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Public Health England last week launched a new resource for healthcare professionals and service providers giving guidance about spiritual needs at the end of life. Faith at the End of Life, which focuses on the UK’s six largest religions: Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism and Sikhism, promotes a public health approach to death, dying and ... Read more...
Harvard University seeks to allay widespread misunderstandings about religions around the globe and has launched a free online series to raise religious literacy. To combat this illiteracy, Moore and five other religion professors from Harvard University, Harvard Divinity School and Wellesley College are kicking off a free, online series on world religions open to the ... Read more...
Last October marked the fiftieth anniversary of Nostra aetate (“In Our Time”), the Second Vatican Council’s Declaration on the Relation of the Church to Non-Christian Religions. There were celebrations in Australia on the signal importance of this document. Commonweal (a Catholic Magazine) has devoted a great deal of space over the years to explaining and ... Read more...
Pope Francis once said he wished he could spend a day as an ordinary person and go get a pizza without being recognized. After reading the new The Vatican Cookbook, though, you may wish you could spend a day as Pope Francis to enjoy the delicacies gracing his dinner table. Pope Francis once said he ... Read more...
Do you recognise this blackboard (okay, we know it is a whiteboard!) from around the Byron Shire?
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You may recall our article two weeks ago about the Coast Restaurant at the Ocean Shores Country Club, managed since October last year by chef Carl Barnes and his partner Rachel Besett.
Anyone familiar with The Restaurant Inspector and Fernando Peire will have heard of The Ivy, a celebrity restaurant in London, where Carl worked for a time during his international career.
Now new horizons are about to open up for the couple, as at the front of the clubhouse in Ocean Shores construction has commenced on a large covered deck. From the deck diners will enjoy one of the most panoramic ocean views in the region. It’ll be a prime whale-watching spot.
Migaloo, one of the biggest celebrities in the region (well, certainly the biggest whale celebrity), should be visible from the deck, which is expected to be unveiled by end of March (weather permitting) in time for Easter.
The Byron Shire is fast becoming a foodie destination, but the boutique bar is starting to proliferate as well, writes Samuel J Fell.
As with most places in Australia, the Byron Shire is rife with pubs. Whether on the river in Brunswick, the beachfront in Byron, back off the beaten track in Billinudgel… there’s no shortage around here of places to rest your weary soul while enjoying a schooner off the wood.
However, with the proliferation of higher-end restaurants and cafes – the Shire is indeed becoming somewhat of a foodie destination – comes a new beast, something challenging the local pub for domination in the drinks market. The ‘cool’ places to get a drink, the hip little hideaways, the holes in the wall that have people talking about town, as one would in cities such as Sydney and Melbourne – there’s always a time and a place for the old Aussie pub, but these days around these parts, there’s becoming a time and place for the boutique bar too.
It’s not that new a phenomenon in Byron Bay itself. The Treehouse, out in Belongil, and The Balcony in the middle of town have been plying their trade for years now. Both have become a part of the fabric of Byron, each offering something different – whether it’s The Treehouse’s wood-fired pizza, or Balcony’s impressive cocktail list, each provide a unique place to sit and enjoy the popular tourist town’s ambience.
In recent years however, it’s become a booming business. Byron and Brunswick Heads in particular, with...
An original local beer, made in limited quantities from the raw ‘cherry’ fruit and skins grown (spray and pesticide free) by Moonshine Coffee of Federal, is on tap now at The Farm and the Bangalow Hotel.
Moonshine’s Richard Kelly wanted a beer that concentrated on the essence of the coffee fruit itself, so his product is unlike ‘traditional’ coffee beers; they are made by ‘tea-bagging’ roasted coffee in beer (which tends to result in a darker, heavier beer that aims for a chocolatey, mocha coffee flavour and espresso aroma).
Brewing with the unroasted ‘coffee cherry’ gives a refreshing, palatable beer with sweet earthy flavours, with tannins and crisp bitterness at the end, that has flavour without being too heavy.
Tasted straight after my second long black of the day, I didn’t notice much ‘coffee’ flavour; however the beer is very enjoyable; I normally lose interest in beer after the first one, but on a sunny day overlooking the countryside at The Farm, I had to tear myself away from ordering a second one.
The ‘Straight off the Tree’ coffee cherry pale ale is a collaboration between Moonshine, Gavin Croft and the Beard & Brau brewing operation in the foothills of Mt Tambourine. The beer is a limited release.
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Story and photo by Vivienne Pearson
Belgium chocolate is his favourite today; last month it was Watermelon and Mint Sorbet. Despite being the ice-cream man of Brunswick Heads, Johnny Strange doesn’t indulge often, only letting ice-cream pass his lips once a week or so.
What does pass Johnny’s lips with every word is a trace of his New Zealand upbringing. He ‘fell into’ hospitality after realising that his anthropology studies would not, as hoped, turn him into Indiana Jones. Starting in dishwashing, he moved through pizza making to pastry cheffing.
He took his skills to London. ‘It was fun for a while, but I missed surfing,’ he recollects. ‘I’d work till 11pm then get on the last tube home.’ He swapped the tube for a plane and headed home to Auckland.
Little did he know that a two-week holiday would find him a new home. The holiday was to Mullumbimby – he’d heard the nearby surfing was good. ‘I ended up, one week in, calling my head chef and going: “Man, do you mind if I don’t come back?”’ Johnny settled in Byron Bay and met his partner, Bindia, with whom he has two children. Speaking of how having kids changed him, he laughs: ‘I was a big kid up until then’....
By Vivienne Pearson
The market garden at The Farm is bursting with seasonal veges – so much so that not all can be used in the Three Blue Ducks restaurant or Bread Social bakery. You can share in the harvest by buying a Farm Produce Box. Costing $40, boxes contain a mixture of organically grown tomatoes, eggplants, zucchini, baby carrots, sweetcorn, with a side serve of eggs, edible flowers and shallots. Collection for pre-ordered boxes is on Wednesdays and Saturdays 8–11am.
