Australia Day ad doesn’t mention Australia Day but it does mention Fyshwick

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The Chinese turn up with a box of fireworks bought in Fyshwick in the 2017 Meat and Livestock Australia Australia Day ad. But you haven’t been able to buy fireworks in Fyshwick since 2009. Photo: YouTube MLA’s annual ad has dropped all mention of Australia Day. Photo: YouTube
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You haven’t been able to buy fireworks in Fyshwick since 2009 but somehow the Chinese turn up to this year’s Australia Day party with a big box of crackers.

This year’s Meat and Livestock Australia annual Australia Day ad has guests arriving on our shores and when the Chinese arrive with the pyrotechnics and are asked “Where did you get those?”, they proudly reply “Fyshwick”.

Then industrial relations minister John Hargraeves was instrumental in the ban saying it was necessary because of property damage, injury to domestic animals and wildlife, and the general disruption caused by illegal use of fireworks.

He told the Assembly a tear-jerking story about his cat Andy, who some years before the ban was in place, had been tormented  by children with fireworks.

Then chief minister Jon Stanhope said at the time that he regretted his government’s decision.

“I always enjoyed fireworks, cracker night, I loved it as a child,” Mr Stanhope said.

“My children loved it, and it’s a matter of regret that there are generations of children now that will never have that same experience or that same joy.”

An ACT Government spokesperson said on Thursday the government was not considering any change to the fireworks laws at this time.

“In the spirit of the ad we do of course welcome all Chinese and other visitors to the Canberra region – including Fyshwick – to see everything our city has to offer,” the spokesperson said.

This year’s ad is likely to cause discussion across the nation for many reasons.

The annual Australia Day lamb ad has traditionally been an exercise in chest-beating patriotism that mocked anyone not celebrating the holiday “properly” – including vegans and those eating “foreign” food.

This year, it doesn’t mention Australia Day at all.

Amid growing calls to move Australia Day from January 26, the industry group on Thursday released an ad that confronts head-on the controversy around hosting the national day on a date marking the start of colonialism and Indigenous dispossession.

The ad starts with three Indigenous Australians on a beach who remark on being the “first here” but that the beautiful location would be “packed before you know it”.

A procession of boats then arrive, notably starting with the Dutch, followed by the British (whose claim to be the “First Fleet” is met with laughter), the French, Germans, Chinese, Italians, Greeks, Serbians, New Zealanders and finally “boat people”.

“Hang on, aren’t we all boat people?,” celebrity chef Poh Ling Yeow, of Masterchef fame, asks.

At one point Olympic legend Cathy Freeman asks the hosts what the occasion is. “Do we need one?” is the answer. 

The campaign is a departure from MLA’s previous campaigns staring Sam Kekovich, which since 2005 have painted Australia Day as a sacred occasion and called anyone who eats “foreign” cuisine like “a number 42 with rice” instead of lamb on January 26 “un-Australian”. ​

January 26 is the anniversary of the 1788 arrival of the First Fleet, which many Indigenous Australians find offensive and have dubbed “Invasion Day”, as it also marks the start of colonisation and frontier violence.

The City of Fremantle has cancelled Australia Day celebrations this year, deeming them culturally insensitive, and will instead host a “culturally-inclusive” event on January 28.

Meanwhile youth radio station Triple J has said it would consider moving the date of its annual Hottest 100 countdown after lobbying from listeners and popular hip-hop group A.B. Original.

MLA’s marketing manager Andrew Howie said the ad was informed by consumer insights and feedback from past campaigns and was about celebrating diversity.

“Ultimately, as the face of Australia continues to evolve and change, we need to make lamb relevant to a diverse, modern Australia,” Mr Howie said in a statement.

The ads will run until January 26.

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The Donald Trump dossier is as plausible as the President-elect’s fake news

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Oh, that Donald is a devil, isn’t he?
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Or maybe he isn’t. Trump’s huffing and puffing in denying the possibly amazing story of employing a number of prostitutes to perform a “golden shower” show in front of him, as he did or didn’t bunk in the same Ritz-Carlton suite that Barack and Michelle Obama had occupied on an earlier visit to the Russian capital, is beside the point.

Salacious, damaging stuff, to be sure, and it’s more viable than much of what Trump and his surrogates were spouting during the election campaign. In the absence of any evidence, they decided that Hillary Clinton was sick – and kept repeating it; while Trump has never apologised for pushing the birther lie about Barack Obama, they concluded, again without evidence, that she, Bill Clinton and other senior Democrat figures were running a child sex racket – and kept repeating it.

And this is not just about sex; another charge is that, through intermediaries, Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin did a deal by which Moscow would help his campaign if, as president, Trump would bend US foreign policy in Russia’s favour.

On the basis of all this, it seems, we can conclude that Trump missed Sunday school on the day they discussed the biblical proverb: as you sow, so shall you reap.

More importantly, the President-elect’s denials confuse two different aspects of the story. The extraordinary contents of the leaked intelligence dossier indeed could be fake and not worthy of repetition; but that several US intelligence agencies are investigating its provenance certainly is a new event worth reporting.

The intelligence agency chiefs who briefed Trump on Friday were savvy enough to make clear that the contents of the dossier, which on face value could leave the incoming president vulnerable to coercion, bribery and/or blackmail, had not been substantiated by the FBI. But at the same time, they considered the former high-ranking British intelligence agent who had compiled the dossier to be competent and reliable, and his sources to be credible and plausibly capable of being in possession of firsthand knowledge of Moscow’s spying on Trump.

