French Open 2016: Jordan Thompson, the man with the wood on Nick Kyrgios, now on the main stage himself

Nick Kyrios Vs I. Karlovic. Photo: Eddie JimQuestion: name the player that Nick Kyrgios, who has a winning record this year against top 10 rivals bettered only by French Open top seed Novak Djokovic, took about eight years to find a way to beat? Answer: Jordan Thompson, the world No.92.
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The Australian pair first met as seven or eight-year-olds, and countless times as juniors thereafter, until Kyrgios finally broke his duck at 16-and-under level in a match at Melbourne Park. As for the secret to Thompson’s success, he says matter-of-factly that being a year older helped. Still, does the world know he has Kyrgios covered? “I highly doubt that the world’s gonna know I beat him when I was eight!” he laughs.

They are yet to meet at senior level, for their trajectories have been far different. Kyrgios was the emerging superstar always destined for greatness who is already among the top 20 in the world, the youngest man to reach two grand slam quarter-finals since Roger Federer. Thompson was the smaller, less-explosive, talent whose rise into the top 100 has been more gradual, but significant enough recently to earn him Tennis Australia’s reciprocal wildcard into the main draw at Roland Garros.

This week’s will be the first overseas major for the three-time winner of the Australian Open wildcard playoff, who has lost in the first round of his home slam each time. But Thompson is a much-improved player these days, more than 160 places higher that this time last year, aided by his first two Challenger titles, a couple of semis and some growing self-belief. A top-100 debut came last month, to the hard-working Sydneysider’s satisfaction and relief.

“I’ve been trying to do it as quick as I can, but I’ve gone at a pretty steady pace and the results have got better and better, so hopefully I can keep improving,” says Thompson, who has tried to bulk up and add power and aggression to his game under coach Des Tyson, the travelling party completed by former Junior Wimbledon champion Luke Saville.

“I’m maybe a little bit stronger, but I think that comes with age as well. As you get older you stop growing and start filling out a bit more. I don’t think I’m quite there yet, but definitely heading towards that way.”

The low-profile Australian No.4 recently won a Challenger in China on clay, “the toughest surface”, and relished the chance to avoid the slog of qualifying in favour of an extra week’s training. On the day of our interview he is on his way to practice at Roland Garros, travelling in style. “We’ve somehow scored centre court, too, so that’ll be great.”

Another benefit of his rise is the associated main draw perks. A nice hotel. Courtesy cars. “It’s definitely makes life easier. It’s better than playing a Future somewhere else where there’s no transport and the hotels aren’t great. It definitely feels a lot more special [when you’ve struggled]. You appreciate it a lot.”

Having already booked a career-first direct main draw entry at Wimbledon next month, the minimum $95,000 guaranteed even by two first-round losses will also be welcomed by a player who has barely won that amount during the rest of his best season. “Not used to seeing cheques that big,” he says, having since drawn a qualifier in the first round. “It definitely takes the pressure off and gives you a little bit of a head start, that amount of money.”

Relative penury has never been an issue for the likes of Kyrgios and Tomic, of course, and nor has that duo been an easy act to follow for those without the same outrageous talents “Yeah, watching Nick and Bernie play they make it look ridiculously easy, and they’re both so young, and Bernard’s been around so long and he’s only 23,” says Thompson. “It’s pretty amazing.”

Thompson is only 22, midway between the two. It may have taken a little longer, but it appears his time is coming now.  “Amazing opportunity,” he says of this, his latest, and also – in some respects – first. “If I could get a round at a grand slam under my belt, that’d be awesome.”

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GALLERY: Hazelhurst is all Art

GALLERY: Hazelhurst is all Art Live portrait sketching of photographer John Veage by Jiawei Shen showcased the Hazelhurst at night arts program.Picture John Veage
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Live portrait sketching of photographer John Veage by Jiawei Shen showcased the Hazelhurst at night arts program.Picture John Veage

Live portrait sketching of photographer John Veage by Jiawei Shen showcased the Hazelhurst at night arts program.Picture John Veage

Live portrait sketching of photographer John Veage by Jiawei Shen showcased the Hazelhurst at night arts program.Picture John Veage

Live portrait sketching of photographer John Veage by Jiawei Shen showcased the Hazelhurst at night arts program.Picture John Veage

Live portrait sketching of photographer John Veage by Jiawei Shen showcased the Hazelhurst at night arts program.Picture John Veage

