Then there were two…….

Written by admin on 19/06/2018 Categories: 南京夜网

Jamie McIntyre is confident that his 21st CenturyAustralia Party (21CA) will be in the mix for the seat of New England now thatit has become a two horse race.
Nanjing Night Net

While he says he is not surprised that Tony Windsor will notrun at election time, he also admits that the shock resignation will add to thealready growing support his party is receiving, and says it will be a closerace between himself and the National’s Barnaby Joyce for the seat.

In the wake of the tumultuous week of politics which saw anew Prime Minister sworn in, several frontbenchers go, and two powerfulindependents resign Mr McIntyre said he believes an apology is in order from MrWindsor, Mr Oakeshott, Mr Swan, and especially Ms Gillard to the nation andthe New England.

“Once Mr Windsor realised he was going to lose in alandslide, he backed out as we anticipated he would. The polls that showed himat 49% weren’t rue polls and were very suspicious. We have commissioned our ownpolls which showed that Mr Windsor was only sitting at about 15-17% of primaryvotes, with myself and Mr Joyce much closer,” Mr McIntyre said.

The shake- up in Canberra is not going to change the way21CA views the Labor leadership, and they don’t believe it is going to fullmany voters.

“Rudd is a much better campaigner when he puts that face on,although many of the poor policies and decisions were his to start with. Ruddand his party are still responsible for the changes and bad policies,” MrMcIntyre said.

The 21CA leader said that many people including Barnaby, andespecially Newscorp who he refers to as “arrogant media” have already concludedthat the Nationals will win the New England and are already speaking as such.

“In a poll we conducted 62% of people are now undecidedafter Winsor dropped out. The Nationals were getting a lot of votes solely forthe reason of ousting Windsor, but now that has happened support has droppedfor Barnaby and we are expecting to get a proportion of those swinging votes whonow have a different choice,” Mr McIntyre said.

The 21CA party held its first red carpet event in MrMcIntyre’s home town of Glen Innes on Friday night with a good crowd attending.

The event was an official New England launch with aninformal Q&A session, as well as moderated questions and policy overview.

“I plan on making politics more interesting and engaging forthe voters, the Nationals have had long enough to deliver and haven’t, it istime to break the habit and vote for something different,” Mr McIntyre said.

The 21CA are taking their red carpet launch around theregion with events set to be held in Tamworth, Armidale, and Inverell in thenext few weeks.

21st Century Australia founder Jamie McIntyre flanked by Bruce and Diane O’Hara at the party’s red carpet launch in Glen Innes on Friday night

This story Administrator ready to work first appeared on Nanjing Night Net.

Comments Off on Then there were two…….

Budget black hole

Written by admin on  Categories: 南京夜网

STAWELL – A Stawell ratepayer has raised concerns over whowill foot the bill for a blowout in the Northern Grampians Shire Council’slatest budget.
Nanjing Night Net

Brian Burton raised his concerns at council’s meeting lastFriday night, labelling the potential for a $100,000 budget blowout broughtabout by changes in the waste strategy, as a catastrophe.

Mr Burton was among several members of the public gallerywho spoke at the meeting, mainly addressing the council budget which was setfor adoption.

Several speakers who had presented submissions to thebudget, said they were concerned mainly for the problems that had been causedby the newly adopted waste and recycling strategy.

During public question time, the focus quickly turnedtowards the bungled waste strategy and how forced changes were going to resultin additional costs of at least $100,000.

These additional costs are due to changes being implementedto the collection routes in rural areas, as a result of public outcry followingthe awarding of the waste and recycling contract earlier this year.

Ratepayers lobbied council for changes to be made to thecollection route, as many residents living in rural areas including WallalooEast, would have been forced to travel up to 16 kilometres just to place theirbins out for collection.

Mr Burton said it was obvious someone would need to foot thebill for the additional costs, which would occur due to the provision of an’opt out’ clause.

The clause gives rural property owners the ability to optout of the service, but the option is there for them to opt in by February 14next year, to commence receiving the services.

“I would like to know if council has had any indicationat all, of how many people wish to opt out of the new scheme,” Mr Burtonsaid.

“We were told at a recent meeting that the cost perproperty would be $375. If you have 100 people opt out, that would mean a shortfallto council of $37,500.

“I would assume for administration purposes, thatcouncil would not be passing the $375 per property onto the contractor. Theywould take something out. Even if you bring it back to $300 that is to bepassed onto the contractor, that would still be $30,000.

