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you may hear me speak of "the middle of nowhere".....​

Here it is.

How a determined pub owner transformed Urandangi into a peaceful patch of country Queensland​



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Forgotten town​

It's clear why the hamlet is known as a forgotten town; with no houses and no power, locals live in makeshift shanties under tin roofs.

When Ms Forster arrived in 2008, she said anarchy and grog-fuelled violence were rife.

"It was terrible. There were drunks everywhere, cars racing around," she said.

"It was a feral patch in the middle of nowhere."

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But the chaos couldn't cloud Ms Forster's vision for a peaceful, connected bush community.

"I'm a person who believes that you're sent to where you're meant to be," she said.
"I felt a calling to this place. I think I was sent there to do something, to tidy it up."

"The first 12 months were pretty hard because they were fairly wild and were allowed to do whatever they wanted," she said.

With the nearest police station located two hours away, Ms Forster took it upon herself to crack down on local ruffians.

If they played up, I closed up (the pub)

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The Local swimming pool...


From Anzac Day commemorations to pamper days for the local women, cricket days and sausage cook-offs, it's clear Ms Forster and her pub are the beating heart of the community.
 

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Is that sign a Holden hood?!?

Also, I'm not too sure how many young people, especially Americans, will know what Anzac is, never mind Anzac day.

Our History Channel has Ancient Aliens and Pawn Stars, rather than any history.
 
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In Australia, Emma changed house, jobs and lifestyle at 52 — because she's no longer afraid of making mistakes

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The walk to Emma's new work. Coonawarra, South Australia

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Emma expected to work in the kitchen, given that's where her experience is a home economics teacher. Instead, they made her front-of-house.

Worth the risk​

Emma realises a lot of people are hesitant to make a change for financial reasons.

"The process might take a little while to get your finances to a point that you can [do something different]."

The key, Emma says, is to honestly work out your priorities.

"Sometimes we say things are important, like health is important; but we never go walking, we never go to the doctor," Emma says.

"The hardest point is making that decision to take the leave or try something different."
 
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Clinical trial shows common drug heparin can be used to improve COVID-19 symptoms​


Researchers have determined that a cheap and widely available blood-thinning drug can be used to treat COVID-19 patients by improving their breathing.

Key points:​

  • Researchers say their clinical trial of 98 patients suggests heparin could be used to improve the condition of COVID-19 patients
  • They will now run a larger randomised trial in hospitals around the world
  • Heparin is already used widely to treat heart and lung conditions and blood clots

The research findings, published today in the British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology and co-authored by scientists from the Australian National University and King's College in London, are based on a clinical trial that used heparin to treat 98 patients diagnosed with COVID-19.

The trial found that breathing and oxygen levels improved in 70 per cent of the patients after they inhaled a course of heparin, and their symptoms improved.

"What we found was that this drug also works against COVID-19 by stopping the virus from entering the cells in the lungs,"
study co-author Professor Frank van Haren from the ANU said.(Australan National University)
https://www.abc.net.au/news/2022-01...reat-covid-19-patients-successfully/100767852
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Blind shearing shed roustabout moving on to new challenges​


Ashlea Hughes is legally blind, but the 26-year-old won't let it be a barrier to navigating her way around the lanolin-oiled floorboards of shearing sheds across South Australia and Victoria where she has worked for the past five years.

Key points:​

  • Ashlea Hughes has the hereditary condition retinitis pigmentosa and is legally blind
  • Ms Hughes has worked as a roustabout in shearing sheds for five years
  • Her next goal is to work as a barista to travel overseas for a dairy conference in the UK in 2024

Ms Hughes works as a roustabout — a remarkable feat in a fast-paced and sometimes dangerous workplace — where she weaves in and out, picking up wool, sorting and sweeping the boards as the shearers drag in their next sheep to shear.

Ms Hughes has retinitis pigmentosa, a condition that affects one in every 3,000 Australians. For her, it means her peripheral vision has deteriorated since her teens.

Both her brothers have the hereditary condition but hers is the most advanced.

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Australian research vessel discovers underwater canyon larger than Mt Kosciusko​


An Australian research vessel has made a startling discovery in the Southern Ocean, 22,000 metres beneath the surface.
On her maiden polar voyage, the RSV Nuyina has mapped a never-before-seen underwater canyon - taller than Mt Kosciuszko - which stretches 55 kilometres from the Vanderford Glacier in East Antarctica.
Despite scientists regularly surveying the area, the discovery marks the first time the 2000-metre-wide canyon had been detected.

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The RSV Nuyina has mapped a never before seen underwater canyon which stretches 55 kilometres. (Australian Government)
"The world-leading acoustic technology on the Nuyina is shedding new light on the secrets of Southern Ocean," Environment Minister Susan Ley said.
"As Nuyina nears the end of her maiden polar voyage, we already gaining an amazing insight into the scientific capabilities of this new ice breaker, which earlier in the voyage became the first to map the summit of an underwater mountain higher than Mt Kosciuszko.
"In this case, Nuyina has turned what would have been a relatively routine journey back from the refuelling Casey station into a voyage of genuine discovery."

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The discovery marks the first time the 2000-metre-wide canyon has been detected. (Australian Government )
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RSV Nuyina will return to Hobart by January 30 to prepare for a second voyage. (Australian Government )

Ms Ley said the discovery marks the "opening of the door" to new levels of polar research.
"Already the Nuyina is demonstrating that Australia has opened the door to new levels of polar research that will help unlock secrets of Southern Ocean marine ecosystems, strengthen our reach inland and our understanding of the world's climate," she said.
RSV Nuyina will return to Hobart by January 30 to prepare for a second voyage this Antarctic season to Davis and Macquarie Island research stations.
 
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Road trains bound for the Northern Territory and stranded on the flooded Stuart Highway are taking a 3,000-kilometre detour to deliver their cargo.

Key points:​

  • NT-bound trucks on the flooded Stuart Highway have been forced to turn around
  • Their new route is more than 3,000km through outback NSW and Queensland
  • South Australian councils are calling for emergency flood relief

The highway, which connects South Australia and the country's southern states to the Northern Territory, has been closed between the remote outpost of Glendambo and the opal mining town of Coober Pedy.

The manager of the Glendambo BP, Richard Patridge, said about 30 trucks were backed up on Tuesday afternoon waiting for the road to reopen.

"We've got Australia's biggest swamp at the moment and it's not going anywhere in a hurry," he said.
"This could be here for another two or three weeks at this stage, waiting for it to recede, and no-one can do nothing until the water recedes so they can check the road and see how much damage is done to that."
 
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AUSTRALIA DAY .....JANUARY 26TH 2022



Refugees who fled Syrian war become citizens in emotional Australia Day ceremony​

An Armenian family that fled Syria during the civil war were among the 16,000 people who became Australian citizens in ceremonies around the country.

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With two young children, Nayiri Injejikian and her husband Nerses Chuljian fled the war in Syria in 2012 and arrived at a refugee camp in Lebanon.

Six years after being granted humanitarian visas by the Australian government, the Armenian family became citizens on Wednesday in an Australia Day ceremony in Parramatta in Sydney's west.

“We kept [staying] there hoping everything would be finished soon … but the war got worse and we fled the country and went to Lebanon,” Ms Injejikian told SBS News.

“From there we choose Australia to emigrate because it’s a wonderful country, it’s safe and it’s multicultural, we can have all the opportunities for the kids to get educated and having a good future.”

 
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