Home' InDaily : May 21st 2010 Contents Meals on Wheels is helping more than 5,000 South Australians- older
and housebound, those with a disability and carers live independently
in their own home through the provision of delivered meals - prepared,
cooked and delivered by volunteers.
With 100 branches and 10,000 volunteers located throughout South
Australia, Meals on Wheels is a vital community service.
Reporting to the Finance Manager this is a fabulous opportunity to join
a growing, well supported and respected Not for Profit organisation
that is integral to the well being of our society.
Key duties and skills for this position include:
• Work closely with staff and volunteers to identify long term
information and system needs and to introduce technologies which
will support change to their business direction.
• Explore how technologies such as Social Media can be utilised to
connect potential volunteers, current volunteers and stakeholders.
• Training volunteers in the use of IT, many of whom are not IT savvy.
• Drive IT Change throughout the organisation.
• Provide support to the various systems that includes Citrix Servers,
SQL/Access Databases and the Microsoft suite of Office products.
• Basic accounting knowledge would also be valued.
This position will require a balance between interpersonal and
technical skills. Your personal attributes will include effective
communication skills at all levels, including relating to both technical
and non technical people. You will be committed to customer service,
have good organizational skills and have the necessary technical skills
to perform well in this role.
There is no better time to give something back to the community as
Meals on Wheels enters a new phase in their IT evolution.
Closing date for applications is Friday 28th May.
To learn more about this career opportunity,
please contact Anthony Whyte for a confidential discussion on
08 8228 1555, alternatively please email your resume to
email@example.com prior to the 28th May, 2010.
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9The Independent Weekly
May 21 - 27, 2010
Including The Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, The Independent and AAP
BANGKOK: There was nothing
for us to do but take cover as the
incoming fire sprayed and hissed.
Terrified people crouched
behind cars, trying to squeeze
themselves into the meagre
protection offered by the wheel
hubs. They hid behind trees and
even flower pots.
This was near to the entrance
of a Buddhist temple, a supposed
oasis, a place of prayer. But we
knew its sanctity had been fatally
breached when the crack of
rifles and the sound of bullets
ricocheted close to the temple s
One after the other, the injured
were carried, rushed and dragged
inside the temple compound,
bloodied and screaming.
The sign outside the temple says
"apayatan", a word indicating that
here, in the centre of Bangkok, is a
safe zone -- a haven. On Wednesday
afternoon, as buildings across the
Thai capital blazed, thick black
smoke billowing into the air,
the streets outside the revered,
150-year-old Buddhist compound
had been transformed into an ugly,
lethal battle zone.
Of those killed, several died
directly outside the temple -- and
many more were wounded. Those
sheltering inside the temple were
just as vulnerable.
Earlier, thousands of Red Shirt
protesters fled the intersection
they had occupied for more than
two months after government
troops finally forced their way into
the barricaded encampment and
the protest leaders told them it
was all over. They moved to occupy
the sprawling temple area. The
mood was tense and anxious, but
people believed the troops would
not turn their temple into a place
Then things rapidly changed.
From the west, we could hear loud
firing as troops advanced towards
the temple area. Suddenly the
firing intensified. The explosions
grew louder and appeared to get
nearer to us.
A bare-chested young man ran
in. He had a large, ugly hole in
the lower back. Soon afterwards,
another victim was rushed in.
That s when I was hit in the
outer thigh by what appeared to
be several pieces of shrapnel.
They later transpired to be large
pellets from a shotgun that buried
themselves deep in the flesh. It
was just a bad flesh wound but
the fragments of lead burned and
Where had this shooting come
from? Were soldiers deliberately
firing at journalists or did they
simply not care?
And who was ordering troops
to fire so recklessly, so close
to so many people, the vast
overwhelming majority of whom
were unarmed and unthreatening?
Pressing, vital questions need to
be answered by the highest levels.
