November, 2018

Snake oil or saviour? The coloured spectacles sparking controversy

Silas Dewney, 14, says his colored glasses have helped with his dyslexia. Photo: Penny StephensThey are the blue, yellow and rose-coloured glasses polarising the dyslexic community.
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Many families and experts have dismissed them as “snake oil” while others swear by them.

Angela Dewney is in the latter group, and purchased two pairs of glasses with coloured lenses for her teenage boys.

Her oldest son Silas wears blue lenses, and her younger son Noah wears yellow lenses.

“I don’t understand the science behind it, but they do work,” she said.

Silas, who is in year 9 at Templestowe Secondary College, said he struggled to read before wearing the glasses.

“The letters would move around on the page, or merge into one. It was a big mess,” he said.

“When I wear the glasses the letters and numbers stay in the same spot.”

But Julie Mavlian, an administer of the popular Dyslexia Support Australia Facebook page, bought coloured glasses for her son and said they did nothing.

“We were waiting for it to make the miraculous difference, we never got there,” she said.

“My son was happy to wear them, people told him he looked like Bono. People were looking at him like he was a rock star and not someone who couldn’t read and write.”

Silas Dewney with his brother Noah, 12. Photo: Penny Stephens

She said parents of children with dyslexia were vulnerable to so-called “treatments” which were not backed by evidence.

The controversy over the glasses has spilled into a conference being held at the University of Melbourne on Saturday and in Sydney next month.

Many dyslexia groups and experts are refusing to support the Learning Difference Convention because they say it promotes therapies that are not backed by scientific research.

They have raised concerns about keynote speaker, University of Oxford professor John Stein, who will be discussing the benefits of yellow and blue lenses and filters for dyslexics, as well as “music, rhythm and mindful movement training and omega three fatty acids”.

Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists spokesman Professor Frank Martin said there was no scientific evidence supporting “fringe therapies” like tinted lenses.

“It’s a big expense with no clear benefit,” he said.

“When a child wears them it draws attention to the child, they get more attention from the teacher and probably shows some improvements but there is no scientific evidence that the tinted lenses do any good at all.”

But Professor Stein said research showed that yellow and blue lenses helped fix vision problems and improved children’s ability to read.

He said coloured lenses were not a magic bullet, but helped people with a particular set of vision symptoms including blur and letters splitting into two.

“The controversy arise for several reasons,” he said. “Most people in the field believe that vision has no part to play in reading, they are saying that the problem with dyslexia is entirely phonological.”

Australian Dyslexia Association president Jodi Clements said dyslexia could not be ‘treated’ with coloured lenses or visual treatments.

“Dyslexia is language based and neurobiological in origin,” she said.

“Dyslexia primarily affects acquiring and using language, particularly reading. Individuals with dyslexia require educational instruction that is direct, explicit, structured and language based.”

Macquarie University’s special education centre also warns against using tinted lenses, saying they “may divert resources from evidence-based reading interventions”.

Jillian Zocher, a learning difficulties consultant who runs the convention, said “reading purists” had set out to undermine the event.

“They only focus on reading,” she said. “We also have to address co-existing difficulties. These glasses try to address visual processing and help with light sensitivity.”

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Charges laid against pair who demolished Carlton’s Corkman Irish Pub

The Corkman Irish pub in Carlton, built in 1857, as it was last October. Photo: James Bowering Firefighters dampening down building waste where Carlton’s Corkman Irish Pub stood for 159 years.
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The site last week. Photo: Joe Armao

The developers who knocked over Carlton’s Corkman Irish Pub have had charges laid against them in the Melbourne Magistrates Court by the state government’s building authority and the city council.

On Friday morning, the Victorian Building Authority and Melbourne City Council laid 16 charges against Stefce Kutlesovski, Raman Shaqiri and their company 160 Leicester Pty Ltd.

If the maximum penalties possible were applied against the pair and their company, they would face fines approaching $2 million.

Mr Kutlesovski and Mr Shaqiri knocked over the 159-year-old pub in October without a demolition permit. The historic pub was within a heritage overlay area.

Waste including asbestos from the pub was later found on another site the pair owned in Cairnlea, in Melbourne’s north-west.

A preliminary drawing later emerged for a 12-storey apartment tower the pair were planning on the Carlton site. They bought the pub in 2015 for $4.76 million.

