Month: February 2019

  • Ardlethan Picnic Races 2013

    Georgia Bremner of Ardlethan and Alana Hartwig of Temora. Picture: Addison Hamilton (From left) Jake Hamblin, Peter Charles, Emma Charles, Lana Sweeney, Hannah Snowden and Brent Walker. Picture: Addison Hamilton
    Nanjing Night Net

    Jade McDonald, Brydie Burrows, Emily Smith and Brooke Kaveney. Picture: Addison Hamilton

    Ryan Freeman of Temora and Ben Hampton of Tullibigeal. Picture: Addison Hamilton

    James Robertson, Jack Ginty and Kurt Allen. Picture: Addison Hamilton

    Kay Whitty, Steve Adamik and Sue Adamik. Picture: Addison Hamilton

    Jo Harpley, Sharon Young, Ruth McCarthy, Narelle Gentles of Cootamundra. Picture: Addison Hamilton

    (From left) Tanya Hackney, Johnny Gown, Angela Barnsley, Paul Hackney and Mark Raymond. Picture: Addison Hamilton

    Sandra Mathieson, Joan Richens, Greg Trembath and Marj Clark. Picture: Addison Hamilton

    Ann-Maree Thompson and Nilva Close of Griffith. Picture: Addison Hamilton

    Brodie Gray, 22 months. Picture: Addison Hamilton

    Carus Gray, 3. Picture: Addison Hamilton

    Carus Gray, 3, and Nate Wheatley, 3. Picture: Addison Hamilton

    Picture: Addison Hamilton

    Race 1 winner I’m Flash ridden by Tim Phillips. Picture: Addison Hamilton

    Race 1 winner I’m Flash ridden by Tim Phillips. Picture: Addison Hamilton

    Race 1 winner I’m Flash ridden by Tim Phillips. Picture: Addison Hamilton

    Race 2 winner Medotcom ridden by Paddy Kelly. Picture: Addison Hamilton

    Race 2 winner Medotcom ridden by Paddy Kelly. Picture: Addison Hamilton

    Race 2 winner Medotcom ridden by Paddy Kelly. Picture: Addison Hamilton

    Race 2 winner Medotcom ridden by Paddy Kelly. Picture: Addison Hamilton

    Race 2 winner Medotcom ridden by Paddy Kelly. Picture: Addison Hamilton

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

  • Perth Zoo’s first dragons

    Raja is the first Komodo Dragon at Perth Zoo. Photo: Daniel Scarparolo/Perth Zoo At just 2.1 kilograms Raja still has a lot of growing to do. Photo: Daniel Scarparolo/Perth Zoo
    Nanjing Night Net

    He may not look very scary now, but Perth Zoo’s newest resident has a fearsome reputation.

    The young Komodo Dragon will grow to about the size of an adult human- 70 kilograms- in the next five years.

    With a mouthful of long, curved, serrated teeth, one or two bites from an adult Komodo Dragon is enough to bring down a deer.

    And if size was not enough, its venom induces shock and stops the prey’s blood from clotting.

    Komodo Dragons are the largest lizards in the world but at only 18 months old and just 2.1 kilograms, young Raja still has a lot of growing to do.

    It is the first time a Komodo Dragon has been on display at Perth Zoo.

    Perth Zoo operations curator John Lemon said as well as their fearsome reputation, Komodo Dragons have some pretty cool traits.

    “To survive during long periods of low prey density they can eat up to 80 per cent of their own body weight at a time,” he said.

    “And their keen sense of smell enables them to locate food from as far away as 10 kilometres if the wind conditions are right.”

    In the wild, Komodo Dragons are found on a handful of Indonesian Islands.

    The largest of these is Komodo Island, which is where they get their name.

    They are the dominant predator on the islands, using their lumbering yet powerful bodies to bring down prey ranging from water buffalo to lizards and chickens.

    They lie in wait until their prey comes near and then launch a surprise attack.

    “Unfortunately, just like the dragons of myth and legend, many Komodo Dragons have been slain – or poached – for their meat or the illegal pet trade,” Mr Lemon said.

    There are believed to be only 3000 to 5000 Komodo left in the wild.

     Follow WAtoday on Twitter

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

  • Inquest: baby could have been sedated with one teaspoon of spirits

    A baby found unresponsive with a blood alcohol content of .033 before his death could have been sedated by as little as one teaspoon of spirits.
    Nanjing Night Net

    But whether alcohol contributed to his death remains to be see as little research has been conducted into the affects of alcohol on babies, according to a toxicology expert.

    Baby Shorn was taken to hospital by his father on November 1, 2008 after he was found unresponsive and not breathing properly in his cot at 530am.

    He died two days later when taken off life support.

    A blood sample taken at 11.50am the day he was admitted revealed a significant amount of alcohol in his system.

    But that concentration may not have been fatal.

    A coronial inquest is attempting to determine what contributed to the baby’s death and how the alcohol got into his blood.

    Baby Shorn’ father, whose identity has been suppressed, told police he had given his son formula only at 10pm the night before he lost consciousness.

    The baby’s mother and primary career had been admitted to hospital on October 30 with cesarean scar complications.

    It was the first night the new father had spent alone with his son.

    Toxicology expert David Joyce told the inquest although the .033 reading at 11.50pm was not necessarily fatal, it indicated there may have been a fatal concentration in the baby’s blood earlier.

