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Ebola outbreak fears after centre raided

Written By komlim puldel on Minggu, 17 Agustus 2014 | 23.08

Police action ... Liberian police try to protect an Ebola burial team in the West Point slum in Monrovia, Liberia after they're mobbed by hundreds of residents. Picture: Getty Source: Getty Images

In the Liberian capital of Monrovia, the citys main hospital has very little staff and few patients an exodus triggered by several Ebola-related deaths at the facility.

SEVENTEEN patients infected with Ebola are unaccounted for after fleeing an armed raid on a quarantine centre in Monrovia by men who claim the epidemic is a fiction.

"They broke down the door and looted the place. The patients have all gone," according to a witness at the scene of the attack on the outskirts of the Liberian capital.

The report has been confirmed by residents and the head of Health Workers Association of Liberia, George Williams.

EBOLA TOLL: MORE THAN 1000 DEAD IN WEST AFRICA

Persuasive ... residents tell patients in an Ebola isolation in Monrovia, Liberia, to escape. Picture: Getty Source: Getty Images

On the run ... a family flees an Ebola isolation centre in Monrovia, Liberia, after a mob forced open the gates. Picture: Getty Source: Getty Images

Williams said on Sunday the unit housed 29 patients who "had all tested positive for Ebola" and were receiving preliminary treatment before being taken to hospital.

"Of the 29 patients, 17 fled last night (after the assault). Nine died four days ago and three others were yesterday (Saturday) taken by force by their relatives" from the centre, he said.

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The attackers, mostly young men armed with clubs, shouted that President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf "is broke" and "there's no Ebola" in Liberia as they broke into the unit in a Monrovia suburb, Wesseh said.

Protest ... hundreds of people in Monrovia's West Point slum mob an Ebola burial team who were trying to collect the bodies of four people who had died overnight. Picture: Getty Source: Getty Images

Residents had opposed the creation of the centre, set up by health authorities in part of the city considered an epicentre of the Ebola outbreak in the Liberian capital.

"We told them not to (build) their camp here. They didn't listen to us," said a young resident, who declined to give his name.

"We don't believe in this Ebola outbreak."

The Ebola outbreak, the worst since the virus first appeared in 1976, has claimed 1145 lives in five months, according to the UN World Health Organisation's latest figures as of August 13: 413 in Liberia, 380 in Guinea, 348 in Sierra Leone and four in Nigeria.


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This is the best job in the world

Michelle Kathopoulis gets to grips with a Tim Tam mountain. Source: News Corp Australia

CAMBRIDGE University in England is seeking a doctoral student to pursue what sounds like the sweetest job in the world: studying the fundamentals of chocolate.

The research goal, according to the job description, is to identify ways of keeping chocolate-based food from melting in warm climates. That's a challenge given that even the best-quality chocolate starts going soft around 34C, below human body temperature.

Adelaide Chocolate School demonstration of melted milk chocolate. Source: Supplied

A solution could fatten the profits of the world's top 10 chocolate companies, which last year posted confectionary sales exceeding $US85 billion ($A91.97 billion).

Only European Union citizens can apply for the post under the direction of experts in chemical engineering, geotechnical engineering and soft matter physics.

Job application: www.jobs.cam.ac.uk/job/4702/

A doctorate in chocolate not only rhymes, it sounds very satisfying. Source: ThinkStock


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She’s my angel, says Bali Nine mule

Scott Rush speaks to Channel 9's 60 Minutes program on how he fell in love with a high-flying London banker from his Balinese prison cell.

BALI Nine drug mule Scott Rush and his glamorous British fiancee have spoken out about their unconventional romance, saying they are determined to prove the "sceptics" wrong.

Nikki Butler, a self-described high-flying London banker, has visited Rush in prison five times since February.

In an interview with 60 Minutes, the designer-clad 38-year-old admitted that their relationship had raised eyebrows, but said she was madly in love and wanted to marry the drug smuggler.

"I don't want to be with anyone else," Butler told interviewer Tara Brown. "He's just perfect to me."

Two hearts ... Scott Rush and Nikki Butler are madly in love.

High life ... banker Nikki Butler lives a glam life in London. Source: Supplied

Rush told 60 Minutes that Butler — a mother of two — was his "dream angel".

