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Queanbeyan teen pleads not guilty to killing his 10-year-old brother

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A Queanbeyan teenager charged with accidentally killing his little brother has pleaded not guilty to the offence.
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The 16-year-old appeared in Queanbeyan Children’s Court on Tuesday, where he is charged with assault causing the death of his 10-year-old brother.

The charge was introduced recently as part of legislation designed to address the problem of one-punch attacks.

On the same day the Queanbeyan teenager pleaded not guilty to the offence, a Newcastle court recorded the first conviction of a person under the new legislation.

In the Newcastle case, the man was charged with manslaughter, but pleaded guilty to the lesser charge of assault causing death. He will be sentenced in June.

The Queanbeyan incident occurred on May 23, 2016. It is alleged the teenager grabbed hold of the 10-year-old’s wrist and punched him in the ribs. The younger boy attempted to get away when the teenager allegedly pushed him, causing the boy to hit his head on the corner of a door frame.

The 16-year-old and his mother commenced CPR on the boy, however he was pronounced dead at the Canberra Hospital days after the incident when his life support was switched off.

Previously in court, the boy’s solicitor Michael Bartlett said the autopsy found the 10-year-old had a tissue disorder affecting his cerebral artery.

While a second opinion was sought on the previously undiagnosed brain condition, Mr Bartlett said he’d been told the expert view of the forensic psychologist who diagnosed the condition “doesn’t need to be questioned”.

Following the not guilty plea, both parties agreed the matter needed to be committed to trial because it was a homicide.

But the parties could not immediately decide which superior court should hear the matter.

Mr Bartlett called for the matter to be heard in the district court, where he said other matters with maximum 20-year sentences were heard.

The crown prosecutor suggested the matter should be committed to the supreme court, as this charge was a “statutory alternative” to murder and manslaughter.

The court concluded the case would be heard in the district court.

An application to waive a committal hearing was granted and the case will proceed in May.

‘Lost the biggest bet’: Gambling king convicted of insider trading

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Four times, authorities went after famed Las Vegas sports gambler William T. Walters, and four times the man known as Billy emerged victorious.
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But on Friday, Walters’ luck turned, as a federal jury in Manhattan convicted him on fraud and conspiracy charges in one of the biggest insider trading trials in years.

“To say that I was surprised would be the understatement of my life,” Walters, 70, told reporters as he left the courtroom.

“If I would have made a bet I would have lost. I just did lose the biggest bet of my life. Frankly I’m in total shock.”

His lawyer, Barry Berke, said he would appeal the verdict.

Walters, one of the most successful professional sports gamblers in the country, was accused in the latest case against him of using non-public information from Thomas Davis, a board member of Dean Foods of Dallas, to make more than $US40 million from 2008 to 2014 by realising profits and avoiding losses.

The investigation into Walters’ activities and subsequent trial drew in prominent figures like Carl Icahn, the billionaire investor and unpaid adviser to President Donald Trump, and Phil Mickelson, the champion professional golfer. Swift decision

The conviction of Walters lifted something of a cloud that had hung over the US attorney’s office in Manhattan since December 2014, when a federal appeals court threw out the insider trading convictions of two hedge fund managers. That ruling led prosecutors to vacate the convictions and guilty pleas of several other people.

The verdict against Walters was also a coda to a series of insider trading prosecutions led by Preet Bharara, the former US attorney for the Southern District of New York who was fired days before the trial began.

The jurors in Walters’ case reached their decision after deliberating for a little more than half a day, rendering a swift decision in a trial that lasted 14 days spread over four weeks.

The quickness of the verdict vindicated the government’s trial strategy, including a decision to give a central role to Davis, an acknowledged embezzler and philanderer who had pleaded guilty to several offences connected to the insider trading scheme.

Davis, the government’s main witness, had his credibility repeatedly called into question by lawyers for Walters. The defense team said Walters had been falsely implicated by Davis, who was desperate to escape punishment for his own misdeeds.

One juror interviewed outside the federal courthouse in lower Manhattan where the trial was held said that he and the rest of the jury had not been swayed by that argument.

“We looked at his credibility,” the juror, Lonnie Drinks, said of Davis. “Everything was factored.”

Walters was convicted of 10 charges of securities fraud, wire fraud and conspiracy, the most serious of which carry a potential sentence of up to 20 years in prison.

“Armed with his illegal edge, Walters made huge, perfectly timed trades, at times accounting for over a third of the trading volume in Dean Foods stock,” Joon Kim, the acting US attorney in Manhattan, said in a statement.

“In engaging in his yearslong stock fraud scheme, Walters underestimated law enforcement’s resolve to pursue and catch those who cheat the market.”

Walters, who was once profiled by “60 Minutes” because of his betting prowess, was not the only big name to come up during his trial. The Icahn connection

Icahn emerged in testimony and court filings as having had frequent discussions with Walters. A broker for Walters testified on cross-examination that some of Walter’s stock-trading ideas had come from Icahn, who was not charged with wrongdoing.

During a hearing outside the presence of the jury, one of Walters’ lawyers told the judge that Walters and Icahn were friends.

