Police are hunting these two men in relation to a Northbridge bashing. Both the men are believed to be between 18 and 20 years old and 176 centimetres tall.
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Police are searching for two men in relation to a Northbridge assault that left a 43-year-old man with a broken nose, cracked ribs and dislocated fingers.

Just after midnight on Saturday August 10, the victim was walking down William Street towards the Perth train station when two dark-skinned men dragged him from the street into the entrance of a hostel.

The pair kicked and punched the man until he was unconscious, before fleeing on foot.

The victim was taken to hospital with a broken nose, facial lacerations, broken ribs and dislocated fingers.

Both offenders are believed to be between 18 and 20 years old, 176 centimetres tall with short hair and medium builds.

One was wearing a blue baseball cap with white lettering on the front, and a white Chicago Bulls Michael Jordan basketball jersey with a long-sleeved white shirt underneath, long pants and red shoes.

The other offender was wearing a black hooded jumper and a black shirt with a motif on front, long dark pants and black shoes.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000. Follow WAtoday on Twitter

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While couples are now taking longer to get married, moving in together first, their marriages are more likely to last longer. Photo: Eddie Jim Traditional families on the move
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Just like the TV series of the same name, a report on Australia’s “Modern Family” has shown a significant shift away from the nuclear family make-up of mum, dad and two kids.

The AMP NATSEM Income and Wealth Report Modern Family found a doubling in the number of Australians identifying as gay, more couples living together before they were married and a considerable increase in the number of families where a female was the major income earner.

“The first big headline is that one in four Australian households has a female as their major breadwinner,” lead author and principal research fellow Rebecca Cassell said.

“Both parents work in about 60 per cent of families and that’s been increasing quite considerably over time.

“We now have about half a million families where the female earns more in wages than her male partner.

“It’s increased by about 140,000 families in the last decade.”

However, WA has gone backwards in this respect, with mining wages making a “big difference”.

In the years before the mining boom gained momentum in WA, female breadwinners were more common than elsewhere in Australia.

But in the decade between 2001 and 2011, WA households became the least common to have a female leading the money-making charge – the state average now sits at 18 per cent, compared to the national average which grew to 24 per cent.

“A lot of the driver of this is the mining boom,” Ms Cassell said.

“We know there are really big wages and as it’s gained momentum men’s wages have really soared.

“Women’s wages have increased substantially too in those sectors but not at the same rate.”

As support for same-sex marriage grows, so does the number of Australians willing to identify as being gay.

The report found a national increase of 72 per cent in the number of same-sex couples over the 10-year period, but in WA the increase in lesbian couples was even more stark.

“It’s not that more people are gay or more people are homosexual, it’s they’re more willing and comfortable to disclose their relationship status,” Ms Cassell said.

The reported number of same-sex female couples in Perth grew almost 100 per cent and male same-sex couples grew 68 per cent.

In regional WA the number of female couples grew at the higher rate of 110 per cent (male couples grew 41 per cent).

Ms Cassell said the higher rate for females in regional areas was because the metro area was starting from a higher base of gay couples.

“In regional areas it’s always been something that’s a little bit taboo and not everyone is going to accept you,” she said.

“But more and more there’s been a movement to disclose because gay and lesbian groups want to be recognised, they want to say ‘here we are, we’re actually a substantial population and please recognise us’.”

The number of people who supported gay rights in terms of marriage and children grew 14 per cent, over half a decade, to sit at 52 per cent.

While younger people were more likely to support gay rights and gave the biggest increase in support, researchers saw older people were changing their opinions.

“We’ve looked at the responses of the same people over time, which is absolutely fantastic because within these generations they’re changing their minds,” Ms Cassell said.

“They’re changing their output and the support is changing within a generation.”

Two thirds of Gen Y respondents support gay rights compared to just over half of Gen X, 42 per cent of Baby Boomers and a third of the “Builder” generation (born 1906 – 1945).

“Of course the younger generation are more supporting and more encouraging of being different,” Ms Cassell said.

