Back-to-back wins for Opals

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THE Opals have had back-to-back wins at the start of the FIBA World Championship for Women in Turkey overnight.

After defeating Cuba on Saturday night, the Opals continued its Group C dominance with a 87 to 54 win against Korea.

Bendigo Spirit trio shines for Opals in Turkey

All 12 Opals players scored throughout the game, including Bendigo Spirit trio, Tessa Lavey, Gabe Richards and Belinda Snell.

Opals head coach Brendan Joyce said it was important to have all players ready for what will come over the next week.

“With the game style we play I like to use my bench and again those players maintained the energy and effort established by our starters,” he said.

“It’s important in tournament play situations to keep all your players fresh, but also get playing time into the whole team,I think we’ve managed to do that so far.

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Wimmera ambulance response times twice as long as state benchmark

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Ambulances in the Wimmera take an average of 33 minutes to respond to code one call-outs. Picture: FILE PICTHE Victorian ambulance union believes response times in the Wimmera are more than double the state benchmark.
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Ambulance Employees Association of Victoria secretary Steve McGhie said ambulances in the region took an average of 33 minutes to respond to code one call-outs.

The state benchmark is 15 minutes.

Mr McGhie said the poor response times put Wimmera people at risk.

“Delays in response times put people suffering at greater risk and that’s potentially lives at risk,” he said.

“Paramedics and Victorians want that improved.”

The union data is the latest shot fired in the protracted bitter pay dispute between the union and the State Government.

The union has enacted industrial action that includes using paper patient records instead of electronic ones, and team managers releasing response time data.

Health Minister David Davis said the union was putting politics and pay packets before patient safety.

“As well as the impact on safety and well-being, we are concerned that the latest action by the union leaders will have adverse effects on patient confidentiality and public confidence,” he said.

“The union is prepared to deliberately mislead the community about the capacity of the ambulance service to respond to life-threatening situations, and in so doing could discourage people from calling an ambulance when they most need one.

“That demonstrates the union is prepared to put its political campaign ahead of sick and injured Victorians.

“I have no doubt that our state’s hard-working paramedics are appalled at the union’s attitude to patients.”

Mr Davis said union cronies were dragging out the pay dispute for political purposes.

“There is every indication that Victoria’s paramedics are happy with the pay deal that is on the table in front of them, and want their union to drop the politics and settle this dispute.”

Mr McGhie said 98 per cent of union members had voted for the work bans.

He said paramedics were overwhelmingly against the government’s pay deal.

“We had a meeting on August 22 in Melbourne where we had 500 paramedics at Victorian Trades Hall and not one voted to accept the deal,” Mr McGhie said.

“Paramedics are sick and tired and like everyone else they want to be treated appropriately and fairly.

“They deserve better wages and conditions.

“Rather than try to insult paramedics, the minister should direct his negotiators to come back to the table to try to resolve this dispute.”

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More, please

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Parsnip puree and creamed spinach. Photo: William MeppemPrawns with cocktail sauce, tender roast lamb with mint jelly – it’s ’80s excess at its best.
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SEAFOOD COCKTAIL

1 iceberg lettuce

extra virgin olive oil

sea salt

1 lemon

freshly ground pepper

8 large cooked king prawns, peeled and deveined with tails intact

4 scallops, poached in salt water for 2 minutes

100g fresh crab meat

Cocktail sauce

3 tbsp tomato sauce

2 tbsp grated fresh horseradish or

1 tbsp horseradish relish

10 drops Tabasco sauce

250ml good-quality mayonnaise

Serves 4

To make the cocktail sauce, fold the tomato sauce, horseradish and Tabasco sauce through the mayonnaise until all ingredients are well incorporated.

Wash the lettuce and discard the outside leaves, then shred. Divide the shredded lettuce between four plates, drizzle with oil, sprinkle with sea salt and squeeze lemon juice over the top.

Place the prawns, scallops and crab meat on top of the lettuce and give a good grind of pepper. Spoon over the cocktail sauce and serve.

ROAST LEG OF LAMB

2-3kg leg of lamb, shank on

sea salt

2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

2 heads garlic, cloves separated, skins on

1/2 bunch thyme

freshly ground pepper

Serves 4

Remove lamb from the refrigerator 2 hours before cooking and season with salt. Let the meat come to room temperature.

Preheat the oven to 180ºC. Rub the lamb with extra virgin olive oil and put in a large roasting tin. Place the garlic and the thyme around the meat. Cook for 20 minutes, then turn the lamb over and reduce the oven temperature to 160ºC. Turn the lamb every 20 minutes and push the garlic around in the juices and oil to keep it moist.

