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A passenger sailing on a Holland America Line (HAL) cruise ship near Greece contacted me today, stating that a number of guests are experiencing gastrointestinal symptoms:
"I'm currently on MS Veendam. Left Fort Lauderdale on October 20th and due to return to Fort Lauderdale on December 8th. Currently docked in Souda, Greece. Leaving at 5:00 pm less than an hour from now. Souda port terminal has WiFi.
Noro started about four days ago. We did pick up passengers in Barcelona and some of them are sick now and seem to have gotten sick shortly after boarding from what I understand. One day there were 29 passengers and two crew sick . . . Yesterday ... only four new cases and no crew sick anymore.
Ship is cleaning, isolating and taking precautions including not allowing passengers to handle food which is good."
It is currently unknown whether the gastrointestinal outbreak is in fact due to norovirus (or-coli or some other more exotic virus) because there will be no testing of the affected passenger's stools.
In the last week, we have written about GI outbreaks which included the Crown Princess, which called on a U.S. port and had to report the outbreak to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The Anthem of the Seas was experienced a similar outbreak affected many dozens of guests (around 100 people). The Anthem did not meet the percentage of guests who reported their symptoms to the ship infirmary, and therefore there is no official CDC report. The Celebrity Solstice was also reportedly hit with an aggressive GI outbreak while sailing around Australia, according to news accounts.
Holland America Line experienced 18 cases of GI sicknesses reported to the CDC since 2010. Only Princess Cruises suffered more norovirus/GI cases which were reported to the CDC during this time period. HAL suffered norovirus outbreaks on the Nieuw Amsterdam, and two outbreaks each on the Volendam and the Noordam this year.
Cruise ships on non-U.S. itineraries do not have to report GI outbreaks.
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Public Seminar with two speakers: Jack Roach, immediate past president of Boroondara Residents Action Group and Adrian Whitehead. Adrian Whitehead will speak on "Population Perspectives, from global to local." Public Welcome. Free Parking near venue. Financial members may nominate for any committee positions. See details inside re how to nominate.
Sustainable Population Australia (Victorian and Tasmanian
Annual General Meeting
Saturday November 25th 2017 at 2.00pm
Hawthorn Library meeting rooms 3-4, 584 Glenferrie Rd, Hawthorn VIC 3122
Nominations for Committee Positions: Financial members of SPA may nominate for any committee positions. Please email before 17thth November to firstname.lastname@example.org or write to:
Returning Officer, Sustainable Population Australia, Victorian
and Tasmanian branch,
P.O.BOX 556 Hawthorn 3122
Following the formal proceedings, please stay for our public
Population perspectives: from global to local
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Presenters: Adrian Whitehead, Environmental campaigner &
Jack Roach: Immediate Past President Boroondara Residents Action Group
Free parking is available near the venue.
You are invited to stay for afternoon tea following the seminar
Local filmmaker, self-described transcendental fascist and, more recently, Trump fanboy and partisan of the AltRight,* Richard Wolstencroft, established the Melbourne Underground Film Festival (MUFF) in 2000 after the Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF) declined screening his 1999 film Pearls Before Continue reading
The Pacific Black Duck (Anas
superciliosa) is mostly mid-brown in colour, with each feather
edged buff. The head pattern is characteristic, with a dark brown
line through the eye, bordered with cream above and below and a
dark brown crown. The upper wing colour is the same as the back,
with a bright glossy green patch in the secondary flight feathers.
The white underwing is conspicuous in flight. Young Pacific Black
Ducks are similar to the adults in plumage.
The Pacific Black Duck is closely related to the Mallard, A. platyrhynchos, introduced into Australia from the Northern Hemisphere. The two species are very similar in habits and occupy the same niche in the two regions. The two species will interbreed in situations where Mallards have been released.
This post is part of the Weekend Reflections meme,
and also part of the Saturday Critters meme,
and also part of the I'd Rather Be Birdin' meme,
and also part of the Camera Critters meme.
Belty has forgiven me. I managed to scrape together a grand, which was a bit of a stretch since he was expecting three. The coup-de-grace though was a crappy old sideboard I had five-fingered from a hard rubbish collection while enduring a rain of mouth from its former owner. She thought me a special kind 
The results of the Australian Marriage Law Postal Survey are in. Despite the voluntary nature of the survey, 12,727,920 (79.5%) eligible Australians voted.
By a margin of 61.6% to 38.4%, Australians have said yes to the proposition:
Should the law be changed to allow same-sex couples to marry?
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull is confident that parliament will...
