Murray Goulburn sale clears final hurdle

27/08/2018 Posted by admin

Murray Goulburn’s Koroit factory. Picture: Rob GunstoneThe sale offormer leading dairy processor Murray Goulburn (MG) to Canadian dairy giant has cleared its final hurdle with the Foreign Investment Review Board (FIRB) approvingthe acquisition.
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MG spokesman said Saputo had advised it on Wednesday of the FIRB’s decision.

MG said it expected to complete the $1.3 billion sale of the cooperative to Saputo byMay 1, this year.

It said the initial distribution of 80c a share from the sale to shareholders and unitholders will take place on May 15.

The date on which MG will record those on its list of shareholders and unitholders in the MG Unit Trust, and who will receive the 80c a share or unit,has been set at April 23.

Under the terms of the sale, Saputo has agreed to divest itself of MG’s Koroit plant to counterconcerns from the Australian Competition and Consumer Commision that it would have too much control of the regional milk market if it kept the plant.

Saputo already owns the Warrnambool Cheese and Butter factory at Allansford.

The Weekly Times has quoted a Saputo spokesman as saying the Canadian company hopes to sell the Koroit plant by the end of June.

The report said at least two Australian companies had already had talks with Saputoto express their interest in the Koroit plant.

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Vegemite verdict: Putting Darby Street’s $7 gourmet toast to the test

27/08/2018 Posted by admin

Vegemite verdict: Putting Darby Street’s $7 gourmet toast to the test TweetFacebookNewcastle Heraldthe $7 meal served on Monday to regular customerHuon Oliver was meant to give the simple offering a “bit more presentation”.
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“To be quite honest, it’s an off-menu item,” she said. “We tend not to focus too heavily on our toast offerings, we do put a fair bit of effort into our poached eggs and smashed avocado on toast.

“But if someone does come in and they request good old-fashioned Vegemite on toast, then we’re prepared to gourmet it up and get some master chef action on the plate.”

Mr Oliver, who lives nearby at The Hill, said he was dining with a friend who had returned from overseas and was “craving” thespread.

Hisoriginal Instagram photo of the meal was shared by popular social-media accountBrown Cardigan, who spread the word about the $7 meal to their 349,000 Instagram followers.

“One of our regulars was in for a quick bite to eat,” Ms Reid said. “He was a bit smitten with our attention to detail. He popped it up on his Instagram and it’s gone from there.

“It’s sparked a fierce debate –not all positive, but we’re not taking it too seriously. The dish itself wasn’t meant to be taken too seriously.

“Maybe it’s the debate the nation needed to have.”

When theHeraldsampled the meal on Wednesday, Core Espresso cook NathanMcCarter said the item was proving popular after the attention.

“Our version is a representation of what we do here, we do take a lot of pride in presentation and quality,” he said.

“It’s a little bit up-market and high-end, but it fits in with the rest of menu. If it’s getting people in here, it’s all good.”

Asked if there was any secret to the meal,Mr McCarter said “any type of coffee” would complement the offering.

“We don’t like to judge anyone’s preference on [the amount of] Vegemite, that’s why we don’t put it on there. We leave it up to them.

“Anything goes with Vegemite really, we do have a few people add to the Vegemite – avocado’s been super popular …getting a scoop of avo on there.”

Newcastle Herald

Skull and Bones warns of impostor pranks

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Impostors have been contacting Yale students purporting to represent the Skull and Bones fraternity.Skull and Bones, the secret society at Yale University, is warning of an impostor who has called some students purporting to recruit them and then asking them to complete a humiliating challenge.
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The campus society has figured prominently in books, films and conspiracy theories. Its secrecy has fuelled the public’s curiosity about a group that counts former Secretary of State John Kerry and both Presidents Bush among its past members.

The note sent out to members of Yale’s junior class through the student government was a rare public statement, according to David Alan Richards, author of Skulls and Keys: The Hidden History of Yale’s Secret Societies.

“While famously its mantra has been ‘Never respond, never explain,’ because it doesn’t see itself as a public organisation, in today’s climate to have allowed that to happen could conceivably damage the society’s reputation,” Richards said. “It was a foul thing to do.”

The Yale police department has received three complaints of harassing phone calls from somebody claiming to be from Skull and Bones, according to university spokesman Tom Conroy, who said the cases remain open. Some students described an anonymous caller who instructed them to hand their phones to somebody nearby and that asked that person questions about the student’s sex life.

