Bendigo dragon, Sir Richard Branson share special surprise

Bendigo dragon, Sir Richard Branson share special surprise Richard Branson and Yar Loong. Picture: NATALIE CROXON
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Yar Loong prepares for its performance ahead of this morning’s announcement.

Yar Loong ahead of its performance.

Yar Loong ahead of its performance.

Yar Loong on its way to the performance.

Yar Loong’s view.

More of Richard Branson’s publicity exploits. Photo: Getty Images

More of Richard Branson’s publicity exploits. Photo: Getty Images

More of Richard Branson’s publicity exploits. Photo: Getty Images

More of Richard Branson’s publicity exploits. Photo: Getty Images

More of Richard Branson’s publicity exploits. Photo: Getty Images

Yar Loong performs in Bendigo in 2011.

Yar Loong performs in Bendigo in 2011.

Yar Loong performs in Bendigo in 2011.

Yar Loong performs in Bendigo in 2011.

Yar Loong performs in Bendigo in 2011.

TweetFacebookBENDIGO’S own Yar Loong has teamed with Virgin Group founder Sir Richard Branson to promote his latest venture.

Branson launched Virgin Australia’s inaugural Melbourne to Hong Kong flights by carrying the head of the 32-metre night dragon Yar Loong in a traditional procession with lion dancers and drummers.

The performance surprised travellers at Melbourne International Airport on Wednesday morning.

The crowd eagerly wondered what was about to happen, before Yar Loong and Bransonappeared.

Onlookers took pictures and videos asYar Loong came through the crowd.


The Hong Kongservice will operate five times a week.

Other notable names at the launch included Trade, Tourism and Investment Minister Steven Ciobo, Virgin Australia Group chief executive and managing director John Borghetti, Victorian Sports Minister andTourism and Major Events Minister John Eren, andHong Kong Tourism Board regional directorAndrew Clarke.

Yar Loong isn’t the only Bendigo dragon in the spotlight lately.

Imperial dragon Sun Loong will againperform soloat next year’s Bendigo Easter festival, as the pushto bring a new people’s dragon to the city continues.


Sun Loong replacement to arrive in 2019New dragon a vital part of BendigoSun Loong’s replacement named as hunt beginsFundraising campaign to replace Sun LoongFundraising for his replacement –Dai Gum Loong –is building momentum,withGolden Dragon Museum general manager AnitaJack hoping to see the two dragons paraded in the 2019 Easter parade.

Ms Jack said the decision to have Dai Gum Loong arrive in 2019 was about making sure the right dragon was chosen to come to Bendigo.

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Medicare breach sets off alarms over $1 billion e-health plan

The Turnbull government insists there has been no major cyber security breach of its health IT systems and says “traditional” criminals – rather than sophisticated hackers – are likely to blame for a website apparently selling the Medicare numbers of allAustralians.
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A report shows that the full Medicare card details of any Australian are being sold on the dark web for around $30 each.

Minister for Human Services Alan Tudge. Photo: Andrew Meares

Announcing both internal and federal police investigations on Tuesday, Human Services Minister Alan Tudgesaid it appeared the breach had affected only a small number of people and had not put sensitive personal medical records at risk.

But IT and privacy experts are sounding the alarm,using the revelations to call for an urgent rethink of the government’s new centralised $1 billion My Health Recordsystem -which is about to be rolled out to most Australians.

As revealed by theGuardian Australia, an online vendor on a “dark net” auction site claims to be able to access anyone’s Medicare card details on request,and is selling them for around $30 each. A reporter tested the veracity of the claim by successfully purchasing his own Medicare number.

RELATED READING:Medicare details of every Australian currently up for sale

Describing the system as “the Medicare Machine”, the vendor claims they are “exploiting a vulnerability” in the government’s systems to pull the data, and appears to have sold at least 75 numbers to date.

There are concerns organised crime groups could use the numbers to create fake cards for the purpose of identity fraud. The cards could be used to help open bank accounts, apply for a passport or credit card, or start an illegal business.

MrTudgesaid the government was taking the claims seriously but sought to allay fears of a wide-scalebreach.

