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Record quantity of Victorian students anxiously await VCE results

Posted December 14, 2015 07:43:59

Melbourne students receive end of year school results by SMS Photo: VCE final results will be delivered on the internet and by SMS from this morning. (ABC NEWS, file photo)

A record number of Victorian secondary college students will locate out their VCE benefits this morning.

Education Minister James Merlino said a lot more than 49,000 students across Victoria would await the news.

The results will be delivered on-line and by SMS from this morning.

But those receiving their benefits in the post will have to wait till tomorrow.

Mr Merlino stated it was an anxious and fascinating time for students.

“It is also essential to remind these students that if they do not acquire the scores that they’ve been hoping for, they need to seek guidance from their schools and from their parents and never neglect that life provides several pathways to accomplishment,” he stated.

Topics: education, vic

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Tasmanian farmers urged to plan ahead following driest spring on record

By Sallese Gibson

Posted December 02, 2015 16:23:59

Dead trees Tasmania drought, December 2007 Photo: Tasmania has experienced its driest spring on record and farmers are becoming urged to turn to technology to keep afloat. (ABC News: Cate Grant)

Automated irrigation systems and drought-resistant crops are amongst planning measures put forward to Tasmanian farmers experiencing unseasonably dry situations.

The state has experienced its driest spring on record which has forced some farmers to sell livestock and lessen crop plantings.

One particular of the factors that we often see… is that men and women aren’t employing the [irrigation program] capacity very effectively.

TIA dairy group leader Lesley Irvine

At a forum in the state’s north-west the Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture (TIA) looked at methods for coping with low summer season rainfall.

TIA dairy team leader Lesley Irvine mentioned they wanted to aid farmers far better handle climate variability.

“We’ll be offering sensible tips on irrigation management in a dry summer season and how to get the ideal from your irrigation pump and sprinklers,” she stated.

Dr Joseph Foley from the University of Southern Queensland, who was a guest speaker at the occasion, mentioned there ought to be a focus on irrigation overall performance.

“One particular of the things that we frequently see … is that men and women are not using the [irrigation system] capacity quite properly,” he stated.

“They might only utilise two-thirds of that program capacity.

“One of the challenges is to make sure that the pivots are utilized fully by means of this hotter summer time period.

“That implies that it truly should be utilised to capacity and actually ought to be running far more or significantly less each day, all week, throughout these warmer months.”

Automated irrigation ‘improves water efficiency’

Dr James Hill with an automated irrigation system Photo: Dr James Hill with an automated irrigation program which he says can aid farmers by way of dry circumstances with better water efficiency. (ABC News: Sallese Gibson)

Researchers at the TIA are establishing an irrigation technique to enhance the way farmers use their water.

Project leader Dr James Hills stated the technique automatically irrigates pastures, based on data it collects.

“What we will be carrying out is putting sensors out in the field that’ll be measuring the soil moisture, the climatic variables temperature, rainfall and other factors and we’ll be getting sensors on our actual pivot, searching at water volume being employed,” he mentioned.

As soon as you get behind and it is really tough to catch up and that truly effects efficiency and productivity.

TIA project leader Dr James Hills

“We can [then] commence to appear at approaches to take the decision that is at present getting produced by farmers into an automatic program so that the program itself is producing decisions on what is the greatest application of water.

“It identifies exactly where the water needs to go, how much water wants to go on, when it needs to go on and then applies that in an automatic way.”

Dr Hills believes taking the decision-making away from farmers could lead to efficiency gains.

“At present, farmers make choices by seeking at their pastures … they’re possessing to make the choice to go out and to turn the irrigator on to apply that water,” he stated.

“What we’re trying to do is to develop a program that essentially identifies what is necessary and then does that automatically.

“A single of the massive issues is that farmers do not really know how significantly is acceptable … and so there is instances exactly where specific areas in your paddock may possibly be more than-watered, other places beneath-watered.

“[The technique] is really enabling the matching of your water to the specifications for those paddocks.”

He said he was confident it would boost farm management, specifically in dry circumstances.

“Farmers … require to consider about appropriately starting their irrigation at the correct time, [so] they’re not allowing the ground to dry out and they are creating positive they keep up with it,” he said.

“[It really is crucial] they don’t drop important productivity just by saying ‘I feel I will just skimp a tiny bit here’, due to the fact when you get behind and it’s quite challenging to catch up and that really impacts efficiency and productivity.”

The irrigation sensor method is in its very first year of a three-year trial period in Tasmania.

