Apple refreshes its super-thin 12-inch MacBook

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Apple’s 2016 MacBook. Photo: AppleApple has today updated its diminutive 12-inch MacBook, adding new processors and the option for a ‘rose gold’ (aka pink metal) finish, but sticking with the one-USB-port design that many fans were critical of the first time around.
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Originally introduced in March last year, the machine known simply as ‘MacBook’ now comes with an Intel Skylake processor in both models, not just the high-end version, and also features a snappier graphics processor. It still comes with 8GB of RAM across the board, but its battery has been bumped up slightly which should combine with the economy of the Skylake to deliver several more hours of usage.

The most notable aspect of the update is what has not been changed, namely the single USB-C port that must be used for charging, connecting storage devices, connecting peripherals and outputting video. Doing any more than one of those things at a time will require the use of adapters or hubs, which was a major complaint thrown at the original MacBook and looks to still be a sticking point a year later.And the worst: New MacBook with HDMI a dongle and then another USBS dongle and accessories. Dongle hell! pic.twitter南京夜网/p9Al8v03ZK— Raymond Wong (@raywongy) March 10, 2015

Of course the minimalist design allows for a very thin and light laptop (1.31cm at its thickest point, 920 grams), and Apple would surely suggest that most workflows could be managed wirelessly using iCloud, AirPlay and Bluetooth. You might also argue that if somebody wanted portability and ports, there are several models of MacBook Air and Macbook Pro available which let you add USB accessories to your heart’s content.

Speaking of adding stuff, the 2016 MacBook comes with a modest price bump as well. While this time last year you’d pay $1799 for the 256GB model and $2199 for the 512GB (which also has a faster processor), the 2016 models are $1999 and $2449 respectively.

You can order one from today directly from Apple.

2016 MacBook specs:12-inch LED display at 2304 x 1440Intel Core m3 at 1.1Ghz, or Intel Core m5 at 1.2Ghz8GB RAM256GB flash storage or 512GB flash storageIntel HD Graphics 515480p FaceTime camera

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Mittagong secures big win

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April Hamilton controls the ball during a 2015 hockey game. Photo: Josh BartlettMITTAGONG flexed its premiership muscles with a crushing win on Friday night.
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The Mittagong first grade ladies hockey team recorded a 5-0 win over Burrawang at Welby.

The match signaled round three of the Southern Highlands Hockey Association’s winter competition.

Two goals apiece to Karen Hamilton and Rebecca Cross guided Mittagong to victory.

Rachel Eringa started the scoring when a rebound from a short corner found the back of the net.

Hamilton registered the second goal on the back of a nice pass from her daughter April.

Mittagong led 2-0 at half time.

Cross scored the next two goals from short corners to help her team take a 4-0 lead.

Hamilton completed the rout when she scored a goal on the back of good passing from team mates.

Mittagong coach Yolande Isedale said it was a solid win by her side.

“We’re happy with the result, we played really well,” she said.

“But we are looking at little specifics and there is a lot of work in front of us.”

Isedale said 2016 would be a rebuilding year for Mittagong.

“We are bringing a lot of juniors up this year and we have a young side,” he said.

“Most of our players are between 13 and 16 years.”

Burrawang headed into Friday’s game under strength, with a large contingent of players unavailable.

However, Burrawang captain Meaghan Stanton said she didn’t want to make excuses for the loss.

“Mittagong played a good game,” she said.

Stanton said Burrawang’s best were forward Jamie Binder and goalkeeper Tara Bevan.

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World of more craft

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TREELIKE: Meredith Woolnough’s red coral branch at Timeless Textiles, exploring the world of nature.
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TWO new exhibitions suggest that Newcastle fibre artists are creating something unique. Or is this part of a universal trend to bring traditional female textile processes into an avant-garde gallery setting and inevitably blur forever the boundaries between art and craft?

Newcastle has what is still the sole professional specialist textile gallery in Australia. Meredith Woolnough has exhibited at Timeless Textiles virtually since its inception, though she is now widely celebrated for her innovative labour-intensive image making with thread. Did she discover for herself that her sewing machine could be used to make lyrical linear structures? They increasingly contrast delicate tracery with dense sculptural patterning, built up in countless layers of stitching.

