Jan 20

Put up your hand for extremely good cause

It took no time at all for the Border’s City2City fun run and walk to make its mark.
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About 3500 people took off from the starting line when the major fundraiser was first held two years ago.

That is expected to rise to at least 5000 when the third City2City from Albury’s Dean Steet to Wodonga’s water tower takes place on February 19.

Up to $100,000raised from the 2017 event will go towards the Albury Wodonga Health maternity unit at the Wodonga hospital.

In particular, the focus will be on creating anew area for high-care babies.

This will be a tremendous outcome and certainly makes clear the dual purpose of the City2City.

That is, not only is it something where the community can come together in the interest of better health, it also helps those who in turn need the community’s support.

The organisers of the City2City should be congratulated on what they have achieved in such a relatively short period of time.

But of course with that success comes greater demands on keeping the event running as smoothly as it has in the past while catering for the ever-increasing demand –demand that had numbers at 3509 in the first year and 4273 in 2016.

Put simply, that translates to the need for more people on the ground taking care of all those things that allows that to take place.

There is even more need in 2017 for this assistance, given that the 8am 10-kilometre run and 8.10am 7.5-kilometre run will be joined by a 7.5-kilometre “walk and talk” at 8.30am.

As City2City volunteer co-ordinator John Roberts says, organisers will take everyonethey can get “because there’s always jobs to be done”.

“It’s a great event for both cities and to participate on a volunteer level is really rewarding.”

It is perhaps obvious to state that without some support, the success of something like the City2City could easily be out of reach.

We would hope that thegrassroots nature of the event and the fact the community takes the cause to heart will translate to people putting up their hands to take part.

By doing so there is no reason why the City2City cannot continue to grow.

And that will not only keep the City2City as an integral part of the Border calendar for years to come, itwill also ensure those who need financial support in the community are also assisted.

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Jan 20

No luxury for bush hikers

Parks Victoria acting chief executive Chris Hardman
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The boss of Parks Victoria has denied his organisation is planning to set up “luxury” accommodation in remote bushland.

AParks Victoria and Regional Development Victoria report revealed plans to upgrade the five-day, 56-kilometre walk between Falls Creek and Mount Hotham, including cabins for”high-yield” tourists.

It was promoted as a way of allowing more people to access the walk, including those who did not want to camp, but not everyone was on board.

Bushwalking Victoriapresident Peter Campbell said he wasconcerned about “luxury cabins”near Diamantina Spur.

“Commercial development, including building camping platforms and cabins, must not destroy the qualities of natural bush and alpine areas,” he said.

The comments were reported across metro newspapers and in The Border Mail.

Parks Victoria acting chief executive Chris Hardman has responded to deny any proposal for “luxury accommodation” or banning low-spending hikers.

“The draft plan does not propose ‘luxury developments’ anywhere within its 105 pages, it proposes appropriate accommodation that minimises the impact on the surrounding environment,” he said. “After an eight-hour hike it would be welcome comfort indeed, but we do not consider hiker accommodation to represent ‘luxury’ in any way or form.”

Mr Hardman said school groups, young families orolder visitors could make use of the cabins, while there would still beopportunitiesalong thetrail for self-sufficient hikers tocamp for free.

“I encourage anyone with any interest at all in the Falls to Hotham Alpine Crossing to read the draft plan and to provide feedback to us,” he said. “We have an important opportunity to get this right and we want any Victorian with an interest in the area to help us achieve that.”

Submissions on the proposal can be emailed [email protected]论坛 or put in at parkweb.vic.gov419论坛/get-involved/have-your-sayuntil January 27.

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Jan 20

If you are looking for Ange Postecoglou on a Euro scouting trip, seek him in the Championship

 A decade or so ago, when Socceroos coach Frank Farina travelled to Europe to monitor his national team’s prospective players, he visited a litany of the top stadia in some of the game’s greatest leagues.
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Farina could watch English Premier League-based Australians such as Harry Kewell, Mark Viduka, Brett Emerton, Tim Cahill, Hayden Foxe, Craig Moore, Lucas Neill and Mark Schwarzer in action at places such as Elland Road and Anfield, Ewood Park and Craven Cottage, Stamford Bridge, Old Trafford, Goodison and Upton Park.

He could hop across the channel on a cheap flight to Milan or Rome and watch Vince Grella or Mark Bresciano if they were in action at the San Siro or the Stadio Olimpico against either of the Milanese giants or Roma.

