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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‘People’s summit’ into harbour-front development to go ahead

“Community representatives are clearly an important part of the discussion”: Pru Goward. Photo: Rob Homer “Community representatives are clearly an important part of the discussion”: Pru Goward. Photo: Rob Homer
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“Community representatives are clearly an important part of the discussion”: Pru Goward. Photo: Rob Homer

“Community representatives are clearly an important part of the discussion”: Pru Goward. Photo: Rob Homer

A “people’s summit” into the state government’s plans to throw open prime harbour-front land to development will still go ahead, its organisers say, even though some community groups have made the guest list for the official Bays Precinct “international summit” in November.

About 300 people from industry, government, academia, the community and the arts – such as the Museum of Old and New Art (MONA) in Hobart – are being invited to attend the government’s two-day “exchange of ideas” into the future of the Bays Precinct.

David Pitchford from UrbanGrowth NSW, the government’s property development arm, said the event would be used to help prepare an “overarching blueprint” for the 80 hectares of public land encompassing Glebe Island, White Bay, Rozelle Bay and Blackwattle Bay.

The invitations to groups such as the Better Planning Network and Glebe Society are being sent out two months after a community meeting criticised the level of public involvement set out in the government’s plans as “patronising, undemocratic and unacceptable”.

This anger prompted plans for a people’s summit, an idea that won the backing of the City of Sydney.

Planning Minister Pru Goward said that, along with “an impressive line-up of speakers” yet to be announced, “community representatives are clearly an important part of the discussion” on November 19 and 20.

“I am delighted that they are keen to participate in this forum, to contribute to the discussion as well as to hear from experts from around Australia and the world,” Ms Goward said.

Lesley Lynch, an organiser of the Sydney Harbour Bays Precinct: People’s Campaign, welcomed the government’s “constructive change of position” and said the people’s summit would now be convened after, rather than before, the government event.

“The people’s campaign is determined to see the public interest appropriately protected in the redevelopment of this bit of Sydney Harbour,” Dr Lynch said.

“Given recent history of such developments, we have every reason to expect the public good will come a very poor second to developer interests and short-term political interests of the government of the day.”

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Long walk for Womens cancers

Krista Wakefield, Kelly Logan and Kylie Roach are taking on a 60km walking course, participating in the 2014 Weekend to End Women’s Cancer on November 8-9. The women have already raised more than $5500 of their goal of $6000. Photo: Barbara Reeves Three local women will look to raise funds and awareness of breast and gynaecologic cancer when they participate in the 2014 Weekend to End Women’s Cancer.
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Kylie Roach, Krista Wakefield and Kelly Logan have already raised over $5500 with a goal of raising $6000 for the benefit of the Chris O’Brien Lifehouse.

Anything over that amount would be a “fantastic effort,” they said.

The trio’s efforts will culminate on November 8-9, when they will be joined by thousands of women and men in walking a 60km course in Sydney.

With just over a month to go, the group have been busy training with regular walks out to Cookamidgera and around the community.

Their fundraising efforts so far have included regular Saturday morning BBQs at Big W, a charity pool competition at the Parkes Hotel, and a community raffle.

There will be a charity family bowls day and auction on Saturday, October 11, at the Railway Bowling Club, which will include a triples competition and a BBQ lunch, as well as a jumping castle, face painting and craft activities for children.

In addition to this, the trio’s friend and work colleague Darelle Hodge will shave her hair off at the bowls day if the original goal of $6000 is surpassed by $1000.

The group said they had been overwhelmed by the support of the community and would like to thank the businesses in town who have donated prizes for their fundraising events, as well as Colin Ford for his help organising the bowling day and Shannon Birmingham from Parkes Central Butchery.

Donations can be made at the counters at Big W or online at the Weekend to End Women’s Cancer website under the team name Walking for a Cure.

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Two-year suspension would have ended my career: Ahmed Saad

Suspended footballer Ahmed Saad believes his AFL career would have been over if he had been given a two-year ban for taking a stimulant banned on a match day last season.
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The Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority had pushed hard for the former Saint to receive the maximum 24-month suspension, but Saad was ultimately suspended for 18 months and the 24-year-old was very grateful for that.

