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Flight Centre slip ‘n slide

09/07/2018 Posted by admin

The Flight Centre slip ‘n slideIt’s a six year tradition at Flight Centre’s head office in Brisbane that has, until this year, largely remained under wraps.

But pictures and videos of the company’s highly anticipated annual pre-Christmas office slip ‘n slide has this year gone viral, prompting just one question in office workers across the globe.

“Is this the world’s best workplace?”

The slippery, soapy tradition takes place in the Queen Street office on the last working day before each Christmas, according to group spokeswoman Kellie Carty.

“The annual slip ‘n slide is a tradition in our head office and has been running for about six years now,” she said.

“It’s a great way to end the year and come together to celebrate.”


And while footage of the festive event has been posted in previous years, it took just one picture on the online social media blog site reddit老域名 following Friday morning’s event to prompt widespread sharing on a variety of social media platforms.

An employee who wished to remain anonymous said while only a handful of employees actually took part, the company’s one thousand plus head office workers crammed onto one floor to look on.

“It’s a lot of fun and everyone loves getting into it,” she said.

“Lots of people get involved, it’s just a big tarp and people are invited to do the slip ‘n slide, it’s open to everyone in head office.

“We set it up in the morning and we do it for about half an hour.

“It’s just become a tradition, we do it every December before everyone takes off on holidays.”

The employee said there was an unofficial trophy for the person who managed to slide the furthest, and, after six years, many costumes were now being ergonomically designed to increase the chances of distance success, aiding the mountains of detergent placed on the tarp.

“Everyone loves it loves to watch and have a bit of a laugh,” the employee said.

“I think we all think its the best place to work. A lot of the comments on reddit were saying it’s a nice way to wind down and end the year in a relaxed and casual way.”

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Baby animals that melted Queensland hearts in 2014

09/07/2018 Posted by admin

Two giraffes, Tulip and Lily, were born at Australia Zoo this year. Photo: Australia ZooIt’s that time of the year when baby animals are popping out and the rest of us are so frazzled that we could do with a cute animal picture break.

Luckily there have been plenty of births at Queensland’s zoos and wildlife sanctuaries this year.

Last month Brisbane Times reported the new arrival of a baby echidna to Australia Zoo.

The Beerwah zoo also welcomed Tulip and Lily into the world, two baby giraffes.

Earlier in the year Alma Park Zoo closed and moved its animals to Queensland Zoo on the Sunshine Coast, some of which were pregnant at the time.

Rosie and Clive the white ear-tufted marmosets were the first monkeys to give birth at the new zoo.

Striking albino wallaby Talula was another Alma Park expat and an adorable joey has recently been poking its head out of her pouch.

More births are anticipated at Dreamworld including bilby twins, koala joeys, a baby wombat and two Tasmanian devils arriving next week.

Also this year, Queensland’s toughest koala Timberwolf, who survived a 90km drive clinging to a car grill with just a broken toe nail, was released into the wild in August.

A surprised-looking Northern Green Jumping Spider was found in the state’s northern tropics and caught by amateur footage.

A juvenile humpback whale was stranded on a Gold Coast beach and freed after a 36-hour rescue operation.

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Family and police concerned for missing Blackwood gold prospector

09/07/2018 Posted by admin

An extensive search is being conducted in the Blackwood area for missing gold prospector Matthew Christopher Williams. PICTURE: Victoria Police

CONCERNS have been raised for a gold prospector who failed to return home for a family function on Sunday.

Matthew Christopher Williams was last seen at his Blackwood home on McLennan Street around 11am yesterday morning when he left to go prospecting in the forest surrounding Blackwood.

Up to 40 people from Victoria Police, SES, Department of Environment and Primary Industries and Parks Victoria are involved in a “significant” search for the man which continued on Monday.

He was expected to return home for a family function by 1.30pm, but has not been seen since.

It is believed the 37-year-old left the property, in a red Toyota 4Runner Surf twin cab utility with registration FNK 642.

