July, 2018

Library handover after border change

Epping Library will transfer from Hornsby Shire Council to the ownership of City of Parramatta Council on October 31.
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Hornsby Shire Mayor Steve Russell said the handoverwas a “complicated process.”

“The staff of both councils are working extremely hard to limit any inconvenience to library patrons.We all understand the strong connection people have to their local library and the library users are the top priority in everybody’s mind,” he said.

The library will be closed for four days, from Monday, October 31 and will reopenon Friday,November 4. During this time,technology equipment will be installed, data transferred to the new library management system and collections rebranded.

Parramatta Library Services will be provide a limited study/reading space in the community space downstairs from the library during the closure period. External returnchuteswill continue to operate as normal during the closure.

Epping Library patrons will need to need to join the City of Parramatta Library Service thenext time they visit.Hornsby Shire Library membership cards will continue tobe validat the other libraries in the shire. All staff at Epping Library will retain their positions and willassist patrons duringthe transition.

Borrowed items from Epping Library can still be returned there, however borrowed items from Hornsby, Pennant Hills, Galston or Berowra should be returned to their respective libraries.

Move: Epping Library will transfer from Hornsby Shire Council to the ownership of City of Parramatta Council as part of the border adjustment.

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NO MORE BAN: Fancy Nangar (black rug) takes out the Save Our Greyhound Racing Stakes (516m) at Dubbo’s Dawson Park last month. Photo: BELINDA SOOLEBarwon MP Kevin Humphries has welcomed the state government’s decision to reverse the Greyhound Racing Ban in NSW.
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Fronting the media on Tuesday,PremierMike Baird declared “I got it wrong” while confirming he would back down on a commitmentto close down the industry from July next year.

Instead, the NSW greyhound industry will be given “one final chance” under a new regime being touted as “the strictest regulations…anywhere in the country”.

In AugustMr Humphries broke ranks with his Nationals colleagues tovoteagainst the ban.On Tuesday he saidhe applauded Mr Baird for “listening to the electorate”.

“The decision to reverse the ban is proof the Nationals will not pander tooutspoken minorities who lack an understanding of animal based industries,” Mr Humphries said.

“Rather than setting a precedent which could have potentially devastatingimpacts on all animal industries, this decision cements our support of ruraljobs and way of life.”

Former Labor Premier Morris Iemma will chair a Greyhound Industry Reform Panelto advise government on the shape of a new regime, Mr Baird announced.

The regime will includemandatory life bans and increased jail terms for live baiting and registering greyhounds for their entire lives.There will be an independent regulator andmore resources for enforcement and prosecution and animal welfare.

The panelwill report back to the government by the end of the year, with legislation to repeal the ban and deliver the new regimeexpected to be introduced in early 2017.

The backdown followeda sustainedcampaignagainst the ban since itsannouncement in July and amidexpectations of aswing against the government in the Orange byelection.Both Mr Baird and Mr Grant had facedrebellion in their respective partyroomsover the ban.

“Importantly, we will not be watering down our stance on animal cruelty, butwill ensure thegreyhoundindustry can continue with a clear commitment toanimal welfare,” Mr Humphries said.

“I look forward to working with the industry and my party colleagues to facilitatea viable, sustainable greyhound racing industry that allows the honest, ethicalbreeders and trainers to continue doing what they love.”

Mr Humphries said he wanted to thank his electorate for the “overwhelming support” he had received on a “difficult” issue.

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Heidi Tamblyn leads team to top of conference

Heidi Tamblyn looks to clear the ball away from danger for her side the Stritch Wolves.Crescent Head’sHeidi Tamblyn may be kilometres away from home but she is leading from the back for her American College football team the Stritch Wolves as they push towards the finals series.
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Tamblyn attends Cardinal Stritch University on a scholarship and she has been promoted to captainthe sideunder new head coach Jamie Bladen.

The former Macleay Valley Rangers junior has been thriving under the new role and her team has been reaping the rewards on the back of her leadership and defensive work.

The Wolves are sitting on the top of the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference and have knocked off two ranked teams along the way to a 7-0 start in their conference.

Theside was able to makeeasy work of no.21 ranked Olivet Nazarene defeating them 3-0 in a match that Tamblyn dominated from the back whilst they grabbed a 1-0 win over the no.24 ranked Robert Morris.

