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Wilson re-signs with Spirit

Foundation player Andrea Wilson will return to the Bendigo Bank Spirit forthe 2016-17 Women’sNational Basketball League season.
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Andrea Wilson

The 30-year-old is a key backup player for the Spirit and a fan favourite.

“I was excited to get the call and return for another year,” Wilson said.

“The club is building for the future and I am always proud to help it do that.

“I obviously enjoy contributing on game day, and I really love helping out the younger girlswith advice at training and as part of the team’s preparation.

“Simon (Pritchard), Walshy (Andrea Walsh) and David (Flint) are solely focused on the future of the team and the club, and Iam honoured they have chosen me to help them achieve that.”

Coach Simon Pritchard said Wilson was a key player in the team set-up.

“Spirit fans don’t really get the chance to see the enormous contribution Andrea makes to the squad,” Prichard said.

“Her work at training and off the court makes her an integral part of our setup and she has agreat understanding of what our team needs to do to prepare each week and provides theenvironment for us to meet scouting strategies throughout the season.

“You don’t play as many WNBL seasons as Andrea has without being a great player and agreat person. Andrea certainly is both.

“She is the quintessential team player, and they are welcome in our squad any day of theweek.”

Wilson’s re-signing is one of the final pieces of the Spirit puzzle for the 2016-17 season.

Frontcourt starsKelsey Griffin and Gabe Richards will again be the cornerstones of the Spirit squad.

WNBA guard Blake Dietrick and Canadian forward Nayo Raincock-Ekunwe are the Spirit’s two new imports.

They’ve also signed former Australian junior representative Nadeen Payne and former University of Hawaii guard Ashleigh Karaitiana.

Kerryn Harrington, Heather Oliver and Ashleigh Spencer are also back for another WNBL season with the Bendigo Spirit.

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Straight outta Victoria – hip hop artist tours single

ON THE ROAD AGAIN: Seth Sentry will be performing on August 5 at Club 54 in Launceston, and at Hobart’s Uni Bar on August 6.
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This Australian hip hop artist has come a long way since his first hit The Waitress Song in 2008.

Seth Marton, the man behind Seth Sentry,now has two albums and an EP under his belt, and is back on the road with his 1969 tour.

The tour name comes from a single of the same nameoff last year’sStrange New Past, the second full-length release for the Melbourne artist.

Although it has been eight years since he burst into the Australian hip hop circuit, Marton has never been in a rush with his writing, nor will he ever be.

“I write quite slowly, I like to get it right, wait until I am 100 per centsatisfied with everything,” Marton said.

For album number two, he decided to approach things a little differently.

“I didn’t try to write singles – the songs that I wrote are just how I was feeling at the time,I just wanted to create a straight-up rap albumandmade songs that my friends would enjoy,” Marton said.

“People thought that my next album was going to be more pop, but it wasn’t –I wanted to hit them with something more unexpected.”

Last year, Marton smashed out a 50-show tour to promote Strange New Past.

While this tour is nowhere near as big, he is keen to hit up the states of Australia.

Seth Sentry will be performing on August 5 at Club 54 in Launceston, and at Hobart’s Uni Bar on August 6.

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New Lambton revamp for family haven

New Lambton revamp for family haven TweetFacebook Photos: New Lambton family classicHouse of the week: 175 St James Road, New LambtonThis pretty New Lambton property has all the hallmarks of a classic Australian family home. There’s the white picket fence, large backyard and a jacaranda tree out the back.
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No.175 St James Road ticks all the boxes for comfort and location, but a complete renovation about two years ago has brought this much-loved house up to speed with not only the times, but the demands of a growing family.

It has been configured into a five-bedroom state-of-the art home.

Open-plan living areas lead via glass stackable doors to a large alfresco area covered by a pitched roof. The backyard is large, level and a haven for pets and children.

Back inside, the living area comprises an entertainer’s kitchen, lounge/media room, dining space and family room.

The large kitchen has granite bench-tops with waterfall edging, a wide island with breakfast bar and premium Westinghouse stainless steel appliances.

There is a wood-burning combustion fire in the lounge room, and the family room has an ornate fireplace

Two of the home’s five bedrooms haveensuites and the family bathroom features a deep bath tub.

Other features include blackbutt flooring throughout, ceiling fans, plush carpet, built-in/walk-in robes and plantation shutters.

There isa double garage at the rear of the block and an automatic single garage at the front with internal access to the home.The property is close to schools, shopping village, parks and sporting fields.

