Archive for January, 2019

January 5th, 2019

Drayton South rejected to protect Upper Hunter’s Coolmore, Darley studs: report

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THE Drayton South coal project appears to have been rejected, putting hundreds of coal jobs at risk.
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Although no formal statement has been published by the Planning Assessment Commission, the Daily Telegraph newspaper is reporting that the project has been rejected to protect Coolmore and Darley thoroughbred studs.

A facsimile of the final page of the PAC report says the benefits of the project do not outweigh the risk of losing the two studs and says the project is not in the public interest.

Drayton, owned by the British-basedAnglo American, began operations in 1983.

It employs more than 500 mineworkers and the company has repeatedly said the mine will shut from a lack of coal if the Drayton South extension is not approved.


Lock the Gate Alliance NSW co-ordinator Georgina Woodswelcomed the “sensible” decision in a statement on Tuesday morning.

“It has been clear for some time that the horse studs could not co-exist with the Drayton South mine, and so we welcome the [Commission’s] sensible decision that the project was not, on balance, in the public interest,” Ms Woods said.

“This decision is a welcome relief for the businesses and communities that were directly threatened by this mine, but the anguish of this protracted battle could have been avoided by upfront protection for areas that should always have been off-limits to coal mining.”

But the editor of Hunter-based magazine Coalface, Shane Davey, said compromise was lacking in the decision.

Mr Davey, a member of Singleton Chamber of Commerce, said “we all want a renewable future but we need an economic future as well”.

“I am a racing supporter, I put tens of thousands of dollars a year into the industry through sponsorship but if they are going to be fair dinkum about this what do you think funds Darley?,” Mr Davey said

“It’s funded from the profits of Middle East oil extraction.”

Mr Davey said Drayton job cuts would have a big impact on Muswellbrook.

“I’m scared for local business and I’m scared for the community which is already in a state of crisis and this is just going to be a further death knell for further economic confidence that will put us back years.”

Drayton South’s rejection was also a blow to the Hunter, according to the miner’s union.

Construction Forestry Mining Energy Union mining and energy northern districtpresident Peter Jordan said Drayton workers would be devastated at hearing the news via the media this morning.

“It is an appalling way for this news to be delivered,” said Mr Jordan.

Mr Jordan said more than 500 Drayton workers’ future would have been secure if the extension won approval.

“This is a blow to them and their families – they deserve better than reading about it in the newspaper,” Mr Jordan said.

“Mining and horse breeding have co-existed in the Hunter for over 130 years and we believe that co-existence could have continued with the proposed extension.”

January 5th, 2019

Performance artist holds a mirror to the world on Warrnambool Civic green

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Warrnambool artist Patrick Tonks performs on the Civic Green.141019RG12 Picture: ROB GUNSTONEON Sunday afternoon Patrick Tonks stripped off his blue singlet, smeared himself in paint and began yelling in Hebrew and Hindi.
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He didn’t mind the confused faces of onlookers or even some aggressive shouts from those in cars doing Liebig Street laps.

To strangers the performance art might have appeared chaotic, perhaps even a little scary.

Shirtless and sitting across from a mirror in the civic green, Tonks cut his beard and chanted in a mix of languages and sang.

“Then I painted myself with red paint which was symbolic of religious self-flagellation,” Tonks said. During the act Tonks shaved erratically, sang the Muslim call to prayer and old colonial sheep station songs.

A day later and the paint cleaned off, Tonks put the chaos into some order.

“I turned the mirror on the audience — or the imaginary audience. What I’m doing isn’t necessarily beautiful, but sections are,” he said. “I was exploring my feelings; what’s happening in the current climate about people being human.”

The work is essentially about judgment and peeling off the layers of violence and fundamentalism.

Part of the idea came to him earlier in the year when a nine-year-old asked him why he had a beard.

“He said to me that ‘you like Muhammad (the prophet of Islam), don’t you?” For a while Tonks brooded on what the child had said, along with beards being the in-thing of inner Melbourne.

It all culminated with the culturally blending show at the civic green on Sunday.

The act titled DeTerrorise (We Are All But Human) was filmed and Tonks hopes to exhibit the clip in Warrnambool at some point. He concedes the meaning might be lost or even misunderstood, particularly in the medium of performance art.

“I don’t want to control what you take away from the performance,” Tonks said. “If they don’t understand the language, then they’ll certainly understand the symbolism.”

