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Gold recovery picking up steam

The gold price since April.Gold rose to a near two-month high overnight, gaining nearly 2.5 per cent as a drop in the US dollar triggered short-covering and a technical breakout once prices breached key resistance at $US1,350 an ounce.

After trading lower earlier in the session, gold staged an impressive $US50 rally as the dollar reversed gains after data gave conflicting pictures of the strength of the US economic recovery, muddying views on when the US Federal Reserve will begin trimming its stimulus measures.

Speculators, who have boosted their short position on gold since its mid-April sell-off, opted to buy futures to cover their bearish bets as gold rose above the $US1,350 mark, an area bullion attempted to breach several times in the past two months but failed each time.

“Today’s move was mostly driven by technicals, and that spooked the bearish bets out of the gold market,” said Axel Merk, chief investment officer at Merk Funds.

Spot gold was up 2.3 per cent at $US1,365.60 an ounce, having hit $US1,369.40, its highest level since June 19.

Relatively low volume in the quieter summer months suggests that the metal could easily give up its gains, traders said.

Earlier, the metal fell as much as 1.1 per cent to a low of $US1,318.81 an ounce after data showed US jobless claims fell to a near six-year low last week and the consumer price index (CPI) rose broadly in July. On Wednesday, US data showed the producer price index (PPI) was flat in July.

“I would rather not own gold today. The benign CPI, PPI and Personal Consumption Expenditure (PCE) all suggest that inflation is not picking up,” said Jeffrey Sherman, commodities portfolio manager at DoubleLine.

Changing hands

Stocks of physical gold crossed continents in the first half of 2013 as Westerners dumped their holdings and, on the other side of the world, the resulting fall in price sent consumers flocking to jewellers and bullion dealers.

Indian, Chinese, Thai and other Asian consumers flocked to jewellers and bullion dealers to build their holdings.

The trend, disclosed n the latest data from the World Gold Council, a trade organisation established by the gold mining industry, highlights the different ways in which gold is viewed and owned around the globe. The figures below show global demand for the metal in tonnes, in the months April-June 2013.

Jewellery demand was up 37 per cent  over the same period in 2012, reaching the highest level since 2008. Bar and coin investment was also up by a huge 78 per cent year on year. This purchasing was concentrated in China, India and the Middle East, the WGC said – while selling was largely concentrated in western markets.

In the past decade Western investors piled into gold primarily through the medium of “exchange traded funds” or ETFs. These hugely popular vehicles facilitate quick and cheap trading in gold, because physical stocks of the metal – stored in secure vaults typically in London, New York or Switzerland – are linked to corresponding shares traded on major exchanges like the LSE or NYSE. In 2007 physical gold ETFs represented 800 tonnes of the metal, rising to 3,000 by 2012. Its rapidly rising price, fuelled by the banking, sovereign debt and other crises, drove record inflows.

But these reversed dramatically earlier this year with ETF outflows triggering the sell-off of 150 tonnes in the month of April alone. The WGC has repeatedly said that while ETF demand for physical gold is small relative to other demand, such as that for jewellery, it is highly determinative of price. This is because the supply chain for jewellery is more complex and long, it says.

Gold EFT inflow, Paulson cuts stake

Holdings of SPDR Gold Trust, the world’s largest gold exchange-traded fund, rose 0.2 per cent to 913.23 tonnes on Wednesday, raising hopes that the worst of the outflow from the fund is over.

Investors must also digest news that many top US hedge funds, including longtime bull John Paulson, have reduced, and in some cases completely disposed of, their stakes in SPDR Gold Trust.

Reuters, Telegraph UK

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Buckman finishes seventh at World Athletics Championships

Rainbow fingernails anger Yelena Isinbayeva

With 150 metres remaining in the 1500 metres final at the World Athletics Championships in Moscow, Zoe Buckman was bunched in the lead pack ready to strike for the line down the home straight when she was checked by another athlete, lost ground and, with it, any chance of winning a medal.

In a physical race with heavy jostling Buckman finished in seventh place, the clip having cost her any chance of claiming a spot on the dais she had been well positioned to secure. But she leaves Moscow satisfied in the knowledge that she no longer aspires to be a world-class athlete – she has arrived as a world class athlete.

