Canned fruit often safer: food expert

Cannedfruit is often safer than the frozen variety according to University of NSW Associate Professor Julian Cox, an expert in food microbiology.
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“The heat treatment used to make canned products shelf stable in ambient temperatures is much more than sufficient to kill micro-organisms including bacteria and viruses,” he said.

“Such products would have to be severely under processed to allow for survival or be subject to post process contamination – that’s contamination after the heating process.

“For this to happen the sealing of the cans would have to be imperfect and the water used to cool the can after heating would have to be contaminated.

“The likelihood of either happening in the modern canning process is very rare, and for both to occur would be extremely rare.”

The freezing process alone, however, may not be sufficient to destroy bacteria like salmonella or viruses like Hepatitis A.

Professor Cox said a lot of frozen vegetables such as peas underwent heat treatment before being frozen to retain the colour and consistency, which helped kill any nasties.

Most fruit, he suggested, would not undergo that treatment before freezing.

“If fresh fruit contaminated with Hepatitis A is simply frozen without any additional treatment to help eliminate bad bacteria or viruses then it’s not surprising that the virus survives as freezing is not necessarily a destructive process,” he said.

“Freezing might see a slow decrease in the micro-organism population over time but the problem with a virus is that it can be infectious at really low levels. Just one or a few viral particles in the food would make it hazardous.”

Professor Cox said Australian grown fruit would undergo more stringent controls than overseas, so was the best option. However, maintaining good food hygiene was still vital.

“It’s important to wash all your fruit and veg as the chlorine in our tap water helps destroy any harmful bacteria or viruses,” he said.

Professor Cox said keeping raw and processed foods separate, and keeping hot foods hot and cold foods cold was also important.

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Donation plea

PLEA FOR SUPPORT: Fernanda Ikeda has called on the community to support the children who survived a horrific car accident which killed their parents and baby sister. Picture: ANELIA BLACKIEA HEARTFELT plea has been made for financial help for a Congolese family that will take two orphaned children in their care after a horrific car crash claimed the lives of their parents on the weekend.
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A seven-year-old boy and his three-year-old sister were the only survivors when the vehicle they were travelling in crashed into a tree on the Casterton-Penola Road on Sunday morning.

Majaliwa Kizumba, 39, his wife and six-month-old baby girl died, leaving the remaining children behind.

The family fled a troubled life in the Democratic Republic of the Congo in 2013 for a safer future.

The two orphaned children’s aunt and uncle, who live in Mount Gambier, have offered to raise the surviving siblings.

Grief-stricken by the tragedy, Limestone Coast Migrant Resource Centre manager Fernanda Ikeda yesterday pleaded with the community to donate money towards the couple, who will now struggle to make ends meet.

“We have been told that we need around $15,000 to bring the bodies to Mount Gambier and for the funeral,” Ms Ikeda said.

Majaliwa died in the Mount Gambier Hospital after the accident, but the bodies of his wife and baby were taken to Melbourne after they died at the scene.

The surviving children were discharged from a Melbourne hospital yesterday and brought back to Mount Gambier by relatives.

It is understood the accident occurred on the three-year-old’s birthday on the way to Mount Gambier.

The family returned from the Melbourne airport after spending time in Queensland.

Struggling to find work in the Limestone Coast, Majaliwa worked in Toowoomba pushing trolleys at a supermarket for a few weeks to earn money for his young family.

Ms Ikeda said the Congolese community and Mount Gambier North School – where the surviving children are students – have come together to organise a memorial service in Mount Gambier.

It is not yet known when or where the service will be held, but it will be a fundraising event for the family.

Meanwhile, a bank account has been opened by the Migrant Resource Centre of South Australia as a charitable organisation.

“The couple has two young children of their own to raise and the man only has a casual job as a kitchen hand,” Ms Ikeda said.

“Any donation towards the funeral and to help them raise the children will be welcome – even if someone has a full-time job for the dad, that would help a lot.

“The funeral expenses will have to be taken care of first and then we can look at helping the family with their expenses raising the children.

“The money will go directly to the family to help with their expenses.”

Ms Ikeda called on the community to only donate money and not flowers, food, clothes or toys.

