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Why are scientists turning to aerial images to monitor the health of ecosystems found beneath the oceans surface? Coral reefs support millions of species ranging from single-celled algae to sharks and sea turtles. However, this diversity, coupled with the scattered and often remote (underwater) locations of reefs, makes it challenging to monitor these ecosystems effectively. To survey reefs, experts must spend time in the water, identifying and counting species. This approach requires substantial time and resources and may also lead to biased results that are difficult to compare over time. Scientists typically survey various reef habitats and species by getting in the water and counting. Photo credit: Greg Asner | divephoto.org Recently, scientists have begun surveying reefs using images captured from satellites. Analyzing images allows researchers to more accurately compare surveys from different time periods and to cover a larger area with each survey. However, the usefulness of these satellite images is limited by their low resolution. Researchers in Australia are now conducting surveys using unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and hyperspectral cameras to gather more detailed images and data on the health of coral reefs. What is hyperspectral imaging? Receptors in the human eye detect a narrow range of wavelengths in the electromagnetic spectrumthe area we call visible light, consisting of three bands of energy that our eyes perceive as red, green and blue. The combination of these bands that an object reflects determines the colors we see. Similarly, a standard camera captures an image recorded in these three bands
JOE Hockey is trying to flog a Hunters Hill mansion to Chinese buyers in an ironic twist for the federal treasurer who crusaded against foreigners entering our housing market.
The Australian ambassador to the US once even referred a neighbour to the Foreign Investment Review Board.
Mr Hockey and his investment banker wife Melissa Babbage have listed the $8 million Te Roma federation house on the Chinese website myfun, which showcases prestige Australian listings in Mandarin.
The 40 million offering provides contact details in China to take buyer queries on the historic 1905 home before a March 1 deadline.
Questions put to Mr Hockeys office at the Washington embassy went unanswered yesterday. The former treasurer, like other prestige Sydney sellers, may find it hard to score a great price as the market has cooled, with local buyers facing reduced competition from foreigners.
The slowdown across most markets was largely caused by tightened regulatory measures and higher taxes on foreigners established during his reign as federal treasurer.
A trip to Sintra is often a highlight of any trip to Lisbon Portugal. Sintra lies just outside of the urban area of the Portuguese capital. Sintra is in the centre of the Sintra Mountains with the Sintra mountains running for 16km from the town of Sintra to Cabo da Roca on the Atlantic Ocean. Sintra today is known for its Castles, Palaces and gardens.
A site as amazing as Sintra is a major tourist centre. Tourist, travellers and day-trippers come in droves each day from the capital Lisbon. Sintra was popular with the Royals and rich families over the years. This left the landscape with many Royal retreats, estates, castles and other buildings. These include the medieval Castelo dos Mouros, the Pena National Palace and the Sintra National Palace.
Sintra is today protected by UNESCO as a cultural landscape. Sintra is described by UNESCO as such:
In the 19th century Sintra Portugal became the first centre of European Romantic architecture. Ferdinand II turned a ruined monastery into a castle where this new sensitivity was displayed in the use of Gothic, Egyptian, Moorish and Renaissance elements and in the creation of a park blending local and exotic species of trees. Other fine dwellings, built along the same lines in the surrounding serra , created a unique combination of parks and gardens which influenced the development of landscape architecture throughout Europe.
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The Lisbon Sintra train runs hourly from Rossio station in downtown Lisbon. The Rossio Lisbon station is a sight in itself. An amazing looking station opened in the 18th century and located just off Rossio square. Tickets can be purchased from the ticket booths or the automatic machines.
Dear Sir, Hunters Hill Council is absolutely right to be concerned by the Liberal State Governments law that deprives local government of any significant decision-making power for development applications (TWT page 7 January 31, [more]
Byron Bay Surf Festival Artshow returns to Lone Goat Gallery for 2018 with a trio of highly influential artists with wildly individual histories spanning avant-garde surfing, DIY culture, activism, collaborative murals and hardcore & garage punk music.
23 FEBRUARY 21 MARCH 2018
OPENING 5.30 PM 7.30 PM Friday 23 February
Special Surf Festival Opening Hours:
Open 10 AM to 4 PM on Saturday 24 and Sunday 25 February
Otis infuses his own traditional indigenous culture with contemporary Australian surf. I paint contemporary indigenous art, Otis says. The way I can best explain it is, its a broken-down form of traditional symbols and stories that arent giving all of it away but just enough for people to understand.
The idea that anyone could, and should participate in self-expression is key to Tims approach to music and visual art. He was a founding member of influential bands The Big Boys, Poison 13, Bad Mutha Goose, Lord High Fixers and Monkeywrench that have made recordings for record labels Touch & Go, Estrus, Sympathy for The Record Industry, In The Red, Sub Pop, and Kill Rock Stars. Tim has also produced and recorded bands for all the labels above, both in the US an...
The moment US skier Gus Kenworthy kissed his partner Matthew Wilkas on live TV before he competed at the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics has gone viral. The kiss was screened live on US television and a screenshot the 26-year-old athlete uploaded to his Twitter account has been liked more than 50,000 times. I didnt even know ...
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Kylie Minogue is launching her upcoming new album Golden with shows at intimate venues across the UK and Europe next month. But fans eager to attend the singers London concert at the exclusive Cafe De Paris nightclub were left fuming at the price for a coveted Meet & Greet ticket to the show, which included ...
