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Hungry Bulldogs stay in premiership charge

Jul 22 2019 Published by under 南京夜网

JINDERA continued its domination over CDHBU with a workmanlike 34-point victory in the minor semi-final at Walbundrie on Sunday.
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IN CONTROL: Jindera’s Kris Holman manages to elude Power duo Tom Moloney and Matt Walker at Walbundrie on Sunday. Picture: JAMES WILTSHIRE

Despite losing coach Josh Walker in the opening 10 minutes with a hamstring injury, the Bulldogs had more run after half-time and raced clear to set-up a preliminary final clash against Murray Magpies.

They have now beaten their opponents in 14 of their 15 meetings since CDHBU joined the league.

Walker was thrilled with his team’s second-half performance.

“It was a super win,” Walker said.

“The first half was really tight and I thought our intensity level wasn’t quite where it needed to be.

“We came out in the third quarter and lifted that and everything fell into place.

“It was purely workrate.”

And some telling individual performances.

Kurt Brereton stepped up superbly to play one of his best matches for the club whileZach Gratton nullified Power speedster Kade Rowe.

Nick Dempsey was a constant threat in the ruck and up forward,Michael Blomeley thrived in the heavy conditions and Kris Holman’s precision kicking set up many scoring opportunities.

Nick Holman worked hard for his possessions against Ben Wilson.

Will King held CDHBU young gun Matt Walker in the second-half after he booted three majors before half-time while Damian Payne kicked three to split the honours with Jindera defender Tom Weldon.

CDHBU looked the better side for the opening 15 minutes of the match before Jindera sprung into action with the next five majors to regain control.

The Power cut the deficit to three points at half-time after late goals to Payne and Matt Walker.

Payne gave CDHBU the lead early in the third term but that was as far as the Power progressed as Jindera raced clear to lead by 25 points at the final change.

AlthoughCDHBU had no stand-outs,Tim Cooper, Matt Walker, Nathan Rhodes, Matt Howard, Jeremy Stevensonand Andrew Ollington were solid performers.

Walker said he was unsure if he would be fit to take on the Magpies.

“It’s a bit of a hammy,” he said.

“I’ll wait and see how it comes up later in the week.”

Jindera will be looking to go one better than last season after it lost to Henty in the preliminary final.

League officials confirmed the preliminary final would be played at Walbundrie after they considered switching the match to Culcairn due to more forecast rain.

Meanwhile, the league’s Azzi medal count will be held at Henty on Wednesday.

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An artistic approach to backing a winner

Jul 22 2019 Published by under 南京夜网

YOU lot are a bit rubbish at sport.
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You being Newcastle national teams.

Newcastle North Stars excluded of course. They are the nation’s most successful ice hockey teamever. And it’s a brutal caper.

The governing body – the Australian Ice Hockey League – even uploadsice hockey punch-ups to its YouTube channel. It’s like a booted and suited UFC team.

If some ofthese stick wielders carried on off the ice like they can on the ice they’d be repeatedly tasered by copswearing bulletproof vests. Memo to the kids: stay off the ice.

But back to the other Newcastle national teams – the Jets and the Knights – being a bit rubbish.

“Heresy,”I hear the fans tribe collectively cry.

How dare you on Mindfulness Monday. Formerlyinappropriately referred to as Mad Monday, a time when a man could proudly wear a pink tutu, redstilettos and matching lippy, become dangerously intoxicated, urinate in a public place, punch astranger, frighten a canine and not worry about pesky drug testing for a few weeks.

We need a different bandwagon.

Stay true to the red and blue.

Why should I?

TALENT: Peter Gardiner won the 2016 Kilgour Prize.

I’ll stay true if the big buck blow-ins turn up and playand don’t do the Harold Holt as soon as they can scrape a better offer.

Fans do not want to hear thecoach say some of the players gave up. Ever.

Hear that cop-out even once and the credibility aboutrugby league being woven into the fabric of our region disappears.

Stay true to the red and blue.

It’s a nonsense mantra. Like Google’s “Don’t be evil”.

Is theresomething romantic about turning up to a footy ground with a heart full of hope and a pocket full cashand leaving with neither?

That’s been the case for Jets and the Knights fans in 2015 and 2016. Onegame from 11 at home for the Knights.