The day ended with downtown
Bangkok engulfed in flames and
at least six people dead. Prime
Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva -- the
man whom the protesters have
been so desperately seeking to
remove from office -- imposed a
curfew, but rioting and violence
PARIS: Rising tension over the
burqa has led to violent attacks,
as the French cabinet this week
approved a draft law to ban gar-
ments "designed to hide the face".
The bill will now go before parlia-
ment in July. President Nicolas
Sarkozy told assembled ministers:
"In this matter the Government
is taking a path it knows to be
difficult, but a path it knows to be
He said France was "an old
nation united around a certain idea
of personal dignity, particularly
women s dignity, and of life
together. It s the fruit of centuries
As the issue grows ever more
contentious, it has led to isolated
incidents of violence in the country.
A heated debate on the face-cover-
ing veil degenerated into violence
and verbal aggression on Tuesday
night, the eve of the presentation of
the anti- burqa bill.
Police intervened after the
debate, organised by the feminist
movement Ni Putes Ni Soumises
(Neither Whores Nor Submissives)
and attended by more than 100
people, was disrupted by members
of the pro-Palestinian group Sheikh
Blows were exchanged before the
Last Saturday, France experi-
enced its first official case of "burqa
rage" when a 60-year-old female
lawyer was alleged to have tried to
pull a Muslim woman s veil from
The Muslim woman, named
only as Elodie, said she had been
leaving a shoe shop in Trignac, near
Nantes in western France, when
two passers-by started insulting her
before telling her to "return to her
The altercation turned violent
with the two women allegedly
slapping each other.
"Things got nasty," Elodie said.
"The older woman grabbed my
veil to the point of ripping it off."
Muslim graves have been
desecrated and a mosque and
halal butcher s shop shot at in
recent weeks. A woman was fined
for driving while veiled last
According to the draft, those who
flout the law will be fined $220 or
sent on a citizenship course.
Anyone who forces someone to
cover her face because of her sex
will be jailed for a year and fined
Veiled and naked models during a
provocative art show in Paris.
TOKYO: It s a puzzle that has
survived more than 2000 years.
Why does the elusive but beauti-
ful argonaut octopus need a shell?
Greek philosopher and scien-
tist Aristotle in 300BC proposed
that the delicate white shell
functioned as a boat, allowing the
octopus to sail. Other theories
include that the structure, seen
only in female argonauts, existed
as a nursery to protect her eggs.
But international work by two
Museum Victoria researchers
may have answered the puzzle,
concluding that the opaque shell
is key to the mollusc s ability to
achieve neutral buoyancy in the
ocean waters it calls home.
Working with octopus expert
and colleague Mark Norman,
research biologist Julian Finn
observed the animal in the Sea of
Japan and said that, unlike other
octopuses, the argonaut lived in
surface waters rather than close
to the sea floor. He said that while
the shell did protect eggs, this was
not its sole purpose.
"For that animal to move in the
surface waters it needs to be able
to stop itself from sinking," he
said. "This octopus has got around
that by catching air from the
surface and manipulating it for
buoyancy, so it s pretty special."
NASSAU: For centuries
it was thought the
images of bared teeth
which confronted early
European visitors to
the Caribbean were
from the locals. But
new research has now
suggested the "devilish
grimaces" were actually
ers arriving in the
Caribbean 500 years
ago called the motif,
common in the art
of the Tainos -- pre-
of the Bahamas -- "an
deformed and fero-
cious". But research
conducted by Bridget
Waller of the University
of Portsmouth, and
Alice Samson, of
Leiden University in
the Netherlands, claims
they were mistaken.
"The Taino used the
bared-teeth motif as a
signal of affiliation and
benign intent. It was
most likely their version
of depicting a smile,"
said Dr Waller.
Dr Waller said the
teams compared "bared-
teeth" to the smiles used
by social primates, such
as rhesus monkeys and
found that "regardless
of the specific context,
baring teeth is most
probably about social
French burqa ban prompts violent attacks
Baring teeth: an invitation
Octopus shell 'for neutral buoyancy'
Protesters burn tyres at the height of the Bangkok violence.
Photo: Athit Perawongmetha
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