August, 2019

Kittens dumped in takeaway bag in McDonald’s restaurant

Caroline Dare, of Devonport holding the 4 rescued kittens who were discovered in a paper bag left behind in the Ulverstone McDonalds restaurant. Photo: Brodie WeedingFour newborn kittens have been dumped in a McDonald’s takeaway bag at one of its Tasmanian restaurants.

On Friday an Ulverstone McDonald’s staff member found the bag of kittens, no more than two days old, on a dining table.

Just Cats Tasmania founder Rachel Beech described the dumping as the “worst case we’ve ever had”.

The kittens were taken to the Ulverstone Vet before they were handed to a Just Cats Tasmania foster carer Caroline Dare in Devonport.

Ms Beech said the kittens were in good condition with the umbilical cord still attached.

She said there was concern for the kittens’ mother and said it was likely her milk supply was not being used – which could result in the cat becoming pregnant again in eight weeks.

While the RSPCA Tasmania investigates the case, Ms Beech was outraged with the way the kittens had been dumped.

“To place them inside a McDonald’s bag and leave it on the dining table – somebody else might have thrown them out or the bag could have been crumpled and the kittens squashed,” she said.

“There’s so many alternative ways to get rid of your kittens rather than dumping them in a public place.”

She said the most simple and effective solution to stopping unwanted breeding was to have cats desexed.

“Just one cat, not desexed, can produce 700 kittens in three years,” she said.

“Her kittens, many of those a female, then go onto have kittens and so forth.”

The dumping comes in a year where Just Cats Tasmania has been “inundated” with unwanted kittens.

With discounted desexing available from the RSPCA and Just Cats, Ms Beech said the onus fell to owners.

She described the positive take-up of desexing in 2015 as people jumping “on the bandwagon” but said it had “lapsed” in 2017.

Ms Beech said anyone who had unwanted kittens or cats should surrender them humanely to a vet or Just Cats Tasmania. “We don’t prejudge,” she said.

The RSPCA is investigating the case of the dumped kittens and reviewing restaurant CCTV.

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How an All Blacks icon helped Quade Cooper get back in the game

Reluctant Wallaby: Cooper and Drew Mitchell force an Australian cap on Ma’a Nonu in Toulon. Photo: FacebookQuade Cooper is as happy as he has been at virtually any stage of his career. Content and confident back with the Queensland Reds, the Wallaby playmaker says he has an All Blacks great to thank for helping him rediscover his purpose in the game.

There is some irony that affirmation of his abilities would come from a man who was part of a team that seemed to revel in tormenting Cooper on the field. Yet in Ma’a Nonu, Cooper found a larger-than-life mentor and now, a lifelong friend.

The pair met during Cooper’s brief stay in Toulon, where Nonu just signed a contract extension. And even if Cooper’s playing time in Toulon wasn’t a spectacular success, his tenure in France would be the ideal tonic to renew his energy for a fresh stint at Ballymore.

Part of that was down to Nonu. When Cooper arrived, he felt his game was at a crossroads after some lean years at the Reds. Drawing on his 103 Tests with the All Blacks, Nonu told Cooper not to reinvent the wheel, back his instincts and continue to develop the skills that had served him throughout his career.

The Reds look to be the beneficiaries. Cooper looked relaxed and sharp in a trial win against Melbourne and will command the back line as Queensland begin their Super Rugby campaign against the Sharks in Brisbane on Friday night.

​”You always wonder, when things aren’t going that well as it was here for a little while, whether it’s you … whether you’ve somehow forgotten how to play rugby,” Cooper said.

“But just being around him, he’s one of the best players in the world, he just reinforced a lot of things I already knew about rugby.

“It’s just being able to be confident in yourself. I was getting told things by the same people, or getting different messages from people in the same environment. But getting away from everything I knew, everything I was comfortable with, and to speak to someone I have huge respect for, it was one of the best experiences I could get.”

