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Welcoming start to schooling

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IT has been a great start to the new Robe Kindergarten term with the warm welcome of 12 new faces.
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The children are currently learning about ‘Living on the Coast’.

“We are using a talking and thinking box to stimulate children’s thinking and discussion,” said kindergarten director Sally Smith.

“We have created a 3D Mind Map with the children’s ideas and we will use those ideas to work out where to go next.”

Excursions and activities related to the ‘Living on the Coast’ theme are also in the works.

The kindergarten will also focus on sustainability and caring for the world this year.

Many of the activities will relate to how the children can look after the world.

“We are looking forward to a busy and fun year ahead,” Mrs Smith said.

The Robe Kindergarten team and children would also like to thank the anonymous person who bought a winning raffle ticket in the name of the kindergarten at the 2013 Robe Christmas Parade.

The Robe Kindergarten annual meeting will be held at the kindergarten from 7pm on March 12.

Robe Kindergarten new students (from left) Kaitley Brooks, Dante Gibbons-Clark, Reef Ward, Meg Schubert, Vinnie Moore and Riley Bermingham.

New Robe Kindergarten students (from left) Luc Baverstock, John Hinchliffe, Jaxon Johns, Alison Ludwig and Sam Richards.

New Robe Kindergarten student Jack McGuiness reads a book with teacher Georgie Sneath.

Jaxon Johns (left), John Hinchliffe, Luc Baverstock, Dante Gibbons-Clark, Reef Ward and Vinnie Moore around the Robe Kindergarten 3D Mind Map.

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Keenly contested bowls games

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Kingston Bowling Club singles competition runner-up Heidi Gribble (left) and winner Dolcie Smith.VICE-president Gail Hetherington welcomed 21 members and visitors, Mike and Judy Reilly from Young NSW and regular Kingston visitor John Hart to social bowls on Wednesday.
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For a change the weather was fine and the players enjoyed playing two games of 10 ends in the calm conditions.

The games were keenly contested and some scores were close.

Two teams won both their games and after tallying up the total points there was only half a point between their scores.

The lucky winner was Colin Pink’s team of Pat Armfield, Mike Reilly and Joy Young on 51 points with Coral Schaefer, John Dowling, Yvonne Smith and Ann Ratsch runners up on 50 points.

Congratulations to the members of the division two pennant side who finished fourth and play in the semi-finals on February 21.

Club members wish them all the best in their quest to win the flag.

Good luck to the Kingston club champions competing in the champion of champion events this month.

Annette Hunter and Janet Lawrie played in the pairs at Mount Gambier RSL yesterday and Jess Orwell, Joy Young and Maureen Saunderson travel to Mount Gambier to play in the triples champion of champions next Tuesday.

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Pennants winds up for the season

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ROBE ladies pennant bowls was cancelled again this week because of the weather although the temperature didn’t get to the maximum forecasted.
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It was decided to have 12 ends between Helen Dawson (S), Nesla Boundy, Bernice Green and Rosemary Williams and Betty Allsop (S), Jan Fisk, Tracey Gray and Jan Bermingham.

Half way through it was decided to play for Boundy’s fifth wheeler (Dennis didn’t know) on the last end Nesla put her two bowls on kitty and Helen’s team won by four shots (fifth wheeler was safe).

Pennants for Robe are now over.

Good luck to the girls playing champion of champions, singles Helen Dawson, pairs Pearl Dening and Betty Allsop and triples Helen Dawson, Judy Bermingham and Bronwyn Mathews who is a sub for Chris Davidson who will be in Antartica.

Social bowls is still played on Thursday – so see you on the greens.

Robe men’s club veterans singles was contested on Saturday in pleasant conditions, in contrast to most other parts of the State.

Nine players took part and after the preliminary rounds were completed, Peter Sangster defeated Ross Dening and Brian Nankivell defeated Clarrie Hunt in the semi-finals.

In the final played to 21 up Brian Nankivell defeated Peter Sangster to claim his third straight win. Congratulations Brian.

Twilight bowls were played on Wednesday night with 23 players; winner was Keith McBride’s team.

Raffle winner D. Fisk first and E. Hodgkinson second.

Thursday was patron Vic Dawson’s trophies and 28 players were in the field.

Winners on 57 points were Pearl Dening (S) and Barry Moore and runners-up on 55 points after a three-way count back were Garry Possingham (s), Bernice Green and Rosemary Williams.

Lucky number winner was Brian Nankivell with number 13.

– “On the mat”

Robe Bowling Club Veteran Champion for the third year in a row Brian Nankivell.

