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Police enhance their skills

NSW Police are currently undergoing a national active arms offender training program. Photo: Stock imageOFFICERS in the Mid North Coast local area command are currently undergoing a national active arm offender training.
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Benefits include an increase in weapons handling training as well as first aid training and team tactics, among others aspects.

It will ensure that all officers are trained to a national level, equipped both mentally and physically to handle any situation.

Sergeant Peter Dawson is one of the senior instructors of the program, which is undertaken in Coffs Harbour and Grafton, said the benefit is to enhance the training of all police.

“Our training has evolved and it is a fairly intensive four day course,” he said.

“They train in various tactics and officer survival. They are presented with different scenarios and problem solving situations where they need to put the new tactics in place.”

Sgt Dawson said the training is in response to the changing law enforcement landscape throughout the world.

“We have to keep up with the latest tactics and training methods to deal with emerging threats, which only benefits all of the communities that our officers work in,” he said.

Inspector Paul Fehon believes the increase in terrorism level across Australia has warranted the training.

Insp Fehon does not want violence in the community, but said unfortunately there are a small minority that do the wrong thing.

“At times as we have seen from overseas events and our own tragic events at our headquarters in Sydney with Curtis Chang, we are targets at times,” he said.

“We have had a situation with the shooting death of a person at Bonville after a domestic situation.

“We also had an incident over the weekend of December 10 and 11 in the Nambucca area where a firearm was produced from a vehicle.

“That tells me very clearly that we need this training, and our officers will have a better response and more confidence if they are confronted by that level of violence anywhere on the Mid North Coast.”

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Shoalhaven Hospital raises concerns over immunisation shots

File shot.Local mothers are being advised they might need an additional dose of the Boostrix immunisation shot, after a fridge that stores routine vaccines at Shoalhaven District Hospital was found to have temperature display inconsistencies.
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Up to 300 women who received the Boostrix vaccination for whooping cough, tetanus and diphtheria from Shoalhaven Hospital between August 29, 2014 and November 30, 2016 are being contacted by clinical staff.

Women who are unsure of their Boostrix immunisation status or whether this advice is applicable to them can contact the Shoalhaven Vaccination Advice Line on 1800 580 771.

Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District executive director of medical services, Dr Vivek Nigam, said he understands mothers may be concerned.

“We want to make sure that mums are properly protected through vaccination for whooping cough, tetanus and diphtheria so we are now in the process of identifying and personally contacting up to 300 mothers to individually determine whether or not an additional Boostrix dose is needed to assure of the full efficacy of the immunisation,” he said.

“We want to reassure all involved that it’s not harmful to receive potentially less effective vaccine and there have been no adverse effects or illnesses as a result.”

The issue was identified by Shoalhaven Hospital following the implementation of a new system to double check temperature controls in vaccine fridges.

It found the actual inside temperature was slightly cooler than the temperature displayed on the outside of the fridge.

Dr Nigam said vaccines were delicate biological substances that can become less effective if they get too warm or too cold and the women involved are being directly contacted to determine whether they need to receive another dose.

“Under vaccine storage guidelines, fridge temperature should be monitored twice daily,” he said.

“The newly installed checking device picked up the discrepancy between the internal fridge temperature and the external temperature gauge.

“We have recently moved to implement a secondary checking system that includes a more rigorous process for data logging and all vaccination storage fridges across all hospital sites and community centres are now being audited to ensure compliance.

“We also are liaising with our medical centres and other local GPs to facilitate options for free catch-up vaccinations for women who may have received a less effective vaccine.

“The hospital will also hold a vaccination clinic for three consecutive Thursdays starting this week to administer the additional doses.”

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Police enhance their skills

NSW Police are currently undergoing a national active arms offender training program. Photo: Stock imageOFFICERS in the Mid North Coast local area command are currently undergoing a national active arm offender training.
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Benefits include an increase in weapons handling training as well as first aid training and team tactics, among others aspects.

