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$30,000 fails to secure bail

16/04/2019 Posted by admin

PEOPLE who know a Wagga man facing serious firearm charges were prepared to deposit $30,000 to secure his freedom on bail.
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And a friend of the accused was also prepared to forfeit $30,000 if he breached the bail.

But it was not enough to convince the registrar of Wagga Local Court to release Anthony Charles Debnam on his second bid for bail on Monday.

Debnam, 46, of Kooringal faces four charges after a .357 revolving rifle was allegedly found in a stereo speaker at his parents’ home.

He was arrested on December 18 and charged with acquiring a firearm while subject to a firearm prohibition order, possessing an unauthorised prohibited firearm, possessing a shortened firearm without authority and possessing ammunition without a permit.

Debnam’s first bail application before the court’s deputy registrar last Friday was refused and the case was adjourned until Mondaywith an expectation a magistrate would hear a second application.

But a magistrate was not available and Debnam’s application was heard by the court registrar.

Debnam appeared in court via an audio-visual link with the Junee Correctional Centre.

For much of the proceedings he slumped forward in his chair and coughed and wheezed.

Police prosecutor Sergeant Priscilla Jones opposed the bail application, saying Debnam had a long history of firearm offences, including some for which he had been jailed.

She said police held fears for the safety of witnesses and the community and believed there was an unacceptable risk Debnam would not front court if released.

She said DNA found on the loaded rifle’s trigger and trigger guard matched Debnman.

Debnam’s solicitor Zac Tankard opened his submission by saying the defence disagreed with “pretty much all” of Sgt Jones’s argument.

He said there was simply no evidence Debnam would not appear in court.

He said there were no witnesses in the case apart from police.

“I would say there is no unacceptable risk in relation to interfering with witnesses,” Mr Tankard said.

While conceding Debnam had a “terrible” criminal record, there was nothing significant since being released on parole in 2011, and there had been no breaches of bail for 13 years, Mr Tankard argued.

Mr Tankard said the presence of Debnam’s DNA on the rifle did not prove his client possessed the weapon, which was found in a spare room of his parents’ house.

“It’s not a knock out blow,” Mr Tankard said.

“I don’t believe it is a strong case, at the end of the day it’s a neutral case.”

The registrar refused Debnam bail, saying the alleged offences were extremely serious and there were significant unacceptable risks to the community that could not be mitigated by bail conditions.

The case was adjourned to Wagga Local Court on January 5 at which time Debnman is expected to make a fresh bail application before a magistrate.

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Don’t spoil Christmas, observe food guidelines

16/04/2019 Posted by admin

EVERY year about 1.5 million Australians suffer from food related illnesses.
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Murrumbidgee Local Health District has issued a warning to consumers and caterers to observe strict food handling, serving and storage guidelines throughout summer.

“Storing and serving food at incorrect temperatures or keeping it for too long at room temperature, increases the likelihood of food poisoning,” director for public health Tracey Oakman said.

“Many households and businesses have the important job of catering safely for large numbers of guests in the weeks ahead. This means that hosts have the responsibility to ensure guidelines for safe food handling and storage are implemented.

“Raw meat, fish, poultry as well as – and this may surprise some – raw vegetables can contain large numbers of bacteria that can readily contaminate other food if they are not stored or handled carefully.

“It’s a good idea to check that all your refrigerators are chilled to lower than 5C and that they are not overstocked.

“Hot foods need to be hot. Make sure hot foods are kept at least at 60C, and if you’re reheating leftovers, all parts of the food need to reach 75C before it can be safe to serve. If you’re unsure of the quality of any food, remember the old saying, if in doubt, throw it out,” Ms Oakman said.

Guidelines for the safe handling, storage and serving of food include:

– The safest way to thaw frozen food is either in a clean refrigerator or microwave; otherwise the longer it is left out at room temperature the more bacteria can multiply.

– Refrigerator temperature should be lower than 5C. Chilled food needs to bestored below this temperature, any higher and bacteria start to grow.

– Don’t overstock your fridge. There needs to be good airflow around food ensuring even distribution of temperature.

– Hot foods need to be kept at a temperature of 60C at which bacteria can¡¦t survive.

– Reheated foods should be quickly reheated until all parts of the food reach 75C.

– Use different cutting boards and knifes for raw and cooked food.

– Wash dirty hands thoroughly to stop the spread of bacteria.

