Jul
6
  • Weatherman pronounces ridiculously complicated Welsh name without batting an eyelid

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    Nailed it: Welsh weatherman Liam Dutton. Photo: Channel 4 NewsIt’s a moment most broadcasters can only dream of.
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    Liam Dutton, a weatherman for Channel 4 in the UK, was presenting his regular weather report when he was confronted with a name so long that it stretched across the North Sea and into the Netherlands.

    But Dutton, who speaks Welsh, didn’t break a sweat. (Click on the image below to watch the video).

    “Now today, we had a big contrast in temperature across the UK, just 12 degrees over coastal parts of Eastern England, with cloudy skies,” he begins, before gesturing to the 58-letter name towards the bottom of the screen.

    “But in the sunshine, in north-west Wales at RAF Mona, just up the road from Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch, the temperature got to 21 celsius.”

    The tongue-twister took him more than 4 seconds to say, but he did it flawlessly and with a straight face.

    @liamdutton Well Done!! I saw that big smile of relief at the end! ?? @channel4pic.twitter南京夜网/aapFHgebbJ

    — Chezella (@ChezellaMac) September 8, 2015Bruce Almighty (click below).

    Fitting for a forecaster, he has a sunny outlook about his newfound international fame.

    “Thanks for all the kind comments about last night’s weather forecast,” Dutton posted on Facebook.

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6
  • Setback for The Hills homeowners hoping to make millions selling to developers

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    Residents in The Hills district expecting windfalls of millions of dollars for their homes from high-rise developers after rezoning along the new North West rail line face a major setback in their plans to cash in.
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    On Tuesday nightThe Hills Councilvoted to put on public exhibition its plans to limit high density housing to areas closer to stations, often on council land, and permit only lower developments elsewhere.

    “[The]night was about who stole Christmas,” said real estate agent David Dowling, the principal of Ray White Castle Hill.

    “The council hasdecimated the height everywhere except on council land. Some people who thought they’d get 18 storeys on their land will now get only four.”

    There hadbeen scenes reminiscent of an old-style gold rush after the NSW State Government released its vision for the north west rail link corridor in September 2013, pinpointing locations for high density housing and employment.

    With developers eager to build apartment blocks of up to 18-20 storeys in an area that previously hadn’t allowed much high rise, home-owners banded together to sell their homes and land blocks for up to four times what they might be worth as single houses on the current market.

    But the local council has quashed many of those great expectations with its draft The Hills Corridor Strategy which says the State vision was intended more as a high level strategic framework for planning, rather than a blueprint of what will happen.

    “It created significant development expectations within the community, some of which are unrealistic, and a lot of speculation,” said Michael Edgar, the council’s group manager of strategic planning. “This is the council’s take on how we can accommodate the State Government’s housing and employment targets.

    “Many of the expectations of high density apartments would prove difficult to adequately service with local roads, parks, playing fields and community facilities. Now we are trying to start a discussion with the community about what their future suburb will look like in terms of a living environment, its character and amenity.”

    The council’s overall proposal provides more homes than the State Government’s plan – 2491 additional homes in Castle Hill as against 1131 – but they’re spread out over a wider area, rather than having big blocks of higher towers.

    One local homeowner Glen – who asked for his surname to be withheld – says he’s devastated by the new draft. He, together with 14 of his neighbours, had their houses up for sale for an expected sum of over $4 million each on Olola Avenue, Castle Hill. His house is currently valued at around $1.2 million.

    “We’d been advertising and had received offers and were considering one,” said Glen, 33, the father of two children, aged three and three months.

    “But now, instead of eight to 10storeys on our properties, we’re being told we won’t be getting any at all, even though across the road there would be high rise.

    “The change for us is dramatic. I’m very disappointed but this is a draft and I’m hoping it won’t end this way. But now our lives are going to be on pause for an undetermined period of time.”

    Ray White agent Phil Kelly also blasted the draft plans, saying they were only released a few days before the meeting, and that they’d shocked the local community in how much they varied from the concept draft which had allowed a maximum height of 20 storeys in some cases.