And the one win on NSW Voice for Family Mining Day –while we are on nonsense mantras – was a certainty because if the Knights didn’t return a winningresult for the hi-vis on April 10, the matter would have been dragged through the courts for years bymining interests and overturned.

Mining always wins around these parts.

For more than a year now I have been receiving emails and texts from idiots – once known as mates –from around the state, the nation and from foreign shores who take perverse pleasure in reminding meof the cellar dwelling dominance of our national football and rugby league teams.

Tinks jinx hasswept the Hunter. Legend goes that it is an unshakeable curse that may only be broken by sacrificingBig Dog over Mount Tomaree on a blue moon.

Given the next blue moon isn’t until March 2018, I’mnot too hopeful about 2016 prospects.

We are now in possession of a trio of national wooden spoons and are well on the way to possessingan environmentally friendly cutlery set. Love to see them replace the Queens Wharf Tower.

The bandwagon to jump on? Art.

Newcastle’s Peter Gardiner won the 2016 Kilgour Prize and NigelMilsom won the 2015 Archibald Prize.

It’s our artists that are bringing the silverware to the woodencutlery set.

Back a winner. Back art.

Paul Scott is a lecturer in the School of Design, Communication and Information Technology at the University of Newcastle

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The Alfred hospital doctors who took their operating theatre to a car park

Jul 22 2019 Published by under 南京夜网

Nic Gligorovski with Lauren and their baby, Mason. Photo: Paul JeffersIn the patient handover meeting, he was listed as “unknown male”,a young man whose body had been ejected from a car in a high-speed accident.
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On June 28, the man had been driving on the Calder Highway about 5am when he hit black ice and lost control of his car.It rolled, throwing him out the driver’s side window.

As he skidded along the freezing road, the impact shattered bones in his pelvis, chest and leg. The gravel scraped most of his forehead off.But those were the least of his problems.

When a postman discovered his body lyingon the road about 45 minutes later, his head was filling with blood.

A crack in his skull had torn an artery running through a groove in his cranium. It was causing blood to leak into the finite space between his brain and the bone encasing it. It’s a space that can only take so much pressure.

He was taken to Bendigo Hospital, where doctors decided he needed an urgent transfer to The Alfred hospital for surgery to drain the blood. But there was a problem.

When he got to Ambulance Victoria’s helicopter in Bendigo, it couldn’t take off.It was fogged in.

Paramedics would have to ferry him by road, but time was against them.

The man had been given a drug to shrink his brain for about 40 minutes to last the flight, but its effect was wearing off. The pupil in his right eye was dilating. His brain was getting squashed by the blood.

The road trip would take90 minutes. It was too long.

Realising the predicament, Mark Fitzgerald, The Alfred’s head of trauma, checked to see if an ambulance could race him and a neurosurgeon upthe highway to meet the man halfway.

There wasn’t one available, so Professor Fitzgerald decided to do something unusual. He jumped into his own car with Jordan Jones, a neurosurgeon available that morning, and they arranged to meet the ambulance in the car park of a McDonald’s near the Calder motorsport park. They took everything they needed to perform the surgery there.

“The paramedic was great. He had done everything required,” says Professor Fitzgerald. “He had the patient sitting up … he was well anaesthetised and he’d shaved the right side of his scalp.”

The pair jumped into the back of the ambulance and drilled two “burr” holes into the man’s head to drain more than 250millilitres of blood over about three minutes.

It worked. The man’s blood pressure returned to normal, allowing the paramedics to continue driving him to The Alfred for more thorough surgery to repair the tear and his other injuries.

Little did the team know that back at the accident site, emergency services workers were searching for a baby. The man’s car had been full of baby clothes, so they feared the worst.

As it turned out, the unknown male, Nic Gligorovski, was waiting for his partner, Lauren, to give birth to their first baby.

When he arrived atThe Alfred, Mr Gligorovski, 37, was in a precarious state. The surgery went well but he spent the next four weeks in a coma. It was unclear if he would survive and if he did, how functional his brain would be.

At one stage, his family were encouraged by a positive sign. When Lauren visited him in the intensive care unit after the accident, she put his hand on her belly. His heart rate changed.

To his family’s relief, Mr Gligorovski woke up from the coma, and to the astonishment of his carers, his brain was fine. Despite a punctured lung, a broken vertebra, cracked ribs and many pins and screws holding one of his legs together, he could think and talk just the way he used to.

