Police hunt two men after Ballan Train Station burglary

01/07/2018 Posted by admin

Police tape cordons off area where burglars forced entry. PICTURE: David JeansPOLICE are hunting two men who broke into the Ballan train station and left empty handed.

Police were at the scene on Monday to investigate an attempted burglary where it is believed two men broke into the station just after 6am.

It is believed the men forced entry to the station through an entrance door before smashing a counter window.

The train station remained closed on Monday as police investigated the scene.

Police say the men left empty handed and that the Myki machine was not damaged.

Police tape cordoned off the station-side entrance where it appeared the door lock had been damaged.

The station remained closed on Monday and the station master said he could not make any comment on the incident.

Police tape cordons off area where burglars forced entry. PICTURE: David Jeans

Police tape cordons off area where burglars forced entry. PICTURE: David Jeans

V/Line spokesperson Ebony Jordan confirmed a break-in had occurred at the station on Monday morning, however said it was not known when the station would reopen.

“V/Line is assisting police with their investigations following a break in at the Ballan Station in the early hours of this morning,” Ms Jordan said.

“We will work with the police to determine when the station reopens.”

Moorabool Police Crime Investigation Unit are urging any witnesses to contact Bacchus Marsh police station on 5366 4500 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

Police tape cordons off area where burglars forced entry. PICTURE: David Jeans

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Oh brother, what a week for Old Boys

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BOY, what a week.Old Boys allrounder Aaron Hazlewood completed an amazing few days by helping his club side to the top of the Tamworth first grade premiership and one-day tables as well as as lifting a War Veterans Cup trophy on Sunday and all after helping celebrate younger brother Josh’s brilliant Test debut against India at Brisbane’s Gabba ground.

Old Boys skipper Ben Middlebrook plays forward in Sunday’s War Veterans Cup Final. The victory was part of a big week for the club. 211214GOA02

“It was a pretty good week for us,” Aaron said after Old Boys had beaten North Tamworth by 45 runs to win Sunday’s War Veterans Cup Final at No 1 Oval.

It had all started so well last week when the Australian selectors named former Old Boy player Josh in the 12 to tackle India in the Second Test at the Gabba.

It got better when the 23-year-old former “Bendy Boy” was named in the team and then handed his “baggy green” Australian cap by Test great Glenn McGrath last Tuesday morning.

The Hazlewood family was elated and proud – dad Trevor admitted to “doing handstands in the grandstand”.

Adding to that excitement was Josh taking 5-68 on debut, one of 16 Australians and emulating such greats as Dennis Lillee.

“It was awesome,” Aaron said.

“We had three days in Brisbane, Josh makes his debut, takes five wickets and also scores 32 not out.”

He also added another two wickets in the second innings to make it seven for the match, Australia wins by four wickets as well and he is confirmed in the side to play the Third Test, the famous Boxing Day Test at the Melbourne Cricket Ground from Friday.

It doesn’t get much better than that, Aaron said.

However, it did.

He comes home from Brisbane and opens the batting in Saturday’s one-day first grade clash with North Tamworth and scores 31.

He then takes the new ball and claims 3-14 from his seven overs to help steer Old Boys to a 21-run win over North Tamworth in their top of the table clash and leapfrog the Redbacks in both the premiership and one-day standings.

If that’s not good enough, the umpires award him the three points in the Best and Fairest Award, enabling the allrounder to shoot four points clear at the top of that table.

Then to wash it all down on Sunday, he sits back and watches teammates Simon Norvill (159) and Adam Lole (98) put on a third wicket stand of 280 to steer the side to 3-288 in the War Veterans Cup final.

He then takes 1-39 from his nine overs to celebrate his club’s first War Veterans Cup.

“It was a very good week,” he said.

“Norvs and Lolly set it up today.

“Adam Greentree bowled pretty well for them too early on (2-5 off 10) but we win our first WVC. How good’s that.”

Pretty good, Old Boys skipper Ben Middlebrook reckoned.

“I’m really proud of all the boys,” Middlebrook said after Sunday’s victory.

“It’s been a good week for the club, with Josh making his debut.

“We didn’t bat very well Saturday but were much better today.

“Simon and Adam did bat well to put on 280. They did give a few chances early on but once they got going it was great to watch.”

He also added North Tamworth skipper Michael Rixon also batted extremely well for his 98 from 96 balls.

Young spinner Will Chesterfield also came in for some praise.

North Tamworth had started its WVC Final run chase solidly but Chesterfield’s introduction not only dried up the runs but he claimed the wickets of opener Glenn Lewington (21) and batting star Kris Halloran (7), both caught at slip by Lole, and then had Joe Holt well caught by young Chris Coulton.

