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China back in the Fed Cup World Group

Ashleigh Barty has given a 2-1 Fed Cup lead over the Netherlands.Ashleigh Barty believes can break a 45-year Fed Cup title drought after piloting the one-time tennis superpower back into the World Group for the first time since 2015.
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Barty’s back-to-back singles wins over Quirine Lemoine and Lesley Kerkhove led to a 4-1 victory over the Netherlands in their World Group playoff in Wollongong.

Daria Gavrilova sealed ‘s return to the eight-nation elite with a 6-3 6-2 defeat of Lemoine that gave the hosts an unbeatable 3-1 lead after Barty outclassed Kerkhove 6-4 6-2 in Sunday’s first reverse singles match.

Gavrilova and Destanee Aiava added the icing on the cake with a 6-3 6-2 win over Kerkhove and Demi Schuurs in the dead doubles rubber.

Barty, though, was the star for .

Living up to her status as the indoor hardcourt tie’s highest-ranked player, the 21-year-old improved her impressive record in the competition to 11-2 – and 6-1 in singles – with her eighth straight Fed Cup win.

Now the world No.19 craves a crack at the title that has eluded since 1974.

“It’s been a bit of a tricky spot for us the last couple of years, when we’ve been in World Group II,” Barty said.

“Yes, we’re doing our best to win every single tie and every rubber but there’s no title at the end.

“So it’s a bit of a different feeling. We’ve known it’s been a work in progress to get back into the World Group and now we’re in a perfect position to put ourselves in with a chance for a shot at the title next year.”

With Barty and Gavrilova entrenched in the world’s top 25 and grand slam champion Samantha Stosur – who”s also a former world No.1 doubles exponent – another singles option for captain Alicia Molik. can “absolutely” lift the trophy in 2019 according to their spearhead.

“You look at the nations who have dominated in the last 10 years or so, one of the most dominant teams is the Czech Republic,” Barty said.

“They have quality singles players and a quality doubles combination and that’s what we have.”

After replacing Stosur on Sunday, Gavrilova buried the demons of her horror showing in February – when the world No.24 suffered shock losses in both her matches in ‘s 3-2 escape against the Ukraine in Canberra.

“It feels amazing,” said the Russian-born 23-year-old after draping herself in the n flag and completing a lap of honour following her tie-sealing win.

“I was super nervous. Just playing for your country is so much harder than just playing any other tournament.”

The draw for next year’s eight-team World Group competition will be held after the 2018 final in November.

faces a quarter-final showdown with one of the top four seeds, likely to be the Czech Republic, defending champions the United States, France and Germany.

If draw the Czechs or Germany, they will host the tie.

But a clash with the USA would be away, while a coin toss would be needed to determine who hosted any tie between and France.

Newcastle trainer Ben Smith looks to spring riches with El Dorado Dreaming after luckless third

THE LATE SHOW: The Ben Smith-trained El Dorado Dreaming, centre, finishes strongly for third in the Champagne Stakes on Saturday behind winner Seabrook and Bondi. Picture: AAP Newcastle trainer Ben Smith was wondering what could have been but was excited about what’s to come for El Dorado Dreaming after her luckless third in the Champagne Stakes (1600m) at Randwick on Saturday.
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Backing up from her fairytale win at 100-1 in the group 1 Sires’ Produce Stakes (1400m) two weeks earlier, El Dorado Dreaming ($7.50) finished 1.3 lengths third in the $500,000 final leg of the Sydney autumn two-year-old triple crown.

The Mick Price-trained Seabrook($9), which is part-owned by Newcastle’s Tony Price,came from second-last to beat Bondi ($7.50) by a half length.

Jason Collettwas reprimanded for careless riding and questioned about his decisions on El Dorado Dreaming, which did not gain clear running until approaching the 200mmark.

Smith eyes spring run TweetFacebook Hunter hopes at RandwickAAPSmith was pleased with the effort from his filly but disappointed she didn’tfinish closer.

“She was really unlucky and probably should have figured in the finish a lot more than she did,” Smith said.“But she’s proven she’s up to them. She’s finished the last two legs of the triple crown with a win and an unlucky third.

“We’ll target the Sydney-Melbourne spring carnival with her and keep her in those three-year-old fillies races.

