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Modified Rugby Program Part 2

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September 11th-17th, is Disability Action Week and the theme this year is ‘Inclusion: It’s a game changer’. Aiming to promote participation of people with disabilities in sport and to co-incide with the paralympics currently happening in Rio. In honour of this Brisbaneline journalist Victoria spoke with Managing Director of the GingerCloud Foundation Megan Elliott about their Modified Rugby Program. The Modified Rugby Program is designed to allow children with learning and perceptual difficulties to play rugby with the support of an on-field mentor.

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Modified Rugby Program Part 1

(Image: wikimedia.org)

September 11th-17th, is Disability Action Week and this year the theme is ‘Inclusion: It’s a game changer’. Aiming to promote participation of people with disabilities in sport and to co-incide with the paralympics currently happening in Rio. In honour of this, Brisbaneline journalist Victoria spoke with Managing Director of the GingerCloud Foundation Megan Elliott about their Modified Rugby Program. The Modified Rugby Program is designed to allow children with learning and perceptual difficulties to play rugby with the support of an on-field mentor.

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Death Toll From Illness Nears Same Number of Deaths From 9/11 Attacks And More

The number of illness-related deaths stemming from the 9/11 attacks is set to exceed the number of those killed on 9/11 by 2021. More than 37,000 people are officially recognized as sick, with many people calling for a new monument alongside the two towers to recognise the ill or those who have passed away through illness. Officials originally told residents in the surrounding areas of Manhattan that the air was safe, although Christine Whitman of the Environmental Protection Agency later admitted she had been mistaken. People were rendered seriously ill while others have died, as a result of toxic exposure to the towers’ debris and wreckage.

Photography Exhibition Celebrating Ablity Not Disablity, Opens in Bundaberg.

A photographic Exhibition celebrating subjects ablity over disablity will open in Bundaberg during this week.

Organised by the Disability Sector Network, the exhibition features black-and-white portraits of 24 Bundaberg residents who live with a disability.

The aim of the exhibition is to document the life of a disabled person and to highlight their individual achievements and contributions to the community.

Video emerges of violent arrest and more Zedlines

Footage has emerged of a Fortitude Valley Man being allegedly arrested in an extremely violent manner, with witnesses claiming the man himself was being ‘pulverised’ The video shows police dealing with a fight in the party district with one officer appearing to throw an uppercut and police surrounding the man. (Image: Youtube)

Video emerges of violent arrest

Footage has emerged of a Fortitude Valley Man being allegedly arrested in an extremely violent manner, with witnesses claiming the man himself was being ‘pulverised’

The video shows police dealing with a fight in the party district with one officer appearing to throw an uppercut and police surrounding the man.

Queensland Police say they are investigating the incident but are unable to give details surrounding charges.

Closure of Manus Island detention centre and more Zedlines

Papua New Guinean and Australian government officials have come together in a decision to close the Manus Island detention centre following constitutional and human rights breaches. Image: Wikimedia

Closure of Manus Island detention centre
Papua New Guinean and Australian government officials have come together in a decision to close the Manus Island detention centre following constitutional and human rights breaches.

Manus Island, which currently houses 854 asylum seekers, came under renewed fire after two thousand files were leaked detailing reports of physical and sexual assault at the site.

Queensland second worst in Australia for heart problems and more Zedlines...

Queenslanders will need to start watching their waistlines as new data shows Queensland has the second highest rates of heart disease related hospitalizations in the country.

Queensland second worst in Australia for heart problems

Queenslanders will need to start watching their waistlines as new data shows Queensland has the second highest rates of heart disease related hospitalizations in the country.

These diseases stem from things such as smoking, obesity, high cholesterol and high blood pressure.

Ipswich and Logan city were ranked 4th and 5th worst in the country respectively.

Outback Queensland ranked poorly in the data with almost 100 out of every 10 thousand people being hospitalised with heart conditions

Black Lung cases rise in Queensland and more Zedlines

Three new cases of the disease were confirmed in Queensland. Image source: Wikimedia Commons

Black Lung cases rise in QLD 

The total number of cases of Black Lung disease in Queensland have risen to fourteen.

Three new cases of the disease were confirmed in Queensland recently. The new cases were identified after the death of a retired miner back in July.

Calls for aged care reform and more Zedlines

There are calls for security cameras to be installed in rooms of aged care residents after disturbing footage revealed elder abuse by a staff member in an aged care facility. 

Toxic ash discovery 
Over 1,000 tonnes of toxic ash and coal waste is being stored on South-East Queensland properties illegally, according to a report by the ABC. 

The contractor implicated has rights to resell the coal waste, but it is instead being stockpiled on properties in Gympie and Pinkenba. 

The coal waste, from Government owned coal mines can be potentially harmful to humans if it is inhaled. 

LNP Member for Lockyer Ian Rickuss said the discovery is “disturbing”. 

Measures to prevent health professional abuse and more Zedlines

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Measures to prevent health professional abuse

Queensland Health has announced a trial of new measures to help prevent violence against health professionals.

To improve the worker’s safety, repeat violent offenders could be banned from hospital visits and health workers could be fitted with body cameras and duress alarms.

Wedge-tail eagle tries to carry boy away and more Zedlines

A young boy attending a wildlife show in Alice Springs copped a gash to the face while narrowly escaping the clutches of a wedgetail eagle. One onlooker told the BBC the eagle targeted the boy from at least 15 metres away, swooped in, and attempted to take him away in its talons.

Wedge-tail eagle tries to carry boy away

A young boy attending a wildlife show in Alice Springs copped a gash to the face while narrowly escaping the clutches of a wedgetail eagle.

One onlooker told the BBC the eagle targeted the boy from at least 15 metres away, swooped in, and attempted to take him away in its talons.

After releasing the boy’s head, the giant bird of prey went to latch onto the boy’s hoodie, at which point park staff intervened.

The eagle has been removed from the show while investigations are ongoing.

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