September, 2019

NSW man battling Ross River fever symptoms a year after a mosquito bite

ONGOING: Graham Solomons of Aberglasslyn is still suffering from Ross River fever symptoms a year after he was bitten by a mosquito.It’s been a year since Graham Solomons was bitten by a mosquito and caught Ross River fever, and he’s still battling the debilitating symptoms.
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The rash he suffered early in his illness is less extensive, but it still reappears, and the fatigue frequently comes back and forces him toswaphis love of lawn bowls for the couch.

Mr Solomons is urging people to cover up and use insect repellent after NSW Health revealedthere has been a five-fold increase in the number of Ross River fever reports across NSW between November and December.

Mostvictims are men between the age of 39 and 69, and women between the age of 35 and 64.

Some people who have the virus never develop symptoms, while others can have flu-like symptoms such as fever, chills, aches and pains, muscle and joint pain.

“I wouldn’t wish this on anyone,” he said.“I have my good days and bad days, some days I feel tired and fatigued and I don’t want to do anything.

“At times I get breathless easily, which is one of the symptoms. Some days I wake up and I don’t want to eat.”

Mr Solomons said his symptoms often disappeared for a few weeks and then returned.

“When I first got it I didn’t eat for eight days …There’s no cure for it, it stays in your blood stream.”

Mr Solomons said he was bitten in his backyard.

“I was pruning a bush late in the afternoon and I think that’s when I was bitten on my wrist,” hesaid.”A few days later I had aches and pains, a small red dot on my wrist which was sore rather thanitchy.”

Opposition spokesman for health Walt Secord urged the state government to step up public education campaigns in a bid to help prevent the virus.

“Make no mistake, we are in the middle of aRossRiversurge in NSW,” he said.

The Maitland Mercury


A former open cut coal miner is NSW’s first case of ‘black lung’ disease in more than than 40 years

The NSW Department of Industry Resources Regulator confirmed it has been notified of a case of Mixed Dust Coal Workers Pneumoconiosis also known as ‘black lung’ disease.
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This is the first case of pneumoconiosis reported in a NSW coal mine worker since the 1970s. The person affected worked in a number of NSW open cut mines before leaving the industry in 2014.

“Even though this insidious disease has not been confirmed in NSW for decades, one case of pneumoconiosis is one case too many,” said Resources Regulator Chief Compliance Officer Lee Shearer.

“The priority is to ensure the worker is getting the best possible level of support and care, and as part of this process I ask that we respect the worker’s request to maintain their absolute privacy.

“Further, the Major Investigation Unit of the Resources Regulator is investigating how this case has happened and if there have been any breaches of the work health and safety laws.

“If breaches of the work health and safety laws are identified, enforcement action will be taken. This investigation can also determine if there are learnings or changes to our practices that will reduce the chance of further cases developing.”

Queensland miners and union members protest for workers rights and the treatment of victims of Black Lung disease on April 20, 2016 in Brisbane.There have been more recent cases of black lung disease in that state. (Photo by Bradley Kanaris/Fairfax Media)

Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Coal Services Lucy Flemming said while there is no indication of any other coal worker pneumoconiosis cases in NSW, coal mine workers past and present can contact Coal Services Health on 02 6571 9900 if they have any questions or concerns or to arrange a medical. Ms Shearer said NSW has a stringent regime to protect workers in the coal mining industry.

“Our approach is a combination of the most rigorous coal dust exposure limits in , legislated requirements for achieving minimum standards of ventilation, monitoring of airborne contaminants in the worker environment and prescribed worker health monitoring regimes for exposure to airborne dust.

“Workers receive periodic health surveillance every three years. Outside of the placement, medical assessments are undertaken for all coal mine workers prior to commencing employment and ongoing assessments are offered to workers after they leave the industry.

“Workers’ health is the absolute priority and this latest news only serves to demonstrate the utmost importance of such strict regulations.”

