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H1N1 FLU BREAKING NEWS: US cases, deaths in Arizona and Illinois, cases climb in Australia and Chile

first_imgMay 28, 2009US case count reaches 8,585The number of confirmed and probable novel H1N1 cases in the United States has risen to 8,585, up 658 since yesterday, an official from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said today at a media briefing. One more death was reported, raising the total to 12. Though the number of new cases across the nation is receding, increases are occurring in New York and New Jersey, as well as in the Pacific Northwest.[CDC H1N1 press updates]Wyoming reports first novel flu illness Wyoming has reported its first H1N1 flu case, in a 13-year-old boy in Laramie County in the state’s southeastern corner, the Associated Press (AP) reported yesterday. State health officials said the boy had a fairly mild illness and was recovering at home; they did not know how he contracted the virus. The case leaves West Virginia and Alaska as the only US states with no confirmed cases.[AP report]Arizona, Illinois report fatal H1N1 casesArizona recorded its fourth death due to H1N1 flu yesterday, while Illinois reported its second and third. In Arizona, a pre-teen girl in Pima County (the Tucson area) died, according to an AP story. The state had 534 cases of H1N1 flu yesterday. In Illinois, the Chicago Tribune said a woman from northwestern Cook County died, while an AP report from Geneva said a 42-year-old man succumbed. Both victims had other health problems. The Tribune said Illinois has had 976 confirmed cases.[AP report on Arizona case]Australia orders vaccine as cases mountAustralian health officials said they were ordering enough doses of H1N1 vaccine to cover 10 million people, as cases rose to 103, up from 61 yesterday, Bloomberg News reported today. The government ordered the vaccine from CSL Ltd. Ian Barr, deputy director of a public health lab in Melbourne, said the novel virus is now the main flu strain being identified in Australia, but it is too early to say if it is “truly community-wide,” according to the story.[May 28 Bloomberg report] Chile says H1N1 flu is entrenched as cases surgeChile reported 46 new cases of novel H1N1 flu, raising its total to 165, and officials said the virus is firmly established in the country, Bloomberg News reported today. The new virus, which was first confirmed in Chile 10 days ago, now accounts for 90% of flu cases in the country and may be replacing seasonal flu, officials said. The health ministry said it is changing its H1N1 strategy from containment to mitigation, canceling airport screening.[Bloomberg report]Slovakia, Romania report first H1N1 illnesses Slovakia and Romania have reported their first cases of the novel H1N1 flu, according to media reports. The Slovakian case is in a 37-year-old man who arrived May 22 from the United States and was quarantined in a Bratislava hospital, Deutsche Presse-Argentur (DPA) reported. In Romania, the case involved a 30-year-old woman who had returned from the United States May 23 and went to a hospital May 26, according to a Xinhua report. Her family members also were quarantined at the hospital.[DPA report]last_img read more

Guc Belona placed under the preventive protection of the Ministry of Culture

first_imgSource / Photo: Museum of Betina wooden shipbuilding Belona is a traditional boat intended for fishing, transporting cargo, livestock and people, 5,60 m long and 1,80 m wide. Although, according to the registration documents, it was introduced under the type of gajeta, Belona is classified under the type guc due to its construction forms. The lines of the ship are mild, and the stern is much narrower than that of the gajeta. The documentation of the current situation was prepared by Katarina Batur and Luciano Keber, members of the Institute for Maritime Heritage Ars Nautica.After preparing the documentation, the ship was transported to the Ćiro Shipyard. The renovation was carried out under the supervision of Nikola Papeša Mačka and lasted for 8 months. Almost all parts of the ship have been replaced, except for two shutters reminiscent of the former state of Belona, ​​the Museum of Betina Wooden Shipbuilding concludes. It was built in 1928 in the shipyard in Kali, and the shipbuilder of Belona Božo Končurat in 1908 learned the craft from Mate Filipi in Betina. For over 60 years, Belona was owned by the Kolanović family from Privlaka, and in 2016, in a dilapidated state, it fell into the hands of Viljem Glavan, who decided to prepare the documentation of the existing ship and renovate it. Guc Belona has been placed under the preventive protection of the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Croatia, the Museum of Betina Wooden Shipbuilding proudly points out. last_img read more

