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Gatlin thrillerBolt headed to the Beijing World Championships in August 2015 with signs that his crown might be slipping.Injuries had appeared to have left him looking vulnerable for the first time in seven years, and long-time rival Gatlin was the man in form with the season’s fastest time.For many, the thought of Gatlin — twice convicted of doping offences — unseating Bolt was an uncomfortable proposition.World athletics chief Lord Sebastian Coe said the prospect made him “queasy”.Yet when he needed it most, Bolt was able to find an extra gear, winning in 9.79 ahead of Gatlin, second in 9.80.Rio romp

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Bolt arrived at the August 2008 Beijing Olympics as the newly minted world record holder, having clocked a blistering 9.72 seconds at a meeting in New York in May.When it came to the competition in China he was simply unstoppable, setting a world record in the 100m of 9.69 before breaking Michael Johnson’s world record of 19.32 to win the 200m.Bolt and Jamaica threw in a world record in the 4x100m relay for good measure.Berlin record-breakerAt the Berlin World Championships in 2009, Bolt defied logic by improving upon his astounding performance in Beijing the previous year, bettering his world records in both the 100m and 200m.He sliced more than a tenth of a second his previous world best, scorching across the line in 9.58 to take gold. Leading up to his unprecedented third consecutive victory in the 100 metres final at the Olympics, five moments have defined Usain Bolt’s career.The win saw the 29-year-old Jamaican legend, competing in his final Olympics, roar into Olympic history to confirm his place in the pantheon of the greatest athletes the world has seen.Beijing brilliance

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Four days later he followed it up with a scintillating display in the 200m, clocking 19.19.Both records have remained intact in the seven years since.Double-treble in LondonBolt arrived in London chasing an improbable “double-treble”, aiming to successfully defend all three of his Olympic titles won in Beijing.The first leg was achieved with victory in the 100m, where he and training partner Yohan Blake finished well clear of a field containing Justin Gatlin and Tyson Gay.Bolt’s time of 9.63 remains the fastest ever run at an Olympics.The 200m saw a Jamaican clean sweep of the podium, with Bolt winning in 19.32 ahead of Blake and Warren Weir.The treble was duly completed in the 4x100m relay in a world record 36.84. (AP: Matt Slocum)
Despite a patchy season hampered by injuries to his troublesome left hamstring, Bolt was able to draw on his phenomenal ability to raise himself for the big occasion in Rio.With the crowd roaring his every move — and booing his rival Gatlin — the champion stormed over in 9.81 to become the first man to win three consecutive 100m titles.AFP Photo:
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From bullets to bull-rider: Iraqi-born Aussie cowboy on the ride of his life

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In cowboy hat, spurs and tasselled rodeo chaps, Haider Al Hasnawi does not fit any stereotype of a young Muslim man.The 17-year-old from Katherine in the Northern Territory is probably Australia’s first Iraqi-born bull-rider.”I just love it… You’ve got to have strength and balance and you’ve got to be positive about everything.”

