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Our Say: Don’t let yourself be the next victim of fraud

MODERN society is starting to pay a high price for new shopping convenience.
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Fraud crimes increased sharply in some Central West centres in the 12 months to September, but fell in Dubbo, which had 248 incidents.

The rise in fraud cases was repeated inmost police commands across NSWand reflects a new sophistication among petty criminals.

The increased use of PayWave technology has been identified as a major factor in the increase in fraudas law makers –and enforcers –struggle to keep pace with changes in retailing.

The convenience of PayWave is a boon for shoppers who want to quickly pay for goods and get on their way but becomes a disaster when they lose their wallet or purse.

Once you’ve lost control of your credit card, anyone canuse it to make purchases of up to $100 a time without needing to sign or enter a PIN.

In those instances, it quickly becomes a race against time as the person who loses the card knows every extra minute they take to cancel the card with their bankcould be costing them hundreds of dollars.

Not surprisingly, then, it’s everything old is new again for the smart modern thief with purses and wallets becoming the items of choice for stealing.The rise in fraud also presents a significant policing problem as little can be done to stop determined crooks.

Securing your credit cards is purely a case of taking personal responsibility and just a moment’s inattention could be your undoing. No amount of targeted police campaigns can change that reality.

But PayWave is not the only culprit when it comes to rising fraud.

Police report online scams continueto find new targets, even as we wonder just how many variations there can be on a similar scheme.

The fact there are still people falling into these traps explains why there are still scammers out there trying their luck.Wewill never know the full extent of the damage being done by scammers. Some victims simply won’t own up to being fooled.

The best we can do is know there are always people out there ready to prey on the vulnerable and distracted.

Dubbo may get some comfort from the fall in fraud figures, but card users and businesses need to be vigilant. The threat and risks are real.

Don’t let yourself become the next target.

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Farewell to a woman with a zest for life

LIFE WELL LIVED: Lillian Mavis Aitken, pictured on her 100th birthday, lived life to the fullest for 102 years.
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Lillian Aitken, wholived through many of the 20th century’s most significant events, has died at the aged of 102.

Born in Rochester on October 30, 1914 to Lillian and Edward Hawley, she had two older brothers Edward and Frank –now both deceased.

Mrs Aitken spent the first two years of her life in Rochester where her father operated a grocery store, a tradition of shop ownership that would continue when the family moved to Bendigo.

Her father was a businessman who owned several grocery stores in Bendigo and also dabbled in the real estate.

As such, the Hawley family moved house frequently and Mrs Aitken often spoke fondly of her childhood homes, especially “Winola” on the corner of High and Myrtle streets in Golden Square.

One of the moves came about after a rotunda her father sat in each morningwas swallowedby a mine shaft opening up, causingMrs Aitken’s mother to refuse to live there anymore.

As Mrs Aitken grew older, she assisted her mother in the family home. In a sign of the times, her father would not allow her to work outside the family home.

She cooked on wood stoves and scrubbed floors on her hands and knees, sayingsimply “that’s what you did back then” when asked about it in her latter years.

Mrs Aitken attended the Bendigo girls school but finished her education at home when her father decided to home school her. She completed her matriculation.

As a young woman, Mrs Aitken hadan active social life, attending parties and dances. She especially loved roller skating. At the age of 18, she met George Aitken and the young couple began building a life together long before they were married.

They operated a small grocery store on the corner of Nolan and McCrae streets opposite Lake Weeroona and for four years each would arrive early from their respective homes, open the doors and set about establishing their own identity in the grocery business.

It became known as Aitkens Grocery Store and they operated it for 44 years until the mid-1970s when they retired and moved to Wallace Avenue, Flora Hill.

They married at the McKenzie Street Methodist Church in Golden Square and on September 16, 1939 they welcomed their first child William –or Bill –as he became known. Four years later, on April 30, 1943 their daughter Glenda was born.

