Stage set for annual French Film Festival

THANK-YOU to all who helped run and promote our French Film Festival last weekend.
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The festival was a great success. Numbers for each movie were: Farewell My Queen 53, Granny’s Funeral 71, Haute Cuisine 88 and Happiness Never Comes Alone 77.

Patrons were all happy and enjoyed the films so much they suggested it should be an annual event.

Cilla Kinross’s opening speech was excellent and very well researched.

Peter Bilenkij’s presentation on the history of film’s run in Orange and the early film society was also excellent and brought back fond memories.

President Lisa Baillie, cooked up some delicious food and also acted as MC.

Thanks to Stockman’s Ridge for providing wines on our opening day.

Thank-you also to the Odeon 5 Cinemas staff who were most helpful beforehand and over the weekend.

Thanks also to Lithgow Valley Movie Club for their congratulations and memento for the occasion.

Not forgetting Bob Parr of Wallis Cinema who organised all the bookings for us.

Elaina Neville,

Orange Film Society

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Falling back on a caring community

LAST Saturday I had a very nasty fall crossing Summer Street.
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I would like to express my overwhelming gratitude to all those people who came to my rescue and stopped me getting killed by oncoming cars.

In particular, I would like to thank Matt, a nurse from the emergency department at Orange hospital, who quietly and calmly took charge, and Jessica who, with great driving skill, avoided me and was very shaken up but stayed and assisted along with Matt until the ambulance arrived. Also thank-you to the young woman who phoned and cancelled appointments I had that morning.

Also thanks to the ambulance officers for their care and& commitment and the dedicated staff at Orange hospital.

The best part is it is great to know we live in a community with such capable, caring people.

Wendy Eggleton,

Orange

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Chapel Street: Vision for the future

Daunting population estimates have prompted a City of Stonnington campaign to introduce permanent planning controls on Chapel Street.
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Stonnington Council’s Chapel reVision Structure Plan Draft was tabled at the last council meeting and calls for decreased building height limits at the low-lying Windsor end of Chapel Street, Greville Street, along Chapel Street and Toorak Road in South Yarra.

Building height limits on High Street, Prahran, will be increased and existing height limits at the Jam Factory, the Prahran Market and at Prahran’s Horace Petty public housing estate will be capped.

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The City’s bid to stunt growth in some areas and encourage growth in others comes as interim planning controls for the Chapel precinct are set to expire on October 31.

Stonnington Mayor Matthew Koce said the planning controls, which will be presented to the state planning minister, aim to improve liveability and accommodate a dramatic population and employment boost.

“The controls will direct higher buildings to certain areas within the centre, while directing lower building heights to sensitive locations such as Chapel Street in Windsor and Greville Street in Prahran,” Cr Koce said.

“This high level of development must be strictly managed in order to respect the essence of what makes the area so popular.”

But building heights are only part of the council’s plan to overhaul the Chapel Street precinct.

Shared pedestrian/vehicle zones with speed limits of 10km/h, right-hand turns banned between Toorak and Commercial Road, tram priority signals and “superstops” similar to High Street, Northcote, are all possibilities identified in the Chapel reVision Plan.

Paid and shortened on street car parking beyond 6pm to relieve the precinct’s exacerbated traffic conditions, multi-directional pedestrian crossings and a north-south bicycle route alongside the Sandringham train line are also on the cards.

According to a transport report tabled with the Chapel reVision plan, the Chapel Street precinct will accommodate 9200 workers and house an additional 6500 local residents by 2031.

The report estimates an additional train service carrying 500 passengers and four trams carrying a total of 450 passengers will be required by 2031.

Cr Koce said community consultation on Chapel reVision and the subsequent Chapel Street Masterplan, which is also still in draft stage, will continue.

“The Masterplan will guide the upgrades and new projects occurring along Chapel Street, and its aims are consistent with, and feed directly from, the vision and outcomes of Chapel reVision,” Mr Koce said.

For a full list of the proposed changes to the Chapel Street precinct go towww.stonnington.vic.gov.au

Woolworths a top-shelf store

IT’S no surprise to me that North Orange Woolies has been named “best Woolworths NSW and ACT”.
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There are no parking problems, the staff are all very helpful, convenient location, free trolleys etc. Congratulations Woolworths.