And so it was that the Russians and sex abroad were dominant themes at Trump’s first all-in press conference since last July, which was attended by more than 250 reporters in the flag-bedecked lobby of Trump Tower in Manhattan.

What have we got here?

We have reports on an explosive document that has been floating around Washington for the best part of a year – but which was first alluded to in print only in the weeks before the November election, by Mother Jones magazine, and which has been published in its entirety only this week, and only by BuzzFeed.

A report from Moscow – Vladimir Putin’s guys deny they were spying on Trump, claiming that the dossier on their efforts to compromise Trump as far back as 2013 and its contents are “pulp fiction”. To which a reasonable man could respond, “Well they would say that.”

And reports from New York – Trump denies it all too. To which a reasonable man again could respond, “Well he would say that.”

And a long report by Molly McKew in Politico magazine last week, in which this one-time adviser to the governments of Georgia and Moldova, attempts to put the minutiae of Moscow’s messing with the West, and especially the back-and-forth about the Democrats’ emails being hacked and, now, the Moscow fling that Trump did or didn’t have, into an over-arching, geopolitical narrative.

McKew’s thesis, contained in two paragraphs, is worth considering: “Even this week, as Barack Obama tries to confront Russia’s open and unprecedented interference in our political process [by hacking the Democratic Party’s computers], the outgoing White House is so far responding to 21st century hybrid information warfare with last century’s diplomatic toolkit: the expulsion of spies, targeted sanctions, potential asset seizure. The incoming [Trump] administration, while promising a new approach, has betrayed a similar lack of vision. Their promised attempt at another ‘reset’ with Russia is a rehash of a policy that has utterly failed the past two American administrations.

“What both administrations fail to realise is that the West is already at war, whether it wants to be or not. It may not be a war we recognise, but it is a war. This war seeks, at home and abroad, to erode our values, our democracy, and our institutional strength; to dilute our ability to sort fact from fiction, or moral right from wrong; and to convince us to make decisions against our own best interests.”

Seen in that light, is there an argument that the unfolding, Hollywood-esque scenario of hacked Democratic emails and the political and personal embarrassment of an incoming Republican president all are a part of a Putin plot to delegitimise American democracy?

It’s not as though Putin was going to hold a press conference to announce that his intelligence agents had been poking around in the Democrats’ emails and, look at this, would you believe what Jon Podesta was saying about Hillary Clinton? Or that in the interests of American democracy, he thought it was important that his guys keep the cameras running 24/7 while Trump was in Moscow and, “Here you go, here’s the video of his antics at the Ritz-Carlton!”

No. It’s far more plausible and destructive for all this material, on the Democrats and on Trump, to arrive in the public domain as it has – through WikiLeaks in the case of the Democrats, and through the US intelligence agencies and/or reporters in the case of Trump, as witting or unwitting puppets of Putin.

That’s not to say that this is what has happened – but certainly, it’s a plausible reading of events.

Equally plausible, and not mutually exclusive, is that Trump and the US intelligence services are being gamed into an impossible relationship on the eve of him taking over the White House.

Throughout a gruelling election campaign Trump frequently rebuked and ridiculed the intelligence services over the Iraq War and the non-existent WMD, and more recently over their finding that the Russian hacking of the Democrats and the release through WikiLeaks of bundles of sensitive and damaging emails was a deliberate bid to help his campaign.

Obviously, there was going to be payback, which might just have been the intelligence chief’s decision to include a summary of the dossier in their briefing to Trump – on which Obama and eight Congressional chief were CC-ed.

And given Trump’s accusation that the intelligence services had leaked the dossier, there might even be more payback. The President-elect’s unsubstantiated charge against the agencies ignored the fact that news of and versions of the dossier have been floating in media and political circles since early 2016.

Trump’s over-weaning bromance with Putin and Moscow makes him a sitting duck for this kind of play – as early as 1987 he was urging a US-Soviet alliance against France and Pakistan; his campaign questioning of NATO’s relevance was music to Moscow’s ears, as was his praise for Moscow’s intervention in Syria and as is his continuing refusal to criticise Putin or Moscow.

Similarly, replete as the public record is with so many accounts of Trump cutting corners and scarpering with other people’s money, if Moscow was looking around for a sitting duck, how could it pass Trump as a target?

And for all that, a possible breach of the bromance was evident during Wednesday’s press conference, when Trump conceded, after denying and deflecting for months, that Moscow might have been responsible for the Democratic hacking.

“I think it was Russia,” he told the reporters. But then he did what his opponents will do with accounts of the Moscow dossier – he implicitly defended the hacking because of the political value, as he saw it, of the Democratic emails leaked after the hacking.

But there was still that yearning to hold hands and play. “if Putin likes Donald Trump, I consider that an asset, not a liability,” he said. “I don’t know that I’m going to get along with Vladimir Putin – I hope so, but there’s a good chance that I won’t.”

Perhaps Trump has been talking to his secretary of state designate Rex Tillerson, the former chief executive of ExxonMobil, who was being grilled at a Senate confirmation hearing at the same time as Trump was being grilled by the press.

Explaining that Putin wanted to rebuild Russia’s global prestige, he told the senators that the Moscow mindset was “Russia is here, Russia matters and Russia is a force to be dealt with”.

