Great decade of growth predicted

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Bernard Salt gave an insight to his predicted ‘bright future’ for Gippsland last week.A renowned Australian demographer predicts a bright, expanding future for Gippsland, labelling it the ninth largest separate market in Australia.
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Presenting his research into Gippsland’s future growth last week, Bernard Salt told community members the region was on the rise culturally, economically and socially.

“The region is growing by 1600 people per year, with about 650 households more per year,” Mr Salt said.

“It offers a diversity of lifestyle options to Melbournians, tree change, seachange and suburbia.”

While many Latrobe Valley residents in particular express concerns of impending power station closures in the long term, Mr Salt said his data, based on predictions for 10 years from now, showed there would still be job growth.

“Despite the restructuring across power generation and agriculture over the last decade and a half there is still job growth, population growth and, in my view, Gippslanders have every reason to be positive about the next 10 years,” Mr Salt said.

“I think the worst is over, I think the hard restructuring has taken place.”

Mr Salt told The Express, it surprised him that in Gippsland and other regional centres community members did not seem to pay enough homage to local achievements

“Gippsland needs to develop a culture of celebrating its own success,” Mr Salt said.

“I think this is an issue with regional Australia generally, when I turn up there is a tendency to showcase who used to live there that’s now famous.

“Celebrate your own, celebrate success, build a culture of ‘have-a-go-ism’ rather than admiring someone from afar, it sends the wrong message to youth.”

Suggesting improvements to the region, Mr Salt said he believed there was scope for more tertiary institutions.

“If we’re going to manufacture stuff we should be smart about it and what we should be heavily investing is now is education,” Mr Salt said.

“You need to be skilling up your kids, your grandkids and investing in a generation of knowledge workers.”

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Time to saddle up for the show

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Amanda and Richard Morgan are looking forward to the return of equestrian events at the Traralgon and District Agricultural Show. photograph tom morrisonEquine enthusiasts will return to the ring at the 126th Traralgon and District Agricultural Show this year.
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Last year the show was forced to cancel all equestrian events due to resurfacing works undertaken by Latrobe City Council on Traralgon Recreation Reserve and Showgrounds.

Traralgon and District Agricultural Society secretary Lorraine Anderson said the absence of equestrian events caused great detriment to the show, with patronage dropping dramatically and the show’s typical atmosphere lost.

“It was terrible last year without them, we lost a lot,” Ms Anderson said.

“They most certainly help create the atmosphere at the show, without horses it’s not the same. We had entertainment last year, but it’s not the same if they can’t sit down and watch the horse events.”

Seven rings will be held each day to cater for all sections of competition.

With a broad range of events on offer, encompassing hacks, galloways, ponies, led, clydesdales, harness and more, Ms Anderson said there was something for all horse lovers.

“Everybody’s over the moon, they think it’s really great,’ Ms Anderson said.

No horse events last year meant riders lost the opportunity to obtain qualifying points to enter royal shows.

“They can get their points now to go to the royal,” Ms Anderson said.

Horse events will be held from 9am Friday and Saturday, 28 and 29 November.

Entries are open for all events, and schedules with entry forms can be obtained by phoning Lorraine Anderson on 5174 1366.

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Police remember the fallen

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Police will march together today to pay tribute to colleagues who have tragically fallen in the line of duty.
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National Police Remembrance Day honours police who have paid the ultimate price serving their community.

Since 1853, 157 Victoria Police officers have been killed in the line of duty.

Chief Commissioner Ken Lay said National Police Remembrance Day was one of the most significant days on the police calendar for all current and former members of the force.

“Recent events have again been a reminder to us of the dangers police face every day. Today is a time for all Victorians to unite and honour the sacrifice of the dedicated men and women who have lost their lives doing their job,” Chief CommissionerLay said.

“It is also important that our members take time to reflect on the important job they do and it is an opportunity for the community to acknowledge the risks that our men and women take every day to keep them safe.”

The annual commemorative march and service, which are open to the public, will be held today.

In Bendigo, a service will be held at the RSL Soldiers Forecourt in Pall Mall at 10am.

There will be light refreshments afterwards at the Bendigo District RSL Club in Havilah Road, North Bendigo.

The remembrance day coincides with Blue Ribbon Day, held each year on September 29.

The Blue Ribbon Foundationraises money to improved emergency facilities named in memory of fallen officers in Victoria’s public hospitals.

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Man impersonates police at Wallsend

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POLICE are appealing for public help after a man allegedly impersonated a police officer in Wallsend.
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Officers were called to Davis Avenue on Sunday after a man approached a resident working outside his property and told him he was a police officer about 6.40pm.

