Apple refreshes its super-thin 12-inch MacBook

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

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

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.

Canberra radio ratings: Mix 106.3 ousts 666 as most popular station

ABC radio’s Philip Clark topped Canberra’s breakfast radio ratings yet again – but another station is hot on his heels. Kristen and Rod of Mix 106.3 are closing in on Philip Clark at 666 ABC Canberra. Photo: Supplied
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104.7’s new breakfast team Ryan Jon and Tanya Hennessy are two of the new faces in the Canberra radio wars. Photo: Jay Cronan

666 ABC Canberra’s tightfisted grip on the breakfast radio slot appears to be slipping.

Mix 106.3 emerged as Canberra’s most listened to station in the latest GfK Radio Ratings Survey, ousting 666 ABC Canberra, and is closing in on top spot in the breakfast ratings too.

While 666 ABC Canberra still attracted almost a fifth (19 per cent) of listeners from 5.30am until 9am, Monday to Friday, the quarterly radio ratings released on Wednesday revealed its lead has narrowed.

Mix 106.3’s Kristen and Rod steered their breakfast show to be the second most listened to station in the lucrative breakfast slot, spiking 5.8 percentage points to claim just under a sixth (15.9 per cent) of Canberra listeners.

ABC Radio National 2RN increased three percentage points to make it the third most listened-to station in the breakfast slot.

666 Canberra overthrew Hit 104.7 as the most listened to radio station in September last year, but this is the first survey released since the major shakeup in Canberra’s radio scene earlier this year.

In the intervening months, both Hit 104.7 breakfast radio hosts Scotty and Nige left the station – although Nigel Johnson has migrated over to the Drive slot at 104.7’s stablemate, Mix 106.3 – and a new breakfast team, Ryan and Tanya, began occupying the chair.

But Ryan and Tanya have thus far failed to wrest the lead back, with their audience share falling back 2.4 percentage points to 12.5 per cent in the breakfast slot.

Despite this, the station ranked number two in terms of overall popularity.

2CC’s new breakfast show with ‘Demtel man’ Tim Shaw at the helm has also failed to make waves, with its slice of the Canberra market falling slightly to 6.3 per cent.

Canberra 104.7 was overwhelming the most popular station for those aged from 10-39, attracting nearly half (44.7 per cent) of listeners aged between 10 and 17, more than a quarter (29.1 per cent) of those aged 18-24 and more than a fifth (22.3 per cent ) of people aged 25-39.

Mix 106.3 proved most popular with those aged 40-54, attracting more than a fifth (20.2 per cent) of listeners

It also dominated the morning and afternoon slots, with the station’s drive segment neck-and-neck with Canberra 104.7.

Canberra FM Radio General Manager Eoghan O’Byrne said about half of Canberra tuned into Hit 104.7 and MIX 106.3 every week.

ABC 666 began to claw back listeners aged 55-plus, with about one in five (19.4 per cent) listeners aged 55-64 and nearly one in three (31.9 per cent) aged over 65 tuning in.

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Stephen Colbert mocks Johnny Depp and Amber Heard apology video

‘This woman is not my wife, and I am truly sorry for smuggling her into your country’ … Stephen Colbert mocks Johnny Depp and Amber Heard’s apology with the help of a younger actress. Photo: Screenshot Johnny Depp and Amber Heard in their ‘heartfelt’ apology video. Photo: Screenshot
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Barnaby Joyce is going to love this.

Stephen Colbert, host of The Late Show, has satirised that excruciating apology from Hollywood couple Johnny Depp and Amber Heard.

In the bizarre clip – likened by some to a “hostage situation” – the stars said they were “truly sorry” for smuggling their dogs, Pistol and Boo, into Australia.

On Monday, Heard was handed a one-month good behaviour bond with no conviction. Instead, she and Depp released a brief video apology.

Deputy Prime Minister Joyce – who, as agriculture minister, threatened to destroy the Yorkshire terriers last year – reviewed Depp’s performance thusly: “Atrocious … even I could have done a little better … do it with gusto, mate.”

Even better than Depp having another crack, of course, is a parody of their efforts.

On his late night program, Colbert asks his audience if they have seen the video. Then he explains the couple could have been jailed for up to ten years for sneaking their dogs into Australia on their private jet.

He had a theory about why their mea culpa was so strange: perhaps some armed kangaroos made them do it.

