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Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Today's ABC Open photos

A view out over the Murrumbidgee River
By gkennedy_landscape · · From Pic of the Week
A view out over the Murrumbidgee River from a lookout in Canberra that I never knew existed.
Published 14 Mar 2017. Urana NSW 2645

Picturesque boathouse
The picturesque boathouse sits on the edge of the ornamental lake at the Alfred Nicholas Gardens looking somewhat like it's straight out of a fairytale.        Published 20 Mar 2017.  Sherbrooke VIC 3789

Snow seating
By honeycut ·  · From Pic of the Week
Published 01 Jun 2016.  Parkham TAS 7304

Yesterday I made sweet corn soup
By genwindley ·  · From Pic of the Week
Yesterday I made sweet corn soup using sweet corn, onions and garlic all from our farm. Funnily enough in all the years we've grown sweet corn, I've never made soup with it before. But I certainly will be making it again. 
The recipe is in 'Eat Local: food, farming and conversation in the Scenic Rim' by @realfoodschoolaustralia and @christinehsharp for @eatlocalweek.
The chilli and lime oil drizzle really makes it - and it's actually surprisingly easy too!   
Published 22 Mar 2017.  Cannon Creek QLD 4310

When storm clouds and sunset collide.
By Susie Cunningham ·  · From Pic of the Week
When storm clouds and sunset collide. Tommerup's dairy farm, Kerry Valley, Scenic Rim.                                           Published 22 Mar 2017.  Kerry QLD 4285

One from the camera roll
By colly_mack ·  · From Pic of the Week
One from the camera roll, because it looks like another week before we'll see blue skies again. Part of the view from Smoky Cape Lighthouse, on a good day.   Published 21 Mar 2017.  Port Melbourne VIC 3207 

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Today's ABC Open photos

Protea after the rain
By andrewmckenzie65 ·  · From Pic of the Week
Published 17 Mar 2017.  Raymond Terrace NSW 2324

"Salmon Gums"on the Nullarbor Plain.
By Lori Hammerton ·  · From  Snapped: Your Best
Published 17 Nov 2012.  Forrest WA 6434

Raymond Island
Could spend the entire day at Raymond Island and capture the beautiful wildlife.        Published 16 Mar 2017.  Raymond Island VIC 3880

When you nick down to the lake
        When you nick down to the lake when you're meant to be cooking dinner                   Published 17 Mar 2017.  Daylesford VIC 3460

Mount Field National park
By glennrsmith66 ·  · From Pic of the Week
As dusk approaches in Mount Field National park the Pademelons start to make their way out of the forest and down to the grass below.     Published 16 Mar 2017.  Mount Field TAS 7140

First time camping
By dsc_photo ·  · From Stargazing
First time camping and we got to experience the most amazing starry nights             Published 20 Mar 2017.  Howqua Hills VIC 3723 

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Today's ABC Open phoos

By apicturesworth ·  · From Pic of the Week
Published 16 Mar 2017.  Daylesford VIC 3460

Breakfast tree
By zumbachelle2015 ·  · From Pic of the Week
Breakfast Tree - Figs ripening on the Fig Tree          Published 16 Mar 2017.  Nain SA 5360

Pinnacles at Phillip Island
By damian.diviny ·  · From Pic of the Week
My first trip to the Pinnacles at Phillip Island was fantastic, an amazing sunset that I didn't capture as well as I wanted to; I will have to return and try again.
This was an approx 8 second exposure using a variable ND filter and the trusty Nikon D800.     
Published 16 Mar 2017.  Ventnor VIC 3922

Tassie lunch
By Karalyn Brown ·  · From Pic of the Week
Nothing better than a sunny day and a seafood lunch when travelling the east coast of Tasmania    Published 15 Mar 2017.  St Helens TAS 7216

Roses in my garden
By galegillian ·  · From Pic of the Week
Published 15 Mar 2017.  Launceston TAS 7250

Just breathe
By remarkablelife ·  · From Pic of the Week
Just breathe - you are where you need to be.  Published 15 Mar 2017.  Girilambone NSW 2831