He might fancy a few days in Spain, checking out John Aloisi, especially if either of his clubs, Alaves or Osasuna, happened to be in action at the Bernabeu or the Camp Nou against Real Madrid or Barcelona.

And if Germany took his fancy, well, he could always see what Paul Agostino was up to, especially if his TSV 1860 Munich were involved in a local Bundesliga derby with European giants Bayern.

Ange Postecoglou, the first locally born and raised full-time coach since Farina (Graham Arnold was always in the job in a caretaker role) will have few similarly exciting trips.

Yes, he will get to Munich to keep an eye on Milos Degenek, and he could get to the great Spanish grounds if Mat Ryan is starting for Valencia in La Liga, which is not, these days, very often. And he might well get to see a bit of Germany keeping tabs on Mat Leckie, a regular starter for Ingoldstadt, and Robbie Kruse (an irregular starter for Bayer Leverkusen).

But his journeys will mostly be to the smaller grounds and to second-tier clubs as that is where the bulk of overseas Australians are based these days.

Twenty years ago it was easier for Australians, with their workrate, attitude and adaptability, to get a chance, particularly in England where their cultural familiarity and language skills gave them a head start.

But since then the vast steams of money that have flowed into the highest levels of the game have been channelled into improving the way all top-tier clubs operate, including in scouting.

Big European teams are much better at finding diamonds in the rough in Asia and Africa than they used to be: simply put, it’s a lot more competitive for the Australians, and if they are not top-grade players – which most are not – they will not get the opportunities that some of their predecessors did.

That doesn’t mean their forbears got it easy: players such as Kewell, Viduka, Emerton, Schwarzer, Cahill, Moore and Neill showed they were good enough to have made it through any system at any time.

Postecoglou went off to Europe on a scouting mission just before Christmas, and his itinerary over the next few weeks is likely to include Huddersfield’s Galpharm Stadium, Villa Park, Loftus Road, Deepdale and the 6900-capacity Pirelli Stadium, home of Burton Albion.

With the exception of Villa Park and Loftus Road, the average Australian fan might find it hard to pinpoint the other places on a map, but they are, respectively, home for Aaron Mooy (Huddersfield), Jordan Lyden and Mile Jedinak (Villa Park), Massimo Luongo (QPR), Bailey Wright (Preston) and Jackson Irvine (Burton Albion).

If you want to find large numbers of Australians who are playing – not merely training or being part of their club’s squads but rarely starting – then the Championship in England is the place you should be looking.

Mooy has probably made the biggest impact of all this season.

The quietly spoken, shaven-headed midfielder’s progress over the past couple of years has been dramatic. Two seasons with Melbourne City brought him regular football and as he grew and matured he became a first-team choice for Postecoglou.

There were plenty of cynical comments made when parent company Manchester City bought him at the end of last season, particularly when they sent him on loan to nearby Huddersfield (it’s just across the Pennines from Manchester).

But Mooy has been a stand-out player for the Terriers as they have made an unlikely challenge for a place in next season’s Premier League. Early season pacesetters, the club – coached by Jurgen Klopp’s former assistant at Borussia Dortmund, David Wagner – dropped off a little before picking up recently and lie fourth in the league, behind leaders Brighton, Newcastle and third-placed Reading.

Mooy has won rave reviews from fans and coaches during his spell in the Championship, where he has emerged as a key presence in central midfield for the Yorkshire club.

Andy Hughes, a former Crystal Palace club coach who is with Huddersfield, told a Fox Sports crew in a recent interview that Mooy had what it took to make it all the way to the top.

“I have worked with players who have played in the Premier League, and he has got more than them,” Hughes said. He also revealed that Socceroos captain Mile Jedinak – with whom he had worked at Palace – rang him up when news broke that Mooy was moving to Town, telling Hughes that his Socceroos midfield partner was “very good”.

Jedinak is himself these days in the second tier, where he is anchoring the Aston Villa midfield having moved to the club from Palace just after the season. He had led Palace into the Premier League and captained them to an FA Cup final in his years in South London.

Villa were relegated last season and began the new campaign poorly but have picked up considerably under new boss Steve Bruce, who replaced Roberto Di Matteo after their slow start. The former European champions are up to 10th place and are looking to build on that in the new year, with a play-off spot a minimum target for a quick return to the Premier League.