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Haider first jumped on a bull at the Noonamah Rodeo outside Darwin two years ago, and was instantly hooked.Last year he was runner-up in the Northern Cowboys Association’s junior bull-rider category and competed in the national titles in Dalby.Haider said it was a dangerous sport, but after growing up in Nasiriyah in south-eastern Iraq, he took a relative view.”A bull can kill you, so can a gunshot,” he said.Nasiriyah was at the centre of one of the fiercest battles between Iraqi and American marines during the US-led invasion of Iraq in 2003.”It is a scary thing… you can be playing out on the street and out of nowhere, there are gunshots and bombs and straight away, you know, you have to take cover,” he said.Haider, his mother and three brothers moved to Australia in 2009, finally reuniting with Haider’s father who first arrived 20 years ago.’As long as I’m riding a bull, I’m happy’Swapping bullets for bull-riding was not the safe future Haider’s mother had imagined for her son.”Mum, she’s a bit worried and that, like a normal mother but real supportive and Dad, he’s not so worried, but he lets me do it as well,” Haider said.He said he gets nervous before a ride, but that his experiences in Iraq have probably helped forge a mental toughness.Once on a bull, it is all about living in the moment, and trying to stay on for the eight seconds needed to score.”You can’t think about too much or you’ll get bucked off,” he said.”You’ve got to have your eyes on the bull and go where he goes and hold on for your life.”The bulls got the better of Haider at Mount Isa this time round.But next weekend, he will be at the NT’s Pine Creek rodeo, trying his luck again.”As long as I’m riding a bull, I’m happy,” he said. Lots of training. just the adrenalin rush, the atmosphere, there’s no better feeling than being on the back of a bull,” he said at the Mount Isa Rodeo in outback Queensland over the weekend.The fencing worker drove 1,400 kilometres in a borrowed car to compete at Australia’s richest and biggest rodeo.”It’s not just walk in and jump on,” he said in a broad Australian accent.”There’s a lot to it.
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“She can easily pick up a tool, strap it around her hands and she can easily tap the blocks,” Shalise said.”I spent my whole holidays painting the blocks.”It’s been really fun. (702 ABC Sydney: Amanda Hoh)
“It can go anywhere you don’t want to go or that isn’t safe for you to go like space science or deactivating bombs,” Etolye said.”I think I want to be a bio engineer — a big part of it is prosthetics.”Challenging the Three Little Pigs

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Etoyle Blaquiere explains the robotics behind her bionic hand to other students. It’s my first time doing something like this and I’ve really loved it.”Shalise was among dozens of students showcasing their inventions at the Young Creators Conference at Sydney’s Powerhouse Museum for Science Week.The show and tell event had students display their projects designed in school STEM programs using engineering, computer programming and design skills.Automating roll callStanding beside Shalise was year nine student Christopher Palin who was named this year’s Young Information and Computer Technology (ICT) Explorer for New South Wales. When Shalise Leesfield found out her friend Ella was unable to play the computer game Minecraft due to having cerebral palsy, she set out to make a version of her own.Knowing Ella was unable to grip a computer mouse, Shalise invented copper-wired wooden hammers which, when connected to metal blocks, allowed her friend to build a virtual game world.The year four student from St Columba Anglican School in Port Macquarie also programmed the game, which she called Mindstraps. (702 ABC Sydney: Amanda Hoh)
A few groups at the conference were competing in an architectural challenge to build sustainable “wolf repellent” houses.Hannah Foote from Inaburra School had a design much more elaborate than any straw, stick or brick house in the original fairytale.Her team designed a wolf alarm in the form of a welcome mat that buzzes when someone or something stands on it.”There’s no way of being discreet and getting in the house,” she said.Coding the way forwardMorgan Owen and John Fichera have been learning the language of computer coding and HTML since they were in kindergarten. (702 ABC Sydney: Amanda Hoh)
Now in year four, the International Grammar School students programmed a potted plant and feather to move when it detected sound.They also coded a toy bumble bee on wheels to follow a specific route.For the purpose of the showcase, the track was made from post-it notes. Photo:
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He designed an automated roll call system using RFID, or radio frequency identification, with student swipe cards.”‘I’ve already started talking to the school and I’m getting a great response from the teachers to get this implemented,” he said.The bionic handEtolye Blaquiere and her team from Wenona School 3D printed their hands and built flex sensors into the prosthetics so it mimics the movement of the person wearing a connected glove. Photo:
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The best proposals at the Rio Games

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China’s He Zi had just received her silver medal for the 3 metre springboard diving event, when her boyfriend of six years, Qin Kai, got down on one knee and proposed. The crowd erupted into cheers.Ah, love.Walking it in

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Brazilian rugby player Isadora Cerullo was surprised with an on-field wedding proposal from partner of two years, 28-year-old Marjorie Enya.According to reports from the BBC, Enya, who is a manager at the venue, grabbed a microphone and gave an emotional speech before embracing her partner. Men’s water polo player Tyler Martin really laid it on the line during the women’s quarter-final match.We think this proposal was aimed at female water polo star Ash Southern, but we can’t be sure if it’s just a little bit of team banter.We’re waiting to hear the official word on this one.UPDATE: A spokeswoman has told ABC there was no official proposal.”This wasn’t a real proposal – Tyler and Ash are just mates and it was a bit of fun between the two teams,” she said. (Reuters: Laszlo Balogh)
Well, there’s nothing like a bit of zinc to share your undying love for someone. It is the place where Olympians strive for a gold, silver or bronze medal, but for some, it’s the perfect place to hand over another symbolic item.We take a look at marriage proposals to and from Olympic stars that have stolen the show at the Rio Games.Taking the plunge

