CAMPERDOWN coach Bernard Moloney is claiming underdog status for tomorrow’s cut-throat first semi-final against North Warrnambool Eagles at Friendly Societies’ Park.
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It might seem strange the coach of a side that finished second on the ladder, two spots higher than its opponent, would concede favouritism, especially when his side has a 2-1 advantage in head-to-head meetings this season. But Moloney had a blunt reason.

“North I think are favourites, they have won a final and we have lost one,” Moloney said.

The Magpies are on the rebound after a 12-point qualifying final loss to Cobden last Saturday while the Eagles enter the match confident after a 15-point victory over Koroit in the elimination final.

“We are a good side and we have to go out with a confidence we can beat anyone,” Moloney said. “Cobden kicked straight and we didn’t. It was our poor kicking after half-time that cost us the game. We kicked 6.9 to 3.3.”

Moloney knows his side has a fight ahead of it today. While the Magpies won the first two games between the pair earlier in the season, the Eagles won their last showdown by 19 points. He also has a number of injury concerns, including a serious eye complaint to star midfielder Sam Chapman.

“They are a quality side and use the ball well,” Moloney said of North. He said the Magpies had to pressure the Eagles and limit their space so they couldn’t measure passes to their spearhead, coach David Haynes.

Haynes said the Eagles, who have won seven of their past nine matches, respected the Magpies.

“Camperdown haven’t had the best second half of the year but they are a quality side,” he said.

“We have to nullify their better players.”

Haynes said the Eagles would not only concentrate on Chapman, a noted match-winner, but several others.

He said the key to the game would be the midfield battles.

He hoped ruckman Jordan Dillon, who was in fine form last week, would give his side first use of the footy.

“Finals footy is won by the winner of the contested footy. Whoever wins the contested footy more often than not will be in front on the scoreboard,” he said.

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THE list of Dennington netballers not playing in the A grade grand final is almost as long as the list taking the court.
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Such has been the repeated setbacks the Dogs have overcome, they will take a vastly different side into the decider to the one that started the campaign.

Dennington has seemingly come from nowhere to qualify for today’s A grade decider against Merrivale at Reid Oval.

The Josie Bolden-coached side has been thereabouts for most of the season, but moved into premiership contention with a stunning late surge.

The rise has coincided with the Dogs having a settled playing list.

They were still drafting in new players halfway through the campaign to cover the loss of four pre-season starters.

Kristie Bolden suffered a knee injury before the first pass and Sara Morrison injured an Achilles tendon barely three rounds in — two defenders gone.

Monique Lewis fell pregnant and Victoria Lumsden shifted overseas.

Midcourter Melissa Lewis has been one of the constants.

She can see the funny side of a frustrating campaign now her teammates have defied constant list changes to make the grand final.

“We were introducing players to each other up until round 12,” she said.

“It was a bit of a joke between us in the end — ‘hi, I’m such and such’.

“Because of injuries we struggled to get a team and we had some A reserve players who were happy playing A reserve.

“We had to source from outside of the club. We used everyone’s sisters, asked ‘who else do you know that plays netball’.

“We tried to get whoever we could.”

Dennington is yet to win a Warrnambool and District league A grade netball flag but has its best chance in four years to create club history.

The Dogs lost to Merrivale by four goals in 2008 and are desperate to ensure history does not repeat itself.

“We’re pretty strong in both our defence and our attack ends. As soon as we’re feeling comfortable we’ll be right,” Lewis said.

“We’re a pretty casual team. We like to go out there and have fun.

“Everyone has brought skills in some way and it’s flowed down the court.

“If we can string it all together tomorrow we’ll end up with a result.”

Lewis said Dennington was desperate to win for veteran coach Josie Bolden and 250-game player Lani Barling, who had remained loyal to the club.

“We’d love to finish it off with an A grade flag,” she said.

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Victims lose in police cuts

April 28th, 2018 / / categories: 南京桑拿荤场 /

VICTIMS of burglary, property damage and other “less urgent” crimes could be the loser in a battle of competing priorities when the police redundancy program starts to take effect.
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That’s the warning issued by Police Association president Randolph Wierenga this week, as about 60 police officers statewide contemplate offers of voluntary redundancy.

