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first_img MORE: Huge megafire threatens to form The homes of Beau Williams and his father Brian Williams were lost in the Noosa fires in November. Picture: Peter WallisMore from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus10 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market10 hours agoSocial media sites have also been inundated with offers of accommodation for family and friends needing a bed for the night. There’s a bushfire emergency accommodation public group set up for Canberra which already has 4,904 members.Accommodation sharing sites have opened up ways for bushfire ravaged communities to seek shelter, with Airbnb activating its Open Homes to help fire evacuees find emergency housing in New South Wales and Victoria. The offer also extends to relief workers and fire fighters. The Royal Australian Navy helping evacuate people from Mallacoota during bushfire relief efforts. Picture credit: AFP PHOTO/ROYAL AUSTRALIAN NAVY.The Australian East Coast has been hard hit this bushfire season, with Queensland seeing fires start as early as September last year, continuing through to December, while New South Wales and Victoria now have extreme danger zones with whole communities on alert or evacuating. Writer Erin Riley was among those who’ve jumped in to help via her “Find a Bed” initiative.“The biggest challenge we have right now is getting the message out to people in need,” she told News Corp Australia. “Over 500 people have volunteered their homes, but it’s hard to get the message out to people who are stranded with limited coverage. The response from people willing to help, though, has been absolutely amazing.” Bushfire arrived into the township of Malua Bay, just south of Batemans Bay. New Year’s Eve. Picture: Alex Coppel.Thousands of Aussies have opened their houses, units and investment properties as free emergency accommodation for people fleeing devastating firestorms that raged across three states.Multiple sites have opened up with zero cost for emergency accommodation in properties normally listed for up to hundreds of dollars a night, while individuals have also begun co-ordinating online efforts to link those needing a bed with those offering accommodation. FOLLOW SOPHIE FOSTER ON TWITTER A bushfire reaching Lithgow in the lead up to Christmas. Picture: Tim Hunter.Her “Find a Bed” initiative registers those who need a place to stay, asking where they are and what kind of accommodation they need; and then connecting them to the closest matching offer of accommodation.“If you have a spare bed or room for animals: let us know and if someone who needs a place to stay that matches what you can offer registers, we’ll put you in touch with them.”The site said that “due to the urgency of getting people into accommodation, we can’t screen people”.“We will connect you via phone and recommend you have a chat before making a decision about offering or accepting accommodation.” People lining up to register for evacuation by HMAS Choules in Mallacoota during bushfire relief efforts. Friday January 3. Picture credit: AFP PHOTO/ROYAL AUSTRALIAN NAVY/SHANE CAMERON.“If you’ve been displaced or are helping with relief efforts, you can book free accommodation between 1 January 2020 and 16 January 2020.”Airbnb hosts were protected under the company’s insurance scheme, which allowed temporary housing to open up to over 30,000 people since the emergency initiative began in 2012. The scheme started post Hurricane Sandy when “hosts decided to offer their homes for free to neighbours who were forced to evacuate”, according to the short term accommodation site. last_img read more

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first_imgThursday evening, The Batesville Bulldogs faced off against the Greensburg Pirates for a conference match-winning 6-0.Batesville started out with high intensity and quickly took over with possession. 26:11 JJ Kuisel took a shot that was blocked by the post and followed up where he got it again and dropped to Ian powers with a shot from the center of the 18-yard line. 17:08 Ian Powers played Willy Sherwood and then he passed to JJ Kuisel for a nice combination play and then tapped into the net.The second half started out the same. 31:49 JJ Kuisel received the ball from opposing goal kick and then dribbled up the middle and returned the ball into the net. 29:44 Ian Powers shot was defected and then Adam Vogelsang caught the loose ball with an impressive one-touch volley into the goal. 23:44 JJ Kuisel played the ball wide from the center near the 18′ to Joey Gutzwiller who played the ball forward and deflected. Willy Sherwood followed up and finished to a goal. 6:23 Andrew Hoffbauer took a corner kick and Dominic Butz finished header to a goal.    Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Kyle Hunteman.   In their 3rd game in 3 days, Greensburg traveled to Batesville and fell to the Bulldogs 6-0.Greensburg played a relatively mistake-free first half, defensively, but a very talented Batesville team was able to capitalize and score 2 goals, making it 2-0 at halftime.The second half saw the fatigue set in for the Pirates as they gave up 4 second half goals. Greensburg only saw shots from sophomores Luke Hellmich and Grayson Newhart as Batesville’s stout defense held Greensburg scoreless for the first time in conference play.The loss moves Greensburg to 2-7-1 and 1-2 in the conference.Courtesy of Pirates Coach Cody DeVolld.last_img read more

