The great Western ride

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Andrew Maher, Robyn Ackland, Jim Walkom, Craig Stalder at Boorowa Central School where they stayed last Thursday. TheGreat Western Ridecycling adventure headedout of Bathurst on Sunday,September 25 to raise money to help educate the young people of the Katoke region of Tanzania.
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Twenty tworidersset themselves the challenge to complete the round trip of 888 kilometres in eight days, cycling around 100 kms a day, stopping off in Cowra last week.

“Each participant is looking forward to the adventure of a long group ride through this lovely countryside while knowing they are raising funds for a great cause,” said David Lefcovitch.

Proceeds from theGreat Western Ridego to theKatoke Trust for Overseas Aid, which raises funds primarily for the construction and operation ofKatoke-Lweru SecondarySchool.

The school is located in a remote part of north-western Tanzania and provides a quality education for 450 plus students who would otherwise miss out on secondary education.

The Katoke Trust for Overseas Aid is a small grassroots non-for-profit organisation powered by the enthusiasm and hard work of a small group of volunteers.

This means that funds can go directly to where they are needed most.

“This is my second Katoke bike ride” said Paul Wong Pan. It’s a wonderful experience and I know my efforts are directly making a difference to individual children as well as the broader community at Katoke,”

The group are being hosted by community organisations, churches and state schools for their overnight stays and welcome any community members who would like find out more about the ride, Katoke or how to donate to the riders.

On Sunday,September 25, the ride commencedfrom Bathurst to Blayney before the group made their way to Blayney on the Monday.

On September 26, the group headed toCanowindra and onTuesday,September 27 they arrived in Grenfell.

Wednesday saw the group ride to Temora before heading toBoorowa on Thursday, September 28.

They arrived in Cowra on Friday, September 30 and headed over back to Blayney on October 1.

The ride finished in Bathurst on Sunday, October 2.

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Junior cricketers look to make their mark

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Wickettaker: Tamworth’s James Austin will play for the Northern Inland 16s in this weekend’s junior carnival. Photo: Barry Smith 210216BSB26
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The build up to the cricket season continues in Tamworth this weekend with Northern Inland hosting the Central Northern Invitational Challenge.

The carnival will see teams from the Northern Inland, Mid North Coast, Hunter Valley and Scots College pad up across13s, 14s and 16sfor the first junior cricket carnival of the season.

It follows four days of top quality cricket action with the cream of U15 and U18female talent taking to the Tamworth wickets for the Country Championships.

Each side will play each other once with the top side on points at the end of play on Monday declared the division winner.

The ongoing wet weather has forced organisers to transfer games to synthetic pitches with Riverside 9 and Chauvel Park to host the two 16s games on Saturday, Riverside 7 and 8 the 14s and Riverside 4 and 5 the 13s.

Damian Henry is managing the Northern Inland 13s side,which hasn’t had a lot of luck preparing.

“We hadtwo trainings scheduled and both have been washed out,” Henry said.

A couple of them have had a bit of a hit with Matt Holmes and Callum Henry playing in the trial games against St George down in Branxton during the week.

Both had a pretty good outingwith Holmes taking two wickets and Henry hitting an unbeaten 20.

Holmes is one of three players backing up from last years carnivalwith Moree’sEd Montgomery and Inverell’sBraydonCampion part of the13s side.

Some of the side also did have a hit-out against Scots on Friday. The 13s, with the help of a few of the Tamworth 12s and 13s, 14s and 16s all played Twenty20 games in preparation for the weekend.

The carnival as well providing some valuable time in the middle heading into the season willalso form part of the selection process for the Central North Kookaburra Cup and Bradman Cup sides.

Inverell’s Tom Scoble and Ryan Meppem have meanwhile, following their efforts at theCountry Colts carnival in Dubbo, been selected to play in this weeks U19 State Challenge in Richmond.

Meppem has been named in the Country Sixers side and Scoble the Country Thunder to play the two metropolitan sides over Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.

The two will be vying for selection in theACT/NSW Country team to contest the National Championships.

NORTHERN INLAND TEAMS

13s:NicholasMead,OliverSchmude,KadeGarrett,SamuelJohnson,EdwardMontgomery,CallumHenry,JaydonWindsor,BraydonCampion,NavidaGeeganage,MatthewHolmes,JackHouse, ZacheryCraig.

