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Dutdutan Tattoo Festival | photos MANILA, PHILIPPINES – SEPTEMBER 26: A man gets tattooed by a tattoo artist during the Dutdutan Tattoo Festival on September 26, 2015 in Manila, Philippines. The festival is the biggest tattoo exposition in Asia attracting tattoo artists and enthusiasts from Taiwan, Indonesia, Japan, Singapore, Guam, Samoa, Germany and the United States. (Photo by Dondi Tawatao/Getty Images)
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MANILA, PHILIPPINES – SEPTEMBER 26: Participants display their tattoos during the Dutdutan Tattoo Festival on September 26, 2015 in Manila, Philippines. The festival is the biggest tattoo exposition in Asia attracting tattoo artists and enthusiasts from Taiwan, Indonesia, Japan, Singapore, Guam, Samoa, Germany and the United States. (Photo by Dondi Tawatao/Getty Images)

MANILA, PHILIPPINES – SEPTEMBER 26: Tattoo enthusiasts gather during the Dutdutan Tattoo Festival on September 26, 2015 in Manila, Philippines. The festival is the biggest tattoo exposition in Asia attracting tattoo artists and enthusiasts from Taiwan, Indonesia, Japan, Singapore, Guam, Samoa, Germany and the United States. (Photo by Dondi Tawatao/Getty Images)

MANILA, PHILIPPINES – SEPTEMBER 26: Tattoo enthusiasts gather during the Dutdutan Tattoo Festival on September 26, 2015 in Manila, Philippines. The festival is the biggest tattoo exposition in Asia attracting tattoo artists and enthusiasts from Taiwan, Indonesia, Japan, Singapore, Guam, Samoa, Germany and the United States. (Photo by Dondi Tawatao/Getty Images)

MANILA, PHILIPPINES – SEPTEMBER 26: A girl displays her tattooes during the Dutdutan Tattoo Festival on September 26, 2015 in Manila, Philippines. The festival is the biggest tattoo exposition in Asia attracting tattoo artists and enthusiasts from Taiwan, Indonesia, Japan, Singapore, Guam, Samoa, Germany and the United States. (Photo by Dondi Tawatao/Getty Images)

MANILA, PHILIPPINES – SEPTEMBER 26: Participants display their tattoos during the Dutdutan Tattoo Festival on September 26, 2015 in Manila, Philippines. The festival is the biggest tattoo exposition in Asia attracting tattoo artists and enthusiasts from Taiwan, Indonesia, Japan, Singapore, Guam, Samoa, Germany and the United States. (Photo by Dondi Tawatao/Getty Images)

MANILA, PHILIPPINES – SEPTEMBER 26: Participants display their tattoos during the Dutdutan Tattoo Festival on September 26, 2015 in Manila, Philippines. The festival is the biggest tattoo exposition in Asia attracting tattoo artists and enthusiasts from Taiwan, Indonesia, Japan, Singapore, Guam, Samoa, Germany and the United States. (Photo by Dondi Tawatao/Getty Images)

MANILA, PHILIPPINES – SEPTEMBER 26: A man gets tattooed by a tattoo artist during the Dutdutan Tattoo Festival on September 26, 2015 in Manila, Philippines. The festival is the biggest tattoo exposition in Asia attracting tattoo artists and enthusiasts from Taiwan, Indonesia, Japan, Singapore, Guam, Samoa, Germany and the United States. (Photo by Dondi Tawatao/Getty Images)

MANILA, PHILIPPINES – SEPTEMBER 26: A man gets tattooed by a tattoo artist during the Dutdutan Tattoo Festival on September 26, 2015 in Manila, Philippines. The festival is the biggest tattoo exposition in Asia attracting tattoo artists and enthusiasts from Taiwan, Indonesia, Japan, Singapore, Guam, Samoa, Germany and the United States. (Photo by Dondi Tawatao/Getty Images)

MANILA, PHILIPPINES – SEPTEMBER 26: Participants display their tattoos during the Dutdutan Tattoo Festival on September 26, 2015 in Manila, Philippines. The festival is the biggest tattoo exposition in Asia attracting tattoo artists and enthusiasts from Taiwan, Indonesia, Japan, Singapore, Guam, Samoa, Germany and the United States. (Photo by Dondi Tawatao/Getty Images)

MANILA, PHILIPPINES – SEPTEMBER 26: A girl displays her tattooes during the Dutdutan Tattoo Festival on September 26, 2015 in Manila, Philippines. The festival is the biggest tattoo exposition in Asia attracting tattoo artists and enthusiasts from Taiwan, Indonesia, Japan, Singapore, Guam, Samoa, Germany and the United States. (Photo by Dondi Tawatao/Getty Images)

MANILA, PHILIPPINES – SEPTEMBER 26: A girl inspects her tattoos during the Dutdutan Tattoo Festival on September 26, 2015 in Manila, Philippines. The festival is the biggest tattoo exposition in Asia attracting tattoo artists and enthusiasts from Taiwan, Indonesia, Japan, Singapore, Guam, Samoa, Germany and the United States. (Photo by Dondi Tawatao/Getty Images)

MANILA, PHILIPPINES – SEPTEMBER 26: A man gets tattooed by a tattoo artist during the Dutdutan Tattoo Festival on September 26, 2015 in Manila, Philippines. The festival is the biggest tattoo exposition in Asia attracting tattoo artists and enthusiasts from Taiwan, Indonesia, Japan, Singapore, Guam, Samoa, Germany and the United States. (Photo by Dondi Tawatao/Getty Images)