Mr William’s ute has a distinctive ‘Destroyer 666’ sticker on the rear window.

The alarm was raised after he failed to return for a family function and emergency services conducted a search until midnight on Sunday before resuming on Monday morning.

The Victoria Police airwing and motorbike units have been called in to assist with the search.

Moorabool Police Acting Inspector Jim Lappin said Mr Williams is believed to be an experienced prospector who knows the area well and there were no concerns for the man’s health when he left home.

Investigators have released an image of Mr Williams in the hope that someone may recognise him and provide information on his current whereabouts.

He is caucasian in appearance with long brown greying hair, possibly in a pony tail and a short goatee beard.

Matthew is of medium build, has a ‘pot belly’, blue eyes and is 179cm tall.

He was last seen wearing a white T-shirt, either black jeans or shorts, blundstone elastic work boots and had a modern blue metal detector.

Matthew has a faded tattoo on one leg and both upper arms.

Police and family have concerns for Matthew as his disappearance is out of character.

The Blackwood area backs onto the Lerderderg State Park and is heavily wooded, rugged terrain.

It is popular among bushwalkers and trail-bike riders.

Anyone who sees Mr Williams or who can provide information on his whereabouts is urged to contact Triple Zero (000) immediately.

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Court battle over Arthur Pieman 4WD tracks

09/07/2018 Posted by admin

THE Tasmanian Aboriginal Centre has taken the state government to court over the reopening of four-wheel-drive tracks on the North-West.

Documents have today been filed in the Federal Court in Hobart against the Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment and Parks and Wildlife Services heads.

The state government has announced that a 40-kilometre stretch of off-road track situated close to Aboriginal heritage sites will be reopened before Christmas.

About 90 kilometres of tracks in the Arthur-Pieman Conservation Area are due to reopen this month.

The tracks were closed by the previous government to protect their Aboriginal and environmental heritage.

The Aboriginal community has alleged that no consultation had been sought by the government before the announcement.

The group has taken court action to determine if a proper assessment of the sites has been undertaken.

Braddon Liberal MHR Brett Whiteley said the state government’s decision to reopen the tracks ”went to a state election, was backed by the local aboriginal community and was backed by the Federal Minister for the Environment”.

”TAC should immediately cease its court action, listen to the local aboriginal community and let the state government get on with implementing the policies it took to the state election,” Mr Whiteley said.

Source:The Examiner

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$80,000 goes to local environmental groups

09/07/2018 Posted by admin

FOUR local groups who work to care for the land will share almost $80,000 in federal government funding.

The Nullamanna Landcare Group which will receive $19,450 to assist in reducing threat to biodiversity at Nullamanna, and the Bukkulla Landcare Group, which will receive $19,900 to assist with tree planting for shade, shelter and sanctuary.

WATER: Sarah Priest gives a bed of cabbage at the community garden a drink

The Inverell Community garden has been allocated $18,740 to assist with the learning of sustainable agriculture at the Inverell Community Garden while the South West Inverell Landcare Group will receive $19,850 for improving water quality and protecting the Myall Creek.

New England MP Barnaby Joyce and Federal Environment Minister, Greg Hunt announced the successful projects that will share in the $5 million of funding under the 25th Anniversary Landcare Grants.

“We all have a part to play in caring for the land. These projects are one way we can ensure that our agricultural practices are sustainable and our natural environment is healthy for future generations,” he said.

“It’s great to see so many Australians getting involved in projects to protect and restore their local environment.

“These grants are focused on engaging the community to deliver local projects which will have lasting benefits for the environment and productive agricultural landscapes,” he said.

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Orange CYMS step up for West Wyalong knockout in 2015

09/07/2018 Posted by admin

GOING AROUND AGAIN: CYMS captain-coach Mick Sullivan will take his side to the West Wyalong Knockout again in 2015. Photo: JUDE KEOGH 0911cyms30ORANGE CYMS will be the only Group 10 team fighting it out for the massive $8500 first prize at the 2015 West Wyalong knockout, with the list of entries for the tournament released yesterday.

