Same-sex couples head over the ditch for vows

29/06/2018 // by admin

United: Tony Briffa and Manja Sommeling.Hundreds of Australian same-sex-couples have married in New Zealand since marriage equality laws came into effect a year ago.
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In the first 12 months, 926 same-sex couples have tied the knot in New Zealand, according to the New Zealand registry of marriages. Of those, 237 weddings – nearly one in four – involved Australian residents.

As New Zealand commemorated the first anniversary of its marriage equality laws last week, a Senate inquiry heard how thousands of same-sex couples have married overseas but still lack recognition under federal law.

Ten years ago, the Howard government amended the Marriage Act to prohibit same-sex marriages overseas being recognised in Australia. According to the most recent census, 1338 same-sex couples have married overseas.

Australians for Marriage Equality director Rodney Croome said many Australians would prefer to marry at home but could not wait any longer. ”It’s an indictment on Australia that our citizens have to travel to another country to be treated with dignity and respect,” he said.

Former Hobsons Bay mayor Tony Briffa will celebrate her first wedding anniversary with school teacher Manja Sommeling, 47, next month but her marriage remains in legal limbo.

”I proposed on Valentine’s Day last year,” she said. ”I got down on one knee in front of the house we had just bought and in which we now live.”

While the Altona Meadows couple had planned to marry in Canada, when New Zealand passed its marriage equality laws they opted for Dunedin instead. Being born both male and female, Ms Briffa’s marriage cannot be recognised under Australian law. The 44-year-old told the inquiry the proposed bill to recognise overseas same-sex marriages still excluded intersex people. Ms Briffa suggested the definition of marriage should remove all mention of gender.

Carnegie couple Michael Barnett, 45, and his husband Gregory Storer, 51, had been together for five years when they tied the knot in New Zealand’s Queenstown. Mr Barnett said friends and family treated the couple as married – regardless of the Australian law.

The Australian Family Association said recognising overseas same-sex marriages would create an inconsistency in the Marriage Act, and would add pressure to recognise same-sex marriage broadly.

The inquiry into formal recognition of overseas marriages is expected to report to the Federal Parliament on September 3.

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need2know: Iron ore in sharp fall

29/06/2018 // by admin

With a weak lead from Wall Street, local investors will be awaiting fresh corporate results before seeking to drive Australian shares still higher.
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What you need2know:

• SPI futures slid 10 points to 5599

• AUD at 92.97 US cents, 96.93 Japanese yen, 70.41 Euro cents and 56.15 British pence

• On Wall St, S&P 500 -0.2%, Dow -0.2%, Nasdaq +0.1%

• In Europe, Euro Stoxx 50 -0.8%, FTSE -0.04%, CAC -0.9%, DAX -0.7%

• Iron tumbles 2% to $US90.10 per metric tonne

• Spot gold up 0.3% to $US1280.08 an ounce

• Brent oil down 0.3% at $US102.29 per barrel.

What’s on today

Earnings from BlueScope Steel, Caltex Australia, McMillan Shakespeare, M2, NIB Holdings, Orora, PFL, Recall Holdings, Australia CBA/HIA house affordability; US new home sales.

Stocks to watch

Earnings today from: BlueScope Steel, Caltex Australia, McMillan Shakespeare, M2, NIB Holdings, Orora, PFL, Recall Holdings.

Shaw Stockbroking has a “buy” recommendation on Mermaid Marine, which it rates as “high risk” with a price target of $3.20 a share.

Morningstar has a “hold” recommendation on Trade Me following the release of its full year results for the financial year ended June 30, 2014, and expects the share price to reach a fair value of $3.60.

Macquarie Research has a positive take on Village Roadshow saying the stock will “outperform” in the next 12 months. It says VRL is an attractive investment opportunity and has a 12 month price target of $8.50.

Currencies

Federal Reserve chair Janet Yellen called for a “pragmatic” approach to US monetary policy on Friday, amid calls by hawkish members of the central bank’s policy committee for a quick rise in interest rates due to tightening labour markets and inflationary risks.

Five months after the US Mint began producing coins made with platinum, sales have all but collapsed as investors continue to favour gold and silver. “It’s not considered a currency,” said Jason Carstensen, a medical-sales representative in Ventura, California, who spends about $US2000 a month on coins, according to Bloomberg.

Commodities

Nickel fell 0.4 per cent to finish at $US18,750 per tonne after data showed excess supplies on the market. The global nickel market had a 1800 tonne surplus in June in contrast to a 3300 tonne deficit the month earlier.