MANILA, PHILIPPINES – SEPTEMBER 26: A girl gets tattooed by Indonesian tattoo artists during the Dutdutan Tattoo Festival on September 26, 2015 in Manila, Philippines. The festival is the biggest tattoo exposition in Asia attracting tattoo artists and enthusiasts from Taiwan, Indonesia, Japan, Singapore, Guam, Samoa, Germany and the United States. (Photo by Dondi Tawatao/Getty Images)

MANILA, PHILIPPINES – SEPTEMBER 26: A girl gets tattooed by Indonesian tattoo artists during the Dutdutan Tattoo Festival on September 26, 2015 in Manila, Philippines. The festival is the biggest tattoo exposition in Asia attracting tattoo artists and enthusiasts from Taiwan, Indonesia, Japan, Singapore, Guam, Samoa, Germany and the United States. (Photo by Dondi Tawatao/Getty Images)

MANILA, PHILIPPINES – SEPTEMBER 26: Participants display their tattoos during the Dutdutan Tattoo Festival on September 26, 2015 in Manila, Philippines. The festival is the biggest tattoo exposition in Asia attracting tattoo artists and enthusiasts from Taiwan, Indonesia, Japan, Singapore, Guam, Samoa, Germany and the United States. (Photo by Dondi Tawatao/Getty Images)

MANILA, PHILIPPINES – SEPTEMBER 26: Tattoo enthusiasts gather during the Dutdutan Tattoo Festival on September 26, 2015 in Manila, Philippines. The festival is the biggest tattoo exposition in Asia attracting tattoo artists and enthusiasts from Taiwan, Indonesia, Japan, Singapore, Guam, Samoa, Germany and the United States. (Photo by Dondi Tawatao/Getty Images)

MANILA, PHILIPPINES – SEPTEMBER 26: Participants display their tattoos during the Dutdutan Tattoo Festival on September 26, 2015 in Manila, Philippines. The festival is the biggest tattoo exposition in Asia attracting tattoo artists and enthusiasts from Taiwan, Indonesia, Japan, Singapore, Guam, Samoa, Germany and the United States. (Photo by Dondi Tawatao/Getty Images)

MANILA, PHILIPPINES – SEPTEMBER 26: A man gets tattooed by a tattoo artist during the Dutdutan Tattoo Festival on September 26, 2015 in Manila, Philippines. The festival is the biggest tattoo exposition in Asia attracting tattoo artists and enthusiasts from Taiwan, Indonesia, Japan, Singapore, Guam, Samoa, Germany and the United States. (Photo by Dondi Tawatao/Getty Images)

MANILA, PHILIPPINES – SEPTEMBER 26: A man gets tattooed by a tattoo artist during the Dutdutan Tattoo Festival on September 26, 2015 in Manila, Philippines. The festival is the biggest tattoo exposition in Asia attracting tattoo artists and enthusiasts from Taiwan, Indonesia, Japan, Singapore, Guam, Samoa, Germany and the United States. (Photo by Dondi Tawatao/Getty Images)

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Bendigo’s big issue: obesity

Bendigo Health director of medicine Dr Mark Savage pictured with a bariatric bed. Picture: JODIE WIEGARDFORTY rooms at the new Bendigo hospital will be kitted out to treat patients weighing up to 300 kilograms as thewaistlines of residents of’s heaviestregioncontinue to expand.
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Bendigo Health director of medicine Mark Savage said Bendigo’s obesity problem brought with it a suite of problems.

“The more obesity you have, the more cancer there is, the more diabetes, the more heart disease, the more costs for society as a whole,” he said.

Dr Savagesaid hospital resources were being diverted to deal with obese patients.

“We need to have extra nurses on shift when we have bariatric patients,” he said.

“We need to rent special beds, we have to take nurses off other duties to help move the patients. Even if it’s only for five or 10 minutes, it disrupts their work patterns.”

Some patients presenting at Bendigo Health are so big health staff are unable to perform CT scans because the tables can’t handle their weight. Some patients can’t fitinside MRI machines.

Advanced life support educator Tracy Kidd said medical staff needed to be specially trained to resuscitate obese patients.

To give chest compressions to a normal-sized adult, health staff use roughly 40 kilograms of downward force.Obese patients can require 60 kilograms of force or more, increasing the possibility of injuries to staff.

Practising resuscitation on an obese-sized dummy. Picture: SUPPLIED

Ms Kidd said obese patients were athigher risk of needing resuscitation because they were more likely to experience cardiac arrest.

“It’s something we need to plan forward for because it requires more people. Even putting in an intravenous line isn’t as simple because we need longer cannulas,” she said.

Bendigo Health safe manual handling co-ordinator Stephen Morley has been nursing for 24 years and said patients were getting fatter all the time.

“When I started, you would be lucky to see a patient of 120 kilograms. Now we’re dealing with patients up to 200 kilograms routinely and we get patients presenting up to 300 kilograms,” he said.

“Obesity brings a whole lot of other problems as well; osteoarthritic problems, fertility problems, mobility, social problems, psychological problems, diabetes.It’s just a snowball effect and once one starts, the others follow,” he said.

In the Loddon-Mallee-Murray region, which takes inBendigo, Echuca and Swan Hill, 41 per cent of adults are obese.

Seventy per cent of adults in the region are considered overweight, with a body mass index of 25 or more.