    “We understand the new plan drastically reduces allowable density, reducing or eliminating entirely the financial viability of many planned projects,” he said. “From our perspective, the prospect of a backflip on the original plan seems wholly unfair for the buyers who have operated under the original premise provided by the council for the past nine months, as well as for those sellers who are yet to transact.

    “I think everyone’s still in shock. A lot of residents were expecting to receive significant sums of money and, at the 11th hour, that’s been taken away from them. We’re talking about big sums of money and these are real consequences. All bets are off in some cases today.”

    Over 200 locals with their homes on the market or who’d been planning to sell or hoping to finish negotiations in the next few days have all put their plans on hold.

    Deputy mayor Councillor Yvonne Keane said the plans were still a draft and, now they’d been put on exhibition for the next 28 days, the discussion should start about the future of the areaand how it should look.

    “There’s been so much speculation, we wanted to provide residents with some clarity about where the density is going to be,” she said.

    “It’s a very long process that will take a couple of years.

    “We want to plan very carefully to retain the essence of what makes The Hills Shire a beautiful place to live, work and play.”

    Many of those who’d been planning to sell up for a huge profit had said they were planning to buy something out of the Hills Shire for their retirement. Glen said he’d been planning to buy acreage elsewhere as, “I don’t want to live over the road from high riseand it’s getting too busy in Castle Hill.”

    Edgar said the new draft plans were about the community they’d be leaving behind.

    “I don’t blame the landowners because of course it would make a big difference to their lives and futures to get $4 million for their houses instead of $2 million,” he said.

    “But we’re taking a sensible look at how we can accommodate new people and keep the character and built form of the place we still want to be able to call home.”

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6
  • Junior success across the board

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    Under 14 premier Newborough Reds. Under 12 premiers Leongatha.
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    Under 10 premiers Trafalgar.

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    THE glory was shared around on Central Gippsland Junior Football League grand final day, with all three cups bound for different trophy cabinets.

    Trafalgar secured the under 10 flag over Leongatha, but the Parrots turned the tide in the under 12s to take one back against the Bloods.

    Newborough Reds denied Leongatha, playing in its third final for the day, in the under 16 decider, 5.9 (39) to 3.3 (21), ensuring the spoils were split far and wide.

    CGJFL president Craig Skinner said the results were a testament to the strength of the competition.

    “As far as the league goes we couldn’t have been happier; we had three different sides win three different age groups,” he said.

    “We don’t always like to see the same side winning everything and it just goes to show how even the competition is at different age groups.”

    Skinner also lauded the attitude of the players and coaches, specifically the mutual respect shown at the conclusion of matches at Ted Summerton Reserve.

    “The two teams once they’d finished spent more time going to not their own teammates but the opposition because of the respect they’ve got for each other,” he said.

    “I think it goes well for our competition that the coaches all get along. I like that part of it. From my point of view as a president I like the way the coaches have taken control of our competition.”

    The CGJFL president also had a personal stake in proceedings, as coach of the winning Newborough Reds outfit.

    He said the club, which splits its talent evenly between its two junior sides in the top age bracket, was thrilled to win a premiership, but was not solely focused on results as indicators of success.

    “We don’t actually do all this for the premiership stuff, we’re all about developing the kids,” Skinner said.

    “Once we get to finals we really try to give them every chance to win it once they’re there.

    “Up until then we really try to give kids the same amount of opportunity in all parts of the ground, we don’t just go out to win every game by as much as we can, and that’s where the development comes from.”

    CGJFL grand finals

    U10s Trafalgar 2.2.14 d Leongatha 0.0.0

    Goals: Trafalgar: O. Hennessy 1, T. Radford 1. Best: Trafalgar: C. Nash, T. Radford, T. Matthews, L. Hennessy, J. Dwyer, J. Angus. Leongatha: W. Brown, L. Sauer, J. Brown, J. Fixter, B. Mcginn, R. Checkley.