“That means council is going to be $65,000 short if 100people opt out. I doubt whether you would be able to re-negotiate yourcontracts with the contractor to cater for that variation.”

Mr Burton said he, along with many other ratepayers, weredisappointed about how the waste strategy was first presented and that was whatcaused the issues with rural ratepayers.

He said the public’s perception of council at present wasnot very positive.

“The public perception, when you walk up and down theMain Street, you hear people talk about Clown Hall and the Taj Mahal and theysay it’s a protected industry,” he said.

“You the councillors, through the CEO, asked staff topresent a waste management program. In the ad hoc way they came up with thisproposal which you have inspected and accepted and have now back tracked.

“I wonder if council has considered taking any chargeagainst the person or group responsible for that decision.”

Northern Grampians Shire Mayor, Cr Wayne Rice, said councilhad taken all comments on board since the strategy was released and that waswhy changed had since been made.

“We’re not happy with the way we made decisions in thepast,” Cr Rice said.

“We are addressing this, as a result of the way we putthe first letter out telling people it was compulsory and that the routes hadchanged.

“The public has responded to this and we have respondedby going back and presenting an opt in/opt out clause for the service.

“We still don’t have all the matters finalised, as overthe next six months, people in rural areas can still opt into the service ifthey wish.”

Stuart Mill resident, Phil O’Connor, raised a question atthe meeting as to when council was planning to actually survey residents in theshire, to ask what they want from their waste strategy.

“When is council going to survey residents to see whatthe ratepayers want,” he said.

“Hearing the questions asked tonight, a survey wouldhave solved all these concerns and prevented these questions from being neededto be asked.”

John Guest, who lives at Marnoo West, agreed it would havebeen a better option for council to take.

He said the plan by council to now send letters out toratepayers indicating the options available, should have been consideredsooner.

“Why are you going to send letters out now? Why wasn’tit done before to prevent all of this?” he said.

“I’ve been told I have to have two bins. I don’t wantthe recycling service. I’m happy to continue supporting the town recyclingprogram which raises money for the community.

“I think it would be better to have a skip placed inthe town once a month for a collection, so farmers can deposit their waste init, similar to how the Drum Muster program operates.”

Cr Rice responded that such a system would need to beprovided on a user pays basis.

“We (the council) have learnt a valuable lesson out ofthis,” Cr Rice said.

“We should have done it better and have apologised. Wewill be sure this never happens again.”

Northern Grampians Shire Mayor, Cr Wayne Rice.

This story Administrator ready to work first appeared on Nanjing Night Net.

Comments Off on Budget black hole

GALLERY: Maitland City Scene

Written by admin on  Categories: 南京夜网

Claire Spinks of Lorn, Amanda Cobcroft of Thornton and Raven Bluegum of Maitland 290612MN007 Breanna McCoy of Lorn, Darcie Winkler of Tenambit and Madalyn Crockford of Ashtonfield.
Nanjing Night Net

ABOVE: Emma Everitt, Zara Shortland and Mikayla Murphy,all of Metford. 290613MN030

ABOVE: Ben and Madeline Jacka of East Maitland. 270613SS006

Patrick Donohoe of Gillieston Heights and Riley Mitchell of Windella. 290613MN010

Lauren Dunn of Thornton, Michelle Clark of Beresfield and Kate Ryan of Bolwarra Heights. 290613MN016

ABOVE: Paulo Mataira of Maitland, Ben Caple of Beresfield and Adam Hewitt of Lorn. 290613MN019

A SELECTION of photos taken during a busy last weekend in June in Maitland.

Patrick and Katrina Jacka of East Maitland.

Scott and Karen Hassall of Ashtonfield. 270613SS024

ABOVE: Michelle Morris and David Fraser of Bolwarra. 270613SS027

Courtney and Ryan Turton of Bolwarra Heights. 270613SS030

Ella Rusak of Clarence Town, Rebekah Auer of Farley and Ashlea Gifford of Gillieston Heights.

