GALLERY: Cute and unusual at Morisset Show

CREATURES great and small were the centre of attention at Morisset Show yesterday.
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A pet show attracted animals including dogs, ferrets, rabbits, chickens, ducks, guinea pigs and even a few insects.

Pet show co-ordinator Marie Kildey said it included prizes for the cutest, ugliest, smallest and most unusual pets, along with the best trick.

Ashleigh Thompson and Taylah Browne, both of the Central Coast with Trixie the dog and Figit the ferret at the Morisset Show. Picture: Dean Osland

Star Fitzgerald, 5, of Budgewoi, at the Morisset Show. Picture: Dean Osland

Karen Scott. of Martinsville. with her dog Sophie at the Morisset Show. Picture: Dean Osland

Nicole Wilson, of Sydney, with her dog Jamahl, at the Morisset Show. Picture: Dean Osland

Cate Frogley, of Central Coast, with her dog Rose, which won the cutest dog prize at the Morisset Show. Picture: Dean Osland

Brigitte and Gabrielle Simmons, of the Central Coast, with their dogs Poppy and Honey at the Morisset Show. Picture: Dean Osland

Jason Astbury, of Sassafras stud on the Central Coast, at the Morisset Show. Picture: Dean Osland

Kevin Desborough, of Mount Vincent, with his Olive Double Factor Rainbow Lorikeets at the Morisset Show. Picture: Dean Osland

Danielle Slade, of the Central Coast, with Thomas, 4, and his horse Blackie at the Morisset Show. Picture: Dean Osland

Rebecca Taylor, of Cooranbong, with her horse Dottie at the Morisset Show. Picture: Dean Osland

‘‘It brings a smile to everyone’s faces,’’ Ms Kildey said of the show.

She particularly enjoyed seeing children show their dogs doing tricks.

‘‘They put a lot of time into it,’’ she said.

‘‘The event gives them an opportunity to show a crowd what they’ve achieved.’’

Cate Frogley’s chihuahua, named Rose, won the cutest pet contest.

Catherine Frogley said her daughter Cate, aged 11, ‘‘got up early to prepare, and gave Rose a bath and groomed her’’.

Ms Frogley said that Rose was indeed a ‘‘cute, confident little dog’’.

The agricultural show, in its 59th year, recovered from Saturday’s rain to attract a good crowd yesterday.

Other animals on display included horses, cattle, poultry and goats.

‘‘The show had a real country feel of a traditional agricultural show,’’ Ms Kildey said.

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NSW ALP to ban notorious block votes by factions

A key aspect of the system which has entrenched the power of the NSW Labor party’s notorious Right faction will be banned in a major reform announced by the opposition leader, John Robertson.
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The practice of factions “binding” their MPs, or forcing them to vote as a block on an issue, has been identified as one way the controversial powerbroker Eddie Obeid maintained his influence over the former Labor government.

The former Premier, Morris Iemma, told the Independent Commission Against Corruption last November that Mr Obeid was a leader of a sub-grouping within the Right faction, nicknamed the Terrigals.

The Terrigals dominated the Right faction caucus, which in turn dominated the full caucus.

The decision of the Right faction to “bind” its MPs on issues being voted on in the general Labor caucus subsequently delivered Mr Obeid enormous power to influence government decision-making.

At a Labor party forum in Parramatta this morning, Mr Robertson said the practice “stood in the way” of open debate among MPs in the caucus.

“I will not allow a small minority to leverage the factional system to make decisions on behalf of the majority,” he said.

Mr Robertson announced that at the next Labor caucus meeting he would move an amendment to change the party rules to ban factions from binding their MPs.

“Labor has a long tradition of caucus solidarity where issues are debated fiercely in the party room and members leave united behind one position,” he told the Parramatta meeting.

“This system only works when MPs are free to argue for what they believe is right. I will end the practice whereby a faction can lock MPs into voting a certain way, before the caucus has even considered the issue.”

The announcement is part of a six-point reform plan outlined by Mr Robertson today, before Mr Obeid gives evidence on Monday to the ICAC.

The commission is investigating allegations that the family of Mr Obeid corruptly stood to make tens of millions of dollars from coal mining exploration leases issued by his colleague, the former mining minister, Ian Macdonald.