January 5th, 2019

Truck collides with multiple cars at Dee Why

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People were trying to climb into the truck to pull the driver out, a witness says. Photo: Peter Rae A car is stuck under the truck in Sydney’s north. Photo: Peter Rae
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A truck has overturned at the intersection of Warringah Road and Pittwater Road. Photo: Melanie Kembrey

Accident: A truck overturned at the intersection of Warringah Road and Pittwater Road. Photo: Kevin Lynch, smh上海龙凤论坛 reader

Rescue workers carry away one of the people trapped under the truck. Photo: Peter Rae

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Witnesses say it was incredible no one was killed when an out-of-control truck careered down a hill, through a major intersection and smashed into eight cars that were stopped at a set of traffic lights on Sydney’s northern beaches on Tuesday.

The pantech truck, which was carrying a load of food, tipped over near the intersection of Warringah and Pittwater roads in Dee Why at 6.10am and slid along the busy road, before coming to rest on top of a car.

A man and woman who were inside the car were trapped in their vehicle for more than an hour before they could be freed from the wreckage. Police said the woman was flown to hospital with serious injuries, while the man’s injuries were not life-threatening.

A NSW Police spokeswoman confirmed both the injured man and woman were police officers from the Central Metropolitan Region. It was not clear if they were on duty at the time.

Four other men were taken to hospital with injuries that were not life-threatening, police said.

Joel Hatton said his car was just metres from being wiped out as the truck ploughed through the busy intersection.

He said he jumped out of his car and thought he would find people dead.

“There was a big bang. I was just scared, freaked out, it was full on,” Mr Hatton, who lives in Dee Why, said.He estimated the truck was travelling at about 80km/h down the hill.”The truck driver was OK, he climbed out the window, had blood on his face,” he said.

Fire and Rescue NSW Superintendent Paul Bailey said firefighters rescued six people from their vehicles, including a man and woman in the same car who were trapped beneath the truck. The pair were still trapped in their vehicle but talking to rescuers just before 7am.

The man was soon rescued, but the woman remained trapped until about 7.40am when she was freed. Dee Why resident David Gorrick had pulled up in his car at the traffic lights when he saw the truck hurtling down Warringah Road towards him.”I was stopped at the lights and the truck came down Warringah. It tried to take the corner, it obviously lost its brakes, it was on two wheels and it slid across the road,” Mr Gorrick, who was on his way to work, said.The vehicle in front of his, a ute, was hit by the truck and the driver had to kick his way out, Mr Gorrick said.”I got out to help people. There was petrol flying around,” he said.Mr Gorrick said the truck driver was “very shaken up” and had a bleeding nose.”It was very quick. I was lucky,” he said.

A taxi driver who saw the crash called radio station 2GB to say that the truck had travelled down the hill on Warringah Road before hitting the median strip, crossing to the wrong side of the road and overturning.

The witness said the truck landed on top of three cars that were waiting at the lights.

“They were standing still at the lights, they had nowhere to move, and [the truck] has just gone straight over the top of them all,” the witness said.Ashleigh Connell, who lives in a house across the road from the crash site, said she heard screeching and a huge bang. She ran outside still wearing her pyjamas.”People were yelling and swearing. There were people trying to climb into the truck to pull the driver out. All the people from Fitness First (opposite the crash scene) were running out,” Ms Connell said.”It’s so bad here. You hear accidents all the time. Literally, there’s one every day. When you’re watching the TV every night you hear screeching but this one is by far the worst I have seen.”

This is what’s left of the car which was stuck under the #deewhy truck. Female police office was pulled from it alive pic.twitter上海龙凤论坛m/8ENaeZs8Qi— Daniel Sutton (@danielsutton10) October 21, 2014One man, Johnny, was near the intersection when the crash occurred and said he left his car to try to help.”There were lots of people. Everyone was panicking and trying to help. People were running out from around the place,” said Johnny, who did not want to give his last name.”I would have got here one minute after it happened. I was scared but I guess it was the adrenaline.”

Police said the pantech truck lost control as it turned from Warringah Road into Pittwater Road and crashed into eight other vehicles. The cause of the crash is under investigation.

A NSW Police spokeswoman said five men and one woman, all believed to be aged in their 30s and 40s, were injured in the crash. The men were taken to Royal North Shore Hospital, and the woman was flown to Royal Prince Alfred Hospital.

Police said the truck driver had undergone mandatory testing, and the truck would remain at the crash site until it underwent a mechanical examination.

The same intersection was the site of an almost identical truck crash in 2000, in which an 11-month-old boy died.

