North Queensland Cowboys end Parramatta Eels’ season, but Jason Taumalolo faces nervous wait

Cowboys end Eels’ season but Taumalolo faces nervous wait TweetFacebookPictures: AAPParramatta’s season is over, but perhaps so too is that of North Queensland wrecking ball Jason Taumalolo.
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The Eels’ premiership drought will now stretch into a 32nd year after the Cowboys once again defied the odds to march to within one game of an unlikely grand final appearance. Whether Taumalolo will be part of the side that takes on the Roosters next weekend remains to be seen after he put a shoulder charge on opposing No.13 Nathan Brown.

The Cowboys have already progressed further than most expected without injured stars Johnathan Thurston and Matt Scott, but a suspension to Taumalolo would be a blow that perhaps even Paul Green’s men wouldn’t be able to recover from.

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The blue and golds came into the game as favourites after pushing Melbourne to the limit, but couldn’t reproduce that performance against the plucky side from Townsville.

The battle of the 13s was a ripper. The buy of the year against, to borrow a line from Billy Moore, the buy of the decade. Taumalolo and Nathan Brown were again among the best for their teams. They seemed to find each other on multiple occasions, although Taumalolo’s hit on Brown in the 29th minute didn’t appear a legal one. While the whistleblowers took no action, replays appeared to show a copybook shoulder charge. It will be a nervous wait for ‘JT’ and his side.

Taumalolo again ran for more than 200 metres. Tackling him is often an exercise in futility. Just ask Daniel Alvaro. The Parramatta forward was a tad lucky to be playing after throwing a reckless elbow against the Storm. Luck deserted him when he got his head in the wrong spot trying to stop ‘JT’. He knocked himself out just five minutes into the game and didn’t return.

The match also marks perhaps the last for in the NRL for Semi Radradra. He will leave the game not only as the pre-eminent winger but also its most dangerous player. His latest try, the 82nd of his short but eventful career in the 13-man code, was a cracker. When Te Maire Martin put up an attacking crossfield kick, it would have been a Cowboys try had one of his teammates come down with it. Instead, Radradra leapt above the pack, marked it like he was playing at the adjoining Spotless Stadium, and ended up putting the ball under the posts 100 metres upfield. When he is in one of these moods, there is no stopping him.

Radradra has the No.2 on his back, but couldn’t be confined to the sideline. There were times when he was playing in the centres, while on other occasions he was pushing forwards out of the way in the middle of the field. Toulon have got themselves a special buy indeed.

While he can score them, so too can opposing wingerflanker Kyle Feldt. His put-down – fighting the sideline, the cover defence and gravity- was just as spectacular.

The Cowboys’ third try could well have been the eight-point variety. Microseconds after Coen Hess put down the ball, Eels hooker Cameron King cleaned him up with a late hit. The visitors took umbrage, players ran in from everywhere and punches were thrown. Officials decided not to give Ethan Lowe an additional shot at goal.

This is will go down as yet another season of disappointment for the Eels. They finished fourth to earn two cracks in the finals, their first since 2009, but went out in straight sets. Two of the tries they scored were from opposition kicks. The only other, from the boot of Mitchell Moses, came after the full-time siren.

Wrecking ball: Jason Taumalolo goes for a gallop. Photo: AAP

Brown was again outstanding in a beaten team. However, their attack, so potent during the back end of the season, didn’t click on the biggest stage. Perhaps the physical and emotional energy they expended against the Storm last weekend was greater than that used by the Cowboys in their extra-time thriller against the defending premiers.

The difference was Michael Morgan. He may be playing without Johnathan Thurston but is playing more and more like him in recent months. With Morgan firing, particularly if Taumalolo is available, the Roosters will do well not to underestimate them. Too many teams have already made that mistake.

Vehicle ‘black box’ could shed light on fiery Sydney Nissan GT-R crash

The Nissan GT-R R35, which burst into flames after crashing near Darling Harbour. Photo: SuppliedCrash investigators may soon turn to a vehicle “black box” to reveal what caused a fiery car crash in Sydney’s CBDin which three people were burnt to death.
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Shortly before 3am last Saturday the white $200,000 Nissan GT-R R35 was travelling down Goulburn Street at speed, approaching Haymarket.

It is understood the car had only been bought days before the accident.

Joseph Bagala, 39, brothers Jeff and Steve Nasr, 39 and 31, and Bree Keller, 22, were just moments from the horror crash that would leave two families reeling and the latter three dead.

Brothers Jeff and Steve Nasr were farewelled by hundred of mourners on Friday. Photo: Facebook

Among car enthusiaststhe high-performance Japanese vehicle has earned the nickname “Godzilla”, dominating racing around the world, including the Bathurst 1000 in the 1990s.

The supercar can surge from zero to 100 km/h in 2.7 seconds, while its top speed is more than 300km/h.

From Leichhardt, Wiley Park and Narrabeen, just how Mr Bagala, the Nasrbrothers and Ms Keller came to be in the car together that night remains a mystery to the families.

NSW Police have confirmed “considerable speed … along with a loss of control” were major contributing factors in the accident, however they are yet to confirm just how fast the car was travelling when it flipped and burst into flames next to the Novotel Rockford hotel.

Crash investigators will examine every aspect of the accident and will now likely refer to the car’s event data recorder (EDR), which stores crash information, much like a “black box” flight recorder used in aviation.

