Tough job to decide winner

Don’t be surprised if the judges from this year’s Miss Dubbo Showgirl competition refuse to take on the role again next year.
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After what has been dubbed the most difficult-to-judge contest in memory by chief judge Patrick Keast from the Agricultural Society Council of New South Wales, speech pathologist Debbie Burmester took out the coveted title of Miss Dubbo Showgirl 2001.

“I’ve been doing this type of thing for about nine years and this is the hardest yet,” Mr Keast admitted after the announcement.

“Dubbo should be very proud to see such involvement.”

Also on hand to lend a little advice to the contestants were 1999 Miss Dubbo Showgirl and chief steward Jane Hollow, and Miss Royal Easter Showgirl Kate Woodward.

After the long and agonising decision which kept Mr Keast, along with fellow judges Jenny Lloyd from Mendooran CWA and Rhonda Orr from Eastern Australia Airlines, debating to the very last second, the enthusiastic 21-year-old accepted her sash from Miss Dubbo Showgirl 2000 Amanda Beazley.

On accepting the title of Miss Dubbo Showgirl 2001 Debbie was a little shaken and was undecided as to whether it was the cold wind or the thrill of winning that had affected her.

“I’m very excited and a little nervous at the moment,” Debbie said directly after the announcement.

“It has been such a fabulous day and it was such a privilege to be among such great contestants. I’m really looking forward to my role in the future.”

Debbie works for the Department of Community Services in her role as a speech pathologist and thrives on helping those around her to benefit from her skills.

The 21-year-old comes to Dubbo from Queensland were she attended school at Wellington Point State High School before studying for her degree in Speech Pathology at the University of Queensland.

“I want to live each day as it comes and take every opportunity to do new things in may life,” Debbie said.

This article first appeared in Hangzhou Night Net.

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Super Saturday as top teams set to clash

It will only be round four of this season’s Dubbo and District Junior Soccer Competition but tomorrowwill be a ‘super Saturday’.
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Four out of the five junior soccer divisions will host top-of-the-table clashes.

The legion of rooball fans will once again be at the Lady Cutler fields for another day full of fun tomorrow, but the older players’ matches, form under-10 to under-15, are expected to draw huge crowds for a fantastic feast of junior soccer.

Under-10s will be the only division where you have to go down the pointsscore to find the match of the round and it will see equal-second-placed Rangers up against equal-third-placed Rebels at 10am in Narromine.

Rangers are on six points and Rebels three and the home-ground advantage might prove to be an asset Rebels but Rangers will make it difficult.

There are still three undefeated teams in under-11s – Rangers, RSL Lions and Wanderers – and tomorrow’s match of the round will feature two of these when Rangers come up against Lions at 11am on Lady Cutler 1.

These teams had good clashes all of last season and this occasion should see no change in the excitement department for their supporters.

The winner will come from the team that puts in the best defensive effort.

The under-12 match of the round will see Westside (1st) being challenged for the top by SASS (2nd) on Lady Cutler 3 at 12pm.

Westside have been in exciting form this season netting 25 goals.

SASS have only put away six goals in three wins and a draw.

Westside will be the one to beat here as they seem to be able to turn goals on from anywhere on the field and will really test the strong SASS defence.

SASS are currently the best defensive side in the under-12 division so it should be a very exciting tussle.

The under-13 match of the round will see the long rivalry continue between equal-first-placed teams in SASS and Rangers at 1pm on Lady Cutler 2.

These teams really put it on for the spectators and although both have lost some good playing personnel during the off-season they will once again turn it on for the large crowd expected to be on hand.

On a good day there is only usually one goal separating these teams, but more often than not a draw is on the cards, and the bounce of the ball can play a huge part, so don’t miss this thrill-a-minute match.

The excitement continues in under-15s where equal-first-placed teams SASS 15s and Wanderers 14s do battle.

This should be a terrific game with some physical defence and relentless attack.

There is not a split hair between them with both teams scoring 24 goals so far this season.

SASS have let in two goals and Wanderers three.

It will be a tough assignment for the younger Wanderers 14s to get over their older and bigger opponents but they have the firepower to really stick it to them.

This article first appeared in Hangzhou Night Net.

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Protection for young front rower

While the benefits of a youthful team are many, the physical demands of first grade rugby can play havoc on younger bodies and have forced changes to the Dubbo Kangaroos for tomorrow’s match against Cowra.
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In the first four Blowes Menswear Cup matches of the season the baby Kangaroos – despite emerging victorious just once, against Parkes in the opening round – have been enthusiastic and enlivened.

