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The unemployment rate has hovered below seven per cent in Shepparton, and orchards and packing houses provide much-needed employment. “Once I join a company, I have a set mind of what my goal will be for that period of time and I put everything into it,” Ms Oladele said. “You can upskill workers. Mr Roulstone said there were still jobs to fill, and the horticulture and agriculture industries continued to grow at a rate of about 4 per cent per year, despite the push towards automation. “Over the last decade, [automation has] probably taken about 4,000 to 5,000 jobs out of the industry.” Most of the jobs lost have been in the larger packing houses, with robotics replacing forklift drivers, but Mr Roulstone said some orchards had introduced automation to harvest fruit. Orchard innovator Olabisi Oladele has faced racism while working in regional Victoria, but that has not stopped her advancing automation in the industry.As a technical manager at Geoffrey Thompson Holdings in Shepparton, northern Victoria, Ms Oladele was often mistaken for a backpacker looking for fruit picking work.She said two things had worked against her.”[Being] a woman and a black lady,” she laughed.One of her staff members once questioned her judgement based on race.”Where you come from people are hungry, so why would you be complaining about the quality of fruit?” Ms Oladele recalled of her male colleague.Working for one of the largest suppliers of apples and pears in the country, she took the surprising question in her stride.The mother of adult twin boys said her motto was to arm herself with resilience and to not take anything personally in the workplace and, instead, understand people.”It’s how people feel, it’s what they’ve gone through, it’s what the last person has done to them,” Ms Oladele said.”When you’re in leadership, those are the things you look at, not just because somebody didn’t feel good on a particular day within a conversation.”Ms Oladele said she was committed to her regional community and the orcharding industry.She was recently awarded the 2018 Victorian Nuffield Scholarship to study the future of automation in horticulture. We will still be able to use them in other areas of the business,” she said.Automation costs jobs in the packing shed The Australian Workers’ Union expected automation would impact seasonal workers first. But she did not want automation to come at the cost of local jobs. “That will come along in the next five to 10 years and we expect there will be some further job losses,” he said. “I’m hoping the automation would expand us and also expand growers around this area,” she said. “It will certainly impact the seasonal workers and the money that comes into the region,” national organiser Shane Roulstone said. (ABC Central Victoria: Larissa Romensky)
Ms Oladele has studied apples and pears for a long time.Originally from Nigeria, she came to Australia in 1990 to study at the University of New South Wales, where she completed her Masters and later her PhD in technology, studying how to store and extend the shelf life of fruit and vegetables. Ms Oladele estimated Geoffrey Thompson Holdings employed up to 2,000 people to work across 8,000 hectares of orchards, with another 600 workers in the pack house. However, her rise to management started at the bottom “doing all the jobs” — even with a PhD.She struggled to find work initially due to a lack of experience, and eventually wound up in a factory packing sausages.That followed a stint as a bank teller and eventually a stay-at-home mum for a year before moving into the food industry.Then she received a job offer in Shepparton in 2006 and, a few years later, began working in her current position — the only female in management.That has been the case in her last three jobs.”So the female and the black,” she laughed.A clear and focused plan was what she attributed her career advancement to. “My end theme is to make sure the customer gets their fruit for the fruit bowl, of the right quality,” she said.Being the only female in a male-dominated industry

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Ms Oladele met her husband while studying in Sydney. (ABC Central Victoria: Larissa Romensky)
Ms Oladele believes automation is the key to keeping Victorian orchards in business, and to helping the local horticulture industry expand despite falling fruit prices. It’s a matter of whether the industry and the government wants to support that.” “There’s certainly job opportunities in those areas going forward,” he said. Her challenging role involved her overseeing quality management, often delivering bad news to farmers when inspecting their crop.”It’s so hard to go and tell a grower that the fruit [they’ve] brought to us to pack is no good,” she said.Automation the future for increased production

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The company produces about 85,000 bins of fruit a year, each weighing about 380 kilograms. While Ms Oladele anticipated automation would lower costs of production and help them compete in a global market, it could reduce the workforce to about one-third.”[That] doesn’t mean that then we’re going to have two-thirds of people losing their jobs, no.
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On the moveMs Dentrinos said Canberra’s zookeepers were confident Kebibi would cope well with the move.”Giraffes are pretty aloof animals and adapt pretty quickly.”She’ll see the new herd up there and that’ll be pretty exciting for her.”And while she’s still a couple of years away from reproducing age, zookeepers expect Kebibi will be welcomed into her new herd.”It’d be exciting to hear some news of offspring a couple of years from now,” Ms Dentrinos said. and they’ll be making regular stops to check on her and allow her to have some more food.”