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Love really jumps hurdlesWilliam Claye, fresh from winning silver in the triple jump, proposed to hurdler Queen Harrison in front on an ecstatic crowd.While Harrison did not qualify for the Rio Games, she was in the city to support her boyfriend and Team USA. Photo:
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Joan Webb just turned 90 and is about to graduate with a PhD

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Ms Webb says the people she taught in the aged care facilities inspired her. They were really brilliant people, an inspiration to me.”The idea of having her classes become mere poetry reading sessions did not appeal to Ms Webb, and she was determined to make sure that did not happen.”I kept raking through new stuff that I might introduce that might grab them and appeal to them, and I really was wondering which way to go,” Ms Webb said.”The one thing you can do while you’re laying there in your bed or sitting in a wheelchair is to use your creative thoughts and turn those into, I found, the most wonderful poetry.” I said ‘I like cheek’,” Ms Webb said.”Once you broke down that barrier, they did the most amazing work imaginable. (ABC Northern Tasmania: Fred Hooper)
The title of Ms Webb’s PhD thesis — “I only look forward to Mondays”, Facilitating creative writing groups: Ageism, action and empowerment — came from a resident’s comment to her about how much the resident enjoyed the weekly writing sessions.Ms Webb said she had a “whale of a time” studying, and would not have done it if it had been “some miserable thing I had to get through”.She talks about her study as something that “controls” her, and a certain feeling of becoming addicted to the study after a period of time.”It’s very easy to sit in an armchair, switch the tele on and throw your life away like that,” Ms Webb said.”As you do it [study] and as you have this control, you get fascinated by the subject, and in the end you can’t put it down and you just want to go on and on.”Creative thoughts turned into poetryWhen Ms Webb started poetry classes in the aged care facilities, she said the residents had been very quiet and did not contribute much to the sessions.”I wondered if they even understood what I was talking about,” Ms Webb said.A poem written by “one elderly lady with a marvellous sense of humour” managed to have a flow-on effect to the rest of the class.”She said ‘No, I can’t share it with you, it’s too cheeky’. A 90-year-old Launceston woman will graduate with a PhD from the University of Tasmania this weekend.Joan Webb, a qualified teacher, started her Masters in 2011 and finished it over two years, then went on to start her PhD in 2013.She was initially unwilling to begin the last leg of study, but running classes at two aged care facilities soon changed her mind.After teaching at a school for seniors in Launceston, Ms Webb decided to dedicate a short amount of time each week to visiting people who were not able to attend a school situation.”I then went for what I thought would be a short time to two aged care facilities in the area, and I found it most demanding and fascinating and a wonderful experience,” Ms Webb said.”There are people in high care who have lost a massive amount of their physical capacity, and still have the most amazing ideas and creativity within them.”Ms Webb started teaching classes in creative writing at the aged care facilities in 2013, then moved into poetry because the shorter format was easier to get through with the residents.Alongside her years of teaching in the United Kingdom and Tasmania, she counted this experience as among some of the best things she had done.”It was the most exciting experience probably of my whole life,” Ms Webb said.
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Holocaust survivors celebrate 70 years of marriage

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Having virtually grown up in labour camps, the teenagers were both wasting away when their eyes first locked in the Czestochowa camp in Poland. “I lost my mind,” Sigi says. I saw a pair of beautiful eyes and I heard bells ringing.” It was New Year’s Eve 1944, 18 days before the camp was liberated by the Red Army. “We’ve achieved a lot,” Sig says. (ABC News: Margaret Burin)

