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Same-sex couples head over the ditch for vows

29/06/2018 // by admin

United: Tony Briffa and Manja Sommeling.Hundreds of Australian same-sex-couples have married in New Zealand since marriage equality laws came into effect a year ago.
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In the first 12 months, 926 same-sex couples have tied the knot in New Zealand, according to the New Zealand registry of marriages. Of those, 237 weddings – nearly one in four – involved Australian residents.

As New Zealand commemorated the first anniversary of its marriage equality laws last week, a Senate inquiry heard how thousands of same-sex couples have married overseas but still lack recognition under federal law.

Ten years ago, the Howard government amended the Marriage Act to prohibit same-sex marriages overseas being recognised in Australia. According to the most recent census, 1338 same-sex couples have married overseas.

Australians for Marriage Equality director Rodney Croome said many Australians would prefer to marry at home but could not wait any longer. ”It’s an indictment on Australia that our citizens have to travel to another country to be treated with dignity and respect,” he said.

Former Hobsons Bay mayor Tony Briffa will celebrate her first wedding anniversary with school teacher Manja Sommeling, 47, next month but her marriage remains in legal limbo.

”I proposed on Valentine’s Day last year,” she said. ”I got down on one knee in front of the house we had just bought and in which we now live.”

While the Altona Meadows couple had planned to marry in Canada, when New Zealand passed its marriage equality laws they opted for Dunedin instead. Being born both male and female, Ms Briffa’s marriage cannot be recognised under Australian law. The 44-year-old told the inquiry the proposed bill to recognise overseas same-sex marriages still excluded intersex people. Ms Briffa suggested the definition of marriage should remove all mention of gender.

Carnegie couple Michael Barnett, 45, and his husband Gregory Storer, 51, had been together for five years when they tied the knot in New Zealand’s Queenstown. Mr Barnett said friends and family treated the couple as married – regardless of the Australian law.

The Australian Family Association said recognising overseas same-sex marriages would create an inconsistency in the Marriage Act, and would add pressure to recognise same-sex marriage broadly.

The inquiry into formal recognition of overseas marriages is expected to report to the Federal Parliament on September 3.

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need2know: Iron ore in sharp fall

29/06/2018 // by admin

With a weak lead from Wall Street, local investors will be awaiting fresh corporate results before seeking to drive Australian shares still higher.
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What you need2know:

• SPI futures slid 10 points to 5599

• AUD at 92.97 US cents, 96.93 Japanese yen, 70.41 Euro cents and 56.15 British pence

• On Wall St, S&P 500 -0.2%, Dow -0.2%, Nasdaq +0.1%

• In Europe, Euro Stoxx 50 -0.8%, FTSE -0.04%, CAC -0.9%, DAX -0.7%

• Iron tumbles 2% to $US90.10 per metric tonne

• Spot gold up 0.3% to $US1280.08 an ounce

• Brent oil down 0.3% at $US102.29 per barrel.

What’s on today

Earnings from BlueScope Steel, Caltex Australia, McMillan Shakespeare, M2, NIB Holdings, Orora, PFL, Recall Holdings, Australia CBA/HIA house affordability; US new home sales.

Stocks to watch

Earnings today from: BlueScope Steel, Caltex Australia, McMillan Shakespeare, M2, NIB Holdings, Orora, PFL, Recall Holdings.

Shaw Stockbroking has a “buy” recommendation on Mermaid Marine, which it rates as “high risk” with a price target of $3.20 a share.

Morningstar has a “hold” recommendation on Trade Me following the release of its full year results for the financial year ended June 30, 2014, and expects the share price to reach a fair value of $3.60.

Macquarie Research has a positive take on Village Roadshow saying the stock will “outperform” in the next 12 months. It says VRL is an attractive investment opportunity and has a 12 month price target of $8.50.

Currencies

Federal Reserve chair Janet Yellen called for a “pragmatic” approach to US monetary policy on Friday, amid calls by hawkish members of the central bank’s policy committee for a quick rise in interest rates due to tightening labour markets and inflationary risks.

Five months after the US Mint began producing coins made with platinum, sales have all but collapsed as investors continue to favour gold and silver. “It’s not considered a currency,” said Jason Carstensen, a medical-sales representative in Ventura, California, who spends about $US2000 a month on coins, according to Bloomberg.

Commodities

Nickel fell 0.4 per cent to finish at $US18,750 per tonne after data showed excess supplies on the market. The global nickel market had a 1800 tonne surplus in June in contrast to a 3300 tonne deficit the month earlier.

Baoshan Iron & Steel Co Ltd (Baosteel), China’s biggest listed steelmaker by stock market value, posted a 14.8 per cent fall in first-half net profit, reflecting weak prices and slackening demand growth, the company said on Friday.