In his own version, Colbert plays Depp while a younger woman is cast as Heard.

“Australia is a land surrounded by sharks and kangaroos and blooming onions,” she begins.

“Australia is a truly love lady,” Colbert/Depp adds.

“And that goes double for all the angry men who make you do these videos.” (In September, Depp called Joyce “some kind of sweaty, big-gutted man from Australia” at a press conference in Italy.)

Younger woman: “I am truly sorry that on a recent visit to your country, we failed to declare our dogs, Sparkles, Lurch and Colonel Dog Face.”

Colbert: “Nor did we declare my colony of parakeets, whom I rightfully call The Funky bunch. Nor my two 500-pound feral hogs, Niles and Frasier. It was wrong. Even if they are service animals. Which they are not.”

Younger woman: “Australia is a magic upside down land, where the toilets flush backwards.”

Colbert: “I would also like to state: this woman is not my wife, and I am truly sorry for smuggling her into your country. She has not had her shots.”

Younger woman: “Also, I bite.”

At this point, Depp/Colbet honours our “proud island of British degenerates” with a go on a didgeridoo, followed by some of Men at Work’s Down Under.

Comedian Jimmy Kimmel has also addressed the saga on his show.

“This is uncomfortable to watch,” he said.

“Let’s run the rest of it through a Snapchat filter and see if it’s better that way.” 

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World’s best island for 2016: TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice Awards for 2016

If there was one word every Australian traveller should start using – it’s aloha. Why?
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TripAdvisor has named Maui, Hawaii’s second-largest island, as the number one island destination in the world to visit in 2016 – that’s enough cause to put on a floral shirt, book in some leave and board a flight halfway across the Pacific: Aloha.

Maui knocked off last year’s winner Providenciales in Turks and Caicos, which dropped three spots to number four.

Hawaii’s island claimed the top spot, beating out Greece’s most stunning island and Europe’s most intriguing, Santorini (No.2); Australia’s long-time favourites, Bali (No.5) and Phuket (No.8); and Spain’s Majorca (No.6), which in recent years has attracted more notoriety for it bars than beaches.

Maui was noted for having one world’s most amazing beaches with turquoise waters along with a diverse landscape that includes bamboo forests and Haleakala Crater, a dormant volcano that sits 3000 metres above sea level.

Other exotic island paradises in the top 10 were Jamaica (No.3), Mauritius (No.7), Bora Bora (No.9) and Brazil’s Fernando de Noronha (No.10). See the full list below.

In the South Pacific, Bora Bora was named the number one island to visit with Fiji’s Viti Levu and Aitutaki in the Cook Islands coming in second and third, respectively. Lord Howe Island and Norfolk Island were the only two Australian islands to make the list, just squeezing into the 9th and 10th spots. See the full list below.

Winners of TripAdvisor’s Travellers’ Choice awards for top island destinations were determined using an algorithm that took into account the quantity and quality of reviews and ratings for hotels, restaurants and attractions on islands worldwide collected over a 12-month period, as well as traveller booking interest on TripAdvisor. World’s top 10 island destinationsTop 10 islands in the South Pacific

See also: TripAdvisor names best hotel in the world for 2016 See also: TripAdvisor names world’s best beach for 2016

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Letters to the editor

TRAFFIC CALL: Alan Moret believes there should be more red light cameras in order to stop people running red lights.RED LIGHTSOn April 6, I noticed two red light runners, one at the Bass Highway and Mount Street.Another at Bass Highway and Edwardes street, this one was a semi.This seems to be a common practice to race the lights. Bring back red light camerasto catch these offenders.
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Alan Moret, Shorewell Park

LIBERAL TICKETHow on Earth did Abetz the minister for doing nothing get top spot on the ticket. He must be the best backside kisser of all time.What has he ever done? If I gave him a postage stamp to list his achievements he would not run out of space. Mr Colbeck it looks asthough you should not have been absent atthe election.

Dugald Skeggs, Somerset

IN OWN BACKYARDThe plight of Sally Faulkner, her Lebanese husband and their children could be seen as a situation not overly common.From an international level it is not the norm for parents to move their children out of the country of their birth and away from the other parent. However, at a local level it is happening in every city, town and street we live.

