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南京夜网 21/11/2018

Occhilupo backs Newcastle 

TWO-time Surfest winner and 1999 world champion Mark Occhilupo believes Newcastle has what it takes to fill the void in Australian surfing and host a prime-rated event next year.
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The 46-year-old, who won Surfest in 1986 and 1998, is preparing to compete in the $155,000 six-star World Qualifying Series event in two weeks.

Although not making a full-scale comeback, the popular goofy-footer is keen to keep his ranking high enough to surf at selected events and scratch a competitive itch.

The Gold Coast surfer is also entering the Margaret River Pro, which is the only prime event held in Australia.

Prime events offer $250,000 in prizemoney and are the step just below the elite World Championship Tour.

The Margaret River Pro will become part of the WCT next year, leaving Australia without a prime contest.

Occhilupo said Surfest, which found the financial backing to secure six-star WQS status for the first time last year, was an ideal event to take Margaret River’s prime place.

‘‘I’m just really stoked it’s back to a six-star event now, and hopefully Newcastle might even be a prime next year,’’ Occhilupo said.

‘‘We need more primes in Australia. We should have the same as the other countries, really. We have a lot of events, but we need more bigger ones to give all the kids who want to qualify something to aspire to.’’

Brazil, mainland America and Hawaii have two prime events, while South Africa has one.

Surfest organiser Warren Smith said his event would need a $130,000 boost in support to reach the next level, but he was sure they would tick all the other boxes.

‘‘I’m confident we’d meet all the KPIs for the criteria to be a prime event but dollars would be the big thing,’’ Smith said.

‘‘It’s not only the jump in prizemoney.

‘‘There’s a domino effect with that.

‘‘Things like your sanction fee and international wages all go up.

‘‘But in terms of location and coverage and all the other aspects that make up a prime event, we have all that.’’

Given Surfest has fought hard to secure and retain six-star status, the jump in backing needed for prime rating appears a bridge too far.

Smith said he was ‘‘looking outside the square’’ with his next three-year plan for Surfest and it would focus on building the festival concept.

Regardless, Smith said the vote of confidence from Occhilupo was a boost.

‘‘It’s unbelievable to have his support and it’s not only Occy, a lot of the surfers are saying we need more big events,’’ he said.

‘‘It’s great to have a surfer of Mark Occhilupo’s calibre speaking positively about our event, and he knows what it takes to host a prime.’’

Meanwhile Merewether’s Jesse Adam recorded the highest score of round two at the four-star men’s Burleigh Pro on Tuesday.

Adam earned a best two-wave score of 16.54 to secure a place in round three, which will feature fellow Merewether riders Jake Sylvester and Ryan Callinan.

Merewether’s Philippa Anderson is in round four of the six-star women’s event.

KING OF WAVES: Surfing royalty Mark Occhilupo at Surfest on Merewether beach in 2010. Occy has been competing at the top level since the 1980s. Picture: Simone De Peak

南京夜网 21/11/2018

Hunters line up new coach

NEWCASTLE Basketball president Ross Lewis hopes to appoint a new Hunters coach by the end of the week so the association can move on from Darren Nichols’s shock resignation.
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After coaching Newcastle’s Waratah Basketball League senior men’s team for the past four years, guiding them to the finals for the past three, Nichols has severed ties after falling out with Newcastle Basketball general manager Ivan Spyrdz.

Assistant coach Larry Davidson and team manager Martin Anderson stepped down from their positions with the team to support Nichols’s stance.

Former Hunter Pirates assistant coach Trevor Gallacher, who was to have been Nichols’s other assistant this season, has been appointed interim head coach.

But Lewis said the association had already sounded out several potential permanent replacements.

‘‘Nicko has resigned as coach and we’re moving on, so we’ve got to find another head coach,’’ Lewis told the Newcastle Herald.

‘‘We’ve built a bridge and we’re getting on with it.

