hospital before they can go home.


As the ambulances left the mine site, followed by minivans carrying their families, the convoy was cheered by crowds of people who formed an honour guard.


Brant Webb and Todd Russell handed out printed business cards while hugging their families and colleagues soon after reaching the surface at the Beaconsfield Gold Mine in Tasmania, a co-worker who helped in the rescue told AAP.

``The Great Escape'', the cards read.

``To all who have helped and supported us and our families, we cannot wait to shake your hand and shout you a Sustagen.

``Thanks is not enough.''

The card is signed Brant and Todd.


Mr Gill said judging by their condition it was likely they would try to attend Larry Knight's funeral later today.

Mr Knight's funeral will be held at one o'clock this afternoon in Launceston.


A bell at Beaconsfield's Uniting Church pealed in celebration just after 5am (AEST).

It was the first time the bell had been rung since the end of World War II, 61 years ago.
[Note: the bell broke]


The successful rescue has made international headlines, with the BBC News website giving the story top billing.

Australian Workers Union national secretary Bill Shorten said: "Today we've had unbelievable news. After 14 nights at 4.47am, Brant Webb and 4.54am Todd Russell, were freed."

"This is an amazing day, the rescuers have done a fantastic job. The families have been fantastic. And clearly these two men have been outstanding Australians. It's a great day," Mr Shorten said.

Hope

May. 5th, 2006 11:56 pm
krazykitkat: (stitch with ducks)
Doctors treating Sydney girl Sophie Delezio for injuries sustained when she was struck by a car this afternoon, say her condition is better than first thought.

The accident comes less than two-and-a-half years after the five-year-old lost both feet, some fingers and suffered third-degree burns to 85 per cent of her body in a freak kindergarten accident.

Her father was inconsolable when he spoke on radio this afternoon.

"I can't believe ... how much can someone go through? Please tell us it's not true," he said.

Grave fears had initially been held for Sophie Delezio who was placed on life support after the accident at Seaforth in Sydney's north this afternoon.

Doctors now say her injuries are not as severe as first feared.

Dr Michael Brydon from Sydney Children's Hospital where she is being treated says while Sophie remains on life support, her condition has been stabilised.

"She's got quite a few broken ribs, a very, very badly contused lung - a bruised lung - and one of her legs has a very serious fracture," he said.

Well wishers have placed candles outside the hospital which has been inundated with calls of concern.



She will remain on life support for probably a few weeks, but things are definitely more hopeful.

Hope

May. 5th, 2006 11:56 pm
krazykitkat: (stitch with ducks)
Doctors treating Sydney girl Sophie Delezio for injuries sustained when she was struck by a car this afternoon, say her condition is better than first thought.

The accident comes less than two-and-a-half years after the five-year-old lost both feet, some fingers and suffered third-degree burns to 85 per cent of her body in a freak kindergarten accident.

Her father was inconsolable when he spoke on radio this afternoon.

"I can't believe ... how much can someone go through? Please tell us it's not true," he said.

Grave fears had initially been held for Sophie Delezio who was placed on life support after the accident at Seaforth in Sydney's north this afternoon.

Doctors now say her injuries are not as severe as first feared.

Dr Michael Brydon from Sydney Children's Hospital where she is being treated says while Sophie remains on life support, her condition has been stabilised.

"She's got quite a few broken ribs, a very, very badly contused lung - a bruised lung - and one of her legs has a very serious fracture," he said.

Well wishers have placed candles outside the hospital which has been inundated with calls of concern.



She will remain on life support for probably a few weeks, but things are definitely more hopeful.
krazykitkat: (tears (Ever After))
Sophie Delezio, who suffered horrific burns after a car crashed into her kindergarten in December 2003, is on life support after being hit by a car on a Sydney crossing this afternoon.

The five-year-old was struck by a car while being pushed across a pedestrian crossing in a stroller at Frenchs Forest Road in Seaforth about 4pm today, NRMA CareFlight spokesman Ian Badham said.

The vehicle involved was a Holden Apollo sedan which stopped.

Sophie's father Ron Delezio said the car struck her when it failed to stop at a pedestrian crossing.

"She was in a pram crossing the road and someone didn't stop," Mr Delezio told Macquarie radio. "It just hit the pram.

"We don't know her full condition yet. We believe she got a broken leg of some sort but we don't know the full extent at this stage."

A 2GB report said people rushed to the accident scene shouting "It's Sophie, it's Sophie".

The little girl, who has endured so much in her long recovery from the burns she suffered three years ago, is well known in the area.

Mr Badham said: "She's in a very serious condition. [She has] been flown by our team to the Sydney Children's Hospital with severe injuries.''

He said she had been placed on life support.

He said NRMA CareFlight were alerted to the accident after being called in by ambulance personnel who were the first to arrive at the scene.