Cole Addonizio, a Yale junior, said he suspected it was a prank soon after he received a call from somebody who said it was the start of the “tap” process. He played along and handed his phone to his brother, who was asked inappropriate questions. They hung up on the caller.

“I figured it was a prank since I hadn’t heard about them calling them like this,” Addonizio said.

Skull and Bones, which dates back to 1832, said in its note to students that the prank caller was exploiting the society’s “mysterious nature” and encouraged people who received such calls to report the incident to Yale police or their college dean.

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Mighty stand of Hunter’s own wins mission impossible in France

28/03/2019 Posted by admin

A hundred years ago, in France, the forces of Germany’s Kaiser Wilhelm were poised for their last huge effort to win the long war.
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With battle-hardened divisions freed from the Eastern Front by the withdrawal of Russia from the war, the Germans planned to smash the Allied lines where troops, demoralised and bled white by the futile mud-soaked battles of late 1917, waited anxiously for the arrival of fresh reinforcements from the United States.

When the German hammer struck in March 1918, the depleted British forces collapsed and fell into a headlong rout and it seemed at first that the Kaiser might have his way at last.

This was the time when the Australians would win their greatest fame on the Western Front, hurled into the breach to hold the seemingly unstoppable German advance.

In early April at Villers-Bretonneux, outside the city of Amiens, the Australians made their stand, marching through a rabble of retreating English troops to establish and hold a new front line. Despite being massively outnumbered, the depleted Australian battalions – notably including the 35th (“Newcastle’s Own) and the 34th (“Maitland’s Own”) – stopped the Germans in their tracks and bought the Allies the time they needed to plug the gaping hole in their defences.

It was a remarkable double victory.

After the Australians – having saved Amiens from German occupation – were withdrawn and replaced by English troops in Villers-Bretonneux, the Germans attacked and took the village after all.

That was on April 24 and the Australians were sent back on the eve of Anzac Day to challenge the Germans once again. Without waiting for dawn, the Australians mounted an extraordinary night attack, driving the Germans out of the village at bayonet-point before they had to time to organise their defence.

This astonishing action was later described by British Brigadier-General George Grogan as “perhaps the greatest individual feat of the war”.

But victory came at a big price for the Australians. According to the Australian War Memorial, “Newcastle’s Own” 35th Battalion suffered 70 per cent casualties in these battles to stem the German advance.

The following excerpts from the book, The Hunter Region in The Great War, by Greg and Sylvia Ray, described how the historic action appeared to some of the men directly involved.

Ben Champion – just about to turn 21 – was at a training school behind the lines when the news broke:

The alarm bugle went and we doubled on to parade wondering what was the matter. The commanding officer was talking to the adjutant and anyone could see they were perturbed about something. He then told us that he had had rather alarming news and that we were to proceed back to our units immediately. Fritz had broken through on the Somme and all schools were to be closed as this looked very serious.

We were packed into fast lorries and rushed back in a couple of hours. Rejoining the Battalion, Colonel Stacey showed us Sir Douglas Haig’s order of the day: “We are again at a crisis in this war. The enemy has collected on this front every available division and is aiming at the complete destruction of the British Army.”

The official news through is that Fritz is right through Dernancourt and Albert. All the country we once took is gone back to his hands; just imagine the loss to us in dumps of material etc, besides men and guns!

On his way up to the line Champion was wounded by a shell and evacuated to hospital where his leg was amputated. For him, the war was over. After the war he settled in Newcastle, becoming well-known as a dentist and a leading figure in the city’s Local History Society.

According to military historian and war correspondent F. M. Cutlack, Australians were pulled from leave and from reserve to be thrown into the breach left by the collapse of the British 5th Army which had, “by the end of March, disappeared as a fighting force”. Cutlack continued:

Battalions coming back before the German divisions were ragged, mixed-up, had lost touch with their divisions, lost most of their officers, a supply of food and ammunition hardly existed, and they had no organised defence lines on which to retreat. The confusion was too vast for description.

The Australians had no illusions about their turn coming. The enemy was massing in front of the 35th for a blow down the main road to Amiens … in what the British openly believed would be a retreat from Villers.

