Wollongong: Youths arrested after alleged hotel arson

Police have arrested three young people after a fire at Wollongong’s Grand Hotel this afternoon.
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Fire and Rescue NSW crews are at the Keira Street watering hole and are using a ladder lift to extinguish the fire.

It is not yet known how seriously the hotel has been damaged, but police have told the Mercury it was contained to a storeroom on the building’s unused third floor.

Police have arrested three youths, whose ages are not yet known, at the scene.

It is understood the fire is being treated as an arson attack.

Paramedics have said no one was in the hotel’s upper floor when the fire started, and bar staff were quickly evacuated.

There are delays for traffic on Keira Street and motorists are advised to avoid the area.

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University of Wollongong to trim faculties

Vice Chancellor Professor Paul Wellings. Photo: ANDREW QUILTYThe University of Wollongong will combine 11 faculties into five under a major restructure announced today.
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At a lunchtime meeting attended by more than 1000 academics and general staff, Vice Chancellor Professor Paul Wellings pitched the proposal as a way to propel the university into the top one per cent of university’s world-wide.

Under the proposed restructure, the faculties of Law, Arts and Creative Arts would be merged into a faculty called Arts, Humanities and Law.

The Commerce faculty would come under the banner of the Sydney Business School.

Engineering, Informatics and Science would be brought together into a super-faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences, and the remaining faculties will come under the banners of Medical and Life Sciences and Human and Social Sciences.

In a press release, Prof Wellings said the proposal would “make us a more resilient university, one that is better able to negotiate the rapidly changing global higher education environment”.

He said among the challenges facing the university over the next five years was the need to ”refocus and re-invigorate” the academic profile and align it to research initiatives, deliver and grow UOW’s off-shore international program and to build and leverage partnerships for mutual benefit – including a lifelong engagement with the university’s alumni.

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GOOD LIFE: Well Being with Angela Saville

Protein is the building block of life. It can help you build a strong, healthy body and assist in weight management. It can be the key in creating high energy levels.
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Adults generally require at least 0.6 grams of protein per kilogram of body weight each day.

For effective weight management and optimal health we should focus on having a protein-rich source at every meal and consuming a variety of foods.

What are the pros?

Protein is made up of amino acids, which are essential for normal bodily function. They help with:

The growth, repair and maintenance of cells, muscles and tissues, creating a leaner body.

The metabolism, digestion and transportation of nutrients and oxygen in the blood, creating a more efficient body.

The production of antibodies to enhance immunity, creating a healthy body.

The strength and health of skin, nails and hair, creating a beautiful body.

Improving bone density, creating a stronger body.

What are the foods?

Legumes

Beans

Nuts

Grains

Eggs

Dairy

Meat

Fish

Poultry

What is the big deal?

Having protein at every meal will help you create a food plan that keeps you satisfied and therefore less prone to over-indulgence. By incorporating this general rule in our diet we are more likely to manage and maintain a healthy weight.

Angela Saville is director of Savvy Fitness & Anytime Fitness. Check out www.savvyfitness南京夜网.au.

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Farewell to Dragons’ loyal servants

Yesterday was a big day for rugby league.
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The code announced a monster $1 billion-plus TV rights deal, and former Kangaroos star Laurie Daley was anointed coach of the NSW Blues.

At home here in the Illawarra, one of the region’s favourite sons, Ben Hornby, quietly made an announcement of his own, revealing he would retire at the end of this season.

As one writer said, the St George Illawarra Dragons skipper did it the way he has always played the game, without fanfare and fuss.

The 207-game NRL veteran could have played on for another year but has unselfishly relinquished the hefty pay packet that would come with it.

Not big by NRL standards, Hornby was a thorough professional who made it to the top through dedication and sheer hard work.

To use a well-worn cliche, the boy from Corrimal Cougars who went on to make his way through the Steelers junior ranks, captain an NRL premiership side, play for the NSW Blues and Australia has been an ornament to the game.

While we’re handing out the accolades we should pay respects to Hornby’s team-mate, Dean Young, who will also hang up his boots at the end of the season.

Like Hornby he will leave the game with a premiership and NSW and Australian jumpers to his credit.

Both men have been loyal Dragons servants and will be remembered not only for their prowess on the field but for the work they have done behind the scenes.

They deserve a fitting farewell when the Dragons play their final home match of the season at WIN Stadium on Saturday.

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Virtual programs offer an exciting perspective for new teachers

Mid-Western Region teachers have received two of only four 2012-13 Leadership Fellowships awarded in NSW.
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Mudgee High School principal and Kandos Public School principal Alan Kerr will use the fellowships to research educational programs in Australia and overseas.

