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‘Bridge rifle club contest championship stage

SHOOTING: On Saturday the Murray Bridge Rifle Club contested the 19th stage of the club championship over 1000 yards at Monarto.
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The weather was overcast with a very strong wind from the left.

All shooters had problems because the wind was from behind and the lifted dust from the nearby fields caused sighting to be awkward.

The best score was by Gordon Harrison with 47.2.

He combined this with only 43 in the second round to be the winner in A grade and top off-rifle for the day with 90.2

The score was also good enough to give Harrison the handicap win.

John Cain was the winner in B grade with a consistent 84.4.

Colin Kuchel was the winner in F class standard A for the second week in a row with 94.0.

Frank Marshall was again the winner in F class standard B also with 94.0.

Ian Pavy was the winner in F class open with a tremendous 100.1.

David Kosewicz was the winner of the F class handicap award for the day.

The sighters awards were won by Paech in full-bore with 18.1, Peter Byass in F class standard with 18.0 and Kosewicz in F class open with 16.0.

Magpies were numerous throughout and there were just as many shots on the white part of the target as there were on the black bullseye area.

When all the scores were tallied Cain was the winner of the full-bore magpie award with five and Keith Mathews scored the same to win the F class award.

Scores: TR – G. Harrison 47.2, 43.0, 90.2, 13, 105; J. Cain 41.2, 43.2, 84.4, 14, 102; D. McDonald 42.2, 40.1, 82.3, 13, 98; R. Paech 41.2, 43.2, 84.4, 9, 97; J.L. Traeger 35.1, 44.1, 79.2, 15, 96; M. Whittle 35.0, 45.3, 80.3, 10, 93; B. Robertson 39.3, 35.1, 74.4, 15, 93; G. Traeger 42.1, 42.0, 84.1, 5, 90; J.G. Traeger 29.1, 40.1, 69.2, 15, 86; J. Cadd 28.2, 38.0, 66.2, 18, 86. F Class – D. Kosewicz 51.2, 46.1, 97.3, 12, 112; I. Pavy 51.0, 49.1, 100.1, 7, 108; C. Kuchel 46.0, 48.0, 94.0, 11, 105; F. Marshall 47.0, 47.0, 94.0, 11, 105; P. Byass 47.2, 40.0, 87.2, 14, 103; J. Cranwell 33.0, 51.2, 84.2, 10, 96; K. Mathews 33.0, 46.0, 79.0, 16, 95; M. Pavy 32.0, 43.1, 75.1, 13, 89; T. Brown 37.0, 39.0, 76.0, 9, 85.

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Party for the Dutch

The Dutch monarchy has turned a page with Willem-Alexander becoming the country’s first king in more than a century following his mother’s abdication.
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Millions of people celebrated Tuesday’s event at street parties and other venues in the Netherlands and overseas, including on the Dutch island of Curacao in the Caribbean.

“For 33 years she gave trust and never violated the trust given to her and that was the basis for her authority,” King Willem-Alexander said in his inauguration. speech, a few hours after Queen Beatrix had signed her abdication.

Unlike his mother, the king will not play a role in forming Dutch governments. That role ceased in 2012 after a new law pushed through by pro-reform parties.

In a recent television interview, the king had said he accepted the more ceremonial role of the monarch, and in his investiture speech he stressed that “democracy rests on the mutual trust, of citizens in their government, and government in its citizens.”

With a stroke of a pen, Beatrix had earlier relinquished the throne, saying she was making way for a “new generation.” She was the fourth queen since 1890, and will now be known as Princess Beatrix.

“It was a very special, very emotional moment,” Prime Minister Mark Rutte said after witnessing the signing at the Royal Palace.

In his remarks, Willem-Alexander said the Netherlands and overseas parts of the kingdom “were privileged” to have had Beatrix as queen.

He also mentioned the economic slowdown that has plagued Europe, and which has to a degree increased criticism of the costs that the monarchy generates.