“They come from a different generation with different values and different norms, but it’s not limited to the younger generation and yes, our mums and dads and grandparents are changing their minds and are supportive of equal rights for homosexual relationships.”

More than one in five female same-sex couples reported having children in 2011.

While couples are now taking longer to get married, moving in together first, their marriages are more likely to last longer, Ms Cassell said.

“WA, compared to the national average, it’s got a higher proportion of people cohabitating or living together before they get married,” she said.

“It’s around 83 per cent and nationally it’s about 78 per cent.

“We think religion has a little bit to do with it – some states have higher religious affiliation than others and it could also be whether people have the means to get married.”

More than 70 per cent of people getting married were choosing civil ceremonies over their religious counterparts, a huge jump from 38 per cent in 1991.

The decade also saw the length of marriage increase from 10 to 12 years.

“A number of things can be driving that – we know that the marriage rate has been decreasing over time as well,” Ms Cassell said.

“So people entering into marriage enter into these formal relationships out of quite a lot of thought given to the union.

“They’re very serious about that relationship so they’re less likely to divorce.”

WA’s divorce rate of 2.1 was marginally lower than the 2011 national average of 2.2 per 1000 people.Follow WAtoday on Twitter

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Apple unveils iPad Air, iPad miniApple’s great software giveawayNokia launches first tablet
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San Francisco: Apple’s relatively low-expectation launch event in San Francisco on Tuesday still managed to produce a few incremental improvements to its hardware and software line up.

The new full-sized iPad, dubbed the iPad Air because it is 20 per cent thinner and nearly 200 grams lighter than its predecessor, at a mere 469 grams, will sell in Australia when it arrives on the shelves on November 1.

A new iPad mini, with a high definition Retina display touchscreen and considerably improved performance, will arrive later in November.

Apple appears to be recognising the stiff competition in the tablet market, but is seeking to hold its position as the technological leader with notable boosts to performance from the new A7 microprocessor introduced only weeks ago in the iPhone 5s. The new iPad Air and iPad mini are the first Apple tablets offered with 64-bit architecture in an effort to put desktop level performance into mobile devices.

While some in the audience of 300 media and industry identities invited to the event at San Francisco’s Yerba Buena Centre for the Arts on Tuesday felt the event was low key, the technical features in the new iPads are impressive and important to Apple’s sales in the increasingly vigorous tablet market.

Veteran industry analyst Tim Bajarin of Creative Strategies said he saw the raised performance levels giving the new iPads a significant advantage, as tablets continued to eat into PC sales, and apps became more demanding of processor output, particularly in mobile gaming.

Van Baker of Gartner said Apple was continuing to use its software expertise and innovation to sell its hardware. The number of iPad apps now in the App Store gave the company an advantage over its Android competitors.

Many of the 475,000 iPad-native apps now offered in the App Store had yet to be adapted to the new architecture, however.

Baker said he felt the integration of mobile, desktop and notebook computing allowed by the Apple ecosystem was another major advantage, particularly as iPads continued to move into business and corporate spheres.

“Apple doesn’t make a lot of noise about its penetration of the enterprise, but iPads are pretty much dominant now as bring-your-own-device (BYOD) continues its invasion.”

Hence the improvements in the enhanced MacBook Pro also announced. It comes in both 13- and 15-inch configurations with high definition Retina display screens and the latest Intel microprocessors – the fourth-generation Intel Haswell Core processor in the 13-inch model and a Quad Core i7 “Crystal Well” processor in the 15-inch model.

The basic 13-inch model with a 2.4 GHz dual-core i5 processor with 4 GB of memory and 128 GB of solid state flash storage starts at $1599. The new 15-inch model starts at $2499. It comes with an Intel Core i7 processor with turbo boost speeds to 3.2 GHz, 8 GB of memory, 256 GB of solid state storage and a new graphics Intel Iris Pro graphics system. Both MacBook Pros are on sale in Australia from Wednesday.

The big shift here is in battery performance, which in both the new MacBook Pro sizes now promises to match the 10-hour life that had media experts extolling the latest, Haswell-equipped MacBook Air as “the best notebook, ever”.

