Author: Kieran Gair

Willoughby residents stand firm over proposed Channel Nine development

More than 120 local residents rallied together in opposition to the proposed redevelopment of the Channel Nine TV studio site in Artarmon at a public meeting held late last month at Willoughby Uniting Church. The public meeting hosted by the Planning Assessment Commission (PAC) saw more than 40 residents speak out against Channel Nine’s plan to demolish its television studios to make way for up to 450 dwellings across seven new buildings. Acting Mayor of Willoughby, Councillor Gail Giles-Gidney urged residents to speak up before the the PAC make their final decision at the end of March. “Willoughby Council...

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Hornsby Ku-ring-gai hospital opens BreastScreen NSW centre

Health Minister Jillian Skinner has officially opened the BreastScreen NSW centre at Hornsby Ku-ring-gai hospital. It is expected that more than 5000 women will be screened within the centre’s first year of operation, a 40 per cent increase on the capacity of the former BreastScreen NSW site in Hornsby. The purpose-built centre will give women access to an enhanced screening service while offering extended opening hours to cater for women who work. Skinner hopes the centre will promote regular check-ups and encourage more women aged over 50 to get a mammogram. “One in nine women in NSW will develop...

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Mobile Tapestry gets seniors connected

New mobile apps help seniors connect like never before   Kieran Gair While the days of rifling through address books and fiddling with dial-up internet connections are long gone, staying in touch with family and friends can still be a challenge, especially for older Australians who may not be as tech-savvy as the rest of the family. However a new mobile app, called Tapestry, is an easy way for seniors and their families to stay connected across multiple generations. The app gives seniors access to their email, family photos and Facebook account. Users can also get access to popular social media networks like Instagram and Google+ by tapping the Tapestry icon on their iPhone, Android hanset or tablet. Founder Andrew Dowling has made the app available to all after first trialling it with seniors last year. “Tapestry is about integrating all technologies for users in the one place,” Dowling says.   Tapestry’s private social network is designed specifically for seniors and their families. It works by one family member opening a family account and inviting other members to join the group. Family members can start adding photos to the page that everyone in the group can look at and interact with. The app is designed to make interaction between family members easy and Dowling says even his grandmother is a fan of the app. “Her room is smaller than...

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Dial a diagnosis: detecting skin cancer with a mobile phone

  We use our phones for just about everything so why use them to diagnose cancer? Smartphones tell the the weather, read out traffic conditions and instantly connect people from around the world, but now app developers are claiming that mobile phones can diagnose skin cancer. A study published in the Medical Journal of Australia by senior research fellow at the Queensland University School of Public Health, Monika Janda and Chair of Queensland University’s Dermatology Research Centre, Dr Peter Soyer, found the accuracy and reliability of ‘melanoma early detection’ apps can range from 6 per cent to over 98...

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Outdoor kitchens latest trend in home entertainment

  The humble barbie just got a lot more sophisticated Long summers, ice cold beers and plenty of sausages is all we usually need to enjoy the outdoors, but times are changing, and Australia is facing an outdoor dining revolution. Today more and more suburban Australians are investing in the pinnacle of home entertaining – turning your kitchen into a spectacular outdoor living space. Sales and marketing manager at Sydney Outdoor Kitchens, John McGran, says outdoor kitchens allow you to utilise so much more of your home and take advantage of Australia’s climate. “When you’re entertaining you can turn...

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