“It is no longer so self evident as it was in the past that children will be better off than their parents,” he said, adding that “our strength lies not in exclusion but in co-operation.”

In addition to thanking his parents, he also thanked his Argentinian-born wife, saying: “I am intensely happy with the support of Maxima. She has accepted this country and become Dutch among the Dutch.”

The Dutch have taken Maxima to their hearts, and opinion polls suggest she is the most popular member of the royal family.

A 25,000-strong crowd – many wearing orange – assembled on central Dam Square by the Royal Palace and cheered during the ceremonies, which were also shown on big screens.

“I am happy and thankful to present to you the new king – King Willem-Alexander,” an emotional Beatrix said of her eldest son as they stepped onto the balcony of the Royal Palace.

The king and his mother were accompanied by Maxima, 41, who is new queen. When Beatrix left the balcony, the royal couple were joined by their daughters Catharina-Amalia, 9, who is now crown princess; Alexia 7; and Ariane, 6.

At the investiture ceremony at the nearby Nieuwe Kerk, the king pledged allegiance to the constitution and Dutch people.

After the king’s oath, representatives from both chambers of parliament pledged to uphold the rights of the monarchy.

The king wore a royal mantle from 1815 over his tails, and an orange sash.

Royals from 18 countries were present, many of whom are in line to their respective thrones. They included Britain’s Prince Charles – who was present when Queen Beatrix was inaugurated 1980; Japanese Crown Prince Naruhito; as well as royal heirs from Belgium, Brunei, Denmark, Jordan, Norway, Qatar, Spain, Sweden and Thailand.

A notable absentee was one the king’s two brothers, Prince Friso, who is in a coma after a skiing accident in Austria last year.

The father of Willem-Alexander’s wife was also not invited due to his past as a civilian member of one of Argentina’s military-led governments. He did not attend their 2002 wedding either.

King Willem Alexander of the Netherlands, Queen Maxima of the Netherlands and their daughters Princess Catharina Amalia, Princess Ariane and Princess Alexia of the Netherlands.

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Raiders find early form

Another season is underway for the Urunga Raiders Football Club and 2013 is looking promising after a strong start to the season that sees the team unbeaten in six competitive starts.
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The Raiders are through to the quarter finals of the Northern NSW State Cup after a 4-1 win on Saturday against Northern Inland premiers Tamworth FC at Armidale. It was a dominant performance led by a first half hat trick from Harry Gale.

Gale finished well when one-on-one with the keeper after five minutes and doubled the lead moments later to put the hosts on the back foot.

Jai Waddick was in good touch on the left wing, setting up two of Gale’s goals, while Grant Homes set up the third with a slick through ball to Jackson Lindsay who calmly slid his shot under the advancing keeper.

Gale’s third came when he attacked a flat, curling corner by Waddick and headed home from the penalty spot to make it 4-0.

Tamworth’s task was made even more difficult when they lost a frustrated fullback late in the half after picking up a second yellow card.

The Raiders knew they had it wrapped up and they played that way in the second half, knocking the ball around comfortably but without the killer instinct they showed in the first half.

They did well to avoid injury, with a number of frustrated Tamworth players flying into tackles late.

Somehow they didn’t lose any more players to red cards, and in the end it was Frank La Spada who felt the sting of a red card when he responded to a number of late challenges by putting a Tamworth winger into orbit with a hard, but ultimately late, tackle.

Tamworth got a late penalty and put it away but at that point it was all over with a 4-1 victory to the Raiders.

The round 3 win puts Urunga into the quarter finals after 2-0 wins against Lismore Thistles in round 1 and Northern Storm in round 2.

They will meet Lennox Head, Lismore Workers or local rivals Coffs City United in the quarter final.

A win will set up a semi-final clash with a Newcastle-based club.

In the North Coast Football Premier League, Urunga drew 1-1 with Boambee in round 1.

In round 2, the Raiders travelled to Grafton for the always difficult away game against Westlawn Tigers.

