The son of the elderly woman recorded secretly this video at The Nightingale nursing home along Braddell Road, showing two nursing aides abusing his 75-year-old mother. She was seen sitting naked under a ceiling fan, then chucked on the bed roughly, and was even slapped her when she groaned in pain.
According to news reports, the private nursing home has "disciplined the staff member involved".
The Health Ministry's statement: "There were significant lapses in the care standards provided to the patient in question. This should not have happened. There should have been tighter supervision of staff rendering care to vulnerable patients. Patient's dignity and respect must be upheld at all times."
No one was persecuted, no heads rolled for this, and the home was merely suspended from taking new patients.
This is the Sydney Opera House like you've never seen her before. When they said Vivid Sydney, they really meant Vivid. The city is illuminated with light installations in so many places, I didn't know where to start taking photos. I spent a long time just staring at the Opera House to see the colours change.
SPARC, the lighting professionals event that is part of Vivid Sydney, also kicked off with a bang. I think people enjoyed looking at the bartenders spewing fire out of their mouths. It reminded me of the How to Train Your Dragon movie I watched on the A380 flight here.
This installation by Singapore's Angela Chong caught my eye too. Located along Circular Quay, near the Sydney Opera House, you could not resist sitting on it.
Ryan and I are on our way to Sydney tonight for Vivid Sydney and Philips at SPARC. We are carrying a fair bit of video and photography gear for this special trip.
Vivid Sydney is an awesome "festival of lights and music and ideas" and coinciding with this is the SPARC International Lighting Event 2011 where there will be lighting art installations and invited speakers talking about lighting industry's part in an ever=changing urban landscape. I will covering Philips at SPARC.
Join me as I blog, tweet, video, photograph, and instagram my way through Vivid Sydney and SPARC 2011 this entire week. If you are interested in architecture, creativity and lighting installations, this will be an especially awesome trip to follow me on.
A few more hours to our Red Eye flight. I am mentally going through our do list and gear list to ensure we didn't forget anything. And may I add, a Canon EF 24-70 mm F2.8L lens is a beast of a lens to carry.
The first time someone spotted Transport Minister Lui Tuck Yew taking public transport, it was a novelty (although I am told that he takes it quite often, and did so even before he was Transport Minister. Good on him.)
But really, do we need a second news article about him being seen in public transport again? Will we see a third news report about said minister taking a bus too?
If you notice, the photo had the STOMP logo on it, marking it as a product of what our local papers like to call "citizen journalism" (they run this site for you to submit your, ahem, scoops).
While this photo of our new Transport Minister was fairly uncontroversial, the stuff that shows up on STOMP tends to range from the banal to the brain-dead.
There, I said it. I am going to get angry emails from STOMPers now. But come on, how many times do we need to see indignant "news reports" like:
"Outraged: Man parks car across two parking lots!"
"Video: Old dude walks around his house without any clothes on!"
"Exclusive photos: Schoolgirls seen wearing uniforms too short in public!"
"Scandalous: Young couple making out in the train. Do their parents and principal know?" (cont'd)