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Gunnedah rider back on the pedals at 2014 Keepit Real 100

01/07/2018 Posted by admin

MOUNTAIN BIKE:
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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

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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’

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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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Don’t put roads first, Senate finds, public transport is crucial

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The federal government should not prioritise roads over rail projects, but should be willing to fund both according to  merit, a Senate report has recommended.
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The report found that public transport is crucial to raising national productivity by reducing congestion and “should be considered as nationally significant infrastructure”, just as roads are.

The Senate report, released this month after a 12-month inquiry, has emerged as new Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews and Prime Minister Tony Abbott face off over $3 billion of federal funds Canberra has committed to the cancelled East West Link.

Mr Abbott insisted in the days before Labor’s election win that the money was “only available for the East West Link”, but the stand-off has taken a more conciliatory tone in recent days, with Mr Andrews stating he wants to “partner” with the prime minister on major projects.

“I want him to be part of creating jobs, getting projects away and delivering all the commitments I made,” Mr Andrews said last week.

Mr Abbott has conceded his desire to see the 18-kilometre road built will not be met while state Labor opposes the project.

The inquiry, by eight senators in the standing committee on rural and regional affairs and transport – four from Labor, two Liberals, one National and one Green – made several recommendations relevant to the East West Link.

Among them were a call to release cost-benefit analyses for transport projects before allocating funding, a move the former Napthine government resisted with the $6.8 billion first stage of the road.

But the Coalition’s decision to publish a short-form business case that gave a positive cost-benefit analysis to East West Link of $1.40 for every dollar spent was endorsed by the committee.

The East West Link only achieved its positive cost-benefit analysis once “wider economic benefits” were factored in.

“The committee recommends that wider economic costs and benefits, including social and economic connectivity, environmental factors, active lifestyle benefits, safety factors and avoided costs and benefits be factored into transport project analysis,” the report stated.

However, Coalition senators on the committee issued their own dissenting report that disputed the “underlying assumption” that the Abbott government did not support public transport.

“The former [Rudd/Gillard] government insisted on dictating inner city planning to states and then offered to fund such plans, leaving interstate freight and logistics road and rail networks to languish and turning its back on regional and rural Australia,” Coalition senators Bill Heffernan and John Williams wrote.

The report considered evidence that Australia’s major cities were the engine rooms of the national economy – generating about 80 per cent of gross domestic product and employing 75 per cent of the workforce – so “ensuring that businesses across cities have access to a range of skilled workers is more important to growth and productivity than ever before”.

According to  the OECD, Sydney “is so badly connected its economy functions more like a city of 1 million than that of its 4.5 million inhabitants”, the committee heard.

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Two people injured, delays after crash near Melbourne Airport

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A man is in hospital with cuts to his head after a multi-car crash on the Tullamarine Freeway that blocked peak-hour traffic in both directions.
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Cars were banked up on the freeway after the three-vehicle collision that closed Sunbury Road, north of the airport in both directions shortly after 3pm on Monday.

Traffic was diverted around the scene, but VicRoads said the incident was cleared after two hours and the peak-hour congestion eased in the area.

Paramedics attended the crash scene and rushed the man, aged in his 20s, to the Royal Melbourne Hospital with cuts to his head and injuries to his arm. Another man, in his 30s, was taken to hospital for examination. UPDATE: Two men have been taken to @TheRMH in a stable condition, following a serious crash on Sunbury Road. #9Newspic.twitter南京夜网/s8r0PP3lUo — Nine News Melbourne (@9NewsMelb) December 8, 2014This story Administrator ready to work first appeared on Nanjing Night Net.

Tilly’s documentary to help teach nation

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STUDENT HELPS TEACH: Tilly Witherdin with the a clip from her film, Strong Aboriginal Women.GRADUATING Inverell High School student, Tilly Witherden created a platform for local Aboriginal women to share their stories though a documentary titled Strong Aboriginal Women.
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Her film will be part of a mandatory public and private school unit for the 2015 NSW national history curriculum. Tilly said the idea of a film came to her because of her passion both for people, and her deep interest in Aboriginal Studies.

“It’s always been my favourite subject, because it’s taught me so much and changed the way that I see the world,” she said.

“And I’m really interested in people and their stories. I think it’s like treasure and I think it’s so sad if things like this with their wealth of knowledge were to be lost.”

Tilly got out into the community and began listening to first-hand accounts of growing up as an Aboriginal woman in this region.

