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Cup dreams: OHS claims Astley title

Aug 20 2019 Published by under 南京夜网

OHS’ BARMY ARMY: Orange has claimed the 2016 Astley Cup. Photo: NICK GUTHRIETHE skies were black, it was cold and it had even started hailingbut the smiles couldn’t be wiped from the faces of Orange High School (OHS) students after they claimed the 2016 Astley Cup on Friday afternoon.
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Thursday and Friday’s tie against Dubbo College Senior Campuswas tight at times, both schools won four sports each, but Orange scored bigvictorieswhen it mattered andwon 428-372 away from home.

After defeatingBathurst 451-349last week, it ensured the Cup will return to the colour city, regardless of the result of next week’s final tie between Dubbo and Bathurst.

OHS’ win in Dubbo was so convincing the final event, the boys’ soccer, was irrelevant, the black and golds had already claimed the tie by then thanks to wins in hockey and girls’ soccer.

“It’s a pretty exciting feeling to regain the Cup,” OHS Astley Cup co-ordinator Tegan Dray said, before speaking about her school’s approach to the tri-school tournament.

“You’ve got to go in with the understanding every point matters and it doesn’t matter if you’re up or down.

“Every point matters and you can’t go out expecting to win or lose so it really, truly is a whole team effort in every sport in that regard.”

OHS took an 84-point lead into Friday’s second day, which they kicked off with a thumping 4-0 victory in the hockey fixture.

Although, as Dubbo co-ordinator Rebecca May said, considering OHS’ penchant for scoring double-digit wins a four-goal loss wasn’t a terrible result for the hosts.

CAPTAIN COURAGEOUS: OHS skipper Josh Swain leads his side on to Caltex Park on Friday afternoon. They lost, but won the tie overall. Photo: BELINDA SOOLE

Dubbo bounced back though, predictably winning the rugby league 38-6.

At that point OHS led Dubbo 343-257 overall, setting up a grandstand finish should the latter side win the girls’ soccer.

They didn’t, the visitorsdid, sealing their victory and guaranteeing them the Cup as well.

May and Dray both made a point of praising all the students for the spirit in which the tie was played.

The atmosphere at every event was near-deafening while the schools’ colours weresplashed all over Dubbo for the two days of competition.

May added she had no doubt that will continue next week when Dubbo travels to Bathurst, butthere was no doubt the final word belonged to Dray and Orange High.

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More dairy pain for suppliers

Aug 20 2019 Published by under 南京夜网

One of Victoria’s smaller milk processors has told one of its suppliers her milk payments would work out at less than 40 cents a litre, next season.
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National Dairy Products (NDP) supplier Wyena Holsteins, Donna Edge said her income estimate was 34.7c/l.

“That’s my income estimation for next year,” Ms Edge, of Carpendeit, said.

As an NDP supplier, Ms Edge is not eligible for the Federal government’s concessional loans, which only go to Murray Goulburn and Fonterra farmers.

NDP suppliers also had their price cut from $5.90 a kilogram of milk solids to $5.18/kg for April through to June.

It’s 2016-17 net price is $5kg/ms, but Ms Edge said heraverage fat and protein was4.2 and 3.3 per cent.

NDP managing director Tony Esposito thanked suppliers for their support, “through what has been a very tough time.

“National Dairy Products will continue to work with customers and follow the market conditions, to ensure that we are maximising the margins that are able to be passed on to our supplier base,” Mr Esposito said.

Ms Edge said she had a herd of 125 cows, which were highly productive, but the cost of production had gone up by more than $5000 in 12 months.

HARD TIMES: Processors are continuing to reveal milk solids prices, causing further shocks for farmers. Picture: Andrew Miller.

“We look after our cows, even though we need to feed them, its still profitable – the last three years, when it was so dry, we had to borrow quite a bit to feed them.”

She said, on the estimates supplied by NDP, she would be down $50,000 this year.

“That’s $50,000 less next year, than what we got this year, that’s $50,000 we don’t have to spendin the local economy,” Ms Edge said.

“It’s not as if we are going to put it in the bank and leave it in the bank.”

She said she was working, off farm, to try and stay in business.

But she said repairs and machinery purchases would have to be deferred, or let go, altogether.

