‘Shocked’ Gold Coast hospital staff treat colleague fighting for life with mystery head injury

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February 23, 2019 13:36:27

Medical staff at the Gold Coast University Hospital say they are “shocked and saddened” to see one of their own colleagues fighting for life with serious head injuries.

Emergency department nurse Lisa Davey was found by a neighbour lying motionless in the driveway of her home on Callistemon Court in Arundel on Thursday evening.

Police have not been able to determine what caused the injuries, but said they were consistent with severe blunt force trauma.

The 37-year-old was taken to hospital where she remains on life support in the intensive care unit — the same department she until recently worked in.

A spokeswoman for the Gold Coast University Hospital said support was being offered to staff who found treating their friend and colleague confronting.

“This is obviously a very difficult time for staff, particularly those in our emergency department and intensive care unit who are coming to terms with this news,” she said.

“It is always confronting for our staff when one of their colleagues and friends is hurt or unwell, and we understand this event will touch many staff members across the health service.”

Ms Davey had just resigned from her job as a nurse at the hospital and was in the process of packing her belongings and moving to Cairns in Far North Queensland after the death of her mother.

Police yesterday said the cause of Ms Davey’s injuries was unknown.

“Realistically, we have got no idea how these injuries occurred,” Detective Inspector Brendan Smith said.

“It may be as simple as some sort of accident, but we don’t know and it is best to err on the side of caution and make sure we have got everything in place just in case.”

Police asked anyone with information or motorists who were driving along Olsen Avenue on Thursday afternoon and had dash-cam footage to come forward.










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‘Their devastation is our joy’: Channel Country graziers celebrate one-in-40-year ‘dry flood’

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February 23, 2019 12:37:07

Light planes, helicopters and even jet skis are being used to push cattle to higher ground as floodwater, which killed as many as 500,000 animals across Queensland’s north and central-west, moves south.

But producers aren’t complaining about the water, they’re welcoming it with open arms after a seven-year drought.

The far south-west Queensland town of Birdsville, near the South Australia and Northern Territory borders, hasn’t had any rain at all, but is now in the middle of a one-in-40-year flood.

The floodplains from the burst banks of the Diamantina River spread 30 kilometres wide in some parts, putting moisture back into the ground.

“This will save me for the whole year,” said Geoff Morton, who is a fourth-generation owner of Roseberth Station, 30 kilometres upstream of Birdsville.

“We were in drought conditions and I was just about to destock if it didn’t rain. This will save me all that and I’ll be able to keep my herd for another 12 months.”

The huge volume of water coming down the Diamantina catchment has meant locals have been surprised by how quickly the river has come up.

This is what’s called a dry flood — Birdsville has received only 0.6mm of rainfall so far in 2019, so all of the water moving through has come from higher in the catchment.

Queensland’s Channel Country — so called because of capillary-like natural channels that carry water from flooded rivers across vast areas — is covered in water.

“This is so unusual. I’ve been through many floods on the Diamantina and this has come down almost like a tsunami,” Mr Morton said.

That has meant graziers have been out pushing their cattle to higher ground using whatever they can find, be it light plane, helicopter, boat or jet ski.

Mr Morton said that once the water dropped grass would begin to grow for his cattle.

The joy of local pastoralists has been tempered by the disaster that pastoralists further north have gone through.

“That’s mother nature isn’t it, she can’t be controlled. But their devastation is our joy,” said Bev Morton, also from Roseberth Station.

“We still feel for them because we’ve been in that position.

“But to wake up and see it like this, it’s the lottery, it really is. I could look at it all day, everyday.”

Not all of the channel country is so lucky.

The Georgina River and Copper Creek catchments have had some rain, but not the dramatic amount of water in the Diamantina, leaving properties on those rivers little better off.

Floodwater rejuvenates environment, brings in tourists

It’s not just the cattle producers who will benefit from the floods.

Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service ranger Don Rowlands said there would be benefits to the parched environment.

“This area depends on boom and bust. In a couple of months you’ll come along here and this place will be a metre-high green grass everywhere,” he said.

“It can turn around overnight just by adding water.”

With the roads to Brisbane and Adelaide cut by the flood, the local bridge has become an attraction for Birdsville’s residents, who gather to see what the water is doing.

