南京夜网 01/07/2018

Student stabbed at a high school in Queanbeyan

Source:Canberra Times
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Year 7 students who only began secondary school last week watched in horror as a 16-year-old was allegedly stabbed during the lunch break at a Queanbeyan high school on Tuesday.

A 15-year-old boy has been charged over the alleged lunch-time attack, which left a 16-year-old student with two wounds – one to his abdomen and another to his thigh – at about 12.45pm, according to police.

The 16-year old was taken from the school, which cannot be named for legal reasons, to The Canberra Hospital by ambulance.

Queanbeyan Police duty officer Inspector Christopher Varley said the 15-year-old boy was charged with maliciously inflicting grievous bodily harm. He would remain in police custody overnight, and appear before Queanbeyan Local Court Wednesday morning.

Paramedics arrived at the scene at 12.45pm, and took the 16-year-old victim to The Canberra Hospital for treatment, where he remained in a stable condition on Tuesday evening. His injuries are believed to be non-life threatening.

Inspector Varley said the alleged attacker had been detained by teachers when police arrived at the school shortly after 12.47pm.

‘‘I’ve got to pay compliments to teaching staff… and the professional job they did to control the incident and contain the young man involved,’’ Inspector Varley said.

‘‘He was basically with the school staff when we arrived.’’

Inspector Varley said the attack had been witnessed by several students as it had occurred during lunch time.

‘‘A number of students were in the vicinity at the time and of course witnessed what occurred,’’ he said.

Counsellinghas already been provided to distressed students at the school.

The NSW Department of Education and Communities said further student support would be offered on Wednesday, and for as long as needed.

The Department refused to comment on the incident any further, saying it would be inappropriate while the police investigation continued.

Inspector Varley said school staff had done a good job of caring for the child witnesses.

‘‘Clearly it’s a traumatic event to occur in the school grounds,’’ he said.

An outdoor lunch area at the school had been cordoned off, and police said a knife was recovered at the scene.

Students had been called into an assembly after the incident, while some students could be seen leaving the school in tears.

Several parents rushed to the school to collect their children after hearing news of incident.

One mother said: ”My son just rang and said a boy he knew had been stabbed. ‘We’re in minor lockdown please come and get me’.”

Another mother said her Year 7 daughter had told her the stabbing happened at the end of lunch time.

“It’s her first week [of high school]. She was sitting having lunch and then she saw the stabbing. I’m thinking of pulling her out and sending her to a private school.”

Students who witnessed the incident said they had been instructed not to speak to the media.

The school’s principal refused to comment on the incident.

NSW Police at the scene of the alleged stabbing. Photo: Karleen Minney – CANBERRA TIMES

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南京夜网 01/07/2018

Boys impress at Summer Carnival

AWESOME ATHLETES: Little Athletics members Archie Skinner, Haydn Galea, Jack Skinner, Lachlan Smith and Ryan Smith at the Lake Illawarraa Summer Carnival at which they competed along with Joe and Ben Shephard.The last half of the Little Athleticsseason has seen a handful of childrendown at Frogs Holla enjoying some sprint races and some distance races, resultswere not recorded for the first two weeks but it was a great opportunity to getback into training after a nice Christmas break.
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Sadly the weather got the better of us last week and we hadto cancel.

During the holidays a small group headed up to LakeIllawarra and competed in the Summer Carnival.

Once again this event was well attended by other AthleticCentres and the competition was very tough.

As we’ve come to expect from Milton Ulladulla, Haydn Galea,Jack and Archie Skinner, Lachlan and Ryan Smith, Joe and Ben Shephard allshowed a great competitive spirit and gave it their best shot.

Our medal tally may have been smaller than previouscarnivals but our team went into all of their events with greatenthusiasm.

Well done boys.

The Shoalhaven Gala Day is being held this coming Sunday,February 10, at the Ron Brown Sporting Complex, starting at 9am.

All of our members are welcome to take part.

This may be good practice for those attending the RegionalChampionships in Wagga Wagga later in the month.

Our next point score day is scheduled for Tuesday, February12.

Let’s see if we can break some of those long standing clubrecords.

And finally as always Milton Ulladulla Little Athleticswould like to express our heartfelt thanks to our sponsors: Milton Ulladulla ExServos, Milton UlladullaBowling Club, Mollymook Golf Club, Mollymook Narrawallee Real Estate and BakersDelight, their continued generosity helps the development of athletics withinthe Milton Ulladulla area.

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南京夜网 01/07/2018

Chapman happy in open water

COURTNEY Chapman ditched the pool for the open water two years ago and hasn’t look back since.
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Given the success she’s enjoyed, it’s little wonder too.

