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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.

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

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INVERELL golfer Brett Drewitt heads off to the USA for the final stage of the Web苏州美甲美睫培训学校 Q-School tournament after a great season on the China tour.

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苏州美甲美睫培训学校 Tour tournaments is initially determined by a player’s finish position at the Web苏州美甲美睫培训学校 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

LDCA A grade cricket

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.

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

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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.

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.

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