    U12s Leongatha 8.6.54 d Trafalgar 1.1.7

    Goals: Leongatha: F. Materia 3, R. Giliam 2, K. Brown 1, E. Lamers 1, J. Friend 1. Trafalgar: B. Claridge 1. Best: Leongatha: H. Kewming, C. Riseley, E. Lamers, N. Fixter, J. Allen, J. Wrigley. Trafalgar: B. Edwards, M. Treadwell, A. Connolly, B. Humphrey, B. Claridge, A. Templeton.

    U14s Newborough Reds 5.9.39 d Leongatha 3.3.21

    Goals: Newborough Reds: T. Baldi 2, Z. Skinner 1, D. Keyhoe 1, T. Mafis 1. Leongatha: M. McGannon 2, C. Michael 1. Best: Newborough Reds: W. Anderson, T. Mafis, L. Rock, K. Jennings, J. Skinner, T. Baldi. Leongatha: M. McGannon, B. Martin, J. Ryan, J. Hume, J. Battersby, L. O’Neill.

    BEST ON GROUND

    U14 Wade Anderson for Newborough Reds

    – Best for Leongatha, Mason McGannon.

    U12 Bailey Humphrey for Trafalgar

    – Best for Leongatha, Haidyn Kewming.

    U10 Callum Nash for Trafalgar

    – Best for Leongatha, Will Brown.

    2015 AWARD WINNERS

    BEST AND FAIREST

    Under 12s Riley Pearce (Moe Maroons) 25 votes

    Runners-up Bailey Humphrey (Trafalgar) 23 votes

    Tristan Waack (Yinnar) 23 votes

    Under 14s Leo Connolly (Trafalgar) 31 votes

    Runner-up Brock Smith (Newborough Blues) 29 votes

    GOAL KICKERS

    Under 12s Tajh Eden (Mirboo North) 32 goals

    Under 14s Harrison Pepper (Youth Club) 31 goals

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Aug
21
  • iPhone wait will soon be over

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    ANNOUNCEMENT: Chris Sutton, Sara Colloridi, Scott Catanzariti and Rachel Grigg from Telstra Business Centre can’t wait for the new iPhone. Picture: Stephen Mudd.
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    Apple fans around Griffith have been eagerly awaiting the new iPhone, which is due for releasein Australia on September 25.

    Rachel Grigg from Griffith’sTelstra Business Centre was a self-confessed “iFan”.

    “I’m very excited,” Ms Grigg said.

    “It will be great for us as a new business.”

    Apple unveiled two new iPhones, an updated version of itsApple TV,which now has its ownapp store and a voice-controlled remote control, as well asa 12.9-inch iPad Pro at a media event in San Francisco.

    Some customers had been putting off upgrading their phones for three months, according to Chris Sutton from the business centre.

    The least expensive iPhone 6s, which has 16GB of storage, will cost $1079.

    The larger 6s Plus will be priced from$1229.

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Aug
21
  • Three of the very best: Orange Tigers hunt history-making premiership

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    HUNTING: Dale Hunter, Tim Barry, Mick Rothnie and Simon Ewin are gunning for three consecutive grand final victories.AUSTRALIAN RULES
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    SINCE the club’s, and Central West AFL’s, inception in 1982, the Orange Tigers have never won three straight top grade titles.

    The Tigers have won two in a row thrice – 1991 and 1992, 1998 and 1999, and the current streak – but, arguably, 2015 is the black and golds’ best chance to claim a hat-trick, thanks largely to the current crop of players’ experience.

    Five of the current Tigers will be playing in their third straight grand final while another six will be playing in their second consecutive decider.

    Incredibly, three more have grand final experience prior to Saturday having played in 2013, while just 10 of the 24-man squad will play their first grade final with the Tigers.

    Talk about big-game veterans.

    Skipper Tim Barry, vice-captain Michael Rothnie, Dale Hunter, Simon Kay and Josh Bubnich are gunning for three straight, which would also signal three consecutive grand final wins over perennial heavyweights Bathurst.