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Indonesian traditional Lamalera whaling village: last of the great ocean hunters

Villagers take part in a simulated whale hunt, or koteklema. Photo: Elspeth Callender Villagers take part in a simulated whale hunt, or koteklema. Photo: Elspeth Callender
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Villagers take part in a simulated whale hunt, or koteklema. Photo: Elspeth Callender

Villagers take part in a simulated whale hunt, or koteklema. Photo: Elspeth Callender

The main path from the beach to the heart of the village is lined with semi-dried strips of blubbery meat draped on simple wooden frames. Colourful fabric triangles flap in the sea breeze from the top of stripped branches staked into hefty sun-whitened vertebrae.

The lane runs between two of the many open-air boathouses that collectively extend the full width of the beach and house narrow wooden vessels all pointed seawards, as though ready to go at any time, which they are. This is Lamalera​, one of Indonesia’s last two whaling villages.

The Savu Sea has quite a roll to it the day we visit and enough swell that many of the local men volunteer to help our expedition crew land each inflatable boat safely onto the sand. These Lamaleran whalers have done this countless times with their own boats in much rougher conditions for more generations than anyone knows. The first European record of their existence is an anonymous Portuguese document from 1643, when a completely different type of vessel from our small cruise ship would have been perched on their horizon.

We gather on the pathway for a formal welcome, where palm wine, tobacco and scarves are presented to our representatives. Most of the hundred or so passengers I’m travelling the Malay Archipelago with have come to shore, curious about this 2500-person village on the south coast of Lembata​ Island in the Lesser Sunda Islands of eastern Indonesia. Two weeks into the trip, meeting new people and experiencing new places have become our way of life.

“Each part of the whale has an owner,” Lamalera’s spokesperson explains, once we’re seated in the shade of a huge tree in the middle of the village. “Almost all parts of the whale are distributed to members of the tribes.” She is referring specifically to the sperm whale, central to the culture of this society, in which a great deal of lore is attached to its demise and distribution. The people also catch fish, dolphins and whale sharks, but, apart from orca, it is taboo for them to hunt or kill any other type of whale than sperm whales.

Despite heavy missionary influence, the Japanese occupation of Lembata during World War II and a well-established Catholic education system, traditional whaling has survived here. Although some Lamalerans have become professors, doctors, journalists and government officials, many families live subsistence lifestyles, with very little exchange of currency. They trade their harvests from the sea for vegetables, corn and rice from the next village.

After a group of women perform dances that portray various aspects of village life, we’re invited to join them in a circle for simpler steps. Samples of local food are passed around and we then have the afternoon to wander, socialise and watch demonstrations of rope production, made from scratch using local vegetation, and the forging of harpoon heads. Older women sell their wares in the square or along the main street, particularly ikat​ scarves that are handwoven with tie-dyed thread. Local children strike harpooning stances for our cameras.

Lamalera fights to maintain its traditional way of life. It’s alleged the village takes 15 to 20 sperm whales each year from the Savu Sea, pursues only those initially visible from shore, and not a scrap is wasted. Using few instruments of modern technology, the people of Lamalera and Lamakera​, on the nearby island of Solor, still practise what these days is referred to as sustainable hunting, now that humans have achieved the alternative.

After our inflatable boats have been pushed back out to sea, some of Lamalera’s fleet also launch to give us a show. With boats under sail, each harpooner leaps into the sea, throwing their full body weight behind a single powerful thrust of the long bamboo spear at imaginary prey.

From the bow of our own vessel, it’s like looking through a portal into the past to a time when it was a fairer fight between human and beast and when people truly put their lives on the line to source meat from its natural habitat, although I wonder whether passengers would still clap and wave if this suddenly turned real.

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Daughter charged stabbing murder of mother, 73

A WOMAN, 73, allegedly killed by her daughter at Redhead on Saturday was an advocate and volunteer for mental health services in the Hunter.
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Gail Parnell was found dead inside her home at The Sanctuary mobile home park on Kalaroo Road about 6.30pm. She had suffered multiple stab wounds in an alleged frenzied attack by her daughter, Keren Parnell, 36.

Gail’s husband, John Parnell, suffered minor injuries, including scratches and bruises to both arms, police said. He was taken to John Hunter Hospital but later discharged.

Keren Parnell, of New Lambton, was arrested at the home and later charged with murder, using an offensive weapon with intent to commit an indictable offence and detaining a person with intent to obtain an advantage and cause actual bodily harm.

She did not leave the courthouse cells or apply for release in Newcastle Bail Court on Sunday morning.

Her legal aid solicitor said Keren Parnell had ‘‘significant mental and physical health issues’’ and asked for her to be seen by a nurse while in custody.

Her matter was adjourned to Newcastle Local Court on Wednesday.

Police have also applied for an apprehended violence order on behalf of Mr Parnell against his daughter. Both parents had been board members for the Association of the Relatives and Friends of the Mentally Ill (ARAFMI) Hunter.

The Redhead house where a woman, 73, was stabbed to death.

The organisation aims to provide support services for the families and carers of people with a mental illness.

ARAFMI committee treasurer Garry Fowkes was deeply shocked to hear of Gail Parnell’s death.

Mr Fowkes said she had been a board member for some years and had acted as a carer to two of her children and her husband after he had a stroke a few years ago.

‘‘She was a beautiful, gentle, caring person,’’ Mr Fowkes said. ‘‘That’s the best way to sum her up.’’

Saturday was World Mental Health Day and October is Mental Health Month in NSW.

Mr Fowkes said ARAFMI had been organising the annual mental health walk of pride for October 24.

‘‘We start at Pacific Park and walk down Hunter Street into Civic Park to celebrate how far we’ve come with destigmatising mental illness,’’ Mr Fowkes said.

