July, 2018

Hybrid Wallabies ready for fresh start under Michael Cheika

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CARDIFF: The Wallabies believe a “hybrid” style which combines the NSW Waratahs game plan with the best attributes from rival Super Rugby teams can deliver international success.

And coach Michael Cheika has thrown the challenge down to players on the fringes to show they want a spot in the starting team, declaring the entire squad gets to start with a clean slate.

The Wallabies will attempt to extend their nine-match winning streak against Wales when they clash at Millennium Stadium on Sunday.

It’s also a chance to inflict a psychological blow to Wales less than a year before the two teams meet again in the World Cup pool stages.

But Cheika is focused only on his team’s development, using flanker Sean McMahon’s rise from obscurity as the example of how players can force their way into the Test team.

“[McMahon] got an opportunity and he took it. He wasn’t scared to carry the ball or get involved and be aggressive,” Cheika said.

“It’s not complicated, sometimes it’s about taking the opportunity given to you. I’m eager to reward that type of mentality, not as a gift or charity, but as an opportunity to really start now.”

Cheika has put faith in the Wallabies who pushed the world champion All Blacks within seconds of defeat three weeks ago, retaining the bulk of the squad from Ewen McKenzie’s last game in charge.

Cheika has been trying to leave his mark on the Wallabies, but has had just seven training sessions to do so since being appointed as coach.

The hard task master says that’s no excuse for a slow performance against Wales, and five-eighth Bernard Foley hopes the Waratahs’ Super Rugby success and transfer to the Test arena.

“It’s my first start in Europe and there are a lot of new things to learn,” NSW playmaker Bernard Foley said.

“You’re never comfortable, there is some familiarity with Cheik’s training regime. But we haven’t imported the whole game plan from the Waratahs.

“It’s very much a hybrid and using the strengths of all the other provinces as well. There’s been a lot of new learning for all of us and the pick-up has been phenomenal.”

McMahon’s Test debut caps a remarkable first year of professional rugby.

The Melbourne Rebels flanker cancelled a holiday in Mexico to join the Wallabies in Europe, adding to a year which includes captaining the Australian junior team, winning a Commonwealth Games bronze medal and being named Australia’s Super Rugby rookie of the year.

“I’m pretty stoked at the moment, the nerves are kicking in a little bit, but it’s more excitement than anything,” McMahon said.

“I’m looking forward to the weekend really … I’m just going to go out there and do my job, use the experience and learning I’ve got from the past couple of weeks to get me through.”

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Child approached at Rutherford

Police are appealing for information after a girl was approached at Rutherford earlier this week.
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Police are appealing for information after a girl was approached at Rutherford earlier this week.

A 5-year-old girl was a short distance from her home in Sirius Streetwhen she saw a white Ford Laser hatch about 20 metres south of Vindin Street at 5.30pm on Tuesday.

As she walked past the vehicle the male driver spoke to her briefly.

The girl ran home to her parents, who reported the incident to Central Hunter police.

Officers have launched an investigation into the incident and they would like to speak to a man who may be able to assist with their inquiries.

The man is described as being of Caucasian appearance, with short black hair, a goatee or beard and wearing blue pants.

Anyone who knows the man’s identity or has any information that may assist detectives is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

The incident has again prompted police to encourage parents to discuss the ‘Safe People, Safe Places’ messages with their children:

– Make sure your parents or another adult you know knows where you are at all times.

– Always walk straight home or to the place you are walking to. Walk near busier roads and streets, or use paths where there are lots of other people.

– Know where safe places are – a shop, service station, police station, library or school. If you are ever frightened, you should go to one of these places and ask them to call the police.

– Learn about safe adults you can look for and talk to if you need help – police officers, teachers at school, adults you know and trust.

– Don’t talk to people you don’t know and never get into a car with someone you don’t know. If a car stops on the side of the road and you don’t know the person inside, do not stop.

– If you are scared and can use a phone, call 000 and tell them you are scared.

– If someone tries to grab you, yell out, ‘Go away, I don’t know you’. This lets other people know you have been approached by someone you don’t know.

Police urge anyone with information in relation to this incident to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or use the Crime Stoppers online reporting page:https://nsw.crimestoppers南京夜网.au/Information you provide will be treated in the strictest of confidence. Do not report crime information via Facebook and Twitter pages.