She was believed to have been crossing the road at the time, he said.

Sophie was only three when she suffered burns to 85 per cent of her body after a car crashed into the Roundhouse Childcare Centre in Fairlight in December 2003.

Charges against the driver Donald John McNeall, 69, were dropped last year after the court could not rule that he had suffered a seizure.

Two years ago Sophie's father Ron o launched the Day of Difference Foundation to raise money for the burns unit at the Children's Hospital at Westmead where Sophie was treated, and the skin culture laboratory that saved her life.

Police are appealing for witnesses to today's crash and warning motorists to avoid Frenchs Forest Road at Seaforth which will be closed while the investigation continues.



I only just got home and mum was crying trying to tell me. Apparently her father rang into the tv/radio and said she's had a heart attack and is critical. She has had way too much to go through already.
krazykitkat: (tears (Ever After))
Sophie Delezio, who suffered horrific burns after a car crashed into her kindergarten in December 2003, is on life support after being hit by a car on a Sydney crossing this afternoon.

The five-year-old was struck by a car while being pushed across a pedestrian crossing in a stroller at Frenchs Forest Road in Seaforth about 4pm today, NRMA CareFlight spokesman Ian Badham said.

The vehicle involved was a Holden Apollo sedan which stopped.

Sophie's father Ron Delezio said the car struck her when it failed to stop at a pedestrian crossing.

"She was in a pram crossing the road and someone didn't stop," Mr Delezio told Macquarie radio. "It just hit the pram.

"We don't know her full condition yet. We believe she got a broken leg of some sort but we don't know the full extent at this stage."

A 2GB report said people rushed to the accident scene shouting "It's Sophie, it's Sophie".

The little girl, who has endured so much in her long recovery from the burns she suffered three years ago, is well known in the area.

Mr Badham said: "She's in a very serious condition. [She has] been flown by our team to the Sydney Children's Hospital with severe injuries.''

He said she had been placed on life support.

He said NRMA CareFlight were alerted to the accident after being called in by ambulance personnel who were the first to arrive at the scene.

She was believed to have been crossing the road at the time, he said.

Sophie was only three when she suffered burns to 85 per cent of her body after a car crashed into the Roundhouse Childcare Centre in Fairlight in December 2003.

Charges against the driver Donald John McNeall, 69, were dropped last year after the court could not rule that he had suffered a seizure.

Two years ago Sophie's father Ron o launched the Day of Difference Foundation to raise money for the burns unit at the Children's Hospital at Westmead where Sophie was treated, and the skin culture laboratory that saved her life.

Police are appealing for witnesses to today's crash and warning motorists to avoid Frenchs Forest Road at Seaforth which will be closed while the investigation continues.



I only just got home and mum was crying trying to tell me. Apparently her father rang into the tv/radio and said she's had a heart attack and is critical. She has had way too much to go through already.

Amazing

Apr. 30th, 2006 11:51 pm
krazykitkat: (celebration (WW))
In what has been described as a miracle, two miners trapped nearly a kilometre underground for more than five days have been discovered alive.

Just after 7.30pm (AEST) tonight, the Beaconsfield Gold Mine company said Todd Russell, 35, and Brant Webb, 36, had been located and "indications are they are still alive''.

Their workmate, 44-year-old Larry Knight, was killed when an earthquake on Tuesday night caused a rockfall, trapping the three men underground.

Mr Knight's body was retrieved on Thursday.

The news of the two men's survival spread quickly through the small town of 1000 near Launceston, with many rushing to the mine site.


Apparently they have talked to them via a microphone they put in through a bore hole, and they're unharmed (though lack of water/food and the heat are definitely going to be factors).

They probably won't be out till at least tomorrow, the tunnel has to be finished and it would also then depend on where they are in relation to the new tunnel opening, and apparently they're still in the cherry picker cage which is wedged under a rock slab. But fingers crossed.

Most amazing news, I saw the headline scrolling across the bottom of 60 Minutes, and shouted, "they found the miners alive," to the rest of the family. Been watching the newsbreaks all night. And been teary.

But some reporters ought to be shot for stupidity. 9 were talking about wouldn't it be great if they walked out to see all the people waiting. Ummmm...they've been in a confined space for 5 days without water and food. I don't think walking is going to be high on their agenda.

And then there was the lovely quote about how everything had turned 360 since earlier in the day...I don't think he meant they were back where they started.

Amazing

Apr. 30th, 2006 11:51 pm
krazykitkat: (celebration (WW))
In what has been described as a miracle, two miners trapped nearly a kilometre underground for more than five days have been discovered alive.

Just after 7.30pm (AEST) tonight, the Beaconsfield Gold Mine company said Todd Russell, 35, and Brant Webb, 36, had been located and "indications are they are still alive''.

Their workmate, 44-year-old Larry Knight, was killed when an earthquake on Tuesday night caused a rockfall, trapping the three men underground.

