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Eventers ride into the city for One Day

JUMPING IN: Susan Burnheim will be back to contest the 1* level again as NEGS prepares for another huge weekend with the annual showcase One Day Event.
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More than 200 horse riders will descend on New England Girls’ School this weekend for the annual one day event.

Some of the state’s top competitors will line up alongside some of the school’s champions in all levels, from encouragers through to the CNC 1*.

Fresh off taking out the 1*at national interschools, student Jaimie McElroy is busy preparing for this weekend’s event and isready to take on seasoned performers who compete atthe top level.

“I think [I will be] just seeing how I go against the adults as well in an open competition,” she said.

“It is a bit bigger so I will see what I am up against. All the juniors go or have gone to NEGS so I know most of them.

“Most of the others I have competed against before and they are pretty tough competition so it should be good.

“I am hoping for a top five [finish].”

Numbers are up from previous years and event secretary Ali Pettit said it is really pleasing to see people showing interest in travelling to Armidale to take part.

“We had to cap the entries, we had a few people trying to get in on Tuesday but with the draw coming out, it was too late and we just didn’t have the room,” she said.

“Dressage is already going until 5pm on Saturday and we didn’t want to make it go to 6pm.”

Students and staff have spent time painting jumps in bright colours which will test horses and riders in the showjumping and cross country phases.

“They look amazing, we have had a lot of work done to the course this year, the grounds are the best they have ever been and the jumps have a new coat and we have some fresh paint on them,” Pettit said.

Entry is free for spectators and it is expected there will be plenty of people taking their seats to witness the cross country action on Sunday from 9am.

“They should definitely come on the Sunday, the cross country is always really good for everyone to watch,” Pettit said.

Saturday night will see entertainment and food on offer from Moxon’s and the French Coq, as well as kids entertainment.

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Flanigan off to Wodonga

NEW CHALLENGE: Wagga Tigers midfielder Shaun Flanigan has joined Ovens and Murray League club Wodonga Bulldogs for next season. Picture: Laura HardwickWAGGA Tigers’ Ron Hutchins Medallist Shaun Flanigan has signed with Ovens and Murray League club Wodonga Bulldogs.
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Flanigan, who was best afield in the Riverina league club’s grand final win over Leeton-Whitton, has joined a growing list of new faces at John Flower Oval.

Murray Bushrangers duo Trent Williamson and Mason Marr have committed to play at their home club, along with Holbrook defenderLuke Carmen and exciting Tallangatta prospect Rory Quinn.

AFL draft prospects Isaac Wallace and Trent McMullan are also chances of joining the Bulldogsif overlooked later this month.

Flanigan had been considering a move to the Ovens and Murray League since late in the 2015 season and wanted to get a taste of a better standard of football.

“That’s pretty much it. I wanted to test myself at a higher standard,” Flanigan said.

A relationship with former Wagga Tigers player Brett Doswell led him to Wodonga.

“Mainly just the connection with Dossy there,” he said.

“That made it pretty easy.”

Flanigan plans to travel from Wagga to meet his commitments with the Bulldogs, but has not ruled out a move to the border eventually.

A Tigers junior, Flanigan said it was a difficult decision to make to leave Robertson Oval.

“Definitely, it was pretty hard,” he said.

“That group of blokes we’ve got there, and just the way we won it, it was hard to walk away from that.”

Wodonga Bulldogs coach Dean Harding believes Flanigan is coming to the Ovens and Murray League at exactly the right time.

“We see Shaun as a midfielder whocan win his own footy and also hurt the opposition on the outside with his great ball use,” Harding said.

“He fits into that right age bracket where his best is not far away.”

Flanigan, 23, has played over 150 matches for Wagga Tigers and is a two-time best and fairest winner.

His signing comes only days after Corowa-Rutherglen picked up four Riverina league players and the trend looks set to continue with several more Wagga Tigers premiership youngsterson the radar of Ovens and Murray clubs.

Wodonga will also have Steve Murray on a full-time basis this season while Ricky Whitehead has switched from North Albury.

“We all understand we have a lot of work to do to get to the next level, but judging by the turn up at our first training session on Tuesday night, the boys are keen to keep improving and prepared to put that work in,” Harding said.

Wodonga has beefed up its coachinggroup overthe off-season with Zac Fulford, Sam Maher and Tom Anson stepping into roles.

