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Women’s awards

An awards program honouring inspirational women is seeking nominees for the 2016 show. Pictured at the 2015 event are Tayla Hanak – the young female ambassador – with Natalie von Bertouch.See photos from the 2015 women’s awards program.
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To coincide with International Women’sDay, the Fleurieu and Kangaroo IslandWomen’s Community Awards willcelebrate the achievements of women at adinner on March 11, 2016.

MP for Finniss Michael Pengilly will hostthe awards ceremony, together with VictorHarbor VIEW Club.

Nominations are sought in the categoriesof young female ambassador, volunteer,health, education and sport.

The awards honour inspirational womenwho have made or are making anoutstanding contribution, or who haveinspired others through their achievementsin the community in any of these fields.

Nominations are now open and will closeon January 29. For more details phone 85522152 or email [email protected]南京夜网419论坛

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Third-largest global coral bleaching event is underway, scientists say

A massive, global coral bleaching event is underway which could affect 38 per cent of the world’s reefs by year’s end, including the Great Barrier Reef, scientists have revealed.
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A before and after image of coral bleaching in American Samoa, with the right image taken in December 2014 Photo: XL Catlin

The consortium of researchers from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) of the US,the University of Queensland,Reef Check, and XL Catlin Seaview Survey says the mass bleaching – only the third of itskind in recorded history – is being driven by increased ocean temperatures.

NOAAhas estimated the event may kill more than12,000 square kilometres of reef worldwide.

The rise in the ocean temperaturesis being caused by the background warming from climate change made worse by this year’s superEl Nino weather event, and a Pacific warm water mass known as “the Blob”, the researchers say.

The Great Barrier Reef shown in healthy conditions. Photo: Australian Institute of Marine Science

The extent of the damage to Australia’s World Heritage-listed Great Barrier Reef was not yet known, but it will become obvious by early 2016, University of Queensland Global Change Institute Director, Professor Ove Hoegh-Guldberg, said in a statement.

“If conditions continue to worsen, the Great Barrier Reef is set to suffer from widespread coral bleaching and subsequent mortality, the most common effect of rising sea temperatures,” Professor Hoegh-Guldberg said.

Coral bleaching occurs when stressed corals exude an algae,zooxanthellae, which lives inside their tissue. After it is expelled, the bright, white skeleton of the coral is left exposed. They can, but do not always, die as a result of the bleaching.

According to the NOAA-led researchers, coral reefs support one quarter of all marine species and a mass bleaching event can “severely deplete” the ecosystems that rely on them.

Bleaching on reefs in American Samoa. Photo: XL Catlin

In 1998, more than half of the Great Barrier Reef experienced bleaching and up to 10 per cent of its corals died. That was the world’s first, major recorded event of its kind and it killed 16 per cent of the globe’s corals.

The second event, five years ago, did not affect the Great Barrier Reef partly because two local cyclones helped to drive down ocean temperatures.

But this year so far, bleaching has already been recorded across the northern Pacific, Indian, and western Atlantic Oceans. It is expected to become obvious in the Caribbean in the next few weeks.

Bleaching only reaches a “global event” stage when all three major ocean basins are affected across multiple reefs spanning 100 kilometres or more, XL Catlin Seaview Survey said.

“This is only the third time we’ve seen a global-scale bleaching event,”NOAACoral Reef Watch coordinator Dr MarkEakinsaid in a statement.

Dr Tyrone Ridgway, fromUQ’sGlobal Change Institute, said the severity of any impact on Australia’s iconic Great Barrier Reef will depend on how long the higher-than-average ocean temperatures last.

“As we move into summer, these temperatures are expected to rise even more,” he told Fairfax Media.

“If we get coral mortality, the health of the system will decline.”

As corals are the “builders” of the Reef, this would affect fish stocks as well as tourism.

Surface watersof the equatorial central and eastern Pacific – where the El Nino has formed -are as much as 4 degrees warmer than average, while deeper gauges are detectinganomalies of 7 degrees.

