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April 20th, 2019 by admin

Merrin named medal winner

WINNER: Panthers forward Trent Merrin with the 2016 Merv Cartwright Medal. Pictures: Supplied.
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Forward Trent Merrin has been named winner of the 2016 Merv Cartwright Medal at a glittering ceremony at Panthers Pavillion.

The club held its annual awards on Wednesday, October 5, with Merrin named player of the year following his outstanding debut season with the Panthers.

Merrin played 25 games for the Panthers in 2016, finishing with five tries, 56 offloads, 861 tackles and 3891 running metres,a club statement said.

The announcement came just days after Merrin was named beside teammates Josh Mansour and Panthers skipper Matt Moylan on the Australian Kangaroos squad for theupcoming Four Nations tournament, the greatest representation of players the Panthers have had on the side since 2009.

Merrin said he was “shocked” to receive the award, and described the move to Penrith as one of the biggest challenges of his life.

“I’ve just got to thank the boys, I wouldn’t be standing here at all without you boys,” he said as he received the award.“Every week I put on that jersey for youse, you made this year the most humbling and best experience of my footy career so far.

“Coming out west from the south was one of the biggest challenges of my life, one of the hardest pre-seasons I’ve ever done in my career, 42 degrees heat I’m not built for that.

Trent Merrin on stage receiving his medal.

“It was a rollercoaster coming out here, stepping out of my comfort zone, and really testing myself personally. It was a bumpy ride throughout it all. missing out on selections and whatnot and trying to get thegame down pat throughout the year.

“We finally hit our stride halfway through the year, and the bond that we built all the way throughout the year was something I haven’t been a part of and it’s something that I hold special and something we are building towards the future.”

Merrin said the club was “heading in the right direction” with the coaching staff and said there was “a lot of excitement ahead of us”.

Former local junior and Blue Mountains native Peter Wallace was named winner of three awards on the night, taking out the Try of the Year, Members’ Player of the Year, and the prestigious John Farragher Courage and Determination Award.

“I’d like to thank everyone from the coaching staff right through to the back office, Gus [Panthers general manager Phil Gould] and all the boys,” Wallace said.

Peter Wallace receives the John Farragher Courage and Determination Award.

Coach Anthony Griffin congratulated all players and staff who received awards, in particular Peter Wallace.

“It[theJohn Farragher Courage and Determination Award] is a magnificent recognition of what he’s done for this team,” he said. “He’s put his body on the line over the last few years for the club without much of a reward.

“Congratulations, Wal, very well deserved.”

The full list of winners announced on the night were:

2016 Junior Education Award: Liam Martin.

2016 Senior Education Award: Isaah Yeo.

2016 OAK Try of the Year: Peter Wallace.

2016 NYC Player of the Year:Corey Waddell.

2016 ISP Player of the Year:Zach Dockar-Clay.

2016 Club Person of the Year:Glen Liddiard.

2016 Members Player of the Year: Peter Wallace.

2016 Ben Alexander Rookie of the Year: Shared betweenJames Fisher-Harris and Nathan Cleary.

2016 John Farragher Courage and Determination Award: Peter Wallace.

2016 Merv Cartwright Medal: Trent Merrin.

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April 20th, 2019 by admin

Crew on multimillion-dollar yacht rescued off NSW coast after 40 hours stranded at sea

The Carnival Spirit responds to a distress call from Masteka 2 and rescues two female crew members. Photo: AMSA The crew on board the Masteka 2 had to be rescued. Photo: AMSA
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The Masteka 2 broke down off the NSW Mid North Coast on Tuesday. Photo: Flagship Cruises

Six crew members onboard the Masteka 2 have been rescued after making a distress call. Photo: Flagship Cruises/Andrea Francolini

Crew members on board a multimillion-dollar yacht bobbing around the South Pacific Ocean with no power are being rescued after making a distress call two days ago.

The 37-metre Masteka 2 was on its way from Fiji to Sydney when it lost steering and began taking on water about 260 kilometres east of Port Macquarie on Tuesday.

Carnival Spirit, a cruise ship that responded to the Australian Maritime Safety Authority’s call for assistance, reached the superyacht first.