The primary function of an EDR is to sense a developing collision and decide whether to deploy airbags and seatbelt pretensioners.

Crash investigations expert Mark George is one of about 20 civilians in skilled in analysing crash data.

A former military police warrant officer and NSW police sergeant, Mr George launched the inaugural crash data retrieval training course for n police and civilian crash investigators in 2011.

The Nissan GT-R R35 series, which retails for around $200,000.

At that time the Sydney metropolitan crash investigation unit said greater use of the technology in crash investigations was “coming”.

Mr George said most EDRs were housed in the airbag control module of a vehicle, “but they also kept a record of crash and pre-crash data”.

Northern beaches hairdresser Bree Keller, 22, who died in the horror crash. Photo: Instagram

He estimates about half of all n vehicles made since 2007 have the device.

“That data is useful for determining … impact forces, injury likelihood, and what the vehicle was doing immediately prior to collision,” he said, adding that it was rare for an EDR to be so damaged that the data could not be used, even in a fire.

On Wednesday the family of Ms Keller, a northern beaches hairdresser, spoke of their grief in the days it took for police for police to formally identify her body using DNA and dental records, due to the severity of the fire.

“The circumstances of her death are horrific and this week we’ve been having to live with the fact we can’t bring her home,” her mother Tania Keller said on Wednesday.

Stepfather Peter Francis said the entire family remained “at a loss” as to why Ms Keller was in the car, adding that the family did not know “any of the people in the car”.

According to court documents, Jeff Nasr appeared before Burwood Local Court last month for two separate AVO applications sought by police for two different women.

At the time of the accident he was also on bail for charges of destroying property and common assault.

It has been reported Steve Nasr was fined $800 after pleading guilty topossession of a prohibited drug in 2014.

Hundreds of mourners farewelled the Nasr brothers at a memorial service at St Nicholas Antiochian Orthodox Church in Punchbowlon Friday.

A hearse carrying two white coffins was led through the street by a procession of luxurycars and men on motorbikes, some covering their faces with bandanas.

Sole survivor and father-of-four Joseph Bagala remains at St Vincent’s Hospital in a serious but stable condition, after suffering serious burns and arm, rib and and head injuries.

A NSW Police spokesman said police from Sydney City local area command were “preparing a report for the information of the Coroner which will outline the full circumstances surrounding the deaths”.

The story,Vehicle ‘black box’ could shed light on fiery Sydney Nissan GT-R crash, first appeared on the Sydney Morning Herald.

Tasmanian tiny house movement dreams big

Living big in tiny houses One of the tiny house models from Wagonhaus, out of North-West Tasmania. Picture: supplied
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Inside a Wagonhouse, where the outside is welcomed in.

Tiny houses still include the necessities.

The kitchen inside a Wagonhaus tiny house.

The bathroom of a tiny house.

Sunlight streams into the living area of a Wagonhaus tiny house.

TweetFacebookGone are the days when a sustainable home was equated with mudbricks and limited electricity functions.

The sustainable homes of today are intelligent, innovative, and attractive.

Sustainable House Day has been run nationally since 2001, and invites the interested public to step inside these environmentally friendly homes to discover more about the new age of building practices.

In Tasmania, five properties will take part in the day on Sunday, September 17.

Some have been renovated to incorporate sustainable aspects, others have been purpose-built to function in harmony with the environment.

The Bell sisters have brought an international sustainable house concept to Tasmania –the tiny house movement.

The tiny house movement, the details of which are exactly as the name suggests, began in the United States and quickly spread across Europe, and into the Southern Hemisphere.

Katie and Tamika Bell began Wagonhaus last year, and on Sunday, will open their tiny doors into big ideas, at Forth.

Since launching, Katie said the business, which operates out of the North-West, has been flooded with interest, and is booked out into next year.

Katie attributes it to a fast-growing level of engagement with environmental awareness and sustainability.

“More and more people are becoming excited by eco-tourism, farm-to-plate food systems, permaculture and thermally efficient design,” she said.

“I think it is, in part, a reaction to the perception that government and big business are failing in their role as responsible environmental custodians.

“Increasingly, everyday n families want to take back control over their environmental future.”

The smallest Wagonhaus build is less than one-tenth of the size of the average n house, at 2.4 metres by 3.5 metres.

The largest, the family model, is 2.4 metres by ninemetres. They still include bathrooms, bedrooms, kitchens, and lounges.

“I think the most surprising thing people find is just how spacious it feels,” Katie said.

Katie studied at the University of Tasmania’s School of Architecture in Launceston, and said she and her sister were inspired by the movement’s success overseas, coupled with Tasmania’s fostering attitude towards innovation.

“My sister and I thought to ourselves, ‘the tiny house movement might have started overseas, but it is here, in our incredible Tassie backyard, that we can take it to the next level’,” Katie said.

“As young entrepreneurs, both Tamika and I know just how difficult it can be for young people in Tasmania.”

Katie said the sisters were inspired by their own circumstances: “We did not have access to secure, affordable housing, let alone the freedom to travel, to live debt-free, to live in harmony with nature and to protect the environment.”

They further saw the challenges that faced community members in Northern and North-West Tasmania – housing affordability, the cost of education and transport, and workforce changes.

“Wagonhaus Tiny Homes is the vehicle helping us face that challenge head-on,” Katie said.

