Once in two-year weather event hits Mid-North Coast
南京夜网 / 16/09/2019

GARDENS around the Mid-North Coast received a much-needed drink duringa prolonged period of consistent rainfall on Tuesday.
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Over a24-hour period from 9am Tuesday until 9am on Wednesday a staggering 145 millimetres fell in Port Macquarie.

By comparison, surrounding areas such as Forster received 77 millimetres, Kempsey 37, Dorrigo 25, Taree 9 and Coffs Harbour just 0.2 millimetres.

Weatherzone meteorologist James Casey said it was a once in two or three year event.

“It’s the heaviest rainfall in Port Macquarie since January 2013 when 144 millimetres fell on January 29,” he said.

“It doesn’t happen often.”

But could it be attributed to climate change?

“It’s just weather being weather,” he said.

State Emergency Services were also kept busy with 11 jobs requiring their assistance, with sandbagging required and homes inundated.

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Property entered, items stolen in Murray Bridge
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Police want residents to lock up their homes, hide valuables and engrave expensive items after a number of reported break-ins in Murray BridgePolice are reminding residents to lock up their homes, hide valuables and engrave expensive items after a number of break-ins in Murray Bridge recently.
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Between 11.40am and 3.30pm on Friday, January 16, someone broke into a garden shed at a property on Adelaide Road, Murray Bridge, and stole a red Masport four-stroke petrol lawnmower, an orange-coloured electric hedge trimmer, two black-coloured petrol garden blowers and an orange-coloured Stihl petrol whipper snipper.

Police have also been advised that sometime between 10.15pm on Friday night and 1.30am on Saturday, January 17, someone gained entry to a business premises on the Old Princes Highway, Murray Bridge.

The thief then entered sleeping quarters at the property and removed a cash register and a computer.

Also at Murray Bridge, between 9am on Thursday, January 15, and 1pm on Saturday, January 17, someone entered a garden shed at a Willow Avenue property and removed an engine motor which was left in the rear yard of the property.

Between December 28 and Saturday, January 17, a property on Doecke Road was entered through an unlocked room.

Thieves removed a yellow coloured Karcher (K2.180 model) pressure/steam cleaner.

Police urge homeowners to ensure appropriate keyed locks are fitted to doors and windows; gates, garages and sheds are locked when not in use; garden tools and ladders are securely locked away so they cannot be used to break in; valuables are hidden; gardens are kept trimmed to avoid being used as a hiding place; packaging of expensive items are broken down and placed in a bin and valuables are engraved or marked with a driver’s licence number.

-?Details: Anyone with information about any of the incidents, or the whereabouts of the stolen property, should call Crime on 1800 333 000 or report online at https://sa.crimestoppers南京夜网.au/ You can remain anonymous.

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Speeding drivers top fines list
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Speeding fines were the most common type handed out by police in the Murraylands, Mallee and Riverland last financial year.Drivers in the Murray and Mallee evidently feel the need for speed.
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Speeding fines were the most common type handed out by police in the Murraylands, Mallee and Riverland last financial year.

A total of 690 were issued, most for speeding by up to 20 kilometres per hour over the limit, though four drivers were clocked at more than 160kph in a 100kph zone.

Murraylands operations manager Senior Sergeant Peter Sims said police would go on issuing fines until drivers stopped choosing to break speed limits.

“The speed limits are put there for a reason,” he said.

“Police will continue to detect speeding motorists – be it by camera, radar or hand-held laser – in an effort to reduce (speeding) and make our roads safer for all motorists to use.

“The message has been around for a long time … only those who speed and are detected end up with a substantial expiation notice and loss of demerit points.”

Next most common were fines for absent-mindedness: driving with an expired license (206) or while unregistered (205) or uninsured (85).

More fines were issued for drug driving (78) than drink driving (26).

Senior Sergeant Sims attributed the high drug driving numbers to improved detection methods.

“There is an element of concern in the amount of drivers being detected with them,” he said.

“Drug driving is certainly on a par with drink driving.

“Emphasis is placed on the detection of both.”

A handful of fines were also given out for plain bad driving: going the wrong way on a one-way road, failing to give way or stop at a stop sign, tailgating, turning right from a left-hand lane and overtaking on the left.

SA Police published the statistics on fines for the first time last month and will update them quarterly.

