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  1. Australian Open: Novak Djokovic and Venus Williams turn on a master class

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    November 21, 2018 by admin

    Strong showing: Venus Williams cruised into the third round. Picture: Mark Kolbe/Getty Images. Thumbs up: Novak Djokovic salutes the adoring crowd. Picture: Julian Finney/Getty Images.
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    ALL that can be said is that it was amaster class at Rod Laver Arena on night three of Australian Open 2013.

    World No. 1Novak Djokovic was somerciless in his 6-1 6-2 6-3domination of American Ryan Harrison in the men’s singles second round,it was close tocringeworthy.

    Former world No. 1Venus Williams alsohanded out alesson, beating theraw, but talented, Alize Cornet, of France, in a 6-3 6-3 victory.

    Djokovic was so good, it was scary.

    The Serbian handled the booming Harrison serve that hit 229kph at one point and was in total control on his own serve to breeze past the youngster.

    Djokovicacknowledged that it was probably his most impressive early-round performance at a Grand Slam. ”Yes, probably,” he said.

    Ten years ago,Williams won this event, but has not won it since and has somewhat slipped into the shadow of her sister, Serena.

    Ranked 26th in the world, few are talking about Williams as a contender, but on this dismantling of Cornet, she must be considered one ofthe best at long oddsin the field.

    We do not have to wait long to see her credentials in this tournament with a third round match up against one of her biggestrivals, Maria Sharapova, on Friday.

    ”I’m not expecting anything different,” Williams said of the showdown. ”Just, you know, high intensity level.”

    Sharapova will be expecting something different, though. Williams, in this form, is as tricky a third round match-up as she would have experienced in her career.

    Australian Open 2013

    Day 3

    Matches of the day:In the men’s, the match out on show court 2 between eighth seedJanko Tipsarevic (Serbia) and Lukas Lacko (Slovakia)went late into the night with Tipsarevic coming through in a fifth set. In the women’s, there was heartbreak for Australian Samantha Stosur, who lost a see-sawing encounter to China’s Jie Zheng in front of her adoring fanson centre court.

    Tomorrow’s picks:A heavyweight men’s singlesshowdown will take placebetween Swiss superstar Roger Federer and former top three RissianNikolay Davydenko at Rod Laver Arena in the night session. In women’s singles, fans will get a chance to seeworld No. 1 Victoria Azarenka in action, when she kicksoff proceedings in the morning session on centre courtagainst Greece’s Eleni Daniilidou.

  2. Coastal areas namedin top 10

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    November 21, 2018 by admin

    CRADLE Mountain (third), Strahan (fourth) and Burnie (sixth) have been named in the top-10 Tasmanian travel destinations in a list compiled by travel website Wotif南京夜网.
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    Hobart was the top travel destination again in 2012, as it was in 2011.

    The only change to the order of the top 10 was Burnie moving to sixth, swapping positions with Port Arthur (seventh), with all other positions remaining the same.

    Burnie Mayor Steve Kons was thrilled with this outcome, saying travellers were willing to try something “a bit different”.

    “We are getting a new wave of business people and private individuals who are getting a good surprise when they come here,” he said.

    “They are willing to try something different and Burnie fits that.

    “There are a lot more adventures and activities to do now, rather than travelling to the usual destinations, which creates some intrigue.”

    Nationally, Sydney, Melbourne and the Gold Coast filled the top three destinations, while Queensland had eight destinations in the national top 20.

    Hobart was 10th, Launceston 14th, while there were no North-West Coast destinations listed in the top 20.

    This list was compiled based on bookings made through Wotif南京夜网 during 2012 and included a mix of capital cities and regional areas.

    Meanwhile, Burnie has been revealed as the healthiest city in Australia, according to the findings of a new report.

    Gleaned from the inaugural Suncorp Bank Family Friendly Index, this finding was based on the fact each resident visited their doctor 1.3 times on average over the course of the year.

    Australia’s biggest cities were ranked against 10 key criteria including unemployment levels, crime rates, broadband in the home, access to health services, schools, childcare, volunteer work, house prices and disposable income.

    Launceston was ranked Australia’s number-one family friendly city, ahead of Canberra.

    Burnie (11th) and Hobart (7th) were well placed.

    Melbourne (14th), Sydney (23rd) and Brisbane (24th) were well behind many regional cities.

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  3. Names mystery solved

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    November 21, 2018 by admin

    IDENTIFYING the nine glamorous women in these stunning black and white photographs taken from the city’s own much-loved Robinson Collection was the challenge we gave to some of Devonport’s well- known history buffs this week.
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    Noted Devonport historian Faye Gardam and former Devonport mayor Mary Binks were a bit stumped at first having never heard of the Miss Mersey Bluff Quest.

    Mrs Gardam has spent years researching the Mersey Bluff to enable Devonport to retain the rich local history attached to the ever popular recreational area but she had no previous knowledge of the event.

    “I haven’t heard of it at all and I’m surprised,” Mrs Gardam said.

    Mrs Binks, a veteran judge and compere of pageants, moved to Devonport with husband Chris in 1964 after the photos were taken.

    It was Devonport businessman John O’Donnell who provided a definite name to go with a face he recognised as someone very close to him.