“Our tiny homes are going to drive change (both literally and metaphorically) for our communities, by creating more green jobs, more sustainable development and encouraging a shift towards green living at home and in our community. I believe in thinking globally and acting locally.”

As well as their size and ethos, the compact homes incorporate eco-friendly architectural design to boost their sustainability factor.

They use passive solar gain, double-glazing, universal insulation, and cross ventilation for starters, and then there’s the off-grid extras of solar power and composting toilets.

“While rapid technological development such as solar panels, lithium batteries and composting toilets have certainly made the dream of building green homes easier, much of our work still lies in harnessing old wisdom,” Katie said.

“Technological fixes can improve things, but more important is thorough planning in the design and construction phase.

“Attention to detail, correct positioning of the building envelope and the use of thermally appropriate materials is the main game when it comes to designing an eco-friendly home.”

The Wagonhaus tiny homes will be on display at Forth, from 10am to 4pm.

Other homes taking part in Sustainable House Day in Tasmania are:

“Our retirement home”, Evandale: A renovated 1970s house that has been built to sustain its “elderly” residents into the future. It includes recycled timber and stained glass, and a drip-irrigation garden with vegetable patches and a healthy mix of flora.“Renovation”, Westbury: Five years on from its initial renovations, the owners of this property are inviting the public to see how its updates have aged. Its attributes include bamboo flooring, a greywater system, a low-emission woodfire, and outside, a composite wooden deck and a cob pizza oven.“Organic living”, Sheffield: This house is an owner designed and built, solid timber construction. It was designed to be a self-performing passive house, which utilises a range of timbers to maximises their best assets.“Andrew’s House”, Devonport: This home scores an 8.1 rating for passive solar, and has been designed to be energy efficient. The owners brag that with their solar power system, they haven’t paid a power bill since they moved in 12 months ago.All properties will be open from 10am to 4pm on Sunday.

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Health workers attacked and abused over hospital smoking ban

The City of Melbourne has not issued any infringements for smoking outside the six public hospitals in its jurisdiction since the ban begun. Photo: Tamara VoninskiRules banning smoking outside Victoria’s public hospitals could be reviewed because health workers are being attacked and abused while trying to police the policy.
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Calls for an audit of the ban are being led by the n Nursing and Midwifery Federation, which is concerned nurses are being put in danger.

“We’re hearing that the policing of the ban actually leads to violence and aggression against our members,” unionstate secretary Lisa Fitzpatrick said.

The callscomeafter the death of Melbourne heart surgeon Patrick Pritzwald-Stegmann, who was allegedly punched in the head in the foyer of Box Hill Hospital after expressing concern about people smoking near the hospital entrance.

Surgeon Patrick Pritzwald-Stegmann died after allegedly being punched in the head in the foyer of Box Hill Hospital after expressing concern about people smoking near the hospital entrance. Photo: Eddie Jim

Last month two patient transport officerswere reportedly assaulted outside Dandenong Hospital after refusing a request for a cigarette.

Ambulance union state secretarySteveMcGhie said one of the officers had surgery because of an injury sustained in the assault.

Mr McGhie said altercations about smoking did lead to violence and aggression against healthcare workers.

He said there was no easy fix, especially as some offenders were drug affected or had mental health problems.

“Smoking rooms may address some issues, but bystanders and relatives at hospital, quite often because of their agitation and concern, may just smoke outside front doors of hospitals,” he said.

Smokers beneath a ”No Smoking” sign at the Royal Melbourne Hospital on Saturday. Photo: Paul Jeffers

A review revisiting how to best protect health workers has broad support of the ambulance union and the n Medical Association, though the AMA does not want to see the smoking ban overturned or relaxed.

AMAVictorian presidentLorraine Bakersaid doctors had told her they felt reluctant to get into “any discussion” with anyone smoking in an area where smoking was banned.

“We support local government and the Victorian government working together to find strategies that will allow for responsible and safe enforcement of a smoking ban,” Dr Baker said.

The banwas introduced by the Andrews government in April 2015and prevents people from lighting up within four metres of an entrance to a public hospital. Many hospitals also have their own smoke-free zones that go beyond what is required by law.

Victoria’s councils have been given money from the government to enforce the four-metre ban and for other anti-smoking initiatives.

But it appears that council officers are rarely, if ever, handing out fines.

The City of Melbourne has not issued any infringements for smoking outside the six public hospitals in its jurisdiction since the ban begun, despite saying officers regularly patrol around hospitals.

“We have very few complaints from hospitals or the public regarding breaches of the ban and find that smokers are generally respectful of the rules,” a spokeswoman said.

The peak body for Victoria’s councils said it was difficult to catch people in the act of smoking.

Municipal Association of Victoria presidentMaryLalios said that,as a result, councils tended to focus their attention on matters such as proper signage.

“Councils respond to complaints from the public, but do not have the resources to place staff out on the beat permanently policing every venue where a smoking ban applies,” Cr Lalios said.

Opposition health spokeswomanMaryWooldridgesaid hospitals often phoned for help “but the smokers have left before council enforcement officers arrive”.

Health Minister Jill Hennessy’s office did not say whether the government would consider reviewing the smoking ban. But a spokeswoman said that this financial year “around $1.8 million was provided to councils to undertake tobacco education and enforcement activities, including the new outdoor smoking bans”.