Revealing a bit more steel than Trump, Tillerson said that Russia had to be asked, “Do you want this to get worse, or does Russia desire a different relationship?”

Observing the clash in values between the US and Russia, he concluded: “We’re not likely ever to be friends.” But describing Russia as possibly an “unfriendly adversary” as opposed to an across-the-board “enemy”, Tillerson said: “With Russia, engagement is necessary in order to define what is that relationship going to be. There is scope to define a different relationship that can bring down the temperature around the conflicts we have today.”

Trump, who in the months between Wednesday’s press conference and his last such outing had fired off about 1600 tweets, was belting them out through Wednesday morning – one of which included: “intelligence agencies should never have allowed this fake news to ‘leak’ into the public. One last shot at me. Are we living in Nazi Germany?”

Nazi Germany? No – this is Trump’s America.

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Donald Trump’s media conference degenerates into name calling

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Washington: It was unseemly behaviour – not so much by the President-elect, as by the 200-plus reporters covering Donald Trump’s first all-in press conference in about six months.
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As with every other aspect of the Trump transition to power, there was anticipation about which Trump would appear before the hacks – the bovver boy they came to love and hate during the campaign or, strange as it might sound, a more presidential persona?

Breasted the lectern, Trump spewed fire and brimstone, over reports on an embarrassing if unsubstantiated intelligence dossier alleging that Moscow had compiled damaging material on Trump – including allegations of him romping with a prostitute in Moscow in 2013 and collusion between Moscow and the Trump campaign in 2016.

Singling out CNN and BuzzFeed, Trump ranted bitterly, would you believe, about “fake news.” Trump, whose campaign surfed to victory on a tidal wave of fake news, blithely dismissed both organisations as purveyors of “fake news.”

At the same time, the President-elect slobbered over the rest of the media for not reporting the detail of the dossier.

Remember his campaign twitter storms against The New York Times and the blacklisting of the likes of The Washington Post from covering his campaign events? How he had led his rally crowds in jeering at reporters, who he branded as “the lowest form of life?”

Ha! On Wednesday Trump was loving the Times to death – even complimenting it for its coverage in the previous 24hrs on his plans to remake Obamacare. Some in the media, Trump declared, had “gone up a notch.”

BuzzFeed copped it first – “as far as BuzzFeed, which is a failing pile of garbage, writing it, I think they are going to suffer the consequences – which they already are.”

Then a remarkable standoff with CNN’s Jim Acosta who attempted to ask a question – “you are fake news,” Trump told him.

“Since you are attacking us, can you give us a question,” Acosta called from the floor.

“I’m not going to give you a question,” Trump snarled. “I’m not going to give you a question – you are fake news.”

At which point it would be nice to report that the rest of the reporters shut off their recorders and refused to ask questions. Alas, they didn’t miss a beat – all pressed on, yelling to draw Trump’s attention to themselves, and seemingly oblivious that if CNN is being frozen out this week, it might be any or all of the rest them next week.

After 58 minutes, Trump rounded up his family and his paid staff who he had brought along to cheer and jeer, lest he get boxed in by the tenor of questions or by awkward silences; and the media slunk away.

But social media erupted. “Trump shouted down CNN Jim Acosta as ‘fake news’ then took a question from Breitbart.” “At that point the reporters should have left, turn the cameras off and leave.”

Alluding to Trump’s claim that he was so popular he could shoot someone on Manhattan’s Fifth Avenue and get away with it, another post said: “Trump just shot Jim Acosta on the middle of Fifth Avenue and the press didn’t blink.” “The rest of the news people should have given the floor to Acosta, they were just as bad as trump in that regard. Shame!””First they came for CNN…and I did not speak.””When trump tells Acosta to be quiet where is the outrage from the other journalists in the room? In one voice: “ANSWER THE QUESTION!”

The cleverness of the Trump attack was in lumping CNN and BuzzFeed together as if, in his eyes, they had committed the same offence – which was not the case.

CNN had a genuine scoop on Tuesday – without going into the salacious detail of the intelligence dossier, the network reported that the intelligence agencies had appended a two-page summary of the 35-page document to their Friday briefing to Trump; and further reporting the potential for Trump to be personally and financially compromised.

BuzzFeed, on the other hand, published the whole dossier – deciding that it would leave it to readers to evaluate the document.

That distinction was lost on TV’s dizzier talking heads, several of whom drove home the Trump attack, by bundling CNN and BuzzFeed together as they speculated on “why would they do this”.

And having shown absolutely no respect for press freedom, forgetting his campaign threats to crackdown on the media and pretending that he knew all about morality, Trump preached to the assembled hacks.

Claiming he had no intention of curbing the media, he insisted he had great respect for freedom of the press, as he told them: “I don’t recommend reforms – I recommend that people have some moral compass.”

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War on drugs: Philippine president Duterte warns mayors will be shot

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Kimberly Sailog watches over the coffin of her daughter, Christine Joy Sailog, 12, who was killed when an unidentified gunman shot at an alleged drug suspect, hitting the girl during the traditional Christmas dawn mass in a church. Photo: Dondi Tawatao/Getty Images Children and relatives mourn while walking behind a hearse during a funeral held for Alex Hongco killed in a police drugs raid in December. Photo: Dondi Tawatao/Getty Images
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Alleged drug suspects cover their faces during a drug raid on December 9, 2016 in Manila, Philippines. Photo: Dondi Tawatao/Getty Images

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has repeated threats to kill municipal mayors involved in drugs as the number of Filipinos killed in his deadly crackdown tops 6200.