Thousands of parents, in most cases the mother, bombarding their own children with psychological manipulation and social engineering that will have a long lasting detrimental effect upon them. Devious organisation of every minute of their children’s lives in order to make it almost impossible for the estranged parent to establish any regular access. Special occasions, school holidays, family court orders are all totally disregarded. This is achieved under the guise of “what is best for the children” when in fact it is nothing more than revenge.

I applaud any effort of the Australian Government to repair access matters where children are taken out of the country but do not forget and recognise what is happening to thousands of separated parents across this country each and every day.

Kevin Brown, Riana

LAPOINYA CLEARINGRe: The Advocate on April 23, a contributed pieceJoan Rylah MP for Braddon.

She criticised her constituents for objecting to the indiscriminate land clearing operation performed by Forestry Tas (land clearing).

Every standing growth goes and what is left is swept into windrows to burn when lightning strikes.

Perhaps Joan Rylah MP may be able to supply to the public and complainants from Lapoinya the quantities of timber taken:

Peelers to Ta-Ann,Smithton.Saw logs to Somerset and Smithton sawmills.Woodchip logs, some split from end to endI know how much went to Bell Bay, it all passes my front door.

As to relevancy between Bob Brown and Joan Rylah, I leave it to the readers.

Ray Jones, Burnie

LOST IN TRANSLATIONWhat is the point of Will Hodgman spruiking Tasmania’s wares in China when he knows he doesn’t have the hydro power to produce them?

Adrian Spencer,Ulverstone

ROAD CASUALTYI sincerely hope the driver of the vehicle that killed a magnificent wedge-tailed eagle on a straight stretch of road on the Murchison Highway, on April 9, suffers a guilty conscience.This conscience may make you think and be more considerate in the future.

Brian (Timmy) Groves,North Motton

SHIPPING REFORMWith regard to Australian seafarers on Australian ships.There are no Australian shipping companies that own and operate container vessels.

William Jones, Wishart, Qld

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Anti-Woolworths group disappointed by council decision​

Don’t Bomb Bomaderry spokesperson Wes Hindmarsh.
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DON’T Bomb Bomaderry spokesperson Wes Hindmarsh said Shoalhaven City Council’s decision to approve a proposed Woolworths supermarket in Bomaderry could set a dangerous precedent.

Mr Hindmarsh was left disappointed and bewildered by council’s decision to overturn a staff recommendation and approve the proposal on Tuesday night.

Team Gash councillors voted as a blocto approve the proposal 8-5.

The $13.8 million supermarket proposed for the former John Bull Centre site near the corner of the Princes Highway and Cambewarra Road includes the demolition of existing structures, bulk earthworks, construction of a retail development (Woolworths supermarket), associated car parking, advertising signage, landscaping, new vehicle access points and works within the adjoining road reserve.

The decision is the subject of a rescission motion by Crs Guile, Kitchener and Findlay and will be reconsidered at the next full council meeting.

“I was in awe of the discussion and the end result,” Mr Hindmarsh said.

“I was amazed Team Gash voted as a block to support the application.

“We didn’t know which way council would jump and what might come from left field. Well that happened.

“They went totally against the planners’ recommendation.

“There is no technical merit to the decision, and they didn’t observe established principles of planning, in particular the Local Environment Plan, that was approved in 2014.

“They didn’t observe the detail zoning obligations. None of these things were mentioned by the people who voted for it, Team Gash.”

He said the decision could have some big ramifications for not only the Shoalhaven but all regional areas in NSW.

“If this proposal is approved it will have ramifications for not only Bomaderry but also South Nowra,” he said.

“It is as if zoning means nothing. This could set a precedent which could be used across the state.”

He said members of the Don’t Bomb Bomaderry group had met with a number of councillors, including those on Team Gash.

“Most were non-committal, they wanted to see what the planners had to say but when planners put their information on the table, none of them addresses those issues or took the issues to heart,” he said.

He also refuted claims made by Mayor Joanna Gash the proposal would provide more jobs for the local area.

“The argument of extra jobs is just salacious,” he said.

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Amiet prepares for toughest test

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Bendigo boxer Jocelyn Amiet primed for Australian championshipsBendigo’s Jocelyn Amiet focuses on national boxing champsHit factory boxers tune up for nationalsAmiet marks boxing first for Bendigo STEPPING UP: Jocelyn Amiet will take on New Zealand national team member Nadine Shatford as part of an Anzac-themed Queens of the Pacific boxing event.

HIT Factory’s Jocelyn Amiet will head across the Tasman this weekend for a showdown against New Zealand amateur team representative Nadine Shatford.

