Tensions rise as public film police on the job

WATCHING YOU: Police have been filmed in recent time while conducting random breath tests. Picture: Grant Wells.FRUSTRATED Tasmania Western District traffic and station police are being targeted with hidden and visible cameras, causing heated exchanges and calls for officers to have their own body cameras.
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The individual/s, who have been pointing cameras at police from vehicles at breathalyser stops, when in custody, at station headquarters and other locations, recently posted their camera footage on YouTube under the tag “Filming Police”.

The clip footage is linked to a recently established anti-police Facebook page titled Filming Tasmanian Police, which describes itself as: “Accepting all videos interacting with the local POLICY ENFORCERS, it is not illegal to film the police.”

The individuals claim it’s not illegal to point a camera at a police officer, but North-West officers have, on occasions, reacted angrily after belatedly discovering they were being filmed.

During a breathalyser stop earlier this year apparently involving a Burnie officer, where the driver was told he was over the legal blood alcohol limit, while having an opened alcoholic drink in his vehicle, the policeman became somewhat agitated when he realised he was being filmed.The officer asked the passenger to “turn that camera around”, to which the passenger replied “sorry I did not know it was illegal to film police”.

The officer responded, saying “excuse me, turn that off” and “face it the other way” – a request which was denied, prompting the officer to repeat that the camera should be turned off “because I’m asking you to”.

Other camera footage targeted at Tasmania Police and uploaded to YouTube three months ago included clips titled: “How Burnie Police Department Treats Citizens; Treatment from the Tasmania Police; and Tasmania Police Abusing their Power”.

Some of the footage showed police having their patience extremely tested by those doing the filming.

It is unclear how much of the footage, if any, has been edited before being posted online.

Tasmania Police Association president Pat Allen said while police expected to be filmed, the use of cameras should be disclosed by the public.

He said police were also wary of video being edited, which was why police should be allowed to use body-worn cameras.

“We have asked for body-worn video,” Constable Allen said yesterday.

“These people can have cameras – there’s nothing we can do about that and our members expect to be filmed or taped. I guarantee these (videos) are edited and changed to suit their events.”

Constable Allen said police objected to being filmed covertly.

“I don’t believe it should be allowed,” he said.

“If you want to do it, you should do it overtly.”

Three months ago the police union said it was a “ridiculous situation” that mobile phone and other camera technology was widely available for members of the public to use against police, however the Police Department would not approve rank and file members to wear their own body cameras, with the cost of data storage being the main issue.

The union said police were given a directive not to use body cameras.

The YouTube videos have been posted about three years after the high-profile case of a Burnie police officer and mobile phone footage of a capsicum spray incident.

In that case, Burnie officer Luke Charles Negri was found not guilty of assault after he used the spray on a boy who struck his partner in an incident at Shorewell Park, the court was told.

Originally published asTensions rise as public film police on the job by The Advocate.

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Bart Cummings dead: Perth jockey JJ Miller remembers the Melbourne Cup king

John Miller unsaddles Galilee after the 1966 Melbourne Cup.Bart Cummings dies aged 87King of the Melbourne Cup…and the one liners
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As the tributes flowed for legendary racehorse trainer Bart Cummings, the 12-time Melbourne Cup-winner’s “best” jockey, former Perth rider Johnny “JJ” Miller reflected on some quiet moments of recent years spent well away from the limelight.

The story, as told by Miller himself , goes that Cummings, who died in Sydney on Sunday aged 87, was once asked to reflect on the most talented riders he’d legged up on to a horse.

Roy Higgins, Damien Oliver, Darren Beadman and Harry White were all names offered forward. But Cummings apparently was having none of it.

The best of them had been left out – Miller.

“I must have still been on his mind,” Miller recalled in an interview with Radio 6PR’s Harvey Deegan on Sunday evening.

“We had our moments but I probably got along with him better than most.”

A victorious Galilee and JJ Miller return to scale.

Cummings was famous for his distrust – at times disdain – for jockeys. But Miller helped provide him with some of his most memorable moments in racing when he rode Galilee, rated by Cummings the equal of any horse he ever trained, to wins in the 1966 Caulfield and Melbourne cups and the 1967 Sydney Cup.

Their lives took divergent paths later in life – Cummings a beloved national icon, Miller clashing with stewards as both rider and trainer – but the former jockey says they stayed in touch.

“Until he got sick I used to ring him up every second or third Sunday for a chat,” Miller recalled.

“We’d talk about politics, the share market and red wine. I said to him ‘are you still drinking that Grange?’

“He told me he’d moved on to the Henschke.”

A fine vintage himself, Cummings finished with 268 Group 1 winners in a career spanning more than six decades.

The Melbourne Cup is the race with which his name will always be most associated but Liberal Member for South Perth and long-time The West Australian racing writer John McGrath won’t forget his support of  WA racing.

Indeed, it was the unfashionably WA-bred Rogan Josh who provided Cummings with his 11th Melbourne Cup win in 1999.