When news of the German breakthrough came, Australian General R. L. Leane told the men: “There is no front line between us and the enemy. His position is not known. We start at midnight on a 20-mile march toward Albert. We do not even know that the road is clear or whether we can beat him to Albert. We must protect our own flanks and be prepared for anything”.

Former Newcastle apprentice Joseph Maxwell – who ended the war as one of Australia’s most highly decorated soldiers – described the critical days:

A wide gap had been blasted in the Allied line and the enemy had bounded forward a number of miles. At a moment’s notice we were bundled into a train and rushed south pell-mell. Four Australian divisions were raced south in a desperate effort to stem the vast grey tide of the enemy which threatened to engulf our armies and our hopes. It was the most dramatic train journey of our lives.

Every road was choked with refugees, villagers plodding south before that ever-advancing grey tide with its prelude of fire and smoke and destruction … At the sight of the returning Australian columns their faces lighted up. We were cheered, welcomed with wild Gallic enthusiasm. A number turned with us and marched back shouting ‘Vive l’Australien’ towards that ominous grey-black smoke cloud that advanced over hill and valley.

Maxwell wrote that the retreating British troops his unit passed were “utterly demoralised”.

Battalions were disorganised, companies were scattered like chaff, and men were wandering about aimlessly. Our orders were to round them up and attach them to our own companies.

There was no front line. All the organisation that had borne the brunt of the battering for four years had cracked up under this terrible blow … The only line we could find was a string of pot-holes that each held three or four men. Rain was lashing the whole countryside and it was pitch-dark.

At Villers-Bretonneux with the 35th Battalion was railway porter Sgt Cecil Wilfred Howard, who wrote:

We proceeded past the town on the outskirts and up a rise until we crossed a road leading to Abincourt from Villers-Bretonneux. We passed an aerodrome and came to a fairly large cemetery where we halted. Lights could be seen in Abincourt of motor vehicles moving about the streets. I was ordered to move forward, skirmish order, just before dawn and see how close I could get to the town. We had only proceeded about a quarter of a mile when in the early light we ran into machine-gun fire and I ordered “dig in as fast as you can”. I had 14 men, two lance corporals and two Lewis guns.

Howard set up posts about 400m apart in a wheat field and waited. Rumours of movement in the German lines added to the tension, which built for a few days before the storm broke over the Australian lines:

I doubled the sentries as it looked as though the big push would be resumed by the German Army, probably at daylight. It was raining lightly for a few days and we were wet, miserable and cold and we did not have any hot food coming up, only cold bully beef and biscuits and not much of that either.

I was not to know that, just after dusk when the mess orderlies went back for our rations and brought them up to us that night, 3rd April 1918, it was to be our last meal until about midday on the 6th.

April 3 and 4 passed, and Sgt Howard told his men to stand to just before dawn:

I had two Lewis light machine guns, one at each end of the trench, and I was in the centre of the post. We were stunned and amazed to see the thousands of German troops go marching into line on the outskirts of the village and they formed into companies of about 30 men in each line and began to advance en masse of about 300 men in each company and of Division strength. Each mass of men was aimed at each of our four outposts.

All we could see was wave after wave of troops marching down that long hill to crush us, and we only a hatful of forward posts with only the 9th Australian Brigade at our backs.

The sight was amazing to us who lived to tell the tale. Indescribable it was and awesome as we could not visualise any chance of survival – and a cemetery of all places behind my post of 17 soldiers.

Howard saw two nearby Australian posts overcome before his own was forced to withdraw, each man covering the other as they zig-zagged back to the cemetery at their rear. They found the newly consolidated Australian front line and joined in the fight to pin down the next German advance:

Soon it became apparent that the seemingly impossible had happened:

We formed a line again and all was quiet for a while. It seemed incredible to us that 3000 men of the 9th Australian Brigade had actually stopped 30,000 German troops in an offensive, but it proved right.

More brigades of our division who had been held in reserve were now coming forward on our left flank and down near the river. We were almost exhausted and starving. No food came up to us and we only had biscuits and very little water left. We were soaking wet and extremely cold. Our overcoats weighed a ton on our backs.

One of the keys to Australian success at Villers-Bretonneux was good leadership, and one of the acknowledged heroes of the action was Newcastle officer Captain Hugh Connell of the 35th Battalion.

A former schoolteacher and member of the pre-war militia, Connell had already won the Military Cross in 1917, and as the German hammer struck in 1918 he was awarded a bar to the medal for playing a key role in ensuring the Australians held, against all expectation.

