Tourism increase

22/07/2018 // by admin

COULD Singleton become the main gateway to the Hunter Valley vineyards?
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Broke Fordwich could be one of the big benefactors from an increase in visitors to the region.

That’s the thoughts and hopes of Singleton Council and local tourism operators after the Visitor Information and Enterprise Centre recorded a five per cent increase in visitors compared to this time last year.

The past two months were compared with last year and it showed a correlation between the opening of the Hunter Expressway and an increase in visitors.

With Singleton being the final stop on the highway and the vineyards only a short drive away, instead of just passing through the town, people are making a day out of seeing all there is to offer in the area.

“We’ve experienced an uptake of visitors to our region and we think it has a lot to do with the opening of the new Hunter Expressway,” Broke Fordwich Tourism Association president Eden Anthony said.

“Hopefully this leads to more employment and an increase in midweek traffic to the vineyards.”

Council is working to create more interest in Singleton and it’s surrounds through the revamp of its visitsingleton南京夜网 website.

“We have a unique opportunity to capitalise on the growing domestic market. With award-winning wineries, restaurants, events and accommodation just minutes from our town centre, the future for Singleton’s visitor economy looks bright,” Singleton Council general manager Lindy Hyam said.

Studies by Roy Morgan show that Australians are increasingly planning on holidaying with almost 58 per cent of intended holidays expected to be in Australia in the next 12 months.

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OPINION: Amateur hunting hopelessly ineffective

22/07/2018 // by admin

By David Shoebridge, Greens Member of the Legislative Council
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In reply to Gary Mallard’s opinion piece regarding”Greens deception over anti-killing stance”

In his defence of the blood-sport of amateur hunting Mr Mallard claims campaigns against amateur hunting fail to address effective control measures for introduced species.

Unfortunately for the pro-hunting lobby, the evidence is clear that amateur hunting is in fact hopelessly ineffective at controlling introduced species.

The government-funded “Game Council” received more than $15million of government funding to lobby for amateur hunting and license more than 20,000 amateur hunters to hunt in the twomillion hectares of state forests the government approved for hunting.

The data produced by the Game Council to show its “success” was an annual tally of animals that its licensed amateur hunters had killed.

The figures from 2009 to 2013 are as follows:

These figures show that, on average, a licensed amateur hunter in NSW killed just one introduced animal a year, and most often that was a rabbit.

None of the hunting carried out by amateur hunters in NSW is coordinated or incorporated into a pest management plan, but is instead determined by the ad hoc preferences of amateur hunters.

Amateur hunters kill hundreds, or in some cases a few thousand, introduced animals from populations that are in the millions.

The evidence is that Australia has about sevenmillion foxes, 18 million cats, threemillion goats, millions of rabbits and between fourand 24 million introduced pigs.

Introduced animals have such large populations primarily because they have extremely high reproduction rates with a large “doomed surplus” each year.

This means most young do not survive to adulthood, but those that dobreed at such high rates they fully replace last season’s population.

Killing small numbers of a given population will therefore have no effect, as other animals, whichwould otherwise have died from the range of natural causes, then fill this niche.

The proportion of a population that needs to be removed to achieve an overall reduction in population from one year to the next is as follows:

When you look at just one species, such as cats, the inevitable failure of amateur hunting is easily demonstrated.

To effectively control the population, 57 per cent would need to be removed to have fewer cats in an area the next year.

The Game Council’s own figures show that the combined effort of amateur hunters in 2013 removed a total of 290 wild cats from millions of hectares of public forest, from a population estimated in the millions.

Amateur hunting took only a tiny fraction of feral cats from the already “doomed surplus”.

Their removal has made not one jot of difference to the wild cat population anywhere in NSW.

The same analysis can be applied to every species of animal killed by Game Council-licensed hunters.

Apart from small areas of land thatare subject to intensive, scientific and professional animal control programs, over the rest of the country introduced animals are controlled by their environment.

Competition for food, for habitat and natural predation keeps their numbers in check, not hunters.