Simultaneously with the release of the new MacBook Pro line-up, Apple announced that Mac OS X 9.0 Mavericks, the latest version of its desktop and notebook operating system would go live worldwide for download from Wednesday – for free.

Mavericks has been around in various beta versions for some time and has been well received. It has many new and clever features, some refinements, others making work easier. For MacBook users the biggest plus may be a clear improvement in battery life that has allowed Sir Jonathan Ive to design the Pro thinner (down to less than 2 centimetres) and lighter, which seems to mean a smaller battery from which much less is now demanded by the computer and the operating system.

Apple said the Macbook Pro will be build in the US with some imported components, an indication perhaps that the massive Chinese factories still employed to make iPhones, iPads and Macs are becoming too expensive.

No Mac OS redesign

After the release of the totally redesigned and minimalist iOS 7 many of us thought we would see Mac OS X similarly redesigned. It hasn’t happened yet. Mavericks does a good bit more than Mountain Lion, but the user interface is much the same.

The newness is largely in the apps that swim in Mavericks – named for a famous Californian surfing beach. Maps and iBooks have been added – Apple Maps now over its birthing blues and operating competently on iPhone and iPad. And iBooks has been added to the desktop system, too. Apple also today released new versions of the iWork and iLife software suites, and again offered them as free downloads.

One of the best features of Mavericks is the cleverness of the integration of the apps with tabs and tags. There’s a new tagging button alongside the Share feature that was introduced in OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion. Click it and you get a dropdown menu to name your tag, some coloured buttons and a list of category suggestions such as Work, Important and Home to store them under. Files and folders can be dragged and dropped between tabs; those you have created showing in the side panel of the Finder.

The new iWork suite of the Pages word processor, Numbers spreadsheet manager and Keynote presentation software has been enhanced by the addition of real-time collaboration – two or more users working on iPhone, iPad or Mac (and even a Windows PC) can work simultaneously online through iCloud on their creations in either of those applications. It is all done through a new unified file format in iWork.

This does not mean, as some predicted, that Mac OS X would come to more closely resemble iOS but that so far as those apps are concerned, they are platform agnostic. If you want to change a presentation built on your Mac in Keynote, you can do it through iCloud from your iPad or your iPhone, and then play it from your MacBook.

The iWork user interface has been redesigned as has that for Calendar in Mac OS X.

Also much changed at the apps within the iLife suite, iPhoto, iMovie and GarageBand. They are now 64-bit, making them faster in browsing and editing. iPhoto has new tools and effects to manage both colour and monochrome images and, on iPads and iPhones, use gestures to handle slideshows, order colour prints and create and order hardcover photo books of your photographs from the Apple service just as you could previously from a Mac.

Both platforms now have a redesigned iMovie application with easier to use editing tools to add effects and change the playback speed of video files. I remain astonished that one can shoot, edit and publish a movie from an iPhone, but the simplified tools in the new iMovie are very capable. The small iPhone screen makes it a bit challenging, but the iPad is ideal, even for split screen and picture-in-picture effects.

Output of the result can be done from either device or a Mac through iMovie Theatre, or you can send your epic to the big screen in the lounge via Apple TV.

GarageBand for the Mac has been redesigned, has a new sound library and a drummer control that allows you to emulate one of a dozen or so top-line band drummers whose style has been licensed by Apple. The app has also been updated with an interface in tune with the style of iOS 7. And everything is integrated across all your devices and Macs through iCloud, even allowing users to start a song on an iPhone and pick up on the Mac at the pint they got off the tram and had to go to work.

If one Apple innovation was found missing from the line-up in San Francisco it was TouchID, the feature introduced on the iPhone 5s that allows unlocking the phone by the touching the fingerprint scanner. It didn’t happen.  Maybe next time.

The writer travelled to San Francisco as a guest of Apple.