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Wine industry in fine form

Aug 20 2019 Published by under 南京夜网

SHIRAZ SUCCESS: Grapegrower Jamie Nietschke said the SA Winegrape Growers’ Summit reaffirmed that Barossa shiraz was the “right place to be” for his family’s Moppa vineyard.THERE was a sense of positivity at the annual SA Winegrape Growers’ Summit this year, with preliminary figures showing the crush was up 15 per cent on last season’s figures.
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Wine Grape Council of SA consultant Sandy Hathaway said cool climate regions were up 35pc, while warm climate regions had a 0.6pc increase.

“We’ve got a crush slightly up but prices slightly up as well,” she said.

Cool climate cabernet sauvignon and chardonnay had a 50pc increase, while cool climate shiraz had a 30pc increase.

Pinot grishad an 80pc increase in warm regions and a 47pc increase in cool regions.

“Pinot griswas up substantially off a low base –we know there’s a lot of new plantings coming in there,” Ms Hathaway said.

SA’s total planted area declined marginally to 75,858 hectares with less than 500ha of new plantings. Shiraz accounted for 50pc of new plantings, with cabernet making up 25pc.

Winegrapes Australia general manager Paula Edwards said C grade fruit moved “far quicker and earlier” than A and B grade fruit this season.

“There’s been a real move infocus,” she said.“I think that’s a reflection of what’s driving sales and what price points are moving.”

Ms Edwards said many SA grapegrowers had not achieved a profitable return growing white grapes and the demand volume for alternative varieties remained low.

Continued strong demand for Barossa shiraz and cabernet sauvignon was pleasing for Moppa grapegrower Jamie Nietschke.

“As a Barossa grower, the message for us was Barossa shiraz is still the easiest thing to sell,” he said.”It reaffirmed we’re in the right place.”

Mr Nietschke said it was encouraging to see more positivity at the summit.

His Nietschke Moppa Estate had a “significantly” better year than last year.

“We had no frost issues and utilised irrigationbetter, whichcontributed to our increased tonnage,” he said.

Mr Nietschke said frost fans and increasedirrigationhad contributed to sustainability and reduced fluctuation inproduction.

Outgoing WGCSA chair and berry2wine principal Simon Berry underlined the precarious nature of the industry in his opening address by calling on attendees to let their voices be heard.

“We have a lot of opportunity to work better as growers and winemakers,” he said.

“We don’t want to be dominated by processors and brand owners, butwe want to be partners in jointsuccess.”

Mr Berry said the industry had lost some of its “mystique” and needed a new way of engaging consumers.

“Fine wine is doing well, we have a strong presence, but we need to recapture success across a broader range of wines,” he said.

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Just a bunch of ‘Friday Night Heroes’ having fun: video

Aug 20 2019 Published by under 南京夜网

LEADFINGER: Just four average guys who love making music. They launch their fifth album at Bulli Herit age Hotel on July 23. Picture: Supplied
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Some men play golf, some go fishing, others invest their spare time in cars, but for Stewart Cunningham playing in a rock band is his hobby.

The gardener from Helensburgh startedLeadfingerin 2007 as his creative outlet and avenue for “adventure”.

Nearly a decade on and four-pieceof men aged around 40are about to release their fifth album, Friday Night Heroes, with a launch party at Bulli Heritage Hotel on July 23.

Cunningham reckons they’ve lasted thislong because they’re grounded people and don’t let the band take over their lives, keeping it “real”.

It’s the first time an image of the group has featured on an album cover, something that Cunningham admits was a tough decision.

“We’re not movie stars,” he said. “We’re real people and this is real music.”

They chose not to Photoshop their imperfections on the imageso to expose their“raw grit”, emulating the“soul bearing” songs.

Cunningham, who’s the lead songwriter of the group, faced the sudden death of his mum during recording and said there was a lot of emotion poured into the mix as a consequence.

The result, “down the line rock’n’roll” said Cunningham.

“There’s no money in it,” he said. “But when we get together we know we have areally good time.”

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Group urges water study for pipeline

Aug 20 2019 Published by under 南京夜网

Edenhope’s Friends of Lake Wallace group has urged West Wimmera council to create a business study for a pipeline extension.AN EDENHOPE lake lobby group fears a state government proposal to extend the Wimmera-Mallee Pipeline could be lost because of the electorate is asafe seat.
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The state government invested $1 million into a feasibility study, which will look at extending the pipeline to West Wimmera and Ararat municipalities.