While working hard in the shop, Mrs Aitken still managed to make time to pursue her love of gardening, tennis, lawn bowls and golf, winning many trophies over the years.

Every winter Mrs Aitken and her husband would migrate from Bendigo to Hervey Bay in Queensland to escape the cold.

These annual getaways continued until her husband passed away in 1988. Her daughter Glenda would die of cancer in 2002.

At the age of 90, Mrs Aitken underwent a hip replacement that gave her another 12 years of independence.

Mrs Aitken passed away on December 3, 2016. She lived through the reigns of 26 Australian prime ministers, two world wars and a depression, which left an indelible mark.

She is survived by her son Bill, six grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.

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Lees looks beyond Villiers

KRIS Lees is eyeing theGosford Cup (2100 metres) with Sense Of Occasion when the six-year-old resumes in the group 2 Villiers Stakes (1600m) at Randwick on Saturday.
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DIVING BACK IN: Kris Lees’ Sense Of Occasion winning the Premier’s Cup at Rosehill. Picture: bradleyphotos南京夜网419论坛

Sense Of Occasion, winner of the listed Premier’s Cup in August, will be back from a two-month break in the $250,000 race, where he has drawn well in four.

The Street Sense geldingproduced a strong trial win at Gosford on December 5 and was a $26 chance with TAB Fixed Odds for the Villiers.

He has impressive wet track form of four wins in 10 starts, andRandwick was rated a heavy 9 on Friday. However, his Newcastle trainer had low expectations in the Villiers and his sights set on more suitable races, like the January 13 Gosford Cup.

“He’s capable on wet ground but this isprobably a lead-up run for a couple of longer races, to be fair tohim,” Lees said.

Sense Of Occasion is one of six Lees runners at Randwick on Saturday and the trainer believed all would take their place, despite the wet weather.

“Nearly all of them would have some wet credentials and it may enhance some of mine’s without going there withany real confidence,” he said.

Twist Tops and Time Out Of Mind will contest the $250,000 Inglis Sprint (1100m). Filly Twist Tops has a win and a second in three starts on wet ground, while colt Time Out Of Mind won on debut at Gosford on good going two weeks ago.

“Twist Tops has got good wet form so she’ll be comfortable and the other horse is untried,” Lees said.“He’s a nice horse but he’s jumping a few grades here, but I think he deserves a chance in a race like this.”

Muswellbrook trainer Todd Willan has $71 hopeAkasaki in the race.

Lees also has Brook Road in the listed Razor Sharp (1200m), where Scone trainer Rod Northam has Big Money ($15). Weatherly, for Scone’s Paul Messara, was scratched on Friday.

“She ran OK first-up the other day,” Lees said of Brook Road’s seventh in the listed Starlight Stakes. “She doesn’t win out of turn but she rarely runs a bad race, so she could easily show up.

“She likes soft, when it’s really heavy, she’s a little questionable, but it depends what happens.It’s supposed to be hot tomorrow.”

Newcastle trainer Paul Perry, who won on Friday at Scone with Yeoman and Petrossian, has Der Meister in the Christmas Cup (2400m).

Lees hasPress Report and Upscale in the $100,000 Segenhoe Cup (1200m).

“Upscale’s a filly on the way up,” he said.“She’s got a nice gate, or it should, but who knows with the wet ground,but both have got a bit of wet track form so I expect them to run well in a very open race.”

Northam had a winning double at Scone on Friday with Husswick and L’elu, while Lees’ Dead Calm saluted.

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Take five to arrive campaign launched

Operation safe arrival was launched by NSW police in an effort to stem the road toll is the lead up to Christmas.
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A total of 373 lives have been lost on NSW roads already this year,including 17 children aged 16 or under.

Tragically, 42 more people have died on our roads than for the same period last year.

Alarmed at the number of children and families that have been affected, Sydney Children’s Hospitals Network are joining forces with NSW Police to urge people to drive safely.

