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Seven dead in Indonesian terror raids

THE death toll from the latest anti-terror raids in Indonesia has risen to seven after specialist police unit Densus 88 raided four locations on Wednesday.
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Another 13 suspected terrorists were captured alive, according to the national police spokesman, Brigadier General Boy Rafli Amar.

It’s the biggest terror cell to have been exposed since 2010 when police shut down a training camp set up by Abu Bakar Bashir in the jungle in Aceh.

Mr Boy said the seven who died had been involved in fire-fights with police.

The raid in a village near Bandung, south-east of Jakarta, yielded four pipe bombs, 200 rounds of .38 calibre ammunition, 80 rounds of 9mm ammunition and about 6 million rupiah ($A600) in cash.

Mr Boy said police were working on mapping the terror network, and anticipated that there would be more raids. He did not comment on what, if any, attacks the group had planned.

The Indonesian police chief, General Timur Pradopo, had earlier defended the high death toll in the police operation, saying the heavily-armed officers had tried negotiating with the men in the Bandung house for 3 1/2 hours, but the reply was “explosions, gunfire and bombs”.

Security expert Johanes Sulaiman told Fairfax Media that the cell was responsible for an attempt last week to plant pipe bombs at the embassy of Myanmar in Jakarta.

Radical preachers including jailed extremist Abu Bakar Bashir have been calling for jihad against Buddhist-majority Myanmar because of the violence there against the Rohingya muslim majority in the country’s east.

Mr Sulaiman told Fairfax Media that the old terror network of the Bali bombings had been fractured by ruthless police work and decimated by arrests. However, their spiritual leader, Abu Bakar Bashir, was still influencing young people with his fiery speeches from the jail where he’s serving 15 years for terror-related offences.

Mr Sulaiman said a talented new jihadist preacher, Aman Abdurrahman, who was linked to Bashir, was inspiring a new and widely dispersed generation of young radicals who were “desperate to do jihad”.

“If you look at the strand (of ideology) most comes from Abu Bakar Bashir — but the new terrorists are not part of the old network,” he said.

“The young people got influenced and they figure they must do quick holy war.”

However, they had not so far developed the discipline, training or networks to mount large-scale attacks.

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13/07/2018 南京夜网

Airport’s world-first ‘sleeping pods’ allow private naps for passengers

Abu Dhabi International Airport has installed 20 ‘sleeping pods’ for passengers, with a futher 35 to be fitted later this year. The pods are available for use at $12 an hour and will eventually feature internet access and power sources for electronic devices.
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Abu Dhabi International Airport has installed dozens of bizarre-looking “sleeping pods” that allow passengers to nap in privacy.

The Finnish-designed “GoSleep” chairs, a world-first unveiled on Sunday, feature a sliding door/roof designed to either partially or fully enclose passengers within the pod, shielding them from surrounding noise, light and crowds.

Ten pods now reside in Terminal 3, and 10 more in the Al Dhabi Lounge at Terminal 1, while a further 35 are to be fitted later this year. Once all are installed, the pods will be upgraded to provide internet access, storage space for luggage and other valuables, as well as a power source for laptops, mobiles and other electronic devices.

The pods are currently available at a cost of 45 Dirham ($A12) per hour, payable using a credit card.

They may look unusual, but are a step up from the Ostrich Pillow, which was launched last year. The portable device is placed over your head to “enable power naps anytime, anywhere”.

Design firm Kawamura-Ganjavian claims the device, which includes a mouth hole to allow easier breathing, is ideal for airport lounges, trains and aeroplanes.

Hotels offering compact, short-term accommodation have been popular in Japan for years. The Capsule Inn Osaka was one of the world’s first capsule hotels when it launched in 1979.

Capsule hotels have also reached British shores. The Yotel chain – the brainchild of the founder of the YO! Sushi – now has branches at two London airports – Gatwick and Heathrow. Its single and double cabins offer free wifi and are equipped with flat screen TVs, multiple power outlets, and showers. A Yotel can also be found at Amsterdam Schiphol and in New York City, two blocks from Times Square.

Earlier this year, Moscow installed its first city centre capsule hotel, the Sleepbox Hotel Tverskaya, which features 50 windowless pods that can each accommodate up to three people. Each has internet access, and is soundproof and air conditioned.