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Requin are a four piece act from Brisbane. They have released only two songs, one six months ago, and one a few days ago. We talked with guitarist/vocalist Fionn and multi instrumentalist Keely. Keely kicked off our discussion by sharing how it had all started.
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Almost a year after the catastrophic March 2017 floods, Tweed Shire Council has finally awarded the first bundle of major-sized flood repair road packages and the last of its minor to medium-sized repair packages to the value of about $1.9 million.
Design and construction of repairs at major slips on Clothiers Creek Road, Nunderi; two sites on Kyogle Road, Kunghur; two sites on Urliup Road, Urliup; and one on on Numinbah Road, Numinbah, will be undertaken by Australian Marine and Civil Pty Ltd.
All works require slope stabilisation repairs using soil nail or other anchor technology and have been grouped based on type of work to maximise gearing-up efficiencies.
Works will also include repairs to damaged items such as guardrails, road surfaces and stormwater drainage.
Clothiers Creek Road is the priority site for this bundle but detailed design work will take about two months before on-the-ground repairs can start. So far, geotechnical investigations have been completed, options analysed, concepts prepared and Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangement (NDRRA) funds secured.
Medium size repairs
The fourth and final contract for minor to medium-sized repairs was awarded to Coastal Works.
This package of work has been mostly bundled according to location to maximise travel efficiencies. This package comprises repairs on 26 roads in Back Creek, Mebbin, Mount Burrell, Commissioners Creek, Doon Doon, Burringbar, Brays Creek, Kunghur Creek, Fernside, Tyalgum, Limpinwood, Rowlands Creek, Uki, Numinbah, Cudgera Creek and Upper Crystal Creek. It involves replacing more than 65 damaged items and is worth about $1.13 million.
Coastal Works is expected to mobilise within weeks to begin repairs.
More major road repair contracts are expected to be awarded at next months Tweed Shire Council meeting, including Cudgera Creek Road, Cudgera.
Tweed Valley Way nearly complete
Meanwhile, work to permanently repair the catastrophic failure of Tweed Valley Way at Blacks Drain, South Murwillumbah, is nearing completion.
The contractor, Skeen Constructions Pty Ltd, has advised Council to expect that....
EXCLUSIVE: Having recently resigned as lord mayor of Melbourne following a number of sexual harassment claims, it can now be revealed that Liberal Party heavyweight Robert Doyle once got a teenage girl to sign a confidentiality agreement after she was sexually harassed by another sleazy politician who made crude remarks to her in person and over the phone. [READ MORE]
The ABCs long-awaited LGBTIQ rights telemovie Riot will screen this weekend, as the historic 40th anniversary Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras celebrations continue. The movie follows key figures who were part of Sydneys first gay rights activist group CAMP (Campaign Against Moral Persecution) NSW and the landmark protest on June 24, 1978 that would ...
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Melbourne-based musician Thando is making her way to Western Australia at the end of the month in celebration of her latest single Numb featuring Remi.
She jumped on the phone with Caitlin Nienaber on Breakfast to talk about chance collaborations, musical theatre and the importance of representation.
I recently got acquainted with a young Asian man in his 20s. He had struggled with social anxiety since his teens. He feared people and their harsh judgments and found himself avoiding social interactions at all costs. In the last few years, he had worked hard to overcome his social anxiety and had made great ...
$195 the cheapest seats for Hillary Clinton in Australia Former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton will visit Australia in May. AAP 12:43PM February 19, 2018 Former Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton is coming to Australia to talk about her future plans after losing the 2016 US election to Donald Trump. Mrs...
Yesterday I was commissioned by the Sydney Morning Herald to write an opinion piece on the PMs bonk ban in it I argue the new requirement reflects modern workplace standards and the communitys expectations. Dont forget you can receive analysis like this on a daily basis during parliamentary sitting weeks by signing up to 
This week Kulja and Dylan speak with Dr Sarah Hayes Research Fellow in Archaeology and History at La Trobe University about the history of prostitution in 19th century Melbourne.
Then, author and humanitarian aid expert, Dennis Dragovic, comes onto the show to discuss his new book No Dancing, No Dancing: Inside the Global Humanitarian Crisis.
Finally, former Australian Children's Laureate, Leigh Hobbs returns with Sally Rippin for the Reading Room.
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has become the countrys first leader to march in the annual Auckland Pride parade. Ardern (pictured, centre) cut a rainbow ribbon to officially open the event on Saturday, which reportedly attracted a crowd of between 25,000 and 30,000 people. She said she had participated in the parade numerous times ...
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Melbournes very own CC:Disco has teamed up with label legends Soothsayer to bring a collection of new music from emerging and underground artists across boogie, balearic, funk, disco and house. Talking about her passions of community radio and getting Australian artists out there in the international music sphere. CC:Disco Firstlight compilations.
Boxer Anthony Mundine has claimed his anti-gay rant after leaving reality TV series Im a CelebrityGet Me Out Of Here was taken out of context. Mundine was filmed saying he believed capital punishment would deter the problem of homosexuality, which he said should be kept behind closed doors, how it used to be. If we were ...
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ANZ Bank have unveiled a new batch of GAYTMs to mark this years Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras. Each year the bank transforms several ATM machines in or around Sydneys CBD into elaborate works of art to celebrate Mardi Gras, with a different theme each year. This years GAYTMs are covered in light reflecting ...