Karen and Scott Atkinson of East Maitland. 290613MN448

Rachel Garland of Aberglasslyn, Stephanie Howell of Aberglasslyn and Kate Wetini of East Maitland at the Maitland Blacks Ball at Maitland Town Hall on Saturday night. Pictures by MARINA NEIL 290613MN451

Lynne and Rob Montgomery of Bolwarra Heights. 290613MN453

Grant Atkins and Zoe Sansom of Sydney.290613MN455

Fiona and Ben Emmett of Morpeth. 290613MN458

Ken and Denise Sturt of Butterwick and Graham Andrews of Elderslie. 290613MN466

Bailey Doyle of Paterson, Lachlan Doyle of Lorn and Kelly Baldwin of Bolwarra Heights. 290613MN467

Daniel and Lindsey Lewer. 290613MN470

This story Administrator ready to work first appeared on Nanjing Night Net.

Comments Off on GALLERY: Maitland City Scene

Sharks take the wind out of Hurricanes

Written by admin on  Categories: 南京夜网

Group 20 rugby league
Nanjing Night Net

BIDGEE Hurricanes were blown away by a dominant Tullibgeal Lakes United team 40-10 at Narrandera Sportsground on Sunday.

The ‘Canes were simply no match for the Sharks, who dominated the match from the start.

“We got off to a terrible start – it was 20-0 after the 25 minutes – and it just went downhill from there,” Hurricanes coach Chris Bamford said

“Our defense just wasn’t up to scratch and we are still dropping too much ball, something you can’t do against a good team like Lakes.

“We are playing like kids; it is a bit ridiculous at the moment.”

Bamford lamented his team’s poor ball handling, which constantly put his side under pressure.

“We just made too many stupid handling errors and missed too many one-on-one tackles and that’s something that people have to work on as individuals,” he said.

“We are just dropping too much ball in our own half and having to do too much tackling which is affecting how we are finishing off our games.”

The Kiwi coach will be away with Country Bulls representative duties in Perth this weekend but has left his team with plenty of homework before taking on Hay on Sunday.

“It’s going to be defense all week, as it good defense that wins games and it is something that we really need to brush up on.

“Hay are knocking on the door for fifth spot.

“Everyone has been saying how strong they are at home and they have beaten a few top sides and if they have lost they have competed so it will be very tough.”

It was a bad day for the Hurricanes all round with all grades losing.

This story Administrator ready to work first appeared on Nanjing Night Net.

Comments Off on Sharks take the wind out of Hurricanes

United scores upset of season

Written by admin on  Categories: 南京夜网

GDAFA soccer
Nanjing Night Net

LEETON United have pulled off the upset of the season defeating the previously unbeaten Yoogali Soccer Club with a 1-0 victory at Leeton No.2 Oval on Sunday.

Irish import Aaron Houlihan’s first half strike proved to be the difference between the two sides in an effort that has been praised by coach Mitchell Clay.

“It was a really good win and everybody put in and it gave us the win we were looking for,” Clay said.

“We were confident prior to the game, we’ve been playing well and working on a few things in training.”

“We’ve always said they were beatable, and our tactics really paid off.

“We know that they are a quality side that plays good football, so our tactic was to hit them hard, especially in the first fifteen minutes, press quite high and not let them have time on the ball.

“When you stop good teams from playing they get frustrated and it seemed to work, we managed to put them off their game.”

Yoogali SC has been a goal-scoring powerhouse so far this season, having scored 50 goals from their eight games before their clash with United, but Clay was proud of

the way his team shut down their potent attack.

“Everyone has a job and defensively we were great, it is not just the win that we are looking at, but it is how we won as well,” he said.

“We managed to get the early-ish goal and grind them out, stop them not just from scoring, but creating chances.

“They only had two chances and that is unheard of from Yoogali.”

The win was a vast improvement from the corresponding game this season when United were humbled 6-0, with Clay believing his team has clicked, especially after the recent editions of Houlihan and Scott Monaghan.

“Being a new coach, with new players in a new set up it takes a while for settle as a team, but to play the way that I want them to play and it is slowly coming together,” he said.

“It was a good performance on Sunday but we can still play better.”

United will face West Griffith on Sunday looking for another win to help their push towards playing in the finals.

UNITED’S Scott Monaghan winds up to get a kick away against Yoogali SC on Sunday.

AARON Houlihan scored United’s sole goal to lead them to victory.

This story Administrator ready to work first appeared on Nanjing Night Net.

