Show of appreciation for Boorowa Hospital Auxiliary volunteer

Jocelyn Scott was thanked for her generous involvement and support at the recent Boorowa Hospital Auxillary meeting.At a recent meeting of the Hospital Auxiliary, an afternoon tea was given to Jocelyn Scott in appreciation for her generous involvement and support of the Boorowa Hospital Auxiliary.
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Jocelyn has been a tireless worker supporting the hospital over many years. Both Auxiliary members and hospital staff were present to thank Jocelyn, and she and Dr Scott both shared some wonderful stories.

Last Thursday the Auxiliary held their annual Christmas Party at the Ex Services Club and a delightful meal was served by Richy Didge.

On Friday the Christmas Raffle was drawn at the Bendigo Bank. First Prize was the hamper and was won by Alice Marsh. Second prize was a ham and was won by Darrel Murphy.

Meg Merriman won third prize which was a turkey roll.

The Hospital Auxiliary thank the community for their generous support in raising money to help our hospital.

-Boorowa Hospital Auxiliary

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Accused negotiating with DPP

A man accused of robbing Narromine churches and businesses and destroying a waste depot building by fire is involved in negotiations with the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP).
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Nathanial Thorne-Coates was not required to appear via prison video link when 14 charges were brought before Dubbo Local Court on Wednesday December 10.

The 23-year-old from Narromine has not entered pleas to 10 charges of aggravated break and enter commit serious indictable offence in company, two charges of aggravated break and enter with intent in company and single charges of aggravated enter dwelling with intent in company and use fire to destroy property in company.

The DPP said a case conference had been productive.

“There has been some resolution,” the prosecutor said.

“We seek a further adjournment for ongoing negotiations.”

Magistrate Andrew Eckhold excused Thorne-Coates from appearing in court in person and adjourned all charges to January 21.

There was no application for bail which was formally refused.

Prosecution facts tendered to the court allege Thorne-Coates stole $1000 in cash, two data projectors, a kettle and microwave during an aggravated break and enter at St Mary’s Anglican Church between 11am on August 24 and 9.25am on August 25.

He is alleged to have entered St Augustine’s Catholic Church and St Augustine’s Primary School with intent to commit indictable offences between 12.30pm on August 25 and 4.45pm on August 27 and 8pm on August 26 and 8.30pm on August 27.

Police allege Thorne-Coates attempted a break and enter at the Macquarie Clothing store between 7.25pm and 7.30pm on August 28.

He is alleged to have stolen $1430 in cash during an aggravated break and enter at the Narromine Uniting Church between 12pm on August 29 and 10.45am on August 30.

Police allege Thorne-Coates entered the Seventh-Day Adventist church with intent to commit an indictable offence between 8.30pm on August 29 and 8.30am on August 30.

He is alleged to have stolen television sets, computers and alcohol from the Narromine Turf Club between 6pm on August 31 and 7.15am on September 2 and a television and stereo system from U-Store storage sheds between 12.05am and 9.33am on September 9.

Thorne-Coates is alleged to have stolen 100 packets of potato chips, two cartons of soft drink, $100 worth of assorted lollies and a wheelie bin from Narromine Fruit and Vegetables between 10.10pm on September 12 and 12.04pm on September 13.

He is alleged to have stolen $1400 in cash from the Narromine Waste Depot between 4.19pm on September 19 and 10.24am on September 20.

He is further alleged to have damaged the waste depot building by fire, causing an estimated $100,000 damage.

Between 12.20am and 12.31am on September 22 Thorne-Coates is alleged to have stolen a golf kart from Narromine Golf Club.

Thorne Coates and a 17-year-old youth were arrested when police executed a search warrant on September 24.

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ATARs out tomorrow

Narromine High School students are among the 55,000 NSW students who will find out their ATAR Tomorrow.
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Tianna Collison, Rebecca Sinclair and Sam Reid are ready for the next step in thier lives.

The Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) will be released tomorrow morning at 9am.

The ATAR is the rank NSW and ACT universities use to select school leavers for their courses.

Two students from Narromine High School have had the stress of the ATAR taken off having received early offers to universities.

Tianna Collison and Rebecca Sinclair have been offered positions at regional universities in NSW.

They are two of the seven NHS students to be given early offers.

Principal Michael Sloan said this is a great accomplishment.