As a recipient of a 2012-2013 Leadership Fellowship Mudgee High School principal Louise Manwaring will research virtual faculties as a leadership model in Western NSW.270812/spLeadership/0F

Mrs Manwaring will research virtual faculty programs, which help teachers in remote schools and lends a hand to inexperienced teachers by giving them a mentor in their specific subject.

“Here in Mudgee we have a head teacher and half a dozen or more teachers in the one faculty, so if you’re a beginner teacher there’s a head teacher and three or four that have been teaching for a while,” she said.

“But if you’re at Mendooran Central School you’re it: You’re the only English teacher, the only science teacher, and quite often you’re lucky if you have a science teacher AND an arts teacher – you usually don’t.

“So some of the teachers will arrive, straight out of university, and be everything and they have to do all the programs, all of the resources, they’ve got to work out what’s got to taught and how.

“The virtual faculties such as the Centre For Excellence are like having a mentor in their subject.

“If you’re a maths teacher and you’ve got a group of kids that are turned off and you need a technique for getting them interested, other maths teachers know a game or a real life situation can get them engaged.

“It would be good if you could say that there’ll never be a beginning teacher come out and feel like they’re terrified, they can’t survive and they’ve got no one to turn to.”

Mrs Manwaring said the research will give her a chance to see what techniques are being used by remote schools in other countries.

“I’ll be able to look at what the international answer to isolation and remoteness has been,” she said.

“And how you help kids not be disadvantaged by going to a school where you’ve got inexperienced teachers or high teacher turn-over or just so far away that teachers aren’t getting that professional learning all the time.”

Mrs Manwaring said she will also look into funding for virtual faculty programs.

The Western NSW program is funded by a Federal Government grant that finishes at the end of 2013.

About the Leadership Fellowships

Run by the Department of Education and Communities, the fellowships provide an opportunity for principals to undertake research in key areas of leadership in Australia or overseas.

They aim to enhance the knowledge of best practice in professional learning for schools and teachers.

Findings from the fellowships will be published on the Department’s website.

The research fellowships include a $10,000 grant to fund the research and time to travel within Australia and overseas to conduct the research.

Only four State Fellowships are granted each year and Mrs Manwaring’s and Mr Kerr’s successful applications mean two of those have been granted to the Mid-Western Region.

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Australia’s oldest person dies

Eva McConnell with IRT chief executive Nieves Murray at home in December.Australia’s oldest resident, Eva McConnell of Mollymook, has died aged 111.
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Born in 1901, Mrs McConnell lived at home and was cared for by her daughter and the Illawarra Retirement Trust’s In-Home Care team until two weeks ago when she was relocated to the IRT’s St Georges Basin care facility where she died on August 15, the South Coast Register reported.

Mrs McConnell held the title of Australia’s oldest resident since October last year following the death of 112-year-old Miriam Schmierer.

Described by IRT Shoalhaven In-Home Care manager Debbie Turnbull as a “very special and charming lady”, the super-centenarian turned 111 on May 5.

IRT chief executive Nieves Murray said Mrs McConnell’s attitude and agility, along with her good health and longevity, were an “inspiration to people around her”.

“At 100 Eva was still chopping wood and at 101 she was living on her own and cooking for herself,” Ms Murray said.

“She aged well and showed a lot of courage – after all, Eva saw two world wars and a depression before she’d turned 50.”

At 102, Eva started living with her grandson in Mumbil, NSW during the winter and spent the summer months with her daughter Nola West-Newman in Mollymook.

About seven years ago Eva decided to live with her daughter Nola and son-in-law John full-time and was provided with an Extended Aged Care at Home (EACH) package from IRT.

Mrs McConnell was one of 12 children and grew up on a farm at Burrendong, near Wellington in NSW.

She had six children and 13 grandchildren, 31 great-grandchildren and 34 great-great-grandchildren.

Ms Murray said her thoughts were with the McConnell family.

“Eva has had a remarkable innings and she demonstrated that you can have a quality lifestyle as part of a long and healthy life,” she added.

“Eva lived in her own home until two weeks before she passed away – that is a truly inspiring way to age.”

Mrs Turnbull said staff were delighted to care for Mrs McConnell, who received assistance from IRT for three years.

She said caring for Mrs McConnell had been a highlight of her career.

“It has also been an invaluable experience for the staff,” she said.

“Eva’s quick wit, modern demeanour, dignified presence and amazing agility have been an inspiration to us all.”

On her 110th birthday, Mrs McConnell received letters of congratulations from Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, the Governor General of Australia Quentin Bryce, Prime Minister Julia Gillard, the Governor of NSW Marie Bashir and NSW Premier Barry O’Farrell.

Prime Minister Julia Gillard wished Mrs McConnell her “every happiness”.

