Lengthy train delays heading south

There are delays on the T4Eastern Suburbs andIllawarra and South Coast railway lines after a freight train requiredmechanical repairs at Jannali and a person was on the tracks at Loftus earlier today.
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Services are resuming after a freight train with mechanical issues at Jannali earlier.

— T4 Sydney Trains (@T4SydneyTrains) April 15, 2014Sydney Trains said serviceswill run betweenCronulla and Sutherland, with buses supplementing some services between Waterfall and Sutherland.

South Coast Line services will make extrastops between Waterfall and Hurstville.

Trains between Oatley and Sutherland will use another track so stopping patterns may change. Passengers should should listen to announcements and check indicator boards.

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Major delays due to freight train with mech issue at Jannali & trespasser in rail corridor at Loftus earlier. More: http://t.co/Hs8LY35Kl1

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Each little action counts

Eggstrordinary students: Prairiewood students have started a new school tradition and are proud of it. Picture: Wesley LonerganWORKING on the theory that sometimes the smallest acts of kindness mean the most, the students at Prairiewood High School played the Easter bunny’s little helpers at Braeside Hospital last week.
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It was the third consecutive year they’ve done this.

Teacher Ingrid Marchant said the idea was sparked by the school’s sport council.

She said it was so successful it became an annual event.

“We have many students and staff who have had families in Braeside, so it seemed appropriate to ask them if they wanted to participate,” Ms Marchant.

She said she enjoyed seeing the joy in the students’ faces as they gave out Easter eggs to patients.

“The students realise that each little thing you do does count and makes a huge difference,” she said.

“Students become emotional with the reality of Braeside, but also become emotional from the experience and reaction from the patients who are so grateful and overwhelmed.

“A family member of a patient was so overwhelmed with the student’s generosity she hugged a student, who said it was one of the best feelings.”

“We had another student take the time to sit down and have a chat in Vietnamese with a patient. She felt she could relate to the patient and was extremely glad she was bilingual and could have that opportunity.”

Ms Marchant organises the egg drive with Jarred Hodges who runs the sport council.

“As mentors, we try to teach the students that each thing you do in life counts. For example, if a student in the school donates one egg towards Braeside it makes a difference in the wider community,” she said.

“This helps turn them into community role models. They represent the whole school at Braeside, not because they are the sport council, but because all of the school contributes to this Easter Egg Drive.”

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Justine Jetsets to top of Travelworld Network

Keen travellers in Port Augusta may recognise the smiling face of local travel consultant Justine Demarchi, who happens to be turning 21 today.
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TRAVEL: Local travel consultant Justine Demarchi has been recognised for her commitment to her job, not only by clients but within the Jetset Travelworld Network after winning the Rising Star of the Year national award in 2013.

Justine began work as a consultant in the second half of 2011 and has received outstanding reviews ever since.

After being nominated for Rising Star of the Year in 2012, at just 20-years-old (in 2013) she took out the title not only across South Australia and the Northern Territory, but also the national Rising Star of the Year award for the entire Jetset Travelworld Network.

To win Rising Star of the Year, Justine was up against people of all ages who have begun working as a travel consultant within two years prior to being presented with the award.

Business owner Barbara Hunt said Justine has been asset to the team and brings a contagiously happy, very bubbly and upbeat personality into the office.

“She was up against consultants who work in Westfield shopping centres to win the award,” she said.

“She does what is natural to her and provides excellent customer service.

“In one word, she is awesome.”

Through the nomination process, Justine was assessed by her achievement since starting work by her sales, how she benefits the agency, how she deals with clients, how she is increasing business potential, her attendance at training and her on the job experience.

Justine has built an excellent rapport with customers and will go out of her way to ensure they have an enjoyable holiday.

“She is honest and open, if she doesn’t know anything she does thorough research and gets to know the place like she has been there,” Barbara said.

“We are proud to have her as part of the team, she is reliable and we hope we can retain her in Port Augusta, she is too good of an asset to lose.”

One of four siblings, Justine was born and grew up in Port Augusta and attended Cartias College for her schooling years.

Justine’s mother Nenen said she has always been a happy and positive person but at times was a bit clumsy when she was younger.

“She banged her head against the wall while skate boarding, she sat down to tell me and thought she was going to be in trouble,” Nenen laughed.

“How could I be angry when she had hurt her arm?”

Nenen said she could not be more proud of what her daughter has achieved so far.

“She loves her job and she is good at interacting with people,” Nenen said.

Justine has a lot of travel experience already up her sleeve including recently returning from a trip to America.