It is the first time in Cardinal Stritch Universitywomen’s soccer program history that theydefeatedRobert Morris and Olivet Nazarene.

On the back of these victories the college teamreceived a ranking of no.24 and Tamblyn was recognised for her contributions to the side’s success by receiving the CCAC Defensive Player of the Week award.

Her control at the back is a huge reason as to why the Wolves went 347-minutes without conceding a goal.

Wolves coach Jamie Bladen believes a huge reason why the side has made it to the top of the table is due to Heidi.

“She has been instrumental to our success so far this season. She is proving game after game to be the complete player. She has grown to be a true leader and I am proud of her. Hopefully we can continue to win games and make her senior year the best experience possible,” Bladen said.

The University plays its final regular season game on October 29 against a tough opponent in the no.13 ranked St. Ambrose but the side has shown they can match it with the best in the conference and Tamblyn recognises the hard work put in by her teammates.

“The team had a number of obstacles to overcome early in the season but since conference started we have been looking really strong and playing quality football,” Tamblyn said.

“We can’t wait to see how we match up against the other big teams we will have to face.”

The Wolves latest game ended in a 2-0 victory againstTrinity Internat’l to remain undefeated in their conference.

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Where’s your data? Not in the cloud

GROUNDED: Data centres store thousands of pieces on information in banks like these.Without data centres, today’s world stops. Flights are grounded, Wall Street closes, and the internet grinds to a halt. Yet despite their emergence as nerve centres of the global economy, data centres have drawn almost no attention in debates about globalisation and nor are they often discussed outside of business and IT publications.
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Even the recent debate on the bungling of the digital census managed by the Australian Bureau of Statistics focused on questions surrounding possible distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks.

This was despite mention of hardware failures as well as inadequate redundancy and load testing, which are problems that stem from operations within data centres.

Data centres provide governments and industry with advantages in terms of improving website and internet service speed, providing access to technical and security services and expertise, and cutting labour and hardware costs.

Consultancy firm Frost & Sullivan forecasts that the Australian data centre services market will grow by 12.4 per cent a year to 2022.

Much of this growth will be driven by regular internet users. If you use social media sites, Google applications, web-based mail services, or just carry a smartphone, you have your data stored in a data centre.

Even if you only very occasionally use the internet, you still have data stored about you: all metadata of people residing in Australia is now legally required to be stored by internet service providers for two years.

But where are these data – your data – being stored? Ask someone in Australia where everything they’ve ever uploaded to social media is actually located, and they are more likely to say “in the cloud” than “in a data centre”.

Although cloud technologies make it difficult to pinpoint data to a particular data centre, the reality is that data centres are never too far from us.

They are in our cities, suburbs and occasionally in rural and remote locations.There’s one in the inner Sydney suburb of Alexandria and one in the northern beaches suburb of Brookvale.

And that’s where the Southern Cross Cable network “lands” in the country. This cable is one of five that sit above the ocean floor to connect Australia with the rest of the world.

Few people know these centres playa role in connecting them to rest of the world, transmitting data through telecommunication networks.

This is not surprising. Neither the landing port nor the suburb’s cluster of data centres are easy to find.

Equinix is a US corporation that operates some 145 data centres across five continents.It’s four Alexandria data centres are spread along Bourke Road.

An argument can be made that the public doesn’t really need to know where data centres like those in Alexandria are located.

After all, much of the data they store, process and transmit are private and confidential.Governments spend a great deal of resources safeguarding critical infrastructure.

The protection of data and information systems is now included in this work.

However, the focus for data security is on the development of software, as though we have forgotten that data storage happens in real places on the ground – and not in “virtual” clouds.

Not knowing where data centres are located, or indeed what they actually do, prevents us from having conversations about how this infrastructure is governed, supported and protected.

Becoming acquainted with these facilities is a first step to understanding their role in shaping how digital communication and content are stored, used and moved around the world.

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Act quickly and prevent snake fatalities

Spring has arrived and with that, comes busier times at the vet clinic as pets and their owners get outand about and so do other slithering friends.
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Our pets have a natural hunting instinct so it is notuncommon for dogs and cats to cross paths with snakes.

