Here’s what you can expect with today’s Port Philip weather

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AFL news: Pre-season training season 2021, photos, GWS, Brisbane Lions, Port Adelaide, St Kilda, Joe Daniher

A host of AFL clubs were out in force on Wednesday as pre-season training began to ramp up.

The Greater Western Sydney Giants completed the dreaded 2km time trial as they look to bounce back from a disappointing 2020 season – and they were a sight to see in the always-jarring GPS tops.

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Port Fairy’s migratory short-tailed shearwaters rally after mass deaths halve colony

A bird colony that migrates from Alaska to south-west Victoria to breed, appears to have overcome the challenges of climate change — after tens of thousands of birds died last season, halving the colony.

The wellbeing of Port Fairy’s migratory short-tailed shearwater population has been of great concern to birdwatchers since the start of the 2019 breeding season.

The colony, which flies more than 16,000 kilometres from the Northern Hemisphere to Griffiths Island, arriving like clockwork within 48 hours of September 22, usually has about 40,000 members.

But in the past two seasons, the colony straggled in over several weeks in greatly reduced numbers.

Last season, only half the population arrived, and many were so malnourished they were unable to reproduce.

Twelve months on, however, the number of birds calling Port Fairy home for the breeding season has increased. And, in even better news, their young are set to hatch any day now.

A short-tailed shearwater, or mutton bird, searching for food.(Supplied: Eric Woehler)

Birds ‘smarter’ than we thought

Birdlife Warrnambool president Peter Barrand has been watching Port Fairy’s shearwater — or mutton bird — population for decades.

Mr Barrand said he had a sense of dread as this season’s breeding period approached, after scientists blamed a lack of food and the impacts of climate change in the Northern Hemisphere for the birds’ previous late arrival times and poor health.

A shearwater emerging from a nest.
A short-tailed shearwater emerges from its burrow during breeding season.(ABC News)

“I was really taking the view that things could only get worse,” Mr Barrand said.

“They’ve figured out ways to stay fit and healthy while they’re in the north and things are looking pretty good.”

‘They’re really susceptible’

Mr Barrand said while the birds may have found a way to adapt to the changing conditions, they were not yet out of the woods.

“Right along the coast numbers are low,” Mr Barrand said.

A short-tailed shearwater flies over the ocean near Phillip Island.
A shearwater near Victoria’s Phillip Island, where more than 1 million of the migratory birds nest over the Australian summer months.(Supplied: Phillip Island Nature Parks)

On Phillip Island, south of Melbourne, where about 1.4 million shearwaters converge every spring, similar late arrivals over the past couple of seasons have also alarmed birdwatchers.

But the island’s deputy research director, Dr Duncan Sutherland, told the ABC in October that, unlike the Port Fairy colony, the Phillip Island colony last year all eventually arrived and enjoyed a successful breeding season.

However, Dr Sutherland warned that climate change posed a serious risk to the seabirds and there was no room for complacency.

“If they don’t have enough energy to make those migrations … with climate change and the susceptibility that this species might have — that could have profound effects on the breeding population.

“If we have enough of those it’s certainly possible that we could see this species either decline or head towards extinction, which is a serious concern for the species, and all of the ecological functions and services that it provides for marine and terrestrial life.”

The shearwaters’ journey commences near Alaska at the end of the northern summer.

They spend two months flying south to Australia’s coastal shoreline to reproduce, with breeding stock producing a single egg about one-and-a-half-times the size of a chicken egg.

The new chicks are expected to hatch in the first week of January. They will then be fed over coming months by their parents, who spend all day out at sea eating to regain their strength and then return with food for their young, before they will all fly north as winter approaches in the south.

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New owners for Port Washington shopping center – Long Island Business News

Soundview Marketplace in Port Washington / Google Maps image

The 188,109-square-foot Soundview Marketplace on Shore Road was acquired by Manhattan-based Sagamore Hill Partners and PEBB Enterprises from Boca Raton, Fla.