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Sigi and Hanka Siegreich had their official wedding party on their 50th wedding anniversary. Their great-grandson’s school, Bialik College, is currently collecting 1.5 million buttons to honour the children who were murdered under the Nazi regime. Sigi is donating 180 buttons to the project this month, to represent the family he lost in the Holocaust.The doting couple, aged 91 and 93, have already had their gravestones prepared, side by side, for when they leave this world. “At that time, the people in the camp were terrible,” she says. He says he had been sabotaging the factory line — making bullets too small for the gun barrels. Amazingly, their witnesses were fellow inmates at the labour camp, who had also witnessed their 1945 marriage signing. More than 70 years after Sigi and Hanka Siegreich laid eyes on each other in a Nazi slave-labour camp, the couple still make each other weak at the knees. Hanka says she risked her life to keep him alive — smuggling him small pieces of her bread ration and a blanket that she had made to keep him warm on -15 degree nights. “We are free.” The next day they were married. This time she was smiling and had her arms out. The camp was being liberated. Before returning to his barracks he gave her a kiss on the cheek. That was that, the rest was history.”Unlike Hanka and Sigi, only a handful of their classmates survived the Holocaust. “He was very gentle.”Over the coming days this new love was tested. When he received word that the Gestapo were looking for him, he found a hiding spot in a nearby abandoned construction site. “When I saw her, the whole world was turning around me. (ABC News: Margaret Burin)
“I remember the first kiss,” Hanka says as she puts her hand on her face.That is exactly what she did on that first day, because she says, she wanted to hold onto it forever.Sigi had stood out in an environment where the inhumane conditions had left most people shells of their former selves. “There was a pair of beautiful eyes looking at me, with a smile like I never saw in my life.” He approached her and they talked. “I had no interest in girls, because I was a skeleton,” Sigi says. “We’ve got so many grandchildren and great grandchildren.”She charmed me. Then one night, she came for a second visit. (Supplied )
The year after Hanka gave birth to the first of their two daughters, Evelyne, the first baby born to Holocaust survivors in Sigi’s home town of Katowice after the war.Having moved to Australia in 1971, it wasn’t until their 50th wedding anniversary that the couple had a proper wedding, in their daughter’s Melbourne backyard. Tiny symbols of young lives lost A Melbourne Jewish school is on a mission to collect 1.5 million buttons to pay tribute to each child murdered under the Nazi regime. Photo:
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While they fell short of their $100,000 target, Sydney teacher Ben Anderson said they were still pleased they were able to make it to the top.”We prepared ourselves very, very well, our bodies and our minds were in the zone, we were ready to go,” he said.”But the most challenging part was perhaps the final ascent up to the top of Mount Kosciuszko, that’s where the wind picked up a little bit.”Mr Anderson said it was a chilly minus 4 degrees at the summit, which is where they really did feel the cold.He said they also got some weird looks from others on the mountain who did not know their story.”We were walking past people who were just shaking their heads and they were bewildered and amused and confused,” Mr Anderson said.”They didn’t know what the hell was going on so it was just a really, really awesome culminating sort of experience.” The men were trained by “The Iceman” Wim Hof, who holds 26 world records for extreme challenges in the cold including standing in ice for two hours, swimming underneath thick ice, and climbing Mount Everest and Mount Kilimanjaro in shorts.Mr Anderson said the training they did for months beforehand certainly paid off and they have not had any lingering health issues.”It’s a really common question for people to ask, have you thawed out yet or is there any frost bite,” he said.”Absolutely so far from it, it’s remarkable what the body is able to do and I reckon this guy Wim Hof is onto something… Photo:
The men were trained by Wim Hof, who holds world records for extreme challenges. A group of men who set out to climb Mount Kosciuszko in nothing but their cossies have made it back to tell the tale.The five mates, most of them teachers, climbed to the summit of Kosciuszko in July to raise money for childhood depression for Beyond Blue. (Supplied)
‘You can do some pretty cool things if you work hard’Mr Anderson said their story has had a real impact on students in their schools where they shared their story.He said the inspiration to take on the challenge was a result of seeing depression and anxiety on a daily basis.”The impact on the kids is really, really good and that’s probably the main reason why we did it just to show what is actually possible,” he said.”You can do some pretty cool things if you work hard and if you train and you’re resilient and you push through barriers.”That was kind of the point, acting as somewhat of a model for for the kids.”
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Visitors to Port Adelaide have been treated to a sea spectacular with up to 60 dolphins spotted frolicking just off the docks in recent weeks.Adelaide Dolphin Sanctuary volunteers and park rangers first noticed what was thought to be a concentration of animals in the area last year.A recent count confirmed the dolphins returned for the winter months this year. Photo:
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“It seems like during winter they move more into the inner port,” sanctuary senior conservation officer Cristina Vicente said.Ms Vicente said the dolphins were grouping in the beach shallows between the Diver Derrick and Birkenhead bridges and near the Hart’s Mill corner.She said they were not sure why the dolphins gathered in this particular area, but it made for quite a special experience for visitors.”There are a few theories but we need to know a bit more about how the fish move and the water temperatures,” Ms Vicente said.Rare experience for researchersMs Vicente said it was extremely rare for wild pods of dolphins to gather in such a built-up area.”I think this is unique worldwide.”I don’t know of any other place in the world where you have such easy access to see wild dolphins.”Local researchers can stand on nearby jetties to observe the pods behaviours; an experience that would normally be difficult to manage. (891 ABC Adelaide: Brett Williamson)
“Researchers in other parts of the world have to embark on a vessel for up to eight hours to be able to witness things like resting, feeding, mating and mums feeding their calves,” Ms Vicente said.”Here you can just walk around the edges of the waters and witness this amazing behaviour.”Dolphins in the Adelaide Dolphin Sanctuary, which covers an 118-square-kilometre area just off the coast, are primarily the Indo-Pacific bottlenose species.
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I wanted to get a nice shot of him in action and it wasn’t until I looked at the back of my camera when I realised he was smiling.”As a photographer you want to try and do something different and I took the punt and it worked out.”‘I was lucky the result was what it was’Spencer said he could tell Bolt stopped to enjoy the last 20 metres knowing he had the race won.”I think he was smiling at the other guys in the race but it happened to be in my direction,” he said.”The cheeky grin is such a reflection of his personality as he’s such a larger-than-life character and an entertainer who loves to show off to the crowd.”Getty Images had 11 photographers covering the race, which allowed Spencer to take a risk by shooting a slower image.”The chief photo manager told me there was 600 photographers at the 100 metres that evening; there were many lenses pointing at him,” he said. who knows, someone might take a better picture tonight.”I’m going to enjoy the feedback I’m getting at the moment while people are liking what they’re seeing.” that would be nice for the pool room.”Everyone loves shooting Bolt as he’s a rock star of the Olympics and I think anytime you get a picture like that it’s pretty awesome.”Rio is Spencer’s fifth Olympics, having covered three summer and two winter games during his career.”There’s world interest in Olympics,” he said.”I say to people that it’s the hardest I ever work, but I have four years to recover from it.”The reward is always getting the great imagery and I think everyone is on an adrenalin rush when we’re here.”I think people will continue to see it on websites, publications, magazines and things like that … External Link:

