Archive for July, 2018

  • Trainer recalls mentoring rising star in early years

    Date: 2018.07.11 | Category: 南京夜网 | Response: 0

    NARRABRI lost one of its most brilliant young sporting stars in the early hours of yesterday when outstanding jockey Tim Bell fell to his death in a tragic accident in Singapore.
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    Tim Bell celebrates another winner. Photo courtesy Jessica Hawkins

    The 22-year-old was riding in Singapore to further his blossoming career and had recently won a Group 1 race over there.

    He had won the Brisbane jockeys’ premiership two seasons ago and was pipped at the post in the just completed Brisbane premiership in a riding career that started in 2011 with 74 winners in his first year.

    In all he had ridden 651 winners from just over 5000 rides with his horses winning more than $3.5million in prizemoney.

    He started his career with Sue Grills in Tamworth and even at such an early stage she knew he was a rising talent.

    “He was just 14 when he came to me,” Grills recalled yesterday.

    “People were so hard on him but he was just a kid when he first started.”

    When he became old enough to ride in races he took just 12 months to outride his apprentice claim, Grills recalled.

    “He was such a talented and dedicated kid,” she said.

    “You could see the very first day he’d be a great success. I just can’t believe this. It’s so sad, and such a waste.”

    As a 16-year-old apprentice he became a leading jockey in the Hunter and North West Racing Association and then became associated with the outstanding sprinter Border Rebel, who won 14 of his 36 starts and $623,425 in prizemoney.

    Grills trained both horse and jockey and marvelled as both grew into outstanding racers.

    He was a young man with the world at his feet, she said.

    SKY Racing’s Andrew Bensley broke the shattering news on Racing Radio’s Big Sports Breakfast early yesterday.

    “He was a young man who wanted to conquer the world,” the well respected Bensley said.

    “It was a tragic accident and under police investigation. It’s a major shock and all our condolences go out to his family.”

    Tim’s parents live and work in Narrabri where Tim’s father, Grant, is a police sergeant.

    Tim first started riding initially as his uncle, Victorian jumps jockey Adrian Garroway, was a successful rider.

    He signed on as an apprentice with Sue Grills in Tamworth and rode the first of his 651 career winners in 2008.

    Border Rebel became his pet horse.

    The Johannesburg gelding, purchased for just $26,000 by Dorrigo’s Veronica Scott-Mason, won his first race at Tamworth on October 3, a 1000m maiden plate with Tim aboard.

    They progressed quickly, Tim winning 11 times on the brilliant sprinter including a Carrington Stakes and a Takeover Target Stakes.

    “They were almost inseparable, Grills said.

    “They were made for each other.

    “Tim did all the work on him as a young horse too. Basically rode him all his life. The only time he didn’t was when he was suspended.”

    Hunter and North West Racing Association chief steward Shane Cullen said Tim’s death was tragic and showed how ruthless life can be, one day showering the world with the beautiful story of Michelle and Stevie Payne winning a fairytale Melbourne Cup with 100-1 chance Prince Of Penzance to the shattering accidental death of a young star on the rise.

    “The industry cannot afford to lose a person of his attributes,” he said.

    “It is enormously tragic for his parents, family and friends.

    “It was obvious from the outset he had all the right attributes.

    “He had abundant self confidence and all the right reflexes and thought processes to be a jockey.

    “His greatest attributes though were his courage and single mindedness. His parents were wonderful to him. Back from the time he first started mucking boxes they never missed a meeting he rode at, always there to support and cheer him on.

    “I remember showing Miracle (Mal Johnston) some video of him and he told me “he reminds me so much of me”.

    One of Australia’s best jockeys, Johnston was a mentor of the young Tim Bell and marvelled at his early abilities more than once.

    “The ability Tim had to jump them out and have them travelling so easily was remarkable. Mal told me ‘I didn’t have that at the same age’.”

