Staying thin at all costs

Former Australia’s Top Model contestant Jess Bush. Photo courtesy Jess Bush.


Prue Rustean, Fiona Pepper and Belinda La Faber interview Jess Bush, a former contestant on Australia’s Next Top Model, about modelling and the pressures to stay thin.




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Sports Central Weekly: Hurdles champ Madi Gipson

Wes talks to top-ranked junior Madi Gipson. Photo: Robert Voors/flickr


With Jimmy Rayne away on assignment this week, Wes takes the opportunity to talk with Madi Gipson, the top-ranked junior 100m hurdler in Australia. Madi tells Wes how she trains, how she started in the sport, and what her goals are for the next few years.



Tragic mistake in Afghanistan

A Special Operations Task Group soldier shields his face from the dust as a CH-47 Chinook aircraft takes off during a mission with the Afghan Provincial Response Company – Uruzgan. Photo: CPL Christopher Dickson, 1st Joint Public Affairs Unit, ADF





Greenpeace: we’ve had a gutful

Greenpeace says two thirds of seabirds are affected by plastic garbage which pollutes waterways and rivers. Photo courtesy Greenpeace.




Greenpeace is continuing its stance against soft drink heavyweights Coca Cola Amatil despite the soft drink company’s recent court victory earlier this month over the Northern Territory’s bid to start a recycling program.

The environmental group launched an advertising campaign funded solely by its supporters in Fairfax papers last week showing the hazards of discarded plastic waste upon Australian marine life.

The full page ads in The Age and The Sydney Morning Herald depict a Flesh-footed Shearwater from Lord Howe Island which starved to death with a stomach full of plastic particles that the bird had mistaken for food.

Scientists reveal that two thirds of seabirds are affected by plastic garbage which pollutes waterways and rivers and ends up in Australian oceans. Dr Jennifer Lavers of the Institute for Marine and Antarctic studies says that other marine creatures such as turtles, whales, seals and fish are also at high risk.

Greenpeace said state governments need to take a stand against big business and support a national recycling proposal in line with South Australia’s ‘cash for containers’, which sees recycling at almost double the rate of other states. The environmental group claims that the biggest factor of increasing sea pollution is the beverage industry, which it says needs to clean up its act and stop bullying tactics.

“The spotlight is now on the state premiers to stand up to Coke’s relentless bullying and take action to protect the environment from Coke’s blatant corporate self-interest,” says Greenpeace campaigner Reece Turner.

An upcoming ministerial meeting will determine the outcome of a nationwide recycling initiative that offers Greenpeace and its supporters a glimmer of hope that could stop Coca Cola Amatil in its tracks.

“With only five weeks until Environment Ministers meet on 11 April to decide on a national roll out of ‘Cash for Containers’, these premiers must decide whether they side with Coke or the community,” Mr Turner says.

According to figures from the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) and the Standing Council on Environment and Water (SCEW) Australians consume 14 billion drinks in disposable containers annually, of which less than half are recycled.

To sign the petition visit


Sports Central Weekly: No homework cricket ban

A big week in Aussie cricket. Photo: phillie casablanca/flickr


On Sports Central Weekly this week, hosts Jimmy Rayne and Wes Taylor take apart the hot issues.

They talk about the Western Sydney Wanderers amazing nine-game winning streak in the A league. The Cronulla Sharks come under scrutiny (for all the wrong reasons) as they talk about the issues confronting the club. Who deserves the keepers gloves in this battle behind the stumps for the Australian Cricket team? Matthew Wade or Brad Haddin? Speaking of which, were you ever suspended or stood down for not handing in your homework? Four Australian cricketers have had just this happen to them in India.

All this and more on Sydney TAFE Media’s only sport podcast, Sports Central Weekly. Click below for this week’s show.



Celebrating International Women’s Day

Reflecting on International Women’s Day. Photo: JIGGS IMAGES/flickr




Today, March 8, marks an important day on the global human rights calendar. International Women’s Day is celebrated annually both to acknowledge the advances women have made in the name of gender equity and to remind us there is still some way to go.

This year the theme for UN Women Australia’s International Women’s Day is one that has gradually moved its way into public discussion bearing a strong legion of advocates who voice growing concern over it.

