Archive For 10/28/2018

Celebration of culture

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NAIDOC: The week is a great opportunity to participate in a range of activities and to support your local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community.NAIDOC celebrations are held around Australia each July to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
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Local community celebrations are encouraged and often organised by communities, government agencies, local councils, schools and workplaces.

NAIDOC originally stood for ‘National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee’. This committee was once responsible for organising national activities during NAIDOC Week and its acronym has since become the name of the week itself.

Its origins can be traced to the emergence of Aboriginal groups in the 1920s, which sought to increase awareness in the wider community of the status and treatment of Indigenous Australians.

This year, hundreds of events will take place during the first week of July, including the National NAIDOC Awards Ceremony – the premier event on the National Indigenous calendar.

The 2017 NAIDOC award recipientswill be announced at the sold outceremony in Cairns onSaturday, July 1. The official event willopenNAIDOCWeek across the country.

The NAIDOC Awards Ceremonyisan opportunity to recognisethe outstanding contributions thatAboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians make to improve the lives of Indigenous people, promote issues in the wider community, or the excellence they have shown in their chosen field.

This yearthe winners of the National NAIDOC Awards will be announced in the followingcategories:

Lifetime Achievement AwardPerson of the YearFemale Elder of the YearMale Elder of the YearCaring for Country AwardYouth of the YearArtist of the YearScholar of the YearApprentice of the YearSportsperson of the YearNAIDOCis celebrated not only in Indigenous communities, but by Australians from all walks of life.

The week is a great opportunity to participate in a range of activities and to support your local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community.

Wherever you live, you can take part in NAIDOC Week celebrations. To find out about more about activities in your area, visit the website.

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‘A raised eyebrow’: calls for probe into Aveo share trading

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The corporate watchdog has been called on to investigate recent trading of Aveo’s shares ahead of the company announcing a $145 million buy back this week.
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Investment specialists have called on the corporate watchdog to investigate recent trading of Aveo’s shares by its largest shareholder Mulpha and a director ahead of the company’s announcement ofa $145 million buyback this week.

The buyback of 9.3 per cent of the company’s shares was launched on Tuesday after emergency weekend board discussions triggered by the publication of the first articles in a joint Fairfax Media-Four Cornersinvestigation into the sector and Aveo in particular.

The company’s chief executive Geoff Grady told the media this week that the board canvassed a buyback in those discussionsinanticipation of a share price fall on Monday morning in the wake of the weekend articles and impending Monday night coverage on the ABC and Fairfax Media.

Ownership Matters chief executive Dean Paatsch told Fairfax Media most security holders would have liked to have bought shares on Monday knowing a buyback was under consideration.

Aveo chairman Lee Seng Huang was involved in trades. Photo: Jessica Hromas

He was referring to Aveo’s 11.5 per cent share price plunge on Monday after the investigation exposed exorbitant fees, complex contracts and questionable practices that put profits over the health and safety of residents.

The investigation has led to calls from Labor, the Greens and former Australian Competition and Consumer Commission chairman Allan Fels to urgently review the retirement village sector.

“Trading before the buyback was announced is certainly worthy of a raised eyebrow from ASIC and further investigation,” Mr Paatsch said.

ASIC reviewA spokesman for the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) said the watchdog would review the trades.

Ownership Matters chief executive Dean Paatsch. Photo: Rob Banks

“ASIC will always examine trading, particularly directors’ trading, before, during a significant or material event or announcement,” the spokesman said.

The review will look at the on-market purchases of shares by Mulpha International – a company associated with Aveo chairman Seng Huang Lee – and purchases by non-executive director Jim Frayne.

RELATED COVERAGE:AveoPart 1: The price of freedomAveoPart 2: A get poor quick schemeAveo Part 3: Bleed them dryUnder Australian companies law directors are not allowed to trade while in receipt of inside information.Fairfax Media is not suggesting any of the directors have broken the law.