But against bigger and more experienced opposition they have often been battered and bruised, particularly in the forwards, where coach Scott Vaughan has moved to protect one of his young stars.

For the match against Cowra at Recreation Oval, Vaughan has put Sam Webster back into second grade, promoting Len Bartley to the first XV, in a move designed to protect the promising young prop.

“Sam has come off the field injured the last three weeks so mainly for physical and health reasons we thought we would move him back,” Vaughan said.

“He has been playing really well in first grade and I’m sure he has learned a lot from the experience.

“In second grade Sam can concentrate on his scrum technique, which needs a little bit of work, and I’m sure he’ll be back pressing for a first grade spot.”

Webster’s move back to second grade will give Brian Swords the opportunity to move back to his favoured position at tight head prop while Bartley, who has been performing well in seconds in recent weeks, will play loose head.

This article first appeared in Hangzhou Night Net.

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Rhinos look to livelier start

The Dubbo Rhinos – despite being beset by injuries – believe it is a sluggish start to their matches which has led to losses in the first four rounds of the Blowes Menswear Cup this season.
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And they are acutely aware that another feeble first 10 minutes against the Orange Emus at Apex Oval tomorrow could mean another mauling – like the 27-0 defeat Bulldogs handed out last weekend – along with loss number five.

The Rhinos travelled to Bathurst for their match against Bulldogs last weekend minus nine regular first grade players, but it is not their injury and absentee toll which is frustrating coach Andrew Williams.

“In the first three matches of the season (against Cowra, CSU and Orange Ag College) we have let in points in the first 10 minutes of the match which have ended up being more than the other team’s winning margin,” Williams said.

“If you take that into account, except for the game against Bulldogs last weekend, we have won the last 70 minutes of all our matches.

“That is very frustrating for me as a coach, that blokes are turning up to play and they aren’t switched on and ready to go.”

Williams said part of the reason for the Rhinos’ slow starts relates to the number of injuries the club has encountered but refused to use their missing men as an excuse for their winless start to the year.

“That we have interruptions every week and the players often turn up on Saturday not knowing who is going to start is obviously a distraction,” he said.

“So is the fact that the injuries mean that we can’t train as a team, especially in the backline. Overall, we haven’t been able to get any consistency in the lineup.

“But other teams have injuries too and like them we just field the best 15 players we can, we won’t be making any excuses.”

While still awaiting a fair number the Rhinos will welcome four regular first graders back to the team this weekend – prop Aaron Frost, hooker Mark Unthank, winger Dave Neeves and centre Matt Leach.

The return of Leach, the Rhinos goal kicker, will be a valuable boost for the Dubbo team, who failed to score a point in any grade against the Bulldogs.

“We haven’t been able to penetrate in the backs and that is a worry,” Williams said.

“That has been in part because there have been players out of position and unable to train together. But we have also been without a goal kicker and passed up three chances from almost in front last weekend.”

Rhinos club captain Glen Gallagher will also play his first match of the season tomorrow, from fullback in second grade. Gallagher missed the first four matches this year after suffering a hand injury.

This article first appeared in Hangzhou Night Net.

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Millions more flee homes to survive violence

FOR THE second year running, global refugee numbers have risen, a United Nation report has found.
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Released in London yesterday, the report said the number of people uprooted and surviving solely through the care of the UN’s refugee agency reached a historic high at the end of last year.

There are now 11.4 million refugees trying to survive outside their countries, said Antonio Guterres, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees.

Another 26 million people have been displaced inside their nations due to war, tribal conflict or persecution.

In Darfur alone, about 300,000 people have died and millions have been made homeless in the bloody civil war between rebels and militias backed by Sudan’s Government.

“After a five-year decline in the number of refugees between 2001 and 2005, we have now seen two years of increases, and that’s a concern,” the commissioner said.

Mr Guterres, who kicked off a week-long campaign to raise the profile and plight of refugees around the world, said the reasons for human displacement had not only expanded but had become more complex.

“We are now faced with a complex mix of global challenges that could threaten even more forced displacement in the future,” he said.

These ranged from new, conflict-related emergencies in world hot spots to the ravages of climate-induced environmental degradation that increases competition for scarce resources.

Most recently, huge increases in the cost of food and energy have hit the poor the hardest, generating political instability in even more areas of the developing world.

To bring attention to the issue, the United Nations set up a makeshift Darfur refugee camp in Trafalgar Square yesterday.

The report’s analysis of refugee data reveals two main patterns: first, that most refugees are hosted by neighbouring countries, with more than 80 per cent remaining within their region of origin. Second, that available information indicates the number of urban refugees continues to grow. It is estimated that half of the refugee population was residing in urban areas at the end of last year.

