Panthers basketballers victorious

In form: Sydney Kings NBL centre Angus Brandt in action for the Panthers against the Comets. Picture: Courtesy of Noel Rowsell, photoexcellence南京夜网.auTHE Penrith Panthers senior basketball teams had an impressive double-header success over the Sydney City Comets on Saturday night at the Alexandria Basketball Stadium.
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In Round 14 of the 2014 Waratah Championship League (WCL) competition Sydney Flames WNBL stars Rohanee Cox (38 points) and Alicia Poto (26 points) were the catalysts for the eighth-placed Panthers thrilling 87-86 win in the opening game of the night.

That win will lift the Panthers into the top six, with the Bankstown Bruins and Panthers displacing the Newcastle Hunters and Comets respectively, thanks to a combination of results over the weekend.

Penrith then sprang a major surprise on the Comets in the men’s game, suiting up in his first game of the competition, newly-signed Sydney Kings NBL centre Angus Brandt made his mark with a personal haul of 24 points and 10 boards and inspired his lower Blue Mountains team-mate Jarrod Sorenson to a season-best game.

Sorenson finished with 16 points and 13 boards, Sean Albert had 17 points and Ben Kearins 15 points and 8 assists.

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Serving Bendigo

Serving Bendigo PROGRESSIVE: John Rophael has an appointment with St John of God Bendigo Hospital. Picture: BRENDAN McCARTHY
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EXCITED: John Rophael.

APPOINTMENT: John Rophael will do work at St John of God Hospital Bendigo.

TweetFacebookTHE Bendigo Advertiser is continuing topublisha series of profiles on healthcare specialists working in Bendigo.

The Central Victorian Medical Recruitment Taskforce worked diligently to create a sustainable medical workforce in central Victoria and the Bendigo Advertiser is helping to spread the word about the expertise available in Bendigo.

JOHN Rophael is a city boy with a passion for the country.

The vascular and endovascular surgeon studied at Melbourne University beforetraining as a junior doctorat St Vincent’s Hospital and rotating through a range of surgical specialties.

Mr Rophael decided to specialise in vascular surgery – medical treatment of diseases of the vascular system or arteries and veins – and split his training between Victoria and New South Wales.

“I trained at The Austin and The Alfred here in Victoria and at the Royal North Shore in Liverpool in Sydney,” he said.

“After I finished my training I decided to work regionally so I set up my practice in Wagga and also in Albury.

“I had quite a big practice there.

“I was essentially the sole surgeon coveringabout 400,000 people in the catchments and surrounding areas.

“It was good for a specialist who’d just finished to go and get that degree of exposure and also offer a regional service.”

Mr Rophael set up Albury’s first endovascular service and was also instrumental in establishing the first regional complex wound and ulcer multidisciplinary service.He also set up the region’s first endovenous laser treatment service.

“In Melbourne vascular surgery is very much city centric whereas in New South Wales I think they’ve tried the model of having vascularsurgeonsin regional areas like Lismore and Byron Bay,” Mr Rophael said.

“They proved it is possible, as long as you have a hospital that has the appropriate facilities.

“Wagga had already had some vascular surgery done there but the vascular surgeon who was there had left for a few years to go and set up in Tasmania.

“But in Albury there was very minimal vascular surgery, in fact no endovascular surgery was being done.So Iset that up and we treated quite a number of patients.”

Mr Rophael provides a range of vasculardiagnosticand interventional services including the management ofperipheral arterial disease; venous disease; complex ulcers and wounds; cerebrovascular disease; aortic and peripheral aneurysms; andspinal access surgery.

“Traditionally vascular surgery was done as open surgery,” Mr Rophael said.

“Now about 60 per cent of vascular surgery workload is endovascular which is minimally invasive, done through the vessel rather than exposing thevessels.So if you have a blocked artery, traditionally you’d open the artery and clear it out with open surgery.Now you put a little wire and you balloon it.

“Our patient population is often patients who are in their 70s and 80s and so on for whom a minimally invasive approach is always better because it carries a lesser risk ofanestheticcomplications, wound infection andthat sort of thing.”

Mr Rophael is based in Melbourne but has an appointment at St John of God Bendigo Hospital.

“I like workingregionally,” he said.

“The message I would like to convey is it is possible to do complex surgery for vascular surgery in a regional centre and I’m offering that here in Bendigo.”

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When we ruled this city, July, 1993 – Part IIIPhotos

When we ruled this city, July, 1993 – Part III | Photos THE WAY WE WERE: A selection of photos from the pages of the Central Western Daily from July, 1993.
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THE WAY WE WERE: A selection of photos from the pages of the Central Western Daily from July, 1993.