Trials aim to beat the heat

Adam Langworthy in his 'crop circle' Photo: Adam Langworthy stands inside the circle of infrared heaters utilized test pasture species resistance to drought. (ABC News: Sallese Gibson)

An additional trial project is using infrared heaters to test pasture species and irrigation strategies.

Project leader Adam Langworthy hopes to determine how diverse grass species respond to irrigation below specific temperatures.

“The project’s looking at how we can overcome the adverse affects of heatwaves over these dry periods,” he stated.

“To impose heatwave stress, we’ve been creating these infrared heater rings.

“It really is virtually like crop circles that we’re making with these heaters.

“We’ll be going through with diverse frequencies of irrigation to see if you’d invest in one thing like a centre pivot compared to a travelling irrigator, how you’d expect your grass to execute below these different frequencies of irrigation.”

Topics: irrigation, rural, agribusiness, tas

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Cate Campbell breaks 100m freestyle world record at Short Course Championships

Posted November 28, 2015 19:33:00

Cate Campbell has set a one hundred metres freestyle planet record during the 200m final at the Australian Brief Course Championships in Sydney.

Coach Simon Cusack challenged his star pupil to break the 51.38 mark set by Libby Trickett in 2009 following Saturday morning’s 200m heats.

And the 23-year-old responded in perfect fashion, re-writing the record books with a beautiful 50.91-second swim more than the initial 100m before cruising the rest of the way to record an official time of two:18.26.

Far more to come.


Topics: swimming, sport, sydney-2000, nsw, australia

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Canberra breaks Christmas tree lights record

Posted November 27, 2015 22:51:39

The record-breaking Christmas tree lights up for the first time in Civic. Photo: The record-breaking Christmas tree lights up for the initial time in Civic. (ABC News: Alexandra Beech)
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Canberra has broken the planet record for the greatest quantity of lights adorning an artificial Christmas tree.

The 22-metre tree in Civic was strung with 518,838 LED lights to raise funds to aid families impacted by sudden infant death syndrome.

Warning: Videos beneath include flashing pictures and may possibly not be appropriate for individuals with epilepsy.

Thousands of people turned out to see the Christmas Lights in the City display lit up for the very first time on Friday night.

The tree was refurbished with 1.6 kilometres of fake green fir from China and dressed with giant baubles and flashing presents.

It was topped with a 1.5-metre star filled with 12,000 glowing bulbs.

It was the centrepiece of the Christmas Lights in the City display and took a team of architects, engineers, designers and volunteers a year to put collectively.

External Link: David Richards’ record breaking Christmas tree lights display

Universal Studios in Japan had won the record for hanging 364,200 bulbs on a tree for five consecutive years.

The Japanese tally this year was 374,280 lights on a 36-metre tall artificial tree.

Children count down to the lighting of the Christmas tree. Photo: Children count down to the lighting of the Christmas tree. (ABC News: Alexandra Beech)

The display also included an ice castle, night markets and a 73-metre tunnel of lights showcasing the 12 days of Christmas.

Christmas Lights in the City is SIDS and Kids ACT’s most significant fundraiser of the year.

Last year it broke the planet record for the largest LED show and raised more than $ 200,000.

Illuminated presents at the base of the Christmas tree. Photo: Illuminated presents at the base of the Christmas tree. (ABC News: Alexandra Beech)

Canberra barrister and father David Richards was behind the dazzling display once again this year.

Mr Richards broke records decking out his own property in Forrest with garlands of lights more than Christmas for years.

Searching for a bigger challenge, he moved his popular show to Civic for the initial time last year.

External Link: Youngsters dance under the Christmas lights in Civic

Mr Richards mentioned the project was a labour of love, but juggling the set-up along with perform commitments this year had proved a challenge.

“Silly items like, I was on top of the merry-go-round in a tough hat and high-vis, and I’ve forgotten about a court look and had be in court… it was quite unnerving because I never like becoming late for anything,” he mentioned.

Families gaze on the lights in Civic. Photo: Households gaze on the lights in Civic. (ABC News: Alexandra Beech)

He stated he was keen to hold the event running in future years, but he hoped to take a step back from managing it.

“It really is got as well massive, and now it is a project that must be sustainable… it needs a project manager. A bit like Floriade has a modest group of people seeking following it,” he said.

Mr Richards and his wife Janean have currently raised more than $ 600,000 for the charity over the years soon after losing a youngster to SIDS in 2002.

They are hoping this year’s show will raise a additional $ 350,000.