    “We can simply say it might have been,” Dr Joyce said.

    Based on the baby’s weight and the alcohol concentration at 11.50pm there would have been about 1.2 grams of alcohol in his body at that time, he said.

    “It would take around about a standard teaspoon,” of spirits, or 3.7 millilitres, he said.

    But back-calculating to determine what the baby’s intake of alcohol could have been if he was given something with his milk 10pm the night earlier was a guessing game, Dr Joyce said.

    “The depth of evidence is so shallow,” he said.

    “It’s still very approximate guessing.”

    Dr Joyce could only say confidently that slightly less than a teaspoon of alcohol was in the baby’s blood at 11.50pm, which would have been lower than the concentration at 5.30am.

    He said if intoxicated the baby would have “become quieter”.

    “It may settle off to sleep more easily,” he said.

    But if “over sedated” the baby could stop breathing properly or be unable to move if it rolled face down onto its pillow.

    Coroner Evelyn Vickers said giving a baby a teaspoon of alcohol, “would seem to be a very small amount to people in the community”.

    The inquest continues.Follow WAtoday on Twitter

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

  • If it’s Easter sunshine you want, head south

    Sydney’s mild March weather is likely to extend into the Easter weekend, although showers may ruin the recent run of fine days.
    Nanjing Night Net

    Conditions look set to favour those staying put or heading south for the break, with a wet Easter Sunday forecast for the Hunter Valley and regions further north.

    While showers may reach Sydney on Thursday and Good Friday morning, the city should otherwise remain dry until Easter Saturday evening. A wetter spell, though, may arrive on Easter Sunday, Weatherzone meteorologist Rob Sharpe said.

    “Most people will experience a dry day on Friday, particularly if they get up late,” Mr Sharpe said. “I’d suggest going south to enjoy most of the sunny weather.”

    Conditions would likely be fairly dry all the way down to the Victorian border, he said.

    Weather models offer differing views on the effect the rain band will have on Sydney, with the potential for a low pressure system forming early next week.

    “Brisbane down to the Hunter could feel the impact of an east-coast low,” he said.

    Before the weekend, temperatures should warm to 29 and 30 on Wednesday and Thursday, respectively, before settling back to maximums of about 24 to 26 from Friday to Monday.

    Drier than Perth

    Sydney has so far had 63 millimetres of rain for March, about half the average for the month and less than a quarter of the 270 millimetres received a year ago.

    Even Perth, which typically receives just one-seventh of Sydney’s rain tally for March, is likely to register a wetter month than the Harbour City, Weatherzone said.

    Rainfall in Perth is running at triple the usual amount, making it that city’s wettest March in 42 years, Mr Sharpe said.

    Sydney is in the middle of its warmest March week in a decade. For the month so far, maximum temperatures are running 1.7 degrees above average, with minimum temperatures 1.5 degrees above normal.

    “In February and March, it’s likely we’ll have averaged the same temperature,” Mr Sharpe said. “It’s been very consistent [in March], with very little influence from cold fronts,” he said, noting the city at one point had 11 consecutive days of 25 degrees or warmer.

    Weatherzone is owned by Fairfax Media, publisher of this website.

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

  • Man used library’s wi-fi to share child porn

    A 38-year-old Brisbane man was found outside the State Library of Queensland using its free wi-fi service to share child pornography, four months after being released from jail on child sex charges.
    Nanjing Night Net

    Stephen Anthony Black, from Spring Hill, was among 11 paedophiles charged with a total of 191 offences, targeted by the Crime and Misconduct Commission’s Cerberus team and the Queensland Police Service’s Taskforce Argos during 2011 and 2012.

    Between December 2010 and February 2011, Black accessed about 1150 child exploitation images and videos and shared up to 40 files within a paedophilic network.

    On March 1 this year, Black was sentenced in the Supreme Court to five years’ imprisonment.

    A 27-year-old man from Browns Plains was also convicted earlier this month of sodomising and indecently dealing with a 13-year-old boy he had targeted via an internet chat forum.

    Timothy Clifford Schultz was arrested with close to 3800 child exploitation images and videos in his possession.

    He had shared more than 1450 images and videos with 94 contacts in an online paedophile network between November 2011 and February 2012.

    He was sentenced to six years behind bars.

    CMC operations co-ordinator, Detective Inspector Lance Vercoe, said the arrests served as a fresh warning to parents.

    “Sadly, this is typical of the type of offending we see by internet-based paedophiles,” he said.

    “They know the language children use and how to impersonate them and what starts out as an innocent conversation can quickly escalate to the point where victims are divulging personal details or sharing photos and video streaming.”

    Detective Inspector Vercoe said parents were the first line of defence.

    “These criminals prey on the vulnerability of children and if they fail to engage one, they’ll move on to another and another until they get a bite,” he said.

    “Once they get a bite and manage to elicit personal information and images from their victims, they use blackmail to obtain further explicit material, for example by threatening to send information or images to teachers or friends.

    Detective Inspector Vercoe recommended parents talk openly with their children and reiterate that they never talk or share personal information or images with strangers.

    “It should come as no surprise that children simply don’t have the emotional capacity to deal with this and may be too embarrassed to tell their parents or even friends, which is why we’re urging parents to maintain open lines of communication,” he said.

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