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Tasmanian bushfire risk to ‘double’ if climate emissions continue apace

Posted December 14, 2015 13:11:01

A new lengthy-term forecast of Tasmania’s fire circumstances has predicted the state’s fire danger threat would double by the finish of the century if carbon emissions continued at existing rates.

The Antarctic Climate and Ecosystems Cooperative Investigation Centre report showed the state’s fire season would commence a month earlier and cover twice the location if carbon emissions continued at high levels.

Tony Warby from the Australian Antarctic Division said the quantity of fire danger days was also most likely to increase by about 10 per cent per decade this century.

“Maybe most concerningly, locations that are at greatest risk now of bushfires are most likely to be the places of even far more increased threat in the future, so these places a probably to get worse a lot more swiftly,” he stated.

External Hyperlink: The Antarctic Climate and Ecosystems Cooperative Analysis Centre’s animated Future Fire Danger Index shows how the area and intensity of bushfire danger in Tasmania could increase over time.

The information analyses possible scenarios up till 2100, with an expected boost in fire threat predicted despite the current Paris climate deal.

Even with the Paris deal added to calculations, Dr Warby stated the best attainable case situation was a 1.five degree Celsius to 2C boost more than pre-industrial levels.

I don’t consider there is any doubt at all that that we’re going to see rising bushfire risk in numerous components of Tasmania more than the next couple of decades.

Dr Tony Warby

“That would undoubtedly limit some of the worst-case scenarios that had been identified in this report, but at the exact same time we know that over the subsequent a number of decades CO2 emissions will continue to improve,” he said.

“It would surely be nice to think that, on the back of the deal that was reached in Paris, that we will have a future that moves towards low emissions far more speedily than possibly we otherwise anticipated.”

The report says that the fire danger season could begin up to a month earlier, especially in the Central Highlands and the south east of the state.

“What is presented in the report is a realistic assessment of the probably danger more than the subsequent several decades,” Dr Warby said.

“Beyond the middle of the century, based on where global emissions go, some of the worst outcomes potentially may possibly not be realised, but I don’t think there’s any doubt at all that that we’re going to see rising bushfire risk in numerous components of Tasmania more than the subsequent couple of decades.”

Subjects: bushfire, emergency-preparing, climate-adjust, tas

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Life-saving wireless health-related devices ‘at risk of cyber attack’

By Rebecca Turner

Posted December 03, 2015 00:33:58

Life-saving wireless heart pacemakers could truly be ticking time bombs at danger of cyber attack, a Perth conference has been told.

Health-related device safety specialist Todd Cooper told the SRI Safety Conference at Edith Cowan University on Wednesday that wireless medical devices such as ventilators, patient-controlled analgesia pumps and MRI machines had been vulnerable to cyber attacks.

He stated that whilst no cybercriminal had however hacked into a health-related device with the intent of harming a patient physically, wireless devices were a recognised target and “a ticking time bomb”.

“Given the fact that this is a vulnerability that is there these days and can be exploited, I consider hospital personnel really require to take action rapidly,” he stated.

The danger of “medjacking” — or the hijacking of health-related devices — is regarded so actual that in September, the FBI issued a security alert warning on the threat.

The agency warned of the prospective for cybercriminals to hack into healthcare devices which connect to the web to send or acquire information, such as insulin dispensers.

“Criminals can use these possibilities to remotely facilitate attacks on other systems, send malicious and spam e-mails, steal individual info, or interfere with physical safety,” the FBI warned.

Two years ago, former US vice president Dick Cheney revealed that in 2007 he had the wireless function of his heart defibrillator disconnected to safeguard him from the threat of cyber attack.

Topics: health, web-technology, perth-6000

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‘Patients at risk’ in hospital ER diversion trial, AMA says

Posted November 28, 2015 15:53:29

A unit diverting significantly less urgent patients away from Perth hospital emergency rooms has come below fire from senior physicians and the Australian Medical Association (AMA).

A trial of the “surge” unit run by St John Ambulance at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital is due to end next week, but the AMA fears it may possibly be expanded to other hospitals in a bid to decrease ambulance ramping.