The 15-year-old Orange High School student will swim in her second open water nationals at the 2013 Open Water Swimming Championships at Point Wolstoncroft Sport and Recreation Centre on Lake Macquarie this weekend.

“I got into it maybe two years ago. I was never really good in the pool and I thought maybe the longer stuff would be a bit better for me, and on my first attempt I made nationals,” Chapman said, qualifying via the state championships at Penrith’s International Regatta Centre.

This year’s three-day open water national championships begins on Friday.

Chapman will compete in the 10 kilometre event on Saturday and the five kilometre swim on Sunday.

The event showcases Australia’s top open water swimming talent, with the open 5km and 10km events incorporating the selection trials for the 2013 World Open Water Swimming Championships in Barcelona, Spain.

And while Chapman hasn’t yet booked a place on the plane to Europe just yet, her goals ahead of the national championship suggest she has one eye on Spain.

“I’m hoping to medal in the five (kilometre) and finish in the top 10 in 10 (kilometre),” she said.

Open water swimming is largely a foreign sport in Orange.

Aside from triathletes, Chapman said only a handful of swimmers have given the open water variety of the sport a chance, but, personally, it has been a challenge she’s loved.

“It’s hard to explain, you don’t have anything to follow and there’s no turns and you’ve just got to look up… you’ve got to have a lot of strength,” she said.

“It’s a different feel in the water. There’s no chlorine, it’s fresh water.

“I really enjoy it.”

She said training along side the experienced Gary Hollywood at Kinross has helped in her development immeasurably.

“He is from New Zealand, and he is very, very good,” she said.

“I train in the pool but he gives me six to seven kilometre sets, which prepares me for the open water swim.”

The 2013 Open Water Swimming Championships in Lake Macquarie start on Friday and wrap up on Sunday.

IN DEEP: Courtney Chapman will contest the Open Water Swimming Championships this weekend. Photo: NICK MCGRATH 0204nmswim

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南京夜网 01/07/2018

Sosoli wins heavyweight martial arts title

Windang Freestyle Fighting Gym heavyweight Brandon Sosoli has brought the Storm Damage heavyweight Mixed Martial Arts title to the Illawarra.
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And as Sosoli said later, “I have worked too hard for this to be a short-term home for the belt.’’

Sosoli competed in the one night eliminator at Tuggeranong, ACT, last Saturday.

The event pitted four of the country’s best heavyweight fighters against one another in a knockout style format meaning that the winning fighter would have to fight twice on the same night to claim the overall victory.

The event started with the opening bracket of the elimination rounds in which Storm Damage crowd favourite, Andrew Machin, defeated a tough Mathew Wade from Orange.

Machin won this fight by knockout at 1 minute and 49 seconds into the first round.

The show then moved on to the second fight of the opening bracket to determine who would meet Machin in the finals.

A pumped up Sosoli knocked out James Lane, from the 28 Hundred Gym, only 19 seconds into the first round to secure his position in the finals to vie for the title.

The finals gave Sosoli an opportunity to avenge his only loss and it took him all five rounds to grind out the win by a hard-earned judges decision.

‘‘It is great to see Brandon get some recognition for the hard work he has put it, especially considering he beat the only guy who has been able to beat him,’’ Freestyle Fighting Gym coach Joe Lopez said.

‘‘It just shows the determination and mental strength he has.’’

The Freestyle Fight team is the only pro team in the Illawarra and one of the most active fight teams in Australia.

Sosoli’s team mates will be competing in Nowra on the Cage Conquest event at the Shoalhaven Entertainment Centre on February 23.

Brandon Sosoli proudly wears his Storm Damage heavyweight title belt. Picture: MATT BAILEY PHOTOGRAPHY

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南京夜网 01/07/2018

Alicia grabs Olympic bronze

BRONZE MEDAL: Alicia Congram won a bronze medal representing Australia in judo at the Youth Olympics Festival.Alicia Congram bought home a bronze medal from the YouthOlympics Festival in January.
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The talented judo competitor took part in the festival onJanuary 19 and was delighted to manage a bronze medal after competing againstother competitors from around the world.

“It was really amazing,” Alicia said of the Youth Olympics.

“It was the most amazing thing I’ve experienced.

“It hasn’t really sunk in yet that I managed to win thebronze.”

Passionate about her sport, Alicia spent months preparingfor the festival and said she was pleased with her results despite sustainingan ankle injury.

“I was really happy with how it all went,” Alicia said.

“My training paid off.”

Competing against girls from Brazil, China, the US andChinese Taipei, among other competitors, Alicia said she enjoyed the chance toget to know some of the other girls.

“The language barrier made it difficult to talk to some ofthe girls but I spoke to as many as I could,” Alicia said.

Along with the chance to chat to the girls, Alicia saidwatching them compete and competing against them gave her some new ideas.