‘‘I tried to talk Nicko into staying on, but he was pretty adamant. It’s one of those things that happens so now we’ve got to move on from that.

‘‘We’re speaking to a couple of people about the head coaching position. A couple of them are considering it now and, hopefully, we’ll have a decision this week. That would be good news.’’

The often strained professional relationship between Nichols and Spyrdz had been common knowledge within the inner circle of Newcastle’s basketball community for the past 18 months.

It came to a head on Friday when Nichols, who did not see eye to eye with Spyrdz over a range of issues including recruitment, funding and costs incurred by players to represent the Hunters, contacted Lewis to tender his resignation.

‘‘I really can’t comment on internal club matters,’’ Lewis said. ‘‘But … there are issues between people – that’s going to happen in any organisation where you’ve got a couple of hundred volunteers. There’s always going to be issues. It would be nice if you could please everybody all the time but you just can’t do it.

‘‘Nicko’s got a lot of supporters but most of them are Hunters players and Hunters people, so I don’t think the support base is going anywhere. These things happen and you’ve just got to move on.’’

Spyrdz said yesterday that he was getting on with his duties as general manager and was looking forward to the Hunters senior and junior teams enjoying successful seasons.

‘‘It’s business as usual. We’ll be announcing our men’s and women’s teams in the very near future, so there’s a lot to look forward to,’’ Spyrdz said.

Davidson wants to air his grievances in an appropriate forum.

‘‘I support Nicko and his actions, and like Newcastle Basketball I’m not at liberty to talk openly about what’s gone on, but I would like the opportunity to address the board with not only my concerns but the concerns of the senior program,’’ Davidson said.

‘‘I will speak to Ross Lewis about that, and I’m sure that they would like to speak to Nicko and myself as well.’’

Gallacher said he would speak to players at training tonight and tomorrow to determine their intentions for this season, and he was confident the Hunters would field a competitive team.

He said he could not commit to the coaching position this season as he was completing his final year of university studies and had other commitments, but he was keen to continue as an assistant with whoever Newcastle Basketball appointed to replace Nichols.

‘‘There is still a lot for the Hunters to be positive about in 2013, and we’re trying to deal with this situation as swiftly and respectfully as possible,’’ Gallacher said.

‘‘Each player has a personal decision to make regarding this season, and we’re trying to work through that with every respect for Newcastle Basketball and for coach Nichols.’’

The circumstances surrounding Nichols’s departure have left long-serving player Adam Melmeth disappointed and wondering whether he wanted to keep playing.

‘‘I’m very frustrated with the whole situation. I don’t agree with the way Nicko has been treated and I believe there has been a lack of support for the coaches and the players and the program,’’ Melmeth said.

GONE: Darren Nichols, left, and Larry Davidson have resigned.

南京夜网 21/11/2018

Grant to lead Hawks in surge to finals

Malcolm Grant, right, with teammate Adris Deleon at training. While Wollongong’s play-off hopes remain on a knife-edge, mid-season recruit Malcolm Grant has already declared his desire to stay with the Hawks beyond this season.
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Grant has made a major on-court contribution since arriving in Australia, following a season-ending injury to Hawks guard and close friend Lance Hurdle.

The former University of Miami sharp-shooter scored a game high 21 points in the crucial victory over Adelaide, which has maintained the gap over the Melbourne Tigers.

Facing off against the Tigers in Wollongong on Friday night, Grant said the Hawks wanted the chance to be part of a title-contending force this year and in the future.

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‘‘Definitely,’’ Grant said.

‘‘If they will have me and things are going right, I would definitely like to stay out here.

‘‘That’s if it all goes according to plan, it’s one of those things, but the people out here are wonderful and [the Hawks] are so good to me since I’ve been here.

‘‘I would love to stay.’’

With their season on the slide, the Hawks’ crippling injury toll led to their SOS for Grant.

