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Boys take enviromental lead

YOUTH ENVIRONMENT COUNCIL: Baylee Stusser and Daniel Earl have represented Eyre Peninsula on the SA Youth Environment Council this year.
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PORT Lincoln Primary School students Daniel Earl andBaylee Stusser are taking the lead when it comes to the environment and passing on their learning to other students.

Daniel and Baylee have representedEyre Peninsula on the South Australian Youth Environment Council this year, travelling to Adelaide to meet with other students and learn about how to make a difference to the environment.

They are the only students from the region taking part, along with 35 other students from year 7 to 10 from around the state.

Through the council, Baylee andDaniel learnt how to initiate their own environmental action back at school to createawareness and changebehaviour to promote positive environmental practises at school and in their own community.

Daniel said he had enjoyed meeting new people and being on the environment councilhad opened their eyes to what they could do.

Putting what they learnt into practice, Danielis installing a worm farm, donated by Mitre 10, in the school vegetable garden.

Baylee organised a casual clothes day to heighten students’awareness of how theymanaged waste atschool byrecyclingand reducing landfill.

They have also introduced 10 cent recycling containers for each classroom to encourage recycling and raise money.

As a class they have visited Mortlock Recycling Centre, Port Lincoln Council Refuse Depot and the Butler Tanks landfill site.

Teacher Delia Farlam said both boys hadreally enjoyed their year-long experience.

“They have benefited personally, socially and from environmental education perspectives.

“SA Youth Environment Council hasfully funded the visits to Adelaide, camp and online forumwherethe boys have kept in touch with their new environment colleagues around the state.”

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Vietnamese beef delegates touring Qld

Vietnamese delegates discussing the beef industry with Australian representatives in Rockhampton on Monday.
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THIRTEEN delegates from the agricultural industry in Vietnam are touring Queensland this week, learning from local beef producers along the way.

In Rockhampton on Monday the group had the opportunity to meet with producers and industry representatives at a round table discussion.

Leading the tour group was Mr Vu Van Minh, a government deputy director general working with the beef industry in Vietnam.

The round table discussions focused mostly around the differences between Vietnamese operations.

The session began on a light note, with the translator assuring the delegates that Department of Agriculture and Fisheries’ Ken Murphy had indeed said in Australia it was standard to have one beast per four hectares.

The delegates were sure there had been a mistake, as they are accustomed to much higher levels of stocking.

Wallace Gunthorpe,Tarramba RedBrahmans, Banana, was part of the Australianpanel.

He has been working with Vietnamese producers, exportingRed Brahman genetics from his stud and that of fellow seedstock producer, Ross Olive, Olive Brahmans.

Mr Olive said the aim of the work in Vietnam was twofold –to expand their own operations, but to increase the quality of Vietnamese beef as well.

“We are hoping to get the calving rate per year up,” Mr Olive said. “We are doing that with supplements, vaccinations, and using our best management practices.”

UQ host Associate Professor John Gaughan saidthat the expertise and techniques developed at UQ’s Gatton campus will be invaluable to Vietnam’s booming cattle industry.

“Meat consumption in Vietnam has risen 87 per centbetween 2001 and2011 and demand exceeds production,” Dr Gaughan said.

“70 to 80 per centof cattle are raised in remote areas by ethnic minorities, usually by women located in the northern mountains and central regions.

“The visitors have been introduced to the School of Agriculture and Food Science’s cattle production and nutrition programs, which will provide tools for the industry to grow sustainably. This program will assist the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) to build capacity to restructure the beef industry in Vietnam.”

The tour group began in Brisbane before heading to Central Queensland. The tour will finish in Longreach on Friday.A document of recommendations to improve the beef sector will be developed and delivered to a Vietnamese GovernmentMinister.

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Dycer’s double hit

HAPPY BOWLER: Koroit Orange skipper Trina Dycer, formerly from City Memorial Bowls Club, is enjoying playing for her new bowls club this season. Picture: Rob GunstoneKOROIT Orange skipper Trina Dycer says her bowls club’s strength belies its size.
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The former City Memorial bowler, who also plays in Koroit White in Saturday’s division two pennant, says the healthy competitive nature helps the club punch above its weight.

“It’s a small club, but a very strong small club,” she said.

“There are very good, competitive people playing there and I mean that in the good sense.

“It’s a very friendly club. Very competitive and very keen.”