Portable ‘modular bedrooms’ were also introduced by the Barcelona-based firm Dream and Fly, at Barcelona’s international airport. The compact ‘Bubbles’ are able to accommodate both individuals and families, and each comes with a bathroom.

The Telegraph, London

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Search and rescue operation underway for missing cruise ship passengers 

AN air and marine search and rescue operation is underway off the coast of Forster for two people missing from a cruise ship.
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About 11.30am (Thursday 9 May 2013), staff from a cruise ship contacted police after they discovered two passengers – a 30-year-old man and a 26-year-old woman – missing after the ship had docked at the Sydney Overseas Passenger Terminal.

Police attended and conducted a thorough search of the ship, however the pair was not located.

Officers attached to Marine Area Command reviewed CCTV footage and determined the pair had gone overboard about 8.50pm on Wednesday (8 May 2013).

Police and Australian Search and Rescue (AusSAR) have determined a search area approximately 60Nm east of Forster and have deployed aircraft and marine vessels.

Officers are investigating the circumstances surrounding the disappearance of the pair and, in these early stages, are focused on the search efforts.

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Eyeing off new mineral deposits

CHANGE: Shifting the company s investment in known resources to exploration of new mineral deposits in uncharted territory may be a trend in 2013.A HALT to pre-feasibility work on Glencore-Xstrata’s Mount Isa Open Pit (MIOP) project may mark the start of a trend in 2013, shifting the company’s investment in known resources to exploration of new mineral deposits in uncharted territory.
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Incoming Glencore-Xstrata Chief Executive Ivan Glasenberg hinted at the shift after telling media he preferred emerging economies over established mining industries in Australia and Canada for the lack of fiscal restrictions imposed by their governments.

Queensland Resources Council (QRC) boss Michael Roche said each project in the North West would have to meet rigorous standards around costs.

Mr Roche said positive growth was coming out of projects like MMG Limited’s Dugald River project and the expansion at Xstrata’s Ernest Henry Mine, both outside of Cloncurry, but the region would need to continue to prove they were globally competitive.

“Global resource companies have a menu of options around the world and we need to re-double our efforts around making our projects the most attractive for these big companies,” he said.

“We can’t assume a project we think is good for our country will be at the front of the queue.

“The way to jump the queue is to make sure our cost structures are globally competitive.”

“The quality of the established resources being mined in the Australia and Canada remain important, but Mr Roche said it was likely to be the cost of extracting those resource that would have mining companies looking elsewhere to make big profits.

“In other countries their approval processes are quicker and tax rates are lower.”

“So, even if you’re comparing similar quality deposits we also need to compete on those other grounds.”

Mr Roche said he was concerned Tuesday’s federal budget announcements would add even more restrictions to mining exploration, a key activity in the North West’s mining future.

“We are worried about talk around the federal budget which could involve a hit on exploration, making it less tax effective and more difficult,” he said.

“We need to face the fact that it’s been some years since we’ve had a major new discovery in the North West.”

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21/11/2018 南京夜网

Illawarra business brains in budget review

The three sponsors of next Friday’s federal budget lunch in Wollongong have voiced concerns about how Tuesday’s budget will impact on the region’s businesses.
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Mike Halloran, Adam Cole and Simon Pomfret. Picture: GREG ELLIS

Illawarra Business Chamber chief executive Mike Halloran, KPMG partner Adam Cole and IRIS Research executive director Simon Pomfret said yesterday that slow global economic recovery, weak business confidence and trading conditions had local businesses concerned.

“Businesses are worried that the current economic conditions and government commitment to NDIS and Gonski creates a strong likelihood of business tax hikes to support the rapidly weakening budget position,” Mr Halloran said.

Mr Cole said that the reduced tax revenue and decrease in economic activity meant funding any new policy initiatives presented a challenge.

“We have already seen proposed reforms to superannuation and the Medicare levy prior to the budget and it would not be surprising to see further business tax reforms,” he said.

“This could be in respect to foreign controlled companies and possibly some targeted reforms in the resources sector. I also wouldn’t rule out changes to the CGT [capital gains tax] rules. All in all this will be a critical budget for the government in articulating their vision for the future of Australia’s tax reforms.”