It rescued two female crew members using its fast boat and continued on its cruise to The Isle of Pines in New Caledonia.

The four remaining crew members opted to stay with the yacht to keep it afloat until further help arrived.

They were dropped supplies including satellite phones and monitored the boat’s pumps for two days.

Two tugboats reached the Masteka 2 at midnight on Wednesday and began towing it towards Sydney. The crew members remain on board.

It could take at least a day for the yacht to reach land.

“It’s not clear yet what happened,” an AMSA spokesperson said.

“The yacht lost its steering and started to take on water. We dropped pumps to them and they used those to pump the water out slowly leaking in and to keep the vessel stable.”

“Now that it is light, they are going to work out exactly what they are going to do,” the spokesperson said.

The vessel is rented out at $3000 an hour through an exclusive Sydney charter company.

It features an on-deck spa and five en suite cabins and can accommodate up to 80 guests at a time. It is sold as one of the largest luxury boats available for charter on Sydney Harbour.

“With striking contemporary lines and a five-star fitout, the Masteka 2 yacht is unsurpassed for sophisticated private parties, celebrity visits and VIP corporate events,” a description on the vessel website states.

According to Boat International, the superyacht was on the market for $15 million in 2010.

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April 20th, 2019 by admin

Dunkley delights supporters

Josh Dunkley tackles key Swans forward Buddy Franklin during the AFL grand final. Photo: Scott Barbour/Fairfax MediaFORMER Sale midfielder Josh Dunkley’s fairytale has continued, with a solid performance in last weekend’s grand final for the Western Bulldogs.
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Being part of a premiership team in his very first AFL season is all down to hard work, according to his uncle David.

“He’s set his mind to it for a long time,” he said.

“His last quarter was just sensational – there were pressure acts like shepherds and assists that you don’t get stats for.

“(Coach) Bevo and the guys see things the broader public wouldn’t.”

Dunkley started from the interchange bench, but enjoyed a strong second half.

He ended the day with nine kicks, six handballs, fifteen disposals, three marks, seven tackles, contributing strongly to midfield efforts.

His excellent season and finals campaign follows winning a grand final for Sale in 2012, and success in both the Gippsland Power and V/Line Cup teams.

Speaking to the Gippsland Times after being drafted by the Bulldogs, Dunkley noted he had a good relationship with coach Luke Beveridge and was keen to play close to his family in Yarram.

Dunkley’s father Andrew played for the Sydney Swans until 2002, and while he would have been included under the father-son rule in last year’s draft, Sydney failed to match the Bulldog’s bid, due a deal allowing him to play for a Melbourne club.

Speaking to AFL南京夜网419论坛, Dunkley noted that his dad was now “90 per cent” Bulldog, but would always have a soft spot for the Swans.

His uncle David said it was surreal to see Josh’s photo everywhere.

“To open up the paper on Monday and see Josh, just thinking, “it’s real”, it hasn’t hit yet,” he said.

“He’s a future leader, he just works super hard.

“We’re extremely proud of Josh, and his parents and brother and sister, he’s had a fantastic finals series.”

Dunkley was the AFL Rising Star nominee for round 20.

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April 20th, 2019 by admin

Soggy holdings sell fast in tight spring market

CBRE’s Colin Medway has led 20 interested parties around “Innisvale”, Canowindra. The property is 306ha and will be auctioned next Thursday.WHERE access is possible, soddenground has forced rural property agents to get creative to make the most of the early spring market.
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With rural listings tighter than previous years agents are keeping up with inspections withextra horsepower, including helicopters and all terrain vehicles.

“I haven’t driven a ute into a paddock for four months now,” saidCBRE head of rural transactions Colin Medway, Yass.

“I’ve got an ATV six-seater buggy which I’ve been using for inspections since the beginning of winter and for one property I’m marketingwe’ve used a helicopter to show prospective clients.”

At Forbes, where severe flooding has occurred, access to the bulk of listings has been completely cut off.

Elders agent Kim Watts, Forbes, has had to defer multiple auctions and inspections.

Agents agreedrural listings were tight.

Mr Medway had found demand for properties below $4 million had been exceptional.

“We’re marketing a 306-hectare property,Innisvale, Canowindra, and have already led inspections for 20 different parties,” he said.