Her present exhibition at Timeless Textiles until May 15 is based on details from the world of nature. There are closely observed leaves of begonias, waterlilies and eucalypts, whose veined growth patterns are clearly defined. Corals also make ideal subjects, both as treelike forms and dense colonies.A new development translates the spiral of a tiny seaweedy marine creature into a vibrant freestanding sculpture. The piecesmust have taken many weeks of concentrated stitching, of meditative dedication.

Meredith Woolnough is now one of the Hunter’s most exhibited professional artists, with work in up to eight shows a year in the few years since she graduated from COFA.

FANTASTIC FABRICFORTUITOUSLY, another textile artist is brilliantly represented across the road at Curve Gallery until April 30 in a joint exhibition with photomedia artist Clare Weeks, based on the manipulated figure.

There are about 50of Gillian Bencke’s fabric creatures on the walls or suspended, gently rotating, from the ceiling. They come in many humanoid variations, having evolved from two legs to three, four or even more, all individually hand sewn, using a wealth of patterned fabrics and the contents of several family button bags, with much of the fabric recycled. They display a rich preloved life and inexhaustible variety and vitality.

Many of us who made and loved golliwogs before they became politically insensitive will recall how they came to amazing individual life once their button eyes were attached. But Gillian Bencke takes this minor miracle well beyond family fun. Hers is genuine artmaking, requiring fertile imagination and much time in the studio.

Such intimations of an alternative creation are subliminally enhanced by the disturbing photo collages of Clare Weeks.This is a new form of image making for a widely respected teacher whose work has been exhibited in many places over the years. Autobiography becomes surreal in these prints of disembodied limbs, strangely interactive. Without the connecting body, arms and legs become odd, unexpected living entities. It’s an apparently simple idea that reverberates into metaphysics. Like the fabric menagerie, these photographs take the imagination into some curiously provocative places.

WATER CYCLETHE exhibition at the Lovett Gallery until May 14 is both book launch and school holiday activity, as well as a chance to see Liz Anelli’s sketches and finished illustrations for Desert Lake: the story of Kati Thanda-Lake Eyre.The cycle of events from salty desert to flood-fuelled burst of life and back to desert makes a powerful story. Despite the infrequent inundation, frogs and other life forms survive for years in the mud under the salt, waiting for the lake to reappear as storm waters drain into it from an area the sixth of Australia.This must be an amazing spectacle, loud with birds, leaping with fish, producing instant ecosystems and, here on the gallery walls, illustrations rich in detail.

OPEN TO ALLAT Newcastle Art Space until May 1 is a show open to all comers, with works by a new generation of artists, plus such stalwarts as Leslie Duffin, Peter Lankas and Gwendolin Lewis.Particularly notable are Jane Blackall’s meticulously collaged Customs House made of paper and card, Alison Pateman’s reduction linocuts and the balletic bonsai melaleuca by Hugh Grant and Andrew Fitzgerald.

Not to forget the dishevelled clay skeleton by James E. McFarland, cynically titled Waiting for the train.

CONNECTIVITY: Clare Weeks explores the human form in ‘trace #10’.

IMAGINATION: Detail of Gillian Bencke’s ‘No such thing as a fish’ at Curve Gallery.

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Proposed changes for Taree Railway Station

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THE six staff at Taree Railway Station will retain their positions but there are changes proposed to the hours the station is manned, staffing structure and grades, according to the Rail, Train and Bus Union (RTBU).
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Taree Railway Station is currently staffed from 7.30am to 2am. Under the proposed changes by NSW TrainLink, staff would provide assistance to customers with bookings, ticketing and luggage from 9.30am to 9.30pm. No staff would be present to assist passengers travelling on the 1.30am train to Sydney.

“The proposal put forward by NSW TrainLink is one Area Customer Service Manager (ACSM) who will manage five locations, Taree, Wingham, Gloucester, Wauchope and Kendall and this position will be a management role only, three of the remaining five positions have had their grades reduced,” RTBU delegate Mick Cartwright said.

