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Marsh looking forward to week’s rest

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HERO: Jarrah Maksymow arrived at Bacchus Marsh after the start of the season and has developed a cult hero status with fans. He lived up to that with seven goals against Sunbury. Picture: Lachlan Bence
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Bacchus Marsh coach Travis Hodgson believes the week off earnedby the Cobras will be important in their BFL grand final preparation.

DASHER: Kane White was a dashing figure in defence for Bacchus Marsh, with his performance highlighted by intercept marks. Picture: Lachlan Bence

While Hodgson said Bacchus Marsh had escaped any notable injuries, it was obvious a few of his players were feeling the effects of a couple of big weeks.

Damian Cupido, Coby Millar and Daniel Burton were all limping as they left the ground.

Encouragingly though neither Lachlan Phyland (heel), who missed the qualifying final, or Liam Noonan (shoulder) showed any signs on issues they have had.Phyland was managed with limited ground time.

Hodgson acknowledged that Burton had gone into the game with a minor leg niggle.

It was only in time-on in the last quarter that Burton showed any signs of the trouble, but the ruckman ruled out any ongoing worries going into the grand final on Saturday, September 17.

Sunbury declared a clean bill of health. Tim Hill will be available after suspension.

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Holiday-makers evacuated as flood threat intensifies

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The Murrumbidgee River at Wagga Beach on Saturday afternoon.Caravan park residents have been evacuated and campers along the Murrumbidgee River are being urged to move to higher ground as the flood threat around Wagga grew more serious on Saturday night.
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High volumes of water moving downstream of Burrinjuck Dam and a deluge of rain on Friday have prompted the State Emergency Service (SES) to issue a minor flood warning.

The river at Wagga is expected to peak late on Sunday night.

A number of roads across the district are under water.

Volunteers door-knocked residents of Wagga’s Beach Caravan Park on Saturday afternoon, helping residents gather their belongings and evacuate, while riverside campers were also ordered to move on.

The river is expected to reach 7.8 metres in Wagga on Sunday night.

“It can be a misleading situation along the Murrumbidgee River around Wagga at the moment,”NSW SES Murrimbidgee/Murray incident controller Bernard Kates said on Saturday afternoon..

“The sun is shining again and the river is not obviously rising as you watch it.

“However, the threat of flooding does not come from local rain, it is the amount of rain that has fallen in the river catchments upstream from Wagga which will be moving downstream over the next 24 hours which threatens people camping along the reserves.

“Waiting until the last minute to leave may mean roads are congested or will already be flooded and may need rescuing.

“Remaining in flooded areas is dangerous and may place your life at risk.”

In the Murrumbidgee River valley downstream of Burrinjuck Dam, an average of 30 millimetres of rain fell in the 24 hours to 9am on Saturday.

This rain has caused river level rises in the upstream tributaries, and minor flooding is expected along the Murrumbidgee River at Gundagai on Saturday night.

Low lying properties on the flood plain around Wagga are liable for inundation, the SES warned.

Oura Beach will also be flooded andGumly Gumly Island will be isolated.

No significant rain is expected to fall in Wagga on Sunday.

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NRL: Cronulla Sharks vs Melbourne Stormphotos

Jun 20 2019 Published by under 南京夜网

NRL: Cronulla Sharks vs Melbourne Storm | photos TweetFacebook Melbourne claim NRL 2016 minor premiershipPictures: Getty ImagesThe Storm will be out for revenge next weekend against the Cowboys after wrapping up the minor premiership in Melbourne last night.
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The Storm will enter the NRL finals with the league’s best record after their 26-6 win over Cronulla at AAMI Park.

The Storm have taken out the 2016 Minor Premiership after a powerful defensive performance saw them out-muscle the Sharks 26-6 in Melbourne.

Earlier in the evening, the North Queensland Cowboys defeated the Coast Titans to secure fourth spot and a subsequent qualifying final against the Storm next weekend.

Last year the Cowboys thrashed the Storm 32-12 at the same stadium in a preliminary final. “Hopefully we can carry that [last night’s] sort of form over the next couple of weeks,” Storm coach Craig Bellamy said.

“It [home ground] didn’t help us last year against the Cowboys, they are a wonderful team the premiers.”