Putting to one side the almost inevitable cruelty of amateur hunting practices such as pig-dogging and bow hunting, the evidence backs up our call for an immediate end to state-sanctioned and taxpayer-subsidised amateur hunting in our public forests.

* Tables fromInvasive Species Fact Sheet, “Recreational Hunting NSW: claims vs facts”

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Signs of ringworm in animals

22/07/2018 // by admin

RINGWORM: An example of the fungal infection STORY: Ringworm cases on rise in cats, dogs
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RINGWORM is a fungal disease which creates scaly skin with a red outer rim.

The infection spreads through contact, and can be transferred from cats and dogs to humans.

Typical areas of infection in animals are the face, paws, ears and tail, and the infection often results in hair loss.

Scabs and crusts are often formed.

Common treatments include tablets and antibiotic antifungal creams.

Bendigo vet Max Tori said it was important pet owners sought treatment for their pets.

Some cases of ringworm will naturally cease, while others require multiple treatments. Environmental management is also important.

Vets recommend pets are well-groomed and regular brushing will help remove fungal spores.

Vacuuming also helps to remove contagious hair from flooring, and it’s recommended the bedding of infected animals is thrown away.

Pets should also be kept isolated from other animals.

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Bryce Hegarty starts to look the part as Melbourne Rebels’ No.10

16/12/2018 // by admin

Confidence can be a remarkable thing. Ask about Bryce Hegarty’s progress as Melbourne Rebels’ five-eighth and that is often the improvement that is pointed to.
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Hegarty had a shaky start to the season as he looked to confirm himself as the preferred replacement in the No.10 jersey for departed superstars James O’Connor and Kurtley Beale.

In truth, the Rebels did not have many options for the No.10 jersey after Waratahs playmaker Bernard Foley had a late change of heart last year against playing for Melbourne.

And, thrust into the playmaking role, which he filled at times in 2013, Hegarty struggled to control the team around the park; his kicking game was badly exposed at times and his game was potted with errors such as kicking out on the full and poor decision-making.

But in recent weeks a transformation has taken place. Suddenly, he has become far more confident, his mistakes less common and his play notable for his impressive actions, often setting up tries.

His progress will take another step against NSW Waratahs at AAMI Park on Friday night, when he will be the senior partner in the halves combination.

With Nic Stirzaker and former Wallabies halfback Luke Burgess suffering leg injuries, 22-year-old Ben Meehan, who has played five games off the bench for the Rebels, will be handed his first start at No.9.

Hegarty’s long-time mentor and family friend, former rugby league star Steve Renouf, believes the best is yet to be seen from Hegarty, who was recruited from NRL club Brisbane Broncos’ junior system.

‘‘I noticed when he first started he was just playing, I think, with what he was told to do,” Renouf said.

“He didn’t try to overplay his hand, which I thought was a real mature thing to do because knowing Bryce he naturally has an eye for the game, so he likes to do his own thing.

‘‘But he’s really been disciplined, working in with the play of the Rebels … and now I think what you’ll see, he’ll start to get a bit freer in his play. You’ll see a kid who’s a bit more confident and he’ll start playing to what’s in front of him and to take a few more chances.’’

Teammate and leadership group member Tom English said Hegarty’s growing confidence could be seen in his performances.

‘‘It shows out there on the field,’’ English said. ‘‘He’s really looking to take it to the line and he’s playing all options and his vision got better.’’

Rebels rugby operations manager Baden Stephenson said the 21-year-old, who has re-signed until the end of 2015, was also showing a more assertive attitude in training and team meetings.

But despite Hegarty’s improvement, which has contributed to the team’s better performances, and the presence of highly regarded back-up Jack Debreczeni, Stephenson confirmed the Rebels were still chasing an established inside back who can play five-eighth, although the emphasis has seemingly moved to adding depth to the ranks after the unsuccessful bids for the likes of Foley, Matt Toomua, Christian Lealiifano and reported interest in British and Irish Lions five-eighth James Hook and Queensland stalwart Mike Harris.

