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A SUCCESSFUL ladies golf season closed with a Canadian Foursomes competition followed by a presentation dinner.

The night started with a photo presentation to life member Coralie Giblett and a delicious meal prepared by Kean & Co Catering was enjoyed between presentations of annual awards.

Wendy Richards won the Judy Beresford Putting Competition and Shirley Smyth and Grace Snooke won the Ferret Competition with seven each.

End of season: Grace Snooke with Wendy Richards.

The Fitzgeralds Hotel Most Consistant Award was won by Vera Sheen who also took out the Hannagan Hearth House Jess Errington Perpetual Trophy for the best four of six stableford rounds.

Angie Leeson won the Stewarts Savemor Pharmacy award for the best four rounds of stroke.

Eclectic Trophies donated by Dunnings Fuel, Retravision and Dallimore Choices Flooring were won by Snooke, Sheen, Smyth and Les Mcpherson.

Presentation: Vera Sheen and Coralie Giblett.

This year’s gross champion Snooke and runner-up Angie Leeson were presented with their awards, sponsored by Peter and Wendy Richards at Northam and Districts Glass Service.

Nett winner Leeson and runner-up Sheen were presented with their awards, donated by Coralie Giblett and Avon Valley Nissan and Mitsubishi.

The evening concluded with a speech by captain Wendy Richards, thanking grounds staff, sponsors and all ladies for their help during the year before handing over the position to incoming captain Marge Haddrill.

The group is now looking forward to next season.

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A MAJOR review of the research literature on no-till farming has found that it reduces crop yields by about 5 per cent.
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But the review, published in the international journal Nature, concluded that under certain conditions, no-till farming farming practised in combination with stubble retention and crop rotation can produce equivalent or even greater yields than conventional farming.

Agriculture researchers from the US, China and Europe collaborated in a meta-analysis – a comprehensive review of 621 research papers – of the productivity limits of conservation techniques.

One of its most significant conclusions of the study, titled Productivity limits and potentials of the principles of conservation agriculture, is that combining no-till farming with stubble retention and crop rotation is particularly beneficial in dry regions, where grain crops are grown with natural rainfall.

These three strategies have become almost standard practice in the Victorian Mallee, and dryland farming regions across the Australian wheat belt, where they have helped to achieve a substantial reduction in wind erosion from bare paddocks.

The study did not consider other benefits of no-till agriculture, but said it clearly provided environmental and social benefits.

The authors suggested that the success of no-till farming in dryland regions could become an important strategy for climate-change adaptation in regions that are likely to become drier because of global warming.

But the authors warned of the need for caution if conservation farming is extended into regions subjected to a drying climate regime.

They said it is likely to be difficult to implement the supporting practices of stubble retention and crop rotation in resource-poor regions dominated by farmers with small holdings.

In those circumstances, they say, there is a risk that the shift to zero-till farming, in the absence of the other techniques, will result in yield losses.

They nominated sub-Saharan Africa and eastern Asia as regions where a shift to no-till farming alone, might actually reduce yields.

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Classic Nicholas Sparks style in The Best of Me | REVIEW The Best of Me follows the same style as other Nicholas Sparks-inspired films including Dear John, The Last Song and The Notebook.
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The Best of Me follows the same style as other Nicholas Sparks-inspired films including Dear John, The Last Song and The Notebook.

The Best of Me follows the same style as other Nicholas Sparks-inspired films including Dear John, The Last Song and The Notebook.

The Best of Me follows the same style as other Nicholas Sparks-inspired films including Dear John, The Last Song and The Notebook.

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IF NICHOLAS Sparks was a breakfast condiment there’s no doubt he would be honey; and he would be laid on thick.

In the realm of schmaltzy, syrupy chick-flicks, no one stands greater than Sparks, who has made a franchise out of reducing women to swooning tears thanks to Dear John, The Last Song and what was that other one? Ah, everyone’s favourite – The Notebook.

Sparks’ latest foray into the world of ‘leave ‘em howling’ romance movies is The Best Of Me.

The Best Of Me trailerAnd you’ll never guess, but it’s a timeless love story featuring quintessential Sparks-isms including a lake, a beautiful old building, a kissing-in-the-rain scene andof course, a devastatingly handsome male lead in James Marsden who plays Dawson.