Train to your table
What do you do if a need for a healthy meal strikes but you can’t rouse yourself from the couch? Your new option is to order home-delivered sushi from O-Sushi in Byron Bay. Currently, getting sushi from the train to your table is only available for those between Ewingsdale and Suffolk Park (and for orders over $30), with orders via menulog.com.au or eatnow.com.au ‘It’s started slowly but once people discover the service, they love it – we’re getting a lot of repeat home-delivery customers,’ says one of the staff....
Kremlin Press Release – February 22, 2016 21:50
I just had a telephone conversation with President of the United States of America Barack Obama. The phone call was initiated by the Russian side, but the interest was certainly mutual.
During our conversation, we approved joint statements of Russia and the US, as co-chairs of the ISSG, on the cessation of hostilities in Syria. Adoption of the statement was preceded by intensive work by Russian and American experts. We also made use of the positive experience we accumulated over the course of cooperation in eliminating chemical weapons in Syria.
Our negotiators held several rounds of closed consultations. As a result, we were able to reach an important, specific result. It was agreed that the cessation of hostilities in Syria commences at 00:00 (Damascus time) on February 27, 2016 on terms and conditions that are a part of the Russian-American statement.
The essence of these conditions is as follows: by 12:00 pm on February 26, 2016, all parties warring in Syria must indicate to the Russian Federation or our American partners their commitment to the cessation of hostilities. Russian and American troops will jointly delineate the territories where these groups are active. No military action will be taken against them by the Armed Forces of the Syrian Arab Republic,......
The Life Education Northern Rivers Action Group is calling for a greater focus on preventative drug and health education in the local area.
The group, led by local bus driver and community campaigner, Tonny van’t Riet, supports the work of Life Education NSW, an organisation which aims to create a safer future for Australian children by giving them with the information, skills and self-esteem they need to make healthier life choices.
Bureau of Crime Statistics data shows the number of arrests for
amphetamine possession or use, including offences related to ICE
has increased by nearly 50 per cent in Richmond and Tweed
Drug-related incidents in schools are also increasing in the area, rising from 2.4 per 100,000 population to 5.2 in recent years.
Life Action Group President, Tonny van’t Riet said, “Supporting these empowering programs in local schools is something we are really passionate about. We want to see every child in Northern NSW armed with the tools to make healthy choices in their lives.”
“We can’t do this without your help. Our volunteers are critical to our work in the area, to fundraise and advocate for a safer future for our children.”
The Life Action Group has launched a TV campaign and a range of public appearances to highlight the impacts and importance of preventative education in the area. There’s also an appeal to attract enthusiastic volunteers who will help raise awareness and funds for the group, so these programs can reach as many children as possible in the local area.
Life Education NSW CEO, Kellie Sloane will be in attendance at the launch, lending her support to the Life Action Group and thanking them for their commitment to raising funds and awareness for Life Education and the essential programs they deliver to Australian school-aged children.
Ms Sloane said, “We are so fortunate to have the continued support of the Northern Rivers Life Action Group. They work tirelessly t......
Next in the epic series of Lightbody Community Dance Celebrations, is an event featuring Asaf and DJ Basic whose innovative music of astonishing blends and atmospheric melodies, deep bass lines and rhythms that will fill your mind and soul.
This duo refines an redefines the meaning of psy-progressive trance with their unique style – are truly one of the biggest hopes the global trance scene has witnessed.
Come celebrate with the community for a night of incredible music, live art, brilliant installations, bonfire and delicious food!
$25 – 6 till Midnight
Durrumbul Hall, Coopers Lane Main Arm
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LABOR candidate Chris Buckingham took to the streets of Leongatha last Tuesday, February 16 to hear the concerns of local voters.
The candidate for McMillan travelled around the region throughout the day in his new red caravan, visiting Mirboo North, Leongatha and Korumburra to speak with residents.
“Business owners, workers on their lunch break, pensioners and parents have all stopped to speak with us. We have been listening to their concerns and what they believe are major concerns in South Gippsland,” Mr Buckingham said.
“Education and public transport have been concerns which have come up a lot. People want better access to communication.
“Labor’s policies would ensure all students from all schools would benefit from Gonski. It is one of our highest priorities and we believe it resonates with a lot of people’s concerns in the area.
“We will be running more of these drop in sessions in the future. It is all about us being live and local and being present with the people of McMillan.”
MIRBOO North embraced Italian culture at the 50th Italian Festa on Sunday.
An estimated 5000 people turned out to enjoy fantastic food, children’s activities, various market stalls and live entertainment.
The family event was free and the children’s activities included a jumping castle, an animal farm and face painting.
Live entertainment included a band called Paris By Night, comedian Joe Avati and performances by Mirboo North Primary School.
“All our hard work certainly paid off. We never expected such a big turnout. This is our 50th year and our biggest turnout ever,” Mirboo North Italian Festa committee president Sam Carpinteri said.
“We’ve tried to cater for everyone but the best thing of all has been the weather. The weather has been absolutely beautiful.”
Mr Capinteri said the event was significant to teach the next generation about Italian culture and heritage.
“Our children are born in Australia so we try to have events like this to help teach them our culture,” he said.
The committee was thrilled to see so many people sharing Italian culture.
“There was something for everyone to enjoy. There’s been a resurgence in people wanting to learn about the Italian heritage and it’s lovely to see the community embrace the idea (of the Italian Festa),” the committee’s Carmelina Manzo said.
WITH plenty of talent to showcase, this year’s Mirboo North Idol was another success at the outdoor pool on Saturday.
The highlight of the event was guest judge Reece Mastin, winner of the 2011 national singing competition The X Factor.
“Reece generated a lot of interest and many people were excited to meet him and take a ‘selfie’,” organiser Mary Baker said.
He helped judge around 30 contestants, who travelled far and wide to win the title.
The competition kicked off with a performance by adorable young singer Pippa Mills. The four year old travelled from Yinnar to sing the song Flashlight from the popular 2015 movie Pitch Perfect Two and was loved by the crowd.
Trent McCurdy from radio station 3GG was the MC and South Gippsland Shire Council’s Cr Don Hill opened the competition.