Iran hails military satellite launch as US tensions simmer

first_imgIran’s Revolutionary Guards announced they had successfully launched the country’s first military satellite on Wednesday, at a time of renewed tensions with US forces in the Gulf.The United States alleges Iran’s satellite program is a cover for its development of missiles. The Islamic republic has previously insisted its aerospace activities comply with its international obligations.Tensions between the arch foes escalated last week with the US accusing Iran of harassing its ships in the Gulf. The Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps said the surprise satellite launch was a milestone for the country.”The first satellite of the Islamic Republic of Iran has been successfully launched into orbit,” said the Guards’ Sepahnews website.The satellite dubbed the Nour — meaning “light” in Persian — had been launched from the Markazi desert, a vast expanse in Iran’s central plateau.The satellite “orbited the earth at 425 kilometers” above sea level, said Sepahnews. “This action will be a great success and a new development in the field of space for Islamic Iran,” it added.State television aired footage of what it said was the satellite mounted on a rocket for Wednesday’s launch.The rocket bore the name Qassed, meaning “messenger”, in what appears to be the first time Iran has used a launcher of this type. High-seas encounter Tensions escalated again in January when the US killed Major General Qasem Soleimani, head of the Guards’ foreign operations arm, the Quds Force, in a drone strike in Iraq.The US Department of Defense last week accused Iran of “dangerous and provocative” actions in the Gulf.It said 11 Guards boats “repeatedly crossed the bows and sterns” of US vessels in international waters.Iran said the US gave a “Hollywood” account of the encounter and warned it that any “miscalculation will receive a decisive response”.Washington has also raised concerns in the past about Tehran’s satellite program, saying the launch of a carrier rocket in January 2019 amounted to a violation of limits on its ballistic missiles.Iran maintains it has no intention of acquiring nuclear weapons, and says its aerospace activities are peaceful and comply with a UN Security Council resolution.The Islamic republic, battling the world’s deadliest novel coronavirus outbreak at the same time as dealing with crippling US sanctions, has accused Washington of “economic terrorism”.Tehran says the punitive measures have denied it access to the medicines and medical equipment it needs to fight the virus.Iran says the disease has claimed the lives of nearly 5,300 people and infected almost 85,000 since the outbreak emerged on February 19.The number of Iranians killed and sickened by the virus is widely thought to be much higher, however.Iran has requested a $5 billion emergency loan from the International Monetary Fund to help it tackle the outbreak.But the US, which effectively holds a veto at the IMF, has signaled it has no intention of agreeing to such a line of credit.center_img ‘Great national achievement’ Its fuselage also had a koranic inscription that read: “Glory be to God who made this available to us, otherwise we could not have done it.”There was no way to independently verify the launch.It was hailed by Iran’s Telecommunications Minister Mohammad Javad Azari Jahromi.”Sincere congratulations to the IRGC Air Force for this great national achievement,” he tweeted, adding he had visited the launch site three weeks ago.”They were great,” he said of the satellite and what he described as a “three-stage solid fuel” launcher.Iran has repeatedly tried and failed to launch satellites in the past.The most recent was on February 9 when it said it launched but was unable to put into orbit the Zafar, whose name means “victory” in Persian.Arch enemies Iran and the United States have appeared to be on the brink of an all-out confrontation twice in the past year.Their long-standing acrimony was exacerbated in 2018 when US President Donald Trump unilaterally withdrew from a deal that froze Iran’s nuclear program, before issuing demands that it curtail its development of ballistic missiles. Topics :last_img read more

