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Saturday, Februar y 19, 2011
Whe th er you re s
The key to your
By Allyson Fonseca
A BABY hada lucky escape when a tree
branch smashed into the family car at
Apex Park onThursdaynight.
The impact of the branch was less
etre from 18-month-old
Daniel How l who was sitting in a
baby capsule in the back of theHowell
F d alcon station wagon in
th Apex Park car park.
Fortunately, Daniel was unharmed.
The large branch hit with such im-
pactthat it crushedtheroofofthefam-
ily car and smashed the back window.
The crash left Daniel's mother Su-
sana, 38, with a sore back, bruises and
a15-centimetrecut on her stomach.
Fraught father Peter Howell, 44,
said: "I heard a crack, crack, crack and
saw the branch falling and bolted to-
wards the back of the car."
"We could hear him crying so we
knewhewas all right,"he said.
"It was safer to let h im stay there,
because there was glass all around.
Mrs Howell said she felt relieved
when she realised Daniel was all right.
"It all happened so quickly, my
hands were shaking," shesaid.
The couple had been pumping up
their kayak at the front of the vehicle
and had left Danielin his capsule.
Mrs Howell said she felt "shocked"
and "traumatised" by the incident.
"I couldn't sleep last night ( Thurs-
day) because I kept thinking about
howit could have killed us," she said.
PA G ES 41-43
Patchy rain Partly cloudy with a north-
Saturday, February 19, 2011
Falling branch misses
baby in car capsule
Continued Page 8
SAFE:Susana Howell with baby Daniel who was in the familycar when alarge limb fell, crushing the ro
BATTERED: The Howel's car yesterday showing the impact of the branch.
BROKEN:The limb that crashed onto the Howell's car. Pictures: IzabelleFalvo
Sunnywith an east to south-
Wednesday, F ebruar y 23, 2 011
Potentially fatal Murray Valley encephalitis virus in Mild
YOUR 7- DAY
SHOWBI Z GOSSIP NEWS QU ICK QUI
By Chris McLennan
HEALTH authorities are still not plan-
ning to ramp up attacks on mosquitoes
despitethe discovery of the rarebut po-
tentially fatal Murray Valley encephali-
tis virus in Mildura.
Morethan 50 cases of RossRiver and
Barmah Forest virus have already been
transmittedtoSunraysia residents from
mosquito bites this summer.
MVE has now been detected in sen-
tinel c hickens at Mildura, Robinvale,
Kerang, Barmah andTooleybuc.
Victoria's chief health officerDrJohn
Carnie yes terday put the onus for pro-
tection from the virus back onto indi-
The MVE virus was last detected in
Mildura three years a go. No one was
The last major outbreak was back in
the 1970s which led to the location of
the sentinel chickens along the valley
and which still provide the first warn-
ing ofthe virus.
A total of 42 people contracted the
virus in 1974 -- 13 died, 13 received per-
manent brain damage and the others
Dr Carnie yesterday warned resi-
dents and visitors along the Murray
River in northern Victoria to protect
themselves against mosquitoes.
"Usual symptoms of Murray Valley
encephalitis virus include severe head-
ache, high fever, drow
toms should seek urgen
tion from their GP or th
Dr Carnie said simp
could help protectagain
Continued Page 6
Virus cases mounting
Disease risk small Pag
FOR Grant John Cadoret, life is a highway, and he walksithis way.Dubbed"The Highway Man", by ABC TV's Australian Story
passed through Mildura yesterday, en route to south-east Queensland.
LIFE IS A HIGHWAY
Wednesday, February 23, 2011
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Tuesday, February 22, 2011
Full report P16
Mostly sunny. Wind southto
FLOOD RECOVERY OFFICER WANTED
SEE PAGE 4
By Graeme O'Neill
THE PHYSICAL damage to the district
from this month's huge storm may ul-
timately be outweighed by the damage
to young people's educationand career
aspirations, Mildura Rural City Coun-
cillorVernonKnight warned yesterday.
"Damaged houses c
an be rebuilt,
crops can be replanted, and infra-
structurecanberepaired or replaced,"
"This may not go down well when
th e district istryingtorecover from the
storm, butIfear the greatest long-term
damage may be to oursocial capital.''
Cr Knight said the short-term eco-
nomic impact on familiesdue to dam-
age to the wine grape, dried fruits and
table grape crops was likely to force
even more young people in the dis-
trict to defer or abandon their plans
for post-secondary education, which
would restrict their career prospects.
And that would have long-term im-
pacts on Sunraysia's prosperity.
"We don't have enough students
going to the local campus of La Trobe
University, and I fear that situation is
about to w orsen because of the storm,"
At a meeting of community repre-
sentatives at the Alfred Deakin Cen-
tre tomorrow afternoon at 2.30pm, Cr
Knight will present a report marking
the launch of a new education blue-
print for th e district, Unlocking Sun-
raysia's Potential (USP).
Cr Knight chaired the local task-
force that produced the report, which
ays of reducing the
education disadvantagesfacing young
people in Sunra ysia.
Cr Knight s
clearly lagged behind metropolitan
areas in their accesss to educational
opportunites, and Sunraysia lagged
behind all other regions in Victoria in
terms of the percentage of post-sec-
ondary students who did not pursue a
Continued Page 4
Damage to education and careers greater than floods fallout
By Jono Pech
TENNIS up-and-comer James Duckworth hopes to
claim the Mildura Grand Tennis International as he
works his way through the rankings.
The 19-yearold Sydney tennis star has played in
tournaments across the wor ld since he tur ned 12,
including trips to Europe, North America and Asia.
The youngster spent about 3
overseas in 2010 as he worked his way to a world
number seven junior ranking.
GRAND PLANS: Fresh out of junior ranks,promising tennis playerJames Duckworth hashis sights set on major tournamentsand beating the legends of the game.
Picture: Stacey Merl
Life's just ducky
Continued Page 2
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