Gold prices edged up on Friday as US equities slipped, but gains were limited. “I see no reasons to own gold, which is likely to trend lower with rallies being sold. The Treasury yields at under 3 per cent and crude oil prices showing signs of a recession are significant headwinds for precious metals,” said Jonathan Jossen, COMEX gold options floor trader in New York.

United States

Despite losses on Friday, all three major indexes posted gains for the week, with the Dow up 2 per cent, the S&P up 1.7 per cent and the Nasdaq up 1.6 per cent. It was the strongest week of gains for both the Dow and the S&P since April, and the third straight week of gains for all three indexes.

Goldman Sachs Group will pay $US3.15 billion to settle claims from the US housing finance regulator that it sold bad mortgage-backed securities. Goldman said it would repurchase the securities sold to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac over the 2005-2007 period.

Optimism about near-term market direction hit a nine-month high in the latest AAII Sentiment Survey, with 46.1 per cent of respondents expecting gains over the next six month. “There’s a good underlying tone in the market and we still have plenty of prospects for more gains,” said Michael Mullaney, chief investment officer at Fiduciary Trust Co in Boston. He added that he would not be concerned about valuation until the S&P’s forward price-to-earnings ratio was 17 and its trailing P/E was 20. Those metrics currently stand at 15.7 and 17.4, respectively.

Europe

European shares fell on Friday after a brisk two-week rally, hurt by a ratcheting-up of tensions in Ukraine, although traders said Yellen’s dovish tone limited losses. “European indexes are halted by big resistance levels. At this point, investors should think about hedging their portfolios,” Aurel BGC chartist Gerard Sagnier said.

German venture capital firm Rocket Internet and Zalando, Europe’s biggest specialist online fashion retailer, are both on the brink of announcing plans to list on the Frankfurt stock exchange, several sources with knowledge of the matter said.

Royal Bank of Scotland might split its international private bank into separate European and Asian divisions to attract Asian buyers who have the financial muscle for a deal but are reluctant to take on European client risk.

What happened on Friday

The local sharemarket added 0.1 per cent. Oil and gas producer Santos was a highlight, adding 3.9 per cent to $15.16 on Friday after announ­cing a bumper dividend. The stock rose 5.3 per cent over the week.

Energy was the best-performing sector over the week, up 3.6 per cent. Origin Energy lifted 5.6 per cent to $14.84 despite showing a weak full-year profit on Thursday as the company shared a more optimistic outlook for this year.

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MORNING RUSH: news, sport, weather, traffic and online buzz

29/06/2018 // by admin

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8.30amThat’s it from us this morning. Have a fabulous Thursday. See you tomorrow for the TGIF edition of the Rush.

8.12amCheck out Charlie, the new Australian sea lion at Taronga Zoo!

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8.08amManagers at the Australian Taxation Office trying to use scratchies to fight sickies among their public servants this Christmas have hit a snag.A workplace trade union has put the boot into the scheme, which rewards good attendance with a chance to win scratch cards, arguing the plan discriminates against tax officials who don’t show up to work.

8.06amHave you been snapped out & about in the Illawarra? Check out our gallery of social pics here.

8.04am HSC:Nearly a third of NSW HSC students are set to receive an ATAR of 80 or more. That’s impressive!

8.02am STRANGE BUT TRUE:No words needed really.

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8amThis time next week it will be Christmas Day. That is distressing.

7.58amGood morning!We’re in for a cloudy day with a top of 24 degrees. There is a medium chance of showers & a thunderstorm this afternoon. All good on the roads & rail.

7.56am LOCAL NEWS:The “I’ll Ride With You” movement took over social media this week, a show of solidarity for Muslims who feared retribution in the wake of the Sydney siege.A team of water safety educators hopes its “I’ll Surf With You” tagline picks up as much steam. NB great pic from snapper Sylvia Liber too!

*Reporter Josh Butler has the story.

7.54am STRANGE BUT TRUE (YES!):People, I bring you wine-infused ice-cream. If you need me, I’ll be in the corner eating three pints of this stuff.

7.52am CELEB GOSS ALERT:We’re on baby bump watch here on the Rush and … yep, we can definitely see Jessica Biel’s bump.

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7.50am SPORT:Western Sydney’s frustrating Club World Cup campaign has ended with a loss on penalties to African champions ES Setif of Algeria in the playoff for fifth place.

7.48amOn dessert duty for Christmas? Try this white chocolate parfait.

7.46am SYDNEY SIEGE: PMTony Abbott has suggested that firearm laws may need to change as he said that the Martin Place gunman had a gun licence despite having a long criminal history that included being out on bail for being an accessory to murder. (SMH)

7.44amSally Fitzgibbons is in town today signing copies of her new book. She’ll be at Dymocks Wollongong from 11am.

