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Rockin’ result for Wollongong Bon Jovi fans

A father and daughter’s shared passion for Bon Jovi has resulted in an international tourism coup for the Illawarra.
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The band’s official fan club has decided to bring up to 250 international fans to Wollongong in December during Bon Jovi’s Australian tour.

And it’s all thanks to Symbio Wildlife Park owner John Radnidge and his daughter, Michelle Aldred.

The Helensburgh zoo is already being featured on the band’s official global website and Symbio’s owners have secured four of the 52 front-row seats for the band’s Sydney concert.

Michelle started following Bon Jovi in 1990 and at the age of 12, took her dad along to an unforgettable concert at Eastern Creek where a hailstorm hit before the show and part of the stage collapsed, leaving them knee deep in water.

But that allowed them to move into the front row, so close to Jon Bon Jovi they were able to reach out and touch him, she recalled.

Since then, father and daughter have attended a concert on every Australian tour of the world famous band. Michelle once caught a rose Jon Bon Jovi threw off stage at Sydney Entertainment Centre but it has always been a dream to officially meet the singer.

John Radnidge and daughter Michelle Aldred. Picture: GREG ELLIS.Now, because of her tenacity and generous offer to host a fan club tour the day before the Sydney concert in December, that dream of a private meeting with the star will come true for her, her family and three close friends.

Runaway Tours organises fan club activities around Bon Jovi’s concerts and is promoting Symbio on the Bon Jovi website as offering “a private up close experience with Australian native animals”.

“When I found out about Runaway Tours I did my research. They offer trips called Jovications,” Michelle said.

“I sent off an invitation to the guys, whether it be the band, the road crew, or the fans on the tour to come to Symbio to experience the unique encounters we can offer,” she said.

“I never in my wildest dreams expected to hear back from them. But a week later they said Bon Jovi’s management had reviewed our offer and were absolutely keen to take us up on it.

“They asked what could they do to make it happen. I said all we wanted in return was the chance to meet Jon Bon Jovi. I told them it was a lifelong dream my dad and I had shared. We have this incredible special father and daughter bond and Bon Jovi is a part of that.”

Dad John is amazed by the international exposure his daughter has managed to achieve for the Helensburgh zoo and Wollongong.

“To pull this off is just an amazing coup,” he said.

“When it comes to Bon Jovi nothing will hold her back.”

Michelle is just as excited.

“This is a dream come true for both of us,” she said.

Rocker Bon Jovi.

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16/07/2018 南京夜网

Bat to the future at Bradman’s Bowral home

The Bowral property where Australia’s most famous cricketer honed his batting skills has gained acclaim of another kind.
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The restoration of Don Bradman’s childhood home – including the water tank where he practised his technique with a stump and golf ball – was among the winners of the NSW National Trust heritage awards on Wednesday.

The Shepherd Street address, the Southern Highlands’ home to the Bradmans between 1911 to 1924, will hold particular appeal to cricket buffs. Visitors will be able to stay in the Don’s old room and practise in his backyard when the private property opens as a guest house.

The tank as it appears today following the house’s restoration.Photo: Eric Sierins of Max Dupain and Associates

The judges praised its owners, who bought the Victorian era home in 2008, and its architectural team for giving people ”the opportunity to step in Bradman’s footprints, making this a key component in the Bradman memorabilia in Bowral”.

Its heritage architect Ian Stapleton, of Clive Lucas Stapleton & Partners, said the project was a good way to make the attraction semi-public without the need for it to be run – and require funding – as a museum.

”While the builders were there, every day people would turn up to have a look at it, including lots of overseas tourists, people from India and Sri Lanka,” he said.

Bradman practising at the water tank at his home in Bowral.Mr Stapleton said the building was suffering a ”death of a thousand cuts” due to the effects of age and water damage, before the restoration, which was undertaken with Lenarduzzi Builders.

Its kitchen and bathrooms have been updated, but other areas have been restored to how they would have appeared when the Bradmans owned the property.

This includes the extensions built by Bradman’s father George, such as the cricketer’s bedroom and the water tank, the stumps of which were found under paving.

