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Call for drought action

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AS the drought deepens across New South Wales,NSWFarmersis calling on the Federal Government to urgently take action.
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Research byNSWFarmersrevealed that some areas inNSWhad not seen effective rain for more than two years and whilefarmerswere well prepared, some had distributed their last fodder and were down to core breeding stock.

NSWFarmersPresident Fiona Simson said: “Supportingfarmersat this time is providing an investment in rural communities andfarmingbusinesses for the future.”

“Comments this week by the Prime Minister about bringing a drought package forward are encouraging and indicate the Federal Coalition is willing to look at what needs to be done now,” she said.

“But the package set to be introduced in July was developed as part of a preparedness package and is not designed to supportfarmersin their current situation.

“We need to look at measures that will helpfarmershere and now. If we don’t we put at riskfarm businesses, families and rural communities which in the longer term impact beyond the individual to the Australian economy.”

Ms Simson said that just like the millennium drought, government and industry needed to work together to develop measures that were effective and beneficial in the long term.

“Ourfarmersare some of the most competitive and efficient in the world and providing bridging support in these extreme conditions complements our long term viable industry,” she said

“FarmersinNSWhave been proactive, they have been prepared for this drought but they need short term investment from the government to help them through this crisis until the drought breaks and food and fibre production returns to normal.”

A ‘WEATHERING the drought together’ seminar will be held tomorrow (Thursday) at Wingham Golf Club from10.45am to 1pm

Special guest speakers include Elders, Rural Financial Counselling and Rural Mental Health representatives. Book for catering purposes, call Natasha Yarrington, Youth Dairy Connection on 0400 136 229.

Fodder only for Wingham cattle as drought intensifies across NSW

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Greens to launch inquiry into security squads clash at Manus Island detention centre

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Refugee children on Manus Island. Photo: SuppliedFederal politics: full coverageIndonesian military commander reportedly accepts Navy incursions as accidental
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The Greens party will launch an inquiry into a violent clash that occurred on Manus Island’s detention centre between the notorious Papua New Guinea police mobile squad hired to secure the centre, and the PNG army.

The opposition government and the Greens accused Immigration Minister Scott Morrison of a ”cover up” after the incident in October last year led Australian staff to be evacuated, while local staff and asylum seekers were left behind.

The Greens will initiate the inquiry on Wednesday requesting the sequence of events that led to the incident, allegations of shots being fired, and what, if any, communication was given to Mr Morrison at the time.

”The government’s policy of rampant secrecy across the immigration network is dangerous and it needs to be exposed,” the Greens’ immigration spokeswoman, Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

”A picture of confusion and chaos has emerged in regard to this incident on PNG and the government’s obsession with secrecy has left us with no option other than to launch an inquiry.

”Reports of staff evacuations, shots being fired and refugees being left to fend for themselves are very concerning.”

There are currently more than 1000 people being held on Manus Island, Ms Hanson-Young said.

”The government is arrogantly ignoring the Australian people and their right to know,” she said.

The inquiry comes after a Fairfax Media investigation revealed that amid the panic security guards left their posts, communications broke down, there was no official chain of command and no emergency response plan was made for an outside threat.

They also show that, after reports of guns being drawn, only expats were ordered to be evacuated, without the knowledge of the G4S security officers.

A spokesman for the Minister for Immigration, Scott Morrison, said he maintains there was no “evacuation” and there had been “no credible reports” that weapons had been drawn.

“As such any investigation into the alleged conflict is and remains a matter for PNG authorities,” the spokesman said.

This month Mr Morrison has continued to harden his asylum seeker policy. On Wednesday he will introduce changes to the Migration Act in the House of Representatives.

Under the proposed changes, supported by the Labor party, all asylum seekers who are given a negative assessment by ASIO will be automatically denied a permanent visa. They will, however, be allowed an independent review of their assessment.

Visas will also be applied effective immediately, rather than waiting until the person is informed and, if a person is denied a protection visa, they can never apply for one again.

Last Friday it was revealed the government had quietly reintroduced a temporary protection visa, which is revived by human rights groups as being inhumane and cruel.

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Jai Courtney leads race for Kyle Reese in Terminator: Genesis

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A Good Day To Die Hard star Jai Courtney could be joining the Terminator franchise. Photo: Dennis Van Tine Soldier reboot … Kyle Reese (Michael Biehn) in the original Terminator film franchise.
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Australian actor Jai Courtney has found himself in the final leg of the race to cast the lead role in the Hollywood’s reboot of the Terminator franchise.

Terminator: Genesis, which is slated for a 2015 release in cinemas, is one of the most anticipated blockbuster films in development in Los Angeles.

The industry news blog Deadline has named Courtney and actor Boyd Holbrook as the two actors left vying for the role of Kyle Reese.

Reese was played by Michael Biehn in the original Terminator film franchise.

Holbrook is a 32-year-old former model turned actor, whose credits include Milk, Hatfields & McCoys and Behind The Candelabra.

Sydney-born Courtney, 27, is best known for roles in Spartacus: Blood and Sand and A Good Day to Die Hard. Before moving to Hollywood, his Australian TV career included roles in Packed to the Rafters and All Saints.