“You’ve got the Flight Stakes in Sydney, then we might look at a 1000 Guineas in Melbourne, or see if she can run an Oaks trip.

“We’ll just be guided by the horse. We’ll keep stepping her up and set her for those things, but just see how far she gets.

“She’s pulled up really well. She got knocked around a bit in the run but she’s a tough little bugger.”

As for the ride from Collett, who was aboard El Dorado Dreaming for the first time, he said: “You’ve got to have bit of luck but I still thought he could have peeled to the outside a bit earlier than that but he elected to stick on the inside of those runners. But I’m not out there, he is. If he’d have won the race, he’d be a genius.”

Newcastle trainer Kris Lees’ Le Romain went even closer in the other group 1 feature at Randwick, the All Aged Stakes.

The three-time group 1 winner, a close second in the race last year, hit the lead in the straight but wasbeaten a head by$2.30 favourite Trapeze Artist to finish second again

Le Romain ($11) was third run back from a six-month break followingcolic surgery.

Newcastle trainer Paul Perry’s stable, meanwhile, said The Mission would head to the Brisbane winter carnival after an encouraging two-lengths fifth in the race.

AAP reports:Nic’s Vendetta graduated from the Highway Handicap series with a victory that edgedapprentice Mikayla Weir to outrideher country claim.

The five-year-old gelding gave Weir her first city winner in a Highway Handicap at Warwick Farm last July, and theycombined again at Randwick over 1200m to upset favourite Ori On Fire.

Weir, 24, produced an astute rails run for Muswellbrook trainer Todd Howlett to win by a long neck.

“He’s one of a kind that horse. He’s truly been the horse that’s got my career to where it needs to be,” she said.

“One more win and the claim is gone. I needed that at this point in my career to be able to keep kicking along.”

Weir, a former barrel racer and rodeo rider, is apprenticed to Howlett.

“The run panned out exactly how I wanted,” she said.

“To be on Hugh’s back was a big advantage. I knew he would take me a long way into the race and when he rolled off the fence it gave me every hope in the world to be able to get by him.

“At the top of the rise I was struggling a little bit but he just kept fighting. After the rise I knew I had him.”

Nic’s Vendetta ($6) preserved his perfect second-up record leading Howlett to joke about his immediate future.

“Maybe I should be putting him back out,” he said.

Howlett thought a midweek race would now be on the agenda and possibly an off season Saturday race as Nic’s Vendetta seeks a fifth career win.

Northern River ($11) filled out the minor placings a length further back.

Newcastle Federal Circuit Court delays will blow out if judge not replaced: legal experts

Hunter families court ‘stranded’ as judge heads for Qld Attorney-General Christian Porter is being called upon to make ‘timely appointments’. Picture: Dominic Lorrimer
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COURT SHORT: Federal MP Sharon Claydon with (from left) Newcastle Bar Association president Michael Graham and Hunter Valley Family Law Practitioners Association president Chris White. The trio say delays at the Newcastle Federal Circuit Court are ‘intolerable’ and could get worse if an outgoing judge isn’t replaced.

TweetFacebookNEWCASTLE’S legal community and federal MP Sharon Claydon have warned of “dangerous” and “completely intolerable”delays in the Federal Circuit Court if the Turnbull Government fails to replace an outgoing judge.

Broken families are staring down legal limbo after Acting Attorney-General Greg Hunt confirmed Judge Steve Middletonwill be transferred to Townsville.

A failure to replace Judge Middletonwill put the busyNewcastle registry in the same situation as last year when the court was left with two sitting judges, down from three, after the government waited eight months to make a new appointment.

That delay contributed to a workload that was more than double the national average, with the Attorney-General Department’s own figures revealing Newcastle judges dealt with 770 matters last financial year, compared with the national average of 376.

Legal experts said on Sunday they were launching a “pre-emptive strike”, a warning to Attorney-General Christian Porter that he needed to “act swiftly”.

“The delays that are experienced at the moment are unacceptable – between eightand 12 months until you get a hearing,” Newcastle Bar Association president Michael Graham said.

“You can expect 18 months to two years before justice can come your way.That is completely intolerable.”

MrGraham predicted further delays would leave families “stranded” in “dire circumstances”.

The court mainly deals with family law matters, including divorce and custody battles.

