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Hunters shot down

FIELD and Game Australia (FGA) says it is disappointed with the State Government’s decision to reduce the daily bag limit allowed by duck shooters this hunting season.
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Victoria’s controversial duck hunting season opens on March 21 and will run until­ June 8.

Minister for Agriculture Jaala Pulford announced on Wednesday the reduction in the daily bag limit due to a reduction in game duck numbers, breeding and waterfowl habitat caused by recent dry weather conditionsacross eastern Australia.

The daily bag limit will be reduced by half for every day of the season, except the first day when it will remain at 10 birds per day.

“Anyone wishing to take part in the 2015 duck season must have passed a Waterfowl Identification Test to demonstrate they can correctlyidentify which species are allowed to be hunted,” she said.

“Hunters are reminded to act safely and responsibly at all times while enjoying their hunting.”

FGA chairman Bill Paterson said the announcement was a blow to hunters.

“Hopefully the reduced bag limits will not impact on expenditure by hunters in regional Victoria, which has been estimated to be $439 million per year in a 2013 DEPI study,” he said.

The Coalition Against Duck Shooting (CADS) has also criticised the decision, wanting the government to take it further

Campaign director Laurie Levy described the reduced limits as “a small token thrown in by the Labor Party”.

According to Mr Levy, there shouldn’t be a season at all, as native water bird numbers were down by 60 per cent across eastern Australia.

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Mike Young arrives to fix Australian fielding but he’s no lucky charm

Stars: Meg Lanning and Cathryn Fitzpatrick. Photo: Brendan EspositoMike Young has come in from the cold – about seven degrees below zero, to be exact – to sharpen up Australia’s fielding, having been involved in two previous World Cup triumphs. But whatever you do, don’t call him their “lucky charm”. Called upon from his home in the American Midwest by Darren Lehmann, the former baseballer was on the Australian staff in 2003 and 2007, and will work closely with the team’s fielding coach Greg Blewett over the next two months. There’s a perception that whenever Australia are shoddy in the field they call upon Young to wave his magic wand, but the man himself doesn’t agree with that argument. “I have a problem with people calling me a lucky charm. This is professional sport,” he said. “I’m not a horse shoe. They don’t need a lucky charm. They’re good enough. I’m here to impart any little bit I can to help Blewie. That’s my job, to help Blewie.” He followed the criticism of Australia’s fielding in the Test series against India and is fiercely defensive of the players. “I was in America. I followed it and I read some things and I take offence to some of those things because there is a lot of factors,” Young said. “Nobody on this planet respects how hard it is to catch a cricket ball than me because I didn’t play.”
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Play stopped by a plane delay

England stepped back onto the SCG on Thursday afternoon for the first time since their forgettable last summer here, but not quite as early as they would have liked. The old enemy’s flight to Sydney from Canberra was cancelled, delaying their arrival for training before Friday’s first match of the triangular series. Eoin Morgan’s men were able to catch another flight, but some of the support staff weren’t as fortunate, with eight members of the contingent instead having to hit the road.

Women with an eagle eye

There’s been an extra couple of members of the Australian squad this week – and we’re not talking about standby fast bowlers Gurinder Sandhu and Kane Richardson. Southern Stars captain Meg Lanning and coach Cathryn Fitzpatrick have been in camp and at training with the men’s team in Sydney. Lanning won’t be batting against England on Friday, but hopes the exercise can assist the all-conquering women’s national team continue to do what they do best.  “It’s just about me and Cath being here to observe what the men’s team do,” Lanning said. “Obviously it’s slightly different because they’re full-time, but it’s just about picking up different ideas and seeing if we can perhaps use some of theirs to better our preparations.”

