Brisbane

​15yo eyes world cup

The 15-year-old, from a mixed parentage of East New Britain, New Ireland, Central, Milne Bay, Australia and China, was one of those who impressed selectors at the recent 2017 Touch Football National Championships.

Named in the women’s train-on squad, Aila now has her sights set on making her debut for PNG in the 2019 World Cup in Malaysia.

Aila, who is currently a student at Cavendish Road State High School, Brisbane, started playing touch football at age seven.

Heart attack shock for one half of Queensland music duo Busby Marou

The 34-year-old — one half of Busby Marou — was playing touch football in Rockhampton last week when he started feeling light-headed.

"I just thought I was puffed and unfit," he said.

"There was tightening across my chest ... it was all the things I had read about, all the signs.

"I still didn't think that was it, but I had a good crew around me that got me to the hospital."

Singers wanted for choir to beat Parkinson's

The Queensland Conservatorium Research Centre is going to put this question to the test as part of its Sing to Beat Parkinson's program.

The Australian-first study encourages program participants diagnosed with Parkinson's to sing on a weekly basis as part of a group.

Irene Bartlett from Griffith University said they would study each of the participants' lives closely to see what benefits came from singing.

"We're wanting to get empirical evidence that singing is helpful and useful for quality of life," Dr Bartlett said.

Young PNGeans join Australian counterparts in event

The Dialogue is an annual flagship event of the Lowy Institute’s Australia-Papua New Guinea Network which aims to enhance people-to-people links between the two countries, with the support of the Australian Government.

The 20 young leaders, who are professionals from a range of different sectors in both countries, shared their ideas and experiences in building linkages between Australia and Papua New Guinea, and their vision for the future.

Qantas starts daily services between Pom-Brisbane

The service operates daily, using a refreshed 174 seat B737- 800 aircraft featuring 12 business class seats, upgraded in-flight entertainment, and improved seat comfort.

It replaces Qantas’ previous, turboprop-operated service between Port Moresby and Cairns, and is aimed to maximize customers’ connections to New Zealand, Pacific Islands, and North America.

Qantas and Air Niugini will continue to codeshare on routes between Port Moresby and Australia.*

Bus driver dies after being set on fire

Six "deeply traumatised" passengers escaped the smoke-filled vehicle with the help of a taxi driver who forced open the back door of the bus.

Paramedics treated 11 people for smoke inhalation and minor injuries.

Police have ruled out terrorism and charged a 48-year-old man.

Anthony Donahue is accused of murder and arson, and 11 counts of attempted murder.

The bus driver was identified as Manmeet Alisher, a 29-year-old man well known in Brisbane's Indian community.

Friends described him as a talented singer and dancer who was engaged to be married.