“A spirit of hard work, decency and effort has undoubtedly seen you through many challenges and personal achievements and I am sure you and your family will celebrate the rewards that these qualities bring as you mark this significant milestone,” Ms Gillard wrote.

Mrs McConnell’s funeral was held on Monday at the Milton-Ulladulla Funeral Services chapel.

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Metropolitan on trainer’s horizon

Kembla Grange trainer Kerry Parker with Aliyana Tilde, down to start at Warwick Farm on Saturday. Picture: ANDY ZAKELIThe Metropolitan is looming as the litmus test for the Melbourne ambitions of Nextanix and Aliyana Tilde, with trainer Kerry Parker confirming the stablemates could meet in the staying feature of the Sydney spring.
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The Kembla Grange trainer said he was looking forward to the comeback of Aliyana Tilde – a runner-up in the Australian Oaks – at Warwick Farm on Saturday. The Snitzel filly has been entered for the Listed Toy Show Quality (1300m).

Aliyana Tilde’s racetrack return will come seven days after Nextanix thundered home behind Kontiki Park in his first run of the campaign.

Parker expressed delight at Nextanix’s comeback ahead of a return to Rosehill for the Premier’s Cup (1800m) on Saturday-week.

‘‘You like to know they’re back – he was doing everything right at home and he trialled sharp, and he went to the races and went well,’’ Parker said.

‘‘He usually does sprint well fresh and he’s done the same first-up again this time.

‘‘He’ll go there in a fortnight and then we’ll work out whether we go to Newcastle or somewhere else. His aim will be The Metropolitan at this stage.’’

The $400,000 Group 1 on October 6 will also be a key indicator to Aliyana Tilde’s Melbourne fortunes with Parker non-committal about a start in the Epsom Handicap on the same day.

‘‘She could dour out a bit like she did last time,’’ Parker said.

‘‘I always knew she was going to be better once she got over a bit further.

‘‘It would be nice to stick her on the Epsom line and then go to Melbourne, but if she does dour out a bit you’ve got The Metropolitan there to change shift.

‘‘I’m hoping Melbourne will still be on the cards [for both Nextanix and Aliyana Tilde], but we’ll just get through the Sydney carnival first and we’ll worry about that later.’’

Parker intends to restrict Aliyana Tilde to fillies’ and mares’ races – at least for her first two starts of the campaign.

The Listed Mona Lisa Stakes (1350m) at Wyong on September 7 will be next on the agenda.

Veteran jockey Peter Robl is the front-runner to reunite with Nextanix as a result of Blake Shinn’s suspension for his ride on the stayer on Saturday. Shinn was rubbed out by stewards on a careless riding charge. He will begin his ban on Monday and is not due back until September 7.

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Gallop on the ball at FFA

Football Federation Australia always knew respected sports administrator David Gallop was the man to replace current chief executive Ben Buckley.
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Within days of Gallop stepping down from his role as the CEO of the newly formed Australian Rugby League Commission in June, the FFA had opened talks with the man who had run rugby league for the past decade.

Buckley, a former AFL senior executive, said he’d raised the issue of ending his term as CEO with FFA chairman Frank Lowy ‘‘some time ago’’ but rumours of his exit had been circulating for several months.

Australia’s failed bid to land the 2022 World Cup, when $50million in taxpayer funds resulted in just one vote from FIFA in late 2010, is believed to have taken the shine off Buckley’s tenure.

Subsequent public fallouts with A-League club owners Clive Palmer and Nathan Tinkler as well as the collapse of the North Queensland Fury and a proposed Western Sydney team further damaged Buckley’s reputation.

After six years at the helm following his appointment as John O’Neill’s replacement, the former AFL chief operating officer yesterday confirmed he would quit the role when negotiations on the FFA’S new broadcast deal had concluded.

In a statement released by the FFA it was revealed Buckley had sounded out Gallop shortly after his departure from rugby league, the 47-year-old identified by his predecessor as the leading candidate.

‘‘These discussions created the opportunity for us to consider Mr Gallop as a successor to Ben,’’ Lowy said.

Buckley leaves the FFA on good terms according to Lowy, despite the disappointments of the past two years.

‘‘Ben has worked tirelessly for football both at home and abroad and has steered the game through a difficult period of consolidation,’’ Lowy said.

‘‘He has the respect and thanks of the board for his contribution and he will remain a valued friend of the game.

‘‘I wish him well for the future.’’

Confirmation that Gallop will replace Buckley means for the third time since its rebirth in 2003, FFA will be headed by a man from a non-footballing background.

Several candidates were reportedly shortlisted to Lowy in 2010 including then A-League head Archie Fraser, PFA boss Brendan Schwab and former NSL player and businessman Mike Fraser.

But Lowy was confident the federation had secured the best man possible for the role in Gallop.

