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Gingin wear purple bras to support breast cancer

Photos courtesy of Carolyn Loftus from around Gingin’s Purple Bra Fundraising Day. Photos courtesy of Carolyn Loftus from around Gingin’s Purple Bra Fundraising Day.

Photos courtesy of Carolyn Loftus from around Gingin’s Purple Bra Fundraising Day.

Photos courtesy of Carolyn Loftus from around Gingin’s Purple Bra Fundraising Day.

While offices and homes across Western Australia have been a sea of purple for Purple Bra Day, the people of Gingin had hundreds of purple bras dressing up the entire town.

Wearing a purple bra on the outside of your clothing was the fashion of the day.

This year the 2014 Purple Bra Day is hoping to raise $500,000 with Western Australians young and old, male and female taking part in the annual event to help Breast Cancer Care WA.

Last Monday, the Gingin Country Women’s Association and Red Cross held a Purple Bra long table morning tea, organised to supply local businesses with homemade biscuits, slices and scones with jam and purple cream.

Nearly 100 morning teas were delivered to Gingin businesses for a donation.

Several of the businesses in Brockman Street were wearing an array of bras across their shop front. Inside the Shire of Gingin admin office there was a display of purple bras. The entrance to the Granville Hall was lined with an array of purple bras.

One of the Gingin Purple Bra Day organisers, Karyn Collins, told the Sun City News they raised $1200 this year.

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SELGA supports moratorium on unconventional gas extraction

THE SE Local Government Association will support a moratorium on unconventional gas extraction in the SE to allow comprehensive independent analysis and advice.

At its June meeting in Naracoorte on June 13 the local government body, after lifting the moratorium issue off the table from its previous meeting, decided after lengthy discussion to make its voice heard at State Government level.

One of Beach Energy’s gas exploration sites just out of Penola.

Robe District Council mayor Peter Riseley was particularly vocal, saying a moratorium would allow stakeholders to gain information before gas extraction occurs.

“This is an extremely important and pertinent issue in the SE,” he said, citing the vast amount of correspondence his council and others have received from the community on the issue.

“We do need this safeguard (a moratorium) in place while all other methodologies are explored.”

Initially mayor Risely had moved that SELGA forward a resolution supporting a moratorium on unconventional gas exploration and operations within the SE to the SA Regional Organisation of Councils and LGA, seeking their support and requesting they lobby relevant politicians.

Kingston District Council mayor Evan Flint did not disagree completely with a moratorium but felt the best way was to appeal to the State opposition to gain majority in a parliamentary vote.

“I don’t know, I know the Liberals won’t support it (a moratorium) but they are still looking to have their parliamentary enquiry,” he said.

“I believe we need to run something the opposition agree with, then we can sway the two independents.

“We should be doing something half the parliament supports rather than something none of them support.”

Mr Flint, who was supported in his views by the Tatiara District Council, said the Labor Government would not support a moratorium anyway.

“If you go to Minister Koutsantonis with a moratorium he’s not going to wear it,” he said.

Grant District Council mayor Richard Sage believed a moratorium was the best move forward.

“A parliamentary enquiry was held about the sale of the forests,” he said. “Where did that get us?

“I think we should push ahead with the motion before us.”

After further discussion the moratorium was dropped from this motion and delegates resolved to seek scientific information from the Federal Government’s “Independent Expert Committee on Coal Seam Gas and Large Mining Development” on the possible impact of tight gas and shale gas exploration and development on the vital water resources of the Limestone Coast.

It also called on the Federal Government to amend the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act to include “tight gas” and “shale gas” under the definition of mining activities where water resources are deemed to be “of national environmental significance”.

Thirdly, it voted to have the State Government require shale gas, tight gas and geothermal developers obtain a water allocation before extracting water from underground aquifers, to ensure consistency for all water-using industries in the region.

The delegates also called for legislative changes by the State Government to require exclusion zones around towns, tourism regions and private dwellings for gas and geothermal developments and to require landholder approval before entering land for gas or geothermal exploration and production.

Robe mayor Peter Risely was foreboding in his outlook on the future.

“This is still only a partial trip down a very long road,” he said. “There is a huge concern in the community.”

The meeting then supported a moratorium on unconventional gas extraction in the region until such time as independent analysis is undertaken, and the requests made to the State and Federal Governments have been addressed.

Mr Flint was still unsure and held firm that SELGA should approach the State Liberal Party.

“What’s the fall-back if they (the State Government) say ‘We’re not going to support the moratorium’?” he asked.

Liberal member for Mount Barker Troy Bell spoke up to give an insight to his party’s movements, which were touted as possibly in motion early this week.

“There are moves afoot from the Liberal Party starting that process quite independent of anything that comes out of today,” he said.

“Looking into a parliamentary enquiry into fracking in the SE.”

A move to formally encourage the opposition to pursue the parliamentary enquiry was laid on the table.

To ensure an ongoing dialogue on the issue SELGA resolved to establish a State and Local Government taskforce in the mould of a similar body on the Eyre Peninsula to examine all relevant research, community engagement and legislative matters relating to the impact of mining activity in the SE.