The message of #Five2Arrive, carries with it five simple tips for road users:

1. Don’t speed.

2. Don’t drink and drive

3. Wear a seatbelt

4. Put your phone away, and

5. Take regular breaks

Assistant Commissioner Michael Corboy, Acting Commander of the State’s Traffic & Highway Patrol Command, is urging drivers to follow #Five2Arrive to increase their chances of being able to spend Christmas with their families.

“Don’t speed! This should be obvious but people aren’t listening. Speeding is still the biggest contributor to fatal and serious crashes in NSW,” he said.

“Don’t drink and drive! There are no excuses. We will be out in force, and will take the driving privileges away from anyone who thinks it’s okay to drink or do drugs and drive.

“Wear a seatbelt! Wearing a seatbelt has been mandatory in NSW since 1971 and the evidence is clear that they save lives, yet we still see people dying on the roads when they are not worn.

“Put your phone away! When your eyes are on your phone, you are blind to the road.

“Take regular breaks! Fatigue is a major factor in road trauma. Take regular breaks in order to stay alert.

“Tragically there are 370 people who won’t be with their family this Christmas. Don’t let yourself or your family become a tragic statistic.”

Since the start of November, 46 children have presented at Sydney Children’s Hospital, Randwick and The Children’s Hospital at Westmead due to injuries from motor vehicle collisions.

Injuries of the children seen range from cuts, grazes and bruising, through to skull, spinal, rib, leg and arm fractures. The worst injuries seen were those to the internal organs, which were often associated with life-threatening bleeding and severe head injuries with bleeding in the brain.

Dr Mary McCaskill, Executive Medical Director, Sydney Children’s Hospitals Network, said that it is shocking and alarming to see so many children brought to Hospital from preventable collisions involving motor vehicles.

“The children we have seen recently were involved in crashes while in vehicles, sustained injuries due to lack of appropriate child restraints, were injured by cars in the driveway, and were involved in collissions while playing on the street on a bike or with friends,” he said.

“The extent of a child’s injuries from a major motor vehicle crash can be horrific. Recovery for children involved can be very long and painful, and distressing for the family.

“It takes a team of carers, nurses, and doctors to treat a child who has been in a serious crash, and there is often long-term rehabilitation involved.

“I have seen so many families torn apart by road trauma, particularly at this time of year, coming up to the festive season.

“Over the Christmas period don’t forget, your driving doesn’t only affect your family, but also the other families on the road as well,”

Minister for Roads Duncan Gay said there is one element of my job that keeps me up at night, particularly this year – the road toll.

“We can invest billions into making our road network safer and continue to deliver our road safety programs but we cannot control drivers, riders or pedestrians from making bad choices.

“When you’re travelling this holiday season, please ensure you’re well rested and follow the road rules so you and your family arrive at your destination safely.

“We’re always looking for new ways to save lives on NSW roads but motorists need to play their part as well, to help drive deaths and injuries on our roads toward zero,” Minister Gay said.

Operation Safe Arrival commenced on Friday, December 16, and will conclude on Thursday,January 2.

Double demerits will be in place from Friday, December 23 to Monday,January 2.

Throughout the campaign, police will be out in larger numbers state-wide, targeting drink and drug driving, speeding, fatigue, seatbelt use, mobile-phone use and other types of dangerous driving.

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Need cash for a good project?

David Ryan, from the Uralla Community Garden, is a previous winner of the Community Futures Grant. The Royal Agricultural Society of NSW (RAS) Foundation is searchingfor motivated members of rural and regional NSW who want to improve their community through projects.
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The charitable foundation encourages educational opportunities and helps build strong and sustainable rural and regional communities through a range of targeted grants and scholarships.

Funding of up to $25,000 per grant will be available through the Community Futures Grants Program, an initiative that seeks to encourage those in rural areas to lead projects that improve their local community.

The program has donated more than $500,000 to projects across NSW and will commit $90,000 in 2017.