”We’ve done a very accurate reconstruction so it looks exactly like it does in the Cinesound newsreel,” Mr Stapleton said.

The 1932 footage of the tank – shot when Bradman returned during the height of his career – will be among the historical material available to visitors, particularly those hoping to refine their technique.

”We’ve got stumps and golf balls there for visitors to try it out,” Mr Stapleton said.

Projects spanning built, natural and cultural heritage picked up awards at Wednesday’s event, including the restoration of wetlands in the Hunter Valley and a ”sand library” to assist with mortar repointing.

”This is about our future, as much as our past, and what has been saved for the next generation is truly remarkable,” the trust’s chief executive Brian Scarsbrick said.


The tank as it appears today following the house’s restoration. Pictures: Eric Sierins of Max Dupain and Associates

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Karts back in action

TEARING UP THE TRACK: Mark Ezzy takes on the TAG 100 in the Northern Queensland Sprint Kart Titles in Townsville. Picture: DENNIS LIANGLAGOON Park Speedway will come to life again this weekend for round four of the Adlee Construction Go Kart Championships.
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First up on Saturday night will be the cadets (7-11 years), with karts capable of reaching speeds in excess of 70km/h the cadets promises to be one to watch.

After a dominant first few rounds, Allisa Sidnell will look to use experience gained recently from the Northern Queensland Sprint Titles in Townsville to hold out rivals Matthew Bishop and Lochlan Dew, also returning from a successful trip.

Looking to join Allisa, Matthew and Lochlan amongst the front will be Liam Wise and Tara Sidnell.

Close racing will be expected in the rookies class, with Bradley Leonard, Anthony English and Jordan Dew all vying for a position at the top of the ladder.

Junior national light features the return of Paul Thirwall, adding to the already tense action up front.

Class front runners Kaille Whitehead, Daniel Watt and Anthony Rowsell will line up along side Thirwall with all four guaranteed to be fighting it out for the top step on the podium.

The fasted class of the night is expected to be clubman light, headlined by gun drivers Matthew Whitehead and Thomas Glasson.

Cem Yucel and Greg Bostock join the pair in clubman light and speeds well in excess of 100km/h are expected.

Jack Lowe will be looking to build on his success from the previous round to continue his rise up the pack.

Clubman heavy and Tag 100 are expected to produce some adrenaline packed racing in the two biggest fields of the night.

Trevor Hollyman and Paul White will be looking to build on the success of their first meet in clubman heavy.

Mastering the class will be no easy feat, with Ryan Mackenzie, James Hay and Anthony Leonard all capable of taking the win.

Tag 100 looks set for another cracker night of racing, with Mark Ezzy the man to beat after placing second in the Northern Queensland Titles.

Eli Vincent, Morgan Skinner and Shaun English will also be looking to get in amongst the action up front.

Racing begins at 3pm on Saturday at Lagoon Park Raceway.

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Cobb backs Abbott’s parental leave plan

Tony Abbott’s paid parental leave plan will be a big incentive for women in the workforce to have children, according to member for Calare John Cobb.
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The opposition leader’s scheme offers 26 weeks of paid leave at the new mother’s current rate of pay, up to a salary of $150,000.

To be funded by a levy on the nation’s biggest businesses, the scheme is significantly more generous than the Gillard government’s 18 weeks of maternity leave, paid at the minimum wage.

Mr Cobb said the opposition’s scheme would provide an incentive to women who might not consider having a family at all.

“So many women feel they have to establish a career because of financial pressure, then they find they can’t afford to stop working to have children,” he said.

“It will provide them with the opportunity to have children once they are settled into their careers.

“It will also provide an opportunity to have children early on, work for a while, then maybe have one or two more.

“Modern life is about two parents going out to work, maybe that’s because our expectations are too high, I don’t know.”

There has been a lot of criticism about the inequity of the plan, which sees highly paid women receiving considerably more money than women who earn very little.

But Mr Cobb thinks women on lower wages will still welcome it.

“I think you would be surprised how many women in this community are all for it,” he said.

“Those women who are not working at all still get the baby bonus, and those who work part-time will still get minimum wage for six weeks.”