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“I was lucky the result was what it was as I had only had minutes to prepare.”Photo to go straight to the pool roomThe image has since been shared around the world on social media and has been seen by Bolt.”I’ve heard he’s seen it and he likes it,” Spencer said.”We’re trying to get him a print and get one signed for him and one for myself … The Aussie photographer who took the now viral image of Usain Bolt smiling during his 100m semi-final at the Olympic Games admits he “took a punt and it worked”.Getty Images photographer Cameron Spencer is the man behind the image, which many sport commentators have said was one of the greatest moments captured in Rio.Spencer was shooting the high jump when he decided to run across the field and capture the Jamaican sprinter’s semi-final.”Fortunately Bolt was running in the second semi and I decided to shoot a slow pan shot of him running past,” he told 612 ABC Brisbane’s Terri Begley.”I stopped on the 70 metre line and waited for him to come by; no-one expected him to slow down and give a big smile to my direction.”I couldn’t believe it.
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He said yoga had increased his strength and flexibility and had brought back a sense of balance he had not realised was lost.”After a couple of weeks, I was feeling better all over,” he told the group, gathered to talk about cross-breeding.The new-found serenity is what hooked him.”Yoga is about union of breath and body,” Mr Wills said.Asked by one farmer if yoga had allowed him to work more effectively with his animals he said: “My whole outlook has changed [and] I feel I’m able to settle my mind better.”There is a lot of time to think during six, or eight hours or longer on a tractor.”You think about what you did in the past, what you want to do in the future, you think about about your family, your kids, and ‘why aren’t I playing with my granddaughter’, which would better than any of this,” he said.”But it’s one of those things — you’re in the tractor and you’ve got to make the best of it.”A bit of yoga and taking a bit of time out when you’re filling up the seeder — just to do a Shavasana where you rest and release everything,” he said.”Surely I’ve got five minutes to do that.”