Koroit is again making its presence felt across the competition, with its division one Tuesday pennant side on top of the ladder after defeating previous top side City Memorial Gold last week.

In the Saturday pennant, Koroit Blue is ranked second –and also knocked off a previous top team in Warrnambool Gold in its last start –while Koroit White is third in division two and Koroit Green tops thedivision three rankings.

For Dycer, who moved to Koroit with her partner last year, is thriving at her new bowls home, skipperingon a Tuesday and playingsecond on a Saturday.

Shehas only taken up the Saturday pennant this season and says the extra day of games is “not a problem, it’s a pleasure”, though it has meant a bit less time for social bowls.

But the change in pace from a powerhouse club in the city to a country town club has been an enjoyable one.

“It’sa county club, so you all have to share work in the kitchen and setting up the greens,” she said.

“The camaraderie of the girls and the men, I think that’s what makes them competitive –and they’re good bowlers.

“The girls and the men are out there on a regular basis, practicing.”

Western District Bowls Division play will resume this Saturday after a week off due to the Victorian Open Tournament.

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Need for improved access

FACE THE FACTS: “The right stroke care can prevent stroke and save lives…stroke can happen to anyone,” Professor Davis said. Picture: Getty Images
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Millions of people around the globe are losing their lives to stroke each year, despite most strokes being treatable, according to new figures from theWorld Stroke Organization.

More than 6.5 million deaths are caused by stroke each year making it the world’s second biggest killer and far deadlier than car crashes and lung cancer combined.

Saturday, October 29, marked World Stroke Day, aimed at calling for global action to reduce inequality in stroke treatment.

Stroke Foundation chief executive and World Stroke Organization board member Sharon McGowan said many lives could be saved with improved access to treatment.

“It is a tragic misconception that stroke can’t be treated – there are highly effective treatments for this disease but sadly too many patients continue to miss out,” Ms McGowan said.

“Around the world there will be more than 17 million strokes this year and we know far too many people will be left with a significant disability, or worse, lose their life because they didn’t have access to best-practice treatment.

“In Australia, around 20,000 stroke patients a year are denied access to the full benefits of stroke unit care and just seven per cent of all ischaemic stroke patients receive clot busting treatment – resulting in death and unnecessary disability requiring a lifetime of care.”

She said recognising the signs of stroke early andtreating it as a medical emergency within a specialised stroke unit can substantially improve outcomes.

“Australia is championing significant advances in stroke treatment and care but the health system must now adapt to support health professionals in the delivery of these advancements,” she said.

“Improving health outcomes will reduce the costly impact of stroke on healthcare systems around the world,” World Stroke Organization president Stephen Davis said.

Six fundamental steps to dramatically improve stroke outcomes:

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Coaches help competitors

After receiving a grant from Mount Isa City Council, local beginner coaches gained their Intermediate Coaching accreditation last month.
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On October 29 and 30,15 participants from North West Gymnastics andLeichhardt Gymnastics Clubobserved and participated to fulfill their professional development requirements to maintain their current accreditation.

Under the watchful eye of BrisbaneHigh Performance Centre Manager for GymnasticsQueensland,Kate Cannon, participants were taught how to breakdown a skill with the focus on regressions and progressions.

ACCREDITATION: participants from North West Gymnastics and Leichhardt Gymnastics Club completed their Intermediate Coaching accreditation last month. Photo supplied.

North West Gymnastics’ Kylie Brooke said participants found the clinic to be engaging.

“The mix of participants and the expertise of the facilitator lead to a great sharing of ideas that could be incorporated into future lessons plans to ensure that fitness, fun and safety are always featured in the classes that are delivered,” Brooke said.

“Before a child can do the full skill they must be taught the skill elements but they must also have the physical preparation required to perform the skill. Regressions are essential as they are the lead up elements for the skill. They are something to go back to when common errors present in the final skill. Progressions are a way to challenge the gymnasts after they master the basics and before they perform the entire skill.”

Coaches will now be able to develop lesson plants that cater to all abilities and ages. Coaches will be able to engage and challenge children of all abilities with inclusive lessons plans that are hard work but also a lot of fun.

“The intermediate coaching qualification enabled coaches to train Level 1 through to Level 4 competition gymnasts and take them to regional competitions,” Brooke said.

“Without this qualification gymnasts would not be able to take the floor at competition.

Brooke said coaches hadalready commenced their own coaching and developing of lessons plans for their gymnasts.

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