Hang on a second, sport

We’re pretty sure they didn’t have a clue who he was, but Mitch Marsh became the focus of intense interest from an Asian Cup broadcast crew outside the Australian team’s city hotel this week. Marsh was being interviewed by a few newspaper journos when a television reporter from one of the visiting nations came across the scene and immediately set up with his back to the allrounder and began a piece-to-camera. When he was asked what he was doing by a Cricket Australia staffer, the energetic journo and his cameraman went and grabbed the next best thing – an interview with the reporter who was there from Channel 9.

Man in the middle’s milestone

A milestone on the Sydney club scene this weekend with Darren Goodger becoming only the ninth person to ever umpire 200 first-grade matches when he adjudicates on the one-dayer between North Sydney and Manly at North Sydney Oval. We wonder if Doug Bollinger might send him a card. It was Goodger, on debut, who stuck the finger up during a domestic one-dayer in 2004 when Bollinger claimed a hat-trick for NSW despite South Australia’s Callum Ferguson being hit on the pads well outside the line of off stump. A decade or so on, Goodger now oversees the training and education of young umpires in NSW and is one of the most respected figures in the umpiring community.

Special function

In the media we are often guilty of borrowing from the theatre of war to describe sport. Australia is going into battle for the Ashes … Mitchell Johnson is the chief destroyer etc. The reality, obviously, is that they’re worlds apart. They will come together in a way, though, with a dinner to be held in the Members Dining Room at the Melbourne Cricket Club on February 6 in support of the Special Air Service Resources Fund. The guest speaker is John Howard and among those attending will be Dennis Lillee. And if the former PM isn’t your cup of tea then getting your hands on the private collection of cricket memorabilia owned by former Cricket Australia director David Williams might be. A “pictorial and autographic record of Australian touring teams to England from 1878 to 1948” it will be auctioned off in full, with the money going to SAS soldiers who have been disabled or families of those who’ve been killed. There’s no shortage of functions and dinners during the course of a cricket summer but we can’t think of a better reason to wine and dine than this one.

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iAccelerate successes continue

Moving forward: James Moore and his wife Georgia Moore demonstrate the ZestDesk prototype at iAccelerate. Picture: GREG ELLISResidentsof the iAccelerate hub kicked plenty of goals in 2014.
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ZestDesk, BeerMogul Games, GeoInteractive, Festoon, Stretch & Glow Yoga, Joindup and Social Status all made plenty of ground in the second half of the year while applications opened for the 2015 intake.

The newest iAccelerate resident companies are OurFamilyHeirlooms, ModFab, Me3D, AquaHydrex and Resispecifier.

Among the highlights of 2014 occurred when ZestDesk raised more than $70,000 in pre-sales with a successful Kickstarter campaign in November.

James Moore said that was a major step towards ZestDesk’s goal of having more than 100,000 people standing and working more healthily by 2018.

Meanwhile, coinciding with Formula Legend’s first birthday, BeerMogul Games developed Formula Scroller.

It is described by its founder Nathan Harper as a a fun tap game for F1 fans to enjoy.

He said it was free and available on iOS and Android.

GeoInteractive conducted its first pilot project with a mineshaft inspection report producing a detailed historical condition of the mineshaft.

The ability to do such work is expected to help with the task of routine inspections by introducing a methodology for change detection in mines.

Online furniture and homeware destination Festoon was signed on as a supplier by iAccelerate.

And within one month of launching in September, Stretch & Glow Yoga achieved a conversion rate of 30 per cent when it attracted more than 12,000 views and 400 sign-ups to the freemium product “7 Days to a Better Birth”.

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Let’s get ready to rock

TICKETS are selling fast for this Sunday’s River Rockfest.
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LOCAL TALENT: Red Cliffs’ Jett Charman will open the River Rockfest this Sunday with Mildura’s Todd Griffiths.Picture: Louise Donges

The soundshell at Nowingi Place will come alive from 4pm with local performers Todd Griffiths and Jett Charman warming up the stage forrock fans.

The inaugural event boasts a stellar line-up with some of the country’s legendary rock artists including the Hoodoo Gurus, Diesel, Daryl Braithwaite and Boom Crash Opera.