Mr Robertson lamented the way the ICAC hearings were distracting from cuts to services being made by the Premier, Barry O’Farrell.

He said he would set “a new standard” for a re-elected Labor government under his leadership

Income disclosures

This move included requiring all Labor MPs to disclose their taxable income, including from investments, trusts, outside business interests and parliamentary salaries.

Under the current rules, MPs are required to disclose sources of additional income but not the amount.

“The President of the United States does it, the UK Prime Minister does it and under Labor in Government – every MP in NSW will have to tell you about their income,” Mr Robertson said.

As well, MPs would be required to not only declare to the parliament their pecuniary interests, but also those of their spouse and dependents.

“These changes will make it harder for MPs to conceal conflicts of interest and hide unexplained wealth,” he said.

Mr Robertson said he would impose the new requirement on MPs in his shadow cabinet from March 31 and would lodge his own pecuniary interest declaration reflecting the changes, including his taxable income, by the end of February.

He called on Mr O’Farrell to implement the changes immediately.

Policing new rules

Mr Robertson announced that a Labor government in NSW would introduce an Inspector General for Parliamentary Standards to police the new regime.

The opposition leader also revealed that Labor MPs would be banned from holding second jobs – a proposal which was rejected by shadow cabinet on Tuesday.

Labor’s deputy leader in the upper house, Adam Searle, would be one of the most affected by the proposal as he has continued in private practice since being elected to Parliament in 2011.

At Tuesday’s shadow cabinet meeting he told Mr Robertson he had an agreement with the NSW Labor Party allowing him to run his practice after becoming an MP. He believed the change would breach that.

A spokeswoman for Mr Robertson said shadow cabinet endorsed the change on Saturday.

Mr Robertson also said that under a Labor government ministers would be required to publish a monthly diary online, “to disclose every meeting, phone conversation or other interaction with a lobbyist, private company or MP that relates to a commercial decision or transaction.”

In other changes, all mining licences would have to be approved by cabinet and an independent probity panel would be established to scrutinise the granting of all new exploration licences.

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Danger does not compute in cyber war

THE number of serious cyber attacks investigated by Canberra’s defence spy agency doubled last year, new figures show, as security experts warn of dangerous complacency in the Australian community about data protection.
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Cyber specialists say many people and businesses take a lax approach to security because they do not think their secrets are worthy of the interest of hackers. But they ignore the danger of ”big data” mining, in which criminals and foreign intelligence agencies vacuum up massive amounts of seemingly innocent, disparate data and weave it together into information that can be exploited, they say.

The number of ”cyber incidents” against government and big business networks reported to the federal government’s Cyber Security Operations Centre rose from 1260 in 2011 to 1790 last year – a jump of 42 per cent.

Those deemed serious enough for the CSOC – part of the top-secret Defence Signals Directorate – to carry out investigations more than doubled, from 310 in 2011 to 685 last year.

A spokesman for the Defence Department declined to go into detail about the attacks as it could ”jeopardise ongoing investigations … and the ability to protect information and networks”.

A separate government agency, the Computer Emergency Response Team, or CERT, logged 7300 attacks against the private sector last year. Many were routine, a spokesman said, but many were ”more serious incidents … such as sophisticated and targeted attacks”.

Common types of hacking were ”denial of service” attacks in which a company’s system is crashed, or ”ransomware” in which attackers encrypt a company’s data and demand money to release it. Eastern European gangs have recently carried out a spate of such attacks on businesses ranging from banks to panel beaters.

The new figures follow the announcement 10 days ago by Prime Minister Julia Gillard that cybersecurity would be among the government’s top national security priorities. It will set up a new Australian Cyber Security Centre, bringing together the major intelligence and law enforcement agencies.

This week, The New York Times said its systems had been infiltrated by Chinese hackers – with possible ties to the Chinese military – after the paper revealed that Premier Wen Jiabao’s family had a personal fortune of $2.7 billion.

Brett Biddington, a cyber security expert from Edith Cowan University and a former RAAF officer, said growing reliance on the internet meant vulnerability was increasing, yet most people weren’t taking the danger seriously.

