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南京夜网 21/06/2019

Nuclear fallout

IN the 1960s 11 holes were blown into one of the country’s largest seagrass meadows.
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It was at Hole in the Wall in Booderee National Park, when seismic testing was used to check ground stability for a proposed nuclear testing facility.

Nearly 50 years later, the holes are clearly visible on Google Earth and aren’t expected to grow back for another 100 years.

This week marine ecologist Dr Peter Macreadie will be taking sediment cores from the damaged areas and measuring the carbon loss from the area.

The Chancellor’s Post Doctoral Research Fellow at the University of Technology Sydney, Dr Macreadie specialises in seagrass and its ability to store carbon.

Dr Macreadie will be joined by a team of technicians, a PHD student and a research assistant who together will be drilling into the seabed to take core samples.

Working from a large punt out of Murray’s Beach boat ramp the team will use a hydraulic pile driving system to hammer the seven metre aluminium sample tubes into the seabed.

Samples are then stored and returned to his laboratory for testing.

“Seagrass can store carbon for thousands of years. It’s 35 times more powerful than tropical rainforest and it’s an important natural way of slowing down climate change,” said Dr Macreadie.

However, seagrass is not included in the National Greenhouse Gas Inventory, and Dr Macreadie would like to see this changed.

He expected an analysis of sediment from the Hole in the Wall cores to show a massive carbon loss and he hoped to use this data to have seagrass included in the inventory.

The National Greenhouse Gas Inventory measures greenhouse gas emissions produced by agriculture and industry, but failing to take into account the effect of seagrass loss is a huge error according to Dr Macreadie.

“People don’t realise the significance of seagrass – Australia’s lost 50 per cent since records began. If carbon is $23 per tonne, that’s $45 billion dollars.”

SEA SCIENCE: Dr Peter Macreadie (right) with PhD student Stacey Trevathan-Tackett, UTS research assistant Stacey Ong and technical officer Rod Hungerford will be taking sediment cores from seagrass beds in Jervis Bay this week.

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南京夜网 21/06/2019

‘Still not happy’: Glenroy postcode chaos ‘fixed’

THE confusion surrounding postcodes in the Glenroy area has been eliminated with Albury Council confirming the boundaries of the suburb.
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In a letter to residents in recent days, the Norris Park estate has been included in the Glenroy postcode of 2640.

The suburb has been locked in as the area west of Burrows Road and also includes Hume Country Estate.

But not everyone is happy.

David Kefford and his wife Mary, who live in the Hume Gardens area of Norris Park, have considered themselves long-term residents of Lavington even though they are listed in the phone book as being in Glenroy.

Lavington has a 2641 postcode, but Glenroy’s postcode of 2640 is shared by Albury, North Albury, West Albury and Splitters Creek.

“It hasn’t gone away, put it that way,” Mr Kefford said.

“I’ve been here 40 years and everything on the north side of Union Road has always been Lavington.

“Everything on the other side has been North Albury.

“But the bottom line is we probably have to accept it.”

The northern boundary separating Glenroy and Lavington runs along the ridge to the north of Norris Park.

Glenroy residents who need to make an triple-0 call must cite Glenroy and 2640 as their suburb and postcode as Norris Park is not in the present


The council will also check the postal addresses of residents to ensure they have the correct details.

Residents are being urged to contact electricity and gas suppliers and make any necessary changes as privacy laws prevent the council correcting any anomalies.

Addresses and postcodes on drivers’ licences should also be changed if they are not in line with the new arrangements.

The Roads and Maritime Services has the authority to override information.

Cr David Thurley, who lives in Norris Park and raised the issue at last week’s council meeting, said he was satisfied the issues had been resolved.

“For a lot of the residents it was a situation of some of their own making,” he said.

“If you went to an insurance company and said this is where I live, they write down what you tell them.

“Some of the confusion arose like that.”

Glenroy has been locked in as the area west of Burrows Road (major road to the right of photo) and also includes Hume Country Estate.