THE WAY WE WERE: A selection of photos from the pages of the Central Western Daily from July, 1993.

THE WAY WE WERE: A selection of photos from the pages of the Central Western Daily from July, 1993.

THE WAY WE WERE: A selection of photos from the pages of the Central Western Daily from July, 1993.

THE WAY WE WERE: A selection of photos from the pages of the Central Western Daily from July, 1993.

THE WAY WE WERE: A selection of photos from the pages of the Central Western Daily from July, 1993.

THE WAY WE WERE: A selection of photos from the pages of the Central Western Daily from July, 1993.

THE WAY WE WERE: A selection of photos from the pages of the Central Western Daily from July, 1993.

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THE WAY WE WERE: A selection of photos from the pages of the Central Western Daily from July, 1993.

THE WAY WE WERE: A selection of photos from the pages of the Central Western Daily from July, 1993.

THE WAY WE WERE: A selection of photos from the pages of the Central Western Daily from July, 1993.

THE WAY WE WERE: A selection of photos from the pages of the Central Western Daily from July, 1993.

THE WAY WE WERE: A selection of photos from the pages of the Central Western Daily from July, 1993.

THE WAY WE WERE: A selection of photos from the pages of the Central Western Daily from July, 1993.

THE WAY WE WERE: A selection of photos from the pages of the Central Western Daily from July, 1993.

THE WAY WE WERE: A selection of photos from the pages of the Central Western Daily from July, 1993.

THE WAY WE WERE: A selection of photos from the pages of the Central Western Daily from July, 1993.

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THE WAY WE WERE: A selection of photos from the pages of the Central Western Daily from July, 1993.

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THE WAY WE WERE: A selection of photos from the pages of the Central Western Daily from July, 1993.

THE WAY WE WERE: A selection of photos from the pages of the Central Western Daily from July, 1993.

THE WAY WE WERE: A selection of photos from the pages of the Central Western Daily from July, 1993.

THE WAY WE WERE: A selection of photos from the pages of the Central Western Daily from July, 1993.

THE WAY WE WERE: A selection of photos from the pages of the Central Western Daily from July, 1993.

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THE WAY WE WERE: A selection of photos from the pages of the Central Western Daily from July, 1993.

THE WAY WE WERE: A selection of photos from the pages of the Central Western Daily from July, 1993.

THE WAY WE WERE: A selection of photos from the pages of the Central Western Daily from July, 1993.

THE WAY WE WERE: A selection of photos from the pages of the Central Western Daily from July, 1993.

THE WAY WE WERE: A selection of photos from the pages of the Central Western Daily from July, 1993.

THE WAY WE WERE: A selection of photos from the pages of the Central Western Daily from July, 1993.

THE WAY WE WERE: A selection of photos from the pages of the Central Western Daily from July, 1993.

THE WAY WE WERE: A selection of photos from the pages of the Central Western Daily from July, 1993.

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TweetFacebookCentral Western Dailyhas scoured it’s archived editions to present to you this look back in time.

Way back in time.

‘When we ruled this city’ galleries have become a staple ofthecentralwesterndaily南京夜网.audiet, with a new one published each Tuesday.

We continue with a look at July, 1993.

Weddings, anniversaries, engagements, 21sts, 18ths and any other event that caught our eye has been included.

This is the third of four chapters which will explore the social goings on in July, 1993.

So sit back and take a walk down memory lane … and try not to choke on your cuppa as you take in the fashions and hairstyles!

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Snow White dwarfs the others: pantomime loads of fun

THE APPLE OF THE EYE: Magda Szubanski as the evil Queen GrismeldaMANY years ago, whilst living in the UK, I had the pleasure of performing in a pantomime.
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Robin Hood and the Babes in the Wood featured all of the hallmarks of this classic theatrical format: a “dame” (a man in drag); cheesy pop songs; a spooky forest (he’s behind you); sweets being thrown to the audience; a moustache twirling villain; and audience participation (booing and hissing).

It was great fun and the audience lapped it up.

Unfortunately, pantomime is not a theatrical staple in Australia. We’re trained to sit in our seats and behave.

Luckily for Sydney audiences, this hasn’t stopped Bonnie Lythgoe (UK based producer and director, and former judge on So You Think You Can Dance Australia) from bringing Snow White Winter Family Musical to the State Theatre, just in time for the school holidays.

