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Political thriller highlights importance of truth

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By Rama Gaind

‘Fair Game’ is an inconvenient truth that had to be told.
Directed by Doug Liman (‘The Bourne Identity’), it is based on a memoir of the same name by Valerie Plame Wilson, the high-level CIA agent who led an investigation into the existence of weapons of mass destruction in Iraq.
Her veteran diplomat husband Joe Wilson gets drawn into an investigation to substantiate an alleged sale of enriched uranium from Niger.
However, Joe writes his conclusions in a New York Times editorial and ignites controversy after the administration ignores his findings. Instead, they use it to support a call to war.
In the wake of the Iraq invasion in 2003, Valerie was controversially ’ousted’ by the Bush administration.
Naomi Watts and Sean Penn play the happily married couple, raising twins, whose friends do not suspect that Valerie works for the CIA.
When the truth gets out, the Wilsons are portrayed by the media as being anti-American and their marriage is threatened. Add to that the devastation felt by Valerie about the end of her brilliant career.
Liman gives us an absorbing film, highlighting the need for accountability by government toward society.
This political thriller, which emphasises the vital importance of truth, also features great performances by Penn and Watts.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1
First of the two-part film adaptation by director David Yates is another addition to the Harry Potter series. Whether it’s brilliant or not depends on whether you’re a die-hard fan.
The race is on against time and evil as Harry (Daniel Radcliffe) sets out to destroy the Horcruxes, along with Ron (Rupert Grint) and Hermione (Emma Watson). Along the way they uncover the presence of the Deathly Hallows: powerful objects in wizardry.
Now there will be many impatiently awaiting the release of Part 2 in July 2011.

The American
This dignified thriller about a burnt-out hitman (George Clooney) is a little too slow for comfort.

Be Careful What You Say…

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Learn about the power of words with this new book
The Magic and Power of Words

THEY’RE often used without a thought, but a deeper look at your choice of words can either make or break your business, finances, relationships and career.

According to Doreen and Grant Virtue, authors of the new book, Angel Words, what you say and how you say it, does have an effect upon yourself and your environment. The words you choose have a certain energy, or vibration, that go out and have the potential to subtly change everything they come in contact with.

In this book, you will discover the hidden power of words and how they can:

Influence child development:
An American medical anthropologist named W. Penn Handwerker found that those who’d received childhood accusations which began with “you” (such as “you are stupid”) are more likely to develop depression.

Speed up or slow down the recovery rate of patients:
A recent study in China supported the need for patients to only hear positive words following surgery. It was found that patients who received all-negative words from their nurses needed the most pain medication and showed other signs of increased pain compared to other groups. Patients who received positive words, however, healed and grew stronger.

Support your dreams
Positive affirmation and words with a high vibration such as, “energy”, “give”, “ask”, “admiration” versus “tired”, “take”, “demand” and “jealously” are shown to attract positive outcomes and experiences.

Doreen Virtue, Ph.D., is a spiritual doctor of psychology and fourth-generation metaphysician who works with the angelic, elemental, and ascended master realms. She is the author of 22 books on mind-body-spirit themes, including Healing with the Angels, Divine Guidance, Angel Therapy and The Lightworker’s Way.

Angel Words by Doreen Virtue and Grant Virtue
RRP: AU $19.95 NZ $25.00
ISBN: 9781401926960
Available in leading bookstores now

Outrigger complex in Noosa is region's greenest large-scale resort

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Outrigger Little Hastings Street Resort & Spa Noosa offers peaceful surrounds.
Outrigger complex in Noosa is region’s greenest large-scale resort
By Rama Gaind

Coaxing tourists from the glorious turquoise waters of Noosa’s Laguna Bay won’t be difficult now with the luxuriously peaceful and relaxing surrounds of the new $350 million Outrigger Little Hastings Street Resort & Spa.

Just 500-metres from the shoreline and surrounded by its own sea of green, the Outrigger sits above the southern end of Hastings Street tucked in beside Noosa National Park. It just takes your breath away!

Cutting a striking pose against its leafy green backdrop, the resort’s design, inspired by a Scandinavian village, features all the five-star facilities one would expect, while respecting the natural environment.

In fact, the Outrigger is the region’s greenest large-scale resort, setting the benchmark for future luxury eco-tourism developments.

The development has already received numerous design and landscaping awards, with some of the eco-friendly features including full rainwater harvesting systems, sustainable building design and materials, gas and solar powered hot water systems, gas heated pools and many energy efficient in-room facilities.

Room interiors feature unique design elements such as raked plied timber ceilings, offset by sandstone floors, indigenous art and attractive furnishings. The extensive use of glass and louvres minimises air-conditioning use, while also drawing the eye out to the national park.

The tranquil surrounds are a haven as you relax in one of the deluxe, self-contained suites, villas or penthouses. Situated on a former banana plantation, over 36,000 trees were planted as part of the re-vegetation program to form wildlife corridors to Noosa National Park that is home to over 1100 species of flora and fauna.

Tingling tastebuds
Your tastebuds will also sing with the delectable Australian and Asian fusion cuisine by French-Vietnamese executive chef Olivier Maokhamphieu.

Olivier (Ollie) combines the Asian flavours of mint, lemongrass, ginger, coriander and the crunch and texture of Vietnamese foods, with the smooth silky sauces and robust reductions of classical French fare.
His origins are as complex as the innovative dishes he has been perfecting for over three decades.

Ollie possesses an innate understanding of Asian fusion. His refined skills in seafood are displayed as a passion through his own tantalising menu at Outrigger Little Hastings Street’s a-la-carte restaurant, View on Little Hastings.

He has stitched up supply agreements with local seafood suppliers for Mooloolaba prawns, Hervey Bay scallops and other tasty morsels straight from the trawlers.

“One exception will be our oysters that are sourced from Coffin Bay,” Ollie said.
Non-seafood lovers are also in for a treat with a sumptuous range of pork, beef, chicken and vegetarian dishes along with some exquisite desserts, handmade pastries and cheeses.

