Six years for rapist to get sentenced

Jul 22 2019

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

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苏州美甲美睫培训学校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

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

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

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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Why Ben Simmons deserves his superstar billing

Jun 20 2019

Ben Simmons hugs his father, Dave, after being announced as the NBA Draft No.1 pick in New York. Picture: Getty ImagesPhiladelphia 76ers make Ben Simmons No.1 draft pick
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LONG-TIME Newcastle basketball coach Tim Mallon has hailed Ben Simmons’ ascension to the NBA as a red-letter day for the sport in the Hunter after the pain of losing its NBL club.

Mallon and Simmons’father, Dave, were coaches at the Hunter Pirates when the NBL took away the club’s licence 10 years ago and gave it to the Singapore Slingers.It remains a bitter memory for all involved, but Mallon said Simmons’ starring role in Friday’s NBA Draft was a deserved reward for the family.

“Dave put it on the line for people in Newcastle,and Benny was here watching it all, whatwe went through with the Pirates and the Falcons,” Mallon told theHerald.

Simmons’ riseas the son of “one of Australia’s great imported players who became an Australian citizen, fell in love with Australia” wasanother chapter in the “greatstory” of basketball in Australia and Newcastle.

Mallon, who coaches at Hunter Sports High and with the Australian under-19s, said Simmons had the talent to meet the expectations of being the No.1 draft choice.

“He’s a prodigious talent, and the NBA do their research pretty well,” Mallon said.“That is an extraordinarily competitive league with some of the most amazing athletes in the world.To be picked number one, to have the blue sash draped over his shoulders, is really quite remarkable.

“Ben’s in lots of ways the perfect storm.You’ve got this kid who was very much interested in basketball but played a bit of rugby league, a bit of Aussie rules and, then, combined with that, he’s inherited his dad’s physical attributes,an amazingly powerful, strong athlete, then with these amazing values in basketball, selfless, tough, and then into all this concentrates this skill and knowledge of the game, because he’s grown up around the sport, watching his father in the national league, watching his father coach and play, and it’s all percolating, isn’t it. It’s all coming together.

“And then he grows exponentially, becomes six-foot-ten. Then throw into that his left-handedness, throw into that his dad’sgrowing up in the Bronx in New York and his toughness. Throw into that his time in Australian sport. You’ve got this perfect storm, this concentrate of someone who is very unique.

“Now he has an opportunity to go and test himself against the very best.”

Mallon praised Simmons senior for developing his son’s basketball intelligence.

“Dave was smart in encouraging himto develop a game that was sort of unusual for a big man, that he would play with the ball in his hands, that he would make assists, that he could dribble it and create plays. He could play like a big point guard.

“What you’ve got is a kid that’s playing a bit differently, and that’s going to bring something different to the game, which I think is really interesting for him, combined with those lovely values that lots of Australian sports people will recognise and that his dad had in bucketloads.

“I’m sure he’ll help Ben take the right attitude into his career.”

Mallon said Australia’s presence in theNBA was growing, but Simmons was potentially the country’smostinfluential export.

“We’ve got lots of players in the NBA.Bogut is probably the most prominent because of his starting role, but he is a role player.

“Ben’s the first one who looks like he’s the spearhead, which is a nice progression.

“To me it all fits in with part of a bigger story about the development of the game.”

Mallon said Simmons’ selflessness was a sign of greatness.

“I noticed the other day that LeBron James gave the ball up; he didn’t take the winning shot. That says a lot for him.

“The great players know that that’s what it takes. Ben finds a way to contribute. He has such an impact on the game in such a variety of ways. I think the fact he’s not one-dimensional is a great strength.”

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Cast ride in to The Capital

Jun 20 2019

YEEHAW!: Mitch Hammer, Ashley Eadon, Eliza Turner and Tyson Peautagitama will star in Nexus Youth Theatre’s production of Oklahoma. It opens at The Capital on July 21. Picture: GLENN DANIELSNEXUS Youth Theatre is less than a month away from making their debut at The Capital theatre.
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Their production of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Oklahoma! will premiere on July 21 and will be the first time the company has performed at The Capital.

Co-director and producer Julie Lovell said the cast were very excited to perform at such an iconic theatre.

Oklahoma! was the first musical created by the Rodgers and Hammerstein team. It premiered in 1943 and was adapted into an Oscar-winning film in 1955.

The story followstwo young cowboys go head to head with an evil ranch hand and a traveling peddler for the hearts of the women they love.

“We decided to do something big and new,” she said.

“Oklahoma!hasn’t been done in Bendigo for a while, so it’s a bit different and thisshow has a lot of dance, so we will be able to feature our dancers.”

More than 60 students from every school in Bendigo will perform in the show as well as help behind the scenes.

Nexus Youth theatre’s preview of Oklahoma“Oneof kids lives all the way down in Woodend and another out at Heathcote, so it is literally a conglomerate of students working together,” Ms Lovell said.

