Wollongong’s new private hospital opened yesterday. It dominates the view down Crown Street West Wollongong. Here is a shot taken last October early in the morning. And this from the Illawarra Mercury: It is certainly impressive. How may it affect us public/pensioner patients? See Hospital opening boosts surgical options: An increase in surgical options at […]
If you are representing drivers in the magistrates’ courts for driving with a proportion of drugs over the specified limit you need to read this report. It can help you ask for massively reduced driving disqualifications.
Coulrophobia is an abnormal or exaggerated fear of clowns. It is not uncommon among children, but is also sometimes found in teenagers and adults as well. Sufferers sometimes acquire a fear of clowns after having a bad experience with one personally, or seeing a sinister portrayal of one in the media. The weird appearance of […]
Wednesday night in Key West, Florida police arrested popular artist Nick Carter from the group Backstreet Boys. Police were called to the popular bar, Hog’s Breath Saloon, where Carter and his friend Michael Papayans allegedly got into an altercation at Hog’s Breath Saloon. The altercation began when Carter and Papayans appeared over intoxicated at the […]
John Gay’s popular 1728 play The Beggar’s Opera drew on the conventions of drama, ballads, and opera. Two centuries later, in Germany, his play was adapted into the new medium of film in the form of the Threepenny Opera. Judith Wiemers (Queen’s University Belfast) traces the shifting relations between theatre, music and film in her essay in the new issue of Postgraduate English. This […]
Beethoven is not really known for his opera’s, but Fidelio is great! This is a full opera, so sit down with a cup of tea or a glass of wine and enjoy…
Source: “Storms over Oz”.
Australians spending their New Year’s holidays on Bali and other Indonesian islands have been urged to exercise caution in the wake of intelligence suggesting a heightened terror threat.
The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) issued the warning on New Year’s Eve, after receiving information from the US Government about possible security threats at “popular tourist beaches on Lombok, such as Senggigi, surrounding the New Year’s celebrations”.
DFAT officials have warned travellers to exercise a high degree of caution in Indonesia due to the high threat of a terrorist attack.
Australians in Bali on Christmas and New Year holidays should be particularly vigilant due to an increased risk, DFAT said.
“Terrorists have previously targeted nightclubs, bars, restaurants, international hotels, airports and places of worship in Bali, Jakarta and elsewhere in Indonesia,” DFAT said on the smartraveller website.
People should reconsider their need to travel to the Central Sulawesi, Papua and West Papua provinces, DFAT advised.
The warning came as German officials evacuated two Munich train stations due to intelligence suggesting a suicide attack, and followed Belgian officials cancelling New Year’s Eve celebrations in Brussels.
Hong Kong (AFP) – A Hong Kong employee of a publishing firm known for producing books critical of the Chinese government has gone missing, his wife said Friday, following the earlier apparent disappearance of four colleagues.=
It is the latest incident to fuel growing unease in Hong Kong at the erosion of freedoms in the semi-autonomous Chinese city, with fears that the five men may have been detained by Chinese authorities.
Lee Bo, the chief editor of a publisher which produces books on Chinese politics, was a colleague of the four others.
A source said Lee, 65, was last seen in Hong Kong on Wednesday at the publisher’s warehouse, which he is in charge of.
Lee’s wife Sophie Choi also said he was in Hong Kong Wednesday but went missing that night.
“Apparently he met somebody and subsequently disappeared. This is very shocking if it is true.”
Hong Kong was handed back to China by Britain in 1997 under a “One Country, Two Systems” arrangement. It enjoys liberties not seen on the mainland, including freedom of the press and publication, but there are fears these are under threat.
When the four other publishers disappeared last autumn Lee had said he was a shareholder in the Mighty Current publishing company.
“I think (it has happened) probably because of publishing matters… political books banned on the mainland,” he told AFP at the time.
The other men who went missing are Gui Minhai, a Swedish national and co-owner of the Mighty Current publishing company. Local media said he failed to return from a holiday in Thailand in October.
The publishing company’s general manager Lui Bo, an employee Cheung Jiping and bookstore manager Lam Wing-kei are also reportedly missing after disappearing in southern China in October.
Rights groups had expressed concern at the previous disappearances, with Human Rights Watch saying there was a “concerted effort” by the mainland to prevent Chinese political books travelling from Hong Kong to China.
Hong Kong publisher Yao Wentian, who was due to release a dissident’s book about Chinese President Xi Jinping, was reported to have been detained for almost three months in January 2014.
In May 2014 Yao, then 73, was sentenced by a Chinese court to 10 years in jail for smuggling.
Misophonia, which means “hatred of sound,” is a rare chronic condition with which certain sounds provokes someone’s intense emotional experience. The term, misophonia, was first coined by neuroscientists Pawel Jastreboff and Margaret Jastreboff of Emory University in 2002.
Sometimes referred to as selective sound sensitivity syndrome, the most common irritants as identified in a 2013 study include eating sounds such as lip smacking and swallowing; the sound of breathing and the sound of typing and pen clicking.