Jeff Whitton, do you really think that Bunnings is the only attraction at the Homemaker Centre?

Maybe council can now attract another big player like Spotlight or Anaconda or Barbeques Galore or Freedom or Target or Fantastic Furniture to fill the space.

Even though Orange is a centre for shopping and services, people do still need to leave town to shop.

We don’t have it all just yet.

Neina Campbell,

Orange

WINNING WAYS: Woolworths produce manager Daniel Burns, service manager Corinne Hill and manager Tony Downing celebrate after the store is named the best Woolworths in NSW and ACT. Photo: STEVE GOSCH 0812sgwoolies1

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Sisters doing it for themselves

Helena Carr-McEwen, Shay Cubby, Tearni Andrew, Shania Kilby, Tharni-Jo Parkinson, Kieah Hill, Kyra Gibson, Kyla Lake and Kitana Ritchie celebrate the completion of the Shine Sista Girls Program. Photo: BELINDA SOOLEA GROUP of teenage girls from Dubbo who were quiet in their hopes and dreams just weeks ago now have plenty to say.
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They will talk about a future in the navy or as a nurse or other careers and they will ask questions to help them make the tough decisions in life.

The Aboriginal students found their voice as they progressed through the Shine Sista Girls Program.

The changes in attitude during the 13 weeks of meeting together were remarkable, their impressed leaders reported.

“The way that they look at themselves is changing, I think they have so much more confidence than… that first week,” said Mel Fernando from the Western NSW Local Health District’s (LHD) Women’s Health team.

“It was unreal, they didn’t speak and now we can’t shut them up.”

The leadership development program – renamed “Breakaway” by the girls – was run by dedicated members of the public health service, NSW Police, Dubbo Neighbourhood Centre and Mission Australia.

Talks between the partners about the off-campus program that aims to address specific issues faced by teenage girls occurred at the end of April and their efforts had it up and running by May 16.

The girls they welcomed to the Dubbo Neighbourhood Centre each Thursday during school hours were from Dubbo College – Delroy Campus, aged from 13 to 15 years.

The first six weeks involved completion of the neighbourhood centre’s recently-purchased SHINE program, which covered self-esteem, self-worth, self-confidence and more.

Ms Fernando, an Aboriginal health education officer, and her colleague, women’s health nurse Sara Norman, continued with the second section of the Shine Sista Girls Program.

The drug and alcohol team and the mental health team from the LHD, the Australian Red Cross, the LHD’s sexual health team and its women’s health team, Mission Australia, Orana Local Area Command officers, Corrective Services NSW officers, a solicitor and others were on the list of presenters during the module.

Woolworths Orana Mall presented each girl with a bag of shampoo and conditioner and other products, and earned praise from the neighbourhood centre for its assistance with catering.

“That meant there was a minimal cost in running the program,” neighbourhood centre assistant manager Vanessa Creed said.

Representatives from the four partner services were in attendance for the presentation of certificates to the girls on Thursday and celebrated their efforts with a cake.

Ms Fernando said the nine girls who completed the program had looked forward to attending each week and that feedback from parents, teachers and other community members was that it was successful.

“These girls have dreams, one of them wants to be in the navy, (others want to be) hairdressers and nurses,” she said.

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Ben Glover set to retain golf championship

THE first round of the men’s 2013 championship was played in perfect golfing weather last Saturday. While the weather was ideal the majority of the 32 players struggled with only a handful able to justify their handicaps.
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Chris Hocking donated the daily trophies for the winner and the runner-up and these were won by Tam Kennedy and Ben Glover. Tam got the defence of his B grade championship off to a good start by being the only player to play below his handicap with an 83-15-68 to take the winner’s trophy.

Defending club champion Ben also made his intentions clear with a very good 73-3-70 to take the runner-up trophy.

The ball competition went to 74nett with birthday boy Graham Williams leading the way from Todd Elliott, Brett Johnson, John Quinn, Bernie Parker, Damien Shea and Josh Glover.

Nearest the pins were won by Mark Parker, Bernie Parker and John Quinn.

Sunday’s second round saw another satisfactory field of 32 starters and while some players improved considerably on their Saturday effort the overall scoring was not up to the expected high standard.