Chesterfield finished with the fine figures of 3-39 from his 10 overs.

“He did bowl extremely well during those middle overs,” Middlebrook said.

“Will and Aaron also bowled well but all the boys stuck to their job. Made us all proud today.”

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Steve Rutten is longboarders’ club champion for 2014

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WILL BE MISSED: Neale Ashby said farewell to the Mollymook Longboarders at their last competition for 2014 on Saturday. Photos: LISA HARDWICK MOLLYMOOK Reef was the venue for the Mollymook LongboardersDecember contest, with nothing breaking at HQ at the usual assembly time.

The Reef wasn’t exactly pumping, but there were enough contestable waves available, and prospects for Sunday didn’t favour a postponement, particularly as the 2014 presentation night was scheduled for Saturday. There was a healthy roll-up that included the club’s first potential junior member in over three years, Louie Pantelic from Broulee, who came with his own supporters group.

The contest also was the last for Neale Ashby, who has been transferred to the mid-North coast.

Young Louie, with grommet enthusiasm to burn, got off to a great start with a clear win in his first round heat.

Rob Maher, Adam Maher, and Steve Rutten were the other heat winners with progression direct to the semis.

In the first repechage round Neale Ashby couldn’t buy a wave in his heat, and he bowed out in his lowest ever finishing position; memorable for the wrong reasons.

Phil Schoer, who suffered similarly in his first round heat, found plenty of waves in his first rep heat and progressed easily to the second round. Tony Loves picked up the highest scored wave of the contest in his first rep round heat, which put him way ahead of the pack.

In the same heat Richard Austen came close to besting Greg Furmage for second place with much improved riding from his earlier heat, but he missed out in a split result, giving Greg passage into the second rep round.

SURF’S UP: Phil Schoer at the Mollymook Longboarders December competition.

In the second rep round, the hard luck stories continued with Ross Tomsen unable to find any decent scoring waves and failing to progress to the semis for the first time since 2012.

Bruce Metham also failed to progress from his heat, but Mike Greentree did, maybe the result of karma after a minor bingle when Bruce’s board skinned Mike Greentree’s leg; the second time in club contests when Mike has come off second best with a fin at the Reef.

In an earlier heat Rod Dale’s dismount in the shore break had shortened his board by about a foot.

Paul Hoyer gave a hint of what was to eventuate when he emulated Tony Loves and scored a “heat winner” wave to easily progress to the semis from his second rep round heat.

Unfortunately Tony couldn’t emulate his earlier self, or Paul, and was eliminated in his heat.

The success story was that of Mike Yule who progressed to his first semi since 2011, and riding a foamy to boot.

The two Phils also made the cut.

The usual late-morning deterioration in conditions that accompanies the finals made its presence felt as the first semi combatants paddled out. The scores in first semi were close with only 1.5 points separating first to sixth, and in a bit of a surprise, both Adam Maher and Steve Rutten were eliminated.

Greg Furmage’s usual waiting strategy paid off and he was clear winner, with Phil Schoer edging out Rod Dale for a berth in the final.

The second semi saw Louie a winner for the second time on the day with another enthusiastic effort and no lack of skill.

Ross Murphy was well ahead of third placed Rob Maher, who just squeezed in ahead of Mike Yule in a split result.

Greg Furmage caught only two waves in the final, but he set the benchmark with a high average score on his first wave, and had a similar score for his second wave that established a lead over the others until Paul Hoyer, in conditions that did not suit his powerful style, managed to find another “heat winner” with his last wave to pip Greg by 0.1 points.

In another blanket finish less than a point separated first to fourth with a wider gap to fifth and sixth.

Louie again went for it but his wave selection let him down.

Thanks to Geoff Barnett for contest administration.

Results: 1. Paul Hoyer, 2. Greg Furmage, 3. Ross Murphy, 4. Phil Schoer, 5. Rob Maher, 6. Louie Pantelic.

WAVE: Mike Greentree at the Mollymook Longboarders December contest.

THE 2014 presentation night was held at the Boardwalk Café in Ulladulla on Saturday, December 20.

Steve Rutten was announced as club champion, winning from Rob Maher by a mere three points, which is the difference between a placing in the top three in one contest final.

The top six for the season were: 1. Steve Rutten, 2. Rob Maher, 3. Ross Tomsen, 4. Neale Ashby, 5. Adam Maher, 6. Phil Cumming.

The Wil Maris memorial trophy for clubman of the year was won by Neale Ashby, who produced many memorable videos of club contests and the Charity Classic.

Southern Man Surf Shop generously donated the prizes, continuing unbroken support for the club since its inception.