With a state election happening in Tasmania on March 3, the Liberal government quietly gave the Mount Wellington Cable Car Company permission to start drilling and surveying on the mountain just days before the state election was called. Plans to build a cable car up Mt Wellington/ kunanyi are being resisted by many in the Tasmania community.
Residents group opposed to the cable car (Respect the Mountain. No Cablecar) have put out a call for people to contact the ALP, to encourage the party to clarify their position on the cable car. They are also calling on people to lobby the brewery CUB, which has land at the base of the mountain, and who has been approached by the developer to be involved in the project.
Respect the Mountain says:
Right now we need you to join with more than 2000 others and sign the petition to the owners of Cascade Brewery urging them to not support the desecration of the organ pipes.
We also ask that you contact the Tasmanian Labor Party leader Rebecca White on (03) 6212 2225 and ask her to clarify if Labor support the desecration of the organ pipes.
At its meeting last week, Tweed Shire Council resolved to accept the offer of $6.5 million in federal grant funding to construct the 24-kilometre long Murwillumbah to Crabbes Creek section of the rail trail project.
But a council spokesperson said a number of safeguards had been put in place to ensure the rail corridor remains.
The council will also explore whether it is economically viable to build the trail beside the existing track and whether additional opportunities such as driverless electric carts could be used to make the trail more palatable to staunch train enthusiasts, who have campaigned for more than a decade for the return of rail services.
Tweed Mayor Katie Milne said she was very pleased that we will be getting an opportunity to go to the market to also see if the trail could be built next to the track.
There would obviously be a greater range of opportunities for transport and tourism if we could utilise both the track and an adjacent trail, she said.
The council also resolved to seek an annual contribution from the state government to fund operations and maintenance of the regional tourism facility and is proposing a Trust be established to oversee governance and management of the trail, which could eventually extend all the way to Casino.
The resolution also included the following wording about safeguards:
To ensure that appropriate legislation is in place that would:
This bird was reported as 'unknown'. Seen while kayaking. It stuck close to cover along the Yeronga bank and when pressed seemed unable to fly [moulting?] [I'm 99.9% sure it's a female Mandarin Duck which has escaped from somewhere. The only other female duck that I've seen like this is American Wood Duck but it doesn't look quite right. (Eds RPM).]
A Lismore cancer charity that has raised close to $160,000 since its inception will be kicking off its fundraising efforts this year with its third annual charity golf day next Sunday.
More than 200 golfers will drive Jodies Inspiration Ltd into its 2018 fundraising season at the Lismore Workers Club.
The charity was founded by Lismore woman Jodie McRae, who passed away from breast cancer in 2016.
It has continued to raise funds for the cancer care centre at the Lismore Base Hospital, and last year secured $84,000.00 worth of scalp cooling machines for the centre.
The annual golf day event will see over 200 players take to the pristine Lismore course as they compete in a four-player ambrose. The two shotgun starts will occur at 7.00am and 12.30pm.
Players will be treated to a complementary BBQ and will be able to participate in various on-course fundraisers, such as a hole in one competition on the par three 8th hole, a longest drive for both male and female players on the 9th hole, plus a buy a birdie putting competition on the 13th hole.
Organisers have thanked the generous support of sponsors, particularly major sponsor the Lismore Workers Club.
Players on the day will walk away with over $5,000.00 worth of prizes, ranging from new golf bags, shoes, complementary rounds of golf at some of the best courses on the Gold Coast and much more.
Holes on the course have been sponsored by generous local businesses, with money donated going directly towards supporting the work of Jodies Inspiration in the area of local palliative care services.
Charity chairman Jess Smith said the golf day was shaping up to be another wonderful community fundraising event.
We will be launching our 2018 Major Raffle at this weekends golf event and yet again we have some wonderful prizes to give away this year.
First prize is an Australian built 7 x 4 on road camper trailer suitable for four persons, donated by WOW Campers & Trailers Superstore. The second prize is a 4 Night P&O Cruise on the Pacific Aria departing Brisbane on 17 May 2019, visiting Hamilton Island.
The lucky winner of our third prize will take home a CHiQ 70 LED HD U70G8 Smart Television. Collectively over $12,000.00 worth of prizes will be won in this years Major Raffle.
Iconic Scarrabelottis Lookout on Coolamon Scenic Drive has been reclaimed by community activists after Byron Shire Council placed a number of boulders at the site recently.
According to the council, the rocks had been placed there to control ongoing illegal camping at the site.
A spokesperson for the group, Chris Turnbull, contacted Echonetdaily with a statement and photos of new signage and rehomed rocks at the site, following a community action there last week.
We have reclaimed Scarrabelottis Lookout. Any attempt from the council to intervene will be met with prosecution of the ranger and the general manager, the statement said.
The rocks that were placed have been moved, for many reasons, safety being the paramount reason, illegal behavior by the ranger and the general manager also a paramount reason, it continued.
The film, #StopAdani: A Mighty Force, will be shown at the Birth & Beyond building at 54 Cullen Street at 6.30pm, and will be followed by pictures and stories from members of the Front Line Action Against Coal group.
The free event will be one of dozens simultaneous screenings in communities around Australia.
Organisers said the film shows a young Aboriginal woman standing up for her country; A Melbourne Rabbi putting pressure on his MP; Sydney volunteers calling voters during an election, and a Queensland farmer leading a massive protest.
