Biker’s amazing escape caught on camera

LUCKY: Screen shots from a dashcam video which captured the moment a motorbike rider lost control and plummeted into oncoming traffic. The rider escaped unharmed. Picture: Zachary Morton“Did I just kill someone?”
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Zachary Morton

That was the first thought going through motorist Zachary Morton’s head when a motorbike rider lost control and flew off his bike into oncoming traffic.

The rider did a somersault across the bonnet of Mr Morton’s car, before disappearing from vision.

Within seconds the acrobatic rider was back on his feet with barely a scratch to show for the dramatic wipe-out.

The entire incident, which happened on Friday near the corner of King and Marton streets inShortland,was caught on dash cam.

“Both he and I were in a state of shock, not what you expect on your average trip home from work,” Mr Morton said.

“I was concerned for the guy’s welfare as he did hit the front of my car.

“The next thought was, gee, I better have got that on dash cam.”

Mr Morton said he purchased the dash cam to protect himself forinsurance claimsin case of an accident.

Dash cam owner Zachary Morton

When he played back the footage of the Shortland collision he could not believe his eyes.

Considering the rider’s lucky escape he decided to upload the video to a dash cam enthusiasts page on Facebook.

Within two days it had been shared more than 300 times and was featured on the national news.

The footage has also been viewed more than 20,000 times on YouTube.

MrMorton checked in with the motorbike rider at the scene of the collision to make sure he was not injured.

The two have since caught up online and expressed their disbelief that the incident did not end in a more tragic way.

“I’m usually pretty alert when I’m driving and I saw the rider approaching the intersection and the fact that I was travelling at the speed limit allowed me to stop just in time,” Mr Morton said.

Fairfax Media also caught up with the motorbike rider who said he couldn’t believe what had happened.

The rider chose to remain anonymous, but did express his gratitude to Mr Morton for his quick thinking in the situation.

With minimal damage to the car, Mr Morton decided not to take the incident any further and settled for the peace of mind that the rider was alive and well.

“We all make mistakes, that’s why we call these accidents,” Mr Morton said.

“The man on the bike was very apologetic, both at the scene and via email afterwards.

“I’m sure he knows now to slow down and I am just glad that nothing serious occurred.”

The Herald, Newcastle

The Hunter Remembers

TOUGH: Besides the daily artillery fire, Australian troops endured horrendous conditions. Picture: Courtesy of The Digger’s View by Juan Mahony
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NewcastleMorning Herald transcriptions and Hunter Valley enlistment and death detailsfor August 13 to 19, 1917.THE FOURTH YEARField-Marshal Sir Douglas Haig has sent the following message to all the overseas Dominions: Our armies, drawn from every part of the Empire, bring to the fourth year, a steady confidence, justified by past achievements. Unfaltering in resolution they will fight on until the enemy is overthrown. The Commonwealth Government has replied, assuring the King of the inflexible determination of the people to vigorously prosecute the war until German despotism is broken and victory assured. The King replied, expressing gratification at the message.

THE AUSTRALIAN ARMY(From C. E. W. Bean, Official Australian War Correspondent)

Headquarters, August 12.

General Birdwood recently reviewed the various Australian brigades while they were route marching along country roads and elsewhere. The Australian army on the western front at the present moment is certainly the most magnificent force that has ever yet represented Australia. The troops are in the most wonderful health. One or two divisions have lately had heavy and continuous work, but the remainder are in such a condition of spirits and fitness as has not yet been reached before in this war. The efficiency, spirit, and discipline of the Australian troops have always been a matter of officers, and are one result of the searching test of past years, of heavy fighting and of a system of selection and promotion employed in the Australian army in France. There has been a quick eradication of the majority of inefficients and a swift coming to the front of a set of young commanding officers, and others certainly unsurpassed in any army.

A stronger friendship always existed between the officers and men in the Australian Imperial, Force than in any army I know of, and with the splendid and intelligent material still coming from Australia, they continue to make a set of sunburnt, buoyant divisions such as have never yet represented Australia. The confidence of these divisions in one another and in the New Zealanders is boundless. They are never so satisfied as when they are together, and wherever they may be –even those little technical units which are now round every part of the British front – all consider themselves part of the same Australian army fighting Australia’s battle against those ideas which every experience of Germany makes more utterly hated.

The Australian troops are one solid army in sentiment, and undoubtedly they are never so satisfied as when brought together, practically forming an army in fact. Australian Tunnellers away in a corner of some other army will tell you that they never found such divisions to work with as the Australian ones. It may not be true, but the outstanding fact is that there is tremendous enthusiasm of Australian troops amongst themselves, and for their own army.

The most important fact to be told about Australians in France at the present moment is the way in which this Australian army by appearance, the excellence of its training, and the confidence in itself is drawing the attention of every outside critic.

NAVAL MEN HONOUREDA fine record stands to the credit of the Newcastle Sub-district Royal Australian Navy Brigade. Of 322 members, 102 have enlisted. A roll of honour bearing 96 names –six other members have enlisted since the roll was prepared –was unveiled at the naval depot, Newcastle, by Alderman Kilgour, the Mayor, in the presence of a large and representative gathering. The Mayor said they all deeply regretted the necessity of honour rolls. He was proud that he should be asked to unveil that roll, which was a tribute of respect and esteem to the noble fellows who had gone forth to do their part for the Empire.