A knee injury forced Glen Saville to retire last week after 19 seasons, while Rhys Martin and Hurdle have both been sidelined until the end of the year.

Larry Davidson, Tim Coenraad and Tyson Demos have been among the other injury concerns.

On the recommendation of Hurdle and former Hawks league MVP Gary Ervin – now with Townsville – Grant filled the yawning gap in Wollongong’s roster.

While Grant and Adris Deleon are in charge of leading a renewed surge to the finals series, it now provides a fascinating sub-plot about who will remain on deck at the end of the season.

The Hawks, like most NBL clubs, have had mixed success attracting talented imports. Ervin was a standout, while Ty McKee proved a hit before his off-court misdemeanours saw him leave the club. But the Hawks struggled with Showron Glover and Ayinde Ubaka last season.

Grant said coach Gordie McLeod had played an important role in preventing the Hawks’ season from falling apart.

‘‘When you have a great coach like we have and I’ve only been here a short period of time, but I know that he’s been very positive,’’ Grant said.

‘‘He’s a leader and if he’s being positive it trickles down through the team, it’s something I admire about him.’’

With eight games remaining, including five at home, Grant is determined to ensure Wollongong makes the final four in March and April.

‘‘I think I’ve adjusted pretty well, I’m still used to the [Hawks] plays, I’m still getting them down pat,’’ he said.

‘‘We have the opportunity to be in the play-offs, we just have to take care of business.’’

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南京夜网 21/11/2018

Miner fears strike: Rail union action could cost $50m

COAL shipments from the North West are set to grind to a halt on Friday, costing the mining industry dearly, if train drivers walk off the job as planned.
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The region’s biggest coalminer says a proposed rail staff strike planned to start on Friday could cause significant damage.

It will be the second major disruption to Whitehaven Coal’s rail transport link to the port of Newcastle in the past two months.

Whitehaven is responding to threats of industrial action made against its coal hauler, Pacific National, by the Rail, Tram and Bus Union (RTBU) after wage negotiations with the company broke down.

The union informed Pacific National, one of the country’s biggest coal haulage operators, of its intention to stage a one-day strike beginning noon Friday.

Late yesterday afternoon, it is understood the union extended the strike from 24 to 48 hours.

One industry expert estimated a 24-hour shutdown could prevent 300,000 tonnes of the state’s coal from reaching port – costing more than $25 million to the economy.

Just weeks before a Christmas shipment of the company’s coal was en route to Newcastle when six fully-laden coal wagons on a Pacific National train derailed at the Coxs Creek bridge crossing near Boggabri on November 28.

The bridge was damaged and required extensive repairs before freight trains returned to service. The cause of the derailment has not yet been disclosed.

The 22-day closure of the north western line caused a backlog of tonnes of coal, from four mines in the region, along with agricultural commodities which are transported out of Narrabri.

While a two day strike is by no means as damaging as the pre-Christmas closure of the rail line, Whitehaven says it has cause for concern.

Whitehaven managing director Tony Haggarty said the proposed action had the potential to cause significant harm and, accordingly, the company had requested the union to withdraw its strike notice.

“Whitehaven has advised the Rail, Tram and Bus Union that it considers the potential impact that this, or future industrial action, may have on its operations is extremely serious,” Mr Haggarty said.

He warned the union that Whitehaven reserved all its rights to make any necessary application to the Fair Work Commission.

Mr Haggarty said it wasn’t appropriate to comment on the negotiations between the RTBU or Pacific National, or on the details of any application it could make to the commission.

Negotiations between the rail operator and union had broken down after a year-long pay dispute over wages.

It is understood the RTBU wanted an increase of about 7 per cent while Pacific National offered 4 per cent, before walking out of negotiations last week.

BRAKE APPLIED: A coal train passes through Branxton on its way to Newcastle. Train drivers have said they will walk off the job.

