slide_icon

ADVANCED . STRONG . RELIABLE

The Optimizer, an easy to customizable multi-purpose theme with lots of powerful features.

南京夜网,南京夜生活网,江苏夜网
Manly keep Stingrays at bay

Manly keep Stingrays at bay

Manly's Gemma O'Toole seems to have an extra long leg as she fights for possession with the Stingrays' Trudy Camilleri in yesterday's draw at JJ Kelly Park. Picture: DAVE TEASEThe Stingrays will have to wait a little longer to clinch back-to-back premierships after a 1-1 draw with Manly last night.Illawarra could have sealed their second straight title with victory at JJ Kelly Park, but will have to wait at least another week after defender Lisa Gilbert and Manly's Lisa Morrison traded first-half goals.The Wollongong side looked to have sealed three points - and their reputation as the state's best for the second consecutive year - when Jess Cooper tapped into an empty net 15 minutes from time, but the goal was disallowed.Ash Connor was ruled to have fouled Manly keeper Alyssa Harris, leading to the fumble that allowed Cooper to score. Cooper was then sent off with two minutes remaining after receiving her second yellow card to complete a frustrating outing under lights for the hosts.Stingrays coach Brett Wallin was disappointed with the decisions."Jess was wearing her heart on her sleeve," Wallin said. "To work like she does and get that at the end is disappointing."I thought it was a goal. I didn't get a clear view. When you get into that situation, advantage has to go to the attacker."Cooper will miss at least one week after being booked for time-wasting and dissent."Red cards don't get turned over - I'm hoping she only gets a week," Wallin said.With three rounds remaining, Illawarra (41) stay seven points ahead of second-placed Manly (34), although the Sydneysiders have a game in hand."We've got a game up our sleeve, we can lose one and if we win the other two we're premiers," Wallin said. "It would have been nice to have knocked them off tonight but they're making us work for it. Manly deserved something tonight, they scared us a few times."The Stingrays had a dream start when Gilbert netted early, but the northern beaches side equalised through Morrison's delightful chip 10 minutes before the break.Manly took heart from drawing level and peppered Sarah Gollop's goal in the dying stages, but the hosts held firm.The Stingrays reserve grade lost 2-1 after Albion Park defeated Woonona 1-0.
Nanjing Night Net

This story Administrator ready to work first appeared on Nanjing Night Net.

Family’s scare as car hit by missile

Family’s scare as car hit by missile

The car that was hit by a projectile while a Flinders mother and her two daughters were returning from a Campbelltown shopping trip on the Appin Rd at dusk on Saturday. Pictures: DAVE TEASE The round hole left by the projectile as it smashed through the car's windscreen.
Nanjing Night Net

A Flinders mother has told of the panic as her car window was shattered by a projectile that narrowly missed her daughter's head.The 41-year-old bravely kept her wits after the unknown object hit on Appin Rd at dusk on Saturday.The woman, who asked not to be named, was returning from a shopping trip to Campbelltown with her daughters, aged 16 and eight, when the incident occurred just before 5pm."It was horrible. It's literally like you see on television when you hear that really big thundery smash."It was just so scary. In that split second I didn't know what was going on."The woman said she felt a stab of pain to her leg as glass hit her jeans but did not penetrate the fabric.She then turned to see the shattered glass beside her 16-year-old's head. Both girls were sprayed with glass but were uninjured."The window is completely shattered, it's only held together by the tint."It's so traumatic because it's what could have been - a split second later and it could have hit my daughter's head," she said."My eldest kept saying 'are you all right'? We were just so traumatised. We were sitting on glass but too scared to stop and get out."The family kept going, not stopping until they reached Warilla Police Station.Lake Illawarra police Sergeant John Klepczarek said the car was examined and it was believed the projectile was a ball bearing or something similar.He said police were keen to hear from anyone who was travelling on Appin Rd and witnessed any suspicious activity at the time of the incident.In July 2007, Nowra beauty therapist Nicole Miller, then 22, suffered life-threatening injuries after a rock was thrown through her window at Kiama Downs, hitting her in the right side of her head.Contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

This story Administrator ready to work first appeared on Nanjing Night Net.