Live portrait sketching of photographer John Veage by Jiawei Shen showcased the Hazelhurst at night arts program.Picture John Veage

Live portrait sketching of photographer John Veage by Jiawei Shen showcased the Hazelhurst at night arts program.Picture John Veage

Live portrait sketching of photographer John Veage by Jiawei Shen showcased the Hazelhurst at night arts program.Picture John Veage

Live portrait sketching of photographer John Veage by Jiawei Shen showcased the Hazelhurst at night arts program.Picture John Veage

Live portrait sketching of photographer John Veage by Jiawei Shen showcased the Hazelhurst at night arts program.Picture John Veage

Live portrait sketching of photographer John Veage by Jiawei Shen showcased the Hazelhurst at night arts program.Picture John Veage

Live portrait sketching of photographer John Veage by Jiawei Shen showcased the Hazelhurst at night arts program.Picture John Veage

Live portrait sketching of photographer John Veage by Jiawei Shen showcased the Hazelhurst at night arts program.Picture John Veage

Live portrait sketching of photographer John Veage by Jiawei Shen showcased the Hazelhurst at night arts program.Picture John Veage

Live portrait sketching of photographer John Veage by Jiawei Shen showcased the Hazelhurst at night arts program.Picture John Veage

Live portrait sketching of photographer John Veage by Jiawei Shen showcased the Hazelhurst at night arts program.Picture John Veage

Live portrait sketching of photographer John Veage by Jiawei Shen showcased the Hazelhurst at night arts program.Picture John Veage

Live portrait sketching of photographer John Veage by Jiawei Shen showcased the Hazelhurst at night arts program.Picture John Veage

TweetFacebookLeader photographer John Veage’s portrait.

In classic Moran Portrait style, an artist painting a photographer fitted both categories.

The Doug Moran National Portrait Prizeis the richest award for excellence in portrait painting in Australia with an annual first prize of $150,000.

Following the exhibition of the 2015 Prize finalists at Juniper Hall in Paddington (October2015) the Moran Art Foundation is touring the exhibition to regional galleries in 2016 beginning with Hazelhurst.

Founded by Doug and Greta Moran and family in 1988, and now in its 28th year, the prize isan annual event aimed at encouraging the development of the portraiture skills of Australian artists and increasing the awareness and appreciation of Australian visual arts.

Artists must interpret the look and personality of a chosen sitter, either unknown or well known. The exhibition includes prize winning portraits by 30 Australian artists featuring sitters Robyn Nevin, Kirk Pengilly, Edmund Capon and Euan Macleod.

The Moran Contemporary Photographic Prize,established in 2007, is a national competition that awards and promotes Australian contemporary photography.

The MCPP invited photographers to interpret ‘’contemporary life in Australia”with an emphasis on Australians going about their day-to-day life.

The aim is to encourage the production of photographs taken in Australia, by Australians, that reflect the multiculturalism and uniqueness of Australian life.

The exhibition features the works of 30 photographers including this year’s winner, Trent Mitchell, for his photo Boy in Boat, Hervey Bay Qld 2015.

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Drug use and mental health in society

Shire President Wade DeCampo
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All too often we link the two ‘topics’ of drug use and mental healthwhen reallythey are separate issues which are sometimes correlated.

They are both certainly issues that we as the Council of the Shire of Manjimup realise that we need to addressbut we can’t do it on our own. In fact, no health organisation could do it on its own, nor could any family. We need to work on both mental health and drug useas a community.

‘Mental health’ is such a broad term and I think it has almost been forgotten that having good mental health is just the same as having a strong musculoskeletal system or a healthy respiratory system, and like any part of your body, when something is a little bit ‘off’, you feel it.

Mental illness is the sameand perhaps just as commonas any other illness and I firmly believe that we should have the facilities and medical capability to help our community members through any illness, regardless of the body part it is affecting.

Drug use is often an escape from a mental illness, yet in other cases, drug use triggers a mental illness.

Whether it was the chicken or the egg that came first is irrelevant; we all know that drugs are a problem in our community and we are certainly not alone.

What is different amongcommunities is the way the issue is dealt with. Whether we have friends or family with a drug problem, there is no use ignoring it because it won’t just go away. We all have a role to play in being ‘vigilant’ ofpeople who we know use drugs – support them but also make them accountable. Turning a blind eye simply enables their habit to get worse, whereas seeking out help for them (and help for you) could change their path completely.