Baoshan Iron & Steel Co Ltd (Baosteel), China’s biggest listed steelmaker by stock market value, posted a 14.8 per cent fall in first-half net profit, reflecting weak prices and slackening demand growth, the company said on Friday.

Gold prices edged up on Friday as US equities slipped, but gains were limited. “I see no reasons to own gold, which is likely to trend lower with rallies being sold. The Treasury yields at under 3 per cent and crude oil prices showing signs of a recession are significant headwinds for precious metals,” said Jonathan Jossen, COMEX gold options floor trader in New York.

United States

Despite losses on Friday, all three major indexes posted gains for the week, with the Dow up 2 per cent, the S&P up 1.7 per cent and the Nasdaq up 1.6 per cent. It was the strongest week of gains for both the Dow and the S&P since April, and the third straight week of gains for all three indexes.

Goldman Sachs Group will pay $US3.15 billion to settle claims from the US housing finance regulator that it sold bad mortgage-backed securities. Goldman said it would repurchase the securities sold to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac over the 2005-2007 period.

Optimism about near-term market direction hit a nine-month high in the latest AAII Sentiment Survey, with 46.1 per cent of respondents expecting gains over the next six month. “There’s a good underlying tone in the market and we still have plenty of prospects for more gains,” said Michael Mullaney, chief investment officer at Fiduciary Trust Co in Boston. He added that he would not be concerned about valuation until the S&P’s forward price-to-earnings ratio was 17 and its trailing P/E was 20. Those metrics currently stand at 15.7 and 17.4, respectively.

Europe

European shares fell on Friday after a brisk two-week rally, hurt by a ratcheting-up of tensions in Ukraine, although traders said Yellen’s dovish tone limited losses. “European indexes are halted by big resistance levels. At this point, investors should think about hedging their portfolios,” Aurel BGC chartist Gerard Sagnier said.

German venture capital firm Rocket Internet and Zalando, Europe’s biggest specialist online fashion retailer, are both on the brink of announcing plans to list on the Frankfurt stock exchange, several sources with knowledge of the matter said.

Royal Bank of Scotland might split its international private bank into separate European and Asian divisions to attract Asian buyers who have the financial muscle for a deal but are reluctant to take on European client risk.

What happened on Friday

The local sharemarket added 0.1 per cent. Oil and gas producer Santos was a highlight, adding 3.9 per cent to $15.16 on Friday after announ­cing a bumper dividend. The stock rose 5.3 per cent over the week.

Energy was the best-performing sector over the week, up 3.6 per cent. Origin Energy lifted 5.6 per cent to $14.84 despite showing a weak full-year profit on Thursday as the company shared a more optimistic outlook for this year.

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MORNING RUSH: news, sport, weather, traffic and online buzz

29/06/2018 // by admin

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8.30amThat’s it from us this morning. Have a fabulous Thursday. See you tomorrow for the TGIF edition of the Rush.

8.12amCheck out Charlie, the new Australian sea lion at Taronga Zoo!

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8.08amManagers at the Australian Taxation Office trying to use scratchies to fight sickies among their public servants this Christmas have hit a snag.A workplace trade union has put the boot into the scheme, which rewards good attendance with a chance to win scratch cards, arguing the plan discriminates against tax officials who don’t show up to work.

8.06amHave you been snapped out & about in the Illawarra? Check out our gallery of social pics here.

8.04am HSC:Nearly a third of NSW HSC students are set to receive an ATAR of 80 or more. That’s impressive!

8.02am STRANGE BUT TRUE:No words needed really.

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8amThis time next week it will be Christmas Day. That is distressing.

7.58amGood morning!We’re in for a cloudy day with a top of 24 degrees. There is a medium chance of showers & a thunderstorm this afternoon. All good on the roads & rail.

7.56am LOCAL NEWS:The “I’ll Ride With You” movement took over social media this week, a show of solidarity for Muslims who feared retribution in the wake of the Sydney siege.A team of water safety educators hopes its “I’ll Surf With You” tagline picks up as much steam. NB great pic from snapper Sylvia Liber too!

*Reporter Josh Butler has the story.

7.54am STRANGE BUT TRUE (YES!):People, I bring you wine-infused ice-cream. If you need me, I’ll be in the corner eating three pints of this stuff.

7.52am CELEB GOSS ALERT:We’re on baby bump watch here on the Rush and … yep, we can definitely see Jessica Biel’s bump.

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7.50am SPORT:Western Sydney’s frustrating Club World Cup campaign has ended with a loss on penalties to African champions ES Setif of Algeria in the playoff for fifth place.

7.48amOn dessert duty for Christmas? Try this white chocolate parfait.

