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Coffee the social drink of choice

Thursday, 23rd February, 2012

SOCIAL SIPPERS: Jill and Terry Jones enjoying their espressos at Charlotte’s yesterday. SOCIAL SIPPERS: Jill and Terry Jones enjoying their espressos at Charlotte’s yesterday.

More than half of Australians prefer a double-shot espresso to sitting down to a beer at the pub, according to a new poll.

Most are ditching the schooner in favour of a shot of caffeine, polling company Roy Morgan claims in its State of the Nation Report.

The report found 55 per cent of people visited a cafe for tea or coffee in the last three months, rising 6.6 per cent since the last survey in 2003.

The number visiting their local watering hole fell by 5.3 per cent over the last nine years to 23.3 per cent.

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A special bike for a special girl

Wednesday, 15th February, 2012

‘WHEELS TO FREEDOM’: A bank account has been set up to help raise money for Lara Pascoe (6) to get a specially modified bike. ‘WHEELS TO FREEDOM’: A bank account has been set up to help raise money for Lara Pascoe (6) to get a specially modified bike.

By Gayle Hogan 

Lara Pascoe’s beautiful smile and happy nature defy the struggles the six-year-old has faced every day of her life.

At just 10 months old she was diagnosed with Angelman’s Syndrome, a neuro-genetic disorder with no known cure or treatment.

It is characterised by severe intellectual and development delay, lack of/or diminished speech, unstable jerky gait, jerky movements (especially hand flapping), sleep disturbance, balance problems and epilepsy, resulting in life long seizures. 

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Flood could be largest since ‘76

Saturday, 11th February, 2012

For the third time in two years floodwaters have triggered pre-releases from the Menindee Lakes storage, as towns and properties along the Darling brace for what could be the largest flood event in 35 years.

With the lakes’ storage brimming as a result of inflows earlier this summer, authorities have acted in a bid to make room for the impending additional flows which will arrive in two waves.

The first will come from floodwater travelling down the Moonie, Namoi and Gwydir Rivers, and will be followed by flood flows from the Queensland Rivers.

The pre-releases, which started Thursday last week, have already seen flows increase to 23,000 megalitres per day, up from 15,000 ML/d per day, and are expected to reach 35,000 ML/d per day by next Friday.

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‘Don’t dump beds’

Thursday, 2nd February, 2012

Black calls on Labor councillor to oppose aged care transfer

By Erica Visser

Former Broken Hill mayor, Peter Black, has urged Labor Councillor Darriea Turley to oppose the privatisation of 40 local aged care beds in order to sink the plan.

Mr Black is still to decide whether he will try to return to local politics and run for mayor in the September elections.

His comments came amidst a debate over whether City Council should pass the licenses for 40 Shorty O’Neil beds to a new site which would be run by private organisation, Southern Cross Care.

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Union slams aged care beds proposal

Tuesday, 31st January, 2012

The Town Employees’ Union says it is “extremely concerned” about recent statements concerning a proposal to transfer the licences of 40 aged care beds from Shorty O’Neil Village.

People should be aware of the impact that the proposal by Southern Cross Care (SCC) would have on the residents and employees of Shorty O’Neil Village as well as the local businesses that supply products to the village, the union said.

“It is still very fresh in our minds the adverse effect on former employees of SCC when SCC made the snap decision to outsource their catering and laundry services to Medirest,” said TEU Secretary, Ros Ferry. 

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