“He’s made a remarkable recovery. It’s really quite impressive. He was going to die,” Professor Fitzgerald says.

Two months on, and after 13 operations, Mr Gligorovski is astounded by his luck. While he could not be with Lauren for the birth of their baby (he was in a rehabilitation ward) three weeks ago, he got to meet his son not long after he entered the world.

“I think I came back to be a dad,” he says. “No words can explain what that means to me.”

As he celebrates Father’s Day with his own dad and new son, Mr Gligorovski, a mechanic, is in awe of the public health system and its dedicated staff. He still can’t believe paramedics and doctors who did not know him worked so hard to keep him alive.

“Mark is a saint. We named our son Mason Marcus after him. .. He saved my life.”

If you want to support The Alfred Father’s Day Appeal, visitalfredfoundation.org419论坛or phone 1800 888 878.

– from The Age

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Flood update and road closuresSunday AM

Jul 22 2019 Published by under 南京夜网

UNDER WATER: The Gordon Edgell Bridge on Saturday afternoon.THREE Bathurst region roads remained cut by flood waters on Sunday morning.
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The latest update from Bathurst Regional Council, said closed roads this morning included:

Hereford Street: Water over the Gordon Edgell Bridge.Ophir Road: Water over the causeway near Abercrombie House.Freemantle Road: Water over the bridge across the Macquarie River.Council will continue to monitor each of those roads throughout the day on Sunday.

Meanwhile, Bathurst SES says a minor flood warning is still in place even as flood waters recede across the region.

The Macquarie River peaked near 4.3 metres at Bathurst around 3pm on Saturday.

Farmers and other landholders are asked to move pumps and farm equipment, livestock, stock feed and chemicals from low lying areas to higher ground.

The SES advises that people avoid walking or driving through flood water it may be deeper and faster flowing than they realise and is a major cause of flood-related deaths.​

The NSW SES advises:

For emergency help in floods and storms, call the NSW SES on 132 500.In life-threatening emergencies call 000.Visit the NSW SES website at 梧桐夜网ses.nsw.gov419论坛 for up-to-date information. For safety information on floods visit the NSW SES Flood Safe website at 梧桐夜网floodsafe南京夜网419论坛.Listen to the designated emergency broadcaster ABC Central West and/or your local Radio Station for further information.For information on local roads contact your local council.For road information on State Government managed roads go to Live Traffic NSW website at http://livetraffic.rta.nsw.gov419论坛.For rural animal and livestock assistance contact your Local Land Services Office.For Bureau of Meteorology weather forecasts and flood predictions including river height information visit 梧桐夜网bom.gov419论坛​.This story Administrator ready to work first appeared on Nanjing Night Net.

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Brilliant opening sets up Cobras

Jul 22 2019 Published by under 南京夜网

EYES ON THE BALL: Bacchus Marsh’s Liam Noonan has time on his side. Picture: Lachlan Bence Bacchus Marshpaved the way for a long-awaited grand final appearance with a dream start against Sunbury in the Ballarat Football League second semi-final on Saturday.
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Sunbury struggled to get its hands on the ball as the Cobras kicked seven unansweredgoals in the opening 20 minutes of the first quarter in theEastern Ovalencounter.

While it was not enough to completelyput the Lions out of the game –they worked their way back to within 13 points in the third quarter -the goal blitz did the damage required to always give Bacchus Marsh breathing space.

Bacchus Marsh coach Travis Hodgson could not praise that initial burst enough, although he believed the Cobras got caught up in the “bright lights” in the wake of the opening –allowing Sunbury to get back in contention with four late goals in the first term.

He said this had been a reminder that the deeper a team got into the season the harder games were to win.

Hodgson said as well as Bacchus Marsh had done to reach its first grand final since 1999, nothing had been achieved yet.

A persistent Sunbury twice worked its way back from 41-point deficit and when a quieter than usual Alik Magin dribbled a goal five minutes into the last quarter to narrow the margin to 21 points the Lions had a sniff.

As it had all day though, Bacchus Marsh stood firm and went on to kick the last four goals to stretch the final margin to 48 points.

Ruckman Daniel Burton,Jarrah Maksymow and Damian Cupido –all new to the Cobras this season –joined Declan PhylandandLogan Blundellas the big-time performers for Bacchus Marsh.

