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HUNDREDS of boats on Sydney Harbour are in danger of sinking as the city is hammered by torrential rain.
"We’ve got boats filling up with water from all this heavy downpour," NSW Maritime spokesman Neil Patchett told ABC Radio today."We’ve got a boating officer right now heading out to Iron Cove, just west of Iron Cove Bridge, to attend a nine-metre cruiser that’s at risk of sinking."Mr Patchett said he expected there to be "a number" of other boats on the harbour – of which there are about 6000 – that could suffer the same fate."It’s a message to people to keep an eye on their moored vessels on the harbour to make sure they’re literally shipshape and ready for this kind of weather," he said."a well-found boat, protected with covers, with good, solid ground tackle … can withstand this sort of weather, but they need constant monitoring and maintenance." Mr Patchett also warned boat owners of debris such as logs floating down Sydney’s rivers that could become tangled in the moorings of vessels.
More than 150 homes were without electricity overnight after floods forced an energy company to cut supply in north-western Sydney.
Endeavour Energy cut power to around 160 houses along the Hawkesbury and Nepean Rivers which swelled after the Warragamba Dam opened its flood gates.
The company says it has cut the supply to protect emergency service workers and members of the public from electrocution.
‘This is an important public safety initiative designed to ensure residents, our crews and emergency service workers can move safely in flood affected areas throughout the night and tomorrow,’ a spokesperson for Endeavour Energy said in a statement late Saturday.
Almost 2000 people were told to evacuate from the area on Saturday.
Endeavour Energy said it will restore power to the homes as soon as it was deemed safe, but that would not be until at least Sunday.
‘Electricity and water simply don’t mix. Safety is our top priority and we must protect our workers and the public from the risk of electrical accidents,’ the spokesperson said.
OPINION: I have a love/hate relationship with business travel. usually, there are planes involved.
There’s also the heavy luggage that needs to be lugged between taxis, hotels and meetings. And internet coverage that ranges from the sublime to the ridiculous depending on whether I’m accessing via the hotel, free wifi, or mobile broadband.
however, travel is a normal part of doing business. sometimes, your clients are in other states or countries. your projects take you afar. Or you need to attend a conference in a different city.
on the one hand, there’s the anticipation of new business and networking opportunities. on the other, it means you’re away from home, out of sync with your routine and missing out on the gym.
so when it comes to travelling for business, how can you minimise disruption, maximise your business opportunities and stay productive while you’re on the road?
1. The tray table plane introduction
I’m not one for conversation when I’m 30,000 feet in the air. It’s not that I’m a nervous flyer. I just don’t want to risk starting a conversation if I actually want to sleep, work, or watch the movie in peace. Thankfully, most people feel the same way. however, there are some travellers who just love a good yarn, want to tell you all about their holiday, or wake you up just to show you how cute their sleeping baby is (true story).
so I’ll admit, I avoid conversation, bury myself in my magazine or laptop – or, better still, stick in my earphones and appear engrossed in the in-flight entertainment.
however, some of the best networking can occur on the plane. Particularly if you’re on a business route. Like Sydney to Melbourne at about 7am. these are the flights that are full of suits and the passengers rarely have check-in baggage. usually, these people are busy preparing for their impending meeting that they’re grateful to be left alone too.
My friend Carol struck up a lucrative deal with a passenger she sat next to on a plane. By the time they touched down, they had shaken hands on what turned out to be a successful strategic partnership.
so I tend to do the tray table introduction. If I make any conversation at all. that is, when the pilot tells us it’s time to stow our tray tables in preparation for the descent, I’ll make small talk.
By this time, my fellow passenger is open to this friendly gesture because they know they won’t be stuck in the conversation long in case I’m a loony. If THEY are the loony, I stick my earphones back in!
however, if you discover there might be a mutual benefit to continuing the conversation, exchange cards or share a cab into the city. Mind you, I’d only do this into a city that I’m already familiar with. I’ve kept in touch with a handful of my tray-table contacts and they’ve turned into worthwhile relationships.
2. Pressing the flesh at conferences
Once upon a time, I used to think that conferences were all about the sessions – the learning, the speeches and the workshops. while these are certainly important, I’ve now realised that the real value of business conferences lies in meeting people. Networking, pure and simple. Particularly networking with people who you don’t otherwise have the opportunity to meet face-to-face.
Remember the famous scene in the film Jerry Maguire where Jerry (Tom Cruise’s character) walks the hotel lobby with his client Rod Tidwell (Cuba Gooding Jnr) at a major sporting conference? you need to be pressing the flesh and meeting people if you want them to remember you.
I’ve often said that the best part of a conference lies in the lobby, during the breaks. not in the keynote speech. not with the international speaker the organisers have shipped in for star value. But in the people you get to know over coffee or drinks.
