Archive for February, 2019

  • Vigil for refugees

    Date: 2019.02.21 | Category: 南京夜网 | Response: 0

    Aylan Kurdi, a young Syrian boy who was found drowned on a beach in Turkey. Photo – SMHTHE Mid North Coast Refugee Group will hold a vigil at the Town Green jetty from 5.30pm on Monday in response to the heartbreaking photo of Aylan Kurdi, a young Syrian boy who was found drowned on a beach in Turkey.
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    His family’s search for safety in Europe ended in tragedy and the image has brought the world to its knees.

    Recently Port Macquarie was labelled a refugee welcome zone and Mid North Coast Refugee Support Group (MNCRSG) spokeswoman Krissa Wilkinson it was a good chance for locals to make a difference.

    “It’s a reminder to all of Australia to act with humanity and compassion regarding refugees because we all live on the one planet,” she said.

    “Refugees are not people who should be vilified because they are desperate to find somewhere to live.”

    Ms Wilkinson said a forum would be held later in the year discussing refugees which would provide another opportunity for the Hastings to make a statement and say enough is enough.

    “It’s time for us to step up and help. It’s not a time to be divisive because I feel it’s like political hooliganism,” she said.

    “We want to be known as a caring, clever country.”

    Members of the community are encouraged to attend the small service which is expected to run for an hour.

    “Everyone is welcome to join us,” Ms Wilkinson said. “We’ll be lighting candles and we might throw some flowers off the jetty as well.”

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  • Letters to the editor

    Date: 2019.02.21 | Category: 南京夜网 | Response: 0

    THANKS: A thank you letter from McGrath Foundation CEO highlights the fundraising efforts of Cootamundra school who became involved with Pink Stumps Day.
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    Grateful of supportAt the weekend we madethe journey to Newcastle for the state cup in basketball for the under 12 girls.

    We have been fundraising to help finance this amazing achievement of our girls, who qualified for the state cup.

    We couldn’t have done this without the generous support that we have received from our wonderful community of Cootamundra.

    Thank you so much to everyone for the donationscooked for our cake stall, bought raffle tickets, put coins on our coin line, attended our disco and for the wonderful prizes supplied for our raffle.

    Also the Cootamundra Herald for the write ups in the paper.

    We know our girls will make our town proud. Win or lose, they are all winners in our eyes.

    Parents of the Cootamundra Cougars under 12 rep team

    Thanks, CootamundraThe McGrath Foundation would like to say a huge thank you to the Cootamundra community for gettingbehind our community cricket initiative, Pink Stumps Day, and helping to raise more than $1.2 million tohelp support families experiencing breast cancer in Australia.

    The McGrath Foundation set community cricket teams a challenge to help smash our fundraising goaland we haven’t been disappointed.

    Thank you to the Cootamundra Public School for their fantasticefforts.

    They got their local community involved, turning their pitches pink and raised $500.

    Through support like this, we are able to ensure familiesexperiencing breast cancer have access to a breast care nurse, no matter where they live or theirfinical situation.

    To date, our extensive network of McGrath Breast Care Nurses have helped support over 36,000families in Australia through their breast cancer experience, providing invaluable physical,psychological and emotional support from the time of diagnosis and throughout treatment.

    We know we wouldn’t be able to continue our important work without your community’s support, sothank you.

    We’re encouraging people to register their interest for Pink Stumps Day this summer, contact:[email protected]南京夜网419论坛.

    Petra Buchanan,McGrath Foundation

    Community best weaponOscar Wilde, in one of his works, described a cynic as “a man who knows the price of everything and the value of nothing”.

    One of the most powerful weapons is generous amounts of money, but with the wrong intent. This is the exact situation we have seen with government departments buying our most precious resource, water.

    But all is not lost. An equally powerful weapon is our strength as a community, with the right intent, to stand together with honour and dignity. We are able to feed each other, and this knowledge and ability is one of the greatest assets we have as guardians of our region.

    Our position in the southern region of the Murray-Darling Basin is significant. We are efficient producers of food and beverage that serves an insatiable appetite of human need.

    These efficiencies have transformed us into modern commercial and industrial communities of international standard.For it is ourselves, who live and work here, who understand and respect the value of water.

    Water is priceless; a shared resource with enduring value. Our communities do not exist without water or each other; we co-exist. Water is life and purpose.

    Yet when we have a government willing to pay the price without respecting the value, it leaves us all with nothing.

    Vicki Meyer,Deniliquin

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  • Communities building a busy events calendar

    Date: 2019.02.21 | Category: 南京夜网 | Response: 0

    One of the Mid-Western Region’s assets is the busy program of events, ranging from major annual festivals held over many days, such as Gulgong’s Henry Lawson Heritage Festival to one-day events such as Flavours of Mudgee.
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    Events such as the Mudgee Wine and Food Festival, which begins this week, not only bring visitors to the district, and make they experience here more varied and enjoyablle, but also provide entertainment for local residents, and an opportunity for community groups to fundraise for local projects.

