Panthers keep dream alive

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SLAM DUNK: Sean Weekes throws down a slam dunk against the Sea Eagles. Picture: Noel Rowsell (梧桐夜网photoexcellence南京夜网419论坛)Penrith Basketball Association’s division one men’s team has kept their slim playoff hopes alive in the 2016 Waratah Youth League competition, thanks to a strong 82-66 win over second-placed Manly Warringah Sea Eagles on Sunday afternoon at the Penrith Valley Regional Sports Centre (PVRSC).
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The Panthers were unable to shake off the strong Sea Eagles in the first half, tied 21-21 at the end of the first quarter and trailing 30-35 at half time.

Power forward Tom Lewer rose to the occasion in the third quarter, leading the Panthers to a 56-53 at the end of the term.

The home team saved their best form for the last quarter, shrugging off the Sea Eagles for an impressive 16-point win.

Sean Weekes led the Panthers with 17 points, ahead of Lewer 14, Adam Lulka 14, Shol Meshwang 9, Ben Zalac 9 and Bryden Albertyn 9.

The second-placed Penrith women were strangely lethargic in their game against the third-placed Sea Eagles women, trailing all game before falling 93-75.

In spite of the team getting together mid-week for their first full-strength session for over five weeks, that preparation failed to materialise against the Sea Eagles.

Manly Warringah led 26-18, 50-33, 71-53 at the end of the first three quarters respectively, before powering home for an 18-point win.

Emily Potts led the Panthers with 27 points, ahead of Rhiannon Pope 10, Dominika Offner 9 and Chloe Bloom 8.

Both division one teams host the Newcastle Hunters on Saturday, with the men’s game at 12 noon and the women’s game at 2pm.

The men then play the Inner West Bulls in Ryde on Sunday, whilst the women host the Hornsby Spiders at 1pm at the PVRSC.

There are seven women’s teams in contention for the playoffs and Penrith need to win at least one game to guarantee a playoff berth.

There are nine men’s teams still in contention and the Panthers need to not only win both of their remaining games but have other game results fall in their favour.

The division two men were also in action against the Sea Eagles on Sunday and came from behind early in the game for a stirring 72-65 win.

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Fourteen caught drink and drug-driving

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BENDIGO Highway Patrol says drivers can expect an “intense focus” on drug testing following a weekend in which 14 people were caught drink or drug-driving.

Sergeant Mick McCrann said the number of drivers caught with drugs in their system at the weekend was higher than usual, but additional resources had been put into interceptingthosedriving while under the influence of drugs.


BENDIGO police caught 14 people driving with drugs or dangerous levels of alcohol in their systems from Friday to Sunday.

Thirteen of the people tested positive for methylamphetamine, threeof whom, a 22-year-old man from Dingee,a 21-year-old man from Bolwarra and a 28-year-old Kyneton man, also returned positive results for cannabis.

The 28-year-old was also found to have been driving unlicensed in an unregistered and unsafe vehicle.

His vehicle was impounded for 30 days and he will have to pay$1175 in towing fees.

Also among those who tested positive for drugs werea19-year-oldfrom California Gully whowas driving without a licence in an unregistered car, and a 29-year-old man from Kangaroo Flat who was driving while disqualified.

A 36-year-old Ascot man was also found to have been driving while disqualified and hisvehicle was towed and impounded, at a cost of $1300 to him.

A 30-year-old Strathdale womanhadstolen number places attached to her car.

She refused to provide an oral liquid sample and has been bailed to appear in court at a later date, with her licence suspended.

Seven people who returned positive results for drugs refused to accompany police to the station for a drug test, leading to further charges.

A 33-year-old woman from North Bendigo was found to have abreath alcohol concentration of 0.087,leading to an immediate suspension of her licence. She will face court at a later date.

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Search for missing woman in the HunterPhotos, video

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Search for missing woman in the Hunter | Photos, video MISSING PERSON: PolAir joins SES crews and police on dirt bikes as they search bushland in Beresfield for missing horse trainer Bindi Cheers.
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MISSING PERSON: Police on dirt bikes head into dense bushland near Beresfield as they search for missing horse trainer Bindi Cheers.

MISSING PERSON: Police on dirt bikes return from an incursion into dense bushland near Beresfield as they search for missing horse trainer Bindi Cheers.

MISSING PERSON: SES crews head into dense bushland near Beresfield as they search for missing horse trainer Bindi Cheers.