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  • OTIS bar latest Campbelltown gourmet hotspot

    Date: 2018.07.11 | Category: 南京夜网 | Response: 0

    There’s a new dining hub in Macarthur, with the launch of Rydges Campbelltown’s new bar and grill.
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    The bar, OTIS, offers not just the typical bar and grill restaurant, but also its own craft beer.

    OTIS has opened after a $700,000 refurbishment of the ground-floor entertainment area of the Campbelltown Catholic Club hotel, which was previously home to the Infusion restaurant and brewery.

    The entire decor of the venue has been upgraded, with new furniture, lights, wallpaper and curtains, 360-bottle wine wall, art and dining terrace.

    OTIS will was designed as a local location for fine-dining, and specialised in premium wagyu beef.

    Head brewer of the new OTIS Brewing Company Allan Barclay said the venue will feature six unique craft beers on tap, as well as two ciders and four additional beers not on tap.

    General manager of Rydges Brett Barlow said OTIS would be the perfect dining option for corporate guests, conference visitors and guests of the Catholic Club and Cube convention centre.

    ‘‘We invite Sydneysiders and especially locals… to come in and savour the sophisticated sanctuary we have crafted for people to relax in stylish ambience, feast on gourmet food and enjoy our chic cocktails, earthy brews and also live acoustic music on Friday and Saturday nights,’’ he said.

    ‘‘We particularly want locals to know that you don’t need to stay at Rydges to enjoy the elegance and class of our new-look OTIS bar and dining areas, which are designed for anyone to meet and mingle with friends.

    To celebrate the opening, OTIS will offer $5 craft beers and $9 cocktails from 5pm-7pm on Friday and Saturday nights.

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  • Congratulations to JCS athletes

    Date: 2018.07.11 | Category: 南京夜网 | Response: 0

    Tori, Thomas and Fletcher did JCS proud displaying the mature attitudes that we have come to expect. They would like to thank their parents, Little Athletics coaches and High Country Fitness.
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    Jindabyne Central School primary students, Fletcher Thew Year 6, Tori Flanagan and Thomas Old both in Year 5, qualified for the PSSA State Athletics Carnival for individual 100m sprint.

    The championships were held at Sydney Athletics Stadium in Homebush on October 14 and 15. Participants at this carnival were the top two finalists from each region from NSW with JCS doing extremely well to have three of its students qualify.

    It was a long process to get to this event, with the JCS Carnival in early May and the top four going through, the District Carnival in Cooma in late May with the top three making it through and then Regionals at AIS in Canberra in August with the top two at this event making it through to the State Carnival in October.

    The competition was tough and of a very high standard consisting of five heats with 11 runners in each heat.

    Tori was up first in the 11 years girls, she ran a fantastic race only just missing out on a place in the semi-finals the following day. Thomas was next in 11 years boys, running an equal personal best time coming sixth in his heat.

    A couple of heats later, Fletcher in the 12 years boys did really well despite pulling his groin placing him fifth in his heat. Congratulations to all three.

    Thomas and Tori want to contest the event again next year with Fletcher moving up to the High School competition.

    They will all continue to train with gusto as all participate in Little Athletics in readiness for next year’s school competition.

  • HSC group consider their options

    Date: 2018.07.11 | Category: 南京夜网 | Response: 0

    Associate Professor Wal Whalley with Year 12 students.
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    Snowy Mountain Grammar School’s Year 12 students for 2016 had the opportunity to meet with Associate Professor Wal Whalley from the University of New England last Friday as part of the school’s proud association with Robb College at the university.

    Professor Whalley is also the Senior Fellow of Robb College, with over 50 years of association with the college.

    “SMGS students are always so engaged when I speak with them about the university, the pathways for entry and, the most important thing, the immense opportunities within the residential colleges at UNE – in particular Robb College,” Professor Whalley said.

    “The students from SMGS come to our college with sophisticated study habits, excellent academic discipline and the drive and determination to do well,” he added.

