19-year-old on stabbing charge

A 19 year old woman was granted conditional bail following an alleged stabbing incident in Parkes on Wednesday afternoon.A 19 year old woman was granted conditional bail following an alleged stabbing incident in Parkes on Wednesday afternoon.
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Police and ambulance personnel responded to a call from a home in Downes Crescent at 4.30pm in relation to an altercation between two females.

A 49 year-old Parkes woman informed police of being attacked and stabbed in the leg by the teenager.

Paramedics treated the victim at the scene before she was transported to the Parkes Health Service for further medical treatment.

The 19 year-old was later arrested at her home and transported to the Parkes Police Station where she was interviewed by detectives.

As a result she was charged with malicious wounding and two counts of assault, occasioning actual bodily harm before being bailed to appear in Parkes Local Court on Monday, November 17.

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No-one injured

A 26 year old Forbes man and his female passenger also from Forbes escaped uninjured after the vehicle he was driving hit a kangaroo and overturned on the Newell Highway on Wednesday night.

Police and RFS were called to the accident scene six kilometres south of Parkes at 9.15pm.

The driver informed police he was heading south to Forbes when a kangaroo jumped from the side of the roadway into the path of his car.

After hitting the kangaroo the vehicle rolled – coming to a stop on the side of the road.

Both he and his passenger freed themselves from the vehicle with barely a scratch.

However, the car was extensively damaged and collected from the scene yesterday.

Police are continuing their investigations into the accident.

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Failed breath test

A 42 year old Parkes man will appear in Parkes Local Court later this month to answer a drink-drive charge.

Police stopped the man at the intersection of Albert and Bushman Street on Wednesday evening for a random breath test which proved positive.

As a result he was arrested and transported to the Parkes Police Station where he underwent a breath analysis which produced a mid range reading of .139.

The offender’s driver’s licence was immediately suspended and he was issued a Field Court Attendance Notice to appear in Parkes Local Court on Monday, October 20.

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Malicious damage

Police are investigating an incident of malicious damage to a car in Reid Street overnight on Tuesday.

Blue paint was discovered sprayed on the front offside door of the vehicle at 7.15am Wednesday.

The owner informed police the damage was caused after the vehicle had been left parked outside a residence at 5pm the previous afternoon (Tuesday).

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Strike up the band: it’s here but there’s mixed signals on NBN rollout

FASTER BOOKINGS: Australian National Field Days administration manager Jane West says NBN wireless coverage will help staff plan the event more efficiently. Photo: JUDE KEOGH 1002nbn1WITH more than 750 premises now ready to join the National Broadband Network, some are happy to be included in the rollout, while others are disappointed to miss out.
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Member for Calare John Cobb announced four fixed wireless towers – Orange west, March, Windera and Molong west – were ready for service.

The towers will cover Canobolas, the eastern side of Nashdale, Garra, parts of Molong, Windera, Belgravia, Borenore and parts of Summer Hill Creek, giving residents in those areas download speeds of 25 megabits a second and upload speeds of five megabits a second.

ADSL speeds currently average about four megabits a second nationally.

The Australian National Field Days site currently relies on ADSL and administration manager Jane West said Telstra had even built a tower in recent years to give the site 4G coverage in the week leading up to the event and the week of the event itself.

“It gave us enough wireless and mobile capacity on site to get us through the event,” she said.

Ms West said the office had not yet received word about the NBN becoming available, but would inquire about a permanent faster service.

“It would be huge because we run four computers here and all of our business is pretty much done by email – it would speed it up,” she said.

She said faster internet would allow the office to send aerial photos of the site to clients much quicker, allowing for faster bookings.

Wireless coverage now extends to Orange as far as the Northern Distributor Road at Burrendong Way and Ophir Road, however the North Orange residential area and the Orange township have not yet been listed to receive the technology.

For Leonie Connolly, who operates an eyelash extension business in Orange, missing out meant dealing longer with a blackspot.

“On phones it’s fine, but Wi-Fi in the house is absolutely terrible,” she said.

Ms Connolly said she needed internet access to deal with suppliers and handle invoices and was often forced to use her mobile phone data – she even had the telephone wiring in her home replaced to no avail.

“I’m paying for the cost of Wi-Fi at home and on my phone, when I should be able to rely on my Wi-Fi,” she said.

“We should have good service areas all through town, it would make life much easier.”

Orange is not alone in on missing out on the rollout so far – Molong, Canowindra and Cowra are all surrounded by active wireless coverage or coverage under construction, with no rollout yet flagged for their centres.