Sergeant Wierenga said operations like the inter-district Ravenswood double murder investigation would become more problematic as police numbers continued to fall.

“There’s no doubt that when you have got a major investigation like that, people have to drop everything to solve these major crimes, and that means the “less important” stuff falls by the wayside,” he said.

“If you have a detective who was intending to investigate four or five burglaries today, and they are pulled on to a serious crime investigation, that means that they may never get time to investigate those burglaries as time goes by.

“Unfortunately, that’s a bad outcome for the victims of those crimes.”

Sergeant Wierenga said police had always pulled resources on to serious crimes, but the impact of that would be felt more with less front-line police.

“You can’t do more with less,” he said.

Western District Commander Lachland Avery agreed.

“You take numbers away, it’s got to affect service,” Commander Avery said.

“We jiggle around if something major goes on. You have just got to prioritise what’s going to affect community safety.”

Sergeant Wierenga said about 60 police had been offered a voluntary redundancy package, as part of Tasmania Police’s four-year budget strategy to shrink by about 100 positions to a strength of 1120.

Most of those who expressed interest in the redundancy were from the Southern and Eastern districts. Take-up was lowest in the North.

It’s understood a financial incentive of up to $20,000 was included in the package to encourage people to leave early.

Some police have already gone, and those who accept the redundancy are expected to leave by the end of the month.

Commander Avery said the Western District had already lost 18 members in the past three years.

He said they were drafting a proposal to the Commissioner on how to deliver effective first-response policing with reduced numbers, as part of a statewide structural review.

Police Commissioner Darren Hine, speaking about a 4 per cent reduction in policing benchmarks this week, said police would not be expected to do the same work with reduced resources.

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THEY bear eerily similar covers: stiletto heels, satin sheets, lips and other hints of bare flesh, a locket and antiquarian key photographed against backgrounds of burnished blacks, steel greys and metallic blues.
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Their blurbs hint of secrets, seductions, thrilling love affairs that push the characters to ”their limits”, tormented lovers and slap-and-tickle foreplay. Publishers pitch the look-alikes ”for fans” of the Fifty Shades trilogy hungry for more of the same, and readers are gobbling them up.

With global sales of 40 million, the success of the Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy has encouraged a crop of imitators.

The Australian bookstore chain, Dymocks, estimates 40 titles in this genre have been published or republished in the wake of Fifty Shades’s March release, warranting a new category called steamy fiction.

”While the best of the ‘copycat’ books for Dymocks have only sold a fraction of Fifty Shades, these are nevertheless strong sellers for us that have, almost without exception, entered our top 10 bestseller lists on release and we are buying up everything that comes our way while our customers are showing such a strong appetite for it,” said a Dymocks buyer, Sophie Higgins.

”There is no doubt that this will be an ongoing growth category for Dymocks. Romance has always had a loyal and wide readership, but the extra-naughty modern nature of these books and all the publicity has really taken it to a wider and perhaps a slightly younger audience.”

Bandwagon publishing is not new, Ms Higgins said. Twilight triggered growth in the young adult and paranormal romance categories, Scandinavian crime grew in profile after Stieg Larsson’s The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, and The Hunger Games tripped the trend to dystopian adult fiction.

The first to follow in Fifty Shades’s mighty sales wake were Destined to Play from HarperCollins, The Secret Lives of Emma from Random House and Bared to You from Penguin, all of which were published in July.

Nikki Gemmell’s 2003 literary novel The Bride Stripped Bare has recently received a Fifty Shades of Grey makeover and new editions carry a metallic grey livery designed to appeal to the trilogy’s audience.

Among the parodies and mashups is Fifty Shames of Earl Grey and Fifty Shades of Mr Darcy, the latter featuring a cover of riding boots and crop.

The adult fiction publishing house Clandestine Classics is reworking classics such as Jane Eyre and Pride and Prejudice to include explicit sex scenes.

While the covers evoke the style of Fifty Shades of Grey, copyright infringement does not come into play because they are not copies of the original, said Kevin Lynch, a partner at Johnson Winter & Slattery.