After 1 hour, check the meat’s core temperature. The desired resting temperature is 60ºC, so factoring in the residual heat, aim for 55-56ºC.

Once that temperature has been reached, remove the tin from the oven and try to get the oven temperature down to 60ºC for resting, holding the door ajar if necessary. Once the oven has reached the right temperature, remove the thyme from the dish and return the lamb to the oven to rest for 30 minutes.

To carve the lamb, place the leg on a chopping board, positioning it on one of its sides. Hold the shank with a tea towel, take a sharp knife, and starting from the ball at the end of the bone, cut down the bone, removing one of the large muscles. Turn the lamb around and remove the rest of the meat by cutting down each side of the bone. You should have two large pieces of meat on the board.

Slice each piece straight down, as if you were going down the length of the leg bone. This will give semi-circular slices that will be across the grain, making the lamb more tender. You can cut the shank off now and fight over who gets to eat it.

Place three to five slices on each plate and spoon over some of the fat and pan juices. Give a good grind of pepper and serve with mint jelly and the sides.

MINT JELLY

3 large Granny Smith apples, quartered, cores and stems reserved

1 bunch mint leaves

250ml white wine vinegar

500g caster sugar

Start making the recipe two days before it’s required.

Place the apple, reserved cores and stems and 250ml of water in a large saucepan over medium heat. Cover and simmer for 15 minutes or until softened.

Place the mint leaves and vinegar in a blender and blend until finely chopped. Add to the apple mix and simmer for 5 minutes. Remove from the heat and set aside for 2 hours for the flavours to infuse.

Hang the mixture overnight in a muslin cloth in the refrigerator. Place over a bowl to catch the juices.

Measure 500ml of the juices and place in a saucepan over high heat. Add the sugar and stir until dissolved. Bring to the boil, reduce heat to a simmer and cook for 15-20 minutes, regularly skimming the scum from the surface.

Pour into a 1-litre sterilised jar and refrigerate overnight before using. Store for up to a month.

CREAMED SPINACH

1kg (about 4 bunches) English spinach, stems removed, washed

50g unsalted butter

1 brown onion, finely diced

1 garlic clove, finely diced

1 1/2 tsp sea salt and ground pepper

250ml pure cream

1/2 tsp lemon juice, squeezed

Serves 4

Add the spinach in batches to a large hot frying pan and stir constantly for about

2 minutes. As each batch wilts, remove and place in a strainer, squeezing out the excess water with the back of a spoon.

Melt the butter in a pan. Add the onion and garlic and cook over low heat for about 8 minutes, or until soft. Add the spinach, salt and pepper and cook for

1 minute. Add the cream, simmer, and cook for about 2 minutes. Stir in the lemon juice.

In a blender or food processor, blend the mixture until fine and well combined. Check the seasoning, then serve.

PARSNIP PUREE

6 parsnips

30g unsalted butter, diced

2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

1 small brown onion, finely diced

2 garlic cloves, crushed

500ml chicken stock or water

sea salt and freshly ground pepper

juice of 1 lemon, to taste

Serves 4

Peel, core and roughly dice the parsnips. Heat the butter and oil in a saucepan with a lid over a low heat and add the onion and garlic. Cook slowly, without colouring, for about 8 minutes, or until soft and sweet.

Add the parsnips and cook for a further 5 minutes, then add the stock and slowly cook the parsnip until most of the liquid has evaporated, about 30-45 minutes. Season well, then blend until smooth, adding more butter if necessary. Finish by adding lemon juice, to your liking.

HOT TIPS

* When I think of the ’80s, I always think of the seafood cocktails my parents used to make. If you really love your guests, try it with cooked lobster.

* The roast is simple, but you can make it even easier if you buy the mint jelly.

* To test the mint jelly is set, place a drop onto a frozen plate and push it with your finger. If the surface wrinkles, it has reached setting point. If it slides about as a liquid, it should be boiled for a few more minutes before retesting.

* What could be more Australian and ’80s than roast lamb with veg and mint sauce?

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Man attacked with rocks, iron bar at teenage house party

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A man is in hospital with serious injuries, including a possible collapsed lung, after a teenage house party turned violent at the weekend.
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The teenagers were partying in the front yard of a property on Discovery Drive at Helensvale on Sunday night when the festivities began to escalate beyond control.

The 46-year-old home owner asked the young revellers to leave the property about 10.20pm, but the teens did not take kindly to the man’s request.

One teenager allegedly hit the man on the head with a rock from behind before another joined in the attack.

The teens threw rocks and pieces of wood at the man before hitting him with an iron bar.

The man was left with a cut to his head, fractured rib cage, broken foot, broken finger and a possible collapsed lung.

The teens ran from the scene.