‘‘Mr Gallop comes to the job well-equipped to meet the challenges ahead,’’ he said.

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Rugby league’s billion-dollar broadcast deal

Rugby league more than lived up to its tag as the sport that keeps giving yesterday.
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It was a day dominated by news of the Australian Rugby League Commission (ARLC) putting pen to paper on a television rights deal worth just over a $1billion.

The Nine Network and Foxtel will broadcast the NRL for the next five years.

It’s regarded as the most important development in rugby league since the start of the Super League war in the mid-1990s.

News of the TV rights agreement was kept under wraps until yesterday morning, shortly after ARLC chairman John Grant signed off on the new deal with Nine Network boss David Gyngell and Foxtel CEO Patrick Delany.

The agreement will increase the salary cap for clubs and see more cash directed to the grass roots level of the game.

Grant has hailed the news ‘‘the greatest deal ever done’’ by the sport.

‘‘Today we answer the $1billion question with the $1billion-plus answer,’’ Grant said.

Gyngell said league was part of Nine’s ‘‘DNA’’ and despite the cash-strapped network and Foxtel having to fork out $90million up front between them, it was a race they had to win, beating off competition from Seven and Ten.

‘‘We have certainly stepped up and paid as much money as we could,’’ Gyngell said.

As part of the deal, Nine demanded the grand final would kick off at 7.15pm and State of Origin would remain in its current Wednesday night spot.

‘‘The players and clubs are all going to get a good drink out of this, there is nothing surer than that,’’ Gyngell said.

Fox will continue with five live games over the round, including Monday night football.

The ARLC was successful in demanding a fixed schedule for the first 20 rounds of the season, something clubs were very keen to address.

News of the deal was greeted warmly by Rugby League Players Association CEO David Garnsey, who said the players would benefit.

‘‘It’s what the players were looking for and it should give us a greater share of the game’s revenue.’’

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Hornby tobow out as game star

Ben Hornby addresses a media conference yesterday. Picture: DAVE TEASEIt’s a massive rap from the greatest coach of all time, but then again you’d expect nothing less when you’re praising someone in the mould of Ben Hornby.
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Hornby’s former coach at the Dragons, Wayne Bennett, yesterday joined a chorus of past and present teammates and associates to pay tribute to the departing Red V skipper.

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And Bennett didn’t muck around when asked to describe his time working with Hornby during his three-year tenure as Dragons coach, placing him in the same category as retired Brisbane legend Darren Lockyer.

‘‘He is inspirational, he is committed and he is a Dragon from his toe to his head,’’ Bennett said.

‘‘He had everybody’s confidence with his quiet demeanour, very much in the mould of Darren Lockyer. He has no ego and everything he does he does for the team.

‘‘He is an extremely balanced person and has had a tremendous football career.’’

Bennett, known to have a unique sense of humour around his inner sanctum, cracked a smile yesterday when recalling one of his first dealings with Hornby.

‘‘I think his most remarkable achievement was being able to convince me to play him at halfback,’’ Bennett laughed.

‘‘To the average fan it might not seem much to make the switch, but the confidence and belief he had in himself to be able to lead the team around the park the way he has is full credit to him, even with a very ordinary kicking game.’’

Former teammate Shaun Timmins described Hornby as a player who ‘‘always worked his butt off’’.

‘‘He probably wasn’t the most outstanding talent-wise player but he was so dedicated in what he did and I think that showed in the long run,’’ Timmins said.

‘‘He worked really hard as a young player. He played a lot of reserve grade and finally cracked it in first grade.

‘‘But he was so professional and dedicated in the way he went about his training.

‘‘The main thing that stands out for me with Ben Hornby would be his dedication and professionalism.’’

Paul McGregor said Hornby was a perfect role model for all youngsters and a great ambassador for his district and his club.

Like Timmins, McGregor also paid tribute to Hornby’s work ethic.

‘‘He’s what every young kid that wants to work hard can achieve at the highest level is about,’’ he said.

‘‘If you look at Benny, he started as a centre then pushed to the wing, then played fullback and finished his career at halfback, was captain, has played a club-record 271 first grade games, captained a grand final winning team, played for his state, played for his country.

‘‘For young kids out there that strive to play at the highest level, there’s no better role model than Benny Hornby.’’

Like Timmins and McGregor, Rod Wishart watched Hornby progress from junior representative footy through the grades and into representative ranks.

‘‘Some players work hard, get better and better and they mature as players and he’s testimony to that,’’ Wishart said.

‘‘That’s on the field. The other side is as a person. When you retire you’d like to be looked back at as a decent player but the other thing is as a good person. Hornby will join Dean Young and Beau Scott as long-serving club members in their final match in Wollongong in a Red V jersey on Saturday.

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