“[If the suspension was] 24 months, I think it’s my career over,” Saad told AFL Trade Radio on Thursday. “A coach might take into [account] 18 months might be a bit too long [out of the game], but just imagine 24 months, which is really two seasons of football.

“So I guess it would be pretty hard from there to try and get back in and have that hope, but I’m pretty thankful it didn’t go down that path and it’s 18 months, which is a season and hopefully [I’ll] get back in.”

Saad insisted he was better placed to have an impact than a player recovering from a long-term injury.

“Being out of the game for 18 months, realistically it’s just a season,” he said. “Players do their knee and have to go through rehab for the next 18 months.

“I’m fit, I’m ready to go right now. I haven’t been injured, I’ve been training since I’ve been banned so in that case they don’t really have to worry about that and of course I’m hungrier probably more than ever.

“I want it more than I wanted it at the beginning because I’ve had a taste of AFL footy, I’ve had a taste of being in that environment and that lifestyle and playing in front of a big crowd and there’s nothing like it.”

While he wasn’t sure about which of the three drafts he would be selected from, or if he will be thrown a lifeline at all, the 29-gamer said it would “mean a lot” to get another crack at senior footy.

“It was a dream of mine to get drafted in the first place and for it to be taken away from me in the way that it was, it was pretty tough to deal with at the start knowing that my career could have been over,” Saad said.

“There’s nothing that I want more than to get back into playing AFL footy and I’m doing everything I can to give myself that best chance.”

Saad said he would like to go back to St Kilda but he was prepared to play anywhere next season.

“There’s been no commitment from any club, which is why I can’t really close any doors, I’m not in a position to do that,” he said.

“My main aim is to get back playing AFL footy. Of course it would be good to go back to the Saints.

“My manager has spoken to a couple of clubs, we’ve had a fair bit of interest, which is good, and that’s something that keeps me motivated to push myself even harder.”

Saad could start training with an AFL club on January 1 and said he would make sure he was fit enough to hit the ground running by then.

But he won’t be doing it at Richmond after the club’s football manager Dan Richardson ruled the Tigers out on AFL Trade Radio on Thursday.

Richardson also said Richmond wasn’t pursuing  Mitch Robinson or Jeff Garlett from Carlton.

He did admit the Tigers were interested in recruiting Levi Greenwood, but didn’t expect him to leave North Melbourne.

Richardson insisted that Ty Vickery was not up for trade.

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‘That field goal was important’: Ron Coote on the Rabbitohs’ 1971 grand final win

One of the greats: Ron Coote. Photo: John O’Gready
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One of the greats: Ron Coote. Photo: John O’Gready

One of the greats: Ron Coote. Photo: John O’Gready

We know grand finals are usually tight, but kicking a field goal to lead 1-0 at half-time in the 1971 win over St George?

It was like we were playing soccer. It was a really tough afternoon and we knew points would be hard to come by against a Jack Gibson team. Late into the second half it was 11-10 our way, so that field goal was important. Ray Branighan scored a great try in the Members Stand corner. People down the other end didn’t see much footy because we only scored down that end.

That might be one for David Middleton’s annals if we can find another 1-0 scoreline at half-time.

The other great thing of the day from a strategic point of view was George Piggins kept raking the ball back, because every play the ball was a two-man scrum. George had this knack of lifting his foot and raking the ball from the other side he was playing. We got so much ball we eventually got over the top of them. People were streaming onto the ground [at full-time] and there were 62,000 people there.

How many teammate of the week awards did you get for driving a beer truck for a bit of extra coin at the time?

I was a panelbeater as a kid and used to get crook knees kneeling on the concrete. I used to get 12 quid a week as an apprentice panelbeater and I was playing first grade with Souths getting 20 quid a win. The economics didn’t add up. I brushed the panelbeating and took a job as a road rep or sales rep. Johnny Sattler worked for me too. I captained Australia in the 1970 World Cup, and when I came back in 1971 I gave that job away and the brewery told me I could have a beer truck.

Surely the Souths boys thought all their Christmases must have come at once?