Bart Cummings after winning his eleventh Melbourne Cup with horse Rogan Josh. Photo: Vince Caligiuri

“I first met him when he came to Perth back in 1969 for the Perth Cup,” McGrath said.

“He loved coming to WA and the Perth Cup at $100,000 [in those days] was a very lucrative event.

“I’d also see him every year in Sydney and Melbourne for the big events.  He was a practical man and I was always struck by his patience.

“Bart always like to say that patience was one the cheapest commodities around, but one that was rarely used.”

McGrath said those who did know not know him sometimes misunderstood Cummings because he rarely showed emotion.

“But that’s not to say he didn’t have a great sense of humour,” Mr McGrath said.

“A young journo once asked him whether a particular horse was going to win a race. Bart asked the reporter where he had heard that. The journo said it was in a newspaper.

“Bart told him ‘the only think you can believe in a newspaper, son, is the price that’s printed on the front page’.” Follow WAtoday on Twitter

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Friendliest countries for tourists: Where the locals will be most welcoming

In Japan, the locals are always happy to make you happy. Photo: Marvin Fox In Ireland, head to a pub and it won’t take long before you’re mixing with the locals. Photo: Holger Leue
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In Japan, the locals are always happy to make you happy. Photo: Marvin Fox

In India, the locals are very friendly. Photo: ferrantraite

Locals in Laos. Photo: Bartosz Hadyniak

Warm is the way to describe Brazilians. Photo: JAG IMAGES

In Japan, the locals are always happy to make you happy. Photo: Marvin Fox

In Japan, the locals are always happy to make you happy. Photo: Marvin Fox

Forget the monuments. Forget the museums. Forget the galleries, the restaurants, the landscapes and the animals. None of those things provide the real highlight of the travel experience.

What’s most important as you tour the globe is the people you meet along the way. Local people. They’re everything. They’re the reason we travel. They’re all the history and the culture, the knowledge and the experience, the good and the bad of an entire nation. Local people can make or break your trip. They’ll make you laugh, they’ll make you curse, and they’ll make you do almost everything in between. And if you go to the right places, you’ll meet some of the most amazing people in the world.

“People can make any place come alive,” says Greg Carter, director of travel companies Chimu Adventures and GetAbout Asia. “The way people interact with the world around them, they way they pass on their traditions, their culture, and their food, just through being themselves, makes travel special.”

Where can you find the most interesting people? The friendliest people? For Dennis Bunnik managing director of Bunnik Tours, it’s Cambodia. “I’ve been twice and each time have found it to be an incredibly touching and inspiring country,” he says. “When you think of the horrors that the country has gone through, to see the enthusiasm and zest for life that everybody has there is amazing.”

Carter, meanwhile, nominates Japan. “I will never forget trying to ask a local man for directions in Tokyo once, to have him call our hotel on his mobile phone, then walk with us two kilometres to the front door to make sure we got there.”

That’s what makes travel great. And you’ll find similar highlights in these countries. SCOTLAND

“Sorry pal,” the text message said. “You’ve got the wrong number.” I was hugely disappointed. I’d been trying to get in touch with a long-lost friend, a Scottish guy called Mike who I’d worked with in Edinburgh probably 12 years ago. Back in the city for a flying visit, I thought I’d succeeded in finding him after a mutual friend supplied me with a phone number. Clearly though, I’d got it wrong.

Hours passed. I wandered the city, breathing it in, getting to know it all over again. I had lunch in a pub. I wandered some more. Suddenly, my phone buzzed. “Joking Groundy! Meet you in an hour. You’re staying at my house.”

That, for me, sums up everything I know about Scottish people. Here was an old friend I hadn’t seen in more than a decade, and he not only wanted to meet up with me, but he took me out on the town that night, and then he took me into his home and gave me a bed for as long as I wanted it. And yet he was also willing to let me wander around town for a few hours on my own just so he could amuse himself.

Scots are unfairly maligned as being dour, but the truth is that with only the tiniest bit of coercion, they’re anything but. And once you’ve made friends with a Scot, you’ve made a friend for life. Even if they’ll play tricks on you. See visitscotland上海夜网m. FIJI

The mother looked surprisingly calm. She’d obviously spent time in Fiji before. We were on a ferry heading to the Malolo Islands, and a Fijian had approached the woman almost immediately and begun pointing at her young child. A few words were said, and the mother passed the baby over to the smiling Fijian lady, who whisked it away and began passing it among all of the other locals on the boat. There was a lot of smiling and cooing as the child made its way to the back of the ferry and then forward again, passed between adoring hands. The mother didn’t flinch.

That’s because this is Fiji, where children are genuinely loved. And not just some children – everyone’s children. That’s why this is such a popular destination for families. You can always be sure your kids will be in safe, friendly hands in Fiji.

