Whitsunday man’s odd wake-up call leads to assault charge


A Whitsunday man wound up charged with assault after a bizarre incident involving a water bottle and a missing car.

Paul Kevin Bartlett faced Proserpine Magistrates Court this week to plead guilty to common assault.

Lawyer Ashley Reynolds told the court Bartlett had been friends with the 22-year-old victim but claimed the woman drove off in his car when the pair went to get petrol.

Ms Reynolds said Bartlett had reported the missing car to police, but the vehicle and the belongings inside it were yet to be returned.

When the 42-year-old man found out the woman was sleeping at a mutual friend’s place, he went there in December to ask her for his property back.

 

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The court heard he found the woman sleeping on a couch and tapped her on the head with a water bottle to wake her up.

Police prosecutor Sergeant Emma Myors told the court the woman woke up shocked and “experiencing pain”.

He may have intended to find out about his lost property, but Bartlett instead ended up with an assault charge.

Ms Reynolds told the court the circumstances of the case were unusual.

“He accepts he touched her without permission with the bottle,” she said.

The court heard the Hamilton Plains man was serving out a probation order placed on him in Tasmania, but no action was being taken against the order.

A man wound up in strike after tapping a woman on the head with a water bottle. Photo: File

Ms Reynolds said Bartlett had two children in Tasmania and worked full-time as the manager of Airlie Cutz.

Magistrate James Morton agreed the circumstances were “very, very unusual”.

“You lay down with dogs, you catch fleas,” Mr Morton said.

“Watch who you hang out with, Sir.”

Bartlett was fined $100 and a conviction was recorded.



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The odd bump aside, Claudia Karvan’s new teen pregnancy drama delivers


Before the baby arrived Oly was a high achiever, with plans to study international relations before heading to New York to work for the UN. After the baby arrives her first response is to adopt it out and get back to the life-plan. Pretty soon, though, she decides to keep the bairn – and the life plan too. Something, surely, must give.

Karvan plays Oly’s mother Angie, head of English at the school. Her dad Dom is played by Angus Sampson; we first meet him passed out drunk on a boat – literally and metaphorically, he’s drifting after being made redundant from his management job. He’s rapidly regressing to roughly the same age, emotionally speaking, as his daughter.

Complicating matters are the fact that (a) the father is not Oly’s boyfriend but another kid at school, Santiago (Carlos Sanson Jr) with whom she’s had a one-night stand; and (b) Santi is the son of Matias Hernandez (Ricardo Scheihing Vasquez), the Chilean-born school PE teacher, with whom Angie might be in love.

Nathalie Morris (centre) stars as Oly, with Carlos Sanson Jr as the father of her unexpected child and Claudia Karvan as her mother.

Nathalie Morris (centre) stars as Oly, with Carlos Sanson Jr as the father of her unexpected child and Claudia Karvan as her mother.Credit:stan

You may detect a faint echo of Offspring in all this: the complicated love lives, the interweaving of family and work dynamics, the blurring of moral boundaries. That’s no coincidence: the guiding forces behind Bump include John Edwards, executive producer of Offspring (and many others, including Secret Life of Us, Love My Way, Spirited and Puberty Blues, in all of which Karvan also had a major hand).

And that brings us to the “yes” side of the equation. At its heart, Bump is Romeo and Juliet, with the families at odds over access to the baby, parenting styles, culture, and whatever other contrivances the plot can throw up. Inexorably, though, the star-cross’d lovers are heading not towards mutual poisoning but the realisation that they are meant to be together. The baby, in plot terms, is the motor that drives them towards that destiny.

Call me old-fashioned, but I think that is just a little problematic.

Mothers of creation: Claudia Karvan and Kelsey Munro.

Mothers of creation: Claudia Karvan and Kelsey Munro.Credit:Stan

There is, though, a lot to like about Bump (and the story might go in a different direction in the final four episodes). Canberra-raised, NZ-trained Morris is a real find, bringing Oly’s mix of shock, determination, optimism and fragility fully to life. Karvan is good, as always, nailing the competing instincts of a parent horrified by her child’s choices but determined to support them anyway. And the show scores big on diversity – among classmates, the messily extended Hernandez clan, and even the behind-the-camera talent – in a way that never seems forced.