MISSING PERSON: PolAir circles over bushland while a TV crew does a piece-to-camera in bushland where Bindi Cheers was reported missing.

A man enters bushland in search of Bindi Cheers.

MISSING PERSON: SES crews and police on dirt bikes search bushland in Beresfield for missing horse trainer Bindi Cheers.

MISSING PERSON: Central Hunter LAC’s Glenn Blain at the command post in bushland where Bindi Cheers was reported missing.

MISSING PERSON: Police on dirt bikes search the hilly, dense bushland near Beresfield where Bindi Cheers was reported missing.

MISSING PERSON: Police Rescue examine a map of bushland where Bindi Cheers was reported missing.

MISSING PERSON: Police on dirt bikes return from dense bushland near Beresfield as they search for missing horse trainer Bindi Cheers.

MISSING PERSON: SES crews head into dense bushland near Beresfield as they search for missing horse trainer Bindi Cheers.

MISSING PERSON: PolAir joins SES crews and police on dirt bikes as they search bushland in Beresfield for missing horse trainer Bindi Cheers.

MISSING PERSON: Police thank and dismiss SES crews as daylight fades in the search for missing horse trainer Bindi Cheers.

MISSING PERSON: Police thank and dismiss SES crews as daylight fades in the search for missing horse trainer Bindi Cheers.

MISSING: A large land search is underway at Beresfield. Pictures: Perry Duffin

MISSING: A large land search is underway at Beresfield. Pictures: Perry Duffin

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Disappeared: Horse trainer Bindi Cheers, pictured at Rosehill Gardens in 2014. Photo: Getty Images

Police are appealing for public assistance to help locate a woman missing from the Hunter region since yesterday.

Bindi Cheers, 44, was last seen about 2pm onSunday, July24 at a race club on Racecourse Road, Clarendon.

When Mrs Cheers failed to return home, officers attached to Central Hunter Local Area Command were contacted and commenced searching for her.

It is believed Mrs Cheers may have driven to a service station on Enterprise Drive, Beresfield, prior to going missing. She is believed to be on foot.

Mrs Cheers is described as being of Caucasian appearance, about 175cm tall, of slim build, with a fair complexion.

She was last seen wearing grey cargo pants, running shoes, and may be wearing a maroon jacket.

Anyone who may have seen Mrs Cheers is urged to contact Maitland Police via Crime Stoppers.

A search around the Enterprise Drive, Beresfield location will commence at first light Monday,July 25.

Police are urging anyone with information in relation to this incident to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or use the Crime Stoppers online reporting page:https://nsw.crimestoppers南京夜网419论坛/

Information provided will be treated in the strictest of confidence. People are remindedthey should not report crime information viaFacebook and Twitter pages.

Counting cost of wet

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Forbes Shire Council expects to spend “a significant portion” of its unsealed road maintenance budget repairing damage done in wet weather.
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Council’s director of engineering and technical services John Zannes said in a report to council’s July meeting last Thursday that a number of roads had suffered considerable damage.

Water over Bedgerabong Road, at Little Plains, on Monday. Photo Forbes Shire Council.

“Irrespective of recent unsealed road closures to heavy vehicles, stock trucks continued to use Southern Cross Road, Troubalgie Road, Forest Road and Littles Road during the wet conditions,” he said in a report to council’s July meeting.

“These roads have suffered considerable damage and in places are barely passable.

“Some of these roads are school bus routes and pose a risk to the traveling public.”

The hazardshave been signposted until they dry outenough to repair.

“It is expected the repair work will be lengthy and will absorb a significant portion of council’s unsealed road maintenance budget,” Mr Zannes said in his report.

The scheduled routine maintenance to unsealed roads would have to be deferred to carry out the repairs, he told the meeting.

Council has closed unsealed roads to vehicles over three tonnes again, due to the wet conditions.

That restriction will be reviewed Tuesday morning.

Please note that concessions are possible, on application, for urgent transport activity on routes considered suitable to carry the proposed loadings.

Contact Forbes ShireCouncil’s Engineering and Technical Services Department on 6850 2874 to discuss the requirements for a concession.

Yesterday, council advised that there waswater over theroadat PinnacleRoad(Garema).

The Bundaburrah Crossing was closed due to water and there was also water over Johnny Woods Crossingin Wambat Street.