The irony would not be lost on the Socceroos captain if he and Villa managed to go up – passing by his former club, Palace, if they get relegated despite having sacked Alan Pardew and replaced him with Sam Allardyce.

The other Australians regularly starting in the Championship are not – on form – expected to be eyeing up Premier League places next season.

Luongo’s move to former EPL club Queens Park Rangers was hailed as a good one in which he could launch his career and take it to the next step, with the London club tipped to be among the promotion chasers.

But it’s been far from plain sailing at Loftus Road, and Rangers flattered to deceive last season before falling in a hole this campaign. One manager, Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink, has been fired, and Ian Holloway, a former boss, has been brought in but has failed to stop the rot. Rangers are hovering dangerously close to the relegation zone in 20th spot, just three points above the third-from-bottom Blackburn Rovers.

Luongo’s club is just one point ahead of Irvine’s Burton, who are fourth bottom, two points clear of Rovers. But no one expected much more from the smallest club in the top two divisions following their promotion, and Irvine has made quite an impression as a goalscoring midfielder who may well have done enough to earn a move, if not in the January window then in the northern summer.

Wright has become a permanent fixture at Deepdale since joining the Lancashire club that was once, like Mooy’s Huddersfield in the 1920s, one of the most powerful teams in the UK.

Those days are a long way off now as Preston yo-yo between the second and third tier, occasionally threatening to make a push for the Premiership. They are currently mid-table in the Championship.

Wright, who has become a regular face in Postecoglou’s Socceroos squads, is a stalwart for North End and in November chalked up his 200th appearance for the club.

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Jan 20

David Pope and the cartoons that defined 2016

This cartoon by David Pope published on the front page of the Turkish national daily paper Cumhuriyet comments on the Turkish regime’s efforts to censor and punish media coverage critical of the government. Photo: David Pope David Pope with Indian artist Ajit Ninan, cartoonist to the world’s largest democracy, at Ninan’s 2016 exhibition at the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House in Canberra. Photo: Rohan Thomson
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David Pope’s cartoon on the front page of Cumhuriyet, in the panel where the work of the paper’s cartoonist Musa Kart should appear.

Pope’s editorial cartoon of July 23, 2016, depicted the consequences for freedom in Turkey of the failed military coup.

In a March 2016 cartoon, David Pope depicted “President Trump” meeting “Pope George [Pell]” under the headline “Men of destiny”. Photo: David Pope

Pope portrayed the rise of Trump as a raging dumpster fire.

In 2016 he depicted Donald Trump as a raging dumpster fire and a Molotov cocktail hurled at the White House, Pauline Hanson as a flaming Redhead match and Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull as a sensitive schoolboy bullied by the conservatives in his own party.

So, cartoonist David Pope appreciates more than most Australians just how precious are the democratic freedoms that allow cartoonists and independent media outlets to question, criticise and satirise those in positions of power.

Which is why the Fairfax Media illustrator recently contributed a cartoon to the Turkish newspaper, Cumhuriyet.

Pope’s cartoon was published on the front page of Turkey’s oldest daily newspaper, in the spot where its resident cartoonist Musa Kart’s work usually appears.

Musa was arrested in November, along with a number of his editors and journalist colleagues at the national opposition paper, as part of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s crackdown on critical voices in the media following July’s attempted military coup in Turkey.

While Musa remains in jail, Cumhuriyet, or “Republic”, is filling his regular page-one panel with symbolic blank space or cartoons of solidarity from around the world.

Pope’s simple illustration, depicting a worried-looking world trying to read a censored Turkish newspaper with its cartoon panel ripped out, was published in December as international cartoonist organisations launched a campaign in support of freedom of speech in Turkey.

In a joint statement, the groups Cartoonists Rights Network International, Cartooning for Peace and Cartoon Movement urged “the leadership of every democratic nation to redouble their efforts” to persuade the Turkish government to release “our friend and colleague Musa Kart”.

Arrested on November 5 and jailed pending trial for “committing crimes on behalf of the Fethullahist Terror Organisation and the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party”, Musa is reportedly still behind bars in Istanbul’s Silivri prison.

“On what basis can the drawing of satirical cartoons be considered a crime, much less an act of terrorism?,” the executive director of Cartoonists Rights Network International, Dr Robert Russell, said.

President Erdoğan had previously sued Musa for libel in 2005 and slander in 2014.