Local produce is a key priority for Ollie, with seasonal fresh fruits and vegetables, herbs, meats and dairy products sourced direct from Sunshine Coast producers, growers and purveyors.

A staunch believer in not taking short cuts, Ollie and his team make everything from scratch daily, including all stocks, reductions and marinades.

“Prepping is as important as presentation,” he said. “Particular dishes are marinated for a minimum of three hours and up to 24-hours,” he added.

Ollie’s calm demeanour, combined with his passion for ‘cooking from the heart’ is infectious – so much so, that his sous chef followed him from Canberra to the sub-tropical surrounds of Noosa to work beside him at the 144-seat a-la-carte restaurant.

Ginger Factory
The Sunshine Coast has a myriad of attractions, and at the top of the list is the multi award-winning Ginger Factory. It is Queensland’s second most popular tourist attraction – after the Australia Zoo that’s home of the Crocodile Hunter – and gets 500,000 tourists per annum.

The tourism arm of the world’s largest specialty ginger processor, Buderim Ginger – the factory moved to its present site in Yadina in 1979, but kept its original name. It has been making the world’s finest ginger since 1941.

Ginger is one herb and spice that is multi-functional: it adds zest to cooking and is used in natural remedies.

However, be prepared to be astonished when you discover that there are more than 3000 products for sale because you will shop till you drop in The Ginger Shop!

Located just 90 minutes north of Brisbane, you can join an escorted tour of the factory and discover how fresh ginger makes it from the factory onto your plate. You’ll even finish the tour with a delicious tasting session of ginger-inspired snacks.

See the natural fragrant topical gardens by riding on an authentic sugar cane train, sample ginger scones in the outdoor café and when you stand at the counter of the Bliss Ice Creamery you will have fun deciding which of the 65 uniquely flavoured ice creams (churned onsite) you’ll eat.

Why not learn some special culinary techniques from Buderim Ginger Cooking School’s Michelin-star chef, Erik Van Alphen?

Erik feels that “cooking comes from the heart”.

“We should all make time to appreciate good ingredients and techniques because there is no better feeling than seeing family and loved ones sitting down and sharing meals prepared with love and care,” he said

He delights in sharing some culinary tips and tricks developed during his time owning and operating restaurants in Holland, France and the United Kingdom: the latter gaining him a Michelin star at London’s Sydney Street restaurant.

Sublime stocks made from scratch and rapturous reductions and rubs from Van Alphen are just some of the class topics from this talented man who is more in-tune with teaching the classics rather than espousing the short-cuts of commonplace ‘heat and eat’ dining.
Try your hand at making such delectable desserts as Pear Upside Down Tart with Cinnamon, Strawberry and Raspberry Mille Feuille and then there’s French classic Madagascar vanilla, orange and honey creme bruelee.

Delectable Indian cuisine
You should also make a point of dining at the new Kaali Gourmet Indian Restaurant in Little Hastings Street. Owners Arati and Nitin Bhogale provide an “authentic Indian dining experience” for patrons.

Arati elaborated on plans for the future: “Ours is not a run-of-the-mill restaurant. This is just the first edition of the menu, we will be adding a lot of new dishes and pay particular attention to presentation and quality of food. We are here to stay”.

Having worked in the hospitality industry for 15 years, Nitin and Arati own two restaurants in Brisbane – Indus in Paddington and the Curry Republic in Bardon.

'Aftershock' wins Best Feature Film at 2010 Asia Pacific Screen Awards ceremony

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Tangshan dadizheng (Aftershock) is APSA Best Feature Film for 2010.
Aftershock wins Best Feature Film at 2010 Asia Pacific Screen Awards ceremony
By Rama Gaind

It was another glittering ceremony on Queensland’s Gold Coast when winners of prestigious Asia Pacific Screen Awards (APSA) were announced at the 4th annual event on December 2.

The APSAs were attended by more than 550 filmmakers and special guests from across the Asia-Pacific region, Europe and North America.

Tangshan dadizheng (Aftershock), from the People’s Republic of China, won the Best Feature Film Award. Chinese actor Chen Daoming received the Best Performance by an Actor award for the same film, which is the highest grossing domestic film of all time at the Chinese box office.

President of the International Jury for APSA 2010, Academy-Award winning producer Lord David Puttnam, said: “The sheer variety of films and staggeringly good performances made our task very difficult indeed, in every category.

“Ultimately Aftershock won best film because, in my own view, it has everything. It is as good a ‘big’ movie as any I’ve seen from Hollywood in years. It doesn’t disappoint at any level. It has already attracted a huge audience and it has every chance of going on to capture a bigger international audience. It is incredibly moving and, at the same time, it is really an extraordinarily restrained film.and it ends beautifully.”

Best Achievement for Directing was awarded to Lee Chang-dong from the Republic of Korea for Shi (Poetry), with the Best Performance by an Actress award going to the star of the film, Yun Jung-hee. Yun Jung-hee returned to film after an absence of more than 15 years to play the leading role.

Lee Chang-dong is now a three-time APSA winner. In 2007, he accepted the Award for Best Feature Film in the inaugural Awards for Miryang (Secret Sunshine) and in 2009, for the Best Children’s Feature Film, A Brand New Life (Ya Haeng Ja).

The APSA International Jury also decided, this year, to present two Jury Grand Prizes – to Japanese actress Shinobu Terajima for her astonishing performance in the film Caterpillar (which was nominated for Best Screenplay) and to Israeli writer/director Samuel Moaz for Levanon (Lebanon).

Samuel Moaz also won the Award for Best Screenplay for Levanon (Lebanon).

Digari (The Other) from the Islamic Republic of Iran was awarded Best Children’s Feature Film. The Best Animated Feature Film award went to Piercing I, from the People’s Republic of China, while the Chinese/Canadian co-production The Last Train Home won Best Documentary Feature Film.