The lawyer, Paul Schoeman, added: “Mr. Walters has a long history of investing in stocks that Mr Icahn has publicly announced he’s interested in.”

Mickelson was also mentioned during the trial as someone who had traded in Dean Foods shares and once owed nearly $US2 million in gambling debts to Walters.

Mickelson made roughly $US1 million trading Dean Foods shares; he agreed to forfeit those profits in a related civil case brought by the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Known as “Lefty” for his left-handed stroke, Mickelson was not criminally charged. Though he was once seen as a potential witness at Walters’ trial, he was never called to testify. Tips on the Bat Phone

Prosecutors said that Walters had tried to hide his actions by supplying Davis with a prepaid mobile phone called the Bat Phone to use while conveying secret information and by sometimes speaking in code.

During the trial, prosecutors displayed phone logs and trading records, and an agent with the FBI testified that Walters sometimes made major trades within moments of speaking with Davis on the phone.

For instance, the agent testified, Davis and Walters spoke on the phone for 10 minutes one day in 2008 beginning at 12:54 pm. At 1:05 pm, Walters bought 462,200 shares of Dean Foods stock for about $US9.3 million.

Davis provided Walters with secret Dean Food information about future earnings statements, the planned purchase of another company and a pending initial public offering, prosecutors said.

At the same time, Walters arranged for loans of nearly $US1 million to Davis, who had financial problems and repaid only a small portion of what he borrowed, prosecutors said. ‘Babe Ruth of Risk’

Defense lawyers offered a contrasting account. They said that Walters was a skilled and fearless trader, referred to by one of his brokers as “the Babe Ruth of Risk,” who did not need inside information. Davis, Walters’ lawyers said, was trying to save himself by maligning Walters.

The competing narratives were on display throughout the trial. Davis testified that he had acted as a “virtual conduit” of secrets and had supplied Walters with an “enormous” amount of information.

At one point, Davis said, Walters provided him with the Bat Phone to use while communicating about Dean Foods, adding that later he had thrown it into a creek after federal agents visited his home.

Davis also testified that Walters sometimes spoke in code, using “Dallas Cowboys” to refer to Dean Foods and asking “How’s the milkman doing?” when inquiring about the company, then the country’s largest dairy processor.

Defense lawyers cross-examined Davis at length, eliciting acknowledgments that he had been squeezed for money, had taken $US100,000 from a charity he ran, had mislabelled expenses on his taxes and had lied to many people, including investigators with the SEC.

Walters’ lawyers suggested that Davis had misled prosecutors about his sports gambling habits and his contact with prostitutes, at one point reading into the record phone numbers for escort services in Chicago, Denver, New York and San Francisco that Davis, who told prosecutors he had not hired prostitutes in recent years, had called in 2010, 2011 and 2014.

Berke also questioned the existence of what he called the “so-called Bat Phone,” which was never recovered, pointing out that Davis had first told prosecutors that it was black before then testifying at trial that it was maroon.

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Tigers stars align to topple Eagles

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Richmond coach Damien Hardwick was smiling after his side outlasted West Coast at the MCG on Saturday afternoon.
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It was a performance won more through grit than polish, ably led by his side’s four best players – Alex Rance, Dustin Martin, Jack Riewoldt and Trent Cotchin all outstanding – but with solid performances from his second tier.

“I thought our first half was a bit untidy, we looked a little bit flat,” he said. “We challenged our boys a little bit at half-time, and I thought all of our leaders stood tall – Trent, Jack, Alex, and then Dusty came to the fore as well.”

It wasn’t just about the leaders. Reece Conca continued his fine start to the season, and at the fall of the ball, the Tigers’ small forwards were dangerous. Daniel Rioli had nine touches, but his impact was undeniable, his agility and balance sublime, his third-quarter goal brilliant.

But it was the Tigers’ determination to hunt the ball inside the contest that outworked the Eagles.

“I thought we got our mix right of our inside and then guarding the outside,” Hardwick said.

“They hurt us a little bit on the outside early. I thought Lambert did a terrific job on Mitchell from about halfway through the second quarter, which probably stifled them a little bit, but I was really pleased that our guys, when challenged, lifted the bar.”

Adam Simpson acknowledged that his side had been beaten for intensity around the ball.

“Our poor intent in the third really cost us. We probably should have been hurt by that a bit more, but hard-ball gets – your ability to stick our head over the ball when it really mattered – went away from us in that third quarter in particular. Having said that, the game was still on the line right up until the last five minutes.”

The Eagles have just a five-day break before they take on Sydney, who are in the unfamiliar position of being without a win after three rounds, but Simpson said he expected no more from the Swans’ renowned hardness than any other side.

“I think every team wants pressure and intensity in the contest and to win the contested ball,” he said.

“That’s coming every week. The Saints were the same last week; North the same round one. So that’s just a given now, I don’t think it’s any team’s particular style, just some teams are better than others. We’ve got to move on pretty quick. On Monday we’ll start working on the opposition with our players.

“We’ll take some positives out of today, but we’ll also take some big areas of improvement and like I said, Richmond were consistent all day in that area of the game, and in the end it’s hurt us.”

