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ACT hosts ban live export march


Animal Liberation ACT will host a peaceful march to demand an end to Australia’s live export trade this Sunday. 

Animals Australia member Jillian Dirrou says numerous investigations in to the industry have revealed extreme cruelty in the Middle East and Indonesia.

“As a result of this trade animals endure the kind of brutality we would simply not stand for in this country,” Ms Dirrou said.

“It’s not often these events are held in the ACT so I urge anyone who cares about animal welfare to come along and show their support.”

The march begins at 11am from Old Parliament House.


‘Cats’ cast finalised

The cast is now set for the ANU Interhall Production of Cats
Photo source: http://www.facebook.com/anumusical


Casting has been finalised for Australian National University Interhall Productions’ rendition of Andrew Lloyd Weber’s Cats. 

Rehearsals have now begun for the show which will be performed at the ANU Arts Centre from August 14 – 17.

ANU student Peta Leigh has been cast in the role of Jemima and is excited about where the role may take her.

Sarah Brightman made her musical theatre debut in the West End in this role, so I’m really lucky to have been given this opportunity” she said.

“She’s a international superstar, so it would be fantastic if I could follow in her footsteps.”

Jolie undergoes double mastectomy

Proactive: Angelina Jolie has undergone a double mastectomy
Photo Source The Herald Sun

Angelina Jolie has revealed she has undergone a voluntary double mastectomy due to her inceased risk of breast cancer.

In a piece she wrote for The New York Times, Jolie states the surgery reduced her chances of developing the disease from 87% to 5%.

“Once I knew that this was my reality, I decided to be proactive and to minimise the risk as much I could,” she wrote.

“I feel empowered that I made a strong choice that in no way diminishes my femininity.”

Jolie hopes her story will encourage other women to make informed choices.

The full piece is available here.

Funding increase for child care educators

RPL assessment grants increased by 47%

RPL assessment grants have increased by 47%

The Australian Government’s Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations has announced increased grants for early childhood educators under the Recognition of Prior Learning Initiative.

The funding provides up to $3500 to eligible educators to assist with the costs of undergoing a Recognition of Prior Learning assessment.

Director of Nans Child Care Centre Sandy Muscat says RPL assessments are crucial for a Certificate III, Diploma or Advanced Diploma in Children’s Services.

“These qualifications are now compulsory under the new National Quality Framework so it’s great these grants are offered,” Ms Muscat said.

For further Information and application forms click here.

From Kaleen to Paris


Kaleen’s Toni Goodyer is off to Paris from May 26 – 29

Estia Hair and Beauty Manager Toni Goodyer will attend the World Wide Hair Tour 2013 in Paris next week. 

Italian beauty company Davines has rewarded the Kaleen hairdresser with an all expenses paid trip to the 4 day event.

“I couldn’t believe it when I received the invitation. I haven’t even been overseas before,” Mrs Goodyer said.

The tour brings together the best hairdressers from around the world and features the top 10 finalists of the World Style Contest.

“I’m so grateful for this amazing opportunity to travel to France and learn from the world’s best stylists,’ Mrs Goodyer said.

Goddard wins GWS award

Joint GWS Giants Women in Community AFL Award winner Rebecca Goddard Photo courtesy of the Eastlake Football Club

Joint GWS Giants Women in Community AFL
award winner Rebecca Goddard
Photo courtesy of the Eastlake Football Club

Australian Rules Football pioneer Rebecca Goddard was named joint recipient of the Greater Western Sydney Giants Women in Community AFL Award today.

Ms Goddard was one of over 100 women nominated for the award recognising the important contributions women make to community football.

“I was thrilled just to be nominated for this award so it’s a honour to have won it,” she said.

The football stalwart has worked relentlessly as a player, coach, umpire and administrator and was instrumental in establishing the Gungahlin Women’s Football Team.

“There are many great women in AFL and I’m proud they are being acknowledged.”

Hurst back for Capitals


Natalie Hurst returns to the Women’s National Basketball League

Basketball star Natalie Hurst has announced she will be returning to the Canberra Capitals for the 2013/2014 Women’s National Basketball League season.

30 year-old Hurst is the Capital’s most successful home grown talent having played in six of the clubs seven WNBL Championships.