7.46am SYDNEY SIEGE: PMTony Abbott has suggested that firearm laws may need to change as he said that the Martin Place gunman had a gun licence despite having a long criminal history that included being out on bail for being an accessory to murder. (SMH)

7.44amSally Fitzgibbons is in town today signing copies of her new book. She’ll be at Dymocks Wollongong from 11am.

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7.36am LOCAL SPORT:TheHawks’ 3-12 start to the season may have tested the resolve of fans, but the faith of 11-year-old Caleb Jordan has never wavered. A lovely story from reporter Mitch Jennings here.

7.34amLooking for somewhere to holiday in 2015? Look beyond Phuket and check out these other amazing Thai islands.

7.32am SYDNEY SIEGE:Tributes have continued to pour into Martin Place for the victims of Monday’s siege.

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7.30amHave you entered your house in the Mercury’s Christmas lights competition? Get in quick – entries close Monday. Register here.

7.28am WORLD NEWS:The LA Police Department is buying 7000 body-worn cameras for its officers, Mayor Eric Garcetti announced this week. The decision is not directly related to the protests in Ferguson or NYC in the past several weeks, as the department has been testing the cameras for months. (SMH)

7.26amKeen to cook up your own bread this Christmas day? Check out this recipe for rosemary olive oil bread. Yum.

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7.24amWant to congratulate your child/mate/neighbour on their ATAR results? Leave them a message here.

7.22am LOCAL NEWS:The late Wollongong District Court judge Joe Phelan will be remembered as a brilliant legal mind and a compassionate man with a strong sense of justice.

*Reporter Louise Turk has the story.

7.20amPrince George, you have stolen my heart – look at him having a GREAT time with mum at the Winter Wonderland fair in London. #socute

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7.18am CELEB NEWS:R&B singer Ashanti hashad to take the witness stand in court, forced toanswer questions from a delusional fan who had already been convicted, in 2009, of stalking her. Read more.

7.16am NSW:More than 5300 NSW homes may be riddled with deadly Mr Fluffy asbestos insulation and the state government should demolish and buy affected properties, a parliamentary report has found.

7.14amDon’t forget the annual Gerringong street parade is on this Saturday.

7.12am TIARA ALERT:Kate Middleton wore her TRACKIES to a publicity event in the UK. I repeat, her TRACKIES. THIS IS NOT A DRILL. TRACKIES.

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7.10am SYDNEY SIEGE:NSW Police were right to try to negotiate with the gunman, according to a former senior police officer familiar with counter terrorism training.”There is a very strong history that negotiations work and time does solve problems,” said the former officer, who asked not to be named.

7.08am LOCAL NEWS:Vocalist Isabella Hanley truly had something to sing about yesterday, when she found out she was 10th in the state in her Higher School Certificate music course.

*Reporter Kate McIlwain has the story.

7.06amA little Christmas joke for you.

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7.04am SYDNEY:A man wearing a gas mask and shouting threats has been arrested on board a train heading into Sydney.The 44 year-old boarded the train at Newcastle and began yelling shortly before arriving at Central station.

7.02am CELEB NEWS:ComedianRussell Brand has criticised the mainstream media and Prime Minister Tony Abbott for referring to Sydney’s Lindt cafe siege as an act of terrorism. Read more.

7am STRANGE BUT TRUE:This man spent more than $150,000 to look like Kim Kardashian. I kid you not.

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6.58am Good morning!We’re in for a cloudy day with a top of 24 degrees. There is a medium chance of showers & a thunderstorm this afternoon. All good on the roads & rail.

6.56am LOCAL NEWS:Two long-serving Balarang Public School teachers were treated to a truck ride to mark their retirements on Wednesday.

*Get the full story here.

6.54amWant to keep the calories down this festive season? Try these easyfood swaps – goodbye potato chips, hello vegetables!

6.52am WORLD NEWS:A shocked Pakistan yesterday began burying 132 students killed in anattack on their school by seven Taliban militants.

6.50amHeading out tonight to check out the Illawarra’s best Christmas lights? Take this handy guide with you – we’ve got them all wrapped up for you.

6.48am CELEB GOSS ALERT:Things are not looking good for Spice Girl Mel B. Reports are swirling that she’s splitting with her husband & moving out of their LA home.

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6.46amIf you haven’t seen this yet, WATCH IT NOW. Quite possibly the DUMBEST response to a first question on Millionaire Hotseat EVER.

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6.44am HEALTH:Health professionals need to focus on family needs, listening and respect when dealing with end-of-life planning for patients, according to research which has revealed a gap in what health professionals and patients believe is important. Read more.