All in all I’d say that a few bumps aside, the show delivers.



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| Experiencing Odd Aches and Pains? When to Ask About Cancer and Metastatic Bone DiseaseTalking About Men’s Health™


An achy bone. Constipation. Severe thirst. While these symptoms might not seem to have anything in common, they can all signify more serious conditions, including Metastatic Bone Disease (MBD).

Many cancers that start in one place can spread (metastasize) to other areas of the body. When it spreads to the bone, it’s called MBD.


MBD occurs in both men and women. In women, up to 75% of cases are caused by estrogen receptor (ER) positive breast cancer, which is cancer cells growing in the presence of the hormone estrogen. In men, 65% to 90% of cases originate from prostate cancer. Combined, breast and prostate cancer account for more than 80% of MBD cases, although tumors that originate in the lung, kidney or thyroid can also travel to the bone.

Talk to Your Health Care Provider About Your Symptoms

MBD is considered a common, but very serious complication of cancer that puts patients at risk for skeletal complications that are called skeletal-related events (SREs). These events can reduce quality of life and increase medical costs and risk of death. Therefore, if you have cancer and are experiencing any aches, tenderness or pain that seems localized in a bone, talk to your health care provider right away. In addition to pain, which is often the first symptom of MBD, check for the following symptoms:

  • Fractures (pathological bone fractures): Weakened bones can cause fractures resulting from a fall or injury, but also from everyday activities. Pathological bone fractures, however, are caused by disease. Typically occurring in the long bones of the arms and legs, they can cause severe pain.
  • Constipation, nausea, loss of appetite, and other symptoms: When calcium from the bones is released into the bloodstream, it can cause constipation, nausea, loss of appetite, confused or altered mental state and severe thirst. High blood calcium levels, also called hypercalcemia, can increase urine production, leading to dehydration, weakness and fatigue.
  • Spinal cord compression: Increased growth of cancer in the spine can press against the spinal cord and cause compression of the nerves, leading to numbness and weakness in the lower area of the body, pain or stiffness in the neck, back or lower back, paralysis, trouble with urinating and a lack of bowel movements.

If you’re experiencing symptoms related to SREs, ask your health care provider about the following approaches for diagnosis of MBD. Depending on the location and severity of the pain, MBD can be diagnosed by:

  • X- Ray or Radiography
  • Bone scans
  • CT (computer tomography) scans
  • MRI (magnetic resonance imaging)
  • PET (positron emission tomography)
  • Blood test that measures elevated levels of alkaline phosphatase (an enzyme that originates in the bone) and calcium levels to confirm hypercalcemia
  • Bone biopsies are performed to confirm MBD

What to Do After You’ve Received A Diagnosis

Getting a diagnosis of MBD can feel scary, but a health care provider can talk with you about your prognosis and available treatment options. Because SREs can significantly impact a patient’s quality of life, the primary goal of your treatment will include preventing SREs. Treatment options that are clinically proven include:

  • Bone therapies, which involve using bone-targeting agents, a class of drugs that prevent the loss of bone density by reducing the turnover of bone. There are various different types of agents/medications that can reduce fractures and slow the spread of cancer so it is important to ask about your options when speaking with your health care provider.
  • Anti-cancer therapies, such as chemotherapy, immunotherapy and hormone therapy, are systemic treatments that affect the whole body. While they are not specifically aimed at MBD, they may be used as a part of your treatment plan.
  • Local treatments can be targeted to one specific area of the body that needs attention right away and relieve pain or other symptoms. Types of local treatments can include:
    • Radiation therapy
    • Surgery

Once you understand all your options, ask your health care provider these key questions:

  • Which treatment options will work best for my bone health?
  • Are bone-targeting agents a good treatment option for me?
  • Will systemic or localized treatments work better for me?
  • What side effects will I experience with these treatments?
  • How will these treatments improve my quality of life?

No matter the prognosis you’re given, just know that being proactive is the first step.

Learn more about MBD by visiting the American Cancer Society, Komen Foundation, National Cancer Institute and the Prostate Health Education Network.

This resource was created with support from Amgen Inc.

Guest post from HealthyWomen.org

Photo by Harlie Raethel on Unsplash





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‘Odd coincidences’ in case against alleged cocaine supplier



THE circumstances involving a man accused of supplying a large amount of cocaine at Wardell is an “odd coincidence”, a court has heard.

