Gold Coast singer Ella Fence to record at UK studio

A GOLD Coast singer is set to follow in the footsteps of some of the music world’s brightest stars.

Singer-songwriter Ella Fence jets off to the UK this August to record her debut EP at the highly regarded Brighton Electric studio, home to the likes of Passenger, The Cure, Florence Welch, Mumford and Sons and Nick Cave.

Ella will work with producer Dan Swift, who has collaborated with many high profile international artists including Snow Patrol.

Described by audiences as a little cloud with a lot of thunder, the Queensland Conservatorium graduate has experience performing from Brisbane to Norway.

Have a listen to Ella via her website.

Kolodjashnij gets rising star nod as Ablett cleared

THEY were already celebrating their fifth-straight win and first appearance in the AFL top four, but the SUNS received even more good news yesterday.

Captain Gary Ablett has been cleared by the Match Review Panel for an apparent elbow to the head of a Western Bulldogs player during Sunday’s win at Metricon Stadium.

“Contact between the Gold Coast’s Gary Ablett and the Western Bulldogs’ Liam Picken from the second quarter of Sunday’s match was assessed,” the Match Review Panel said.

“After viewing all available footage and with the MRP conducting an investigation into the matter, it was the view of the panel the contact made to the body was below that required to constitute a reportable offence.”

It means he remains in the hunt for a third Brownlow Medal.

However, in some not so great news, the SUNS website reports, Tom Lynch has been charged with a First Offence for Making Negligent Contact with an Umpire.

A first offence for making negligent contact with an umpire is a $1200 sanction. An early plea reduces the sanction by 25 per cent to a $900 sanction.

The SUNS were then buoyed by the selection of youngster Kade Kolodjashnij as the Round 10 NAB AFL Rising Star nominee.

In the Gold Coast’s 45-point win over the Bulldogs the 18-year-old gathered 21 possessions, four marks and two tackles.

He is currently ranked first in kicks and disposals per game amongst the players eligible for this year’s NAB AFL Rising Star.

Gold Coast coach Guy McKenna said Kade has made an immediate impact at the club since his arrival during the pre-season.

“Kade just looks so comfortable with the pace of the game. We have blooded a number of debutants in our four years in the competition and Kade has found his feet and made an impact at senior level like few players before him,” McKenna said.

“What stood out as soon as he arrived at the club was just how calm and composed Kade is. We are looking forward to Kade finishing off the rest of 2014 the way he has started it.”

Mother to spend 15 years behind bars for Southport workshop killing

DESPITE a judge admitting there is ‘no evidence’ a mother was involved in the Southport murder of a drug associate, she has been sentenced to life behind bars.

Jade Maree Clarke, 40, was yesterday found guilty of being a party to the targeted and brutal bashing murder of Darren John Britza, 31, in a Southport panel beating shop on March 23, 2001.

The Courier Mail reports, when the verdict was handed down in Brisbane’s Supreme Court Clarke thumped her chest with a closed fist and turned to her family on the other side of the glass.

“Tell my kids I love them,” she said.

Justice James Douglas said: “There’s no evidence that you actively did anything to cause injury to the deceased but on the jury’s verdict you were someone who aided or went with the purpose of committing an offence and took part in that offence as a party to that offence, and the law requires that the offence of which you’ve been found guilty be punished by imprisonment.’’

Britza’s body was unearthed by two fishermen who found his skeletal remains wrapped in a blue tarp and buried in a shallow grave beneath the Canungra Creek Bridge at Boyland following flooding rain in 2008.

Chopper pilot ditches cargo in Gold Coast canal

INCREDIBLE footage has captured the heart-stopping moment a chopper pilot was forced to ditch his cargo in a Gold Coast canal earlier this month, narrowly avoiding serious injury. 

A neighbouring resident caught the drama unfold on camera and uploaded the footage to YouTube on Tuesday May 13.

The helicopter pilot was tasked to remove three disused 1.5 tonne water tanks from the roof of the Contessa Holiday Apartments tower in Main Beach when things went terribly wrong.

Carefully navigating through the city’s highrise buildings, the helicopter removes the first tank without a hitch. But disaster almost strikes midway through the second transport.

Seen descending rapidly, the helicopter is overcome by the weight of its cargo and is forced to ditch the tank into a canal.

Thankfully, the pilot was able to stablise the aircraft after ditching its cargo and avoid dipping into the water.

The third and final tank was removed without incident.

Man in chef’s uniform threatens people with knife at restaurant

POLICE have reportedly rushed to a Gold Coast restaurant where a man dressed in a white chef’s uniform has allegedly threatened people with a large knife.

The Bulletin reports the man – believed to be an employee at the Main Beach restaurant – appeared to be drunk or under the influence of drugs when he began making threats around 6.20pm.

After dishing out a round of threats, he walked outside and was last seen walking south down Main Beach Parade.

Updates at the Gold Coast Bulletin.