They make an odd pairing — her life is more like Sex and the City while he is confined to the "living hell" of Bali's Karangesem jail.

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During the interview, the Queensland-born Rush, who had a lengthy battle with heroin, tenderly caressed Butler in his jail cell as he explained why he loved her.

Loved up ... the pair kiss and cuddle as interviewer Tara Brown looks on. Source: Supplied

"I'm in love with her ... she's perfect, she's pretty and smart and she looks after me," he said. "After all the trouble she's been given, she still comes back," he said.

In a bizarre twist, Butler revealed that that pair had actually met in Bali in April 2005, just before Rush was arrested for smuggling heroin.

"We had a lot of fun that day," Butler said, smiling, revealing that she and "the cute Aussie" had spent a booze-soaked afternoon together.

He's found love ... Scott Rush has battled depression and addiction but says he's never been happier. Source: Supplied

Nearly a decade later, and going through a lengthy divorce, Butlter spotted Rush on TV.

It was then that she decided to throw caution to the wind and visit him in Bali, where their relationship quickly progressed.

"I just didn't ever forget him, " Butler said. "He told me 'you've come along at the right time because I was just about to die.'."

A world away ... Butler cuts a glam figure in London. Source: Supplied

Butler hinted that their relationship was physical but said she had no health concerns as Rush had been tested for "absolutely everything".

Rush, who has battled depression and describes his time as "mentally degrading" said his relationship had given him hope.

"I get these butterflies in my stomach — she makes me feel like I've never felt before."

Rush said he was the happiest he had ever been in his life but said he was aware there were "lots of sceptics".

"She helps me with money — I don't feel good about taking money from her," he said.


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Nine paid just $5K to Gammy charity

The Australian parents of baby Gammy speak for the very first time on 60 minutes in an exclusive interview. Courtesy: Channel 9

Thai surrogate mother Pattaramon Chanbua poses with baby Gammy before he was discharged last week. Source: Getty Images

NINE'S 60 Minutes, which routinely pays $200,000 for a big interview, made a $5000 donation to the Australian charity raising money for baby Gammy's care after its exclusive interview with his biological parents last week.

Hands Across the Water, which has so far received around $240,000 from some 6000 individual people moved by Gammy's plight, received the money through its website last Thursday, four days after Tara Brown's hour-long interview with Wendy and David Farnell — a convicted paedophile — the baby's Australian biological parents.

60 Minutes would expect to make at least $500,000 in advertising revenue in that hour.

The charity plans to use the Nine's money for a reunion between Gammy and his sister Pipah in coming years.

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It was a highly anticipated program, and was the sixth most popular TV show of the night with over a million viewers, even though the show didn't end until well after 10pm. The ensuing social media debate went on for days.

In a press release announcing it had secured the Farnells — described by Tara Brown as the most hated couple in Australia — 60 Minutes executive producer Tom Malone said given the nature of the story it was important viewers knew it was not paying the couple but would instead be making a donation to Hands Across the Water.

Innocent victim ... Gammy with the children of his Thai surrogate. Picture: Patrick Brown Source: Supplied

Peter Baines, Hands Across the Water founder, told News Corp Australia the first he knew the charity would be getting a donation from 60 Minutes was when he read it in a story on news.com.au.

He confirmed Hands Across the Water received an online donation from 60 Minutes late last week. "(But) as with other donors and supporters we don't disclose the details.

"We accept and appreciate all donations large and small and put them to the best use we can."

Baines said he has never spoken to Nine or 60 Minutes.

Gammy's parents ... David and Wendy Farnell speak to Tara Brown from 60 Minutes. Source: Channel 9

Malone told News Corp on Sunday the program's decision to donate money to Hands Across the Water was totally separate to the 60 Minutes story.

"The interview with the Farnells was not contingent on any donation," Malone said.

"We made a separate decision to make a donation to Hands Across the Water. We won't comment on the amount or timing of a confidential and anonymous donation."

No other media outlets have made public any donations to the Gammy charity.

60 Minutes, the glossiest of Nine's crucial ratings winning news and current affairs stable, has a reputation for its open chequebook. Gordon Wood, acquitted killer of Sydney model Caroline Byrne, spoke of being offered $200,000 in a TV deal two years ago, shortly before his interview on 60 Minutes. The show was believed to have paid wife killer Gerard Baden-Clay's mistress Toni McHugh a similar amount last month.