For more information on food safety in NSW contact your local Public Health Unit or visit the NSW Health website:

http://www.health.nsw.gov.au/Infectious/factsheets/Pages/Foodborne-Disease.aspx

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WWI in the Herald: December 16, 1914

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WWI in the Herald: Archive
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WEDNESDAY 16 DECEMBER 1914

While it is possible that the reports that have been received of German and Austrian officers forcing their soldiers to advance in some instances at the sword point are not correct, in view of their bravery, there appears to be no doubt that a restless spirit exists among the great armies which the two enemy countries are pouring on to their frontiers.

But there is undoubtedly truth in the statements that there is a very strong feeling of dissatisfaction, not only at the present outcome of the war, but at its origination, both in Germany and Austria.

The Hungarians have fallen out with both the Austrians and Germans, and in some cases whole regiments are reported to have surrendered to their foes.

The Bavarians have also fallen out with their German leaders, although they are still fighting bravely. It is not surprising that this should have occurred, as while the Bavarians are Germans, they are by no means enamoured of Prussian militancy.

Bavaria is the second State of Germany, and its industries and commerce are very great.

The injury inflicted upon it by a war which was wholly unnecessary, which was deliberately fostered and brought about to serve the purpose of a militancy whose aims were impossible, cannot be expressed in figures.

Its precise result, indeed, will not be available until after the war closes, and it is possible to estimate how much of Bavaria’s flourishing trade has been lost to it for ever.

The members of the Bavarian Parliament are naturally not all of the same opinion. But the views of a considerable section are that the neutrality of Belgium should not have been violated.

They say that by this course of attack they have lost many soldiers, much precious time, and have had no real profit by it. How true this view is can be better estimated today than five weeks ago, when this statement was made.

The forcing back of the Germans in Belgium, and the gradual but certain command of the coast line which the Allies are gaining, speak for themselves.

And further proof is found in the reports of the train loads of wounded soldiers which are making their way through Belgium to German territory.

The Bavarian spokesman added:- “I repeat, it was a mistake to attack Belgium, and also it has had the consequence that many of the neutral States are in their hearts against us because they are afraid that we may do the same to them. It is the Prussian military party which committed this fault.

The Prussian generals are the best generals in the world, but they are not diplomatists. I don’t reproach them for that, but the Imperial Chancellor should not have let them take control in this matter.

There are other considerations besides military; moreover it is now obvious that from a military point of view also it would have been more prudent not to touch Belgium. That military party in Prussia has done much harm to Germany.

It was that party which made the great mistake in 1870 of taking Alsace and Lorraine from France. We have never had any profit out of it, only trouble, and it has always been a hindrance to our getting on good terms with France.

The German generals are a great danger to our nation. We Bavarians like them only as generals; otherwise we don’t like them at all. Of course, they are Germans, but they are of a tribe very different from our own.

But now the die is cast, and we are forced to take the chances as they come.” With France driving back the enemy in Alsace and taking cities which for forty odd years have flown the German flag, these words seem prophetic.

The idea of the Bavarians was that if they had not attacked Belgium Britain would not have taken part in the war, France would have been overcome in a week or two, and then only Russia would have remained.

The Germans believe that in that case they could easily have overcome the Muscovite troops. This argument is faulty, inasmuch as it is by no means certain that Britain would not have found herself compelled to fight even if Belgium had been spared by the Germans.

That view was most clearly put forward by Sir Edward Grey in replying to the German proposals. But the assertion that they would have been able to get to Paris in a fortnight or so is even more distinctly disproven by the facts.

It is perfectly true that the Germans during the first few weeks of the war did fight their way quickly until they were not many miles from the outskirts of Paris.

But it has now been made clear that to a large extent this advance was conceded by the Allies for motives of their own. An illuminating light is thrown upon those motives by the steady if slow manner in which the Germans have been forced back on nearly their whole line.

As to capturing the French fortresses within two weeks, they have not yet taken Verdun, although more than twenty weeks have elapsed, and it is now the opinion of military experts that they never will.

At all events the position today is that in Belgium the Germans are fighting a retreating battle, while the French are slowly driving them across the frontier, and are advancing in Alsace and Lorraine.

“We should not have taken this risk,” says the Bavarian spokesman.

“We could have attained what we desired without this risk if we only had not attacked Belgium. Afterwards, perhaps, we could have found a modus vivendi with England; that would have been the best.

