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    Litbits September 9, 2017


    2019 - 04.13

    Tough Guy Book Club
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    The Tough Guy Book Club holds Canberra meetings at the Old Canberra Inn, 195 Mouat Street, Lyneham. The book to read for the month is announced at each meeting.It’s a modern meeting place for men to discuss not just the works of literary greats, but issues that men tackle on a daily basis. It’s free. Upcoming meetings are on October 4, November 1, December 6, 2017 and February 7, 2018, all at 7pm. For more information visit facebook南京夜网/ToughGuyBookClub.

    Peter Porter Poetry Prize

    Australian Book Review seeks entries in the 14th Peter Porter Poetry Prize, open until December 3 and worth a total of $8500. Poems must be written in English and not exceed 75 lines. See: australianbookreview南京夜网419论坛/prizes-programs/peter-porter-poetry-prize/current-prize.

    ?? What’s on

    September 12: The 2017 Seymour Biography Lecture by author Raimond Gaita, Truth. Truthfulness. Self. Voice, will explore the big concepts that have inspired his writing. It’s at 6pm in the National Library of Australia Theatre. Tickets are free and include refreshments. Bookings: nla.gov419论坛/event/2017-seymour-biography-lecture.

    September 13: In the Fellowship Presentation Remembering the Ivan Southall Phenomenon, Dr Gabrielle Carey explores influence the Australian fiction writer Ivan Southall had on a generation of young readers, by delving through their remarkable correspondence. Tickets are free. It’s at 5.15pm in the National Library of Australia Conference Room. Bookings: nla.gov419论坛/event/fellowship-presentation-5.

    September 13: Artist Katherine Boland’s memoir Hippy Days, Arabian Nights will be launched at Muse Canberra at 5.30 for 6pm. Admission free. musecanberra南京夜网419论坛.

    September 13: The Canberra launch of the eco-thriller The Abrupt Physics of Dying by Paul E. Hardisty is on at Paperchain Manuka at 5.45 for 6pm. RSVP 6295 6723.

    September 13: The next Poetry in the House reading at University House features Chris Wallace-Crabbe (Melbourne), Lizz Murphy (Binalong, NSW) and Paul Hetherington (Canberra) at 7.30pm in the Fellows Bar at University House. Admission: $10 waged, $5 unwaged. Bookings: [email protected]论坛.

    September 16: As part of the 2017 Poetry on the Move Festival, the International Poetry Studies Institute (IPSI) presents four international poets for a free reading at Gorman Arts Centre. IPSI’s two poets in residence, Vahni Capildeo (Britain) and Glyn Maxwell (Britain) are joined by two contemporary Japanese poets, Keijiro Suga and Hiromi Ito celebrating the ‘Boundary Crossings’ theme. Free, bookings essential: agac南京夜网419论坛/event/poetry-on-the-move-festival-poetry-reading-border-crossings/.

    September. 19: At 6.30pm in the China in the World Auditorium, ANU, Benjamin Law and Professor Mary Lou Rassmussen will be in conversation on Law’s new Quarterly Essay, Sexuality, Schools and the Media. Bookings at anu.edu419论坛/events or 6125 4144. Free event.

    September 20: At 6pm in the Conference Room, Sir Roland Wilson Building ANU in a free ANU/Canberra Times Meet the Author event, Stuart Kells will be in conversation with Colin Steele on Kells’s new book The Library, which covers great libraries of the world and how they are portrayed in fiction. Bookings at anu.edu419论坛/events or 6125 4144.

    September 20: At Muse Canberra at 6pm, Kim Scott brings his latest novel Taboo, based on a massacre in WA Noongar country, to town, in conversation with Phillip Hall. musecanberra南京夜网419论坛.

    September 24: At Muse Canberra at 3pm, Chris Womersley will discuss his novel City of Crows, set in 1670s France. $12 includes a drink. musecanberra南京夜网419论坛.

    September 27: International Treasures by Dorothy Hart, illustrated by Isla Patterson, about Canberra’s embassies will be launched by Major General the Hon. Michael Jeffrey in the National Library of Australia Conference Room at 6pm, admission free. Bookings: nla.gov419论坛/bookings.

