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Playing this game could help unlock the secrets of dementia

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In Sea Hero Quest, a father and son travel the oceans to find pieces of a missing map. A smartphone game has achieved the seemingly impossible less than 24 hours after its launch. Thousands of people of all ages are participating in dementia research on their mobile phones, including youth who want to help their sick grandparents. The research data already collected would have taken 70 years to collect in a laboratory, the researchers say.
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Sea Hero Quest is based on a simple idea: what could be achieved if some of the three billion hours people spend gaming each week was devoted to scientific research?

The researchers say every two minutes someone spends playing the game generates the same amount of data as it would take scientists five hours to collect in equivalent lab-based research.

In the game you are a sea explorer travelling the oceans with your seafaring father to recover his lost memories, navigating courses to find pieces of a missing map. There are three main tasks: getting through mazes, shooting flares, and chasing creatures to capture photos of them. Every decision a player makes in the game is anonymised and fed back to scientists. They can read where you go in the game like a heat map and use the mass data to understand how people navigate.

Losing the ability to navigate one’s surroundings is an early sign of dementia, so “the more we can find out about how people find their way around, the better we can understand the problems people might get in dementia”, says Hugo Spiers, a neuroscientist at University College, London. Other project members are the University of East Anglia, Deutsche Telekom, and game designer Glitchers. Oh us? We’re just cruising down the Arctic Rivers looking for monsters. #seaheroquest#gameforgoodpic.twitter南京夜网/Vfe6TK7Jry— Glitchers (@glitche_rs) May 4, 2016

In a master marketing move, Deutsche Telekom secured the services of YouTube superstar PewDiePie to promote the game to his 43.8 million YouTube subscribers and 7.4 million Twitter followers. PewDiePie’s video promotion rapidly amassed 1.1 million views. “Please check out this game… It is a really cool thing and I think if you bros checked out this game, download it on your phones, we can all help to support research for dementia. I think that is f***ing awesome”, he said.

Dementia is the second leading cause of death in Australia where an estimated 400,000 people are living with it. As the researchers say, there is no treatment, no cure, and no-one has ever survived it. Worldwide, 49 million people have the disease, with that number projected to triple by 2050.

The game is available free on iOS and Android phones.

The National Dementia Helpline 1800 100 500 provides support and information about dementia.

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Spencer Street could be closed to tackle ‘dangerous’ intersection

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Tributes for Josie Edden, who died after being hit by a garbage truck last year. Photo: Penny Stephens The corner of Collins and Spencer streets, where young barista Josie Edden died last year. Photo: Eddie Jim
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Melbourne City Council planners will investigate closing parts of Spencer Street at the “dangerous” Southern Cross Station intersection.

The council will spend $750,000 on a master plan to improve pedestrian safety at the busy junction of Collins and Spencer streets, where young barista Josie Edden was killed last year after falling into the path of a garbage truck.

Lord mayor Robert Doyle said Town Hall was already working with Metro Trains to reopen a historic pedestrian tunnel that runs from the station, underneath Spencer Street, to Little Collins Street.

“I think that would be a great thing to do, to use a piece of infrastructure like that to move people into the city without them risking that intersection,” Cr Doyle said.

“I think we all know regrettably of that awful tragedy of that young woman who was killed on that corner. You’d hate to think – was that an avoidable death?”

The Spencer and Collins intersection has been identified as one of the most severely overcrowded locations in central Melbourne.

On weekday, between 8am and 9am, more than 4000 travel through it – a rate that is comparable only to intersections near Flagstaff and Flinders stations.

Council planners will talk to VicRoads about creating more space for pedestrians by closing down one of two lanes travelling in each direction on Spencer Street.

They will also explore the closing the road for a couple of hours during peak periods, with vehicles being diverted through Wurundjeri Way or elsewhere.

But on Thursday the lord mayor said he thought even a partial road closure would be “pretty hard” given Spencer Street’s role as a major conduit to the inner west.