14s:Kareena Dawson,Joshua Attard,Lachlan Wesierski,Oscar Spinks,Luke Maher,Joey Mead,Benji Marshall,Jakeb Nipperess,Zac Clarke,Cotter Litchfield,Nick Page,Daniel Brown,.

16s:Hamish Fauchon,Alexander Beasley,Lachlan Barton,Kieran Dennis,Kaleb McIlveen,Isaac Harris,Conrad George,Henry Sindel,Jack Montgomery,Henry Smith,James Austin,Jackson Gwynne.

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Evans, Kansas win uni crops competition

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Australian Universities Crops Competition winner University of Sydney student Nellie Evans congratulated by GrainGrowers general manager Dr Michael Southan.UNIVERSITY of Sydney student Nellie Evanstook out first place in the individual category ofthe 2016 Australian Universities Crops Competition held in Temora, NSW,this week,while the team trophy went to the all-girl team from Kansas State University.
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The wet weather provided additional challenges to AUCC competitors with Wednesday the only day of sunshine.

Over the three days almost 35mmof rain fell on the FarmLink Research Station, which hosted the practical component of the event.

Action from the Australian Universities Crops Competition held in Temora, NSW, this week.

The crops competition, an initiative of GrainGrowers, put tertiary ag students through their paces in a mixture of theory and hands-on tests covering agronomics and farm business management.

The rain didn’t dampen the commitment of the students who battled the conditions to inspect crops and compete in a series of practical assessments.

As well as fiveteams from Australian universities, four teams from the USalso competed including Virginia Tech, University of Wisconsin-Platteville, Iowa State University and Kansas State University.

GrainGrowers general manager industry development Michael Southan said the weather was a valuable learning opportunity.

“Crops competition competitors are our farm advisers and agronomists of the future,” Dr Southan said.

“In their future roles they will need to apply their skills in all sorts of trying weather conditions – including unrelenting rain.”

Dr Southan said the competition was about students being able to demonstrate their agronomic expertise and to network with industry representatives.

“This year there was an increased focus on connecting students with grains industry representatives including research, government and agribusiness professionals in the interest of developing career pathways and opportunities.”

The all-girl Kansas State University team were awarded first place in the team category of the Australian Universities Crops Competition. They are congratulated by GrainGrowers general manager Dr Michael Southan.

“A quiz night and industry dinner helped to introduce students to potential employers of the future.”

2016 AUCC individual winner Nellie Evans said participation in the competition was a highly valuable experience.

“I’m shocked to have won,” Nellie said. “Ididn’t think it would be me.”

After completing her studies Nellie aims to pursue a career in broadacre agronomy extension.

Nellieis provided the opportunity to take part in GrainGrowers 2017 International Study Tour to the USand Canada.

“I’m looking forward to returning to the US.I have studied there before,” Nellie said.

Dr Southan said the competition, now in its eighth year, continued to go from strength to strength.

“It is fantastic that Australia’s major agricultural universities continue to fund and support students to compete,” Dr Southan said.

“In addition we again welcomed four international teams.”

Dr Southan said the event would not be possible without FarmLink who provided access to their research station.

“We also thank sponsors the Grains Research and Development Corporation, Agricultural Societies Council of NSW, Graincorp, FarmLink, Westpac Agribusiness, AusWest Seeds, Temora Shire Council, Bayer, Monsanto, Riverina Local Land Services and Vision Agriculture.”

Past participants of the Australian Universities Crops Competition have gone on to successful careers in Australia’s grains industry including as agribusiness professionals, researchers, farmers, farm advisors, agronomists and grain traders.

The Australian Universities Crop Competition is part of GrainGrowers commitment to fostering skills development and leadership capability amongAustralian grain growers.

2016 Competing Universities:University of Sydney.University of Western Australia.Latrobe University.Charles Sturt University.Virginia Tech.Kansas State University.University of Wisconsin-Platteville.Curtin University.Iowa State University.

Individual Winners:1.Nellie Evans – University of Sydney.2. Brett Bushell – University of Sydney.3. Javier Atayde – Charles Sturt University.

University Teams:1. Kansas State University.2. Charles Sturt University.3. University of Sydney.

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Appeal after pelican shot, spoonbill’s legs ‘smashed’

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Appeal after pelican shot, spoonbill’s legs ‘smashed’ A pelican with an apparent gunshot wound. Picture: Supplied
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A pelican with an apparent gunshot wound. Picture: Supplied

A pelican with an apparent gunshot wound. Picture: Supplied

A spoonbill that died after its legs were broken. Pictures: Supplied

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“The side that it’s been shot on, the exit hole on the other side is just perfectly round; the size of a .22 rifle.”

