Gunnedah rider back on the pedals at 2014 Keepit Real 100

01/07/2018 Posted by admin

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It was a 50km baptism by fire for returning mountain bike rider Adam Carlyon on the weekend.

The Gunnedah competitor was one of more than 200 who turned out for the 2014 event held at Lake Keepit.

Work commitments meant competition became a rarity for this local enthusiast but in the last 12 months Carlyon resumed his passion for riding.

Competitors leave the start line at the 2014 Keepit Real 100.

Showing he had lost little of the competitive edge either during his absence, Carlyon finished 44th in a 107-strong field in the 50km distance.

“It was pretty good (result) considering some of the riders I was up against,” Adam said of his two hour, 46 minute time.

Right he was, as former junior national champion and Australian World Championship representative, Billy Sewell, took out first place honours.

The Bonny Hills rider finished in a time of 2.09, barely 20 seconds ahead of next best, Fraser Ashford, from Tamworth.

Adam described conditions as “pretty horrible” after overnight rain plunged the humidity readings into overdrive.

“It was wet and tacky… just real energy sapping,” he said.

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Krazy’s spin on Aussie cricket

01/07/2018 Posted by admin

Jason Krejza signs a young fan’s hat during his recent visit to Moree.JASON Krejza rocketed into Australian cricket folklore in his first of two games in the baggy green, astounding everyone by both the amount of wickets he claimed – and the runs he conceded.
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‘Krazy’ took eight scalps in his first innings for an equally remarkable 215 runs to finish the test with figures of 12/358. He was named man-of-the-match despite the team losing the game and series away to India.

While he was in Moree last week the recently retired Krejza spoke to the Champion about the country’s spinning stocks, the upcoming World Cup and the tragic death of Philip Hughes.

Who is going to win the World Cup?

“I’d love to see Australia win it, I really would, and I think they’re definitely going to be up there in the finals. But South Africa are a great team, they’ve got a couple of really good players and I’ve always loved the way they play their cricket, which is pretty similar to Australia. Sri Lanka are a very good one day team, India are fantastic…they’ve got some seriously good players, like Kohli. They’ve got a lot of young talent and play a hell of a lot of one day cricket.

So Australia are going to find it very, very tough, even though its in their own conditions. Someone like South Africa could really excel, as conditions are similar to what they’re used to. I think it’s going to be a hard fought top four and should be great to watch.

What do you make of Australia’s spin stocks at the moment?

Thin. Definitely thin, but I don’t think selectors should be looking anywhere but Nathan Lyon. He’s a great spinner, but sometimes they expect too much of him. Pitches aren’t turning a hell of a lot so his role sometimes is just to bowl tight. He didn’t have a great tour in Abu Dhabi but people have off days, off series. I don’t think he bowled the way he wanted to but it may have been a case of people giving him too many opinions. I think he’s a great bowler with a good cricket brain and I reckon he should just bowl the way he bowls.

After him…Stephen O’Keefe obviously, but then after that it is running a little thin. There’s quite a few who are playing nowhere near enough cricket to have their names floated to be able to play for Australia.

Are there any spinners coming through the ranks to watch out for?

John Holland. He’s played for a bit, he’s someone who I really like. It’s pretty baffling why they’re looking past Fawad Ahmed, after they rushed his visa… Then you’ve got James Muirhead.

What do you think about the death of Philip Hughes?

It was very tragic, it was a horrible time for Australia and world cricket as well. It touched people around the world, Elton John mentioned for example, so it’s incredible how far the reach has been.

He was everything they say he was, a great guy, a little smart alec. In cricket you always have someone who is a great bloke, but you don’t like them on the field. But Hughesy wouldn’t have had a single enemy, he was just a cool little country kid, the guy who everyone loved. It was a tragedy what happened. Now, hopefully cricket can get on with being cricket again.

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Police to get ‘Star Wars-type tech’

01/07/2018 Posted by admin

Is this the Queensland police officer of the future? Photo: Supplied Queensland Police Commissioner Ian Stewart. Photo: Harrison Saragossi
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Police Commissioner Ian Stewart sees the future of Queensland policing looking a lot like Robocop.

But only “the good parts”.

Commissioner Stewart likened new police tools, such as the upgraded roll out of QLITE, which gives police access to databases via an iPad, to “Star Wars-type technology” .

Police Minister Jack Dempsey said allowing police officers access to databases without heading back to the station saved “up to 30 minutes per shift”.

Mr Dempsey said the government had committed to a rollout of 1750 smart devices capable of accessing the technology this year, but “we have in fact rolled out 2850 devices”.

