GALLERY: Fireworks save Australia Day
南京夜网 / 16/01/2019

Saved the day: The Colours of the Outback fireworks display was a genuine hit and a new take on life pyrotechnic performance at the Penrith Australia Day concert at the regatta centre.Penrith’s Australia Day 2015 wasn’t the smoothest celebration this year because of the rain, but the epic fireworks display more than saved the day.
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The rain kept plenty of people away from the regatta centre, where the evening Australia Day party was staged, Seattle Sound pulled out of the event due to weather and Justice Crew took a better offer but the ‘Colours of the Outback’ fireworks spectacular was good enough to rescue any calamity.

The pyrotechnics, screen images and two-man musical performance were all in sync to create an emotionally stimulating and bombarding effect that took the fireworks show to a whole other level.

Fireworks provider, Howard and Sons, said this was the first of its kind in Australia and it didn’t disappoint.

The largely red, green and gold fireworks, in keeping with the outback theme, were launched off a pontoon in the middle of the rowing lake creating dazzling synchronous explosions and symmetrical patterns across the lake.

GALLERY: Fireworks save Australia Day Gracie and Ellexcia Case at the Penrith Council Australia Day celebration at Penrith Lakes. Picture: Gene Ramirez

Penrith Council Australia Day Party, Penrith Lakes. Picture Gene Ramirez

Lima Leata, Coda Barnes, Vena, Gracie, Danetyn and Ellexcia Case at the Penrith Council Australia Day celebration at Penrith Lakes. Picture: Gene Ramirez

Izaak Nasio, Teigan and Lachaln Elliott, Aliyah Nasio and Ryan Elliott at the Penrith Council Australia Day celebration at Penrith Lakes. Picture: Gene Ramirez

Ethan and Stephanie Turner with Richard Cooke at the Penrith Council Australia Day celebration at Penrith Lakes. Picture: Gene Ramirez

Penrith Council Australia Day Party, Penrith Lakes. Picture Gene Ramirez

Penrith Council Australia Day Party, Penrith Lakes. Picture Gene Ramirez

Penrith Council Australia Day Party, Penrith Lakes. Picture Gene Ramirez

Penrith Council Australia Day Party, Penrith Lakes. Picture Gene Ramirez

Karly Snowden with her son Jessy Andrews at the Penrith Council Australia Day celebration at Penrith Lakes. Picture: Gene Ramirez

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We deserve ‘fair’ fuel prices
南京夜网 / 16/01/2019

MEMBER for Indi CathyMcGowan has vowed tokeep watch on the fuelinquiry announced lastweek by the AustralianCompetition and ConsumerCommission.
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Ms McGowan wrote tothe consumer watchdogin late December callingfor an investigation intothe petrol pricing behaviourof fuel outlets acrossIndi.

“This issue is now ontheir agenda and I hopethe report results insome strong recommendations,”she said.

The ACCC will conductthree in-depth investigationsthis year touncover the true cost ofproviding unleaded petrolto regional consumers.

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This will include quarterlyreports coveringfuel price movementsin all capital cities andabout 180 regional locations.

Ms McGowan said petrolprices across the Indielectorate had fallen butfair petrol pricing wasan important issue forregional Australians.

“It’s a matter of fairness,”she said.

Ovens Valley MP TimMcCurdy is pushing forthe ACCC to acknowledgeWangaratta andsurrounding towns inthe investigation.

Mr McCurdy has alsowritten to the ACCC torequest a review of petrolpricing in regionallocations.

“I am regularly travellingthroughout theregion and am able towitness the variations infuel myself,” he said.

“With the significantdrop in oil prices reflectedin metropolitan pricesit is unfortunate that Iam unable to say the OvensValley is seeing thesame price drop.”

The Nationals MP saidthe issue was a regionwideissue.

“Yarrawonga andWangaratta have beenhighlighted by constituentsas particularly expensive,”he said.

“It is not fair that citizenswith less access topublic transport are havingto pay more to getto and from daily activities.”

Mr McCurdy said areport released late lastweek by the ACCC confirmed the gap betweencity and country petrolprices was growing.

He noticed there werediscrepancies of between23 and 26 cents per litrebetween bowsers in Melbournecompared withYarrawonga and otherregional stations.

New powers issued tothe ACCC by the federalgovernment will allowthe consumerwatchdogto crack down on irregularprices with quarterlyrather than annual reportsand investigationsinto specific geographicmarkets.

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Bendigo Country Week, day three
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5.20PM:Game over in division three. Grassmere Colts all out for 190 to fall 45 runs short of Northern United’s 235. One win and one loss for the association today.
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4.45PM:Grassmere Colts 7-146 off 38 overs. Need 90 off 72 balls for victory.

4.15PM:Even tougher for Grassmere Colts now. Slumped to 6-116 against Northern United, need 120 runs off 120 balls for victory. Aaron Moyne fell one run short of a half-century.

4PM:Tough ask for Grassmere Colts from here. Have reached 5-83 chasing 8-235 versus Northern United. Aaron Moyne leading the way with 44 not out.

3.25PM: AMAZING WIN! Horsham all out for 92, Grassmere wins by 37 runs. Ken Jones the hero with5-16 off 11 overs while spinnerPaddy Mahony took 3-25 off eight overs. Grassmere now two wins, one loss in division two. Today could provetournament-defining.

Steady start for Grassmere Colts in division three. Have reached 3-65 off 20 overs, Aaron Moyne 28 not out and Phil Edwards 19 not out. Chasing Northern United’s 8-235.

2.45PM:THE DREAM IS ALIVE! Horsham has collapsed to be 7-47 off 22 overs, chasing Grassmere’s 129.Ken Jones has taken 3-6 off five overs.