As a Council we are always advocating for easier access to treatment for both mental health issues and drug use – be that more local appointments, rehabilitation facilities or safe houses. It is also a matter of educating ourselves to see the signs of mental health issues and drug use.

The Shire facilitates and supports education opportunities, such as a recent information seminar from Dr Mat Coleman and the upcoming Community Mental Health Forum that is being hosted by Rotary.

Take these opportunities to learn more when they arise. I think the best message is to usher these people towards better health, in general, and going to see your local GP is the best way to start with that.

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11 YEARS DIV 3: Thornton Lightning v Seaham Tsunami. Picture: MICHAEL HARTSHORN

11 YEARS DIV 3: Thornton Lightning v Seaham Tsunami. Picture: MICHAEL HARTSHORN

11 YEARS DIV 3: Thornton Lightning v Seaham Tsunami. Picture: MICHAEL HARTSHORN

11 YEARS DIV 3: Thornton Lightning v Seaham Tsunami. Picture: MICHAEL HARTSHORN

11 YEARS DIV 3: Thornton Lightning v Seaham Tsunami. Picture: MICHAEL HARTSHORN

11 YEARS DIV 3: Thornton Lightning v Seaham Tsunami. Picture: MICHAEL HARTSHORN

11 YEARS DIV 3: Thornton Lightning v Seaham Tsunami. Picture: MICHAEL HARTSHORN

11 YEARS DIV 3: Thornton Lightning v Seaham Tsunami. Picture: MICHAEL HARTSHORN

11 YEARS DIV 3: Thornton Lightning v Seaham Tsunami. Picture: MICHAEL HARTSHORN

11 YEARS DIV 3: Thornton Lightning v Seaham Tsunami. Picture: MICHAEL HARTSHORN

11 YEARS DIV 3: Thornton Lightning v Seaham Tsunami. Picture: MICHAEL HARTSHORN

11 YEARS DIV 3: Thornton Lightning v Seaham Tsunami. Picture: MICHAEL HARTSHORN

11 YEARS DIV 3: Thornton Lightning v Seaham Tsunami. Picture: MICHAEL HARTSHORN

11 YEARS DIV 3: Thornton Lightning v Seaham Tsunami. Picture: MICHAEL HARTSHORN

11 YEARS DIV 3: Thornton Lightning v Seaham Tsunami. Picture: MICHAEL HARTSHORN

11 YEARS DIV 3: Thornton Lightning v Seaham Tsunami. Picture: MICHAEL HARTSHORN

11 YEARS DIV 3: Thornton Lightning v Seaham Tsunami. Picture: MICHAEL HARTSHORN

11 YEARS DIV 3: Thornton Lightning v Seaham Tsunami. Picture: MICHAEL HARTSHORN

11 YEARS DIV 3: Thornton Lightning v Seaham Tsunami. Picture: MICHAEL HARTSHORN

11 YEARS DIV 3: Thornton Lightning v Seaham Tsunami. Picture: MICHAEL HARTSHORN

11 YEARS DIV 3: Thornton Lightning v Seaham Tsunami. Picture: MICHAEL HARTSHORN

11 YEARS DIV 3: Thornton Lightning v Seaham Tsunami. Picture: MICHAEL HARTSHORN

11 YEARS DIV 3: Thornton Lightning v Seaham Tsunami. Picture: MICHAEL HARTSHORN