In that crash, a tip truck crashed into nine cars that were waiting at traffic lights on Warringah Road during the morning peak hour. A witness, former Australian rugby league player Don McKinnon, reached into a burning car to rescue the trapped boy, but the boy later died from extensive burns.

Following Tuesday morning’s crash, a Transport Management Centre spokeswoman said all south-bound lanes of Pittwater Road had been blocked at the accident scene approaching Warringah Road, and were expected to remain closed throughout much of the morning.

Motorists have been advised to use Wakehurst Parkway or Mona Vale Road as an alternative route.

The spokeswoman said the accident scene was spread right across the road, and motorists were experiencing significant delays in all directions.

“An extensive clean-up operation is required at the accident scene. As a result the road is expected to remain closed for some time,” she said.

She said a contra flow was in place at the accident site, meaning motorists travelling in both directions could pass the crash scene using the lanes of the north-bound carriageway.

City-bound buses are delayed up to 30 minutes, and other services on the northern beaches are also experiencing delays.

Dee Why crash from the ATN chopper – Pittwater Rd sthbnd at Warringah Rd @gettrafficnswpic.twitter上海龙凤论坛m/OcO8vQJf2U— Paul Latter (@paullatter) October 20, 2014

January 5th, 2019

Making the most of technology

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Small businesses must embrace new technologies to ensure they remain competitive, are attractive as an employee and that productivity remains high.
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New technology can have high initial costs, a big consideration for many business owners who are looking for cost effective measures in the workplace.

Three key areas for businesses to embrace technology in the workplace include; a bring-your-own-device (BYOD) strategy, cloud computing, and systems management software.

The phenomenon of BYOD in the workplace isn’t a new concept with many businesses now offering this style of work. This has a positive impact for both employers and employees but business owners need to have an effective policy in place to ensure it doesn’t become a burden on their bottom line. These policies can include purchasing guidelines as well as procedures for maintenance and security.

Talking to your preferred computer supplier can help craft the best policy for your businesses to ensure that all associated costs are kept under control.

Cloud computing is an attractive option for businesses looking at managing costs for a range of office related tasks including IT management. It is also a great option for businesses with mobile or remote workers Business owners opting for onsite IT setup will be responsible for purchasing the necessary equipment including servers, PCs, software and the physical storage device. This doesn’t include ongoing equipment maintenance, which combined with the initial significant outlay for the equipment itself, can be a daunting task for a small businesses.

There are a range of cloud options available such as private, public and hybrid, all of which can greatly benefit a small business by allowing staff to access files from anywhere.

The cost is also significantly less than keeping a server onsite as a business can simply subscribe to a service and experience the benefits larger businesses receive from a cloud presence. This positively impacts ongoing costs and maintenance time.

Small businesses also face similar IT challenges to those of larger companies but might not have the funds or staff of specialists to take care of everyday IT tasks. Using system management software is a cost effective way to monitor view and control hardware (servers, desktops, and laptops) and software (operating systems, applications, and patches) across your network.

For example, if a business installs different software and applications, systems management software can keep track of all license agreements and installed software by analysing what software is actually being used versus just installed. This allows unused licenses to be reassigned to other users or retired, significantly reducing software use-based licensing costs.

Other key benefits include managing anti-virus and malware management tools, which are vital to small businesses that can ill afford computer downtime. The importance of a robust backup and restore software can’t be underestimated. Business owners should ensure their preferred systems management software offers this as an option.

These are just a few ways small businesses can embrace more technology in the office and control costs. Decisions by savvy business owners now can ensure their business hits the ground running in the new year with the right solutions in place to effectively scale for any expansions and create a cost effective, digital ready office space which enables a productive and positive work environment.

Jeff Morris is Dell’s Australia and New Zealand end user computing general manager.

January 5th, 2019

WWI in the Herald: October 19, 1914

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WWI in the Herald: Archive
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The most important and difficult task which confronts the new Federal Government is to meet the financial exigencies of the war.

The majority of the States have wisely agreed to leave the raising of war taxation, if absolutely needed, to the Commonwealth, and are apparently entering upon an arrangement by which their loans will be floated by the Federal Government.

The latter proceeding is a sensible one, inasmuch as it will enable the loans to be issued without clashing. The nature of the conditions under which the Commonwealth will undertake this duty has not yet been announced, but it may be that they are only of a temporary character, to continue until the end of the war.

It may be hoped that the arrangement will ultimately lead to a complete understanding between the States and the Commonwealth as to the conduct of financial business. In this way at all events the war will be beneficial to Australia.

