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Tributes flow for dead abseiler

Written By miftah nugraha on Minggu, 22 Desember 2013 | 08.30

AN abseiler who fell to his death from a Blue Mountains cliff has been fondly remembered by friends as an enthusiastic sportsman who died doing something he loved.

Darren Bull, 34, died on Saturday morning, reportedly trying to reach his girlfriend, Katherine Donahue, who had become tangled in ropes on a descent at Malaita Point, a popular abseiling spot on the edge of the Jamison Valley near Katoomba.

An operation to retrieve Mr Bull's body was completed on Saturday evening.

Ms Donahue was winched to safety at about 1.30pm (AEDT) that day and wasn't injured.

Friends of Mr Bull on Sunday fondly remembered him in posted messages on social media sites.

On Facebook, Sisha Reynolds wrote: "So sad to hear the sad news of Darren Bull a beautiful man. RIP.... Not a surprise you passing away being a hero and nice that it was while you were doing something you love but still so very sad."

Mr Bull was a former player with the Macquarie University Australian Football Club and one message from a member read: "Some very sad news this morning. It appears former player Darren Bull ... "Big Daz" ... died".

The club will observe a minute's silence before the opening match of the 2014 season in Mr Bull's honour.

Another social media post read: "when you mess with the bull, you get the horns!" Rest in peace Darren, you will be missed".

Mr Bull for some years worked as a counsellor at the Southwoods summer camp in the Adirondack Mountains of upstate New York.

On former colleague from the camp posted: "Difficult to even imagine but what a man! Glad I briefly got to know you mate, thoughts go out to the family."

Police are investigating how Mr Bull died and will prepare a report for the coroner.


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Fears for boy, 5, missing in Sydney river

AS darkness fell on Dolls Point and the police cars began to peel away, a distressed Sydney family knelt together to pray for a little boy.

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Amphetamine abuse growing: report

AMPHETAMINES have surged ahead of alcohol as the main substance addicted Australians seek treatment for, a report from a rehabilitation centre has found.

Odyssey House released its latest annual report on Monday.

It found addiction to amphetamines - including ice, speed or ecstasy - was the main substance of concern for a third of people seeking treatment, outstripping alcohol, cannabis and heroin for a second year.

Chief executive Jamie Pitts says the latest figures for amphetamine addiction are up 120 per cent on 2003 figures, while the figures for heroin addiction have fallen to their lowest point.

Ten years ago, Australia was in the grip of a serious heroin problem, he says, and 45 per cent of Odyssey House clients were admitted with opiate dependence.

That percentage has more than halved over the past decade.

"While this reduction is good news, it's due mainly to heroin supply issues," Mr Pitts said in a statement.

"People have turned instead to ice and speed because it's more readily available and affordable."

Booze remains a major problem for Australians, the report finds, with 28 per cent of those entering Odyssey House residential programs in the 2012-13 financial year reporting that alcohol was their main drug of concern.

"Seventy per cent of our clients list alcohol as one of their problem drugs, and it's the substance they're most likely to start misusing first, providing that slippery slope towards illicit drugs," Mr Pitts said.

More than half of those who sought help at Odyssey House had a co-existing mental illness.

The report also found people entering Odyssey House were more likely to have started using drugs at a younger age.


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Motorcyclist dies in north Brisbane

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COOPER Watson's parent are hoping for just one thing this Christmas - that their son's dialysis machine will no longer be needed.

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ROGER Federer will spend Christmas in the desert in preparation for a sticky summer of tennis, starting right here with the Brisbane International.


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CIA helped Colombia target rebels: report

A COVERT CIA program has helped Colombia's government kill at least two dozen leaders of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, the rebel insurgency also known as FARC, The Washington Post reports.

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Khodorkovsky says he won't enter politics

KREMLIN critic Mikhail Khodorkovsky, unexpectedly pardoned and released from jail, says he will not enter Russian politics, or fund the country's opposition to President Vladimir Putin.

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Man survives 15m plunge in Blue Mountains

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COOPER Watson's parent are hoping for just one thing this Christmas - that their son's dialysis machine will no longer be needed.

Fed express gets set to hit town

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ROGER Federer will spend Christmas in the desert in preparation for a sticky summer of tennis, starting right here with the Brisbane International.


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Royal Commission begins in Sydney

Written By miftah nugraha on Minggu, 17 November 2013 | 08.30

BRUTAL bashings and the sexual abuse of children under the care of the Anglican church in NSW will be examined at the next round of public hearings in a national inquiry.

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Bold action needed for Aussie kids: report

AUSTRALIA needs bold action to improve the wellbeing of its young people, says a high-powered group concerned the country is underperforming compared with its peers.

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Cancer gene women unprotected: research

MANY Australian women are failing to protect themselves from breast and ovarian cancer despite knowing they carry a dangerous gene mutation, according to a new study.

About 20 per cent are likely to have their breasts removed, according to the study which tracked 325 women with BRCA1 or BRCA2 mutations for up to 15 years.

The study, published in the Medical Journal of Australia, shows about 40 per cent have their ovaries and fallopian tubes removed.

Apart from protecting against ovarian cancer, this procedure reduced the risk of breast cancer if done before menopause, said research leader Professor Kelly-Anne Phillips from the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre in Melbourne.

Three per cent of the women in the study participated in a clinical trial of Tamoxifen, a medication which Prof Phillips and her team recently showed helped halve the risk of breast cancer.

The next phase of the research would involve face-to-face interviews with women and their doctors to understand why some women did not use cancer prevention strategies.

"All the options have advantages and disadvantages. These are complex and personal decisions," said Prof Phillips.

Data collection for the study ended in May 2012, before actor Angelina Jolie went public about her double mastectomy.

An increase in genetic testing has been reported in Australia since then and Prof Phillips told AAP it was possible this had prompted more women to take preventative action.

But prevention during the research period was low compared with other countries, she said.

One reason could be that women were not aware of the latest options.

"The evidence for the different interventions has changed significantly over the past few years," she said.

"My advice is for women who know they have the gene mutation to talk to their specialist at regular intervals.

"Women who don't know if they have the mutation but are concerned about their family history should talk to their GP.

BRCA1 mutation carriers have a 65 per cent chance of developing breast cancer and a 39 per cent chance of ovarian cancer by the age of 70, according to the study.

BRCA2 mutation carriers have a 45 per cent chance of breast cancer and 11 per cent risk of ovarian cancer.

"There are things women can do that will dramatically reduce their risk," said Prof Phillips.


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