All set to raise a glass for beer festival

Blake Sherriff, Nadene Van Rooyen, Breanna Pinkerton and Damien Pinkerton gear up for Oktoberfest. Picture: SCOTT GELSTONORGANISERS of Oktoberfest Launceston still have a long way to go to get their inaugural event up and running.
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As of Monday, 79 tickets had been sold, well short of the 2000 that will need to be sold by the end of the month if the event at Aspect Tamar Valley Resort is to go ahead on October 9 and 10 in the Swiss-style village at Grindelwald.

But resort general manager Damien Pinkerton was confident that ticket sales would quickly rise for the beer festival.

‘‘About 15 years ago, they used to have Grindelfest here and we thought it would be nice to bring back an event such as that to the Tamar Valley, and this is the perfect venue,’’ he said.

‘‘It will be a unique event [for the area] with a fun atmosphere.’’

Tickets cost $20 a day and include a free, unfilled beer stein and entry to beer tent and free bus transfers to and from Launceston to Tamar Valley Resort. Tickets are available from www .eventbrite南京夜网419论坛/e/oktoberfest-launceston-tickets-17793651290.

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Ashes 2015: Big challenges, but bigger opportunities for Steve Smith as captain

Nottingham Just because Steve Smith is the only option to take over take over from Michael Clarke does not mean he is not the right – even the ideal – next Australia Test captain.
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When Australia begin their next red-ball series, in Bangladesh in early October, Smith will be 26 and four months, making him the youngest full-time Test captain since Kim Hughes at the end of World Series Cricket. That will make Smith about three years younger than Allan Border was – and he went on to shape Australian cricket for a decade.

Had has already thrice captained Australia in Tests, last summer against India when Michael Clarke was injured. Then, he had the vastly experienced Brad Haddin as deputy, and Shane Watson in the slips cordon. When he – pending Cricket Australia board confirmation – takes over in Bangladesh the level of experience around him is likely to be vastly inferior, given coach Darren Lehmann’s comments since the series loss to England that an overhaul of the team was probable.

“I’m not sure what the squad’s going to look like come Bangladesh . . . it’s completely different conditions, there could be some different guys on that tour to what there is here,” said Smith.

“I just think it’s really exciting for Australian cricket to see some new guys coming through. Hopefully they can make their mark on international cricket as well.”

One early indication of what Smith the captain will be like is one not likely to back down. He was unrepentant about the early aggression at Trent Bridge which saw him faced a total of only 12 deliveries for the match. And even with England already guaranteeing an emphatic series victory the captain-in-waiting did not resile from his pre-tour prediction that their Ashes opponent would not “come close to us”. He instead returned to the proviso he attached to those comments he made to ESPNcricinfo: that Australia played “the way we have been playing over the last 12-18 months”.

“I think we haven’t played well, and England have played very well,” he said.

Smith said the way he captained Australia last summer would be replicated if, as is assured, his elevation is approved by the CA board. One concession – a rare one – he made was that he had probably been too conservative in last year’s Boxing Day Test, when he batted on longer than expected before declaring knowing a draw was sufficient to win the series, and was what occurred after India finished at 6-174 late in the final day.

“I think the two games that we drew [in Melbourne and Sydney] I could probably be a bit more aggressive there and given ourselves more of a chance to bowl the opposition out,” he conceded.

While Clarke moved into the captaincy in 2011 he had spent almost the entire time since his debut in the team (his second home summer was the conspicuous exception). Smith has differed on that already. He was brought into the team mid-way through the 2010-11 Ashes series, and as part of the recriminations the flowed spent more than two years out of the Test team, and for the most part the one-day team too. He was made to earn his return through Sheffield Shield runs and did exactly that, which has brought respect from his peers to complement their fondness for him.

Off the field Smith is settled, with his relationship with law and commerce student Dani Willis helping bringing some non-cricket balance to his life. But it is not a replica of the situation involving teammate – and probably vice-captain – David Warner, who has hailed his now-wife Candice for helping get his life together.

One of the rarely mentioned aspects of Smith is how unusual it is for someone to have got a taste of international cricket, and the money and fame that flows from it, so young – he debuted in all three formats at 20 – and not grown up in public the hard way, as now-revered predecessor Ricky Ponting did.