‘‘For this sort of thing to happen to one of our members so close to that event is going to be heartbreaking,’’ he said.

It’s believed Mr and Mrs Parnell moved to the Redhead mobile-home park from Swansea about five months ago.

Residents of The Sanctuary park said it was generally Redhead’s most peaceful place.

Popular with retirees, it is home only to permanent residents.

It’s the sort of place where residents leave their doors unlocked to go for a walk. When a throng of ambulances burst through the park gates on Saturday afternoon, residents thought someone had suffered a heart attack.

Then word spread that a crime scene was being set up. ‘‘It was such a shock,’’ one resident said. ‘‘I feel so sorry for the family. It’s a very sad situation.’’

The park encourages a social atmosphere, but the Parnells preferred to keep to themselves during the few months they lived there, neighbours said.

‘‘If you walked past them they would say g’day and that’s about it,’’ one resident said.

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The silk road to recovery – solving the problem of burst eardrums

Dr Ben Allardyce is working on a silk skin for burst eardrums. Photo: Simon O’DwyerGeelong researchers are testing a silk membrane to fix badly perforated eardrums. Traditional materials used to repair eardrums have either provided good acoustic properties or mechanical strength that resists further tearing. It appears that the silk drum skin provides both.
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While most eardrum perforations heal themselves, chronic middle-ear infections or trauma leads to larger permanent holes. Untreated, they lead to further infection and hearing loss.

“Repairing these perforations usually means grafting material from somewhere else on the body,” says Dr Ben Allardyce, postdoctoral research fellow at Deakin University’s Institute for Frontier Materials.

The long-time go-to material was the temporalis fascia, the fibrous covering of the chewing muscle, just above the ear. “It gives good hearing outcome because it’s thin and flexible,” says Allardyce. “The downside is it is relatively weak.”

Certain infections, such as that of the eustachian tubes that lead from the ear to the nasal cavity, can cause negative pressure – leading the grafted material to collapse. In such cases a surgeon will opt for ear cartilage as the grafting material. “It’s mechanically very strong but causes a dampening of the sound waves,” says Allardyce.

“It’s also completely opaque, which makes follow-up observation of the middle ear very difficult.”

In 2009, while attending a conference on silk powders, one of Allardyce’s colleagues, Dr Rangam Rajkhowa​, met with representatives of the Ear Science Institute  , a research and advocacy group based in Western . The institute was keen to see a fibre-based solution to the problem. Silk is particularly useful in bio-medical applications because it’s a protein that the human body can well tolerate. Issues of rejection are minimal.

“There’s a very low immune response to silk protein,” says Allardyce. “And it appears that a silk membrane offers both mechanical strength and good acoustic properties.”

The production of the basic membrane is fairly straightforward. The silkworm cocoons are boiled in an alkaline solution to get rid of gummy protein.

They’re then dissolved in a concentrated lithium bromide solution at 60 degrees. This leaves a honey-coloured solution of liquid protein, which is transparent.

Dialysis is then deployed to get rid of the salt. The remaining silk protein waster is poured into a dish to dry out. What remains is a clear membrane.

So far the membrane has been tested on guinea pigs and rats. Cell culture work shows the cells of the eardrum can attach to the membrane and grow across it. Testing of the membrane’s acoustic properties is being done using a laser doppler vibrometer – a laser that measure the vibration of an object – an audiology ear phone, a microphone and plastic ear canal tube.

All of this is looking good. “But we still don’t know how the membrane will behave in the environment of the middle ear,” says Allardyce.

Next up are human clinical trials. But given there are intellectual property and patent issues at play, it’s not clear when these will begin.

The silk skin innovation has profound implications for ‘s Indigenous children, who have the highest rates of middle-ear disease in the developed world, with around one-third suffering moderate to severe hearing loss, according to a Medical Journal of report from 2010, and a World Health Organisation red flag in 2004.

“Indigenous ns are more prone to large perforations because they have less access to antibiotics when suffering infections,” says Allardyce. “For children the outcomes include developmental problems … because their speech is significantly impacted.”

Tympanic membrane perforation, or hole in the ear drum, reportedly affects around 100,000 ns and more than 80 million people worldwide.

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need2know: Weak lead from Wall St

Local shares appear set to open lower to start the week as the global rally lost some momentum in trading on Wall Street on Friday.
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What you need2know

SPI futures down 18pts at 5249

AUD at 73.34 US cents, 88.07 Japanese yen, 64.51 Euro cents and 47.81 British pence

On Wall St, S&P 500 flat, Dow +0.2%, Nasdaq +0.%

In Europe, Stoxx 50 +0.8%, FTSE +0.7%, CAC +0.5%, DAX +1%

Spot gold up $US17.52 or 1.5% to $US1156.53/ounce

Brent crude down 51 US cents or 1% to $US52.54/barrel

Iron ore adds 0.1% to $US56.01/tonne

What’s on today

lending finance, credit and debit card lending; US Columbus Day holiday – US stock markets open, bond markets closed; The Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries publishes its Monthly Oil Market Report in Vienna; London Metal Exchange Chief Executive Officer Garry Jones and Hong Kong Exchanges & Clearing CEO Charles Li are among speakers at the LME Metals Seminar, kicking off LME Week in London.

Stocks in focus

Bell Potter has a “buy” on Macquarie Group and a target price of $91.50 a share, both unchanged. Goldman Sachs retains a “neutral” on Macquarie Group.