‘‘To Bryce’s credit, he has really developed as the year’s gone on and he’s been doing a good job for us,’’ Stephenson said.

‘‘Having said that, it’s probably fairly clear that we have been looking for a quality and experienced inside back to help the team and assist with our progression as a team.

‘‘Tony [McGahan] quite rightly mentions to Bryce and the team that the blowtorch is on, but that’s where you’re going to learn and the biggest thing for him and the team evolving this year is that we have to learn from our mistakes and keep making improvements.’’

Meanwhile, Rebels skipper Scott Higginbotham said young halfback Meehan would have no problems fitting straight into the side against the Waratahs.

‘‘He’s a confident young bloke and we love playing with him,’’ Higginbotham said.

Former Waratah Josh Holmes, who was drafted into the squad two weeks ago as injury cover, has been named on the bench.

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Bye, Singapore: the hottest new stopover cities for Australians

16/12/2018 // by admin

Dubai is a top stopover choice for many Australians who are flying to Europe. Photo: Dubai TourismShopping in Bangkok and eating noodles in Singapore are yesterday’s news.
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As we head into the peak season for trips to the northern hemisphere, the hottest stopover destinations are in the Middle East and China, with big-name attractions, cultural bites and longer stays on the menu.

“There’s definitely been a noticeable shift in recent times,” says the managing director of Creative Holidays, James Gaskell. “A lot of people are chasing more unusual experiences on their way to Europe.”

Gaskell says the nature of stopovers has changed, from the traditional one-night “wash and brush up” in Hong Kong or Singapore to three or four days of active sightseeing and exploring in new cities.

The shift in destinations is largely due to changes in the airline scene, particularly the growth of Middle Eastern airlines Emirates and Etihad, and Qantas’s partnership with Emirates.

Increased flight options to Chinese cities have also played a role, along with the introduction of visa-free stopovers for Australian travellers to Guangzhou.

China Southern Airlines, which has been actively promoting the 72-hour visa-free option since it was introduced last August, says nearly 40 per cent of travellers who have taken it up have been from Australia and New Zealand.

The airline has worked with local tourism authorities to put together stopover packages including Cantonese food and local sights, as an alternative to our traditional Asian stopover cities.

Guangzhou might be new to many Australian travellers, but China Southern says it is now China’s third largest city for tourism, clocking up more than 50 million visitor nights last year.

The executive general manager of marketing for Flight Centre, Colin Bowman, agrees long-standing stopover destinations such as Hong Kong and Singapore have waned, with many Australians now flying to Europe via Dubai or Abu Dhabi.

Bowman says some travellers are “not particularly enamoured” with the Middle Eastern routes, which offer a very long leg out of Australia followed by a shorter leg into Europe, but many see it as an opportunity to bypass London and go straight into other European cities.

Some choose the Middle Eastern routes because they want to fly with the well-regarded Middle Eastern carriers, while others see it as an opportunity to explore somewhere new and see “two cities for the price of one”.

“People are open to these options because they’re always looking for new places to go,” Bowman says. “There are some good accommodation deals, too, especially in Dubai and Abu Dhabi.”

Bowman says stopover travellers in the Middle East can get four or five star hotels from about $100 a night, making it an affordable add-on to their holiday plans.

James Gaskell says the average stopover in Dubai for Creative Holidays customers is four days, while a typical stopover in Abu Dhabi is two to three nights. He believes the “Dubai publicity machine” has played a big role in the Middle East’s growing popularity, along with the number of big-name attractions in the region.

Do you think the Middle East and China are the best stopover destinations? What would your stopover choice be? Post your comments below.

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Meet Gloria, the sex worker grandma who made Tony Abbott wink

16/12/2018 // by admin

Gloria, the pensioner and phone sex worker who surprised Prime Minister Tony Abbott. Photo: Luis Ascui Gloria, or Judith Palmer
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Tony Abbott admits wink was a mistake

She is known as Gloria, the grandmother telephone sex worker whose talkback call with the Prime Minister, and the wink it evoked, triggered a storm of controversy.

