Moorooka bus fire: Indian PM calls Turnbull over Manmeet Sharma

Friends and bus drivers gathered at a vigil in Moorooka, Brisbane on Saturday night to pay their respects to Manmeet Sharma. Photo: Amy Mitchell-Whittington Mr Alisher was an enthusiastic singer and hobby film-maker. Photo: supplied
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Smoke billows from the bus at Moorooka. Photo: Twitter / ABC

India’s Prime Minister has raised concerns with his Australian counterpart over the alleged murder of a Punjabi bus driver set alight on a Brisbane bus.

In a statement issued on Sunday, India’s Ministry of External Affairs said PM Narendra Modi called Malcolm Turnbull to send him Diwali greetings.

“Prime Minister Modi also conveyed a sense of concern being felt in India over the recent brutal killing of Mr Manmeet Alisher, a person of Indian origin, in Australia,” the statement read.

“Prime Minister Turnbull expressed shock at the killing and conveyed that the matter is being investigated.”

When asked on Monday morning, Mr Turnbull said he could understand his counterpart’s concerns.

“In fact, I spoke to Prime Minister Modi about it last night and conveyed our sympathies and condolences,” he said.

“The matter, of course, is being closely investigated (and) I will keep him informed as the results of the investigation arise.”

A series of attacks on Indian students in Australia in 2009 caused tensions between the two countries and raised concerns in India about racially motivated violence.

Police have struggled to detail a motive for the fire attack in Brisbane’s south just after 9am on Friday, in which an “incendiary device” was allegedly thrown on the 29-year-old casual bus driver, also known as Manmeet Sharma, as he pulled up to collect passengers.

Moorooka man Anthony O’Donohue, 48, has been charged with the murder of the driver and another 11 counts of attempted murder.

Outside court on Saturday, his lawyer said he held concerns for his client’s mental health.

Within hours of the incident, which sent shockwaves through the city’s Indian, transport, and wider communities and made headlines back home, they said there was no indication of terrorism or racial motivation.

Mr Sharma’s brother Amit Alisher told the ABC he feared the attack may have been a hate crime, fearing the worst even in the absence of any clear evidence.

“We suspect that it may be [racially motivated],” he said.

“We would like to see due process, we have faith in the Australian system.”

Long-term family friend Winnerjit Goldy and Manmeet’s older brother Amit Sharma rushed for Australia at the weekend and have called for justice over the death.

The slain driver’s parents are still yet to learn of the popular singer, actor and community man’s death.

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Softball games saw some smashing hits

A gradeShields 14 defEagles 1
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THEShields girls have come out firing this season.

They held theEagles team to justone run, leaving the sidewith fourscoreless digs.

Melissa Balek ofShields finished the Eagles’ last bat with a double play.

Six out of nineTiger playershad a catch in the field and the girls were able to back it up with a strong bat.

The main event was Amesha Meyer’scracking grand slam in the third.

Best at bat:Shields’ Amesha Meyers 2 from 3.

The Eagles best at bat:Stephanie Perry 1 from 2.

Squaws 17 defRebels 0

There was top pitching by Squaws’ Alana Jantke, having fourstrike outs.

Atight field kept the Rebels scoreless.

The Squaws side wasable to back up itsfield with strong batting.

Multiple highs includeda home run from Alana Jantke, along with a twobagger.

Ella Blewit, Chrissy Clarke and Livinia Kerley all hadtwobase hits as well.

Best at bat:Squaws’ Ella Blewit and Belinda Reynolds both 3 from 4.

The Rebels’ best at bat: Shannen Hearne 1 from 2.

BgradeEagles 6 drew with Shields 6

This game was high paced with quick digs.

There was a total of sixinnings and multiple digs where no runs were scored.

PREPARED: Eagles’ Alkira Saunders about to take a swing during the Eagles vs Tigers A grade match on Saturday.

Eagles’ Suzanne Scanlon had a massive ninestrike outs.

Shaylee Saunders had twodouble base hits.

Shields’ Kaidy Morgan smashed a home run in the second.

She also did well to havetwocatches.

Rookie Amesha Meyers had three at short stop.

A quick thinking double play was achieved by the Eagles’ Saunders sisters in the second.

Best at bat:Eagles’ Shaylee Saunders 2 from 3.Shields, Amesha Meyers and Kaidy Morgan both 2 from 4.