    September 28: At Muse Canberra at 6pm, join the editor and two contributors of Mad Hatters and March Hares: New stories of Alice in Wonderland. musecanberra南京夜网419论坛.

    October 6:The 2017 BAD!SLAM!NO!BISCUIT! Canberra National Poetry Slam is on at 7pm in the Main Hall, Gorman Arts Centre. Tickets $5 concession | $10 full: eventbrite南京夜网419论坛/e/australian-national-poetry-slam-act-finals-tickets-37294688417.

    October 9, 6.30pm canape and drinks, before 7.30pm two-course dinner. The Hall, University House. Meet the Chef dinner with Maggie Beer and Professor Ralph Martins in conversation with Alex Sloan about Beer’s new book Maggie’s Recipes for Life, co-authored with Alzheimer’s researcher, Professor Ralph Martins. $95 per person. Bookings: 6125 5211 or unihouse.anu.edu419论坛. Book signings after the dinner.

    October 11: At 7pm in The Hall, University House, ANU, at Eat Drink and Be Political, Gareth Evans will be in conversation with Alex Sloan on Evans’ s new book, Incorrigible Optimist. A Political Memoir. Bookings at anu.edu419论坛/events or 6125 4144. Tickets $70 are per person and include a two-course meal, a glass of House wine, tea and coffee..Pre-book signings at 6.15pm.

    October 13: At a dinner at Muse, East Hotel, Kingston at 6.30pm, Professor Frank Bongiorno will talk about meritocracy and opportunity and how birth and luck play an outsized role in our lives. Opportunity, merit and Australian democracy.Dinner $90 a head or Festival of Ideas Ticket: October 13-14 Dinner and Day of Ideas $110 (members) $120 (non-members). Booking: trybooking南京夜网/RPOU

    Friday, October 27, 6pm. Llewellyn Hall, School of Music ANU. Kevin Rudd in conversation with Stan Grant on the former prime minister’s new book, Not for the Faint Hearted: A Personal Reflection on Life, Politics and Purpose 1957 – 2007. Event chaired by ANU’s Vice Chancellor, Professor Brian Schmidt. Bookings at anu.edu419论坛/events or 6125 4144. Book signings at 7pm. Free event.

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    Battle for our footpaths: Nationals senator pushes for scooter speed clampdown


    2019 - 04.13

    Senator John ‘Wacka’ Williams at Parliament House in Canberra on Monday 20 March 2017. Photo: Andrew Meares Does 10km/h make you a speed freak? A crusading politician says it does when you are travelling on a footpath.
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    The humble mobility scooter spells freedom for the elderly and people with disabilities. But it is also at the centre of an unlikely new battle, with Nationals senator John “Wacka” Williams backing new speed limits for the vehicles.

    The NSW National wants tougher regulations after his wife, Nancy Capel, was hit by a speeding “gopher” last year and forced to have a hip operation.

    But for Barbara Lund, an 89-year old resident of an aged-care facility in Canberra’s Red Hill, her mobility scooter represents a lifeline, offering independence she would be otherwise denied.

    Ms Lund has been using the vehicle for four years, mainly to get to the shops, and believes it is a godsend for the elderly and people with disabilities.

    “Mostly I value the independence. I had to give up my car and I miss that terribly,” Ms Lund said.

    What is now a multi-billion dollar industry began in 1968 in a Michigan garage. To help a family member with multiple sclerosis, plumber Alan R. Thieme spent countless evenings developing a motorised cart. The result was the Amigo, which travelled at 5-6km/h.

    And that is as fast as they should be allowed to go, according to Senator Williams, who at the Nationals federal conference in Canberra this weekend will ask colleagues to back a proposal for a 6km/h speed limit. He also wants a ban on scooters weighing more than 150 kilograms.

    Currently, mobility scooters in Australia have a compulsory top speed of 10km/h, lower than the 12km/h limit imposed in Britain, and they come with a switch that can reduce their maximum speed in high-traffic pedestrian areas.