Winning teams are generally more resistant to whispers of disharmony than losing teams are. Even if a vastly different Australian line-up gets off to a tricky start under Smith in Bangladesh, and maybe even the two series against New Zealand at either end of the home summer, Smith is likely to benefit from enough goodwill from his teammates, present and also past, that such an outcome would not be a crisis for his captaincy, rather a building block to what it will become.

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Canberra Raiders shoot themselves in foot again in loss to Wests Tigers

A dejected Blake Austin leaves Canberra Stadium after Monday’s loss to the Tigers. Photo: Melissa Adams Shannon Boyd of Canberra Raiders goes over for a try as James Tedesco looks on. Photo: Melissa Adams
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Most NRL teams can handle being outplayed, but too many times this year the Raiders have effectively beaten themselves with a lack of composure and impatience. Raiders coach Ricky Stuart acknowledged as much after the game, admitting his side “should have learned” from the wealth of close home losses which appear to have cost them a finals spot. Canberra is one of the league’s best attacking sides but when the game is on the line they’ve regularly being guilty of panicking and trying to score off every set. It was again the case against the Tigers. Canberra has plenty of points in them — unfortunately they’re yet to work out if they’re patient they will come.  SHANNON BOYD SMASH!

The Wests Tigers will be glad they don’t come across Raiders giant Shannon Boyd again this season after he and fellow bench prop Paul Vaughan turned the game on its head when they came on midway through the first half. Vaughan ran for 128 metres off 12 runs in a devastating 20-minute burst before the break, and the Raiders thrived off the momentum he created. Canberra was down 4-0 against a sharp-looking Tigers before the young duo came on. Boyd scored Canberra’s two first-half tries to give them a 12-4 lead. In the corresponding clash at Leichhardt Oval earlier this year, Boyd scored the initial try which helped Canberra overcome a 22-0 deficit, the equal biggest comeback win in club history. Unfortunately the Raiders couldn’t capitalise on the complete dominance of their pack.  BARNETT LOOKS A LIKELY TYPE

It was a bold call from Raiders coach Ricky Stuart to elevate debutant Mitch Barnett off the bench and throw him straight into the starting line-up in such an important game. It was justified with an eye-catching display from the 21-year-old back-rower. He racked up 120 metres and 24 tackles and justified his reputation for not taking a backward step toward anybody. With the emergence of Josh Papalii, Vaughan, Boyd and Luke Bateman in recent times, the Raiders pack has undergone a transformation from one of the league’s most experienced to a young and exciting one in the space of two years.  HOME LOSSES COST RAIDERS DEARLY

Canberra has lost eight of its 10 home games this year, five of those by four points or less. The perception the Raiders are tough to beat at home is a myth. If they lose to in-form Manly at Canberra Stadium on Sunday, the Raiders will eclipse the inaugural 1982 side (four) for the lowest number of home wins in a season in club history. Three times they’ve been sunk by a late field goal at home — against the Bulldogs, Cowboys and the Sharks in golden point. To their credit the young side has kept fronting up but had they won even half their close games, they’d be in the top eight.

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Boat accident victim Rob Royston remembered as ‘awesome guy’

A 30-year-old man is pulled from the water off Cape Moreton Photo: Supplied The rescue off Cape Moreton Photo: Seven News
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Ron Fankhauser, 30, was plucked from the water after a boating accident that claimed the life of his friend, Rob Royston. Photo: Facebook

Moreton Bay boat accident survivor clung to father’s dead body: RescuerThree people pulled from waters off Cape Moreton

A man who died in his son’s arms after a boating accident has been remembered as an “awesome guy” who passed doing what he loved.

Keen fisherman Rob Royston, son Leevi and friend Ron Fankhauser were knocked into the cold ocean north-east of Moreton Island on Sunday morning when two rogue waves capsized their boat.

They didn’t have time to grab life jackets and barely managed to set off an emergency beacon to let authorities know where they were.

Leevi and Ron were pulled from the water with hypothermia more than an hour and a half later but Rob didn’t make it.

