Australian Institute of Music and RG Dance Academy to be examined by Royal Commission

Starting next Wednesday March 2nd, The Australian Institute of Music will be subject to examination at a public hearing before the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sex Abuse in Sydney. The hearing is expected to last a week and a half.

Anyone with an interest should immediately get in touch with us, toll-free on 1800-091-889 to determine if you have a basis to be represented at the Royal Commission or relevant information to provide. Legal advice is entirely free for witnesses at the Royal Commission (paid in full by the Commonwealth Attorney General).
Anyone who believes they may be adversely referred to or otherwise have an interest in the case should make urgent inquiries.
According to the Royal Commission,the scope and purpose of the public hearing is to inquire into:
1. The experiences of children who received dance instruction at RG Dance Pty Ltd (RG Dance), in Chiswick, New South Wales.
2. The response of RG Dance and its members of staff to concerns raised or complaints made about the behaviour of Mr Grant Davies, dance instructor.
3. The experiences of former students of Australian Institute of Music (AIM) in Surry Hills, New South Wales between 2002 and 2011.
4. The response of AIM to allegations of child sexual abuse of students made against Professor Victor Makarov, a pianist.
5. The policies, practices and procedures of RG Dance and AIM in relation to raising and responding to concerns and complaints about child sexual abuse.
6. Any related matters.
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immediately for assistance, toll-free: 1800091889.

If you have received a request for a witness statement and/or a summons to give evidence at a public hearing you may need to complete an application for Leave to Appear.

Witnesses at a public hearing would normally apply for leave to appear if they wish to participate beyond giving evidence – for example, to cross examine other witnesses or to defend their reputation. It is important to understand that evidence that is not subject to challenge in the hearing may be accepted as “unchallenged” evidence.

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Moon Base coming to a Moon Near You

MOSCOW, November 30. /TASS/. The organisation of Russia’s manned mission to the Moon will require from four to six launches of the Angara-A5V heavy-lift carrier rocket from the Plesetsk and Vostochny spaceports, a source in the rocket and space industry told TASS on Monday.

According to the source, a manned flight to the moon is possible under a scheme envisaging two coupled launches. First, a lunar take-off and landing complex is placed on a low Earth orbit, and then the upper stage with effective cryogenic propellants is orbited. The third launch orbits a manned spacecraft, and the fourth – another upper stage. After docking of the lunar take-off and landing complex with the manned spacecraft on the lunar orbit, the crew descends to the Moon surface inside the lunar take-off and landing complex, carries out the research program and returns to orbit. After that the spaceship returns to Earth.

Also, another coupled Angara-A5V launch will be needed before the manned flight to deliver and deploy the first expeditionary unit of the lunar base on the Moon.

Russian carrier rockets: from transporting astronauts to commercial launches

“Thus, Russia’s first full-fledged expedition to the Moon would require six launches of the Angara-A5V rocket,” the source said.

Previously, head of the Energia Rocket and Space Corporation (RKK Energia) Vladimir Solntsev said that the flight to the Moon would require four Angara launches.

According to the source, the launches are planned to be carried out in pairs from the Vostochny cosmodrome (the Amur region in Russia’s Far East) and the Plesetsk cosmodrome (Archangelsk region in the northwest) with small intervals between the blast-offs. Under the proposed scheme, after the orbit placement, the complex with a total weight up to 70 tonnes will be docked with the manned spacecraft, after which it will fly to the Moon. A payload of 18-20 tonnes will be delivered to the lunar orbit by the end of the mission.

According to a preliminary plan, Russia’s first manned flight to the Moon is possible in 2029. One year ahead of that it is planned to conduct a flight around the Moon, the testing and qualification of space systems for the future manned landing. However, this project may become a reality only if the work to create a new-generation manned transport spacecraft, the Angara-A5 rocket, lunar boosters and other needed rocket and space technology and infrastructure is included in the draft Federal Space Program for 2016-2025.


Fugitive tracked down through World of Warcraft

Alfred Hightower had been on the run since 2007, when a warrant was issued for his arrest on drug-dealing charges. Hightower was apparently from Kokomo, Indiana, but had fled to Canada. His downfall, though, was that he spent a lot of time in World of Warcraft.
That was not a place he could hide from intrepid Howard County Sheriff’s Deputy Matt Roberson. Roberson heard through the grapevine that Hightower was in Canada, and began gathering information about him to see if he could confirm that. A source told him that Hightower regularly played an online game that the source described as “some warlock and witches game.” That sounds like the source was maybe somebody’s grandma, but it didn’t take Roberson long to guess that this was probably World of Warcraft.
Roberson then contacted Blizzard Entertainment, the company that runs the game (which has, remarkably, more than 14 million players worldwide), and asked if it would help track Hightower down. Blizzard is located in Orange County, California, and so was beyond the reach of a Howard County subpoena. But after three or four months, Blizzard handed over the info. It gave up Hightower’s IP address, online screen name, account information and history, and billing address. Either the billing address was not current or Roberson is as big a geek as I am, because he located Hightower by running an IP address search that allows you to determine longitude and latitude, plugged that into Google Earth, got an address, and called the Mounties.
The Suspect Is Described as a Level 80 Tauren With Black Fur The report has a link to Hightower’s actual character information on the Warcraft website. Surprisingly, he was not able to defeat the Canadians even though he is a level 80 shaman who wields a Titansteel Spellblade in his Deadly Gladiator’s Ringmail Gauntlets. On the other hand, he is more of a healer than anything else, so he may have just been overwhelmed by the formidable Mounted Police of the North. They picked him up in Ottawa and deported him.
It seems to me like there are a few unanswered questions as to how exactly the deputy got his man (or whatever). Roberson admitted he “knew exactly what” Hightower was playing because he “used to play it” himself. Maybe Rastlynn the Shaman killed the wrong elf online, and ended up paying for it in real life.


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