In wet conditions on a very small ground, the Raiders showed a great improvement on their previous performance and ran out comfortable 3-0 winners.

Round 3 saw the Raiders frustrated on home soil for the second time this season with a 1-1 draw against Woolgoolga on Sunday.

There was some good football played and the Raiders could have scored four or five, especially late in the game, but it wasn’t to be.

Woopi opened the scoring when a free kick was floated toward the far post from long range.

Blayze Ireland, untroubled thus far, was caught out and the ball ended up in the top corner.

This shocked the crowd on the hill and it was a repeat of round one with the Raiders 1-0 down after having the best, and most, of the opportunities.

The Raiders rallied during the second half and Woopi resorted to hoofing the ball as far from their own goal as possible.

The equaliser came after some good work from Joe Pettit, on debut in first grade, with Kale Hopper the eventual scorer, sliding the ball into the left corner after a good passing move through midfield.

Kale worked tirelessly along with Gale and both set Tanjil Everett up with beautiful passes but the Red Mist couldn’t beat the Woopi custodian.

This week Urunga host Coffs Coast Tigers on Sunday at the Cabbage Patch. Kick off is 2pm.

Kale Hopper is in top form for the Raiders.

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Bunbury fire team doubles to cater to growing population 

THE PRESSURE of having only one firefighting team has been eased this week with the arrival of 18 new staff at Bunbury Fire and Rescue Service this week.
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The upgrade has seen the arrival of 12 firefighters, six station officers and a new fire truck.

The new staff, which started on Monday, includes the new addition of Bunbury’s only female firefighter.

Station officer Garry McAneny said the added team members meant Bunbury was now in line with metropolitan fire crews.

“This year alone there has been 506 turnouts which is too much for one crew,” Mr McAneny said.

“With the continuing extensions of Greater Bunbury which includes Dalyellup and Treendale, we would not be able to cope.”

He said Bunbury firefighters had managed with the continued support from volunteer firefighters.

“They have provided us a great service and have done it all in their own time,” Mr McAneny said.

He said general backup would usually take between 12 to 30 minutes and with the new team it would mean it would be instant.

Current and new fire fighters Peter Hoad, Paul Priddle, Lou Whyte, Rod Fletcher, Marcus Tompkin, Will Ryan, Stewart Johnson and Garry McAneny.

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Festival all jazzed up

WOLLONGONG ADVERTISER
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For an event that will celebrate its 27th running this year, the Illawarra Jazz Club’s annual festival will bring up a lot of firsts this weekend.

The festival has moved from Wollongong and will be held in Corrimal for the first time. It has also broken with tradition and isn’t running during the Easter weekend.

Illawarra Jazz Club president Doreen Lee said as a result the festival will now run over three days, as opposed to the usual four days.

‘‘It nevertheless will still be packed full of great entertainment,’’ she said.

Mrs Lee said the decision was made to reduce costs for festival goers and organisers.

‘‘Four days was becoming a bit too costly for people to see all the acts. The fact that it was Easter time added to the costs,’’ she said.

‘‘We are looking forward to running at a different time and at a new location.

‘‘We have organised some great acts and I’m sure people won’t be disappointed.’’

Top musicians from New Zealand, Melbourne, Sydney and Newcastle will perform at the renovated Corrimal Hotel.

Bands will play from 5pm this Friday, with performances slated for all day Saturday and Sunday at the hotel’s lounge bar and Ivory Room.

Shirazz, Galapagos Duck, Miho Wada’s Jazz Orchestra, Anna Salleh’s Brazil and Beyond, gypsy-style groups, Duke Ellington and Etta James tributes, the entertaining Fish Fry and vocalists such as Johnny Nicol, Virna Sanzone and Pearlnoire will perform at the festival.

Session passes will be available at the door.

The jazz breakfast and gospel service on Sunday morning will be held at Corrimal Uniting Church.