Squaws 21 defRebels 2

The Squaws girls had another smashing day with their bats.

Rebels were unable to respond on the day.

The red and whites had safe hits all round.

This was highlighted by a homer from both Shyane McDonald and Lexi Williams.

Along with a twoand threebagger fromTanya Williams.

Rebels scored itsruns in the first by Hannah Pycroft and Daniell Garner crossing the plate.

Best at bat:Squaws’ Lexi Williams 3 from 5.

Rebels’ Daniell Garner 2 from 3.

Under 16s will return to the field this weekend after a bye on Saturday.

Junior games are at 11.45am, as usual.

Amesha Meyers

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Toole belts Macquarie in aggressive knock

A CRACKING knock from Mitchell middle-order batsmanJosh Toole helped rocket his side to a dominant five-wicket win over Macquarie at Orange’s Jack Brabham Park on Saturday.
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In the second Western Zone inter-council trial game, Mitchell raced passed Macquarie’s total of 8-171, Toole’s unbeaten, better-than-a-run-a-ball 61 propelling his side to victory one ball into the 31stover.

At the other end having contributed an unbeaten 44 to a six-wicket stand worth 112, skipper Jameel Qureshi said his Bathurst batting partner’sno-holds-barred approach was fun to watch.

“He was just in one of those moods…all I had to do was play my own game down the other end,” Qureshi said.

“He just wanted to hit everything, and when he’s in one of those moods, you can’t really tell him otherwise.

“In saying that, though, it was still a pretty sensible innings. He kept out the good balls and attacked the bad ones.”

GREAT KNOCK: Bathurst batsman Josh Toole blasted an aggressive 61 for Mitchell in Saturday’s Western Zone win over Macquarie.

While Toole only managed six runs in Sunday’s round three loss to Lachlan, he provided the highlight of a patient effort from the Mitchell outfit.

Winning the toss and batting first, Macquarie started strongly before Mitchell’s new-ball pairing struck.

Charlie Kempson (eight) andJordan Moran (23) fell to Orange’s Hugh Le Lievre (2-38) andBathurst’s Matt Stephen (1-30) in quick succession.

Mitch Bower (two) went soon after toLe Lievre, who doesn’t take the new ball on a regular basis for his club side CYMS.

Macquarie’s Greg Buckley came and went for 13, leaving the bulk of the run-scoring to be done by Tom Nelson.

Nelson provided just that, hitting 67 not out as he anchored Macquarie’s innings.

However, his runs came slowly as the visitors crawled to 8-171 from their 50 overs.

It was a shaky start to Mitchell’s innings with the bat, left-arm quick Henry Railz (2-25) taking the early wickets of Bathurst City duo Joey Coughlan(zero) and Ben Orme (zero) while Henry Shoemark (four) fell to Ben Semmler (1-10) to leave the hosts reeling at 3-8.

Veteran Riche Venner (31) steadied the ship alongside the prodigious Ryan Peacock (16) until the pair fell in quick succession with the score on 60.

It was then over to Toole and Qureshi–and it didn’t take long for the gun pair to race to 5-172and the victory.

Although Toole’s innings stole the show, the Mitchell skipper said it was his side’s innings with the ball that set up the win.

“I thought we bowled really well as a team,” Qureshi said.

“Hugh and Stevo really built up the pressureand then, I thought anyway,it was a good deck for slow bowlers.

“We took the pace off the ball and made them play our game, which worked beautifully.”

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Letters to the editor

HISTORIC SNAPSHOT: Seeking information about this photo. If you recognise any of the faces, call Nita Quinn on 6492 1826 or the Bega Pioneers Museum 6492 1453.Off and racingLadies and gentlemen, it’s time to place your bets on the greatest race event of the century – The Global Warming Stakes!
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Here’s the Form Guide.

Renewable Energy –A great prospect with Winx-like abilities. There have been attempts to nobble this Phar Lap of the 21st Century but, despite being forced to carry heavy weight, sheis performing well. Loves a tail wind and is a strong finisher on a dry track. The smart money is on this horse.

Old King Coal –Literally on its last legs but propped up with stimulants. Has had a succession of jockeys who have a track record of interfering with Renewable Energy in the back straight. The owners, the Fossil Fuel Mafia, seem determined to keep flogging a dead horse.