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Kingston’s biggest summer ever

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IT’S officially been Kingston’s biggest summer ever, according to statistics collected by the town’s Visitor Information Outlet.
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Nearly 3000 people made their way through the VIO in December and January, with no signs of slowing down.

Administration and tourism officer Melanie Amezdroz said the numbers of people coming through were the most the VIO had seen.

“It makes you wonder where all these people were going before,” she said.

A popular family activity for local families and visitors was the VIO’s treasure hunt which took children and their parents all over Kingston.

A total of 170 treasure hunt bags left the VIO with plenty of positive feedback coming back in.

“A lot of the parents said it was nice to have something for the kids to do when there wasn’t nice beach weather,” said Ms Amezdroz.

“Any business is welcomed to join the treasure hunt, all they have to do is contact the council office.

“We are happy to have anyone on the hunt.”

Ms Amezdroz said one of the summer highlights at the VIO was Australia Day celebrations.

Locals and visitors from all over enjoyed the free community breakfast as well as the festivities.

“Lots of visitors came in and commented on how great it was that there was a community free breakfast,” she said.

“Visitors commented on how great the public event was.”

Now well into February there seems to be no sign of slowing down, with the VIO still seeing a number of people passing through Kingston.

“It’s interesting to see the amount of people wanting to head to Kangaroo Island or the Great Ocean Road that don’t realise how much is in this stretch,” said Ms Amezdroz. “It’s great that people are starting to stop and make stops of it rather than just passing through.

“The Limestone Coast is starting to get a bigger profile.”

She added that the VIO was a “great” facility for the local community.

“The VIO girls are here to assist community groups,” said Ms Amezdroz.

“The staff are happy to help – an example is we are helping with various tasks for the offshore fishing competition coming up.

“We are here for the community to utilise us, not just here for the tourists.”

The Kingston VIO is happy to promote public events through flyers, its website and on the database.

But the staff can’t promote community events if they don’t know about it.

“Our policy is that we have to be officially notified about an event before we can advertise it,” said Ms Amezdroz.

“If you want it advertised call the council offices.”

The VIO has an annual calendar going with community events on it and is happy to add more to it.

The calendar is also a good way for community groups to check up on what weekends look good for raffles, sales or events.

At the moment the Country Women’s Association are showcasing their talents as part of the VIO’s wall displays.

The displays change monthly and the VIO is happy for any community group or organisation to hang something.

“If a community group would like to do a display just contact us,” said Ms Amezdroz.

“It is a great facility to utilise.”

Indy Lawrie beats the summer heat with a swim along the Kingston Foreshore.

Mel Beggs takes the kayak out on the water in Kingston.

Sun sets over the Cape Jaffa Lighthouse in Kingston.

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Vickery re-elected 

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Tatiara District Council mayor Richard Vickery (left) was re-elected as SELGA president at the annual meeting in Naracoorte last Friday and Kingston mayor Evan Flint was returned as vice-president.DELEGATES to the SE Local Government Association have re-elected Tatiara District Council mayor Richard Vickery as president of the SE Local Government Association.
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He has served in that role each year since 2009.

At the annual meeting on Friday at the Naracoorte Town Hall, Kingston mayor Evan Flint was also re-elected as SELGA vice-president.

Mayor Vickery thanked the delegates for renewing their confidence in his leadership.

“SELGA plays an important role in development of the region, and we look forward to continuing and building upon the good work the organisation has done in the past,” he said.

“The cooperative model of councils working together regionally is more important than ever.”

SELGA represents the interests of the seven constituent councils in the Limestone Coast region at a State and national level. It also has a coordinating role, facilitating cooperation between its members for mutual benefit.

“SELGA is currently reviewing its strategic direction to ensure that the association continues to be a highly effective advocate for the region on priority issues,” Mr Vickery said.

“There is significant strength in local councils coming together to act for the benefit of the SE region.”

SELGA is active in driving regional development through involvement in many local community and semi-government organisations.

Delegates to these external bodies were also elected at Friday’s SELGA annual meeting.

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Tigers deliver the right stuff

22/07/2018 | 南京夜网 | Permalink

Tigers V Panthers in NRL Trial match at Kirkham Oval. Picture: Jonathan Ng Tigers V Panthers in NRL Trial match at Kirkham Oval. Picture: Jonathan Ng
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WESTS Tigers coach Mick Potter was a happy man after his team’s 32-8 win over Penrith Panthers in the trial at Kirkham Oval on Saturday night.

