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Bad boys team again for world championships

The men’s 4×100 metre freestyle relay team central to the Stilnox bonding session controversy before last year’s Olympic Games is set to be reunited for the world championships, and will be looking to re-establish itself as the world’s best, according to two of its members.
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James Magnussen and James Roberts, speaking after they qualified fastest and 10th for Wednesday night’s national 50 metre freestyle semi-finals, said they were eager to prove that last year’s flop in London, when as world champions and pre-race favourites they finished out of the medals, was just a bad night.

Five of the six swimmers who were disciplined for their bad behaviour at a pre-Olympic Games camp in Manchester qualified for the relay squad by finishing in the top six places of the 100 metre freestyle final of the national titles on Tuesday night. They will team up for the world championships that will start in Barcelona in July.

Eamon Sullivan did not swim as he has taken the year off to recover from a shoulder injury, with Matt Abood the new face.

While Swimming Australia chief executive Michael Scott has indicated that selectors may not chose all eligible swimmers for relay squads, the core of the Olympic relay team will be there and Roberts said they had something to prove.

“We want nothing more… to prove not only to ourselves but to everyone else that we’re up there with the best,” Roberts said.

“I’m really happy to secure that relay spot. The other guys are swimming great and especially it’s awesome to see (Cameron) McEvoy (who came second in the 100 freestyle) come along so far.

“We want nothing more than to get on with the job. It was always going to be a tough few months but I think everyone’s come out really well and the team as a whole is swimming fantastically at this meet.”

Magnussen said he was impressed that his relay teammates had been able to overcome the controversy and swim strongly in Adelaide.

“I think that was one of the real positives out of it that everyone in that team was able to put the past behind them and be able to get out there and do the job on the night,” Magnussen said.

“I think it’s really impressive especially for a young guy like Cam (McEvoy). You put most 18-year-olds in that situation and they’ll probably walk away from the sport, but he’s turned around and had a massive week here and obviously moved on from that quicker than any of us. It’s great that all the guys have turned things around.”

As for the 50 freestyle, Magnussen believed Thursday night’s final would be a blanket finish.

“I don’t know if I can go as quick as I did last year … it may not be as fast as last year, so it will be touch and go between probably about five of us I reckon,” Magnussen said.

In other results, Belinda Hocking was the fastest qualifier for the 200 backstroke semi-finals in two minutes 10.60, Christopher Wright is the fastest from the 100 butterfly heats in 52.59, and Alicia Coutts was the fastest qualifier for the 50 butterfly semi-finals in 27.47. Katie Goldman was the fastest qualifier for Thursday night’s 800 final in 8:33.03.

Daniel Fox (S14) and Taylor Corry (S14) were the fastest qualifiers for the men’s and women’s 100 freestyle multi-class finals respectively.

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Industry joins China project

A PROJECT to get wild caught Australian abalone into the Chinese abalone market has entered its third phase.
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The China Project, which was launched in 2009 by Abalone Council Australia and the Seafood CRC, focused on expanding the footprint of wild caught abalone from Australia in the emerging Chinese market.

South Australian Abalone Industry Association president Jonas Woolford said the project had been exciting and it was starting to go ahead.

“We have now launched what could be seen as the third stage to the project,” he said.

“It is in fact a new project in that we are now working with Australian rock lobster because we are both exporting premium Australian seafood, accessing the same Chinese market and experiencing the same challenges.

“This is a first in that Australian abalone and rock lobster industries have spent the last eight months drawing together their experience of exporting to China from over the last 20 years to come up with a plan to work with the Australian and Chinese governments to facilitate, support and expand the legitimate direct trade platform to China.”

Mr Woolford said the project had also highlighted that there were big gaps in the supply chain.

“If we are to supply this new market with our premium Australian Wild Abalone then we need to sure up the direct trade platform with China,” he said. Through the project, the China Trade Reference Group has been formed and has been meeting in Canberra to meet with various ministers and the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

Mr Woolford said the reference group had met with prime minister Julia Gillard and Trade Minister Dr Craig Emerson before they made their trip to China in March.

“Both industries have been working on strengthening the direct trade to China and have invested over $5 million in cash and in kind contributions over the last few years,” he said.

“On current Australian government statistics for 2010-11, abalone and rock lobster exports to China contributed $372.8 million direct benefit to the economy across the supply chain, with a major benefit to regional communities.

Mr Woolford said the current political climate was right in both Australia and China to act.

“Our trading partners are asking us for support to have safe and secure access to our products,” he said.

“Our industries are building the foundations for long term results for all food industries in Australia and China.”

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Role of parents is a key factor in literacy debate

ONE issue that often dominates educational debate in Dubbo and other areas of NSW is the standard of literacy teaching and learning in schools.
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It’s recently been stated that as many as 30 per cent of Australian students leave school functionally illiterate in their first language, English.

Of course, there have always been such students. But in recent decades, the problem has become more pronounced.

Even if the current estimate of 30 per cent is overstated, there can be no doubt that the level is far too excessive.

In fact, it could be argued that even one student leaving school devoid of adequate functional literacy is excessive.

The main reason usually put forward for this deficiency is the absence of phonics’ teaching, the explicit instruction to children on how to link sounds to the letters in the conventional English-language alphabet. One comment often made is “why don’t they teach phonics in the schools any more?” Well actually they do, at least in those around Dubbo.

A small article recently published in London’s The Times newspaper about modern affluent Norwegian society, provides vital perspectives on literacy teaching in Australia.

This opinion piece related the exodus of oil-rich Norwegians for their Easter holidays, well before most of the world started theirs. Four decades of wealthy income has apparently created a Scandinavian population that doesn’t take kindly to a long working week.