LT-COLONEL CORLETTEIntelligence has been received that Major Corlette, of Newcastle, has been appointed Chief Royal Engineer of the Second Division, with the rank of Lieutenant-Colonel. Lieutenant-Colonel Corlette has been on active service since the entry of Australian troops in the war, having served through the campaign in Gallipoli.

SOLDIERS’ LETTERSPrivate T.W. Bedford, writing to his father at Waratah from Wareham, in England, under date 16th June, says he received letter and cuttings from Newcastle Morning Heraldreferring to garden fete at Mayfield, and says he and his comrades were pleased to hear their battalion, the 30th, had a good name in the Newcastle district. He states that the camp he is in will be in a few days handed over to other soldiers, and his company will go to another place, some forty miles distant. On the march they would bivouac at night, and they expected it to be an interesting trip. He also states that he and many other Australian soldiers being now in another brigade, he cannot give any definite account of what their future movements may be. Private Bedford says that he has recovered from the attack of trench feet received on the Somme, which was very severe, and gives many interesting descriptions of his experiences in various training camps in England, and conversations with the rustic inhabitants of several countries.

PRIVATE J. A. BAILLIEMrsJ.Baillie, of Teralba Road, Adamstown, has received a letter from her son, Private J.A. Baillie, who was reported to have lost both his feet. Private Baillie states that at the time of writing he was in hospital in France. He confirms the the loss of his feet, and says that they were struck by a shell, and that “was the end of them”. He adds that he was doing well, and expected that they would be sending him home as soon as he had been fitted with artificial feet, and he did not think that would be long. A few days before he was wounded he met George Pollock and James Scobie, and they were then both well.

PRIVATE J. TURNBULLMrand MrsS.Turnbull, of Union Street, Adamstown, received a letter from their son, Private James Turnbull stating he got into difficulties while retiring to the rear to take up a position he was appointed to, in consequence of him suffering from shell shock. Private Turnbull and others camped in an old dug-out. While Private Turnbull was asleep, a shell struck the dug-out, and a number were killed and wounded. The shock caused Private Turnbull to break the plate of his false teeth, and they got stuck in his throat. The teeth were forced down, and he was in a critical state till he underwent an operation, which was successful.

SERGEANT LAVERICKMrsLaverick, of West Wallsend, has received a letter from the chaplain who read the burial service over her husband, the late Sergeant Laverick. The chaplain offers his sympathy, and adds: “He fell in action on June 7 in the battle of Messines Ridge, and lies buried on the battlefield, a fit place for a gallant soldier. The colonel of his battalion wishes me to convey to you his sympathy. I trust and pray that God will give you comfort and strength to bear bravely your great loss. I propose to go out on Wednesday to erect a cross to mark and hallow the spot”.

ENLISTMENTSLeslie Harold Amm, Wickham; Charles Francis Carter, Stewarts Brook; Eric Harold Carter, Stewarts Brook; William Francis Couchman, Telarah; Frederick James Finedon, West Maitland; William James Holmes, Horseshoe Bend; Charles Wesley Kerr, East Greta; Robert Sefton, Newcastle; Zacariah Thomas Stanborough, Newcastle; Leslie Williams, Merewether.

DEATHPte Lancelot Allibon Quick, Hamilton.

Greyhound trainers banned over mass grave

Greyhound trainers banned over mass grave Mass grave: The new owners of a Keinbah property in the Hunter Valley make a grissly discovery after they dig up the carcasses of more than 30 greyhounds. Picture: Jonathan Carroll
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TweetFacebookMr Pullman’s wife, Helen Pullman, was disqualified for four years after being found guilty of providing false and misleading statements and falsifying a document.

His daughter, Kayla Spliet, was disqualified for four years for failing to provide veterinary care, providing false and misleading statements and falsifying a document.

Ms Spliet’s husband, Corey Spliet, was disqualified for two years for providing false and misleading statements.

Wayne Weiss, an employee of the track, was disqualified for three years after being found guilty of providing false and misleading statements and failing to attend an inquiry.

In the statement, the panel said that the actions of all five participants were “completely unacceptable” and had “tarnished the reputation” of the industry, even thought the overwhelming majority of its members cared for the welfare of their greyhounds.

They thanked the present owner –Natina Howard –who was instrumental in bringing the evidence of the grave to light.

“The inquiry into the Keinbah Trial Track and the penalties issued is further evidence of the robust and wide-ranging reforms GRNSW has introduced since 2015,” GRNSW interim CEO John Gibbons said.

“The reforms undertaken have enabled GRNSW to effectively tackle abhorrent practices, while making significant improvements to animal welfare and to the supervision of the industry.”

The five participants disqualified have been notified about their rights of appeal.

More to come.