Potter was looking for attitude from his players — a sign they wanted a spot in his NRL squad this season.

And that’s what he got, particularly in defence.

“You saw how important it was for them to stop the other team from scoring tries,” Potter told the Advertiser after the game.

“We had players everywhere trying to scramble and we were getting numbers in tackles.

“The way they worked together was really refreshing.

“It wasn’t a surprise but it was better than I was expecting at this time of the year.”

The Tigers dominated the Panthers, with sharp, quick ball movement and a smart kicking game the highlights in attack — thanks largely to young halfback Blake Austin who showed great confidence in barking orders and directing players around the field.

Austin may have played himself into the No.7 jersey ahead of young gun Luke Brooks who missed the trial because of injury.

Potter agreed it’s a hard choice between Austin and Brooks but he wouldn’t be drawn on who would make the run-on side.

“It’s a problem. It’s a good problem to have,” Potter said. “We’ll worry about that once we get to [the season opener on] March 9.”

Whoever gets the spot, Potter said it was likely they would be paired with the experience of Braith Anasta at five-eighth.

On a sour note, utility Dene Halatau broke his ankle during the game and will miss up to five months of footy after surgery.

■ Aaron Woods has re-signed with the Tigers for three years, with an option for a fourth.

“I’m really happy with the new deal, it’s great to get it out of the way before the season starts so I can concentrate on footy,” Woods said.

“We have a good platform for the next couple of years with talented young guys coming through and that is one of the reasons why I wanted to stay.”

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Samuel L Jackson blasts TV reporter: ‘I’m not Laurence Fishburne’

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A Los Angeles TV reporter has been roasted by Samuel L Jackson in a toe-curling on-air interview after he mistook the Pulp Fiction and Django Unchained star for Laurence Fishburne.
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KTLA entertainment anchor Sam Rubin asked Jackson about a Super Bowl commercial – the only problem was that it was Fishburne not Jackson who starred in the ad for Kia cars.

“What Super Bowl commercial?” said a visibly aghast Jackson. “I’m not Laurence Fishburne.”

Leaving Rubin tongue-tied, he went on: “We do not all look alike. We may be all black and famous but we do not all look alike.”

Obviously mortified, Rubin desperately tried to get the interview back on track, but Jackson was having none of it, at one point listing other black actors that he isn’t.

“You are the entertainment reporter for this station?” he asked the hapless Rubin. “There must be a very short life for your job.

“I’m the other guy,” he continued. “There is more than one black actor doing commercials.”

Half an hour later Rubin delivered an abject on-air apology for his “very amateur mistake”, insisting that he does, in fact, know Samuel L Jackson’s identity.

This is not the first time Jackson has been “mistaken” for Fishburne, but at least on that previous occasion he was in on the joke.

A 2005 episode of the Ricky Gervais series Extras featured Jackson as special guest – and a script in which Maggie (Ashley Jensen) humiliates herself by making the same error.

“I like lots of other things white or black. I like you for example,” she tells Jackson. “… I don’t normally watch films more than once but the Matrix … I loved it.”

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Simon Gittany jailed for 18 years for killing Lisa Harnum

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Sentenced today: Simon Gittany. Photo: Sahlan Hayes Showing support: Simon Gittany’s partner Rachelle Louise, left, holds a sign outside court with other protesters last week. Photo: Peter Rae
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Lisa Harnum: was thrown from a balcony by Gittany.

Simon Gittany with his girlfriend leaving the Supreme Court in Darlinghurst before the guilty verdict. Photo: Dallas Kilponen

Breaking News: Simon Gittany has been jailed for a minimum of 18 years in jail with a non-parole period of 26 years.

The judge who is sentencing Simon Gittany for killing his fiancee Lisa Harnum by throwing her off a Sydney high rise has told the court she did not believe the murder had been premeditated or planned.

“The intention to kill was formed suddenly and in a state of rage,” Justice Lucy McCallum told the NSW Supreme Court today.

She did not believe Gittany had planned to kill Ms Harnum until the day of her death.

Justice McCallum said the offence was of sufficient seriousness that the standard non-parole period of 20 years would provide “a strong guide”.

Shortly after beginning her sentencing remarks, Justice McCallum found that Gittany’s act of throwing Ms Harnum off the balcony could “only have been done with the intention of killing her”.

“Ms Harnum must have been in a state of complete terror in the moments before her death.”

In November last year, Gittany, 40, was found guilty of murder by throwing Ms Harnum, 31, from the 15th floor of their luxury inner-city apartment block in 2011, in what the judge described as a “fit of rage”.

