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Ben Cousins stars at a Footy for Life Charity Match at Leederville Oval January 23, 2022

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Fans filled stands at Leederville Oval  on Saturday 22 January 2022 to support charities Lifeline WA and Happiness Co foundation.

The star attraction was Ben Cousins who captained the Crusaders against the Spartans captained by former Docker Des Headland.

The Spartans, including the handy Ryan Crowley, Hayden Ballantyne and Harley Bennell in their team defeated Ben Cousins’ Crusaders

who had Matt Priddis, Glen Jakovich, Mark LeCras, Andrew Embley in their side .

 

 

Most of the supporters came to support Ben Cousins in his journey of redemption. He didn’t

disappoint them, attacking well in his role as a target hitting midfielder, signing young players t shirts, and talking briefly to the gathered fans after the game.

 

Kick off was at 6.30, preceded by a Welcome to Country and a smoking ceremony supported by young families and sponsors.

Spartans ran out 31-point winners, 24.12 (156) to Crusaders 20.5 (125).

A Tribute to Harold Clough and his achievements January 22, 2022

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My  heartfelt condolences and sympathies go out to the Clough family in their sad loss of their father Harold Clough, a gentleman and visionary whose work has impacted in a major way on the State of Western Australia.

 

Harold was born on 30 September 1926, and in 1954 he joined his father at Clough Bros. In 1955, through his drive to expand the business, Clough Bros. secured the National Mutual Life Association office contract, the largest building in Perth at the time. Later that same year, Clough Bros was renamed J.O. Clough & Son.

In 1956, J.O. Clough & Son won the Narrows Bridge contract in a joint venture with Christiani & Nielson. Numerous infrastructure projects were won after that, including the Muja Power Station, Ord River Diversion Dam, Durack River Bridge, and part of the Standard Gauge Railway with Perron Bros (Stan Perron).

Harold was also deeply involved in the development and opening up of the Pilbara region in the late 1960s, working closely with Lang Hancock and Peter Wright. It was during this time that a long-standing joint venture with Harbourworks (now BAM Clough) started in 1964 with a jetty at Parker Point near Dampier for then Hamersley Iron (Rio Tinto).

Harold was also instrumental in exploring opportunities across Asia in the late 1960s, including Indonesia, Papua New Guinea and Pakistan.

The 1970s also saw Harold grow the company into Queensland and open a joint venture in Saudi Arabia. In the 1980s, Harold oversaw the company’s move into oil and gas with significant projects being the North Rankin ‘A’ trunkline, Harriett Oil Field in 1985, and LNG Jetty at the Burrup Peninsula for Woodside.

In 1989, Harold retired as Managing Director of Clough Engineering, remaining a director and Chairman of Clough Limited.

A significant part of Harold’s business acumen was the concept of joint venturing. Harold pioneered this approach when bidding for the Narrows Bridge project and then applied this to a wide range of projects across all parts of the business and new ventures.

In 1972, Harold established the Clough Scholarship program to provide support for young engineers studying at the University of Western Australia. Since that time, the company has awarded over 300 scholarships.

Many Clough scholars have become leaders in business, construction, engineering, and offshore oil and gas companies around Australia and the world.

Harold retired as Managing Director of Clough Limited in 1995 and listed Clough on the ASX in 1998 when he became Chairman. At listing, Clough had 21 offices throughout the world, with more than half its work sourced from Asia and a turnover of $600 million for $20 million net earnings. Harold retired as Chairman of Clough in 2003.

Harold was passionate about engineering and growing new generations of highly-skilled professionals. He was a firm believer in bringing talented people into his businesses, supporting their learning and growth.

He was also active in a wide range of business, engineering, trade and political organisations and was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in 1979 and an Officer of the Order of Australia (OA) in 1990.

In addition, he was awarded an Honorary Degree, Doctor of Engineering, University of Western Australia in 1990, the Peter Nicol Russell Memorial Medal, Institution of Engineers, Australia in 1993 and the UWA, ECM Alumni Lifetime Achievement Award in 2014 among many others.

Much of Perth and Western Australia’s iconic infrastructure, buildings, ports, resources and energy facilities have been constructed, engineered or supported by the company that still bears Harold Clough’s name.