Push to end paid parking heats up

Push to end paid parking heats up

Wise Eyes Optical owner Andrew Reveley and City Diggers general manager Phil Ryan with some of the thousands of signatures opposing parking meter measures. Picture: ADAM McLEANMore than 2000 people have signed a petition calling for Wollongong City Council to urgently review its unpopular parking meter strategy, ahead of what is shaping up to be a rowdy public meeting on Wednesday.The meeting, to be held at City Diggers at 6pm, has been billed as a chance for retailers, shoppers and employees to vent their fury over the paid parking measures they claim have severely dented trade and deterred shoppers from visiting the CBD.Wise Eyes Optical owner Andrew Reveley said the vast majority of customers were vehemently opposed to the existing parking meter strategy."I would say 99.9 per cent are dead against it," he said."A lot of people ... don't feel they are getting good value for money, and a lot of people feel there has been no community consultation."Business owners hope the council will commit to a parking meter review which involves community leaders who "have a sense of what the community wants", Mr Reveley said.City Diggers general manager Phil Ryan, who is spearheading the campaign against the paid parking measures, said the council's proposed move away from the $2 flat fee towards a pro-rata rate would not restore trade for the CBD's troubled retailers.Wollongong MP Noreen Hay and Liberal Wollongong candidate Michelle Blicavs have confirmed they will attend the meeting, along with Wollongong City Council general manager David Farmer and South Coast Labor Council secretary Arthur Rorris.Former marketing manager for the Newcastle CBD, Malcolm Barnes, will speak about the negative experience that city had when parking metres were introduced.Meantime, readers of the Mercury website have expressed their displeasure at the council's proposed parking meter changes released this week, which signal a move from a $2 flat fee to a pro-rata rate."Planet Earth to Council! Planet Earth to Council! Shoppers are not coming back until all the meters are gone!" declared RU Kiddinme."The whole system is screwed. I avoid town like the plague. Suburbs offer better shopping whilst not charging me to do so," wrote Ash.Andy said Wollongong people were "voting with their feet". He wrote: "How sad for small business owners who are on the receiving end of such bullish policy."
Nanjing Night Net

This story Administrator ready to work first appeared on Nanjing Night Net.

Bellamy wants Blues to go back on attack

Bellamy wants Blues to go back on attack

NSW coach Craig Bellamy has labelled his team's decision-making in the opening two matches of the State of Origin series as "below NRL level".The Blues mentor has thrown down the challenge to his troops to come up with the right plays at the right time to avoid becoming the first NSW team to lose a series 3-0 since 1995."For long periods of (game two) we defended pretty well," Bellamy said."We were strong and pretty aggressive but some poor decisions at times really let us down."When you come up with poor decisions against a side as good as Queensland, they'll make you pay."While defensively the Blues have been below par in the first two games, it has been the team's attack - or lack of - which has come under scrutiny.Bellamy played down suggestions he had taken a defensive approach in the opening matches, but said he had been tinkering with a new attacking formula ahead of the final match at ANZ Stadium tonight."We like to go into games balanced in our attack and defence," he said."We've changed our attack around a little bit for this game. Hopefully that will be a bit more effective for us."The Maroons have dominated headlines this week after describing several NSW players as "grubs" for their actions around the ruck.Mal Meninga's men have used incidents from past games as ammunition and have earmarked Michael Ennis, Trent Barrett and Paul Gallen as the main offenders.Barrett laughed off the accusations made north of the border and said he wouldn't be fazed by the claims."It doesn't worry me and I'm sure it doesn't worry any of our players," Barrett said."What happens on the footy field happens and I certainly don't think any of our players go out of their way to come up with any of that intentionally."Bellamy, who sees no difference between the two teams around the play the ball, said his troops wouldn't be sidetracked by the Queenslander's trash talk. "Perhaps it's just a way of trying to get our team's focus away from not doing so well in that area," he said."Or trying to put pressure on a couple of individuals they have named."Or perhaps they are trying to get the referee a little bit more aware of us in that area, which is something (Queensland) are very good at."
Nanjing Night Net

This story Administrator ready to work first appeared on Nanjing Night Net.

Shellharbour Beach scattered on Everest

Shellharbour Beach scattered on Everest

Peter Wells climbs upwards on May 23. Peter Wells on the summit of Mt Everest.
Nanjing Night Net

