Archive for September, 2019

Eels slay Dragons in stadium swansong

The Parramatta Eels’time at Pirtek Stadium has ended in a 30-18 win over the St George-Illawarra Dragons.
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Rookie fullback Bevan French scored a hat-trick for the Eels to take his season tally to 16 tries in just 12 games.

Along with five-eighth Clint Gutherson, Eels coach Brad Arthur was full of praise for his young charges.

“Him and Clint Gutherson, every time you tell them something, they make sure they go out of their way to try and improve it.”

“While they keep doing that, they’ll have a long time in the game and a long time at this club.”

The Eels were never really troubled by the Dragons, with two late tries to the visitors flattering the scoreline.

Arthur reiterated his pride in the playing group despite disappointment they wouldn’t be playing finals football.

“I know I keep saying it but there hasn’t been a lot to want to play for but they still manage to keep hanging in there and playing for each other,” Arthur said.

“We played some really good footy tonight. We built pressure on the back of our defence and it’s just unfortunate that it has to end like this.”

It was an emotional night for the Eels, honouring the lives of foundation player Mitch Wallace and Eels Hall of Fame member Ken Thornett, both passing away in the past fortnight.

The win was also the club’s swansong at Pirtek Stadium before demolition, mirroring the result of the first match at the ground when the Eels defeated the St George Dragons 36-6 on March 5 1986.

The Eels’final game of the 2016 campaign is Sunday afternoon against the New Zealand Warriors in New Zealand.

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The Pokemon Go game has been on the receiving end of some bad publicity recently, with reports of muggings and accidents befalling victims wandering the streets with their eyes glued to their smart phones.
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But a Hunter school has harnessed the power ofthe wildly popular app to help students living with autism.

The app is based on the Pokemon cartoon and video games that started in Japan in the late 1990s and became a global phenomenon.Pokemon has had a cultural revival in recent monthsafter the launch of the new app.

The latest version of the game requires players to look at the world around them through the camera on their smart phone and find animated creatures –Pokemon –to catch, train and use to battle against other players.

Students at Aspect Hunter School, based at Thornton, have been using Pokemon Go to overcome their social anxieties and get outdoors –things that have been challenging for some of these children.

The school, which has satellite classes atCardiff, Belmont,Waratah West, Tarro, Abermain and Port Macquarie, has been recognised recently for its innovative use of the game.

The recognition came from The Educator Magazine, which named Aspect Hunter as one Australia’s most innovative schools for 2016.While this was broad acknowledgement of the great work the school has done for children with autism, the Pokemon Go program was a major innovation that made Aspect Hunter stand out.

Deputy principal Craig Smith, who developed the program, said he had received overwhelmingly positive feedback from students’ parents.

“They said the program is giving their kids the motivation to go out on social walks, something they never once had the confidence to do,” he said.

“This is achieving social and emotional goals through something they love.”

The staff at Aspect Hunter School deserve congratulations for being in touch with current popular culture trends enough to engage theirstudents and help them overcome difficulties in an enjoyable way.

The success of this program clearly shows the value of quality educators who are able to draw from the world around them –even in unlikely ways –sochildren can learn skills that will help them through the rest of their lives.

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Celebration: The Warialda Honey Festival in 2015 saw a crowd of bright, yellow bee fans float through the streets before enjoying a day of fun activites.Spring has almost sprung and the annual Warialda Honey Festival is just around the corner.
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This year’s Honey Festival will take place on Saturday,September 3 from 11am.

Committee member Sharnie Kent was excited totriala number of new ideas.

“Firstly we have scheduled the festival earlier this year in order to avoid the heat; we are also trialling a new location at the Warialda Recreation ground in order to create a more family friendly atmosphere, this location is away from traffic and is also a more suitable location for the ‘Honey I Got Talent’ search,” she said.

Member for Parkes Mark Coulton will officially open the eventand present aninaugural ‘Busy Bee’ perpetual trophy, which is awarded each year to the person who has made an outstanding contribution to our community.

“We have some amazing people in our town that go above and beyond to make our community a better place to live. The Busy Bee award recognises and pays tribute to these efforts.”

The presentation of the award will be followed by entertainment by local performers and community groups as well as market stalls, buskers, kids’ activities and rides, and a mums and bubs rest area.

A high tea and rose competition will also take place showcasing some of the beautiful local spring blooms. There are three categories in the rose competition: single bloom – any colour; bunch of roses – any colour (at least six roses) and bud to full bloom—threestages onevariety. There will also be a People’s Choice award.