“We are witnessing an effort by the president to exact revenge on someone he has long considered an enemy,” Dr Russell said.

“On this occasion a punitive fine or jail sentence is not the worst possible outcome, as objectionable as it would be. If granted his stated ambition Erdoğan will reintroduce the death penalty specifically for those said to be involved in organising the coup. Clearly there is a real threat to Musa’s life should his trial proceed and he is found guilty of the charges given.”

The failed coup in Turkey was just one of the international events and issues the Canberra-based Pope explored in his daily editorial cartoons in 2016.

A Walkley winner for the now-famous “He drew first” cartoon that went viral on social media worldwide in the hours after the January 2015 Charlie Hebdo terrorist attack in Paris, Pope’s cartoons are published in The Canberra Times and nine other daily newspapers across regional NSW, Victoria and Tasmania.

Over the past 12 months, the cartoonist’s work has often reflected the global news cycle, from the rise of Trump in the US, the shock of Brexit in Europe and the intractable turmoil of Syria in the Middle East to the deaths of popular artists like David Bowie, Leonard Cohen and Alan Rickman.

President-elect Trump was variously depicted over the course of the year, through the Republican primaries and the campaign race against Hillary Clinton, as a dumpster fire, a Molotov cocktail hurled at the White House, a flaming Hindenburg airship and a Mexican wrestler in colourful Lucha Libre mask.

Back in March, after Pope Francis took aim at candidate Trump by criticising so-called Christians promising to build  walls instead of bridges and with Cardinal George Pell as defiant as ever in his Vatican sanctum, one cartoon depicted “President Trump” meeting “Pope George” under what seemed at the time to be a facetious title: “Men of destiny”.

Political shocks and shenanigans closer to home also provided rich pickings for Pope’s satirical penmanship, especially the electoral and party room travails of Turnbull, the return of Hanson and One Nation and assorted budgets, policy backflips and royal commissions.

The ceaseless chicanery of modern politics is a common refrain of Pope’s visual commentary.

“Politicians spend a lot of time managing their image to appear in control of things,” he said.

“So, I draw a lot of things that portray the contingency and chaos of politics – ‘methodical plans’ announced to dress up policies and compromises cooked up on the fly.

“Very similar to drawing a political cartoon, really. Especially as the deadline approaches.”

In 2016, Pope continued to draw  Turnbull with a tin-can-and-string top hat, a caricature device dating back to the PM’s days as Minister for Communications.

“He now looks naked to me when I draw him without it,” Pope said. “Over time it has become a prop that has taken on a life of its own.”

One of Pope’s favourite Turnbull cartoons of 2016 shows the PM as a chastened schoolboy explaining himself over his part in Coalition attacks on aspects of the Safe Schools anti-bullying program.

“The Prime Minister’s relationship with the conservative right wing of his party is complicated,” Pope explained.

“Pressure from peers can mean burying your true feelings and hiding who you really are. So it’s good to provide a safe space in a cartoon where a Prime Minister can talk honestly about how bullying works.”

One of Pope’s cartoons about the heartbreak and courage brought to light by the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse was a finalist in Amnesty International Australia’s 2016 Media Awards.

“Cartoons about the abuse of power always run the risk of inadvertently reinforcing the powerlessness of victims and the power of the abuser,” he said.

“So it was good to draw these irrepressible survivors of institutional sexual abuse, as they picked each other up on the road from Ballarat to Rome, to bear witness to testimony from Australian cardinal George Pell, and to seek justice.”

To mark the January 2016 passing of pop star David Bowie, Pope steered away from a portrait of the famously androgynous singer.

Instead, he imagined a scene of life on Mars and drew on the enduring lyrics of one of the British artist’s hit songs, Heroes.

“While I did not have that personal connection to his art and music  that many clearly felt, there was no disputing his influence on popular artistic culture,” Pope said.

“This song was my favourite. Played now, at the end of the year, perhaps the melancholy which accompanied it at the start of the year will give way to more of its tragic defiant optimism.”

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Jan 20

Fireworks light up BendigoYour photos

MORE:Fireworks to light up Bendigo’s skyline
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Fireworks light up Bendigo | Your photos Leesa Otters took this photo at the early family fireworks on Saturday.

Leesa Otters took this photo at the early family fireworks on Saturday.

Leesa Otters took this photo at the early family fireworks on Saturday.

Leesa Otters took this photo at the early family fireworks on Saturday.