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Mr Wills has now begun the challenging task of introducing yoga to his fellow farmers.But not just any yoga — tractor yoga.”Tractor yoga is my take on making it somewhat user-friendly,” he told a gathering of cattle farmers at an on-farm field day.After returning from a 200-hour yoga teaching course in Cambodia, Mr Wills adapted a series of exercises for farmers to do in their tractor cabs, to help keep them physically fit and mentally alert and focused. Photo:
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Before Chris Wills took up yoga he thought the practice was something “people who lived in caves in India did”.But it was not long before the third generation cattle and sheep farmer realised the class he was “dragged to kicking and screaming” was helping far more than his bad back.

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“My daughter spotted a photo on a Facebook page that the pound had uploaded,” she said. “She sent it to me saying ‘do you think it could possibly be Marbles?’

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Ms Johnson says she received dozens of comments from people hopeful they might one day find their cat on social media too. However, her family was given renewed hope recently when a familiar cat was caught by the pound a couple of streets away from her home earlier this month. “When I advertised him as lost on a Facebook page originally some man commented back saying ‘please help this lady she has lost her marbles’,” Ms Johnson said. “He was rotten; he was matted down to the skin and he stunk like anything,” she recalled. The cat has now been micro-chipped and registered with the council.”So if he ever goes missing again hopefully it won’t be for three years,” Ms Johnson said. “For six months we dropped flyers around the houses here in the area, we put him on the lost and found Facebook page and contacted the pounds and the vets to see if anyone had picked him up.” Having had no success in finding Marbles, Ms Johnson came to the conclusion that her cat may have been run over or stolen. (ABC Tropical North: Sophie Kesteven ) “They should design cat cam for cats so you can see what they get up to,” she said, tongue-in-cheek. Photo:
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“It was!””I never ever thought we would see him again so it was amazing that after three years we were getting him back.”Despite looking similar to social media sensation Grumpy Cat, Ms Johnson said Marbles was, in fact, a very affectionate cat.”My sons were so glad to have him back and my grandkids just think he’s amazing,” she said.Ms Johnson put a post on social media after being reunited with her family pet last week. “He went straight to the vet and had a nice clip and shampoo.”Despite his distinct odour and unkempt fur, Ms Johnson believed he was fed by someone while he was astray because he did not return undernourished. “I got over 100 comments back from people saying it’s given them hope that they’re going to find their pet one day,” she said.Where did Marbles go?Although Marbles still appeared to be the same affectionate cat Ms Johnson last saw in 2013, his appearance had drastically changed when they picked him up from the pound.
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A north Queensland family has a local lost and found Facebook page to thank after finding their missing cat who went AWOL three years ago.Sharon Johnson’s pure-bred white chinchilla cat, Marbles, went missing in June 2013 in Mackay.
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Opera Australia soprano Taryn Fiebig goes back to school

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“Sure, 100 per cent,” she said.”It’s very hard work, very satisfying, your musical family just grows and grows and you are exposed to the most incredible music and ridiculous storylines.”Do it. Photo:
Taryn Fiebig runs a workshop for year 12 singing students at Churchlands Senior High School. (720 ABC Perth: Emma Wynne)
Fiebig said returning to her old school and leading masterclasses was “gorgeous … “It was from there I went to Sydney and I have been with Opera Australia for 12 years now.”Opera’s leading ladyAfter her friend gave Fiebig “the kick that I needed”, her career has gone from strength to strength.She snagged the lead role of Eliza Dolittle in Opera Australia’s My Fair Lady and recently performed to sold-out shows in Cosi Fan Tutte at the Sydney Opera House. Perth-born soprano Taryn Fiebig has returned to her former high school for a concert and a series of masterclasses with leading singing students.Fiebig graduated from Churchlands Senior High School, which runs a selective music program, in 1989. She has since gone on to have leading roles in Opera Australia productions. “I was quite torn about that,” she said.”I went and got a cello degree first. (720 ABC Perth: Emma Wynne)
“I filled in the application form to do musical theatre a few times and I never turned up to the auditions.”At the suggestion of a friend, Fiebig applied for the Opera Australia studio program 12 years ago. External Link:

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“The choral system was really strong here then under the direction of Prue Ashurst — she really enthused me,” Fiebig said.”I think there had always been a voice there but it was really realised here and given great opportunity. “Absolutely know what you are singing about.”And for teens considering following in her footsteps, she would not hesitate to recommend a career as a professional singer. to be able to come back and give back”.”The other day I came in early, about eight in the morning, and … What could you lose?”Fiebig will perform at Churchlands Concert Hall on August 19 in From School To Opera Australia along with a number of current students. “Again, I didn’t turn up on the day,” she said.”My friend rang me and said, ‘Get your arse down here right now, we are not leaving until you arrive’.”So I did — and I sang and they gave it to me on the spot. Photo:
Taryn Fiebig in a masterclass with year 12 choral students. “Now I come back and think it’s fantastic.”Mentoring young singersFeibig’s advice to young music students is simple: “Practice, practice and more practice.””For singers — understand your text, even if it is in English. I was hearing all this beautiful music again.”When I was here, we didn’t know we were good, we just enjoyed it. She credits her time at Churchlands for igniting her passion for singing. “We sang every day.”Audition no-showsEven after graduation, it took a number of years and a certain amount of prodding for Fiebig to finally pursue a career in singing.
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Netball keeps me young: 69yo notches up decades on court

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I think it’s a privilege.” (ABC Capricornia: Chrissy Arthur)
Her family encouraged her to try, showing her a story from the newspaper about a netball team of women in their 70s in nearby Gladstone.”I started in a low grade and there were other girls in the team who weren’t physically perfect, and they were very supportive,” Ms Christensen said.Netball a family affairToday, her whole family is heavily involved in netball.”Two of my granddaughters play — we have played in the same team,” she said.”Of course they outstripped me. I didn’t blow my whistle’ and then I realise,” she said.”I love the friendship, the teamwork, the ways we all support each other. (ABC Capricornia: Chrissy Arthur)
Ms Christensen has a hearing impairment, and said it sometimes created complications on the court.”I don’t always hear the hooter at the end of the game, so everybody’s walking off and I’m thinking ‘Where are they going? “My family keeps me grounded, and my netball keeps me young,” Ms Christensen said.”It keeps me physically active, and between playing and umpiring I’m a lot more active than a lot of my peers.”Ms Christensen said the intense physicality of the sport had not been a problem as an older player.”Since I’ve got older I’ve become much more careful about warming up, and I find I get less injuries now because I warm up before I start a game,” she said.She plays with the Runaways Netball Club, and umpires for the Rockhampton Netball Association and at representative carnivals in Queensland and northern New South Wales.Ms Christensen’s interest in the sport began when her youngest daughter started playing.”We went everywhere with her, and I said one day ‘This looks like so much fun, but I’m too old, I’m 40’,” she said. “I’m grateful people let me umpire and let me play. Photo:
Helen Christensen umpires as well as plays netball. I’m down in the D grade and perfectly happy, and having a great time.”

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Netballer Helen Christensen turns 70 in December. Rockhampton’s Helen Christensen turns 70 in December, and took up netball at the age of 40. A netball player from central Queensland says the fast-paced, high-impact sport is keeping her active in her senior years. They’re much fitter and play a much higher grade.