The heads of the emergency departments at Sir Charles Gairdner, Royal Perth and Fiona Stanley Hospitals have warned there will be lethal consequences if that happens.

AMA spokesman Dave Mountain stated patient care was getting compromised.

“Most of these sufferers were coming in already possessing noticed GPs, and having currently observed men and women in the community, so they are going currently to the identical level of care they got in the neighborhood,” he mentioned.

He stated it resulted in delays in patient care.

“Even for the ones that haven’t got significant problems, if they need to come back to an emergency department, their care’s been delayed for four to six hours, and then they just rejoin the identical queue that they should’ve joined in the 1st location,” he said.

He said the units further fragmented health care method services, and fully ignored the underlying dilemma of a lack of capacity to deal with the operate coming into hospitals.

But the WA Wellness Department stated clinical outcomes in 4 cases highlighted as a concern were not impacted by presentation at the surge unit.

In a statement, WA Health said the unit had seen more than 450 individuals since beginning operations in early September 2015.

“A GP, registered nurses and SJAA paramedics at ASCU (surge unit) treat low-acuity sufferers in a protected atmosphere while waiting to be transferred to a hospital when suitable,” the statement said.

“This helps with the smooth flow of ambulances to EDs, reduces ambulance ramping and offers patients with proper care.”

The statement mentioned the trial’s outcomes would be assessed.

“ASCU is a single of a variety of ramping reduction methods introduced by WA Health this year,” it stated.

“Any decision to implement an ASCU in the future will be informed by the assessment, and the efficiency of WA Overall health in relation to realise our commitment to stopping ramping.”

Subjects: health, healthcare-facilities, perth-6000

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Muslim soldier labelled ‘security risk’, told he would never be promoted

Posted November 26, 2015 11:31:46

Muslim Australian soldier facing backlash Photo: The soldier stated he had been discriminated against several occasions during his service. (Supplied)
Map: Australia

A soldier who converted to Islam says he was branded a “safety risk” and told he would by no means be promoted since of his religion.

Essential points:

  • Australian soldier ostracised after converting to Islam
  • Much of the discrimination was perpetrated by senior officers
  • The ADF’s highest-ranking Islamic officer described one of the incidents as “alarming”
  • The soldier’s wife has taken the matter to the Chief of Army

The lance bombardier claims he was also excluded from group counselling sessions and told to locate another job “if he wanted to practise Islam appropriately”.

As a drone pilot from the 20th Surveillance and Target Acquisition regiment, he spent eight months in Afghanistan in 2011 exactly where he was immersed in the globe of military intelligence.

“He’s a skilled operator of 1 of the most technical pieces of gear we have in the Army,” mentioned military lawyer Brian Briggs, who is pursuing a separate compensation claim on behalf of the Brisbane-primarily based soldier.

“He witnessed some quite atrocious issues exactly where he saw individuals becoming killed, not on a every day, but surely on a regular basis.

“How he’s being treated is definitely not very good adequate.”

Anthony John (not his actual name) enlisted in the army following the September 11 terrorism attacks in 2001. Eight months later he married an Indonesian lady and converted to Islam.

Australian Muslim soldier praying Photo: Mr John was told he need to discover yet another job if he wanted to practise Islam. (ABC News: Alex McDonald)

As a serving member of the Australian Defence Force (ADF), he asked not be identified as he feared becoming targeted by these with an extreme view of Islam.

He believes some of these who serve alongside him fall into that category.

Mr John stated he had experienced discrimination repeatedly throughout his 13-year profession, a lot of it perpetrated by senior army members.

In 2008 — prior to he joined the surveillance unit — he said a senior army member berated him in front of a group of soldiers.

“My instant supervisor told me that I would by no means be deployed or promoted simply because I’m a security risk,” Mr John stated. “Simply because I was a Muslim.”

Soldier’s colleague fined over anti-Islamic Facebook post

In 2013, a member of his unit posted on social media that all Muslims were “filthy”, “scum” and “worthless”.

“If they go overseas with that sort of attitude, in a nation where they are predominately Muslim, then we’re not truly setting a very good example for ourselves,” Mr John said.

