Web speeds change city’s movie habits

OLD SCHOOL VIEWING: Dee Malbon describes herself as a strong supporter of video stores, regularly renting DVDs.THE National Broadband Network is set to change the way we view our favourite programs with Armidale leading the way in the revolution.
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Video streaming service Netflix is coming to the country in March, but early adopters of similar technology say it will help limit the amount of illegal downloads in the industry.

University student Drew Eastlake and his girlfriend Carleigh Wallace enjoy the range and flexibility a streaming service offers them, which was only possible through the NBN.

“They stream to either your PC, tablet or console so we can have it set up on the main TV in the lounge room, pause it, move to the bedroom and re-load it from the exact same position,” Mr Eastlake said.

However, the main drawback is the delay in which movies and TV shows are uploaded, which makes them comparable to DVDs.

But for some such as Dee Malbon and her family renting a DVD for their weekly movie nights is a tradition.

But Ms Malbon said nostalgia was another reason she and her family visited the video store.

“We’ve got to support [video stores]… growing up I always had a video store [that she and her family went to],” Ms Malbon said.

Mr Eastlake said they still own and rent DVDs but prefer a streaming service because of the simplicity and recommendations available.

“Carleigh loves owning DVDs, so we have some of ones that she particularly likes,” he said.

“For me though, every once in a while I’ll go and rent a Blu-Ray of something if Netflix doesn’t have it.

“For example, we rented the first two Hobbit movies in preparation for the third one.”

And it is not just the younger generations getting on board with the new technology.

Parents are now being converted to on-demand viewing after years of channel-surfing and being unhappy with the selection available.

Mr Eastlake predicts streaming will soon replace commercial TV viewing but believes DVDs and

Blue-Ray will be around for a lot longer.

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Minecraft creator Markus Persson betters Beyonce to buy Beverly Hills mansion

The living area of the swank Beverly Hills mansion that was purchased by billionaire video game programmer Markus Persson with the money he made from his company’s sale to Microsoft. Photo: Ben Bacal A young tech billionaire has beaten music superstars Beyonce and Jay Z to sign the contract for a $US70 million ($86 million) Los Angeles mansion.
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Swedish-born video game programmer Markus Persson, 35, made his fortune when he sold his company Mojang to Microsoft in September last year for $US2.5 billion.

The mega-millions property club has a new member with Persson quickly dipping into his windfall to secure the swanky Beverly Hills monolith before Christmas.

Persson would likely consider the eight-bedroom, 15-bathroom home a bargain – it hit the market in September last year with a heart-stopping asking price of $US85 million.

However the vendor, handbag and property development tycoon Bruce Makowsky, amended the whopper price after fielding interest from A-list prospective buyers including Beyonce and Jay Z, who are understood to have scheduled multiple inspections.

The sale to Persson includes the home’s highest-end furnishings, decor and art, including a replica of the late iconic actor James Dean’s motorcycle, Roberto Cavalli designer place settings – for about $3700 a pop – at the large onyx dining table, and the cases of Dom Perignon champagne stocking the cellar.

A centrepiece of the property, which carries the famous 90210 postcode, is a curved 15-metre glass partition in the living area that opens to a manicured outdoor space with custom-controlled fountains, an infinity pool and sweeping views of the valley, downtown LA and Malibu Beach.

If that’s not fancy enough, the property has also been fitted with tequila and vodka bars, an 18-seat cinema and a sprawling garage that doubles as car showroom.

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Plenty of winners a Dunn deal, now for big-race success

For all the winners Matthew Dunn has racked up from his Murwillumbah training base in northern NSW, there is just one question with which he has always been a little uncomfortable.
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“We’ve run second in premierships last year and getting so many winners from week to week and then people say, ‘What’s your biggest race you’ve won?’ We’ve won one listed race and we need to fix that,” a frank Dunn said.

And so Hidden Jewel’s low-key win in the Princess Stakes at Eagle Farm a few years ago remains the sole stakes highlight on a resume that keeps churning out winners season after season.

But Dunn, whom it could be argued is NSW’s answer to Darren Weir in his formative years, travelling far and wide from a regional base with bread-and-butter stock to find winners, is hoping things change soon.

He has Madotti in Saturday’s $2 million Magic Millions Classic on the Gold Coast on Saturday, her chances no doubt dampened by an awkward barrier (15) at Tuesday’s draw, but at least she is somewhere in the mix.

“I only spoke about [targeting horses for bigger races] with [bloodstock agent] Neil [Jenkinson] and this season we’ll probably target more expensive horses and not as many of them when we look at horses to syndicate,” Dunn said.

