IT might his first time captaining a representative side, but there is no daunting Maori All Stars leader Dallin Watene-Zelezniak.
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That is how the communities of the Hunter used to be. And we still live by the same attitudes of rugged realism in the face of difficulty. We never perceive ourselves as entitled in that reckless, self-absorbed way that erodes trust and community spirit but are humbled by the earth in which we live and work.
Our forefathers made sacrifices by going down a pit for another back-breaking shift only so that the next generations could flourish. Now in 2021, those same values and sensibilities point to the need to close the coal mines, to help create a liveable Hunter for the next generations.
Most Australians know the paralysis in the climate debate in our country is an indulgence we cannot afford. We are dangerously poised in the current climate emergency. The claims being made by Fitzgibbon in pursuit of his own short-term political agenda do nothing constructive. They kneecap efforts by the Labor Party to form a cohesive voice as a functional opposition in our crucial national climate debate.
People in the Hunter are no different from people in other parts of the world who want immediate and drastic action to protect our Earth. Anyone unfamiliar with the Hunter could be forgiven for thinking that jobs in coal mining were all that mattered to our region. If you listened only to the distorted characterisations, you would think that a Hunter Valley without coal mines and coal dust would cause us all to collapse in despair.
This is bogus. Though Fitzgibbon only acknowledges it in passing, the fact is that the transition in employment out of primary industries has been afoot in our region for decades.
In the Hunter (excluding Newcastle), employment in the mining industries is low and shrinking. Jobs in tourism and hospitality outnumber jobs in mining, as do jobs in retail and construction. Population sizes in Hunter towns are booming while employment in the coal industry is declining. The Hunter Research Foundation showed that coal mining jobs in the Upper Hunter in 2018 had fallen by 2000 since 2012, and stood at 11,500. On the other hand, according to a parliamentary study, jobs in health and social assistance now stand at 17,100 .
The facts are that the performance of coal mining as an employment bastion in our region has been declining for a long time. The need for skills transfer by traditional workers in the coal mining industry to other sectors is a regular talking point among locals.
Sure, there are the newly settled or the “fly-in, fly-out” workers keen to make a quick buck, but that trend is grossly out of step with the natural attrition of a dwindling coal mining industry in the Hunter region. What we hear on the ground, the anecdotal evidence, shores up the official data.
We should be facilitating the transition out of coal mining and into future industries, not putting obstacles in the way. The invitation is open for Fitzgibbon to work with others to get an industry plan that fast-tracks to clean energy. The Hunter could positively model what can happen in other parts of the country for climate protection.
The Hunter region has been exploited for two centuries for its coal. Now it’s being exploited for political advantage in the most pernicious and regrettable way. By holding the national climate debate to ransom, Fitzgibbon is holding back the people of the Hunter and risking a dire future for our children and our children’s children. There have to be better ways forward.
Felicity McCallum is an Awabakal woman, a PhD candidate at Charles Sturt University and a research member of the Centre for Public and Contextual Theology. She lectures at the Australian Catholic University, Canberra.
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Machine Gun Kelly appears to be channeling his inner Angelina Jolie as he posted a heartfelt Valentine’s Day tribute to girlfriend Megan Fox.
The 30-year-old musician took to Instagram on Sunday, Feb. 14 to share a carousel of images and footage of the pair together.
In his caption, he claimed that he wears Megan’s blood around his neck. Sure enough, one of the pics featured a vial that appeared to contain a drop of blood and was hanging from a necklace. (See, we meant it literally when we called his post “heartfelt.”)
“i wear your blood around my neck,” he wrote, adding emojis that symbolize a knife, a drop of blood, a DNA symbol and a rose. “my bloody valentine.”
On the same day, Megan also shared a carousel to her Instagram of video and photos featuring the couple in honor of Valentine’s Day.
“there goes my heart,” she wrote, “manifest outside of my body draped in the towering silhouette of a most unusually handsome boy magical and haunted kinetic and tortured ethereal and dangerous cosmic lawless eternal creative genius.”
A 62-year-old man from the New South Wales Far South Coast is encouraging more people to donate blood, after completing his 750th donation.
Rob Johnson of Bermagui completed his 750th blood donation today
He makes a 7-hour return trip every fortnight in order to make a regular donation
Lifeblood is urgently calling for more people in NSW to make blood donations
Rob Johnson made his first whole blood donation at 18 years old, and continued to do so for a decade before switching to plasma and platelets.