Explainer: The problem with the ‘cosmetic’ Constitutional Court law revision

first_imgThe revision technically extends the terms of the nine incumbent justices: For instance, Constitutional Court chief justice Anwar Usman may now remain in his role until 2026 instead of leaving the bench next year.Potential interference & power abuseA longer judicial term without better supervision could make justices susceptible to political interference that could eventually undermine the impartiality of the Constitutional Court as a court of first and final instance over the constitutional validity of how laws are interpreted and disputes on election results, say legal experts and activists.The court is currently reviewing a number of petitions that challenge contentious laws, including the Mining Law and the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) law revision of September 2019. The House of Representatives (DPR) has adopted a Constitutional Court (MK) law revision that increases the maximum term for its justices, a sticky issue since it first proposed revising the law.The newly revised law, which the House passed on Sept. 1, 2020, increases the judicial term to 15 years and justices may not stand for reelection, whereas the original law limited a single judicial term to just five years, after which justices could be reelected for a second five-year term.The law revision also allows Constitutional Court justices to hold office until the age of 70, a decade longer than under the previous law. Activists also accused the revised law of being a “trade-off” so politicians could potentially influence the court’s future decisions on public challenges to the numerous controversial bills the House is deliberating now, like the omnibus bill on job creation and the draft revision to the Criminal Code (KUHP).They also expressed concern about the longer-term impacts of the revised law on potential for abuse of power and corruption at the court, one of the country’s most powerful institutions.Read also: Historic sentence for AkilLack of public scrutiny & vettingThe revisions focused largely on extending the judicial term, which the House claimed was intended to strengthen the court.Lawmakers also raised the minimum age for justices from 47 to 55 to ensure that only “excellent” candidates would be eligible to be elected to the bench and improve its “quality”, according to Herman Hery, who chairs House Commission III on legal affairs that finalized the bill.But the law revision does not correct the underlying problems in the judicial selection process, most notably the absence of transparency standards that regulate the process.Nor does it make any significant changes to judicial supervision, experts say.The revised law essentially reinforces the principle mandates of the previous law: a transparent, publicly open electoral process for selecting the court’s justices.The law revision merely stipulates that the judicial selection process, under which the House, the President and the Supreme Court each nominate three justices, must be transparent and open to the public, as in the previous law. The only “tweak” that has been made is that the process to be “objective and accountable”, but it doesn’t address accountability to whom.The three branches of government have employed different mechanisms in the past. For example, President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo involved a panel of independent experts to screen candidates, which marked a significant departure from his predecessor Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono.Read also: Govt assures transparency in MK justice selectionMeanwhile, the House held candidate interviews that were open to the public, though experts say this was a mere formality. The Supreme Court, on the other hand, vetted its candidates mostly behind closed doors.In terms of judicial supervision, the House lawmakers increased the membership of the court’s ethics council from five to six, with the new seat to be filled by a legal scholar.But constitutional law expert Feri Amsari of Andalas University in Padang, West Sumatra, said that the “revision” did not make any far-reaching changes, suggesting judicial impeachment as a new provision that lawmakers should have incorporated in the revised law, particularly in light of their insistence on a longer judicial term.Feri also believed that conflicts of interest had marred the deliberation process. “The extension to the judicial tenure seems like a ‘bribe’ to me,” he told The Jakarta Post on Wednesday.Read also: MK rejects proposed reformsHe also expressed disappointment that the court itself had never objected to revising the law from the very beginning.Constitutional Court justice Enny Nurbaningsih dismissed any suggestions that the court had any interest in revising the law. “Rest assured that justices will carry out our tasks independently,”she said, stressing that the independence of the judiciary was “a nonnegotiable principle”.Titi Anggraini of Society for Elections and Democracy (Perludem) said the court must now prove that they were truly independent and free from all external interests, particularly any political influence when hearing cases, even when their decisions may not toe the populist line.“After all, what are they worried about? They have safe jobs [until they turn 70]. They don’t even need to think about a second term. So it’s time for them to demonstrate their commitment to democracy and justice,” she quipped.Nontransparent deliberationNot much is known about why the law was revised and who was really behind the proposal to do so. Activists have called into question the lawmakers’insistence on going ahead with deliberating the law revision when it was not an urgent need – and amid the multifaceted fallout from the ongoing health crisis, no less.Read also: House in spotlight over plan to revise Constitutional Court LawThe House mostly kept its doors closed ever since the proposal to revise the law was first raised in April by House Legislation Body (Baleg) chairman and Gerindra Party politician Supratman Andi Agtas, and despite public calls for transparency.The House made several changes to the draft bill before Aug. 24, when the government submitted its input and supporting arguments on the revised provisions to mark the start of deliberations. The legislature and the government then held three closed-door meetings on Aug. 26-28, with the two sides agreeing to the final version of the bill on Aug. 31. A day later on Sept. 1, 2020 the House passed the bill at a plenary meeting.It took the legislature just eight days to deliberate the bill on the Constitutional Court law revision, among the fastest in the House’s history, including the mere 12 days it took to deliberate the highly contentious revisions to the KPK law in September 2019.Violla Reininda of judicial watchdog KoDe Inisiatif criticized the deliberation process as problematic because it lacked transparency and denied public involvement. “They didn’t even invite the court or the public. They rushed [the process],” she said.Lawmaker Herman of the ruling Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) rebuffed the allegation, saying that all legislative hearings were open to the public.”There was no such thing as a ‘trade-off’. We were professional,”he said. “We worked fast because we changed only a few substantive provisions.”Topics :last_img read more