Sydney-based rural property agent David Nolan, Webster Nolan Real Estate, who has “Buringa” and “Patrician”, on the go in Orangeand “The Curragh” in Tenterfield,said the wet had made it difficult to get photographs and do inspections.

He said there was “no where near” the amount of rural properties on the market this year compared to recent years.

“Demand is very good. The market could definitely handle some more listings,” Mr Nolan said.

“I think farmers are happy with the season and the income they’re receiving. They’regetting good capital growth instead of putting their money in their bank and a lot of theirchildren are coming back to the farm.”

Moree Real Estate agent Paul Kelly said the market was strong from Warialda to Walgett.

“The market is up in this district 15 per cent since the start of the year.”

There, farmers were holding on.

“I’ve got plenty of buyers but there’s not enough sellers.”

In the Riverina it was a similar story.

“When something does pop up everyone’s quite enthusiastic to get a hold of it,” saidDelta property’sTim Corcoran, Bomen.

He said farmers expanding their operationswere prepared to drive further for properties with scale.

“Itdoesn’t have to be over their backfence.”

Mr Corcoran reported hot demand for a unique 702ha cropping property, “Warrinn”, The Rock, ahead of its auction onNovember4.

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March 20th, 2019 by admin

MAPPED: Crime in the Wimmera

Crime rates soar in all police areasLisa Neville defends police investment | videoInvest in our police | KealyZoom out and click on the markers to find out the number of crimes committed in each suburb from July 2015 to June 2016, and the % increase from the previous 12 months. “Crimes against the person” include assault, sexual offences, robbery and stalking.
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MUNICIPALITIES across the Wimmera have seen anincrease in crime in the past year.

Superintendent Paul Margetts said the risein statistics, from July 2015 to June this year, was due to an increase in reporting.

He said public engagement campaigns had succeededin getting small communities to report unlawful behaviour to police.

Nhill had a 325 per cent increase in thefts from last year, with 51 recorded. Meanwhile,Balmoral recorded a 900 per cent increase in crimes against the person, with 10 incidents recorded.

Halls Gap had 13 burglaries in the year, an increase of 550 per cent.

Ararat had a 13.3 per cent increase in crimes against the person, with 333 reported.

The city experienceda 72.4 per cent increase of burglaries with 50 recorded, but a 38 per cent decrease in drug offences, with only 62 reported.

Horsham recorded 499 crimes against the person, a four per cent increase. However,instances of burglaries, thefts and drug offences all decreased compared with last year.

Crimes against the person and drug offences were down in Stawell, butburglaries increased 72.4 per cent with 50 reported.

Thefts and public order offences also increased inStawell.


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March 20th, 2019 by admin

Wallabies must take chances in attack against Argentina, says Will Genia

Need to convert opportunities into points: Will Genia passes against South Africa. Photo: Gallo ImagesLondon: Wallabies halfback Will Genia says Australia must take its chances in attack more than they did in Pretoria or risk being undone by a determined Argentina side at Twickenham on Saturday (Sunday AEDT).
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Genia expressed the backline’s overwhelming sense of disappointment that so much quality ball could not be turned into points during the Wallabies’ 18-10 defeat to the Springboks last week.

The Wallabies have scored fewer points per game (17.2) than any other team in the Rugby Championship.

Apart from the two All Blacks games, they have had a reasonable share of field position, with critics saying they lack finishing polish.

Against Argentina in Perth, the Wallabies scored three tries in a frenetic opening 12 minutes and Genia says that needs to happen again if they are any chance of getting over the line in London.

“It sounds simple but [we] just [have to] look to take points when we’re inside their 22,” Genia said. “If you look back at that game in that first 10-15 minutes when we had that possession in their 22, we came away with points. If we can take our points when they’re on offer, we know that we can trust our defence to shut them out. The onus is on us as a backline to execute a little bit better. If we can do that we give ourselves every chance of winning and winning well.”

On a personal note, Genia has been one of the shining lights for the Wallabies in recent weeks.

His service has been crisp and decision-making when to attack the line has resulted in a number of handy line breaks that has put the Wallabies on the front foot.