Today, he commemorated his 750th donation at the Garran Lifeblood Centre in Canberra.
“In the overall lottery of life and health, I’ve been very fortunate,” Mr Johnson said.
There is no permanent donor centre in his region, so Mr Johnson makes the trip from his home in Bermagui to Canberra on a fortnightly basis.
It is nearly a 7-hour round trip, but he enjoys the journey.
“I love it. I leave at 4:30am and drive up,” Mr Johnson said.
“Platelets and plasma donations require a special machine and the actual disposables on each donation are quite expensive too.
“They tend to concentrate those collection points in major population centres. So, the closest one to me is Canberra.”
Mr Johnson is a B positive donor and only eight per cent of people share his blood type.
Plasma from these donors can be given to almost 60 per cent of patients and is used for the treatment of serious burns, cancer and immune conditions.
His donations have not gone unrecognised by his many recipients, some of whom he has been lucky enough to meet.
“About 12 months ago I was on the chair in Canberra with a needle in the arm,” Mr Johnson said.
“A young mum walked in with her three-year-old daughter.
More donors needed
The Australian Red Cross Lifeblood is calling for an extra 700 blood donors in NSW to come forward in the lead up to Australia Day to fill low bookings and boost blood stocks for patients.
The organisation has found up to 400 people have cancelled or not showed up to their appointment over the past month.
For Mr Johnson, donating is a “no-brainer”.
“We all know someone who, at some stage of their life, has required a blood product,” he said.
“This Australia Day, eat lamb and donate blood. It makes sense.”
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She is also representing Jenny D’Ubios, who escaped hotel quarantine in Perth on Boxing Day after claiming that her detention was a violation of her human rights and based on a virus that did not exist. Ms D’Ubios was put into a maximum-security prison after police found out that Ms Teffaha had mistakenly given the wrong address in her bail application.
Ms Teffaha appeared at a rally in Broadmeadows on December 6 to prosecute her argument against coronavirus restrictions, with a speech that described bureaucrats as “liars”, judges as “corrupt” and the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) as “the most terrorist organisation”. She also said there was no need to wear masks at a time they were mandatory in numerous settings in Victoria.
“This is gaslighting,” she said.
“This is abusive behaviour. This is not on and we will call them out and if these judges are going to be corrupt we will call the judges on it.
“We will keep calling them all out until there’s a revolution on the streets and if we need to shed blood for peace, then so be it.”
Ms Teffaha was previously a senior lawyer with the Australian Taxation Office but left after lodging a whistleblower complaint and subsequently sued the ATO.
She said she has more than 2000 clients, each of whom must give a minimum upfront payment of $250. The money was being held in a trust, she said, and she had not yet paid herself for her work.
However, she said she was not required to hold in trust monies donated by people who had not signed a costs agreement.
Ms Teffaha has drawn the attention of anti-scamming activists including “Lucky Lance” Simon, a convicted criminal-cum-comedian married to Melbourne gangland lawyer Zarah Garde-Wilson, whose early scepticism about some coronavirus claims has been replaced by a crusade against those who seek to profit from it.
Mr Simon started by skewering the anti-coronavirus groups who sought to enlist his support, including the libertarian Facebook group Reignite Democracy Australia and right-wing activist Avi Yemeni, who has raised close to $500,000 through crowdfunding for a constitutional challenge against the lockdown.
He encouraged his followers to report Mr Yemeni to the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission for deceptive and misleading conduct. Mr Yemeni reported Mr Simon to the police for making a death threat against him in a comedy skit. The matter was thrown out. No action has been taken against Mr Yemeni regarding his fundraising.
Mr Simon said he had been contacted by many people who had donated to Ms Teffaha’s class action and were concerned that nothing had happened yet. The rally footage has been sent to the Victorian Legal Services Board.
“Nothing she says makes sense, but she’s a champion of the people because she’s a lawyer,” he said. “If someone like Serene Teffaha calls lawyers corrupt, people believe her and there’s a huge attitude in society that the judges are all against us and I don’t think that’s helpful.”
The Legal Services Board is prevented under the legislation from confirming whether a complaint has been received.
Ms Teffaha said she planned to file the “detention towers” class action this week, followed by the national class action and a COVID-19 vaccine challenge once it had been approved by the Therapeutic Goods Administration.
She said her use of the term “blood on the streets” was not meant to be taken literally, but referred to the expression coined by Baron Rothschild and intended as a plea for people to go against the crowd.
