Dance classes for people with Parkinson’s

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Couples dancing during the dance with Parkinson's class
Carmen Woodmansee is the physio who started the classes as a way to get people moving — whether they have Parkinson’s or not.”We really encourage the partners or carers to come along with the person with Parkinson’s,” she said.”Less of a carer role, but just so they can have some fun together, learn together, move together and learn dance together.”Ms Woodmansee said while moving to music helps the person with Parkinson’s ward off some of the symptoms, the partners and carers also get a lot from the classes.”They’re getting all their health benefits, they’re moving for an hour, they’re working on their balance, their strength and their fitness,” she said.”It’s very much a mind workout, you’re thinking about the movements and how to link the movements together.”Dance classes bringing people togetherEileen and Wayne Jackson have been coming to the dance classes for a few months.”We just thoroughly enjoy it and I feel it’s helped me with my movement,” Mrs Jackson said.”I was diagnosed [with Parkinson’s] about six or eight years ago, but I’ve known that something was wrong for quite a bit longer than that.”It’s something that creeps up on you.”
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Wayne and Eileen Jackson doing warmups in the dance class
Mrs Jackson said while she makes sure she exercises outside of the dance class, she gets more than just fitness from attending.”A lot of laughing, all the time,” she said.Mr Jackson also takes part in the classes, though he is not always as coordinated as his wife.”I accompany my wife and yes, we both enjoy it,” he said.”Unfortunately, I’m left footed and I’ve got two left feet.”As well as giving them a good hour of exercise, the classes are also a way to keep those with Parkinson’s connected.”It brings everybody together,” Mr Jackson said. Dancing for people with Parkinson’s disease has been shown to help them with their movement — and when movement is combined with laughter, it brings even more benefits.Every Wednesday the Bellerive Quay Health Hub runs two dance classes for people with Parkinson’s, and their partners and supporters. Photo:
Class instructor Carmen Woodmansee (far right) with her class: (from left) Juddith Dand, Gregory Dand, Pru Houston, Wayne Jackson, Eileen Jackson, John Adams and Elwyn Adams. (936 ABC Hobart: Carol Rääbus)
“We’ve noticed since we started, at first everybody was shy and nobody really spoke to each other, but now it’s really become a group.”
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Tales from the driver’s side: SA’s husband and wife taxi team retire

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“You must look after the passengers and look after the car,” he was advised. It took her some time to get back in the car again, but Ms McDonnell said she did not let the experience sway her. (ABC South East SA: Kate Hill )
Across the years, the couple would see the same faces again and again, and got to know a wide range of “regulars” who would be delighted to see them. There is a book in it.”After Geoff’s final fare this month, the Blue Lake city’s favourite husband and wife taxi team have officially retired and are now fondly recalling their many years on the road, including the good, the bad and the sometimes ugly stories.Driving for a living was originally not on the McDonnells’ agenda. Photo:
Who is the better driver? One lady whom he got talking to gifted him a line, which he repeats to this day. “You just get back in the car and drive again.” The funny and the sadOne night, with a group of young people filling the taxi, Mr McDonnell watched shocked as a young lady stripped off while sitting in the front seat, leaving the cab wearing just a pair of jeans.”I kept my eyes on the road all the time,” said a straight-faced Geoff, who confessed the whole tale to his wife when he got home. “All the characters, stories and memories. Mr McDonnell confesses he is still ringing his bosses to see if there is any jobs for him to do. “She said to me, ‘my mum said to me that the two best psychiatrists in the world are prostitutes and taxi drivers’,” he laughs. More than 50 years of collective experience behind the wheel of a taxi has given Mount Gambier’s Mary and Geoff McDonnell a wealth of stories to tell, but one particular tale makes the couple laugh out loud.”I stopped one morning at a Mount Gambier motel, this was decades ago,” begins Mr McDonnell.”All of a sudden, this lass comes running out, very scantily clad and she jumped in and yelled ‘go, go go’!””Next came this young lad running out, with just a towel around him, yelling ‘Stop, stop, stop!'””You never know who you’re going to get next,” said 68-year-old Ms McDonnell, matter-of-factly. (ABC South East SA: Kate Hill )
But Geoff’s manners and ability to chat to anyone and everyone saw him become a fast favourite with the customers, from all walks of life. You had to teach them some manners.””I kept my calm while it was happening but I fell in a heap afterwards.”A few years after she started, Mary got a strong sense of the lengths the close-knit taxi community would go to to protect their own. “Police came from everywhere and all the taxi drivers and their colleagues came from everywhere,” she said. After that, Mary would switch off the meter and spend a little time talking to her. “He just gave a cough and it went all over me,” she said.”I tipped him out. Ever the gentleman, Geoff has kept some of the best tales to himself.”Switch it off for a minute,” he smiles, pointing at my recorder.”I’ll tell you a good one.” “It made me feel sad. “You learn very quickly the ones you can talk personally to and the ones who keep their distance.”