Richmond, by contrast, are three and zip. Next week, they take on an improving Brisbane on the road: win that, and you have to go back to 1995 for the last time the Tigers opened a season with four straight. “Brisbane are actually playing some pretty good footy at the moment, have taken it up to a couple of sides,” Hardwick said.

“It’s always tough going interstate, but we travel pretty well, so we look forward to that challenge up on their hostile deck.”

Newcastle Writers Festival success

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Fine words draw crowds MOVING: Photographer Gary Ramage and host Dan Cox listen to singer-songwriter Fred Smith.
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MAGNETIC: Actor and author Richard Roxburgh talking at the Civic Theatre. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

WORDSMITH: “Fight Like a Girl” author Clementine Ford speaking at Newcastle Writers Festival. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

Diplomat and singer-songwriter Fred Smith. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

Photographer and author Gary Ramage on stage with diplomat and singer-songwriter Fred Smith, as they share war stories from Afghanistan. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

Photographer Gary Ramage on the Civic Theatre stage. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

“Fight Like a Girl” author Clementine Ford speaking at Newcastle Writers Festival. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

“Fight Like a Girl” author Clementine Ford speaking at Newcastle Writers Festival. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

Newcastle Writers Festival director Rosemarie Milsom on stage with actor and author Richard Roxburgh. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

A big crowd for the session with Richard Roxburgh at the Civic Theatre. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

Newcastle Writers Festival director Rosemarie Milsom on stage with actor and author Richard Roxburgh. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

Richard Roxburgh. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

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“It’s been a new experience,” Mr Ramage said of speaking about his work. “I’m not used to being in front of the lens.”

Mr Ramage was on the stagewith diplomat and singer-songwriter Fred Smith, as they exchanged stories of life and death in Afghanistan.“It’s a powerful combination, images and songs,” Mr Smith said.

Actor and author Richard Roxburgh talking at the Civic Theatre. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

There were powerful words from well-known names as well, ranging from Fight Like A Girl author Clementine Ford to former child solider, now lawyer and NSW n of the Year, Deng Adut.

This was the fifth Newcastle Writers Festival, and the 85events attracted about 9000 visitors.

“That is extraordinary,” said festival director and founder Rosemarie Milsom. “The first year in 2013 there were1800, last year 6500. I had hoped we could exceed that by 500 to 600 people.There’s no way I could have envisaged 9000.”

Ms Milsom believed the growth in the festival’s popularity was partly due to the program being “jam-packed with amazing writers”.

“I think the festival’s reputation has grown,” she said. “There’s momentum now.”

“Fight Like a Girl” author Clementine Ford speaking at Newcastle Writers Festival. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

The festival’s opening night with cartoonist and writer Michael Leunig attracted about 600, while a Saturday morning session with actor and now author Richard Roxburgh drew a crowd of almost 500. Kate Saint, one of 150festival volunteers, said the film and TV star’s appearance brought “a flood of women” dashing for seats down the front.

This was Ms Saint’s second year as a festival volunteer, and she described the experience as “fabulous”.

“I haven’t been to one session that has bored me at all,” she said, adding her favourite author –“apart from him [Roxburgh]”–had been Sarah Wilson.

Rosemarie Milsom said she believed the writers festival “brings out the best in Newcastle” and confirmed the 2018 eventwould be held between April 6 and 8.

Hunter Valley Steamfest 2017 success

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A trifecta of bad luck: Singer Catherine Britt’s family cancer battle

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Catherine Britt with (far right) her mother-in-law Lee Beverley and (next to Catherine) her mother, Anne Britt. Photo: Simone De PeakIn a blur of radiation and chemotherapy treatment for breast cancer, singer Catherine Britt focused on her wedding day as a key goal for making it through.
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Little did Britt know when she proudly walked down the aisle, her mother Anne Britt was keeping a secret from her. She had just been diagnosed with breast cancer, too.

“It was unbelievable that we would get such bad luck, to be honest,” the younger Britt recalls.

“She did [hesitate] because of my wedding,” she said. “She knew something was wrong, then kept it from me because of my wedding, then told me straight after, before I went on my honeymoon.”

Mrs Britt said her daughter’s diagnosis had been “terrifying”. Her own breast cancer diagnosis was, of course, similarly alarming but found “very early”.

adly, it wasn’t the last breast cancer shock for the family. Britt’s mother-in-law Lee Beverley, also received a diagnosis of breast cancer after attending a mammogram appointment.

The three women, all now in recovery, are announcing their involvement in The McGrath Foundation’s new “Moments with Mum” campaign which is encouraging women within families to have open conversations about breast health.

They will appear in a candid online video sharing their own stories and urging other women to discuss any health issues with family members.

The women in Britt’s family credit their own conversations for saving each other’s lives.

“My mum was really the reason I went and got checked,” said Catherine Britt. “She told me ‘never leave a lump, go and get checked’.”

“I’m so glad I did because I had a very aggressive cancer,” the singer said. “We got it early enough, thankfully, thanks to my mum telling me to go – it saved my life.