Greyhound grave found on Hunter propertyProperty owner confirms mass greyhound burial site in Cessnock

Elvis lives on 40 years after his deathPhotos, Video

Elvis lives on 40 years after his death | Photos, Video Remembering Elvis 40 years after his death, in Memphis Tenessee. Photo: JANET PRINCE/Facebook.
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Jenny Wallis fro Mudgee, remembering Elvis 40 years after his death, in Memphis Tenessee. Photo: JANET PRINCE/Facebook.

Remembering Elvis 40 years after his death, in Memphis Tenessee. Photo: JANET PRINCE/Facebook.

Remembering Elvis 40 years after his death, in Memphis Tenessee. Photo: JANET PRINCE/Facebook.

Remembering Elvis 40 years after his death, in Memphis Tenessee. Photo: JANET PRINCE/Facebook.

Remembering Elvis 40 years after his death, in Memphis Tenessee. Photo: JANET PRINCE/Facebook.

Remembering Elvis 40 years after his death, in Memphis Tenessee. Photo: JANET PRINCE/Facebook.

Touring around Tupelo. Photo: JANET PRINCE/Facebook.

Elvis’ birthplace in Tupelo Mississippi. Photo: JANET PRINCE/Facebook.

Elvis’ birthplace in Tupelo Mississippi. Photo: JANET PRINCE/Facebook.

Touring around Tupelo. Photo: JANET PRINCE/Facebook.

Touring around Tupelo. Photo: JANET PRINCE/Facebook.

Touring around Tupelo. Photo: JANET PRINCE/Facebook.

Touring around Tupelo. Photo: JANET PRINCE/Facebook.

Elvis’ birthplace in Tupelo Mississippi. Photo: JANET PRINCE/Facebook.

Elvis’ birthplace in Tupelo Mississippi. Photo: JANET PRINCE/Facebook.

Elvis’ birthplace in Tupelo Mississippi. Photo: JANET PRINCE/Facebook.

Elvis Presley is shown in this 1970 file photo, dateline unknown. Photo: AP Photo/Permission by Elvis Presley Enterprises

This 2012 file photo shows flowers left by fans on the grave of Elvis Presley at Graceland, Presley’s Memphis, Tenn. home. Friends and fans of late singer and actor Elvis Presley are descending on Memphis, Tennessee, for Elvis Week, the annual celebration of his life and career.Photo: AP Photo/Mark Humphrey,

Elvis Presley is shown with his guitar in a 1957 MGM studio publicity photo. Photo: AP Photo/File

Elvis Presley performs in Las Vegas in this undated photo. Photo: AP Photo/By Permission of Elvis Presley Enterprises Inc.

Harry Morgan, Elvis Presley and Nancy Kovak in a scene from the United Artists release, “Frankie and Johnny”.

Shelly Fabares, one of the numerous loveleies with Elvis Presley in MGMs “Girl Happy”. June 18, 1965.

In this 1973 file photo, Elvis Presley sings during a concert. Photo: AP Photo

Dee Presley, stepmother of the late rock and roll singer Elvis Presley. (Holding a picture of her late stepson).

Elvis Presley is shown in this undated file photo. Photo: AP Photo/File

Elvis Presley’s first album – “Elvis Presley,” was released by RCA Victor on January 11, 1956. Photo: AP Photo

Elvis Presley is seen relaxing in 1958. Photo: AP Photo

Elvis Presley poses in this handout 1957 file photo provided by MGM. Photo: AP Photo/MGM File

Elvis Presley shakes, rattles, and rolls as he performs at the Mississippi-Alabama State Fair, Tupelo, Mississippi, September 27, 1956. Photo: AP Photo/RCA Victor

In this 1957 photo provided by Elvis Presley Enterprises, Inc and used by permission, Elvis Presley greets fans at the gates of Graceland in Memphis, Tenn. Elvis Presley archivists have found three rare photos dating back to 1957 that show the young singer greeting fans at the gates of Graceland. Negatives of the photos were discovered as archivists pored through a vast collection of documents from the office of Vernon Presley, Elvis’ father. Photo: AP Photo/Elvis Presley Enterprises, Inc

Elvis with wife Priscilla and daughter Lisa Marie in Memphis, 1968.Photo: AP

TweetFacebookA trip to GracelandThis week thousands of fans are at Gracelandto remember The King and his music.

One fan is Janet Prince, who grew up in Mudgee and has travelled to the USAthis month.

The‘huge Elvis fan’ for as long as she can remember, Ms Prince said she“loved that he was such a loving, caring and generous person.”

“He is a more talented entertainer than you will ever find. There will only every be one King.”

Ms Prince said it waswonderful to see so many tribute artists keeping his music and memory alive.

Ms Prince has travelled to Gracelands six times, but this yearwas her first candle vigil.

“It is incredibly emotional to see all the tributes and flowers on this his 40th anniversary.”

A festival will also be held in the Blue Mountains this week while the Parkes Elvis Festival, held in January to mark The King’s birthday, also draws thousands of fans each year.

Parkes Elvis FestivalThe 2017 Parkes Elvis Festival, had a record 25,000 people attend over the five days. A fitting number considering it was the 25thevent.

Anne and Bob Steel originally came up with the idea to hold the Parkes Elvis Festival after another quiet January in which those that could went on holidays, and those that couldn’t stayed inside out of the heat.