Commissioner Stewart said it like the stuff of TV shows.  And movies.  And science-fiction.

“Things we have seen on movie shows in the past – the technology is almost Star Wars-type technology is now in the hands of our front line police,” he said.

“It makes it safer for them. It makes it safer for the frontline community and that has always got to be our primary focus.”

While lightsabers for constables were still a while away, Commissioner Stewart did envision a future where police officers were equipped with Google Glass.

“It is an exciting time for policing and you know, people talk about Robocop, that type of technology, I think the good parts of that are not very far away,” he said.

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Newcastle Jets goalie makes W-League history

16/09/2019 Posted by admin

WORKER: Newcastle Jets W-League goalie Hannah Southwell dives for the ball during training at Adamstown No.1 Oval. HANNAH SOUTHWELL
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A ROLL of the dice has landed Cameron Park’s Hannah Southwell a successful sporting career at age 15.

Southwell is about to wrap up her first season playing for the Newcastle Jets in the W-League.

She spent last year training with the squad and this year was the youngest goalie in W-League history.

It was only by chance Southwell ended up playing football.

She started out playing rugby sevens with the Kotara Bears when she was six.

When she was 12, Southwell decided to test the water in some other sports – six to be exact: athletics, basketball, cricket, football, softball and touch football.

She was selected for New Lambton Public School’s state PSSA football team in 2010.

“When I was little I never thought I’d like football, but I wouldn’t change anything now,” she said.

Southwell knew she wanted to be a goalkeeper from the outset.

“I knew I wasn’t going to be very good on my feet,” she said.

“Goalkeeping is almost a completely different sport itself.

“In some ways you’ve got to be better than the field players if you want to be your best.”

This year she pushed through hip flexor and rotator cuff injuries to give 100 per cent and help Newcastle to fifth with semi-finals this weekend.

But it’s not just her achievements with the Jets that have stamped Southwell as a star.

She was also a member of the Australian under-16 football squad in Malaysia in September, losing the grand final to South Korea, 1-nil.

Last month she helped the Australian under-20s team defeat Vietnam 2-nil in the Asian Football Championships.

The same week, Southwell became a first-time recipient of a Greater Building Society Olympic Sports Scholarship.

The Hunter Sports High School student will use the $2000 to travel to England if she makes the Combined High Schools Championships.

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More holiday rental homes on the cards for Lake Macquarie

16/09/2019 Posted by admin

MORE holiday rentals could crop up in Lake Macquarie following a push from the council.
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Lake Macquarie councillors voted unanimously on a proposal to loosen the criteria for short-term rental accommodation under the Lake Macquarie Local Environment Plan 2014, last Monday.

The council ruled houses with four bedrooms or fewer did not need development consent to be used as holiday rentals.

Previously, each holiday rental in a residential zone needed council approval.

There are 276 Lake Macquarie approved short-term rental accommodation properties listed on websites Stayz and Airbnb, which contribute $371 million into the local economy each year.

A council report said it had only received five complaints about these rentals in the past five years, “which indicates that the majority of holiday rentals are managed well and do not cause issues for their neighbours”.

Given these statistics, the report said larger properties had the potential to become “party houses” and would therefore need individual consideration.

The council will present its proposal to the Department of Planning within the next fortnight.

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Mayfield Vinnies volunteer in it for the long haul

16/09/2019 Posted by admin

VOLUNTEER: Elaine Cusick sorts devotional items at St Vincent de Paul Society’s Mayfield op shop.EVERY Tuesday for the past 20 years, Elaine Cusick has applied her make-up and driven to St Vincent de Paul Society’s Mayfield op shop.
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Mrs Cusick is a widow, a great grandmother and a devout Catholic, but above all, she is a volunteer.

The 81-year-old has been involved with the not-for-profit organisation since before its Church Street op shop opened in 1994.

She started out playing the piano at a local nursing home and helping to feed the homeless.

As she became known for her charity work, Mrs Cusick was approached by the then St Vincent de Paul Society president Neil McGoldrick and asked to volunteer at the Mayfield shop before it even opened.

Twenty years later, she is still there.

“St Vincent de Paul has been around forever and ever, just like me,” Mrs Cusick said.

“I’ve been happy coming here [to Mayfield] all these years because it gives me something to do.”

Mrs Cusick sources the shop’s devotional items and then sorts them for display.

This includes everything from brooches and communion souvenirs to prayer cards and rosary beads.

Mrs Cusick said you would be surprised how many people came looking for these items.

She knows most of these people by name, having worked at a gift shop in Mayfield for 30 years before she retired to volunteer for Vinnies.