“We’ve seen circumstances where people snatch children, where children are mistreated,” Mr Graham said. “It definitely has a long-term affect on the most vulnerable in our community.”

Ms Claydon said“dangerous delays” and staff who were “almost drowning” under the caseload were a result of the government’s“abysmal”succession planning record.

She urged Mr Porter to “do his job and make timely judicial appointments”, lamenting that she was “standing here for the third time in nearly as many years” dealing with the same issue.

Hunter Valley Family Law Practitioners Association president Chris White added the Bolton Streetcourt was also physically restrained in that there was not enough room for a fourth judge, which the association has requested.

Acting Attorney-General Greg Hunt said the transfer of Judge Middleton was prompted by the departure of a judge in Queensland who left at “very short notice, and left the Townsville Registry of the Federal Circuit Court without a judge”.

“This has been resolved by the transfer of Judge Middleton from Newcastle to Townsville, with two judges remaining in the Newcastle Registry,” he said in a statement.“A replacement for Judge Middleton is currently under active consideration.”

Mr Porter is on paternity leave.

Sam Burgess facing up to three-game ban

Souths Sydney’s Sam Burgess faces another suspension over a high shot on Canberra’s Aidan Sezer.Sam Burgess is facing at least another two weeks on the sideline after the South Sydney enforcer was charged for his high hit on Canberra’s Aidan Sezer.
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In his first game back from a two-week suspension, Burgess was charged with a grade-two careless high tackle in Saturday’s 42-22 rout of the Raiders on the Central Coast.

Burgess will miss games against Brisbane and Newcastle if he accepts the charge, but will miss an additional clash with St George Illawarra if he takes it to the judiciary and is found guilty.

If he does fight it, it will be Burgess’s second visit to the panel this month, after a one-game ban for contact on Canterbury’s Josh Morris became a two-week suspension when he failed to overturn that charge on April 3.

The hit on Sezer’s chin sparked an all-in melee on Saturday.

The Raiders were miffed after their skipper Jarrod Croker was sin-binned for holding back Angus Crichton while Burgess stayed on the field.

Croker subsequently compared Burgess’s shot to an incident for which teammate Sia Soliola was suspended for collaring Billy Slater last year.

“It wasn’t pretty was it,” Croker said.

“Sia Soliola got six weeks for something like that last year.

“I’m not here to talk about how Sam Burgess plays the game. I’m worried about the result.

“He plays the game hard and he slipped up on that one. It was a bad one. It was pretty ordinary.”

Burgess declined to talk to waiting media after the game but told Fox Sports: “I don’t think there was anything in it.”

Meanwhile his brother George has been sanctioned with a high shot on Luke Bateman, although he can accept a $1500 fine given it is only a grade-one charge.

Canberra back-rower Elliot Whitehead can also escape suspension for his dangerous contact on Tom Burgess with an early guilty plea in the only other charge stemming from the match.

NRLNewcastle Knights in bitter-sweet 22-20 win over Wests Tigers in Tamworth

It may well be remembered as the most bitter-sweet four minutes of the season for the Newcastle Knights.
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In those desperate final minutes against the Wests Tigers in an absolute thriller at Tamworth on Saturday night, the Knightslost their inspirational leader Mitchell Pearce to serious injury but somehow managed to stay composed to conjure up a dramatic come-from-behind 22-20 victory without him.

The type of win that can shape a season.

Interchange utility Jamie Buhrer and winger Shaun Kenny-Dowall proved to be the unlikely heroes, with Buhrer, playingin his 150thNRL game, finding his rangy winger with a perfectly placed cross-field kick for the match-winner with less than two minutes left.

Kenny-Dowall was one of the Knights’ best with his running game outstanding but an earlysecond half clanger where he spilt a towering bomb to gift the Tigers a try threatened to over-shadow his performance before he more than redeemed himself late.

“We knew if we could mount some pressure down there,we were saying we’ll get them in the last minute and that’s what happened,” Kenny-Dowall said.

‘It was an outstanding kick by JB [Buhrer] to put it on a platter for me and it was really good for me to come away with a try at the end. To come up with a play like that in his 150thwas pretty special.”

Asked had he ever caught a Buhrer kick previously, Kenny-Dowall joked: “Never. I don’t think anyone has.”