Once the roads reopen, the town expects an extra 10,000 tourists will visit this year to see the effects of water in the dry Channel Country.

“It’ll mean a good start to the tourist season for us. There are people who come out in four-wheel drives every year, but there are specific people who are out, like birdwatchers, photographers and things like that,” said Ben Fullagar, publican of the famous Birdsville Hotel.

Mr Fullagar said a supply truck from Adelaide made it up the Birdsville Track before it was cut off by floodwaters, bringing food orders for residents and plenty of beer for the pub.

“As long as I’m running this hotel, I really don’t want to be known as the pub with no beer.

“We did bring in a couple of pallets of beer. We’ve got plenty of tucker as well. We should be okay.”






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Tiffany Haddish, Patton Oswalt, more stars mourn comedian, Hangover actor Brody Stevens

Comedian Brody Stevens, who appeared in The Hangover, died Friday in Los Angeles from an apparent suicide, EW has confirmed. He was 48.

“Brody was an inspiring voice who was a friend to many in the comedy community,” his agent Jenna Price said in a statement to EW. “He pushed creative boundaries and his passion for his work and his love of baseball were contagious. He was beloved by many and will be greatly missed. We respectfully ask for privacy at this time.”

In 2013, the stand-up comedian led his own Comedy Central show called Brody Stevens: Enjoys It! As an actor, his most recent television appearances were on American Dad and The Guest List. On the big screen, he had roles in the first two Hangover movies as Officer Foltz and Kinglsey Guy, respectively.

Stevens also served as a warm-up act on Why? With Hannibal Buress, Chris D’Elia: Incorrigible, and Chelsea Lately. 

Follow news of his death, fellow comedians including Kumail Nanjiani, Patton Oswalt, Whitney Cummings, Bob Saget, and Nick Kroll shared their condolences on social media.

“RIP Brody Stevens,” tweeted The Big Sick star/co-writer Nanjiani. “Nobody else was like him, on or off stage. Seeing him was always a joy. We’ll miss you Brody.”

Cummings also tweeted: “I love you so much Brody Stevens. Nobody has been nicer in comedy than you. My heart is shattered.”

Read on below for more reactions and tributes to the comedian:

If you or someone you know is contemplating suicide, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-8255. Find more information about suicide here.

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Good Samaritans rescue a dog from freezing river — and then realise it’s a wolf

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February 23, 2019 12:05:55

Never trust a wolf in sheep’s clothing. Or as a group of good Samaritans discovered: a wolf in dog’s clothing.

Key points:

  • The men rescued the animal from the Parnu river and took it to a clinic for treatment
  • The “dog”, which was revealed to be a wolf, was treated for hypothermia and low blood pressure
  • It was released back into the wild with a radio tracker after making a full recovery

It’s a lesson three construction workers from Estonia learned the hard way after rescuing what they believed to be a helpless dog trapped in the icy waters of the Parnu river.

After clearing a path through the ice, allowing the animal to swim back to shore, the three men dried it with a blanket, bundled it into their car and took it to a clinic for medical care.

It was there that they realised their mistake — it wasn’t a dog at all, but rather, a young male wolf.

Though wolves have been known to attack humans, sometimes fatally, the animal was reportedly more interested in a snooze than a snack after its ordeal.

“He was calm, slept on my legs,” one of the rescuers, Rando Kartsepp, told Estonian newspaper Postimees.

“When I wanted to stretch them, he raised his head for a moment.

“The experience was new. We hope he will be fine.”

The wolf was ultimately treated for low blood pressure and hypothermia, before being placed in a cage and released back into the wild with a radio tracker.

The Estonian Union for the Protection of Animals (EUPA), which paid for the animal’s treatment, thanked the rescuers for their bravery, alongside the “doctors of the clinic who were not afraid to treat and nurture the wild animal”






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Why Bohemian Rhapsody changed the details of Freddie Mercury’s life

Whatever your thoughts on Bohemian Rhapsody, the controversial Queen biopic starring Rami Malek as Freddie Mercury, the movie is undeniably a crowd-pleaser. And some would argue, maybe that’s all it needed to be.