THE next contest is scheduled for Saturday, February 21 after the holiday break.

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Buying drugs online: NSW lawyers ‘radical proposal’ to decriminalise drugs

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The The NSW Bar Association’s criminal law committee says existing laws aimed at curbing illicit drug use and supply are not working.A teenager on Sydney’s northern beaches orders cocaine online and has it posted to their front door. It is just one of the signs that existing drug laws have “substantially failed”, according to top criminal barristers in NSW.
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The NSW Bar Association’s criminal law committee, chaired by Sydney barrister Stephen Odgers SC, has put forward a “radical proposal” to replace the black market for drugs with a highly-regulated system of legal availability.

The committee says existing laws aimed at curbing illicit drug use and supply are not working and are resulting in “considerable” harm including an unregulated black market, drug overdoses, and crimes such as prostitution and armed robbery that are committed to pay for drugs.

It says its preliminary view, subject to further research and consultation, is that the current prohibitionist approach to drugs should be abandoned and replaced with a tightly-regulated system where drugs are legally available.

The system might involve licensing controls on the production and supply of drugs, along with price regulation and comprehensive services for treating drug addiction. A ban on private trafficking, supply to children and advertising was also flagged by the committee.

The committee is made up of heavy-hitters who both prosecute and defend people accused of drug-related crimes, including former Director of Public Prosecutions Nick Cowdery QC, and highly respected silks Tim Game, John Stratton, and Gaby Bashir.

It wants the community to engage in an informed debate about drug law reform, as the state government comes under increasing pressure to convene a drug summit to tackle the issues. The Bar Association will also hold a conference on drug law reform on May 29.

The committee says it has seen the harm caused by the use of illicit drugs, but “we have also seen the harm that is caused by the current prohibitionist model with its heavy reliance on the criminal law to deter drug use”.

It says the law has been “largely ineffective” at preventing the use or availability of illicit drugs and is “is now struggling to keep pace with synthetic drugs, the internet drug trade and the illicit use of pharmaceutical drugs”.

The paper cites a 2010 study showing that almost 15 per cent of Australians over 14 had used illicit drugs in the last year, and 27.5 per cent of those aged between 20 and 29. Cannabis was the most commonly used illicit drug in the country, followed by ecstasy, while the use of heroin and cocaine was still relatively low.

Alcohol, meanwhile, is the most widely used lawful drug in Australia. The committee said the total social costs arising from the frequent use of alcohol was “comparable” to the frequent use of illicit drugs, while the total social costs arising from the frequent use of tobacco “substantially outweigh” those associated with illicit drugs.

The views expressed in the discussion paper do not necessarily reflect the views of the Bar Association as a whole, which has yet to form a view on the issue.

The call for a drug summit comes as the NSW government funds three trials for the medical use of cannabis.

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Sydney siege aftermath: partner of Man Haron Monis has bail revoked on murder charge

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Bail revoked: Amirah Droudis. Photo: NineSex abuse victims of Man Haron Monis ‘bewildered’ Unhinged attention seeker who described himself as a humanitarianGunman warned of Martin Place protest six years ago
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The partner of Sydney siege gunman, Man Haron Monis, has had her bail revoked on a charge of murder, with a court finding she poses an “unacceptable risk”.

A deputy Director of Public Prosecutions acknowledged there had been some failings on the department’s behalf when Amirah Droudis successfully applied for bail in December 2013, a month after she was charged with the murder of Monis’s ex-wife.

Chief Magistrate Graeme Henson said he considered Ms Droudis’s prior conviction, the nature of the alleged offence, and the remote possibility she would skip bail when making the decision to place her into custody.

“I find there is an unacceptable risk that cannot be properly mitigated by a further extension of bail,” Mr Henson told the Downing Centre Local Court on Monday.

The DPP applied for Ms Droudis’s bail to be revoked when, following the Sydney siege, NSW Attorney-General Brad Hazzard asked it to review the decision to grant bail.

She was charged in November last year with murdering Noleen Hayson Pal, who had been stabbed 18 times and then set alight in the stairwell of her Werrington home in April.

Last year she was found guilty, along with Monis, of sending abusive letters to the families of dead Australian Defence Force personnel. She was awaiting sentence in the ADF case at the time of the alleged murder, the court heard.

Judge Henson went to great lengths to emphasise that the allegations against Ms Droudis had not been proven and that she is entitled to the presumption of innocence.

“Decison making in relation to bail is only as good as the information provided to it,” he said.

“Suspicion, wild accusation, deficiencies in evidence cannot be translated into accepted truths simply because an agency of prosecution says so or a media who wants something to be true says it must be without due process.”