Nuclear –Doesn’t have a great track record, failing spectacularly at the Fukushima Stakes and the Chernobyl Derby. Has received some late backing from Old King Coal interests but punters are wary of dangerous riding charges.

Biomass –Showed early promise but apparently the horse’s appearance (remember Fine Cotton) was altered to make to make it look like Renewable Energy. Turned out to be the progeny of Old King Coal and the tired nag, Woodchipper.

Clean Coal –A scratching. Couldn’t stand up when inspected by the Race Veterinarian.

On this form you’d expect that Renewable Energy would romp it in as the clear favourite. However, there are disturbing reports that the Fossil Fuel Mafia have an unhealthy influence over the Stewards. So far the Stewards seem to beignoringthe scientific advice that only Renewable Energy is fit for racing.

Doug Reckord, KalaruRejecting inputOn September 17 I wrote to ABC head office regarding the cessation of the funeral announcements at 6.59am and how the community of this listening area were so upset that they were missing this very important announcement.

Well over 2500 people signed the petitions requesting the return of this important information.

I find it very strange that the ABC is now wanting more input from the community into the local radiostation’s programming and then straight away rejected the one item we all want to be broadcast.

I feel that nothing will change about this decision by the ABC unless we all protest by writing to the ABC head office and our local ABC in Bega.

ABC’s head office address is GPO Box 9994, Sydney 2001.

Maybe, hopefully, the funeral announcements will be broadcast once again at 6.59each morning.

Annette Warby, TathraConcerning infoWhilesurfing the internet to find out whether the fluoridisation of Bega’s drinking water would damage the bacteria’s in my septic system, I came across this which is of a real concern.

I have emailed council regarding the septic issue so if the septic gets damaged I have someone to sue.

According to a paper written by Gary Null, PhD, entitled The Fluoridation Fiasco, “…fluoride is more toxic than lead and just slightly less toxic than arsenic”.

He goes on to state “…the fluoride added to drinking water and toothpaste is a crude industrial waste product of the aluminium and fertiliser industries…toxic enough to be used as rat poison”.

DrNull adds “research does not support the effectiveness of fluoridation for preventing tooth disease. …purported benefits are supposedly for children, not adults and senior citizens. At about age 13, any advantage fluoridation might offer comes to an end…fluoridation has never been proven safe. On the contrary, several studies directly link fluoridation to skeletal fluorosis, dental fluorosis, and several rare forms of cancer.”

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FREE Eyre export venture

FREE Eyre’s Mark Rodda and mark Cant from Sea Transport Corporation at the opening of the Lucky Bay harbour expansion on Friday.A JOINT venture betweengrower-owned agribusinessFREE Eyre and transshipping company Sea TransportCorporation is expected to save growers money and create at least 50 jobs in the region.
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The companies announced plans on Friday for a transshipping enterprise at Lucky Bay, near Cowell,where grain will be barged out to ships in Spencer Gulf.

The joint venture companySpencer Gulf Trustwill bring together the global expertise ofSea Transport’s transshipping technology with FREEEyre’s grain grower shareholders andclients, tobuilda bulk commodity transshipping terminal and enterprise at Lucky Bay, using state-of- the-art, shallow draft transshipping vesselsto load larger cargo vessels moored in the gulf.

At the official opening of the Lucky Bay transshipping harbor extension on Friday, Free Eyre chairman John Crosby and Sea Transport chairman Stuart Ballantyne saidthat subject to funding negotiations, construction on the land-based grainreceival, storage and handling facilities would start in the first quarter of 2017 and becompleted in time to receive grain for the 2017 harvest.

The site at Lucky Bay where a bulk commodity transshipping terminal and enterprise will be built, using state-of- the-art, shallow draft transshipping vessels to load larger cargo vessels moored in Spencer Gulf.

Financial modelling suggestsgrowers in the Lucky Bay catchment zone could save $10 to $19 a tonne on average, depending on individual growers’ freight costs.

Across the past 10 years, an average of onemillion tonnesof grain has been produced within this catchment zone.

The Spencer Gulf Trust anticipatesWallaroo will be the second stage with similar facilities designed toreceive, store and export both grain and fertiliser, adding competition to the supply chain.

There is also potential for transshippingat other key locations such as Streaky Bay and Kangaroo Island and the company believes this alternative method of transshipping bulk commodities has the potential totransform grain and fertiliser handling in South Australia.

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