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Seven dead in Indonesian terror raids

THE death toll from the latest anti-terror raids in Indonesia has risen to seven after specialist police unit Densus 88 raided four locations on Wednesday.
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Another 13 suspected terrorists were captured alive, according to the national police spokesman, Brigadier General Boy Rafli Amar.

It’s the biggest terror cell to have been exposed since 2010 when police shut down a training camp set up by Abu Bakar Bashir in the jungle in Aceh.

Mr Boy said the seven who died had been involved in fire-fights with police.

The raid in a village near Bandung, south-east of Jakarta, yielded four pipe bombs, 200 rounds of .38 calibre ammunition, 80 rounds of 9mm ammunition and about 6 million rupiah ($A600) in cash.

Mr Boy said police were working on mapping the terror network, and anticipated that there would be more raids. He did not comment on what, if any, attacks the group had planned.

The Indonesian police chief, General Timur Pradopo, had earlier defended the high death toll in the police operation, saying the heavily-armed officers had tried negotiating with the men in the Bandung house for 3 1/2 hours, but the reply was “explosions, gunfire and bombs”.

Security expert Johanes Sulaiman told Fairfax Media that the cell was responsible for an attempt last week to plant pipe bombs at the embassy of Myanmar in Jakarta.

Radical preachers including jailed extremist Abu Bakar Bashir have been calling for jihad against Buddhist-majority Myanmar because of the violence there against the Rohingya muslim majority in the country’s east.

Mr Sulaiman told Fairfax Media that the old terror network of the Bali bombings had been fractured by ruthless police work and decimated by arrests. However, their spiritual leader, Abu Bakar Bashir, was still influencing young people with his fiery speeches from the jail where he’s serving 15 years for terror-related offences.

Mr Sulaiman said a talented new jihadist preacher, Aman Abdurrahman, who was linked to Bashir, was inspiring a new and widely dispersed generation of young radicals who were “desperate to do jihad”.

“If you look at the strand (of ideology) most comes from Abu Bakar Bashir — but the new terrorists are not part of the old network,” he said.

“The young people got influenced and they figure they must do quick holy war.”

However, they had not so far developed the discipline, training or networks to mount large-scale attacks.

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Airport’s world-first ‘sleeping pods’ allow private naps for passengers

Abu Dhabi International Airport has installed 20 ‘sleeping pods’ for passengers, with a futher 35 to be fitted later this year. The pods are available for use at $12 an hour and will eventually feature internet access and power sources for electronic devices.
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Abu Dhabi International Airport has installed dozens of bizarre-looking “sleeping pods” that allow passengers to nap in privacy.

The Finnish-designed “GoSleep” chairs, a world-first unveiled on Sunday, feature a sliding door/roof designed to either partially or fully enclose passengers within the pod, shielding them from surrounding noise, light and crowds.

Ten pods now reside in Terminal 3, and 10 more in the Al Dhabi Lounge at Terminal 1, while a further 35 are to be fitted later this year. Once all are installed, the pods will be upgraded to provide internet access, storage space for luggage and other valuables, as well as a power source for laptops, mobiles and other electronic devices.

The pods are currently available at a cost of 45 Dirham ($A12) per hour, payable using a credit card.

They may look unusual, but are a step up from the Ostrich Pillow, which was launched last year. The portable device is placed over your head to “enable power naps anytime, anywhere”.

Design firm Kawamura-Ganjavian claims the device, which includes a mouth hole to allow easier breathing, is ideal for airport lounges, trains and aeroplanes.

Hotels offering compact, short-term accommodation have been popular in Japan for years. The Capsule Inn Osaka was one of the world’s first capsule hotels when it launched in 1979.

Capsule hotels have also reached British shores. The Yotel chain – the brainchild of the founder of the YO! Sushi – now has branches at two London airports – Gatwick and Heathrow. Its single and double cabins offer free wifi and are equipped with flat screen TVs, multiple power outlets, and showers. A Yotel can also be found at Amsterdam Schiphol and in New York City, two blocks from Times Square.

Earlier this year, Moscow installed its first city centre capsule hotel, the Sleepbox Hotel Tverskaya, which features 50 windowless pods that can each accommodate up to three people. Each has internet access, and is soundproof and air conditioned.

Portable ‘modular bedrooms’ were also introduced by the Barcelona-based firm Dream and Fly, at Barcelona’s international airport. The compact ‘Bubbles’ are able to accommodate both individuals and families, and each comes with a bathroom.

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Search and rescue operation underway for missing cruise ship passengers 

AN air and marine search and rescue operation is underway off the coast of Forster for two people missing from a cruise ship.
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About 11.30am (Thursday 9 May 2013), staff from a cruise ship contacted police after they discovered two passengers – a 30-year-old man and a 26-year-old woman – missing after the ship had docked at the Sydney Overseas Passenger Terminal.

Police attended and conducted a thorough search of the ship, however the pair was not located.

Officers attached to Marine Area Command reviewed CCTV footage and determined the pair had gone overboard about 8.50pm on Wednesday (8 May 2013).