”We haven’t figured out yet that we sit in front of a computer terminal, we are not in a private domain,” he said. ”The minute you touch the keyboard you are in a public space and that penny hasn’t dropped across our society as it needs to.”

In particular, information aggregation was giving cyber criminals and foreign agencies potent new weapons. ASIO boss David Irvine warned in a speech last year that people should not ”take comfort” thinking their personal data was harmless.

Alastair MacGibbon, a former Australian Federal Police officer now with Canberra University’s Centre for Internet Safety, said so much personal data had been stolen in recent years that its value on black markets had fallen. Now criminals were crunching it into more valuable packages, so instead of just stealing money from one person, they could use all of their personal information to create a false bank account which could then be used for bigger crimes.

”Take as much as you can because you never know when it’s going to be useful – you can aggregate it and start building up a profile. Crooks do it. Governments do it,” he said.

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Coalition to hand ASIO power over refugees

ASIO will have unfettered powers to brand refugees a security risk to Australia under a Coalition government – condemning more than 50 people presently held in detention to a legal black hole.
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Refugees given a negative assessment by the security agency will lose their only form of appeal to the secret finding, with the Coalition pledging to scrap a review introduced by Labor last October for a retired judge to examine their case. ”I also do not believe that ASIO rulings should be reviewable,” chief opposition whip Warren Entsch said in a letter responding to a campaign urging the release of refugees held with the adverse assessments. ”The current processes that ASIO go through are already incredibly sensitive and we rely on them absolutely.”

The plan to abandon the review process would enshrine a form of indefinite detention for people judged to be refugees but not permitted release into the community.

The highest profile of these detainees, Tamil woman Ranjini, gave birth to a child last month and remains locked up in Sydney with her other two young boys. Ranjini had lived freely in Victoria for a year until last May before ASIO made its determination and she was incarcerated. She is not permitted to know the reasons for the adverse assessment, but it is believed to involve her former husband, a driver with the separatist Tamil Tigers who was killed during Sri Lanka’s civil war.

Several Tamil refugees have been held for more than three years since arriving in Australia, with self-harm common among the group.

Countries are extremely reluctant to accept any refugee judged a security threat by another nation’s security services.

The fairness of the ASIO findings was challenged in the High Court last year and Labor subsequently granted a right to have the assessments reviewed by a former federal court judge. Despite the changes, Labor MPs are still uneasy with the system and at least one backbencher has pledged to raise Ranjini’s case in Parliament.

Fewer than 1 per cent of all ASIO assessments turn out to have an adverse finding but with the growing surge in asylum seeker arrivals in the past few years, the number of refugees held in indefinite detention has grown.

Shadow immigration spokesman Scott Morrison said in a statement the Coalition does not support release into the community of people judged by ASIO to be a national security risk.

”We believe the government of the day must rely on those assessments, and their procedures and processes are very important.”

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Parents face laptop slug as funds run dry

Schools are telling parents they must lease laptops for their children this year. Schools are telling parents they must lease laptops for their children this year.
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Rudd giveaway gripes: students slam ‘slow’ laptopsToss-up: notebooks for students

THE federal government’s scheme providing high school students with laptop computers is on the brink of collapse, leaving parents with hefty bills and educators with a chaotic start to the school year.

Schools are already telling parents they must lease approved laptops for pupils this year, at a cost of hundreds of dollars. Some are telling students to bring their own computers, raising a raft of problems around internet capacity, security and provision of software, as well as placing pressure on low-income families.

Principals told Fairfax Media laptops were now essential for all students and they were being forced to shift the cost of providing them onto parents.

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Northcote High School principal Kate Morris urged the state and federal governments to commit to funding for the program or provide a clear plan for the future as the uncertainty was ”unfair to parents, unfair to teachers, unfair to students”.

”Any reduction in funding or resources is something that will be felt deeply by the school,” Ms Morris said. ”We are looking at … both leasing arrangements and students bringing their own devices, as well as providing specifically tailored devices for programs such as multimedia and art classes, but without knowing if the laptops scheme is coming or going it is very difficult to make plans.”

In 2007, as a key election promise – reiterated by Labor in 2010 – then prime minister Kevin Rudd promised all high school students would receive a laptop, a ”21st century toolbox”, but funding for the program finishes in June.

