Radio benefits from network

SIGNS of the national broadband network are already filtering into houses across Meander Valley – in some cases whether they’re connected or not.
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The network landed at Deloraine last year and has been used by the town’s radio station – MVFM – to remotely program broadcasts.

The shift has made life easier for the station and its 15 volunteers, according to Meander Valley Community Radio president Lionel Walters.

“From an operating perspective, we don’t have people man the studio 24 hours a day,” Mr Walters said.

“It’s not live radio … volunteers do shows from their home PC or a smart phone or tablet.”

He said the connection meant a 60-megabyte file could be sent in as quickly as two minutes, as opposed to its previous 50-minute transfer window.

“The NBN will improve how we connect better, both socially and for business,” Mr Walters said.

He said the station began by streaming audio online and that, in a way, it was returning to that system.

“I suggested we start an online service to demonstrate what we could do,” Mr Walters said.

“So we started with streaming and bolted on the FM later.”

MVFM broadcasts as far as Devonport, and can be listened to on 96.9 FM.

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Heaven for chocoholics

CHOCOLATE Winterfest, Latrobe is a chocolate-infused sensory overload held in and around the town of Latrobe and it will return on Sunday from 10.30am until 4pm.
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Along with all the sweet indulgences at the many eating places, there will be treats to be found in most businesses along with all the activities in the program.

The challenge in going to Latrobe for the festival is to indulge in as many of the 46 chocolate-infused activities at the 26 locations in and around the town of Latrobe.

While assisted with the free shuttle buses that will operate continually throughout the day, the succession and quantity of events is the most that have ever been offered at Chocolate Winterfest, Latrobe and will seek to indulge, inform, astound and amuse festival goers.

Festival coordinator Michelle Dutton said bookings were recommended for the regular eating places, however, there are a variety of eating experiences to indulge in.

“I doubt that it is possible for someone to participate in all that is being offered on Sunday without planning their day,” Mrs Dutton said.

This year the Chocolate Corner has expanded at the Latrobe Memorial Hall with the venue also featuring cooking demonstrations, wearable art and the My Chocolate Love Affair Dessert competition.

Chocolate quizzes, a Willy Wonka-style lucky chocolate bar, an opportunity for the kids to decorate biscuits with flavoursome treats while you try a sample of chocolate produce are just some of the happenings.

“New activities this year include the Naked Brownie Hunt, Chocolate Pancake Stack Time Trial, Lil’ Birdy Chocolate Hunt, the chocolate photo booth and the unique Dessert First meal option,” Mrs Dutton said.

“If you are looking to rest your feet for a while, head to the Latrobe Bowls Club for the Business and Employment Where’s the Talent competition and appreciate the performances of entrants as they vie for the amazing Anvers chocolate hamper (and the $400 first prize).

“Likewise, the magic and musical performances of the Tasmanian Performing Arts Centre will be revealed at the Latrobe Senior Citizens Club rooms where you can grab a bite to eat and view the chocolate artwork,” Mrs Dutton said.

Kicking all this off is the Cement Australia Lights on Fire event at Bells Parade, Latrobe, on Saturday from 6pm.

The community lantern parade, chocolate, hot food and fire event will include the launch of the poetry book Beyond the Chocolate Box this year.

“Of course, to be responsible, I do encourage indulging in chocolate in moderation. A full-on overload one day of the year should just about be sufficient,” Mrs Dutton said.

Programs for Chocolate Winterfest, Latrobe are available online at www.chocolatewinterfest南京夜网.au/program.html or pick up a hard copy from visitor information centres statewide.

Chocolate high tea at the House of Anvers will be one of many indulgent treats at this weekend’s Chocolate Winterfest, Latrobe.

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Council grab

BREAK O’DAY ratepayers will find it interesting that their rates will go up by 6 per cent next week.
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The only notification was in The Examiner (June 26).

Part of the reason for the rise, according to your report, is due to property values falling, and if this makes any sense to anybody it doesn’t to me.

I live about nine miles out of town [St Helens] at Goshen and receive no council services at all.

There are 5-inch deep potholes in the road because the council says it is a Forestry responsibility.

Forestry won’t do anything because they say it is the council’s job to fix the road.

We get nothing from the council except money demands – no water, no sewerage, no area maintenance.


These councils are the only business that I know (apart from politicians in general) where people can be legally forced to pay money and get nothing in return.

– COL HAYWARD, Goshen.

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Rememberto think first, then speak

FOOTBALL has the ability to make adults say things that seem foolish upon reflection.
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Such a moment was last week when AFL chief executive Scott Wade launched his organisation’s blue print for the future and deeply offended Hawthorn in the process.

There is nothing wrong with AFL Tasmania wanting to have a Tasmanian team or perhaps one team playing eight games in Tasmania.

The AFL has always wanted to dump eight North Melbourne games into Tasmania because the club loses money for the AFL in Melbourne.

