Archive for July 18th, 2009

It might be worth the drive to Gundagai just to watch the explanation for this one

From today’s New South Wales Police press releases:

A man has been charged with a raft of traffic offences after being caught by patrolling police in the south west of the state this morning.nnAbout 10am police attached to Cootamundra HWP were conducting stationary speed checks on the Hume Highway at Moneytree, near Jugiong, when they allegedly sighted a southbound Kia Carnivale speeding.
nPolice will allege a speed check of the vehicle revealed it was travelling at 179km/h in a 110km/h zone.

Police immediately began to follow the car along the highway. Police will allege that a further speed check showed the car reached 198km/h. Police will further allege that as they followed the car the driver swerved between lanes while talking on a mobile phone.

Police stopped the car and spoke to the driver. They also allegedly observed four unrestrained passengers inside the car.

The driver a 28-year-old man from Urangan in Queensland was issued with a field court attendance notice for the offences of:
· Drive speed dangerous to the public
· Exceed speed by over 45km/h
· Drive using hand held mobile phone
· Drive with four or more unrestrained passengers
· Drive in right lane on road with speed limit over 80km/h
· Not drive in lane on multi-lane road.
The man will appear at Gundagai court on Monday 7 September 2009.

I’d be interested to hear the explanation from the alleged offender and it might be worth the trip to Gundagai to see it unfold in court. If I have nothing better to do on that day, I might just do that.

Samuel

July 18th, 2009 at 09:33pm

Seven’s Rugby Feed

Well that was interesting. Prime lost the Seven feed for a few moments, getting black to air and the test pattern. This was quickly rectified by flicking to an unbranded feed from another source, possibly Fox, which had very different scoreboard graphics and a noticeable lack of the “Seven Sport” logo.

The Seven feed came back within a minute.

Samuel

July 18th, 2009 at 06:59pm

An email to 2GB’s Andrew Moore

G’day Andrew,

Daryl must be shattered that the Brahmans went down this afternoon.

Congratulations on your new overnight show. When does it start?

Have a great call (as you always do).

Regards,
Samuel Gordon-Stewart
Canberra

Update: It’s starting this Monday at 3:30am, and I’ve been issued a directive to be awake…I’ll be up, directive or no directive. End Update

July 18th, 2009 at 05:09pm

Samuel’s Tapes

Those of you who have been reading this blog for a few years would remember that, a few years ago, I started publishing highlights of the audio tapes I made when I was a child. Some of you may have been scarred for life by them, with one person commenting to me that they were “scary”.

These highlights were in many ways a side-effect of the process of putting these tapes on CD, and the posting of highlights stalled because the conversion to CD also stalled.

All of the tapes are sitting on a computer at my house in wave format, waiting to be edited (mostly some noise reduction and splitting the tapes in to tracks based on the various segments), and I would like to get it done, but I’m not overly keen on spending the extra time creating highlights which I can then publish here. As such, I have taken a decision to not bother publishing highlights, but instead publish the whole tapes. There are 28 tapes and one audio CD, and I intend on publishing the tapes and CD in random order, one side of a tape at a time, on alternating Sundays, with Aircheck Sunday on the other Sundays.

This should mean that the entire collection should be online over the course of 114 weeks.

Tomorrow will be Aircheck Sunday, so the first side of a tape will go online the following week. This will be available as a podcast, and I’ll give you the details of that when the first one is published.

Samuel

July 18th, 2009 at 04:38pm

Medical treatment against parental wishes

An email to KXNT’s Alan Stock

G'day Alan,

Seeing as you're going to be talking about the medical treatment of children when it is against the wishes of the parents, I thought you might be interested in the Australian perspective on the issue.

Down Under, the laws vary from state to state, but most states have laws which allow doctors to override the religious beliefs of parents if they believe it is in the interests of the child, such as to prevent serious injury or death. Such things as blood transfusions, which are prohibited by some religions, can be performed regardless of the wishes of the patient or their parents, and court orders (from judges) can be used to remove interfering parties from the hospital.

As for cases where the patient is never taken to a hospital, I'm not sure what the law is on those…but I do believe that there are child endangerment laws which can be invoked, giving authorities the ability to remove the child from the custody of the parents…not sure what happens if the child dies before this happens, but I agree with you, parents have a responsibility to seek medical treatment.

Best wishes,
Samuel Gordon-Stewart
Canberra, Australia

The story which sparked this discussion is the story of Carl and Raylene Worthington in Oregon…to quote from the article:
“Carl and Raylene Worthington, members of the Followers of Christ church in Oregon City, are accused of manslaughter and criminal mistreatment in the death of their 15-month-old daughter. Ava Worthington died in March 2008 from complications from pneumonia and a blood infection, both treatable conditions. The Worthington case will be the first test of a 1999 Oregon law that removed legal protections for parents who withhold medical treatment on religious grounds.”

The jury is out at the moment.

July 18th, 2009 at 12:51am


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