Mr Pomfret said despite the looming federal election the budget statement next week would demonstrate that the good times were over.

“The combination of big spending during the mining boom followed by a slump in tax receipts will force the government to make some tough decisions,” he said.

“The cut in interest rates this week indicates that the economy is very soft and an expansionary fiscal policy will be significant in keeping growth at trend rates.”

Illawarra Business Chamber, IRIS Research and KPMG Wollongong are planning to help local business understand the federal budget with a thorough commentary on how it will impact the region and businesses.

Mr Halloran said the federal budget lunch would be held at Villa D’oro Function Centre on Friday, May 17, to provide a complete analysis of the budget commitments, outline changes to taxation and provide insight to the effects of the budget.

“There will also be a Q&A time for questions to be answered by our expert panel, which will include Peter Siebels, national managing partner of KPMG Private Enterprise.” he said.

Ticket sales close on Monday at www.illawarrabusiness南京夜网.au or phone 4229 4722.

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No Morris? No worries: answers to the Blues ‘crisis’

There’s been a lot of people worrying about the Blues team, given the injuries to Brett Stewart and Brett Morris the past few days.
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But why all the worry? Have they not looked at the depth we’ve got in NSW?

Given the two Bretts are highly unlikely to play at least the first Origin, obviously Blues coach Laurie Daley is going to have to reassess the make-up of his backline.

But it’s not like he has limited options.

Jarryd Hayne will now be a walk-up starter as fullback and as for the wingers, he’s got players like Akuila Uate, Blake Ferguson, Nathan Merritt, even young Jorge Taufua from Manly could come into the frame.

I know it’s a shame for Morris and Stewart because they would probably have been walk-up starters, but we do have plenty of depth there.

I’d be much more worried if Paul Gallen and James Tamou went down at the same time.

Hayne at fullback is a no-brainer to me now, and if I was selecting the team from the outset, I would have had him there in the first place.

Stewart is a quality player but he’s had a chronic knee injury for a long time now and you can’t afford that sort of stuff in an Origin camp.

Knights man Akuila Uate. Picture: RYAN OSLANDIt’s hard for him to train and do everything with the rest of the guys and when you’ve got a 10-day camp for an Origin encounter, you want and need everyone in it together.

You don’t want one or two players on minimal training schedules to nurse their injuries through – you need fit guys who can participate in everything the coach wants.

Hayne is the type of player who could win you an Origin series. That’s how good he is.

He just needs that energy boost before a game.

I know he looks lazy sometimes and that he’s not interested, but the past couple of weeks he’s been chasing everything down, he’s been playing with a renewed enthusiasm and that’s great to see so close to Origin.

I don’t know what Eels coach Ricky Stuart says to him before games sometimes but the past few weeks, it’s certainly been working.

I would love to see Laurie think outside the square and give someone like Taufua a chance on a wing in Origin.

I know he’s only 21 and played only 30-odd games but he’s a big, strong, powerful brute of a bloke who would fit perfectly into the Origin arena.

Don’t go soft on hits

Rugby league is heading down a very narrow path towards becoming too soft, and it worries me.

I was surprised and disappointed when Steve Matai (pictured above, well contained by the Rabbitohs defence) copped a week’s suspension for his hit on George Burgess a fortnight ago.

I understand he has a long rap sheet but his tackle hit the ball and then bounced up.

You can’t ban all the hard hits in our game. People go to matches to see blokes taking each other on.

If you take that fabric out of the contest and suddenly players are too scared to go in hard for fear of punishment, you’re going to get more injuries as well.

Don’t take the confrontation out of the game, please!

Rugby league will become two-handed touch and who wants to watch that? No-one.

Accidents happen, blokes will get hurt and need stitches and whatever else but that’s all part of the game.

We all know that before we sign up to play.

If you hit someone illegally, sure, you’ll get a few weeks and you’ve got to cop that, but just don’t go making our great game soft.

One rule for Dugan

I applaud the Dragons adding Josh Dugan (above)to their books, whenever it officially happens.