These days the popularity of the event, and Elvis himself, was highlighted by the distance that fans travelled for the event. From all over Australia and around the world includingPortugal, Japan, France and Switzerland people travelled for the event.

A gentlemanAnne said Elvis’ music would live on forever.

“He was such a lovely guy, a gentleman, always well mannered, so many people have described him as‘just a well-mannered boy and he appealed toboth men and women.

“You could understand all the words to his songs and there was no limit to what he sung, from gospel, to rock to country.”

“His music is still so popular because the children of the original Elvis fans, they grew up with that music and they still appreciate it,”

As Anne celebrates her birthday on August 16, she will also remember Elvis40 years after his death.

In 2018 the Parkes Elvis Festival will celebrate its 26th year with the theme ’68 Comeback Special’, marking 50 years since the television special.

Who was Elvis► Elvis Presley was an American actor and singer who was born on January 8, 2935 in Mississippi.

► He began his music career in 1954. In 1956 he had his first number one on the US charts with Heartbreak Hotel, and in that same year made his film debut with Love Me Tender.

► During his career Elvis starred in 33 successful films, was nominated for 14 Grammys of which hewonthree as well asa Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award.

► He has sold over one billion records and his American sales earned him gold, platinum and milti-platinum awards.

► Elvis was 11 when his parents bought him his first guitar from the Tupelo Hardware store for his birthday.

► Elvis’ favourite foods were peanut butter and bacon.

► He joined the US Army in 1958 and was officially discharged from active duty in 1960.

► On August 16, 1977 Elvis suffered a fatal heart attack aged 42.

Surgery stitch-up: NSW patients stung for thousands

Some surgeons are charging thousands of dollars more than their colleagues for the same orthopaedic operation, leaving patients with up to $5500 in out-of-pocket costs.
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Paying for a return flight to Adelaide for a hip or knee replacement would, in many cases, be cheaper than seeing a Sydney or Melbourne surgeon, an impractical hypothetical revealing the huge variations in surgeon fees across Australia.

A Medibank report detailing the vast disparities sends a clear signal to patients to shop around for their doctor, taking into account out-of-pocket fees, complication rates and expertise.

Private patients could have no out-of-pocket costs for orthopaedic surgery or incur thousands, depending on their surgeon. Photo: shutterstock南京夜网

The average cost of a hip replacement varied by more than $20,000 ($19,439 to $42,007) depending on the surgeon, showed the joint Medibank and Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) report of all orthopaedic surgeries funded by the health insurer between 2014-2015 and 2015-2016.

For a knee replacement, the average cost ranged from $17,797 to $30,285, and knee anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) repair ranged from $5076 to $13,950.

Out-of-pocket costs fluctuated by thousands of dollars, depending on the choice of surgeon, the review of close to 28,000 surgeries released Tuesday found.

Just over one third of surgeons charged no out-of-pocket fees. Among the surgeons who did, their average out-of-pocket bills were as high as $5567 for a hip replacement, $5137 for a knee replacement and $2907 for a knee ACL repair.

Medibank chief medical officer Dr Linda Swan said the report should encourage patients and referring GPs to do their research before settling on an orthopaedic surgeon.

“There is a lot more to selecting a doctor than taking the first person that is recommended to you,” Dr Swan said.

“[Cost] should be part of the referral process. They should be asking questions like ‘What is the expertise of this doctor?’, ‘How many procedures have they done?’, ‘What costs will I incur?’, ‘What hospitals will this doctor be able to walk right into?’ “

The report should also prompt health authorities to investigate the causes of the vast disparities.

“When we see large amounts of variation, then somewhere along the line something may not be working well … whether it’s waste, or not having the appropriate standards of even errors in the health system.

“It really should cause people to stop and ask questions.”

A state-by-state breakdown of out-of-pocket costs also found wide variations between states and territories.

NSW surgeons charged $2673 on average in out-out-pocket costs for hip replacements, almost five times that of South Australian surgeons. Victorian surgeons charged $1997 on average in out-of-pocket costs.

The out-of-pocket cost for a knee replacement in NSW was $2499 compared to $1609 in VIC and $397 in SA on average. For ACL repair, out-of-pocket costs were $2248 in NSW, $1671 in VIC and $321 in Tasmania.

“What are the reasons surgeons charge higher out-of-pocket costs in NSW than, say, South Australia? It could be overheads are a lot higher. Maybe there is some justification to it, or it could be that people are prepared to pay more in NSW so surgeons charge more,” Dr Swan said.

The report – which does not identify the doctors – also found stark differences in the rate of complications, climbing as high as 400 per 1000 hip replacements, suggesting some surgeons had as many as one complication for every 2.5 hip replacement surgeries they performed.

For knee replacements, the complication rate ranged from zero to 200 per 1000 surgeries, and 30-day readmission rates for ACL repair varied from zero to 20 per cent.

High complication rates could be partly due to some surgeons having small patient numbers or treating a very sick patient group with complex conditions, or they were not performing as well as their peers, Dr Swan said.

The rates of referral for rehabilitation between surgeons also varied widely.

Some surgeons sent none of their hip or knee surgery patients to rehabilitation, while others sent every patient to rehab, suggesting a doctor’s preference rather than a patient’s condition determined their chances of referral.