There was water over Bedgerebong Road, near Little Plains, andYarrabandai Road, at the intersection of Corridgery Road (locally known as The 4 Ways).

If you wish to report water overroad, contact Council’sEngineering and Technical Services on 6850 2874 or 1300 978 633 after hours.

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Young has top florist

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Native Botanical owner Stephanie Cooke (left) receives her 2016 Fresh Award for winning the Knowledge in Action category.A local business claimed a top award at a gala function as part of the Sydney Markets’ Fresh Awards last week.
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Florist Stephanie Cooke and her team at Native Botanical have won the Knowledge In Action Award for florists statewide.

Another local business, Hilltops Fruit Barn, were a finalist, but ultimately had to settle for a spot in the top four.

Sydney Markets revealed the winners of the 2016 Fresh Awards at a gala function at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Sydney.

From the 60 finalists vying for the Fresh Awards, 15 businesses and individuals from the Greengrocer, Florist, Grower and Blogger sectors walked away with an impressive package of prizes and the honour of holding the winning titles for the next 12 months.

Featuring Chris Bath as Master of Ceremonies, and entertainment by David Campbell, the inaugural event was an industry first, filled with flourish and stunning displays of fresh fruit, vegetables and flowers.

“This win is a significant industry acknowledgement as these awards are the highest in NSW for our industry,” Stephanie said.

“These awards hold the most credibility for our industry.

“We go up against some fantastic businesses statewide who probably have better access to products than we do.

“It was a fantastic result for Hilltops Fruit Barn to make the finalists too.

“They deserve a lot of credit for their efforts.

“Our win is great recognition for all the hard work my team does.

“We couldn’t do the work we do without great support from our local customers,” she said.

Launched in 2015, the Fresh Awards program recognises excellence and innovation in fresh produce.

The program represents Sydney Markets’ commitment to supporting the independent retailers and local growers who are an integral part of the Markets and the industry.

Over 500 independent retailers and growers participated in the program, with retailers being evaluated through an intensive mystery shopping program and industry assessment.

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Metals X taking complete control

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Renison miner Metals X Limited will compulsorily acquire the remaining shares in takeover target Aditya Birla Minerals Limited.
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Metals X can legally make that move because its ownership share of the target company has passed 90 per cent.

That was made virtually inevitable earlier in July when major shareholder Hindalco Industries Limited accepted the Metals X offer.

Hindalco’s 51 per cent stake in Aditya Birla took Metals X’s ownershipat that point past 85 per cent.


Aditya Birla is Perth-based, with a focus on copper mining and exploration.

Listed on the ASX in 2006, it ships copper concentrate to Hindalco’s smelter in India.

The chairman of stalled Circular Head iron ore miner Shree Minerals Limited, Sanjay Loyalka, is a former managing director of Aditya Birla.

He resigned in 2008.

Metals X told the ASX on July 22 it now owned about 90.06 per cent of Aditya Birla shares.

It lodged a compulsory acquisition notice forthe rest with corporate regulator the Australian Securities and Investments Commission, andinformed remaining shareholders by letter.

Share trading in Aditya Birla is expected to be suspended on Friday, with de-listing to follow.

Renison, which is half-owned by Metals X, was profitable in the March quarter.

The West Coast mine averaged $21,170 per tonne of tin metal sold, against a cash cost of $14,455 and an all-in sustaining cost of $19,311.

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Astronomy is looking up

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Mercury is faint but above and close to Venus on its right, and you can see them all in a clear sky, even without binoculars before twilight ends. See top diagram.
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Moon OriginWhere did the Moon come from? This is not a simple, plain question easy to answer.Mercury and Venus have no moons.We have one, which is large and close to Earth.Mars has a pair of tiny ones, which may be captured asteroids.Jupiter and the outer gas planets have many dozens of Moons of all sizes.

Even little minor planet Pluto has several.But the question of our own Moon’s origin is a work in progress.

Its dust and rocks match Earth materials and their ages are close to the age of our planet.Astronomy is looking and thinking about what is observed(This sort of makes us all astronomers, really). The evidence suggests that not too long after its formation the Earth collided with a body, perhaps the size of Mars, sending earth-material into orbit which gradually merged to form our spherical Moon.

The Moon in its earliest times would have been smaller, faster and closer to Earth than now, but accumulating more material and later getting farther away and slower.It would take very many hundreds of millions of years.Then its speed of rotation would slowly reduce, eventually ceasing until the present stage where the same face of the Moon points towards us all the time.

