Tourism increase

22/07/2018 // by admin

COULD Singleton become the main gateway to the Hunter Valley vineyards?
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Broke Fordwich could be one of the big benefactors from an increase in visitors to the region.

That’s the thoughts and hopes of Singleton Council and local tourism operators after the Visitor Information and Enterprise Centre recorded a five per cent increase in visitors compared to this time last year.

The past two months were compared with last year and it showed a correlation between the opening of the Hunter Expressway and an increase in visitors.

With Singleton being the final stop on the highway and the vineyards only a short drive away, instead of just passing through the town, people are making a day out of seeing all there is to offer in the area.

“We’ve experienced an uptake of visitors to our region and we think it has a lot to do with the opening of the new Hunter Expressway,” Broke Fordwich Tourism Association president Eden Anthony said.

“Hopefully this leads to more employment and an increase in midweek traffic to the vineyards.”

Council is working to create more interest in Singleton and it’s surrounds through the revamp of its visitsingleton南京夜网 website.

“We have a unique opportunity to capitalise on the growing domestic market. With award-winning wineries, restaurants, events and accommodation just minutes from our town centre, the future for Singleton’s visitor economy looks bright,” Singleton Council general manager Lindy Hyam said.

Studies by Roy Morgan show that Australians are increasingly planning on holidaying with almost 58 per cent of intended holidays expected to be in Australia in the next 12 months.

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OPINION: Amateur hunting hopelessly ineffective

22/07/2018 // by admin

By David Shoebridge, Greens Member of the Legislative Council
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In reply to Gary Mallard’s opinion piece regarding”Greens deception over anti-killing stance”

In his defence of the blood-sport of amateur hunting Mr Mallard claims campaigns against amateur hunting fail to address effective control measures for introduced species.

Unfortunately for the pro-hunting lobby, the evidence is clear that amateur hunting is in fact hopelessly ineffective at controlling introduced species.

The government-funded “Game Council” received more than $15million of government funding to lobby for amateur hunting and license more than 20,000 amateur hunters to hunt in the twomillion hectares of state forests the government approved for hunting.

The data produced by the Game Council to show its “success” was an annual tally of animals that its licensed amateur hunters had killed.

The figures from 2009 to 2013 are as follows:

These figures show that, on average, a licensed amateur hunter in NSW killed just one introduced animal a year, and most often that was a rabbit.

None of the hunting carried out by amateur hunters in NSW is coordinated or incorporated into a pest management plan, but is instead determined by the ad hoc preferences of amateur hunters.

Amateur hunters kill hundreds, or in some cases a few thousand, introduced animals from populations that are in the millions.

The evidence is that Australia has about sevenmillion foxes, 18 million cats, threemillion goats, millions of rabbits and between fourand 24 million introduced pigs.

Introduced animals have such large populations primarily because they have extremely high reproduction rates with a large “doomed surplus” each year.

This means most young do not survive to adulthood, but those that dobreed at such high rates they fully replace last season’s population.

Killing small numbers of a given population will therefore have no effect, as other animals, whichwould otherwise have died from the range of natural causes, then fill this niche.

The proportion of a population that needs to be removed to achieve an overall reduction in population from one year to the next is as follows:

When you look at just one species, such as cats, the inevitable failure of amateur hunting is easily demonstrated.

To effectively control the population, 57 per cent would need to be removed to have fewer cats in an area the next year.

The Game Council’s own figures show that the combined effort of amateur hunters in 2013 removed a total of 290 wild cats from millions of hectares of public forest, from a population estimated in the millions.

Amateur hunting took only a tiny fraction of feral cats from the already “doomed surplus”.

Their removal has made not one jot of difference to the wild cat population anywhere in NSW.

The same analysis can be applied to every species of animal killed by Game Council-licensed hunters.

Apart from small areas of land thatare subject to intensive, scientific and professional animal control programs, over the rest of the country introduced animals are controlled by their environment.

Competition for food, for habitat and natural predation keeps their numbers in check, not hunters.

Putting to one side the almost inevitable cruelty of amateur hunting practices such as pig-dogging and bow hunting, the evidence backs up our call for an immediate end to state-sanctioned and taxpayer-subsidised amateur hunting in our public forests.

* Tables fromInvasive Species Fact Sheet, “Recreational Hunting NSW: claims vs facts”

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Signs of ringworm in animals

22/07/2018 // by admin

RINGWORM: An example of the fungal infection STORY: Ringworm cases on rise in cats, dogs
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RINGWORM is a fungal disease which creates scaly skin with a red outer rim.

The infection spreads through contact, and can be transferred from cats and dogs to humans.

Typical areas of infection in animals are the face, paws, ears and tail, and the infection often results in hair loss.

Scabs and crusts are often formed.

Common treatments include tablets and antibiotic antifungal creams.

Bendigo vet Max Tori said it was important pet owners sought treatment for their pets.

Some cases of ringworm will naturally cease, while others require multiple treatments. Environmental management is also important.

Vets recommend pets are well-groomed and regular brushing will help remove fungal spores.

