A tribute to Shirley Temple

MOVIE lovers will today reflect on days spent watching a rosy-cheeked princess singing and dancing her way into their hearts.

A bit of light and shine has gone out of Hollywood with the passing of Shirley Temple, one of its greatest ever stars.

The beautiful child star with the glowing corkscrew curls has died of natural causes, aged 85, surrounded by family at her California home.

The Hollywood Reporter describes Temple as an enchanting actress who saved a Hollywood studio and helped yank America from the throes of the Great Depression,

She starred in dozens of films including Bright Eyes (which gave us her signature song “The Good Ship Lollipop”) as well as Curly Top and Heidi.

At just six years old Temple was making $1,250 a week by captivating moviegoers with her furrowed brow, perplexed pouts and unrelenting cheeriness.

In the same year she became the youngest person ever to receive an Oscar statuette, miniature or otherwise, after the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences presented Temple with the first Juvenile Academy Award “in grateful recognition of her outstanding contribution to screen entertainment during the year 1934”.

Temple wed twice, with her second marriage, to Charles Black in 1950, lasting until his death in 2005.

He sparked her interest in politics, when called back into the navy to work in Washington.

Temple volunteered for the Republican Party and had an unsuccessful run for Congress in California.

She was later named to the United States’ delegation to the UN.

In 1972 Temple went public with her breast cancer battle, underwent a mastectomy and discussed her surgery to educate women about the disease.

The family released a statement today saying: “We salute her for a life of remarkable achievements”.

Titans taking Auckland Nines seriously

TITANS Co-Captain Greg Bird will lead a near full-strength side into the inaugural NRL Auckland Nines tournament in New Zealand.

He’s been named in a 16-man squad along with senior players Luke Bailey, William Zillman, Ashley Harrison and David Taylor.

However, fellow co-Captain Nate Myles is a notable absentee as he makes his return following off-season groin surgery.

A squad comprising of a bunch of Gold Coast recruits are already over the Tasman, following Sunday’s first trial match against the Warriors. The young side won 36-18 and have spent the past couple of days enjoying the sights of New Zealand ahead of the weekend’s tournament.

Brad Tighe, Paul Carter, Kalifa Faifai Loa, Maurice Blair and Siuatonga Likiliki all impressed on debut and will line-up alongside the senior players named by Coach John Cartwright yesterday, in a bid to go in with the best available team.

“Our preparation has been good, we’ve come over here with a mission to do as well as we can in (the tournament) and we’re definitely not treating it as a circus,” Cartwright said.

“We’ve picked our best side and we want to go as deep into it as we possibly can.”

“We used that trial (against the Warriors) to give a few guys a bit of a run and the Nines will be a mix of half the guys that played and half that didn’t, so they all would have had a taste of football by the end of the weekend.”

The Titans are in Blue Pool against the Sharks, Tigers and Knights.

Morcombe trial enters third day

THE trial of the man accused of killing Daniel Morcombe will enter its third day in the Supreme Court in Brisbane today.

Daniel’s parents, Bruce and Denise Morcombe were first to give evidence during Tuesday’s proceedings, recalling their last moments with their 13-year-old son before he was taken in 2003.

Despite previously confessing to the crimes in a secretly recorded conversation with undercover police, Brett Peter Cowan, 44, has pleaded not guilty to charges of murder, indecent treatment of a child and interfering with a corpse, despite earlier confessing to undercover police.

13-year-old Daniel Morcombe

13-year-old Daniel Morcombe

On Tuesday, the court heard Daniel was almost certainly murdered within an hour of his alleged abduction from a Sunshine Coast bus stop.

The prosecution claimed Cowan admitted in the recorded conversation to offering the 13-year-old a lift with plans to molest him.

The recordings allegedly captured Cowan explaining he strangled Daniel to death after trying to molest him, telling officers the 13-year-old boy ‘panicked’ and ‘refused to play the game’.

Justice Roslyn Atkinson officially opened the trial on Monday afternoon after the delicate selection of twelve impartial jurors, six men and six women, and three reserves, two men and one woman, who together will decide Cowan’s fate.

Up to 158 witnesses are expected to give evidence.

Daniel’s remains, seventeen partial bones and a pair of shoes, were found in dense bushland at the Glass House Mountains in the Sunshine Coast Hinterland eight days after Cowan’s arrest on August 13, 2011.

His funeral, held at Siena Catholic College on 7 December 2012, was attended by more than 2000 people.

The trial is expected to last six weeks.

Police seek help to find missing Tallai man

POLICE are appealing for help to find a 63-year-old Gold Coast man who has not been seen or heard from in 10 days.

Hugo Bonham (pictured) is alleged to have left a Settlement Court residence in Tallai and has not made contact with family or friends since February 2.

Mudgeeraba Police say they hold concerns for his well-being and are seeking public assistance to help establish his whereabouts.

He is described as being Caucasian, about 178cm tall with a slim build, bald with grey hair and brown eyes.

Anyone with information about his whereabouts is urged to contact local police or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

Tough new laws crack down on repeat juvenile offenders

THE IDENTITIES of repeat juvenile offenders will be allowed to be published by the media under new laws introduced to Parliament this week as part of the Newman Government’s commitment to overhauling the youth justice system.

Attorney-General and Minister for Justice Jarrod Bleijie admitted the overdue reforms targeting repeat juvenile offenders were tough, but said they were ‘fair and necessary’.

A new specific breach of bail offence will be created where repeat offenders will face a maximum one year in detention.

The criminal histories of all juvenile offenders will also be made available in adult courts, giving a Magistrate or Judge a complete understanding of a defendant’s history.

Furthermore, the new laws would see juvenile offenders transferred to adult correctional centres once they reached the aged of 17 and had six or more months of their sentence remaining.

Publishing the identities of first time offenders will remain prohibited.

“We are cracking down on dangerous, repeat young offenders but also helping at-risk young people find a better path in life,” Mr Bleijie said. “The number and seriousness of offences committed by young people have been growing at an alarming rate for years.

“In just the last financial year, the number of cases dealt with in the Children’s Court rose by more than 10 percent and the number of offences increased by more than 20 per cent.

“We now worryingly have a cohort of young offenders who have become hardened criminals before they’re even old enough to get their L plates and that’s why we have had to act.

“Many of these reforms specifically target repeat offenders, not kids who make a silly mistake and learn from it.

“They also build upon the success of the Government’s boot camp trial, which was recently described as a ‘welcome innovation’ by President of the Children’s Court, Justice Michael Shanahan,” Mr Bleijie said.

The state government now have early intervention camps running on the Gold Coast, Fraser/Sunshine Coast, Rockhampton and a sentenced boot camp servicing the Townsville/Cairns region.

Mr Bleijie said participants are taught discipline and self-respect

“The camps also include programs that will help them continue their education or get a job and parents and teachers have noticed dramatic changes in their behaviour,” Mr Bleijie said.