– This discussion came as Beach Energy, the company responsible for two exploration wells near Penola which truly kicked off this debate within the community, indicated in a statement to the Australian Stock Exchange there was good exploration potential for gas and liquids at those wells (Jolly-1 and Bungaloo-1).

The company also announced it will focus on conventional gas exploration as a priority instead of the controversial hydraulic fracturing method.

Beach has also acquired a 20 per cent interest in the offshore exploration permit in the Otway Basin from 3D Oil Limited.

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From the editor’s desk – Thursday 19 June 2014

The end of June, each year, is known mainly as the start of ‘tax time’ as millions of Australians try to get back some money from the ATO by submitting a tax return.

At the Sun City News, the end of the financial year is the celebration of the birth of the publication – July 1997.

Over the years, the Sun City News has endured ‘blitzing’ from the multi-national (News Limited and WA Newspapers) group of publications including their creation of a direct opposition publication – We saw this as recognition of what we have achieved, and what they see as competition.

Looking forward, as editor of the Sun City News, several of our growth plans are advancing – Starting in July, there will be at least two new features starting; we intend to increase our local content and photos section even bigger; and planning for a weekly Sun City News is being developed.

At the Sun City News, we strongly recognise the support and efforts of all our advertisers, past and present – Without this support the newspaper industry would not survive.

Equally, Sun City News readers have been very supportive – They support our advertisers, they contribute news articles and photos and follow us regularly online.

On a personal note, I would like to thank everyone who has advertised or provided news articles or news tip.

I would also like to extend an invitation to past advertisers and all new businesses looking to advertise to contact me and ‘let’s do a deal’ – Currently we have some great affordable advertising packages deals, with up to 50 per cent discount.

Starting in the new financial year, we will be looking at setting up a ‘local business network group’, with network meetings, guest speakers, long table meetings and plenty of local business advice and help.

If you would like to be part of setting up this group, please give me a call on 0414 425 858 or email, [email protected]苏州美甲美睫培训学校.au with your business

name and contact details.

Finally, the Sun City News will be at the Yanchep Central Small Business EXPO, don’t forget to drop your business card into the ‘win free advertising’ draw.

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Van Gaal expects Socceroos to attack

Dutch coach Louis Van Gaal. Photo: Getty ImagesPorto Alegre: While Australia tries to figure a way to beat the Netherlands, the Dutch are concerned with which way they will beat Australia. That, distilled, was the essence of Dutch coach Louis Van Gaal’s pre-match media briefing at the Beira-Rio stadium on Tuesday.

Van Gaal himself was urbane and respectful. When asked if he expected an ultra-defensive Australian formation to counter a team that beat Spain 5-1, he replied: “I do not expect Australia to have a defensive game. In fact, I expect Australia to play an offensive game. Tim Cahill is one of the main qualities of the Australian team, so I do think they will be playing much more offensively than anyone in this room thinks. I think their coach is a very good coach.”

But earlier, when contemplating to what extent the cooler weather in Porto Alegre would speed up the game, Van Gaal canvassed another scenario.

“I think it makes a huge difference whether your play in Porto Alegre or Manaus (in the steamy north),” he said. “Here, you can play fast. At the same time, we shouldn’t also forget about the game of the adversary. If they are playing 10 men behind the ball, it will still be difficult to make pace. It’s not just climate, it’s also tactics.”

Star forward Wesley Sneijder was wary, noting the quirk by which the Netherlands have never beaten Australia.

“We’ve played three times and we didn’t win, so it will be a difficult match,” he said. “We all know this. After the 5-1 win, everyone will take the light view on this, but we will not. We must know how to play against this team. It might well happen that they will be very defensive. It might need another system. Only the coach knows.”

This was the nub of the dialogue. It has been since Van Gaal took charge and began to tinker theretically with that proud Dutch invention, total football. Van Gaal is not for the turning. “We have played total football. Nothing’s changed in that respect,” he said. “In the Netherlands, there is a view that you have to play 4-3-3 to play the Dutch system. I have a different view on that.”

5-3-2, 4-3-3 or another variation; this is the conversation that never ends. Against Spain, it was 5-3-2. Van Gaal observed that 4-3-3, with its extra frontman, would put greater pressure on Australia.

“But it doesn’t always yield results,” he said.

He knows that having torn up scripture, he cannot win except by winning. “If I’d used the 4-3-3 against Spain, there would have been criticism as well,” he said. “I don’t think it makes any difference.”

Van Gaal and Sneijder both averred that except when jumping for headers, the Dutch team was keeping its feet on the ground. “We haven’t earned anything yet,” said Van Gaal.

“We haven’t even made it to the next round.” Schneider said it was pleasing that the younger players, who might easily have their heads in the clouds after the Spain result, were looking no further ahead than Australia. “We all know that we have only earned three points,” he said.

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Iraq crisis: 8 things Obama can do

Washington: President Barack Obama has still not revealed how he might respond to the crisis in Iraq. On Monday evening he met with his Secretary of Defence, Secretary of State and Attorney-General at the White House as well as national security advisers.