She said the children’s aunt and uncle already faced the daunting task of bringing the belongings of two households together.

“They and Majaliwa each had a house filled with furniture, clothes and other belongings and it will be hard enough to sort through it,” she said.

“They have everything.

“All they need is money to raise the two children.”

The Migrant Resource Centre of South Australia (MRCSA) welcomes community donations towards the surviving children of Majaliwa Kizumba and his wife.

The MRCSA is a charitable organisation and will provide a tax receipt for donations of $50.

Cheques can be made out to “Victor’s Family” and mailed to the Limestone Coast Migrant Resource Centre at 13 Eleanor Street, Mount Gambier.

Electronic donations can be made to:

Victor’s Family

BSB: 085 005

Account number: 564209985

Account name: MRCSA Operations A/C

Derrinallum Market to Mount fun run to be reviewed by organisers

ORGANISERS of Derrinallum’s Market to Mount fun run will review the event in coming weeks in a bid to lift participant numbers.
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Clinton Hall is on top of the world as he crosses the finish line in record time to win the 5km Market to Mount fun run at Derrinallum.

A field of 44 tackled either the five-kilometre or eight-kilometre events from Derrinallum Recreation Reserve to the top of Mount Elephant on Sunday.

Mailors Flat runner Sam Edney won the 8km event, clocking 35 minutes, 26 seconds to beat Daniel Nicholson (36.32) and Darren Evans (43.19).

Phoebe Morrison was the female winner in 41.22. She finished ahead of Chelsey Smith (48.34) and Bree McPhee (49.15).

Warrnambool’s Clinton Hall set a new record of 20.14 in the 5km. Katherine Hall was the first female home in 29.02.

Event committee member Kate Deppeler said the field was down on the 67 who took part in 2014. About 80 contested the inaugural event in 2013.

“I would like to think that it’d grow and I was really hoping we’d match last year’s numbers,” she said.

“I still think it’s a good event and the runners who won were positive in their feedback.

“They thought it was good we gave medals to first, second and third in each event. We gave out great prizes.

“The feedback is always good but it’s about getting a few more on the track.”

The 8km course took runners from the recreation reserve through Derrinallum to O’Donnells Road, where they turned left.

A right-hand turn up Heards Road allowed them to connect with Leslie’s Track, which goes around the base of the mountain.

The 5km competitors ran from the recreation reserve directly to the mountain entrance. The two courses connected at the start of the ascent.

“I’d like to see it go on. The 8km was a popular event. We’d been asked to have a longer edition for the run, that’s why we included that,” Deppeler said.

“We ran around the base of the mount, around Leslie’s Track. That gives the runners who prefer the longer distance something extra.”

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Hampden pre-season to open with South v North

SOUTH Warrnambool and North Warrnambool Eagles will open the Hampden football league’s revamped pre-season competition next month.
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The sides will play two 20-minute quarters in the first match on March 28 with the Eagles, who are likely to unveil prized recruit Dylan Parish, then playing rival Camperdown.

League chief executive officer Mike Farrow yesterday released the draw for what is now its season launch.

Instead of a lightning premiership-style event with prizemoney for two finalists, all clubs play two matches consisting of two 20-minute quarters, with a five-minute break in between.

All participating clubs, except host South Warrnambool, play their matches back-to-back, separated by a 10-minute break.

No prizemoney will be on offer, with the league using the matches to generate interest before the April 18 season opening.

With eight of the league’s 10 clubs participating, each will be eligible for a $500 distribution from major sponsor Boag’s, should they run a day during the season where only beverages from Boag’s distributor Lion are stocked at their bar.

Warrnambool and Terang Mortlake, which have pre-existing practice match commitments, will not feature in the football matches.

The changes mean a night-time season’s launch is no longer needed.

The Friendly Societies’ Park will host the football matches and a netball pre-season cup competition. The netball draw is yet to be finalised.