The culture of violence against women is an unending one of which the statistics are staggering.

One in three women worldwide will experience physical violence; one in five will endure sexual violence in their lifetime. One only needs to look at recent attacks on women and girls in India and South Africa. Or the shooting of a young girl in the face by the Taliban in Pakistan last year. All she wanted was an education.

This year the focus of UN Women Australia’s International Women’s Day fundraising will go towards supporting the Critical Services Initiative in Papua New Guinea which provides funding to improve services and support available to women and children experiencing violence in various nations, particularly in the Pacific region.

Executive Director of UN Women Australia, Julie McKay says that violence against women is a catastrophe affecting women from all walks of life in every corner of the world.

“Gender based violence has a scarring effect on the women and families involved and a debilitating effect on the social and economic fabric of the communities and nations in which it occurs,” Ms McKay said.

“Women in the Pacific experience some of the highest levels of violence in the world. In Papua New Guinea, up to 65 per cent of women and girls have experienced physical violence, sexual violence or both. The figure is close to 100 per cent in the Highlands,” she said.

The Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID) is UN Women Australia’s Government Partner for International Women’s Day. “AusAID is working with UN Women Australia to raise awareness of the severity of violence against women across the world,” said AusAID’s Director General Peter Baxter.

Mr Baxter said Australia has shown its commitment to ending violence against women on an international scale that has made it a high priority for the agenda of AusAID.

Ms McKay said that vital help must be maintained for vulnerable women and girls the world over.  “Access to quality, universal and free critical services for women experiencing violence is a crucial step in assisting women and girls at a time of crisis. This is why UN Women Australia is calling on all supporters to assist women and girls who experience violence by donating to the Critical Services Initiative this International Women’s Day.”

For more information on the UN Women Australia’s International Women’s Day events visit

You can also purchase official International Women’s Day merchandise from Australia Post outlets and Esprit stores nationwide throughout the month of March.


Batman Stan nabs man

Unmasked: Batman turns out to be a takeaway delivery guy. Illustration: kevin dooley/flickr




The man dressed as the comic book superhero Batman who was filmed handing over a wanted man at a British police station has been unmasked as a local Chinese takeaway delivery man.

The mysterious masked vigilante was identified as 39 year old local Bradford man Stan Warby. Mr Warby said that he had been at a football match dressed as the superhero when a friend called him asking for help in handing himself in to police. He accompanied his friend Danny Frayne to Bradford police station as a favour.

Mr Warby was returning from Bradford City’s cup final clash against Swansea at London’s Wembley Stadium before receiving a phone call from his friend. He anonymously took his 27-year-old friend to Trafalgar House police station in the early hours of February 25, telling officers: ”I’ve caught this one for you.”

Local police later posted on their Facebook page that the mysterious figure ”promptly vanished into the night to fight crime and the fear of crime in Bradford’’.


CSG: tougher rules

Protesters at a CSG rally in May 2012. Government has listened to the wider community, says Barry O’Farrell. Photo: kateausburn/flickr




The NSW Government today ruled some country towns and suburbs across NSW ‘no go zones’ for coal seam gas activities.

The Premier, Barry O’Farrell, said that the establishment zones will ensure there is no repeat of exploration licences being granted over residential zones across NSW, as was the case with permission from past governments.

Under a package endorsed by Cabinet, a list of additional regulations will be incorporated into an already highly regulated industry.

Mr O’Farrell said the government has listened to the wider community.

As part of the new regulatory activities, the NSW Chief Scientist and Engineer will conduct independent reviews of all CSG activities in NSW and the potential impact on water catchments. A two kilometre exclusion zone will be imposed around residential zones to prevent CSG exploration.

In addition, Independent Environmental Authority (EPA) will be the lead regulator of Environmental and Health impacts of CSG activities and will be responsible for compliance and enforcements.

Exclusion zones will apply to critical industry clusters such as viticulture and equine industry.

“This is an on-going example of this government cleaning up the mess of the past government,” Mr O’Farrell said.


Breaking news | March 6

Mardi Gras: 96 revellers charged with drug possession. Photo: willy-photographer/flickr


Mardi Gras party-goers caught with drugs


Ninety six people have been charged for possession of drugs at the annual Sydney Mardi Grass ‘After Party’.