Six years ago, I lived in Norway and worked at a Norwegian independent school, and can certainly testify that a little pampering is sometimes apparent in their society.

Taking into account the fact that lucrative oil resources have been at their disposal since around 40 years ago, then today’s Norwegian parents of school-age students have had most of that period to enjoy an extremely well-off lifestyle.

And their children, today’s school students, have known no other existence than very comfortable affluence.

But these students do often have a very high standard of English literacy in read, spoken and written language.

Significantly, this considerable expertise had been achieved in their second language.

Although my Norwegian school was a fully English-speaking institution, its students’ proficiency in the language was generally consistent throughout Norway.

The students’ excellent use of English as their second language suggests that the same standard should prevail in Australia.

The fact that it apparently doesn’t, according to relevant observers such as employees, is not only a cause for great concern regarding Australia’s future, but demands a clear explanation for this deficiency.

It’s often stated that in decades past, a new way of teaching literacy, using the whole text language context approach, was instituted rather than phonics-based teaching.

This factor is seen as the major cause of the problem. But with phonics being taught today, then it’s time to look at a generational issue.

A crucial element in children’s literacy has always been the contribution of parents at home. Arguably, many of today’s parents have come out of that era when phonics received far less priority in schools.

Therefore, they may have their own literacy struggles, which impact on the ability to help their children, today’s current students.

Contemporary Norwegian parents might often be financially comfortable, but at some time, many of them became fluent in English as a second language.

This proficiency has been passed on to their children, combined with the learning of English from an early age in Norway’s schools.

It should be an example to educationalists attempting to deal with too many students’ current lack of functional literacy in Australia.

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Cyber scare: restaurant CCTV streamed on web

Footage from the Three Chefs restaurant’s security camera streams live over the internet yesterday.Source: The Daily Advertiser
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Peepingtoms, thieves or anyone with a web connection could be watching your private moments at home or work.

As break-and-enters in Wagga skyrocket, many residents have rushed to install security cameras to feel safer and deter thieves.

But this could come at the price of becoming a live peep show on the internet.

That’s because many people don’t realise they need password protection when installing cameras themselves.

This was the case for Wagga restaurant Three Chefs.

The Daily Advertiserwas able to watch them hard at work yesterday on 10 security cameras placed throughout the restaurant.

One camera was directed over the cash register, another in the kitchen and others showed customers sitting at tables.

Owner Karl Kelly said he had become aware of the issue recently after someone called him about it.

By late last night he had put in place passwords to restrict access to the live footage.

He said it did concern him that anyone could be watching.

“We put them all in ourselves and installed a few different types,” he said.

“They’re sensor motion detector ones.

“We have a mix of wireless ones and fixed cameras that were already here.”

Mr Kelly said he had a Samsung phone and had used it to access the footage on a web browser.

Noting the restaurant had nothing to hide, Mr Kelly said his main concern was that people could watch the staff close at night.

“We often show the chefs working in the kitchen on the big screen in the restaurant anyway,” he said.

“It is a bit weird and, ultimately, we put this security in for the safety of the staff so we will be putting passwords in because you don’t know who could be watching.”

Owner of Wilsec Security Services in Wagga, Chris Wilson, said it was common for cheap security systems to be bought over the internet or at certain retail stores.

“There are a lot of cheap systems being promoted out there and people can look at (the footage) on their mobile,” he said.

“Normally you have to set up a password and a static IP for a wireless IP camera, but many people don’t realise.

“Technology is changing all the time and there is that move across from analogue to digital.”

Mr Wilson said it was important residents and businesses knew whether their system was secure because of the potential for credit card fraud and identity theft.

He said this could be done by contacting an IT expert, a security company or the retailer for information.

Workshops aim to give farmers a legal leg-up

Throughout May and June, NSW Farmers’ industrial relations team will be running a series of workshops across the state specifically for the dairy industry.
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The workshops will be a useful opportunity for dairy farmers to get a greater understanding of their employer obligations under law as well as strategies for effective workplace relations.

The workshops will cover in detail provisions of the Pastoral Award, as well as discussing employment lifecycle, performance management, tips to minimise risks when executing a termination of employment, the Fair Work Act 2009 as well as recent developments in workplace relations law.

NSW Farmers’ Industrial Relations Manager Gracia Kusuma said busy farmer operators often found it difficult to stay abreast of the many legislative requirements placed on them as employers.

“Knowledge and understanding is critical when it comes to workplace relations. It ensures that farmers are well equipped to effectively manage their workforce,” she said.

“These workshops are part of NSW Farmers’ ongoing strategy to provide practical benefits and on-going support to members which is aimed at empowering them to elevate the productivity of their farm enterprise.”

The workshops are free for members of NSW Farmers with non-members being charged a small fee. Register online via our website, email [email protected]南京夜网.au or call (02) 9478 100.

NSW Farmers industrial relations workshops to run across NSW

Workshop locations:

o Wagga Wagga – Wednesday May 1 – 10am at Wagga RSL Club

o Finley – Thursday May 2 – 10am at Finley Returned Soldiers Club

o Singleton – Thursday May 9 – 10am at Singleton Diggers

o Wingham – Monday May 13 – 10am at Wingham Golf Club

o Lismore – Wednesday May 15 – 10am at Lismore Workers Sports Club

o Bellingen – Thursday May 16 – 10am at Bellingen Golf Club

o Tamworth – Monday May 20 – 10am at Tamworth Golf Club

o Parkes – Thursday May 30 – 10am at Parkes Service Club

o Bega – Tuesday June 4 – 10.30am at Bega Cheese Training Centre

o Bodalla – Tuesday June 4 – 7pm at Bodalla Arms Hotel

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