“You really have to stop and ask ‘Why would this be?’ ” Dr Swan said.

Dr Swan hoped surgeons would use the data to improve their practices, but “other levers could accelerate change”, including introducing regulations and agreed standards about cost and referrals.

RACS president John Batten said “This is about looking at the quality of care in the system and how we can use these reports as an educative process: where there are surgeons that are outliers, how can they improve their practice in line with their peers?

“We are committed to continuous improvement in clinical practice in Australia,” Mr Batten said.

Why we struggle to say, are you OK?

Annalise Braakensiek: On the road with the RUOK? Conversation Convoy. Photo: Supplied”Are you OK?”In a country where the cultural psyche is to downplaypain, these three little words can have monumental power.
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But, new RUOK? statistics reveal that one in three people don’t feel comfortable asking the question.

“When we drilled down to the reasons people are holding back, it was things like ‘I don’t know what to say, I don’t want to make it worse, I don’t want to pry’,” explains clinical psychologistRachel Clements.

“To have a conversation with someone whom you suspect is not travelling so well, you don’t have to know exactly what to say … you can give a tremendous amount of support by asking the question and listening.”

It was the lack of questionsand lack oflistening that struckRUOK? ambassador, actorand vegan caterer, Annalise Braakensiek when she was “immobilised” by the “dark cloud” of depression.

Annalise Braakensiek: Not always OK, and that’s OK. Photo: Supplied

“Very few people asked me ‘was I OK?’ And when I did say [I wasn’t], they ran,” the 44-year-old says.”I was so shocked by the reaction of so-called friends –the aggression, the lack of support. That’s when I really realised the negative stigma with mental illness is rampant. People have that real ‘what have you got to be depressed about?’ [attitude]”

In reality of course, as Braakensiek says: “Suicide and feeling you’re on the edge;success doesn’t come into it.”

Our culture of downplaying or dismissing pain has “got us into trouble”, Clements says.

“We have an incredibly high suicide rate in Australia – there are eight deaths a day by suicide.”

While not everyone is willing to open up when they are struggling, even when they have a strong support network, we cannot underestimate the potency of letting others know that we’re there and we care.

The first time Braakensiek fell into depression was about 15 years ago. She had met her biological father only three years before he died from cancer.

“Seeing him pass away was the most hideously painful thing because I’d just found him,” she recalls. Her grief was compounded by the unexpected death of her best friend three days later.

“I didn’t know what depression was,” Braakensiek says, but she found herself overwhelmed and unable to get out of bed.

After a friendreached out and suggested she might be suffering from depression, she started cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), a meditation practice and prioritised rest and exercise.

“I got out of it quickly, all things considered, and was super well for many, many years until two years ago,” she recalls.

Then, in the space of four months she lost three family members as well as two friends who died of suicide.

“It was an incredible amount of grief in a short space of time which left me incapacitated again,” Braakensiek says.

Although she “immediately” recognised the feelings, they once again overpowered her.

“I couldn’t get out of bed,” she says. “I think I spent about six weeks in bed. I couldn’t do anything but cry my heart out – it was a very frightening feeling.”

The reaction of those around her didn’t help.

“What surprised me and really disappointed me was I had people actually being aggressive ‘what have you got to be depressed about? You live this charmed life, you’re famous, you’re beautiful’,” Braakensiek says.

“People seem to run away from it like ‘how can you be like that’? I’m usually this innately positive person and very energetic… for me to be bedridden and immobilised, they didn’t know how to deal with it … One person literally said ‘ugh, here she goes again’.”

Just as a negative response can exacerbate the way someone is feeling, a positive, empathetic response can be instrumental in that person feeling supported.

“Talking to my grandfather was so wonderful, he made everything make sense and took away me feeling like I was being indulgent for feeling this way,” Braakensiek says. “When you hear ‘what have you got to worry about’ or ‘get on with it’ you feel guilty … he helped me to get on the right track.”

She began CBT again and now sees a kinesiologist, meditates, does yoga and exercise and focuses on eating well and sleeping.

“I’ve lost more people than I can count on two hands. I would be a robot if I wasn’t brought down by this,” says Braakensiek who is touring Australia with other ambassadors for theRUOK? Conversation Convoy.

“You need people to care and be there but self-care is imperative as well … I tackle it every single way I can, but I also honour the fact that I loved these people so so much and they’ve left and it’s OK to not be OK.”

How to ask ‘Are you OK?’ALEC:Ask, Listen, Encourage action (which may simply mean assisting someone towards support), Check in (stay in touch and be there for them)

Trust your gut:”Expect people to minimise and say they’re OKwhen they’re not,” Clements says. “Our psyche is to minimise, deny and avoid in the space of mental health. Trust your gut reaction – if you know someone well, be gently persistent.”

Don’t assume:”We see someone in a high-performing role or doing well at work or they might have a great family and we do make assumptions,” Clements says. “It doesn’t discriminate and it can affect anyone. How someone is presenting on the outside is often very different to how they’re presenting on the inside.”