The criminal charges against the two men – who have developed a number of multimillion-dollar residential and industrial developments across Melbourne – include demolishing without a building permit, not complying with an order to stop and carrying out demolition while unregistered.

The maximum penalties for each charge range from $3109 to almost $400,000 per offence.

Jamie Griffin, the pair’s lawyer in a separate action taken out by Planning Minister Richard Wynne in the state planning tribunal, was contacted for comment on the charges.

Attempts were also made to contact Mr Shaqiri.

Charges laid by VBA and Melbourne City Council:

Stefce Kutlesovski Demolition without a building permit $77,730 Holding himself out as a demolisher when he was not registered $77,730 Failing to comply with an order to stop building work $77,730 Demolishing a building in contravention of the planning legislation $186,522 Carrying out demolition without 48-hours written notice to the Melbourne City Council $3109 Carrying out building work (demolition) outside permissible hours $3109

Raman Shaqiri Permitting the demolition of a building without a building permit $77,730 Failing to comply with an order to stop building work $77,730 Failing to exercise due diligence to prevent the demolition of a building without the requisite consent required under planning legislation $186,552 Carrying out demolition without providing 48-hours prior written notice to Melbourne City Council $3109 Carrying out building work (demolition) outside of permissible hours $3109

160 Leicester Pty Ltd As the owner of the land at 154-160 Leicester Street, Carlton , permitting the demolition of a building without a building permit $388,650 Failing to comply with an order to stop building work $388,650 Demolishing a building in contravention of the planning legislation $186,552 Carrying out demolition without providing 48-hours prior written notice to Melbourne City Council $3109 Carrying out building work (demolition) outside of permissible hours $3109

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Woman sexually assaulted, bitten at Rainbow Serpent music festival

A scene from last year’s festival, during which 40 attendees were arrested. Photo: Francesco Vicenzi The Rainbow Serpent Festival.
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A woman was sexually assaulted three times and bitten on the arm during a horrific attack at a music festival in January.

The 21-year-old was at the Rainbow Serpent Festival outside Ararat in south-west Victoria when an unknown man grabbed her by the throat, pushed her against a van and assaulted her.

The woman managed to get away but the man grabbed her and sexually assaulted her another two times. The attacker also bit the woman twice on the arm when she tried to push him away.

Police are appealing for festivalgoers with more information to come forward about the incident, which took place between 3pm and 7pm on January 26.

According to police, the woman had been walking along the outer edge of the festival’s camp section when she struck up a conversation with the man.

After a short conversation, the victim told the man she was going to the main festival area when he grabbed her by the hair and throat and assaulted her.

Police have raised concerns about the future of the six-day festival, which has a chequered history of fatal drug overdoses and sexual assaults.

Last year, more than 40 revellers were caught driving under the influence of drugs when leaving the festival.

Superintendent Andrew Allen said police remained concerned about the behaviour of festivalgoers, telling Fairfax Media he would be “agitating for a reduction in the length of the festival with the organisers”.

“The harm to the wider community is at such an alarming and tragic cost,” he said.

“Something has to change.”

In January 2016, police reportedly dealt with four sexual assaults at Rainbow Serpent. In December, organisers of the festival launched what was touted as an Australian-first policy to handle sexual assaults at the festival.

A digital image of the man wanted for questioning has been released. He is described as about 28-years-old with sandy brown hair, blue eyes, a pointy nose, and between 165 to 170 centimetres tall.

– with Ballarat Courier.

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Woodenbong initiates Miss Teen Showgirl for coastal shows

Front Row: Judge Gabriella Elder-Robinson of Warchope, Imahn Pholi of Alstonville, Samantha Deibert of Grafton, Judge Belinda Dockrill of Tenterfield; Middle row: President Margaret Martin of Woodenbong, Ashley Ebbott of Bangalow, Teah Carter of Kyogle, Nicole Cowling of Maclean, Penny Lee of Woodenbong, Hon. Thomas George MP for Lismore; back row: Sam Stephens Far North Coast Group One Rep from Alstonville, Brooke Felsch of Lismore North Coast National, Georgia Williams of Mullumbimby, Terry Serone Group One President of Casino. (Photo by MA Shutter Photography.)Saturday February 18 saw Woodenbong Show Society Inc. host the inaugural judging of the Group One Miss Teen Showgirl.
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NSW Rural Shows are divided into areas known as Groups. Group One consists of Annual Shows from Grafton to Murwillumbah and as far west as Bonalbo and Woodenbong. Woodenbong Show President, Margaret Martin, showed great insight by initiating the event.