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Mary and Geoff McDonnell are known as the nicest husband and wife team in the business. In 1989, Mr McDonnell had suffered a serious back injury while working at a farm and struggling to find a job after an operation, found himself at the door of a local taxi company run by David and Ann Vears. A well-seasoned driver can read the tell-tale signs a patron is about to lose their dinner, but one night a well-primed male customer gave Ms McDonnell far more than a generous tip. But she was lonely.”Other customers she does not recall quite so fondly. Next morning, Ms McDonnell was called to pick up the same young lady and recognising the name, said she had to stifle a smile at the thought of her saucer-eyed husband the night prior. She was such a beautiful lady, such a character. Oh, the stink in the car was horrendous,” she said, wrinkling her nose at the memory.A disgusted Mary said she did not bother to collect her fare or the clean-up fee, electing to get home and shower off “the smell of vodka”. Butter wouldn’t melt in her mouth.” Just watching someone’s behaviour approaching the taxi was enough for a driver to learn a lot about their potential customer and sometimes decide not to accept the fare, said Ms McDonnell.”Body language is everything,” she said. The time was rightMs McDonnell retired in 2015 and after 26 years of 12-hour night shifts, Mr McDonnell decided the time was also right to take his last fare.The social atmosphere and lure of the radio chatter is hard to give up though. “You got to know families, you got to know grandchildren,” she said.Then there were the customers who Ms McDonnell would often think about long after they had left the taxi.”One of our regulars, she got in the car one day and said ‘you know, I could walk down to the supermarket, but I have to get a taxi because you are the only people I talk to through the week’,” she said.The lady explained that her family lived in Adelaide and she only spoke to them over the phone. Although the couple are happy to tell some stories, others are not for public consumption.The husband and wife team are not known as the nicest couple in the business for nothing. “She was all covered up this time. After an intoxicated customer pulled a knife on her and threatened her life, an upset Mary was able to pull into a local bottle-shop and ring for help.Fellow taxi drivers raced the police to the scene. Mary takes to the roadMeanwhile, Mary followed him into the profession two years later, the mother-of-six describing herself as the “fiery one” of the duo.”Some of the younger ones [customers] had to be told their place,” she said.”They’d get in on a Saturday night from the hotels or the nightclubs and they’d open the door and say ‘g’day mate’. I am, says Mary.
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Two-storey floating venue to be new hub of Adelaide Festival

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A two-storey floating entertainment and dining venue will be built as the hub of next year’s Adelaide Festival.The Riverbank Palais will be modelled on the little-remembered Floating Palais de Danse.Festival organisers said that venue mysteriously sank in 1928 after explosions were heard, and it was believed at the time that rivals of flamboyant entrepreneur Barcroft Teesdale Smith destroyed his Indian-inspired Taj Mahal of the Torrens.Adelaide Festival co-artistic director Rachel Healy is confident the new hub will prove popular.”The venue is going to be very beautiful and will float on the Torrens for the duration of the Festival and be — we hope — a kind of beacon for everyone here,” she said.”It’s an enormous project, the most challenging project of all of the festival clubs that the Adelaide Festival has created in its history.”She said the Riverbank Palais would host live music and DJs, some special events and lunches that showcase some of South Australia’s leading chefs.The Palais will open from breakfast until late night and is set to be the centrepiece of the next three Adelaide Festivals, according to organisers.They said nearly a century after its predecessor sank into obscurity, the new Festival Palais promised to be the talk of the town.
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Childhood friends too cute to bear

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My teddy’s name is Ted and he was my Santa   present in 1961 when I was almost seven months old. There is a tag located near his right paw — BERLEX Melbourne. He has a squeaker in his back, however this no longer works.
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Bear is 60 years old — I’ve had him since I was three. He now stays in my bedroom on the chest of drawers. I got him back from my mum 10 years ago.
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I tried naming him Paddington, but obviously couldn’t pronounce it. This is Paggin Bear (34 years old, like me) and that’s Mrs Paggin on the left.
My wife spent the night in hospital a while ago and when I got home from visiting her, I found she’d left Ted in the bed to keep me company until she got home. Ted and I are both 55 years old.
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He lost his ears many moons ago and has a squeaker that still works. Here is mine. It’s Squeaky and he is 52 years old and lives on my bed during the day and on a chair at night.

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Jackie received this teddy from her sister 40 years ago.

My mum, who was holding me, swooped in to move it and accidentally burnt one of my hands in the process! It still has a burn mark behind one of the ears after my sister left it leaning against the heater. She felt terrible. Here’s mine, 43-and-a-half years old.
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My sister, who died when I was nine, bought me this for my seventh birthday. I’m 47 tomorrow.
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Squeaky may not have ears anymore, but he can still squeak. (Audience submitted: Patrick Caruana)
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It came from Geelong. My husband’s bear, 55 years of age.

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This is Jonathan. He’s 65 soon (hmm so am I). He has leather button eyes, is pretty wrecked (hmm so am I). Named my son after him.