John Cobb said in a statement the federal government was committed to providing a minimum level of broadband services.

“Each area will be upgraded on a needs basis, with the more remote areas upgraded first,” he said.

“After thorough investigation, the outskirts of Orange were deemed to need NBN more than the township which already has good access to the internet.”

So far, construction on 18 towers has started, with six completed.

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Harness racing at Maitland Showgrounds on Saturday

A strong local contingent is raring to put on a show at the Maitland Showground with the venue to host the first of five scheduled meetings on Saturday night.
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Guy Chapple is part of a strong local training contingent with runners at Maitland Showground on Saturday night.

A number of local trainers and drivers will be in action across the eight-race program including East Maitland trainer-driver Rob Hosking, Louth Park father and son Darren and Brad Elder, father and daughter duo Rex and Laura Spencer and Louth Park’s Guy Chapple.

Keinbah trainer and Newcastle and Metropolitan premiership winner Shane Tritton has not entered any runners and will instead head to Menangle for the Group 3 Aristocrat Pace.

Maitland Harness Racing Club secretary Wayne Smith said there was a strong local flavour to the first meeting of the season.

“The locals have nominated in abundance,” he said. “We’ve got eight races and plenty of local content amongst it.

“People will see a lot of familiar names, all our usual suspects with the likes of Elder, Brewer, Chapple, Hosking, Spencer.

“There are a couple of Tamworth trainers, but for the most part it is a strong Maitland influence and Cessnock as well.”

Three of the five scheduled Maitland meetings will be held on a Saturday night, with two of those on long weekends.

The fourth meeting on January 3 will feature the Inter City Pace final while the final meeting will be on the Saturday night of the Easter Long Weekend in April.

Smith said the club had come a long way since losing regular TAB meetings in 2005.

“Who would have thought we would get three Saturday night meetings after where we were,” he said.

“Seven years ago we were in no man’s land, so to land three is great.

“Two of those are on long weekends as well.”

Smith said he hoped for a healthy crowd on Saturday night.

“We’ve been very lucky to jag a long weekend in October and another in April and the forecast is fine,” he said.

“We have four mini trots races as well, we’re looking forward to it.”

Racing starts at 6.59pm.

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Find yourself a fresh feed

HEAD COOK: You can tell from the scores on the doors mobile app that the Albion Hotel restaurant has a five star rating. Head cook Trish Owen says the restaurant has been operating for a month now and she’s hoping to develop a groundswell of loyal customers. IN Cootamundra there are 35 premises registered with the ‘Scores on the Doors’ mobile app.
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The free application which was launched in NSW a month ago is a public canvas for the council’s Scores on Doors data.

Cootamundra Shire Council has done all of the hard work inspecting and rating restaurants, bakeries, pubs, takeaway stores, canteens and corner stores based on their food hygiene and safety standards.

The star rating reflects performance where five stars is ‘Excellent’, four stars is ‘Very Good’ and three stars is ‘Good’.

Only premises with at least a three star rating are visible on the mobile app.

There are a number of business owners in Cootamundra who are doing their utmost to attain that five-star rating.

Alicia Williams, owner and manager of the Thai and Asian restaurant, says she is willing to do whatever it takes to boost her rating from four to five stars.

“I have many loyal customers in town, and I hope that the Scores on the Doors app will bring more business here,” she said.

As the head chef at the Albion Hotel, Trish Owen can proudly say her restaurant has a five star rating.

It has been up and running for a month now.

Equipped with years of experience in the hospitality industry and a broad base of contacts, Trish is hoping the business will grow through word of mouth.

Her customers are the top priority, and Trish endeavours to provide personalised service.

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Steven springs happy surprise

Steven Ingram and his partner, Margaret Gosper, had planned the secret wedding to coincide with his birthday and hadn’t told anyone!Steven Ingram’s family were given the shock of their lives last weekend when they gathered for a lunchtime 60th birthday celebration.
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Travelling from as far the Central Coast and Dubbo to celebrate the milestone birthday with Steven, 25 family members enjoyed lunch and cake.

Steven left every mouth in the house wide open as he stood and thanked everyone for joining him.

“While we are all gathered together, in about 15 minutes Marg and I are going to get married,” he said.

Steven and his partner, Margaret Gosper, had planned the secret wedding to coincide with his birthday and hadn’t told anyone!

While the news was sinking in with guests, Marg changed her clothes and gathered her bouquet.

Marriage Celebrant, Doreen Morton arrived and the couple exchanged their vows in front of a very happy and teary bunch.

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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.
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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”.
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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.
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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
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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.
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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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