Comments Off on United scores upset of season

Tomic falls to Berdych at Wimbledon

Written by admin on  Categories: 南京夜网

As the sun set on the Globe theatre-like court one, so it did on Bernard Tomic’s Wimbledon, but in a way to affirm in his mind that there will be plenty more tomorrows here for the Australian tyro.
Nanjing Night Net

Sixth-ranked Czech Tomas Berdych beat him 7-6 6-7 6-4 6-4, but afterwards was as relieved as he was exultant. “Bernard is a great player,” said Berdych. “He is using all the skills that you can possibly use on grass.

That makes it so tough to play him, and makes me feel even better as a winner.”

For Tomic, it was so near, and yet so far. He had a point to win the first set, won the second and had another point to go ahead in the third. In the beginning, there was barely the width of a racquet string. In the end, there was Berdych’s experience; he has played five times as many matches on the pro circuit as Tomic. In the last hour of the match, he was able to assert himself as Tomic could not.

“I had chances in the third set, but I started to slip away,” Tomic said. “I was feeling a little bit tired out there. Tomas hitting the ball very big and low, so you have to be on your feet the whole time. I probably wasn’t the right physical shape in the fourth set. I was a little bit tired. That comes from playing three tough matches here at Wimbledon. Tomas played very good. There was nothing I could do in the end.”

Guileless to the end, Tomic said that if he had won the fourth set, he would have sought to slow the match, even asked for an injury time-out, until the light made it unplayable, and he could have resumed it fresh on Tuesday.

But Tomic exits a visibly improved player. His serve proved trustworthy; whenever he was in a corner in the first two sets, he served his way out of it. Twice, he saved from 0/40, almost nonchalantly. But Berdych’s delivery was nearly impregnable, and neither broke the other until the third set. Small differences told. If anything, Tomic had more trouble with Berdych’s second serve and the way it leapt off the court than he did with his first.

Conversely, Berdych pounced on Tomic’s second serve.

Tomic proved himself sound defensively, until worn down eventually by Berdych’s thumping groundstrokes. After losing his first service game in the fourth set, Tomic was not challenged again. But nor could he make a threatening impression on Berdych’s serve. Berdych was on the alert for Tomic’s patent variations, and forewarned proved forearmed. Some of the shots that Tomic got away with in earlier rounds, he was not given room or time even to play today.

Tomic said he still saw himself as a top-10 player-in-waiting; what he needed now was match miles. “I just need time and experience,” he said. “In every match I play now, you become more experienced. It will come I think as you work hard, as you play more tournaments, and get more experience. It was my first time playing Tomas in actual match, so I’m sure down the years I will play him much more times.”

Berdych proceeds to play world No 1 Novak Djokovic on Wednesday, the second time this year their paths have crossed in a major quarter-final. For some, the draw this year opened as wide as main street in a country town, but not for him. He did not protest.

Tomic goes either home or to the US, fortified. “I’m very happy with the way I played this tournament,” he said. “It’s given me my confidence back, and I’m going to use this into the hard-court season now. At his best now, he has the look of a player who has been around, and seen it all, and might some days be outclassed, but will not be taken by surprise. He is young still, although youth will not last as alibi.

Immediately, he has to work out a way to negotiate the rest of the year with his father and coach, John, in his match-day corner. Tomic said that was manageable. To the idea that his father was at his matches here anyway, he smiled and replied: “It’s a bit like ‘where’s Wally?’, isn’t it?”

In the other men’s quarter-finals, British cynosure Andy Murray will play Fernando Verdasco, Juan Martin Del Potro will meet David Ferrrer and in something of an exotica for Wimbledon and for tennis, two Poles will face off in the other. Lukasz Kubot and Jerzy Janowicz both won five-setters to get to their appointment, and the lanky Janowicz took up the theme of the day and tournament after outlasting Jurgen Melzer, burying his face in the court not once but twice.

BERNARD TOMIC

Comments Off on Tomic falls to Berdych at Wimbledon

Kelly keeps Defence Materiel portfolio

Written by admin on  Categories: 南京夜网

DESPITE rumours of an elevation to a prominent ministry in Kevin Rudd’s new-look cabinet, Member for Eden-Monaro Mike Kelly has kept his existing portfolio at his own insistence.
Nanjing Night Net

Currently Minister for Defence Materiel, it was rumoured Dr Kelly would be given either the portfolio of Agriculture or Defence.

However, it was announced yesterday that Joel Fitzgibbon would take over Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry from Joe Ludwig and Stephen Smith would stay on as Minister for Defence until his retirement from politics at the federal election.

Dr Kelly claims he remained in his current portfolio at his insistence.

