Former Catholic brother charged with sex offences

09/07/2018 // by admin

A FORMER Catholic Brother who taught at St Michael’s Regional High School in Wagga in the 1970s has faced court over alleged sex offences at a western Sydney school.
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Michael Stanton, 59, and now living at Lithgow, appeared in Parramatta Local Court on Wednesday after his arrest on Tuesday.

He is charged with eight counts of indecent assault on a male, and one count each of buggery, attempted buggery and common assault.

Police allege Stanton committed the offences against an 11-year-old boy in 1980.

Stanton did not enter pleas to the charges and they were adjourned to July 18 for a reply to the prosecution’s brief of evidence.

Before Tuesday’s arrest, Stanton was already facing 13 counts of indecent assault on a male, five counts of indecent act on a male and two counts of buggery.

Stanton has not yet entered pleas to those charges, which also stem back to the 1980s and will also be mentioned on July 18.

He is on bail and excused from attending court on the next occasion if legally represented.

None of the existing charges relate to Stanton’s time in Wagga.

The charges follow an investigation by police officers from Strike Force Avia, which was established in October, 2011, to investigate alleged assaults on a number of children at a Catholic college at Blacktown and a Catholic primary school at Lalor Park in the 1980s.

Four men – two teachers and two former Brothers – have been arrested and charged by Strike Force Avia detectives.

Police said anyone who has been a victim of sexual abuse, no matter how long ago it happened, was encouraged to make a report at their local police station.

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ABC may shift TV stations online

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The ABC is considering following a BBC move to shift some programming exclusively online. Photo: Peter BraigABC managing director Mark Scott says it is likely some of the network’s secondary television stations will eventually only be available online as part of a long-term plan to cut costs.
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If implemented, the move would mirror the BBC, which announced it would stop broadcasting its BBC 3 channel by mid-2015 and stream the content via its on-demand internet player.

Mr Scott said a similar plan to move content to its iView Player would need to be considered, however no definitive timeline had been set.

“Between SBS and the ABC we spend about $100 million a year beaming the signals from the top of Mount Coot-tha to your home and to do that all around the country, that’s a very big cost,” he said at an Australia Israel Chamber of Commerce luncheon in Brisbane on Thursday.

“One of the questions at some time in the future will be, ‘can savings be made by turning off some of those services and delivering that content in other ways?’ The big question is when.

“Would you bet that within 13 years that some of that switch would happen? I think you probably could.”

Mr Scott said about 18 million programs were watched on its online iView service each month.

Earlier this year the BBC announced its plan to shift its youth-focused BBC 3 channel online, a move that would save the public broadcaster about $91 million each year.

The ABC currently has four local digital television stations, including a 24-hour news channel launched in 2010.

Following last week’s budget announcement that $120 million would be cut from the ABC over the next four years, Mr Scott said management was yet to determine the number of redundancies or if Australian regional bureaus would close.

Mr Scott said the biggest impact would be felt by staff in the ABC’s Melbourne Asia-Pacific news centre, following the government’s decision to cut all funding to the Australia Network.

Mr Scott said the ABC had previously used efficiencies it found to create new content and options for viewers, such as its iView player and the ABC News 24 station.

“If we don’t have money to re-invest we’ll be diminished. We’ll be smaller. We won’t be able to innovate the way we’ve innovated, we won’t be able to create new services,” he said.

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Brisbane buildings to light up ahead of G20 summit

09/07/2018 // by admin

A scene from last year’s City of Lights display during the Brisbane Festival. Photo: Jon BaginskiAn interactive light show will drench Brisbane buildings with colour and images in the lead up to the G20 summit.
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Premier Campbell Newman and Arts Minister Ian Walker announced the light display as the centrepiece of G20 Cultural Celebrations.

“We’re going to have thousands of delegates, thousands of members of the world’s media converging on Brisbane,” Mr Newman said.

“We’re going to make every opportunity to promote Queensland count … the cultural and arts sector will be a very important part of that.”

Creative director Jono Perry – who was responsible for last year’s City of Lights display during the Brisbane Festival – said the evening show would run for 17 nights before the summit begins on November 15.

“People will be able to interact with the colour of buildings within the CBD,” he said.

“We’re also going to have an interactive projection onto major civic buildings around the city, including Parliament House.”

The bulk of the buildings used will be on the lower end of George Street, including the Executive Building and Parliamentary Annexe.

But not all had been selected yet, as Mr Newman hoped to establish partnerships with the private sector.