Three musical groups Destiny Band, The Nigellas and the Latrobe Valley Concert Band also gave up their time to entertain the audience.
Food and market stalls and full access to the pool were also available on the day.
“We hoped everyone in the audience enjoyed the music and had an awesome day. That’s what it’s all about,” Ms Baker said.
The first place winner in the primary section was Amy Whitlock, followed by Pippa Mills and Liam Williams. The encouragement award was presented to Ruby Cannizzo.
Janie Gordon won first place in the secondary section, followed by Kayla Clavarino and Hayley Norton. The encouragement award was won by Tanner Hall.
Duo Maddy Wilson and Nic Huigsloot won the open section, with Robyn McDermott in second place and Tayla Gane in third place.
A recording package was also awarded to Maddy Wilson and Nic Huigsloot.
RESILIENT and brave are excellent words to describe 11 year old Mathew Stannard.
The Wonthaggi North Primary School student has had it tough, battling Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia and Marfan Syndrome – a connective tissue disorder affecting his heart – since he was four years old.
Now in Grade 6 and in remission, Mathew is ready to participate in the World’s Greatest Shave to give back to the Leukaemia Foundation.
Mathew has wanted to do the World’s Greatest Shave since he was in Grade Prep and his Grade 6 buddy at Romsey Primary School shaved his head on Mathew’s behalf in 2010.
“Mathew was going through chemo at the time and it was something he’ll never forget,” his mother Kerry said.
Inspired by his buddy’s bravery, Mathew is thrilled to have his chance to raise money for the foundation that has helped his family through their hardship.
The campaign hits close to home for the Stannard family, who understand the importance of keeping regional families together while undergoing blood cancer treatment in the city.
The Leukaemia Foundation went above and beyond to help the family cope, including supporting costs such as food, parking and petrol.
Mathew’s shave will be held in Wonthaggi North Primary School’s gym at 3pm on March 11. Mathew and his father Steve will shave their heads by local hairdresser Natalie Rose. Kerry and his little brother Shaun will colour their hair.
A funky hair day with a gold coin donation will also give his classmates a chance to pitch in on the day.
Mathew aimed to raise $2000, but with a couple of weeks to go he has already raised a whopping $1500.
He has gained support from the local community with tins placed at Wonthaggi North Primary School and Amcal Chemist.
Bass Coast Shire Council mayor Cr Jordan Crugnale will also be there to support the event.
“I’m pretty excited. I’m doing this because I want to raise money to go towards finding a cur...
OLIVIA Winchcombe’s love of theatre has flourished since participating in the Victorian Drama League Summer Performance Project.
The camp was held at Allambee in January, and provided Olivia a wonderful insight into the world of dramatic arts.
“It was amazing. It strengthened my acting ability and taught me a lot about the theatre community. I have made friends for life now,” she said.
Olivia was selected to attend the program by Leongatha Lyric Theatre. Having the opportunity to participate in the program gave Olivia confidence as an actor.
She was also thrilled to be joined by other young actors from Leongatha: Evy Nye, Nikki Stockdale and Lachlan Moore.
Although the project ran for nine days, she had to learn lines for a show within four days. She performed in a show called One, Two, Three, Home and auditioned to play several roles. It was performed at the Warragul Arts Centre at the end of the project.
Project leader Andrew Davis said Olivia could further her career by learning to work without microphones, practicing singing everyday and maintaining vocal exercises.
“He told me VCA (Victorian College of the Arts) put on classes every Sunday and it would be a good idea for me to audition,” Olivia said.
“I’m originally from Melbourne and I have done some acting classes. I got into dancing and singing afterwards.”
The importance of energy on the stage was reinforced throughout the camp – something Olivia is no stranger to after performing the lead role in Lyric Theatre’s 2013 major musical The Wizard of Oz.
“Playing Dorothy is the biggest thing I have ever done. I was also in the ensemble in Gypsy and I was part of Mary MacKillop College’s production of Fame,” she said.
“I’d like to do more productions with Lyric but I’m in Year 10 this year so I want to focus on my studies. However, I will be doing All Shook Up with Mary MacKillip College th...
ELLA Morgan, 10, is like many happy go lucky children, but behind the good looks and huge smile is a brave little girl putting on a big front.
Granddaughter of Jim and Joy Morgan of Leongatha and daughter of son Nick and Bel and sister to Lucy, 5, and Evie, 3, of Albury, Ella was born on June 27, 2005 with a congenital ear condition called Microtia Atresia.
The condition affects the formation of the outer ear and the development of the ear canal.
As a result, she has severe conductive hearing loss in her right ear, mild hearing loss in her left, and cosmetically an underdeveloped right ear.
For Ella and her parents, life has not been a bed of roses but for this little girl, after many sleepless nights and research, there is light at the end of the tunnel.
Ella is a candidate for not only outer ear reconstruction surgery, but also ear canal (atresia) repair that will open Ella’s ear.
It was during the annual Microtia and Atresia conference in Brisbane that Nick and Belle were fortunate enough to meet American surgeons Dr Joseph Roberson (otologist) and Dr John Reinish (plastic surgeon).
Together they perform the world’s only Combined Atresia and Microtia (CAM) surgery.
This surgery is extremely complex. Dr Roberson performs the Atresia repair. He will create a new ear canal and ear drum to achieve near normal hearing.
Dr Reinish performs the Microtia repair, which uses a synthetic ear framework called Medpor and a complex skin grafting procedure to build a new ear.
The only barrier is the surgery is not available in Australia and only carried out in the USA at a cost of some $110,000 that includes the surgery, combined with post-operative care and the recovery period of four to six weeks.
While mum and dad both work, such a sum is almost impossible to consider, but with family and friends’ support the dream is becoming a reality.
Bel has started a boutique online, handmade jeweller...
WOOLAMAI’S Shirani Perera is a step closer to achieving a rehabilitation centre in Bass Coast.
Her petition for a mental health and youth at risk facility was considered at Bass Coast Shire Council’s ordinary meeting last Wednesday.