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7.36am LOCAL SPORT:TheHawks’ 3-12 start to the season may have tested the resolve of fans, but the faith of 11-year-old Caleb Jordan has never wavered. A lovely story from reporter Mitch Jennings here.

7.34amLooking for somewhere to holiday in 2015? Look beyond Phuket and check out these other amazing Thai islands.

7.32am SYDNEY SIEGE:Tributes have continued to pour into Martin Place for the victims of Monday’s siege.

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7.30amHave you entered your house in the Mercury’s Christmas lights competition? Get in quick – entries close Monday. Register here.

7.28am WORLD NEWS:The LA Police Department is buying 7000 body-worn cameras for its officers, Mayor Eric Garcetti announced this week. The decision is not directly related to the protests in Ferguson or NYC in the past several weeks, as the department has been testing the cameras for months. (SMH)

7.26amKeen to cook up your own bread this Christmas day? Check out this recipe for rosemary olive oil bread. Yum.

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7.24amWant to congratulate your child/mate/neighbour on their ATAR results? Leave them a message here.

7.22am LOCAL NEWS:The late Wollongong District Court judge Joe Phelan will be remembered as a brilliant legal mind and a compassionate man with a strong sense of justice.

*Reporter Louise Turk has the story.

7.20amPrince George, you have stolen my heart – look at him having a GREAT time with mum at the Winter Wonderland fair in London. #socute

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7.18am CELEB NEWS:R&B singer Ashanti hashad to take the witness stand in court, forced toanswer questions from a delusional fan who had already been convicted, in 2009, of stalking her. Read more.

7.16am NSW:More than 5300 NSW homes may be riddled with deadly Mr Fluffy asbestos insulation and the state government should demolish and buy affected properties, a parliamentary report has found.

7.14amDon’t forget the annual Gerringong street parade is on this Saturday.

7.12am TIARA ALERT:Kate Middleton wore her TRACKIES to a publicity event in the UK. I repeat, her TRACKIES. THIS IS NOT A DRILL. TRACKIES.

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7.10am SYDNEY SIEGE:NSW Police were right to try to negotiate with the gunman, according to a former senior police officer familiar with counter terrorism training.”There is a very strong history that negotiations work and time does solve problems,” said the former officer, who asked not to be named.

7.08am LOCAL NEWS:Vocalist Isabella Hanley truly had something to sing about yesterday, when she found out she was 10th in the state in her Higher School Certificate music course.

*Reporter Kate McIlwain has the story.

7.06amA little Christmas joke for you.

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7.04am SYDNEY:A man wearing a gas mask and shouting threats has been arrested on board a train heading into Sydney.The 44 year-old boarded the train at Newcastle and began yelling shortly before arriving at Central station.

7.02am CELEB NEWS:ComedianRussell Brand has criticised the mainstream media and Prime Minister Tony Abbott for referring to Sydney’s Lindt cafe siege as an act of terrorism. Read more.

7am STRANGE BUT TRUE:This man spent more than $150,000 to look like Kim Kardashian. I kid you not.

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6.58am Good morning!We’re in for a cloudy day with a top of 24 degrees. There is a medium chance of showers & a thunderstorm this afternoon. All good on the roads & rail.

6.56am LOCAL NEWS:Two long-serving Balarang Public School teachers were treated to a truck ride to mark their retirements on Wednesday.

*Get the full story here.

6.54amWant to keep the calories down this festive season? Try these easyfood swaps – goodbye potato chips, hello vegetables!

6.52am WORLD NEWS:A shocked Pakistan yesterday began burying 132 students killed in anattack on their school by seven Taliban militants.

6.50amHeading out tonight to check out the Illawarra’s best Christmas lights? Take this handy guide with you – we’ve got them all wrapped up for you.

6.48am CELEB GOSS ALERT:Things are not looking good for Spice Girl Mel B. Reports are swirling that she’s splitting with her husband & moving out of their LA home.

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6.46amIf you haven’t seen this yet, WATCH IT NOW. Quite possibly the DUMBEST response to a first question on Millionaire Hotseat EVER.

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6.44am HEALTH:Health professionals need to focus on family needs, listening and respect when dealing with end-of-life planning for patients, according to research which has revealed a gap in what health professionals and patients believe is important. Read more.

6.42amCan you believe it’s just a week until Christmas!? #notready

6.40am MUSIC NEWS:Soundwave promoter AJ Maddah has pulled off a major surprise by announcing one of the biggest names in 90s indie rock, BIlly Corgan vehicle Smashing Pumpkins, to join his touring heavy rock and punk festival in early 2015.

