Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Africans don't change their spots

Whether in Africa, America, Jamaica, Haiti or in Britain, Africans are characterized by stratospheric rates of violent crime. In recent years, Australia has taken in refugees from Somalia and Sudan -- to a total of about 40,000 people. Very surprisingly, a police chief (Nixon) from the State of Victoria proclaimed a little while ago that the crime rate among Africans in her jurisdiction was unexceptional. Subsequent information suggests that she was lying.

When the police lie, however, how are we to know what is the case? We cannot. But the following list of incidents compiled by Andrew Bolt suggests that Africans in Australia are no different from Africans elsewhere. Remember that these incidents come from a very small community of only 40,000 people and that police rarely mention race where Africans are involved. Usually, it is only when the crime cases come to court that we get information that identifies the criminal as African

From Melbourne yesterday: "Two policemen were pelted with bottles when they went to break up the latest brawl at Braybrook ... Police were investigating whether the incident was related to a brawl the night before at a 'kickback party' for the Miss South Sudan Australia beauty pageant."

Darwin last weekend: "Two teenage boys were wounded with a machete while a third was beaten unconscious ... The attackers were described as being of African appearance."

Toongabbie, April 18: "An elderly motorist escaped unharmed after his moving vehicle was pelted with rocks ... The driver reported seeing three males aged 13 to 14 of African appearance."

Adelaide, April 15: "A Marden woman has been indecently assaulted ... Police described the suspect as of African appearance."

Adelaide, April 15: "Detectives ... are investigating a sexual assault that is alleged to have occurred in a toilet of a city nightclub ... by a male ... of African appearance."

Shepparton, April 15: "Three armed men terrorised two staff members in a brazen attack at a fast food restaurant ... Police are looking for three men ... of African appearance."

Melbourne, April 13: "A man was stabbed in the head during an altercation with two other men ... believed to be of African appearance."

Dandenong, April 11: "Two men ... were approached by four males, one of whom struck the 25 year old man across the head with a baseball bat ... The man armed with the baseball bat is of African appearance."

Melbourne, April 10: "Police said a group of 15 men ... was walking home from a party ... (A) second group ... set upon the party-goers leaving two men with serious stab wounds ... The aggressors were of African appearance."

Melbourne, April 6: "A 24-year-old man was ... stabbed him in the shoulder with a knife ... His attacker is ... of African appearance."

Canberra, April 2: "A 19-year-old man (was) stabbed in the abdomen ... The offender (took) the victim's mobile phone. The offender is described as being African in appearance."


Another brawl involving Sudanese community erupts in Melbourne

A THIRD brawl in as many nights involving the Sudanese community has left at least two people injured. The pair was reportedly hit with a bottle during the clash in the car park of Daisey's Hotel, Ringwood, about 10.30pm last night.

A spokesman for ALH group, which owns and operates Daisey's Hotel, David Curry said the men had not been at the venue before the stoush. He said the hotel would assist police with their investigation in anyway it could.

Police were called after reports of a large group of Sudanese men fighting. It's believed up to 30 men could have been involved in the brawl, which saw two people suffer head and leg injuries.

Paramedics were also called to the scene and treated two people. It's believed one man, 19, was bashed twice. He initially refused treatment from paramedics after the initial brawl. It's believed he was assaulted a second time in a nearby park and became unconscious. Paramedics arrived to find him conscious. The man, who suffered bruising to his face and a leg injury, was taken to Maroondah Hospital in a stable condition. A second man, 20, was also taken to hospital with a cut to the head.

Some of the men involved in the brawl were from interstate. It's believed they had been in Victoria for the Miss South Sudan Australia beauty pageant last weekend.

The latest incident comes after a man was stabbed and others injured at a "kickback party" for the beauty pageant in the early hours of Monday morning.

Then yesterday a policeman was hit in the face with a stubby and another punched when an unruly mob descended on them in Melbourne's west.


Carbon tax 'will clean out workers' wallets'

LABOR'S carbon tax will not clean up the environment but it will clean out workers' wallets, Opposition Leader Tony Abbott says.

Speaking from Whyalla in South Australia, Mr Abbott said 4000 local jobs dependent on the steel industry would be at risk under a carbon price. "It's very important that workers right around Australian understand that this carbon tax won't clean up the environment but it will clean out their wallets and it will wipe out jobs big time," the Liberal leader told the ABC.

Today is the first anniversary of former prime minister Kevin Rudd's decision to shelve his carbon pollution reduction scheme.