“Yes, there was talk of promotions to other ministries, but I believe it’s vital I stay with the Defence Materiel portfolio,” he said.

“I’m about to deliver an important defence industry policy statement which will revitalise the sector and I want to see that through.”

Dr Kelly declined to name which ministries he had been offered.

A cabinet reshuffle was brought about after several prominent front benchers quit when Mr Rudd defeated Julia Gillard in a leadership spill last Wednesday.

Dr Kelly said he was “delighted” at the new look ministry, which features Anthony Albanese as Deputy Prime Minister and Chris Bowen as Treasurer, as well as the promotion into cabinet of several women.

“It’s a fantastic injection of new blood and talent, and this will invigorate the cabinet as we head towards the election,” he said.

“The Labor government has faced enormous challenges over the past six years, including the global financial crisis, reforms to health, education and superannuation, carbon policy, NBN and NDIS to name a few.

“It’s exhausting work and it’s great that others can now offer their talents.

“I’m also delighted that so many strong, capable and intelligent women have been elevated to portfolios.

“It’s a strong team that is ready to tackle the challenges ahead and I think Mr Rudd has struck the right balance.”

Dr Kelly said the new cabinet was ready to take on the Liberal Party in the upcoming election.

“Who are these shadow ministers?

“Most people couldn’t name the Opposition’s shadow ministers because they have no policies beyond negative politics.

“The same can be said for [Eden-Monaro candidate] Peter Hendy, he’s a no policy zone.

“I challenge him to start naming policies and telling the people of Eden-Monaro how he intends to bring growth to the region,” Dr Kelly said.

Member for Eden-Monaro Mike Kelly says he is happy to continue in his role as Minister for Defence Materiel. Photo: Melissa Adams.

This story Administrator ready to work first appeared on Nanjing Night Net.

Comments Off on Kelly keeps Defence Materiel portfolio

Round 11: Mundulla vs Padthaway, June 29

Written by admin on  Categories: 南京夜网

DESPITE Mundulla’s inaccuracy in front of goal and a strong fightback by Padthaway in the second half the Moots were too strong for the Lions and recorded a good win to go three games clear in fifth place on the ladder.
Nanjing Night Net

Jon Mock marked and goaled for the Moots but accuracy in front of goal continued to be a problem for Mundulla with another goal to Mock the only other major of the term.

At the first break the Tigers had kicked 2.8 to Padthaway’s solitary point to lead by 19 points.

The Moots started the second term as they finished the first with two more minor scores before Jason Milligan worked the ball to McGrice who made no mistake.

Mundulla followed up quickly with Thorpe, Grady Obst and Luckett forcing the ball into the forward 50 where Perry goaled.

A prolonged tussle followed, with the ball rebounding from end to end with Duell working well for Mundulla and Roscow and tireless ruckman Hoffmann featuring strongly for the Lions; Gunning won a free kick and kicked truly 10 minutes in for a Lions goal.

Having finally found the big sticks the Lions wasted no time in scoring their second goal with Longbottom driving the ball forward where Verco launched a long bomb to make it two majors for Padthaway within a minute.

Another long struggle punctuated by minor scores followed, with Duell effective for the Moots and Treloar working strongly for the Lions, before Mundulla’s J. and L. Wiese again combined to work the ball to G. Obst who passed to J. Wiese who goaled on the run. In darkening conditions a neat tap by Mock to the running Boyd Packer resulted in a major.

Roscow and Treloar continued to rack up possessions for Padthaway, but L. Wiese in his 150th game glided in and slotted a goal for the Moots followed by G. Obst.

At the long break the home side had stretched their lead to 47 points.

The Lions lifted in the third quarter with McLennan crumbing a goal from just outside the goalsquare three minutes in. Padthaway kept attacking with Hoffmann and Treloar prominent but the Moots turned defence into attack and Ballinger, B. Packer and G. Obst drove the ball forward where McGrice kicked truly out of the pack eight minutes in.

In a heavy shower of rain, Mock dribbled through his third goal for the match.

At three-quarter time the Moots led by 50 points.

Wade Packer goaled on the run, then Williams worked the ball to Lehmann who passed to L. Wiese who marked and kicked truly. Wiese brought up his hatrick early in the last.

Hoffmann in ruck and the deft Roscow and Treloar had worked hard for Padthaway all match and Boyanton worked the ball to Cody Marshall who passed to McLennan who marked and made no mistake for the Lions.