“The advice I have received from the chief information officer in my department is that there has not been a cyber security breach of our systemsas suchbut ratherit is more likely to have been a traditional criminal activity,” he said.

An apparent security hole in the health system is being exploited.

He also sought to reassure that people’s sensitive data was well-protected:”Nobody’s health records can be accessed just with a Medicare card number. Anybody who suggests otherwise is irresponsible and is fear-mongering.”

Nonetheless, the incident has sparked calls for the government to change course on its e-health plans. Nearly five million people already have a My Health Record but from next year they will automatically be created for everyone who doesn’t opt out.

Medical IT specialist Paul Power says while it would be difficult for anyone to use a Medicare number to access health records, the breach highlighted the problem with big, centralised repositories of sensitive information.

“Our Medicare data is held in a centralised location and the proposal is to have My Health Records hosted in a centralised location,” he said.

“The kind of breach that has evidently happened with the Medicare data can – and almost certainly will – happen with the My Health Record data if we go ahead and host it on this same kind of centralised depository.”

He is calling on Health Minister Greg Hunt to instead consider a new German model, in which people’s master data is stored on personalised cards and backed up on an individual consultingdoctor’s computer.

The Australian Privacy Foundation’s David Vaile said the government had “drunk the big data Kool Aid”.

“They seem to have set aside concerns about security, privacy, confidentiality and access controls,” Mr Vailesaid. “Health is the most sensitive form of information, that can dog your entire life. It can affect insurance, family relationships, your capacity to get jobs or travel.”

Electronic Frontiers Australia also called for a My Health rethink, saying repeated cyber security blunders hadundermined publictrust in the ability ofgovernment agencies to properly handle their sensitive personal data.

A spokeswoman for the Department of Health said the My Health Record system had “multiple layers” of world-leading security and strict privacy controls.

“The My Health Record has been in operation for over five years, with nearly five million Australians having a record. In this time there have been no security breachesof patient data inthe system,” she said.

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‘Bored’ Bernard Tomic has lost interest in tennis

‘Bored’ Bernard Tomic has lost interest in tennis Out: Bernard Tomic, Daria Gavrilova and Thanasi Kokkinakis have not advanced to round 2 at Wimbledon. Photos: Getty Images
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Bernard Tomic in round one action. Photo: Getty Images

Bernard Tomic in round one action. Photo: Getty Images

Bernard Tomic in round one action. Photo: Getty Images

Bernard Tomic in round one action. Photo: Getty Images

Thanasi Kokkinakis on day 2 of Wimbledon 2017. Photo: Getty Images

Thanasi Kokkinakis on day 2 of Wimbledon 2017. Photo: Getty Images

Thanasi Kokkinakis on day 2 of Wimbledon 2017. Photo: Getty Images

Daria Gavrilova on day 2 at Wimbledon 2017. Photo: Getty Images

Daria Gavrilova on day 2 at Wimbledon 2017. Photo: Getty Images

Arina Rodionova won her first round match at Wimbledon 2017. Photo: Getty Images

Arina Rodionova won her first round match at Wimbledon 2017. Photo: Getty Images

Thanasi Kokkinakis on day 2 of Wimbledon 2017. Photo: Getty Images

TweetFacebookLondon:Bernard Tomic has admitted to being bored with tennis in an extraordinary aftermath to his insipidfirst-round Wimbledon defeat.

Once dubbed “Tomic the Tank Engine”, Australia’s former All England Club quarter-finalist denied not giving his best efforts in his 6-4 6-3 6-4 loss to Germany’s big-serving 27th seed Mischa Zverev.

But he confessed to having lost all motivation for the game, disrespecting it and no longer caring how he performed in grand slams.

“I don’t know why, but I felt a little bit bored out there, to be completely honest with you,” he said.

“I feel holding a trophy or doing well, it doesn’t satisfy me anymore … It’s not there. I couldn’t care less if I make a fourth-round US Open or I lose first round.

“This is one of the biggest tournaments in the world that I have done really well in my career and … I just couldn’t find anything,” Tomic said.

“It’s happened to me a lot. Just can’t find anything on the court … This is my eighth Wimbledon, or ninth I think. I’m still 24, and it’s tough to find motivation.”

