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The Bali Bombings: 20 Years On

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It’s been 20 years since the Bali bombings killed 202 people, including 88 Australians

BALI BOMBINGS- On that fateful evening of October 12, 2002, bars and nightclubs were packed with tourists out to enjoy a good time.

No one could have predicted the devastation that was about to unfold.

In the ensuing hours, a series of coordinated bomb attacks would tear through the vibrant heart of Bali, leaving carnage and destruction in their wake.

The bombings – carried out by a terrorist group with links to al-Qaeda – were the deadliest act of terrorism in Indonesia’s history.

For those who lost loved ones in the attacks, the pain is still raw. For the survivors, many of whom were left with life-changing injuries, the memories are just as vivid as ever.

The fateful night


The Sari Club was one of the busiest nightclubs in Bali on any given night. On October 12, it was no different. The club was full of people from all over the world – Australia, England, New Zealand and America – enjoying drinks and dancing to live music.

At around 11pm, a suicide bomber walked into the club and detonate his explosives. In an instant, the lives of everyone inside were changed forever.

The force of the blast ripped through the club, killing scores of people and injuring countless others. Some were lucky to escape with minor injuries; others were not so fortunate. Ambulances rushed to the scene but for many, it was already too late.

A second bomb exploded outside Paddy’s Pub just minutes later. The smaller blast caused less damage but claimed more lives; among those killed was 21-year-old Queenslander Josh Rykersingh.

With scenes of devastation all around them, panicked survivors fled into the streets trying to make sense of what had just happened.

Many had no idea where their friends or family were; all they knew was that they had to get out of there as fast as they could.

The end of 2002 was supposed to be a time of celebration for Kingsley Football Club. However, seven of their teammates were killed in the bombings.

Picture by Kingsley Football Club

It has been 20 years since that fateful night in Bali but for those who were there, and those who lost loved ones in the bombings, the memories are just as vivid as ever.

In an instant, 202 people from all over the world lost their lives in a senseless act of terrorism – 88 of them Australian citizens.

Bali Bombing memorial, Kuta

Costa is a news producer at ticker NEWS. He has previously worked as a regional journalist at the Southern Highlands Express newspaper. He also has several years' experience in the fire and emergency services sector, where he has worked with researchers, policymakers and local communities. He has also worked at the Seven Network during their Olympic Games coverage and in the ABC Melbourne newsroom. He also holds a Bachelor of Arts (Professional), with expertise in journalism, politics and international relations. His other interests include colonial legacies in the Pacific, counter-terrorism, aviation and travel.

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Big tech caught in political drama

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Nine Google employees were escorted out of company offices in New York and Sunnyvale, California, following a sit-in protest against a cloud contract with Israel’s government.

The protest in Sunnyvale targeted Thomas Kurian’s office, CEO of Google’s cloud division, while in New York, it occupied a common area on the tenth floor.

Videos showed Google security staff and local police involved in the removal. Four workers in New York and five in Sunnyvale were reportedly detained, but details of any charges remain unverified.

 

The protest aimed to pressure Google to drop a $1.2 billion cloud computing contract known as Project Nimbus, citing concerns about its involvement with the Israel Defense Forces.

The protesters included software engineers and activists from groups opposing tech contracts with Israel. This incident reflects ongoing activism within tech companies regarding political issues, such as Israel’s actions in Gaza.

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Antitrust concerns arise for streaming sports venture

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U.S. lawmakers Jerry Nadler and Joaquin Castro expressed competition concerns regarding the planned sports streaming joint venture involving Walt Disney, Fox, and Warner Bros Discovery.

They addressed these concerns in a letter to the CEOs of the media companies, questioning the impact on access, competition, and choice in the sports streaming market.

Voicing apprehension about potential consumer price hikes and unfair licensing terms for sports leagues and distributors, they requested responses by April 30, urging the companies to also send their replies to the Department of Justice.

Despite the companies’ announcement in February of launching a joint sports streaming service in the autumn to attract younger viewers, the deal faces DOJ scrutiny and an antitrust lawsuit from FuboTV. While Disney and Warner Bros remained silent on the matter, Fox declined to comment.

The joint venture encompasses a broad range of professional and collegiate sports rights, including NFL, NBA, MLB, FIFA World Cup, and college competitions, offering non-exclusive access to sports networks such as ESPN, Fox Sports 1, and TNT via a new streaming app.

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Trump trial: will the jury selection impact the trial’s outcome?

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The Trump hush money trial has progressed with the selection of the first seven jurors, marking a significant step in the legal proceedings.

  • Seven jurors were selected

  • Defense and prosecution lawyers questioned potential jurors for impartiality

  • The judge warned lawyers he would not tolerate disruptions after he said Former US President Donald Trump audibly muttered during a prospective juror’s questioning

The selection of jurors is a crucial step in ensuring a fair trial, as they will ultimately decide Formers US President Donald Trump’s fate in this legal battle, as reported by Reuters.

The process of jury selection involves careful vetting of potential jurors to ensure impartiality and fairness.

Each juror’s background, beliefs, and potential biases are scrutinised to ensure they can render an impartial verdict based solely on the evidence presented in court.

With seven jurors already chosen, the selection process is expected to continue as both the prosecution and defence seek individuals who can objectively weigh the evidence.

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