The Shows and the girls representing them at the event were Alstonville (Imahn Pholi), Bangalow (Ashley Ebbott), Grafton (Samantha Deibert), Kyogle (Teah Carter), Lismore North Coast National (Brooke Felsch),Maclean (Nicole Cowling), Mullumbimby (Georgia Williams) and Woodenbong (Penny Lee). Apologies were received from Casino and Murwillumbah as their girls had prior engagements.

The girls’ ages ranged from 13 to 17 years and they were judged on many facets:personality, confidence, ambition/goals, general knowledge, rural knowledge including general, local and show, personal presentation, grooming, diction, speech, and volunteering and community participation. These include Interviews with the judges and on stage interviews.

Aluncheon was served at the Woodenbong Public Hall (beautifully decorated by Woodenbong Show Committee members) during which the girls were escorted on to the stage by local boysJayden and Charlie Want and then were interviewed on stage by the MCThomas George, Member for Lismore.

When the judging was completed the winner was announced as Nicole Cowling from Maclean. Runner-up Penny Lee from Woodenbong and a special encouragement award was given to Samantha Diebert from Grafton.

Group One President Terry Seronespoke of group involvement and thanked Woodenbong for hosting the event.

Mr George said, “I was honoured to MC the inaugural Group Miss Teen Showgirls Finals.

“The young ladies were a credit to themselves, their families and the Show Societies they represented. Congratulations to Margaret Martin and the Woodenbong Show Committee and helpers who did a magnificent job in not only co-ordinating the day but also in organising the lovely lunch and the spectacular presentation of the hall. Thanks also for the support of the Woodenbong Central School”.

The function was well attended with families and members of each show represented.

President Margaret Martin said the young ladies were well presented and friendly and she gave special thanks to all involved including members of the community, Woodenbong Central School and to the Woodenbong Show Committee Members who worked tirelessly before hand and on the day to make this Inaugural event the wonder it was in every aspect.

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Davies good all round

Mid-week: All welcome to Cheating Tuesday, ball toss at 9am for playing partners. Full details on all Forbes golf from the Pro Shop on 6851 1554. Photo features Phil Maher.
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Veterans’ GolfAlf Davies continues as one of the best all-round sportsmen in Forbes, this time in golf. Prior to today Alf showed outstanding talents to be one of the best in the district on the rugby league field (unfortunately with the Parkes Spacemen) while equally at home on the squash and tennis courts in his current home of Forbes. Today bowls and golf are at the forefront for the likeable and talented gentleman. Last weekend he undertook a new challenge playing in the championship fours at the ‘Bowlie’ with success. Last Thursday he blitzed all comers in the 12-hole veterans golf competition between players from Forbes and Parkes. With a two under par round Alf massed 29 points coasting to an easy win over another fellow Forbes member in Ted Morgan who was runner-up with 25 points on a count-back from two other local players, Garry Collits and Barry Parker. Parkes did pick up a trophy, Ron Klein with seven points for the Encouragement Award.

Ball sweep to 21 points; 25 Garry Collits, Barry Parker, 23 Max Haley (F), Richard Hamilton (P), Graham Cooke (P), John Pearce (P), 22 Tom Edols (F), Laurie Wakefield (P), 21 John O’Shannessy (P).

Nearest the pins; ninthA grade Alf Davies, B Richard Hamilton, 18th A Graham Cooke, B nil. Upcoming events; Thursday in Parkes for 12 holes, 9.30am noms for a 10am tee-off. March 9, 12 holes in Forbes, 12.30pm noms, 1pm tee-off.March 16 is the Lachlan Valley AGM in Forbes with nominations for committee now open, closing on March 9. Scores in Cheating Tuesday last week were also tops with Vince Aitken top scoring with 36 points for the 12 hole handicap competition. Garry Collits must be wondering when he will get to the alter first finishing runner-up yet again with 32 points.

BRIDGE CLUB NEWSFebruary 20 we played a sixtable Mitchell movement. The North South winners were Peter Dorn and Fay Davis on 60.00 per cent with Peter MacPhillamy and Alpana Mahagaonkar in second place on 56.30 per cent.The East West winners were Jan Latter and Jenny Freeman on 62.10 per cent and in second place were Helen Hurley and Judy Kerr on 55.40 per cent. February 23 we played a fivetable Howell movement. The winners were Peter MacPhillamy and Alpana Mahagaonkar on 64.60 per cent with Geoff Coles and Judy Kerr and Enid and Alan Baker in equal second place on 52.10 per cent and in fourth place on 51.40 per cent were Cheryl and Ray Burridge.