The #StopAdani campaigns first documentary, Guarding the Galilee, screened over 400 times to around 10,000 people across Australia, bringing communities together to build a movement that now has well over one hundred active groups across the country.
Organisers said the combined membership of these groups and the organisations of the Stop Adani Alliance well and truly tops two million Australians.
In 2017, the movement pushed Australian and Chinese banks to say no to funding the mine, pressured the Queensland government to veto the $1 billion loan, and saw engineering firm Downer break $2 billion in ties with Adani, they said.
So far in 2018, rail operator Aurizon have withdrawn their application for taxpayer funds to build Adanis railway.
Yet with Adani having sunk billions into their QLD mine, and ongoing political support for the project, Adani arent just going to walk away. The fight to stop Adani is not over, but as Juru Traditional elder Carol Prior says in the film, Adani are dealing with a mighty force, and the more it grows, the harder well be to beat.
Alan Roberts whos back from two trips up north and will be showing pictures of the proposed Adani mine site, said the documentary was inspirational.
This Mighty Force is encapsulated by the character, humanity, determination and selflessness of the people turning up on the front line and implementing the direct actions against Adanis operations. They come from all around Australia. Youll see just a few of them in my pictures,̵...
Hope for regions energy options
Federal MP Warren Entsch has urged the state government to open up the Far North to alternative energy retailers after the countrys biggest solar and storage project was connected to the grid north of Cairns. .. (subscribers only)
Two 24-year-olds have been charged with cultivating cannabis after almost running into a police vehicle on an isolated track at Wadeville on Sunday.
Nimbin police allege they were driving along the track when a 4WD drove straight at them, forcing the police to reverse to avoid a collision.
The police then blocked the vehicle and apprehended the two occupants a 24-year-old Queensland man and a 24-year-old Wadeville man.
Police searched the 4WD and located freshly cut cannabis.
The 4WD tracks were followed for a short distance and police located 50 mature cannabis plants, some over three metres tall.
Police also located a well established watering system with weed sprayers, a petrol water pump and irrigation piping throughout the site together with fertilizer, water containers and buckets.
The Wadeville man was charged with Use Offensive Weapon to Prevent Lawful Detention, Cultivate Cannabis Greater than Indictable Quantity and Possess Prohibited Drug.
The Queensland man was charged with Cultivate Cannabis Greater than Indictable Quantity. Both were released on conditional bail and will appear in Lismore Local Court in March.
14 plants discovered
Meanwhile, in Casino on Sunday, police made an easy arrest after being called to a a minor domestic incident at a Casino address between a man and a woman.
While speaking to the couple the man casually mentioned there were 14 cannabis plants growing in the back yard.
Permission was given to enter the back yard where police saw 14 cannabis plants growing. The woman then handed police a bag of cannabis and a bong.
The man and woman were both issued Future Court Attendance Notices for Cultivate Prohibited Drug and Possess Prohibited Drug. They will appear in Casino Local Court in April.
White-browed Woodswallows have been conspicuous by their absence all summer, that is until I came across a small flock yesterday morning in the Rise and Shine.
I observed a few birds passing through the Mia Mia in late October but apparently conditions didnt inspire them to linger and breed. I suspect the flock encountered yesterday are heading north on their return journey. They are fussy and mercurial in their breeding habits but a beautiful bird nonetheless.
The driver of a utility was trapped for 30 minutes following a crash on the Pacific Motorway near Brunswick Heads on Sunday morning (February 18) before being airlifted to hospital.
The crash occurred about 2am, when a northbound B-double and a southbound Mitsubishi utility collided in the northbound lanes near the Gulgan Road interchange.
The B-double then continued onto to wrong side of the road and rolled. The driver escaped injury.
The driver of the utility, a 38-year-old from Possum Creek, was trapped in the vehicle for about 30 minutes before being released.
The Westpac Rescue Helicopter was called to the scene and landed on the motorway with the crew treating the man for head, arm and chest injuries.
He was flown to Gold Coast University Hospital in a critical condition..
The southbound lanes remained closed for some hours while the salvage operation was underway.
Police inquiries into the incident continue.
Police are urging anyone with information in relation to this incident to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or use the Crime Stoppers online reporting page: https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.
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Police are appealing for public assistance to help locate three teenagers who may possibly be in the Byron Bay or Lismore areas.
The two boys and a girl, Tyson Giles (13), Alex Cupitt (13) and Georgina Hills (14), are from Alstonville, Lismore and Kyogle respectively.
Georgina was last seen attending school in Lismore on Monday, February 5, and was reported missing to police the following day.
Tyson and Alex were last seen attending school in Lismore on Friday, February 2.
They were reported missing to police last Friday, February 16.
It is now believed the three are travelling together in the Byron Bay or Lismore areas and are refusing to contact family or carers.
Police have concerns for their welfare and would like to speak with the three children to ensure their wellbeing.
Anyone with information about their whereabouts is urged to contact Lismore police or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
Information can be given in confidence.
1804 - David Collins decided to up sticks and shift his
non-Corey Worthington organised party to Sullivan Cove in
1810 - Edward Luttrell Jnr, a ships officer and son of Surgeon Edward Luttrell, shot Pemulwuys son Tidbury (Tedbury or Tjedboro) in the face during an argument at Parramatta.
1836 - British Parliament officially proclaimed the colony of South Australia and formally defined its boundaries.