Hawthorn’s success here for the past 13 years has complicated that plan.

It now appears that the AFL may dump eight Melbourne or Western Bulldogs games in the state if the numbers stack up and that AFL Tasmania would grab that with glee.

On Sunday, more people watched Hawthorn in Launceston than watched North Melbourne in Melbourne despite Etihad Stadium having more than twice the capacity of Aurora Stadium.

In an unusual move, Hawthorn president Andrew Newbold came to The Examiner last Friday to express his frustration at Wade’s comments in The Age that Hawthorn isn’t seen as Tasmania’s club and that the Hawks did not “add any value to our talent pathway”.

Newbold said Hawthorn was “offended” by the comments considering that the club gifts AFL Tasmania $150,000 a year for grassroots football and deserved a courtesy call before Wade’s comments were made public.

If Wade or any other members of AFL Tasmania attended Sunday’s match they would have seen a passionate Tasmanian crowd that certainly view Hawthorn as Tasmania’s club.

Yes, it has been financially lucrative for the Hawks, but the club has embraced Tasmania and built huge local support.

Tasmania will never be able to afford the $30 million a year to support its own AFL club, so what is so wrong with Hawthorn playing in Launceston and North Melbourne playing in Hobart?

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Hellyer College’s turn to exhibit its art

THE beauty of photography is to capture people in their own space.
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This is what draws Lukas Goodall to the art medium.

The Hellyer College student was one of many to display works in the Ha High Art exhibition.

There are five high schools that are taking it in turns to display works in the foyer of the Burnie Regional Art Gallery throughout the year.

Hellyer College will have its works on display until July 14.

“I took a photograph of a local person who builds trains for the Penguin railway,” Lukas said.

“The photo is of him in his work space and I like that you can see all of this as it gives you more of an idea about him as a person and his life.”

Ha High Art is on display at the Burnie Regional Art Gallery.

Hellyer College’s works are featured until July 14, Parklands High School from July 19-August 11, and Wynyard High School, August 16-September 8.

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Fall in aerosol use to bring more rain to wet zones

After the soggiest week in two years and the wettest month since 2007, the sun returns. Rosehill Races were back on Monday after the wet weather. Photo: Steven SiewertWet parts of the globe will face even heavier rainfall if greenhouse gas emissions continue to rise and air pollutants continue to be reduced, a study has found.
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The British study used climate-model simulations to examine the global hydrological cycle between the 1950s and 1980s. It found increased atmospheric aerosols were linked to a weakening global water cycle.

The researchers concluded the impact of climate change on the world’s water cycle would become increasingly evident over time, as aerosols were phased out.

Lead researcher Peili Wu, from the British Met Office, said a warming world would normally result in increased rainfall and river discharge, but human pollutants and aerosols had been masking the effects of increased atmospheric concentrations of carbon dioxide. He said that as air pollutants reduced, the true impact would become clear.

”We know that precipitation isn’t increasing as we had been predicting,” Steven Siems, from Monash University’s weather and climate group, said. ”But this [study] has included the effect of aerosols in the models and all of a sudden precipitation predictions behave better.”

Professor Siems said as the Earth warmed, more vapour could be held in the air. It meant there was more moisture available to fall as rain when a storm developed.

The research, which was published in the journal Nature Climate Change, was said to take better account of the impact of aerosols on the water cycle than previous weather studies.

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Election date

AFTER the 2010 political assassination of Kevin Rudd by Julia Gillard, thousands of Australian voters lamented the fact that they had been denied the right to remove him at the ballot box.
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Well, that privilege has just been restored with his knifing of Ms Gillard, we just need the date.

That said folks, I’ve now got to “Zip”.

– HAYDN BORELLA, Windermere.

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Focus on ministry over pizzas at Sheffield

MEN, ministry and fellowship will come together next week when Sheffield hosts its next men’s pizza night.
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About 160 men attended the last pizza night, which was held in February, and organiser John McMillan said it had been a great turnout.

Mr McMillan said the pizza night was aimed at fostering friendship and fellowship for all the men in the region while getting a chance to spread the Christian message to those who were interested.

Each session has a different guest speaker and the next one will be Inglewood Community Church pastor Mark Edwards, from Perth, Western Australia.

Mr Edwards is in Tasmania on a promotional speaking trail, and Mr McMillan said Sheffield was “very fortunate” to have a speaker of his calibre.

“Mr Edwards has been the pastor at the church for 20 years,” Mr McMillan said.

“For many years he has been an active member of Mighty Men’s Ministry Australia with the emphasis on men’s development.

“Mr Edwards is motivated to see men fulfil their role as fathers, husbands and leaders in the community and is a family man himself, with two young children.” nThe Men’s Ministry Pizza Night will be held on July 17 at the Sheffield Town Hall from 6.30. To reserve your spot and for catering purposes, please RSVP by July 10. The event is free. To secure your spot or for more information, contact Craig on 64921160 or John on 64273477.