Police and Australian Search and Rescue (AusSAR) have determined a search area approximately 60Nm east of Forster and have deployed aircraft and marine vessels.

Officers are investigating the circumstances surrounding the disappearance of the pair and, in these early stages, are focused on the search efforts.

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State government’s cardiac donation to hospital a $110,000 heart starter

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Cardiac patients at Maitland hospital will receive enhanced care after the state government funded eight mobile heart monitoring units worth $110,000.

The additional machines will help cardiologists and specialist staff assess and monitor patients in the coronary care and high dependency unit.

Health Minister Jillian Skinner and Maitland MP Robyn Parker will make the announcement during a visit to the hospital on Friday.

“It’s wonderful to visit Maitland Hospital to announce the addition of this equipment for the benefit of patients and staff,” Ms Skinner said.

“These mobile heart monitoring units will ease pressure in the hospital’s busy emergency department while also supporting staff to continue to provide the quality care for which they are known.”

The units assist patients with heart-related symptoms such as irregular heart rhythms, chest pain, stroke-like symptoms to provide a quick and accurate diagnosis.

“In the past, some of these patients have remained in the emergency department hooked up to permanent bedside monitors while waiting for mobile units to become available,” Ms Skinner said.

Ms Parker said the monitors would allow patients to move from the emergency department into a ward where the could continue to receive specialist care and be monitored.

“This will encourage patient flow in the hospital while also alleviating demand on the emergency department, especially coming into the busy winter period,” Ms Parker said.

Hospital general manager Trish Wilson said the units would bring a range of benefits including allowing patients to be move around.

“Because the units are portable, patients will be able to get out of bed and move about, which is something we encourage wherever possible,” she said.

BOOST: A $110,000 package from the state government will fund eight mobile heart monitoring units

“The units help patients to retain their independence and mobility.”

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Hectic pace for Governor General’s inaugural visit

GOVERNOR General Quentin Bryce has a hectic schedule of events lined up for her visit to Bathurst next Tuesday.
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THE details of the Governor General’s visit were being finalised yesterday.

They include a lap of Mount Panorama in the George Reed Special which is housed at the National Motor Racing Museum.

A Bathurst Regional Council spokesperson said yesterday everything was coming together nicely in what would be a special occasion for the region.

“It’s not so much the red tape involved with a visit of this magnitude, because the Governor General says she wants it all be pretty relaxed,” the spokesperson said.

“The challenge is to get all the logistics sorted out because it’s a pretty tight schedule to work with to ensure the visit runs smoothly and to time.

“The Governor General wants to see as much of Bathurst as possible while she’s here.”

The spokesperson said the Governor General’s visit coincides with National Families Week and Volunteers Week.

“As such, meeting a cross-section of the Bathurst community is the focus of her visit,” the spokesperson said. “At this stage we believe she will be travelling here by car and when she arrives around lunchtime will be taken past the cathedral belltower in Kings Parade which will have its bells peeling in her honour.

“Her agenda includes meeting local Aboriginal community members involved with the Sir Joseph Banks Nature Reserve and Towri Mac Functional Centre and then a visit to Carenne School.”

Other commitments include a visit to Charles Sturt University and a tour of the dental facility and nursing facilities.

That will be followed at 3.45pm by a civic reception in the Pit Complex Mount Panorama which is open to the public. Everyone is welcome to attend.

While yet to be confirmed, the Governor General is also expected to meet business owners on a walk through the central business district.

The final engagement for the Governor General will be at the local Chamber of Commerce “Business After Hours” gathering at The Grange at CSU which starts at 6pm.

VISIT: GOVERNOR General Quentin Bryce has a hectic schedule of events lined up for her visit to Bathurst next Tuesday.

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VIDEO: Bystanders pull man from train tracks

A trainee nurse has saved a man from an oncoming train after he fell onto the tracks in Brisbane.
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The 56-year-old man appeared disoriented when he stepped off the platform and fell one metre on to the tracks at Wooloowin station, in Brisbane’s north, at 8.02am on Thursday.

The 8.05am Doomben to Cleveland train was due to pull in to the station within minutes.

Bystanders pull a man from the tracks at Wooloowin station.Photo: Supplied

A trainee nurse who saw the man immediately ran to his aid, risking her own life by jumping on to the tracks.

Queensland Rail customer service officer Jill Lyten, who happened to be waiting for her regular morning train, also witnessed the incident.

“My training just kicked in,” she said.

Ms Lyten found the phone number for QR’s control room on her work ID card and raised the alarm.

“I knew that I had to get the number and get to control and stop the train,” she said.

Ms Lyten was visibly shaken as she recounted the events of the morning.

“We know how dangerous it actually is,” she said.

QR acting chief executive Jim Benstead praised the brave actions of the trainee nurse, but said it was vital commuters were aware of the emergency call button located at all Brisbane train stations.

“The first thing to do in any incident that may occur on the tracks is to contact … our control centre through the emergency phones at the stations,” he said.