King William IV recognised the continued rights to land for Aboriginal people in South Australia's founding document, the Letters Patent. It was the first ever recognition of Aboriginal rights granted in Australia's colonial history. But the promise of legal entitlement to the land was never kept.
1852 - That glittery gold stuff that gets the population so excited was tripped over in Beechworth.
1856 - Exotic dancer (that's exotic NOT erotic you smutty minded people) Lola Montez - who was neither Spanish nor a trained dancer -was greatly displeased with a bad review written by the editor of the Ballarat Times, Henry Seekamp, about her.
So she took to him with a horse whip.
Totally justified, Your Honour...!
1863 - Thomas McGee was Hanged at Melbourne Gaol for the murder of Alexander Brown at Maiden Gully.
1865 - The tender was issued for work on Parliament House for the construction of the Legislative Council foundations.
1877 - A few glasses and stumps were raised when the patent for the stump-jump plough was registered in South Oz.
1879 - The foundation stone for Melbourne's Royal Exhibition Building was laid.
1883 - Sir William Robinson was having a bad hair day so he decided to cover it up by popping on the South Oz Governor's hat.
1892 - Eileen O'Connor, the next possible Aussie saint, was delivered by the stork in Richmond (Struggletown), Melbourne.
She was yet another ballsy gal who took on Rome to establish Our Lady's Nurses For The Poor.
1894 - Steam trams began chugging their way to Bondi; getting a full head of steam up they could gallop along at 65km/ph, birthing the saying "to shoot through like a Bondi tram".
1894 - The Sydney Anarchy Trial found several well-known chappies were a bit naughty for flogging editions of the anarchist newspaper Hard Cash that cast aspersions upon trustees of the Savings Bank of NSW. Tsk tsk tsk. Because banks are always so trust-worthy during a depression... aren't they?
Of course 2 chappies in particular were let off the hook...future NSW Premier Jack Lang and future Prime Minister Billy Hughes.
1912 - Royal Commission into the claims arising out of the contract entered into between Peter Rodger and the Victorian Railways Commissioners for the erection of Flinders Str...
Rhianna Johnson lives in Bundaberg in Queensland and she is one in the long list of sick people denied a disability pension by Centrelink. They say she is not sick enough.
The 24-year old is suffering from cystic fibrosis and and two years ago, after a lengthy stay in hospital, she was told that she needed a double lung transplant. She has been on the waiting list since then.
I was first sent to the Prince Charles Hospital in December 2016. I was in hospital for about three months. My lung function dropped to just 23 percent which was really scary.
I was on oxygen for a week and I honestly thought I wasnt going to come off it.
At this time, she returned to Centrelink, in a wheelchair and pushed by her father, to be told that at best she will have to wait for months, before any decision was made.
She was eventually sent home from the hospital, because there was some improvement in her state of health. Unfortunately, she began to deteriorate again after a while.
Rhianna tried to keep on working, but it was too much and she had to resign. Her condition made it too exhausting. Not being able to breath properly and absorb sufficient oxygen to maintain an active life is hard. It drains strength and demands rest periods.
I dont see my friends anymore and I dont have much energy. When I get up in the morning and Ive done all my treatments its pretty much time for a nap, she says.
For Rhianna, it has meant being on the waiting list for her life saving operation. It will not cure her cystic fibrosis. Not having the operation means that she will die soon. By having it, her life can be extended in terms of `both time and quality.
This means shifting to Brisbane, where she can get the treatment she needs, especially in the follow up time after the operation. This costs money.
But according to Centrelinks criterion she is not sick enough to deserve disability support.
Rhianna has chosen to speak out, because she does not want others to go through what she has had to put up with.
The problem is that applicants must meet specific criteria that are designed to rule out many who dont fall within the very narrow definitions set out on a table. This is not a clinical assessment. To get the points, the person must show virtually complete incapacity to look after oneself. Ability to work is not a consideration.
Meeting the table criteria may not be enough, because Centrelink still demands that the condition must be permanent. In Rhiannas case, it may be deemed that because a transplant is possible, she may be able to return to work one day. This means that her condition is not permanent......
Police have charged a Mullumbimby man in relation to an alleged home invasion last week. But two others have so far evaded them.
At 8.40pm on Sunday, February 11, three men allegedly armed with handguns, a rifle and a sword entered a house on Poplar Street, Mullumbimby, and threatened the occupants a 60-year-old man, his two sons aged 22 and 13 and two friends.
The incident was reported to police on Wednesday, February 14.
The following day, a home on Azalea Street, Mullumbimby was searched, and a number of items, including a replica pistol, were seized.
A 23-year-old man was charged with aggravated entry of a dwelling with intent, affray, breach of bail, and breaking and entering with intent.
He was refused bail to appear at Byron Bay Local Court last Friday (February 16).
Investigations are continuing the identity of the two other unknown men.
Producing, engineering, singing, writing and heading up her own label: Milan Ring does it all. Now, the eclectic R&B fruits of her labour are coming into their own.
As a multi-instrumentalist obsessed with constructing idiosyncratic sounds, Milan Ring has really found her groove first with 2017s largely instrumental beat tape Venus Fly Trap and now, with Unbounded, the Sydneysiders first single of 2018.
Playing by her own rules, Milan heads up new collective MXMAY a newly formed creative house producing music, fashion, art, poetry, design and film. Having independently released her own music through the label, shes had a stellar start to the year. From an appearance at Melbournes Sugar Mountain festival, through to supporting Kardajala Kirridarra and Tokimonsta, Milan Ring is making serious moves for 2018.