Ms Fitzpatrick said the nurses’ union was calling for research into who was enforcing the hospital smoking ban and if it wasreducing smoking.

“We want to see if there is a way of reducing violence and protecting health workers from secondary smoke inhalation,” she said.

People caught smoking near a public hospital entrance can be fined $159.

– The Age

Newcastle University protests on Tuesday over coal connections

Data reveals university’s coal ties Questions: The University of Newcastle has been asked to divest itself of coal investments.
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New: The University of Newcastle has received millions of dollars in coal-linked funding since 2013.

Dramatic: The dramatic new University of Newcastle CBD building.

TweetFacebookNewcastle Heraldquestions on Tuesday.

Students at Newcastle, Queensland, NSW and Monash universities will hold protests on Tuesday highlighting universitylinks with the coal industry, and calling oninstitutions to move investments from fossil fuels.

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The protests coincide with release of the“Exposing the Ties”reportshowing how key decision-makers in n universities are former employees of fossil fuel industries, or hold non-executive director positions on mining and related companies.

These include University of Newcastle Chancellor Paul Jeans, who held chief executive roles at BHP over a 40-year career with the company, was Newcastle Port Corporation chair from 2008 to 2013 and a former n Minerals Council councillor.

University of Newcastle Council member Michelle McPherson held senior finance roles with Caltex and was a Newcastle Port Corporation director for six years.

The university’sHunter Research Foundation Centre has many fossil fuel-related companies in its sponsors list, including the Port of Newcastle, Port Waratah Coal Services, coal consultant GHD, Centennial Coal and Bengalla Mining. The centre’s advisory board includes members with a history of work in the fossil fuel industry. One member, Professor Eileen Doyle, is a non-executive member of Oil Search Ltd.

Companies connected to research funding at the University of Newcastle include Glencore, Rio Tinto, New Hope, Stanford Coal, Peabody, BHP, Whitehaven Coal and Xstrata.

Jackson Turner of350苏州模特佳丽招聘 said the strong links between universities andthe fossil fuels industry could create a serious conflict of interest when it comes to decisions about whether a university moves its investments out of coal, oil and gas.

“n universities have been resistant to divesting their assets from fossil fuel and related companies. This has led us to question the kinds of ties that exist between our universities and the fossil fuels industry,” Mr Turner said.

“What we have found is that many council members of leading universities either have ties to, or are non-executive directors of companies whose significant business is in fossil fuels.Additionally, many universities have material ties to the industry, receiving funding for university projects from fossil fuel or related companies.

“These ties could create a serious conflict of interest or bias when it comes to decisions around fossil fuel divestment, potentially jeopardising universities’ own endowment investments by failing to accurately consider climate change and stranded asset risks.”

Over the past four years students at 18 n universities, including Newcastle, have petitioned the institutions to divest from fossil fuels, in line with major companies and other institutions, including churches, that have divested.

The Hunter university was asked to disclose the full carbon exposure of its investments, stop any new investments in fossil fuel activities and set a five-year deadline on divesting.

“If it’s wrong to wreck the climate then it is wrong to profit from that wreckage,” Mr Jackson said.

Investing in fossil fuels was“not only ethically ambiguous but financially risky” because of the risk of stranded assets, he said.

Vicki Purnell opens up about Bridie’s Blossoms for stillborn and miscarried babies

A sewer is using her talent to create outfits for stillborn babies Vicki Purnell spends countless hours creating intricate little outfits for stillborn and miscarried babies.
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Sizes start from 0 to 16 weeks, then 17 to 21 weeks, 22 to 25, 26 to 30, 31 to 36 and 37 to 40 weeks. This burial outfit is for a full-term baby.

TweetFacebookThey say that it was just so good to see their babies were dressed, that they were farewelled with dignity

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There are 40 stillbirths and 20 newborn deaths in Tasmania each year, with one in 135 births being stillborn and one in four women experiencing a miscarriage -wide.

The name Bridie’s Blossoms comes from another friend of Ms Purnell’s who had a stillborn baby about five years ago.

“She was just about to have her second baby – a little girl, and a few days before she was scheduled for a cesarean, Bridie passed away. Shewas nearly full-term.

“So it was bubbling in my mind back then. When the time was right, I approached her, when I was planning on getting this project off the ground – I had a few ideas in place, and I thought, well I’ll ask her what she thinks about using the name.

“She was really pleased that her daughter’s memory was going to live on and to help other people.”

Ms Purnell has been creating the packages since late 2013, and has already made nearly 400 packages and about 100 separate burial outfits.

“Up to 16 weeks there’s no legal requirement to have a funeral, so you can take it home and put it in your backyard if you wanted to, which is what some people do.

“That’s how the coffin box came about.Once I started doing this, the Gateway Church got in touch with me and said, ‘would you be able to line the coffins we put out to the hospitals on the North-West’.So I came up with this plan and I’ve been doing it ever since.”

The packages include booties, a hat, a nappy and a gown for the baby, as well as keepsakes for the parents. The keepsakes include a handkerchief, which Ms Purnell makes from scratch, two teddy bears –one for the baby and one for the parents to keep, a little lace angel, two keyrings –one that says, ‘I existed, I mattered’ and one that says, ‘fly free’, a keepsake nappy, an angel baby hanger, a guardian angel feather and a charm pin that says, ‘you are always in my heart’.