“Obviously there are corporate tenants and the like who might like take the opportunity to promote what they’re doing, and that might greatly mitigate the cost,” he said.

But he added that would not mean advertising slogans or logos would be projected on the buildings.

“Nothing as gauche as that,” he said.

Mr Perry said the light program was being designed to delight all ages.

“People will be able to interact with the control and chose the colour of certain buildings,” he said.

“My hope is that the people of Brisbane will be asking ‘What colour is Brisbane tonight?’ as the lighting spreads across building facades.”

Mr Walker said there would be other cultural events as part of the program, including in Cairns, where the G20 finance ministers will meet in September.

“If there’s one thing that Queenslanders can do it’s party,” Mr Walker said.

“The celebrations won’t just be limited to the city, but will also involve community-based free activities throughout the suburbs of Brisbane.”

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Lisa Curry to visit Port Augusta

09/07/2018 // by admin

TOUR: OPAL are encouraging locals to attend a free seminar to be held by former Australian swimmer Lisa Curry next week.Former Australian swimmer Lisa Curry is bringing her One Life, One Chance Aussie Road Trip tour to Port Augusta next week.
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A free community seminar open to the public will be held at the Institute Theatre on Tuesday, May 27 from 6pm.

OPAL coordinator Carmel Daw said Lisa is keen to share her message in as many regional communities as she can.

Lisa will be sharing her firsthand experience and skills to help others and will talk about her background and what has motivated her to want to share these positive lifestyle messages.

The seminar is designed to encourage people of all ages to help combat the growing problem of obesity and heart disease in Australia, Lisa will explain in a fun and interactive way, how to lose weight and get fit and healthy, anytime, anywhere and on any budget.

Ms Dawsaid locals will leave the session with the understanding of why a healthy lifestyle is important and that it can be easy.

“Most importantly people will leave feeling motivated and encouraged that they can do it,” Ms Daw said.

Registrations for the seminar are not essential but can be made through the website oneroadtrip南京夜网.au

During her time in Port Augusta, Lisa will be making visits to some local schools encouraging local children to live a healthy lifestyle.

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Competition front runners to battle it out

09/07/2018 // by admin

THE Shoalhaven Senior Football Competition had another round of close games last week.
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HE’S BACK: Culburra’s Corey Ryan is back in action. Photo: PATRICK FAHY

Culburra won the top of the table clash 1-nil against Shoalhaven Heads to remain at the top of the table.

The news for Heads was not as good as they dropped from second to fifth. Shoalhaven United moved to second after defeating Illaroo 3-1, while Manyana moved to third with their 1-nil win over Huskisson.

GAME ON: Manyana’s Billy Zappas will need to be in form this week against the strong Culburra side. Photo: GILLIAN LETT

Bomaderry complete the top four due to their 4-nil win over Basin.

There are four great games scheduled this week in what should be the closest round of the year.

Match of the round

THE match of the round is between the competition front runners Culburra and third placed Manyana.

At the start of the year these two sides were thought of as the ones to beat according to most opposition coaches.

Not much has changed as both are at the pointy end of the table.

Culburra have only had the one loss and this was when they were under strength. Since then they have won their games quite comfortably despite the scores not reflecting that.

Reports indicate that they are creating many chances but have been unable to finish in the last couple of games.

This problem appears as though it will be rectified with the return of super striker Corey Ryan.

He is likely to join Jack Miller up front and between them they have scored a massive 90 first grade goals in the last three years.

To put this into perspective, this is more than the bottom two sides have scored as a total for the last three years.

With the likes of Dale Blundell, Kieran Witt, Steve Gray, Mitchell Blundell and Rob Hill also in the squad, they now appear invincible.

Manyana have gone about their season with a minimum of fuss and are still undefeated.

They have wins over Basin, Huskisson and United and draws with Illaroo, Bomaderry and Heads.

Their win against United was probably their most impressive and they will need to find that form again to compete with the strong Culburra outfit.

Manyana coach Matt Tooley will hope to have Rohan Daley on deck as he certainly makes a difference to the side’s performance.

Defensively they are quite strong with Matt Sindon, Mark Dixon, Tim Dixon and Matt Ringland all playing well.

This should be a close game however at home Culburra should take maximum points.

Battle of third and fourth

THE game between Bomaderry and Shoalhaven United will also be a blockbuster. Bomaderry currently sit in fourth position only one point behind United.