Perhaps the pressure of club championship golf is proving challenging for some players, however, the condition of the course is certainly not at fault.

Ben Glover further strengthened his grip on the championship trophy when he added to his first round 73 a second round 72. Deservedly Ben was the winner of the daily trophy supplied by Harden Bearings and Hardware and he now holds a 16 shot lead from Darrell Cassidy with Todd Elliott one shot further back.

The ball competition went to 73nett with junior Jarrod Filmer 70nett, Darrell Cassidy, Peter Steinke, Kevin Hoppe and Laurie Monaghan all with 71nett, Ron Page 72nett, Peter Elliott and Graham Williams both with 73nett.

After the second round the B grade is being led by Tam Kennedy by 4 shots from Craig Filmer with Bernie Parker one shot further astern. C grade sees John Quinn holding a 7 shot margin over Eric Kuhn with a distance back to the rest of the field.

Thanks to Shane McKellar and Bob Head for manning the barbecue on Saturday and to Greg and Elaine Heycox for doing likewise on Sunday. The efforts of these people certainly made the weekend much more enjoyable.

Ladies foursomes championship

The two-day foursomes championship turned into the Ev Shea and Maryanne Fitzgerald show last Saturday and Sunday as they cleaned everything on offer for the weekend.

On Saturday they won the Harden Pharmacy trophies with a 72nett and on Sunday won the Val Kerrison and Beryl Laragy trophies with a 69nett.

Their two scratch rounds of 88 and 85 gave them the 2013 title by eight shots from Jeanette Elliott and Toni Filmer.

Without detracting from the performances of those who competed over the weekend the small field further emphasised the need for measures to be taken to encourage the participation of more lady golfers.

Midweek golf

Due to quite a few regular players being forced to take sick leave the midweek stableford competition was down slightly on numbers last week.

Thanks to a generous handicap and an amount of good fortune Peter Steinke was able to compile 31 points to narrowly defeat Tam Kennedy by one point with a similar margin back to Herb Manwaring in third place.

An early reminder that the second of Harden’s two veterans’ tournaments for this year will be held on Tuesday, August 27. The usual 10am start will apply with entries lodged by 9.30am.

This weekend

The final two rounds of the men’s 2013 club championships will be played over this weekend with Fuller’s Taxi Trucks rewarding Saturday’s nett winner and Ian Kinleyside will provide the trophy for Sunday’s nett winner.

The fields for the first two rounds have been most encouraging and it is hoped this will again be the case for the final two rounds.

It should be noted that the golf committee has decided to abolish the seeded draw for the leading contenders in each grade for the final two rounds. This decision was made due to several cart sharing arrangements and will allow the mateship which exists to not be interrupted.

The ladies have individual stroke competitions programmed for both Saturday and Sunday.

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Politicians bending reality on refugees: church leader

The news that the Coalition will refuse settlement to genuine refugees already in Australia sees the approach to the treatment of asylum seekers and refugees heading for a new low. One can only fear what the current government will do in an attempt to win this destructive competition.
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Our politicians have colluded to cement what I refer to as Australia’s Pocket Universe. Both sides of politics have now agreed to spin the same tale. They have agreed in the telling of a particular story – a story well-supported by the opinion polls and the media.

In a Pocket Universe reality as we know it is suspended, or rather a new reality is created. The time-travel-enabled world of Dr Who is a Pocket Universe, as are the story worlds created by Disney. Pocket Universes operate to their own set of rules and truths: gravity can be defied, animals can talk to humans or people can fly.

The human capacity to create Pocket Universes is testament to the power of narrative. We can tell ourselves a story and then live as if it were true. We can create our own reality.

For years powerful forces in the media and political parties have been spinning an untrue story about asylum seekers, and an equally untrue story about us as a nation. We describe ourselves as generous and compassionate. Generous and compassionate but also battling to cope; battling to cope with an invasion. Asylum seekers are illegal and queue jumpers; economic migrants supported in their mischief by nasty ‘people smugglers’ and an outdated international convention. The smugglers are so wicked, and we are so at risk from an invading force of overwhelming proportions that, as generous and compassionate as we are, we need to set the military on them. This story Administrator ready to work first appeared on Nanjing Night Net.