Leesa Otters took this photo at the early family fireworks on Saturday.

Leesa Otters took this photo at the early family fireworks on Saturday.

Julie Sebire took this photo of the New Year fireworks.

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Elise Hem shared this photo of Bendigo’s early fireworks.

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Greg Hamilton captured these great photos of Castlemaine’s New Year’s Eve fireworks display.

Greg Hamilton captured these great photos of Castlemaine’s New Year’s Eve fireworks display.

Greg Hamilton captured these great photos of Castlemaine’s New Year’s Eve fireworks display.

Greg Hamilton captured these great photos of Castlemaine’s New Year’s Eve fireworks display.

Greg Hamilton captured these great photos of Castlemaine’s New Year’s Eve fireworks display.

Greg Hamilton captured these great photos of Castlemaine’s New Year’s Eve fireworks display.

Greg Hamilton captured these great photos of Castlemaine’s New Year’s Eve fireworks display.

Greg Hamilton captured these great photos of Castlemaine’s New Year’s Eve fireworks display.

Greg Hamilton captured these great photos of Castlemaine’s New Year’s Eve fireworks display.

Greg Hamilton captured these great photos of Castlemaine’s New Year’s Eve fireworks display.

Greg Hamilton captured these great photos of Castlemaine’s New Year’s Eve fireworks display.

Greg Hamilton captured these great photos of Castlemaine’s New Year’s Eve fireworks display.

Scott McLeod shared this photo of the early fireworks taken from the QEO.

Elise Hem shared this photo of the 9pm fireworks in Bendigo!

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Dec 20

Emergencies increase

TRAGEDY: LGH accident and emergency nurse unit manager Scott Rigby meets the rescue chopper with those injured in a car accident. Picture: Neil Richardson
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For most people, New Year’s Eve is a time of celebration, but for the staff at Launceston General Hospital’s emergency department, it can be highly unpredictable.

Accident and emergency nurse unit manager Scott Rigby has seen some tragediesin his time, and believes the number of incidents has increased year-on-year.

“We’re a little bit heightened, simply because we’ve seen an increase in presentations over this festive period,” Mr Rigby said.

“Compared to last year, we’ve probably seen about seven to eight per cent increase in the amount of people coming through the door.”

Mr Rigby said an increased population, higher prevalence of drugs, and warm weather presented a recipe for disaster.

He said each year was unpredictable, though the staff were well equipped to handle violent situations.

“One of the messages that we have, and we’ll repeat this year, is we’re actually here to help, it’s an increased stress time for that patient, but abuse towardthe staff is not tolerated,” he said.

Mr Rigby said support staff, open access to police, and security were there to assist in cases of violence against emergency staff.

Director of emergency Lucy Reed said alcohol remained the leading cause of admission to the emergency department, and often resulted in minor injuries.

“Often it’s not until New Year’s Day, when they wake up, but certainly overnight we can have some increased presentations,” Ms Reed said.

Mr Rigby said the trend of increased emergency department admissions appeared to be national.

Data from theAustralian Institute of Health and Welfare showed 1 per cent of hospitalisations across the countrywere drug-related, of those, 55 per cent were alcohol related.

Ambulance Tasmania regional manager Craig Westlake said additional resources would be placed aroundHobart, Burnie and Launceston.

“We want our paramedics to be safe, we’re seeing increasingly right across Australia that there are violence and assaults against paramedics…and we can’t help your mates if we’re saving ourselves,” Mr Westlake said.

“We certainly see a small increase in our workload (on New Year’s Eve), but it’s certainly not the biggest night of the year, generally it’s more confined to other events like Grand Final Day.”

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Dec 20

Amazon’s latest idea is a flying warehouse that will deliver your stuff by drone

The flying warehouse system as described in Amazon’s patent filings. Photo: Amazon/US Patent and Trademark Office The sky’s the limit for Amazon boss Jeff Bezos, who also owns the Washington Post. Photo: NYT
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The company made its first delivery by drone earlier this month. Photo: Amazon

Amazon is exploring the use of giant airships to serve as mobile, flying warehouses that could help the online retail giant deliver more of its goods by drone.

You might already be familiar with Amazon’s drone delivery service, which recently received a demo in the United Kingdom for the first time. But the idea for a fleet of large airships, disclosed in filings to the US Patent and Trademark Office, expand on those ambitions dramatically.