Huddersfield vs Man Utd TV channel, live stream, time, odds and team news

first_img Comment Advertisement Advertisement Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is struggling for results at Manchester United (Picture: AFP/Getty Images)Manchester United are still fighting for a top four finish, although they realistically need a win over Huddersfield on Sunday to keep their hopes alive.The Red Devils have picked up just one point from their last three games as their Champions League dreams for next season fade.However, they are facing the worst team in the division on Sunday, the Terriers having picked up just 14 points all season, 12 less than their nearest rivals Fulham.Victory for United would move them up to fifth, ahead of Arsenal, at least until the Gunners play later on Sunday afternoon.ADVERTISEMENT Huddersfield have had a dreadful season (Picture: Getty Images)When is Huddersfield vs Man Utd?The match is on Sunday 5 May with kick-off at 2pm at the John Smith’s Stadium.AdvertisementAdvertisementIs Huddersfield vs Man Utd on TV and is there a live stream?Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Premier League will be showing the game live.Subscribers can stream the action on Sky Go or watch on the Sky Sports app.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityTeam newsHuddersfield have Laurent Depoitre, Aaron Mooy and Ben Hamer all available after injury, although Mathias Jorgensen is out.Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is without Eric Bailly and has doubts over Paul Pobga, Jesse Lingard, Romelu Lukaku, Chris Smalling and Phil Jones.What are the odds? (Courtesy of Betfair)10/1 Huddersfield5/1 Draw3/10 Man UtdMORE: Virgil van Dijk ordered Xherdan Shaqiri to take late free kick that led to Divock Origi’s winner against NewcastleMORE: Edwin van Der Sar snubs Manchester United move because it’s a ‘step down’ from Ajax Phil HaighSunday 5 May 2019 10:53 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link Huddersfield vs Man Utd TV channel, live stream, time, odds and team newslast_img read more

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang slams reports of rifts in Arsenal dressing room over captaincy decision

first_img Metro Sport ReporterMonday 11 Nov 2019 7:13 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link663Shares Advertisement Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has hit back at reports over the club captaincy (Picture: Getty)Arsenal striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has reacted angrily to claims the squad have not ‘accepted’ his promotion to club captain.Reports on Monday claimed the Arsenal squad felt Granit Xhaka had been ‘thrown under a bus’ by Unai Emery following his actions in a 2-2 draw against Crystal Palace in October.Aubameyang was made club captain in place of the Swiss but the decision was announced in a press conference and not made to the group as a whole beforehand.There was also a suggestion that Aubameyang’s relationship with supporters’ channel Arsenal Fans’ TV [AFTV] was compromising his role and that he’d been asked to stop endorsing and speaking to those associated with the organisation.ADVERTISEMENT Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang slams reports of rifts in Arsenal dressing room over captaincy decision Comment Aubameyang was made captain in place of Granit Xhaka (Picture: Getty)The Gabon striker has liked some rather controversial Instagram posts from the channel’s account – including one calling for Emery to be sacked – which left teammates and staff ‘unimpressed’.AdvertisementAdvertisementBut Aubameyang has taken to social media to slam the reports, describing them as ‘b******t’.‘I just arrived in Gabon and heared a lot of ‘bullsh*ts,’ said Aubameyang.‘I talk with who I want whenever I want and if somebody’s not happy with you…you already know.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing ArsenalIt is yet another episode in what is fast becoming a chaotic season for Emery’s Arsenal side.Head of Football Raul Sanllehi told staff in a meeting today that Emery retained the backing of the club’s board and would not be sacked.‘We are as disappointed as everyone else with both our results and performances at this stage of the season,’ said Sanllehi.‘We share the frustration with our fans, Unai, players and all out staff as they are not at the level we want or expect.‘Things need to improve to meet our objectives for the season, and we firmly believe Unai is the right man for the job, together with the backroom team we have in place. We are all working intenstively behind the scenes to turn things around are confident we will.‘We never take our fantastic support for granted. We hope we can all stick together and get behind the team in this challenging period, as together we are stronger’.MORE: Manchester United fear Scott McTominay could be out for four weeks with suspected ankle ligament damage Advertisementlast_img read more