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Folkie’s fourth and final announcement

WELCOME TO BEAUTIFUL PORT FAIRY: Australian singer-songwriter Lior will play at the 2017 Port Fairy Folk Festival. He joins Paul Kelly, Gretta Ray and The Young Folk. Port Fairy Folk Festival has made its last act announcement.
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AustralianstarLior will take to the stage in March next year, along with a raft of other musical talent.

Lior, whose voice andguitar style has drawn comparisons with Jeff Buckley and Rufus Wainwright, will be joined by New Zealand musician Marlon Williams, who’ll perform with his bandThe Yarra Benders

Williams has described as the impossible love child of Elvis, Roy Orbison and Townes Van Zandt.

International star Mercan Dede is aTurkish-born, Montreal-based musician, producer and DJ.

He will be accompanied byhis groupSecret Tribe, fusing his turntables with traditional instrumentationand the entrancing whirling of spectacular dervish dancerMira Burke.

This year’s winner of Triple J Unearthed and the Vanda & Young Songwriting CompetitionsGretta Ray is another highlight.

Irish singer-songwriterAoife Scott, the United Kingdom’sHewerdine and Juno Award winning Canadian actDigging Roots havejoined the jam-packed bill.

The Changing Roomwill sing original, award winning songs in English and Cornish language, while Mexico’sMexrrissey, described as a ‘7 piece horn-infused love letter toMorrissey’.

Also joining the line-up is ARIA nominated and much loved bluegrass bandThe Wilson Pickers,Australian folksingerDanny Spooner,Melbourne’s own Charles Jenkins,multi-genre mini orchestraTEK TEK Ensemble, alternative folk/rock troubadourTimWheatley,folk female four-pieceThe Drowsy Maggies, violin virtuoso Ewen Baker,regional Victorian groupFeatherheadfeaturingGary AdamsandJimmy Williams, and the West Ireland infused Australian traditional actLisnacrieve.

Port Fairy’s ownThe Southern Ocean Sea Band andFolk Alliance Australia Act of the Year winnerThe Bean Project are also tuning up to play the Folkie.

Special events includeBuried Country, a show that reveals the hidden and powerful history of Indigenous Australian country music, The Mission Songs Project, which willexplore the musical journey of Indigenous Australian music connecting the traditional with the contemporary, and Barry Versus Kelly, a musical drama by Felix Meagher about the trial and execution of Ned Kelly in November 1880. Itwill be staged at the Port Fairy Courthouse.

Previously announced acts include Eddi Reader(Scotland),Roo Panes(UK), The Young Folk(Ireland),Les Poules à Colin(Canada).

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Have your say in Forbes’ future

The Bedgerabong community workshop held at the Bedgerabong Hall last night.The Forbes Community Plan 2027will set a framework for thefuture of our community.
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Below are dates of the upcoming community workshops:

Forbes Town Hall 6pm to 7.30pm on Tuesday, November 22 Ootha Fire Shed 6.30pm to 8pm on Monday, November 21 FOCUS GROUPS (All to be held at the Town Hall)

Youth Summit: 11am to 12.30pm on Monday, November 21 Aboriginal Groups Workshop: 8am to 9.30am on Tuesday, November 22 Aged Care Focus Group: 2.30pm to 4.30pm on Tuesday, November 22 Disability Focus Group: 8am to 9.30am on Wednesday, November 23 Health Focus Group: 11am to 12.30pm on Wednesday, November 23 Education Focus Group: 2.30pm to 4pm on Wednesday, November 23It isabout preparing aSHARED VISIONfor our community.

One which will shape our preferred future taking a long-term view of planning over the next ten years.

YOUR INPUTwill help Council identify where we are now, where we would like to be in the future and how we can plan together to get there.

It’s about retaining the things Council and the residents of ForbesLOVEand ensuring we work together to create our future.

We want to build on our unique features; retain the threads that make Forbes unique enhancing our lifestyle and strengthening our economy for our youth, families, aged and our business owners.

Importantly it’s about looking at our future, what does it look like, what improvements can we make to enhance the region.

Don’t forget to have your say at one of our Forbes Community Plan 2027 workshops.

Please fill in the survey that was delivered to your home this week either by reply paid envelope or online at https://梧桐夜网surveymonkey南京夜网/r/fcp2027.

This will help create a plan for the next 10 years that is reflective of what the community wants Council to achieve.

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Heat is on: pools on radar

With summer just around the corner, pools will once again become and oasis for those seeking to beat the heat.
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However, a Riverina council has found a whopping 70per cent of backyard pools inspected this year weren’t up to scratch.