Tickets cost $84.99 and are available at The Cider Tree, Mildura Arts Centre or at the gate.

The event has a fully licensed area and is open to all ages, with entry for children under 12 free.

Gates will open at 3.30pm followed by: Local support, 4pm-4:30pm; Boom Crash Opera, 5pm-5:45pm; Daryl Braithwaite, 6:15pm-7:15pm; Diesel, 7:45pm-8:45pm; Hoodoo Gurus, 9:15pm-10:30pm.

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Time to end roads conflictopinion

Growing conflict between cyclists and motorists seems inevitable unless both road users acknowledge things must change.
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Cycling tourism is on the increase, as is the popularity generally of cycling, and vehicle registration continues to steadily climb in Tasmania.

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This means more bikes and cars on our roads – more potential conflict, road incidents and crashes.

Meanwhile, the general cultural mindset among Tasmanian motorists, unlike parts of the world where cyclists are deemed as road user equals, remains unchanged.

That is, many cyclists are an annoyance, largely unaccountable and do irritable things like ride two or three cyclists wide from the road’s edge.

There must be a cultural shift among motorists that cyclists have an equal right to use the road. This should be reflected in the justice system when a motorist causes death or serious injury to a cyclist.

It shouldn’t require a legislated minimum one metre passing law, which would be near impossible to enforce.

In return, cyclists should accept it’s time to seriously consider a recommendation recently made by the Tasmanian Motorcycle Council for bicycles (perhaps just those ridden by adult cyclists on public roads) to be registered and fitted with identification plates.

By accepting such a move, cyclists would quash the frequent criticism made by irate motorists that they are not identifiable and therefore not accountable for their actions.

The registration fee could be next to nothing given bicycles, unlike cars and trucks, cause no impact on the road requiring maintenance.

Such identification would go a long way to elevating cyclists to an equal status on our roads.

Cyclists would no doubt protest against registration, using a number of equally valid arguments, including the infrequency with which cyclists flout the law and the general health benefits of cycling.

I’d counter this by saying the status quo doesn’t appear to be an option. Ratepayers and taxpayers can only fund so many bike lanes and bike paths.

There have been too many serious, including fatal incidents in Tasmania over recent years.

And if the cycling fraternity thinks it will get sentencing justice after one of its own gets killed because of reckless or negligent driving, think again.

Sadly, an education campaign probably isn’t going to be pro-active enough, so it’s time to canvass all the options.

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Shiralee crowded house: not a lot to like, say residents

LAST CHANCE TO COMMENT: Shiralee Road residents Garry and Lesley Smith are worried about the impact of high-density housing on their property in an amended plan for the Shiralee development in south Orange. Photo: JUDE KEOGH 0115subdivide1AN Orange couple is calling for the Orange City Council to reject amended plans for the proposed Shiralee development amid concerns of high-density housing on their doorstep.
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Public submissions for the amended development plan close on Monday and Shiralee Road residents Garry and Lesley Smith are urging others to send submissions to the council.

The couple have lived on their south Orange property since 2001 and said they had always accepted the land around them would be developed and had gone on public record with their acceptance of plans for the Shiralee development in May.

However, Mrs Smith said there were radical changes in the amendment released in September that were centred around their property at the southern edge of the development.

“It’s a bit like David and Goliath sometimes,” Mrs Smith said.

“The major [issue] is the lot size in the area around us, the lot sizes have got smaller so the possible housing density has increased.”

She said in May the area around their home had been earmarked for lots of about 700 square metres with a few compact lots of 200 square metres. However, she said in the September plan the area was dominated by 400 to 200 square metre lots.

“Overall it’s been an increase of 50 per cent more density from 206 to 317 [properties],” she said.

The Smiths were also concerned about the fate of dams neighbouring their property.