6.42amCan you believe it’s just a week until Christmas!? #notready

6.40am MUSIC NEWS:Soundwave promoter AJ Maddah has pulled off a major surprise by announcing one of the biggest names in 90s indie rock, BIlly Corgan vehicle Smashing Pumpkins, to join his touring heavy rock and punk festival in early 2015.

6.38am LOCAL NEWS:Christians and Muslimsprayed together on Wednesday, as part of a special interfaith mass in memory of the victims of the Sydney siege.

*Reporter Josh Butler has the story.

6.36am TV NEWS:Jimmy Fallon & Justin Timberlake have taken it back to the ’90s for a skit on Fallon’s show – they stayed up late at “summer camp” to sing Third Eye Blind.Nice!

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6.34am NATIONAL:2014 has now been declared the “deadliest year” for migrants, with a record 4868 people dying while trying to cross treacherous oceans in 2014 – double the 2013 tally. Read more.

6.32amHave you voted for your Illawarra Sportsperson of the Year? Get in quick – register your votehere.

6.30amQuark. Freekeh. Buckwheat. No, I’m not speaking a different language – these are the foods we’ll be eating in 2015, according to the SMH.

6.28amCheck out Beyonce’s latest picture with daughter Blue Ivy. Cute!

Beyoncé’s latest pic with Blue Ivy is TOO CUTE: http://t.co/7KL9H996KNpic.twitter南京夜网/NC27GZyqLI

— E! News (@ENews) December 17, 2014The Interview. It’s New York premiere has been cancelled as theatres across the US start dropping the movie, amid fears of terrorist attacks.

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6.24am NSW:Former NRL player Craig Field has been sentenced to at least seven and a half years’ jail for the one-punch killing of a farmer at a pub in 2012.

6.22amDon’t forget the Sunset Cinema kicks off at the Wollongong Botanic Gardens on Boxing Day. Have you got your tickets!?

6.20am CELEB GOSS ALERT:Selena Gomez was spotted crying over Justin Bieber at Taylor Swift’s 25th birthday party. Oh dear. NB that was a LOT of celeb name-dropping in one sentence.

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6.18am TV NEWS:HBO appears to be borrowing from the book of Snapchat for its latestGame of Thronesteaser campaign, deleting a tantalising vision of season five released to fans after just one viewing. But of course, someone’s figured out a way around it!Check it out.

6.16am LOCAL NEWS:AnIllawarra teen who got his four-year-old niece to perform a sexual act on him under the pretence they were playing a game has avoided a full-time jail sentence.

*Court reporter Shannon Tonkin has the details.

6.14amEver seen a baby beaver? Now you have – awwww.

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6.12amYear 12 students received their HSC marks yesterday. Hope it was good news. It’s ATARs today – good luck.

6.10am WORLD NEWS:USPresident Barack Obama has opened the door to restoring full diplomatic relations with Cuba after 50 years of sanctions and embargo, announcing that the US would seek to open an embassy in the coming months and to relax economic and travel restrictions.

6.08am CELEB NEWS:7th Heaven star Stephen Collins has admitted in an interview overnight that he sexually abused three underage girls. “I did something terribly wrong”, he said.

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6.06am And in national news, via the SMH:

*In the early hours of Tuesday morning, Sydney siege gunman Man Haron Monis was wide awake and agitated, the father of one hostage says.Joel Herat, 21, has told his family Monis was starting to herd the frightened hostages into separate groups inside the Lindt cafe, raising fears they would “not survive until the morning if they did not do something”. Read more.

*Prime Minister Tony Abbott has ordered an urgent inquiry into the deadly Martin Place siege as authorities faced fierce scrutiny over why the gunman was free despite the raft of serious criminal charges against him.

*ABC journalists were in tears on Wednesdayafter being told their positions could become redundant.Close to a third of more than 300 ABC staff in pools with similarly skilled colleagues were expected to learn their fate by 5pm.

6.04am Here’s what’s making news in your Mercury today:

*Anintellectually impaired resident gorged on a jar of hazelnut chocolate spread and choked to death at an Illawarra group home – just 18 months after a similar death at another home. Read more.

*There was a distinct lack of Christmas cheer at Shellharbour City Council’s final meeting of the year, which began with independent councillor Peter Moran being unceremoniously dumped as the council’s representative on the Killalea State Park Trust Board.

*Matthew Paul Wiggins, the man accused of gunning down Darko Janceski in 2012, has been committed to stand trial for murder.

6.02amLet’s kick things off with the latest weather & traffic.

WEATHERWe’re in for a cloudy day with a top of 24 degrees. There is a medium chance of showers & a thunderstorm this afternoon.