11 YEARS DIV 3: Thornton Lightning v Seaham Tsunami. Picture: MICHAEL HARTSHORN

11 YEARS DIV 3: Thornton Lightning v Seaham Tsunami. Picture: MICHAEL HARTSHORN

11 YEARS DIV 3: Thornton Lightning v Seaham Tsunami. Picture: MICHAEL HARTSHORN

11 YEARS DIV 3: Thornton Lightning v Seaham Tsunami. Picture: MICHAEL HARTSHORN

11 YEARS DIV 3: Thornton Lightning v Seaham Tsunami. Picture: MICHAEL HARTSHORN

11 YEARS DIV 3: Thornton Lightning v Seaham Tsunami. Picture: MICHAEL HARTSHORN

11 YEARS DIV 3: Thornton Lightning v Seaham Tsunami. Picture: MICHAEL HARTSHORN

11 YEARS DIV 3: Thornton Lightning v Seaham Tsunami. Picture: MICHAEL HARTSHORN

11 YEARS DIV 3: Thornton Lightning v Seaham Tsunami. Picture: MICHAEL HARTSHORN

11 YEARS DIV 3: Thornton Lightning v Seaham Tsunami. Picture: MICHAEL HARTSHORN

11 YEARS DIV 3: Thornton Lightning v Seaham Tsunami. Picture: MICHAEL HARTSHORN

11 YEARS DIV 3: Thornton Lightning v Seaham Tsunami. Picture: MICHAEL HARTSHORN

11 YEARS DIV 3: Thornton Lightning v Seaham Tsunami. Picture: MICHAEL HARTSHORN

11 YEARS DIV 3: Thornton Lightning v Seaham Tsunami. Picture: MICHAEL HARTSHORN

11 YEARS DIV 3: Thornton Lightning v Seaham Tsunami. Picture: MICHAEL HARTSHORN

11 YEARS DIV 3: Thornton Lightning v Seaham Tsunami. Picture: MICHAEL HARTSHORN

11 YEARS DIV 3: Thornton Lightning v Seaham Tsunami. Picture: MICHAEL HARTSHORN

11 YEARS DIV 3: Thornton Lightning v Seaham Tsunami. Picture: MICHAEL HARTSHORN

11 YEARS DIV 3: Thornton Lightning v Seaham Tsunami. Picture: MICHAEL HARTSHORN

11 YEARS DIV 3: Thornton Lightning v Seaham Tsunami. Picture: MICHAEL HARTSHORN

11 YEARS DIV 3: Thornton Lightning v Seaham Tsunami. Picture: MICHAEL HARTSHORN

11 YEARS DIV 3: Thornton Lightning v Seaham Tsunami. Picture: MICHAEL HARTSHORN

11 YEARS DIV 3: Thornton Lightning v Seaham Tsunami. Picture: MICHAEL HARTSHORN

11 YEARS DIV 3: Thornton Lightning v Seaham Tsunami. Picture: MICHAEL HARTSHORN

11 YEARS DIV 3: Thornton Lightning v Seaham Tsunami. Picture: MICHAEL HARTSHORN

11 YEARS DIV 3: Thornton Lightning v Seaham Tsunami. Picture: MICHAEL HARTSHORN

11 YEARS DIV 3: Thornton Lightning v Seaham Tsunami. Picture: MICHAEL HARTSHORN

11 YEARS DIV 3: Thornton Lightning v Seaham Tsunami. Picture: MICHAEL HARTSHORN

11 YEARS DIV 3: Thornton Lightning v Seaham Tsunami. Picture: MICHAEL HARTSHORN

11 YEARS DIV 3: Thornton Lightning v Seaham Tsunami. Picture: MICHAEL HARTSHORN

11 YEARS DIV 3: Seaham Tsunami. Picture: MICHAEL HARTSHORN

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12 YEARS DIVISION 2: Beresfield Bandits v Branxton Power. Picture: MICHAEL HARTSHORN