Her real name is Judith Power and she is a long-time feminist activist and anarchist but insists she has never been a member of a political party, even though Liberal Party twitter accounts claim she is an ALP branch secretary.

An ALP spokesperson said Ms Power had never been a member.

The 67-year-old from Warburton, Melbourne, did not hold back in her interview with Fairfax on Thursday, saying the Prime Minister was as sleazy as some of her callers.

“He looks like what some of my clients sound like,” she said, of the wink and smile he gave as Ms Power revealed she worked as a telephone sex worker to make ends meet.

Ms Power said she decided to phone ABC talkback radio on Wednesday after “seething for weeks” about the Abbott government.

She has a range of illnesses including emphysema and was particularly incensed about their new $7 GP visit fee, which was revealed in the budget.

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The grandmother of three has a distinct, raspy voice and said the controversy has not been good for business. She suspects some of her clients may have recognised her voice and is uncomfortable with the fact her real name has been revealed in social media.

She began working on the sex line three years ago after losing her long-term cleaning job.

“I couldn’t find any other work at the time. I saw an ad in the local paper and needed work so I thought I’d give it a try and virtually started straight away.”

She receives 50 cents a minute and says the average call lasts 2 minutes.

Her clients come from across Australia and New Zealand and include isolated, single farmers, and before the mining boom ended, lots of men working in Western Australia.

She also provide phone sex services to disabled people, and young people coming home from nightclubs on a Sunday morning.

“Some of them do ring in because I’m 67. One of them is a granny line and they ring in because I’m an older woman.”

She said while sometimes the work is funny and interesting, it is mostly boring.

In the last fortnight she has made $84, which she has put towards her rent.

But she had no idea her conversation with the Prime Minister was going to go viral.

“I couldn’t believe that someone in charge of a country could look like that. It is really sleazy, it is as sleazy as some of the people who ring me up,” she said of Mr Abbott’s wink.

She said she is pleased the PM’s bat of an eyelid has received so much attention.

“I was a catalyst for him showing himself for what he is, which is sleazy and a misogynist.”

Her phone has been beeping incessantly since the drama with messages of congratulations from friends and family.

“I’ve received messages saying I was a warrior queen, go mum, you really stuck it at him.”

While the grandmother’s call to the Prime Minister has gone viral, Ms Power has not been able to view the #winkgate controversy because she does not have the internet at the moment. On Thursday she went to the local library in the hope of using one of their communal computers, but unfortunately they were all booked out by locals doing genealogy searches.

Ms Power said if former prime minister Julia Gillard was answering talkback calls she would have given her just as hard a time over her changes to the single parenting payment.

“It didn’t affect me personally but I thought it was a disgusting thing to do to vulnerable people.”

She suffered a heart attack around three years ago, has arthritis, and emphysema from years of smoking.

When asked to describe her financial situation, Ms Power says “it’s like walking along the edge of a precipice”.

She said she lives on $200 a week after rent and can never afford new clothes.

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Deciphering the Fed’s alphabet soup

16/12/2018 // by admin

The US Federal Reserve has an alphabet soup of financing facilities and so for investors trying to understand what’s happening it’s like having a second language. But it is getting complicated.
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Prior to the global financial crisis the debate was normally over whether the economic recovery would be in the shape of a V, U, W or even a square root symbol, with some talk about a J-curve thrown in for good measure.

Then we got acronyms like QE (quantitative easing) and LTRO (long-term refinancing operations), as central banks became the dominant players in global financial markets, dictating all the ebbs and flows.

Now we have TDF, RRP and IOER. Or for those that aren’t bilingual, the term deposit facility, the reverse repurchase agreements and interest on excess reserves.

Those three acronyms just happen to be a large part of the latest strategy that the Fed has signalled it will use when it starts to get interest rates back to more normal levels.

Not that it’s going to happen anytime soon.

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But the latest minutes from this month’s meeting show that the members of the Federal Open Market Committee have all bases covered.