The community is invited to join Mrs Cusick and staff to celebrate the Mayfield op shop’s 20th birthday tomorrow, Thursday, December 11, with a morning tea at 10.30am.

There will also be a half-price sale on everything except the devotional items.

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What’s on in Newcastle from December 11 – music, art and theatre

16/09/2019 Posted by admin

FESTIVE: Stuck for a Christmas present idea? Back-to-Back Galleries’ artists will be selling their wares at Christmas Takeaway, which is on until December 21.MUSIC
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CAMBRIDGE HOTEL 360, January 15.

LIZOTTE’S NEWCASTLE Guy Pearce and Darren Middleton, February 19.

NEWCASTLE ENTERTAINMENT CENTRE Kenny Rogers, Adam Harvey and Beccy Cole, January 28.

NEWCASTLE PANTHERS High-5, January 22; Jurassic 5, April 26.

SMALL BALLROOM Lij Gilmour, January 17; Mae, March 7.

WESTS NEW LAMBTON Kasey Chambers, May 3.

BAND

5 SAWYERS COOKS HILL Friday DJ Jonathan; Saturday DJ Sean Andrews; Sunday DJ Jonathan.

BAR PETITE Friday Grayson; Saturday Arley Black; Sunday Oli and Soph.

BEAUFORD HOTEL Saturday Adrienne and Josh.

BELMONT 16s Friday Roadhouse Rockers; Saturday Love That Hat; Sunday Bloom.

CAMBRIDGE HOTEL Friday North Arm, Twin Lakes; Saturday Doctor Werewolf; next Wednesday Bareback Titty Squad and The Cereal Picnic.

CENTRAL CHARLESTOWN LEAGUES CLUB Thursday Matt Gaudry; Friday Pete Gelzinnis; Saturday Phil McKnight.

CHARLESTOWN BOWLING CLUB Friday Daniel Arvidson; Saturday Gareth Hudson; Sunday Bobby C.

DUKE OF WELLINGTON Friday The Rattle; Saturday Iguana; Sunday Steve Cowley; next Wednesday The Bob Corbett Band.

EXCHANGE HOTEL Friday Overtone; Saturday Flying Mare.

HOTEL JESMOND Friday Hey Poncho.

IRON HORSE INN Friday Pete Hibbert; Saturday Damage Inc.

LAKE MACQUARIE TAVERN Friday Tom Buckley.

LAMBTON PARK HOTEL Friday Paul Robert Burton.

LIZOTTE’S NEWCASTLE Thursday Mick Thomas and The Roving Commission.

MARK HOTEL Friday Dr Zoom Duo; Saturday Matt Semmens; Sunday Love That Hat.

NORTHERN STAR HOTEL Friday The Bad and the Ugly; Saturday Rooney West

NORTHUMBERLAND HOTEL LAMBTON Kenny Jewell.

SHAFT TAVERN Friday Red Hot Chili Peppers and Nirvana Tribute Show.

SEVEN SEAS HOTEL Friday Schwa’s Way; Saturday Big Daddy’s Cajun Blues Party.

SYDNEY JUNCTION HOTEL Friday Moonlight Drive; Saturday Hornet.

THE LUCKY HOTEL Sunday Meags Hill.

WARNERS AT THE BAY Thursday Dane Fitzsimmons; Friday Grand Theft Audio; Saturday The Cruisers.

WICKHAM PARK HOTEL Friday Voodoo Express; Saturday Chikarma, Ghost Road; Sunday John Larder, Annie O’Dee and The Hotshots.

ART

ART SYSTEMS WICKHAM You’ll Fest 2014, until December 20.

BACK-TO-BACK GALLERIES Christmas Takeaway, until December 21.

COOKS HILL GALLERIES Bronze Vodka Soiree: by Steve Glassborow; Golden Haunts – New Visions by Rod Bathgate until December 21.

FOUR POINT GALLERY NEWCASTLE Relish staff show, until December 14.

LAKE MACQUARIE CITY ART GALLERY A Tribute: Uncle Jim Ridgeway Djirang Birrbay, Warrimay Guri-Guba Djarii, until February 1.

LOVETT GALLERY, NEWCASTLE REGION LIBRARY Newcastle Printmakers Workshop: a beginning, until January 17.

NANSHE GALLERY, HAMILTON Wrap up 2014, includes work by Amanda Davies, Barbara Nanshe, Catherine White Murphy and Damien Slevin, until December 25.

NEWCASTLE ART GALLERY Like Us by Patricia Piccinini, until February 22.

NEWCASTLE ART SCHOOL Advanced Diploma of Visual Arts students works, Front Room Gallery, until December 5.