“I might go down in history as the butcher. It’s up to you,” Mr Duterte told 1635 town and city mayors he summoned to the presidential palace.

“I will ask the chief of police to shoot you,” he said.

Antonio Halili, the mayor of Tanauan City, near Manila, said that during the meeting Mr Duterte fumed about drugs destroying “the moral fabric of society”.

“It’s a very stern warning to those who are involved in drugs, that you should stop,” said Mr Halili, who shames drugs suspects by parading them in his own province.

Mr Duterte’s comments send a clear signal to police and the military they still have impunity to target drugs suspects, including mayors, in his crackdown that has been widely condemned around the world, including by the United Nations.

Mr Duterte defended police who controversially shot dead Rolando Espinosa, a mayor on the island of Leyte last November, while he was in a jail cell.

“He was killed in a very questionable way, but I don’t care….the policemen said he resisted arrest. Then I will stick with the story of the arrest because they are under me,” he said.

Mr Duterte, the former mayor of southern Davao City, was swept into office in July promising to eradicate the drugs menace within the first six months of his presidency.

He now admits he under-estimated the problem, claiming there are four million drugs addicts in the predominantly Catholic nation of 100 million people.

While Mr Duterte’s popularity remains high, a December Social Weather Stations’ survey found that 78 per cent of respondents expressed worry about becoming victims of an extra-judicial killing and 94 per cent said it is important that drugs suspects be captured alive.

More than 4000 of those killed were targeted in vigilante-style assassinations.

However no suspects have been arrested and charged in court.

Many of the assailants are believed to be police.

More than 2000 of the victims were killed by police who have justified the slaughter by claiming all of them chose to fight it out with law enforcers.

Bystanding victims have included children as young as five.

One commentator in Manila pointed out that if killings continue at the same rate at the end of Mr Duterte’s first year in office four times more people will have been killed than during the darkest nine years of the Marcos dictatorship, from 1972 to 1981.

The late Ferdinand Marcos, his family and top cronies were forced into exile by a popular uprising in 1986.

Meanwhile, Rex Tillerson, US President-elect Donald Trump’s nominee for Secretary of State, has refused to call the Philippines a human rights violator during a US Senate confirmation hearing, insisting he would need more information before he could make that assessment.

Criticism of the killings by the outgoing Obama administration prompted Mr Duterte to launch into expletive-laden tirades against the US, including telling Barack Obama to “go to hell” and calling him the “son of a whore.”

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Outrage over first look at Joseph Fiennes as Michael Jackson in Urban Myths

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Joseph Fiennes as Michael Jackson, Stockard Channing as Elizabeth Taylor and Brian Cox as Marlon Brando in in Sky Arts’ upcoming series, Urban Myths. Photo: Sky Arts Joseph Fiennes as Michael Jackson in Urban Myths. Photo: Sky Arts
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Just over a year ago, with the fallout of #OscarsSoWhite front-and-centre of Hollywood discussions, the internet reacted with outrage to news that white British actor Joseph Fiennes would be playing pop icon Michael Jackson in an upcoming project.

That furore has reignited this week as the world gets it first look at Fiennes in the role in the trailer for the upcoming British series Urban Myths.

The show, produced by Sky Arts in the UK, includes eight episodes recreating celebrity stories that have become widely-repeated urban legends, including Cary Grant’s (Ben Chaplin) alleged love of LSD, young Adolf Hitler’s (Iwan Rheon) artistic failures, and Bob Dylan’s (Eddie Marsan) obsession with ’60s folk legend Dave Van Ronk, a story also recently mythologised in the Coen Bros award-winning Inside Llewyn Davis.

Fiennes’ episode is a 20-minute bit based on a 2011 Vanity Fair story that speculated on a frenzied cross-country road-trip that Jackson and friends Elizabeth Taylor (Stockard Channing) and Marlon Brando (Brian Cox) took in 2001 in the wake of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. (One of the few sources backing the insane story – which allegedly saw the trio driving from Manhattan to Ohio, with Brando begging to stop at every KFC along the way – is MJ’s old pal Corey Feldman, so take that as you will.)

The trailer shows Fiennes, sporting the singer’s trademark long locks and pork-pie hat, caked in white powder, his nose and chin mangled into a comically crude approximation of the late pop star.

As confusion over the scale of the project remains, commenters online have slammed the portrayal as “disrespectful”, while MJ’s own family have weighed in and criticised its creators.

Jackson’s daughter Paris took to Twitter to say “it honestly makes me want to vomit”, while his nephew Taj added, “Unfortunately, this is what my family has to deal with. No words could express the blatant disrespect.”