Deputy Director of Public Prosecutions, John PIckering, SC, earlier said that videos in which Ms Droudis endorses acts of violence, made as early as 2008, had not previously been before the courts.

“We’ve admitted failings about it. We are concerned that if you look at all the evidence before the court … that there’s an unacceptable risk.”

Mr Pickering said the videos paired with evidence she acted under Monis’s influence by the sending of abusive letters showed she should not be free on bail.

The videos, which were played after Judge Henson cleared the court, proved she held alarming views, Mr Pickering said.

“Accepting that the allegation against her is one of significant violence … it’s a concern … that someone charged with a violent allegation holds views that can be seen by many people as extremist in nature.”

In a statement, Premier Mike Baird said: “I welcome the revocation of bail for Amirah Droudis. The NSW Government expects community safety to be front and centre of all bail decisions and that is why the attorney-general expressed concern and requested a review of the case.”This story Administrator ready to work first appeared on Nanjing Night Net.

Five things we learned in the A-League this weekend

16/08/2019 Posted by admin

1. Melbourne derby has plenty of meaning.
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Half of its composition may have been completely rebranded but the sentiment has only grown since Heart became the City. The quality of football was poor and masked by the frenetic pace matched by the tension from the stands but there was no hiding the importance from players and fans alike. Erik Paartalu’s emphatic winner sparked scenes of jubilation from City, which is understandable but most telling was the agony evident on the Victory coaches’ and players’ faces in losing their first game of the season against a club they regard as their little brother.

2.  Perth Glory can play through drama.

It’s a topic of discussion within the Perth Glory dressing room and is causing nerves among the club’s administrators, but the salary cap scandal showed no signs of affecting their on-field performance. A 4-1 demolition of the Mariners extended their lead to six points at the summit of the A-League. If anything, their confidence seemed to have grown, highlighted by the performance of Chris Harold and a stunning strike from teenager Danny De Silva. An FFA investigation may be looming to suggest the biggest threat to their commanding lead won’t come from another team.

3. Grey skies over Sky Blues.

Sydney’s stellar start to the season is at risk of crumbling after their 2-0 loss to the Phoenix at home. Winless in four games and losing pace fast, a season that began with so much promise now places them among the league’s middle order. Truth is they’ve been ravaged by injuries they have failed to cope with as of yet. Hopes of a revival largely hinge on what bargains they can find in the upcoming sales.

4. Mariners out at sea.

In 18 months, they’ve gone from A-League champions to a club that celebrates draws. That’s right, the Mariners’ reign on the A-League has ended. The gravy train that was their production line has gone off the tracks and worse still, results have disappeared. Not only are they winless in 10 games, they never looked close to breaking that drought against Perth Glory on the weekend and the dejection on captain John Hutchinson’s face at full-time told the whole story.

5.  I was saying Boo-urns. 

Sydney fans may have jeered him after he brought his season tally to 10 at their expense, but Wellington striker Nathan Burns will be the talk of the league come season’s end. Another superb showing assured his place in the Asian Cup squad and reaffirmed that after years in the wilderness, the boy from Blayney is making up for lost time. If he maintains this form, don’t be surprised to see a Johnny Warren medal around his neck in May.

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Marc Janko frustrated by home goal drought for Sydney FC

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Sydney FC striker Marc Janko is frustrated that he still hasn’t opened his account at home after being denied another chance by the woodwork at Allianz Stadium.
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The giant Austrian forward appeared certain to score his first home goal in the 2-0 loss to Wellington before Phoenix goalkeeper Glen Moss pushed his close-range shot on to the bar and he says the ongoing wait is becoming “annoying”.

Janko has already scored four goals this season in eight games, including a spectacular long-range strike against Brisbane, but is yet to score in NSW, let alone at home. Sydney’s marquee man is just itching to hit the net against Adelaide United on Boxing Day to finally celebrate with his new fans.

“That’s annoying me a lot to be honest,” Janko said of his home goal-scoring drought. “First, I want to celebrate with our home crowd and that will be a good thing and I hope I can finally do that. Somehow there’s always some misfortune with the games, I hit the post many times but my luck will come. I believe that I will do my best to turn it to my advantage.”

The 31-year-old has been partnered by Shane Smeltz in Sydney’s forward line in recent weeks and believes the two can work together despite the similarities in their style of play. The two are both natural finishes from inside the box, have a similar pace and physique but Janko says they can still find attributes that complement the other. Already, Smeltz has combined with Janko to provide one assist during last week’s 3-3 draw with Melbourne Victory where the Kiwi striker slipped a no-look back heel pass to put Janko through on goal.