    Dr Michael Barton explained the connection between SMGS and Robb College as an important opportunity for SMGS students.

    “Our students have many options available to them and I am proud that some choose to participate in regional universities and reside within a college system,” he said.

    Dr Barton is also a former Head of Robb College and says the relationship between SMGS and UNE, including Robb College, is very important.

    “This year we had the pleasure of having Dr Glenn Wilson, the current Head of Robb College, work with our students over two days as a Scientist in Residence – a program that allowed our students to focus on developing scientific literacy at a tertiary level,” he said.

    Dr Darryl Nelson, Head of Faculty of Science and Technology at SMGS, says that members of the Robb College senior common room will be working with students in 2016 under the Academy of Excellence model developed for the School of Sciences.

    “SMGS students, from Year 7, will be given the opportunity to be mentored by a practising scientist as they develop their own action research during the course of the year. I am really excited about the potential of this program,” he said.

    Dr Glenn Wilson working with students in the SMGS Junior School and Senior School.

  • It’s anyone’s guess

    Date: 2018.07.11 | Category: 南京夜网 | Response: 0

    LATROBE City councillors are remaining tight-lipped about their intentions just days out from the upcoming mayoral election.
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    The positions of mayor and deputy mayor will be decided at a special meeting on Monday night, which is open to the public.

    But only a few of the nine councillors have responded to calls from The Express, with current mayor Dale Harriman doubtful he would return for a second term.

    “If I got nominated I would certainly run for the position, (but) I would find it very rare I’d be nominated,” Cr Harriman said.

    Although councillors are able to nominate themselves, each nomination must be seconded to be considered for a vote.

    Cr Harriman pointed to the record of past Latrobe City mayors, who have not served back-to-back terms since Brendan Jenkins in the years 2001-2002 and 2002-2003.

    Coming to the end of his 12-month stint as mayor, Cr Harriman said he believed council had made “some really positive steps” towards job creation in Latrobe Valley.

    “We have had a couple of in-confidence businesses looking at the area; we are very keen to land those positions,” he said.

    “We are continuing to chase those and are hopeful of some really good outcomes for the region.”

    Cr Harriman described working closely with Latrobe Valley’s RSLs throughout their 2015 Anzac centenary services as a significant highlight.

    He said he was proud council had covered the cost of road closures and helped upgrade monuments and cenotaphs this year.

    “In the 100th year anniversary, I think that was really important and something really important to the community and council as well,” he said.

    He also pointed to the recent announcement of an international water-ski event, which will be held at Lake Narracan in March.

    “No matter what we do, you always wish you could do more and achieve more,” he said.

    And sitting among the top of his wish list is obtaining government funding for the performing arts and convention centres, planned to be built in Traralgon and Morwell, respectively.

    Despite splitting the PACC project in two, Cr Harriman said “if we had put in for the performing arts centre and convention centre in one hit, we wouldn’t have got the funding”.

    Deputy mayor Peter Gibbons did not wish to comment on the upcoming election, while fellow West Ward councillor Sharon Gibson said she had not yet discussed the matter.

    “I have not had a sit-down conversation about who is going to be mayor,” Cr Gibson said.

    “I’ve been trying to get buses for the elderly, change rooms for females and all of that kind of thing – that’s what I have been doing.”

    Local government elections determined by the public’s vote take place every four years in Victoria, with the next slated for 2016.

    The positions of mayor and deputy mayor are elected by sitting councillors every 12 months.

    Central Ward councillor Christine Sindt also would not be drawn on whether or not she would stand for the mayor or deputy mayor positions.

    But she believes Cr Harriman has done a “wonderful job”.

    “I’m really happy with the direction Latrobe City Council is going,” Cr Sindt said.

    Crs Gibson and Harriman each reiterated the need for more jobs in the Valley; a primary goal of council.