A spokeswoman for School Education Minister Peter Garrett would not make a commitment on future funding, saying the five-year program had been ”delivered on time and within budget”, with 957,805 computers purchased nationally at a cost of $2.4 billion.

The program also provided schools with up to $1500 per computer for maintenance costs.

Educators say without the federal funding, the promise of a computer for every student would not be able to be maintained and Labor’s digital revolution would be compromised.

Victorian Association of State Secondary Principals president Frank Sal said it would not be feasible for schools to continue providing computers for all students when the funding dried up.

”The real question … is what is going to happen in the future?” he said. ”How are we going to provide IT in schools? A long-term funding contingency plan was never put in place and with the funding about to cease, quite suddenly, we need now to look as a whole – schools, teachers, parents and all levels of government – at new ways to provide computers, which was now a basic and necessary school requirement.”

Individual schools have been left to come up with their own solutions to the crisis, some have funding to provide laptops this year, but the budget in most schools has already been exhausted.

Mt Erin College in Frankston has told parents they must purchase laptops through a supplier for $1341, or rent-to-buy with monthly payments of $50.

Balwyn High students have been informed they must pay a bond and rent a laptop for three years, at $50 a month.

At Glen Waverley Secondary College, principal Gerry Schiller said all year 7 students had been told to lease or buy an iPad. ”In the absence of the federal funding, the only way we can do it is by asking parents to provide the device that the student is going to use,” he said.

Norwood Secondary College principal Vin Virtue said he had not yet told parents how to approach the issue as the school was still awaiting information on whether funding for laptops would continue. ”If the federal government isn’t going to fund it, then who is?” he said. ”Our other plans would involve costs to parents.”

Around the country, several other schools have adopted a ”Bring Your Own Device” program, but stated they could not provide maintenance support and may not be able to use school-supplied software.

A Parents Victoria spokeswoman said school budgets and parents’ pockets were under pressure from cuts by the state government and it wasn’t feasible to ask parents, especially low-income families, to pay for computers.

Despite Prime Minister Julia Gillard’s boast that under her government all senior secondary students could access a computer at school ”without their parents having to put their hand in their pocket”, the program has been dogged since its inception by complaints that the technology has been outdated almost as soon as it was delivered and schools were not provided with the necessary IT resources and infrastructure.

Joseph Sweeney, who is the author of a new education report, Bring Your Own Device In Education, that assesses the ”digital divide” between students with new and older technology, says Labor’s digital revolution was meant to close the equity gap and that the policy was close to failure because of the ”uncertainty and unsustainability of funding for one-to-one student laptop programs”.

”It’s fine if your family can afford a computer. But if those funds are not there for you in the family then you’re not going to have a computer in the school. Therefore, are you at an educational disadvantage?”

The state and territory governments have also flagged as an immediate crisis the need for extra taxpayer funding to replace hundreds of thousands of outdated computers which are virtually useless in classrooms.

Almost a quarter of them will need to be replaced this year or next.

The federal government has allocated the states and territories $200 million in 2012-13 to maintain and replace computers up until July.

Victoria needs $265 million in federal funds to maintain and replace the 142,000 computers, laptops and iPads in state schools over the next four years, and double the $29.5 million allocated to begin replacing 33,000 school computers this year.

A spokesman for Victorian Premier Ted Baillieu said the ”true cost” of maintaining and replacing obsolete computers would be $66 million a year.

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Parents face laptop slug as funds run dry

Schools are telling parents they must lease laptops for their children this year. Schools are telling parents they must lease laptops for their children this year.
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Rudd giveaway gripes: students slam ‘slow’ laptopsToss-up: notebooks for students

THE federal government’s scheme providing high school students with laptop computers is on the brink of collapse, leaving parents with hefty bills and educators with a chaotic start to the school year.

Schools are already telling parents they must lease approved laptops for pupils this year, at a cost of hundreds of dollars. Some are telling students to bring their own computers, raising a raft of problems around internet capacity, security and provision of software, as well as placing pressure on low-income families.

Principals told Fairfax Media laptops were now essential for all students and they were being forced to shift the cost of providing them onto parents.

