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Britney Pregnant (article for newspaper inserts) October 10, 2007

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OOPS… I did it again
BRITNEY PREGNANT

We really love to see celebrities build up their careers only to watch them fall so we can all root for them to climb back up again. The thing with Britney Spears is that the climbing always seems to go down rather than up.

Following the recent loss of both of her sons to ex-hubby Kevin Federline – who took custody within 48 hours of the ruling being announced – there are no apparent lifestyle changes to be seen.

It comes as no surprise that Britney’s erratic behaviour has escalated. Spears has been checking into different hotel rooms over the past few weeks, seemingly ‘for the sake of it’, all the while accompanied by her new inseparable shady friend, Osama ‘Sam’ Lutfi.

Rumours have been circulating around LA, speculating that the star might once again be pregnant. A room service lady of one of the hotels has found a pregnancy test – with positive results – carelessly laying on the bathroom floor after the former pop princess checked out. Who the possible father might be remains unconfirmed since Britney has been linked to several men in the past.

There are speculations that the pregnancy began prior to her recent embarassing performance at the MTV Music Awards in Las Vegas earlier this month. Friends and family are concerned that this is her way of coping with the loss of her childeren to ex Federline.

Spring Racing Carnival Cancelled (article for newspaper inserts) October 8, 2007

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HATS OFF Spring Racing Carnival Cancelled

Equine Flu to Blame

Warren Brown, Chief Executive Officer of the Melbourne Racing Club confided in Melbourne’s The Age (7 October 2007) that, “Each time the phone rings I think it will mean the Equine Influenza has broken out”.

Well, that phone call has now come and put an end to the 2007 Spring Racing Carnival.

“I’m distraught, I cannot believe that the 2007 Melbourne Cup will not go ahead. This will be the first time that the famous international horse race has not been run in over three decades.” Mr. Brown said.

Equine Influenza has spread into the Victorian ‘Green Zone’ with two animals testing positive at recent tests held at Spotswood stables in Melbourne’s West. Victorian Deputy Chief Veterinary Officer, Brian Ogen confirmed that staff are now investigating the precise cause of the outbreak and any possibility of the disease spreading.

The two infected 4-year-old geldings raced last weekend in an early Caulfield Guineas race, where it is believed there is the largest outbreak of Equine Influenza in Australia. Thus far, numbers of affected horses has possibly reached hundreds, with thousands more to be further tested.

A ‘Red Zone’ is being declared around the Spotswood property and the Flinders Zone, and will be extended further west and south in coming weeks. The horse owners, in this case, took early action by reporting their sick animals immediately, which hopefully will give a better chance of preventing further spreading of the disease.

The new zoning effect will unfortunately restrict the movement of many horses, which up until now have been given freedom to move amongst stables. The declaration of the new ‘Red Zone’ will effectively put a stop to most, if not all, of the Spring Racing Carnival including the Melbourne Cup.

International stables including O’brien (Ireland), Sumii (Japan) and Rogerson (New Zealand) have already informed the Victorian Racing Club that they are not prepared to risk the health and future of their horses.

Last year Sumii brought Delta Blue’s to the carnival, the horse that went on to win the 2006 Melbourne Cup. He announced, “That unless the VRC and Racing Australia are prepared to compensate for loss of potential earnings then there is no chance that I will risk any of my horses in the 2007 Spring Carnival.”

So hats off ladies, the races are off.

OTHER POTENTIAL HEADLINES FOR ARTICLE
– Internationals back out of the barrier
– Late scratching for the SRC (Spring Racing Carnival)
– No spring in your step this carnival season
– Nothing to view as the horses get the flu
– No horse will win as VRC pulls the pin

Australia Ratifies Kyoto Protocol (article for newspaper inserts) October 8, 2007

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AUSTRALIA RATIFIES KYOTO PROTOCOL

Howard finally sees the light

In an unforeseen change of mind (and heart) Prime Minister John Howard has finally made the long awaited decision to ratify the Kyoto Protocol. The announcement was made this morning with Howard stating, “Australia is on track to achieve its target of limited greenhouse emissions to 108% of 1990 emissions over the period 2008-2012, as agreed at Kyoto”.