“This year alone, by the end on April she would have been away nearly seven weeks, including work related travel experience,” Barbara said.

“She loves to travel, she wants to continue to travel and wants to help clients.

“She has a very happy work and life balance, which can be really hard in the travel industry.

“There is a lot of pressure, you can’t make mistakes, there is no ‘next time’ – you could end up with flights missed and hotels not booked.”

Comments from clients and testimonials continually flow in for holidays Justine has organised.

“Thanks for all your help booking our holiday, your customer service is second to none and you have been a pleasure to deal with, any future trips my family takes, I will be contacting you to organise,” one testimonial said.

For future awards Justine is now up against people who have been in the industry for 20 to 30 years.

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Commonwealth Bank suffers EFTPOS, internet banking outage

Outage: Commonwealth Bank services went down on Tuesday morning. Photo: Jessica ShapiroCommonwealth Bank customers around the country were unable to access their funds on Tuesday because of a system outage.
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The outage appeared to have affected customers ability to access most of its services, including EFTPOS payments, telephone banking, internet banking, apps such as Kaching, and customer service.

A spokesperson said the problem was fixed after midday and services were being gradually restored.

“We sincerely apologise to any customer who has been inconvenienced with this disruption to services,” the spokesperson said. “Given the high volume of calls into our call centres, customers may experience longer than usual waiting times.”

Earlier the bank took to social media to confirm the outage but did not comment on the extent of the outage or when it would be fixed.

Website aussieoutages南京夜网, which tracks Twitter and other sources for outage information, reported the bank first started experiencing issues about 7am.

However, one user told Fairfax Media he first experienced issues late last night. He emailed the bank but received no response.

From 8.30am, hundreds of businesses and customers flocked to Facebook and Twitter to vent their anger.

Merchants said the outage had cost them sales leading into the busy Easter trading period. As the terminals couldn’t process transactions from any credit or debit cards, some even resorted to using the old manual imprint ”klickety-klack” devices.

Melbourne’s Sarah Catanese said the outage meant she couldn’t complete a transaction at the petrol station and was stranded. Her comments reflected the general frustration over Commonwealth Bank’s response.

“Absolute embarrassment!” Ms Catanese wrote on the bank’s Facebook page. “For the size of your company you should consider a better communication tool to avoid people left stranded trying to pay for goods!”

Jules Gutierrez, fine wine manager at North Sydney Cellars, said that while the outage caused consternation among some customers, Commonwealth Bank kept them updated. They said their services were restored at 1.13pm.

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New Greene shines bright

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Paul Greene who is coming to perform in Tea Gardens

THE music of Paul Greene defies easy classification.

In simple terms, it walks the line between soft rock and folk. It does however also detour into alternative terrain, and at times even incorporates elements of bluegrass and country.

One Lap of the Sun is a culmination of years on the road, with songs of heartache, of miscommunication, of hopefulness and reckless abandon.

It features songs that are reminiscent of the work of many other artists, but as a whole is purely Paul Greene.

Beautiful Delusion smacks of Goldspot, while Interesting Twist and Ways and Ways are a little bit Powderfinger, and Complicated Thing feels joyfully like early 2000s Gavin DeGraw.

Album opener, Tomorrow and Yesterdays, casts a positive lyric about learning from the hardships of the past and moving on: “I get more out of each defeat than the occasional victory”.

The slow, folksy tune Somebody Else’s Heart is arguably the best song from One Lap of the Sun. The soft percussion evokes a woodsy, rustic and quite organic feel that is part Newton Faulkner, part solo Eddie Vedder.

Track 5, Spring, is another competitor for song of the album, with a compulsive, mesmerising beat and illustrative lyrics that speak of forgiveness and new beginnings as though in storybook. Like many songs on the album, the strings can at times be annoying and unnecessary, but overall Spring is a song that demands to be listened to over and over again.

The album’s final song, Hold On is Greene’s most ‘pop’ offering, with a repetitive hook that provides the most single potential of the album.

Hold On closes the album on a high note and features the amusing and insightful lyric: “if you ask a silly question you’re going to get a silly answer”.

One Lap of the Sun strays from Greene’s earlier, more country works with earthier sounds and soft, subtle instrumentation as his base.

Despite this, Jackie, the penultimate song, is a toe-tapping, clapping, grab-your-boots-and-cowboy-hat song, begging to be played in a hay-strewn barn.

One Lap of the Sun is a strong, heartfelt album from Paul Greene and the Other Colours that revels in acoustic guitars and soft percussion, eschewing over-production in favour of the instrumental basics.

The album is out now, released by ABC Music.

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