They showed what they could do with a win over Culburra earlier in the year and coach Doug Foley will hope they can put in a similar performance against United. Michael Hampton and Cameron Nelson are both in the top goal scorers list and have been scoring regularly.

Ben Foley, David Hampton, Daniel Frew and Blake Munilla have also been good. Foley will be hoping Matt Kellett and Nathan Aldridge return to the side so they can be close to full strength for this important game.

United have played well in recent weeks with strong wins over Basin and Illaroo. Last week against Illaroo they struggled to score in the first half but came home with a wet sail after the injection of Kris Brant.

United have been known as an older side over the last few years, however with the inclusion of young guns Taite Arney, Jake Hush, Josh Mackaness and Billy Wallington, the average age has dropped significantly.

There are still the likes of Nando Lattanzio, Shane Button and Matt Fuz in the side but this has proved to be a good mix of youth and experience for coach Trevor Skingle.

This should be another close game with a draw the likely result.

Must win game for Illaroo

ILLAROO will host Shoalhaven Heads in what should be another great game between two evenly matched sides.

Illaroo are strong up front with Aarron Crittenden and Brandon Politano and in the midfield with Trent Bray, Evan Leedham and Brady Warren.

Their backline is weakened without the likes of Joe Leedham and Andrew Timbs, and if they are to be at their best one of these guys needs to return in the next few weeks.

Illaroo are currently in sixth position and a loss in this game may see them lose touch with the leading sides.

While Shoalhaven Heads have dropped to sixth position they have only had the two losses.

These losses were against the two sides currently at the top of the table. They pushed Culburra all the way last week and have had good wins over Bomaderry, Huskisson and Basin while they drew with Manyana in the first game of the year. Their form has been consistent with their worst result being a 3-nil loss to United.

They have the worst goal scoring record out of the top six sides and this will be an area coach Ross Tasker will want to improve.

Dane Tasker is one of the leading scorers in the competition while Conor Edenden and Ian Martin have been known to find the back of the net in the past. Like most of the other games this weekend, this match will also be close and it is unlikely the teams will be split at full-time.

Both teams battle for a win

THE last match in the round will also be a good game with both Huskisson and Basin looking to open their account for the year.

Huskisson have been thereabouts in most of their games and have in fact pushed Bomaderry, Illaroo and Manyana all the way and have only been beaten by a goal on each occasion.

With an ounce of luck a couple of these results could have been reversed.

They have several quality players including Sam Boardman, Jayme Delehenty, Josh Fuz, Brendan Hobbs, Alex Boardman and Jake Mulligan and their results could very well be different in the next round.

Basin had their worst half of the year in the first half against Bomaderry and the normally reserved Scott Aldridge let them know it.

To the side’s credit they put in an improved performance in the second half and Aldridge will hope that form continues this week.

Basin’s improvement in the lower grades will help the top grade as it will put pressure on players to perform.

In Dane McGinn the Basin side have one of the best strikers in the competition, however he has only found the back of the net on one occasion this year. Aldridge will be looking for McGinn to be more consistent if his side’s results are to improve as the year progresses.

Basin will be in this game for a long way, however at home Huskisson should win.

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Tacking Point Public School joins walk safely to school day

09/07/2018 // by admin

Leisurely walk: Teacher Kate Connolly with Tacking Point Public School students Alex Zavone, Angus Oakeshott Keira Magill, Oscar Jakeman, Alyssa Slattery, Dylan Norman, Emily Jordan and Ella Smyth walking to school.KEEP an eye out for extra little feet pounding our paths today on their way to school.
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Today is national Walk Safely to School Day (WSTSD) and many primary school students in the Hastings will do just that.

Tacking Point Public School hopes to have more children shun the bus and family car and get their feet into action.

Grade 3 teacher and road safety education representative Kate Connolly said the students have also been encouraged to use pedestrian crossings and be aware of the surfaces they are walking on.

Objectives of WSTSD are: to get parents and carers to walk safely to school with primary school age children and reinforce safe pedestrian behaviour; promote the health benefits of walking and create regular walking habits; help develop the vital road-crossing skills children will need; reduce car dependency habits; promote public transport and reduce air pollution and traffic congestion created by motor vehicles.

Less than half the children enrolled at Tacking Point Public School indicated they walk to school regularly.

Mrs Connolly suggested parents could drop their children off further from the school entrance and walk with them the rest of the way.

WSTSD is also in keeping with the Live Life Well at School program Tacking Point is engaged in.