MsSpilsted said the pelican also had a wound on its head, suggesting it shook off a second shot attempt.

In a separate incident,a young spoonbill wasfoundatKoona Bay,Albion Park Rail, on Wednesday –both of its legs had been broken. It didn’t survive.

“Theyall fly with their feet tucked up, so it can’t possibly have flown into something,” she said.“It’s just been smashed in the same place on both legs, straight across the knees.”

MsSpilsted saidholidays were“horrendous” for bird injuriesandthere was “a fair chance” kids were involved this time around.

“What possible reason could an adult have for breaking a spoonbill’s legs? All they do is just walk along the water edge,” she said.

‘HEARTBREAKING’: Betty Spilsted from Australian Seabird Rescue wants people to see these images of a pelican with an apparent gunshot wound (top, bottom left) and a spoonbill that died after its legs were broken. Pictures: Supplied

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Thousands gather for the funeral of Israel’s ‘man of peace’ Shimon Peres

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu walks from the stage past the casket of former Israeli President Shimon Peres. Photo: CAROLYN KASTER Chemi Peres, son of former Irsaeli President Shimon Peres, hugs US President Barack Obama during the funeral. Photo: ARIEL SCHALIT
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Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, center, sits alongside European Council President Donald Tusk. Photo: ABIR SULTAN

Knesset guards carry the flag-draped coffin during the funeral of former Israeli President Shimon Peres at the Mount Herzel national cemetery in Jerusalem. Photo: Ariel Schalit

Britain’s Prince Charles, left, and French President Francois Hollande talk prior to the funeral. Photo: ARIEL SCHALIT

Israel’s President Reuven Rivlin pays his respects. Photo: ARIEL SCHALIT

Former US President Bill Clinton passes the flag-draped coffin of former Israeli President Shimon Peres. Photo: ARIEL SCHALIT

Israeli soldiers stand with wreaths as the funeral. Photo: ABIR SULTAN

Security guards patrol ahead of the funeral. Photo: MENAHEM KAHANA

Family members of former Israeli President Shimon Peres follow his coffin at the Knesset, Israel’s parliament. Photo: LIOR MIZRAHI

Members of a Knesset guard carry the flag-draped coffin of the former Israeli leader Shimon Peres at Mount Herzl Cemetery in Jerusalem on Friday. Photo: Israeli Government/Getty Images

Jerusalem: The crowd was silent but for the sound of cameras and sobs and the lone voice of a soldier leading the coffin in a song of mourning at the funeral of Israeli statesman and visionary Shimon Peres.

Peres, who died this week aged 93, was the first man to hold positions of both president and prime minister in Israel. He was honoured as a father, husband, leader of vision, and above all, a man of peace.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said although they were political rivals, they became close friends. Netanyahu described him as a leader of stature in our world and “wondrous”.

He said the fact that so many leaders came from around the world was a testament to Peres’ optimism. “The world grieves for home but we find hope in his legacy as does the world”, Netanyahu said.

Israeli President Reuven Rivlin, also a political rival from the Likud party, said Peres’ beliefs “remain uninterred, as a single man who carried the entire nation on the wings of vision” with “stubborn faith” in mankind.

Peres, a thinker, polymath and intellectual, was born in 1923 in Poland and emigrated to Israel In 1934 where he worked as a shepherd and dairy farmer.

Rivlin asked for forgiveness in disagreeing him in the years in which “red lines” were crossed in political rivalry. But “even when we did not agree with you we wanted to believe that perhaps you were right”, Rivlin said.

US President Barack Obama and and former president Bill Clinton led the mourners from dozens of countries, including Prince Charles, former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, French President Francois Hollande and former president Nicolas Sarkozy, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Australian Governor-General Sir Peter Cosgrove.

Not since the 1995 funeral of Peres’ assassinated rival Yitzhak Rabin have so many world leaders gathered in Israel. Two thousand people sat on plastic chairs under a great tent at Mt Herzl national cemetery on a hill overlooking Jerusalem, where Rabin and Israel’s first female Prime Minister Golda Meir were buried before him.

Peres would have been pleased. An unnamed aide quoted in the leading daily Haaretz said Peres in a playful aside after Rabin’s service had asked, “Did you see how many people came to his funeral?”, and bit his lip as if to rue, “He beat me again”.