According to official records, when the Germans threatened to outflank Australian positions, Connell “personally reconnoitred the ground and cleared up the position”.

“In the later attack by the enemy the same afternoon the troops on our right flank gave way, our own flank fell back, and for a time the position was very critical. Captain Connell gathered up what stragglers he could find and with these denied the enemy entrance to the eastern side of the town until counter-attack could be launched. His resolute courage and determination were a magnificent example to the troops and were responsible to a large degree for the successful defence of the town.”

A witness wrote that Connell, on the morning of April 4, went “from end to end of that thin line of men stretched from the aerodrome to the cemetery without any form of natural cover, giving a word of advice here, one of encouragement there, to men who had for hours held back massed formations of the enemy.”

After Villers-Bretonneux, Connell was promoted to major. Later in the war he was awarded the Distinguished Service Order and when he returned to Australia he was elected to the NSW Parliament, representing Newcastle.

Glass adds glamour to the bathroom

28/03/2019 Posted by admin

Tempered: Enhance elegance within the bathroom by including The Falper Edge tempered glass top vanity, with glass fronted soft close drawers.
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We’re used to the idea of glass splashbacks in the kitchen, but have you considered using glass accessories in the bathroom?

It is a multipurpose material that can be used across the bathroom in applications such as vanities/cabinets, shelves, splash backs, accessories, tapware and shower accessories.

The hygienic properties of glass ensure ease of cleaning, which is important for daily use in the bathroom.

Product examples include:

Hand showers – Hansgrohe Raindance Select Glass Rail:Available in two lengths (0.9m and 1.5m), this rail is a sleek addition to the Raindance collection. With the added revolutionary Hansgrohe AirPower technology and multifunction handshower, this glass rail range complements the Rainmaker Select wall and ceiling mount showers.

Vanities and cabinets – Falper Edge:Enhance elegance within the bathroomby including The Falper Edge tempered glass top vanity, with glass fronted soft close drawers. Edge is available in a variety of sizes, basin compositions and colour finishes.

Tapware – Fantini Venezia:The luxurious Fantini Venezia hob mount basin set with transparent glass handles reminiscent of fossils juxtaposes the geometrical rigour of the Fantini Venezia outlet.

These products are available through Rogerseller, which has showrooms in most capital cities or shop online through rogerseller南京夜网.au

Kerr writing new chapter in Matildas story

28/03/2019 Posted by admin

Matildas star Sam Kerr expects a nail-biting contest against Japan in the Asian Cup final.For Sam Kerr and the Matildas, there’s one positive to take away from their below-par Asian Cup semi-final outing against Thailand.
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They won.

They needed an injury-time equaliser and a penalty shootout against the lowly-ranked Thais, but they won.

“We found a way,” she told AAP.

“It was frustrating. A frustrating day. When people start getting frustrated, myself included, that’s a tough way to play football.

“It’s two games in a row we’ve scored after the 80th minute. That’s not easy.

“The main thing is we’ve made the final for the third consecutive time.”

And that’s where the Matildas are drawing a line under their shocking semi-final, now putting all their energy into Saturday morning’s (AEST) final with Japan.

Kerr said any video analysis of the 2-2 (3-1) dogfight win was likely to be highly selective ahead of the final to ensure the mood stays positive.

And why not?

It is, after all, the highest honour open to the Matildas short of the World Cup and the Olympics.

“Any time you get to play in a final, everyone’s buzzing. Especially playing against Japan, one of the best teams in the world,” she said.

“We’re well up for it. We’re excited and this is what we came here for. We’re pumped.”

Kerr has played her role in the continental rivalry with Japan.

She found the much-needed equaliser in their group stage clash earlier this week, and scored a hat-trick in their previous meeting; a 4-2 win on the way to their Tournament of Nations success.

Australia also prevented the former World Champions from reaching the 2016 Olympic Games with a 3-1 win in Japan.

But the Nadeshiko have their fair share of triumphs; knocking the Matildas out of the 2015 World Cup and claiming the 2014 Asian Cup final, both with a 1-0 scoreline.

Kerr predicts another tight and tense affair.

“It’s another chapter in the rivalry,” she said.

“We got the better of them in the Tournament of Nations. They got the better of us other times.