”The lookalikes are unlikely to mislead a fan of Fifty Shades, given the books have different authors,” he said. ”They are imitations, but there is no law against sincere flattery.”

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A PLAN to have topless women serving hamburgers opposite Carrington Public School at lunchtime has caused a bitter bunfight in the inner-city suburb.
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Create your free online surveys with SurveyMonkey, the world’s leading questionnaire tool. SUNNY SIDE UP: Kevin and Beth Schell of Beth’s Takeaway in Young St Carrington. The couple are introducing topless waitresses to attract new business. The P and C from Carrington Public School across the road believe it is inappropriate. Picture by SIMONE DE PEAK

Beth and Kevin Schell want to employ topless waitresses at their Young Street takeaway store to serve tradesmen on Fridays.

‘‘We are one of six takeaways in Carrington. Everyone is doing it tough and we are just trying to get ahead,’’ Mr Schell said yesterday. ‘‘Ninety per cent of our customers are tradesmen. We discussed it with them and they think it’s a great idea.’’

A special tradies’ $12 meal deal will be on offer between 10am and 2pm next Friday.

The store’s shutter windows will be closed and a double curtain put over the doorway to prevent schoolchildren and passers-by seeing inside.

Ms Schell, a mother of four daughters, said the women would be paid above award wages plus tips and would not be involved in food preparation.

‘‘It’s not going to be any different to what they have at the pub on a Friday night,’’ she said.

‘‘We get on well with the school and we are not expecting any problems.’’

Parents who spoke to the Newcastle Herald yesterday said they were appalled at the proposal.

The school’s P&C has written to the business requesting it to abandon its plans.

Potential exposure of children to the shop’s activities and its customers plus parking congestion are among their concerns.

‘‘There has got to be some sort of moral compass; having topless women across the road from the school is totally inappropriate,’’ parent and P&C member Belinda Epstein said.

She said the proposed activity was also likely to undo years of hard work to improve the suburb and the school’s image.

‘‘We are a different community than we used to be and this will drag us back into the past,’’ Ms Epstein said.

A Department of Education spokesman said the department was aware of the community’s concerns.

‘‘Schools are not in a position to intervene in community matters when an activity is legal and does not pose any direct threat to students,’’ he said.

A WorkCover spokesman said the business was not required to advise it of the proposed activity.

However, he said the NSW Work Health and Safety Act required a business owner to ensure, as far as practicable, a work place that was safe and without risks to the health and safety of workers.

A SELF-confessed “battler” and “terrible kicker” hopes he can cap off a decorated football career with a premiership.
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Kolora-Noorat full-back Adam Roberts will retire after today’s Warrnambool and District league grand final between the Power and Panmure at Reid Oval.

Family and farm commitments have forced the 34-year-old to call time on a career which has yielded three flags at Camperdown and Kolora-Noorat.

Roberts said he had considered hanging up the boots after his Hampden league career came to an end after season 2010.

He weighed up his playing days again at the end of last year, after his first season at the Power, before continuing in 2012.

Roberts said he had reflected on his career this week as he prepared to bow out, hopefully with another flag.

“It’d be a great way to finish up. Especially as you get older you appreciate them a bit more,” he said.

“It was 11 years in between premierships — the 2000 one at Camperdown to last year. To go again this year, when I didn’t think I was going to, it would be the icing on the cake.”

Roberts said he had few regrets from his 232-game career at Camperdown and soon-to-be 38 matches at Kolora-Noorat.

He said he believed he had played to his potential as a hard-working backman.

“I’ve pretty much got the most out of the given ability I was presented with,” he said.

“I was a terrible kicker, terrible disposer of the football and that’s why I’ve ended up at full-back.

“There have been a couple of seasons with time limitations that have limited me.

“There might’ve been a couple of seasons in my mid-20s I wish I could’ve put more time into it and got more out of myself.

“But there are a couple of seasons where I was 28, 29 where I was ending my career at Camperdown and where I was starting to play some good footy.”

Roberts, a father-of-three, will take on Panmure full-forward Gary Robinson in what shapes as a match-defining contest today.

Robinson kicked six goals on him in round five, but Roberts kept “the big show” to three in the second semi-final a fortnight ago.

