New warning that 2.7m Aussies are not ready for disaster season

first_imgA bushfire at Caloundra West approaches the Bruce Highway, bringing traffic to a standstill at Bells Creek. Picture: Lachie Millard.Ms Hassan warned homeowners to “be mindful that if the cyclone has been named, it’s usually too late to take out a home insurance policy”.The analysis found women (18 per cent) were more unprepared than men (12 per cent), and Generation Y was by far the most exposed (26 per cent) of the age brackets. Nine per cent of Baby Boomers and 14 per cent of Generation X were not ready.Around 28 per cent of renters were not prepared for a natural disaster, Ms Hassan said.*FOLLOW SOPHIE FOSTER on Twitter or Facebook Most popular forms of natural disaster protection: Home insurance (61 per cent)Fire extinguisher (27 per cent)Emergency kit (24 per cent)Evacuation plan (23 per cent)Other – including alerts and “just get in the car and go” (1 per cent) (Source: The aftermath of Cyclone Debbie at Conway Beach, Queensland. Picture: Wesley Monts. Stuart Harris at Shute Harbour where his houseboat called “Munn” was wrecked during Cyclone Debbie. Picture: Annette Dew.Bessie Hassan, insurance expert, it was a concern that one in seven Aussies were leaving their homes exposed to disasters.“The fact that so many Australians are unprepared in the case of a natural disaster is concerning,” she said. “Whether it’s a small investment like having an evacuation plan, or whether you’re paying for home insurance, it’s important to prepare in case of the worst.”More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus1 day agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market1 day ago“With bushfire season nearly upon us, taking precautionary measures now could save potentially thousands of dollars worth of damages later.” A local resident paddles his kayak through floodwaters in the suburb of Depot Hill in Rockhampton in April this year after floodwaters resulting from ex-cyclone Debbie. Picture: AAP Image/Dan PeledANALYSTS have issued fresh warnings to homeowners heading into what’s expected to be an extreme summer, after new figures showed 2.7 million Aussies weren’t disaster-ready.Queenslanders, women, Gen Y and renters seem to the main culprits, according to new analysis from, which warned that 57 per cent of major cyclone damage from 2011 to 2016 was comprised of uninsured losses – a bill totalling $1.4 billion.Queensland – where some of the worst disaster damage had occurred in the last 12 years – was the most unprepared of all the states (17 per cent), despite housing a quarter of all Australia’s flood cases. Firemen look over the remains of three houses that were destroyed by fire on the Noosa North Shore on the Sunshine Coast in August this year. Picture: AAP Image/Darren England.last_img read more

Protection orders would ‘catch innocents’ 23 Sept 2013Tough new restrictions to keep possible abusers away from children  will “inevitably” sweep up people who will not abuse any children, the  Ministry of Justice says.In advice to the Government, the ministry estimates that only about  half the people subjected to child harm prevention orders would have  gone on to offend without the order.Others would not have abused children and would suffer a “curtailment  of fundamental freedoms without any corresponding benefits”.“The inherent uncertainty of risk prediction means that orders would  inevitably be imposed on people who would not have committed child abuse  in the absence of the order.”The proposed orders, which were announced by the Government last  month, can ban people from contact with any children or from visiting  places frequented by children, such as swimming pools. They can be  imposed even if the person has no convictions and last up to to 10  years.“People will be treated as pariahs and as guilty without ever being  found guilty,” Otago University law professor Mark Henaghan said. “That  can destroy people.”Colin Gavaghan, director at the NZ Law Foundation centre for  emerging technologies at Otago, said the orders were part of New Zealand  move towards a “pre-crime” society, with people condemned on  probability rather than proof. read more