“My speech was a protest speech and was impassioned, which is not my usual demeanour,” she said.
“I was not referring to all judges as corrupt but specifically the Family Court of Australia has many corruption issues with people taking children and forcing them to go with the perpetrator parent — I am doing an action on that.”
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An international trial testing convalescent blood plasma on COVID-19 patients with moderate and severe illness has halted enrolment of severely ill COVID-19 patients requiring intensive care after it found no benefit, trial investigators say.
The decision by the REMAP-CAP trial leaders came after an initial analysis of more than 900 severely ill trial participants in intensive care showed that treatment with the product – an antibody-rich plasma taken from people who have recovered from the pandemic disease – did not improve outcomes.
“There was no evidence of harm associated with the administration of convalescent plasma” (and) the trial is continuing to recruit hospitalised COVID-19 patients who are moderately ill but not in intensive care, scientists leading the trial said in a statement.
“It is biologically plausible that patients who are not producing antibodies at the time of convalescent plasma therapy and those patients with excess virus may benefit more than others. Our additional analyses will explore this,” said Manu Shankar-Hari, a clinician and professor of critical care medicine at the UK’s Guy’s and St Thomas’ hospital, who is co-leading the trial.
He added that the initial analysis did not assess plasma’s effects in hospitalised patients with less severe disease.
This “remains a very important question” and would continue to be explored in the ongoing trial, he said.
The underlying hypothesis for using convalescent plasma as a potential treatment for COVID-19 patients is that the antibodies it contains could neutralise the virus, stopping it from replicating and halting tissue damage.
But this initial analysis leading to the REMAP-CAP pause in enrolment of critically ill patients showed there was a very low probability – 2.2 per cent – that it reduced death rates or decreased the number of days patients needed intensive care.
“Why convalescent plasma does not seem to improve outcome in severely ill COVID-19 patients admitted to the ICU is not yet known. However, it may be because the lung damage is too advanced for convalescent plasma to make a difference,” said Alexis Turgeon, a critical care doctor and professor at Universite Laval in Canada, who is also working on the trial.
REMAP-CAP is an international clinical trial exploring potential treatments for COVID-19.
It has already recruited 4100 COVID-19 patients at more than 290 clinical sites across Europe, the Americas, Asia, Africa and Australasia.
Separate findings from REMAP-CAP showed last week that treating critically ill COVID-19 patients with Roche’s Actemra or Sanofi’s Kevzara arthritis drugs significantly improved survival rates and reduced the amount of time patients need intensive care.
The trial is also looking at potential effects of a range of other existing therapies including anti-coagulation medicines, anti-platelet agents, antibiotics, statins and vitamin C.
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The editorial staff of the leftwing National Catholic Reporter fussed and fumed that Catholic supporters of President Donald Trump “have blood on their hands” after the violent chaos that erupted at the U.S. Capitol Wednesday.
The editors wrote Thursday:
Clearly, the current resident of the White House who for months has repeatedly and deliberately lied about nonexistent election fraud, and who, even as Confederate-flag wielding thugs strolled throughout the Capitol, is guilty of inciting violence in his morning speech on the Ellipse. Later in the day, he would express “love” for what can only be described as domestic terrorists.
“Many Americans expressed shock as they watched the violent mob smash glass and scale the walls while members of Congress cowered under desks or rushed to secure bunkers,” the Reporter editors continued. “We were not surprised.”
The leftwing group then named names:
We’re talking to you CatholicVote.org, Attorney General William Barr and other Catholics in the Trump administration, Amy Coney Barrett, Cardinal Timothy Dolan, Bill Donohue of the Catholic League, rogue prolifer Abby Johnson. Sadly, the list goes on.
And, as for the Catholics who actually voted for Trump, the Reporter editors chastised them for caring about such things as Supreme Court justices, Catholic school choice funding so low-income children can escape failing public schools, and lower taxes so American businesses can thrive and provide more jobs, and families can provide a home, food, and education for their children without relying on the government.
“It must stop,” the editors raged on, demanding Catholics sever their relationship with what they call “white Catholic nationalism.”
“And a pro-life movement that embraces white nationalism is not a true pro-life movement,” they pronounced. “Period.”
Catholic League President Bill Donohue, however, saw it differently and asked Friday who is actually “guilty of inciting riots?”
In the wake of the storming of the Capitol, many are blaming President Trump for the violence. Of course, he never instructed anyone to engage in violence. Nevertheless, his critics argue that he stoked people’s passions, which he did, and can therefore be held accountable.
