Archive for: ‘June 2019’

Tokyo calling golden Dan

29/06/2019 Posted by admin

Tokyo calling golden Dan REWARD: Nulkaba shooter Dan Repacholi with his Gold Coast Commonwealth Games gold medal at Nobbys Beach on Thursday. The 35-year-old is thinking about prolonging his international career. Picture: Josh Callinan
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TweetFacebookThe one and only #DanRepacholi with his career collection of @CommGamesAUS medals in #[email protected]@newcastleheraldpic.twitter南京夜网/Wu7NSWE3jt

— Josh Callinan (@joshuacallinan) April 19, 2018Newcastle Herald.

“I was going to, but now with that feeling of winning again, we’ll just wait and see.”

The next few weeks will provide the bearded man mountain with a bit of “thinking time”, weighing up family, sponsorship, work rosters and everything else that goes with another international campaign.

If he made another Australian team, Repacholi would join some elite company alongside five-time summer Olympians such as basketballer Andrew Gaze, archer Simon Fairweather, cyclist Stuart O’Grady, canoeist Clint Robinson and beach volleyballer Natalie Cook.

Fellow shootersMichael Diamond and Russell Mark both registered six Games appearances while equestrian Andrew Hoy stands alone with seven.

“I know Ihave a lot left,” Repacholi said. “I’m about to turn36 and I’ve been away with guys into their 60s so age isn’t an issue.It’s whether or not I want to.”

Repacholi has been part of the national shooting team since 1997 –travelling to all continents bar Antarctica and meeting the likes of late Australian businessman Kerry Packer and Chinese basketballer Yao Ming along the way.

Throw in six Commonwealth Games medals, featuring three golds, and it’s been one hell of a ride so far.

“When I started off [as a kid] I never even dreamed of this,” Victorian-raisedsaid.

The latest success was in the men’s 50m pistol, a moment the Cessnock Pistol Club memberwill never forget.

“This one was great because I got to do it in front of my wife [Alex], two little girls [Zoe, Asha] and all my family,” he said.“To have them there cheering was the bit that made this medal.”

Two days earlier Repacholi fell short of defending his 10m air pistol crown, finishing fourth.

GOLD:Repacholi claims men’s 50m pistol title on Gold Coast

Qld recycling stop bumps waste levy start

29/06/2019 Posted by admin

Ipswich Mayor Andrew Antoniolli has defended the council’s dumping of recyclable waste in landfill. The Ipswich City Council has abandoned recycling and will send its collected waste to landfill.
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The Queensland government will bring forward the reintroduction of a waste levy as it attempts to head off a domino effect of councils cancelling their recycling programs.

Ipswich City Council, west of Brisbane, has come under fire for dumping recyclable waste in landfill because it would have cost $2 million a year to comply with China’s tighter imported recycling regulations.

Mayor Andrew Antoniolli said the council’s predicament only arose because its waste collection contract was up for renewal.

“To get a new contract means we are going to be paying five times the amount of money,” he told reporters on Thursday.

“When other councils come to that point in their contracts, they are going to be facing the same financial dilemma.”

Several other councils across the state have their contracts up for renewal over the next two years, leading to concerns they would follow Ipswich’s example and cut their recycling programs.

State government officials met with the Local Government Association of Queensland on Thursday.

Deputy Premier Jackie Trad said following the meeting they decided to bring forward the reintroduction of the proposed waste levy, previously slated for July 2019, to help subsidise the programs.

“We reckon Queenslanders quite rightly would think waiting a year to reintroduce a waste levy, given what’s happened over the last 24 hours, is too long,” she told reporters on Thursday.

Ms Trad couldn’t say how much sooner the levy would come in but hinted it could be dealt with in the upcoming state budget in June.

LGAQ boss Greg Hallam said the levy would give councils certainty that he hoped would stop them following Ipswich in cancelling recycling programs.

“We have a medium- to long-term solution and that is to take the proceeds of the waste levy and to build five or six state-of-the-art zero waste, waste-to energy plants in Queensland,” Mr Hallam said.

“With certainty around incomes, we can build these plants within two years.”

Queensland Opposition Leader Deb Frecklington said the situation was “appalling” and needed to be rectified, but reintroducing the waste levy was not the answer.

“The Palaszczuk government’s knee-jerk decision to rush through a waste tax, with no details and no consultation, shows Labor is making it up as they go along,” Ms Frecklington said.

“Let’s be frank, the only place that has a waste problem, whether it is dumping recycling in landfill or interstate waste dumping, is Ipswich.”

Gold Coast and Brisbane City Councils stated they were financially unaffected by China’s restrictions on low-grade recyclables.

Gold Coast Councillor Paul Taylor said its waste collection contract had two years to run and it was up to the contractor to absorb any cost increases.

Australian Associated Press

Ghastly tales in street drama

29/06/2019 Posted by admin

GRUESOME TALES: Friends of Grossmann House Janette Goiser (left) and Holly McNamee (right) with Church Street Dramas writer/director Frank Oakes. Can a side street in an old country town be riddled with murders, death, fire, humour, robbery and valour?
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Of course it can, just go to Church Street, Maitland.

