Vehicle roll

A person was taken to the Royal Hobart Hospital with undisclosed injuries following a single-vehicle accident on the Lyell Highway last night. According to police, the vehicle rolled over about 7.20pm.
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I can’t stop new AWAs yet, says Gillard

SYDNEY – Workplace Relations Minister Julia Gillard has urged employers not to draft new Australian Workplace Agreements before the laws are changed next year, but admits nothing can be done to stop them. On Monday, Federal Cabinet signed off on three key planks of Labor’s workplace relations policy – which will abolish parts of the Howard Government’s Work Choices legislation. The transitional workplace arrangements Bill, which will be introduced in February, will ban new AWAs.
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Titanic trial for costs

NORFOLK – The company that has recovered 5500 artefacts from the sunken Titanic is seeking $116 million to pay the costs of salvaging and maintaining most of the pieces. A federal judge has already ruled that the firm, RMS Titanic, was not entitled to 3700 artefacts but an upcoming trial will determine how much the company should be compensated.
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Santa

Suspected drug dealers fired shots at a helicopter flying Santa Claus into a Rio de Janeiro slum to deliver presents to children.The pilot retreated but the undeterred Santa hopped in a car and headed back for the Christmas party.
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Life in jail, not death

TRENTON – New Jersey yesterday became the first US state in four decades to abolish the death penalty.
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The bill, signed by Governor Jon Corzine and approved by the state’s Assembly and Senate, replaces the death sentence with life in prison without parole. The measure spares eight men on death row. Yesterday, Mr Corzine signed orders commuting their sentences. New Jersey has not executed anyone since 1963.

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Fast-food nation

Telling people to give up takeaway food is a waste of time, a nutrition researcher says. University of Adelaide and CSIRO Human Nutrition researcher Emily Brindal said Australia’s fast-food addiction was here to stay, and health professionals should focus on encouraging people to choose healthier takeaway options.Ms Brindal surveyed more than 500 South Australians about their takeaway food habits. She found they ate 3.4 times a month on average at one of the major fast-food chains, such as McDonald’s, Hungry Jack’s or Burger King, KFC, Domino’s and Red Rooster. The most common reason given for buying fast-food was convenience, with more than one-third of people surveyed saying they were in a hurry.
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Never too old to learn, says grandmother

GRANDMOTHER Leanne Canham, of Hobart, paid credit to her family and friends after yesterday graduating from the University of Tasmania with a bachelor of nursing degree. The Hobart resident said that she spent three days a week at an aunt and uncle’s Sidmouth farm for her first two years of study, remaining in Hobart for the final year.
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“Aunty Pam talked me into doing the degree too,” she said.

“It’s amazing what you can do with the support of family and friends.”

Mrs Canham also told her proud extended family that her graduation showed you were never too old to learn.

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Royal baby

Sophie, Countess of Wessex, the wife of the Queen’s youngest son Prince Edward, gave birth to a baby boy yesterday, Buckingham Palace said.The baby weighed 2.8kg and was born safely by caesarean section at 3.20am (Tastime) at a hospital in Surrey near London. The couple, who married in 1999, already have a daughter, four-year-old Lady Louise Windsor.
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ROAD STATISTICS

Fatalities as
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at December 10:

2007 – 43

2006 – 51

Fatalities as at

December 31:

2006 – 54

2005 – 51 Serious injuries as

at December 10:

2007 – 273

2006 – 293

– Figures supplied

weekly by the Road Safety

Task Force

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Corrections

In The Examiner yesterday the contact details for carers and parents of a child with a disability who wanted to register for the 2008 Grammar Christmas Camp were incorrect. The contact is Allison Bassano on 63366000.Correction: It was incorrectly reported in The Examiner yesterday that the George Town Swimming Complex was managed by the PCYC. The centre is managed by the YMCA and will close at the beginning of April.
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