“The ACSM will be rostered from 7.30am to 3.30pm Monday to Friday and will not be there for bookings, ticketing and luggage, the next sign on time is 9.30am Monday to Friday and this position will assist with bookings, ticketing and luggage but the train arrives at 10.10am and this employee will not have sufficient time to prepare the station for the train arrival, then do the bookings, ticketing and luggage, there is a need for another employee to assist.”

The proposed changes to Taree Railway Station operating hours and staffing structure is part of a statewide review that is expected to take “up to three or four months” according to NSW TrainLink.

Last week member for Myall Lakes Stephen Bromhead stated “there are currently six full-time positions at Taree Railway Station and all six positions will remain … there would be no changes to staffing levels”.

Mr Bromhead did not comment on the proposed changes to station operating hours or staff structure and grades. He also advised Taree Railway Station was to receive “CCTV and Customer Help Point technology to provide real time 24/7 assistance.”

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Blue Tongue set to impress at Star Hotel

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Blue Tongue will play at The Star Hotel Milton on Friday, May 6.There’ll be something for everyone when Blue Tongue play at The Star Hotel Milton on Friday, May 6.
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Thefour piece band covers music from the 70’s to present that caters for all ages.

Their style covers alternative rock, pop, jazz, classical pop, rock and ballads.

Blue Tongue is made up of four musical artists;Lynn Erdos on vocals, Andrew Christian on lead guitar, Shaun Russell on bass guitar and last but not least, Tony Bowyer on drums.

Lynnstarted her musical journey when she joined her very first band as a 17-year-old.She played in numerous pubs and hotels in the Philippines and travelled Asian countries such as China and Malaysia to perform various genres of music, old and new. Her style covers pop, jazz, rock and ballad.

Andrew compliments Lynn’s voice by joining her on vocals and playing lead guitar. He has played lead guitar for a variety of recording artists and bands since 1999 including 8 Ball and Texas Rose.

His music influences are Van Halen, Metallica, Gary More, Stevie Vaughn and Jimmy Hendrix.

On returning to the South Coast after jamming with numerous line ups and ensembles, and landing a gig playing rhythm guitar with a sixpiece, Blues/Rock juggernaut “Too Late To Be Straight”, Shaun met Andrew and mistook him for a bass player.

On realising his mistake, Shaun mysteriously sold his guitar amps to Andrew and became enamoured by all things Bass, destined to become Blue Tongues Bass player.

Joining the band on drums and vocals, Tony became addicted to music/drums when his school mates at Ashfield Boys High became Australia’s AC/DC.

Tony has supported many bands such as Skyhooks, Dragon and Finch.Since moving to the South Coast, Tony met Blue Tongue and has been playing music together.

Blue Tongue will kick off at 8.30pm until 11.30pm at The Star Hotel Milton.

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Five million acts of kindness

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What started as a trip to a video shop in the shire ten years ago has evolved into a worldwide movement involving 78 countries.
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Pay It Forward Day, the brainchild of Gymea marketing consultant Blake Beattie will mark its tenth anniversary on Thursday, April 28.

Five million acts of kindness: Gymea’s Blake Beattie started the Pay It Forward Day 10 years ago and it is now held in 78 countries. Picture: Chris Lane

The international day of celebration encourages people to do between one and three good deeds on the day with no expectations other than the recipient in turn does a favour for someone else.

The idea for Pay It Forward Day came from the novel Pay It Forward by Katherine Ryan Hyde and the movie of the same name, the story of a boy who did three good deeds for others in need.

In return he wanted the good deed to be passed on to three other people to keep the cycle going.

The author started the Pay It Forward Foundation in 2000 as a way to encourage people around the world to show acts of kindness.

In 2007, Blake Beattie was at a leadership course where participants were asked to think of a way to change Australia and the world.

“I was walking past a video store in the shire and saw the movie Pay It Forward on the shelf,” Blake, 39, said.

“I had loved the movie and thought we should start an international Pay It Forward day.

“I had no idea how to start it. I contacted the Pay It Forward Foundation, the author and Warner Brothers, who produced the movie, all without success.”

But Blake persisted and soon the idea of an international Pay It Forward Day caught on and gained momentum.

“It started a huge ripple effect across the country,” he said.