Mr Abbott’s scheme, which is already being opposed by big business, is set to be funded by a 1.5 per cent levy on about 3200 of the biggest companies – those with a taxable income of more than $5 million.

The government’s scheme is funded by the taxpayer.

Tony Abbott’s paid parental leave plan will be a big incentive for women in the workforce to have children, according to member for Calare John Cobb.

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Eric Roozendaal calls it quits

Former treasurer and Minister for the IllawarraEric Roozendaal has described his time as a NSW MP as “a roller coaster ride” while announcing his resignation from state parliament after nine years.
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Mr Roozendaal has been an MP since 2004 and served as treasurer, roads minister and ports minister in the former Labor government. He was previously general secretary of the NSW Labor party.

Due to his time as a minister, Mr Roozendaal will leave parliament on an annual lifetime taxpayer-funded pension of about $120,000.

The Labor party has the right to replace Mr Roozendaal, whose term was not due to expire until 2019, in the NSW upper house.

Front runners are the deputy mayor of Burwood, Ernest Wong, and Daniel Mookhey, a former chief of staff at the Transport Workers Union who is now with the Australian Council of Trade Unions.

In a valedictory speech on Thursday morning, he reflected on his time as a minister, his stewardship of the controversial privatisation of electricity assets, his recent appearance before a corruption inquiry and the future of the party.

Mr Roozendaal told parliament it was “time to embark on a new journey to embrace a new, fresh direction and a new part of my life”.

But he did not give an indication of whether he has secured work outside of politics.

“It would be fair to say that my time in parliament has been a bit of a roller coaster ride,” Mr Roozendaal said.

“There’s been some great high points and there’s been a few low points. But anyone who embarks on public life can expect no different. That is what we sign up for.”

He said that since his student politics days he has always believed “that if you want to make a difference you need to step up and not be afraid to do so”.

Mr Roozendaal, a member of the Labor right faction, has been a controversial figure within the party.

As general secretary he was credited with accelerating the culture of donations to the party from the property development industry.

But he was also campaign director of then Premier Bob Carr’s election victory in 2003 which delivered the party one of its best ever results.

In 2004, Mr Roozendaal was chosen by the Labor party to take the upper house position of Tony Burke, who left to enter federal parliament and is now environment minister.

As roads minister, Mr Roozendaal’s ministerial car was caught driving illegally in a bus lane. As treasurer he presided over the last minute sale of a section of the state’s electricity assets, shortly before the 2011 state election.

Along with then premier Kristina Keneally, Mr Roozendaal was also involved in the decision to prorogue the NSW parliament to avoid a parliamentary inquiry into the sale process.

Last November, Mr Roozendaal appeared at the Independent Commission Against Corruption which held hearings into Mr Roozendaal’s purchase of a car when he was roads minister in 2007.

It heard evidence that the purchase price was $44,800, but Mr Roozendaal paid $10,800 less and the difference was paid by the family of former Labor powerbroker and minister Eddie Obeid.

The commission was told the arrangement was a “sham” to conceal the fact that Mr Roozendaal had obtained a financial benefit through Mr Obeid’s son Moses.

Mr Roozendaal and the Obeids denied this was the case.

Following the hearings, Mr Roozendaal was suspended from the Labor party at the request of the Opposition Leader John Robertson.

The suspension has meant Mr Roozendaal – who is a former general secretary of NSW Labor – has been banned from Labor caucus meetings, although the party has still expected him to vote with it in parliament.

In February, Mr Roozendaal put his North Bondi home on the market. In a statement he said he had separated from his wife, Amanda, after 15 years.

During his speech, Mr Roozendaal said the inquiry was “a bruising and tough process, especially for my family”.

He claimed the inquiry, which has yet to issue its findings into the matter, “did not produce any evidence that any favours were provided to anyone while I was a minister of the Crown”.

Reflecting on Labor’s difficulties over the issue of electricity privatisation, which led to former Premier Morris Iemma resigning, Mr Roozendaal took aim at a “strict 1960s dogmatic view in sections of the ALP that any form of privatisation is bad and the self interest playing out with the energy unions”.

