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Influenza epidemic: 'At least' five deaths at Tasmania's Strathdevon aged care home

Influenza epidemic: 'At least' five deaths at Tasmania's Strathdevon aged care home

2017-09-02 04:06:54, abc.net.au

At least five people have died during an influenza outbreak at a nursing home in Tasmania's northwest, the state's public health department has confirmed. In a statement, director of public health Mark Veitch said it "was a sad event for the families affected, but can occur among frail people during an influenza season". Those who died were all residents at the Strathdevon aged care facility in Latrobe, near Devonport

 

Politics & Government

Senator Eric Abetz on Trump's victory

Senator Eric Abetz on Trump's victory

2016-11-09 16:23:01, 3aw.com.au

Ross Greenwood speaks with Tasmanian Senator Eric Abetz about Donald Trump's US election victory. Senator Abetz made reference to Australia's relationship with USA, along with other major countries. "Australia will always be a strategic partner," he told Ross Greenwood. "They are just so fundamental between us irrespective of who became president those ties would remain." Senator Abetz says that reaction to the election campaign which has predicted doom and gloom

 

Sports

Business

Truffle-sniffing dogs help boost Tasmania's ranking on the world market

Truffle-sniffing dogs help boost Tasmania's ranking on the world market

2017-07-30 08:05:49, abc.net.au

Truffle-hunting dogs have got their work cut out for them as Tasmania's truffle season gathers pace. The Australian truffle harvest has more than doubled in the past three years, to more than 13 tonnes per annum, with the majority being exported. Tasmania produced about 1.5 tonnes, which gives dogs like Mandy and Jack plenty of work to do. Mandy has been working as a truffle hunting dog for nine years, while apprentice Jack is only new to the industry

 

Health

Influenza epidemic: Six deaths confirmed at Tasmania's Strathdevon aged care home

Influenza epidemic: Six deaths confirmed at Tasmania's Strathdevon aged care home

2017-09-02 06:05:45, abc.net.au

Six people have died during an influenza outbreak at a nursing home in Tasmania's northwest, the state's public health department has confirmed. The department said there had been flu outbreaks in 21 nursing homes across the state and nine were still being monitored. In a statement, director of public health Mark Veitch said it "was a sad event for the families affected, but can occur among frail people during an influenza season"

 

Society & Culture

Swansea in mourning: Tasmanian boy killed by log truck driven by father

Swansea in mourning: Tasmanian boy killed by log truck driven by father

2017-10-02 04:06:08, abc.net.au

The close-knit community of Swansea on Tasmania's east coast is grieving the loss of a six-year-old boy, killed by a log truck being reversed by his father. News of the boy's death was known "within an hour" around the town, according to Glamorgan Spring Bay mayor Michael Kent. "The community is devastated with the news of such a tragedy," he said

 

Travel & Recreation

Adventure tourism leading a revival in small Tasmanian town of Derby

Adventure tourism leading a revival in small Tasmanian town of Derby

2017-03-05 04:52:30, abc.net.au

The small town of Derby in Tasmania's north-east is abuzz with activity, as it tries to keep up with a visitor boom. An extra 25,000 people a year have visited the town since the Blue Derby mountain bike trails were opened in 2015. Once-empty cottages and deserted shopfronts have been snapped up by developers and converted into tourist accommodation, shops, cafes and other businesses to cater for the boom. Virginia

 

Science & Nature

Tasmania's fisheries cooked by record-breaking marine heatwave

Tasmania's fisheries cooked by record-breaking marine heatwave

2017-07-17 15:00:03, phys.org

Human-induced climate change was almost certainly responsible for a marine heat wave off Tasmania's east coast that lasted 251 days and had an area of impact seven times the size of the island, a new study shows. Climate change was almost certainly responsible for a marine heatwave off Tasmania's east coast in 2015/16 that lasted 251 days and at its greatest extent had an area of impact seven times the size of Tasmania, according to a new study published today in Nature Communications

 

Law & Crime

Man awakes after night of drinking to find selfie with police officers on phone

Man awakes after night of drinking to find selfie with police officers on phone

2017-06-01 04:13:25, wcvb.com

Man awakes after night of drinking to find selfie with police officers on phone After a night of drinking, a Tasmanian man awoke to find a peculiar selfie on his phone. The Tasmania police posted the picture on its Facebook page. It was of a couple of officers standing in front of a man in a bed. The man in the bed was driven home by the officers because he had been drinking

 

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