Most funds were raised during the Sydney Royal Easter Show, with a large portion coming from the sold-out Ag Bag, the foundation’s Australian produce showbag.

“The RAS Foundation is still focused on promoting and supporting youth (aged under 35 years),” said RAS Foundation executive officer Kate Ross.“Several grants will be earmarked for young people, however, to benefit all communities, we have lifted the age limitation this year.

“Past projects have taken many different shapes but have always had one thing in common – they help create healthy community connections and have brought people together to plan, volunteer and work with one another.

“We’ve funded projects to address rural mental health through to ideas that foster community rejuvenation, so the RAS Foundation welcomes all types of applications.”

Submissions will be judged on several criteria including innovation, impact on the broader community and plans for implementation. Applicants must be in rural or regional NSW and identify an existing community organisation or group to partner with to deliver their project.

Projects funded in the past include a mobile agricultural workshop for students in Coonamble, a natural outdoor play space in Gulargambone, a community arts hub and street rejuvenation in Trundle, and construction of a multipurpose community building in Comboyne.

Applications close at midnight on January 15,2017 and the recipients will be announced at the 2017 Sydney Royal Show.

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Cattle phosphorous a step closer

Beef producers in northern Australia are one step closer to having a simple on-farm test to accurately assess an animal’s P status. New discoveries about phosphorus (P) deficiency in northern beef cattle have put producers a step closer to having a simple on-farm test to accurately assess an animal’s P status.
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Research funded by Meat & Livestock Australia (MLA) is helping scientists discover better markers of P-status in cattle, which could soon result in the development of a crush-side test.

Animal endocrinology specialist Dr Stephen Anderson from the University of Queensland is part of a research project that has uncovered new information about how P deficiency affects both young and mature cows, and revealed new markers that indicate P status in cattle.

“During the past 20 years, very little work has been done on the physiology of P deficiency and most of our current knowledge is based on growing stock,” Dr Anderson said.

“This project aimed to improve our understanding of how cows cope with P deficiency, and has given us new information that producers might use to make better management decisions.”

Dr Anderson said the discovery of new markers that more accurately indicate P status could, potentially, be combined with emerging medical technology to develop a simple crush-side test for use by producers.

“That’s the end game, to make it easier and more cost-effective for producers to manage P deficiency,” he said.

Dr Anderson said the research team monitored their test herd of mature Droughtmaster cows for one season and found they were very good at mobilising P and calcium from bone in P-deficient situations, particularly during late pregnancy and the first three months post-calving.

He said this was is in stark contrast to growing cattle, including heifers during their first pregnancy and then lactation.

Dr Anderson warned producers that exposing young lactating cows that are still growing to extreme P deficiency could have serious implications for their longer-term productivity.

“Evidence from MLA’s CashCow project showed that many herds in tough environments cope with this stress by calving only every second year and using the alternate years to replenish their live weight, fat and bone minerals,” he said.

The research team discovered that P deficient cows had an increase in the active form of vitamin D3.

“This vitamin D3 promotes gut uptake of both P and calcium from the diet, so if cattle are eating a low P diet, this helps them to extract as much P as possible from their feed,” Dr Anderson said.

“Besides vitamin D3, other markers of P deficiency indicate how much P in the bone is being mobilised, and these can be used to assess a cow’s P status.”

High calcium levels in the blood were also found to indicate low P status.

“When P is mobilised from bone, calcium is trafficked at the same time at the rate of two-calciumto-one-P-molecule, so in P deficiency high calcium levels appear in a blood test,” Dr Anderson said.

He said it is also possible to use this information to improve the present ‘P Screen’ test and advance the development of a better crush-side test tool for producers.

Other P deficiency markers uncovered include CTX-1 and an enzyme, Bone Alkaline Phosphatase (BAP). “CTX-1 is basically a breakdown product that occurs as bone P is mobilised so levels of CTX-1 go up as the animal struggles to supply its own P needs for lactation,” Dr Anderson said.