This is ‘captured rotation’,a well attested result of orbital processes through time. You can check this outcome for yourself – watch a near full moon (e.g. August 17 to 19), if the sky is clear enough, at intervals through a night from evening in the east to dawn in the west.The Moon rotates at just the right rate to always point the same face to us.Think about it!

JupiterThe big planet is perfectly situated in the early evening sky for our viewing now and during August.

Look up at dusk, even before dark, high to the northwest.

Remember that the Juno spacecraft has been successfully in orbit around Jupiter since July 4, orbiting every 14 days and gathering information about the planet itself and its crucial role in the formation of our Solar System. Jupiter and Venus are of similar brightness.Mercury is faint but above and close to Venus on its right, and you can see them all in a clear sky, even without binoculars before twilight ends.SeeDiagram 1.

Remember,when looking west we on the spherical Earth are revolving backwards fast and planets near the horizon disappear downwards quickly.Venus and Mercury have risen up from behind the Sun, are coming towards us, and by the end of August will be above our line of sight to Jupiter. SeeDiagrams 2, 3.It will be a great opportunity to see their conjunction and spectacular combined brightness, at and near the dates shown.

PerspectiveThe Moon is between 360 and 400 thousand kilometres away from us. The Sun, Mercury and Venus are between 150 and 200 million kilometres away.But Jupiter is 800 million kilometres away and signals from Juno take nearly an hour to reach Earth.

MeteorsThe Perseid MeteorShower occurs for a month from mid-July each year.Look north to northeast ward in a dark sky during late night and early morning hours.The hourly rate can be from a few to many dozens per hour.

Stargazing- with David Reneke fromAustralasian Science magazineTwo powerful solar outbursts just last week in rapid succession caused blackouts for shortwave radio users around the world.

Most developed countries like Australia are particularly vulnerable because the power infrastructure is highly interconnected, so failures could easily cascade like chains of dominoes. Imagine large cities without power for a week, a month, or a year. The losses could be $1 to $2 trillion, and the effects could be felt for years.

So, the next time you get burnt red from being outside too long spare a thought for how powerful thatball of energy is that dominates the daytime sky.

“The Sun warms our planet every day, provides the light by which we see and is necessary for life onEarth,” Dave said.

“It produces poem worthy sunsets and releases as much energy as 1 trillion megaton bombs every second! Wow, that’s raw untapped power!”

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Top of the table derby delivers

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Moe’s Luke Bathgate wrestles for the ball.
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MOE and Newborough-Yallourn United remain locked together at the top of the Latrobe Valley Soccer League ladder after fighting out a 3-3 draw at Burrage Reserve yesterday.

The Combine was on track to collect all three points at 3-1 up but conceded two late goals to a resurgent Red Devils outfit, which made all the end-game running to nab a share of the spoils.

It was a case of deja vu for NYU which relinquished a lead to draw with Moe in their previous encounter this season.

NYU coach Tim Armistead said it was disappointing not to have finished the job and taken sole ownership of the league lead.

“It was disappointing to get two goals up and then give it away the way we did again,” Armistead said.

“I think both times we’ve played them we’ve had the better of them, they just pushed hard and were lucky enough to get a couple of goals; we weren’t good enough defensively.

“They’ve been the benchmark for a while now, along with Falcons, and we’re up there and thereabouts.

“It’s disappointing to let the three points slip, it was there, but we’ll keep plugging along; we have (Traralgon) City next week, they beat Moe last week, so that’ll be a good game too.”

The Red Devils were looking for redemption after a loss to the Roosters last round but found the early going tough against a resilient NYU side.

The host controlled much of the possession for the first half hour despite losing key playmaker Marc Mchallam early to a hamstring twinge.

NYU’s Brandon Scott looks to control possession.

Mark Fairbrother put Moe custodian Peter Albanese on notice when he cannoned a free kick on target from 30 yards out, but the ‘keeper was equal to the task and parried the ball away for a corner.

The resultant set piece proved the decisive one when a well-weighted corner found Jayden Mathison, who rose highest at the back post to nod home and send the Combine 1-0 up on the 30-minute mark.

The lead was short-lived and Moe was back on equal terms within two minutes of the restart when Matt Shearing tucked away a tidy finish from the left edge of the box to make it 1-1 at half-time.