It is reported that the Federal Government will be able to dispense with additional taxation for the current year, and perhaps also for the next. If it is found to be necessary, we have little doubt that Australia will submit to it ungrudgingly.

In an emergency of the present description it is obvious that the Federal Labour party, although it is opposed to raising loans if they can be avoided will find it necessary to borrow.

The very heavy war expenses, for instance, could not be met out of revenue without very heavy taxation, and it is stated that the Government contemplates meeting them by loans.

These will be floated, if possible, in Australia. Although fairly large appeals are being made to British capitalists by the Imperial Government, there will be enough money to spare for Australia’s needs if the London market is appealed to.

The interest rate will be above the average, but that cannot be complained of under the circumstances. The recent successful flotation of a comparatively small loan by New South Wales shows that the British market is responsive to demands from safe quarters. And the security which Australia can offer is beyond question.

The Federal Government will also need money for its public works, and as it has advanced moneys to the States it has not too large a reserve to draw upon. But its credit is so good that it can obtain any necessary funds.

The Federal Government realises that if it can be avoided, no increase of taxation in the Commonwealth ought to be imposed.

The effects of the war are already being felt in many directions, and with the many other calls upon the people it is not desirable that the burden should be increased.

When the war is over there is little doubt that Australia’s import trade and general activities will again become brisk, but it is well not to impose too heavy a strain on the people.

The increase of the Federal paper money, if it is restricted within reasonable limits, should prove of assistance, although any such issue should really be regarded in the same light as a loan to be repaid at a certain period.

As yet there are no indications as to the attitude of the banks towards the Federal Government’s proposal, but it may be hoped that it will be friendly if not one of actual support.

There is to be a revision of the Customs duties, but that will not be for the purpose of increasing the revenue, nor will it lead to a material increase for some time to come.

Furthermore, if it results in the promotion of Australian industries, as it is meant to do, it will be hoped that their products will increase so largely as to materially reduce the imports and also the Customs revenue.

The war has shown Australia that it ought to be as far as possible a self-supporting country. It has the natural resources, and the expansion of their profitable use will lead to the prosperity of the Commonwealth.

While the war has proved a great setback to the majority of the nations, and chiefly to the country which alone stands responsible for setting Europe aflame, there should be a commercial as well as a political rebound, and Australia should endeavour to keep abreast of the times.

London, Sunday.

Details are to hand concerning the loss of the British cruiser Hawke in the North Sea, torpedoed by a German submarine.

Accompanying this intelligence is the news that a battle has taken place in the North Sea between a British cruiser and four destroyers and German destroyers. All four of the enemy’s vessels were sunk without material injury to the British.

The Allies continue to force back the enemy in France, and although there has been some heavy fighting in no instance has the’ enemy been successful.

Proofs are now accumulating that the war was contemplated by Germany many months ago.

The complaints of the brutality of the Germans to the wounded and dying are borne out by the testimony of an independent war correspondent, who states that the Germans kept wounded British without food for four and five days.

A great battle has been proceeding between the Russians and the Austrians and Germans in Poland for a week. The Russians have so far inflicted heavy loss on the enemy.

Rome, Friday.

At the trial at Serajevo of Prinzep, accused of the murder of the Archduke Francis Ferdinand and his consort, the Duchess of Hohenberg on Saturday, June 29th, the prisoner declared that it was a “glorious act.”

“My object,” he said, “was not to kill a man, but to show to the whole world the desperation to which Austria had driven the Slav population. The time had arrived when revolution was a duty, and the only possible protest was to strike the individual who was despotism incarnate.” Prinzep likened himself to Kossuth, Mazzini, and Daniel O’Connell. He regretted the death of the Duchess, and stated that he alone was responsible for the organisation of the plot.

The assailant confessed that he belonged to a secret society. He considered the Buxtons to be Turkey’s greatest adversaries, inasmuch as they were seeking to establish a new Balkan alliance against her. He did not wish Turkey to come under Britain’s exclusive influence.

Another accused, Jovanovitch, when interrogated, admitted his activity on behalf of great Servian ideals. He did not know of the fatal attack, though he himself kept weapons to attempt the life of the Archduke Franz Ferdinand.

Constantinople, Saturday.

Turkey has reaffirmed her neutrality.

She has indicated that the reports of the Goeben and Breslau fighting and firing in the Black Sea are untrue.

The “Daily Telegraph’s” correspondent at Athens states that Turkey and Bulgaria have made a binding agreement for a combined attack upon Roumania if the latter country should attack Austria.