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AFL news 2020: Russell Ebert cancer diagnosis, Port Adelaide

Port Adelaide legend Russell Ebert has been diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia, a form of cancer.

Port Adelaide Football Club confirmed Ebert’s diagnosis on Wednesday afternoon, revealing the 71-year-old had already commenced intensive treatment.

The cancer was discovered following a recent routine health check with his doctor.

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“He will take time away from his role in the club’s community programs as he requires in order to do this and the club will support him however needed,” Port Adelaide Football Club said in a statement.

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Russell Ebert cancer diagnosis, Port Adelaide

Port Adelaide legend Russell Ebert has been diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia, a form of cancer.

Port Adelaide Football Club confirmed Ebert’s diagnosis on Wednesday afternoon, revealing the 71-year-old had already commenced intensive treatment.

The cancer was discovered following a recent routine health check with his doctor.

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“He will take time away from his role in the club’s community programs as he requires in order to do this and the club will support him however needed,” Port Adelaide Football Club said in a statement.

“Russell and his family thank those who have already made contact to pass on their support and well wishes. He would like to in particular thank the members and supporters of the Port Adelaide Football Club for their wonderful support over so many years.

“The club asks everyone to respect the privacy of Russell and his extended family at this time so they can focus on his treatment.”

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Ebert is a four-time Magarey Medallist and three-time premiership player. He played 391 games for Port Adelaide between 1968 and 1985, scoring 295 goals.

The six-time Port Adelaide best and fairest recipient was inducted into the Australian Football Hall of Fame in 1996.

Ebert also coached Port Adelaide for five seasons between 1983 and 1987, boasting a win rate of more than 55 per cent.

His son Brett played 166 games for Port Adelaide, while his nephew Brad also represented the club 184 times.

Last week, Ebert delivered a eulogy at Alberton Oval for former teammate Eric Freeman, who died earlier this month aged 76.

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Darwin Port staff put into isolation after positive COVID case aboard cattle ship

A number of Darwin Port staff have been put into self-isolation after coming into contact with crew of a cattle ship on which a Pakistani crew member later tested positive for COVID-19.

The positive test came after the 25-year-old crew member of the Dimantina livestock carrier became symptomatic on the journey from Indonesia, before being tested when the vessel docked in Darwin, returning a positive result.

Health Minister Natasha Fyles said hose port workers now in self-isolation included the pilot, as well as staff who docked the vessel.

Ms Fyles said Darwin Port workers were wearing appropriate PPE at the time they docked the Diamantina on Sunday evening.

“All members of that crew are all close contacts and are being monitored,” she said.

Ms Fyles said the 25-year-old man who tested positive for the coronavirus did not come into direct contact with Darwin Port staff.

“That person that tested positive is being cared for in Royal Darwin Hospital,” she said.

Crew in quarantine, showing no symptoms

Most of the crew have gone into supervised quarantine in Howard Springs, where they will remain for 14 days in a separate area from interstate arrivals.

NT health authorities say none of the crew had left the vessel before the positive diagnosis, and that strict protocols had been in place for any ships arriving into the NT.

Some of the crew, however, have been ordered to remain on board the ship in accordance with international maritime laws, where they will self-isolate and undergo testing.

The new case takes the number of coronavirus cases diagnosed in the Northern Territory to 75.

That number includes 40 cases among Australians who returned on repatriation flights.

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EPA to investigate as Nyrstar admits Port Pirie smelter will exceed annual lead emissions limit

Port Pirie’s smelter is on track to cut annual lead emissions by almost 20 per cent but is still forecast to breach limits set in a new licence, resources company Nyrstar says.

South Australia’s Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) said the predicted breach was based on current tracking of the smelter’s lead-in-air (LIA) emissions.

In a statement on Tuesday, the EPA said the smelter would breach conditions of its new licence issued in July, which directed the company to lower its annual emissions by 20 per cent.