    “It’s pretty important to us, we’re trying to make some club history,” Hunter said.

    “It does give us more motivation, especially being against the Bushrangers, we’ve played them in the last two as well so there’s good rivalry there,” Rothnie added.

    “I think Bushrangers have been in the last 10 grand finals … we pride ourselves on our grand final performances, and playing well when it counts,” Hunter said.

    “When I came here I hadn’t won one, so to come here and potentially win three straight is big, it’s huge for the club,” Barry said.

    “But for me, it’s more about the old boys in the club. They’ve seen the development in the club, and the hope come through, and seen us go from also-rans to title winners.

    “They’ve seen that improvement, and if everyone sticks with it I don’t see why the Tigers can’t keep winning them.”

    Simon Ewin is one of the six looking for his second straight title – he was an emergency in 2013 – and he said the experience in the squad, particularly the aforementioned quintet, puts the Tigers in good stead on Saturday.

    “Having their experience in the side helps us a lot,” Ewin explained.

    “It helps me a lot personally too. It’d mean a lot to everyone to get a third straight title.”

    The top grade game starts at 2.30pm, following the under 18, reserve grade and women’s deciders at Orange’s Country Club Oval this Saturday.

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Aug
21
  • Mandurah socials gallery – September, 2015PHOTOS

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    Mandurah socials gallery – September, 2015 | PHOTOS Out and about in Mandurah, September 2015. Pic: Kate Hedley.
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    Out and about in Mandurah, September 2015. Photo: Richard Polden.

    Out and about in Mandurah, September 2015. Photo: Richard Polden.

    Out and about in Mandurah, September 2015. Photo: Richard Polden.

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    Out and about in Mandurah, September 2015. Pic: Kate Hedley.

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    Out and about in Mandurah, September 2015. Pic: Supplied.

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    Out and about in Mandurah, September 2015. Photo: Richard Polden.

    Out and about in Mandurah, September 2015. Photo: Richard Polden.

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    Out and about in Mandurah, September 2015. Photo: Richard Polden.

    Out and about in Mandurah, September 2015. Photo: Richard Polden.

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21
  • Mittagong RSL Shield at Bowral Bowling Club

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    Don Weller and his team mates lead the Mittagong RSL Shield series. Photo by Josh BartlettTHE second round of the Mittagong RSL Shield was played at Bowral Bowling Club on Saturday.
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    The format of triples and singles games was played.

    Last year’s winners Wade Eaton, Don Weller, Keith Edwards and Cameron New have come from the back of the field to take the lead on 88 shots.

    Kevin Stafford, Neil Lewis, Noel Fraser and Russell Fahey are well placed in second spot on 85 shots.

    Reg Rodwell, Bernie Michael, Bob Grover and Ashley Lewis hold down third position on 84 shots.

    Weller, Edwards and New beat Kurt Griebenow, Ian Crow and Ian O’Farrell by 33-16 on Saturday.

    After 10 ends, team New led 19-9 and lifted further in the second half of the match to win by 17 shots.

    New’s team mate Wade Eaton defeated Peter Oates in the singles by 39-20.

    This result helped team New move into top position.

    Neil Lewis, Noel Fraser and Russell Fahey had a 21-all draw against Brian Payne, Mick Flynn and Jeff Williams.

    Fahey’s team mate Kevin Stafford defeated Kel Limbrick by 44-8.

    Stafford was unstoppable and his attacking style won out.

    Bernie Michael, Bob Grover and Ashley Lewis lost to Barry Werfel, John Layton and Clive Neutze by 24-10.

    Team Neutze was more than a handful for team Lewis.

    At the finish, team Neutze ran out the winner by 14 shots.

    Reg Rodwell defeated Howard Lewis by 48-16.

    This win by Rodwell was just what team Ashley Lewis needed to keep it in third place.

    Rodwell’s took every opportunity to crush his opponent by 32 shots.