“At 150 once I got that check I thought to myself accelerate because it would have slowed me down a bit (in the end the check) is what cost me places, you lose your rhythm,” she said.

Disappointed not to win a medal, Buckman was pleased to finish in the top eight in the world and deliver a platform to now strike for gold.

“I am feeling a bit disappointed but that’s why I got here in the first place. It is that drive to win.

“Now two years in a row (she made the final at the London Olympics last year) I know I have that capacity to perform at a championship, which is so much more important than being able to go out and run fast in pace races because that is when the whole world is watching so I know I can handle championships racing and perform at my best.

“I am going to go on now and try and get better at everything. It shows me that I am world class not just aspiring to be world class. I am right there.”

Sweden’s Abeba Aregawi won in a time of 4minutes 2.67 seconds with American Jennifer Simpson – the gold medallist at the last world championships in Daegu – taking silver in 4:02.99 and Kenyan Hellen Onsando Obiri bronze in 4:03.86.

Having been the fastest qualifier for the final when she ran a personal best, Buckman ran 4:05.77, which was almost a second slower than she ran Tuesday. The time she ran on Tuesday would have won her bronze had she been able to match it on Thursday.

“The final was fast and it was more physical and that last lap was really hard I had a few doubts in my head and tried to fight on. I shouldn’t let that get me down I need to have the confidence that I was still able to get top eight,” she said.

“My goal coming here was to make the final so to take a step back I should be really happy.”

Buckman admitted she was frustrated and unsettled by delays to the start of the race caused by the high jump gold medallist Bohdan Bondarenko taking three more attempts at setting a new world record after he won his gold.

“It gives me a good platform for next year. I have made top eight in the world, now let’s see if we can build off that.

None of the three 1500-metre medallists from last year’s London Olympics made it to Moscow, with gold medallist Asli Cakir Alptekin from Turkey provisionally banned for life after a second doping offence. Only two of the other 12 London finalists got through to the final in Moscow.

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Finger pointing over state’s economy

PREMIER Lara Giddings has blamed external factors for Tasmania’s poor economic performance and high unemployment rate, stating that the later 8.4 per cent is not as bad as the 13 per cent which existed in 1990.

It should be noted that the other states have dealt better with those same external factors and in 1990 Michael Field’s Labor Green Accord was in government in Tasmania and Labor was in government in Canberra.



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New flag welcomed with old conventions

On Wednesday August 7, 2013, state member for Burrinjuck Katrina Hodgkinson visited Boorowa Central School where she presented the Acting Principal, Debbie Valencic, School Captain, Katie Andrews and student Casey Corcoran with a new flag for the school’s flag pole to replace the old one which had become old and worn.

Prior to presenting it, Ms Hodgkinson told the students about the rules and conventions on handling flags.

On Wednesday August 7, 2013, state member for Burrinjuck Katrina Hodgkinson visited Boorowa Central School where she presented the Acting Principal, Debbie Valencic, School Captain, Katie Andrews and student Casey Corcoran with a new flag for the school’s flag pole to replace the old one which had become old and worn.

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Federal election: CCTV funds on the table

South Yarra residents are at their wits end with weekend drunks urinating in laneways and anti-social behaviour in the area.

Lara Barry Street Residents Association President Justin Zakis said while Chapel Street’s CCTV cameras and police presence had been beefed up, surrounding streets and car parks are still being trashed.

Smashed bottles, vomit, urine and graffiti have become commonplace in car parks, lanes and streets on the weekends, prompting calls for better lighting and live-monitored surveillance systems in South Yarra and Prahran.

Following a six-month delay, the City of Stonnington is set to install 10 new cameras along Chapel Street between South Yarra and Windsor in a bid to crack down on anti-social behaviour.

Up to 10,000 people descend on Chapel Street’s bars, clubs and restaurants every week but it is not the main stretch concerning Mr Zakis.

“Locals are concerned about drunken revelers creeping into the residential side streets,” Mr Zakis said.