Tomic was heard complaining of a back problem during a medical time-out midway through the match, but later said he wasn’t overly injured.

“It was definitely a mental issue out there,” he said. “I just tried to break a bit of momentum but just couldn’t find any rhythm and, you know, wasn’t mentally and physically there with my mental state to perform.”

Emotionally burnt out after almost a decade on tour, the dual grand slam junior champion is unsure how to rediscover the spark but, for now, ruled out taking a break from the sport.

“I’m happy with my life … I’m going to play another 10 years, and I know after my career I won’t have to work again … for me, this is mental.

“I was in worse positions than this, you know, at 120, 130 in the world, and then managed to turn around the past few years and be a top-20 player.

“But it’s my choice. I know I have to work hard. For sure I don’t do the right work … I believe you have to respect the sport, but I think I don’t respect it enough.

“I just believe playing many years on tour now has sort of taken a toll … You need to find that sort of energy. I’m just trying to find something. Now heading into the US. Maybe [I’ll] play well in some tournaments there.

“Nothing to lose. Just try and enjoy it.”

Fellow Australian Thanasi Kokkinakis went down 6-3 3-6 7-6 (7-2) 6-4 to 29th-seeded Argentine Juan Martin del Potro, who secured victory with his seventh match point.

A battling Arina Rodionova became the first Australian to advance to the second round, beating Russian 16th seed Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 3-6 7-6 (7-5) 9-7.


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DD-cups runneth over for online bra salesman

Wes Bundy is the owner of online bra retailer Curvy. Photo: SuppliedWes Bundy didn’t set out to become an expert in plus-size bras. But he couldn’t ignore the huge gap in the market.
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At first, his wife thought he was joking. But the 34-year-old explained to her that macro trends showed that the population was changing shape, and women had larger busts.

“I could see it was pretty difficult to shop for a bra if you were size 14F or 22DD, particularly online. Even though bras are an everyday proposition for the majority of the population.”

Sizing standards vary in different parts of the world and the high cost to return an ill-fitting bra to an overseas retailer also played into his hands.

Proving the demand for bigger brasSo, Bundyjumped in, launching online plus-size bra retailer Curvy in January 2014 as an autonomous entrepreneurial venture,jointly funded by Bras N Things, to service the plus-size market. (HisUncle Brett Bundy owns Bras N Things.)

“I offered to take six months of no pay and negotiate with all the suppliers to make this happen. I was determined from the outset,” Bundy says.

Incredibly, he didn’t spend a cent on stock to launch, negotiating his first supplier to provide nearly 100 bras to test the market, ploughing earnings back into the business. “It was the only time we asked for free stock, and we sold out very quickly, proving there was market need for our online store.”

Wes BundyA shipping container for an officeBundy bought out Bras N Things’ 50 per centstake in the business at the start of 2016, determined to make his mark on the plus-size bra market.

He attributes part of his success to escaping exorbitant Sydney rent by leasing a small Storage King at $550 a month, where he began operations. “I set up the computers next to the racks of bras, coming into a shipping container to work each day.”

This calendar year, Curvy’s revenue is projected to be more than $1 million, up from $580,000 in 2016, with growth predicted to continue.

The power of knowing nothingIgnorance can be a powerful advantage when launching an online business, as Rob Hango-Zada, the founder of Shippit, says.

“I also knew nothing about logistics when I launched Shippit,” Hango-Zada says.”This ignorance means we weren’t constrained by industry norms, or shackled to the beliefs of what’s possible and what’s not – often held by upper management.”

What’s important when launching a business is to know your customer and be sure of the problem you’re trying to solve for them, Hango-Zada says.

Shippit now handles one per cent of all logistics bookings each month and has a turnover of more than $5 million.

Buoying salesBundy had partnered with his uncle before, with a previous proposal to handle the online franchise for national jewellery retailer Diva (also owned by his uncle) accepted. He built up online sales at Diva from a few hundred dollars a week to over $30,000 a week before selling the business, which is now defunct. Prior to that, Bundy was in international trade at PwC.

Surprising Curvy customers with free gifts with purchases for repeat customers have grown revenue. He also offers free shipping and absorbs the costs of free returns, which hover around 10-20 per cent.