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Ferrer makes last eight again

Spanish fourth seed David Ferrer reached the Wimbledon quarter-finals for the second successive year on Monday while Jerzy Janowicz and Lukasz Kubot set-up an all-Polish showdown for a place in the last four.
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Ferrer fired 53 winners in his 6-7 (6/8), 7-6 (7/3), 6-1, 6-1 win over Croatia’s unseeded Ivan Dodig and goes on to tackle either Argentine eighth seed Juan Martin del Potro or Andreas Seppi, the 23rd seeded Italian.

The 31-year-old Ferrer, who was defeated in the French Open final by compatriot Rafael Nadal last month, will be playing in his seventh consecutive Grand Slam quarter-final.

Janowicz, the 24th seed, defeated 31-year-old Jurgen Melzer, who was hoping to become the first Austrian man to reach the last eight.

The 22-year-old Janowicz’s 3-6, 7-6 (7/1), 6-4, 4-6, 6-4 win was based on 16 aces and 34 winners as he reached his first Grand Slam quarter-final.

He was joined in the last eight just moments later when 31-year-old Kubot, the lowest-ranked player left at 130 in the world, defeated France’s 111-ranked Adrian Mannarino, 4-6, 6-3, 3-6, 6-3, 6-4.

The last Pole to reach the last-eight at Wimbledon was Wojtek Fibak in 1980. Later Monday, top seed Novak Djokovic, the 2011 champion, tackles 2009 semi-finalist Tommy Haas, the 35-year-old German 13th seed who is bidding to become the oldest Wimbledon quarter-finalist since Tom Okker in 1979.

Djokovic has a 5-3 career record over the world number one, but Haas defeated him at the quarter-final stage on his way to the 2009 last-four.

Victory on Monday would give Djokovic, who has yet to drop his serve in three rounds so far, a 17th successive place in a Grand Slam quarter-final.

Haas is playing in his 53rd Grand Slam, just four behind the record of 57 for active players held by Roger Federer and Lleyton Hewitt.

Second seed Andy Murray, the runner-up to Federer last year, faces Russian 20th seed Mikhail Youzhny and is bidding to make the quarter-finals for a sixth successive season.

The shock defeats suffered by Federer and Nadal in the first week have helped throw the tournament wide open with only five of the men’s top 10 seeds – Djokovic, Murray, Ferrer, Tomas Berdych and Del Potro — reaching the fourth round.

Five players – Seppi, Janowicz, French world number 80 Kenny de Schepper, Mannarino and Dodig – were all making their Wimbledon last-16 debuts.

Berdych, the seventh seed and 2010 runner-up, takes on unseeded Australian Bernard Tomic, a quarter-finalist in 2011.

Del Potro, the 2009 US Open winner, will be looking to make the quarter-finals for the first time when he meets Seppi who hopes to reach the last-eight of any Grand Slam at the 34th attempt.

The last Italian man to reach the Wimbledon quarter-finals was Davide Sanguinetti in 1998.

Spanish former top-10 player Fernando Verdasco faces De Schepper, who is playing in only his fifth major at the age of 26.


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Push to put commercial water interests before environment

Commercial interests should come before the environment during times of drought, a state parliamentary committee recommends.
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The committee, dominated by government and Christian Democratic Party MPs, has recommended amendments to the NSW Water Management Act to ensure the commercial water supply for towns and industry are ”prioritised above environmental needs”.

As the legislation stands, environmental needs are given second priority below that of providing a domestic supply of water to towns, utilities and landholders. The commercial supply of water for towns and utilities is third priority.

Under the recommendation of the standing committee on state development, the commercial supply would replace environmental needs as the second priority.

Greens NSW MP John Kaye said the committee’s recommendation to prioritise the water needs of abattoirs and mines before the environment was short-sighted and would ultimately cost jobs.

”The irrigators saw this inquiry as an opportunity to have another go at reducing environmental flows to get access to even more water for themselves,” Dr Kaye said.

”The committee should have taken a longer term view and rejected the false choice between sustaining employment and the health of the rivers, streams and wetlands. It should have pushed the modern adaptive management approach of encouraging industries and agriculture to become more efficient and flexible in their water usage.”

National Party MP Rick Colless, who chaired the committee, which included two Labor MPs, said the main aim of the recommendation was to secure water supply for permanent crops including orchards and grape vines. He said the committee also wanted to guarantee a water supply for industry including abattoirs.

”We see that jobs and wealth-creating industry need to be assured they are going to have a reliable supply of water during times of drought,” Mr Colless said. ”Certainly those industries must be looked after to make sure jobs are kept in regional areas.

”There are no Greens on that committee so they were not exposed to the evidence we took.”

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