“There have been occasions where residents are walking their dog on a Sunday morning and made uncomfortable by people who are drunk and have been out all night at nightclubs.

Federal election: All you need to know in Stonnington

“Even on a Saturday afternoon, I was driving into my laneway and a guy was urinating on the wall of the laneway. It was day light.”

Mr Zakis’ calls for increased security in neighbourhood streets have been heard by federal member for Higgins Kelly O’Dwyer.

On the campaign trail, the Liberal member announced a $100,000 funding boost for improved CCTV cameras and improved street lighting in Prahran, South Yarra and Windsor, last Wednesday.

Ms O’Dwyer said the funds would be handed over to the City of Stonnington should the Coalition win the electionon September 7.

“The vibrant nightlife in and around Chapel Street is one of the great attractions of Higgins, however, this sometimes brings with it anti-social behaviour,” Ms O’Dwyer said.

“No one should feel unsafe walking the streets at night.”

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Freddies students get Grease-d up  


Ready to rock: Frederick Irwin Anglican School’s cast of their new production Grease with members of the school band, who will provide live music during the play.

Secondary students from years eight to 12 have gotteninvolved, with around 50 students in the cast singing, dancing and acting and afurther 30 back stage.

The show’s musical numbers will be set to music performed by14 Frederick Irwin band students.

Set in the 1950s at Rydell High School,Grease tells the tale of Danny Zukoand Sandy Dumbrowski’s summer romance and the antics of boy and girl groups theT-Birds and the Pink Ladies.

Drama teacher Mrs Jenny Crutchett said they had beenpreparing for the production since the start of the school year, with auditionstaking place in first term and rehearsals starting in term two.

“We wanted to perform something recognisable and that wouldbe accessible to the students,” Mrs Crutchett said.

“Putting the live band, the signing and the dance routinestogether has been a challenge but everyone has worked very hard.”

Drama teacher Brooke van Aalen said the students were “veryenthusiastic and keen to perform” and had thrown themselves into rehearsals.

“They’ve all worked so hard and they always have a smile ontheir face,” she said.

Head of performing arts Ross Dods said the arts is a bigfocus at Frederick Irwin, with lots of students taking instrument lessons andparticipating in drama.

“This production is about giving the students the experienceof working on a professional production and it’s brought them all closertogether,” he said.

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Unique features

Set in a low traffic flow area this lovely period home is just only a short stroll to the local shop, playing fields, high school and tennis courts.

Set on a parcel of land some 803 square metres in area with well-established lawns and gardens which can be enjoyed from a sundrenched entertaining area attached to the rear of the home.

This entertaining area has been paved with bricks, not all, featuring the unique stamp indicated which convict team had made those bricks.

Venturing inside you will notice that the petite exterior masked how big this home really is. There are polished timber floors that not only accentuate this homes character but combined the high ceilings, it really does accentuates the dimension even further.

Adjacent to the enormous lounge room is its large kitchen with contemporary improvements and period charm.

There are loads of cupboards and you should not run out of bench space either.

Reflecting the contemporary flavour of the kitchen is the huge bathroom with a clawfoot bath tub, separate shower recess, large stylish vanity plus WC.

This lovely, all-seasons home with its reverse-cycle airconditioning and inviting ambience is available to buy now or by forthcoming auction.

Arrange your private viewing please call Gary Francis on 0428 459 830 or 02 6845 1222 from Raine and Horne Wellington.

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VIDEO: Jail for driver who rammed cop shop

Source: Warrnambool Standard

The irate driver who burst through the front of the Warrnambool police station in a four-wheel-drive felt the full weight of the law today and been jailed for three years.

Forty-one-year-old Glenn Shalders, of Mortlake Road, Warrnambool, had pleaded guilty in the Warrnambool Magistrates Court to three counts of intentionally damaging property, two charges of reckless conduct endangering death and single counts of dangerous driving, assaulting and resisting police and breaching an intervention order.

He will have to serve a minimum 18 months before being eligible for parole.

On the evening of June 30 Shalders used his mother’s Pajero to smash into his mother-in-law’s vehicle, a wooden fence and his former girlfriend’s car a number of times, while she was in the vehicle, before he careered through the entrance of the police station.