The FOMC even wants to give investors more information about how the Fed is going to dismantle its balance sheet that has blown out to more than $US4 trillion since the GFC.

The committee also want to make it very clear what happens when all the US Treasuries on the balance sheet mature and how the principal payments on MBS will be reinvested. That’s mortgage backed securities on the balance sheet.

The main message however was how the Fed, eventually, is going to get monetary policy back to normal when banks have trillions of dollars of excess reserves.

In the past, the Fed would just take away a small amount of those reserves and then rates would go up. But that’s not going to work in the world investors live in now.

That’s where TDF, RRP and IOER come into it.

All are new measures and no one is quite sure how they will work so the Fed will roadtest them before launching them, but if they have one thing in common it is all about giving the Fed more control over interest rates.

The Fed is about to embark on a program that enables the banks to park money with the bank for seven days, that’s the term deposit, at 0.25 per cent, which is at the top end of its current policy rate range.

This keeps the money away from the overnight market that dictates the Fed funds rate and is a way of soaking up the excess reserves.

The IOER right now pays 0.25 per cent so is a little sidelined by the seven day deal. Some analysts say the RRP is the better option for the Fed.

It, too, is a way of soaking up extra cash, but this time it’s not from the banks, but from government agencies such as Freddie Mac and Fannie May that have as much as $US24 billion in cash and money market funds, with $US2.6 trillion in assets, that can’t use the seven-day deals.

This money attracts a rate of 0.05 per cent.

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Iron ore slump weighs on rate rise expectations

16/12/2018 // by admin

The recent iron ore slump below $US100 a tonne, along with the sharp drop in consumer confidence, is casting doubt on consensus expectations that the next move by the Reserve Bank of Australia on interest rates will be a hike.
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Last week, National Australia Bank was the last of the big four banks to call the end of the current rate cut cycle, which has seen the official cash rate drop 225 basis points since November 2011, to a record low of 2.5 per cent.

But, with iron ore slumping below $US100 per tonne for the first time in close to two years and consumer confidence plunging in the wake of the Federal Budget, that’s being questioned by some economists.

Markets are now pricing in a 17 per cent chance of a rate hike within the next 12 months. That’s down from a 50 per cent chance before the budget was presented last week, and from an 80 per cent chance in April.

“On the risks, iron ore at $US97.50 and little response from the Australian dollar has us thinking the risk of a rate cut over the next 12-18 months is now around the same as a rate hike,” Deutsche Bank chief economist Adam Boyton said.

In this scenario, unemployment could take a hit if iron ore was to remain at current levels for the rest of the year, instead peaking at around 6.5 per cent, rather 6.25 per cent, Mr Boyton said.

However, iron ore is expected to make a mild recovery and Deutsche Bank are forecasting to unemployment rate to be stuck between 5.75 per cent and 6.25 per cent.

“In our view we aren’t yet at the point where we’d include a rate cut in our forecasts off the back of the current iron ore price. Given, however, the post-Budget weakness in sentiment and the current weakness in iron ore; we remain comfortable with our ‘low for long’ cash rate view,” Mr Boyton said.

Most analysts expect iron ore to recover slightly in the second half, with Goldman Sachs, which is slightly more bearish than others, forecasting a price of $US105 per tonne in the September quarter and $US100 per tonne in the December quarter. Citi forecast an average price of $US100 per tonne for the rest of the calendar year.

However, both investment banks see heavy falls in the iron ore price in 2015

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The Late Mail: Remi Casty set for Roosters debut

14/11/2018 // by admin

French international Remi Casty will make his debut for the Sydney Roosters after an injury-riddled start to his career in Australia.
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Casty hasn’t played for the club since February’s World Club Challenge victory against Wigan after sustaining two separate injuries, but the former Catalans Dragons forward will start on the bench in Friday’s clash against the Bulldogs.