It comes after TheDaily Advertiserreported Wagga council used detailed aerial photography to weed out 200 pool owners who didn’t comply with strict new safety requirements.

Every year councils are required to pay a visit to backyard pools to see whether or not they are up to scratch.

Leeton Shire Council aims to inspect 50 of theestimated 465 backyard pools in the shire each year, butenvironmental health and building surveyorDionisio Pantano was concerned while some only had small issues to fix, children’s lives were being put at risk in the interim.

“Only 30 per cent of the inspections we’ve done are compliant, which isn’t good,” Mr Pantanosaid.

“Some of the issues have included gates not closing properly, a bigger gap then necessary with the fencing…the majority are minor issues, but it is important they are fixed.”

Mr Pantano said while the number of pools not meeting the regulations was concerning, it was trend that was being noted across the state.

“This is the first round of inspections that we have done under our new policy,” Mr Pantanosaid.

“Hopefully by the time we make our way back to these pools again we’ll be getting much better results.”

New compliance laws that came into effect onApril 29 require allpools–even small blow-up plastic pools – be surrounded by a 1.2 metre high fence all the way around and a fully latching gate.

The pools also needto be registered and for sales contracts to include a certificate of compliance or non-compliance with rules designed to reduce injuries and drownings.

The laws were passed after 83 children drowned in NSW backyard pools during the past 13 years, with Griffith recording the second highest drowning rate per head of population.

Leeton AUSTSWIM instructor Laura Brindley said people could never be too careful when it came to water safety.

“It’s not just pools, but also channels around here,” MsBrindley said.

“We know that if children want to get into a pool they will do whatever they can do to so, it’s so important to be vigilant.

“We need children to start learning to swim as early as possible to give them the skills to survive, but also to ensure areas around backyard pools are as safe as they can be.”

Local government staff can issue on-the-spot fines of $550 for non-compliance with the rules and penalties up to $5,500.

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Coles and Woolworths stand by $1 milk

Retail giants stood by their $1 per litre milk campaign at the senate inquiry hearing into the dairy industry on Tuesday.
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Supermarkets told the Economics References Committee that customers were the driving force behind cheap milk with processors ultimately setting the farmgate milk price.

Coles director Alister Jordan said the processors were not contractually obligated to supply the supermarket chain and it was customers who decided which brand they would buy.

“There is often speculation that Australia’s retailers dictate farmgate pricing in the dairy industry. In our experience at Coles, that is not the case,” hesaid. “The processors that we deal with set the farmgate price.

“I want to be clear that processors are not obligated to contract with Coles to supply their milk and dairy products to our supermarkets.”

Senators Nick Xenophonand Skye Kakoschke-Moore asked if it was fair to say processors were not obliged to sell to the big two supermarkets when they didn’t“have too much other choice”.

Woolworths head of buying Steve Donohue said that for many budget-conscious customers, $1/L milk was an essential staple andaddedthat 95 per cent of supplied milk was allocated to other dairy products.

“Our key driver in selling it at that price is to be competitive,” he said.

United Dairyfarmers of Victoria president Adam Jenkins said the responses of retailers and processorswent round in circles.

“No answer was given about theimpact of$1L milk on the farmgate milk price.”​

Mr Jenkins said results fromthe ACCC inquiry wouldbe welcomed instead.

“(The ACCC)hasthe power to subpoena documents and force retailers–not willing to give away commercially sensitive information–to give evidence,” he said.

Retail defence: Coles Dairy general manager Charlotte Rhodes and Coles director Alister Jordan.

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Flying start catches Inglewood by surprise

UP AND ABOUT: Inglewood skipper Mal McLean. The top-of-the-ladder Woods have been the talk of the BBD early in the season. Picture: LUKE WEST
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INGLEWOOD is undefeated and at the top of the Bendigo Bowls Division pennant ladder after three rounds.

It’s a start to the season that has caught the BBD by surprise.

And so to has it Inglewood, according to long-time skipper Lindsay Kelly.

The BBD is more accustomed to Inglewood being the whipping boys of the competition.

After all, in the eight years they had been back in division one before this season, the Woods had only won 23 games.

But so far this season it’s Inglewood handing out the whippings is it sits atop the ladder with 51 of a possible 54 points and +72 shots.

“We’re probably as surprised as everyone, to be honest,” Kelly said on Friday.

“We’ve got a couple of young skippers now in Mal McLean and Rob Day, who are both bowling well, and Daryl Rowley’s rink is also going well.