“Pay it Forward Day is now celebrated in 78 countries from the Slovak Republic to Panama and has over 60 state and city proclamations including British Columbia, Colorado and Nevada.

“The day inspired over five million acts of kindness last year alone,” Blake said.

Acts of kindness are many and varied.

In China, grade 8 students raised $1500 to benefit victims of the Nepal earthquake.

In Northamptonshire local police paid it forward to help 150 students visit the local cinema.

Schyler High School, Nebraska in the United States put together 30,000 meals for the need in Malaysia.

“It can be something as simple as offering someone who is caught in the rain an umbrella,” Blake said.

“We have had some amazing people around the world involved and importantly it inspires some goodness out in the community.”

To be involved, people use Pay It Forward cards, downloadable from the Pay It Forward website, which can be handed to each recipient explaining what Pay It Forward is all about.

There are 24 boxes on the back of the card that are ticked off as it travels the world.

Each box contains the potential for future good deeds as people Pay It Forward to others in need.

“There are a lot of things we could do to help others but people these days are so busy,” Blake said.

“This is a way of shifting people’s mindset to realise that it is not what you can get but what you can give.”

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What started as a trip to a video shop in the shire ten years ago has evolved into a worldwide movement involving 78 countries.

Pay It Forward Day, the brainchild of Gymea marketing consultant Blake Beattie will mark its tenth anniversary on Thursday, April 28.

The international day of celebration encourages people to do between one and three good deeds on the day with no expectations other than the recipient in turn does a favour for someone else.

The idea for Pay It Forward Day came from the novel Pay It Forward by Katherine Ryan Hyde and the movie of the same name, the story of a boy who did three good deeds for others in need.

In return he wanted the good deed to be passed on to three other people to keep the cycle going.

The author started the Pay It Forward Foundation in 2000 as a way to encourage people around the world to show acts of kindness.

In 2007, Blake Beattie was at a leadership course where participants were asked to think of a way to change Australia and the world.

“I was walking past a video store in the shire and saw the movie Pay It Forward on the shelf,” Blake, 39, said.

“I had loved the movie and thought we should start an international Pay It Forward day.

“I had no idea how to start it. I contacted the Pay It Forward Foundation, the author and Warner Brothers, who produced the movie, all without success.”

But Blake persisted and soon the idea of an international Pay It Forward Day caught on and gained momentum.

“It started a huge ripple effect across the country,” he said.

“Pay it Forward Day is now celebrated in 78 countries from the Slovak Republic to Panama and has over 60 state and city proclamations including British Columbia, Colorado and Nevada.

“The day inspired over five million acts of kindness last year alone,” Blake said.

Acts of kindness are many and varied.

In China, grade 8 students raised $1500 to benefit victims of the Nepal earthquake.

In Northamptonshire local police paid it forward to help 150 students visit the local cinema.

Schyler High School, Nebraska in the United States put together 30,000 meals for the need in Malaysia.

“It can be something as simple as offering someone who is caught in the rain an umbrella,” Blake said.

“We have had some amazing people around the world involved and importantly it inspires some goodness out in the community.”

To be involved, people use Pay It Forward cards, downloadable from the Pay It Forward website, which can be handed to each recipient explaining what Pay It Forward is all about.

There are 24 boxes on the back of the card that are ticked off as it travels the world.

Each box contains the potential for future good deeds as people Pay It Forward to others in need.

“There are a lot of things we could do to help others but people these days are so busy,” Blake said.

“This is a way of shifting people’s mindset to realise that it is not what you can get but what you can give.”

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Michelle Bridges in hot water over ‘fat-phobic’ comments

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Facing backlash: Michelle Bridges with partner, Steve Willis. Photo: SuppliedMichelle Bridges is facing strong backlash after the celebrity trainer made inflammatory comments about fat people.
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“It might be seen that I have this agenda on people who are overweight or people who are deemed fat,” Bridges said on Monday night’s Australian Story.

“If you are happy where you are, genuinely, more power to you. But I can tell you now, I am yet to have met someone who is morbidly obese and happy.”

Former Biggest Loser host Ajay Rochester accused Bridges of being “fat-phobic” and said Bridges bullied her for being overweight while filming the show.

