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Vic healthcare staff protections broadened

Written By kemala yuspita on Rabu, 20 Agustus 2014 | 21.31

The VIC government says it will broaden new laws designed to curb attacks on healthcare workers. Source: AAP

NEW laws designed to curb assaults on Victorian healthcare workers will be broadened to include more professions, and house calls.

LEGISLATION will be introduced to parliament this week to create two new offences - for assaulting a registered healthcare practitioner in a hospital, or anywhere they are providing care to a patient.

Health Minister David Davis said it would build on law changes earlier this year, which set out tougher penalties for assaults on doctors or staff in hospitals or healthcare facilities."The Victorian coalition government is already demonstrating it is committed to improving safety and security in our hospital and healthcare services, and will not tolerate violence against hospital staff and healthcare practitioners," Mr Davis said in a statement on Wednesday."Our new legislation further extends this commitment to all registered healthcare practitioners going about their normal duties including GPs, nurses, midwives, dentists, pharmacists, physiotherapists and psychologists."The new offences will also extend the protection to healthcare practitioners during house calls.People who attack a healthcare professional in Victoria will face up to six months in jail - double the penalty for a common assault.

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Chilling out for charity - Becks and Gaga

DAVID Beckham did it topless. Lady Gaga performed it in her signature quirky style. Bill Gates did it in slow motion. And Vin Diesel put the challenge to Vladimir Putin.

THE #IceBucketChallenge is the latest charity craze continuing to take the internet by storm, with people pouring iced water over their heads in a bid to raise money for charity.

Sport stars, international celebrities and it seems, everyone else, are posting videos of their chilly challenge on social networking sites and the trend has raised thousands for cancer and motor neurone disease charities.Macmillan Cancer Support said 85,000 people have donated so far and about STG250,000 ($A456,329) has been raised, and while the Motor Neurone Disease (MND) Association was not able to give a figure at this stage they said they had received "a lot" of donations and the total so far is believed to be in the thousands.Meanwhile, in the US, the ALS Association - a motor neurone disease charity network - said it had received $US22.9 million ($A24.78 million) in donations compared to $US1.9 million during the same time period last year (July 29 to August 19).Golfers Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods did it together, taking it in turns to pour the iced water over each others' heads.McIlroy challenged fellow sports star Wayne Rooney to do it, and Rooney's wife Coleen posted a picture of a bucket full of ice on Twitter this morning.The Irishman also challenged George W Bush to take part, while Woods challenged tennis player Rafael Nadal.A giggling Simon Cowell appeared to be on a boat in a sunny destination when he did the deed, and through his giggles he nominated X Factor judges Cheryl Fernandez-Versini, Louis Walsh and Mel B.Other big names to have stepped up to the challenge include Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, footballer Cristiano Ronaldo, Oprah Winfrey, Britney Spears and Justin Bieber, with the latter nominating US president Barack Obama.Sally Light, chief executive of the MND Association, said the craze was an "unprecedented opportunity to raise awareness of what is a devastating terminal disease"."The amazing sums of money being donated across the world and with sister organisations in the USA and Australia too will go a long way towards finding out more about the disease for which there is no current cure."To take part, people need to have their experience filmed and then share it via sites such as Facebook and Twitter, challenging others to do it within 24 hours, before donating money to charity.

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Heineken reports sales, profit drop

HEINEKEN NV, the Amsterdam-based brewer, has reported first half earnings showing a small drop in both revenues and profits - but says its underlying performance was good.

NET profit was 631 million euros ($A946.45 million), from 639 million euros in the same period a year ago.

