Three Australians are among dozens injured after a van was driven into tourist crowds in Barcelona’s popular Las Ramblas area on Thursday.
Foreign minister Julie Bishop said a woman, believed to be from New South Wales, was in a serious but stable condition in hospital, while two other young men from Victoria were also affected, but told Australian consular staff that they were going back to their accommodation and will seek medical treatment in the morning.
* "I think it's following me. You kind of come over here (to Europe) and you expect it to happen, but you don't let it stop you from doing what you want to do." - Melbourne tourist Michael Christou, who was also nearby during the London Bridge attack in June, in which eight people were killed including two Australians.
* "There was this tidal wave of people running ... screaming, crying and with absolute terror etched on their faces." - Australian cyber safety expert Susan McLean, who told the Nine Network she was just 100m from the scene.
* "All of a sudden we were locked in the shop and confusion started to sprinkle among the people. The next second... we were literally running for our lives to the very back of the store, where we were told to get on the ground away from the windows and lay as flat as possible." - Melbourne woman Julia Monaco, who told 3AW it was the third time she had been caught up in a European terror attack in three months.
* "There was at least five bodies that I saw, at least three of them are still there now with body bags, so you'd imagine they've passed." - Australian witness Gil Van Der Venne talking to 3AW.
* "We turned and ran, unfortunately, my wife got caught up and was pushed over and suffered some minor injuries. We were ushered into a local cafe where we were held up there for about four-and-a-half hours." - Australian tourist Adam James.
* "There are thousands of people, families with kids, people of all ages in the streets - similar to Bourke Street Mall around Christmas time or perhaps Martin Place in Sydney." - Melbourne fire brigades commander Graeme O'Sullivan, speaking to Nine.
* The Australian Government and the Australian people condemn ... the Islamist terrorist attack in Barcelona overnight. Our love, our prayers, are with the victims and their families." Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull.
* "The Australian Government and the Australian people condemn the terrorist attack, the Islamist terrorist attack, the Islamist terrorist attack in Barcelona overnight. Our love, our prayers, are with the victims and their families." - Foreign Minister Julie Bishop.
* "Devastating news from Barcelona. All Australians condemn terrorism, all of us hold the people of Spain in our heart today," Opposition leader Bill Shorten on Twitter.
Now in its 22nd year, the Blacktown City Art Prize is a highly valued art prize, with cash prizes of $20,000 and acquisitive awards.
Artists are invited to submit entries in drawing, painting, sculpture, ceramics and mixed media.
The winner of the Blacktown City Art Prize receives $15,000.
Three supporting prizes will be awarded:
Aboriginal Artist Prize ($2,000)
Local Artist Prize ($2,000)
People’s Choice Prize ($1,000).
Entries close Tuesday, 10 October 2017.
By Imelda Argel, LLB LLM
Landing as one of the top 4 Grand Finalists at this year’s “The Voice Australia”,
Fasika Azalea’s triumph is considered a major win by Filipino-
Australians being the first ever to reach this far in a stiffly contested national singing tilt.
Five of Fasika’s singles currently reigns on iTunes:
I Have Nothing, One Night Only, Young Hearts Only, When Love Takes
Over, Love The Way You Lie and Freedom,
But even before adding "The Voice Australia” as
the latest feather in her cap, she has bagged five
first prizes in various talent quests in the last two
years apart from having performed in more than
10 charity events/concerts. “My mother encouraged
me to join “The Voice”. I wanted to take up Journalism.
My parents suggested I take up Media/Law to
make my options wider”,she says.
Unknown to many, Fasika’s mother, Susan Nisperos is a true blooded Filipino. She grew up in
Baguio City. Raised as a devout Christian, she has 10 siblings, mostly living
in Melbourne, some in the Philippines. “Multiculturalism” to Fasika,
means different ethnicities and cultures living
in harmony. This is exemplified by her parents. Susan met Fasika’s father,
Dessaleyn “Des” Ayallew at the University of the Philippines, Diliman Quezon
City. Originally from Ethiopia, he was then completing his Doctorate
in Plant Ecology/Botany, while Susan was studying
Master of Science in Marine Biology. Des migrated
to Australia in 1989 and Susan followed in 1990.
Eventually they sponsored the permanent residence of
Fasika’s grandmother, Felipa and Susan’s sister, Zenia.
Des and Susan have two Australian born children,
Dan and Fasika. A consistent top student from grade
school to high school, Dan has completed his Commerce and Law Degree
from the University of Technology and now works with Brookfield, a
global property developer. Fasika was likewise a high achiever at the Opportunity
Class Dural Public School and Hornsby Girls Selective
High School, before she started her law studies at Macquarie University.
Although there are no career singers from both sides
of the family of Fasika’s parents, Fasika says, “my
mother and grandmother, Felipa Nisperos constantly
made me sing when I was growing up.
Susan says Fasika’s performance at the Voice, was
a dream come true for Fasika’s late grandmother. Her wish was to see Fasika perform
on television. Following the coaching of Kelly Rowland at The Voice, Fasika is now ready
to launch her singing career, with confidence and an open mind. She believes
that she is meant to have a singing career and has now accepted the contract offer
from Universal Studios. This is not to say that her law studies is out of her
plans. She is aware of the value of completing a degree
and intends to complete her law degree part
time. Her goal: “Years from now, I would like to have
created good music that people love and that I am proud of.”
(The writer, Imelda Argel, now retired, was the migration solicitor
for many of Fasika’s relatives)