Saturday, March 29, 2008

Missing girl. Please help

This video was sent to me by a good Facebook friend from Australia via the Facebook social network. It is a desperate cry for help from a father who now do not know where his very much loved daughter, Savannah-Jade, is.

please help find missing girl cry for help

Here are some photos of his missing daughter, Savannah-Jade:

missing girl photo, Savannah-Jade

If you have any information which can help Savannah-Jade to be found, here is how her desperate dad can be contacted:

contact father of missing girl Savannah-Jade

Below is the actual video from which you can get more details. Please help a desperate father find his missing daughter by forwarding this to as many people as possible:

Monday, February 4, 2008

Penny Wong: The first Asian-born member of the Australian Cabinet

Penny Wong Australian Minister for Climate Change and Water

Photo of Penny Wong is property of penrithsustainabilityunit

Penny Wong is the current Australian Minister for Climate Change and Water who went to Bali for the international climate change talks with current Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd to Bali for the international climate change talks. It had been reported that Penny Wong was the Chair Person of the United Nations Working Group for the final negotiations in the final days of December's United Nations Climate Change Conference at Bali. Was it a positive or negative development for the environment I don't know but the previous Australian Prime Ministe, John Winston Howard, was closely aligned with George Bush of the United States of America who had been a big, frustrating stumbling block to the progress of the Climate Change negotiations. However, with the change of government with Kevin Rudd leading the Australian government, Australia had reversed its previous stance towards the environment and is now all for environmental issues. So I supposed Penny Wong must have played a positive role at international climate change talks at Bali recently.

Background of Penny Wong

The first Asian-born member of the Australian Cabinet, Penny Wong, was born in Kota Kinabalu who migrated to Australia at the age of eight with her Australian mother after her divorce from her Malaysian Chinese Hakka father. That make us kind of kinsmen as I am also of Hakka ancestry.

Penny Wong's eductional background and career path

Pwnny Wong studied Arts/Law at the University of Adelaide and worked part time for the Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union while still a student. Penny Wong was an active activist during student days and was the National Executive of the National Union of Students. She joined the Australian Labor Party in 1988 and acted as a delegate to the party's state convention the following year.

She graduated in 1992 and continued working for CFMEU (Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union) as an industrial officer. Penny Wong was admitted to the Australian Bar and began her law practice and also worked as a legal officer with the Liquor, Hospitality and Miscellaneous Union.

When the Labor Party won the Australian election in November 2007, Penny Wong was appointed Minister for Climate Change and Water. She thus became the first Asian-born member of the Australian Cabinet.

Thursday, January 24, 2008

Friend at Sunshine Coast, Queensland and other interesting places in Queensland and New South Wales

Online Friend from Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia

I have made a very good online friend from Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia. He even contributed to my Digital Candlelight Vigil:

Candlelight Vigil for the cancer victims

It will be real nice to make a trip to Queensland so that we can meet face-to-face. But Queensland is a big place, and it will be a sheer waste not to visit other interesting places in Queensland.

Burleigh Heads, Queesnsland

Photo of Burlington Heads is property of Allan Lee

Burleigh Heads is an outskirt region of the Gold Coast in Queensland, Australia between the Pacific Ocean to the east, Miami (Queensland) to the north (Miami, Queensland is a suburb of the Gold Coast in Queensland, Australia located along the Gold Coast Highway 7 kilometre south of Surfers Paradise and 17 kilometer north of the border between Queensland and New South Wales at Coolangatta/Tweed Heads), Burleigh Waters (Burleigh Waters is another suburb in Gold Coast, Queensland), West Burleigh (less well know suburb of Gold Coast) to the west and Tallebudgera (another suburb of Gold Coast) to the south. Burleigh Heads may be divided into tow regions, the northernmost region is a coastal strip from the Gold Coast Highway to the Brakes Crescent and the southern region next to the business district of Burleigh Heads clumped around the headland of Burleigh Heads and the national park.

Among Burleigh Heads attractions are Burleigh Beach which is a north-east facing beach is well protected by the point to the south and giving one of the best swimming, body boarding and surfing beaches on the Gold Coast. Nature lovers will enjoy the David Fleay Wildlife Park which is home to many native animals living in conditions similar to their natural habitats, Mount Cougal - Springbrook National Park featuring spectacular waterfalls and luxuriant rainforest, the David Fleay Wildlife Park where you can see unusual native animals and the Burleigh Head National Park 81 km southeast of Brisbane.

Art lovers will have the Peter Jeffery Graphic Design, Dalozzo Galleries, "Picture This", featuring a large array of original artworks, a boutique Art Gallery, Homewares and Picture Framing store, and the Corporate Art Centre with a variety of design. The ladies will love Robina Town Centre, a shopping center with dining, fashion, home wares, food and leisure retailers, and the Niecon Plaza Shopping Center located within walking distance from the beach less than 5 minutes from Surfers Paradise, Conrad Jupiter's, Pacific Fair and the Phoenician.

Shop for the heavily discounted last minute deals in accommodation at Burleigh Heads Hotels.

I understand that the above website have been revamped and a directory section has been added which makes it far easier to drill down and search for heavily discounted last minute accommodation in Australia. I checked and found last minute accommodation search. Perhaps this is what they were referring to.

Coolangatta, Queensland

Coolgangatta is ocated in the southernmost part of the Gold Coast, Queensland. Coolgangatta is border town between Queensland and New South Wales which included a customs office, boatshed and government wharf. The Wintersun Festival is held in June in Coolangatta bringing back a two-week 1950s and 1960s nostalgic festival with free entertainment and attractions, including hot rods, restored cars and revival bands playing music of the era.

Online accommodation booking is available at Coolangatta Hotels.

Manly, a suburb of Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

Manly Beach, Queensland, Australia
The photo of Manly beach is property of Beau Wade

Manly is a suburb of Brisbane, Australia about 16 kilometre east of the state capital of Queensland, Brisbane. Moreton Bay lies to the east of Manly. Manly has well sheltered coastal location and thus has become a popular location for boating. There are a number of boating clubs in Manly including the Brisbane Sailing Club which is now known as the Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron.

Among the attractions of Manly are the Quarantine Station with its maze of historic buildings, North Fort Manly which have tunnels, fortifications and the artillery museum together with a magnificent views of Sydney and its Harbour, Oceanworld Manly
with dangerous Aussies and amazing marine life like sharks, giant stingrays, turtles, deadly snakes, spiders, crocodiles and other reptiles, Want to dive with the great fearsome sharks. Try it at SHARK DIVE XTREME at Oceanworld. Let your family see how brave you are.

Heavily discounted last minute deals for accommodation at Manly available at Manly Hotels.

Byron Bay, New South Wales

Byron Bay is a town in the state of New South Wales neighboring Queensland on the eastern most point of the mainland of Australia about 600 kilometre north of Sydney and 140 kilometre south of Brisbane.

Byron Bay boasts of several beaches good for surfing. Bayron Bay is also popular for sky diving and whale watching as well as for its wildlife. Byron Bay is the meeting place of temperate and tropical waters which makes it an ideal place for scuba diving and snorkeling, particularly at Julian Rocks, now part of the Cape Byron Marine Park.

Byron Bay host events such as the Byron Underwater Festival, yoga retreats, pagan gatherings, music festivals including the Byron Bay Film Festival, East Coast Blues and Roots Music Festival at Easter and Splendour in the Grass and the Byron Bay Writers Festival.

For convenient online accommodation booking, surf over to Byron Bay Hotels