Monday, July 28, 2014

Central Plateu weather warning

Bureau of Meteorology
Severe Weather Warning
for damaging winds
for people in the Central Plateau, King Island, Furneaux Islands, North West Coast, Central North, North East and Western forecast districts

Issued at 10:11pm on Monday 28 July 2014.
For areas west of a line from Eddystone Point to Liawenee to South East Cape

Weather Situation
An area of low pressure lies to the southwest of Tasmania with a number of embedded troughs in a west to northwesterly airstream to cross Tasmania overnight and on Tuesday.

Damaging west to northwest winds around 55 km/h with gusts of 100 km/h are forecast for the King Island, Furneaux Islands, North West Coast, Central North, North East and Western forecast districts and parts of the Central Plateau forecast district. Gusts of 110km/h are possible with thunderstorms. Winds are expected to ease for a period from late Tuesday morning but damaging gusts are expected to redevelop later.

The State Emergency Service and Tasmania Police advise that people should:

  • Supervise children closely
  • Secure outdoor items including furniture and play equipment
  • Check that family and neighbours are aware of warnings
  • Manage pets and livestock
  • Be prepared in case of power outages
  • Beware of damaged trees and power lines and take care when driving
  • Listen to the ABC radio or check for further advice
  • For flood and storm emergency assistance, contact the SES on 13 25 00
The next warning will be issued by 5am Tuesday.

Marine wind warning for tonight and tomorrow

Bureau of Meteorology
Marine Wind Warnings

Issued at 10pm on Monday 28 July 2014
for the period until midnight EST Tuesday 29 July 2014.

Wind Warnings for Monday 28 July
Small Craft Alert for the following areas: Central Plateau Lakes and South West Lakes

Wind Warnings for Tuesday 29 July
Strong Wind Warning for the following areas: Derwent Estuary, Frederick Henry Bay and Norfolk Bay, Storm Bay and Channel
Small Craft Alert for the following areas: Central Plateau Lakes and South West Lakes

The next marine wind warning summary will be issued by 5am Tuesday.

Check the latest Coastal Waters Forecast or Local Waters Forecast for information on wind, wave and weather conditions for these coastal zones.

Weekend footy scores

Saturday's football scores

SENIORS: New Norfolk 22.13 (145) d East Coast 11.4 (70)

RESERVES: New Norfolk 13.13 (91) d East Coast 9.4 (58)

COLTS: New Norfolk D East Coast by forfeit.

1   New Norfolk       14 wins & 56 points    
2   Claremont            14 wins & 56 points     
3   Lindisfarne           10 wins & 40 points    
4   East Coast           10 wins & 40 points      
5   Dodges Ferry      10 wins & 40 points  
6   Brighton                6 wins & 24 points      
7   Sorell                    4 wins & 16 points    
8   Hobart                  4 wins & 16 points     
9   Huonville               2 wins & 8 points    
10  Cygnet                 1 win & 4 points    

1   Claremont            14 wins & 56 points    
2   New Norfolk       13 wins & 52 points     
3   Lindisfarne           10 wins & 42 points     
4   Brighton                 8 wins & 34 points   
5   East Coast             8 wins & 32 points     
6   Sorell                     7 wins & 28 points 
7   Dodges Ferry         6 wins & 28 points    
8   Huonville                5 wins & 20 points     
9   Cygnet                   1 win & 4 points    
10  Hobart                  1 win & 4 points

1   New Norfolk       15 wins & 60 points    
2   Dodges Ferry      14 wins & 52 points   
3   Claremont            12 wins & 48 points    
4   Brighton                 9 wins & 36 points  
5   Huonville                8 wins & 32 points    
6   Sorell                     8 wins & 32 points       
7   Cygnet                   5 wins & 20 points      
8   East Coast             nil  
9   Lindisfarne             nil  
10  Hobart                  nil  

Friday, July 25, 2014

Tomorrow's southern footy previews

Southern Football League
Round 15 previews
By Gary Williamson

East Coast Bombers v New Norfolk
THE in-form East Coast Bombers are back at home this weekend and will be looking forward to a challenge against top side New Norfolk. It will be a great game for Coach Coppleman to determine the gap between his Bombers and the top side as an upset victory would see them move to third position on the ladder and get the all important double chance.

The Bombers produced their best performance of the season last weekend away from home against fifth-placed Dodges Ferry, dominating all over the ground. This confidence and momentum along with their key forwards back in top form should see them a dangerous combination at home.

The Eagles really had to work hard for a victory against Lindisfarne last Saturday but this solid workout is just what the Eagles need in their lead up to the finals. I’m sure they will relish the challenge of playing the highly-talented and high-scoring Bombers on their home ground tomorrow.