The decision will be the culmination of an extraordinary trial and sentencing process, attracting media attention across the globe.

Rachelle Louise not in court

Gittany’s lover Rachelle Louise was not in court for his sentencing, amid reports she has signed a deal with Channel Seven to hold her silence.

A Sunday Night reporter had told journalists sitting in court that Ms Louise was not coming to hear how long Gittany would be sentenced to spend behind bars.

Gittany’s brother and sister and a few family members waited in the public gallery at 10am with no signs of Ms Louise.

Ms Louise’s no-show was a complete contrast to a circus-like protest she held last week during Gittany’s sentencing hearing.

She and the Gittany clan entered the Supreme Court complex holding a number of placards with points they claimed proved his innocence.

Ms Louise told Channel Seven she knew her boyfriend was innocent.

“I don’t make a statement based on something Simon’s told me. I have worked through the case completely,” she said.

“Simon is an innocent person and someone needs to help him, and that is exactly what I’m doing and I plan on standing by him until justice prevails,” she said.

Possessive rage

On the morning of the murder, Gittany grabbed Ms Harnum, a Canadian, by the throat in a possessive rage as she tried to flee and dragged her back inside.

Neighbours say they heard a woman screaming “Please help me! God, help me!” followed by a man’s voice, and then complete silence.

Gittany had knocked the young woman out, Justice McCallum found.

He then carried her out to the balcony and “unloaded” her over the edge.

This was Ms Harnum’s punishment for making one final, desperate attempt to leave her controlling, dominating boyfriend.

For weeks she had been planning to go, leaving bags of clothes with her personal trainer and a counsellor so that Gittany’s suspicions would not be aroused, and discussing one-way flights back to Canada with her mother.

When Gittany discovered the plan, he was consumed by rage.

“For all his vigilance, his errant fiancee had found a way to secretly remove her belongings,” Justice McCallum said.

Virtually from the start of his relationship with Ms Harnum, Gittany exhibited a burning need to control virtually every aspect of her life – how she dressed, where she went and how she behaved.

When police arrived at the murder scene on the corner of Liverpool and Elizabeth streets, they found a torn-up note in the woman’s jeans pocket with the words “there are surveillance cameras inside and outside the house” scrawled in her distinctive handwriting.

This was a reference to the near-constant surveillance Gittany kept his girlfriend under, including monitoring her text messages through a program he had secretly installed on her phone and a bristle of CCTV cameras monitoring the apartment.

During the sentencing process the Crown prosecutor, Mark Tedeschi, QC, described the murder as “cold and calculating”, submitting that that it warranted a minimum sentence of 20 years in jail.

The defence argued that the sentence should be “significantly less” than 20 years.

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Milicic Socceroos assistant coach

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Socceroos coach Ange Postecoglou has appointed highly-regarded tactician Ante Milicic as his new assistant coach for this year’s World Cup.
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Initally, Milicic will stay on in his present position, as assistant coach of the Western Sydney Wanderers, until the end of the season. He will then become full-time as Postecoglou’s assistant.

The Wanderers will permit the popular 39-year old to travel to London for the Socceroos friendly against Ecuador on March 5, his first interaction with the senior national team in his new role.

“I’m honoured to have been handed such a tremendous opportunity to work as an assistant coach with the Socceroos,” Milicic said. “As a former Socceroo I am passionate about the National team and I look forward to the challenge. I’m excited to be able to work with Ange, especially with the World Cup coming up as well as the Asian Cup in Australia and with so many talented players starting to break through.”

Milicic said he’d already learnt for the very best coaches and was ready for a new challenge.

“I’ve had a good apprenticeship under John van’t Schip and “Poppa” [Tony Popovic] as well as the 2009 and 2011 under-20 World Cups as an assistant to Jan Versleijen and I’m looking forward to continuing that under Ange,” he said. “I’d also like to thank the Western Sydney Wanderers for allowing me to take this opportunity and I am determined to finish the A-League season with the same passion and dedication I will take to the national team.”

Postecoglou will retain Aurelio Vidmar as his other assistant but said Milicic would bring his own qualities to the role.

“One of my priorities after becoming national team head coach was to secure quality staff to help drive the Socceroos and Ante is a driven coach who will fit into our environment,” Postecoglou said. “I wanted the best people to come in and contribute to the growth and success of the national team and I’m confident Ante will add further expertise to our existing staff.”

Postecoglou said Milicic would be pivotal to helping him reconstruct the senior team over the coming years.