It will ensure that all officers are trained to a national level, equipped both mentally and physically to handle any situation.

Sergeant Peter Dawson is one of the senior instructors of the program, which is undertaken in Coffs Harbour and Grafton, said the benefit is to enhance the training of all police.

“Our training has evolved and it is a fairly intensive four day course,” he said.

“They train in various tactics and officer survival. They are presented with different scenarios and problem solving situations where they need to put the new tactics in place.”

Sgt Dawson said the training is in response to the changing law enforcement landscape throughout the world.

“We have to keep up with the latest tactics and training methods to deal with emerging threats, which only benefits all of the communities that our officers work in,” he said.

Inspector Paul Fehon believes the increase in terrorism level across Australia has warranted the training.

Insp Fehon does not want violence in the community, but said unfortunately there are a small minority that do the wrong thing.

“At times as we have seen from overseas events and our own tragic events at our headquarters in Sydney with Curtis Chang, we are targets at times,” he said.

“We have had a situation with the shooting death of a person at Bonville after a domestic situation.

“We also had an incident over the weekend of December 10 and 11 in the Nambucca area where a firearm was produced from a vehicle.

“That tells me very clearly that we need this training, and our officers will have a better response and more confidence if they are confronted by that level of violence anywhere on the Mid North Coast.”

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Glen Willow clash to launch Waratahs’ Super Rugby title bid

LOOKING FORWARD TO IT: Waratahs coach Daryl Gibson is looking forward the his side’s trip to Mudgee. Photo: GETTYIF the NSW Waratahs are to challenge for the 2017 Super Rugby title, coach Daryl Gibson says the Tahs’ trip to the central west next year will act asa crucial springboard.
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The 2014Super Rugby champions will take on the ACT Brumbies at Mudgee’s Glen Willow on Saturday, February 4.

A week-long trip tothe region, the star-studded NSW outfit will engage in junior clinics in both Orange and Bathurst before a intensive training camp at Burrendong Dam in the lead-up to the Mudgee trial.

With such a short preparation ahead of the first regular season clash with the Western Force in Sydney on February 25, Gibson believes there’s no better way to bring his side together than a trip to wine country –not that his side will be sampling muchsauv blanc.

“We see the trip to Mudgee as a real pivotal part of the season in terms of the foundations of our team and setting all our goals and values for the year,” Gibson said, entering his second year as coach of the Tahs.

“The best way we’ve found to do that is on a week-long road trip that includes Mudgee and other local communities in the area and the central west.

“It’s a really big part of our pre-season campaign. The great thing is we’ve got a number of players with country origin, so it’s good that we’ve out supporting them and their area.”

NSW Waratahs are deep into their pre-season summer slog, but won’t boast the likes of Wallabies guns Israel Folau and Michael Hooper until after Christmas.

Initially, Gibson remained coy about the chances of one, if notboth playing at Glen Willow come February 4.

But given the ACT Brumbies have already indicated most of their best XV will get a run in the season-opener,Gibson saidhis two highest profile players are in contention to play in Mudgee.

HAPPY CAMPERS: NSW Waratahs coach Daryl Gibson (left) and Israel Folau (right) are confident a strong camp in the central west will propel the two blues into a strong Super Rugby campaign. Photo: GETTY IMAGES

“They’ll definitely be on the trip …we’ll be taking it easy with them, but I know the Brumbies have indicated a lot of their players may start the game,” Gibson said.

“But it’s probably more likely the players that are training with us now, this is a good opportunity for them.

“But certainly a number of our guys that were on the spring tour will play.”

Gibson said his squad could already feel the love from the wider Mudgee community –with a stack of the Tahs’ best, including Wallaby prop Tom Robertson and rising lock Neg Hanigan, both from Dubbo, hailing from the far reaches of the central west region.

“We’ve heard a lot of great things about the town and particularly impressed with how much they’ve gotten behind the game,” he said.