The Sharks face a nervous wait to see if they will retain second spot and a qualifying final in Sydney as a Raiders win over Wests Tigers today, by five points or more, will give the Raiders second place.

“I wasn’t real fussed about the injuries, I wasn’t real fussed about the loss either,” Sharks coach Shane Flanagan said.

With the AFL on a bye, the Storm drew in 24,135 fans, good enough for their fourth best home and away crowd in the club’s history.

The Storm’s discipline wasn’t right in the opening 10 minutes and they paid for it with James Maloney slotting a penalty goal.

But the Sharks’ ball handling failed them on several occasions in the first 40 minutes with the Storm levelling the scores through a penalty kick of their own then taking the lead on 20 minutes.

After Sharks winger Sosaia Feki collided with Storm forward Kevin Proctor and was sent for a concussion test, the Storm attacked to the left with Blake Green finding centre Cheyse Blair who stepped past two defenders to score under the posts.

In the run up to Blair scoring, Michael Ennis appeared to collect Green with his shoulder after the Storm’s five-eighth had passed to Blair. Smith extended the lead to 10-2 on 30 minutes with another penalty goal. Feki returned from his head knock but the Sharks had similar dramas with Chris Heighington forced into a concussion test leading up to half-time.

Maloney looked to have torn apart the Storm’s defence just minutes from half-time when he broke the line but Marika Koroibete chased his support runner down and when Maloney passed the ball it went straight into the Fijian’s hands.

Sharks utility Joseph Paulo was lost on 36 minutes when he went down awkwardly clutching his knee, he wouldn’t return nor would Heighington.

Koroibete rescued the Storm in the shadows of half-time with a try saving tackle sprinting to the sideline to knock the Sharks player out of bounds right on the try line.

The Storm celebrated the tackle like it was a try.

Within two minutes of the restart Blair was in for his brace finishing a perfectly placed passing move to the left flank with Green and Cameron Munster setting the table for the speedy centre to score the try.

Andrew Fifita had heard the boos all night and he lost his cool on 49 minutes after throwing the ball in Smith’s direction after the whistle.

Fijian rookie Suliasi Vunivalu extended the lead on 56 minutes as Cooper Cronk put up a high ball and after it was spilled into the in-goal, Vunivalu was first to touch it down for a try which broke the NRL record for most tries in a debut season.

Former Storm winger Israel Folau was the previous holder of the record with 21 tries.

Back-to-back sets on their own try line saw the visitors finally get over the line with Gerard Beale scoring on the left side to make it 20-6 with 10 minutes to play.

Storm prop Jesse Bromwich put an end to the contest three minutes from time, forcing his way over the line to set off wild celebrations.

Sharks captain Paul Gallen went down holding his neck late in the game but stood up and kept playing.

Fifita spilled the ball just before full-time and was met with sneering pats on the head from multiple Storm players, such acts have been condemned by the Storm in the past and they won’t be forgotten if the two clubs meet later in the finals.

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Two Paddington Queenslanders destroyed in massive blaze

Jun 20 2019 Published by under 南京夜网

Fire has destroyed two Queenslander houses at Paddington on Sunday morning. Photo: Wendy Hughes Police closed Warmington St and some surrounding streets while the fire was brought under control. Photo: Wendy Hughes
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The fire sent smoke across the city as Brisbane awoke on Sunday morning. Photo: Wendy Hughes

Fire crews were called around 5.30am to the blaze which engulfed two houses. Photo: Supplied

A Paddington cafe has set-up a donation jar for the local residents whose homes were destroyed by fire on Sunday morning.

Owner of Remy’s Dane Huitfeldt said the sister of one of his employees had been living in one of the Queenslanders and after the fire gutted two houses, he had started fundraising.

“Paddington is a fairly community-orientated suburb,” he said.

“We might organise something a little bit more official and maybe hold an actual fundraising event later if the family is happy for us to do that on their behalf,” he said.

“I’m one of the partner’s at a restaurant a few doors down and we will probably do a fundraiser there as well.” A cafe around the corner from the Paddington house fire have started a collection pic.twitter南京夜网/x4IIEARDxN— Casey Briggs (@CaseyBriggs) September 3, 2016

Queensland Fire Service was called to the fire which had started in a Warmington St house and caught onto the neighbouring house shortly after 5.30am on Sunday. Fire crews worked for an hour to control the blaze and prevent it from spreading to surrounding properties which were evacuated.