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Campaign Rio … Australian Olympic Committee president John Coates says it is “totally aligned” with the Australian Sports Commission. Photo: Brendan EspositoAustralian Olympic Committee president John Coates says the Australian Institute of Sport has finally ”put its neck on the line” and endorsed their ambitious goal of a top-five finish at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games.
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Key personnel at the AIS, including director Matt Favier, will take on roles with the Australian Olympic team as part of a ground-breaking partnership dubbed ”Campaign Rio”.

The AIS will work closely with the AOC and Australian Paralympic Committee in a bid to return Australia to the elite countries at the next Olympic Games in three years.

Australia’s disappointing return from last year’s London Olympic Games sparked the overhaul.

The 10th-place finish in the overall medal tally, with 35 medals, was Australia’s worst result since Barcelona in 1992.

That led to the creation of the Winning Edge high-performance strategy, which put the onus on individual sports to be more accountable for how they invest their funding.

With the federal government promising to maintain its $95 million budget for Olympic and Paralympic sports, Coates said it was integral to improve the effectiveness of how the funds were spent to keep pace with rival nations.

”It might have been a big step [for the AIS] a few years back before polices such as Winning Edge had come out and aligned themselves to our top-five target,” Coates said.

”In the past they had sort of sat back there and you wouldn’t have had any confidence in doing it.

”They didn’t have the same objectives. For some reason they noted our top five, but never endorsed it.

”They weren’t prepared to put their neck on the line, as they’ve done now.

”But now we’re totally aligned and I’m very confident this is the right thing to do.”

Favier will become the deputy chef de mission in charge of performance of the Australian Olympic team.

Other key AIS personnel to have roles with the Olympic team include chief medical officer Dr David Hughes and director of sports science Nick Brown.

”We had to do something to focus more on high performance,” Coates said.

”The way we were doing things, the informal partnerships we had between the AOC, the institutes and the national federations served us well up until the Beijing Games.

”But we’re competing against more money now. We have to be smarter and in the case of the AOC we’ve decided to focus more on high performance, to understand more what the coaches want and the institutes agreed to put their top people in our team rather than outside the tent.”

Australian Sports Commission chairman John Wylie said the partnership between the organisations was a natural progression to help give athletes the best possible preparation before the Olympic Games.

”It’s a long overdue review and tightening up of the system to make it more effective,” Wylie said.

”It’s time for the AIS to reinvent itself, and it’s doing that.

”We’re keen to kick it along again and make sure we’re at the cutting edge of world sport.”

To move back up the medal ladder, Coates pointed to swimming’s solitary gold medal in London and a need to cast a wider net among sports not normally Australia’s strength.

”I think we’ve had an over-dependence on swimming,” Coates said. ”We’ve got to have more sports that produce medal prospects.

”It mightn’t come for Rio, but I think the initiative of having a combat centre here [at the AIS] looking at boxing and judo are important initiatives that we need to pursue. You’ve got to have a very wide base of sports to have those results.”

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AFTER weeks of very strong wind there was barely a breathwhen the Pelican fleet from Geographe Bay Sailing Club took to the water onSaturday.
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When the breeze eventually emerged the conditions wereextremely difficult, with little eddies coming and going in all directions.

Zoe Dixon and Claire Togno on Monkey Biz performed withpolish, leading the fleet home first and taking second place on handicap.

Game Over with Phillip Holderman and Quinn Reid were first.

These boys are sailing brilliantly in their first season ofracing.

Third place was Sailor Townsend and Bridget Craig on wasSonic Girls.

Junior training starts next Saturday with Dean Dixon takingover as junior coach.

The inability of yachts to leave the marina combined withthe weather, caused racing to be cancelled.

This did not deter three Lasers in Hailey Johnson,Grandfather David Ellis and Jacques Audet who enjoyed the challengingconditions with Hailey’s youth bettering Grand Dad’s experience in a fun race.

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MORE than 70 descendants of Joseph Cummings and Sam Harris joined together to re-enact the trek these two boys undertook 170 years ago.
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The boys, aged 16 and 14, absconded from a whaling ship at Fowlers Bay in August 1843 intending to walk to Port Lincoln.

However they arrived at Point Drummond, having walked more than 500km where they joined the survey ship The Governor Gawler and sailed to Port Lincoln.