The football draw is:

9.30am: South Warrnambool v North Warrnambool Eagles; 10.25: North Warrnambool Eagles v Camperdown; 11.20am: Camperdown v Hamilton Kangaroos; 12.15pm: Hamilton Kangaroos v Koroit; 1.10pm: Koroit v Portland; 2.05pm: Portland v Cobden; 3pm: Cobden v Port Fairy; 3.55pm: Port Fairy v South Warrnambool.

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Doust takes Dragons brand global via WCS

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Peter Doust

St GeorgeIllawarra chief executive Peter Doust believes the World Club Series is a chance for the Dragons to develop their brand internationally, while helping to create a new competition to increase the value of the NRL’s next broadcasting deal.

After 15 consecutive seasons as a stand-alone fixture between the NRL and Super League premiers and 39 years since the concept was first conceived, the World Club Challenge has been expanded to include three teams from each hemisphere in the first move towards a Champions League-type tournament.

However, only Super League is represented by its top-three finishing clubs as 11th-placed St George Illawarra and eighth-placed Brisbane joined premiers South Sydney in offering to play in the inaugural World Club Series to ensure the competition started.

Eventually it is intended that the World Club Series will feature the top three NRL teams against the top three Super League teams but to ensure the initial success of the tournament organisers wanted it to involve the game’s biggest name clubs and invited Souths and the Broncos.

St George Illawarra became the third NRL team after the Rabbitohs won the grand final.

Britain’s Rugby Football League has suspended the third round of Super League fixtures this weekend to ensure the focus is on the matches between St Helens and Souths, Wigan and Brisbane, and Warrington and the Dragons.

Each of the three NRL clubs has been guaranteed a payment for their participation, but Doust said the financial rewards from the WCS were potentially a lot greater.

“For some time now I have had the view that developing an opportunity to position club brands internationally would be a worthwhile strategy,” Doust said.

“Some of the reasons that make it worthwhile include increasing the inventory of club-based rugby league content for future revenue growth from broadcasting and digital rights, increasing the status of club brands, testing opportunities for growth in non-ticketed membership and merchandise outside of Australia, improving relationships with Super League teams and the benchmarking of best practices.”

While the Dragons have a German-based supporters club, they are a long way behind Collingwood, who have specially tailored international membership packages worth about $100 per season.

Since moving games to ANZ Stadium last season, St George Illawarra have successfully started targeting fans in western Sydney to become members and Doust said the WCS was an opportunity for the club to do the same in the UK.

The 2011 World Club Challenge was a successful venture for St George Illawarra after Doust secured guarantees that ensured the Dragons were not exposed to any financial risks and when grand finalists Canterbury showed no interest, the joint venture jumped at the chance to become the third NRL clubs.

“When the invitations for Australian clubs were extended to Brisbane and Souths, we thought there may be a need for a ‘first reserve’ if one of those teams were to become premiers, so we expressed interest and were invited,” Doust said.

“We believe the strength of the Dragons brand could have diminished the financial risk for the promoters of the series.”

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Diggies repair costs soar to almost $500,000

The kiosk at North Beach Wollongong. Picture: ROBERT PEETRepairs at Diggies kiosk will cost Wollongong City Council almost half a million dollars, and that doesn’t include “highly specialised” work on the heritage building’s windows.
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Staff have recommended councillors vote to accept a tender from Edwards Constructions for $443,952 – excluding GST – to do the work, which would include replacing the curved concrete wall above the south facade of the building.

The windows and doors of the building – which is owned by the council and leased to Diggies – also need replacing but will be “the subject of a separate quotation” to “minimise the construction period and associated inconvenience to the tenant”.

If councillors approve the tender on Monday night, the renovation work is expected to start in May and Diggies has been told it will take 12 weeks to complete.

The construction zone will cover the existing shared pathway next to the kiosk, with cyclists and pedestrians being diverted to the eastern side of the building.

Last week Diggies owner Aaron Crinis asked the council to commit to a clear time frame for the renovations, which have been in the works for the past 18 months since the roof of the kiosk started leaking.

Mr Crinis said he was concerned about the effect a prolonged disruption would have on his staff and customers.

However, the council told the Mercury it was unable to make any guarantees due to “variables beyond the control of the council or any other construction manager”.

To minimise the effects on their business, Diggies operators have asked for permission to install a temporary kiosk next to their existing building.

