Commuters to face lengthy queues at ticket windows if they don’t have Opal card

01/07/2018 // by admin

Transport Minister Gladys Berejiklian is warning train travellers they could face lengthy queues at ticket windows next Monday if they do not have an Opal card.
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Weekly MyTrain tickets, as well as cheaper adult off-peak return tickets, are two of the 14 ticket types that will no longer be sold from Monday, as the government attempts to encourage travellers into using the electronic smart-card.

Ms Berejiklian said there had recently been a sharp increase in the number of people signing up for the Opal card –55,000 in one week recently taking the total sign-up to more than 580,000 –but commuters could still find themselves stuck in a line on Monday.

“The key thing for me is just to make sure that people are aware they could be facing long queues on 1 September if they don’t have the Opal card,” Ms Berejiklian said.

“There will be a lot of ticket sellers having to explain to people what their options are if they are caught out,” she said.

“If you are used to buying a weekly and you can’t buy one anymore, you will have to say to the person “what do I do now” and so it will take a bit longer to explain all your options.”

The government is already selling vastly fewer paper tickets than it did a few months ago. In 2013, commuters bought about 100,000 weekly MyTrain tickets in a regular week. Last month that number had halved, and in the week ending August 17, 38,000 weekly train tickets were sold.

Some commuters have been concerned they are, or would be, paying more when using the Opal card.

Ferry or bus users comparing fares to individual trips on TravelTen tickets may pay more –particularly if they do not travel more than eight times a week –as well as people who had purchased quarterly or yearly tickets.

But Ms Berejiklian has said the government risked collecting less fare revenue overall under the Opal card, and said that most people who had started to use the card were pleased with what it cost them.

“The concern is among those who have not switched over yet and have made assumptions about what it will cost them,” she said. “So I say to people, give it a go.

“Even if you think you might be paying more you will be pleasantly surprised.”

Commuters may be confused if they have acquired an Opal card but not used it for 60 days. In this case, the money they would have loaded into their card would have been refunded, meaning they would need to load money onto their card again.

Pensioners will continue to be able to buy Pensioner Excursion tickets, while bus tickets such as TravelTens are still likely to be sold for at least another year.

Anyone buying a yearly or quarterly train or MyMulti ticket in the next week will continue to be able to use it until it expires.

Tickets not sold after this week:

My Train:

Adult Off-Peak Return

Adult Weekly (7 day)

Adult Fortnightly (14 day)

Adult Monthly (28 day)

Adult Quarterly (90 day)

Adult Yearly (365 day)

Concessions Monthly (28 day)

Concessions Quarterly (90 day)

Concessions Yearly (365 day)

My Multi:

Adult Monthly (28 day)

Adult Quarterly (90 day)

Adult Yearly (365 day)

My Ferry:

Adult TravelTen

Light rail:

Adult Yearly (365 day)

Akermanis: Umpires are ‘out to get me’

01/07/2018 // by admin

Jason AkermanisNORTH Albury coach Jason Akermanis says he has done nothing wrong and that local football officials are “out to get him” after news he was under investigation for alleged cyber bullying was made public at the weekend.
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The Ovens and Murray Football-Netball League is expected to announce an investigation into Akermanis this week after it was alleged the former Brisbane Lions star had repeatedly abused AFL North East Border umpire development manager Mark Bywater by email and by text message about umpiring issues this season.

AFL North East Border regional manager John O’Donohue told The Border Mail Akermanis and the Hoppers had been warned about the alleged behaviour, but the Brownlow medallist hit back at those claims yesterday.

“He (Bywater) never once told us to stop,” Akermanis said.

“We were just trying to help.

“We just sent videos to themexplaining what was going on.

“That’s all we did.

“Nobody says anything and then all of a sudden it’s a huge problem.

“The intent of bullying is to try and harm someone, I mean, are you serious?

“I don’t know what it is, but I just get the feeling like they’re trying to get me.”

Akermanis said he had been made aware of the investigation last week but was shocked to find it on the front page of The Border Mail on Saturday.

“We were clearly told it was supposed to be confidential, which is fine, but next thing it’s on the front page of the paper,” Akermanis said.

“I don’t mind.

“I’m looking forward to speaking to the investigation officer. I have nothing to hide.”

AFL North East Border doesn’t have the power to launch investigations and referred the matter to the O and M.

If charges are laid they would be heard by the O and M independent tribunal.

It caps a big couple of weeks for the Hoppers off the field, with the embattled North Albury Sports Club going into voluntary administration earlier this month.