    In most Australian states and territories, mobility scooter users do not require a licence, registration or third party insurance. But dozens of injuries and even deaths have been linked to the personal vehicles over recent years.

    “They are a tremendous assistance for those who are frail or immobile, but we have got to have safe footpaths as well,” Senator Williams said.

    “Here’s the problem. Someone elderly fails their licence test because they are viewed as a dangerous driver. They surrender their car. They go and buy a mobility scooter. You’re a danger to the public if you drive a car down a road but you’re not a danger if you drive a scooter down a footpath?”

    But his latest campaign – which follows a push for on-the-spot fines and registration schemes – has been met with fierce opposition from one leading Australian scooter business.

    “Nationals senator John Williams makes claims he knows nothing about if … his attitudes to mobility scooters is anything to go by,” Peter Fraser, the managing director of Scooters Australia, said.

    Mr Fraser blasted the senator’s claims about mobility scooter standards overseas as “complete rubbish”.

    “Just because Senator Williams’ wife was injured in a mobility scooter accident is no reason to change the law to suit one politician,” Mr Fraser said.

    Senator Williams was scathing of that view.

    “All I know is I don’t want what happened to my wife happening to anyone else,” he said.

    Ms Lund did not see the need for more rules, saying people are already told not to carry passengers or go on roads.

    “Provided people stick to the rules, I can’t see there’s any danger at all.”

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    Latrell spares Ferguson’s blushes as Roosters stun Broncos


    2019 - 04.13

    Roosters 24 Broncos 22
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    Latrell Mitchell spared Blake Ferguson’s blushes – and his own – engineering a stunning Roosters recovery that has the tricolours on the cusp of their first grand final in four years after a wild win over the Broncos.

    Just four minutes after the otherwise outstanding Ferguson bizarrely batted a game-changing Benji Marshall 40-20 attempt back infield, allowing Corey Oates to stroll over for his second try and give Brisbane their first lead of the night, Mitchell’s swerving effort pushed the Roosters to the brink of another decider.

    It capped a crazy night at Allianz Stadium after the Roosters – who bolted to a 14-point lead inside the first half hour – scrambled home 24-22 on Friday night to condemn Brisbane to sudden-death football for the rest of September.

    The depleted Broncos fought back to take an improbable lead inside the final 10 minutes after tries to Ben Hunt and Oates within two minutes, but Mitchell stood up opposite number James Roberts to have the final say.

    The Broncos, perhaps with the help of returning skipper Darius Boyd, will face the winner of the Sea Eagles-Panthers clash at Suncorp Stadium next week in an elimination final.

    A stunned Roosters coach Trent Robinson sat partially in disbelief, maybe bewilderment, in his coaching box after Roberts unluckily toed the ball over the dead ball line on the game’s final play without an opponent near him.

    It was the fitting end to a bizarre match in which the Roosters looked in complete control minutes before half-time, but conspired to throw away the match thereafter.

    Mitchell fumbled the ball and couldn’t re-grip it when on the brink of padding the Roosters’ second-half lead to 14 – and it looked like it would come back to bite him as Hunt kicked for himself and outsprinted Michael Gordon to start a late rally.

    Oates’ second, when Ferguson miraculously kept Marshall’s kick in play with not another Rooster in sight, set up a grandstand finish but the Broncos’ lead only lasted four minutes thanks to 20-year-old Mitchell’s heroics.

    It was a relief for the hot-and-cold tricolours, but was it enough to put the shudders through red-hot premiership favourites Melbourne? Hardly.

    Wayne Bennett braved the cold and forfeited the comfort of the coaching box to park his right-hand men in the stands – and wouldn’t have been warmed by the opening exchanges as his undermanned side struggled to match it with the quick-starting Roosters.

    Despite struggling past also-rans in the Tigers and Titans in the last month of the season, the Roosters torched Brisbane in the opening quarter, laying on tries through representative back-rowers Aidan Guerra and Boyd Cordner against a static Broncos defensive line.