Know more? Email us

Northcote High School principal Kate Morris urged the state and federal governments to commit to funding for the program or provide a clear plan for the future as the uncertainty was ”unfair to parents, unfair to teachers, unfair to students”.

”Any reduction in funding or resources is something that will be felt deeply by the school,” Ms Morris said. ”We are looking at … both leasing arrangements and students bringing their own devices, as well as providing specifically tailored devices for programs such as multimedia and art classes, but without knowing if the laptops scheme is coming or going it is very difficult to make plans.”

In 2007, as a key election promise – reiterated by Labor in 2010 – then prime minister Kevin Rudd promised all high school students would receive a laptop, a ”21st century toolbox”, but funding for the program finishes in June.

A spokeswoman for School Education Minister Peter Garrett would not make a commitment on future funding, saying the five-year program had been ”delivered on time and within budget”, with 957,805 computers purchased nationally at a cost of $2.4 billion.

The program also provided schools with up to $1500 per computer for maintenance costs.

Educators say without the federal funding, the promise of a computer for every student would not be able to be maintained and Labor’s digital revolution would be compromised.

Victorian Association of State Secondary Principals president Frank Sal said it would not be feasible for schools to continue providing computers for all students when the funding dried up.

”The real question … is what is going to happen in the future?” he said. ”How are we going to provide IT in schools? A long-term funding contingency plan was never put in place and with the funding about to cease, quite suddenly, we need now to look as a whole – schools, teachers, parents and all levels of government – at new ways to provide computers, which was now a basic and necessary school requirement.”

Individual schools have been left to come up with their own solutions to the crisis, some have funding to provide laptops this year, but the budget in most schools has already been exhausted.

Mt Erin College in Frankston has told parents they must purchase laptops through a supplier for $1341, or rent-to-buy with monthly payments of $50.

Balwyn High students have been informed they must pay a bond and rent a laptop for three years, at $50 a month.

At Glen Waverley Secondary College, principal Gerry Schiller said all year 7 students had been told to lease or buy an iPad. ”In the absence of the federal funding, the only way we can do it is by asking parents to provide the device that the student is going to use,” he said.

Norwood Secondary College principal Vin Virtue said he had not yet told parents how to approach the issue as the school was still awaiting information on whether funding for laptops would continue. ”If the federal government isn’t going to fund it, then who is?” he said. ”Our other plans would involve costs to parents.”

Around the country, several other schools have adopted a ”Bring Your Own Device” program, but stated they could not provide maintenance support and may not be able to use school-supplied software.

A Parents Victoria spokeswoman said school budgets and parents’ pockets were under pressure from cuts by the state government and it wasn’t feasible to ask parents, especially low-income families, to pay for computers.

Despite Prime Minister Julia Gillard’s boast that under her government all senior secondary students could access a computer at school ”without their parents having to put their hand in their pocket”, the program has been dogged since its inception by complaints that the technology has been outdated almost as soon as it was delivered and schools were not provided with the necessary IT resources and infrastructure.

Joseph Sweeney, who is the author of a new education report, Bring Your Own Device In Education, that assesses the ”digital divide” between students with new and older technology, says Labor’s digital revolution was meant to close the equity gap and that the policy was close to failure because of the ”uncertainty and unsustainability of funding for one-to-one student laptop programs”.

”It’s fine if your family can afford a computer. But if those funds are not there for you in the family then you’re not going to have a computer in the school. Therefore, are you at an educational disadvantage?”

The state and territory governments have also flagged as an immediate crisis the need for extra taxpayer funding to replace hundreds of thousands of outdated computers which are virtually useless in classrooms.

Almost a quarter of them will need to be replaced this year or next.

The federal government has allocated the states and territories $200 million in 2012-13 to maintain and replace computers up until July.

Victoria needs $265 million in federal funds to maintain and replace the 142,000 computers, laptops and iPads in state schools over the next four years, and double the $29.5 million allocated to begin replacing 33,000 school computers this year.

A spokesman for Victorian Premier Ted Baillieu said the ”true cost” of maintaining and replacing obsolete computers would be $66 million a year.