Members will learn more about the fate of the club at a meeting from 5.30pm tonight.

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Ballarat breakfast report: August 25, 2014

01/07/2018 // by admin

It will be just weeks before this tree starts to sprout leaves.Unfortunately a dreary day to start the working week with a top of 12.
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However, remain patient, the sunlight will be here to save us by the weekend, with temperatures expected to soar to 17 degrees.

Today will be cloudy with ashower or two in the morning and afternoon.

Winds southwesterly 25 to 30 km/h tending southerly in the middle of the day then tending southeasterly 15 to 25 km/h in the late afternoon.

TODAY’S TOP STORY

The Courier front page, August 25

A newregional animal shelter is set to replace the recently upgraded Gillies Street pound.

A proposal to establish a new shelter in Ballarat and close the current premises will be discussed at Wednesday night’s Ballarat City Council meeting.

Read the full story here

POLICE

Across the state, investigators from Alexandra Crime Investigation Unit have confirmed human remains have been located following a fire at a steel factory in Seymour.

The remains were located around 3pm on Sunday and will require forensic testing before an identity can be determined.

An occupant who was residing at the factory is still unaccounted for.

Emergency services were called to the Worrough Street property about 2.15am on Saturday morning and found the premises fully engulfed in flames.

FIRE

Fire crews attended a false alarm at the Fine Art Gallery at 5.30am on Monday.

AMBULANCE

Paramedics had nothing of interest to report from overnight.

V/LINE

All Ballarat train services appear to be running on time according to the @vline_ballarat Twitter feed.

Services on the Geelong line have returned to normal following a train crash in Altona on Friday evening.

@themykiuser Hi services will resume as per normal from today. 1st trains: 13:00 SCS – Marshall & 12:21 Marshall – SCS #vline

— V/Line Geelong Line (@vline_geelong) August 23, 2014TonightThe Courierwill be covering the Central Highlands Football League best and fairest night.

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South Australia Brekkie WrapMonday, August 25, 2014

01/07/2018 // by admin


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Nothing beats spending a day in the sunshine at Victor Harbor. Photo: @_vanessapearl_

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Woman charged over road rage scissors stabbing

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An argument over a parking space in Sydney’s south-west turned violent when a female motorist allegedly slapped a man in the face then stabbed him in the leg with a pair of scissors, police say.
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The 21-year-old has been charged with predatory driving and assault occasioning actual bodily harm following the confrontation in Lakemba on Sunday afternoon.

Inspector Ben Hooper, the duty officer at the Campsie local area command, said the woman and a 26-year-old man had argued over who had the right to a parking space on Haldon Street in Lakemba just before 2.30pm.

A short time later the man was driving south along Croydon Street, which runs parallel to Haldon Street, when his car was allegedly bumped from behind by a white Honda Civic.

The man told police that the vehicle belonged to the same woman with whom he had argued a short time earlier.

The man said he followed the Civic to take down its registration number, but witnesses told police the Civic turned around and blocked his car, and the woman got out of her vehicle.

Police allege the woman slapped the man through the open window of his car before assaulting him with a pair of scissors.

“She allegedly punched him a couple of times while holding a pair scissors, which caused some superficial cuts,” Inspector Hooper said.

Paramedics treated the man at the scene, but he was not taken to hospital.

Inspector Hooper said tempers had flared earlier over who should have got a public car space along the street. It was not clear who eventually took the spot.

“Situations such as parking spaces should not be causes for violence at all. We just need to be patient with each other on the roads and show some courtesy,” he said.

A short time after the stabbing, police went to a house in Kennedy Street in Lakemba and arrested a 21-year-old woman.

She was charged and granted conditional bail to appear in Burwood Local Court on September 16.

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Criminal charges loom in phoenix scams probe on big construction projects

01/07/2018 // by admin

Eight of Australia’s biggest construction projects are being probed for the existence of phoenix scams, with regulators  preparing to file criminal charges.
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The tax office, the Australian Securities and Investments Commission and the Fair Work Building and Construction inspectorate are co-operating on the problem of contractors sending their companies into liquidation to avoid debts to employees, the tax office and others.

Phoenix scams – when a company goes bankrupt and a second company (known as a phoenix company) is started up overnight with the same directors – are regarded as a serious problem facing industries with large numbers of short-term blue-collar workers, including construction, labour hire, meat processing and horticulture. Consulting firm PWC estimated in 2012 the problem costs the economy between $1.8 billion and $3.2 billion a year.