The bustling centre made such an impact that Cooper said he urged Nonu to come and join him at the Reds. Nonu has family in Brisbane and has been a regular visitor over the years.

“I always wished for opportunities like that. And I’m grateful to be able to stay in touch with him. He’s one of the best blokes … I even tried to tempt him to come here.

“He’s got a lot of family here and spends a lot of time in Brisbane. He’s just got a wealth of knowledge and everyone in rugby, even other sports, has so much respect for him.”

Cooper’s return to a Reds jersey ends an era of uncertainty as to where he fit into the big picture of the province. While grand-final heroes Will Genia and James Horwill were given a fitting farewell in their last game, Cooper’s contract was still in a state of flux.

On Monday, he was part of a select group of players awarded a special cap and pin as the result of seven years of painstaking research to document every player capped for Queensland since its first match against NSW in 1882.

“The farewell side was a tough one. I wasn’t sure if I was definitely leaving. And when I finally went, it was such a quick decision that I didn’t have time to say goodbye,” Cooper said.

“This place means a lot to me, it has been everything I’ve known in rugby since I was a kid. To leave like that, it was upsetting at one time. It would have been nice [to get an official farewell] but at the same time, I didn’t want to go. It was hard to accept I was actually leaving.

“I didn’t want to leave so I didn’t really want to say goodbye. It all worked out in the end. I was able to see the world, gain a little bit of experience and come home. I couldn’t be happier to be back here.”

Cricket Australia ‘really pleased’ with Geelong Twenty20 international crowd

Cricket Australia says it was “really pleased” with the crowd for Sunday night’s Twenty20 international in Geelong despite the attendance being smaller than at any AFL home and away game played at the venue in more than 25 years.

Not helped by a day of persistent drizzle, 13,647 ventured to Kardinia Park for the historic double-header in which Australia hosted New Zealand and Sri Lanka in women’s and men’s T20 matches respectively.

Both Australian teams lost, with a weakened men’s side stunned by the tourists off the final ball of the match for the second time in three days. The most recent AFL crowd at the venue to draw fewer people was a match in 1991 between Geelong and the Brisbane Bears, watched by 13,639.

The television audience on Sunday night was still strong, with a peak of 1.4 million viewers tuning in as Sri Lanka pulled off a miraculous escape.

The men’s fixture was a rare dalliance with regional Australia for the national side, who had only played in one non-state or territory capital before: Cairns more than a decade ago.

CA is set to bring games to regional centres as part of its expanded BBL next summer, with Geelong widely tipped to feature. Just whether the city will host another international any time soon looks less certain, although CA chief executive James Sutherland told Fairfax Media he was happy with the crowd number.

“In the end we were really pleased with the crowd in Geelong. It rained throughout the afternoon, which disrupted the women’s T20 game, and it was very cold, so it’s not surprising that some fans, particularly families, decided to stay at home and watch the match on TV,” Sutherland said.

“We had pre-sold 16,000 tickets, and normally expect a few thousand more walk-ups, so to get more than 13,500 in those conditions and on a Sunday night was actually a very good result.”

With the crowd again bolstered by a healthy contingent of Sri Lankan fans, Sutherland said the atmosphere at the ground was “amazing.”

“This is the strength of cricket, it is truly an international game that brings disparate communities together to enjoy sport and, as we saw, the T20 format provides some of the best skills and entertainment you will see anywhere,” Sutherland said.

As for the prospect of future internationals at the ground, Sutherland said Geelong had plenty working in its favour. “Both teams were very happy with the facilities at Geelong, and the pitch and the size of the ground made for two excellent games. When you take into account that they are building a new stand, you can see there is significant potential there. Overall we were impressed with the support of the local council, and the people of Geelong, and it has again demonstrated to us that regional centres can and should be putting their hand up to host elite cricket.”