    Michael Gordon’s penalty goal extended their buffer to 14, but the Jekyll and Hyde Roosters resurfaced in the minutes prior to the break as Marshall’s inch-perfect grubber was grounded by a flying Roberts.

    Keary ghosted around the back to slice through off a Mitchell Pearce pass early in the second half, but Oates’ response six minutes later gave the Broncos a lifeline.

    Mitchell and Oates spurned opportunities within 60 seconds of each other – the former ever so slightly fumbling and not re-gripping the ball before grounding it while the latter couldn’t scoop up a botched Ferguson catch.

    But the drama was only beginning. Hunt and Oates scored head-spinning tries, but Mitchell would have the last say. And didn’t Ferguson thank him for it.

    Sydney Roosters 24 (Aidan Guerra, Boyd Cordner, Luke Keary, Latrell Mitchell tries; Michael Gordon 4 goals) defeated Brisbane Broncos 22 (Corey Oates 2, James Roberts, Ben Hunt tries; Jordan Kahu 3 goals) at Allianz Stadium. Referees: Ben Cummins, Chris Sutton. Crowd: 21,212.

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    Brent Harvey declares Swans team to beat


    2019 - 04.13

    Sydney is the team to beat for this year’s AFL premiership, according to the man who played more league football than anyone else.
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    Brent Harvey has cast his eye over the eight finalists and believes the Swans are the strongest side vying for the flag this year, despite the fact they finished sixth due largely to an 0-6 start.

    That means they’ll need to win four straight finals to claim a first premiership since 2012, starting on Saturday against the seventh-placed Essendon at the Sydney Cricket Ground.

    But Harvey said if any team was capable of emulating the Western Bulldogs of last season and winning a competition from outside the top four, it was the 2017 Swans.

    “To win 14 of the last 16 games is a phenomenal effort, for me right now Sydney Swans are the best team in the competition,” Harvey said.

    “Unfortunately for Sydney the grand final’s not this week, it’s in four weeks. They’ve got to maintain that but I’m a firm believer that their good form can continue.

    “They’ve only got to hold it up for another four weeks, get four wins and they can win the premiership.

    “If you take in the context of the season, being zip and six, no club in the history of the VFL, AFL have ever made finals from there. They haven’t just scraped in – they could’ve easily finished fourth.

    “They’re a very proud club, the culture with the Bloods. They would’ve looked each other in the eye, been honest with each other.

    “I read that somewhere the other day, they had to be really honest with each other and tell a few blokes how it was. They’ve done that, they’ve bounced back, [there is] no better time to be in good form.”

    Harvey has long kept a close eye on the Swans, ever since premiership teammate John Longmire took the head-coaching reins in 2011, with fellow flag winner John Blakey as his assistant.

    The trio tasted success at North Melbourne in 1999, Harvey’s fourth season of an incredible 432-match career.

    “He’s unbelievable as a coach, you look back and you admire what he did as a player and then what he’s been able to do as a coach to bring them from zip and six is unbelievable,” Harvey said.

    “He’s got a great team around him. They’ve got some great assistant coaches.

    “Sydney are probably the best team in the competition because they don’t have 18 contributors, they don’t have 16 or 17 to get the job done, they have 21.

    “Sometimes there’s one player that might get beaten on the night. They’ve got 21, sometimes 22 contributors. For me, that’s how you win finals, you’ve got to have everyone on the same ballpark, you can’t carry players.

    “As soon as you start carrying four or five players is when a team struggles in finals because it’s a completely different ballgame, it goes up another level.”

    Harvey also noted the presence of Lance Franklin, fresh from a 10-goal haul against Carlton in the final round, as the Swans’ finals trump card.

    “I was lucky enough to play with Wayne [Carey] and you’d just look up there and know if you can get the ball in there enough times he can kick a winning score,” Harvey said.

    “I’m sure the Sydney Swans, they won’t rely on Buddy to do it but they’ll certainly walk taller. Gary Rohan, I heard during the week, he walks out and he feels so much bigger and taller because he’s got Buddy next to him.

    “That’s a good thing to have in finals knowing that when it hits the fan, you can just bob it in long and Buddy can take a mark.