However the overpowering message from Genia is that the Wallabies are simply not making the most of the ball they have had. Whether it be because a lack of skills, a dip in confidence in what has been a miserable year, or not having high-quality structures in place, he says it cannot continue.

“At certain times in games we haven’t been executing our skills well enough and that takes away from putting us into scoring positions or scoring plays,” Genia said. “If we can concentrate well on the process, and do that right throughout the 80 minutes consistently, I think the result will take care of itself more often than not. We’ll come out on the right side of the score.”

The nostalgia of Twickenham Stadium and the Lensbury Hotel in Teddington has hit those Wallabies who were apart of the World Cup campaign last year.

A string of five consecutive games there has the Wallabies feeling like Saturday will be just another home game but an evening time slot is a little different to what they were used to this time last year.

“Nice to come back and have those memories lingering,” Genia said. “The other thing is we are under no illusions it’s going to be tough and we aren’t relying on it being a comfortable venue for us or that there is any advantage in that.

“We’ll be working hard and getting stuck in. Maybe it means it will be a bit more dewy and the ball a bit slippery. It will be something a little different but the big atmosphere is something to always look forward to.”

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March 20th, 2019 by admin

Melbourne weather: winter one day, summer the next

A cyclist sleeps on a bed of daisies in the sun at Elwood. Photo: Leigh Henningham Flowers in bloom must be a sign of spring. Photo: Leigh Henningham
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It’s a swan family outing at Albert Park Lake. Photo: Leigh Henningham

Cast aside those scarves, coats and umbrellas Melburnians.

The city has taken extreme pity on her long-suffering, vitamin-D-deficient residents and has decided to part the clouds, if only for a day.

The mercury is set to climb to 26 degrees today.

(Yes, we’re excited.)

It’s not often we extend gratitude to our northern cousins, but it’s warmer air from NSW that is responsible for the welcome change.

However, Bureau of Meteorology forecaster Richard Carlyon says the transition will not be instant.

“It may take a little while for that temperature to really rise,” he warned.

“It will be a cool start, 12 degrees [was] the overnight low.”

Come lunchtime however, it will be time to take off the cardigan, expose those arms and bask in the sunshine.

“It won’t be until the middle of the day we will see the northerly wind and that will send the temperature into the 20s … and then peaking late in the afternoon,” Mr Carlyon said.

The warm conditions are set to last late into the night, with the temperatures in the 20s for most of the evening.

It may come as a shock to Melburnians who this week have become accustomed to dodging freak (but brief) hail storms, bursts of torrential rain and gale-force winds throughout the day.

So has spring finally sprung?

Not quite.

The wintry chill will return tomorrow.

“We are expecting a top of 24 degrees on Friday, but it will be cooler in the afternoon after a front has moved through, ” Mr Carlyon said.

“So the warm weather will be relatively short-lived.”

On Saturday, Melburnians can expect a low of 12 degrees and a top of 18.

“It bounces again on Sunday, back to 23 degrees,” Mr Carlyon said.

He said it will be downhill from there, with a top of 17 on Monday, while Tuesday and Wednesday will see temperatures around 16 degrees.

Back to winter next week

It will be a similar pattern in the rest of the state.

Mildura is set to hit a top of 29 degrees on Thursday.

“But everywhere from Monday to Wednesday will be 13 to 17 degrees,” Mr Carlyon said.

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March 20th, 2019 by admin

Community supports Manning family’s journey

MAMMOTH JOURNEY: Karen and Jamie Manning before starting their month-long trip from Tilpa to Dubbo. Photo: BELINDA SOOLEThe Nyngan community has rallied behind one man and his marathon journey across western NSW.
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Jamie Manning, along with his wife Karen and three children, is riding horses from Tilpa to Dubbo to raise awareness and vital funds for the charity Limbs4Life, which provides information and support to amputees.

It’s a cause close to Mr Manning’s heart.

“What they do is they provide peer supportto amputees by other amputees and information like wound care,” he said.

“Ihad a car accident in 2014 where the car caught alight, I was trapped in the car and I was lucky to survive.

“Due to the bad infections they had to amputate to save my life. Ilost all the fingers on my left hand and I also lost my left leg.