He is survived by his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Happy New Year to the World from Sydney January 1, 2022

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Happy New Year to the world. It is a time for healing and a time for wonder and optimism to take the place of pain and pessimism.
Sydney is the first city in the world to welcome the new year, so expectations are high. In past years over 1.6 million people have traveled to the iconic Sydney Harbor Bridge and Opera House to watch the $7.2 million extravaganza. The fireworks start for kids at 9 p.m. with the winner of the Design Your Own Firework competition displayed. And at midnight a giant explosion of color, light, and music transforms up the entire harbor into one big party.

Rio de Janeiro joins in to celebrate.

Orangutans celebrate birthdays at Perth Zoo Photos Bohdan Warchomij December 31, 2021

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Three orangutans celebrated their birthdays at Perth Zoo and were treated to birthday treats – including a very special jelly and oatmeal cake.

‘Pulang’ turned 28, while the two youngest in the group ‘Sungai’ and ‘Lestari’ are hitting double digits and turning 10.

Perth Zoo is open every day of the year from 9:00am – 5:00pm. On New Year’s Eve and every Saturday in January it will stay open late until 7.30pm.

Kaylee Martin (Senior Media and Communications Coordinator)

 

 

JAMES WEBB SPACE SATELLITE LAUNCH December 25, 2021

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The greatest origin story of all unfolds with the James Webb Space Telescope. The 29 days following liftoff will be an exciting but harrowing time. Thousands of parts must work correctly, in sequence, to unfold Webb and put it in its final configuration, all while it flies through the expanse of space alone, to a destination nearly one million miles away. Credit: NASA Goddard Space Flight Center/Michael McClare.

Webb’s 29 days on the edge begin upon liftoff. After 206 seconds of flight, at an altitude of about 75 miles above the atmosphere, the two halves of the rocket fairing that shields the observatory during ascent are separated by a pyrotechnic system with springs that expose the observatory to space. Ground teams expect to receive communication from Webb shortly after separation. Webb will then separate from the launch vehicle nearly 28 minutes after launch, and from this point on the ground team at the Space Telescope Science Institute in Baltimore will be in full control, to begin the most complex sequence of deployments ever attempted in a single space mission.

Webb’s first deployment, the extension of its solar array, will occur between 31 to 33 minutes after liftoff, stopping the drain on the observatory’s internal battery by supplying nearly 2 kilowatts of power to drive the spacecraft’s electrical systems and avionics. To enable the highest data rate communication to the ground through NASA’s Deep Space Network (DSN), the onboard medium and high-gain antenna platform is deployed at two hours.

At 12 and a half hours after launch, Webb will fire its thrusters, performing the first of several critical course corrections that send the observatory towards its final destination in orbit. The observatory will pass the Moon nearly two and a half days after launch, faster than the time it took Apollo astronauts to reach lunar orbit.

Webb’s first large deployment, the extension of its sunshield frame known as a unitized pallet structure, folds down nearly three days after launch, opening the observatory up to continue expanding. This represents the start of all major deployments and is scheduled to take approximately five hours for both front and back pallets to fold down completely.

Four days after launch, a deployable tower will extend to separate the telescope mirrors and instruments from the spacecraft bus. This separation effectively isolates the telescope from vibrations and conducted heat coming from the spacecraft bus. Additionally, this extension allows for the rest of Webb’s larger deployable components, like its sunshield and primary mirror, to have enough room to make their own sequence of complex movements afterwards.

Sunshield membrane deployments formally begin approximately five days after launch, as special covers that protect the sunshield during ascent will roll out of the way. Next, a critical juncture in the mission will occur when all of the 107 sunshield release mechanisms, or special pins that keep the five sunshield layers locked into place, need to fire on cue and pull themselves out to free the membranes. After all sunshield pins have been successfully removed, two wings, known as mid-booms, extend to pull each of the sunshield layers out into their characteristic diamond formation nearly a day later. Following full deployment, each of the five layers are tensioned and separated using special pulleys and motor systems. Sunshield deployments and tensioning are expected to conclude between eight to nine days after liftoff but can be slowed down to circumvent any unforeseen issues if they arise.

Following the conclusion of sunshield tensioning, a special radiator behind the primary mirror is deployed to help cool down the scientific instruments.