The total prize pool for the 2015 Mallee Men hosted tournament is a touch over $13,000 and with some of the strongest Country Rugby League clubs entering, next year’s event is set to be one of the most exciting competitions in recent memory.

“I think it will be, we’ve had an overwhelming response for next year’s tournament,” knockout coordinator Peter Campbell said.

“Especially from Group 9, we’ve got eight of 11 first grade teams from Group 9.”

Group 9 will be represented by both of 2014’s grand finalists, South City Bulls and Albury Thunder, along with Wagga Brothers, Wagga Kangaroos, Temora Dragons, Gundagai Tigers, Junee Diesels and Tumbarumba Greens.

Group 20 is the next heavily represented, with hosts West Wyalong joined by Leeton Greens, Yenda Blueheelers and Lake Cargelligo Sharks, while Group 11’s Forbes Magpies and Group 8’s Woden Valley Rams and Queanbeyan Blues will also compete.

“We’ve also got four clubs on the stand-by list in case there are pull outs, which does happen, but not often,” Campbell said.

“Goulburn Workers are top of the list and then Dubbo Westside (Group 11), Darlington Point and Yanco Wamoon (Group 20) are also on the list should any other clubs pull out.”

CYMS skipper Mick Sullivan has made no secret of his desire for the green and golds to win a West Wyalong title, and has taken his side to the rich knockout competition each year since he took over as captain-coach.

2015 will be the club’s fifth crack at the title, with semi-final berths in 2011 and last year CYMS’ best results.

“A winner will be very hard to pick from this group,” Campbell said.

“Albury and South City have lost a few, but are good sides. West Wyalong and Lake Cargelligo played in the Group 20 grand final last year, CYMS are always up there, they just haven’t cracked a final yet.

“Forbes are supposed to be looking good and I think Temora might be a real dark horse.”

The 2015 West Wyalong knockout will be held over the weekend of February 27 and 28.

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Christmas lights support charity

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COLOUR and cheer put something in for charity this year.

SANTA IN THE STREET: Santa arrives in Miles Street in a police car on Sunday evening.

Families along Miles Street decorated their homes with Christmas lights to delight the community, and collected donations for Westpac Rescue Helicopter and the McLean Care dementia unit in the process.

Saturday night drew a total of $610 for the rescue helicopter and on Santa night (Sunday), $589.35 was collected for McLean.

McLean Care’s residential manager, Sarah Wade was present on Sunday and felt gratitude for a kind community, and thanked the street for choosing McLean this year as a charity.

“And (hope they realise) the impact that the generosity has on enabling people who live with dementia live high quality lives,” Sarah said.

Miles Street resident, Coral Whitbread is one decorator behind the event. She said Santa arrived in style in a highway patrol car and he was kept busy for about three hours. Coral said it proved another successful weekend.

“A lot of people parked and walked down with kids and grandkids and prams. And then the traffic, about 8.30, it was just bumper to bumper,” she said.

Coral has a few lolly bags left over and residents will pass them out to young Miles Street visitors as they last.

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Under 14s learn a valuable lesson

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SLAM: Jake Town on his way to an unbeaten three runs. Photo: LISA HARDWICKTHE Milton Ulladulla Ex Servos Club 2014/15 junior cricket season continued last weekend.

The under 10s had a loss to a strong Ex-Servos side, going down 14/113 to 6/144 at Lyrebird Park.

Top scorers were Ryan Gilkes with 20, Blake Halls with 13 and Ben Clough with nine.

Ben also took a great catch off Isaac King’s amazing bowling and Isaac also created a runout.

Blake (0/5) and Bryce Smith were the pick of the bowlers with Ryan taking 1/13 with the ball.

But it was the smiling assassin Isaac who had the game of the year – 4/15 with three clean bowled, and a good thing there was room for improvement in his batting, or the coach would be out of a job.

A great day and getting very competitive, even against the best and strongest of sides.

In the under 12s the Blues they had a bye this week, so there were a few kids going stir crazy at home.