One person has been killed and another airlifted after a crash near Tynong North's Gumbuya World today.
My daughters have moved out of home and left behind lots of no longer wanted stuff from the last several years, which I'd love to find new homes for.
There's a friendship bracelet kit, balloon animals, chocolate fountain, range of stationary items including good quality colour pencils, cork board, pink wooden heart, door hanger, selection of A4 folders, folder paper, dividers and document wallets, collection of make up purses, skipping rope - see photos below.
I'll leave it all out on our nature strip at 10 Rasmussen Court Coburg for the next few days (weather permitting) so come and help yourself to anything that takes your fancy!
This is Clump Point, Boat Bay, Mission Beach, situated at the meeting point of the Great Barrier Reef and Wet Tropics World Heritage Areas.
For decades there has been pressure to enclose Boat Bay at Mission Beach to create a marina. There is now a new proposal on the table for a safe boating facility at Clump Point.
The Queensland Department of Transport and Main Roads is seeking approval from the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority to construct a new detached breakwater (145 m rock wall) in the Marine Parks, supporting a jetty, 2 berthing pontoons, 5-6 pen berths (for commercial lease) and 5-6 swing moorings (4 commercial, 2 for visiting recreational), and the upgrade of the existing Clump Point boat ramp to provide a third lane and additional floating walkway. The boat ramp is to be designed for infrequent barge use.
Impacts of the development include:
Recorded and mixed by Branko Cosic
Recorded at the Mansfield Tavern, Brisbane, 23rd December 2017
The Mansfield 4-piece first formed in 2004, all attending Mansfield State High School. Local shows with Brisbane favourites Eat Lazer Scumbag and Gazoonga Attack caught the eye of producer Bryce Moorhead of who recorded their first EP Pigs & T.V. in 2006.
The EP gained the band attention nationally, recruiting Magic Dirts Dean Turner as manager. He also produced and released their first full length album in 2008 on his Emergency Music label. We Dont Belong Here continued their steady growth in popularity, allowing them to tour internationally for the first time as well as play national festivals Homebake, Laneway, Meredith, Falls and Southbound.
Thurston Moore of Sonic Youth became a fan of the ba...
Terima kasih. Terima kasih, I repeat over and over, till my throat goes dry and the Indonesian words of gratitude become a meaningless, Australian-flavoured gibberish.
I wince. And fiddle with the label of the plastic water bottle that Ketut pressed gently into my hands. Made chucks me a toothy grin and tells me to breathe as he treats my left leg with Betadine. His hands, baked golden by years of sun with deep ridges of age, dance softly along my calf, imploring my body to express where it hurts. Through salty, wobbly vision, the faces of concerned onlookers swim in and out of focus.
A cat smelling of something rotten, with sticky, sweat-saturated fur, stares at me through a nearby bush. He cocks his head and twitches his nose as I squeeze my eyes shut. Taking off my grit-stained glasses, I rest my head in my hands.
This scene is the result of 19 years of unawareness, and borderline carelessness, of my own mortality. Well, thats not entirely true. In fact, as a rule, I refuse to eat anything past its use-by-date and never leave home without a thick sheen of SPF50+. Yet, somehow, last month I found myself crumpled on the edge of a T-junction with my ankle wedged tightly beneath a freshly-rented scooter.
Its a common enough story for young travellers.
Let go of your inhibitions! they say. Be free, wild and adventurous!
Sure. Fuck yeah! I can do that.
It seems that most Westerners become well acquainted with the hot sting of gravel-grated flesh when scooter-venturing through Southeast Asia. Particularly in Bali, where a culture of helmetless, Aussie Bintang fiends thrives despite the barrage of figures released by the Department of Foreign Affairs each year.
An Australian dies in Bali every nine days.
For me, upon arrival on this beautifully balmy island, and with my parents more concerned about angry Mount Agung, the volcano, than the mortality rate of scooter-loving tourists, the statistics faded into white noise and felt about as sobering as Melbournes Dumb Ways to Die campaign. Like thousands of other Western travellers, I felt as if death from misadventure just wasnt me.
As night falls, illuminated by the ever-faithful florescent glow of 24/7 convenience stores, the main streets of Kuta come alive with the shouts of young travellers. Men and women with fre...
By Zeb Holmes and Ugur Nedim A new unit of the NSW Police Force has been created which is ostensibly aimed at combating lone-wolf terrorism by closely monitoring fixated persons. NSW Police Commissioner Mick Fuller has told the media that the unit will focus on the intersection between radicalisation, mental illness and lone-wolf attacks. However,
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A gay Christian has stopped off in New Zealand on his mission to break an epic world record. Mikah Meyer, 31, is paying tribute to his late father by attempting to be the youngest person to visit all 417 American national parks, aiming to beat current record holder Allen Hogenaeur, who finished at age 39 ...
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Want to pick up a bargain frock or wig for your next drag or theatre show? Brisbanes Sportsman Hotel will hold another of their successful Drag Swap Meets next month. Therell be a wide range of pre-loved glamorous frocks, fabric, shoes, wigs, jewellery and makeup on offer, as several local drag stars and vendors come ...
The post Score A Bargain Frock At The Sportsman Hotels Next Drag Swap Meet appeared first on QNews Magazine.