FORBES WOMEN’S BOWLINGThe last day of summer today and the ladies are hoping for a cooler Autumn.We had two games of triples and one game of pairs last week for our social players and a rest for our Club competitions

Alice Allen Annette Tisdell and Pat Hodson were the lucky rink winners and Pat Hodson took home the meat tray Lucky Pat this week. The spider competition was won by Ann Mackay who got her bowl closest to the spider with money raised for our Charity. Tomorrow we will see a Major Singles game with Ann Mackay versus Lyn Simmonds with Colleen Liebich the marker and at the weekend Leisa Burton versus Sandra Priest with Annette Tisdell the marker. The Selectors for March will be Judy Girot and Lyn Elliott and the morning tea ladies Kay Toohey and Lesley Dunstan. Helen Pitt will be celebrating her birthday this week and we hope to see her on the green again soon Happy Birthday.We were all thinking of Carol Thurlow as she passed away suddenly last week and we offer our sympathy to Ron and family some of the bowlers formed a guard of honour at the funeral she was always happy to watch the bowls on Friday evenings. Phonethe club tomorrow between 8.30am and 9am for a social game.

Croquet NewsRemember:March 14General Meeting after croquet at the clubhouse. March 21 Birthday lunch at Vandenberg Hotel List at croquet to put your names down if attending. A bigcheerio to Doreen who is out of action for about threemonths, following her operation this Thursday, All the best wishes for you Doreen.

Results February 21:Mary Hodges, Lorraine Todd 9 defeated Barry White, Jeff Liebich 4. Jill Rubie, Alec Todd 7 defeated Joan Littlejohn, Nev Morrison 6. Elvy Quirk, Colleen Liebich 7 defeated Bob Murray, Harley Stewart 6. John MacCullagh, Libby Smart 7 defeated Carol Slattery, Ken Styles 6. John Cole, Wendy Jeffrey 8 defeated Lorna Field, Veva MacCullagh. Merv Langfield 7 defeated Robin Pols, Evelyn Mahlo 6. Bill Scott, Kath Broderick 7 defeatedJohn Brown, Dorothea Croker 6. Bruce Field, Tony Thomson 10 defeated Kevin Rubie 3. Lorraine Todd, Libby Smart 8 defeated Kath Broderick, Evelyn Mahlo 5. Wendy Jeffrey, Mary Hodges 7 defeated Harley Stewart, Lorna Field 6. Nev Morrison, John Cole 7 defeated Harley Stewart, Lorna Field 6. Joan Littlejohn, Veva MacCullagh 8 defeated Bob Murray, Carol Slattery 5. Jill and Kevin Rubie 7 defeatedColleen Liebich, Elvy Quirk 6. Robin Pols, Tony Thomson 9 defeated John MacCullagh, Alec Todd 4. Bill Scott, Merv Langfield 9 defeated Dorothea Croker, Barry White 4. Jeff Liebich, 7 defeated John Brown 6. Bob Murray, Dorothea Croker 8 defeated Mary Hodges, Elvy Quirk 5. Lorna Field, Joan Littlejohn 7 defeated Kevin Rubie, Jeff Liebich 6. Bruce Field, Jill Rubie 7 defeated Kath Broderick, Veva MacCullagh 6. Harley Stewart, Alec Todd 7 defeated 7 def John Brown, Nev Morrison 6. Ken Styles, Bill Scott 8 defeated Wendy Jeffrey, Evelyn Mahlo 5. Colleen Liebich, Merv Langfield 7 defeated Robin Pols, John Cole 6. Barry White 7 defeated Libby Smart 6. Carol Slattery, John MacCullagh 7 defeated Lorraine Todd, Tony Thomson 6.

