Albion Hotel gets UGLY makeover

UGLY AND PROUD: Janet Lambert from the Albion Hotel will again be Cootamundra’s U.G.L.Y Bartender of the Year, raising funds for the Leukaemia Foundation throughout October.THERE aren’t many bartenders who would boast about being ugly, but it’s a title Albion Hotel publican Janet Lambert wears with pride.

For four years now Janet has been Cootamundra’s U.G.L.Y Bartender of the Year, raising money for the Leukaemia Foundation.

“In the past years we’ve been fifth, fourth, even third in NSW, which is very good for a country town, but we’d like to do better,” Janet said.

The acronym stands for understanding, generous, likeable and you, and aims to put a well-known local face to the most common cancer in people under 15 years old.

Participating bartenders are encouraged to think of their own fundraising ideas to suit their town, and throughout the month of October you can expect to see Janet spruiking raffle tickets for the worthy cause.

Janet herself provides a food hamper as one of the raffle prizes and also draws on support from local businesses, with the Commonwealth Bank branch and Simply Delicious already on board for this year.

Janet is hoping every resident of Cootamundra will donate $1 and every business $25 to help maintain our excellent reputation.

“It all adds up, you don’t have to be a millionaire to help people,” she said.

As she looks forward to retirement she’s also hoping to inspire another bartender to assume the mantle in coming years.

About 910 people are diagnosed with leukaemia in NSW every year, and the Leukaemia Foundation relies on donations to provide support and accommodation, as well as funding research.

Every $80 raised provides one night of accommodation in a capital city for patients travelling to receive treatment.

Last year 1,400 bartenders around Australia raised $1.39 million and this year the Leukaemia Foundation is aiming to get over $1.5 million.

To help assist those with blood cancer, head over to the Albion Hotel or look out for Janet in her U.G.L.Y shirt.

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POLL: Who do you think will win the NRL grand final, Rabbitohs or Bulldogs?

Australian rugby league critic and former player Phil Gould says it should be South Sydney to take this year’s NRL grand final, but added “you can never write off Canterbury Bulldogs”.

In his column in the Sydney Morning Herald this week he said South Sydney’s demolition of the Roosters last Friday night was one of the most powerful and complete performances he had seen from a team in a big game for many years.

“If they can reproduce this intensity and execution, they will most likely win this grand final,” he wrote.

“However, never underestimate a big-game coach with a big-game team.”

He said the Bulldogs will have a plan and will bring their own brand of football to the contest this weekend, predicting that it has the potential to be a repeat ofthis season’sOrigin II.

What’s your opinion Young?

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Mother-baby bonding repeated through the generations

Women with low oxytocin levels are likely to have difficulty bonding with their babies.

Women with low oxytocin levels are likely to have difficulty bonding with their babies.

Women with low oxytocin levels are likely to have difficulty bonding with their babies.

Women with troubled maternal relationships have lower levels of the hormone oxytocin and are more likely to experience difficulty bonding with their own babies, a UNSW study has found.

The research suggests that trust pathways are set in infancy and the quality of mother-and-child bonding repeats itself down the generations.

Blood samples were taken from 680 women receiving antenatal care at Liverpool Hospital and tested for oxytocin, a hormone that promotes trust and bonding.

They also filled out questionnaires on their own attachments and the quality of their relationship with their parents.

Fifty women who had high-level separation anxiety and 50 women who had no such symptoms were followed up two months after the babies were born, measured again for oxytocin and questioned about the relationships they had formed with their newborns.

Those women with lower oxytocin levels were more likely to report negative feelings, including resentment towards their babies, separation anxiety and depression.

They were also more likely to have had dysfunctional relationships with their own parents.

Infant, child and adolescent psychiatry professor Valsamma Eapen said people’s experiences in their formative years wired the way they would respond to the hormone in later life.

People who had lots of positive experiences in their early years were more sensitive to the cues that would stimulate their oxytocin sensors, but women who had lower levels of oxytocin were starting from a disadvantaged position when it came to bonding with their babies.

“We found that these mums had insecure attachments,” Professor Eapen said.

“They didn’t have a secure relationship with their mums and we’re finding that they’re also having difficulties with their babies.