Sales were down 1.4 per cent to 1.2 billion euros, which Heineken, the largest brewer by sales within Europe, said was due to the strong euro.Stripping out currency and acquisition effects, Heineken said its sales prices were up 1.5 per cent, and sales volumes rose 3.9 per cent.Chief Executive Jean-Franois van Boxmeer said on Wednesday the company's operations grew on a like-for-like basis in almost all regions in the first half but warned that growth in underlying profit and revenues would "moderate" in the second half.Meanwhile Danish brewer Carlsberg says uncertainty in its eastern European and vast Russian market continued to weigh on its financial performance during the second-quarter of the year.Carlsberg said on Wednesday net profit grew slightly to 2.2 billion kroner ($A42.63 million), up from 2.1 billion for the same period a year ago, on a modest revenue increase to 19.2 billion kroner for the three-month period ending June 30 against 19.06 billion kroner.The group said its eastern European markets are "increasingly challenging and uncertain", and expects them to deteriorate further in the second part of 2014 especially with consumption declines in Russia and Ukraine.Carlsberg's full-year net profit was expected "to decline by mid- to high-single-digit percentages".

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Baird heading to China in September

NSW Premier Mike Baird is off to China next month to spruik the state's tourism destinations, education and financial services.

THE three-day trip through three cities in early September is Mr Baird's first international tour as premier.

"China has already overtaken New Zealand as our biggest tourist market with more than 400,000 Chinese visitors arriving in NSW each year," he said in a statement."Chinese students account for about 30 per cent of all international enrolments in NSW and while in Guangzhou I will look at ways to further promote our world-class education sector."Mr Baird will also speak to the Shanghai business community and in Beijing he will push for progress on a 2013 deal to further trade, investment, education, culture, science and technology between NSW and China.

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British PM breaks holiday over beheading

BRITISH Prime Minister David Cameron has broken off his holiday for talks on the threat posed by ISIL jihadists following the "shocking and depraved" apparent beheading of US journalist James Foley.

CAMERON was returning to his Downing Street office in London to discuss the situation in Iraq and Syria as experts worked on trying to identify the executioner in the beheading video, who spoke with a British accent.

"If true, the murder of James Foley is shocking and depraved. I will today chair meetings on the situation in Iraq/Syria," Cameron said on Twitter.The video posted on Tuesday on the internet showed a masked militant beheading a man resembling Foley, who has been missing since he was seized in Syria in November 2012.Downing Street said in a statement on Wednesday that Cameron would meet with Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond and other senior officials "to discuss the situation in Iraq and Syria and the threat posed by ISIL (Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, or ISIS, also Islamic State) terrorists".Wednesday was to have been the second day of the prime minister's break in Cornwall, southwest England.Hammond voiced his "absolute horror" at the apparent beheading, which he said is "just is one more example in a catalogue of brutality by this organisation", referring to ISIL.He said "atrocities" carried out by ISIL as it has seized swathes of territory in Iraq and Syria were driving the international community's efforts to support Iraqis and Kurds in pushing back against the "evil organisation".He also said the apparent attack showed the security threat posed by European extremists fighting with IS if they attempted to return home.The masked executioner in the video speaks English with a British accent."On the face of it, it appears to have been a British person. We'll have to do some more analysis to make quite certain that that is the case," Hammond said.Around 400 Britons are believed to have gone to Syria over the past two years.British extremists are among the "most vicious and vociferous fighters" in the ISIL ranks, said Shiraz Maher, an expert on jihadism.Maher, a senior research fellow at the International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation at King's College London, said they had been operating as suicide bombers and executioners."Foreign fighters going out to Syria are not going out there to be backseat riders. They are going out to be full participants in the war, to be at the forefront of the conflict," he said.He said he and his colleagues were "fairly satisfied that it's a Brit" in the video "due to the colloquialisms" used, as well the accent."We have a database of several hundred fighters in Syria and myself and my colleagues are frantically looking through it to try to pin him down," he added.France on Wednesday lashed out at the apparent execution of Foley, labelling it a "barbaric" and "disgusting" act."This is a barbaric act that plays on fear," government spokesman Stephane Le Foll told reporters after Francois Hollande convened his first cabinet meeting after the summer break.In a statement Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said that if confirmed, the "disgusting assassination would show the true face of this 'Caliphate of Barbarism'."It merits the firmest condemnation from the international community and strengthens our determination to fight against the 'Islamic State' in accordance with Resolution 2170 of the UN Security Council" that condemns the activity of ISIL.Fabius added his condolences to the flood of messages of support. "In such a sad moment, our thoughts go to the relatives of the journalist - a great professional, acclaimed by all in France - and in particular to his mother Diane Foley, whom we hosted last April," the minister said."More than ever, France is committed to the right of journalists to work safely. There can be no impunity for those that carried out these barbaric acts."Thousands of people have already posted messages of condolence on the Facebook site Free James Foley.