Imagine you’re at a baseball game and wanted to buy a meal or a jersey without ever leaving your seat. The system Amazon describes would allow you to place an order and receive the item within minutes. From its so-called “airborne fulfillment centers” hovering near the stadium, Amazon would dispatch a drone with your purchase. The drone would float or glide most of the way, then turn on its propellers and navigate itself to you directly.

While Amazon’s existing goal with drone delivery is to get you your stuff within 30 minutes, airships could potentially reduce that time even further. Unlike Amazon’s land-based warehouses, which by definition can’t move around, airborne fulfillment centres could respond to surges in demand even before they occur, according to the patent filing.

Large gatherings of people for a specific event, such as a concert or a sports game, are one example Amazon highlights as a clear-use case. But Amazon also appears to believe that using airships could reduce the costs of drone delivery in general.

In looking to airships, Amazon draws upon a long technological tradition dating back to the 19th century, when some of the world’s first self-propelled dirigibles were created. (Amazon’s patent was awarded in April, but news of the idea only spread recently after an analyst at CBInsights stumbled upon the filings.)

Sending drones out from a ground-based facility requires substantial energy, the filing says, because the drone must have its propellers spinning constantly to stay aloft. What’s more, having to make a return trip to the warehouse with no payload onboard could be a wasteful expense. By contrast, Amazon believes it could be more efficient to deploy drones from airships that remain at high altitudes ; the drones could float or glide most of the way down to earth by way of gravity, rather than using their own power.

The airships would have to be resupplied periodically, of course. Amazon envisions still more airships – smaller ones – that could shuttle more drones, products and other things needed to keep the airships functioning up to the larger carrier.

The patent was filed in late 2014 and there’s no word on when such a system might debut; an Amazon spokesperson didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment. Some patents never even lead to actual products. But companies such as Facebook and Google have floated the use of airships and drones to beam internet connectivity down to earth, so it was likely only a matter of time before Amazon began thinking about how to apply the same technology to its business.

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Dec 20

Listed law firm Shine Corporate loses CEO Courtney Petersen after only 5 months

Shine Corporate boss Courtney Petersen has resigned. Clean water campaigner Erin Brockovich is still an ambassador for Shine, according to the law firms website.
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Shine Corporate, the listed law firm tied to celebrity US legal eagle Erin Brockovich, has lost its chief executive officer Courtney Petersen after only five months at the helm.

Ms Petersen will be replaced by the person she replaced in August, company co-founder Simon Morrison. Shine’s other co-founder Stephen Roche will also return as a consultant, the company said in a statement to the ASX on Friday.

The resignation of Ms Petersen comes less than two weeks after the law firm issued a profit warning for 2017 and flagged further impairments within its business.

Ms Petersen was appointed CEO in August as part of a management restructure that saw co-founder Simon Morrison step back from the role.

Her departure continues a management shakeup at the law firm, coming shortly after chief legal officer Jim Holding left the company after only three months in the role. Mr Holding joined the company in August from DLA Piper and has returned to the firm as co-managing partner.

Meanwhile in November, Shine’s chief financial officer Daniel Wilkie took extended leave for health reasons. Ravin Raj is acting finance chief.

Chairman Tony Bellas thanked Ms Petersen for her contribution to Shine.

“Courtney joined Shine in April 2015 and the board recognises her valuable achievements during that time,” Mr Bellas said.

“The board is pleased to see the return of the founders to the company to lead it through the next phase of its growth,” Mr Bellas said.

Ms Petersen was appointed in tumultuous times for the company, which like its rival, listed law firm Slater & Gordon, has been forced to revise how it accounts for the revenue from partly completed law cases. Profit warnings

Similarly to Slater & Gordon, Shine — which also runs class actions — is facing a potential class action following a swinging profit downgrade in January 2016, which has triggered a slump in its share price this year.

On December 19, Shine Corporate issued another profit warning citing “challenging conditions” in its energy and resources legal practice area.

“The company will be reviewing the asset carrying value of its energy and resources practices at the half year ending December 31, 2016,” Ms Petersen said at the time.

“Whilst this review is yet to be finalised, the company expects an impairment of up to $5 million may be required,” Ms Petersen added.

As a result of the poor performance in its energy and resources practice area, Shine said its pre-tax earnings would come in at between $36 million and $40 million for the year to June. No earlier guidance had been given.