Older visitors receive a similar welcome, too – those huge smiles and cries of “bula” aren’t just cliches for tourism campaigns, they really exist. Fijians are naturally kind, welcoming people who just want to have a good time, and want you to have a good time. And they’ll never tire of playing with your kids. See fiji.travel. IRELAND

It was raining, of course, when I arrived in Dublin for the first time. The taxi driver didn’t seem fazed. “Over here it only rains twice a week,” he said, glancing in the rearview mirror. “Once for three days, and once for four.” He then roared with laughter at his own joke, and we continued on our merry way. That was my introduction to Irish people, and it was a good one. The Irish, I would come to find, love a joke. They love to have fun. It’s all about the “craic”, whether that’s a joke, or a song, or a pint at the pub.

Ireland is one of those rare places where you’ll always make friends. You don’t even have to try. On numerous occasions I’ve walked into a pub in Ireland by myself, and walked out with a group of people who’ve welcomed me into their circle. All you have to do, seemingly, is sit by yourself with a pint, and someone will talk to you. The jocularity of the Irish is infectious; their hospitality genuine. Visitors just have to try to keep up. See ireland上海夜网m. USA

The greetings and the good wishes ring out solemnly and regularly, as reliable as a Texan’s steed.

“What’s up guys!”

“Hey, you have a great day!”Americans really are that friendly. Yes, they really are that impressed with your accent. And yes, they really do want you to have a great day.

“Have a blast guys!”

It’s a little disarming at first. You figure they must be putting it on. No people could possibly be that jolly their entire lives. No one’s that nice. But after a few days in the United States, you get to realise that yes, Americans really are that friendly. Yes, they really are that impressed with your accent. And yes, they really do want you to have a great day.

Americans, perhaps because of the behaviour of their foreign tourists, have been smeared as boorish and loud, but on home soil they’re about the nicest, friendliest bunch you could hope to meet. Take New York, the big bad city, where everyone is supposed to push past you yelling, “I’m walking here!” The reality is not even close. Pull out a map in New York and stare at it for a few minutes and someone will offer to help. Look confused in the subway and a commuter will point you in the right direction. And after any exchange someone will inevitably tell you to have a great day. And they’ll mean it. See discoveramerica上海夜网m. IRAN

It’s not the fact that everyone is so genuinely friendly. It’s not even the fact that during a standard day in Iran you’ll be invited to share tea with strangers, invited to share dinner with families, and invited to sleep in new friends’ homes. It’s not even the fact that this will happen over, and over, and over again. No. The most amazing thing about Iran is that it’s not supposed to be this way. This is the Axis of Evil, the great enemy of the West, and all anyone wants to do is drink a cup of tea with you and ask what you think about their world.

You haven’t experienced hospitality, or generosity, until you’ve been to Iran. Until you’ve sat in a taxi and gritted your teeth while the driver stares at a phrasebook instead of the road just so he can turn around and say, “Welcome in Iran.” Until you’ve had a group of children give you a tour of their mosque, or a random stranger take you out for dinner, or a kid almost plough his motorbike into a fruit stand as he yells greetings from the street. Iran is hopelessly misunderstood. The only way to change that is to go there. see tourismiran.ir/en. LAOS

“You can play badminton, right?”

“Sure,” I replied, neglecting to add that while I know how to play badminton, I don’t actually play badminton. But how hard can it be? It’s like tennis, but easier.

I was in Luang Prabang, at the end of a tour through Laos, and my guide had invited me to spend a final evening with his friends doing what they like to do: play badminton. He could have just left me in a hotel; the tour was over. But instead he’d invited me into the normal life of a young guy in Luang Prabang.

The game was a disaster. It turns out that badminton is actually really hard to play, and I disgraced myself thoroughly in front of a whole lot of people who took the game very seriously. No one, however, seemed to mind. They invited me for a beer after the game. They laughed at my incompetence.

Laotians, you soon find, are incredibly friendly, positive people – something that’s all the more amazing when you consider their country’s tragic history. The Laos people have every reason to despise the West, and yet we’re welcomed there like old friends, treated with kindness and generosity. And no one minds when you can’t play badminton. See tourismlaos上海夜网. NEW ZEALAND

“Ah you’re over from the West Island, eh bro?” Sigh. Yes.

“You’re from Aussie eh? Well, no one’s perfect.” Sigh.

“Did you guys bring your deodorant? We don’t want any more dodgy underarms, eh?”

Sigh. The jokes are to be expected. There’s a rivalry between Australia and New Zealand that’s sometimes taken a little more seriously across the ditch than it is over here, so you can expect a few jibes – sometimes about rugby, or netball, or a cricketing incident from the distant past.

But that’s all OK. Because every dig from a New Zealander is delivered with a smile. Every joke is meant as fun between friends. Kiwis, you see, are nice. They’re extremely nice. They’re so nice, in fact, that you find yourself wandering around the country thinking, “Why can’t Australians be like this?” Everyone in New Zealand is genuine. Everyone is welcoming. They’re completely lacking in cynicism. The travel experience will always a good one if it involves people from the land of the long white cloud.