The Knights winger wasn’t keen to talk about his error butcoach Nathan Brown said hispositives far out-weighed the negative.

“I’d rather focus on his good points because I thought he was the best player on the field in the first half,”Brown said.

“Sure he came up with a drop but he came up with a winning play at the death so we’ll give Skidsy [Kenny-Dowall] a big tick.”

For his part, Buhrer was happy his spur-of-the-moment kick found its mark after he slotted in for Pearce.

“I reckon maybe when I kicked it, Browny may have been looking to pullsome of his hair out if he had any left but I was confident of making the play otherwise I wouldn’t have kicked it,” he said.

“Kicking to someone like SKD on the wing, you don’t really have to get it too perfect because he can out-leap the best of them.”

The Knights dominated the first half to lead 10-0 at halftimeafter tries to Ken Sio and Pearce but in the space of 10 minutes after the break, found themselves down 18-10 and battling to stay in the contest after conceding three quick tries.

But two further tries to Sio to complete his hat-trick narrowed the gap to 20-18 late in the game before Kenny-Dowall clinched it.

The Knights cause wasn’t aided by a couple of dodgy calls and the fact they missed five of six shots at goal but theyshowed enormous resolve and fighting spirit to find a way to win.

“We led 10-0 at halftime on our merits and at the end of the day, we were five tries to three and we scored some really good tries,” Brown said.

“I thought we certainly deserved the win.”

“I think that’s an area we have struggled in –fighting back when things go against us. They showed a lot of character to be able to grind back into the game and get the win in the last minute.


“We had that 10 minute period at the start of the second half and that was the period the Tigers dominated but apart from that, we led 10-0 at halftime on our merits and at the end of the day, we were five tries to three and we scored some really good tries.

“I thought we certainly deserved the win.


“You could tell he was very devastated after the game. It was bitter-sweet for him.

“He was really happy we got the win but we’ll have to see what the full extent of it is during the week.

“The show goes on you know. We can’t be sad about that because we’ve still got a lot of the season and we have taken a lot of steps forward and we should be confident of where we are sitting.

Matchwinner: Knights winger Shaun Kenny-Dowall plants the ball over the try-line to win the game for his side after leaping high above Tigers winger Malakai Watene-Zelezniak to pull down a Jamie Buhrer cross-field bomb. Picture: AAP

Banks shouldn’t face tax cut ban: govt

The Turnbull government says banks won’t be the only companies to benefit from tax cuts.Federal government minister Kelly O’Dwyer doesn’t agree the banks should be quarantined from getting the government’s planned business, saying it’s not a “morality tax”.
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Independent senator Derryn Hinch, whose support the government needs to pass the reduction in the corporate tax rate, says the banks should not be rewarded for their bad behaviour.

The Hayne royal commission has been hearing damaging revelations about ‘s major financial institutions, including AMP charging fees for services not delivered and Commonwealth Bank extracting fees from dead people.

But Ms O’Dwyer, the minister for revenue and financial services, says the banks, like other businesses benefiting from a tax cut, would invest and innovate in their companies and make sure they can employ people.

“We’re going to have a new taxation system that’s based on a morality tax? I mean, let’s get a little bit real here,” she told ABC television on Sunday.

But Senator Hinch is sticking to his guns, saying he will support tax cuts for companies with a turnover of up to $500 million – like the Senate did for firms with a turnover of up to $50 million last year.

“But will not reward corrupt banks being exposed daily in the royal commission. That is a pledge,” he said in a tweet on Sunday.

Opposition Leader Bill Shorten took to Facebook with a new attack ad, saying: “(Malcolm) Turnbull wanted to protect the banks. Now he wants to give them a big tax handout.”

The government delayed putting the remainder of the legislation to the vote in the Senate just before Easter when it became clear it didn’t have sufficient numbers from the crossbench to pass it.

Senator Hinch and fellow independent Tim Storer have so far rejected the plan, joining Labor, the Greens and senators of the previously named Nick Xenophon Team.

So far, only firms with a turnover of up to $50 million will receive incremental tax cuts over the next decade from 30 per cent to 25 per cent.

Opposition finance spokesman Jim Chalmers said Ms O’Dwyer’s comments show she was “spectacularly out of touch”.