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Linen cleaners show heart and return lost toy

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Linen workers found the toy elephant tangled in the motel’s bedsheets before taking time out to photograph Eli touring the laundry facility to reassure Kiana her favourite soft toy was in safe hands.”When you’ve got kids you know how sentimental they get. (Supplied: Narelle James)
“They had written a letter saying he was just on holidays with them,” Ms James said.”He had had a wonderful time, that they had enjoyed having him there, they had looked after him.”We were blown away that they would go to all that effort for a little girl they would never meet.”Eli has now settled back into life with Kiana.”He is well and truly lost somewhere in her sheets again,” Ms James said.”He is a very special teddy and he’s getting lots of love and cuddles at night, it’s lovely to have him back in our house.” It was a simple thing to do,” Princes Laundry Services’ Juliane Raroa said.”It got everyone talking about their own kids and their teddies.”The reunion between girl and elephant back home in Berri, in regional South Australia, was a noisy affair.”Kiana opened the express post and her face was amazing,” Ms James said.”This astonishment as she pulled out her teddy and she squealed, the noise went through the whole house.”‘Blown away’ by the effort of strangersA two-page letter with photos of Eli the elephant driving a forklift, folding linen and even sitting in the boss’s chair accompanied the soft toy. Photo:
Kiana Rundell tucked in bed with Eli after the pair were reunited. A young girl’s lost toy has been returned by warm-hearted cleaners who went out of their way to prove its misadventure was nothing but a fun holiday.Eli the elephant failed to return home with seven-year-old Kiana Rundell after a weekend getaway in Adelaide.”There were tears, she was fairly inconsolable to be honest, it was quite heart-breaking as a parent,” mum Narelle James said.”We actually had to lie with her that night to help her go to sleep.”The motel where the family stayed could not find the missing soft toy and it appeared lost for good until Kiana told her parents “he was in my bed, caught up in my sheets”.Her quick-thinking parents called the motel back and asked for the name of their linen laundry company.”It was a long shot, but at this stage we were pretty desperate,” Ms James said.Laundry has a bit of fun

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Rwandan mother and son separated for 20 years reunite in Cairns

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“This country is like heaven. “My friend said to me, I saw a boy that looked like you in the Congo, he’s like you, his face is like your face,” Ms Nyirashaka said.”So, I went into migrant services and told them, then I started ringing him and getting to know him again, telling him his story.”I was scared about meeting him again, but then I saw him and I just held him for 30 minutes and thought ‘Oh my god’.”For 20 year-old Dennis Bemeliki, the reunion was an emotional one. I want to work. “I now work in childcare in Cairns and I love it. I want be a nurse and one day make a documentary to inspire others. “She sent me some pictures and then I was convinced. This is the best country.” “I then walked from the Congo to Angola for one year and then Angola to Zambia trying to avoid the violence that followed.”I was so hungry for a few years, and for a year I was just eating leaves.”When I was walking from Angola to Zambia I was pregnant with my son. “Now I am here I have so many things I want to achieve. I don’t want to take any government help. I couldn’t sleep knowing I had a family in Australia. I like working, earning my keep. I work a lot but the kids love me. “It was hard to convince me I had another mum, so during the time before I met her we spoke a lot on the phone,” Mr Bemeliki said. (ABC Far North: Frances Adcock)
‘For a year I was just eating leaves’ Close to 1 million people were brutally slaughtered in just three months during the Rwandan genocide in 1994.Fleeing the violence as a refugee, Ms Nyirashaka travelled across three countries, walking more than 1,200 kilometres in three years. “I walked from Rwanda to Congo and gave birth to my daughter Ester. Pascasia Nyirashaka feared she would again never see her eldest son alive after they were displaced by the Rwandan genocide in 1994.The mother of seven was given refugee status in Australia 16 years after she last saw her son.”From 1994 I hadn’t spoken to him. It was hard to be together.” ‘It was hard to convince me I had another mum’ A chance discovery by a friend of Ms Nyirashaka’s who had travelled from Cairns to the Congo began the lengthy process towards their reunion. It took seven months to get there and this was the last time I saw my husband but not my sons,” Ms Nyirashaka said. “I want to give people hope.”