Pantomimes classically feature a celebrity cast hamming it up and Lythgoe has managed to snag one of the big guns of Australian stage and screen comedy in Magda Szubanski, as the dastardly Queen Grismelda.

Also starring are Jimmy Rees (TV’s Giggle and Hoot), Peter Everett (Ready Steady Cook), Andrew Cutcliffe (Underbelly: Razor) and US based Aussie musical theatre star Josh Adamson.

For the titular role, Lythgoe ran a country-wide talent search in a non-specific shopping centre chain and unearthed Erin Clare, a blue eyed brunette whose looks just scream Snow White.

Oh, she can sing and dance too.

Lythgoe has also somehow managed to convince Sir Cliff Richard (the ultimate real life Peter Pan) and radio shock jock Kyle Sandilands to prerecord their parts as the split personalities of the magic mirror.

Rounding out the cast are two troupes of way too talented kiddies who alternate performances as the dancing ensemble and then don some rather creepy heads to portray the seven dwarves.

I was accompanied by two friends who were reasonably unfamiliar with panto, but egged on by Rees’ court jester Muddles, it didn’t take long for them (and the whole audience) to adapt to the concept of audience participation.

We hissed the villain. We cheered for the handsome prince.

We groaned at the opening chords of the obligatory One Direction songs.

I booed at Kyle Sandilands (his onscreen cameo is further proof to my theory that he isn’t actually human).

The cast is uniformly fantastic with Rees particularly amusing (minus his owl) and Szubanski able to make a fluffed line into a memorable opportunity for hilarity.

Everett was appropriately camp and new discovery Erin Clare is as beautiful as she is talented (but should stay away from poisoned apples to avoid typecasting and endless slumber).

Despite a rather clunky script, some underwritten characters and a flat second act, I had a great time. Worth the entry price alone is the best onstage flying illusion I have every seen, and I’ve seen a lot. Forget Mary Poppins, this is the real thing.

Let’s hope Snow White Winter Family Musical is a hit so Lythgow can make her panto an annual highlight on the rather ho-hum Sydney theatrical calendar. Next time, I’m going to take the kids.

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“Best behaviour for ‘beautiful game’

Eye on the ball: St Marys player Riley Jamet gets a kick away against Lowland Wanderers on Saturday. Officials have been concerned about behaviour at Nepean football matches this season. Picture: Geoff JonesNEPEAN Football Association has conceded that there’s been too many unsavoury incidents at football matches this season, and has called on clubs to ensure that the environment at matches is better.
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Nepean Football manager James Rankine sent a letter to all clubs asking to remember they’re involved in “the beautiful game”.

“We are receiving too many reports of bad behaviour, both on and off the field,” Rankine wrote.

“We have players being injured badly enough to lose jobs.

“We need to take ownership of this problem.”

Despite the problems, St Clair United Soccer Club president Mark Nelson said the situation wasn’t out of control.

“There’s been no more problems this year compared to previous years. There’s been incidences that shouldn’t have happened but it’s just a small minority ruining it for everyone else,” he said.

Nelson also didn’t think the incidents had anything to do with the controversial new referees association, controlled by Nepean.

“The new refs are a breath of fresh air,” he said.

St Marys Soccer Club president Joe Youssef has mixed feelings about the new Nepean Referees Group, which replaced the Nepean District Soccer Referees Association this season after a 50-year relationship with Nepean.

“The coverage is much better, but the standard isn’t,” Youssef said.

“From the feedback I get from my players and managers I’d give the new referees a 4/10 compared to last year’s who got about 7/10.

“One referee red-carded a player who hand-balled when the last line of defence, but wouldn’t send him off.”

But Youssef said it would be wrong to say the new group had failed considering it was just months old.

“I’m still happier this year because we’re getting more coverage, but I’m hoping they improve next year,” he said.

“I’m backing them subject to them improving and I’m confident they can.”

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Tall order

Chelsea D’Angelo and Nathan Catherwood will represent Victoria Country at the nationals. photograph samuel darrochBASKETBALL
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TwoTraralgon T-Birds will take flight at the Australian Junior Championships this week in Geelong.

Nathan Catherwood and Chelsea D’Angelo were selected for their respective Victoria Country under 16 sides for the tournament, and are keen to impress on the national stage.

“(We’re) playing against really good competition, kids from all over Australia. I think it will be a real tough challenge against all the people, and the audience as well… there’ll be a lot of pressure, but I think I’ll get through it and it will help me out with my confidence and probably my game as well,” Nathan said.

Both have ambitions to join the Australian Institute of Sport, and someday play in the United States, with plans to showcase their talent at the championships.