But in keeping with his recent declaration to reporters that the key to foreign policy was not to ”do stupid shit”, the President signalled that people should not expect an immediate response.

”Just to give people a sense of – of timing here, you know, although events on the ground in Iraq have been happening very quickly, our ability to plan – whether it’s military action or work with the Iraqi government on some of these political issues – is going to take several days,” he said.

”So people should not anticipate that this is something that is going to happen overnight. We want to make sure that we – we have good eyes on the situation there. We want to make sure that we gathered all the intelligence that’s necessary so that if in fact I do direct and order any actions there, that they’re targeted, they’re precise and they’re going to have an effect.”

But around Washington, DC, his limited options are already being debated.

1. Protecting American personnel

Obama will use whatever force he believes necessary to protect America’s embassy and citizens. He has already notified Congress that about 275 troops equipped for full combat have been deployed to help protect America’s embassy. The Pentagon has said 170 arrived in Baghdad over the weekend while another 100 moved into the broader region.  There are conflicting reports that another 100 special forces troops may have been dispatched to the region to help with training and targeting should air strikes be approved.

2. Full military intervention

Obama has already said he will not send troops into Iraq to engage in the fight against the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), beyond strengthening the force already charged with securing America’s embassy. Obama was elected to extract the US from Iraq and shows no inclination to veer from that path. Defence One, and to the Obama administration which could demonstrate that it was taking significant action. However, drones are less powerful than air strikes, may kill civilians and demand good ground intelligence.

5. Intelligence and logistical support of Iraq

The US has already increased its drone surveillance since the ISIL attacks and is sharing intelligence with Iraq. About $15 billion in equipment, training and services have already been sent to Iraq since 2011, but more assistance is planned. The US recently sent 300 Hellfire air-to-ground missiles and another 200 are on the way, the White House said last week. In addition the US delivered 24 armed reconnaissance helicopters, 10 reconnaissance drones, thousands of rifles, millions of rounds of ammunition, and special operations forces began a month of counter-terrorism training with Iraqi soldiers. According to the State Department further arms sales have been expedited. Iraq is spending more than $100 million to buy as many as 200 heavily armed Humvees and a deal worth billions of dollars will create an advanced air defence system for the Iraqi government. Lockheed Martin is selling 36 F-16 fighter jets to Baghdad, with the first planes scheduled for delivery before the end of the year and the administration is selling Iraq 24 Apache attack helicopters.

6. Increased co-operation with Iran

The United States’ second top diplomat, Assistant Secretary of State William Burns has already spoken about the crisis with Iranian officials on the sidelines of nuclear negotiations in Vienna. The meeting came after Secretary of State John Kerry said in an interview with Yahoo News he would be open to ”discussions if there is something constructive that can be contributed by Iran, if Iran is prepared to do something that is going to respect the integrity and sovereignty of Iraq and ability of the government to reform”. The Pentagon press secretary Rear Admiral John Kirby clarified on Monday that this would not include military co-ordination. The United States has ”no intentions, no plans to co-ordinate military activities with Iran”. The Guardian has reported that Iran has already sent 2000 advance troops to help repulse the ISIL attack. AP has reported that the US was notified of the deployment in advance.

7. Allow for the splintering of Iraq

Another option being discussed in DC is allowing Iraq to devolve into a federation along ethnic and religious lines. This idea first gained prominence here in 2006 when then-senator Joe Biden argued in favour of a ”soft partition” of Iraq, allowing Kurds, Sunnis and Shiites to govern their own autonomous regions within Iraq, under a weak central authority based in Baghdad. ”Some will say moving toward strong regionalism would ignite sectarian cleansing. But that’s exactly what is going on already, in ever-bigger waves,” Biden wrote in a 2006 New York Times op-ed.  ”Others will argue that it would lead to partition. But a breakup is already under way. As it was in Bosnia, a strong federal system is a viable means to prevent both perils in Iraq.”  Leslie Gelb of the Council on Foreign Relations, Biden’s co-author on that Times op-ed, stands by the premise.  ”It’s the only solution…  I don’t know if it will work. But in terms of what could work, it’s the only thing,” Politico quotes him as saying in June

”Iraq is at a crossroads,” said Osama al-Nujayfi, the Sunni speaker of Iraq’s Council of Representatives, at the Brookings Institution in Washington last January. ”And I do think federalism could solve many of the problems we face.” Kenneth Pollack, a Mid-East expert at Brookings, appears to agree. ”To make Iraq work probably requires a shift of power from the centre to the periphery.”

8. Nothing

While hawks in Congress are demanding military action in some form, others, most notably the MIT professor Barry Rosen, are mounting a case for doing nothing. He argues in a piece for Politico that America’s 11-year engagement in Iraq has failed to unite and stabilise the country and that the cost in blood and treasure is sunk. Prime Minister Maliki’s ”heavy-handed employment of surveillance, incarceration, and violence has driven Sunni Arab fence sitters into the arms of [ISIL] fanatics”. He believes a fractured Iraq would be a haven for terrorists, but that much of the world already is and America has hardened itself against terrorist attacks.

Fairfax Media

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