    “Not a lot of teams have got that factor up forward where they’re that confident getting the ball in and there’ll be a bloke that can kick a score for them.”

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    Love Your Sister’s Connie Johnson dies from cancer


    2019 - 04.13

    Just one day after being awarded one of the highest honours in Australia, Connie Johnson has died of cancer.
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    “We lost Connie today”, brother and actor Samuel Johnson announced on Friday night.

    “Or, as she asked me to say, she died of cancer today.”

    The Canberra mother-of-two was surrounded by family at her hospice bed at Clare Holland House, where she was facing the end of a long battle with breast cancer.

    “It was so beautiful,” Samuel said. “We laughed, we cried, we sang stupid songs from our childhood to her.”

    “She went so richly, and with such grace. Trust me, she was genuinely cushioned by your love, till the end.”

    On Thursday, the Governor-General Sir Peter Cosgrove “cut through the red tape” to award Connie a Medal of the Order of Australia in recognition of her tireless work for those with cancer.

    The honour came “just in time”, Samuel said.

    “It so nearly didn’t happen,” he told Fairfax Media. “Connie was fading and we weren’t sure she’d be conscious for it.”

    It is understood she was to receive the honour at next year’s Australia Day awards, but, with Connie’s time rapidly running out, the ceremony was brought forward.

    “The General just came right away, pushed the whole thing forward,” Samuel said. “He made her feel like a million bucks and charmed the socks off the entire family.”

    Connie was diagnosed with terminal breast cancer in 2009, after previously defeating a tumour in her leg as a child.

    She launched the charity organisation Love Your Sister in 2012 in an effort to raise funds for cancer research. In February 2016, Samuel announced his retirement from acting in order to help focus on Connie’s fundraising efforts.

    Together they raised millions for cancer research, including more than $2 million in May when a Canberra netball court became a sea of silver five cent pieces for Connie’s Big Heart Project.

    On Thursday night, Samuel described how Connie’s eyes danced “like when we were kids” as the medal was handed down with a little pomp and a lot of laughter in a quiet, bedside ceremony with Sir Peter.

    “She looked so alive,” Samuel said. “My heart is complete.”

    “Afterwards, she looked at me sideways, coz she can’t move her head too well, and she kept saying, in her weak and raspy voice…’Can you believe it? Can you believe it? Look what we did. We did something!'”

    During the ceremony, Sir Peter described Connie as “a determined, inspirational figure and a great Australian”.

    Samuel said he even insisted the ceremony end with a kiss.

    “The general gave Connie a so sweet peckle on the forehead…It was so special,” he said.

    Connie, 40, made the decision to end all treatment in April this year. While her health was initially dire when she first arrived at the hospice in July this year, for a time her condition ???stabilised.

    In August, Connie spoke to Fairfax Media of her determination to stay alive for her younger son’s 10th birthday later this month.

    “I’ve been told I really suck at retirement,” she said at the time with a smile.

    “The memories from the Big Heart Project sustain me every day.

    “It’s mind-blowing to know that our community is so strong and I’m part of it. I’m so proud to be a Canberran…It’s real, it’s real.”

    In her final days, Connie’s focus had contracted down to her husband Mike and two children, Willoughby and Hamilton.

    From her room at Clare Holland House on the edge of Lake Burley Griffin, official secretary to the Governor-General, Mark Fraser, delivered the ceremony citation.

    He said Connie’s leadership of the Love Your Sister Village had “done much to encourage other Australian women to undergo regular screening” and raised vital funds for cancer research.

    “She’s become one of this nation’s foremost advocates of the importance of early detection, and the need to find a cure.

    “…She’s achieved in a few short years what most people could only hope to achieve in a lifetime.

    “Mrs Johnson’s efforts for our community will endure and make her most deserving of our nation’s gratitude and admiration.”

    Samuel said, while the accolades didn’t ultimately matter, the honour validated the efforts of Connie, and “our half million strong village” to vanquish cancer.

    On Friday night, those “villagers” flooded Connie’s online tribute wall to pay their respects to the driving force of Love Your Sister. .