“I won’t even go into the fat jokes and taunts she subjected me to on a daily basis,” Rochester said in a blog blasting Bridges for her comments.

In a segment on Channel 7’s Daily Edition, Bridges was shown footage of herself walking behind a Biggest Loser contestant as they crawled along the ground.

“Now you can start getting angry ’bout those Mars bars, honey,” Bridges taunts in the clip from 2007.

“How dare she have to feel like she has to humiliate me to work harder,” the contestant, Munnalita, says afterwards.

Others have also spoken out about Bridges’ apparent fat-shaming.

“Hi, Michelle, if you are listening, remember me? I’ve known you for years. We have met many, many times. You can take it back now. I’m happy,” said Nova radio presenter Chrissie Swan.

“You should not judge someone’s entire character by what they look like … Every fat person is not sad or trying to change themselves or jovial.”

Comedian Meshel Laurie also took aim, noting Bridges is “in the business of meeting people who have come to her because they are unhappy”.

The KIIS 101.1 presenter also told a story about her young son asking about her weight.

“He said to me, ‘Mummy, you’re fat.’ I said, ‘Yeah … and that’s OK. I’m really happy. I’m a really happy person.’ I meant it from the absolute pit of my soul,” she said.

“I’m such a lucky person. I’ve got two arms that work, two legs that work. A brain that’s sharp.

“It is actually possible to be fat and happy, I promise you.”

Reps for Bridges told Fairfax Bridges is currently on holiday and unavailable for comment.

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Prince George has a cheeky grin in Queen’s 90th birthday portrait

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Prince George has stolen the show as he stands front and centre on a pile of gym blocks at a photoshoot for the Queen’s 90th birthday. Photo: Royal MailIt may be the Queen’s 90th birthday, but when the family was photographed for a sheet of commemorative stamps. it was her great-grandson Prince George who stole the show.
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A picture released today shows the two-year-old royal grinning cheekily as he poses with the Queen, Prince Charles and Prince William in the White Drawing Room at Buckingham Palace.

But, as the picture is set to be made into a stamp sheet, each of the royals’ heads needed to be at roughly the same height, requiring the chubby-cheeked toddler to stand on a stack of gym blocks in order to get the perfect shot.

The photo was taken last summer, but was only released to the public on Tuesday. The stamp sheet feature four stamps – crops of the heads of each of the family’s four generations depicted in the shot – and will be available to purchase in the UK from Thursday (just in time for royal enthusiasts to send a birthday card to the Queen, who will be 90 on Friday).

Although the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have moved to Norfolk, where Prince George attends a Montessori pre-school, it is understood the future king shares a special relationship with his grandmother.

Duchess Kate told The Queen at Ninety, an ITV documentary about the life of the monarch that aired last month, the young royal calls the Queen “gan gan”, and was always spoilt by the family matriarch.

“She always leaves a little gift or something in [Prince George and Princess Charlotte’s] room when we go and stay, and that just shows her love for her family,” she said.

As the UK gears up to celebrate the Queen’s milestone birthday, a host of former royal staff have descended on the press to provide their own insight into the life of the country’s longest-serving monarch.

One of the most interesting anecdotes has come from former protection officer Richard Griffin who said during a recent talk that the Queen once had a rather amusing encounter with a group of US tourists while walking near her Balmoral estate, the Timesreports.

“Have you ever met the Queen?” the group reportedly asked.

“No,” she replied, pointing at the policeman accompanying her and saying: “But he has.”

According to Griffin, the group then left, unaware they had met the monarch herself.

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Rampaging Rovers savage Roos

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The Rovers had a big win at home on the weekend with the Gunning Roos going down 14 – 38. Photo by CHRISTINA PARKER.It’s taken just two rounds for the Boorowa Rovers to make their presence felt in the 2016 George Tooke Shield with a stunning 38-14 win over the Gunning Roos at the Boorowa Showground last Saturday.
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In front of one the biggest crowds at a Rovers game in recent seasons, the youthful Boorowa outfit outgunned the Roos with a dominant display by their pack and some slick work by their backs.