6.38am LOCAL NEWS:Christians and Muslimsprayed together on Wednesday, as part of a special interfaith mass in memory of the victims of the Sydney siege.

*Reporter Josh Butler has the story.

6.36am TV NEWS:Jimmy Fallon & Justin Timberlake have taken it back to the ’90s for a skit on Fallon’s show – they stayed up late at “summer camp” to sing Third Eye Blind.Nice!

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6.34am NATIONAL:2014 has now been declared the “deadliest year” for migrants, with a record 4868 people dying while trying to cross treacherous oceans in 2014 – double the 2013 tally. Read more.

6.32amHave you voted for your Illawarra Sportsperson of the Year? Get in quick – register your votehere.

6.30amQuark. Freekeh. Buckwheat. No, I’m not speaking a different language – these are the foods we’ll be eating in 2015, according to the SMH.

6.28amCheck out Beyonce’s latest picture with daughter Blue Ivy. Cute!

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— E! News (@ENews) December 17, 2014The Interview. It’s New York premiere has been cancelled as theatres across the US start dropping the movie, amid fears of terrorist attacks.

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6.24am NSW:Former NRL player Craig Field has been sentenced to at least seven and a half years’ jail for the one-punch killing of a farmer at a pub in 2012.

6.22amDon’t forget the Sunset Cinema kicks off at the Wollongong Botanic Gardens on Boxing Day. Have you got your tickets!?

6.20am CELEB GOSS ALERT:Selena Gomez was spotted crying over Justin Bieber at Taylor Swift’s 25th birthday party. Oh dear. NB that was a LOT of celeb name-dropping in one sentence.

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6.18am TV NEWS:HBO appears to be borrowing from the book of Snapchat for its latestGame of Thronesteaser campaign, deleting a tantalising vision of season five released to fans after just one viewing. But of course, someone’s figured out a way around it!Check it out.

6.16am LOCAL NEWS:AnIllawarra teen who got his four-year-old niece to perform a sexual act on him under the pretence they were playing a game has avoided a full-time jail sentence.

*Court reporter Shannon Tonkin has the details.

6.14amEver seen a baby beaver? Now you have – awwww.

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6.12amYear 12 students received their HSC marks yesterday. Hope it was good news. It’s ATARs today – good luck.

6.10am WORLD NEWS:USPresident Barack Obama has opened the door to restoring full diplomatic relations with Cuba after 50 years of sanctions and embargo, announcing that the US would seek to open an embassy in the coming months and to relax economic and travel restrictions.

6.08am CELEB NEWS:7th Heaven star Stephen Collins has admitted in an interview overnight that he sexually abused three underage girls. “I did something terribly wrong”, he said.

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6.06am And in national news, via the SMH:

*In the early hours of Tuesday morning, Sydney siege gunman Man Haron Monis was wide awake and agitated, the father of one hostage says.Joel Herat, 21, has told his family Monis was starting to herd the frightened hostages into separate groups inside the Lindt cafe, raising fears they would “not survive until the morning if they did not do something”. Read more.

*Prime Minister Tony Abbott has ordered an urgent inquiry into the deadly Martin Place siege as authorities faced fierce scrutiny over why the gunman was free despite the raft of serious criminal charges against him.

*ABC journalists were in tears on Wednesdayafter being told their positions could become redundant.Close to a third of more than 300 ABC staff in pools with similarly skilled colleagues were expected to learn their fate by 5pm.

6.04am Here’s what’s making news in your Mercury today:

*Anintellectually impaired resident gorged on a jar of hazelnut chocolate spread and choked to death at an Illawarra group home – just 18 months after a similar death at another home. Read more.

*There was a distinct lack of Christmas cheer at Shellharbour City Council’s final meeting of the year, which began with independent councillor Peter Moran being unceremoniously dumped as the council’s representative on the Killalea State Park Trust Board.

*Matthew Paul Wiggins, the man accused of gunning down Darko Janceski in 2012, has been committed to stand trial for murder.

6.02amLet’s kick things off with the latest weather & traffic.

WEATHERWe’re in for a cloudy day with a top of 24 degrees. There is a medium chance of showers & a thunderstorm this afternoon.

TRAFFICAll good on our roads & for the drive to Sydney.

TRAINSThere is a good service on the South Coast line.

6amGood morning Illawarra! Hope you’re having a good week – we’re on the steady slide into the weekend! Stay with me this morning for all the latest news etc.

