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No 60 Minutes defamation payout for father

01/03/2019 Posted by admin

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.


* 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

Australian Associated Press

Aloisi’s Roar steeled for A-League finals

01/03/2019 Posted by admin

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.

Made from high quality faux leather, the Classic Paper Saver encases a functionally designed spring steel binder inside to allow you to insert your old print outs so that the back blank sides of the otherwise would-be discarded paper become the pages of your elegant bounded notebook. There is alsoa Leather Paper Saver which also has card and document holders made of washable Kraft paper (tear and spill resistant).

The Classic Paper Saver comes in black, brown, red, or teal at $25 each and the Leather Paper Saver is black at $60 each. Available from www.papersaver南京夜网.au

Paper Saver notebook

Scandi Aspect rrp kettle$159, toaster $169.

Following the success of Morphy Richards Scandi range of Aspect kettles and toasters, the leading small kitchen appliance company has further enhanced the collection with a colour that never loses its allure, deep blue.The wooden trim enhances the sleek modern design with a sophisticated Scandinavian feel.

The kettle has a 1.5L capacity,360 degree cordless base, removable limescale filter and a two-year warranty, domestic use only.

The Scandi Aspect toaster, not only makes a statement, but also the perfect toast.Features include two or four slice operation, deep self-centring toasting slots, re-heat button, high rise function and pause and check function.

The Morphy Richards Scandi range of Aspect kettles and toasters are also available in white, titanium, black, azure, teal, stone and dusty pink.

Scandi Aspect appliances.

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.