Terminator: Genesis is already generating buzz because the franchise’s original superstar, actor turned California governor turned actor Arnold Schwarzenegger is reprising his role as the “terminator” cyborg.

Game of Thrones star Emilia Clarke has already been signed to play Sarah Connor.

Another Australian actor, Jason Clarke, has been rumoured for the role of Sarah’s son John Connor.

Casting the film has been a long and sometimes public process.

Australian actress Margot Robbie was considered for the role of Sarah Connor, but ultimately lost to Emilia Clarke.

In addition to Courtney and Holbrook, Garrett Hedlund, Tom Hardy, Taylor Kitsch and Nicholas Hoult were all tested for the role of Kyle Reese but eventually ruled out.

The original Terminator, released in 1984, starred Schwarzenegger as a cyborg assassin, model T-800, which was sent back in time to kill a woman, Sarah Connor (Linda Hamilton), whose son would one day become a key resistance fighter.

The character of Kyle Reese, played by Michael Biehn, was a resistance fighter sent back in time to protect Connor and her son.

The film was a monumental hit, followed by three sequels: Terminator 2: Judgment Day, Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines and, more recently, Terminator Salvation.

Terminator: Genesis will be released on July 1, 2015.

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10 DIY valentines to make your true love

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Fortune Cookie Valentine’s Day Gift.This article first appeared on Mashable.
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Why waste your hard-earned cash on flowers and candy when you can give something that truly comes from the heart?

Holidays are the perfect time to break out your craft supplies and make some thoughtful gifts for friends and family. But Valentine’s Day is about celebrating the one you love most, so it’s important to go above and beyond construction paper hearts. If you really want to wow your significant other, you’ll have to be a little more creative.

There are plenty of easy and fun projects to do to show your sweetheart that you care. Not only will a beautiful handmade gift make your valentine smile, you’ll receive plenty of hugs and kisses in return.1. Fortune Cookie Valentines

Use a takeout box or small plate to dress up these adorable love notes for the apple of your eye. You can write as many sweet nothings as you like.2. Giant Crepe Paper Rose

Normal-sized roses are nice, but bigger is always better. This simple tutorial not only yields gorgeous results, your loved one will be reminded of how much you care for years to come.3. Celery Stamp Rose Card

Who knew you could show your love with groceries? Perfect for kids and adults alike.4. Paper Roll Owls

Use these cute little owls to hide love notes, or just hang them for decoration. Either way, they make a cute handmade gift for the one you love.5. Vintage Style Message Arrows

Be your own Cupid with these colorful and stylish message arrows. Write a short message or a whole sonnet and send it over to the object of your affection.6. Chalkboard Mug

Give your Valentine something personal and a great gift, all rolled into one. Write your own thoughtful message, Valentine’s Day drawing, or just a simple “Be Mine.”7. Personalized Tea Box

If your significant other loves tea, why not make it all their own? Grab their favorite brand and customize it for a Valentine’s Day treat.8. Duct Tape Rose Bouquet

Flowers are great, but duct tape lasts forever. A bouquet of realistic roses is stunning and ever lasting – kind of like your love. Have fun with the wide range of multi-colored duct tapes out there. Everyone loves a rainbow!9. Glitter Glass Jars

Add some sparkle to your Valentine’s Day gift with these jars. Fill them with candy, small gifts, or use them as votives to make them extra special.10. Felt Envelope Valentines

Don’t be afraid of a needle and thread to make the perfect Valentine’s Day gift. These adorable felt envelopes are perfect for love notes or even wrapping gift cards.

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Boral profit lifts on home building uptick

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Boral chief executive officer Mike Kane.An uptick in residential housing construction, favourable weather and cost cutting helped Boral to a 73 per cent jump in half-year profit to $90.4 million.
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Boral, which is Australia’s largest construction materials and building products group, reported higher earnings for all four of its divisions and a 4 per cent rise in revenue to $2.87 billion for the six months ended 31 December, 2013.

Investors will not be surprised by the numbers given Boral pre-released its $90 million earnings number two weeks ago to correct some low-ball earnings forecasts in the market.

Boral chief executive Mike Kane, who is been in the job for a little over a year, said the improved performance reflects the benefits of costs realignment and restructuring, together with higher volumes from major projects.

Mr Kane has cut 1,000 jobs, moved Boral’s head office from the Sydney CBD to North Sydney and overhauled his senior executive team in a bid to shake costs out of the business.

Boral said on Wednesday that cost-cutting delivered a $60 million benefit in the half-year and the company expects annualised savings of $130 million in fiscal 2014.

“Our focus on improving Boral’s return on funds employed through the ‘fix, execute, transform’ program is delivering tangible results,” Mr Kane said.

Favourable weather has seen Boral’s work on the mammoth Curtis Island LNG projects in Queensland pulled forward and earnings in the second-half are expected to be weaker as a result.

Boral’s building products divisions delivered a $23 million turnaround as residential housing construction rebounds in New South Wales and Western Australia.

Including significant items, Boral reported a net loss after tax of $26.3 million due to non-trading items associated with the $US1.6 billion joint venture the company has formed with Chicago-based plasterboard technology company USG Corp.

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