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Murdered police officers ‘didn’t stand a chance’



Murdered police officers ‘didn’t stand a chance’ as they arrived at an ambush

New details surrounding the Queensland siege have been released as we begin to understand the full extent of the attack.

The two young police officers killed have now been identified as Constables Mathew Arnold and Rachel McCrow.

The individuals were gunned down while attending a missing-person inquiry at a rural property.

In total, six people lost their lives, three of whom are the alleged attackers.

The other was a neighbour and innocent bystander, identified as Alan Dare.

Queensland police is paying tribute to the two young Constables, who are being remembered as brave and selfless individuals.

Holding back tears, Queensland Police Commissioner Katarina Carroll said they didn’t stand a chance.

“Both under 30 years of age. Both had wonderful careers and lives ahead of them,” she said.

“Yesterday, as they did every day, they put their lives on the line to serve their community. In this awful incident, they made the ultimate sacrifice. Sadly, both Matthew and Rachel had only recently commenced their policing careers.

“Unfortunately, this incident is a tragic reminder of the unpredictable nature of policing. Every day, our officers face very real dangers while protecting their communities. I know the days and weeks ahead will be extremely difficult for us as a police family. To all our officers and their loved ones, please look out for each other.”

Missing school principal at the centre of the attack

It comes as new details about the attack are released.

Queensland police officers were visiting the property, south of Chinchilla, to make inquiries about missing New South Wales school principal, Nathaniel Train.

Mr Train was with his brother Gareth, who owned the property, and they were shot dead by police. A woman was also killed by authorities.

One of the two police officers who survived the ambush is 27-year-old Randell Kirk. It’s believed a bullet grazed his leg and he remains in hospital.

A fourth police officer narrowly escaped despite the gunmen lighting a bushfire in an attempt to flush her out. She was in constant contact with her colleagues as she fled and hid.

Authorities have labeled this an execution-style attack.

The two officers who died were initially shot and wounded as they walked up the driveway.

They were then seen to be ­approached by the gunmen, who were clad in military-style camouflage, and shot where they lay.

Special Operations police then arrived on the scene, shooting dead the three alleged offenders in a gunfight.

This incident of course happening just 12 days before Christmas. A devastating time for the friends and families of the victims.

William is an Executive News Producer at TICKER NEWS, responsible for the production and direction of news bulletins. William is also the presenter of the hourly Weather + Climate segment. With qualifications in Journalism and Law (LLB), William previously worked at the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) before moving to TICKER NEWS. He was also an intern at the Seven Network's 'Sunrise'. A creative-minded individual, William has a passion for broadcast journalism and reporting on global politics and international affairs.

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Donald Trump’s legal woes will serve him well



It’s not often that a U.S. President faces federal indictment, but if it’s going to happen to anyone, it might as well be Donald Trump first.

The news that Donald Trump is facing a federal investigation over the removal of secret documents from the White House in 2021 came as no surprise.

Keen watches of the Washington soap opera have seen this playbook before, albeit in a different form.

There is no doubt that Donald Trump is a Washington outsider. But as seriously damaged as he may be (thanks to the events of January 6), his support base has only grown whenever he faces scrutiny.

For his supporters, his legal woes mirror their own relationship with the government – a giant, unfair beast that picks and chooses its fights.

Trump is accused of storing sensitive documents—including those concerning matters of national security—in boxes, some even in a shower.

The documents were seized last August when investigators from the FBI executed a search warrant at Mar-a-Lago.

The Department of Justice has historically avoided charging people who are running for public office. Whether they should do that is a debate for another day. But it’s happening now. And it’s making it all too easy for Trump to claim there is a concerted campaign to get him away from the White House.

Trump exposed the deep state. IF they exist, they probably don’t want him back in power. Whether they exist doesn’t matter really, because plenty of Trump’s supporters agree with him, and believe the secret state is working against them. Call it QAnon, call it a conspiracy – it doesn’t matter in a democracy.

The DoJ now has to go all in. Failing to secure a conviction would be a serious embarrassment for the department.

This is the second time Trump has been indicted in recent months, yet the opinion polls show he only increases his popularity among MAGA and Republican voters. It leaves the Republican party in a difficult position. Support their leading candidate or support the law?

As other Republicans rallied around the embattled candidate, Trump held on to his loyal base of supporters.

For the Democrats, and for Biden, another reality will soon sink in – if Trump becomes President, and they lose office next year, how will a Trump-run DoJ deal with them?

Broadly, the tit-for-tat one-up-manship of U.S. politics is breaking tradition and potentially breaking the country.


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How has the hospitality industry changed since the onset of the coronavirus pandemic?



Many global issues continue to have an impact on multiple sectors of the economy—including the hospitality industry.

Since the onset of the coronavirus pandemic, how has the hospitality industry changed ?

Numerous international challenges including inflation, worker shortages, the Russia-Ukraine war and rising tensions between the United States and China—continue to have an impact on many sectors of the economy—including the hospitality industry.

According to the 2023 State of the Restaurant Industry report, the foodservice sector is forecast to reach $997-billion in sales in 2023—driven in part by higher menu prices.

So, how has the hospitality industry changed since the onset of the coronavirus pandemic?

Priya Krishna, a food reporter with The New York Times joins us to discuss. #PriyaKrishna #thenewyorktimes #food #hospitality #economy #veronicadudo #business

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Why are restaurants adding service charges amid rising prices?



American diners across the nation may be bewildered by an unfamiliar charge at the bottom of the check—a“service charge,”tacked on with little explanation.

So, why are restaurants adding service charges amid rising prices?

You’ve probably noticed it’s a lot more expensive to go out to eat.

The post-covid world is still working try and get back to pre-pandemic economic output.

And the hospitality industry is no different.

An increasing number of restaurants have added service charges of up to 22%—or more—in recent years in to keep up with rising costs.

So, are these changes in the hospitality industry a byproduct of the coronavirus pandemic?

Priya Krishna, a food reporter with The New York Times joined us to discuss. #hospitality #restaurants #PriyaKrishna #veronicadudo #inflation #pandemic #economy #thenewyorktimes

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