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Youth value family, friends – unsure of future path
南京夜网 / 16/09/2019

Young South Australians value friends and family more than jobs, study or even their own health, a survey has revealed.Young South Australians value friends and family more than jobs, study or even their own health, a survey has revealed.
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The 2014 Mission Australia youth survey gathered responses from almost 14,000 teenagers around Australia, including 1500 in South Australia.

Three quarters rated friends and family as very or extremely important, while about 16 per cent rated getting a job and financial security as not at all important.

At the same time, achieving career success and being financially independent were the most important long-term goals in their lives, though only about 60 per cent thought they were very likely to reach those goals.

Frauke Hobbs, manager of youth counselling service Headspace in Murray Bridge, said such disconnect was common before young people reached their early 20s.

“At 15 years of age, young people still aren’t clear about how they’d go about having a career and a good income,” she said.

“It takes a young person until they’re 21 to know what career path they want to undergo.

“They’re interested in other stuff, not working, earning and studying.”

Even at the ages of 15 to 19, the survey found, politics and the economy were the two most important issues for respondents, along with drugs, alcohol and mental health.

Stress and study were the biggest problems they highlighted, followed by body image for girls and depression for boys.

Most said they would go to friends and family for help or search the internet; only about one in eight said they would contact a community agency such as Headspace.

Mission Australia chief executive officer Catherine Yeomans said it was important to listen to young voices and tailor youth services accordingly.

“When young people dream big and believe they can achieve those dreams, the possibilities for our country are endless,” she said.

“But when our youth feel their dreams are out of reach and limit their goals for adulthood, Australia’s future prosperity is at risk.”

– Details: If you are aged 12 to 25years and struggling with life’s problems, visit Murraylands Headspace on Railway Terrace, Murray Bridge or go to www.headspace.org.au.

For help with depression and anxiety, call Lifeline on 13 11 14, the Child/Adolescent Mental Health Service on 8531 3901 or the Murray Mallee Community Health Service on 8535 6800.

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Yass Piranhas devour locals
南京夜网 / 16/09/2019

As their name suggests, the Yass Golf Club Piranhas made a meal out of the local’s cricketers taking victory by 164 runs over Boorowa at the Boorowa Recreation ground last Saturday. On a perfect day weatherwise for cricket, the locals again showed plenty of spirit in the field but just lacked that bit of bowling penetration to get through the stronger batting line ups. It’s been a steep learning curve for the locals going into a tougher grade this season but they certainly aren’t about to throw in the towel, still hoping to win a couple this season and go into next year’s competition with some momentum.
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The Piranhas began strongly taking 30 off the first three overs and reached 58 before the opening stand was broken. Boorowa managed to apply the brakes but Yass had reached 2/107 at the halfway stage of the innings with 23 overs gone. Having built a platform the middle order launched and despite some reasonably tight bowling for medium pacer Rick Bennett and slow man Phil Coggins the Piranhas still reached 5/262 in their forty five overs. The most successful of the Boorowa bowlers was Chris Turner with 2/41, Rick Bennett 2/30 and Russell George 1/61.

In reply, Boorowa began steadily reaching twenty before the first wicket went down. They reached 2/40 in the 13th over before losing 5/18 as the middle order crumbled to be 7/58 before cameo knocks by Jacob Carmody 16 and Sam Beath 14 pushed the score to a modest 98 All out. Brendan Shean made a handy 21 at the top of the order. There is not a lot of difference between the bowling attacks of Boorowa and other teams in regard to pace, however the main difference is the ability to bowl consistently along the same line and length. If Boorowa can improve on the basic areas of their game they will be a force in the future of Yass cricket, a fact not lost on opposing sides who have said we are not far off.

This Saturday sees Boorowa at home again, this time hosting Harden which was a deferred match from round one when the Harden picnics took place. Both sides have struggled this year and it’s a great chance for both teams to notch a rare win.

There’s still plenty to play for even though neither side is semi-final bound.

It is great to see a few locals getting down to the rec ground for the home games and your support in what has been a tough season so far is much appreciated by the players.

Don’t forget to join the players at the Courthouse Hotel after each and every game for a drink or two and some good social banter.

To the Boorowa sides credit, the visiting teams have commented on the spirit and fairness the Boorowa team has shown even though wins are proving hard to come by. At the end of the day, that’s what it is all about, having a good time.

See you at the cricket.

-Third Man.