Magistrate Ian von Einem said Shalders’ final and most dangerous act was, deliberately driving into the front of the place station at between 50 and 60 km/h while pursuing police officer was trying to pull him over.

“How your conduct did not result in serious injury or death was simply good luck,” he said.

“The effect on others was extreme according to victim impact statements. It’s probably something your ex-wife and children will never forget. They are now in constant fear. They are in no way responsible for what you did.”

Mr von Einem said according go Shalders’ solicitor Matt Senia, the incident was prompted by police not immediately responding to a a call from Shalders about the possible theft of his tools by the defendant’s ex-wife.

He said that claim carried little weight considering Shalders’ total overreaction.

The magistrate said he had been told Shalders was not taking medication but he felt that the eight stubbies the defendant had consumed probably had a bigger effect on him setting out on a course of destruction.

Mr von Einem said he hadalso heard historical evidence relating to Shalders’ finding out about 15 months ago that his house was not paid off and that he had negligible equity in the property because of his ex-wife’s misconduct.

The magistrate said that even if that was true, which he doubted, that it did not justify Shalders’ actions.

He said he found it disturbing that Shalders still cared for his former girlfriend but had “utter contempt” for his ex-wife which indicated a lack of remorse.

Mr von Einem said police stations, and the people in them, were in place to protect the community. He said there had to be a strong message sent to the community that such behaviour would not be tolerated.

The magistrate said Shalders should not be released on parole until he was in a stable condition and had his anger under control.

The moment a car slammed through the front doors of the Warrnambool Police Station taken from the station’s CCTV system.

Representing Boorowa

St Joseph’s Primary School students Grace Corkhill, Nick Jenkins, Tom Jenkins, Alice Kelly and Sam Corkhill will represent the Western Region Athletics Team in the Archdiocesan Athletics Carnival at the AIS Canberra on Thursday August 15 2013.

Grace Corkhill, Nick Jenkins, Tom Jenkins, Alice Kelly and Sam Corkhill.

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Cupido aims big for Ouyen United

LAST week Jeparit-Rainbow tried Ben Marra, Tyler Edelsten, Andrew Watson and Adam Schulz in an effort to contain Sea Lake-Nandaly’s Cliff Ryan at full-forward.

He kicked 16 goals.

This round, the Laker defenders take on the might of the Ouyen United goal-kicking machine Damien Cupido.

Cupido has Ryan breathing down his neck on the Mallee Football League goal-kicking table, and he needs seven goals to reach his ton.

The Dees hope to get back Jerry Wilson at the weekend and Wade Brady should return, but they will miss Adam Weir, hamstring, and Simon Jardine, shoulder.

The Lakers are expecting to field all their Darwin players and Andrew Watson might be their only injury concern.

But they rely on too few to do too much and will be no match for a Cupido-centric Ouyen United at Blackburn Park.

The match of the day between Sea Lake-Nandaly Tigers and Beulah will be the third time these two sides have met this season.

Next week will be the fourth when they meet again in the second semi-final at Underbool.

It is difficult to judge just how seriously the two sides will take this game, given the potentially-ruthless finals series ahead.

The battle of the midfield will be a key to the game, with match-ups including Dan McEwan against Steph Saunders, the Buchanans versus Wes Harrison, Jason Collins and Darcy Ryan and the old stagers in Col Durie and Scott Smith eager to do their bit.

In another case of deja vu all over again, Woomelang-Lascelles and Walpeup-Underbool will front up twice in two weeks – firstly in the final home and away game and then the first semi-final.

The Roos have a few injuries including the disastrous news the in-form Ben Fisher might miss the rest of the season.

Matt Brown is also in a race against time to be fit for the first week of the finals and they have a number of key players unavailable for the final round of the home and away season.

Woomelang-Lascelles’ Aaron Lonergan is in good form and finished with three goals at the weekend.

The Cats might be favourites but itall could turn around come finals time.

SKILLS: Jeparit Rainbow’s Eliot Bath swoops on the ball. Picture: CONTRIBUTED

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