It is believed all occupants managed to escape without serious injury, but two people were treated at the scene for minor injuries, including a fire officer suffering heat exhaustion.

Acting Inspector Chris Ryan said the homes on both sides and at the rear of the two houses, numbers 25 and 25A, were evacuated. Twelve fire crews attended and brought the blaze under control at 6.39am.

One local resident said his girlfriend woke him up and alerted him to the fire.

“I was mortified – I couldn’t believe I had slept through it with all the fire trucks in the street.”

A Queensland Fire Service spokeswoman said both houses had suffered structural collapse.

Friends of the uninsured occupants of one of the houses started a Go Fund Me page to help them, and by 7pm on Sunday had already gathered more than $21,000 in pledged support.

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Curious case of MP Jai Rowell and the Wollondilly charity gumboots

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Wollondilly MP Jai Rowell hands over signed gumboots to the council on Friday. Photo: Supplied.It’s the curious case of the MP whose charity gumboots have shown up long after the rain’s dried up.
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Once-in-a-generation floods ravaged homes and businesses in south-western Sydney’s Picton in early June.

In the weeks that followed, a “wellies for Wollondilly” campaign raised money at school mufti days, fetes and local businesses for dozens of storm-damaged businesses and homes.

Local MP Jai Rowell had a pair of boots resting on his desk in question time and had them signed by Premier Mike Baird, Treasurer Gladys Berejiklian and most of the cabinet, many of whom wore them for a YouTube video.

But those boots are now at the centre of a political storm – after the independent Mayor of Wollondilly Simon Landow says the MP never produced the boots as planned for the Big Day In Festival on July 31, featuring the musical stylings of Shannon Noll and a charity auction.

“It’s disappointing they weren’t there, there were some people who were really looking forward to bidding,” said Mr Landow. “They were one of the showcase items and if he’s kept them, well that’s disappointing. I haven’t heard back from him.”

Mr Rowell, a mini-Liberal powerbroker, is famed within the party room but not especially popular for moving between the party’s factions.

Some have questioned whether he was holding on to the boots for later political fundraising of his own.

“We’re all very confused,” one MP said.

But Mr Rowell has strongly denied there was ever a specific auction in mind for the boots.

He said he had always planned to hand them over to the council but had recently been sick with the flu for the past few weeks and was intending to meet them this month.

“There’s nothing untoward about a pair of $20 boots, I can assure you,” Mr Rowell said. “It’s my enemies trying to stitch me up.”

Mr Rowell notes his own fundraising efforts for the storm, affiliated with the local Lion’s Club, have raised more than $90,000.

But after taking a call and questions from Fairfax Media, Mr Rowell handed the boots in sooner than expected.

Within an hour he sent through a photo and video of him handing over the gumboots to the council’s appreciative general manager.

“Why it’s taken six weeks, I cannot say,” Mayor Landow said. “I guess we’ll just put them on eBay now. We were just about to close the flood appeal, too.

“I hope the issue is still in people’s hearts”.

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Wait ends

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Bacchus Marsh’s wait for another shot at its first Ballarat Football League premiership is over.
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The Cobras surged into their first grand final since 1999 with an emphatic 48-point win over Sunbury in the second semi-final at the Eastern Oval on Saturday.

IN CONTROL: Rhys McNay out-points Dwain Sanderson in this marking contest. Picture: Lachlan Bence

For the second week running coach Travis Hodgson and his players walked into rooms packed by frenzied supporterspost-match.

While rapt to be through to the grand final,Hodgson was quick to remind his players the job was not yet done.

Hodgson said the Cobras had written their own script to progress.

“Intwo weeks we’ll write the script again as to whether we get what we have been talking about all year.”

Bacchus Marsh set up victory with a sensational start –kicking seven goals in the opening 20 minutes of the first quarter.

The Cobras led by up to 41 points in the first and second terms, but Sunbury refused to give up the chase and 11minutes into the third stanza moved within 13 points, but that was a close as it was to get.

Bacchus Marsh’s two prize recruits Jarrah Maksymow and Damian Cupido, each signed after the start of the season, starred in attack.