Police were told the man identified himself as a police officer before attempting to put the resident’s arms behind his back and enter the unit.

When the alleged victim refused and asked to see police identification, the man attempted to enter the property but was stopped by the resident and his wife.

The man then fled the scene.

He is described as between 182cm and 193cm tall and caucasian with short hair, shaved sides and a wrinkled face.

He was aged in his 40s and had faded neck tattoos, and was last seen wearing jeans and a zip-up jacket.

Anyone with information is urged to call Newcastle police or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

Sydney traffic: Burst water main causes major delays on Victoria Road at Ryde

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Traffic delays: a water main has burst on Victoria Road Photo: Ben RushtonLatest Sydney traffic conditions
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Motorists have been warned to expect major delays on Victoria Road in Ryde during Monday morning’s commute after a water main burst, closing a number of lanes.

All city-bound lanes and two west-bound lanes were initially closed when the water main burst near the intersection of Victoria Road and Blaxland Road about 4am.

Just before 6.30am, two lanes in each direction were re-opened, with one lane in each direction remaining closed.

The Transport Management Centre (TMC) said motorists should expect delays through the morning peak and follow the direction of traffic controllers on site.

Motorists also can not turn left from Blaxland Road onto Victoria Road.

TMC spokesman Marco Spadaccini said city-bound traffic had banked up about one kilometre during the morning, but just before 8am the queue had eased to about 500 metres.

The fact that it was school holidays and there was less peak-hour traffic on the road had helped the situation, he said.

“If school was in, it would be getting critical in the next 15 minutes,” he said.

There are significant delays to bus services. Bus tickets can be used on the North Shore and the Northern lines, Sydney Trains said.

Emergency services and Sydney Water crews are on site trying to fix the burst water main, before the road surface can be fixed. The lanes will remain closed at least for the morning peak, Mr Spadaccini said. Sydney Trains is recognising Sydney Buses tickets along #NorthShoreLine & #NorthernLine due to a burst water main on Victoria Road. — T1 Sydney Trains (@T1SydneyTrains) September 28, 2014This story Administrator ready to work first appeared on Nanjing Night Net.

need2know: US economy gains steam

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Investors are keeping a watchful eye on the US economy after the nation’s gross domestic product data, released on Friday, showed fresh strength.A separate report indicated consumer confidence climbed in September to a 14-month high as Americans’ outlooks for the economy improved. Locally, futures are pointing to a small rise at the open.
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What you need2know:

• SPI futures up 9 points to 5313

• AUD at 87.58 US cents, 95.65 Japanese yen, 69.00 Euro cents and 53.92 British pence

• In the US, S&P +0.9%, Dow +1%, Nasdaq +1%

• In Europe, Euro Stoxx 50 +0.6%, FTSE +0.2%, CAC +0.9%, DAX -0.2%

• Iron ore is at $US78.60 per metric tonne

• Spot gold slips 0.3% to $US1218.38 an ounce

• Brent oil is at $US97.00 per barrel.

What’s on today

Australia nothing scheduled; US personal income August, UK consumer confidence.

Stocks to watch

Deutsche Bank has advised investors to “hold” on Caltex Australia shares and has a 12-month price expectation of $25.45 a share.

Morningstar has a “reduce” rating for Infratil Limited and has a fair price expectation of $2.50 a share.

Morningstar has an “accumulate” rating for resources engineering group Monadelphous Group and has a fair price expectation of $16.00 a share.

Morningstar has advised investors to “reduce” investment in Metcash and has a fair price expectation of $2.50 a share.

The following stocks will trade ex dividend today:

Imperial Pacific, London City Equities, Lycopodium, McMillan Shakespeare, Peet Ltd, Recall Holdings, carsales南京夜网.

Currencies

The US dollar rose for a sixth day on Friday as the US economic growth accelerated faster than previously estimated, bolstering the case for the Fed to increase interest rates. The yen dropped, approaching the weakest level in six years versus the US currency, on speculation Japan’s government will push ahead with changes to allow the nation’s $US1.2 trillion pension fund to buy more overseas assets.

Commodities

Iron ore closed unchanged at $78.60 on Friday, according to the Steel Index.

Gold fell on Friday after a report showed that the US economy expanded last quarter at the fastest rate since 2011, crimping demand for the metal as an alternative investment.

Oil prices traded mixed on Friday, with the main US contract gaining 11 per cent and Brent holding stable amid geopolitical tensions in the oil-rich Middle East.