The film centres on Inverell women Linda Blair and Elizabeth Connors and Tingha woman, Esther Gardiner. The piece reflects their strength as resilient Aboriginal women, their lives and experiences.

“I think probably the biggest thing for me was realising how important family is in a lot of indigenous communities, and how their life revolves around family,” Tilly said.

Meanwhile, Inverell High teacher Cath Jeffery has been writing an exemplary program for years 8 and 10 in the 2015 national curriculum.

She decided to integrate Tilly’s film into her unit, and when she met with the Department of Education curriculum staff in Sydney last week, the film ticked a big box.

“What they want to use it for now is for those schools that don’t have access to their own stories, so they want to basically say, ‘Let’s use Inverell as a case study’, and it’s because we have a community with so many stories,” Cath said.

Tilly was thrilled to think her film might inspire other students to turn their attention towards their own local indigenous stories and community.

“It feels really, really good, because I honestly put my heart and soul into it,” she said.

“When I handed it in, (I thought), ‘Well, that’s it’. But when I heard people would be seeing it and stuff, I kind of did a little bit of a happy dance,” she laughed.

Cath felt the film offered more than a just a fantastic family resource for the women involved.

“Our Inverell community has a resource, thanks to Tilly, that captures part of our local community history,” she said.

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Edwina Bone and Hockeyroos win silver at Champions Trophy

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SILVER LINING: Edwina Bone and her Hockeyroos had to settle for second after a disappointing Champions Trophy final loss to Argentina.IN a bittersweet finish to the Champions TrophyOrange’s Edwina Bone and her Hockeyroos secured their first Champions Trophy medal since 2009 yesterday, but had to settle for silver after losing out to hosts Argentina.
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In a thrilling final in Mendoza, which Australia controlled for the most part, a shootout was needed to separate the two sides after the game was locked at 1-all after regular time.

Argentinawent on to secure a dramatic, and somewhat controversial, 3-1 shootout victory on the back of Luciana Aymar, Carla Rebecchiand Silvina D’Elia’s successful one-on-ones.

The Hockeyroos protested Luciana’s opening goal, claiming the ball had not crossed the line after rebounding off both posts and out of the goal.

Replays showed the Australian players had just cause for the protest, however the goal stood.

Skipper Casey Easthamwas the only Hockeyroo able to find the net in the shootout.

Australia dominated the majority of the match, opening the scoring early in the second half through Kathryn Slattery. However the hosts equalised just four minutes later after a Florencia Habif deflection found the back of the net.

“It’s disappointing to lose in the shootout and I thought we were unlucky there, too,” Hockeyroos coach Adam Commens said, speaking directly after the loss.

“I thought we played very well. We created enough opportunities during the game to finish it off but their goalkeeper, Belen Succi, played a great match. We were not as clinical as we could have been though.

“It’s fantastic to reach the final with such a young group and I’ve been proud of their conduct on and off the pitch throughout the tournament. The future looks good for the Hockeyroos.”

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Robe council decide against Pai Fang for art walk

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ROBE District Council has decided to not proceed with the Pai Fang entrance structure as part of Robe’s Art Walk.
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Mayor Peter Riseley (left), Cr Jenny Mathews with Adelle Birchall, JoJo Spook, Anne and Robert Miles on Robe’s foreshore in February 2013 ready to consult with the Robe community on the Robe Art Wak.

Councillors already had mixed feelings on where the Pai Fang Chinese entrance structure should be located, deferring this decision at their October meeting.

On November 25, CEO Roger Sweetman reported to council he had spoken with the coordinator for the project Robert Miles on where he preferred the structure to be located.

He said Mr Miles would prefer the structure to be located on the coastal path adjacent to the Norfolk Island pines. The structure would straddle the path to allow people to pass through the entrance gate.

His report also said a mock-up of the structure was currently on display in the Robe library and it could be altered to be less imposing, but the structure would be brightly coloured to fit with Chinese tradition.

Newly-elected Cr David Loxton told council he wasn’t sure where council stood on the structure, or how much had already been spent.

“I don’t see the need for it all,” he said. “What are our obligations at this stage?”

Mr Sweetman told Cr Loxton that council had been successful in applying for a grant from SA Country Arts to erect a two-piece public art piece, and to also do some minor public art along the walking trail.

“If we don’t proceed with it, the grant would be cancelled,” he said.

Due to the item being tabled at the last council meeting, the new council was in the position to make a new resolution on the future of the structure.