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Accused paedophile Ben McCormack too unwell to attend court

by Sarah Crawford, The Daily Telegraph
May 9, 2017 6:58pm
A CURRENT Affair reporter Ben McCormack remains in hospital a month after he was charged with child pornography offences.
McCormack, 42, did not appear at Downing Centre Local Court where he is now facing two counts of transmitting child pornography.
His lawyer Sam Macedone tendered a medical certificate on his client’s behalf saying, “My client is not present today, he is still in hospital.”
Outside the court, Mr Macedone said McCormack was “not in a good place” so was not well enough for him to speak to about a plea.
As well as being charged with two counts of using a carriage service to transmit child pornography, police allege the senior reporter went online and had a sexually explicit conversation with another man about the photos.
McCormack was arrested by officers from the NSW Sex Crimes Child Exploitation Internet Unit as he drove near Moore Park on April 6.
At the same time detectives executed warrants at Nine’s Willoughby headquarters and at McCormack’s Alexandria home seizing computers and a mobile phone.
After he was arrested and charged Nine suspended McCormack.
On the night following his arrest ACA fill-in presenter Leila McKinnon announced that one of their senior reporters, “is facing serious charges involving child pornography offences.”
“A Current Affair has a long history of pursuing offenders in these types of cases and we intend to cover this story without fear or favour.”
In a strange twist it was McCormack who tracked down convicted child molester and TV star Robert Hughes in Singapore while he was being investigated by the same police sex crimes unit that arrested McCormack last month.

Following his arrest McCormack was also suspended from North Bondi Life Saving Club where he trained nippers.
McCormack has not entered a plea to the charges and remains on bail. The case has been adjourned to July 4.
Mr Macedone asked that the ail condition requiring that he report regularly to police remain suspended while he is in hospital.

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Steven W. Chase jailed for 30 years

After a two year investigation of the child pornography site Playpen, the founder and 900 of his members have been arrested and over 300 children were rescued.  

It's founder, Steven W. Chase, 58 was finally tracked down and brought to justice after many months of investigation, and last week, he was sentenced to 30 years behind bars.

Nine hundred members of his secret site - only accessed through the dark web - were also arrested.   Investigations were carried out in Turkey, Peru, Chile, Ukraine, Israel and Malaysia, according to the FBI, but the majority of arrests were made in Europe.

The site he set up in August 2014 had over 150,000 users worldwide until it was taken down by the FBI and was the biggest child pornography site ever.

EU Commissioner for the Security Union, Sir Julian King, said “a hugely significant blow has been struck against one of the most heinous of crimes, arguably the worst of all, thanks to the excellent transnational cooperation of Europol with the FBI and US Department of Justice, as well as other law enforcement agencies around the world.”

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Today's ABC Open photos

Grampians road trip
By greens_pics ·  · From Pic of the Week
                         Was a great weekend for a Grampians road trip                                 Published 15 Mar 2017.  Glenisla VIC 3314

Hi, my name is Dixie Wurramara and I am from Minyerri.
By Yirara College ·  · From My Back Roads

Hi my name is Dixie Wurramara and I'm from Minyerri.  It's about a three hour flight east of Alice Springs.  At my home we speak Kriol.  My favourite thing at Minyerri is going out bush and fishing every day at the billabong.  The things I like the most is my friends, family and going to school everyday.  I come to Yirara college for an education and to make new friends.  Published 15 March 2017  Arumbera NT 0873

Seacliff Bridge
By emily_parisi ·  · From Pic of the Week
 Published 15 Mar 2017. 