United States

US stocks finished an up-and-down week on a high note, posting solid gains on a strong Nike earnings report and a rally in Apple shares. The Dow Jones Industrial Average jumped 167.35 points (0.99 per cent) to 17,113.15. The broad-based S&P 500 gained 16.86 (0.86 per cent) to 1982.85, while the tech-rich Nasdaq Composite Index surged 45.45 (1.02 per cent) to 4512.19.

Europe

Europe’s main stock markets have moved in mixed directions while the euro continued to slide against the dollar. London’s benchmark FTSE 100 index ended Friday with a gain of 0.15 per cent at 6649.39 points while in Paris, the CAC 40 climbed 0.91 per cent to 4394.75 points. However Frankfurt’s DAX index shed 0.20 per cent to 9490.55 points after disappointing German consumer confidence data and a drop in shares in Allianz after its bond unit Pimco lost its chief.

Asia

Tokyo stocks have slipped 0.88 per cent on Friday following a sell-off on Wall Street, easing from a seven-year high reached in the previous session. The key Nikkei 225 index at the Tokyo Stock Exchange on Friday fell 144.28 points to 16,229.86, while the Topix index of all first-section shares eased 1.08 per cent, or 14.48 points, to 1331.95. South Korea’s Kospi index declined 0.1 per cent. Singapore’s Straits Times Index was little changed

What happened on Friday

A selloff in the major banks and miners dragged the Australian sharemarket to a six-month low on Friday and a fifth consecutive week of losses. For the week, the benchmark S&P/ASX200 dropped 2.2 per cent, or 119.7 points, to 5313.4, wiping out 2014’s gains. The broader All Ordinaries also lost 2.2 per cent, or 120.7 points, to 5316.6. On Friday the ASX 200 fell 1.3 per cent, or 68.8 points, while the All Ordinaries dipped 1.2 per cent, to 65.8 points. So far in September, the ASX200 has slumped 5.6 per cent, and is now down 0.7 per cent since the beginning of the year.

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Group 9Albury Thunder go down in history as one of the best

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Group 9 | Albury Thunder go down in history as one of the best TweetFacebookLivestreaming of the AlburyvSouthcity match, courtesy ofLivestream AustraliaandCut Above Productions.
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Fullback Ben Jeffery, who was outstanding, weaved his way through traffic to score Thunder’s first try in the sixth minute before striking again with another less than 10 minutes later.

Daniel Jacobs then did his best Israel Folau impersonation to send Albury clear when he flew high to claim a clever kick from Breust.

Albury was 18-0 up and on fire.

Southcity star Peter Little, the competition’s leading try-scorer, put some fire back in the contest when he crossed almost 29 minutes into the first half after pulling a rabbit out of the hat.

But that was as good as the day got for the Bulls.

Super-sub Joe Silafau struck just minutes before half-time for Albury after some unbelievable team defence forced Southcity back over their own try-line.

Thunder’s pressure was relentless.

Their attacking flair was brilliant, but the premiership was won on defence.

Albury led 24 to 4 at the break but certainly wasn’t home.

There was to be no repeat of last week’s preliminary final fadeout against Gundagai that almost cost the Thunder a spot in the decider.

They went for the kill.

Silafau crossed again just three minutes into the second-half, with a brilliant try from Mitch Seaton in the 50th minute all but sealing victory.

Seaton ran almost the full length of the field after making a brilliant intercept as the Bulls pressed for their second try.

Jon Huggett and Breust rounded the rout off with late tries of their own.

It was hard to find a poor Albury player on the day.

“I knew we had it in us,” Cale said.

“We were hungry today and it showed.

“People say you get complacent — that’s crap.

“The expectation on the boys, all year, has been massive.

“They’re a young playing group and I think people oversee that, a little bit.

“As soon as we’d got into the grand final it seemed like the shackles had broken and the weight had been lifted.

“We knew we had to get there and we knew what we could do when we got there.

“The defence was the best it’s been all year.

“I’m just so proud of them.”

The Border outfit simply dominated flag favourite Southcity in the biggest game of the season as it claimed a hat-trick of premierships for the first time.

“That’s the best we played all year,” Jeffery said.

“We knew we had to turn up and play 80 minutes and I think we did that.

“In the end, the score showed what we can do.

“From start to finish — we were great.”

Jeffery scored the first two tries of the game and played a starring role in the win.

“I’m just happy to do my part for the team,” he said.

“Without them, I wouldn’t even be on this paddock.

“We all play as a team and individuals mean nothing when you get a prize like this.

“It’s great.”

The star fullback will replace Josh Cale as coach next season and he wasted little time issuing a warning for the rest of the competition for next year.