The same aide was quoted saying Peres was insulted that Rabin’s assassin had faced him at the bottom of the stairs but let him pass, because he wasn’t important enough.

Security of a scale and intensity unseen since Rabin’s funeral surrounded the service.

Guards from the Israeli armed forces were stationed at intervals along all roads leading to the cemetery while long queues waited to pass security checks to get in.

It was the first time the Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas has set foot on Israeli soil in six years.

The “meeting” of Netanyahu and Abbas meant Peres achieved in death a feat which has eluded world leaders – including Obama – for the past several years.

Then, as now, they came for peace, to honour his legacy of hope in the Oslo Accord and the two state solution, even if the Accord he crafted was never completed and the dream of the Gaza Strip as a Hong Kong-style metropolis has proven fantasy.

The question was left hanging in the hot blue sky: with his passing, how many Israelis will share his passionate hope for peace.

Tributes for Peres

US President Barack Obama said the presence of Palestinian Authority president Abbas was a gesture and reminder of the unfinished business of peace. He said the region “is going through a chaotic time and threats are ever present” yet Peres “did not stop dreaming and did not stop working”.

He said Peres was labelled naive by his critics on the right, yet “the people who called him naive depend on the defence architecture that he himself helped to build”.

Although he had seen the worst of inhumanity – he was a teenager when his grandfather was burned to death in the Polish village where Peres grew up – it had never hardened Peres’ heart.

Obama said he was the 10th US President since John F Kennedy to succumb to Peres’ charms. When the two men met in the Oval Office, there was a shared sense of wonder at the sheer unlikeliness of either of them being there, thanks to the extraordinary histories and opportunities offered by each of their “magnificent” countries.

“It is why he believed in miracles, because I Israel he saw a miracle come true,” he said.

He said Peres’ life was the story of Israel of the last century. Obama said Peres from an early age bore witness to the cruelty people could inflict in each other and the “particular madness of anti-Semitism which had run like a stain through history”.

He said Peres showed us that justice and hope are at the heart of the Zionist ideal.

“He believed the Zionists cause would be best protected when Palestinians had a state of their own,” he said.

“Now his work is in the hands of Israel’s next generation, and its friends.”

According to Peres, the message of the Jewish people to mankind was that faith and moral vision can prevail over all adversity, Obama said.

Netanyahu recalled one of the nearly night-long discussions when he asked Peres which took precedence, peace or security, to which Peres replied, “if there is peace! there will be security.”

Despite their differences, the two men above all shared a commitment to “ensure the future of the state of Israel,” Netanyahu said.

He said that “in the end we were both right” and that “peace will not be achieved other than by permanently preserving our power”.

“Bur power is not the objective” Prime Minister Netanyahu said. “In the end the goal is to promote prosperity and peace” for the nation, the region “and for our Palestinian neighbours”.

“Shimon also reached the conclusion that no one camp has the monopoly on truth,” Netanyahu said.

Former US President Bill Clinton said he was honoured to work with Peres towards forging a lasting peace between Israel and Palestine and later as a friend.

He said Peres was always able to move beyond even the most crushing of setbacks to the possibilities of a new day, and that he worked for the children of the world.

Describing Peres as “our complicated and brilliant friend”, Clinton said: “The tomorrows he envisioned are already being lived here in Israel”, referring to Peres’ championing of science and innovation which has transformed Israel’s economy.

People through the region were trying to break the mental and material chains that had held them in bondage thanks in no small part to Peres, Clinton said.

“He never gave up on anyone.”

“Shimon imagined all the things the rest of us could do … He lived 93 years in a state of constant wonder over the unbelievable potential of all of us to rise above our fears,” Clinton said.

“He had to master his own demons, forgive himself for his own mistakes and get over his disappointments. The monumental effort it required to do that grew his heart to be bigger than his brain, which is really saying something.” according to Clinton.

“It was what kept him forever young.”

He asked the world to remember Peres’ luminous smile, and to “imagine”, as Peres had never stopped imagining.

Peres’ daughter Professor Tsvia Walden remembered a creative, loving father who cut sandwiches into diamonds and said “Try this, it’s a Burmese sandwich” to get his children to eat.

She said for all of his 93 years he was a man in love – with his wife Sonia, who pre-deceased him, “with his family, with the people of Israel, with the state of Israel”.

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