“The BAP enzyme was also found to increase as animals utilised their P mineral stores.”

Dr Anderson said while the project team’s long-term goal was to see the development of a crushside test for P-status, in the short-term they would continue to investigate nutritional and production responses to improve recommendations on how best to manage the P nutrition of northern breeder cows.

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The 12 dos of Christmas recycling

Recycle old mobile phones, printer cartridges, computers and tablets that get replaced. Photo: Supplied
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Planet Arkare urging Logan residents to take part in the The 12 dos of Christmas recycling and rubbish campaign.

The awareness campaign includes tips for reducing food waste and excess packaging, more environmentally friendly choices when buying gifts and recycling items like wrapping paper, foil, cartons, drink containers, plastic and cards as well as electronics and batteries.

Planet Ark Recycling Programs Manager Ryan Collins said christmas was a time whereresidents spend, eat and party more than normal, so planning meals and present buying is essential to keep a budget.

“It’s no wonder that councils report dramatic waste spikes over the festive season and everyone’s credit card bills skyrocket,” he said.

“It’s easy to get carried away with the excitement and buy too much.

“When you throw food in the bin it’s pretty much like throwing money away.

“It also represents a waste of the water, fuel and resources it took to get the food from the paddock to your plate.

“Meal planning, sticking to a list and buying presents in plenty of time avoids those last-minute panic buys, saving you money and lessening the environmental impact of Christmas.”

Electronic waste is also a big theme at Christmas as people receive new electronic items like mobiles, tablets and computers or and toys as gifts, which are often battery-heavy.

As electronics include non-renewable and toxic materials, it’s important to make sure that old ones are re-homed or responsibly recycled.

“Checking RecyclingNearYou or downloading the free recycling app is the best way to avoid arguments over what goes in the recycling,” Mr Collins said.

The interactive app draws data from the RecyclingNearYou site for every Australian council and allows users to easily search for information about how to recycle over 170 household items.

Logan residents can visit http://recyclingnearyou南京夜网419论坛/council/LoganQLDfor more information about the where to recycle.

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Frog Challenge a leap into the unknown

DYNAMIC DUO: John Sheely and Jemma Charles are all smiles as they complete one of their 17 run legs as part of the Rosebud Frog Challenge.
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A WARRNAMBOOL team is eyeing a second swim-run endurance event after successfully completing the Frog Challenge.

The importance of teamwork and preparation were lessons Jemma Charles and John Sheely took out of the gruelling 33-stage Rosebud race on Saturday.

Charles, who accepted a late call up to partner Sheely, said she would put in extra hours in the lead up if she decided to tackle an Queenscliff frog race in April.

She had just five weeks’ preparation for the Rosebud competition, which took the pair seven hours and 15 minutes to complete.

That short time-frame put pressure on her kidneys, making recovery tough.

“The human body is an amazing thing and you can push and push,” Charles said.

“The course was expected to be 45 kilometres but everyone’s Garmin claimed to be closer to 50km, so I am claiming it.”

Charles said working together made it easier for the pair to overcome obstacles.

“Dealing with weather conditions was difficult. It was quite cold for the first half of the race,” she said.

“There were 52 teams entered and seven to nine pulled out due to hypothermia in the first half.

“The second half, the sun was out and we got smashed –we’re sporting attractive tan lines.

“There were a couple of long runs in the second half and they took their toll.”

Charles praised Sheely for his help throughout the course, which included 17 run legs and 16 swim legs.

“We saw other teams which had one competitor feeling strong and striding away from the other whereas John and I stuck together,” she said.

“I’d encourage everyone to have a crack (at the race).”

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Workshop to tackle suicide prevention

Health issue: Rural men have some of the highest rates of suicide in Australia but there are ways we can help put a stop to the health crisis.The facts are clear: depression and suicide arethriving in regional Australia.
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Men in rural locations havea higher rate of suicide than those living inurban areas and farming men had even higher rates.