“With every chance there is alway some risk. I think the positive aspects are more to be considered. We’re both a good threat for the defenders and in Melbourne he gave me a great assist. We can also play around each other so we have a good capacity to do some good combinations,” Janko said.

The two have only started three games together this season but are showing glimpses of a good combination. With Corey Gameiro ruled out for the season and Sydney yet to sign an injury replacement player, Janko believes his partnership with Smeltz can bear fruit.

“In the beginning we didn’t have that many chances to play with each other but in the last two or three weeks we’ve been given this chance and I think you can see on the pitch that we’re constantly causing havoc for defenders. Our offensive game is looking better and we’re getting the right service. I think the results will follow,” he said.

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Double-digit sales in Bronte

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The former Bronte home of Lachlan and Sarah Murdoch. The former Bronte home of Lachlan and Sarah Murdoch.
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The former Bronte home of Lachlan and Sarah Murdoch.

The former Bronte home of Lachlan and Sarah Murdoch.

After five years on and off the market, Lachlan and Sarah Murdoch achieved the year’s top price in Bronte for the sale of their contemporary house above The Cutting. It sold for more than $10 million.

That sale helped bring the median price to $2,292,500 – a gain of 13.5 per cent on the previous year’s house median.

Apartments had a stronger year according to The Domain Group, rising 16 per cent to a median of $835,250.

Domain visited Bronte in Spring to find these three prime listings:

142 Hewlett Street 

Price guide: About $9 million Sale price: $9 million

The lucky new owners are probably dusting the sand off their feet right now. Not only is this Weir Phillips-designed house a stone’s throw from the beach but it comes with a level lawn, pool and ocean views.

15 Tamarama Marine Drive

Price guide: $4.7 million + Still for sale: About $4.5 million

What are you waiting for? Screaming for a reno or rebuild, this rock-solid fifties house is across the road from the water and its ocean views can never be built out. Domain hears buyers are circling ever closer.

2 Boundary Street

Price guide: About $1.9 million Sale price: About $1.9 million

Gingerbread house façade and cool Scandi-look from the back, this house was re-designed by Trevor Halls Architects won Waverley Council’s 2012 Small Buildings award.

Gingerbread house façade and cool Scandi-look from the back, this house was re-designed by Trevor Halls Architects won Waverley Council’s 2012 Small Buildings award.

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Oil price plunge sends petrol to four-year lows as Australia feels it at the pumps

17/07/2019 Posted by admin

A significant recovery in oil prices doesn’t look on the cards in the near term. Petrol in free-fall. It’s never been a better time to fill up.

The spectacular fall in oil prices over 2014 is slowly trickling down to motorists, with the average retail price of unleaded petrol falling to a four-year low, CommSec says.

The price of Brent crude oil has slumped close to 40 per cent this year, as oil producing countries refuse to cut production output targets amid a global supply glut. In December alone, the oil price has dropped 14.7 per cent.

Figures from the Australia Institute of Petroleum showed that the national average Australian petrol price fell by 4¢ to $1.284 per litre. According to CommSec, the fall in petrol prices over the last month has been the biggest monthly decline in six years, with fuel now at a four-year low. The national average wholesale price was $1.144.

In the week to January 5, 2014, the national retail average for unleaded petrol was $1.587. It has now fallen 19.3 per cent. The wholesale price in the same period has dipped 22.9 per cent.

The margin on retail fuel prices has actually increased during a time when the oil price has fallen close to 40 per cent. The difference between wholesale and retail prices in January was 9.8¢, but is now 14¢.

In the week to December 21, average retail prices in Sydney were $1.212, Canberra was $1.443m Brisbane was $1.27, Adelaide $1.162, Perth  $1.254m, Darwin  $1.487 and Hobart  1.427.

A significant recovery in oil prices doesn’t look on the cards in the near term, with Saudi Arabia, the world’s largest oil exporter, again ruling out production cuts over the weekend.

“If they want to cut production they are welcome: we are not going to cut, certainly Saudi Arabia is not going to cut,” Saudi oil minister Ali al-Naimi said.

With more competing sources of oil from outside OPEC (Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries), especially from US shale, the battle of market share is pressuring prices.

Without OPEC intervention the market risks further imbalances.

Last week, Morgan Stanley cut their base case forecast for Brent crude next year from $US98 a barrel to $US70 per barrel. In its bear scenario, it saw oil hitting as low as $US43 per barrel.

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The Tabcorp v TVN stoush explained

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While the sheer mention of the Tabcorp-TVN dispute has the potential to glaze over the eyes of even the most interested of racegoers, the unrest caused by the breakdown of negotiations could have far wider ramifications than just whether race meetings are broadcast live or not.