NSW has a comprehensive regulatory scheme in place under the Department of Industry’s Resources Regulator, the industry body Coal Services and specific health and safety legislation for mining.

NSW has a long-standing tripartite approach to addressing health and safety issues, led by the NSW Mine Safety Advisory Council, a ministerially appointed council that comprises representation from government, mining industry employers, unions and independent experts. The council has also established an airborne contaminants sub-committee to look at issues involving dust.

Mixed Dust Coal Workers Pneumoconiosis may have a rapid onset and is caused by prolonged and close exposure to respirable crystalline silica and respirable coal mine dust.

“Coal Workers Pneumoconiosis is a preventable disease if appropriate dust control, atmospheric monitoring and worker monitoring measures are in place at mines,” Ms Shearer said.

“The NSW model of prevention, detection, enforcement and education is essential in protecting workers in the NSW coal industry from harm in the future. Controlling dust exposure, monitoring and ongoing health surveillance are vital components of the prevention and detection strategies that are in place and enforced in NSW.”

Ms Flemming stressed the importance of regular health surveillance for all current and former NSW coal mine workers.

“Prevention and education is the key – mine operators must have strong dust elimination and mitigation controls in place, workers should wear personal protective equipment and attend medicals even after they leave the industry.”

Ms Flemming reiterated the work Coal Services has been doing with all key stakeholders to strengthen the NSW model to ensure best practice and focus on prevention through education programs, rigorous health surveillance and research.

“Our primary focus for the immediate future is working together to provide the appropriate care, support and best possible medical attention to the affected worker,” she said.

The Singleton Argus


STATE OF THE NATIONSaturday, February 4, 2017

State of the nationNeed a national news snapshot first thing –well, we have you covered.
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​►SYDNEY:It was supposed to be a family holiday to discover his homeland of Egypt.

But when a Sydney teenager was detained and tortured after he allegedly ran away to join Islamic militants during the disastrous trip, the holiday led to a mental breakdown, his father claims. Read on.

One of the boys, in white, uploaded videos of him converting other young people to Islam. Photo: Facebook

​►BATHURST:Adopted Bathurst local Grant Denyer has so far been impressed with the calibre of cars and drivers from around the world that hasbeen ondisplay at Mount Panorama, as he prepares to drive in the Bathurst 12 Hour endurance race on Sunday.

Mr Denyer, who is a part of Keltic Racing alongside Anthony and Klark Quinn, will be driving a McLaren 650 GT3.

He said the race is becoming a “must attend” event for some of the world’sbiggest and best drivers. Read on.

Bathurst 12 Hour. Photo: Nathan Wong.

​►MUDGEE:A NSW school bus driver is appealing against the severity of his penalty after two pre-schoolers wereleft on a school bus in the NSW central west for six hours.

Themother of one of the boyssaid her four-year-old sonwas left traumatised and covered in his own sweat and urine after he became trapped on the bus in Mudgeefor the entireschool day. More here.

One of the two pre-schoolers with his mother, who was left on a bus for six hours. Both mother and son cannot be named for legal reasons. Photo: Supplied

​►SCONE: Horsetrainer Greg Bennett will hand in his trainer’s licence after The Championship in April and take up a position atAquis Farm in Queensland.

Bennett, who won the Country Championship with Clearly Innocent last year, is looking forward to a new challenge, where he will oversee the education of Aquis’racing stock.

ON THE MOVE: Scone trainer Greg Bennett will leave the area after The Championship in April. Pic: Katrina Partridge Photography

His Scone stable will be taken over by Albury trainer Brett Cavanough. More here.

​►MOWBRAY:Tasmania Police have charged two men with the murder of missing Mowbray man Bradley Breward.

Mr Breward was last seen by friends on New Year’s Eve and was reported missing to Tasmania Police on January 17.

Bradley Breward.

Investigations into his disappearance resulted in the arrest of 25-year-old Ricky John Izard, of South Launceston, and 41-year-old Mark Rodney Jones, of West Launceston. Read on.