With the 91st Academy Awards ceremony practically here, Entertainment Weekly has partnered with The Take to bring you a series of videos diving deep into this year’s Oscar contenders. (Check out previous videos on A Star Is Born and Roma.) This time, we’re taking a look at Bohemian Rhapsody to explain why the film took the liberties it did regarding real-life details.

As the video points out, Bohemian Rhapsody follows the usual Dewey Cox-esque musician biopic story beats pretty closely. To do so, it had to fudge some things, including compressing the time frame and creating conflicts that simply didn’t happen. But the movie has a not-so-secret weapon in its arsenal that helps it stand out: the music of Queen. And the filmmakers know that this music, more than anything else, is what the audience really came for. So when it comes time for Bohemian Rhapsody to deliver on this front, it decidedly delivers.

All the same, one has to wonder what a more true-to-life version of the story might have looked like, though that version probably wouldn’t have been as fun to watch and sing along with. And to be clear, there’s absolutely nothing wrong with wanting to have a good time at the movies. So maybe it’s better to appreciate what we have instead of mourning what we could have had.

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‘Stoned on free money’: Wall Street is cautioning investors to beware of late-cycle risks around the world

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  • Market strategists and economists are advising clients on how to invest at a late stage in the economic cycle as recession concerns loom.
  • Bank of America Merrill Lynch’s latest survey of global credit investors showed worries about a global recession have the strongest consensus for any concern in nearly two years.
  • A Société Générale market strategist said in a colorful report this week that investors ought to “beware the economic cycle,” likening US investors to “stoned” pedestrians stepping into traffic.

The conversation around global economic growth has morphed into not if, but when, a severe downturn will take hold.

From the US and Latin America to the eurozone and Asia, strategists, economists, and money managers are trying to square the shift from healthy to disappointing global growth – and advise clients on how to position at a late stage in the business cycle.

Market strategist Albert Edwards of Société Générale told clients this week investors in the US are emerging from an era of historically low interest rates that’s rendered them unprepared for higher borrowing costs: “Stoned on free money, investors need to beware the economic cycle.”

Edwards invoked an oft-used parallel between central banks’ lax monetary policy acting as a drug of sorts for investors. He said every major central bank has “done its bit to inject another dose of euphoria into its market patch,” with the Federal Reserve’s recent about-face – which saw it shift from a relatively aggressive monetary policy to a more “patient” approach – leading the way.

The S&P 500 has staged a 19% rally off the December lows, and is now 5% away from recapturing its all-time high.

“Where investors could easily be caught out is in dismissing recent weak US economic data as due to one-off factors such as the very cold weather or the government shutdown,” he wrote. “Investors need to be doubly cautious at this late stage of the cycle.”

Read more: Here’s why the next recession could be unlike any the US has ever seen

The strategist’s warning underscores a dominant theme coming from Wall Street in recent weeks as central banks around the world edge away from monetary-policy tightening, geopolitical uncertainty and recession concerns loom, and growth has either softened, slumped, or stalled almost everywhere.

At the same time, corporate America just booked the most disappointing earnings season in seven years, the impact of fiscal stimulus borne from the Trump administration’s tax reform package has all but faded, and US-China trade relations remain rocky.

Just consider insight from the BlackRock Investment Institute – part of the world’s largest asset manager – which set the stage in January when it told investors the “key question” right now was how long the current late-cycle phase might last.

“This year’s macro story is more about a synchronised global slowdown – with growth rates converging towards long-term trend levels – than actual recession risks, in our view,” wrote the report’s authors, led by BlackRock Vice Chairman Philipp Hildebrand.

Read more of Markets Insider’s and Business Insider’s economic- and recession-related coverage here.

Meanwhile, economists at HSBC echoed BlackRock’s sentiment in a comprehensive macro-focused report out this week that highlighted just how quickly investor sentiment has shifted.

“This time two years ago the commonly-used description for the global economy was ‘synchronised expansion’: all of the world’s major regions not only expanding, but accelerating, simultaneously,” HSBC economists Janet Henry and James Pomeroytold clients.

“How quickly the narrative has switched to one of ‘synchronised sinking’ with growing concerns about the global slowdown and outright fears among many that the Eurozone, not just Italy, may be on the verge of recession.”

As far as where people ought to park their money, Deutsche Bank equity strategists have come up with a basket for investments best-fit for the current environment: “late cycle,” as opposed to “end cycle,” by the firm’s classifications.

