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CELEBRATING 'SHED LIFE' THIS MEN'S SHED WEEK (Sept 23 - 29)
The Australian Men’s Shed Association is taking the opportunity to celebrate shedders and shed activities across the Men’s Shed community this Men’s Shed Week (23 – 29 September). From all walks of life men often stumble into a Men’s Shed looking for something (anything!) to do, but they find much more: community, purpose and friendship. The 'Men’s Shed” was born in Australia in the 1990s. There are now over 1000 Men’s Sheds around Australia, roughly 450 in Ireland, 300 in the United Kingdom, 100 in New Zealand and 20 in Canada (just to name a few!). The movement has also started to gain momentum in the United States.
 

CLIMATE CHANGE – THE WISDOM OF THE ANCIENTS
Climate Change is not a new concept. It is real, and it’s happened before. It is an irrefutable fact. The Ancients who lived through such upheaval provide vital information on the experience – and their responses to it – through powerful stories which have been held and passed on through sometimes hundreds of generations, to today. In the latest issue of Australia’s leading science publication COSMOS, Geographer, Patrick Nunn, explores the lessons to be learned from the voices of the past, resonating with new relevance as the realities become apparent.
 



AIHW REPORT: MORE OLDER AUSTRALIANS HOSPITALISED FOR FALL-RELATED HEAD INJURIES
The rate of head injuries from falls by older Australians has nearly doubled over the past decade, according to a new report by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW). The report, Trends in hospitalised injury due to falls in older people 2007–08 to 2016–17, shows that about 125,000 people aged 65 and over were seriously injured due to a fall in 2016–17. Injuries to the head (26%), hip and thigh (22%) were the most common.
THE SPEED TRAP – THE TRUTH ABOUT POLICE QUOTAS
It has been a common refrain from politicians and senior police officials that there is no such thing as ‘quotas’ when it comes to speeding fines and traffic enforcement.  It’s simply a matter of public safety and sticking to the rules they say.  The Australian public, however, has long held a deep distrust of such claims – and have new evidence to support their concerns.
 
 
 
 
 



NEW FARMING METHODS A GENUINE HOPE TO HALT AUSTRALIA’S TREE FELLING CRISIS
It has been described by experts as an 'absolute crisis” and a 'source of national shame”, with Australia’s native forests and woodlands being lost at extraordinary rates.   We are now regarded as one of the planet’s deforestation hotspots, along with the Amazon, Borneo and the Congo.  Incredibly we have lost almost half of our forests and woodlands since European settlement, and there has been an upswing in tree felling in recent years – aided and abetted by watered-down legislation from various state governments.
 

COMMENT ON SETTLEMENT IN ‘DIESELGATE’ SCANDAL
Australian owners of certain VW, Skoda and Audi models are set to receive a payout from the car manufacturers, after two major class actions in the ‘Dieselgate’ scandal were settled in court.