Buybacks are commonly used to reward shareholders and put a base under a company’s share price if it is falling.

Dean PaatschBuyback ‘discussed’Aveo chief executive Geoff Grady told News Corp the Aveo board held a meeting on Saturday to consider the buyback in anticipation of fallout from the first instalment of the series in Fairfax newspapers on Saturday.

Mr Grady said in that interview that the final decision to conduct a buyback was made on June 26, the same eveningFour CornersairedBleed Them Dry Until They Die.

Aveoshares closed on the Friday before the first investigation story at $3.05.

According to the directors’ interests notices released on Tuesday, a company linked to Aveo chairman Seng Huang Lee, Mulpha International, purchased 414,689 shares for $2.70on market on June 26.

A separate notice showed Mr Frayne purchased 10,000 shares on June 26 for $2.79 a share.

Aveo again declined Fairfax’s request for an interview on Tuesday.

Responding to inquiries, Aveo said that “all relevant parties are satisfied that they have complied with their legal obligations”.

Fairfax Media was unable to make contact with Mr Lee through Sun Hung Kai & Co in Hong Kong where he is chairman.

Mr Frayne told Fairfax Media: “The board was briefed on, and considered, management’s proposal for a buy-back after close of market on Monday 26 June. My share acquisitions occurred before then. This acquisition was in accordance with the ASX rules and Corporations Act.”

Asked why his account differed from Mr Grady’s published comments Mr Frayne said: “The quote is incorrect.”

The Age

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Deep heat that’s way cool

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WARM TO THE IDEA: iHealth Saunas are sleek and stylish with benefits centred around cleansing harmful toxins that can compromise the body’s own system of curing itself and remaining healthy.Imagine having a sauna in your own home –asoothing sanctuary for aches and pains, a place to relax, pamper and re-energise.
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iHealth Far Infrared Saunas design and install a stylish range of portable saunas that require no plumbing and use the rejuvenating non-harmful power of far infrared light.

“Far infrared light has many health benefits and unlike ultraviolet light does not burn,” iHealth spokesperson Alex Tyson said.

“Our saunas come flat packedand can be assembled by our professional installers wherever you live.

“They plug into a normal power point and due to portability mean you don’t have to commit an entire room to it.

“There’s no water, no mess, they look great, they’re really comfortable and you come out feeling invigorated.”

The iHealth infrared panels emit energy at the same wavelength as the human body,operating at lower temperatures than conventional steam/hot rock saunas, permitting extended, more comfortable sauna sessions.

“Absorbed infrared light creates a deep, penetrating heat that relaxes, soothes and loosens sore joints and muscles,” Alex said.

“Light penetrates up to 45mm into the subcutaneous layer of the skin where toxins lurk, drawing them out via the body’s natural sweat response.”

iHealth Saunas is an Australian-owned family business, started 15 years ago.

The team at iHealth Saunas believe that every person has the power to influence their own wellbeing through a thoughtful diet, exercise and the use of complementary practices – including infrared sauna therapy.

Their products offer optimum performance, maximum therapeutic benefit and trouble-free ownership.

“People who buy our product haveput they’re body and health first and we want to support that commitment by ensuring every experience they have with iHealth Saunas is apositive one,” Alex said.

“Weoffer a lifetime heater warranty and a 5-year cabinet and electrical warranty on our Premium models.

“We can assemble the products using our nationwide network of installers and keep a service record of every unit sold.”

iHealth Saunas come in two ranges –Premium and Lite.

“If you’re simply looking for a unit that will make you sweat, our Lite range is priced from $2970.

“For those who want a truly amazing experience with the added specs and warranty, our Premium range starts at $4000.”

iHealth Saunas are on displayat Charlestown Square until July 2, with 20 per cent off any Premium range purchase in that time.

For more information ring1300 720 418 or visit www.ihealthsaunas南京夜网.au.