Goldman Sachs has a “neutral” recommendation on Medibank Private and a target price of $2.65 a share, up 6 per cent. “We expect MPL to remain focused on reducing the growth in claims given the demographic headwinds it faces. We forecast gross margin to improve only modestly in the medium term (13.9 per cent in FY18, up from 13.6 per cent in FY15).”

Macquarie Wealth Management has an “outperform” on Westfield Corp and a price target of $12.13 a share.

Currencies

A “persistent” weakening of the yuan would be inconsistent with the fundamentals of the world’s second-biggest economy, and the country is committed to making its currency regime more flexible and market based, said People’s Bank of China deputy governor Yi Gang said at the International Monetary Fund annual meetings in Lima.  The yuan has fallen 2.1 per cent against the US dollar since August 11, when the central bank announced steps to put the currency more in line with market forces.

The Bank of England suggested that inflation could remain below 1 per cent until the spring of 2016, which is longer than anticipated, writes Kathy Lien, managing director of FX strategy for BK Asset Management.

Commodities

Iron ore capped the biggest weekly increase since the start of August as traders and steel mills in China sought to replenish inventories after returning after a week-long break. Ore with 62 per cent content delivered to Qingdao rose 5.4 per cent this week, the largest gain since the five days to August 7, according to Metal Bulletin Ltd. Prices climbed 0.1 per cent to $US56.01 a dry metric ton on Friday.

Zinc surged 12 per cent to a two-month peak on Friday and other base metals also rose strongly after commodities group Glencore said it would cut its zinc output by a third, sparking a short-covering rally across the board. Zinc’s jump, its biggest one-day gain in at least a decade, followed Glencore’s announcement that it will cut 500,000 tonnes of annual zinc production, equivalent to around 4 per cent of global supply, in its latest response to weak commodities prices.

London Metal Exchange three-month zinc shot up to an intraday peak of $US1875 a tonne, a gain of 12.5 per cent. That was its highest price since August 11 and its biggest single-day gain in Reuters data, which goes back to mid-2005. It closed up 10.1 per cent at $US1835. Zinc prices sank to their lowest in over five years at $US1601.50 late last month, partly on an overhang of inventories.

United States

US stocks rose, with the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index posting its strongest weekly gain this year, as equities continued to rebound from their worst quarter since 2011. The S&P 500 had a weekly gain of 3.3 per cent, its best week since December. For the week, the Dow rose 3.7 per cent while Nasdaq rose 2.6 per cent.

Shares advanced Friday without the help of energy and raw-material companies, the two best-performing groups so far this month, as energy snapped its longest winning streak in six years. Apple added 2.4 per cent to boost technology shares. Alcoa slumped 6.8 per cent to weigh on commodity related companies.

“Policy makers are trying to be prudent with policy, but not panicking over the global outlook,” said Brian Jacobsen, who helps oversee $250 billion as chief portfolio strategist at Wells Fargo Advantage Funds in Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin. “We’ll see whether or not we can hold above 2,000 in the S&P 500 and build from here ahead of earnings.”

Europe

A rally in mining shares buoyed European stocks on Friday, sending them to their biggest weekly gain since July. Commodity companies climbed for a ninth day, the longest streak since 2000. Zinc producer Boliden jumped 13 per cent after Glencore cut its output of the metal by a third, while ArcelorMittal and Anglo American gained 6 per cent or more. Glencore gained, taking its weekly surge to a record 36 per cent.

In London, BHP Billion added 4.32 per cent and Rio Tinto rose 3.15 per cent. Miners represented six of the top 10 performers on the FTSE 100.

Norsk Hydro gained 5 per cent after signing a letter of intent to acquire Vale’s 40 per cent stake in Brazilian bauxite producer Mineracao Rio do Norte.

What happened on Friday

The ASX rose for the fifth straight day to enjoy its best week since December 2011, thanks to a stunning reversal in fortunes among energy stocks and bets the US Federal Reserve will delay its interest rate hiking cycle. The S&P/ASX 200 added 69 points, or 1.3 per cent, on Friday to close at 5279.7, or 4.5 per cent higher for the week. The broader All Ordinaries index gained 1.3 per cent on Friday and 4.3 per cent over the five sessions at 5309.2.

Among the blue-chips, BHP was up 2.4 per cent on Friday and 13.3 per cent for the week to $25.60, while Rio Tinto was up 3.7 per cent for the day and 13.2 per cent for the week.

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Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 investigation combines horror and humanity

n Federal Police Senior Sgt Rod Anderson stands where the bodies of the MH17 victims were brought once they landed in the Netherlands. Photo: Kate Geraghty AFP officers and their Dutch counterparts collect human remains from the MH17 crash site. Photo: Kate Geraghty
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The Hague: If you were at war, you’d want somebody like Rod Anderson in the trenches, right beside you. Nuggety in stature, he’s like a coiled spring. He’s taciturn, eyes darting around the room as he mulls each question, looking for the trick.

At times he’ll pinch a finger and thumb, then draw them across his pursed lips: “Ain’t saying nothing.”

Maybe he’s refusing to divulge a lapse in a challenge he accepted from his daughter to reduce his sugar intake. Or he thinks he’s being asked to reveal too much about the interior of the recovery operation and the criminal investigation into the crash of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 – a gruelling, ongoing operation that has been kept under a tight cone of silence imposed by and other countries.

But in a series of interviews in The Netherlands and , Anderson and other n Federal Police colleagues who were on the MH17 front line have given rare glimpses into a complex international operation, in which the emotional challenge was underscored by Anderson’s AFP colleague Dr Sarah Benson, who told me: “We were there to see justice done … and we needed to find our own.”