TRAFFICAll good on our roads & for the drive to Sydney.

TRAINSThere is a good service on the South Coast line.

6amGood morning Illawarra! Hope you’re having a good week – we’re on the steady slide into the weekend! Stay with me this morning for all the latest news etc.

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Out and About in BathurstAugust 25

17/10/2018 // by admin

Out and About in Bathurst | August 25 GUIDES AND SCOUTS TENPIN CHALLENGE: Joey Scouts Johnny Telcher, Kyan Schmidt, Seth Jermyn and Lachlan McGuire.
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GUIDES AND SCOUTS TENPIN CHALLENGE: Guide Gemma Spear, Cub Tim Anderson and Cub Izzy Hock. 081314ctpin2

GUIDES AND SCOUTS TENPIN CHALLENGE: Cub Cooper Keith, Guide Isabelle Baird and Cub Fergus Mashman.

GUIDES AND SCOUTS TENPIN CHALLENGE: Cub Scouts Huon Boshier, Ace Rowley and Alex Lewis.

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VARIETY BASH: John Beckingham (left) and Brad Jackson from Mackay, Queensland in their number 72 Ned Bushrangers car. Brad had special reason to be happy about being able to visit Bathurst as he was able to catch up with his sister Sharon Shelton. bash1

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Armed robbery of a Kellyville service station

17/10/2018 // by admin

Two men, who had their faces concealed and armed with a pistol, held up a service stationon Windsor Road on Sunday, August 24.
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Police said after threatening the attendant with the gun, they were handed cash and then fled the store at about 5.30am.

An investigation is underway in an attempt to identify and locate the two men involved.

The first man has been described as being aged in his mid 20s, approximately 180 cm to 185 cmtall, with a solid build.

He was last seen wearing a fluoro yellow and dark-coloured hooded jacket, dark-coloured trousers, and black shoes with white soles.

The second man has been described as being aged in his mid 20s, approximately 170cm to 175cm tall, with a thin build.

He was last seen wearing a black cap, a black or dark blue jacket, a dark-coloured hooded jumper underneath, tan-coloured trousers, and white shoes.

Police are urging anyone with information about this incident to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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Southcity breaks drought with victory on the border

16/10/2018 // by admin

SURROUNDED: Southcity strongman Will Merritt is swarmed upon by Albury defenders at Greenfield Park on Sunday. Merritt scored the last-minutye try that gave the Bulls a 40-38 victory. Picture: The Border MailSOUTHCITY captain-coach Daniel Fitzhenry yesterday ended his Greenfield Oval drought in the most spectacular way possible.
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After four straight losses to the Thunder on the border, Fitzhenry was finally able to celebrate as the Bulls nailed the dual-Group Nine premier 40-38 in a last-minute thriller.

Down 38-34 with time almost up, the Bulls unleashed one last raid – and barnstorming centre Will Merritt did the rest.

Seizing the moment, Merritt sizzled over for a try to square the score sheet, setting up Nathan Rose to boot the conversion for a dramatic victory.

Amid the jubilation later, Fitzhenry admitted the stunning success was one of the sweetest of his four years at Southcity.

“It was very good, and I’m very happy,” Fitzhenry said later.

“I can’t wipe the smile of my face.”

Coming after a four-year wait for a success at Greenfield Park, Fitzhenry’s delight was easy to understand.

And the fact that yesterday’s heart-stopping win has also certainly secured the Bulls the minor premiership – and a major semi-final at Harris Park in three weeks – only made matters even better.

Heading into the last round, Southcity has edged to the top of the Group Nine, displacing Albury as the number one team in the premiership.

For the Bulls, the guarantee of playing a home semi-final now rests entirely on whipping lowly Tumbarumba on Saturday, something Fitzhenry is not about to take for granted.

“This has given us a lot of confidence, but we still have to beat Tumba at home,” Fitzhenry said.

“That’s one of those dangerous sort of games, and we can’t start getting ahead of ourselves.”

On a day of stunning success, Fitzhenry was refusing to get completely swept up in the hype of the result.

Taking stock, Fitzhenry said the Bulls could ill afford to get carried away with the significance of toppling the Thunder at their citadel.

“Don’t forget we beat Albury at this time last year and they thrashed us 34-0 in the semis,” he said.

“This could work in our favour, but it’s such an open competition you can’t take anything for granted.”

Despite a remarkable flow of points in yesterday’s duel between the first and second teams on the ladder, the Bulls coach declared there was no lack of spirit involved.

“Yes, there were a lot of points scored, but it was a physical game,” he said.

“It was a tough … just like you’d expect.”