“This is a new game and none of those games will affect this one.

“Japan are such a good team that I think it will be super tight, especially when we’ve both played four games in two weeks.

“I reckon one goal will be enough to win it.”

Australian Associated Press

NSW train bosses warned to delay timetable

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Rail commuters faced two consecutive days of chaos in January when the system went into meltdown.NSW transport bosses were warned to delay the introduction of Sydney’s new train timetable due to “substantial risk of failing to deliver the level of performance which the public will expect” before major system meltdowns.
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A secret report, prepared by UK consultants and obtained by Fairfax Media under Freedom of Information laws, said there were “simply too many underlying issues which have not been fixed”.

It urged Transport for NSW to delay changes until early this year.

The report emerged as Sydney commuters on Thursday morning contended with disruptions on several city train routes due to “urgent overhead wiring repairs” at Flemington.

The Transport Management Centre said the T2, T3, T5 and T8 lines all faced delays.

“Sydney Trains is providing a regular service with some express trains making additional stops to help customers get to their destination,” a Sydney Trains spokesman said in a statement.

“Buses are supplementing affected services at Bankstown, Lidcombe, Glenfield, Campbelltown, Clyde and Liverpool.”

The new timetable was introduced in November 2017, but in January commuters faced two consecutive days of chaos when the system went into meltdown.

Around 100 services last month were cut to make the network more reliable after a high-level review.

The document was reportedly handed to Transport for NSW in March 2017.

It warned there was little room for systems to fail before the service might “disintegrate substantially”.

Sydney Trains executive director Tony Eid told Fairfax Media the document was outdated and written about a draft of the timetable. There were nine further versions, he claimed.

Rail, Tram and Bus Union NSW Secretary Alex Claassens said anyone with insight into the network knew the timetable wasn’t going to work.

“The government didn’t consult with the workers – the people who know about how the systems work,” he said in a statement.

“Had that happened, maybe we wouldn’t have ended up in this mess.”

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Livestream trouble for US plane passenger

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A passenger who livestreamed a stricken Southwest Airlines flight has been trolled online.A man who was onboard a stricken Southwest Airlines flight in the United States, on which one woman died, has been trolled on social media for livestreaming what he thought may have been the last minutes of his life.
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Marty Martinez began streaming the chaos on Facebook after an engine exploded midair sending pieces of shrapnel into the plane, killing 43-year-old bank executive Jennifer Riordan who was partially pulled through a shattered window on Tuesday.

Martinez said he opened his laptop and used his credit card to pay for WiFi to film the event, while panicked passengers grabbed oxygen masks around him, because he wanted to communicate with his loved ones but his decision has been lambasted online.

“Trying to contact loved ones is one thing, but to morbidly video and take pictures to post publicly is completely disgusting. Evidently the wrong person was taken from that flight,” Dennis Miller said on Facebook in a posting that included colourful language to describe Martinez.

Many social media users defended Martinez’s use of Facebook Live, but some said he violated passengers’ privacy and sought cheap fame. Others said he was selfish to focus on messaging instead of on the critically injured passenger a few rows away.

“You represent the worst of social media,” Tom Burke said on Facebook.

The event illustrates thorny issues facing platforms such as Google’s YouTube, Twitter’s Periscope and Facebook, already under pressure over privacy and news curating, over hosting live-streaming material.

Facebook did not respond to a request for comment on Martinez’s posts.

Earlier this month, Facebook vice president Fidji Simo talked about the power of live streaming.

“Live can be a powerful tool in connecting and supporting communities during moments of crisis,” Simo said in a post.

Since 2016, the average number of daily Facebook Live broadcasts has doubled year over year, with 3.5 billion live broadcasts since then.

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No 60 Minutes defamation payout for father

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Mouhammad Tabbaa won’t receive any payout after losing most of his case against 60 Minutes.An “uncaring, brutal and irresponsible” father will not receive a cent in damages after losing most of his defamation case against 60 Minutes, a Sydney judge has ruled.
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Divorced couple Mouhammad and Pamela Tabbaa are facing a hefty legal bill after a jury accepted as true their daughter’s 2014 interview about being kidnapped at 13 and held captive by her relatives in Syria for almost five years.

But the NSW Supreme Court jury in December also found that a Nine Network news item conveyed an untrue meaning that Mr Tabbaa forced Nadia Tabbaa to marry her cousin at 13 and sold her off to her cousin’s family in Syria.