It’s difficult to remove the “us” and “our” factor in the MH17 saga. Disasters sometimes becomes a prism through which the humanity of many is judged –  the victims; those who deal with the injured and the dead; and, particularly in times of war, that of the other side, which inevitably is portrayed in unflattering terms.

But senior AFP officers attached to the MH17 investigation seem to go out of their way to acknowledge and to defend the humanity of the Ukrainian rebels who were accused of bringing down the aircraft and of the Ukrainian emergency services that mounted a rebel-controlled recovery operation in the immediate aftermath of the crash, in which 298 passengers and crew died on July 17, 2014.

Anderson is irritated by then prime minister Tony Abbott’s “bring ’em home” sloganeering at the time of the crash – because of an implication that these n dead were more important than others and/or that the response of Anderson and his colleagues somehow would be different to how they had performed at a litany of earlier disasters.

Referring to his between-disasters role investigating fatal car crashes around Canberra, Anderson said: “I attend all  deaths on ACT roads – and I don’t think one loss of life is more tragic than another. Forty together in the air, or one on the highway – they’re all tragic.”

In The Hague I saw AFP officers break from meetings on a ghoulish aspect of the crash to make cheerful phone calls to spouses in , and to say goodnight to their children on the other side of the world. Their desks were littered with family snaps and mementos of home – stuffed kangaroos and koalas, the Aussie flag.

A gut-wrenching contrast to all this, however, was a collage of the faces of ns who would not be phoning home – the 41 MH17 victims from . Nodding to the poster, a copy of which hangs in each n workspace at various investigative locations in the Netherlands, Detective Superintendent Andrew Donoghoe said: “They’re a small group of the whole 298 who died, but just seeing them fires us up.”

More than a year on, the verdict of these n investigators on the local Ukrainian recovery operation – by the rebels and local emergency responders – is cast in kinder, more forgiving language than was apparent in an avalanche of criticism at the time of the crash.

After foreign investigators, Anderson among them, took control of a refrigerated train on which the rebels had ordered that the victims remains be stored, a Dutch official said that as many as 100 bodies were missing, fuelling angry demands by officials from the victims’ countries for the warring sides in Ukraine’s separatist conflict to allow a more thorough search by investigators from the Netherlands, , Britain and Malaysia.

Ultimately, the foreign teams – sometimes a handful, sometimes as many as 80 – spent no more than 18 hours actively searching the 45 square-kilometre crash site. The Dutch claim of 100 bodies missing was perplexing, because when they unloaded what became known as “the train of the dead” at Kharkiv in Ukraine’s far north-east, the body bags in which the victims’ remains had been packed were not opened before they were airlifted to the Netherlands.

Anderson too was concerned that not all the bodies had been found – though more cautious than his Dutch colleague, the n cop figured privately that about 50 or 60 were missing. Either way, the figures were a condemnation of the local search  and recovery effort and the withdrawal of the foreign search teams was couched in terms of a worsening security threat; and conveying no sense that the much-maligned  initial Ukrainian search might have been as thorough and professional as was needed.

“We [searched] swiftly and thoroughly, while it was safe to do so,” ‘s prime ministerial envoy Angus Houston said in a statement announcing the abrupt abandonment of the first foreign sweep of the crash site early in August 2014. Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte, who lost 193 of his countrymen in the crash, said it had become too dangerous for foreign search parties to remain in the region.

Without referring to the Dutch estimate of bodies missing, Rutte added that an opportunity to interview a Ukrainian military doctor involved in the initial response “had changed the recovery team’s perception of an earlier [search] effort undertaken by local authorities [and] fortunately more was done after the disaster than we thought until now”.

Fast-forward to mid-September 2015, and t Anderson is sitting in a conference room at the n Embassy in The Hague, telling me: “The Ukrainians were not uncaring people. It was as much a tragedy for them as for the victims. There was a lot of talk of disrespect for the dead because of the fighting – that was not the case.”

Drawing a comparison between the use of refrigerated rail wagons in Ukraine and that of refrigerated trucks in the Black Saturday bushfires of 2009, Anderson observed: “They were searching within 20 minutes of the crash and recovering remains – that’s a good response, a good job … it was done fairly well … with the level of expertise and equipment that they had, the locals did the best they could do.”

Donoghoe, now in his second rotation as head of the AFP team in The Hague, told me:  “The victims were treated with respect and dignity in difficult circumstances.”

Interviewed separately, his colleague Simon Walsh, who heads the AFP’s disaster victim identification operation, agreed – “there was no evidence to suggest otherwise”.

As shown in media reports, the Ukrainian search and recovery effort was amateurish, Walsh said, “but what we have established since is that so many victims were successfully identified on the basis of what [the Ukrainians] had collected, and subsequent searching did not reveal huge amounts of human remains that they had missed.

“The original [Ukrainian] work was done to a high standard in terms of the victims’ human remains being treated with respect and dignity.”

Were the locals and the rebels as humane as the victims’ families and friends might have expected? “From what I’ve observed, that’s a fair assessment,” he said.

The disaster victim identification process, carried out at a Dutch military base at Hilversum, near Amsterdam, also cast doubt on widespread media reporting of looting, particularly of the jewellery worn by victims.

Walsh, a member of the Identification Board that reviewed and formally ratified each identification decision, said that a regular element among what are called “secondary identifiers” was jewellery worn by the victims –  “clearly it had not been looted”, he told me.