“So we see this dysfunctional or disrupted relating as an intergenerational cycle and just increasing oxytocin levels with a puffer or spray alone won’t change that.”

Separation anxiety has long been recognised as an early childhood affliction, but was only recognised as an adult disorder for the first time last year.

The next stage of the UNSW study, which was done in partnership with Karitane and has been published in PLOS ONE, is testing whether the babies – now toddlers – have formed secure attachments with their mothers.

Professor Eapen said the results would help health professionals to identify women at risk and break the cycle.

Neha Mascarenhas, whose daughter Kiara was born in February last year, said she had a strong relationship with her parents and fell in love with her baby at first sight.

“Everyone said, ‘It’s a boy’,” Ms Mascarenhas said. “When this girl was born she was such a miracle for me, the bond was very strong between us.”

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‘Abnormally large’ red-bellied black snake released at Lake Macquarie

“Heavy as”: Even catcher Geoff Delooze was surprised by the size of this snake. Photo: Newcastle and Hunter Animal Control NEWS-NCH Submitted photo from Geoff from Newcastle and Hunter animal control, largest red belly black snake has ever relocated from Cameron Park. Contact Phone 478043715.Copy pic from Phil Hearne Wednesday 1st October 2014. Photo: Phil Hearne PJH

A 2.5-metre red-bellied black snake captured in a Newcastle suburb has been successfully released into thick bushland at Lake Macquarie.

Snake catcher Geoff Delooze said the snake, which he estimated was between 15 and 20 years old, “should never see people again”.

He said “99.9 per cent” of the snakes he releases are only interested in getting away.

“Most of the time you barely see the tip of their tail before they bury into the undergrowth,” he said.

The Newcastle Herald reported earlier that the “abnormally large” and “heavy as” snake, which according to Mr Delooze weighed about 10 kilograms, was found hiding under an airconditioning unit at an engineering firm in Cameron Park.

Mr Delooze got the call to pick up the snake and couldn’t believe his eyes when he caught sight of the “ferocious eater”.

“I have to admit, it had me looking back at these people thinking ‘what the hell is this, my call out fee isn’t big enough for this’,” he said.

“I’ve been doing this for a few years now and that’s easily the biggest red belly I’ve ever come across,” he told the Herald.

The business backs onto bush and Mr Delooze believes the snake would have been disturbed by nearby road works.

He said red-bellied black snakes were the most common snake he captured, but they usually only reach about 1 to 1.5 metres.

“They normally don’t get to that [bigger] size because they either run into the end of a shovel or are the victim of road rage,” he said.

With the hotter months approaching Mr Delooze also had some bad news for those who would prefer to read about snakes rather than see them.

“It has been that dry up around the Hunter Valley, it’s going to be like one of those snake seasons from the old days. They love the heat and they love suburbia, it’s got everything they need.”

The Newcastle Herald

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Blues captain Moises Henriques fit, confident going into one-day season

NSW Blues captain Moises Henriques says his bowling has grown sharper and he could not be in better shape heading into domestic one-day competition, his last chance to impress World Cup selectors.

The Blues face the South Australian Redbacks in Brisbane on Saturday for their first game of the Matador One-Day Cup, the tournament they lost to the Queensland Bulls last year.

Henriques said he was looking forward to “taking home a bit of silverware” and mirroring this year’s State of Origin rugby league result.

But while he maintained the focus was on state contests, February’s World Cup loomed large.

“If we win enough games, I’m sure there will be some individuals who will do well along the way,” the 27-year-old all-rounder said.

Henriques said he was hoping to be selected and “everyone that’s playing first class cricket should”.

Henriques, who first represented Australia in 2009, joined last year’s Test tour of India, where he made 68 runs in his first innings and 81 not out in the second.

He said he was in good form, having had six weeks off since playing with Australia A in Darwin and Townsville.

“I feel really fresh and excited for the season. Personally, I don’t think I could be in better shape to be playing good cricket at this time in the year.”

Henriques, a medium-fast bowler, said he was feeling equally strong as a batsman.

“It’s a bit of a day-to-day thing for me, it always has been,” he said.

“I feel I’ve made some good steps with the bowling in the last couple of months that I probably didn’t have a couple of years ago. Having said that, I feel I’m still batting well enough.”

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