But in the worst case a later war against England would have been less risky – indeed no risk at all.

“When one thinks of the splendid response of Britain itself to the call of arms, of that of India, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand, it is reasonable to assert that the latter impression is somewhat doubtful.

Paris, Tuesday.

The latest communique states:- We have progressed on the Yser Canal and west of Hollebeke. We repulsed several violent counter-attacks.

The German offensive north-west of Carney was repulsed.

A previous communique stated:- The enemy violently bombarded the trenches north-west of Sonpir, in the Aisne region.

We replied, throwing their trenches into disorder. Our artillery destroyed important earthworks on the outskirts.

The Allies carried 500 metres of their trenches.

We repelled two violent attacks in Mont Marie wood, and have made appreciable progress at Aspach and at other points.

London, Tuesday.

The correspondent of the “Daily Chronicle” at Dunkirk says that the weakening of the German cannonade and infantry demonstrations are noticeable in Flanders.

The enemy has abandoned many trenches, and a constant reshuffling is apparent behind the enemy’s lines.

Some of the native troops from the Belgian Congo co-operated in the repulse of the German attack on the Yser.

London, Tuesday.

The “Daily Chronicle’s” correspondent in Amsterdam states that there has been an important concentration of German troops near Courtrai, almost opposite Ypres, which is interpreted to mean that their recent plans to advance on Calais have been abandoned in favour of an attempt to break the Allies’ line further.

The German wounded at Bruges are being hurriedly transferred to the interior of Belgium.

The German authorities at Thielt announce that anybody carrying arms in East Flanders after the 15th instant will be summarily shot.

The whole of the public and historical buildings in Ghent have been mined.

London, Tuesday.

An officer of H.M.A.S. Sydney relates that when last in Sydney three Tingira boys volunteered. The captain didn’t want them, but took them because they were so keen.

Two belonged to the officer’s gun crew, and were perfectly splendid. One didn’t turn a hair, and the other carried projectiles to the gun without thinking to take cover.

“The Emden was nothing but a shambles from end to end,” adds the officer. “One of the officers of the Emden accused the Sydney of firing on the white flag, but Captain von Muller assembled them and they formally denied this statement.

At one stage of the fight the Sydney was deceived by peculiar smoke, and believed that the Emden had sunk. The Sydney ceased fire, and began lowering boats.

Captain von Muller considered himself unlucky, as all his voice pipes were shot away at the start of the engagement.

London, Monday.

The British submarine B11 entered the Dardanelles, and sunk the Turkish battleship Messoudieh, of 9120 tons.

The Press Bureau states that Commander Norman Holbrook, in charge of the B 11, entered the Dardanelles on Sunday. In spite of the difficult currents he dived under five rows of mines, and torpedoed the Messoudieh, which was guarding the minefield.

When last seen the battleship was sinking by the stern.

The submarine returned safely, although pursued by gunfire and by destroyers. On one occasion she was submerged for nine hours.

Melbourne, Tuesday.

The following message was received today from the Secretary of State for the Colonies:-

The enemy have evacuated the west bank of the Yser Canal. Three violent infantry attacks made by the enemy south-east of Ypres were repulsed.

The Russians have captured the enemy’s positions in the region of Przasnysz and Czechazow. Enormous losses were inflicted on the enemy.

In the region of Ilowa, south of Cracow, four guns, seven machine guns, and four thousand prisoners were captured on Thursday.

The Secretary of State confirms the report of the sinking of the Turkish battleship by a British submarine in the Dardanelles.

Some years ago German military authorities predicted that the next European war would be a war of artillery.

They went further.

They affirmed that the gun would be the decisive factor in all future wars, just as the longbow decided the battle of Agincourt, and bayonet and sabre that of Waterloo.

Events in Europe have to a large extent borne out that view, artillery having played a greater part in battle than has ever been the case in the past. Germany and France seem to have realised the fact to a rather greater extent than Britain, and the question is one of importance to Australia, both as regards the expeditionary forces and in reference to home defence.

In Egypt, at the present moment, there are three field artillery brigades (says the Melbourne “Argus”) with their supplementary ammunition columns, to which will be added the Motor Divisional Ammunition Park now encamped at the Domain.

The brigades are the first from New South Wales, under Colonel Hobbs, V.D.; the second from Victoria, under Lieutenant-Colonel Johnson; and the third from Queensland, under Lieutenant-Colonel Rosenthal.