Nexus has been operating for seven years and aims to create an inclusive community for students with an interest in the arts.

“Because Bendigo is such a sports driven community, a lot of the theatre kids get pushed out or marginalised and not included in same capactiy,” Ms Lovell said.

“Nexus tries to create a community of kids who love the artsand who love drama.

“We have kids doing media, make-up ,set design, costumingand acting but at the end of the journey, the best part is thekids have had an awesome time with the show an they say‘I havefound my home’.”

Previously Nexus has perform other classic musicals including Beauty and the Beast, Pirates of Penzance, the Wizard of Oz and the Soudn of Music.

The development of Ulumbarra has also increase young people’s interest in the theatre.

“What we are seeing is kids who are seeing a future pathway in the arts,” Ms Lovell said.

“Ulumbarra has opened and now we have The Capital as well and both are booked out.

“Every school pulling in the arts more than they ever have, so we are trying to feed into that.We want to help build that culture in Bendigo.”

Nexus Youth Theatre’s production of Oklahoma is on at The Capital from July21 to 23.

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Innovative dementia program under threat

Jun 20 2019

Bob Reed, who has dementia, loves peg craft and gets help from support worker Christine Kennafick.For an 83-year-old widower, the social program run by Hastings District Respite Care Services for people with dementia is a godsend.
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“We’re so lucky to have this service in Wauchope,” says Bob Reed, whose wife, Betty passed away last year. “These mornings get me out of the house and talking to people. The staff are lovely, caring people.”

Held on Mondays and Wednesdays from 8.30am to 2pm in a centre at Bundaleer Hostel, thesessions are open to Wauchope and district residents 65 years and overwho have been diagnosed with dementia.

The $15 daily fee includes a 2-course lunch, a morning and afternoon cuppa, and pick-up and return home.Butthe Wauchope program needs more participants to remain viable.

With the support ofdedicated staff and volunteers, Bobenthusiastically pursues his favourite hobby, peg craft. His miniature furniture, vehicles and pieces of art have won prizes in the Wauchope Show.

His daughter, Leanne Parker, who’shis principal carer,believes it would be a sad loss for Wauchopeif the service was discontinued.“I can’t speak highly enough about the program and the people who run it.

“Dad has great fun and there’s always a choice of activities for him to get involved in. And, they are always heading off somewhere – they’re having lunch at Dunbogan next week.The thing I appreciate most is that Dad is valued and treated with respect.”

For carers, HDRC Services’ programs provide a regular break from their often-stressful 24/7 role – the chance for some ‘me time’. However, they are not simply a people-minding service.Established in 1986, the not-for-profit organisation is breaking new ground with its dementia program, which aims to keep people with dementia living at home longer.

The program incorporates Montessori principles into activities that encourage and stimulate the individual, increasing their general wellbeing and independence.

“The results have been very encouraging,” saidJulie Dunn, manager of HDRC Services’ dementia respite program.“We know social interaction and meaningful activities keep the person engaged and are critical in slowing memory loss and the progression of their dementia.”

“Our aim is to do everything we can to maintain the person’s independence so they can remain in their home for as long as possible.” For more information,call JulieDunn on 6584 1115.

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Hunter’s second winter snowphotos, video

Jun 20 2019

Hunter’s second winter snow | photos, video INSTA @courtneyfrail Playing in the snow ☃❄️ #barringtontops
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TweetFacebook June 2016 snowFROSTY temperatures were predicted to drop a dusting at Barrington – and it hasn’t disappointed.

As damaging winds brew on the coast the mercury has plummeted in the region’s high country, delivering a frosty white crust onto the ground at Polblue.

Barrington Tops Snow Chaser Dannie Lawson shared more than a dozen photos of the falls, which she said arrived just after midday.

“It was cold and fun,” Ms Lawson, of Raymond Terrace,said.

“Best thing about it, [there were]not many people.”

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Council endorses proposed motorsports facility​

Jun 20 2019

Council endorses proposed motorsports facility​ An artist’s impression of what the Yerriyong development could look like. Images: Supplied
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TweetFacebook“The development will also deliver a high class recreational facility with all residents able to benefit from tourism and increased visitation to our city.”

She said the construction and operation of the facility would provide substantial employment opportunities throughout the area and attract new businesses to the region.

“Over the past two years, Motorcycling NSW have shown that they are committed to this city and the community has shown widespread support for the plan,” Cr Gash said.

“I am pleased that the noise and amenity concerns raised during the community consultation process have been addressed in the development consent and that the application has been amended to reduce the ecological impact and improve conservation outcomes.

“The recommendation by council’s regional development committee represents a significant project milestone and major step towards construction of this exciting facility.”

The Southern Joint Regional Planning Panel will meet in Nowra on Wednesday, June 29 to make a determination on the proposal.

The meeting will start at noon in the reception room, Shoalhaven City Council, Bridge Road, Nowra.

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