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Asylum seeking children to remain in WA private schools
南京夜网 / 16/08/2019

Asylum seeking children will continue to be sent to private schools after negotiations broke down Photo: Angela Wylie Asylum seeking children will continue to be sent to private schools after negotiations broke down Photo: Angela Wylie
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Asylum seeking children will continue to be sent to private schools after negotiations broke down Photo: Angela Wylie

Asylum seeking children will continue to be sent to private schools after negotiations broke down Photo: Angela Wylie

Asylum seeking children in Western Australia will continue to attend private schools after negotiations to bring the state in line with the rest of the country broke down.

In 2013, Fairfax Media revealed that WA was the only state without a funding agreement with the federal government that allowed asylum seeking children to attend public schools.

The WA and federal governments had been in negotiations for an arrangement to cover the cost of asylum seeker students to attend public schools – like in every other state – since mid 2012.

But negotiations between the two are understood to have ceased at the tail end of 2014 with the federal government deciding to abandon plans for a funding agreement.

This means the federal government will continue to pay for WA primary and secondary students, who are on bridging visas, to attend private schools.

In October 2013 a spokeswoman for the WA government said the election of a new federal government had “delayed the establishment of an Memorandum of Understanding (MoU)”.

On Tuesday a Department of Premier and Cabinet spokeswoman told Fairfax Media “the Commonwealth Government, late last year, indicated it did not wish to pursue an MoU for the provision of state school services to asylum seeker children”.This story Administrator ready to work first appeared on Nanjing Night Net.

Solar industry gets $33.3m boost to fuel commercial take-up
南京夜网 / 16/08/2019

Commercial buyers are seen as the solar PV growth market in Australia. Photo: Glenn Hunt Commercial buyers are seen as the solar PV growth market in Australia. Photo: Glenn Hunt
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Commercial buyers are seen as the solar PV growth market in Australia. Photo: Glenn Hunt

Commercial buyers are seen as the solar PV growth market in Australia. Photo: Glenn Hunt

The flagging Australian solar industry will get a $33.3 million boost as the government’s green investment bank combines with a Chinese partner to spur companies to take up more photovoltaic panels.

The Clean Energy Finance Corp, which the Abbott government has been seeking to axe, will provide as much as $20 million to the venture with ET Solar to encourage more shopping centres and other big power users to cut their power bills.

“There is huge scope to expand and deepen the solar PV market in the commercial sector,” Oliver Yates, the CEFC’s chief executive, said in a media release.

Market analysts Green Energy Trading says that Australia added about 800 megawatts of solar PV capacity in 2014, little changed from a year earlier.

The commercial sector is filling the gap left as state-based support for residential solar PV retreats further, tripling its share of the market since 2012 to 15 per cent.

Under the program, ET Solar will own, operate and maintain solar PV systems ranging from 30 kilowatts to 2 megawatts in size, with the customer agreeing to buy the electricity at an agreed rate below the current power price.

“We see the [power purchase agreement] finance model as a way to remove the barrier of the upfront capital requirement which should enable many more Australian businesses to benefit from solar, reducing energy costs and lowering emissions,” Mr Yates said.

The Abbott government’s efforts to cut the renewable energy target for large-scale generators – and related agencies such as the CEFC – have so far been blocked in the Senate.

Federal ministers have not made it clear whether they will continue to back the small-scale end of the market, which currently aids solar PV units with capacity of as much as 100 kW.

The commercial sector offers a better match of power demand and potential supply than many households. Shopping centres, for instance, typically operate during daylight hours and would consume all the power generated on their roofs, while many homes are vacant during the day.

“Our first PV systems installed through this program will involve large-scale commercial projects in Queensland, the Northern Territory, South Australia and New South Wales, with a rollout to all states around Australia,” Sam Khalil, head of operations and business development for ET Solar Australia, said.

“We currently have a commercial-scale car port structure solar project under way in Queensland, which will incorporate solar energy into a shopping centre car park, with similar construction planned in other states,” Mr Khalil said.

ET Solar, a top-tier maker of PV panels based in Nanjing, China, will provide $13.3 million in equity for the venture.