The bout at the Queens of the Pacific Invitational International Women’s Boxing Championships will be the Bendigo boxer’s first time in the ring since the national championships on the Gold Coast last November.

The Anzac weekend event features some of Australia and New Zealand’s best amateur boxers, with some using the championships as part of their Olympic campaign.

Amiet will be part of a team of six Victorian women making the trip to the Lower Hutt that includes former Bendigonian Carly Salmon.

Trainer Danniel Burton said the 54kg bout against the Kiwi national was a huge step up for Amiet.

“She has been at the top of women’s boxing in Victoria for the past two years and being able to compete in big fights is what has stopped her from going a step further and winning the national title,” Burton said.

“She has been out of the ring since the nationals in November so it will be a challenge, especially if Shatford has been traveling and fighting with the national team.

“But Jocelyn loves a challenge and has been really putting in and sparring regularly and working hard on improving her game.”

The Golden Square-based gym will also have Tully Scanlon in action this weekend in Brisbane, where he will be putting the final preparations on his tilt at the national championship.

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Out and About in Crookwell

CADS PRESENTS ‘CINDERELLA’
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CADS will be presenting ‘Cinderella’ by Ben Crocker. Tickets are available at the Tourist Information Centre. $20 each, $15 for concession and $17 each for group bookings (30 people minimum). Dates for the show are April 21, 22, 23.

MONTHLY EVENTS

CROOKWELL COMMUNITY MARKETS – 1st Saturday of each month in the Uniting Church forecourt, Crookwell.

TARALGA MARKETS – 1st Sunday of each month

LAGGAN MARKETS – 3rd Saturday each month

GUNNING LIONS MARKETS – Last Sunday each month

CROOKWELL LIBRARY is open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 10:30am – 5pm, Wednesday 1.30pm – 5pm and Saturday mornings from 10:00am – 12:00 noon.

LAGGAN BUSH POETS – 1st Wednesday of the month 7 for 7.30pm at Laggan Pub

CROOKWELL VIEW CLUB: meets on the 4th Tuesday of the month at 6:30pm for 7:00pm. Contact Sylvia Cullen 48320161

AA MEETINGS – Fridays 12.30-1.30pm rear of amenities block – Crookwell, look for the signs.

CROOKWELL PROBUS CLUB – meets on the third Monday of the month at 10am for 10.30am. Contact Lyndal Johnston 0432299054. New members are most welcome.

CROOKWELL ROTARY CLUB – meets 1st and 3rd Tuesday of the month for information call the president Mike Walsh 0409818423.

CROOKWELL PROGRESS ASSOCIATION – Meets third Monday of the month. Suggestion boxes are located at Dr Velu’s surgery, the health care centre, Crookwell Arcadia and Crossroads Cafe. President is Dave Johnson 0418483149

//WHAT’S COMING UP AT THE WELLNESS CENTRE

Please phone the centre for all times 48321300.

Thursday 21 – Exercise equipment, five senses, foot care/Gwen, gentle exercises, hip and knee

Friday 22 – Exercise equipment, five senses, walking group, hydrotherapy BSHS

Monday 25 – Anzac Day – Closed

Tuesday 26 – Exercise equipment, five senses, tai chi, walking group, gentle exercises, hip and knee

Wednesday 27 – Exercise equipment, five senses, walking group, lite n easy

Thursday 28 – Exercise equipment, five senses, gentle exercises, hip and knee

Friday 29 – Exercise equipment, five senses, walking group, hydrotherapy BSHS

ON YOUR CALENDAR

April

21-23 CADS – Cinderella Crookwell Memorial Hall

30 April – 8 May National Alpaca Week – Laggan, Roslyn

May

1 Collector Pumpkin Festival

14 – Crookwell Financial Services trivia night bookings 48321001, RSVP May 1

7-8 – Team Sorting Crookwell

21 Bag a Bargain – Shire Wide, to register call 48321988

21-22 Bake & Brew Crookwell, information Dennis O’Brien 0439 665 925.