“After three in a row we are a powerhouse in Group 9 and we want to stay that way,” he said.

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Fairfax front pages: Monday, September 29

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Fairfax front pages: Monday, September 29 The Border Mail, Albury, Victoria
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The Standard, Warrnambool, Victoria.

The Courier, Ballarat, Victoria.

Western Advocate, Bathurst, NSW

Newcastle Herald, NSW

Bendigo Advertiser, Victoria

The Advocate, Burnie, Tasmania

Central Western Daily, Orange, NSW

The Daily Advertiser, Wagga, NSW

Daily Liberal, Dubbo, NSW

The Examiner, Launceston, Tasmania

The Maitland Mercury, NSW

Illawarra Mercury, Wollongong, NSW

The Northern Daily Leader, Tamworth, NSW

The North West Star, Mount Isa, QLD

Cootamundra Herald, NSW

The Area News, Griffith, NSW

The Wimmera Mail-Times, Horsham, Victoria

Mudgee Guardian, NSW

Parkes Champion-Post, NSW

Port Macquarie News, NSW

South Coast Register, Nowra, NSW

Southern Weekly, Riverina, NSW

The Young Witness, NSW

Goulburn Post, NSW

Wellington Times, NSW

Cowra Guardian, NSW

The Canberra Times, ACT

Australian Financial Review

The Sydney Morning Herald, NSW

The Age, Melbourne, Victoria

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How to market to Gen Y

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Sarah Timmerman shows what Gen Y want because she is one.They know what they want and they want it now, but above all, they have great purchasing power. So how can your business reach the Gen Y market?
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The marketing secrets to unlocking the Gen Y demographic have been uncovered in a study by e-commerce platform Bigcommerce and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Bigcommerce senior director of communications Kristina Kennedy says the study of more than 100 small businesses and 250 people aged between 18 and 25 found some Gen Y stereotypes to be true.

“What we found with our research is the myth about Gen Y being impatient is really true,” she says.

“They are self-problem solvers and they to solve problems long before they call on a company for help.”

Take in these tips on how to stay one step ahead of Gen Y:

Be engaged on social media

It’s no surprise that Gen Ys are heavily invested in social media. The study found 95 per cent of small businesses were using Facebook to promote new products or educate new customers.

But simply having a social media presence doesn’t guarantee Gen Y sales. The study revealed only 5 per cent of Gen Y respondents said their purchase decisions were impacted by seeing a company on social media.

Pay attention to ratings and reviews

Perhaps the most important key to unlocking the Gen Y sector is to pay close attention to online ratings and reviews, says Kennedy.

The majority of Gen Ys said they use review sites before making a purchase, yet only 42 per cent of small business owners ever check online reviews.

“I think the number one thing that small businesses should do is care about their ratings and reviews,” Kennedy says.

“And if they’re not out there, find a way.”

Respond fast

Despite less than 20 per cent of small businesses saying they were unable to respond to customers within an hour, this is a priority for Gen Ys. The study revealed 70 per cent valued responsive support, which they say greatly impacts their level of trust in a business.

“Under promise and over deliver,” Kennedy says.

Use rewards and coupons

Although half of all businesses surveyed use rewards such as coupons or offers, the majority are not leveraging these well enough to create repeat purchases.

“Rewards drive loyalty and Gen Ys actually like using rewards,” Kennedy says.

“And the good news is once you’ve got them, they’re very loyal.”

Gen Y entrepreneur Sarah Timmerman markets to her own demographic through her online fashion store Beginning Boutique.

Timmerman was 21 when she started the boutique and six years later, she now employs 24 staff.

She says being part of Gen Y gives her a valuable insight into what her customers want.

“I don’t understand where the bad reputation comes from – Gen Y have got the reputation of being demanding, but I feel older people can be just as demanding,” she says.

Timmerman, who was last year named a Queensland finalist for the Telstra Business Women’s Awards, says her fellow Gen Ys rate honesty very highly.

“One of the biggest don’ts is to lie to Gen Y,” she says.

“If you’re not genuine at any point they will see through it. Because they are using social media so hard and fast, they pick up on any mistakes and faults.

“So if you make a mistake, say sorry and try to make it better.”

With between 8 and 15 per cent of his demographic in Gen Y, 124 Shoes does not specifically target Gen Y. But co-owner Anthony Barbieri says he understands what does and doesn’t work with Gen Y.

“Gen Ys like to engage in group discussions and share their thoughts,” he says.