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Ministers dragged into Obeid scandal

NAMES: ALP powerbroker Eddie Obeid leaves the ICAC after giving evidence. Picture: Dallas KilponenTHREE of Labor’s most senior politicians – federal Environment Minister Tony Burke, Communications Minister Stephen Conroy and NSW Opposition Leader John Robertson – have been dragged into a corruption probe after admitting they accepted lavish ski trips from the ALP powerbroker Eddie Obeid.
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In his final few moments in the witness box at the Independent Commission Against Corruption yesterday, Mr Obeid named six senior Labor figures he claimed had accepted thousands of dollars worth of hospitality from his family in a lodge at the Perisher ski resort.

Mr Obeid was being questioned about his generosity to former state mining minister Ian Macdonald, who is accused of providing the Obeid family confidential information about a government coal tender.

Mr Macdonald was given a rent-free holiday at the Obeids’ three-bedroom ski lodge, The Stables at Perisher, which costs more than $7500 a week in peak season.

The Obeids also picked up Mr Macdonald’s meal tab.

Mr Obeid denied providing such hospitality was to create obligations on behalf of other people.

‘‘We’re generous people and we like to share our generosity with our friends,’’ he said.

Mr Obeid added that he thought the federal Workplace Minister, Bill Shorten, had enjoyed a holiday on the slopes with Mr Burke.

Mr Obeid was mistaken. It was not Mr Shorten, who doesn’t ski, it was his colleague Mr Conroy, who said last night: ‘‘I wish to declare one stay for two days at this apartment in either 2005 or 2006’’.

Mr Burke said: ‘‘Given the media interest which has emerged today, I declare two separate stays at this accommodation in the period 2004 to 2006’’.

Both Mr Burke and Mr Conroy said the Obeid family was not present during the stays.

Mr Obeid said the former NSW premier Morris Iemma, the former NSW minister Carl Scully and the former federal minister turned lobbyist Mark Arbib had all stayed at The Stables lodge.

Mr Iemma denied the claim. Mr Scully said he stayed there twice but ‘‘as this was from a fellow parliamentary colleague I did not at the time believe I was required to declare it in the pecuniary interest register’’.

Mr Robertson and Mr Arbib confirmed they had accepted Mr Obeid’s hospitality, but said it was before they entered Parliament.

Mr Robertson said his trip, with his family, occurred in 2007 when he was the head of Unions NSW.

He said no politicians or members of the Obeid family were present.

Mr Obeid’s testimony came as a result of a two-year investigation undertaken by the ICAC into an allegedly corrupt 2008 coal licence tender run by Mr Macdonald that led to windfall gains for the Obeid family of more than $75 million.

During his second day of interrogation by counsel assisting the inquiry, Geoffrey Watson SC, Mr Obeid was grilled about his own pecuniary interest declaration, which made no mention of the millions of dollars flowing from the Obeid family trust, of which he and his wife were the ultimate beneficiaries.

Mr Obeid repeatedly declared he did not know and could not explain the workings of the accounts – including how it was that payments made to his family’s business partners, its staff and even to himself were channelled through his wife’s loan account.

Although he said he had trained and worked as an accountant early in his career, Mr Obeid said: ‘‘I have no knowledge of these accounts.’’

Taking Mr Obeid through page after page of mysterious account entries, counsel assisting the inquiry, Geoffrey Watson SC, remarked: ‘‘It looks shonky, doesn’t it?’’

‘‘I don’t believe my family does anything shonky,’’ Mr Obeid replied, becoming increasingly angry at the questions being asked of him. This was despite the fact he had not declared the $2.3 million he had drawn from his family trust between 2001 and 2011.

Asked how he had managed to ‘‘squirrel away’’ from his MP’s salary (the only income listed in his parliamentary assets register) hundreds of thousands of dollars, as reflected in his family trust loan account, he snapped: ‘‘Don’t squirrel me. I’ve spent more money than you have made in a lifetime.’’

