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  • BP posts $US4b quarterly loss in oil slump

    2018 - 07.01

    BP had to mark down the value of its reserves because of the substantial drop in oil prices BP had to mark down the value of its reserves because of the substantial drop in oil prices
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    BP had to mark down the value of its reserves because of the substantial drop in oil prices

    BP had to mark down the value of its reserves because of the substantial drop in oil prices

    Energy giant BP has reported a net loss of $US4.4 billion ($5.6 billion) in the fourth quarter of 2014, attributed mainly to write-offs of about $US5.5 billion on the value of assets in the North Sea and Angola because of lower estimates of reserves and the falling oil price.

    The results from the company, based in London, were yet another demonstration of the damage that the sharp fall in crude oil prices is having on the industry. BP reported a profit of $US1 billion in the same quarter a year ago.

    At the same time BG, another large British oil and gas producer, said it had write-downs of $US8.9 billion in the fourth quarter, largely because of lower-than-expected prices for its oil and gas. The company reported a net loss of $US5 billion for the quarter and a shortfall of about $US1.1 billion for the year.

    BP said that its write-offs came as a result of a review of the amount of untapped resources in its oil and gas fields. A BP spokesman said the company found that its reserves in the North Sea and Angola were smaller than it had estimated. The company also needed to mark down the value of its remaining reserves because of the substantial recent drop in oil prices, the spokesman said.

    In BG’s case, the largest write-downs were on its liquefied natural gas operations in Australia. Because liquefied natural gas prices are indexed to oil prices, the company calculated that the probable lower oil prices in the future meant it needed to write off $US4.1 billion from the value of those facilities.

    BP also said it would sharply reduce capital spending, to roughly $US20 billion from about $US23 billion in 2013. The company plans to cut exploration spending and postpone what it called marginal projects.

    “Our focus must now be on resetting BP: managing and rebalancing our capital program and cost base for the new reality of lower oil prices,” Robert W. Dudley, the company’s chief executive, said in a statement.

    In announcing their quarterly results, other major oil companies like Royal Dutch Shell and Chevron said they planned to reduce capital spending by billions of dollars. And Exxon Mobil indicated Monday that it was in the “early innings” of trying to cut costs.

    Oil prices were rising for a third straight day on Tuesday. Prices, which had been around $US110 a barrel in the summer, had fallen below $US50 per barrel earlier this year.

    Dudley said he expected weak prices to continue for some time because supply continues to substantially outpace weak demand.

    “I think we are probably in for a minimum of a year, and probably several years, of low oil prices,” he told reporters.

    BP’s earnings excluding inventories and one-time items, which are closely watched by investors, came in at $US2.2 billion, down 20 per cent from a year earlier but above the expectations of analysts surveyed by Reuters.

    “BP today is signaling strong flexibility to manage the current trough oil prices,” Oswald Clint, an analyst at Bernstein Research in London, said in a note to clients.

    BP reported a profit of $US470 million from its 20 per cent holding in Rosneft, instead of the loss analysts had expected, because of “hedge accounting” that the state-controlled Russian giant said on Tuesday it was using to offset the impact of the decline of the ruble.

    Profit for the year fell to about $US3.8 billion compared with $US23.5 billion in 2013.

    BP said it would pay a quarterly dividend of 10 US cents a share, due in March, which is 5 per cent higher than the same period a year earlier, but flat compared with its third quarter.

    “Throughout the work to reset BP, the dividend remains the first priority,” Dudley said.

    BP also said it was taking a $US477 million charge for the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, bringing the total charge to $US43.5 billion. The company continues to face legal challenges related to the Deepwater Horizon rig explosion that killed 11 workers and soiled beaches across the Gulf of Mexico.

    BP is in the third phase of a civil case in US District Court in New Orleans that will decide the penalties to be paid for the spill – costs that could hobble the company for a decade or more.

    The US Justice Department is seeking the maximum penalty of $US13.7 billion under the Clean Water Act, while BP is fighting to reduce the fines. The Clean Water Act penalties would come in addition to the $US43.5 billion BP has set aside for cleanup and compensation. More than 810,000 barrels of crude were recovered during cleanup efforts.

    BP won something of a legal victory last month when Judge Carl J. Barbier of the New Orleans court ruled that the size of the spill was 3.19 million barrels, well below the 4.1 million barrels the government had estimated. Had the government persuaded Barbier of its estimate, the company could have faced an additional $US4 billion in fines.

    BP could be fined $US4,300 for each barrel of oil spilled, though Barbier has the authority to set lower penalties. Under the Clean Water Act, the judge assigning penalties should look at the oil company’s ability to pay, its cleanup efforts and its history of violations.

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    Harper Lee to release second novel 50 years after To Kill a Mockingbirdvideo

    2018 - 07.01

    Harper Lee to release second novel 50 years after To Kill a Mockingbird | video Harper Lee receiving the US Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2007. Photo: Getty Images.
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    Mary Badham and Gregory Peck as Scout and Atticus Finch in the 1962 movie of To Kill a Mockingbird. Photo: Supplied.

    The original cover of the classic book.

    TweetFacebookTo Kill A Mockingbirdwas published, the iconic novel is to get a sequel.

    Go Set A Watchman, which was written beforehand by author Harper Lee, was, until now, thought to have been lost.

    The 304-page book will be published by Harper Collins. The terms of the deal have not been disclosed.

    The Pulitzer-winningTo Kill a Mockingbirdwas published in 1960 and has sold more than 40 million copies worldwide.

    Set in Maycomb, Alabama, during the Great Depression, it is the story of a young girl whose father, a lawyer, is appointed to defend a black man accused of raping a white woman.

    In 1962, it was adapted into a film starring Gregory Peck as attorney Atticus Finch. The role won an Oscar for Peck.

    Harper Collins is planning a first printing of 2 million copies ofGo Set A Watchman.

    Lee said she had originally writtenGo Set A Watchmanbut, after advice from her editors, who were more interested in the flashbacks to the character Scout’s youth, was persuaded to write another book, which becameTo Kill A Mockingbird.

    Scout, also known as Jean Louise Finch, is the book’s narrator, looking back on the events of her youth as an older woman.

    “I hadn’t realised it had survived,” Lee said in a statement issued by Harper Collins. “So was surprised and delighted when my dear friend and lawyer Tonja Carter discovered it.

    “After much thought and hesitation I shared it with a handful of people I trust and was pleased to hear that they considered it worthy of publication. I am humbled and amazed that this will now be published after all these years.”

    Go Set A Watchmanis also set in Maycomb, roughly 20 years after the events ofTo Kill A Mockingbird.

    A summary from the publisher says: “Scout has returned to Maycomb from New York to visit her father, Atticus. She is forced to grapple with issues both personal and political as she tries to understand her father’s attitude toward society, and her own feelings about the place where she was born and spent her childhood.”

    Publisher Jonathan Burnham said: “This is a remarkable literary event. The existence ofGo Set a Watchmanwas unknown until recently, and its discovery is an extraordinary gift to the many readers and fans ofTo Kill a Mockingbird.

    “Reading in many ways like a sequel to Harper Lee’s classic novel, it is a compelling and ultimately moving narrative about a father and a daughter’s relationship, and the life of a small Alabama town living through the racial tensions of the 1950s.”

    The book will be released in July.

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    ‘Dancing man’ at local TAFE campus

    2019 - 05.17

    Let yoursef go: ‘Dancing Man’ Tommy Franklin will be at Wauchope TAFE on Tuesday.
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    NORTH Coast TAFE has invited students and the community to meet “North Coast dancing sensation” and Australia’s Got Talent finalist Tommy Franklin at its Wauchope Campus next Tuesday, February 10.

    Tommy Franklin became an overnight YouTube sensation when tourists filmed him dancing in the rain on the streets of Byron Bay in 2010.

    He has since danced at Australia’s biggest music festivals, appeared in numerous video clips and films and was a finalist in the prime-time television competition,

    Australia’s Got Talent, in 2013.

    Tommy is known for his unique free spirit and infectious joy of life, having overcome some challenging life hurdles.

    “At 16 years of age I fell into the trap of drugs and alcohol and had a serious accident that left me in a wheelchair and out of action for nearly 12 months. I have struggled with mental health issues, including suicide and depression,” says Tommy.

    When Tommy realised that just by dancing he could make other people happy, he felt he had found his purpose. He now lives to inspire others and has touched countless lives through his performances, youth workshops and art projects.

    “The key is to find something you enjoy doing and make it your work and you’ll never work a day in your life. Nothing worth having comes easy or free,” says Tommy.

    “I’m very passionate about helping people and I feel honoured to visit North Coast TAFE to share my story and inspire people to further their education and better themselves.”

    North Coast TAFE’s event coordinator, Meredith Gibson, is inviting the whole community to come along and express themselves with Tommy.

    “There will be prizes for the best dressed, the best dancer and the most popular ‘selfie’ with Tommy. He’s very friendly and down to earth, so he’d be happy to have a chat and take a selfie. It’s going to be a blast,” says Ms Gibson.

    “A video will be filmed on the day so we’re asking people to wear yellow clothing to Wauchope campus – or you can just come as you are.”

    “It’s going to be colourful and fun and a good atmosphere,” says Tommy.

    “I’m really looking forward to it. It will be something that people have never experienced.

    “I want people to let themselves go and just dance. I don’t want them to stand on the sidelines with their mobile phone. It’s great to feel free and like a child.”

    North Coast TAFE’s community and business engagement leader for the Hastings Valley, Caleb Rose, says that Tommy is both an ambassador and an advocate for North Coast TAFE.

    “He embodies the values that we practise – we are passionate about learning and innovation, and want everyone to be able to access education. Our teachers support students to be bold and start something new, believe in themselves and find what makes them happy,” says Mr Rose.

    Tommy Franklin will be at the Wauchope TAFE Campus, Young Street, Wauchope on Tuesday, February 10, from 2pm to 4pm.

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    Funding on offer for GP training

    2019 - 05.17

    Angus Taylor and Assistant Minister for Health, Fiona Nash discuss training for GP training facilities.Federal Member for Hume Angus Taylor says funding applications are being invited for regional GP training facilities.
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    Mr Taylor has urged eligible local general practices to apply for new Federal grants of up to $300,000 to build facilities to take on more trainee doctors and GP registrars.

    “There’s been a lot of interest from local communities in this programme and I am delighted to announce the details.

    “Guidelines for the Rural and Regional Teaching Infrastructure Grants programme and an ‘Invitation to Apply’ are now available on the Department of Health’s website at www.health.gov.au/tenders. Applications close on 23 February 2015.”

    Mr Taylor said the Government was committing $52.5 million over the next three years to help regional general practices expand their facilities.

    “From before entering parliament, I have been working hard on options to attract and retain GPs into our towns. Under this programme, existing practices can apply for funding to build additional consultation rooms to support and teach medical students and to supervise GP registrars. Successful applicants will be required to match the Commonwealth funding.

    “Evidence shows that people often choose to stay and work in areas where they have trained. This investment in infrastructure will not only strengthen the general practice workforce, it will mean more GP registrars and medical students are trained locally.

    “The Government’s aim is to establish funding and support programs so that trainee doctors can experience general practice in a rural or regional location, develop an interest in regional medical care and ultimately join the rural health workforce,” Mr Taylor said.

    He said the infrastructure programme would be complemented by an increase in Practice Incentives Programme (PIP) payments from $100 to $200 per session from 1 January 2015.

    “This will help compensate general practices for increasing the amount of time invested in teaching.”

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    Bushfire relief concert was top event

    2019 - 05.17

    TOP EVENT…Event coordinator Anton Lunstedt with Di Pech (centre) from the Wirrabara Progress Associaiton collecting the award for Community Event of the Year from District Council of Mount Remarkable mayor Sandra Wauchope.The Bangor Bushfire Relief Concert was named the Community Event of the Year by the Mount Remarkable District Council on Australia Day.
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    One of the organisers, Anton Lunstedt, said the event held in March 2014 was a collaboration between the Wirrabara Progress Association, the Wirrabara Sports Reserve Committee as well as himself and other volunteers to raise money for victims of the devastating bushfire.

    In total, around $50,000 was raised for the bushfire victims, with funds raised divided between people who lost their homes in the Bangor bushfire, and bushfire charity Blazeaid.

    Mr Lunstedt said the idea to plan the concert came about because many people in the community wanted to give back.

    During the concert, money was raised through gate takings, stalls, donations from organisations, personal donations, auctions and raffles. On the night, a crowd of up to 2000 packed out the Wirrabara Sports Reserve, with musicians from Port Pirie, local areas and Adelaide entertaining the crowd.

    Mr Lunstedt said the concert was just what the community needed, following the devastating bushfires.

    “The whole community wanted to contribute to the recovery.

    “As well as a fundraiser, the concert was a way to say thankyou to those who helped fight the fires and those who helped behind the scenes.”

    He said the concert was a display of the community spirit and moral following the bushfires.

    “Everyone who got the concert together had their own lives, maybe they’d even fought the fire too, but they still found time to put the concert on. It was an extraordinary effort.”

    A documentary was also produced of the Bangor bushfire experience, called “After the Fire”.

    It is screening this weekend at the Port Pirie Regional Art Gallery on Saturday and Sunday.

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    Floods: Downpour floods Ivanhoe cellar door, delays harvest

    2019 - 05.17

    PART OF THE JOB: Ivanhoe Wines owner Stephen Drayton says the heavy rainfall during harvest was an inconvenience but will be dealt with accordingly.Last week’s rainfall may have been needed for some but came at an inopportune time for others – such as the local wine industry.
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    Last Tuesday morning (January 27), Ivanhoe Wines at Pokolbin received around 70mm of rain in the space of 45 minutes, right at the time of their summer harvest.

    The rain was so rapid that water ran down from Marrowbone Road into the cellar door.

    Owner-operator Stephen Drayton said the vineyards became inundated with water quite quickly.

    “It was running right through our vineyard, it looked quite spectacular at the time,” he said.

    Luckily the water left no damage inside, but it did put a spanner in the works for their grape picking.

    Not only does rain stop the grape harvesting machines from operating as they get bogged down in the mud, the rain also affects the quality of the grapes.

    During this time of year, the sunlight usually helps make the fruit nice and ripe.

    However rain drops the fruit’s sugar levels and water dilutes the fruit.

    Mr. Drayton said this makes the weather a very decisive factor in regards to picking.

    “The weather tells us when to pick rather than we tell ourselves,” he said.

    Mr. Drayton has owned and operated Ivanhoe Wines for the last 15 years with his wife Tracy.

    He said he experienced similar weather problems in 2008 and 2012, but had a good year of weather in 2013 and an exceptional year in 2014.

    Mr. Drayton said they had already picked the Traminer and Verdelho before the bad weather struck and were unable to pick from Australia Day to January 30 due to wet grounds.

    He said they managed to pick the remaining whites, Semillon and Chardonnay, on the weekend of January 31 before moving on to the reds.

    “We’re taking the opportunity while the sun shines,” he said.

    Although the rain has been an inconvenience, Mr. Drayton said it is uncontrollable and will have to be dealt with accordingly.

    “Obviously this is an important time of year for us; it’s what we work for all year,” he said.

    “You can’t control the weather; you’ve just got to work around what happens.”

    Floods: Downpour floods Ivanhoe cellar door, delays harvest RAPID: The torrent rushed down Ivanhoe Wines’ driveway last Tuesday morning. Photos by Tracy Drayton

    RAPID: The torrent rushed down Ivanhoe Wines’ driveway last Tuesday morning. Photos by Tracy Drayton

    RAPID: The torrent rushed down Ivanhoe Wines’ driveway last Tuesday morning. Photos by Tracy Drayton

    RAPID: The torrent rushed down Ivanhoe Wines’ driveway into the cellar door last Tuesday morning. Photos by Tracy Drayton

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    Not backing down from fight

    2019 - 05.17

    VOLUNTEERS…Gathered at the Jamestown CFS station on Friday night to discuss the changes were volunteers (back, from left) Steve Leesong of Jamestown, Nick Taylor of Jamestown, Shaun Irrgang of Jamestown, Black Rock Group Officer Ken Campbell, and Peter Lehmann of Caltowie CFS.Front from left Sean Kerslake of Jamestown, Damien Carpenter of Jamestown, Lee Iles of Jamestown, Derek Carkle of Jamestown and Tim Cooper.Country Fire Service volunteers are not showing any signs of stopping the fight to stop changes to the organisation they say would be harmful.
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    Around 40 CFS volunteers from the Mid North attended a rally in Adelaide last Wednesday, sending a firm message to the South Australian Government.

    The rally, organised by the CFS Volunteers Association, questioned the government’s motives in choosing to “dismantle a proven emergency structure”.

    Northern Region CFS Volunteers Association President Tim Cooper, speaking on Friday night, was one of the Mid North CFS volunteers at the rally.

    He has been a volunteer firefighter for more than 35 years, and said he thinks the CFS has never faced a challenge like it faces today, with a proposed restructure that would see the parts of CFS, Metropolitan Fire Service and SES operations merged, with one commissioner controlling all three organisations.

    “(Emergency Services Minister) Tony Piccolo has said the reforms are about reducing duplication and saving money which would then be reinvested in the sector.

    “On the face of it, no arguments about that.” But Mr Cooper said the volunteers are upset that their voices haven’t been heard, despite Minister Piccolo frequently stating that he conducted widespread consultation. They say no real detail about the reforms has been released.

    “We were at the rally to tell the government we’re unhappy with the level of detail we’ve had, and the lack of guarantee about where we’re headed.

    “It’s like jumping out of a plane with no parachute.”

    He said the documents the volunteer association has been provided offer “scant” detail, and that the government had failed to do its due diligence by not providing cost-benefits analyses to CFS stakeholders.

    Mr Cooper said Mr Piccolo was “pushing the replay button” when he talked about his widespread consultation.

    “Has he been listening to what he’s been told?”

    He said his CFS colleagues attended the consultation sessions to share ideas and hear from the Minister about the proposed changes, but were given little information.

    Mr Cooper said volunteers are concerned the changes will be pushed through anyway, and that he thinks the government is “hoping the problems will just go away.”

    According to Mr Cooper, the majority of volunteers would not be against changes for the benefit of the organisation, but fear it could lead to a lack of support and resources.

    He said in a worst-case scenario, it could leave the CFS unable to protect the country communities of South Australia.

    “But emergency services volunteers don’t give up easily – we wouldn’t be in this game if we did.”

    Mr Cooper’s concerns were echoed by his fellow volunteers, including Black Rock Group Officer Ken Campbell, who said that “no-one is objecting to reform.

    “But there has been no evidence gathered to show the need.

    “We are against reform for the sake of reform.

    “The Minister has not been asking the right questions.

    “He should be asking ‘what things need to be improved, and what are the solutions?’”

    Mr Campbell said the volunteers wanted to see “evidence gathered and shortcomings documented” and said the government needed to be much more transparent in its dealings with the CFS.

    In response to questions, Minister Piccolo said “I have consulted with nearly 2000 emergency service personnel and will continue to consult throughout the journey.”

    “I have also met and consulted with the appropriate volunteer organisations, like the CFSVA and SESVA, on many occasions.”

    “If anyone wants to discuss the reform, I am happy to meet with them and discuss it face-to-face.”

    “It is important to remember that the reform process is just commencing, so there will be ample opportunity for all workers in the emergency services sector – both paid and volunteers – to have an input in the design and implementation of the new organisation.”

    “The intricate details of the new sector are now being developed in consultation with a reference group made up of emergency service stakeholders including representatives from volunteers in the sector.”

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    Tori Darke: ‘It’s what I want for the rest of my life’

    2019 - 04.16

    Tori DarkeAustralian country music star Tori Darke, 24, will launch her new album at Rooty Hill RSL Club on February 27.
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    After a month of travelling she will return to western Sydney to release her third record, Silver Lining.

    “It’s been a little bit of a whirlwind for me; it seems like yesterday I released my first single,” she said.

    “When I was 10 or 11, I did my first talent quest. When I was up on stage I shook like a leaf and didn’t move at all.

    “Being on stage was very scary then, but now I’ve been at it for a while and I haven’t felt that in a long time.”

    Since releasing her first single, Crawl, Darke has performed alongside The McClymonts, Emerson Drive and Doc Walker.

    Her tracks have climbed country music charts everywhere, with her song Disposable reaching No.1 on iTunes.

    Darke was trained across several genres, including rock and pop, but she said country had always been where her heart is.

    “Country is my forte. The thing I’m drawn to most is the storytelling and country music always has a story to it.”

    She said she was excited about the album launch.

    “It’s going to be really big. The new album will be different from before, it’s a bit more mature in terms of writing.

    “I just love being able to play to an audience.

    “I want to do it for the rest of my life.

    “There’s nothing better than the feeling of performing up on stage and hearing people singing your songs back to you.”

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    The cruellest birthday gift

    2019 - 04.16

    Desperate: Blaxland’s Rebekah Davison faces a two-hour trip for vital cystic fybrosis treatment because of a capacity shortfall. Picture: Shane DesiatnikMOST people about to turn 18 are focused on drinking and voting.
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    But for Blaxland resident Rebekah Davison, her 18th birthday means facing a terrifying uncertainty about her disease.

    Rebekah has cystic fibrosis and from February 20, the adult clinic in Westmead will close its doors to new patients due to overcapacity.

    In October, when Rebekah turns 18, she may no longer be eligible for treatment at The Children’s Hospital at Westmead or its sister adult clinic and will be forced to travel over two hours to the nearest clinic at Camperdown.

    “All my life my medical needs have been met,” Rebekah said.

    “I’m genuinely frightened by the idea that I might not have the day-to-day care from an adult clinic.”

    Cystic fibrosis is a chronic disease which suffocates the lungs and causes major respiratory problems and other debilitating problems.

    It means Rebekah needs a bimonthly check up at one of the three CF clinics — Westmead, Camperdown and Newcastle.

    “If there’s not enough money to keep funding Westmead, I will have to go Camperdown,” she said.

    “That means another two hours of travelling to get the clinical services I need.”

    Despite a 50 per cent increase in Westmead patients for Westmead, the clinics have had no new staff in seven years.

    Westmead clinic director, Associate Professor Peter Middleton, said accepting new patients could compromise standards of care.

    In a letter to the children’s hospital, he said current staffing levels were “unsustainable, even in the short term”.

    The NSW Greens have called for an extra $2 million in funding, with $700,000 going to Westmead.

    “We think that this is a fair ask,” Greens candidate for Parramatta, Phil Bradley, said.

    “It’s not a lot of money in the state’s $18.6 billion health budget.”

    But chief executive of Cystic Fibrosis NSW, Michele Adair, said even if the NSW government spent an extra $2 million, the problem of undercapacity would still exist.

    “Although there is no cure, advances in treatment mean people are living longer,” she said.

    “The average life expectancy is 37, and many young people die in their 20s. [But] for the first time ever there are now more adults with CF than children.

    “The government has failed to recognise the clinical capacity as life expectancy improves.”

    According to the National Standards of Care, the clinics should employ 68 staff.

    Together they employ less than 10, Ms Adair said.

    “We’re not being unreasonable or ridiculous,” she said.

    “Given the nature of Rebekah’s condition, the extra travel time places an additional risk to her health. The Minister for Health, Julian Skinner, has the authority and the responsibility to fix this.”

    NSW Minister for Health’s office declined to comment, instead referring Fairfax Media to NSW Health.

    A NSW Health spokesperson said immediate issues at the Westmead clinic have been addressed to ensure “this important group” of patients is provided with the best clinical care possible.

    “The service is operational and has accepted 10 new patients in the last three months,” they said.

    “There have been no changes to patient services.

    The spokesperson said the department provided grant funding to Cystic Fibrosis NSW in 2014/15 of $245,300 for family social work and support services.

    “The Agency for Clinical Innovation (ACI) has also been working with NSW clinicians, service managers as well as patients and their families to develop a Cystic Fibrosis Model of Care, which will be distributed for clinician and consumer consultation later this year,” he said.

    “We will continue to work closely with Cystic Fibrosis NSW to ensure that the health care needs of adults with CF in NSW can be met now and into the future.”

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    Director’s dinos soar

    2019 - 04.16

    Are they birds or lizards?: Dinosaur Island is the first portrayal of recently discovered feathered dinosaurs.TheBlue Mountains take centre stage in a soon-to-be-released film from Emmy Award-winning filmmaker Matt Drummond.
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    The area’s classic beauty forms one of the backdrops for his latest film, Dinosaur Island, a children’s story featuring feathered dinosaurs.

    The film’s release will cap off a stellar year for Drummond, who received an Emmy Award in September for his work as art director on the US History Channel production Big History.

    His independently funded Dinosaur Island will be released nationally on February 14 and has already had rave reviews.

    Drummond’s vision has caused some heated debate among paleontology buffs by depicting feathered, colourful dinosaurs which are in keeping with recent groundbreaking scientific findings.

    “Recent discoveries in China of feathered tyrannosaur species such as yutyrannus huali, Guanlong wucaii and Dilong paradoxus all provide us with solid evidence that tyrannosaurus-like other theropods had feathers,” Drummond said.

    “I knew there would be some controversy, especially since [director] Colin Trevorrow’s decision not to include feathered dinosaurs in Jurassic World, but we had no idea it would garner the attention it has.”

    Starring two young Australians in the lead roles, the film was shot on location in Vanuatu and in The Blue Mountains.

    A special screening will take place in Katoomba on February 8 to thank the community, whom he said had “got behind the film in every way”.

    It will be followed by a national release through Hoyts Cinemas.

    Drummond said he wanted to promote Australian films in what he said was a rapidly changing landscape for the industry.

    “In my opinion, Australian audiences have evolved,” he said.

    “They want to see Australian films but our culture is multicultural, and its audiences are sophisticated and expect the same level of production values and entertainment from Australian films as they get from Hollywood.

    “It’s wonderful to see something that’s striving for what everyone wants to see in cinema — and that is entertainment.”

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    Around District Greens: February 4, 2015

    2019 - 04.16

    KURRI WOMEN
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    Results: Thursday, ladies day, winners D. Crossley, W. Hogan and G. Sheehan. Special events: Club pairs, B. Jeffery def M. Sheedy; C. Glen def G. Sumner; J. Stevens def J. Leggett. Program: Monday, mixed mufti, names by 9.30am, play at 10am. Thursday, ladies day, names by 9.30am, play at 10am. Visitors welcome.

    STONEBRIDGE WOMEN

    Social winners on Thursday were Denise Allen, Gabby Hope, Robyn Thompson; novelty, Val Reid. Tomorrow will be social at 9.30am. No mufti played on January 27 due to weather.

    EAST CESSNOCK WOMEN

    Winners from last week’s social bowls were L. Corcoran, R. Wood and S. Sneesby, B. Buckley, A. Scott and D. Bailey, L. Howe, J. McKim and U. Reckenberg. Names to be submitted for social bowls by 9.30am to begin play by 10am on Wednesday. Our Club Pairs Championship continued last week with two games played. Winners were J. Del-Degan and M. Crump, B. Crouch and A. Hill. The second semi-final will be played this week – L. Johnson and C. Field vs B. Crouch and A. Hill. Our Club Singles Championship gets underway this week as well. The Pennants teams for Grade 2 and Grade 3 were announced last week – the first game of Pennants will be played on Tuesday, March 24.

    GRETA WORKERS

    Results: Thursday, social, winners G. Nevin, C. Abdilla, K. Bendeich; runners-up B. Copot, L. Batterham, P. Knox. Pennant trials: 4’s, Greta def Singleton RSL; 6’s, Greta def Miller Park. Championships Fours, J. Stewart, P. Martin, H. Jobson, B. Jobson def K. Burnell, J. Neumann, M. Dean, P. Hodges (j). Program: Thursday, Twilight Pointscore, Open Mufti, D.F.P, names by 4.45pm, start 5pm. Saturday, Pennant trial, 4’s v Singleton RSL at Greta. Sunday, Championship Fours semi-finals, 10am start, S. Gardner, P. Knox, L. Banister, P. King v M. Lill, D. Lawrence, K. Bendeich, J. Lill. Quirindi visit has been cancelled.

    EAST CESSNOCK

    Results: Tuesday (January 27), winners B. Marr, A. Laidlaw and D. Archibald; runners-up S. Davies and P. Turnbull. Thursday, winners T. Ross and J. Wilson; runners-up K. Lucas and P. Cornford; consolation J. Hodge and S. Davies. Saturday, winners C. Pearson and T. Bridge; runners-up B. Dann and A. Laidlaw; consolation B. Marr and H. Jobson.

    PAXTON

    Results: Friday, winners G. Arndell, I. Snelgrove; runners-up J. Bishop, G. Winning. Program: Wednesday, men’s OTB, names by 9am, start 9.30am. Friday, mixed OTB, names by 5.30pm, start 6pm. Saturday, pennant trial at Stonebridge, 1pm start, teams on noticeboard (mufti dress).

    CESSNOCK CITY WOMEN

    Social bowls names to be in by 9.30am for 10am start. The final of the club fours championship will be played tomorrow, C. Lee v M. McGuinness. Last week’s social bowls winners were B. Barnett, B. White and M. Borthwick; S. Chalker won the novelty. Entries for the club major singles championships are on the board, entries will close tomorrow at 12pm. Our bowls meeting will be held next Thursday (February 12) after bowls. For all bowls information please check our board.

    EAST CESSNOCK RETIREDS

    Winners B. Dann, N. Bates and T. Bridge; runners-up W. Kidd, D. Picton and J. Rumford. Group plays Friday morning, names by 9.15am. New players and visitors welcome.

