American exchange student heads home after spending a year in the Eurobodalla

HOME TIME: American exchange student Corey Powers leaves on Tuesday July 8 after spending a year in the Eurobodalla LEARNING to surf and becoming an honourary prefect at Moruya High School were just two of the things American exchange student Corey Powers achieved during his year on the South Coast.
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Seventeen-year-old Corey from Connecticut came to Moruya on a Rotary International exchange to “see what Australia was like”.

After spending a year in the Eurobodalla, Cory travelled 26 hours home on Tuesday June 8.

Duringhis stay, Corey became a part of the Broulee Runners, learned to surf, helped start up Rotary Interact at Moruya High School and made it to the regional level of school cross-country.

“I loved being a part of Broulee runners,” Corey said.

“At home I am part of my schools’ cross-country track and athletics team so it allowed me to keep training.”

During his time at Moruya High School, Corey made lots of friends and built a strong bond with fellow class mate and “host-brother” Will Scobie.

“Saying goodbye to Will was hard, there were a few tears,” Corey admitted.

“I feel like I’m a part of the community.

“I will definitely be back soon.”

Corey said the highlight of his year in Australia was travelling to Uluru with the other exchange students from the South Coast and Sydney as part of a Rotary excursion.

“Walking around Uluru on sunrise was amazing,” he said.

“It was beautiful.”

Although he achieved much and enjoyed his time in Australia, it wasn’t all smooth sailing.

Corey said the hardest part about his exchange was not being at Thanksgiving in November when his grandfather was sick.

“I haven’t really been home sick but not being there for my grandfather was hard,” he said.

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Football Mid North Coast round 11 results

Old Bar’s Jake Dawson with the ball on Saturday.FOUR teams are now equal fourth on the Football Mid North Coast Premier League competition ladder following round 11 fixtures.
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Taree, Port FC, Kempsey Saints and Macleay Valley sit on 14 points, six shy of third placed Camden Haven.

Wallis Lake appears headed to the minor premiership and lead the ladder on 26 points with Port United on 22.

In round 11 games Macleay Valley Rangers and Taree Wildcats drew 0-0 at Dangar Street, Kempsey.

Port United accounted for Kempsey Saints 4-0, while Wallis Lake trounced Old Bar 5-2 at Old Bar.

Port FCscored a 5-2 win over Port Saints, while Camden Haven accounted for Wingham 3-1.

In reserve grade Macleay and Taree drew 1-1 while Port United thrashed Kempsey Saints 6-0.

Wallis Lake smashed Old Bar 6-0 while Port FC accounted for Port Saints 2-1.

Wingham Warriors relegated Camden Haven to last spot with a 1-0 win at Wingham.

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The Voice Kids loses moral ground over Romy rejection

After rejecting her audition, the judges pose for photos with Romy. Photo: Supplied 12-year-old Romy sings on The Voice Kids, but fails to earn the judges’ attention. Photo: Supplied
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TV dad and noted philosopher Homer Simpson once described television as a “teacher, mother and secret lover”.

In truth, it is none of those. It is a harsh mistress whose spotlight can burn and for proof we need not look further than 12-year-old Romy.

The barely teen-aged contestant on The Voice Kids was left weeping on national television after all four coaches on the show – Delta Goodrem, Melanie Brown and brothers Joel and Benji Madden – failed to turn their chairs and select her during her audition.

All four raced to console the sobbing girl, and their concern for her welfare is clearly visible in the segment.

In its aftermath there will be hand-wringing, and questions about responsibility, duty of care and whether it was appropriate to include the segment in the broadcast of the program.

But the inescapable truth is this: we knew this moment was coming. It isn’t the first time. It won’t be the last.

Reality television is a brutal genre, concerned with exploiting the emotions of its subjects, and its audience, in the pursuit of ratings and revenue. Adding children to that recipe is always risky.

That is not to say the producers of The Voice Kids embarked on this particular enterprise hoping to damage their young charges. And on numbers alone more kids than not will enjoy the process.

But one clear question remains: who decided to include the segment in the broadcast, and why?

With no one willing to coach her, Romy’s performance was effectively rejected from competition. Which means its only value to the broadcast narrative of The Voice Kids was either to capitalise on the emotion of the moment, or to illustrate the compassion of the judges.

Either way, The Voice Kids seems to be guilty of the very thing which once set it apart from other talent shows that exploited, humiliated and belittled their subjects.

Lesser shows played those games, we were assured, while The Voice was something better, with a focus on music artistry instead of cheap TV moments.

Let’s be frank: in the handbook of TV “moments”, a sobbing child, with four celebrities racing to embrace her, does not sit at the expensive end of the spectrum.

Children and show-business are not new bedfellows. Ever since Baby Peggy, born in 1918, a child star at six and penniless by the age of 11, the entertainment industry has had a poor record of handling small charges.

With the advent of reality television, those risks have increased exponentially.

In the US, programs such as Dance Moms, Toddlers & Tiaras, Here Comes Honey Boo Boo and Jon and Kate Plus 8 exploit their young charges for entertainment.

And when they prove too hot to handle, programs like Brat Camp, Super Nanny and Nanny 911 are there to readjust them.