“I’m very happy I am going to play for Roosters in the NRL,” Casty said. “I’m very pumped and I want to bring some energy to the team. This time I stay quiet and I’m waiting for the game because the first two injuries were unlucky. Maybe because my family and friends are far away, there was a lot of frustration when I’m injured. But now I’m OK. I’m very happy.”

With Josh Reynolds and Trent Hodkinson with the Blues on Origin duty, Reni Maitua and Moses Mbye are the new halves pairing for the Bulldogs, while Krisnan Inu replaces Josh Morris, and Chase Stanley moves to the centres.

Beau Henry will join Albert Kelly in the halves for Gold Coast’s match against the Warriors on Saturday. Regular five-eighth Aidan Sezer is likely to miss the rest of the season with a pectoral injury.

In the absence of Matt Scott and Johnathan Thurston, prop Ashton Sims will captain the Cowboys for the first time when they travel to Canberra on Sunday.

Sims was chosen a fortnight ago as skipper of the Fiji Test team against Samoa.

“I was just saying before that in the last month two of the biggest things in my footy career have happened but captaining the Cowboys supersedes everything,” Sims said.

“This means everything to me. I’m really happy and humble that the coaching staff have chosen me to lead these men into battle.”

Curtis Rona, Ray Thompson and Jason Taumalolo are carrying injuries but all trained with the team on Thursday and are expected to play.

For the Raiders, Mitchell Cornish will make his debut on the bench.

The Rabbitohs welcome back Nathan Merritt from the NSW Cup, who will line up at fullback in the absence of Greg Inglis on Origin duty.

The Sharks are already without Paul Gallen and Luke Lewis on Origin duty but are also expecting to be missing Todd Carney, Beau Ryan, Anthony Tupou and Andrew Fifita through injury.

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Ferguson barred fromjuniors

14/11/2018 // by admin

Sydney Roosters have signed former NSW and Canberra three-quarter Blake Ferguson for next season. Photo: Brendan EspositoBlake Ferguson would have to undergo a risk assessment by the NSW Commission for Children and Young People if his new job as a community and development officer was to include working with junior footy teams.
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The Sydney Roosters on Thursday moved to clarify Ferguson’s position with the premiers in the face of a backlash about their employment of the former NSW State of Origin winger.

The 24-year-old, who remains deregistered by the NRL after being found guilty of indecently assaulting a woman at a Cronulla nightclub last year, is in his new role but not coaching or mentoring under-age players, the club says.

‘‘With regards to junior clubs, it’s the open-age players in the junior club system such as Bondi United A-grade team for example, that he’ll be doing coaching sessions with,’’ Roosters chief executive Brian Canavan said. ‘‘He will also be working with disadvantaged groups such as the NSW Wheelchair Rugby League and with the NRL and their welfare education department. He will do indigenous mentoring and those programs will be overseen by Dean Widders at the NRL.’’

The Roosters are aware of the hurdles to overcome should his position widen to coaching juniors.

Under the Child Protection (Working with Children) Act 2012 a conviction for indecent assault automatically bars a person from working with children.

For that to be lifted, Ferguson would have to clear a NSW Commission for Children and Young People risk assessment. Anyone in child-related work must pass a “Working with Children Check”.

‘‘We’ll investigate down the track the appropriate channels as to the Working with Children Check,’’ Canavan said. ‘‘I’ve already made contact with the PCYC about that … if he does work with the PCYC.’’

After starting the new job on Thursday, the Roosters hope to have the former Cronulla and Canberra back join their playing ranks next year and are vowing to support him.

Asked about the reaction to his role with the Roosters, Canavan said: ‘‘We carefully considered all this. We realise it’s a delicate situation.

‘‘Blake has already received his penalty and indeed that is still ongoing in terms of registration. What we’re trying to do is assist a young person with his own personal career and hopefully with his football career after that. We fully appreciate the fact that people have comment on it but he’s already been penalised. The other thing about Blake is he hasn’t had the advantage of a conventional upbringing and education.’’

Ferguson’s appeal against his conviction will be heard in court next month.