As snakes hibernate throughout winter, they are most venomous during spring. In the Albury area we tend to see mainly browns, however the odd Tiger snake canalso present particularly around waterways.

Following a snake bite, an animal may collapse immediately but then apparently recover, then developsymptoms over the course of the next hour which may include:

vomiting, drooling and trembling. dilated pupils. involuntary bladder or bowel release. rapid breathing and/or panting.paralysis. red or brown discolouration of urine.If you notice any of these signs in your pet, it is important to remain calm and keep your pet as quietas possible, ring your vet immediately and alert them that you are on your way to the clinic.

Your vet will check your pet to determine the stage of reaction and what treatment is required.

Veterinarytreatment varies slightly with each individual case, but usually consists of intravenous fluids and theadministration of antivenin to neutralise the snake venom in the animal’s body.Most pets survive a snake bite if treated promptly however the time between the bite and seekingveterinary treatment is critical. Most cases tend to recover within 24 to 48 hours but will needintensive and prolonged nursing care during this time to make a full recovery.

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Let’s hear about your community news

CONNECT: In an increasingly global world the community pages offer a place to reach out.
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When you think of the word community, it’s hard to go past your communitypaper.

It was created to serve a community and exists to entertain, inform and represent that community in many and varied ways.

The hard news, the human interest stories, the local campaigns that matter, the sport from your local clubs and your national teams.

In a world that’s becoming increasingly global, the local paper remainsthe place to turn to find out what’s happening in your own backyard.

And when it comes to thatbackyard, you just can’t go past the community diary page.

Are you part of a community group? Do you belong to the local hospital auxiliary?

Did you form a club for people who like to collect stamps, or crochet quilts or make pottery? Are you planning a fundraiser for a cause that’s close to your heart?

Are you the president or secretary of a service club? Then you need the free publicity afforded you by thecommunity diary pages – and they certainly need to hear from you.

In our sometimes new, and always growingcommunities, these pages allow our readers to connect with each other in the most practical and grassroots way.

They are your pages.

They are there to help you see what’s going on in your community or to get your message out there about your brand new group, no matter how big or small.

And getting that message out is so easy.

As always we want to hear from you, send us an email with all the relevant details ofyour meeting or fete or specialevent and your all-important contact details and leave the rest to us.

Not sure what to write or whether your event is worthy of coverage? Then send us an email saying just that and we’ll help you work it out.In a world where the next big story seems to break every hour, your community diary page is the place to turn to find out about the little stories that make up our everyday lives.

So reach out to us and get your message heard. And trust us, it’s as important to us as it is to you.We are heartogive that much-needed voice to your community. Let’s hear about it from you.

Inspired? Great. Now just send that email to Group Contributed Content Journalist Alison Adams. You’ll find her at:[email protected]南京夜网419论坛.

Let’s see what can be done.

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‘I got it wrong’: Mike Baird on greyhound racing ban

The NSW greyhound industry will be given “one final chance” by the Baird government under a new regime being touted as “the strictest regulations that exist anywhere in the country”.
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Premier Mike Baird declared “I got it wrong” while confirming he would back down on his original promise to close down the industry from July next year.

Instead, Mr Baird said the industry would need to sign up to mandatory life bans and increased jail terms for live baiting and registering greyhounds for their entire lives.

A new independent regulator will be headed by former Labor premierMorris Iemma. There will be more resources for enforcement and prosecution and animal welfare.

“I got it wrong, we got it wrong, the cabinet got it wrong and the government got it wrong,” Mr Baird said.

Mr Baird said he knew a lot of people will be disappointed by the back down but said “we are listening”.

Greyhound racing ban backdown confirmed after cabinet meetingThe Baird government has confirmed a backdown of its ban on greyhound racing in NSW following a sustained campaign of media and industry pressure.

The dramatic backflipcomes despite Premier Mike Baird’s repeatedclaims that the decisionwas final and a matter of principle andit was”locked in” that the industry would be shutdown on July 1, 2017.

Mr Baird announced the ban earlier thisyear following a special commission of inquiry report that found 68,000 greyhounds had been euthanised in the past 12 yearsbecause they could not, or were too slow, to race.