Taking them all round there are probably no keener men in the division than the artillery men, as their work when in training showed; and in the next few weeks they will have opportunities for range firing, and for training upon a larger scale than has hitherto been possible. But the total of guns is not excessive.

The weapons are of the latest 18 pounder type, and are thoroughly efficient; but, compared with many of the guns now in use on the Continent, they are somewhat on the light side, and cannot compare in smashing power with much of the enemy’s heavy ordnance.

“Supposing the Turks should go into action in Egypt,” said an officer yesterday, “it will be interesting to see what guns they have available.

There is certainly a possibility that the Germans have furnished them with up-to-date heavy artillery; this is likely, inasmuch as the Turkish army has been trained by the German school. Compared with such weapons the Australian field gun may be a little light.

But I have no doubt that in other respects the Australian artillery will prove themselves far superior.”

The removal of these batteries from Australia, however, suggests that in the future the Commonwealth will have to pay more attention to gun manufacture. Hitherto artillery has been imported.

At present, however, the workshops of Great Britain are far too busy with home orders to export freely. They have to repair the wastage of battle and to furnish arms for new batteries. Subsequently they will be repairing the wastage of war, turning out both military and naval weapons.

Australia will have to lay down ordnance plant in the near future. To some extent guns can be manufactured already in the Commonwealth.

At Newport Railway Works it is possible to repair ordnance, and the large machinery plant there can be utilised for the manufacture of modern wire-wound guns up to the 8-inch weapon.

Accommodation is necessarily limited, however, and the process of manufacture would be on the slow side.

For defence purposes a large ordnance plant should be laid down as soon as possible, for it would be a rash man who would argue that the present calamitous war is the last that Australia will take part in.

Australia is beginning to make her own aeroplanes for the army; she will have to make guns for her army, and maybe for the navy as well. Particularly is this the case with regard to machine guns.

When questioned as regards the Caldwell machine guns recently, the Minister for Defence announced that it would not be taken over by the Commonwealth, because Australia had no facilities for making machine guns.

Almost every day, however, a study of the war news will bring home to the reader the importance of these deadly weapons in modern warfare, and it may be authoritatively stated that certain recent events have shown that the Australian military authorities are fully alive to this importance.

Australia will have to make machine guns, for there is a possibility that for many years England will have to face some sort of universal military service, and will find the resources of her armament manufactories heavily taxed.

That the Commonwealth can turn out weapons has been proved in regard to the rifles made at Lithgow. It is a step from rifles to machine guns, and from machine guns to heavy ordnance, and probably in the future Australia will be protected not only by Australian soldiers but by Australian heavy artillery.

In view of the applications to the Defence Department from insurance and other societies for information regarding the arrangements to be made for documentary evidence as to the death or disablement of members of the expeditionary forces, it has been decided that societies or institutions requiring certificates in connection with their dealings with next-of-kin or other beneficiaries shall, upon formal application to the secretary of the Defence Department, Melbourne, be furnished with them after the receipt of the usual documentary evidence from the headquarters of the forces.

The wireless station which has been erected at Government House, Rabaul, is now working very satisfactorily. It is interesting to know that most of the apparatus was previously the property of the German Government, and was being used by a high-power station at Bitapaka, which was captured after a sharp encounter during which the late Captain Pockley and others lost their lives.

The whole of the installation has been carried out, and is now being operated by members of the naval and military expeditionary force.

The station, which is comprised of Telefunken and Marconi instruments, is under the charge of the senior operator, Corporal G. Smith, signaller, “A” Company, assisted by W. Shaw, Marconi operator, and J. Fitzpatrick, telegraphist of H.M.A.S. Australia, and two junior ratings. The power is supplied by a captured German A.E.G. dynamo and converter, driven by a Bolinger oil engine.

Arrangements have been made for a limited amount of private correspondence to be despatched by wireless to Australia, at the rate of 3d per word, plus Commonwealth land line charges.

Telegrams are to be sent through the postmaster in the usual way, and they will be forwarded as opportunity offers. No responsibility will be taken.