But there are ways we can help.

Community representatives met in Gunnedah on Friday to discuss such strategies at the Farm-Link suicide prevention program.

University of Newcastle Centre for Rural and Remote Mental Health presenter Rachel McLay saidCommonwealth-funded programs like these helped lessen the “stigma and taboo” ofsuicide.

The discussion wasparticularly poignant for a rural location like ours but also the wider community.

“Suicide is growing in our country,” Mrs McLay said.

“We need to have aconversation about it.”

The workshop featured a strong, health and well-being focus, not only to identify risk factors in others but offer those present achance for self-reflection as well.

“We can’t help others until we help ourselves first,” she said.

Three key determinants ofhealth were explored–sleep, nutritionand exercise.

Sleep was described as the“first bell” that someone may be having difficulty with their mental health.

Mrs McLay said the topic of sleep wasalso one of most accessible to bring up in conversation and it wasnot a judgemental subject.

A change in appetite –not eating enough and overindulging could also flag a mental health issue. A difference in the amount of alcoholconsumed was also named as a big contributing factor in nutrition.

Mrs McLay said studies have shown people who drink are more likely to have a mental health problem. Thereverse wasalso true and those with mental issues are more likely to drink.

Workshop participants also learnt the SCARF (suspect, connect, ask, refer, follow-up) action-plan forsuicide prevention.

Connectand let the person who you suspectis thinkingabouttaking their own life, that youhave noticed changes in them and you care.

Ask direct questions but in a way that does not cast judgement such as “are you thinking about talking your own life?”

If the person confirms they have suicidal thoughts, it is important to determine how deeply they have thought about suicide. Ask questions like: “Have you thought about how you would kill yourself”.

Refer the person to relevant support services like Lifeline or call 000 if life is in immediate danger. Follow-up and make sure the person foundthe help they needed.

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Fuel cut for beverages

Ethanol producer Manildra has moved to cut the amount of the product it makes for fuel after failing to get the level of state government mandate it had sought.
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As a result, its Bomaderry company Shoalhaven Starcheswants to expand the amount of ethanol it makes for beverages, while decreasing the amount it produces for fuel.

Shoalhaven Starches has applied via the major projects planning process for the change, which it says would not result in any net change to ethanol production levels.

Some structures would be demolished, a new distillery and tanks would be built, and the reduction in fuel ethanol would be countered by the increase in beverage-quality product.

Expanding for drinks: Manildra’s Shoalhaven Starches factory on Bolong Rd in Bomaderry, which is seeking to build a beverage-grade ethanol distillery.

The plant’s capacity would remain at 300 megalitres per year, but 110ML of this would be beverage grade ethanol.

Ethanol is used as a partial petrol substitute and delivers reduced greenhouse gas emissions.

Under new NSW laws introduced late this year, petrol retailers must sell ethanol if they deal more than 3.6 million litres a year. This was a much higher threshold than Manildra had wanted –it met with ministers several times to discuss its target threshold of 1 million litres per year.

But the Government was unwilling to force the mandate upon many small retailers. Manildra’s move away from fuel towards beverages can be seen as a reaction to that decision, as it had expanded its capacity in recent years.

“Unfortunately the expected increase in demand for ethanol to meet the demand arising from this mandate has not occurred due largely from a failure of the mandate to be imposed on petroleum suppliers,” Manildra says in its project application.

“As a result Shoalhaven Starches have been investigating alternative markets for the ethanol that is and will be produced at their Bomaderry plant in accordance with the project approval.”

The project is estimated to carry a $40 million price tag.

The public can comment on the plans via the NSW Major Projects planning website.

As per usual, Manildra’s political donations disclosure statement is lengthy, showing thousands of dollars given to the NSW Liberal Party, the NSW National Party and the NSW Labor Party.

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