The council is currently considering development applications for two different temporary kiosk locations.

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Horsham shooter Michael Williams lights up Warrnambool clay target carnival

HORSHAM shooter Michael Williams set a new record at Warrnambool Clay Target Club’s seaside carnival.
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Michael Williams: new double-barrel standard.150214AS61 Picture: AARON SAWALL

Williams hit 270/270 in the double barrel at the Lake Gillear range on Saturday night, beating Hamilton’s Alan Pollock in a marathon shoot-off.

Pollock hit 269 consecutive targets but missed his 270th. Williams was on target too, securing him the win. The pair were still shooting under lights about 9pm.

Jeparit’s Wayne Hawker and Geelong’s Steve Haberman, both renowned marksmen, also posted scores above 240.

Warrnambool club president Malcolm Dyson said the unprecedented score smashed the previous record for the double barrel of 237.

“When it got to the stage the light was difficult to see, we had a roast meal for all the visitors,” he said.

“We went under lights after that. There were still five left in it at that stage. It finished under lights at 10pm.”

The double barrel class was one of three Williams took out at the carnival.

The Central Wimmera Gun Club member also won the 25-target handicap on Friday night with 46/46 and the 25-target points score on Saturday with 180/180.

His clubmate Craig Kelly won the 30-target points score on Friday night with 173/174.

Other winners included Hamilton’s Roger Duthie in the 25-target single barrel on Saturday, shooting 94/94.

In Sunday action, Morwell’s Jason Davis sealed the 30-target handicap with 38/38 and Noorat’s Matt Hayden won the champion of champions with 125/125.

Overall high gun honours went to Werribee’s Nathan McDonald.

The high gun class takes into account the five events on Saturday and Sunday. McDonald scored an astounding 251/255.

Dyson said 137 shooters took to the range, the most since the club hosted 157 for the Commonwealth Trap Championships in 2009.

“Everybody can’t wait to come back next year,” he said.

“It’s a lot of work but it’s been a pleasure to get the response back from the shooters who enjoyed it. It was a real carnival atmosphere.”

Dyson praised Williams for winning three of the seven events, but noted McDonald’s exceptional consistency en route to high gun honours.

“Nathan is one of the top shots in Victoria. He’s certainly extremely good. He’s won a lot of championships,” he said.

“The calibre of shooters that were here in the AA grade was very high. A lot of state and national representatives over the years were here.”

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Accused mother chooses to not give evidence

A Berkeleymother accused of causing the death of her young son by allowing his severe head and stomach injuries to go untreated has chosen not to give evidence in her Supreme Court trial.
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The woman, who cannot be named for legal reasons, did not take the stand on Tuesday during the brief defence case, which centred on evidence from forensic pathologist Dr John Hilton.

Dr Hilton said he reviewed the two-year-old boy’s autopsy and reports from forensic pathologists who had given evidence earlier in the trial, and while largely agreeing with their findings, he ruled out suggestions that the boy’s significant head injury could have been caused by severe shaking.

The court has previously heard the toddler was admitted to hospital just before 4.30pm on August 3, 2012, after he was found unresponsive in his cot.

Paramedics and doctors worked on the boy for more than an hour but he could not be revived.

An autopsy found he had substantial injuries including bleeding on the brain and a perforated gut, both believed to have been the result of blows suffered just a few days before his death.

The boy’s mother was charged with manslaughter by criminal negligence, but pleaded not guilty.

Prosecutors say she failed to seek timely medical attention for the boy’s serious injuries.

Dr Hilton told the court on Tuesday that the nature of the subdural haemorrhage was not consistent with the child having been shaken.

Crown prosecutor Chris Maxwell is expected to start his closing address to jurors on Wednesday morning, to try to convince them that the woman failed in her duty of care to the boy.

He is expected to point to evidence from several doctors about the nature of the boy’s injuries and the “obvious” symptoms of pain and discomfort they say he would have been displaying in arguing that the woman was negligent in not getting him treatment.

Defence barrister Winston Terracini, SC, is expected to argue that the woman did not know how serious the injuries were because any signs of sickness the boy displayed were generic in nature.