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Ms Nyirashaka and Mr Bemeliki now enjoy spending as much time as possible together. “I have also worked as a cleaner. I am so lucky. We didn’t know he was still alive,” Ms Nyirashaka said.”My husband and my two sons Dennis and Joseph went into the jungle during the violence, and that was the last I saw of my two sons.”My husband was a Tutsi and I was a Hutu, so we dispersed. A mother and son separated by war, then reunited in far north Queensland after 20 years, say they want to make a difference to their community. I carried my daughter on my back.” ‘This country is like heaven’Living in Cairns now, life is very different for the family. I was a teacher in my country,” Ms Nyirashaka said.
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Louis Kristopher has worked closely with the African community in Perth, offering free legal advice and mentoring young people, to try to give back to the community.Mr Kristopher said the images of war that haunt him were the same images which gave him the strength and determination to pursue a career in law.”So many human rights abuses … those things still keep lingering in my mind and it will continue to be on my mind for a very long time,” he said.”I’ve witnessed people being shot right at a point-blank range, very close, even civilians.”Fleeing war-ravaged South Sudan at a young age, Mr Kristopher’s family ended up in the Agojo refugee camp in Uganda around 1989, and it was there he started going to primary school. (Supplied: Louis Kristopher )
He provides free legal advice to people who need it most and represents others for discounted rates.”All that I know that as a person from my upbringing, if you want people to do good things for you, you have to do good things for people,” he said.”I believe you fall down and you get up, you fall down and you get up. Photo:
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Mr Kristopher ended up at the refugee camp after his family fled South Sudan. That is life.”Mr Kristopher was nominated for the junior criminal lawyer award by one of his colleagues, but never thought he would receive the honour.”I really had to take a deep breath in and just try to understand what was it that was happening,” he said.But Mr Kristopher said the greatest honour came from his nine-year-old son, who told him he wanted to follow in his footsteps.”I want my children to understand that Dad never gives up,” he said. (Supplied: Louis Kristopher)
“Lack of proper education, a lack of sanitation, there was shortage of food, there was almost shortage of everything you can talk about growing up in the refugee camp,” he said.”That was some of the things that as a person I really had to overcome and just say look I have a life to live, regardless of whether I eat or not today, I just have to press on.”Now a criminal lawyer in Perth after having moved to Australia in 2004, Mr Kristopher wants to give back to the nation that took him in.”If Australia was not to help me, I wouldn’t be able to give back to the society the same way,” he said.
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Migratory bird haven in SA declared national park

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A sanctuary which attracts thousands of migratory birds annually from the northern hemisphere has been proclaimed Australia’s newest national park.The Adelaide International Bird Sanctuary is now a national park covering 2,457 hectares of shorebird habitat in the Saint Kilda area just north of suburban Adelaide.South Australian Environment Minister Ian Hunter said it was a haven for birds and the national park declaration would promote tourism interest and help protect the coastal region’s water quality.”[It] means we’ll be able to have it listed as an international flyway venue for the migratory birds that come down every year from Mongolia, Alaska and Siberia,” he said.”It will just give greater attention to such a wonderful park that’s located so close to the city of Adelaide.”Mr Hunter said the park would help protect the coastal region stretching from Barker Inlet to Point Parham.”We’ll certainly see a lot of interstate tourism but also a fair share of international tourism,” he predicted.”[To] see these birds elsewhere you have to trek out a long, long way [without] the comforts of international hotels an hour away.”I suspect Adelaide will be a must-go place to see birds of this nature.”The Kaurna Aboriginal nation backed the declaration and the national park will also be known as Winaityinaityi Pangkara.Kaurna elder Jeffrey Newchurch described the area as a “hidden treasure”.”With the Kaurna people, [dual-naming] brings that return to country and through that it uplifts one’s spirit,” he said.”It makes us work together to secure this for future generations.”

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‘You’re not just in a cell’: Sailing program helps troubled youth

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Judge Libby Armitage from the NT Local Court. A sailing program in Darwin is trying to help young people who have been in contact with the courts and juvenile detention.The pilot project is part of a new court-based approach to youth services, which is being trialled by Northern Territory community groups and lawyers.Kenny, 14, is one of the teenagers who featured in the Four Corners program about youth detention and has just graduated from the sailing course.”You learn to work together as a team and then learn other things,” he said.”You’re not sitting in a cell, you’re out here having fun, swimming or sailing.”Mission Australia program manager Marcelo Alvarez has been supporting Kenny and other young people during the five-week course, run by Darwin Sailing Club instructors.”We wanted to create a program or an activity where we could engage with young people and give them life skills,” he said.”We all make mistakes in life and these kids have made mistakes.”I think a lot of people, a lot of society these days, just give up on young kids and people forget that we were all young once.”‘It’s the first thing I’ve achieved’