Friends of Lake Wallace has urged West Wimmera council to commit to thestudy and spend to create a business case.

The group’s Andrew Farran said water authorities seemed supportive of a pipeline extension to Edenhope.

“To ensure that those authorities will support a pipeline that is sufficient enough to restore and sustain Lake Wallace, a business case is strongly recommended,” he said.

“This should be done professionally and could cost about$50,000.”

The group’s Trevor Domachenz said the pipeline extension project might come downto the state government choosingbetween West Wimmera and Ararat, seeing asboth councils were part of the feasibility study.

“We are a marginal seat and Ararat isn’t, so I wantto know how we can present our case when it’s between us and Ararat Rural City,” he said.

Mayor Annette Jones said council had allocated$15,000 in the 2016-17 budget for a business case.

She said council hadlobbied extensively for the pipeline.

“Every opportunity we get, we refer tothe water situation in our shire and the need for apipeline,” she said.

“Even though it’sraining now, we can’t let this project die –it needs to bespoken about.

“We arenot just sitting on our hands with this.”

Cr Jones said council would not have a role in the decision making.

“We will work to build as good a case as we can,” she said.Chief executive David Leahy said only the state government could decide about the future of the pipeline.

“This is a process steered by state government and weare a player in it,” he said.

“We can’tdetermine how the government will spend its money, we can only advocateto ensure all opportunities are explored.”

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Six years for rapist to get sentenced

Jul 22 2019 Published by under 南京夜网

A 21-YEAR-OLD man who pleaded guilty to rapewas placed on a two year probation order and will serve 100 hours of community service.
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No conviction was recorded against the man, who was 15yearsoldwhen he fingered the victim for several seconds while she was asleep in her bed some timebetween August 18, 2010, and August 23, 2010.

In the Mount Isa District Court last Friday,Judge Ian Dearden said the lengthy delay between the crime and sentencing was due to the man telling lies to the police.

“Had you been an adult when you committed the offence there is no doubt in my view you would be going to jail today (Friday),” Judge Dearden said to the manwhile passing sentence.

“In those few seconds you caused an enormous amount of pain, grief and heartache.

“Each of you will bear the effects of your conduct –not hers, yours –for the rest of your life.”

But the man had no other sexual crimes against him in his criminal history –the last breaking and entering charge was in 2012.

“I’m prepared to give you a chance,” the judge said.

Director of Public Prosecutions prosecutor Elizabeth Kelso saidthevictim told her school counsellorwhat had happened, andshortly after doing soreported it to the police.

The man denied the charge when police first interviewed him, Ms Kelso said.

“He said he was working at a cattle station at the time, and was released without charge,” Ms Kelso said.

It was only after the man was released that police investigators realised that he was not working at the cattle station at the time he was accused of rape.

But it took until December, 2015, five years after he raped the victim, for him to be located and charged. The man then admitted what he had done.

Ms Kelso said that through conditions of the Youth Justice Act the defendant had to be charged as an adult, although prosecution did acknowledge he was a juvenile at the time the rape happened.

Barrister Charlotte Smithsaid the defendant was“very embarrassed, ashamed and remorseful”. He was pursuing a career as a ranger.

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Buddleja: the beautiful butterfly bush

Jul 22 2019 Published by under 南京夜网

ATTRACTIVE: Buddlejas are attractive for the gardener as well as butterflies and other insects.Buddlejas,those beautiful butterfly bushesso called because their nectar rich flower spikesattract butterflies to them, are probably the most amenable of all shrubs to soil type, acid or alkaline, but theydo prefer a well drained situation in the garden for the bestresults.They flower well in full sun and like shelter from strong winds as their wood is inclined to be brittle. These hardy plants arealsodrought and salt tolerant soaresuitable forcoastal gardens.
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Named after the Reverend Adam Buddle, a botanist from Essexin England in the seventeenth century, buddlejas flower prolifically instunning colours of white, purple, pink, orange, yellow and magenta.Some are fragrant. They belong to the same family as foxgloves, Scrophulariaceae.

Buddlejas are big feeders and appreciate the addition of composted material used as amulch.Well suited to the open garden they are not good subjects for growing in containers due to their coarse root system.

Buddlejas benefit from deadheading as the blooms fade to encourage the production of subsidiary flower spikes to extend the flowering season.