Michelle Monaghan takes on the role of Amandaand together the pair create plenty of genre-defining moments sure to leave audiences faint.

In classic Sparks style, the tale begins in the past with teenaged lovers navigating the early 1990s like they’d never heard of Nirvana or Pearl Jam.

Fast-forward through the usual trials and tribulations star-crossed lovers are expected to overcome in this brand of romance film – boy from the wrong side of the tracks with a troubled home life meets with rich girl’s family’s disapproval coupled with unexpected and devastating trauma – and we’re back in the present.

For Dawson and Amanda the present sees them brought back together after being torn apart 20 years earlier.

Will they fall back in love with each other?

Did they ever really fall out of love?

Will they get covered in leeches in that murky and muddy lake?

Of course not; this is text-book romance.

The only thing missing is a shirtless Ryan Gosling and a dessert wine.

And originality.

But, if you loved The Notebook, and you’re big on formulaic film scripts, The Best Of Me is for you.

When I say it’s heart-warming –at least –you’ll know exactly what I mean by the end.

Take tissues.

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Two Mallee farming families are among the public faces of a campaign to bring more skilled professionals to north west Victoria.
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Success: Kiambra Stock Feeds co-owner Jeff Dalton produces premium grade bagged lucerne chaff that is highly prized by racing stables and pony clubbers in Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne.

Swan Hill-based business Dodgshun Medlin has launched a new-look website, a new suite of integrated services and announced a drive to recruit 50 new team members at its offices across regional Australia.

Among the clients featured in the campaign are father and son grain growers Garry and Anthony Bibby, of Berriwillock, and Jeff and Gae Dalton, who produce premium grade bagged lucerne chaff at Pental Island, east of Swan Hill.

Dodgshun Medlin Managing Partner Ian Dodgshun said the company was expanding to meet rapid growth in demand for its financial, business development, wealth improvement and agronomic services across the Victorian and SA Mallee – and much further afield.

He said it was time to convince many more highly skilled professionals to make their next career move with Dodgshun Medlin.

“We have a commitment to regional Australia,” he said.

“Relationships are everything, and that’s part of the uniqueness of living in the country.

“We don’t ever view people as just ‘a client’.

“They’re people we enjoy working with and want to see succeed.

“We believe in country people and support local communities and we want to build up a workforce of both newly qualified and experienced professionals who will help us continue to deliver services of the highest standard.

“We need everyone from senior tax advisors and agronomists to support staff who make our team and clients feel valued.

“We also want these people to become part of the community and contribute.

“To do this we must accept the challenge of being bolder and more willing to openly share our story and some of the great success stories we have helped our clients achieve.”

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Dr Grazia Borrini-Feyerabend, global co-ordinator of the ICCA Consortium Association.More than 300 Aboriginal and indigenous peoples from five continents will gather in the heart of the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage area next week for an event about conserving nature and culture.
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The three-day Gathering in The Gully will be held in The Gully in Katoomba between November 10-11 in the lead up to the 6th World Parks Congress in Sydney.

The Gully is a declared Aboriginal Place that is co-managed by The Gully Traditional Owners and Blue Mountains council.

Organised by the International ICCA Consortium (Indigenous Peoples’ and Community Conserved Areas and Territories), the event will bring together people from 43 countries including Canada, the Philippines, Iran, Senegal, Bolivia, Taiwan, Madagascar and Australia.

Dr Grazia Borrini-Feyerabend, global coordinator of the ICCA Consortium Association – one of the co-sponsors – said: “Indigenous peoples and local communities play an invaluable role in conserving nature and culture. This Gathering is about bringing them together from five continents to connect, share experiences and learn from one another.”

The consortium is an international association dedicated to promoting the appropriate recognition of and support to Indigenous peoples globally. The event is supported by the traditional owners. The community is invited to to attend the traditional dance and corroboree at The Gully on Monday November 11 from 7 to 9pm.

“We look forward to sharing this truly global cultural experience with the Blue Mountains community,” said Dr Borrini-Feyerabend.

Details: National Parks and Wildlife Service 4784 7300.

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OPINION:Telstra has plenty to answer for at Tooraweenah
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The town of Tooraweenah has effectively been operating on a credit system for the past week after losing access to phone lines and EFTPOS facilities.