“And it’s just for that reason, trying to fix that problem we’ve got. I’ve got huge numbers and lots of bread-and-butter winners, but we really need a good one and hopefully she’s the first one and there will be a few more next year.

“We set [Madotti’s] value at $50,000 and being by Falvelon he’s probably not quite as fashionable as he once was, but we went the extra bit on type. She looked an early runner that was perfect for this race. Hopefully we’re right.”

Madotti, a Tim Bell mount, was an easing $41 chance with Ladbrokes on Tuesday night for the Magic Millions after the final field was declared.

Queenslander Wicked Intent, who suffered his first defeat in the B.J. McLachlan last start when mudrunner Mishani Honcho collared him late, remains the $5.50 favourite after drawing perfectly in five. Madotti actually beat Mishani Honcho home the start prior at Doomben.

“Last start was a much better run that it looks on paper,” Dunn said. “She got stood on her head at the 200 [metres] and the horse running last ran up her arse. To pick herself up and still run sixth was a pretty good effort.”

Victorian Claudia Jean was a $6 second pick for the Magic Millions with Frequendly at $6.50 and Gerald Ryan’s Perignon ($8.50) on the fourth line of betting. Dunn spent most of his training apprenticeship with Ryan, perhaps without peer when it comes to early two-year-old types graduating from the Magic Millions sales.

Tuesday’s draw did little to please Gai Waterhouse and her bid for a record fifth win in the Gold Coast scamper after her only confirmed starter Carriages ($15) came up with the outside barrier in 21.

There were also no favours for Hawkes Racing’s impressive Wyong Magic Millions runner-up Surf Seeker ($11) with James McDonald’s ride coming up with 18.

Hijack Hussy was a $3.60 favourite for the $1 million Magic Millions Guineas with Bell to launch the filly from barrier six.

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Canberra’s Magic Millions hopes Single Gaze and Stolen Kisses brimming with confidence

Canberra and Queanbeyan have joined forces to launch an assault on the Magic Millions riches with Single Gaze and Stolen Kisses not only neighbours on the Gold Coast but training partners as well.
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Trainer Nick Olive’s confidence has grown since he drew barrier six for his two-year-old filly, who has shortened to the second line of betting at $8 for the $2 million Magic Millions Two-year-old Classic (1200 metres)  on Saturday.

He said it was the perfect gate and would allow the daughter of Not A Single Doubt to find a sit in the first half of the field.

“I walked up on stage and the guy said, ‘What do you want to draw?’ I said, ‘Barrier six’, and I pulled out six. Perfect, mate, really happy,” Olive said.

“I’m probably more confident [now], obviously drawing the barrier is a big thing, getting the horse up here in one piece, having her work well and settled in well, confidence growing every day.

“I realise it’s a very open race and there is other chances in the race but I just couldn’t be happier with my horse than what I am.”

Part of Olive’s confidence came from Single Gaze’s work on Tuesday morning, when she galloped impressively alongside Joe Cleary’s Stolen Kisses.

They’re in stables next door to each other and decided to do some work together as they fine-tune before the big day.

Cleary dual nominated the Mossman mare but she will jump in the fillies and mares (1300 metres) race.

He said Chris Waller’s Champagne Cath was the standout in the field but after that it was very open.

Like Olive, Cleary was confident his charge would put in a good run and didn’t care what barrier he drew on Wednesday.

He’s hoping to get the Cleary name back in the bright lights of the Magic Million after his father Frank won it in 1992 with Clan O’Sullivan.

Cleary’s returning to familiar territory, having spent two year’s training on the Gold Coast in 1998-99, where he won the listed Tommy Smith Slipper (1200m) at Doomben with Territorial.

“Her work on Saturday morning confirmed how well the horse was going and she galloped again this morning, she actually worked with Single Gaze this morning,” he said.

“Her and Nicko’s horse worked really, really well.

“Mate, she’s humming, she’s absolutely humming and I thought we’ve come this far we might as well have a crack at the bigger, better prizemoney and booked Jimmy Byrne to ride her as a leading Brisbane jockey.

“I just can’t fault her and hope everything goes right between now and Saturday and she’ll be in the race up to her ears.”

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Expansion project sails ahead

BATEMANS Bay Marine Rescue will seek government funding for major extensions that will nearly double the size of its Hanging Rock premises.
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A development application is now with Eurobodalla Shire Council for the extensions, which will include a new training room and increased storage area.

Unit commander Michael Syrek said the organisation was hoping to get a grant allocation.