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Hoop bounces up to snatch victory

Patience … Tommy Berry on Diamond Drille.Christian Reith shrugged off a misadventure on barrier problem child Parfuri to lift Gold Epona to a last-stride win in the Australian Turf Club Handicap (1200m). Barely 40 minutes after escaping injury when highly touted Darley juvenile and late scratching Parfuri reared and then sat down in the stalls before the first race, Reith squeezed enough out of Kris Lees’s mare to beat Almighty Charge and Adaboy Ross in a blanket finish. ”I said to Kris after she won at Wyong, ‘She’s in for a good prep’,” Reith said. ”I think if the track wasn’t this heavy she picks up the other two quite quickly. It took just a little bit longer in the wet.” Lees, who revealed that promising stayer Award Season was heading south for the Mornington Cup, saved Gold Epona for the race after she was entered at Wyong on Thursday. ”She drew the outside gate in the last race on what we thought would be a cutting-up track, but it raced quite well there,” he said. ‘
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BERRY’S PATIENCE PAYS

A patient ride and the removal of blinkers aided Diamond Drille in halting the unbeaten run of a pair of Chris Waller fillies in the tab杭州夜网m.au Handicap (1400m). Tommy Berry angled the Al Maher three-year-old to the centre of the track, swamping Waller’s Royal Descent in the final 100 metres, with bush filly Al Nova sticking on well for second. ”She’s probably a couple of classes better in the wet,” Berry said of Diamond Drille after wearing the same colours made famous by the soon-to-be-resuming Pierro. ”Taking the blinkers off was a massive asset, because the pace was very muddling. Every time I asked her to come back she really relaxed, and she still did a few things wrong wanting to hang in. Once we straightened up at the 200m, she really let down well. She’s a horse going places.” Royal Descent and resuming stablemate Hoybell had unblemished records from two starts each before Saturday. ”She got through it all right, but just didn’t have the dash,” Royal Descent jockey Corey Brown said.

PIERRO’S PARTNER

Mark Newnham hasn’t ridden in a race for almost 18 months, but he will be the envy of almost every jockey in Australia when he partners Pierro in the horse’s first public outing in three months on Tuesday. Racing’s first lady, Gai Waterhouse, said Newnham, her stable foreman, would be legged aboard the flashy colt for a morning hitout at Rosehill. Pierro’s regular partner, Nash Rawiller, is edging towards a return to the saddle from a broken ankle suffered in December. ”You’ll see him here on Tuesday trialling, and I’m bringing out of retirement Mark Newnham,” Waterhouse declared. ”Because Nash is indisposed I wanted a jockey who knew the horse well, so Mark’s coming out of retirement to ride him.” Newnham joked with Rawiller, who was trackside with TVN commitments, that he wouldn’t be handing over the reins once he had them.

JON KEEPS BOSS HAPPY

Veteran rider Jon Grisedale was seen leaving the Rosehill stewards’ room at high speed yesterday, and with good reason. The Kembla Grange-based jockey had just finished piloting Power Alert in the two-year-old race but barely had time to discuss the horse’s effort. He was straight back on the road bound for Wollongong, where he had an important booking for his wife and local trainer Donna. The trip was worthwhile. Grisedale finished second on longshot Bruadar at Kembla, presumably to the delight of his wife, and won on Beaurockasawrus two races later.

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Black magic is still there

CHAMPION mare Black Caviar may not have broken any records in her leisurely public gallop at Caulfield on Saturday but her demeanour and physical appearance thrilled her trainer, Peter Moody.
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After the six-year-old mare strode over 800 metres in front of an adoring crowd, Moody said that the condition of the world’s fastest mare was better than it had been in the past two or three seasons.

”We were here today just to see how she handles it and she was perfect,” he said. ”We wanted to see any negativity, and there wasn’t any. She’s had eight months out and I must say that she’s going into her first run in 14 days in terrific overall condition.

”We wanted to be sure that we weren’t kidding ourselves by bringing her back but her muscles are perfect and there’s no heat in her knees or joints, it’s a terrific position to be in. There’s no wear and tear but that will come. That’ll just be part of her preparation. Just like her knees and joints, they’ll all be exposed to wear and tear, but at this stage, 14 days from her first race start, I couldn’t be happier.”

The leading trainer said the Black Caviar Lightning on February 16 would be her first mission but remained open-minded about any further commitments for the mare believing they had many options.