That means “prudent, quality companies cheap on cash flow,” a team of strategists led by Binky Chadha wrote. “In the late cycle phase, growth is still strong but cost pressures and risks are rising.”

They added: “In addition, with investors starting to worry about a potential end to the cycle, there is a premium for prudence, and companies with low leverage and low debt growth outperform, as do momentum stocks.”

Here’s a deeper look at how experts are classifying the current late-cycle condition and what they see:

“A big end-of-cycle fear”

Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Bank of America’s latest survey of global credit investors, released this week, found 30% of respondents said their biggest worry is a global recession, the strongest consensus for any concern in nearly two years.

The bank attributed this to a “torrid end to 2018 for the corporate bond market,” and said investors are retreating into more safe-haven groups and out of cyclicals.

This positioning appears unlikely to change until the global-manufacturing picture stabilizes, Bank of America said.

The “global industrial downturn”


Economists at HSBC used these two charts to illustrate the “global industrial downturn.” Even as GDP estimates for the US and China – the two largest economies in the world – have held steady, areas like Europe and Latin America have declined.

Industrial output has slowed in most countries, HSBC said, with European industrial data notably weak.

Evaluating recession odds

Deutsche Bank

Even as growth in the US decelerates, it’s still above-trend, a team of strategists and economists at Deutsche Bank said in a report last week.

The firm referred to a broad indicator incorporating measures like lending standards, jobless claims, and surveys that have managed to hold up rather than dip into recessionary levels. Meanwhile, the likelihood of a recession in the EU is still relatively unlikely.

Data in the US


Although US economic data has remained stable relative to some developed market peers, there are glaring soft spots.

In a note distributed to clients Thursday, Joseph LaVorgna, chief economist for the Americas at Natixis, said the latest durable goods data “point to an economy that has rapidly lost steam.”

He says the data is quite highly correlated to the business outlook survey conducted by the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia – another withering key manufacturing data point.

US becoming a “drag rather than a driver”

BlackRock Investment Institute

“We see global growth slowing as the expansion enters its final stage,” the BlackRock Investment Institute told clients in its January macro perspectives report. The slowdown comes as the US becomes a “drag rather than a driver” of growth.

The chart above shows the economy’s output gap – the difference between what an economy is producing and what it actually has the capacity to produce – next to the stages of US business cycles back to 1965.

An “irreversible path to an economic downturn”


Naka Matsuzawa, the chief Japan rates strategist at Nomura, said in a report out during the final days of 2018 that the “global economy is already on an irreversible path to an economic downturn.”

Still, his short-term outlook is less dire. He expects the global economy to recover, temporarily, in the second half of this year and into early 2020.

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Doom Patrol recap: The only way is through the donkey

After watching the second episode of Doom Patrol, I’m thoroughly convinced that DC Universe should’ve launched the series with a two-hour premiere, because “Donkey Patrol” is essentially the second part of the pilot. Airing these two hours back-to-back would’ve helped the premiere feel like it told a complete story. But what we got instead works. “Donkey Patrol” is strong enough follow-up that I’m excited to see where the rest of the series goes, despite a few problems.

Doom PatrolSeason 1, Episode 2″Donkey Patrol”Victor Stone / CyborgApril Bowlby as Elasti-WomanMatt Bomer as Larry Trainor / Negative ManPhoto Credit: Bob Mahoney / 2018 Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. All Rights Reserved.

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Picking up exactly where last week’s episode left off, this installment finds the Doom Patrol trying to avoid getting sucked into the giant hole that opened up in the middle of Calverton, Ohio, as Nobody gleefully narrates the mayhem he caused. Of course, Nobody’s primary target is the Chief, so it shouldn’t come as a surprise that he abducts him and drags him into the vortex. Jane, channeling one of her more daring personalities, dives in after him right before the hole closes, which causes her new surrogate dad Cliff tons of anguish.

With the apparent loss of the Chief and Jane, the rest of the Doom Patrol aren’t feeling too heroic. “This is what the world looks like when we try to live in it,” says a defeated Larry, who decides to run away instead of trying to fix what happened. Rita opts to return to Doom Manor because it’s trash day. So, Cliff is left on his own in the middle of what used to be Calverton. Thankfully, he won’t be alone for too long.