A petition to boycott “the film”, originally launched last year, has picked up over 20,000 signatures and counting in the wake of the trailer’s release. I hope it loses every single dime of its budget. Every single dime. #UrbanMyths— Keith Powell (@KeithPowell) January 11, 2017The most disrespectful thing I’ve ever seen! “Here’s your first look at Joseph Fiennes as Michael Jackson”— (@PXRTYSTAR) January 11, 2017Me after seeing #JosephFiennes as Michael Jackson pic.twitter南京夜网/t8FOdHClh7— Tammy Tam (@nubiansweet) January 11, [email protected] i’m so incredibly offended by it, as i’m sure plenty of people are as well, and it honestly makes me want to vomit.— Paris-Michael K. J. (@ParisJackson) January 11, [email protected] Unfortunately this is what my family has to deal with. No words could express the blatant disrespect.— Taj Jackson (@tajjackson3) January 11, 2017This story Administrator ready to work first appeared on Nanjing Night Net.

Doctors on board planes: What happens when there’s a medical emergency on a flight?

10/06/2019 Posted by admin

Passengers were lucky Dr. Rumack (Leslie Nielsen, rear) was on board in 1980 comedy film Flying High.”If there is a doctor on board could you make yourself known to the cabin staff?”
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It’s the inflight announcement you never want to hear. If you’re the patient, what you’re about to read might not soothe your fears because the outcome depends on luck and whatever medical professionals happen to be on board, perhaps more than it should.

Pinning down a figure for the incidence of inflight medical emergencies is complicated since airlines are not required to report such incidents. A 2013 study published in the New England Journal of Medicine suggested a figure of 16 medical emergencies or one for every million passengers. Data from the Lufthansa registry suggests between 25 and 100 per one million passengers while researchers at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Centre came up with a lesser figure, about one per 600 flights, or around 10 for every million passengers.

The same UPMC study, which took a close look at almost 12,000 inflight medical emergencies, reported that in 37 per cent of cases the issue was temporary loss of consciousness due to a fall in blood pressure. Respiratory symptoms accounted for 12 per cent, nausea or vomiting for 10 per cent and cardiac symptoms 8 per cent. In roughly three quarters of those cases flight crews requested and received assistance from passengers with medical training. Almost half the time at least one of the responders was a medical doctor. Out of those almost 12,000 inflight medical emergencies, just 36 resulted in deaths.

While inflight medical emergencies present unique challenges, the UPMC study also concluded that flight crews and the volunteers assisting them generally have the resources they need to deal with most emergencies.

All airlines are required to provide first aid training for cabin crew to enable them to recognise common symptoms of distress and to respond with first-aid, basic resuscitation techniques and the use of emergency medical oxygen and a defibrillator. According to a Qantas spokesperson, the airlines’ cabin crew undergo a refresher course each year which also covers first aid.

In many cases both they and any health experts who volunteer their services can call for backup from doctors on the ground. MedLink is a specialist medical service that offers 24/7 multilingual support from doctors who specialise in the remote treatment of passengers who require emergency medical treatment inflight. MedLink staff will talk flight crew or physicians and nurses on board through whatever procedures might be necessary to deal with a patient’s condition. In extreme cases MedLink might advise a flight diversion to the nearest airport, and alert ground-based medical services on standby, although this decision ultimately rests with the pilot. Qantas, along with about 60 other airlines around the world, use the services of MedLink.

Since deaths inflight are rare, and space is at a premium, airlines do not have a dedicated area on their aircraft in which to store a dead body.

Practices for dealing with a dead body vary from one airline to another but generally the corpse will be covered with a blanket and placed out of sight as far as possible, which might be in a vacant row toward the rear of the aircraft, or even in business or first class where screens confer a degree of privacy, and passengers are not exposed to what could be an upsetting spectacle.

Australia’s Civil Aviation and Safety Authority requires that large passenger aircraft carry a medical kit. According to a spokesperson for CASA however, “There are no requirements in the regulations re the contents of kits.”

In the USA the Federal Aviation Administration sets out the requirements for a medical kit for all aircraft with a capacity of over 7,500 pounds, roughly those capable of carrying 30 passengers, but this is an exception.

A report published by two U.S. doctors in The Journal of the American Medical Association identified inconsistent or ill-equipped medical kits as one of the challenges facing physicians responding to inflight medical emergencies.

Doctors writing to the Medical Journal of Australia on their response to inflight medical emergencies reported no thermometer, no blood pressure cuff, blood sugar monitor, intravenous fluids or ECG/cardiac monitor on Emirates flights while another reported a total lack of any medical equipment on a British Airways flight.

The AMA report also recommended the adoption of a standard medical kit, along with mandatory reporting of all in-flight medical emergencies, systematic debriefing of anyone involved in the incident and standardised first aid training for flight attendants.

Despite their training, and the Hippocratic Oath, some physicians are reluctant to step forward when the call for medical assistance goes out. Some wait in hope that another more qualified medico will respond, some are put off by the cramped surroundings and lack of resources.

There is also the risk that the patient might be suffering a communicable disease.

Even cabin crew can be obstructive. In a case that attracted widespread publicity last year, Tamika Cross, a physician at the Lyndon B. Johnson Hospital in Houston, responded to a call for medial assistance to a passenger on her Delta flight from Detroit to Minneapolis. However flight crew refused her offers of assistance, assuming she couldn’t be a doctor. Cross is young, and black, and social media lit up with accusations of racial discrimination while Delta scrambled for cover.

Other physicians might be unwilling to put up their hand out of fear of legal liability, yet according to a 2016 report on Medical Guidelines for Airline Travel by the Aerospace Medical Association there are no known cases brought against physicians who volunteered in an inflight medical emergency.

Exactly which jurisdiction applies to a medical professional who volunteers their services on a flight in international airspace varies. The country in which the aircraft is registered as well as the nationality of the passenger or medical professional are all potential variables.