“We have invited (Bega MP and NSW Treasurer) Andrew Constance to come down to our raffle draw on January 25 and I hope he can set aside a half hour to talk to us about it,” he said.

“He has been very good to us, and now he is Treasurer he has more shove.”

The extensions are intended to cope with the burgeoning membership of the Batemans Bay unit, which has exceeded 100, and to create a space specifically for training.

“When we have training sessions in the rescue coordination room there are people coming up and down the stairs, which is really distracting,” Mr Syrek said.

He expects the cost of the extension to be between $400,000 and $450,000.

“We will do the costings when the DA is approved,” Mr Syrek said.

“I expect that it will be approved this month, and after that, it will probably get underway in about 12 months.

“It will probably take the same period to complete, depending on the availability of funds.”

The DA was drawn up by unit member John Mobbs, who has a background in project management.

It cost about $1000, which was paid for by the unit’s fundraising from raffles, bingo nights and other such events.

The Bay Post/Moruya Examiner first reported the proposed extension in March 2014, but Mr Syrek said the delays in submitting the DA, lodged in December, were due to the necessity of getting engineers’ reports and accommodating council’s sea-level rise policy.

“The Lands Department technically owns this parcel of land, so we had to clear it with them as well,” Mr Syrek said.

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Maitland Show seeks volunteers for annual event

Preparations are in full swing for this year’s annual Maitland Show.
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The excitement of the Maitland Show is back at the Maitland Showground from February 20 to 22.

Hunter River Agricultural and Horticultural Association is looking for volunteers to be roving helpers at Maitland Showground during the event from February 20 to 22.

The association operations manager Amanda Winney said the volunteers would walk around the showground and be available to answer any questions showgoers might have or point them in the right direction if they became lost.

She said show organisers were focused on making this year’s event more exciting than ever, while keeping an agricultural flavour to the show.

It will follow a Farm Fest theme this year, which will be a first for the Maitland Show.

Precision drivers will show off their skills in Isuzu D Max work utes and farm machinery will be on display.

Produce exhibitions will also keep in touch with the theme.

Ms Winney said a mechanical bull would be set up for thrill seekers to test their limits while the rodeo event took place.

“We are organising a revamped, agricultural-based show,” she said.

Anyone who is interested in being a roving helper should contact at [email protected]南京夜网.au or on 4933 5052.

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YEAR IN REVIEW: The galleries you looked at

What did you click on during 2014? We have take a look at the top 10 most clicked on galleries of theyear and put together a list for you.
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The Hot 100 gallery was the top of the list, followed by a number of our flashback galleries and a few news stories.

Scroll down as we go through the top 10 galleries from the past year.

10.#TBT May 2007

We dusted off the archives to find these beauties from May 2007. See anyone you know?

There was Mother’s Day, netball, trivia, morning teas and all sorts of fun!

9.TBT August 2008

We zoomed back to August 2008 in our time machine and you loved the pics we had to show you!

8.Throwback Thursday November in Narromine, 2006

We dug through the archives and pulled up our November 2006 photos! You enjoyed checkingout what was happening eight years ago around the Shire. Hope you enjoy the pics as much as you did in November.

7.The 2014 Narromine Show | Mega Gallery

This album includes Tiny Tots and the Miss Juniors, Juvenile and Miss Juniors competitions, the bucking bull, the Cattle judging, Side Show Alley and many other fun activities.

6.Dubbo’s Derby Day Hot 100 | Photos

You chose your favourite outfit from 112 at the Dubbo Derby Day! You can reminisce about the outfits in the link above.

5.Throwback Thursday: Narromine Shire in October 2010

Flashback into Narromine Shire in October 2010 with our Throwback Thursday gallery.

4.People’s Choice of Fashions on the Field at Macquarie Picnics | Photos, vote

Despite only taking place last week, the people’s choice from the Macquarie Picnic Races managed to make it into place number 5 in the top 2014 galleries. You chose your favourite outfit. Check out all the outfits! Here’s the winner below…

Macquarie Picnic’s People’s Choice Winner Emily Cronk.


We were looking for the Dandy Cup best dressed as voted by you! We’ve had 24lovely participants, and you voted for who you thought wasthe best in the poll! Here is the lovely winner:

Dandy Cup people’s choice winner: April Allen

2.2014 Harvest Photo Competition | Photos

We got YOU to send in your harvest photos and we got some great pics. You voted and we put your favourite on the front page. Here is one of my faves:

Sunrise at Tullamore Photo: TINA McMAHON

1.GALLERY: Macquarie Matrons Gala Ball a success

The Macquarie Matrons was a huge success and so was the gallery of photos! You can relive the memories in our NUMBER ONE gallery!