A web service that tracks delivery emails customers about their expected arrival day and AfterPay has also buoyed sales.

“My wife thinks it’s funny that I know her mum’s and sister’s bra sizes, but she’s been really supportive, even when I wasn’t even bringing in an income for the first six months,” says Bundy.

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Swedish music festival cancelled after 27 sexual assaults

Ellie Goulding, pictured here performing in 2015, was among the artists at this year’s Bravalla Festival. Photo: Cedric RibeiroOrganisers of Sweden’s biggest music festival Bravalla have cancelled next year’s dates after a spate of sexual assaults at this year’s event.
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The festival – which featured artists including The Chainsmokers, The Killers, Linkin Park, Halsey and Ellie Goulding – was held over four days on the outskirts of Norrköping, in eastern Sweden, wrapping up on Sunday.

Police confirmed they’d received reports of four rapes and 23 sexual assaults between Thursday and Sunday, theAssociated Pressreports.

With Sweden’s prime minister Stefan Lofven joining in condemning the incidents as “obnoxious acts by deplorable men”, festival organisers took the unprecedented step of cancelling next year’s event.

“Words cannot describe how incredibly sad we are about this, and we most seriously regret and condemn this. This is not f—ing OK. We do not accept this at our festival,” said FKP Scorpio, the German company that organises the festival, ina press releaseshared on Saturday.

They added they had “done everything in our power” to offer a safe environment for visitors–following numerous reported assaultsthe year prior, as well as criticisms from past performers including Mumford and Sons–but were unable to “eradicate the darkness”.

“Some men, because we are talking about men, apparently can’t behave. It’s a shame. Therefore, we have decided not to hold Bravalla in 2018,” the statement continued.

“We will continue to work together for a better world… Let’s take care of each other, choke hatred and violence, and let the music win.”

The cancellation is the sternest move yet by festival organisers looking to tackle what’s become a worldwide epidemic – including in Australia, where local initiatives have finally sought to counter the problem at live events.

Earlier this year, the Rainbow Serpent Festival inVictoria launched Australia’s first festival “safe space”, staffed by counsellors trained by the Victorian Centres Against Sexual Assault, after four reported sexual assaults at the event the year prior.

Laneway Festival also launched a national safety hotline, in conjunction with Melbourne band Camp Cope’s #ItTakesOne campaign, encouraging festivalgoers to report any instances of sexual assault.

Last December, five women were sexually assaulted at the Falls Festival in Tasmania, leading organisers to issue a call to “boys and men to have some respect”. The festival has said it is looking at adding CCTV security and new reporting channels to improve safety at its next events.

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The ‘genius’ taxidermy got the House Rules perfect score

It seems mounting ‘Laurence the peacock’ on a bedroom wall is a winning idea inHouse Rules.
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Kate and Harry scored a perfect 30 out of 30 for their renovation of Sydney’s Bezzina House apartment in neoclassical design, which included having to use taxidermy.

“I cannot believe that Laurence [Llewelyn-Bowen] askedyou to usetaxidermy.I felt like you took that rule and absolutely smashed it.Itwas amazing,” judge WendyMooregloated.

“I walked into that space so nervous,” said LLB, who assigned Kate and Harry their rules. “And I was blown away.

“Absolutely blown away by the fact that you hadn’t just got it right, you’ve done something that was totally, totally you two.

“If you’d just absorbed the rules and just regurgitated the rules without thinking about them it could have been sosoulless.”

LLB’s evil genius plan for taxidermy payed off for Kate and Harry on House Rules. Photo: Seven

Wendy said she felt the stress melt away with their “elegant” colourscheme, even hard-scoring judge Drew Heath found the bedroom “fun, playful and intelligent”.

“Now I don’t want this style of work to catch on in Australia but I have to give you a nine,” said Drew.

As to the choice of taxidermy, LLB saw the humour in what they picked.

“Now I was more than happy to accept a discreet little glass dome in the corner with some pretty little bird of paradise, you gave me an entire peacock,” said an animated LLB.”So I walked into that bedroom and I was face-to-face with myself stuck on a wall.”

Kate and Harry’s bedroom mounted ‘Laurence the peacock’ on the wall. Photo: Seven

The studio and host Joh Griggs almost lost it laughing at LLB’s comments.

