October 29, 2008
The benefits of taking a fish oil supplement to reduce stress will be the focus of a Southern Cross University study funded by a new National Health and Medical Research Council grant.
Successful grant applicant Professor Stephen Myers said he was delighted the University’s research in the field of natural and complementary medicine was being supported and validated by winning such a highly competitive and prestigious grant.
“We will use the $135,000 grant to undertake a clinical trial looking at the relationship between taking fish oil and occupational stress,” he said.
“An earlier pilot study suggested that adding fish oil to the diet played a protective role in relationship to workplace stress and we will be exploring that relationship further.
October 28, 2008
Police from Richmond Local Area Command Target Action Group conducted a search warrant on a Dudley Drive, Goonellabah, property commencing at 7.25am this morning targeting cannabis.
In the warrant police located two hydroponic set-ups in a garage, where they seized more than 40 cannabis plants of various heights, 225 grams of cannabis leaf and a small amount of cannabis seed.
The 32-year-old Goonellabah male was charged with two counts of Cultivating Prohibited Plant and two counts of Possess Prohibited Drug.
The male was granted conditional bail to Lismore Local Court on December 8.
October 28, 2008
Highway Patrol Police on the North Coast are being supported by Highway Patrol Police from Traffic Services Sydney targeting speed, road trauma and antisocial driving behaviour.
Richmond Command has reported 15 fatal crashes, with 16 deaths, compared with seven fatal crashes with seven deaths for the same period in 2007.
Police said that 62% of collisions resulted in injury, with 39% of the collisions involving excessive speed or alcohol.
The accident data reveals that speed-related collisions predominately occur in the early hours of the morning.
October 28, 2008
Primary producers affected by a severe hailstorm in the Northern Rivers area last week are now eligible for Natural Disaster Relief Assistance, NSW Minister for Primary Industries Ian Macdonald said.
The hailstorm caused at least $3 million damage on many properties on 22 October between Tregeagle and Suffolk Park.
“A large storm cell moved in a north-easterly direction through the area,” Mr Macdonald said.
“This hailstorm damaged many horticultural crops and nurseries, as well as associated infrastructure in the area.
October 28, 2008
An elderly man has died following a four-vehicle collision near Grafton yesterday.
Shortly after 11am a Mitsubishi Lancer was travelling north along the Pacific Highway, about 3km north of Ulmarra, when it collided with the side of an aluminium boat and trailer being towed by a Ford four-wheel-drive travelling in the opposite direction.
The Mitsubishi then allegedly collided with an Isuzu Pantec truck and a Holden Commodore, both travelling south behind the Ford. The collision caused the truck to roll on to its side.
As a result the driver and sole occupant of the Mitsubishi, a 78-year-old Queensland man, was trapped before being released and airlifted to Lismore Hospital, where he later died.
October 27, 2008
Police have charged four young adults with high and middle range PCA offences over the weekend, with two being involved in motor vehicle accidents.
At 12.25am on Sunday an 18-year-old Casino male driving his 1995 Ford was involved in a collision in Lennox Street and Boundary Street, Casino.
An 18-year-old Evans Head male was charged with High Range PCA (0.160) and being unlicensed after losing control of his 1994 Toyota at 12.45am on Saturday night in Currajong Street, Evans Head.
A 23-year-old Lismore female was charged with Middle Range PCA (.105) after she was allegedly sighted driving her 1994 Toyota exceptionally slowly in Molesworth Street, Lismore, at 12.30am on Sunday morning.
October 26, 2008
A three-month-old humpback whale stranded on the beach at Byron Bay following what is thought to be a collision with a large boat has died.
Rescuers from Australian Seabird Rescue, the National Parks and Wildlife Service and Cape Byron Marine Park were unable to save the whale and it was pronounced dead at 7.30am this morning (Sunday 26 October).
October 25, 2008
The Northern Rivers Business Enterprise Centre (BEC) has announced the appointment of the new Business Consultant for the Clarence Valley.
Allan Sams brings over 28 years of high-level business experience to the region, including 20 years in senior management positions for the Tourism Commission of New South Wales, Eastern Australia Airlines and Budget Rent-a-Car.
“I am thrilled to be able to work with the BEC again,” Mr Sams said.
“It’s a tremendous service that really benefits the growth of our region.”
October 24, 2008
Police are investigating an overnight assault on a man at a Lismore taxi rank.
Police from Richmond Local Area Command attended Keen Street, Lismore, about 8.40pm yesterday (Thursday 23 October), after receiving reports of a man with a severe facial laceration following an assault outside a nightclub.
He was taken to Lismore Base Hospital for treatment of the injury.
A crime scene was established and officers conducted inquiries at the scene.
October 23, 2008
Far North Coast Rugby Union has announced its 2009 opens training squad.
The team finally selected will take part in the NSW Country Championships, with one match to be played in the FNC Zone on March 21 at Crozier Field, Lismore, and two away matches on the following weekend at a venue to be decided.
There will be a squad meeting on the Monday, November 3, at the Rous Hotel, Lismore, starting at 6.30pm.
The first training run is on Saturday, November 15, at the Ballina Rugby Club from 2.30pm.
The squad is: