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  • Tinkler’s lawyers ‘ready to go’ on Jets dispute

    2019 - 04.16

    Gallop tells Tinkler to move quickly or else
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    Joel Griffiths up for Brisbane if selected

    NATHAN Tinkler has reportedly vowed to call in the lawyers as a stand-off with the FFA over the Newcastle Jets’ futurelooms.

    Tinkler told The World Game he believed the code’s governing body and Scottish club Dundee United, who had previously shown interest in buying the Hunter club, were “conspiring to kick me out of the game”.

    The former billionaire said he had the support of Adelaide United chairman Greg Griffin and Brisbane Roar chief Chris Fong despite a bumpy road in the first few weeks of 2015that saw an exodus of coaching and playing staff.

    Tinkler said a successor for former chief executive Robbie Middleby was also planned to be announced on Monday, but that plan was scuppered due to ongoing coverage of an FFA deadline for the club to settle its debts.

    The coal magnate took aim at Dundee United and A-League boss David Gallop for what he argued was unfair treatment.

    “I very much doubt FFA has the resources to run the club itself and probably doesn’t have much more than $2 million to spend,” Tinkler told The World Game.

    “It just wants to give the licence to [Dundee’s]Stephen Thompson as fast as it can.”

    “Meanwhile, I am trying to push ahead with re-structuring the club, paying debts, appointing a CEO and signing players while FFA sits back and sets the bar higher and higher.”

    The Jets owner said he understood Stephen Thompson and David Gallop met on Tuesday “andthere is obviously a plan there to place me under as much duress as possible in the expectation I will roll over and go away”.

    “Well, it’s not going to happen,” Tinkler reportedly said.

    “It’s pretty clear that FFA and Dundee United are conspiring to kick me out of the game, so that Stephen Thompson can then be handed the licence for next to nothing. It’s a licence I paid a fortune for.”

    Tinkler has previously attempted to hand the Jets’ licence back to the FFA over the price he paid to take over the club.

    The Jets and former Knights owner said other A-League clubs had faced financial strain that was dealt with less publicly.

    “But, in my case, the FFA has chosen to play it out in the press and leak information and brief people because it suits their own agenda,” Tinkler said.

    “I have told the FFA all along that the debts that are due will be paid by the middle of February as we recapitalise the club … but they have continually changed the goal posts and imposed deadlines the whole way.”

    “My lawyers are ready to go on this and we will certainly be serving an injunction to stop FFA taking the club.

    “I have basically been set up to fail and Dundee United have been lined up to take over.”

    Tinkler said he planned to reveal a replacement for Jets chief executive Robbie Middleby, who resigned in January, on Monday but decided against it due to coverage of the January 31 deadline the FFA set for unpaid debts.

    “He’s a high calibre individual and had accepted the job and I was about to announce his appointment when the FFA stole my thunder and basically sabotaged the situation,” Tinkler told The World Game.

    Racing gets underway at Cessnock

    2019 - 04.16

    TOP SURFACE: The Cessnock track will be in great order for next Tuesday’s Wine Country Race Club meeting.Cessnock racecourse will host its first meeting of 2015 next Tuesday, February 10.
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    The last meeting at Cessnock was on December 16 and nine meetings will be held on the popular track in 2015.

    The major meetings at Cessnock this calendar year include the Anzac Day meeting, the Jungle Juice Cup and Cessnock Cup meetings during the winter.

    Cessnock track manager Steve Tap said the track is great shape for the resumption of racing.

    “The recent rain was a godsend and there is an excellent coverage of grass on the track,” Tap said.

    “We had 99 millimetres in a week and the sunny weather since has been great.

    “We have done a lot of work on this track since the last meeting.

    “There can be up to 50 horses work on the track on fast mornings and all the local trainers are happy.

    “It’s full steam ahead for Tuesday.”

    Another man looking forward to the resumption of racing at Cessnock on Tuesday is champion jockey Robert Thompson.

    ‘RT’ rode his 4087th winner at Tamworth last Friday.

    “I love riding on my home track. I rode work there on Saturday and the track is spot on,” Thompson said.

    “It was one of the highlights of my career when I rode my tenth Jungle Juice Cup winner last year.

    “The racing is always of a high standard and a stepping stone for a long of younger horses.”

    Local trainer Jeremy Sylvester has built up a strong team in recent months and he is expected to have runners at Tuesday’s meeting.

    Racegoers should take advantage of free entry into Cessnock meetings where they can see top jockeys such as Thompson, Gibbons, King, Clenton and Lisnyy in action.

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    Northern Grampians council considers demolishing half its public toilets

    2019 - 04.16

    Picture: iSTOCKNORTHERN Grampians Shire Council will consider demolishing half its public toilets in a bid to flush extra spending from its budget.
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    At a meeting on Monday night, councillors received a report advising them to knock down toilets at 10 sites across the shire.

    There are 24 public toilet locations across the shire.

    Under the plan seven toilet blocks would be demolished, three demolished with access points built for mobile temporary toilets and one demolished and replaced.

    The remaining seven toilets would be upgraded as part of a five-year strategic renewal and replacement program, which would cost council $1.05 million.

    Cr Wayne Rice said it was a case of looking closely at services provided by council.

    ‘‘If the toilet is only being used once or twice a year then there is no point in putting that into our budget over the next few years and saying we’re going to allocate $100,000 to replace it – that is just absolute nonsense to consider,’’ he said.

    ‘‘If they have no use we won’t be continuing to maintain them.’’

    Cr Karen Hyslop said the plan had come on the back of wide-ranging public consultation.

    ‘‘We will spend quite a bit of money over the next five years to keep our ratepayers and the public happy and comfortable,’’ she said.

    Under the plan, both blocks at Stawell’s Central Park on the Victoria Street side would receive $100,000 upgrades over the next two financial years.

    The Central Park toilets near the scoreboard, one of the blocks at North Park near the pavilion, the Stawell Historical Society, one of the blocks at St Arnaud’s Lord Nelson Reserve, the Great Western Recreation Reserve and both blocks at Lake Batyo Catyo would be demolished.

    Under the plan, council would spend $60,000 on mobile temporary toilets to be used at access points built following the demolition of toilets at Central Park near the pavilion, North Park near the pavilion and Lord Nelson Reserve.

    Toilets at Guthrie Park in Rich Avon wouldbe upgraded in the 2016-17 financial year.

    The toilets at the North Park netball courts wouldundergo a $250,000 upgrade in 2017-18.

    Cr Merrilee Reid said it was a great plan that the council should follow.

    Toilets at Cato Park and Scallan Street in Stawell would be upgraded at a combined cost of $175,00 in 2019-20.

    Toilets in Stawell at Federation Park, Main Street, Queen Mary Gardens as well as Halls Gap, Marnoo and the newer block at Great Western Memorial Park would not be changed in the next five years.

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    How to talk to your daughter about weight

    2019 - 03.16

    “Body hatred isn’t about how you look, it’s about how you feel about how you look.” File pictureMy mum has spent her life believing that she’s fat and hating herself for it. Her dearest wish was to spare me that fate.
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    With the very best intentions she closely monitored my developing body, talked constantly about the perils of weight gain and policed my appetite in a way that she never did with my brothers.

    She didn’t realise that she was helping to instil in me the very thing she was trying so hard to avoid: body hatred. When you’re taught that your body weight is central to your worth and happiness, and that snacking on anything other than celery sticks is shameful, developing body insecurity is almost inevitable — regardless of your BMI.

    Body hatred isn’t about how you look, it’s about how youfeelabout how you look.

    I have interviewed women with supermodel physiques who loathe their bodies and are obsessed with losing the ‘last five kilograms’. And I know of women with bigger bodies than me who haven’t a shred of body hatred. One acquaintance recently exclaimed ‘I wish somebody would make jeans that fit properly’. In her view, the problem resides with Levis, not with her larger body.

    Having the ‘right’ body doesn’t inoculate people from body hatred. That can only be achieved by having the right thoughts. With my daughters, I’m determined to do things differently. I’ve adopted the following strategies for avoiding body hatred.

    1. Never talk about body weight

    I never talk about my own weight or anybody else’s in the presence of my girls. When people talk about weight in front of my girls I do my best to neutralise it — it’s just another part of the rich tapestry of life. I want them to understand that a person’s weight is as unrelated to self-worth as their height.

    2. Never talk about food in terms of calories or what’s fattening

    When we talk about food we talk about its nutritional value. My five year old Violet understands that she needs to eat a variety of foods every day. Some foods make her grow, run fast, and lift heavy things. Others help her learn, and prevent her from getting sick. And some are just yummy.

    3. There are no banned foods

    I don’t prohibit any foods because I don’t want to create a closet eater or create any sort of good/bad associations. Violet understands that she can eat processed foods some times because they taste good and they are part of social rituals (such a birthday cake) but they don’t help her body grow. If she ate too much cake, then she wouldn’t be able to fit in all the other foods that her body needs.

    4. There is only one food rule

    I want my girls to feel in control of their own appetites. I tell Violet that her body knows when it’s hungry and when it’s full, so all she needs to do is listen to it. I don’t force her to eat when she doesn’t want to. I also don’t want to incite a food war or power struggle at the dining table.

    The only rule we have at meal times is that Violet needs to eat something of everything on her plate so that her body gets the variety of nutrients that it needs to grow and be healthy. Sometimes this means she will only eat one of her peas or half a bean. Feeling in control of her own appetite and trusting her body’s signals is more important than how much she eats.

    5. Focus on how bodies work rather than how they look

    We celebrate all the amazing things Violet can do with her body — such as running, jumping, skipping, rolling. She has come to value her body in terms of what it can do rather than how it looks.

    When she pokes my wobbly belly I tell her that that is my trophy from growing her and her sister, and isn’t it amazing that my body was able to make not just one darling girl, but two!

    My girls are five years and nine months old, and only time will tell if my strategies will succeed in raising children with positive body images.

    I’m also acutely aware that mothers don’t hold the only keys to their daughters’ body images. The diet, beauty and cosmetic surgery industries are masterful in cultivating insecurity in girls and women.

    But I’m not going to surrender to them without a fight. I want my girls to know that in the battle between their self worth and all the people who seek to profit from destroying it, I will always be in their corner.

    My job is to help my girls love their bodies, not hate them. And by doing so I hope they will make healthy choices, because we are more likely to look after the things we love.

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    Varied weather for fishos

    2019 - 03.16

    In the points: Allan Kilpatrick with his good sized snapper.
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    Good outing: Mick Winchester bagged a 2.82kg jewfish.

    Mixed bag: Dan Murphy weighed-in four mullet, a flathed and a bream.

    WAUCHOPE RSL Fishing Club held its monthly outing on the weekend of January 9, 10 and 11, and with the weather not sure what it wanted to do gave a pretty mixed result for the weigh-in.

    The beach/rock and estuary: Mick Winchester had a good outing with a jewfish and a bream, his jewfish weighing about 2.82kg, and his bream about 0.300kg.

    Dan Murphy had a mullet of a time weighing in 6 fish – 4 mullet, 1 flathead, and a bream. His biggest mullet weighed about 0.780kg, his bream weighing around 0.400kg, and his flathead about 0.350kg.

    Pat MacInherny weighed in 10 bream, his biggest about 0.500kg.

    Our new boy Tim Hall in his first outing weighed in 1 flathead of about 0.330kg. A good effort from Tim being his first outing and gaining 2 points

    Dan and Mick were very close in weight, with Mick coming out on top by only 0.047kg. This time Mick took the 5 points, Dan was the bridesmaid with 4 points, Pat with 3 points, and Tim with 2 points for the top 5 bag weight. In the top 5 species it was a role reversal for Dan and Mick, with Dan taking 5 points and Mick the bridesmaid with 4 points.

    Deep sea/estuary: For the deep sea boys and girls there was not a lot of opportunity to get out but Allan Kilpatrick (big Al) managed the conditions and was able to get a good bag of fish – being a good snapper of 1.80kg in the top 5 species, and top 5 bag weight of 3.22kg, with some morwong, flathead and pearl perch in the mix. Allan took the 5 points in both top 5 species and bag weight.

    Mick Winchester weighed in an out-of-comp fish, being a beaut snapper of 4.19kg.

    On a not so pleasant note, with plenty of crabs around unfortunately there is a minority who are taking traps and witches hats that are not theirs, despite floats being clearly marked. A nice piece of paper from the Fisheries is on its way to people who were seen recently this, and or perhaps a visit from the local authorities.

    We would like to thank our sponsors, they are Kyle Clarke Electrical, Pat McInherny plumbing, Dan Murphy Pressure Cleaning Roof Repairs and Roof Restoration, Settlement Point Boat Shed, Wauchope RSL Club, and the Wauchope Gazette for their continued support

    Our next club outing will be on February the 6, 7 and 8, with lines down at 6pm Friday and the weigh-in at the back of the Wauchope RSL Club BBQ area at 2pm on Sunday.

    The target species are as follows:

    All juniors – Beach/rock and estuary – catfish, garfish, whiting.

    Seniors – Beach/rock and estuary – whiting, jewfish, garfish.

    Deep sea/estuary – dolphin fish, snapper, morwong.

    Well done to those who went out, with some great fish being caught.

    Remember if you don’t catch any of the above species but have caught fish you can still weigh your catch for the overall weight and pointscore. So come down, bring your catch have a barbecue, we’d love to see you there.

    Till next time safe travelling, good fishing and tight lines to you all.

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    Local government reform up for discussion

    2019 - 03.16

    Boorowa Council is asking the community to attend one of four Community Forums to be held in February to discuss Local Government Reform.
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    The Mayor, Cr Wendy Tuckerman has written to all ratepayers to advise them of the dates and the importance of providing feedback to assist Council in preparing a submission for the State Government’s “Fit for the Future” initiative by the end of June.

    Mayor Tuckerman said, “Council would strongly welcome your assistance to help them make decisions that are right for our future and the first step in doing this is to understand the context of what has been happening with reform.”

    To assist in better understanding why change is likely to occur and what the options are for our Council, a community briefing paper was also provided. All the information will be available on the Boorowa Councils website, including the consultants Hilltops Region Governance and Service Delivery Report.

    Council is also aware that not all residents are ratepayers and a mail drop of an information flyer regarding the forums will also be circulated.

    For those who are unable to access the internet, access is available through the Boorowa Library or the Council administration building.

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    Novak’s thanks to his Kendall supportersVIDEO

    2019 - 03.16

    AUSTRALIAN Open champion and Kendall’s favourite son, Novak Djokovic, has delivered a personal video to the town he represented in the big tournament.
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    Novak Djokovic has posted a personal message to his Kendall supporters after winning the Australian Open. Pic: GETTY IMAGES

    Sitting next to the Norman Brookes Challenge Cup – the trophy which will be in Kendall for the town’s upcoming street party – Novak thanked the town for its support during the Open.

    Kendall Tennis Club president Wendy Hudson was thrilled to be recognised by the best tennis player in the world.

    “This personal message from the world No.1 player is better than any celebration,” Hudson said.

    “We have been Tweeting and Facebooking Novak since day one and to receive such a personal message in return is gold. Thank you Novak.”

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    Two more charged with alleged attempted murder of Menai man

    2019 - 03.16

    Two more people have been charged over the alleged attempted murder of a Menai man, 45, on Sunday, February 1, at Picnic Point.
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    Police said Dean Yarnton fell asleep in his car as his wife Sharon drove him home from a Merrylands function in the early hours of Sunday.

    But when he woke up in his Nissan Navara in the Georges River National Park, Picnic Point, he found a gas bottle inside and diesel fuel poured outside.

    There was a second nine-kilogram gas bottle near the car’s petrol tank, police said.

    His 48-year-old wife — a senior Corrective Services officer — was charged on Monday with his attempted murder.

    Later that day, Fady Houda, 48, and Monique Hayes, 23, went to Miranda police station to meet Bankstown detectives.

    The pair were charged with attempted murder.

    Ms Hayes and her partner Ms Houda did not apply for bail which was refused in Sutherland Court on Tuesday.

    The Yarntons recently sold their four-bedroom, Menai home but were living together at the time of the alleged murder attempt.

    In the past few years, Mrs Yarnton has posted many loving tributes to her husband and never hinted at any relationship breakdown.

    Mrs Yarnton, Ms Hayes and Mr Houda will remain in custody until their court appearance in March.

    A NSW Corrective Services spokesman said Mrs Yarnton had been suspended without pay from her duties.

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    Cessnock into John Bull Shield cricket final

    2019 - 02.16

    Cessnock’s representative cricket team won their way through to the final of the John Bull Shield after defeating Newcastle C&S in the semi-final at Miller Park, Branxton on Sunday.
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    With over 100mm of mid-week rain, a very lush Miller 1 greeted players for their clash with an unpredictable Newcastle C&S side.

    Cessnock backed themselves in these conditions and chose to bat.

    With Jason Orr (20), Joshua Dagg (19) and Andrew Carmichael (23), Cessnock was able to get a start but still were in a tough situation at 4-87.