Edwards marked and kicked the last major of the match but when the final siren sounded Mundulla ran out winners by 56 points.

Mundulla vs Padthaway.

This story Administrator ready to work first appeared on Nanjing Night Net.

Comments Off on Round 11: Mundulla vs Padthaway, June 29

Letters to the editor

Written by admin on  Categories: 南京夜网

Palliative needs
Nanjing Night Net

According to the media release of June 18, Health Minister Jillian Skinner announced an $884million boost to NSW Health.

Of this, $3million will be allocated to employ 30 palliative care nurses and a further $5million to commence implementation of the government’s plan to increase access to palliative care.

$100million is also allocated for Local Health Districts to review and access models of care for those patient services funded under the National Partnership Agreement, which include special projects such as palliative care.

Although you may have got lost or bored with all of these financial matters it is extremely important that these funds find their way to the right places.

That is, of course, to the Bega Valley.

With only one half time specialist palliative care nurse in the whole of the Bega Valley and no visiting palliative care physician, this area remains in the 1970s as far as palliative care services go.

Although I wish to acknowledge all the caring and dedicated nurses who do serve our community so well, I believe the Valley has not yet experienced the difference that a well-funded palliative care service could contribute to patients with life-threatening illnesses and their families during this most difficult time in their lives.

My question to you is how do we make sure this funding makes its way to the Bega Valley?

Sue Middlewood

Wallagoot

Nothing’s changed

I thought the letters to the editor was turning a new leaf in 2013 only to find more long-winded diatribes by Ethel Pepper and Neville Hughes.

These people are relentless in forcing their opinions on others under the guise of some altruistic good.

Religion and politics – nothing’s changed.

John Cafe

Bega

Planning in place

Peter Rogers is wrong to assume our financial planning regarding the Bega Civic Centre will cost the ratepayer dearly.

The truth is we have $3.56million in hand from the sale of Zingel Place and supper rooms land to be spent only on the Bega Civic Centre redevelopment.

We scheduled a sum of $2million to be borrowed in order to complete the redevelopment.

This expenditure, including interest, has been incorporated into the council’s financial planning for many years.

Mr Rogers’ assumption that ratepayers will foot a $500,000 GST bill is ludicrous because GST paid is claimable from the Federal Government.

Mr Rogers claims that through Civic Centre loan interest payments we will waste $290,000 of funds that could be spent elsewhere.

This is wrong.

All costs have been planned for, there will be no loan to pay for GST, and there is no other purpose for the funds other than to build a valuable community asset wanted by the vast majority of local residents.

Cr Bill Taylor

Mayor

Financial drain

In his letter defending the decision by Bega Valley Shire Council to spend $1.2million of ratepayers funds on the purchase of the defunct Tura Beach Tavern, Cr Bill Taylor rejects suggestions the expenditure represents an additional impost on residents and ratepayers, because the council had “previously included a greater sum for the acquisition and development of a local community building in its 2013/14 financial plan” (BDN, 25/6).

It is simply misleading to claim that there is no additional impost on residents/ratepayers, because they were previously set aside in the 2013/14 financial plan.

A cursory reading of the business papers posted on the council’s website for the meeting scheduled for July 3 confirms that the proposed purchase of the “local community building” was always intended to be funded by borrowings.

Moreover, those papers also make it clear the funds for the Tura Beach purchase will also be borrowed.

In the circumstances, the Bega Valley Shire Ratepayers Association believes that Cr Taylor’s claims in relation to the Tura Beach Tavern transaction are simply not credible.

Moreover, the Association believes that, accepting the purchase will be funded by borrowings, the facility will inevitably wind up being a further significant and entirely unnecessary drain on the shire’s finances, regardless of whether the council succeeds in finding a useful “community purpose” for it or not.

John Richardson

Secretary, Bega Valley Shire Ratepayers Association

Support poor

One solution to slow down the refugee crisis – support the poorer nations.

During his 2006 Nobel Prize lecture, Dr Yunus said ending poverty has implications far beyond the individual lives of poor people:

“The new millennium began with a great global dream. World leaders gathered at the United Nations in 2000 and adopted, among others, a historic goal to reduce poverty by half by 2015.

“Never in human history had such a bold goal been adopted by the entire world in one voice, one that specified time and size.