NYU was showing plenty of poise on the ball and Fairbrother was peppering away at goal, particularly when offered free kicks in range, while Moe mainly played on the counter.

Shearing was opportunistic, latching onto stray through balls here and there, but the pace was dictated by the men in blue.

Former Moe coach Lee Dastey, playing his third game of the season, was a welcome addition to the Red Devils’ backline and helped repel some dangerous raids.

Moe was almost taken by surprise when Dylan Fairbrother stole possession in enemy territory and spotted Albanese off his line; his chip evaded the ‘keeper but was just off target.

Mark Fairbrother went one better than his brother minutes later with a similar feat.

The wily striker picked Joel Baldwin’s pocket and hammered a lethal left-foot strike into the top right corner from 25 yards out to send the Newborough faithful into raptures.

With a 2-1 lead and all the momentum NYU almost added another when Clayton Bell made a neat turn at the edge of the 18 yard box and unleashed a powerful shot, but Albanese managed an athletic tip over the crossbar.

Moe’s Matt Shearing.

Again the custodian’s efforts were in vain as NYU scored from the ensuing corner kick, this time Adam Batt making the most of a pinpoint set piece with a downward angled header to make it 3-1 with 20 minutes remaining.

The set piece also proved telling at the other end seven minutes later, when Lee Dastey chipped his free kick into the path of Nick Dastey who flicked his header into the back of the net to close the gap to 2-3.

Moe was pushing hard for an equaliser and found plenty of run through wide man Sam Gatpan and substitute Sam Lietzau.

The latter created something out of nothing to draw scores level.

Lietzau forced a turnover in the middle of the park, danced through two defenders as he surged toward the 18 yard area and chipped a clever diagonal ball to Shearing, who deftly knocked the ball over NYU goalkeeper Michael Bloss.

Having drawn level 3-3 Moe continued to press for the last 10 minutes with two, Lee Dastey free kicks finding teammates heads at close range, but neither was converted and the clock wound down on the challenge.

The result leaves the two neighbouring clubs locked on 35 competition points at the top of the LVSL ladder.

Falcons and Churchill closed within one win after victory against Sale and Pegasus respectively.

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SNAPPED: Out and About in Dubbo – July 25 | Photos

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SNAPPED: Out and About in Dubbo – July 25 | Photos BOUDOIR BURLESQUE: Chris Wilson, Kasey Wilson, Kim Harrigan and Richard Harrigan. Photo: CHERYL BURKE
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BOUDOIR BURLESQUE: Tas Touvras and Kate Ellem. Photo: CHERYL BURKE

BOUDOIR BURLESQUE: Aaron Strickland, Jodie Anderson, Shannon Rover and Andy O’Brien. Photo: CHERYL BURKE

BOUDOIR BURLESQUE: Stuart Ormsby and Ellie Coxsedge. Photo: CHERYL BURKE

BOUDOIR BURLESQUE: Elissa Burden, Jo O’Dea, Melissa McLean, Bev Fallon, Fiona Stuart and Aly Witton. Photo: CHERYL BURKE

BOUDOIR BURLESQUE: Tas Touvras and Kerrie Jones. Photo: CHERYL BURKE

BOUDOIR BURLESQUE: Faye Orlando and Pam Ridley. Photo: CHERYL BURKE

BOUDOIR BURLESQUE: Rhonda Walters and Betty Bruce. Photo: CHERYL BURKE


GLOBAL DOHNE CONFERENCE DINNER: Susie Webb, John Stephens and Georgie Pye. Photo: KATHRYN O’SULLIVAN


GLOBAL DOHNE CONFERENCE DINNER: Richard Hicks, Rosie Hicks, Karen Hyland and Peter Hyland. Photo: KATHRYN O’SULLIVAN



OLD BANK: Bob Smart and Michael McMillan. Photo: KATHRYN O’SULLIVAN

OLD BANK: Lana Willetts, Bronwyn Brown and Lisa Clark. Photo: KATHRYN O’SULLIVAN

OLD BANK: Matt McFetridge and Cassandra Hawke. Photo: KATHRYN O’SULLIVAN

OLD BANK: Shelvin Naraye, Andrew Hocking and Anthoney Niddre. Photo: KATHRYN O’SULLIVAN

OLD BANK: Pieta Lindner-Ellis, Theresa Clifford, Glenn Clifford, Ursula Lindner-Ellis. Photo: KATHRYN O’SULLIVAN