Widening pedestrian crossings and redesigning tram stops are more likely to be adopted. The operators of Southern Cross Station will be approached about removing the glass wall which separates the station from most of Spencer Street, improving direct access to Little Collins.

The plan was outlined as part of the council’s 2016-2017 budget, which despite coming in a council election year, was dubbed “very responsible” and “a bit boring for an election budget” by councillors.

The big spend was $8.45 million towards the revamp of the Queen Victoria Market.

It is the council’s first budget since the state government introduced its controversial 2.5 per cent rate capping policy.

However thousands of property owners in the central city will still experience massive increases, well above 2.5 per cent, due to rapidly-rising property values in their area.

For example in Kensington residential property prices increased annually by 10.4 per cent and in North Melbourne they increased by 7.9 per cent annually.

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Three key players pull out of BFNL inter-league squad

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Golden Square’s Ryan Herring.THE BFNL’s key forward stocks continue to dwindle ahead of this month’s inter-league clash with Gippsland at Warragul.
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Golden Square’s Ryan Herring informed coach Brett Fitzpatrick this week that he was unavailable for the May 21 clash.

Kangaroo Flat duo Corey Greer and Tom Holman have also pulled out of the 53-man training squad.

“Ryan, Corey and Tom all had prior commitments booked for that weekend and can’t play,’’ Fitzpatrick said.

“It’s not a case of them not wanting to play, they have legitimate reasons as to why they can’t play.”

Kangaroo Flat’s Corey Greer.

Herring looked to be a strong chance to fill one of the key position posts inside forward 50.

“We don’t have a lot of depth in our key forwards, but I’m not too concerned… we’ll get around that,’’ Fitzpatrick said.

The squad had its first training session at Castlemaine on Wednesday night and Fitzpatrick was impressed with what he saw.

“We had more than 30 players on the track and it was great to see a young, enthusiastic group out there,’’ Fitzpatrick said.

“It was a light, 45-minute session and the boys gelled really well.”

Golden Square’s Hamish Morcom was promoted to the squad earlier in the week to replace injured Strathfieldsaye forward Lachlan Sharp.

Fitzpatrick said more players will come under notice this weekend.

“Players like (Strathfieldsaye’s) Tom Bartholomew and (Kangaroo Flat’s) Lance Oswald are only playing their second games this weekend,’’ Fitzpatrick said.

“We’ll keep an eye on them and see how they go.

“I’m sure there’s going to be injuries pop up in the next couple of weeks, so we’ll be constantly looking at the make-up of the squad.”

BFNL squad:

Castlemaine:Justin Dorward, Jarryd Graham, Kal Huntly

Eaglehawk:Brodie Collins, Jesse Collins, Brenton Conforti, Glenn Daly, Tim Hill, Tyler Miles, Ben McPhee

Gisborne:Jarryd Lynch

Golden Square:Adam Baird, Travis Baird, Jon Coe, Brayden Dorrington, Jack Geary, Dylan Johnstone, Hamish Morcom, Chris Ryan, Thomas Toma

Kangaroo Flat: Rhys Healey,Nic Lang, Hunter Lloyd, Marty Kelly

Kyneton:Dan Davie, Ethan Foreman, Max O’Sullivan, Ben Weightman

Maryborough:Ethan Crackel, Coby Perry

Sandhurst:Lee Coghlan, Kristan Height, Blair Holmes, Codie Price, Lachlan Ross, Nicholas Stagg, Matt Thornton, JoelWharton

South Bendigo:Liam Bartels, Isaiah Miller, Blair Whelan

Strathfieldsaye:Harry Conway, Bryce Curnow, Jayden Donaldson, Trent Donnan, Kallen Geary, Jake Hall, SamHeavyside, Jake Moorhead, Michael Pilcher

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Patrons delight in day one

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BRIGHT coloured gumboots and raincoats paraded through Main Street for the first day of Agfest this year as the state’s premier agricultural event got under way at Carrick on Thursday.
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FRIENDS: Five-year-old Matilda Cameron showing her miniature pony Paluka Kimberley during the miniature horse display at the Equine Expo at Agfest.