“It could have gone very differently today … it could have been disastrous.”

There were 400 reported near-misses across the QR network last year. More than 150 incidents involved pedestrians.

The 56-year-old man was taken to hospital with minor injuries.

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Bystanders pull a man from the tracks at Wooloowin station. Photo: Supplied

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GALLERY: Knights V Sharks May 5

Action from the Knights V Sharks game at Hunter Stadium on May 5. Cronulla beat the Knights in 21-20 extra time.
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Newcastle Knights VS Cronulla Sharks at Hunter Stadium, Broadmeadow, May 5. Dane Gagai scores for Newcastle, he is embraced by Darius Boyd (facing camera). Picture: Jonathan Carroll

Newcastle Knights VS Cronulla Sharks at Hunter Stadium, Broadmeadow, May 5.Newcastle player James McManus. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

Newcastle Knights VS Cronulla Sharks at Hunter Stadium, Broadmeadow, May 5. Newcastle player Willie Mason stretches for the line, but does not score. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

Newcastle Knights VS Cronulla Sharks at Hunter Stadium, Broadmeadow, May 5.Newcastle player Willie Mason stretches for the line, but does not score. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

Newcastle Knights VS Cronulla Sharks at Hunter Stadium, Broadmeadow, May 5. Cronulla player Todd Carney. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

Newcastle Knights VS Cronulla Sharks at Hunter Stadium, Broadmeadow, May 5. Newcastle player Robbie Rochow. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

Newcastle Knights VS Cronulla Sharks at Hunter Stadium, Broadmeadow, May 5. Newcastle player David Fa’alogo scores just before half time. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

Newcastle Knights VS Cronulla Sharks at Hunter Stadium, Broadmeadow, May 5. Newcastle player David Fa’alogo scores just before half time, is embraced by team mates. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

Newcastle Knights VS Cronulla Sharks at Hunter Stadium, Broadmeadow, May 5. Newcastle player David Fa’alogo scores just before half time, is embraced by team mates. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

Newcastle Knights VS Cronulla Sharks at Hunter Stadium, Broadmeadow, May 5. Newcastle player David Fa’alogo scores just before half time. Picture shows Knights captain Kurt Gidley, left, is embraced by Dane Gagai, right. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

Newcastle Knights VS Cronulla Sharks at Hunter Stadium, Broadmeadow, May 5. Newcastle player David Fa’alogo, centre, scores just before half time, and is embraced by team mates. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

Newcastle Knights VS Cronulla Sharks at Hunter Stadium, Broadmeadow, May 5. Knights player Kade Snowden. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

Newcastle Knights VS Cronulla Sharks at Hunter Stadium, Broadmeadow, May 5. Injured Sharks player Paul Gallen, centre, talks to Knights player Kade Snowden, right. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

Newcastle Knights VS Cronulla Sharks at Hunter Stadium, Broadmeadow, May 5. Sharks player Luke Lewis. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

Newcastle Knights VS Cronulla Sharks at Hunter Stadium, Broadmeadow, May 5. Knights player Aku Uate, centre. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

Newcastle Knights VS Cronulla Sharks at Hunter Stadium, Broadmeadow, May 5. Knights player Kade Snowden, centre, and Sharks player Todd Carney, right. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

Newcastle Knights VS Cronulla Sharks at Hunter Stadium, Broadmeadow, May 5. Knights player Willie Mason, left, talks to Sharks player Todd Carney, right. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

Newcastle Knights VS Cronulla Sharks at Hunter Stadium, Broadmeadow, May 5. Sharks player Todd Carney. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

Newcastle Knights VS Cronulla Sharks at Hunter Stadium, Broadmeadow, May 5. Knights player Willie Mason. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

Newcastle Knights VS Cronulla Sharks at Hunter Stadium, Broadmeadow, May 5.Sharks player Luke Lewis. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

Newcastle Knights VS Cronulla Sharks at Hunter Stadium, Broadmeadow, May 5. Knights captain Kurt Gidley. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

Newcastle Knights VS Cronulla Sharks at Hunter Stadium, Broadmeadow, May 5. Knights player Chris Houston, right. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

Newcastle Knights VS Cronulla Sharks at Hunter Stadium, Broadmeadow, May 5. Sharks player Paul Gallen, injured, watches from the sideline. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

Newcastle Knights VS Cronulla Sharks at Hunter Stadium, Broadmeadow, May 5. Sharks player Jeff Robson kicking the winning goal. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

Newcastle Knights VS Cronulla Sharks at Hunter Stadium, Broadmeadow, May 5. Sharks player Jeff Robson kicking the winning goal. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

Newcastle Knights VS Cronulla Sharks at Hunter Stadium, Broadmeadow, May 5. Sharks player Jeff Robson kicking the winning goal. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

Newcastle Knights VS Cronulla Sharks at Hunter Stadium, Broadmeadow, May 5. Sharks player Jeff Robson kicking the winning goal. Picture shows Sharks player Jonathan Wright, in the air facing camera, embraces Jeff Robson. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