The high tea is presented by the talented ladies of the County of Burnett CWA; tickets are $20 and include lucky door prizes, sweet and savoury finger food and unlimited tea and coffee. The ladies will host four sittings: 11am, 12.30pm, 2pm and 3.30pm. The high tea will be a fabulous way to enjoy the festival with friends, however, those interested in attending the high tea are encouraged to book early as tickets are limited and will sell out quickly.

The Grand Parade will commence at 3pm and will do a lap of the oval. All community groups are invited to enter a float or a group in the parade. At 4pm the ‘Honey I Got Talent’ talent search will kick off and will be followed by an uplifting and entertaining concert by local talent Benny Nelson, accompanied by local drummer Tom Waller.

The talent search and concert will be the perfect end to a great day. Spectators are encouraged to bring a chair or a blanket and enjoy a family friendly afternoon of entertainment. Barbecue, bar and canteen facilities will be available.

For more information or to pick up an entry form for the parade, rose competition or ‘Honey I Got Talent’, or to book tickets for the High Tea call the Warialda Visitor Information Centre on 6729 0046 or visit: 梧桐夜网warialdansw南京夜网419论坛

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Green St in city move

Growth: Green St Property’s Peter Aloupis and Iolanda Gow in front of their new office site on Hunter Street, Newcastle. Picture: Marina Neil GREEN St Property has bought a prime East Endcommercial siteto bolster its Newcastle presence and tap into the increasing property rentalmarket in town.
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The business, with two other investor clients, bought three lots at 209 Hunter Street, on the corner of Brown Street, where the IGA supermarket once traded, for a totalofabout $1.9 million.

Green St Propertywill move from itsDarby Street office to the Hunter Street site in November after spending about $400,000 on its fit-out.

Green St formed six months ago when Solid Property, offering property sales and rentals and headed by Peter Aloupis and wife Amanda, merged with Islington businessElite Property Management, founded by Iolanda Gow.

“It was about scaling the business,” says Mrs Gow.

Mr Aloupis said the investment was a “no-brainer”, relevant to both the company’s future and services.

“When you consider this is what we offer our clients, practicing what we preach proves our value,” he said.

Mrs Gow cut her teeth at many real estate offices in Newcastle before founding Elite Property Management in 2007.

Elite had close to 300 rental propertiesbefore the merger, andGreen St Property now has about500 rental listings.

“Property management is not the back-end of real estate, it’s front and centre,” Mrs Gow says, addingGreen St Property will aim to retain a “boutique” feel and also assist those who are “one step away from the street”.

Mr Aloupis has been in realty for two decades, although it almost wasn’t so.

The son of a baker, he studied property and hospitality at TAFE and worked as a trainee at Westsbefore opting for realty.He wasa “sign boy” for Peter Cunningham in Mayfield then went into sales duringthe “old days” of real estate:“You had to be a certain age to begin selling and know construction and the blade of a board of a home to know its vintage.”

He opened Solid Property in 2001withwife Amanda helping steer the business.

He and Mrs Gow say projects including the new University campus are bringing new confidence into the city.

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TasmanianLiberal senators have backed a bill that seeks to water down the Racial Discrimination Act, describing it in part as“an affront to freedom”.

At present, section 18C of theAct states that it is illegal to”offend, insult, humiliate or intimidate another person or a group of people” on race orethnicity grounds.

Firebrand conservative senatorCory Bernardion Tuesday introduced a private member’s bill that called for the words “offend” and “humiliate” to be removed.

Thechange wassigned by all but one of the Coalition’s backbenchsenators, includingTasmanian senators Eric Abetz, David Bushby, and newly elected Jonathon Duniam

Senator Abetz said the billwould still retainstrong protections against hate speech.

“Freedom of speech is one of our foremost and fundamental freedoms as a society and section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act is an affront to that freedom,”Senator Abetz said

“(We) have complete faith and confidence in our fellow Australians to have and to use that fundamental freedom.”

Senator Bushby described people facing criminal prosecutions for insulting or humiliating someone “afundamental injustice”.

“We don’t need a law and threat of criminal prosecution to ensure Australians exercise commonsense,” Senator Bushby said.

Senator Duniam described the words “humiliate” and “offend” as highly subjective.

The push to freer speech under the law runs parallel to proposed changes recently introduced by the TasmanianGovernment.

Thesechanges wouldallow people to make insults or cause offence for religious reasons and give the Tasmanian Anti-Discrimination Commissioner the power to reject a complaint ifoffence couldnothave been predicted.

The commissioner’s officereceived 19 complaints in 2014-15 based on racial discrimination and four complaints based on religious belief.

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