“I definitely picked up a few new things,” Alicia said.

The Shoalhaven Anglican School student, who has just startedyear 10, loves her judo.

She started in the sport just over four-years ago and hasbeen competing at state level for the past three years.

Despite her short time in the sport, Alicia has already beenthe Australia champion and has won several state titles.

Up next for Alicia is the trial for the Oceania competitionwith competitors to come from across the Pacific.

Alicia said all the training she put in to getting ready forthe Youth Olympics Festival will help her in her trials and she is hoping shewill score a spot.

“I feel really fit and healthy,” Alicia said.

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南京夜网 01/07/2018

Paddlers battle rough waves

FINISHING: Paul Hill from Ulladulla came in at sixth place in the outrigger division in the Makai Cup. . Photo THERESE SPILLANE. Local competitors Paul Hill, Sampson Hollywood, Mark Afflick, Tony Ireland and Paul Burton after finishing the Makai Cup
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This year’s event is being described as the best downhillocean race in the country by all who dared to step up to the start line andtake on mother nature off Ulladulla on the weekend.

For those who concurred their fears and for those whocreated new ones, the Makai Cup is now cemented its position on the OceanRacing calendar as the must do event.

Nine time world champion Dean Gardiner from Manly was welland truly in his element in the 4-5m swells and gusty southerly winds as hesurfed his way from Ulladulla Harbour to Bendalong a distance of over 17km in atime of 1hr 3 min.

See more photos from the race here.

The event, originally scheduled for Saturday, was postponedto Sunday after treacherous seas pounded the coastline putting competitor’slives and equipment at risk.

Local Makai paddlers Dion Carter, Paul Hill, Chris Brook,Paul Burton, Tony Ireland, Mark Afflick and Lewis Betts had the race of theirlives in a star-studded field with Chris Brook claiming first place in the SLSASpec Ski division along with all his teammates filling the remaining podiumspots.

Local businesses once again put their hands up to beinvolved with such a great event with special thanks to BIG4 Bungalow Park atBurrill Lake, Shoalhaven Water, Marine Rescue and IBuild Creations, RickPollock for his amazing support craft, Boots Great Outdoors Ulladulla, GoVitaUlladulla, Beach Art and Framing, Damo’s Electrical, AKWA Surf, Jack Daniels,Bruce “Esky” Mitchell, and of course the Boardwalk Café in Ulladulla.

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南京夜网 01/07/2018

Inaudible wind farm noise a myth?

Areport released by the South Australian Environment Protection Authority (EPA)has put to rest a common myth about wind farms.
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Wind farms are said to create dangerous levels of infrasound, asound too low for humans to hear, that can be harmful to people who live nearwind turbines.

However, according to a report released by the EPA the level of infrasoundfrom wind turbines is insignificant and no different to any other source ofnoise.

The report listed air-conditioners, traffic and noise generateby people the worst contributors to household infrasound.

Clean Energy Council Policy Director Russell Marsh said thereport provided some much-needed clarity in a debate that has often beenclouded by misinformation.

“South Australia’s EPA is the most experienced regulatoryauthority in Australia when it comes to wind farm noise, and this new reportprovides hard evidence that wind turbines do not cause increased levels ofinfrasound in surrounding areas, neither inside people’s homes nor outdoors,”Mr Marsh said.

“The study included houses in rural and urban areas, houses bothadjacent to a wind farm and away from turbines, and measured the levels ofinfrasound with the wind farms operating and also switched off.

“There were no noticeable differences in the levels ofinfrasound under all these different conditions. In fact, the lowest levels ofinfrasound were recorded at one of the houses closest to a wind farm, whereasthe highest levels were found in an urban office building.”

The EPA’s study concluded that the level of infrasound at housesnear wind turbines was no greater than in other urban and ruralenvironments.

Some anti-wind farm campaigners have argued that wind turbinesgenerate levels of infrasound that cause health effects in people living closeby.

This latest report comes on top of the findings of a SouthAustralian Senate committee on wind farms and excessive noise, which said in areport in November last year that “there is no evidence to suggest thatinaudible infrasound (either from wind turbines or other sources) is creatinghealth problems”.

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南京夜网 01/07/2018

Our bright future

Goingto ‘big school’ is a huge moment in every child’s life. Kindies all over ourdistrict have been turning up the first day full of excitement, from Wee Jasperto Binalong, from Rye Park to Yass. They all have one thing in common – anexpectation that they’re embarking on a great adventure.
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Wherewill life take them? These children are off on a journey into the future thatwe can only imagine. Fortunately, they have excellent schools and wonderful,caring teachers to help them reach their potential and live full and satisfyinglives.

We wishall our kindies well! See Friday’s Tribune for more kindy photos.

