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Brisbane radio ratings: Ash, Kip and Luttsy claim breakfast

Brisbane radio ratings: Ash, Kip and Luttsy claim breakfast

Breakfast hosts Ash, Kip and Luttsy have helped Nova to its first overall ratings win this year. Photo: Supplied 612 ABC's Spencer Howson.
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Nova's Ash, Kip and Luttsy have received an audience resurgence and toppled ABC's Spencer Howson from the top of the breakfast radio pile.

The Nova team saw an audience growth of 2.2 points while Howson shed almost the same amount, dropping back to second.

97.3's Robin, Terry and Bob also saw a massive chunk of their listeners switch off, dropping 2.6 points.

Overall Nova breakfast has a 13.5 point audience share, nearly a full point ahead of Howson and more than two points ahead of 97.3.

Nova was also the only locally produced show that saw major gains at breakfast with every other station either losing share or holding relatively steady.

With Nova making its way to the top the current breakfast leaderboard looks like this: Nova's Ash, Kip and Luttsy - 13.5ABC's Spencer Howson - 12.897.3's Robin, Terry and Bob - 11.4Hit105's Abby, Stav and Osher Gunsberg - 9.4Triple M's Ed and Marto - 9.1

The breakfast gain also helped Nova win the overall ratings for the first time this year.

The station's audience share Monday to Sunday between 5am and midnight is an impressive 14.3 points, well clear of 97.3, which had won overall in every survey this year, on 11.6 points.

The fourth survey of the year saw gains for Nova in every key timeslot except weekends where, they lost a 0.8 point audience share.

Nova's networked evening shows - Smallzy's Surgery and Late Nights with Jason Smith, saw a massive increase of 4.9 points.

The good news for Nova was bad news for 97.3 with the ARN station shedding big numbers in every key timeslot while Austereo's decision to have Osher Gunsberg phone the show in from Sydney, which helped them gain audience at the start of the year, seems to be another failed experiment from the struggling station.

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Brisbane CBD ‘one-punch’ accused breaks down in court

Brisbane CBD ‘one-punch’ accused breaks down in court

Paramedics treat Mark English, allegedly coward punched on Ann Street in the Brisbane CBD. Photo: Jorge Branco Lawyer Brendan Beavon leaves Brisbane Magistrates Court after his client Morgan Alexander Isles-English appeared, charged with punching his father in Brisbane's CBD. Photo: Jorge Branco
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A man charged with an alleged one-punch attack on his father, who is now fighting for life in hospital, has broken down in emotional scenes in a Brisbane court.

"I love you Mum," Morgan Alexander Isles-English, 25, yelled out as his case went before a magistrate on Tuesday morning.

"I love you too," she mouthed back.

The Teneriffe man, dressed in a prison-issue tracksuit, paced back and forth and bumped his head against the glass in the dock as his lawyer, Brendan Beavon, asked for the case to be adjourned.

Mr Isles-English held his head in his hands and sobbed loudly as he faced court on one charge of grievous bodily harm over the alleged attack in the Brisbane CBD on Monday.

His father, named as Mark English but referred to in court documents as Mark Bradley McGrice, was in an induced coma in the Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital after being scheduled for surgery overnight.

The Gold Coast man was walking along Ann Street opposite Central train station with his partner, Varri Telfer, about 4pm Monday, when his son spotted them and allegedly attacked.

Ms Telfer said the men hadn't seen each other for four years.

Police said the 25-year-old Teneriffe man had a "brief verbal exchange" with the couple before punching his dad in the mouth.

The Gold Coast man fell backwards and was knocked out when his head hit the concrete.

His partner and passersby administered first aid until paramedics arrived, when he remained lying face down on the path for minutes as they assessed his injuries.

Shortly after the incident, she said Mr English was breathing but hadn't spoken.

Mr Isles-English's lawyer and his supporter both declined to comment as they left court.

The accused did not apply for bail and the matter was adjourned until August 15 for a mention.