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American Sniper review: Clint Eastwood a bit off target
南京夜网 / 16/08/2019

Screen couple: Bradley Cooper and Sienna Miller play Chris Kyle and his wife, Taya, in American SniperAmerican Sniper, much of which is the source of Jason Hall’s screenplay. With Bradley Cooper playing Kyle and Sienna Miller his wife, Taya, Eastwood opens the story with a young Kyle picking up some traditional values about guns and the nature of manhood from his father. From there it’s a quick path to serving his country once terrorists attack US embassies in 1988.
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But most of the story centres on Kyle in action over four tours of Iraq and his relationship with Taya. As his reputation as a sniper grows, he becomes known as “Legend” to US troops and “The Devil of Ramadi” to Iraqi insurgents. Back home, he’s just absent, even when he’s there. To provide appropriate Iraqi antagonists, Hall creates an enforcer named “The Butcher” (Mido Hamada) and an opposing sniper named Mustapha (Sammy Sheik). As the conflict progresses, a huge bounty is placed on Kyle’s head and Mustapha becomes the man most likely to claim the prize.

Eastwood plays a delicate and not altogether successful balancing act, trying to portray Kyle as both a man who cannot but be affected by his job (his first kill is a woman and her young son), and a zealous patriot who believes in his country and its role as protector. Complicating matters greatly for Hall and Eastwood (spoiler alert, if you don’t know the truth about Kyle) was his death in 2013, just as the screenplay was being completed. In an interview, Hall admitted it caused a great deal of rewriting, the pressure now to memorialise Kyle as father and hero. It certainly provides the film with a strikingly tacked-on ending, undermining what would have been a powerful tale about the individual psychology of war, in the vein of the far superior The Hurt Locker. The action sequences are excellent, the plastic baby is dreadful (you’ll see it when it comes) and Cooper does a fine job in his most serious role to date.It might get you talking, but it’s not one of Eastwood’s finest.

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OCEARCH heads down under: Australian sharks to be monitored online 24/7
南京夜网 / 16/08/2019

Although the research at the moment won’t allow tagging of great whites OCEARCH have tagged them in the past Photo: OCEARCH Although the research at the moment won’t allow tagging of great whites OCEARCH have tagged them in the past Photo: OCEARCH
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The research will take their vessel from Perth to Broome in a bid to lean more about sharks of WA’s coast Photo: OCEARCH

Although the research at the moment won’t allow tagging of great whites OCEARCH have tagged them in the past Photo: OCEARCH

Although the research at the moment won’t allow tagging of great whites OCEARCH have tagged them in the past Photo: OCEARCH

The exact location of 40 Australian sharks will soon be monitored online at any time of the day thanks to technology being used by an American outfit currently in the country.

In a first for Australia, scientists will be given greater access to the animal than most other shark tagging and research operations, thanks to OCEARCH Ocean Research.

The company is providing research expeditions on its “mothership” vessel which has the capacity to allow tagging of large sharks by bringing them up on an overwater platform.

Tiger shark tagging expeditions will be carried out in Western Australia and Queensland, with 20 sharks to be tagged with SPOT tags, which allow for the live monitoring to be tagged on each of the ocean voyages.

While it is understood these tags, which allow for 24/7 location monitoring, have been fitted to juvenile sharks in Australia in the past it is believed this could be the first time mature sharks will be monitored with such technology in the country.

And the tracking will not only be accessible to researchers, as real-time tracking becomes freely available to the public online for the first time.

The research work is carried out by local scientists, with the OCEARCH vessel and its crew providing the capacity to catch the sharks.

Scientists from as far away as Tokyo, Argentina and the US will join researchers from the University of Queensland, James Cook University, the University of Western Australia and the University of Tasmania.

Their reserach will focus on conservation and learning more about shark behaviour and their movements to increase safety for those who use marine environments.

The tiger sharks will be caught with hand lines and brought onboard the overwater platform, manoeuvered with a custom lift, then released after researchers have completed their 15 minutes of work.

The shark is then guided by hand in to the water on and off the lift.

James Cook University’s Dr Adam Barnett described the OCEARCH expedition as a “great opportunity” to advance shark research.

“We have the chance to tag more tiger sharks with OCEARCH satellite technology over a period of a few weeks than our team has in the past 14 years in Queensland waters,” Dr Barnett said.

“Having hands-on, safe access to live mature tiger sharks will be a significant boost to research, allowing us to conduct projects that are undoable in the water, providing data we could never have dreamed of achieving on our own.

“Researchers in this area are crying out for funding so to have access to the resources of this calibre is the best start to the New Year.”