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Motoring writer Geoffrey Paradise dies

AUSTRALIAN transport identity Geoffrey Paradise has died in John Hunter Hospital following a crash on the Central Coast last week.
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Mr Paradise, 57, suffered serious injuries after a collision between his car and a bus near his home on February 11.

He had to be cut from the vehicle and was flown to Newcastle’s John Hunter Hospital where he underwent surgery and was placed in an induced coma before succumbing to his injuries six days later.

Mr Paradise was well-known throughout the motoring and trucking circles as a journalist, editor and public relations professionals.

He was the founding editor of several magazines including Street Machine, publisher of Transport and Trucking Today and a contributor to trade pages within Fairfax Media’s Drive.

He moved from journalism to public relations in October 2014 to take on a new role at Daimler Truck and Bus, part of Mercedes-Benz Australian Pacific.

Mercedes-Benz spokesman David McCarthy said his death represented a loss for the industry.

‘‘Geoff had recently joined our Daimler Truck and Bus team as senior manager public affairs after a long, varied and successful career as a passenger car and commercial vehicles journalist and publisher,’’ Mr McCarthy said.

‘‘Geoff had an infectious passion for all things automotive and his loss will be significant to all of us in the industry and all who knew Geoff.’’

Paradise is survived by his wife and children.

HFNL coach calls in support panel

NEW Hampden interleague coach Chris McLaren is assembling a coaching panel from all corners of the competition in a bid to re-energise the representative program.
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For the first time in a decade, a current club coach will have a senior off-field role in Hampden’s country championships campaign as McLaren prepares to cast the net wide for playing talent.

Hampden Kangaroos playing coach Jarrod Holt, retired Camperdown great Aaron Sinnott and former South Warrnambool coach Matt Monk join McLaren as selectors.

Holt and Sinnott will be bench coaches alongside McLaren, while Monk will be in charge of ensuring a fun experience while also being a runner.

The three are all new to their roles and mark a new era for the Bottle Greens, who had a stable coaching group under former coach Nick O’Sullivan.

Holt is the first current club coach to have a key role since Adam Dowie (then at Terang Mortlake) and Wayne Walsh (Camperdown) were assistants to Leigh McCluskey in 2005.

McLaren said Holt’s inclusion on the coaching panel was pivotal. He wants to embrace the league’s youngest clubs, Portland and the Kangaroos, and believes Holt knows the two clubs’ lists better than anyone. Holt lives in Portland and is a former coach of the Tigers but is entering his second year in charge of the Kangaroos.

“I really wanted Holty to play a role. We don’t know a lot about players from those two clubs and I would have still relied on him for help,” he said.

“The plan was to have a completely new group of coaches. You need to do that when you change your coach and give it a different feel.

“I definitely wanted one from the Portland/Hamilton area. I’ve got one from South Warrnambool and one from Camperdown/Terang/Cobden area.”

McLaren is looking for a mix of some high-quality recruits and emerging talent to underpin Hampden’s interleague match against Murray league at Reid Oval on May 23.

He hopes through the new coaching panel to be able to inject some young, quick players into the training squad and give emerging players an opportunity to step up.

That philosophy sits well with Aaron Sinnott, who retired last season after 263 senior games with Camperdown.

Sinnott, a former Hampden interleague player for several years, said he was looking forward to being involved.

“I was going to step back for the year but it’s a good opportunity,” he said.

“I want to put something back. That’s what you need to do, put something back into your league and club. I enjoy developing the younger kids and being involved. I enjoy being around the team environment.”

Sinnott assists Matt Harkin with the North Ballarat Rebels’ squad of Camperdown/Cobden players.

Monk, who stepped down from South Warrnambool’s top job at the end of last season because of work commitments, said he was excited about joining the Bottle Greens.

Like Sinnott, Holt and McLaren, Monk is a former league representative player.

“I thought it would be a good way to stay in touch without a major commitment,” he said.

“I love the Hampden league and know a lot of the clubs and people. My main priority is to make sure everyone has a bit of fun. I’ve always played footy for enjoyment and to bring out the fun. I’m big on team harmony and having a good time.”

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