31 – Rotary Trivia Night RSL 7pm tickets from the Visitors centre 48321988 and available on the night

June

11 – High Tea – Crystal Brook Laggan

10-13 – Taralga Art Show – Taralga Memorial Hall

25-26 – Gunning Patchwork Weekend

CROOKWELL RAINFALL

Rainfall for 2010 – 1163.8mm

Rainfall for 2011 – 708.4mm

Rainfall for 2012 – 875.6mm

Rainfall for 2013 – 735.8mm

Rainfall for 2014 – 787.8mm

Rainfall for 2015 – 728.2mm

Breakdown per month 2015 – January 138mm, February 18.2mm, March 16.6mm, April 110.2mm, May 48.6mm, June 48mm, July 115.2mm, August 91.4mm, September 25.6mm, October 11.6mm, November 87.6mm, December 17.2mm – Total 728.2

2016 – January 29.2mm February 48mm, March 27.2mm, Total first 3 months 104.4mm.

April 4.8mm,

Information courtesy of Crookwell Post Office Ph 48321096.

MEMORIAL UNVEILING FOR BIANCA

There will be a special memorial unveiling for Bianca Picardi (Bub) at the Grant Springs church followed by lunch at the Laggan Mill on Saturday April 23 from 11am. Meet at the Laggan Hotel at 10.30am to proceed to the church on the Thalaba property. More details can be discussed with Bianca’s mother Sue on 0487431025. This will be a traditional Maori service with guest speakers. All very welcome.

SAVE THE DATE FOR THE FIRST ‘FARMERS MARKET’

Saturday May 7, 9am to 1pm. This special market will showcase local producers of potatoes, olive oil, honey, lavender, wool, lamb and other produce in a real ‘paddock to plate’ experience, alongside our regular stallholders. To book a stall, please contact Susan Reynolds on 0414464206 or Glenda Flint on 48373309.

CROOKWELL COMMUNITY MEN’S SHED

The Crookwell Men’s Shed is considering ways to expand the services offered to members as an opportunity to increase member numbers. To achieve this, expressions of interest are invited from the public to attend tuition or demonstration days at the Men’s Shed in one or more of the following classes: carpentry, metalwork (welding), wood turning, furniture restoration, leatherwork, tool sharpening, use of electric tools, or any other disciplines needed subject to the availability of tutors. Classes will be held on special days outside our normal operating days of Monday or Wednesday on a needs basis. It is proposed to commence classes in July.

It will be recommended that participants have a project in mind so the tutors can give practical advice on achieving the desired result.

Please contact Ron Browne 48321790 or John Medway 48 320 652 to register your interest or call in at the shed on Mondays or Wednesdays.

CHANGE OF DATE

The 150th Anniversary of the Anglican Parish of Crookwell will now be celebrated on Sunday, July 31, 2016. For information please contact: [email protected]南京夜网

VALMAR COMMUNITY TRANSPORT

Valmar Community Transport runs a bus service in your area every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. For bookings and timetables please contact the coordinator on 0417986492

JOKE OF THE DAY

Bernard, who is noted for his gracious manners, was awakened one morning at four forty four a.m. by his ringing telephone. . .

“Your dog’s barking, and it’s keeping me awake,” said an angry voice.

Bernard thanked the caller and politely asked his name and number before hanging up.

The next morning at precisely four forty four a.m., Bernard called his neighbor back.

“Good morning, Mr. Williams…. Just called to say that I don’t have a dog.”

QUOTE OF THE DAY

The only sure cure for a hangover is to stay drunk – WGP.

KYLIE’S BOOTCAMP

Kylie Chudleigh conducts bootcamp classes at the Crookwell Showground/basketball stadium. Classes will be held on Mondays at 6pm and Tuesdays and Thursdays at 6am. Costing $15 per class. Any sporting groups are welcome to contact Kylie for private team sessions. Kylie can be contacted on 0419 862 998.

CROOKWELL SQUASH CENTRE

AUTUMN ACTION Aerobic and Agile April

Pump classes, gym studio, personal training available

New competitions coming soon ring today – Volleyball, Table Tennis

Ladies morning squash on a new day, now Mondays

Junior Squash Clinic coming up in May. BOOKINGS close Tuesday April 26

Mobile remedial massage available now.

Free school holiday squash sessions for juniors ring for details

Phone Matthew or Karen for details

Crookwell Squash and Fitness Centre 48321355 – 0419141053

GILL GILBERT FITNESS

Yoga class: Tuesdays Time: 1pm-2.30pm Venue: Crookwell Golf Club Cost: $15

Please bring own mat, drink and towel.