The inclement weather early in the day did not deter patrons from the event, who rugged up and plodded through the mud and puddles at the edges of sites.

Rural Youth chairman Kate Coad said it didn’t appear the weather had deterred anyone as it was relatively mild compared to the weather experienced in the lead up to the event.

“Today’s weather hasn’t been too bad in the grand scale of things, I think because we had such bad weather in the lead up. But the rain usually means that people go into the marquees to stay dry so it’s possibly a positive thing,” she said.

Ms Coad said wandering around the stalls today it seemed crowds were having a good time and enjoying themselves at the event and doing a bit of shopping along the way.

“The crowds seem to be pretty good, to me it’s like there’s people everywhere; it looks like crowds are pretty normal,” she said.

She said she didn’t think the weather factor would present in the overall figures for the day.

She said the bullock demonstration by Brian Fish, of Oatlands, was getting a lot of attention as well as the Equine Arena that is back again after a year’s hiatus.

DAY ONE: Crowds wander down Main Street for the first day of Agfest 2016. Crowds were relatively good despite some rain and wind. Pictures: Scott Gelston

“Everyone is getting around and looking at all the wonderful exhibits,” she said.

There are an extra 44 exhibitors this year from last year’s Agfest and there is a fifth craft shed as well.

Ms Coad said the rain had done wonders for the four-wheel-drive track, with plenty of mud on the track.

“The boys have spent the past fortnight making little amendments to the area and it’s great to see them playing in the mud,” she said.

The weather is expected to be finer for the second day of Agfest and Ms Coad she was looking forward to better weather for patrons and exhibitors.

“We will be looking forward to having the Wolfe Brothers on site,” she said.

Patrons going to and from the event caused some congestion on the Bass Highway in the afternoon and prompted a warning from Tasmania Police.Police warned drivers that congestion in the area would continue during the three days of the event.

“Large numbers of vehicles on the road, plus rain and wind make for hazardous conditions and extra care and patience will be needed,” the statement read.

Police encouraged drivers to adhere to the existing traffic management plan and to follow all signs and directions from traffic marshalls and to allow for extra braking room.This week is Road Safety Week.

RUGGED UP: Patrons ignore the rain and windy conditions during day one of Agfest. The weather didn’t deter crowds and warmed up in the afternoon.

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Budget ‘pushes’ bootleg tobacco

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A SKYROCKETING cigarettetax has fuelled fears local black market activity will surge as scorned smokers are “forced” into illegaltobacco trades.
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It comes after reports a Wagga store is selling unregulated tobacco over the counter when prompted with a special “code-word”.

NSW Farmers’ local district council chair Alan Brown

Tuesday’s federal budget saw smokers slugged with a taxhikewhichwill seea packof 25 cigarettes cost more than $40 by 2020, up from around $25 today.

The tax was introduced in attempts to “empower smokers to quit”, but locals and farmers have speculated it will amp up the frequency of illegal trading.

NSW Farmers’ local district council chairAlan Brown said black market tobacco trade is already taking place in Wagga, with the recent tax slug set to encouragebootleg trades.

“It’ll be one of the big problems they’ll have to deal with;whenever you have the cost of something rise like this, people are going to try find ways around it,” he said.

“Just like any other time you bring in criminal activity, it’s not good for society as a whole and it brings in a whole array of risks and dangers -there’s no quality control.

“You’d hope it would curb smoking and drive down consumption, but it’s more complicated than that.”

Young residentCarol Walnut believes there will be a black market for tobacco in Wagga without a doubt, which she says, “I would buy from”.

But Wagga motherMelissa Burden saidthere already was a local black market for tobaccoand it“has been around for a very long time”.

