Archive for June 2019


Margaret Morrison, of Brisbane, and Karina Sullivan, of Elermore Vale, at Bar Petite. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers John Makehan, of Pymble, and Ramsey Awad, of Merewether, at Bar Petite. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

Alison Blatt, of Merewether, and Meredith Makehan, of Pymble, at Bar Petite. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

Cath Burden, of Adamstown Heights, Lynn Stevenson, of Warabrook, and Jane Burgess, of Lambton, at Bar Petite. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

Natalie McKenzie, of Brisbane, and Aaron Twigg, of Swansea, at Bar Petite. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

Kiera Parr, of Glendale, Daniel Donev, of Glendale, and Aleah Parr, of Cardiff, at Bar Petite. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

Sara Davenport, of Adamstown, Alisha Forbes, of Charlestown, Jaimie Abbott, of Georgetown, and Sarah Brown, of Mayfield, at Bar Petite. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

Caitlin Rodgers, of Valentine, and Amelia James, of Wingham, at Bar Petite. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

Shelby Brinkley, of Wallsend, and Renee Bryant, of Canberra, at Bar Petite. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

Jessica Giannetto and Steve Couri, both of The Hill, at Bar Petite. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

Mandy McDonald and Sean Hobson, both of Cardiff South, at Lizotte’s Newcastle to see The Audreys. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

Kate Gunn, of Waratah, and Adele Park, of Edgeworth, at Lizotte’s Newcastle to see The Audreys. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

Patrick, Tracy and Emily Ward, all of Denman, at Lizotte’s Newcastle to see The Audreys. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

Kristy Fayle, of Charlestown, with Mungo the dog, at Lizotte’s Newcastle to see The Audreys. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

Rhianna Wansey, of North Lambton, and Tayla Hill, of Coal Point, at Lizotte’s Newcastle to see The Audreys. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

Jo Taylor, Liam Robertson and Emma Gallagher, all of Merewether, at Lizotte’s Newcastle to see The Audreys. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

Kevin Sweeney, Liz Hickling, Ellen Sweeney and James Sweeney, all of Hamilton, at Lizotte’s Newcastle to see The Audreys. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

Damon Bowtell and Lyn Bowtell, both of Morpeth, at Lizotte’s Newcastle to see The Audreys. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

Jacinda Gorring and Suzanne Gorring, both of Glen Oak, at Lizotte’s Newcastle to see The Audreys. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

Moira Thomas and Ian Thomas, both of The Hill, at Lizotte’s Newcastle to see The Audreys. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

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Cyclist defies expectations





















Source: Ballarat Courier

Damien Howson stood up to the pressure and lived up to expectations to become the new national under-23 men’s cycling time trial champion in Ballarat yesterday.

Howson, 20, will carry the Mars Cycling Australia Road National Championships’ title colours into the Tour Down Under later this month before heading to Europe with the Australian national under-23 team.

Despite his performance, he is not likely to focus on the time trial again until the lead up to world championships later in the year.

Howson averaged 50.5km/h to clock 34 minutes, 42.18 seconds for the 29.2-kilometres.

Alex Morgan (Victoria) collected silver, while Tasmanian Campbell Flakemore was bronze medallist for the second year in a row.

Jordan Kelly (Queensland) led early but was relegated to fourth after his time was swamped by the last three riders.

Howson said finding and keeping a rhythm had been key to his gold medal performance.

He said being favourite definitely added to the pressure of the day even though he did not let it play on his mind.

Howson said he was relieved as much as anything to get the job done.

“All I did was focus on what I had to do.

“I knew my best should be good enough.”

Howson said that although the course was “pancake flat”, varying wind speeds across the lake initially, and then direct cross winds, had made the event tough.

In his seventh year in the sport, Howson said it had been all or nothing with five kilometres to go.

“I had to dig deep.”

He will now back up in tonight’s under-23 criterium and Saturday’s road race.