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南京夜网 21/06/2019

Hospital crisis: Doctors urge local action

BIG employers in Albury-Wodonga are being urged to lobby the state and federal governments for adequate money for the crisis-hit public hospital system.
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Border Medical Association chairwoman Tracey Merriman yesterday said it was plain Albury Wodonga Health was “behind the eight-ball” when compared with Victorian hospitals.

“Big employers should tell governments their staff and their families deserve a good standard of healthcare here,” Dr Merriman said.

“If people waiting for surgery can’t go back to work because they are kept waiting, that has an impact on our economy.”

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Dr Merriman’s comments follow revelations Albury Wodonga Health’s elective surgery waiting list for public patients will hit 4000 this week and could rise by 300 a month.

The service is closing beds and inviting 50 redundancies from its 1200 staff to tackle a $3.9 million funding cut in its $180 million budget over the next five months.

Dr Merriman said the medical association, with about 100 members, was working with Albury Wod­onga Health to handle the situation and achieve efficencies in the system.

But the Border continued to suffer because it wasn’t allowed to catch up on historical underfunding of the cities’ pre-merger hospital services.

Vascular surgeon John Rophael last week said he was withdrawing from practice in Albury because Albury Wodonga Health had ceased funding his work for public patients.

Mr Rophael, who also operates in Melbourne, said he could not maintain a practice in Albury with only private patients.

Dr Merriman feared more surgeons could also go elsewhere if difficulties securing time in the hospitals were not resolved.

The Border Medical Association strongly supports the single cross-border hospital service, with acute cases handled in Albury, while also maintaining Wodonga hospital.

Albury Base hsopital.

“The community must be more vocal in getting more money for the service,” she said.

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南京夜网 21/06/2019

Corowa kidnap by knife, golf club and secateurs

A PASSENGER in a vehicle pulled over by police in Lavington on Monday night ran to the highway patrol vehicle to tell police he had been kidnapped at Corowa, a court heard yesterday.
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The man told police he had been threatened with a golf club, garden secateurs and a knife and was tied up after a demand for money.

The court was told Anthony Richard Illarietti had demanded $1000 and the victim made a phone banking transfer so money could be withdrawn from an ATM.

Police had seen Illarietti driving and talking on a mobile phone in Lavington about 7.25pm on Monday and had stopped him.

He had attempted to drive away after the victim escaped, but Illarietti was stopped and arrested.

An alleged woman accomplice, Krystal Joy Stewart, was also arrested and when searched, $900 in $50 notes was found hidden in her bra.

Illarietti, 29, of Kaitlers Road, Lavington, and Stewart, 31, of Corowa, appeared in custody in Albury Local Court, each charged with detaining a person for their advantage.

Stewart was also charged with intimidating a police officer.

She allegedly told an arresting police officer: “Your wife and kids are dead. I am going to kill them”.

Illarietti made no application for bail with a breach of parole warrant outstanding.

Police opposed bail for Stewart, but she was released provided she reported daily to police, observed a nightly curfew and did not contact any witnesses.

The charges against Illarietti and Stewart have been adjourned until April 8.

Magistrate Megan Greenwood was told the victim had previously met Stewart who was working at a Corowa hotel.

Illarietti and Stewart went to the victim’s home about 2pm on Monday and entered through a back door.

Illarietti had a golf club and told the victim they had “stuff to work out”.

Illarietti lifted his shirt revealing garden secateurs and a knife which were put on an ironing board.

The victim, fearing for his safety, transferred $1000 and provided his bank card and PIN.

He was tied up and Stewart kept watch on him while Illarietti left and later returned with money that was given to her.

The victim was told to get some clothes and Illarietti got alcohol and cigarettes before leaving for Albury.

When police stopped Illarietti, he walked around and stood in front of the rear passenger window.

The victim was in the back seat with child-proof locks on the doors, but he wound down a window to get out.

After her arrest, police searched Stewart’s bag and found rope and garden secateurs.