The parents often keep the gown the baby wears in the hospital, and bury them in a different outfit.

“The parents might keep the outfit the baby’s worn as akeepsake. They want to have something the baby’s worn so they have that smell – they know the baby’s touched it.”

Everything she makes for the babies needs to be easy for the nurses or funeral directors to put on and take off.

“They have such fragile skin – it’s paper wafer thin and it’s translucent.”

Nobody is charged for the packages, burial outfits or remembrance quiltletsMs Purnell makes.

“While I am willing and able to do it, I will,” she said.

“Sewing is my passion. I’ve been sewing since I was very, very small. It’s my therapy, I enjoy sewing, so rather than waste money on something else, this is something I’m very passionate about.”

She puts a little note in the keepsake packages so that parents can get in touch and ask for a personalised remembrance quiltlet with the name and date of birth of their baby.

Ms Purnell receives feedback all the time from parents on her facebook page.

“They say thatit was just so good to see their babies were dressed, that they were farewelled with dignity.

“I’ve had people who had a baby years ago say, ‘I wish you were here when I had my baby because they didn’t have anything at all’.

“It certainly is hard sometimes, especially when you’ve built up a rapport with the parents who’ve lost a baby.”

Alison McPhee: Why volunteering put everything in perspective

HONOUR: Belmont’s Alison McPhee, left, is named the Hunter Region’s Young Volunteer of the Year and overall winner in the NSW Volunteer of the Year Awards.
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RESILIENCE and courage.

They are the words that come to Alison McPhee’s mind when she reflects on the families of children who live with a disability.

The 21-year-old Belmont student was speaking after being named both the Hunter Region’s Young Volunteer Volunteer of the Year and overall winner at the NSW Volunteer of the Year Awards, held last week, for her work with the Cerebral Palsy Alliance.

Ms McPhee, a fourth-year physiotherapy student at the University of Newcastle,was recognised for her contribution to the n CP Check-Up research program.

The early intervention program allows medical professionals to monitor the condition of children with cerebral palsy, guarding against secondary complications such as dislocated hips, muscle contracturesand other spinal or joint problems.

In her nominationfor the award, the Cerebral Palsy Alliance said Ms McPheehad proved herself as showing “a knack with children, relaxing them with her smile and fun-loving nature”, which paid dividends for the program as children and their families are at ease with what can be a stressful time.

“It was a massive honour,” Ms McPhee said after receiving her awards.

“I never really expected to get any award out of it so it was very humbling.”

Ms McPhee said her two years volunteering with the Cerebral Palsy Alliance had taught her that families of children with a disability were among the community’s strongest members, calling them “inspirational”.

“I really enjoy working with kids and their families,” she said.

“I really value the people who I’ve worked with because they’ve been inspirational.

“The family’s resilience and courage to face every day while they’re going through so muchreally does make you stop and think about your own life.

“It puts everything in perspective.”

Ms McPhee encouraged others to appreciate those with a disability and stressed the importance of social inclusion.

“It’s important to understand that children with a disability are still children,” she said. “We should be supporting these families as much as we can, ensuring that children with a disability are included, living a normal life as much as they can and not pushed to the side.”

The NSW minister responsible for volunteering, David Elliot, thanked all volunteers for their contribution to the Hunter.

“The efforts ofvolunteershere today have, no doubt, greatly improved the lives of Hunter residents …[and] people whovolunteerare often happier, healthier and more connected to their communities,” he said.

Millers, Hodge pull off Newcastle plunge

Punters cheer on the horses at Newcastle on Saturday. Picture: Jonathan CarrollRELATED CONTENT: Saturday’s fashions of the field
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Newcastle gelding Grand Condor brought off a long-range plunge when he beat a quality field of sprinters in the 900-metre Hurricane Handicap on the second day of the Newcastle spring carnival on Saturday.

Trained on the Newcastle track by Steve Hodge, the nine-year-old was an $81 chance with corporate bookmakers on Friday night.Connections and stable followers snapped up the long odds and by race time the sprinter was a $31 chance in a very strong betting race.

Canberra apprentice Rachel Hunt, on loan from Warwick Farm trainer Mark de Montfort, made use of Grand Condor’s speed and he raced outside the leader, Aomen.

He took the lead in the straight and held off determined challenges from the Cessnock three-year-old Three Sheets ($5) and Wouldn’t It Be Nice ($8.50).

The win was a windfall for Central Newcastle rugby league coach Barney Miller and his son Lucas, who is racing manager for Kris Lees.

The Millers bred Grand Condor, but the gelding hadbeen leased, until Saturday, by the Newcastle-based From The Track syndicate.

He won seven races and $137,000 for the syndicate before the lease expired. The horse’s future was up in the air after he was seventh at Muswellbrook on August 6.

Miller has bought a property at Lochinvar, where he plans to retire Grand Condor, but he and his son have decided to keep the horse in training with close friend Hodge for the time being.

The trainer was over the moon on Saturday.

“He had not won a race for a long time, but he had been a good old horse for the syndicate before Barney and Lucas decided to race him themselves,” he said.

“I freshened him up for the Hurricane and he was very well weighted with 51kg on his back after Rachel’s 3kg claim.

“Lucas and I were confident and we did back him at the $81.”