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Breeding successKebibi was the first calf born at Canberra’s zoo to parents Mzungu and Shaba.”They were youngsters themselves when they came — they were only about three years old,” Ms Dentrinos said.”They conceived Kebibi very quickly after a brief stint getting to know each other.”It helps when you’re the same age because then you’re roughly the same height which makes positioning a bit easier.”That needs to be catered for when you’re a giraffe.”

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“Making sure we had the trailer here with enough time for Kebibi to familiarise herself with it was the biggest priority,” keeper Sophie Dentrinos said.”We want her to feel as comfortable as possible.”

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The team transporting Kebibi has plenty of stops planned.”We allow about 20 hours for the journey,” Ms Dentrinos said.”Obviously they have to travel pretty slowly … (ABC Canberra: Hannah Walmsley)
Preparations for the 1,200-kilometre move involved daily sessions in the trailer.”She’s spent time each morning in there with her favourite foods and just building her confidence,” Ms Dentrinos said.”Because of her size, Kebibi can just walk onto the trailer before we hook it up to the ute.”When working with bigger giraffes, there’s usually a crane involved to get the crate onto a low truck.”

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Cairns woman reunited with long-lost diamonds found in drawer after 17 years

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A Cairns woman has been reunited with her long-lost diamonds after 17 years, thanks to an honest tenant who found them during a fastidious vacate clean and handed them into police.Police made a public appeal to find the jewels’ owner, after they were found in the back of a drawer at a unit in the Cairns suburb of Bungalow in October last year.Their rightful owner, who did not wish to be identified, said the three, round, brilliant-cut diamonds were a gift from her late father.”I never thought I would ever see them again. Photo:
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She said it was “miraculous”, and she had not been able to wipe the smile off her face ever since.”I’m so excited, and honestly I can’t thank the police enough for finding me, for helping actually recover everything,” she said.”It’s amazing, it’s a story like none other, so I’m so thankful for the police for the work they’ve done and for the lady for finding them, so thank you, thank you and thank you.”The owner hoped to personally thank the tenant who found the stones, and said she had “something for her”.She planned to have the diamonds, ranging from 0.47 to 0.8 carats, made into a pendant and rings.Police say finding the owner much trickier than anticipatedPlain clothes Senior Constable Jeremy Carter said it took police five months to find the diamonds’ owner, and he was relieved they got there in the end. Photo:
Plain clothes Senior Constable Jeremy Carter said the investigation gave him great personal satisfaction. Honestly, to reunite me with my diamonds from my late father is amazing.”In the end, it was police who tracked down the owner, who was overseas when they made their public appeal. But he said police had intentionally been vague about the type, quantity, value, and other documents with the diamonds.”We didn’t release any of that information, so we were able to quickly figure out those people weren’t telling the truth,” Senior Constable Carter said.Of the honest tenant who handed the diamonds in, Senior Constable Carter said there would be good karma heading her way.”It’s not often you that you would have someone return the quantity and the value of the diamonds that were returned,” he said.”It proves that there are still good people out there.” I actually thought they had been stolen,” she said.The stones had been kept in a safe deposit facility at a local bank, and the woman had taken them home briefly to have valuations undertaken.”They were found and located at the back of a drawer, so it must’ve been that when I’ve taken something else out, they must’ve fallen down the back, and have remained there for 17 years,” she said.”I can’t even thank [the tenant] enough for what she’s done. (ABC Far North: Sharnie Kim)
He said the investigation was hampered due to the amount of time that had passed since the woman lived at the Bungalow unit.”A lot of paper records were kept back them, which nobody keeps anymore, so tracking down a particular person via the usual means didn’t actually work,” he said.”Our intelligence specialists came up with a list of names and one of those persons happened to be the owner of the diamonds.”He said police had to consider the possibility the diamonds were linked to criminal activity.”Basically no-one forgets that they’ve got this amount of diamonds missing, so we had to keep in mind that it possibly was proceeds of crime or stolen from somewhere and secreted,” Senior Constable Carter said.Dozens of people tried to claim the diamondsPolice were swamped with interest when they made their appeal for information last month, with some 40 people coming forward to try to claim the diamonds.”Numerous, numerous persons, many hopeful people, and I feel for those people, they were hopeful that that treasure they’ve had stolen had turned up,” Senior Constable Carter said.He said investigators also heard some tall tales.”We had some people concocting vague stories about diamonds in an attempt to possibly glean some information to try and connect the dots,” he said.