Last Monday phone lines dropped and have intermittently worked since, with residents noticing they were more likely to return when the temperature cooled down.

The town, which is 100 kilometres north of Dubbo and has an approximate population of 100, has no bank and relies upon the EFTPOS facilities at the handful of businesses to access money.

Store owners were forced to operate using cash only after EFTPOS systems went offline and also had to make do without phones or internet.

Mobile phone coverage is extremely limited in the area, especially with Telstra.

“Nobody is happy. This is the talk of the town at the moment. There is only about 100 residents in the town but then you have all the farmers across the district and contractors who are harvesting,” Tooraweenah resident Ross Pollock said.

“Mobile reception around the town is patchy.

“If you stand in some places you will get some service but move away and you lose it.

“Everyone in town is running tabs. The service station and the pub are without EFTPOS and now most people have used up their cash.

“The businesses in town are now showing goodwill and now have to hope that everyone settles up.”

Proprietor of Tooraweenah Trading Co Lester Thurston said the worst part of no phones had been the uncertainty about whether or not they had been working.

“There’s a loss of trade for businesses. I had people who were trying to call me and all they were getting was a busy signal.

“Telstra say they can divert calls but we don’t get mobile reception here. I went away for the weekend and there is a viewing platform on the side of the road as you leave town, I had one bar of service on Friday when I left, and I had four bars when I came back. It varies that much.

“I am concerned that if there is a medical emergency in town, it could be a serious problem.”

Tooraweenah Caravan Park owner Sarah Hill said she had begun reporting the issue to Telstra last Monday and received a number of conflicting responses from Telstra representatives.

“We had a storm here on Friday night and it brought a power line down in the caravan park. The power was out so the mobile phone antenna wasn’t working and we had no landline, so I had to drive around town until I found someone with an Optus phone to report the issue,” Ms Hill said.

“That’s a pretty serious issue.”

A spokesperson for Telstra said they were aware of an issue between 2.30pm on Friday and 7pm on Saturday and the problem had been rectified now.

“A hardware issue caused a loss of fixed line services for our customers in and around Tooraweenah,” the spokesperson said.

“Our technicians replaced the faulty hardware and services are now restored.

“Telstra apologises for any inconvenience to its customers.”

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Wizard of Odds: Live Odds, Form and Alerts for all RacingFull coverage: Melbourne Cup 2014Melbourne Cup sweep
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Andreas Wohler, the man considered the best hope of wresting the Melbourne Cup out of the iron-clad grip of the Japanese, remains bullish about Protectionist’s chances despite expressing his dismay at early markets for the race.

Much of Wohler’s enthusiasm stems from globetrotting jockey Ryan Moore, who will return to Australia to shoot for Australia’s most cherished sporting trophy 10 days after stealing away with the Cox Plate.

“I know from last year when he rode our horse Novellist, he’s a very committed and very experienced jockey,” Wohler said.

“He has ridden everywhere and had great success, which is why I was very lucky to have him booked quite early. He was quite keen in the end to ride him, which was a good sign.”

Moore rode at Santa Anita’s Breeders Cup meeting on the weekend before jetting back into Melbourne on Monday.

Wohler has also been doing a fair amount of flying himself, landing in Australia to watch Protectionist’s eye-catching fourth in the Herbert Power at Caulfield three weeks ago.

Bookmakers immediately juggled Melbourne Cup markets installing the five-year-old as favourite for the race.

That baton has long been passed to Admire Rakti after his storming Caulfield Cup win, but the one-time favouritism tag certainly bemused Wohler.

“When I went back to the airport after the race on the way to the airport I got the message to say he was second favourite or favourite and I couldn’t believe it,” Wohler said. “He finished fourth in a group 2 and he’s favourite for the Melbourne Cup? I couldn’t believe that.

“But I was quite happy with the way he ran. He hit a flat spot and it’s a different type of racing here.

“They start quite quickly and then they slow down and then they start to quicken again from the five furlong and he was off the bridle, then he quickened up again and finished off the race really well. That’s what impressed me most.”

The Melbourne Cup has been a regular jaunt for the English, Irish and French over the years, but no German-trained horse has ever won the race.

Wohler has previously brought horses to Australia for the Cox Plate with Silvano running fourth to Northerly in 2001, while Paolini ran 10th in the weight-for-age championship three years later.