Dog can smell diabetic danger

Carolyn Maxwell with the book she wrote about her diabetic alert dog Devo. Picture: KYLIE ESLERA WHIPPET in a green jacket is Carolyn Maxwell’s constant companion whenever she does her grocery shopping at Lavington.

But Devo often confounds new supermarket employees who want to know why he’s allowed in the store.

Devo is a diabetic alert dog, who can detect when Miss Maxwell’s blood sugar levels are getting low.

He lets her know by jumping up on her that it’s time to test herself.

Miss Maxwell has had her special companion for five years, and takes him wherever she goes.

“It takes forever to do the groceries sometimes,” she said with a smile.

“People seem really interested in what he does.

“I can tell who is new at the shops because they don’t know the story behind Devo and that he’s allowed to come with me wherever I go.”

To explain his role, Miss Maxwell has published a children’s book about the exploits of Devo and some of his animal friends.

The dogs help ensure low blood sugar is detected early, to prevent diabetic attacks.

The proceeds will support Paws for Diabetes, the group that helped Miss Maxwell obtain her helper, as well as animal rescue charities.

Devo has been trained since he was a pup to smell changes in the chemical composition of Miss Maxwell’s skin, able to tell when her blood sugar is low.

To start Devo’s training, Miss Maxwell had to safely lower her blood sugar slightly, wipe her skin with a cloth, then send that cloth to the dog trainer.

Miss Maxwell was able to meet Devo after becoming involved with the Paws for Diabetics group.

“There are a lot of diabetic people and having one of these dogs can be really useful for some people,” she said.

Miss Maxwell and other members of the Paws for Diabetes committee will be speaking to the Albury-Wodonga Diabetes Support group on January 23.

“We really want to get the word out about the Paws for Diabetes group,” Miss Maxwell said.

“Having a medical assistance animal is a big responsibility but they can also be extremely helpful and can significantly improve the quality of life for some people.”

Miss Maxwell’s books can be bought from Dymocks in Albury or from Todd’s Tasty Treats stores in Albury and Wodonga.

Escape from a firestorm

If Ray Ellen stayed at his home any longer, he doubts he would be able to tell his remarkable story of survival.

Mr Ellen was the only person home at hisCarnghamhome, west of Ballaraton Tuesday afternoon, and when he saw smoke coming over the trees, he knew danger was imminent.

He estimated he had an hour to save as many animals as he could before he fled.

He originally started driving his daughter’s small car, but did not think it would make it up his steep driveway, with burning tree limbs falling.

Instead he opted for his four-wheel-drive ute, a decision he says saved his life.

The father-of-four threw as many dogs as he could in the car before he drove away at the last second.

“I had a dog up front, probably seven in the trailer and I don’t know how many in the back,” he said.

Mr Ellen burnt his hand trying to open the metal gate, as the fast-approaching fire threatened to take his life.

“I actually had to step through fire to open the driver’s door. My biggest fear was that a limb would fall and knock me out and that I would be done for,” he said.

However the danger was far from over once Mr Ellen had made it out his front gate.

Blinding smoke meant he could not see a thing, but at the same time he had to flee the fire that was roaring behind him at high speed.

He drove along the dirt road of Station Lane, which has bends that can be tricky to negotiate at the best of times.

“I put the headlights on, put my head out the window to try and see the trees, held the horn down and drove,” said Mr Ellen.

He eventually found the safety of Carngham Road and once he saw the flashing lights of firetrucks, breathed an enormous sigh of relief.

He said the house next to him (which was also destroyed) was on fire, but he did not know until about midday yesterday whether his home had survived.

Sadly, he returned to find nothing but a pile of rubble.

Remarkably however, nearly all of the animals on the hobby farm had survived.

Some were more than 15 metres from the house, and Mr Ellen was still in disbelief they had not been killed.

Among the survivors were two sheep, two goats, two horses, two foals, a pig, chickens and even a few cats.

“We’ve lost the house but we can rebuild that,” he said.

“We haven’t lost any people and everybody is OK and really, that is all that matters.”