Most major airlines have insurance policies to indemnify medical professionals who step up to assist. Australian law provides protection for Good Samaritans. In the case of US airlines, the Aviation Medical Assistance Act of 1998 also provides legal protection for medically qualified professionals who volunteer in a Good Samaritan capacity, unless “guilty of gross negligence or willful misconduct.” In the UK, British Airways, Virgin and other major carriers indemnify medical professionals against legal liability.

As well as profuse thanks from passengers to whom they render assistance, some physicians report occasional expressions of gratitude from airlines after they have responded to a call for help.

In most cases this takes the form of an upgrade on their next flight with the airline, however Finnair’s response was rather more unusual. When a physician assisted a passenger who collapsed and lost consciousness on a flight from Osaka to Helsinki, the airline sent him a 1.5kg cold-smoked reindeer roast.

See also: World’s safest airlines named in annual rankings

See also: The real reason cabin lights are dimmed for take-off and landing

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Daniel Saffioti built his own private radio network to get access to NBN

10/06/2019 Posted by admin

Haywards Bay resident Daniel Saffioti couldn’t get the NBN connected from across the road so he built a radio network with friends to beam in the NBN. Photo: Adam McLeanThe last straw for Daniel Saffioti​ came in mid-2014 when the National Broadband Network installed a fibre pillar right in front of his house – but refused to connect him.
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The Commonwealth public servant had endured years of “awful” ADSL in Haywards Bay, south of Wollongong, and now NBN was right on his doorstep but still totally inaccessible.

“It runs right past my house, and it goes to the new people in the estate, and it does not go to me at all,” he told Fairfax.

Mr Saffioti’s solution to slow internet may be the most creative yet.

Bugger it, he thought. I’ll just beam the NBN 12 kilometres to my house – right over that range of hills.

Mr Saffioti is the chief information officer for the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation, which means he gets to play with some exciting technology.

In the past, he’d messed about with installing wireless bridges. These devices, which come with their own mini radio dishes, allow internet signals to be beamed for up to 50 kilometres. For hardware built for business, they are “incredibly effective at an amazingly ridiculous price point,” Mr Saffioti writes on LinkedIn, where he detailed his DIY-NBN project.

They worked so well, Mr Saffioti decided to buy a few for his own use.

With those in hand, the other thing he needed was someone willing to share their NBN connection. Luckily, he had a friend based in nearby Kiama, one of the first towns in Australia to be connected to fibre.

That friend was good enough to agree to let Mr Saffioti share his connection, if he could work out how to.

While he and his friend were within the 50-kilometre range of the wireless bridge, they had a big problem: a big hill.

Or more specifically a patch of hilly country directly between their two properties.

The wireless bridges need line of sight for fast speeds. If Mr Saffioti couldn’t find a way to get line-of-sight, the connection wouldn’t be much quicker than his slow ADSL, making all his effort worthless.

Luckily, Mr Saffioti’s friend had a cousin, and he just happened to live right in between the pair, elevated on a hill in Oak Flats. And he couldn’t get NBN either.

That meant he was only too happy to have a wireless bridge set up on his house to bounce the signal – while also getting fast speeds himself.

Fully installed, the project beams NBN about 12 kilometres from Kiama to Oak Flats, and then about another three to Mr Saffioti’s place in Haywards Bay.

The link has been running well ever since, with regular download speeds of about 70mbps down and 35 up. Total cost of the project: about $1000.

Originally, the high-speed broadband network only connected new homes in Mr Saffioti’s area. However, late last year the NBN got in contact with him to let him know he was now, finally, eligible to connect to the fibre network.

He’s considering it, he says with a laugh.

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Razer issues bounty after three-screen laptop prototypes stolen from CES

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Razer’s prototype can automatically switch from a single-screen setup to three screens.Last week gaming hardware company Razer debuted Project Valerie, a cutting-edge laptop concept that switches automatically between one and three displays. On Sunday, two prototype models were stolen from the Razer booth at CES 2017. The company is offering $US25,000 ($33,960) for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible.
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The news of the theft was posted to Razer CEO Min-Liang Tan’s Facebook page this week. Tan noted that two unspecified prototypes had been taken from the Razer booth, condemning the act of potential “industrial espionage” as “cheating”.

“At Razer, we play hard and we play fair. Our teams worked months on end to conceptualize and develop these units and we pride ourselves in pushing the envelope to deliver the latest and greatest”, he wrote.

“We treat theft/larceny, and if relevant to this case, industrial espionage, very seriously — it is cheating, and cheating doesn’t sit well with us. Penalties for such crimes are grievous and anyone who would do this clearly isn’t very smart”. True glorious PC gaming realized with Project Valerie — the world’s first automated triple display laptop:南京夜网/s7P53JwGBu— RΛZΞR (@Razer) January 5, 2017

We reached out to Razer for clarification surrounding the incident, and were told that the prototypes in question were indeed Project Valerie laptops.

While still in concept prototype stage, the Project Valerie units on display at CES were fully-functional. You can see the tech in action in a post over at Gizmodo.

Razer laptop prototypes seem to be high-demand items in thieving circles. Two of the earliest models were stolen from Razer’s San Francisco Bay research and development facility in 2011.