Real-time conversations and connections matter:”A text doesn’t cut it if someone is really struggling. It’s effectiveness versus efficiency: it might be more efficient to send a text message but is it more effective?”

Take initiative:Don’t wait for someone to come to you before you ask how they are. “We’re not relying on the person who’s not travelling so well to come to us,” Clements explains. “We’re taking the burden off them to invite them into that conversation and that’s whatmakes a tremendous difference in connecting people when they feel disconnected.”

The RUOK?Conversation Convoy is currently in WAand will be in Sydney on 1 September before heading north to Cairns. To donate or track the Conversation Convoy they can head to梧桐夜网ruok.org419论坛

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Tony Windsor weighs into Barnaby Joyce NZ citizenship scandal

Former New England MP Tony Windsor.FORMER New England MP Tony Windsor hasn’t ruled out running to try and regain his former rural NSW seat, if a by-election is triggered by current holder and Nationals leader Barnaby Joyce being disqualified from parliament due to dual citizenship.
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Mr Windsor spoke up today after news broke of Mr Joyce’s latest challenge – to retain his position in parliament and seat of New England, due to being the latest federal politician embroiled in the citizenship scandal.

In a brief statement to the House of Representatives, Mr Joyce said he was contacted last Thursday afternoon by the NZ High Commission to advise that on the basis of preliminary advice from the department of internal affairs, which had received inquiries from the NZ Labour Party, it considered he could be a citizen of NZ by descent.

“Needless to say I was shocked to receive this information,” Mr Joyce said.

Asked if he would run in a by-election if Mr Joyce was disqualified, if it was proven he held dual NZ citizenship, Mr Windsor said “I would not rule anything out”.

“Would see what the lay of the land was but would not think there would be one (by-election) however you never know,” he said.

Mr Windsor said he didn’t know the technicalities of Mr Joyce’s citizenship issue but with other Senators recently resigning from parliament – Greens Larissa Waters and Scott Ludlum – he believed Labor leader Bill Shorten and Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull needed to take a good look at the rules.

“The current law needs to be looked at,” he said in reference to section 44 of the constitution.

“Not sure who but someone has said Barnaby Joyce is definitely a dual citizen of NZ so under the current arrangements he’d be ruled out.”

Mr Windsor resigned from parliament in 2013 after holding the seat for 11 years but unsuccessfully challenged Mr Joyce at least year’s election.

Mr Windsor said it was also up to the government and Mr Turnbull to decide, if Mr Joycestayed in the ministry, rather then stepped aside, like Queensland Nationals Senator Matt Canavan has done, while the High Court decides his fate, after it was revealed he held dual Italian citizenship.

In his statement today, Mr Joyce said the government had taken legal advice from the solicitor general.

“On the basis of the solicitor general’s advice, the government is of the firm view that I would not be found to be disqualified by the operation of section 44.1 of the constitution for serving as the member for New England,” he said.

“However to provide clarification to this very important area of the law, for this and future parliaments, I have asked the government to refer the matter, in accordance with section 376 of the Commonwealth Electoral Act, to the High Court, sitting as the Court of Disputed Returns.

“Given the strength of the legal advice the government has received, the Prime Minister has asked that I remain Deputy Prime Minister and continue my ministerial duties.”

ABC political expert Antony Green said if Mr Joyce sorted out his citizenship issuein time, if ruled to be ineligible, he could also run at any potentialby-election.

Speaking in parliament, senior Labor power-broker Tony Burke questioned the broader impacts of Mr Joyce’s eligibility to sit in parliament.

Mr Burke said it was unknown if parliament had an eligible member for New England, Deputy Prime Minister, or even a majority government.

Mr Joyce assumed Senator Canavan’s ministerial responsibilities for Northern Australia and Resources, while the Court of Disputed Returns deals with his eligibility issue.

At the time, National Farmers’ Federation CEO Tony Mahar backed in the Deputy Prime Minister saying Mr Joyce had an understanding “better than most”, of the issues in the Resource and Northern Australia portfolios.

“I have every confidence that Minister Joyce, with the help of assistance ministers, will capably manage the extra responsibilities, until which time a more permanent solution is in place,” he said.

NFF however declined to comment on the latest development and whether the NZ citizenship issue would distract Mr Joyce from adequately addressing his ministerial duties.

Mr Burke – a former Agriculture Minister – said Mr Joyce should step aside due to doubt over his constitutional eligibility.

“This is the first time in history of this Parliament a government has asked the High Court to determine whether in fact they have a majority,” he said.

“This is a government reliant on a majority of one.

“What the House is doing right now is saying to the High Court ‘we’re not actually sure if the government does have a majority of one’.

“But we have been here for 12 months making laws with a government that may or may not be legitimate.

“With a Parliament that may or may not be voting according to the Constitution of this country.

“And if the Minister for Resources was able to stand aside even though he had the Attorney General beside him claiming that he had a strong case then why on earth is strong case the defense for the Deputy Prime Minister?

“How on earth does that work?

“It cannot be the case that the words of the Attorney General in defending Senator Canavan and why he wouldn’t resign from Parliament were correct, because they apparently had a strong case, yet stood aside.