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang admits he didn’t want Thierry Henry’s iconic Arsenal squad number

first_imgAdvertisement Comment Metro Sport ReporterFriday 17 Apr 2020 1:42 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1.8kShares Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang wears the Arsenal No.14 shirt made famous by Thierry Henry (Picture: Getty)Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has regularly been compared to Thierry Henry throughout his Arsenal career, but the current club captain admitted he never wanted to wear the No.14 squad number that famously adorned the back of the Frenchman’s shirt.The Gabon international joined the Gunners in January 2018 and has more than proved his worth with a catalogue of goals, while his speed and precision finishing have seen parallels drawn between himself and the club’s most prolific striker of all time. Wearing the same shirt number as Henry has certainly helped make comparisons easier, but the 30-year-old insists he would have prepared to take the No.7 upon his arrival, but his former Borussia Dortmund teammate Henrikh Mkhitaryan turned down that particular request.AdvertisementAdvertisementHe said: ‘I like two numbers, nine and seven. But he (Laca) has nine and Miki had seven. I asked Miki before I came ‘will you be taking the No.7?’ and he said yes so I said ‘OK I will try something else’.ADVERTISEMENT‘He left, but I scored a lot of goals with this number 14 so I leave it like this.’ Thierry Henry wore the No.14 shirt throughout the entirity of his first spell as an Arsenal player (Picture: Getty)Aubameyang made the admission in conversation with another legendary Arsenal forward Ian Wright, who revealed the story behind his decision to wear the No.8 shirt during his own Gunners career.Wright said: ‘With the No.8 shirt when I was at Palace I was No.10 But when you came here to Arsenal at thatt time you didn’t get a number.‘The only person who got one was Dennis Bergkamp who was No.10 and Paul Merson gave it to Dennis.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal‘When I came Alan Smith was going to play in the Leicester game where I didn’t know I was playing until the afternoon. How it worked was Alan Smith pulled out of that game so that’s the only one I played for Arsenal in the No.9 shirt.‘When Alan Smith came back to the game on the Saturday against Southampton he got the No.9 back and they left Paul Davis out who was No.8 and that’s why I go it. In the second game I scored a hat-trick so I didn’t give it back to nobody.’MORE: Chelsea and Arsenal transfer target Gabriel set to join ‘really big club’ confirms Lille presidentMORE: David Luiz reveals his doubts about Arsenal after Chelsea transfer Advertisement Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang admits he didn’t want Thierry Henry’s iconic Arsenal squad numberlast_img read more