House of the week:

New Lambton

175 St James Road

5 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, 3 parking

Auction: August 13 onsite

Agency: Dalton Partners

Contact: 02 4956 3033

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Farmers of the future fair

Farming Futures: Students get the chance to talk to industry professionals about career opportunities and teaching staff about agriculture degrees on offer at UNE.
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The fourth annual Farming Futures will be held at the University of New England,showcasing the variety of careers in the agricultural industry.

It’s a student run eventprovidingUNE’s agricultural students opportunities to start planning their future as well as providing information for high school and TAFE students about the variety of careers agriculture has to offer.

A careers fair will be held whereindustry representatives andstud farmers canpromote their business and tell theirstory of how they got where they are now.

Farming Futures stems from the current agricultural issues and the continueddemand for new, innovative and sustainable development in the industry.

This year, aSchools Program is offeredfor students to exploreagricultural based degrees at UNE. Schools from local and surrounding areas areencouraged to attend the fair, giving students the opportunity to talk to stallholders about future job prospects. Graduates, academics and businesses willrun seminars on the day.

There will be an industry dinner forstudents andindustryrepresentativesfor a night of agricultural enlightenment. Students areencouraged to sit with aprofessionalto talk one onone.Graduates are also invited to attend.Dee George, 2015 graduate ofRural Science will be chairperson of the dinner. The dinner will also include anauction to raise funds for chosen charity, Buy A Bale.

The careers fair and dinner will be held on FridayJuly 29, at UNE inArmidale.

For moreinformation:http://梧桐夜网une.edu419论坛/about-une/academic-schools/school-of-environmental-and-rural-science/ers-news-and-events/farming-futures

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Obeids charged over $30m coal deal

Eddie Obeid. Photo: Ben RushtonCorrupt former Labor minister EddieObeidand his son Moses have beenchargedovera $30 million coal deal, as authorities tighten the net around the one-time powerbroker and his familyovera series of business deals.
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Obeidis already facing jail time after being convicted in June of misconduct in public officeoverhis business dealings at Circular Quay.

Fairfax Media can now reveal the 72-year-old and his entrepreneurial middle son Moses, 47, were quietlychargedlast yearovera coal deal at Mount Penny in the Bylong Valley near Mudgee. The identity of a third personchargedoverthe same matter cannot be revealed for legal reasons.

The conspiracy charges relate to a lucrative coal tenement the Independent Commission Against Corruption heard was created “smack bang” on top of theObeidfamily’s rural property Cherrydale Park whileObeidwas in office.

The charges against father and son follow an explosive 2012 ICAC inquiry, which revealed theObeidfamily received a $30 million windfall from the coal deal.

The corruption uncovered in that inquiry and others involving former NSW Labor figures was famously described as “on a scale probably unexceeded since the days of the Rum Corps”.

The fact thatObeidhad beenchargedoverthe Mount Penny coal deal was suppressed to ensure thatObeidsenior suffered no prejudice in his recent criminal trial in the NSW Supreme Courtoverhis business dealings at Circular Quay.

He was convicted on June 28 of misconduct in public office and the Crown is pushing for a jail sentence. DuringObeid’s three-week trial the Supreme Court heard the then upper house MP lobbied Steve Dunn, then deputy chief executive of the state maritime authority, to benefit retail tenants at Circular Quay “under the cloak” of acting for arm’s-length constituents.

In fact,Obeidwas acting in his private interests. The jury heard his family had a secret interest in two cafes on wharves four and five at Circular Quay and they were among a group of tenants seeking to have their leases renewed without competing in a public tender.

August is set to be a busy month for the former Labor powerbroker. On August 12, Justice Robert Beech-Jones will hear submissions about a possible jail term forObeidoverthe Circular Quay cafes.

On August 29, Eddie and MosesObeidwill appear in the Downing Centre Local Court for a committal hearingoverthe conspiracy charges, slated to run for five days. The first two weeks of August will be taken up by a civil case in whichObeidand three of his five sons – Moses, Paul and Eddie jnr – are suing former ICAC commissioner David Ipp, counsel assisting Geoffrey Watson, SC, and another seven ICAC officers for “misfeasance in public office”.

The Obeids maintain they were unfairly targeted by the corruption watchdog and the family want damages for their economic loss and for the “significant stress, mental anxiety and injury” they claim to have suffered.

Other legal matters on foot for theObeidfamily include the ongoing stoush between the Australian Taxation Office and family matriarch JudyObeidand eight of her nine children.

In addition, Moses and Paul are being pursued in court by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission for alleged bid-rigging conduct in relation to two lucrative coal exploration licences. One of the licences wasoverthe Mount Penny property.

The ACCC is seeking monetary penalties and costs as well as orders that the men be disqualified from managing companies for a set time.

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