When Commissioner David Ipp asked him where that money had come from, he said he had been very successful in business and had ‘‘more money than you could imagine’’ before he went into Parliament in 1990, after handing control of the family business to his sons.

Corruption watchdog airs family’s dirty laundry

By ANNE DAVIES

FINALLY the Independent Commission Against Corruption has got down to the Obeid’s dirty laundry – literally.

As the corruption watchdog tries to unscramble the accounts of the Obeid empire, what’s emerged is a picture that is both mundane and exotic.

At the heart of it are several trust funds that lend Obeid family members money to support their lifestyles.

Each member appears to have a loan account which they draw upon to pay for luxury cars, houses in Sydney’s prestigious suburbs, credit cards and holidays.

ICAC has now turned its sights on Mr Obeid senior’s financial arrangements and those of his wife Judith, casting real doubt on Mr Obeid’s claims for the last decade that he had no other income other than his parliamentary salary.

Let’s start with the exotic. The commission wanted to know about nearly $30,000 paid to Rydges Port Macquarie in 2007 by the trust from Judith Obeid’s loan account.

‘‘You’re talking nine families and we own one unit and you’re talking rotating each 10 days,’’ Mr Obeid explained.

Then there was the mundane: the Obeid dry cleaning. It is apparently dropped at Hunters Hill newsagent by his wife, who then pays for it via a loan account through the Obeid Family Trust No.1.

Mrs Obeid has racked up $1.7million in loans to the trust even though she has no employment outside the home.

Also under scrutiny was Mr Obeid’s loan account. In 2001 it held $1.6million. But it was drawn down as Mr Obeid bought a unit in Port Macquarie, and drew down funds, often in $10,000 increments.

南京夜网 21/10/2018

Cooper on track for Dragons’ 2013 campaign

His mind is willing and his body is able – and that’s enough to convince Matt Cooper playing beyond 2013 is not out of the question.
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Having survived what Dragons players have described as the toughest pre-season in years, Cooper yesterday hinted that thoughts of joining fellow Red V stalwarts Ben Hornby and Dean Young in retirement were premature.

‘‘I had some surgery at the end of last year just to fix up minor injuries I had throughout [last] year,’’ 33-year-old Cooper said.

‘‘It’s been great and I’ve had a great pre-season.’’

Pressed on whether his body was capable of carrying him into 2014 and beyond, the veteran of seven Tests said: ‘‘At the moment, yeah it does. Ask me that question in June or July and I might have a different answer.

‘‘At the moment the body feels really good and I feel like I could play a couple more seasons. It’s too early to tell and obviously come mid-year I’m going to have to make that decision.’’

Cooper’s desire to ask for a contract extension if his often injury-plagued body allows would help offset the Dragons’ thinning experience stocks. St George Illawarra watched all-time games leader Hornby (273 games) and Young (209 games) hang up the boots last season, while the hard-nosed Beau Scott fled to Newcastle over summer.

Matt Cooper, centre, back at Dragons training last month. Picture: ORLANDO CHIODO

If he was to embark on a 15th season in the NRL, Cooper, a veteran of 235 appearances, would also have the chance to usurp Hornby’s record.

Cooper said the club had already unearthed several willing leaders in the absence of Hornby and Young.

‘‘There was a couple of years ago when Shaun Timmins, Trent Barrett and Luke Bailey left,’’ Cooper said.

‘‘That was a bit of a change. This year with Dean and Ben going, there’s a new group of leaders stepping up.

‘‘The likes of Brett Morris, Jason Nightingale and Dan Hunt – players like those blokes have really stepped up this year and have turned into great leaders.’’

St George Illawarra will begin their 2013 campaign with a trial against North Queensland in Cairns next Saturday.

Cooper said he would take part in the Cowboys hit-out and the Charity Shield duel with Souths on February 22, matches crucial to a daunting month for the Dragons.

‘‘If you have a look at the draw we have a really tough opening few weeks. Round one against Melbourne in Melbourne is going to be a tough game and we’re looking to start the year with a couple of wins.’’