“Out of this comes the awareness of what’s trending and hot. As more people purchase from us they have a high tendency to share their much-loved acquisitions via any one of the social media platforms.

“It’s here that we have noticed foot traffic and online inquiries from these social media posts.”

Communicating with Gen Y customers through social media is much better than traditional sales methods, Barbieri says.

“The hard sale doesn’t work,” he says.

“We see all elements of social media as the way forward, therefore it’s a strong element of our marketing mix that we embrace and unitise.

“We’ve also started to engage with bloggers that have a strong Gen Y following.”

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Police fire tear-gas as showdown over Hong Kong’s democracy heats up

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Protester wearing makeshift protection looks on as demonstrations continue. Photo: Philip Wen 30-year-old postgraduate student Leung Hei is overcome with emotion. Photo: Philip Wen
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Protester wearing makeshift protection looks on as demonstrations continue. Photo: Philip Wen

30-year-old postgraduate student Leung Hei is overcome with emotion. Photo: Philip Wen

Protester wearing makeshift protection looks on as demonstrations continue. Photo: Philip Wen

30-year-old postgraduate student Leung Hei is overcome with emotion. Photo: Philip Wen

Protester wearing makeshift protection looks on as demonstrations continue. Photo: Philip Wen

30-year-old postgraduate student Leung Hei is overcome with emotion. Photo: Philip Wen

Hong Kong: Confrontations between pro-democracy demonstrators and authorities escalated across the streets of central Hong Kong as riot police fired tear-gas into crowds of thousands in an attempt to disperse a series of surging protests that have beset the city for three days.

Canisters of tear-gas were fired repeatedly to push back the largely peaceful protesters, filling the air with thick plumes of smoke that burnt the eyes and singed the skin, and transformed the thriving financial hub into a heaving night battleground.

While the tear-gas momentarily scattered crowds, it seemed only to galvanise protesters, who returned in droves, drawing further participants who decided to join the protests in solidarity, angered by what they considered to be a heavy-handed response by authorities.

“Before dinner, I never would have imagined that I would join [the protests],” Candy Lam, a 32-year-old bank employee, said.

“I thought it was unhelpful to confront the Communist Party in this way, and that we could find other ways to negotiate, but tonight is too much. I saw the 6pm news and so many of us cried in front of the television.”

A 57-year-old construction worker, who only wanted to be identified by his last name, Ng, said he saw the tear-gas on television and decided to join the protest then and there.

Protesters also moved to occupy many major intersections across the city as police blocked access to the city’s government offices, while authorities were forced to close a central subway station for security reasons.

Waves of protesters marched towards police blockades with their hands in the air, many holding umbrellas to guard against volleys of tear-gas. Organisers also handed out masks and cling wrap, which protesters used to protect their eyes.

“Open the road!” and “Shame!” they chanted, as they called for Hong Kong chief executive Leung Chun-ying’s resignation and implored police to shed their riot gear and join them in protest.

The electric atmosphere moved some to tears. As chanting in the crowd reached fever pitch, Leung Hei began to weep.

“It’s very sad,” the 30-year-old postgraduate history student said. “The police are meant to protect us, not to step on us.”

The Hong Kong government said the police warned demonstrators to “leave peacefully and in an orderly manner, otherwise officers would use a higher level of force”.

“The central government adamantly opposes the various illegal acts that have occurred in Hong Kong, damaging rule of law and social order,” the mainland’s official news agency, Xinhua, said.

Hong Kong police said they had  arrested 78 people aged between 16 and 58 in connection with the protests.

Joshua Wong, the high-profile 17-year-old student protest leader, was released late on Sunday after more than 40 hours in detention without charge.

Hong Kong’s pro-democracy protests have been sparked by a decision by China’s legislature to reject calls for its people to freely elect their next leader.

For the first time, the 2017 chief executive vote will be carried out by a public vote, but a nomination committee will, effectively, be able to vet the candidates on the ballot, which protest organisers say, essentially, gives Beijing the ability to screen out any dissenting voices.

Mr Leung said on Sunday that the Hong Kong government was “resolute in opposing the unlawful actions by Occupy Central” and that the central government’s decision on Hong Kong political reform was “legally binding”.

Benny Tai, an associate professor of law at the University of Hong Kong who co-founded Occupy Central, said he and other protesters were prepared to stay and peacefully resist any effort to clear the area.

He said the Hong Kong government’s response would probably be guided by advice and signals from Beijing, which exercises sovereignty over the city.

“It’s hard for me to guess what the Chinese government thinks,” he told the New York Times. “A responsible government that loves its people would be moved and touched, but I’m not sure they love their own people.”

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