Detroit’s hoodie-wearing hero Cyborg, a.k.a. Victor Stone, hears about the chaos in Calverton and decides to check it out because (A) he knows the Chief and is concerned, and (B) he’s striving for independence from his father, Silas Stone, played by Phil Morris (Smallville’s Martian Manhunter). Silas has big dreams for his son. While Vic enjoys being a superhero and even has some fun when he takes down a mugger, his dad has a very specific goal in mind: He wants Vic to join the Justice League. It’s clear that Victor isn’t entirely sure if he’s on the same page, but he’s going along with it anyway.

I’ll be honest: When Doom Patrol was announced, I was confused as to why Cyborg was among the list of characters and not on Titans. Like, Doom Patrol already has one robot hero in Cliff, a.k.a. Robotman. Does it really another one? Funnily enough, that question is baked into how the show introduces Cyborg, because he clashes with Robotman the moment they meet. “Oh, Cyborg, the guy who nobody asked to be here,” Cliff says when Cyborg shows up in what used to be Calverton and successfully catches the donkey Cliff was chasing. In a surprising move, the donkey vomits Jane back up.

While Cliff and Victor deal with Jane, Larry and Rita try to avoid getting involved in any of this. In fact, Larry heads to the bus station intent on getting as far away from people as possible because he’s worried about the energy being inside his body. Unfortunately for him, the aforementioned energy doesn’t want to leave and knocks Larry out each time he tries to board a bus; it’s one of several funny sequences in the episode. Eventually, Larry gives up and returns to Doom Manor, and he and Rita agree to just avoid the chaos.

Cliff and Victor takes turns questioning Jane about what she saw when she went through the hole, but it’s all for naught because none of Jane’s personalities are being quite forthcoming. In fact, this week they meet a new one, Baby Doll, who is a big fan of Cyborg but afraid of Cliff. So, Cliff leaves Victor alone with her and goes to check out the Chief’s laboratory, where he watches recordings of the Chief’s meetings with Jane. In them, Jane explains the concept of the Underground, which is where all her personalities reside, and some of them are deeper than others. Oh, and some, like Katie, don’t like being questioned — which is something Cyborg learns upstairs when Jane becomes the Human Torch-like Katie and attacks him. Luckily, Cyborg is able to lock Jane in a room with Cliff’s help.

Eventually, Larry and Rita are forced to get involved with the current crisis when Cyborg discovers that the donkey’s mouth is actually a door to somewhere. Needing someone to go inside and take a look, the two dudes ask Rita to do it. At first she protests (“I’m a Golden Globe nominee!”), but then she gives in, goes into her blob form, and allows the men to feed her eye through a funnel and into the donkey. Of course, this leads to all three of them getting sucked into another dimension, where they find the rest of the town of Calverton and Nobody’s omniscient narration.

Nobody proceeds to trap Rita, Larry, and Victor in various memories as a way of torturing them. Most of this feels somewhat pointless, but there is one interesting development: Nobody forces Victor to revisit the night his mother died in a lab accident he caused. However, Victor says this doesn’t bother him because every person he saves is his way of fulfilling a pledge to his mother. “What an origin story! Too bad it’s a load of donkey sh—,” proclaims Nobody, adding that Victor has programming, not memories. At first, it’s easy to ignore this statement, but when the trio return to the real world (Larry’s energy being helps them escape and restores Calverton and its citizens to their place), Victor has a confrontation with his father, who insists that his son return to Detroit because “every person we save is fulfilling a pledge to your mom.” The implication is that Victor’s memories of his mother may have been planted by Silas, which would be quite dark and could change my mind about whether or not there’s a reason to keep Cyborg around.

As the episode ends, Cyborg ignores his father’s wishes and decides to stay at Doom Manor to help the team find Dr. Caulder. At the same time, Larry decides that he needs to work on his relationship with the energy being inside him, and lets him out so they can establish some rules.

All in all, this episode did a good job of building on the premiere. My hope, though, is that this is the last time we have to see the team go through the whole “Should we become a superhero team?” thing. At this point, we’ve all seen shows like this and know that’s where the story is heading. It would be in Doom Patrol’s best interest to accept them as a team now so we can get to the weird and good stuff.

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