They’ll be refreshed and keen for the first game back after Christmas.

The under 12 Golds were dominant against North Nowra Whites, and bowled them out for 37, and then proceeded to run the total down for the loss of no wickets.

A great team performance.

Wickets went to AJ Capagreco, Eli King, Alex Baccarini, Sam England and Kyle Geerlings.

And Mr Consistent Jake Town grabbed 2/0 in another big performance. Catches to Riley Jarrett, AJ, as well as two runouts to Eli meant that life was tough for the batters.

Alex, Caleb Kersting and Jake made short work of the total.

The 14s went down to North Nowra Maroons in a close game that left them wondering what could have been.

North Nowra with 109, very gettable runs, but Ulladulla would fall agonizingly short with Ulladulla 4/90, but then to be bowled out for 101. That’s cricket and they will be better for it in future games.

Wickets to Angus Rutherford, Bailey Tooth, Zac Jones, Alex Eggins, Max Boland and Ryan Geerlings meant it was a team performance.

Rocky Lavalle with two was the stand out with the ball.

Catches to Rocky, Brad Peek, Ryan, and Nathan Simmons.

Brad also picked up a runout, and a sharp stumping by Rocky Lavalle put Ulladulla well and truly on top.

Ulladulla batted well until the collapse.

Dale Ramsden (44), was magnificent, and Rocky Lavalle (19 ret) lead the way with Anton Carriage at six not out.

The under 16s Ulladulla scored a brilliant 2/197 with Brad Field (88 n.o) and Kyle Jarett (40 n.o) the top scorers.

Caleb Murray at 35 did a great job at opener.

The boys hit three sixes and 13 fours to rack up a tough total.

Bomaderry were bowled out for 140 with some great catching by Ethan Ford, Kyle Jarett, Lleyton Roach and two to Bethany Nielsen.

Wickets fell to Kyle, Max Eggins and Bethany, with Caleb picking up two, and if you didn’t think he had a big enough game, Brad lead the way with three wickets. A great performance by all.

The club would like to wish you all a merry Christmas.

Hopefully a new batt will be under the tree, and the runs will flow in the new year.

THE Gilkes Electrical under 10s played at Lyrebird Park on Saturday against the strong Ex-Servos.

We lost the toss and were sent in to bat and the running was good.

Isaac King and Bryce Smith put on 11 runs and really suffered from the quality of the opening bowlers.

Mia Clough and Rhys Robertson then put on 13 runs and both looked good. Mia hit some powerful shots over the top, and Rhys really started to run well.

Ryan Gilkes and Jai Halls then put on 27 runs in a wonderful partnership. Ryan was very strong, while Jai was smart with lovely running and turning over the strike.

Ben Clough and Brodie Lavington then put on 12 runs with Brodie having his first hit.

Ben was the big contributor and hit the ball around without letting the bowlers take his wicket. Brodie then backed up with Blake Halls and learned fast.

He and Blake hit 25 runs and Brodie looked at home with his running. Blake though was smart and high quality, pushing the ball around and yet put the bad ones to the fence.

Great job guys – 85 runs and if there was one bad side of the innings it was the 14 wickets we lost that kept down our total.

Too many runouts and easy wickets, for without them a great score and very competitive.

Blake (0/5) got us off to a great start, and Rhys (0/20) is working hard on his bowling. Captain Jai (0/15) has figures that do not show how well he bowled. Lovely flight and length.

Brodie (0/20) bowled well in his first game.

But it was Isaac (4/15) who was outstanding with three clean bowleds and a great catch by Ben.

Zac, just to top off an ordinary performance by the smiling assassin, ran out another batter as well.

What a game for Kingy.

Mia (0/21) bowled very well and was smashed about in her last over by the Ex-Servos big hitter. But she should be happy with her accuracy.

Ben (0/19) was consistent and continues to be a big player in the side, and this lifted Ryan Gilkes (1/13) to keep it tight with the ball. But Bryce (0/11) was unplayable with his floating deliveries that mystified the batsmen.