Deputy mayor Cr Bradley Drew supports mental health awareness and backed Ms Perera’s petition.
“This is a massive undertaking by a member of the public. Mental issues are ever present and funding is always a challenge,” he said.
“It’s great to see Bass MLA Brian Paynter, representatives of Bass Coast Health (BCH) and members of the community supporting this cause. I certainly believe council should give its support. We can’t give up on mental health awareness. We cannot put a price on human life.”
Councillors voted to refer Ms Perera to the community grants program, which opened for applications in January, as well as forwarding information about other philanthropic trusts to support her funding aspirations.
“I enquired about the community grants program but they could only fund equipment for us. Unfortunately we are still looking to fund for a building. Community grants are designed to benefit the community immediately,” she said.
However, she is still well on her way to getting her project off the ground with the support of several community organisations.
The Wonthaggi Rotary Club has offered to source funding and Wonthaggi’s Anglican Church has offered two rooms so the program can start as soon as possible.
“The support has been overwhelming, so it is looking and sounding prosperous,” Ms Perera said.
Ms Perera said she had investigated Wangaratta’s Typo Station, which is a picturesque rural property designed to help youth at risk. She was impressed with her findings and hopes to have a similar program in Bass Coast.
“I will be contacting a counsellor from Melbourne to see what days she is available and a local artist willing to run art classes,” she said....
THIS year is a leap year, with this month having an extra day on February 29.
While this will not mean much to most people, to my daughter Willow at Foster, it is her first official birthday as she was born on the last February 29 in 2012.
While Willow will be four, we are celebrating this as her first official birthday, with a number one cake and first birthday theme.
People born on February 29 can be called leaplings and frogs are often used as a theme for the day.
Willow’s Nan calls her a leapling and predicted during my pregnancy that she would be born on February 29; she was four days overdue.
People often ask us when we celebrate Willows birthday in a non leap year? People born on February 29 can celebrate their birthday on February 28 or March 1.
My husband Dean prefers February as she was born in February, but she was born 15 minutes before midnight, making her much closer to March.
So far we have celebrated Willow’s birthday whichever day suits us best, sometimes both, and when she is older we will let her choose.
It is a little annoying though that there is no square to write her birthday on the calendar in non leap years.
Willow has sisters Abbey, five, and Josie, one, so she is finally catching up with her baby sister on birthdays.
People often comment it’s sad Willow misses out on a birthday but we don’t want her to think she is missing out but being part of rather something special.
There is even an international birthday club she has joined that is the biggest birthday club in the world.
Willow is going to celebrate her birthday this year on the actual day with a playgroup party in the morning, and with friends and family around for another party in the evening.
A leap day generally comes every four years; it was added to the calendar as a corrective measure as the earth does not orbit around the sun in exactly 365 days.
By adding the extra....
VACANT landowners are being charged too much for rates in South Gippsland Shire Council, according to Korumburra ratepayer Paul Richardson.
He told council as much at last Wednesday’s public presentation sessions.
He told The Star he and his wife Francesca plan to build a home on their 2.84 acre block but could not afford to do so now, but were still being charged council rates of $2090 this financial year.
Vacant land owners pay 200 per cent of the residential rate in the shire.
He is calling for rates to be charged on site value alone, not capital improved value, believing that would result in cheaper rates for all ratepayers.
“Council does not take into consideration the income these property owners bring in. They are not rich people,” Mr Richardson said.
In the 28 years he has owned the block, Mr Richardson said he has not received kerbside rubbish collection and yet his rates bill was taking its toll.
“This financial year, we are looking at between nine and 10 payments, and we might have to seek to go on the hardship policy because if they keep putting the rates up, how are we going to afford it?,” he said.
His block has sheds, gardens and paddocks, and seven sheep he said were “lawnmowers”.
“It’s not that I don’t want to pay the rates. We are happy to pay them if they are affordable,” Mr Richardson said.
He has previously served as a councillor with the City of Casey, where he lives at Endeavour Hills, and could run for council there again when the election is held in October this year.
He will not stand for South Gippsland council, given he is not a permanent resident, although he would like to be.
“I love this place and this is the place where I want to die and have my ashes thrown across the winds,” Mr Richardson said.
After Mr Richardson addressed council last Wednesday, mayor Cr Bob Newton said a hard waste service was available.
Cr Nigel Hutchins...
OPPONENTS of a landfill proposed for Leongatha South stood in solidarity against Veolia’s proposal at a waste management forum in Leongatha on Thursday afternoon.
The forum was part of a Gippsland Waste and Recovery Resource Group (GWRRG) initiative to develop a 10 year waste management plan for Gippsland.
GWRRG told residents it is in the process of assessing Gippsland’s landfill air space and whether there is a need for a new landfill site.
Veolia is planning to turn an exhausted quarry on Whitelaws Track into a landfill servicing Melbourne’s south-eastern suburbs, resulting in the prospect of 20 trucks delivering rubbish daily, and accessing the landfill via Leongatha and Koonwarra.
The proposal has been met with widespread opposition from the community. Gippsland South MLA Danny O’Brien recently a petition signed by nearly 1400 people against the proposal to State Parliament.
The majority of residents at the community forum were opposed to the Veolia landfill and demanded answers from GWRRG.
Members of the protest group Dump the Dump said they wanted strong evidence of the need for the landfill and claimed Veolia was advancing its own interests.
Dump the Dump spokesperson Wendy Reed said although only a few members of the official group were present at the meeting, it was an opportunity for the community to rally against the proposal and have their opinions heard.
Some of their leading concerns were location – as the proposed site would be near an active quarry – flooding, and blasting.
Ms Reed said she needed to process the information given to her at the forum before she could provide a comment on behalf of Dump the Dump.
GWRRG executive officer Matthew Peake said, “The concerns of the
community are many and varied. I’d categorise the understanding of
our role as one of the biggest issues.
“We will assess the need for landfill and what’s best for the area. Veolia has brought i...
A man will appear in court today after police allegedly located drugs and cash during search warrants near Lismore.