The runner-up, Three Sheets, is trained by Jeremy Sylvester and part-owned, coincidentally, by newly appointed Cessnock Goannas coach Al Lantry.

The latter was coached by Miller in his days with the Cessnock club.

Three Sheets has been set for next month’s Jungle Juice Cup at Cessnock, and it was an impressive first-up run.

Nathan Perry, foreman for his father, Paul, revealed that Wouldn’t It Be Nice had run his last race after five wins and $557,000 in prizemoney.

Perry was the only other Newcastle trainer to taste success on Saturday. Surjin, the three-year-old son of Perry’s Golden Slipper winner Stratum, steamed home to win the 1400m maiden handicap by 1½lengths.

The colt put the writing on the wall on debut when third on the Beaumont track on September 5.

Sydney jockey Koby Jennings, who has been in great form at Newcastle, landed a double for two of ’s most successful stables.

He saluted on Seaglass for Peter and Paul Snowden in the 1200m class 1 handicap and brought odds-on favourite Newburgh from the tail of the field to win the 900m maiden plate for the Hawkes stable.

Port Stephens Council’s drainage case raises serious questions

NEWLY elected councillors, and probably many already in local government, could do worse than spend an hour or two reading the findings of a public inquiry in 2007 into Port Macquarie Council’s construction of its Glasshouse arts facility.
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The original plan was for the council to provide a site and $2.5 million, with a private company providing $4 million.

It all went pear-shaped. The inquiry, which led to the sacking of the elected representatives the following year, is more than 300 pages of excruciating evidence on how the project blew out to more than $40 million. Inquiry chair Frank Willan documentedhow a business project became an “aspirational project” for the council to build an “icon”.

The inquiry is most relevant to councillors today when it details how the project ran out of control. Lack of transparency, lack of accountability to the public which raised serious concerns almost from day one, and the concentration of decision-making, were key reasons.

The mayor, the deputy mayor and the general manager had early control, Mr Willan found. Councillors accepted, or did not challenge, advice that once a contract was let for the project it became an “operational” issue for council staff to deal with, rather than a responsibility of the council as a whole to keep a tight rein on.

Mr Willan’s report details how councillors remained largely unaware of a budget spiralling out of control and internal communication failures that allowed funding caps to be repeatedly breached. But councillors were sacked because they “failed to demand their right to accurate and complete information” about the Glasshouse and “failed to fulfil their role as elected persons”.

The buck stops with elected councillors, in other words.

A NSW Supreme Court judge on September 8 criticised Port Stephens Council andthe owner of the Nelson Bay Lagoons Estate over the running of a case where the issue is drainage and whether the council complied with a 2006 court decision.

The judge’s comments should be ringing alarm bells for councillors, particularly because it appears a court-appointed expert –agreed to by opposing parties –has produced a report that challenges the council’s case.

Millions of dollars are on the line and the signs aren’t good.

Issue: 38,600.

Free yoga session kicks off Living Smart Festival Speers Point on September 23

SUITED FOR ALL: Jen Parker, of Whole Living, says an outdoor yoga session at Speers Point Park as part of Lake Macquarie City Council’s Living Smart Festival this weekend will cater to allcomers. Picture: SuppliedA little bit of yogais something we could all benefit from, according to Jen Parker.
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Ms Parker is co-creator of Whole Living, a business which focuses on helping others livea life of meaning, purpose, intention and creation.

They will take part in Lake Macquarie City Council’s Living Smart Festival being held at Speers Point Park on September 23 between 8am and 2pm.

“We’ll be opening up with a beautiful yoga session for all ages,” Ms Parker told me.

“It’s just a really nice way to start the day. Anything like that which brings mindfulness to your day and allows you to connect with yourself is really important.”

She has seen the benefit in her own life from doing yoga each day and is keen to share the message with as many people in the community as possible.

The 8am session will cater to all ages and abilities and people can just turn up with or without their own mat.

“The session will go for about and hour and we’ll be hanging around after if anyone has any questions,” Ms Parker said.

“This is something that is suitable for children, elderly people, mums. We really encourage everyone to get involved. It’s going to be very gentle and more focused on your inner journey rather than the physical journey, about connecting with your breath and your body.

“Everyone thinks they’re busy and I definitely think I am too. I started doing yoga because I was busy. It’s really accessible and I just found it made everything seem easier in the day.

“You can do a couple of sun salutations and call it a wrap and really the benefit of that is quite profound.”

Whole Living will also be running some kids specific yoga sessions throughout the day as well as offering nutrition tips for the whole family.

“We’re really excited to be involved,” she said.

“We’re going through a series of different workshops through the day. We’ve got a couple of kids’ yoga sessions where we’ll teach the kids about breath and movement and stillness and how to combine them all, so it will be really interactive and suitable for all ages.

“We’ll also show people how easy it is to make your kids something that’s healthy and also delicious and nutritious. “

JUICE FOR HEALTHNaturopathPeter Mullen, from Mullen Natural Health Centre, is going to be offering some healthy food tips for spring.

This week he shared with me three reasons why juicing is your secret health weapon.

He told me it resets your metabolism, which in turncan kickstart fat loss.

It also reduces your appetite and can help clear your mind.

“Juicing helps to establish better portion control in the long-term and eliminates the pattern of comfort eating,” Mr Mullen said.