Victorian minister for tourism and major events John Eren also lauded the fixture as a success. “Last night, Geelong had another chance to shine on the world stage and it didn’t disappoint,” he said.

More than 42,000 watched the first game of the series at the MCG on Friday night. The series concludes on Wednesday night in Adelaide.

Victims tell of agony of Ross River fever

Rosa Zull,one of more than 1000 Victorians diagnosed since January 1 with Ross River virus, speaks of the pain and exhaustion of the disease. Photo: Arsineh HouspianVictorians struck by the Ross River virus outbreak – including a doctor who says he was infected by a mosquito in Melbourne’s northeast – have described its debilitating symptoms.

While authorities insist most people infected will temporarily experience mild symptoms, for some it has already been weeks of severe joint pain, swelling and fatigue and for as many as an estimated one in four, these symptoms could last a year or more.

Most of the 1012 people believed infected since January 1 were infected by mosquitoes in regional Victoria; and the Health Department maintains the only reports of mosquito-bite transmission within the city were six cases in Frankston and Casey in Melbourne’s south.

But Brunswick GP Michael Levick, who is also on the board of the Australian Medical Association (Victoria), is confident he was infected in mid-January near the border of Eltham and Lower Plenty, in the northeast of Melbourne, which he said was reported to authorities last week.

“It was almost certainly at home,” he said. “I haven’t been anywhere but there or Brunswick and in Brunswick I’m inside all the time.

“Really all it takes is one person who’s been to Gippsland or Anglesea… to come back into the city, a mossie bites them, the mossie goes off and bites a kangaroo and then it spreads from there.

“I wasn’t able to sleep at night because my arm was going numb and then aching, then my feet, knees, particularly my right knee, my hands, neck, were all aching. My body and brain are both going at about half pace.”

A Health Department spokesman said: “There appears to be a risk for Ross River virus infection across Victoria, although fortunately the risk in metropolitan Melbourne is very low.”

Brandon Shaw, 43, who lives near Albury-Wodonga, thought he had sprained his knee when he awoke with swelling on New Year’s Day. Then came the pain, soon his whole body was aching and he was completely drained of energy.

About two weeks ago when the pain reached his other leg, making it too difficult to walk, he had to stop work. “I can sort of stagger around a bit but that’s really it at the moment,” Mr Shaw said.

“My doctor believes I am presenting a little more severe than most, this I hope, as I would not like to see anybody else go through this.”

North Melbourne woman Rosa Zull, 56, believes she was bitten over Christmas while taking an after-dinner walk in Angelsea, about 420km from where Mr Shaw was infected.

Previously a regular at the gym, Ms Zull said Ross River fever makes her feel 30 years older, and get so tired, “I think, ‘how am I going to get through this day’?”

When she stopped taking her now daily regime of six powerful anti-inflammatory tablets, “I couldn’t even open my toothpaste cap because my wrists were so sore,” she said.

“Even getting something out of my pocket, taking a cardigan off, or bending down to put my socks on, it’s just so painful.”

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John Fazakerley, professor of virology at the University of Melbourne’s Doherty Institute, said the Queensland University of Technology and Austrian company Baxter Bioscience had taken a vaccine through phase three clinical trials but often when there were a relatively small number of cases of a disease, a vaccine was deemed to be commercially non viable.

Professor John Aaskov, who designed the vaccine , said it was shown to be safe and effective in the trials. But he believes the millions of dollars required for licensing it and undertaking post market studies are preventing it from becoming available.

He said US company Nanotherapeutics, which bought Baxter’s vaccine division, was unlikely to spend the money without co-funding.

Taking steps to prevent mosquito bites remains the best defence, which includes covering up with loose-fitting clothing, using insect repellent on exposed skin and not leaving stagnant water around the home.

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Managing Director of Laing+Simmons Leanne Pilkington speaks at women’s networking event for real estate in Newcastle

Women in property urged to ‘push forward’ TAKING THE LEAD: Managing Director of Laing+Simmons Leanne Pilkington, pictured right, spoke about her own meteoric rise through the ranks at an event in Newcastle.