EPA chief executive Tony Circelli said current readings point to Nyrstar exceeding its new annual average LIA limit of 0.4 micrograms per cubic metre (µg/m3) at the Pirie West compliance monitoring location on December 31, 2020.

The company is also likely to exceed annual average limits at the Ellen Street and Boat Ramp locations.

“While the EPA investigates this matter formally, it will not be appropriate to comment or speculate on likely compliance outcomes.

“Suffice to say, this is an extremely disappointing outcome and indicates unacceptable discharges of lead to Port Pirie in 2020.”

When the predicted LIA figure is confirmed, a formal EPA investigation will be launched.

Nyrstar labels new limit ‘a challenge’

In a statement on Monday evening, Nyrstar said the average LIA result for the 12 months to December 31 was approximately 0.42 µg/m3.

Nyrstar said the result, “while well below the previous limit”, narrowly exceeded its new limit by approximately 0.02 µg/m3.

“Nyrstar acknowledged in June that the new limit would be a significant challenge for the site, and has been proactive undertaking numerous initiatives throughout the year to improve air quality in the community and to work to meet the challenging new limits,” the statement read.

“These have included completion of significant capital works during maintenance stops, upgrading of its air-monitoring network, initiating new road- and materials-handling improvements and purchasing new street sweepers to deliver an improved and expanded site cleaning program.”

The company said the LIA result was “significantly influenced” by two hot and windy days in November.

“In the absence of high wind on these days Nyrstar expects average LIA would have been below 0.4 µg Pb/m3,” it said.

Port Pirie Mayor Leon Stephens said it would have been difficult for Nyrstar to meet the new annual limits within six months.(ABC News)

Port Pirie Regional Council Mayor Leon Stephens defended Nyrstar, saying he was comfortable that the smelter was “tracking very well” towards achieving its new emissions limits.

“We’ve been talking closely with Nyrstar — there’s a couple of predicaments they’ve actually faced with it,” he said.

“I don’t think you’re going to be able to do it.”

However, Mr Stephens conceded the result “isn’t good enough”.

“Nyrstar would be the first to say that as well,” he said.

“They understand what they have to do, it does take time to get in place.

“I’ve actually said to their VP, this time, I can understand in six months it takes a little while to change … as far as delivering efficiencies … [but we’re] probably not going to be as receptive next quarter, if that’s what happens.”

The EPA, however, said it considered the new limits to be reasonable and “practically achievable by Nyrstar” in 2020.

A children's playground with no one using the equipment, in the background across a the water is a lead smelter.
The World Health Organization says there is no safe level of lead exposure for children.(ABC North and West SA: Gary-Jon Lysaght)

Once the figures are confirmed, Nyrstar will be required to file a report to the EPA by January 8, 2021, detailing the cause of its targets being exceeded, along with proposed actions to avoid the same thing happening again.

The EPA will consider that report and its own investigation before it determines “what further enforcement actions are appropriate”.

The incident follows SA Health data revealing in November that lead levels among two-year-old children in Port Pirie were at the highest they had been since testing began in 2011.

Of 68 two-year-olds tested during the nine months to September 2020, blood lead levels averaged 6.6 micrograms per decilitre, up from 6.5 mcg/dL in 2019.

SA Health considers two-year-olds to be the most accurate age group to measure lead exposure in the general population, and World Health Organization guidelines state there is no safe level of lead exposure in people.

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Mussels in Port Pirie waters return 90 times the permissible amount of lead

Sample tests on aquatic species taken from waters next to South Australian regional city Port Pirie, and its controversial lead smelter has revealed unacceptable levels of metal contamination, particularly lead, in the varied species.

The State Government announced this week a recreational fishing ban in the waters around Port Pirie would remain firmly in place after the Federal Government’s National Measurement Institute made its findings.