“Next door to us there’s a couple of dams that have bird life on them,” Mrs Smith said. “That area was set aside as public open space and it’s still mostly public open space, but there’s possible provision for a row of compact houses on it.

“That area was also marked for a possible soccer field because it has been identified as an area of medium biodiversity.”

Orange City Council spokesman Nick Redmond said the deadline for community comments on the Shiralee LEP amendment was Monday.

“All community responses will be carefully considered as this important matter is dealt with,” he said.

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Douglas rapt with gate draw

Daryl DouglasA GATE one draw has Bendigo reinsman Daryl Douglas optimistic about his chances in Saturday night’s Petstock Bendigo Pacing Cup (2650m) at Lord’s Raceway.
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Douglas will chase his second Bendigo Pacing Cup aboard last year’s runner-up, Wartime Sweetheart.

“There’s nothing wrong with the way the horse is going and it has drawn the right barrier,” Douglas said.

“It just has to sit behind the right horse, and the right horses have drawn outside it in Christen Me (gate three) and Beautide (scratched), so if it can sit behind one of those two, it won’t be too far away.”

Wartime Sweetheart is coming off a last-start 10th in the Cobram Pacing Cup on December 28.

“If you can overlook its last run at Cobram, and sometimes you’ve just got to do that… barrier draws are everything in these races,” Douglas said.

“You don’t have to be the best horse in the race, you just have to be in the right place at the right time, and it’s a chance of being there because of its draw.”

Im Corzin Terror wins last year’s Bendigo Pacing Cup.

Meanwhile, ImCorzin Terror has the chance to achieve a feat accomplished only once in the 50-year history of the Bendigo Pacing Cup – win back-to-back.

Im Corzin Terror will return to Lord’s Raceway on Saturday night to defend the Cup it won in dominant fashion last year.

Alex Ashwood will take the drive on Im Corzin Terror, which if it wins will join Bag Limit (1986-87) as the only back-to-back winners of the Bendigo Pacing Cup, which was first run in 1965.

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Short story comp: The Tale of the Dead Cat

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BOOTSY was a sweet, mild-mannered cat. She had soft grey fur and white boots pulled over each paw, and a white heart shape under her chin. She was affectionate and supremely tolerant, for she put up with the noise and the busyness of a family of six children, allowing us kids to pat her and tease her until she finally unsheathed her claws.

My oldest brother Peter, 17 years old, was not immune to her affable nature, although he tried to portray himself as a tough guy. We would see Bootsy curled up in his lap or following him around. When he thought we weren’t watching, he would gently stroke her from the tip of her nose, between her ears and down her arched back, right to the end of her tail.

As soon as Peter sensed an audience, he would add a snappy flick to her tail. She loved it. She would nudge his hand with her moist nose, encouraging him. The more vigorous and snappy the flicks to her tail, the more she seemed to like it.

One day he took a pair of scissors and started to trim her tail. We were horrified, as we watched him shear her fur to within a fraction of the end of the fleshy part of her tail. We were sure he would nick her and draw blood. He prolonged the suspense, refusing to desist, ignoring our howls of indignation. “Peter don’t do it! You’ll hurt her! Please leave her alone.”

He prolonged the tail trimming, like a scene in a horror movie. We were poised and fearful of the climax, that moment when blood would spurt. With our full attention, he spent inordinate time whittling each little hair. Eventually her tail had a perfect flat top just like the boys’ hairstyle that was popular at the time.

“Close shave,” he laughed at us, as he stroked her, flicking her flattop tail and sending fur flying.

One wet day a neighbour broke the news; our cat Bootsy was dead, found in Mr Dalton’s yard. Peter refused to believe it. He bustled into the kitchen as we gathered to mourn. “Have you idiots thought to check if Bootsy is here first?”

We hadn’t, but did quick smart – running about, calling for her. But no Bootsy.

Peter shuffled out the back door in his moccasin slippers, down the slick, rickety steps and out in to the rain. We grabbed umbrellas, huddled under them and ran down the road to catch him. With his scruffy hair dripping and stuck to his face, Peter thumped loudly on the Daltons’ front door.