And in cases in which the victim was not wearing jewellery described by families as proof of identification, Walsh said there were explanations apart from looting for its absence – perhaps the victim had opted not to wear the piece on the day of the flight or the jewellery might have come away from the victim as a result of the crash.

“Yes, there were cases of the jewellery being present. I can’t say if the presence was high or low; and there were cases of no jewellery, but not sufficient to substantiate claims of a high or extraordinary amount of looting.”

Through a day of interviews in The Hague, the Canberra traffic cop Anderson cloaked himself in a steely, dispassionate professionalism. But the following day, as we shared the back seat of a cop car for the drive to Hilversum, he allowed a fleeting glimpse of his own humanity.

“Mate, who do you debrief to? Who do you talk to?” he asked quietly, referring to my reporting from the charnel houses of serial wars. When I talked about the therapeutic effect of writing, he volunteered that he had taken to making audio recordings of what he saw and felt, which he’d then commit to paper as he sought to make sense of it all.

Sadly, though, some things never make sense.

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Warm weather with a chance of rain in store for Canberra

A swamp wallaby eating Blooms of a wattle tree in Tidbinbilla. Photo: Philipp BrandlThe first of several possible storms for the weekend passed over Canberra on Friday evening as the Bureau of Meteorology warned of a severe thunderstorm in the region.
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Heavy rain and hail fell across Canberra and the storm was also expected to bring hail and damaging winds to the south coast, southern tablelands and the snowy mountains. Decent sized hail falling around #Canberra at the moment. pic.twitter整形美容医院m/0dV3uJXl01— Julie J (@mookaqueen) October 9, 2015

After a long weekend of genuine summer-like temperatures this weekend might feel comparatively cooler.

But a string of days peaking in the mid-20s will still be well above average alongside a chance of a shower or storm, Weatherzone meteorologist Rob Sharpe said.

Friday is forecast to reach a maximum 26 degrees before tops of 27 degrees on Saturday and 24 degrees on Sunday; five to six degrees above average.

“The long weekend was very warm for this time of year,” he said.

“From tomorrow onwards it’s going to be well above average again. The October long-term average is 19.5 degrees.

“It looks like it’s going to be a very warm October compared to usual and it looks like it’s going to be a very dry October compared to usual.”

Mr Sharpe said the warm weather could be peppered with the odd shower or thunderstorm thanks to a low pressure trough that had formed over southern and central parts of the country.

“There is a chance of a few showers and maybe a couple thunderstorms through to next week. The risk is greater on Sunday or Monday,” he said.

“The air mass across the country is still very dry – we had very dry air moving into Canberra last weekend. Any shower or thunderstorm we do get will probably be fairly light.”

Mr Sharpe expected less than 10mm of rain over the next week.

He said maximum temperatures could dip to the low to mid 20s by Tuesday and Wednesday, before warming up again in time for the following weekend.

The warmer weather has allowed patient Canberrans to get behind the camera and snap some intimate photos of wildlife for The Canberra Times spring photo competition.

Philipp Brandl​ of Yarralumla captured a swamp wallaby eating golden blooms from a wattle tree in Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve.

Competition entrants’ photos have the chance of being published in the Canberra Times newspaper or on canberratimes整形美容医院m.au.

Send a maximum of three photos to [email protected]整形美容医院m.au as attached JPEG files and include your name, address, phone number, photo title, a description of the photo and the date it was taken.

Photos must be between 150 kilobytes and one megabyte. Winners will take home a share of the $1000 prize. 

Weatherzone is owned by Fairfax Media, publisher of The Canberra Times.

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Rugby World Cup 2015: Wallabies won’t rest Israel Folau and David Pocock for Scotland clash

Israel Folau during a team recovery session in London on Sunday. Photo: Dan Mullan David Pocock stretches ahead of the Wales game at Twickenham. Photo: Dan Mullan
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Injury cloud: The Wallabies say they won’t rest David Pocock this weekend. Photo: Paul Gilham

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LONDON: The Wallabies will lay everything on the line against Scotland, adamant they will not rest star duo Israel Folau and David Pocock from the quarter-final showdown even if they are not fully fit.

Folau (ankle) and Pocock (calf) are the two biggest concerns facing the Wallabies this week following their heroic defensive effort in a 15-6 win against Wales last weekend.

Fullback Folau is expected to recover in time for the clash against Scotland, even if he is on minimal training duties this week to lighten the workload on his ankle problem.

Pocock’s challenge is bigger as Wallabies medical staff try to determine how bad his calf problem is. It’s understood the Wallabies are confident Pocock has not torn any muscles.

But the pain was enough to force the hard-nosed flanker off the field in the second half against Wales.

The Wallabies have fallen on the perceived weaker side of the finals draw, with a quarter final against Scotland. If they get through that, they will play either Ireland or Argentina.

But still burnt by losing two of their last three games against Scotland, the Wallabies defence coach Nathan Grey says they won’t hold anything back on Sunday (Monday morning AEDT).

“I think it’s been pretty clear that we go full-on every game we play. If you get the opportunity to wear that gold jersey, you take it and cherish it,” Grey said.

“When the [game-day squad] is selected, we’ll be picking every gun we’ve got. We know at this stage of the competition it’s do or die.”

The Wallabies will put faith in squad depth to see them through if either fails fitness tests later in the week.

Inside centre Matt Giteau also appeared to aggravate his rib injury, but is expected to be ready to play against Scotland.

Winger Rob Horne is also still with the squad after injuring his shoulder against England and hopes to train this week to prove he can still be a part of the campaign.