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“The court is able to immediately see a willingness from children to say ‘yes’, they want to be involved in the program,” she said.”Many of these kids have been exposed to significant traumas, many traumas, in their short lives and so they have real difficulty in forming meaningful relationships with other people.”This kind of program steps in to start to try and change some of those behaviours and to fill in some of those gaps for kids who might not be completely comfortable or safe at home, for kids who might not feel completely safe at school.”The program’s managers admit sailing is not for everyone but, according to Judge Armitage, it is one example of an activity that can challenge and engage young people.”There are lots of different opportunities to engage with kids,” she said.”It could be cultural connections in community, learning cultural skills, engaging with elders.”It’s about effectively identifying what would interest a child, to get them involved in a group, but really to create that opportunity to foster nurturing relationships.” (ABC News: Felicity James)
North Australia Aboriginal Justice Agency lawyer Jared Sharp referred Kenny to the course and said bringing youth services into the courtroom ensures young people get the help they need.”Because the service is here at court it means that as a lawyer I don’t have to say to my client, ‘go to an appointment’ with a particular service in two week’s time and hope that they get there.”We can’t wait until the royal commission’s completed, we need to start putting things in place now like this new model of court-based services.”Judge Libby Armitage from the Northern Territory Local Court said the court-based services approach meant programs like the sailing course could immediately form part of a child’s court orders. (ABC News: Felicity James)
Kenny said receiving a certificate in sailing at a graduation ceremony last week was a huge moment for him.”It was the first thing I’ve achieved, something good, something that everyone notices,” he said.Darwin Sailing club instructor Lisa Denvir said the nationally recognised course did not “cut any corners”.”The person who’s steering is taught responsibility because they’re driving the boat, so they’re the captain of the boat,” she said.”If the boat tips over and everybody’s in the water, it’s their job to make sure that everybody’s safe.”Kenny said he was “100 per cent” sure he would not be going back to the Don Dale youth detention centre.Sailing course could form part of court orders

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Is Black Caviar’s foal the next big chance in Australian horseracing?

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Two-year-old filly Oscietra could not possibly know the expectations that are pinned on her as the offspring of Black Caviar, Australia’s greatest sprinter and a racehorse with a legendary status equal to that of the great Phar Lap. She also holds the record for the most Group 1 wins.Black Caviar was retired in 2013 as she was nearing her eighth birthday.”I had nothing that could match it with her,” then-rival trainer Hayes said.”As her opposition trainer I was thrilled she was retiring; she was unbeatable, and she’s the best mare I’ve ever seen and probably ever will see.”Moody recognised Black Caviar was special the moment he first saw her.”She just had a presence about her, an action about her, every time she took a stride every part of her body moves,” he told Australian Story, which had unparalleled media access to Black Caviar throughout her racing career.”It’s like walking down the beach and seeing certain parts of someone’s anatomy wiggle or that and you just can’t help yourself, you’ve got to turn around and have a look.”

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Finding the right partnerCo-owner Pam Hawkes said Black Caviar had her choice of partners.”We were mindful of Black Caviar’s big bulk and we were advised not to go with a big horse again initially, [as with] two big horses we could have ended up with Clydesdale and not too many win races,” she said.Ms Hawkes said the owners also did not want Black Caviar’s breeding potential damaged by any tearing involved in the birth of a large foal.”We went with Exceed and Excel and we can’t be happier with what we’ve got,” she said.”Oscietra is a compact horse, perfect in conformation, not as big as her mother but … we’re hoping she’s got the mother’s big heart and the mother’s will to win.”

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Hayes takes over training reins from MoodyUntil Moody retired earlier this year, Oscietra’s owners had hoped that he would train the filly.In December 2015 Moody appeared before the Racing and Disciplinary Board in Melbourne on three charges relating to racehorse Lidari having too high a cobalt reading. He received a 12-month suspension, with six months suspended.Moody then announced he was retiring.”The whole ordeal I think just got on top of him and he’d had enough,” Hayes said.No plans to sell Black Caviar’s offspringBlack Caviar’s five owners decided not to sell any of the champion’s three offspring — two fillies and a colt. Key points:Black Caviar’s offspring Oscietra due to race from AprilOscietra’s silks will be green with five black circlesDavid Hayes appointed as Oscietra’s trainer
In her third week with trainer David Hayes, Oscietra cuts a striking figure in the ‘picture postcard’ pretty foothills of the Strathbogie Ranges in north-east Victoria.”We’re all very excited to get her,” he said.Hayes told Australian Story he hoped to have Oscietra ready for racing by Easter next year.”She’s probably one of the best-bred fillies in the world.”The name Oscietra is a play on her mother’s lineage.”Black caviar is pretty expensive to get but this particular caviar [Oscietra] evidently is priceless — so I hope she is,” Hayes said.”She’s got a tricky name.”We know her as ‘Black Caviar’s daughter’ and her nickname is Gerty, so we’d rather just keep her as Gerty.”

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“Whenever Peter was mentioned, he was always Black Caviar’s trainer,” Ms Hawkes said.”So anybody who didn’t know her would assume that, ‘Oh well, she was only good because she was on something’, and she wasn’t.”Black Caviar’s samples had been tested and were negative.”In March this year the board cleared Moody of all but a lesser charge of administration of cobalt without intent to Lidari. (Supplied: Pam Hawkes)
“We’ve created some new silks for Oscietra and we’ll keep those for the boy and for the next girl as well.”The new silks retain the five black circles representing both caviar and the five owners, but are set against green.Hayes has been measured in his assessment of the filly.”Oscietra is a lot smaller than what Black Caviar was but she does have her temperament and she’s a lovely easy mover, and in about three weeks we’ll see what speed she’s got,” he said.”She’s just learning to gallop, but every stage she’s gone through she’s doing it with flying colours, as I imagine Black Caviar did.” If Oscietra is anywhere near as competitive as Black Caviar, Hayes said the syndicate “would be just absolutely thrilled”.”It’s so hard to win a race anywhere let alone do what mum did,” Ms Hawkes said.”It would be a miracle if it happened again.”Watch “The New Black” on Australian Story, 8:00pm ABCTV. (ABC News: Belinda Hawkins)
When it was clear Moody would not reverse his decision, they asked Hayes to train Oscietra.Ms Hawkes is now eagerly following Oscietra’s progress through weekly video diaries that Hayes emails to her and others connected to the young horse.”Oscietra has massive shoes to fill because the weight of expectation and possibility is always going to be riding on her back,” she said.Ms Hawkes hoped the filly would get a chance to fulfil her own potential, rather than always being compared to her famous mother.Taste of caviar in Oscietra’s silks