Newcastle Knights VS Cronulla Sharks at Hunter Stadium, Broadmeadow, May 5. Sharks player Jeff Robson kicking the winning goal. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

Newcastle Knights VS Cronulla Sharks at Hunter Stadium, Broadmeadow, May 5. Sharks player Jeff Robson kicking the winning goal. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

Newcastle Knights VS Cronulla Sharks at Hunter Stadium, Broadmeadow, May 5. Knights player Travis Waddell. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

Newcastle Knights VS Cronulla Sharks at Hunter Stadium, Broadmeadow, May 5.from left to right, Sharks player Luke Lewis embraces Knights player James McManus, Knights players Dane Gagai, Kurt Gidley, on the ground, Robbie Rochow, Darius Boyd. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

Newcastle Knights VS Cronulla Sharks at Hunter Stadium, Broadmeadow, May 5. from left to right, Sharks player Isaac De Gois, Sharks player Luke Lewis embraces Knights player James McManus, Knights players Dane Gagai, Robbie Rochow. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

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GALLERY: Reed all about it: Chariot for a GG

VIP PASSENGER: Norm Rutherford from Bathurst Regional Council will be in the hot seat when he takes Governor General Quentin Bryce on a lap of Mount Panorama in the 1951 George Reed Special during her visit to the city next Tuesday. Photo: Zenio Lapka. (Flick across to see more photos of Norm getting ready). VIP PASSENGER: Norm Rutherford from Bathurst Regional Council will be in the hot seat when he takes Governor General Quentin Bryce on a lap of Mount Panorama in the 1951 George Reed Special during her visit to the city next Tuesday. Photo: Zenio Lapka. (Flick across to see more photos of Norm getting ready).
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VIP PASSENGER: Norm Rutherford from Bathurst Regional Council will be in the hot seat when he takes Governor General Quentin Bryce on a lap of Mount Panorama in the 1951 George Reed Special during her visit to the city next Tuesday. Photo: Zenio Lapka. (Flick across to see more photos of Norm getting ready).

VIP PASSENGER: Norm Rutherford from Bathurst Regional Council will be in the hot seat when he takes Governor General Quentin Bryce on a lap of Mount Panorama in the 1951 George Reed Special during her visit to the city next Tuesday. Photo: Zenio Lapka. (Flick across to see more photos of Norm getting ready).

VIP PASSENGER: Norm Rutherford from Bathurst Regional Council will be in the hot seat when he takes Governor General Quentin Bryce on a lap of Mount Panorama in the 1951 George Reed Special during her visit to the city next Tuesday. Photo: Zenio Lapka. (Flick across to see more photos of Norm getting ready).

VIP PASSENGER: Norm Rutherford from Bathurst Regional Council will be in the hot seat when he takes Governor General Quentin Bryce on a lap of Mount Panorama in the 1951 George Reed Special during her visit to the city next Tuesday. Photo: Zenio Lapka. (Flick across to see more photos of Norm getting ready).

VIP PASSENGER: Norm Rutherford from Bathurst Regional Council will be in the hot seat when he takes Governor General Quentin Bryce on a lap of Mount Panorama in the 1951 George Reed Special during her visit to the city next Tuesday. Photo: Zenio Lapka. (Flick across to see more photos of Norm getting ready).

VIP PASSENGER: Norm Rutherford from Bathurst Regional Council will be in the hot seat when he takes Governor General Quentin Bryce on a lap of Mount Panorama in the 1951 George Reed Special during her visit to the city next Tuesday. Photo: Zenio Lapka. (Flick across to see more photos of Norm getting ready).

A LAP of iconic Mount Panorama will be a highlight of Governor General Quentin Bryce’s visit to Bathurst next Tuesday.

The Governor General will be treated to a ride in the George Reed Special.

It’s a replica of the car built by Bathurst local George Reed and raced to victory by Warwick Pratley in the Australian Grand Prix, at Narrogin Western Australia in 1951. The car is now part of the National Motor Racing Museum’s permanent collection.

The vehicle is “the baby” of council employee and vintage car enthusiast Norm Rutherford who will be in the driver’s seat for Ms Bryce’s tour of the Mount.

“I hope I can handle the pressure,” Mr Rutherford said yesterday. “That car’s been pretty much my baby right from day one.

“It’s a replica of the original which was destroyed in a speedway accident up the coast in the early 1960s.

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“Myself and Terry (Morgan) did most of the mechanical work down here at the depot. Brian Welch did the paintwork and Gordon Halloran did the bodywork.”

Mr Rutherford said the Governor General would be the most important VIP to experience the joy of riding in the George Reed Special.

“I’ve had to promise to be on my best behaviour, but if the Governor General asks me how well the car goes, who am I to go against her wishes? I have to do what I am told,” he quipped.

Tim Pike from the National Motor Racing Museum said the George Reed Special is still highly regarded in Australian motorsport.

“It was invited down (to Melbourne) for the 85th anniversary of the first grand prix in Australian last year,” he said.