A golf club was found in the vehicle and a knife about 28 centimetres long was in the glove box.

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南京夜网 21/06/2019

Tough job awaits O’Loughlin’s opponent

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THE Rock-Yerong Creek coach Michael Mazzocchi is yet to decide which Magpies defenders will get the chance to play on AFL legend Michael O’Loughlin in April’s Anzac Challenge.

O’Loughlin was last week announced as a cameo signing for Marrar and will make his one and only appearance in the Bombers jumper at Robertson Oval on Friday, April 19.

TRYC is the club lucky enough to line up against the former Sydney Swans power forward and Mazzocchi says his players can’t wait for the opportunity.

But he is unsure who will get the tough job of trying to limit O’Loughlin’s influence on the game.

“When you’re talking about AFL footballers they don’t come much better than O’Loughlin,” Mazzocchi said.

“It’s a fantastic thing for the league.

“I would love to have him on our side instead, but all our blokes are looking forward to it.

“I’m assuming he will play deep forward and we will have to talk about winning the footy out of the middle so we don’t give him any opportunity.

“I’ll probably look at trying one or two blokes on him.

“I’ll do some homework, find out how fit he is and how much footy he has been playing before we decide what we are going to do.”

TRYC would have been an early favourite to beat Marrar in the opening game of the Farrer League season but O’Loughlin’s arrival is likely to even out the market.

Key Magpies defender Mitch Glasgow’s availability for the game is up in the air after indicating he will not play this season due to work commitments in West Wyalong.

Mazzocchi is not sweating on the decision just yet and says he will worry about his team before thinking about O’Loughlin.

TRYC last week unveiled its newest addition to Victoria Park with the signing of Albury footballer Casey Hillary.

Hillary has followed good mate Tom Yates to the club and Mazzocchi says he will slot into the Magpies’ first grade team nicely.

“I haven’t seen him play, but I know he played at Holbrook and last year he played seconds at Albury Tigers,” he said.

“I rate that O&M second grade pretty highly and he looks like he will be handy for us.

“His fitness is good and he his skills look good.”

Hillary played on a wing in Albury last season but, standing at over six feet tall, Mazzocchi says he may use him across the half forward line.

Hillary joins Yates, Tim Mathieson, Ted Fellows, Zac Woods and Luke Brooks as TRYC’s gains this off-season.

TRYC backman Cameron Johnson is one player in line to get the job on AFL legend Michael O’Loughlin when he cameos for Marrar in April’s Anzac Challenge.

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南京夜网 21/05/2019

Forest deal puts firms in jeopardy

BUSINESSES that rely on speciality timbers say Tasmanian industry could be wiped out within a decade if the forest peace deal goes ahead.
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Furniture designers and boat builders are among the businesses that rely on rare timbers like Huon pine and blackwood, and which yesterday lobbied for a proposed law to be changed.

Fifth-generation furniture designer and manufacturer Craig Howard yesterday predicted his business would close if all the forests earmarked under the deal were protected.

He urged the Legislative Council to amend the legislation before State Parliament, so protection of forests containing speciality timbers was delayed until more research was done.

“If we don’t have the raw material on hand I will lose my job,” Mr Howard said.

Boat builder Andrew Denman said creating more reserves would starve businesses like his of necessary material when demand for such products was rising.

“We’re not saying don’t reserve [those forests], but let’s not reserve them straight away,” Mr Denman said.

He predicted if that wasn’t done then “in 10 years we’re stuffed – probably sooner”.

The pair made the appeal to the Legislative Council with Speciality Timbers Alliance members George Harris and Murray Jessup.

The inquiry is investigating whether or not the Tasmanian Forests Agreement Bill, which underpins a deal signed by signatories, is viable.

In other evidence provided yesterday:

Former Labor forestry minister Julian Amos claimed Gunns executives had made threatening phone calls to an industry signatory at the start of the peace talks.