Last Thursday Tabcorp on behalf of Sky Racing walked away from the negotiating table in a strategic move leaving TVN to find another buyer for its rights. It had taken two long years to reach this offical stalemate.

The history of the complex deal harks back to 2006 when key racing administrators in Sydney and Melbourne were determined to claw back their rights from Sky Channel and establish their own production network and then onsell those rights to Sky Racing.

However what the industry has learnt is that independence comes at a cost. And that cost has been felt on many levels.

TVN has splurged millions of dollars on consultants and advisers, one of whom received $10,000 a month for six years, with his role being little more than to call in once a month to chat with staff.

Sky Channel are aware they are the only suitor in the market that requires racing vision rights. So they left the table last Thursday without the rights, or digital platforms, content that TVN had nowhere else to sell anyway.

The finger of blame for the lack of live TV coverage from Sydney and Melbourne on Saturday has been pointed at the Victorian clubs that have the rights.

The Melbourne Race Club, the Moonee Valley Racing Club, VRC, and country Racing Victoria are the owners of vision and media rights in this state.

Racing Victoria, meanwhile, are the supposed governing body of racing but in reality control the stewards and little more. It is a ludicrous structure that is completely at odds with other sporting bodies.

AFL, NRL, cricket, swimming, athletics and even harness racing and greyhounds have an overriding body that speaks on behalf of everyone in that sport.

The rights clearly should be held by the governing body but the clubs have given that idea the thumbs down, maintaining that losing the rights would undermine their power.

As things stand, even TVN chief Bruce Mann concedes that there is only one bidder for the rights, with suggestions Channel Seven and Foxtel were interested in stepping in believed to be wide of the mark. That possibility was raised by Fairfax Media last week, but NSW race club, the Australian Turf Club, is fiercely against that plan.

It seems there is as much chance of Seven and Foxtel taking hold of the rights as there is of next year’s Championships being staged on the Crookwell picnic race track.

There are some anti-Tabcorp protagonists in the upper echelons of Victorian racing who believe “the lucky shop” has too much say and too much clout and looms as a bully across Victoria and NSW.

However a lot of the executives who dislike Tabcorp need to realise that Australia’s biggest wagering arm puts food on the table for the industry.

A cheque is deposited for $250 million each season from the TAB to keep racing in the lofty lifestyle it enjoys.

And there are those who maintain TVN should become a small-time production house, because in effect racing in Victoria and NSW are paying $14 million for the privilege of having their own “independent” operation.

There is also the steadily growing debt from the purchase of newpapers Winning Post and Best Bets for $15 million to consider.

Inside Racing, the long-time industry publication in Victoria, also faces an uncertain future after its contract with Slattery Media expires.

In the coming weeks Sky Racing and TVN will no doubt find another short-term solution that papers over the cracks, largely because of pressure from state governments who are watching the situation closely.

And if Racing Victoria fails to wrestle back the rights back from the clubs, RVL will also come under pressure.

RVL currently pays a group of the most astute racing minds in the world to oversee racing in this state but at the end of the day the clubs decide on most facets of horse racing. And there are three of them, all squabbling over their patch.

One interstate observer said these clubs should only make sure the beer is cold and the pies are hot and let those better qualified run racing.

If RVL can take the vision and media rights back, and subsequently could stop NSW Racing from walking away from the TVN deal, they will solve several problems and walk tall and with some authority.

If not, and Racing NSW understandably believes two years is more than enough time to broker a deal and look to Tabcorp for a direct resolution, all bets will be off and so will the gloves. All in the name of so-called independence.

Mug’s guide to the TVN-TABCorp stoush

What are the sticking points? The dispute is broadly over the rights to broadcast NSW and Victorian vision domestically on pay TV and in pubs and clubs, internationally and on digital channels. Tabcorp are willing to pay $30 million a year for the rights on a long-term deal and TVN wants $40 million on a short-term deal.

Who owns Sky and TVN? SKY Racing is owned by Tabcorp and TVN is owned 50 per cent by the Australian Turf Club, which is the NSW racing club, with the other 50 per cent split between the three Melbourne race clubs and Country Racing Victoria

What is the history? Sky’s right to broadcast NSW and Victorian racing expired on December 17, but the standoff has been going on for two years.

What’s been the result for viewers? Since Saturday, Sky has been unable to broadcast NSW and Victorian racing, resulting in TVN having to modify its coverage to incorporate the NSW and Victorian country meetings. In terms of hotels and clubs, TVN facilitated its vision to go into those which have Foxtel. However, many venues, particularly in country areas do not have Foxtel and therefore were not able to access the vision. Sky sought to facilitate a solution using its infrastructure that would get the vision to all venues, however this was blocked by TVN and therefore many country pubs and clubs did not show NSW or VIC racing last Saturday. TVN will again have a wall-to-wall coverage of the NSW and VIC meetings on Boxing Day.