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Five held over brutal Newport bashing that fractured young man’s skull

Five held over brutal Newport bashing that fractured young man’s skull

Police are investigating a brutal attack in Newport. Mason Street, Newport, near the scene of the alleged assault. Photo: Google Maps
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Five men have been arrested over a brutal attack in Melbourne's west that left a teenager in hospital with a fractured skull.

The victim's mother, Michelle McIver, said her son and two friends were walking down Mason Street in Newport about 1am on Sunday when they were "hunted down" by the men in a car.

Ms McIver said the offenders demanded one of the boys hand over his phone, wallet, jacket and shoes while a sharp object, believed to be a knife, was held to his throat.

She said her son, who had nothing of value on him, was set upon and bashed with some kind of metal bar.

"These animals did not leave one bruise or mark on any part of my son's body [other than his head]," she posted on Facebook on Monday.

"They went at his head from behind with what his friends believe to have been some sort of metal bar [or] baseball bat and then when he was semiconscious with their boots to his face."

Ms McIver said her son suffered a fractured skull, eight broken teeth and a swollen eye.

He remains in hospital after undergoing surgery and has no memory of the attack, she said.

The Williamstown woman said the attack was "so brutal you may have seen my son's pool of blood left on the pavement" in the street where he was bashed.

She appealed for anyone with information to contact Altona North Police Station.

In a statement, police said the victims were allegedly chased into Laurie Street and assaulted.

The five men were arrested on Tuesday morning in High Street, Reservoir after calls to police about a suspect car at a service station.

The men are helping with inquiries, the police statement said.

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Parents ‘fearful’ of killer canines

Parents ‘fearful’ of killer canines

A SHAKEN Wagga resident has blasted irresponsible animal owners after two poorly restrained dogs escaped their property and went on a "petkilling spree" last week.
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Council rangers issued the owners of two escapee American Mastiff dogs with a number of infringements, but locals who felt the brunt of their "frenzied roaming" have demanded acity-widecrackdown.

Mount Austin's Rachel Pettit broke her silence to The Daily Advertiser after the loose dogs massacred two of her neighbour's pets.

She stressed the urgency for council, and even police, to punish owners who fail to properly contain their animals.

“My neighbour saw her little dog get slaughtered–she looked out the back door and saw a bloodied big black and white dog standing on top of hers,” she said.

“They also managed to kill my other neighbour’s cat, which I found yesterday in my backyard.

"When I saw the dead cat I thought to myself, ‘that could have been one of my children’.My two-year-old loves to jump around and I hate to think what could have happened if he was out there playing.”

The cat was killed during the attack andwhile the small dog survived the immediate onslaught, itlater had to be euthanised.

Ms Pettit said she had the terriblejob of wrapping the cat in a towel and giving it to her neighbours to bury.

Break-in victim Blake Cullen, whose guard dogdefended his property from burglars two months ago, said it was important thedogs weren’tpunished simply for being aggressive.

“People are quick to throw the blame but if we punish dogs for being defensive, you’ll see more and more homes get robbed,” he said.

“My property was saved by my dog.You have to blame the owners, it’s their job to keep them restricted.”

Wagga City Council confirmed the “alleged dog attack”had taken place last week and said investigations are “still ongoing”.

“Dog attacks are best prevented when a dog is secured in a yard or restrained on a leash when in a public place,” a spokesperson said.

“These are both responsibilities of the dog owner and outlined in the Companion Animals Act.”

If a dog is found roaming, owners face a fine of $220.Fordog attacks, owners can be fined $550or have the matter referred to court.

Residents can report roaming animals by phoning council’s 24-hour call centre on1300 292 442.

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22. 07. 2018
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Blood donors needed

Blood donors needed

Helping save a life: Camden resident Roxanne Clarke has been a regular blood donor for the past three years. Picture: Ben Chenoweth
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The Australian Red Cross Blood Service has urged those with the O-Negative blood type to follow Camden resident Roxanne Clarke’s lead androll up their sleeves.