NEWCASTLE MUSEUM Earthquake Then and Now, until February 8.

THE LOCK-UP Inside Outside, by Ruth Feeney and Anthrosite, until February 1.

WATT SPACE GALLERY Continuation, University of Newcastle Bachelor of Fine Arts Graduates Exhibition, until December 14.

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Bunbury woman to appear in court over “fake” ultrasound photos

16/09/2019 Posted by admin

Bunbury woman to appear in court over “fake” ultrasound photos Bunbury mothers were given these photo of their unborn babies after a scan with a local business which they claim are fake. The matter will go to the Bunbury Magistrates Court in January 2015.
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Bunbury mothers were given these photo of their unborn babies after a scan with a local business which they claim are fake. The matter will go to the Bunbury Magistrates Court in January 2015.

Bunbury mothers were given these photo of their unborn babies after a scan with a local business which they claim are fake. The matter will go to the Bunbury Magistrates Court in January 2015.

Bunbury mothers were given these photo of their unborn babies after a scan with a local business which they claim are fake. The matter will go to the Bunbury Magistrates Court in January 2015.

Bunbury mothers were given these photo of their unborn babies after a scan with a local business which they claim are fake. The matter will go to the Bunbury Magistrates Court in January 2015.

Bunbury mothers were given these photo of their unborn babies after a scan with a local business which they claim are fake. The matter will go to the Bunbury Magistrates Court in January 2015.

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Artwork gives insight into plightof refugees

16/08/2019 Posted by admin

Rebecca Lim, of the Romero Centre, left, Glenys Love, of Redlands for Refugees, and Tamil artist Kanni look at an image of one of the artworks to feature in the exhibition. Photo supplied.
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Anexhibition of paintings by Tamil asylum seekers will feature as part of the Christmas lights display at Cleveland Uniting Church in Passage Street this week.

About 30 works of art will be on show in a hall behind the church from 6.30pm this Friday, December 12 and from 4.30pm this Saturday, December 13.

Entry is free.

The artworks were painted in Brisbane by six asylum seekers from Sri Lanka, and one or two of the artists will be present each evening to discuss their work with visitors.

The exhibition has been arranged by Redlands for Refugees in conjunction with the Romero Centre, an asylum seeker support agency in Dutton Park run by the Sisters of Mercy.

Redlands for Refugees and Cleveland Uniting Church member Glenys Love said the exhibition built on the biblical story of the baby Jesus as an asylum seeker when his parents took him to Egypt to flee the murderous rampage of King Herod through Bethlehem to kill the newborns.

“In celebrating the birth of Jesus, we should also acknowledge the needs of asylum seekers who have come here seeking protection,” Mrs Love said.

“Through their beautiful art, these Tamils express a deep love for the richness of their home culture, and also tell some of their story of pain and difficulty as asylum seekers.”

Addressing a Redlands for Refugees organising meeting last week, one of the Tamil artists, Kanni, said the art would give people an insight into the experiences, thoughts and emotions of people who have faced trauma and dislocation, but who continue to live in hope for protection in Australia.

The works of art will be for sale, and information about the Romero Centre and Redlands for Refugees will also be available.

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Brett Drewitt heading to USA golf tour

16/08/2019 Posted by admin

INVERELL golfer Brett Drewitt heads off to the USA for the final stage of the Web南京夜网 Q-School tournament after a great season on the China tour.
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He was awarded Player of the Year honours in China and finished third on the money list. Drewitt now aims to better his standing with a higher finish at Q-School.

SUCCESS: Brett Drewitt celebrates a shot and looks forward to the US tour.

Access to Web南京夜网 Tour tournaments is initially determined by a player’s finish position at the Web南京夜网 Tour Qualifying Tournament, and their original status. A player’s standing on tour also changes with periodic reorders, which tour organisers say benefits players who perform best.

Drewitt’s management firm oversaw the careers of Matt Jones, Ryan Palmer and David Toms, and with a number of sponsorship deals secured, he remained confident.

His management team said Drewitt had the advantage that his amateur career allowed for some of the golf fans in the US to get to know him.

“He will do well here in the US because of his background and preparedness to work hard,” a spokesman said.

How 24-year-old Drewitt rose to professional golf is the classic tale of a boy from the bush coming good. He was born in Taree, grew up here before moving to be based at the Long Reef Golf Club in Sydney.

As an amateur there he excelled in matchplay tournaments.

He won the 2010 US Pacific Northwest Amateur and the Queensland Amateur.

2012 saw him secure the NSW Amateur title, but the 2011 SA Classic proved that he could mix it in four round tournaments and was his spring board to professional golf.