East Coast really needs to structure its defence to eliminate New Norfolk's high-marking multiple key forwards and stop them from creating the loose man out wide as the Eagles forwards will be really hard to stop if they can get into a one-on-one contest.

New Norfolk coach Jon Murray will also realise the dangers of the Bombers playing on their home ground and will ensure his players are really fired up to get a good start and not allow the home side to gain any early advantages.

You would expect the Bombers to be competitive throughout during periods of the game but if the Eagles are really switched-on they should power away for another comfortable victory as they tune up for finals and need to keep wining to ensure they remain in top position on the ladder.

Brighton v Hobart
BRIGHTON is back at home and looking to record a sixth win of the season when it takes on the improved Hobart in what should be an entertaining game as both sides have been in good form in recent weeks.

The Robins recorded one of their best wins of the season away from home against Sorell in a dominating display last weekend and they will be full of confidence for this clash. Hobart thrashed Huonville at the TCA last weekend and with multiple goal-scorers it really showed its best football. There are some promising signs for coach Woods as the Tigers strive for a few more wins to finish off the season.

In what appears to be a fairly even contest, Brighton with a home-ground advantage and recent good form should take the points in what could be a fairly close contest.

Lindisfarne v Claremont
IN the game of the round, third-placed Lindisfarne takes on the in-form second-placed Claremont. Claremont should be too strong towards the end of the game and this may be the challenge it is really looking for, but they must produce their best football as an improving Lindisfarne is a very dangerous side at home.

Cygnet v Dodges Ferry
CYGNET has a home game to be played at Kermandie tomorrow. A big local crowd is expected as the Port hosts Dodges Ferry in a game where the locals will be looking to record their second win of the season. You would expect Cygnet to put up an improved performance for much of the game but Dodges Ferry should bounce back from last weekend’s poor performance as they are assured of finals football and really need to get back into form towards the end of the season.

Huonville v Sorell
HUONVILLE has a great chance to record its third win of the season but must improve on last weekend’s performance when they host the Sorell Eagles who have also struggled in recent weeks. Both sides look evenly matched and while the home side may have a slight edge as the Eagles don’t travel well, a win for Sorell would not surprise as its best form would be good enough to win this game.

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White offers her view on cannabis trials

"Facts on Cannabis Trials"
Article supplied by Rebecca White MHA
Opposition Spokesperson for Health and Human Services
State Labor Member for Lyons

IN the past few years there have been a number of studies and clinical trials around the world which have examined the efficiency of the medicinal use of cannabis to treat a number of medical conditions. The results of these have shown that cannabinoids can reduce the effects of pain caused by abnormalities of the nervous system and pain experienced by patients with multiple sclerosis. Cannabinoids also reduce the nausea and vomiting experienced by cancer patients where patients fail to respond to standard treatment.

The evidence is clear, medicinal cannabis could assist many Tasmanians suffering from terminal and debilitating illnesses by easing pain and associated effects of treatment. With the appropriate safeguards in place it’s time to show compassion and permit a clinical trial of medicinal cannabis production, processing and administration in Tasmania.

The cultivation and processing of a small crop of cannabis for medicinal purposes would also provide benefits to Tasmanian industry. It’s extraordinary that the Tasmanian Liberals are restricting Tasmanian farmers from the possible economic benefits of growing cannabis crops.

Already many Tasmanians have shared their stories of the benefits of cannabis to relieve pain and suffering. It’s common sense that medicinal cannabis products should be available for Tasmanians to use in the same way opiates are available, strictly for medical use. It’s the compassionate thing to do. Unfortunately Health Minister Michael Ferguson has been steadfast in his opposition of this proposal for safe clinical trials into growing medicinal cannabis in Tasmania.

Labor is sponsoring a petition calling for the State Government to allow a trial of medicinal cannabis in Tasmania. The petition is available from Labor MP's offices. If anyone would like paper copies to distribute in their community, contact my office on 6212 2225.  The petition is available for Tasmanian residents to sign. The e-Petition is available at the Parliament of Tasmania website at (go to Current Petitions).

* In response to a question about Labor's position on medical cannabis prior to the last State Election, Ms White's office advised the New Norfolk NEWS: "We were in the process of giving permission for the trial of growing cannabis in Tasmania for medicinal purposes just before we lost the election. It was also something that was taken to the election as part of the Tasmanian Labor Party platform."

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Road warning cancelled

THE Bureau of Meteorology has cancelled its road weather alert for the Upper Derwent Valley, Central North, North East, Central Plateau, Midlands, East Coast and South East forecast districts. The bureau says the situation will continue to be monitored and further alerts will be issued if necessary.