From the outset, Boorowa looked determined to make amends for their loss against Crookwell. However disaster struck after just five minutes when Rovers young gun Joe O’Connor suffered a serious knee injury requiring the local paramedics to attend delaying the game by almost half an hour. Fortunately Joe is ok but could be on the sideline for an extended period.

After the resumption, Boorowa dominated field position with some solid defence from the locals not allowing the Roos to gain any momentum. The pressure mounted saw the Roos make some crucial errors.

It was fifteen minutes and some relentless attack from the Rovers before the probing Jack Fahey found his way to the line for the second time in two weeks. Mick Hinds converted for a 6-0 lead.

Boorowa continued to put pressure on the Ross and after 28 minutes the lead was extended when Murray Armour went in after some slick ball movement. A short time later halfback Mick Hinds scored a good try taking the score to 14-0 at the break.

Shortly after halftime, Willis Arber did further damage to the Roos when he crossed for the first of two tries for the afternoon. Hinds converted from wide out and the Rovers went out to a 20-0 lead.

Coach Stuart Gay began to look more relaxed when Matt Black went in and with 24 minutes left it appeared Boorowa was almost home with a 26-0 lead. However Gunning weren’t quiet ready to throw in the towel and scored a relatively soft try with 20 minutes to go to make it 26-4.

Two more tries to Gunning in the next few minutes made the score 26-14 and all of a sudden the Boorowa supporters became nervous after the previous weeks fade out. However the local side regained composure when Willis Arber crossed for his second try and with Mick Hinds converted taking the score to 32-14 and it became a bridge too far for the Roos.

Mitch Clarke put the icing on the cake for the locals with a converted try for the eventual score line of 38-14 to the Rovers.

The three points were shared by Willis Arber and Matt Batt who were outstanding amongst a team of stars whilst Mick Hinds picked up the one point. The Fabstock player of the week was Matt Black who was brilliant, particularly in attack having the Roos forwards back peddling all day.

There wasn’t a poor player for the Rovers with the forward pack putting in a sensational display. Jack Fahey was scheming and probing all game, whilst the big boppers, Willis Arber Joe Banks, Matt Black, and Matt Batt took the ball up willingly for the full match.

In the backs, Mick Hinds directed the traffic to perfection whilst Justin Corkery had an impressive game at five eighth.

Murray Armour used his boot effectively to gain some good field position whilst Trent Crawford looked at home in the fullback position with some great kick return runs with some valuable metres gained. Blake Anderson was also impressive on the wing. Every player contributed to the win and with more performances like this one, there will be good times ahead for this young team.

Coach Stuart Gay commented that Tuesday training this week will be more enjoyable than the last but he is well aware that the road ahead is a long. Apart from the nasty injury to Joe, the rest of the team came through relatively unscathed although at Sunday’s recovery, there were some very sore bodies.

In other matches last weekend, the Crookwell Green Devils show their first up win was not flash in the pan by defeating Braidwood 26-16. Harden Hawks started their campaign with a 36-22 win over North Canberra whilst in the remaining game Bungendore Tigers beat ADFA 32-12.

The Boomanulla Raiders had the bye.

This week sees Round three take place over the Anzac weekend. On Friday night the Undefeated Crookwell take on ADFA at Crookwell. On Saturday, Bungendore host Boomanulla and Braidwood play host to the Gunning Roos still searching for that first up win.

North Canberra Tigers have the weekend off.

The match of the round will be the local derby when the Boorowa Rovers host the Harden Hawks at the Boorowa Showground on Saturday at 2.30 pm.

With the Harden side coming off a win in their first start and the Rovers scoring their first win, this game promises to be one of the most contested local derby’s in years between these old foes. With the junior league on as well it will be a massive day of Rugby league and one not to be missed.

Don’t forget the jackpot joker draw at the home of the Rovers, the Courthouse Hotel, on Friday night with over $1100 to be won.

After Saturday’s game, join all the post match celebrations at the Courthouse until the late hours.

Finally, the Boorowa Rovers players, committee and supporters pay our respects to the Ex-service men and women and all of our current armed forces personnel who will be in our hearts this Anzac Day on Monday.

Lest we forget.