“The car stills runs beautifully. It’s got a big Ford V8 engine in it, but to look at it you would think it looks more like a cute little sports car.”

Mr Pike said the Reed Special had a top speed of about 100 miles per hour but would keep to the 60km/h limit on Tuesday.

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STABLE TALK: Cheeky filly shows form

CLOSE BOND: Brannickers with track rider Mandy Clenton yesterday. Picture: Darren PatemanSTRIP down the name Brannickers and it becomes very apt for a filly whose career is taking off.
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Her owners registered the name Brannickers, but they, race callers and even punters know her as Bra’n’nickers.

The connections took her sire’s name, Darci Brahma, and mum’s name, Nikki’s Bride, and ended up with Bra’n’nickers, or as she is known in the stud book, Brannickers.

“It’s a play on words and the owners were being a bit cheeky, but it’s a clever name,” trainer Kris Lees said.

Say it however you like, the bottom line for Brannickers is that she can run.

The three-year-old filly has won three and been runner-up twice in eight starts.

Tomorrow, Brannickers attempts to win her way into the group 1 Brisbane Oaks when she runs at Rosehill in a 1900 metres handicap.

Brannickers comes to Rosehill after a strong win over 1600m at Gosford.

“The extra distance is no worry,” Lees said.

“She has been looking out for it. The more ground the better for her.”

Lees already has Express Power as the second favourite for the $400,000 Queensland Oaks over 2400m on June 1.

Brannickers, Soapy Star and Masroora could also be in the race.

“She is qualified and now it is a case of whether Brannickers warrants taking to Brisbane,” Lees said.

“If she runs well on Saturday, she might have one more race before Brisbane.”

Lees will also run Nuptse and Urgent Bells in the 1100m handicap for fillies and mares at Rosehill.

“It is a tricky race for both as they are both backmarkers,” Lees said. “But they are both capable of running nice races.”

■ Newcastle stayer Pirate Bay could take the first step towards the group 1 Doomben Cup (2020m) when he runs at Rosehill tomorrow.

The imported galloper contests the $100,000 listed Lord Mayor’s Cup (2000m).

“If he shows he is ready to step up in class, then the Doomben Cup is not out of the question,” Kris Lees said.

“He could go to the McKell Cup and then go north, or if he shows he has had enough, he will spell. He has been up for a fair while now.”

Pirate Bay, which won three times in France, showed his first glimpse of form in Australia when he stepped up last start to 2000m after two runs over 1600m.

“He is going well, but he would want to be as this is a smart staying field,” Lees said.

■ Promising Newcastle three-year-old Harada Bay starts off tomorrow on a journey that may lead to the Melbourne spring.

Harada Bay, which was runner-up at Warwick Farm and Eagle Farm at his last two races in January, resumes at Rosehill over 1200m.

“He will go to Randwick in a fortnight, but the main aim is to get him to Melbourne this spring,” trainer Trevor Bailey said. “I am looking at a race like the Blamey Stakes over a mile and worth around 350 grand.

“He has returned to training looking bigger and stronger and he is going well on the track.

“He ran home nicely in a trial at Newcastle behind She’s A Stalker.

“That has got him up to the mark for his first up assignment.”

■ Master Newcastle trainer Paul Perry describes Empress Milly as an “honest bugger”.

That is indeed what she is, having been second at all three runs this preparation.

Perry hopes she can get into the winner’s circle in the 1100m handicap at Rosehill tomorrow.

“It is frustrating as she just keeps finding one better,” Perry said of Empress Milly.

“But on Saturday she is drawn well [gate 2] and at the weights she looks to get her chance.”

Perry has Hidden Warrior up in distance in the 1350m handicap.

“He is hard to place with this benchmarking system,” Perry said. “He has ability, and I put him in the Stradbroke just in case he hit a purple patch of form.”

Perry also has stayer Southern Skye in the same race and Kirinata in the last.

“Kirinata kicks off, and it might be the right time for him with all the big guns going north for the winter carnival.”

■ Melbourne Cup-winning jockey Michael Rodd is hoping for better fortune when he rides in the listed $200,000 Scone Cup next Friday.

Rodd’s last trip to Scone was a couple of years ago when he was unplaced in the Scone Guineas on Delago Bolt for Gary Portelli.

The Victorian jockey will ride Firebolt in the Scone Cup.

Fellow Melbourne jockey Michael Walker has accepted the ride on Cathay Lady for John Sargent in the cup.

Cathay Lady put together wins at Canterbury (1550m) and Gosford (1600m) last preparation.

Since resuming, the four-year-old mare has been placed third at two of her three runs.

The latest was when placed in the Emancipation Stakes behind Skyerush at Randwick over 1600m on April 27.

Tim Clark will hope to continue his fantastic return to Australian racing in the Scone Cup.

Clark has hit winning form straight away since returning from Hong Kong, taking out the Wagga Cup and the Gold Coast Guineas last week.

He will maintain the ride on Scream Machine, on which he scored in the Wagga Cup.