“Hopefully there’ll be someone watching and I’ll get scouted or something,” Chelsea said.

“But I’m just hoping to improve my game and really enjoy it.”

The pair has been involved with the National Intensive Training Program this season, a development program which took Nathan to the US in 2012.

Chelsea had previously played with School Sport Victoria sides, while Nathan was a Victoria Country emergency last season.

Breaking through this season for their highest representative honours to date has been closely tied to the ‘practice makes perfect’ mantra.

“I think just what I’ve been practicing over and over again, just repetition, doing the same thing over and over again and I think that got me through; just playing the way I play,” Nathan said.

Chelsea too cited hard work, while a few extra inches in height and “a lot of intensity in my game and really trying hard”, did no harm to her credentials.

As “the shortest guy in the team”, point guard Nathan relied on ball handling, passing and “a bit of shooting” to break through a three-phase trial process, which involved competing at the Australian Junior Country Cup in January.

Chelsea’s patented one-on-one drives to the basket were on show through her selection camps, and the duo were both quietly confident of selection.

“There was a couple of really good kids that were there that certainly have a lot of skill, but I felt really comfortable with where I was at,” Nathan said.

“You just don’t know what the coaches are looking for though, you think ‘I’m doing really well but are they going to pick me?” Chelsea said.

Inspired by the example of Australian representative Jack White, who is also a Traralgon local, the T-Bird twosome are optimistic about their representative futures.

“He grew up in the same area so I could follow him and do the same things he’s done,” Nathan said.

The Australian Championships are on until Saturday.

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Lunchtime fun to hit new levels: PHOTOS

Lunchtime fun to hit new levels: PHOTOS ESSCI volunteers (standing, from left) Geoff Swane, Mike McCrae, Ken Traise, John Mutch, Harry Weatherman, (sitting, from left) Mick Wood, John Bowles and Jim Chenhall donated their time to install fitness equipment surrounds at Eden Public School on Saturday.
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ESSCI volunteers install fitness equipment surrounds at Eden Public School on Tuesday.

ESSCI volunteer Harry Weatherman lets his shovel do the talking as ESSCI install fitness equipment surrounds at Eden Public School on Saturday.

Mike McCrae sands back the equipment surrounds during the ESSCI working bee at Eden Public School on Saturday.

ESSCI volunteer Geoff Swane puts in a nail as the group installs fitness equipment surrounds at Eden Public School on Tuesday.

A jungle gym is among the fitness equipment being installed at Eden Public School.

Fitness equipment is being installed for students at Eden Public School.

The balance beam is sure to be a crowd favourite at Eden Public School

You’ll be hard pressed to find a student who doesn’t want a go on the monkey bars at Eden Public School.

Jim Chenhall hard at work during the ESSCI working bee at Eden Public School on Saturday.

Fitness equipment surrounds are installed at Eden Public School on Saturday.

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Shellharbour residents rally to keep library:Videos

Shellharbour resident Patricia Wickham gathered with other residents at the Shellharbour Village library on Friday last week to rally against any proposals to move it to Shell Cove. Picture: Eliza WinklerJackson Calverly. By Eliza Winkler
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MORE than 30 residents joined together last Friday for the Save the Village Library Rally.

Councillor Kellie Marsh hosted the rally in response to Shellharbour City Council proposals to relocate the Shellharbour Village Library to Shell Cove.

A council spokesperson said there was a current strategy in place that explored the concept of moving the library to The Waterfront, Shell Cove development in 2018, however plans were only conceptual at this point and any changes would involve further community consultation.

Shellharbour resident Patricia Wickham said her main concern was accessibility and cost if the service was to be removed from the area.

“The library is used by a lot of the aged who live in the village, and most of them don’t drive,” Ms Wickham said.

“It worries me that we would have to rely on public transport.

‘‘It is an extra cost and also not easy using buses with walkers or other things some of us rely on to get around.

“It would be shame to see it go because it’s a real asset to this community and for the older people it is a way we can all keep our minds active.”

A council spokesperson said that if the library was to be relocated, current village library users would still have access to the service with expansions to the library’s home service.

The library is managed under a Libraries and Museums strategy 2024, which was adopted by council in March.

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Abbott meets Lambie after she calls him a ‘political psychopath’

Senator Penny Wong congratulates PUP Senator Jacqui Lambie during the swearing-in of new Senators in the Senate, at Parliament House in Canberra on Monday. Photo: Alex EllinghausenTony Abbott has met the Palmer United Party’s Tasmanian Senator Jacqui Lambie, just days after the new senator labelled the Prime Minister a “political psychopath”.
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The meeting is the latest in a series between Mr Abbott and the incoming senator crossbench, most of whom are expected to back the government’s long-held desire to repeal the carbon and mining, taxes but who could block billions of savings outlined in the budget.