“Canberra is where my heart is and playing for the Capitals is where I belong. I bleed blue and gold so it’s great to finally be back in a Caps uniform,” Hurst said.

The Australian Opal’s squad member has spent the last three years playing professionally overseas in France and Hungary.

Most recently Hurst has played in the highest international competition, the Women’s Euro League, where she led her team Uni Gyor in points scoring and assists.

“Playing in Europe was a huge learning experience and I know I am a much better player because of it. I’m looking forward to coming back to the WNBL and hopefully making an impact,” she said.

Canberra Capital’s Head Coach Carrie Graf says signing the 163cm point guard was the clubs number one priority.

“She is an icon of the Canberra Capitals so having her back in the team will do big things for the club and for the Canberra community,” Graf said.

Hurst first played for the Capitals at age 15 as a junior development player.

Over the next 12 years she received numerous club accolades including the prestigious Player’s Player Award, recognising the team’s hardest worker.

In her final season she was elevated to Vice-Captain of the club.

“Natty brings a wealth of experience with her and a history of success at the Capitals. Her skill, leadership and impeccable work ethic are exactly what we need to get this team back to the top,” Graf said.

While Hurst has gone from strength to strength since leaving the WNBL, the same can’t be said for the Canberra Capitals.

Hurst’s last season with the team coincides with the club’s last Championship in 2010.

The following year the team made it to the grand final but lost convincingly to the Bulleen Boomers 103 – 78.

Since then the team has struggled to win games, spending the last two seasons fighting to stay off the bottom of the ladder.

With the team missing the finals for the first time since 2005, Basketball ACT Chief Executive Officer Tony Jackson says it’s time to turn things around.

“The Capitals have an enriched history of success having won the most Championships of any WNBL club. This coming season the club is committed to building a team that can once again bring a Championship back to the City of Canberra,” Mr Jackson said.

For Graf, Hurst is the biggest piece of the puzzle.

“Her international experience has helped develop her game to the standard of the world’s best. She’ll be one of the premier points guards in the league this year,” Graf said.

However, Hurst quickly dismisses suggestions the team’s success now rests on her shoulders.

“It’s never about one person in basketball. We are going to have a great team that will play together. That’s what wins Championships,” she said.

“I’m so happy to be heading home and playing in front of my friends and family. I can’t wait for the season to start.”

The 2012/2014 WNBL season commences in October and can be seen on ABC1.

Toulouse-Lautrec exhibition a hit


Moulin Rouge: La Goulue (1891)
Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec

The National Gallery of Australia’s Toulouse-Lautrec: Paris & the Moulin Rouge is so far the most popular event of the Centenary of Canberra celebrations.

Deputy Chief Minister Andrew Barr says the exhibition provided a rare opportunity to view the works of one of the most influential Post-Impressionists.

“Almost 80% of the 170,201 people who visited the exhibition travelled to Canberra. This injected an estimated $37 million in to the ACT economy,” the Minister said.

“It was a wonderful start to the Canberra 100 program.”

The NGA’s next exhibition, Turner from the Tate: The Making of a Master opens in June.

Munoz back in Matilda’s mix

Caitlin Munoz will join the Matildas training camp this weekend

Caitlin Munoz will join the Matildas training camp this weekend

Canberra United veteran and former Matilda Caitlin Munoz will rejoin the National Team this weekend.

The 29 year-old was invited to train when a number of squad members became unavailable due to injury and overseas commitments.

Having last worn the green and gold in 2011, Munoz believed her Matildas days were over.

“The game’s changed since I represented Australia but it’s great to be involved again,” Munoz said.

“I love playing at this level and I’m looking forward to being part of it any way I can.”

The Matildas are currently preparing for a series vs. New Zealand in June.

RBA cuts cash rate

Shaun Hagen of Canberra's Dixon Advisory

Shaun Hagen of Canberra’s Dixon Advisory


The Reserve Bank of Australia today announced an official cash rate cut of 25 basis points.

Investment Advisor for Dixon Advisory Shaun Hagen believes the record low 2.75% interest rate will provide a much needed boost to the local Canberra economy.

“We have seen a few months of weakness as Canberrans worry about a change of federal government,” Mr Hagen said.

“The continued low inflation environment has allowed rates to be lowered which is a big win for the Canberra property market.”

At this stage it’s unknown how many banks will pass on the rate cut to their customers.

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