Hi all, looking to buy somewhere in TSV in the next little while. Any advice for areas to buy, don't want to be out in the burbs. In between domain and city would be ideal but open to suggestions. Looking to rent the place out after a while as well, anything to aim for? How is the market just now? Ive heard it's picking back up and on the turn?
Put in a brief submission by Wednesday 21st February (suggested content below). Some scientists and industries see New GM as a bonanza for their careers and profits although it is only five years old and has no history of safe use. We suggest mentioning:
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GM, old and new, thrives on secrecy, manipulation of science, exclusi...
Im from the UK visiting austrlia based mostly on reddit recomendations. The highlight of the trip was Crystal cascades. Gorgeous rain forest; no crowds; birds; waterfalls and cool water. I sat on the bottom of the creek watching the fish through my snorkle watch me. Im in love. Thankyou reddit for the tip.
Have you ever heard of a condition called Orthorexia? We hadn't until recently, so we chatted to Dr Rosemary Stanton about what it is (a compulsion to only eat "clean" food) and how it's developed since the 1990s.
Victor Persinette is man who spends a lot of time underground at the Spring Street Grocer's cheese room. He popped in to speak about how to best mature cheese, how blue cheese is formed, and some of the history of various cheese varieties.
To finish today's show we spoke to the man behind Duckboard Place's Lee Ho Fook, Victor Liong. Originally from Sydney we chatted about how Melbourne is perhaps more open to progressive intepretations of Chinese cuisine, and also how he cooks his simple (but delicious) egglant dish.
A Winnipeg couple has hit another roadblock in an ongoing 40-year battle to have their marriage legally recognised. Chris Vogel and Richard North were married in a Unitarian church in 1974, but what is now the Manitoba Statistics Agency refused to register the marriage because they were both men. At the time, they were only ...
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Larry Pickering at his best
By Aaron Kesel
Anytime a shooting happens, its a tragic event whether it was a false flag or a legitimate mass shooting by a lunatic; but just because people died doesnt mean we shouldnt question the veracity of the events reported. Here are 5 reasons why you should question the recent shooting and remain vigilant.
Coincidentally, earlier on the day of the shooting, teachers at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School were told there would soon be a code red or lockdown drill, to practice their response to an immediate threat, Miami Herald reported.
The shooter Nikolas Cruz is claiming to have heard demonic voices, like previous mass shoot...
At some point in our lives we have all dressed to impress a potential partner. Combed the hair (a dim, distant memory for me!), polished the shoes, put on sharp threads. Surprisingly some birds do the same thing (not the shoes though). The bird pictured left is an Eastern Great Egret (Ardea modesta) formerly Ardea 
Like people, birds have favourite places too.
On Friday evening I visited the western side of Spring Hill that has been a wonderful place for birds over the years. Its here that I captured my best ever photograph of a male Crested Bellbird, where White-backed Swallows have congregated atop a prominent dead tree and where I glimpsed a Black Honeyeater the year the drought broke.
I was not disappointed on my recent visit Rainbow Bee-eaters were gathering on that same dead tree as a flock of Varied Sittellas foraged along the bare trunk. I must return again soon.
Edge Bookings & Bassic Records are very excited to bring
Byron Bay one of
the most talented and popular techno acts on the planet, Victor Ruiz. Its the
Brazilian superstars maiden NSW appearance and exclusive show in the
Victor will be performing on Thursday Feb 22 at Byron Bay
Brewery with support
by local acts Taya, ZigMon, Jimmy D, Webber, Martin Bale, Loopbass
and 3 Days Deep.
Limited tickets remaining so get in quick to be sure not to miss
out on Brazils
premier techno producer live!
BYRON BAY BREWERY, THURSDAY 22ND FEB 5PM
Tickets and further information, visit www.byronbaybrewery.com.au.
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Lone Goat Gallery is excited to announce a new program of offsite projects in collaboration with Top Shop, showcasing new works by artists from the Northern Rivers region, featuring Lone Goat Gallery alumni.
Curated by Lone Goat gallerist Andrew McDonald, the program will feature bi-monthly exhibitions throughout 2018, with Mahala Magins now showing as the inaugural feature artist.
UNTIL 31 MARCH 2018
65 CARLYLE ST BYRON BAY
6.30am 4pm Monday to Sunday
Mahala Magins visceral paintings encompass her travels while exploring the affected and affective nature of encounters with place through a considered and emotive material response. Magins chooses not to replicate the landscape around her but let it in through thoughts and the edges of her vision, until the paintings find their own life and direction, separate from but informed by their initial inspiration.
Learn more at www.onegoatgallery.com.
Kermadec and Gould's Petrels, Masked and Red-footed Boobies and a Buller's Shearwater at Offshore--Southport pelagic reported by Rob Morris and all on board the Southport Pelagic organised by Paul Walbridge on 17-02-2018 "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"
A good day - lots of Tahiti's performing well + single Kermadec and Gould's Petrels, Masked and Red-footed Boobies and a Buller's Shearwater on the way in. More Flesh-footed Shearwaters than we've had in many months and some great views of Pomerine Skuas and Sooty Terns.
1793 - The first school in the new colony began thumping
learnin' into young heads in an unfinished church building in
Sydney with the first teacher being one Mr Stephen Barnes.
1796 - One of the Scottish martyrs, Thomas Muir, did a bunk and successfully escaped on an American ship Otter.