12 YEARS DIVISION 2: Beresfield Bandits v Branxton Power. Picture: MICHAEL HARTSHORN

12 YEARS DIVISION 2: Beresfield Bandits v Branxton Power. Picture: MICHAEL HARTSHORN

12 YEARS DIVISION 2: Beresfield Bandits v Branxton Power. Picture: MICHAEL HARTSHORN

12 YEARS DIVISION 2: Beresfield Bandits v Branxton Power. Picture: MICHAEL HARTSHORN

12 YEARS DIVISION 2: Beresfield Bandits v Branxton Power. Picture: MICHAEL HARTSHORN

12 YEARS DIVISION 2: Beresfield Bandits v Branxton Power. Picture: MICHAEL HARTSHORN

12 YEARS DIVISION 2: Beresfield Bandits v Branxton Power. Picture: MICHAEL HARTSHORN

12 YEARS DIVISION 2: Beresfield Bandits v Branxton Power. Picture: MICHAEL HARTSHORN

12 YEARS DIVISION 2: Beresfield Bandits v Branxton Power. Picture: MICHAEL HARTSHORN

12 YEARS DIVISION 2: Beresfield Bandits v Branxton Power. Picture: MICHAEL HARTSHORN

12 YEARS DIVISION 2: Beresfield Bandits v Branxton Power. Picture: MICHAEL HARTSHORN

12 YEARS DIVISION 2: Beresfield Bandits v Branxton Power. Picture: MICHAEL HARTSHORN

12 YEARS DIVISION 2: Beresfield Bandits v Branxton Power. Picture: MICHAEL HARTSHORN

12 YEARS DIVISION 2: Beresfield Bandits v Branxton Power. Picture: MICHAEL HARTSHORN

12 YEARS DIVISION 2: Beresfield Bandits v Branxton Power. Picture: MICHAEL HARTSHORN

12 YEARS DIVISION 2: Beresfield Bandits v Branxton Power. Picture: MICHAEL HARTSHORN

12 YEARS DIVISION 2: Beresfield Bandits v Branxton Power. Picture: MICHAEL HARTSHORN

12 YEARS DIVISION 2: Beresfield Bandits v Branxton Power. Picture: MICHAEL HARTSHORN

12 YEARS DIVISION 2: Beresfield Bandits v Branxton Power. Picture: MICHAEL HARTSHORN

12 YEARS DIVISION 2: Beresfield Bandits v Branxton Power. Picture: MICHAEL HARTSHORN

12 YEARS DIVISION 2: Beresfield Bandits v Branxton Power. Picture: MICHAEL HARTSHORN

12 YEARS DIVISION 2: Beresfield Bandits v Branxton Power. Picture: MICHAEL HARTSHORN

12 YEARS DIVISION 2: Beresfield Bandits v Branxton Power. Picture: MICHAEL HARTSHORN

12 YEARS DIVISION 2: Beresfield Bandits v Branxton Power. Picture: MICHAEL HARTSHORN

12 YEARS DIVISION 2: Beresfield Bandits v Branxton Power. Picture: MICHAEL HARTSHORN

12 YEARS DIVISION 2: Beresfield Bandits v Branxton Power. Picture: MICHAEL HARTSHORN

12 YEARS DIVISION 2: Beresfield Bandits v Branxton Power. Picture: MICHAEL HARTSHORN

12 YEARS DIVISION 2: Beresfield Bandits v Branxton Power. Picture: MICHAEL HARTSHORN

12 YEARS DIVISION 2: Beresfield Bandits v Branxton Power. Picture: MICHAEL HARTSHORN

12 YEARS DIVISION 2: Beresfield Bandits v Branxton Power. Picture: MICHAEL HARTSHORN

12 YEARS DIVISION 2: Beresfield Bandits v Branxton Power. Picture: MICHAEL HARTSHORN

12 YEARS DIVISION 2: Beresfield Bandits v Branxton Power. Picture: MICHAEL HARTSHORN

12 YEARS DIVISION 2: Beresfield Bandits v Branxton Power. Picture: MICHAEL HARTSHORN

12 YEARS DIVISION 2: Beresfield Bandits v Branxton Power. Picture: MICHAEL HARTSHORN

12 YEARS DIVISION 2: Beresfield Bandits v Branxton Power. Picture: MICHAEL HARTSHORN

12 YEARS DIVISION 2: Beresfield Bandits v Branxton Power. Picture: MICHAEL HARTSHORN

12 YEARS DIVISION 2: Beresfield Bandits v Branxton Power. Picture: MICHAEL HARTSHORN

12 YEARS DIVISION 2: Beresfield Bandits v Branxton Power. Picture: MICHAEL HARTSHORN

12 YEARS DIVISION 2: Beresfield Bandits v Branxton Power. Picture: MICHAEL HARTSHORN

12 YEARS DIVISION 2: Beresfield Bandits v Branxton Power. Picture: MICHAEL HARTSHORN

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Rail job cuts to ‘worsen’ station

Outrage over pending job cuts at Wagga’s rail station is growing among locals as the consequences of the cuts slowly come to light.
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Locals fear proposed cuts to Wagga’s rail staff could see the station’s services rapidly deteriate.

The proposal to cut staff and slash the hours of the station’s seven full-time staff has been met with uproar from the community, with locals fearing cuts could “completely degrade” the quality of the rail service.

Former liberal member for WaggaJoe Schipp said the proposal didn’t take into account the amount of responsibilities that fell to station staff, which could unlikely be maintained should they be made redundant.

“What makes a station function smoothly is its staff,” MrSchipp said.

“There’s a whole host of things they have to deal with, like client comfort, cleaning andticketing, that needs to be taken into account and these cuts just don’t consider these things.

“Staff don’t simply just sit there watching the trains come and go.”

Mr Schipp’s comments come afterthe NSW TrainLink review revealed it would grant Tamworth seven full-time station officers for just 14 trains a week,compared toWagga station, which would have its seven staff cut back to part-time positions and forced to manage 28 trains each week.