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Chinese economy facing some risks

FALLING property prices in China and unregulated borrowing will have to be monitored closely to make sure it is not a risk to the world's second largest economy, the RBA says.

RBA governor Glenn Stevens says the Chinese economy is going along okay despite some volatility in monthly economic data.

"The real issue is the financial part of the economy," he said.Mr Stevens is confident that as the Chinese government deregulates the banking sector, there will be less shadow banking.Shadow banking is when some lending institution operate outside of the regulated banking system.Mr Steven acknowledged that property prices in China were falling, which could be a risk to its economy."I cannot really say with any accuracy at all just how this will unfold," he said in Brisbane."This is an issue that authorities have been alert to for quite a some time."

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NSW firefighter's death to be investigated

Written By kemala yuspita on Minggu, 17 Agustus 2014 | 21.31

INVESTIGATORS are looking at whether a blaze at a NSW country pub that led to the death of a firefighter was suspicious.

DANIEL Howard, 37, was on Sunday morning killed after a wall of the Occidental Hotel in Cobar, west of Dubbo, collapsed onto him and a fellow firefighter.

"Both men were taken to Cobar Hospital, however, (Mr Howard) died a short time later," police said."The other man was treated for a broken arm."Emergency services found the pub well alight when they arrived just before 8am (AEST) and about an hour later it was brought under control.But when Mr Howard, a full-time electrician who worked weekends with Fire and Rescue NSW (FRNSW), and a colleague were near the severely damaged building they were hit by a falling wall.A crime scene has been established and detectives are preparing a report for the coroner."It's unknown at this stage whether the incident is suspicious," police said.Mr Howard leaves behind a fiance and a three-year-old step son, a spokesman for emergency services minister Stuart Ayres said."He was really, really popular in his community, really, really well known and respected," he told AAP.NSW premier Mike Baird sent his "deep sympathy, thoughts and prayers to the family, to the friends to the community.""Day in, day out they take unbelievable risks on our behalf, while we're sitting here comfortably, they're taking those risks," he said."To see it end in tragedy as it has (Sunday) is beyond words."Fire & Rescue NSW Commissioner Greg Mullins said the service had "lost a dedicated firefighter, committed to protecting his community.""He lost his life protecting other people in his community and on behalf of all members of Fire & Rescue NSW I extend our deepest sympathies to firefighters, family and friends."The commissioner is travelling to Cobar with officers from FRNSW's Critical Incident Support Team to assist Mr Howard's family, firefighters and the community."This man selflessly dedicated his life to the safety of his community," Mr Ayres said in a statement."On behalf of the people of NSW, our thoughts and prayers are today with the officer's family, friends and fellow firefighters."

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KISS music banned from Aust airwaves

Written By kemala yuspita on Sabtu, 16 Agustus 2014 | 21.31

A radio station has banned music by rock band KISS after negative comments by bassist Gene Simmons. Source: AAP

BOSSES at an Australian radio station have banned KISS music from the airwaves as a protest against comments bassist Gene Simmons recently made about people battling depression.

THE rocker upset a lot of people when he suggested people with depression and addiction issues should kill themselves in a recent interview when he was asked about relations between himself and former KISS bandmates Ace Frehley and Peter Criss.