Colonel Beeston, of Newcastle, has been appointed to organise and command the Army Medical Corps, which will go to Europe with the second Australian Imperial Expeditionary Force. Colonel Beeston will proceed to Melbourne today, and will be accompanied by Sergeants Henderson, Bryant, M’Kendry, Baber, Baston, Hawker, and Nickson, all of whom have been in the camp on the Newcastle racecourse. The Army Medical Corps to accompany the Second Expeditionary Force will be composed of volunteers from Victoria, South Australia, and West Australia, and the camp will be at Broadmeadows, near Melbourne.

Private Les Neate, a grandson of Mrs. W. O’Brien, of West Maitland, and now on service in New Britain, writing to his mother under date September 30, says:-

“Your welcome letter came to me today. We are always waiting to hear home news.

All is well with us. We have pretty well got all the fighting done now. We are garrisoned here at Rabaul, the capital of New Britain.

I am in the Flying Squadron. We go around the country quelling the native outbreaks, or being ready for anything.

It is not a very nice place for marching here, as it is so near the equator.

We do not march in the middle of the day. We generally leave our bivouac at 5.30 in the morning, and march till about ten o’clock, when we rest till about 4 p.m., and then march until it to too dark to see.

Then we have a soldiers’ tea, and a drink of water.

If there are any natives about we get them to climb the cocoanut trees and get some down. The milk is saving our lives.

There is plenty of fever here – malaria. We have not many with it yet. Will Turnbull is still with us.

Our friend “Soldier” went down to Wilhelmshafen. We were there, and captured that place without firing a shot. “Soldier’s” company and another are in garrison there.

It is about 300 miles from here. I suppose some of our German prisoners are in Sydney by this time.

There are a lot more going by the next boat.

We got a number of German officers, and they each had 100 native police under them, armed with Mauser rifles and plenty of ammunition, but they had no heart. We chased them for 32 miles one day, and as soon as we caught them we shot about 50 of them.

Ten of our fellows were shot. They ran out with the white flag, singing out, “I surrender.”

So it was all over for that day.

The next day was Sunday, and we went to church parade, with 200 rounds of ammunition in our pouches, and our rifles loaded and cocked.

Halfway through prayers they started firing again. We put two shells of shrapnel into them, and they ran for their lives. I think all the fighting is over now.”

(Date extracted from Unit Embarkation Roll)

Private Richard Aynsley, Weston – 4th Australian Field Ambulance

Sergeant Henry John Baber, Tighes Hill – 4th Australian Field Ambulance

Sergeant Walter Baxter, Wickham – 4th Australian Field Ambulance

Lance Corporal Walter John Bleazard, Newcastle – 4th Australian Field Ambulance

Saddler Sergeant Horace Norman Bryant, Newcastle – 4th Australian Field Ambulance

Private Lionel William Burnitt, Hamilton – 4th Australian Field Ambulance

Private Edward James Darragh, The Junction – 4th Australian Field Ambulance

Corporal Cook William Ford, Carrington – 4th Australian Field Ambulance

Private Henry Ernest Guy, Adamstown – 4th Australian Field Ambulance

Private John Harris, Adamstown – 4th Australian Field Ambulance

Staff Sgt Dispenser George Donald Henderson, Newcastle – 4th Australian Field Ambulance

Driver Wardell Jackson, Hamilton – 4th Australian Field Ambulance

Private Mervyn Graham King, Wickham – 4th Australian Field Ambulance, 1st Reinforcements

Private Arthur Henry Longworth, New Lambton – 4th Australian Field Ambulance

Private George Joyce Malloy, Abermain – 1st Infantry Battalion, 2nd Reinforcements

Private Herbert Harold Maynard, Morpeth – 4th Australian Field Ambulance

Sergeant Daniel McKendry, Singleton – 4th Australian Field Ambulance

Private William McMillan, Abermain – 1st Infantry Battalion, 2nd Reinforcements

Private John Francis McQuillan, Merewether – 4th Australian Field Ambulance

Staff Sergeant Wilfred Lievesley Nickson, Newcastle – 4th Australian Field Ambulance

Private Henry Ott, Lambton – 4th Australian Field Ambulance

Private Albert Rhone, West Maitland – 10th Australian Light Horse Regiment, 1st Reinforcements

Private Sidney Scowcroft, New Lambton – 4th Australian Field Ambulance

Driver Hilford Uren, Mayfield – 4th Australian Field Ambulance