Burton took the honours against Sunbury’s David Kovacevic, as BacchusMarsh clearly won the clearances. Burton’s biggest influence though was around the ground where as a ball magnet he knocked up taking marks.

Sunbury struggled to lay a hand on an elusive Phyland, who carved up the Lions as a high forward to open up opportunities for Maksymow, who booted seven goals, and Cupido (five goals). Blundell’s pace also troubled Sunbury.

Sunbury struggled for consistency, but key defender Adam Short was one of its winners as heshut down Cam Richardson.

Grant Valles was another to help spark a third quarter surge, while Mathew Medcraft, Jack Landt and JesseMcInneny provided drive at ground level in the absence of dominant talls in attack.

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Three times as many referrals as sexual abuse service can fit in

Jul 22 2019 Published by under 南京夜网

Dale Tolliday, a clinical adviser to the public service New Street, has three times as many referrals as capacity at the lone Sydney clinic. Photo: James BrickwoodNew Street service to be established in the IllawarraMum claims daughter, 6, sexually abused at Illawarra schoolTwo boys, 12, charged with sexually assaulting girlThe only Sydney service to rehabilitate children who sexually abuse other children has three times as many referrals as they can fit in andtwo boys alleged to haverapeda six-year-old girl at school will not be eligible.
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The two 12-year-old boys, from a primary school on the northern beaches,were charged on Tuesday over two alleged rapesof a fellow student in mid-August.

It’s understood the six-year-oldwas allegedly cornered in a toilet cubicleduringrecesson both occasions.

The girl was able to tell a teacher who then notified her parents and the school. Following a two-week investigation, the boys were arrested at Chatswood police stationon Tuesday.

Child sex offences committed by minors are increasing in NSWyet resources for rehabilitating offenders are scant.

More than800 children in NSW are referred to rehabilitation serviceseach year for causing serious sexual harm to other children, according to Dale Tolliday, clinical adviser to rehabilitation provider New Street.

Last year, about 30 offences on school grounds were reported to police, NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research data shows, but the vastmajority of abuse is not reported.

The distressing issue again made headlines this week whenan Illawarra mother launched legal action against the Department of Educationamid allegations her disabled daughter, 6, was sexually abused by fourstudents at school in 2013.

A “comprehensive suiteof wrap-around services” in primary schools would provide better support for victims, the Australian Primary Principals Association recently told the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.

Dedicated “lead professionals” in schools would enable such co-ordination, they said.

For perpetrators,Mr Tolliday said New Street, the only rehabilitation service in Sydney, has a referral list that is at leastthree times their capacity and theNorth Parramatta service is difficult to access for northern beaches families.Melbourne has four services.

In NSW, children charged with sexual offences are prevented from accessing rehabilitation services before their court matter is finalised, meaning the two boys would not be in any program.It’s understood they have since left the school.

Ian Nisbet, a forensic child psychologist and former Juvenile Justice worker and school counsellor, said the criminal justice system”is a reasonably blunt tool to use to try to correct this problem”.

“A therapeutic rather than a purely punitive approach would make more sense,” he said. “What we want most of all is for there to be a chance of rehabilitation and for this to never occur again.”

He has desperateparents who drive hundreds of kilometres to his CoffsHarbour practice for help.

His research of 300 children’s court cases showed half of all offenders had previously committed non-sexual crimes.About 20 per cent hadbeen sexually abused.

“Much more common is a background of physical abuse or neglect,” he said.”You may have a child that’s grown up in a family where they observe human relationships involving coercion [and]exploiting the vulnerability of weaker people so they use that as a template for human relationships.”

He said the prevalence of internet pornography was also a factor.

As well as proving the alleged assaults took place,prosecutors in the northern beaches case will have to prove the 12-year-old boysunderstood thatwhat they were doing was seriously wrong.

Ina recent in-depth look at child-on-child sex abuse, Fairfax Media reported that about 30 to 50 per cent of child sex abuse is committed by children.

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Health care group enjoys profit boost

Jul 22 2019 Published by under 南京夜网

THEmarket finished the week at 5470.56,down 136.79 points from the previous week’s close of 5607.35.
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The All Ordinaries finished down 40.63 points or 0.74 per cent.