In China, Drewitt has proved his mental fortitude and ability to go to the next level, and his management hope that after December 16, following the six round Web.Com Q-School series, he’ll leave his a mark on the USA.

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Carps sustain storm damage

16/08/2019 Posted by admin

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NARRANDERA was the big loser after thunderstorms and heavy rain brought an early end to its clash with the Phantoms at Narrandera Park on Saturday.

With at least first innings points well in sight, the Carpheads elected to pull the pin on the game when it became clear there would be no break in the weather and had to be content with a draw.

For the Phantoms, it was a sense of relief as their position was as dark as the sky.

Having batted its way into a commanding position on day one by posting 218, the highest score this season, Narrandera had Phantoms well under control and in trouble at 6-47.

Narrandera’s total primarily came through the efforts of Jacob Anderson (63no), Anthony Craig (41), Craig Acton (34) and Rohan Rewinkle (20).

The Phantoms bowling had been led by Richard Keith (6-61), as Adam Hopkins took two wickets.

Phantoms ended the day on 1-20 after losing Andrew Haenig (6), who was unavailable for the second day’s play.

With an eye on the sky, Phantoms took to the crease to recommence the chase, but it wasn’t long before Ryan Thurgood (0) had to leave the arena thanks to Anderson (3-13) getting him leg before.

Matt Dedini (11) had looked good before Nick Hirst (1-14) also had his target trapped in front.

Ben Richards (4) started well, while Simon Wallace (0) misread an off-cutter.

Tim Rolls (13) had tried to hold out as the rain got closer, but Brent Lawrence (1-7) zipped one through him to clip the stumps.

Greg Halloran (1no) and Richard Keith (2no) managed to hold on until the umpires sent the players from the field.

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Gardening: Bedfellows boost production

16/08/2019 Posted by admin

NORMALLY when summer arrives so do the pests, but this year they invaded gardens with the heat of spring.
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Summer stone fruit and vegetables – particularly tomatoes – attract the fruit fly, which is difficult to combat.

Summer is a great time to try companion planting, which in itself can be an enigma as many plants dislike being bedded next to one another, while others provide protection to some species from insect attack.

An annual that has a proven track record are marigolds.

OK, I can hear the moans, they are orange.

Not always, the yellow marigolds are bright and happy – both orange and yellow look great with blue flowers such as ageratum and lobelia.

A border of these hardy marigolds will give protection to your vegie garden – the roots emit a substance that drives away nematodes and eel worm, making them ideal to plant near potatoes, tomatoes and roses.

Carrots and potatoes should never be stored near apples as the ethylene gas given off by the apples turn the carrots bitter and causes the potatoes to rot.

Although wormwood can give off toxic root excretions hated by other plants, this aromatic grey plant is useful to have near fruit trees as it guards against leaf-eating caterpillars, aphids and moths.

Wormwood’s greatest attribute is its ability to discourage moths, fleas, mosquitoes, slugs, mice and the cabbage worm butterfly.

Tomatoes grow well near asparagus, celery, parsley, basil, carrots and chives, but do not like the company of rosemary and fennel.

Never grow tomatoes near apricot trees as they give off a substance from their roots that harm the apricot.

Where should peas be grown? Never in the same place twice and never near onions, shallots and garlic.

Oregano is great to grow among cabbages – place a sprig or two on pantry shelves to keep pests away.

Parsley is so easy to grow, it adds great flavour to food, keeps the aphids away and looks great planted as a border in front of white petunias or primula.

My secret weapon to grow lush, green parsley is blood and bone.

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Opinion: International Children’s Games delight

16/08/2019 Posted by admin

I COULD not be more proud of the Lake Macquarie community for embracing the national and international visitors who came to experience the 2014 Lake Macquarie International Children’s Games.
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It was unfortunate that the weather didn’t play its part on Sunday night and we had to shorten our opening ceremony, but this didn’t dampen the spirit of the athletes, coaches, supporters or the community, who truly stood by this historic event.

The significance of the Games was acknowledged by the attendance of guests of honour, the Governor of NSW the Honourable David Hurley and his wife Linda.

The passion and enthusiasm on the competitors’ faces as they competed in their respective sports was inspiring as we saw them achieving their goals.

Presenting the first medal of the Games was a highlight in my time as mayor of Lake Macquarie and I am appreciative that I had this opportunity.

I would like to thank the 600 volunteers who gave up their time over this past week to help the council deliver the world’s second largest International Children’s Games and ensure it was a successful event.

We couldn’t have done it without you.

If you would like to relive your favourite moments from the International Children’s Games, visit icg-lakemacquarie2014南京夜网 for images and details.

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