Police investigations are continuing.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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Queensland firefighters rated female colleagues’ sexual performance on Facebook

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Three Queensland firefighters are under investigation after allegedly rating on social media which of their female colleagues would be “best in bed”.
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At least three women in the Queensland Fire and Emergency Service were allegedly rated in the survey which was created online and circulated via Facebook 10 months ago.

It is understood the women were based at a station in the Logan region. Two of the women are understood to have been transferred to other stations.

It is understood the QFES retrained firefighters with a refresher course about the organisation’s Code of Conduct, but have since appointed external investigators to look at the claims.

The investigation will focus on an alleged breach of the fire service Code of Conduct relating to sexual harassment, workplace bullying, harassment and intimidation.

A spokeswoman for Queensland Fire and Emergency Services said the organisation would not comment on the matter while the investigation was underway.

“It would be inappropriate for the QFES to comment, while the investigation is ongoing,” the spokeswoman said.

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Ipswich buildings evacuated after suspicious bag found at bus stop

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A bag has been left at a bus stop, sparking a bomb scare. Photo: Rob Williams/The Queensland Times Some buildings in the Ipswich CBD have been evacuated. Photo: Rob Williams/The Queensland Times
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A suitcase which sparked a bomb scare in Ipswich has been found to contain nothing but personal items.

A section of the the city’s CBD was evacuated on Monday morning after a blue suitcase was found abandoned at a bus stop on Bell Street.

Surrounding streets near the Ipswich City Mall, including Limestone, Ellenborough and East streets, were cordoned off and several buildings were evacuated.

Police also delcared an “emergent situation” under the Public Safety Preservation Act about 7.20am.

But, upon inspection, the suitcase was found to contain only “personal items”, a police spokesman said.

The streets were reopened and workers allowed to return to their offices about 9.15am.

It is the third bomb scare of its kind to occur in as many weeks.

The bomb squad was called to George Street in Brisbane’s CBD after a suspicious suitcase was found outside the Supreme Court on September 12.

Police were called to George Street again on September 24 after another suitcase was left at the entrance of the National Australia Bank.

Both suitcases were found to contain clothes and personal items.

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Abbott and Howard enlisted to raise funds for LNP

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Prime Minister Tony Abbott with Queensland Premier Campbell Newman. Photo: Harrison Saragossi A copy of an invitation to the LNP fundraising dinner.
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Tony Abbott and Campbell Newman. Photo: Harrison Saragossi

Queensland’s Liberal National Party is set to raise half a million dollars at an upcoming dinner and they won’t have to declare a cent or make public who attended.

The Four Leaders Dinner, featuring Prime Minister Tony Abbott, Queensland Premier Campbell Newman, Brisbane Lord Mayor Graham Quirk and former prime minister John Howard, is selling for $5000 a head and capped at 100 places.

Several other state and federal ministers, including Deputy Prime Minister Warren Truss, Barnaby Joyce  Queensland Deputy Premier Jeff Seeney and ministers Tim Nicholls, Scott Emerson and Tim Mander will also attend the October 9 event.

Under changes to the donation laws pushed through by the Newman government earlier this year, donations to political parties do not have to be declared unless they exceed $12,400, which means the party also does not have to declare who attended the exclusive event.

A donation declaration will only have to be declared if an individual or company purchases more than three tickets.

A company can purchase a table, but buy individual tickets in each attendee’s name, which would avoid the need for a declaration.

Those attending the event, organised by the party, will only be advised of the venue closer to the event.

The $5000 ticket price will grant access to the “four leaders” who will each speak at the event.

LNP state director, Brad Henderson said there was no issue.

“Unlike Labor, the LNP’s past and present leaders enjoy being in the same room together. They command deep respect among party supporters who are keen to hear them talk about strong leadership of united teams that are achieving real results for Queensland and Australia,” he said in a statement.

“The event, which is being organised by the LNP ahead of the 2015 state election, complies with all state and federal electoral laws.

“The LNP does not have the heavy financial backing of the unions as Labor does and instead relies on the general community for support.”

Ministers will be scattered across the tables.

Housing Minister Tim Mander, who is listed as on the LNP invitation as heading one of the tables, said he was yet to be made aware of the dinner.

But he said he didn’t have a problem with it.

“Those fundraising events have been happening for many years, people are coming to these events because they support the policies of this government and they want to see the government re-elected,” he said.

“Those laws are consistent with the federal laws, we’ve said to the federal government, if they are going to change those laws, we are happy to follow suit as well. The legal advice we got at the time was we needed to be consistent with the federal laws, so I am totally comfortable with it.”

Education Minister John-Paul Langbroek, who is not listed as attending, said he would welcome a similar fundraiser in his electorate.