“He has a strong body and leads well. He’s fairly quick off the mark, his first 10 paces,” Roberts said.

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Affordable homes on the way

April 28th, 2018 / / categories: 南京桑拿荤场 /

ONE thousand new affordable homes will be built over the next four years to address the state’s housing needs, the state government announced yesterday.
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Human Services Minister Cassy O’Connor said two hundred plots of land would also be released for affordable housing.

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The houses will be built where required, based on population patterns.

Ms O’Connor said 1404 new affordable homes were built over the four years to June 2012.

Next year, Housing Tasmania will start work on two houses each on Flinders and Cape Barren islands, as well as employment-related accommodation in Launceston, under a national partnership agreement on remote indigenous housing.

A government spokesman said Housing Tasmania was working with the Aboriginal community on the Launceston unit, including agreeing upon a site and seeking council approval.

It is hoped construction will begin later this financial year.

The two units on Flinders Island will be built by June 2013 and the remainder by 2015.

Ms O’Connor said more than $200 million from the state and Commonwealth had been invested in affordable housing.

“The positive impact a new home has on someone’s life is profound and the homes we are building are contributing to better, more connected communities as well,” she said.

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U.S. President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama look down at the 9/11 Memorial while touring the One World Trade Center building which is under construction in New York June 14, 2012. . REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque (UNITED STATES – Tags: POLITICS) U.S. President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama look down at the 9/11 Memorial while touring the One World Trade Center building which is under construction in New York June 14, 2012. . REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque (UNITED STATES – Tags: POLITICS)
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IN September 2001, members of al-Qaeda managed, largely because of luck, to pull off a risky terrorist act that became by far the most destructive in history.

The peculiar trauma evoked by the attack has proven to be lasting: a recent survey revealed that more than 70 per cent of Americans believe a terrorist attack inflicting large numbers of deaths in the United States is very or somewhat likely in the near future – the same percentage as in the days following 9/11.

This has impelled a US reaction that has been substantially delusional, one massively disproportionate to the threat that al-Qaeda has actually presented, either as an international menace or an inspiration to home-grown amateurs.

As anthropologist Scott Atran has put it: “Perhaps never in the history of human conflict have so few people with so few actual means and capabilities frightened so many.”

The chance that an American will perish at the hands of a terrorist at present rates is 1 in 3.5 million per year. For Australians, it is one in 7.1 million.

There is less than one chance in 20 million that a plane flight will be hijacked or attacked by terrorists, and one chance in 90 million that a passenger will be killed by terrorists.

For the terrorism risk to border on becoming “unacceptable” by established risk conventions – that is, to reach an annual fatality rate of 1 in 100,000 – the number of fatalities from all forms of terrorism in the United States would have to increase 35-fold, and in Australia more than 70-fold.

Discussions about terrorism rarely mention such statistics.

Nor do they consider how much safer do we want to be, and at what cost? Such considerations are crucial to any rational discussion on counter-terrorism, and more so in the present age of austerity.

Yet a year into the second decade after 9/11, those questions are not being systematically considered.

The low frequency and generally limited severity of terrorist attacks makes the benefits of the huge enhanced counter-terrorism expenditures since 9/11 difficult to justify by any rational and accepted standard of cost-benefit analysis.

US domestic security since 2001 has increased by over $US1 trillion, and analysis suggests these enhanced expenditures would have had to prevent one very substantial attack every day to be cost-effective.

Like vandalism and crime, terrorism can be carried out by an individual or small group and can therefore never vanish from the human experience: a condition of zero vulnerability is impossible to achieve.

However, some specific counter-terrorism measures do appear to be cost-effective.

The hardening of cockpit doors and the installation of secondary barriers on airliners seem to be so, although the provision for air marshals is not.

We find that many protective measures are a waste of money in part because there is a displacement effect, a transfer of risk: terrorists can choose, and change, their targets, depending on local and immediate circumstances.

Thus, protective measures that involve static defence are likely to be easily circumvented or softer targets found – of which there are many.

On the other hand, at least some of the investments in intelligence and policing may pay off because these resources are flexible and can respond quickly to emerging threats, and because disrupting attacks during the planning stage is often less costly.