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If you’ve got some suggestions for shout-outs about news that is good to you, tag @abcnews in tweets about them.See you next week. They had a dance party.Their tune of choice was Taylor Swift’s Shake it Off. A charity named in his honour — Philando Feeds the Children — has paid the lunch debts for 37,000 children at schools across the state.”Philando is still reaching into his pocket, and helping a kid out. Gap closed. (AP: Jim Mone, file)
Philando Castile, known as “Mr Phil” to students, was a school nutrition supervisor in Minnesota who would use his own money when children couldn’t afford to buy lunch.He was shot and killed by a police officer after being pulled over in 2016.But Castile’s good deeds haven’t been forgotten. The company said it would spend $1.2 million to boost the pay packets of 350 women and the average pay rise would be $3,500. “Keep on dreaming big for yourself … and maybe one day I’ll proudly look up at a portrait of you!” It’s good and cute news. She graced the red carpet in the gown she wore to the awards in 1962 when she won a Best Supporting Actress Oscar. Where else have we seen the elimination of a cancer?”Pub Choir is too good an idea for just one city to enjoyIf you haven’t heard of it, the concept is a simple one: hundreds of strangers get together in a pub and learn a pop song.Brilliant, right?It only started a year ago in Brisbane and it’s proven so popular organisers now have to turn people away.And there’s no slowing down for what is now a bona fide movement, with an event recently held on the Sunshine Coast and another date locked in for Hobart (with the possibility of a Melbourne date to follow).”Giving people the permission to feel comfortable singing out loud and as joyously as they want really does speak to a lot of people,” creator Astrid Jorgensen said.Watch this video of 300 people learning Paul Kelly’s Dumb Things on the Sunshine Coast. Sure, he has an Oscar, but his Twitter game is also pretty strong. External Link:

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Other fun (and funny) things from around the place: The Oscars happened and Jordan Peele became the first black winner of the Best Original Screenplay category. Why? It’s Friday afternoon, so you’d be forgiven for not being in the mood to hear about what’s wrong with the world.The good news is there’s a lot that’s right with the world too, and we want to make sure you know about it, which brings us to our first story.A type of cancer will be eliminatedGive it 40 years and it’s unlikely cervical cancer will exist in Australia.All those prevention and early-intervention regimes are working, according to medical experts, so much so that infection rates have plummeted to just 1 per cent in young women. Like. He got a big kick out of that,” she said.The program doesn’t just teach kids aged 0-5 to read in America. External Link:

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We want to end on a really light note.Look at this animated watermelon sticker. One by one,” the charity said.At least one organisation closed its gender pay gapThe day before International Women’s Day, Energy Australia announced its female employees would be paid the same as male colleagues doing the same job. Just. One man’s generosity continues after his death

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Philando Castile’s legacy is one of generosity. It will make you smile and tap your feet (and probably sing along). Professor Suzanne Garland, the director of the Centre for Women’s Infectious Diseases at the Royal Women’s Hospital, said she expected the number of cases each year would drop from about 1,000, to just a few, thanks to the vaccination and the new DNA screening test.”That’s massive. Not only has she met Ms Obama. External Link:

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A mission to save the horses nobody wants

Then, I had to pull the trigger.”This lovely, 510 kilogram living creature, crashed to the ground and those once-lovely brown liquid eyes gazed at me no more. (ABC News: Rebecca Carmody)
Recounting their stories of hardship and remembering those he’s had to bury can bring Mr Gent to tears.Cobber was an ex-galloper who “graced his property” in 2013 but who was put down in 2017.Mr Gent still can’t talk about Cobber’s passing, but wrote about it on his website. (ABC News: Rebecca Carmody)
They say the horses pay them in kind, with their love and friendship and life lessons — one of them being patience.Helen Coles said while Mr Gent was “absolutely amazing”, he’d had a few close calls with the horses over the years and she worried about him being alone.”We worry about him because he’s on his own and we do worry about him if he’s out on the paddock and if something goes wrong, there’s no one here to give him a hand,” she said.”Definitely if we could be here every day 24/7, we would.”It’s not just horses to which Mr Gent provides refuge.His family includes two Shetland ponies named Gypsy and Tonto, two alpacas named Ricardo and Carlos, six sheep and Kaylee the dog, who his constant companion. (ABC News: Rebecca Carmody)

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Sheep share the property with the rescued horses. (ABC News: Rebecca Carmody)