Illegaltobacco has thrivedacross Australia in recent years, with a 30 per cent increase in black market trade costing taxpayers more than $1.35 billion, according to a 2015 report by KPMG.

And a local, who refused to be named, has told The Daily Advertiserof a store in Waggawhichsells illegal tobacco when quoted a “code-word”.

“There’s a shop in the main street where you can buy illegal, pre-rolled cigarettes,” the woman, who asked not to be named, said.

“You have to know the secret word and you just rock up and they sell them to you.

“They’re disgusting but it’s only, like, $20 a carton where you pay more than $120 for other cartons of cigarettes. AndIt’s only going to become more popular now the government are putting up prices.”

In 2015, a proposed Wagga CBD smoking ban was shot down by local smokers.

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2016 Neighbourhood Centres Week

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TOGETHER: Linda Hayman of St Clair Youth and Neighbouhood Centre, Billy Beggs of Werrington Community Project and Barbara Shorthouse of North St Marys Neighbourhood Centre. The three centres together form Community Junction Inc. Picture: Gary WarrickBecomemore actively involved in your community by discovering the local support services,community programs and events that Penrith’s neighbourhoodand community centreshave to offer.
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The PenrithNeighbourhoodCentresWeekevent will be held next Thursday,May 12 from10am untilnoon at Coachmans Park on the corner of Queen Street and Charles Hackett Drive,St Marys.

The eventis focused onneighbourhoodcentresconnecting with local community members.It’s an opportunity for residents to meet theirlocalneighbourhoodcentreworkers and learn about the range of servicesprovided by these centres.

Theevent will include a free barbecue, face painting, a drumming workshop as well as a Tai Chi demonstration.

Greening Australia and Penrith Council are providing free small plants and representatives from The Royal Botanic Garden Sydney will be available to provide information and advice on all things horticulture.

Come along and speak with representatives from the following services:

Nepean Community andNeighbourhoodServices – Cranebrook, Glenmore Park, Kingswood Park, South Penrith, Koolyangarra locations.Community Junction – North St Marys, St Clair, Erskine Park, Colyton, Werrington and Cambridge Park locations.St Marys Area Community Development Project – St Marys, Claremont Meadows and Colyton locationsThousands of Penrith residents useneighbourhoodcentresand halls for various purposes in any givenweek. They’re a gathering place for clubs, playgroups, dance schools, educational and vocational training programs and a range of community services.

Manycentresemploy community development and youth workers, who partner with local volunteers, government agencies and community groups to respond to local needs and interests.

Your localcentremay also be the answer if you wish to join or start up a group, or need a meeting space or function venue.

For information onNeighbourhoodCentresWeekcall Vesna Kapetanovic on 4732 7771. For details onneighbourhoodfacilities for hire, visit梧桐夜网penrithcity.nsw.gov419论坛

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Winemakers get massive money boost

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BIG WINNERS: Wine Victoria chairman Damien Sheehan belives winemakers will benefit from a $50 million federal government investment. Picture: CONTRIBUTEDGRAMPIANS and Pyrenees winemakers will receive $50 million from the federal government to help them grow export markets.
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The government will allocate the moneyto the Australian Grape and Wine Authority for a export and regional wine support package.

It aims to promote Australian-produced wines and wine tourism.

Howeverthe positive news was tempered by another decision that could see small producers no longer given access to the wine equalisation tax rebate.

Mount Langi Ghiran general manager Damien Sheehan said the big investment would help winemakers overcome one of the biggest obstacles in the industry.

“It will help findenough resources to do the work we need to do in our export markets,” he said.

“It will also helpto develop those markets, not just existing markets like the United States or United Kingdom, but also emerging markets in Asia.

“The industry has a body in Wine Australia that works to facilitate promotion of trade ventures, to assist the industry with things like exports.

“I’d imagine they will use that money to deliver programs here in Australia and also overseas.”