“Then when everyone asked me what can we do, I asked them all to go and get checked – if they’d be putting off a doctor’s appointment or a pap smear or a mammogram … I asked if they would go and get it looked at,” said Catherine Britt.

“Everyone around me respectfully did and my mum and mother-in-law went to their mammograms early and, yeah, both caught very early breast cancers.”

While Anne Britt underwent a lumpectomy after her diagnosis, she said she feels “survivor’s guilt” after seeing Mrs Beverley go through the same arduous radiation and chemotherapy treatment as her daughter.

“It has really knocked Lee around, it knocked Catherine around too,” said Mrs Britt.

Country music singer Britt, now 32 (she was 30 when she was diagnosed with breast cancer), describes undergoing treatment as “a blur” and said telling her parents she had cancer was “the hardest thing I’ve ever done”.

Country music singer Catherine Britt: “It was unbelievable that we would get such bad luck, to be honest.” Photo: Supplied

But she said it was vital for families to talk openly about health issues.

“That’s what this whole thing is about, with The McGrath Foundation, it’s a wonderful thing to raise awareness for, that you should be having conversations with your sister, with your mum, with your aunty, with your grandma, it should be OK and not uncomfortable,” Britt said.

“You should be able to say ‘hey, have you had a health check lately’ or ‘do you know your family history’, those are the kinds of conversations we need to have.”

She said despite her openness with her own mother, some people might not feel as comfortable discussing issues such as lumps in breasts, but they needed to get past any sense of embarrassment.

“My mum saved my life and I got to save hers right back,” Britt said. Despite her own difficulties in facing cancer, the singer said she was now determined to help others.

“I’m now coming up to my two years cancer-free actually, so yeah I’m good,” she said. “There is a sense of ‘thank God, it’s over’ but now I want to focus on other people and stop this happening to somebody else.”

Brekkie BlogSunday, April 9 2017

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DIRECT HIT: Lightning hits a street light in East Devonport. Picture: Supplied. North-West weather:A cold front will slowly cross Tasmania today, with a low expected to develop about the northwest and gradually move over Bass Strait. A cooler southerly flow will develop behind the front, while another low develops to the northeast of Tasmania. This low will move northwards during Monday before drifting over the Tasman Sea, while a ridge of high pressure gradually moves over Tasmania. The associated high will approach from the west on Tuesday before moving over the state, then away to the southeast on Wednesday.
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Cloudy. Very high (90%) chance of rain, becoming less likely this evening. The chance of a thunderstorm during the morning and afternoon. Light winds becoming southerly 15 to 25 km/h in the middle of the day then increasing to 25 to 35 km/h in the late afternoon. Daytime maximum temperatures between 14 and 18.

North-West news:

► The Burnie Challenge has been cancelled due to safety concerns that arose due to bad weather. Read more.

► Power outages are being experienced around Devonport. Read more.

►A dozen cars were caught up in a crash on the second lap of the race at Symmons Plains. Read more.

►A 57-year-old St Helens man drowned on the state’s East Coast on Friday. Read more.

►Autism Awareness Month Fun Day on Saturday helped to build a connect autism community. Read more.

►SPORT:Circular Head fightback to defeat the inaccurate East Devonport. Read more.

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►PORT PIRIE, SA:Hundreds have turned out for the Woodward Park Relay for Life. More here.

►WHYALLA, SA:Shadow AssistantMinister for Manufacturing Nick Champion believes nanotechnology could play a big part in the future of ‘s steel industry, and in particular at the Whyalla Steelworks. More here.

►ESPERANCE, WA:Police have announced the threat to the community has been safely resolved after hours of negotiating. The man was inside a bus acting in an unpredictable manner. More here.

► MANDURAH, WA:The driver of a Toyota Landcruiser was trapped in his vehicle after it rolled for unknown reasons in Lake Clifton. About 6.30pm on Friday night, the four-wheel drivewas travelling north on Forrest Highway whenit rolled north of the Old Coast Road intersection. More here.

►BUNBURY, WA:A beautiful sunny day at Hay Park saw thousands pack out the 2017 LiveLighter Bunbury Show on Saturday. There was something for everyone at the event from showbags, to prizes and an unlimited choice of food vans to fill your stomach. More here.

► KATHERINE, NT:The two detention centreescapees who left Katherine, have been captured.Territory Response Group officers deployed tyre deflation devices (TDD) and deflated one of the tyres. It was enough to eventually immobilise the vehicle and allow an arrest. More here.

►NORTH QLD:A strong line of competitors were drawn to the Julia Creek Dirt n Dust triathlon last weekend.Juniors showed they were just as capable of the challenge as their parents on Friday. More here.

►JIMBOOMBA, QLD:A Warwick man has been charged with match fixing after five harness racing properties were searched, including one at Logan Village. More here.

►ALBURY-WODONGA, NSW/VIC:Jody Martin has been in Holbrook for 17 years, and for not one of those years has she missed the district’s annual race meet. But this year was a bit different to the norm –Mrs Martintook the title of Most Elegant Lady with a Spice Clothing Albury dress. More here.