Best cinematography
Achievement in Cinematography was awarded to Sudhir Palsane for Vihir (The Well) from India.

Bal (Honey), from Turkey, directed and produced by Semih Kaplanoglu, received the UNESCO Award, determined by the International Jury and awarded for outstanding contribution to the promotion and preservation of cultural diversity through film.

Australian actor Tony Barry received a High Commendation from the International Jury for his performance in the New Zealand film Home By Christmas. Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole (Australia) received a High Commendation for Outstanding Technology and Special Effects.

Christine Hakim, the legendary Indonesian actress turned producer, was on the Gold Coast to receive the FIAPF Award for Outstanding Achievement in Film.

Winners for these awards were determined by an International Jury headed by Academy Award-winning producer Lord Puttnam. These awards, an initiative of the Queensland Government in Australia, in unique collaboration with UNESCO and FIAPF-International Federation of Film Producers Associations – acclaim films from 70 countries and areas; one third of the earth; and half the world’s film output. Films are judged on cinematic excellence and the way in which they attest to their cultural origins. A total of 239 films were entered in the competition by Official Submitting Organisations from the region and by invitation from the APSA Nominations Council and APSA Chairman.

Also announced were the first grants to be offered by the MPA APSA Academy Film Fund, a new initiative of the Asia Pacific Screen Awards (APSA) and the Motion Picture Association (MPA) which is available exclusively to APSA Academy members. Four writer/directors – Lee Chang-dong, Sergey Dvortsevoy, Asghar Farhadi and Peng Tao – will each receive $US25,000 to be allocated to the script development of new feature film projects.

The winners of the fourth annual Asia Pacific Screen Awards are:

BEST FEATURE FILM
Tangshan dadizheng (Aftershock)
People’s Republic of China (Mainland China / Hong Kong)
Produced by Guo Yanhong, Han Sanping, Wang Zhonjun, Peter Lam Kin Ngok, Wang Tonguan and Albert Yeung.

SCREEN INTERNATIONAL JURY GRAND PRIZE
Actress Shinobu Terajima for Caterpillar
Japan
Writer/Director Samuel Maoz for Levanon (Lebanon)
Israel/ France/Germany

ACHIEVEMENT IN DIRECTING
Lee Chang-dong for Shi (Poetry)
Republic of Korea

BEST PERFORMANCE BY ACTRESS
Yun Jung-hee for Shi (Poetry)
Republic of Korea

BEST PERFORMANCE BY ACTOR
Chen Daoming for Tangshan dadizheng (Aftershock)
People’s Republic of China (Mainland China / Hong Kong)

BEST SCREENPLAY
Samuel Maoz for Levanon (Lebanon)
Israel / France / Germany

ACHIEVEMENT IN CINEMATOGRAPHY
Sudhir Palsane for Vihir (The Well)
India

BEST CHILDREN’S FEATURE FILM
Digari (The Other)
Islamic Republic of Iran
Produced by Mohammad Ali Najafi

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE FILM
Piercing I
People’s Republic of China
Produced by Lynne Wang

BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE FILM
Last Train Home
People’s Republic of China / Canada
Produced by Mila Aung-Thwin and Daniel Cross.
Co-Produced by Bob Moore

FIAPF AWARD FOR OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN FILM
Christine Hakim
UNESCO AWARD
Bal (Honey)
Turkey / Germany
Written and directed by Semih Kaplanoglu

HIGH COMMENDATION
High Commendation for Best Performance by an Actor
Tony Barry for Home by Christmas

High Commendation for Outstanding Technology and Special Effects
Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole

The Only Good Snake Is A Dead Snake. Think Again!

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Tiger Snake (Notechis sp)
Many people have a natural aversion of snakes, while many others simply hate them. However, the negative stigma that surrounds snakes is completely undeserved. Snakes are in fact extremely beneficial animals to have around.

Snakes are absolutely paramount to the health of many eco-systems, the environment and to biodiversity. They are extremely valuable components to the ecological communities in which they live; playing several complex roles, including that of predators and prey.

The natural predatory behaviors of snakes are also extremely valuable to humans. Many snake species prey heavily on insects and rodents. When snake populations decline the populations of these prey items increases, often causing serious problems to people.

Insects and other arthropods can destroy gardens or enter people’s homes where they will be undesired. When rodent populations serge, the animals can destroy crops at an alarming rate, effecting supplies of food and industries. They can also spread many harmful diseases. It is well documented that rodents are also a cause of house fires, caused by the chewing of wires in walls and attics.

Snakes are extremely valuable because they are efficient at keeping the number of rodents and insects in check, without relying on damaging chemical pesticides which can degrade the environment and harm other animal species. Snakes are very effective at hunting such prey because they can crawl into small burrows and other areas that rodents use as shelters. These places are too small for other predators to get into.

Snakes are also helping to save the lives of millions of people every year, as the venoms from snakes are being used to create treatments for many serious health ailments like cancers, heart & stroke disease, Parkinsons, and many more.

However, despite these benefits legions of snakes are directly killed by people every year. Human fear of snakes is mainly derived from the fact that some species have the ability to inject toxic venom, or from the belief that snakes are notoriously aggressive. However, the snake’s horrible reputation is not deserved. Snakes are very shy, timid, secretive, and generally docile creatures that try to avoid conflict when ever possible.

Snakes will not make unprovoked attacks on people. When a person comes in contact with a snake, the animal’s first instinct will be to rapidly flee the area and find shelter. If the snake doesn’t do this, it may just stay perfectly still to try to blend in with the surroundings.

Even if the snake is captured, it may still not resort to biting – proof of its gentle demeanor. The snake has several harmless tactics it can resort to as an alternative to biting. The snake may hiss, make mock strikes with a closed mouth, or flail around to try and escape.

According to the University of Melbourne’s Snakebite Mortality In Australia’ (2003), death from venomous snakebite in Australia is relatively uncommon.