Road Closed - Vehicle Collision
The cultural and linguistic diversity of Australia's resident
population has been reshaped over many years by migration. In 2015,
28.2% of the resident population was born overseas (6.7 million
persons). As would be expected from a major member of the British
Commonwealth of nations, the greatest proportion of these migrants
came from the United Kingdom (5%) and New Zealand (3%). And
increasingly, migrants are arriving from China (2.0%), India (2%),
the Philippines (1%) and Vietnam (1%). The fastest rate of increase
over this period was for people born in Nepal, Pakistan, Brazil,
India and Bangladesh.
As a result of this diversity, Pauline Hanson's party, One Nation, has arisen as a strongly nationalist, right-wing and populist party in Australia. One Nation was founded in 1997, by then-member of the Conservative Party in Federal parliament, Pauline Hanson. Dis-endorsement came before the 1996 federal election because of comments she made about Indigenous Australians, Muslims, Asians & immigration. Hanson also criticised the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission.
Condemning multiculturalism, One Nation has rallied against government immigration and multicultural policies. Along with Immigration Minister Kevin Andrews, she once drew a link between African migrants and crime, HIV, TB and leprosy. Hanson said "You can't bring people into the country who are incompatible with our way of life and culture. They get around in gangs and there is escalating crime that is happening."
Ward Young never intended to adopt Louis the lamb he only
planned on fostering him. But there was something about Louis
sweet, fleece-covered self that wormed his way into Youngs
Earlier this year, volunteers from Melbourne Sheep Save, an organization that rescues sheep in Victoria, Australia, rescued Louis from a local farm after Louis mom died giving birth to his sibling.
Credit: Ward YoungWe decided that we wanted to treat him like a king, given that his first day of life was so miserable, Young, a paramedic and independent animal rescuer, told The Dodo.
Credit: Kelly DinhamWhen you spend time with a lamb, they get so excited at seeing you and receiving bottles, Young said. Their tails flick around a million miles an hour. They are really just like pet dogs, but unfortunately people don't see them that way.
Credit: Ward YoungAs soon as Louis got a little bigger, he started racing around the acreage Young and Kyneton bought earlier this year.
A man has died after being stung by a swarm of bees on a farm in country Victoria. The 30-year-old man came under attack about 10am while working on a property on MacArthur Street, at Dunkeld, in western Victoria. It is understood the man was working at the property as a gardener. Worksafe officers attended the scene and a report is being prepared for the coroner.
Weather Warnings for Victoria. Issued by the Australian Bureau of Meteorology: 17/18:10 EDT Cancellation Severe Thunderstorm Warning - Melbourne Area for Port Phillip, Western Port, Inner East, Mornington Peninsula, Inner, South East, Northern, Outer East, Western and Geelong and Bellarine Peninsula Local Warning Areas. "melbourne IndyWatch Emergency Feed"
Ahead of his set at A Weekend In The Gardens at tomorrow (Nov 18) Illy offers his Top 5 festival tips.
Unless its peak summer, or youre in Darwin, youll probably be thankful for it when the sun goes down.
No point getting too wasted to last the distance. No one wants to spend all day babysitting, or worse, leaving early because youve gone too hard. Which leads to number three.
Obvious, but yeah, who cares if youve wanted to see the headline act for ages. Friends come first. Always!
There are often police dogs, plain-clothed officers, very young people, parents, and all sorts of other people who wont be cool with some types of good times. Act accordingly.
Theres nothing better than seeing people who dont know the words mouthing jibberish back at you from the crowd. Which is sick if theyre having a good time, great! But festival wrap up videos have long memories
Illy, Thundamentals, Spit Syndicate, Birdz and hosted by Jesswar
Concert runs from 4.00pm 11.00pm
For full event details, go to www.aweekend.com.au
What is it that makes attending a festival truly memorable beyond simply a great lineup? According to Glen Goose McGrath of one of Australias best new boutique festivals The Pleasure Garden, its all about creating an inclusive, community-focused environment that focuses on an immersive experience and encourages festivalgoers to come together and connect, rather than simply be passive consumers.
McGrath and business partner Geordie Baker will bring the vibrant festival back to Catani Gardens in St. Kilda this December, following a successful debut event last year. It boasts an enticing, diverse lineup including the likes of Fat Freddys Drop, Montaigne, Remi and Crooked Colours to name a few, as well as art installations, roving theatrical performances, and boutique gastronomical delights.
Between them, the pair have decades of event and festival experience, having worked locally and overseas for names like Burning Man, Big Day Out, Glastonbury and the London Olympics, and its that expertise they now bring to the Australian festival circuit.