Bulldogs Grapplers Participate At Milan 6-Way Meet

first_imgThe Batesville High School wrestling team traveled to Milan to compete in the annual Milan 6-way.  Competing teams include Batesville, Lawrenceburg, Milan, Rushville, South Dearborn, and Union County.  The Bulldogs ended the day with just one win but did gain a lot of experience.  This single win moves the varsity record to 4 wins and 8 losses.Team scores were:  Batesville 12 South Dearborn 66, Batesville 36 Milan 48, Batesville 15 Lawrenceburg 59, Batesville 54 Union County 18, Batesville 33 Rushville 43.Individual varsity records were:  4 -1. JT Linkel and Michael Deal.  3-2. Caleb Bischoff-Niese, Chris Schene, Abram Garcia.  2-3. Ethan Meyer, Axel Garcia, Max Foutch.  1-1. Drew McLeod. 1-4. Jonah Chase and Drew Garbarini.  0-2. Jon Kurtz.Reserve wrestler competing well for the Bulldogs were: Mason Green, Dallas Lamping, Nick Nobbe, Conner Batchelor, Malachi Kirby, and Nick Schneider.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Chris Deal.last_img read more

Accident on State Road 56 ends in tragedy

first_imgLexington, IN–Late Wednesday evening, Jefferson County Central Dispatch received a report of a single-vehicle accident on West State Road 56.  The Jefferson County Sheriff Deputies responded to the accident scene. The single occupant of the passenger truck sustained life-threatening injuries as a result of the accident.The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office was assisted on scene by Hanover Fire Department, Jefferson County Coroner’s Office, and Indiana State Police.The investigation is currently ongoing.last_img

Nervous Newcastle blow chance

first_img The sole comfort for Newcastle in their dismal defeat was Hull’s 2-0 loss at Tottenham that leaves manager Carver’s men favourites to escape the drop – but only just. Emmanuel Riviere ended a 21-game Premier League drought with his first top-flight goal in England to hand Newcastle a 1-0 half-time advantage. The Tynesiders collapsed after the break however, QPR scoring twice in seven minutes to turn the tie on its head. Newcastle’s toothless run of form extended to 10 games without a win, stretching back to the 1-0 victory over Aston Villa on February 28. The visitors were in total control when Riviere notched Newcastle’s first away goal in 521 minutes, but fell completely off the pace after the break. Riviere ended his hefty drought to hand Newcastle a deserved lead at the break – but his finish carried a fair slice of luck. Tim Krul lofted a free-kick from deep in his own half straight over QPR’s statuesque defence, and Riviere ghosted through on goal. The 25-year-old flicked the ball against his standing leg, profiting from the fortunate deflection to chip the onrushing Rob Green. Former Newcastle midfielder Joey Barton then poleaxed former England stopper Green, unwittingly kneeing the QPR keeper in the head. A groggy Green left the field, thankfully on his feet, to be replaced by Alex McCarthy. Carver’s men ought to have added to their lead before the break, but were still in charge, leading 1-0 at the turnaround. Rangers should have equalised at the start of the second half – and the public address system operators thought they had. Matt Phillips hacked wide from point-blank range, only for goal celebration music to blare out around the ground for half a second. In-form hitman Charlie Austin then fired wide from six yards after working himself free, in another early second-half let-off for Newcastle. Newcastle’s luck ran out when Austin laid on the equaliser with a fine far-post cross for Phillips, who atoned for that earlier miss by nodding past Krul. And when Krul scuffed a clearance that Phillips gobbled up, midfielder Fer raced forward and lashed the ball home from 25 yards. Moussa Sissoko wasted a prime chance to drag Newcastle back on terms, dragging wide after good work from Sammy Ameobi. Newcastle will face a nerve-wracking final day in their Premier League survival battle after squandering control to lose 2-1 at already-relegated QPR. Matt Phillips and Leroy Fer fired second-half goals to deny John Carver’s embattled Newcastle their Premier League safety at Loftus Road. Newcastle will now host West Ham at St James’ Park on Sunday still fighting for their Premier League lives, after spurning the chance to complete their survival bid in west London. Press Associationlast_img read more

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

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Wealdstone sign striker Miller

first_imgWealdstone have signed Aylesbury striker Ricky Miller.The 22-year-old, who has previously played for Boston, Spalding United, and Hitchin Town, is expected to make his Stones debut in the match at Lewes on 1 October.“We have been looking to bolster the squad and Ricky is a character who is very excited to have signed for us,” said Wealdstone manager Gordon Bartlett.AdChoices广告last_img