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Calls for retrial in unsolved murder

THERE are renewed calls for a retrial in the unsolved murders of three Aboriginal children, including a teenager from Tenterfield more than 20 years ago, after a NSW parliamentary committee recommended laws be reveiwed so the case can be re-examined.
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Colleen Walker, 16, Clinton Speedy-Duroux, 16, from Tenterfield, and Evelyn Greenup, 4, disappeared from the Bowraville community on the NSW North Coast over five months between 1990 to 1991.

In 1991, local man Jay Hart was charged with the murder of Clinton and Evelyn, but was acquitted of murdering Clinton in 1994.

Shortly afterwards prosecutors also dropped the charges relating to Evelyn.

After an inquest into her death in 2004, Mr Hart was once more charged with Evelyn’s murder and again acquitted.

A NSW parliamentary inquiry into the murders called on the state government this week to look at clarifying laws to allow a retrial to be held.

Clinton’s family, including relatives from Tenterfield, were in parliament yesterday, along with the families of the other victims, for the tabling of the inquiry’s report.

Committee chairman and Liberal MP David Clarke said he hoped the recommendations would bring the families one step closer tojustice.

“We formally acknowledged the pain and suffering experienced by the families of the three children over the past 23 years,” he told the NSW parliament.

“A pain and suffering that has been significantly contributed to by failings identified in our report.”

An emotional Greens MP David Shoebridge said a key recommendation was having the three murder cases trialled together.

He said it was apparent to him through the inquiry that the families felt they had been ignored.

“That they had been treatedas second-rate citizens,” he toldparliament.

The committee also recommended NSW Police review all ofits policies relating to Aboriginalpeople.

Guyra-based Liberal MP Scot MacDonald said it was impossible to escape the conclusion that if the murders happened on Sydney’s north shore the response would have been better.

“I have no doubt the absent children will be grieved for many days and many nights,” he said.

Mr MacDonald criticised theinitial investigation and judicial response.

The committee also recommended any new application for a retrial of the murders be considered by an independent assessor, such as a retired judge or prosecutor from another jurisdiction.

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Family exacts revenge on Oaks Day

Brad Ledger on Albury Gold Cup hope About Face (archie) during dawn track work.-Leaky pipe can’t get in the way of good day: photos
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-Wodonga trainer has one start, one win in Spring Carnival

– Horses? What horses? | Oaks Day photos

IT may have taken 12 months but the Ledger stable had its revenge.

A year since Secret Toy Bizness finished fourth in the “greys” race on Oaks Day, the five-year-old mare produced a withering finish to beat Queensland visitor Time To Plunder ($8.50) by three-quarters of a length.

Trained by John Ledger and his son Chris at Wangaratta for a group of patient and enthusiastic owners, Secret Toy Bizness ($12) took the rails path home under Damian Lane.

“I think everybody who owns a grey horse targets this race on Oaks Day,” Chris Ledger said.

“She ran fourth in it last year and has had a few problems off and on since, so we have had to work hard to get her here.

“We had a plan today and the instructions were to come wide, but it didn’t work out that way.

“He had to go back in and it was a great ride.”

Lane said he had tried to move out to make his run around the field from second last on the

turn, but the gaps kept closing.

“I was working to the outside because there seems to be a thought the inside isn’t as good,” Lane said.

“Then the openings came on the inside and kept coming and she took them.

“It was a good to get the win after a couple of frustrating seconds.”

Lane had ridden Miss Maggiebeel and Eloping to second place in two earlier races.

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1 start, 1 win in spring carnival

-Leaky pipe can’t get in the way of good day: photos
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-Family exacts revenge on Oaks Day

– Oaks Day Photos | Horses? What horses?

WODONGA trainer Sylvia Thompson now has the perfect spring racing record — one starter for one winner.

Melbourne Cup-winning jockey Michael Rodd and Thompson renewed a long-term acquaintance yesterday when Allelu ($18) charged down the outside to win the opening race on Oaks Day.

The four-year-old mare came from near last to win by a short neck from Miss Maggiebeel ($11), with Kansas Sunflower ($7) and half-head away third in the 7news Plate (1700m).

Thompson, who has trained three winners from her past five starters, said she was always confident.

“Everything lined up for her in this race today — it was the right distance, the right age group and Michael on top,” she said.

“I’ve never won a race during the spring carnival before, never had a runner.”

Thompson hasn’t ruled out a start in the Wod-onga Cup for Allelu in a couple of weeks time.

“Look it’s a nice race with good prizemoney but it would be going back in distance,” she said.

“She is looking more and more like a stayer and she is coming to the end of a long preparation.

“She probably deserves a start in the race but we will sit down and talk about it when we get home.”

Thompson and Rodd have had a long association, stretching back to Rodd’s days as an apprentice jockey based at the Gold Coast.