►WARRNAMBOOL, VIC:There was no shortage of people at Killarney giving their opinions on Saturday to the state government about racehorses training on the nearby Belfast Coastal Reserve. More here.

► BALLARAT, VIC:A father who almost died with his children in a horror single-car crash on Remembrance Drive has spoken out in the hope something is done along the strip before another driver is killed. More here.

►TAMWORTH, NSW: Tragedy has struck at Saturday’s Warialda Cup meeting with the death of popular North West jockey Darren Jones.Tamworth’s Jones was one of three jockeys who came down after a terrible fall in the Warialda Sprint (1100m). More here.

►BENDIGO, VIC:THUNDER and lightning have descended on central Victoria, with patrons at the Nitro Circus at Tom Flood Sports Centre ducking for cover as heavy rain arrives. More here.

►NEWCASTLE, NSW:FORMER ABC radio presenter Carol Duncan has been confirmed asone of at least two fresh faces to run on the Labor ticket in the upcoming September local government elections. More here.

►DUBBO, NSW:If you were lucky enough to purchase or win tickets to this weekend’s Westview Drive-In movie revival in Dubbo this weekend you might have overlooked some important things in all the excitement. More here.

►QUEANBEYAN, NSW: A makeshift flower memorialwas beginning to pile-up on Friday left by a community in shock at the brutal killing of a service station attendee the night before in Queanbeyan. More here.

►TAS:One of the worst crashes in the history of Supercars racing has ended the Tyrepower Tasmania SuperSprint in unbelievable scenes at Symmons Plains Raceway. More here.

►TAS:Corey Baker and Karina Dambergs are not okay with drinking and driving. But they are okay with driving drinks around the state. More here.

NATIONAL NEWS►Stockman Murray Wilkinson hasdeveloped his own secret language of whistles that he uses to direct as many as nine working cattle dogs at the same time. More here.

►Gladys Berejiklian enjoyed an “extremely positive” reception as she joined candidates on the hustings on Saturday morning, but said she expected voters to punish the government for imposing byelections upon them. More here.

►The Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service says itis working hard to access national parks and State forests to assess the damage from Tropical Cyclone Debbie and restore public access to camping areas and visitor sites. More here.

►A leader of the once-feared Brothers for Life gang ambitiously boasted of making Sydney his, overseeing a period of intense violence, including five shootings, before his eventual demise. More here.

WORLD NEWS ►With one massive question of war demanding an answer, Malcolm Turnbull found himself reflecting on another moment in time, three quarters of a century ago, when the response of a relative few determined the fate of two nations. More here.

► Hours before the dozens of US air strikes in Syria in response to a chemical attack that killed more than 80 Syrians, Abdul Hamid al-Youssef was mourning the loss of his twin babies, his wife and up to 40 members of his family.More here.

►A man has been arrested after a truck was driven into a crowd on a busy shopping street in Stockholm before crashing into a department store, killing fourpeople, in what the prime minister described as a suspected terrorist attack. More here.

ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY …0715 – Constantine ended his reign as Catholic Pope.

1770 – Captain James Cook discovered Botany Bay on the n continent.

1926 –Publisher Hugh Hefner was born

1940 – Germany invaded Norway and Denmark.

1955 –ComedianJimmy Tingle was born

1959 – NASA announced the selection of America’s first seven astronauts.

1963 – Winston Churchill became the first honorary U.S. citizen.

1965 – TheRolling Stonesmade their first live appearance on British TV’s “Ready Steady Go!”

1970 – Paul McCartney quit theBeatles.

1990 –Actress Kristen Stewart was born

2007 – TheiTunes Music Storereached 2.5 billion songs sold.

FACES OF AUSTRALIAHow will your life matter?

These were the words spoken during the opening message attheBendigo Baptist Church on Friday, as hundreds of family and friends farewelleda man who touched the lives of so many.

Owen Vincent Curnow lived a life that mattered. As a father, a husband, a brother, a son, a friend, a colleague.

He was a man widely known throughout the Bendigo and greater central Victorian community andwill be remembered as a remarkable man who led a life well-lived. More here.

Constance Hall announces split from husband on eve of tour

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Constance Hall with her husband Bill. Photo: Facebook / Constance Hall
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Perth mummy blogger Constance Hall has announced she has split from her husband and father of her four children, telling her loyal followers she still “loves him with every inch” but that the pair had come to lead separate lives.

The Fremantle local is in Melbourne with her children as she prepares for her first sold-out UK tour in April.

“Bill isn’t here in Melbourne. We’ve made the decision to go our own ways,” she wrote.

“This decision wasn’t made lightly, obviously he has been the love of my life but we just weren’t making each other happy anymore and have lived separate lives for so long now that it just seemed to fall that way.

“I was once warned that if you make yourselves redundant to each other, you won’t find a reason to stay together. I guess that kind of happened to Bill and I.”

Constance opened up publicly about her and Bill splitting some months ago before they reconciled,sayingshe had felt “shot down” by some of the negative comments she receivedand commenting “how everyone just loves to blame women when there is a divorce”.