Gym sessions: Tuesdays/Thursdays Time: 9.15am/9.30am-10.30am

Venue: Crookwell Memorial Oval Barbell Club Cost: $20 per session

Strength training, cardio workouts, boxing, rehabilitation, core strengthening, weight management, nutrition.

Mobile: 0407 038 783 Home: 4835 3130 Email: [email protected]南京夜网

WASTE DEPOT OPENING TIMES FOR THE UPPER LACHLAN

Crookwell – Fri, Sat, Sun and Mon 10am-4pm

Gunning – Sat and Sun 10am-4pm

Taralga – Sat and Sun 10am-4pm

Collector – Sun 10am-4pm

Bigga – Key available at shop

Community Services

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Come in spinner! Join with other spinners and knitters every Monday from 10-12 in the Kindergarten room.

Catch up with friends over a cuppa and tasty home-baked treats at afternoon tea every Friday from 2.30pm in the church hall. The church is also open each day for prayer and reflection.

For more information about any activities, please contact Keith on 4832 1026.

ST BARTHOLOMEW’S NEWS

This month, the value of small groups is the focus of Rev’d Jonathan Cole’s messages, and parishioners are being encouraged to ‘sign up’ for a five week study, beginning early May.

The Ladies Luncheon is tomorrow Friday April 22 in the small hall.

The Bishop’s Lay Ministry Convention is May 6-7, 2016. The guest speakers are Mike and Sally Breen. Mike is a speaker, author, minister and entrepreneur, who has been one of the leading innovators in the discipling movement throughout Europe and the US for more than 25 years.

For more info go to 梧桐夜网anglicancg.org419论坛.

CHURCH SERVICES

ST BARTHOLOMEW

St Bartholomew Crookwell – 6 pm Saturday and 9.30 am Sunday

PRESBYTERIAN

Goulburn (Clifford St) Sunday 9.30am

Crookwell (Colyer St) Sunday 2.00pm

Taralga (Bannaby St) Sunday 9.30am

UNITING CHURCH

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ANGLICAN PARISH OF BINDA

Sunday April 24

8.30am Binda HC

10.30am Bigga HC

CATHOLIC CHURCH – YEAR OF MERCY

St Mary’s Crookwell

Saturday Night 6.00pm Sept-May

5.00pm June – August

Sunday morning 9.00am

Friday 9.30am

Communion Service Tuesday 9.30am

St Peter’s Binda

Sunday morning 10.30am (1-4th Sunday of the month)

St Mary’s Tuena

5th Sunday of the month 11.30am

The Greek Orthodox Church of Saint Panteleimon

(Contact: Theo Mylonas – ph.: 0413 454 494)

Holy Thursday April 28, 2016 – 5.00pm till 8.00pm

Holy Friday April 29, 2016 – 4.00pm till 10.00pm

Holy Saturday April 30, 2016 -8.00am till 11.00am with Holy Communion

The Antiochian Orthodox Christian Church at St.Michael’s

13 Kenmore Street, Goulburn

Contact: Sister Virginia – ph.: 4821 8696)

MEALS ON WHEELS

Monday: Sue Bell, Denis Marshall, Beatrice Williams, Vi Mills

Tuesday: Nola and Barry Corcoran, Nancy and Bud Reeves

Wednesday: Joyce Edwards, Helen Stephenson, Leila and John Sutherland

Thursday: John and Margaret Mitchell, Olga Anderson, Robyn Jukes

Friday: Greg and Ellen Seaman, Leon Willis, Virginia McCallum

Saturday: Olga Anderson, Neil McCauley

Sunday: Lyn Apps, Kelly Tibbles

TROLLEY ROSTER

Week beginning Monday

April 25 – Anyone available?

May 2– Carol Leggett and Kim Rivera

May 9 – Patsy Miller

Struggling outside the chlorinated swim bubble

Swimming is nearly synonymous with Australia. It’s also an identity for some of our most famous faces – an all-consuming career that dominates the adolescences of our athletes and the rest of their lives.
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After the lanes and coaches disappear and the podium is pulled out from underneath them, there’s not much left – and there’s certainly no support team.With Grant Hackett’splane incident this week, it’s becoming increasingly obvious that elite athletes are somewhat ill-equipped for retirement.