As an assistant to former leading Gold Coast trainer Alan Bailey, Thompson was responsible for supplying Rodd with one of his first race rides.

“I was ecstatic that he took the ride for me today,” she said.

Thompson spent 18 years on the Gold Coast before retiring to Wod-onga four years ago, where she has 14 horses in work.

“I came home to retire and had half a dozen horses in work but it’s got a little bigger than we

expected,” she said.

Rodd said he got a special kick out of riding a winner for Thompson.

“It’s funny to think all these years later that I’d be riding a winner for her at Flemington,” he said.

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Bookmakers show diminishing odds for Coalition

BOOKMAKERS have revised their state election odds with the Coalition’s hopes of returning to power diminishing.
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Sportsbet released new figures yesterday with Labor at $1.20 to win at November 29 state election while the Coalition now stands at $4.

The gambling agency said there was now double the money bet on Labor compared to the Coalition compared to a few months ago when the odds were tighter.

Sportsbet spokesman Shaun Anderson said there had been a significant shift in gambler sentiment during the past four weeks.

“The market was starting to swing towards the Liberals who were $3.05 only a month ago,” he said. “But all of the money is now coming for Labor with punters thinking this one is already over.”

Centrebet has even wider odds with Labor at $1.14 to win on November 29 with the Coalition at $5.50 with British outfit William Hill and controversial bookmaker Tom Waterhouse also holding similar numbers.

Bookmakers classify South West Coast, Polwarth and Lowan as being easily retained by the Coalition with a number of Geelong and Melbourne constituencies judged as close contests.

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Herald Breakfast – November 7

Credit: Instagram/ @NedingasWeather:Partly cloudy. Light winds becoming E/SE 15 to 20 km/h in the late afternoon then becoming light in the evening. Daytime maximum temperatures 25 to 30.
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Trains: No delays or trackwork on the Hunter or Central Coast lines.

Traffic:Upgrade works for West Gosford intersection. Access from Central Coast Highway into Dyer Crescent has been closed. Access to Dyer Crescent will be off Manns Road at Grieve Close via the recently constructed Link Road.

Beachwatch:Clean conditions with light offshore winds, few peaky waves about which would be worth the effort if you haven’t surfed the past few days. Winds are forecast to head to the SE again so get in early before the winds kick in.

Morning Shot: Instagrammer @nedingas shared this early morning shot of the sunrise over Newcastle.

Armed, dangerous and ripping off drug dealers, police continue hunt after siege operation in Rutherford: THEY get what they want or they break fingers. Or cut ear lobes.Or burn body parts.

Australian Bureau of Statistics reports Hunter men live shorter than national average:DON’T get out the balloons and whistles just yet. While the average Aussie male born from now on can expect to receive a ‘‘Happy 80th Birthday!’’ card, men born in the Hunter aren’t quite there yet.

Big Willie says Knights were wrong to cut him:WILLIE Mason could not understand why he was given the tap on the shoulder by incoming Knights coach Rick Stone and says he was one of the best forwards at the club.

Newcastle men head Ebola effort

Glenn Keys started Aspen Medical.A MEDICAL company started by two Novocastrians will lead Australia’s effort to fight Ebola in west Africa.
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Aspen Medical has a secured a $20million deal with the federal government to run a 100-bed British-built facility in Sierra Leone until mid-2015.

The men behind the Canberra-based company – Glenn Keys and Andrew Walker – grew up at Redhead and attended Whitebridge High School.

Mr Keys said at least 350 Australians had registered online to be involved in the hospital and a further 100 applications had come from Africa. He said up to one in five of the 240 staff at the hospital could be Australian.

It’s expected the staff will undergo several days of training, then work for three to four weeks in the hospital before entering a three-week quarantine process and returning home.

‘‘I think there’s going to be quite a number of Australians employed,’’ Mr Keys said. ‘‘They’ll come back with a lot of great experiences that we could use, not only here, but in future crises in the region.’’

Labor leader Bill Shorten said the volunteers had been available for some time.

‘‘The government has sat on its hands,’’ Mr Shorten said. ‘‘If we don’t deal with it now we will deal with it later with greater repercussions.’’

The government argued that until this week it did not have an assurance from a third country that the health workers would receive appropriate treatment and evacuation if they contracted the virus.

Mr Keys said it would have been difficult to act sooner.

‘‘I would have been concerned for my staff and any volunteers we had, if we didn’t have the methodology to treat them,’’ he said. ‘‘I don’t think that’s an unrealistic requirement.’’