Vacuuming also helps to remove contagious hair from flooring, and it’s recommended the bedding of infected animals is thrown away.

Pets should also be kept isolated from other animals.

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Melbourne film listings

15/04/2019 // by admin

New releases
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SUNSHINE ON LEITH ★★★★ (100 minutes) PG

A Hibernian ebullience descended upon me after watching a film that so lovingly adopts and adapts the tenets of the movie musical to celebrate Scottish culture. This one started as a theatre piece, but actor/director Dexter Fletcher crrt  does a fabulous job of transferring it to the open air. Edinburgh has rarely looked this good. The songs are by the Proclaimers, as two ex-squaddies return from an unhappy tour of Afghanistan in which their troop transport ran over an improvised explosive device. As in many great musicals, the story is flummery, expertly constructed to allow transitions between songs. The innovation comes from this buoyant sense of realism. Fletcher packs the film with a sense of street life. The flash mob finale is about the most fun I’ve had in a cinema this year. PBGeneral release

THE BABADOOK ★★★★ (95 minutes) M

Australian filmmaker Jennifer Kent’s clever, thoroughly satisfying and neatly unsettling debut feature is about a kind of haunting – but of who or what? It’s a question that simmers throughout the film. There’s also an intimate story that unfolds, the tale of a mother and child and the strong, sometimes tormented ties that bind them. It’s a situation that reflects the experience of loss and its quietly destructive force. Essie Davis, pale and frazzled, is the mother; Noah Wiseman plays her six-year-old, Samuel. He is volatile, imaginative and affectionate, but a bit of a handful. He appears to be convinced a monster is haunting the house and constructs weapons to use against it. Both give terrific performances, conveying a tangle of love, confusion and a growing sense of threat, as the monster begins to manifest in earnest. PH Selected release

X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST ★★★☆(131 minutes) M

There’s a double narrative of near-future and recent past in this seventh X-Men movie, directed by Bryan Singer: things begin a few years hence, when mutant-sensing machines known as Sentinels are dispatched to eliminate all mutants. A plan is hatched to go back in time and change the course of history: Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) finds himself back in the 1970s, on what seems like an impossible mission. There’s the usual X-Men mixture of spectacle and character-driven narrative, deftly handled, interspersed with moments that only the initiated will understand. A highlight is a speedy yet laid-back mutant teen, Quicksilver (Evan Peters), who is many times faster than a speeding bullet. There is a terrific scene shot from his perspective in which he dashes around ‘‘rearranging’’  a potentially deadly moment of confrontation while everyone and everything else seems frozen in time; it’s the highlight of the film. PH General release

SON OF GOD★(138 minutes) M

Directed by historical documentary specialist Christopher Spencer, crrt the latest cinematic retelling of the life of Christ recycles parts of the American TV miniseries The Bible, noted mostly for the casting of a supposed Obama lookalike as Satan. Technically competent, it’s hard to imagine how the story could be rendered any more banal.

The Son of God is played by Portuguese hearthrob Diogo Morgado. Women go weak at the knees wherever he’s near – including his mother, played by the film’s co-producer Roma Downey, as well as Mary Magdalene (Amber Rose Revah). It’s bizarre that a film presumably conceived as an act of devotion should feel so lacklustre and impersonal.

Clearly Son of God was made with a young audience in mind, but even as an educational tool it falls short. JWSelected release

MY SWEET PEPPER LAND★★★☆(90 minutes) M

Returning Kurdish war hero Baran (Korkmaz Arslan) crrt flees his mother’s matchmaking by choosing to become the police chief in a remote mountain village on the border between Iran, Iraq and Turkey. There’s a local war lord (Tarik Akreyi) who runs everything, including a lucrative smuggling business: he’s not happy to see Baran, and he’s also unimpressed by the presence of Govend (Golshifteh Farahani), a young woman who has been teaching at the school. There is a good deal at stake as these two struggle to do their work; one of the notable achievements in writer-director Hiner Saleem’s quietly surprising film is a combination of offbeat comedy and a sense of menace and danger. PHSelected release

IDA ★★★ (80 minutes) M

The writer-director Pawel Pawlikowski crrt left Poland as a teenager in the 1970s and has spent most of his career as an exile of sorts; his new film, Ida, is the first he has made in his native land. Shot in black-and-white, with little background music and less camera movement, it’s a ghostly film – a throwback to a largely defunct tradition of art cinema.

The year is 1962, and the heroine, Anna, is a novice raised in a convent (she’s played by non-professional Agata Trzebuchowska). Before taking her vows, she’s sent off to meet to her one surviving relative, Wanda, a cynical aunt (Agata Kulesza). It turns out that the family is Jewish, and Anna – now going by her original name, Ida – heads out with Wanda on a road trip to learn how her parents died in World War II.

Most of the film is devoted to this journey: the tone is solemn but the editing is brisk. JWSelected releaseThis story Administrator ready to work first appeared on Nanjing Night Net.