You used to get a few beers! But I tell you what, it was a good fitness thing because you were climbing up and down off the truck and you used to get all the bruises out of your legs. You were bending over all the time and working your body. I thought it was a really good thing to do.

Funniest teammate at the time?

Big Lurch [John O’Neill] was a funny big bloke and he used to rev himself up in the dressing room banging tables. I’m sure there was steam coming out of his nose sometimes. That was how he used to rev himself up … kicking doors. Satts [John Sattler] was a bit that way too.

Sounds like Des Hasler has learnt a thing or two from your old friends in the Rabbitohs’ engine room. Today’s Souths side?

They’re terrific. Sam Burgess is a sensational player and what he’s done for Souths is nothing short of amazing. The game is going to be the loser when he leaves the country. I’ve got to admire that James Graham too. He’s a great player and has had a great year. They’re both outstanding players.

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Going the extra nautical mile: how Australia captured Pirates 5

Johnny Depp and Penelope Cruz in Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides. The film has grossed more than US$1 billion worldwide.Movie session timesFull movies coverage
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The Australian government has signalled it is willing to fight hard in the cut-throat world of movies, offering an unprecedented treasure chest to lure Pirates of the Caribbean 5 to our shores.

The hugely popular franchise will film its fifth instalment in Queensland from February 2015, after Walt Disney Studios accepted a $21.6 million bounty – originally earmarked for the same studio’s planned production of 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea – from Canberra, plus payroll tax exemptions from the state government, to choose the Sunshine State over close rival Mexico.

After the collapse of 20,000 Leagues, which David Fincher had been slated to direct, with Brad Pitt rumoured to star, Disney lobbied the federal government to have the $21.6 million transferred to Pirates 5. Last month, the government agreed to that request.

Federal arts minister George Brandis said the $21.6 million was the biggest contribution the government had ever made to the financing of a blockbuster, which is set to create at least 1000 jobs and pump $100 million into the economy.

“[This] will be the largest international feature film ever to shoot in Australia and will focus the world’s attention on Australia as a leading film destination,” he said. “Our investment in attracting the film to Australia will result in substantial benefits for the screen industry and economy.”

The wheeling and dealing to bring the film to Australia began in earnest in February, when Queensland Premier Campbell Newman met with Disney executives during a USA trade mission. Other states had also vied for a slice of the action.

The ink was still drying on the contract when Queensland’s Arts Minister Ian Walker called a media conference in Brisbane on Thursday morning to announce “We got it”.

“There was talk about this film going to other parts of the world, there was talk about this film coming to Australia but only partly done in Queensland,” he said. “That wasn’t good enough for me or for Screen Queensland, and so we’ve been negotiating and negotiating hard while the rumours were flying around to ensure that Queensland got this film and got it exclusively.”

Screen Queensland CEO Tracey Vieira began working on the deal in early March, not long after she started in the role, in order to convince producers the Gold Coast and far north Queensland locations could work both financially and creatively.

“Right down until a week ago it wasn’t just ours,” she said. “We faced strong competition from our state rivals, and also from Mexico.”

Ms Vieira said staff sent almost daily packages of potential shooting locations, and hosted key production staff on two separate scouting trips.

“The first one was four people who came out here… the production designer, art director, location manager and producer, and that was really about finding out whether creatively if it would work,” she said.

“Then there was a second scout that involved the directors, the visual effects designer, and the producer.”

Ms Viera and Mr Walker said commercial-in-confidence arrangements meant they could not specify the value of the payroll tax exemptions granted to Disney.

AusFilm, the industry-government partnership that lobbies moviemakers to shoot their films in Australia, said incentives were crucial to securing blockbusters, especially in light of the fact that California has finally agreed to offer tax incentives in order to keep more production in the state.

CEO Debra Richards said 2013/14 international productions The Moon and the Sun, Unbroken and San Andreas shot employed 6300 people across all states and brought in new inward investment of $150 million.

“The international film industry is highly competitive and without compelling incentives such as the Location Offset this production would not have considered Australia as a production destination,” she said.

“The filming of Pirates of the Caribbean will further enhance the international positioning of Australia as a world class filming destination.”

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