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‘If this fails, she’ll lose her leg’: Australia’s looming superbug crisis

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WARNING: GRAPHIC IMAGETwo years ago, a serious cut to Sandra Hocking’s ankle would have been treated with modern antibiotics. Today, she faces losing her leg.
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The 75-year-old Whittlesea residentwas in Zambia last September helping orphans whenshe fell into a hole and sliced open her ankle.

She returned to Australia with agaping woundthat refused to heal.

Sandra Hocking contracted a superbug after she fell in a hole in Zambia and cut her ankle. Photo: Wayne Taylor

Ms Hocking washorrifiedwhen doctors told her in April that she had contracted a deadly antibiotic-resistantsuperbug, and there was nomedication availableto treat it.

In what her doctors believe is one of the worst cases of a superbug infection ever seen inAustralia, she nowfaces the prospect of having her leg amputated.

“It’s a total bastard of an organismin that it’s one of the most resistant,” Ms Hocking’s doctor,LindsayGrayson, said. “It’s one of the worst cases I’ve seen.”

Just two years ago the bug, called pseudomonas,was treated with modern antibiotics. But it has since become resistant to them all.

Sandra Hocking shows her healing superbug wound at the Austin Hospital. Photo: Wayne Taylor

“The pus coming out of her leg was loaded with this superbug. We only needed the slightest error bystaff and it could spread to equipment and other patients,” ProfessorGrayson said.

Placed in isolationat the Austin hospital, Ms Hocking was eventually treated withtwo old antibiotics, one which was phased out because it caused kidney failure in high doses.

She was faced with the frightening choice of taking the drugs or losing her leg.

“I’d heard of superbugs … but the fact that I got it … I was devastated. I cried and I cried,” Ms Hocking said.

An expert team of doctors from Austinhospital and Melbourne and Monash universities carefully administered the drugs using an intravenousdrip.

She also had multiplesurgeries and herdoctors graftedskin from her arm onto her ankle to increase blood flow to the area, atechniqueused before the invention of antibiotics.

“This is her last chance,” Professor Grayson said. “If this fails, she’ll lose her leg. She has a very anxious wait.”

Sandra Hocking’s superbug wound before it was treated. Photo: Wayne Taylor

Professor Grayson believes asuperbug crisis is on Australia’s doorstep.

He said there were now patients presenting with superbug infections once a week in Australian hospitals.

“We need people to understand that if we continue to recklessly misuse and overuse antibiotics, as we have for the past 50-70 years, doctors will be faced with the choice to amputate infected limbs or risk their patients’ lives,” Professor Grayson said.

He said Australia was lagging behind the rest of the world in infection control, and that acoordinated national authority was urgently needed.

ProfessorGrayson also called for better surveillance, enforced mandatory reporting and more research.

The looming superbug crisis will be in the spotlight on Thursday at theAntimicrobialResistance Summit at theWalter & Eliza Hall Institute.

The Age

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Police charge George Pell with sex assault

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Cardinal George Pell, Australia’s highest ranking Catholic will face at leastthree serious sex assaultcharges, including at least one count of rape.
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Victoria Police has confirmed Cardinal Pell has been charged on summons over multiple charges and is due to face Melbourne Magistrates Court on July 18 for a filing hearing.

The announcement is set to send shockwaves through the Catholic Church in Australia and around the world.

Cardinal Pell is the third most senior Catholic at the Vatican, where he is responsible for the church’s finances.

The charges are likely to force Cardinal Pell to step down from his Vatican post while he fights the charges. Cardinal Pell strenuously denies any wrongdoing.

All was quiet at Cardinal Pell’s Rome residence as the news broke.

He lives in a block of apartments on a square just outside the Vatican walls, metres from St Peter’s Square, a minute’s walk from the doors to the Basilica.

Security is tight in this part of Rome – an army jeep with two alert, armed soldiers sits on the corner of the square, another on the other side of the wall – and the police presence in this part of the city is constant.