Teacher Sharmon Dawes with her kinder class, KD, at Berinba Primary School.

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南京夜网 01/07/2018

Peel Health Campus whistleblower flees

DISGRACED Peel Health Campus (PHC) whistleblower AshtonFoley has fled the country.
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Believed to be heading back to the United States to face outstanding charges in Georgia,the former chief operating officer reiterated her decision not to front theinquiry into allegations of corruption and fraud at the local hospital.

Ms Foley was exposed by weekend media as having been chargedin the USin 2008 for identity theft and fraud after doctoring a credit application form.

Her reputation is now in tatters, despite being referred toas courageous and brave at the time she released damning information aboutincentive payments at PHC.

Full coverage of this story will appear in this week’sMandurah Mail.

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南京夜网 01/07/2018

Former Ulladulla teacher makes his mark in the toughest arena

FORMER Ulladulla High School teacher Jihad Dib has been credited with helping the once-troubled Punchbowl Boys High School hit the headlines for all the right reasons.
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Mr Dib spent six years at Ulladulla High after he finished his Diploma of Education at the University of Wollongong following his Bachelor of Arts degree, spending the years teaching English and history.

“I thought I’d landed in Summer Bay,” he laughed.

During his time of the South Coast Mr Dib married fellow teacher Erin, but a sense of responsibility to his people and his culture started nagging at him, drawing him back to Sydney.

The Lebanese Muslim man who moved to Australia with his parents at the age of two, and eventually became the oldest of seven children in the family that included IBF world featherweight boxing champion Billy, saw things were happening in Sydney that he did not like.

“There were a few things happening in Sydney – the drive-bys, the drug dealing – that made me feel like the community was falling apart,” he said.

“The Muslims and Arabs were struggling. I thought that maybe I could help people see that there were better alternatives in life.”

Punchbowl Boys High School suffered its own difficulties during the troubled time, with a newspaper article describing the school as “a principal’s battlezone”.

Gang members made their presence felt in the school, even holding a gun to the head of a previous principal, and former students were charged with murder and gang rape.

But Mr Dib was not prepared to simply let it be.

He spent two years as the school’s deputy principal before being appointed one of the state’s youngest principals at the age of just 33 in 2007, and has helped steer dramatic changes starting by showing the students he really cared and was committed to their success.

“Once you have that close relationship, it makes teaching so much easier,” Mr Dib said.

“The students think, ‘This person does care for me.’ And that’s all they want to know – that someone cares for them and believes in them.”

As a result the barbed wire that topped the fences has disappeared and the school, once one of the most difficult in the state to staff, has a queue of teachers wanting to move there.

Enrolments are up from 270 seven years ago to more than 420 this year.

While police were regularly called in to deal with problems, now they attend as guests on presentation day.

NAPLAN reading and numeracy results are rising, with “growth rates” for numeracy – the improvement in scores between year 7 and year 9 – among the highest in the country.

Kids from families that have never had anyone finish high school, let alone get a degree, are graduating year 12 and bound for university.

Perhaps most remarkably, in the past seven years not one student has been expelled.

“We’ll always find them some other pathway such as TAFE or an apprenticeship,” Mr Dib said as he pointed out graffiti was virtually non-existent and theft was such a non-issue that the bike shed was left unlocked during the day.

“We refuse to leave kids out on the street,” he said.

However, like his expectations of the boys he sends out into the world, Mr Dib’s role has also expanded beyond the school grounds.

The 39-year-old is a judge and ambassador for the Australia Day Awards, a commissioner on the Community Relations Commission, a prominent member of the Lebanese Muslim Association and is a sounding board for senior politicians.

In fact when a large group of Muslims recently demonstrated in Sydney’s CBD, a senior federal cabinet minister rang Mr Dib to get his thoughts on the issue.

He speaks at education forums, organises a multi-faith end-of-Ramadan feast also attended by Jews, Christians and Hindus, and manages to squeeze in a weekly tennis match with mates.

“I’m a sports nut,” he says, “but that’s all I really get time to play these days.”

Last year he became one of only two school principals in Australia seconded to Canberra for six months to help the federal government formulate its new, and controversial, Empowering Local Schools policy.

He has even been touted as a future political leader.

“I’d only do that if I thought I could make a difference and be a positive role model,” he said.

“Especially from the community, which is continually looking for a great role model who perhaps isn’t a sports person such as my brother Billy or Hazem El Masri, who are both great role models.

“We need the intellectuals who have to also come out and inspire the next generation.”

IN CONTROL: Former Ulladulla High School teacher Jihad Dib has made a real difference since being appointed principal of one of the state’s toughest schools, the Punchbowl Boys High School. Photo: SAHLAN HAYES

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