Unless theres an actual community environment that inspires people to connect with the people around them, then the concept of a festival is really lacking
Ive been personally working on events since I was 14 years old, and worked on Big Day Out when I was 18, says McGrath. Its been a long path of seeing and exploring different events around the world everything from Burning Man in Nevada to the Olympics. Meanwhile, Geordie has done eight years working overseas on some pretty amazing events like Glastonbury and Secret Garden party.
Working on those events in the UK, Europe and the States, McGrath says what they saw was a much more comprehensive, cohesive environment than those back home, providing an environment that was fully experiential and holistic.
Its bound together in something thats greater than the sum of its parts that isnt simply the consumerist model walk in, eat food, buy booze, watch bands, leave. Unless theres anything there to tie those things together, an actual community environment that inspires people to connect with the people around them, then the concept of a festival is really lacking.
If you missed out on experiencing The Pleasure Garden last year, heres an idea of what youll find.
Community-building is a vital ingredient to providing a great...
Give Adrian a Shout:
Adrian Jacksons Jazz benefit, The Jazzlab, November 19, 2017
Adrian Jackson was whispering when I spoke to him at Wangaratta Festival of Jazz and Blues recently. We are all hoping that before long hell be back to his usual volume and fully capable of giving us a shout in all senses of the word.
On Sunday at 7pm at The Jazzlab, Melbourne Jazz Co-operative will stage a jazz benefit for Adrian, well known for his key roles as, for 27 years, founding artistic director at Wangarattas jazz and blues festival (as well as those at Melbourne and Stonnington).
Many will be aware that Adrian is at present unemployed, and has needed surgery so that he can talk above a whisper and get back to work. But some of us were unaware of the extent of the difficulties he has had to face in the past two years.
Readers of Martin Jacksons MJC newsletter will have seen Adrians account of his situation, but with his permission I reproduce it here for any who missed seeing it:
It is in some ways embarrassing to be seeking financial assistance as a 60-year-old. Although my situa...
By Becky BatagolCelebrants should not be free to discriminate against couples who ask them to perform a marriage ceremony.
The process of legislating for marriage equality is underway. Marriage celebrants are looking forward to Australias busiest-ever wedding season. However, with the proposed laws now on the table, not all marriages will be equal.
The private members bill sponsored by Liberal Dean Smith is being debated today in the Senate. Attorney-General George Brandis has said he wants to amend the bill to extend religious protections to civil celebrants.
If it goes through, the amendment would permit civil celebrants to refuse to conduct a marriage ceremony because of their conscientious or religious beliefs (as another marriage amendment bill did earlier this year).
Permitting non-religious, civil marriage celebrants to discriminate is a bad idea. This goes far beyond protecting religious freedom.
My research into Australias marriage laws and civil marriage celebrants leads me to believe that Brandis proposed changes will undermine Australias flourishing civil marriage system by sanctioning discrimination against LGTBIQ clients. They will weaken marriage equality and will permit humiliating, unnecessary discrimination.
Providing the right to refuse to solemnise marriages to civil marriage celebrants undermines the aims and nature of Australias world-leading civil marriage celebrant program. It also compromises Australias long-established pluralistic system of marriage, as inherited from England.
To understand the marriage equality law, it is helpful to know a little about the history of marriage in Australia.
Until 1973, when Australias world-first civil celebrant program was created, most civil wedding ceremonies were dry, brief and formal procedures conducted by state officials in registry offices.
The civil celebrancy program was initially set up by the Whitlam-era attorney-general, Lionel Murphy. It went under the publicity radar, unlike the...
"I was just thinking back to how weird it was when Rush
was President of the United States of America. So odd that a prog
band beloved by guitar nerds was ever president, but then again his
father George H W Rush had a go so maybe it's fair
Sean looked at the terrible idea and wondered where it came from. Hack Comedy Hell? Some horror realm where weak wordplay and references to total bullshit dance a nightmare waltz? His own arsehole?
The keyboard stared back at him, giving nothing away.
This might be a bit much for lots of people - approach it with a bit of caution particularly if you're carrying a few memories.
A night out in Melbourne just got a whole lot more colourful with the opening of Cork & Chroma in Collingwood. The paint and sip studio is already a hit in Brisbane and Sydney, and now people of Melbourne can be apart of the fun. Having opened only a few weeks ago, the new 
Anyone following developments can not help but be aware that a central plank of the governments agenda, is to eliminate trade unions, and if this is not possible, to render them totally ineffective.
Ever since the Howard government and the Hawke days before that, step by step, a noose has been tightened around the Australian union movements neck. It has fought back, but eventually compromised at each point. It now finds itself weaker, less organised, its officials no longer have the right to visit members at the workplace and what they can be concerned with has narrowed down over time.