Similar findings have been produced on other parts of the world. An account of the true nature of snakes can be found in a study done by University of Georgia Professor Dr. Whit Gibbons. The following excerpt from Dr. Gibbons’ study speaks for itself:

All the snake species tested have had the same initial response to human presence. If given the opportunity, they escape–down a hole, under a ledge, or in the case of cottonmouth snakes, into the water. Escape is even the standard behavior of enormous diamondback rattlesnakes, which will immediately disappear if they have enough warning before they think a person can reach them. The snakes just want us to leave them alone.

Snake bites on humans usually only happen when someone is deliberately trying to provoke or harm a snake, and the animal bites purely in self defense. According to NC State University, almost 80% of snake bites happen when someone is trying to capture or kill the snake. All these facts show that snakes are not aggressive or evil animals. If you provoke and capture a wild animal, what can you expect but to be bitten since the animal is going to try to defend itself?

The key to being safe around snakes is to simply leave them alone. The following excerpt from the book Dangerous Snakes of Africa by Branch and Spawls (1995), speaks volumes: Snakes never make unprovoked attacks.

Edward R. Ricciuti’s The Snake Almanac (Lyons Press 2001), states that venomous snakes do not look for people to bite and Mark O’ Shea’s Venomous Snakes of the World (Princeton University Press 2005), proclaims that people must realize that snakes are not out to bite them but prefer to be left alone.

This is why co-existing with snakes in a respectful manner is the best policy. By doing this, both humans and the snakes can stay safe.

Matt Ellerbeck – The Snake Man
Snake Advocate & Conservationist
http://www.the-snake-man.com
Helping To Save Nature’s Most Misunderstood Creature!

The sun shines on Canberra as new winners emerge!

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Paddy Pallin Adventure Race 27 November 2010
The second Paddy Pallin Adventure Race for the 2010/11 series saw clear skies and brilliant sunshine greet competitors at the Crowne Plaza. The maps were received and the Classic teams already had smiles on their faces in anticipation for the slides on the second leg of the race. First up though there was a challenging run leg to collect 34 points worth of checkpoints amongst the long grass and rocks of the Pinnacle Reserve. It brought some of the teams unstuck, including some experienced navigators but Egos like Hairdos and The Bexton Experience took in their stride to open a four-minute lead on the rest of the field, a lead they would never surrender. Third onto the bikes were ucniss.net however they would later realise they only collected 32 points which meant they would incur a time penalty.
A fast and furious ride to Black Mountain Reserve was broken up by the activity everyone was waiting for, the waterslides!! Each team had to have three goes before continuing and in the hot conditions it was a welcome relief. By the time they climbed off their bikes Egos like Hairdos had opened a gap of one and half minutes on The Bexton Experience and VO3MAX had moved into third. Bedraggled Berra Babes had already streaked the rest of the field and had opened up a 30-minute gap on their nearest female rivals whilst AG Outdoor were leading the mixed teams.
The Autobots had a scintillating run on the Black Mountain leg moving themselves up into 3rd position. VO3MAX weren’t as quick however and went the other way, dropping to 11th overall. The other main mover for the leg was the youngsters in Team Abs. Making up for some first leg shenanigans they used their orienteering background to come out of the bush in 4th. The two teams out in front maintained their positions. A tour of the Black Mountain fire trail system brought the teams down to the lake for the kayak/run/swim leg.
The water was again a welcome relief from the heat as the leading team headed out across the water from Black Mountain peninsula to the check points along Yarramundi Reach. The leg included a brief beaching of the kayak to climb the play equipment within Weston Park before reaching the kayak drop point back at Kurrajong Point. From here it was swim back to the bikes with some teams heading North to the bike path whilst some swam straight for the bikes. It was this leg that saw Egos like Hairdos stretch the gap to The Bexton Experience out to six minutes. The fastest time for the leg however went to Kirrawee Hunting Club pitting them in a battle for 4th with Team Abs. VO3MAX had moved back into 3rd after a quick ride on the previous leg. Bedraggled Berra Babes still lead the women’s category, Marshi and Shadows were the 2nd female on course but unbeknownst to them had missed 4 check points on the Black Mountain Leg which would drop them to 3rd behind 1 Kiwi Chuck & her Pom Pom’s.
Urban terrain was up next with a question-fuelled orienteering leg within the ANU followed by a ride along the lakefront. Teams Abs got themselves back into 3rd with another strong run leg and VO3MAX again slipped back during the run leg. They more than made up for it however on a storming last bike leg to take the 3rd step on the podium behind first time winners Egos like Hairdos and The Bexton Experience. Australian Geographic Outdoor were the top mixed team and 7th overall with The Giggitys showing consistency pays off to be the 2nd mixed team and R.C. Bar Studs were third. Bedraggled Berra Babes were the dominant force in the women’s category and took 9th overall, 1 Kiwi Chuck & her Pom Pom’s were 2nd and Marshi and Shadows overcome the missed CPs to still take 3rd. The number one corporate team ucniss.net are already talking up their chances to retain their title whilst the winning family team was the Wild’s team let’s try this again shall we?
Whilst the Classic Course ended with the ANU leg, the Novice Course started with it and Doug Ashy All Stars blitzed the field to open a four-minute lead after just one leg! The second team onto the bikes were LendLease Legends, the eventual winner of the Corporate Category. The Novice teams then crossed the Black Mountain saddle on their bikes before dropping down into the transition into part of the run leg that the Classic Course had also done. Doug Ashy All Stars had stretched their lead here while behind a tense tussle was eventuating with three teams, LendLease Legends, Lost in Transit and Greedy Skinks all within a minute of each other going into the run leg.
It was LendLease Legends who emerged first from the scrub ahead of Doug Ashy All Stars whose race had unfortunately begun to unravel as they collected an incorrect check point during the leg. Greedy Skinks – also the leading male team – were five minutes behind and Lost in Transit a further two minutes back. Crank Pants lead the women’s field. Jumping in the kayaks after another ride through Black Mountain, the gap between the top three had been whittled down so that only all three were only one and a half minutes apart: it was turning into a battle royale!
Greedy Skinks must have gotten their guns pumping as the all-male team emerged from the water with the lead after passing both teams during the paddle. LendLease Legends were 2nd, one minute down and Lost in Transit had dropped from 2nd to the 3rd. With only a fast bike section left it was going to be a hectic race to the finish line. Lost in Transit must have been foxing in the kayak or saving some energy as they caught and passed both teams to take overall line and mixed team honours only 15 seconds ahead LendLease Legends, the winning corporate team, while Greedy Skinks may have lost some time over the closing stages they still won the men’s category. Cranky Pants were never troubled in winning the female category whilst the quickest family team, The Storms also rounded out the top ten overall.
Organisers would like to thank the Series sponsors for their continued support: Paddy Pallin, Fitness First, icebreaker, World Expeditions, Salomon, Suunto, Sea to Summit, Skins, Ultra FIT Magazine, Australian Geographic Outdoor Magazine, GU, Red Bull and local partners The Bike Shed and the Crowne Plaza.
The 2010-11 Series continues with the next event in the new year on 12 February 2011 in the Canberra area and the Season Grand Finale on the Central Coast on 2 April 2011. Entries are currently open online and early-bird specials are available.