Resting ... baby Gammy has left hospital and is at home with his surrogate mum. Picture: Patrick Brown Source: Supplied

Its biggest payday was the $2.6 million that went to trapped Tasmanian miners Brant Webb and Todd Russell in 2006 for two hours of their time with Eddie McGuire.

Insiders at Seven, Nine and talent management say the market for interviews is very competitive — now more than ever because of the internet — and the going rate tends to fall between $50,000 to $200,000.

The Farnell interview was seen by the industry as unsellable because of David Farnell's child sex convictions. Nobody in Nine sales could phone a client and ask if they'd like to buy an ad during an interview with a paedophile, one insider of 30-years standing pointed out. However 60 Minutes' shine emerged largely undimmed thanks to Tara Brown's stellar performance.

Baines said the charity made no judgment on the Farnells, but admitted there was a "discussion" among the board about whether to accept the money. He said when it was clear it was on behalf of Gammy it made it no different from any other donation " … and that took (debate) off the table."

He said the charity has earmarked the money for a special purpose…. "to be used to bring Gammy and Pipah together at some point."

Hands Across the Water found out about Gammy from Tim Shaw, the former Demtel man, who is now a broadcaster in Phuket, Thailand.

Baines said Hands Across the Water does not give money directly to hospitals or medical specialists but pays their invoices when they receive them.

Baby Gammy, who has Down syndrome, left hospital on Thursday and is now at home with her mother Pattaramon Chanbua, known as Koi.


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Historics links examined in Tostee case

Police say secret recordings link the so-called Surfers Paradise "love rat" Gable Tostee to the cold-blooded death of the New Zealand woman who plunged 14 floors to her death from a highrise balcony earlier this month

A 1986 murder case where a woman fell to her death while climbing out a sixth floor window to flee her violent boyfriend is being examined by police investigating Gold Coast playboy Gable Tostee.

Kelly Healey was in the shower when her boyfriend broke down the bathroom door, grabbed her throat and punched her in the face.

Terrified and in fear of her life, Ms Healey is thought to have climbed out the window and fallen 21m to her death.

Her boyfriend, 33-year-old tattooist Kim William Royall, was found guilty of her murder – not because he necessarily threw her, but because she fell trying to escape him.

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Gold Coast man Gable Tostee has been remanded in custody until October after being charged with murder.

Police sources have confirmed they are assessing whether the unrelated trial may be applicable in their case against Tostee for the alleged murder of New Zealand tourist Warriena "Rrie" Tagpuno Wright.

Ms Wright died during the early hours of August 8 after falling 14 floors from the balcony of Tostee's highrise apartment.

Police will allege Ms Wright was "in fear of her life" when she climbed over the balcony and fell in an effort to escape Tostee.

The pair connected that day on dating app Tinder before meeting in Cavill Mall and returning to Tostee's apartment.

Police say neighbours heard a woman scream "no, no, no" and "I just want to go home" shortly before she fell. It will be alleged Ms Wright tried to climb to the balcony below in a bid to escape him.

In the case of Royall, the High Court of Australia in 1991 upheld the Sydney tattooist's murder conviction, finding it did not matter if Ms Healey's death was caused "in a way which (Royall) did not precisely foresee".

Warriena Tagpuno Wright. Picture: Supplied

"If the deceased died because she jumped or was forced out of the window as a result of the ferocity of the applicant's attack, the culpability of (Royall) is the same even though he only intended to attack her in the bathroom and cause her grievous body harm – which is the version of the case most favourable to him,'' the court found.

"In NSW, death as a result of an act done with the intention to inflict grievous bodily harm is murder. It is immaterial that the death was caused in a way which the applicant did not precisely foresee." According to court documents, Royall and Ms Healey's relationship had been particularly volatile in the days preceding her death.

She had been staying with a friend before returning home on November 15, 1986. Royall arrived home a few hours later and the pair began arguing.

The terrified 22-year-old was naked and still wet from her shower when she went out the window to her death.

Tostee indicated he will defend the murder charge and he is expected to apply for bail in the Supreme Court in the next few weeks.

Originally published as Historics links examined in Tostee case
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‘Paralysed bride’ expecting a baby

Expecting ... Laurel Humes (left) is having a baby for her friends Rachelle Friedman (centre) and Chris Chapman (right). Picture: Facebook Source: Supplied

SHE made international headlines when she was paralysed in a freak accident at her hen's party four years ago.