You can buy a good investment in a holiday hotspot – you just need to know where

first_imgHoliday locations can still be good places to invest, you just have to pick the right one.INVESTING in holiday hot spots was not always the financial windfall owners thought it would be.That cute seaside village which is packed every school holidays and charges a fortune to rent for just a couple of weeks could be deserted all the other weeks of the year.And even if the weekly rental is no big deal to you, when it comes time to sell it could take some time and your property value may not have increased as much as you had hoped.Investing in holiday hot spots isn’t necessarily a big no, no according to research by LocationScore – you just have to pick the right spot.Founder and research director Jeremy Sheppard has measured the eight key indicators for picking a good holiday location to invest in and has come up with the cream of the crop.“Ordinarily I’d advise investors to buy in great growth locations, not simply a placethey’d like to live in or where they like to go on holiday,” Mr Sheppard said.“Unsurprisingly, the Gold Coast has a number of suburbs which tick a lot of investment boxes, including strong local employment,” he said.One of the better suburbs to invest in was houses Worongary. He said there was a new train station earmarked for the suburb which would make it more accessible and appealing.Other Gold Coast locations included Elanora and Currumbin Waters. Currimundi on theSunshine Coast also rated well.Mr Sheppard said this was because it was close to major employment areas.More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North1 hour agoNew apartments released at idyllic retirement community Samford Grove Presented by The criteria he weighed to determine if a suburb was a good one to invest in was: days on market, average vendor discount, auction clearance rate, proportion of renters, vacancy rates, yields, the amount of stock on the market and what online search interest is like.Mr Sheppard said it could be a big trap with investors wanting to buy only on the basis that they enjoyed holidaying there.“We think if I want to live here surely somebody else does too and (unfortunately) that is not going to dictate price growth in the future.’’“It is a big temptation. You have such a fun time and are in a relaxed place.’’And the bad news for those who do find the right place to invest in a holiday location was you probably won’t find a bargain.Mr Sheppard said there needed to be a large number of buyers and smaller number of properties for sale to drive price growth.And that sort of scenario often meant properties were not going dirt cheap.“Although there are some fantastic places to holiday in Australia this summer, don’tbe tempted to buy in one as an investment just because you like to visit everynow and then.’’last_img read more

It may be a quieter time of the year, but that hasn’t stopped plenty of owners listing

first_img431 Esplanade, Manly is one of the new listings to hit the market. Picture: may traditionally be a quieter time of the year for the property market, but new figures reveal it hasn’t ground to a halt.While many are still sunning themselves on a beach somewhere, plenty of others have decided the new year is the time for a new home.More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach Northless than 1 hour agoNew apartments released at idyllic retirement community Samford Grove Presented by According to figures from CoreLogic, there were 955 new property listings in Queensland in the past week.The total number of properties listed for sale in Brisbane now is 17,468 which is 2.3 per cent higher than at the same time last year. There are 36 properties due to go under the auctioneer’s hammer this week.While sales activity has been slow in the past two weeks, CoreLogic figures reveal median home values rose 0.1 per cent in Brisbane in the past week. New listings include a six-bedroom home at 431 Esplanade, Manly, which has an asking price of $2,795,000.The three-level home has views of the bay, two decks and a separate unit. It is listed through Margaret and Chris Vote of Raine & Horne – Wynnum / Manly.At the other end of the market is a newly listed apartment at 128/26 Edward St, Caboolture, with an asking price of $198,000. The two-bedroom apartment is in a gated complex with an on site manager. The apartment has two bathrooms and is airconditioned in the living and lounge area. It is rented for $290 a week and is listed through Leo Li of Australian Property Management Alliance – Mango Hill.last_img read more

Domestic violence not just crime of poor

first_imgSelina Trigg – NZ Herald 20 June 2013On Monday morning, my breakfast was disturbed by the distaste resulting from an image in that morning’s New Zealand Herald of Nigella Lawson, eyes bulging in terror, while the hands of her husband, Charles Saatchi, were apparently wrapped around her throat. That story and the pictures that accompanied it force us to confront several uncomfortable truths about our own attitudes and culpability in respect to domestic violence.My first reaction was to think the photo must have been photoshopped by a sensationalist British press. My mind defaulted to a place where the image conveyed of the successful and privileged Ms Lawson and Mr Saatchi by those pictures surely just could not be. As I caught myself thinking this, my initial shock was replaced with personal discomfort.Despite 17 years of working with victims and perpetrators of domestic violence from all walks of life, I had to acknowledge that at some base level, I too suffer under a conditioned misapprehension about “who” the victims and perpetrators of domestic violence are and, more importantly, who they are not.The uncomfortable truth that this story confronts us with is the destruction of the widely held idea that domestic violence is the dirty problem of the underclasses, the uneducated, the inarticulate.The photos of Ms Lawson starkly jolt us to the reality that domestic violence occurs not only in the homes of the uneducated, the brown skinned or the indigent of South Auckland, but also in the manicured Remuera homes of successful, white, financially secure professionals and business leaders. read more