Reynolds and Hodkinson take control

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A more intense Blues coach Laurie Daley has taken the unusual step of demanding halves Josh Reynolds and Trent Hodkinson address the team before each training session.
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The trio meet each morning in NSW camp to watch video and then work out a plan for that training session before Reynolds or Hodkinson speak to the team about the direction the session is headed. It comes as prop James Tamou described the transformation of Daley from laid back to becoming much more direct and hands on as he embarks on his second Origin series.

Reynolds said he was unnerved by the initial delivery but indicated the experience had helped him take on a leadership position with the team. “It is a bit different but it’s good,” Reynolds said. “At the time me and Trent were like ‘wow, this is going to be something different’. We do the video with him before it but we have to deliver it. The first day it was a bit daunting. Now we’re confident. It brings out confidence in us. You can tell they’re listening to us. All their eyes are on us. It gives me Trent and some confidence.

“You have to talk to guys who have played how many Origins and done whatever they have done in their careers. Me and Trent are coming in as our first combinations and they’re telling us to take control. When you’re put into a situation like that it is going to be a bit daunting. We have got our heads around us and in the end it has been really good. We definitely speak about it before in the sense of who is going to say what. All in all I think the boys have really bought into it.”

While roommates Reynolds and Hodkinson take the major control over the meeting, the rest of the “spine” combination of Jarryd Hayne – who didn’t complete Thursday’s training session – and Robbie Farah also speak up,  as does captain Paul Gallen.

“We sort of said to ourselves that even though it might be a bit daunting, let’s go out there and say what we need to say,” Reynolds said. “We told the boys if there is any feedback you want to give us, even negative, just tell us. We have thick skins, we can take it. That’s really good that we have that bond already that they can tell us if we’re not leading them around the park and they can tell us if we need to fix something. I think you need that in a team. You can’t just tiptoe and step on eggshells all the time.”

Daley, long considered one of the nice men of rugby league, has taken a hard-nosed approach to this series. Tamou said Daley was far more hands-on this series. “The first thing that was different from last year is that he looked each and everyone of us in the eye and just said this is what he wants,” Tamou said. “He has come more with a hard-nosed approach. I wouldn’t say tense this year, but more focused. You can see it in his eye. Everyone feels that presence about him now. Last year we had Jim Dymock and Trent Barrett around to coach us and he was just talking where he needed. This year he has taken it on board and telling blokes what he wants from them and if we aren’t going well telling them to pull their head in.

“This time last year we have gone a step up. If we’re in the middle of play he’ll stop the play and tell you how it is. Whereas last year he was in the background a little bit.”

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Pearce still in spotlight despite missing out

15/04/2019 // by admin

His axing from the NSW side for game one might not even be enough to prevent Mitchell Pearce from again being the most scrutinised player of the series.
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The Sydney Roosters halfback might not play a part in this year’s Origin campaign after his drunken escapade a fortnight ago, but given how bright the spotlight has shone on him for the past 11 consecutive Origin games, there’s no doubt he will continue to polarise opinion.

If NSW lose game one, the Pearce backers will come out in force and defend the 25-year-old to those who have for so long blamed him for the Blues’ misfortunes. If the Blues score an against-the-odds victory at Suncorp Stadium on Wednesday night, the talk might not all be about the selection masterstroke of Trent Hodkinson but rather the impact of Pearce’s omission.

Love him or hate him, it’s hard to turn your back on a success rate of three from 12 with Pearce in the No.7 jersey. But former Blues playmaker Trent Barrett, a much-maligned player during his time at St George Illawarra and NSW, believes Pearce hasn’t been to blame for the Blues’ inability to overcome the all-conquering Maroons.

“Being in that position at halfback, it’s a spot that comes under the most scrutiny,” Barrett said. “Given the situation we’re in with NSW having lost for so long, a lot of the blame comes back to the halfback, which I don’t necessarily agree with. My opinion of him hasn’t changed, I think he’s a great player.”

For the past few years it’s been Pearce, who will line up against the top-of-the-table Bulldogs at ANZ Stadium on Friday night, that has copped the full brunt of the frustration from a success-starved legion of NSW supporters.

The Blues aren’t expected to win game one at Suncorp Stadium without Andrew Fifita, Greg Bird and Boyd Cordner all missing, taking a lot of the pressure off the new-look halves combination of Josh Reynolds and Hodkinson. In a way it could prove a blessing in disguise for coach Laurie Daley, who will get an opportunity to see what life without Pearce could deliver for the Blues.

Pearce wasn’t dropped on form – even though he has been struggling for the Roosters – he was sacked because of his antics on the drink in town a fortnight ago.

That gives Daley a safety cushion of being able to reinstate Pearce for game two if it all goes horribly wrong north of the border on Wednesday night.

Pearce’s Roosters teammate Sam Moa admitted both Pearce and dumped five-eighth James Maloney haven’t been able to replicate the type of form that led the boys from Bondi to premiership glory last season but insists the rest of team hasn’t helped their cause.

“They’ve got our backing as a team and they’ve obviously been disappointed not making the Origin side as anyone would but they’ve responded really well,” the Kiwi international said. “We feed off them and they feed off us and we’re all trying to help each other find some form. We’ve all been lacking in certain areas. We’re hoping that they play their role and start to enjoy their footy over the next few weeks.”