Now after years of struggle, Rachelle Friedman, 28, has announced she and husband Chris Chapman are expecting a child — with the help of a friend.

Friedman's university mate Laurel Humes has offered to be the surrogate mother.

The couple announced the happy news on social media on August 13.

"I HAVE THE SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT!!! We are going to have a baby!! Due date? April 19th. We are elated. Thank you so much for the support so far. Many of you made this happen for us," the North Carolina couple wrote.

New life ... Rachelle Friedman shared this ultrasound image of her baby. Picture: Facebook Source: Supplied

Humes, a stay-at-home mother, had been following her friend's story in the media and saw a blog Friedman wrote about her desire to have children.

Humes, 31, immediately reached out.

"My husband was a sperm donor for some of our friends, a same-sex couple, and that inspired me to think about surrogacy," Humes told PEOPLE.

"I'm really excited. I know Chris and Rachelle will be great parents and I can't wait to see the looks on their faces when they get to hold their baby for the first time."

Friedman became known as the "paralysed bride" when, just months before her wedding, she lost the ability to move from the chest down.

Her bridesmaid playfully pushed her into the pool and she snapped her neck as she hit the water.

One of Friedman's main worries was that she would never have children.

"I knew it was bad because I remember looking down and not being able to feel the coldness on my legs," Friedman, a motivational speaker and blogger for several national websites, said.

"It was very scary. I knew I was paralysed and the first thing I asked the paramedics was whether I could have kids. I was ecstatic when they said yes."


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Ebola outbreak fears after centre raided

Police action ... Liberian police try to protect an Ebola burial team in the West Point slum in Monrovia, Liberia after they're mobbed by hundreds of residents. Picture: Getty Source: Getty Images

In the Liberian capital of Monrovia, the citys main hospital has very little staff and few patients an exodus triggered by several Ebola-related deaths at the facility.

SEVENTEEN patients infected with Ebola are unaccounted for after fleeing an armed raid on a quarantine centre in Monrovia by men who claim the epidemic is a fiction.

"They broke down the door and looted the place. The patients have all gone," according to a witness at the scene of the attack on the outskirts of the Liberian capital.

The report has been confirmed by residents and the head of Health Workers Association of Liberia, George Williams.

EBOLA TOLL: MORE THAN 1000 DEAD IN WEST AFRICA

Persuasive ... residents tell patients in an Ebola isolation in Monrovia, Liberia, to escape. Picture: Getty Source: Getty Images

On the run ... a family flees an Ebola isolation centre in Monrovia, Liberia, after a mob forced open the gates. Picture: Getty Source: Getty Images

Williams said on Sunday the unit housed 29 patients who "had all tested positive for Ebola" and were receiving preliminary treatment before being taken to hospital.

"Of the 29 patients, 17 fled last night (after the assault). Nine died four days ago and three others were yesterday (Saturday) taken by force by their relatives" from the centre, he said.

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The attackers, mostly young men armed with clubs, shouted that President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf "is broke" and "there's no Ebola" in Liberia as they broke into the unit in a Monrovia suburb, Wesseh said.

Protest ... hundreds of people in Monrovia's West Point slum mob an Ebola burial team who were trying to collect the bodies of four people who had died overnight. Picture: Getty Source: Getty Images

Residents had opposed the creation of the centre, set up by health authorities in part of the city considered an epicentre of the Ebola outbreak in the Liberian capital.

"We told them not to (build) their camp here. They didn't listen to us," said a young resident, who declined to give his name.

"We don't believe in this Ebola outbreak."

The Ebola outbreak, the worst since the virus first appeared in 1976, has claimed 1145 lives in five months, according to the UN World Health Organisation's latest figures as of August 13: 413 in Liberia, 380 in Guinea, 348 in Sierra Leone and four in Nigeria.


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Tourist boat sinks in Indonesia

Ten tourists and five Indonesians are missing after a boat capsized sailing between Indonesian islands.

FIFTEEN people, including 10 foreign tourists, are missing after a boat travelling from Lombok to Komodo Island sank in the early hours of Saturday morning.

Australian officials are urgently seeking to confirm whether any citizens are among the missing.