Boeheim doesn’t discuss NCAA hearing at ACC media day, touches on rules of commenting

first_img Related Stories Louisville makes 1st appearance as ACC team at media dayJerami Grant: Brother Jerian, former teammates Robinson, Cook discuss Grant’s status heading into rookie seasonACC will send representative to Syracuse’s NCAA hearing, Swofford confirmsBoeheim on Coleman injury: ‘It’s Nov. 1 and he hasn’t run yet’Syracuse basketball expected to finish 5th in ACC; no players receive preseason ACC honors Published on October 29, 2014 at 5:34 pm Contact Jesse: | @dougherty_jesse CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Jim Boeheim sauntered into the print media room at Atlantic Coast Conference media day, sat down behind his nameplate and stared at a recorder in front of him.Throughout ACC basketball media day on Wednesday, Syracuse’s NCAA hearing at the end of the week sat like an elephant in the room. SU players Trevor Cooney and Rakeem Christmas were asked about it and deferred to focusing on the court. ACC commissioner John Swofford was asked too and confirmed that a representative from the conference will attend the hearing before saying that all compliance issues are a concern.Then it was Boeheim’s turn and the Orange’s head coach wasn’t willing to offer as many words.“I’m betting I will be getting up in 15 seconds,” he said, still looking at the recorder as a reporter started a question.He didn’t leave the table, but discussed the rules of not commenting instead. Syracuse’s hearing, which also involves the football program, is scheduled for Thursday and Friday and Boeheim wouldn’t comment on whether he will attend after The Post-Standard reported that he, Syracuse University Chancellor Kent Syverud and Director of Athletics Daryl Gross, among others, will be there.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“It’s against the rules. You’re the writers that write about this stuff all the time,” Boeheim said. “It’s against the rules to talk about an ongoing investigation. Period.“Whenever these things are written about there’s so much misinformation because nobody can talk, so people take some piece here and it becomes something totally different. To me, it’s just better when it’s done and you look at what happened and you talk.”When discussing the importance of clarity in discussing these situations, Boeheim was quick to point out that he was speaking about “generalities,” not his team. Syracuse could face sanctions for allegations for extra benefits, academic infractions and more, according to multiple reports.But instead of discussing details of Syracuse’s case, Boeheim said that Carleton — the Canadian powerhouse that the Orange will scrimmage in the Carrier Dome on Sunday — is what he’s most worried about this week.Cooney added that nothing has seemed different with Boeheim at practice in the past few weeks.“No one knows anything,” Cooney said. “We have no idea what’s going to happen. We don’t know anything.”Christmas, who leading up to the season has described himself as a senior leader, had similar sentiments.“We don’t worry about any of that,” Christmas said. “We just put it behind us. We just come together as a team and focus on our game, get ready for the season.”Boeheim more fully sidestepped the topic.When bluntly asked if he was attending the hearing, Boeheim responded by saying, “I’m waiting for a question that I will answer.”Then a reporter from the other side of the table started talking and Boeheim cut him off with, “Is this a different way to ask? You can’t get creative, as creative as I’m sure you are.”And when asked if it had all become frustrating — the reports, questions and everything in between — Boeheim smiled and offered two more words.“You tried.” Commentscenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Trask hopes to Pac the Mac, continue unbeaten streak

