Faster! Stace Van Wetering’s need for speed

WORDS AND VIDEO BY ROB NYFFENEGGER @robnyff

The International Festival of Speed, an annual event held at Sydney Motor Sport Park, Eastern Creek – celebrated its 14th Anniversary last weekend.

Stace Van Wetering, 30, has been racing since 2013 and is competing in her first year as part of the RB Racing team. Stace really enjoys the atmosphere of the track and of course motorcycle racing.

Stace participated in a practice day and competed over a further three days at Sydney Motor Sport Park, racing against her old club the Post Classic Racing Association NSW during the festival.

You Can Do It: MLK’s Dream


Martin Luther King Jr. addresses a crowd from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial where he delivered his famous, “I Have a Dream,” speech during the Aug. 28, 1963, march on Washington, D.C.

BY JOSEPH NAJJAR @joseph_najjar4

For today’s theme of You Can Do It, we have decided to focus on Martin Luther King Jr. The reason for this is how King accomplished a lot in advancing the civil rights movement, while many others before him couldn’t.

Riders hit Eastern Creek for the 2019 International Festival of Speed

Riders in the 2018 International Festival of Speed at Sydney Motorsport Park, Eastern Creek. Photo: Rob Nyffenegger

BY ROB NYFFENEGGER @robnyff

For anyone passionate about motorcycles, motorcycle racing and just hanging around race tracks in general – the International Festival of Speed, held at Sydney Motor Sport Park, Eastern Creek over March 14 – 17.

Be brave, be honest: Q&A with journalist Jack Marx

Journalist Jack Marx. Photo courtesy Jack Marx

Jack Marx is a journalist and author, well-known for his Walkley Award-winning story ‘I was Russell Crowe’s stooge‘, and a controversial biography of legendary muso Stevie Wright. Q&A by Dylan Berg.

It’s HIV Testing Week in NSW

BY MICHAEL GOLDING
@MrGolding21

The first week of June brings with it many changes: a drop in temperature, change of season and the annual NSW HIV Testing Week which runs from June 1 to June 7.

When people hear about HIV, they think ‘AIDS’ (which stands for Acquired Immuno Deficiency Syndrome). But these two viruses are different: HIV is a virus that may cause an infection; AIDS is a condition or a syndrome. Being infected with HIV can lead to having AIDS which develops when HIV has caused serious damage to the immune system.
Here are things you need to know about HIV in Australia: an estimated 26,900 people in Australia alone live with HIV; around 24,100 are men and 2,800 are women (Data collected to end of 2013).

This complicated and often deadly virus is known to be primarily transmitted by men who have sex with men. But there are ways to prevent the transmission of HIV: The first (in big capital letters): HAVE SAFE SEX – condoms are amazing and should be used any time you intend to have sex; also, sharing needles can transmit the virus, so if you must inject anything in your body please do so safely.

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If you think you have been exposed to the virus get yourself tested. There are now rapid tests available which gives you a 98% accuracy rate of a positive or negative result.
If you have tested positive do not worry – there is some hope thanks to a little drug called PEP (Post Exposure Prophylaxis). This is a four week treatment program that can prevent you from being infected. There are some side affects but if there is a possibility of stopping HIVs spread then it might be worth putting up with these.

So between June 1 and June 7 head to any Sydney Sexual Health Center and get yourself tested to find out your status. And you won’t have to worry about payment because most places will charge you nothing.

For more information head to the Ending HIV page. Get yourself tested and make the world a safer place.

Featured image by: Jon Rawlinson

Are phones keeping us connected?

BY HAYLEY TAYLOR
@hayloutay

They say that mobile phones are making us less in touch with people physically, but is this really the case? TAFE student Hayley Taylor hits the streets of Newtown to find out whether mobile phones connect us or disconnect us.

Do you think that mobile phone’s are keeping us connected or disconnected? Tell us in the comments below.

Quest for unity

BY RAFAEL SANCHEZ-BAYO @bayo_sanchez

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Takashi Nagai with his children. His health dramatically deteriorated after the Second World War.

We live in a world where hatred and discrimination cloud our minds. Whether it is towards a race, religion or gender, hatred has the same harmful psychological effects. The end of the Second World War saw many Australians ostracising the Japanese due to the bombing of Darwin, the attempted attack on Sydney and the brutal treatment of Australian POWs. Unlike the majority, a small group of Marist Fathers, led by Father John Marsden, embarked on a journey to Japan to seek reconciliation from the Japanese people. Father Paul Glynn was one of these people who took this inspirational trip.