Cold and flu symptoms have wiped out about 1000 donors a day, leaving a shortage of O-Negative supplies.

Ms Clarke first began to donate about three years ago.

Last week, she was back again at the mobile blood bank set up in the Bunnings car park at Campbelltown.

She said it was never too late to give blood.

“I’m a latestarter really,” she said.

“Mysister had been doing it (donating blood) for a while so Idecided to goalong with her.

“Ihad no idea what blood type Iwas at the time but they said I was O-Negative.

“That’sa good one because they can use it to help a lot of people.

“If you are O-Negative it’s the best one because everyone can use it.

“I was told it’sgold.”

Australian Red Cross Blood Service spokesman Shaun Inguanzo stressed the need for more O-Negative donors to give blood

“O-Negative is the universal type given to patients in emergency situations, when their blood type is unknown.Australian patients need around 500 O-Negative donations a day to survive these situations,” he said.

“The number of people suffering cold and flu symptoms increases, limiting the number of regular donors who are able to give.

“Around the country, we are seeing as many as 1000 people cancel their appointments every day –almost half of them due to illness.

“We need others – in this case people with O-Negative blood – to take the place of those who have cold or flu symptoms.

“With one in three of us needing donated blood in our lifetime the life you save could be that of a friend or family member.”

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Netball news – July 5, 2016

Netball news – July 5, 2016

Blayney Netball Association had four sides away on the weekend at the Netball NSW State Age Championships.
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More than 3,300 athletes from 309 teams representing 87 Associations took to the courts over the three days of competition.

Along with the players there were over 400 coaches and 500 umpires, making the State Age Championships one of the largest female sports tournaments in the Southern Hemisphere.

All four Blayney sides were playing in Division 4 with our mighty U14’s claiming the Runners-up title for their division.

This side only lost 3 games over the course of the weekend and missed taking out the Championship by one point from Casino, whilst they held off Scone to claim second place after a goal count back.

An amazing effort, congratulations girls we are all extremely proud of you.

Blayney's young players displayed excellent skills, determination, discipline and sheer grit.

They are all to be congratulated on their efforts.

Our 12's experienced their first taste of State Age and to their credit they never gave up; they finished a credible 18th.

The 13’s played with resilience and determination also claiming 18th position, while our 15’s finished just outside the top 10 with an 11th placing, a great effort considering they played the whole weekend with only eight players.

Congratulations to all our coaching staff, Charmayne Payne, Shelley Kearney, Jacque Cockburn, Tanya Wielaard, Kristine Hobby, Zilla Kinghorne, Louise Hamer and Amanda Townsend.

You prepared our players to be able to meet every challenge on the weekend; the hugest of thanks.

We also could not have done it without the fabulous support from our house mums and the amazing parents who prepared the lunches each day.

To our primary carers, and the mums and dads, thank you for your support and added assistance that made our time away such a success.

Enjoy your school holidays girls, you all deserve it !

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Crossing into trouble, woman’s safety call

Crossing into trouble, woman’s safety call

A BALLARAT woman who is a quadriplegic is calling for greater signage atBallarat Train Station after she claims she was nearly stuck between the two gates while trying to cross the tracks recently.
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CROSSING INTO TROUBLE: A Ballarat woman is calling for better signage at the Ballarat Train Station.

Karen, who did not want her last name printed, uses an electric wheelchair and says her “terrifying” ordeal occurred when she was forced to the cross to the other side of the station.

Karen, her carer and son were directed to another crossing towards Lydiard Street.

“As we were halfway across the tracks the crossing bells went off and the walk way gates started closing,” Karensaid.

“Let me emphasise that there was no bells or indication this was going to occur or we would have never started crossing in the first place.”

Karen attempted to move quickly across the track however feared she would get stuck.

“I cannot go faster across the tracks as my wheelchair wheels would get caught in the tracks or I would flip myself out of my wheelchairwhich would create a even greater disaster,” Karen said.

“So my son and carer went to dash towards the pedestrian gates which now has half closed.