    “To me, whoever gets the job, all I want is for them to be working as hard as they can for the community,” Cr Gibson said.

    “Don’t play politics, just do the job for the people you are serving; your community.

    “Our community needs all the help it can get, and that’s what I want from whoever the mayor is.”

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  • DEATH IN CUSTODY: Inmate’s family want answers

    Date: 2018.07.11 | Category: 南京夜网 | Response: 0

    The family of a 34-year-old inmate who died in his cell at the Wellington Correctional centre on Wednesday morning say they are looking for answers.
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    A family member of the young man contacted Fairfax Media and said they were deeply concerned about the incident.

    “He was a young happy-go-lucky young man who had changed his way of life and went to church,” the family member said.

    “He loved his son. He did a lot of painting and also drawing.

    “He told us he had done something wrong but wanted to be positive and begin a new life.”

    The man, who has not been officially identified, was transferred to Wellington from Goulburn eight months ago.

    He is originally from Mt Druitt in Western Sydney.

    A spokesperson for NSW Correctional Services said correctional officers noticed the man was unresponsive in his single cell about 8.15am on Tuesday morning and called for prison health staff and an ambulance.

    “He was declared deceased at the scene shortly afterwards,” the spokesperson said.

    “Police are investigating the matter and will prepare a report for the coroner but at this stage we cannot comment on the matter further.”

    NSW Correctional Services authorities say they are not treating the man’s death as suspicious.

    It is not first death in custody at the Wellington Correctional Centre.

    Corrective Services officers and fellow inmates were given counselling after the tragedy.

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  • Burgeoning midwifery program marks second anniversary

    Date: 2018.07.11 | Category: 南京夜网 | Response: 0

    Dubbo Hospital maternity unit manager Jayne Lawrence and soon-to-be member of the Western Midwifery Group (WMG) Rachel Bassett join its six midwives Lisa O’Donnell, Marley Harris, Trish Young, Judi Yeo, Amy Thyr and Nicolle Grant at the second anniversary celebration attended by about 60 mothers and their babies. Photo: BELINDA SOOLEGrateful mothers and their babies have taken part in the second anniversary celebrations of a midwifery program that in the coming year will be responsible for almost one in five births at Dubbo Hospital.
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    The Western Midwifery Group (WMG) matches a midwife with a mother before, during and after she gives birth.

    Midwives are on call 24 hours a day during their working week, allowing pregnant women to seek help and advice when they need it.

    Enthusiasm for the program has resulted in the launch of birthing classes and a walking group, with mothers kept informed through a Facebook page.

    WMG team leader Judi Yeo said it had supported about 390 births during the past two years as its midwives grew in number from four to six.

    In its third year the program will accept about 230 women experiencing “normal risk” pregnancies.

    They will deliver 18 per cent of babies born at the hospital.

    Mother-of-three Margaret Taylor was among about 60 WMG supporters taking part in Wednesday’s party at South Dubbo Tavern.

    A WMG midwife delivered her third child, one-year-old Zoe, and made the experience “so much better”.

    Mrs Yeo said the success of the program rested on the midwife-mother connection from early in a pregnancy to weeks after delivery.

    “It’s the continuity of care and women feeling comfortable with the midwife coming into labour, and having someone throughout the whole pregnancy to support them,” she said.

    Launched in November 2013, the WMG is one of the models of care available to expectant mothers at Dubbo.

    In 2014 it took out an innovation award at the Treasury Managed Fund (TMF) Awards for Excellence.

    The TMF is the NSW government’s self-insurance scheme.

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  • Guyra girls off to Dubbo for Super 8s Cricket

    Date: 2018.07.11 | Category: 南京夜网 | Response: 0

    On Wednesday last week a group of 18 Guyra Central School students travelled to Inverell to play in the CHS Central Schools Super 8s Cricket competition.
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    Our boys team played in a pool of eight teams for the day, successfully making it through to the semi-finals losing by only 4 runs to end up finishing third/fourth in the competition.