Video: Oscietra's silks will feature five circles to represent the five families who own the horse. (ABC News: Belinda Hawkins)
Black Caviar’s record-breaking careerTrained by Peter Moody, Black Caviar won her first race in 2009, beginning a record-breaking run of 25 wins from 25 starts. (ABC News)
Ms Hawkes said Oscietra’s silks are already designed ready for when the filly hits the track.”We’ve retired Black Caviar’s colours so Oscietra and her siblings won’t be burdened by the salmon and black that’s just so recognisable as Black Caviar’s colours,” she said. Photo:
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Caper white butterflies flock to Brisbane

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The butterfly is mostly white but has distinctive black edging around its wings and yellow and white blotches on the underside of its hind wing.Dr Chris Burwell, senior curator of insects at the Queensland Museum, said the combination of good rain and warm conditions in the west had encouraged the butterflies to breed.”The caper white refers to the plant they feed on,” Dr Burwell told 612 ABC Brisbane’s Steve Austin.”They’ve gone crazy and laid lots of eggs on caper trees and they’ve hatched out into caterpillars. Thousands of caper white butterflies from western Queensland have migrated to the south-east in search of food.Residents in suburbs throughout Brisbane and the Sunshine Coast including Mansfield, North Lakes, Manly, Redcliffe and the Glass House Mountains have reported sightings of the butterflies in “plague-like proportions”.The caper white butterfly is most commonly found in the west of Queensland and in New South Wales, on the other side of the Great Dividing Range. and masses of butterflies have emerged.”This type of species are known to migrate and move long distances to find food.”

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Talkback callers to 612 ABC Brisbane and fans of the station’s Facebook page have been keen to share their experiences with the butterflies.Rebecca from The Gap: “We went outside the house and saw about five or six on the driveway and then we drove the kids to school we saw hundreds of them flying in the one direction.”Geeta from Moreton Bay: “The butterflies have been going non-stop through the northern suburbs and they’re just beautiful.”Wendy from Murrumba Downs: “My grandson is a cyclists and trains each day and after his ride yesterday he said, ‘Grandma I’ve been riding through clouds of butterflies, it was so cool’.”Janelle Kane: “I drove through hundreds of them on Tuesday and thought it was massive confetti.”Dr Burwell said wind conditions had also enabled the butterflies to travel further this year.”It depends on the winds, whether they go south or east and we’ve had some westerly winds,” he said. External Link:

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But the butterflies will not stick around for long.”Some will potter about here but there’s not many of their native food plants here,” Dr Burwell said.”The butterfly migration will continue for another week but it won’t be a huge amount of time.”

Choirs tune in for Sing Out Sydney

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The community singers from the Andalus Arabic Choir performed Bint el Shalabiya, while the Sydney Street Choir, Riverwood Choir and Stairwell to Heaven based in Annandale all joined together to sing This Little Light Of Mine and were accompanied by a violin, an African drum and percussion instruments.Dynes Austin, conductor with the Cafe of the Gates of Salvation, was emotional after conducting an encore with the combined choirs and said he hoped to see the event staged again.”We had all great choirs and such a nice mixture of choirs singing and the energy and the crowd was really brilliant,” he said.”There was beautiful singing at the end with the combined choirs and great performances from everybody and just such a nice spirit from everybody.”

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The Sydney Street Choir was set up in 2001 to help men and women dealing with homelessness. Pop, folk and gospel song and rhythms reverberated all the way through the ABC Ultimo building on Sunday as 400 singers from community choirs across the city gathered for a live radio broadcast.702 ABC Sydney’s inaugural Sing Out Sydney event featured live performances and interviews with individual choirs before they all combined in a rousing finale.Sarah Penicka-Smith, conductor of the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Choir, coached the 20 community choirs through a workshop an hour before they all joined together to sing Home, composed by Philip Philps.”It’s an amazing sound,” Ms Penicka-Smith said.”It’s a big glassy resonant space.”That’s the kind of thing we love, we can pretend we’re in a gigantic cathedral and we’re singing a pop song so it’s a pretty good mix.”This is the highlight of the community choir scene; that something that somebody might never do solo on stage on their own, once they join a choir, they have the power and the freedom to do together.”