“Students who apply for early entry needed to demonstrate commitment, leadership skills, community involvement and the ability to succeed as tertiary students,” he said.

“Congratulations, we wish you all the best in you tertiary studies.”

Rebecca is heading to Wagga Wagga.

“I’m going to uni to do Social Work at CSU,” she said.

Tianna is taking time off before resuming study.

“I’m going to take a gap year and travel around Australia and I’m deferring a criminal justice degree,” she said.

Like her friend, Sam Reid is also taking a year off.

“I’m going to travel up to Darwin to work,” she said.

The former NHS students are relieved and ecstatic to be finished school.

“(I feel) relief. No words can describe it,” Rebecca said.

They have also discovered a lot of spare time on their hands.

“I’m working,” Tianna said, “I also have a lot of spare time on my hands.”

Despite being pleased to be finished school the girls are going to miss some aspects of it.

“Seeing everyone everyday, we’ve taken it for granted,” Tianna said.

Students applying for tertiary study in 2015 have until Wednesday, January 7 to change their course preferences for consideration in the Main Round of offers on Wednesday, January 21.

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Sport, tragedy and ‘Where is Perth?’ top Google searches in 2014

Sport, tragedy and ‘Where is Perth?’ top Google searches in 2014 A part of the wreckage of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 which was blown out of the sky by a missile about Ukraine.
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National Memorial service for victims of MH17 at the St Paul’s Cathedral. Photo: Eddie Jim

Perth children Evie, Mo and Otis Maslin and their grandfather Nick were killed on MH17.

Australian Federal Police officers prepare to search the crash site of MH 17. Photo: Kate Geraghty

Experts believe Australia is well equipped to handle any Ebola outbreak.

Jennifer Lawrence in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

Staff from Coastal Automotive Centre Bunbury taking on the Ice (Cement) Bucket Challenge. Pictures by Andrew Elstermann.

Staff from Coastal Automotive Centre Bunbury taking on the Ice (Cement) Bucket Challenge. Pictures by Andrew Elstermann.

Staff from Coastal Automotive Centre Bunbury taking on the Ice (Cement) Bucket Challenge. Pictures by Andrew Elstermann.

A Royal Australian Air Force P-3 Orion aircraft takes off to search for the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, from RAAF Base Pearce north of Perth March 21, 2014. Photo: Reuters.

Royal Australian Air Force Flight Engineer, Warrant Officer Ron Day from 10 Squadron, keeps watch for any debris as he flies in an AP-3C Orion over the Southern Indian Ocean during the search for missing Malaysian Airlines flight MH370, in this picture released by the Australian Defence Force on March 20, 2014.

A family member of a passenger from the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 waits for news at the Lido Hotel on March 20. Pic: Getty Images

Peaches Geldof. Picture: Getty Images

Peaches Geldof. Picture: Getty Images

Cricketer Phillip Hughes. Photo: Getty Images.

Cricketer Phillip Hughes. Photo: Getty Images.

Cricketer Phillip Hughes. Photo: Getty Images.

Actor Robin Williams. Photo: Getty Images.

Actor Robin Williams. Photo: Getty Images.

Actor Robin Williams. Photo: Getty Images.

Mario Gotze and Thomas Muller celebrate after Gotze’s winner. Photo: Getty Images

The moment: Mario Gotze, of Germany, slides the ball across the Argentine keeper to score the winner. Photo: Getty Images

The German players celebrate winning the World Cup after the final whistle. Photos: Getty Images

TweetFacebookThe World Cup action stole Australians’ hearts in 2014 as the most searched-for term on the world’s number one search engine, Google.

It was otherwise a macabre top five, however, with downed aeroplanes MH17 and MH370 seeing Malaysia Airlines at number two, and comedian Robin Williams, media personality Charlotte Dawson and cricketer Phil Hughes, all of whom died before their time this year, rounding out the top five.

MH370 and Peaches Geldof, the daughter of musician and campaigner Bob Geldof, and who died of a heroin overdose, were also the top two trending news searches.

Hunger Gamesstar Jennifer Lawrence was the top-searched celebrity – no doubt spurred by news of the mass leak ofnude celebrity photosby hackers, of which she was a prominent victim.

Topping the list of “Where is…?” search locations was Sochi, the little-known Russian city sparking Australian curiosity as the host city of the 2014 Winter Olympics.