“But then came September 11 and the Iraq war, and suddenly the world became derailed from the pursuit of this dream, with the attention of world leaders shifting from the war on poverty to the war on terrorism…We must address the root causes of terrorism to end it for all time to come.

“I believe that putting resources into improving the lives of the poor people is a better strategy than spending it on guns.”

While ending poverty has widespread global implications, solutions still need to start with individual people and communities.

Dr Yunus pioneered the ability to transform poverty at this micro level with the use of microcredit — and he did so by starting with what he, as just one person, could do 30 years ago.

Dorte Planert

Tathra

Who needs UN?

The United Nations, who needs them as they are?

What is different about the civil war in Syria?

The United Nations, once again, do we need this useless incompetent organisation as it is at the moment?

We can recall it was founded to mediate in conflicts, stop leaders from abusing their power by killing their citizens and opposition with the weapons they bought from taxes paid by their own citizens.

Those weapons should only be used to protect the citizens from the enemy, not against them to keep the leader in power.

Nobody should expect that a handful of countries are supposed to do the job of solving conflicts.

The Security Council has to abolish the veto right if it will ever be functional and accept a majority rule in the name of all the world’s citizens involved in that organisation.

The Syrian leader was given his job as a birthright not because he was elected, which may not matter in those countries that have a feudal system.

But it should never give him the right to turn against its citizens.

Karin Krueger

Central Tilba

Concerns

I’m an aged pensioner. I moved from Melbourne to Merimbula nine months ago.

I like the place, but everything is so different – medical, transport, etc.

My concern at the moment is transport.

The people are nice and all tell me about community transport.

I tried, but was told they don’t cover Bimbimbie unless I’m respite.

I am riddled with pain, my legs and ankles make it almost impossible to walk and there are so many hills.

I’ve had both knees replaced, plus shoulders, back surgery and I have septic arthritis.

We have two lovely goats here that I really love and feed them apples and carrots.

They need a new shelter, nothing special, but out of the rain and wind.

I wrote to ask if any animal lover would contribute to this.

I do have grandsons – painters who would help with paint work.

It would certainly make me happy and I’m sure the goats too.

I cry when I see them standing in the rough weather.

Hoping you can help in either case.

Janet Moffat

Merimbula

This story Administrator ready to work first appeared on Nanjing Night Net.

Comments Off on Letters to the editor

Crows manage to turn game around

Written by admin on  Categories: 南京夜网

RFNL Australian rules football
Nanjing Night Net

THE Leeton-Whitton Crows have continued their push towards playing finals footy after a 50-point victory over Griffith Swans at Leeton Showground on Saturday.

A goal behind at half-time, the Crows came out firing from the main break with a six-goal term breaking the hearts of the Swans for a 15.12 (102) to 7.10 (52) win.

Assistant coach Bryce O’Garey was impressed by how the side was able to put the Swans away in the second half especially after fading out in a few tight games this season.

“In the first half we were a bit patchy, with the second quarter probably worse than the first, but we discussed that at half-time and stuck to our game plan, went back to the basics and we played a lot better footy in the second half,” O’Garey said.

“We got off to a good start in the third quarter, got some momentum and kept going from there.

“In the previous few weeks we’ve been thinking we have done enough, stopped and let sides back in but we didn’t this week, we really kicked on.”

“In the first half of the season, we weren’t playing bad footy, just taking the foot off when we were in a position to win and it has cost us a few close victories, but it was good to see that didn’t happen on Saturday.”

Another pleasing aspect for O’Garey was how responded with key forwards Matt Smith and Brad Carver unavailable.

O’Garey named Will Overs among the Crows’ best, providing a target after moving into the forward line in the second half and kicking three goals.

“We were lacking a bit in the forward line, and when he went up there, kicked a few goals and put a bit of a buzz through the team,” O’Garey said.

Kodie O’Malley was yellow carded in the second half after a melee, but the Crows’ weren’t numerically disadvantaged, with Swans coach Guy Orton also sent from the field after the incident.

The Crows have the bye this weekend after two confidence-building wins and O’Garey is looking forward to the clash with Mangoplah-Cookardinia-United Eastlakes next weekend, who are currently one spot ahead on the ladder in the crucial fifth position, but face the unbeaten Coolamon team this weekend.

BEN Curley looks to evade the Griffith defence during the Crows’ victory on Saturday.

This story Administrator ready to work first appeared on Nanjing Night Net.

Comments Off on Crows manage to turn game around