OCEARCH, which operates with funding provided by sponsors including Caterpillar, will launch its first expedition from Brisbane at the end of January and the vessel will head to WA in April to begin a Broome to Perth reserach expedition.

Founding chairman and expedition leader, Chris Fischer said “OCEARCH data has influenced policy makers in a number of countries resulting in better outcomes for both shark and humans”.

“The new data will help provide Australia with a better understanding of when, how and why tiger sharks forage particularly near public beaches,” Mr Fischer said.

“This project is about delivering previously unattainable data to public safety officials and conservation managers.

“It will be a privilege to serve the Australian people and your tiger shark research community. It’s our goal to create the most inclusive, open sourced shark project with the Australian people in history.”

Mr Fischer said in addition to the SPOT tags, a number of acoustic tags would also be placed on tiger sharks on both expeditions, which will be able to be picked up by other shark monotoring networks such as the existing one in WA.

In recent months the WA government has copped critiscism for using information from the monitoring network to target great white sharks as part of catch and kill orders. And while Mr Fischer said such actions in relation to sharks tagged by OCEARCH would be “concerning” he said his team “would communicate with those public officials to try and avoid any conflict like that”.

In previous years two fully funded offers to carry out shark tagging expeditions in WA were turned down by the state government in favour of focusing on the current tagging methods already carried out on behalf of the state government.

Since then, Western Australia launched website SharkSmart which provides details of when sharks are detected near beacons positioned off some metropolitan and regional beaches.

Despite the possible threat of great white sharks to humans being a topic of debate in Australia in recent times, Mr Fischer said the scientists on board will not be able to tag great white sharks because of their protected status.

New South Wales beaches closed for a record long stint last week because of great white shark sightings and the WA government is currently spending more than ever on shark mitigation strategies. This has been as a result of an unprecedented spate of fatal shark attacks in the past few years involving what have mostly been believed to be great white sharks.

“We have offered assistance to tag great whites and have not heard back from CSIRO or federal government, you have to get approval from CSIRO if you want work with white sharks,” he said.

Mr Fischer said those on board would likely have their “hands full” with tiger sharks and turtle research anyway but may also come across bull sharks and mako sharks.

The CSIRO has previously said OCEARCH’s protocols for handling great white sharks were “not consistent wih CSIRO protocols” for the species.

Sea Shepherd spokeswoman Natalie Banks said they supported tagging in favour of harsher control methods and would be interested in talking with representatives of OCEARCH when they are in Western Australia in regard to what they do. Follow WAtoday on Twitter

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Nhill junior Country Week kicks off
南京夜网 / 16/08/2019

UNDERWAY: Junior Country Week cricket action kicked off in Nhill this week. Picture: FILE PHOTOHORSHAM and Wimmera-MalleeNorth enjoyed wins against theirregional counterparts on day oneof under-14s West WimmeraCountry Week action at Nhill thisweek.
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Horsham defeated Wimmera-MalleeSouth, while West Wimmeralost to Wimmera-MalleeNorth.

Horsham coach Simon Gebertsaid quality bowling from his teammade it hard for Wimmera-MalleeSouth to score.

Horsham batted first and made6-179 before South replied with8-95.

Gebert’s son and captainBrayden took two wickets, as didMitch Jorgenson and SeanWouters.

With the bat, Mitch Martinretired with 36 runs, while Jorgensonmade 32 and Josh Leith made31.

Gebert said he was pleased tosee the whole team contribute tothe win.

‘‘We had some good batting andour bowling was exceptional and Icouldn’t be happier with the fielding,’’he said.

For Wimmera-Mallee, CodyBrooks top-scored with 23, whileCharlie Dean took three wicketswith the ball.

In the other match, Wimmera-MalleeNorth was 4-208 in itsdefeat of West Wimmera, whichmade 6-130.

Wimmera-Mallee North coachGlenn Westerland said the topthree batters for his side performedbrilliantly.

Fletcher Douglas, 35, Sam Griffiths,35, and Tom Letts, 37, allretired after reaching the maximumscore allowed.

With the ball, six North bowlerstook one wicket apiece, while TomLetts had figures of three overs forthree maidens and no wickets.

West Wimmera’s Josh Lees, 33,and Liam Preston, 38 retired, didwell with the bat and Josh Leestook two wickets.

Country Week organiser MaxMagrath said there was idealweather for cricket on Monday.

‘‘It has been going very well, allthe players have all been enjoyingthemselves,’’ he said.

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