”The Lightning is our target now but there’s a race just about every week after that for her so we’ve got a bit to pick from,” he said. ”And if she falls in in the Lightning we’ll regroup and see if we go on as we’d hate that record to be blemished.”

Moody said jockey Luke Nolen was happy with the gallop but stressed that the undefeated superstar showed ”no negativity” and enjoyed being at Caulfield for the gallop. The trainer conceded that he was happy with his star’s first public appearance since winning at Royal Ascot last year.

”We have the best sprinter in the world but we also have the best sprinters in the world [in Australia] so it’s terribly competitive and there’s always a younger one coming up, so it’s never easy,” he said. ”But having her in such condition is a wonderful start to a campaign.

”She’s not hurting anywhere, she’s happy, she’s enjoying her gallops and that’s so important.”

Black Caviar stroke over 800m with Nolen giving the winner of 22 races more rein in the straight, and she went to the line in perfect order.

The much-talked-about gallop was the first public appearance in Melbourne by Black Caviar since she raced in the Lightning Stakes at Flemington last year. The world champion will be striving to win her third Lightning Stakes, however, this time the race is named in her honour.

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Double degree not doubling job chances

UNIVERSITY students studying for an extra two years to receive ”double degrees” are only marginally improving their job prospects, new research has revealed.
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The disturbing results for double-degree graduates comes at a tough time for job-seeking graduates, with low demand for their skills amid burgeoning levels of HELP (Higher Education Loan Program) student debt.

The research, by Graduate Careers Australia, shows those completing double degrees, such as arts and law, are only 4.4 per cent more likely to land a job than their single-degree counterparts.

Graduate Careers Australia blames the scant reward for double-degree students, who generally must meet higher entrance requirements for demanding subject loads, on flat demand for graduates generally.

”The employment market for new graduates is historically low,” said Bruce Guthrie, Graduate Careers Australia research manager.

A report released last week by the Grattan Institute shows HELP scheme debt is at a record high, with $26.3 billion in outstanding loans from the Australian government to students.

Andrew Norton, the Grattan Institute’s higher education program director, said the increase was partly due to the large growth in the number of students in recent years. He also said that loans were remaining unpaid for longer as students won’t be paying off their debt for several years.

Repayments of HELP loans only kick in after graduates start earning more than $49,095 a year.

Mat Fitzgerald studied for 10 years because ”I assumed it was the only way to get a job”, he said. But four tertiary qualifications later, Mr Fitzgerald has started his own business to get the career he originally aspired to have.

”I always thought that more study meant more qualifications and that equalled more opportunity. However, I was wrong,” Mr Fitzgerald said.

”I was looking for a career change, and I was hitting brick walls because I didn’t have enough industry experience. I was qualified to the highest level in a tertiary environment but not in a practical one.”

Having now started his own marketing business he feels he can finally use all of his skills that he gained from tertiary education.

Despite the recent statistics tertiary education institutions are saying that enrolments for double degrees are as strong as ever. University of New South Wales pro vice-chancellor (students) Professor Wai Fong Chua, says students enjoy the flexibility of double degrees, and they don’t begrudge the extra time studying.

”At one level it lengthens the program but if you are training for a lifetime, so to speak, an additional year, or two, students don’t begrudge that.

”It does open up more options for the student. At 18 it’s really hard to say I definitely want to be in banking or I really want to be a doctor … it expands the students horizons and their employment options, they still could end up just being an engineer or they could end up working as an accountant,” Professor Chau said

One student about to embark on a double degree at UNSW is Ryland Joyce. He will undertake a bachelor of commerce/bachelor media (PR and advertising).

”The commerce subjects didn’t cover all the things that I wanted to learn about and a dual degree seemed to do that,” Mr Joyce said.