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Hird back, wants Thompson to stay

24/04/2020 // by admin

James Hird at Essendon’s Tullamrine base, with Neil Craig (right) and Xavier Campbell. Photo: Eddie JimJames Hird has urged the man whose job he is about to take over, acting senior coach Mark Thompson, to remain at the club next year as he begins planning for the club’s premiership run in 2015.
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Hird, now officially out of exile, returned to the club on Monday for his first day of work at the Bombers’ new home in Tullamarine, having served the 12-month suspension he agreed to accept from the AFL last year for his part in the supplements saga.

With the seventh-placed Bombers preparing for a final-round match against arch-rival Carlton on Saturday at the MCG,  Essendon CEO Xavier Campbell reiterated on Monday that Hird’s focus would be “exclusively on 2015”.

But the key question surrounded Thompson, who has led the Bombers to the finals against the odds, yet will step aside next year for Hird and has already cast doubt on whether he will stay at the club because he can’t,  at present,  see an available role that would satisfy him.

Hird revealed that he and Thompson had begun unofficial discussions about Thompson’s future.

“We’d all like Bomber to stay on, particularly, I’d like him to stay on,” Hird said.

“He is obviously a great coach, he’s been terrific for the players this year and for the whole club this year.

“It’s his decision, but we’ve had a few chats and we’ll sit down over time.

“It’s not just his decision or my decision, it’s also the club’s decision … but everyone at Essendon would love him to stay.”

Thompson said last week he was open to staying at Essendon in 2015, but pointed out that all the major roles in the football department were already filled – with Hird set to replace him as senior coach for the next two seasons and Neil Craig and Rob Kerr having been elevated to higher positions at the head of the football department.

Before Hird’s suspension, Thompson was listed as his “senior assistant” in 2013. Simon Goodwin is now in that role supporting Thompson.

The entire football department underwent a restructure when the fallout from the supplements scandal, which now has 34 past and present players facing infractions notices from anti-doping body ASADA, showed serious failings of governance and breakdowns in the chain of command.

The plan was for Thompson to fill in for Hird while the Bombers legend completed his suspension. Thompson does not have a contract for 2015.

But the club is being implored to create a new role that would satisfy Thompson and tap into his knowledge and experience, but not cut across Hird, Goodwin, Craig and Kerr.

Tim Watson, father of club captain Jobe, said last week the Bombers simply had to find a way to keep the former Geelong premiership coach at the club, even stating it was “not inconceivable” that Thompson could be reappointed as senior coach for 2015 and act as a mentor to Hird, who would take a lesser position.

Campbell said on Monday the club would wait until the end of the season to sit down with Thompson and discuss his future.

“We’ve been very transparent with that, we’re open to what that looks like,” Campbell said.,

A year to the day since Essendon was booted from the 2013 finals series, Hird walked into True Value Solar Centre on Monday morning and was given a tour of the new facility by Craig and Campbell.

Campbell said Hird would not have a matchday role in the coach’s  box in 2014, but would be working with  Craig and Campbell  on list management, reviewing footage from this season and preparing for next year.

Hird said he would be at the MCG to watch his side take on Carlton.

“I was there last week, I was there the week before and I’ll be there on Saturday,” Hird said.

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James Segeyaro to miss Storm clash after death of father

24/04/2020 // by admin

Out of Monday’s match … James Segeyarro. Penrith hooker James Segeyaro will miss Monday night’s clash with Melbourne following the death of his father, former Papua New Guinea international, Iffysoe Segeyaro.
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James flew to PNG on Thursday to be with his father after he suffered an aneurysm and passed away on Friday.

Veteran Kevin Kingston trained at dummy half in Penrith’s final training session on Sunday morning and will play his first game in the NRL since round eight against Cronulla.

It is unclear when Segeyaro will return to training, but it is understood he should be back in time for next Sunday’s clash with Manly at Brookvale Oval.

When James was six years old, Iffysoe sent his mother, three sisters and one of his two brothers to Cairns in a bid to escape the dangers of their native land.

Earlier in the year James opened up about his relationship with his father, thanking him for the sacrifices he made to provide his family with a better life than the one they could have had back home.

“He wanted a better future for us,” Segeyaro told Fairfax Media at the start of the season.

“He sacrificed a fair bit for us to make sure we were safe and grew up with an education. I didn’t get the father-son relationship most kids do growing up. As a young kid, I barely saw my dad because he was working, so I’d only get to see him once a month. As the years continued, I rarely ever saw him.”

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Bulldog fan ejected for abusing Swans

24/04/2020 // by admin

A football supporter has been fined after allegedly racially abusing Lance Franklin and Adam Goodes during the Swans’ clash with the Western Bulldogs at Etihad Stadium on Sunday.
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Victoria Police have confirmed a 70-year-old Newport man was evicted from the venue for making “offensive comments” towards the Swans stars, whom Fairfax Media believe to be Franklin and Goodes. He had been reported to police by other spectators.