Rather than rest on their laurels, the Bulls needed to work even harder in the coming weeks, Fitzhenry stressed.

“You only need to have a bad day and the other team play out of their skins and you’re in trouble,” he said

Albury and Southcity were definitely teams in dynamic touch yesterday, with barely a scoring chance missed by either of them.

In a frenetic first half, they traded tries before Merritt crossed in the dying minutes to give the Bulls a 24-18 lead at half-time.

Earlier, the Thunder had broken out to a 18-6 after Jon Huggett smashed his way over in the 29th minute, but the Bulls responded.

The second half unfolded in exactly the same way, with tries coming fast and furious.

However, when Ben Jeffery scored a chip and re-gather try in the 65th minute the Thunder were out to 38-30 lead – only to have Ned Mortimer score for the Bulls to cut the deficit to 38-34 in the 70th minute.

Two close calls went again the Thunder, including Hayden Sweeney being denied a try in the 77th minute, before Merritt snatched the clincher on the siren.

For the Bulls, Merritt (three tries), winger Jack Lyons (two tries), second rower Nick Skinner and prop Jordan Shepherd were outstanding.

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Police confident of more arrests over drug breakthrough

16/10/2018 // by admin

Police are hopeful of making more arrests in relation to Wednesday’s arrest of two men for attempting to smuggle drugs and mobile phones into the Wellington Correctional centre.
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It’s understood detectives are continuing their investigation.

Attorney General and Minister for Justice Brad Hazzard congratulated Corrective Services NSW for successfully completing a lengthy covert mission to foil a contraband smuggling plot.

“I would like to commend the hard work of Corrective Services officers which this week resulted in the arrest of two men over a foiled plot to bring contraband mobile phones and drugs into a prison,” Mr Hazzard said.

“This successful seizure is the latest win in the ongoing crackdown on contraband in our prisons – which is essential for the safety and security of both the prison and the community.”

Corrective Services NSW (CSNSW) Commissioner Peter Severin, praised the work of officers from CSNSW’ Security Operations Group and Wellington Correctional Centre in preventing a significant amount of contraband being thrown over a perimeter fence.

“The operation was well-planned and involved intensive surveillance over a period of weeks,” Mr Severin said.

“Our officers must be praised for using a combination of intelligence, investigation and surveillance and cooperation with the NSW Police Force to enable these arrests and ensure this contraband didn’t get into the prison, where it would have represented a threat to safety and security.”

Mr Severin said the seizure had prevented a number of mobile phones, mobile phone accessories, and a small but varied mix of illicit and prescription drugs entering the centre and getting into the hands of inmates.

“While contraband is an issue for any correctional system in the world, we are making significant headway as we step up the number of physical searches for contraband combined with intelligence gathering and successful operations such as these,” Mr Severin said.

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Community voices needed

16/10/2018 // by admin

Anadvocate for change has called on Narracan electorate residents to voice their opinions before it is too late.
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Passionate community member Michael Fozard said he was disappointed with the poor turnout to a forum he organised last Thursday for residents to share their concerns and wish-lists ahead of the November state election.

“We got about six or seven people. I was hoping to get more,” Mr Fozard said.

“Those who did turn up were passionate, but the lack of numbers really disappointed me.”

Mr Fozard said despite the setback, he would continue to campaign for better community representation on important issues.

He said concerns raised at the meeting included the current education system, not adequately preparing job-seekers for the workforce, the need for a new West Gippsland hospital, and the condition of roads, particularly the Princes Highway.

However, he wanted to hear from more members of the community, and encouraged anyone to phone him or post on a newly formed Facebook group page: Community Power.

“We’re only as strong as the people want us to be. We rely on their support and contribution to make us something of a force… and hopefully an impact,” Mr Fozard said. To voice your opinions, phone Michael Fozard on 0418 513 092.

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Coughlans clean up

16/09/2018 // by admin

Maeve Coughlan in full control at the national championships.JUDO
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AOIFE Coughlan overcame Commonwealth Games representative Catherine Arscott for the first time to claim a maiden senior national judo title recently in Wollongong.

The dual Gippstar winner edged through to the women’s 70 kilogram senior final bout after a marathon semi-final, which ended in a golden score Ippon-throw victory for the Traralgon Judo Club member.

The final also went to golden score, replicating the corresponding bout at the 2013 open, but this time the result went Aoife’s way.

Aoife backed up to claim the 70kg junior title in her return to competition after a break earlier this year.

Sister Maeve Coughlan also achieved a near flawless weekend competing in the cadet, junior and senior 63 kilogram divisions, bringing home a medal of each colour.