Mr Schipp said the reduction in staffed hours was a big oversight that could incur serous consequences for the station.

“They just don’t seem to have their numbers right as far as Wagga is concerned,” he said.

“We’re an interchange station with buses, and there’s lots of people coming through from major cities like Sydney and Melbourne, so there’s a huge amount of coordination to be done.”

When questioned about the cuts to rail staff,Wagga MP Daryl Maguire stressed the proposal was still in the planning stages and said the review was a “necessary part” of the government responsibilities.

“There’s a proposal that’s being discussed, but no decisions have been made as of yet,” Mr Maguire said.

“In the meantime, the rail authority will work through station by station to determine the best outcome for each town’s situation.”

Mr Maguire said the process could be expected to take as long as three to four months to complete and locals and passengers should be patient in the meantime.

“Staff are working and getting paid,the trains are running andso it’s business as usual until a decision is made,” he said.

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Be vigilant in your house

THE big red fire truck was a hit at the Leeton fire station open day on Saturday.
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A large crowd headed along to the station as kids and parents alike had the opportunity to tour the station, sit in the trucks and even try on the protective gear as they received suggestions about improving fire safety in their homes.

FIRED UP: Link ,3, Samantha and Aeden O’Leary, 5, were excited to come an explore the fire station and see the trucks on display. Photo: Ron Arel

Smoke driftedthrough the air as the sausage sizzled on the barbecue, readyto feed the crowd who came out to have a look.

The open day wasan excellent opportunity for people in to meet local fire fighters and a chance to promote fire safety.

Leeton Fire and Rescue NSW Captain Graham Parks hoped to help educate people about the importance of fire safety around the home by addressing several key issues.

“We like to talk to people about the importance of smoke alarms and house evacuation plans,” Mr Parks said.

“Mainly about fire safety in the home.We let people have a look at what equipment we’ve got and have a chat about what we do for them.

“This is the biggest crowd we’ve seen for a long time.

“It’s been really good.”

With winter rapidly approaching, fire danger is still very much an issue.

Even thoughrisk of bushfires has diminished dueto the shift in wet and cooler weather, Mr Parkshopes peoplewill take extra precautions this winter.

“People are more at risk in the winterbecause they are using a lot more heaters andelectric blankets,” Mr Parks said.

“They’re using a lot more heaters and a lot more power and possiblyoverloading power points.”

Many people associate fire danger with hot dry weather, but can easily lose sight of how easy fire can break out in the home. He said a fire could occur even when completing a simple task such as doing the laundry.

“Make sure that if you’re drying clothes you keep them at least onemetreaway from any heat source,” Mr Parks said.

Mr Parks alsouseda cooking demonstration to help show people how quickly a fire can get out of control at home.

Oil is heated in a normal cooking pot to the point of ignition, and then a small amount of water is poured on as if to attempt to put out the fire.

As the water flashed to steam it increasedto around 1700 times its original volume that resultedin a fireball more than threemetreshigh.

Mr Parks’ advice for the winter is to check smoke detectors andhave heaters serviced.

He warned residents to be careful not to overload power points with heaters and electric blankets and make sure that drying clothes are kept at least a metreaway from a heat source.

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Thurley to stand for Albury Council again

Albury deputy mayor David Thurley
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DEPUTY mayor David Thurley has confirmed he will be standing for re-election to Albury Council as he prepares topreside over his first monthly meeting as mayor on Monday night.

Mayor Henk van de Ven is an apology and Cr Thurley will be acting mayor for what appears to be a low-key meeting as council counts down to the September elections.

But Cr Thurley said on Saturday he had proposed some changes to the traditional opening prayer and acknowledgment of original custodians of local lands.

He said he had sought input fromSt Matthew’s ArchdeaconPeter MacLeod-Miller andWiradjuri elderNancy Rooke about the changes.

Fellow councillors have also been consulted, he said.

Cr Thurley was elected to council four years ago and will be fielding a team in the electionto allow ratepayers to vote above the line for their choice of candidate.

“While it would be great if we could assume that voters in the local government elections would go through all the candidates and vote for ninecandidates in order of their choice we know that will not happen,” he sai

“Albury elections show that no candidate without a team will get elected.

“I am happy to have been part of a strong and vigorous council that has had no major disputes.

“Councilthis year posted profits in all three funds while bringing great events and services to the community.”