Arguably, there is much more than coincidence between this and the significant fall in the wages share of national income, the generally deteriorating conditions of employment and the rise of the casualised economy. Weaker unions is not the only cause. The weaker state of the economy is important. But weaker unions have ensured that the position of the worker has deteriorated more than it would otherwise have been the case.
Within the union movement has been an expectation of further blows. It is no secret that the government and employers behind it are out to do everything they can, to move as close as possible to creating an industrial relations landscape with no unions.
A worsening economy and the growing militancy of big business, shared by the Coalition, have come together to result in a series of try ons, which have been aimed at imposing major wage cuts through further casualisation of their workforces. Last years battle at Carlton and United in Melbourne last year marked a turning point. Although the unions won this battle, the war has continued, with other large employers taking their turn at doing the same.
This is more than separate and unlinked individual workplace battles. They make up parts of a national strategy to force a breech that can be spread across the whole of the Australian workforce, to crush it into obedience and the acceptance of less reward for work.
Despite being in a weaker position now, the unions still remain the barrier to achieving this goal. This is the reason why they are being targeted.
Employment Minister Michaelia Cash has been particularly zealous and biting at the bit for her chance at unions jugular. She is also in urgent need of a distraction from the fallout of the GetUp and Australian Workers Union fiasco. It has the potential of knocking her out of her job.
She stood with Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull at a press conference a week ago, where a commitment was made to take o...
The footage, obtained in March, was given to Victorias abattoir regulator, but no formal animal cruelty investigation was conducted, allowing the slaughterhouse to continue operating.
The department responsible for enforcing animal cruelty laws, Agriculture Victoria released a statement to ABCs 7.30 saying they were satisfied with the companys handling of the situation and staff were being retrained.
In support of small-scale, regenerative farmers in Victoria, the following organisations have submitted responses to the Victorian Government's Planning for Sustainable Animal Industries Draft Planning Provisions.
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A voluntary euthanasia bill has been voted down by one vote after a marathon late night sitting in the NSW upper house, but the fight isnt over yet.
The parliamentary vote came at the end of an emotional day on Thursday as MPs made pleas for and against the draft bill, which was eventually defeated by 20 votes to 19.
Nationals MP Trevor Khan introduced the private members bill, which would have provided patients 25 years or older, whose deaths are imminent and are in severe pain, a choice to end their lives.
(Well) never give up the fight, an exhausted and disappointed Mr Khan told AAP on Friday.
Youve just got to pick yourself up and look at how you move forward otherwise youre not doing the right thing by the people youre trying to help, he said.
We knew it would be close it was a matter of where some of the undecided fell and they didnt all fall the way we wanted them to.
He said most criticisms of the bill during the debate were on a philosophical basis as opposed to the structure of the bill.
We will look at the bill to see if there are any improvements, Mr Khan said, noting he would watch what happens in Victoria where MPs are also in the middle of a marathon debate over the voluntary assisted dying laws.
Mr Khan said the Parliamentary Working Group on Assisted Dying would not be folding up.
Weve put so much effort in now, so many people whove relied upon it that well continue.
He said it was a time to regroup before re-introducing another draft bill before the next state election in March 2019.(We will) go back and see if theres anything different we could have done.
However, even if the proposed legislation had passed the upper house, it likely would have failed in the lower house where coalition Premier Gladys Berejiklian and Labor Opposition Leader Luke Foley have previously stated their opposition to any such legislation.
The remains of Mungo Man will at last be returned to their ancestral homeland in remote western NSW.
The oldest known human being in Australia will be repatriated at a ceremony on Friday with an indigenous music festival to follow in Mildura on the weekend.
Researcher Jim Bowler first discovered remains on the shore of the ancient and long-dry Lake Mungo, 750 kilometres west of Sydney, in 1968.
He and an Australian National University team initially unearthed the remains of Mungo Lady, whod been cremated then buried more than 40,000 years ago.
Then, in 1974, Dr Bowler discovered further ochre-adorned remains from a similar period.
They become known as Mungo Man.
In 1992, after decades of campaigning by local communities, the Ladys remains were returned to Lake Mungo.
But its taken 25 years for Mungo Man, along with the remains of 100 other ice-age people removed from the land, to make the long journey from Canberra back to the lake.
The remains had been transported to Canberra following their excavation, where they were held by both the ANU and then the National Museum for study by scientists.
The Dead End Film Festival will showcase experimental films from local and international directors. As part of the festival, 8a8ysteps has commissioned local artists to build alternative seating installations for those who do not drive to the festival. The film program will be followed by live music from Sweet Whirl and Truly Holy and a slow dance in the diner with Joe from Astral Glamour (RRR).
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