MH370 ranked second, while “Where is Perth?”, curiously, ranked third.

Either we’re stupider than we look, or people were searching for some geographical context in relation to the missing MH370 flight, which is believed to have disappeared into the Indian Ocean off the coast of Perth.

“This is where the surface analytics of Google’s top 10 trends can be misleading – we should understand that Google releases these figures as much to promote its own business,” saidDeakin University Professor of Internet Studies Matthew Allen.

Far from the internet making us stupid, Professor Allen said today people mainly used search engines to drill down further into the 24/7 news cycle and find in-depth information about current events, rather than trying to find out something they did not already know, as they might have 10 to 15 years ago.

“These are people who know things are going on and want rapid access to a whole bunch of links to news providers or Twitter streams, and the simplest way to do that is go to Google and type it in,” Professor Allen said.

The data also showed an “ecology” had grown between social media, traditional media and search, he said.

Phillip Hughes’ death was also the most popular subject of discussionon Twitterin 2014 in Australia.

“Alex from Target” – the humble young Texas retail worker whose photographwent inexplicably viral on social media- was the sixth most searched-for news item of the year.

And, after Ebola, ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis,also known as motor neurone disease) was the second-most searched for “What is…?” term, boosted by the viral success of the Ice Bucket Challenge campaign on social media, which was launched to raise awarenes of the condition.

WATCH: The team from theCoastal Automotive Centre Bunbury take on the Ice Bucket Challenge with a cement mixer.

Google’s Shane Treeves said the increasing use of search terms reflecting natural speech – such as “What is”, “Where is”, “Who is” and “How to” – reflected both how Google’s algorithms had evolved and also the increased use of mobile and voice search apps.

“We are seeing more downloads of the Google search app across Android and iOS – more people are using Google on smartphones and tablets, not just on their desktop or browser,” Mr Treeves said.

Other popular search terms point not to news events but changing national trends.

Paleo Recipes slipped in at number 10 of the top recipe searches – the only diet that ranked anywhere – while apparently the humble pancake is back on the menu at number one.

Crochet, knitting and meditation were among the top five “how to” searches.

And in the constantly changing world of internet trends, 2014 was the year that popular hook-up app Tinder became mainstream.

It was the top trending digital/internet slang word, and also ranked number five among “What is…?” searches.

Google’s “Trending” searches are calculated by how much a term has spiked in use compared with the previous year, the company’s Mr Treeves said.

It was the second year that micro-video app Vine, and virtual currencies Bitcoin and Dogecoin, made it into the top 10 tech search trends.

Rival search engine Bing, powered by Microsoft, did not release its top 10 overall search trends, opting instead to list popular categories.

Its most popular celebrity search was Australian model Miranda Kerr, with Robin Williams coming in at number three and Jennifer Lawrence at number five.

MH370, Ebola and MH17 topped news and current affairs searches, and the World Cup was the most searched-for sports term.

Bing’s top three tech searches were the iPhone 6, Xbox One and iPad.

Waterwise project blooming

John Dymock, Melissa Henry, Lydia Jarvis, Roz and Rod Gibson, Roger Warren, Rosemary Nicholls, Jo Snelling, Steve and Peter Jarvis tidied up the Waterwise garden at the Boorowa Hospital recently.Back in 2008, Boorowa Community Landcare Group (BCLG), with assistance from local business, started to develop a ‘Waterwise’ native garden at Boorowa Hospital.
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The aim was to provide a peaceful, wheelchair friendly, outdoor setting for patients and visitors. Since 2008 an area to the east of the hospital has gradually been landscaped with native plants, a pathway with a handrail and outdoor seating.

Early in December, a group of Landcare volunteers got together to do some tidying up; weeding, pruning and spreading more mulch. BCLG would like to thank Boorowa Council for supplying the mulch for this ‘spruce up.’ Light rain prevented the group from painting the handrails and this has been postponed until a later date. BCLG also hopes to replant some areas of the garden in autumn.

This is an ongoing project and more volunteers are always welcome. For information please contact the Boorowa Community Landcare Group on 0459 681 018, by email on [email protected], or drop in and visit the Landcare Support Officer in the Boorowa Council building on Market Street.

-Boorowa Community Landcare Group

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