-Sandboy

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Etiquette for guide dogs down pat

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TALK TO THE HAND-LER: Matt Bryant with Bronco encouragespeople to engage with the handler of a guide dog, and not the dog, if you encounter them when out. Photo: Phil BlatchWhen Matt Bryant was only 17 years old, he woke up one day to discover that he had lost all the vision in his right eye.
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Matt developed a rare condition called Leber’s hereditary neuropathy and gradually his left eye deteriorated to the point where he is now, that is with only 1 per cent peripheral vision remaining.

In 2012 his life, and that of his family, improved immensely when he received his guide dog Bronco, named after his favourite rugby league team.

“He changed our life dramatically,” he said. “It meant that I could go for a walk without my wife and she didn’t have to worry about me getting run over.”

Mr Bryant said that he can now regularly get on the bus and head into the shops or to 107.5 FM, where he is one of the station’s presenters and also the president.

Those trips though are not always plain sailing and he said that despite people’s best intentions, they often distract Bronco from his core duty of keeping Mr Bryant safe.

“It doesn’t matter how much people know that they’re not meant to interact with him, they do,” he said.

In coffee shops, supermarkets or a lone walk down the street, Mr Bryant said that on at least 50 per cent of the trips, people distract Bronco in some way. And more often than not, it’s adults doing the distracting.

“I was in a coffee shop recently and I was holding Bronco in the same hand as my coffee. A customer nearby began to pat him and of course being a dog he reacted to the attention and I spilt my coffee all over myself,” he said. “He’s not a super dog, he’s a guide dog.”

To coincide with International Guide Dog Day on Wednesday, April 27, Guide Dogs NSW/ACT will launch a public education campaign, Respect My Uniform, calling on the community to resist patting or distracting working guide dogs.

A recent survey found 89 per cent of guide dog handlers reported their guide dog had been distracted by members of the public in the past 12 months and the campaign seeks to remind the public that even a well-intentioned pat can create considerable risk, cause anxiety and even serious injury for guide dogs and their handlers.

The campaign, Mr Bryant says, is a timely reminder for people to understand the role that guide dogs play, and how to interact with their handlers.

“I completely understand that people admire the dogs, but the best thing to do is to engage with the handler, not the dog.

“I’ll speak to anyone, but please ignore Bronco.”

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Community spirit remembered

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The Festival of Busselton’s spirit effigy was first started by resident Vincent Trigali who passed away on April 9.ON a visit to his birthplace in Italy more than 30 years ago, Busselton resident Vince Triglia saw something he wanted to bring back to his hometown in WA.
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And he did.

Mr Triglia was the creative mind behind the Festival of Busselton’s spirit effigy, and sadly he passed away on April 9.

During his travels in Europe, Mr Triglia saw a spirit effigy at a festival and thought it would be a wonderful thing to do for Busselton.

A spirit effigy is a figure used to mark the end of a festival and is based on a centuries old Italian tradition of building a spirit for the festival.

RIP to Busselton resident Vincent Trigali November 27, 1929 to April 9, 2016.

Festival of Busselton former president Bernie Masters said with the help of the Lions Club, of which he was a member, Mr Triglia and a team of volunteers produced a spirit every year.

“Finally, three years ago, Mr Triglia found the task to be too daunting and handed the job to the festival committee,” he said.

Each year for the festival, Mr Triglia spent weeks creating a giant papier-mâché spirit effigy, clothed and loaded with fireworks.

After the festival queen was crowned, he would tow the effigy down Queen Street on a trailer with his family and friends walking behind him.

The small group were accompanied by musician friends Vera Regan on the accordion and her brother Les Machin beating his drums.

The effigy was taken to the foreshore and lit up on a barge in the bay.

After a few years people began to notice the small parade and soon the group were joined by thousands of community members and tourists walking behind Mr Triglia and his effigy.

The spirit effigy lit up on the foreshore at the Festival of Busselton. Photo supplied by Bernie Masters.

Mr Triglia’s wife Marian said everyone thought it was the best thing for Busselton, but the best thing to happen for Mr Triglia was carrying the 2000 Olympic Torch through Busselton.