Rationally reassessing homeland security expenditures – and even, perhaps, reducing them – would seem to be possible politically.

The United Kingdom, which seems to face an internal threat from terrorism that is considerably greater than that for the United States, appears nonetheless to spend proportionately much less than half as much on homeland security, and the same holds for Canada and Australia.

Yet politicians and bureaucrats there do not seem to suffer threats to their positions or other political problems because of it.

However, those in charge do not seem to be very interested in trying, even 11 years after 9/11, to carry out a systematic reassessment.

In all, the monster of terrorism and the internalised fears it has inspired may prove to be eternal. More than 60 per cent of Australians feel the war on terror will never end and they may be right.

If so, the additional $US1 trillion expended to deal with terrorism in the US in the first decade after 9/11 might well prove to be simply a down payment.

Professor Mark Stewart is director of the Centre for Infrastructure Performance and Reliability at the University of Newcastle. Professor John Mueller is senior research scientist at Ohio State University and senior fellow at the Cato Institute in Washington. Their book, Terror, Security, and Money: Balancing the Risks, Benefits, and Costs of Homeland Security, was recently published by Oxford University Press.

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Water scheme set to flow

April 28th, 2018 / / categories: 南京桑拿荤场 /

WATER from the new Upper Ringarooma irrigation scheme will go on sale next month and be available in 2015-16, following the scheme’s approval.
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Work will begin on the $28 million project next year, after Deputy Premier Bryan Green announced the plan’s approval yesterday.

Mr Green first launched the scheme in July last year.

Mr Green said the Ringarooma scheme would benefit more than 40 properties in the area, covering more than 15,000 hectares.

“This new scheme has great potential because currently less than half of the irrigable land is being irrigated,” he said.

Ringarooma Irrigation Committee chairman Stan Cox said the scheme would provide farmers with greater confidence to invest in their farms, creating extra dairy production and opportunities for new crops.

Mr Cox said the water would go on sale on October 10 for $1200 a megalitre.

The construction of a dam in the upper catchment of the Ringarooma River and Dunns Creek was now being tendered.

Construction would begin in September-October next year, Mr Cox said.

Mr Green said freight roads in the region would be improved under a $42 million state and federal government package, and the Tasman Highway, between Scottsdale and Launceston, would be upgraded.

The state government announced irrigation funding of $52.1 million in combined state and federal money in this year’s budget, including schemes in the Midlands, lower South Esk, south-east and Upper Ringarooma.

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Hunter study of seahorses

April 28th, 2018 / / categories: 南京桑拿荤场 /

A STUDY of seahorses has found the Hunter is one of just two hotspots for the enigmatic species, and that the creatures are monogamous throughout their lifetimes.
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University of Technology Sydney (UTS) researcher David Harasti yesterday published a study started in 2005 on White’s seahorse, a species found only in estuaries between Forster and Wollongong.

Mr Harasti said his work following the creatures had borne fruit, forging a “baseline” to monitor future changes to their behaviour and numbers.

“The main reason for doing it was because seahorses became protected in NSW and we knew almost nothing about them,” Mr Harasti said.

Mr Harasti’s work discovered Port Stephens and Sydney Harbour were two population hotspots, with the Hunter population growing faster and larger than its southern counterparts.

He said the seahorses, found near popular dive site Fly Point, were a good barometer of how healthy the environment was.

“They’re an iconic species and they’re a bit like the canary in the mines,” Mr Harasti said.

“If they disappear, you probably have issues with your water quality.”

Port Stephens’ seahorse population also included Grandpa and Goldilocks, Mr Harasti said, two of the oldest seahorses on record.

Mr Harasti said they were one of several couples monitored that revealed White’s seahorses “fall in love” and remain monogamous.

“It’s very unusual in the marine world,” Mr Harasti said. “If the male and female are still alive, they will stay together indefinitely.”

RESEARCH: UTS’s David Harasti holding a seahorse. Picture: Justin Gilligan

WHITE’S SEAHORSE

Remains monogamous indefinitely unless mate dies

Males give birth

Can reproduce after seven to eight months

Grows very quickly to about 15cm