Next, Webb’s optics, and NASA’s new eye on the cosmos, open up. Telescope deployment begins by unfolding and latching into place the tripod holding the secondary mirror, and it is expected to conclude two hours into the 10th day after liftoff. The secondary mirror is one of the most important pieces of equipment on the telescope, essential to the success of the mission. This smaller circular mirror plays an important role in collecting light from Webb’s 18 primary mirrors into a focused beam. Primary mirror deployment is set to begin on the 12th day, with the mirror’s side panels, each holding three primary mirror segments, taking nearly three hours to extend out and latch into place. At 13 days in, Webb’s large-scale deployments are expected to conclude with the locking in of its primary mirror wings, revealing the telescope in all its glory.

A 10-day, multi-step process to move all 18 primary mirror segments out of their launch configuration will begin after the mirror wings are latched in and conclude on day 25. To begin fine-tuning the mirrors, 126 extremely precise actuators on the backside of the mirrors will position and subtly bend or flex each mirror into a specific prescription, a process that will take months.

On the 29th day, Webb will fire its thrusters once again to insert itself into its prescribed orbit at the second Lagrange point, or L2, nearly one million miles away from Earth, formally concluding the most difficult and complex deployment sequence ever attempted in space.

The James Webb Space Telescope will be the world’s premier space science observatory when it launches in 2021. Webb will solve mysteries in our solar system, look beyond to distant worlds around other stars, and probe the mysterious structures and origins of our universe and our place in it. Webb is an international program led by NASA with its partners, ESA (European Space Agency), and the Canadian Space Agency

Enrichment at the Perth Zoo Photos Bohdan Warchomij December 23, 2021

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Media Crews were presented with Giraffe,  Black and White Ruffed Lemurs from Madagascar, a trio of Tamar Wallabies and Nolga, a Western Grey Kangaroo,  and Cojine, an echidna enjoying Christmas treats prepared by their keepers.

Perth Zoo Senior Keeper  Marty Boland said: “Christmas enrichment is a great way for animals  to utilise their natural instincts and practice problem-solving skills.”

“Enrichment forms an integral part of our animals daily lives, but it’s always extra fun to get creative over the festive season and put a Christmas  twist on things,” Marty said.

Perth Zoo is open every day of the year from 9.00am- 5.00 pm, including Christmas Day and Boxing Day. On New Year’s Eve and every Saturday in January it will stay open late until 7.30 pm.

Kaylee Martin, Senior Media and Communications Coordinator.

BELONG from Photographer Martine Perret at Boola Bardip WA Museum December 13, 2021

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Belong brings together the important  story of indigenous culture in multiple collaborations by photo artist Martine Perret; in particular her projects that focus on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages in Western Australia. It combines previous projects Ngala Wongga and Margillee with new collaborations, most notably with choreographer and dancer Dalisa Pigram, artist Edie Ulrich, Elder Vivian Brockman Webb, and music composer and video/sound editor Jonathan Mustard.

This exhibition highlights the link between Elders, language speakers and the land, and emphasises the cultural importance of languages. Presented to coincide with and to celebrate the UNESCO Decade of Indigenous Languages (2022-2032).

For many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in Australia, land is much more than soil, rocks, or minerals – it’s fundamental to identity and way of life. In this exhibition, Martine celebrates stories and new perspectives from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people from across the State.

Martine uses stunning photography, video, audio, dance, and painting to showcase language, connection to land and the role body parts play in relating emotions.

Australian George Kambosos Jr upsets champ Teófimo López to become unified world lightweight champion November 30, 2021

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Australian boxer George Kambosos Jr has stunned Teófimo López in a monumental upset to become the unified world lightweight champion.

The three judges had it 115-111 and 115-112 in favour of Kambosos Jr, while the other had it 114-113 for López.

Kambosos Jr’s record moves to 20-0, while López (16-1) suffered his first professional defeat.

The 28-year-old, who had bemoaned the lack of coverage coming his way prior to the fight, should now be able to command far more air time after beating one of the best pound-for-pound fighters in the world to stand atop a packed lightweight division.

Kambosos Jr’s now holds the WBO, IBF, WBA (Super) and The Ring belts, with just Devin Haney’s WBC belt missing at the 135-pound limit.

“I am not a king, I am the Emperor,” Kambosos said after the fight, as a bloodied and bruised López stalked around the ring in a fury.