Following an investigation into drug supply in the local area, police from Richmond Local Area Command executed three search warrants at properties in Gonnellabah, about 10am on Monday.
Officers attended a storage shed on Centenary Drive, where they executed the search warrant and allegedly located a box and a suitcase containing over 12kg of cannabis.
The second warrant was executed at a home on Georgina Place, where officers allegedly located an amount of cash and further cannabis.
A 34-year-old man was arrested at the home and taken to Lismore police station.
He was charged with two counts of supply prohibited drug, possess prohibited drug and knowingly deal in the proceeds of crime.
He was refused bail to appear in Lismore Local Court today (Tuesday 23 February 2016).
A ‘thank you community’ screening of the short film Got Your Marbles will be held on Saturday (27 February) at the Brunswick Heads Memorial Hall from 5pm-7pm.
Local director/filmmaker Irene Feuz captures the essence of the simple pleasures and fun of marbles as enthusiastic Mibsters (marble players) from local schools battle it out for the Australian Schools Marbles Championship.
It is beautifully warm, funny, quirky and honest as the games are played in the dirt amid the backdrop of the Old & Gold Festival.
Irene has included extra footage on the DVD with school playground scenes where the marble rings dominate during May in the lead up to the Challenge in the long weekend in June.
The junior singles championship is also archived in this footage with the championship patron Lady Mandy Knocker (aka Mandy Nolan) commentating the final and awarding prizes.
The film also includes interviews with baby boomers on the good old marble days. It seems everyone has a marbles story to tell.
Entry is by gold coin donation. Seating is limited, to reserve y...
Apple Inc has called for the creation of a government commission or panel of experts on encryption to help resolve the standoff over national security and data privacy.
‘Apple would gladly participate in such an effort,’ the company said on Monday in a post on its website entitled ‘Answers to your questions about Apple and security’.
The standoff began last week when the technology company refused a US government demand to unlock an iPhone used by one of the San Bernardino shooters.
A digital security commission comprising technology, business and law enforcement experts has been proposed by Democratic Senator Mark Warner and Republican Representative Michael McCaul, who chairs the House Homeland Security Committee, to help break the impasse over encryption.
Apple chief executive Tim Cook also sent a letter to employees Monday morning explaining the company’s position and thanking them for their support.
‘This case is about much more than a single phone or a single investigation, so when we received the government’s order we knew we had to speak out,’ Cook said in the email to employees, seen by Reuters.
‘At stake is the data security of hundreds of millions of law-abiding people, and setting a dangerous...
The Labrador retriever held on to the title of America’s most popular dog breed for the 25th year in a row, even as the upstart French bulldog stole the limelight in New York and other big US cities, the American Kennel Club says.
The chunky Lab, known for its loping gait and easy-going nature, owes its enduring popularity to its well-deserved reputation as a family pet, AKC Vice President Gina DiNardo said on Monday.
‘The Lab checks all the boxes,’ DiNardo said. ‘It comes in three different colours. Athletic people can play with it, run with it and swim with it. They are family friendly and get along with others.’
But being beloved is not necessarily a springboard to elite honours. Labrador has never won best in show at the Westminster Kennel Club’s annual dog show since the prestigious event began in 1877.
By the same token, being an international superstar – like the German short-haired pointer who won Westminster last week – doesn’t automa...
The Greens are calling for fairer state government funding of public libraries to take the pressure off local councils.
Greens candidate for Richmond, Dawn Walker and Greens spokesperson for the Arts, Jan Barham MLC, say library costs have historically been shifted to cash-strapped councils, and some have been forced to make cuts to services.
Ms Barham says libraries are vital community assets and she was ‘pleased to hear that Richmond Tweed regional libraries are getting the recognition they deserve with some recent funding grants’.
‘Technology kiosks are great, but library funding should be ongoing and not just one-off grants in the lead up to a federal election,’ she said.
.’Library costs have historically been shifted to cash-strapped councils, and some have been forced to make cuts to services.’
Ms Barham said NSW has the lowest level of state government contributions to library funding in the country, and local councils struggle to cover the gap.
‘The state contribution to library funding has reduced from about 24 per cent in 1980 down to around 7 per cent in 2013, leaving councils to fund 93 per cent of library costs,’ she said.
Ms Walker said the Liberal National government ‘promised before the 2011 state election that it would review library funding and end what it said was “Labor’s under funding and neglect”’.
‘But five years on the Liberals and Nationals have not delivered on their promise. There has been no comprehensive review and the state government has continued to underfund our public libraries,’ she said.
‘Libraries are much more than places to read books. They are a safe and friendly community hub for information, technology, social and educational programs and are highly valued by our community.
‘In 2013 when Lismore Council announced the closure of Goonellabah Library as a budget measu...
Lawyers for Julian Assange have asked a Swedish court to overturn an arrest warrant for the WikiLeaks founder.
The move follows a ruling by a United Nations panel that the Australian’s confinement in the Ecuadorian embassy in London amounted to “arbitrary detention”.
His lawyer, Thomas Olsson, said a number of “new circumstances” had arisen that meant there was reason to review an earlier decision.
Stockholm District Court spokeswoman Camilla Murray said the court won’t consider the request – made in a letter by Assange’s two Swedish lawyers – because it was not made in the correct manner, the Associated Press reported.
Assange is wanted for questioning in Sweden over a sex allegation, which he denies, but believes that if he goes to Sweden he will be taken to the United States for questioning over WikiLeaks activities.
The UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention said earlier this month that Assange should be free to leave the embassy in London. Authorities in Britain and Sweden...
Family members of some of the 20 first-graders killed in Sandy Hook are bringing a lawsuit against the maker of the gun used in the massacre.
Lawyers for the company that made the rifle used to kill 20 first-graders and six teachers at Sandy Hook Elementary School in 2012 are expected to ask a Connecticut judge to dismiss a wrongful death lawsuit filed by families of some of the massacre victims.
Freedom Group, from North Carolina, parent company of AR-15 maker Bushmaster Firearms, says it’s protected by a 2005 federal law that shields gun manufacturers from most lawsuits over criminal use of their products.