TAKING THE LEAD: Managing Director of Laing+Simmons Leanne Pilkington, pictured right, spoke about her own meteoric rise through the ranks at an event in Newcastle.

TAKING THE LEAD: Managing Director of Laing+Simmons Leanne Pilkington, pictured right, spoke about her own meteoric rise through the ranks at an event in Newcastle.

TAKING THE LEAD: Managing Director of Laing+Simmons Leanne Pilkington, pictured right, spoke about her own meteoric rise through the ranks at an event in Newcastle.

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1234 – Managing Director of Laing+Simmons Leanne Pilkington has urged women in Newcastle’s real estate industry to step out of their comfort zones into leadership positions, instead of being content with playing a “good number two”.

Ms Pilkington, a Sydney high flyer and incoming president of the Real Estate Institute of NSW, was the keynote speaker at the ‘Catch up with the Property Girls’ function held at Bar Petite last week.

She reflected on her own experiences starting out as a franchise administration manager with Laing+Simmons in 1995 to become the head of the firm just five years later.

“It’s the things I did when I didn’t realise anyone was looking that set me on my leadership path,” she said.

“Leadership isn’t a job description.I’m not impressed by people that only do the things they’re required to do. If you have aspirations to be in a leadership role you have to actually put your hand up and take proactive action.”

Ms Pilkington said she nearly ran “screaming from the building” the first time she was offered a management position because she was lacking in confidence.

“That’s a typical female thing, unless we’re completely sure we have all the skills to do the job we just won’t put our hand up.

“It’s okay not to feel 100 per cent confident about what’s next and to actually take that step. You have to be comfortable with being uncomfortable and just push forward.”

Nearly 30 women turned out for the event, hosted by theReal Women in Real Estate group.

Promising season comes to an end

Swinging hard: Farran Lamb looks to go big during his unbeaten 33 for the Gunnedah Second XI in Sunday’s Connolly Cup semi-final loss to Tamworth Blue. Photo: Peter HardinGunnedah Second XI bowed out of the Connolly Cup but not without a fight on Sunday, giving Tamworth Blue a big scare.
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After posting a competitive181, the final looked out of Gunnedah’s reach with the Blues 1-151.

But Troy Sands’ dismissal of Tom Fitzgerald, and a brilliant effort from Hayden Baker to run out Adam Lole seven runs later put the brakes on the Blues’ chase.

They lost 4-20 as Sands (3-22) and Vinnie Winsor (2-32) revived Gunnedah’s hopes.

The Blues though got home with an over to spare.

Proud of his side’s efforts, Gunnedah skipper Blake Small was frustrated that they had to play the game on synthetic at Tamworth’s Riverside 8after No.1 Oval was deemed too wet.

Not happy about the situation, Gunnedah is submitting a complaint with the Northern Inland Cricket Council.

“We’re pretty dirty about playing on synthetic instead of playing on turf when 12-year olds can,” Small said referring to the fact that the juniors played on turf.

Not that he was using that as an excuse.

“It was a great score, we bowled a lot of wides (19 out of 22 extras),” Small said.

“That’s not taking anything away from them. (Adam) Lole batted well.”

Although they did give the Blues openera couple of lives on his way to 91.

Small said their aim batting wasto see the Blues opening bowlersoff without too much damage and then “go out at the end and have a blast”.It played out pretty well to script early on with Sam Lumby and Adam McGuirk putting on 31 for the first wicket in 11 overs.

McGuirk and Jay Urquhart then added 19 for the second wicket to take them to 50 in the 21st before Urquhart upped the ante.He blasted two sixes and four fours on his way to 48 off 66.Farran Lamb also bolstered the innings with a quick-fire 33.

He also bowled well as did Darrin Cameron, bowling his 10 overs straight “without going for too many”.

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