Considering Australian children’s poor performance in the inaugural Active Healthy Kids Australia Report Card released on Wednesday, the joint initiative between the NSW Department of Education and Communities and NSW Ministry of Health is a step in the right direction to help address the problem.

The program allows teachers to attend in-service days with physical education teachers, dieticians, and other specialists, then report back to other staff.

It aims to develop their knowledge, skills and confidence teaching nutrition and physical education, including fundamental movement skills, as part of the K-6 Personal Development, Health and Physical Education (PDHPE) syllabus.

Another initiative at the school is crunch and sip.

“Each day at 10am the children are allowed to eat fresh fruit or vegetables in the class room,” Mrs Connolly said.

The D-minus rating in the Active Healthy Kids Australia Report Card was based on 81 per cent of 5-17-year-olds not meeting the Australian physical activity guidelines of at least an hour of daily exercise.

In separate ratings, 20 per cent walked or cycled to school at least once a week, earning a D.

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Crowd on hand to welcome latest Calleen winnersGALLERY

09/07/2018 // by admin

Crowd on hand to welcome latest Calleen winners | GALLERY Mayor Bill West addressing crowd. All photographs by Gwen Clark.
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Jenni Fagan Patron, Calleen Art Award speaking at the Opening – Naomi white and (Calleen Winner) and Awards Judge Michael Rolfe in the background.

Awards reception Cowra Civic Centre.

Deputy Mayor Judi Smith and David Henley ( Regional Awards patron).

Harpist Kim Deacon in Gallery

Lyn Winters, Helen Vallance (Finalist), Peter Lowe, Carolynne Briggs and Tim Winters (Finalist) at the exhibition preview.

Naomi White with her winning painting End of Day.

Regional Winner Genevieve Carroll with her winning work Over the Table Blue Dandelions.

Rowen Matthews with his selected work Churn at Baffle Bay (2013).

Michael Rolfe and Director Brian Langer.

Georgina Pollard with her Highly Commended work mis-tint ll (2014) HC.

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Adam Scott at the top

09/07/2018 // by admin

Adam?Scott is now the best golfer in the world. Sam Greenwood/Getty Images/AFP
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In case you missed it, Australian Adam Scott ascended to the highest golfing peak on Planet Earth on Monday morning: world number 1. The complicated and somewhat convoluted formula used by officials to determine world golf rankings meant he didn’t have to hit a golf ball last week to overtake Tiger Woods. Instead he just sat back and watched the TV hoping Matt Kucher didn’t win the Byron Nelson Classic which would have pushed him past the Aussie to numero uno.

Kucher actually had a legitimate shot at the title and had it not been for a closing 66 by the eventual winner Brendon Todd, the consistent Yank might have ruined our party. While Scotty has been playing down what it would mean to reach top spot, his press conference during this week’s Crown Plaza Invitational in Texas suggested a different story.

“Yeah, it’s quite incredible really to sit here as the No. 1 golfer in the world. I feel like I probably downplayed the rankings for the last few months. Maybe I was trying to take some pressure off myself and just think about playing golf rather than other things that happen from it,” he said.

“I think Monday morning when it was official maybe I had a better sense of the achievement in becoming No. 1. It certainly means a lot to me and my family and the team of guys around me who spend a lot of time with me. I’m certainly appreciative of their support and everyone else’s. It’s an amazing accomplishment for me.

“I’d just like to say that and I’m going to have to work pretty hard to stay on top, but part of coming here this week was to play as the No. 1 golfer in the world and enjoy it for at least a week, hopefully, and from there we’ll see what happens.”

When asked what it will mean to him playing this week as the world number one player, Adam replied, “Yeah, it’s not something you really spend a lot of time thinking about. It’s only been realistic for the last week sitting at home. It’s been an interesting week. Weather wasn’t very good at home the last week, so a lot of practice was extremely windy and we had a storm, so I probably didn’t practice as hard as I normally do, but it was also quite nice to get a bit of a rest. It’s a blessing in disguise.”

“I was getting a little frustrated as a player because my swing and everything felt in good shape and I didn’t get four rounds out of it. I got two rounds out of it. Sometimes when you get out of your own way, it’s a good thing, and I think I did that last week. I got to play a little over the last few days. Things just felt a little easier than sometimes it’s the grind. I think I took it a bit easy on myself last week.”

I think it’s a true reflection of an unpretentious, old fashioned “good bloke” when he gave this reply towards the end when asked if there was a time when Tiger had a stranglehold on No. 1 and that guys thought that number two is really the No. 1 for everybody else.