Mrs Dalton hid behind her husband while he pulled at his braces, looking Peter up and down. We crowded his small porch.

“Where’s the dead cat?” Peter demanded.

Mr Dalton poked his thumb towards the backyard. “Out the back. Buried. If it’s yours, learn ya lesson. Keep ya bloody cats where they belong.”

Peter turned and shoved us aside. He stomped around the side to the backyard. We waited until Mr Dalton arrived, squelching in his gumboots.

“There. Over there near that hydrangea bush.”

He lowered his voice as he leant towards Peter. “Look son, it’s dead as a doornail. Would have started stinkin’. Believe me, these young kids don’t wanna see a bloody dead cat”.

Peter rounded on him, “Got your spade?”

“Yeah, sure mate, but I’m tellin’ ya, it’s dead, so why bother?”

Peter shoved his face closer to Mr Dalton’s and growled. “Don’t you think I’ve gotta see it, so I’ll know if it is my cat. And has it occurred to you, that I may just want to know why?”

Mr Dalton pulled back, shook his head and strode to the old garage. He came back with the spade.

“Go on, do ya bloody diggin’, then get the hell outta here.

“It’s too damn wet to be out here with you stupid lot.”

Peter started shovelling aside the freshly overturned dirt, now mud. He uncovered a dirty mass of grey fur. He flung down the spade and with two fingers he hauled the dead cat out by the scruff of its neck.

There was quite a group of us; the Dalton kids had come to have a sticky-beak too. We formed a tight circle trying to get a closer look. We saw blood on the cat’s head. Peter wiped the mud off the cat’s paws first and then checked under the chin. My heart flailed about inside my chest as I recognised poor Bootsy, our beloved, darling cat. Tears trickled down my cheeks, joining the drizzle.

Peter gently wiped the dirt from the cat’s tail, leaving the fur glistening with raindrops. No one said anything as he held the end of the dead cat’s tail between his muddy fingers. And there exposed, was a wet and bedraggled but normal tail end.

He threw the dead animal back into the grave with a squishy thud, stood up and wiped his hands on his pants leaving a slick of mud.

We watched him in silence. No one moved. I stared at the body and then up at him.

“Nah, not my bloody cat,” he announced as he walked away.

Entrants were asked to write a short story inspired by one of four photos. Short-listed stories will be published every day in theNewcastle Heralduntil Friday, January 23.

Kiama Hospital move plan bad for aged: Labor

Message: Throsby MP Stephen Jones and Labor candidate for Kiama Glenn Kolomeitz outside Kiama Hospital. Picture: GREG TOTMANSaveour services – that was the message from Labor politicians who campaigned outside Kiama Hospital on Thursday.
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Labor candidate for Kiama Glenn Kolomeitz and Throsby MP Stephen Jones said the state government had “sold out” the town’s residents with its plans to relocate hospital beds and services.

In December, Kiama Municipal Council agreed to buy the Kiama Hospital site from the Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District for $2.82 million.

The council will spend $62.9 million to redevelop it into a centre of aged care excellence, which will include a new Blue Haven 134-bed residential aged care facility but will mean the end of inpatient hospital care.

“The 20-bed inpatient unit that includes the slow-stream rehabilitation service will be moved to Port Kembla and then to a redeveloped Shellharbour Hospital, whenever that happens,” Mr Kolomeitz said.

“This will greatly disadvantage elderly residents and the family and friends who will have to travel to visit them.”

Mr Kolomeitz and Mr Jones said many residents were concerned, and a day of action to save the services was being planned.

“The community is deeply concerned about a reduction in hospital services,” Mr Jones said.

“They’ve had the security of the services provided by the local hospital for years, now it means they will have to travel north to Shellharbour or Wollongong or south to Nowra.

“With an ageing community, we should be looking at improving the services, not diluting them.”