The wine equalisation tax rebate criteria will be tightened to exclude producers of bulk and unbranded wine.

But criteria demanding producers own either a vineyard or lease a vineyard could also see small producers of just one wine label locked out of the rebate.

Mr Sheehan said the detail of the rebate changes was not yet decided, but small producers needed to be taken into account.

“Those people are really important to the industry because they really create vibrancy,” he said.

“Those kind of operators in Victoria especially is what gives the industry colour.”

Pyrenees label SubRosa is one example of a producer who does not own bricks and mortar in the industry.

They produce only one label.

SubRosa director Nancy Panter said the proposed definition needed to be evolved.

“They are looking at changing the description of a wine producer to someone who owns a winery,” she said.

“There a bunch of people who do not and only produce one brand, it just needs to be evolved to include small winemakers.”

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Colac court set for $330k upgrade

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Security boost: Victorian Attorney-General Martin Pakula announced $330,000 to upgrade Colac’s court.
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Colac Magistrates Court willreceive a $330,000 safety upgrade as part of the Victorian government’s implementation ofRoyal Commission intoFamily Violence recommendations.

Victorian Attorney-General Martin Pakula visited the court on Thursday to announcethe upgrade plan.

The security-focusedredevelopment of the court will include the creation of a separate waiting area, a safe interview room and the installation of screening in the courtto allow parties to be separated.

Security officers will make use ofanewwalk-through metal detector andhandheld scanning wands as well as conductingroving patrols and escort services to assistvulnerable people.

The building’s registry area will also be revamped.

“The refurbishment planned for the Colac courthouse will deliver on key recommendations of the Royal Commission into Family Violence,” Mr Pakula said.

“It is crucial that when vulnerable people, especially those caught up in family violence, attend court they can do so in a safe manner, free from threat or intimidation.”

The moneyforms part of $58.1 million in funding for the state’s justice system that was allocated in last week’s state budget.

Works on the building, which was constructed in 1964, are due to becompleted in the middle of 2018.

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Laneway ‘a top spot’ for food market

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MARKET: Jodie Evans wants to kickstart a produce market in her cafe and its surrounds to bring back the community vibe to Maitland CBD.
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A handwritten note penned before her mother died has put a Maitland cafe owner on a pathto bring back the community vibe to the CBD.

And when Jodie Evans sawthousands of shoppers in The Levee buying pumpkins from the impromptu stall, she couldn’t stop thinking about all of the opportunities a regular market would bring.

Now the owner of Cafe 129 in Bourke Street wants to open the courtyard and part of her cafe to farmers so they can sell their produce direct to shoppers.

She said plans to set up the market in the The Levee seemed to be attracting too much red tape and Maitland City Council might be happierif themarket extended alongside the cafe on Coffin Lane or even intoBourke Street.

“Bourke Street used to be one of the snobbiest streets in Maitland.It’dbe nice to be able to revive it and have people come in fortheir fruit and vegetables and go home with quality products,” Ms Evans said.

“Our locals have got great quality, it’sso fresh, it’sstraight from the farm into town, how could you missthat? It’s absolutely perfect.”

A twist of fate brought Ms Evans to the hospitality industry in Maitland and her passion for a farmers market grows daily.

She said the market would give businesses huge exposure and allow cafe owners to buy local produce and pay farmers a fair price.

“I’m going to get it,” she said.“Maitland needs it, it’s a farming community so why not use what we’ve got here and support the locals.

“There were more people in the mall for pumpkins than there was for the After Dark event. “It brought the people together, we need that, we needmore support, more locals.”

Ms Evans has always wanted to be in hospitality in Maitland.

It’s been almost two years since she found her mother’s note that read “go and get your cafe”.After she missed out on a building she found herself leaning against her car in Bourke Street wondering where shewas going to find a place for her cafe.

“I turned around and saw the for lease sign.I couldn’t believe it becauseMum used to say this placewould make a good coffee shop.”

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