MACQUARIE CLUB: Earl McManus, Jock Frazier and Boyd Harland. Photo: KATHRYN O’SULLIVAN


MACQUARIE CLUB: Helen Hazlett, Jill Lindsey and Roger Hazlett. Photo: KATHRYN O’SULLIVAN

MACQUARIE CLUB: Mick Pilon and John Wheeler. Photo: KATHRYN O’SULLIVAN

MACQUARIE CLUB: Kerry Morrison and Betty O’Brien. Photo: KATHRYN O’SULLIVAN


MACQUARIE CLUB: Sharon Smith and Dick Smith. Photo: KATHRYN O’SULLIVAN

MACQUARIE CLUB: Sick Smith and Stephen Smith. Photo: KATHRYN O’SULLIVAN

RSL CLUB: Pat Stoneman, Jessica Swinton, Helen Dickinson and Shirley Cownie. Photo: KATHRYN O’SULLIVAN

RSL CLUB: Megan Bartholomew and Melissa Anderson. Photo: KATHRYN O’SULLIVAN

RSL CLUB: Mike and Lyn Nolen. Photo: KATHRYN O’SULLIVAN

RSL CLUB: Edith Eather and Aillen Sullivan. Photo: KATHRYN O’SULLIVAN

RSL CLUB: Tamara Townsend, Eddy Townsend, Mary Townsend and Amy Townsend. Photo: KATHRYN O’SULLIVAN

ZOE WARWICK’S 16TH BIRTHDAY:Laura Wilson, Claudia Morrison, Fallon Atwater, Zoe Warwick, Ruby Appleby, Maddy Hunt, Kelsea Phillips, Jamie Pascoe, Elly Haksteeg, Tori Monk, Milla Morrison and Jordyn McIntyre. Photo: KATHRYN O’SULLIVAN

ZOE WARWICK’S 16TH BIRTHDAY: Tori Monk, Zoe Warwick and Harper McDermott. Photo: KATHRYN O’SULLIVAN


ZOE WARWICK’S 16TH BIRTHDAY: Zoe Warwick and Harper McDermott. Photo: KATHRYN O’SULLIVAN

ZOE WARWICK’S 16TH BIRTHDAY: Brett Warwick, Zoe Warwick, Sonya Warwick and Aston Warwick. Photo: KATHRYN O’SULLIVAN

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Education Week’s push for innovation

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Robot ready: Kingsgrove Public School pupils YoYou, Demi, Vernon (front), Lisa, Samuel, Hannah and Marco mark Education Week with technology workshops. Picture: John VeageFrom traditional textbooks to hands-on robotics, tech-savvy pupils at Kingsgrove Public School are taking innovative steps in the classroom.
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It is a far cry from the unusual pencil-to-paper activities –and this one is more fun, teachers say.

The school hosted its open day on July 26 as a lead-up to Education Week 2016 (August 1-5).

This year was a particularly significant event for the school, which recently opened its refurbished science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) centre.

The new addition to the school will give children greater opportunities to explore their skills in computer coding, robotics, 3D printing and movie-making.

Kingsgrove Public School principal Bev d’Astoli says the new centre is vital to learning becauseSTEM in schools is part of the federal government’s push to advance innovation in Australian classrooms.

“The government wants Australia to be the innovation nation –thisis to ensure Australia remains a prosperous and internationally competitive country,” she said.

“The skills underpinning innovation are STEM.

“Our students are learningthese skills using iPads, laptops, interactive LED screens, a 3D printer and robotics equipment.

“Students learn coding, photography, model and movie-making,engineering concepts and computer programming with Lego robotics.

“Learning in STEM skills also fosters students’ abilities in communication, creativity, problem-solving and critical thinking – and it’s fun.”

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Pokemoronic: ram raids on Ballarat car

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The craze for collecting Pokemon Go has taken an ugly twist in Ballarat, with a team of young fans being terrorised by a late night ram raid on their car.
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The group of young people, who asked not to be named for their own safety, were finishing a Pokemon run about 3am Friday in Vickers Street, Sebastopol, when they noticed a Holden Commodore and a motorcycle revving their engines near where they were parked.

“We were unwinding, we were just about to finish upand they backed up the road, we thought they were going to hoon,” one of the group toldThe Courier.

“They turned into us, just kept nudging the car, so we drove off. Their left side hit our right side.”