He said Labor analysis found the big four banks at the centre of “rorts, rip-offs and scandals” exposed by the royal commission would reap $13.2 billion under the government’s 10-year business tax plan.

It shows the banks will receive one in every four dollars of the $65 billion tax cut once it is fully implemented in 2026/27.

The Commonwealth Bank of would receive a tax cut of almost $4 billion while Westpac would pocket 3.5 billion, the ANZ $3.2 billion and National Bank $2.6 billion.

Labor wants the government to ditch all the unlegislated parts of the tax plan which are in front of the parliament.

“We don’t think it is a good time to shower largesse on multinationals and millionaires, but especially when we’ve got record and growing debt in the budget,” Dr Chalmers told ABC television.

Whincup calm after Supercars disaster

Jamie Whincup has dropped to fourth in the Supercars standings after a post-race penaltyJamie Whincup is not panicking after a horror weekend at the Phillip Island 500 saw him slip back in the Supercars championship standings.
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The Red Bull Holden champion headed to Victoria in the lead, but leaves in fourth after a race one penalty stripped him of a podium finish.

He never got going on Sunday, finishing ninth in the second 250km race.

The results leave him 76 points behind Ford rival Scott McLaughlin (797), who continued his love affair with the island track by claiming a pair of victories.

Whincup’s fellow Commodore drivers David Reynolds and Shane van Gisbergen have a slender hold in the top three as the series moves to Perth on May 4-6.

Whincup, the most decorated driver in Supercars history with seven titles, has belief he can respond with 12 events for the year still remaining.

“We’ve got a good crew with an excellent car and a lot of components that are good right now, so we’ll regroup and move on from Phillip Island,” Whincup said.

“It’s not our proudest result, but we worked hard and pushed as hard as we could.

“We were miles back after Adelaide (500) and got going again and now we’re miles back here so we’ll fight back.”

Whincup finished second in Saturday’s race, but his 38-second penalty for turning off his pitlane speed limiter proved extremely costly.

It dropped him back to 14th, meaning van Gisbergen earned a podium with Nissan veteran Rick Kelly.

The severity of the penalty was unexpected, according to his Triple Eight team manager Mark Dutton.

“He saw the wrong cone, turned it off, realised his mistake, turned it back on,” Dutton told Supercars苏州夜总会招聘.

“There was nothing underhand and that might not mean much to everyone, but to me it is a difference.”


1. Scott McLaughlin 947 pts

2. David Reynolds 887

3. Shane van Gisbergen 849

4. Craig Lowndes 813

5. Jamie Whincup 805

6. Scott Pye 745

7. Chaz Mostert 695

8. James Courtney 678

9. Fabian Coulthard 662

10. Tim Slade 626

The haven giving horses a second chance at life and love

HEALTHY: Horse Shepherd Equine Sanctuary founder Anne Young with Big Grey, who was little more than skin and bones when rescued two years ago. Pictures: Dylan BurnsHeartbreak and happiness coexist on Anne Young’s idyllic 300 acre property outside Gordon.
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The founder of the Horse Shepherd Equine Sanctuary has taken in scores of the most malnourished and maltreated horses and ponies that the RSPCA has come across in the past few years and done the best she can to rehabilitate them and find them new homes, or allow them to live out their lives at the sanctuary.

When her mobile phone rings, it could mean anything from one new resident at HSES to more than 100 needing care, food and veterinary attention.

In the first four months of 2016, HSES received almost 150 malnourished horses from two separate RSPCA seizures.

The first group, from a farmat Warraknear Ararat, saw 113 horses arrive as part of the largest RSPCA horse seizure in n history.

Two months later Ms Young received another call to take in 23 emaciated horses found alongside the carcasses of more than 20 others on a property at Bulla on Melbourne’s outskirts.

“When they first come off the truck your stomach goes tight and you get a shot of anger that anyone could be so cruel,” Ms Young said.

“Then the vet team kick into action and there is a lot to discover about the actual health status of the horse which determines next steps. As much as we try there are times we are just sad as we know we are too late.”

The horrific condition these types of horses come to her in –little more than skin and bone, and often unhandled and wild – pose a challenge to sanctuary staff, but theday they arriveat the sanctuary their life trajectory turns 180 degrees and they can look forward to ample food, love and attention.

