Weekend of ups and downs

WHAT a weekend it was for the Wingham Football Club!
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Last weekend saw the women’s team record their third straight win for the season, reserve grade run away with their first win and first grade robbed of some points that should have been on the ladder.

The Wingham Women’s side travelled to Lansdowne to take on the Lions on their home turf.

What looked to be a tough challenge ahead unveiled to be an easy one for the girls as they won 3-1.

Calypso Watson looks to be in hot form this season scoring another for her third straight game. Also contributing to the scoreboard were Amba Brown and Bec Beale with important goals.

The ladies will take on the Tuncurry Tigers this weekend at home, looking to continue their winning streak. It will prove to be a tough game for them.

In Premier League the Warriors took on the Old Bar Barbarians which saw a mixture of frowns and grins as the reserve grade boys recorded their first of many victories to come and first grade robbed of victory.

With an early goal from Nick Beacham reserve grade were in fine form dominating the pitch, although Old Bar struck not long after bringing it to 1-1.

After the half time break an own goal from Wingham put Old Bar in front. A change in positioning saw Chris Boyd moved to the front which proved to be a successful move as he put away two goals into the back of the net.

A goal from James Thompson sealed the deal as the reserve grade boys put their first points on the table.

What could be dubbed as the worst decision this season saw Wingham first grade robbed of a possible win.

The Warriors were winning 1-0 with an amazing free kick from Mitch Bevitt as the ball floated over the bus load of Old Bar players packed into the wall, and curled back down into the left hand side of the net.

However a foul in the box handed Old Bar a penalty shot which they put away quickly. The scores were level at 1-1 and a Wingham player brought down in his own box which should have been a yellow card to the Old Bar player, but the referee saw it as a foul from Wingham and gave Old Bar another penalty shot, which was almost saved but again put away by Old Bar.

The game ended in a 2-1 loss as the boys walked away stunned.

This weekend in Premier League we will be at home again taking on Port United, the under 18s will be taking on Taree Wildcats in their second round clash after receiving the bye in the first round.

All your support is very much appreciated and to assist us through the season please continue it to come and cheer us on at games of all age groups.

Dylan Cowie on the attack for Wingham Warriors first grade at the sporting complex on Saturday.

Daniel Ihlow makes a clearing kick during the Warriors’ first grade match against Old Bar.

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Security guards meet over Dandenong Hospital violence

SECURITY guards at Dandenong Hospital are meeting tomorrow over the summary dismissal of a colleague after one of a series of violent incidents in the emergency department.
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Health Services Union state industrial officer Nathan Murphy said the incident was sparked by a patient punching a doctor’s face in the emergency department last month.

A guard ‘‘restrained the patient and was able to get the situation under control,’’ Mr Murphy said.

‘‘Later he was called into the office and received a summary dismissal without being given an opportunity to speak up for himself.

‘‘[Monash Health] are putting in policies that are making it more difficult for security to do its job.’’

Guards at Clayton and Dandenong hospitals are also concerned about long-running health and safety issues raised in a 2011 state inquiry , Mr Murphy said.

Their concerns mirror those of nurses who threatened to strike tomorrow over safety fears.

After talks with Monash Health this morning, Australian Nursing Federation state assistant secretary Paul Gilbert said tomorrow’s strike action would be called off if Monash Health ‘‘confirmed in writing’’ a set of agreed security measures.

Australian Nursing Federation members had demanded increased security, including for two dedicated security guards 24 hours a day at the emergency department and for clear protocols for dealing with unarmed and armed aggression against nurses.

‘‘We put three things to them and if what they confirm in writing what was spoken about in the meeting, the stop-work will not proceed.’’

A Monash Health spokeswoman said managers were ‘‘progressively implementing’’ recommendations from the 2011 state inquiry.

She said Dandenong Hospital was ‘‘in the process of working with staff’’ to introduce a Code Grey protocol — dealing with violent, unarmed people — by mid-year.

‘‘Dandenong Hospital is committed to a compressive approach to security with the implementation of even more CCTV and security personnel.