But he hasfaced immense pressure from the Opposition, media outlets and the industrysince the announcement, withexpectations of a large swing against the government at the November 12 Orange byelection. Read on

Million-dollar clean up job

The damaged Elliston jetty.THE Elliston District Council is asking for patience from thecommunity as it begins the huge cleanup from the damage done by the storm two weeks ago.
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Elliston District Council chairmanKym Callaghan said he thought there could be well over $1 millionworth of damage to clean up, with the council among those still counting the cost.

Mr Callaghan said with such a large amount of coastline in the councils area, it would take time before everything was back to its original state.

He said the council did not own the beach access and the stairs at Sheringa and Walkers Rocks, so people would have to be patient.

“We have to work with the relevant agencies to get these things fixed, council can’t just rush out there and start fixing things that don’t belong to us,” he said.

Mr Callaghan said “luckily” the damage to the Elliston jetty would be fixed with a share of $3.5 million from the state government after the storm severely damaged thejetty’s abutment area, deck planks andcrossheads, andpiles.

He said some temporary repair work had been done to the Waterloo Bay boat ramp so abalone divers could use the facility but the boat ramp atAnxious Bay was owned by the Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure.

“The beach access at Sheringa and Walkers Rocks are owned by the Natural Resources Management and by the Department of Environment, so we will have to work with them to get those accesses fixed,”Mr Callaghan said.

He said the council and community had a “massive clean up” task ahead.

“The good news is that we are fixing what we can,” Mr Callaghan said.

“The council would also like to thank the council staff for their help and the emergency services, they did a fantastic job, so did the Elliston Hospital staff, without power or any phone service.

“We arelucky no one washurtbutwe do have a big clean up andwehave a process to follow and wethank everyonefor theirpatience,” he said.

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Emily takes lead

HERO: ‘Saving the world is what I do’ is the message written on the back of Emily’s superhero cape from her time at Camp Perthes Australia. Photo: Claire Fenwicke
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AN 11-year-old girl from Hill Top has been named the Best Camper and Perthes Hero at an inaugural event.

Emily Cole-Gee was one of 23 children chosen to take part in the first Australian Camp Perthesheld in Queensland.

The camp was organised by Perthes Foundation founder and Survivor winner Earl Cole, who had Perthes Disease as a child.

Emily said it was inspiring to meet someone who had gone on to great things, despite having the same disease as her as a child.

“It was really cool, because I didn’t think someone with this disease could go on Survivor and actually survive,” she said.

As part of her Best Camper award, Emily has been invited to every Camp Perthes Australia event until she is 14.

“I will definitely go every year, and then I’d volunteer because I loved it so much,” Emily said.

Emily’s mother Virginia Cole said it was a wonderful opportunity for children with the disease in Australia.

“They can make mentor groups and gives them other people who know how they feel,” she said.

“They took part in activities and normal stuff every kid does, but Em said one of the main things was they understood was when she felt sore, they knew how it felt.”

Perthes Disease is a disease of the hip joint that tends to affect children between the ages of three and 11.Most childreneventually recover.

Emily was four when the disease showed up in her right hip, and seven when it appeared in her left hip. With her case, she will needa hip replacement after she turns 18.

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Tumut put back one week

HARD AT WORK: Tumut Turf Club president David Rosetta at Tumut Racecourse in December last year. Picture: Peter DohertyTUMUT Turf Club will return to their traditional home on Derby Day.
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As a result of the big wet, Racing NSW have pushed Tumut’s next race meeting back a week, to Derby Day, Saturday October 29.

In a shift this year, they had been moved from Derby Day to Saturday week, Cox Plate day. But the recent wet weather prompted Racing NSW to push the race meeting back a week in a bid to give the race day every chance of going ahead.

Tumut Turf Club president David Rosetta welcomed the decision.

“Derby Day is the day we have traditionally raced on anyway,” Rosetta said.

“It gives us a pretty good chance of racing. We would have struggled for Cox Plate day but we will be right for Derby Day.”

The worst part of the Tumut track is the lowest area between the 1000 and 800 metre mark.

Tumut Turf Club have been hit hard by washouts in recent years and deserve a change of luck.

“The main thing is we just don’t get another 100 millimetres in four days, or anything like that,” Rosetta said.

“Showers won’t worry us.”

Racing in the Southern District is set for Deniliquin and Wagga on Saturday, with an extra meeting planned for Narrandera on Monday.

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