Don’t bypass an opportunity to meet someone in real life. If you expect to go home and get in touch via email, this will work. But it won’t be nearly as effective as meeting them in person.
yes, it can be tiring to make an effort to do this when you sometimes just want to sit in the corner and Blackberry your office. But resist the temptation because the results are worth it.
3. Technology and gadgets
Unless you have fabulously reliable mobile broadband, you may need to rely on hotel internet. And hotel connections vary considerably – both in terms of speed and reliability. If you’re not certain about the quality of your hotel, bring a spare ethernet cable. I’m always finding half broken ethernet cables provided in the hotel room desk drawer.
If all else fails, I use my iPhone as a hotspot to create my own wireless network. this has saved me on more than a few occasions.
Also, bring spare USB sticks in case you need to stick a document or boarding pass on to it to print out at the business centre.
Furthermore, pare down your haul. this is advice I try to give to myself but I’ll admit, I’m a gadget freak. so, yes, I’m the one at the X-ray security screening backing up the queue because I have multiple laptops, iPads (yes 1 and 2), Kindle, digital voice recorder and iPod in individual trays. Clearly, I have a problem.
As an experiment, I went on a recent trip only taking one device. It worked fine. I could communicate with my office. I could access all the files I needed. The world didn’t end. But I did suffer gadget withdrawal. I am seeking help.
Check in online. Don’t check in luggage so you can walk off the plane and hit the ground running at your destination without having to wait at the carousel.
I have to say, whoever gave this advice was obviously a man. Or a woman without the usual quota of shoes, accessories and toiletries. I agree with checking in online but, seriously, I cannot travel for a few days living out of my cabin baggage. I know there are people out there who can do this. But I simply do not have this skill.
Apparently, this works a treat for some. If you have tips on how this is humanly possible, please do share with us in the comments.
My advice on saving time is about as scientific as paying close attention to the length of upcoming queues (at the bag drop, security, duty free and so on) and grabbing an opportunity to get into the shortest one.
while we’re on the subject of time, if you’re at opposite time zones to your office it can be tempting to work all day at your destination – and then work all night so that you’re accessible to your office colleagues. I’ve done this in the past and here’s the thing: It’s just stupid.
while it might work occasionally, you’ll exhaust yourself if you do this for more than a couple of days. you won’t be effective or productive in either case. Focus on what you’re doing at your destination, lock in a brief period each day to liaise with your office – and get some rest!
5. Pack your medication and other essentials
never think that you’ll find your specific medication, personal items or contact lenses at your destination. you never can. Well, not easily anyway. Organise these items in a perennial travel pack that you grab-and-go whenever you are away. There is nothing worse than combing an unfamiliar city for just the right anti-allergy drug or discussing your personal medical needs with a concierge.
I’m a woman who travels for work with only carry on baggage. Firstly, you need to get down to just one gadget, plus your phone – I use my iPad and ditch the rest at home. The iPad and my phone fit into my handbag, along with a magazine or some papers if I have reading to catch up on (I got a handbag big enough for exactly this purpose). I generally wear my tailored clothing on the plane – a skirt suit or else a dress and jacket. Ditto for my high heels (I only ever take one pair).
In my carry on, I pack underwear, tops (preferably ones that don’t need ironing), a dress (also easy care), spare pantyhose, PJs, gym tights, tshirt, sportsbra, socks and gym shoes. Depending on dinner plans I might pack jeans, but mostly I don’t bother any more. Toiletries I bring just the bare minimum – I don’t wear a lot of makeup anyway, and my moisturiser,etc are all small containers.
I usually have room to spare, so if I don’t know the place I’m staying, my travel hairdryers goes in as well.
It’s cheaper to pay parking fines … in Sydney. Picture: Adam Ward Source: The Daily Telegraph
- It costs $89 to park for more than three hours
- City parking only a luxury tourists can afford
- Sydney one of the world’s worst parking cities
PARKING in Sydney is so expensive that it is cheaper to cop an $86 fine than cough up for a few hours in a carpark.
It now costs up to $89 to park for more than three hours.
A NSW Government parking tax is being blamed for making city parking a luxury that even cashed-up tourists can’t afford. there are now no free carparks in the CBD, with global parking surveys naming Sydney as the fourth most expensive place to park in the world, costing up to $35 an hour or $142 a day.
What would you do to solve parking problems in Australia? Tell us below in comments
Parking bosses are calling for an overhaul of the tax that forces hotels, councils and commercial carparks to pay up to $2040 a space every year.
The tax was imposed in a bid to clear congestion in Sydney CBD streets but city workers say that it is cheaper to park on the street and risk a fine.
Hotels want carparks to be made exempt from the levy – arguing that the policy keeps away tourists who drive their own cars.