A Bridgeport Superior Court judge is scheduled to hear arguments on Monday afternoon.
The lawsuit by families of nine children and adults who died and a teacher who survived alleges the Bushmaster AR-15 is too dangerous to sell to the public.
They say they’re suing under an exception to the 2015 law.
‘No lawsuit will ever bring back any of the 26 innocent lives that were stolen or bring peace...
The government is pushing legislation through parliament to reform Senate voting, sparking fresh speculation it’s planning a double dissolution election.
Under new voting rules, a double dissolution, in which all senators are up for election rather than just half, would get rid of most or all of the minor party senators the government believes have been obstructing its legislative program.
The Greens have given their in-principle support to the new Senate voting regime.
Opposition Leader Bill Shorten said he wanted to see the details.
Finance Minister Mathias Cormann said a double dissolution was a live option for Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to consider.
‘In the end, the timing of the election in the national interest and the form of the election is entirely a matter for the prime minister, but irrespective of what form the election will take later this year, obviously these reforms are very important,’ he told ABC Television.
Announcing the legislation on Monday, Mr Turnbull singled out Victorian Australian Motoring Enthusiast Party Senator Ricky Muir, elected in 2013 with less than half a per cent of the state’s primary vote, as an example of how Senate voting had gone wrong.
Senator Muir said he always knew the government would use his el...
The ABC and SBS could save money by merging their online services, an independent think-tank says.
A report by The Australia Institute released on Tuesday suggests consolidating online news from both broadcasters and combining the online streaming iView and SBSOnDemand services.
‘Sharing content, translation, and publishing systems presents likely opportunities to make more efficient use of resources,’ it says.
The report finds a merger of administration and back-office functions would not achieve worthwhile efficiencies.
But it says the ABC’s extensive online news could be made available for translation to SBS.
It also recommends the goal of scrapping advertising from SBS, but wants any savings from the measures re-invested into public broadcasting.
‘Any attempt to reduce expenditure … would undercut the entire rationale of structural reform and leave the ABC, SBS, NITV and their viewers and funders in a weaker position to face the challenges of the 21st Century.’
Outgoing ABC managing director Mark Scott recently suggested a merger between the two broadcasters was worthy of investigation.
Outspoken Liberal senator Cory Bernardi has lashed out at a government-funded “propaganda” program that teaches 11-year-olds about gay and lesbian issues.
Senator Bernardi says he will present a petition with more than 9400 signatures to the Senate on Tuesday calling on the government to remove all federal funding from the Safe Schools Coalition program.
He said it was alarming the government was contributing $8 million to a program that bullies and intimidates children if they don’t comply with the LGBTI agenda.
He said it was inappropriate for 11-year-olds to be invited to imagine they were in a same-sex relationship, or had no genitals.
‘It beggars belief that we’re asking 11-year-olds to identify themselves or imagine themselves as having no genitals,’ he told the Senate on Monday night.
‘Schools should be places of learning, not propaganda.’
Senator Bernardi said the program reflected a broader agenda by the left side of politics and sought to indoctrinate students to make them their advocates.
Greens senator Robert Simms said that was a laughable proposition.
The openly gay senator said it would have been nice to learn in school that gay people could have happy lives.
‘This program isn’t about trying to encourage any particular sexuality or gender identity,’ he told the Senate.
‘The message for Senator Bernardi: we’re queer, we’re here, news flash.’
The dangerous practice of eyeball tattooing has been unwittingly legalised by health legislation passed by the state government, says Labor’s health spokesman.
Walt Secord has labelled amendments made by the Baird government earlier this month as a “major stuff up”.
He says the laws effectively green-light eyeball tattooing, where ink is injected into the white part of the eye making it a solid or mix of colour.
Mr Secord said the practice had been banned in some American states as it can cause blindness and has been linked to cancer.
‘Doctors have advised that they are very reluctant to undertake any procedure like this and the Baird government should not be regulating this area. It should be banning the practice,’ he said in a statement on Tuesday.
Natalie Perkins (pictured) was last seen leaving her house in Byron at around 3.30pm on Monday, 15 February, to attend a doctor’s appointment and has not been seen since.
Ms Perkins has a medical condition and friends say her family and loved ones in Canada are very concerned over her welfare.
She does not drive and is not known to hitch hike.
At the time of her disappearance, Ms Perkins, who has plaits in her hair, was wearing shorts, a blue and white striped singlet, thongs and a checkered backpack with wallet, phone and makeup in it.
If you’ve seen her, contact Byron Bay police on 02 6685 9499 or 1800 333 000.
Could gondolas, shuttle buses, light rail or better walking tracks improve visitor experience and ease congestion at the popular Cape Byron?
That’s what the managers of the Cape Byron State Conservation Area (SCA) would like to know as it prepares to survey the community and visitors on its draft master plan for the area, visited by more than a million people each year.
National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) will place the master plan on public exhibition in April and May and is urging locals to comment.
NPWS Byron Coast area manager Sue Walker said the preliminary survey wanted feedback on how people thought walking tracks, vehicle access and other areas of the Cape could be improved.
‘Some options might be seen as pie-in-the-sky by some however, we need consider the widest wide a range of options possible to help ensure the best outcome for protection of the environment and visitor use to this very popular destination,’ Ms Walker said.
‘The draft master plan project aims to provide guidance for the future of management and operation of cape, with estimated at over 1.2 million visitors annually, and a focus on the provision of facilities and services for locals and visitors to this iconic location,’ she said.
‘A key issue is addressing access to the lighthouse where current demand for acc......
"Today it's simply socially unacceptable to let stock in rivers; people view it in the same way as it's unacceptable to smoke in restaurants" Conservation group raises alarm over river protection, 22.02.2016
The beach is without a doubt the playground for Australians. The formation of national identity is pinned on beach culture. "Australians are islanders and we've come to expect - almost as a kind of birthright, as much as a lifestyle - a certain kind of access to open beaches..." (source) From family holidays (if not in Bali) to national surf events and festivals it is the space to be in. On 2,000 kilometres of New South Wales coast, locals and visitors showcase their beach bodies, swim, surf, play sport and empty their dogs. It appears to be the place of equality. 'Our beach' turf is fiercely defended against 'the other' (Cronulla riots). Its is the only place of summer culture.