Mr Abbott said that course of action was backed by current Prime Minister Julia Gillard who was now saying a carbon tax was needed to save the world. "Kevin Rudd couldn't trust her then and the public can't trust her now," he said. "Australia should not try to save the world on its own."

But Mr Abbott went on to claim "all of us want to do the right thing by the environment". "The coalition has a strong and effective policy to reduce emissions by planting more trees, getting better soil and using smarter technology."


Government hospitals leaving patients malnourished

Australia is catching up with Britain

DOCTORS have called for a hospital food review, because patients are being discharged malnourished. Australian Medical Association state president Andrew Lavender said the below-par quality of hospital food, set serving times for three meals a day, and a one-size-fits-all approach could lead to patients checking out malnourished.

"A lot of patients do become malnourished in hospitals," he said. "They are trying to improve nutrition, but when you're cooking for 700 or 800 people the quality is often not up to scratch."

"Generally, the elderly and those who are sick don't have an appetite and there isn't much of a follow-up in terms of what someone doesn't eat. People having major operations are in a state where their body requires extra nutrients to recover and they often they don't get that. People do depart hospital down in weight."

Dr Lavender said a review of nutrition within hospitals was needed to produce an "individual focus rather than a mass-meal type approach".

In New South Wales, Health Minister Jillian Skinner has ordered the Nutrition And Food Committee to develop new standards for hospital food to make it tastier, its packaging easier to open for frail patients and more meal time flexibility. It follows reports that seriously ill children at the state's hospitals were being served party pies, sausage rolls and chicken nuggets.

A 2009 inquiry found that 50 per cent of NSW hospital patients were malnourished and starving. Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation SA secretary Elizabeth Dabars said that she supported any improvements to nutrition in hospitals.

Ms Dabars said the federation was particularly focused on making sure elderly people could easily open the food they were served. "We'd be very supportive of ensuring the food is nutritious, is available and can be easily opened," she said. "If the packaging does become difficult to open, there is every possibility the meal may be taken way without them being able to consume it."

SA Health chief executive David Swan said the quality of meals in public hospitals was evaluated regularly with feedback sought from patients and dietitians involved in the planning of menus. "We are developing new models of care for hospitals that will take into consideration the provision of food for patients," he said.

At Royal Adelaide Hospital, meals for a standard diet can include mixed sandwiches, cold meat and salad, lasagne, roast chicken, fish and potatoes and goulash. Deserts include apple crumble and chocolate mousse, with special menus prepared for patients suffering from a range of conditions such as diabetes and low cholesterol.

Nutrition Professionals Australia dietician Tania Ferraretto said a "decent amount" of time in any facility could lead to malnutrition. "What we tend to see with malnutrition is weight loss, nutritional deficiencies like a lack of vitamins and wounds not healing quickly. And contrary to what people think, you can have a malnourished obese person," she said.

Ms Ferraretto agreed tailoring hospital food to individuals was a key to preventing malnutrition.

Opposition health spokesman Duncan McFetridge said he regularly had complaints from people being served food they couldn't eat because of a specific condition, prompting him to write to Health Minister John Hill. "It's a perennial problem and hospital food should be independently monitored," he said.

Children, Youth and Women's Health Service director Trish Strachan said the Women's and Children's Hospital "provides high quality food to all its patients".


1 comment:

Paul said...

Yes, hospital food. So many issues behind what seems superficially to be simple enough. Firstly, sheer numbers, including the number of people (homeless, drug addicts etc)who use the hospital as a dining room, then there's all the different cultural demands, you know like I'm a vegan, I'm Kosher, I'm Halal, I'm lactose intolerant etc etc., Then there's all the already malnourished people who have survived critical illnesses that would have killed them just ten years ago and have very specific needs but won't eat, then there's the lack of available nurses to feed them at mealtimes if they do, then there's the families who sit by the bed without lifting a finger while the nurse struggles to try and feed four people at once, (that's because, you know, we're like PAYING you?), then there's the pre-packaging that makes the more infirm not bother because opening tiny, fiddly packets is just too hard, and no-one is there to help (see numbers, nursing home lack-of placement issues, cost cutting), then there is the dumping of meal trays next to beds while the patient is down at x-ray, which is then re-collected before the patient gets back, because eating times are inflexible and the domestic fears getting in trouble, then there is no food left on wards because the nurses are all such thieves and just want to gobble it all up (sadly sometimes true, many of our recently arrived ex 2nd and 3rd world colleagues furnish their homes and lives through what they lift from the hospitals to save money and buy property..really., shits us right off).......and so on.....
There is more but I'm hungry now