His other council roles include being a member of the auditcommittee, the sustainability advisory committee and chairman of thecommunity and cultural committees.

He is also theMurray Darling Association national president.

Cr Thurley was elected deputy mayor last year.

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Election 2016: Turnbull government spends $5m on new advertising campaign targeting travellers

Julie Bishop has warned travellers of serious consequences if their preparation is inadequate or if they make irresponsible choices while overseas. Photo: Justin McManusFederal election: Full coverage
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The Turnbull government has spent more than $5 million on an advertising blitz urging Australians to be more responsible when they travel overseas as part of a new direction for the troubled Smartraveller scheme.

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade has signed a number of advertising contracts in recent months worth at least $5.2 million – including one worth $500,000 this month – for what it’s calling “Phase IV” of Smartraveller.

Smartraveller seeks to raise awareness of the potential pitfalls of overseas travel but has long been plagued with poor registration rates.

A recent audit report found only a small number of Australians bother to register their travel details under the scheme.

It found many appeared to be put off by the long and boring process – only 20 per cent of people who start registration actually finish it.

The report also found that as of June 2014 only 175 in every 10,000 Australian travellers subscribe to the department’s travel advice.

The department says the new phase is working, with a 46 per cent increase in website page views and 36 per cent more website users in the last six months.

“With the number of trips taken by Australians increasing each year, Smartraveller advertising is important to help Australians stay safe overseas,” a departmental spokesperson said.

“Phase IV of the campaign moves away from promoting registration towards encouraging Australian travellers to be more personally responsible and self-reliant by being informed and prepared for their travel.”

The department paid advertising agency Arnold Furnace about $1.7 million to develop the television, digital, print, public transport and social media advertising. More than $3.2 million is going to the government’s master media buying agency Dentsu Mitchell and about $300,000 to multicultural advertisers Etcom.

Last year’s audit report found many travellers who did register their details and plans with Smartraveller went away with the impression the government would accept responsibility for anything that went wrong on their trip.

It’s that sense of dependency the government is seeking to discourage with its new campaign, which has the slogan “Be Informed, Be Prepared”.

The Coalition has taken a hardline approach to consular assistance, giving the most help to people in the most difficult circumstances but only minimal help to people who “deliberately or wilfully” do the wrong thing overseas.

“When Australians travel without adequate preparation, or make irresponsible choices, there can be very serious consequences for themselves and their family,” Foreign Minister Julie Bishop has said.

All Smartraveller advertising has received bipartisan support to continue throughout the election caretaker period.

The Smartraveller program began under the Howard government in 2003. The website can be found at smartraveller.gov备案老域名.

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Sean Penn film The Last Face booed at Cannes

Director Sean Penn at a press conference for The Last Face at the 69th annual Cannes Film Festival. Photo: Clemens BilanActor and director Sean Penn has faced major embarrassment after his film, The Last Face, was booed by the audience at the Cannes Film Festival.
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The romance drama, which stars his former partner Charlize Theron as an international aid worker in Africa, and Javier Bardem as a doctor, was also ravaged by critics, with one reviewer, Dave Calhoun, calling it “awful” and “pompous”. Sean Penn’s THE LAST FACE: awful. Pompous romance with human suffering as wallpaper. Pleads empathy with Africa. Zero real black characters.— Dave Calhoun (@davecalhoun) May 20, 2016

Melissa Silverstein, an advocate for gender equality in Hollywood who was at the premiere on Friday, confirmed the booing saying she joined in “for my first time”.

“It was so bad that I laughed at [sic] loud at times,” she tweeted. I joined in the booing for my first time today for The Last Face. It was so bad that I laughed at loud at times.— Melissa Silverstein (@melsil) May 20, 2016

Another reviewer, Variety’s chief critic Guy Lodge, jokingly suggested that The Last Face may have been why Theron had ended her relationship with Penn. Adele Exarchopoulos — the best thing in THE LAST FACE, by the way — plots her exit strategy. pic.twitter老域名出售/1ZCt6ElLSK— Guy Lodge (@GuyLodge) May 20, 2016Is it possible Charlize Theron saw a rough cut of THE LAST FACE and *then* ended things with Sean Penn? I would.— Guy Lodge (@GuyLodge) May 20, 2016

Lodge also tweeted that he found it hard to pick a favourite scene “but the one where Theron and Bardem sexily brush their teeth at each other will stay with me.”

Penn brushed aside bad reviews by critics of the humanitarian drama at a later press conference.