And he admitted a lead-up run in Australia was critical to his planning and that of Australian Bloodstock, which purchased the horse to fulfil a Melbourne Cup ambition.

“Every time [travelling to Australia] you learn and even now we’re learning,” he said. “You know what is needed in preparation for going into quarantine and that’s why we always said we wanted to come earlier and have a prep race for him.

“[The Melbourne Cup] always has big attention because it is a very big race on the world stage. Now it gets even more attention because a German horse is right in the race.”

Protectionist is the least experienced horse in the Melbourne Cup field, boasting just nine starts, including a win in the Prix Kergorlay over 3000 metres in August, a typical lead-up race for the international raiders.

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Kelly captivates with warm, uplifting stories | photos Cathy Kelly Literary lunch.Photo by Chris McCormack
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Harriet Manasa, of Indooroopilly, and Jeni Wellington, of Bardon.

Renee Thake, of Capalaba, and Cathy Nguyen, of Tarragindi, at the Grand View literary lunch.

Karen Moore, of Thorneside, and Claire Grace, of Hawthorne.

Donna Schneiders, of Redland Bay, and Marian Davey, of Victoria Point.

Christina and Kate Mason, of Palmwoods.

Bev Ruskey, of Killarney, Meredith Tracey and Jodie Daley, of Wellington Point. Photos by Chris McCormack

TweetFacebookIt Started with Paris, when she was guest author at the Grand View Hotel on Friday.

At the top of the Eiffel Tower, a young man proposes to his girlfriend, cheered on by delighted tourists.

Kelly weaves a delightful tale spinning out from this once-in-a-lifetime moment, drawing together a terrific cast of characters with stories of their own.

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Teacher Tim Kilchester with Reel Award winners (back from left) Adam Shaw, Olivia Buckham, Toby Duffy, James Peterson and Elysha Kennedy and (front from left) Latchmi Pillai, Robert Hughes-Gage, Kate Morris and Manali Datar.Sheldon College’s film students made their debut on the silver screen at the school’s annual Reel Awards recently.
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Thrillers, mock advertisements, music videos, crime dramas and abstract films created over the past 12 months were shown to the audience at Victoria Point Cineplex last Monday.

The event also served as a farewell for the year 12 students before their graduation.

In the major categories, Olivia Buckham won Editor of the Year, Kate Morris was named Scriptwriter of the Year, James Peterson was recognised as Cinematographer of the Year and Toby Duffy was praised with the Epic Shot of the Year award.

Manali Datar was recognised for Breakthrough Achievement in Film, Jack Vernon was named the Most Valuable Crew Member and Latchmi Pillai was judged to have shown the Most Improved Technical Skill.

Adam Shaw won the award for Achievement in Technical Direction and Elysha Kennedy won Achievement in Artistic Direction.

Robert Hughes-Gage was recognised for showing the Most Improved Artistic Skill.

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BayView State School held an Adidas School Fun Run recently and raised $6890 to buy extra school resources and sporting equipment.
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Students pounded the pavement in the lead-up to the run, seeking sponsorship from the local community.

School fun run organiser Dave Beasley is proud of the way the students rallied behind the health-based fundraiser.

“It was great to see so many students supporting their school by collecting sponsorship and participating on the day,” Dave said.

The annual Adidas School Fun-Run provided a platform for schools, sporting clubs and community groups to raise extra funding while encouraging participation in healthy and active lifestyles.

In the past three years the fun run program has helped schools to raise more than $9.1 million to buy computers, books, sporting equipment and other resources.

With the additional option to use online fundraising, students can now reach family and friends interstate or overseas which resulted in schools increasing their overall profit by 16.4 per cent in 2013.

The fun run program was launched in 2011 as an alternative to junk food fundraising.

All schools are invited to participate by visiting the School Fun Run website.

A further $230,000 has been donated in school grants by program partner, CUA, through its Community Care initiative – an extension to the Adidas School Fun-Run.CUA’s chief executive officer, Chris Whitehead, said his company was passionate about supporting local communities and the fun run program delivered positive outcomes for everyone involved.

“We are delighted to be involved again in 2014 and look forward to another successful year,” he said.

Last year Wembley Downs Primary School raised $29,305 and students won a special day where Adidas athletes visited the school.

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