Monkeys rip into Christmas: photos

Wednesday, 15. August 2018

Brown Capuchin monkeys at Hunter Valley Zoo discovering Christmas treats. Picture Peter Stoop Brown Capuchin monkeys at Hunter Valley Zoo discovering Christmas treats. Picture Peter Stoop
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Brown Capuchin monkeys at Hunter Valley Zoo discovering Christmas treats. Picture Peter Stoop

Brown Capuchin monkeys at Hunter Valley Zoo discovering Christmas treats. Picture Peter Stoop

Brown Capuchin monkeys at Hunter Valley Zoo discovering Christmas treats. Picture Peter Stoop

Brown Capuchin monkeys at Hunter Valley Zoo discovering Christmas treats. Picture Peter Stoop

Brown Capuchin monkeys at Hunter Valley Zoo discovering Christmas treats. Picture Peter Stoop

Brown Capuchin monkeys at Hunter Valley Zoo discovering Christmas treats. Picture Peter Stoop

THEY may look naughty, but Hunter Valley Zoo’s Brown Capuchin monkeys weren’t left off Santa’s Christmas list this year. The cuddly creatures were given small gifts at the Nulkaba Zoo and after tearing off the wrapping paper they found fruit and other treats. Pictures: Peter Stoop

Alex Pearce back home for Christmas

Wednesday, 15. August 2018

PASSING ON TIPS: Fremantle recruit Alex Pearce shares some footy tips at an Auskick clinic at Ulverstone last night. Picture: Jason Hollister.AN intense preseason campaign and even more intense weather are the two main challenges facing Fremantle rookie Alex Pearce after his first month of being an AFL-listed player.
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Speaking at Ulverstone yesterday where he helped conduct an Auskick clinic with 40 kids, the 18-year-old said the move from part-time to full-time footballer has been a real eye-opener in the Perth heat.

“The biggest shock has been the intensity that you have to train with all the time – everyone is 100 per cent focussed,” Pearce said.

“You always try and be intense when you play with the Mariners, Devonport or Ulverstone but it’s not quite there.

“We had a week where it was over 36 for seven days straight and they reckon it was the cool bit of summer – in January it really starts cranking up.”

Living with a host family along with fellow North-West draftee Brady Grey, Pearce said they have been made to feel welcome at the club, especially by the senior players and coach Ross Lyon, whom he describes as a totally different person to the public perception.

“Ross comes across as a bit different on television and at press conferences as a bit angry, but when you talk to him he’s really good and really big on life after football,” he said.

“He’s never gets too angry and always explains things really well.

“You can tell why he’s been such a good coach for such a long time.”

Pearce, who has already added two kilograms to his lightly-built frame, will return to the Dockers in the New Year to resume training on January 7.

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Backmarkers tipped to win carnivals

Wednesday, 15. August 2018

IT’S shaping as another season of Christmas leftovers for the front and middlemarkers at this season’s Basslink Carnival series, with backmarkers tipped to feast on the majority of riches on the track.
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A star-studded cast of riders from around the country and overseas has been assembled by organisers, meaning upset victories, starting at Latrobe on Boxing Day, could be as rare as a humorous Christmas cracker joke.

The man responsible for the line-up, cycling co-ordinator Rick Martin, said there were numerous riders who had been moved off scratch, simply to fill the holes in front of the scratchmen.

“There are a lot of riders who are on 10, 20 and 30 metres,” Martin said.

“Scott Sunderland, who is world class, is off 30m, and Franco Marvulli has been moved off scratch as well.

“It’s just to fill in the holes that have been missing from the scratchmen up to 100m.

“There’s been no one there and it needed to be tidied up a bit.”

All the riders off these marks are expected to join up quickly at the beginning of races and form a formidable chasing pack.

Martin tipped a change in racing style with such a large group, and expected 2012-2013 carnivals superstar Glenn O’Shea not to get any favours from his fellow competitors such as Alex Edmonson and Jack Bobridge.

“It could quite possibly be a different style of racing with those guys there,” Martin said.

“There’s every chance [the backmarkers will dominate], but there are some good middlemarkers coming.”

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Tumut fire victim to be autopsied

Wednesday, 15. August 2018

WAGGA LOCAL COURT
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AN AUTOPSY will be held today on the body found in the rubble of a burnt-out Tumut house on Saturday as police continue investigations into the blaze.

The badly burnt body is believed to be that of Clifford Moy, a father and grandfather who lived in the Banksia Crescent house.

But police said they could not officially identify the fire victim at this time because of the state of the body.

As investigations into the fire continue, a woman appeared in Wagga Local Court yesterday charged with breaching an apprehended violence order.

She was refused bail.

Police yesterday were not able to comment on any link between the fire and the alleged breach.

Tumut mayor, Trina Thomson, said it was an absolute tragedy at any time when someone died in a house fire, but it was particularly tragic at Christmas time.

“There is an entire community that feels for them right now,” Councillor Thomson said.

“In a community such as ours everybody feels it.”

A neighbour of the fire house told The Daily Advertiser she saw smoke coming from the side of the house and then flames as the house was engulfed just after 4.30pm on Saturday.

One man attempted to go into the house but was driven back by the intensity of the fire.

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International shipping service not viable: TT-Line

Wednesday, 15. August 2018

SHIPPING freight directly from Tasmania to overseas may never be viable.
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That is according to Spirit of Tasmania operator TT-Line.

Both sides of politics want a return of direct international shipping and the state Liberals are promising $33 million over three years to subsidise it.

However, TT-Line told the Productivity Commission: “There is little evidence that a regular direct international shipping service from Tasmania would ever be viable due to insufficient volume.”

TT-Line suggested applying the Tasmanian Freight Equalisation Scheme to all cargo from Tasmania, including cargo bound for overseas.

“In other words, treat all outbound cargo as domestic and effectively eliminate the cost disadvantage for Tasmanian exporters,” it said in its initial submission to the commission’s inquiry into Bass Strait freight and shipping.

TT-Line also requested a private meeting with the commission.

A TT-Line spokesperson said it was “standard practice for the Productivity Commission to meet privately with key stakeholders during these sorts of deliberations”.

It was not clear if the talks may include discussion of the government-owned shipper taking on extra vessels solely to carry freight.

Its submission did argue current freight services were often at capacity.

“TT-Line’s view is that there is a need for replacement or additional capacity to be added because one third of the Bass Strait fleet is more than 20 years old and is coming to the end of its working life.”

“The private sector has so far failed to invest in replacement tonnage, leaving the state extremely vulnerable to prolonged access issues due to the time required to build or procure replacement vessels.

“These factors put pressure on shipping rates and negatively impact Tasmania as a state and its businesses.”

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