And that’s because, in short, Kiwis are very good people. Just don’t tell them I said so. See newzealand上海夜网m. INDIA

There are countries you’ll visit and struggle to meet any locals at all. And then there’s India, where you meet a new person every minute, where everyone wants a piece of you, wants to get to know you, wants to welcome you. With more than a billion people there to share the Indian experience, it’s no wonder those people provide the country’s most memorable experiences. And those experiences will run the full gamut. Indians are warm, they’re funny, they’re pushy, they’re exasperating, they’re generous and they’re sly. They’re the family who insists on sharing their food with you on the train. They’re the guys who try to swindle you into visiting their carpet emporium.

Despite the inevitable fraudsters, Indians are by and large an honest, welcoming, and curious people. Everyone wants to know you. They want to know where you’re from, what you do, what your dad does, how much money you make, whether you’re married, why you’re not married, whether you’ll marry one of their daughters, why you won’t marry one of their daughters, and most importantly, what do you think about Ricky Ponting?

No one leaves India without a thousand stories of their interactions with Indian people. In a country of many highlights, those meetings are surely the best of them. See incredibleindia上海夜网. THAILAND

My friend Andrew was having an argument with the waitress. I could hear the two of them, voices raised in Thai, disputing something to do with our bill. Eventually a deal was struck and money changed hands, before Andrew came back to our table. “She was trying to undercharge me again,” he laughed. “I’ve told her she can’t do that. It’s bad for business.”

Andrew’s an Australian who was living in the north-east of Thailand, near Ubon Ratchathani. He said his struggles to pay the full amount he owed at restaurants happened daily. Everyone was trying to be too nice.

Those cliches about Thailand being the “land of smiles” have a strong basis in truth. While there have been a few very troubling incidents in Bangkok recently, on the whole Thailand is a friendly, welcoming country, particularly once you get away from the tourist centres of Bangkok and Phuket (though they, too, are often just fine). Up in the north, there’s an easy hospitality to the Thais that almost always comes with a smile. Even when you’re arguing over your bill. See tourismthailand上海夜网. BRAZIL

Warm. That’s the best word to describe the people of Brazil, a nation where family and friendship comes above all else. You feel loved in Brazil, as new friends embrace you both emotionally and physically. If a Brazilian likes you, you’ll never be in any doubt. They’ll show it time and time again.

I spent the day in Sao Paulo once with a local guy called William, a friend of a friend who’d offered to show me around despite the fact I don’t speak a word of Portuguese and he didn’t speak a word of English. We met up at his apartment, where we sat across the table from each other and established that we couldn’t understand a single thing the other person was saying. William tried acting a few things out. He failed. I tried speaking very slowly. I failed.

But William persisted, and eventually hit on a solution. Grinning in triumph, he pulled his phone out and typed something into it. Then he turned it around to show me. “What would you like for breakfast,” it said. He’d typed it into Google Translate. The two of us spent an entire day together communicating by telephone.

Who would go to that trouble for a friend of a friend? A Brazilian. See visitbrasil上海夜网m. How to make friends overseas

Five tips for meeting locals while you’re travelling

Go it alone

If you want to meet people, you can’t be afraid to hit the town by yourself. Go to a bar and take a book. Sit at a cafe and people-watch. Dine alone at a restaurant. There’s every chance that someone will talk to you.

Attend events

People tend to be at their most open when they’re out of their daily routine. So when you’re travelling, attend events – go to football matches, or concerts, or festivals. That’s where you’ll find locals who feel as open and friendly as you.

Break the language barrier

Want to make local friends? You have to be able to speak their language. Even if it’s just a few words to signal the fact you’re making an effort, being able to greet people in their local tongue is a huge ice-breaker.

Do a homestay

Rather than just hope to bump into people while you travel, it’s far easier to stay at their house. Book a homestay through a website such as Airbnb, or sign up for couch-surfing, and you’ll find yourself immediately surrounded by local friends.

Just do it

The real trick to meeting people when you travel is to be unafraid to approach strangers. Just go and say hello. You’ll get an odd look here and there, but this is no time to be shy. You’ll be surprised at how many people will be pleased to meet you. Hard work

The countries where you’ll have to put some effort in to meet people

Russia

Russians can be tough nuts to crack. They’re not immediately friendly towards strangers, and they’re not exactly emotionally demonstrative. The best way to tackle this is with persistence. And, in times of desperation, vodka.

Mongolia

There’s a natural wariness of foreigners in Mongolia; in more remote areas that can occasionally turn into aggression. Best policy is to take the lead and introduce yourself to people. Once the ice is broken, Mongolians are great.

Cuba

Having been cut off from the West for so long, Cubans have a tendency to distance themselves from foreign tourists. So rather than stay in a state-run hotel, book accommodation in a “casa particular”, the Cuban version of a B&B, and everything will change.