AussieFebruary 25:Joan Littlejohn, Veva MacCullagh 14 defeated Dorothea Croker, Jeff Liebich 13. Ros Rennick, Merv Langfield 14 defeated Jane Hanbury, Marg Nelson 10. Bob Murray, Jill Rubie 14 defeated Alec Todd, Doreen Whitworth 13. Colleen Liebich, Lorraine Todd 14 defeated Kevin Rubie, Kath Broderick 11. Libby Smart, Tony Thomson 14 defeated Harley and Anne Stewart 11. Doreen Rogers, Bill Scott 14 defeated Cherylin Cole, Judy Ellis 11. Robin Pols, Barry White 154 defeated John MacCullagh, John Cole 11. Cherylin Cole, Kevin Rubie 14 defeated Harley Stewart, Marg Nelson 11. Tony Thomson, Joan Littlejohn 14 defeated Doreen Whitworth, Alec Todd 12. John MacCullagh, Bill Scott 14 defeated Libby Smart, Barry White 11. Veva MacCullagh, Jody Ellis 14 defeated Doreen Rogers, Jill Rubie 11. John Cole, Colleen Liebich 14 defeated Bob Murray, Dorothea Croker 11. Colleen Liebich, Kath Broderick, 14 defeated Merv Langfield, Lorraine Todd 13. Jane Hanbury, Ros Rennick 14 defeated Anne Stewart, Robin Pols 10. Lorraine Todd, Colleen Liebich 1 defeated Jeff Liebich, Dorothea Croker 9. Tony Thomson, Veva MacCullagh 14 defeated Libby Smart, Cherylin Cole 10. Barry White, Joan Littlejohn 14 defeated Anne Stewart, Jill Rubie 9. Harley Stewart, John Cole 14 defeated Kevin Rubie, Bob Murray 10. Judy Ellis, Doreen Whitworth 14 defeated Ros Rennick, Robin Pols 11.

NetballNetballers ready to start: The adjourned AGM of theForbesNetball Association will be held tomorrow night March1 at 6pm at the netball courts. There are some committee members who are unable to re-commit to their volunteering positions, and new members are needed, and will be elected from the floor. Although the AGM could notbe heldin February, a very productive general meeting went ahead, and planned the coming season.

Representative news:This is the start of the representative season for all players turing 12 years to u17years in 2017. Nomination forms are available on the FNA website, or will be available at the netball courts today, Tuesday February 28. Representative u17and 15 years.

The FNA is calling for more nominations from players trialling for the u17and 15 years teams. All nominations for these two age groups will close today, Tuesday February 28, and should be emailed to the Secretary Lyn Ford [email protected]南京夜网or handed inat the courts today. The u17team will compete in the NNSW State Championships over the June long weekend, and the 15 years team will compete in the NNSW State Age Championships on the first weeknd in the July school holidays.

Coach for the u17team is Kristin Read and assistant coach is Rebecca Roach. Coach for the 15 years team is Isabelle Cowhan. The 15 years team will combine with the 14 years players in 2017. Representative 12 and 13 years teams. An information day will be held at the netball courts at 6pm today,February 28. Players and parents who are interested should come and find out about FNA rep netball.

Players must be turning 12 or 13 years in 2017, and play in the local Saturday competition. Applications for the 12 and 13 years rep teams close on March 7. Coach for the 13 years team is Robyn Kenny. Coach for the 12 years team is Lyn Ford and assistant coach is Tasha Shaw. Autumn night competitions for both mixed and ladies teams. A grading night will be held this Wednesday April 1, for teams that have entered to date. Nominations are still open for any teams who would like to enter.

Nomination forms are available on the FNA website, or at the netball courts or emailed [email protected]南京夜网. Ladies may play in both the mixed and ladies competition on thesame night. Competitions will be played until the June long weekend, with Finals to be played on the Wednesday night after the long weekend.Players must be attending secondary school to open men and ladies. Anyone requiring help to register should contact Registrar Kerrie Priest. Draw forApril 1 grading.

Ladies competition:6-30pm crt 4 17s squad versusForbesEngineering (Carmen Stephens/Marg Spackman). 6-30pm crt 5 Golfie versus Walkers (Jack Piercy/Robyn kenny). Bye-Allsorts.

Mixed competition:7-30 crt 4 McClintocks versus Maguires Contracting (Robyn Kenny/Marg Spackman).

Saturday competition:The Saturday competition will be starting soon, and information on that competition will be in Fridays papers. Saturday competition age groups start with NetSetGo for 5-7 years skills, and 8-9 years competition. Divisions for competitions are 10/11 years, 12/13 years and open for 14 years to open ladies. Coaches and helpers will be needed for NetSetGo skills and competition, and 11 years and 13 years teams. Please see Coach Convenor Robyn Kenny.

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