“Ante has experience at domestic level and International level with both senior and junior national teams and will play a part in an exciting new era as we look to build the next golden generation of Australian footballers, ” he said. “I’d like to take this opportunity to thank Western Sydney Wanderers for their cooperation to ensure I was able to appoint the people I thought were best for the job.”

Wanderers executive chairman Lyall Gorman said the club would always keep their door open for Milicic if he wanted to return.

“The role of assistant coach of the Socceroos is a tremendous professional and career development opportunity for Ante and we wish him well, safe in the knowledge that should the time come in the future for him to return to a coaching role in the A-League it will be with our club,” he said.

Milicic played six times for the Socceroos and scored five goals between 2002 and 2005 and still holds the record transfer fee a domestic transfer when he moved from Sydney United to Sydney Olympic for $110,000 in 2002.

He enjoyed a prolific club career in Australia, the Netherlands, Croatia and Malaysia, bowing out of the A-League in 2008 after a year at Newcastle was followed by two years with Brisbane Roar, bagging 11 competition goals.

Since turning his hand to coaching, Milicic was in charge of Sydney United in the NSW Premier League before taking the assistant’s role with the under-20 national team.

Milicic has been hailed for his knowledgeable and hands-on approach to coaching, leading most of the drills at the Wanderers training while senior coach Tony Popovic observes.

Meanwhile, it’s understood that young defender Curtis Good is line to make his senior international debut in the match against Ecuador.

In what could spell the end for Socceroos captain Lucas Neill, 20-year old Good was told he could secure his place in the World Cup squad if he was able to find a club during the January transfer window where he would find regular football.

Good, who is contracted at Newcastle United until 2018 after a $600,000 move from Melbourne Heart, subsequently picked up a loan move to Scottish club Dundee United. The Terrors are currently fifth in the Scottish Premier League and Good has already made both his league and cup debuts.

The news that Postecoglou is grooming Good to step up is a further blow to Neill’s chances, which appear to be fading by the week.

Postecoglou has already promised he will not call-up players who are not playing regularly and Neill hasn’t played competitively since he was released by J-League club Omiya Ardija in December.

Neill’s quest for playing time has taken him back to England, where he has been allowed to turn out for under-21 side of his former club, Blackburn Rovers.

The ex-Rovers’ captain played 90 minutes in Monday’s night’s 2-2 draw against Tottenham Hotspur.

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Green light for bigger backyard granny flats

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A granny flat and clothes hoist out the back of an Ainslie house. Photo: Graham Tidy Simon Corbell. Photo: Graham Tidy
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Homeowners in the ACT can now build larger granny flats in their backyards following the approval of an amendment to the city’s territory plan.

Secondary residences, most often referred to as granny flats, were limited to a size of 75 square metres under previous planning laws.

The ACT government has now approved an increase in size of the dwellings to 90 square metres following industry concern over the limitations of the previous size.

The technical amendment, which came into effect in mid-January, also contained changes to slightly relax the rigid solar rules on home building in the territory.

Variation 306 implemented solar access rules for new homes which were heavily criticised by the industry for creating complexity and additional cost to building a house.

The variation also made it easier for Canberrans to build a secondary residence by removing eligibility conditions on the then termed “habitable suites” or re-locatable units.

Planning Minister Simon Corbell said the increase in size would help builders meet the adaptable housing standards for a variety of layouts, including two-bedroom dwellings. “This means anyone can occupy a secondary residence and provides for more affordable housing options,” he said.

Secondary residences up to 90 square metres can be built on blocks that are a minimum of 500 square metres. While they can be rented out they cannot be separately titled or sold.

Housing Industry Association ACT south eastern NSW executive director Neil Evans said the increase in size would allow a second bedroom to comfortably fit into the dwelling and provide more manoeuvrability.

He said under the previous size restriction it had been difficult to design homes to meet adaptability standards. But he said the government should go further in its laws surrounding secondary residences to allow a small townhouse to be built and also enable the subdivision of blocks on a separate title or lease.

He said this was particularly relevant in the established suburbs of Canberra where houses sat on very large blocks of land.

“That is going to meet the government’s policy on the 50 per cent higher density in brownfield sites,” Mr Evans said.

He said it would allow a bit of flexibility with dwelling types and encourage the construction of small townhouse dwellings, which the territory lacked.

ACT Shelter executive officer Leigh Watson said any decision that made it easier to build a secondary residence was welcomed.

This concession to planning laws follows a decision made in 2013 to remove the lease variation charge imposed on such projects.

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