In 2016, Shine slashed an initial profit forecast of $52 million to $56 million, saying earnings would come in at between $24 million and $28 million amid concerns about how the company was booking revenue for partly completed legal cases. It ended up reporting a $25 million operating profit, down 43 per cent from the year before.

Shine’s shares were trading at 75¢ on Friday — well below their March 2015 high of $3.36 and down 62 per cent for the year. Its shares were trading at $2 ahead of its suspension in January and plummeted to 53.5¢ when the suspension was lifted.

Ms Brockovich, a lawyer who ran a successful class action over water contamination in the US and was made internationally famous in 2000 through the eponymous film Erin Brockovich starring Julia Roberts, formed a relationship with Shine in 2007 and remains an ambassador for the group, according to the law firm’s website.

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Dec 20

Barrier a help in Plate dream

Our Marscapony was bought to be a MIA Breeders Plate horse and can fulfill that promise on Sunday.
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The Armstrong family purchased the filly as a yearling with the hope of taking out Leeton’s feature race.

PLATE CHANCE: Our Marscapony completes some of her final preparations with Coolamon trainer Liam Armstrong ahead of the Group Three MIA Breeders Plate at Leeton on Sunday. Picture: Laura Hardwick

She nowgets her chance after coming up with barrier two.

Trainer Liam Armstrong believes she will put in a better performance from an ideal barrier draw.

“She will be fully fit after last week’s run and I think I’ve got the best draw in the race,” Armstrong said.

“I’d rather been drawn there than where Ray Walker is (with Our Mach Jack in barrier two).”

The filly has been the perfect distraction for the entire familyas patriarch Garry undergoes treatment for cancer.

To take out the $40,000 feature would be a massive boost.

“We bought her specifically just for this race and it would be a good race to win,”Armstrong said.

“It is worth a lot of money and it is the biggest race in the region.”

After a comfortable win on debut at Kilmore earlier in the month, Our Marscapony failed to live up to expectations in Monday’s heat.

Sitting without cover for most of the race, she faded late to finish fifth, 15.6 metres off Miss Sangrial.

However her trainerbelieves she will take plenty of benefit from the effort.

While given a harder run than expected, Armstrong wasn’t too disappointed in her effort.

“It was probably harder than I wanted it to be as she hadn’t had a run in two weeks coming off Kilmore,” he said.

“She probably didn’t need that hard of a run, but she’s pulled up good from it.

“We will just have to see what happens.”

Armstrong failed to get his licence upgraded in order to race in the Group Three classic so Grant Forrest will take the reins.

The Coolamon trainer has another goal in the race, to be the first filly home and pocket the extra$1000 up for grabs for doing so.

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Dec 20

Get techy at Tura Library

An interactive Tech Expo will be part of the school holiday program on offer at Tura Marrang and Bermagui libraries in January and will give local kids the chance to try out 3D Printing, Robotics, Coding, Drones and Electronic Music Making.
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Programs and Partnerships Officer, Scott Baker said that digital media and technology skills equip kids for the future workforce.

“It’s the perfect way to introduce kids to what’s possible; what they can build and achieve with different sorts of technology, at the same time having fun experimenting,” he said.

“We’re keen to run more in-depth workshops in the future where people can really explore some of this new technology a lot more, so the Tech Expo will give library staff a chance to gauge interest,” said Mr Baker.

A Marshmallow Challenge Workshop hosted by Simone Huigen will introduce kids to the thrill of project management and teamwork. Simone is one of the region’s most skilled IT project managers and developed the Buzz What’s On app.

The Pilot a Drone Workshop will give people the chance to fly one of the library’s small but highly capable drones.

Coding Camp will run at Bermagui library and is a fun introduction to the world of coding led by Carsten Eckelmann, founder of 2pi Software.

In addition, try-out stations of 3D Printing, Robotics and Electronic Music Making will happen throughout the day from 10.30am-3.30pm.

The Tech Expo will be at Tura Marrang library on Wednesday 11 January and at Bermagui library on Monday 16 January.

The Tech Expo and workshops are free. Bookings are required for the Marshmallow Challenge, Pilot a Drone and Coding Camp workshops and places are limited with age restrictions.

For more information, session times and to book online go to梧桐夜网begavalleyshirelibrary.eventbrite南京夜网419论坛or phone Tura Marrang library on 6499 2340 or Bermagui library on 6499 2411.

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