Timber Communities Australia chief executive Jim Adams said the scope of a socio-economic study into the peace deal had been broadened, which would delay its completion.

Mr Adams claimed signatories to the deal did not know what the final size of a World Heritage nomination would be until it was publicly announced by federal Environment Minister Tony Burke last month as 170,000 hectares.

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南京夜网 21/05/2019

Wodonga predator lured Qld, WA boys

PAEDOPHILE Jayme Regulski began procuring photos of naked boys just as he was about to be sentenced on other sex charges.
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That led County Court judge Marilyn Harbison to say she didn’t “have any confidence” that 20-year-old Regulski would not offend again.

“One of the things I have to be mindful of is the protection of the community,” she said yesterday.

“It’s an appalling thing to do with a young boy, to have him send pictures of his erect penis.”

Regulski carried out his crimes from his Wodonga home against two boys — a 14-year-old in Queensland and a soon-to-turn 11-year-old in Western Australia.

A constantly sobbing Regulski pleaded guilty in Wodonga yesterday to two Commonwealth counts of causing child pornography material to be sent to him over a carriage service and one Victorian count of possessing child pornography.

The first Commonwealth charge related to incidents between August 14 and September 17, 2011, and the second between about July 7 and August 26 last year.

The Queensland boy was lured into a trap Regulski set after setting up a false Facebook profile in early 2011.

The unemployed Regulski pretended to be a 14-year-old, year 9 schoolgirl originally from Queensland who attended a North East school.

The victim was one of about 100 young people aged 13 to 17 who Regulski “friended” using the profile.

Eventually the boy considered himself the boyfriend of the girl Regulski created.

A stream of messages flowed between the pair with Regulski eventually asking the boy for naked photos of himself, which he provided.

Regulski began to get hostile over the boy’s reluctance to send more explicit photos, the youngster relenting after the defendant threatened to stop being his “girlfriend”.

Judge Harbison said it appeared Regulski began his offending even before she had sentenced him in 2011 on other child sex matters from September and October, 2010.

The 2010 cases relate to charges of using a carriage service to try to engage in sexual activity with a child under 16.

The second federal charge Regulski faced yesterday related to contact with a 10-year-old boy in Western Australia.

Regulski met the boy online while playing a Playstation game called Modern Warfare 3.

This time, Regulski did not hide his identity.

After the boy got an Apple iPad for his birthday, Regulski began a relentless, seven-week campaign, largely via Skype, to get the boy to take photos of himself to send on — at first in his underwear and then naked.

The boy was promised and later given user credits by Regulski for the Playstation game.

Regulski eventually demanded more sexually explicit photos, threatening to send the photos he already had to the boy’s friends if he refused.

The possession charge related to 646 child pornography images and 126 child pornography videos found on Regulski’s phone.

Regulski was assessed yesterday afternoon to gauge his suitability for a possible three-year term in youth detention.

He will be sentenced at a later date.

Jayme Regulski.

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南京夜网 21/05/2019

Computer school set  for staff cuts

THE University of Tasmania’s Launceston computing school may be the first casualty of a massive staff overhaul, the tertiary union says.
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National Tertiary Education Union state secretary John Kenny said yesterday that seven of the school of computing and information systems’ 10 academics based at Newnham received letters last week essentially telling them they were no longer required.

However, the university’s faculty of science, engineering and technology dean, Professor Margaret Britz, said computing programs in Launceston would not close down.

It is understood that two long-term academics had already accepted voluntary redundancies as part of the university’s staff redundancy process revealed in July 2012, meaning the latest axings leave only one academic.

The school is also home to the Australian computing research and teaching facility, HITLab.

Dr Kenny said it was “soul-destroying” for those who received letters.

He said this could be seen as the start of the forced redundancy process on the back of questionable performance measures.

“They’re putting them all through these contrived performance measures, which are totally arbitrary and applied retrospectively,” Dr Kenny said.

“This is just the start of what’s going to go through the whole university.”

