Is big battery just an expensive joke, Jay?

Expensive joke?

As our Premier Jay Weatherill flicked the switch on the world’s biggest battery at Jamestown the locals were without power unable to gain access to this power.

It seems almost incomprehensible that our premier who normally micromanages his publicity to ensure that only positive stories get out would allow this to happen.

But it also shows that this battery which is supposedly making our power supply more reliable is a joke, a sick expensive joke.

Peter Schiller, Eudunda.

SSM vote

Oh dear, Nicolaas Voorendt, (Northern Argus, Nov 29) you have completely missed the point.

Jesus condemned the religious people who wanted to throw the first stone when they themselves were no better than the person that they wanted to stone.

In other words, they were both sinful and needed to repent of their wrongdoing.

Homosexuality in God's eyes is wrong.

It's not right to twist God's words around to suit what we want.

God created us male and female to procreate and to be intimate in a natural way.

SSM does not reflect the spirit of Jesus.

To say that it does is offensive to God and to the true Christian.

Jesus in fact says that we who live an immoral lifestyle will not receive eternal life unless we change from that way of life.

Thanks to the people of Australia who voted No to SSM.

You have shown the true spirit of Jesus.

Steven and Bronwyn Hein, Mintaro.

Snakes slither in

SA Ambulance Service is reminding people to be vigilant in the warm weather, after responding to a series of snakebites as summer approaches. So far this year, paramedics have responded to 48 snake bites across SA.

Chief executive officer Jason Killens said it was important to call 000 immediately if someone was thought to have been bitten.

“Our clinicians are experts at responding to these cases but there are also steps you can take,” Mr Killens said. “In many cases our emergency call takers will explain how to perform life-saving first aid over the phone, all while an ambulance is on the way.”

Intensive care paramedic Chris Cotton said medical understanding of snake bite first aid was evolving, and whilst traditional pressure bandaging was still important, research has highlighted other areas for effective snake bite first aid.

“Keeping a snake bite victim at complete rest, and monitoring them for deterioration are just as important as pressure bandaging,” Mr Cotton said.

“Whilst death from snakebite in Australia is rare, it is important to be ready to perform CPR immediately if a snakebite victim becomes unresponsive and stops breathing regularly. Cardiac arrest is the most serious potential consequences of snakebite. 

“Bandaging any bitten limb is still important.

“Ideally a firm, elasticised crepe bandage should quickly be applied along the whole length of the bitten limb, including over the bite site.

“If people don’t have a bandage available, strips of clothing could be used instead of a bandage.

“It’s important not to wash venom off a bitten area as it can be used to determine which type of snake has bitten the person and what treatment may be needed at hospital.”