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Angler in hot water over illegal fishing

A man charged with a string of serious fishing-related offences has appeared before Dubbo Local Court. A man charged with a string of serious fishing-related offences has appeared before Dubbo Local Court.
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John Austin Gaydon, 44, represented himself on Wednesday accused of possessing a Murray cod illegally taken and five other charges.

Anyone convicted of possessing a fish illegally taken could face maximum penalties of stiff fines or jail terms or both.

Magistrate Andrew Eckhold said the matters before him were quite serious allegations.

Mr Gaydon sought an adjournment to gain legal advice ahead of entering a plea.

The offences are alleged to have occurred between 5am on April 5 and 12.46am on April 6 at Narromine.

The Dubbo man is accused of possessing a prohibited size Murray Cod in excess of one metre.

He is charged with possessing a fish illegally taken – a Murray Cod – caught via a non-attended hand line.

Mr Gaydon is also charged with being master of boat not preventing serious fishing offences.

He is accused of resisting or obstructing a fisheries officer by being master of boat failing to stop when directed.

He is also charged with leaving a hand-held line unattended in the Macquarie River and with using more than two hand-held lines in inland waters.

The matter was adjourned to October 21.

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$50b sub building program ‘would bring Japan and Australia closer together’

Japan says its bid to build Australia’s replacement for the Collins Class submarine would bring the countries’ two navies closer. Photo: SuppliedDefence Minister rejects concerns of rushed bidding process
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Japan sees its bid for Australia’s $50 billion submarine program as just one step in deepening defence ties that would also see the two nations’ navies work closely together on joint operations such as enforcing freedom on the seas.

The visiting delegation from Japan, which is bidding for the hotly contested program to replace the Collins Class submarine, says choosing Japan over rivals Germany and France would help cement the natural bond between the two major democracies of the western Pacific.

In comments that are likely to raise hackles in Beijing, senior Japanese defence official Masaki Ishikawa told Fairfax Media that Japan would like to go much further than just building Australia’s next subs.

“We would like to deepen our strategic co-operation with Australia. So we don’t want to stop at the submarine building co-operation itself. We want to go further to operational co-operation in the submarine area: joint training, joint operations, something like that. Maybe the US could join us [in a] trilateral operational co-operation,” he told Fairfax Media on the sidelines of the Royal Australian Navy’s Sea Power conference in Sydney.

“Two democracies and two such allied countries of the US – we can co-operate in keeping the Pacific safe.”

The strategic argument to buying Japanese submarines remains a central plank of the country’s pitch to Australia. The two countries’ navies would be closely bound together by using the same submarine technology.

It was a dimension enthusiastically embraced by former prime minister Tony Abbott, who believed that Canberra and Tokyo should deepen ties amid the rise of China and the strategic uncertainty that this is causing, though this outlook is expected broadly to continue under Malcolm Turnbull.

But the desire for closer ties on both sides – a fact clearly reinforced by the Japanese delegation’s remarks about subs – is likely to irk China, which fears such moves are aimed at containing the expansion of its power in Asia. That is particularly so when talk turns to three-way co-operation with the US.

Backing up Mr Ishikawa’s remarks, senior Japanese naval officer Rear Admiral Naoto Sato, who is also part of the delegation visiting Australia this week, said that freedom of navigation at sea was a core value shared by Japan and Australia.

“If we had the same sister ships and submarines, we understand how we operate and the performance. We both know each other very well so we can effectively operate in this area,” he said.

Freedom of movement on the seas is vital to Australia’s export-driven economy, as well as to Asia’s stellar growth. It has been a key theme at the Navy’s Sea Power conference, with the head of the US Pacific Fleet Admiral Scott Swift and Defence Minister Marise Payne both stressing that any impediment to such freedom would have catastrophic effects on the region.

Concerns have been raised in the wake of Beijing’s island-building in the South China Sea about any efforts by the regional giant to impede such freedom through key shipping lanes.

Hidehiro Ikematsu of Japan’s Ministry of Defence stressed that Japan had no intention of trying to contain China.