Barrett insists Pearce will begin staking his claim for reinstatement at club level. “I felt for Mitchell, he’s a very good player Mitch, but given the circumstances Loz has made a decision and I fully support the halves he’s gone with to win game one,” Barrett said. “I hope people don’t compare him because we all need to get behind Trent Hodkinson and Joshy Reynolds and they will do a good job. The best thing Mitchell can do is go out and play well. I know Mitch’s attitude will be good because he’s a competitor. Mitch will bounce back, he’s certainly a terrific player in my eyes. It won’t affect him and if anything he’ll go even harder for the Roosters.”

While Pearce took the news of his axing to heart, Moa believes he’s overcome the ordeal of missing out on game one as well as being suspended for one game. “He’s back to his normal self and he’s starting to smile and crack a few jokes here and there,” Moa said. “It’s obviously been a really tough situation for him and everyone involved – his family especially. He’s got some good friends here at the club and he’s got a good family behind him, so he’s certainly turned the corner. We’re hoping for good things from Mitch and Jimmy and the rest of the team going forward. While it’s disappointing for him as an individual to not play in those big games, it’s certainly a bonus for us as the Roosters to have him and Jimmy back, they are two of our main players. It’s a really big bonus for us because they are two of our leaders and when they go well we go well.”

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Mansour, Tedesco in Raiders’ sights

15/04/2019 // by admin

Josh Mansour, James Tedesco and their manager Sam Ayoub have met with the Canberra Raiders as the club prepares to launch a big overhaul of its roster for next year.
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However, Ayoub says he hasn’t discussed financial terms, or fielded an offer from the Raiders or any other club, for the services of his in-demand backs.

It is understood the Raiders would be willing to offer off-contract Panthers winger Mansour a lucrative deal to join them next season. The in-form 23-year-old was mentioned as a possible NSW Origin bolter this year and is keen to stay at Penrith, but it is understood they are battling to find the money that would likely be available at rival clubs.

Despite this, he remains a strong chance to remain loyal to the Panthers, but there’s no shortage of rivals ready to swoop, including Canberra.

“We’ve met with them [Canberra] and had a bit of a look at the joint, but we haven’t spoken a cent to the Raiders or anybody,” Ayoub said.

“With Josh or any other player, we need to talk to their own clubs and talk to others to see what’s out there, and that’s what we’re doing.”

Canberra is desperate to bolster its squad after registering just three wins from its first 10 matches.

Outside backs are a high priority following the sackings of Josh Dugan and Blake Ferguson, and the decision from fullback Anthony Milford, another Ayoub client, to honour his deal with Brisbane. The situation was compounded when rookie centre Matt Allwood announced this week he had signed a three-year deal with New Zealand Warriors.

The Raiders have expressed strong interest in Tedesco. The Tigers’ negotiations with the fullback have dragged on for weeks and he has also been linked to Canterbury. .

North Queensland Cowboys youngster Curtis Rona, who will play in Canberra against the Raiders on Sunday, is also high on their wish list.

Melbourne forward Kevin Proctor is set to make a decision on his future soon, and Canberra, St George Illawarra and the Roosters head the race for his services.

Should Canberra miss out on Tedesco, the off-contract Reece Robinson, also managed by Ayoub, could be another fullback option. Regular winger Robinson was impressive in the No.1 jersey when Dugan was given his marching orders just one game into last season.

He admitted to media earlier this year he ”sometimes feels a bit lost” on the wing, despite already scoring eight tries in a struggling side this year.

“I’ve spoken to the Raiders about Reece and I know they’re certainly not ruling him out of the equation there, [but] I’m pushing Reece’s barrow elsewhere as well,” Ayoub said. “The Raiders are talking about him in the same breath as they’re talking to other players outside their environment.”

While they often didn’t see eye-to-eye through the Milford saga, Ayoub said critics should defer judgment on Ricky Stuart until he had had a chance to build his roster.

“At Parramatta he knew the roster was right and he targeted players, the ones he got there are performing,” he said. “I know ‘Sticky’ will do the same at Canberra, he’ll target players and all of the sudden the Raiders will turn it around.

“I’ve had my differences with Sticky over players as we did with Milford, but I can see what he’s doing. He shouldn’t be judged on some of the performances now because he inherited a roster.”

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BOOKS: Living With A Wild God: A Nonbeliever’s Search For The Truth About Everything

15/04/2019 // by admin

HOW IT IS: Barbara Ehrenreich’s tart, cynical, intelligent voice is intact in her memoir. Picture: Jay Paul/Washington PostLiving With a Wild God: A Nonbeliever’s Search For The Truth About Everything, by Barbara Ehrenreich
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‘‘I WAS born to atheism and raised in it, by people who had derived their own atheism from a proud tradition of working-class rejection of authority in all its forms, whether vested in bosses or priests, gods or demons.’’ That sounds like the Barbara Ehrenreich we know – the political activist and author of Nickel and Dimed, the feisty champion of the working poor, the professional cynic who punctured the balloon of positive thinking in Bright-Sided.