“It’s not for the electorate of Surfers Paradise,” he said of the October 9 dinner.

“But if someone wants to put one on then I’ll happily have it.”

Racing Minister Steve Dickson said the party would stick “to all rules and regulations”, but made sure to include the day’s talking points in his answer.

“We will stick to all the rules that are lined up with State and Federal politics,” he said.

“Unlike Labor, we’re out there talking to Queensland’s future.

“All Labor are interested in doing is recycling failed politicians who put this state in the financial mess its in today.”

Mines Minister Andrew Cripps, who is also slated to attend, did not answer questions about the dinner.

Neither did fellow attendee Local Government Minister David Crisafulli  despite his reputation for outspokenness.

Energy Minister Mark McArdle and Tourism Minister Jann Stuckey also avoided the question.

Notable attendees:Prime Minister Tony AbbottPremier Campbell NewmanFormer prime minister John HowardLord Mayor Graham Quirk

*Ministers heading tables:Local Government Minister David CrisafulliDeputy Prime Minister Warren TrussFederal agricultural minister Barnaby JoyceState agricultural minister John McVeighFederal industry minister Ian MacfarlaneState mines minister Andrew CrippsAssistant defence minister Stuart RobertDeputy Premier Jeff SeeneyTreasurer Tim NichollsTransport Minister Scott EmersonState arts Minister Ian Walker (a spokeswoman said Mr Walker would be out of town during the event) State housing Minister Tim Mander *The LNP has disputed this list as “inaccurate” but would not say which attendees were wrongly listed as it was a “private party function”.

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Woman stalked, bashed in terrifying North Sunshine attack

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A woman has been stalked, chased and bashed by a stranger in a terrifying weekend attack in Melbourne’s west.
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Police say the woman was walking along Metherall Street in Sunshine North about 4.30pm on Saturday when she noticed a man following her.

She began to run along Gilmour Road, next to the train line, but the offender soon caught up and began to verbally abuse her, before eventually hitting her.

Police media spokeswoman Clair White said the attacker only fled after a passing train disturbed him.

“The woman then flagged down a passing driver who dropped her at Sunshine Hospital, where police were notified,” Ms White said.

The victim received significant injuries and is helping police with their investigation.

Police media officer Creina O’Grady confirmed the victim did not know her offender.

Brimbank detectives are appealing for witnesses to come forward, including the driver who helped the woman.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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Carers shine the spotlight on dementia in Camden

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Camden is set to become the dementia capital of NSW, with more sufferers of the disease projected to come from the area than any other part of the state by 2050.
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That was the sobering news delivered by Jo-Ann Brown of Alzheimer’s Australia NSW at a dementia forum for carers at Camden Civic Centre last Wednesday.

About 70 people attended the forum organised by Macarthur Carer of the Year Fay Jones to educate carers on what support services are available to them.

Mrs Jones said she was buoyed by the community support she had received for highlighting the plight of carers whose loved ones suffered dementia.

Following the forum, Mrs Jones said the state and federal governments needed to do more to help carers and with more support services and properly trained nurses.

She said she would start a Macarthur wide support group for people like her to ‘‘have a coffee and a chat and lobby for more funding.’’

‘‘I hope that with the Macarthur Dementia Carers Friends group that we can support each other to cope. We need to be able to speak more about the problems that are upsetting us,’’ she said.

There are 736 dementia sufferers living in the Camden electorate, Ms Brown said.

About 70 people attended a dementia forum for carers at Camden Civic Centre. Picture: Jonathan Ng

About 70 people attended a dementia forum for carers at Camden Civic Centre. Picture: Jonathan Ng

That number is expected to rise dramatically to 4828 by 2050 – the highest number of people with dementia in the state, representing a growth of 600 per cent, she said.

‘‘The new electoral boundaries and also the urban sprawl out west is what has made that projected number increase so substantially,’’ Ms Brown said.

South West Sydney Local Health District geriatrician Bilyana Konstantinova said while there was no cure for dementia, medications were being developed to modify and even delay the progression of the disease.

Dr Konstantinova said studies showed that Souvenaid, a ‘‘medical nutritional drink described as food for the brain’’ was helping people in the early stages of Alzheimer’s and unlike traditional medicines, had no side effects.

However, it had shown to be of no benefit to people with moderate to severe dementia and was not listed on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme, she said.

Ms Brown said people could reduce their risk of developing dementia by eating natural, unprocessed foods, exercise and learning new skills to stimulate brain activity.

For more information about the Macarthur Dementia Carers Friends group, email Fay Jones, [email protected]南京夜网.

For a list of local support services, www.swslhd.nsw.gov.au/carers/dementiaservices.html.

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