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Sydney Airport’s new SkyTeam lounge offers peace and quiet

21/06/2019

Serene: SkyTeam lounge at Sydney Airport.
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SkyTeam lounge at Sydney International Airport

Serene: SkyTeam lounge at Sydney Airport.

SkyTeam lounge at Sydney International Airport

Serene: SkyTeam lounge at Sydney Airport.

SkyTeam lounge at Sydney International Airport

Serene: SkyTeam lounge at Sydney Airport.

SkyTeam lounge at Sydney International Airport

SkyTeam lounge at Sydney International Airport

Ever entered a busy airline lounge seeking quiet refuge only to find the last available seat is directly under a blaring large-screen television?

That’s the kind of negative experience the new SkyTeam lounge at Sydney Airport is designed to avoid.

Tranquility and relaxation were the key motivators behind the space conceived by Parisian agency DesignImage and implemented by Hong Kong-based Australian architect Mitchel Squires.

Bert Goren, head of SkyTeam lounges worldwide, explains:  “We tend to focus on human wellbeing and therefore we focus on silence as a feature – we do not have any TVs on to expose passengers to noise which they don’t want to hear. Instead we offer a separate TV room.”

The Sydney lounge is SkyTeam’s first dedicated lounge in the Southern Hemisphere and only the third in the world, behind Heathrow and Istanbul (though SkyTeam passengers have access to more than 620 member airline lounges worldwide).

In keeping with the other SkyTeam lounges, the Sydney offering, for eligible passengers of airlines including China Airlines, Garuda, Delta and Vietnam Airlines, is zoned to help the weary refresh and revitalise.

“We offer sections inside the lounge: one is where passengers can eat, work and have a drink at the wine bar and the other is more a silent part where you can read, relax or take a little nap,” says Goren.

Stand-out features include a vertical garden, an electrical outlet for each of the 140 seats, a champagne and wine bar, showers, four full body massage chairs and, of course, that TV room for those who simply can’t live without it.

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Nathan Charles: on the excitement of the Western Force starting a new season

21/06/2019

It’s difficult to sum up the feelings of this week. Excited. Nervous. Impatient.
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It’s like we’re situated on the starting grid; our foot is revving the engine, eyeing off the other drivers and waiting for that green light to shine.

While many of us have been in this situation before, it does little to suppress the feeling of just wanting to get out onto the field for the start of a new season and rip in.

Pre-season training has again been tough but productive. We have again worked through a considerable amount of content, often in the searing temperatures, in preparation for the season ahead.

As we’ve begun to reach the crescendo of our pre-season and approached our first game, there’s no doubt the intensity has also risen. Competition for positions within the team is fierce.

Drills to be done at 70 per cent creep into the 80s and 90s. Semi-contact sessions become contact sessions, and cuts, bruises and black eyes sustained in training are commonplace within the squad as we all push towards our first match.

In the past three weeks we’ve had a series of trial matches against the Brumbies, Perth Spirit and Asia Pacific Dragons. While these provide a valuable match experience and the opportunity to fine tune some areas, it’s just not the same as the real thing.

The only thing tempering our bull-at-a-gate enthusiasm is all of us – coaches and players – wanting to ensure that every “I” has been dotted and “T” crossed.

Even yesterday we were talking among the group in terms of how quickly the new season is upon us. The flipside is how quickly it will be gone and how we must make the most of each opportunity.

This weekend we take on the NSW Waratahs in Sydney. This is an exciting opportunity for us to test ourselves – and what better way to do that than against the reigning champions.

At our corresponding match in Sydney last season, the Tahs came out all guns blazing from the first whistle – and we were left to chase the game – something you cannot afford to do.

Just six matches later, back at home at the “Force Field” (nib Stadium), we were able show increased composure and – with three tries from the “Honey Badger” – we were able to turn the result around.

On Sunday, big Sam Wykes will lead us out onto the field for the first time, which is great recognition for one of the leaders within the group who has given a great deal to the club and the team over the past seven seasons.

With Wykesy at the helm, what we all know is that we have trained and prepared for the moment that will greet us in Sydney on Sunday afternoon. We know we must be ready for the intensity and physicality from the outset.

And with the smell of Dencorub lingering around the dressing room and patter of studs on the tunnel floor accompanying us onto the field, I can tell you we are all very excited that the Super Rugby season is here for another year!

