Archive for June, 2019

  • Welcome boost for job prospects

    Date: 2019.06.21 | Category: 南京夜网 | Response: 0

    SATURDAY’S announcement that the $16 million Cadbury funding had been diverted to a jobs and investment fund is welcome news.
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    It finally brings down the curtain on the controversial funding saga that dates back to before the 2013 federal election when Prime Minister Tony Abbott promised the grant to help the chocolatier upgrade its facilities at Claremont.

    It was a controversial decision at the time, particularly after the government had just rejected a $25 million request for assistance from SPC for its Ardmona cannery in Shepparton.

    In March this year, Cadbury announced that it had scrapped its application for the grant, saying that it was unable to meet the criteria to unlock the funding.

    The company then axed 80 jobs from its Southern-based factory.

    What followed was a game of Tasmanian political upmanship, with politicians and community groups taking turns at staking their claim on the unclaimed funding treasure trove.

    Unsurprisingly, Denison Independent MHR Andrew Wilkie was first to throw his hat in the ring, demanding the money be spent in the state’s South, claiming unemployment in his seat was among the highest in the state.

    One can only assume Mr Wilkie simply overlooked the North, North-East, West and North-West in his calculations.

    Bass Liberal MHR Andrew Nikolic returned fire, saying the funds were not linked to the South.

    However, given Tasmania’s parlous jobless footing, Saturday’s announcement of a $24 million kitty for a jobs and investment fund is the right call, despite Mr Wilkie calling the decision a “betrayal of the people of Glenorchy”.

    Given the North and North-West’s disproportionately high unemployment rate compared with the rest of the state, one can only hope that the majority of that $24 million manages to find its way to programs based on actual needs rather than being a case of the noisiest wheel getting the most oil.

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  • Singing hits the right chord with wellbeing

    Date: 2019.06.21 | Category: 南京夜网 | Response: 0

    I GLANCE to my left and see a line of puffed-up chests. Chins are lifted, eyes the same, or squeezed shut.
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    The chests, they puff with words and breath that climb in a collective up-current like those that catch sheets on clothes lines or carry dandelion seeds away.

    Me, I struggle to squeeze the words out my suddenly swollen throat.

    All the voices: the young ones, the old ones, the tenors, the sopranos, the soft ones, the bellowy ones, the gifted ones, the tone-deaf ones; they all muddle to make one magnificent noise, one hallowed space.

    We could be anywhere.

    Anywhere they sing – at the footy, in a choir, at the Olympics, at a state event, at a concert, at a rally or at church.

    We could be singing anything: the national anthem, a team song, a chart-topper, a ballad or a hymn.

    Singing releases endorphins (the pleasure hormone) and oxytocin, the hormone that both reduces stress and strengthens feelings of trust and connection.

    Countless studies vouch for the benefits of singing – particularly collective singing – on our social and emotional wellbeing.

    Musician Brian Eno suggested that group singing weaves a kind of magic because of the shift of focus from “me” to “us”.

    I like that.

    Because when we’re at the footy belting out our team’s tune after a win, there’s a solidarity with the other crazies waving their striped scarves.

    Singing brings us together.

    I mean, it’s kinda weird when you think about it.

    At church on a Sunday I often wonder what it would be like for someone who’s never been in a church context before, to be invited to “stand and sing”.

    But the whole standing in rows, filling our chests to blow meaning into the air – that’s not a church thing.

    It’s a human thing – crossing race, tongue, class, sex and whatever other social divide.

    Singing is an act of unity.

    The Bible is full of singing, full of instruction to sing as an expression of joy, unity and obedience.

    The Psalms are an obvious starting point. An example: “I will sing aloud of your steadfast love in the morning. For you have been to me a fortress and a refuge in the day of my distress.” (Psalm 59:16)

    Oh, how I relate to these words.

    Sometimes the day begins sour.

    There’s no hot water left. The kids are agitated. It’s Monday. You sleep long but wake exhausted.

    For whatever reason, black threatens to soot your heart before you’ve finished your first coffee.

    That’s when we should sing.

    When I’m lucid enough to identify the threat, I put on some music that turns thoughts of myself to thoughts of God’s love for me.

    I sing in the kitchen with the kids giggling and the dishes clanging as I stack them on the sink. And the black greys.

    It’s little wonder what those studies show about group singing.

    I could’ve told the same from my Sunday observations down the row of chests puffed, wet cheeks and pulses running away.

    “Then sings my soul, my Saviour, God, to thee,

    “How great thou art, how great thou art.”

    As words on a page they look like a sepia photo of some old folks in tweed.

    But let me tell you, when those words are propelled heavenward in one great collective, well, as the lyrics suggest, it’s no longer only the mouth that sings.