    Delving back into long- forgotten childhood memories to when his late sister Lorraine – standing to the right of Miss Mersey Bluff – was a finalist.

    “Yes that’s Lorraine,” Mr O’Donnell said.

    “Looking at that photo it could have been taken yesterday. I was a boy about 10 and I have some vague memories of it after looking at these photographs.”

    Devonport Regional Gallery director Dr Ellie Ray said whenever Robinson Collection photographs appeared in public it always sparked interest.

    Dr Ray had also asked Pat Kent, wife of deputy mayor Graham Kent, who came up with the idea of asking Mr O’Donnell.

    The photograph in which his sister appears is on the brochure promoting Tidal 12 City of Devonport Art Award events.

    Dr Ray said when she found the pictures in storage there were no names, only the year they were taken.

    Dr Ray hoped someone may have information on the pictures to be used when the shots go on show later in the year as part of a Robinson Collection exhibition.

    But thanks to The Advocate’s Julie Martin, the mystery of who all the women are was solved late yesterday afternoon.

    Mrs Martin did not have specific dates to go on but dived into searching the dusty old hard copy archives at The Advocate and came up trumps.

    The women from left are: Misses Ruby Loone, Brenda Williams, Betty Wootton, Margaret Sharman, Merle Tomkinson, Lorraine O’Donnell, Shirley Thompson, Greta Russell and Gail Newman.

    PUZZLED: Former Devonport mayor Mary Binks and Devonport Regional Gallery director Ellie Ray try to figure out who contestants are in a picture from the 1956 Miss Mersey Bluff. Picture: Katrina Dodd. Contestants in the 1956 Miss Mersey Bluff Quest.

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  4. Enriching young lives

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    November 21, 2018 by admin

    BUDDIES: Hanging out during a visit to Wings Wildlife Park at Gunns Plains are (from left) Toby Strochnetter, camp leader Josh Pritchard and Joe Richards. Pictures: Meg Windram.THE first day of camp is a little daunting and at first some children didn’t want to leave the safety of their car.
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    But after a few hours, you’d never have guessed from the laughter and chatter that this group had only just met.

    This week 24 young people aged 8 to 12 from a range of backgrounds from across the state have come together to take part in the four-day Edmond Rice North-West summer camp.

    See the gallery here.

    Held at the Scouts campsite at Fulton Park, Forth, there are a variety of daily excursions to other locations along the Coast.

    Edmund Rice Camps Tasmania is a statewide not-for-profit organisation that provides young people with experiences they may not otherwise have.

    Each participant has been paired with a young adult leader who has volunteered their time to stand side by side as they take part in everything from kayaking to games, swimming and singing.

    Yesterday there was even a visit to Wings Wildlife Park to get up close to an emu and watching as the Tasmanian devils were fed.

    Josh Hicks, 17, of Devonport, went on four camps as a participant from age 10 to 13, so when it was his chance to give something back he jumped on board.

    “I know exactly what they are going through when they first turn up on the first day of camp,” he said.

    “It has helped me connect with the kids and really make sure that they end up having the best time on camp that they can possibly have,” the second- time leader said.

    “There are two brothers who are the shyest kids that I’d met but now they won’t stop talking, having completely come out of their shell and enjoying everything, which is great to see.”

    The camp’s aim to promote positive interaction, as well as the opportunity for the development of friendship and trust.

    “I became a leader to help other people while I’m trying to make myself a better person,” he said.

    “Now it’s more about the reward of seeing the the participants come out of their shell and their struggle to wipe the smile off their face.”

    To learn more about Edmund Rice Camps Tasmania or to volunteer go to

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  5. Tomic sets sights on top-10 rank

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    November 21, 2018 by admin

    Already convinced he is headed for the top 10, the new and improved Bernard Tomic is eyeing the world’s No.1 ranking.
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    Tomic knows it won’t happen overnight but his dramatic transformation and explosive start to 2013 has the 20-year-old believing he is on the way to the very top.

    “Everyone’s got goals in tennis and personally I want to be in the top 10 best tennis players, and then potentially move myself into No.1 in the world,” Tomic said before his second- round Australian Open match today against German qualifier Daniel Brands.

    “That’s always my goal. It’s important to have steps on the way and try to reach the top 20, but I think I’m pushing the top 10.

    “It’s far, but I think it’s achievable the way I’m playing.

    “Once you achieve that, I think I’m going to set new goals.”

    The youngest player in the world’s top 200, Tomic is ranked 43rd – but he is playing way above that level and rated by bookmakers as the open’s sixth favourite for the title.

    Tomic said he reinvented himself after plummeting from a career-high No.27 last June to 64th before capturing his maiden title in Sydney last week.

    “When I got back home in October, I took two, three weeks off,” he said.

    “I sat down and really said: `What do I want and how do I change myself?’ Because I can be a good player always, but how do I become better and better and become possibly a great player in the future?

    “That’s the difference between what I want now and what I didn’t want before. It’s changed me.

    “I feel I’m improving every day, and there is so much for me to improve.”

    Davis Cup captain Pat Rafter last month suspended Tomic from next month’s tie in Taiwan for showing a lack of professionalism and the youngster concedes he still sometimes finds the hard work “difficult”.

    But he is also enjoying the fruits of his preseason labour with his new strength and conditioning team.

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