‘‘Monash Health looks forward to working with staff and stakeholders to ensure an even safer workplace environment is achieved.’’

It comes after a series of violent incidents at the emergency department including its waiting area being evacuated when a man threw concrete through the windows on Sunday. In recent months, a nurse was demoted for tackling an aggressive intruder, a nurse had part of her breast bitten off and another was threatened by a knife.

At the inquiry, a Dandenong Hospital emergency nurse submitted that her and colleagues were bitten, punched, slapped and had objects thrown at them by patients: “They pull their IVs out and throw bloodstained cannulas, sharps — any kind of weapon they can get their hands on, such as chairs — at the nursing staff.”

Local club ‘gutted’ by robbery

A SMALL community sports club is devastated after thieves stole more than $10,000 worth of equipment.
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This week was meant to be a happy time for the Limestone Coast Remote Control Motor Car Club after they successfully hosted the first State titles conducted outside Adelaide.

Club secretary Mic Bellman said members were on a high following the titles event, but that that feeling was gone now.

“It was a pretty big high after pulling off the titles,” he said.

“It (the robbery) has left us gutted.”

When it came time to clean up after the event, members of the club came out to the Doolans Road track to find the shipping container housing their equipment opened and the gear gone.

The padlock had been cut.

Club president Michael Overland was in shock at the discovery.

“It’s pretty hard to believe in a small community that this could happen,” he said. “I just don’t know – (we have) just got to get on with it and work towards replacing it.”

Among the items stolen were two AMB timing decoders worth about $4000 apiece, two laptops, a PA amplifier, a 46-inch television monitor, a couple of fire extinguishers, an esky full of soft drinks and other items used to run race meets.

Most were owned by the club but some were the property of Kincraig Motors.

Baffling the club is the fact that the merchandise is practically useless to anyone not in the remote control racing game.

“It’s a very niche market for this gear, it’s only valuable to a RC club – no-one else,” Mr Overland said.

“It’d be very hard to sell.”

He said it had taken the club some time to get the gear.

“It has taken us years and years to acquire these assets that are needed to run proper events,” he said.

“To have that stripped from us is debilitating.”

Now the rebuild will start.

“We do have some insurance – that covers some of it,” he said.

“There’s a little bit of stuff not covered by the insurance so we’ll just have to work towards replacing it.”

Members hope the club will be back on its feet soon but Mr Overland was not so sure.

“It could be six months, it could be a couple of years,” he said.

He ruled out the club being able to run the State titles next year and said the running of other events later this year would be affected.

“We’re meant to be running a round of the tri-series later this year,” he said.

“It’s going to mean borrowing from other clubs and scraping every cent together that we can to get the facility back up to scratch.

“It’s going to be a real hard task to get back to where we were.”

Naracoorte police said the theft was believed to have occurred between 10am on April 22 and 1.30 on April 25, and urged any witnesses to contact them.

Limestone Coast Remote Control Motor Car Club president Michael Overland (left, holding daughter Matilda) and secretary Mic Bellman stand in front of the small office which housed the electronics used to run race events.

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No ticket credit for ferry users 

BAY island ferry usersare outraged after ferry operator BayIsland Transit Systems (BITS) said it would not honour ferry tickets withcredit after July 1.
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Flyers from the ferry company said un-used credit on multi-triptickets would not be refunded and only TransLink tickets would be acceptedafter July 1.

“If you choose not to use the entire multi-trip ticket, thenit is your choice and you are not entitled to a refund on any unused portion ofthe ticket,” the flyer said.

Redlands MP Peter Dowling said negotiations were still underway between the ferry operator (BITS) and the state government’s TransLinkdepartment about redeeming credit on tickets.

“It’s not as if this has snuck up on us, we have known aboutthis for a long time,” Mr Dowling said.

“I don’t believe people will be disenfranchised and Ibelieve both parties will come to a common sense arrangement for the transitionperiod.