Professor Robert Wood, at The University of Melbourne, believes the key concern around retirement is”that most athletes live in a bubble through early developmental stages and further”.Swimmers and other elite athletes don’t have the opportunities to experiment with experiences and failures when they live in the spotlight from a young age.He explains that there is an element of breaking loose in retirement. This freedom and lack of experience, coupled with a public persona, means any failure feelsbigger and far more publicised than ordinary people.

Dr William Cole,of Calgary University, links the chase for satisfaction with a drop in the regular serotonin levels achieved from performance peaks.Swimmers are used to daily doses of serotonin. They struggle to achieve regular and less intense doses through less intense training regimes.Let’s be frank, as mere mortals, daily life is rarely endorphin-inducing.This new challenge of everyday life is not only less rewarding, but it is also a challenge for whichsome athletes have had little training.

Perhaps Swimming Australia needs to educate our athletes for a life post-pool even while they’re still swimming laps. Inside the aquatic centre you face a set of obstacles and train to overcome them, but outside the chlorinated bubble, life throws you unexpected hiccups.

– Darby-Perrin Larner is a freelance writer.This story Administrator ready to work first appeared on Nanjing Night Net.

Wimmera disadvantaged by Legal Aid funding: lawyer

Victorian Legal Aid has called on the state government to deliver more funding for Horsham.A HORSHAM lawyer believes Wimmera residents are disadvantaged because of inadequate funding for legal assistance.
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Victorian Legal Aid has called on the state government to put more money into services in the Wimmera in the 2016-17 state budget.

Legal Aid Horsham managing lawyer Julia Barling said Wimmera residents were missing out on access to many specialist courts and support that were available in Melbourne.

She said her clients were disadvantaged.

“Horsham needs a Koori Court, a drug court and bail support programs,” she said.

“A person remanded in custody in a metropolitan court would see eithera credit or bail support worker, who would look at various support services to help increase their chance of bail.

“Without these bail support programs, our clients are kept in custody.”

Ms Barling said being in custody could be an issue for young or vulnerable people, who werekept in an adult prison system on remand and exposed to potentially dangerous situations.

“Koori and drug courts use therapeutic and problem-solving approaches and have proved to be effective,” she said.

Ms Barling said the lack of a Koori Court was troubling becausemore than eight per cent of services provided in Horsham were to indigenous people.

“There isn’t a specialist family violence unit, and very limited emergency housing to assist families goingthrough crisis because of family violence,” she said.

“There aren’t any drug detox programs or residential drugrehabilitation programs, despite the Wimmera having one of the highest rates of ice usein thestate.”

Ms Barling said the County Court saton a circuit basis in the Wimmera,which createduncertainty and delay about thelisting of trials, appeals and pleas.

“County Court circuits create real difficulties,” she said.

“Sexual offences take priority because there are time limits inwhich they have to be heard.

“But if you have a matter like aggravated burglary or another serious offence,you could be waiting a very long time to be heard.

“This can affect wellbeing and mental health, through thestress and anxiety of having this undetermined case hanging your head without certainty to any outcome.”

Victorian Legal Aid is hoping for an additional $72 million annually from the state government.

Ms Barling is Victoria’s legal assistance was under funded compared with other states.

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At it again

CONTEST: Justin Summons and Shane Field battle during last year’s elimination final. Picture: SAMANTHA CAMARRISTAWELL will welcome Ararat to its Central Park fortress on Saturday as the Warriors and Rats clash in a replay of last year’s rain-soakedelimination final.
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The Warriors will welcome back Dave Morris and Jesse Poulton for the round-four Wimmera Football League clash, while live wire Jackson Dark will return from injury through the reserves line-up.

Coach Brad Thomas said the focus would be on themselves once again, rather than worrying about their opposition.

“We took a lot out of last week and there’s a lot of areas we want to improve on,” he said.

“We’re not focusing too much on them. We need to go out there and set ourselves to get the four points.

“As soon as you start worrying too much about your opposition or anything else, your mind is off the job at hand.”

Thomas acknowledged the rivalry between the two clubs was there, and was wary the Rats will be keen to turn the tables on the 2015 elimination final loss, but said he hoped his charges would attack the contest fiercely regardless.

“You hope you do that every week, and I hope we can do it on Saturday,” he said.

“We’ve got some big inclusions this week. We really missed Dave Morris around the stoppages last week.”

Thomas said voice around the ground was paramount from all players.

“You don’t have to be the best player to talk on the footy field,” he said.

“It’s just the little things, but in saying that, the boys aredoing a fantastic job so far.”

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