Monthly Archives:September 2019


Death flats marketed as ‘fire proof’

September 12th, 2019 / / categories: 苏州美甲学校 /

The Bankstown apartment block that exploded in flames last week leading to the death of one Chinese woman and critical injuries to another, was specifically marketed to the Chinese community.

The Euro Terraces, also known in Chinese as the ”European Garden”, were promoted as the first luxury apartments built in Bankstown on a Chinese real-estate investment website, which also featured a photo of its developer, Diab Finianos.

A glowing review of the upmarket apartments said they were constructed using a new technique, Architectural Framing System, which had ”good fire and shock proof” qualities and complied with certification standards of the Architectural Association of the United States.

It was reported in The Sydney Morning Herald yesterday that the roof which covered an interior atrium in the building may not have been in plans that were approved by the council. The private certifier who oversaw the development said he would not have approved the building had the roof been in the plans.

The NSW Fire Services Commissioner, Greg Mullins, has said that, because of the enclosed atrium, thick black smoke amassed outside residents’ doors hindering their access to internal fire escapes.

Fire broke out in the building on Thursday morning. One woman known as Connie died after jumping from the window of a fifth-floor apartment to escape the flames. The second woman, Yino Jiang, 27, is in a critical but stable condition in Liverpool Hospital.

A man who went missing after the fire has been found. Jianwei ”Jason” Zeng apparently managed to escape the fire before disappearing, but presented himself to Surry Hills police station. Police said no charges would be laid.

Residents of the West Terrace building were allowed back into their homes briefly yesterday to collect clothes, food and other necessities.

Ahmed and Maha Hamy, both 29, collected their bridesmaids’ dresses and groomsmens’ suits from the apartment of Maha’s mother Nadia, where they had been stored before their wedding yesterday.

They had barely slept and were still in the same clothes as the day before. They were worried the clothes would smell like smoke.

“We are so stressed out,” Maha said.

The building is one of a number built in the Bankstown area by Mr Finianos’s family-owned and run company, the Silky Group which has been in the industry for 30 years.

A police spokesman said the apartment block will this week be assessed by council and structural engineers to determine the structural integrity of the building.

Coronial inquiries are continuing into the cause of the fire.

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Moore win could benefit Greens

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Lord mayoral candidate … Angela Vithoulkas.A THIRD straight term as lord mayor of Sydney for Clover Moore would be a bittersweet victory that could open the door to the Greens taking her seat in State Parliament.

Cr Moore was confident of being returned to Town Hall as 4627 candidates vied for positions on the state’s 150 local councils holding elections yesterday.

The race for City of Sydney, which was also being fought by Christine Forster, the sister of the federal Opposition Leader, Tony Abbott, among others, will spark a critical state byelection with a Moore victory.

Under laws introduced by the O’Farrell government, state MPs will no longer be allowed to wear a second hat as a councillor after yesterday’s election. That has forced a number of MPs to step down from councils while Cr Moore chose to instead forgo her seat in Parliament.

The Liberal Party will now go all out to win her state seat of Sydney in a byelection but The Sun-Herald understands the move may backfire, with Liberal polling suggesting Cr Moore’s vote will largely migrate to the Greens.

Liberal sources said polling suggested the 53 per cent to 47 per cent two-party preferred margin that Cr Moore claimed victory with over the Liberal candidate, Adrian Bartels, in last year’s election would be replicated by the Greens.

The state battle will be between two former City of Sydney councillors – Shayne Mallard, the openly gay Liberal who has been endorsed to run, and the Greens candidate, Chris Harris.

Antony Green, the ABC’s election analyst, said the result would be tighter than the Liberal Party polling suggests but he agreed Labor would run a distant third.

Cr Moore is expected to endorse Alex Greenwich, who leads the group Australian Marriage Equality, which supports same-sex marriage.

Cr Moore said re-election would be ”bittersweet”. ”Eighteen months ago, the people of Sydney voted me in for a four-year term and I should be able to see out that term,” she said.

Federal Liberal frontbencher Malcolm Turnbull joined the sister of his former rival for the party leadership on the hustings in Potts Point yesterday. Ms Forster is the No.2 candidate on the Liberal ticket, alongside lord mayoral candidate Edward Mandla.

Mr Turnbull denied speculation about fresh leadership tensions with Mr Abbott last week.

”Some people have said so but Tony and I don’t think there’s any tension,” he said.

Mr Turnbull said he thought the Liberals would increase the number of seats they held on council from one to at least two.

”I think Clover’s obviously the favourite, Ed Mandla’s the underdog, but we’ll see … I think this will be a very good Liberal vote in this election,” he said.

Ms Forster was more confident: ”I think Edward’s going to give Clover a great shake.”

Other candidates in the race for lord mayor were Living Sydney candidate Angela Vithoulkas, Irene Doutney of the Greens, Labor’s Linda Scott and the Sex Party’s Zahra Stardust.

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Fighting dirty to clean up town

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The car of a mayoral candidate was stolen and torched, another vehicle belonging to a council candidate had its tyres slashed, while other candidates were accused of skulduggery as voters went to the polls in local government elections.

Leo Kelly, a former mayor of Blacktown who is standing again as a Labor councillor, woke up to find the tyres slashed and lamented that it was an ”unhealthy sign” of what had happened to local politics in western Sydney.

A vehicle owned by the Greens’ mayoral candidate for Ballina Shire Council, Jeff Johnson, was stolen on Wednesday night. Its burnt out shell was later found an hour’s drive away.

And the Liberal team in Strathfield have been breaking the council ban on political posters on power poles. In the last days of the election campaign, posters for the Liberal team led by Giuliano Vaccari suddenly appeared on power poles across the leafy inner-west suburb, including some right in front of the council chambers.