The institute took samples from yellowfin whiting, striped trumpeters, yellow-eye mullet, Australian salmon, blue swimmer crabs, mussels and razorfish in waters south and west of Weeroona Island Boat Ramp which includes First Creek, Second Creek and Port Pirie River (Zone 1) and waters in the Port Germein area, extending north and west from Weerona Island Boat Ramp (Zone 2).

Impermissible levels

The maximum permissible level of lead in yellowfin whiting for example is 0.5 mg/kg, but the institute found 1.9 mg/kg in two out of 10 whiting taken from Zone 1 — almost four times the permissible level.

The maximum permissible level of lead in mussels is 2 mg/kg, but 180 mg/kg was detected in all of the institute’s samples in Zone 1, which is 90 times the permissible amount of lead.

Minister for Primary Industries and Regional Development David Basham said the ban could be removed at any time, but he did not know if fishers would be able to eat their catch again.

“Further work needs to be done to actually establish what may be available for fishing and what’s not available for fishing.

“So anyone who’s in that area, they’re unable to eat any fish they catch and they must release those fish.”

Port Pirie Regional Council mayor Leon Stephens said the higher levels of lead detected were a concern.

“It’s been a given that we’ve never taken mussels from the area, the higher levels are a concern, that’s why we’ve asked for extra testing to be done so we can get a better picture of what it looks like overall in our region,” Cr Stephens said,

“It would be terrible if we couldn’t fish there again, we would have to make alternative situations on where we can get our recreational guys out to.

“It’s a very frustrating part of the town’s history, is there a fix? Yes there is to everything — but that’s the $64 million question.”

More testing to come

Under present restrictions, taking shellfish in the region is prohibited.

In Zone 1, crab fishing is prohibited and catching finfish is strictly catch and release only.

Fishing for crabs and finfish is permitted in Zone 2, however testing on both of these species in that area has not taken place yet.

“SA Health has recommended additional sampling of finfish and crustaceans in Zone 2, which will guide future health advice about fishing restrictions,” Mr Basham said.

“All consumers can continue to have confidence in our quality seafood product as commercial fishing does not occur in this region and our commercial fisheries are supported by an ongoing program of National Residue Survey testing.”

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Indonesian president inaugurates $3 billion ‘strategic’ port

December 20, 2020

By Maikel Jefriando

JAKARTA (Reuters) – Indonesian President Joko Widodo inaugurated the Patimban sea port in West Java on Sunday, saying the new gateway would have a “strategic” role in boosting the nation’s pandemic-hit economy.

The 43.2 trillion rupiah ($3.07 billion) port in the town of Subang, 140 km (90 miles) east of the capital Jakarta, is one of the government’s priority infrastructure projects, designed to boost Southeast Asia’s largest economy and relieve pressure on Jakarta’s congested Tanjung Priok port.

Speaking via link from the state palace, the president, widely known as Jokowi, said the first of three phases of the strategic project in Indonesia’s most populous province had been finished.

“Amid the pandemic, one of the national strategic projects, Patimban, has been completed,” he said. “With its strategic location, I am sure that Patimban will be key in connecting different sectors, from industrial manufacturing to agriculture, and increasing exports.”

Built with funding from the Japanese government, the port is expected to boost Indonesia’s economic recovery, after the Southeast Asian nation entered a recession for the first time in 22 years in the third quarter.

The government has targeted the port to boost the competitiveness of Indonesia’s exports, particularly in the automotive sector.

Transport Minister Budi Karya Sumadi said an operational trial of the port had been carried out this month, ahead of the first official day of operation on Sunday.

“In this inaugural operation, the first exports from Patimban will be carried out, including 140 cars made by Toyota and Daihatsu that will be sent to Brunei Darussalam,” he said.

Expected to be finished in entirety by 2027, the port is also expected to generate up to five million jobs in West Java.

($1 = 14,080.0000 rupiah)

(Reporting by Maikel Jefriando; Writing by Kate Lamb; Editing by William Mallard)

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