On Sunday night, officers from Surry Hills Local Area Command and the Dog Unit conducted a four-hour long drug detection operation to uncover anyone in possession of drugs at the Entertainment Quarter in Moore Park.

Police had searched more than 200 partygoers and found 96 people who are now charged with drug possession, while three were issued cannabis cautions.

Police also arrested a man for the theft of multiple tickets to the event valued at a total of $10,000. Inquiries are continuing into that arrest.

Surry Hills Local Area Command Duty Officer Inspector Stephen Crews said the operation was carried out to ensure the safety and security of all the people who attended.

“We make no apologies for doing what we can to stop people taking drugs into this type of event,” Inspector Crews said. “We want everyone who attends these parties to have a good time in a safe and secure environment.”


Teenaged armed bandits face court


A man and three teenagers will face court after they were allegedly involved in an armed robbery in Mascot.

On Tuesday afternoon a 51-year old male employee was working in a convenience story on Alfred Street when he was allegedly confronted by a man and a teenage boy. After threatening the employee with a firearm, they proceeded to remove money from behind the counter.

The alleged offenders then ran out of the store and the employee contacted the police. No shots were fired and there were no injuries.

A short while later, police stopped a Suzuki Swift and arrested an 18 year old man and three teenagers aged between 15 and 16 in relation to the incident. In the car they discovered a replica firearm, gloves, balaclava, cigarettes and an amount of cash.

All teenagers were charged with armed robbery  and will appear in Waverley court today.


Shots fired, Padstow Heights


Police were called after a number of shots were fired into a house in Padstow Heights at 2.10am this morning.

Two children and a 56-year-old man were inside the Sewell Avenue residence at the time of the shooting, however there were no injuries as a result of the incident.

Police have established a crime scene at the house and have begun to make further inquiries.

Anyone with information should call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or use the Crime Stoppers online reporting page:


Woman ‘carjacked’, Haymarket


A woman was carjacked at a central Sydney shopping centre just after 6pm on Tuesday night by a man armed with a knife and syringe.

The 26-year-old female was sitting in her stationary car, a red 2010-Model Mazda 3, in the car park of Haymarket shopping centre complex when the man approached her. He forced the woman out of the car and drove off at high speed, crashing the boom gate as he left the Haymarket car park.

Police from City Central Local Area Command attended the scene to find the female victim safe and uninjured.

Investigations are still underway and officers are now seeking public assistance.


Drugs, cash found in Bankstown home


Police discovered illicit drugs and a large amount of cash in a house in Bankstown yesterday.

During the search, police discovered an amount of marijuana, as well as drug equipment.

Police also claimed that more than $10,000 was found in the home.

The drugs and cash were seized by police. They are interviewing a male 33-year-old resident of the house. The investigation continues.


Glebe Town Hall glamour revamp


Glebe Town Hall is revamped and ready for a grand opening after a two year long restoration project on the heritage-listed site.

The grand opening on March 2nd will display the results of the newly improved town hall. City of Sydney council has been renovating the significant site since 2011, as natural damages to the exterior of the building made it inevitable for the first major renovation of the Town Hall in more than 132 years. The lengthy project has rescued heritage features such as salt and water damage to the facade and restoring the clock tower to working order.

The improved building will also provide the local community with meeting rooms and hire spaces that can be used for dance classes, parties, support groups and counselling.

On Saturday March 2nd, Sydneysiders are encouraged to step inside Glebe Town Hall and see firsthand how the City of Sydney has lovingly restored the unique historical features of the building.


Kick Off! Sports Central Weekly

Sports Central Weekly: all the sporting info you need. Photo: slimmer_jimmer/flickr


Sports Central Weekly is a podcast that will be posted on the Sydney TAFE media site each week.

The show is hosted by Jimmy Rayne, who is your expert on all things A league and Premier League, and Wes Taylor, who has a keen interest in cricket and rugby league. Jimmy and Wes have a broad and varied interest and knowledge of all sports.

From time to time they will also be joined by special guests and the program will feature live and telephone interviews designed to keep you informed and up-to-date with all the sporting information you need.

Click below for Sports Central’s debut podcast.




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