Somewhere on top of the world there's a little piece of Shellharbour Beach freezing its sun-bleached grains off.Adventurer and TV presenter Peter Wells scattered the sand on high last month when he realised his 15-year-old dream of climbing to the summit of Mt Everest."It's the beach that I grew up on and learnt to surf on; my roots are there," said Wells, who now lives in Sydney's northern beaches.Wells was among a group of five who dedicated the climb to raising awareness of bowel cancer.He thought himself well prepared for the challenge on arrival at base camp on April 1, but was quickly stunned by the onerous conditions.A warm spell had melted much of the ice, resulting in "massive avalanches that cut out the morning light".A series of corpses exposed by the melting added to the apocalyptic element.Authorities removed five bodies in the early days of Wells' two-month stay as part of a program to clean up the mountain.Bodies included that of a Sherpa buried for years beneath the treacherous mountain's ice."The passion for the mountain means you're well read; you hear about all the deaths," Wells said.The final ascent took five days, with Wells passing into the "death zone" - the 8000m point - after 8pm, using the light of the moon and his head-torch to light a path at times resembling a knife's edge.He arrived at the summit just as the sun appeared over the Tibetan horizon at 5.19am on May 23."The triangular shadow cast by Everest at that time in the morning; it stretched all the way to the horizon," Wells said."I actually said out loud: 'thank you, thank you, thank you'. I was thanking the mountain that it had let me up there."The accomplishment is the latest in a long line of hair-raising experiences for the Sydney Weekender presenter, who reached the summit of Tibet's Mt Cho Oyu in September 2005 and who lists being woken by a lion outside his tent in Nakuru National Park in Kenya in 1999 as his scariest moment.

This story Administrator ready to work first appeared on Nanjing Night Net.

Miners, union ‘can live with’ Govt’s revamped resources tax

Miners, union ‘can live with’ Govt’s revamped resources tax

The Federal Government's second attempt at a mining tax has received a warm reception across the region.Prime Minister Julia Gillard took a knife to the controversial resources super profits tax (RSPT), slashing the rate at which miners would be taxed by 10 per cent and christening the new deal the minerals resource rent tax (MRRT).The revised tax marks the end of the RSPT in its original form, which had been met with open hostility by the multinationals in control of the region's mining operations.Mick Davis, chief executive of multinational Xstrata, which owns the Tahmoor Colliery, said he was looking forward to finalising the details of the tax after "constructive engagement" with the Government, while BHP Billiton chief executive Marius Kloppers expressed similar sentiments.BHP Billiton owns Illawarra Coal, which operates the Appin, West Cliff and Dendrobium mines.The miners' union had come out strongly in support of the RSPT, but yesterday CFMEU mining and energy division vice-president Wayne McAndrew said the union could "live with" the new deal."It still delivers 90 per cent of what the original proposal delivered - it will deliver small business tax breaks, it will deliver an increase in super, over a period of time, and most importantly for us, will deliver badly needed infrastructure in mining communities affected by the resource boom."But business tax breaks only go half as far as originally proposed, to the disappointment of the Illawarra Business Chamber.Chamber Chief executive Greg Fisher said the pressure would be on the Government to reintroduce cuts to company tax once the budget returned to surplus in 2013.It is also unclear if a $6 billion infrastructure fund, mooted for Western Australia and Queensland under the RSPT, would be extended to NSW.Mr McAndrew said the CFMEU was prepared to return to the campaign trail to ensure the region had a fair share of the tax proceeds."If there's a need to continue to push hard for a fair share of this to go to infrastructure in mining communities, yes, we'll continue to push that pretty hard," he said.
Nanjing Night Net

This story Administrator ready to work first appeared on Nanjing Night Net.

Jonovski may run for council as independent

Jonovski may run for council as independent

Kiril Jonovski could make a political comeback as an independent after he was cleared of misleading a corruption investigation into Wollongong City Council.The sacked councillor, who has maintained his innocence since the Independent Commission Against Corruption investigation began, was this week found not guilty of lying about his involvement in a meeting with developer Frank Vellar at the Flame Tree Cafe in 2006.Mr Jonovski said the verdict now opened the way for a future political career."I'm not ruling anything out, I'll leave the door open for anything," he said, indicating he would likely run as an independent.After Wollongong City Council was sacked in the wake of the 2008 ICAC inquiry, NSW Labor officially expelled Mr Jonovski, along with former councillors Frank Gigliotti, Val Zanotto and Zeki Esen and council official Joe Scimone.Mr Jonovski welcomed Opposition Leader Barry O’Farrell’s pledge this week to hold early council elections should the Liberals win power.“It’s the only way this city can progress, and the sooner we have the elections, the better.”ICAC Commissioner Jerrold Cripps’ final report handed down in October 2008 found Mr Jonovski had engaged in conduct that could constitute or involve corruptly soliciting a benefit.It recommended the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) pursue charges for the offence of corruptly soliciting a benefit from developer Frank Vellar in return for favouring Mr Vellar’s North Beach Bathers’ Pavilion redevelopment proposal, and the offences of making a false statement to, or providing misleading evidence to, the commission.The DPP chose only to pursue the latter two matters and on Thursday both of those charges against Mr Jonovski were dismissed.Mr Jonovski rejected suggestions his involvement in the corruption inquiry had soiled his electoral prospects.“I did my job (as a councillor), I was the people’s person,” he said.“If I decide to run, people will make up their own mind.”The 66-year-old said the protracted inquiry had caused untold personal damage.“Anything like this would take a toll on anyone. For no reason, my family name was tarnished,” Mr Jonovski said.“It’s not just tarnished me, it’s tarnished the town and the community for no reason.”Mr Jonovski said he had been the victim of a “witch-hunt”.
Nanjing Night Net

This story Administrator ready to work first appeared on Nanjing Night Net.