    Coming off a man-of-the-match performance against Maitland at Miller 1, Greg Sheehan compiled 51 of the next 71 runs scored to turn the momentum of the game back to Cessnock.

    Late contributions for Barry Richards (15) and Nathan Stapleford (20) helped boost the total to 215, which at the time seemed to be an extremely competitive total but maybe 30 short of what Cessnock had hoped with so many starts in their quality batting line-up.

    Newcastle C&S started their run chase strongly and were 33 without loss until Cessnock made the adjustments required on a tricky deck.

    Within eight balls, they were reeling at 3-34 and Cessnock had their tails up. Newcastle’s Chris Diebert (33) and captain, Craig Plain (49), played well and were starting to get the Cessnock crowd nervous with some hard hitting.

    After some erratic bowling to begin his spell, Nathan Stapleford (3/38 off six) dismissed the danger man and signalled the end for a defiant Newcastle side.

    In what proved to be the difference in the game, Newcastle C&S dropped upwards of six catches during Cessnock’s innings but in return, not one chance was grassed during their innings.

    Billy Orr’s two quality catches could have proved to be the turning points in the game, while a diving catch in the gully by Greg ‘Shorty’ Andrews brought the small crowd gathered on Shorty Hill to their feet.

    Michael Shelley (4-32 off 9.1) and Greg Sheehan (1-14 off five) were the main contributors to finishing off the Newcastle side.

    Cessnock will now face Singleton in the John Bull Shield final at Howe Park, Singleton on Sunday, February 15.

    Singleton (248) were too strong for Maitland (229) on Sunday and will pose as a major threat.

    Nathan Levy (98) and Joe Leighton (5-48) were the chief destroyers for Singleton in their semi-final win.

    After a representative season that has reached new heights, this Cessnock team will be looking to get some silverware to show for their hard work.

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    Hornridge and Olympic Dam secure spot in final

    2019 - 02.16

    TANGLE: Andamooka’s Troy Mulders gets tangled up with Olympic Dam wicketkeeper Brendan Hill.
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    CUT: Andamooka’s Dan Wescombe cuts a ball away.

    PACE: Olympic Dam paceman Adrian Harris leaps into his delivery stride.

    Dispatching Andamooka at last weekend’s Twenty20 match was a mere formality for Roxby’s ‘Kings of Cricket’ Olympic Dam.

    7/81 from 20 overs was never going to be enough to stop the Devils.

    The only thing the ‘Roos won on the day was the toss.

    OD’s bowling combination kept the run rate to a minimum with A Hand picking up late wickets for a 3/19 haul.

    N Reader and D Wescombe with 21 each were the only batsmen to give the OD bowling attack a run for their money, be it only a light run.

    81 from 20 overs looked a walk in the park for the green and gold, however P Glover walked back to the bar in the first over with 1, much to the delight of the embattled Andamooka.

    The excitement was short lived with OD’s Bennett pooping the ‘Roos party making a speedy 35.

    B Hill decided to up the ante, having a crack with 26 before being cut down mid stride.

    Andamooka changing the bowlers nine times in the innings was like throwing a handful of wheat and hoping to hit something.

    Always in control, Olympic Dam finished off the ‘Roos in the 15th over, four wickets down.

    The match between contenders Hornridge and the Rogues was a thriller not a chiller.

    A heartbroken Rogues watched their chance of having ago at dethroning Olympic Dam at Friday’s Twenty20 grand final disappear by the smallest of margins.

    Needing 10 runs off the last over Hornridge must have had toes, fingers and legs crossed in hope they could overcome Rogues bowler Daniel Fisher.

    With one ball left in the over and scores level it was the all or nothing shot that would take them to the grand final.

    In what must have been a surreal slow motion moment, Fisher delivered the ball, all eyes watching ball go to bat.

    The batsmen hit a top edge, all eyes now on the ball and fielder Dave Kovac.

    Imagine this is a slow motion scene in a movie.

    Cut to the ball spinning towards fielder Dave Kovack, close up of Dave Kovack’s face focused on the ball, cut to the ball entering his hand, cut to the anguish on Kovack’s face, cut to the ball falling from his hand.

    Hornridge scrambles to make the winning run.

    Goodnight nurse for another year and back to the nets for the Rogues.

    Hornridge 6/99 defeated Rogues 6/98.

    The question is will the Hornridge Wanderers’ luck hold out for Friday’s clash against Olympic Dam.