Until next week, Nathan Charles Follow WAtoday on Twitter

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Salmonella outbreak: aged care resident dies

21/06/2019

File picAn aged care resident in the Illawarra has died and nine others have been hospitalised after an outbreak of an unusual strain of salmonella in 10 aged care homes Illawarra Retirement Trust either operates or supplies with meals.
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The elderly, frail resident was one of 23 people confirmed to have been infected in aged care homes across the Illawarra Shoalhaven area, South Eastern Sydney region and the ACT.

The NSW Food Authority’s investigation was continuing and test results were yet to determine the cause of the outbreak at homes operated or supplied by IRT, NSW Health said.

‘‘In the affected facilities there have been 23 confirmed cases and it is possible that further patients may test positive as the investigation continues,’’ director of the NSW Health communicable diseases branch Vicky Sheppeard said.

‘‘Nine residents have required hospitalisation and one frail elderly resident with confirmed infection has died,’’ Ms Sheppeard said.

‘‘To our best understanding the salmonella infection was the cause of death of [this] elderly patient in the Illawarra region, who also had several underlying chronic diseases.

‘‘Due to strict privacy regulation we are unable to provide any further information about the patient.’’

Agencies were working closely with a regional food supply company and the aged care facility managers at the affected facilities to identify foods associated with the illness, Ms Sheppeard said.

Food production and catering at the affected facilities had been reviewed by the NSW Food Authority.

“No specific concerns have been identified, but as a precaution and to minimise the risk of further infections in residents, the facilities are no longer serving foods considered as likely risks – for example, food that is not reheated prior to serving.”

Ms Sheppeard said patients and their families and carers had been notified of the outbreak and the precautions being taken as part of the continuing investigations.

“There is no evidence of a risk to the wider community. We are focusing our efforts on identifying which food or foods may be carrying the infections so we can prevent further cases in the aged care facility residents.”

IRT chief operating officer Craig Hamer confirmed on Thursday that the organisation was still taking admissions at its residential care centres, as it had “taken every possible precaution” to reduce risks to residents.

“NSW Health and the NSW Food Authority are confident that we have done everything we can to ensure their safety,” Mr Hamer said.

IRT had taken extra measures to reduce the risk to residents, including reinforcing food hygiene and infection control procedures at all centres and engaging “external specialists to undertake industrial cleaning in our food service areas at affected sites”.

Mr Hamer said IRT was working closely with the NSW Food Authority and NSW Health to determine the cause of the infection.

“As a precautionary measure, we have withdrawn all at-risk foods from service at all our care centres. This includes salad products – both fresh and pre-packaged – and cold meats,” he said.

A NSW Health spokesperson said the company “continues to withhold from their menu foods that are identified as being of a higher food-safety risk, such as raw salads and fruits, cold meats and frozen products containing meat”.

There have been no further reports of illness following the infection period identified by NSW Health as January 18 to February 5.

Last Friday the Illawarra region’s public health unit confirmed three elderly residents had been hospitalised due to the outbreak.

Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District public health director Curtis Gregory said the elderly residents were mainly suffering from vomiting and diarrhoea, but there were also problems from lack of hydration and some residents had high fevers.

Salmonellosis is one of the most common notifiable conditions in NSW, with more than 3000 people diagnosed each year and many going undiagnosed.

The bacteria is mainly spread to people when they eat undercooked food made from infected animals – including meat, poultry, eggs and their by-products – or salad items fertilised by manure.

“It’s a fairly uncommon type of salmonella called bovismorbificans and we think it is linked to salad products,” Mr Gregory said.

“Specifically we believe it may be due to the fertiliser or cow manure used to grow those salad products.”

Cross-contamination can occur when pre-prepared food is cut with a contaminated knife or from the hands of an infected food handler.

Mr Gregory said it was important to note no staff members had become ill, and inspections of the kitchens and food-handling procedures had not found any issues.

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Accused MP stalker sent ‘menacing’ texts: Court

21/06/2019

Goulburn MP Pru GowardA local man has been ordered to stay away from Goulburn MP Pru Goward at least until court matters have been heard.
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Goulburn Local Court yesterday upheld an interim apprehended violence order against John Plews made by police on Ms Goward’s behalf.

The 61-year-old is accused of sending hundreds of “harassing and menacing” text messages to the MP, which were also forwarded to people in the electorate.

The order stipulates that Mr Plews is not to approach, molest, assault, stalk, intimidate Ms Goward or her daughter or go within 50 metres of her house or residence.

He must also not contact her in any way.

Police confiscated Mr Plews’ phone after last Thursday charging him with one count of stalk/intimidate – intending fear or personal harm, and two counts of using a carriage service to menace, harass or offend.