By liquidating front companies owners avoid paying taxes and money owed to employees, including leave and superannuation. They transfer the collapsed company’s assets to a new company, which later repeats the process. The owners reap big profits with little chance of being prosecuted, at least until now.

Phoenixing is one of the problems being investigated by the royal commission into union corruption, which has been told that companies associated with underworld identity George Alex appear to have been involved in phoenixing.

Big construction companies have agreed to provide financial information and documents about their contractors to the tax office, which is using it to identify sub-contractors breaking the law.

The regulators would not identify which companies are providing them with information, but they are likely to include Lend Lease and Leighton.

“Yes, we are aware that the ATO and ASIC are investigating the issue of phoenix companies,” a Lend Lease spokeswoman said. “We work with the regulators as required.”

A Leighton spokeswoman declined to comment.

ASIC’s senior executive for small business compliance and deterrence, Brett Bassett, said the construction industry “is the highest represented sector in illegal phoenixing activity”.

“There are still a percentage of people who, even if they have had a knock on the door from ASIC, will still do the wrong thing,” Mr Bassett said.

An ASIC spokesman would not disclose which projects are on the hit list. Last year ASIC identified several hundred directors who had a history of churning through companies. The agency hired a credit-assessment company to monitor them.

When it looked like any of the companies were in danger of going broke ASIC contacted the directors and said their behaviour had the hallmarks of illegal phoenixing – a warning intended to act as a deterrent.

Six or seven of 208 possible phoenixing cases examined by ASIC’s small business compliance and deterrence unit since July last year are being investigated further, according to Mr Bassett. Some are being looked at by ASIC’s enforcement team. Others have been referred to the tax office.

The tax office and the Australian Federal Police are preparing evidence for the Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions, which will make the final decision on charges.

“I would expect there to be some significant progress in relation to phoenixing matters in the near future,” said tax office assistant deputy commissioner Bruce Collins. “Charges are expected to come soon.”

The tax office has a team of 40 people dedicated to phoenixing. Most of them are concentrating on the construction industry. The main team at ASIC looking at the problem has 42 staff.

The director of the Fair Work Building and Construction inspectorate, Nigel Hadgkiss, said it referred any allegations of phoenixing to ASIC or the tax office.

Officials from his agency, ASIC and the tax office held a three-hour meeting with representatives of Australia’s largest construction companies in Sydney in December.

A key problem identified at the meeting was fraudulent statutory declarations submitted by mid-level contractors. These documents, which are required for final payment from the company in charge of the project, declare that the contractor has completed its work and paid its sub-contractors.

Some mid-level contractors submit these legal documents falsely claiming they have completed their contract and paid their sub-contractors. On the basis of the document they are paid by the head contractor. The company is then liquidated without paying employees and the tax office.

One of the problems fighting phoenix scams is that there is no specific law against phoenixing. Law-enforcement agencies need to prove that the people behind the scams intend to defraud their staff, the tax office, creditors or someone else, or that they lied in legal documents. Companies involved in phoenix scams often have incomplete financial records, which complicates regulators’ investigations and can be an offence in itself.

Some critics and people involved in winding up failed companies say regulators are not devoting enough resources to fighting the problem.

“I don’t think the fight is going well enough,” said Queensland Nationals senator John Williams, who is seeking a parliamentary inquiry into phoenixing, Ponzi schemes and liquidators. “You hear so many stories about a business closing and it seems overnight it reopens under another name.”

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Herald Breakfast – August 25

01/07/2018 // by admin

Morning Shot: @kazza067 shared this shot of storm clouds over dry paddocks at Thornton ahead of the weekend’s rain.
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Weather: A few showers are expected to ruin the blue-sky start in Newcastle (18 degrees), with a similar story in both Maitland and Scone (both 19 degrees).

Traffic:One of two southbound lanes on Lookout Road at New Lambton Heights is closed after an accident near Carrington Parade. It is the second closure on the road this morning, with moderate conditions cleared after an earlier accident near McCaffrey Drive.

Trains: The 6.39am Gosford to Central train was cancelled, causing delays on the Newcastle line after the train needed mechanical repairs at Gosford. There are no reported problems on the Hunter line.

Beachwatch:The wind will from the east which will push in a few more showers with the swell from the east around oneto 1.3 metres but is expected to pick up later. Wave conditions will be a bit uneven but mostbreaks will be quite surfable.

Morning Shot:@kazza067 shared this shot of storm clouds over dry paddocks at Thornton ahead of the weekend’s rain.

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GARBAGE LEVY SENDS HUNTER WASTE INTERSTATE:POLLHUNTER waste operators are trucking mountains of landfill to Queensland each week to avoid paying a waste levy designed to encourage recycling.