    (The Launceston Hymnfest is on this Sunday, 2.30pm at St John’s Anglican Church – arranged and performed by internationally renowned conductor Monte Mumford.)

    Read more of Claire van Ryn’s musings at 梧桐夜网faithlikeamushroom.wordpress南京夜网 or follow her page on Facebook.

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  • Motorcyclist, 24, killed in Hobart

    Date: 2019.06.21 | Category: 南京夜网 | Response: 0

    A 24-YEAR-OLD man died from his injuries hours after crashing a motorbike that burst into flames in the Hobart suburb of Mount Stuart.
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    The Geilston Bay man was taken to hospital with burns and in a critical condition after he had crashed into a power pole on Elphinstone Road, near the Mount Stuart Road intersection, at 2pm.

    Tasmania Police said the man failed to make a right corner on his Yamaha 650cc motorbike. Bystanders had assisted the man with first aid before being taken to the Royal Hobart Hospital.

    Police advised that the man died about 11pm.

    The road between Toorak Avenue and Mount Stuart Road intersections was closed while crash investigations were conducted. The road was opened two hours later.

    Police would like to speak to anyone who may have witnessed the crash, or saw the motorbike before the collision.

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  • St Mary’s buildings open to public for diocese anniversary

    Date: 2019.06.21 | Category: 南京夜网 | Response: 0

    St Mary’s in Mudgee will celebrate 150 years of the Catholic Diocese in Bathurst with a series of events through September.
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    St Mary’s Catholic Church in Mudgee will hold a series of events throughout September to celebrate 150 years of the Catholic Diocese of Bathurst.

    On Friday, September 25, at 7pm, there will be a wine and cheese evening with music and poetry readers at the Parish Centre (formerly St Matthew’s Convent). Gold coin donation.

    On Saturday, September 26, at 11am, a guided history talk will take participants through buildings not usually open to the public. The guided history tour will include:

    – St Mary’s beginnings in 1873 as a slab church to the present day.;

    – An explanation of the beautiful stained glass windows;

    – The sanctuary and sacristy from the previous church built in 1860 which was incorporated into the present St Mary’s (C1876).

    The following buildings will be open to the public from 11am -1pm only:

    – The Presbytery (C1851) is the oldest building in Mudgee still used for the original purpose it was built.

    – St Matthew’s Convent of Mercy ( C. 1880) was built to house the Sisters of Mercy, girls school and boarding pupils. You will able to view the cells the Sisters lived in and their own chapel.

    – The Monsignor Flanagan Hall (C1860) where Henry Lawson attended school under the guidance of his teacher Mr Charles Kevin.

    On Sunday, September 27, a family Mass will be held from 9am, with a lucky door prize with stalls, jumping castle, raffles. Tea and coffee will be available.

    St Mary’s will also host the annual Police Remembrance Day on Tuesday, September 29, with a Service at 10.30am.

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  • Crowd was our sixth man: Donte

    Date: 2019.06.21 | Category: 南京夜网 | Response: 0

    NICE FIT: Star Bandits import Donte Nicholas said the capacity crowd at Lauren Jackson Sports Centre were paramount to getting the team over the line.
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    THE 1200-strong crowd which squeezed into the Lauren Jackson Sports Centre on Saturday night to witness the Albury-Wodonga Bandits conference championship win wasthe difference between the two sides, according to Donte Nicholas.

    The Bandits prevailed in a nail-biting affair, 84-78, over perennial SEABL finalists Geelong.

    “You can’t even put a word to it,” said Nicholas, one half with Cory Dixonof the Bandits’ dynamic import combination.”It’s immeasurable the support that everybody’s been giving us this year.

    “I didn’t know what to expect (coming in), but immediately you could see the town getting around us, as they say here, andsupporting us and it was real good.

    “I think they were probably like the sixth man today, without them, we probably wouldn’t have won it.”

    Nicholas, who tallied 14 points, 10 rebounds and five assists in the decider,said the title reflects the effort put in by the entire roster.

    “Immediately coming in, we knew we had a special group — a lot of talent,” he said.”But talent doesn’t win anything, you gotta put the hard work in and the results are showing from it.

    And he said they wouldn’t let up going into next week’s league title bid against Mt Gambier in Dandenong.

    “If we put ourselves in the position to seize the opportunity like we did today, we can do it one more time,” he said.”Then we’ll celebrate and bring it back to Albury-Wodonga.”

    HOME-TOWN SUPPORT: Bandits’ fans packed the Lauren Jackson Sports Centre on Saturday night and were in full voice, cheering their heroes on to the SEABL conference title. Pictures: MARK JESSER

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