It is alleged the charges relate to three separate victims, including Ms Goward and Goulburn Liberal Party branch president, Grant Pearce.

The court on Wednesday heard a police application for a provisional AVO on the MP’s behalf.

Police prosecutor Sergeant Chris Toole said the Order was tied directly to the three charges, due to be heard in the same court on March 4.

“What will be relied upon in those matters is the basis of the AVO,” he said.

Mr Plews, who represented himself, said those charges would be “strongly and vigorously defended.”

He plans to contest the Order.

Magistrate Carolyn Huntsman accordingly adjourned the matter to March 4 to be heard with the other charges.

Mr Plews questioned whether that was necessary.

He told the court he wanted his phone back to maintain contact with the Electoral Funding Authority and the Independent Commission Against Corruption.

“I don’t need to tell you who she is,” he said to the magistrate.“I have been a very prominent supporter and friend of hers. I have been subjected to this AVO so I can’t raise very controversial issues before March 28 (the state election).”

Mr Plews also made other unsubstantiated claims about the MP.

At this stage the magistrate warned him he had the right to remain silent and she would not hear claims before the March 4 criminal matters.

Mr Plews also asked for a variation of his bail conditions.

Magistrate Huntsman said these conditions were not before her but there were provisos attached to the AVO.

He pointed out that every time he had to attend court he passed within 50m of Ms Goward’s office, which was a breach of the Order.

Magistrate Huntsman advised him to go another way.

Sergeant Toole opposed any move to return Mr Plews’ phone.

“The phone was seized pursuant to police obligations,” he said.“…If he desires his phone back, he can apply but we expect it will be kept and tendered as an exhibit in the criminal matters.”

The magistrate said she had no powers to return the phone.

Mr Plews undertook to abide by all AVO conditions but pointed out it was “a small town.”

“If I see (her) I will cross the street as quickly as possible but there are many functions which we both attend,” he said.“…(But) I will certainly be fulfilling my obligations.”

Magistrate Huntsman continued the AVO under interim conditions until March 4.

Mr Plews told the court he intended to represent himself on that day and for preliminary hearings but would brief a senior counsel after that.

Ms Goward was not in court on Thursday.

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Miss Surfest 2015 photos: final heat

21/06/2019

Miss Surfest 2015 final heat The final Miss Surfest heat was held at Belmont Sporties on Thursday. Pic: Dean Osland
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The final Miss Surfest heat was held at Belmont Sporties on Thursday. Pic: Dean Osland

The final Miss Surfest heat was held at Belmont Sporties on Thursday. Pic: Dean Osland

The final Miss Surfest heat was held at Belmont Sporties on Thursday. Pic: Dean Osland

The final Miss Surfest heat was held at Belmont Sporties on Thursday. Pic: Dean Osland

The final Miss Surfest heat was held at Belmont Sporties on Thursday. Pic: Dean Osland

The final Miss Surfest heat was held at Belmont Sporties on Thursday. Pic: Dean Osland

The final Miss Surfest heat was held at Belmont Sporties on Thursday. Pic: Dean Osland

The final Miss Surfest heat was held at Belmont Sporties on Thursday. Pic: Dean Osland

The final Miss Surfest heat was held at Belmont Sporties on Thursday. Pic: Dean Osland

The final Miss Surfest heat was held at Belmont Sporties on Thursday. Pic: Dean Osland

The final Miss Surfest heat was held at Belmont Sporties on Thursday. Pic: Dean Osland

The final Miss Surfest heat was held at Belmont Sporties on Thursday. Pic: Dean Osland

The final Miss Surfest heat was held at Belmont Sporties on Thursday. Pic: Dean Osland

The final Miss Surfest heat was held at Belmont Sporties on Thursday. Pic: Dean Osland

The final Miss Surfest heat was held at Belmont Sporties on Thursday. Pic: Dean Osland

The final Miss Surfest heat was held at Belmont Sporties on Thursday. Pic: Dean Osland

The final Miss Surfest heat was held at Belmont Sporties on Thursday. Pic: Dean Osland

The final Miss Surfest heat was held at Belmont Sporties on Thursday. Pic: Dean Osland

The final Miss Surfest heat was held at Belmont Sporties on Thursday. Pic: Dean Osland

The final Miss Surfest heat was held at Belmont Sporties on Thursday. Pic: Dean Osland

TweetFacebookHERALD photographer Dean Osland caught all the action as Miss Surfest 2015’s final heats were held at Belmont Sporties on Thursday.

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