Actually, that is what he said in 2003. Despite meeting emission targets and the country experiencing an economic boom, surly now, more than ever, we have the money and resources to help out poor old Mother Nature?

Both the United States and Australia are well known for favoring their respective economies over the environment and the global warming threat. It is a sad fact that Australia has one of the highest greenhouse gas emission rates per capita in the developed world. We rate 17th on the list of top pollutants, and yet our Prime Minister still refuses to ratify the Kyoto Protocol.
Despite being involved in negotiating the treaty, Australia was one of the first countries to sign a precursor to ratifying it in 1997. Ridiculously contradictory one would think. In true Howard style, the PM continued his little game of ‘follow the leader (a.k.a Bush)’ by refusing to sign the Protocol after the US did the same. It is about time a new leader is followed, perhaps the European Union that ratified en masse in 2002.

Howard seems to be under the impression that signing will “cost us jobs and damage our industry”. Surely the new Industrial Relation laws are far more effective in this. In addition, the current $52.8 million ‘Be Climate Clever ‘I can do that” advertising campaign is a seemingly halfhearted attempt to reduce this countries greenhouse effluence. If the government really wanted to make a difference they would sign the agreement and live up to its promises.

For the Kyoto Protocol to take any significant positive effect on the globe, it needs to be adopted by countries that collectively create 55% of the worlds greenhouse gas emissions, but with Australia and the US still unsigned, only 36% is accounted for. The Australian opposition is in favour of signing, claiming the move is ‘risk free’, so why is it that the coalition cannot see the light?

Come on Howard, step up. You’re making the whole country look like a bunch of heartless, money hungry bandits who don’t give two hoots about the environment and climate change.

Global warming is not going to go away and the time to act is now.

John So for PM (updated article for newspaper inserts) October 8, 2007

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JOHN SO FOR PM

John So is the world’s most outstanding mayor.

The winner of World Mayor 2006, John So is Melbourne’s first directly elected Lord Mayor. In the World Mayor competition verdict, the judging panel described So as ‘possibly the first city leader to enjoy ‘cult status’. The World Mayor Society cited, amongst other things, the successful staging of the 2006 Commonwealth Games (where So was cheered louder than Steve Bracks, John Howard, and even The Queen) and So’s immense popularity amongst the young population of Melbourne as their reason for crowning him winner.

Born in Hong Kong, So is an example of the ‘Australian Dream’ coming to fruition. A former science teacher and restaurant owner, So is now known amongst the Chinese and restaurateur community as the ‘10% Man’, for having at least a 10% stake in most Asian restaurants in town. It wouldn’t hurt Australia to have Chinese power brokers and other influential figures supporting So’s cause for Melbourne.

Now in his second term as mayor, John So’s passion for his city, his enduring enthusiasm for his job, humanity and self-effacing manner have made him the most popular politician amongst young Australians. Melbourne’s longest serving and first elected Lord Mayor, John So can be viewed as a positive symbol of diversity in Australian public life. Elected to a second term in 2004, the affection shown for Mayor So in the Victorian state capital has even manifested itself in a tribute record, an ‘official unofficial’ fan website, a birthday tribute website, and countless other merchandise. Not many Mayors can claim to have had a record made in their honour or a t-shirt proclaiming their name across residents’ chests ( ‘John So – he’s my bro’, also The Music Men’s record title).

Since becoming Mayor, one of John So’s aims has been to engage with young people and to make sure they know that they are a vital part of Melbourne’s society.

He has succeeded.

One young Melbournian states: “John So has captured the imagination of the people of his city. He has especially done so with young people. Where else in the world do people under 25 cheer and stamp and shout out the name of the Mayor?”

So, so far so good. Why not go all the way? All the way to Parliament House in Canberra that is. With almost the same height, hair almost gone, bushy eyebrows, sharing the same first name and similar happy chap smile, John So could pass for the PM, after all he’s definitely more popular than his Anglo-Saxon counter part.

So has long been credited for his success in restoring the public’s trust and confidence in the City Council, which was once known for its complex internal office politics. And in the mean time So has transformed Melbourne from being a city featured for squabbling and petty mindedness, to a place of big thinking and grand results.