(From Embarkation Rolls)

Lieut William George Board, Hamilton, 7th Australian Light Horse Regiment

Private William Marshall Cook, Wallsend, 14th Infantry Battalion, 4th Reinforcements

CYMS and Orange City strengthen grip on ODCA second grade quinella

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KOCH YA: Grant Koch scored 27 as CYMS beat Wanderers by seven wickets on Saturday. Photo: STEVE GOSCH 1220sgcrick9CYMSand Orange Cityenter the Orange District Cricket Association’s Christmas break as the form second grade sides after both recorded convincing wins over Wanderers and Kinross respectively on Saturday.
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Bowling first at Country Club Oval, CYMS ran through a strong Wanderers batting line-up for just 110, with five green and golds bowlers claiming multiple wickets in a complete team performance with the ball.

Todd Murphy (2-14) and Cam Thomas (2-7) managed to pick up the best figures before Josh Dunn hit 44 to guide the green and golds past the modest first innings total for the loss of just three wickets.

The Warriors did it a little tougher at Kinross’s Main Oval but still managed a five-wicket victory to remain unbeaten throughout the opening half of the 2014-15 season.

Opener Jamie Stedman (63) was the rock in City’s pursuit of the students’ 8-167 total, with Ryan Milham (3-30) and David Langston (3-33) doing the majority of the damage with the ball for the Warriors.

The win keeps City on top of the overall second grade ladder, with CYMS the next best side having won four of their six matches this summer.

At present, Wanderers are third with Centrals fourth.

But the gap between Centrals and the two sides currently challenging for the fourth and final place in the semi-finals – Cavaliers and Kinross – was significantly shortened after the maroons hammered the red and blacks at Jack Brabham (1) on Saturday.

Cavaliersran rampant with the ball, at one stage having Centrals 2-0 off the first two balls of the match.

Centrals never recovered, mimicking a train wreck as the side crashed from 3-3 to 5-15 then 8-38 before tail-enders Anthony Salmon (12) and Barney Davis (eight) managed a 28-run ninth-wicket partnership, the latter removed by Terrence Strong (2-3) before he too nabbed number 11 Roshan Eiseman for a golden duck.

Predictably, Centrals’ target of 65 proved little obstacle for Cavaliers openers Will Currall (23) and Marcus Burrell (35), the pair doing the majority of the damage as Cavaliers picked up a seven-wicket victory and moved to within a win of Centrals on the ODCA second grade ladder.

Anthony Salmon capped an all-round performance with 2-20 off six overs.

The 2014-15 ODCA season will resume on Saturday, January 10.

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Sam ‘not sacked’

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MILDURA community radio station Hot FM has denied it sacked popular presenter and sports commentator Sam Smythe.
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Volunteer Sam Smythe has parted ways with Hot FM after 14 years.

Social media was rife at the weekend that Mr Smythe — a volunteer of 14 years at the station — had been axed by management, however station president and manager Bernard Denner yesterday said that was not the case.

“I didn’t sack Sam,” Mr Denner emphatically said.

“We love Sam … he’s an absolutely fantastic sports commentator and we’d love to have him back in that role, but it’s been made quite clear to me by some that he’s not coming back,” he said.

Mr Denner said Mr Smythe’s departure followed an altercation between the pair last Thursday when the latter was hosting the station’s 5pm to 7pm “flagship” shift.

He said he became upset by Mr Smythe’s inability to manage new technology and which may have had the potential to cause some concern for station sponsors.

“We have provided numerous training sessions for Sam and all new presenters go through a four-week training program — we simply want to be a better community radio station for the volunteers and the listeners,” Mr Denner said.

“I may have been crosser than I should have been with Sam, but my frustrations boiled over,” he said.

“He has to get it right …. that’s all.”

Mr Denner also denied that staff had left the station en masse since he took over as president in December last year.

“One person has been asked to leave and all others have left for personal reasons and have been replaced,” he said.

“Currently, the station is owned by the community, not individuals, and we have 37 community presenters who volunteer their services.

“When I came to this radio station it was a huge mess and if it hadn’t received federal funding in the last budget the station would have been teetering on the brink.

“Now we have new presenters, new programming and have spent $50,000 on new technology to get us out of the 1960s.

“In the past six months the state of the station has improved out of sight.”

Mr Denner said he yesterday invited Mr Smythe back to the station during his own on-air morning program following the weekend flurry of social media.

“I was a hoping Sam might be listening,” Mr Denner said.

“I made it clear that he would be welcomed back with open arms as a sporting commentator — he does that so well and has a great knowledge of local sport,” he said.

“That offer is there, if he chooses not to, then I wish him well.”

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