“(The waves) went over that fast I couldn’t set EPIRBs and stuff off before we were all in the water so I had to dive back underneath the boat to get the EPIRB,” Mr Fankhauser told Nine News.

After activating the emergency beacon credited with saving his and Leevi’s lives, the father of three struck out for three trawler ships in the distance to find help.

Meanwhile Leevi held his father as the cold water slowly took it’s toll.

The 57-year-old died before emergency crews arrived to find his son still clinging to his father’s dead body.

Leevi’s friend Sophie Angel said he and his dad were best friends and fishing was their life.

“I guess you never think it’s going to happen to anyone you know and people say it all happens to the best people,” she said.

“Well it did because they were literally just the most amazing people ever, so kind.

“It’s honestly just a tragedy. I still can’t believe it’s happened. We all can’t.”

Queensland Government Air Rescue air crew officer Daren Parsons said the result could have been even worse if the emergency beacon hadn’t been activated.

“”There could have been three (fatalities) out there if they didn’t have a beacon,” he said.

“No one would have known they were out there until they would have been overdue.

“They were so far off the coast, it’s such a big ocean out there that the beacon’s sort of the only thing that saved the two other men’s lives.”

The trio were taking a new boat, which the hairdresser said belonged to another friend, on her maiden voyage.

Even more tragically, she said Rob had just beaten cancer.

“They’ve pulled him through that. He’s beaten that and just to have this happen (is shocking),” she said.

The hairdresser said Leevi and his father, who was an “awesome guy”, had brought their friendship group together with regular get togethers at their Beachmere home.

“At the end of the day at least he’s gone with something they both love doing and I think that’s what is holding Leevi together because they were both there doing something they loved,” she said.

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Ex inmate blasts Risdon’s healthcare

A FORMER Risdon inmate who suffered from gallbladder attacks says he stockpiled Panadol to avoid seeing doctors in prison, but the Health Department insists the service is well-resourced and of a high standard.
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The Launceston man, who was jailed for four months from January this year, said he suffered gallbladder problems before his imprisonment but his condition was exacerbated by poor healthcare and inadequate nutrition.

The man said he was placed on what he was told was a low-fat diet without warning or explanation about three months into his sentence.

His diary, part of which was given to The Examiner, detailed the meals he was fed while in Risdon: peanut butter, sausages and salami were prominent.

The man said the care he received from the Correctional Primary Health Service did not help his condition and that by the end of his sentence he preferred to take Panadol to alleviate his symptoms rather than ask for help.

Gallbladder attacks are characterised by severe stomach pain and are associated with vomiting, diarrhoea and chest pain. They can last between minutes or hours and in extreme cases require hospitalisation.

The former inmate credited his diet for the eight gallbladder attacks he suffered while in prison. He said he has not had one since he was released.

‘‘I refused medical assistance at one point because it was so appalling,’’ he said.

‘‘I became really frustrated. I was really stressed by the end of it.’’

A Tasmanian Health Service spokesman said inmates were given the same high standard of healthcare as that of the wider community.

He said the Correctional Primary Health Service’s five days a week service was complemented by 24/7 nursing staff and an after-hours on-call service.

‘‘CPHS has no record of a formal complaint from the patient in question about his healthcare at Risdon made either during his time in prison or since,’’ he said.

‘‘We encourage patients to raise concerns at the time of the issue so that appropriate action can be taken at the time.

‘‘If an inmate needs a specific diet for medical reasons, they are reviewed by CPHS and a request is then sent to the prison kitchen.’’

Prisoner advocate and lawyer Greg Barns argued the service was ill-equipped to deal with the high needs of its 497 inmates.

‘‘It’s grossly under-resourced,’’ Mr Barns said.

‘‘This is not 500 fit young men. This is a group of people with higher than usual rates of mental and physical illness.

‘‘I don’t condemn the doctors. It is just a chronic lack of resourcing.’’

The THS spokesman said inmates were supported by more than 40 full-time medical and allied health staff.

‘‘Prisoners who require specialist treatment receive that treatment off-site within clinically appropriate time frames,’’ he said.

‘‘Staff are employed from a variety of specialists areas, including mental health.’’

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