The Australian market had a disappointing start to the week, weighed down by index heavyweights Wesfarmers and Woodside as they traded ex-dividend, amid growing worries about the impact of the Federal Reserve’s monetary policy on the market. Most sectors performed negatively, with only telecommunication services eking out small gains. The Australian dollar appreciated against most major currencies.

Ramsay Health Care announced a core net profit after tax of $481.4 million for the year. Directors announced a fully-franked final dividend of 72cents, taking the full year dividend to 119 per centfully-franked. Ramsayfinished the week at $81.31.

Harvey Norman Holdings reported net profit after tax of $348.6million, up 30 per cent. Franchisee sales remained strong in the period fromJuly 1 to August 28. The company declared dividend of 30 cents per share. After a period of moderate investment, the consolidated entity intends to open seven new stores in the 2017 financial year. Harvey Norman finished the week at $5.31.

Amcor announced an agreement to acquire the North American rigid plastics blow moulding operations of Sonoco Products Company, a global packaging company based in the US. The business has six production sites in the US and one in Canada, and generates annual sales of (US) $210 million. The business servicesattractive sub-segments in the personal care and specialty food markets and brings strong, long-standing relationships with multinational and large domestic customers. Amcor dropped 15 cents to $15.84.

The gold price finished at$1328.80 per ounce, the WTI oil price traded at$44.20 a barrel, and the Australian dollar was worth US $0.75.   

The Dow Jones finished up72.66 points to end the week at 18,491.96. The Share Price Index finished up 35 points to end the week at 5383, which should lead to a positive start to trading.

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Letters to the Editor

Jul 22 2019 Published by under 南京夜网

WINTER WONDERLAND: Well thought-out development in the Grampians National Park could benefit the community. Picture: PAUL CARRACHERDevelopment benefitsCONSIDER recent development of the Grampians Peaks Trail, eventual cost of around $30 million, along with the recent tourism report ‘Australian tourism industry is going gangbusters with a record 7.2 million international arrivals last year, and the mind boggles.
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Well thought out development within national parks can benefit the entire community.

DAVID STANNARD

Halls Gap

Legitimate concernsCOUNTRY Fire Authority volunteers are not attacking their conditions, but are concerned about the impact on the ability to perform their duties as they have in the past, without being controlled and hindered in their duties by the United Firefighters Union.

With respect, some union members have been acting like thugs – not all members.

The behaviour of the union secretary, Peter Marshall, is in question also.

Also, I would like to see how many hours the unionmembers actually work, including their superannuation and age of retirement, compared to the rest of the workforce.

It would be great if we could have a premier whowas honourableand governedfor all, not just the union movement.

BRUCE McKAY

Ararat

Census wrapping upWITHmore than seven million household forms now received, or 80 per cent of Australian households, the Australian Bureau of Statistics has thanked the Australian public for getting behind the census.

We are now predicting that two million more households will have completed the census online in 2016 compared to the 2011 Census.

A total of 62 per cent of forms have been filled in online so far, compared to 33 per cent five years ago.

We commend the Australian public for embracing the digital approach to the census in 2016, and for their ongoing support. This clearly shows their understanding of the value of the census, for their community and the nation as a whole.

Remaining households that haven’t completed their census need to do so immediately.

Census forms are due.Our census field officers will continue to visit households that haven’t completed the census over the coming weeks.

If you haven’t yet completed the census, please go online or fill out a paper form now, and this will save a field officer from needing to visit you.

The information you provide will inform funding, planning and development of essential services and infrastructure in your community, so it’s important that everyone takes part to ensure you and your community benefit.

With census field officers now visiting close to three million homes, the reaction from Australians has been positive.

Our visits are providing the assistance required for households to complete the census, and have finalised one million households in the last week. We are on track for a very high quality census.

There are some situations where households who have completed the census will receive a visit from a field officer.

Visits to households that have taken part can happen for a variety of reasons, but commonly is due to the time it takes between completed paper forms being posted back and being registered at our secure data capture centre.

If anyone does receive reminder materials after responding,please contact the census inquiry service on1300 214 531, lodge an online inquiry, or speak to acensus field officer on their next visit so that we can resolve the matter as soon as possible”

For more information about the census, visitcensus.abs.gov419论坛

DUNCAN YOUNG

Head of 2016 Census

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