In 2007, the British version of The X Factor lowered the minimum contestant age from 16 to 14 and drew widespread criticism. They reversed that decision several years later. The Got Talent format allows children to compete with parental consent.

After a nine-year-old contestant on Britain’s Got Talent, Malakai Paul, was reduced to tears, veteran British TV broadcaster Sir Bruce Forsyth weighed into the debate saying that children had no place on reality TV. “I don’t think they should get young children and put them through such an emotional thing,” he said.

He’s right.

The brittle sensibilities of young children require very specific handling. The problem is that television too often demonstrates it is barely able to do better than one-size-fits-all.

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Andrew Forrest-backed Poseidon buys Norilsk nickel project

Andrew Forrest-backed junior explorer Poseidon Nickel has bought from the world’s largest nickel and palladium producer.Andrew Forrest-backed junior explorer Poseidon Nickel has bought the Black Swan nickel project from Russian mining giant Norilsk for an undisclosed sum.
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Norilsk, the world’s largest nickel and palladium producer, flagged in September that it would sell its Australian assets.

Poseidon has been looking to restart its Mt Windarra nickel mine in the West Australian goldfields in the face of poor nickel prices and tight debt markets.

It said the acquisition of the Black Swan nickel sulphide plant would allow it to process ores from Windarra.

“Poseidon will have the option to either recommission the plant in its current location to take ore shipped from Windarra, or the plant can be removed and relocated at Windarra creating a considerable cost saving,” Poseidon said in a statement to the ASX on Monday.

Poseidon added it would not need to raise additional money for the deal, saying it can fund the transaction from its current resources. Citigroup is understood to be handling the sales process for Norilsk.

Last year, Mr Forrest, chairman of Fortescue Metals Group, resigned as chairman of Poseidon because of his “overwhelming philanthropic duties”. He was elected to the Poseidon board as chairman in July 2007 at the time of a boom in nickel prices.

The billionaire also declined to participate in another equity raising by the nickel minnow in May. Mr Forrest started 2014 with 33 per cent of Poseidon shares, but according to Bloomberg he now holds just over 23 per cent of the company.

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Heritage trails step into history of Brisbane suburbs

Brisbane’s Albion Hotel, circa 1866. Photo: State Library of QueenslandThree new heritage walking trails through Albion, Indooroopilly and Ascot have been released by Brisbane City Council. They feature in a digital library that also includes trails through the City Centre, Fortitude Valley, Rosalie, South Brisbane, Milton, Bulimba and along the Brisbane River. Guides for the walks and an outline on the history of some of the buildings in the areas can be downloaded from council’s website. If you take an iPad, you can follow the heritage walk as you walk through the suburb. The Albion Heritage Trail – dubbed “Amble About Albion” – takes walkers through one of Brisbane’s most interesting areas. It begins at the Albion Hotel on Sandgate Road, passes the former site of the Albion Flour Mill, up Sandgate Road to the historic residence Whytecliffe, then down the hill to Crosby Park. The Albion Hotel is one of Brisbane’s oldest pubs, dating back to the 1860s. Parts of the Albion Flour Mill were destroyed by fire last year and the building has been demolished, but it still gives the atmosphere of Brisbane’s oldest working flour mill. From Crosby Park the walk passes through some of Albion’s oldest suburban streets, then down Sandgate Road to the historic commercial centre of Albion. The walk through Indooroopilly – Eye on Indooroopilly – takes in some Brisbane’s oldest homes. City visitors can take the train from Central or Roma Street stations along the Ipswich line to Indooroopilly station to do the heritage walk. The Indooroopilly Trail begins at the Indooroopilly War Memorial in Keating Park, goes under the rail bridge to the spectacular Church of the Holy Family. It then travels down the hill to some of Indooroopilly’s grandest houses, the important World War II site at Witton Barracks on the river, up historic Station Road to end at the Shopping Centre. “Eye on Indooroopilly includes the early settlement of the suburb when Brisbane’s well-to-do built stately homes on large estates,” Lord Mayor Graham Quirk said. “The extension of the rail-line and the construction of Albert Bridge, the impact of the 1893 flood on the fledgling suburb, Indooroopilly’s important war memorials and the transformation of the suburb’s centre with the coming of the Indooroopilly Shopping Centre in the 1970s are all part of the walk.” The Ascot Heritage Trail, travels up Racecourse Road, past the St Augustine’s Anglican Church, along Windemere Road. It then works its way through some of Brisbane’s best preserved historic sites and ends at the famous Eagle Farm Racecourse.
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“This walk explores the establishment of the racecourse, the suburb’s important contribution to the war effort during World War II, entertainment at the Tivoli Gardens Theatre and some of Brisbane’s most beautiful and historic homes,” Cr Quirk said.

The Ascot and Hamilton Heritage Walk is available here. Cr Quirk gave everybody the chance to learn a little more about Brisbane’s history. “These new heritage trails highlight important historic sites, colourful stories and infamous events that have shaped our suburbs,” Cr Quirk said. The heritage trail information will also appear on promotional postcards available at local libraries. For further inquiries, phone 07 3403 8888.

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