    Samuel led the charge, writing: “Thanks for everything, Connie Cottonsocks. It was my pleasure to be your Sammy Seal.”

    The Johnson family has encouraged supporters to leave a message on Connie’s tribute wall at loveforconnie.org419论坛

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    Take my money: the NRL’s most selfless act revealed


    2019 - 04.13

    In what has been described as one of rugby league’s most selfless gestures, departing Canterbury captain James Graham secretly offered to take a pay cut in an attempt to keep Josh Reynolds at Belmore.
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    Graham and Reynolds have long been the Bulldogs’ favourite sons, but both will be leaving due to the club’s well-publicised salary cap issues. St George Illawarra-bound Graham walked away from the final year of his contract to help the club accommodate new recruits Aaron Woods and Kieran Foran, while Reynolds will join Wests Tigers on a $3 million, four-year deal.

    Canterbury’s three-year offer to Reynolds didn’t come close to what the joint-venture outfit was offering the former NSW pivot, but such was his importance to the Bulldogs that Graham offered to sacrifice a part of his own salary so the Bulldogs could bump up their offer to the man affectionately known as “Grub”.

    Graham’s gesture has been such a closely kept secret that it’s believed not even Reynolds was aware of it. However, Canterbury chairman Ray Dib revealed the selfless act at the club’s presentation night while on stage with an emotional Graham. “I have never met anyone like him throughout my 12 to 13 years as a professional.” – James Graham on Josh Reynolds. #proudtobeabulldogpic.twitter南京夜网/TmJdoQ9wc8??? NRL Bulldogs (@NRL_Bulldogs) September 8, 2017This story Administrator ready to work first appeared on Nanjing Night Net.

    Gold Coast man receives 3D-printed shinbone in world-first surgery


    2019 - 04.13

    The world’s first patient to receive a 3D-printed tibia transplant, Reuben Lichter, with his son, William. Photo: AAPSurgeons at Brisbane’s Princess Alexandra Hospital have performed world-first surgery and transplanted a 3D printed shinbone into the leg of a man who faced losing his leg.
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    Two weeks ago, the 3D printed tibia was transplanted into the Reuben Lichter’s right leg.

    It was wrapped in leg tissue and blood vessels from both his legs.

    It was the first stage in a nine-month journey, at least, to grow new bone in his right shin and allow Mr Lichter, of Mudgeeraba, to support his weight and walk again.

    Health Minister Cameron Dick said the successful transplant, led by reconstructive surgeon Michael Wagels, opened the door for the successful transplanting of major bones in trauma accidents throughout Queensland and the world.

    Mr Lichter’s right leg had developed a bone infection before Christmas which was slowly destroying his tibia.

    The 27-year-old has since endured five major operations in six months to have the 36-centimetre “scaffold” transplanted his shin to effectively save his leg.

    Surgeon Dr Michael Wagels and Queensland Health Minister Cameron Dick discuss the operation with Reuben Lichter and his son, William. Photo: AAP

    Mr Lichter said he instantly grabbed at the chance to be the first to receive the revolutionary surgery.

    “They (the surgical team) came to me and said there are two options,” he said at the PA Hospital on Friday morning.

    “You can be amputated above the knee, or you can try this experimental stuff that may, or may not work and I said: ‘Bam, Do it’.”

    Mr Lichter said he had to take the chance with the 3D surgery.

    “It was not frightening at all,” he said.

    “If there was a chance for me to save my leg and do the things I want to do with my son, then I was going to take it.

    A replica of the 3D-printed tibia that was used in the operation. Photo: AAP

    “I wasn’t going to lose my leg without having a fight.”

    Those things now include taking his eight-month old son, William, skiing when both are older.

    “But in the meantime, it looks like he might walk before me,” he said on Friday.

    Fiance Caity Bell, 23, told how William was born two days before his father was taken to hospital in severe pain.

    Ms Bell had to bring William home from hospital by herself.

    “It was very scary,” she said.

    “I was by myself, I was a first-time mum and I’d just had my baby and it was just me at home.”

