Friday, December 16, 2011

Public health facility now unencumbered with patients

Yes Minister, this could be one of the best run facilities in the public health system.

With all residents now gone from the nursing home a new staff structure has been put in place.

Some administration staff have been retained to oversee the closing off the facility and to explore options for its future use. Maintenance staff also remain in place with two house keepers and caretakers appointed to ensure the building is kept up to a high standard as future uses are sought out.

Koroit Health Services Acting CEO and Director of Nursing Michelle Finnigan said the appointment of the housekeepers and caretakers were important ones... “This will ensure the building is safe and secure and it will be keep fresh and vibrant to help get ready for future opportunities.”

Meanwhile, even the former staff never had it so good.

“And the nursing, kitchen and cleaning staff have also found some wonderful new opportunities and they are now free to move onto the next stage of their careers.”

Everyone’s a winner!


Thursday, December 15, 2011

News beat

Walking by The Age building in the city this evening, I almost blundered into the path of a media scrum, covering some obviously Topical Dude (even if I knew who was who, I couldn’t get a good look who he was) as he tried to make his way along the sidewalk to his parked car.

I looked back to see a cameraman had positioned himself in the traffic lane to get an ‘exclusive’ shot of ‘Topical Dude through car window.’

We so need those.

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Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Shameless self promotion or "men in skirts" XXXVI

Theme: Michael Park, 'The battle of Gaza, 312 BC - Doomed men of distinction'. Illustrated by Igor Dzis and José Antonio German.
Ancient Warfare, V.6, 2011

The horsemen reached Azotus (modern Ashdod, Israel) near midnight. Their horses, lathered in sweat in spite of the crisp December night, made directly for their stabling and water. Of the elite cavalrymen who had earlier left these winter quarters, few returned. The survivors, a defeated and desultory lot, made their way toward their general’s lodging. Here, in “council” (synhedrion) with what remained of his “Friends” (philoi), Demetrius canvassed his options. Many of the Friends, “the most distinguished of whom were Pithon [son of Agenor], who had shared the command on equal terms with himself, and Boeotus, who for a long time had lived with his father Antigonus and had shared in all his state secrets”, lay dead on the battlefield (Diodorus 19.85.2 – all references to this source and book unless noted). Still in his blood and grime covered armour and struggling to come to terms with events, Demetrius had an envoy sent to Ptolemy “about the burial of the dead since he was very anxious at any cost to honour those who had perished with the funeral that was their due” (85.1). More than a few of those who’d perished had sat in another council prior to the battle; a council of war.

So?? Go buy it!

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