If this is the standard—inflammatory rhetoric—then Trump’s critics are at best ethically compromised.
Donohue then continued with many examples of leftwing inflammatory rhetoric, including:
“I need you to get out and talk to your friends and talk to your neighbors. I want you to talk to them whether they are independent or whether they are Republican. I want you to argue with them and get in their face.” Presidential candidate Barack Obama, 2008
“When they go low, we kick ’em. That’s what this new Democratic Party is about.” Former Attorney General Eric Holder, 2018
“Please, get up in the face of some congresspeople.” Cory Booker, 2020
“People will do what they do.” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi commenting on violent protesters, 2020
“You know, there needs to be unrest in the streets for as long as there is unrest in our lives, and unfortunately there is plenty to go around.” Ayanna Pressley, 2020
“They’re [left-wing protesters] not gonna stop before Election Day in November and they’re not gonna stop after Election Day. And that should be—everyone should take note of that on both levels, that this isn’t, they’re not gonna let up and they should not. And we should not.” Kamala Harris, 2020
“And please, show me where it says protesters are supposed to be polite and peaceful.” CNN host Chris Cuomo, 2020
“Left-wing commentators and activists (pretty much the same these days) have no moral authority to lecture the rest of us about violence committed by right-wing protesters,” Donohue added. “They nurtured a climate of violence over the past year by giving Antifa and Black Lives Matter their blessings.”
In November, the Catholic League also condemned the Reporter for publishing an op-ed that called upon the U.S. Catholic bishops to “suppress the cult of St. John Paul II.”
Breitbart News reported Donohue rebuked the actions of dissident Catholics intent on redirecting blame from disgraced sexual predator Theodore McCarrick to St. John Paul II.
As a bishop and then pope, John Paul II continuously challenged Marxist ideology and taught definitively about issues such as abortion, marriage between one man and one woman, and human sexuality – facts that are detested by leftwing individuals who still call themselves “Catholic.”
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In its op-ed, the Reporter accuses John Paul II of “calamitous, callous decision-making” regarding former Cardinal McCarrick, insisting that he “willfully put at risk children and young adults in the Archdiocese of Washington, D.C., and around the world” while setting “a deplorable example for bishops in ignoring the accounts of abuse victims.”
“In reading this editorial, one gets the sense that the true villain of the ‘McCarrick Report’ is not the predatory ex-cardinal, but rather Pope John Paul II,” Donohue said, adding:
It is ironic as it is perverse, that the Reporter, which is quick to judge others for the clergy sexual abuse scandal, denies its own role in contributing to it. To be specific, its relentless attacks on the Church’s teaching on sexuality enabled sick men to justify their homosexual assaults.
In July, the Reporter’s executive editor also declared abortion supporter Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) to be “the future of the Catholic Church.”
Heidi Schlumpf wrote she heard a “stunning speech” by Ocasio-Cortez while on the House floor and “was struck by how often it referenced Catholic values.”
In addition to support for abortion on demand, Ocasio-Cortez is also demanding that American taxpayers, regardless of whether they morally oppose the procedure, pay for the abortions of others through a repeal of the longstanding Hyde Amendment.
Also in July, the New York congresswoman denounced the presence of a statue in the U.S. Capitol honoring Saint Father Damien, who ministered to lepers and died of the dreaded disease. Ocasio-Cortez decided to share with her followers on Instagram that Father Damien is a remnant of “white supremacist culture.”
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A woman has rushed her dog to surgery after the pup suffered “severe injuries” from an escalator at a Gold Coast Bunnings.
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Long-term diabetes, whether type 1 or type 2, can permanently damage the body. It can even affect all the internal organs, nerve cells and cause eyesight deficiency, harming of kidneys, and even life-threatening diseases like stroke. One of the best ways to control diabetes is through a proper diet and superfoods. Having proper food can control high blood sugar levels and regulate any other issues that may arise due to it. Read below to know more about superfoods to control blood sugar levels in people with diabetes. Food items play a crucial role in being healthy, maintaining a balanced diet, and controlling illness.
An excellent source of protein, and good fat, is walnut. The blend of protein, good fat, and protein in walnuts makes them a perfect substitute for carbohydrate appetizers like potato fries or potato wedges and others.
Obesity increases the chances of diabetes. Blood sugar levels get nearly to normal through weight loss. Since walnuts contain two kinds of fiber: soluble and insoluble, it helps keep blood sugar count in control. It improves blood sugar levels, lowers cholesterol, and reduces many diseases that occur due to high blood sugar levels.