Scream Machine came from well back to storm home in a deceptive photo in the 2000m Wagga Cup last week.

■ Exciting Newcastle prospect Chewychop will tune up for the $400,000 Scone Guineas (1400m) with a barrier trial on Monday.

Trainer Darren Smith said a good effort in the hitout at Wyong was necessary for Chewychop to go ahead for the Scone Guineas on Saturday, May 18.

“He has got through his win at Warwick Farm in good order,” Smith said. “I feel he needs another good hitout before going to Scone.

“If he goes well in the trial at Wyong, he can have a go at the Scone Guineas.”

Chewychop has had two starts for two wins.

He scored from a wide barrier at Newcastle on January 27 over 1200m.

He resumed and again led all the way when just hanging on to win over 1300m at Warwick Farm on May 1.

■ Newcastle’s old but bold galloper Motspur will try for his third feature sprint win at Scone tomorrow week.

It took a barrier trial win at Newcastle on Monday for Motspur to get a shot at what would be a historic feat.

Motspur is now rising 11 and is aiming at the race, which this year is called the listed Ortensia Sprint (1100m).

Trainer Kris Lees is sticking to a tried and true pattern with Motspur. Before he won the race the past two years he was resuming from a spell.

“The old horse did enough in the trial to say he is ready for another go at the Scone race,” Lees said.

“I am sure he can do well again in a race that he has made his own.”

■ Cessnock trainer Robert “Pud” Davies is keen for Gunnedah rather than Rosehill for his galloper Sandrio. Sandrio is in race five at Rosehill tomorrow and in the Gunnedah Cup on Sunday.

“My preferred option is the Gunnedah Cup,” Davies said.

“I told the owner he would be a bit of a chance at Rosehill, but at Gunnedah he will be real hard to beat. I think I will be getting my way and we will go to the bush rather than town.

“Leanne Henry will ride him in the Gunnedah Cup, and I reckon she rides him better than any other jockey he has had.”

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FISHING: Shaun hooked after landing dream marlin

FISH OF THE WEEK 10/5/13: DREAM CATCH: Shaun Munro, from Cameron Park, wins the Jarvis Walker tacklebox and Tsunami lure pack for this 53-kilogram marlin caught recently. Shaun dreamed about catching it the night before.Browse the Herald Fish File here
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TEN-year-old Shaun Munro, from Cameron Park, lived the dream when he caught his first marlin recently.

The night before heading offshore with his dad Shane aboard the Paul Besoff-skippered boat Offshore, Shaun had a dream about catching a beakie.

Next morning around 4am when his old man asked if he wanted to go fishing, Shaun jumped out of bed.

“Normally he’s keen and on this occasion doubly enthusiastic because he reckons he had a dream the night before of catching his first-ever marlin,” Shane said.

“We were heading back to the bay when a striped marlin hit his favourite lure.

“He’d caught a striped tuna beforehand on lighter gear but never a marlin, and he seemed to get it easy.

“We kept backing the boat up to it and it just lay down.

“I told him don’t think it’ll be that easy every time.

“The marlin weighed 53 kilograms and Shaun was one very happy boy and won’t stop talking about catching his next one.”

Plenty of hefty fish

THE Herald Fish File welcomed a raft of new members this week.

Nine-year-old Maddison Barbour, of Eleebana, caught a nice 68-centimetre flathead while fishing with her dad for bream in

Lake Macquarie.

Maddison landed it on four-pound line using a Berkley shrimp rigged on a ounce jig head.

Andrew Linton caught a 10-kilogram jew in Lake Macquarie chasing bream.

“I played him for approximately 20 minutes on the six-pound bream gear – an awesome way to catch a fish of this size,” Andrew reported.

Twelve-year-old Benny Carey got his dad Dean to send in a photo of him with a 72-centimetre barra.

Dean, Benny and nine-year-old Lachlan were shouted a barra trip to Arnhem Land by their 84-year-old great grandfather, Boy Bradstreet.

“Good old grandad was outfished by his great-grandson Benny when he landed the 72-centimetre barra in a hot session where the boys caught 104 barra for the day,” Dean reported.

Robert Depares caught a 3.4-kilogram mulloway in Lake Macquarie on a vibe using six-pound braid with six-pound leader.

Dave Gilmour managed to hook a John Dory last weekend in Lake Macquarie around Wangi Wangi in 12 feet of water.

“It took a Gulp three-inch shrimp in banana prawn,” Dave said.

Adam Moss got his first-ever yellowfin tuna weighing in at eight kilograms on a recent father-and-son weekend away with his dad Mick at Head Hat.

“The yellowfin was the highlight of his trip as this was his first and it was caught in only eight metres of water trolling small bonito as skip baits on six-kilogram line,” Mick reported.

Sammy Johnson earned the nickname Sammy “The Salmonater” from her boyfriend Brock Herbert after landing a two-kilogram Australian salmon at Carey Bay.

“The fight was priceless,” Brock reported.

“I took her out to catch tailor and Sammy caught the salmon on a Silver Spoon lure.