“The people who buy tickets from BITS enter an agreementwith BITS and if BITS does not provide that service then I am sure BITS will belooking at opportunities to reimburse or move them across to a differentticket.

“People who bought tickets against inflation took a gambleand the price of tickets has actually come down so it will be cheaper afterJuly1.

“There are a range of options open to people who have boughtmulti-trip tickets against inflation they can go and talk to neighbours andfriends and divest themselves of the tickets.”

Area manager Transit Systems Ferries David Thomson said ticketholders should address their concerns to Translink which would be taking over the service from BITS onJuly 1.

“TransLink has said categorically it will not redeem BITS tickets after July1 and we will not be able to because we won’t be running the service.”

The BITS decree raised angry comments from Lamb Island ratepayerEllen Ulrick and Macleay Island’s Gay Jones at this morning’s full meeting ofRedland City Council.

Both women also urged council to overturn an $88 levy onisland ratepayers to pay for the extension of the state government’s Translinkservice to the islands, which starts on July 1.

Both said they were disappointed island councillor Division5’s Mark Edwards did not raise the idea of a reprieve for islanders from the $88levy at the meeting.

Cr Edwards had planned to ask council to reassess the levy andlook at other funding options to pay for the extension of TransLink to theislands.

However, he withdrew his bid before the meeting.

“I was going to propose to the council to see if there was abetter way to fund the TransLink extension and it was my preference to fundthis extension across the entire city,” Cr Edwards said after the meeting.

Division 1 councillor Wendy Boglary said Cr Edwards’proposed motion was inflammatory and was only giving island residents “falsehope”.

“Spreading the levy across the entire city and not justtaxing island ratepayers will not work either,” Cr Boglary said.

“No ratepayer in Redlands should pay so the state government cansubsidise BITS, which will get less money in fares when cheaper Translink faresare introduced.

Bay Island Transit Systems has issued flyers claiming it will not allow unused multi-trip tickets after July 1. credit

“This should not become a fight between mainland residents and island residents.”

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Healthy intake of Indian workers

More than 100 people from the southern Indian state of Karala now work at the Orange Health ServiceMORE than 100 people from the southern Indian state of Karala now work at the Orange Health Service and the Bloomfield campus following a successful recruitment drive aimed at attracting international workers.
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Member of the Orange Malayali Association (OMA) executive Sabu Joseph says his organisation represents 250 people from Kerala and he estimates at least 110 of them are employed in the healthcare sector in Orange and surrounding areas such as Molong.

Mr Joseph said OMA members had enjoyed a smooth transition into the local workplace with most planning to permanently “settle here”.

“Everyone’s been very welcoming, very supportive,” he said.

The director of nursing for mental health drug and alcohol at the Bloomfield campus Walter Zyla confirmed international recruits had made a valuable contribution to the workplace.

“We are fortunate to have attracted a number of overseas-trained staff to the Bloomfield campus,” Mr Zyla said.

“A majority of these registered nurses received their qualifications and trained in the UK and their skills are fully recognised by the Australian Registration Board.

“To have this cross-cultural influence in our workforce strengthens our service delivery and we value their contribution to the way we develop services which are sensitive to the community’s needs.”

Mr Zyla confirmed there were now 60 overseas-trained nurses working at the Bloomfield campus, including a number of nurses of Indian descent with both Indian and UK qualifications.

He estimates 20 percent of his workforce are overseas-trained.

Many of the nurses are employed on temporary work visas with the view that they will become permanent visas once the nurses have spent two years in that position.

OUR NURSES:

In 2013 Orange hospital has employed eight nurses from the UK, India and the Philippines with one UK-trained midwife to take a position with the Orange Health Service soon.

In 2013 year the Bloomfield campus employed three registered nurses of Indian descent.

The Orange Health Service* recruited 20 overseas-trained nurses in 2012.

The Bloomfield campus recruited 66 overseas-trained nurses in 2012.

There are 450 nurses on staff (full time, part time and casual) at the Orange Health Service.

* The Orange Health Service refers to Orange hospital staff and health workers operating within the community, excluding the Bloomfield campus.