History tells that Edward John Eyre was the only other white man to have traversed this area.

By the mid 1880s, the two boys found themselves living on neighbouring farms at Sheringa – Joseph on Black Hill and Sam on Pine Hut.

A 4WD drive tour of whale bones and the Point Fowler lookout was enjoyed on Friday.

The 30 car convoy left Fowlers Bay at 8.30am Saturday morning.

The evening before an historical interpretive board was unveiled by Ella Allen and Val Mickan, the eldest descendants of both men.

The eldest descendant of the occasion was a sprightly Dorothy Harris who, at the age of 100, travelled from Henley Beach and the youngest was Balyn O’Brien (6 years) from Kyancutta.

Balyn is the sixth generation of Sam Harris.

With a stop-over at Streaky Bay, all joined together for lunch at Eyre’s Water Hole after which they continued on to Lake Newland where they were able to view the fresh water springs fromwhich, after being shown the spot by friendly natives, the two boys were able to get water.

The convoy stayed the night in Elliston, leaving early Sunday morning for Mount Wedge where they travelled by 4WD to the top.

The group was able to view the lush countryside as described by Joseph and Sam.

Joseph and Sam had climbed the mount on foot.

The convoy then visited the homestead ruins of Joseph and Annie Cummings on Black Hill, travelling on to Pine Hut, the chosen lunch spot where the ruins of the homestead of Sam and Elizabeth Harris were inspected.

Travelling on, the group arrived at the Sheringa cemetery where they had identified the 11 graves of the Cummings family and the two Harris graves.

An interpretive board that gives a brief outline of Joseph and Sam’s association with the district was unveiled there by Audine Tree and Dorothy Harris.

By the time the group reached Point Drummond they numbered more than 70 descendants and interested friends.

Several Harris descendants had travelled from interstate to join with the local descendants.

An interpretive history board telling of the story of these two boys erected in the car park at Point Drummond was unveiled by Avis Colbert and Jayden Harris.

Champagne corks popped as the group enjoyed a celebratory toast and nibbles. Reverend Ruth Buxton gave a thought-provoking thanksgiving service, after which We Are One was appropriately played and sung by all present.

In 1900 Joseph Cummings Jnr had written a poem – The Men who Try and Try – which was recorded by Slim Dusty and this CD was played.

The Cummings/Harris Memorial Trek booklet written by Ian Rodgers for all as a souvenir of this memorable occasion tells of the fortitude of these two boys as they trekked through unforgiving native scrub to reach their destination.

However their stories of the land through which they trekked was responsible for explorer Charles Darke and his teambeing sent out to explore the land in more detail, which resulted in the land being opened up to pastoralists.

Thanks went to the Elliston District Council for their donation of the interpretive sign at the Sheringa cemetery, its erection and the preparation of the cemetery grounds.

FOWLERS: Ella Allen and Val Mickan unveiled the interpretive sign at Fowlers Bay.

OLDEST: At the age of 100 Dorothy Harris travelled from Henley Beach to be a part of the occasion.

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LITHGOW’S Leyna Stevens was among more than 1300 students to graduate from the University of Canberra recently.
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Ms Stevens said she loved her time at the University of Canberra.

The 23-year-old graduated with a degree in international studies from the University at a ceremony held at Parliament House on September 25.

“My favourite part of my degree was going to Mexico as part of an exchange program,” Ms Stevens said.

The former Blue Mountains Grammar School student is already employed at the National Art Gallery in Canberra.

Ms Stevens plans to keep on working until saving enough money to go back to Mexico.

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THE NEXTmeeting will be Thursday, November 7 at 9.30am for culture, followed by the meeting at 10am. Cooking to be benched at 9am on Thursday, November 7 will be rich fruit cake and steamed fruit pudding.
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Hereis an update from the annual general meeting, held on Thursday, October 3.

Results of the election, chaired by Pam Rogers from Stuarts Point: President Gloria McIntosh, secretary Nola Horrocks, treasurer and handicraft Dianne McNeill. Vice-presidents Neryl Stuart and Marlene Semken. Cultural Judith Rakacic, international Marion Schadel, cookery, agricultural and environment Joan Bagnell, publicity Kathleen Miller.