Maksymow kicked seven goals and Cupido five.

Sunbury now plays Lake Wendoureein the preliminary final at the Eastern Oval on Saturday.

Lakers defeated a wounded Redan by 21pointsin Sunday’s first semi-final –11.14 (80) to 8.11 (59) –after trailing for most ofthe day.

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Africa safari driving tips: Why preparing for a holiday can be almost as much fun as doing it

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There was a moment of self-doubt, and it came while I was watching Top Gear.
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There is a special episode of that British motoring series that was filmed a few years ago in Botswana, in which the old (and obviously far better) team of Jeremy, Richard and James are challenged to drive some cheap cars across southern Africa. About the middle of the journey they enter the Okavango Delta region, and attempt to drive to a place called Third Bridge.

And that is when the thought occurred to me: I’m going to be driving over there soon. In that same national park. On that same road. And that road looks very, very sandy.

See, I know just enough about driving on sand to realise that I don’t have any clue about driving on sand. It is a special skill in the four-wheel-driving world that involves reducing the pressure in your tyres, keeping the gear low, the revs high and your speed up as you attempt to cross the ultra-soft terrain without getting bogged.

That is the theory, but I have never put it into practice. And yet soon I will have to do exactly that, on those tracks featured on my TV, in a wildlife reserve filled with deadly animals that would be pretty happy to snack on me should I turn my back while trying to dig out my car.

Like I said: self-doubt. What was I thinking signing up for this?

The 4WD journey into the Okavango will be part of a month-long road-trip adventure that I am undertaking with my girlfriend through southern Africa. We are planning to drive through South Africa, Namibia and Botswana, calling in at all the national parks and game reserves we can.

Sounds amazing, right? It also sounds challenging, and a little scary. I am not fond of the idea of becoming one of those quirky news stories: “Tourist attacked by lion while changing tyre”.   Fact: it’s impossible to see a lion in the wild and not get “In the Jungle” stuck in your head. A-wim-oh-way, a-wim-oh-way… #travel #southafrica #shamwari #africa #wildlife #lion #adventure #picoftheday #travellerauA photo posted by Ben Groundwater (@bengroundwater) on Aug 24, 2016 at 11:19pm PDT

Fortunately, I have plans to at least lessen the chances of winding up as a cautionary tale. I’m taking a 4WD course in Lithgow, NSW. I am going to a community college for a few days to learn the basics of engine mechanics. And I am doing a first aid course so I can at least provide some sort of assistance in the event of a lion mauling.

(For your amusement, see the “WikiHow” web page on surviving a lion attack. It includes such gems as: “Knowing what to expect can help you stay calm. For example, know that the lion is going to growl when it charges you. This can shake the ground beneath you, but know this is normal for a lion attack.”)

In undertaking these preparations for the great unknown, however, I have discovered something truly great: a holiday doesn’t have to begin and end with the time you spend away from home. When it requires extensive planning it becomes that much more exciting; you can extend the life of a month-long holiday to the best part of a year.

The 4WD course in Lithgow will be part of my African adventure. I will travel to the bush for the day and get shown the ropes while I am mentally applying this new knowledge to African conditions. Same with the mechanics course, and the first aid course.

Even all the internet research, the emails and bookings have become part of this grand adventure. I have had to figure out where to hire a 4WD from in South Africa. I have had to decide on a rough itinerary, taking into account the condition of roads that I have never driven on before and that, in all likelihood, are not going to be the sealed, multi-laned beauties that I am used to.

I have had to work out how to gain access to national parks in three countries, how to book campsites in those parks, and where to buy food and petrol and other supplies along the way.

It has been a lot of work, but none of this is a chore when you are planning for the holiday of a lifetime. If anything, it adds to the excitement, to the anticipation. The more work you have to put in, the greater the reward.

So yes, I have some lingering doubt in my ability to tackle sandy 4WD tracks in the Botswana wilderness. I am also hoping we don’t break down and I don’t have to stare at the engine and pretend I know what I’m taking about, and that at no point will I have to put my knowledge of lion growls to practical use.

But preparing for that to happen, it turns out, is a huge part of the fun.