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Singing for a King and Queen

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Queensland Soprano Mirusia Louwerse last nightperformed with Andre Rieu on stage at Museum Square in Amsterdam, Netherlands for the inauguration of King Willem Alexander of the Netherlands.

Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands abdicated after 23 years on the throne. Her son, Crown Prince Willem-Alexander is now king.

VIDEO: singing “Time to Say Goodbye” with violinist Andre Rieu.

Mirusia spoke with ABC Radio after herperformance.

“It’s been an incredible experience,” she said.

“I’ve never seen anything like it in my life before: It’s a party here 24/7.”

She performed with International violinist Andre Rieu, singing “Time to Say Goodbye”

“To stand on stage with Andre again – it felt like being at home. It was amazing and wonderful. I really enjoyed every moment,” she said.

“What an honour to be asked to sing before the King and Queen. Thanks to Andre I was able to experience the most amazing moment in my life, “Mirusia said.

Just last weekend, Mirusia was performing at the Dutch Fest at Birkdale.

Birkdale Soprano Mirusia Louwerse and Andre Rieu perform on stage at Museumplien during the inauguration of King Willem Alexander of the Netherlands. Photo: GETTY IMAGES

Birkdale Soprano Mirusia Louwerse and Andre Rieu perform on stage at Museumplien during the inauguration of King Willem Alexander of the Netherlands. Photo: GETTY IMAGES

King Willem Alexander of the Netherlands takes an oath as he stands alongside Queen Maxima of the Netherlands during his inauguration in front of a joint session of the two houses of the States General at Nieuwe Kerk. Photo: GETTY IMAGES

King Willem Alexander of the Netherlands takes an oath as he stands alongside Queen Maxima of the Netherlands during his inauguration in front of a joint session of the two houses of the States General at Nieuwe Kerk. Photo: GETTY IMAGES

King Willem Alexander of the Netherlands, Queen Maxima of the Netherlands and their daughters Princess Catharina Amalia, Princess Ariane and Princess Alexia of the Netherlands wave to the crowd. Photo: GETTY IMAGES

King Willem Alexander and Queen Maxima of the Netherlands pose with guests. Photo: GETTY IMAGES

King Willem Alexander and Queen Maxima of the Netherlands pose with guests. Photo: GETTY IMAGES

King Willem Alexander and Queen Maxima of the Netherlands pose with guests. Photo: GETTY IMAGES

Tigers oh so close!

THE 2013 Group 3 Rugby League season kicked off on Saturday afternoon at the Wingham Sporting Complex with the home team up against last year’s grand-finalists, the Port City Breakers.
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It was the visitors who scored first after a chip and chase on the last tackle for a 4-0 lead.

Wingham hit back with a try to Kiwi import Logan Pocklington. Matt Bridge’s kick gave the Tigers a 6-4 lead after 10 minutes.

Port City responded with two more tries to lead 14-6 midway through the first half.

Another import from across the ditch, Riki Toby, then crossed for the Tigers. After the Matt Bridge conversion, the home team trailed by 14-12.

The Breakers had a slice of luck with their next try when a bomb landed near the dead ball line then bounced back for the visitors to score.

Right on half time, Logan Pocklington barged his way over the line for another try. Matt Bridge was successful with the kick, and Port City went to the break leading 20-18.

Port City went further ahead early in the second stanza, after getting away with a knock on by their winger, and following that up with a penalty after the ball was lost in a tackle. The resulting try made the score 26-18.

But in a 10 minute spell, the Tigers put on three tries to Joel Kleindeinst, Tepuhi (TJ) Rudolph and Riki Toby, and conversions to Matt Bridge and Michael Rees for a 34-26 advantage midway through the second half.

The Breakers’ next try was controversial. Michael Rees then scored in the corner to give the Tigers a 38-32 lead with a quarter of an hour remaining.

But Port City did hit back with an unconverted try.