“Daryl is our coach; we’ve had him for three years and he’s been working really hard on getting us to think about our bowls and it just seems to be clicking at the moment.”

The Woods have got all four of their rinks contributing to their early-season success, with the side having won 10 rinks, drawn one and lost one.

Rowley tops the BBD skipper’s ladder with six points and +37 shots; while Day is fifth; McLean seventh and Kelly 14th.

While the season is still early and the Woods aren’t getting ahead of themselves, they have already been able to break several hoodoos.

With wins over Eaglehawk (28 shots), Kangaroo Flat (10) and Castlemaine (34), it’s the first time since returning to division one in 2008-09 they have won three in a row.

And their victories over Eaglehawk and Castlemaine have been all-rinks wins.

Before this season the Woods hadn’t recorded an all-rinks victory since 2009-10.

On Saturday they are again favoured to continue their impressive start to the season when they host Golden Square, which is battling at 0-3.

“It’s very pleasing at the moment, so hopefully, we can continue it at home on Saturday and have another win,” Kelly said.

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An adventure of a lifetime

ADVENTURE: Brandon Davis has received support from Emmaville RSL to go on the Young Endeavour adventure.Emmaville’s Brandon Davis has been given a trip of a lifetime thanks to the generosity of the Emmaville RSL.
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Brandon was approached by the RSL’s Lachlan Johnston and asked if he would like to go on the Young Endeavour adventure 2016.

The Young Endeavour is a not for profit organisation which provides young Australians with anexperience at sea.

Mr Johnston said the RSL proudly paid for trip.

“The RSL received paperwork to say we could nominate somebody we thought worthy of the trip,” he said.

“So we instantly thought of Brandon as he has led the Anzac march here in Emmaville for several years and helped with the service and the dawn service and his great grandfather was in World War II. This year we had significant problem with technology at the service and Brandon stepped up brilliantly and helped the day run smoothly.”

Davis said he was so honoured to be chosen for the trip.

“Choosing what leg of the trip I would like to go on took a fair bit of thought,” he said.

“I eventually chose the Perth leg which will embark early December travelling first to Perth then to Esperance.

“The journey will then then head off on a trip of a lifetime travelling on board for 11 days finishing at Adelaide two days before Christmas.

Davis said chose the last leg because he didn’t want it to interfere with his school work.

“That decision surprised my mum,” he said. “I think it will be the best leg of the tour because they have a big Christmas party as well as it is the final leg which I think is great.It is my first real trip away on my own so I am a bit excited and scared at the same time but I can’t wait to see what it is like out at sea and I am now thinking of joining the navy.”

Davis said he is looking forward to seeing more of Australia. “I have not been to a lot of places,” he said.

“The view of the coastline from the boat out in the ocean should be amazing.

“I wanted to thank all the members of the RSL for giving me this opportunity and I am looking forward to the experience.”

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Missing Perth man Josh Goudswaard ‘found playing bongos in Thailand’

Josh Goudswaard has now apparently been found in Thailand, on a beach. Photo: Nine News PerthA Perth man who went missing in Bali after leaving the country with a Tinder date has been found, reportedly playing bongos in Thailand.
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Josh Goudswaard was reported missing this week after not being heard from  since November 1 and family and friends held grave fears for his safety.

But according to Mr Goudswaard’s friend Aaron Smith he was found alive by an American tourist on a Thailand beach on Thursday.

Mr Smith announced he had been found in a post on social media, with New Zealand Police later confirming he was no longer considered a missing person.

“Thanks to Trippin’ Through Life and Brett Frischer, Josh was found in Thailand and I quote, ‘Ya it was him. He’s running around learning to play his hang drum. I told him his last name and he looked surprised. I’ll make sure he realises how big this has become’.

“A huge thank you to you all for caring! You can be sure he’ll be getting a good kick in the arse.”

New Zealand blogger, Trippin’ Through Life, who shared a missing photo of Mr Goudswaard on her page on November 12, told Mr Smith one of her readers, Mr Frischer, had recognised Josh on the beach.

“Josh has said he would contact someone and the guy got the feeling Josh didn’t get the picture of how big this had become,” she said.

“I can understand how one could get caught up wandering about on a beautiful beach and lose track of time and forget to tell anyone where he is…”

It was reported earlier in the week that Mr Goudswaard never boarded his flight from Denpasar back to Perth on November 6 and hadn’t been seen since.