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Australian architect launches revolution with arrival of biggest ever 3D printer

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Dr Gardiner’s methods using the FreeFAB Wax system could resurrectthe use of waffle slabs, which are generally too expensive using traditional methods. Photo: Laing O’Rourke James Gardiner designed 3D-printed coral scaffold to encourage coral reef growth. His designs are part of an exhibition at the Powerhouse Museum. Photo: Nick Moir
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James Gardiner design for an artificial reef.

The 3D wax mould process: 1) the mould is printed; 2) the wax mould is milled to give fine detail; 3) the concrete is poured; 4) the wax is removed for reuse; 5) the final intricate building component.

James Gardiner’s early design of a 3D-printed artificial reef eight months after it was submerged off the coast of Bahrain. Photo: Reef Design Lab

If architect James Gardiner is even half right, 3D printing is about to launch a digital design revolution.

Dr Gardiner believes it will transform our  world like the industrial revolution did in the 18th and 19th centuries.

His enthusiasm for the technology is infectious.

“Using 3D-printed wax moulds for concrete components, we will have a completely different paradigm. This is transformative technology,” he said.

A 3D printer uses technology like a traditional “ink-jet” printer but builds up layers in three dimensions using wax, concrete or plastics to create a solid structure or mould.

Typical construction uses uniform, mass-produced, prefabricated products; 3D printing allows for one-off, creative designs at a fraction of the price.

As well as changing the way we think about the built environment, Dr Gardiner wants to further develop his work on 3D-printed artificial reefs.

Some of Dr Gardiner’s designs for artificial ocean reefs are on display this month at the Powerhouse Museum’s exhibition, Out of Hand, Materialising the Digital.

“Most artificial reefs use simple, cheap materials that are simplistic and homogenous. They are not well suited for their purpose,” Dr Gardiner said.

“Real reef assemblage is complex and multifunctional.”

His designs are visually impressive, but do they work?

James Smith is a biologist at the University of NSW and an expert on artificial reefs. He took a look at Dr Gardiner’s designs.

He said while prefabricated steel and concrete reefs have proven cost-effective, he is interested in the development of 3D-printed reefs with fine-scale texture.

“The designed reefs we typically deploy lack much surface texture, and we notice that the marine life that colonises these reef surfaces can sometimes fall off,” Dr Smith said. “This could be reduced with more complex surface textures.

“The current prefab steel and concrete structures are likely to be the go-to for some time but I would love to see some more innovation of surface textures of these prefab reefs though, and 3D printing may be a great way to explore this.”

David Lennon runs the company Reef Design Lab. He worked with Dr Gardiner on his early reef designs.

“What I loved and was excited about was that James’ 3D-printed reefs allowed for a more organic and natural structure,” Mr Lennon said.

“The complexity of structure in a reef relates to the species diversity. But these structures aren’t just good for the fish and coral, the aesthetics of it are good for tourism, too.”

The company Dr Gardiner works for, Laing O’Rourke, is about to launch the world’s biggest 3D printer using Dr Gardiner’s innovations. It will make wax moulds for concrete construction components. He said this would allow architects and designers to think outside the box.

“No one thinks about making buildings like the Queen Victoria Building any more. The labour costs would be prohibitive. However, using printed wax moulds we make, architects can start to think about completely new designs.”

Most one-off bespoke panels for construction are beyond the budgets of most builders. He said his technology will bring these costs down.

“With 3D-printed architectural components we can incorporate aesthetic, structural, acoustic, thermal into a single design. It will bring meaningful change into the construction industry,” Dr Gardiner said.

“A process that would have taken days or weeks can be a two-hour process. And we recycle all our materials.”

The 3D printing and milling process can achieve high-resolution detail. “We could mill [Michelangelo’s] statue of David,” Dr Gardiner said.

The curator of the Powerhouse exhibition, Matthew Connell, said 3D printing is allowing designers across the board to think things anew.

“It allows for the role of the organic, for biomimicry, to return to design,” he said. “We are used to straight, Euclidean shapes, but 3D printing allows us to jump constraint of design.”

The artefacts on display at the Powerhouse are very diverse, including the world’s first 3D-printed jet engine and a Michael Schmidt-designed printed dress originally modelled by Dita Von Teese​.

The exhibition opened this weekend as part of the Sydney Design Festival.

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