Can this be sorted out? Tabcorp appear to hold most of the aces and the best hope would appear to be Racing Victoria wresting control of the media rights from the three race clubs and dealing directly with the wagering company.

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Sydney Thunder not getting carried away despite impressive win, says Gurinder Sandhu

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Sydney Thunder vs Brisbane Heat: As it happened

The Sydney Thunder dominated the Brisbane Heat in the best Thunder performance in over three seasons of Big Bash action. But fast bowler Gurinder Sandhu says this does not mean it will be smooth sailing for the rest of the tournament.

For Sandhu the season will be won on weekly performances.  “It was a great win,” Sandhu said. “We’re feeling good at the moment getting a good win out of the way and hopefully we have another good couple of training sessions this week and get another win against the Sixers and then we’ll keep going from there.”

After three seasons of heartache for the fans in lime green watching their side succumb to the wooden spoon in all three years, the perennial Big Bash underachievers finally gave their supporters reason to cheer on Sunday night.

They cruised to a 56-run victory over the Heat after a 160-run opening stand from Thunder veterans Mike Hussey and Jacques Kallis. They scored the bulk of an extremely competitive 208-run total, the equal fouth-highest total in Big Bash history.

“It was nice to watch Jacques and Huss get a few runs at the top of the order,” Sandhu said. “It was good just relaxing out on the bench, watching the show. It’s always good to get a few wickets and contribute to the win.”

On Saturday night the Thunder side go into battle with cross-town rivals the Sydney Sixers. “I think it will be a great game, the Sydney derby,” Sandhu said. “You know it could be anyone’s day on the day, so we just have to turn up and go through the processes and do our thing and hopefully we can come away with the result. Hopefully we can get them out early and go from there.”

Former Proteas all-rounder Kallis is the first player to hit 10,000 runs and take 200 wickets in both Tests and ODI matches – and although he has not had the chance yet, Sandhu is looking forward to picking the brains of the all-rounder.

“Haven’t learnt much from Jacques at the moment because I haven’t had a chance to talk to him much yet,” he said.

“Hopefully the next few sessions, I get in and ask him about batting and how he bats and, obviously he’s an all-rounder, so ask him about bowling as well.”

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Longreach restaurant in trouble for anti-Islamic sign

17/07/2019 Posted by admin

A Longreach restaurant placed a sign reading “Sorry No Muslims” outside its front doors. Photo: Helen DayA Longreach restaurant that placed a sign reading “Sorry No Muslims” outside its front doors has caused consternation on social media.

Local Helen Day posted pictures of the chalkboard outside the Eagle’s Nest Bar and Grill on its Facebook review page last Friday.

“Just a bit surprised to see the sign up [reading] ‘Sorry No Muslims’ … what’s that about?” Ms Day wrote.

“I certainly won’t be going into a place where my Muslim friends are not welcome!”

The full handwritten message on the sign read “2000 years ago Jesus Christ made headlines turning water into wine…the tradition continues…We turn money into beer [Sorry No Muslims].”

Ms Day’s pictures were reposted by Facebook group Boycott Halal in Australia? No Way, and a moderator for that group told Brisbane Times the image had since been shared widely.

“Our page has only been going three weeks and we had a ‘Total Reach’ of up to 7,000 people,” the moderator said.

“We put the story up a day and a half ago and are now reaching almost 80,000 people and rising, because of that one post.”

Anti-Islamic sentiment has risen in Australia since last week’s Sydney cafe siege, with movements like #illridewithyou acting as a counter argument.

Comments on the Eagle’s Nest Bar and Grill’s Facebook page have ranged from outraged to unapologetic.

The moderator of the page, who wished to remain anonymous, said some Facebook groups were trying to shut it own, or making comments such as Islam forbids alcohol consumption anyway so it shouldn’t matter if Muslims can’t enter a bar.

“We’ve been deleting disgusting and hateful posts from members of the Australian Defence League, Australian Brotherhood, Boycott Halal in Australia and lots of other anti-Muslim pages since we put up the post,” the moderator said.

A Longreach Regional Council spokesman confirmed a verbal complaint had been received.

He said they were seeking more information about the sign and would consider an investigation, or referring the matter to the appropriate body.

The spokesman said the operator of the Eagle’s Nest had a history of writing quirky, tongue-in-cheek slogans on his chalkboard that changed daily.