“Having a break from food is not just a physical reset, it’s also a mental one. Juicing helps you feel in control and makes the process of changing habits more achievable.”

Stay tuned for more tips through spring.

JUICE UP: Combine fresh fruit and vegetables for some delicious and nutritious juices with benefits for the whole family. Picture: Mullen Natural Health Centre

Renee Valentine is a writer, qualified personal trainer and mother. [email protected]苏州夜总会招聘.au.

Toronto Tigers break 69-year baseball droughtphotos

Toronto Tigers break 69-year baseball drought TweetFacebook Toronto 25 Belmont 11, Newcastle Major League baseball grand finalPictures: Jonathan CarrollTORONTO broke their Newcastle Major League title drought in emphatic fashion on Saturday with a 25-11 mauling of Belmont at Waterboard Oval.
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The Tigers needed only seven innings to end Belmont’s run of nine straight titles and secure the club’s first top-grade crown after 69 years of trying.

“That was unbelievable. What a fantastic effort and I’m absolutely proud,” Toronto coach Justin Norman said.

Norman was among the first to rush onto the diamond when relief pitcher Thomas Holland touched first base to secure the final out as players and Tigers fans formed a jubilant pile in the infield.

It was the culmination of a dominant display from the Tigers. Toronto’s nine batters combined for 25 hits, adding to their score each inning to keep the game well out of the Seagulls’ reach.

“I knew our guys had plenty of hits in them, and it was just good that we just put it all together on the one day,” Norman said after the match.

“In grand finals in the past we haven’t put it together on that special day, but today was the day.”

Toronto had a 0-3 grand final record against Belmont, but Norman admitted he could sense in the lead-up to the game that it was going to be a different story this time.

“There was an air of calmness over the guys. They were very relaxed,” Norman said as players and fans celebrated around him.

“We had a good preparation during the week and then today we went about our business and got it done.”

The two sides traded runs early and were level at 7-7 after two digs.

But the Tigers blew the game wide open with seven runs in the bottom of the third, which featured a grand slam home run over right field to grand final MVP Moko Moanaroa.

“I said to the guys after the first two innings we’re doing a good job of keeping with them,but it’s time now to put the accelerator down, get in front and don’t look back,” Norman said.

“Obviously from the score line that’s what happened. We didn’t look back.We just kept rolling on.”

All of the Tigers big guns fired as the top five in the order drove in a collective 22 runs.

Moanaroa, brother Boss and Pat Maat were particularly damaging with five RBIs and four hits apiece.

“We hit well. We hit with runners in scoring position, which was good,” Norman said.

“It’s a big field, and we just didn’t try to keep hitting home runs. We knew that … good hits, one at a time was going to win us the game.”

Belmont coach Duane Harrison was full of praise for his opponents’ batting display and the efforts of Tigers starter Jason McAdam.

McAdam gave up 11 hits and four walks in almost seven innings of work before teenager Holland was brought in for the final out.

“Their pitcher threw very well and their top four or five hitters certainly did the job today,” Harrison said.

“We knew those blokes could hit, and once they started to hit we knew we were in for a bit of a tough afternoon.”

Harrison said the early exit of Belmont ace Tim Cox, who pulled up sore after the second inning and was replaced by Adam Blight in the third, was a decisive moment in the game.

“I think our pitcher coming off in the third inning was a pretty major thing for us,” he said.

“We were looking for him to go six or seven for us today, so for him to come off in the third was a big difference for us.”

The Belmont mentor admitted the weight of Belmont’s remarkable run of recent success, which includes qualifying for 27 straight grand finals, had taken its toll on him this season.

“The pressure for me this year was the 27 … just getting to the grand final,” he said.

“We’ve got a few going this year, so we’re going to have our work cut out for us to get the squad back up there.”

Toronto’s first hosting of grand final day got off to a dream start as the Tigers triumphed 16-0 over Belmont in second grade.

Koala survives 16km trip on underside of car wheel arch

Emergency services attended to the scene to rescue the koala from behind the truck tyre. Photo: SuppliedA koala has been released back into the wild after miraculously surviving a 16 kilometre trip clinging onto the underside of a car wheel arch.
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Jane Brister, a Koala Rescue Specialist at Fauna Rescue SA, was called to a suburb in Adelaide last week after a driver reported hearing “unusual sounds” and “crying” coming from his car.

The driver had driven from his home in the Adelaide Hills district to the city, a trip he estimated to be nearly 16 kilometres, according to Brister.

“Early in his journey, an oncoming driver flashed his lights at him, and so he thought there must be something wrong with his car,” Brister said. “But [when] he pulled over… he couldn’t find anything in the dark.”

Kelly the koala was trapped behind a tyre as the truck made a 15km trip through Adelaide Hills. Photo: Supplied

When he arrived in Adelaide, he heard “crying” coming from the car and soon spotted the small koala stuck under the hood of the wheel.

A local Metropolitan Fire Services crew attended the scene to help remove the wheel, and allow Brister to coax the koala out.

“[At first] I could really only see her face and one paw,” Brister said. “She was pinned behind the wheel, but fortunately not amongst the axle.

“It took a lot time and patience to get her out.”

Kelly the Koala was spotted peeking out from the underside of the truck when the driver reached his destination. Photo: Supplied

Since nearly 80 per cent of koala road trauma incidents are fatal, Brister said she had “expected the worst”.