“It’s the second fish Sammy has ever caught and the biggest. Well done Sammy girl, I say.

“By the way, the first salmon I saw caught at the start of the cooler months was caught on May 1, 2013.”

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Restrictions proposed

THE Department of Primary Industries Review of NSW Recreational Saltwater and Freshwater Fishing Rules discussion paper released this week has provided some food for thought.

The department is proposing to reduce recreational bag limits on all flathead (other than dusky), yellowfin and black bream, tailor blue swimmer crab, trevally and luderick from 20 to 10; and dusky flathead, snapper, mowong and mahi mahi from 10 to five.

Bag limits on yellowtail kingfish, cobia, deep sea species like blue-eye trevalla, banded rock cod, hapuku, bass groper and gemfish, Spanish and spotted mackerel, wahoo, mangrove jack and teraglin are flagged to drop from five to two.

The department pointed out the use of technology such as electric reels, GPS and sounders since the last survey was a concern.

Three options are proposed for billfish (marlin, sailfish, spearfish and swordfish): one billfish per person/day; a combined species group bag limit of one and boat limit of two; group limit of one and boat limit of one.

Other areas up for discussion include miscellaneous bag limit options including a total combined daily catch limit for recreational fishers of 20 or 30 finfish per person per day, and reducing the default bag limit from 20 to 10 for species that do not have a prescribed bag limit.

Anglers may be restricted to one mahi mahi over 110 centimetres.

Freshwater fishing bag limits, size limits and spawning closures for murray cod, Australian bass and estuary perch, and trout are up for discussion, as are fishing gear and methods for nets and traps.

The closing date for submissions is July 31.

For more information visit dpi.nsw.gov.au/reviews/fishingrules.

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Tigers set outto rekindle their season

TIGER TIME: Rovers Nicklaus Becker attempts to bring Tigers’ Mitchell Godfrey to the ground.TIGERS’ utility Greg Warren has admitted his side will be without key personnel as they look to get their Mount Isa AFL season back on track when they face the Buffaloes at Legend Oval tomorrow. After succumbing to the Buffaloes by 75 points last time, the Tigers will be looking for a more competitive effort. But the Buffaloes will have an improved showing on their mind after blowing a five-goal lead in last week’s loss to Rovers.
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Following a heart-breaking loss last week, Buffaloes will be determined to get back in the winner’s circle when they meet Tigers at Legend Oval tomorrow.

The Buffaloes surrendered a five-goal lead in the third quarter, ultimately falling four-points short thanks to a stirring Rovers fight back.

This week, their assignment comes in the form of the rested Tigers, who sat out last weekend’s round of matches due to Lake Nash taking part in a representative carnival.

Tigers’ utility Greg Warren admitted his side may be hampered by work commitments.

“There’s a 14-day shutdown on site today, so we’ve got six blokes who’ve got work but also a couple of injuries,” he said.

Despite the absence of several players, Warren was adamant the team would be no walkovers.

“We’ll be all right, we’ll certainly be competitive,” he said.

“We want to get out on the park and have a really good hit out with them (Buffaloes).”

Last time the teams faced off was Julia Creek Dirt N Dust weekend, which saw both teams affected by player availability.

Warren said it was frustrating his side wasn’t able to field a full strength team against Buffaloes, but was confident of building continuity as the season wore on.

“We should be able to build up a bit over the coming weeks,” he said.

“Hopefully next time around everyone’s available.”

In the round’s other fixture, Rovers tackle Lake Nash Young Guns in their first meeting of the season.

Remarkably, Lake Nash have played just one game this season following a string of forfeits.

Rovers will be looking to keep their undefeated season intact, and move to four wins from four starts.

Mount Isa AFL Association round five fixture

12.30pm Tigers v Buffaloes

2.30pm Rovers v Lake Nash Young Guns

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Yes vote fits the bill for council at next election

ORANGE City Council spokesman Allan Reeder has urged electors to vote yes in a referendum to recognise local government in the Australian constitution.
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The government announced the referendum to be held alongside September’s federal election yesterday after years of lobbying from local government groups.

Mr Reeder said the exclusion from the constitution was an oversight that needed to be fixed to secure the future of the federal government handing money directly to local councils.

“The local government sector has become a vital part of the way Australia is managed,” he said.

“It’s a loophole exposed by a court case that raised questions as to whether the federal government can directly fund local government activities.”

In recent years Orange has benefited from millions in federal government money paid directly to council including $10 million for the north Orange bypass, $3.6 million for the indoor aquatic centre, $1.6 million for the PCYC at Anzac Park and 1.3 million for cancer care at Western Care Lodge.

The federal government has also committed $4.9 million towards the airport upgrades and $20 million to the Macquarie pipeline if it is approved.

Mr Reeder said the direct funding of local government had the benefit of cutting out extra costs when money was passed on second hand.

The push to write local government into the constitution came after a successful high court challenge to the national school chaplaincy program, which set a legal precedent leaving the federal funding of local government exposed.

Mr Reeder said the local government sector would begin a public awareness campaign ahead of September’s election.