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Adelaide Zoo’s Sumatran orangutan Kluet releases jazz tune

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Jazz cats stand aside because Adelaide Zoo’s Sumatran orangutan Kluet has released a debut single for World Orangutan Day.Producer and primate keeper Pij Olijnyk described the tune Give me a Klue, which was created using a music-making app, as modern jazz.”There are certainly nods to a couple of classic jazz songs in there,” he said. He loves watching videos of himself. He’s got a little bit of an ego issue there perhaps, but he really cracks himself up a bit with some of those videos.”He was not prepared to claim the recording as a world first, but said it might have been.”I think that multi-tracking a song with drum and piano may well be a world first , but I’m not going to commit on that,” he said.”It’s an opportunity to just celebrate orangutans but also to raise a bit of awareness about the plight of wild orangs because they’re in a lot of trouble.”Sumatran orangutans like Kluet are critically endangered, there’s somewhere between 4,000 to 7,000 left in the wild and we’re probably losing about 1,000 a year at the moment due to habitat loss in particular.”The zoo has a partnership with Wildlife Asia to support habitat protection and rescue efforts of Sumatran orangutans. (ABC News: Michael Coggan) (ABC News: Michael Coggan)
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“I can hear a bit of Pink Panther theme and I think there’s a bit of The Way You Look Tonight as well.”Orangutans are incredibly intelligent and share 97 per cent of their DNA with humans.”He’s brilliant, [orangutans] in general are really the geniuses of the animal world.”Kluet in particular is very playful and cheeky, very inquisitive, loves to try new things.”The 20-year-old’s song is being sold on the Zoos SA website where people can pay what they would like to support Adelaide Zoo’s three Sumatran orangutans.Asked if the zoo had found a musical prodigy, the keeper said: “Definitely, I think he’s got some talent there.””The piece of music was actually recorded in two takes — one for the drums, one for the piano, so it was straight up, he was just a natural.”

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Brewing up coffee success for Adelaide’s disadvantage teens

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Fellow KIK colleague Tanecia Van Dem Berg also left school before the end of year 12.”Most of my friends had finished grade 12 and I had dropped out of school, so I had nowhere left to go,” she said.The 18-year-old said she withdrew from her friends and society in general.”A lot of the youth, if they have nothing to do, they are bored and get into drugs and alcohol and do stupid things that won’t better them.”She said she found happiness training for her role at KIK and had re-enrolled in school.The first of five stores plannedMs Noble said the Tea Tree Gully cafe was the first of five stores she planned to open, all staffed by local disadvantaged youth.”I’m already jumping to the next store,” she said.”We are going to have the next coffee shop opened within six months.”Ms Noble said she was inspired by the turnarounds she had seen in the program’s participants.She said she truly believed in the young people of the area and wanted them to strive to succeed.”If they want to manage a shop, we are going to have so many to open,” she said.”That would be fantastic.” (891 ABC Adelaide: Brett Williamson)
Breaking the cycleThe majority of KIK’s staff have experienced social isolation due to homelessness, family violence, mental illness or drug and alcohol abuse — some have experienced a combination of all of them.For 16-year-old Janaya Rough, a combination of anxiety and depression saw her retreat daily to her bedroom and disconnect from her friends.”I just felt really uncomfortable around people,” she said.As Janaya’s condition worsened, she began to skip school before dropping out for good last year.”I’d go deeper and deeper into the black hole and felt like I could not escape.”I had nothing to look forward to.”She said her outlook on life had changed since completing the Inspired Buy training.”At the start of it, it was an up and down journey,” she said.”But now I am finally happy.”[Before] I just didn’t want to be alive — but now I am living; I want to be alive, I want to see my friends, I want earn money and I want to have a future for myself.”

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Tanecia Van Dem Berg, Louise Nobes and Janaya Rough prepare for the launch of KIK Coffee. A coffee shop designed and staffed by 15 disadvantaged teenagers will open its doors next week in Tea Tree Gully.KIK Coffee is part of a youth entrepreneurial program developed by Inspired Buy chief executive Louise Nobes.A social worker for 15 years in Adelaide’s northern suburbs, Ms Nobes developed Inspired Buy to help attract commercial support for social enterprises in the area.”I founded it with the core belief that all young people, no matter their life experiences, can achieve greatness,” she said.”We have one of the highest rates of youth unemployment nationally in the northern suburbs and we also have kids who are just disengaged.”There has to be a new way of thinking.”After eight months of small business and catering training, Ms Noble’s KIK Coffee team will open for business on Monday at Tea Tree Plaza Plus.
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