So who, exactly, is this Barbara Ehrenreich with a new book out titled Living With a Wild God? When did a supreme deity enter the picture?

First off, don’t worry – the author’s tart, cynical, intelligent voice is intact. (A typical observation: ‘‘Sex was something that occasionally happened to women in novels, generally leading to poverty or death.’’) But where Ehrenreich has always been concerned with society and its ills, the new book is a memoir – and an unusual one, at that.

Drawing from a journal that she kept as a teenager in the 1950s and rediscovered while assembling her papers for a university library in 2001, Living With a Wild God tracks the serious young Ehrenreich’s attempts to understand what she calls ‘‘the situation’’: ‘‘What is the point of our brief existence? What are we doing here and to what end?’’

This epistemological quest takes on a greater urgency after she begins experiencing, briefly and sporadically, a kind of dissociative state during which ‘‘something peeled off the visible world, taking with it all meaning, inference, association, labels, and words’’. Later, on a road trip with friends, she has an even more ineffable experience on a predawn walk: the ‘‘world flamed into life,’’ a ‘‘blazing everywhere,’’ a ‘‘furious encounter with a living substance that was coming at me through all things at once’’.

For years Ehrenreich shared this experience with no one (‘‘If there are no words for it, then don’t say anything about it’’), but with the rediscovery of her journal, she begins an inquiry – philosophical, scientific, medical and, yes, spiritual – into this mysterious epiphany.

Suffice it to say that Ehrenreich has not joined the ranks of Sunday churchgoers, or otherwise fit herself neatly into organised religion. But this dyed-in-the-wool sceptic has allowed her thinking to evolve in ways that will surprise her readers, as much as it surprised her. Though Living With a Wild God occasionally descends into woolgathering, it is for the most part a revealing window onto a lively mind at work, always questioning, always seeking a better answer.

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Andrew Demetriou on experts panel at sports integrity forum

15/03/2019 // by admin

Outgoing AFL chief executive Andrew Demetriou will join an expert panel at an unprecedented integrity forum for Australian sports bosses.
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The new head of the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority, Ben McDevitt, will also be among the more than 300 guests at the symposium in Melbourne next week.

The panel was to feature the International Olympic Committee’s honorary president, Jacques Rogge, who was planning to make the trip to Australia especially for the event, but he has withdrawn because of ill health.

Demetriou has since been confirmed as a panellist and will join Australian Sports Commission CEO Simon Hollingsworth, ethicist Dr Pippa Grange, Professor Hans Westerbeek, who is the Dean of Victoria University’s College of Sport and Exercise Science, and world champion rower and Australian Olympic Committee Athlete Commission chair Kim Crow.

Demetriou will have no shortage of experiences to call upon having led the AFL through various salary cap and gambling-related probes, the Melbourne “tanking” episode and the continuing doping investigation into the code by ASADA.

Australian sports legend and Swimming Australia president John Bertrand will also be among the key speakers and, in driving the event, he recently told Fairfax Media it could be the most significant meeting of minds yet in Australia on a topic that that has proved highly threatening to sport around the world.

Another confirmed attendee is former World Anti-Doping Agency boss John Fahey, who at times last year antagonised Demetriou and Essendon with his observations about the as yet unresolved doping probe.

Australian Cricketers Association CEO Paul Marsh, the former Australian Institute of Sport boss and new Anti-Doping Rule Violation Panel member, Dr Peter Fricker, and Victorian Institute of

Sport CEO Anne Marie Harrison will also be among the guests.

There will be strong AFL club representation at the “Winning at What Price?” forum, and several members of the AFL’s integrity unit will attend.

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Adam Goodes hails AFL fans who stand up to racism

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Adam Goodes has praised fans who take a stand against racism and says growing signs of self-regulation among supporters is proof that racism in sport can be stamped out.
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Despite the disappointment of two incidents of racial abuse in the game last weekend directed at Goodes and Western Bulldogs’ Neville Jetta, the Sydney Swans star is encouraged by the culture of intolerance to racism growing among most fans.

Throughout his career, Goodes campaigned heavily to eradicate racism from sport, following in the footsteps of other indigenous AFL stars such as Nicky Winmar. He believes that years of making a stance against such abuse is resulting in a culture of self-regulation among fans.

Speaking at the launch of the Swans guernsey for the indigenous round, designed by his mother Lisa Sansbury, Goodes was moved by the general response to the racism that marred last weekend’s round.

“I’m very proud, that’s what we want people to do is self-regulate. That’s what we want all of us to do in the community, is self-regulate when we see something we don’t agree with,” Goodes said. “We all have core values and, when we see people go outside those core values, we should feel the right to say something and call that person out.

“For it to be actually put in motion now and for people to do it to people that are on the same team as them – supporting the same team – just shows you that there’s no place in the community for racism and people are drawing a line in the sand.”

There was no hiding his disappointment with the incident, as well as the resulting racist attacks on social media, but Goodes said hiding from racism was not an option. The Australian of the Year ignored the minority of racist comments, but said he would maintain an online presence as he believed it achieved more good than harm.