The deposed champion took his first professional defeat badly, claiming everyone knew that he’d won, to boos of derision from the sell-out crowd at the Hulu Theatre in Madison Square Garden.

Those same fans, who roared home-town fighter López into the ring, had been stunned into silence in the very first round as Kambosos timed a sweet overhand right to send the defending champ to the canvas.

Both fighters had been kept out the ring since late 2020 after a litany of issues with the promotional company Triller, and in that time had developed an intense dislike of each other.

Actor David Gulpilil Ridjimiraril Dalaithngu dead at 68. November 30, 2021

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Actor David Gulpilil Ridjimiraril Dalaithngu, considered one of Australia’s greatest Aboriginal artists, has died at the age of 68, four years after being diagnosed with lung cancer. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Gulpilil’s death was confirmed on Monday night in a statement by South Australian premier Steven Marshall. “It is with deep sadness that I share with the people of South Australia the passing of an iconic, once-in-a-generation artist who shaped the history of Australian film and Aboriginal representation onscreen — David Gulpilil Ridjimiraril Dalaithngu (AM),” he said.

Gulpilil grew up in the Northern Territory of Australia as a member of the Mandjalpingu clan of the Yolngu people, attending school in the Maningrida Aboriginal community and developing skills in hunting, tracking, and dance. His abilities as a ceremonial dancer landed Gulpilil his breakout role in Nicolas Roeg’s 1971 film Walkabout. Gulpilil became a fixture of Australian cinema, appearing in Storm Boy, The Last Wave, and The Right Stuff, before crossing over in his role as Neville Bell in the Crocodile Dundee films. In 2014, Gulpilil was awarded the Un Certain Regard Best Actor award at Cannes for the film Charlie’s Country. In addition to acting, Gulpilil continued his renowned career in traditional dance, organizing dance troupes for competitions, festivals, and national events; he danced at the opening of the Sydney Opera House in 1973. Earlier this year, he attended the premiere of a documentary about his life, titled My Name Is Gulpilil. He is survived by his two daughters.

Words by Rebecca Alter VULTURE

GIRAFFE CALVES STEP OUT AT PERTH ZOO: Photos Bohdan Warchomij METAPHOR IMAGES November 23, 2021

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Date: 23.11.21

PERTH ZOO’S TWO GIRAFFE CALVES STEP OUT

Perth Zoo’s two giraffe calves are now out and about together, much to the delight of Zoo guests.

This is the first time Perth Zoo has had two giraffe calves at the same time born as part of a regional zoo breeding program which aims to advocate and educate about declining wild giraffe populations.

A young female, Zahara, was born in September 2021, followed by half-brother, Akiki, in October.

Born to first-time Mum, Akiki has been cared for behind the scenes by zoologists after he experienced nursing difficulties and was not receiving enough nutrients needed to thrive.

Senior Keeper, Kaelene McKay, who has been helping rear the male calf, said: “Now seven weeks old, Akiki has developed into an adventurous and tall calf, measuring in at 2.3 metres.”

Zahara, was born in September 2021, followed by half-brother, Akiki, in October.Photo Bohdan Warchomij

“Currently he is slurping his way through two litres of specially formulated giraffe milk replacer every feed and weighs in at over 125kg!”

“But importantly, we have been able to reintegrate him with the rest of the giraffe herd and he is now enjoying time exploring the outdoors and playing with Zahara.”

“It’s certainly been a labour of love caring for Akiki over the last few weeks, it takes a lot of time, many sleepless nights and lots of expertise.”

“But watching him get stronger and seeing the two calves grow-up alongside one another has made the effort worth it.”

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“Zoo visitors are certainly in for a treat,” said Kaelene. “However, I would suggest patience when trying to catch a glimpse.”

“Despite their height, the calves are still young and do tire quickly, so if you cannot see them straight away pop back a bit later,” said Kaelene.

Perth Zoo are experts at giraffe breeding, having welcomed 12 calves since 1995. Many of them now reside within Eastern states zoos and New Zealand.

When older, Zahara and Akiki will likely move to other zoos in the region to share their genetics within the coordinated zoo breeding program.

Giraffe numbers in the wild have suffered a 40 per cent population decline in the past 30 years.

Media contact:                    Danielle Henry, Perth Zoo Media Manager

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