Police have spoken to officials from the Swans, who advised them the players had not heard the comments.

It is believed the fan was sitting in level three and is not a member of either club.

Franklin said it was disappointing that such incidents were still occurring.

“It’s disappointing that it’s still happening in the community, especially at a football game. It’s obviously very good that the crowd’s come forward and spoken out,” he said.

“I think it’s definitely something that needs to be cut out of the game and the more we can teach people not to be racist the better for the game. I think it’s a positive and a step forward for the AFL.”

“A man was evicted from Etihad Stadium around 4.35 yesterday afternoon after allegedly making offensive comments towards two Sydney Swans players,” said Senior Constable Melissa Seach.

“The behaviour of the man was reported to police by other supporters in the stadium. The 70-year-old Newport man will receive a penalty notice in relation to offensive behaviour.

“Police also spoke to representatives from the Sydney Swans Football Club and been advised the comments were not heard by the players.”

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Residents urge council to reconsider hospital plan

24/04/2020 // by admin

Kiama residents Laurie Gilbert, Sarah Marlan, Craig Summerhayes and Shane Gardner are urging council to reconsider aspects of their plans for the Kiama Hospital site. Picture: GEORGIA MATTS THE proposal to sell off a portion of land at the Kiama Hospital site has been labelled inappropriate by a group of residents from nearby streets.
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At the July meeting of Kiama Municipal Council, councillors voted to endorse a concept plan for the $55million dollar project that would have council buy the 3.3-hectare site from the Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District .

The plan includes building a new nursing home and hostel for the council’s Blue Haven Aged Care Facility.

As part of the concept plan, a vacant area at the rear of the site, which butts against the Bonaira Gardens, would be sold as eight residential blocks.

A group of residents from nearby Reid Street and Holden Avenue, who support the facility, are urging council to reconsider that aspect of the plan and believe the land would be better used if it was incorporated into the aged care facility.

‘‘We believe maintaining the entire current site as a community health/aged care precinct is for the betterment of the proposed aged care facility and is in the interest of the wider community,’’ Reid Street resident Craig Summerhayes said.

‘‘The proposed sell-off of land is a short-sighted decision and we seek the community’s support to prevail on council to exclude the sell-off of this land from its current favoured option.’’

Holden Avenue resident Sarah Marlan believes by selling the land, council would be taking away from the aged care development.

‘‘If this is supposed to be a centre of excellence for aged care, then why wouldn’t you make it as good as possible?’’ Mrs Marlan said.

‘‘It could be an open space that people can come and enjoy with their family, they could sit and walk out here and enjoy the gardens – grandchildren could come and play.

‘‘It would provide a great link to the gardens and it would leave space that could be used in the future for things like a men’s shed or hydrotherapy facility or other technologies in the future that would complement the aged care facility.’’

Fellow Holden Avenue resident Shane Gardner supports Mrs Marlan’s view.

‘‘It just clashes with what they’re trying to do here, aged care facilities often run out of room and they want to sell off this land rather than hold onto it for future use,’’ he said

‘‘It’s been proven in scientific studies that people recover better when they can engage with nature in a peaceful environment.’’

The group of residents also believe the decision to sell the land should have been made in an open meeting of council, rather than in a confidential session.

‘‘We don’t think the decision to sell this land should have been made in secret, behind closed doors,” Reid St resident Laurie Gilbert said.

“It’s community land and people should have known what was going on.

‘‘I think that’s resulted in a lack of awareness about the fact that it’s being sold off for a separate use, as private residential land, from the rest of the facility.

“I can understand any negotiations to selling being done confidentially, but not the decision to sell it.’’

A council spokesperson said the sale of the land would provide income needed for the development and restoration of the historic on-site Barroul House, while also providing quality blocks of lands for residential needs and the development would have wider benefits for the community.

The redevelopment of the Kiama Hospital site is one of the biggest projects in the history of Kiama Council and will generate many jobs.

‘‘It will also provide additional beds, retention of most on-site day health services and result in significant public ownership of the land.

“The benefits of the project for the Kiama municipality as a whole are immense.’’

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Swans trump Tigers

24/04/2020 // by admin

THEY ALL FALL DOWN: Swans coach Xavier Moloney keeps his feet in pursuit of a loose ball. PICTURE — Pamela BlackmanWOORINEN will take on Cohuna in the 2014 elimination final after blowing a 28-point three-quarter time lead against Swan Hill on Saturday.
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The Tigers looked stronger early but failed to fully capitalise on a strong breeze in a dominant first quarter, leaving enough room for the Swans to storm home in the last quarter and trump the home side.