As a mayor of Asian heritage in our strongly diverse city, Mayor So champions links with other Asian cities, emphasising sister city relations with Osaka, Japan and Tianjin, China and working within the Business Partner City Network of 12 global cities. Melbourne is Australia’s second largest city and describes itself as the nation’s cultural capital, and its prominence as a financial centre is indisputable. So has kept his election promises, with the help of his team, and implemented these guarantees, resulting in Melbourne being voted one of the World’s Most Liveable Cities on numerous occasions during his time in the office.

With a record like that we can’t really go wrong. Australia needs a leader who really knows its people. Whom the Americans cannot easily cow. Who welcomes diversity and appreciates the countries people and land’s history. Someone who has truly lived the life of the common people. Someone who has achieved the ‘Australian Dream’.

John So for Prime Minister, why not? Rudy Guiliani (ex-mayor of New York) is doing it. Oh, wait, Rudy is white.

VOTE 1. JOHN SO FOR PM

“John So for PM” October 5, 2007

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John So, arguable is the World’s Most Outstanding Mayor. The winner of World Mayor 2006, is Melbourne’s first directly elected Lord Mayor. Born in Hong Kong, he is an example of the ‘Australian dream’. World Mayor Society cited, amongst other things, the successful staging of the 2006 Commonwealth Games (where he was cheered louder than Steve Barracks, John Howard, and even the Queen) and So’s immense popularity among the young population of Melbourne as their reason for choosing So. In its verdict, the judging panel described So as ‘possibly the first city leader to enjoy ‘cult status’.

Known around the Chinese and Restaurateur community as the ‘10%’ man, for having at least a 10% stake in most Asian restaurant in town. His influence has enjoyed a rapid popularity. It wouldn’t hurt us to have the Chinese power brokers and other influential figures supporting his cause for Melbourne.

Now in his second term as mayor, John So’s passion for his city, his enduring enthusiasm for his job, humanity and self-effacing manner have made him the most popular politician among younger Australians. Melbourne’s longest serving and first elected Lord Mayor John So can be viewed as a positive symbol of diversity in Australian public life. Elected to a second term in 2004, the affection shown for Mayor So in the Victoria state capital has even manifested itself in a tribute record, an ‘official unofficial’ fan website, a birthday tribute website, and countless other unofficial merchandise. Not many mayors can claim to have had a record made in their honour or a t-shirt proclaiming their name across residents’ chests (the ‘John So – he’s my bro’ garment, which was also the record’s title).

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Since becoming Mayor, one of John So’s aims has been to engage with young people and to make sure they know they are a vital part of Melbourne society.

He has succeeded.

One young Melburnian wrote: “John So has captured the imagination of the people of his city. He has especially done so with young people. Where else in the world do people under 25 cheer and stamp and shout out the name of the mayor?”

So, so far so good. Why not go all the way, to the Government House in Canberra that is. With almost the same height, hair almost gone, bushy eyebrows, sharing the same first name and similar happy chap smile, John So could pass for the PM, after all he’s probably more popular than his Anglo-Saxon counter part.

He has long been credited for his success in restoring back public’s trust and confidence in the City Council, which was known for its complex internal office politics. And in the mean time has transformed Melbourne from being a city featured by squabbling and petty mindedness, to a place of big thinking and grand results.

As a mayor of Asian heritage in the strongly diverse city, Mayor So champions links with other Asian cities, emphasising sister city relations with Osaka, Japan and Tianjin, China and working within the Business Partner City Network of 12 global cities. Melbourne is Australia’s second largest city and describes itself as the nation’s cultural capital, though its prominence as a financial centre is undisputable. He as kept his election promises, with the help of his team, and implemented it, which sees Melbourne voted as World’s Most Liveable City on numerous times in his time in the office.

With a record like that you can’t really go wrong. Australia needs a leader who really knows its people. Whom the Americans cannot easily cow. Who welcomes diversity and appreciate its people and land’s history. Someone, who truly has lived the life of the common people. Someone who has achieve the ‘Australian Dream’. John So for Prime Minister, why not? Rudy Guiliani (ex-mayor of New York) is doing it. Oh, wait, Rudy is white.