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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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Great day to be on horseback

DRAFTING: Gina Carpenter was part of the team, along with daughter Hayley Carpenter and Emily Smith, that took out second place in the mixed division of the team penning.
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The weather was kind for the Tenterfield Team Penning Club as enthusiasts gathered at the Tenterfield Showground on Saturday for the club’sbiannual event.

While some clubs take the sport very seriouslywith the national titles to be determined in Glen Innes this weekend, locally it’s more a fun, family day out with lots of laughs as the teams of three riders attempt to impose some order on the cattle involved.

Ms Watson said the cattle were highly uncooperative on the day, presenting a challenge to the riders who had to pen up selected cattle in the team penning, and then ride again in the afternoon to encourage cattle through a gate in numeric order for the arena sorting.

In addition to local club members, riders came along from Inverell, Bangalow and Glen Innes to participate in the event, with the Inverell competitors figuring highly in the results. Due to the unruly cattle, only one team in the adult division –Inverell riders Russell Hamel, Sharon Hall and Virginia McCosker –managed to earn a time result, that being 1:18:57 to pen three head of cattle. (There’s a two-minute cutoff.)

Tenterfield riders, however, starred in the mixed division with the team comprising Laurie Stenzel and sisters Janika and Georgia Hollis taking out first place, penning a single animal in a time of 1:09:44.

Second place honours went to another local team comprising Gina Carpenter and daughter Hayley, along with Emily Smith.

In the adult division of arena sorting, Inverell trio Debbie McCowen, Col Mather and Greg Powell managed to sort all 10 head through the gate in the correct order in a time of 149.07 seconds. The same team also took out second place with one of their slightly-slower runs, again sorting 10 head but in a time of 159.56 seconds.

The Inverell team of John and Beth Cammileri and Russell Hamelalso claimed third place, penning seven head in two minutes even.

Prizes in the mixed division of the arena sorting came a bit closer to home, with Gary Jarret and offspring Abbie and James from Bangalow claiming first place, sorting 10 head in 144.53 seconds. The same Jarret children along with brother Tom took out second place, sorting seven head in two minutes.

The Tenterfield team of Emily Rhodes, Emily Smith and Sarah Watson was awarded third place, sorting five head in their two minutes.

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Rain threatened to put a dampener on the first weekend of finals netball but that didn’t stop the teams from showing up to Macquarie Park ready to play.
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Div 2 Port Combined. Played with 6 players. Still smiling after their 47-25 loss to Saints Boost. Amelia Humphries, Caitlin Dewbery, Olivia Koch, Emma Dennis, Abby Swarbrick, Abby Koch.

The 10Bdivision, playing first at 9:30am, had to endure the worst of the weather.

These girls produced some of the best netball of the day.

CH Manta Rays, who were undefeated all season, had to bring their A game against a red-hot PC Meteors side.

The low scoring game indicated the intense netball both teams played, with some great defence on show.

The Manta Rays held onto their unbeaten record with a tightly contested 10-9 win in the last 60 seconds, sending them straight to the grand final in twoweeks.

The PC Meteors side now play the Wauchope Willywags who defeated PC Gems 5-3 this weekend.

The 11A’salso had some close scorelines. With the rain clearing and the courts still a little wet, these girls played spirited semi-final netball.

PC Emeralds, who finished second on the competition ladder, held on to defeat top team, St Agnes Schools, 20-18. Saints now face Kookaburra’s who narrowly defeated S Boost 20-17.

Finals netball sees teams step up their training schedule as they look to claim a position in their grand finals.

There were some high scoring resultsand some one-sided scorelines. This wasn’t a reflection of the performances of the sides that lost, but more of the determination of the winning sides.

Division 1 saw a close battle throughout the season between PC Kryptonite and W Kingfishers, who finished 1 and 2 on the ladder.

Saturday’s semi-final was won by Kingfishers 59-49. Coach Donna Lewis said their training last week was a lot more intense, which translated to intensity on the court.

Kryptonite will take on St Agnes School, who accounted for Port Panthers RSL 60-32.

To all the teams that have made it through to finals week, good luck. Play hard, play fair.

To the teams that gracefully bowed out last weekend, congratulations on a great season. Come down to the courts on the weekend to support your friends and your club mates.

See you courtside.

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Last week, we talked about the changing face of modern warfare, and how campaigns like the 22 push up challenge are helping to bring post traumatic stress disorder out of the closet and into the public conversation.
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Just recently Australia and Vietnam marked the 50thanniversary of the battle of Long Tan, which must have opened many old wounds for the soldiers who served inthat unpopular war.

Step back again, and we remember the soldiers returning from the two world wars, many of whom never spoke of their war experiences, even to their closest loved ones.

And today, men and women are returning from the middle east conflicts, to a world much more accepting of the terrible price they pay for their service.