“Part of me has held off on sharing this because when I spoke publicly about usconsidering a break up a few months ago I was shot down with comments like “I would leave you too, you overshare every bit of your marriage,” and “I can’t blame him, you clearly don’t take pride in your home or your body,” she wrote.

“Isn’t it interesting how everyone just loves to blame women when there is a divorce?

“Poor innocent men trying to navigate through the evil calculations of manipulative women.

“She cheated cos she’s a sl-t, he cheated coz she never f—ed him, he worked too much coz she had an expensive life style, she worked too much coz she’s selfish and over ambitious, he drank too much coz she nagged all the time, she drank too much coz she’s a raging alco, she lied and claimed that the poor guy bashed her.”

“What if nobody is to blame? What if two people are just happier apart?”

The 33-year-old was ‘s highest selling author last year, selling a staggering 150,000 copies of her book, Like a Queen online.

The mother-of-fouronly had a couple of thousand Facebook followers in late 2015, when she wrote a hilarious and uncomfortablepost about parental sexon her blogThe Not So Secret Life of Us.

Since then the heavily tattooed ‘rock mum’has been thrust kicking and screaming into the international spotlight and now has more than one million fans, which she dubs “Queens”.

She thanked her ‘queens’ in her post on Friday, saying she appreciated the hugs from people on the street.

“You guys have reminded the that the world is full of beauty, I share my journey because its mine to share and anyone who judges me for it can join a long line of haters waiting for me to give a f—,” she said.

First appeared on WA Today.

Mid-air incidents involving drones increases

13/06/2019 | 苏州桑拿 | Permalink

Mark Will said more information should be provided to drone users in order to prevent crashes or near misses with aircraft. Photo: Rohan ThomsonAccording to Mark Will, there’s only one guarantee when it comes to flying drones: at some point, they’re going to be crashed.
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Having flown drones for almost two years, he also runs a “drone boot camp”, which teaches new users how to safely fly the aircraft.

However, as the technology becomes more accessible, Mr Will said he wasworried there wouldbe an increasing number of incidents such as drones coming into close contact with planes or flying into restricted airspace.

“My concern is that there’s inexperienced hobbyists flying with no regulations,” he said.

“It has the potential to get worse the more they become normal in the market.”

Mr Will’s comments follow a recent report released by the n Transport Safety Bureau of mid-air incidents involving drones.

Between 2012 and 2016, more than half of all droneincidents involved near misses with aircraft and more than 60 per cent of those happenedin 2016.

It’s predicted there will be a 75 per cent increase in the number of drones being involved in near misses with aircrafts in 2017, with the report finding the number of incidents involving drones “increasing exponentially”.

Most of the incidents happened in capital cities, with Sydney accounting for 37 per cent of all near misses between drones and aircraft.

The rest of the incidents involved the drones crashing into the ground, either from a loss of control, bird strikes or engine failures.

The report did not specify how many incidents happened in Canberra, however, data from the Civil Aviation Safety Authority found two had occurred in the capital during the last year.

One involved a complaint after a drone was seen flying over a Canberra house,while another drone user was fined $900 for crashing his drone at the n War Memorial.

Drone users are not allowed to fly within 5.5 kilometres of an airport, and cannot be flown higher than 120 metres or within 30 metres of a building.

Restrictions also apply to flying drones over crowds of people.

Other restricted airspaces in Canberra also include theMajura Army Range as well as the Mills Cross Radio Telescope.

Mr Will said more information should be provided to drone users in order to prevent crashes or near misses with aircraft.

“We should consider drone ownership like dog ownership or a car licence. You as the user have to equip yourself with the knowledge and information,” he said.

“An airport is defined as an area with aircraft taking off and landing, so in theory you can’t fly within 5.5 kilometres of the South Care base in Hume or Canberra Hospital.”

While no aircrafthave been hit by a drone in , Mr Will said the outcome could be disastrous if a plane was struck.

First appeared on the Canberra Times

Queanbeyan stabbing victim Zeeshan Akbar, mourners hold vigil

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People gather for a candlelight vigil outside a Caltex service station in Queanbeyan where 29-year-old Zeeshan Akbar was fatally stabbed. Photo: Sitthixay DitthavongIn theplace where darkness struck the city, the Queanbeyan community brought light.
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Alongside the flowers that had been laid outside the Bungendore Street Caltex since news broke of cashierZeeshanAkbar’s murder, mourners brought candles in honour of the 29-year-old.

Worshippers from the Queanbeyan West mosque Mr Akbar attended organised the Saturday night candlelight vigil.

The tribute followed a special prayer vigil at the mosque, where Queanbeyan PalerangRegional Council administrator Tim Overall was invited to speak about the community.

The candles were placed alongside the flowers that hadformed a small mound on the side of the road, upon which sat a portrait of Mr Akbar held upright by an improvised mix of sticks and twigs.

People visited to pay their respects steadily through the night, altering their dog walking routes or parking alongside the petrol station to read the tributes.

29-year-old Zeeshan Akbar was fatally stabbed. Photo: Sitthixay Ditthavong

Others slowed their vehicles while passing the service station, where blue tarps remained over the bowsers and investigators continued to inspect the scene.