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Guy Walter, one of the turf’s gentlemen, dies

14/11/2018 // by admin

Guy Walter with jockey Blake Shinn after winning the Doomben Cup last weekend. Walter has died, aged 59. Photo: Tertius PickardThe racing family lost one of its spiritual fathers when trainer Guy Walter died of heart attack at his home on Thursday. He was 59.
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The devastating loss of Walter,hit the entire industry with jockeys and trainers closest to him leading the tributes.

“Guy Walter was nature’s kindest gentleman. To be called his stable jockey was an honour. He was like a father to me & I’ll miss him dearly,” tweeted Blake Shinn, who rode Walter’s 36th group 1 winner, Streama, in  the Doomben Cup last Saturday.

Hugh Bowman, another jockey who enjoyed success with Walter, tweeted from Hong Kong where he is now riding: “Guy Walter has been one of the most influential people in my career. A gentleman of the turf & we will miss him dearly. #RIP.”

It was clear the man, who was called “a horseman’s horseman” by New Zealand trainer Roger James, was loved and respected within the industry. Walter grew up in Mudgee and his first real taste of racing success was when he strapped Think Big in 1974 for  the first of his two Melbourne Cup  while working for Bart Cummings, but he was always destine to be a trainer.

He moved to Neville Begg’s stable before moving to the south coast where he started his training career under guidance of Kevin Robinson. He spent five years at Seven Mile Beach before moving to Warwick Farm.  “It is just devastating for our whole family,” Robinson’s son Terry said. “He is the same age as me and I don’t know what to say.

“He was like another brother to us and our thoughts are with [wife] Wendy and his family. He wasn’t just a good trainer, he was great man and you wouldn’t meet anyone better.”

Begg said he was left “numb” by the news. “It is unbelievable. He wasn’t just a wonderful trainer but a wonderful man.”

Walter trained his first winner, Irish Eve, at Canterbury in 1980 and it took until 1995 for his first group 1 winner to arrive – Sharscay in the Canterbury Guineas. He will always be remembered with the red colours and white cap  of the Tait family and, in particular,Tie The Knot, who won  13 group 1 races and $6 million in prizemoney.

“Devasted [sic] by the loss of Guy Walter. Our hearts go out to Wendy and the family,” Sandy Tait tweeted.

After Tie The Knot, the group 1 winners continued to flow with Spinning Hill, Defier and Republic Lass winning multiple races at the top level, but his crowning moment was the 2005 Doncaster when he trained the trifecta as Patezza beat Court’s In Session and Danni Martine.

In the past couple of years, Walter prepared Streama and Darley-owned Appearance to both win four group 1s.

Walter was one of a few trainers who  were trusted with Darley horses outside its main operation.

Darley managing director Henry Plumptre said racing had lost a skilled horseman and he had lost a dear friend.

“When I came out here [from England] in 1977, Guy was one of the first people I met and we have been close friends since,” Plumptre said. “He was a marvellous trainer but just a wonderful, wonderful man.

“It has been very special for Darley to have a horse like Appearance with him because we have usually sent  him the bent-legged things, hoping he can work some magic with them.

“Usually they have raced like bent-legged things do. In Appearance he had a mare that showed how great of a trainer he was.”

Racing NSW chief executive Peter V’landys said:  ”Guy was one of the most popular and humble trainers I have ever met. I guarantee you would not find one person with a bad word for Guy; he was a very genuine, kind and respectful person.

“Guy was a man of the highest integrity and professionalism, and a wonderful role model for the racing industry.

“As the mark of the man, when Guy mentored apprentices he would call Racing NSW and insist we do not credit him for the usual 25 per cent of the apprentice’s earnings. He wanted the fee to go back to the apprentice.”

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Beale in line for Wallabies five-eighth role

14/11/2018 // by admin

After a long and rocky road back to the top flight, Kurtley Beale is once again in the box seat to wear the coveted Wallabies No.10 jersey.
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Beale last started at five-eighth against Wales at the end of 2012, scoring a try in the corner to seal a thrilling victory at Millennium Stadium.