    Other results:

    Alan Berle, Garry Brown and Greg Lewis def Bruce Clynes, Don Coleman and Bill Meredith 26-17

    Ken Handley def Jack Tonkin 36-16

    Barry O’Brien, Peter Morales and Bill Dodwell def Brian Porter, Ken Looke and Robin Staples 26-9

    John Edmonds def Glenn Gliese 41-17.

    RSL Shield draw

    THE third and final round of the Mittagong RSL Shield will be played this Saturday.

    Bowral Bowling Club will host the round from 1pm.

    By Gordon Lewis

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21
  • Stuart Morris arrested: UPDATE

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    WANTED: Stuart Morris was arrested in Sydney.
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    UPDATE

    STUART Morris was arrested in Maroubra, Sydney over the weekend after a man hunt for him spread to the Great Lakes.

    On Thursday Manning-Great Lakes police released a photo of Stuart Morris and an orange Holden Barina and appealed to Great Lakes residents to keep their eyes out for him.

    Morris was refused bail at Paramatta Local Court until September 30.

    Eastern Beaches Local Area Command wanted him for arrest warrants.

    UPDATE: The model of car police believe Stuart Morris is driving, an orange 2005 Holden Barina registered BSG28E (NSW).

    Thursday

    MANNINGGreat Lakes Local Area Command police have released an image of the car Stuart Morris could be driving.

    Morris is wanted on Arrest Warrants from Eastern Beaches LAC.

    He is believed to have recently been, and may still be somewhere in the Great Lakes area.

    Police believe he is inan orange 2005 Holden Barina registered BSG28E (NSW).

    Police also say he could be travelling with a female companion.

    If you see this vehicle or Morris, do not approach.

    Phone the police on000, Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or Eastern Beaches Police on 9349 9299 or the Forster police station on 6555 1299.

    Thursday Morning

    POLICE have asked Great Lakes residents to keep a lookout for a man who is wanted onarrest warrants from the Eastern Beaches Local Area Command.

    Stuart Morrisis described as;

    Height-175 to180cm

    Weight -75kg

    Racial Appearance -Caucasian

    Build -Medium

    Complexion -Fair

    Hair -Brown

    Age – 23-years-old.

    Police said they believed he was in the Great Lakes area.

    Anyone who sees him or knows of his whereabouts should not approach him.

    Phone the police on000, Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or Eastern Beaches Police on 9349 9299 or the Forster police station on 6555 1299.

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22
  • Pat’s lining up again

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    CLUB stalwart Pat Ling played his ninth grand final with the Singleton Greyhounds last Sunday and, chances are, it won’t be his last.
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    The 43-year-old has admitted he isn’t hanging up the boots until he lines up alongside his son and the players he’s coached through the juniors.

    “That’s my goal; I’m just hoping the body holds up until 2017 when they enter grade,” he laughs.

    “I just got the idea that I wanted to run out with these guys on the field.”

    The veteran front-rower, sporting a new shiner for his grand final efforts, was ecstatic after Singleton’s 30-14 win over the Scone Thoroughbreds on Sunday, which reversed last year’s defeat to the same opponents.

    He saved his tryscoring best for this clash with his first “meat pie” of the season.

    “No grand finals are easy,” he said.

    “Scone is definitely the toughest side in this competition.

    “I think most of the guys up there are working on the land and not sitting down all the time, they’re physically ready.”

    Ling said the reserves in Singleton have enjoyed success because they’ve got a lot of depth to rely on, as well as a good mix of experience and youth.

    “The old blokes are normally in the forwards, mostly because they can’t run, and the younger guys are out in the backs,” he laughs.

    Ling’s career with Singleton started in 2002 and he’s played more than 100 games of first grade and was a part of the senior grand finals of 2005, 2006 and 2007.

    He joined the “seconds” in 2008.

    “While the reserves have had 11 years of grand final appearances, first grade has had a lot of success in that time as well,” he said.

    Before Singleton, Ling played 126 games for his home town Narromine and also had four seasons with Lakes United in Newcastle.

    All those years of league may not have happened if wasn’t for a couple of his mates convincing him to play for the small town of Nyngan when he was 16.