Friends said Mr Goudswaard had met a women called “Anita” on the popular dating app about a month ago.

Within days of meeting they booked a four-day getaway to Bali but Mr Goudswaard extended the trip and never got on his planned flight home.

His phone was disconnected and his last bank transaction had links to the United Kingdom, according to WA Police.

Mr Smith had previously told reporters it was out of character for Mr Goudswaard to disappear.

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Privacy commissioner investigates telcos, former spy boss warns on black market data

Privacy commissioner Timothy Pilgrim will be calling Optus, Vodafone and Telstra to discuss revelations customer information can be bought on the black market from offshore call centres. Photo: Jeremy Piper Former director-general of ASIO David Irvine said Australian companies ”lose control” of their information when it goes overseas. Photo: Jeremy Piper
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Chief executive of the Australian Communications Consumer Action Network, Teresa Corbin, said consumers were “very concerned” about private information being accessed offshore. Photo: Supplied

Call centre staff have access to a lot of personal information. Photo: Robert Rough

The Australian Information and Privacy Commissioner is investigating allegations personal information held by telcos can be bought on the black market from overseas call centres.

“I am concerned about allegations that personal information of Australian telecommunication customers is being offered for sale online. My office is making enquiries with Optus, Telstra and Vodafone to determine what further action I may take in this matter,” Timothy Pilgrim said on Thursday.

Meanwhile, the former head of both ASIO and ASIS, David Irvine, warned the industry that once information left Australia, it was no longer protected by Australian sovereign law.

Fairfax Media reported on Thursday it was possible to buy a person’s home address for as little as $350 from off-shore call centres.

For $1000 customers could buy the home address, multiple phone numbers, a year’s phone statements and a call history, sourced through call centre workers in India and elsewhere and offered for sale by AI Solutions, a Mumbai security firm. Loss of control

Mr Irvine said it was a case of “buyer beware”, with companies needing to realise savings from offshore storage could be dwarfed by the liabilities that would follow a major security breach.

​”If you lose control of your data, that sort of thing is entirely possible,” he said at the Association of Corporate Counsel National Conference in Canberra on Thursday.

“It relates to your ability to have suitable arrangements and controls in place with your external suppliers.”

Mr Irvine now heads the Australian Cyber Security Research Institute. Telstra responds

Telstra said on Thursday it had “no relationship with A1 Solutions, and we haven’t seen any evidence to indicate they have access to our systems”.

But even if telcos have no direct contact with A1 Solutions, it is still possible their call centre employees do. This means data is potentially sold to third parties and then on to criminal groups, spies or investigators without telcos’ knowledge.

“We do everything we can to protect our customers’ data and take these claims very seriously. As always, we encourage our customers to notify us if they believe their privacy has been compromised so we can investigate fully,” Telstra CEO Andy Penn said at the company’s investor day.

Director of information security firm Linus Consulting, Mike Thompson, said staff might be selling private information no matter where a call centre was located. However, close supervision and monitoring could reduce breaches. Australian companies could not monitor overseas staff as closely as they did here, he added.

“There is a lot of anecdotal evidence in the market that these overseas relationships are difficult to manage,” Mr Thompson told Fairfax Media.

However, given it took just one person to be corrupted, it would be “naive” for telcos to think their data couldn’t be compromised. Potential breaches were more likely in countries with higher rates of corruption, he said.  Suspect jurisdictions

Common locations for call centres include India and the Philippines, which have global corruption rankings of 76 and 95 respectively out of 168 countries monitored by Transparency International. Australia has a corruption ranking of 13, while Denmark is the least corrupt worldwide.

Politicians and consumer groups are urging parliament to pass legislation that would oblige companies to inform consumers of data breaches.

Senator Nick Xenophon said there was broad commitment to the bill, however, he was concerned the legislation “sets the bar way too high” for reporting a breach and penalties were too soft.

“The current system does not protect consumers, it protects companies,” he said. He is calling for a “complete overhaul of data breaches” and wants directors to be held personally liable.

“There must be consequences. Your data should not be sent overseas unless you have given written consent for it to go overseas,” Senator Xenophon said.

Chief executive of the Australian Communications Consumer Action Network, Teresa Corbin, said consumers were “very concerned” about private information being accessed offshore and encouraged the Australian Federal Police to investigate.

“It is actually the telcos’ responsibility to make sure that the data is not disclosed to anybody. Ultimately they are the one who will be held accountable for that under Australian law,” she said.

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