Friends of Grossmann House and Maitland Repertory will present“The Church Street Dramas”; a series of short plays on locationat the actual sites of the incidents which took placeover the pastcentury.

The short plays have been written and directed by Frank Oakes and attempt to accurately portray true historical events in an entertaining and informative manner.

Patrons will dine at Brough House after the plays which form part of the events celebrating 200 years since the first land grants inMaitland.

Performances will be held throughout April starting Friday, April 20.Cost is $33 and bookings are essential on4933 3330,0418831599.

This story Administrator ready to work first appeared on Nanjing Night Net.

Why difficult ‘end of life’ conversation is a true gift

29/06/2019 Posted by admin

NEVER TOO EARLY: Everyone should have a plan for what they would like to happen in the final stages of their life, Kate Munro says.In the event that you become too sick to speak for yourself – who would you like to speak for you?
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Have you spoken to that person about the things you’d like to happen?

For many of us, thinking about the end of our life is not something we like to dwell on.

While plenty of people will have a list of things they would like to do before the end of their life – very few will actually think about death and have a conversation about what you would like to happen in your final days.

Itis National Advanced Care Planning week, encouraging everyone to prepare a plan for what they would like to happen in the final stages of their life.

About half of us will be unable to make our own medical decisions as we approach the end of our lives, despite this less than 15 per cent of Australians have a recorded Advanced Care Plan.

If you were very sick, it may fall to your family or close friends to make decisions about your health care.

That can be a very stressful time where your friends and family may not agree with approaches to your care.

If you have an Advanced Care Plan in place where you talk about the care you want to receive, this can help them make decisions on your behalf.

We often think of planning for the end of our lives when we get older but you never know when you might be in an accident, or face a serious health condition.

It is never too early to start planning.

Planning for your care can take time, and many conversations with those around you. It is your opportunity to think about what you value, and the treatments you would choose to have, or not have.

Talking with your family and friends about your wishes for care if you are seriously ill or approaching the end of your life is a loving gift to them.

It helps to ease the burden of decision making if they know what your choices are.

Starting planning can be the hardest part.

Advanced Care Planning Australia provide some excellent tips for getting started, including a personal guide that asks you to consider some questions before you talk to your loved ones, such as your past experiences with health care and what you liked and didn’t like.

Once you’re ready to talk to your friends and family, conversation starters including what makes life worth living, what abilities do you need to maintain, what would you like to happen if you no longer recognise or understand your family, can help ease family and friends into the conversation.

Once you’ve talked to your friends and family you should write down your preferences, as future circumstances can’t be predicted.

The information contained in your plan will help your nominated decision maker to decide on what you want.

Your completed Advanced Care Plan can be added to your My Health Record, but you should also make sure your nominated person, family and doctor have a copy.

Whatever your age, whether you are fit and well or living with chronic disease, or even a life-limiting illness, it is important to have the conversation early and often.

This will give you time to discuss what is truly important to you.

For more information on how to plan for your end-of-life and making an Advanced Care Plan, visit patientinfo.org.au

Kate Munro, End of Life Care Coordinator,Hunter New England Health

Smith didn’t want to be a Bronco: Bennett

29/06/2019 Posted by admin

A young Cameron Smith didn’t show any interest of wanting to play for Brisbane, says Wayne Bennett.Cameron Smith will always be the one that got away from Brisbane.
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But Broncos coach Wayne Bennett has revealed he never got the feeling Smith wanted to sign with them in the first place.

Broncos fans will again wonder “what if” when Smith leads Melbourne out against Brisbane at Suncorp Stadium on Friday night.

History shows a teenage Smith surprisingly knocked back Bennett’s overtures and snapped up a $5000 bargain basement deal to begin a glittering career with Melbourne.

But Bennett said it was no surprise to him at the time.

Has he ever wondered what might have been? According to Bennett, he walked away from the meeting with a bad “vibe”.

“I don’t believe that (Smith wanted to come to Brisbane) actually, never have,” Bennett said of his initial talk with future Immortal Smith in the early 2000s.

“I was at the meeting and I never got one vibe that day that he was going to the Broncos.

“But that is the way it is. That’s fine. It happens.

“There is no grief there, you just get on with life.”

Bennett said he would have to be content with coaching Smith at Queensland and All Stars level.

“You always want to coach the really good players in the game and he is one of those but it didn’t happen,” he said.

“But I have coached him in All Stars teams and enjoyed working with him.

“And I selected him for his first Origin game (in 2003). I was his first Origin coach.”

Should Storm skipper Smith play on?

“That’s up to him,” said Bennett. “I can’t tell you what he is going to do but he has been a remarkable player and is still playing great football.

“I hate naming the best because I think that is unfair on a whole lot of others but in the grand final of hookers he is going to be right on the top of them.”

Australian Associated Press