The beach as money-making machine
Urban beaches are manicured with fossil fuel and '...
A common sound heard on the edges of the Mallacoota township belong to a large solid bird called a Wonga Pigeon. It is a bird that prefers dense scrub and rainforest. It has distinctive markings – blue grey upper body, and spotted white belly. The markings on the chest help with camouflage, imitating shadows amongst the trees. To me it looks like a large W. It will try and stay still and hide when you walk to close but when it flushes it is a loud clatter of wings and a mad dash through the branches and away. When several flush at the same time it is loud and generally spooks everything else nearby. The one below I found on an early morning walk near my campsite. It was not overly concerned by my presence and for the first time I managed to get a few images of this species.
‘Secret communication #86′
Exploring hand gestures, which can hold both widely known and
secretly known meanings.
This is a continuation of something I wrote for the 4ZZZ AnarchyShow today.
Regarding the release of Baby Asha into community detention.
This is not a victory. This is one step along the road to victory. There have been many steps before this and there are many to come.
There’s still over 260 people in Australia facing deportation to Nauru including 36 other babies.
Personally I know the relatives of a Kurdish baby and her family who are in Brisbane Immigration Transit Accommodation.
This is called a transit centre because it is for people in transit. This baby is set for return to Nauru. And it seems this will happen soon.
This is no reason for celebration.
There are still almost 1500 people in Australia’s offshore detention hellholes.
I will not be celebrating until they are brought back to this country and are living in the community.
The government and opposition still have offshore detention policies.
I will not be celebrating until these are abolished.
I will not be celebrating until the government has a fair and just refugee determination process.
Minister Dutton has said Baby Asha will be sent back to Nauru after all legal and medical issues are resolved.
Like other refugees brought from Nauru to Australia if Baby Asha and her family are found in need of our protection – through the recently introduced dodgy fast track policy – they will be sent back to Nauru.
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Have your say on the Trans Pacific Partnership – an agreement that would enable multinational companies to sue Australia, in offshore Tribunals, for having environmental protection laws that restrict their capacity to earn profit in Australia. Make a brief submission to the … Continue reading
Ten years of restoration work at 200 sites within Kosciuszko National Park – sites damaged during the construction of Australia’s most iconic hydroelectric scheme – is showing substantial progress and is contributing to the protection of the parks internationally significant ecosystems. Read the full report by Elizabeth MacPhee and Gabriel Wilks here
Attention Berliners and all nearby EU Juice Rap News fam/fans:
Ken Oathcarn, General Baxter and Terrence Moonseed from Juice Rap News will be rocking the stage at the Berlin Congress Center on March 11!
(I know we said we wrapped up Juice Rap News… but after receiving a warm invitation from the Center of Investigative Journalism we decided to make one exception in order to be able to present some Juice at least once for our EU friends!)
Verrrry honoured to have been invited to talk about JuiceMedia/RapNews at The Logan Symposium, which brings together some of the most badass peeps of our generation working in journalism, hacktivism, human/digital rights and unfucking-the-Internet – including Julian Assange (via Skype), Sarah Harrison, Seymour Hersch, Cage, Jacob Appelbaum (Tor), Jesselyn Raddack, Jérémie Zimmermann, Subgraph, and many others.
Amidst this madness I’ll be presenting some excerpts from the JRN live show with help from stellar Melbourne mc’s MANTRA and Grey Ghost as General Baxter and Terrence Moonseed. So, if you live in Europe and thought you had missed out on ever seeing live Juice, now’s your chance to catch this PLUS many other awesome speakers. (NB: This will not be our FULL show, as Hugo is not with us, but we’ll do our v...
The UN Human Rights Committee (UNHRC) released its reasons in Hicks v Australia on February 16, 2016, in which it found that Australia had breached David Hicks’ right to be free from arbitrary detention. While the decision represents a measure of vindication for Hicks in the face of ongoing hostile disdain from the Australian government, it was perhaps disappointing in its narrowness.
The UNHRC supervises and monitors implementation of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (“ICCPR”), a global treaty that binds three-quarters of the world’s countries.
David Hicks’ complaint was submitted on September 10, 2010. The five-plus-year gap between submission and decision is unfortunate, but reflects the complexity of the case, as evinced by the original 100+ page submission from Hicks’ counsel.
However, the UNHRC did not address these complexities appropriately. While Hicks was successful in one of his claims regarding arbitrary detention, prohibited under Article 9(1) of the ICCPR, his many other claims deserved more thorough consideration than they received.
Hicks’ story is recounted briefly here. He was apprehended in Afghanistan in November 2001, very soon after the invasion of that country by the US in the wake of the September 11 terrorist attacks, and was suspected of fighting on behalf of al-Qaeda, the Taliban, or both.
He was detained at the facility in Guantanamo Bay from January 2...
Supply and demand issue in the South East:
A drug and alcohol service in the Wide Bay Region has said they’re in such high demand that they are often working with more clients than they are funded to assist.
Bridges Health and Community Care allegedly services a case load 40 per cent higher than they have been funded to deliver and are struggling with the pressure.
CEO Sharon Sarah said alcohol is the most-abused drug followed by cannabis, with methamphetamine use increasing.
Wacol women's centre now foster home for cats
Eight units at the Brisbane Women’s Correctional Centre at Wacol are now able to accommodate foster cats.
The program came to fruition in late 2010 as a means to sooth inmates, as well as relieve RSPCA of their demand issues for temporary housing.
When interviewed by 2GB presenter Ray Hadley in 2011 in the lead up to the NSW election, then state Greens senator Lee Rhiannon was asked did she support de-criminalising drugs?
Listen to the question and answer [HERE]
Today Greens are still pushing the decriminalise the drug ‘ice’.