​►NEWCASTLE: A “detailed” investigationhas begun that will see around 200 samples taken from land believed to have been tainted with toxic chemicals from a former gasworks at Waratah. Read on.

UNDER THE MICROSCOPE: Crews drilling at a property on Turton Road in Waratah on Friday. The homes have been contaminated by the old gasworks. Picture: Marina Neil

National news►Liberal Party MPs who support same-sex marriage will push to abandon the government’s plebiscite policy over the next fortnight in favour of a free vote on the floor of Parliament, in a move that could divide the Coalition and create a fresh political headache for Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull.

Rainbow Families opposed to a plebiscite on same sex marriage outside Parliament House in Canberra in September 2016. Photo: Andrew Meares

Fairfax Media understands Liberal MPs including Dean Smith, Warren Entsch, Tim Wilson, Trent Zimmerman, Trevor Evans and Melissa Price are among those leading discussions on how to advance the issue. More here.

► Lucky Gattellari, the Crown’s star witness, sat in the witness box with a fixed smile on his face, twirling his reading glasses around with some vigour.

He had just listened to a phone tap. It was October 8, 2010 and Ron Medich’s son Peter was heard apologising to Gattellari that his father wasn’t going to be able to meet up at the Babylon massage parlour in Haymarket as arranged.

Ron Medich allegedly baulked at spending $300,000 on a contract killing. Photo: Nick Moir

Gattellari explained to a Supreme Court jury hearing Mr Medich’s murder trial that he and Mr Medich needed to talk in person as they were sure their phone calls were being recorded

National weather radarInternational news►USA:US President Donald Trump says his conversation with Malcolm Turnbull was “very civil”, after news of an adversarial phone call between the allies hit headlines around the world.

On Thursday, theWashington Postbroke news of the tense call, with White House sources saying Mr Trump labelled a refugee deal between the US and “the worst deal ever”.

US President Donald Trump speaks during a meeting at the White House on February 2.

He also complained the call was “the worst by far” of any world leader that day, before abruptly ending the conversation 25 minutes into the scheduled hour, sources said. Read the full report.

►INDIA:Ansuya Deshmukh recently realised her dream – to write her name. The name she has had her entire life but could not write because she never went to school. At 90, she’s relieved she has managed it.

Deshmukh, a widow, has lived in Phangane, a village in India’s Maharashtra state, ever since she was married.Her two sons, daughters-in-law and grandchildren live with her. It’s her youngest granddaughter who escorts her to school every morning.

80-year-old Ramabai Ganpat Khandakle is one of 30 elderly women who are going to school for the first time in their life in the Thane district, India. Photo: Allison Joyce/Newslions

Deshmukh attends a School for Grannies (Aajibaichi Shala), probably the only one of its kind in India.

This day in history211:Roman EmperorSeptimius Severusdies, leaving the Roman Empire in the hands of his two quarrelsome sons, Caracalla and Geta

960:Coronation of Zhao Kuangyin as Emperor Taizu of the Song, initiating three centuries of Song Dynasty dominance in southern China

1789:1st US electoral college choosesGeorge Washingtonas President and John Adams as Vice-President

1859:The Codex Sinaiticus is discovered in Egypt.

1969:The Palestine National Congress appointsYasser Arafatchairman of the PLO

Source: Onthisday

Faces of :Sophia ShaferSophia Shafer is surrounded by love.

Her birth makes herthe fifth living generationunder family matriarchHazel Grey.

“When I first heard my great granddaughter Christina was pregnant, I thought oh my goodness, I’m now a great, great grandmother!

“I never thought I would be around to see the fifth generation of my family, it’s just wonderful. It was such a joyous time when Sophia came into the world,” Mrs Grey, 84,said. Read on.