NorthKorea

The hard thing about meeting North Koreans is that you’re not supposed to meet North Koreans. The system is designed to keep the few tourists allowed into the country separated from the local populace. Your only hope is to make friends with your guide.

Sweden

Swedes are wonderful people, kind and friendly – once you get to know them. The hard part is breaking that initial barrier, and for that there’s no easy solution. You just have to be patient. The warmth will come with time.

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We do, say Young Nats

NATS CHAT: State chairman Dom Hopkinson (Wagga), delegate Richard Maher (Henty) and federal president Ruby Cameron (Canberra) at the Young Nationals conference. NSW Young Nationals have given approvalto gay marriage, breaking new ground for conservative parties in Australia.
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The endorsement came at the annual conference of the NSW Young Nationals which was held at Corowa Golf Club at the weekend.

The Young Nationals state director Nathan Quigley said the motion supporting gay wedlock, initiated by a Gundagai member, drew differing opinions.

“There was a spirited debate from the both sides and it was narrowly won,” Mr Quigley said.

He declined to revealthe exact margin of the vote, but said the outcome was groundbreaking.

“The Young Nationals are the first conservative youth wing to back marriage equality,” Mr Quigley said.

The support for gay nuptialsis at odds with many Nationals MPs who back the traditional definition of marriage.

Federal Nationals leader Warren Truss has said he is of “the view that marriage is an institution that by definition should be reserved for a man and a woman”.

Nationals member for Riverina Michael McCormack also adheres to that opinion.

“Same-sex marriage will never be off the radar but I do not support it and I would vote against it,” he said in 2014.

Despite the Nationals being seen as largely against gay marriage,Mr Quigley said the community should not be surprised the matter has won support among under-35s in the party.

“The Young Nationals have always had a reputation for pushing the boundaries in terms of policy with the senior party,” Mr Quigley said.

“It will attract attention, but to those who know the Young Nationals it won’t be a surprise.”

About 60 members attended the two-day conference which featured a dinner on Saturday night with addresses from NSW Nationals leader Troy Grant and former federal Nationals leader Tim Fischer.

Other motions backed mental health first aid for primary and secondary school teachers, a move to regional governments and opposition to the Shenhua coal mine in northern NSW.

Mr Quigley said although Corowa was no longer a Nationals seat at state or federal level the party was keen to stage the 50thanniversary Young Nationals conference in the town.

“The local National Party branch contacted me about it and sold the place really well and the other thing is without representation at state and federal level down here, National Party events have been a little light on the ground,” Mr Quigley said.

“We’ve still got a strong membership down here and there was huge interest from them in hosting the conference, especially at this stage of the political cycle when it is as much about policy as election campaigns.”

Among the delegates was Henty’s Richard Maher who highlighted the need for more funding for the university sector.

He said there was a lack of thoughtful consideration and meaningful debate on the issue and in particular the plight of battlers wanting to study at university.

Mr Maher representspost-graduate studentsonCharles Sturt University’s academic board.

Originally published asWe do, say Young Nats by The Border Mail.

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Marcus Stoinis to to make T20 debut for Australia in Cardiff

Victorian all-rounder Marcus Stoinis will make his international debut on Monday. Photo: Paul JeffersCardiff: Victorian all-rounder Marcus Stoinis will make his international debut on Monday when Australia begin their limited-overs series against England, in the teams’ one-off Twenty20 in Cardiff.
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The 26-year-old’s selection was confirmed on Sunday by Steve Smith, who will be acting captain for the match because full-time Twenty20 captain Aaron Finch is still recovering from a foot injury. Shane Watson will open with David Warner in place of Finch.

Stoinis has not played in the Big Bash League since February 2014, having missed last season’s tournament due to injury. He was an unused member of Delhi’s squad in this year’s IPL.

“I played in the under-19 World Cup with Stoinis in Malaysia in 2008… and he’s certainly come a long way. He’s improved every year,” said Smith.

“He’s thrown up good performances first of all for WA, then moving over to Victoria it was a big move for him. He’s put the numbers on the board and thoroughly deserves an opportunity here tomorrow.”

Former captain George Bailey, spinner Ashton Agar, batsman Joe Burns and fast-bowler James Pattinson are the players to miss selection for the match.

Smith also confirmed Queensland leg-spinner Cameron Boyce, selected only in the Twenty20 squad, would play on Monday, in what will be his fifth match for Australia since making his debut late last year.

“There’s a T20 World Cup coming up… so we need these guys to play as much as they can. He performed really well for us in our one-off T20 we played in the UAE (against Pakistan) and I’m sure he’s looking forward to playing out here tomorrow,” Smith said.

“He’s got a lot of skill, got a lot of variation. It’s going to be a good test for him bowling out here, with the short, straight boundaries and the short boundary on one side. I’m really looking forward to seeing how he goes.”