While early defensive efforts from the likes of Xavier Moloney and Jared Haligan were pleasing, they also served to highlight the nature of Woorinen’s quick start.

Dwayne Hamlyn continued on from a hard-fought first quarter to be the Tigers’ best, while Moloney’s solid contribution around the ground was complemented by Toby Thoolen and Arnold Kirby who came in to the game when the Swans’ needed marking targets in the absence of Hugh Foott.

Early shots on goal from Matthew Pell and Jamie Nicholas were foiled by a hardworking Swans’ defence, before Nicholas converted the game’s first major after marking inside 50m when a Swan Hill kick out of defence was sent straight back inside by the home team.

Other opportunities from multiple inside 50s didn’t result in majors though and, when the Swans converted from a scrappy goal square exchange up the other end, the margin was only one point.

Being closer than they should have been, the Swans grew in confidence playing with the wind in the second term.

Goals to Jon Hirst and Jed Dow were met with one reply from Woorinen.

While the margin was only eight points the real test was to come in the third quarter.

If Woorinen could capitalise on its opportunities it could put the Swans away and book a qualifying final berth.

And for half an hour the game appeared to be going to just that script.

Nicholas — who finished the day with a game-high three goals — was proving a handy target for the Tigers, while Doug Palmer bobbed up with an important two consecutive goals midway through the premiership quarter.

On one occasion Nicholas managed to goal after finding himself in a three-on-one situation inside the Tigers’ 50m area. Gathering the ball, he worked his way free of an opponent, snapping a team-lifting goal.

While Woorinen had missed some key chances to move further ahead, it appeared to have the momentum going into the last quarter.

Halligan had other ideas, however, urging his side to win back some respect in the last term. And while his three-quarter time pleas sparked the Swans into life, the visitors’ cause was aided by a listless last half an hour from the home side.

The Swans looked more lively from the start of the last term, with coach Moloney narrowing the margin after a mark inside 50m.

A goal to Paddy Down brought the Swans closer still and the game was alive.

While Aaron Cadd took a typically courageous defensive mark in front of Thoolen to prevent a certain goal, it was apparent the Tigers would need to hit the scoreboard themselves to hold on to the game.

A shot on goal from Anthony Alderuccio was touched over the line by Swan Hill, with the behind one of three to the Tigers in the last term.

When Moloney received a handball and goaled off one step from 50m out directly in front, the Swans edged closer still.

A Halligan goal and exuberant celebration signified the Swans were within one straight kick of leading for the first time.

With little time remaining, the result appeared likely to go the way of the side more willing to take the game on.

That side was the Swans, and when Thoolen marked and goaled they had pulled off the great escape.

Woorinen will rue a game that got away, although the Swans can rightly consider to have had all the aces up their sleeves, trumping the Tigers in the last term.

Woorinen will need to regroup quickly ahead of an elimination final at Tooleybuc against a similarly dispirited Cohuna, which went down easily to Kerang.

The Swans take on Tooleybuc Manangatang in an intriguing qualifying final at Kerang.

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Gippsland Lakes salinity concerns

24/04/2020 // by admin

LETTER TO THE EDITOR:
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I HAVE watched the Gippsland Lakes salinity debate ebb and flow for some time now.

This debate has been ensuing largely in the absence of any publicly available real time monitoring data related to salinity penetration within the Lakes.

Questions should be asked as to why this is the case, after millions of dollars per year are spent on management of the Lakes and catchment.

The Gippsland Lakes are actually not real lakes they are in fact a large coastal lagoon system.

Prior to the opening of the artificial entrance at Lakes Entrance, the Lakes contained mainly fresh water.

The natural entrance opened and closed, and migrated along the Ninety Mile Beach, according to the competition between coastal processes (trying to close the entrance with sand), and fresh water inflows to the Lakes (trying to break out to sea).

Due to these natural processes (and others interacting dynamically with them), at times the water would be more brackish within sections of the Lakes than fresh, and vice versa.

All that changed with the opening of the artificial entrance in 1889.

The Lakes as an ecosystem has never been the same since.

Current entrance dredging processes are quite effective in their job.

The channels are now maintained at a depth that is deeper overall than has been sustained since soon after the entrance was opened to the sea.

While this is certainly a boon to entrance users, the increased channel dimensions have allowed more salt water to enter the lakes on each tidal cycle.

It is therefore not surprising, for example, that locals throughout the system have noted the incidence of invasive marine species far into the lakes system.

These results should in fact be an expected byproduct of a deeper entrance.

Perhaps some of the initial 30 million dollars provided by the Victorian ALP Government in 2005 to fund the Lakes Entrance Sand Management Program should have been used to research likely environmental impacts on the lakes produced by a deeper entrance and channel system.