Deputy mayor Harvey Nolan said council had already decided to proceed with the piece, but that it had not be agreed where to place it.

Cr Kristina Alexander told council she wasn’t really in favour of that particular piece placed on the coastal trail.

“I’m really not in favour of having this piece there whatsoever,” she said.

“I’m not for it all and I don’t think the public would mind if we didn’t get the funding.

“With all respect to Robert Miles, but art is a very personal thing, and it’s quite a large piece, maybe we needed to do a lot more consultation than we did.”

“I think we need to make a decision, because we have discussed this a number of times now,” Cr Nolan said.

Cr Alexander moved that council do not proceed with the erection of the Pai Fang structure, which was seconded by Cr John Enright and carried.

Council will be going ahead with the the figurehead which is to be located on the reserve at the south end of Long Beach and with minor pieces of art which are to be placed along the walking trails.

To view the Robe Art Walk master plan visit www.council.robe.sa.gov.au.

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Tamborine Christmas carols on this Friday

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Santa and Tamborine Village Lions Club members Joy McGuiness, David Walker and Peter McGuiness (back) and Rayna Bond, Tanya Walker and Shirlene Pott are ecited about the annual Christmas carols and twilight markets next week.THE Tamborine Village Lions Club is hoping to bring the community together at its annual Christmas carols and twilight markets event on Friday.
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The event will kick off at 5pm and carols will start at 5.30pm.

Santa will arrive on a Tamborine Rural Fire Brigade truck about 7pm to meet the children.

Lions member Rayna Bond said everyone was welcome to the event to celebrate the festive season.

“We want people to have a good time, meet other people in Tamborine and celebrate the community spirit we have,” she said.

“The Canungra Choir will sing the carols and there will also be music by Lions members Val and Coral Jones, of Satin Sounds.

“Lots of market stalls, selling everything from fruit and veggies to candles, jewellery, wood products and plants, will be there for people to browse through.

“There will also be plenty of food to keep everyone going, like sausages, hamburgers and chips, as well as coffee and cold drinks.

The Christmas raffle will be drawn on the night, with a split air conditioner as first prize.

The Christmas carols event will be at Tamborine Memorial Hall park on Tamborine-Waterford Road, Tamborine.

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Armidale ramping up for prestigious Shield

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ARMIDALE has begun preparations for the 23rd Walter Taylor Shield, naming a strong outfit for the January 8 carnival that includes two Northern Inland players.
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Next year’s Walter Taylor Shield was launched in Armidale recently with caps being handed out to the squad. (Back from left)Tony Jones (carnival convener), Josh Stace, Sam Wright, Wally Davidson, Liam Neeson, Ryan Schmitt, Dan Lethbridge, Sam Weston, John Farrar (coach), (Front from left) Mikaela Ingvarsdotter (Armidale Tourist Park), Tom Lashlie, Nick Farrar, Member for Northern Tablelands Adam Marshall , Sterling George, Lachlan Jones, Mark Walter (Armidale Tourist Park).

Member for Northern Tablelands Adam Marshall handed out caps to the Armidale U15s squad, including Northern Inland reps Liam Neeson and Nick Farrar.

The batsman and leg spinner will have to lead the way for Armidale at home, with some stiff competition on their way to the New England for the Shield.

The Shield is becoming a major event on the calendar of many junior clubs, associations and regions, with some of the state’s best U15 players attending each year.

Lismore won the shield last year and will be returning to defend it, along with other guest sides Pennant Hills, West Cherrybrook, Northern Districts, Penrith and Ballina.

The carnival is also very important for local cricketers from within this region, with Tamworth and the Hunter Valley also putting forward very strong outfits year to year.

The Shield offers those boys one of the only opportunities of the season to play a higher standard of representative cricket against Sydney-based players and teams.

With eight sides attending, each team will play a one-day game every day from Monday to Wednesday, with the best sides from that playing the final at the Sportsground on Thursday, January 8.

The annual carnival is played in honour of Taylor, a huge advocate for junior cricket early last century and a Northern NSW representative form the 1930s to 1960s.

Taylor remains one of the cathedral city’s best representative players, with some amazing stats for a man who peaked in the 1930s.

The all-rounder hit over 30, 000 runs at an average better than 40, while also hitting 52 tons and one double ton.

Whilst very impressive with the bat, his figures with the ball are legendary.

1317 wickets at a measly average of just over 12, but perhaps most impressive are the five hat-tricks he took.

The Walter Taylor Shield began in 1993, with the man attending every year until his death in 2004.

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