Mr Guterres said the number of refugees under the UN’s auspices rose from 9.9 million in 2006 to 11.4 million last year, with the number of internally displaced people rising from 24.4 million to 26 million.

The statistics cover more than 150 countries.

About 3 million Afghans have been displaced – mainly to Pakistan and Iran – and 2 million Iraqis have fled to nearby Syria and Jordan. Together, they represent nearly half of the refugees under UN care last year. They were followed by Colombians (552,000), Sudanese (523,000) and Somalis (457,000).

The top refugee-hosting countries last year included Pakistan, Syria, Iran, Germany and Jordan.

Australia’s main role is in the permanent resettlement process – but only 1 per cent of refugees benefit from this.

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Darfur conflict drives out 2.7m

Sudanese rebel soldier.THE Darfur conflict has killed up to 300,000 people, according to the United Nations, and has driven more than 2.7 million from their homes, some of them into neighbouring Chad, fuelling instability there.
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It ignited in 2003 as a political conflict between rebels in the western region and the Sudanese Government but was fuelled by long-standing competition between mostly Arab nomads and African farmers for scarce water and land after years of worsening drought.

Herders who were once allowed to graze their camels on farmers’ land because their droppings helped fertilise the soil found themselves increasingly blocked by farming communities.

Some became eager recruits for the Janjaweed, the Arab militias backed by Khartoum who have spearheaded the brutal counter-insurgency.

International attempts to broker a peace agreement have produced little in the face of a splintering of rebel groups and an aerial bombing campaign by Khartoum, which has hindered the deployment of a new multinational peacekeeping force of UN and African Union soldiers.

Some experts have argued that Darfur is an example of a new wave of conflicts driven by competition for land and water in a world in which these are becoming scarcer.

High food prices, also a result in part of climate change, have also triggered unrest in nearly 40 countries.

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Proud mum now has two ‘champs’

Gai Carney is the proudest sporting mum in Dubbo this week and she has every reason to be, living at home with two Australian “champions”.
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For more than 25 years Gai has cherished the success her husband Tom ‘Bomber’ Carney achieved in the boxing ring.

All those wonderful moments for Gai and Tom came flooding back this week when their 17-year-old son Luke was selected to be part of the Australia Aboriginal Schoolboys squad on a week-long tour of South Africa.

Gai has watched as her men have achieved plenty, and she is mighty proud, especially of her latest champion.

“Luke deserved this success and I would say he is the first Dubbo Aboriginal boy to make an Australian rugby side,” she said.

“He just loves rugby and wouldn’t play anything else, but he would not have got there without the support of his teachers at St Johns College, Andy Haycock and Shane Alderdice.

“Both have been encouraging him, especially after he made the central west and country under-17s last year.

“The Lloyd McDermott Aboriginal Rugby Program was chasing Luke but he was only 16 at the time and the teachers advised him to concentrate on his studies and football at this level.

“He turns 18 on Sunday and in July is off to South Africa with an Australian Aboriginal team – Tom and I are both very pleased for him.”

The 23-player squad will assemble in Sydney for a four-day tournament at Trinity Grammar School and then play their first match in Cape Town, South Africa on Tuesday July 24.

The big day will be on Saturday July 28 when Luke’s Australians play a South African schoolboys team before the Wallabies versus Springboks Tri-Nations clash.

While Gai and Tom Carney won’t get the chance to see Luke play in South Africa, they have become regular Dubbo Kangaroos supporters and enjoyed seeing their son succeed at club and junior representative level last year.

He has been first grade halfback this season although the Kangaroos have won only one match.

Luke’s sporting career is very different to the life his father knew as a youngster.

Bomber started boxing when he was 14 and a student at Dubbo High School. He is now in his 50s and still helps out with a few boxers.

Bomber learned his trade under his father Tom and John McLean who was in charge of the Police Youth Club at the time. He went on to win NSW amateur titles from 1971-73 and had his first overseas trip to Tahiti in 1972 when he won gold at the Oceanic Games.

The crowning jewel for Bomber came in 1974 when he was selected to represent Australia in the Commonwealth Games in Christchurch, New Zealand.

Although he only had mixed success against top-class opposition on that occasion, he was, and still is, acknowledged as one of Dubbo’s best ever sportsmen.

Time will tell whether Luke Carney can emulate the feats of his father.

This article first appeared in Hangzhou Night Net.