The mourners encircled the candles and offered quiet prayers or touched Mr Akbar’s portrait.

Mr Akbar’s co-worker Mohammed Tassawar said his friend was a compassionate, generous man who had never raised his voice at a customer.

He saw Mr Akbar on Wednesday, when he came in to visit the manager.

“Whenever he used to come here, he was very nice to all the staff,” he said.

“We were very friendly and got on well with the customers. The locals are always thinking of us.”

Mr Tassawar said the manager sent himand others a text message encouraging them to attend the candlelight vigil earlier on Saturday.

Other members of the community outside the mosque joined in the vigil.

“Local people are coming continuously here,” he said.

“People are very good here in the community. One of the elderly ladies who often comes in, I saw her yesterday coming and laying flowers here.”

The cricket match Mr Akbar was due to be playing on Saturday was cancelled.

Tributes have been received across social media and from overseas, including Mr Akbar’s native Pakistan.

First appeared on the Canberra Times

World Tai Chi and Qigong Day celebrated with free session on April 29 at Market Street Lawn

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AS ONE: Community members take part in a free event at Civic Park last year for World Tai Chi and Qigong Day, which involves people around the world coming together to share a common vision of hope and healing. I have never tried Tai Chi but have often been intriguedwhen I have seen people doing Tai Chi at various locations in Newcastle.
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Quite often I will see someone quietly going about their business early in the morning at Merewether Baths or on the beach.

It always looks so relaxing and I have often thought I would like to give it a go to experience for myself what it is all about.

Hunter residents get the chance to do just that this month when AmandaHeidke, instructor at the Tai Chi Centre, holds a free community session at 10am on April 29 at Market Street Lawn.

The session will be part of World Tai Chi and Qigong Day, which is held in hundreds of cities, spanning 80 nations and involvestens of thousands of people around the world comingtogetherto share a common vision of hope andhealing.

I spoke with Amanda about the event last week and the benefits of doing Tai Chi.

My first question was how do you describe Tai Chi to someone who has never experienced it.

It is complex, she told me, but could be explained “as a series of slow and graceful movements, which we call forms”.

“In a nutshell,” Amanda said.“Tai Chi can be described as a complete system for focusing and balancing body, mind and spirit for living a long, healthy and happy life.

“Not everyone is aware that Tai Chi is in fact an ancient Chinese martial art, the health and relaxation aspects are really side effects.

“The flowing movements contained within a Tai Chi form disguise the focus, strength, control and coordination required to first learn and then relax into the movements.One of the biggest obstacles new students face is relearningcorrect posture and body alignment, which we have forgotten during the course of our busy life.”

I was also interested to know who can in fact do Tai Chi because I see people of varying ages doing it around town.

“It is accessible to almost anyone,” she said.“We have students of all ages and physical capabilities. From people who havebeen dancers, boxers, football players and external martial artists [judo, karate]who are looking to refocus their energy, to relax and realign their bodies.

“To those who are recovering from surgery, managing heart conditions, arthritis, Parkinson’s disease, chronic pain depression and anxiety.”

The health benefits are many, Amanda told me, the most immediate being “a clearer and more relaxed mind and a greater ability to deal with difficult situations with less stress and anxiety”.

“Several weeks of very simple movementswill improveflexibility, strengthand balance, with other benefits including improvedfunctioning of internal organs, better breathing and improved sleep,” she said.

People can turn up on the day to Market Street Lawn, which was chosen as a location because Amanda “liked the idea of bringing people into the heart of our beautiful city to connect with each other”.

Renee Valentine is a writer, qualified personal trainer and mother of three. [email protected]苏州夜总会招聘.au.

INSTRUCTOR: Amanda Heidke, from the Tai Chi Centre, wants to share the benefits of Tai Chi with Newcastle during a free session on April 29 at Market Street Lawn.

Woman kicked unconscious as gang terrorises Melbourne’s north-west

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The woman told Channel Seven she was hit in the head when she tried to help a young man being threatened. Photo: Twitter: @7NewsMelbourneA woman was kicked unconscious during a rampage by a gang of youths in Melbourne’s north-west on Saturday.
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Police say the crime spree started in Mickleham just before 3amwhen three males got out of a dark blue car and approacheda parked car in a Mount Ridley Road car park.

The trio tried to force their way into the car but were thwarted and drove away.

Police say about half-an-hour later, the same group approached a 22-year-old man who was starting ashift at a Woolworths supermarket in Craigieburn.

The victim, Nicolas Tonna, told 9 News that the men were armed with cricket bats and a knife.

“I was approached by about three to four African males, all dressed in black and face covered and everything, and all brandishing weapons asking for everything I have,” he said.

They stole his wallet, phone and keys and drove off in his 1998 Holden Commodore sedan with registrationPGJ 268.

Five minutes later, the stolen car pulled up alongside a group of teenagers who were walking along AitkenBoulevard on the way to Craigieburn North McDonald’s.

Police say that a 40-year-old woman who was picking up her teenage daughter intervened and was hit in the head.

A witness, Alex Drnford, told 7 News that one of the males swung a bat at the woman’s head but missed.