“I stand by the film as it is, and everyone is going to be entitled to their response,” he shrugged, according to Variety老域名出售. “I’ve finished the film so it’s not a discussion I’d be of value to.”

Theron and Penn seemed to keep their distance at the movie’s photocall, almost a year on from their last appearance as a couple on the red carpet at Cannes.

The cast of The Last Face attend the film’s premiere during the 69th annual Cannes Film Festival. Photo: Andreas Rentz

The pair posed with members of the cast firmly between them, and avoided sitting near each other at the following press conference.

Charlize Theron, Javier Bardem, Adele Exarchopoulos and director Sean Penn attend the The Last Face press conference. Photo: Getty Images

The couple began dating in December 2013 and Us Weekly reported that they had become secretly engaged a year later, however the two never confirmed the reports.

The Last Face, which was funded partly by Penn, has been entered into the festival’s biggest award, the Palme d’Or.

“I had almost enough to do this one the way I wanted to do it,” he said in an interview in the Financial Times. “Then I had to pony up much more than I can afford to complete it.”

“I’ve got an ‘everything is riding on it’ deal going to Cannes this year,” he added. “I think [the movie] will disappear if it gets a poor reaction and I think that would be a terrible shame because it’s very relevant now and the performances are transcendent … I’ve given it all I’ve got.”

Charlize Theron and Javier Bardem in The Last Face, directed by Sean Penn.

All may not be lost for Penn and The Last Face however. Films that have been booed at previous Cannes Film Festivals include Taxi Driver, which went on to win the Palme d’Or and snare four Oscar nominations, including Best Picture, and Quentin Tarantino’s films Pulp Fiction, which also won the Palme d’Or, and Inglourious Basterds.

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Dogs shine, Bracknell fall

CONTEST: South Launceston midfielder Shane Wager fends off Bracknell’s Kyle Beams after getting past Trent Page. Picture: Paul Scambler.SOUTH Launceston brushed aside Bracknell by a healthy 44points tostand atop the Division 1 competition.
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The Bulldogs led from start to finish afterholding the Redlegs goalless in the first quarter to win16.12(108) to9.10(64) at Youngtown Oval.

A seven goal third term put the result beyond doubt withJonothan Lawrence the game’s chief goalscorer with four majors.

South had 10 individual goalkickers, whileThomas Broadhurst booted three for the visitorswho have slipped to sixth position.

Jade Child,Joel Mountney andLuke Briggs stood out for the Dogs with Callum Mulder, Jacob Gelston andJesse Tunks named Bracknell’s best.

BRIDGENORTH recordedtheir fifth win of 2016 by overcoming Deloraine16.16(112)to12.10 (82) at Parrot Park.

Nick McElwee was the destroyer with a fantastic nine-goal feat for the home side, who kicked six opening quarter goals to the Kangaroos’ two.

From there the Parrots never lost the advantage despite a gallant Deloraine showing considerable fight.

Luke Duncan,Zach Kilby andDarren Long joinedMcElwee as Bridgenorth’s stars, whileRulla Kelly-Mansell kicked three majors forDeloraine to take his season tally to 17.

Darryn Thomas also converted three.

LONGFORD left Blue Gum Park a happy team after registering their second victory against George Town.

The Tigers were in control all day to defeat the Saints13.19(97) to6.5(41) with good defence and 21 more scoring opportunities.

Sam Roach booted four goals and was well supported by Baden Alexander andJonathon Smart with three apiece.

Connor Alexander,Tyran Mansell andWilliam Murfett also performed well in the 56-point win.

For George Town, it was coach Allan O’Sign (three goals),Zachary Cooke,Shane Baker andCallum Aalbreght that fought hard.

The loss was the Saints fifth in a row.

SCOTTSDALE smashed Hillwood by 122 points at home, thanks largely to an 11-goal bag fromLee Nichols.

The Magpies were 11 goals ahead at three-quarter time and kicked nine in the final term to win23.17(155) to5.3(33) over the winless Sharks.

Joe Robinson andJesse Holbein chipped in with three each, whileBryton Mullins andElliot Tyson contributed well in Scottsdale’s fifth successive victory.

Andrew Whitmore (three goals) kicked a majority of Hillwood’s score with Dan Withers,Thomas Wilson andNathan Pearce playing their role well.

Only percentage separates South, Scottsdale, Rocherlea and Bridgnorth in top spot.

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