The independent mayor, Paul Barron, told The Sun-Herald that the Liberals had been told to take them down and they had not done so.

In Fairfield, there were several reports of independents trying to benefit from the Liberal brand, recycling old election posters and slogans using the word Liberal.

Former state Liberal candidate turned independent for Fairfield, Dai Le, was reportedly using her old state election campaign posters with stickers over the Liberal logo.

Candidates running on an un-endorsed ”independent Liberal” ticket in Penrith were also seen to pop a large number of balloons bearing the slogan ”Think Liberal”. Mark Neeham, the state director of the NSW Liberals, said the party would consider disciplinary action if any members running as independents had used the party to promote their candidacy.

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Speaking of drafts and delays …

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THE Premier, Barry O’Farrell, and

the Transport Minister, Gladys Berejiklian, are chatting before a press conference when they are joined by Duncan Gay, the Roads Minister.

Gay: Hi, Glad. Hi, Premier. Well, folks, here it is, the transport master plan, hot off the press. I’ve got a whole boxful.

O’Farrell: Look at these little beauties, would you? Eighteen months in the making. This, dear colleagues, is what the O’Farrell government is all about.

Berejiklian: Navel-gazing?

O’Farrell: No!

Gay: Glossy wish-lists that we won’t be around to deliver on?

O’Farrell: No! This is tangible evidence of a government getting on with the job. This is a plan. A long-term plan. In fact, this is more than a plan, this is a MASTER plan. We are the masters of the universe … of plans.

Berejiklian: Labor released quite a few transport plans, too, Barry.

O’Farrell: Those were written on the backs of envelopes before a press conference. This is different.

Berejiklian: How so?

O’Farrell: For a start, this wouldn’t fit on the back of an envelope. Look at it. It’s 368 pages and weighs two kilos.

Berejiklian: So I guess we don’t need any more plans.

O’Farrell: Correct.

Gay: What about Nick Greiner? Isn’t he announcing a plan in a few weeks?

O’Farrell: Er, yeah. Well, for the moment, this is the plan. Now look, the press is going to want to drill down into the minutiae of this thing. They love pesky details.

Gay: You mean like how we’re going to fund any of it and what we will build first?

O’Farrell: Exactly.

Berejiklian: How about I just keep rabbiting on about Labor’s 16 years of failure regardless of the question?

O’Farrell: That’s why I love you, Glad. And for God’s sake, Duncan, don’t mention the word ”tolls”.

Gay: But the plan commits us to a trial of network-wide distance tolling.

O’Farrell: See this word ”draft” in front of ”plan”? We’re at a draft stage and nothing is set in stone. Nothing is current government policy. I love that phrase.

Gay: OK, but I think they will want to know why there is no reference to a second Sydney airport.

O’Farrell: That’s an easy one. I will not impose more aircraft noise on our most important marginal electorates – I mean the people of western Sydney – and I am very much committed to high-speed rail to Canberra.

Berejiklian: But there’s no reference to high-speed rail in the plan.

O’Farrell: Hmm, you don’t think I seem committed enough?

Berejiklian: It’s a 20-year master plan, Barry. This is going to guide everything we do until, well, until Greiner puts out his plan.

O’Farrell: Duncan, hand me that red pen. I’m sure one more dotted line on this map won’t hurt.

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THERE is no conclusive evidence Lyme disease caused by ticks exists in Australia – that is if you believe the NSW Health Department website.

But try telling that to sufferers of the disease planning to rally outside the department’s offices in North Sydney on Friday. They are calling for recognition of the disease, which they believe affects as many as 200,000 people across the country.

They say there should be more research, increased accredited testing processes and education for doctors to recognise, test and treat both early- and chronic-stage Lyme disease.

The protesters will include outdoor workers in national parks who have contracted the disease and are backed by the Public Service Association. The PSA’s industrial officer, Geo Papas, said: “It is outrageous that our government health authorities have buried their collective heads in the sand over this issue.

”This is a public interest issue and I call on the NSW government to initiate a public inquiry into this disease with a view to recognising its existence, educating medical professionals in its detection and treatment so as to minimise the impact it has on the lives of workers and the general public.

“I would not like to be someone who contracts this disease in NSW in the course of their employment because of the changes to the workers’ compensation legislation, as you would have to fund your own legal challenge on the basis of a disease that is not recognised by government health authorities.”

The protest organiser, Danielle Ryan, a 29-year-old project manager, was bitten by a tick at Mona Vale in 2002 and has suffered symptoms for 10 years without diagnosis. In May last year, she was finally diagnosed with chronic neurological-stage Lyme disease. She said: ”The chronic pain I have suffered from later stage Lyme disease was the most horrible time of my life, especially being unable to walk at one stage at the age of 28 without explanation. Most doctors treated me like I was some kind of psychotic crazy woman wanting attention. My family and I have been through hell and back over this.

”I had one of the leading infectious disease specialists in Sydney tell me, ‘You can’t have Lyme. It’s not here.’ I’m now trying to sell my house to move to the UK for a few months for treatment where they actually recognise Lyme disease and want to help patients get better.”

The director of health protection in NSW, Jeremy McAnulty, said an expert panel convened last year found there was no conclusive evidence of locally acquired Lyme disease but that the disease would be monitored.

The Health Minister, Jillian Skinner, said in a statement to The Sun-Herald the department was staffed by ”recognised specialists in monitoring and evaluating potential public health risks and developing appropriate responses when necessary”. A team of experts dealing with the potential incidence of Lyme disease ”has my total support”.

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