For complete results and photos and to enter the other events of the Series go to: www.arocsport.com.au

MEMORIES OF CHRISTMAS

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Many have enjoyed a visit to Born in the Fifties since it’s launch earlier this year and there are plenty of great comments to read on many topics so take some time and visit www.borninthefifties.com.au
MEMORIES OF CHRISTMAS is the Memory of the Month so have some fun and remember a time when you found money in the Christmas pudding, a hot roast meal was always served no matter how hot the weather and it was possibly the only time you ate chicken. It is an easy to use website, lots of fun, with no cost involved and no membership required.
Join the fun and take a stroll down memory lane for a while.

A Walks Down Memory Lane

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Many people are enjoying a stroll down memory lane on an exciting new website created for anyone Born in the 1940’s or the years before. Join the the fun and visit www.bornintheforties.com.au as it is a fun easy to use website with no cost involved and no membership required.
Do you remember the first car you owned or the first job after leaving school? Read all the great comments already posted and leave a few as well. Take a look at the Memory of the Month – MEMORIES OF CHRISTMAS – remember the fun of eating Christmas pudding and finding money in your slice.
Take a look and enjoy your visit – Robyn

Thanks Dad Draw Your Dad Competition

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Thanks Dad
Win Gifts for you and Dad for Christmas – just Draw it!
At Thanks Dad Photo Competition we like to celebrate the wonderful things men do with their children – and hope to encourage more men to spend fun times with their children. We don’t just want to thank the Dads, but also the really important grandfathers, uncles, step dads, foster dads and older brothers who mean so much to so many children

We receive some lovely little sketches that children draw of themselves and their dads and we thought it would be great to run a seperate competition to encourage children to send in a drawing of themselves and their dad, uncle, grandad or other important man in their lives. Age will be taken into consideration in judging. Entries can be either scanned and emailed to us at tdp@ycnc.com.au or post to us at Thanks Dad National Photo Competition, P.O. Box 1005, Lismore, NSW 2480.

There will be 2 winners who will receive Prizes of $50 Book vouchers for each of their lucky dads (or uncles, grandads etc) that they can give for Christmas as well as vouchers for $25 for the lucky children to choose a great book – perhaps on drawing! – for themselves. The organisers reserve the right to increase the number of prizes if we receive sufficient numbers of entries!

Entries close on 20th December and winners will be notified on the 21st December 2010. For more information on Thanks Dad please go to www.thanksdadphotos.org.au . The National Thanks Dad Photo Competition is a non-profit, community initiative auspiced by Youth Connections North Coast, Lismore NSW, Funded by FaHCSIA-Family Relationship Services Program- Men & Family Relationships.

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Impressive list of nominees for Asia Pacific Screen Awards on December 2

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APSA chairman Des Power and Australian Ambassador to France David Ritchie at the launch of the awards at Cannes in 2010.
Impressive list of nominees for Asia Pacific Screen Awards on December 2
By Rama Gaind

The fourth annual Asia Pacific Screen Awards (APSA) will be held on Australia’s Gold Coast on December 2, 2010.

APSA is an international cultural initiative of the Queensland State Government, Australia, through Events Queensland.

In a unique collaboration it brings together Paris-based UNESCO and FIAPF (International Federation of Film Producers Associations).

The nominees in the fourth annual Asia Pacific Screen Awards are:

BEST FEATURE FILM

Tangshan dadizheng (Aftershock)
People’s Republic of China (Mainland China / Hong Kong)
Produced by Guo Yanhong, Han Sanping, Wang Zhonjun, Peter Lam Kin Ngok, Wang Tonguan and Albert Yeung.

Bal (Honey)
Turkey/Germany
Produced by Semih Kaplanoðlu.
Co-produced by Johannes Rexin, Bettina Brokemper.

Mengjia (Monga)
Taiwan
Produced by Lee Lieh and Doze Niu Chen-zer.

Paju
Republic of Korea
Produced by Kim Ju-kyung and Lee Eun.

Shi (Poetry)
Republic of Korea
Produced by Lee Joon-dong.

BEST CHILDREN’S FEATURE FILM

Boy
New Zealand
Produced by Ainsley Gardiner, Cliff Curtis and Emanuel Micheal.
Co-produced by Merata Mita.

Bran Nue Dae
Australia
Produced by Robyn Kershaw and Graeme Isaac.

Shui Yuet Sun Tau (Echoes of the Rainbow)
Hong Kong (People’s Republic of China)
Produced by Mabel Cheung.
Co-produced by Candy Leung.