In a statement, Razer detailed a $US25,000 ($33,960) reward being offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for the theft of the Project Valerie prototypes. The full statement reads:

“A $25,000 reward is being offered for original information leading to the identification, arrest and conviction of a criminal suspect. Razer, in its sole discretion, will decide who is entitled to a reward and in what amount. Razer may pay only a portion of the maximum reward offered. The decision will be based primarily upon law enforcement’s evaluation of the value of the information provided. When there are multiple claimants, the reward will be shared in amounts determined by Razer. Razer associates are not eligible for the reward. This reward offer is good for one year from the date it is first offered, unless extended by Razer. Information about the theft can be sent to [email protected]南京夜网. Razer will not publicly disclose material that it receives or details about respondents, except to those persons with whom Razer is directly working to resolve this matter or as may be required by law”. celebrates video game culture with news, reviews and long form features.This story Administrator ready to work first appeared on Nanjing Night Net.

Mystery surrounds dramatic voyage of Alan Langdon and daughter Que from NZ

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Alan Langdon and his daughter Que. Photo: Supplied / Alan Langdon on the deck of his catamaran in Ulladulla Harbour. Photo: Milton Ulladulla Times
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Child recovery expert Col Chapman had been searching for the pair since December. Photo: Michelle Smith

Alan Langdon speaks to Australian Border Force officials at Ulladulla Harbour. Photo: Milton Ulladulla Times

Alan Langdon and his daughter Que sailed from New Zealand to Australia on a 6-metre catamaran. Photo: Jessica McInerney

An Australian father has denied a custody dispute was the reason he and his young daughter set off on a boat journey and disappeared for several weeks, before they sailed into a small harbour on the NSW South Coast on a damaged catamaran.

Mystery continues to swirl around the extraordinary tale of Alan Langdon, an experienced sailor nicknamed “Paddles”, and his six-year-old daughter, Que, who were the subject of a massive air and sea search in New Zealand after they vanished there on December 17.

The pair had set off from Kawhia Harbour, in Waikato on New Zealand’s North Island, and were originally planning to head north to the Bay of Islands, where Mr Langdon planned to live on the boat with his daughter.

Instead, Mr Langdon sailed across the Tasman Sea to Australia on the 6.4-metre catamaran, which a friend said he had built at home, despite one of the vessel’s rudders being damaged just four days into their voyage.

He told the Milton Ulladulla Times that the broken rudder, and a prevailing wind, was the reason he changed course.

“We were heading north and once the rudder broke we were heading back to New Zealand, but the wind blew us here,” he said. “I first decided [to come here] when I knew what the prevailing wind was.

“Australia was the best target, the biggest target and the best option. I didn’t really care what part I got to.”

Mr Langdon said he sailed into Ulladulla Harbour on Wednesday, however a child recovery expert hired by his former wife says the pair may have been in the country for several days, until a member of the public recognised them from missing person’s posters.

The Australian citizen and his former wife, Que’s mother Ariane Wyler, were due to appear in the Family Court in Auckland in March this year.

However, Mr Langdon denied there was a custody battle and said he had been Que’s primary carer since birth.

“It’s not a custody battle, it’s an access thing,” he said. “I’ve always been looking after [Que].”

He said he did not know where he was on the journey, had no way of contacting anyone, and did not have a radio, satellite phone or emergency position radio indicating beacon (EPIRB) on board.

It was only when he got to shore that he realised his case had attracted attention, which he described as “mass hysteria”.

“I thought people might have been worried but I didn’t think they’d call out planes,” Mr Langdon said.

“She [Que] did a 56-day trip before she was one, so 27 days isn’t particularly big. She’s lived on boats her whole life.”

When her daughter vanished, Ms Wyler hired Col Chapman, a contractor with the Australian-based firm Child Recovery, to track down her former partner and daughter.

She had previously hired Mr Chapman in 2015 to locate Mr Langdon and their daughter when they disappeared in Australia before a scheduled Family Court case here, Mr Chapman said.

Mr Chapman said that, in his latest quest to find the pair, he had consulted experienced sailors and search-and-rescue professionals to plot Mr Langdon’s possible route to Australia.

“We were adamant that he was transiting to Australia,” Mr Chapman told Fairfax Media.

“We came up with a projected sail pattern of what were the most likely areas that he would land in Australia and when, and Ulladulla was one of the target areas.”

Mr Chapman and his team then distributed missing person’s posters around the NSW South Coast – including at yacht clubs, marinas, even small general stores catering to the sailing industry – containing images of the pair and urging anyone who saw them to contact the authorities. A social media campaign was also launched.

Someone who saw those images is believed to have spotted the father and daughter in Ulladulla, possibly as early as Monday, Mr Chapman said. That is despite Mr Langdon saying he arrived in Ulladulla on Wednesday.

“We are told that … a member of the public did notice these [posters] and did approach the authorities,” Mr Chapman said.

“We want to buy whoever it was a bottle of wine, champagne, chocolates or flowers, and of course the mum wants to just give them a great big hug

“I’ve heard that they hit Australian shores on Monday afternoon. Alan is saying that they only just arrived. I don’t know what the truth is. The authorities are saying that he has been there for some time.”

Yachts arriving in Australia from other countries must first call at a specified port of entry where Department of Immigration and Border Protection and Department of Agriculture formalities can be completed. Ulladulla is not one of those specified ports.