But of course there are those who don’t return.

While our attitudes and treatment of returned soldiers is only now beginning to approach something resembling a fair and civilised response –there has been one constant in the care of the men, women and childrenleft behind after war.

That constant is Legacy.

Former Legacy Australia chairman, David Gray, said the organisation was born out of a heartfeltpromise to look after the “missus and the kids” made by diggers in WWI to their fallen mates.

This week is Legacy Week, which brings with us a reminder that the soldiers are not the only casualties of war.

Throughout history wives have been left widows and children left fatherless –they have madea very personal sacrifice and paid a high price.

Each year, Legacy assists more than 80,000 widows and 1,800 children and people with disabilities.

Australia has lost just over 100,000 service men and women in all conflicts with many, many more badly injured, both mentally and physically.

This iconic charitable organisation, with such strong grounding in history and tradition, is showing it can evolve to meet the needs of modern times.

Legacy is playing its own part in assisting soldiers affected by PTSD.

While there always seems to be fundraising going on for different causes, Legacy Week is one that just about everyone is happy to get behind.

So buy a badge, and support the work of this army of volunteers who have been there for our community since WW1.

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Joe Powell is in dynamic form for the Canberra Vikings. Photo: QRU/SportographyCanberra Vikings youngster Joe Powell is emerging as a future Wallabies halfback following his electric start to the Nation Rugby Championship on Sunday.
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He was dynamic around the ruck against Queensland Country and controlled the ascendancy provided by his forward pack. Powell’s coach Wayne Southwell said his selection in the national side is “only an injury away”.

Powell was a shock inclusion in the 39-man Wallabies squad earlier this year and his age has him primed to take advantage of the World Cup cycle, with a number of his rivals playing overseas.

“[Will] Genia isn’t going to be around that much longer and certainly there is not much between the Australian group that are playing here domestically so he’s in the right age group,” said Southwell.

“Hopefully the [Vikings] forward pack can continue to lay some good foundations for him so he can show his wares in attack.”

Southwell said Powell has developed his game to be more than just an attacking halfback.

“We know what he can do in attack but it was pleasing to see some of his defensive work [on Sunday], which was very good. His organisational ability behind the back of the ruck will be critical in our games to come.

“Those little things that you don’t see off the ball are certainly adding to his game.”

Another emerging inside-back is Jordan Jackson-Hope, 20, who showed a devastating ability to score in loose play.

Southwell said Jackson-Hope’s combination with fellow centre Andrew Smith will go a long way to pushing the Vikings towards the title.

“Smithy’s a good influence on the outside and given a half chance he’s [Jackson-Hope] got the ability to make something happen.

“He was pretty solid out there. He made the most of every opportunity to take on a slower opponent, which is about being able to recognise those opportunities and he did a really good job.”

The Vikings piled on eight tries against Queensland Country, but the coach said it was the defensive side of their game that excited him.

“It’s OK to talk about something like line speed, but it’s another to actually do it.

“It had been a long day waiting to get out there and you can talk about it and talk about it, but the guys went out and executed it well.

“Our line speed cut down a lot of their opportunities early and the defensive line stuck hard in that first 10 minutes where we were in our own 22 for a long period of time.”

Southwell said James Dargaville is awaiting scan results on a shoulder injury.

“We’re hoping that it’s on the shorter range rather than the longer. If it is at the back of the shoulder it is probably a bit of a shorter turn around according to our medicos.”

The Vikings will take on NSW Country this Sunday at Viking Park. The visitors will be full of confidence having knocked off last year’s undefeated champions Brisbane City.

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A HAMILTON woman facing​a ​string of criminal charges involving drugs, failing to appear on bail and driving matters will be back in court on Wednesday.
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Nadine Collier, 37, of Stevens Street, successfully applied for bail in the Warrnambool Magistrates Court​ on Tuesday​.

She has to appear in the Hamilton Magistrates Court at 9.30am Wednesday.

Solicitor Belinda Northey said her client did not appear in the Ararat Magistrates Court on August 22, a warrant was issued for her arrest and a $500 surety was put in place.

Ms Collier then handed herself in to Hamilton policeon Monday, was unable to come up with the​$500 ​surety and remanded in custody until Tuesday’s hearing.

Ms Northey said she understood that all charges were resolvable.

Magistrate Ron Saines said it was hoped that all criminal matters would proceed at Hamiltoncourt on Wednesday.

He warned Ms Collier she would not get bail again if she did not appear at court.

Police raised concerns about Ms Collier as she has​ failed to appear in court twice already this year.

Police allege that at 10am on August 23 officers raided a Hamilton home where Ms Collier was living​.

In a locked shed​they ​found two grams of ice in a red ceramic container as well as drug paraphernalia.

She is alleged to have made admissions to​ owning the drugsand has prior convictions for drugs, dishonesty and driving offences.

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