But I don’t think placing all these different stipulations on the kid like you’re barred from Facebook and you’re barred from social media or whatever and we’ll punish you is the way to go.

The contract should simply say that if you want to embrace that sort of stuff, fine, but you won’t be playing with us.

No ifs, no buts.

Simply put, no anything.

Just one hard and fast rule for the youngster.

Josh will be a great asset to the Dragons.

The kid can play and once he gets rid of all the crap from his life, he’ll be an even better player.

Kudos to the Dragons for giving him another chance.

You can’t blame the Canberra Raiders for giving him the flick but it’s good the Dragons will pick him up and hopefully get him back on the right path.

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The Voice is now a face in the crowd

The power of television was undeniable yesterday as 100 Year 7 boys at St Stanislaus’ College screamed Ryan Sanders’ name.
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The former contestant of The Voice was visiting his old school to mentor the young music students.

Ryan finished his schooling at Stannies’ in 2011. And while none of the new boys had met him before, in their eyes he was a superstar.

Ryan visited the school at the invitation of the school’s music co-ordinator Victoria Roth, his former music teacher.

He was delighted to be back at Stannies’ performing for the students.

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“Things have changed, but the boys haven’t,” he said grinning.

“It’s nice to be back. I’m hoping the kids will enjoy my music as much as I did when people would come and play for us at assembly. It was always great to get out of class.”

Ryan played Brother, the song he performed for his Voice audition, accompanied by his guitarist Andrew Dean.

The 19-year-old said appearing on The Voice has given him a lot of exposure and he has been busy ever since.

At the moment he is focusing on performing for charities, in particular the Cancer Council.

“The show has provided me with some great opportunities,” he said.

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Ms Roth said she has stayed in touch with Ryan since he left school and it was great to be able to invite him back.

She feels his appearance at the school will prove to be very beneficial for her students.

“Some boys need to connect to the real work end of music,” she said.

“This is about them making that connection. It’s all about connection.”

Ms Roth said the music program at Stannies’ is non-stop.

In three weeks’ time they will be putting on the musical Sweeney Todd – The Demon Barber of Fleet Street.

MOBBED: Ryan Sanders was mobbed by Year 7 music students at St Stanislaus’ College when he returned to his old school for a visit yesterday. BELOW: Ryan on The Voice. Photo: ZENIO LAPKA 050913zsanders1

Ms Roth said the school has a tradition of presenting good musical theatre.

“When you are a music teacher you hope boys who choose music in their senior years will take it with them into their lives,” she said.

“So when I see Ryan taking it to that next level, that makes me very happy.”

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Jones confident ahead of Throsby showdown

Throsby MP Stephen Jones.Months of rumours about Throsby MP Stephen Jones’s future in the seat will come to a head today as Labor officials call a long-awaited preselection ballot.
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The traditionally safe Labor seat remains one of just two in NSW without an endorsed Labor candidate for the September 14 election.

Former Labor MP Craig Thomson’s seat of Dobell is the only other seat for which the party is yet to preselect a candidate.

When nominations for the ballot open today, Mr Jones will face a challenge from Wollongong nurse John Rumble, in what is shaping up to be a battle between the party’s left and right factions.

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Former state MP Matt Brown was touted as a possible third candidate after saying locals “missed him”.

It is understood he has now decided against the idea.

Mr Jones, who is from Labor’s left and was parachuted into the Throsby seat in 2007, has been calling for a rank-and-file ballot to occur since late last year.

He said yesterday he was angry it had taken this long to allow branch members to decide who would represent them in September.

“I think it’s an absolute joke that it has taken so long for the party officers to sort this out and call it, and I think they have held the branches and members in contempt by dragging it out for so long,” he said.

Mr Jones said he had no doubt party members would support him in the ballot.

“I’m absolutely confident of my position and that I will be the candidate for Labor in the 2013 election,” he said.

“I know the people in my branches, I’ve spoken to them all and I’ve known most of them for years, and the overwhelming majority of them are supporting me.”

Likewise, Mr Rumble was confident of being supported by a majority of branch members.

“I have gathered support from branch members and I am quietly confident of winning,” he said.

“Running against a sitting member is always going to be difficult but I think I am in with a very good chance.”