Theyhave been known to naturalise in Tasmania in disturbed ground in urban areas especially along roadsides.The tiny, winged seeds spreadon the wind so its important to prevent them from becoming a potential problem by removing allspent flowers before they can seed.

Buddlejas are quick growing with a spreading habit andtherefore need to be prunedhardto control their size and to remove dead or weak growth. If you grow varieties that flower on the previous season’s wood, those that flower in late winter or spring, prune the flowering shoots back as soon as flowering stops.The new growth will mature to flower in the following winter.

Late summer flowering and autumn types should be pruned back in late winter.Old shrubs can be pruned back very hard to rejuvenate them, but feed well after any drastic pruning.

Buddleja davidii cultivars are suitable to use as centre pieces or asbackground plantsin the mixed shrub bedbecause of their flower size andabundance of blooms.

Anotherlovely buddleja isthe Argentinean native B. globosa, distinguished by its dense crop oforange/yellow balls of flowers in summer. A large deciduous shrub of open habit it has big, wrinkled dark green leaves.

Prune to shape after flowering.Buddleja salvifoliais a winter flowering type with upright heads ofpretty pale lilac flowers.Buddleja x weyeriana, a cross between B. davidii and B. globosa,has orange/yellow flowersthatis oftenflushed soft purple.

Buddlejasgrow easily from half-hardened cuttings in summer especiallyifa littleheel isleft on.Ideal bonsai subjects.

DIARYJuly 19:The Australian Plant Societywill meetat the Max Fry Hall on Gorge Rd, Trevallyn, Launcestonat7.30pm.Guest speaker for the evening is Rosemary Verbeeten on the topic of “Lessons learnt from gardening with native plants”.

Visitors are welcome to attend the meeting at no charge andwill be able to gain expert advice on gardening with native plants from thefriendly members over a cup of tea or coffee. Information on the APST can be obtained from its website at梧桐夜网apstasnorth.org

July 20:The Launceston Horticultural Society willmeet at the Windmill Hill Hall, High Street, Launceston at8pm.Guest speaker for the evening is Tim Terryof Tasmanian Truffles.Visitors are welcome.

July 21:The Launceston Orchid Society will meet at the Newnham Uniting Church Hall, George Town Road, Launceston at7.00pm.Visitors arewelcome.

Daily:The Emu Valley Rhododendron Gardenat55 Breffay Road, Romaine, Burnie is open from9amto5pm.

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Meat yield, quality key focus

Jul 22 2019 Published by under 南京夜网

WORK under way on Dorpers in a satellite flock in Western Australia will help create better eating quality lambs, without compromising yield or growth.
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The Resource Flock began life in 2007 as the Information Nucleus Flock under the Sheep Co-operative Research Centre (CRC), but is now run by Meat and Livestock Australia.

Professor of animal genetics Julius van der Werf, University of New England, Armidale, said the project would determine where Dorpers were situated in terms ofmeat yield and quality.

The focus then shifts to the development of genotyping tools, adding to traditional methods such as pedigree and performance recording.

Prof van der Werf, also the program leader for the genomics program in Sheep CRC, said this was a long-term project to ensure breeds such as Dorpers had the tools to produce high yielding carcases while maintaining eating quality.

The project involves the slaughter of the lambs, all of which are DNA tested, to collate data on traits such as intramuscular fat (IMF) and tenderness.This information is used to develop a genomics test, which in turn will then be used to calculate a breeding value, giving producers an estimation of the breeding value of that animal from an early age.

“The idea is to create an index which can balance these otherwise antagonistic traits, so producers will be able to select for high meat yield without reducing eating quality”, Prof van der Werf said.

“Those eating quality traits are important because if you keep just selecting for meat yield and growth, then the intramuscular fat level goes down.

“It’s quite likely we can measure lean meat yield in abattoirs very soon and we’re also working with MLA and the CRC on measuring intramuscular fat at chain speed in abattoirs.”

He said this meant processors would eventually be able to develop a price signal for these traits, however, this may take several years.

“If you pay for the trait, it’s an incentive to breed for the trait,” he said.

Prof van der Werf said the genomic test was still about two to three years off commercial release for Dorper producers.

His suggestion at this stage for the best way breeders could use this technology was to select the best ram lambs to test, and, using genomic testing, narrow them down to the best of the group to use for breeding.