Smith said the match would be an opportunity to build momentum, not just for the five-match one-day series against England, but also for next year’s World Twenty20 and the next two major one-day tournament in England, to be played in 2017 and 2019.

“It’s been disappointing for us obviously with the Ashes, not being able to retain them. It is a fresh start for us, a new (one-day) captain obviously. Hopefully I can take this team forward – and it starts here tomorrow in Cardiff,” he said.

“Playing in these conditions are really important for us. Obviously we’ve got the Champions Trophy here in 2017 and the World Cup in 2019, so every opportunity we get to play in these conditions we have to relish that, and try and improve as much as we can.”

ENGLAND (from): Eoin Morgan (c), Moeen Ali, Sam Billings, Jos Buttler, Steve Finn, Alex Hales, Jason Roy, Ben Stokes, Reece Topley, James Vince, David Willey, Chris Woakes.

AUSTRALIA: Shane Watson, David Warner, Steve Smith (c), Glenn Maxwell, Mitch Marsh, Marcus Stoinis, Matthew Wade, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Pat Cummins, Mitch Starc, Cameron Boyce.

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Zane back in decider as coach after Eagles stop Magic

Edgeworth players celebrate a goal against Weston earlier this month. Picture Jonathan Carroll FIVE years after winning a premiership as a player for Edgeworth, Damian Zane has an opportunity to win one in his first season as coach.
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The Eagles survived two late scares to hold on for a scoreless draw against Broadmeadow Magic in the second leg of their Northern NSW National Premier League semi-final at Jack McLaughlan Oval on Saturday.

Both sides finished with 10 men in the stalemate, which followed a 3-3 draw in the opening leg at Magic Park.

Edgeworth progressed to the grand final on the away-goals rule.

Zane had the quick reflexes of keeper Jim Fogarty to thank for sealing a place in the decider.

Magic were awarded a free-kick in injury time and Peter Haynes curled a superb effort which was headed for the top corner of the goal.

But Fogarty moved quickly and got enough on the ball to turn it around the post.

‘‘I aged about 10 years in five minutes,’’ Zane said. ‘‘All I know is it was pretty close.’’

Edgeworth also survived a call for handball against Josh Evans in the penalty area in the 90th minute.

Magic co-coach Bobby Naumov said it was a blatant handball.

‘‘At the end of the day, congratulations to Edgeworth,’’ Naumov said. ‘‘There’s no sour grapes. Human error is part of the game.’’

But he felt yellow cards were dished out too freely for fouls earlier in the match.

Aaron Pritchard will miss the grand final on suspension after copping a second yellow card late in the game. Magic also finished with 10 men after Jon Griffiths picked up a second yellow card midway through the second half.

Naumov said officials should use commonsense in games of high emotion when a grand final place was on the line.

Zane scored in the Eagles’ 4-2 win over Weston in the 2010 grand final, Edgeworth’s last premiership, and he was thrilled to be part of another decider.

‘‘I won’t say I didn’t have expectations at the start of the year,’’ Zane said.

‘‘To make the grand final, and having won the minor premiership and pushing Melbourne City in the FFA Cup … it has been an unbelievable season. Our under22s and under19s are also through to the grand final, which is another amazing effort.’’

Zane had special praise for the Eagles’ commitment, especially in defence.

‘‘Magic only know one way, and that is to go at you,’’ Zane said. ‘‘We are built fairly strong defensively. But obviously we knew a clean sheet would get us through to the grand final.

‘‘Our stoppers, Pat Wheeler, Ayden Brice and Josh Evans, were good against the best strike force in the league.’’

SUNDAY, MAGIC PARK

FIRST GRADE (3pm)

Edgeworth (1) v Olympic (3)

UNDER 22s (1pm)

Edgeworth (1) v Emerging Jets U18s (2)

UNDER 19s (11am)

Magic (2) v Edgeworth (4)

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The Voice Australia 2015: Ellie Drennan becomes youngest winner

The Voice Australia 2015 winner Ellie Drennan (right) with coach Jessie J.As it happened: The Voice Australia 2015 finalThe Voice 2015: RecapHard work pays off for ‘un-stagey’ Voice finalists
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NSW teenager Ellie Drennan has won the fourth season of reality talent series The Voice Australia, becoming the youngest person to do so.

The 16-year-old from the Central Coast walks away with a record deal with Universal Music, $100,000 and a Ford Kuga after beating three other finalists to take home the title on Sunday night. She will release an album of 10 songs on September 11.

Drennan wowed the coaches with a performance of Sinead O’Connor’s Nothing Compares To You during the two-hour finale, as well as a stirring rendition of Beyonce’s Halo with mentor Jessie J.

“I’m over the moon right now,” Drennan said after winning the finale.

“Thank you everyone who voted for me and thank you so much Jessie for always being there for me.”

The Price Tag singer and the teenager became close during the competition, with Drennan referring to Jessie J as her “older sister” in the finale.