The project’s time frame shows the hospital will no longer provide inpatient services by June 2016, however, the health district will build a new facility for outpatient services on the 3.3-hectare site. The new nursing home will be operational by October 2018.

Kiama MP Gareth Ward accused Labor of playing politics, claiming the redevelopment would result in more services.

“The proposal for the site is for 134 nursing home and aged care beds – where there’s only been 20 inpatient beds on-site up to this point. Only 10 per cent of those 20 beds are actually taken up by residents from the Kiama municipality – while all of the people in those beds are waiting for nursing home beds,” Mr Ward said.

“So we’re not closing a hospital, we’re expanding and changing the services to meet the needs of this ageing community.”

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TOPICS: Something’s fishy about this tale of two sharks

SPOT THE DIFFERENCE: One image is of an actual shark fin and one is of little Gemma Mooney, aged 3, at Newcastle Ocean Baths recently. We know it is a bit tricky but can you tell which is which? LIKE any Newcastle craze worth its salt, Shark Week has become an internet hit – which is just as well because with the beach out of bounds, we need distracting.
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The seeds of the craze were sown last month when the Lake Macquarie Shark emerged on Twitter. If that sentence means nothing to you, we apologise. It means a real-life shark from the news started writing things on the internet.

‘‘Could murder a feed of schoolies right now,’’ the Lake Shark will tweet as you’re eating lunch at work, or, to the Twitter account of Greg Norman: ‘‘Hey, massive fan.’’

Which is weird enough. But in these murky cyber waters lurks another beast: the Newy Shark. The two sharks have decided there’s only room for one.

‘‘That big bastard knows where to find me,’’ The Lake Shark snarled, or whatever they do.

Newy Shark bit back: ‘‘Come out of the kiddie pool and play.’’

Meanwhile, a theory doing the rounds is that the whole shark scare is a hoax devised by a toddler. OK, it’s our theory. Gemma Mooney, 3, was seen at Newcastle Ocean Baths recently in a suspicious dorsal-fin number. Hey, we’re not making allegations. But can you spot the difference?

EVEN if your radio’s stuck on Triple J, where every second caller seems to be ‘‘Tegan from Newcastle’’, you mightn’t realise our town helped launch the youth broadcaster.

Here’s how it went. Before Triple J, you had Double J, which only broadcast in Sydney. The idea of a national youth station came from Newcastle Young Labor, in a motion sent to the national conference in 1986.

Australian Young Labor endorsed it and sent it to the senior party for consideration.

Then at an ALP conference, a young Anthony Albanese supported the plan and called for it to be funded. It was agreed.

The Hawke government delivered the cash and the ABC relaunched the Sydney-centric Double J as the nationwide Triple J. Perhaps as reward, perhaps due to proximity, Newcastle was the only non-capital city included in the broadcaster’s initial expansion.

‘‘The Js’’ celebrate their 40th birthday today with a concert at The Domain, Sydney.

THANKFUL: Marion McAndrew. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

CHOO choo, all aboard the karma train! They can’t rip up that line (OK, this metaphor is about to derail)!

Marion McAndrew has a follow-on from the Bright Side yarn (Herald, January 13) about lost and found wallets.

The Swansea resident, a long-time volunteer who’s had a couple of knee replacements, went to Charlestown Square recently to change internet service providers.

So it was hell on a few fronts even before she lost her wallet sitting down for a breather. But soon after, a call went over the loudspeaker for a ‘‘Mrs Marion McAndrew’’ to come to the desk.

“I didn’t even realise I’d lost my wallet until my daughter heard my name called out,” says Marion.

“A young person had apparently found it and handed it in, intact.’’

Not only had this kid put down the Xbox controller and done a good deed. Marion got home to find a message on her machine – a call to check she’d got her wallet back.

“I hope the person who returned it, or someone who knows them, reads this and lets them know how impressed and grateful I was.”

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