    Our girls were in a pool of four teams. When discussing the day with the girls they all agreed that the fiercest competition was from the Ashford Central School team, and when asked who the star player would be they also all agreed that Sarah Rosten played well and showed great sportsmanship. The girls also would like to make a special mention of thanks to Miss Samantha Clayton for her efforts and assistance on the day.

    As a result of winning the competition on the day, the girls have now been invited to participate in the CHS Central Schools Super 8s Cricket State Finals in Dubbo on Tuesday 1st December.

    We wish them the best of luck for this upcoming event.

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  • Time to meet our dancing stars

    Date: 2018.07.11 | Category: 南京夜网 | Response: 0

    The wait is nearly over and in just two days the identities of the local people involved in Dancing with the Stars of Forbes will be revealed to a full house.
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    The event is completely sold out with more than 360 people ready for a top night at Forbes Services Memorial Club.

    Organisers Cassandra Tyack and Terese Gunn are thrilled to announce that the event is sold out and look forward to what is expected to be a great night.

    “It’ll be a wonderful night,” Mrs Tyack said.

    “It’s something different, something Forbes hasn’t seen before.”

    Everyone is excited to witness some of our most well-known residents trade their regular shoes for dancing ones and bust out their best moves on the dance floor.

    Each couple have been given a different style of dance to perform on the night and have been busy rehearsing over the past few months.

    Some of the dances that our Forbes celebrities will be performing include the tango, jazz, hip hop, ballet, Irish dance, line dancing and more, so plenty of laughs are in store.

    Dancing with the Stars of Forbes will run in a similar fashion to the popular Channel 7 reality TV program of the same name. After their dance couples will then be critiqued and scored by a panel of judges and will be interviewed by co-hosts Rowan Woods and Alison Hearn.

    The winning couple will receive the coveted sparkly disco ball trophy but there will also be a people’s choice award with the winners decided based on which couple can collect as much money as they can in five minutes.

    All money raised on the evening will go to CanAssist.

    The event will kick off at 6pm for a 6.30pm start and people are encouraged to get into the spirit of the evening and come dressed up in the dance theme.

    As well as the much-anticipated dancing there will be entertainment by Phil and Judy Prior, a raffle, lucky door prize and an auction with plenty of fantastic prizes up for grabs.

    A light supper will be provided but guests are welcome to bring their own non-cooked food.

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  • Jack on target for horseback success

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    SHOOTING FOR SUCCESS: Jack Driver competes at the South East Queensland Australian Horseback Archery Championships. Photo: Katy Driver
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    Jack Driver is riding from success to success in the world of horseback archery.

    Already an experienced horseman at 11 years of age, Jack, of Thornlands, has followed his gold-winning streak at the Australian Horseback Archery Association National Championships in June with further wins at the South East Queensland Australian Horse Archery Association Championships at Chambers Flat on October 17 and 18 and again at the Australian Horse Archery Association State Championships, held in South Australia on October 31 and November 1.

    At the South East Queensland event, Jack won the Junior (up to 17-years) Preliminary Division and at the event in South Australia, he also placed first in the Junior Preparatory Division.

    At both events, he competed in the walking section and was required to make single and multi shots at a range of angles.

    Jack’s mother Katy Driver said she was delighted with Jack’s performance, especially as he only took his first archery lesson in April this year.

    “He’s doing really well,” she said.

    “At the South East Queensland event, it was a hot day and he was feeling sick from the heat, but he kept shooting in all his classes.

    “I’m extremely proud of him.

    “He conducts himself in such a polite and professional manner.

    “He always has big smiles on his face as he comes down the runway.”

    Ms Driver said Jack’s confidence was improving with each competition.

    “He shoots so beautifully and has such a nice form,” she said.

    Jack is now aiming to compete again in Port Douglas on the weekend of November 14 and 15.

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