Drennan also regularly posted photographs of herself and her coach on Instagram.   LIVE: A message for YOU from The Voice of Australia, @elliedrennanxo! #VoiceFinale#TheVoiceAupic.twitter上海夜网m/qjF8QZa9Mp— The Voice Australia (@TheVoiceAU) August 30, 2015

The reaction to Drennan’s victory was mixed on social media, with many people preferring favourite Joe Moore, 24.

Moore, an established busker who was one of two finalists on Team Madden, was a finalist on Australia’s Got Talent in 2012 and has previously supported artists such as Lionel Richie and John Farnham.

Ricky Martin’s finalist Liam Maihi, 23, was sent packing first, followed by Joel and Benji Madden’s second finalist, NSW Central Coast teenager Nathan Hawes, 17.

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Knights want Maguire to jump ship from Rabbitohs

SOUTH Sydney mentor Michael Maguire has emerged as a genuine contender to coach the Knights next year.
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The Newcastle football committee will begin a series of second interviews with selected candidates this week, amid speculation that an appointment is imminent.

Former St George Illawarra and St Helens coach Nathan Brown is reportedly still favourite but the Newcastle Herald has been told Maguire is in the mix if he is keen.

Maguire, who coached Souths to a drought-breaking premiership last season, is in his fourth year with the Rabbitohs and is contracted until the end of 2017, so he would have to seek and be granted a release from that agreement if he was serious about replacing Rick Stone.

‘‘He is under contract at Souths, but he knows our position if he is interested,’’ a source with knowledge of the interview process said.

The Herald sought comment from Maguire on Sunday, but a Souths club spokesman did not respond to a text message.

Knights chief executive Matt Gidley, who has ruled out caretaker Danny Buderus as a contender for the full-time job, would not comment when asked on Sunday about the Maguire development.

‘‘The club will commence the second-interview process regarding coaches this week. The strongest candidate or candidates will be asked to present to the full board following this,’’ Gidley said.

Newcastle football committee chairman John Quayle sounded out Maguire last month as part of the club’sdue diligence to determine whether the 41-year-old former Melbourne assistant would consider accepting the challenge of rebuilding the Knights.

It is understood discussions with Maguire’s management have been ongoing since then but neither party has indicated whether he is interested in leaving Souths, whose title defence is in tatters after successive blow-out losses to the Broncos (47-12) and Bulldogs (32-18).

Souths (30 points) have slipped to seventh and will be without senior players Issac Luke (suspended) and John Sutton (broken leg) and possibly Greg Inglis (knee) when they play leaders Sydney Roosters (38) at Allianz Stadium on Friday night.

The Rabbitohs were a $9 title chance with TAB上海夜网m.au before their loss to Brisbane on Thursday but have blown out to $21.

Rabbitohs chairman Nick Pappas on Mondaydenied Maguire was set for a move.

To put an end once & for all to a limping dog of a ‘story’: Madge ain’t going nowhere.

— Nick Pappas (@Navlakas) August 31, 2015

The Knights will begin their final week back on the bottom of the ladder after their 20-18 loss to the Bulldogs, and victories by Wests Tigers and Gold Coast.

The Tigers handed the Warriors a second successive 50-16 thrashing at Campbelltown, and the Titans upset the Dragons 28-26 at Robina.

Newcastle are one of four teams on 20 points but their for-and-against points difference of minus 136 is worse than the Raiders (minus 12), Tigers (minus 73) and Panthers (minus 80). The Raiders and Panthers play in Canberra on Monday night.

The Knights play the Panthers at Penrith on Saturday in a game that could leave the loser with the wooden spoon, depending on Penrith’s result against Canberra.

Meanwhile, Gidley anticipated Knights recruit Trent Hodkinson would be fully fit by the time he reports for pre-season training in November.

Hodkinson, who has signed a three-year deal with the Knights, suffered a season-ending dislocated wrist when tackled by Tariq Sims on Saturday.

‘‘I’m not aware of the full details regarding Trent’s injury, but our medical team will assess him when he arrives at the club,’’ Gidley said.

A Bulldogs spokesman said on Sunday that the NSW halfback would require minor surgery and was not expected back during the finals.

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Hayne puts on show of strength for 49ers

Jarryd Hayne was on the bench during most of the Denver game. Picture: Getty ImagesLOS ANGELES: San Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Tomsula would not confirm it, but it appears Jarryd Hayne has played his way on to the NFL team.
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“I don’t want to sit here and make statements and things like that today, but he’s definitely got himself into the conversation,” Tomsula said after Hayne’s latest performance.

Tomsula was sombre after the 49ers gave up a late lead to lose 19-12 to the Peyton Manning-led Denver Broncos in Saturday’s pre-season game.

On Tuesday the 49ers cut their 90-man roster to 75 and in a week Tomsula will settle on the 53-man squad to play the NFL season opener against the Minnesota Vikings on September 14.