DATA DIGS DIRT ON MINE REHABILITATION: FOR every hectare mined in the Upper Hunter in the past two years, 0.8 of a hectare has been rehabilitated, new mine site data shows.

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Good Morning Bendigo – 25.08.14

01/07/2018 // by admin

Good morning Bendigo!
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I hope you enjoyed your weekend. Now, back to reality.

A top of 16 degrees with a clearing shower. More details here.

No delays.

Australian woman Laura Bushney claims mid-air sexual assault on Malaysia Airlines flight

The senior Malaysia Airlines staff member accused of raping an Australian woman on a Paris-bound flight earlier this month begged her not to report the alleged incident to the authorities because he had a wife and children.

Perth woman Laura Bushney recounted a horrifying tale of alleged abuse at the hands of chief stewardMohd Rosli Bin Ab Karim on flight MH20 from Kuala Lumpur to Paris on August 4.

Resettled refugees say they are desperate and living ‘like animals in the jungle’ on Nauru

More than 50 refugees resettled by Australia on Nauru say they have been “abandoned to live like animals in the jungle”.

In an interview from the tiny Pacific island, the refugees told Fairfax Media they don’t have enough clean water, food, or work to sustain themselves and that they can’t afford phone calls to their families back home.

“In our country, the Taliban will come and they will slash our throats and finish our lives. It will take 10 minutes to die. But here, they are killing us by pain, taking our soul and our life slowly. In our countries there is physical torture, but here we are being tortured mentally,” one refugee told Fairfax Media.

Same-sex couples head over the ditch for vows

Hundreds of Australian same-sex-couples have married in New Zealand since marriage equality laws came into effect a year ago.

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.

Rapper identified as James Foley’s executioner: reports- The Age

British intelligence agencies MI5 and MI6 have identified the man suspected of the horrific beheading of American journalist James Foley, according to UK media reports.

The hooded man with an English accent is believed to be 23-year-old Abdel-Majed Abdel Bary, known to fellow Islamic State militants as Jihadi John.

The former rapper left his family home in an affluent west London suburb last year to fight in the civil war in Syria.

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2006 – Australian government announces it will sell almost half of its remaining stake in Telstra

2011 – A renowned political cartoonist whose drawings express Syrians’ frustrated hopes forchange is grabbed after he left his studio and beaten by masked gunmen who broke his handsand dumped him on a road outside Damascus.

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Tim Burton, US film director (1958-)

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Blake Lively, American actress (1987-)

Princess Anne’s second marriage took place near which royal residence?

What would you do with a burrito?

If a disease in congenital when does it date from?

What is the minimum number of species in a hybrid?

In which movie did Tom Hanks play Chuck Noland?

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The first known contraceptive was crocodile dung, used by Egyptians in 2000 B.C.

I’ve got a wonder watch. It only cost fifty cents.

Why is it a wonder watch?

Because every time I look at it I wonder if it is still working!

Have a great day!

Andi

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Magpies soar into grand final qualifier as Dragons’ stumbles continue

01/07/2018 // by admin

TRY TIME: Ben Gunn scores for Cowra in their Group 10 premier league qualifying semi-final win over Mudgee. Photo: COL BOYDIF Mudgee’s Group 10 season wasn’t already in free-fall, it certainly is now.
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The Dragons fell to their sixth loss in seven matches on Sunday with Cowra booking a date with Bathurst St Pat’s in next week’s major semi-final.

It has been 19 years since the Magpies have played in a Group 10 premier league grand final, and they are only one match away from hosting one.

Their 36-16 victory was set up by their four tries in the first half through Jay McClintock, Toby Nobes, KJ Wood and Ben Gunn.

Four of their six tries came from kicks; two of them were a result of Mudgee mistakes from those kicks.

There were jubilant scenes at full-time for the black and whites, and their victory team song – sung in the sheds – was belted out with gusto.

“We are all bloody excited,” a wide-smiling Cowra captain Ronald Lawrence said.

“We knew we had to come up here and match them in the middle and we did that. We got the backs some good clean ball and we scored the points.”

For Mudgee, it was another nail in their coffin, which, after their run of 10 wins earlier in the season, seemed to be a crazy thought.

But co-captain Jared Robinson said there was no point complaining, his team needs to pull their finger out.

“We can whinge about having no troops but at the end of the day we have to put in a performance that warrants a win and we didn’t get that today,” Robinson said.

“We have to get to training and put it on the training paddock; a little bit more commitment.