Mr Knight's body was retrieved on Thursday.

The news of the two men's survival spread quickly through the small town of 1000 near Launceston, with many rushing to the mine site.


Apparently they have talked to them via a microphone they put in through a bore hole, and they're unharmed (though lack of water/food and the heat are definitely going to be factors).

They probably won't be out till at least tomorrow, the tunnel has to be finished and it would also then depend on where they are in relation to the new tunnel opening, and apparently they're still in the cherry picker cage which is wedged under a rock slab. But fingers crossed.

Most amazing news, I saw the headline scrolling across the bottom of 60 Minutes, and shouted, "they found the miners alive," to the rest of the family. Been watching the newsbreaks all night. And been teary.

But some reporters ought to be shot for stupidity. 9 were talking about wouldn't it be great if they walked out to see all the people waiting. Ummmm...they've been in a confined space for 5 days without water and food. I don't think walking is going to be high on their agenda.

And then there was the lovely quote about how everything had turned 360 since earlier in the day...I don't think he meant they were back where they started.
krazykitkat: (stitch with ducks)



Tweety, the trapped pet cockatiel, has been rescued from a partially collapsed Sydney block by a robot.

Tweety's owners Karen Bruce and Rob Colquhuon's unit is one of three at the front of the Lane Cove building, teetering closest to the 10-metre hole caused by the sudden rock slip and subsequent burst water main

"It's fantastic to have Tweety back," said Ms Bruce, who has yet to get any other possessions back from her flat.

She said they would take the bird to a vet to be checked out but it seemed to be OK.

"Good result, good outcome," said Mr Colquhoun.

The police robot went into the block this morning and managed to hook the bird's cage and bring it out.

Earlier Ms Cruce told ABC Radio: "She's probably so fretting for us because she's only a couple of months old and she's still hand fed, and because she has sort of 24 hour handling and rearing."
krazykitkat: (stitch with ducks)



Tweety, the trapped pet cockatiel, has been rescued from a partially collapsed Sydney block by a robot.

Tweety's owners Karen Bruce and Rob Colquhuon's unit is one of three at the front of the Lane Cove building, teetering closest to the 10-metre hole caused by the sudden rock slip and subsequent burst water main

"It's fantastic to have Tweety back," said Ms Bruce, who has yet to get any other possessions back from her flat.

She said they would take the bird to a vet to be checked out but it seemed to be OK.

"Good result, good outcome," said Mr Colquhoun.

The police robot went into the block this morning and managed to hook the bird's cage and bring it out.

Earlier Ms Cruce told ABC Radio: "She's probably so fretting for us because she's only a couple of months old and she's still hand fed, and because she has sort of 24 hour handling and rearing."
krazykitkat: (bedtime)
Nearly 48 hours ago in Sydney, there was subsidence in a section of the Lane Cove Tunnel construction, which lead to a large hole forming below an apartment block. This hole has finally been filled with concrete (took well over a day and hundreds of trucks).



The entire complex was evacuated, though it is the front lot (3 storey) that's the dangerous part. Residents of the back apartments will be allowed back in tomorrow to retrieve belongings and apparently rescue personnel will be going into the three flats next to the one shown. But the one shown, which finally lost its balcony and front room late yesterday, and the two above it are still too dangerous for anyone to enter.



There was only one pet in the whole of the complex, a baby cockateil called Tweety. And the poor little birdy is stuck on the top floor above the hole. And the story has become: can Tweety be rescued (if still alive, was being handfed)?

Ray Martin questioned the cop in charge tonight, he said they're looking at sending the rescue unit robots into the barred apartments tomorrow, and they will see if Tweety's alive and then hopefully, use the robot to bring the cage out.

So please have a little prayer for Tweety and the robot.
krazykitkat: (bedtime)
Nearly 48 hours ago in Sydney, there was subsidence in a section of the Lane Cove Tunnel construction, which lead to a large hole forming below an apartment block. This hole has finally been filled with concrete (took well over a day and hundreds of trucks).



The entire complex was evacuated, though it is the front lot (3 storey) that's the dangerous part. Residents of the back apartments will be allowed back in tomorrow to retrieve belongings and apparently rescue personnel will be going into the three flats next to the one shown. But the one shown, which finally lost its balcony and front room late yesterday, and the two above it are still too dangerous for anyone to enter.



There was only one pet in the whole of the complex, a baby cockateil called Tweety. And the poor little birdy is stuck on the top floor above the hole. And the story has become: can Tweety be rescued (if still alive, was being handfed)?

Ray Martin questioned the cop in charge tonight, he said they're looking at sending the rescue unit robots into the barred apartments tomorrow, and they will see if Tweety's alive and then hopefully, use the robot to bring the cage out.

So please have a little prayer for Tweety and the robot.

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