“In truth, we’re almost certainly generating [ourselves] targets.”

Racist Facebook comment Photo: The soldier reported this Facebook post from a colleague to his superiors. (Facebook)

Mr John reported the Facebook abuse by way of his chain of command.

The member accountable was fined $ 400 and forced to apologise. Mr John mentioned the incident created him deeply unpopular within the regiment.

Last year, he asked to work versatile hours during Ramadan. When his request was refused he approached an Army chaplain for advice.

He said the chaplain recommended he “discover one more job if he wanted to practise Islam correctly”.

“I stated, ‘are you critical?’ And he stated, ‘yes’.”

‘No evidence’ to support discrimination claim

Once more he reported the incident internally. But this time he was advised he could be charged with generating a vexatious complaint.

Though the Army conceded the conversation had occurred, his commanding officer, Lieutenant Colonel Bede Galvin, stated there was no evidence to substantiate his discrimination claim.

His commanding officer suggested it was basically a misunderstanding.

“It clearly was not a misunderstanding between two people,” Mr John stated.

“I had definitely sought the right suggestions through the systems accessible within the military.”

Muslim soldier with his wife Photo: Mr John’s wife has urged the Chief of Army to intervene. (Supplied)

The routine inquiry which followed advised administrative action be taken against Mr John.

The lance bombardier was criticised for employing a “religious angle” in his complaint and of becoming “uncompromising in his expectations”.

His commanding officer said there had been “confusion” on each sides and cleared the chaplain of any wrongdoing.

“It was a reputable complaint,” Mr John said. “I hadn’t just flown off the deal with.”

“All I wanted to do was do my job.”

He then took his case to the Inspector Basic of the ADF (IGADF) — an independent body set up to deal with unresolved matters of military justice.

The IGADF found a warrant officer in Mr John’s unit had a leadership style that was “incompatible” with the modern ADF.

But in a subsequent meeting in June, Lieutenant Colonel Galvin questioned his selection to go outdoors the chain of command.

“The reality that you went by means of an anonymous complaint to [IGADF],” Lieutenant Colonel Galvin said, “It would have been very diverse if you’d offered the complaint to me.”

“If I don’t know about it, I can not do something about it, and if I shed control of it, I cannot support you.”

Lawyer Brian Briggs stated the alleged discrimination has had a “extreme effect” on his client and his loved ones.

“He hasn’t been able to celebrate Ramadan with his wife,” he mentioned.

“He’s been excluded from courses. He wasn’t capable to participate in group therapy counselling sessions because of his religion.

“I know that [the ADF] will be investigating this due to the fact it’s not a excellent look.”

ADF should not be demonising Muslims: wife

Mr John’s wife has now written to Chief of Army Angus Campbell urging him to intervene.

Fostering a culture inside the Defence Force that is inclusive, that celebrates diversity in people… is what makes us a actually powerful, effective and powerful force.

Mona Shindy, Senior Islamic ADF officer

“Muslims need to not be demonised in the Australian Defence Force,” she wrote to Lieutenant-Common Campbell final month.

She has not received a response.

There are 102 Muslims amongst the 57,000 permanent members of the ADF.

Mona Shindy, a single of the ADF’s prime-ranking Islamic officers and Navy weapons engineer, expressed concern about the incident involving the chaplain.

“I find it quite alarming to believe that a chaplain could say one thing like that,” she stated.

The Australian Navy has lately introduced special Islamic dress for female officers, Halal meals alternatives and appointed a Muslim chaplain.

“A Muslim lives their life by specific values which are not too various from Defence values,” Captain Shindy mentioned.

“Fostering a culture inside the Defence Force that is inclusive, that celebrates … that tapestry of our society is what makes us a truly effective, effective and strong force.”

The ADF did not respond to a detailed series of questions about the case.

Watch the full report on Lateline tonight at 9.30pm (AEDT) on ABC News 24 or ten.30pm on ABC Tv.

Subjects: army, defence-forces, defence-and-national-safety, religion-and-beliefs, community-and-society, islam, australia

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