Big Grey was one of the Bulla horses who has found sanctuary with Ms Young.

“When they arrived they were just skin and bone. Even now she’s hardly got any tail –the horses were so hungry they ate each others tails so it looked like their tails had been docked,” Ms Young said.

HUNGRY: Big Grey will live the rest of her life at the sanctuary because she’s too volatile to rehome, a result of her early life.

While most of the Bulla horses have been rehabilitated, retrained and rehomed, Big Grey and a handful of others will be“lifers” at the sanctuary.

Currently there are more than 140 horses on the property, some being trained and handled and others“turned out” in to the large paddocks to recover or run.

Expert horse handler and retrainer Chris Giles liveson site and has the tough job of handling and training the horses.

“The Bulla horses that were unhandled were all able to be retrained and found new homes, but those who had been started (as racehorses) were very reactive and had real problems,” Ms Young said.

“Big Grey had been started and we don’t know what had been done to her, but if you put her under pressure and she doesn’t understand what you want, she explodes soshe’s not suitable to be rehomed,” she said.

Some of Big Grey’s paddock mates weren’t so lucky.

“We had to watch those horses 24/7 for three weeks.We had volunteers come and stay up all night watching them.”

Two of the confiscated horses died that night and another a few days later from colic, but 20 survived.

DUMPED: One of the Greendale 16 – a group of 16 miniature horses dumped on the side of the road near Greendale about a year ago.

About 12 months ago the sanctuary had another mass arrival when it was called to collect 16 miniature horses dumped on the side of a road at Greendale. More than a dozen were also pregnant to the stallion running with the herd.

Outside of the big groups that the sanctuary has taken in, there’s regular calls from the RSPCA asking if Ms Young can take in one or two horses that have been neglected on individual properties.

Ms Young said the Greendale 16was one of the hardest cases she had dealt with because of the nature of the dumping.“They were literally dumped in the middle of the road, and when you think about the logistics of loading, transporting and abandoning the horses it’s such a deliberate act.

The haven giving horses a second chance at life and love TweetFacebook Meet some of the residents of Horse Shepherd Equine Sanctuary”I get sofrustrated that horses don’t have a microchip or need to be registered. It would make proving the owner so much easier. With the Greendale 16 the authorities have a good idea of where they came from but can’t prove it,” she said.

It’s not just horses who have a second chance at life thanks to the dedicated work of Ms Young and her small team.

WORK CREW: Two of the rescue dogs at HSES prefer to be driven around the property than travel on foot.

The sanctuary, up a quiet laneway just outside Gordon, is also home to a menagerie of other rescued animals now living out their lives in comfort.

There’s a pack of rescue dogs who trail their master everywhere she goes –ranging from a pint-sized fox terrier to an Irish Wolfhound cross that is almost as big as the miniature horses.

In fact Ms Young had to trade in her farm vehicle for a bigger model with a second row of seats to accommodate the dogs who accompany her on her rounds and prefer to travel on wheels than on foot.

There’s a paddock of rescue goats, donkeys, cats, cows ex-battery hens, geese, ducks, alpacas anda turkey

FELINE: One of the rescue cats who has found a home among the menagerie at Horse Shepherd Equine Sanctuary.

All that love comes at a cost: the HSESfeed bill is about $12,000 a month, and other than food the vet bills are the biggest cost. Then there’s the medications, rugs, training and everything else the animals need in their new lives.

Until recently the sanctuary was fully funded by donations, sponsorships and adoption fees but Ms Young has expanded operations to build the Horse Shepherd Veterinary Practice. Profits from private clients go back toward the sanctuary costs and it means there is a vet on site.

Through the vet practice, HSESalso runs the Mums 4 Bubs program, which last year hired out mares who have proven to be great mothers to the owners of 15 orphaned foals.“They know what being a mum is about, we bring them in to lactation and they go out to the studs to raise the foals,” Ms Young said.

ONE OF THE PACK: Jethro the five-month-old miniature pig is one of the newest members of the HSES menagerie and considers himself a member of the dog pack.

HSES is also home toone very special pig who isn’t a rescue but is Ms Young’s last birthday present –Jethro, the house pig.The five-month-old porker is house-trained, sleeps by Ms Young’s bed, can sit on command and considers himself to be one of the dog pack–especially when there’s food about.