MATRONS: Rosie Reynolds and Jess Noot at the Blue Heelers Table Photo: GRACE RYAN

​Details for the top galleries of 2014 were obtained via Google Analytics.

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‘Firies’ brace for the big dry

ON ALERT: Despite healthy rainfall in some parts of the district, Southern Tablelands RFS zone operations officer Ian Kennerley says the bushfire risk is not greatly diminished.INGREDIENTS for a bushfire: wind, dry grass, thunderstorms and a dash of stupidity.
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While graziers the district over are celebrating solid December rainfall, fire fighters are bracing themselves for a tough summer ahead.

Southern Tablelands Rural Fire Service operations manager Ian Kennerley said rising temperatures, thunderstorms and dry terrain had crews poised for call outs.

The area escaped serious flare-ups over the weekend but fire fighters attended lightning strikes at Rosemont Rd, Goulburn, and elsewhere in the district.

If the RFS isn’t dealing with fires caused by natural conditions, they’re caught up coping with misbehaving citizens.

Police are continuing to investigate the theft of diesel and incidents of malicious damage at RFS sheds in Gunning and Fish River prior to Christmas.

Moreover, fire-fighters attended a callout involving a truck and some powerlines.

Mr Kennerley urged landowners, both in-town and out, to minimise fire risks this summer.

“The main thing is, when people are mowing lawns, they need to be careful,” he said.

“It’s best to mow in the evening or when the winds are down.”

Although the district recorded above average rainfall for much of 2014, fire dangers loom.

Rising temperatures are drying out terrain. That, coupled with higher rates of lightning strikes, equals danger, Mr Kennerley says.

“Late-December rain has taken the pressure off, but we’ve still got dry grass on top, so fire can rip across pretty quickly,” he said.

“This week’s higher temperatures will dry things out. It’s hard to tell what’s ahead, but while-ever storms come, it’s tricky. Storms are giving us a bit of a towelling up.”

Goulburn and Crookwell received some 20mm in Sunday night’s storm.

But Mr Kennerley said rainfall generally was very patchy. Binda, Peelwood, some areas east and west of Goulburn were still dry and meant the fire risk had not diminished.

Weather forecasters are predicting Australia will soon enter a period of El Nino – sustained lower-thanaverage rainfall.

While over 700mm fell in December, similar numbers are unlikely to be replicated in the months ahead.

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Police seek assistance to find missing Ballarat woman

Police are seeking assistance to help locate a woman who has been missing for more than a week.
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Erica Hannes, 33 was last seen at a residential facility in Moola Street in Black Hillaround 11am on December 29.

Investigators believe Erica left on foot and didn’t tell anyone where she was going.

Police are concerned about Erica as she suffers from a medical condition and does not have her medication with her.

Police believe Erica may be in the Ballarat area or around Eaglehawk in Bendigo and ask people in and around those areas to keep a look out for her.

Erica was last seen wearing track pants and a windcheater.

She is Caucasian with shoulder length brown hair, about 157 centimetres tall and medium build.

Anyone who sees Erica or who can provide further information is urged to contact Triple Zero (000) immediately.

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Free breast screening

THE mobile BreastScreen NSW van will visit Moruya from Monday, January 12 until Tuesday, January 27.
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The highly visible pink and purple van, the first in NSW with full-field digital technology, visits every two years.

BreastScreen NSW director Debbie Lattimore said the new digital technology provided doctors with clearer images faster and improved early detection.

“BreastScreen is a free breast screening service for women aged 50 to 74 years,” Ms Lattimore said.

“Breast screening, also known as mammographic screening, is the process of looking for breast cancer in a population of women who have no symptoms. If you have a lump or nipple discharge, please see your GP.

“With a 97 per cent survival rate when breast cancer is detected early, having a breast screen is vital.”

NSW women have a one in nine chance of developing breast cancer in their lifetime. Making time for a breast screen every two years is one of the most important healthy actions a woman over 50 can do.

“Regular breast screening with digital mammography equipment significantly increases the likelihood that breast cancers are found as early as possible and treated most effectively,” Ms Lattimore said.

“If you are a woman aged between 50 and 74 years old, I strongly encourage you to book your mammogram now.”

The mobile BreastScreen van will be located at the Gundary Sporting Oval, Campbell Street, Moruya.

For appointments phone BreastScreen NSW on 132 050.

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