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Buffy the Koala’s baby emerges

Tidbinbilla staff have waited for weeks to catch their first glimpse of Buffy the Koala’s new baby.
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On Sunday the brave little Koala joey poked its head from Buffy’s pouch to take a look at the big wide world.

Wildlife officer Corin Pennock was armed with a smartphone and captured the fluffy-faced marsupial wriggling around and checking things out.

A newborn Koala weighs less than a gram and looks a lot like a pink jelly bean. The blind hairless creature develops for several months in the mother’s pouch nourished by her milk as it grows eyes, ears and fur.

Senior wildlife officer Dr Jenny Pierson said the joey was likely to be six months old but it would be a few months until staff undertook a full health check and determined its sex.

“The video was the first time we saw the head pop out of the pouch,” she said. “We know it is about six months old because that is the age they start to pop their head out.”

The youngster has not yet been named and Dr Pierson said eager wildlife fans could keep an eye on the joey’s progress via Facebook and find out how staff plan to go about naming it. The young Koala only drinks its mother’s milk for the first six to seven months and remains in the pouch for that time, slowly growing and developing eyes, ears and fur. Soon the joey will start to wean from milk and transition to gum leaves. To do this the mother Koala passes on micro-organisms in her stomach to her pouch young through a specialised faecal substance called pap. Eating this is essential for the development of the joey to give it the gut bacteria needed to move to an adult diet. Introducing gum leaves to the joey’s diet will boost its growth and staff at the reserve expect this joey will be fully furred and soon hang out on its mother Buffy’s back. As the joey becomes more independent moving from the pouch to its mother’s back staff will conduct a full check of the joey’s body condition, teeth, weight and more. Over the coming weeks the joey would be more active and peer out from the pouch more often. Buffy and the baby koala can be seen at Tidbinbilla’s Eucalypt enclosure.

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Extremists stockpiled weapons ahead of Philippines siege

Tanks arrive at a military camp in Iligan city to reinforce Government troops who are battling Muslim militants who laid siege in Marawi city for over a week now Wednesday, May 31, 2017 in southern Philippines. Fighting continues for the second week now between Government troops and Muslim militants with casualties on both side and civilians.(AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)Bangkok: Islamic extremists pre-planned the siege of a southern Philippine city, deploying weapons, ammunition, Islamic State flags and bomb-making materials, according to the Philippine military and other sources.
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Authorities had earlier portrayed the siege of Marawi, 830 kilometres south of Manila, as a bloody response to a botched military operation to capture wanted terrorist Isnilon Hapilon???.

“Indeed there was planning that was involved even prior to our entry to arrest Hapilon???when we got information he was holed up in the area,” said Philippine military spokesman Brigadier-General Restituto Padilla.

The siege has intensified fears that a dozen extremist groups allied with Islamic State will gain a foothold in the southern Philippines.

Islamic State has claimed responsibility for the violence.

Fighters from the pro-Islamic State Maute group are clinging to the heart of the city, threatening to kill hostages, despite air and ground attacks by security forces for an eighth day.

Kidnapped priest Chito Suganob has appeared in a video in which he repeated the militants’ demand for troops to withdraw from the city.

But the military dismissed the video as propaganda.

“The propaganda of the enemy???is indicative if their fighting for survival. They are trapped???they are in areas where they will never come out alive unless they surrender,” Brigadier-General Padilla told reporters.

Grave fears are held for Father Suganob and a dozen of his parishioners who were abducted from a church as they said prayers.

The military has warned there would be “collateral damage” as they deployed SF-260 close-air-support planes to back attack helicopters.

The death toll has soared above 100 with dozens wounded.

More than 20 of the dead are believed to be civilians.

Military spokesmen said fighting alongside the militants are prisoners they freed from the city’s two jails last week and an unknown number of foreign fighters.

Their weapons include arms seized when the militants rampaged through the city of 200,000, which is now largely deserted, with decaying bodies seen in streets.

Philippine president Rodrigo Duterte, who has declared martial law across Mindanao, ruled out negotiating with the militants, calling them terrorists.

“They are trying to correct the way of living for everybody,” he said.

“They do it by killing people, invoking the name of God and that is a very terrible ideology.”

There are unconfirmed reports that Hapilon, who was wounded in January, remains holed up in Marawi.

He is on Washington’s most wanted list with a US$5 million ($6.7 million) bounty on his head.

– with agences

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Sailing into storms of war

REFLECTING: Peter Morris and retired mariner Allen Renwick preparing for a service at the Merchant Navy memorial on the Newcastle harbour foreshore tomorrow. Photo: Max Mason-HubersWHEN retired mariner Allen Renwick lays a wreath at a service tomorrowat the Merchant Navy memorial on the Newcastleharbour foreshore, he will be thinking of one lost colleaguein particular.
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“One bloke I knew was killed on his first trip,” 91-year-old Mr Renwick said. “He was a deck boy, I was a cabin boy. He was torpedoed onthe Iron Chieftain.”

The BHP ship had set sail from Newcastle when she was torpedoed by a Japanese submarine just off Sydney on June 3, 1942. Twelve crew members died, including Mr Renwick’s friend, J.W. Lindemann. His name is on a plaque at the memorial.

He was one of about 1550 mariners who died at sea around Australia on 41 ships sunk by the enemy during the Second World War.

“The Merchant Navy maintained the supply lines in the Australian economy and the war effort, yet they were overlooked compared to the uniformed services,” said Peter Morris, the chairman of the Newcastle Merchant Navy Memorial Committee. “It was the forgotten war.”