Mr Rumble, who is the son of former Illawarra (now the state seat of Shellharbour) MP Terry Rumble, narrowly missed win- ning preselection in Shellharbour in 2011. Despite reports that Wollongong’s state MP Noreen Hay was involved in a right faction push to install Mr Rumble as the Throsby member, she yesterday denied any involvement in federal affairs.

“I have been overseas and have no inside knowledge,” she said.

“I haven’t spoken to anybody on this issue.

“I work well with all my colleagues and that includes Stephen Jones and basically the NSW branch of the Labor Party and the administrative panel will make their determination and I would encourage them to do so ASAP.”

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21/10/2018 南京夜网

Students find their happy space with the ducks

The quackers help make lunch a social occasion with Kai Paijmans and Naomi Cox. Picture: ORLANDO CHIODOWhen University of Wollongong Wellbeing Centre co-ordinator Naomi Cox extended an open invitation to “Dine with the Ducks”, she didn’t expect so many feathered friends to RSVP.
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Around 150 students attended the event held at the university campus at lunchtime yesterday as part of an initiative introduced this year to boost student wellbeing physically, mentally, spiritually and socially.

Ms Cox said UOW Wellbeing, funded through the student services and amenities fee, aimed to “enhance the student experience”.

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“It’s about helping students to be positive and proactive both at university and in their own lives, and we’re doing that through a range of approaches,” she said.

“We have a physical centre on campus where students can come to relax and get information and it is also a referral point for different services on campus and out in the community.

“We are also establishing a campus presence through a series of activities such as yoga and meditation as well as health campaigns and events.

“And we have a strong online presence with a Facebook page and website which contain messages, updates and resources.”

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Ms Cox said Dine with the Ducks was part of UOW Wellbeing’s “Get Connected” campaign.

“This is a focus on the social dimension of health,” she said.

“It’s about social connection and establishing networks at university and in the community, which is important for wellbeing and happiness.”

Sandwiches and soup were given to those who attended the event, and while the ducks mainly stayed on the sidelines of the gathering they flocked to Ms Cox’s side when she sat down for her lunch.

“The scenery and wildlife is a great part of the campus,” she said, “and we wanted to encourage people to take a break from study, sit down and enjoy their surrounds and interact with others.”

UOW Wellbeing ran a health-screening campaign on campus this year and will be holding an event to support Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea on Tuesday.

The centre will also be running events to help students combat stress and maintain a balanced life during the exam period.

“UOW Wellbeing has had a really positive and overwhelming response from students – and we’ve been getting hundreds of people turning up at events,” Ms Cox said.

“We want to provide as many opportunities as possible for people to get healthy, be positive and stress less.”

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Team just a shadow of the past

STAR: Pink Panthers’ Lorraine Cole brings the ball into attack.IN A bitter blow for the Mount Isa Amateur Netball Association, Spinifex Shadows have pulled out of the competition.
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Shadows struggled through the season with limited numbers, before ultimately pulling the pin on their team earlier this week.

The association will work with Shadows’ players still willing to play, moving them to suitable teams respective of grading.

On the court, round eight action is highlighted by several enthralling clashes, poised to split the women from the girls.

Merilyn Harding’s Isa News Remploy take on 2PH Redbacks in the showcase match of the 7.30pm time slot.

Redbacks will be fresh after their bye last week, while Remploy will take plenty of confidence from their 13-point win over Cruisers.

HV&IS Vixens and Strikers are one of two intriguing battles set to take place from 6pm.

Vixens went down to the dominant Isa News Pirtek last start, but can take heart from the fact they weren’t completely played off the court.

Like Pirtek, Strikers are one of the powerhouse teams in the competition, so it will be no means be a walk in the park for Vixens.

2Ph Timewarps and Snow Leopards will also be a match worth watching, as Christine Sonego, Alaina Ardrey and Renee Gattera and co. build on last week’s 41-20 victory over Matariki 3.

Of the division one sides in action, Matariki take on Stingers while Isa News Pirtek sit out due to the absence of Shadows.