How to have it?
Add crumbled walnuts to your favorite food. Walnuts taste very good with greek yogurt, morning time oats, fruit or vegetable saute, and even muesli. Create a lovely combination treat with crushed walnuts, then add cashew nuts and raisins and have it with hot chocolate for dessert.
An excellent source of good fat in the body is avocado. It contains a lot of vitamins and minerals, around 20 different kinds. Besides, avocados are high in potassium too. Avocado contains even beta-carotene. Lutein is also present in it. Scientists have connected a greater fiber food habit with a considerably lesser chance of high blood sugar level, and avocado is a fiber-rich food. Avocados are considered excellent superfoods to control blood sugar levels in people suffering from diabetes.
Research studies of patients with type 1 or type 2 kind of blood sugar problems who were given vitamin E daily and the consistent treatment showed promising results. The group equated their diabetes, cholesterol, and hypertension with the results from the other team. That team took only medicines and insulin whenever needed. The researchers pointed out in 2014 that the development of blood sugar and its difficulties are more significant for the first team who had incorporated vitamin E along with other prescribed medicines.
How to have it?
• Cut and have avocado with bread for breakfast as a substitute for mayonnaise
• Have Avocado as a replacement for any dip in meat or vegetable or fish or fruit mixes
This kind of bread is made from sprout grains. These loaves of bread have more significant protein and other vitamins and minerals value. Sprout grains have a high quantity of vitamin B and antioxidants. Ezekiel bread may raise the body’s nutrient content and decrease the number of carbohydrates in the body. It is an advantage as compared with whole wheat pieces of bread. A small account posted in the Journal of Nutrition and Metabolism highlights that Ezekiel slices of bread have better blood sugar reactions in research, especially for people who are obese.
How to have it?
• Have bread and spread avocado on top. Have it with a boiled egg.
• Search for and have bagels, muffins, pizza, tortillas made out of Ezekiel bread
Pumpkin seeds have a significant quantity of fiber content, magnesium, and good fat. Studies have recommended that some of these super food’s larger molecules may help cope with blood sugar. Lower magnesium ranges are typical in individuals with insulin resistance; one of the leading causes of diabetes can be checked with these seeds.
How to have it?
• Sprinkle crushed pumpkin seeds on a salad, add it to cakes and cookies.
• Make pumpkin seed butter, spread it on bread, and have instead of regular butter.
What to avoid eating?
Packaged meat and fast foods, particularly those high in sugar, baked goods, confectionaries, fries, and desserts
White bread, sugary breakfast cereal, refined pasta, or rice
Low-fat foods like fat-free yogurt have substituted fat with added sugar.
Healthy foods reduce diabetes and other ailments like hypertension, hypo, hyperthyroidism, heart, blood-related problems, etc. Hence, you must choose wisely from these superfoods and lead a healthier life. However, be careful about the potential side effects of having anything that affects your body for the long-term. Before you purchase anything, consult your general physician or a health care worker to give you appropriate instruction on how to take it, along with dosage quantity. We are happy to share this information on superfoods to control blood sugar in diabetics.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s (D-CA) home in San Francisco, California, was reportedly vandalized with a pig’s head, fake blood, and graffiti, according to reports.
Pelosi’s home had the words “CANCEL RENT!” and “WE WANT EVERYTHING!” reportedly written on the garage door after Congress failed to pass $2,000 stimulus checks for Americans amid the Chinese coronavirus crisis.
Accompanied by the graffiti is a pig’s head and fake blood scattered on the ground. An anarchy logo can also be seen on the left side of the garage door. Photos posted on social media show the vandalism:
BREAKING EXCLUSIVE: @SpeakerPelosi’s house VANDALIZED with red paint, PIGS HEAD & spray-painted message “$2K (crossed out)… CANCEL RENT… WE WANT EVERYTHING”. City called to clean up at 3am & police attempting to stop photos of scene. Media SILENT. pic.twitter.com/LD1jfZIvco
TMZ exclusively reported that no suspects have been identified yet and ABC7 News reported that the garage door was quickly covered with black garbage bags to hide the destruction.
“Law enforcement sources tell us … San Fran cops responded to a vandalism call at Pelosi’s home around 3 AM. We’re told a police report was taken, but it’s unclear if they have any suspects,” TMZ reports.
John Binder is a reporter for Breitbart News. Follow him on Twitter at @JxhnBinder.