Mr Robertson opposes any further sale of electricity assets, but Mr Roozendaal said: “It is in the best interests of the people of NSW to unlock the value in the energy assets to fund other economic infrastructure.”

Mr Roozendaal said he was “tired of the internal party navel gazing” within Labor.

“There is a saying: when the going gets tough, the tough get going,” he said. “In the ALP it seems when the going gets tough, the ALP blames itself.”

He urged the party to “again undertake the hard work of modernisation”.

In a statement, Mr Robertson wished Mr Roozendaal and his family “all the best”.


Eric Roozendaal Photo: Kate Geraghty

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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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13/07/2018 南京夜网

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.

The Telegraph, London

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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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Naming ban to remain

SILENCE: A suppression order, protecting the identity of a former Catholic priest accused of child abuse, will remain in effect at least until the man’s next court appearance. A POLICE media release has been used to justify suppressing the name of a former Catholic priest facing 125 historic child sex abuse charges.
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The 59-year-old man appeared in Armidale Local Court on Wednesday to answer 61 charges related to the alleged sexual abuse of three girls and six altar boys during the 1970s and 1980s.

But Crown prosecutor Peter Woods told the court that police had charged the man with a further 64 offences related to the alleged abuse of another two girls and one boy in Moree and Armidale between 1982 and 1985.

While a non-publication order on the man’s name remains in effect for the earlier offences, Mr Woods requested that the defendant’s identity not be suppressed for the charges filed on Wednesday.

“It’s in the public interest for the accused’s name to be released, given that it may result in other victims coming forward,” he said. The defendant’s solicitor, Glen Kee protested against the publication of the man’s name, arguing that it would compromise the non-publication order on the earlier charges.

Mr Kee used a police media release connecting the most recent alleged offences with the charges issued in November and January to support his case.

“If a non-publication order is not granted for these new charges, it will make the previous order ineffective,” he said.

“A simple web search shows a connection between these charges and the earlier charges under the order.”

Magistrate Karen Stafford said she would issue an interim non-publication order until the man’s next court appearance, when she would consider lifting the suppression orders on all 125 charges.

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Singleton be warned 

TO many local mine workers it would appear strange if not downright ridiculous if they were unable to apply for work in a new mine proposed to be built six kilometres from Singleton.
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But according to visiting Moranbah residents and community leaders Kelly Vea Vea and Peter Finlay that is what has just happened in their community located in central Queensland in the coal rich Bowen Basin.

Ms Vea Vea said the company behind the new mine will only employ workers on a fly-in fly-out (FIFO) contract.

“They will not employ anyone who lives in Moranbah and that should not be allowed to happen, but that is how the industry operates in our district,” she said.

“The decision by the mine’s owners to use 100 per cent FIFO workers is designed to benefit them, not our community or the employees,” said Mr Finlay, who is president of the Moranbah Traders Association.

“Itinerant workers don’t spend their income in our town but they use our services – services provided by a diminishing number of ratepayers,” he said.

MS Vea Vea and Mr Finlay were in Singleton at the behest of the Better Future for Singleton Shire Association that is opposed to a development application for a mine camp in Singleton and they were guest speakers at a community meeting held on Wednesday night that was attended by 150 people.

The pair provided figures on the impact of the FIFO workers in their district with the Isaac Shire (including towns like Moranbah and Clermont) having approximately 80,000 FIFO workers employed in the mines.

“The resident population of the shire is 22,000 and our government services are based on those numbers,” said Ms Vea Vea, an Isaac Shire councillor.

“In Moranbah itself the resident population is 9,500 but within 50 kilometres of town there is temporary accommodation for 17,450 workers,” she said.

“This is not a responsible way to develop, we need genuine investment in affordable housing and families should be able to choose where they live and work.

“The argument that FIFO is necessary because of the skills shortage simply does not add up, for example the companies under this arrangement never invest in trade skilling in particular apprenticeships.”

Both the visitors warned Singleton not to follow in Moranbah’s footsteps with Mr Finlay saying don’t let in the first mine camp because it will be the first of many – they will breed.

ISSUING A WARNING: Moranbah residents Peter Finlay and Kelly Vea Vea were in Singleton to warn the local community of the problems associated with mine camp developments.

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