Round 8 Mount Isa Netball Association fixture

(Time Court Team 1 Team 2 Umpires)

4.30pm court 2 Pink Panthers v GSCC, Assoc & HV&IS Vixens; 4.30pm court 3 Isa News CNW jnr v Shooting Stars, Matariki 4 & Isa News 5; 4.30pm court 4 Victorious Secrets v Isa News CNW 2, Assoc & Shadows; 6pm court 2 Isa News 5 v Matariki 4, Isa News CNW jnr & Shooting Stars; 6pm court 3 Isa News Mitech v Nettaroos, Ultimates & Workpac Warriors; 6pm court 4 Strikers v HV&IS Vixens, Matariki & Stingers; 6pm court 6 2PH Timewarps v Snow Leopards, Matariki 3 & Thunder; 6pm court 7 Super Nova v Sparks, Isa News Pirtek & GSCC; 6pm court 8 Matariki 2 v St Joeys, Isa News Remploy & 2Ph Redbacks; 7.30pm court 2 Matariki 3 v Thunder, Isa News Mitech & Nettaroos, 7.30pm court 3 Ultimates v Workpac Warriors, 2Ph Timewarps & Snow Leopards; 7.30pm court 4 Matariki v Stingers, Assoc & Strikers; 7.30pm court 7 Isa News Remploy v 2Ph Redbacks, Super Nova & Sparks. Byes – Isa News Pirtek, 2Ph Shots & Cruisers

Court duties: set up – GSCC, close – 2PH Redbacks

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Toole takes bed fears to Minister

THE community’s concerns over bed closures at Bathurst Base Hospital have been taken to the health minister.
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Bathurst MP Paul Toole is acting following the release of plans by the Bathurst Health Service to close five surgical beds from June 3.

This would result in staffing levels being reduced by five full-time nursing positions and see the number of surgical beds in use slashed from 20 to 15.

Members of the Bathurst Medical Staff Council were livid at the news being delivered via email to department heads and medical staff by health service general manager David Wright.

They claimed there had been no consultation about the cuts and that the decision is “purely about saving money”.

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There is also discontent amongst local GPs and local health service staff that nearby Orange Hospital has been given additional funding and services for a number of years, to the detriment of Bathurst.

Mr Toole said yesterday he is concerned at the lack of consultation in the whole process and was raising the matter with Health Minister Jillian Skinner.

“The first I knew of the cutbacks was when I read it on the front page of the Western Advocate last Saturday,” the Bathurst MP said.

“Like members of the medical staff council, I also have concerns about these changes and will be meeting with the health minister and health service chief executive in coming weeks to pass on both mine and the community’s concerns.

“The fact there are ‘surge beds’ available to cope with demand should it arise can’t work unless there’s also staff there to man them.

“We need to come up with a model that is workable to ensure patient care is a priority. There has to be a contingency to bring nurses in when the need to open these surge beds arises, instead of shunting the patients off to Orange.”

As far as Bathurst Base Hospital being a poor cousin when it comes to funding compared to Orange Base Hospital, Mr Toole said the key is to keep building the specialist services out of Bathurst.

“The more activity we can get based here the more funding we can get,” he said.

“There needs to be a strategic plan across the whole district where can we identify what Bathurst, Orange and Dubbo hospitals do well.

“That will come out later this year, and I am sure that will present Bathurst as a centre of excellence when it comes to providing certain health services.

“For example, Bathurst already has two additional dialysis chairs, two new ecologist specialists have started at Daffodil Cottage and the $250,000 refurbishment to the young mental health facility at the hospital was only opened this week.”

Councillor Jess Jennings from Bathurst Regional Council, who is also the Labor candidate for Calare in the upcoming federal election, said the current cuts to vital health services in the NSW hospital system are just a small taste of what’s to come if the federal Coalition is elected to govern Australia in September.

THE community’s concerns over bed closures at Bathurst Base Hospital have been taken to the health minister.

“Make no mistake, the Coalition will reduce money and resources for health,” he said.

“They have made it clear the Medicare local services will go, which in Bathurst provide vital after hours medical and related services.”

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When Mother’s Day makes you sad

Mother’s Day conjures so many images: earnestly clumsy handcrafts and cards, inedible breakfasts in bed, cafes crowded with families over lunch, stiff carnation bouquets and bored children softly squabbling while trailing their mothers at craft markets.
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For many, Mother’s Day is a celebration of the here and now – the mother whose hand we can hold before handing over a gift. But for others, Mother’s Day can be a reminder their mother is no longer around.