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The broadcast was hosted by James Valentine and Simon Marnie and featured a diverse spread of talent from across Sydney.There was Soulfood a Capella from Naremburn which performed a Motown rendition of Groove Is In The Heart with accompanying beatboxing and whistles.
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Piggery seeks employees on autism spectrum for animal welfare roles

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What was seen as a hurdle is now a prerequisite as companies see the benefits of employing workers who are on the autism spectrum.Information technology and cyber security organisations have discovered employees with autism are perfect for high attention to detail roles.And in what is believed to be a world-first for the agricultural industry, Sunpork Farms has advertised for eight animal husbandry and welfare positions — but as a prerequisite, applicants must provide medical proof that they are on the autism spectrum. Autism at a glanceASD is a group of neurobiological disorders affecting a person’s communication and social abilitiesASD affects about one in 160 children, with boys four times more likely to be affected than girlsSymptoms are different in each person affected but can include repetitive behaviours, difficulty relating to people, and sensitivity to stimulation including touch, sounds and sightSymptoms can appear as early as the first year of lifeThere is no cure but can be managed with appropriate and early interventionGenetic and environmental factors are being investigated as the cause which as yet is undeterminedThe rates of ASD are the same in both vaccinated and non-vaccinated populations ABC Health and Wellbeing
Dr Robert van Barneveld, managing director and group CEO for Sunpork Farms, said this unusual recruitment decision was made after seeing the success of other Specialisterne projects.Dr van Barneveld consulted with the Autism Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) and then developed the Autism and Agriculture CRC.”Prior to embarking on this program we’d had a number of industry workshops about priorities, and investing in people with a high attention to detail was one,” Dr van Barneveld said.”We’ve found a way that we might be able to accommodate that in quite an innovative way.”Tech giants already on boardTechnology companies Hewlett Packard, Microsoft and Google currently seek out employees on the spectrum for IT and software testing positions.The Department of Immigration and Border Protection has also sought out people with autism for specific roles in the past.But Dr van Barneveld said to his knowledge this type of targeted recruitment for animal husbandry roles had not been done anywhere else in the world.”These are specialist positions that we are putting in place — they’ll be filled by the best candidates and paid a full wage for the job they have been employed to do,” Dr van Barneveld said.Dr van Barneveld said it made good business sense to seek out employees who were focussed, comfortable with routine and eager to work.”This is by no means a charitable exercise,” he said.He said so far five people with autism had been recruited for positions in the boning room and “that is working out very, very well”. (Landline: ABC TV)
He said the hardest part of introducing the program to date was limiting the opportunity to just eight people.Genuine diversity programAutism SA CEO Jenny Karavolos said it was an exciting time for people with autism who were seeking work.”We talk about, in other organisations, diversity and inclusion — this is a genuine attempt at recognising that everyone has something to contribute,” she said.Ms Karavolos said with autism becoming the fastest growing diagnosed disability in Australia, it made sense to develop targeted recruitment programs such as this one.”It’s not about being autistic; it’s about recognising the best use of someone’s skills,” she said.”This is not a token gesture of employment.”Dr van Barneveld said all eight roles were expected to be filled by early 2017.The company also plans to share their experiences with other industries interested in recruiting people with autism. Photo:
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Yearning to learn yarn craft: The revival of crochet classes

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Ms Challen said the social side to craft was just as important as the creation side.”It’s also a very social pastime,” she said.”The idea [of the class] is not just coming out with that finished product. Louise was inspired by social media to give crochet a go. (936 ABC Hobart: Carol Rääbus)
“It is spending two hours of time where you shut out everything else and we’re just focusing on doing something creative.”And as grown-ups it’s a big thing to learn a totally new skill, it’s not often we learn something that we’ve never done before.”So far Ms Challen said only women have joined her classes, but she is keen to see men learning the craft too.”That’s in my business plan for next year — get some blokes along to crochet,” she said. Photo:
Phoebe with her daughter Louise at the crochet class. there was less time to teach their children these traditional lady crafts.”[My] second theory is the world is feeling less safe for the present generation of young people.”So that cocooning phenomenon of getting back to slow living — you see it with slow cooking — the return to crochet and knitting is part of that cocooning.”[It’s a] warm and cosy aspiration people have.”Ms Challen said there was also a desire from many in her workshops to create unique gifts for their loved ones — something that cannot be bought in a chain store.”I’ve actually had a grandmother, a mother and granddaughter come to a class together and they were making squares for the great grandchild, so that was quite special,” she said.Handmade giftsAshlee attended the class to learn to crochet so she could make a gift for a friend. Photo:
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“My friend does have a baby shower at the end of November, so I’m hoping to maybe crochet her a blanket,” she said.”I don’t know how it will go, but I’m going to try.”I’ve always liked the idea of being crafty and when I was a kid I did knitting and all that stuff.”Fellow class attendee Louise said she was inspired by creations she saw on social media sites.”I’ve got a Pinterest board that says, ‘One day I will crochet’ and tonight’s the night,” she said. (936 ABC Hobart: Carol Rääbus)
So far, more than 200 people have taken her class, all with a yearning for learning the yarn craft.Cocooning urge spurs crochet revival”I have a theory,” Ms Challen said of why crochet was becoming more popular.”The generation of women whose mothers and grandmothers taught them, they became women who were working more … If this sentence means anything to you, you probably know how to crochet already.But this old-fashioned skill is finding new fans thanks to small classes run at a craft shop on Elizabeth Street, Hobart.Katinka Challen runs the two-hour workshop where people are taught how to make a “granny square”. Start with a slipknot, then a few chain stitches before moving on to a couple of trebles.
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War of the roses: SA’s premier rose title spurs competitive spirit