“How do we control it? It’s very hard. One way to control it is to not be on social media, but I think social media can be such a positive tool for getting the right messages out there,” Goodes said. “Don’t attach yourself to it, there’s a lot more positive things and good people out there to focus on than to worry about negative stuff that people want to say towards you.”

The Swans will wear the custom jersey, which represents the natural geography of Sydney as well as communities, in the AFL’s indigenous round when they play Geelong on Thursday.The jersey also draws inspiration from the passing of his mother’s sister.

“It’s a really special round for a couple of reasons,” Goodes said. “The club asked me if mum would like to design the jumper many months ago and she was very, very honoured to be able to do that … There are lots of circles on the guernsey, which are all connected, which means that the land is connected with the water. There’s a beautiful story in there, and the story is a tribute to my late aunty Margaret, who passed away a year-and-a-half ago.”

Goodes has played four games this season in his comeback from injury and has welcomed the recognition of the AFL’s indigenous round as he continues working back to peak form.

“It’s a really special round and I know I walk out a little bit prouder knowing that we have a round to celebrate our culture and our people,” Goodes said.

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2014 AFL round 10 teams

15/03/2019 // by admin

Round 10 expert tips
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Friday, 23 MayGEELONG v NORTH MELBOURNESimonds Stadium, 7.50pm AEST

GEELONGB: Jared Rivers, Tom Lonergan, Corey EnrightHB: Andrew Mackie, Harry Taylor, Cameron GuthrieC: Mark Blicavs, Joel Selwood, Mitch DuncanHF: Travis Varcoe, Hamish McIntosh, Mathew StokesF: Jordan Murdoch, Tom Hawkins, Jimmy BartelFol: Dawson Simpson, James Kelly, George Horlin-SmithI/C: Jed Bews, Steven Motlop, Jackson Sheringham, Jesse StringerEmg: Taylor Hunt, Jarrad Jansen, Josh Walker In: Mathew Stokes, Jesse Stringer Out: Taylor Hunt (omitted), Steve Johnson (suspension)

NORTH MELBOURNEB: L.McDonald, J.Tippett, L.HansenHB: N.Dal Santo, S.Thompson, L.GreenwoodC: S.Gibson, A.Swallow, R.NahasHF: L.Thomas, A.Black, L.AdamsF: M.Daw, D.Petrie, B.HarveyFOLL: T.Goldstein, J.Ziebell, B.CunningtonI/C: R.Bastinac, M.Firrito, S.Atley, S.WrightEMG: L.Anthony, S.McMahon, M.WoodIN: M.FirritoOUT: S.McMahon

Saturday, 24 May

GWS GIANTS v RICHMONDSpotless Stadium, 1.40pm AEST

GWS GIANTSB: Jeremy Cameron, Stephen Gilham, Curtly HamptonHB: Adam Kennedy, Aidan Corr, Heath ShawC: Tom Scully, Jacob Townsend, Adam TomlinsonHF: Will Hoskin-Elliott, Jonathon Patton, Lachlan WhitfieldF: Dylan Addison, Jonathan Giles, Devon SmithFOL: Shane Mumford, Rhys Palmer, Callan WardI/C: Dylan Shiel, Stephen Coniglio, Joshua Kelly, Adam TreloarEMG: Zac Williams, Kristian Jaksch, Josh Hunt IN: Jeremy Cameron, Stephen Gilham, Curtly Hampton, Jacob Townsend, Dylan Addison, Shane Mumford, Adam Treloar OUT: Toby Greene (club suspension), Andrew Phillips (omitted), Sam Frost (omitted), Josh Hunt (omitted), Jed Lamb (omitted), Nick Haynes (ankle), Matt Buntine (omitted)

RICHMONDB: T.Chaplin, D.Grimes, A.RanceHB: B.Houli, B.Lennon, S.MorrisC: S.Grigg, D.Jackson, R.ConcaHF: D.Martin, B.Griffiths, B.DeledioF: S.Edwards, J.Riewoldt, T.VickeryFOL: S.Hampson, B.Ellis, T.CotchinI/C: M.McDonough, M.Dea, N.Foley, M.ThomasEMG: R.Petterd, A.Miles, S.LloydIN: D.Grimes, M.Dea, M.ThomasOUT: D.Astbury (dislocated kneecap), N.Vlastuin (broken finger), S.Lloyd (omitted)

COLLINGWOOD v WEST COAST EAGLESMCG, 4.40pm AEST

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B: Nick Maxwell, Jack Frost, Alan TooveyHB: Heritier Lumumba, Nathan Brown, Tom LangdonC: Clinton Young, Brent Macaffer, Steele SidebottomHF: Jarryd Blair, Jesse White, Luke BallF: Jamie Elliott, Travis Cloke, Dane SwanFOL: Brodie Grundy, Dayne Beams, Scott PendleburyI/C: Alex Fasolo, Tyson Goldsack, Jarrod Witts, Marley WilliamsEMG: Sam Dwyer, Lachlan Keeffe, Josh Thomas, IN: Nathan Brown, Alex Fasolo OUT: Sam Dwyer (omitted), Lachlan Keeffe (omitted)