Yet that aspect of the war, along with all those lost at sea, will be remembered at the service at 11.15 am. Mr Morris, a former federal politician, expected up to 200 to attend, particularly as it marked 75 years,to the day, since the sinking of theIron Chieftain.The day after the Iron Chieftain was lost, another Newcastle-crewed ship, the Iron Crown, was torpedoed, with37 killed.

“The iron ore ships were the ‘coffin ships’, they sank so fast,” Mr Morris said.

The BHP ship Iron Chieftain, which was torpedoed and sunk by a Japanese submarine on June 3, 1942.

Just a few days later, Newcastle itself was attacked. OnJune 8, 1942, the Japanese submarine I-21 surfaced in Stockton Bight and shelled the city. The prime targets were the steelworks and the Walsh Island dockyard. But shells were also fired at Fort Scratchley, with one exploding in Parnell Place, close to homes.While the attack caused minimal damage, it rattled Novocastrians.

“It was very scary,” recalled Mr Renwick, who was 16 and in the family home in the city as he heard shells whizzing in. “People were expecting the Japs to invade the place.”

While there was no invasion, Japanesesubmarines lurked off the east coast for another year. It is believed the I-21 was responsible for sinking another BHP ship, the Iron Knight,off the NSW south coast onFebruary 8, 1943. Thirty-six crew members were lost.

Soon after the shelling of Newcastle, Mr Renwick ventured to sea, launching in tumultuous times a career that would last46 years.

“We didn’t realise how dangerous it was,” he reflected. “When you’re young, it’slike a great adventure.

In tomorrow’s Newcastle Herald is a special eight-page souvenir supplement, ‘Newcastle Under Fire’, relivingthenight 75 years ago whenwar came to the city.

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Take the focus off glasses

OLD PROBLEM: Presbyopia is the most common eye condition in Australia and occurs as part of normal aging. It is not considered to be an eye disease and symptoms are usually noticeable by age 40–45.Cataract sufferers have been undergoing lens replacement surgery since the 1980s and it is regarded as one of the safest and most effective surgical procedures performed today.
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What many people don’t know though is that a very similar procedure can help presbyopia sufferers to say goodbye to glasses dependence.

How do I know if I have presbyopia?Does this sound famililar –you hit your 40s and suddenly realised you could no longer see as clearly as you once did.

Fast forward another 10 years and your limbs don’t seem to be long enough to hold out that menu you used to read at arms length.

You are starting to depend on those glasses that you hate admitting you need to wear.

You resent that they are always downstairs, upstairs, in the car or in your purse.

You always had great vision and wonder how you ended up here. Very likely you have presbyopia.

Presbyopia is an age-related vision disorder that is considered a natural part of ageing.

It affects the sight of 1.3 million Australians and sets off a cycle of “glasses on glassess on glasses on” as your prescription gets worse, and your lenses get thicker and thicker!

With the latest advancements in cataract surgical techniques and through the learning of lens replacement treatments there is now a solution for helping those with presbyopia.

Using a lens that has a trifocal design to respond to different vision demands, surgeons can ultimately decrease or remove dependence on reading glasses for near and far visual fields.

These treatments have gained popularity here and overseas and have developed a reputation as safe, predictable and with results that work for many patients.

The day surgical procedure is quick, affordable and available.

In Newcastle, iLaser Vision Surgery is fortunate to have an ophthalmic eye clinic dedicated to providing this service.

The specialist ophthalmic surgeons at iLaser vision are highly trained in using this latest technology and techniques and will meet with you and see if you are an eligible candidate for this transformational procedure.

To learn more visit www.ilaservision南京夜网.auor phone 4929 6738.

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Strategies to prevent falls

ON THE FRONT FOOT: Having a fall becomes more likely the older we get but there are steps that can be taken around the house to reduce the incidence.As we age, unfortunately, the chance of falling increases. For many older people and their families, worrying about falls can be very stressful and unsettling.
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Not only can falls bring physical injury and the need for rehabilitation, they can result in loss of confidence for older people, holding them back from doing the things they love.

The good news is there are a number of proactivefalls preventionsteps that can be taken by you or your loved ones to reduce the risk of falls, including things you can do at home.

Say goodbye to trip hazards

Eliminate trip hazards around the home such as uneven surfaces, rugs that are loose, curled at the edges or frayed, cords running along the floor, poor lighting, clutter and slippery floors.

Keep it in reach

Encourage your older relatives or friends to keep things within reach – small changes such as using a cordless phone placed by their side and placing commonly used items within reach can make a difference.

Stay healthy and active withfall prevention exercises

Provide support and encourage your loved one to keep moving and engage in exercise to improve muscle strength and balance. Remember that good hydration and nutrition are also important.

Make sure clothing and shoes fit

Ensuring that your family member or friend has shoes and clothing that fits well is a foundation to reducing the risk of falls.

Shoes should be non-slip, fit firmly and be the correct size, and not cause any pain. Clothing should be comfortable, the right length and fit well.

Check it out

Visit your GP regularly and discuss any illnesses or health concerns such as pain, dizziness, poor balance, vision problems or discomfort in walking. Chat about what treatment and support is available.

Don’t be shy when it comes to mobility aids

Mobility aids such as a walker, walking stick and handrails can help reduce the risk of falls around the home. Talk to a GP or Physiotherapist about what’s available and right for you.

Medication – get it right

Make sure your family member has the correct dosage of medication and ensure that their medication list is regularly reviewed by their GP.

Be aware of the effects of certain medications, such as strong pain relief or sedatives, as these can increase the risk of falls.

Make sure that these effects and ways to minimise the risk of falls is discussed with their GP.

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