Pam Rogers congratulated all officer bearers, and said that adjusting to change was a necessary form of growth. This statement is evident with CWA at present, as the new state president has taken to blogging.

The publicity report tabled for the AGM thanked the editor of the Guardian, Christian Knight, for his ongoing encouragement to those who write up the community happenings. Also thanked was the journalist Britt Ramsey for her support, ideas and great photos. Karen Liddell was thanked for her cheerful disposition and lovely smile, always willing to help the publicity officer when things are a little stressed. These professional people are indeed appreciated by CWA Nambucca Heads branch members.

World Women’s Day was celebrated at the CWA Hall on October 17. An inspired guest speaker, Nambucca Shire mayor Rhonda Hoban, spoke on the fact that rural women can do any thing they set their minds on. A smorgasbord of opportunities awaits us all in rural and remote regions. Many women undertake advocacy work, as well as day to day running of properties, homes, families and businesses. The mayor spoke on her role and all that it entails.

Those attending the morning tea, were also given a tour, through the mayor’s eyes, of the new dam that is being constructed near Bowraville. The recent tours organised for people to see the construction project were solidly booked each time. Public interest was incredible; so many people were interested in the construction, the statistics, the capacity of the dam, and the news that, in time, a picnic area and shelters will be erected. This engineering project will cost more than $54 million. The ladies were delighted to share the morning with the mayor. We did so appreciate her time, as she has a busy schedule.

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FORMER parishioners of St Pauls Anglican Church, at Springfield, now own the building in which they used to worship.
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Friends of St Pauls, Springfield, Association public officer Robert Smith said that the association was started after a public meeting in 2007.

“The church was deconsecrated in 1997 and put up for sale,” he said.

“We started negotiations to buy it, but it sold to the people who made the highest offer.

“The people who bought the church wanted to change it into a house and as the burial ground was still operational, we did not feel a house was appropriate on the site.

“Objections were raised on several issues and the people who bought it decided against it and we continued to negotiate with the Anglican Church who eventually decided to sell it to us, in August.

“We raised the $20,000 purchase price from donations _ a lot of that came from interstate people whose forebears are buried at St Pauls.

“They like to come back from time to time and see that their forebears are being looked after _ they have quite an affinity with the history of the area.

“St Pauls is the oldest surviving church in the district and some of the pioneer settlers are buried there.”

Mr Smith said that the association would hold its annual meeting at Springfield Hall on Sunday, November 17, at 1pm, following an 11am sausage sizzle.

“Membership is being canvassed and we’ll be opening the church from 2pm for people to look around,” Mr Smith said.

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DUNSBOROUGH Yacht Club juniors had to compete with a fluctuatingbreeze, strong wind gusts and lumpy chop over the weekend for their firsttraining session.
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When the senior fleet and some of the junior sailors took tothe water there was strong winds from the South East which continued to bechallenging.

The weather especially tested the skills of still leaningtwo Flying Ants which made the trapeze work for the crew hard.

However the Ants coped well, and flew their spinnakers untilbreakages tempered their actions.

The untestedcombinations of Chad Cowan and crew membersSarah Hales, Morgan Flower and novice Colby Taylor coped well in the tryingconditions, and seemed to accept their capsizes as part of the deal of racing.

The Laser fleet reveled in the medium strong conditions, butthe lone Minnow held to his course steadfastly in the two races and performedvery creditably on yardstick and exceptionally well on handicap.

It was a big learning curve for everyone as no one escapedfrom falling into the water.

The results from the Doris Hughes handicap event were,Stefan Kurys-Romer on Rusty Demon first, Dean Cowan on Spinnow second, KlausSchmechtig on Calypso third and Caelin Winchcombe on The White Rabbit fourth.

For the second heat of the Doris Hughes handicap event wasChad and Sarah Cowen on The Edge first, Spinnow second, Rusty Demon third andCalypso fourth.

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