But there are no lights on in the building and the city was quiet in the early hours of Thursday morning.

Thursday is a public holiday in Rome – the fiesta of St Peter and St Paul. It’s a day that many natives traditionally head to the beach.

Cardinal Pell has retained leading Victorian criminal barrister, Robert RichterQC, and it is likely some of the argument that Mr Richter will make in court will concern the question of whether Cardinal Pell can receive a fair trial given the large amount of pre-trial publicity.

The precise details of the charges are not known. However, a legal source told Fairfax Media that the Victorian Director of Public Prosecutions, John Champion, has been assessing whether Cardinal Pell should face charges of rape, buggery or indecent assault.

As Australia has no extradition treaty with the Vatican, Cardinal Pell may avoid prosecution should he choose not to returnto Victoria, but he is expected to come backto fight the charges.

Three detectives from Victoria Police’s Sano Taskforce travelled to Rome to interviewCardinal Pell about the allegations last year.

In May this year,Victoria Police received advice from the Department of Public Prosecutions regarding the investigation.

It was the second time the DPP had been asked to review the brief.

On May 25, Chief Commissioner Graham Ashton said a decision was “imminent” about the investigation into Cardinal Pell.

He has previously been accused of sexually abusing a number of boys.

Hehas repeatedly and emphatically denied all allegations, but said he would continue to co-operate with the police investigation.

Cardinal Pellwas a priest in Ballarat before becoming Archbishop of Melbourne and then being appointed as a Cardinal.

His career1966: Ordaineda priest for the Ballarat diocese in St Peter’s Basilica

1971: Assistant Priest at Swan Hill

1973 – 1983: Assistant Priest at Ballarat East parish

1978 – 1979: Episcopal Vicar for Education in the Ballarat diocese

1987: Auxiliary Bishop of Melbourne

1993: Pell walkspriest Gerald Ridsdale to court. Ridsdaleis later convicted of a string of child sex abuse charges

1996: Appointed Archbishop of Melbourne

2001: Appointed Archbishop of Sydney, the Australian Catholic church’s most senior position

2003: Appointed by Pope John Paul II to the Sacred College of Cardinals

Cardinal Pell arriving at the Royal Commission in 2014. Picture: Getty Images

The investigation February 20, 2016:It’s revealeda VictoriaPolice taskforce has been ­investigating allegations that Cardinal Pell sexually abused between five and 10 boys

February 28, 2016:Inevidence to the child sexual abuse royal commissionin Rome, Cardinal Pelladmits to “catastrophic failures” by the Catholic Church in relation to child sexual abuse, an issue he says was on his radar from the early 1970s

July 27, 2016:TheABC’s7.30programdetails complaints against Cardinal Pell being investigated by Victoria Police. The allegations dateback to1978-79

October 2016:Three detectives travelto Rome to meet Cardinal Pell, whovoluntarily participatesin an interview

February2017:Apolice brief of evidence regarding sex assault allegationsagainstCardinal Pellishandedto prosecutors for review

May 13, 2017:ABC journalist Louise Milligan’s bookCardinal: The Rise And Fall of George Pellis published. The book contains new allegations of sexual abuse against Cardinal Pell

May 14, 2017:Cardinal Pell’s lawyersstrongly denythe allegations raised in the book

May 16, 2017:Victoria Policereceivesadvicefrom the Director of Public Prosecutions about the brief of evidence.Police refuse to comment

May 18, 2017:Cardinal Pell restates his innocence in Rome, saying:”We have to respect due process, wait until it is concluded and obviously I will continue to co-operate fully.”

May 25, 2017:Victoria PoliceChief Commissioner Graham Ashton says adecision about chargingthe senior Catholic figure is”imminent”.

June 29, 2017:Victoria Police prepares to make an announcement regarding charges against the Cardinal. It’s expected Cardinal Pell will be charged on summons with sex offences.

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