Information:www.illawarrajazzclub南京夜网 or call 4285 1903

New Zealand’s Miho Wada Jazz Orchestra will perform at the Illawarra Jazz Festival this weekend.

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Hooligans in loud cars spoil Anzac Day service

ANZAC Day was a treat, all went well and all and sundry did a good job.
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Reverence was paid to God and those who made the supreme sacrifice in the seemingly never ending conflicts which one could perceive to be the sad lot of mankind.

Towards the end of the service a young lady gave a passionate rendition of ‘I was only nineteen’ during which some thoughtless yahoo took off on a very loud motorcycle, which caused the lady concerned to falter and lose step, so to speak, she recovered and finished the song and received thunderous applause from all there.

To her, well done I say and to the yahoo on the bike, grow up.

Wayne Crow,

Yoongarillup

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Have your say on future planning for Bunbury land

FUTURE  planning and the protection of bushland across Bunbury is being reviewed and the City of Bunbury is asking residents to be involved.
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City sustainability team leader Ben Deeley said a major part of the review was looking at how to conserve Bunbury’s biodiversity.

“This includes different types of bushland and native animal species, conserving these will contribute to the protection of Bunbury’s clean air and water as well as support local recreation, education and tourism,” he said.

In order to do this well Mr Deeley said the City needed to set up a biodiversity framework which would be part of the town planning scheme.

Local geologist Dr Bernhard Bischoff welcomed the initiative and hoped the proposed plan for a regional park is included.

However, he is concerned about how long the scheme would take to be in place.

“Our biodiversity has been put under increasing pressure for years and cannot afford to be left to its own defences any longer,” he said.

Mr Deeley said it was important to receive feedback from the public and submissions would close on May 20.

For more information on the initiative and for a form visit www.bunb ury.wa.gov.au

The City of Bunbury is inviting residents to have their say on future planning.

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Mirusia sings for new King and Queen

Birkdale Soprano Mirusia Louwerse and Andre Rieu perform on stage at Museumplien during the inauguration of King Willem Alexander of the Netherlands as Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands abdicates on April 30 in Amsterdam, Netherlands. (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images) Birkdale Soprano Mirusia Louwerse and Andre Rieu perform on stage at Museumplien during the inauguration of King Willem Alexander of the Netherlands. (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images)
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ng Willem Alexander of the Netherlands takes an oath as he stands alongside Queen Maxima of the Netherlands during his inauguration in front of a joint session of the two houses of the States General at Nieuwe Kerk

King Willem Alexander of the Netherlands stands alongside Queen Maxima of the Netherlands during his inauguration

King Willem Alexander of the Netherlands, Queen Maxima of the Netherlands and their daughters Princess Catharina Amalia, Princess Ariane and Princess Alexia of the Netherlands wave to the crowd along the bank aboard the King’s boat for the water pageant to celebrate the inauguration of King Willem of the Netherlands after the abdication of his mother Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands on April 30, 2013 in Amsterdam, Netherlands. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)

King Willem Alexander and Queen Maxima of the Netherlands pose with guests.

King Willem Alexander and Queen Maxima of the Netherlands pose with guests following their inauguration ceremony, at the Royal Palace

Birkdale Soprano Mirusia Louwerse last nightperformed with Andre Rieu onstage at Museum Square in Amsterdam, Netherlands for the inauguration of KingWillem Alexander of the Netherlands.

King Willem Alexander and Queen Maxima of the Netherlands pose with guests following their inauguration ceremony, at the Royal Palace on April 30, 2013 in Amsterdam, Netherlands. (Photo by Pool/Getty Images)

Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands abdicated after 33 years on thethrone. Her son, Crown Prince Willem-Alexander is now king.

VIDEO: singing “Time to Say Goodbye” with violinist Andre Rieu.

Mirusia spoke withSpencer Howson this morning on ABC Radio after herperformance.

“It’s been an incredible experience,” she said.

