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If the gory photos on cigarette packs and the threat of death weren’t enough, now an academic has come up with a grim countdown-to-death for smokers.

Smokers will literally be able to see the minutes of their life expectancy drop away with each smoke, if Massey University College of Health head Professor Paul McDonald’s idea gains traction.

He is proposing that each cigarette would be marked with six rings and a message saying each ring smoked past would take a minute off life expectancy. If it was adopted, New Zealand would be the first in the world to print warnings directly on cigarettes.

Australia was the first in the world to introduce plain packaging last year after a lengthy legal battle with tobacco companies that challenged the legislation on constitutional grounds.

The idea is still in its infancy but a preliminary survey of 10 smokers by Professor McDonald showed it would have a ”profound” effect.

People were shown sketches and mock-ups of the minutes-from-life cigarette. ”They literally have the risk under their nose … with every cigarette. It really brings the hazard home.”


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Source: The Advocate

ELEVEN people have been charged inrelation to a number of firearm seizures around the state.

Tasmania Police has held 22 searches aspart of Operation Unification – Illicit Firearms, and during the search hasseized 29 weapons.

The aim of the campaign is to removeillicit firearms from the community for public safety reasons.

“Communities talk and information,regardless of how insignificant it may seem, can assist us in locating andseizing illicit firearms,” Detective Inspector Plumpton said.

Operation Unification also serves as areminder for firearms owners to ensure their firearms are registered and safelysecured.

Members of the public who may have anyinformation in relation to illicit firearms and associated criminal activitycan contact Crime Stoppers anonymously on 1800 333 000.

Police said all reports will be actedupon.

Operation Unification finishes nextFriday.

Firearm safety information can be foundon the Tasmania Police website www.police.tas.gov.au.

Tasmania Police has held 22 searches as part of Operation Unification – Illicit Firearms, and during the search has seized 29 weapons.

A Canberra Catholic priest will face the ACT Magistrates Court next week to answer allegations he groped a girl three times in the 1990s. Photo: Graham Tidy.Source: Canberra Times

A Canberra Catholic priest has been charged over historical acts ofindecency on a child in the 1990s.

Father Edward Evans, 83, of Braddon, will face the ACT Magistrates Courtnext week to answer allegations he groped the girl, aged between 10 and 16years, three times.

The elderly priest has pledged to fight the charges.

The three offences allegedly occurred between 1995 and 1997 at Father’sEvans’ Braddon home, according to police.

Father Evans has a long association with Canberra’s German Catholiccommunity. He has worked as a German-language chaplain for the German communityin Canberra, and represents the country’s Catholic mission.

Father Evans formerly worked from St Patrick’s Catholic Church inBraddon, a church that conducts Masses in German every Sunday.

The priest was the subject of a ”lengthy investigation” by CriminalInvestigations detectives.

ACT Policing said officers arrested him at City Police Station onWednesday afternoon. He was charged and granted police bail, subject to anumber of conditions.

Father Evans is expected to appear in court on June 7.

The accused man’s lawyer, Ben Aulich, told Fairfax Media in a statementthat his client would fight the allegations.

”I hold instructions to enter pleas of not guilty to the charges beforethe court,” Mr Aulich said.

”My client has faith in the criminal justice system and is anxious tohave this matter heard and to clear his name.”

The Catholic Archdiocese of Canberra and Goulburn declined to comment onthe matter.

ACT Policing has not formally released the man’s identity.

Source: The Age

A “gravely ill” woman who needed daily home care has allegedlydefrauded about $3.5 million from businesses across Victoria.

Kylie Renee Lynd was extradited from Tamworth, NSW to Victoria this weekto face 56 charges of obtaining property by deception.

The offences span seven years, with most happening in the Warrnamboolarea in Victoria’s south-west.’

The 35-year-old appeared in the Melbourne Magistrates Court briefly onFriday, having flown to the city from Tamworth on Thursday afternoon.

Wearing a loose black top, she appeared in pain and moved stiffly to herseat in the dock.

Her lawyer described his client as “gravely ill,” sufferingfrom rheumatoid arthritis and kidney stones.

“Prior to her arrest she was subject to daily home care,” herlawyer said.

“She has been suffering while in custody.”

She didn’t apply for bail.

A warrant was issued for her arrest after she did not appear at theWarrnambool Magistrates Court while on bail in January 2006.

Recently, she had been living in Dungowan, about 25 kilometressouth-east of Tamworth.

Detective Senior Constable Roger McClure of Hamilton police, insouth-west Victoria, accompanied her back to Victoria on a lunch time flight onThursday.

She did not oppose the extradition.

Melbourne magistrate Peter Reardon allowed a request from her lawyer tobe transferred to Victoria’s woman’s prison, the Dame Phyllis Frost Centre, andbe treated by a doctor.

Her case was adjourned to July 2 where it will be heard at theWarrnambool Magistrates Court.

She will remain in custody until then.

Kylie Renee Lynd was extradited from Tamworth to Victoria this week to face 56 charges of obtaining property by deception, amounting to $3.5 million.

Yancoal Australia, one of the largest remaining listed coalminers, has warned of continued ”difficult” conditions in the global market, with sluggish demand and rising export volumes forcing all producers to cut costs.

The main focus is on cost reduction at the company’s mines and at head office, it told shareholders at Friday’s annual meeting, which it expects to result in higher profits.

At the same time, the group is planning to boost output, which will rise to an estimated 24 million tonnes by 2017 from 14 million tonnes in 2012.

Over the past 12 months, Yancoal finalised the acquisition of Gloucester Coal, elevating it to the ranks of one of the country’s largest coal producers.

With weak export prices, Yancoal said it was pushing to cut production costs to less than $60 a tonne, from $65 at present.

As part of this, it has flagged cutting overall costs by up to $380 million from 2014, with about half the planned savings coming from optimising infrastructure, and the balance spread across head office functions and improvements from other factors, such as coal blending.

The costcutting comes as both coking and steaming coal prices are expected to remain subdued for the rest of the year.

With the spot hard-coking coal price trading below the recently negotiated second quarter benchmark price, and weak demand from the steel industry and forecast output growth from local producers, export prices will remain under pressure.

Strong supply growth from both Australia and Indonesia is forecast to outstrip demand growth for the next three years, which signals a weak outlook for thermal coal prices.

The one positive may come from a weaker Australian dollar, which might help boost profit margins.

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