Digari (The Other)
Islamic Republic of Iran
Produced by Mohammad Ali Najafi.

Udaan
India
Produced by Sanjay Singh, Anurag Kashyap and Ronnie Screwvala.
Co-produced by Aarti Bajaj, Zarina Mehta, Deven Khote and Siddarth Roy Kapur.

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE FILM

Ibara no Ou (King of Thorn)
Japan
Produced by Yasumasa Tsuchiya.

Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole
Australia/USA
Produced by Zareh Nalbandian.

Mai Mai Shinko to Sennen no Maho (Mai Mai Miracle)
Japan
Produced by Tomohiko Iwase, Miho Ichii and Ryoichiro Matsuo.

Hottarake no Shima – Haruka to Maho no Kagami (Oblivion Island: Haruka and the Magic Mirror)
Japan
Produced by Mitsuhisa Ishikawa and Chihiro Kameyama.

Piercing I
People’s Republic of China
Produced by Lynne Wang.

BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE FILM

12 Angry Lebanese: The Documentary
Lebanon
Produced by Zeina Daccache.

Budrus
Palestinian Territories/Israel/USA
Produced by Ronit Avni, Julia Bacha and Rula Salameh.
Co-produced by Sandi DuBowski and Darius Fisher.

Enemies of the People
Cambodia/United Kingdom
Produced by Robert Lemkin and Thet Sambath.

Karamay
People’s Republic of China
Produced by Zhu Rikun

Last Train Home
People’s Republic of China/Canada
Produced by Mila Aung-Thwin and Daniel Cross.
Co-produced by Bob Moore.

BEST SCREENPLAY

Su Xiaowei for Tangshan dadizheng (Aftershock)
People’s Republic of China (Mainland China/Hong Kong)

Hisako Kurosawa and Koji Wakamatsu for Caterpillar
Japan

Nir Bergman for Ha’dikduk ha’pnimi (Intimate Grammar)
Israel

Samuel Maoz for Levanon (Lebanon)
Israel/France/Germany

Lee Chang-dong for Shi (Poetry)
Republic of Korea

ACHIEVEMENT IN CINEMATOGRAPHY

Lu Yue for Tangshan dadizheng (Aftershock)
People’s Republic of China (Mainland China/Hong Kong)

Bariþ Özbiçer for Bal (Honey)
Turkey/Germany

Jake Pollock for Mengjia (Monga)
Taiwan

Santosh Sivan and V. Manikandan for Raavan
India

Sudhir Palsane for Vihir (The Well)
India

BEST PERFORMANCE BY ACTRESS

Xu Fan for Tangshan dadizheng (Aftershock)
People’s Republic of China (Mainland China/Hong Kong)

Tejaswini Pandit for Mee Sindhutai Sakpal (I am Sindhutai Sakpal)
India

Seo Woo for Paju
Republic of Korea

Yun Jung-hee for Shi (Poetry)
Republic of Korea

Yu Nan for Fang Zhi Gu Niang (Weaving Girl)
People’s Republic of China

BEST PERFORMANCE BY ACTOR

Chen Daoming for Tangshan dadizheng (Aftershock)
People’s Republic of China (Mainland China/Hong Kong)

Tony Barry for Home by Christmas
New Zealand

Sergei Puskepalis for Kak ya provel etim letom (How I Ended This Summer)
Russian Federation

Mark Ivanir for The Human Resources Manager
Israel/Germany/France/Romania

Atul Kulkarni for Natarang
India

ACHIEVEMENT IN DIRECTING

Feng Xiaogang for Tangshan dadizheng (Aftershock)
People’s Republic of China (Mainland China/Hong Kong)

Semih Kaplanoðlu for Bal (Honey)
Turkey/Germany

Doze Niu Chen-zer for Mengjia (Monga)
Taiwan

Lee Chang-dong for Shi (Poetry)
Republic of Korea

Wang Quan An for Fang Zhi Gu Niang (Weaving Girl)
People’s Republic of China

Three additional major awards will be presented for outstanding achievement:

1. FIAPF Award FIAPF – International Federation of Film Producers Associations will determine the winner of the award for outstanding achievement in film in the Asia-Pacific region.

2. UNESCO Award* The United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Award for outstanding contribution to the promotion and preservation of cultural diversity through film.

3. Screen International Jury Grand Prize* The Jury can, at its discretion, present a further award: the Jury Grand Prize.

In addition, the APSA NETPAC Development Prize will be awarded ahead of the APSA Ceremony – a prize of US$5000 offered by APSA in collaboration with the Network for the Promotion of Asian Cinema (NETPAC) to a filmmaker from within the pool of nominees. The recipient of the APSA NETPAC Development Prize is decided by three members of the APSA Nominations Council who are also NETPAC members and is designed to nurture new and rising talent in the region.

*Nominees and nominated films from all award categories are eligible for these prizes to be decided by the APSA Jury.