“The gate crashed into my son and my carer desperately tried to slow the gate down so I would not be trapped on the tracks with a moving train coming for me.”

V/Line spokeswomanCatalina Filip said safety of commuters was V/Lines number one priority. She said there was no set amounttime the bells soundedfor before the train approached or gate closed. She said it varied each time.

“V/Line train control is responsible for the operation of the heritage rail gates at Lydiard Street, Ballarat Station,” Ms Filip said.

“Once an approaching train triggers a particular track circuit, the duty controllers activate the level crossing warning systems to allow for the safe passage of the train.”

The signallers have a CCTV view of the level crossing to ensure that the train has safely passed through before they reopen the gates.

“As safety is V/Line’s number one priority, we will always activate the level crossing with sufficient notice before the train approaches,” Ms Filip said.

We will never reopen the gates until the train has cleared the section and it is safe to do so,” Ms Filip said.

V/Line will investigate Karen’s query to see whether there was a fault.

Karen said she was pleased to be informed there were panic buttons and CCTV but believed there should be better signage and longer crossing periods to ensure people of all abilities could cross safely.

“My concern is quickly the gates were closing. I reckon we had less than five seconds,” Karen said.

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Exhibition explores the design mind

Exhibition explores the design mind

INSPIRED: Karina Clarke CEO of Design Tasmania with work from Marc Harrison at the Launceston Design Centre. Picture: Paul ScamblerA new exhibition at the Design Centre offers an insight into the minds of twelve acclaimed Australian designers, giving audiences the chance to peer into their design process.
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The exhibition,Resolved –Journeys in Australian Design, is on the final leg of anAustralian tour. Itexhibits works created in a program run in collaboration by Object:Australian Design Centre and Workshopped.

Common to each designer is a process of problem solving and continual refinement over many iterations saidCEO of Design Tasmania, Karina Clarke.

"What we're trying to do is to help the viewer understand what the designer went through in terms of decision making, material choices and the development of the form to create their finished works," said Ms Clarke.

Like a 3D pop-up book, the exhibition offers a chance to view the finished work before exploring the mind and process that created it.

It highlights key steps on the design process, from conceptual sketches to prototypes in various stages of assembly, giving a deeper understanding of the story that made the works.

“Ithink everybody loves to know how something was made. It can be quite intriguing in terms of where some of those ideas came from,” said Ms Clarke.

The pieces featured in the exhibition canvas a range of ideas, from sustainable solutions and innovative technology to cultural expressions of contemporary societyand experimenting with the use of materials.Within these thematic explorationseach design aims to enhance the experience of the user in some way.

Crucial to the process of all the featured designers arethe communities involved in bringing the design to life, highlighting the breadth of involvement and work in creating a design piece.

Ms Clarke said the exhibition might show a single step in the design processwhich may representreams of paper sketches and notes or multiple tests of models.

“I think overall it does give people an opportunity to see some of the insights behind the product that’s here,” said Ms Clarke.

The Design Centre will also be running educational workshops for the exhibition, to further explore the designer's creative process. These workshops are planned for August, with dates to be announced soon.

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Flood response gets Dubbo helping hand

Flood response gets Dubbo helping hand

NATIONAL HELP: Rural Financial Counselling Service coordinator Robert McGorman, from Dubbo, has been working with Rural Business Tasmania to assist with their flood response. Picture: Caitlin Jarvis.Dubbo-based disaster response financial counsellor Robert McGorman recently spent two weeks assisting with the unprecedented spike in demand at its Tasmanian counterparts Rural Business Tasmania (RBT).
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Bushfires, drought, a fodder shortage, floods and the crash in farmgate milk prices has caused an increase in demand for the rural financial counselling service at RBT but the most recent floods has had the most impact.

Mr McGorman said he had been tasked to assist with the demands for the service in Tasmania because of his history in dealing with past natural disasters.

“The number of calls had definitely increased, after the floods,” he said.