Brett Morris hoping Origin drought may be broken

Brett Morris hoping Origin drought may be broken

Brett Morris doesn't have any problems scoring for the Dragons.NSW winger Brett Morris admits to being frustrated by it all.Having broken into the Blues line-up this year, his ultra-impressive try-scoring record has been tarnished.Morris is still on zero from two starts in a team blown away by Queensland's march to a fifth-consecutive State of Origin crown. Full coverage of the Dragons This is the same man listed as the shortest-priced first try scorer in rugby league history this year, such is his knack for putting on the Dragons' opening points.The Kiama kid has bagged 39 four-pointers in 38 NRL games in the past two years wearing the Red V.The 23-year-old left-wing wonder was a late call-up for Australia's end-of-season Four Nations tour last year and has gone on to score eight tries in five appearances in green and gold.So while NSW's trophy cabinet may be bare for another year, Morris is desperate to make it third-time lucky in Sydney on Wednesday."Yeah, definitely," he said."I've had a bit of success playing on the wing for Australia with the tries and some good games."Origin is the pinnacle of rugby league, it's the hardest game to play and I haven't made my mark yet. I think it's fair to say that."Hopefully we can get a bit of ball (on Wednesday) and show people what we can do."Morris' opportunities in 160 minutes of Origin have been limited.Pretty much everything he's tried during the series has - for one reason or another - failed to come off.The most accurate reflection of Morris' time in sky blue came when he was denied a try in the closing stages of game two in Brisbane.The result was already beyond doubt by the time Morris put in a neat grubber kick past Israel Folau and Billy Slater, before running around them and planting the ball down. The only problem was that Morris had also rolled the ball between the legs of NSW replacement Kurt Gidley, who was caught in the crossfire and penalised for being offside and obstructing Slater.Morris' only clear break in the two Origin clashes was in the first half in Brisbane with a sweeping run down the left touchline before trying a chip kick.But instead of regathering, the ball fell favourably for Slater to return fire with a counter-attack of his own.Morris knows the task of breaking his Origin duck to help deliver a NSW victory will be that much harder because of AFL-bound Queensland winger Israel Folau's farewell."They'll be looking to send him out on a big note," Morris said."He'd love one of those tries he scores off kicks and I think there's going to be a lot of bombs coming my way, but that's part of your job as a winger."You've got to defuse the bombs and Izzy is probably the best jumper in the game, so it's a great challenge."Morris said he hasn't developed any AFL-style catching techniques to attempt to shut down Folau, who will join the new Greater Western Sydney franchise next year."I haven't even thought about practising the AFL leap - I think (Folau's) got it down to a tee," he said."I've got my own technique, but I definitely don't get as high as him."We'll obviously just have to work hard at training to get certain players in position to shield myself and we'll go from there."Folau scored two in Origin II as the all-Dragons left side of Morris, Matt Cooper and Ben Creagh were caught short on a number of occasions.This time he'll be playing in a revamped Blues team next to the in-form Penrith centre Michael Jennings.The pair played together for Australia last year, but on that occasion Jennings was on the other side of the field."I feel a lot more comfortable with those (Dragons) guys there, you play with them week in, week out," Morris said."But that's not to say the guys that are inside me, I won't feel comfortable with."We're just going to have to work together over the week to get things right, but guys don't get picked in rep teams because they're bad defenders."I'm sure we'll work hard on it and get our structures right."For all of Morris' personal ambition to put his stamp on rugby league's greatest stage on Wednesday, he says he'd happily let the scoreless streak continue if it meant NSW turned the tables on the Maroons."As a winger you like to be scoring tries to know you're doing your job and not just hanging out with the footy players," Morris said."So I'll be looking to score a try."Definitely a try would be nice, but I want a win."I haven't experienced a win on the Origin level and it's something I'll really be trying to do, and with training this week we'll be putting ourselves in the best position to do that."
Nanjing Night Net

This story Administrator ready to work first appeared on Nanjing Night Net.

