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Inner Western Courier Thursday Not Used Anymore : September 3 2008
18 INNER-WEST WEEKLY, Thursday, September 4, 2008 MB NEWS www.innerwestweekly.com.au Bar-tailed godwits rest at the Waterbird Refuge in Sydney Olympic Park. Picture: JON IRVINE Gold-medal marathoners ZILKA GROGAN THEY may not be the most high- profile athletes to return from China in recent weeks, but the bar-tailed godwits can still claim a world record. Sydney Olympic Park CEO Alan Marsh believes the birds are champions in their own right. ''Bar-tailed godwits are the marathoners of the air and hold the record for the longest non-stop flight of around 12,000km,'' he said. The first bar-tailed godwits of the season flew into Sydney Olympic Park from China's Yel- low Sea last Tuesday. The birds migrate from Alaska to the Southern Hemisphere in search of warmer feeding grounds, with a stop-over in China on the way. ''Last year, Sydney Olympic Park Authority installed a tidal gate in the Waterbird Refuge to improve the ecology of the area and as a feeding and roosting habitat for shorebirds,'' Mr Marsh said. About 200 birds made the journey to Sydney Olympic Park last year to feed at the Waterbird Refuge, before travelling back to Alaska for breeding. Visitors can view the birds and other wildlife from a covered bird hide in the Waterbird Refuge. Help shed light on flu FLU patients are being urged to participate in important clinical research in Burwood on a medi- cation for seasonal influenza. It is hoped the research will help shed light on new ways to mini- mise the impact of the disease on Australian communities. Burwood doctor Nicholas Doong, who is conducting the study, said influenza could cause debilitating complications such as pneumonia, and that more than 2500 Australians died every year from the disease and its compli- cations. To be eligible to participate in the study, people should meet the following criteria: Be 18 years or older Been experiencing influenza- like symptoms for less than 36 hours It is extremely important that people contact the Burwood study centre within 36 hours of symptom onset, as they will not be eligible otherwise. Influenza symptoms resemble those of a cold but are much more sudden and severe. It is usually characterised by a sudden onset of debilitating symp- toms, which include fever, head and body aches, fatigue, sore throat and cough. All potential participants will receive an initial screening to ascertain whether they qualify. Qualified participants will re- ceive the investigational treat- ment on the same day, which is all the treatment that is required. For details call Dr Doong's sur- gery on 9745 2755. All Nissan vehicles come with a 3 year/100,000km warranty and a 3 year 24 hour roadside assistance. Nissan reserves the right to withdraw, vary or extend any offer. Hurry into your Nissan dealer or visit nissan.com.au DRIVEAWAY DEALS ^For private buyers. Metallic colours $395 extra. *VQ series engine named on the 10 Best Engines list by Ward's Automotive Group for the past 14 years. 0 0 0 0 0 0 01 1 1 1 11 1 1 1 1 17 7 7 7 7 7 The stylish Nissan Murano is now in runout. The Murano features standard satellite navigation, reversing camera, Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC), 18" alloy wheels, 6-speed M-Mode Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) and an award winning VQ series V6 engine* from just $45,990 DRIVEAWAY^ Featuring leather trim, 6-speed M-Mode Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT), Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC), 17" alloy wheels and an award winning VQ series V6 engine,* the smooth Nissan Maxima is amazing value from just $34,990 DRIVEAWAY^
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