Federal secretary of the Nursing and Midwifery Association Lee Thomas said it was impossible for locally hired health workers to cope with the crisis.

‘‘Whilst it’s important to train local people, the relief effort in west Africa must be supported by Australian and other healthcare workers from around the world. That’s the only way they are going to cope,’’ she said.

Groups such as Oxfam Australia and the Public Health Association are calling for the military to be deployed.

The World Health Organisation has reported the Ebola death toll stood at a revised figure of 4818, with just more than 13,000 reported cases.

Charges loom: Decision soon on little Daniel Thomas

Charges may soon be laid in the case of Myrtleford toddler Daniel Thomas who, according to Victoria’s coroner, was killed by his baby sitter and that his mother failed to intervene.Charges may soon be laid in the case of Myrtleford toddler Daniel Thomas who, according to Victoria’s coroner, was killed by his baby sitter and that his mother failed to intervene.
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Homicide detectives have completed their investigation into Daniel’s 2003 death, which was the subject of a coronial inquest earlier this year.

Victoria Police have confirmed their fresh investigation into the child’s death is now complete, and a file has been handed to the Office of Public Prosecutions.

GALLERY:70 photos chronicling Daniel’s disappearance

The Seven Network reported a murder charge may soon be laid against Daniel’s baby sitter Mandy Martyn.

His mother Donna Thomas may also soon be charged with reckless conduct endangering life.

“Homicide Squad detectives have submitted a brief of evidence to the OPP for opinion in relation to their investigation into the death of Daniel Thomas,” Victoria Police said.

“Detectives will await the advice from the OPP and as such we are not in a position to comment any further.”

In July, Victoria’s coroner found two-year-old Daniel died in a Myrtleford home, in late 2003, from abuse suffered at the hands of Ms Martyn, his baby sitter.

The abuse over six weeks included the toddler being tied to his bed, locked in a cupboard, gagging and beatings, and his head being held under water.

The coroner also found Ms Thomas contributed to Daniel’s death by failing to protect her son.

Daniel was reported missing and his body not found until 2008.

The women have denied involvement.

Mount Panorama or Wahluu? Bathurst council backs dual naming by a single vote

THUMBS UP: Bathurst Regional Council has backed dual naming Mount Panorama “Wahluu”.BATHURST Regional Council has come within a single vote of withdrawing its support for plans to dual name the iconic Mount Panorama in recognition of the area’s original inhabitants.
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The Geographical Names Board is considering a formal request from the Bathurst Local Aboriginal Lands Council for the dual naming of Mount Panorama as “Wahluu” to recognise the land’s original owners.

The GNB has sought public opinion on the proposal and has also asked council to state its position.

And while it had been generally accepted that council was backing the plan, the issue had not been debated within the council chamber before Wednesday night’s policy committee meeting.

Councillors were asked at the meeting to settle on a position to be forwarded to the GNB and support for the plan just scraped through with a 4-3 vote.

Councillors Bobby Bourke, Warren Aubin and Michael Coote voted against supporting the dual naming proposal, with Cr Bourke saying he wanted to hear more from the public before taking a position.

“As a council making a submission to the GNB, it’s very important we get this right,” he said.

“I’m not for or against the idea at this stage, but I know the community is very concerned with anything to do with Mount Panorama and I don’t think we’ve had the input that we need yet.

“I would like to hear from both sides putting forward their arguments for and against this, but it looks to me like the decision has been taken out of our hands.”

Cr Aubin said the feedback he’d received from the community suggested Bathurst did not support the dual naming while Cr Coote, who had previously stated his opposition to the proposal, said the plan had been sprung on councillors out of the blue.

“One of the reasons I spoke out was because I only heard about this three months ago during a working party when the general manager mentioned it,” he said. “I was dumbfounded.”

But Cr Monica Morse led the case for supporting the dual naming, saying it was a chance to recognise indigenous culture as the region prepares for its bicentenary next year.

Cr Morse said council must accept it had not done a good job of communicating the ramifications of dual naming Mount Panorama which had led to unwarranted concerns among motor racing fans, in particular.

“I think we haven’t been very good at explaining that the Mount Panorama racing track will not change,” Cr Morse said.

“If we look at the rules for dual naming we see that it does not apply to infrastructure, roads, bridges or other built features.

“So the circuit, the pits and everything associated with motor racing will retain that much-treasured name of Mount Panorama.”

But Cr Morse said Mount Panorama, as a geographical feature, was much more than just a race track and it was the whole area that would carry the dual name of Wahluu.

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