Injuries and a host of off-field issues for the then-Rebels playmaker threatened to derail his Test career and a botched kick for goal in the first Test against the British and Irish Lions last June was not the return to the gold jersey he was hoping for.

A shoulder reconstruction robbed him of further involvement under new coach Ewen McKenzie last year. But on Wednesday it was McKenzie – the coach who originally installed him in the chief playmaking role as a teenager at the Waratahs – who indicated he would return him there at Test level.

“He’s certainly embraced what the Waratahs are about and it suits him, he can make things happen and it’s good reward for him,” McKenzie said. “I’ve met with him recently but the last conversation I had with him before that was to say ‘get your shoulder fixed’.

“He’s come back well from that mentally and being able to be very influential week in, week out. He’s a very important player there and I know what he’s capable of, and I know the No.10 position is near and dear to him, so he’ll be very keen to stake a claim.”

After injury forced the withdrawal of Quade Cooper, Beale will battle it out for selection with NSW teammate Bernard Foley. McKenzie named the pair as his only options at No.10 – Brumbies five-eighth Matt Toomua pointedly marked as a centre option alongside Christian Leali’ifano and incumbent Test No.13 Tevita Kuridrani.

“I’ve deliberately nominated certain players for positions,” McKenzie said. “That will help the armchair selectors try and understand how we think. We invested in [Foley] last year and he was in and around the squad all the time. He’s got all the right characteristics. I remember in Argentina when he got his first cap, it was an emotional moment and you want to see that. That’s the attitudinal piece.

“He’s a very professional operator with lots of skills. Yeah, it’s been a reasonably quick climb for him, but not surprising. He got an opportunity last year, took it and he’s still there.”

Dual international Israel Folau was never in doubt for selection at fullback but Brumbies No.15 Jesse Mogg was notably absent. McKenzie scoffed at speculation Mogg and Toomua were victims of the Brumbies’ conservative game plan.

“It’s more about [Mogg’s] consistency in his game,” McKenzie said. “There were bits and pieces I spoke to him about, the game style doesn’t have much to do with it, it’s more about his individual contribution and consistency.”

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Day in the life of a Beatle

14/11/2018 // by admin

DEDICATED: The Bootleg Beatles have perfected the mannerisms of their namesakes. STEVE White can’t predict how he would react if he met Paul McCartney, the man he has been emulating for more than a decade.
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‘‘I would probably pass out,’’ he tells Weekender, laughing.

‘‘I would just like to thank him for his musical contribution, really – I’d love to shake his hand and say thank you very much for what you created both in and out of The Beatles.’’

But White is no run of the mill Fab Four fan.

As a member of one of the world’s premiere tribute bands The Bootleg Beatles, White and his three colleagues have spent thousands of hours perfecting their namesake’s mannerisms.

He has even switched from his right hand to his left to play bass– nuances, dialects, singing styles, playing original instruments and donning wigs and costumes created by Dougie and Gordon Millings, who tailored The Beatles’ clothing from 1963 to 1970.

It’s all in the name of recreating the greatest pop group in history. The band has clocked up more than 5000 shows from the Soviet Union to the United States and the Middle East over their 34-year career, including recreating The Beatles’ legendary rooftop performance at Savile Row.

The Bootleg Beatles were born in 1980 following West End musical Beatlemania and now includes founding member but soon-to-retire Andre Barreau as George Harrison, Adam Hastings as John Lennon and Hugo Degenhardt as Ringo Starr.

Their live show spans The Beatles’ entire career in chronological order and incorporates five costume and set transformations as the band moves from songs including Love Me Do to later material such as Get Back.

The Bootleg Beatles even perform some songs The Beatles never played live on stage including A Day In The Life, Eleanor Rigby, Penny Lane and All You Need Is Love.

White said it was still difficult to pinpoint exactly what makes the band so timeless.

‘‘The music speaks for itself.’’

The Bootleg Beatles perform at Wests Leagues Club on June 3.