    “I came into the game late, it was a small town and they convinced me to join, initially, to make up the numbers,” he told The Argus.

    Looking to next season, Ling believes if 10 guys from under-18s enter grade they’ll be looking stronger overall.

    “First grade was competitive on the field when they had their full side on the paddock,” he said.

    “They’re a younger team and will only get better.”

    WAR HORSE: Singleton Greyhounds club stalwart Pat Ling isn’t keen to hang up the boots just yet.

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22
  • GALLERY: Western United season wrap up

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    GALLERY: Western United season wrap up A GRADE: A grade coach Glenn Dunn presented Jake Warmington with the A grade best and fairest award.
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    YOUNG GUN: Glenn Dunn presented Jake Warmington with the best under 21 award.

    A GRADE: Runner-up best and fairest Tom Woods with coach Glenn Dunn.

    B GRADE: Best and fairest Stefan Thiselton with Grant Ross.

    B GRADE: Runner-up George Norton with Grant Ross.

    UNDER 17: Jason Wild presented the best and fairest award to Dale Shipard.

    UNDER 17: Runner-up Corey Miller with Jason Wild.

    UNDER 14: Best and fairest Blae Dunn received his award from Anthony Brooks.

    UNDER 14: Runner-up Reyner Clarke with Anthony Brooks.

    LIFE MEMBER: David Stott was congratulated by Shane Trowbridge for becoming a life member.

    A GRADE: Best and fairest Jenny Brooks with Alicia Warmington.

    A GRADE: Runner-up and best under 21 Meesha Dunn with Alicia Warmington.

    B GRADE: Best and fairest Katrina Thomas with presenter Asha Hoffrichter.

    B GRADE: Best and fairest runnerup Tracey Chandler with Asha Hoffrichter.

    C GRADE: Runner-up Emma Warmington with Nicole Pittaway. Absent: best and fairest Tracey Meeke.

    D GRADE: Best and fairest Natasha Oats with Alicia Warmington. Absent: Runner-up Bianca Warmington.

    MEMORIAL: Natasha Oats received the Kathy Shipard memorial trophy from Alicia Warmington.

    JUNIOR A: Best and fairest Demi Shipard with Alicia Warmington.

    JUNIOR A: Runner-up Summa Trowbridge with Alicia Warmington.

    JUNIOR B: Best and fairest Nikia Skinner with Asha Hoffrichter.

    JUNIOR B: Abbie Thomas received her runner-up award from Asha Hoffrichter.

    JUNIOR C: Best and fairest Java Shipard with Alicia Warmington.

    JUNIOR C: Runner-up Laylah Wright with Alicia Warmington.

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22
  • WILLIAM TYRRELL INVESTIGATION: Bill Spedding releases video denying any involvementVideo

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    Person of interest: Bill Spedding. Photo: Edwina PicklesA person of interest in the case ofmissing toddler William Tyrrell has released a recorded video statement denying any involvement in the boy’s disappearance from the NSW Mid North Coast.
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    Washing machine repairman William Spedding posted the video online following renewed public interest in the case with Saturday being 12 months since William, 3, vanished from his grandmother’s backyard in Kendall.

    “My wife Margaret and I offer the Tyrrell family our sincere commiserations in the tragic eventof William’s disappearance,” Mr Spedding says in the video.

    “I wish to state that I have had no involvement whatsoever in the disappearance of William Tyrrell.”

    Mr Spedding’sBonny Hills home was searched in January as was his pawnbroker business and adjoining office in the main street of Laurieton.

    A mattress and computer were carried away by detectives, in full view of curious locals, for examination.

    A property in his former hometown of Wellington, in NSW’s Central West, was also searched.

    However, he has strenuously denied any involvement in William’s disappearance. Police have said the searches of Mr Spedding’s propertieswerejust one of a number of lines of inquiry into William’s disappearance.

    Mr Spedding said he recorded the video to correct “inaccurate” reports that he was supposed to have beenat William’s grandmother’s house on the day the toddler went missing.