“What they really needed down here was that coordinator role, and to assist with training in how to respond to these situations and I was found as the best fit for that.”

“I have had similar experience dealing with the floods of 2011-12 and also more recently with drought.”

Mr McGorman said he was able to assist with “triaging” the cases and requests for assistance as they came through and assisted the rural financial counsellors in Tasmania how best to respond to people dealing with the respective crises.

He was responsible for developing a summary that draws together all the available financial assistance currently available for people and printing it into an easy to read format.

”When you’re dealing with people like this they are always emotional, and they are in a state of shock, the best way to help them is to present information that is easy to follow,” he said.

The response to natural disasters is similar to the mainland but Mr McGorman said Tasmania had one advantage after the event –rural areas are a lot closer together.

Mainland farmers are a lot more spread out and are thousands of kilometres away from each other, which makes coordination of disaster response a bit more difficult.

Mr McGorman said he didn’t believe the state had seen the peak of demand yet as a result of the floods but said he hoped he’d given the state counsellors some tips to help with the demand.

“I don’t think we’ll see the peak of it until late July or August or even as late as September,” he said.

However he said there was always one thing that stuck out in his mind being involved in with natural disaster response.

“People always create community; it’s a locality thing, it doesn’t even need to be a town, just give people somewhere central and they always come together,” he said.

Mr McGorman spent two weeks at Rural Business Tasmania in June.

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NAIDOC Week celebrations underwayPhotos, Video

NAIDOC Week celebrations underwayPhotos, Video

NAIDOC Week celebrations underway | Photos, Video NAIDOC WEEK: Teagan Muir, Charlotte Barrett and Bianca Lauricella making decorations. Picture: PAUL CARRACHER
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NAIDOC WEEK: Farron Branson leads Robyn Smith and Jeremy Newell through a smoking ceremony. Picture: PAUL CARRACHER

NAIDOC WEEK: Mackenzie Barrett, Claudie Douglas, Max Coleman, Lachie Marks, Ben Muir Jnr, Ben Muir Snr, Jordan Lyall and Jandamarra Lauricella at Naidoc Week launch at Wesley PAC. Picture: PAUL CARRACHER

NAIDOC WEEK: Ben Muir Jnr dancing at Naidoc Week launch at Wesley PAC. Picture: PAUL CARRACHER

NAIDOC WEEK: Max Coleman dancing at Naidoc Week launch at Wesley PAC. Picture: PAUL CARRACHER

NAIDOC WEEK: Lachie Marks with Tchingal at Naidoc Week launch at Wesley PAC. Picture: PAUL CARRACHER

NAIDOC WEEK: Farron Branson leads John Ackland through a smoking ceremony for Naidoc Week. Picture: PAUL CARRACHER

NAIDOC WEEK: Farron Branson leads Adele Rohrsheim through a smoking ceremony for Naidoc Week. Picture: PAUL CARRACHER

NAIDOC WEEK: Farron Branson leads Adele Rohrsheim,Yvonne Taylor and Bella Kennedy through a smoking ceremony for Naidoc Week.Picture: PAUL CARRACHER

NAIDOC WEEK: Colin Taylor, Alva Taylor and their grandmother Janet Taylor at Naidoc Week launch at Wesley PAC. Picture: PAUL CARRACHER

NAIDOC WEEK: Lachie Marks with Tchingal at Naidoc Week launch at Wesley PAC. Picture: PAUL CARRACHER

TweetFacebookShe said the ceremony, and the week’s events, were about honouring indigenous cultures.

“It’s about celebrating Aboriginal and Torres StraitIslander contributions, achievement and culture,” she said.

“Particularly with the Songlines theme. It’s about showcasing talents and for the young dance groups it’s a way to share their culture.”

NAIDOC celebrations continuethroughout this week until July 9.

Horsham Town Hall is hosting a movie nighton Thursday and youth activities will run on Friday through the Nexus Youth Centre.

The celebrations will close with acabaret at Dimboola Memorial Secondary College on Saturday.

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