The group member said they thought it was an accident at first, but realised the car was continuing to harass them as they tried to move away.

As they attempted to turn right into another street the Commodore struck them again, forcing them to lose control of their vehicle.

“We were really trying to get out of there and he was still on our tail. We were going really fast. I was worried that we were going crash really badly.”

After being rammed off the road and over a gutter, the group wastrying to get out of the car and escape when they were struck yet again. The youths jumped out of their moving vehicle and ran to hide in Housing Commission flats just behind Albert Street.

They hid among the buildings for around ten minutes before hearing the attackers drive off.

“We watched them drive across Albert Street, down the other side of Vickers, then we ran back to the car.”

The group found their car had been looted, with the attackers taking, taking phones and chargers, wallets and sets of keys.

“They went through the car, they took my mate’s wallet and keys that fell out of his pocket as we were trying to get out of the car,” says the youth.

In a post on Facebook, the Pokémon hunters warned others to be aware of maintaining safety while they were pursuing the online craze –a line supported by Victoria Police, who released a statement saying in part that:

If attending a Poke-Stop or a Poke-Gym, make sure to adhere to local council bylaws regarding large gatherings and noise late at night.Remain aware of your surroundingsIt’s also important to make sure that you’re remaining on public property – no bulbasaur is worth trespassing for.Also, unfortunately, there are also some less than savoury Poke-trainers out there, who may use lures to bring you out into unfamiliar territory.Make sure that if you’re going hunting, particularly at night, you have someone with you or tell people where you going and always be aware of your surroundings.Sources say the ram-raid may be a copycat of similar attacks taking place in Melbourne, where cars are being stolen after thieves ram their victim.

The Courier has contacted Ballarat police regarding the attack, and is awaiting a response.

Anyone with information on crime in Ballarat is urged to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000, or Ballarat Police.

The Courier, Ballarat

Council reviews controls

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Council will revert to using a merit-based assessment process to determine what size shed can be built in residential areas.
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Councillors at theJuly meeting last Thursdayresolved to remove the clauses about the size of sheds in residential areas from the local development control plan.

Earlier this year, councillors were asked to approve one shed that had a floor space three times what the planallowed for, butcouncillors said they didn’t have a problem with the proposal given the specific block of land and area.

What they did have a problem with was breaking their rules.

At that meeting, Councillor Jeff Nicholson voiced concerns that short-cutting the process would “bite us in future years”.

“If we keep overstepping the mark on regulations we will run into trouble,” Cr Nicholson said.

A decision on that shed was deferred until councillors could hear how the development controls could accommodate large sheds on residential blocks.

Councillor Graham Falconer protested, saying the applicants had been waiting for three months for a decision.

Council staff prepared amended criteria, recommending maximum height, floor area and setback from boundaries based on the size of the block of land.

But councillors voted to remove the clauses from the DCP instead.

“We’ve got a DCP and it’s not working,” Mayor Phyllis Miller said.

“We’ve had more problems in the past 15-18 months than we have had in 20 years.

“We don’t want to be restrictive but we want to be kind to neighbours.”

The development control plan was adopted in 2013 and the sections on sheds added in December 2014.

“The aim of these standards is to reduce or eliminate the bulk, scale and overshadowing impacts to surrounding properties,” the report to council’s June meeting said.

Any changes to the plan have to be advertised and on public exhibition for 28 days.

Council also resolved to review the requirements for setbacks from the street that Mayor Miller described as “antiquated”.

“People don’t want a big front yard, they want a back yard,” she said.

Theywill also review the requirement for private open spaces in unit complexes.

Councillors had been asked to consider an exception to the covenant that requires aneight metre setback from the road, to allowa verandah to be built to within six metres ofthe road.

Forbes Shire councillors have voted to remove shed clauses from the development control plan.

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Records tumble on dour day

by admin on July 15th, 2018

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Chris Rump and Wes Russell reach for the ball. photograph hayley mills
Nanjing Night Net

RECORDS and rain tumbled in equal measure in round 14 of the Gippsland League on Saturday, as wet weather conspired to create history around the grounds.

The record breaking feats were far from glamorous as a slew of lowest team totals and aggregate scores between clubs emerged as the dominant theme.

Two sides, Traralgon and Leongatha, bucked the trend by posting tallies in the 70s, while no other side broke the 40-point mark in four quarters of football.

