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NEWS MUMS GIVEN WRONG BABIES TO BREASTFEED IN NSW

Babies were potentially exposed to serious health risks when a NSW hospital mix-up saw newborns given to the wrong mothers to breastfeed. Seven babies were affected by the incidents, which occurred in public hospitals between 2011 and 2015, but the NSW government has admitted that more babies could have been impacted because it does not have records for the private system, The Daily Telegraph reports. NSW Health has not revealed the hospitals where the mix-ups occurred. As well as the risk of transmitting diseases through breast milk the mothers could have also been left distressed. Opposition Health Spokesman Walt Secord called the situation “every new mum’s worst nightmare” and called on the government to release the names of the hospital’s responsible. “The community has a right to know. This is the human cost of the massive cuts to the health …

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WEATHER: COOLING DOWN ACROSS THE REGION

It will be a much cooler start to the weekend thanks to a strong southerly change and associated rain band making its way across the region today. The Hunter has endured more rain and combined total catchment levels are at an all time high. Over the weekend the SE winds will continue but they will ease. An isolate shower or two will roll in along the coast. Inland west of the Divide will be fine with increased sunshine in the coming days.

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WEATHER: CLASSIC SUMMER SOUTHERLY BLASTER

A strong southerly is moving up the coast quickly tonight. Large storm cells are firing up ahead of the front hitting Sydney hard this afternoon with nasty cells now developing over the Central Coast, Hunter, NW and MNC. The southerly will sweep across the region tonight and it contains moisture so a rain band will also accompany the change. Flash flooding will be possible and the storms will likely be damage causing. The next couple of days will be much cooler and conditions will settle over the weekend. A large new swell will also hit the coast.

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WEATHER: HEATWAVE CONDITIONS

PHOTO: Pic by Gavin Neil Barlow Very hot across the region again tomorrow with coastal sea breezes fighting to get in against the NW winds. A late southerly will move in over night but it won’t be a strong one, so things will be cooler for Central Coast, Newcastle to so southern parts of the MNC coast on Wednesday but it wont clear the heat inland so the mercury will re climb on Thursday across those regions. A stronger southerly will come through Friday and this will cool things down for the weekend after producing a run of showers and storms.

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FAIR WORK OMBUDSMAN COMMENCES LEGAL ACTION ACTION WOOLGOOLGA BUSINESSMAN

A number of truck drivers on the New South Wales Mid North Coast have allegedly been shortchanged more than $143,000, with the Fair Work Ombudsman commencing legal proceedings against the employer. It’s alleged, Sumerdeep Singh, the former owner of now defunct transport company, Sumer Bagri Pty Ltd, used false records to disguise underpayments to drivers, who delivered groceries in and around Coffs Harbour. The employment watchdog says Mr Singh’s income was sufficient to pay minimum lawful entitlements to workers, including minimum hourly rates, casual loadings, and penalty rates for weekend, overtime and public holiday work. Mr Singh faces penalties of up to $10,200 per contravention and the ombudsman will seek a court order for any penalties imposed to be paid to the allegedly underpaid workers. A penalty hearing is listed in the Federal Circuit Court in Sydney, on April 12.

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RESCUES ACROSS NSW AS DRIVERS TAKE ON FLOOD WATERS

Drivers are continuing to ignore warnings from emergency services not to drive through floodwater, resulting in 21 rescues in two days along the NSW coast. The SES says most of the nine people rescued on Tuesday night were people who got stuck driving through water that was deeper than it first appeared. More than 200mm of rain has fallen in less than 24 hours along parts of the mid-north coast and weather experts say the relentless falls will likely continue until Thursday. A severe weather warning is in place for dangerous flash flooding and possible gale force winds from Gosford to Port Macquarie. Some streets in Dungog have been evacuated while sandbagging efforts are under way. Parts of the Pacific Highway have been closed while motorists are urged to use extreme caution on parts that remain open. The SES had …

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WEATHER: ECL TO FORM OVERNIGHT

PHOTO: Thanks to Cindy and Chris Hippe taken in Bungwahl. In between Port Macqaurie and Newcastle heavy rain fell overnight producing up to 215mm around Bulahdelah causing extensive flooding. All of the rain so far has been due to the monsoon trough moving slowly over eastern Australia. This afternoon the upper level cold pool began to move in across the NW Plains of NSW where severe thunderstorms fired up producing heavy down pours and localised flash flooding near Narrabri and Moree. Tonight the upper level feature will continue to move east across the region causing more storms before linking up with the surface trough. It is then that the east coast low will form. It looks like it will develop near Seal Rocks so the same region that received the heavy rain last night may be hit again. Port Stephens, …

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GAV’S WEATHER – SMALL INTENSE LOW ON THE WAY

A small intense east coast low is going to form and may cause coastal flooding in between Coffs Harbour and Newcastle. Areas that are likely to see the worst of this storm are from Port Macquarie to Forster. Strong winds, heavy down pours, big seas, flash flooding with the potential for river flooding. Some of this rain will spill over the mountains falling across the NW. Isolated storm development is also likely.

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PERFECT START TO 2016 COMING TO AN END QUICKLY

The first day of the new year has been spot on but the first week is going to be a wet one. The monsoon low over central Austral is going to move across NW NSW from Sunday spilling across the rest of the broadcast region on Monday. By Tuesday/Wednesday an east coast low is expected to form. Periods of rain, heavy at times and storms could drop large amounts of rain in a short period causing flooding. So make the most of the fine weather and get prepared for this system. Who will be hit the worst is yet to be determined. We will have a better idea in the coming days.

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