September, 2019

Governor-General opens new era in education at Sheldon CollegeVideo

Australia’s Governor-General Sir Peter Cosgrove addresses the audience before the opening of the Sheldon College $15 million Learning and Innovation for a New Queensland education centre on Friday. Photo Chris McCormack Sheldon College on Friday unveiled its new, $15 million education centre in a ceremony attended by Australia’s Governor-General Sir Peter Cosgrove and his wife Lady Lynne Cosgrove.
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Called the LINQ (Learning and Innovation for a New Queensland) Precinct, the state-of-the-art facility provides students with a globally-connected, digital learning environment and opportunities to become Australia’s innovators and entrepreneurs of the future.

Built over two storeys, the LINQ Precinct, with robotics, engineering and computer-aided design labs and a fully-functional workshop plus lecture theatre, an industry-standard film and television studio and accompanying editing suites, enables students to progress a project from original design concept to production, marketing and dispatch.

VIDEO: An extract from the Governor-General Sir Peter Cosgrove’s speech. In his address to parents, students, and invited guests and dignitaries, Sir Peter said the precinct would be “one of the most outstanding educational facilities in the nation”.

He said the learning opportunities of the kind available through the LINQ Precinct were “vital for the future of young Australians and the future of Australia”.

“There is no doubt that this new LINQ Precinct is a wonderful, new facility and an important addition to Sheldon College, on the leading edge of education in Australia, and a very great credit to the school community,” he said.

Sheldon College founder and principal Dr Lyn Bishop said students were excited and enthusiastic about the new facility.

“They love it because they control the learning agenda with the teacher acting as facilitator and co-learner,” Dr Bishop said.

“We are providing them with the necessary skills that they need in order to become worthwhile and contributing members of their society.”

Australia’s Governor-General Sir Peter Cosgrove and Sheldon College Board Chairman Don Seccombe move to the Sheldon College $15 million Learning and Innovation for a New Queensland education centre on Friday. Photo Chris McCormack

Dr Bishop said parents of the college had also enquired about adult education classes at the facility.

“They want to come in and learn how to prototype, engage in robotics, and develop computer-aided design and video production skills,” she said.

“Many of these parents have never had these opportunities in their own education.

“The future may well see students and parents working together in a mutually stimulating learning environment.”

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2015 Forth Valley Blues Festival | Photos About 2500 people celebrated the 18th birthday of the Forth Valley Blues Festival. Picture: Geoff Robson
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About 2500 people celebrated the 18th birthday of the Forth Valley Blues Festival. Picture: Geoff Robson

About 2500 people celebrated the 18th birthday of the Forth Valley Blues Festival. Picture: Geoff Robson

About 2500 people celebrated the 18th birthday of the Forth Valley Blues Festival. Picture: Geoff Robson

About 2500 people celebrated the 18th birthday of the Forth Valley Blues Festival. Picture: Geoff Robson

About 2500 people celebrated the 18th birthday of the Forth Valley Blues Festival. Picture: Geoff Robson

About 2500 people celebrated the 18th birthday of the Forth Valley Blues Festival. Picture: Geoff Robson

About 2500 people celebrated the 18th birthday of the Forth Valley Blues Festival. Picture: Geoff Robson

About 2500 people celebrated the 18th birthday of the Forth Valley Blues Festival. Picture: Geoff Robson

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Paech takes reins at BJC

NEW ERA: New Bendigo Jockey Club CEO Jason Paech with BJC chairman Brendan Drechsler and trainer Danny Curran. Picture: PETER WEAVINGIT’s beenan auspicious start to new Bendigo Jockey Club chief executive officer Jason Paech’s tenure.
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Mr Paech was at the helm of the club for just two weeks when Danny Curran-trained filly The Big Dance – bought for just $750 – steamed home to win the$250,000 VOBIS Gold Rush at the Golden Mile raceday on Saturday.

He said racing didn’t get any better.

“For this to come through is such a romantic story,” he said.

“It’s what racing is all about.

“This is going to put Bendigo as a club and as a training centre in the headlines.”

He said the Golden Mile meet was an “unreal” way to start his time as CEO.

“It’s a great time to see how they do it here and what goes on,” he said.

“It’s a very proud moment because this is one of only two standalone Saturday metropolitan meetings in Victoria.”

Mr Paech said he was impressed by the standard of racing in Bendigo.

“This is as good as any meeting you’ll see outside of autumn or spring carnival anywhere in Victoria,” he said.

“Bendigo has always had a reputation as being a great club.

“It”s got a great track; one of the best tracks in Australia. There are probably half a dozen racetracks in Australia outside of the cities where their reputations precede them and Bendigo is right up there.”

Previously operations manager at Adelaide’s Morphettville Racecourse, Mr Paech said he was looking forward to the new challenge in Bendigo.

He said he planned to build on the already successful Bendigo Cup meet.

