By MAMAMIA NEWS
UPDATE: Schapelle Corby’s brother will face drug possession charges.
The half-brother of Schapelle Corby – James Kisina – will face a Brisbane court tomorrow, after being charged with possession of a dangerous drug.
26-year-old Kisina was arrested by police on October 26 in Logan, and was charged with both possessing cocaine, and obstructing police. Kisina was with Schapelle Corby when she was arrested by police in Bali in 2004.
Corby, now 36-years-old, was convicted in 2005 of attempting to smuggle marijuana into Bali, in her bodyboard bag. Recent reports have suggested that Corby’s parole application may be signed within the next two weeks.
1. Children starving in Syria
Concerning reports are emerging from Syria where Aid workers are saying that Syrian refugee children are arriving in northern Lebanon thin and stunted, and that suspected malnutrition cases are surfacing right across the country.
With millions suffering from hunger, experts warn that if the crisis continues into the winter, deaths from hunger and illness could begin to dwarf deaths from violence. The conflict has already killed well over 100,000 people. Particularly troubling, aid workers say, are reports of mothers who stop breast feeding, unaware that it is the best way for a malnourished mother to keep her child alive.
2. Lost votes
Deputy Prime Minister Warren Truss says the West Australian Senate recount has been a “debacle” and a “huge embarrassment” to Australia’s electoral system. The AEC announced the results of the recount on Saturday, with Greens candidate Scott Ludlam and Australian Sports Party candidate Wayne Dropulich picking up seats over Labor’s Louise Pratt and the Palmer United Party’s Zhenya Dio Wang.
The results, which the AEC will officially declare today, are likely to be challenged in the Court of Disputed Returns. The votes remain missing. Mr Truss said a new election, if decided on by the courts, should happen as soon as possible.
3. Christie Brinkley condemns online trolls
Christie Brinkley has said she is shocked by the online world of bullies. She has revealed that her daughter with Billy Joel, Alexa Ray, was rushed to hospital following a suicide attempt – a victim, Christie says of the now pervasive culture of vicious online bullying, or ‘trolling’.
Her daughter has singled out gossip blogger Perez Hilton as being one of the worst culprits. The supermodel is calling for more accountability online saying “I discovered the internet is where people with chips on their shoulders can assume a fake identity and just spew venom and bitterness.’”
4. Melbourne Cup
Tomorrow is, as they say, The race that stops the Nation.
And punters are hoping it might produce the first Melbourne Cup win for Gai Waterhouse. Waterhouse’s horse Fiorente remains the favourite. Although she has trained more than 100 Group One winners she has not yet snared the big one. Waterhouse also has new acquisition Tres Blue running for her as she tries to win the race she has run second in three times.
5. Holocaust memorabilia outrage
EBAY has apologised and removed about 30 items of Holocaust memorabilia from its listings after a British newspaper reported that items including a striped concentration camp uniform were on sale.
The uniform, thought to have been worn by a Polish baker who died in the Auschwitz death camp, had an asking price of 11,200 pounds (A$18,847).