She was relieved to find the traumatised koala had survived the incident with only some minor abrasions and “singed fur”.

“I just couldn’t imagine that if she had been in there for 16 kilometres she wouldn’t have serious injuries,” she said.

But sadly, examinations of the koala by a veterinarian revealed the koala had lost a joey.

“We continued a search for a couple of days, but haven’t found any evidence of the joey at all,” Brister said.

“It’s a very sad part of the story, as it was in addition to the trauma she must have gone through under the car.”

Kelly the koala miraculously survived a road trip clinging onto a car wheel in South . Photo: Supplied

Brister said it remains “a mystery” how the koala became stuck.

“We don’t know how she got in there,” Brister said.

“Koalas don’t normally crawl up into that spot [under the wheel], and the driver… did not feel he had hit anything.”

The koala, named Kelly – after one of the firefighters on duty on the night – was released on Friday into an area with “lots of eucalyptus trees”, after spending a week recuperating with the Fauna Rescue team.

“At the end of the day it’s just incredibly lucky she survived, and it was great to be able to send her home,” Brister said.

“She’s a very very lucky girl.”

The story,Kelly the koala makes daring 16km trip clinging onto a car’s wheel arch, first appeared on the Sydney Morning Herald.

Discharged from hospital, admitted to aged care: the story of hip fractures

Professor Jaqueline Close and hip fracture patient Rhonda Wilson. Photo: Louise KennerleyHip fracture patients face glaring gaps and huge variations in care that seriously impact their ability to recover and reclaim their independence, a major audit has found.
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Five per cent of patients who break a hip will die in hospital, and up to 25 per cent will die within the year as a direct result of their injury, a major audit of the n and New Zealand Hip Fracture Registry (ANZHFR) found.

More than one in 10 patients will be discharged from hospital only to be admitted to an aged care facility as a result of their hip fracture, according to the report released Friday by Neuroscience Research (NeuRA).

Half of hip fracture patients never fully regain their mobility, found the audit of 5178 hip fracture patients over 50 years old at 34 hospitals.

Hip fractures were devastating injuries for most patients orthogeriatrician Professor Jacqueline Close treats at Prince of Wales Hospital.

Professor Ian Harris said the priority for most older patients with hip fractures was to keep their autonomy. Photo: UNSW

“Most people never go back to their previous level of function. It hugely impacts their quality of life,” said Professor Close, an ANZHFR co-chair.

“One of the first things to go is your ability to go outdoors, for for physical but also psychological reasons,” she said.

Patients are more frail than they were prior to the fracture, and the fear for falling was a powerful deterrent.

Of the almost 3000 patients followed up 120 days after going to hospital, roughly one in five had gained back the mobility they had before their hip fracture.

Hip fractures are the most serious and costly injuries for falls among ns over 50, with the cost set to rise in step with the ageing population.

Professor Jaqueline Close, Professor Ian Harris and hip fracture patient Rhonda Wilson at Prince of Wales Hospital. Photo: Louise Kennerley

The number of hip fractures is expected to rise from 22,000 to more than 30,000 by 2022, costing an estimated $1126 million per year, according to a recentOsteoporosis burden of diseasereport.

The audit found wide variations in care between hospitals, from pain management strategies to how long patients waited for surgery and how quickly they were able to regain their mobility.

Roughly 50 per cent of hip fracture patients who came into hospital had already sustained a low-trauma fracture, yet only 20 per cent had been offered osteoporosis treatment, the audit found.

It was a monumental missed opportunity, Professor Close said.

“If we managed people who already had low-trauma fracture more efficiently we would make significant reduction to the rate of hip fracture in “, cutting fracture risk in the order of 30-60 per cent, Professor Close said.

” hasn’t woken up to this yet,” she said.

Just 16 per cent of hip fracture patients in receive osteoporosis treatment compared to 60 per cent in the United Kingdom, a recent UK audit showed.

The priority for most older patients with hip fractures was to keep their autonomy, said Sydney orthopaedic surgeon and registry co-chair Professor Ian Harris.

“They want to be in their own homes and they don’t want to be a burden to their families,” he said.

Improving all aspects of care, including access to a multidisciplinary team, appropriate treatment, timely surgery and rehabilitation and follow-up were integral to cutting the risk of loss of mobility and death, according to the report.

More than one in four patients were waiting longer than the recommended 48-hour window for surgery after fracture, and many were still waiting three days later, the audit found.

There were marked variations between operating room availability, Professor Harris said.

Sydney orthopaedic surgeon and registry co-chair Professor Ian Harris

And while the majority of hospitals now aimed to get patients out of bed and weight-bearing the day after surgery, a significant proportion of patients were still not given the opportunity to do so, Professor Harris said.

“It varies a lot between hospitals,” Professor Harris said; from two-thirds to 100 per cent of patients weight-bearing on their affected leg the day after surgery.

“The problem is patients aren’t always getting access to physiotherapy services.”

He hoped clinicians and hospitals would use the registry’s real-time data that benchmarked their performance to improve the way they managed patients with hip fractures.

“We’re also trying to create a voice for hip fracture patients. They have been neglected and not seen as a priority for a long time,” he said.

The story,Discharged from hospital, admitted to aged care:how hip fractures strip ns of independence, first appeared on the Sydney Morning Herald.