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DILEMMAS likes to imagine readers spending their evenings discussing permaculture food forest systems over an organic two-bean dhal, or curled up with a dog-eared copy of Earth Garden magazine, learning how to make a solar chimney from a bin liner and toilet rolls.
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However, with one in four households buying a new television each year, and Australia having the world’s highest per capita sales of LCD and plasma televisions, Dilemmas accepts that it’s possible – just possible – that eco-warriors occasionally spend an evening zombied out in front of the gogglebox. So we thought we’d better look at how to do so in the most environmentally responsible manner possible.

Televisions use a lot of energy in making us fat, stupid and depressed. They come fourth, behind water heating, refrigeration and lighting, in terms of energy use in the home, says the Department of the Environment. The number of televisions per household, the average screen size and the hours people spend watching television are all rising.

Should you wish to offload a set, Planet Ark can point you in the direction of a council or company that recycles televisions. Phone 1300733712 or see www.recyclingnearyou杭州夜网.au.

Should you wish to replace it with a new one, the good news is that choosing a television is about to become easier, with the Federal Government announcing this month that a voluntary energy star-rating system for televisions would be introduced in the next six months, followed by mandatory labelling and minimum efficiency standards next year.

In the meantime, the consumer website www杭州夜网parison杭州夜网.au has come up with its own energy efficiency ratings based on manufacturers’ published specifications. Consumers can use the website to compare models.

To narrow down your search, bear in mind that the bigger the television, the more energy it uses, so choose a small set if you can. Besides, big screens look awful if you’re too close. Ideally, the distance from the screen to the couch should be between two and five times the width of the screen, says www杭州夜网parison杭州夜网.au.

Plasma is a bad choice not only because it comes in just two sizes – huge and gargantuan – but because it is the worst performer in terms of energy consumption per square centimetre.

The Hummers of the television world, plasmas contribute an average 400 kilograms of carbon dioxide a year to the atmosphere, reports Britain’s Energy Saving Trust – that’s four times what the good old cathode ray television produced.

LCD and rear projection sets are much less wasteful – about on a par with cathode ray sets in terms of energy consumption. However, as rear projection sets tend to be the size of the Kings Cross Coca-Cola sign, that does negate their energy efficiency benefits.

Cathode ray televisions are still available, cheap and produce great pictures; but they’re bulky and few have in-built digital tuners.

If you decide LCD is the way to go, shop around. Some manufacturers are responding to eco-warrior angst by offering sets that save power by dimming the backlight in response to content or the light in the room.

Manufacturers are also improving standby modes. By 2012 all televisions sold in Australia must use no more than one watt on standby. In 1993 some sets used more than 20 watts, says www杭州夜网parison杭州夜网.au.

Of course, if they’re switched off at the mains, they use no power. "Turn it off if you aren’t watching it," advises the Department of the Environment.

Dilemmas goes further, and says: turn off your TV even if you are watching it. You’re much better off reading Earth Garden . Do you have a green dilemma? Email [email protected]杭州夜网.au

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Share your memories

Compiling a written history of the Dubbo Show is an enormous undertaking and it can’t be effectively completed without assistance from the public.
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That’s the view of show secretary Sue Hood who has spent the past three years wading through old newspapers, documents and photographs.

A great deal of information has already been amassed but Mrs Hood believes much more is hidden away in the minds and homes of western area residents.

She’s appealing for people to share their memories and memorabilia so that a much more detailed picture of the Dubbo Show can be preserved for future generations.

“History is a fascinating thing and I’ve certainly found myself enthralled as I search through the 128 years of the show,” Mrs Hood said.

“It’s been a massive job because much of the show society’s archival material has been lost to floods and other circumstances.

“We need help from the public to ensure important information isn’t inadvertently left out of the written history we are in the process of compiling.

“A lot of people would have personal scrap books relating to the show or a drawer or box full of old programs, photographs, prize certificates and the like. We’d love to have access to that kind of material and with today’s technology documents and photographs can be scanned quite quickly and returned straight back to the owner.

“We’re also interested in the oral history of the show – personal recollections about what life was like during the various decades, how the show and the community changed.

“We’re hopeful people attending this weekend’s show will come forward with material for the book. People are most welcome to drop information into the show office or to leave their name, phone number or address and we’ll make contact in coming weeks.”

Mrs Hood has spent many hours at Macquarie Regional Library studying old newspapers on microfilm. It’s a painstaking process and so far she’s only up to 1895.

“I’ve got a long way to go but it’s well worth the time and the effort,” she said.

“The Dubbo Show has been an integral part of life, not only in this town but in communities throughout a large part of the State.

“From the very beginning the show was attended by people from far and wide. Older folk tell of spending two days travelling to the show by horse and cart and staying in a local hotel for the best part of a week to take part in all the activities associated with the show. They then faced another two-day trip home.”

This article first appeared in Hangzhou Night Net.

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