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南京夜网 21/10/2018

Shenanigans keep going on

IT WAS just like old times. Despite the solace of a church service to get the parliamentary year started, the “love one another” Christian message was quickly lost when question time arrived a few hours later.
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The old combatants, with renewed vigour courtesy of an election date, were at it again.

Like a prize fight they exchanged blows, hoping for that knockout punch which never arrives.

With rumblings within the Labor ranks that the election could deliver the party one of its worst defeats, and only a day after the Prime Minister warned her caucus to be loyal or watch out, there was plenty to talk about.

With a fresh poll indicating the Coalition is in line for a momentous victory, no time was lost in the attempt to draw first blood.

The Coalition, armed with wads of paper documenting how many times Treasurer Wayne Swan had reiterated Labor’s pledge to deliver a budget surplus in the 2012-13 fiscal year, was wasting time trying to discredit the government.

The Gillard government will be judged on its own actions and the electorate is smart enough to know when a government has lost its way.

Kevin Rudd, the rejected leader with hope still on board, missed the caucus meeting but responded to reports yesterday that some Labor backbenchers were restless about Julia Gillard’s ability to lift the government’s fortunes from a quagmire of broken promises and unfulfilled policies.

“Have a long, cold shower,” was Mr Rudd’s response to speculation he might have another tilt at the Labor leadership.

But Kevin Rudd does not need to show any interest in Labor’s top job, because he knows, if the polls continue to show the party will be routed at the September 14 election, Julia Gillard’s grip on power will be significantly weakened.

If the crisis worsens and the outlook is bad enough, Labor will seek him out, some predict.

The reality, however, is that any change in leadership leading up to the election will not work in Labor’s favour.

It would confirm to the voting public that Labor has no real leadership and no ability to govern with authority.

Tony Abbott might not win the election – he may be delivered victory by a party in disarray. Time will tell.

In the meantime, the mean-spirited shenanigans which are part and parcel of parliamentary life will continue.

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南京夜网 21/10/2018

Longer coal strike could cost $50m

THE Rail, Tram and Bus Union effectively declared war on train company Pacific National on Tuesdayby doubling Friday’s planned strike to 48hours.
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If not settled by noon on Friday the strike could stop the movement of about 600,000 tonnes of coal worth about $50million.

Pacific National hauls about three-quarters of the Hunter’s coal but the two other operators could also be hit if stopped trains block access to the Newcastle and Port Kembla coal-loaders.

Pacific National director Dave Irwin said the company was not expecting the extra action, nor had the union explained its actions.

‘‘This is an uncontrolled escalation of the action on behalf of the [union]. We don’t understand the basis on which they have taken it.’’

The union’s Newcastle organiser, Steve Wright, defended the extended action saying the union had always intended to go for 48hours and was only required to give 72hours notice for each day’s action.

Pacific National and the union have been at loggerheads for more than a year over pay and conditions for about 800 employees including more than 400 drivers involved with Hunter and Gunnedah coal trains.

The company has cut its final three-year offer from 4per cent a year to 3per cent, making it well short of the union demand of 7per cent, 5per cent and 5per cent, with another 2per cent a year on top of that for a fuel efficiency bonus carried over from the previous agreement.

Mr Wright said the company reneged on the fuel offer and had not even fitted the monitors needed to measure the improvements.

But Mr Irwin said the bonus was not paid because the fuel bills were never cut, at least partly because rail congestion added to running costs.

Relations between the parties have deteriorated in recent days and Pacific National defended sending private investigators into its Newcastle and Port Kembla workplaces after company notices relating to the dispute were defaced with references to ‘‘scabs’’.

Mr Wright said the company was ‘‘going over the top’’ in reacting to things written on meal-room notice boards.

‘‘And they had the hide to write to the union asking for our support in investigating who wrote on them,’’ Mr Wright said.