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Owner Alan Gent cares for more than 20 horses on his property in the town of Highbury in Western Australia. Photo:
A whiteboard tracks the feeding schedule at the Calan Horse Sanctuary. (ABC News: Rebecca Carmody)

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Rescued horse Tex at the Calan Horse Sanctuary. There has since been no let up in requests for the ex-builder to provide refuge to abused, neglected and unwanted horses, who would otherwise be sent to the knackery or simply abandoned.Now 79, Mr Gent has dedicated his twilight years to giving horses the life he believes they deserve, after years of relentless training, competitions and breeding. Photo:
Alan Gent has grand plans for Calan Horse Sanctuary. (ABC News: Rebecca Carmody)
If there are no horses needing to be nursed through the night, Mr Gent hits the sack at 7.45pm.He acknowledges he couldn’t do it without the help of Helen and Azzurra Coles, who travel half an hour from their home in Wagin four times a week to lend a hand, something they have done for more than five years.The mother and daughter help with the early morning feed and clean up, and want for nothing in return. Alan Gent didn’t know his purpose in life until he retired and bought his granddaughter a horse named Rebel. (ABC News: Rebecca Carmody)

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Alpacas Ricardo and Carlos at the Calan Horse Sanctuary. (ABC News: Rebecca Carmody)
“He gave all of us so much joy and now when we spend time with his close companion, Digger, the spirit of Cobber will be with us just like the spirits of Topaz, Lawson, and Koda. (ABC News: Rebecca Carmody)
Another worry is the ever rising cost of feeding his horses and paying for veterinarians and dental care.Mr Gent has a GoFundMe page and said while he was grateful for every donation he received, he spent his entire pension on his horses and dipped into his savings to make up any shortfall.Eventually, he’d like to employ Helen and Azzurra Coles as paid stable hands at Calan Horse Sanctuary.”Everything I’ve received so far, I’ve really appreciated, really really appreciated,” he said.”Some people who are not well off have made a small sacrifice and some children have sent me five dollars from their money box — fantastic.”I don’t like banging the drum too much because I just don’t like doing it.””I am making arrangements for when I do pass on, that things will move on, but it is a worry.” For more information on the Calan Horse Sanctuary visit http://calan.cavalletti.com.auTo donate to the project, visit https://www.gofundme.com/calanhorsesanctuary “Maybe the sight of whirling dust and clouds of dirt and the sound of thundering hoofbeats is you and the boys letting us know you’re all right.” Mr Gent concedes his devotion to his horses has morphed into an obsession. (ABC News: Rebecca Carmody)
A 24/7 jobLooking after his horses is a herculean job, which for Mr Gent — who lives alone on the property — starts each day about 4am.His days are filled preparing feeds to suit individual dietary requirements, cleaning stables of manure, replenishing drinking water, grooming, trimming hooves and booking veterinarian appointments. (ABC News: Rebecca Carmody)

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Alan Gent’s study includes photos of every horse and animal that has come to live at Calan Horse Sanctuary. He has the names of his first thirteen horses tattooed on his arms and, when time permits, he plans on getting seventeen more inked on.He walls are adorned with photographs of every animal that’s moved in. Photo:
Shetland ponies Gypsy and Tonto at the Calan Horse Sanctuary. (ABC News: Marcus Alborn)
Alan Gent didn’t discover his real purpose in life until after he retired and bought his granddaughter a horse named “Rebel”.One horse quickly became two when he was asked to take in another horse, “Irish”, who was found under a tree looking like “a bag of bones” with cuts and scratches from head to tail.That was in 2005. “I was torn apart and I will never ever be the same, nor will I ever forget him. I kept a watchful eye on him and by 1:00pm of the day, he could not turn and move to the right and forward, and with much effort, he could only slowly edge himself to the left.”What I have found so heartbreaking and infinitely sad is the moment all compassionate and caring horse stewards dread more than anything else in the world — having gained the trust of an innocent animal and then having to end its life by your own hands.”I approached Cobber with my rifle and connected his right ear to his left eye and vice versa with a mark, all items he had never seen before, yet he continued to place his trust in me. Photo:
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The horses at Calan Horse Sanctuary were headed for a grim fate before Alan Gent stepped in. (ABC News: Rebecca Carmody)

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Feed prepared in a stable for horses at the Calan Horse Sanctuary. “On the 7/5/2017 it became evident to me that dear Cobber’s end was drawing close. (ABC News: Rebecca Carmody)