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first_imgby, Ruth Tamari, GuestBloggerTweetShareShareEmail0 Shares"When I am an old woman I shall wear purple With a red hat which doesn't go, and doesn't suit me..." From the poem Warning by Jenny Joseph. Photo By garryknight “When I am an old woman I shall wear purple With a red hat which doesn’t go, and doesn’t suit me…” From the poem Warning by Jenny Joseph. Photo By garryknightCan you imagine yourself older? Can you imagine yourself as an Elder? Do you even want to?In the past few months, several people have mentioned the inspiration of Jenny Joseph’s poem “Warning: When I Am An Old Woman”. She pictures for us her notions of her old age. She wrote it in 1961 when she was 31 years old. She is now 81 years old. I wonder how close her poetic vision is to her reality? Does she wear purple, spend her pension on summer gloves and satin sandals, and run her stick along the public railings? Does she live her life with the spontaneity and friendships that she wished for?Here is a beautiful recording of “Warning: When I Am An Old Woman” ready by Helena Bonham Carter.It started me thinking about what I want for myself when I am an old woman. What will my “Warning” look and sound like? What will I want to be doing, and not doing?The beauty and power of visioning is that you get to create with your mind the person you want to be and since the mind cannot tell reality from imagination, it believes it to be so. Visioning inspires actions and choices that align with your vision and opens your awareness to notice opportunities that might otherwise float by your consciousness.Even more powerful than that, creating a positive vision of yourself as an elder counters negative stereotypes and internalized ageism. It’s a way to acknowledge how you want to age and the honest fears or beliefs that stand in your way: isolation, loneliness, disability, illness, dependence, mortality.So here is my version of Warning written at the age of 46. Wonder if my vision will come to be.Ruth’s version of Warning by Jenny JosephWhen I am an old woman I shall wear leopard skin tops Paint my toes wine Break open hot lobsters with friends Wrap myself in soft, warm layers so that I may sit by bonfires, stare up at twinkling stars, and converse with the moon.I shall stretch my limbs behind my ears (definitely my arms, hopefully my legs) Wear bracelets to my elbow, pendants in my cleavage ask the unaskable, choose the unpopular, and walk the unwelcome road.I shall wear my grey hair long sometimes loose and wild sometimes braided, chignoned, or pony-tailed. I shall whistle at dogs, men and great musicians Read stories and current events, in large print or on audiotape if I mustI shall fill my nest so that it dances with music and books lovers of my soul to keep me company as I lose friends and family filling lonely nooks and crannies with chocolate bon-bons for my sweet tooth (however many I have left) of course I know that my tastebuds won’t savour the way they do now.I shall hug babies and children tightly, kiss them soundly and blow bubbles with them, nurture the world with my estrogen-less, toothy smile and bear-hugs share my understanding, experience and wisdom with those who seek it out.I shall wear faded denim jeans and tortoise-shell glasses to study for another degree in something purely pleasurable and esoteric unattached to being hirable or producing an income like the history of film or music.My drive to achieve, to accomplish will shift into a desire to contribute a yearning to leave behind my difference, my mark, my footprint of course I know that is still my egoSure I’m scared of not having enough money of becoming another crone living in poverty scraping coins together rubbing the genie’s bottle wishing for three magical wishesYes I worry that I’ll fall and not be able to walk on the sand again beaches don’t take kindly to walkers and wheelchairs and who would I be without my mobile legs?So maybe it’s time to let my grey hair grow in stroke the black cat stoke the fires of understanding acceptance and joy.Related PostsTweetShareShareEmail0 SharesTags: crone Elderhood poetrylast_img read more