“It was a masterstroke, absolute masterstroke,” LLB continued. “It was genius because right at the outset I had always hoped that being part of this competition would provide me with things that professionals would never do, and you have broken so many rules to make the most perfect rules, culminating with what you did in the bathroom… you two have brought a freshness and creativity to what you have done in this challenge that I amabsolutely in awe of.”

“That stuffed dead bird has really paid off,” said a delighted Kate.

Drew thought they did even better in the common room, with their “plush” fittings. Wendy got emotional.

“You are going places where angels fear to tread and as a result you’re making some incredibly creative, very inspiring interiors,” said LLB of his “proteges”.

“Thank you very much for sharing them with me.”

Kate, who thought LLB’s rules were her worst nightmareand hadconstants fights with Harry about their design choices, had the last laugh. “Laurence’s rules were a huge risk and it looks like they might have paid off.”

Wendy went one better than Drew with a 10 and LLB “of course” gave them a 10. So with their bonus point for their statement piece they scored 30 out of 30.

“You are such a success story as far as I’m concerned,” said LLB.

“That means you two have secured your place in the grand final,” said Griggs.

Even formerpatient Judd, from Canberra, who was diagnosed with cancer 15 years ago, enjoyed viewing the couple’s apartment: “How good is this?”

He had 18 operations and 30 weeks of chemotherapy at the nearby hospital.

“Family and friends spend 150 nights here [at Bezzina House],” he said.

But Bezzina House manager Denise did look startled at the peacock, with Judd’s daughter going “there’s a bird in the bedroom?” to good-humoured mirth from her parents.

“It’s definitely a home away from home, so elegant,” said Denise. “That’s what our patients deserve.”

“So rewarding to have those patients actually come through and really appreciate the hard work we’ve done,” said a pleased Harry.

It was much the same for Aaron and Daniella’s’art deco’ apartment assigned by Wendy, and Jono and Andrew’s ‘modern’ apartment from Drew.

The Black family from western Sydney spent seven months in Bezzina in 2008 while mother Ann underwent cancer treatment.”I can’t thank everyone enough for what they’ve done for us and for everyone else,” said a very teary Mrs Black.

Despite Aaron and Daniella’s art deco feature wall and “luxe” bathroom delivering “really heart warming moments” with the judges, their trifecta of eights meant they had a nervous wait to see what the judges scored Andrew and Jono.

Jono looked heartbroken when the judges decided that the brother’s “bland” but “lovely” designs were”not the risky personality that we needed to see” and ended up with only 22 out of 30 against Aaron and Dee’s 24/30.

So Kate and Harry will battle against their besties Aaron and Daniellafor the $200,000 prize to see if the past six months away from their children were worth it.

TheHouse Rules2017 Grand Finale airs on Sunday.

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McCormack cites Bradman to side-step census attack

Small Business Minister Michael McCormack.Small Business Minister Michael McCormack has found a unique way to bat-away criticism of the 2016 census “fail”, by citing the career batting average of cricket’s greatest ever batsman – Sir Donald Bradman.
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Mr McCormack came under intense pressure last year over the government’s handling of the census; especially challenges with using new online resources and systems to aid household data collection, by the Australian Bureau of Statistics.

But after a lengthy break in the controversy, the NSW Nationals MP for the rural seat of Riverina was forced to again defend the integrity of the troubled census, following the release of its results last week, during an on-air radio interview.

Mr McCormack said an Independent Assurance Panel had stated in its report that the 2016 census had compared well to other censuses conducted in the UK, Canada and NZ and was “certainly on par with previous censuses in Australia”.

“95.1 per cent of households have returned the census – 95.1, in fact, was Sir Donald Bradman’s all-time batting average in all first class cricket, so 95.1 – I’ll take that,” he said of the final score.

Served with a suggested correction about his choice of numbers, Mr McCormack hit back at the radio presenter’s accuracy.

He said Sir Donald Bradman’s Test batting average was 99.94 – but he also had a career ending average of 95.1 runs per innings, for all first class cricket matches.

Michael McCormack

Mr McCormack also sought to highlight outcomes for regional Australia in the statistics gathering exercise, by officially launching the 2016 census results at West Wyalong in central-western NSW.