Tonight sunset from Hampden Road in Battery Point
By katypotaty77 ·  · From Pic of the Week
                             Tonight sunset from Hampden Road in Battery Point                                  Published 15 Mar 2017.  Battery Point TAS 7004

A photograph of the photographer
By Di Lymbury (Nardoo) ·  · From Pic of the Week
This couple of travellers also got up to watch he sunrise.  Adrian is a photographer who deliberately leaves his camera at home when he holidays/travels so he can take in the experiences without it feeling like work.  Published 13 Mar 2017. Border Ranges NSW 2474

It's apple season down the picturesque Huon Valley
By sophiefaz ·  · From Pic of the Week
And it's a lovely drive to Ranelagh for the Taste of the Huon Festival                              Published 14 Mar 2017.  Ranelagh TAS 7109 

Jason David Brooker - Paedophile

By Isobel Roe ABC News, Sydney

A former Queensland ambulance officer has been sentenced to 13 years in jail for "depraved" sexual abuse of 22 young girls across several states over a 10-year period.
The victims of 49-year-old Jason David Brooker were in Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria, with the youngest being 11 years old.
Brooker, who was between 38 and 47 years of age at the time of offending, contacted young girls via social media sites Kik, Tagged and Facebook using the name 'Jaz', 'David Bourne' or 'David Brook'.
In the District Court in Toowoomba on Tuesday, Brooker pleaded guilty to 57 charges, including maintaining a relationship with a child under 16, carnal knowledge, indecent treatment and making and possessing child exploitation material.
The offending was carried out from Brooker's home in Warwick on Queensland's Southern Downs between 2005 and 2015, when one victim raised the alarm and police raided his property.
The court heard Brooker often paid for mobile phone credit for the young girls or offered to "get them into modelling" in exchange for naked photographs, and threatened to release the photos on the internet if the girls did not comply with requests for more explicit material.
Offender videoed sex with 14yo girl
Crown prosecutor Elizabeth Kelso told the court the most serious offending was involving a 14-year-old girl, who he lured via social media pretending to be a 16-year-old boy.
After several webcam chats where Brooker asked the girl to take off her clothes, the pair met multiple times including at a park and a hotel in the Brisbane suburb of Brookside.
Ms Kelso told the court the girl had not told her parents where she was going.
"[Brooker] filmed some of those interactions," Ms Kelso said.
"In that footage he can be seen undressing the complainant."
The pair then had sexual intercourse, which was also recorded on video.
'I was made to feel like a disgusting human being'
During police raids of Brooker's Warwick home in 2015, officers found a disc containing 83 photos of the girl in states of undress.
The court was read a victim impact statement from that girl, who is now an adult.
"[I] feel sick because of the visual memories," the statement read.
"I feared for my life and my family's too — I was made to feel like a disgusting human being."

Ms Kelso said Brooker would request naked pictures and send pictures of his own genitalia to other girls.
The victims often found out the person they were talking to was not a 16-year-old boy when Brooker turned on his own webcam.
Ms Kelso said Brooker would often tell his victims he loved them. If they refused his advances, he would threaten the victims with knowing where they lived.
"If the complainants became reluctant or started to ignore the defendant, he became angry," she said.
"Where he had provided them money, he would tell them he felt he'd been ripped off."
Ms Kelso said the most disturbing thing about Brooker's conduct was the "meticulous" nature of the thousands of photos and videos in his child exploitation collection, found during the police raids.
Some of the exploitation material was of children as young as three years old.
"Not only was is stored electronically, it was also stored on CDs identified with the girls name, age and locations," Ms Kelso said.

The raids also uncovered stolen prescription drugs and uniforms from the Queensland Ambulance Service (QAS).
Brooker left the QAS during the 10 years of offending and began to work for a private firm as a paramedic.
Brooker's defence lawyer David Jones told the court his client had not shared any of the child exploitation material he created.
He said Brooker's conduct was largely inexplicable, but he had written a letter of apology and was on the road to rehabilitation.
In sentencing, Judge Deborah Richards told the court one incident involved threatening a young child with harm.
"You said: 'If you don't send me nudes I'll track down your address and hurt your family' — she was 11 years old," the judge said.
Judge Richards said Brooker offended with the hope of having each of the girls have sex with him.
"You did make admissions ... but downplayed the criminality of your actions on many occasions," she said.
"This was persistent, depraved behaviour over a long period of time."

Judge Deborah Richards chose not to label Brooker a serious violent offender.
He will be eligible to apply for parole in January 2021, six years after he was taken into custody.