“But if it’s the Deputy Prime Minister the person who’s the architect of the Coalition agreement with the Prime Minister on which the fate of this Government hangs that secret deal, then in that situation, the rules all change.”

During question time, Mr Burke argued Mr Joyce should not be permitted to answer questions while the citizenship issue was being dealt with by the High Court – but the speaker ruled he was eligible.

After a vote, Mr Joyce was also allowed to answer a question where he said agricultural production had grown by 19 percent and attacked the opposition’s record.

He said Labor was only after Green votes and had delivered “nothing” for central Queensland, including for cattle producers.

Fitzgibbon blast

Shadow Agriculture Minister Joel Fitzgibbon asked Mr Turnbull what the difference was between the legal advice given to Senator Cananvan who stepped aside from the ministry, and that given in reference to Mr Joyce’s situation.

“How can our farmers and other agribusiness stakeholders have confidence that a Minister whose legitimacy is under question can adequately represent their interests?” he said in a statement.

“For example, Barnaby Joyce is currently responsible for Australia’s biosecurity.

Shadow Agriculture Minister Joel Fitzgibbon.

“If there is a serious biosecurity breach such as the recent White Spot outbreak, how can we be confident the Minister is capable of adequately responding in the eyes of the law?

“How can producers and growers have confidence Barnaby Joyce is capable of representing their interests when trading partners suspend our exports?

“How can they be confident our international partners will take Barnaby Joyce seriously?

“Barnaby Joyce should put the national interest ahead of his own interest and stand aside.”


London’s Big Ben to go silent for four years

Scaffolding is erected around the Elizabeth Tower, which includes the landmark ‘Big Ben’ clock. Photo: APLondon:So it has come to pass that the keeper of the Great Clock announced on Monday that London’s “Big Ben” hour bell will be silenced for four long years as desperately needed repairs are carried out on the 158-year-old timepiece.
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Londoners were not happy to hear the news, and there was lament on Twitter, with many recalling how the hourly bongs of Big Ben serve as a kind of base note for their lives.

“A silent Big Ben will be super eerie,” tweeted Rob, a history student at King’s College. “I could hear the chimes from my room in Euston, they’re the sound of London!”

“It will be very sad, but it needs to be done,” said Kirsten Hurrell, 71, a news agent who runs a busy stall that faces the clock tower.

Hurrell said the gong of Big Ben might be one of those things in life you don’t miss until they are gone. “Quite honestly, we live with it and half the time we don’t hear it,” she said. “But we will miss it when we will suddenly find it’s not there anymore.”

Tourism officials were glum but hoping for the best.

A selfie with the Great Clock atop Elizabeth Tower along the Thames River is almost mandatory. The Palace of Westminster, home to the houses of Parliament, is one of the top five visited sites in London, and Big Ben is the star of the show.

The tower will soon be fully swaddled in metal scaffolding and three of the four clock dials covered. The last gongs of Big Ben, before its long rest, rang out at noon Monday, August 21, London time. Large crowds witnessed the event. The repairs should be complete sometime in 2021, authorities promised.

“Big Ben has marked the hour with almost unbroken service for the past 157 years,” said Steve Jaggs, keeper of the Great Clock, noting that the complex renovation – budgeted at about $US40 million – is designed to safeguard clock and tower for future generations.

“Big Ben falling silent is a significant milestone in this crucial conservation project,” the clock keeper said.

The actual bell is not the problem. It is the clock that rings the bell that needs repairs.

Cast by the Whitechapel Bell Foundry, the 13-ton hour bell was the largest of its day, its first performance celebrated by Parliament in 1859.

In all these years, Big Ben bonged through good times and bad, including the Blitz, Germany’s eight-month aerial bombardment of London during World War II.

The hour bell has been silenced for long periods a few times before. Just weeks into its service, Big Ben cracked. Apparently the striking hammer was too heavy. A lighter hammer was installed, the bell was turned, and Big Ben was back in service after three years. The experts say the crack gives the bell its unique but imperfect tone.

In more recent times, Big Ben stopped pealing for six weeks in 2007 and for repairs in 1983 and 1976. The bell was silent during the funerals of prime ministers Winston Churchill and Margaret Thatcher.

The keeper of the Great Clock explained that Big Ben must be silenced as the clock itself must be “dismantled piece by piece with each cog examined and restored.”

The four opal glass faces of the dials will also be cleaned and repaired, the rusting cast iron framework renewed, and the hour and minute hands refurbished. In addition, some modern conveniences – like an elevator and washroom – will be built for the timekeepers.

While the refurbishment in ongoing, the conservationists will allow one dial of the four faces of the clock to be visible, so Londoners can still set their watches. A modern electric motor will turn the clock hands until “the prince of timekeepers” is repaired.

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Hammerhead shark spotted in Lake Macquarie

Another shark has been caught on camera cruising the waters of Lake Macquarie.Thehammerhead shark was spotted nearMannering Park on Monday.
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Shane Lee from Toukley captured the footage which he uploaded to Facebook. He had unknowingly set the video to public, instead of privatelysharing it with his friends, and was shocked when he saw it had gone viral online.

It has beenwatched more than 75,000 times and shared by hundreds of people.

“It just went mad,” Mr Lee said.