At the national drug summit starting 2nd March, Greens Senator Richard Di Natale and Queensland Senator Larissa Waters [who spent $414000 taxpayer money to fit out her trendy Paddington office] will tell a national drug summit that ice addicts should be able to use the drug without facing police action.
Senator Waters claims diverting law enforcement resources to rehabilitation services would keep kids safe.
Cain Curran Reservoir has just dropped below 20% of its capacity, conjuring up visions of drought once again in central Victoria. For much of the first ten years of this century it hovered around this mark, before drenching rains in 2010/11 transformed it into a magnificent wetland. With the water level so low it brings views of the Loddon River and its tributaries into stark relief.
I wonder what 2016 holds …
Labor's light rail promise
Labor’s Brisbane Mayoral candidate, Rod Harding, has promised a new $1.2 billion Brisbane light rail project within the first term if Labor is elected.
If you’re interested in the future of the alpine resorts in the NSW mountains and how they interact with the surrounding environment, you currently have an opportunity to comment on the management plan.
The Parks Service says:
The National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) is looking at better ways to measure and regulate the environmental carrying capacity of alpine resorts in Kosciuszko National Park. Currently, carrying capacity is addressed using ‘bed limits’.
This may lead to an amendment of the Kosciuszko National Park plan of management and changes to the way new development proposals are initiated and managed in the alpine resort areas of Thredbo, Charlotte Pass, Perisher Range and Selwyn. NPWS is seeking feedback on your initial ideas and concerns. Further opportunities to provide input will be provided later in the year.
The current plan of management recognises that opportunities should be available to modernise the resorts and improve visitor facilities while protecting environmental values. One way of achieving these twin objectives is to apply the concept of carrying capacity.
The ‘environmental carrying capacity’ of an area is the scale of human activity that can occur without degrading the environment beyond an acceptable level.
In this sense, the ‘environment’ includes biological, physical and social factors. For example, waterways, wildlife, habitats, landscapes, cultural heritage, sustainability outcomes (for waste, energy, recycling) and visitor experiences.
Currently, carrying capacity in alpine resorts is primarily addressed by the plan of management setting limits on the number of people that can stay overnight in each resort area – this is referred to as ‘bed limits’ or ‘bed numbers’. Other thresholds are set by other laws for specific issues such as threatened species management and pollution prevention.......
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Monday, 22 February 2016
Cam Atkins Trio: Roseville Memorial Club, 64 Pacific Hwy, ROSEVILLE (7pm, 94196849)
Darren Heinrich’s ToneWheel with Guest David Theak: Foundry SixOneSix, 616 Harris St, ULTIMO (8.30pm, $5, book online)
Jazz Jam & Games Night: Venue 505...
Baby Asha transferred to community detention
Baby Asha has been transferred from Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital to community detention.
This morning Immigration Minister Peter Dutton confirmed the baby was transferred and that her family would be provided with maximum support.
Asha has been the focal point of a 10-day protest outside the hospital where staff had refused to discharge her for deportation.
Parliament may be subject to lockout laws
As a child I could never understand how a doctor could deduce anything from asking me to stick out my tongue and say ‘Ahh!’ – but they obviously could. Rosemary from Flowerdale recently sent in two photos on a related theme, of a moth feeding from flowers. The mouthparts of butterflies and moths are primarily […]
Seemingly always sunny, Addict Food and Coffee is a little corner of goodness down on Johnston Street.
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Sammy J & Randy Feltface emerged late last year as what could be one of television’s great comedy duos.
The thrice AACTA nominated Sammy J & Randy in Ricketts Lane, which premiered on ABC’s iview in October last year, is the culmination of years upon years of blood, purple ball-sweat and Sammy J tears. Like Laurel & Hardy, Basil & Manuel, Rick & Vyvyan, Bernard & Manny or Stefanovic & Wilkinson - Sammy J & Randy are friends who hate in one another what audiences love.
Behold. Damascus is taken away from being a city, and it shall be a ruinous heap. Isaiah 17:1 This article is republished with permission from The Generator. The opinions expressed in this article are not necessarily the unanimous view of the editorial board of The Westender. The Cross is cranky that we are stuck in the debates […]
Doctors at the Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne and, more recently at the Lady Cilento Hospital in Brisbane have refused to release children from hospital because they would be returned to detention. Some commentators have seen this as a form of political protest. But Professor Brian Owler, as a doctor working in a paediatric hospital, who deals with the consequences of physical abuse, explains that there is no reasonable other option for these doctors and nurses to take.
Letters to Editor
The Zionist Jews for years are rumoured to have their own very well equipped Jew army in Sydney and Melbourne. They have got millions of dollars worth of the best weaponry. They hold their clandestine meetings in a Frank Lowy complex ( Westfield Centres ). Successive Australian Federal Governments have allowed them ( the Lowys ) to control the substantial Temora Air force facility. The Temora locals think it’s great – it brings jobs and tourism. They are ready to move and takeover. They’re ready to pounce, like they did when they took over and massacred 100s of thousands of simple living Palestinians in their own country, like they did when the New York Jew funded Jews took over Russia in THEIR ” revolution” and then proceeded to massacre 66 million Christians over the next 38 years. They have their plants at the top in every government department ( ASIO, ASIS, Signals, Police forces, Australian defence forces, every conceivable government funded body and major company ). They control government policy through bodies such as the Lowy Institute and ALL the other Jew funded institutes and all their politician bribes. Bob Hawke Jew funded Rhodes ” scholar “, Tony Abbott Jew funded Rhodes ” scholar “, Malcolm Turnbull – Jew, Josh Frudenstien – Jew and you wonder why Australia has been sold out. For the whole of my 72 years of life Australia has been sold out by these traitor arseh—s. Most of them lawyers and do they know how to rob Australians blind.
The Australian Broadcasting Commission’s head office in Sydney has been run by the Jewish faction for three decades: Editor
When a US Senate committee alleged Frank Lowy, 84, concealed $US68 million from the Australian Tax Office in Liechtenstein, Lowy said he had given the money to Israeli charities and insisted he had met all his tax obligations. As an Australian parliamentary committee prepar...
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