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Author, illustrator visit local schools

24/04/2020 // by admin

Author of the children’s book Do You Believe? Nathan Gardiner, St Patrick’s Stratford Primary School students Seb Pendergast,Jonathan Boyd, Shahana Segaloff and Felicity Haudley, and Do You Believe? illustrator Dominic Hogan. Former locals Dominic Hogan and Nathan Gardiner visited Gippsland primary schools last week for an interactive reading of their book Do You Believe?
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Former locals Dominic Hogan and Nathan Gardiner visited primary schools in Gippsland last week for an interactive reading of their children’s book Do You Believe?

Illustrator Mr Hogan said the interactive show encouraged children to act out scenes from the book and play roles and characters.

“They play roles, they play mountains, flowers, rocks and trees,” Mr Hogan said.

“It’s about getting the children to feel how it is to be that object, because it’s about that God is connected to everything.”

The author, Mr Gardiner, said Do You Believe? was a new age children’s book about religion from an alternative point of view.

“It’s basically asking the question ‘what is God?’ from a non-religious point of view,” Mr Gardiner said.

“The new age belief is that God is everything; it’s all encompassing, it’s us, it’s life, it’s the earth … and all of us are tiny individual pieces of God.

“In a sense you don’t have to call it God, you can call it life; it’s a process.”

Now working as a journalist, Mr Gardiner said he had the idea for the book when he was working as a teacher in Melbourne.

“I used to teach for 11 years and I was always frustrated when religious education teachers would come in and all they ever talked about was Jesus … and I thought ‘well that’s doing a disservice to our kids’.

“Jesus is fine but don’t talk about Jesus day in day out.

“Talk about Judaism and talk about Hinduism.

“If you’re going to call it religious education, talk about all the religions and let the children make an informed decision themselves.”

Mr Gardiner travelled to Jamaica for three months to work on the story before approaching Mr Hogan about doing the illustrations.

Mr Hogan, who now lives in Germany, said he felt ‘moved’ by the story and was interested in illustrating the book.

“I said to him I’d like to do the pictures …and over the next two or three years I worked on it, and then in 2008 we printed it and then had the launch in Germany,” Mr Hogan said.

The long-time friends attended school together at Catholic College Sale and are in the process of writing a second book together, Surfer Stu.

“Surfer Stu is a little seven-year-old boy who’s a champion surfer and he’s got freaky skills,” Mr Gardiner said.

“He gets to age 18 and his parents are saying ‘there’s more to life than surfing, how about you travel the world’ and that’s when he discovers the monuments and Great Wall of China, the Eiffel Tower, the pyramids and the Statue of Liberty, and he relates them all to surfing.”

Do You Believe? can be bought by contacting Mr Hogan or Mr Gardiner on Facebook.

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South Gawler v Willaston football and netball from Saturday, August 23PHOTOS

24/04/2020 // by admin

South Gawler v Willaston football and netball from Saturday, August 23 | PHOTOS South Gawler v Willaston football.
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Penrith women defeat Illawarra in elimination final

24/04/2020 // by admin

Top scorer: Alicia Poto was crucial to the Panthers success, scoring 22 points as they pulled away from Illawarra in the elimination final.The Panthers women’s basketball team created history for the local association, defeating the Illawarra Hawks 87-65 in an elimination quarter final of the 2014 Waratah Championship League (WCL) competition.
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The outstanding victory catapulted the Panthers into their first-ever semi-final appearance, which will be at Maitland on the weekend of August 30-31.

Much of the Penrith team’s success can be laid at the feet of their powerful Women’s National Basketball Leaguetrio of imports, Alicia Poto, Rohanee Cox and Tahlia Tupaea.

That trio and diminutive guard Dominika Offner laid the groundwork for Penrith’s solid 24-15 first quarter lead.

The Panthers continued to shine at the start of the second quarter, staging an 11-0 run in the opening five minutes to take their lead out to a handy 18-point buffer.

Penrith led 49-25 at half time, with Cox (16) and Tupaea (15) both in double figures, followed closely by Poto and Offner — both on 9.

Cox quickly moved into double figures on the boards at the start of the third term as Penrith underlined their superiority, with the four leading scorers all on their team at that stage of the game.

Illawarra saved their best form for the final quarter, steadily chipping away at the Panthers lead through the opening minutes.

Penrith consolidated late in the game to record a significant 22-point win.

Poto was the game-high scorer with 22 points and 6 assists, ahead of Tupaea 21 points and Cox with 21 points, 13 boards and 7 assists.

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Hockey from Saturday, August 23PHOTOS

24/04/2020 // by admin

Hockey from Saturday, August 23 | PHOTOS Hockey action from the Barossa.
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