"This tax is yet another cost of doing business for hotels. with the recent GFC and now the high Australian dollar, we’ve been working hard to stimulate the domestic, self-drive tourist market," Australian Hotels Association NSW CEO Sally Fielke said.
The tax was supposed to discourage daily commuter traffic congestion in the Sydney CBD, the AHA submission said.
"those who park in hotel spaces are either domestic guests who have driven from intra or interstate, or they are international guests who have hired a car," it said. "In these cases, public transport is not a viable option."
Parking bosses claim the tax makes the traffic worse.
"it has been imposed only on off-street parking, not on kerbside parking. This encourages drivers to cruise around the streets looking for a bay, thus adding to congestion," Parking Association president Larry Schneider said.
The levy was doubled in 2009 under Labor and will make $105 million this year.
The government is considering industry submissions but carpark owners fear the tax will rise again.
Mr Schneider said the tax was intended to be used to improve public transport but the funds went into consolidated revenue.
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In a world where most people lack the courage of their convictions, Cho took his nihilistic beliefs to the ultimate end: he killed 32 people and then blew his own head off.
Isn't that the definition of being consequent, and dying for your beliefs?
If you are convinced all humans are worthless excrement, shouldn't such course of action be considered entirely consistent with your beliefs and, in consequence, courageous?
Why can't Republicans and Democrats be half as consequent?
Alan Colmes is my hero. Colmes bless.
sounds more like insanity.
No. Heroes risk their lives to protect the lives of others. Seung-Hui Cho was just a murderous idiot.
In this backwards world where communism is good and following the constitution is bad…ya maybe he is a hero. I'm still waiting to get sucked back into my quantum reality.
You could also say the same thing about William Edward Hickman. That doesn't make someone a hero, no matter what Ayn Rand might have to say about it.
I'm not too clear that Seung-Hui Cho even had any meaningful beliefs, at least nothing that it made sense to die for. Whatever belief system he had was composed almost entirely of paranoia and other aspects of obvious, deep-rooted mental illness. even given that he perhaps did die for those beliefs, delusional though they were, that still assumes that dying for a belief is in and of itself a virtue. I'm not buying that for one simple reason: if it's based on a demonstrably wrong belief, or if your death fails to further your cause, it's a wasted death.
But if you must insist that dying for your beliefs is a virtue in and of itself, try this on for size: Cho's rampage's sole stated purpose was to hurt people, most of whom he had no particular quarrel or even business with. His suicide stopped the rampage and ended the killing. it did not further his cause; if random bloody murder was his sole purpose, shooting himself rather than going down in a hail of bullets and taking the cops with him was a failure of his mission as a psychotic spree killer. I mean, that's if you want to argue the point to the bitter end; from where I sit that's a pretty extreme reductio ad absurdum, and IMHO he'd have been better off just eating the shotgun at the beginning.
The striking sights of Sydney harbor is one of the most famous attraction of Sydney. the party cruise Sydney harbour is a very desirable place of most of the vacationers that visit Australia. Sydney harbour cruises are the best place to enjoy a vacation with all the fun, frolic and partying going on these cruising sailboats. there are various companies that offer boat rides on the harbor of Sydney that leaves you with an assortment of alternates to decide from. the Sydney harbour cruises are those attractions, which you would definitely not risk to miss. the cruise boats are better means to travel as well as party because they move at a low speed. due to this you can have a blast will your friends and/or members of family. you can have your regular drinks also in the appealing beauty of the surroundings and that too without any troubles. you can party with your family, ship mates and friends along with your favorite drink while the cool breezes of ocean give you gentle caresses. the Sydney harbour cruises also offer you rapid jet bats, which whiz and zoom around the harobur and bridge. several jet boats have a potency of seven hundred horse power, which is completely mind bubbling. These jet boats bounce of the sea surface and wet your face with the azure and cool water. the golden sun will help you in drying yourself after you get wet in your thrilling Sydney harbour cruise. once you are inside these cruise boats, all your worries will just disappear and you will get engrossed in the joyful ride of your lifetime that you will cherish forever in your nostalgia. the enjoyment that you will obtain from this harbour cruise would be definitely incomparable and more exciting than any of the rides offered by various amusement parks. you can also go for a fishing cruise at the Sydney harbour. you can have admittance to the Great Barrier Reef that is considered to be amongst the finest fishing locations across the earthen sphere. there is no dearth of companies offering fishing cruises on the Sydney harbor. you even have the opting of joining the Whale watching Cruise. you can acquire immense pleasure from watching these massive sea residents. apart from the whales, you can also have a look on the local birds, dolphins, seals and Fairy penguins. you can catch an assortment of Sydney harbour cruises from their departure places at Taronga Zoo, Sydney Opera House, Darling harbor etc.
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