Money a poser to children service

Money a poser to children service

Figures obtained under Freedom of Information revealed that 40 per cent of family violence incidents involved children, she said yesterday.
Nanjing Night Net

But the FoI papers of minutes from a Child and Family Services Southern regional coordination committee meeting showed that, even when extra State Government funding flowed to the service, nobody knew how it was spent, she said.

"In minutes from the meeting, it was noted that $303,000 was allocated to the Child Protection and Referral Service for increased workload, but it was queried where this money had gone," she said.

The document also showed that the department had identified that the service needed 38 extra case workers, but had been unable to fill the positions.

Since the Government's Safe At Home legislation was introduced, there had been a dramatic increase in the number of police- initiated family violence orders and the police response incidents had jumped by 60 per cent, Mrs Napier said.

There had also been a large increase in the number of restraint order applications and demand generally for services to do with family violence had ballooned.

"One of the areas to bear the brunt of this increase is Children and Family Services, but the resources to cope with this are simply not there," Mrs Napier said.

Health Minister David Llewellyn said that at the end of last month there were 289 notifications of possible child abuse or neglect Statewide that had not been allocated for investigation within the bench mark time- frames.

"But all priority one cases - those where there is an immediate risk to the child - were allocated for investigation within half a day," he said.

Mr Llewellyn said that since February 2003, the Government had funded 45 new positions to address the problem.

But he did not say how many of the 45 positions had been filled.

This story Administrator ready to work first appeared on Nanjing Night Net.

State of Origin: Gallen saviour of NSW

State of Origin: Gallen saviour of NSW

Paul Gallen fronts the media in Wollongong yesterday. Picture: ANDY ZAKELINSW lock Paul Gallen could be the man to lead the Blues into a new era of success as part of a plan discussed by newly installed State of Origin captain Trent Barrett.The former St George Illawarra star and Cronulla skipper will lead NSW onto the field for the first time in what is almost certainly to be his last Origin appearance.But Barrett has spoken to Gallen about developing the Sharks enforcer's leadership skills in order to help solve the Blues' ongoing captaincy woes.The captaincy was stripped from Kurt Gidley and handed to Barrett after the versatile Newcastle fullback was named on the bench for Wednesday's third Origin clash with Queensland in Sydney.Barrett took over the captaincy at Cronulla last year when Gallen quit after being embroiled in a racism controversy with former Dragons and now Bulldogs forward Mickey Paea.However, Gallen has revealed that Barrett told him he could be the man to bring the Origin shield back to NSW next year."Trent has actually spoken to me about being a captain and that he can help me in the future," Gallen said."With his help I can probably be a better captain, yeah."He hasn't spoken in depth about it, (but said) he'd love to help out if he's finished."I'd love to see him keep playing and keep the NSW captaincy," he added.NSW yesterday held a team meeting at their Wollongong base, putting behind them the racism saga that rocked the camp before game two.Assistant coach Andrew Johns was sacked for calling Greg Inglis a "black c..." before that game and Timana Tahu left in protest.Desperate to put some pride back in the sky blue jersey after losing a fifth successive series with the 34-6 loss at Suncorp Stadium, Gallen said he would try to lead by example at ANZ Stadium on Wednesday."I just lead by playing footy, I'm pretty simple like that," he said."I just go out there and do my best on the field and people see that as having leadership qualities, by going out there and working hard."Gallen welcomed suggestions that Sharks coach Ricky Stuart would take over NSW next year if Craig Bellamy steps down.Stuart will leave the Cronulla post at the end of the year, with Sharks assistant Shane Flanagan - also on the NSW coaching staff - already declaring he will reinstate Gallen as club captain next year."He's very passionate," Gallen said of Stuart."If you brought Stick (Stuart) in, he'd be a perfect change."They'd bring different tactics because they are different coaches, but a change might be what NSW need."Gallen said he was comfortable with the reasons Bellamy stated for overlooking him for this year's series opener.Bellamy told him he was making too many errors and "trying too hard" in NRL games.However, Gallen said he doesn't feel the need to overplay his hand for NSW, having attempted to lead the Sharks - who have struggled for the past two seasons - back towards the top eight."If you have a look at the Origin games and Test games I don't try as hard, I just do my job and I think I perform pretty well at Test and Origin level," he said."It's a different game for me and I'm probably more comfortable coming in at Origin level, because I know I only have to do my job."Whereas at Cronulla I probably try to do everything," he admitted."And that's what it's been like because we've been struggling until the last month or five weeks, where I've just been able to do my job."
Nanjing Night Net

This story Administrator ready to work first appeared on Nanjing Night Net.