Asked why he’d taken the census results to a regional location this year, instead of a traditional metropolitan area, Mr McCormack said: “I am a regional MP”.

“And as Australia’s first Small Business Minister from a country area I felt it was important to show what the data means for the regions,” he said.

“It’s in my electorate and West Wyalong is a great little town.

“Its population is 3141 and what a great place to launch the Census data release from.

“The Census does provide a snapshot of the nation as it is, because – like I say – West Wyalong’s a little town but there are some really interesting figures out of it.”

Mr McCormack said West Wyalong had grown by 3 per cent and its internet per household had grown from 62 per cent to 69 per cent.

“And one of the really interesting stats out of the census was the fact that 29pc – which is up on the State average of 18pc – of the residents of West Wyalong aged over 15 years spent time volunteering,” he said.

“It shows what a caring, compassionate community West Wyalong is and that’s emblematic of country communities – I think – right across the nation.”

“West Wyalong is one of those little communities which rely so heavily – as part of Bland Shire – on good, reliable Census information.

“That’s so decision-makers – whether they’re in business or whether they’re in government at all levels – can make the decisions to fund equitably, to make the business case for smaller country communities; especially remote communities, to help them plan and ultimately grow.

“That’s what the Census does.

“It’s a snapshot as it is at that time, to make informed decisions when it comes to Government allocating funds and businesses building.”

Mr McCormack said the census was held every five year’s results contained more than 68 million facts in 2.8 million tables.

“It does show the majority of people live in the eastern State capitals – that’s a real take-home statistic,” he said.

“But the other one too is the fact that housing affordability is a really interesting stat out of the Census.

“The fact is the percentage of incomes being spent on mortgages and on rents is far, far lower in regional areas.

The other thing I want people to remember – I have said it before and I will keep saying it – there are jobs in regional Australia for those people who want them and there are good-paying jobs as well.

“It’s not always about living in the city, and as a National Party member and as a country MP, I will always plug country areas.

“They are a great place to live, to raise a family in and to work and invest.”

Mr McCormack said this year’s results also showed that within capital city areas there was a 10.5 per cent growth in population since 2011 – nearly double the rate found in other areas (5.7 per cent).

He said more than 15 million people (67 per cent)are now living in a capital city.

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‘I would not want my wife to undergo this procedure’: pelvic mesh inventor

Gai Thompson, lawyer Rebecca Jancauskas and Jo Manion outside the federal court on Tuesday. Picture: Joanne McCarthyA FRENCH doctor who invented aJohnson & Johnson pelvic mesh device told another doctor in 2005 that “I would not want my wife to undergo this procedure”, the federal court in Sydney was told today.
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Dr Bernard Jacquetin made the comment in an email to another doctor in the same year his Johnson & Johnson Prolift device was cleared for use in Australia.

The comment, revealed in a Johnson & Johnson internal document on the first day of a landmark class action by more than 700 Australian women, drew gasps from some of the women sitting in the public gallery at the federal court.

Tony Bannon SC, for the women, told Justice Anna Katzmann that Dr Jacquetin, who was part of a Johnson & Johnson transvaginal mesh evaulation team, concluded his comment about not wanting to have his wife to have a mesh procedure by saying “and I don’t think I’m alone in that”.

Mr Bannon told the court the comments’ message was “those of us who were in the know”.

Tony Bannon SC

The landmark case, which has attracted international media attention, is expected to take six months.

Mr Bannon told the court each of the 700 women had suffered continuous, frequent and often unbearable pain.

“Their enjoyment of life has been seriously compromised,” he said. “Their lives have been dramatically altered for the worse.”

Up to 100,000 Johnson & Johnson pelvic mesh devices for incontinence or pelvic organ prolapse were implanted in Australian women.

The three lead complainants in the case were seeking substantial damages in the hundreds of thousands of dollars, Mr Bannon told the court.

RELATED READING: Pelvic mesh implant investigationThe court heard evidence from another internal Johnson & Johnson document from May 2010 which described the kind of doctor the mesh devices were aimed at.

They were doctors who could “do” a Johnson & Johnson TVT mesh device in eight minutes.