In division three, Grassmere Colts are 1-23 chasing Northern United’s 8-235. Patrick Sinnott is the man out, for a duck.

2PM:Horsham now 2-28 chasing Grassmere’s 129 in division two. Match slowly slipping away from the south-west boys.

1.40PM:Northern United’s fightback finished with it making 8-235 against Grassmere Colts in division three. The last two wickets put on 107.Grassmere Colts are about to start their innings.

Horsham is 2-15 off seven overs at lunch in division two, so there is hopefor Grassmere, which is attempting to defend 129. Dan Oakley has both wickets.

1PM:Northern United making a comeback against Grassmere Colts in division three. Has recovered from 6-128 to be 7-182 in the closing stages.

12.40PM: ALL OUT!Grassmere will attempt to defend 129 in its division two clash against Horsham this afternoon. Chris Bant top scored with 61, Luke Ryan made 23.

12.25PM:Grassmere battling in division two, now 7-119 off 42 overs. Phil Edwards gets his second wicket in division three and Northern United has slumped to 6-128.

12PM:Grassmere Colts on top of Northern United in division three, with their rivals 5-122 off 33 overs. Phil Edwards with the latest scalp.

But Grassmere is struggling against Horsham in division two. Chris Bant’s 61 earlier in the day has proven the only knock of substance. Grassmere is 6-116 off 36 overs.

11.45AM:Grassmere has lost two quick wickets to fall to 4-109 off 32 overs against Horsham in division two. Luke Ryan is attempting a rearguard rescue mission, having reached 20 not out.

11.30AM:Aaron Moyne breaks through for Grassmere Colts! Northern United 4-73 off 20 overs in division three.

11AM:Quick-fire knock from Chris Bant comes to an end. Out for 61, Grassmere is 2-81 off 21 overs against Horsham. Could be game-changing.

10.50AM:Grassmere Colts well on top in their division three match against Northern United at Bagshot. The Colts have reduced their rivals to 3-30 after 10 overs, with Kevin McElgunn grabbing two wickets.

10.40AM:The recovery continues, Grassmere up to 1-50 off 14 overs, Chris Bant unbeaten on 35.

10.20AM:Chris Bant leading a revival. Grassmere 1-30 off seven overs against Horsham with the skipper on 22 not out.

10AM:Disaster early for Grassmere against Horsham at Weeroona Oval in division two. Captain Chris Bant won the toss and batted but the side is 1-3 off two overs. Murray Habel is the man out, bowled for a duck.

Grassmere Colts have lost the toss and are fielding against Northern United at Bagshot.

PRE-MATCH:Day three of Bendigo Country Week is upon us and Grassmere Cricket Association’s two squads are seeking to get their representative campaigns back on track.

Grassmere and Grassmere Colts suffered defeats yesterday to give away many of the gains from Monday, when they started the tournament in emphatic fashion.

Grassmere meets unbeaten Horsham at Weeroona Oval in division two. Underlining the size of the challenge is thatHorsham defeated Portland on Monday, while Grassmere lost heavily to Portland on Tuesday.

Grassmere Colts play Northern United at Bagshot in division three. Northern United also has a 1-1 record after two days.

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The girl they called Narooma
南京夜网 / 16/01/2019

The girl they called Narooma NAROOMA AND FAMILY: Narooma McDiarmid (second from right) with brother Andrew Jnr, mum Samantha and dad Andrew in the US state of Washington after she returned from missionary work in Kenya.
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NAROOMA AND FAMILY: Narooma McDiarmid with brother Andrew Jnr, mum Samantha and dad Andrew somewhere in Scotland.

NAROOMA AND DAUGHTER: Narooma McDiarmid and her young daughter Judah now live in Scotland.

NAROOMA AND DAUGHTER: Narooma McDiarmid and her young daughter Judah now live in Scotland.

NAROOMA AND FAMILY: Narooma McDiarmid with brother Andrew Jnr, mum Samantha and dad Andrew.

NAROOMA AND FAMILY: Narooma McDiarmid with brother Andrew Jnr, mum Samantha and dad Andrew.

NAROOMA AND FAMILY: Narooma McDiarmid with her mother Samantha.

PARENTS: Andrew and Samantha McDiarmid back in the day.

MUM AND BROTHER: Samantha McDiarmid and son Andrew at a waterfall somewhere in the world.

TEACHER MUM: Samantha McDiarmid doing what she loved – being a teacher.

TEACHER MUM: Samantha McDiarmid doing what she loved – being a teacher back in Rozelle, NSW in 1974.

MUM AND KIDS: Samantha McDiarmid and her kids Narooma and Andrew.

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Little Lillian’s ready for big school
南京夜网 / 16/01/2019

Counting sleeps: Lillian Bell can’t wait for the day she starts kindergarten at Regentville Public School. Picture: Gary WarrickJolana Bell doesn’t expect too many tears when daughter Lillian, 5, starts kindergarten at Regentville Public School on January 30.
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The South Penrith resident said she was dreading watching her only child head in for her first day of school.

“Although I’m dreading the first day, Lillian is excited and is always asking me what day she gets to go off to big school,” Mrs Bell said.

“I don’t think there will be any tears until she realises I’m gone.

“However, I’m sure she is going to love her first day.

“She is looking forward to meeting friends and playing games, and she is already counting down the sleeps until she gets to go to big school.”

Lillian will have at least two friends joining her whom she is looking forward to seeing again.

She said she already had her school uniform ready and was looking forward to doing craft with her classmates.

Mrs Bell said on the kindergarten orientation day Lillian met some of her new classmates while the parents were being told what to expect of the 2015 school year.

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