Restoring near vision in the blink of an eye

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More than 1.7 million Australians living with presbyopia (age-related loss of near vision) are set to benefit from the launch of Australia’s first laser eye treatment that can eliminate the need for reading glasses in just 20 seconds.
The groundbreaking IntraCORT procedure uses a minimally invasive laser to reshape the cornea without damaging the outer layers of the eye. Because the procedure requires no general anaesthetic, injections, or blades, it promotes fast healing, with a minimal risk of infection and can significantly improve near vision one day post-procedure.
According to ophthalmic surgeon and Australian pioneer of this breakthrough technology, Dr Kerrie Meades, presbyopia is one of Australia’s most common eye conditions.
“To date, the only treatments available to correct near vision were reading glasses, contact lenses or invasive laser eye surgery,” said Dr Meades.
“Conventional laser eye surgery typically involves cutting open the outer layers of the eye in order to direct the laser to the inner cornea. This method results in longer healing times and higher risks of infection.
“With the IntraCORTM procedure, no surgical cuts to the outer eye or removal of tissue is required,” Dr Meades said.
“The procedure is quick and painless, taking just 20 seconds to perform.”
Without damaging the outer layers of the eye, the non-surgical procedure involves delivering a painless laser beam directly into the stroma (deep layer of the cornea), where gas bubbles form into microscopic rings.
The gas bubbles dissolve within two-to-three hours post-surgery. When the cornea clears, distance vision returns, and the patient may immediately notice a change in near vision. By the end of the first day post-procedure, patients can already see an improvement in their near vision.
As the entire pattern of applied laser depends on the patient’s visual disturbance, the result is a personalised and accurate treatment with minimal risk of infection.
“The IntraCORTM procedure not only improves near vision, but can also enhance distance vision in some instances. Also, the shadow or halo effect in night time vision associated with conventional treatments is significantly reduced with this new procedure,” said Dr Meades.
“This is the first time this level of visual independence has been achieved without invasive laser surgery. The improvements to quality of life mean that our patients can maintain an active, independent lifestyle without constantly reaching for or worrying about their reading glasses.”
The IntraCORTM procedure is suitable for adult patients seeking to improve their near vision and permanently reduce their reliance on glasses or contact lenses.
According to former presbyopic patient, Mr Andrew Davis, 46, Sydney, the life-changing IntraCORTM procedure has restored his near vision. He is now able to read fine print without the use of his reading glasses.
“My near vision started deteriorating about two years ago, and it became progressively harder for me to focus on the fine print.
“My work requires me to be able to see long distance as well as up close. I wasn’t accustomed to wearing glasses, so was frustrated with constantly having to put my reading glasses on, have my eyes adjust to them, only to have to take them off again. Then after removing my glasses it would take time for my eyes to readjust. The strain on my eyes from the constant readjustment would cause me to experience headaches almost every day,” said Mr Davis.
“On the day of my procedure I was a bit anxious, but it was all thoroughly explained to me, so I knew what to expect. Before I knew it, the procedure was already over and I was allowed to go home.”
On the day of treatment, anaesthetic drops are placed in the patients’ eye while they are lying down on a laser bed. A laser beam is then accurately positioned on the cornea using a sterile patient interface device. The treatment takes only 20 seconds to complete and near vision typically improves within just a few hours.
“When returning home after the procedure, I was surprised that I could already read the newspaper without my reading glasses,” Mr Davis said.
“I am no longer plagued by headaches from eye strain and am enjoying my new life post-glasses. To virtually restore my near vision is extraordinary.”
For patients who may have lost the ability to read for up to several decades, the procedure can provide a welcome restoration of vision, where daily tasks such as reading, using a mobile phone, and leafing through catalogues, can become hassle-free once again.
Not only does IntraCOR improve quality of life, but the long-term cost savings from a one-off IntraCOR procedure compared to a lifetime of prescription lenses can be significant. The total treatment cost for IntraCOR is less than $5,000.
For more information about IntraCOR, call 1300 68 3937 or visit www.intracor.com.au.

About presbyopia
In 2005, the estimated global impact of presbyopia was 1.04 billion people. An ageing population means that presbyopia will soon affect over 40 per cent of the world’s population. A recent study has put the number of presbyopes at 1.04 billion – estimated to grow to 1.4 billion by 2020. Currently, more than 1.7 million Australians experience this condition.
Presbyopia involves the progressive and inevitable loss of ability to focus on near objects. While its exact mechanisms are unknown, research suggests the lens naturally loses its elasticity with age, so the restricted curvature makes it difficult to focus on nearby objects or images.The first signs of presbyopia – eyestrain, difficulty seeing in dim light, problems focusing on small objects and/or fine print – usually occur between 40 to 50 years of age.
Presbyopia makes every day activities, such as reading, difficult or impossible, and without the aid of reading glasses or contact lenses, people often find they need to hold books, magazines, newspapers, and other reading material at arm’s length in order to focus properly.
Presbyopia poses an important public health challenge, for it could potentially compromise the older population’s ability to maintain its social and economic independence without the use of visual aids.
To date, surgical attempts to correct presbyopia have included invasive laser treatments which involve surgical wound healing and potential inflammation at the site.

International jury named for 2010 Asia Pacific Screen Awards

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Lord David Puttnam.
International jury named for 2010 Asia Pacific Screen Awards
By Rama Gaind

The Asia Pacific Screen Awards has unveiled the international jury members who will join previously announced president, Lord David Puttnam, for the fourth annual Asia Pacific Screen Awards to be held on the Gold Coast, Australia, on December 2.

Academy Award winner and producer of Chariots of Fire, The Mission and The Killing Fields, Lord Puttnam, has assembled a jury of highly experienced industry professionals from across the globe. They are:

. Indian actress and star of Road Tannishtha Chatterjee, often referred to as the ‘Princess of Parallel Cinema’, for her work in Indian arthouse cinema while also being known as one of the most international of Indian actresses for performances in films such as Britain’s Brick Lane.

. Multi award-winning Indonesian writer, producer and director, Salman Aristo, who wrote the screenplay for Laskar Pelangi (Rainbow Troops, 2008) which holds the record for the highest box office in Indonesian film history.

. Ming Zhenjiang – producer and First Deputy President of the China Film Producers Association, FIAPF’s official representative in the People’s Republic of China.

. Acclaimed Australian cinematographer Ellery Ryan whose credits include such Australian classics as Angel Baby and Spotswood.

. Kazakh writer/director Sergey Dvortsevoy whose film Tulpan won the APSA Best Feature Film Award in 2008 and the Prix Un Certain Regard at the Cannes International Film Festival in the same year.

. Turkish filmmaker and film academic Sedar Akar whose many awarded films include Valley of the Wolves: Iraq, which became the highest grossing Turkish film of all time.

Lord Puttnam is in Australia and is meeting other jury members from November 22 on the Gold Coast to commence their deliberations.