“It’sbeen a long journey learning to ride and so fourth but Iworked with horses all my life so Imade it a goal to do so.”

Mr Manning started out from Tilpa on September 17 and had planned to spend 22 days on the road.

But inundated roads and persistent rain across western NSW has made some roads un-passable, adding about a week to the journey.

The family rides about 20 to 25 kilometres each day, and on Tuesday, October 4 they reached Nyngan.

Mr Manning said theresponse they’ve received from people along the way has been remarkable.

“We’ve been welcomed with open arms. Once you start to do something good all the good peoplecome out of thewoodwork and everyone wants to help us out,” he said.

“We stayed at the pony club at Cobar for quite a few nights and then Nyngan showground [and]the old school [in]Nevertire.

“It’shumbling…it’s a credit to themhow generous they are and friendly, always wanting to stop and have a yarn.”

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March 20th, 2019 by admin

At the mercy of the roll out

Kate MacMaster and Daniel Neuhaus from Trader and Co. Photo: Jessica Cole Yass Valley businesses are feeling the frustration of the ‘patchy’ and ‘uncertain’ National Broadband Networkroll out, as the FederalGovernment’s 18 month plan is nearly in its second year.
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“For a company that works on connecting communication, they aren’t very good at communicating,”Kate MacMaster, co-owner of the newly established Trader and Co said.

“We are unsure whether they will be bringing the fixed line networkup the side streets or just running it down the main street. We have tried to find this out but have had no response.”

Trader and Co was designed asan inclusive social enterprise committed to giving back to the community, both locally and globally.

The concept was to create anecosystem where startups can establish connections,independent workers can build networks and grow without the overheads that come with traditional office space.

“We advertise for a place where people can come to work without the challenges of slow or patchy internet,” she continued.

“While the NBN will provide faster internet for all residents, connecting to the fixed linemakes it 10 times as fast.

“We just have no idea whether they have considered this, we have had no consultation and our business requires the high speed internet, as does many other businesses not on the main street.”

Trader and Co owners pay large amounts to provide wireless internet totheir customers, yet they are still faced with patchy and uncertain connection.

An NBN Co spokeswoman said about820 homes and businesses in parts of Binalong, Bowning and Yass can already connect through fixed wireless network.

“Work is also set to begin in the next month or so to connect another 410 premises in Mt Manton and Mt Bowning,” she said.

“Around 350 homes and businesses will be able to connect in January and the additional 60 mid-next year through our fixed wireless network.”

“In addition, construction is currently underway to connect around 2800 homes and businesses in Yass to our fixed line network. They should be able to begin connecting in November.”

A total of 985,468 premises in NSW, and more than 3.1 million premises around Australia, are now NBN ready.

“Whatever the technology, making the switch to fast and reliable broadband is not automatic,” she continued.

Those eligible to connect throughtheNBN Sky Mustersatellite service can do so now, NBN Co told residents to check their availability by visiting梧桐夜网nbnco南京夜网419论坛/switch.

A NBN Co spokeswomansuggested thatonce residents and businesses have checked their eligibility they should then contact their preferred phone or internet provider to discuss their needs and make the switch.

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February 20th, 2019 by admin

Home gutted by fire

A shocking house fire has completely gutted a Grenfell home this morning in what police describe as a lucky escape for the occupant.
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The family home in Monger Street was ignited in the early hours of this morning at approximately 3.00am.

The female occupant was awoken by a smoke alarm and was forced to crawl herself to safety, thankfully there are no injuries as a result.

The female occupant was home alone while her husband was out of town when anelectric heater caught fire to a blanket in the rear of the propertysending the majority of the houseup in flames.

The family home in Monger St was completely gutted by fire.

Police will conduct their initial investigations but have stated that there areno suspicious circumstances and will file a report.

Grenfell Sargent, Michael Madgwick, said “It goes to show people the importance of smoke alarms and how they do save lives, it was a lucky escape for this occupant and had there not been a working smoke alarm installed we could have been faced with a tragic outcome”

The family home in Monger St was completely gutted by fire.

The family home in Monger St was completely gutted by fire.

The family home in Monger St was completely gutted by fire.

The family home in Monger St was completely gutted by fire.

The family home in Monger St was completely gutted by fire.

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