Senator Lambie has also accused Mr Abbott of “parading his daughters around” during the election campaign, potentially risking their personal security.

The meeting took place before Senator Lambie was formally sworn into her role along with other senators, including 11 new arrivals. Liberal Senator Stephen Parry was voted in as Senate president in a secret ballot.

Mr Abbott and Senator Lambie met for about 30 minutes and discussed areas of concern to the Tasmanian senator, including the needs of her home state, veterans and defence issues.

A spokeswoman for the Prime Minister said the meeting was a chance for the pair to compare notes on issues of concern to Senator Lambie.

Mr Abbott has held meetings with Motoring Enthusiast senator Ricky Muir, Palmer United leader Clive Palmer, Family First senator Bob Day, Liberal Democratic senator David Leyonhjelm, Democratic Labor Party senator John Madigan and independent Nick Xenophon.

Senator Richard Colbeck (left) and Senator David Bushby (right) “drag” the new President of the Senate, Senator Stephen Parry to the chair, at Parliament House in Canberra on Monday. Photo: Alex Ellinghausen

He is expected to meet Palmer senators Glenn Lazarus and Dio Wang in the coming weeks.

The new senate is sitting for the first time on Monday, with senators being sworn in and Tasmanian Liberal senator Stephen Parry to be named the chamber’s new president.

Beginning the process of repealing the carbon tax will be the first order of business for the new senate.

Labor Senate leader Penny Wong said the government should wait until a Senate committee report into the carbon price repeal is delivered on July 14 before reintroducing legislation to scrap it.

Ms Wong said the government was rushing the new crossbenchers to score a “political win”.

On being described by Senator Lambie as one of her political heroes, Ms Wong told ABC radio: “It’s very kind of her. I was going to say to Jacqui when I see her in person: it’s not often I’m on the same list as Margaret Thatcher. Women in politics, as we know, have to hold their own and I think Jacqui demonstrates her capacity to do that and good on her.”

Just three of those taking their seats on the red benches for the first time ran the media gauntlet outside Parliament House on Monday.

Senator Leyonhjelm told reporters that his new role, ”scares the crap out of me”.

And Matthew Canavan, flanked by his Nationals colleagues, said it all felt rather like the first day of school.

”It’s a bit better here though because I get along much better with these teachers than I did with my actual teachers,” he said.

The more experienced senators had plenty of advice for the newcomers.

”Take a breath, learn your surroundings and don’t make rash statements,” said Senator Madigan.

Labor’s Doug Cameron advised them not to panic when they didn’t understand what was going on, while iSenator Xenophon urged them not to be forced into gagging debate on the carbon tax repeal.

Labor senator Sam Dastyari had similar wisdom to share: ”Don’t let them bully you, don’t work on their timetable.”

Senator Day said his fellow debutants were eager to prove their critics wrong.

The Family First senator noted the crossbench had been called ”a mish-mash, flotsam and jetsam, bunch of barnyard (animals), licorice all-sorts, Star Wars aliens”.

”All those things we think are hilarious,” he deadpanned. ”We’re all committed to doing a good job.”

with Matthew Knott and AAP

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Call for poppy makers in preparation for Anzac centenary

Interested people are asked to come and help make poppies in preparation for the Anzac centenary.TO commemorate the Anzac centenary, a morning tea is being held on July 19 from 9am-4pm at the Northam Memorial Hall.
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Attendees are asked to bring along red wool, needles, hooks and any green and black buttons.

Knitted and crocheted poppies will be made during the day.

Some wool will be provided and knitters will be on hand to help.

This is a Northam RSL Sub Branch Women’s Auxiliary Project in conjunction with RSLWA.

If those attending wish to have lunch, at the cost of $5, contact Donna Prytulak on 0409 290 972 before July 18.

Thanks to the companies providing wool.

Collection points for the poppies will be at the Northam Memorial Hall on any Friday morning from 9-11 until September, or give Donna a ring for pick up.

For further information and patterns for the poppies visit 5000poppies.wordpress南京夜网, or contact RSL Women’s Auxiliary secretary Donna Prytulak on 0409 290 972.

5000 Poppies is a group based in Melbourne which is looking to place 20,000 fabric poppies in Federation Square in Melbourne next Anzac Day.

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