White shark circles boat off Dunsborough

Dunsborough fisherman Warren Brown captured this incredible footage of a shark circling his boat off Dunsborough.A Dunsborough fisherman received a shock on Thursday morning when a four-metre white shark circled his boat for 20 minutes.
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Warren Brown was out fishing two kilometres offshore when the shark swam up to his boat taking a nip at the motor.

Mr Brown said the shark hung around circling the boat ‘eyeing them off’ around 7.30am.

“Bugger me, it just had a go at the motor,” Mr Brown can be heard saying in the video.

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Between Sunday, April 15 and Wednesday, April 18 there have been six sightings of sharks, including two reports of white sharks.

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A bronze whaler was also detected by the shark monitoring network, on Saturday, April 14 at Smiths Beach.

At beaches south of these locations, there have been significant whale carcass strandings over several weeks that could raise the risk of increased shark activity.

Two surfers were attacked on Monday.

The first attack happened in the morning at Cobblestones off Gracetown and was flown to Royal Perth Hospital for surgery.Later in the day a second man was bitten by a shark offLefthanders Beach, receiving treatment for injuries to his leg.

On Wednesday, the 2018 Margaret River Pro was cancelled.

Unfavourable conditions had paused competition during Tuesday and surfing was expected to continue later in the week until the cancellation was announced.

Competing surfersItalo Ferreira and Gabriel Medina voiced their concerns on social media, saying they did not feel safe training or competing in the location.

MsGoldschmidt said that the risk of sharks in the water was something surfers were familiar with.

“Sharks are an occasional reality of WSL competitions, and of surfing in general,” she said.

“Everyone associated with our sport knows that. There have been incidents in the past -and it’s possible that there will be incidents in the future -which did not (and will not) result in the cancellation of an event.

“However, current circumstances are very unusual and troubling, and we have decided that the elevated risk during this season’s Margaret River Pro has crossed the threshold for what is acceptable.”

Beaches in the Shire of Augusta Margaret River between Ellensbrook and North Point in Gracetown reopened at 6pm on Friday after the attacks.

“Over the past few days we’ve been working closely with relevant State Government agencies to determine when beaches can reopen,” said Shire Ranger Coordinator Mick O’Regan.

“A coordinated decision has been made to reopen beaches.Agencies will be monitoring shark activity over the weekend, and we urge members of the public to please check for beach closure signs in case new closures occur.”

THE HERALD’S OPINION: Faith and flexibility in our region’s childcare

CHILDCAREmay be the hidden backbone of the modern n workforce. Parents must weigh up its price against a day’s wages, and if that balance tips, it becomes unfeasible for them. Subsequently, the sector can help decide who does and doesn’t front up for jobs tomorrow.
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On the other hand, the sector also faces its own struggles. United Voice union members walked off the job in March to protest low rates of pay, industrial action they estimated closed 320 centres and affected 30,000 families. This offers an indication of scale.

Childcare centres are also lucrative enough to drive commercial property sales, including one at Rutherford earlier this month that changed hands for more than $3.3 million.

The agents in that sale said it was one of four childcare properties they had sold in a single auction. They said $220 million worth of commercial childcare property had shifted throughout 2017.

Perhaps it is not surprising that the Catholic system will step into this space so significantly in the future. A Newcastle Herald investigation in 2016 found that Catholic school populations were rising significantly in the region, sparking expansions on existing campuses and new ones to emerge.

The Maitland-Newcastle Catholic diocese’s move into childcare makes sense, given the Catholic system is already the largest non-government educator for school students. The system already holds a degree of trust in the minds of many modern parents,despite some dark chapters in the history of the diocese and its schools.

That reassurance thatparents feel is a valuable commodity when making a decision about whom to trust with taking care of their children for hours at a time.

The frenetic school pick-up is simplified with childcare for all ages basing itself on the same site. Likewise, the familiar surrounds are likely less daunting for children as they progress through the ranks of our schools towards their graduation.

Greater flexibilityfor our region’s parents ultimately gives the region a greater workforce, spilling on economic benefits across multiple sectors. While the diocese’s expansion is no doubt backed by their own business case, it will likely be welcomed by many employers further afield.

There will no doubt be a plethora of parents grateful for the option of one less stop on the way to work.

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