    Mr Dick praised the work of the surgical team.

    “This is the first time this surgery has been done anywhere in the world,” he said.

    “For me, as the Minister for Health, it is very inspiring to ensure that this world-first surgery happened in Queensland.”

    The most recent surgery, about two weeks ago, makes sure there is sufficient blood flow to allow the new bone to grow around the outside of the 3D bone scaffold.

    Dr Wagels said the 3D tibia “scaffold” was modelled at Queensland University of Technology, where it was “spun” from a polymer.

    It was then “printed” in Singapore and brought back to the PA Hospital for the series of operations.

    As the new bone grew around the scaffold, Dr Wagels said, the scaffold would slowly dissolve.

    Pus inside Mr Lichter’s infected leg was drained first, then prototypes of the 3D shin scaffold were tested and tweaked in earlier operations before the final version was transplanted, Dr Wagels said.

    “We needed to work out where we could get tissue that had the potential to grow bone,” he said.

    Experimental biomechanical research using live sheep will be used late in 2017 to assess the pace and strength of bone growth around Mr Lichter’s new shinbone.

    “We are not willing to take any chances with Reuben’s leg until that biomechanical testing has been done,” Dr Wagels said.

    Mr Lichters’s two tibia bones together provided about half of the necessary tissue.

    His left knee provided the rest of the tissue, now beginning to grow around the 3D-printed scaffold.

    “So we took that from his opposite knee, which also has a blood supply and that needed to be connected back into the existing blood supply,” Dr Wagels said.

    Dr Wagels said there was a good opportunity for ongoing medical research.

    The design of medical 3D models is well advanced in Queensland, but the printing stage for internal medical applications – completed in Singapore – needs further refinements.

    “We see this operation as an opportunity to make this happen here, locally,” Dr Wagels said.

    Mr Lichter has been unable to work since September last year.

    The couple planned to start a candle-making business as Mr Lichter recovers well enough to begin walking again.

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    Frizelle steps down as Titans chair after joining bid to buy club


    2019 - 04.13

    Rebecca Frizelle has stepped down as the chairperson of the Gold Coast after joining the Darryl Kelly-led consortium attempting to buy the franchise.
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    The Titans are now officially up for sale and the NRL is hoping to get the club off its books by November 1. Frizelle and Kelly have stepped down from their roles on the Gold Coast board to ensure there are no conflicts of interest during the sale process, although they will resume their directorships if theirs is the winning bid.

    The Central Coast Bears are one of the main rivals attempting to buy the Titans in a move that would result in the club being rebadged as the ‘Bears’ and the occasional NRL game being taken to either North Sydney or the Central Coast. It’s understood there are other interested parties, although their identities remain a well-hidden secret.

    The Kelly-Frizelle consortium is the favourite to buy the Titans, with the the chair resigning while the sale process unfolds.

    “I took this action to avoid any perception of a conflict of interest once the formal sale process for the club licence commenced this week,” Frizelle said via a statement.

    “My family’s private company is part of a consortium that is being led by long-term fellow director and former major shareholder, Darryl Kelly, that will enter the formal bidding process for the sale of the licence.

    “As a consequence of this bid, it would not have been appropriate for me or Darryl to continue as directors, nor for me to remain as chair of the club during the sale process.

    “It has been an absolute privilege and honour to serve as the chair of this club for the past three-and-a-half years through some very challenging times. The board and management team has worked very hard to stabilise and strengthen the club for the future. We have had to make difficult decisions that were not always popular but were always with the best interests of the club in mind.”

    It has been a tumultuous time for the Titans, who have sacked coach Neil Henry with a year remaining on his contract after a well-publicised fallout with Jarryd Hayne. A replacement is yet to be found as the club attempts to re-sign star halfback Ash Taylor before he becomes a free agent.

    Frizelle said the Titans would remain based on the Gold Coast “in local hands” if their bid was successful.

    “Darryl Kelly and ourselves are prepared to take on the responsibility and financial risk to provide the club and the local community with certainty around a Gold Coast-based franchise that is sustainable for the long term,” she said.