Johnson & Johnson envisaged these doctor-clients as the kind who would see the devices helping enhance their reputations and revenues.

They were more likely “mid-career doctors” who saw their practices as businesses.

The court heard the internal Johnson & Johnson document pictured doctors who would use the product as the type who would also enjoy holidays in St Moritz and Lamborghinis.

The document quoted one of the imagined doctor-clients as saying “that makes four (mesh surgeries) before lunch, that works for me”.

Mr Bannon told the court the document exhibited the internal approach of Johnson & Johnson to the mesh devices.

He said there was a valuable market to be gained out there by emphasising the speed of the mesh surgery.

The court will also hear of the lack of evidence supporting the safety and efficacy of pelvic mesh devices.

One of the women implanted with a pelvic mesh device, Jo Manion, left the courtroom after Mr Bannon read the internal Johnson & Johnson documents.

Ms Manion wasvisibly upset through some of the evidence.

The hearing continues.

The Herald, Newcastle

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Police investigating Pilbara death at Rio Tinto mine site

Police are yet to confirm where the death occurred. Photo: Erin JonassonA person has died at Rio Tinto’s Yandicoogina mine site in the Pilbara on Tuesday.
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The incidentwas reported to police around midday, with investigators on their way to the scene – 100kilometres north of Newman.

Fairfax Mediaunderstands the worker died as a result of an explosion.

Police said they believe the deceased is a man aged in his early 50s.

Emergency services will not be releasing any further details until the person’s next of kin have been notified.

Rio Tinto confirmed the site has been shut down following the incident.

In a statement a company spokesman said: “An employee at Rio Tinto’sYandicooginairon ore mine passed away this morning following a serious incident on site.

“Emergency services are on scene. Rio Tinto has advised the relevant authorities and will assist their investigations.

“The company will provide all the necessary support for the employee’s family and colleagues during this difficult time.”

It’s the first death at a WA mine site in a year.

Mine deaths in WA since 2013July2016: A man in his 60s died after a bridge collapsed at Central Norseman Gold Mine in the Goldfields.

Lee Buzzard, June 2016: Mr Buzzard died while performing maintenance on a drill head at Rio Tinto’s Channar mine near Paraburdoo.

Benjamin White, November 2015: Mr White, a scaffolder, died after falling into a process vessel at Alcoa’s Kwinana refinery.

November 2015: A 28-year-old jumbo offsider collapsed while working underground on night shift in hot conditions at the Paulsens Gold Mine south of Pannawonica in the Pilbara and died the next day.

September 2015: A 56-year-old man was fatally injured when his haul truck rolled over at Cornishman Pit gold mine near Southern Cross.

Joshua Martin, May 2015: Mr Martin was fatally crushed while working at Telfer mine in the Pilbara.

Adam Hardaker, May 2015: Mr Hardaker was fatally struck by a 700 kilogram rock that rolled from an open stope while working at Nifty Copper underground mine in the Pilbara region.

Philip Kitching, January 2015: Mr Kitching was fatally crushed while conducting maintenance work on a bulldozer at Woodie Woodie Manganese mine in the Pilbara region.

Colin Whitton, September 2014: Electrician Mr Whitton was fatally while carrying out maintenance on a lift at BHP’s Worsley alumina refinery in Collie.

Lance Farber, May 2014: Mr Farber was fatally crushed when he was trapped between the mast and frame of a forklift truck at Brightstar gold mine near Laverton in the Goldfields.

Wayne Fowlie, February 2014: Mr Fowlie was killed when a six metre wall collapsed on him while he was trying to clean a bogger at Central Norseman Gold’s Harlequin underground mine in the Goldfields.

Allen Zuvela, December 2013: Mr Zuvela was fatally crushed while working underneath a 2.5 tonne can which fell from its rigging at FMG’s Christmas Creek mine in the Pilbara.

Stephen Hampton, December 2013: Mr Hampton was fatally crushed by a pipe which slid down an embankment and pinned him against a wall at Newcrest’s Telfer gold mine in the Pilbara.

Kurt Williams, August 2013:Mr Williams was killed while performing maintenance at an iron ore process facility at FMG’s Christmas Creek mine in the Pilbara.