Michael Hooper will be back after serving a one-match suspension, while Kurtley Beale has been in superb form and will capably fill Folau’s shoes if needed.

In the past, the absence of two of ‘s biggest weapons – Folau and Pocock – would be a killer blow for the Wallabies’ hopes of winning the World Cup.

“[But] I think those guys came off and our finishers who came on really solidified the performance and all those guys in difficult circumstances were outstanding,” Grey said.

“It showed that to be consistent in this tournament, you’ve got to rely on your 30-man squad. That’s going to be evident moving through into the knockout stages.

“All teams go through injuries throughout the tournament and you have to rely on your whole squad. We’ve got a lot of confidence in the whole group … they go about delivering. It’s simple from that perspective

“When you put on that gold jersey it means a lot. And the expectation is you’ll be giving everything you can give.”

Beating Wales means the Wallabies avoid South Africa and New Zealand until a potential meeting in the final.

The try-less win will go down as one of the gutsiest performances in Wallabies history, as they repelled a seven-minute siege with just 13 players on the field.

Ireland bet France in the last pool match, meaning they will also avoid the South African and New Zealand side of the draw.

The defending champion All Blacks face a tough test against France in their quarter-final on the weekend.

Winger Drew Mitchell said being able to hold out Wales would boost the squad’s self-belief.

“It’s one thing speaking about it but we’ve been put in those situations in training and games, you need belief to get yourself out of those situations,” Mitchell said.

“You gain belief as you go through but you also need to go into games with a great deal of belief.”

“I think that’s something he’s (Cheika) very good at is instilling that belief in the squad and also within individuals to play his game and express yourself the way you do.

“We’ve been working very hard for a long time in our lead up and our campaign for those types of scenarios.

“We knew it was going to be tough and there was going to be pain out there tonight and when we were in those situations we almost bound together even stronger and worked even harder for each other.

“That’s something with Cheika and the coaching staff that he’s trying to instil in us but also something we would hope our spectators and supporters can see and engage with and buy into.

“We hope they see that, how much we’re working for it and how much it means to us.”

WORLD CUP QUARTER FINALS

Quarter final one: South Africa v Wales at Twickenham, 2am Sunday AEDT.

Quarter final two: New Zealand v France at Cardiff, 6am Sunday AEDT.

Quarter final three: Ireland v Argentina at Cardiff, 11pm Sunday AEDT.

Quarter final four: v Scotland at Twickenham, 2am Monday AEDT.

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More than a third of world’s coral reef faces major bleaching event

A before and after image of coral bleaching in American Samoa, with the right image taken in December 2014 Photo: XL Catlin Bleaching on reefs in American Samoa. Photo: XL Catlin
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The Great Barrier Reef shown in healthy conditions. Photo: n Institute of Marine Science

A massive, global coral bleaching event is underway which could affect 38 per cent of the world’s reefs by year’s end, including the Great Barrier Reef, scientists have revealed.

The consortium of researchers from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) of the US, the University of Queensland, Reef Check, and XL Catlin Seaview Survey says the mass bleaching – only the third of its kind in recorded history – is being driven by increased ocean temperatures.

NOAA has estimated the event may kill more than 12,000 square kilometres of reef worldwide.

The rise in the ocean temperatures is being caused by the background warming from climate change made worse by this year’s super El Nino weather event, and a Pacific warm water mass known as “the Blob”, the researchers say.

The extent of the damage to ‘s World Heritage-listed Great Barrier Reef was not yet known, but it will become obvious by early 2016, University of Queensland Global Change Institute Director, Professor Ove Hoegh-Guldberg, said in a statement.

“If conditions continue to worsen, the Great Barrier Reef is set to suffer from widespread coral bleaching and subsequent mortality, the most common effect of rising sea temperatures,” Professor Hoegh-Guldberg said.

Coral bleaching occurs when stressed corals exude an algae, zooxanthellae, which lives inside their tissue. After it is expelled, the bright, white skeleton of the coral is left exposed. They can, but do not always, die as a result of the bleaching.

According to the NOAA-led researchers, coral reefs support one quarter of all marine species and a mass bleaching event can “severely deplete” the ecosystems that rely on them.

In 1998, more than half of the Great Barrier Reef experienced bleaching and up to 10 per cent of its corals died. That was the world’s first, major recorded event of its kind and it killed 16 per cent of the globe’s corals.

The second event, five years ago, did not affect the Great Barrier Reef partly because two local cyclones helped to drive down ocean temperatures.

But this year so far, bleaching has already been recorded across the northern Pacific, Indian, and western Atlantic Oceans. It is expected to become obvious in the Caribbean in the next few weeks.

Bleaching only reaches a “global event” stage when all three major ocean basins are affected across multiple reefs spanning 100 kilometres or more, XL Catlin Seaview Survey said.

“This is only the third time we’ve seen a global-scale bleaching event,” NOAA Coral Reef Watch coordinator Dr Mark Eakin said in a statement.

Dr Tyrone Ridgway, from UQ’s Global Change Institute, said the severity of any impact on ‘s iconic Great Barrier Reef will depend on how long the higher-than-average ocean temperatures last.

“As we move into summer, these temperatures are expected to rise even more,” he told Fairfax Media.  “If we get coral mortality, the health of the system will decline.”

As corals are the “builders” of the Reef, this would affect fish stocks as well as tourism.

Surface waters of the equatorial central and eastern Pacific – where the El Nino has formed – are as much as 4 degrees warmer than average, while deeper gauges are detecting anomalies of 7 degrees.

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