Simmons told SongFacts.com, "I don't get along with anybody who's a drug addict and has a dark cloud over their head and sees themselves as a victim. Drug addicts and alcoholics are always: 'The world is a harsh place'."My mother was in a concentration camp in Nazi Germany. I don't want to hear f**k-all about 'the world is a harsh place'. She gets up every day, smells the roses and loves life. And for a putz, 20-year-old kid to say, 'I'm depressed, I live in Seattle'. F*** you, then kill yourself."Simmons went on to say he always calls people on their bluff if they are standing at the top a building saying they are going to jump.Motley Crue star Nikki Sixx attacked Simmons over his remarks on his satellite radio show earlier this week, and now bosses at Triple M have pulled all KISS tracks from playlists nationwide following the bassist's "misguided and insensitive" comments about depression and suicide.Network head Mike Fitzpatrick says, "Depression and suicide are not topics he should be using to further his notoriety or sell records. His desperation to use mental health issues to find relevancy in a modern age is sickening. I can only put it down to a brain fade on his part."The Triple M network can't and won't be playing or supporting this d***head's music. I put the challenge out to other stations across Australia and North America to also drop any of this nudnik's songs until such time as he reconsiders his thoughtless and insensitive position."Simmons has released a statement on Facebook in an attempt to clarify his remarks. It reads: "Depression is very serious and very sad when it happens to anyone, especially loved ones. I have not commented on various allegations made in the media, but I want to make this statement for the record and to clarify. I deeply support and am empathetic to anyone suffering from any disease, especially depression."I have never sugarcoated my feelings regarding drug use and alcoholics. Somewhere along the line, my intentions in speaking very directly and perhaps politically-incorrectly about drug use and alcoholics have been misconstrued as vile commentary on depression."Unkind statements about depression was certainly never my intention. And I do not intend to defend myself here and now by listing the myriad charities and self-help organisations I am involved with."He adds, "My heart goes out to anyone suffering from depression."* Readers seeking support and information about suicide prevention can contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 or Suicide Call Back Service on 1300 659 467

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Overseas AFL players flock to Vic

Written By kemala yuspita on Sabtu, 09 Agustus 2014 | 21.31

MORE than 900 Aussie rules football players from across the world have converged on Melbourne for the 2014 AFL International Cup.

THE 15-day carnival includes 18 men's and seven women's teams from 18 different countries.

"I'm really pleased that we're taking this great game, this great indigenous Australian game, to the world," Victorian Premier Denis Napthine told a crowd at Federation Square gathered for the cup's launch on Saturday."With over 100,000 participants across the world in 30 countries, and with this 2014 International AFL Cup, we're seeing the growth of AFL football throughout the world."Participating countries comprise Canada, China, Fiji, Finland, France, Indonesia, Ireland, Great Britain, India, Japan, Nauru, New Zealand, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, South Africa, Sweden, Tonga and the USA.Teams are made up of amateur players who are nationals of their representative country, and expatriate Australians do not qualify.The cup will be decided over 62 matches to be played in both Melbourne and regional Victoria.The men's grand final will be the curtain-raiser for an AFL match between Hawthorn and Geelong on August 23 at the MCG, while the women's final will be played at the nearby Punt Road Oval.

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Family escapes flaming 40-foot cruiser

FIREFIGHTERS will scuttle a Sydney family's 40-foot cruiser after it caught fire out on the water.

THE young family made it to safety after a blaze broke out on the vessel on Saturday afternoon near the waterside suburb of Drummoyne.

"When fire crews arrived, the family on board the vessel had escaped safely and at this stage we believe no injuries have been advised," Fire & Rescue NSW Superintendent Ian Krimmer said."The vessel is now half-submerged - the order has been given to sink the vessel to ensure that there is no chance of any re-ignition."Once the vessel is sunk, determinations will be made in terms of pollution control."As one Twitter user who witnessed the fire observed: "A lot of $$$ up in flames."Though there were no injuries on board the boat, Supt Krimmer said the smoke plumes did cause a minor car prang on nearby Iron Cove Bridge.

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