A spokeswoman for the Anti-Discrimination Commission of Queensland said it had not yet received any formal complaints about the sign.

“I understand the Australian Human Rights Commission has received some enquiries about it and they have referred the enquirers to us,” she said.

“So it may just be a matter of time.”

However, the spokeswoman said under the legal definition of religious discrimination, the complaint would have to come from someone directly affected.

“Therefore if there was a Muslim person in Longreach who wanted to obtain the goods and services from Eagle’s Nest Bar and Grill but couldn’t because they didn’t serve Muslims, then that person could make a complaint to the ADCQ,” she said.

The Eagle’s Nest restaurant is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays, and calls to the owners’ home went unanswered.

The moderator of the Boycott Halal in Australia? No Way Facebook group said they should own up to writing the message.

“If they would only apologise and say they made a mistake, we’d be the first to publicise that. I wish they’d just clear it up so we can all move on,” they said.

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Cairns tragedy: Police and emergency responders offered counselling

17/07/2019 Posted by admin

State Emergency Service volunteers on the scene. Photo: Ian Hitchcock/Getty Images Police on the scene of the mass killing in Cairns. Photo: Ian Hitchcock/Getty Images

Police and emergency services personnel meet on Monday in the aftermath of the killing of eight children in Cairns. Photo: Edwina Pickles

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The outpouring of grief in the wake of last week’s alleged murder of eight children in Cairns has been laid bare for all to see.

However, the police and emergency responders who were there in the initial aftermath of the deaths and the subsequent events have shown a calm resilience.

But Deputy Police Commissioner Brett Pointing said, underneath that stoicism, those responders would all eventually have to face the sad reality of the situation.

The bodies of eight children – four girls, aged two, 11, 12 and 14, and four boys aged five, six, eight and nine – were killed in the west Cairns suburb on Manoora on Friday morning.

Raina Mersane Ina Thaiday, the mother of seven of them and the aunty of the 14-year-old girl, has been charged with their murder.

Ms Thaiday, 37, also known as Mersane Warria, remains under police guard in the Cairns Base Hospital recovering from knife wounds.

Mr Pointing flew from Brisbane to Cairns on Monday to debrief emergency responders at the city’s main police station.

Those responders included police officers, State Emergency Service volunteers and police liaison officers.

Mr Pointing said even the most hardened officers would have been unprepared for the scene that awaited them at 34 Murray Street, Manoora.

“I don’t think you can ever prepare someone for a job of this magnitude,” he said.

“We do see a lot through our careers, but this one is really up there with some of the worst events that our people have been subject to.

“Young children that have had their lives cut short I think resonates with everyone and I don’t know how you can prepare people for that.”

Mr Pointing said while police were by nature resilient, they were “not bullet-proof” and would bear the scars of the horrific events in Cairns.

“I think, like everyone, they’re asking those big questions – ‘why?’,” he said.

“How could this happen?

“Police are only human. They have families themselves and whilst they are incredibly resilient, we’re going to work with them very, very closely to make sure they get through this in good shape as well.

“It’s happened at the worst time. It’s a time when all of us should be celebrating family, should be taking advantage of the school holidays and spending time with their kids.

“They should be celebrating each others’ company and celebrating life, not grieving the loss of life.”

Mr Pointing said the effort from everyone involved in the investigation had been “nothing short of phenomenal” in incredibly trying circumstances.

“I think we all know police and emergency services workers, as part of their job, see things from time to time that no human being should have to see and they do things that no human being should have to do,” he said.

Mr Pointing said the last three days had “felt like three weeks” for many involved in the investigation.

“It almost feels like it’s been unrolling in slow motion,” he said.

“So much has happened in the last three days and when you walk amongst the police you see they’re tired and many of them have put up an incredible effort over the last three days.”

Mr Pointing said there were internal mechanisms to support police, but acknowledged that might not be enough.

“We do tell our people – and this is very important – that whilst you can have all the support mechanisms, the greatest support comes from family and friends,” he said.

“We’ll be encouraging that to take place over the coming days, weeks and months.”

Mr Pointing said police would work with the local community to assist locals going through the grieving and healing process.

Acting Premier Tim Nicholls said more than 220 police had been involved in the case, many of whom had come from other cities to assist.

“Ambulance officers were among the first responders and we thank them for the caring way they have carried out their work,” he said.

“There are also numerous social service organisations at work in the community, from the Salvation Army keeping the barbecue going at the drop-in centre, to other church groups, Uniting Care Community and our own Department of Communities staff.

“They have all played a vital role and I want to offer them my heartfelt thanks.”

People in distress can telephone Lifeline on 13 14 11.

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