    He said he first attended the house on Tuesday, September 9, and then returned on September 18 but had not been in the house, or even the same street on September 12, the day William disappeared.

    “I have not been in the Tyrrell house or to the Tyrrell house, or to the street, before, between or after these dates,” he said.

    “The media have reported that I was supposed to attendthe Tyrrell house on the 12th of September 2014, this being the day of William’s disappearance.

    “I wish to make it perfectly clear that this claim is completely false.

    “I did not make any indication, of any nature, which would lead to any person to believe that I was attend [sic] the Tyrrell house on the 12th of September 2014.”

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Jul
22
  • Days of extreme heat in Australia now 12 times more likely than extreme cold: study

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    Record hot days are now 12 times more likely in Australiathan days of record-breaking cold, and the ratio is increasing as rising greenhouse gases trap ever more heat on the planet, according to new research.
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    Farmer Steve Osborn cooling off at his pumpkin farm in Maitland, NSW. Photo: Peter Stoop

    During the first 50 years of reliable national temperature records covering 1910-1960, days of extreme heat occurred as often as days of extreme cold.

    However, this ratio rose to two-to-one between 1960 and 1980 in Australiaand increased toabout seven-to-one for 1980-2000 before stepping up further to 12-to-one for the 2000-2014 period, Sophie Lewis and Andrew King of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Climate System Science,wrote in a paper published inGeophysical Research Letters.

    Melbourne beaches during a heatwave in January this year. Photo: Wayne Taylor

    “The increase in hot records is likely to be related to the warming from greenhouse gases,” Dr Lewis, a research fellow at the Australian National University, said.

    Given the level ofgases such as carbon dioxide and methane are going to rise further, “in the future,it’s likely we’ll see an increase in [the hot-cold record] ratio”, she said.

    The ratio of temperature extremes was more marked during the cooler seasons, with afaster drop of record cold days than at other times of the year.

    Night-time warm temperature records were also being broken more frequently than daytime ones, the researchers found.

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22
  • WILLIAM TYRRELL INVESTIGATION: Bill Spedding releases video denying any involvementVideo

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    Person of interest: Bill Spedding. Photo: Edwina PicklesA person of interest in the case ofmissing toddler William Tyrrell has released a recorded video statement denying any involvement in the boy’s disappearance from the NSW Mid North Coast.
    Nanjing Night Net

    Washing machine repairman William Spedding posted the video online following renewed public interest in the case with Saturday being 12 months since William, 3, vanished from his grandmother’s backyard in Kendall.

    “My wife Margaret and I offer the Tyrrell family our sincere commiserations in the tragic eventof William’s disappearance,” Mr Spedding says in the video.

    “I wish to state that I have had no involvement whatsoever in the disappearance of William Tyrrell.”

    Mr Spedding’sBonny Hills home was searched in January as was his pawnbroker business and adjoining office in the main street of Laurieton.

    A mattress and computer were carried away by detectives, in full view of curious locals, for examination.

    A property in his former hometown of Wellington, in NSW’s Central West, was also searched.

    However, he has strenuously denied any involvement in William’s disappearance. Police have said the searches of Mr Spedding’s propertieswerejust one of a number of lines of inquiry into William’s disappearance.

    Mr Spedding said he recorded the video to correct “inaccurate” reports that he was supposed to have beenat William’s grandmother’s house on the day the toddler went missing.

    He said he first attended the house on Tuesday, September 9, and then returned on September 18 but had not been in the house, or even the same street on September 12, the day William disappeared.

    “I have not been in the Tyrrell house or to the Tyrrell house, or to the street, before, between or after these dates,” he said.

    “The media have reported that I was supposed to attendthe Tyrrell house on the 12th of September 2014, this being the day of William’s disappearance.

    “I wish to make it perfectly clear that this claim is completely false.

    “I did not make any indication, of any nature, which would lead to any person to believe that I was attend [sic] the Tyrrell house on the 12th of September 2014.”

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