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‘Flew for 39 minutes’: Latest North Korea test puts Darwin in reach

Beijing:North Korea has claimed its firstsuccessful launch of an Intercontinental Ballistic Missile, defying a tweet by US President Donald Trump in Januarythat “It won’t happen!”.
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Experts estimated thatif the missile had been launched at a “normal” angle, instead of the steep trajectory used in the test, itcould have flown more than 6000kilometres, a distance that would see itreachthe US mainland.

This range also brings Darwin within reach.

The North Korean state news agency KCNA said on Tuesday afternoon that an Intercontinental Ballistic Missile was launchedat 9amunder the supervision of leader Kim Jong-un.

“It flew 39 minutes on orbit, before striking a preset target in open sea,” KCNA reported. North Korean state television released images of the missile and showed the order that Mr Kim had personally signed for the test.

The Hwasong-14rose 2802 kilometresand flew 933 kilometres.

“With its nuclear weapons, the DPRK, as a proud nuclear power with the most powerful ICBM which is able to strike any corner of the world, will fundamentallyroot out the US’s nuclear war threat and confidently safeguard peace and stability in Korean Peninsula and the region,” the report proclaimed.

Experts in South Korea and Japan had already warned the missilemay have been an ICBM.

A picture from North Korean media which purports to show the intercontinental ballistic missile launched on July 4, 2017. Kim Jong-un is apparently standing on the right, in a dark suit. Photo: Supplied

South Korean President Moon Jae-in said: “I hope North Korea will not cross the point of no return.”

An ICBM test, or a nuclear test,by North Korea have been widely seen as red lines that would provoke newUnited Nations Security Council sanctions, or a tougher response from the United States.

The Trump administration had declared the “era of strategic patience was over” with North Korea, and had earlier in the year suggestedthat it could take military action. Howeverthis approached thensoftened in favour of working with China to enforce sanctions.

The USambassador to the UN, NikkiHaley,told NBC inApril that an intercontinental ballistic missile would be cause for the US “to do something”.

People watch North Korea’s KRT television announcing the launch of an intercontinental ballistic missile. Photo: Getty Images

“If you see him attack a military base, if you see some sort of intercontinental ballistic missile, then obviously we’re going to do that,” she said.

Mr Moon on Tuesday called for UN Security Council action in response to the new missile test, which came within days of his first meeting with Mr Trump.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said “China is against the DPRK’s launch, which isin violation of the UN Security Council resolutions”. He called for calm.

The ICBM launch cameas tensions re-emerge between China and the United States, which last week agreed to a controversial $1.42 billion arms deal with Taiwan.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in at a meeting of the country’s National Security Council on Tuesday. Photo: Handout

Mr Trump calledChinese President Xi Jinping on Sunday, with Chinese state media reporting that Mr Xi had told him relations have been affected by “some negative factors”.

China is pushing for a return to dialogue with North Korea, and a halt to South Korean and US military exercises on the Korean Peninsula in return for a North Korean freeze to weapons testing.

Mr Xi metwith Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscowon Tuesday, where they said they had agreed to strengthen coordination on North Korea.

Some analysts have suggested North Korea’s acceleration of testswas a way of strengthening its bargaining chips before sitting down at the negotiating table with the US.

Before the confirmation of an ICBM,Mr Trump had tweeted his frustration with North Korea, writing: “Perhaps China will put a heavy move on North Korea and end this nonsense once and for all.”

Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said Australia condemned Pyongyang’s “provocative ballistic tests”, noting they breached numerous resolutions of the UN Security Council.

Euan Graham, director of international security at the Lowy Institute for International Policy, said early analysisindicated Pyongyang had make a major breakthrough in its missile program.

“There is now the capability to reach northern Australia, that will get it to Darwin and further south,” he said.

North Korea just stated that it is in the final stages of developing a nuclear weapon capable of reaching parts of the U.S. It won’t happen!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 2, 2017

Dr Graham said the breakthrough raised “embarrassing questions” for US President Donald Trump, given his Twitter declaration in January.

“What they’ve done just this year since February is to demonstrate a new proven missile capability in all four significant ranges,” he said.

Dr Graham said there were “no good unilateral options” for the US.

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