“I can’t fault the boys’ efforts, we tried real hard out there.

“Individual mistakes at crucial times and you can’t do those in semi-final football. They capitalised on every one of our mistakes.”

James O’Connell spilled a Tim Holman bomb into the arms of Cowra’s Warren Williams and the centre off-loaded it to McClintock to open the scoring.

Mudgee’s kick-off restart went out on the full but they got a reprieve a short time later when Holman was sin-binned for dissent.

With a one-man advantage, Robinson dummied and sliced his way through a massive gap to put Mudgee level at 6-all.

But that was the only joy for Mudgee in the half as Cowra scored three tries in 10 minutes.

The first to Wood then to Nobes in the corner and a third to Gunn after Ben Thompson coughed up another Holman bomb into the arms of the replacement.

Mudgee needed to score first in the second half to have any hope and it came in the 11th minute when Terry Wood’s pass found Chris Ward who scored.

The tide of the game started to turn in Mudgee’s favour as the home side had all the ball and territory, and Cowra were out on their feet.

Mudgee missed two opportunities to close the gap by dropping the ball on both occasions with the try-line near.

The first time Cowra got on a roll they scored. William Ingram barged his way through some poor defence to make it 28-12.

Mudgee regathered the ball from the kick-off and a few plays later, Tom Lewsley scored in the corner to set up a grandstand finish.

With seven minutes to go, Cowra was awarded a penalty and from 40 metres out, Jeremy Gordon hammered home a further two points to make it 30-16.

Any hope of a miracle comeback by the Red V ended when Gordon’s grubber kick was pounced on by Phil Ingram in the 79th minute.

Lawrence said the whole town of Cowra will be behind his team when they play St Pat’s in next week’s major semi-final.

“We haven’t beaten them this season but we have been right with them the whole time. If we play smarter football we will get them,” he said.

Robinson said it was not all lost for Mudgee, who now have to play the in-form Bathurst Panthers at Glen Willow.

“We didn’t finish second for no reason, we are a good football side,” Robinson said.

“Yes we have some injuries but we still got the troops there, it is hard to get that confidence when you haven’t had a win in a while.

“Winning becomes a habit and unfortunately so does losing, we just need something to go our way. It’s only a bounce of the ball, something small but we drastically need something.”

COWRA MAGPIES 36 (Phil Ingram, William Ingram, Jay McClintock, Toby Nobes, KJ Wood, Ben Gunn tries; Jeremy Gordon 6 goals) def MUDGEE DRAGONS 16 (Tom Lewsley, Jared Robinson, Chris Ward tries; Josh Crowe 2 goals)

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All in a day care’s work: Helen acknowledged for early childhood education

01/07/2018 // by admin

CHILD’S PLAY: Flynn Ryan, Grace Brown, Millthorpe family day care educator Helen Ewin holding Luca Ryan, helper Leonie Smith and Blaise Brown. Photo: LUKE SCHUYLER 0822lsdaycare2MILLTHORPE family day care educator Helen Ewin has topped the class for providing quality early childhood education, having been named the regional winner in the 2014 excellence in family day care awards.
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Mrs Ewin, as the Dubbo and Central NSW finalist, is now in the running for state and national educator of the year titles to be announced by family day care later this year.

The Millthorpe woman is passionate about the service she provides, and said it was humbling to be nominated by the parents of the children she looks after and Cabonne/Blayney family day care management, the service she is registered with.

“Your families become like your extended family, and you can see the children grow up, and then you’re invited to 18th birthdays and graduations and 21sts,” Mrs Ewin said.

“Family day care has become an important service. I’ve had a lot of families say that if they can’t send their children to family day care, then they’re going to hold off from going back to work.”

Mrs Ewin looks after four children under five years old and three school-aged children from her home in Millthorpe, and said she enjoyed teaching them about their community and watching them grow and learn.

The educator has been in the childcare business for over two decades, and said she had seen many changes to the family day care system over the years.

“There was hardly any paperwork when I started, but now … the national regulations were introduced in 2011. It gives us more paperwork. A lot of people are complaining that we’re having to stop play because there’s so much paperwork,” Mrs Ewin said.

“What is frightening them [the parents] the most is what’s been in the media recently, how the government is cutting the funding to services. I would still be there, but if there’s no money for the services, child development officers would not visit, but if we wanted them to, then we, the educators, would have to pass that cost onto parents.”

State educator award winners will be announced nest month, and Mrs Ewin said she will travel to the visions for leadership in family day care symposium in Adelaide on October 25 when the national winner will be announced.

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