“Because she dodged it, the guy flung his foot up and kicked her in the head,” he said.

The Craigieburn woman was taken to hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

The same group is then believed to have gone to a BP service station in Geelong Road, Brooklyn, about 5am.

Police say three males, armed with a wooden bats and knife, held up the store for cash and cigarettes before demandingthat a man at the bowser hand over his car keys.

The man pleaded with the trio not to take his car and they left without stealing anything from him.

Police say they are looking for four males of African or Pacific Islander appearance.

The Commodore has not been recovered.

Any witnesses or anyone with information should callCrime Stopperson 1800 333 000.

First appeared on The Age.

Family who lost houses in Brisbane floods gifted rent-free luxury home for year

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Daniel, Helen and Zander Gallo outside their home at Luscombe after 1.5 metres of floodwater went through it on April 3. Photo: Lisa Maree WilliamsA stranger has come to the rescue of the Gallo family by offering them a temporary luxury home rent-free for a year, after raging floodwaters washed away one house on their property and inundated the other before theireyes.
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Almost a week ago the family of four and theirtwo dogswere plucked from the roof of their father-in-law’s home in Luscombe, 45 kilometressouth-east of Brisbane,by SES crews. Momentslater, the house wasripped apart by the swollen river, while the family’s main home saw 1.5 metres of floodwaters tear through it, leaving them with only what they were carrying –a handful of clothes.

But on Thursday, a good Samaritanwas listening to the ‘Lend a Hand’segment on radio station Triple M. SteveScanlanoffered the family a five-bedroom house in Eight Mile Plains, south-east of the Brisbane CBD.

Mr Scanlan said his previous tenants had just moved outwhen he heard the Gallofamily’s “incredible story” and said they should be comfortable in theiraccommodation, with the property featuring an indoor spa, heated pool, twoen suites and a recent refurbishment.

“It’s the perfect place for them to get their feet back on the ground and not have to worry,” he said.”I knew this is what I had to do.”

Mr Scanlan offered his property rent-free for a year and said he was able to afford it, but would have to make some changes in his life.In particular, he said an overseas holiday he had planned would have to wait.

“I’d be happy to not go on a holiday for 10 years to give this family this house,” he said.

“It doesn’t even matter at the end of the day, after seeingwhat these people have gone through.”

74 Blue Grass Crescent, Eight Mile Plains, was donated to the Gallo family rent-free for a year. Photo: Supplied

Mr Scanlan said his greatest worry was whether his new tenants would like the house or find themselvestoo far away fromfriends and family.

However, if the Gallos did like the home, Mr Scanlan was happy to discuss extending their stay.

Helen Gallo said she was “completely overwhelmed” when she heard the offer live on radio. She said the community had been incredibly supportive after the tragedy, with people coming from as far asToowoomba to help them clean up.

“My family, the community, the street are amazing,” Ms Gallo said.

“We’ve got neighbours putting on a barbecue and people rocking up with gloves, water,food and they’re off working to clean up.”

The family’s ordeal started about11.30pm on Monday, when the nearby Albert River broke its banks and sent raging floodwaters across the property.

Ms Gallo gathered her family at the american-style barn where her father-in-law lived because it was higher than the main residence and to ensure everyone stayed together. However, within 45 minutes the water had risen to the landing,by 1am the attached garage had been washed away and the family were left clinging to the roof of the barn.

Ms Gallo said shehad her feet braced against the gutter with her two children, 11-year-old Zander and eight-year-old Sienna,behind her to ensure no one slid off into the water. Meanwhileher 70-year-old father-in-law John and two husky pups, Storm and Thunder, were sheltering inside the house.

Ms Gallo’s husband Daniel was only reunited with his family later after trying several different roads to reach them but finding all were cut off.

“It just came so fast,” Ms Gallo said.

“There was once when I thought, ‘this could be it’.

“But you just have to stay strong and be a rock for your kids.”

After making 16 calls to emergency services and communicating withtriple-zerooperators, Ms Gallo saw the rescue boat atthe end of her street.

“I was just so relieved,” she said.

“They had kept telling me previously that ‘we just can’t get to you’ due to the force of the water.”

Logan SES controllerJim Ferguson and his team said the water was so strong it took them an hour to travel about 1.5 kilometres up the river with the motoron the boat going flat out.

Afterspending about three hours on the roof of thebarn, the Gallos wererescuedminutes before the building was washed away and crushed.

“It’s like one of those things you see in the movie, when you actually see it and think of the weight and how much pressure is in that water you just think ‘wow’,” Ms Gallo said.

“I’m just so thankful they (the SES) did what they did.”

The family had owned the propertyfor four years and long-term residents in the area said they had never seen water do what it did to the Gallos’ home.

Both buildings wereinsured, but Ms Gallo was waiting to find out what the policies would cover.

Ms Gallo and her two children were staying at her sister’s house, while Mr Gallo and a few mates were staying in a donated caravan on-site to guard against looters who were ransacking the area.

They werehoping to see Mr Scanlan’s offered house next week and give their children some normality after the trauma of the flood.

First appeared on the Brisbane Times.