“It certainly felt that way that it was somewhat unattainable throughout the early 2000s, that’s for sure.”

“A couple of guys got there, Vijay, I think interrupted his reign as No. 1, but it was just remarkable golf for such a long period of time. For a while it was really off the radar for me. Only the last couple years I felt my game was kind of elevating to a point where it was an achievable goal again. But, I mean, it’s quite a journey, it really is from when you’re a kid dreaming of it.”

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Win a double pass to the Supanova Pop Culture Expo

09/07/2018 // by admin

The event this year runs from the 20 to 22 June and we are giving away tickets. The Supanova Pop Culture Expo to be held in Perth in June is sure to attract lots of fans.
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Win a double pass to the Supanova Pop Culture Expo 

Do you know the words to the Pokemon theme song? Could you debate the virtues of James Kirk and Jean-Luc Picard… in Klingon?

Well, dust off your stormtrooper armour or Spiderman spandex and prepare to unleash your inner geek at the 2014 Supanova Pop Culture Expo!

WAtoday has partnered with Supanova to bring readers exclusive behind-the-scenes content, interviews with guest stars and competitions.

This year’s special guests include Rose McGowan, Jon Heder, John Barrowman, Katie Cassidy and the Australia’s own James Bond, George Lazenby.

Crowds have swelled in recent years, with the expo outgrowing the Claremont Showgrounds and finding a new home at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre from 20 to 22 June.

To go into the draw to win a double pass to the 2014 Supanova Pop Culture Expo, email your full name, age, contact number and address to [email protected]南京夜网.au

Competition closes 1PM Friday 6 June 2014 and terms and conditions apply. Winners will have tickets emailed to them.

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Thailand: The man behind the coup that’s not a coup

09/07/2018 // by admin

Bangkok: As life under martial law goes on in the sprawling Thai capital of 10 million people, a testy army general with close ties to the royal palace is hosting meetings of rival political factions that could decide Thailand’s future.
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The meetings come at a time of deep anxiety among Thais over the ailing 86-year-old King Bhumibol Adulyadej, who – unlike at other critical times in Thailand’s history – has not intervened in a sometimes violent political crisis that has dragged on for six months.

Draconian lese-majeste laws limit discussion of the inevitable royal succession following the king’s passing, which will be a deeply traumatising time for Thailand.

But just months before his retirement General Prayuth Chan-ocha,  a confidant of palace insiders and powerful establishment figures in Bangkok, has taken responsibility for ending the unrest that has sent Thailand’s economy into freefall and scared away millions of tourists.

These establishment figures despise former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra, the key target of anti-government protesters but still popular among rural masses in the country’s north and north-east.

Analysts say General Prayuth has embarked on a high-stakes strategy to bring the leaders of polarised factions together in the same room, goading them to come up with a way out of the crisis. When the first meeting ended inconclusively after three hours, he gave them “homework” and told them to come back the next day.

One of General Prayuth’s first acts was to stop plans to arrest key anti-government leader Suthep Thaugsuban, who is wanted on treason charges.

“Stop, enough. In terms of prosecution, softly, softly, OK? Otherwise this business will never end,” he reportedly told the head of a police agency.

General Prayuth’s decision to use a 100-year-old law to give his troops sweeping powers without declaring a coup avoided international condemnation and possible sanctions from countries like the United States.

“What we have now has been described as ‘half a coup’ or ‘martial law lite’,” said Anthony Davis, a Thailand-based analyst at security consulting firm IHS Jane’s. “It basically puts the lid on further conflict over the short term but leaves him holding the political ball.”

Mr Davis said “this is not a place” that General Prayuth wants to be in.

“My sense is this was intended to pre-empt the likelihood of more and escalating violence in the coming days,” he said. “He’s always been a professional soldier. He’s now playing a political game that he’s not necessarily good at, in tough conditions.”

The issues that General Prayuth has put on the table are whether there should be elections before reform; if reform should precede elections; whether an interim prime minister can be appointed; if the street protests should end; and whether the Senate, which is anti-Thaksin, should be in charge of resolving the conflict.

One possible scenario is that General Prayuth brokers an agreement for fresh elections under martial law with all parties contesting, leading to a reform process and amendment of the constitution.

Another is that he allows the Senate to appoint a new interim prime minister and remove the current cabinet. This would enrage pro-government Red Shirts, who would probably go underground and mount a nation-wide insurgency.

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