A trial being conducted in Western Australia is helping to develop genomic tests for Dorper and White Dorper sheep for hard-to-measure eating quality traits.

Therefore, a producer might genotype 20 young rams, but use the best five for breeding to make better selections,reduce generation intervals and increase genetic progress.

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Women learn vital skills

Jul 22 2019 Published by under 南京夜网

Brooke Boulden using the Farm Fire Unit Hose after starting the pump.
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South Australian Country Fire Servicerecently ran their free two-day award winning Firey Women Workshop on the island to empower women to learn how to protect themselves and their families in a bushfire.

Marina Gregor building confidence in starting a farm fire unit pump.

Women came from as far as Cape Forbin, D’Estrees Bay, Nepean Bay, Kingscote, Brownlow and Flinders Chase.

Women learnedabout the seven keys to bushfire survival:

Sarah, back left, Cyrita, Hester, Vivienne, Ruth, Marina, Connie, Vanessa, and front Leeza, Brooke, Janine, Archie, Lisa and Tina.

Understanding Bushfire Risk & BehaviourRecognising Fire Danger DaysPreparing Your Home and PropertyActing on Fire Danger DaysPhysical & Emotional PreparationCreating Emergency KitsWriting & Practising your Bushfire Survival PlansThe women left the workshop with the beginnings of their own Bushfire Survival Plan, and a good knowledge of how to prepare their own properties and businesses for bushfire and really understood the meaning of “leaving early” and “staying and defending” in the event of a bushfire.

The women understood some of the greatest risks and mistakes people make every time there’s a fire like getting into their vehicle and thinking they will out run the fire.

They also became aware of the importance of really understanding weather and environmental conditions that can change the way a fire behaves and where to get reliable information before a fire even begins.

The program was described as “very informative” byparticipants, with the workshop so informative thatone participant suggestedfor the program to be “compulsory for everyone in high risk areas”.

Thank you very much. I feel a lot better prepared. I have a lot more confidence and know that I can handle the potential situation better.

“It has given me confidence with understanding fire dangers and how to prevent a tragedy/lessen risk of harm from a bushfire,” one participant said.

“There was a lot of fun with some of the hands-on skills including starting a fire pump, getting into the best position if stuck in a vehicle and looking at and handling bushfire emergency kit items that could be used if trapped and forced to stay and defend their homes,” another participant said.

CFS Community Engagement Officer Vanessa Geerts said it’s great that there are 12 more Kangaroo Island Residents and their families who will be better prepared this coming fire season.

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Coach tips Simmons to bring touch of Magic

Jul 22 2019 Published by under 南京夜网

Ben Simmons at the NBA Draft in New York. Picture: Getty Images
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Philadelphia has had Rocky Balboa, Wilt Chamberlain, Julius Irving and Allen Iverson.Now they have a new hero, Ben Simmons.

The 76ers used the first pick of the NBA Draft on the 19-year-old 208cm, 111kg gazelle who can play any position on a basketball court.He is the franchise player they will look to structure their team rebuild around.

“When we all look at what Ben brings to the table in regards to size, skilland versatility, it is exciting,” coach Brett Brown said.

NBA teams hire investigators to delve into the lives of potential recruits.They have a lot to lose. The 76ers are not only paying Simmons millionsover the next three years but desperately need the right player to revive the once-great franchise.

Brown had an odd advantage because he has known Simmons since he was born.

Brown was an assistant under Lindsay Gaze at the Melbourne Tigers in 1989 when the team took a gamble on 205cm Bronx-born bruiser Dave Simmons as one of its US imports.Dave fell in love with the Tigers’ head cheerleader, Julie, they married, and baby Ben, the 76ers saviour, was born.

Brown eventually moved back to the US asan assistant at San Antonio before taking on the difficult job of reviving the 76ers.Rave reviews about Dave’s kid kept finding their way back to him.

The enviable problem for Brown is to decide how he will use Simmons.Hesaid it would be “borderline cruel” to use him as a guard, a position he rates as the most difficult for an NBA rookie to grasp.Butdon’t count it out.

Simmons has been compared to the greatest big-man point guard, Magic Johnson, and Brown knows one day he may just live up to that comparison.

“Sometimes in my wildest dreams I envisage him as a point guard,” Brown said.

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