“BendigoCup is a very big meeting;not just for Bendigo but in the context of racing in Victoria,” he said.

“It’s just got group three status which makes it even more prestigious than it already was and now it’s a qualifying race for the Melbourne Cup as well.

“We want to make that as big and strong as we possibly can for Bendigo.”

He said he also hoped to help improve the Golden Mile meet.

“This meeting we can grow as well, both in terms of the crowd and the quality of the horses. It’s going from strength to strength every year,” he said.

Mr Paech said he and his family were looking forward to enjoying all the advantages of life in Bendigo.

“Bendigo in general is a great sporting city and racing is a part of that sporting culture,” he said.

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It’s a small world after all

Emma Strybis, learns ‘it’s a small world after all’ after losing and finding her iPhone in an unlikely way.
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The couple that picked up Emma’s iPhone had a special connection to her family. Pictured: Bev.

IN this day and age, losing a phone can feel like losing a limb.

Yesterday Emma Strybis of Taree experienced this feeling first hand.

“I lost my iPhone 6near the roundabout on Manning Street,” said Emma.

“I thought it was gone for good after searching and asking in all the shops.

“We called my phone a few times then on our last try a man picked up.”

The man that answered the phone call had spotted the phone in the gardenjust outside the Manning River Times building.

He picked it up to get it out of the rain.

“He and his wife were in a motor home all the way from Western Australia,” continued Emma.

“When we knocked on their door we were met with a big hug from his wife and a God bless you from her too!

“I thought my luck had run out for sure.”

The couple behind the good deed was Hilton and Bev Dunn, from Western Australia.

Emmathanked them on popular Facebook page ‘You’re from TAREEif …….’,”as they made her year”.

Upon telling her mother about the story, her mother said she knew the couple in a special way.

“She told me that a couple named Bev and Hilton used to be locals but moved to WA”

As it turned out “Bev was the singer in the band that played at my mum’s wedding!”

Other members of the band that played at Emma’s mum’s wedding.

On the same Facebook post Emma was able to confirm by relatives of the pair,thatit was indeed the same couple.

The post has now reached 492 likes, with one commentersaying “Restores your faith in humanity,doesn’t it?”

A picture of Emma’s mum and dad on their wedding day in 1975.

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NSW state election 2015: Baird dismisses inquiry into UBS report changes as an ‘election stunt’

“We are happy to stand on our record”: Premier Mike Baird. Photo: Edwina PicklesPremier Mike Baird has dismissed a parliamentary inquiry into allegations his government sought to revise an investment bank report on the government’s contentious power privatisation plans as a pre-election “stunt”.
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UBS, one of two banks handling the proposed electricity network sell-off for the government, said in an initial report the sale would damage the budget in the long term due to the loss of billions of dollars in dividends and other payments.

But the investment bank – which stands to benefit by earning millions of dollars in fees if the transaction proceeds after the March 28 election – reissued the report on Wednesday with an addendum removing a statement the transaction was “bad for the budget”.

Mr Baird has admitted his staff called UBS after the initial report was released but he says the bank was already changing the report.

Labor has said it will join forces with the Greens and Shooters and Fishers Party MPs in the state’s upper house to force an upper house inquiry into the incident immediately after the March 28 election.

Mr Baird dismissed the moves on Saturday, saying: “We’re in an election campaign and I understand that people will pull election stunts.

“That’s just the usual colour and movement. They can pull whatever stunts they want to pull, we are very happy to stand on our record of what we’ve achieved and importantly what we want to do for this state.”

The incident is an unwelcome distraction for the NSW Liberal Party and the first real hit to Mr Baird’s reputation during the election campaign, as it enters its crucial final week.

Asked whether voters could take him on trust, Mr Baird said: “I can understand why the Labor Party is concerned about trust.

“They are putting forward [anti-power privatisation] campaigns that their own side is saying are bald-faced lies, whether it be Martin Ferguson, whether it be Paul Keating.

“Nobody can believe a word they are saying, they’re being caught out and what we’re doing is fighting for the people of NSW with a plan that puts downward pressure on network prices and builds the infrastructure we need and grows the economy by 120,000 jobs.”

Asked who in his office contacted UBS, Mr Baird said: “I’ve answered this a couple of days ago. Yes, there was contact, UBS was aware of the errors in the report that they themselves identified and were already fixing.

“They made an assumption that the economy wasn’t growing, so that modelling wasn’t included as part of the analysis. They identified it, they addressed it, they made a statement about it, it’s time to move on.”

He denied the report was changed as a result of the phone call. “That’s not the case. I’ll say it again today. They identified it, they have responded and importantly it reflects the growing economy,” Mr Baird said.

Shadow treasurer Michael Daley wrote to the Australian Securities and Investments Commission chairman, Greg Medcraft, on Thursday over the UBS controversy.

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