PhD student Danya Vears, 31, from South Melbourne says, “Mother’s Day can be a tough day. It can be difficult seeing people with their mothers… I will never be able to do that again. It makes me miss the little things – going out for coffee with her or just being able to unload on the phone.”

Often, Vears finds the promotion of the day just as bad as the event, “It’s also the lead up to the day….I miss her often but sometimes it feels like Mother’s Day rubs it in your face a little.”

Vears’ feelings are closer to the original intention behind Mother’s Day than you might expect.

Mother’s Day as we know it was initially created to honor a mother who had passed. In 1907, Anna Jarvis held the first Mother’s Day service and gave out carnations to pay tribute to her mother, Ann, a social activist during the American Civil War. Jarvis held the first event to remember her mother, before campaigning tirelessly to make the day a national event.

Jarvis later decided Mother’s Day was over commercialised and actually campaigned against her achievement. The day and her criticism still stand but others have found special ways to mark the ocassion and remember the mothers they once knew.

Vears will mark the day the same way she has for the past few years: by taking part in the Mother’s Day Classic, a fun run and walk that raises funds for breast cancer and an event she used to attend with her mum.

“The first year after she died I decided I would run the 4km as a tribute to her,” she says. “I felt like pushing myself a little to do something like that was something she would have been proud of – I was never very sporty when I was younger but I knew my mum had been, so it seemed fitting.”

Mother’s Day for Brunswick based writer Clementine Ford will be less energetic.

“Anniversaries affect me very little,” she admits. “My strategies are the same as those I employ every day – I allow myself to feel both grief and happiness when they come, and feel grateful that I had her at all.”

Knowing that it does affect others, Ford takes to social media on Mother’s Day.

“I usually reach out to other people I know may be having difficulty. I might post something on Facebook offering solace and solidarity to others in the Dead Or Absent Mothers Club,” she says.

For both, family cycles continue and grow with new challenges and celebrations. For Vears, it’s been discovering an interest in running while for Ford, an impending addition to her family.

“I’ve never felt anything like the anticipation I feel for my sister’s baby,” Ford says. “Charlotte’s due about ten days after my mother died, but we both feel it would be a nice symmetry to have the baby come on the actual date. Whatever happens, that child is going to grow up knowing who their grandmother was and hopefully feeling as connected to her as is possible.”

On a day when many are reminded of a crucial family connection that has been lost, the day can be softened, perhaps even celebrated, by the connections we’ve made since.


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State government’s cardiac donation to hospital a $110,000 heart starter

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Cardiac patients at Maitland hospital will receive enhanced care after the state government funded eight mobile heart monitoring units worth $110,000.

The additional machines will help cardiologists and specialist staff assess and monitor patients in the coronary care and high dependency unit.

Health Minister Jillian Skinner and Maitland MP Robyn Parker will make the announcement during a visit to the hospital on Friday.

“It’s wonderful to visit Maitland Hospital to announce the addition of this equipment for the benefit of patients and staff,” Ms Skinner said.

“These mobile heart monitoring units will ease pressure in the hospital’s busy emergency department while also supporting staff to continue to provide the quality care for which they are known.”

The units assist patients with heart-related symptoms such as irregular heart rhythms, chest pain, stroke-like symptoms to provide a quick and accurate diagnosis.

“In the past, some of these patients have remained in the emergency department hooked up to permanent bedside monitors while waiting for mobile units to become available,” Ms Skinner said.

Ms Parker said the monitors would allow patients to move from the emergency department into a ward where the could continue to receive specialist care and be monitored.

“This will encourage patient flow in the hospital while also alleviating demand on the emergency department, especially coming into the busy winter period,” Ms Parker said.

Hospital general manager Trish Wilson said the units would bring a range of benefits including allowing patients to be move around.

“Because the units are portable, patients will be able to get out of bed and move about, which is something we encourage wherever possible,” she said.

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“The units help patients to retain their independence and mobility.”

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22/09/2018 南京夜网