North Shore Times : February 4th 2011
4 NORTH SHORE TIMES, FEBRUARY 4, 2011 NEWS Enquires/bookings: The Kaipatiki Project Ph 482 1172 or firstname.lastname@example.org Cut your rubbish in half by turning your food waste into compost to feed the garden. WORKSHOPS 2011 Thursday, 3 February 6pm to 9pm Meadowood Thursday, 24 February 6pm to 9pm Devonport Saturday, 12 March 10am to 1pm Takapuna Saturday, 26 March 10am to 1pm Birkdale Saturday, 16 April 10am to 1pm Birkdale Saturday, 30 April 10am to 1pm Takapuna Saturday, 14 May 10am to 1pm Birkdale Thursday, 26 May 6pm to 9pm Devonport Saturday, 11 June 10am to 1pm Birkdale Tuesday, 28 June 6pm to 9pm Meadowood Worm farming and composting courses FREE, booking is essential RW_AK8802_NST 3478616AA The Health and Rehabilitation Research Institute at AUT University (North Shore Campus) is conducting a series of research studies investigating lower limb muscle weakness in people with arthritis of the knee. In New Zealand, it is estimated that 16% of the population aged fifteen or over, or around 1 in 6 people, will be living with one form of arthritis. This prevalence is expected to grow to almost 20% by the year 2020. Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis and in New Zealand it is one of the leading cause of years lost to disability. Lower limb muscle weakness is a common problem that people with osteoarthritis of the knee experience. Unfortunately, this muscle weakness can result in a decreased ability to perform functional everyday activities. It has been found that at least part of this weakness is due to an inability to fully activate muscles voluntarily. Consequently, strengthening programmes often have little benefit as they do not improve the ability to activate muscles voluntarily. Researchers at AUT University are currently interested in estimating voluntary muscle activation ability in people with osteoarthritis of the knee. A study is about to begin at AUT's Health and Rehabilitation Research Institute investigating voluntary activation ability using a new magnetic stimulation technique. The study involves measuring maximum voluntary force of muscles in the thigh while applying magnetic stimulation over the muscles. This is a safe and painless technique. It is hoped that the findings from this study will help us recognise the presence and extent of voluntary activation deficits with greater ease. If you have been diagnosed with osteoarthritis of the knee you may be eligible to participate in this study. If you are interested in participating and wish to obtain more information, please contact: Samuel Down (09) 921 9999 extension 7032 or Email: email@example.com Research in Knee Osteoarthritis at AUT University Council has 525 fulltime vacancies By STEPHEN FORBES After making more than 1200 job cuts and spend- ing millions on severance packages, the Auckland Council is looking for staff. It is seeking 525 fulltime employees. This includes 32 positions at Watercare and 183 at Auckland Transport. The vacancies include positions ranging from receptionists and database administrators to communications and public affairs advisers. Deputy mayor Penny Hulse says the figures are concerning. She says Local Gov- ernment Minister Rod- ney Hide and the Auck- land Transition Agency were too keen to make staff cuts when the coun- cil was formed last year. We had a council built for us by Rodney Hide and I don't think he understood the value of the work our staff do. We now have to rebuild from scratch.'' Labour's Auckland Issues spokesman Phil Twyford says Mr Hide and the transition agency didn't consider the impact of last year's job cuts. To be left with 525 vacancies just after you have cut 1200 jobs suggests Rodney Hide's officials got a bit carried away,'' he says. The worry for the Auckland ratepayer is that the real cost may turn out to be millions of dollars in wasted redun- dancy payments.'' Mrs Hulse says rate- payers can expect to see more vacancies in the coming months. She says some employees who worked at now-defunct local authorities had a salary protection scheme where their pay and con- ditions were guaranteed for six months. But with a number of those agreements expir- ing soon, Mrs Hulse says some of them may decide to leave rather than take a pay cut. Mr Hide says the ATA was ultimately respon- sible for the new council structure, and doesn't believe it made too many redundancies. I am confident that the ATA did its best to ensure adequate staff resources for the new council and that redun- dancy payments were kept to a minimum,'' he says. Worrying times for Egyptians here Anxious time: Emad El Komos, left, and Father Bishoy Mekhaiel of the Coptic Orthodox Church in Beach Haven are among those awaiting the return of family and friends trying to flee unrest in Egypt. Photo: BEN WATSON By MICHELLE ROBINSON An engineer and his eld- erly mother from North Shore are among those desperately awaiting a flight out of Egypt. They are among thou- sands of foreign residents trying to leave Cairo and Alexandria as Egyptians protest against the 30-year rule of President Hosni Mubarak. Members of the Beach Haven-based St Mark's Coptic Orthodox Church are in constant contact with family members and friends caught in the unrest. Emad El Komos is among deeply concerned congregation members. We still have families and land and houses there, we don't feel secure about them. Some of our relatives who trav- elled to Egypt can't get back,'' Mr El Komos says. The army is in the streets and police have failed to take control. People are protecting their homes on their own.'' His friend -- a North Shore engineer and his elderly mother -- can't get home after visiting their homeland for a wedding. They went to attend a wedding and cannot get out, they can't get hold of a ticket. They've been told the earliest they can expect to leave is Febru- ary 20. They want to get a ticket to anywhere around the world. Most of the embassies have started to evacuate people.'' The two had planned to be away for three weeks but tried to change their plans after the wedding was can- celled because of bloody unrest, Mr El Komos says. Cairo's international airport was a scene of chaos and confusion on Tuesday New Zealand time as thousands of foreigners sought to flee the country. Prime Minister John Key earlier said the gov- ernment might send the air force's 757 jets for evacuations, but the earliest they could arrive was Friday. It comes as New Zea- landers in Egypt accuse the government of being unhelpful while other countries were working to get their citizens out.
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