Hayne had to sit on the bench for almost three quarters in Denver waiting for a chance, but when it came, the former Parramatta Eel again showed he had the talent, speed and power to play in the NFL.

Tomsula initially looked to his experienced running backs and punt returners Carlos Hyde, Reggie Bush, Kendall Hunter, Bruce Ellington and Mike Davis, against the Broncos, and Hayne was left on the sidelines.

With 3:22 left in the third quarter, the 49ers tossed Hayne on for a punt return.

He did not disappoint. He caught the punt and charged forward for a 12-yard gain before being brought down by the Broncos’ Joe Duncan.

It was not all pleasant for Hayne. A short time after the punt return, Hayne came in as a running back, 49ers’ back-up quarterback Blaine Gabbert offloaded the ball and the rugby league convert ran into Broncos’ strong safety David Bruton for no gain.

A few weeks ago, 49ers special teams co-ordinator Thomas McGaughey jnr said he would know if Hayne was capable of being an NFL player when he saw how he responded to being hit by an opponent in a helmet and pads. Hayne has shown his toughness many times since and just 30 seconds after another Broncos enforcer, 191cm, 145kg nose tackle Darius Kilgo, and two other Broncos hit him for no gain, the Australian jumped up and was ready for more.

Hayne lined up beside Gabbert, put a move on a Broncos linebacker, got open in the centre of the field, caught a short pass from the quarterback and took off.

He split defenders and had just one to beat when he was brought down for an 18-yard gain.

Just as he was a multi-positional player in the NRL, Hayne’s versatility in the NFL by playing running back, on the special teams unit as a punt or kick returner or maybe as a wide receiver, makes him highly valuable.

Tomsula would never admit to a room of reporters that Hayne was a sure thing for the 53-man squad, but he conceded a player who can play on special teams, as well as another position, is a sought-after commodity.

“Obviously special teams value weighs very high when you’re talking about those spots,” he said.

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Sydney property developers Nati Stoliar and James Jariv jailed in US

Villa del Mare, later nicknamed Villa del Night Mare. The Chippendale building that became known as “The Nightmare on Regent Street”. Photo: Supplied
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Nati Stoliar celebrated his birthday in greatly reduced circumstances. Photo: Simon Alekna

Although Sydney property developer Nati Stoliar once resided in the most palatial homes in the nation, on August 19 he celebrated his birthday in greatly reduced circumstances – a jail cell in Nevada.

Earlier this month, Stoliar, 66, who is doing a two-year stretch, was joined by his partner in crime, James Jariv, who received a 10-year sentence over their biodiesel fraud which had netted the pair US$40 million.

Jariv, 64, is one of Sydney’s most reviled developers. In 2004 he fled the country over what has become known as “The Nightmare on Regent Street”.  When purchasers moved into their brand new apartments in Jariv’s development in Regent Street, Chippendale, to their horror they discovered the building was a fire trap and riddled with defects. Jariv had absconded leaving behind debts of more than  $6 million.

In 2009 Jariv and Stoliar, whose own Sydney development company had gone down the tube owing $24 million, set up shop in Vancouver, Canada.

Property development was out and animal fat was in. Their new venture was producing biodiesel fuel from waste fat from animal carcasses. But it was all a sham. There was no farm, no fat and no fuel. The pair fraudulently collected almost US$40 million in trading renewable fuel credits for something which did not exist.

Stoliar’s trajectory from the penthouse to the jailhouse is astonishing  considering he once owned the fabled “Boomerang” in Elizabeth Bay and, in 1996, he paid $8 million for a fine house in Point Piper’s Wolseley Road – the tenth most expensive street in the world.

He bulldozed that house to erect “Ville del Mare” an edifice more befitting his conspicuous wealth. Stoliar craned in an enormous mosaic tile inscribed with an “S” which still graces the entrance of the home.

In early 2001, the well-heeled neighbourhood was evacuated after a parcel bomb was delivered to the house they nicknamed Villa del Night Mare.

The explosive device was contained in a parcel which had a card attached saying, “Timed for destruction”.

“It could be a psycho who did it; nobody knows…You have to be careful when you’re dealing with a psycho,” Stoliar told the Sunday Telegraph at the time.

Villa del Mare, which Stoliar sold in 2004 for $21.5 million, hit the headlines earlier this year when Treasurer Joe Hockey ordered the trophy home be sold after its Chinese purchasers ran foul of foreign investment regulations. It was offloaded for $39 million.

As well as being jailed, Stoliar forfeited US$4 million and agreed to pay a further $1 million in restitution.

The Canadian government recently lost a court case demanding Stoliar also repay it $1 million for defrauding it. The US court ruled the Canadian scam, while similar, was separate to the one Stoliar had perpetrated in the US.

Jariv’s recent sentence for the biofuel scam comes on top of another decade-long prison term. In July Jariv was jailed in Texas for a telemarketing fraud which netted him almost US$7 million.

Jariv’s son Alex, 28, will be sentenced next month over his involvement in both schemes.

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