Ten others from Europe and New Zealand survived and were plucked from the water by two boats, including a fishing boat.

The boat, a type of wooden Phinisi schooner, called Versace Amara, is understood to have hit a reef although rescue officials late on Sunday gave differing versions of what exactly had happened to the vessel.

And they could not confirm the nationalities of the 10 tourists who are still missing. It is believed that the four crew and the guide are Indonesian.

Ordeal ... Survivors who were rescued after their tourist boat sank off the coast of Indonesia rest at a house near Bima. Picture: AFP Source: AFP

Suryaman, the Search and rescue co-ordinator at Bima, on Sumbawa island, said the boat appeared to have hit a reef about 1.15am (local time) on Saturday morning, causing a serious leak.

Suryaman said that the crew tried to bring the boat to land but bad weather prevented them, and at about 7pm on Saturday the boat, which had been filing with water, capsized.

At about 8pm, local fishermen found five people in the water and saved them. Another five were saved by a different boat and all are now in hospital in Bima, on Sumbawa Island.

A further 15 from the boat are still missing, including 10 tourists, four crew and one tourist guide.

"A tourist boat with 25 people on board capsized while sailing from Lombok island to Komodo island," said Budiawan, who, like many Indonesians, goes by one name.

"We rescued 10 foreigners, while 10 other foreigners and five Indonesians remain missing. We launched a search operation as soon as we received the report this morning (Sunday)."

"The incident took place ... when the boat hit a reef and sank. Fishermen managed to rescue five of them alive later at night on Saturday, and five other foreigners were rescued by a sailing boat," Budiawan told AFP.

Recovering ... Ten foreign tourists and five Indonesian crew were missing after a boat sank between islands in the east of the country, while 10 others had been rescued, search and rescue officials said. Picture: AFP Source: AFP

The survivors include a 29-year-old and 53-year-old Dutch woman, two 21-year-old German women, a 33-year-old French man, a male and female from Spain, A British woman, a male and female from New Zealand.

They were named as Els Visser, 29, from the Netherlands, Hannah Schole, 21, from Germany, Norensch Wickhow, 21 from Germany, Cayleng Cheryl, 53 from the Netherlands, Hommasel Betrand, 33 from France, Rafael Martinez from Spain, Maria Pallol, from Spain, a British woman known only as Katherine Anne, Tony Francis Lawton and Gaylene Cheryl Wilkinson from New Zealand.

Survivors ... Those rescued were from New Zealand, Britain, Spain, the Netherlands, Germany and France, said Budiawan, a search and rescue official. Picture: AFP Source: AFP

The names were provided by authorities on the scene late on Sunday night.

The Bima police chief, Lieutenant Colonel Benny Basir Warmansyah said the accident happened in the waters of Sangeang, near Seangeang Mountain.

He said the boat was on the way from Senggigi on Lombok to Labuhan Bajo when it was hit by a wave.

Lt Col Warmansyah said the nationalities of those foreigners still missing was not clear.

Phinisi schooners regularly ply the eastern Indonesian waters, taking tourists diving and between the islands which form the Nusa Tenggara region.

Boat capsized ... The vessel hit a reef and went down on August 16, 2014 en route from Lombok island to Komodo island. Picture: AFP Source: AFP

A DFAT spokesperson said the Australian Embassy in Jakarta and the Australian Consulate-General in Bali were urgently seeking details from local authorities to learn whether any Australians were on board.

"Any Australians who have concerns for the welfare of family or friends in the region should attempt to directly contact them," the spokesperson said.

Disaster ... the tourist boat with 25 on board hit a reef and capsized near Bima, Indonesia. Source: Supplied

Surfing charters are popular in the area where the boat sank, with many operating from Lombok and along reefs found near the islands.

The charters typically are for several days aboard boats which carry up to 25 passengers, plus crew.

The boats travel to surf breaks, such as Nusa, where surfers are dropped near the breaks before being collected.

They usually eat and sleep aboard the boats as they travel between the islands and the surfing locations.

The boat was making its way to Komodo Island, internationally famous for its Komodo dragons.

Indonesia relies heavily on boats to connect its more than 17,000 islands, but has a poor maritime safety record.

Two vessels sank last month in different parts of the archipelago as millions travelled for the Muslim Eid holiday, leaving at least 36 people dead.


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