first_imgFreshman defenseman David Caban scored the game-winning goal against Loyola Marymount Sunday, boosting Wisconsin’s record to 4-3-1 on the season.[/media-credit]After winning 2-1 on Sunday against Loyola Marymount, the Wisconsin men’s soccer team extended its unbeaten streak to three games, bringing its overall record to 4-3-1.The other teams they have played during their current unbeaten run include a victory over Drake University and a tie with SIU Edwardsville the previous week, with scores of 3-1 and 1-1, respectively.Hoping to continue that winning streak this weekend and get more fans to come to the games, the team hopes to piggyback off of what is expected to be a big crowd for the football game between Wisconsin and Nebraska Saturday with their annual “Pac the Mac” doubleheader Sunday at the McClimon Complex.“I am hoping we can catch a little bit of fire ourselves and maybe grab a few Nebraska and Wisconsin fans and get them out on Sunday,” head coach John Trask said.Pac the Mac will consist of both the men’s match against Indiana and the women’s match against Ohio State. Wisconsin students who show their student ID will receive free admission to the games.Trask emphasized the relatively quick growth of maturity and leadership in the team over the last few weeks as playing a large role in his team’s current run.“We’re maturing,” Trask said at his weekly Monday press conference. “A lot of guys have great experience. We brought in the No. 18-ranked recruiting class this year, and a couple of these freshmen are outstanding and junior college transfers that we brought in. … We’re just better, we possess the ball better, we’re stronger in the most critical moments in the game.”Trask has turned to many of his young, new players this year to play important roles, especially true freshmen AJ Cochran and David Caban.“AJ Cochran, our center back out of St. Louis, was player of the year in Missouri and is a gifted national team member, he is just incredible because of his abilities,” Trask said. “He is big, he is strong, he is aggressive, he has been a great addition in this team. David Caban, who was player of the year in Wisconsin, as they say, he’s got a lot of soccer in him. He’s a heady player who just makes us a better team.”As the team begins to find its stride and gain confidence, Trask said he also believes the team will begin to become much more of an offensive threat.“We are able to attack, and I think the fans that are coming out to watch us play are realizing we’ve got some pretty gifted attackers,” Trask said. “We’re not having to play defense and hope something comes good for us over the course of ninety minutes. We’re making things happen, I mean, [Sunday] we saw some great interplay, the guys are starting to learn each other and move for each other. There are some real qualities that hopefully the fans will come out and take a look at.”Later this week, the Badgers will face interstate rival Marquette on Wednesday and then open the Big Ten season against No. 7 Indiana on Sunday. The Hoosers begin a tough stretch for the Badgers which also includes No. 3 Creighton, as well as Michigan and Michigan State, who both began the season ranked in the top 25.“Anytime you play Indiana, it’s a storied program there, they’re going to be very good,” Trask said. “Soccer, in our conference, last year it was No. 1-rated. This year, if it’s not the best, it is in the top two or three in the nation. You see Michigan or Michigan State and they may be a little bit down [this year], but they are still really talented. There is just a wealth of talent in this part of the country and every game is tough.”last_img read more

Football: Wideouts performance good, but could improve Chryst says

first_imgWhile there were concerns in the passing game heading into fall camp, Wisconsin head coach Paul Chryst never wavered from his commitment to a balanced offensive attack.He was rewarded Saturday, as No. 9 Wisconsin (2-0 overall) routed Akron (1-1 overall) 54-10 at Camp Randall.With a large void left by the graduation of Alex Ericsson — who led the team with 77 receptions last year — the Badgers saw a new pair of wideouts fill the gap against the Zips. A disappointing two-catch game against Louisiana State University left much to be desired from junior Jazz Peavy, but against Akron, the redshirt sophomore reeled in two touchdowns and 100 yards through the air. Senior Rob Wheelwright reeled in four catches for 99 yards.“We have a lot of work to do to be where we want to be and where we should be,” Chryst said Monday at his weekly press conference. “I thought Jazz did some really good things, as did Rob.”While Peavy and Wheelwright combined for more than half of the Badgers receptions, a pair of freshmen also found themselves in the mix. A.J. Taylor and Quintez Cephus have seen significant snaps in the first two weeks of the season and contributed a combined three catches for 49 yards Saturday.“Both [freshmen] played in week one and got more snaps in week two,” Chryst said. “I think they’re coming along. We have to keep helping them get better but I like what both A.J. and Quintez bring to our offense.”The non-conference finale against Georgia State (0-2) will provide one more test for the wideouts and the passing game before Big Ten play.“I feel good with how [the wideouts] are approaching it, but I really do think we have a lot of work to do to be better in the passing game,” Chryst said.last_img read more