Back this up with great wicketkeeping and Bryce would be very impressed with himself.

Ex-Servos are too big and powerful for us at the moment, but the improvement from us is out of sight and we are a competitive side now.

If we cut out the easy wickets batting, and a few less byes, and we can defeat any side now.

Good luck and merry Christmas to you all.

Bakers Delight player of the game was Blake Halls.

ON FIRE: Under 12’s Golds’ Caleb Kersting smashes the ball on his way to top score with an unbeaten eight runs. Photo LISA HARDWICK

A DAY of changing fortunes for the under 14s as we travelled to Cambewarra to take on the mighty North Nowra Maroons.

After winning the toss and bowling, Angus R. (1/3) was his usual deadly accurate self, putting the ball on the spot every time.

Scoring off Angus is almost impossible and he is the perfect opening bowler.

At the other end Bailey T. (1/12) kept the batsmen guessing with his variety in pace and bounce.

With the Norths batters starting to score more freely the ball went to that man Zac Jones (1/15), who didn’t disappoint.

A beautifully flighted delivery drew the batsman out of his crease and Rocky did the rest behind the stumps.

From there everyone contributed with Nathan S. (0/10), Matt W. (0/5), Alex E. (1/8), Anton C. (0/12), Max B. (1/11) and Ryan G. (1/14) all either taking wickets or keeping it tight.

Brad P. was exceptional in the field, taking a good catch and getting a run out with a super throw from the deep.

Rocky finished off the innings with a sharp caught and bowled and then a clean bowled to close out Norths at 109 – an achievable target (or so we thought).

In reply the Ulladulla boys started a little nervously against some quality bowling.

Ryan G. was just starting settle in when he copped one on the body and then had the castle collected with the next ball.

Ryan is a top quality opening bat and a big score is not far away.

At the other end Nathan was his usual dependable self, taking his time and working the ball into the gaps.

Alex E. (4) was also batting with good control and taking the runs on offer without unnecessary risks.

Eventually Alex got a good nut on the stumps and Nathan (7) was unluckily, run out backing up at the non-strikers end.

This brought Rocky and Dale R. together, who set about building a great partnership showing excellent patience and understanding in their running between wickets.

After Rocky was retired on 19, Dale kept up the pressure in a good partnership with Brad (7).

Sensing the need to increase the run rate, Dale really opened the shoulders and started smashing the ball to all parts of the ground.

The fielders were helpless with overthrows and missed chances going begging making for an entertaining period for the crowd.

Eventually Dale rode his luck once too often and was well caught for a fantastic 44.

There is a 50 coming soon for Dale, who now has two scores in the 40s to his name.

From there things went a bit pear shaped for our boys with Anton (6 n.o) running out of partners with the finish line in sight.

Ulladulla all out for 101 and a missed opportunity.

But once again, a valuable lesson learnt.

We will be back next year all the better for the experience.

Thanks coach Tony and merry Christmas everyone.

ULLADULLA played its seventh round of the year, a one day fixture, against Bomaderry at Artie Smith Oval.

The toss was won by Bomaderry and they sent Ulladulla United into bat their allocated 30 overs.

Caleb and Max opened the batting and got Ulladulla off to a solid start before Max was caught for eight with the score on 36.

Bradley joined Caleb, who was starting to go after the bowling attack, and together they played aggressively and sensibly to accelerate the score. Caleb was next to go for a solid 35 runs including one four, with the score on 85.

Kyle joined Bradley and together they plundered the attack.

Bradley in particular showed his immense power and stroke-play to hit nine fours and two sixes in an innings of 88, which demonstrated his patience in waiting for the loose ball, and then putting it away.

Kyle made 40 runs with three fours and one six and he demonstrated his talents and stroke-play as well.

Bomaderry just could not get them out and they both remained undefeated when the innings closed at 2/197 – a fantastic performance.

The bowling and fielding performance to defend the total was also excellent.