Inside the last 10 minutes, Mark Fahey scored in the corner to make the score 42-36, and the Tigers were finishing strongly. But hearts were broken in the final minute with another Breakers try. The conversion right on the siren made the final score 42-42.

Wingham District 42 drew with Port City 42 (Logan Pocklington 2, Riki Toby 2, Joel Kleindeinst, Tepuhi Rudolph, Michael Rees, Mark Fahey tries, Matt Bridge 4, Michael Rees goals).

Reserve grade

THE Tigers’ reserve grade team led Port City 16-8 at half time with tries to Joel Kleindeinst, Ryan McIntosh and Luke Steel, with conversions to Luke Steel and Tim Rees.

The visitors scored midway through the half, and again just before the break. Veteran Brenden Summerfield put the Tigers further ahead early in the second stanza, and the Breakers responded with the home team leading 20-14.

Wingham then added tries to Alex Studdert, Jordy Styles and Tim Rees, with conversions to Luke Steel and Tim Rees.

A last minute try to Port City made the final score 38-18.

Wingham District 38 defeated Port City 18 (Joel Kleindeinst, Ryan McIntosh, Luke Steel, Brenden Summerfield, Alex Studdert, Jordy Styles, Tim Rees tries, Luke Steel 3, Tim Rees 2 goals).

Under 18s

The Wingham Tigers under 18s team led 10-6 at half time after early tries to Shannon Ellem and Blake Sky, with a conversion by Brodie Myer.

Tries by Jake Mullen, Michael Bailey and Brodie Myer, with goals to Brodie Myer and Tim Bridge extended Wingham’s lead to 26-6 midway through the half. The Breakers pulled one back before Jake Mullen scored his second try to seal victory 30-10.

Wingham District 30 defeated Port City 10 (Jake Mullen 2, Shannon Ellem, Blake Sky, Michael Bailey, Brodie Myer tries, Brodie Myer 2, Tim Bridge goals).

Michael Rees scored a try and kicked a goal in Wingham Tigers’ first grade clash against Port City Breakers at the sporting complex on Saturday. The game resulted in a 42-all draw against last year’s grand-finalists.

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So chillingly gruesome the US won’t air it, but we will

Mads Mikkelsen stars as Dr Hannibal Lecter in this unsettling update of Thomas Harris’ novels.Channel Seven will screen a controversial episode of US drama Hannibal that was pulled by American network NBC in the wake of the Boston bombings.
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The episode, titled Ceuf, features a storyline about children being brainwashed into murdering their families.

It opens with a graphic scene of a woman being killed, then cuts to a family slumped dead at their dinner table, with gruesome imagery of their uneaten roast and blood-spattered sideboard.

It emerges from they been killed by one of their own: a son who had been abducted. The child had been told by his captor that his parents hadn’t bothered to rescue him because they didn’t love him.

Later in the episode, another family is found slain on Christmas morning. Most have been shot are are lying in their armchairs, except for one charred corpse that is discovered in the fireplace.

Hannibal producer Bryan Fuller asked NBC not to air the episode, citing the Newtown school massacre and the Boston Marathon attack. NBC, however, released the episode online a few days later.

Locally, it will air at 10.30pm on Wednesday, May 8, with an AV15+ rating, which signifies that the episode contains strong violence.

Channel Seven spokeswoman Susan Wood told Fairfax Media: “It’s a serialised show and we have respect for that process.

“Having said that, and bearing in mind the events overseas, we’ve pushed back that particular episode to 10.30pm.

“It does move around the schedule a bit and sometimes airs as early as 9.30pm, so we made sure this episode aired a bit later in a strictly adults only timeslot.”

After NBC cancelled the episode, a Salt Lake City affiliate dropped Hannibal entirely.

The decision comes a fortnight after US network ABC delayed an episode of Castle involving a bomb.

In December, the Syfy channel pulled an episode of Haven involving school violence after the Newtown shootings.