Hangout with Malcolm Turnbull

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Welcome to our Federal Election 2013 Hangout, where you can spar with politicians and debate the policies that will determine this year’s closely fought poll.

Streamed live across Fairfax’s news websites and hosted by online political editor Tim Lester, readers ask questions live during the Google Hangout on Air.

Here is the hangout with Malcolm Turnbull, Coalition communications spokesman, recorded today.Check out our recent Google Hangout with Julian Assange, Wikileaks founder and Victorian senate candidate.

Follow the conversation on Twitter and Google+ using the hashtag #turnbullhangout.

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Microsoft accuses Google of trying to sabotage Windows Phone

Microsoft has accused Google of deliberately keeping YouTube off Windows Phone in an attempt to damage the brand.
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After being blocked three months ago, Microsoft this week re-launched a YouTube app for Windows Phone, only to have it blocked again after just one day online.

Microsoft deputy general counsel David Howard wrote in a blog post that Google doesn’t want Windows Phone users to have the same experience as Android and Apple users.

“Google’s reasons for blocking our app are manufactured so that we can’t give our users the same experience Android and iPhone users are getting,” wrote Howard. “The roadblocks Google has set up are impossible to overcome, and they know it.”

YouTube has never made its own smartphone app for Windows Phone, despite offering apps for Google’s own Android operating system and rival Apple iOS.

Microsoft created its own YouTube app for Windows Phone three moths ago, but it was soon blocked by Google, which owns YouTube, on the grounds that it did not allow ads – which Google profits from – and that it allowed videos to be downloaded. Microsoft has a competing advertising business.

After fixing these issues, Microsoft this week released a revamped YouTube app for Windows Phone, but it was again blocked by Google as it still did not comply with its requirements due to the fact that it wasn’t written in HTML 5.

“We’ve been working with Microsoft to build a fully featured YouTube for Windows Phone app, based on HTML5. Unfortunately, Microsoft has not made the browser upgrades necessary to enable a fully-featured YouTube experience, and has instead re-released a YouTube app that violates our Terms of Service,” YouTube said in a statement. “It has been disabled.”

In his blog post, Howard said “building a YouTube app based on HTML5 would be technically difficult and time consuming”, and pointed out the fact that Google doesn’t use it for its own iOS and Android YouTube apps.

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Howard said Microsoft was still happy to work with Google to resolve the issue, but for now “their objections are nothing other than excuses”.

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Windows 8.1 released October 18

From October 18, Microsoft will begin rolling out the free Windows 8.1 update for PCs and tablets running the Windows 8 operating system.
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Windows 8 controversially replaced the Windows desktop’s Start button with a modern touch friendly user interface, including the traditional desktop as an application.

The Windows 8.1 update reinstates the Start button on the desktop as well as new applications and functionality.

There’s much tighter integration with Microsoft’s SkyDrive cloud service, which comes free with a Microsoft account such as Outlook, which enables better file synchronisation across multiple Windows devices including Windows Phone 7 and 8.

The rollout for existing Windows 8 computer owners will occur through the Windows 8 application store.

From that date the updated version of the operating system will also be pre-installed on all new Windows computers sold by Microsoft’s technology partners such as Dell and Hewlett-Packard, as well on Microsoft’s own range of Surface tablets.

Microsoft Apps and Services General Manager Ryan Gavin described Windows 8.1 as “quite an evolution” and “the start of a fresh perspective” as he detailed Windows 8.1’s expanding base of consumer applications and services.

“Bing, Skype, Internet Explorer, SkyDrive, Outlook南京夜网, Xbox Music, Video, and Games are just a few of the experiences that are now part of your new Windows device. Each service itself is compelling, and the magic really happens when they smoothly flow together to create one experience,” Gavin said.

“SkyDrive is a great example of our new approach. As many have had a chance to take an early look at the 8.1 preview they are really struck by the ‘secret sauce’ behind SkyDrive’s integration into Windows – fundamentally changing the game when it comes to offline access to all your files in the cloud.”

Microsoft chief executive Steve Ballmer said Windows 8.1 would offer users “a unified experience across all aspects of their life”.

Gavin said Microsoft would soon share more about the new connected experience that comes with Windows 8.1.

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