White Ribbon Day 2009

For White Ribbon Day in the Shoalhaven nine hundred men will gather at the Entertainment Centre to stand together to send a message. Ray Carrall of the YWCA is hoping bringing men together will further strengthen the message of White Ribbon Day – the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women.

Ray Carrall took the time to explain the motivation of the day and the issue of domestic violence with Crossfire.

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The heat can kill your pet

Sunday’s heat wave was a taste of what to expect of this coming summer. Forty degree days are likely to be common through the holiday season.

A heat wave can kill a dog. Heat exhaustion can overcome an animal easily and quickly so it is important owners take the necessary steps to protect the animal from over heating.

RSPCA NSW Chief Veterinarian Magdoline Awad explained for Crossfire how quickly the situation can become fatal and how to prevent it.

Signs of heat stroke: Incessant panting, fatigue, vomiting

Keeping the pets cool: Provide pets with a cool, shaded area, adequate ventilation and air flow, provide fresh water, bring animals indoors, do not exercise animals in hot conditions.

Do not leave your dog in a vehicle.

Media140

In a world where silly words such as twitter, blogs, widgets, iPhones RSS feeds, flicker, and you tube are becoming increasingly important, the professional and newly termed citizen journalist seemingly has no choice but to keep up with the growing trends of social media. Instantaneity is the key and if you don’t have the right tools or knowledge, you can be left very far behind. In the words of journalist Julie Possetti, at last week’s media 140 conference “the social media phenomenon is a revolution not a war.” For those of you who don’t know, the two day Media140 conference was held at ABC headquarters last week and created a domain for the media industry and citizen journalists to debate and learn about the virtues of social media. It appears that the world has already being taken over by YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, flicker and iPhones and now the media industry has a choice of falling behind or embracing the new technologies and applications. As I sat in a room where everyone was twittering, blogging and emailing, I began to realise that my humble pen and notebook was outdated. And that my mobile, which allows me to merely text and call people, was going to need a massive upgrade if I was going to mix in with the best of them. The jury is still out on weather or not social media is going enrich the quality of journalism or diminish it, but for now I’m choosing to embrace it and take comfort in the fact that at one point in history, the humble telephone was considered to be taking technology and communication too far.

So join the debate, do you think the world of social media and technology has gone too far? Or is it a case of if ya can’t beat ’em, join ’em.