    The region is also becoming recognised as a great place for state and national associations to hold events, thanks to its central location, the facilities available, and the range of activities available for visitors. Caravanners, poultry clubs, car clubs and the Rural Fire Services Association and the NSW Public Libraries Association are among those who have chosen the region as a destination, bringing income to local businesses.

    It’s great to see that towns throughout the region are recognising the value of an appealing events calendar.

    Kandos continues to be innovative in initiating new events, such as the coming International Pirates Day. Rylstone’s “Stitches in Time” exhibition, currently on display, and Wood Symposium in October are locally initiated events which should have wide appeal to visitors and locals.

    Gulgong, which already has a strong record in hosting community events, will add another to its calendar when the inaugural Chinese Gold Festival is held on the October long weekend. (See The Weekly on Wednesday for more details).

    Hosting any event it a major undertaking for a small community and the organisers of these events deserve all the support they can get. Take the time to get out and enjoy the events that the Mid-Western Region has to offer this month.

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  • Australia ready to take more refugees from Syria, Tony Abbott says

    Date: 2019.02.21 | Category: 南京夜网 | Response: 0

    Prime Minister Tony Abbott Photo: Alex Ellinghausen “This is doing that right thing by Australia and it’s doing the right thing by the world.”: Prime Minster Tony Abbott.
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    Tony Abbott confirmed that Australia will take more than 4400 refugees from Syria, and said that RAAF operations within Syrian airspace were necessary to counter “the rise of a new barbarism inside this country”. Photo: Andrew Meares

    Australia will take more refugees from Syria in response to the growing international crisis, but will not increase the total number of asylum seekers it accepts, Prime Minister Tony Abbott announced on Sunday.

    His comments came as Austria and Germany threw open their borders to thousands of exhausted migrants from the east, and Hungary warned that the number could grow to millions.

    Mr Abbott declined to give a specific figure but said it would be “significant”, and indicated it would be more than the 4400 people from Syria and northern Iraq Australia took last year.

    Immigration Minister Peter Dutton will fly to Geneva on Sunday night to hold urgent discussions with the United Nations refugee agency, the UNHCR, about what further contribution Australia can make to the refugee crisis.

    “Like every other Australian I was moved by the horrific imagery of that little boy [Aylan Kurdi] washed up on a beach in Turkey,” Mr Abbott said at a press conference in Canberra.

    “We have always been a good global citizen. Always have been, always will be … this is doing that right thing by Australia, and it’s doing the right thing by the world.”

    The announcement comes as international attention is focused on the Syrian refugee crisis, which was tragically highlighted by the photograph of Aylan Kurdi, the three-year-old Syrian boy who drowned last week as his family tried to cross the Mediterranean Sea.

    After days of confrontation and chaos, Hungary deployed more than 100 buses overnight to take thousands of the migrants who had streamed there from southeast Europe to the Austrian border. Austria said it had agreed with Germany to allow the migrants access, waiving asylum rules.

    Wrapped in blankets and sleeping bags, long lines of weary people, many carrying small, sleeping children, got off buses on the Hungarian side of the border and walked through the rain into Austria, receiving fruit and water from aid workers. Waiting Austrians held signs that read “Refugees welcome”.

    Hungary, the main entry point into Europe’s borderless Schengen zone for migrants, has taken a hard line, vowing to seal its southern frontier with a new, high fence by September 15.

    In particular, Hungary has lashed out at Germany, which expects to receive 800,000 refugees and migrants this year, for declaring it would accept Syrians’ requests regardless of where they entered the EU.

    Prime Minister Viktor Orban said Hungary would deploy police and troops along its border with Serbia after September 15 if parliament approved a government proposal.

    “It’s not 150,000, that some [in the EU] want to divide according to quotas, it’s not 500,000, a figure that I heard in Brussels; it’s millions, then tens of millions, because the supply of immigrants is endless,” he said.

    In Australia, pressure has been growing on the federal government to act, with NSW Premier Mike Baird and Tasmanian Premier Will Hodgman offering to help with any increased efforts.

    Liberal backbenchers Craig Laundy and Russell Broadbent also called on the government to do more.

    “I am begging for a response that goes beyond what we currently have in place,” said Western Sydney MP Mr Laundy​, who applauded Mr Abbott for sending the immigration minister to Geneva.

    Mr Broadbent said he was sure many of his colleagues were looking for a response to the unfolding tragedy that extended beyond the existing humanitarian intake.

    Opposition Leader Bill Shorten also joined calls for an increase in the number of Syrian refugees.

    “Labor believes that we can take more refugees in Australia. We should also be providing greater resources to the United Nations Commission for Refugees,” Mr Shorten said.

    Labor supports an increase in the overall number of refugees taken by Australia to 27,000 people a year by 2025, but has not put a specific figure on the number of people who should come from Syria.

