Just so the ABC can save $1.9 million All three Northern Territory shortwave transmitters are due to be switched off on January 31 following an announcement made unexpectedly late last year, which will bring to an end almost a century of ABC shortwave radio broadcasts.
Shortwave radio transmission is about the only news, reliable weather forecasts, including your emergency warnings for bushfires and cyclones.
The ABC has been heavily criticised by Northern Territory residents since it announced in December it would save $1.9 million by cutting the transmission.
ABC Radio is currently broadcast throughout remote parts of Australia, as well as to international audiences in the Pacific islands.
Mick Hutton from Beadell Tours, who regularly travels through the western deserts with tourists, said there was no other service available to replace the shortwave.
"The ABC broadcast over that HF radio is about our only connection during daylight hours with what's going on in the world," he said.
"That's all you've got - there isn't anything else because there's no mobile phone service."
"There won't be any avenue for an emergency service broadcast and that's probably the most worrying," he said.
"Of course there are all those people in yachts and they're in an itinerant listening group, and then the stockmen as well.
"There are all sorts of things that can be done notifying people but it's exceptionally difficult if the people you're trying to notify don't have the equipment to be notified on."
A shortwave radio supplier estimates 5,000 people regularly use a shortwave in Australia and the Pacific to listen to ABC Radio.
A motorist has been robbed of cash and other items after being pulled over in Adelaide’s north by men who appeared to be impersonating police. In the second incident of its type reported to SA Police this month, the driver was travelling along Spains Rd, Salisbury about 10pm last night when a vehicle behind him flashed its beam headlights and activated a blue flashing light on the dashboard. The motorist pulled his white Toyota Corolla sedan over to the side of the road near Montana Drive and was approached by two men, one of whom was armed with a machete. The suspects threatened the victim before stealing cash, a sports bag and a suitcase containing clothing from within the vehicle. The victim did not receive any physical injuries during the incident. “Police are aware of a similar incident which occurred about 2.30pm on Friday 3 February on the Thiele Highway between Kapunda and Eudunda,” Detective Chief Inspector Shane Addison, from the Elizabeth Local Service Area, said. “The suspect descriptions do not match however Elizabeth CIB and Barossa CIB are investigating any potential connection between these two incidents." The two suspects, along with a third person who did not get out of the vehicle, drove away after the robbery and were last seen heading north-west along Spains Road towards the Hollywood Plaza Shopping Centre. The armed suspect is described as being aged about 50, of Caucasian appearance, about 178cm tall with short dark hair. Wearing a black T-shirt and dark jeans, he was very thin, had unshaven stubble and missing teeth, along with a black cursive writing tattoo on the left side of his neck. The second suspect is described as being aged 20, with dark hair and wearing gloves. The victim was unable to describe the third suspect or the vehicle.
Anyone who was in the vicinity of either of these offences or may have information about these matters is asked to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or report online at https://crimestopperssa.com.au/
Any motorist who is concerned about the behaviour of an unmarked vehicle is urged to: * Stop at a place they feel safe, such as a well lit area or an area with other people; * Keep their doors locked and windows closed; * Request to see the person’s identification; and * Advise the person they are calling police to verify their identity.
Good afternoon On December 5th last year,I had an operation to remove a benign golf ball size tumour from my abdomen along with my spleen. Since then I have been back to Hospital 3 times because of the infection,the last visit was 16 days, after which I came home last Wednesday. I am making a good recovery on oral antibiotics and look forward to playing at Mt Gambier and The St Kilda Festival next weekend.
My sincere thanks to my Family and friends and my Band members and tech crew who have been very patient and understanding,along with all the phone calls,text messages,flowers and emails I received from fellow musicians and music industry people. Also thanks to the many get well wishes that I received from supporters on Facebook and by hand written cards. My thanks to all the nursing staff,radiologists,orderlies,food suppliers and Doctors at Cabrini Hospital Malvern who made me feel well.
Last but not least….. Thanks to James Reyne for his friendship,support and wisdom… I think he now likes "The Horses”
12 days ago you were inside of my belly. While I'm recovering more everyday, my body is a constant reminder that I again was so blessed to grow a healthy beautiful baby. In those 12 days, babes, we've already done so much together. Much more than I did with your brother in the first fortnight that's for sure. But one thing I most certainly haven't done is look at my body with the same disappointment like I did after giving birth the first time. The changes are huge. And it takes a while to adapt. But I see such beauty in the process of a woman's body both growing & recovering before and after pregnancy. And if I have one wish for my whole life - it's that honey you look at your body with the exact same positive attitude that I've developed over time. My body blessed me with the complete piece of my puzzle in you... how could I not love it!
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BREAKING: A fifth person, a three-month-old baby, has died following the incident that took place in the Melbourne CBD.
Police Statement: "A fifth person has died following the incident that took place in the Melbourne CBD yesterday. It is believed police were in pursuit of a vehicle in the CBD when the vehicle deliberately struck a number of pedestrians in the vicinity of Bourke and Queens Streets at approximately 1.30pm. Police shot the man who was the sole occupant of the vehicle. He was taken to hospital where he remains under police guard being treated for non-life threatening injuries and is yet to be interviewed. Police understand the incident is linked to a stabbing that took place in Windsor early yesterday morning involving parties known to one another. Following this incident, it is alleged the same man took a woman, who is known to him, hostage in his car. She managed to escape from the car on the Bolte Bridge. Those who died are a 10-year-old girl, 25-year-old man, 33-year-old man, 32-year-old woman and a 3-month-old baby boy, who died in hospital this evening. Hospitals have treated 37 other people injured during the incident, 4 remain critical. The Homicide Squad are investigating with the assistance of the Major Collision Investigation Unit. Police encourage anyone who witnessed the event or who has information to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000."
"It's got a flag on the back, six drums to make her float nice and well, painted her green and gold... yeah she's ready to go": A group of friends is spending the day on the river, in true Aussie style!
The Where’s William? Campaign has developed a new poster that can be downloaded from William’s website. The poster features both the photograph of William at age 3 and an age progression photograph of what he might look like now at age 5 which was commissioned by The Sunday Telegraph and developed by Dr Susan Hayes of the University of Wollongong. Please visit http://www.whereswilliam.org/downloads/ to print your A4 poster and display it at work, school and in your community. If you see a child you think may be William, please make the call to Crime Stoppers immediately on 1800 333 000. #OneMillionReasons, #BringHimHome, #BringWilliamHome, #MakeTheCall, #WheresWilliam, #NowsTheTime