Justice Desmond Fagan on Thursday ruled the father wasn’t entitled to any payout due to his already damaged reputation and his recovery of compensation from another media organisation for substantially publishing the same story.

The accepted circumstances “portray him as an uncaring, brutal and irresponsible parent who abandoned his child to others at all times”, the judge said.

Nadia Tabbaa’s time in Damascus was characterised by “denial of education, serfdom, religious indoctrination, physical and mental abuse and periodic exhibition as a marriage prospect through her mid-teens”.

The jury accepted Ms Tabbaa’s evidence detailing traumatic events including being forced to undergo a virginity test in Jordan and being subjected to violence and abuse from her father who threatened to slit her throat after she escaped back to Sydney when she was 18.

“Ms Tabbaa’s evidence was impressive and consistently supported by the defendants’ other witnesses,” the judge said.

But her father’s denials were “strained and implausible” and his chief supporting witness, Pamela Tabbaa, was “clearly untruthful”.

The judge said the jury’s failure to find that Mr Tabbaa forced his daughter to marry her second cousin was not inconsistent with her evidence that she took part in a form of marriage according to local custom.

No measurable compensable hurt to his feelings would flow from the false portrayals of his forcing her to marry at 13 and selling her off, as the other findings showed “a man completely lacking compassion or sense of responsibility for his daughter”.

He was interested in her “only to the extent of fearing she might infringe his preoccupying concern with her chastity or that she might in some other respect disobey his wishes”.

The parents are appealing against the jury’s decisions.

Australian Associated Press

Broncos NRL coach Bennett in media walkout

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Wayne Bennett asked media to back off when quizzed about his coaching future before walking away.Wayne Bennett has walked out on a media conference after he taking exception to questions about his coaching future.
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Not the biggest media fan at the best of times, Bennett lost patience and left on Thursday after being queried about a report linking Melbourne’s Craig Bellamy to Brisbane.

“I am coach here next year – that could change. But if you don’t want to talk about the footy, I will leave it at that,” said Bennett before walking off.

On the eve of the Broncos’ clash with Melbourne, the News Corp Australia report claimed the Storm’s off-contract coach Bellamy had not ruled out moving next year to Brisbane.

Bennett, 68, is off contract at the end of 2019 but his future has been questioned with the club reportedly making a play for North Queensland’s Paul Green before he re-signed this week with the Cowboys.

In the report, Bellamy said that he had not “ruled out any option” including becoming Broncos coach or even taking up a coaching consultancy role at Brisbane.

Bellamy first cut his teeth 20 years ago as a Broncos assistant under Bennett.

Before Bennett left the media conference, reporters did have enough time to ask him for his thoughts on Bellamy as a potential Broncos coach.

“You had Paul Green here a month ago – now we have moved on,” Bennett said.

“We have a great game of footy tomorrow. Let’s leave the rest of it for you guys to speculate – I certainly don’t want to buy into the rubbish.

“Nothing is permanent; nothing is temporary – even for coaches. I am coach here next year for as far as I know.”

Asked if he could work with Bellamy as a Brisbane co-coach, Bennett said: “I am not responding to any of your speculation.

“You have to get on shows and talk for hours. At the end of the day, you have nothing to talk about so you make it up.

“There is a great game of footy tomorrow; I will talk to you about that.”

Quizzed further about Bellamy, Bennett clearly had had enough.

“Thanks guys, you had your chance,” he said as he walked away.

Bennett did confirm prop Matt Lodge (ribs) had been cleared to play.

Cronulla recruit Jack Bird remains in the Broncos’ halves with Kodi Nikorima (hip) starting on the bench.

Melbourne (5th; 3-3 record) have won their past seven games against Brisbane (8th; 3-3) at Suncorp Stadium.

STATS THAT MATTER:

* Brisbane’s win percentage against Melbourne (30.2 per cent) is their worst against any team in club history, winning 13 of 43 and just two of the past 15

* The Storm are being awarded the most penalties of any team this season (averaging 10.5 per game), while the Broncos receive the least (6.3pg)

* Melbourne are making the most errors of any team this season, averaging 13.5 per game

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Aloisi’s Roar steeled for A-League finals

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Coach John Aloisi will lead a resurgent Brisbane Roar into the A-League finals series.There have been better times to be John Aloisi – one memorable World Cup qualifying moment springs to mind – but not many than right now.
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Aloisi leads his resurgent Brisbane Roar side into an A-League final against Melbourne City on Friday night.