But Mr Irwin said the ‘‘scabs’’ messages were ‘‘bullying and intimidation’’ and the company was determined to ‘‘protect those employees who have chosen not to take industrial action’’.

Train drivers contacted the Newcastle Herald on Tuesdayto say that Mr Irwin was refusing to meet their pay claims while his company’s annual report showed his remuneration rising 37per cent to more than $1million last year.

Mr Irwin confirmed the figures, but said the business had grown a lot in the past five years and it was not his job to justify his salary.

南京夜网 21/10/2018

Australians are improving when it comes to being safe in the sun

More Australians are keeping out of the sun and avoiding getting sunburnt than six years ago, according to the latest cancer council research released today.
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Research published in the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health compared the results of the National Sun protection survey conducted in the summer of 2010-11 with surveys in 2006-07 and three years before. It found that the proportion of adults who wanted a tan fell from jl39 per cent in 2003-04 and 32 per cent in 2006-07 to 27 per cent in 2010-11.

Fewer reported getting sunburnt at the weekend – 18 per cent in 2003-04 compared with 13 per cent in 2010-11.

Similar changes were reported for adolescents with the proportion of young people wanting a tan falling from jl60 per cent in 2003-04 and 51 per cent in 2006-07 to 45 per cent in 2010-11.

Tasmanians followed the national trend with 40 per cent in 2003 liking the idea of a suntan, with only 30 per cent in 2006, and 28 per cent in 2010.

More than 80 per cent of Tasmanians surveyed in 2003 believed that if they protected themselves from the sun they could avoid skin cancer in 2003.

That figure dropped to 79 per cent in 2006 but lifted to 83 per cent in 2010.

There was a “very slight” decrease in the proportion of adults surveyed who stayed mostly in the shade during their main outdoor activity since the 2003-04 survey.

Cancer Council of Australia skin cancer committee chairman Terry Slevin said that, nationally, improved sun protection behaviour (wearing sunscreen and long-sleeve tops) was noted with adults over time, but improvement slowed in recent years.

“One in five adolescents and one in eight adults still report getting sunburnt so while attitudes towards tanning are improving we are still seeing people getting too much sun,” Mr Slevin said.

Launceston tradesman Aaron McBain works outside all day and exercises sun safety, slopping on sunscreen and seeking shade on his breaks. Picture: ZONA BLACK

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南京夜网 21/10/2018

Enforcement of fair rules would be better

MY WIFE and I have been coming to Tamworth for the festival for 13 years.
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It has an exciting, throbbing, vibrant feel in Peel St, the variety of which never fails to amaze and entertain us.

This year was a bloody dreadful mess.

The reason given for the change was that it was too noisy.

The council-operated stage was the worst offender by far!

I asked the sound operator why they were so loud, with shrieking female singers echoing around the street.

He replied: “The lots behind us turn up, so we do.”

Is that not what started this argument in the first place – “turning up”?

The lots behind him, oh yeah!

One had a 15-watt amp, one was just a guitar and no amp and the other had a twin speaker PA of 50W.

They sat on the pavement totally overpowered and then left Peel St, very upset.

Also, what gives the organisers the right to exclude the oldies and the not-so-good who come every year?

Or the singers who are fundraisers for various charities but sing flat or off-key?

It doesn’t matter – they are all part of the character of the festival and deserve a fair go on Peel St.

At least they entertain and can go home and say “I sang in Tamworth”.

There is a very simple solution to the noise issue.

Get the council officers to properly implement the noise policy.

As in any job, three warnings and you are fired.

Three warnings, then: “You have been warned three times, now pack up and leave or you will be removed.”

Use the council golf carts to effect this.

No act that has travelled hundreds of kilometres will want that to happen.

Pre-warned of this rule and strong enforcement might just make the difference in the street.

We will be back next year, but please give the busking job back to whoever did it in previous years.

JOHN COUZENS

METUNG VIC

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