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Stuck trucks: new measures to punish operators

Wedged … a truck that was too tall for the express way under the Domain. Photo: Rick Stevens Tight fit … over-length trucks can cause major traffic delays in Galston Gorge. Photo: Domino Postiglione
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Over-height trucks that wedge themselves in tunnels and block traffic will have their registration suspended for up to three months under new regulations announced on Wednesday.

The measures, which add to already heavy fines and penalties for drivers who fail to head height or length limits, follow a number of incidents where trucks have blocked tunnels and added to Sydney’s already crippling traffic.

Roads Minister Duncan Gay said that by the end of June it would also be easier for Roads and Maritime Services to pursue trucking companies for the cost of removing over-height trucks from tunnels and over-length trucks from narrow passes.

“I think everyone in Sydney in recent times has experienced the inconvenience where people inexplicably driven heavy vehicles either into a tunnel, or … Galston Gorge and held up traffic and stopped the commerce and the family life for people in this city for minutes, hours, and nearly days in some cases,” Mr Gay said.

In Sydney, over-height trucks can become wedged in the M5 tunnel, the Sydney Harbour Tunnel, and under a number of rail bridges and overpasses.

In November, an over-height truck caused extensive damage to the ceiling of the M5 tunnel after driving for at least 200 metres down the tunnel.

There is also a history of long trucks getting stuck on the tight bends of the Galston Gorge, between Galston and Hornsby.

In the past year there have been 12 trucks fined for getting stuck in the Gorge, where there is a length restriction of 7.5 metres.

Every time this happens it takes a minimum of 30 minutes to remove a truck, according to the government, and the process can take as long as four hours.

For drivers, penalties of $2200 and the loss of six demerit points already apply for driving into areas over-height or over-length, but the measures announced on Wednesday will target the companies they work for.

Under the measures, the drivers will not have their licences automatically suspended. Instead, the truck will be suspended for three months. This will also apply to over-height trucks.

It will also become easier to pursue trucking companies for financial damages, Mr Gay said.

“We will be changing the regulations so that the chain of responsibility will now, at our discretion, be able to be applied to people that have dispatched those vehicles,” the minister said.

“If they’ve put them on an incorrect route, they will have to bear part of that cost. At the very least, the company that employs these drivers and these operators will know that they face potentially the costs of what’s happening.”

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Packed-in Pyrmont is Australia’s most densely populated suburb

Dense living … Pyrmont-Ultimo has the highest population density in Australia. Photo: James AlcockIt was once known for wharves, shipyards and stores. But the neighbourhood of Pyrmont-Ultimo has a new distinction: it is Australia’s most densely populated suburb.
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New figures from the Bureau of Statistics show Pyrmont-Ultimo had 13,850 residents a square kilometre in June 2012.

It was one of four suburbs that ring Sydney’s CBD with population densities of more than 13,000 residents a square kilometre. The others were Potts Point-Woolloomooloo (13,600) , Darlinghurst (13,200) and Surry Hills (13,070).

Inner-city Melbourne had the next highest density, at 10,100 people a square kilometre. In Brisbane, the New Farm area had the highest population density, with 6000 people a square kilometre.

But Australia’s most densely populated suburbs aren’t nearly as crowded as districts in some other world cities. Hong Kong’s Kwun Tong district has a population density of more than 54, 000 people per square kilometre. The borough of Manhattan in New York City has a population density of over 25,000 people per square kilometre.

Eight of Australia’s 10 most densely populated statistical areas are in Sydney. But population density falls rapidly with distance from the CBD.

At Bondi Beach, it was 8800 residents a square kilometre, and in Redfern-Chippendale it was 8400. Marrickville’s population density was 4530 per square km while in the Ku-ring-gai area the average falls to less than 1400 a square kilometre.

In Camden, on the city’s fringe, the figure was less than 500.

The bureau said the combined population of Australia’s capital cities rose by 271,700 in the year to 2012. More than 15 million people – close to two-thirds of Australia’s population – were residing in one of the capitals.

At the other end of the scale, there were over 200 statistical districts with population densities of less than one person per square kilometre, the bureau said. The majority were in Queensland, Western Australia and New South Wales.

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