Archive for September, 2018

   Sep 22

Ambulance Tasmania review after service disruption

Ambulance Tasmania is promising a full review after a power outage delayed emergency dispatch services this morning.
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An outage at the State Communications Centre in Hobart meant a gap between calls being received and ambulances being dispatched for around 35 minutes.

Ambulance Tasmania chief executive Dominic Morgan said only two calls were affected, one of which was a fatal cardiac arrest.

However, Mr Morgan said there was no information to suggest the person would not have died if there was not an outage.

He said there would be a full review of the incident.

“I want to assure Tasmanians that every measure is being taken to ensure we fully understand the reasons for the outage and ensure it doesn’t happen again,” Mr Morgan said.

The communications centre and ambulance headquarterswas built in 2010 at a cost of around $5.6 million.

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   Sep 22

Robertson Spuds plucked at home: PHOTOS

Robertson Spuds plucked at home: PHOTOS A Mt Annan player offloads the ball in front of Robertson hooker Steven Baines on Saturday. Photo by Josh Bartlett
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A group of Spuds combines to lay a tackle. Photo by Josh Bartlett

A group of Spuds combines to lay a tackle against Mt Annan. Photo by Josh Bartlett

Robertson second rower Jesse Mauger runs towards the try line. Photo by Josh Bartlett

Robertson fullback Matt Hammond is dragged down in a heavy tackle. Photo by Josh Bartlett

Robertson halfback Jake Temporalli (7) takes down an opponent. Photo by Josh Bartlett

A Mt Annan player is dragged to the ground. Photo by Josh Bartlett

Adam Kich is dragged to the ground but manages an offload. Photo by Josh Bartlett

Action from the Robertson Spuds v Mt Annan Knights game. Photo by Josh Bartlett

Robertson hooker Steven Baines kicks the ball long down field. Photo by Josh Bartlett

Jesse Mauger (12) helps lay a tackle. Photo by Josh Bartlett

Matt Rolles (above) helps bring down a Mt Annan player. Photo by Josh Bartlett

Matt Rolles and Steven Baines combine to tackle a Mt Annan player. Photo by Josh Bartlett

Jesse Mauger winds up to take on the Mt Annan defensive line. Photo by Josh Bartlett

Spuds halfback Jake Temporalli eyes off the try line. Photo by Josh Bartlett

Robertson’s Steven Baines passes the ball from dummy half on Saturday. Photo by Josh Bartlett

Mt Annan players start to celebrate their victory on Saturday. Photo by Josh Bartlett

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   Sep 22

Sydney teacher wins $285,000 in damages after shopping trolley fall

Trolley of woe: teacher wins damages claim after carpark mishap. Photo: Gabriele CharotteWith a week’s worth of groceries, a bag of nappies, and her young daughter sitting in the shopping trolley, Despina Cavric walked towards her car.
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But the regular shopping trip went awry when the trolley hit a pothole, suddenly jerked sideways, and fell on top of Ms Cavric.

The mother-of-three was hurt when she tried to protect the toddler, and her three-year-old son walking beside her, in the car park adjoining Northbridge Plaza on Sydney’s north shore on June 6, 2011.

The fall left Ms Cavric, a high school teacher, with ongoing pain in her neck, left shoulder, back, left hip, leg and knee, and she sued Willoughby City Council for negligence.

After a lengthy legal process, a court on Friday ordered the council pay Ms Cavric $285,915 in damages.

A trial in the NSW District Court in April last year heard the fall left Ms Cavric unable to work, and she has not been able to keep up with housework at her family’s large Northbridge house.

Ms Cavric said her relationship with her husband had become strained as a result of her pain.

“[She] is also short-tempered with her children. She is distressed that she cannot hold her daughter,” the trial judgment said.

Her sister told the court that before the fall Ms Cavric was outgoing and an “impeccable” housekeeper before the fall, but had since lost enthusiasm and was less social.

She “loved” and “thrived” on the extra responsibility she was given when she temporarily filled the role of head teacher, and had ambitions to become a permanent head teacher or administrator.

Other than on her knee, x-rays did not show evidence of injury, leading an ortheopeadic surgeon to diagnose Ms Cavric with soft tissue injuries.

At the end of the trial, Judge Michael Elkaim found that the council did not know about the risk of the pothole.

Judge Elkaim also found that the car park was a public road, meaning the council was a roads authority protected by civil liability law, and found Ms Cavric’s claim for damages had failed.

But on Friday, the NSW Court of Appeal ruled there was not enough evidence to show the car park was a public road.

The appeals court found the council relied heavily on evidence that people drove or walked through the carpark to get from one street to another.

“There being no other evidence supporting the establishment of the place where the accident occurred as a public road, the trial judge should have found that its status as such was not established,” Justice John Basten said in a judgment agreed to by Justices Arthur Emmett and Anthony Meagher.

The court also ordered the council to pay Ms Cavric’s legal costs for the trial and the appeal.

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   Sep 22

Brilliant Blacks

Suni Saleopelu
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The Griffith Blacks did as expected and finished the preliminaryrounds of the Southern Inland Rugby Union competition with a big win over Cootamundra in Hay on Saturday.