“I’ve never seen anything like it in my life before: It’s a partyhere 24/7

She performed with International violinist Andre Rieu, singing“Time to Say Goodbye”

“To stand on stage with Andre again – it felt like being athome. It was amazing and wonderful. I really enjoyed every moment,”she said.

“What an honour to be asked to sing before the King andQueen. Thanks to Andre I was able to experience the most amazing moment in mylife, “Mirusia said.

Just last weekend, Mirusia was performing at the Dutch Festat Birkdale.

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Proud of accomplishments

Dubbo artist Amanda Shepherd will enter her own artwork in the Orana Mutual Dubbo Annual Show. Photo: BELINDA SOOLEPUT a coloured pencil or brush in her hand and artist Amanda Shepherd will create a masterpiece on paper or canvas.
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An example of Amanda Shepherd’s artwork.

Examples of Amanda Shepherd’s artwork . Photos contributed

The Dubbo woman has always had a passion for art, and feels it is an accomplishment to illustrate an expression.

Ms Shepherd said she only got serious with art in the past five years and her dedication led her to submit artwork in the Orana Mutual Dubbo Annual Show.

“I love feeling that I’ve accomplished something, particularly when I draw or paint a picture,” she said.

“I have an interest in the human figure and use coloured and lead pencils, and sometimes even charcoal, to express my imagination. I like the stark contrast of the human figure in my drawings.”

She said she drew a lot of portraits, which were close to subjects of interest – many of which were from her own imagination.

“I’ll see a picture or photograph and I immediately think how I would draw and alter it. It would be entirely my interpretation,” she said.

Ms Shepherd has been involved in the Dubbo Show for a number of years but this year is broadening her expertise and has entered into portraits, contemporary drawing and still life.

“It’s a bit of a mixture this year. I’ve never entered still life before. I was going to do it last year but I was getting ready for an exhibition at the time.

“Fresh Arts (the exhibition) is on a little later this year which has opened me up to enter more categories at the show,” she said.

Ms Shepherd will compete in the three categories this weekend at the Orana Mutual Dubbo Annual Show.

In the painting section, she will enter work for the portrait and contemporary categories.

In the drawing section, she will enter work for animals/birds, portrait, still life and contemporary categories.

She is required to draw or paint to any medium. For painting, a medium is defined as collage, pastel, gouache, oil, water and acrylic.

For drawing, a medium is defined as pencil, conte, pastel, oil pastel, pen and ink, and felt pen.

The prize money for the champion painting or drawing is $25 and was donated by the Dubbo Arts and Crafts Society.

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Bike race to bring benefits

Blayney Shire Council’s representative on the B2B Cycle race held two Sundays ago – Cr Shane Oates – said he is keen to ensure local businesses benefit more from the annual event in future.
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About 3000 riders took part in the 21 April challenge, converging on the city from as far afield as Western Australia, Queensland, Victoria and throughout NSW.

Mr Oates said he hopes to continue being Blayney council’s representative for the organising committee – last month’s was his first as part of that committee.

“I’ve spoken to businesses in Blayney about the B2B and will be shortly speaking to hotels/models to get their feedback.

“I would like the B2B committee could consider for future years to propose how Blayney businesses can be more involved,” he said.

Local cafe owners, who did not wish to be named, said they had been “encouraged” to open on the day of the event in anticipation of crowds – race participants and their supporters, families and other visitors. The cafe owners had put on more staff and ordered more food supplies, but had mixed trading results.

One cafe owner raised concerns about an out-of-town coffee truck which the organisers had reportedly hired to serve participants before and soon after the start of the race.

Cr Oates said: “There were a lot of people about. The coffee [truck] used, I Spy, gives a certain percentage of their takings to Rotary – it’s not just profit,” he said.

The annual B2B raises around $50,000 for headspace and other charities. The organising committee is made up of volunteers from the

youth mental health foundation, as well as Rotary Club of Bathurst Daybreak, nab, and the Bathurst and Blayney councils.

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