    STONEBRIDGE

    Results: Wednesday, no bowls due to rain. Friday, men’s bowls, winners J. Archer, R. George; runners-up R. Lambley, G. Cliff. Sunday, mixed bowls, winners D. Merrick, R. Lambley; runners-up L. Lambley, R. George. Program: Tuesday, mixed bowls time change starts February 10, names by 9.30am, start 10am. Wednesday, men’s four bowls pairs draw for partners, names in by 1.30pm for 2pm start, all bowlers welcome. Friday, men’s bowls four bowls pair draw for partners, names in by 9.30am, 10am start, all bowlers welcome. Meat raffle sponsor, Barry’s Quality Meats East Cessnock. Sunday, mixed bowls, names in by 9.30am for 10am start. Phone number for Tuesday, Friday and Sunday is 0409 458 456.

    ABERMAIN

    Results: Thursday, winners R. Robson, C.Mitcheson and J. Goldman; runners-up J. Scarr, J. Wade and K. Donnan. Saturday, trial games 5’s, 6’s and 7’s against Lorn Park. This Saturday we will be playing Lorn Park at Lorn Park. Meet at Abermain Bowling Club at 11.45am. Most teams will have to use own transport. All pennant players required to play and anybody who cannot play ring D. Sidebottom on 0429 328 957 or G. Finlay on 4937 3610. Full pennant gear to be worn on Saturday.

    BELLBIRD PARK MEN

    Results: Thursday, winners J. Del-Degan, M. Crump; runners-up S. Anderson, D. Crump. Jackpot not won. Program: Thursday, MOTB, names by 9am, 9.30am start, jackpot $152, sausage sizzle. Saturday, MOTB, names by 12.30pm, 1pm start. New pennant players welcome. Championship sheets are now up.

    BELLBIRD PARK WOMEN

    Tuesday’s bowls cancelled due to the wet weather. Championship Fours played yesterday, Helen Condran played Judy Barrie, winners next week. Winners yesterday to play Dot McNab in the final next week. Sheet on board for Championship Threes. 2015 Pennants to be played Tuesdays only. Social bowls, names by 9am for 9.30am start. Raffle winner, Olga Ross. Thursday, sausage sizzle, jackpot, names by 9am, 9.30am start. Monday, February 16, charity bingo 10.30am start, raffle, tombala, 100 club, lunch available, all welcome.

    KURRI

    Results: Friday, winners D. Sloan, G. Wilkins; runners-up B. Johns, W. Parkinson. Saturday, winners J. McKerrow, R. Newton; runners-up K. Fenwick, I. Mann. Major singles: J. Tracey wof D. Callaghan; A. Appleby 31 D. Burgess 7; B. Baker 31 T. Appleby 16; D. Brooks 31 J. Callaghan 26; Z. Curtis 31 D. Kime 14; N. Dawson 31 P. Hampton 8; C. Parker 31 P. Ross 23; A. Rees 31 G. Solway 12; S. Critchley 31 B. Pitham 30; R. Dennis 31 V. Dobing 25.

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    Sister city supports council’s campaign

    2019 - 04.16

    SUPPORT: Port Augusta mayor Sam Johnson has announced he will join Whyalla City Council in the fight for the installation of overtaking lanes on Lincoln Highway.Whyalla City Council has been joined by Port Augusta City Council in lobbying state and federal governments for the construction of overtaking lanes on Lincoln Highway.
    Nanjing Night Net

    Port Augusta mayor Sam Johnson has announced he will join in the fight for the installation of overtaking lanes after a horror month of fatalities on the stretch of road.

    “You’ve only got to look at the most recent tragedies in the last two weeks alone, and I think that unfortunately the stats are now there to justify why we should be having overtaking lanes,” he said.

    “I know there’s been some discussions particularly between Whyalla and Port Augusta a number of times, but it certainly needs to go from Port Augusta through to Port Lincoln, not just Whyalla.”

    Mr Johnson said it was senseless for the government to neglect the highway that plays home to the state’s “saviour”.

    “You’ve got to look at who services that road from an industry point of view, quite often we hear state government ministers riding on the coattails of the agricultural industry which has been the state’s saviour, particularly in the last 12 months, and these are the roads that service that particular industry,” he said.

    “One would like to think we’d put some investment into our economic saviour.”

    State Road Safety minister Tony Piccolo revealed overtaking lanes were being looked at as a long-term strategy, but confirmed no immediate plans had been considered.

    Read more here: Overtaking lanes unlikely in short term.

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