The current world number two junior has enjoyed a great run of recent success, including gold and silver medal efforts at the International Judo Federation World Ranking List competitions in Hong Kong and Macau.

TJC was well represented at the championships, with eight Judoka – from under 12 to masters – joining a 90-strong Victorian team.

Zach Nabulsi and Noah Nightingale both reached finals in their respective divisions to come away with silver medals, while Aaron Nabulsi managed bronze in the under 55kg division.

In his final year competing in the senior boys division, Jordan Nabulsi secured his third national title, despite giving away several kilos to his Northern Territory opponent Joshua Fong.

Axel Nightingale also fought well in his first national event.

With a shoulder injury ruling him out of the Commonwealth Games team, Eoin Coughlan acted as an assistant manager for the team.

Eoin, however, returned to competition at the Southern Cross Open this month after a shoulder reconstruction to claim the 81kg division and resurrect his bid for an Olympic berth in Rio.

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English lesson and a giant killer

16/09/2018 // by admin

Terrance English being presented his national championship trough by 9th Dan Kyokushin Master John Taylor.
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Seven year-old Elaina Domagala is presented her silver medal by ninth dan Kyokushin master John Taylor.

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A 12-month layoff proved merely a speedbump for Traralgon Budokan, Kyokushin fighter Terrance English, who took out the Australian Heavyweight full contact title this month in Sydney.

Returning from knee surgery to the scene of his 2012 national crown, English fought a “brilliant strategic fight” to win the final, which impressed even the most experienced fighters in attendance.

Kyokushin branch chief and seventh dan black belt Gary Viccars said it was one of the finest bouts he had ever witnessed.

“It was the best tactical fight I have ever seen,” Viccars said.

“He fought an experienced Shin Kyokushin black belt and he took him to the cleaners.

“This guy had an attitude but it did not faze Terry and when he got angry he hit him with some of the best shots you would see anywhere.”

English was one of nine Traralgon Bodokan fighters competing at the AKKA Kyokushin Karate Nationals.

Aaron Nabulsi also claimed gold, defending the 12 years boy’s crown with five unanimous victories, besting a field of 40. Elaina Domagala proved a surprise package in the non-contact division, earning the tag of “giant killer” from Viccars.

The seven year-old blitzed through her preliminary bouts convincingly, before a narrow split decision loss in the final. Traralgon also entered Jordan Nabulsi, who reached the third round before bowing out, while Zach Nabulsi, Johnny Kavadias and Athena Kavadias gave strong accounts.

Traralgon Kyokushin Dojo newcomer Jai Rowson made everyone take notice by winning three bouts to take the national title.

“(It was) an amazing performance to win the champions trophy over much higher graded opponents. He is one to watch in the future,” Viccars said.

Sherriden Trevena also fought at the event.

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In a state of fear

16/09/2018 // by admin

Omar’s brother was killed in Iraq and his body dumped at a mosque. Eight other relatives are in Iraqi prison and he has no contact with them. He does not know if they are still alive. photograph bryan petts-jonesOmar* sometimes stops himself from picking up his mobile phone when it starts ringing.
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Six years ago the Latrobe Valley resident was on the phone with his brother, who was living in Iraq, when the latter was taken by a group of Shia men. He was later killed and his body dumped at the mosque where he had worked as an imam.

“He was talking to me and asking me how to take photos because he had a newborn baby (and then) I thought the line was disconnected,” Omar said.

Omar said his mother chased the gunmen and threw stones at them to defend her son, unaware she was being shot at.

The militias then told Omar’s parents to leave Iraq or they too would be killed.

He said the men even wrote a sign and placed it in front of the family’s Basra house threatening anyone who would rent or buy the property.

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World’s Best Diet revealed by scientists

16/08/2018 // by admin

There’s never a shortage of diets promising to help us shed kilos but the real holy grail of weight loss is nailing a way of eating that keeps the weight from creeping back on. But scientists from the University of Copenhagen believe they have an answer: a higher protein/ lower carbohydrate pattern of eating they’ve called the World’s Best Diet.
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A name like this has a lot to live up to but this eating plan, published as a book in Denmark in 2012, is based on credible research – a large European study known as the Diogenes Diet that compared five different diets to see which worked best at keeping weight off.

Fish features heavily in the ‘World’s Best Diet’.

A total of 773 adults who’d already lost an average of 11 kilos were assigned to one of five diets each based on a different combination of protein and carbs – some were lower in carbs and higher in protein and vice versa. Some diets included high GI carbs- meaning the ‘fast’, often more refined carbs that raise and lower blood sugar rapidly; others had slower burning low GI carbs that raise and lower blood sugar more slowly. And the winner? The low GI carb and high protein combo. The people on this diet not only kept the weight off during the six months of the study but they also continued to lose weight too.