WEST COASTB: E.Mackenzie, D.Glass, J.BennellHB: E.Yeo, M.Brown, X.EllisC: S.Hurn, M.Priddis, C.MastenHF: J.Cripps, J.Darling, S.WellinghamF: J.Hill, JJ.Kennedy, N.NaitanuiFOLL: D.Cox, S.Selwood, L.ShueyI/C: A.Gaff, M.Hutchings, M.Rosa, B.SheppardEMG: W.Schofield, S.Butler, P.McGinnityIN: J.HillOUT: M.LeCras (suspended)

PORT ADELAIDE v HAWTHORNAdelaide Oval, 7.40pm AEST

PORT ADELAIDEB: Jack Hombsch, Alipate Carlile, Jarman ImpeyHB: Matthew Broadbent, Jackson Trengove, Jasper PittardC: Jared Polec, Travis Boak, Kane CornesHF: Aaron Young, Justin Westhoff, Angus MonfriesF: Robbie Gray, Jay Schulz, Chad WingardFOLL: Matthew Lobbe, Ollie Wines, Brad EbertI/C: Matt White, Hamish Hartlett, Dom Cassisi, Kane MitchellEMG: Paul Stewart, Jake Neade, Benjamin Newton, IN: Matthew Lobbe, OUT: Brent Renouf (omitted)

HAWTHORNB: M.Suckling R.Schoenmakers T.DuryeaHB: W.Langford B.Stratton G.BirchallC: J.Lewis L.Hodge L.ShielsHF: I.Smith J.Gunston B.HillF: P.Puopolo D.Hale L.BreustFOLL: B.McEvoy B.Sewell S.BurgoyneI/C: M.Hallahan J.Ceglar B.Hartung J.SimpkinEmerg: K.Cheney A.Woodward T.O’BrienIN: L.Hodge, B.Sewell, L.Shiels, J.CeglarOUT: J.Roughead (suspension), J.Gibson (shoulder), C.Rioli (hamstring), K.Cheney (omitted)

Sunday, 25 May

GOLD COAST v WESTERN BULLDOGSMetricon Stadium, 3.20pm AEST

GOLD COASTB: Kade Kolodjashnij, Steven May, Greg BroughtonHB: Sean Lemmens, Rory Thompson, Trent McKenzieC: Jarrod Harbrow, Gary Ablett, Michael RischitelliHF: Aaron Hall, Tom Lynch, Danny StanleyF: Charlie Dixon, Sam Day, Brandon MateraFOLL: Zac Smith, Jaeger O’Meara, Dion PrestiaI/C: Luke Russell, Harley Bennell, Matt Shaw, David Swallow EMG: Alex Sexton, Jeremy Taylor, Jack HutchinsIN: Kade KolodjashnijOUT: Alex Sexton

WESTERN BULLDOGSB: L.Picken, J.Roughead, E.WoodHB: S.Higgins, D.Morris, R.MurphyC: A.Cooney, R.Griffen, J.MacraeHF: D.Giansiracusa, J.Stringer, J.TuttF: L.Dahlhaus, S.Crameri, F.RobertsFoll: W.Minson, M.Boyd, T.LiberatoreI/C: M.Bontempelli, C.Smith, K.Stevens, B.GoodesEMG: M.Wallis, L.Hunter, N.HrovatIN: B.Goodes, J.Roughead, K.Stevens, C.Smith, M.BontempelliOUT: T.Williams (calf), L.Jones (suspension), J.Johannisen, T.Dickson (pectoral), L.Hunter

CARLTON v ADELAIDEMCG, 4.40pm AEST

CARLTONB: Andrejs Everitt, Michael Jamison, Sam RoweHB: Zach Tuohy, Andrew Walker, Dylan BuckleyC: Kade Simpson, Bryce Gibbs, Jeff GarlettHF: Levi Casboult, Marc Murphy, Chris YarranF: Lachie Henderson, Dennis Armfield, Troy MenzelFOLL: Robert Warnock, Brock McLean, Dale ThomasI/C: Sam Docherty, David Ellard, Jarrad Waite, Simon WhiteEMG: Jaryd Cachia, Andrew Carrazzo, Blaine Johnson   IN: Jarrad Waite, OUT: Mitch Robinson (suspension)

ADELAIDEB: K.Hartigan, B.Rutten, L.BrownHB: B.Smith, D.Talia, M.JaenschC: R.Sloane, S.Thompson, D.MackayHF: S.Kerridge, J.Jenkins, C.CameronF: J.Podsiadly, T.Walker, E.BettsFOLL: S.Jacobs, P.Dangerfield, R.DouglasI/C: M.Wright, R.Laird, J.Lyons, B.MartinEMG: M.Crouch, A.Otten, M.Grigg IN: J.LyonsOUT: M.Crough

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Marie Walton-Mahon Dance Academy 40th anniversary

15/03/2019 // by admin

Marie Walton-Mahon in December 2010 when she retired.THIS year marks 40 years since a former ballerina started up a dance studio that would go on to teach tens of thousands of students in the Hunter.
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So it is expected to be a big affair in July when a reunion is held for Marie Walton-Mahon to celebrate the milestone.