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Rescued horse Mae-Lee at the Calan Horse Sanctuary. (ABC News: Rebecca Carmody)

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Alan Gent has devoted his life to the Calan Horse Sanctuary. (ABC News: Rebecca Carmody)
He’s turned his 40-hectare property in Highbury, in WA’s Wheatbelt, into a horse sanctuary, where he devotes his time and energy working to transform their eyes from what he describes as “dull, depressed and lifeless” to ones that are “soft and bright”.Restoring the horses to good health is his first priority, then his efforts shift to restoring their self-esteem.”My mission here is to give animals a life they deserve, if it’s possible,” Mr Gent said.”It’s not easy going but someone’s got to do it.”We have never met a horse we felt didn’t deserve the highest regard and care, which we gladly and freely give.”We’ve had 203 requests for help and I’ve only been able to take 27 horses in total.”Every time I say no, I feel I’ve pointed my thumb down and condemned them because you don’t know where they are.”

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Alan Gent has dedicated his life to saving the lives of horses. (ABC News: Rebecca Carmody)

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Azzurah Coles, a 19-year-old from Wagin, help cares for the horses. (ABC News: Rebecca Carmody)
The moment horse stewards dreadThere are currently 23 horses living at the Calan Horse Sanctuary which, apart from small donations, is funded out of Mr Gent’s pension and retirement savings.They include Honner, a rescued horse with one eye; Tex, who suffers from fistulous withers, a chronic inflammatory disease affecting the back; and Mae Lee, who is blind in one eye and who developed “fish hooks” in her mouth due to a lack of dental care. That sparked a passion to save these loving creatures from the knackery, and restore the “soft and bright” look to their eyes. Photo:
Helen Coles, a mother from Wagin, volunteers 20 hours a week at Calan Horse Sanctuary. Photo:
Alan Gent has his arms tattooed with the names of horses that have come to live at Calan Horse Sanctuary. (ABC News: Rebecca Carmody)
Not slowing downFar from slowing down, Mr Gent said he planned to build more stables so he could offer refuge to more horses in need.”I’d like to be able to rearrange the paddocks, I’d like to build more stables, I’d like to bring in more horses, I’d like to even improve possibly their care,” he said.
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Alone except for his two old dogs, Indigo and Blue.They stayed by his side for weeks until his body is found.It’s the sort of tragic story that makes people wonder how it could happen, and often ends sadly for all involved — including the faithful pets.That was the scenario faced by Tasmania Police when they entered a property in the north of the state to check on the welfare of the occupant.While nothing could be done for the elderly owner, the police called the local dog catcher, Des, who “has a way with animals” according to Emma Haswell, the founder of Brightside Farm Sanctuary.Des called Ms Haswell, who had already heard about the dogs.”The owner had died, and no-one knew, and he had been dead for two weeks when the police found him,” she said.”His two dear old dogs protected him and wouldn’t let the police go near him, they were guarding their owner.”It would have been very stressful for the dogs and very difficult for them when the police came in and they didn’t know what was going on. Apparently the police weren’t game to go near them.”Nobody from the family could or would take them, so their future was looking pretty grim, so I said I would [find them a new home].”The two old dogs are believed to be 10 and 12 years old, and Ms Haswell said it was likely they would have been euthanased. They were the most beautiful dogs. Photo:
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“I was amazed. An old man dies. “And he looked and behaved like a five-year-old dog by the time she had finished with him.”Ms Haswell said it was a good story among those of the swathes of abandoned and unwanted animals that people want her to take each week.”Just pages of animal surrenders for the past six weeks — it’s just insane. (ABC News: Rhiannon Shine)
It’s not always easy to find the right home for older dogs. You just want to squeeze them,” she said.”They are mother and daughter, so the [red] heeler is the mother, and the kelpie-cross is the daughter.”When I took them to their new home, I took them out into the garden to explore and it was just gorgeous. Every day getting numerous calls about dogs, heaps of rabbits, guinea pigs — it’s very difficult when you can’t say yes to them all,” she said.”It’s nice when you can just pluck some animals out of something awful and just transfer them straight into paradise, it’s just a really good feeling.” Photo:
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“She took another old dog from me once before … a 10-year-old shepherd that had been left out the back of a fish and chip shop and had been in a terrible state of ill health — he could hardly walk. The daughter kept looking back and checking on the mother as they wandered around — they’re really bonded.”They’re well cared for and in good health.”New life for old dogs

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Mother Blue (R) and daughter Indigo (L) guarded their owner’s body for weeks before being found.