“Unless there’s bipartisan support the referendum has a snowball’s chance in hell,” he said.

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Mate against mates, Johns must tell the truth

Andrew Johns”The spirit which has made Australia,” the great ABC correspondent Chester Wilmot wrote in WWII, “is the spirit which has held Tobruk.
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The inspiring and binding force in Australian life isn’t tradition or nationalism or social revolution. It’s quite a simple thing. Henry Lawson called it MATESHIP . . . the spirit which makes men stick together. In Australia by sticking together, men have defied drought, bushfire and flood. In Tobruk they’ve scorned hardship, danger and death, because no Digger would ever let his cobbers down. In Tobruk for the first time in this war the Germans were thrust back by a spirit that even tanks and dive-bombers could not conquer.”

Oh, stop your sneering, trendy dickheads up the back. For it is bloody well true, and when fired up properly by an outstanding leader, the spirit of mateship really can be a binding and inspiring force, capable of holding off armies. But . . . and it is a big but . . . when misused, it can result in a godawful mess. I refer to the ASADA saga as it pertains to rugby league, and the Waterhouse/Singleton/Johns imbroglio.

In NRL circles, there is a strong view abroad, pushed by the commentators, that ASADA is the enemy in the piece, that the players have got to stick together, refuse to dob in their mates, and tell the outsidersnothing!Sorry? Can those commentators get a grip? ASADA’s sole role is to rid Australian sport of drugs, so we can have a clean competition peopled by healthy players, and they are doing their best to weed out CHEATS. That’sit!

Refusal to co-operate with that investigation, and encouraging that refusal – frequently through a misguided sense of mateship – can only result in a corruption of the sport’s soul. If you seriously love league, and you dinkum want it to be clean you have only one option: you treat ASADA as a positive agent of change, and help them. You take on the short-term pain – including if necessary, dobbing in a mate who also happens to be a CHEAT – for the long-term gain of playing in a healthy clean sport where neither your teammates or your opponents have an unnatural advantage through engaging in dangerous practices. In the miasma of conflicting loyalties, of differing consequences, history has shown that telling thetruthis always a good start to sorting things out, and at least you don’t have to lie awake at night wondering which version of the lie to tell.

Which brings us to the position of Andrew Johns giving a whole new meaning to an arena in which he has previously excelled: “Mate against Mate.” What happened last Friday week, starting in the corporate box at Brookvale Oval?

(We interrupt this column for a brief musical interlude, from Bing Crosby: “The owner told Clarence the Clocker, the Clocker told Jockey Magee, the jockey, of course, passed it on to the horse, and the horse told me . . .” We now return to normal programming.)

There are two broad scenarios:

1.Andrew Johns’ mate, Tom Waterhouse, told the Immortal footballer, as a “mate”, that More Joyous, was “off”. Tom denies telling Johns anything like this but, hey, this is only a scenario. Johns, is so stunned by the news he tells his other mates, Eddie Hayson and Allan Robinson, and finally calls his most powerful mate of all, John Singleton, who, as we knows goes ballistic, most particularly when More Joyous runs like the horse that you and I always get in the Melbourne Cup sweep – coming second-last by a long stretch, the worst performance of its career.

2.Tom Waterhouse told Andrew Johns no such thing. With no inside knowledge whatsoever from his mother Gai, he merely offered an opinion that he wasn’t convinced that More Joyous was good value, and Johns got the wrong end of the stick. From there he “embellished” his remark and told Singleton things he knew not to be true. He even went so far as to “mis-speak” on Sunday morning, when he told the Sunday morning sports panel on Channel Nine that Tom Waterhouse had told him the horse was “off”. Under this scenario it is merely a stupendous coincidence that the horse ran as if it really was “off”. But ultimately, the whole thing is Johns’ fault, as he has repeated falsehoods that have placed him right in the middle of a mate minefield, with one wrong step in any direction threatening to blow up, first a friendship, and secondly – by his own claim, strongly denied by the network – his professional livelihood with Channel Nine.

Which of these two options is correct? I don’t know. But that Johns is right in the middle of the mate minefield is entirely beyond dispute. The fact that he didn’t want to make a step anywhere was evidenced by his statement on Monday, declining to appear before the tribunal even as he scrambled to do anything but incriminateanyone.

But now fuelled by SOMEONE telling massive lies – we just don’t know who – the pressure has inevitably risen to the point that he is going to appear. And he can’t just stand still. As noted by one commentator yesterday, who is close to Johns, “Whatever he says he is going to anger one of his mates.” Exactly.

So how does he get out of it?

It is very simple Andrew. Just tell the truth, in every tiny detail. Word for word, whathappened. Without fear or favour, step by step, say what happened, and don’t leave anything out – the truth will set you free. No, you won’t come out with your mateship intact, but that is gone anyway. And at least you will regain respect for the fact that – as in days of yore – you are made for the big occasion, that when the whole thing is going to hell in a handcart, you are the one to look to, to triumph in the end. Just tell the truth. Do it.

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