All people on board an incoming yacht must also produce a valid passport and incoming passenger card before they can go ashore.

Mr Chapman said a New Zealand court had seized Que’s passport to prevent the child from travelling internationally before her parents’ scheduled court appearance.

Mr Chapman said he had called Ms Wyler, who is caring for her sick mother in Switzerland, to tell her the news that her daughter had been found.

“She’s thrilled, over the moon. I got her out of bed at one o’clock in the morning to tell her, woke her up, and she thought she was dreaming,” he said, adding that Ms Wyler was now returning to New Zealand.

New Zealand Police said in a statement that Australian authorities had alerted them on Wednesday that the pair had been found in Ulladulla.

“Police understand that Mr Landon and his daughter are both well, and he [Mr Langdon] is currently talking to Australian officials,” the statement said.

“New Zealand Police are currently liaising with its counterparts in Australia and awaiting further information about Mr Langdon’s journey.

“Police will take time to assess all the information about today’s development, and the background to this matter before any further steps required from a police perspective are considered and agreed.”

An Australian Federal Police spokeswoman said it was now “a matter for New Zealand authorities”, and the AFP would assist them if required.

Mr Chapman said the New Zealand search for the pair had cost upwards of $100,000.

“A court of some sort needs to make a determination in the best interests of Que,” he said.

with Jessica McInerney, Milton Ulladulla Times

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Australian teachers lash out at ‘unsustainable’ UK workload

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Lured by the promise of work and travel, Australian teachers are flocking to London. Photo: Paul Harris While wages have remained the same as a decade ago, costs for services such as transport have risen. Photo: Anna Bryukhanova
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Australian teachers, parents and recruitment agencies have lashed out at deceptive marketing practices which have turned the working-holiday dreams of some young Australian teachers into “unsustainable” experiences.

The migration of young Australian teaching graduates overseas has boomed on the back of a chronic shortage of teachers in the UK and an oversupply of teachers at home, where up to 47,000 remain on a waiting list in NSW.

Contracts that “trap” teachers in poor conditions where up to 40 per cent of wages are taken through commission are just two of the concerns outlined by Australian agencies and teachers working in the UK.

“The turnover is just incredible, the workload is unsustainable, when you are working 65 hours a week, there is no time for a holiday, there’s hardly time to do your shopping,” said Renée Butcher, the mother of an Australian teacher based in the UK who asked her daughter not to be named to protect her future employment prospects.

“I don’t want other kids to have the same experience that she has had. She didn’t go in blind, our next door neighbour went over and she was so traumatised that she never taught again.”

Australian agents have spoken out about the marketing practices of recruitment agencies keen to get their foot in the door of the lucrative industry, which has a history of giving many teachers a positive start on their career path.

“You get recruitment consultants selling teachers to schools with high margins,” said Carly Liddell-Lum from the Point to Point agency.

“You might be told you are earning £130 [$212] a day but the schools are being charged £205 [$335] a day for a teacher so there is a push from the company to get as many teachers into schools as possible.”

Ms Liddel-Lum said under a guaranteed supply contract, which often covers the airfare to the UK, unhappy teachers can be locked into a particular school until they have paid off the cost of the ticket.

Teacher-turned-recruiter Patrick Kearins said the growth in the industry meant that prospective teachers had to adopt a “buyer beware” attitude.

“It’s not always a rosy picture, agencies are still really benefiting from teachers who have no real idea,” the owner of Being Teach UK said.

“I was getting paid £130 [$212] a day in 2004, and if they are dealing with a teacher with no information they will offer them £130 a day now. Meanwhile Tube prices, cost of living and rent have all gone up.”

The country manager for Protocol Education, Sam Swain, said with the increased demand for Australian teachers, umbrella companies had sprung up in the UK offering to take care of paying teachers on behalf of schools and agencies.

“The agencies outsource their payroll to the umbrella companies and then they take up to 4 per cent out of the teachers’ pay packet.”

Ms Swain added that many of the opportunities in the UK were not necessarily in the top schools.

“It is a lot more admin heavy and the expectations are a lot higher. British teachers are working extremely long hours and agencies should tell people that.”

Mr Kearins said agencies were often not informing graduates they were being sent to schools that had been marked as “special measures” or “falling short of acceptable standards” by education regulators and therefore subject to strict regulations.

“There are plenty of agencies out there that will offer a people a job and not mention that it is in special measures, and then do the old sink or swim, (telling them): ‘If you aren’t doing ok then you are probably not a good enough teacher’,” he said. “Out of ten teachers, one will come home and tell horror stories.”

Ms Butcher’s daughter, who has worked at a school which has had four Australian teachers leave in the past four months, said she was told to ignore the “special measures” rating applied to the school by her agency.

“I have never known my daughter to shed so many tears,” Ms Butcher said. “The workload is unbelievable, in her words ‘it’s hell’. Regardless of progress made by the students, if a box is not ticked, the teachers are disciplined. She is fearful that this experience will have destroyed her passion for teaching.”

Other teachers who spoke to Fairfax Media confirmed the level of demands and administration work in the UK is significantly higher and that tough conditions in the London suburbs can be confronting but that it can be a rewarding experience.

“The idea of teaching in the UK is fantastic, but the reality is very hard,” said Ms Liddell-Lum.

“Marking every child every day, that is a massive ask. It can be a great opportunity for career progression, but you have to be prepared to do the hard work”.

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