    The Greens want Australia to immediately accept an additional 20,000 Syrian refugees.

    Greens immigration spokesperson, Senator Sarah Hanson-Young, said the announcement amounted to “virtually nothing” because the government had given “no real commitment” to increase Australia’s overall refugee intake.

    “We need to be taking more refugees, we need to be putting more funding towards the United Nations, and we need to stop with the callous talk of turning back boats,” Ms Hanson-Young said in Canberra.

    “It is crucial that we give an emergency intake above and beyond the current numbers of 20,000, to help re-settle those … children and families fleeing the war zone in Syria.

    “[That would be] a small, modest, but meaningful number for Australia and anything less, anything within the current intake, simply isn’t good enough. This is a humanitarian crisis.”

    Mr Abbott said “no other country on earth takes more refugees on a per capita basis” than Australia.

    A press release from Mr Abbott’s office said Australia was “the UNHCR’s leading nation for the permanent resettlement of refugees”.

    The government is increasing the humanitarian program from 13,750 places a year to 18,750 places a year by 2018/19.

    Mr Abbott said priority would be given to families and women and children, especially those from persecuted minorities who have taken refuge in camps neighbouring Syria and Iraq.

    Australia took 4400 people from Syria and northern Iraq last financial year, which represents about 30 per cent of the 13,750 places in the humanitarian program.

    Mr Abbott said the Coalition’s success in stopping boat arrivals meant the government, not people smugglers, was now in charge of which asylum seekers came to Australia.

    “As a result of the government’s success in stopping illegal boat arrivals to Australia, we are now in a position to take more refugees from offshore refugee camps,” Mr Abbott said.

    Mr Dutton will also discuss with the UNHCR increasing government funding to help the agency with the cost of the millions of people who have been displaced by the conflict in Syria.

    The national security committee of cabinet is expected this week to sign off on a plan that would expand the RAAF’s mission beyond the Iraqi border into Syria.

    Mr Abbott repeated his support for the plan on Sunday, saying the measure was necessary to combat “the rise of a new barbarism inside this country”.

    Earlier in the day Foreign Affairs Minister Julie Bishop suggested that an alternative option to taking more refugees would be the creation of so-called safe havens within Syria and along the border.

    However Mr Abbott downplayed that idea, saying people wanted to leave Syria.

    “It’s a dire situation inside Syria,” Mr Abbott said.

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  • Wagga United ends Coota’s killer season

    Date: 2019.02.21 | Category: 南京夜网 | Response: 0

    PRESSURE: Cootamundra’s Steve Armstrong clearing the ball from danger as former Cootamundra player Jarrod Bennett approaches. Christian Treloar (right)
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    Wagga United had a commanding 3-0victory over Cootamundra in the elimination semi final at Rawlings Park on Sunday.

    At times, a war of attrition, with much of the game played in the midfield, Wagga United forward Jarrod Bennett broke through with two shots on goal in the first 10 minutes, the first header saved by the keeper, and the second kick curving andhitting the post.

    15 minutes in, and the heat was on Cootamundra’s defence. Wagga United’sDeng Mading was tripped in the box, Daniel Lawrence took the penalty kick and slotted it in bring the score to 1-0.

    Tensions were high as Coota’sSam Masters missed a sitter, having beaten the keeper, he was in an awkward position and kickedthe ball over the crossbar.

    In the second half Wagga United’sPrince Thompson surged through creating a spate of opportunities.Christian Treloar capitalised on one of them, after Thompson had taken down the keeper, the ball rebounded to Treloar, who knocked it in.

    Treloar scored another goal in the second half, weaving around two defenders and taking a crack through a gap.

    Cootamundra playerBevan Collins’ ankle injury flared up, and he spent most of the game on the sideline, playing just 10 minutes in the first half and 10 minutes in the second.

    When he was interchanged Coota lost a vital link between midfield and its strikers.

    Midfielders such as Adam McPhail and Derek Kroghtook shots from outside the box in the second half but goalkeeper of the year Nathan Trinder guarded the fort without too much trouble.

    In spite of the loss Cootamundra coach Luke Dickinson went home with a sense of accomplishment.

    “The boys had a really good season, we achieved our goals this year, which was to make the top four,” Dickinson said.

    “We get on with Trav [Weir] and all the boys from Wagga United so it’s a bit easier going out to someone you’d like to see go on and win it.”

    The game ended on a sour note, as Cootamundra’s goalkeeper Kasey Medway received a red card for arguing with the referee.

    Prince Thompson went in for a tackle with Medway, Medway begged the referee to call it a foul tackle, but the referee did not appreciate his tone.

    Medway went off, and explained that he felt the referee has no regard for his protection.

    The referee cracked down on four other players giving them yellow cards including United’sTrinder and DanielLawrence and Cootamundra’sKrough andMcPhail.

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