The university has remained quiet on exactly how many staff it hopes to see go as part of the voluntary redundancy process, but the union has previously said it could be well in the hundreds.

Professor Britz said the school underwent an independent review in 2011 and it had provided the opportunity to implement strategic changes and reinvestments.

“We will reinvest in new staff to revitalise the Launceston programs with the aim of providing improved outcomes for students,” Professor Britz said.

“We anticipate that collaborative and interdisciplinary research with the school’s academic staff will be invigorated by the renewed research focus the changes will allow.”

Professor Britz said the HITLab would remain in Launceston and it hoped to announce a new director shortly.

She said the university was committed to providing computing programs across the state.

Dr John Kenny

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南京夜网 21/05/2019

Williams hangs up boots 

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FLOODED with offers from Group Nine clubs, quality playmaker Joe Williams has slammed the door on playing rugby league this year.

Back living in Wagga after several years away from the city, the former South Sydney halfback yesterday declared he had no intention of extending his highly-successful football career.

“I definitely won’t be playing (in 2013),” Williams said yesterday.

“Last year burnt me.”

Jaded after a taxing season as coach of Dubbo CYMS in 2012, Williams is adamant he will not be tempted by any Group Nine club to again pull on the boots.

“I’ve had calls from eight or nine (Group Nine) clubs,” he said.

“I’ve just said I won’t be playing at all.”

The decision to call it quits with rugby league will give Williams an interrupted path to fulfil his boxing ambitions.

Two weeks short of his first fight for 2013, Williams revealed he was reaping the benefits of again being trained by his father, Wilfred Williams.

“It’s only been two weeks but my condition has already gone through the roof,” he said.

“I’m really pleased.”

For Williams, an upcoming welterweight bout in Dubbo on February 23 will be a stepping stone to a more important fight in the Riverina in April.

Williams said he was counting down to a WBF junior welterweight bout against a formidable Sydney opponent in Cootamundra on April 20.

“That’s the fight I’m looking forward to,” Williams said.

“The guy is a real tough customer.”

The news Williams is not on the market for the upcoming Group Nine premiership will be blow to several clubs in particular.

At least four clubs were keen to pursue Williams to the hilt to acquire a key playmaker for the season and lift their chances of upstaging early favourite Albury for the Group Nine title.

NOT THIS YEAR: Former South Sydney halfback Joe Williams declared he has no intention of extending his football career this year.

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南京夜网 21/05/2019

Class act: Mater Dei makes top 200

AFTER grappling with tragedy for most of last year, Mater Dei Catholic College has now been recognised as one of NSW’s top-performing schools.
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The college ranked in the state’s top 200 schools in last year’s Higher School Certificate (HSC) after an outstanding performance across the board by its year 12 students.

The Mater Dei community last year had to come to terms with the shock deaths of students Lachie Burgess and Patrick Langfield, making the success all the more poignant.

Principal Greg Miller was thrilled with the results, which were a shining light for the college at the end of a difficult year.

“The results, regardless of the year we had last year, were outstanding,” he said.

“In the context of last year it was successful.”

They’re the best HSC results achieved by the school in its nine-year history, with 10 students achieving an ATAR of 90 or more.

And Mr Miller is hopeful the success will continue in years to come, declaring that Mater Dei had joined the “big league”.

“Over the last four or five years the college has taken on a commitment to focus on learning,” he said.

“Our current year 12 group are an outstanding group of individuals.

“If they work hard who knows what they can achieve – dream big I say.”

Last year’s school captain Emily Dixon was among the college’s high achievers, earning an ATAR of 94.85 and a place at the University of Wollongong to study a double degree in law and international studies.

She said she was relieved her hard work had paid off handsomely.

“After those two years it finally felt like I’d achieved something,” she said.

“It was a long haul but it was worth it.”

HIGH ACHIEVERS: Mater Dei College principal Greg Miller is delighted with last year’s HSC success at the school. Picture: Addison Hamilton

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