Traralgon v BairnsdaleTRARALGON rebounded from a shock loss to Sale last round to crush Bairnsdale 10.18 (78) to 0.4 (4) at home.

The Maroons marched to an early lead of 20 points by quarter-time and managed to keep the Redlegs scoreless for the following two terms.

Remarkably Bairnsdale’s return of four minor scores was not its worst effort in competition history, coming in at second to its 0.2 (2) against the same opposition in 1998.

Premiership coach Mark Collison said it was a good return to form after being humbled by the Magpies.

Traralgon’s Mark Collison wraps up Tom Bryan.

“They (Sale) played well, I’m not taking too much away from them, we just want to get better,” he said.

“It (this week) was a big win, the boys played well so I was really happy with the effort.

“Teamwork and the effort and defensive work was really good. We kept them to three behinds for the first quarter then after that they took one more behind, so that was a pretty good effort really.”

Traralgon took the opportunity to test players in unfamiliar positions and discovered some new avenues to goal in the process.

Defensive lynchpin Collison bagged a double, as did Matt Northe, with the likes of Mick Stockdale and Mick Burge also chiming in.

Redlegs player Luke Elia gets his side out of dodge.

The league’s second leading goal scorer, Lee Stockdale, did not add to his tally and played a different role on Saturday.

“We don’t rely on anyone; Lee Stockdale, one of our leading goal scorers, did a job in the midfield and down back, we mixed it right up. We rely on teamwork not individuals,” Collison said.

The win keeps Traralgon nestled safely in third, still six points behind Maffra but eight clear of Warragul in fourth.

Maffra v MorwellMAFFRA claimed the spoils against Morwell in a match which yielded the lowest aggregate score between the two clubs in league history.

The Eagles posted a 4.6 (30) to 1.6 (12) win to mark the most meagre total score of 42, with the previous low of 72 points (1974) well and truly eclipsed.

The result became the third lowest aggregate in league history, three points shy of Traralgon’s 39 point grand final victory over Morwell back in 1991.

Morwell’s return of 12 points was its worst effort against Maffra, overturning its 3.2 (20) in 2004, while the Eagles posted their lowest ever winning score in this competition.

Despite managing a single major, to Dan Musil, for the afternoon the Tigers were right in the match all day.

They trailed by one straight kick at half-time and were 12 points adrift at the final change, but forward entries were seldom and shots on goal rarer still.

The loss keeps Morwell at the bottom of the ladder, two points shy of Bairnsdale.

Drouin v MoeDROUIN drew within two points of the top five after an important 15-point win over Moe at Drouin.

It was another dour match between two sides pushing for a spot in the finals frame, with just 61 points scored in the 5.8 (38) to 3.5 (23) outcome.

The return was Moe’s worst against the Hawks in this competition and came more than half a century since its previous low of 5.8 (38) in 1962.

Drouin had Moe at arm’s length throughout the contest.

The Hawks booted two in the first to set up a 14-point lead, which the Lions reduced to eight by half-time with a goal of their own in the second term.

Drouin’s 3.3 (21) in the third was always going to be tough to match in a low-scoring scrap, and while the Lions kept the host scoreless in the fourth they could not bridge the gap.

It was a huge blow to Moe’s finals hopes with eight points now the difference to fifth spot, while a win would have closed the gap to a single game.

Warragul v WonthaggiWARRAGUL leapfrogged Wonthaggi into fourth courtesy of a 4.9 (33) to 2.10 (22) win over the Power at Western Park.

In another inauspicious record breaking match Wonthaggi posted its lowest total against Warragul in the lowest aggregate score between the two sides.

The Power started best with 2.3 (15) to 0.2 (2) in the first term, but the Gulls hit back with a three goal second quarter to lead by four at half-time.

The sides traded behinds in a goalless third term before Warragul snuck through one more major in the last to secure all four points.

Both sides are locked on 28 competition points in fourth and fifth with Warragul ahead by less than one per cent on differential.

Sale v LeongathaSALE registered its poorest score against Leongatha in a 53-point loss to the ladder leader.

The Magpies’ 3.6 (24) came in 14 points worse than their 2004 scoreline of 5.8 (38) against the Parrots.

It was game on in the first quarter as both sides slotted 2.1 (13) to be even at the break.

Leongatha turned the screw with a couple of majors in the second, then hammered it home with five in the third to set up a comfortable win.

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