Jasper Nash, 33, from Homebush West, earlier this year pleaded not guilty to supplying a large commercial quantity of cocaine.

His barrister, Simon Apps, told Lismore District Court on Thursday there was no evidence tying his client to the supply of the prohibited drugs.

Police allege Mr Nash, who is also known as Stephanie Adoray Nash, drove from Sydney and met with his co-accused, 36-year-old Kurrajong man Scott Christopher Pritchard, on River Dr, Wardell, in April 2019.

During this time, Mr Nash allegedly transferred 12 cryovac sealed bags containing 11kg of cocaine from his vehicle to Pritchard’s vehicle.

It is alleged he transported the drugs in a gas cylinder bottle in the boot of his car.

The pair then parted ways before Pritchard was later stopped by Tweed Byron Police District officers and found with the bags of cocaine in his vehicle.

Pritchard has since pleaded guilty to supplying a large commercial quantity of cocaine.

It’s alleged when police stopped Mr Nash near Ulmarra, they found almost $2000 and two mobile phones in his car.

Throughout the trial, the court has heard Mr Nash told police he’d borrowed his sister’s boyfriend’s vehicle to go fishing with his friend on the Richmond River.

Mr Apps said despite police finding the fingerprints of the owner of Mr Nash’s vehicle on the bags of drugs, there was no evidence his client was involved in transporting the cocaine.

He added despite police surveillance sighting Mr Nash’s vehicle and Mr Pritchard’s vehicle parked near each other at Wardell, there was no evidence either men interacted either in person or via telephone.

“There’s no DNA consistent of Mr Nash’s DNA on either of the gas bottles, there is no fingerprints or DNA on the rubber bands found in the gas bottle, no DNA or fingerprints match Mr Nash on the bags containing the drugs, no fingerprints or DNA on the car Mr Pritchard was in,” Mr Apps said.

Judge Jeffrey McLennan said the Crown Prosecution’s case seemed to be relying on “odd coincidences”.

“It’s a coincidence two cars Mr Pritchard has had some dealings with turn up at the same location,” Judge McLennan said.

“It’s a bit of a coincidence they both have hollowed out LPG cylinders.

“There’s no evidence where Mr Pritchard had been that morning.

“There’s no evidence Mr Nash knew Mr Pritchard.

“There’s a lot of speculation based on those very basic coincidence.”

The Crown Prosecutor did admit to the court there were “only inferences, there is no direct evidence” Mr Nash physically supplied the drugs.

The trial was adjourned to Monday, where Judge McLennan is expected to hand down his judgment in Lismore District Court.





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Eight odd details hidden in masterpieces



What do the greatest paintings and sculptures in cultural history – from Girl with a Pearl Earring to Picasso’s Guernica, from the Terracotta Army to Edvard Munch’s The Scream – have in common? Each is hardwired with an underappreciated, indeed often overlooked, detail that ignites its meaning from deep inside. That, at least, is the premise of my book, A New Way of Seeing: The History of Art in 57 Works, a study that invites readers to reconnect with works that are so familiar we no longer really see them.

This story was originally published in January 2019.

Taking as my starting point the most revered images in all of human history (from Trajan’s Column to American Gothic, the Elgin Marbles to Matisse’s The Dance), I went looking for what makes great art great – why some works continue to vibrate in popular imagination century after century, while the vast majority of artistic creations slip our consciousness almost as quickly as we encounter them. Combing the surface of these works, I was surprised to discover that each contains a flourish of strangeness which, once spotted, unlocks exciting new readings and changes forever the way we engage with these masterpieces.

As these remarkable details began to reveal themselves, from a ghostly finger fidgeting on Mona Lisa’s right hand to a tarot symbol for fortitude hiding in plain sight in one of Frida Kahlo’s most mysterious self-portraits, I was reminded of a remark by Charles Baudelaire. “Beauty,” the French poet and critic wrote in 1859, “always contains a touch of strangeness, of simple, unpremeditated and unconscious strangeness.”

What follows is a brief digest of some of the more extraordinary details – touches of strangeness that invigorate, often subliminally, many of the most recognisable images in art history.



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