FAMILY LOVE: Five generations from one family is pretty special. Little Sophia Shafer, 9-and-a-half weeks old, with her mother, Christina Shafer, 19, grandmother Maria Cox, great grandmother Margaret Grey and the matriarch of the family, great, great grandmother Hazel Grey. Picture: Kia Woodmore


‘Prime Minister Trunbull’: Sean Spicer gets PM’s name wrong again

New York: The Trump White House has given its clearest public acknowledgement yet that it will honour a refugee agreement made with , even as the president’s official spokesman got the name of ‘s prime minister wrong for the second day in a row.
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Donald Trump’s press secretary Sean Spicer was asked about a visit to the White House by the n ambassador to the United States, Joe Hockey, as well as the status of the deal during his daily press briefing on Friday.

Mr Hockey met with Mr Trump’s chief strategist Steve Bannon and chief of staff Reince Priebus on Thursday to affirm relations between the two long-time allies after an unusually tense and uncertain couple of days.

Tensions arose after revelations on Wednesday about a heated phone conversation between Malcolm Turnbull and Mr Trump over an agreement struck by the Obama administration for the US to resettle over a thousand refugees being held in offshore detention centres – a deal Mr Trump went on to describe as a “dumb deal” in a Twitter spray on Wednesday night.

Mr Spicer said though the meeting with Mr Hockey had been productive.

“They did have a very productive and candid conversation,” Mr Spicer said during the daily White House briefing on Friday.

“We have a tremendous amount of respect for the people of , for Prime Minister Trunbull.”

​It was the second day in a row Mr Spicer has incorrectly named the n leader.

Mr Spicer went on to say in the clearest terms yet that they would honour the agreement to vet 1250 refugees being held on Manus Island and Nauru, though he made no commitment about resettlement.

“We’re going to honour the commitments that we’ve made in some way, meaning that we are going to vet these people in accordance with the agreement that happened and we’ll continue to have further updates as we do.”

The Washington Post reported on Wednesday that Mr Trump cut short his phone conversation with Mr Turnbull over the weekend, telling him it was his “worst call yet” and accusing him of trying to send the next “Boston bombers” to the US. Suggesting that refugees, particularly from Syria, posed a security threat to the US was a cornerstone of Mr Trump’s election campaign, and as president he has issued a hardline and controversial executive order suspending his country’s refugee program and temporarily banning travel from seven Muslim-majority nations.

Mr Turnbull did not confirm the details of The Post’s report in the wake of the story, saying such conversations were conducted “candidly, frankly, privately.”

Mr Trump himself defended his “tough” phone calls on Thursday morning but by the evening described the call as “very civil” on Twitter.

“Thank you to Prime Minister of for telling the truth about our very civil conversation that FAKE NEWS media lied about. Very nice!” he wrote.

A number of Republican senators, including former presidential candidate John McCain, had called Mr Hockey in the wake of the phone call controversy to affirm their support and friendship for .


The Review: Tanjong Jara Resort, Malaysia

Tanjong Jara Resort, Malaysia. Photo: SuppliedTHE PLACE
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Tanjong Jara Resort, Malaysia


The east coast of Malaysia a beautifully rustic area, rich with rainforests, long beaches and traditional Malay culture. It is often overlooked by holidaymakers in favour of the bright lights of Kuala Lumpur in the west.

Tanjong Jara sits on a crescent-shaped beach in sleepy Dungun, a coastal district of the Terengganu state. There is little else surrounding the resort but palm trees, jungle and the odd fishing hut. The sense of seclusion is high.


The resort is super-chilled, with 100 rooms spread out across 17 hectares of grass, sand and trees. The architecture is designed to reflect the elegance of 17th century Istanas, the timber palaces of Malay sultans, and it’s gorgeous. These are the kind of buildings that make you want to kick your shoes off and start meditating.

Two swimming pools are available for lounging and dipping. The beachside option is best for families and sun-lovers and a free-form pool closer to the lobby surrounded by lush ferns, is  targeted towards grown-ups keen to drink a negroni with their toes in the water. Both have bars, deck chairs, towels and a snack menu.