Ms Walton-Mahon was a professional dancer with Les Ballet de Marseilles in France when her father suffered a heart attack and became very ill.

She returned to Newcastle and set up the Marie Walton-Mahon Dance Academy – and the rest is history.

In 2010, after 36 years, she left her role as artistic director of the Lambton academy, which continues to operate in her name.

She has since gone on to create a series of training DVDs along with other achievements.

‘‘I’m very proud the school lives on in my name as a guest teacher and consultant,’’ she said.

‘‘On June 17, 1974, we had six students – I never dreamed it would go on to become what it did.’’

Ms Walton-Mahon said it would be very special to catch up with all of her students at the reunion.

A number have gone on to train as international ballet stars or become members of the Australian Ballet Company.

Recently, one Ms Walton-Mahon’s former students, Daniel Roberge, sent a photo of himself standing with US President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle.

Marie Walton-Mahon in December 2010 when she retired.

An apprentice with The Washington Ballet, he had danced at the White House.

The photo was accompanied with the message ‘‘wouldn’t be here without you’’.

Ms Walton-Mahon said she loved teaching and helping students over the years.

‘‘I love seeing the lights turn on in students’ eyes and seeing their confidence grow,’’ she said.

The Marie Walton-Mahon reunion is being held on July 19.Register for the reunion with Elise Frawley 0419 632 100

Join the Facebook group‘‘Marie Walton-Mahon – celebrating 40 years’’

Get tickets here

OPINION: Interventions in birth need to be challenged

15/02/2019 // by admin

AUSTRALIA has high rates of medical and surgical intervention during birth, especially in private hospitals.
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While these interventions can be harmful if overused, people working in the private sector have argued they have resulted in better health for babies. Research using a large population-based sample shows this is not so.

Birth interventions include labour being induced, the mother being given an epidural, birth by caesarean section, the use of forceps or a suction cup on the baby’s head for delivery, and a surgical cut to the perineum to make the vaginal opening wider.

Such interventions should only be used where there is a medical need. And since they create new risk, women should be told about the benefits and risks of the intervention before it takes place.

In 2012, we published research showing low-risk women having their babies in private hospitals in NSW had much higher rates of obstetric intervention than those giving birth at a public hospital.

Expecting mothers are categorised as low-risk if they are under 35 years of age, have a full-term baby (37 to 42 weeks) with normal birth weight, do not smoke and have no medical or obstetric complications. The latter include high blood pressure, diabetes, a previous caesarean section, twins or breech birth, among other things.

Looking at data from 2000 to 2008, we found only 15 per cent of low-risk first-time mothers in private hospitals had a normal vaginal birth without intervention compared with 35 per cent in public hospitals. Overall, first-time mothers had a 20 per cent lower chance of having a normal birth in private hospitals compared with public hospitals. When we published our findings, privately practising obstetricians defended their intervention rate, recognising it was high, but noting it was worth doing to save babies’ lives. This makes perfect sense, but we wanted to know whether there was any evidence for this position.

The result was a paper we have just published in BMJ Open. We looked again at low-risk women giving birth in NSW between 2000 and 2008. This time, we examined problems that required medical attention following birth and re-admission to hospital within 28 days, as well as the rate of intervention at birth. We also looked at stillbirths and infant deaths up to 28 days following birth.

We found babies born in private hospitals were more likely to be born before 40 weeks gestation (as they are more likely to have their labour induced or have an elective caesarean section before 40 weeks) and they were more likely to have some form of resuscitation at birth.

They were also more likely to have a problem following birth and to be readmitted to hospital in their first 28 days for birth trauma, hypoxia (lack of oxygen during birth) jaundice, feeding, sleep or behavioural difficulties, and breathing problems.

All may be associated with higher rates of medical intervention. They also lead to a longer stay in hospital following birth, and separation of mother and child.

There was no difference in the death rates between babies born in the two types of hospitals.

But why had the obstetricians responding to our 2012 report thought their higher rates of intervention had been saving babies’ lives?

Part of the reason might be a 2009 paper that concluded better health for babies born in private Australian hospitals. This research had only looked at one data set (we looked at five) and did not control for important risk factors, such as low birth weight, which can lead to more deaths and medical problems in the baby.

And there is an even bigger problem with wider ramifications. A recent Queensland study showed a significant number of pregnant women are not consulted in decision-making about the medical procedures they undergo, or informed of their risks and benefits.

This can lead to trauma and disempowerment and can affect how mothers connect with their newborn babies. Some women are so traumatised, they become depressed and even develop post-traumatic stress disorder.

Women about to give birth should question interventions to assess whether they are necessary. For those with low-risk healthy pregnancies, private obstetric care in a private hospital, with higher rates of intervention, may lead to avoidable problems for babies.

Hannah Dahlen is professor of midwifery at the University of Western Sydney. Sally Tracy is professor of midwifery at the University of Sydney. This article ran on The Conversation