The Roar snuck into finals in sixth place, but with a body of work over the last three months that suggests anything is possible.

They’ve won seven of their last 11 matches, a record only Sydney FC can match.

They were last-out winners at AAMI Park, ending a four-year hoodoo at the ground for the club.

And with several stars enjoying a return to fitness, there’s enough evidence to suggest the Roar could be a serious finals wildcard.

Aloisi told AAP a mid-season heart-to-heart with his players – then sitting two points off the bottom of the table, with just 13 points from 16 games – laid the basis for their turnaround.

“Eleven games ago we sat down as a group and we discussed what we believed we could still do,” he said.

“Everyone said we believed we could still make finals.

“We knew we had a bad start. A terrible off-season and pre-season with plenty of stuff going on and off the pitch.

“No one made excuses. We just stuck at it, made sure that when we got players back fit we performed well and picked up points. That’s what we did.”

Aloisi said their round 20 away win over Melbourne Victory was a turning point.

“It was the big boost. Matt McKay said ‘I can’t remember the last game we’ve won here’,” he said.

“He was so excited. I could tell then it was happening. Being the only team to beat Sydney FC at Allianz added to it.”

Against City, Aloisi predicts an “open and entertaining game”, name-checking Daniel Arzani and Bruno Fornaroli as creative forces that will be tough to contain.

But he says the Roar’s weapons will also leave their mark after growing into the season.

“Henrique’s getting fit. (Eric) Bautheac understands the league, like (Massimo) Maccarone,” he said.

“(Thomas) Kristensen has been massive for us, he has been driving the midfield.

“And (Ivan) Franjic came in late but now he’s looking strong. They’re all looking strong.”

With all that, there’s plenty of reasons for Brisbane to be up for their elimination final.

Aloisi says it out-weighs the fact that his day of reckoning comes against his former side.

“It doesn’t make a difference at all for me. It’s all about Brisbane Roar,” he said.

“We’re fully focused, ready, and we can’t wait.”

Australian Associated Press

Mother’s Day homeware ideas

01/03/2019 Posted by admin

Chill: Imagine your Mum relaxing next to this cosy outdoor fire.
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This Mother’s Day, instead of giving mum items for the home that relate to chores, why not give her something that will help her relax.

Here are a few gift ideas that will help you to give your mum a reason to sit and enjoy being appreciated.

Decofire Caleo Firepit Decofire rrp $99.

This compact fire pit is perfect for intimate gatherings in smaller outdoor living areas. A fashionable combination of black and granite coloured exterior and integrated wood storage, brings style and practicality to the outdoors. Available at Bunnings.

Paper Saver notebook from $25.

Feel guilty wasting work or study paper?The Paper Saver Notebook allows you to put your scrap paper to further use, reducing waste, and doing a bit more for the environment – in a stylish way.

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Scandi Aspect rrp kettle$159, toaster $169.

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Vandals hit historic Gallipoli Club in lead-up to Anzac Day

01/03/2019 Posted by admin

Vandals hit historic Gallipoli Club in lead-up to Anzac Day TweetFacebookBEAUMONT Street’s Gallipoli Legion Club is calling for public help to find those responsible for graffiti scrawled across its facade a week out from Anzac Day.
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The club posted photos and CCTV footage on its website, deploring the “disrespectful low life delinquents” responsible.

“ANZAC Day is 1 week away and this is how some youths treat the club which was built by the men of ANZAC,” chief executive Michael Cleary wrote in a social media post.

The Gallipoli Legion Club was built in the 1950s after the Gallipoli Legion of ANZAC’s Newcastle branch president, Jack Buxton, won permission to host the first race meeting in Australia held on Anzac Day.

After three years, the proceeds from the day were used to buy a property, build a clubhouse and seek a liquor licence.

The club officially opened in November 1955. Today it hosts live music and functions.

The Gallipoli Club vandalism is not the first time graffiti has struck on the eve of Anzac Day.

In 2015 veterans , police and the public blasted a vandal who wrote their name over those of the fallen on the Anzac Walk at Strzelecki Lookout.

Hunter Street businesses have also reported being struck by vandals, with signage marked in recent days.