Children watch the flashing lights change colour. Photo: Children watch the flashing lights alter colour. (ABC News: Alexandra Beech)

SIDS and Kids ACT‎ chief executive Lisa Ridgley mentioned the Richards’ Christmas light shows supplied an essential financial enhance for the organisation each and every year.

“We give bereavement help services and counselling to anyone who is affected by the loss of a little one particular, no matter what the cause,” she said.

“To get this sort of help, in an occasion like this, goes a long way to aid us provide solutions to the community, free of charge.”

The lights will stay up until New Year’s Eve.

A girl reaches out to touch a reindeer as part of the 12 days of Christmas display. Photo: A girl reaches out to touch a reindeer as portion of the 12 days of Christmas show. (ABC News: Alexandra Beech)

Topics: way of life-and-leisure, neighborhood-and-society, canberra-2600, act

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2015 shaping up as hottest year on record

Updated November 25, 2015 22:50:04

This year is set to be the hottest on record, due to a robust El Nino season and global warming, the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) says.

The WMO said temperatures had now risen 1 degree Celsius since the industrial revolution, with 2C regarded the limit to steer clear of harmful climate alter.

“The state of the global climate in 2015 will make history as for a quantity of factors,” WMO secretary-general Michel Jarraud said.

“Greenhouse gas emissions, which are causing climate change, can be controlled. We have the understanding and the tools to act.”

The UN agency’s provisional statement on the status of the climate also declared the 5-year period among 2011 and 2015 the hottest on record.

“Levels of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere reached new highs and in the Northern hemisphere spring 2015 the three-month international typical concentration of CO2 crossed the 400 components per million barrier for the first time,” Mr Jarraud said.

“We have a selection — future generations do not.”

Australia has had its fair share of climate records broken this year too — not too long ago the Bureau of Meteorology declared October to be the hottest ever recorded.

A chart showing the year 2015's temperature changes in Celsius compared to 1961 to 1990 Photo: 2015’s temperature changes in Celsius compared to 1961 to 1990. (WMO/Met Office Hadley Centre)

A robust El Nino occasion is also pushing up temperatures.

“The all round warming effect of this El Nino is expected to continue into 2016,” Mr Jarraud said.

The WMO’s statement is designed to give negotiators the most up to date info prior to discussions begin at the UN’s Paris Climate Summit subsequent week.

The worldwide typical surface temperature from January to October shows the temperature for 2015 was about .73C above the 1961 to 1990 typical of 14C, and approximately 1 degree above the pre-industrial 1880 to 1899 period.

The WMO mentioned the international average sea-surface temperature, which set a record final year, is also probably to be met or beaten this year — despite the fact that there have been some notable cold spots, like around the Antarctic.

“A sturdy anomaly in atmospheric patterns known as the Southern Annular Mode lasted for many months,” the statement said.

“Eastern locations of north America were colder than average during the year, but none have been record cold.

“Following a warm January to September, Argentina skilled its coldest October on record.”

Professor Matthew England from UNSW’s Climate Adjust Investigation Centre stated the worldwide air typical temperature record had been “completely smashed in 2015”.

“This warming blows away the record-breaking 1997-1998 El Nino by a massive .two degrees Celsius,” he mentioned.

“The lead to of this distinction among two equivalent El Nino years is record levels of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere.

“This ought to be a large wake-up get in touch with in the lead up to Paris for urgent and binding deep cuts in fossil fuel emissions.”

Dr Karl Braganza, the head of climate monitoring at the Bureau of Meteorology, worked on the report and mentioned the heat would probably continue subsequent year.

“Australia saw record spring temperatures in 2013, again in 2014, and this may possibly effectively continue for a third consecutive year,” he said.

“These are substantial changes for the climate method, with a likelihood that these are the warmest temperatures considering that just before the last ice age, and the highest levels of carbon dioxide in a lot more than two-and-a-half million years.”

External Link: Interactive animation shows temperatures about Australia more than the past week

Subjects: climate, climate-change, australia

Very first posted November 25, 2015 21:53:36

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After raising record $3.4M on Kickstarter, UK drone startup collapses

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(credit: Torquing Group)

The British drone startup that set a record for the most-funded European Kickstarter project earlier this year has now folded, according to a statement sent to backers on Wednesday.

Earlier this month, cofounder and CEO Ivan Reedman abruptly left Torquing Group, citing “personal well being troubles and irreconcilable differences.”

In January 2015, Torquing Group concluded its Kickstarter campaign to fund production of its handheld drone, known as the Zano, raising much more than £2.three million ($ three.4 million) in under two months.

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