“Let me be clear: Japan doesn’t have any intention to contain or confront China. We don’t want or expect Australia to make a choice. We simply want to strengthen ties with Australia regardless of other countries,” he said.

Japan is offering to build Australia an evolved version of its Soryu class boat. Mr Ishikawa said Japan was conferring a special status on Australia by sharing its highly classified submarine technology, something it was unlikely to do with any other country.

Japan, like Germany and France, is offering to build all of the new submarines in Australia if that is what Canberra wants. It would build a mock-up boat first to iron out flaws, the delegation announced this week.

It would do most of the building at a refurbished ASC shipyard in Adelaide but could also deliver some work to Melbourne, Newcastle or Perth, said Noboru Flores from Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, which would build the submarines along with Kawasaki Shipbuilding Corporation.

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Students perform in physie competition

Gunnedah Physical Culture (Physie) Club recently held its Annual Club Competition at St Xaviers Hall.
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Little performers: (From left) Charli Mills, Mia Mizzi, Grace Larman and Molly Oram.

The afternoon provided the girls with opportunites to display their routines.

“All the girls performed really well,” club president Kath McQuirk said.

“The club spirit really showed through as everyone tried their best, and supported each other.

“The club competition is a trial run for the North West Zone Competition held this weekend in Tamworth.

“We wish all our awesome girls the very best for this weekend.”

The Gunnedah Physie dance team in action.

Annual Club Competition 2015 results:

Five-year-olds: Olivia Semmler 1; Chloe Day 2; Poppy Oram 3; Emily O’Brien 4; Bianca Sheumack 5. Best marcher – Poppy Oram. Best dancer – Chloe Day.

Six-year-olds: Jazmin Hobden 1; Jordana Jeffrey 2; Louisa O’Brien and Sophie Pike 3; Tahlia Smith 4; Charlee O’Hearn 5; Georgia Kirby 6. Best marcher – Tahlia Smith. Best dancer – Jordana Jeffrey.

Seven-year-olds: Molly Oram 1; Alice O’Brien 2; Freya Conn 3. Best marcher – Molly Oram. Best dancer – Alice O’Brien.

Eight-year-olds: Sophie Bush 1; Alice Roach 2; Daisy Sheedy 3; Holly Sheedy 4; Courtney Hobden and Lilly Joliffe 5; Serena Jaeger 6; highly commended – Alyssa Frey, Sophie Kennedy, Charolette Semmler, Macella O’Brien. Best marcher – Alice Roach. Best dancer – Sophie Kennedy.

Nine-year-olds: Talea Coulton 1; Brittany Sheumack 2. Best marcher – Talea Coulton. Best dancer – Brittany Sheumack.

Ten-year-olds: Michelle Schoeman 1; Aleesha Ward 2. Best marcher – Michelle Schoeman. Best dancer – Aleesha Ward.

Eleven-year-olds: Claire McQuirk 1; Chantele Pike 2. Best marcher – Claire McQuirk. Best dancer – Chantele Pike.

Twelve-year-olds: Kate Bishop 1; Bethany Robe 2; Bethany Kirby 3. Best marcher – Bethany Robe. Best dancer – Bethany Kirby.

Thirteen-year-olds: Bella Gallagher 1; Savanna Cull 2; Maddison Coombs 3; Kaitlyn Macaulay 4; Felicity Roach 5. Best marcher – Felicity Roach. Best dancer – Savanna Cull.

Fourteen-year-olds: Isabel Kelly 1. Best marcher – Isabel Kelly. Best dancer – Isabel Kelly.

Fifteen-year-olds: Charline D’Anastasi 1; Hannah Turner 2; Rebecca Etheridge 3. Best marcher – Charline D’Anastasi. Best dancer – Hannah Turner.

First year seniors: Alison Gosper 1; Bianca Day 2; Geogie Roach 3. Best marcher – Alison Gosper. Best dancer – Georgia Roach.Encouragement award – Freya Conn. Champion marcher – Alison Gosper.

Champion dancer – Savanna Cull. Junior champion – Sophie Bush. Senior champion – Charline D’Anastasi.

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