Nominated by a fellow Lions Club member Mr Triglia was chosen to carry the flame through town and his daughter Denise said he was honoured by the experience.

Mr Triglia was made a life member of the Lions Club in 2014 after 40 years of service and was awarded the club’s highest honour.

Vincent Triglia with his Lions Club Life Membership award.

At the time Mr Triglia said to the Mail, “It took me 40 years to get this, but I’m not in the club to get awards.”

The Lions Club of Busselton president Geoff Littlefair said Mr Triglia looked after club raffles right up to his recent illness.

He received a number of Lions Awards over the years with the most recent being a life membership.

Mr Triglia’s greatest passion came after retiring from a career as a painter when he joined the Woodturners Association of WA in 1997.

WAWA convener Dennis Haddon said Mr Triglia was an excellent contributor to the club and his work was used in a lot of raffles.

Mr Haddon said Mr Triglia could make grandfather clocks and made one nearly every year which was raffled for the Lions Club.

Mrs Triglia recalls her husband as having a great community spirit and always wanted to help people.

“He was so passionate about helping others who were less fortunate than him,” she said.

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Policy is bureaucratic overreach

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Most times, Junee Shire Council gets things right.
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The old rule of thumb is simply to look at our neighbours down south torealise we don’t have a hilariously bad quagmire of silly rules getting in the way of life.

But the new wood policy is an exception.

There are very few people who can afford to stump up a $20 million public liability policy –those who canprobably aren’t out cleaning up fallen trees to heat their homes.

Like many policies, this one has a good objective at heart -to stop folks coming in and cutting down trees without regard for their safety, other people’s safety or the conservation of native habitat.

One of the big problems is council does not have the capacity to enforce this policy with most staff dedicated to completing the organisation’s core business.

Without enforcement of the rules, the policy will be hollow and hold little sway.

But what can be done? As mayor Neil Smith points out thatthe public needs to be the eyes and ears of councilwhen someone is out cutting down treesor harvesting from a prohibited area –they need to know.

These are the reasons why council has a policy to begin with –and at the same time, council should not be punishing people doing the right thing by demanding wood collectors carry public liability insurance.

Fortunately there’s also a chance for locals to havetheir say to councillors and staff about how this policy will affect them.

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Town baled over by excited sightseers

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TOURIST ATTRACTION: The Blayney Hay Bale Art Challenge continues to lure sightseers to the region following the staging of the recent nab B2B Cyclo Sportif Challenge.Local property owners from Blayney to Barry and Hobby Yards have reported at least 50 vehicles a day continue to bring sightseers out to view the amazing creations designed in the first ever Blayney Hay Bale Art Challenge along the annual nab B2B cycling route.
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It seems the new event, initiated by Blayney Shire Council and Blayney Town Association (BTA), is set to be held annually.

Hay bales have been the talk of the town around Blayney and the surrounding region – and not just among farmers.

Feedback has been overwhelmingly positive from the thousands of cyclists, visitors and residents who have viewed the hay bale art sculptures, with many locals interested in getting involved next year.

Mayor Scott Ferguson said a number of factors contributed to the success of the event, including the amazing spirit and commitment of the entrants, strong promotion on the back of the growing B2B cycling event and community and business support which shared the excitement via social media.

“We always believed this event could generate exposure for Blayney and our villages, but who knew hay bales could be so popular? The level of interest has surpassed all expectations. With the right support and passion, even the wildest ideas can lead to something worthwhile. Just like the Tour de France, every event has to start somewhere,” he said.

“Many people have commented on how impressed they have been by the imaginative, creative and humorous displays.

“The realistic-looking castle, complete with moat and drawbridge, that took the Mendham family more than three weekends and 300 hay bales to build, has definitely set the bar high.

“Captain-Risky was a favourite, as well as the effort and fun-spirit captured in the tractor, cafè latte set and sling-shot sheep. The friendly creatures that popped up in paddocks, including the giant snail, bees, sheep and very hungry caterpillar, were also very popular!

“A big thank you to our judges, deputy mayor Allan Ewin and recent winner of the Textures of One major art prize, Penny May, who had a challenging time awarding prize money and place ribbons, although they enjoyed the experience of being involved,” Cr Ferguson said.

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