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How to Use Alternating Waves in a Forex Strategy (Part 1)

How to Use Alternating Waves in a Forex Strategy (Part 1) How to Use Alternating Waves in a Forex Strategy (Part 1)
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The Fibonacci number sequence is one of the more widely utilized tool by traders. We look at using the sequence in measuring the length of alternating waves. Article Summary: One Forex strategy many traders use is a technical analysis strategy of comparing the length of two alternating waves. Many times, these waves are related in distance by Fibonacci ratios. This is the first of a multi-part series for projecting wave extensions using the Fibonacci expansion tool.The Fibonacci sequence provides the foundation of trading decisions for many traders through the golden ratio. This is the first part of a multi-piece sequence on trading with Fibonacci ratios in determining price projections. Fibonacci can be a complicated subject because there are a wide variety of uses and interpretations for it. My objective of the first part of this series is to focus using Fibonacci in alternating waves. Future articles will use the length of alternating waves to aid us in determining entry and exit points of a pair. To get started, it is important to understand some common wave relationships between the alternating waves. For those who follow Elliott Wave analysis, you may find some of this familiar and a good refresher. What are Alternating Waves?In a three wave move, the alternating waves will be wave A and wave C (or if you label with numbers, wave 1 and wave 3). So in the picture below of an uptrend, the alternating waves are the first wave of the uptrend and the 2nd leg of the uptrend which happens to be the C leg of the pattern (the waves colored in blue).So when referencing alternating waves, we are referring to waves ‘1’ and ‘3’ or waves ‘A’ and ‘C’. What are the common wave relationships?There are many ratios that traders use. We will try to keep things simple and focus only on patterns showing a .618, 1.00, 1.618 or 2.618 relationship.These ratios are derived from the Fibonacci number sequence. The Fibonacci sequence is a numerical series where every number is the sum of the preceding two numbers. Here is an example of the first several Fibonacci numbers:1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, 34, 55, 89, 144, etcThe ratios mentioned at the beginning of this section are obtained by manipulating the numbers in this sequence. .618 = Take any number of the sequence and divide it by the number to the right. As this sequence becomes larger, this ratio closes in to .618% 1.618 = Take any number of the sequence and divide it by the number to the left. This ratio closes in on 1.618 as the sequence becomes larger. 2.618 = Take any number of the sequence and divide it by the number 2 positions to the left. This ratio closes in to 261.8% as the sequence becomes larger. Where is the 1.00 description?You may have noticed that the 1.00 description was not provided above. The 1.00 is not a part of the Fibonacci sequence (unless you want to get cute and take a number and divide it by itself). However, this 1.00 figure is very important when assessing alternating waves. A relationship of 1.00 means the alternating waves are equal in length which is a common wave relationship.So if the wave ‘C’ is approaching the 1.00 wave relationship, the 1.00 levels represents the price point where the length of wave ‘A’ is equal to the length of wave ‘C’. How do I find and draw the Fibonacci levels on the charts?First assess the direction of the trend. If the trend is up, we want to look for an up-down sequence to draw the Fibonacci levels on the chart. (This would represent waves A and B of the 3 wave move.) (Created using FXCM’s Marketscope 2.0 charts)Then, when prices retrace only a portion of the first up leg, this leaves the pair exposed to an upside break to new highs. Therefore, this partial retracement of the up leg becomes the ‘B’ leg of the three wave pattern. We will use the first two waves to estimate potential stopping points for the 3rd leg of the pattern.In the FXCM Marketscope charts, add the Fibonacci Expansion tool. To draw the levels on the chart first left click and drag from the beginning of the pattern to the end of the first leg (labeled ‘A’) and let go of the mouse button.Secondly, move your mouse down to the end of the second leg (labeled ‘B’ on the chart) and click again. The tool should automatically draw .618, 1.000, 1.618, 2.618 lines on your chart. These lines represent potential stopping points or resistance areas of the pattern.If these potential price projections are near other levels of resistance, then we can build confidence in establishing short positions at the resistance zone.We can use the alternating wave relationships to pinpoint potential reversal points. Above we can see how wave ‘C’ comes very close to reaching the 1.00 (which is the 100%) level then reverses. This means that wave ‘C’ was about the same length of wave ‘A’ which is common in a three wave movement. —Written by Jeremy Wagner, Head Trading Instructor, DailyFX Education Follow me on Twitter at @JWagnerFXTrader. To be added to Jeremy’s e-mail distribution list, click HERE and enter in your email information. To learn more about the Fibonacci ratios and how to use them in partial retracements, register for this free Fibonacci course that will take about 20 minutes to complete.

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