“It’s creating a lot of community interest and we’ve got a lot of good things organised. We’re looking forward to it.

“We’ve heard great things about the facility at Glen Willow, and we’re hoping we can fill it. That’d generate a great atmosphere.

“It’s important we make the most of the Mudgee game.”

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Sky Racing has stable of female stars​

Sky Racing female presenters (from left): Chantelle Buckley, Caroline Searcy, Jaimee Rogers (seated), Lizzie Jelfs (seated), Victoria Samba, Bernie Cooper, Libby Hopwood (seated), Priscilla Schmidt, Kristen Fahd (seated) and Chynna Marston.TABCORP and its racing broadcaster Sky Racing are proudly creating pathways into media careers for aspiring females.
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The recent recruitment of Lizzie Jelfs – a former stable foreman for top Thoroughbred trainer David Hayes – means Sky and Tabcorp now has 10 female presenters in its stable of stars.

Jelfs is now on-air as part of Sky Thoroughbred Central’s coverage (FOXTEL channel 528).

And, excitingly, five of Sky’s 10 female presenters are former jockeys.

They are: Bernadette Cooper, Libby Hopwood, Priscilla Schmidt, Chantelle Buckley and Chynna Marston.

“It’s fantastic to work with passionate, knowledgeable, enthusiastic and hard-working people. And in the case of the former jockeys, it’s great to provide them a career pathway after their time in the saddle is over,” Tabcorp’s Head of Media Communications and Talent Adam Hamilton said.

Hopwood – a successful South Australian-based rider before a nasty fall ended her career in late 2014 – said her “self-worth” has been restored since joining Sky Racing in late July.

“I feel like I have a purpose again and I’m actually going somewhere in life. Just like I started out riding as an apprentice and worked through the ranks, I’m doing the same at Sky, but with a fantastic support network around me,” she said.

“I was part of the Sky Academy run by Cameron Williams a few months back which was invaluable and some of the more experienced presenters have become great mentors to me.

“It’s an exciting time for females on TV when you look at Yvonne Sampson, Erin Molan, Rebecca Maddern and others and Sky (Racing) is one of the leaders in creating opportunities.”

Jaimee Rogers – Tabcorp and Sky Racing’s most recognisable face – is thrilled with the growing numbers of female presenters and the opportunities available to them.

“I’ve been with Tabcorp for eight years and I’ve seen it grow from me being the only female at one stage to 10 of us now. It’s not just the opportunities, but the training and development invested in you which is fantastic,” she said.

London to host World’s Best Racehorse AwardsTHE 2016 Longines World’s Best Racehorse and Longines World’s Best Horse Race Ceremony will be held on January 24, 2017 in London, England.

The International Federation of Horseracing Authorities (IFHA) ceremony will honour the top highest rated horses in the Longines World’s Best Racehorse Rankings as well as the Longines World’s Best Horse Race.

Last year, US Triple Crown winner American Pharoah was honoured as the World’s Best Racehorse, while France’s Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe was named the inaugural winner of the World’s Best Horse Race award.

The Bob Baffert-trained Arrogate shot to the top of the latest World’s Best Racehorse Rankings up to November 6, 2016, following his win over California Chrome in the Group 1 Breeders’ Cup Classic in November. Both horses earned their 134 and 133 ratings on dirt while dual champion turf galloper and champion mare with a 130 rating is Australia’s dual Cox Plate winner Winx. Other Australian-based horses to receive the 120 ranking cutoff mark were Hartnell (123), Chautauqua (122) and Flying Artie (120).

UK jockey Ryan Moore has already been named the Longines World’s Best Jockey for 2016 – the second time in three years he has won the award. Moore won eight of the world’s top 100 Group 1 races to claim the award which was established in 2014. Moore finished with 166 points for the year, ahead of French-based Christophe Soumillon on 98 points and Australia’s Hugh Bowman on 94 points.​

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