Ultimately, it is the best bloom on the day that wins the ribbons and the accolades.”Today when it was judged, it was perfect. Penola Show’s grand champion rose title has become one of the most sought-after wins on South Australia’s country show circuit. You’ve won it.” Another long-time competitor said she shaped her roses by gently blowing on them. They are the ones you pick,” she said. You’re in the club now. Meredith Hinze and one of her winning roses. (ABC South East SA: Kate Hill)
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Stella Scanlon’s Grand Champion rose of 2016. “The best on the day wins it, so literally anybody can win a grand champion rose.” As most of the competitors have known each other for years, flower sledges are rampant.”Good lord, it’s droopy!” whispers one lady conspiratorially about a second place-getter, while another purses her lips and declares the hybrid rose winner is “not my kind of bloom”.”We’re all after the top prize. We’re all out to see who can win it next time,” Ms Hinze said. “Two keywords: form and condition. I’ve won it twice and Kerrie’s won it three times. A bloom looking sensational on Friday night may look limp and overblown by Sunday. The night before judging, Ms Hinze was busy inserting tiny foam pellets in between the petals of her blood-red Cardinals to give them a nicer shape. (ABC South East SA: Kate Hill)
A particularly cold and rainy winter has not only delayed blooms opening, but delivered an unwelcome gift to many south-east rose growers, chief steward Geoff Eckermann said.”This year, we are all complaining about the same thing — black spot,” he said. All of a sudden, you’ve got a rose bush without any leaves.”The lack of prize-worthy blooms means the show has far fewer entries than average, but there are still about 500 entries across the 48 classes. On the morning of judging, the pellets were carefully removed. Pale lemon and with a perfect spiral of petals radiating outwards, Stella Scanlon’s Pope John Paul II bloom sits at the front of the hall, complete with a blue sash, the first thing visitors see.”It is nice for it to be shared around,” three-time winner Kerrie McLean said. (ABC South East SA: Kate Hill )
And the winner is…This year, the title of grand champion rose went to a first-timer. (ABC South East SA: Kate Hill )
It is certainly enough to fill the hall with a heady perfume — a reward for the first to open the hall doors in the morning. Then you are looking for size, beauty, foliage and presentation,” Mr Gregory said.In the world of roses, the timing of the cut is everything. Seasoned competitors are already looking at the bright side of fewer entries — a greater chance at the top prize.”It gets in your blood,” Penola’s Meredith Hinze, who has been exhibiting roses at country shows for decades, said. Photo:
Penola’s Kerrie McLean and one of her prize-winning roses. Like our youth,” quips judge Douglas Gregory, from the Rose Society of SA, when asked about the life of a champion rose.Judging a flower competition where the entrants are highly perishable and opinions vary dramatically can be a tough job.But the rulebook of the National Rose Society of Australia allows no room for personal whims. She said raising the prize purse to $1,000 had given the competition and the show a lift, and inspired a certain amount of competitive spirit. “It causes a discolouration on the leaves and then they drop off. Photo:
Roses, roses everywhere. Tomorrow, it will be a different story,” Mr Gregory said. With a prize of $1,000 spurring on competitors, Penola Show’s grand champion rose title has become one of the most sought-after wins on South Australia’s country show circuit.This year, there has been a thorn in the side of those seeking the 2016 title — the weather. Kate Hill goes behind the scenes to meet the growers.It may be the only place in the world where a Pope John Paul II sits alongside a Playgirl and a Tequila Sunrise. “We all get excited when someone wins it for the first time.”Mr Eckermann’s blood-red Dublin Bay rose was awarded the reserve champion.Competition sponsor Glenys Mulligan has about 500 bushes in her Penola vineyard, and after 40 years growing roses, she said it was easy to spot the prize-winners.”I always say to people ‘One rose will stand out and say to you here I am’. (ABC South East SA: Kate Hill )
“In Adelaide, I’ve known people to pick them a week before the show, put them in the fridge at 8 or 9 degrees,” Mr Gregory said. Photo:
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Timing is everything: Judge Douglas Gregory examines the 2016 Penola Show entrants.
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