Caleb was his usual self collecting 2/26 off four overs, Kyle got 1/11 off four economical overs, Bethany got 1/9 off one over, Max 1/0 off one ball, but the star of the show was Bradley with 3/24 off four overs.

The catch of the day went to Ethan, who was wicketkeeping, when Bomaderry’s top scorer top edged one into the stratosphere and from all reports he had a conversation with the fine leg Bethany about who was going to take it.

Apparently he just managed to hold onto it in the tips of his fingers and stopped the dangerous Eldred, who was on 69 at the time.

Bethany took two fine catches and Kyle one also.

Bomaderry was all out for 140 in just over 21 overs.

Fantastic application and teamwork by all the players and a great way to finish the year and on top of the under 16 ladder.

Thanks to Miyage San Greco the cricket whisperer and legendary umpire for all that you do for the players, especially the laughs.

To all the players and their families we wish you a merry Christmas and a prosperous and safe new year.

Train hard over the break, especially you bowlers, and get back to training on January 16 for the first game the next day January 17 at Lighthouse Oval.

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2014 Horsham Santa Day RacesPhotos

09/07/2018 Posted by admin

2014 Horsham Santa Day Races | Photos COLOURFUL: Emma Nikkerud, Chelase Hawkes and Lisa Groennou relax at the races.

DAY OUT: Kate Clark enjoys some time out with her children Ava and Lenny at the Santa Day Races.

FUN IN THE SUN: Belinda Nurse and Julie Blake at the Santa Day Races at Horsham Racecourse.

BET TIME: Ash Webb, Tim Nurse and Anthony Blake study the form guide at Sunday’s Santa Day Races. Pictures: PAUL CARRACHER

FESTIVE: Kevin Walsh and his grandson Ethan Worthy get into the Christmas spirit at the Santa Day Races in Horsham.

JOLLY: Toby Walter does his take on Santa Claus at the races in Horsham.

DRESSY: Brittany Klemm, Georgia Hoskins, Elisabeth Craig, Kylie Hermans, Jasmine Shaw and Lauren Walter frock up for Horsham’s Santa Day Races on Sunday. Pictures: PAUL CARRACHER

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All 16 places filled for West Wyalong knockout

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GOING AGAIN: Leeton takes on Albury Thunder at this year’s West Wyalong knockout at Ron Crowe Oval. Both teams have been confirmed as two of the 16 starters for next year’s event. Picture: Daisy HuntlyRUGBY LEAGUE

THE field for the annual West Wyalong knockout is complete.

An extremely strong response has all 16 places booked by Christmas and even one club has been placed on “stand by” after narrowly missing out.

Group Nine clubs will make up half of the knockout with Brothers, Junee and Tumbarumba snapping up three of the remaining eight spots that were available.

Leeton, Yenda and Tullibigeal Lakes United (TLU) added some Group 20 presence, while Group 10 club Orange CYMS and Group 11’s Forbes Magpies will return to the knockout.

Goulburn Workers are on stand by should any club pull out.

There will be $13,000 in prizemoney up for grabs at the two-day knockout and West Wyalong official Peter Campbell has been rapt with the response from club for next year’s event.

“This is again a very strong group of clubs to fight out the 2015 event and particularly a great turn out of Group Nine clubs,” Campbell said.

“It may seem crazy to be talking rugby league at Christmas, but, kick off is just 10 weeks away.

“Bring it on.”

The knockout will be conducted over the weekend of February 27 and 28.

Group Nine clubs will be looking to build on its formidable record at the knockout in recent times.

Group Nine clubs have won seven of the past eight finals.

Albury Thunder will return to defend its crown next year.

West Wyalong Knockout 2015

Group Nine: Southcity, Gundagai, Temora, Kangaroos, Albury, Brothers, Junee, Tumbarumba

Group 10: Orange CYMS

Group 11: Forbes Magpies

Group 20: West Wyalong, Leeton, Yenda, Tullibigeal Lakes United

Canberra: Woden Valley, Queanbeyan Blues

First reserve: Goulburn Workers

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