This way of eating works because both protein and low GI carbs help us produce more of the satiety hormones that keep us feeling full, explains Jennie Brand-Miller, Professor of Human Nutrition at the University of Sydney’s Charles Perkins Centre.

Brand-Miller, co-author of the Australian edition ofWorld’s Best Diet, believes we’ve often missed out on the filling power of these foods – partly because of the ‘eat more carbs’ message but also because so many carbohydrates are very refined.

“The advice over the last 30 years has put too much emphasis on carbohydrates and neglected the satiating effect of protein – we took it for granted that Australians were getting enough protein,” she says. “At the same time the carbohydrates we were eating were getting fluffier.”

There are no fluffy carbs in this diet. Instead it’s based on fresh vegetables, lean protein sources like fish, poultry, legumes, nuts and dairy foods and dense, grainy foods like rye bread, pumpernickel and barley – the book’s recipe for rye porridge with apple and hazelnuts is the polar opposite of lightweight breakfast cereal.

The reason these robust carbs are more filling than their more refined cousins like white bread isn’t just that they keep blood sugar levels steadier, Brand-Miller explains. They also stimulate cells in the gut that produce one of the satiety hormones we need to feel full. These cells are located deep down in the gut – a place that rapidly digested carbs never reach because they’re digested in the upper half of the gut, Brand Miller explains.

“This explains why we still feel hungry after we’ve eaten fluffy white rice,” she says.

But while the World’s Best Dietis higher in protein and lower in carbs it’s no radical diet. The idea is to modestly lower the carbohydrate content of the diet and modestly increase the protein content to give a ratio of around 2:1 in favour of carbs, says Brand- Miller explaining that a typical Australian diet is generally higher in carbohydrates with a ratio as high as 4:1

Another reason why increasing protein is helpful is because it helps the body’s basal metabolic rate – the rate at which it burns kilojoules – to stay higher, she adds.

One concern about higher protein diets has been the long-term effects on health, especially with eating plans high in animal foods. But after a year, the people taking part in the Diogenes study, who were eating the high protein low GI carb combination, ‘had healthier levels of inflammatory markers in the blood – a positive sign that their risk of heart disease and other chronic diseases had lowered.’

Brand-Miller is now testing whether the diet reduces the risk of type 2 diabetes. If you’re overweight and have a family history of type 2 diabetes, you may be eligible to participate (go to: preview.ning南京夜网/sydney).

World’s Best Dietby Arne Astrup, Christian Bitz, Jennie Brand-Miller and Susan B. Roberts is published by Penguin, rrp $35.00.

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Big decision over Bridges

16/08/2018 // by admin

A car going over the Dripstone Bridge which is set for a make overWellington Councillors will discuss the future of two timber bridges on major thoroughfares when its meets on Wednesday night.
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The Dripstone Bridge which is on a major access road to Lake Burrendong and the Gundy Bridge on the Renshaw McGirr Way which receives traffic from Yeoval and further to Parkes are both ailing infrastructure and council technical services director Stan Robb will ask councillors to make a big decision.

Council would have to get to work on the bridges almost immediately because they are in a state of disrepair.

“It’s a matter to ensure safety for all motorists in the longer term,” the council’s technical services director Stan Robb said.

Council’s general manager Michael Tolhurst said

“Following a structural assessment of the Gundy Bridge on Renshaw-McGirr Way and Dripstone Bridge, Burrendong Way a 10-tonne load limit is to be placed on these bridges from Thursday until further notice.” he said

“Signage will be installed shortly to warn motorists of these restrictions and additional signage will be installed to provide alternative routes for heavy vehicles.”

“Alternative arrangements for vehicles over 10 tonnes to use Renshaw-McGirr Way and Burrendong Way are currently being investigated and it hoped that these can be put in place as soon as possible to minimise the interruption to traffic and freight.”

Councillors will be asked to push on with work on new bridges in both places and it will seek a number of alternatives in relation to funding them. In the longer term traffic diversions in these key tourism areas may happen and while council understands it will be inconvenient to many holidaymakers and freight operators its understood the works are now a matter of some urgency .

The new timber bridges funding in the state government budget may help Wellington fix the bridge problem.

“NSW Councils can also now apply for further federal funding of $565 million for the Black Spots programme and $300 million through the Bridges Renewal programme” The deputy prime minister Warren Truss said.

“The Coalition Government is committed to ensuring local councils and the communities they serve get the funding they need to deliver the infrastructure and resources of the 21st century.

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