Inbox and Environment News: Issue 400
April 7 - 13, 2019: Issue 400
Barrenjoey High School Students To The Rescue At Avalon Beach
Two students from Barrenjoey High School were heroes on Wednesday this week when they rescued a young boy who got into difficulties in the surf at Avalon Beach.
Five boys from the school were doing their Surf Survival Assessment when they heard cries for help in the water.
Two brothers from Darwin were at the beach with their grandmother. The younger boy, 7, got into trouble about 50m from shore and was in distress, yelling out for help.
Rudy Duke-Yonge fortunately had the rescue tube around him and swam to the boy's aid and held him up until Remy Garner arrived to assist. Remy removed the tube from Rudy and put it around the boy and he was taken safely back to shore.
It certainly turned out to be an eventful day for the boys from Barrenjoey High. Rudy did the course because he just wanted to do something different.
While he was not involved in the rescue, Jacob Cowan told one of the SLS Sydney Northern Beaches instructors Tracey Hare-Boyd that he wants to do the course again in fourth term because he gained so much out of it.
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Up Close With Stunning Sacred Kingfisher
April 6th 2019: by BIBY TV
This Sacred Kingfisher (Todiramphus sanctus) was filmed in February 2019 in the Capertee Valley, NSW. It is not clear whether the introductory photo (taken in late January) is the same bird. The kingfisher in the video is almost certainly a juvenile. Note the buff edges to wing-coverts and dark scaling on the breast. Males and females are similar and particularly so when young. However, in good light the wings of adult males usually look bluer than those of the duller green-tinged females. You may notice differences in the underparts of Sacred Kingfishers – that is, buff or quite white – but this has to do with the freshness of the plumage. Worn underparts are whiter.
The second photo reveals a favourite part of this kingfisher’s territory. The ex-farm dam is surrounded by trees and open areas, such as grassland and a large rock garden near a house. But the exact location of the footage is a naturalistic bird bath or pond within the rock zone. Here we see the young kingfisher looking at the water and then the aftermath of a bathing session. Its interest in the water may also be food-related as they occasionally take fish or aquatic invertebrates from garden ponds and waterways. However, their diet mostly consists of insects and small reptiles. Indeed, we have seen this bird grab the latter types of prey from the rock garden and near the dam. Of course, being near a water source expands the food options for this flexible species as water attracts many terrestrial creatures
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The Detail Of The Budget For Seniors
- Dementia (diagnosis, treatment and prevention);
- Fall prevention and avoidable hospitalisations;
- Assistive technology to support independence.
- $331 million over five years for new and amended listings on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS);
- $7 million upgrade to Fraser Coast Hospice Facility;
- Establishment of a new Medicare heart check item.
- An immediate boost of $320 million for the subsidy provided to people in residential care, which will provide an extra $1,800 per resident per year to assist providers to meet their care needs.
- $8.4 million over five years to make participation in the National Aged Care Quality Indicator Program mandatory. National Seniors called for this and strongly welcomes efforts to improve safety and quality of care.
- $4.6 million over two years to develop a new funding tool to replace the Aged Care Funding Instrument.
- 15% increase in the home care supplement paid for dementia sufferers and veterans.
- A new compliance program for home care;
- A business advisory tool for aged care providers;
- New risk-based compliance and information sharing systems;
- Improved payment administration arrangements for home care packages for unspent funds;
- Funding to address the use of chemical restraints and the inappropriate use of antibiotics in residential aged care;
- Ongoing implementation of the Aged Care Workforce Strategy; and
- Preparatory work for a new Serious Incident Response Scheme in residential care from July 2022.
- Establishment of a national institute to improve career advice and information for jobseekers.
- $62.4 million over four years to improve workers’ basic language, literacy, numeracy and digital skills.
- The continuation of several employment programs for mature age workers including:
- The Career Transition Assistance program, to assist people aged 50 and over, will be rolled out nationally from 1 July 2019 (one year ahead of schedule) and will include 45 to 49-year-olds.
- The $10,000 Restart subsidy for employers hiring people aged over 50 and the Entrepreneurship Facilitator program to support older people starting a business.
- The Low Income Tax Offset (LITO) will increase from 1 July 2022 from $645 to $700. In addition, the upper threshold to receive the full LITO will increase slightly to $37,500 and the upper threshold at which the LITO will be withdrawn will be a taxable income of $66,667.
- Workers will also have to wait until 1 July 2022 for the threshold for the 19% tax bracket to move up from $41,000 to $45,000.
- On 1 July 2024, the 37% tax bracket will be abolished, and the 32.5% bracket lowered to 30%, resulting in about 95% of taxpayers paying a maximum of 30% income tax in the future.
- Setting up an industry-funded compensation scheme of last resort;
- Funding to the Australian Financial Complaints Authority to establish a historical redress scheme;
- Providing compensation owed to consumers and small businesses from unpaid dispute determinations;
- Resourcing the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) for better enforcement;
- Resourcing the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority (APRA) for better supervision and enforcement;
- Establishing an independent financial regulator to provide oversight authority for ASIC and APRA;
- Undertaking a capability review of APRA;
- Establishing a Financial Services Reform Implementation Taskforce; and
- Provision of additional funding for the Office of Parliamentary Counsel.
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