Thirty-one documentary, animated, children’s and feature films from 15 countries and areas have been nominated for the 2010 Asia Pacific Screen Awards. Winners will be announced at the APSA ceremony, which will be attended by nominees and special guests from across the region.

An international cultural initiative of the Queensland Government, APSA is a unique collaboration with UNESCO and FIAPF-International Federation of Film Producers Associations which acclaims films from 70 countries and areas; one third of the earth; and half the world’s film output.

Films are judged on cinematic excellence and the way in which they attest to their cultural origins.

APSA’s previous jury presidents have been renowned Indian actress and humanitarian Shabana Azmi (2007), Australian director and Academy Award nominee Bruce Beresford (2008), and leading Chinese producer and director Huang Jianxin (2009).

According to APSA chairman Des Power, the “2010 international jury, headed by Lord David Puttnam, is representative both of the international filmmaking community and also of the diverse range of skills within the screen industry – including producing, acting, directing and cinematography”.

“The jury has a demanding task ahead of them to determine the winners across nine APSA Award categories, to be selected from the 31 films which have received nominations. I know they will undertake this challenging work with enthusiasm and integrity and I look forward to welcoming them to the Gold Coast.”

The members of the 2010 International Jury will automatically be inducted into the Academy of the Asia Pacific Screen Awards. Led by patron Jack Thompson, the academy is a growing body of the region’s most influential names in film including past APSA nominees, international jury and nominations council members.

The 2010 Asia Pacific Screen Awards Ceremony will be webcast live through www.asiapacificscreenawards.com.

Restoring near vision in the blink of an eye

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More than 1.7 million Australians living with presbyopia1 (age-related loss of near vision) are set to benefit
from the launch of Australia’s first laser eye treatment that can eliminate the need for reading glasses in just
20 seconds.2
The groundbreaking IntraCORT procedure, to be unveiled today (Tuesday, November 23, 2010) at the
Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists (RANZCO) 42nd Annual Scientific Conference in
Adelaide, uses a minimally invasive laser to reshape the cornea without damaging the outer layers of the eye.
Because the procedure requires no general anaesthetic, injections, or blades, it promotes fast healing, with a
minimal risk of infection and can significantly improve near vision one day post-procedure.2
Ophthalmic surgeon and Australian pioneer of this breakthrough technology, Dr Kerrie Meades, will present clinical
outcomes demonstrating the effectiveness of this treatment for presbyopia at the RANZCO conference today.
“Presbyopia is one of Australia’s most common eye conditions.
“To date, the only treatments available to correct near vision were reading glasses, contact lenses or invasive laser eye
surgery,” 3 said Dr Meades.
“Conventional laser eye surgery typically involves cutting open the outer layers of the eye in order to direct the laser
to the inner cornea. This method results in longer healing times and higher risks of infection.
“With the IntraCORTM procedure, no surgical cuts to the outer eye or removal of tissue is required,” Dr Meades said.
“The procedure is quick and painless, taking just 20 seconds to perform.”
Without damaging the outer layers of the eye, the non-surgical procedure involves delivering a painless laser beam
directly into the stroma (deep layer of the cornea), where gas bubbles form into microscopic rings.
The gas bubbles dissolve within two-to-three hours post-surgery. When the cornea clears, distance vision returns, and
the patient may immediately notice a change in near vision. By the end of the first day post-procedure, patients can
already see an improvement in their near vision.
As the entire pattern of applied laser depends on the patient’s visual disturbance, the result is a personalised and
accurate treatment with minimal risk of infection.4
“The IntraCORTM procedure not only improves near vision, but can also enhance distance vision in some instances.4
Also, the shadow or halo effect in night time vision associated with conventional treatments is significantly reduced
with this new procedure,4” said Dr Meades.
“This is the first time this level of visual independence has been achieved without invasive laser surgery. The
improvements to quality of life mean that our patients can maintain an active, independent lifestyle without
constantly reaching for or worrying about their reading glasses.”
The IntraCORTM procedure is suitable for adult patients seeking to improve their near vision and permanently reduce
their reliance on glasses or contact lenses.
According to former presbyopic patient, Mr Andrew Davis, 46, Sydney, the life-changing IntraCORTM procedure has
restored his near vision. He is now able to read fine print without the use of his reading glasses.
“My near vision started deteriorating about two years ago, and it became progressively harder for me to focus on the
fine print.
“My work requires me to be able to see long distance as well as up close. I wasn’t accustomed to wearing glasses, so
was frustrated with constantly having to put my reading glasses on, have my eyes adjust to them, only to have to take
them off again. Then after removing my glasses it would take time for my eyes to readjust. The strain on my eyes from
the constant readjustment would cause me to experience headaches almost every day,” said Mr Davis. more#
“On the day of my procedure I was a bit anxious, but it was all thoroughly explained to me, so I knew what to expect.
Before I knew it, the procedure was already over and I was allowed to go home.”
On the day of treatment, anaesthetic drops are placed in the patients’ eye while they are lying down on a laser bed.
A laser beam is then accurately positioned on the cornea using a sterile patient interface device. The treatment takes
only 20 seconds to complete and near vision typically improves within just a few hours.
“When returning home after the procedure, I was surprised that I could already read the newspaper without my
reading glasses,” Mr Davis said.
“I am no longer plagued by headaches from eye strain and am enjoying my new life post-glasses. To virtually restore
my near vision is extraordinary.”
For patients who may have lost the ability to read for up to several decades, the procedure can provide a welcome
restoration of vision, where daily tasks such as reading, using a mobile phone, and leafing through catalogues, can
become hassle-free once again.
Not only does IntraCORTM improve quality of life, but the long-term cost savings from a one-off IntraCORTM procedure
compared to a lifetime of prescription lenses can be significant. The total treatment cost for IntraCORTM is less than
$5,000.
For more information about IntraCORTM, call 1300 68 3937 or visit www.intracor.com.au.
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