    “It is the ultimate intention of our consortium to transition the ownership of the club into a community model where it will be owned by its members. This can only occur once the club is financially independent and self-funding.”

    Frizelle’s family business, the Frizelle Automotive Group, is one of the most successful businesses on the holiday strip and has sponsored the Titans for over a decade.

    Griffith University’s senior deputy vice-chancellor, Professor Ned Pankhurst, will act as chairman on an interim basis during the sale process.

    “If Darryl and I are successful in our bid, we look forward to resuming our positions on the board as owners, to help deliver on the enormous potential of the Titans,” she said.

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    Connie Johnson passes away from cancer battle


    2019 - 04.13

    Connie Johnson, the sister of Gold Logie-winning actor Samuel Johnson, has died following her long battle with cancer.
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    “We lost Connie today”, Samuel, announced via the Love Your Sister Facebook page on Friday night.

    “Or, as she asked me to say, she died of cancer today,” he wrote.

    “It was so beautiful. We laughed, we cried, we sang stupid songs from our childhood to her, which she loved (mostly!).

    “I read her so many village messages, which she relished. She went so richly, and with such grace. Trust me, she was genuinely cushioned by your love, till the end.”

    Her death was announced a day after she received one of the nation’s highest honours.

    Governor-General Sir Peter Cosgrove dropped by Connie’s bed at a Canberra hospice on Thursday to award the mother-of-two a Medal of the Order of Australia in recognition of her tireless work for others battling breast cancer.

    The 40-year-old made the decision to end all treatment in April this year. While her health was initially dire when she first arrived at the hospice in July, for a time her condition ???stabilised.

    She was diagnosed with terminal breast cancer in 2009, after previously defeating a tumour in her leg as a child.

    She launched the charity organisation Love Your Sister in 2012 in an effort to raise funds for cancer research.

    In February 2016, Samuel announced his retirement from acting in order to help focus on Connie’s fundraising efforts.

    The Molly star’s public profile helped pushed the charity’s campaign centre stage, including at April’s Logie Awards, where he praised his sister’s efforts while accepting the awards for Best Actor and the Gold Logie. He did it, he did it, he did it #samgotgold #lys #nowisawesome #bigheartloveA post shared by Love Your Sister (@loveyoursister) on Apr 23, 2017 at 6:33am PDTConnie preparing for her final public speaking engagement to 1400 medical students at Melbourne Uni. Wish her luckA post shared by Love Your Sister (@loveyoursister) on Jun 28, 2017 at 11:16pm PDTThis has to be the photo that sums up yesterday – Connie in a heart full of love and hope for a cancer free future. #bigheartproject #nowisawesome #loveyoursister #bigheartlove #canberralife #wearecbr #canberraA post shared by Love Your Sister (@loveyoursister) on May 10, 2017 at 3:06pm PDTRainbows carry hefty pricetags, turns out.Thanks for showing me that life is what we make it to be. Thanks for teaching me that now can still be awesome, even when you’ve so nearly run out of now and have no more real awesome left. I wish I could soften your pain, or lessen your fear, or give you something tangible, but tangible clearly isn’t in season. I’m proud to walk you to the hardest part of the road. The end. The only part of the road in your life that must sadly be travelled alone. Chin up please, amidst the growing dark my girl. Shoulders back. Stand tall through that savage march, stand big and tall, dear sister, for you have lived a life to be proud of. You’ve loved well, and you’ve been loved well which is all that really matters in the end, I suspect. I won’t finish with I love you, though of course I do. I’ll finish with a simple thanks. Thanks for holding my hand along the way. It’s been a stunning fucking ride. I want another turn, for we’ve spent our lives taking turns, but cancer is greedier and stronger than us. For now. So Little Miss Connie Cottonsocks, I shall now again and proudly declare myself, very truly yours, Your ever grotty and very sad little brother, Sammy Seal. XX @samueljjohnson78A post shared by Love Your Sister (@loveyoursister) on Jun 29, 2017 at 1:38pm PDTThis story Administrator ready to work first appeared on Nanjing Night Net.