The beach is suited for frolicking rather than surfing, and lined with canopy beds perfect for yoga in the morning and paperback-reading in the afternoon. There are tennis courts if you feel inclined (the gift shop will sort you out for rackets and balls) and a very attractive spa you should definitely visit for a facial treatment or traditional Malay massage or both. (Probably both.)

Monkeys, squirrels and peacocks enjoy the resort too. One morning I even see a lumbering old monitor lizard swanning around in the river. Tanjong Jara also manages a turtle conservation project and you might be fortunate enough to witness the release of baby turtles into the wild.


Every room has a view of the South China Sea. Keen to meditate in your dressing gown and watch the sun wake up? That can happen.

I’m in a Bumbung room (55 square metres) on the top floor of a two-storey unit. A spacious bathroom has a double vanity and oversized bath for mood-lit soaking and the king-sized bed is perfect for deep sleeping and post-beach napping. There’s also a daybed, but my suitcase spends more time on it than I do. All rooms have a writing desk, safe, mini-bar and ornate timber ceiling fan best left in the slowly rotating resort setting I like to call “Hemingway speed”. There’s a flat-screen TV but I never feel the need to turn it on.

The semi-detached, single-storey Anjung rooms are a couple of price-points above and feature all the mod Malay cons plus an outdoor bath, private courtyard and canopied verandah overlooking turquoise sea. Honeymooners, take note.


There are three main dining spaces that change offerings throughout the day and Di Atas Sungei is the largest of these. Malay for “Above the River” (because it is), this indoor/outdoor dining room is where you head for breakfast, an atypical resort buffet catering all Western and Asian tastes. Dinner here is a no-menu affair. Rather, a waiter or chef will talk you through what ingredients are the most delicious that day and suggest authentic Malay dishes that best showcase the fresh flavours. Maximum taste, minimum waste.

The beach-facing Nelayan restaurant is open for lunch, dinner and cocktails with Malay and Western dishes on the day menu (try the signature curry of mackerel simmered in coconut milk with tamarind and tomatoes) giving way to a more seafood-focused menu at night. Over by the grown-ups pool at Teratai Terrace, guests can cook their own dinner via Korean steamboat in the evening.

Private dining options are many, from a sand-between-your-toes table on the beach to silverware and champagne under a princely canopy. The best spot for romance is a secluded table on the rocks where you can dine surrounded by waves and seaspray. (You’ll likely need to book the rock table in advance so honeymooners, again, take note.)


A fair number of activities are available to suit all levels of enthusiasm. A stay of three or more nights warrants an all-day snorkelling trip to pristine Tenggol Island, about a half-hour boat ride from the coast. You might be lucky enough to spot a hawksbill turtle gliding through crystal water, but schools of darting tropical fish are guaranteed. A jungle trek to the base of Chemerong waterfall is another all day adventure where you can enjoy a packed lunch and refreshing swim, and an easy-going afternoon bike ride is rewarded with waves from local children and light-as-air roti at a nearby fishing village.

Dungun town comes alive on Thursday evenings when the night markets open for trade. Tanjong Jara runs a return service to the markets (about 10 minutes’ drive), worth visiting for the sights, smells and tastes of Malay street food. Go hard on the dessert pancakes.


With its secluded west coast location, beyond-the-call-of-duty service and elegant design rooted in Malay culture, Tanjong Jara is wonderful to place to escape the world and leave your cares at the door.


Swimming with hawksbill turtles on a snorkelling trip.


Not applying enough sunscreen to the back of my legs on said snorkelling trip.


Tanjong Jara Resort, Batu 8, Off Jalan Dungun, 23000 Dungun, Terengganu, Malaysia. Rooms start from $190 plus taxes a night. See tanjongjararesort苏州夜总会招聘

Rating 4.5/5

Callan Boys was a guest of YTL Hotels.