He has enjoyed thefascination with the video, despite it being ‘just a hammerhead shark’.

“I am on the lake a lot and you don’t see sharks all that often,” the keen boater said.

“I have probably seen three sharks in 15 years.

“Usually you would expect it to be a white pointer or a bull shark. That’s the funny thing, it’sthe only shark I have been able to identify and it was a hammerhead.

“I was actually disappointed.”

He said the shark was about two metres in length and was just ‘cruising around’. With a bit of careful steering, aphone handy and a bit of luck, he managed to get close enough to hit record.

“Everybody has always been fascinated with the sharks in the lake,” he said.

“I wouldn’t worry about getting bit by one though.

“You would have to be pretty unlucky.”

SHARK: A screen shot from the video, which clearly shows the hammerhead shark.

SHARKS IN THE LAKEThis is not the first time a shark has been spotted in the lake.Some believe the end of commercial fishing in 2002 is the reason for increased shark sightings.Others say improved management of the lake is a big factor.

Shark sightings in Lake Macquarie go back a long way, take a look.

Hooked: A hammerhead shark caught off Swansea in the 1970s. Picture: David Wicks

RECENT SIGHTINGSBull sharks were sighted in Swansea Channel in February. Local man Daniel Poka couldn’t wait to dip his feet in therefreshing waters offBlacksmiths when his fiancee Samantha drew his attention to the three sharks swimming towards the rocks. Take a look.

Bull shark in the Swansea Channel. Picture: Daniel Poka video

The previous February was also a busy time for shark activity in the lake. Alarge shark roiling in the water was caught on camera as unsuspecting boaters passthe creature. Watch the video here.

SHARK: A still from uploader 1cut808’s footage, February 2016.

But its it always great white shark sightings that are of the most interest to Lake Macquarie locals. A Rathminesfisherman captured close-up footage of a great white shark he estimatedwas more than three metres long as it swam around his boat off Wangi Wangi in December. Watch the video here.

Hammerhead shark spotted in Lake Macquarie CLOSE ENCOUNTER: A white shark close to the side of Dean Grant’s boat. Pictures: Dean Grant.

A CURIOUS EYE: Dean Grant says the shark approached his boat a number of times over more than half an hour.

I WON’T GET BITTEN: Dean Grant says he won’t be back in the water after filming a big white shark in Lake Macquarie.

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Prodigal son’s Titanic mess: Hayne’s clown routine wears thin

Where to? Hayne was given his chance to prove that Parra mattered a year ago, but the club had the door slammed in their face. Photo: Dave HuntSo let’s get this straight. Jarryd Hayne leaves Parramatta to chase his American dream but says if he ever returns to the NRL, it will only be to the Eels.
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He then breaks that promise and signs with the Titans, despite Parramatta offering him a contract that, in hindsight, looks generous.

Now things have gone sour on the Gold Coast and Parramatta are supposed to welcome him back with open arms? Not even in Hayne’s charmed world does that make sense. Sure, the romantics want to see the prodigal son return home, but that ship has sailed. Parramatta are not the club they were when Hayne left.

Hayne was given his chance to prove that Parra mattered a year ago, but the club had the door slammed in their face.

We’ve heard the whispers since. Fairfax Media reported earlier in the year that Hayne had put out the feelers about returning to the Eels when he was weighing up whether to take up the $1.2 million option to stay on the Gold Coast.

At the right price and if Hayne was coming over with the right mindset, the Eels would have contemplated it. But not now.

As the Titans are now realising, there’s a circus that comes with Hayne’s signature. It can be fun at first, but how many times can you watch the same clown routine without growing bored?

Parramatta are a club yearning for success. They don’t need negative headlines – they’ve had enough of them in the past few seasons to last a lifetime.

Now, Corey Norman would have been told what to say to reporters when he fronted to fulfil his media commitments on Monday.

Asked about the possibility of Hayne returning to the club, Norman said, “I’m happy with the team we’ve got here and I’m focused on the team we’ve got here”.

Hooker Cameron King followed the party line: “I think Bevan [French] is doing a pretty good job [at fullback] for us, so that’s all I’ll say about that”.

You can’t help but think those comments are a general reflection of Hayne’s current standing at the Eels, regardless of how much they like him as a bloke.

If you’d asked the players the same question 12 months ago, the answers would have been different. In fact, they were.

“That would be massive if Haynesy comes back,” Clint Gutherson said last year. There was no such excitement this time around.

When Ivan Cleary took over at Wests Tigers earlier this year, he said his coaching philosophy was that “the star of the team is the team”.

That’s the mentality Brad Arthur coaches with at the Eels. That is why when Gutherson, their best player this season, was ruled out through injury, the Eels were able to pick themselves up and continue their winning ways.

This isn’t personal. Arthur probably has a better relationship with Hayne than any of the coaches who have tried to crack the enigma that is J. Hayne. But Arthur has put too much into rebuilding this team to see it all go to waste for the sake of writing Hayne’s happily ever-after.

Hayne should be remembered as one of the most brilliant footballers to lace on a boot in this country. Truth is, the longer the circus continues the less likely he will be remembered for his football at all.