1804 - The first Russian to become an Aussie resident - before we were known as Aussies - was John Potocki who was given the Grande Tour of Tassie as a transported convict.
1815 - George Wood and others were lost en route from Illawarra to Shoalhaven to pick up cedar.
1844 - The foundation stone of the monument to Surveyor-General Colonel William Light, over his grave in Light Square, was laid on this day.
1856 - A bovine lad by the name of King Oscar was pupped on this day; being of a lowly state his fate was in the hands of others and, thus, he was sold to Mr Broadie and travelled to Oz where he spent the remainder of his days.
1858 - The HMS Sappho may have been armed with sixteen cannon but she still managed to disappear on her voyage from England ; she was last sighted a few miles off Cape Otway, Vic, on this day and then not seen again. Despite an extensive search in Bass Strait and a report that the masts of a ship were seen protruding from the sea near Wilsons Promontory, no definite trace was ever discovered.
1862 - Margaret Coghlan was Hanged at Campbell Street Gaol, Tassie, for the murder of her husband.
1865 - John McDonald was another Melbournian who chose to chance it aboard the CSS Shenandoah; he popped out of his hiding place after the ship had sailed, becoming another of the OZ & NZ veterans of the American Civil War.
1869 - A transported Fenian, JB O'Reilly, took his unlawful leave from Fremantle in the American whaling ship Gazelle and sailed off into the sunset for USA.
1874 - Little Nell was a steam launch whose boiler exploded during a race with the tug Tamar, off Coulson, Tasmania. In an attempt to beat the powerful tug, the safety valve of the launchs boiler was clamped down and more fuel thrown on the fire. Eleven on board; the river cutter Margaret rescued three passengers, one dying a few days later, the other two badly scalded.
1874 - I say, What!
That earnest explorer chappy Ernest Giles was nearly killed by one of his horses when he was thrown and dragged along, only narrowly escaping being killed.
1883 - Jessie Litchfield, a fantastically inspirational woman, was found in the tulip patch. She was an author, poet, Aussie and international journalist and editor of a NT newspaper, who helped push tourism in the Top End.
1893 - The Marlborough Express succinctly stated how both Tamworth and Toowoomba were out of railway and telegraph communicat...
Government spending on tax breaks is set to hit a record $170 billion this year, largely as a result of an explosion in the value of concession for the family home.
Treasury's Tax Expenditures Statement required under the Charter of Budget Honesty and released quietly after the close of business on Thursday puts the value of the exemption from capital gains tax for owner occupiers at $74 billion this financial year, up from $66.5 billion last financial year, which was itself $5 billion more than Treasury had forecast.
Four years ago, before house prices shot up, it was worth $46.5 billion. Treasury says by 2020-21 it will be worth $91 billion.
The exemption releases owner occupiers from the obligation to pay capital gains tax on profits made from the sale of their primary residence. Those profits have soared in recent years as prices have climbed, especially in Sydney and Melbourne. Investors pay capital gain at half the income tax rate, a concession the Treasury costs at $10 billion, up from $4.4 billion four years ago.
The cost of tax expenditures is tabulated so that the government can compare the budgetary impact of direct spending in the form of grants with indirect spending in the form of tax breaks.
The government costs assistance to the aged at $64.3 billion and assistance to the unemployed and the sick at $10 billion.
The concession tax treatment of superannuation contributions is costed at $16.9 billion. The concessional treatment of super fund earnings is costed at $19.25 billion. The two figures can't be added together to get a total for super tax concessions, because if contributions were fully taxed the funds would earn less.
The exemption of so-called fresh foods from goods and services tax costs $7 billion per year. Among the items exempt because they are used to prepare food at home is sugar, although commercially prepared products containing sugar such as soft drinks are subject to the GST.
The GST exemption for education services including private school fees will cost $4.55 billion in 2017-18 and $5.65 billion in 2020-21. The exemption for medical services costs $4.1 billion.
The cost of the farm management deposit system, which gives tax advantages to qualifying farmers, is is expected to double from $245 million in 2016-17 to $560 million in 2017-18.
The figures come as the government attempts to find savings to fund personal income tax cuts in the May budget and reduce the deficit of $21.4 billion.
The 10 biggest tax expenditures identified by the Treasury
We love a good road trip, and living in country Victoria to go to the city or sometimes in places right near us we need to do just that. Other times it is just great to pack up the car and see where the open road will take you. Having the girls makes things a little more complicatedthere is extra to think about before we jump in the car and take off.
One of those things is making sure that we have snacks and drinks for them to make the day run much smoother. Luckily we have the amazing Smash Lunch Box range to test drive for our summer road trips before they are really put to the test at school.
When I am looking for a school lunch box, school drink bottle, cooling pack and the all-important travel mug I look for leak resistant, products that will help the food stay cooler for longer and they are BPA free. Smash Lunch Box products tick all the boxes for us and one morethey look good!
Marley is very into reducing waste at the moment due to learning about the number of products that take a long time to degrade in class at school. She loves the Bento Switch Up lunch box as she can have her lunch in it and I dont have to use cling wrap on all the items in there. It also has a removable tab within the school lunch box for the days she has a long bread roll in it. The sections are great to fit all of her essentials in it.
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I love my new school lunch box. When we took it on road trips it was just in the car in the esky or a cooler bag but now I can take it to school. It keeps my lunch cold and all my friends think it is a great lunch box because...
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