The Blacks ran in 11 tries to thump the wooden spoon favourites 69-6, Suni Saleopelu finishing with19 points after scoring a try and nailing seven conversions.

The result ensured the Blacks retained third ahead of the competition split this week.

The reigning premiers will now battle Albury (1st), Leeton (2nd), Waratahs (4th), Tumut (5th) and Ag College (6th) for the Walsh and Blair Cup overthe rest of the year.

The draw for the second half of the season is expected to be finalised on Monday, but regardless of who the Blacks play, co-coach Nick Gleeson said there would only be hard matches.

“It (intensity) is going to go up now,” he said.

“Every week you’ve gotto have your best team out there and firing otherwise you’ll get knocked off.”

But fielding a fully fit side is easier said than done for the Blacks at the moment.

Gleeson missed Saturday’s win with a shoulder problemand could face another few weeks on the sideline. In a bigger blow,inside centre Dan Bozic willmiss the rest of the season with a knee injury he sustained earlier in the year.

“He (Bozic) hadbeen mucking around with physios for a while and eventually went and got a scan,” Gleeson said.

“It turns out he did a fair bit of damage and will be out for the rest of the season.

“That hurts a bit, but beside that everyone should be back on board over the coming weeks.”

A full-strength Blacks can threaten the title, but Gleeson said Albury loomed as the team to beat.

“Everybody’s eyeing off Albury, I think,” he said.

“In saying that, when we played them we were firing in the first 20 minutes before we took our foot off the throat.They beat us, but we’re not scared or intimidated by them.”

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   Sep 22

Tour de France: Next challenge for Rohan Dennis after time trial win – show he can climb

Aussie Rohan Dennis proudly wears the race leader’s yellow jersey on the podium after winning the first stage of the Tour de France. Photo: ERIC GAILLARDStage by stage coverage More Tour de France 
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UTRECHT: By producing a brilliant ride to win the stage one time trial of the Tour de France, take the race leader’s yellow jersey and declare – and not for the first time – that his career ambition is to win a grand tour overall, Rohan Dennis created a massive immediate challenge for himself.

Not that the 25 year-old Australian will baulk at showing after  his success in Saturday’s 13.8km time trial in the Dutch city of Utrecht, that he has the climbing prowess he will need to if he is to challenge for a win in the Giro d’Italia, Tour or Vuelta a Espana.

Dennis knows that opportunity is still some way off, as he is regarded at his BMC team as a work in progress in that grand plan.

But what this Tour will offer him is a chance to show how far he has developed in his climbing when the time does come for him to help his American team leader Tejay van Garderen in the mountains.

Dennis already has left an imprint on many with his climbing ability in other races, but having declared his ambition on Saturday, all eyes – rather than those closer to the sport – will be on him to see how well he climbs to help van Garderen in the Pyrenees and Alps.

Dennis understandably said he wanted to defend the yellow jersey for several days, or up to the stage nine team time trial; but how far Dennis continues in the race leader’s jersey is not as critical a marker of his potential at this point in his career as to how he climbs later.

For Dennis, the seventh Australian to claim the yellow jersey, his priority is to help van Garderen should the American survive the next hazardous stages in the Netherlands, Belgium and northern France.

But BMC team president Jim Ochowicz said Dennis showed at a recent high altitude training camp near Girona in Spain where he lives, that he is climbing better than ever.

Before Dennis unleashed his record Tour time trial at an average speed of 55.446kmh to win in 14minutes 56 seconds – beating second placed Tony Martin (Etixx-QuickStep) by 5s and Switzerland’s third placed Fabian Cancellara (Trek) by 6s – Ochowicz also cited the Criterium du Dauphine where van Garderen placed second behind British 2013 Tour winner, Chris Froome (Sky).

“He is climbing great. People don’t even think he is climbing,” said Ochowicz of Dennis whose season includes the Tour Down Under in South Australian in January and in February, and the world track hour record which has been beaten twice and is now held by British rider Bradley Wiggins.

After the hour record, Dennis followed a deliberate and steady return to peak form.

But after the Tour’s team time trial in which his role will be a crucial one, Dennis intends using that form to help van Garderen as much as he can.

Dennis’s “main goal” after the team time trial will be to “switch to a climbers role”. “Hopefully I can be there when it is crunch time and not just get dropped or help to the bottom of the climb, but to help on the climbs as well,” he said.

If Dennis achieves that, he will help convince those who heard his grand tour ambitions on Saturday that he has the time trialling and climbing ability to win one.

It would also book-end a near-perfect Tour for Dennis, who he did not finish his last and only Tour – that being, the 2013 edition when he was forced out by injury after eight stages.

Dennis believes in van Garderen’s goal – to make the podium – and regards as a blessing van Garderen not being classed in the “Big Four” of the Italian Vincenzo Nibali (Astana), Briton Chris Froome (Sky), Spaniard Alberto Contador (Tinkoff-Saxo) and Colombian Nairo Quintana (Movistar)

“‘The Big Four’ … that just means more pressure on them,” said Dennis.

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