Mr Ellen vowed to rebuild the home that housed his wife Gayle, two daughters Kylie and Melissa and three grandchildren.

Ray Ellen says if he had stayed at his home any longer he would not have made it out alive. Photo: LACHLAN BENCE

Overseas leads point to positive start

The Australian sharemarket is set for a positive open today as world markets rose on a better than expected start to corporate earnings season in the United States.

Aluminium maker Alcoa beat expectations with its fourth quarter earnings late on Tuesday, setting a positive tone for several weeks of earnings reports.

Investors pay close attention to Alcoa’s results and forecasts because the aluminium it makes is used in so many industries including construction and manufacturing.

The ASX 24, the March share price index futures contract was six points higher at 4,684.

On Wednesday, the benchmark S&P/ASX200 index added 17.9 points, or 0.38 per cent, to 4,708.1 and the broader All Ordinaries index gained 17.8 points, or 0.38 per cent, to 4,730.1.AAP

What you need to knowSPI futures up 6 points to 4684In the US, the S&P500 has added 0.3% to 1,461.01In Europe, London’s FTSE gained 0.7% to 6098.65Germany’s DAX finished 0.3% higher at 7720.47Gold slipped to $US1656.85 an ounceNY Oil down at $US93.10 per barrelIron ore flat at $US158.50AUD fetching $US1.0512

In economic news on Thursday, the Australian Bureau of Statistics releases building approvals data for November.

Commonwealth Bank economist Gareth Aird said it typically takes a few quarters for interest rate cuts to spur building approvals.

“Our forecast for this month is a rise in building approvals of 12 per cent. We expect to see a sustained pick-up in housing investment and therefore total dwelling approvals over 2013. Our forecast is for around 160,000 new dwellings to be approved in 2013,” Mr Aird said.

Global markets

US stocks edged up on Wednesday after Alcoa got the earnings season under way with better-than-expected revenue and an encouraging outlook for the year.

Traders have been cautious as the current quarter was shaping up like the previous one, with companies lowering expectations in recent weeks, said James Dailey, portfolio manager of TEAM Asset Strategy Fund.

“So the big question and focus is on revenue, and Alcoa had better-than-expected revenue,” which calmed the market a little, Dailey said.

The Dow Jones industrial average gained 59.47 points, or 0.45 per cent, at 13,388.32. The Standard & Poor’s 500 Index rose 3.86 points, or 0.26 per cent, at 1,461.01. The Nasdaq Composite Index was up 14.93 points, or 0.48 per cent, at 3,106.74.

Britain’s blue-chip stocks hit their highest level since May 2008 on Wednesday, with gains led by banking stocks and miners after a reassuring start to the US earnings season boosted demand for riskier assets.

The FTSE 100 broke through a near two-year high at 6,105.77 in afternoon trade, following a strong opening on Wall Street, peaking at 6,112.27, before settling to close up 45.02 points, or 0.7 per cent, at 6,098.65.

Japan’s Nikkei average rose on Wednesday, as a halt in the yen’s gains prompted investors to buy shares of exporters such as Toyota Motor Corp and Honda Motor who would gain from a more competitive currency.

The Nikkei gained 0.7 per cent to 10,578.57, breaching above its five-day moving average at 10,553.79, after trading as low as 10,398.61 earlier in the session.


Gold was down marginally on Wednesday, losing early gains as a stronger dollar weighed against background support from firmer equities markets. Spot gold edged down to $US1,657.35 an ounce, while US gold futures for December delivery were down 0.1 per cent at $US1,659.60.

Oil slipped on Wednesday as increasing US production and rising crude oil and refined products inventories applied pressure.

Brent February crude fell 48 cents to $US111.46 a barrel. Brent’s $US111.11 session low was only 2 cents under the 100-day moving average of $111.13. US February crude was down 22 cents at $US92.93 a barrel, having traded from $US92.68 to $US93.65.

BusinessDay with wires

The original release of this article first appeared on the website of Hangzhou Night Net.